• Welcome to The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

    Proudly committed to creating a dynamic and prosperous community to be enjoyed by all.
  • Our Mission

    The mission of the Chamber is to improve the business climate and quality of living in Franklin County for residents, workers and visitors.
  • Advocacy Statement

    The primary goal of our Chamber is to create economic community growth, attract tourists, and at the same time it is imperative to maximize every opportunity to market member services and products.
  • Program of Work

    The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Program of Work is comprised of support projects and services, leadership activities, appreciation events, development activities, and fundraising projects which allows Franklin County to progress and grow.
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Education of Franklin County

Director of Schools,
215 South College Street
Winchester, TN 37398
Click here to view their website.

 State Industrial Training Service Available Franklin County Public School System and Franklin County affords outstanding educational opportunities at all levels.  Public and private schools offer strong college preparatory, vocational, and technical programs.  A variety of higher education opportunities are available within driving distance of Winchester. These include two of the leading academic institutions offering graduate programs, a community college, and two area vocational technical schools.

   Franklin County Schools offer a variety of enrichment programs that take students beyond the normal curriculum.  Our elementary schools have achieved “Exemplary Schools” status awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education and have received one of the “Ten Great Schools” awards.  The “Basic Skills First” program focuses the efforts of elementary teachers on reading, language arts, and mathematics.  Our Excel program gives gifted students opportunities for enrichment.  Music, art, and physical education teachers promote creativity and good physical health.  Special education gives help to our special needs students.

   At the secondary level, enrichment is provided for college preparatory courses.  An “honors” mathematics program begins at the ninth grade level and allows students to complete calculus in high school.  English classes are grouped so students can be challenged at their own levels.  Franklin County students compete successfully in the Chattanooga Regional Science Fair.  Annually, over one million dollars in scholarships are awarded in public high schools.  Academic enrichment in music, drama, and art broaden the cultural awareness of our students and community.

   Many of our students begin a vocation immediately after graduation.  Introduction to trades and equipment begins during middle school and helps develop leadership and teamwork skills that will contribute to their success.  Through the vocational educational focus, training is available in trades and through industrial education, childcare, health occupations, consumer science, agriculture, office occupations, marketing, and industrial arts.
   The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Franklin County High School  and the middle schools.  The system’s professional staff consists of 450 teachers with over 50% holding a Master’s degree or above.  Our teachers are dedicated, caring people who work hard for the children of Franklin County.

   Accredited private schools that offer classes in kindergarten through grade twelve are also available.  There is close coordination between the public and private schools.

   There is a major intangible resource that makes a positive impact on the lives of the students in Franklin County.  This resource is the “helping hand” shown through the support of parents, the Chamber’s Partner-In-Education, Education Edge programs and by private citizens.  It increases motivation, academic achievement, and improves behavior.  If you are seeking excellence in education and a desirable environment in which to rear children, Franklin County deserves your consideration.

Public Schools

Franklin County Schools offer a variety of enrichment programs which take students beyond the normal curriculum. Our elementary schools have achieved "Exemplary Schools" status awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education and have received one of the "Ten Great Schools" awards. The Basic Skills First program focuses the efforts of elementary teachers on reading, language arts, and mathematics. Our Excel program gives gifted students opportunities for enrichment. Music, art, and physical education teachers promote creativity and good physical health. Special education gives help to our special needs students.

Director of Schools: 
Stanley Bean
215 South College Street
Winchester, TN 37398
Fax: 931-962-1646
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Board Members
Christine Hopkins
Linda Jones
Lance Williams
Chris Guess
Adam Tucker
Cleijo Walker
Gary Hanger
Sara Liechy

Sandy Schultz, Principal
Grades Pre-K-5
4980 Lynchburg Road
Winchester, TN 37398

David Carson, Principal
Grades Pre K-5
500 North Jefferson Street
Winchester, TN 37398

Cynthia Young, Principal
Grades Pre K–5
501 East Cumberland Street
Cowan, TN 37318

Chris Hawkersmith, Principal
Grades Pre K-5
 401 Bratton Street
Decherd, TN 37324

George Butler, Principal
Grades Pre K-5
10626 Old Tullahoma Road
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Selenia Benear, Principal
Grades K-5
901 Rock Creek Road
Estill Springs, TN 37330

Kim Tucker, Principal
Grades K-5
PO Box 696
209 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37375

