Keith Henley makes adjustments while explaining how the Seth Thomas clock mechanism works in the Franklin County Courthouse clock tower. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press
The exterior view of the clock tower on the Franklin County Courthouse in Franklin County, TN. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press
WINCHESTER, TN (Times Free Press) — The 77-year-old Franklin County Courthouse clock hasn't worked reliably for most of Keith Henley's lifetime.
The 28-year-old Sewanee, TN, native has been working the past five years to get the old 1936-era Seth Thomas No. 15 tower clock back to its former glory.
But it's a work in progress, Henley admits. Maybe even a slowly ticking battle of wills.
One of the clock's four faces was about 20 minutes slow Wednesday, and two of the others weren't quite on the mark either. And the bell hadn't rung in the day or two since Henley last visited, according to workers at the courthouse.