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Franklin / Nashville Basics
If you're new to the Franklin / Nashville area, we can pretty much guarantee that you're going to love it here! This is where local residents share everything you need to know about living in Williamson County (Franklin), Davidson County (Nashville), and surrounding areas. See what different neighborhoods & communities are like, our favorite house hunting tips, and little-known facts about living in Middle Tennessee. Welcome neighbor!
See which neighborhoods have the nicest neighbors & the best Halloween candy. The locals’ favorite spots in Nashville to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Two of the suburbs south of Nashville (Franklin & Brentwood) are getting crowded. That’s why we moved to nearby Spring Hill just 12 miles south of Franklin.
The Nashville flood was unprecedented and the first of its kind for this area. The 2 days of constant rain and flooding which took place on May 1-2, 2010 in Nashville Tennessee broke all kinds of records
This is one of those things that you just don’t think about… until you find yourself stranded on the side of the road wondering what your options are. You can bet now I’ll remember *THP no matter where I’m traveling in Tennessee!
The fact is, if you live in Williamson County and move to a new home within Williamson County, you do indeed have to change your address with the Tennessee Department of Safety. Here’s how to do it, and why it was a big win for me to update and renew my drivers license online!
We’ve discussed the best and worst Nashville news channels on TV before. Now let’s see who your favorite TV news anchors are. Vote now!
I took this photo downtown Franklin, TN — right in front of the Franklin Post Office.
In addition to style, here’s a list of other things that Nashville, Franklin, and Williamson County have received accolades for.
Henpeck Lane in Franklin, Tennessee offers a variety of housing developments for those seeking countryside living near plenty of modern conveniences. Here are details about Durham Manor, Summer Hill, and Belle Vista, among others.
From The Brownstones at First Avenue and Church Street, just a block away you’ll find the Downtown Square in Franklin, TN which contains a variety of dining establishments and numerous boutique shopping choices.
Just 3 miles west of historic Franklin’s downtown square on Highway 96, Westhaven explodes with a 1,500-acre master-planned community, mixed-use town center and private golf club.
I was excited to see how the Avalon neighborhood would turn out, because I’ve always had a fantasy of living in a castle, or at least a castle-like setting. One of the first signs of the development was the ‘castle’ on top of one of the hills which you can see from Cool Springs.
The first of three phases is now underway at Jamison Station, near the Franklin Factor. With a mixture of retail space, townhomes and condominium flats, Jamison Station will offer home buyers a unique urban/suburban lifestyle in Franklin, Tennessee.
Tucked behind the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center off of Peytonsville Road and surrounded by farm land and hillside, The Highlands at Ladd Park is a new Franklin neighborhood that has the makings of a wonderful combination of spacious homes, beautiful views and opportunities to enjoy nature at its best. There is a lot to look forward to with this new subdivision going in on the south side of Franklin.
I am constantly amazed at the variety of wildlife I find in my own backyard, right here in Franklin, Tennessee! Everything from bunnies and squirrels to deer, turkey, foxes, and more…
Nashville, TN ranks very high in a number of different areas. So do Franklin, Tennessee and most specifically, Williamson County. Have a look…
As it turns out, Tornado Alley is a VERY loosely defined area. There really is no solid definition of the areas included in Tornado Alley maps. But here are some facts showing that Tennessee should probably be included in Tornado Alley. See for yourself…
Looking for a new home in Tennessee? Or, maybe you’re Interested in finding land for sale instead of a house? Either way, here are the best places to find homes and property for sale in Tennessee, particularly in the Franklin and Williamson County area…
Check out ‘The Top 100 Companies To Work For In Tennessee’ and ‘The Best Employers In Tennessee’, plus other tips for finding a job at Tennessee’s top companies.
I have some issues with how the news is covered on local television stations. Check out my favorite — and LEAST favorite — Nashville news channels. How would you rate the local news?
Franklin TN schools are closed so often at the last minute that it’s hard to guess whether school is going to be open or closed these days. And it’s clear that Williamson County Tennessee parents are searching for ‘a better way’ to find out about school closings — especially at times when schools become closed at the last minute due to bad weather or some other emergency. Okay parents, here’s what you need to know…
Wondering what the traffic is like in Franklin, Tennessee today? Check out these live traffic cams…
Here are the top 10 cities with speed traps in the United States. Nashville Tennessee ranks 5th on the list. See why here…
Keep Tennessee Beautiful group and Tennessee Department of Transportation recently launched StopLitter — a new Tennessee Litter Prevention Campaign to provide education and awareness to Tennesseans. Here’s what you can do to report people who litter in Tennessee.
