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Local law enforcement authorities continue the investigation into the incidents that ensued as a part of the escape of Macon County Detention Center inmate Charles Cochran. Cochran, who was being held by local authorities on minor trespassing charges in Colorado, escaped from the Macon County Detention Center on July 30. Five days after his initial escape, authorities were able to locate Cochran and take him back into custody without incident.

While Cochran was on the run from authorities, a house in the Burningtown Community was burned down, resulting in one death, of a victim who has yet to be identified, and a middle of the night shooting occurred within Franklin city limits. Although Cochran is believed to be connected to both incidents, authorities have neither confirmed or denied his involvement as of yet.

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The Town of Franklin is experiencing a bit of an identity crisis. Forums are being held to consider the town's future, the Tourism Development Authority has turned its attention towards marketing the town to potential visitors, and various committees and civic groups have popped up in an attempt to overhaul the brand that stands behind Franklin.

But what is that brand exactly? It may be safe to say that it is jumbled at best. Franklin is still the “Gem Capital of the World” though the economic boom that was once experienced as a result of mines in the area has decreased over the years. Features like antique stores can fill a day or two visiting, plus weekend festivals, vibrant colors that paint the mountains during the fall months, not to mention the vast array of outdoor attractions like waterfalls, scenic highways, and hiking trails.

All of these characteristics are used in advertising to garner attention for the community. With such lively examples of what the town has to offer, some are left wondering if the town seal that is being used to represent the town in its board room and on many of its town vehicles may be lacking.

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Sheriff Robert L. Holland released the following statement in regards to the trustee program and the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).

“MCSO “Trustee” Program inmates in just the year of 2013:

• Spent 1,078 hours utilized in the collection of 4,480 pounds of roadside litter. This totals 242,512 pounds of trash picked up since Sheriff Holland established the program in 2002.
• Spent 921 hours devoted to improvements and maintenance of county buildings.
• Spent 30 hours to non-profit and civic organizations such as CareNet, Relay for Life, Scottish Heritage Day, The Greenway, The Veteran’s Park and more.

read more of the statement after the jump!

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The Town of Franklin has entered into a contractual agreement with Tony Angel Media to serve as a consultant for the Franklin Main Street Program.

"The Town of Franklin is pleased to have Tony Angel Media serve in a consulting role for the Franklin Main Street Program,” said Summer Woodard, Town Manager. “Mr. Angel has a long history with Main Street and we’re looking forward to working with him to provide guidance to the program during this period of transition.”

The Franklin Main Street Program is currently without an Executive Director.

“I’m delighted to be working with Ms. Woodard and the Town on this project,” said Tony Angel.

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