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Events around Williamson County


Free tax prep at Williamson County Library

The United Way of Williamson County will provide free tax preparation at the Williamson for individuals and families with a combined annual income of $57,000 through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Appointments can be made through April 15 by calling 615-830-7940. Registration information is also posted online and in the front hall of the Williamson County Main Library at 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin.



Battle of Franklin Trust to commemorate Black History Month

The Battle of Franklin Trust is hosting an evening exhibition featuring newly discovered photographs and noted historian and author, Rick Warwick. The unveiling of the photographs will be held at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center at 5 p.m., followed by Warwick’s presentation at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events free of charge.

Warwick will offer a presentation on the African-American community that developed in Franklin after the Civil War. He will discuss the Natchez community and Hard Bargain, as well as the McLemore House. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The recently uncovered photographs show the Franklin battlefield, the Carter House, the McGavock Confederate Cemetery at Carnton and the Cleburne cenotaph. Other photos show sweeping views from Privet Knob, as well as new perspectives on Fort Granger. The photo exhibit will run 5-6 p.m.



Franklin merchants to donate portion of sales Feb. 8

More than 20 merchants in downtown Franklin will support local charities through their sales as part of the “Open Your Heart” promotion. Businesses stay open later than usual, and donate 15 percent of sales between 4-9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. The Downtown Franklin Association coordinated the event.

The “Open Your Heart” event is designed to show support for community organizations through a collaborative effort among downtown merchants. This is the second time the DFA has coordinated such an event. Last year, the “Dog Days of Summer” raised more than $7,000 for local charities.

An Evening with Hypnotist Jeff Jay

As a fundraiser for Ravenwood's inaugural post-prom event

Midnight to Morn, organizers will host An Evening with Hypnotist Jeff Jay at 7 p.m. at the Ravenwood Performing Arts Center at Ravenwood High.

This is a fun-filled all-ages performance by comedian and hypnotist Jeff Jay. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased by emailing or calling 615-480-5275.

Tickets are also available at Ravenwood 11a.m.-1 p.m.



Run Franklin ribbon cutting

There will be a ribbon cutting at the new Run Franklin store at 109 Del Rio Pike in Franklin at 10 a.m.


Learn to journal about nature at Owl’s Hill Sanctuary

Whether you are a beginning naturalist or have kept a journal for years, join author and naturalist Margie Hunter to hone your efforts at keeping a record of your adventures in nature. A journal and pen is covered in the fee. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. The fee is $15 per person in advance, or $20 at the gate. The event will take place 1-5 p.m. at Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary at 545 Beech Creek Road in Brentwood. More information is available at 615-370-4672 or


Sobriety checkpoints

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office along with other jurisdictions will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in the early evening on Highway 96 East and late evening at Highway 31 South. Extra deputies will also be on patrol throughout the county on those nights looking for impaired drivers.



Kid-friendly hike at Bowie Nature Park

Children 18 months to 5 years and their adult companions are invited to Bowie Nature Park in Fairview for a nature story reading and kid-friendly hike from 10-11 a.m. If the weather is questionable we will still meet and have an indoor activity after the story. Call 615-799-5544, ext. 2 for more information.



Songwriters Night at the Franklin Theatre

The Classical Academy of Franklin will host a celebrity Songwriters’ Night at the historic Franklin Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an Hors d’oeuvre reception and silent auction and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Award-winning singers/songwriters Dave Barnes, The Warren Brothers, Grammy winner Josh Kear and Jason Sellers, will headline the event. Performers also include Ashley Brandenburg, Nathan Clark George, “Nashville Star” season two finalist Lance Miller, and David Tolliver of the duo Halfway to Hazard. Proceeds will benefit TCA’s annual fund. Tickets are available at the Franklin Theatre box office or online at For more information, visit



Networking gathering in Cool Springs

Connect with like-minded professionals and cultivate new relationships in an accelerated format among many of Cool Springs, Franklin and Williamson County’s leading companies and organizations. Experience structured networking to meet high-quality professionals and develop new contacts for your business. The event will take place 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buca di Beppo at 1722 Galleria Boulevard in Cool Springs. More information is available at 615-319-9393 or



County parks closed for President’s Day

In observance of Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 18, all Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department facilities will be closed.

Facilities will reopen at their next regularly scheduled times Tuesday, Feb. 19.



Teen and adult pottery classes offered in Fairview Feb. 19

Fairview Recreation Center offers teens and adults the opportunity to work on hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery. No experience is necessary. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Feb. 19-March 26 from 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. at the Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd. The class fee is $60, and the supply fee is $22. Please contact the instructor, June Lusty, for more information at or 615-794-4269.


MARCH 7-10

The annual Country Music Cluster Dog Shows will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 7-10 at the Williamson County AgExpo Park at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. Admission is free for spectators and $5 to park. Competition begins early in the day with individual breed classes to determine the Best of Breed for more than 150 AKC breeds.

Posted on: 2/6/2013


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