Meet the Candidate

Associate Editors Note:  Each candidate provided their bio and responded to the Question:  What is the biggest challenge the City faces and how would you work to improve?

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Incumbent Cindy Putzek

Bio:  Occupation: Vice President, Branch Manager of Bank of the Ozarks with 18 years banking experience and a 20 year resident of Heard County.

Question:   What is the biggest challenge the City faces and how would you work to improve?

I believe the biggest challenge the City of Franklin is facing  are budget shortfalls.  Based on sales tax for the county as a whole, it gets harder and harder each year to maintain the same level of services with increasingly reduced funding.   My goal  is to implement projects for the city that do not create a burden for taxpayers however provide areas and activities that promote family values and keep our small town characteristics relevant.  Also having a daily presence in our community I have the willingness and availability to speak with our residents on a one on one basis regarding issues they have with our community.

Candidate Alan Slaughenhaupt

Bio:  My name is Alan Slaughenhaupt, and I am running for City Council Post 1 because I believe I can make a positive impact on the future of our city through my education and experience.  I have lived in the City of Franklin for 7+ years, and my family has lived in Heard County for over 20.  I love the community of Franklin and want to help it continue to grow and prosper.

With two engineering degrees and a business degree, I have a well-rounded and rigorous education.  However, I also believe that life and work experience are just as important as anything learned in a classroom.

For the past 20 years, I have worked as the Information Technology Director for a neighboring municipality. And, in 2000, I was elected to the Board of Directors of Georgia Public Web, a municipal-owned telecommunication company serving all of Georgia, which I have now served consecutively for 17 years.  Being in this position has also provided me insight of how to manage a successful enterprise.

My experience serving these entities has given me in-depth knowledge and experience into most aspects of appropriately managing a city. As a Director and part of the city management team, I have also gained a very broad understanding of most issues that cities face and how they are successfully solved. I believe, from my experience, that cities should be run like businesses, in which constituents are viewed as stockholders. This approach promotes effective and efficient management of resources, helping keep costs under control and preventing property taxes from increasing.

As a Franklin Council Member, my goals will include:

•Ensure fiscal resilience by developing and implementing sound financial management policies and procedures.

•Maintain the current high level of public safety.

•Operate the city in a businesslike manner.

•Invest in technology improvements for a more effective and transparent City Hall.

•Provide an avid, new voice for our community.

The City of Franklin has a lot to be proud of, and together we can make it even better. I respectfully ask for your support and thank you for casting your vote for me on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.

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Question:  In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge the City faces and how would you work to improve it?

I believe the biggest challenge the City Of Franklin faces is how we are going to maintain or enhance current levels of City operation and still sustain the budget without raising taxes. One example is Franklin has an aging road infrastructure, at current spending rates; roads are falling quicker than they can be repaired.

With my experience and education I would ensure fiscal resilience by developing and implementing sound financial management policies and procedures.  I would explore all sources of revenue that are available.  I believe that cities should be run like businesses, in which constituents are viewed as stockholders. This approach promotes effective and efficient management of resources, helping keep costs under control and preventing property taxes from increasing.



Eric Bentley, Ga. State Parks & Historic Sites Manager

Eric Bentley, Ga. State Parks & Historic Sites Manager

Public Hearing on ATV Park:  Reported by:  Donna Haralson

A public hearing for the proposed ATV Park on Bush   Head Shoals was held Tuesday night at the 4-H Center.  Eric Bentley, Region 3 Manager for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and Director Becky Kelley provided a conceptual plan and answered questions from approximately 50+ concerned residents.

Bently started with an explanation of the purpose of the hearing.  He stated that each year the federal government provides RTP (Recreational Trail Program) grants to fund non-motorized or motorized trails.  In the past Georgia has declined the $1M+ for motorized trails.  In an effort to capture those federal funds the GA Department of Natural Resources commissioners asked the State Park Service to do an extensive search of all properties in the state to determine which park would be feasible for the grant.  Following the search of 65 parks and several satellite properties (Bush Head Shoals is a satellite park operated by Chattahoochee Bend Park staff), the only park suitable for that type of development was Bush Head Shoals Park.  It was considered a “blank canvas” or “empty woods.”   Other possible sites were almost fully developed and Bush Head has 700+ acres for the 16.31 mile track.  Currently only one ATV park exist in the state and is located in the north Georgia mountains and overseen by the US Forestry Service.

