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Gazebo remodel tops the list of upcoming projects.

At the Town of Franklin's annual board retreat that took place last Saturday, aldermen and town officials looked at a variety of issues that would probably surface over the next year. Some of the topics have taken center stage before while others were relatively new.

New plans for the Gazebo

The future of the Gazebo on Town Square has long been a topic of discussion among town officials. Renovations have been discussed at length, and at Saturday's meeting, Town Manager Warren Cabe presented to the board some sample drawings of what the area could look like in the near future.


With temperatures predicted to get to historic lows once again throughout the week, local churches and organizations are concerned about the homeless population in Macon County.

Determining the actual number of homeless individuals varies from organization to organization based on the definition used. According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, homeless is defined as “an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family), including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (such as shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing. A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, or mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or nonpermanent situation.”


The Franklin Board of Aldermen held its annual retreat last Saturday to discuss actions that could be taken in the future to aid in the town's economic development.

Town-owned vacant properties, particularly the old town hall building, have received plenty of attention ever since last year's retreat. The board previously decided to try and sell the piece of property, but after only receiving one bid of $150,000, well below the tax value, the talks of selling it have gone quiet.


When there weren't enough members to take action on anything at last week's county planning board meeting, the members who were present discussed a variety of topics for a short time before adjourning; one of them being the possibility of a new farmer's market at the Cowee Heritage Center. An organization called MountainWise was commended for their efforts in trying to make that happen, spurring the question, who exactly is MountainWise?


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