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Our Keller Williams Family is so proud to announce the addition of five experienced agents from Exit Realty to Keller Williams on January 1, 2012.

We would like to welcome John Becker, Kathy Clifton, Debbie Bale, Ellen Goldstein and Les Sintay.

Keller Williams will continue to be the largest office in Franklin with 26 agents and 3 staff members.


Drake Software has unveiled another product, SecureFilePro – a safe and convenient document exchange program that allows tax professionals to exchange documents such as tax returns and profit and loss statements with their clients from their own secure website. SecureFilePro is being launched this month, according to Drake Software.

SecureFilePro will provide tax professionals with a customized web address and the ability to brand their site with their own company name and logo. The website will be accessible from any computer with Internet access at any time.


Struggling economy to blame

We hear it often. Small businesses are the engine of economic growth in the United States. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 44 percent of private payrolls in the U.S. and employ half of all private sector employees. Their ability to thrive in Western North Carolina is essential to long-term economic growth in the region, says Will Lambe, Associate Director of the UNC School of Government’s Community and Economic Development program.


The local Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board is facing some big changes both locally and statewide.

At a joint dinner meeting between the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen and ABC board members on Dec. 12, it was revealed that the property management firm of Macon Plaza may be raising the rent on the local ABC store in November of next year.

For the past 17 years, the store has been leasing space from the plaza. Prior to July 2006, when the Town of Franklin passed its mixed beverage ordinance, the store was only 3,200 square feet and paid approximately $3,000 a month. After the ordinance passed, the store expanded to 6,008 square feet. The rent was raised to $6,069.76 per month.


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