The grant submitted was written for 50” wide or narrower ATV’s only. No trucks, jeeps, or motorcycles would be permitted on the trails.  The trails are designed for slow speeds, family friendly with twist and turns to prevent high speeds and the trails would be one way only.  Bently stated the park service has registered complaints about the “pristine property.” He stated the property had been fully timbered and cut within the last 3 to 4 years. The majority of pines are 2nd or 3rd generation.  Their goal is to provide a good and safe park for families to come out and enjoy.  The park would be open 365 days per year, weather permitting and closed during rain events and flooding to prevent damage to the trails.  State law requires that trails must be 25 feet away from the water, they proposed a setback of 100 feet from the river to allow more distance.

The satellite park would be operated by staff from Chattahoochee Bend Park and volunteers. The hours of operation would follow the sunset calendar.  Initially the campground would be for tents only and have no electricity.  RV’s would be directed to Chattahoochee Bend Park 12 miles away.

Some questions asked by the public addressed how emergency calls would be handled and by whom, the cost to Heard County, riders trespassing on adjacent properties, damage to trees, wildlife, plant life, and how they would oversee visitor’s coolers, etc.  Bently responded that DNR Rangers were always in the area and on call, they would work in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies.  The first call is placed to 911 and at that point the necessary resources are dispatched.  Visitors would check in at a kiosk and pay a fee for parking and riding, during that time staff and visitors would meet face to face and check coolers, etc.  Bently stated they asked for cooperation with law enforcement and Sheriff Henry responded that he would cooperate anyway he could, his concern was having sufficient man power to cover their needs.  Bently acknowledged there would be some cost to the county but money spent on purchasing gasoline, food and other items should result in increased sales tax revenue for the county.  In addition, some supplies would be purchased locally by the park service for use at the park.  When asked about the financial status of Chattahoochee Bend he said they were about 60% self-sustaining and they were in the process of adding cabins and other facilities to become self-supporting.

Property owners David and Jane Barker spoke out against the park primarily due to the destruction of the land, noise and visitors coming onto their property.  They also presented letters for the previous owner J. Rex Fuqua and The Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation (reprinted following this article).  Many others expressed their concerns and objections including Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth.  He stated that from their perspective erosion from the open exposed soil could have damaging effects on the river.  He went on to say the Riverkeeper had been monitoring water quality for the past 23 years and it is cleaner now than it has been in decades, and “You don’t want to do anything to jeopardize that.”

Following the meeting I reached out to Mr. Bently with additional questions.  He confirmed that a final approval from the federal level was still pending along with archeological, biological, and wetlands mitigation studies.  I also asked if the project failed could non-motorized parks be considered, he replied that it could be an option and the current studies would become part of a master plan for future builds and budgeted under capital improvements.

One concern Chairman Lee Boone of the Heard County Board of Commissioners had was staffing, and he was not in favor of the current plan.  He felt it was important for the public to be heard so they, the commissioners could go back and look at those concerns.

The public can email their comments/questions to or call the Region 3 office at 229-430-4402.  The public comment period ends June 30th.  To view the public hearing vising our website at


Attached Letters:  

  1. Rex Fuqua

May 12, 2017

Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor 206 Washington Street Suite 203, State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

Mr. Chris Riley Chief of Staff

Office of the Governor 206 Washington Street Suite 203 , State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

Mr. Mark Williams, Commissioner Georgia Department of Natural Resources 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE

Suite 1252 – East Tower

Atlanta, GA 30334

Ms. Becky Kelley, Director

Gwrgia State Parks and Historic Sites Headquarters

2600 Highway 155 SW

Stockbridge, GA 30281

RE:    DNR proposed ATV park along the Chattahoochee River in Heard

County, Georgia


Dear Gov. Deal, Messrs Riley and Williams, and Ms. Kelley:

In December, 2000, I sold approximately 750 acres along the eastern bank of the Chattahoochee River to The Natlll’e Conservancy at less than half the appraised value. My motivation in accepting the seven figure reduction in price was to insme that this property would remain in its pristine undeveloped state.

