The “Stars of Our Community” shone brightly Wednesday, July 30, as part of the eighth annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards and Volunteer Spirit Awards at the Franklin Theatre.

Pinnacle Financial Partners was the presenting sponsor for the event, which saw the top award — the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award — going to Ernie Bacon for his dedication to the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Franklin’s Charge, Heritage Foundation, and numerous other civic endeavors.

Named to receive the inaugural Franklin Tomorrow Business Legacy Awards were Caroline Cross and Walter “Joey” Davis. Cross was the founder and volunteer executive director for 16 years for Leadership Franklin, which has produced more than 350 graduates who are involved in a variety of community organizations and efforts.

See what leaders in the community had to say about Caroline. Watch tomorrow for Joey Davis’s.



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Clark Shelton has made Franklin home for over 2 decades, raised a family (his son currently attends MTSU), and contributed greatly to the quality of life in Downtown Franklin for many years as part of the Heritage Foundation and Downtown Franklin Association. He has been the General Manager of for 2 years, after serving as Social Media Coordinator in the early days.