A picture perfect Christmas
Beautiful weather and one of the largest number of entries ever added to the enjoyment of the festivities and excitement at this year’s annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1.
All along the route, record crowds gathered to enjoy the festivities and get a glimpse of Old St. Nick, who was the traditional last entry in the parade.
The categories being judged were Grand Champion, Best Use of Theme and Most Original.
Newly-elected aldermen Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined the other members of the Franklin Town Board Monday night along with new mayor, Bob Scott.
The new board set to work right away when Town Planner Derek Roland brought to their attention an application to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance for Outdoor Display of Goods. The action that would be taken at the meeting would be whether or not to send the application to the Town Planning Board for its consideration and recommendations.
Last Tuesday night Macon County Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Franklin native Derek Roland as the next county manager. The application process to replace long-time county manager Jack Horton began after Horton announced his retirement earlier this year. For the past three months, commissioners reviewed the 38 applications received and carefully considered each applicant's requirements. After narrowing the applicant pool to two individuals and conducting extensive interviews with both candidates, the unanimous decision was made to offer the job to Roland at an annual salary of $100,000.
Christmas season officially under way
The holiday season kicked off last Friday night with Franklin's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. According to Linda Schlott, Franklin's Main Street Director, the 22-foot tall tree took four people three hours to set up and another three hours to get it fully decorated. Standing tall next to the Gazebo on Main Street, this year's holiday centerpiece is garnished with approximately 250 ornaments and 1,500 twinkling lights.
“This year’s Tree Lighting was the largest crowd yet,” said Schlott.
Fifth-grader Brianna Norris was the top seller for the Mountain View Intermediate PTO fundraiser.
Brianna, who is in Mr. Willams homeroom, sold 50 items for the $50 cash prize.
Various items were sold including jewelry, wrapping paper, magazines, etc. The fundraiser was open to all 630 students of MVI. Proceeds have not been specifically allocated yet but will be distributed through PTO.
Brianna and the students that sold a minimum of 20 items will also participate in a limo ride to lunch donated by Fatz Cafe.