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New facility will provide safe haven for more families.

A safe place for victims of domestic violence in Macon and Jackson counties will soon be a reality. After months of fundraising, writing grants, and planning, community leaders gathered at the property that will soon house a new shelter for REACH of Macon County last Thursday for the official groundbreaking ceremony.

“Oftentimes we have big ideas. These ideas are what define our hopes and dreams,” said REACH Board of Directors President Bonnie Peggs at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We had big ideas about a new shelter for many years. However, unforeseen obstacles blocked our path to this goal. We were caught in a very uncomfortable position. Looking back, we realize how easy it would have been to give up and walk away. But instead, we persevered, we were stubborn. We said, 'no.' This was one dream, one goal which we were not willing to give up. And so we find ourselves here today.”


Pictured (L-R) are Chief Harrell, Jennifer Turner-Lynn, assistant director REACH of Macon County, and Chief Adams.Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell and Franklin Police Chief David Adams and their departments joined forces to provide REACH of Macon County with four child booster/car seats.

Both agencies were quick to respond when the need arose during a domestic violence case involving multiple children.

Without seats to safely transport the family, and after contacting multiple agencies in both Macon and Jackson counties, law enforcement responded by purchasing the new car seats/boosters.

REACH of Macon County staff expressed appreciation of their support as it will ensure that families are able to leave in emergency situations, seeking safety for themselves and their children.

At a recent meeting, the Franklin Rotary Club recognized the top ten seniors at Franklin High School.

From left, Riley Jenkins, Rachelle Baldwin, Mar-shall Parrish, Olivia Coulter, Dr. Baldwin, Ashley Hull, Kacie England, Garrett Higdon, Lexi Kloeppel, Blaine Moss and Mary Freeman.




Franklin Rotary Club recognized the 2015 Roy Rickman Scholarship recipients at a recent meeting. Recipients are, from left, Kacie England, Olivia Coulter, Garrett Higdon, Lexi Kloeppel and Ashley Hull.

The Roy Rickman Scholarship is awarded to five graduating seniors from Macon County High School to help with college expenses. Based on need and accomplishment, four receive a one time $1,000 scholarship and the fifth student receives a $3,000 scholarship that can be renewed on a yearly basis.

Ashley Hull received the $3,000 award. Not pictured is Kara Joy Seaman who was awarded the Bob and Helen Carpenter Nursing Scholarship of $1,000.

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