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Newer Rotary Club of Franklin members Amy Manshack, Sam Blasingame, Tammy Farrell, Marvin Ramsey and Chris Baldwin were all recognized for their efforts this past year with the club's Four- Way Test Program.






Every Christmas local churches, organizations and individuals all work together to collect items for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is known for collecting much needed items like toothbrushes and small toys for children around the world. Millions of Americans sign on to pack a shoebox to send off each year. But what happens to that shoebox? Where does it go and who does it help, and what does that child’s face looks like when they open it? Macon County resident Sierra Womack will get the chance to find out.

Womack has been packing shoeboxes for OCC since she was in high school and has always thought she would like to actually be able to help give out the boxes one day. So a couple of years ago, when OCC started allowing year round volunteers to apply to go on distribution trips, Womack began looking into the possibility.


Anybody who went to the Franklin gun show this past weekend may have noticed something different about the bi-annual show. Among the guns, tazers, rations and other survival gear, just inside the lobby of the Macon County Community Facilities Building a visitor could find Girl Scout Troop 30536 posted up to sell cookies.

The business venture was to aid the troop's pursuit of a Silver Award, the second highest award than can be attained by a girl scout and the highest for a Girl Scout Cadette (6th-8th grade). In order to receive the award, girls complete a Cadette Journey prior to beginning their project. Once that is completed, the girls must complete a 50-hour service project that will positively impact the community. Upon completion of the project, the Girl Scouts submit a report to their local Girl Scout Council.

As their community service project, Troop 30536 chose to raise money via cookie sales and other community events to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine for Macon Middle School – the only school in the county that does not have one. Since a machine usually costs between $1,400 and $1,800, the girls have stayed busy raising the funds.


Christopher Ray Vinson, a 1993 graduate of Franklin High School, has recently been awarded the Department of Homeland Security-TSA 2013 National Unsung Hero Award. He was presented the award in Nashville, Tenn., by Federal Security Director Steve Wood and TSA Administrator John Pistole.

Vinson serves as the technical consultant for the Senior Leadership Team on all issues involving Operations Center functions and the integration of Security Operations and Headquarters data requirements vital to emerging counter-terrorism operations. The Operations Center is designed to be a fully integrated command and control center to provide proactive and reactive support for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and multi-agency security and multi-modal operations.


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