A Fresh Look At A Familiar Place - 10/18/13

  Because of my work schedule I'm not usually running around seeing the sights on Friday nights much.  Last Friday, however, I was off and drove to downtown Franklin with my wife and children around dinner time.
  The weather was perfect.  We parked for free in the garage behind city hall and walked up and down the street checking out the shops off the square.  It was such a vibrant scene filled with cool stores, interesting people and music on the street. 
  I saw a young man playing his songs on a bench a few doors from the toy store where my youngest convinced us to buy him a New York state patrol car with doors that pop open when you hit the front bumper.  The marquis on the Franklin Theater flashed names like Macy Gray and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, both of whom have upcoming shows.  About a half a block away, what I perceived to be a songwriter waiting for his big break was banging out "Folsom Prison Blues" on an acoustic guitar outside the Mellow Mushroom pizza parlor.
  The sidewalks were bustling but not overflowing with people.  Young couples who appeared to be out on a date, older folks, families with little ones in strollers and being led by the hand and everything in between.  I was just back from a vacation in Florida and couldn't help but think this was as cool as anyplace I just drove six hundred miles to see. 
  It's always great to check out new places but middle Tennessee is a fantastic place to come home to.  It's why so many people vacation here.  And it's constantly changing.  So if you haven't been out of your little corner of our world lately, set a course for downtown Franklin, or lower Broadway where the music is always live and there's never a cover charge and get a fresh look at what all the tourists are coming to see.   

 

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STOLEN CART-PROBATION VISIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A man in Albuquerque, New Mexico drove straight into trouble while trying to show off his hot new ride. KOAT-TV reports (http://goo.gl/Y6F69T) 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode a stolen electric shopping cart this week to meet with his probation officer. When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got his new set of wheels, court documents say he admitted to taking it from a Walmart. Johnson was arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond. Albuquerque police say the cart is worth more than $1,800.

TOPLESS RALLY

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A group of women want the right to bare... their breasts. The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/1rlQN5B) reports a topless rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Park in the downtown retail and dining area. Rally spokeswoman LaDonna Allison says the event is designed to promote women's equality. Her group believes laws and social stigmas against women who are topless in public are unfair. Allison says, "what reason do they have for saying it's OK for a man but not for a woman? I just want to be treated equally." The first rally in 2011 drew an estimated 2,000 people, and has declined in recent years to several hundred people-- including about a dozen women baring their chest.

SHOPLIFTING MEAT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Where's the beef? Police say a man stole meat worth $2,700 from three Safeway stores in Portland, Oregon. They say 53-year-old Barry Sanders was caught on video hiding meat in a shopping cart at least 13 times in July and August, before leaving the grocery stores without paying. KOIN reports (http://bit.ly/1vhdtBU) Sanders was arraigned Tuesday on theft charges in Multnomah County Circuit Court. He had not entered a plea yet on Wednesday.

NAKED MOTORCYCLIST-CHARGES

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Most bikers love the feel of the wind blowing through their hair. But one man took it a step futher: riding in the buff. Arlington County police say a drunk, naked man crashed into two cars while riding a motorcycle before fleeing into some woods. Authorities say 42-year-old Roland Hitchens wasn't wearing any clothes when police found him close to the scene in Arlington Friday night. He was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt. Police announced Tuesday that Hitchens has been charged with felony hit-and-run, indecent exposure, driving under the influence and other offenses. He was ordered held without bond.

 
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