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Taxpayers plead with aldermen to reconsider.

During July's regularly scheduled meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, taxpayers addressed the Town Board during a public hearing to voice their opposition of relocating the town's ABC store at an initial estimated cost of $1.25 million.

The public hearing was required by law due to the potential use of town property including the town hall, public safety and public works buildings as collateral to secure the loan to cover the expenses of the new facility. Residents spoke in opposition not only to spending $1.25 million to fund the store, but also the location of the proposed building.

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Bob Scott makes motion to be included in censure.

During last week's Board of Aldermen meeting, Franklin's Town Board voted in a 5-1 vote to censure Mayor Joe Collins for issuing a personal letter of apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for the town's actions regarding spraying herbicide on the mound.

The town sprayed herbicide on the mound’s grass earlier this year with intentions of replanting it with an eco-grass that would require less maintenance, but the use of a poisonous chemical on a sacred mound site offended the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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The Franklin Police Department is working on a program that will offer self-defense training for women. Franklin's new police chief, Chief David Adams, is bringing the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) program that was implemented at his former post in Hendersonville.

“R.A.D. was developed over 20 years ago,” explained Adams. “The program’s primary function is the practical development of self-defense options for women, before and during situations of imminent or adductive assault. And this type of training teaches employable tactics designed for women that work without the time investment of complicated martial arts training. This program has provided training to more than 275,000 women nationwide.”

Chief Adams explained that as a police officer and former Army solider, out of all of the training courses he has experienced, he believes that R.A.D. stands to be the most beneficial for women.

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At its Monday meeting, the Tourism Development Authority got an update from biker event promoter Sylvia Cochran on the Smoky Mountain Rumble.

According to Cochran, all public safety and health needs will be met, as all codes are being complied with including fire, emergency, public safety, etc.

However other facets of the festival are not going exactly according to plan, she explained. Cochran was obliged to have vendor insurance policies ready as of the date of the meeting, but did not, leaving a dearth of prospective vendors and 19 committed vendors that are not yet officially part of the event. “We’re estimating between 20 and 30 vendors,” she assured board members, adding that up to 300 bikes are expected to attend the Rumble this year.

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