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Leiper’s Fork special area plan meeting Nov. 16

The Williamson County Regional Planning Commission invites citizens to a Public Information Session and Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 16 regarding the Leiper’s Fork Special Area Plan. 

The public is encouraged to drop by between 6-8 p.m. to learn about Special Area Plans in general, the upcoming planning process for the Leiper’s Fork Village and the series of Public Involvement Workshops that will take place over the coming months. 

In addition, a brief presentation by Planning Department staff will be given at 7 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Robbie Hayes at 790-5725 or




FPD's new Flex Unit makes quick

arrest in violent home invasion

After working only four shifts, officers assigned to Franklin PD’s new Flex Unit arrested a man moments after he took part in a violent home invasion.

A two-man Flex Unit car was patrolling in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle Saturday night at about 11 p.m. when they observed two suspicious men on Park Street near an alley. The officers parked and got out on foot to take a closer look. Moments later, the officers saw the two run out the back door of a home in the 1100 block of Park Street. Officers gave chase and caught 19-year-old Bradley Smith of Franklin, said Sgt. Charles Warner.

While investigating exactly why the men were running, officers found that the pair had broken into a 65-year-old man’s home while he was in bed and held him at gunpoint while they robbed him, Warner said.

 “In four short days, the new unit has proven to be a detriment to criminals and a benefit to law-abiding members of our community,” said Assistant Police Chief David Rahinsky.

Smith is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $40,000 bond, charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault. His first court appearance is Nov. 16 at 2 pm.

The other suspect, Marquese Otey, was apprehended Monday after reports he was in the area of Cherokee Place apartments. Otey, a convicted felon on probation, was on bond from an Oct. 19 arrest for aggravated burglary and felony theft. When he was apprehended Monday, he was reportedly found to have drugs in his possession.




Franklin Streets Department leaf collection

operating on five- to seven-day route

The leaves are falling and Franklin’s Streets Department is on the run, collecting leaves across the City. Raked and un-bagged leaves left at the curb will be collected by the Streets’ leaf vacuum trucks. They will serve the entire city with five trucks over five separate routes. People living in each route should expect leaf collection every five to seven days.

“We introduced a new process last year that allows us to clean each route daily,” said Streets Director Joe York. “We are able to vacuum the leaves in one route, in just one day, so residents will see entire neighborhoods in each zone cleaned once a week.”

Leaf raking tips:

• Keep leaves away from stormwater catch basins; it increases the risk of flooding.

• Leaf piles mixed with branches and grass trimmings mixed with the leaves will not be collected.

• Yard waste that is bagged in biodegradable paper bags will be picked up by the City’s Solid Waster Department once a week on your regularly scheduled garbage pick-up day.

For a list of neighborhood collection days, visit For more information contact the Streets Department at 791-3254.



Posted on: 11/11/2010


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