Cool Springs Wine & Spirits Franklin TN

Cool Springs Wine & Spirits Franklin TN
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Cool Springs Wine and Spirits Franklin TN Interior

For more than 20 years, customers have counted on Cool Springs Wines & Spirits (CSWS) for their beverage needs. Conveniently located at 1935 Mallory Lane across from Cool Springs Galleria, we stock the largest selection of wine, spirits, beer and tobacco products – all under one roof – in Middle Tennessee. Recognized as 2014 Retailer of the Year for Best Merchandising by Market Watch Magazine, Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is committed to 100% customer satisfaction and offering the area’s largest product selection. Our mission is to guarantee lowest prices, exceed customer expectations, and to continue support of Big Brothers Big Sisters through the annual presentation of the Franklin Wine Festival.

When you visit Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, you’ll find more than 21,000 square feet of combined retail and warehouse space. Our spacious, well-organized coolers and floor racks are stocked full of wines, spirits and beers. Near the Oak Room – where we house our highly-rated wines and Collector’s Corner – stop by antique bar… don’t worry, you can’t miss it! This is where we feature regular tastings and you may even be lucky enough to meet one of the distillers, brewmasters or winemakers whose product we offer.

At the front of the store, near the registers, shoppers will find a gated play area for children. The wide aisles are easy to navigate and the racks were purposely designed to be lower than eye level, enabling easy navigation, in addition to theft deterrence.

Adjacent to Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is Woody’s Smokes & Brews. The intimate shop stocks a vast selection of cigars, tobacco, e-cigs, pipes and low-gravity beer. An outside patio offers curb-appeal while the state-of-the-art, walk-in humidor and nearby growler station are what bring the customers in.

A shopping trip to Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is truly an experience. Come see for yourself and discover why we were named the 2014 Retailer of the Year for Best Merchandising by Market Watch Magazine.



Attention wine collectors and connoisseurs, the Oak Room is where Cool Springs Wines & Spirits houses all of its collectible wines. This special room is stocked with rare, unique brands such as, Chateau Mongravey Margaux, Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose and Pahlmeyer Chardonnay. If these and other hard to find collectibles are your passion, then the CSWS Oak Room has everything you need. Our knowledgeable staff can help you pick out your next unique gift, discover a new wine pairing for that special meal or add that special vintage you’ve searching for to your wine cellar. Check out our favorites here!

Beer Team


Why a beer corner? For those of you new to the interesting beer laws in Tennessee, it breaks down like this: To sell any beer above 6.2% alcohol, you must have a liquor license. Thus you can’t find many of the best beers available in grocery or regular beer stores. To get the best IPAs, seasonals, stouts, barley wines, meads, porters, Belgians, bocks, etc…you have to go to a bar or a liquor store like Cool Springs Wines & Spirits. If you’re a beer lover, you must stop by and see
our selection. It keeps getting bigger and brighter every day. Want to know the difference between a lager and a stout or a mead and a porter? We’ll tell you in our beer descriptions – we’ll also share our favorites.

Overlook Tastings


The Overlook Tasting room, fully stocked with everything needed for your next private event, is ideal for your company meeting and perfect for that special occasion tasting. Overlooking the entire store, you and your guests will have a bird’s eye view as you taste from the largest selection available in Tennessee. CSWS is equipped to handle all your needs. Book our Overlook Tasting Room today!


Cool Springs Wines & Spirits features all the brands you know and love, including rare finds and your favorite local brands, at the best prices in town. Whether a bourbon for sipping or a vodka for mixing, our staff can help you find exactly what you are looking for. From unusual digestifs (after dinner drinks) to hard-to-find scotches, we carry the newest releases and limited editions. Check out our spirits section with our staff selections.


Exploring new tastes and flavors expands your palate, which is why we sample new wines and more every Tuesday at our In-Store Tasting bar. Each week CSWS staff members hand select products for in-store tastings. Our bar is the perfect place to explore the latest, greatest wines & spirits. Our staff will not only educate you, but will introduce your palette to new and exciting brands. Find out what we’re tasting next.

Biscuit Love Opening in Franklin TN

Biscuit Love Opening in Franklin TN
About Biscuit Love

We love local. Here’s a list of some of the suppliers we work with who always provide the very best quality ingredients.

