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Final product includes 2 cent tax increase for 2014-15.

With a new fiscal year set to begin on July 1, the Franklin Board of Aldermen was tasked with adopting a 2014-2015 budget before the end of June. The process has gone smoothly, as the board unanimously adopted a budget at last Monday night's town meeting.

Though the budget overall was fairly straightforward, there was one difference that the board knew may raise some eyebrows — a 2 cent tax increase.

In the budget message that was presented by then town manager Warren Cabe, he said that a one cent tax increase would not only sustain a healthy fiscal future for the town but would provide funding to accomplish various projects that would be required in the future.

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A three-vehicle accident that happened Tuesday morning closed down both north and southbound lanes of 441S.

Doug Ledford, driver of a white F150 Ford truck, ran the stop sign at Belle Dowdle Rd., entering oncoming traffic on 441. He crossed the road hitting a red Chevy Cobalt driven by April West who then hit a white Lexus.

After hitting West, Ledford crossed back over into the southbound lane resting on the curb. The Cobalt came to rest in a ditch on the northbound side of 441 and the Lexus stopped in the northbound lane.

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The Town of Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met on Monday afternoon to discuss a variety of issues and to set a date for its upcoming budget retreat.

To kick off the meeting, D'Anne Maddox from Premiere Marketing gave the board a rundown of the effectiveness of their marketing strategy that has been in place over the last year. Presenting the spreadsheets to the board, she illustrated how the online marketing campaign has worked.

“As you can see, Charlotte has moved to number one,” she said of the website visitors. “But I also put together the top 10 places that site visitors live and as you can see there are even people from New York that are visiting your page.”

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This year marks the fifth time runners will line up on the starting line for the annual Braveheart 5K. Held in conjunction with the Taste of Scotland Festival held in Franklin on Father’s Day weekend, the Braveheart 5K stands as a substantial fundraiser for Franklin’s Scottish Tartans Museum.

“As with a lot of nonprofits, funding has steadily been decreasing,” said Ronan MacGregor, museum director. “In order for us to remain open and serve the public we need to supplement the loss through fund raising efforts such as the Braveheart 5K and the Taste of Scotland Festival.”

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