Williamson County Visitor Spending Tops $452 Million In 2017

Visitor spending in Williamson County grew to an all-time high of $452.59 million in 2017, a 5.9 percent increase over 2016’s then record-setting visitor expenditures. Williamson County remains ranked sixth among Tennessee’s 95 counties for visitor spending. Visit Franklin had recently announced that Williamson County welcomed a record-breaking 1.51 million visitors in 2017. Travel in Tennessee as a whole achieved a record high of $20.7 billion in 2017.

Rogers Behavioral Health Offers Free Screening of “Angst”

Angst is a documentary film that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. The film features candid interviews with kids and young adults who have suffered from anxiety and includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety, its sociological effects, resources and tools. It’s meant to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. Angst will be screened in schools, communities and theaters around the world. The free screening at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Belcourt Theatre is followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the experts at Rogers Behavioral Health. For more information, visit RogersBH.org.

Family Leisure Opens in Franklin

Family Leisure is proud to announce the opening of its 10th location in Franklin, this time next to Hobby Lobby. Family Leisure opened its first location in 1989. The new store at 1113 Murfreesboro Road in the Williamson Square Shopping Center will be its second location in the Nashville area. The other store is located at 621 Muci Drive in Antioch.

The new Franklin showroom will have a larger emphasis on outdoor patio furniture, grills and grill islands, pergolas and outdoor fireplaces. For more information, visit FamilyLeisure.com.

Community Visioning Project “On the Table” Set for October

Franklin Tomorrow introduced a new community initiative, On the Table, set for Oct. 30. On the Table is a one-day opportunity for people to gather in small groups around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people meeting for the first time to share a meal and have a real conversation about what’s important to Franklin. Business owners, church groups, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, school clubs and anyone who lives or works in Franklin are invited to participate. Mealtime conversations can be hosted in homes, schools, restaurants, places of worship, libraries, offices, parks or elsewhere.

Those who are interested in hosting, participating or just looking for more information can visit Franklin Tomorrow’s website at FranklinTomorrow.org/onthetable

Pucketts’ Owners Make Inc. Magazine 5000 List

A. Marshall Hospitality, the family-owned, Franklin-based company with 12 restaurants and hospitality concepts across the state, has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row. The company has been on a consistent growth trajectory over the past five years, adding locations of its cornerstone brand, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, to the downtown areas of Columbia and Chattanooga in 2013 and 2015, respectively; Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station in 2015; Scout’s Pub in Franklin’s Westhaven neighborhood and Hattie Jane’s Creamery in downtown Columbia, both in 2016; and a fifth Puckett’s Gro. and a second Hattie Jane’s Creamery in downtown Murfreesboro in 2017 to its umbrella of restaurants and hospitality businesses, which also includes Puckett’s Gro. in downtown Franklin (2004) and downtown Nashville (2010) and Puckett’s Boat House and Puckett’s Trolley, both opened in 2012. With 750 employees and a 23 percent increase in revenues from 2016 to 2017, A. Marshall Hospitality is one of only six food and beverage companies in Tennessee to make the Inc. list.