Biscuit Love The Gulch Nashville TN

Bear Creek Farm’s cattle are born and raised on 1,400 scenic acres near Leiper’s Fork, TN. Bear Creek Farms is a sustainable grass-fed, grain-finished cattle farm, raising all-natural Angus beef in a responsible and humane way. The Cherrys are people who are truly dedicated to raising happy animals and we are proud to serve both their beef and pork.

Beaverdam Creek Farm is made up of 73 acres of rolling hills, lush green pastures, and woodlands bordered by the clear-flowing waters of Beaverdam Creek in Coble, TN. The Lingos stay true to their guiding principle of raising their produce the way our Creator intended: free of harmful chemicals, antibiotics, growth stimulants, and GMOs. Their seasonal produce serves as the inspiration for many of our seasonal dishes.

Blackberry Farm Brewery has made waves with their saisons. From a refreshing summer saison to a Fall saison aged in oak barrels to their current offering, a moody, dark Winter saison, we are positive you will enjoy each one as much as we have.

Bloomsbury Farm is nestled in the hills between Smyrna and Nolensville, TN. While vegetables and herbs are a large part of the operation, their variety of Heritage chicken eggs are what keep us coming back.

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Bourbon Barrel Foods started in the garage of founder Matt Jamie in Louisville, Kentucky. We’ve been enjoying and using their Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Extract (aged in barrels that used to hold some fine Kentucky bourbon) to give our food even more of a Southern flavor. Their motto is “Slow. Small. Simple.” We think they should also add “Superb” to it.

Cruze Dairy Farms is a family dairy farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. They milk Jersey cows and bottle their own whole pasteurized Jersey milk and real churned buttermilk. And as their t-shirts state, we can attest that biscuits really do rise better with Cruze buttermilk.

The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We fell in love with the Charleston Tea Plantation on a trip to Charleston, and you will fall in love with our sweet tea! It is an exceptional product being grown right here in the South.

Jackalope Brewing Company has been supporters of Biscuit Love since our days on the truck and as long-time fans of theirs, we are thrilled to be able to reciprocate! Their American Pale Ale, Thunder Ann is made with honey and biscuit malts which we think is a perfect complement to our menu and pairs very well with The Princess.

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Helen Hooper-Hirst Pottery uses Tennessee clay to hand-make her pottery in her home studio in Lockeland Springs in East Nashville. In floating blues and iron-saturated browns, her work is inspired by the Tennessee landscape’s rich, natural colors which we enjoy each time we sip from our beautiful coffee mugs.

Weisenberger Mill has been “the baker’s choice” since early 1865. Owned and operated for six generations by the Weisenberger family, the mill is nestled on the banks of the South Elkhorn Creek in the heart of central Kentucky. One trip to this water powered mill was enough to convince us that our biscuits wouldn’t be quite Southern enough without their flour.

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The Taste of Williamson County TN

The Taste of Williamson County TN 2017

Taste of Williamson
presented by Nissan
Sunday, March 5, 2017
7 – 9 PM
CoolSprings Galleria

Taste of Williamson County TN

Restaurant Week: March 6 – 11, 2017
Bring your ticket stub to receive 10% off at participating locations.

Taste of Williamson, presented by Nissan, is an annual favorite of the local and regional community, featuring the area’s best food and beverages.  All proceeds benefit United Way of Williamson County and its partner agencies.

CoolSprings Galleria hosts this sampling event, where ticket holders meet chefs, sip a favorite beverage, taste local restaurant offerings and enjoy musical entertainment as they stroll from station to station. Proceeds from Taste of Williamson support programs that are creating opportunities for a better life for all in Williamson County. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health.

For additional information, please contact United Way of Williamson County at 615-771-2312 or email to let us know you’d like to buy

Our Mission

Improving people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Our Values

We act with integrity that inspires the highest truth.

We make a positive difference and have a measurable impact of enduring consequence.

We have impact and are significant through the spirit of volunteerism.

We are strong only when we are inclusive.

We provide leadership for community building to be a catalyst for positive change.

Founded in 1961 by five community leaders, United Way of Williamson County began as a grassroots effort to respond to the growing needs local families faced. Fundraising evolved as a strategy to bring resources to support service programs. The first campaign raised $20,071 and funded five agencies—Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Red Cross, the forerunner to ARC and 4-H Clubs of Williamson County.

Today, United Way of Williamson County supports 48 programs through 32 partner agencies. United Way touches the senior citizen living next door, the single mother working at your favorite restaurant and the child with developmental delays whose parents need a helping hand. Your gifts also help people facing chronic illness or natural disasters.

