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DETROIT – NASCAR, manufacturers and teams have collaborated to make a handful of changes to their cars for the coming season, and though many of the tweaks may be small – they could wind up paying big dividends.

Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development, said cars will be closer to the ground at all but the fastest of tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits. He was among the panelists for Wednesday's Tech Talk forum at Cobo Center, home of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.


Tom Raby Night at Tuesday’s FHS basketball games.

Next Tuesday night, when the Franklin Panthers take on the Smoky Mountain Mustangs at home, the gym will be filled with spectators sporting purple attire to help bring attention to pancreatic cancer awareness. The night has been deemed Tom Raby Night, in memory of the beloved basketball coach who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2002.

Tom Raby served as the FHS basketball coach from 1967 to 1976. He finished his years of coaching at the school with a record of 286 wins with 91 losses. He was voted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012 as one of the school's first inductees.

His wife Dianne and son Todd Raby will be on hand for the event, determined to spread awareness of the disease and remember Tom.


Lady Panthers look to extend 12-game winning streak

The Lady Panthers continue to keep their game winning streak alive with two dominant wins over the past week. The first came against West Henderson in game that looked like it may be close in the first half, but as they have time and time again this season, Franklin ended up on top at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 62-30.

Their game against Tuscola didn't look much different with the Lady Panthers taking home the win with a final score of 57-26, which is shockingly, only their fourth most dominant win of the season. The win brings the Lady Panthers' winning streak to 12 games. They will be playing the Hayesville Yellow Jackets tonight. This will be the first undefeated team that the Panthers have played so far this season.


Mike Houston leaves LR to coach football in S.C.

Franklin native Mike Houston has been named the new head coach of the Citadel Bulldogs football team. The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina is located in Charleston, S.C.

The Bulldogs ended the 2013 season with a 5-7 overall record and a 4-4 record in the Southern Conference; a season that saw Head Coach Kevin Higgins resign upon its conclusion, opening the door for Houston to move into the role.

“The Citadel is a prestigious institution. It's got a strong program with great integrity and honor and I look forward to being able to continue that tradition,” he said. “I'm in the process of getting down there and jumping in. We've got winter workouts and during that we'll be recruiting staff and coaches so we can hit the ground running in the spring.”


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