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On Friday, Nov. 14, area pastors and community leaders came together entering into a long term agreement to positively impact and strengthen marriages in this region. Pastors met downtown ceremoniously signing the Marriage and Family Agreement and publically committed to this great work they feel God has called them to. This group envisions a day 10 years from now when they can look back and see that the divorce rate in the county has dropped by one third and the marriage rate has increased. It is their hope that there will be many who in 2024 will say that what began in 2014 prepared, strengthened and rescued marriages and spared many children from the trauma of divorce. The heart of this effort is not to condemn anyone, rather to work together to unleash existing resources, share new resources and empower the broader body of Christ to bring this to pass.

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On Saturday, Nov. 15, the community turned out to help the Toys for Tots program gather donations.

The event took place at Smoky Mountain Chevrolet where attendees were treated to an antique car show, fun and games, and fellowship.  Every year volunteers disperse toy donations to area children during the holidays.

 

 

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A wreath-laying ceremony and salute concluded the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in downtown Franklin on Tuesday, as community members gathered to honor veterans of all wars on this day of remembrance.

The keynote speaker was Franklin Chief of Police David Adams who himself is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Meg Bruner, fourth grader at South Macon Elementary delivered the National Anthem to the appreciation of those assembled.

Mayor Bob Scott also spoke, along with Bob Litten who welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

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The Franklin House celebrated its grand opening ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce’s red carpet on Wednesday. The facility, which is an Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, has been in the works for more than a year and is now finally ready to serve the community.

“The dream of so many has become a reality,” said Nancy Rathbone, executive director of the Franklin House. “The addition of Franklin House to the community gives the people of Franklin a choice in care facilities. Many residents take their family to other counties for care. This will be a huge plus for the area.”

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