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Up until two months ago, the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) had a reserve fund of $100,000, an exact match to its $100,000 budget. When board member Matt Bateman suggested lowering the reserve amount in order to free up some additional funds, the wheels started to turn and once new members came on to the board, things started to happen. Member Josh Drake supported lowering the amount as well and soon, the entire board voted to change the reserve to $50,000.

At Monday night's meeting, the board began to test the waters concerning the extra money that should result from the change. The discussion stemmed from an issue regarding a blog describing town events on http://www.discoverfranklin.com/. Jessica Mason from Premiere Marketing offered to arrange for a writer to put together a blog twice a month for $150 per month where one blog entry would cost $100 per month.


In 2009, Franklin became the first town in the nation to gain the Appalachian Trail Community Designation. Now, almost five years later, 35 towns are known as AT communities. In 2015, the designation is up for renewal. At Monday's Board of Aldermen meeting supporters spoke out to recommend keeping the designation.

Rob Gasparro, co-owner of Outdoor 76 – an outfitters store that specializes in outdoor recreation specific to the region and located on Main Street – was among the first to address the board.

“Our market is the AT community. If there's one thing that our town has to hang on to, it's that designation,” he told the board.


On Tuesday, board members from REACH announced plans to begin a capital campaign in order to raise funds for a new domestic violence shelter that is projected to be constructed by the end of 2015.

At a price tag of $1.2 million and an awarded state grant of $900,000, the campaign will seek to raise the remaining $300,000.

According to board president Bonnie Peggs, the current shelter has six bedrooms for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The new shelter will have 10 bedrooms, each having two beds and a connecting door to an adjacent bedroom so that the bedrooms can be used to serve larger families who may require two bedrooms.


Board to draw up new plan before its March meeting.

The Town of Franklin held its monthly meeting on Monday where members of the community attended to voice their opinions in regards to issues such as the decision to keep a liaison from East Franklin Elementary School, the fate of the Gazebo on Town Square and the Town Hall meetings proposed by Mayor Bob Scott.

Brittney Burns spoke to the board first to show her disapproval of the decision made at last month’s meeting to not establish a liaison at East Franklin.


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