Franklin Police to Close Historic Downtown Neighborhood Streets on Halloween

Franklin Police to Close Historic Downtown Neighborhood Streets on Halloween

Residents in downtown Franklin’s Hincheyville neighborhood are expecting another big turnout this Halloween.

Franklin Police Officers will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th & 11th Avenues, and 9th Avenue between Natchez St. & 96W from 5pm-9pm for trick-or-treaters Tuesday, October 31.

The Franklin Police and Fire Departments will be handing out candy and glow necklaces to children within the closure.

Trick-or-treat days and times in Franklin
are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year. There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents, including:

  • They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.
  • They are not good at evaluating potential traffic threats.
  • They are more likely to ignore their peripheral vision, and are generally less attentive of their surroundings.
  • They have a tendency to take more risks.
  • They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
  • They may be distracted by other children’s costumes and actions, and home decorations.

Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids, and be sure to tell them that some people driving cars may not slow down for them.

Motorists are urged to slow down and use extra caution Tuesday night, as Franklin streets will be filled with excited children.

Information on registered sex offenders living in proximity to specific geographic locations can be found at this interactive map by the TBI.

Registered sex offenders being supervised by the Tennessee Department of Corrections must remain in their homes between 6pm and 6am, may not have their porch lights on, are forbidden to decorate their home, dress in costume, open their door for trick-or-treaters, or attend fall festivals or parties.

Click here for a complete list of the restrictions.

WCS Students Make Mid-State, All-State Choirs

WCS Students Make Mid-State, All-State Choirs

Eighty WCS students are among the 545 from across Middle Tennessee who were selected for various choirs within the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association. Of those 80 students, 22 were selected for the state-level performance in April.

These students auditioned for the parts earlier in the semester. As the year continues, each choir will rehearse and perform in front of an audience. Congratulations to the following students:

All-State:

  • Georgia Winkler (All-State SSAA)
  • Nikkole Dittler (All-State SSAA)
  • Alex Cook (All-State SSAA)
  • Virginia Guerrero (All-State SATB)
  • Sydnei Humphrey-Davis (All-State SSAA)
  • Carol Morse (All-State SSAA)
  • Easton Freeze (All-State TTBB)
  • Sam MCallister (All-State SATB)
  • Will Ryan (All-State SATB)

Mid-State:

  • Annalee McConnell (Mid-State SSAA)
  • Grace Choi (Mid-State SSAA, All-State SATB Alternate)
  • Shane McNabb (Mid-State TTBB)
  • Coby Warkentin (Mid-State SATB, All-State SATB Alternate)
  • Noah McAllister (Mid-State SATB, All-State SATB Alternate)

Freshmen Honors:

  • Vivi Hirst (Freshmen SA)

*SATB: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass – Male and Female choir
*TTBB: Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1 (Baritone), Bass 2 – Male choir
*SSAA: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2 – Female Choir
*SA: Soprano, Alto – Female Choir

Sponsors Needed for 5th Annual Fine Arts Festival

Sponsors Needed for 5th Annual Fine Arts Festival

Help support the fine arts! Williamson County Schools is in need of sponsors for the 2018 Fine Arts Festival.

The annual event is a 100 percent community-funded effort to showcase the many talents of WCS students. From band and orchestra performances to plays and visual art, each aspect of fine arts will be represented April 7 at the Factory at Franklin.

With hands-on art activities and a headliner performance from Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band, this is one event that art-lovers will want to support.

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities or the event itself, email WCS Fine Arts Director Melissa Dufechou.

Spring Hill driver arrested for DUI with baby in car

Spring Hill driver arrested for DUI with baby in car

A Spring Hill mother, who had a baby in her car, is free on bond after her arrest for DUI early this morning.

Officers were summoned to the Steak and Shake parking lot on Murfreesboro at 12:51 am to investigate a possible impaired driver. Arriving officers located the vehicle, occupied by 26-year-old Rebecca Henry of Spring Hill and her infant, in an adjacent parking lot. Officers determined that Henry was impaired, and arrested her. Open alcohol was found in her vehicle. A family member responded to the scene to take over care for the baby.

Henry, charged with DUI, is free on the $30,000 bond set by the Magistrate. DCS was notified about Henry’s baby being in her vehicle at the time of her arrest. Henry is due in court at 1:00 pm on November 2.