This property is covered with old growth hardwood trees, home to countless wildlife species, rare plants, and archaeological sites. The property also serves as a protective buffer for the waters of the Chattahoochee which provides drinking water for millions of people.  It is one of the most beautiful tracts of land that I have ever seen and I was happy  to make a significant contribution toward its protection in order for future generations to enjoy it.

I have learned in the last two days that DNR plans to fund and construct an ATV park on this property in the very near future.  I cannot imagine a use more inconsistent with my intent in selling this property to The Nature Conservancy. This plan is environmentally irresponsible and embarrassing. I am extremely perplexed and confused as to how this plan by the DNR has evolved.

I look forward to hearing a response which addresses my concerns.


  1. Rex Fuqua

The Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation

A Trust Qualified Under Section S01(c)(3) of the internal Revenue Code

Tax Identification #59-366640 3

Hogansville, Georgia 30230


May 12, 2017

Commissioner Lee Boone Commissioner Larry Hooks Commissioner Keri Denney Commissioner Gwen Caldwell Commissioner Larry Hammond Commissioner Joe Adams

Mr. Mark Williams. Commissioner Georgia Department of Natural Resources Governor Nathan Deal

Mr. Chris Riley. Chief of Staff. Office of the Governor Ms. Becky Kelley, GA State Parks and Historic Sites Mr. J. Rex Fuqua

Nature Conservancy

Re:  Proposed State Park for ATV Riding in Heard County, Georgia

As Trustee of The Holland M. Ware Charitable foundation which owns thousands of acres bordering this proposed park on the Southeast and to the North, we werr. extremely disturbed that this ATV Park was being proposed. We are firmly against this proposal.

As the Nature Conservancy led Mr. Fuqua, the original owner of the property to believe, this tract was to remain in its undeveloped state. The Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation has a Conservation Easement which protects the land, the soil, the water and the wildlife on the property adjacent to this proposed park with considerable   Chattahoochee River frontage and as  such  are  very concerned about the impact this will have on the forests and the waters of  this area.  The foundation is deeply concerned about the Conservation of the  land that  we have stewardship over.  The waters of the Chattahoochee river are a precious commodity to the people in this region. The requirements for protection of that river are strict and stringent as they should be. This proposed park is not conducive to conservation of any kind.

On behalf of the Foundation we oppose this proposed park.  The destruction of the land and the Natural Resources is extremely irresponsible. As neighboring landowners. we are at an extremely high risk for the dangers of fire, (camping, vehicular accidents creating sparks in dry weather as well as smokers. etc.) as   well as trespassing, damage to our own wildlife and unnatural movement of such due to noise, disruption of habitat, etc.   The impact on the landscape is scarring, the local needs for additional housing does not exist in Heard County, the planning history of this site is in direct violation to the intent not to mention the overshadowing and overbearing presence- near common boundaries is to the extreme detriment of adjacent landowners. The risk of an increase in crime such a drunkenness, automotive accidents, ATV accidents by irresponsible drivers, vandalism, etc. is astronomical. The road issues such as traffic generation, vehicle access and road safety is another issue. The capacity for infrastructure such as public drainage systems is also of question and concern. We also have concerns about the noise and disturbance resulting from use including proposed hours of operation, the loss of trees, the impact on nature conservation interests and

Biodiversity opportunities, the impact on archaeological finds or potential site disrupt ions.

We urge you to reject this proposal and retain this site in its intended, pristine and undeveloped state.


Holland M. Ware, Trustee

Brenda L. Thueson, Trustee

Edward L. Bodily, Trustee



Centralhatchee Dedicates Veterans Memorial

by:  Donna Haralson,The News and Banner

The Town of Centralhatchee hosted a dedication for their recently completed Veterans Memorial Park.  The park honors those who served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines.

