Preservation Hits a High Note at Heritage Foundation Annual Awards

In making his acceptance speech after being honored with the Mary Pearce Legacy Award during the Heritage Foundation’s annual meeting and preservation awards ceremony at the Franklin Theatre Tuesday night, longtime preservationist Ed Silva may have best summed up what the 52-year-old nonprofit is all about. The honorary award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated years…

County’s Homeless Alliance takes more steps toward Building a Permanent Shelter in Franklin

Pastor Kevin Riggs of Franklin Community Church said Friday that the effort to build a permanent homeless shelter in Franklin took critical steps forward after he had met with three different groups of people who are interested in being major sponsors and donors for the project. In a newsletter sent to those who have signed…

Franklin Church to Host City’s First Year-Round Emergency Homeless Shelter

A Franklin church will open its doors to people experiencing homelessness when it launches the city’s first year-round emergency shelter later this year. The Williamson County Homeless Alliance, a group of pastors and city leaders that formed earlier this year, announced Friday that Franklin First United Methodist Church will provide emergency shelter any time the…

Four Newly Elected Brentwood City Commission Candidates Celebrate Win, Ready to Serve

Surrounded by many supporters, the four newly elected Brentwood City Commissioners celebrated their wins at various campaign parties in Brentwood Tuesday evening. Brentwood citizens elected first-time commissioners Nelson Andrews and Susannah Macmillan to serve, while incumbents Anne Dunn and Ken Travis also were reelected for another term. While official numbers will not be certified until…

WCAR Offering Real Estate Pre-Licensing Courses for first time at its Brentwood site

For those seeking to get their real estate license, the Williamson County Association of Realtors in Brentwood is launching a way to perhaps make that goal more attainable. Beginning May 20, the WCAR will be offering real estate pre-licensing courses for interested individuals to take the first steps toward a career in real estate. It’s the first…

Students Look to Grow Side Hustles through new WCS Entrepreneurial Program

Students will learn how to successfully run their own business — or side hustles — when Williamson County Schools opens its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center in August. Courses and technology in the EIC, a 10,000 sq. ft. annex adjacent to Franklin High School, will be available to ninth through twelfth grade students in WCS. The students, under the leadership…

Ribbon Cutting Signals New Chapter for McPhail Building, this time as Office for Downtown Franklin Association

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore believes the historic McPhail building on Main Street couldn’t be more ideal as the office and welcome center for the Downtown Franklin Association. And to help make it official, a ribbon cutting was held Tuesday morning to ceremoniously welcome Jill Burgin as the executive director of the Downtown Franklin Association and…

Economic Developers Kick Off Fourth Annual Economic Development Week

Hundreds of communities across North America are marking May 6-11, 2019 as the fourth annual Economic Development Week (EDW), celebrating the contributions by professional economic developers to create more economically vibrant and livable communities. “Economic development is at the core of every community, large and small, urban and rural. Increased awareness of the profession and…

Ruby Sunshine Instagram Contest – Win for your Mom

Ruby Sunshine: We’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day the entire week of May 6th:   ALL WEEK: Guests can win a well-deserving Mom in their life a private biscuit making class for herself and 4 friends by entering our Instagram contest.  ON MOTHERS DAY: Guests who order any Mimosa will get a free mom-themed button.   Details of the Instagram contest:   Take a selfie at Ruby…

Departing Food Bank CEO Encourages Businesses Owners to Support Nonprofits to Show Social Responsibility

After more than 30 years on the job, Second Harvest CEO Jaynee Day plans to retire from the food bank this summer. Before that she’s hoping to raise $5 million to support updates and expansion to the organization’s infrastructure. At a Williamson Inc. event on Friday morning, Day encouraged business owners to support local nonprofits…