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Heating and cooling businesses embrace technology.

The first day of Fall rolled into Macon County on Sunday, and with it came cooler weather. The change of the seasons is the perfect time for home owners to begin the transition from home units keeping the summer days cool to the products needed to warm you up until Spring. Macon County is home to several heating and cooling businesses, some new and some old, but all geared toward servicing the people in the community.


Monday night, the Franklin Board of Aldermen met to discuss allocating funds to area non-profits. Twelve organizations applied for grants through the town's community funding pool for services that have become crucial to the community.

Originally, the requests made by the non-profits totaled $68,829.25, $28,829.25 more than the $40,000 allocated by the town for the community funding pool. Aldermen met Monday night to weigh in on each grant request and to trim the requests down to meet the predetermined allocation.

Organizations seeking funding from the town are required to meet a certain criteria before being eligible for town grants. The organization must be a non-profit; funding provided will not be given on a reoccurring basis; the organization must meet the public purpose doctrine; and all of the awarded funding must be spent within the fiscal year. Organizations cannot receive more than $5,000.


About 125 people enjoyed great food, bid on incredible auction items and helped raise money for the March of Dimes at the Babies, Boots and BBQ event.

The event, presented by Macon Bank, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes, and raised approximately $10,000, which will help Macon County towards its goal of $25,000.


To promote healthy lifestyles, the Town of Franklin has paired up with their insurance carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield to start the first ever wellness program. The program, which is called the Healthy Outcomes Program, is a voluntary six-month challenge for employees to start living a healthier lifestyle.

“The reason for doing this program is two-fold,” said Ashley Hyder, Town of Franklin Human Resource Officer. “Number one is that we want our employees to focus on their health and wellness. Healthy employees are happy and more productive employees. If we can get our employee to focus on their overall wellness then we will be able to better serve our community. The second part is the savings. Healthier employees equal fewer claims and if the cost of our claims go down, so will our premiums.”


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