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Debris Covers Franklin River Banks

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by Marcus Washington

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The banks of the Harpeth River in Franklin has been plagued with decade-old debris.

Downtown Franklin is one of those places that seems like it was taken right out of a movie, and has easily been pegged as an All-American town.

"We are a historic town and a beautiful town and the river is a part of our life blood," said Franklin City Administrator, Eric Stuckey.

That very river that provides beauty, is also the home to one of the city's biggest eye scores.

"Part of that history is there used to be a big town dump right next to the river bank areas," he said.

For at least 40 years, debris and even the frame of cars have become part of the banks along the Harpeth River in Franklin.

"It's such a part of the river bank and how it is constituted, that there is concern of how much it might impact it in terms of erosion impact of the river," said Stuckey.

Carrie Drury is the owner of Franklin Canoe and Kayak Company, where she rents out the boats to people looking to enjoy the beauty of the river.

"I kind of encourage my customers to go to another section that is a little more scenic, prettier and safer. You've got things that still have rough edges of metal and nails," said Drury.

To get rid of that debris, the city of Franklin applied for a $55,000 grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which they received.

Many people who love and use the river, like Drury, hope to see a change soon.

The $55,000 grant will go towards the city's recycling program and cleaning up the banks of the river.

The plan is to start of removing what is safe for the river and workers by August, when the Harpeth is typically at its lowest.

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