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Ray Price, an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has often been praised as one of the best male voices in country music, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18.

Price is best known for hits such as “Danny Boy” and “Crazy Arms.” He served as a United States Marine in World War II, was Hank Williams’ roommate, and has worked alongside such greats as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.


Event promoters for the Smoky Mountain Rumble Motorcycle Rally were able to secure adequate insurance for the Aug. 17-19 event. The event will take place as planned, on the Highlands Road with the support of the town and Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA).

During the continuation of last weeks' special called meeting of the TDA, Town Attorney John Henning Jr. announced that event organizers, Sylvia and Scott Cochran, who were not present at Tuesday's meeting, were able to obtain a quote that would provide a proper insurance policy for the rally. The insurance policy will come at a cost of $774 and it will provide at least $1 million in liability coverage to cover the Town of Franklin, the TDA, and the event promoters, explained Henning.


Arrival from Sweden, an ABBA tribute band, will present their show, The Music of ABBA, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22.

ABBA was a Swedish pop/rock band who reached great fame in the 1970s when they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, selling more than 370 million records worldwide. They are best remembered for hits such as, “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes All,” and “Mamma Mia.”


Franklin’s Folk Festival celebrated the cultural heritage of the region by demonstrating traditions of the past.

From moon-shining, chair caning, cross-cut sawing and telling tall tales, visitors to downtown on Saturday got a taste of what it was like back in the “good ol’ days.”



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