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.
Macon Pride, an organization to promote the environmental and economic value of recycling, wishes to commend our county manager, Mr. Jack Horton, and our county commissioners, Mr. Kevin Corbin, Mr. Ronnie Beale, Mr. James Tate, and Mr. Ron Haven, for their new use of a specially designed web-site and computer tablets for their meeting agendas.
This saves thousands of pages of paper generated every month for all county personnel who conduct our commission meetings. It allows writing and editing, ease of production, and is a 21st century means of economically conducting the business of Macon County. Additionally, the purchase of the necessary tablets, and programming the web site is ultimately less expensive than the costs of paper, which is shredded and unnecessarily takes up valuable space in the Macon County landfill.
Our commendation, gentlemen, and our appreciation, not only from Macon Pride, but from all residents who care about saving our environment and taxes.
Macon Pride Steering Committee: