‘Walk With Mayor’ set March 29 for Healthier Tennessee Week

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore is encouraging the community to focus on fitness March 27-31 and will proclaim it “Healthier Tennessee Week” in Franklin.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore (center) accepts a plaque and certificate designating Franklin as one of three Middle Tennessee Healthier Tennessee pilot communities from Gov. Bill Haslam and state Rep. Charles Sargent in June 2016

To mark the occasion, Mayor Moore will lead a “Walk With the Mayor” on Wednesday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. through downtown Franklin, ending at the I Love Juice Bar, 232 Fifth Ave. N., and Pedego Electric Bikes, right next door at 234 Fifth Ave. N.

Let us know you are coming by RSVPing at

The loop will be on sidewalks in downtown and be about one mile in length and should take 30-40 minutes since we will walk as a group.

In 2016, Franklin was named a Healthier Tennessee pilot community in conjunction with Franklin Tomorrow’s Get Fit Franklin project.

To learn more about Healthier Tennessee, visit for small starts to living a healthier lifestyle.

WATCH: March 13 FrankTalks on Franklin citizens’ survey results

Tennessean Staff Writer Jordan Buie filed this story, “Franklin citizen survey shows changing trends, demographics,” from the March 13, 2017, Franklin Tomorrow FrankTalks, presented in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations.

You can watch the presentation by Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey and Budget & Analytics Manager Michael Walters Young by clicking the image below.

FrankTalks is held the second Monday of the month at various locations across the City to discuss topics and issues current to the quality of life in the City.

The next FrankTalks will be Monday, April 10, at 1 p.m. at Westhaven Residents Center, 401 Cheltenham Ave., with Marc Hetherington, a Vanderbilt University political science professor. His topic will be, “Fixed or Fluid World View: The Polarizing Worldview That Divides our Nation.”

March 13 FrankTalks features citizens’ survey data dive in ‘City Hall on Wheels’ session

Franklin Tomorrow’s 2017 FrankTalks lecture series will continue Monday, March 13, at the new Williamson County Enrichment Center on Columbia Avenue, next to the Williamson County Public Library, in Franklin.


Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey will bring the “City Hall on Wheels” to the free, monthly event, which will begin at 9 a.m. with a coffee social, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Stuckey’s presentation.

To RSVP, follow this link.

During his presentation, we will take a deep data dive into the results of the National Citizen Survey, conducted last fall in Franklin by the National Research Center in conjunction with the International City & County Management Association.

The National Citizen Survey captures residents’ opinions within the three pillars of a community — community characteristics, governance, and participation — across eight facets of community — safety, mobility, natural environment, built environment, economy, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, and community engagement.

Franklin Tomorrow partnered with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Neighborhood, Government and Community Relations to expand the frequency of FrankTalks in 2016 to a monthly program. It is free and held at various locations across the city.

Feb. 13 FrankTalks focuses on mental health, community caring

The Feb. 13 Franklin Tomorrow FrankTalks focused on behavioral and mental health issues in Williamson County, with speakers honing in on the relationship between environment and well-being.

As reported by Carole Robinson of the Williamson Herald, while suicide ranks ninth in Tennessee for leading causes of death, in Williamson County, it is the second leading cause of death.

FrankTalks is a monthly lecture series presented by Vanderbilt University Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations. It addresses topics and issues during its monthly sessions on the second Monday of the month at various locations across the city and county.

Guest speakers Feb. 13 included Taylor Cochran, director of marketing for Insight Counseling; Michael Acker, vice president of regional operations for the Blue Zone Project, a division of Healthways; Franklin Mayor Ken Moore; and Vona Wilson, chaplain of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

BlueZones, first identified by author and researcher Dan Buettner, are places “across the globe were people were living longer better simply by living in places that supported improved health and well being,” Acker said, adding their environment supported their well-being.


Those locations include Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Ogliastra Region of Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, Calif.

Research uncovered nine common denominators relating each of those locations, Acker said. The environments encourage natural movement such as walking or working in a garden. The people have a sense of purpose – a reason to get up in the morning. They’ve established a protocol for managing stress, which includes praying, napping or enjoying a happy hour.

Healthways, which is based in Franklin’s Cool Springs, now works with Buettner to establish new BlueZones across the United States. The company and Gallup formed a 25-year partnership that merged their respective areas of expertise in surveying, clinical research, and behavioral economics to create the Well-Being Index. The Index asks individuals about their well-being in 5 domains: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.

“Since 2008, we have collected data for every MSA, congressional district, and state with surveying done seven days a week,” Acker said, adding the company uses landline and cellphone, in English and Spanish. To date, they have collected over 2 million survey responses.

He was able to provide research specific to Tennessee, Williamson County, even down to Franklin. The research showed high stress and depression rates, something which has given local officials pause and reason for concern.