Mayor Barbie Crockett welcomed the large crowd thanked the veterans for their service before the program began.  The ceremony included a drill presentation of the POW/MIA Honor Guard Team by the American Legion of Georgia.  Heard High School graduate and UGA student Gracie Rowe sang the National Anthem.  John Cash, of the Marines, led the Pledge of Allegiance and WWII Navy veteran Jesse Bell gave the invocation.  Kallee Crockett read a poem titled “Thank You Veterans” by Justin, 5th Grader Meeks Elementary School.  Members of the Heard High School marching band provided music and band director Eric Vogel, Army National Guard played “Taps.”  Other speakers included Jim Bishop, Commander of American Legion Post 148, Dale Barnett, Past National Commander for the American Legion, and Veteran David Neighbors, Airborne Infantry, of Centralhatchee read a proclamation declaring Centralhatchee as an official “Purple Heart Town.”  Steven Calhoun, Army gave the Benediction.

Veterans from each branch were asked to stand for recognition during the ceremony and acknowledged for their service.

The park was approved by council members Julia Hand, Eley Loftin, Barbara Norwood, Walt Wiggins, and Emmett “Pepper” Jackson in 2015 and paid for using SPLOST funds.



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James Stewart Chapter NSDAR Hosts Luncheon

James Stewart Chapter NSDAR Hosts Luncheon for Local Veterans

By:  Carla Brown, DAR Regent.

Photography by:  Donna Haralson, The News and Banner

The James Stewart Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Veterans Day in many ways. On Friday November 11th, members visited the veterans at PruitHealth nursing home and gave them goodie bags filled with treats, socks, puzzle books pens and pencils. On Sunday, November 13th, veterans at Emory Chapel Church were honored in a special ceremony.

On Saturday, November 12th, the James Stewart Chapter hosted a luncheon for local veterans and their guests at the 4-H Center. Chapter members had been gathering veterans’ names for over a year and were so pleased to be able to honor 90 veterans. We had a total of 157 in attendance. As veterans checked in, they received nametags, service pins, and 2 special tickets.

Tables were set with DAR blue table cloths and beautiful red, white, and blue centerpieces handmade by DAR daughter Elaine Jarrett or beautiful red stars and streamers.   Flag pins, Remembrance stars, mints, and “Thank You” cards circled the centerpieces. There were displays set up around the room for each war or conflict era – pictures, flags, charts, uniforms, and mementos shared by veterans or made by DAR members.

Chapter Regent Carla Brown hosted the program. While Regent Brown shared information about the DAR and Meadow Garden, chapter members and local 4-H members and grandchildren of JSC members served the drinks and plates. Attendees listened to a rendition of the writing of the National Anthem and then stood as the Star Spangled Banner was sung by Miss Gracie Rowe. James Stewart Chapter Chaplain Jane Barker gave the blessing everyone enjoyed the delicious meal of chicken strips, creamed potatoes, beans, homemade rolls, and dessert, all catered by local caterer Debra Gibbs. Tea was provided by Chick-fil-A in Carrollton and Publix Grocery.

Commission Chairman Lee Boone and State Senator Matt Brass joined us to welcome attendees and thank all our veterans to a round of applause. Senator Brass was presented a Navy pin in appreciation of his service in the United States Navy. The guest speaker was James Stewart Chapter Pamela Langley Wright. Mrs. Wright is the branch manager of Oconee Federal Bank in Clayton, Georgia. She is the wife of a veteran, daughter of a veteran, and sister of a veteran. She shared her patriotic ancestors who fought in past wars and talked of the importance of veterans to their families and of families to their veterans. She read a message from her veteran brother and shared the story of their father’s service in Vietnam and his struggle as his liver failed and finally as he received his liver transplant. She ended with words of praise for our veterans and the families who love them. Mrs. Wright’s words touched all in attendance and received a warm round of applause.