Have you seen the new ‘Nashville is the new L.A.’ t-shirts yet??? We’ve started seeing more and more of these fun shirts around Nashville. Now, Jim and I are each getting one!
There’s a new park in town! Franklin, Tennessee gets a new park, managed by Williamson County Parks & Rec and built adjacent to the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Highway 96. Here are first photos of the build process.
Tennessee ranks 3rd as the most tax-friendly state in the U.S. Overall, the local tax burden, as a percentage of income, is 8.5% in Tennessee. Specifically, the city of Murfreesboro is the most tax-friendly city in Tennessee.
Our neighbor to the south of Franklin — Spring Hill, Tennessee — has been named the most business-friendly city in Tennessee!
I have hard & fast proof that no one reads the newspaper anymore. Either that, or peer pressure has taken over in my neighborhood, and everyone seems to follow suit. Do you know when trash collection days are in your neighborhood?…
This 5th grader from Franklin Road Academy found a way to use bubble wrap as an ‘artificial skin’ for amputees. Yep, Grayson Rosenberger invented a one-of-a-kind cosmetic covering for prosthetic legs. Here’s the story…
America’s Promise Alliance selected the 100 best communities from a list of 750 from all 50 states. The three Tennessee cities that were named kid-friendly: Nashville, Bristol and Germantown. Here are the details…
One of my favorite things to do is to look at very old photos of Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. Here’s a classic one… it’s the oldest known picture of Nashville. I strongly encourage you to check out the rest of Marty’s collection of historical photographs from Nashville, Tennessee.
Do you think of Nashville as a party town? Word is, Nashville is the 4th best party city in the U.S. Check out the Top 10 Party Cities here…
I’ve been adding bits & pieces to my growing collection of ‘crazy cowboy things’ for quite awhile now… I guess now seems as good a time as any to share my collection of funny cowboy stuff. Enjoy!
Virtually everywhere we’ve considered in Williamson County as a place to build our home, we’ve had to back out simply because they don’t offer high-speed Internet there. Who knew that in one of the wealthiest parts of Tennessee, there are so many people living with dial-up Internet service in this day and age?! That, or no Internet at all!
Something struck me as odd when I saw this OLD-timey Army truck passing through downtown Nashville — right past the Capitol Building — yesterday during rush hour.
In case you haven’t already noticed… the Japanese Beetles are back! And they’re here to stay. (In Tennessee, Japanese Beetles are usually a problem from the middle of June until the middle of August.) How do you know for sure if you’ve got a problem with Japanese Beetles? Three ways…
Do you know what you want in your next home? We’ve been looking at homes — again — and we’ve learned a few things along the way. Here are some helpful resources if you’re looking for a home in Franklin, TN or the Williamson County, Tennessee area.
Franklin was under the gun through a series of very bad thunderstorms, hail storms, and tornadoes from about 4pm until well after midnight on Friday, April 7, 2006. When all was said and done, some 35 tornadoes had touched down…
Ever since we moved to Tennessee, one thing that strikes us as funny is the number of ‘snow days’ that school-age kids get each year… and even the number of days that school is canceled due to RAIN — in preparation for subsequent flooding. They tend to cancel school the night before, based on the premise that it’s going to snow, rain, or sleet, rather than on actual precipitation.
Tennessee’s roadside assisted program is called ‘HELP’ and features lime yellow colored trucks which roam the major roadways assisting stranded motorists and facilitating traffic flow after major and minor accidents. In Nashville, the trucks are imprinted with the words ‘Highway Incident Response Unit’ – HIRU.
A picture of the Nashville skyline as the sun was setting over the city. The skyscrapers are glistening in the sunlight, with just the right amount of shadows…
University of Tennessee fans will love this UT pumpkin template!
The following summarizes my experience the other day when I went to the Williamson County driver license branch to renew my Tennessee driver’s license…
A handful of realtors in our area are going above and beyond to keep local residents informed about home sales in Franklin, Tennessee. I, for one, am thankful for their efforts. I especially like Gennifer Mallard and Diane Mason… here’s why.
A photograph capturing the mood of the last day of school… this one captures the PARENTS’ enthusiasm for this special occasion!
About a dozen or so volunteers from Bellevue Community Church got together to bring a single mom’s home back up to code after a devastating fire in Nashville.
A photo-essay of a recent hail storm in Franklin, Tennessee.
It appears that we live in the HOTTEST zip code in middle Tennessee!… Here’s more about living in Franklin, Tennessee — specifically, in zip code 37064.