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KANSAS CITY, Kan.- Kevin Harvick crashed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup party.

Kyle Busch simply crashed—at a track that continues to bedevil him.

And with a bizarre power failure in the last two laps, Johnson failed to cash in decisively on Matt Kenseth’s skittishness with the new tire combination Goodyear brought to Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The fourth race in the Chase ended as it began, with Harvick out front. The driver of the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet crossed the finish line more than a football field ahead of runner-up Kurt Busch, with Jeff Gordon trailing Busch in third.

Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Johnson ran third through sixth, respectively, allowing Johnson to trim Kenseth’s advantage in the championship standings from eight to three points.


Franklin native Adam Tallent has done things the right way since graduating from Franklin High School in 2000. He attended college at Western Carolina University and entered into the Macon County School system in 2006 when he took a job as an In School Suspension Coordinator at Macon Middle School. After two years, he moved to East Franklin Elementary School where he taught Remediation, then shifted back to MMS and Union Academy where he taught Focus. When the Mountain Valley Intermediate School opened its doors, he began teaching health and physical education (P.E.) while helping varsity softball head coach Penny Moffitt coach five years worth of successful softball teams.

Now, Tallent can take comfort in knowing he's taking one more step forward in his career. Moffitt recently announced that she would be resigning from her role as head coach so that she could spend more time with her family. Luckily, a replacement wasn't too hard to find and Tallent was chosen to take the reigns of the team.


The Lady Panthers volleyball team has had an up and down season. They've almost split their wins with their losses, but on Monday night, they got a huge win over their rival, Smoky Mountain. The crowd from both sides turned the stands pink for Pink Night in honor of those who have been affected by breast cancer.

Franklin started out strong, winning the first game. The second game went a bit differently when the Mustangs shot ahead with a significant lead. Franklin, not to be outdone, battled back and in the highlight of the night, ended up winning the second game 26-24. In the third game, the Mustangs once again took an early lead, but Franklin kept it close before taking the lead less than halfway through the game. They held on to a modest lead until the end, closing out the match 3-0 for a much needed win.

Today, the Lady Panthers will travel to North Henderson to take on the 15-3-1 Knights.

The Franklin Panthers continue to thrash opponents. Last Friday they travelled to Brevard to take on the 2-2 Blue Devils. The Blue Devils were coming off two big wins against Cherokee and Mitchell of large deficits and looked to continue to the trend against the home team, Franklin. It didn't quite go as planned, however.

The first quarter remained scoreless, but that changed in the second when Brevard took an early lead with the first touchdown of the game. Shortly after, Jeremiah Young of Franklin matched the score with a touchdown of his own. In the third quarter, Franklin scored two more, putting the minds of FHS fans at ease. In the fourth they put up two more touchdowns. Brevard made a final push, adding seven more to their total, but in the end it was Franklin who took home the win, 33-14.


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