Vice Regent Sharon Frost shared words of thanks to the veterans in attendance and read a poem she had written for the occasion. Regent Brown spoke on the different eras of service of our veterans – from World War II to Korea to Vietnam to the Cold War to the 1st Iraq War and into the Global War on Terrorism – Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait – giving a “Thank you for your service “ to veterans of each era. She also announced that as a partner of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration, the chapter received the special Commemoration pins to present to the Vietnam veterans in addition to a Recognition of Military Service Certificate.

The James Stewart members and the students joined her at the front. As she read the certificates – giving the veteran’s name, branch of service and war or conflict, each veteran waved or stood and either a DAR member or a young person presented the veteran’s certificate and an American Flag to the veteran with a handshake and a “Thank you for your service.” Vietnam veterans also received the Commemoration pin with a sheet giving the meaning of each item on the pin. Certificates for veterans honored, who were unable to attend the program to receive their certificates from a DAR representative, will be mailed this week.

Once all were recognized and thanked, veteran Robert Doddridge sang the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  Then four special Service Remembrance Certificates were presented to family members of James Stewart members who have recently lost beloved veterans.   A Certificate for Dock Davis, United States Navy, was presented to his sister, Rebecca Lawley and family; a certificate for Robert McLain, United States Air Force, was presented to his widow, Joyce McLain and family; a certificate for Glen Neighbors, United States Army; was presented to his widow Jackie Neighbors and family; and a certificate for Henry “Newt” Williams, United States Army Airborne; was presented to his daughter Rachel Williams and family.

The floor was the given to vice regent Sharon Frost and member Joyce McLain, who, with assistance from the audience, drew 10 tickets for special goodie bags. Regent Brown once again thanked everyone for coming and asked that the veterans to please gather in certain areas for photos to be made of each group. Everyone was encouraged to enjoy the displays. Chaplain Jane Barker ended the program with a beautiful benediction.

The veterans on the 2016 Veteran Honor Roll who were honored Saturday were Harry Adams, Bobby Awbrey, Mason Awbrey, Scott Awbrey, Tom Awbrey, Harold Banks, Harry Barber, Jesse Bell, Andrew L. Betts, Jackie Lamar Boyd, Willie E. Brittian, Raymond E. Brown, Richard Brown, Steven Calhoun, Andrew Cameron, Robert Cameron, John R. Cash, Jay Cheeks, Harold Cook, Staci Coussens, Wendell “Pap” Craven, Douglas L. Crawford, Frank Crook, Larry Denney, Janice Doddridge, Robert Doddridge, Thomas Edwards, Charlie Frost, Gayle Gentry, Donald Glover, Charles Gore, Paul Clifton Gosdin, Randy Hawk, Nancy Hill, Allen Hoffman, Linder T. Hogan (L. T.), Donald J. Holmes, Kenneth B. Hoopaugh, Bob Hopkins, Tommy Hull, Malcolm Jackson, Henry S. Jameson, James L. Jones, Stanley G. Lane, Sr., Durell Langley, Normand Lavoie, Joseph Lawley, Taylor Lee, Milton Lepard, Theron Levens, Thomas W. Levens, Jeffrey A. Liggett, Raymond H. Lindenmuth, Jr., Lawrence Lipford, Thomas Lipford, Verlon Marshall, Vester D. Massey, Tom McCutchen, Dennis McGuire, Wayne Miller, Joe Mills, Clyde Nation, David Neighbors, Jerry M Nixon, William David Parks, Edward T. Perry, Larry A. Pike, William Pike, Marc Pilotte, Grady Price, Scott Proctor, David C. Quinn Sr., Barry Reed, Charlie Rennpage, Joel Rogers, Kenneth P. Rogers, Jimmy Rutger, Johnny Wayne Smith, Joel Sorrells, Jerome R. Teal, Steve Thomas, Richard Todd, Samuel Townsend, Mac F. Walther, Norman Jerry Woodard, Joe Wortham.