United Way is uniquely positioned to pull together a diverse group of stakeholders and resources from businesses, government, education, nonprofits and individuals – we can mobilize around issues important to strengthening Williamson County to deliver more impact than individual agencies could achieve on their own.

Community support for United Way of Williamson County reflects the great compassion and generosity of our citizens. Through 180 corporate partners and thousands of caring individuals, last year’s campaign raised more than $4.3 million.

Today we respond as a community – united together – creating opportunities for a better life for all, and we continue to create positive change and engage more people.

We urge you to get involved and learn more about the work of our partners. We invite you to join us. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer.

That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Flooring Franklin TN

Flooring – Franklin TN
Country Flooring Direct – Flooring – Carpet
Tile – Hardwood Flooring

Country Flooring Direct proudly serves the Franklin TN area. We offer shop at home service as well as a showroom you can visit at your convenience. Our specialties are exotic hardwoods, sanding and refinishing, and carpet sales and installation. We are a small family operation with a lot of know-how and expertise. Call us today today! 615-673-2221

Country Flooring Direct Pledge:

  • High Quality
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  • Professional Sales Experience
  • All with highly experienced craftsmen installing flooring to your satisfaction

We believe that one experience with our team will convince you to use us for your future flooring needs and refer us to your friends and family.


If you would like to have new hardwood installed, or if your current hardwood needs some TLC, let us know. We can help make your space look beautiful.


Need new carpet? You’ve come to the right place. We handle every step of the process from product selection to installation.

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Main Street Fest Franklin TN 2017

Main Street Fest Franklin TN 2017

Main Street Festival

The Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival returns to downtown Franklin April 29-30, 2017! The free spring celebration, which is one of the largest events in the state of Tennessee, is expected to draw a crowd of about 120,000 for a fun-filled weekend of music, arts and crafts, food, and children’s activities.

Main Street Fest Franklin TN


This year, live music will take place on two stages: The XFINITY Stage on the Public Square and The Guitar Center Stage on Main Street at First Avenue.

Photo opportunities on the Public Square give attendees a chance to capture and share spring photos. Third Avenue South will offer a kids’ zone with a variety of inflatables, train and pony rides, a petting zoo and other activities for a small fee.



The centerpiece of Main Street Festival is the juried arts and crafts show featuring more than 150 artisans and crafters with handmade wares. Vendors will offer jewelry, pottery, furniture, woodworking, leather work, photography and more from First to Fifth Avenues.



No street festival is complete without food. More than twenty-five vendors will offer an international assortment of food including original corn roast, barbecue, Greek food, Mexican cuisine, Italian ice and old fashioned soda located at two food courts on Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue South. And as always, kettle corn, hot dogs, and funnel cakes will be offered. Also, a beer garden located down Fourth Avenue South will feature a variety of beer and wine selections.



Offsite parking will be available at Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm on Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and at Harlinsdale Farm on Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shuttles will service each location for $1 each way/ each person. Food, drink, pets, and non-folding strollers are not allowed on the shuttle.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, and their missions, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

Main Street Festival activities will run Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the event call 615-591-8500 or email Teryl O’Connor at


Southeast Tourism Society Selects Main Street Festival as a ‘STS Top 20 Event’


What’s Cookin’ Franklin TN

Franklin Wine Festival 2017

Franklin Wine Festival 2017 – October 13, 2017

Tickets on sale this summer – TICKETS
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

Franklin Wine Festival 2017

Mentoring Matters. Big Brothers Big Sisters is helping Middle Tennessee children facing adversity realize a new and brighter future changing their lives for the better, forever.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an investor and volunteer supported organization serving children with a one-to-one mentor. In 2015, we served 1,510 Middle Tennessee children with a one-to-one mentor in their lives.

Funds raised by the Franklin Wine Festival are used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships.

The initial volunteer commitment is for one year, but our agency reported an average match length of 38.7 months at the end of 2015. Upon entering our program, children are surveyed in several key life skills areas so that we can determine the impact their role model is having in their lives.
Last year, 92% of the children in our program reported positively on their progress in key academic areas; 96% reported positively regarding their social acceptance by their peers; and 95% reported a positive result on their opinions of risky behaviors – like never starting to smoke or drink alcohol, cheating, or skipping school. In short, these children are improving their odds and realizing new and brighter futures because of the Big Brother or Big Sister made possible by this fundraising event.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently serving children in nine counties including Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, Dickson, Cheatham, Hickman, Robertson and Sumner counties.

