Timothy’s Gift Concert

Timothy’s Gift Concert – May 7, 2016 – 7PM at Gracepointe Church, Franklin, TN.

The Timothy’s Gift journey started the instant compassion became passion. In 1998, Nashville businessman Ron Miller watched a news report about a Florida boy, Tim Kane, who was charged with murder, tried as an adult, and given two life sentences despite having never touch a single victim. Hearing Tim’s certainly unique story lead to the birth of a Non-Profit, Timothy’s Gift, that has already touched thousands of lives. What may be most extraordinary about all of this is the hope Tim has sparked all from inside the prison walls.

The Hope Tour, led by Melissa Greene, has risen to be a vital instrument for sharing the message of Timothy’s Gift to both inmates and staff.

The message of Timothy’s Gift is that no one is forgotten, that every human being has great WORTH.


$80 Million Downtown Franklin Development Unveiled

The Harpeth Association held a town meeting to discuss the plans for a boutique hotel complex in downtown Franklin. The meeting was well received by the standing-room-only crowd filling the auditorium at the Franklin Theatre. Many questions were asked and most of the answers are forthcoming, but the crowd seemed to believe that the Harpeth Association has Franklin’s best interest at heart.

Rod Heller and Jay Franks are no strangers to Williamson County and both have been involved in preservation and development for many years. They have a vision revealed Ron, “a boutique hotel like Blackberry Farms and the like,” with retail and condos or high end apartments finishing out the block. “As long-term owners, we want our project to be viewed 20 years from now as having been a splendid addition to a uniquely attractive place to live and visit and as a catalyst for planned growth. We believe that, as the dynamic and diverse economy of Middle Tennessee continues to expand, Franklin increasingly will become the geographic, historic and cultural center of the greater Nashville Metropolitan area. We see a second Renaissance for Franklin.” When asked late in the program on what happens if plans run over budget and what might get cut in the planning Rod said, “We will not compromise our vision.”

Jay Franks (left) & Rod Heller
The hotel will have 100-120 rooms, the planning for dwellings is estimated at around 200 and there will be about 40,000 square feet of retail. The major concerns from the audience centered around the location of and type of retail, parking and paying for the garage, increased traffic and shopping flow concerns. Those in attendance were primarily business owners and residents in the immediate area. Rod commented that keeping the “CoolSpringification” effect out of the area is a concern.

The hotel is planned to be an integral part of Franklin and will help set the town up as a destination city. The increase in retail is estimated at an approximately one-third increase to existing space and management of who will move into the locations has yet to be determined. Currently the plan is to have the hotel front Main Street, which brought out many concerns.

Mayor Moore was first to express his opinion that “retail space needs to be on Main Street.” Following suite was a couple of local retailers and even Rod himself understood and agreed with the concept. The problem they are having is the amount of space they have to develop within the block, especially if the last piece they were hoping to acquire does not pan out. Many of those in attendance suggested the hotel face the river but that will ultimately be up to the developers and architect.

Rod explained that this is not just their project, it is downtown Franklin’s project. The city will be highly involved in the planning. Mayor Moore said “this is the kind of development we envisioned for downtown, I love their vision.” A river walk around the Harpeth connecting all the way to Carnton was discussed as a possible side to the project as well and everyone liked that idea. Many things are up in the air at this time and there is a chance the project will not move forward at all. Harpeth Associates has put their faith into the idea and will try very hard to make the project stand the test of time, be financially successful and benefit the community.

The $80-$85 million project is expected to bring in total revenue expenditures to the city over a 10 year period in excess of $170 million. The figures are preliminary and will be refined as things move forward. Mindy Tate with Franklin Tomorrow asked about the timetable for development and that to is uncertain. It will take the city approximately a year for surveys and infrastructure enhancement and approximately 2 years for development of the hotel so it will be three years before the first patron spends a night at the hotel.

A lot of questions remain unanswered but it is apparent that Harpeth Associates intends to be transparent and flexible as this project becomes reality. Stay tuned for future updates.



 Franklin tops the charts in the number of single family closings this month,
while Brentwood has the highest average price.

 Number of closings up significantly compared to May 2012 and May 2011.

 Condominium sales are down slightly compared to May 2012 and 2011.

 Inventory levels are down compared to the last two years.

Monthly Market Stats
MAY 2013

Statistics At A Glance
The number of single-family residential closings increased by 21% in May 2013 compared to May 2012.

The median sales price for a single- family home was $336,440 in May of 2012 with an increase to $376,007 in May of 2013.

Days on the market decreased from May 2012 compared to May 2013.

Media reports quick sales and a lack of necessary inventory across the country. Williamson County’s real estate market is experiencing many of these effects on our market as consumer confidence in housing grows.

May 2013
Closings Med. Price. Res. 459 $376,007 Condo. 27 $192,000


Carnton: Summer Concert Series

Come to beautiful Historic Carnton Plantation for its seventh annual Summer Concert Series, which takes place on the last Sunday of June, July and August. Enjoy live music, picnicking and fantastic sunsets in good company. You also can take this opportunity to stroll through the 1847 garden or tour the historic home – the choice is yours – but you can be sure that there will be plenty to entertain all.

Tickets: Adults (ages 13+) are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate for each concert. Children (ages 6-12) are $5 in advance or at the gate for each concert.
Free for 5 and under. Food and drinks are available for purchase on-site, including soft drinks, beer and wine.

Guests can buy their picnic or bring their own, but please refrain from bringing grills and pets. For more information, visit http://www.battleoffranklintrust.org/sunsetconcertseries.htm or call 615.794.0903.

The summer line up includes:

June 30: The One Hitters featuring one-hit wonders from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

July 28: 2Country4Nashville featuring traditional country music hits made famous by the legends.

August 25: Bad Dog featuring classic rock from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

The gates open at 4:30 p.m. The concerts are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The concert is held on the east lawn next to the house. Parking is free. Restrooms are onsite. Food and drinks are available for purchase or attendees may bring their own (including alcohol). No tents, grills or pets are allowed. Tickets are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, every effort will be made to reschedule the concert.