DAR Regent Carla Brown and Senator Elect Matt Brass


Carla Brown pins Senator Elect Matt Brass


John Cash, Durell Langley, Tom McCutchen, Barry Reed and Frank Crook


WWII Veterans Tom Awbrey, Jesse Bell, Charles Gore and Thomas Lipford


Vietnam Era Veterans


James Stewart members: Back row L-R: Melba Templeton, Linda McCooey (Associate Member, Florida), Joyce McLain, Nicole Neighbors, Tara Neighbors, Pam Rogers, Elaine Jarrett, Nancy Hill (Texas), Bonnie Baker, Judy Miller, Sherry Young, Teresa Davis, Pamela Wright Front row L-R: Carla Brown, Sharon Frost, Rebecca Lawley, Jane Barker, Marifaythe Whitley, Beverly Baker Not Pictured: Carolyn GLover


Col. Tom McCutchen, US Army, Mac Walther, US Army, Robert Cameron, US Marines and Nancy Hill, US Navy


Durell Langley stands next to a poem written by his 10 year old granddaughter Hannah Wright.

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5 Qualify for City of Franklin Post #1

Qualifying ended Friday afternoon for the City of Franklin city council seat vacated by council member Shane Manders, Post #1.  Five local residents will compete for the seat in the November 8th general election.  Candidates are pictured below along with their occupation and their response to the question, “In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue faced by the City, and if elected how would you work to improve it”?

Election Superintendent Judge Joseph Bledsoe confirmed that the county would not take over the election for the city at this time.  He stated that legal issues were involved in holding municipal elections, and more time was required before making a change.  City Clerk Myra Braswell stated early voting begins on Monday, October 17th and runs through Friday, November 4th. during regular business hours.  City Hall is open Monday – Friday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m, except on Wednesday when the office is closed at noon.  In addition, the office closes for lunch each day from 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.  Applications are now available for absentee voting.

Question:  “In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue faced by the City, and if elected how would you work to improve it?”

Charles Israel

Charles Israel:  Occupation:  Detective with the City of Fairborn Police Department.  Response:  I believe the biggest issue right now is income revenue.  Our sales tax has dropped and hearings are going on now to raise our property taxes to try and counterbalance that.  It is my understanding that the city is still on budget but barely making it on budget.    We need to look at sources of revenue.  I’d like to find ways to attract businesses to increase the sales tax and create jobs here for people who don’t have the means to maybe commute to Carrollton, LaGrange, Roanoke, or Newnan and maybe even further.  We need to find ways to attract businesses to the city.





Rodney Kay, Jr.

Rodney Kay,  Jr.

Occupation:  Associate Superintendent with Heard County Schools.  Response:  I think the discernment right now of arewe wanting to grow, are we not wanting to grow.  The other issue near and dear to my heart is our kids and looking for things and opportunities for them to have things to do here around our hometown.  In terms of working to improve or fix it, its getting with the people that are able to fix it and sitting down and having conversations about it, bringing it to the forefront would be the first step.  We would need to workwith our development authority to ensure positive growth for our community.





Robert Krach

Robert Krach

Occupation:  Retired Respiratory Therapist of 45 years.  Response:  The most pressing issue for the city is we need to try and develop more business in the city so our youth who graduate from school can stay here and not have to move away to find a job.  That is becoming a real problem.  If elected, I would work with other council members and the Mayor, the Development Authority and the Chamber in doing all that we could to encourage businesses to come into the city.  We may even look at the possibility of municipal bonds to help finance those types of citations.   I feel that is the most pressing issue right now.




Linda Phillips

Linda Phillips

Occupation:  Retired Housewife.  Response:  I would want to work with the council members and the citizens of Franklin.  I think it is important to work with the council and the mayor.








Cindy Putzek

Cindy Putzek

Occupation:  Branch Manager of Bank of the Ozarks (formerly  Community & Southern Bank).  Response:  I think the most important thing facing our city is our downtown.  I would love to see it with more businesses and more activity, so I think that would probably be my main focus, trying to get our downtown to where we have a place to where people can come in, shop and something to attract outsiders to come into our city.  We would work along side with the development authority to get businesses here and build up our downtown to improve our income.  I’m glad to live in the city and it would be a privilege to be a part of what I think would be greatness for our next generation.


