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Corker holds Town Hall meeting in Westhaven

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Chattanooga) made a quick stop in Williamson County Tuesday evening to talk about pressing issues with members of the county GOP at the Westhaven Residence Club. 

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
231 Public Square moving through city approval process
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 9:23 am

The Public Square, Franklin’s iconic center of history and culture, is slated for a new look if a project planned for the northeast quadrant is approved.

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Walker touts his strengths in campaign stop at Boots & Jeans event
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 9:24 am

Local, state and national legislators were among the estimated 1,000 people attending 23rd District state Sen. Jack Johnson’s 9th Annual Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans event at The Factory in Franklin on Sunday. 

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson campaigns in Franklin
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson spoke at a Republican Women of Williamson County luncheon Wednesday before touring downtown Franklin with Mayor Ken Moore during his campaign visit to connect with constituents in the county.

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WCS sets new ACT record
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 11:20 am

For the fourth consecutive year, WCS students earned the highest ACT composite average score in the history of the district – 23.8 – just tenths of a point away from the school board’s goal of reaching a score of 24 by 2017 as stated in its strategic plan.

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BOMA approves $14 million in Franklin water plant upgrades
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 12:52 pm

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman voted 8-0 to approve the construction required for upgrades to its 60-year old drinking water treatment plant, although the decision met opposition among Harpeth River advocates who attended the city meeting Tuesday.

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Tuesday 08/25/2015
Crissy Haslam praises county literacy center and celebrates its new name
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 11:58 pm

The Literacy Council of Williamson County, established in 1986, will now be known as the Adult Learning Center, helping about 500 Williamson Countians a year to develop reading, learning and basic literacy skills.

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Monday 08/24/2015
Franklin Fire Department mechanic celebrates 40-year career
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 1:17 pm

One of the first fire trucks that Don Ballington remembers working on was the Franklin Fire Department’s 1958 Seagrave. 

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Friday 08/21/2015
Renowned teacher and community leader turns 100, honored by many
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 5:57 pm

Ola Louise Beal Patton, one of Franklin’s most influential African-American women turned 100-years-old Friday in the company of dozens of family members, friends, community leaders and elected officials, who spent the day honoring her vast accomplishments. 

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Gov. Walker to speak at Sen. Jack Johnson's 9th Annual Fundraiser
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin, will speak at the 9th Annual Boots and Jeans, BBQ and Beans fundraiser for Sen. Jack Johnson. 

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Blue Star Flag lowered as FPD welcomes home one of their own
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 2:56 pm

At a special ceremony Thursday morning on the Plaza at Franklin Police Headquarters, a Franklin Police Honor Guard lowered the Blue Star Flag, which honors active duty military members serving during a period of war or hostilities.

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WCSO deputy, charity honored with monthly award
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 9:33 am

A Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his favorite charity were honored with an award from Toyota of Cool Springs.  Deputy Daniel Beard was named Deputy of the Month for July. 

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Thursday 08/20/2015
USDA, TDA announce Seed Funding to ignite agri-tech entrepreneurship in rural Tennessee
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 12:37 pm

The next great business idea just may come from rural Tennessee.

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TCA empowers chiropractors at annual conference
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 12:36 pm

More than 500 chiropractors gathered for three-day professional development seminars and an annual awards ceremony.

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2015 Williamson County Fair best yet
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Preliminary figures show the 2015 Williamson County Fair was the most successful fair in event’s 11-year history, according to Fair Chair Rogers Anderson. 

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WCS rezoning timeline could be introduced as early as November
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Williamson County Schools welcomed 36,250 students during the first week of school – 180 students over projection – representing the continued growing pains that WCS experiences each year.

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City faced with challenges for proposed park land ordinance
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 12:42 pm

City officials and some residents have been dissecting the proposed Franklin Parks Master Plan draft all week. 

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Franklin's Garzarek achieves "Chief Fire Officer" designation
Posted: August 19, 2015

Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO).

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Steven Tyler joins list of performers at Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Iconic rock ’n’ roll vocalist Steven Tyler has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin.

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Final phase of Reddick Street redevelopment breaks ground to affordable housing
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 9:09 am

The Mayors of the City of Franklin and Williamson County, along with residents, community leaders, and executives from the Franklin Housing Authority and The Michaels Organization gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the final phase of the Reddick Street Redevelopment.

Located next to The Senior Residences at Reddick Street, which opened in 2013, this last phase will bring 65 newly constructed units of affordable family housing to the former site of obsolete public housing.

“Our vision to bring high-quality, modern housing to Franklin’s families with low and moderate incomes to this important neighborhood is well on its way to being fulfilled,” said Derwin Jackson, executive director of the Franklin Housing Authority. “We are grateful for the community support of our comprehensive redevelopment plan."

When completed in 2016, the new Reddick Family community will feature single-family, duplex, and garden-style homes, some with balconies and patios, that offer energy-efficient, modern apartments in a mix of one-, two-, three-, and four-bedrooms. The community will offer central heat and air-conditioning, energy-efficient appliances and HVAC systems, as well as water-conserving plumbing and fixtures. All units will also be wired for high-speed Internet access. Onsite amenities include a community room, computer center, and onsite management offices.

“This type of housing will benefit our teachers, healthcare workers, servers, and other hard working individuals and families who want to live, work and go to school in our beautiful city," Mayor Ken Moore said. "The City of Franklin supports the efforts of the Franklin Housing Authority and their achievements of providing affordable, safe housing for low and moderate-income families.”

The new development increases the supply of affordable and workforce housing options in the City of Franklin. Housing units at Reddick Apartments will be available to families with a diverse range of incomes up to $46,620 for a family of four.  

“We appreciate the work of the Franklin Housing Authority in their efforts to provide housing for our low-income community,” said Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson.

“Developments such as the Reddick Street Apartments show that partnerships in the community make an impact on the lives of our citizens. 

Financing for the $14.3 million development includes $10.6 million in private equity raised from the sale of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Tennessee Housing Development Authority (THDA), as well as $500,000 in Housing Trust Funds from the THDA. An additional $512,000 came from the Franklin Housing Authority, and $350,000 derives from developer’s equity.

The development also benefitted from $50,000 in CDBG funds from the City. SunTrust Bank purchased the tax credits and is the construction lender. Enterprise Mortgage Investments, Inc. provided $2.3 million in permanent financing.

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Tuesday 08/18/2015
Horses return to Harlinsdale for 'Raise the Roofs'
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Those who attended the Fourth Annual Raise the Roofs at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm got a good look at the progress that their fundraising has accomplished.

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