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Alderman Gabrielle Hanson Controversy; Franklin alderman letter to BNA

A controversial Franklin alderman is back in the hot seat. This time, it’s over an email to the head of Nashville International Airport about funding Franklin’s Juneteenth celebration.

Alderman Gabrielle Hanson faces an Ethics Commission hearing next month.

Now the group mentioned in the email, behind the Juneteenth celebration, is weighing in.

Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition is compared to the Black Lives Matter movement by Alderman Hanson in this email.

Hanson said the group supports radical social justice platforms.

That’s something the coalition denies.

“Alderman Hansen is not the spokesperson for the African American community, first. I think we can handle our Juneteenth events in Franklin between the community who was hosting them,” Walter Simmons Jr. with the Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition said.
The alderman said in her letter, if the CEO at Nashville International Airport doesn’t pull funding for the event, her constituents will post board members personal information online.

She wrote they can make good by sending a check for the same amount to a group she supports, the African American Heritage Society.

FOX 17 News wanted to know if these accusations go beyond an ethics investigation and could be considered criminal. So we asked local attorney Ben Raybin.

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00:00 Alderman Gabrielle Hanson Controversy; Franklin alderman letter to BNA
01:26 Advocacy group on Franklin alderman: ‘Not the spokesperson for the African American community’
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