For every Blue Zones Project community, Acker said Healthways conducts a well-being oversample before the project begins to get an accurate snapshot of the baseline state of well-being and conduct oversamples bi-annually afterwards to track changes in well-being over the span of the project. In addition to the Well-Being Index, Healthways also measures a number of other progress and outcome indicators at the organization and community level to track progress over time.

According to Moore, “We’re doing great [in Franklin] compared to the rest of Tennessee but not with the rest of the country.”

People in this county smoke less but drink more, have plenty of healthy food choices and the design of the city with walkways and trails being added is encouraging movement, he said, but added we still have young teenagers smoking, type 2 diabetes is on the rise, opiate use is nearing crisis mode, marijuana use is rising and suicide has risen.

“We can’t treat ourselves out of this, we’ve got to change ourselves out of it,” Moore said.

To read the full story in the Williamson Herald, click here.

To watch the meeting from a Facebook Live recording, click the image below.


Franklin Tomorrow adds 7 Board members, appoint slate of officers


Franklin Tomorrow Inc. has added seven new members to its Board of Directors and posted a slate of officers for 2017 for the nonprofit community visioning organization based in Franklin, Tenn.


Franklin Tomorrow Board President Tim Murphy announced the following members have joined the Board of Directors for three-year terms:

  • Patrick Baggett, vice president, Full Service Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Mary Lee Bennett, marketing manager, Westhaven
  • Kelly Dannenfelser, long range planning supervisor, City of Franklin
  • Drew Freeman, executive director, Franklin Family YMCA
  • Chris Henson, director of fund development, Columbia State Community College
  • Jimmy Moody III, co-owner, Moody’s Tire & Auto Service
  • Kurt Winstead, attorney/partner, Rudy Winstead Turner PLLC

    Baggett, Bennett, Dannenfelser, Freeman, Henson, Moody, Winstead


With the addition of the seven members, Franklin Tomorrow has 25 members on its Board of Directors. Other Board members include: Mike Alexander, Signs First; Patty Bearden, Harpeth TrueValue/WAKM Radio; Allena Bell, The Refuge Center/Franklin Special School District Board of Education; Scott Black, Bristol Development Group; J. Edward Campbell, Synergy Realty Network; Nancy Conway, Williamson Inc.; Preston Elliott, RPM Transportation Consultants; Greg Gamble, Gamble Design Collaborative; Dolores Greenwald, Williamson County Public Library; Michael Grier, Elmington Construction; Paula Harris, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.; Monique McCullough, City of Franklin; Elizabeth Mefferd, Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee; Tim Murphy, CapWealth Advisors; Will Powell, Franklin Synergy Bank; Jim Roberts, retired; Brad Thompson, Volkert Inc.; and Diane Thorne, The TMA Group.

Ex-officio board members include Kathie Moore, Benchmark Realty, who served three years as president; Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson; Franklin Mayor Ken Moore; and Franklin Alderman Brandy Blanton.

Tim Murphy

Murphy is serving his second year as Board president. Other officers include Elliott as vice president; Bell as secretary; and Roberts as treasurer. Greenwald, Grier, Harris, and Thompson also serve on the Executive Committee of the organization.

Franklin Tomorrow is a community visioning nonprofit which has as its mission to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. With its community partners, it is the host of the quarterly Breakfast With the Mayors, as well as a monthly lecture series called FrankTalks.

FrankTalks Feb. 13 focuses on behavioral health, well-being

To kick-off the 2017 FrankTalks Lecture Series, Franklin Tomorrow’s FrankTalks covered the topic of Creating Community Dialogue. For the February FrankTalks, Franklin Tomorrow will be taking that topic a step further.

Please join us on Monday, the 13th, to hear our speakers lead a “Community Conversation on Caring: Behavioral Health in Williamson County.” Mayor Ken Moore will be joined by Michael Acker, general manager of the BlueZones project for Healthways, and Vona Wilson of the YMCA, to shed light on how behavioral health is impacting our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.

To RSVP, follow this link.

Everyone will leave with their own copy of “The Blue Zones Solution” by Dan Buettner. This New York Times Best-Selling Author reveals how we can change the way we live, eat, and connect.

Insight Counseling Centers will bring their “mood wall” to help us communicate our feelings without words.

This FrankTalks is sure to leave you with a balance of self-awareness and awareness of those around you. We hope to see you there!

FrankTalks is held on the second Monday of every month and is presented in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations.

We will have coffee and juice for our social hour from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the City Hall Training Room.

County Mayoral Summit kicks off 2017 Breakfast With Mayors series on Jan. 31

Franklin Tomorrow’s 2017 Breakfast with The Mayors series, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, will kick off with a Williamson County Mayoral Summit on Jan. 31 at Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Ave.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson will be joined by the mayors of Williamson County’s five other cities. Regina Smithson (Brentwood Mayor), Patti Carroll (Fairview Mayor), Jimmy Alexander (Nolensville Mayor), Rick Graham (Spring Hill Mayor), and Corey Napier (Thompson’s Station Mayor) have all agreed to participate.

