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Two Public Meetings Set for Citizen Input for Long-Range Land Use Plan

The City of Franklin has completed a draft update for Envision Franklin, the city’s long-range land use plan.

Envision Franklin will articulate the long-term vision of the kind of places that Franklin’s residents, businesses, and institutions want for their future. The plan provides policies that direct future development in ways designed to strengthen the city by creating exceptional places for people while preserving the past and planning for the future.

The city will present the plan to the public and gather feedback through two open houses: Monday, September 26, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 109 3rd Avenue South; and Tuesday, September 27, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Columbia State Community College, 1228 Liberty Pike.

A draft of the plan can be found on the City’s website and copies will be available at the open house to review. For more information about Envision Franklin, please visit the City’s website at Franklin-TN.Gov.

Schneider Electric Moving Middle Tennessee Operations to Franklin

Schneider Electric, a global energy management and automation company, announced recently that it is moving its existing Middle Tennessee operations in Davidson and Rutherford counties to Williamson County. The consolidation will relocate approximately 900 current employees and create 250 new jobs.

“The state of Tennessee has long been a hub of innovation for Schneider Electric, and we are happy to maintain our strong commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Annette Clayton, CEO and president of Schneider Electric North America.

The new facility, to be located in 150,000 square feet of newly constructed space at Two Franklin Park, will be Schneider Electric’s largest in the country. It will be designed in a way that is energy efficient and encourages workplace collaboration with customers and employees. The workforce will be comprised of engineering, sales, R&D and corporate functions for several national and global business units. The targeted move-in date will be fourth quarter of 2017.

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Alabama and Charlie Daniels Exhibits come to Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the lives and careers of country music icons Alabama and Charlie Daniels in a pair of new exhibits. Alabama: Song of the South opened on August 25 and runs through July 16, 2017. Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections, opens September 23 and runs through March 2017.

The Alabama exhibit details the group’s journey to success through childhood mementos, musical instruments, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs, and more. Exhibition highlights include:

  • Jeff Cook’s first electric guitar, a 1960s Silvertone U-1, that he played in his first band
  • Randy Owen’s Music Man Sting Ray I, used to write hits such as “Mountain Music” and played by Brad Paisley when he recorded his tribute to the group, “Old Alabama”
  • Original, handwritten manuscript for “Born Country,” by Byron Hill and John Schweers
  • Numerous awards, including Grammy, ACM, and CMA trophies
  • Brocade suit, one of Jeff Cook’s first stage costumes.

Alabama scored dozens of chart-topping singles, sold tens of millions of albums, and set concert attendance records. The band is credited for expanding country’s appeal to young listeners and earned an array of awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year honors for 1982, 1983, and 1984. By 1993 Alabama had released thirty-two #1 Billboard singles including “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “Love in the First Degree,” and “Song of the South.” Alabama joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Founding members Cook, Gentry, and Owen continue to record and tour.

The Charlie Daniels exhibit will feature musical instruments, stage wear, manuscripts, awards, childhood mementos and previously unpublished photographs from Daniels’ personal collection. It will describe his significant impact on American entertainment and explore the new musical style and image he brought to country music.

Daniels began writing and playing music professionally in the 1950s. His first significant musical success, as co-writer of Elvis Presley’s hit “It Hurts Me,” came in 1964. Daniels moved to Nashville in 1967 and played on albums by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Marty Robbins. He began the Volunteer Jam in 1974 as a Southern rock festival. Over the years—he hosted 16 through 1996—the Volunteer Jam became known for its large, diverse musical lineup. The Volunteer Jam will return on Nov. 30, 2016, to celebrate Daniels’ 80th birthday. Daniels was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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