- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Battle of Franklin flag losing fight with time

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Time is defeating a flag that last flew 150 years ago during the Battle of Franklin and donors are trying to come to its rescue.

Preservationists need $6,500 to restore and conserve a 2-foot-by-3-foot flag last flown by Confederate Gen. John Adams during the Battle of Franklin. Adams, along with five other Confederate generals, was killed during the battle on Nov. 30, 1864, when Confederate and Union forces collided in Franklin.

The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1rizZtLhttp://tnne.ws/1rizZtL ) that members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are seeking $6,500 needed to preserve the flag and slow the march of time.

The flag was made by an unidentified Mississippi woman in 1863, but little else is known about its history or markings. The Confederate flag was known as a headquarters flag because it was flown specifically to mark where a general’s headquarters were located.

Donated by Adams’ widow to the Tennessee Historical Society in 1907, the flag is kept today at the Tennessee State Museum, where curators hope they can restore the flag and keep a tie to the battle, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary later this year.

Made of wool and silk, the flag’s silk fringe has begun deteriorating more than expected during the past decade.


Farragut to vote on wine in grocery stores

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Voters in Farragut will have a chance in November to decide if grocery stores will be able to sell wine along with food.

Knox County Election administrator Cliff Rodgers told WBIR-TV in Knoxville (http://on.wbir.com/1pvYyAmhttp://on.wbir.com/1pvYyAm ) on Monday workers stopped counting and verifying signatures to get the referendum on wine sales for the Farragut ballot when they hit 800.

To meet the measure on the ballot, supporters had to gather at least 782 signatures, which equals 10 percent of voters in the most recent gubernatorial race in Farragut.

The nonprofit group, Red White and Food, has gathered signatures across the state for the wine in retail stores petition campaign.

In communities where the referendum passes, retail stores will be able to sell wine starting July 1, 2016.


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