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Organized solely through social media and word of mouth, Venture Local Franklin's cash mobs attract upwards of 40 people for each event. Dozens of people flock to the meeting area 15 minutes before the mob is planned with a $20 bill in hand. Their intent? To provide locally owned businesses with a quick, one time economic boost in sales just by shopping locally.

Venture Local Franklin (VLF) was formed a couple of years ago as a grassroots movement comprised of members of the community sharing the common interest of enhancing Franklin.


The government is open for business again. Just as the public was starting to see the effects of the government shutdown, the United States Congress finally passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling and avoided default. Public support for Congress as described by various media outlets seems to be waning on a national level, but what do the citizens of Macon County think about the latest crisis that has been averted for the time being?

Franklin resident Gary Sutton was keen to answer questions about his feelings towards the shutdown, placing blame on all members of Congress.


When new businesses fail, statistics show the most likely cause is a lack of business planning.

To help local entrepreneurs avoid that pitfall, the Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community (CEC) Leadership Team is hosting a business plan competition starting this fall and running through the spring of 2014.

The winner will receive a $5,000 grand prize.

Designed to encourage entrepreneurs to start successful businesses in Macon County, the competition will provide applicants the opportunity to complete a comprehensive business plan with the help of a series of free seminars. They’ll also work with various mentors in hopes of making their business a reality.


The Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA) held its monthly meeting Monday night at town hall. Members gathered to look at a funding request from the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, (SMPCA) to listen to a presentation concerning the Winter Wonderland festival and to consider an amendment that would change the amount of funds in their reserve.

Paul Garner, general manager of the performing arts center along with Adam Raymond of Premiere Marketing — the firm that handles the marketing strategy for the TDA — were both in attendance to tell the board how the center would be using any money that was allotted to the facility. Using figures that were collected from the Third Day concert that took place the night before, the duo pointed at the large markets that were being brought into Franklin.


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