Tails and Trails for the Cure 5K

Put your best paw forward to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 8 a.m. Tails and Trails for the Cure 5K is a fun run/walk event for runners and dog lovers at heart. Participants can race the 5K trails at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm or go for a casual 1-mile stroll with family and furry friends.

This new fundraising event honors the lifelong contributions of our canine caregivers. Dogs demonstrate unconditional love, joy and compassion without judgment of cancer survivors’ abilities or appearance. To register, contact Dawn Gardin, dawn.gardin@cancer.org 615.341.7319 or visit Main.ACSEvents.org/TailsAndTrails5K.

The American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from all angles, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer–from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore Named Mayor of the Year

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore was named the 2018 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League at its 79th annual conference. Each year since 1954, the Tennessee Municipal League has honored a city mayor that typifies the attributes of intelligence, effectiveness, hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Moore was elected as the city’s mayor in 2011, but his service to the public began long before then. He was involved in local organizations including the Franklin Rotary Club, Building Lives Foundation Board, TMA Group Board, Williamson County and Franklin Chamber of Commerce Board, and chairman of the Columbia State Foundation Board. When Moore is not serving as his city’s mayor, he can be found golfing, taking photographs or teaching Sunday school at the Franklin First United Methodist Church.

Franklin’s Police Department Seeking School Patrol Applicants

The Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Patrol. Under general supervision, School Patrol team members are responsible for pedestrian safety and efficient vehicular traffic flow in assigned school zones. 

Duties include directing vehicular traffic and ensuring the safety of children and other pedestrians attempting to cross traffic lanes in school zones. A high school diploma (or GED equivalent) is required. 

The ideal applicant must be assertive, tactful and able to work in varying weather conditions. Starting salary is $17.50/hour. To apply, visit FranklinTN.gov.

Olive Garden Takes Over Macaroni Grill Location

Italian restaurant Olive Garden will have a new home in Franklin next year. OG will make its home at 1712 Galleria Boulevard, the former location of Macaroni Grill, another Italian restaurant, that closed in summer 2017. The area’s nearest Olive Garden is in Spring Hill, so pasta fans won’t have very far to drive anymore.

The Third Annual Great Americana Barbecue Festival Is Back

On Aug. 25, the air in Franklin, Tennessee, will be filled with the sweet aroma of hickory smoke and simmering sauce for the Great Americana Barbecue Festival at Harlinsdale Farm. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., visitors will enjoy some of the most “finger-licking good” barbecue around, prepared by professional pit masters and iron chefs from across the country.

The BBQ festival is hosted by The Franklin BBQ Society and The Franklin Noon Rotary Club. 

Barbecue will take center stage with vendors; grilling demonstrations; a whole hog smoking contest; and a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue competition, featuring more than 80 teams competing in five categories for thousands of dollars in total cash prizes.

Patrons will also enjoy local artisan flavors from Tennessee distilleries and craft beers, eat food cooked by the competitors at BBQ Alley and enjoy the car show. Additionally, the festival will feature live music and craft vendors. For more information, visit GreatAmericanaBBQFestival.com.


Battleground Academy Announces 2018-19 Alyne Q. Massey Honors Scholarship Recipients

Battle Ground Academy is pleased to announce the recipients of its Alyne Q. Massey Honors Scholarships for rising ninth graders not currently attending the school. These students will attend BGA beginning in fall 2018:

Sophia Fitzgerald of Franklin, daughter of Renee and Scott Fitzgerald, recent graduate of eighth grade at Hillsboro Middle School

Kendall Grimes of Antioch, daughter of Dee Dee West and Nate Grimes, recent graduate of eighth grade at Head Magnet Prep

Lane Sutherland of Columbia, son of Jan and Phil Sutherland, recent graduate of eighth grade at Spring Hill Middle School

Sutton Walters of Franklin, daughter of Stacey and Seth Walters, recent graduate of eighth grade at Woodland Middle School

The Alyne Q. Massey Honors Scholarship was established in 2015 by L.H. (Bill) Armistead III, a member of BGA’s Board of Trustees and a 1969 graduate, in memory of his mother. The scholarships provide partial tuition for high-achieving students with strong grades and Independent School Entrance Exam scores.