Leah Harrell, Principal
Grades 6, 7 & 8
2990 Decherd Boulevard
Winchester, TN  37398

Derrick Crutchfield, Principal
Grades 6, 7 & 8
601 West Cumberland Street
Cowan, TN 37318

Roger Alsup, Principal
Grades 9-12
833 Bypass Road
Winchester, TN 37398

Ken Bishop, Principal
Grades Pre K - 12
400 Gore Street
Huntland, TN 37345

Private Schools

Sewanee: The University of the South is located on a 13,000-acre campus atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau between Chattanooga and Nashville.
Founded by leaders of the Episcopal Church in 1857, Sewanee continues to be owned by 28 Episcopal dioceses in 12 states, and is committed to an academic curriculum which focuses on the liberal arts as the most enlightening and valuable form of undergraduate education.  The University consists of a College of Arts and Sciences which offers 36 majors for approximately 1,600 undergraduate men and women,  a School of Theology which includes about 100 graduate students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees, and a School of Letters.
   The University has an impressive record of academic achievement - 26 Rhodes Scholars, dozens of Fulbright  Scholars, 45 Watson Fellows, and 30 NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship recipients have graduated from Sewanee.  More than half of the University’s students pursue graduate studies.  More than 85 percent of undergraduates who apply to medical, school and, business and law schools are accepted.
   An Honor Code and the Order of Gownsmen are cherished traditions among students and faculty.  There are chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa at the University,  among other  honor  and service societies.
   The University of the South is a charter member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and a charter member of the Associated Colleges of the South.

President & Vice- Chancellor:
John McCardell
Fax: 931-598-1318
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000


Since 1964, The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) has been providing graduate level education and research.   The Space Institute, so named because of its emphasis on aerospace and aeronautical studies in the early days of space exploration, was initially established for the educational needs of the engineers and scientists of the Air Force and the Arnold Research Organization.  Since the establishment of UTSI, the Institute has graduated over 2,000 students from around the world.
 For more than 40 years, research has been the heartbeat of UTSI and revolves around active programs in mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering (MABE), physics, flight test engineering, engineering management, and a variety of other activities. 
 Many students earn their degrees through funding provided by Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) made possible through research contracts.  A GRA provides students with the advantage of getting hands-on experience in the Institute’s laboratory research facilities.
 Within several diverse research areas, faculty-student teams of aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, and physicists perform problem-oriented, multidisciplinary research. 
 UTSI is home to the Center for Laser Application (CLA), one of ten Centers of Excellence within the UT system.  The diverse background of the CLA faculty and staff provides a blend of applied and basic research at the Institute.
 Housing a fleet of research aircraft at the Tullahoma Airport, the university offers a Master’s degree in Flight Test Engineering; formerly known as Aviation Systems (AS).  This program is a unique blendof aerospace engineering, aviation technology, with hands-on flight test engineering and research.  Twelve astronauts have attended UTSI, with nine graduating with their Master’s degree; eight were in the former AS program.
 The Space Institute has made great progress over the past academic year to revitalize the academic programs.  Seven tenure-track faculty members have been hired, with an additional faculty member projected to join UTSI in early 2014.  Additional faculty searches are ongoing.  
  UTSI’s Continuing Education program provides a Short Course program that serves industry and academia alike.  These unique courses earn Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s).
 The UTSI dining hall, also known as “The View,” is located on the shores of Wood’s Reservoir in the Andy Holt Student Center.  Not only does “The View” provide outstanding food, but also provides an exceptional “View” of the lake.   Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:00 - 1:30.  Come and try us out!
  The Space Institute is internationally known, with graduates scattered around the world.  If you live in one of the surrounding-counties, chances are you have neighbors who graduated from that beautiful campus located near Wood’s Reservoir. 
 For more information about UTSI, please visit www.utsi.edu.