Lions Club 4th Annual Car Show by: Emily Rogers


The Heard County Lions Club held its fourth annual car show on October 12 on the historic Franklin Square.  Entrants and spectators were rewarded with vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  Musical entertainment by Heard County native, Ricky Gore provided amusement and joy throughout the show.  Local artists displayed and sold pieces of their art ranging from beautiful paintings, mosaics, pottery, welded art, and even a quite creative replication of Elvis Presley.  Works from Debbie McNeil, R.L. Hughey, Julie Pope, Sherry Williams, Beth Burgoon, Charlie Rennpage, Dianne Callahan, Rebecca Jordan, Jane Lipham, Linda Dailey, and Jennifer Marshall were highlighted.

The Lions Club would like to thank all of the 42 individuals who brought their vehicles to the show.  All were interesting conversation pieces for the community with their bright colors and exciting authentic body work.  In addition, the Lions Club would like to show its appreciation for the sponsors who made the day possible.  The $500 sponsor, Southwire Company, has been selfless and extremely supportive in their contributions to the Club for many years.  We would like to thank our $200 sponsor, Tanner Health System.  We would also like to thank all of our $100 sponsors, most of whom have supported our Club for many many years.  They are:  Franklin First Baptist Church, Franklin Pharmacy, Heard County Board of Commissioners, Heard County Sherriff Ross Henry and Staff, Heritage Health Care of Franklin, Jiffy Glass, Inc., Loco Rio,  West Georgia Fire Extinguisher, Inc., and In Memory of Lion Lonnie Rogers.  Other notable sponsors included: Town of Centralhatchee, Heard County Board of Education, Centralhatchee Independent Methodist Church, Centralhatchee Elementary School, Spears Insurance Services, LLC., S&L Auto Parts, Rivers Edge, Turner & Associates Land Surveyors, PC, Awbrey Logging Company, Inc., Budget Paint & Body Works, Special Design Masonry, D&G Mechanical, Rite Made Fabrications, Inc., AG Propane, The Cuttin’ Crew, Jackson’s Fab & Molds, Inc., Mike’s Towing, Inc., Kemp’s Carpet, Thompson Pest Control, Randy Nix, Piggly Wiggly, Hall’s Propane, State Farm Terry Harper, Harper Realty, Roman Chemical, Stephens & Stephens CPAs, Heard Co High, Middle, and Elementary Schools, Stephanie’s Hair & Waxing Salon, Meacham’s Automotive, Heard County Poured Foundations, McCormick Automotive Service Center, EMC Coweta-Fayette, Don Harrison-Auto Service Center, Benjamin Hyatt-Hyatt Farms, Spinks Brown Durand Realtors, The News and Banner, Farm Bureau-Tim Wilson, LUTCF, Wallace Farms & Pet Supply, Inc., Hemrick’s Grocery, LL Rogers and Son, Inc., City of Ephesus, Georgia Deer Farm & Agri-Center, Five Star Manufactured Homes, Southern Lady Restaurant, Southern LP Gas, Inc., Bowdon Tire & Radiator Co., Thompson Cabinets, Gosdin Construction Company, AL-GA Wood Preserving Company, Tommy Bell Roofing, Ed’s Lawn Service & Cabinet Shop, Roanoke Stockyards, Yates Door Shop, Stutts and Son Funeral Home, Available Reality, Carroll EMC, McKibben & Sons Funeral Home, Watts Furniture, ML Awbrey, Heard Co Development Authority, Coweta Pool and Fireplace, Franklin Housing Authority, Mack’s Coin Laundry, Country Animal Doctor, Heard County Chamber of Commerce, in memory of Bernice Rogers, Hayes Computer Service, Circle F Trailers, BP, ASC-Auto Supply Company, In memory of Charlie and Sebastian and last but not least Compliments of Webster the Dog.

Lastly, we would like to thank the City of Franklin for helping to coordinate all of the needs of the day.  Special thanks to Tim Rowley for not only bringing his truck to the show but helping with all of the legwork.