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Franklin native Rocky Pattillo has been named Drake Software’s new Vice President of Sales. Pattillo has been in sales for almost 20 years, serving as Assistant Director of Sales for Drake Software from 2005-2008 and Software Sales Director since 2008.

As head of Drake’s national sales department, Pattillo is responsible for the strategic positioning of the firm in the accounting software industry, targeting tax preparation businesses of all sizes. He is also in charge of the management and coordination of the company’s sales force.



Working to make Franklin a destination for travelers, members of the Tourist Development Authority discussed several grant proposals and events that are in the works for 2011 at their last meeting held in January.

The TDA offers grants to help develop tourism in Franklin by supporting groups or persons wanting to host an event and by promoting these events with advertising displayed on seven billboards leased by the TDA.


Capital Investment Companies, one of the largest independent financial services and brokerage firms in the Southeast, announced its partnership with Nantahala Bank and Trust Company. Nantahala Bank is headquartered in Franklin, N.C. and serves western North Carolina and northern Georgia. Eric Gaddy has joined Capital Investment Companies and will represent Capital in Nantahala’s branch offices.

Nantahala Bank will offer Capital Investment Companies’ bank securities program to their customers. The program includes traditional brokerage, money management, investment banking, insurance and estate planning, trusts, no-load mutual fund management, retirement plans and mortgages.


Jeff Cloer of the Wayah Insurance Group has been awarded a professional degree in the field of long-term care, Certified in Long- Term Care (CLTC). The program is independent of the insurance industry and focuses on providing insurance professionals the tools they need to meet their client’s long-term care needs.

“Our agency is very sensitive to the needs of our community” Cloer said. “Many of our clients have experienced the devastating effects chronic illness has on their families.”


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