25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Ribbon cutting held last Saturday for ‘Bark Park.’

The Friends of the Greenway (FROGs) held the official grand opening of Macon County's new dog park on Saturday morning. FROGs asked the community to submit names for the park, and after shuffling through more than 30 entries, members of FROGs selected the submission of a frequent visitor who wishes to remain anonymous and named the new facility, “Big Bear Bark Park.”

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One common misconception among many people who rent their homes is that they are covered under their landlord’s insurance in case of an accident, burglary, or other disaster. Let me dispel that myth: Landlords typically only insure the building and any fixtures they own, so renters are responsible for lost or damaged possessions. And, if someone has an accident in your apartment, you’re liable.

Given this level of risk exposure, it’s surprising that up to two-thirds of renters don't have insurance. You may feel your belongings aren’t worth insuring, but suppose you had an electrical fire or burst pipe: Think how much it would cost to replace your possessions – not to mention pay for alternate housing during repairs.

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This area boasts a wide variety of tastes and venues

As part of the Venture Local Franklin (VLF) initiative, Macon County News is teaming up with VLF to highlight local businesses throughout Franklin. Each week, MCN will select locally owned and operated businesses in a different industry ranging from retail to tourism, to manufacturing. It is our goal at MCN to work with VLF to encourage residents to shop locally and utilize the resources Franklin has to offer.

Locally owned restaurants have a tremendous appeal within the Franklin city limits. Currently, about 40 locally owned and operated restaurants are conveniently located in Franklin and range from pizza joints to sports bars from Italian restaurants to sandwich shops. With so many menu choices available for residents, Franklin's restaurants provide breakfast lunch and supper for visitors of all tastes.

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Businesses encouraged to work together to promote local economy

The grassroots, community-driven movement, Venture Local Franklin (VLF), held a community forum last Thursday to share data compiled from community stakeholders such as the Chamber of Commerce, Franklin TDA and Franklin Main Street Program to determine what each organization does and their separate mission statements, funding sources, current goals and overall vision for Franklin and Macon County.

VLF is geared toward promoting positive and sustainable community advancement. As a citizen-maintained movement, they value inclusivity and participation that is action- based and outcome-focused. The group works to collaboratively strengthen the local economy by utilizing the area's natural resources to establish common goals, nurture entrepreneurial ventures and drive innovation with the goal of moving Franklin forward.

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