Franklin a finalist in ‘Nicest Places in America’ contest


Franklin a finalist in ‘Nicest Places in America’ contest

READER’S DIGEST

Franklin is a finalist in Reader’s Digest’s 50 “Nicest Places in America” contest — the result of a national crowd-sourced effort to uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect, according to a release from Reader’s Digest.

For the third annual search, Reader’s Digest editors sifted through over 1,000 stories of kindness from across America to name 50 finalists, one from each state.

Franklin was nominated by Alan Simms: Read more from the nomination here.

Public voting to name Franklin the nicest place in American are open now and end on July 21. According to the release, Reader’s Digest editors will consider the voting tally along with the input of a panel of judges that includes David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America; and Sarah Friar, CEO of NextDoor.

One finalist will get a cover story in the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Nine others will also be featured.

Both of the previous winners have come out of Tennessee: In 2017, Gallatin, Tenn., won as a “growing city struggling to heal painful racial divides when faced with tragedy. In 2018, the winning place told the story of Yassin Terou, a Syrian refugee whose falafel restaurant has become an engine of kindness and charity in Knoxville.”

The other cities going up against Franklin are:

Alabama: Drexell & Honeybees Donations Only Restaurant in Brewton

Alaska: North Pole

Arizona: Kingman

Arkansas: Texarkana

California: Anaheim

Colorado: Pueblo West Women’s League in Pueblo West

Connecticut: Clintonville Elementary School in North Haven

Delaware: Estates at Saint Anne’s in Middletown

Florida: The Villages

Georgia: The Fugees Academy in Clarkston

Hawaii: Ahuimanu

Idaho: Hidden Springs

Illinois: Fox Point in Barrington

Indiana: Lafayette Transitional Housing Center in Lafayette

Iowa: Lansing Iowa Food Trust in Lansing

Kansas: Cedar House in Abilene

Kentucky: Winchester

Louisiana: Houma

Maine: Bristol

Maryland: Whitehurst Community in Severna Park

Massachusetts: Chiltonville Village in Plymouth

Michigan: Armada

Minnesota: Fertile

Mississippi: Jourdan River Estates in Kiln

Missouri: Columbia

Montana: Ovando

Nebraska: Sehnert’s Bakery in McCook

Nevada: Dayton

New Hampshire: Pembroke

New Jersey: Hunterdon County YMCA in Flemington

New Mexico: Las Cruces

New York: Harding Park in The Bronx

North Carolina: Sunset Hills in Greensboro

North Dakota: Watford City

Ohio: Columbiana

Oklahoma: Country Aire Estates in Broken Arrow

Oregon: Molalla High School in Molalla

Pennsylvania: Delta Pizza in Delta

Rhode Island: Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett

South Carolina: Lake Trollingwood

South Dakota: Rapid City

Texas: Texarkana

Utah: Springville

Vermont: Barre City

Virginia: Colonial Beach

Washington: Kitsap Peninsula

West Virginia: B.A.R.K. Club at Doddridge County High School in West Union

Wisconsin: The Lingonberry Llama Coffee Shop in Belleville

Wyoming: S. Chestnut St. in Casper

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