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    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2005
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      Looks like some good news from Franklin:

      Williamson A.M. Thursday, March 31, 2005

      Pizza Hut may be topping on battlefield reclamation
      Staff WriterFRANKLIN 

      The Pizza Hut on the battlefield may still be a Pizza Hut on the
      battlefield, just in a different place.But if the infamous pizzeria
      follows through on a plan to move south to Parkway Commons, the city of
      Franklin may be closer to nabbing a key piece of core Battle of Franklin
      property.Franklin leaders have submitted a bid for $300,000 to buy the
      Pizza Hut site on Columbia Avenue near the old Battle Ground Academy
      campus  a piece of property city leaders have been eyeing since at
      least last fall.

      The property is believed to be the spot where Confederate Gen. Patrick
      Cleburne died during the Nov. 30, 1864, Battle of Franklin, and has long
      put Franklin on the map among national historians, but not in a good way.

      ''The Pizza Hut on Columbia Avenue has become a symbol among battlefield
      preservationists as to what can go wrong,'' Franklin Mayor Tom Miller
      said. ''The opportunity we have to purchase the Pizza Hut, again becomes
      a symbol: battlefield can be reclaimed.''

      According to the city's Codes Department, Pizza Hut has plans to
      relocate to the Target/Kroger-anchored Parkway Commons development on
      Columbia Avenue. Codes Director Gary Luffman said yesterday the city has
      already issued a permit for the Parkway Commons site and work already
      has started there.Since its inception, Parkway Commons has faced its own
      share of opposition from battlefield preservationists. During the
      approval process, opponents argued the property played an integral part
      in the Battle of Franklin. It is located just north of Winstead Hill,
      where Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood orchestrated an attack on Union
      forces.The property owner of the current Pizza Hut site (the restaurant
      is a tenant) recently merged with another company, and the city waited
      until the merger was complete to submit a bid for the property. Miller
      said the owner needs 30 days now to get its paperwork together.

      ''This is property closest to the Carter House which has come available
      for purchase in the last several years,'' Miller said. ''I guess the
      overriding reason is if at all possible, we would like to acquire
      commercial property around the property to create a battlefield park
      around ground zero. This is the first piece of commercial property
      that's become available.''

      The Carter House is considered the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin,
      and the Pizza Hut site is south of the former location of the Carter
      cotton gin, another scene of fierce fighting.The offer is now headed to
      the city's Budget and Finance Advisory Committee for consideration
      Monday night. The closing date is proposed for next fiscal year.

      The Pizza Hut property bid comes on the heels of another push for
      battlefield reclamation at the Country Club of Franklin property along
      Lewisburg Pike. There, the city has offered to match up to $2.5 million
      in private money to help buy the property for $5 million. Historians
      consider the property  which is adjacent to Historic Carnton Plantation
       the eastern flank of the battlefield. Carnton served as a field
      hospital during the war.

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