Want to know what's happening in Franklin this summer? Visitors and residents will soon be able to look to the sky to find out what is coming up. Monday night, with unanimous support from the Franklin Board of Aldermen, the issue regarding hanging banners gained momentum, moving it one step closer to official approval.
Franklin business owner Larry Hollifield brought the issue before the board earlier this year hoping to convince town leadership to reconsider a policy that specifically prohibited banners from being hung across Main Street. Hollifield was tasked by aldermen with forming a committee to establish a revised policy concerning banners and presented the new terms to board members during their April meeting.
Hollifield worked with other business owners to define appropriate banners as special event advertising displayed by non-profits or a group of businesses to promote events that benefit the downtown area. The banners would be hung in one specific location, that would need approval from the Department of Transportation. Hollifield noted that the suggested location be the second cross walk when topping so-called town hill at a height of 20 feet to avoid interference with semi-trucks.