April 10 FrankTalks focuses on political divisiveness, seeking understanding

The Williamson Herald
Kerri Bartlett, Managing Editor

According to a few seemingly odd studies cited by Vanderbilt University political science professor Marc Hetherington, liberals like cats more, while conservatives prefer dogs, he said at the recent FrankTalks series, “Political Trust and The Origins of Deep Divisions in Our Country.”

A liberal is more likely to order a veggie burger, or curry chicken with biryani rice, where as a conservative prefers a hamburger and whose favorite meal is most likely meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans, Hetherington said, according to

Liberals also watch less sports.

According to Hetherington, these seemingly trivial preferences seem to be linked to one’s worldview, and one’s worldview seems to dramatically affect one’s political views and how one votes at the polls.

Because worldviews are so personal and intertwined with every aspect of one’s life, Hetherington says this is the reason political differences are becoming so difficult to resolve.

Hetherington says America is divided within it’s political system, and people are having difficult time understanding each other.

To read the rest of Bartlett’s story, follow this link.

To view Hetherington’s Powerpoint presentation, click on

‘Can’t Stop the Feeling: Williamson County’s Entertainment Scene” focus of April 25 Breakfast With the Mayors

The 2017 Breakfast with The Mayors Series continues on April 25th at Rolling Hills Community Church.

Starting at 7 a.m. with breakfast from Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and MJ Roasting of Nolensville, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson will focus on the topic, “Can’t Stop the Feeling: Williamson County’s Entertainment Scene.”

Forming the panel will be Brandt Wood, co-founder of the Pilgrimage Music Festival; Ellie Westman Chin, president & CEO of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.

To RSVP, follow this link.

Coffee will be served by MJ Roasting of Nolensville 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 a.m.

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 Center, Tennessee Equine Hospital, Rolling Hills Community Church, Patterson, Hardee, & Ballentine, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, and MJ Roasting. We would also like to thank our April Sponsor, Andrews Transportation Group, for their support as well.

Nominations open for 11th annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards July 26

The call for nominations for the 11th annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards has gone out, according to Franklin Tomorrow Board President Tim Murphy.

The awards will be presented July 26 during an event open to the public at the Franklin Theatre, preceded by a reception at FirstBank. Among the partners for the event is Williamson Medical Center.

Nominations must be returned by end of business May 19, 2017.

In 2007, Franklin Tomorrow established the Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to honor the decades of service and tremendous impact of Anne T. Rutherford, a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow and an active volunteer for many community organizations. The award recognizes the collective effort of an individual’s work and the impact on the agencies themselves and the community at large. One award is given annually.

The Volunteer Spirit and the Youth Initiative Awards were created to allow more people to be honored for selflessly supporting local non-profit organizations or agencies. The Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2011 to posthumously honor an exemplary volunteer. While not presented annually, nominations are accepted each year. Other awards may be created by the Board of Franklin Tomorrow to recognize significant achievement.

In its fourth year, the Civic Group Award will honor representatives of civic, membership, congregation or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a cause, while the Corporate Team Award will recognize companies that see the value of giving back to their community through successful volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.

Finally, the Corporate Volunteer Award will recognize an individual who as part of a company-sponsored volunteer program or event has made a significant contribution to one or more organizations.

A $500 grant to the winner’s non-profit of choice accompanies the Anne T. Rutherford Award, while a $250 grant accompanies the other awards.

For more information or questions, please contact Executive Director Mindy Tate or Operations Administrator Carmen Stanek at (615) 794-0998.

To download the packet, click the image below.

2017 Volunteer Awards nomination packet

Get Fit Franklin / Healthier Tennessee ‘Walk With Mayor’ a success

Franklin Tomorrow’s Get Fit Franklin held a “Walk With the Mayor” on Wednesday, March 29, as part of its partnership with Healthier Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore proclaimed the week of March 27-31 as “Healthier Tennessee Week” in the state and city.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and his wife Linda lead the walkers leaving Franklin City Hall on March 29, 2017, for “Walk With the Mayor.”

Led by Mayor Ken Moore and his wife Linda, the one-mile walk drew a huge crowd of more than 70 people. Starting at Franklin City Hall, the group walked down Third Avenue North to Hillsboro Road, turning south on Hillsboro to end the walk at the Juice Bar Franklin and Pedego Electric Bikes of Franklin, near the intersection of Hillsboro and Bridge Street.

Franklin was chosen as a pilot city for Haslam’s Healthier Tennessee initiative in conjunction with Franklin Tomorrow’s Get Fit Franklin project and the organization is heading the charge to help Franklin residents participate in a healthy lifestyle.

Now that it is officially spring (and summer is just around the corner), Franklin citizens are encouraged to continue practicing healthy habits. Utilizing Healthier Tennessee’s Streaks for Small Starts app is a great way to motivate yourself!

Small Starts are simple, daily actions that can add up to big streaks of success. The app has great social features too! Find friends, challenge them, and play our way to a healthier you. Join the Franklin community app by following this link and share your progress on social media using the #getfitfranklin.

Don’t forget to follow Franklin Tomorrow and Get Fit Franklin on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of events and projects happening in our community. Let’s #getfitfranklin together!

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore (center) is joined by Holly Bogle of Franklin Synergy Bank, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate, Franklin Synergy Bank Chairman Richard Herrington, and Franklin resident Jack Elder and his grandson Hudson for the “Walk With the Mayor.”

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore thanked those who joined in the Get Fit Franklin / Healthier Tennessee “Walk With the Mayor” on March 29, 2017.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore welcomes Amy Saffell, executive director of ABLE Youth, to the Get Fit Franklin / Healthier Tennessee “Walk With the Mayor.”


Here are some news stories regarding the “Walk With the Mayor.”

‘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.