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Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met on Monday evening to discuss the 2014-2015 budget, but before they hammered out a plan, acting chairman Summer Woodard provided the board with print outs of last year's budget and the room occupancy tax report that provided monthly collections figures.

With a budget of $100,000, tax collections were reported at $99,648.38. Out of the budgeted amount, $80,413 was spent leaving a balance of $19,586.93.The balance is a result of a decrease in festival funding requests and a smaller amount being spent on Facebook ads and Google Ad Words than had been budgeted.

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Board members expound on the life of a public servant.

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two part series about the time, effort, and knowledge it takes to be a commissioner in Macon County. You can view part I here.

In addition to working 40-plus hours a week at their day jobs, tending to their families, and being individual members of the community, the Macon County Board of Commissioners spend a great deal of time serving in their role as an elected official. All five of the commissioners agree they don’t do it for the money, but instead because of a love for their community and a desire to serve their neighbors.

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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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