Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

The Franklin Police Department is teaming up with the Franklin Fire Department to host the first annual Public Safety Day for Kids this Saturday on Main Street in Franklin.

Iotla Street between the courthouse and the Gazebo in downtown Franklin will be closed and will feature emergency service vehicles such as ambulances, patrol vehicles, and fire trucks on display for kids.

Franklin Police Chief David Adams said that beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, dozens of activities will be offered for the whole family.

“We are hosting the event with the Highlands PD, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, and Macon County EMS to host this public safety day for kids to show them that police officers, firefighters, and law enforcement are their friends,” said Adams. “Unfortunately, all too often the only interaction we have with the public is during negative situations and we want to change that. We want to create chances for positive encounters for the community to meet the men and women serving in Macon County.”

A free hot dog lunch will be served and children’s games and activities will be set up.

“We are going to have goodie bags and other giveaways for the community,” said Adams. “The fire department is going to have the fire fighters challenge set up for kids to compete in and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office will have members of their K-9 unit there.”

Safe Kids Macon County will be on hand providing free gun locks and information on car seat safety as well as have a hot car display set up to show families how quickly a car’s temperature can rise to dangerous levels even on cloudy, cool days.

Read2Me will also be on hand on Saturday providing free books to children and signing kids up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides a free book each month for all children in Macon County from birth until five years old.

“We wanted to do something that would bring the community together and put faces with our departments,” said Adams. “This is also a way to thank all of the individuals and businesses who go above and beyond all year round to show our departments support and encouragement.”