Ruby Sunshine Opens Its Doors in Downtown Franklin

New Orleans-based restaurant Ruby Sunshine began serving all-day brunch last month in the heart of Downtown Franklin, offering Big Easy twists on Southern brunch classics, including Benedicts, pancakes and French toast, as well as eye-opening cocktails. The Franklin restaurant is the first of more locations to come across the Southeast, including Knoxville later this spring. Located on the ground floor of the newly opened 231 Public Square building, the 4,300-square-foot restaurant has a mix of bar, booth and table seating, as well as a semi-private event space and an outdoor area. To celebrate the opening with members of the community, Ruby Sunshine will hold a grand opening celebration for the public on Tuesday, April 9. Mark your calendars! 

Franklin High School Competition Cheerleaders Present National Trophy

Franklin High School’s junior varsity competition cheer team took first place at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando earlier this year. Thirty teams competed in the Small Junior Varsity division, and Franklin came out on top. The junior varsity team was created just three short years ago, and this is the first time FHS has won in the JV division. To celebrate their win, the team presented their trophy to the school and Principal Willie Dickerson.

My Friend’s House Gets a New Home

My Friend’s House Family Children’s services hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new 5,000-plus-square-foot residential group home. MFH operates as a home-like environment where at-risk teenage boys can go when they can’t go home. Currently, MFH accommodates eight to nine youth daily. Over the course of a year, 40 to 45 youth will reside or find respite at the 24/7 care facility. Since its inception, more than 2,000 Middle Tennessee young men and their families have benefited from the MFH program. 

First Tennessee Foundation Contributes $100,000 Toward Food Security in Nashville

First Tennessee Foundation recently presented the Nashville Food Project with a $100,000 grant to support the organization’s efforts to serve and nourish the Nashville community. The contribution will support the construction of the nonprofit’s newly opened, expanded facility, its operational and maintenance reserves, as well as the purchase of a new food truck. The Nashville Food Project works to alleviate hunger in our city through its collaborative meals program and community-centered gardens, bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food.

Middle Tennessee’s Only Nonprofit Hospice Continues Expansion and Community Reinvestment

Alive, the only nonprofit provider of hospice care and end-of-life services for Middle Tennessee, opened a new office in Franklin to better serve Williamson County where it has been caring for families in their homes for more than 40 years. The grand opening took place on Feb. 20.

The Franklin location is part of Alive’s “Closer to Home” strategy designed to build deeper relationships in the communities it serves. Alive opened offices in Hendersonville and Lebanon and built a 10-bed residential care unit in Murfreesboro in 2017. The new office locations make visiting with clinical teams, educators and grief counselors more convenient for patients and families who live outside Davidson County where Alive is headquartered. 

The new Franklin office will be headed by Alive clinical director and longtime Franklin resident Jill Cornwell, RN, CHPN. Lunch and Learn educational seminars will be offered along with new bereavement support programs at this location. The space includes a dedicated grief group counseling room.

Visit for more information, or contact Alive’s Grief Line to register: 615.963.4732