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Summer in the South Means Sweet Tea and Seersucker

By J.T. Thompson If sweet tea is the table wine of the South …then seer sucker is the fabric that holds us together. A necessary staple of men’s fashion in the dog days of summer, purists often wear seersucker from Memorial Day to Labor Day. As fashion rules and traditions continue to change, you’ll see [...]

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Put a Lid on It By Harry Chapman I have never thought of myself as a collector. Through the years, I never found anything that really caught my interest, or that I could afford. In my youth, I tried collecting stamps for a while, but soon found that I did not have the patience nor [...]

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Franklin’s Favorite Hat Lady: Doris McMillan’s Love Runs Deep By Jay Sheridan As a child in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Doris McMillan was always mesmerized by the hats – the big, colorful, flowered and feathered hats the women would wear to church. It was a part of the culture, and it captured her creative mind. [...]

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Summer Event Guide

Fork & Vine June 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Gratidude Ranch, 7515 Pewitt Road in Franklin Join Gratidude Ranch and S.A.F.E. for an evening filled with delicious eats and paired wines.  Chris Carmack also known as “Will” from the TV show Nashville will be among the guests in attendance.  There will be live music [...]

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BEHIND EVERY GREAT SONG It’s No Mystery Daphne Culver is the Real Deal By Will Jordan Daphne Culver is seriously considering quitting her day job. Culver had a pretty exciting and successful year playing music with her band The Mystery Machines, and she’s ready to take the leap to being a full time musician. It’s [...]

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Experience European Grandeur Sans Passport By Vicki Stout It may be out in the middle of nowhere, nestled in the flatlands of southern Indiana, but it’s a gem of a place. A rare find. A European-esque grand hotel that requires no passport or international travel. In fact, West Baden Springs Hotel is just about a [...]

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A DAY IN THE LIFE of Chip Nietfeld

Behind the scenes at Bonnaroo with Chip Nietfeld By Will Jordan For thousands of music lovers, Bonnaroo epitomizes the ultimate festival going experience. The four-day camping and music festival happens June 11 – 14, on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. and features more than 100 bands including Billy Joel, Robert Plant, Mumford& Sons, Alabama [...]

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In the Kitchen With April Mckinney

A Sneak Peek with April Mckinney Author of The Outdoor Table By Vicki Stout Franklin resident April McKinney is one of the new generation’s Food Network rock stars.  While she might blush at the accolade, the 20-something is a food blogger, has cooked with Paula Deen, been on the Today show, appeared regularly on local [...]