New E-Mail Address Created for Contacting the Sheriff's Office

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

sh3FRANKLIN CO. - In an effort to give residents of Franklin County an easy way to get in touch with the sheriff's office, a new e-mail address has been created for non-emergencies, Outreach Coordinator H.L. Nolen said Wednesday.


The new e-mail address is:


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"Sheriff Overton advises residents to use this new email address if they have questions or comments related to the Office of the Sheriff," Nolen said. "The sheriff reminds residents to call 911 for emergencies."


UPDATE: Franklin County's Emergency 9-1-1 System Back in Service After Outage

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

911genericFRANKLIN CO. - The 9-1-1 service for Franklin County is back up and running according to a news release Thursday afternoon.


The communications center for emergency 9-1-1 calls is down, according to Captain Phillip Young of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Young says people may call 540-483-9227 if they need assistance in the meantime. 

It is known when the 9-1-1 system will be back in service again, but technicians are working on the issue, Young says.

In the past, 9-1-1 calls have been transfered to neighboring Patrick County, the sheriff's department says, but the issue is preventing the transfer this time. 

Stay with Cable 12 for more updates.


'Round the Mountain' Will Showcase Local Arts, Culture Feb. 21

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

round the mountainFRANKLIN CO. - Diana Blackburn, executive director of ‘Round the Mountain: SouthwestVirginia’s Artisan Network, in partnership with the Franklin County Division of Tourism and Film, will host a gathering to discuss ‘Round the Mountain and Virginia’s artisan industry, as well as opportunities for participation in the Franklin County White Lightning Artisan Trail. The trail helps to showcase local crafts, arts and culture.

The gathering will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Franklin Center in Downtown Rocky Mount (50 Claiborne Avenue). Program will be of interest to anyone involved with local galleries, studios, painting, pottery, barn quilts, fiber art, wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, gift shops, farms, produce markets, farm-to- table dining, culinary tourism, woodworking, furniture making, music makers, and other aspects of the craft and creative economy.

David Rotenizer, Franklin County’s tourism development manager noted, “While Franklin County has a number of studios and galleries, and other artisan related businesses, it is important to take advantage of what a vibrant countywide artisan trail can do for the local economy. Franklin County is becoming a destination for many things and we need to showcase our artisan community year-round. Franklin County now has an established open studio tour each fall, now entering its third season as well as a barn quilt trail program that will be officially launched in 2017.”

The presentation will begin at 6 pm and is free of charge. RSVP is recommended by calling (540) 483- 3030 or going to VisitFranklin