The Rotary Club of Franklin presents RiverFest 2 :: Saturday, August 29 from 8:30am - 12:30pm along the Little Tennessee River :: click here for more information!

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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.


Are you unemployed or looking for a new job and could benefit from improving your job searching skills? Southwestern Community College offers an Employability Lab on the Jackson Campus in Founders Hall Room 124 every Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and in Macon County at the Macon Annex Campus (Located behind Courthouse) Room 104 every Monday, Wednesday from 8 -12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With today's new and rapid changing technology and competitive job market it is important to make yourself stand out. The job of finding a job requires many of the same qualifications it takes once you are hired. Employability Lab helps you determine the qualities that make you most marketable to prospective employers, helps you get that interview, and win that job.


The Macon County News was “throned” on Tuesday morning. Betsey Gooder and staff were greeted by a purple potty on their front door step.

The "Purple Potty" fundraiser is being sponsored by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Youth to benefit World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine and CareNet in Franklin. So far, the fundraiser has raised around $900.

The youth at Pleasant Hill started the fundraiser to help reduce hunger in the U.S. and around the world.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor Joe Collins welcomes Burkes Outlet to the Franklin business community recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Burkes Outlet is growing in Franklin NC with the opening of its newest store in the Franklin Plaza. The new 21,500 square foot store is located at 225 Franklin Plaza Drive, Franklin.

The new store includes top name brands in all apparel categories, family footwear, and home selections which includes domestics, housewares and home décor.


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