City Opens Online Registration for Blue Bin Recycling

The City of Franklin recently approved the use of blue roll-out containers to replace blue bag recycling beginning in 2020. Citizens can register online to receive their blue bins in January 2020 at FranklinTn.gov/BlueBin. Customers need their address and 10-digit utility bill account number. Those who opt-in for the new recycling program will be charged $4 a month for 12 months to cover the administration fee for the container. After the first year, there will not be an added fee. The 64-gallon container remains the property of the city.

Studio Tenn Moves Offices

Studio Tenn has a new home. The professional theater company announced that their business offices will be moving to Generations Church in Downtown Franklin at 408 Church St., Suite 304, Franklin. They will continue to use the Factory’s Jamison Theater as home for all of their mainstage productions.

OZ Arts Announces An Ambitious 2019-2020 Season

OZ Arts Nashville, the city’s pioneering contemporary arts center, expands its ambition and its reach with a dynamic and diverse seventh season of international-, U.S.- and Nashville-based contemporary performance events. The “Brave New Art” season is made possible with generous support from season sponsor Advance Financial. The first season from new artistic director Mark Murphy features international dance, theater and multimedia artists from Japan, Brazil and Chile (including U.S. premieres). Inventive artists explore new uses of visual and sound technology to break down boundaries between art forms. There are also more than 150 Nashville-based artists and performers in eight significant projects driven by local artists and a special pre-season family event highlighting diverse local music and dance ensembles in innovative ways. For more information, a complete list of shows and advance ticket purchases, visit OZArtsNashville.org.

New Family Values Podcast from Westhaven Residents

Westhaven resident David Norrie and his wife, Angelike, recently launched “Turned On,” a worldwide family values podcast that serves as a call to action for getting families to put down their devices and get back to the dinner table. Over the next several months, the couple will be discussing the “big four”—family, faith, career and health—and how they pertain to today’s busy families who are craving connection and purpose.

David is a former NFL journalist having covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Angelike is a third-degree national champion in taekwondo and has appeared on the cover of five magazines including Oxygen and Strong

The podcast is available on all platforms as well as TurnedOn.com.

Franklin Theatre Gets New Interim Executive Director

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has hired interim executive director, Paul T. Couch, to run The Franklin Theatre. Paul is a longtime veteran of the theater industry and was the executive producer of the foundation’s 50th-anniversary celebration back in 2017. Paul’s previous experience includes general manager at the Ryman Auditorium and director of entertainment and executive producer at Dollywood Theme Park. He replaced the former executive director, Dan Hays, back in June.

Blo Dry Bar Comes to Franklin

Sometimes you just want a good, stick-straight blowout for the weekend—or a smooth, bouncy blowout for a special event. Look no further than Blo Dry Bar! From the lush white chairs, sleek stainless steel and pops of pink to the expertly trained “Bloers” (stylists), you’ll have smooth and sculpted tresses in no time. Services range from braids to full blowouts with extensions. Blo does the wash, blow-dry and style. They do not do cuts or color—their team does one thing and does it very well.

1556 W. McEwen Drive

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Williamson County Sees Record of 1.72 Million Visitors in 2018

A record 1.72 million visitors were welcomed to Williamson County in 2018, a 13.6% increase from the 1.51 million visitors in 2017. This marks an increase of 500,000 additional annual visitors to Williamson County since 2014 and marks the fourth consecutive year that the county has outpaced the national average for tourism growth, which in 2018 was only 1.9% across the nation. 

In 2018, Franklin and the communities of Williamson County gained notable national attention when they were named among “The 25 Coolest Towns in America” by Matador Network, included in “The South’s Prettiest Towns” by Southern Living, and when Franklin’s Main Street was part of Architectural Digest’s “30 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America.”

The outlook for visitation in 2019 is also encouraging as Mic.com has named Franklin among its “Best Places to Travel in 2019.” Two signature restaurants, The Grilled Cheeserie and Ruby Sunshine, have opened along Franklin’s iconic Main Street recently. Additionally, eight hotel properties have opened or are scheduled to open in 2019, including The Harpeth Hotel in downtown Franklin.