FRANKLIN CO.- The Office of the Sheriff launched 45 boats this past Saturday, April 22, 2017 supporting our 6th Annual Special Olympics Charity Bass Tournament. The winning team taking 1st place went to R. Custer/B. Custer with a total weight of 14.45 lbs, 2nd place went to the team of B. Byrd/D. Byrd with 14.07 lbs and 3rd place went to C. Martin with 11.85 lbs. The lunker Largemouth was a bass weighing 5.25 lbs, also caught by the Custer team. The lunker Smallmouth of the day was a 2.97 lb bass caught by the Wood/Setliff team. The shotgun raffle proceeded the Fishing Event and the winner was Phillip Via with Lucky Dog Auction Company, Rocky Mount, VA. Despite unfavorable weather conditions, producing clouds and periods of rain throughout the day, we were able to raise $5003.72 for our area athletes. This success would not be possible without a group effort from members of the Sheriff’s Office who sold gun tickets, baked and provided cakes and volunteered their time to host this event. A special thanks to all who donated prizes for our drawing and those that came out to support us, making this another successful event. Also, a special thanks to the Special Olympics Global Messenger, Tim Cross, for speaking at the event, and Josh O’Dell for helping with drawing the prize tickets. Both of these athletes are an inspiration and the smile on their faces made it all worthwhile.