You may also reach us by calling (615) 329-9191, emailing, or please visit

3 pH Lessons From Your Pool That Can Boost Weight Loss

Ideal Health and Wellness Center
Chiropractic, Wellness & LaserLipo Weight Loss, Franklin and Greater Nashville
Dr. Frank Marghella

While it’s important to test pool water for the right pH for swimming, here are 3 lessons it can tell you about losing weight

Testing the pH (measure of acidity vs alkalinity) of pool water is of utmost importance. After all, the bodies swimming in the pool have their own pH levels and attendant tolerances of acid or alkaline environments. Pool water is based on this. But, if this much care is taken to balance factors of immersion in water external to the body, what of internal? Doesn’t it seem even more vital to care for the pH of water intake? It does because it is.

1. pH in pool water is adjusted because of body tolerances.

Pool water is considered ideal when the pH is at 7.4 because that is the level of the mucous membranes in the eyes. Such a match of alkalinity makes for a more comfortable swim as the eyes can tolerate that level. Here is an example of proper pH balance creating ease of activity. Just as this holds true externally, so does it internally.

2. pH in drinking water is often neglected though more important.

Drinking water is a great influence on many body processes. Largely dependent upon water, the body has numerous requirements for it, among which is pH level. Normal drinking water can range from 6-8.5 in pH. The high 6’s and 7’s are considered ideal as this matches the ideal alkalinity in the body. Many factors including pollutants and contaminants in ground water can cause the water to become acid making it tend to work against the body when consumed. One of these processes is the burning of fat.

3. The ideal pH for losing fat may be higher than your drinking water

While on the subject of intake and the acidity or alkalinity of the food and water you consume in relation to your body’s pH, it might do well to talk about fat burning and weight loss and the ideal environment in which it occurs. The body needs to be more alkaline for this process to occur and modern diets fight against this. Even popular brand spring water has been found to be on the acid side with pH measurements as low as 5.8, very acid when it comes to weight loss. Modern processed foods also lower the pH of the body, even ones purported to be “diet” or “healthy” foods. This can explain much of the frustration dieters experience when they seem to be doing everything right, but, in turn, do not lose the weight or inches they desire.

The best start is to check pH inside and out.

Just as you would test pool water daily for pH levels to match the human body so should you test your food. And, just as pool water that is not the correct pH can adversely affect the body, so can your foods which could be changing your pH levels as we speak. Just as pool water needs to be “shocked” to get it into proper ranges, so does, often times, your body.

At Ideal Health and Wellness center, the pH levels of the body are taken into account as a primary action and tested accurately. This, however, is merely a starting point. Wellness is approached by a multi-faceted diagnostic look first, tracing symptoms back to causes. Quick results and relief can be obtained to jumpstart you on your way to your goals with tools such as LipoLaser technology for fast inch loss and chiropractic care for relief from painful conditions blocking health. Visit Ideal Health and Wellness Center today to meet with the doctor and discuss your heath goals and, above all, get that pH tested and the mystery surrounding it solved!

Maple Belgian Waffle Cake

Maple Belgian Waffle Cake

SprinkleBakes – 118 N. Peters Road – Box 341
Knoxville, TN. 37923 –

Sprinkle Bakes Knoxville TN

My husband calls me ‘Breakfast Princess‘ and although that sounds like a cute pet name, he’s really referring to the fact that I make breakfast for dinner about 3 times a week. Sometimes I make a quick healthy version of breakfast and other times I go all out. Many nights we have puffy Belgian waffles, and that’s what inspired this cake!

The idea came to me after I’d made a batch of Cabin Waffles, and my 8-inch cake pans were sitting on the counter right beside them. I noticed the pans were just a little larger than the waffles, and so the Belgian Waffle Cake experiment began. I whipped up some maple syrup cake batter and baked the waffles in three cake layers. I was surprised at how evenly the cakes baked. The waffles placed in the centers of the pans discourage crowning, so no leveling is required!

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Williamson Co, TN leads the nation in job growth 12-8-16

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST), Wednesday, December 7, 2016	USDL-16-2253

Technical Information:	(202) 691-6567  *  *
Media Contact:		(202) 691-5902  *

Second Quarter 2016

From June 2015 to June 2016, employment increased in 291 of the 344 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase with a 
gain of 6.7 percent over the year, above the national job growth rate of 1.5 percent. Within Williamson, 
the largest employment increase occurred in professional and business services, which gained 3,033 jobs 
over the year (9.6 percent). Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in 
employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with a loss of 8.3 percent. Within Midland, natural 
resources and mining had the largest decrease in employment, with a loss of 2,767 jobs (-13.1 percent).
County employment and wage data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) 
program, which provides the only detailed quarterly and annual universe count of establishments, 
employment, and wages at the county, MSA, state, and national levels by detailed industry. These data 
are published within 6 months following the end of each quarter.