 University of Tennessee 
Space Institute
President:  Dr. Joseph DiPietro
UT Space Institute
411 B.H. Goethert Parkway
Tullahoma, TN 37388



Motlow State Community College is a public, multi-campus college offering associate degrees, certificates, associate of applied service degrees and flexible learning pathways in southern Middle Tennessee. For over 45 years, Motlow has proven to be a student-centered institution that promotes academic excellence as well as personal and professional growth.
  The main campus opened its facilities in 1969 and is located in Moore County on 187 acres of land donated by the late Senator Reagor Motlow and family. Motlow College also has learning centers located in Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna, a teaching site in Sparta and a partnership in Shelbyville at the Middle Tennessee Education Center.
The College serves more than 540,000 citizens in Motlow’s 11-county service area including: Bedford,Cannon,Coffee,Dekalb,Franklin,Lincoln,Moore,Rutherford,VanBuren,Warren and White
 Tennessee Transfer Pathways degrees may be completed at Motlow’s Moore County campus, and at the Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna Centers. If Followed exactly, the pathways guarantee admission to most public universities in Tennessee. Students can save at least 25% on the total cost of tuition by attending Motlow College their first two years.
 In addition to offering over 40 Tennessee Pathway degrees, Motlow offers Motlow offers A.A.S. degrees in nursing, early childhood education, information systems technology, business technology and emergency medical services.
   Technical certificates can be earned at Motlow College in early childhood education, paramedic and mechatronics. The mechatronics program has multiple partnerships with area industry and high schools and has received national recognition.
   Motlow’s education program was recently named one of the Top 50 Community College Education Programs in the country, and the business program recently earned accreditation from the Association for Collegiate Business School Programs.
  Through dual/join enrollment program, high school juniors and seniors can take college courses while attending high school.
  Athletics is an integral part of college life, and Motlow participates in baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball as part of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Bucks and Lady Bucks consistently field teams that compete for championships, and the college has multiple all-Americans in every sport.
  Motlow College is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest system of higher education in the nation.  Visit the College’s website for additional information or to schedule a tour.

 Motlow State Community College
President:  Dr. Mary Lou Apple
PO Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville was the first of 26 such centers across the state and made possible by legislation enacted by the 1963 General Assembly of Tennessee.
   The Center is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and is staffed with highly qualified individuals who are specialists in their fields.  Each occupational program is equipped with modern tools, machinery, and materials necessary to provide high quality instruction, which is both realistic and practical.  The Center is accredited by the accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
   The primary mission of the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville is to meet the occupational and technical educational needs of the citizens and business/industry in a seven county area in southern Middle Tennessee.
   The Center fulfills this mission by providing instructional programs designed to prepare persons for employment.  Programs are also designed to add to skills and knowledge of workers already employed.
   Full-time preparatory classes meet six hours
daily between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.  Part-time preparatory classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 5:45 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Supplemental offerings and schedules can be offered in some cases.
Tennessee College of Applied
Technology at Shelbyville
1405 Madison Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160


St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, day and boarding college preparatory school serving 260 students in grades six through twelve. Located on a beautifully wooded and historic 550 acre campus high atop the Cumberland Plateau, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee offers students an innovative curriculum presented by a creative and engaged faculty who are dedicated to cultivating well-rounded and thoughtful human beings. Students hailing from 16 states and 11 countries enjoy small classes, an award winning arts program, numerous sports and outdoor adventure opportunities, and access to the facilities and offerings of the nearby University of the South.

St. Andrew’s - Sewanee School
The Reverend John Thomas
Head of School
    Phone: 931-598-5651   Fax: 931-914-1224
       290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, TN 37375-3000
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www. sasweb.org


Winchester Christian Academy
The Purpose of Winchester Christian Academy is to provide your family with a positive learning experience in a loving Christian environment. Christ’s daily love is modeled daily, through example and through teaching. Stories and lessons from the Bible are taught at age-appropriate development of motor, language arts, math science, social studies, computer, listening and social skills. Additionally, we provide opportunities in art, music and dramatic play. Our school system is open to families of all faiths and traditions.

Winchester Christian Academy
1230 South College Street
PO Box 715
Winchester, TN 37398
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Our Mission

The mission of the Chamber is to improve the business climate and quality of living in Franklin County for residents, workers and visitors. It provides valuable services to business and civic leaders who represent the backbone of the Franklin County business community. 

Our Goal

Everyday the Chamber answers phone calls, email messages,  mail requests, and business meetings with information about the community. The Chamber has formed alliances with industry and business leaders, sister chambers, government agencies at the local state and national levels to accomplish its goals of business and community service which promotes quality of life in Franklin County.

Our Promotion

The Chamber also promotes networking, educational forums, events, and produces the Franklin Times Newsletter and hosts a Chamber website which is the State Recognized official website of Franklin County. The website registers #1 on Google for Franklin County Chamber and #2 on Yahoo.  In the first year and a half we are reaching nearly 1 million visitors!