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Investors and guests were invited to kick off renovations to the building that once served as the Franklin Town Hall. After months of negotiations, the building will next serve as the home of the Lazy Hiker Brewery.

Proprietors Ken Murphy and Lenny Jordan with the help of Arrowood Construction recently began renovations and Tuesday's open house served as a celebration of what's to come. The structure's main building that sits facing West Main Street and once served as the fire department, will have a taproom where visitors can come in and try the local craft beers.


A new trend spreading across the United States might soon find itself regulated by the federal government. The market for ecigarettes or vapor cigarettes has being steadily growing since 2006, from a couple of thousand users to an industry that reached nearly $2 billion in sales last year.

E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution that creates a vapor for users to inhale. The products are popular among smokers because the nicotine-infused vapor resembles the same qualities of cigarette smoke, but doesn’t produce the harsh chemicals, tar or odor caused by regular cigarettes. People use the products as an alternative to smoking or to cut down or kick the habit altogether.

With the creation of the new product came a new industry that is now being examined for potential federal regulations. The Food and Drug Administration is currently soliciting public input into whether the government should regulate the industry, and if so, how. The public comment period is scheduled to end Aug. 8.

In April of this year, the FDA proposed a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, and warning labels on products. Because e-cigarettes contain a nicotine concentration, the FDA is looking to require manufacturers to disclose their products’ ingredients.


Leadership is defined as the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow. Leaders are an essential part of life. In sports, in business, in life in general, leaders make it possible to dream a little bigger, work a little harder, and achieve all things great.

For the third year, SiteDart Hosting in Franklin is hosting a broadcast of the Leadercast event originally held in Atlanta. This year’s event will be held at the Ruby Cinemas on the Georgia Road and will feature talks from nine internationally known speakers including Andy Stanley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Laura Schroff, former first lady Laura Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, and Simon Sinek.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at Mortgage Financial Group, Inc. located at 244 Porter Street.

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Pictured (L-R) are Linda Harbuck, executive director of Franklin Chamber; Chuck Buroker; Corey Beebe; Ashley Matthews; Donna Ardito; John Ardito, President; Jim Rupert and Tom Ritter, chamber master.

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