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Don’t miss this: Franklin Living

Ahem, ahem! May I present: The July/August edition of Franklin Living.

Right off the bat, I have to tell you: I love this edition’s cover story. How perfect is it to feature someone from Franklin County – from little ol’ Pleasant Site – who has had such a major hand in the space program, in the middle of the most patriotic time of the year? I feel like the space program is such a critical part of America’s legacy and heritage, and I was thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to share a story of Franklin’s connection to the cosmos.

But it’s not just Keith Bates who inspired me in this edition.

As I said in my editor’s not, with each issue of Franklin Living, I find myself filled with inspiration, prompted by the amazing people we interview across Franklin County. I never fail to be amazed by your stories and delighted to have the opportunity to share them.

After this edition, I want to open my own business like Sydney Medley, be part of the space program like Keith Bates and make my own goat milk soaps like Tracy McCauley.

Of course, none of these dreams are likely to be realized. I don’t think I have the patience or business acumen to be like Sydney, I know I don’t have the intelligence to follow Keith’s path, and I’m pretty sure that to make goat milk soaps, you have to have goats.

But it’s fun to dream, to connect with these stories of amazing people doing amazing things.

In each case, the people we are featuring in this issue followed their passions and their strengths to land them where they are today – and I feel like perhaps that’s the most useful truth we can draw from their stories. Like Sydney, like Keith, like Tracy, we should bravely follow life where it leads us, embracing the opportunities that come our way.

In the end, for me that means being a journalist – a storyteller – creating and sharing this magazine and the Franklin County Times, to give our people their moment in the spotlight.

In addition to these three delightful feature stories, I’m so happy we continue to get to share great recipes and information from Amy McCollum and Katernia Cole-Coffey. Even though Amy is now retired from her role as Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Phil Campbell, she continues to graciously provide her delicious recipes, and you should definitely check them out. And even the Katernia has to be one the busiest people I know, she always makes time for Franklin Living.

Don’t miss this edition’s cookout recipes and juicy watermelon information.

Franklin County

CDC issues guidance as Delta COVID-19 variant surges

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Old Red Bay water tank moves to main street

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PHOTOS: Vina celebrates 30th July Fest

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20th annual Great Pretenders show entertains at Historic Roxy

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Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association holds annual meeting

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Dream Center, Redemption Church give away backpacks

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PHOTOS: East Franklin Awards Day

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McWane Center presents Reactions in Action at RES

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RCS Board of Education hires new CTE director

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July Fest returns Saturday for 30th year

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Place of Grace receives land donation for women’s rehabilitation center

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Tammy Wynette Legacy Center welcomes front gates from her homeplace

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Steve Trash performs at Russellville Public Library Friday

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Council declares Mahan-Malone tennis courts obsolete

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RCS Board recognizes rocketry students

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4-H archery, shotgun event draws youth to Cedar Hill Trap Range

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FCSO recaptures escaped inmates

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W.C. Handy’s Evening at the Roxy features Great Pretenders

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Russellville couple takes up their cross for Christ

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Chamber of Commerce announces this year’s Junior Leaders

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RHS, THS rocket teams notch top 10 finishes at nationals

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Council approves resolution declaring Mahan Malone tennis courts obsolete

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Two Bobcats get college scholarships

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Melon majesty: Pageant names Watermelon Queen

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