The U.S. average weekly wage increased 2.2 percent over the year, growing to $989 in the second 
quarter of 2016. McLean, Ill., had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages 
with a gain of 21.0 percent. Within McLean, an average weekly wage gain of $739 (42.2 percent) in 
financial activities made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.
Ventura, Calif., experienced the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 8.4 
percent over the year. Within Ventura, manufacturing had the largest impact on the county’s average 
weekly wage decline with a decrease of $912 (-34.4 percent) over the year.

Large County Employment

In June 2016, national employment was 142.7 million (as measured by the QCEW program). Over the 
year, employment increased 1.5 percent, or 2.1 million. In June 2016, the 344 U.S. counties with 75,000 
or more jobs accounted for 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment and 77.6 percent of total wages. These 
344 counties had a net job growth of 1.7 million over the year, accounting for 82.0 percent of the overall 
U.S. employment increase. The five counties with the largest increases in employment levels had a 
combined over-the-year employment gain of 254,900 jobs, which was 12.1 percent of the overall job 
increase for the U.S. (See table A.)

Employment declined in 46 of the largest counties from June 2015 to June 2016. Midland, Texas, had 
the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment (-8.3 percent), followed by Lafayette, La.; 
Gregg, Texas; Peoria, Ill.; McLean, Ill.; and Washington, Pa. (See table 1.)

Table A.  Large counties ranked by June 2016 employment, June 2015-16 employment increase, and 
June 2015-16 percent increase in employment 

                                       Employment in large counties
        June 2016 employment      |      Increase in employment,     |  Percent increase in employment, 
            (thousands)           |            June 2015-16          |            June 2015-16
                                  |            (thousands)           |                  
                                  |                                  |                                  
 United States           142,717.2| United States             2,100.9| United States                 1.5
                                  |                                  |                                  
 Los Angeles, Calif.       4,337.3| Los Angeles, Calif.          76.7| Williamson, Tenn.             6.7
 Cook, Ill.                2,584.0| Maricopa, Ariz.              51.5| Utah, Utah                    6.5
 New York, N.Y.            2,415.6| Dallas, Texas                46.2| Loudoun, Va.                  5.2
 Harris, Texas             2,272.1| King, Wash.                  43.8| Williamson, Texas             4.7
 Maricopa, Ariz.           1,827.4| New York, N.Y.               36.7| Rutherford, Tenn.             4.6
 Dallas, Texas             1,649.4| Fulton, Ga.                  31.2| Denton, Texas                 4.6
 Orange, Calif.            1,557.3| Clark, Nev.                  30.7| Lee, Fla.                     4.5
 San Diego, Calif.         1,405.5| Santa Clara, Calif.          30.0| Seminole, Fla.                4.5
 King, Wash.               1,326.1| Orange, Calif.               28.4| Clay, Mo.                     4.5
 Miami-Dade, Fla.          1,088.1| San Diego, Calif.            27.6| York, S.C.                    4.5

Large County Average Weekly Wages

Average weekly wages for the nation increased to $989, a 2.2 percent increase, during the year ending in 
the second quarter of 2016. Among the 344 largest counties, 304 had over-the-year increases in average 
weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage wage increase among the largest U.S. counties 
(21.0 percent). (See table B.)

Of the 344 largest counties, 36 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Ventura, 
Calif., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-8.4 percent), followed by Forsyth, 
N.C.; Lafayette, La.; Gregg, Texas; and Midland, Texas. (See table 1.)

