THE FUTURE

(Excerpt from National Center for Small Communities)  Americans are rediscovering small town America. Surveys consistently find that three out of four city dwellers would rather live in a small town, if they could find a good job or move their current business to a small town setting. At the same time, young people and families who live in rural America are anxious to stay where they are deeply rooted, even as farming, timber, mining and manufacturing become less important as core industries in the rural economy.

June, 2003

June, 2003

June, 2003





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  Nancy Kinsworthy steps to the door of her new temporary home Tuesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) moved the new mobile home to her property east of Franklin. Her home was destroyed during the May 4 tornado. 

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John Houck, a Franklin resident, speaks while standing in the lot where the new Franklin Civic Center will be built. The old center was destroyed by a tornado that hit the town on May 4.

Mike Gullett/The Associated Press
From left to right, Phyllis Bitner, John Houck and Veda Maxwell, members of the Forever Franklin committee, discuss fund-raising events to raise money for rebuilding the civic center and post office.



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