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After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.


Participating in the Confederate Memorial Day were Carolyn Nohria, Debbie Ammons, Betty Rowland, Linda Baruzzini, Pat Ensley, Judi Longworth, Gloria Owenby, Kathy Webb, Susan Sheets, Sharon Bandilla, Bethany Fitzsimmons, Mary Ella Fitzsimmons, Edna Morgan, Mike Parris, Mike Sheets, Bob Longworth, Bruce Webb, Mike Clampett, Matthew Bandilla, James Thomas, and Kent Moore.

Participating organizations included United Daughters of the Confederacy of Thomas' Legion Chapter 2698 of Franklin, Order of the Confederate Rose and the Jackson Rangers, SCV of Sylva.


Seniors were out in full force this week as the 25th annual Senior Games is well under way.

Shuffleboard commenced on Monday but had to be called on account of rain. Play will resume on Friday.

Aspiring tennis stars vied for the chance to go to Raleigh for the state games later this year.


view more photos from the 2015 Senior Games after the jump!


Community members gathered at the gazebo in downtown Franklin Thursday, May 7, on the National Day of Prayer.

The theme for this year’s observance was “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” taken from 1 Kings 8:28 “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

Area pastors led the group in prayer then broke up into small groups for community prayer. This year marks the 64th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer.

All 50 governors and the president of the United States proclaimed the 64th annual National Day of Prayer as millions of Americans gathered from coast to coast in solemn assembly.


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