Murder investigation underway in Franklin; $5,000 reward for information

Murder investigation underway in Franklin; $5,000 reward for information

An intense police investigation is underway to determine who shot and killed 37-year-old Devillas Dodson.

Officers responded to 234 Chestnut Lane shortly after 2:00 am, after receiving a call from that location that someone had been shot. Arriving officers found Dodson laying outside on the driveway and initiated CPR. Paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced Dodson dead.

Dodson, who resided in Columbia, used to live in Franklin, where he still had close ties. Detectives are questioning residents of the Chestnut Lane home that Dodson was visiting when he was shot.

Franklin Police are urging anyone in the area with home surveillance cameras to check their recordings for anything that might help with the investigation. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads police to Dodson’s killer.

Anyone with information is urged to call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can 
call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000, 
or text the keyword 615FPD and their anonymous tip 
to 847411

Principals for the three newest Williamson County schools have been named

Principals for the three newest Williamson County schools have been named

Principals for the three newest Williamson County schools have been named. Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney made the announcement today.

Head shot of Robert Bohrer

Robert Bohrer

Crockett Elementary Principal Robert Bohrer has been named principal of Thompson’s Station Elementary School. “Robert is a veteran administrator with a proven track record in instructional leadership,” said Looney. “He is also a relational leader who I am confident will build a foundation for success in our new school.”

Bohrer has served as the principal of Crockett for the past 10 years. Prior to that time, he worked in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as a teacher and administrator as well as a teacher in the Abilene Independent School District in Texas.

“I have loved being the principal of Crockett Elementary,” said Bohrer.  “The relationships I have developed with teachers, staff, parents and students are unforgettable.  I appreciate the influence and the lessons learned from these wonderful people, and I am beyond excited to bring what I have learned the past 27 years and begin building new relationships with the parents, teachers and especially students that will soon become the Thompson’s Station Elementary community. I look forward to doing what it takes to make this new beginning smooth and memorable for everyone.”

Head short of Paula Waits

Paula Waits

Nolensville Elementary Principal Paula Waits will be moving to Thompson’s Station Middle School. “Paula is an administrator who fosters great relationships among her stakeholders,” said Looney. “Add to that her prior middle school experience and her great communication skills, and I believe she will serve the district and the Thompson’s Station school community well.”

Waits has served as principal of Nolensville Elementary for the past five years. Prior to that time, she taught for 22 years in Georgia and Alabama as well as serving as an assistant principal for two years.

“Having begun my administrative career at the middle school level, I have since felt a strong calling to once again serve students and their families of these grade levels,” said Waits. “As I make this next step into the rewarding journey as an educator and life-long learner, I will take with me many precious memories as the principal of Nolensville Elementary.  The staff, students, parents and community members of NES are a very special group of people. They have supported me as their instructional leader, and I will miss them tremendously.  I look forward to working with all stakeholders of Thompson’s Station Middle School to assist in building an excellent school from its foundation. Establishing a positive culture for learning, playing a part in creating traditions, and watching a staff and student body grow into a family unit, will be both exciting and challenging.”

Head shot of Chad Walker

Chad Walker

Hunters Bend Elementary Principal Chad Walker will be the new leader at Jordan Elementary. “Chad has worked in elementary schools across Williamson County Schools for two decades serving as a school counselor, an assistant principal and a principal,” said Looney. “His range of experience in our district and his ability to build relationships with students, families and staff will be the key to the successful opening and development of Jordan Elementary.”

Walker was a school counselor at Edmondson Elementary School and an assistant principal at Fairview, Westwood, Hunters Bend, and Allendale elementary schools. He currently is serving in his fifth year as principal at Hunters Bend Elementary School.

“I am proud of the work we’ve done at Hunters Bend Elementary School. The faculty and staff, community, and students are simply the best,” said Walker. “I have loved my experience at Hunters Bend; however, I am excited to be the principal of one of Williamson County’s newest schools, Jordan Elementary. I look forward to engaging with the Brentwood and Nolensville communities and preparing the school for its opening in August. The opportunity to help develop Jordan Elementary School into a magnificent place to work and learn, from the ground up, will be a remarkable adventure.”

The three will begin their new roles January 1, 2018.