Scoop: June 2021

Jun 22, 2021 at 11:24 am by RMGadmin

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2021 Raise the Roofs Chairs Announced

After the global pandemic caused Friends of Franklin Parks’ annual “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser to be a drive-through event last year, the organization is set to hold the 10th Annual edition of the summer’s best party in its full form on August 21st at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Lisa and Bob Ravener, along with Jennifer and Jamey Parker, will bring their unique expertise and perspectives to the event as the 2021 Chairs. A twilight polo event on Friday, August 20th will kick off the celebration, with the main event to be held on Saturday, August 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stay tuned for ticket details in the coming weeks. For sponsorship information and other details visit our website: or contact FOFP Executive Director Torrey Barnhill at or by phone at (615) 674-5388

New Passports Provide a Fun Way to Explore Franklin This Summer 

A brand new Craft Coffee Trail from Visit Franklin highlights a collection of digital passports available for free that allow visitors and locals alike to explore Franklin and the communities of Williamson County in a whole new way. The Craft Coffee Trail will take coffee lovers to eleven local coffee shops that feature the best classic, signature, and seasonal drinks the area has to offer. Stops along the Craft Coffee Trail include Coffee House at Second & Bridge, Coffee & Coconuts, Curio Brewing Co., Frothy Monkey, Just Love Coffee Cafe, High Brow Coffee & Tea, Mama’s Java, McGavock’s Coffee & Provisions, Southerner’s Coffee, The Good Cup, and The Redbyrd Coffee Shop. The Craft Coffee Trail joins the beloved master’s & Makers Trail, exploring the area’s breweries, distilleries, and winery. Additionally, four other free digital passports are available that allow users to take a self-guided tour of historic homes, get to know Main Street, satisfy their sweet tooth, and more.  Additional free digital passports available include: Great American Main Street; Haunts & Headstones; Historic Homes of Hincheyville and the  Sweet Treats Trail. To access the free digital passports from Visit Franklin, simply visit and select the passport of your choice. Digital passports will be instantly delivered to your mobile device with no additional application to download.

Debbie Henry Receives Caroline J Cross Award 

The Board of Directors of Leadership Franklin has selected Debbie Henry as this year’s recipient of the Caroline J. Cross Award. Henry is the Executive Director of Franklin’s Transportation Management Association. She is also the Associate Executive Director for Leadership Franklin. She has served on the boards and advisory committees of organizations including Franklin Tomorrow, the Education Foundation of Williamson County, Williamson Inc., Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels, and the Mid-Cumberland Region Coordinated Public Transit Advisory Committee. She has been recognized as a Williamson County Hall of Fame Impact Award winner by the Nashville Business Journal, as a Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Spirit Award winner, a Woman of Influence in Nonprofit Leadership, and as an Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year, among other honors. The Caroline J. Cross Award was established to honor Caroline J. Cross, Founding Executive Director of Leadership Franklin, and create an ongoing award that identifies a leader in the community who exemplifies the values and lessons of Leadership Franklin. This award was created as the class project in 2007. Criteria for nomination include leadership that motivates and inspires other individuals along with traits of creativity, character, dedication, and community service. Leadership Franklin is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to develop leadership and community engagement to further a vision for Franklin and Williamson County. For more information about the organization, visit

The Big Payback Raises $4.2M for Middle Tennessee Organizations

The Big Payback’s eighth annual 24-hour online giving event ended by raising more than $4.2 million — $4,265,674 — in 32,941 donations to participating area nonprofit organizations, schools, and religious institutions. The preliminary total includes funds raised and prize totals. In its history, The Big Payback has helped more than 1,000 area nonprofits by raising more than $25 million — $25,219,297— in cumulative gifts. An event-record 1,017 Middle Tennessee organizations from thirty-three counties signed up to participate in this year’s event, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT). The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day designed to give the public the opportunity to pay back the nonprofits that make this a place we are proud to call home. This year’s event included eighty-seven organizations from twelve counties that were participating in The Big Payback for the first time. Categories included human services, education, community improvement, arts and culture, youth development, animal welfare, health, housing and shelter, and the environment. The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the forty counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

Williamson Medical Center Receives Five-Star Rating from CMS


Hospital is among three five-star hospitals in Tennessee 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Williamson Medical Center (WMC) received a five-star rating in 2021. The rating methodology, refreshed this year, uses scores for five measure groups: safety of care, readmission, mortality, patient experience and timely and effective care. WMC is among only three five-star hospitals in the state of Tennessee, and one of only 455 nationwide. The overall star rating is awarded from data collected across the following measure groups.

  • Safety of Care evaluates infections and complications in the bloodstream, urinary tract, surgical sites, and serious complications, among others. 
  • Readmission denotes returning patients following specific surgeries or illnesses, as well as unplanned admissions following outpatient surgery, emergency department visits and patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. 
  • Mortality measures include death rate for cardiac and stroke patients, complications from pneumonia and treatable complications following surgery.
  • The Patient Experience category focuses on patient reports discussing communication, cleanliness, an understanding of care and medication instructions and willingness to recommend to friends and family.
  • Timely and Effective Care spans a variety of measures, including but not limited to, the percentage of healthcare workers receiving the influenza vaccine, the speed patients are evaluated during an emergency room visit, patients receiving recommended follow-up care, and more.

For a comprehensive list of WMC services, visit


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