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Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the United States will converge on Franklin for the 49th Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 24. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. This gem and mineral show is the original Franklin gem show, the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. Linda Harbuck, executive director of the chamber is co-chair of the event along with Jack Jungle of the Gem & Mineral Society.


What To Do With The Kids® asked adults what are the all-time best movies for kids to watch. Almost 1,600 people responded online and through social media with their choices in four different age categories: Preschool (0-5); Elementary (6-10); Middle School (11-13) and High School (14-17).

"There are dozens of great movies for kids so it really was a tough choice but the ones selected were by far the most popular," said Brian Presley, director of marketing for What To Do With The Kids. "Quite a few mentioned that they loved these movies as a kid and enjoy watching them again with their own kids."


Thursdays at the Library will present “Collecting Outsider Folk Art” Thursday, July 17, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library meeting room.

Cindy Solesbee, Brent Martin, Ruth Goodier and Debby Boots will have some of their collected works on display in the library through the month of July. On Thursday, July 17, they’ll share stories about the artists, and how they chose and collected works by southern artists. Enjoy some music, refreshments, art, and conversations.

Solesbee, who has collected hundreds of pieces for 20 years, will outline the background of the folk art movement and share some stories of the artists who created some provocative, political, religious and “outrageous” pieces.


The 11th Annual Franklin Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” is being held on Saturday, July 19. Cosponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) and the Franklin Main Street Program, this free festival has something for everyone.

For the mechanically minded, antique cars will be clustered together at the Car Show, and spread about town will be vintage farm equipment, fire engines and tractors.

Huge quilt and textile exhibits will be on display inside the Presbyterian Tartan Hall along with church, school and antique exhibits located at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.


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