Six of the seven mayors in Williamson County met for breakfast and a chat with the public during Franklin Tomorrow’s first 2016 Breakfast with the Mayors. Pictured are Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Brentwood Mayor Regina Smithson, Fairview Mayor Patti Carroll, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander, Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham and County Mayor Rogers Anderson. Thompson’s Station Mayor Corey Napier was unable to attend due to an unexpected emergency, but is expected at this year’s Mayoral Summit, set for Jan. 31, 2017.

Coffee will be served at 7 a.m., when the networking portion of this event will begin. Additionally, we will have breakfast catered by Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant. The program will start at 7:45 am.

Thanks to our generous partners, Breakfast with the Mayors is free to attend. Our 2017 supporters include Pinnacle Financial Partners, Williamson County Association of Realtors, Williamson Medical CenterTennessee Equine Hospital, Patterson, Hardee, & Ballentine, and Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant. Partnering with Franklin Tomorrow for the January event are Andrews Transportation Group, Greater Nashville Realtors, and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.

Lipscomb University President kicks off 2017 FrankTalks lectures

Monthly series begins with focus on “Creating Community Dialogue

Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry was the speaker Jan. 9 at the first Franklin Tomorrow FrankTalks lecture series for 2017, addressing the topic of “Creating Community Dialogue.”

Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry addresses those attending the Jan. 9 Franklin Tomorrow FrankTalks lecture on “Creating Community Dialogue.”

The series is held on the second Monday of the month at various locations across the city. The issue of civil discourse or community dialogue will be a quarterly feature of FrankTalks, which is presented in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations.

“Peace is not the absence of conflict,” Lowry told the group after being introduced by Franklin Mayor Ken Moore. “It is the ability to deal with conflict effectively, efficiently and respectfully.”

For more than 20 years, Lowry has been one of the nation’s leaders in the dispute resolution field and is one of the country’s most sought-after speakers on those subjects. After establishing an innovative program at Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Ore. he founded the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. The Straus Institute has been named the No. 1 graduate program of its kind for eight consecutive years, achieving the No. 1 ranking in 11 of the last 16 years by U.S. News & World Report. In 2004, he formalized his longstanding consulting and training practice into the firm now called Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC.

Since joining Lipscomb in September 2005, Lowry has led the Lipscomb community through a period of tremendous growth and connection with the Nashville community, as well as the region.

Lowry pointed out that many don’t realize the diversity in Nashville, with one in eight people in the city having been born in another country.

He gave four steps to creating a community dialogue, including recognizing despite our differences, we are one; coming to grips with diversity and using it as a resource to work together; focus on common interests and “go below the line” of conflict to find out what is driving people; and look for ways to build a relationship not on the conflict, but on something deeper and really seeing the other person.

“A relationship is not going to be built on disagreement. It is going to be built on something else,” Lowry said.

The next FrankTalks lecture will be Monday, Feb. 13, at the training room at Franklin City Hall on the Church Street end of the building. The program will focus on the well-being of our community, both physically and mentally. FrankTalks is free to the public, thanks to the generous support of our partners. It starts at 9 a.m. with a coffee social, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the program, which lasts approximately one hour.

To watch a video of Lowry’s talk, follow this link.

During the event, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate shared results of a recent survey of attendees which showed most of those responding thought civility was an issue in their daily lives.












Jan. 9 FrankTalks to focus on ‘Creating Community Dialogue’

Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry to lead discussion
Franklin is a community known for its opportunities. And as we reflect back on 2016, we want to take hold of a new opportunity – an opportunity to engage all of Franklin’s citizens. 
We invite you to join us for our Jan. 9 FrankTalks lecture in a discussion focused on how we interact and engage with each other in our community. The program will be held at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN, starting with a coffee social at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m.
Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry will kick off our first FrankTalks of 2017 to cover this ever expanding topic. We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend, as we invite everyone to find a seat at the table.
FrankTalks is held monthly on the second Monday of the month and is presented in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations.

The program is free and open to the public, but we ask you RSVP through this link where you can also complete a survey on community dialogue.

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FrankTalks focuses attention on health, wellness of community

The monthly FrankTalks lecture series turned its attention to the health and well-being of our community on Monday, Dec. 12, with Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Williamson County Health Department Director Cathy Montgomery, and Williamson Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Starling Evins, presenting to those in attendance at Columbia State Community College.

Moore, who has been a proponent of Franklin Tomorrow’s Get Fit Franklin project, spoke on issues facing our community, including obesity and its impact to create chronic health issues. In 2016, Franklin was named a Healthier Tennessee pilot community by the Governor’s Foundation for a Healthier Tennessee, with Get Fit Franklin as a partner.

Montgomery presented statistics on health rankings and local measurements of teen drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

Watch the entire program by clicking on this link.