One of the largest crowds in recent memory gathered at the Macon County Veterans Memorial park for the annual Memorial Day Celebration.
Veteran Navy Captain Tierian (Randy) Cash was the guest speaker for the event.
“Today is a bittersweet day, we get together, we cry, we laugh,” said Cash. “I am convinced if everyone really understood the sacrifice of the one million Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there wouldn’t be any cars on the road, they would all be here.”
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Building the county’s financial stability while facing uncertain legislative challenges seems to be the common theme throughout the 2015-16 budget planning process. County Manager Derek Roland presented commissioners with a $46.6 million budget last Thursday night, and in a two and a half hour work session on Tuesday, commissioners hashed out the details.
The budget was proposed at $46,646,357, with balanced revenues and expenditures. The proposed budget, while less than the 2013-14 levels, exhibits an increase over the current fiscal year.
Franklin's business landscape is undergoing some big changes, a sign that maybe better times are ahead for the local economy.
Franklin’s Main Street is bustling, with the biggest problem these days being findind a parking space on either end of the street. New shops have found their homes along Main Street, and after hours, the sidewalks are actually lined with visitors, something Franklin’s main street has long since struggled to do consistently.
But main street isn’t the only thing changing. From both ends of Franklin, older buildings such as the Dan’s Auto building or Ace Hardware have gotten a facelift, with new store fronts and more shopper friendly parking lots.
The Franklin High School Athletic Booster Club presented its 33rd Annual FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 21.
Athletes were recognized for athletic accomplishments as well as scholarly pursuits and awarded local scholarships.
Among the awards and scholarships given were: The Parker Mathis Scholarship; Walter Scruggs Scholarship; Brandon Stiwinter Scholarship; Booster Club Scholarship; Tom Raby Scholarhsip and (not pictured) Stan Sloan Scholarship, which was awarded to Harrison Conner and Cameron Roper.
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: