Loading Events


May 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am



RSVP here



Franklin Tomorrow’s 2018 FrankTalks Lecture Series will continue Monday, May 14th at Columbia State in the Community Room in the Administration Building. The topic will focus on how Williamson County is hitting the high points – literally! Our goal is to take a fun look at some of Williamson County’s geographically highest points, but also some of the landmark locations for tourism in our county, as well as the vertical growth of downtown Franklin.



Steve Bacon is Chief Operating Officer of Harpeth Square, a $100 million+ mixed-use project in Downtown Urban location involving high-end, multi-family, Hilton Curio Hotel, office, retail, restaurant, and structured parking. Prior to that, he was involved with various traditional neighborhood developments in East Tennessee, where he was a broker, contractor, and developer.


With a passion for new experiences, small town festivals and taking the back roads, he has spent time in 46 states and all 95 counties of Tennessee. If you want to hear the story behind that hidden gem of a BBQ joint found off the beaten path, Matt has probably been there.

Before joining Visit Franklin, Matt was the Assistant Sports Information Director at a NCAA Division I university and had his own public relations consulting business. You can now find Matt exploring the back roads of Williamson County looking for the next great story to share.

When not pitching a story idea to reporters you’ll likely find Matt with a camera on the sidelines of college and professional sports events across the Southeast or still chasing a golf ball around the course. Although he has witnessed 14 holes-in-one in his life, one has yet to come off his club. Not one to give up, though, he continues to chase that elusive ace and works on his game at some of the great golf courses around Williamson County.


Tony Turnbow is President the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, where he is working with NPS to develop programs including trail fitness, cycling safety, living history, and interpretation using smart phones. He authored an Arcadia Publishing photo history book “Building The Natchez Trace Parkway” for the association’s 75th anniversary. Tony also just finished writing a book about Andrew Jackson and the Natchez Trace that includes Franklin’s early history. He has worked with the Natchez Trace Parkway as a volunteer and board member for the association for over 25 years.
As a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee College of Law, Tony practices law in Franklin, Tennessee. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc. and on the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. He has also served on the Governance Committee of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and on the boards of directors of Tennessee Humanities Council, Tennessee Main Street, and Tennessee Heritage Alliance.


Coffee is generously provided by Community Coffee, a new FrankTalks partner! The networking portion of the event will begin at 9:00am and the program will begin promptly at 9:30am.

FrankTalks is free and the public is invited. Franklin Tomorrow partnered with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations to expand the frequency of FrankTalks in 2016 to a monthly program. It is held at various locations across the city, but always on the second Monday of the month. Thanks to the added support of Renasant Bank, FrankTalks continues to thrive in 2018.

Special thanks to Columbia State for hosting this Franklin Tomorrow event in May.




May 14, 2018
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Franklin Tomorrow


Columbia State Community College
1228 Liberty Pike
Franklin, TN 37064 United States
+ Google Map


« All Events