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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the re-opening of The Boiler Room with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“All Aboard” is the welcome call in the Boiler Room Steak House. The Boiler Room is located in The Fun Factory at 1024 Georgia Road in Franklin.

The restaurant’s “new Appalachian cuisine” showcases seasonal and sustainable products from local vendors, and the upscale, southern menu features fresh seafood, vegetables, and hand-cut, wood fired “all natural” steaks. The menu also offers a “build your own burger” experience featuring a choice of breads, cheeses, and toppings.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, along with Mayor Joe Collins, welcomed Smokey Mountain Cigars recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Smokey Mountain Cigars is located at 1991 Georgia Road and houses the largest Spanish cedar walk-in humidor in Western North Carolina.

Owners Eddie Pinkosky and Jeff Bianchi invite everyone from beginning cigar smokers to cigar aficionados in Western North Carolina and Northwest Georgia to come and enjoy a smoke at Smokey Mountain Cigars.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, along with Mayor Joe Collins, recently held a ribbon cutting to welcome Rana Rinata Italian Grill to the business community.

Rana Rinata’s is located at 57 Highlands Road in the Shops on the Riverwalk.

Owner Scott Moritz and Executive Chef Lisa Thordarson are excited to once again be able to serve the folks of Franklin.


On July 5, the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, P.A. celebrated its 20th anniversary of serving the foot and ankle healthcare needs of Western North Carolina. Dr. William Banks, a Haywood County native, founded the practice in 1991. While attending pharmacy school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Banks began to explore the needs of different healthcare specialties.

“There was a great need for a podiatrist west of Asheville,” says Dr. Banks. After completing his residency, he came back to Western North Carolina to open the first foot and ankle clinic west of Asheville. It was apparent that his services were needed. At the time, there was no one dedicated to foot and ankle care, no wound care centers and no focus on the diabetic foot. None of the hospitals west of Asheville had a podiatrist on staff.


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