by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
The dance of words, otherwise known as politics, continues over the buzz job the Town of Franklin gave an ancient mound of ceremonial significance to the Cherokee. The town claimed it was enhancing the monument by preparing it for the planting of low-maintenance eco-grass. The newspapers insinuated the bald mound was disrespectful of a protected religion. Alderman Bob Scott tried to fix things by requesting the town send a letter of apology to the tribe. He got no traction, as his peers asserted the town owned the mound, so they could do whatever they pleased. What did pass were ordinances for proceeding with the planting of the eco-grass, prohibiting foot traffic on the mound, and dissolving the Mound Committee.