Table B.  Large counties ranked by second quarter 2016 average weekly wages, second quarter 2015-16
increase in average weekly wages, and second quarter 2015-16 percent increase in average weekly wages 

                                  Average weekly wage in large counties
        Average weekly wage,      |    Increase in average weekly    |    Percent increase in average 
        second quarter 2016       |    wage, second quarter 2015-16  |        weekly wage, second
                                  |                                  |          quarter 2015-16
                                  |                                  |                                  
 United States                $989| United States                 $21| United States                 2.2
                                  |                                  |                                  
 Santa Clara, Calif.        $2,252| McLean, Ill.                 $201| McLean, Ill.                 21.0
 San Mateo, Calif.           1,871| Santa Clara, Calif.           112| Elkhart, Ind.                 8.5
 New York, N.Y.              1,866| King, Wash.                   104| King, Wash.                   8.1
 San Francisco, Calif.       1,806| Washington, Ore.               89| Washington, Ore.              7.4
 Washington, D.C.            1,623| Somerset, N.J.                 74| Albany, N.Y.                  7.0
 Suffolk, Mass.              1,571| San Francisco, Calif.          72| Benton, Ark.                  6.5
 Arlington, Va.              1,559| Albany, N.Y.                   71| Nassau, N.Y.                  6.4
 Fairfield, Conn.            1,535| Nassau, N.Y.                   70| Ingham, Mich.                 6.0
 Somerset, N.J.              1,508| Elkhart, Ind.                  69| Tulare, Calif.                5.8
 Fairfax, Va.                1,492| Benton, Ark.                   61| Napa, Calif.                  5.6
                                  |                                  | Kane, Ill.                    5.6

Ten Largest U.S. Counties

Among the 10 largest counties, 9 had over-the-year percentage increases in employment in June 2016.
King, Wash., had the largest gain (3.4 percent). Within King, trade, transportation, and utilities had the 
largest over-the-year employment level increase, with a gain of 10,557 jobs, or 4.4 percent. Harris, 
Texas, had the only percentage decrease in employment among the 10 largest counties (-0.8 percent).
(See table 2.)

Average weekly wages increased over the year in 8 of the 10 largest U.S. counties. King, Wash., also 
experienced the largest percentage gain in average weekly wages (8.1 percent). Within King, trade, 
transportation, and utilities had the largest impact on the county’s average weekly wage growth. Within 
trade, transportation, and utilities, average weekly wages increased by $257, or 21.9 percent, over the 
year. Harris, Texas, had the only percentage loss in average weekly wages among the 10 largest counties 
(-0.1 percent).

For More Information

The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 344 U.S. counties with annual 
average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2015. June 2016 employment and 2016 second quarter 
average weekly wages for all states are provided in table 3 of this release.

The data are derived from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance (UI) 
laws. The 9.7 million employer reports cover 142.7 million full- and part-time workers. Data for the 
second quarter of 2016 will be available electronically later at For additional 
information about the quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note. Additional 
information about the QCEW data may be obtained by calling (202) 691-6567.

Several BLS regional offices issue QCEW news releases targeted to local data users. For links to these 
releases, see

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Dickens of a Christmas 2016 Franklin TN

Franklin TN – Dec. 10 – 11 2016

Dickens of a Christmas Franklin TN

Join us for the largest Christmas festival in Middle Tennessee! Step back in time with the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County when Dickens of a Christmas returns to Franklin’s Main Street December 10-11, 2016.

Sponsored this year by Nissan, the 32nd annual free street festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

As more attention is turned toward downtown Franklin in both the local and national press, we encourage festival goers to dress in Victorian costume and to add to the ambiance as they stroll the streets.

This year’s event will reprise a crowd favorite from last year: it WILL snow at Dickens of a Christmas! Come decked out in holiday style to capture that perfect family picture.


-Favorite Victorian-era activities will return, including sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street. Other food vendors will offer heartier old English fare.
-A variety of musical and dance performances will take place at 4th and Main, 2nd and Main, 1st and Main and at the Xfinity Stage on the Public Square. Aaron Shust will lead the Town Sing at 4 p.m. on Saturday the 10th
-Horse-drawn carriage rides on 3rd Ave North, sponsored by Beacon Capital Management, a petting zoo for children and live artisan demonstrations on 3rd Ave South, and more than 100 vendors offering holiday arts and crafts will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues.
-A Victorian-themed Stilt Walker and Unicyclist roaming main street sponsored by The Heritage at Brentwood
-Each day will conclude with a town sing of classic Christmas carols.

Dickens of a Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11. The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee.

Dickens of a Christmas Off site parking and shuttles will ONLY be available on Saturday, 12/10. Pick up locations include Church of the City (828 Murfreesboro Road) and Harlinsdale Farm (239 Franklin Road). The cost is $1/ each way and the shuttles will run 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Producing Dickens of a Christmas is just one of the many activities of The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. Since 1967 the non-profit group has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources; in short, saving the places that matter.