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If not for a small lamb named Rosie, Frances Moore might never have begun spinning, or gathering materials from nature to dye the wool and silk she uses in her handmade items.

In 1985, at the Macon County Fair there was a lamb that was too small to be sold, but Moore’s sister Nancy told the owner that Moore would buy it. Her family built a big dog house and a pen for her, named her Rosie, and for 14 years, Rosie spent her days roaming the family’s yard, walking up onto the porch, peering into the windows. Rosie even appeared in the live nativity scene at the Asbury Methodist Church. Robert Rollins, the County Extension agent at that time, sheared Rosie every summer and kept telling Moore she should learn to spin and weave that wool.


Venture Local Franklin and the Downtown merchants teamed up last Friday night for the inaugural StreetFest ’12 event. Modeled after an event that first occurred in 2010, StreetFest was fully stocked with fun with live entertainment from local musicians, a surprise flash mob headed by Zumba Fitness, local shops that were open late, face painting and lots of snacks and refreshments to round out the evening.

“In speaking with some of our merchants after Street- Fest, I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and reports of the successful night they had,” said Matt Bateman with Venture Local Franklin.


The Macon Aero Modelers Club is sponsoring a "Fly-In" of radio control model airplanes at the club's flying field in Otto on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to attend and see a large collection of radio control airplanes on display and flying. Scale models, aerobatic models, sail planes and helicopters will be flying.

The club's field is located at 515 Tessentee Road south of Franklin, at Otto.


The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the Franklin Folk Festival on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Liars Bench is a traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, and folk arts variety show.

Founded in 2010 by storyteller, writer, and playwright Gary Carden, the group promotes and showcases all aspects of Southern Appalachian culture, continuing the grand tradition of true mountain folkways through down-home entertainment.


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