Problems at Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

Good grief.

Former Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Cindy Smith was arrested on July 11. Smith has been charged with one count of theft by taking and four counts of forgery.

On May 13, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted to conduct an investigation due to an allegation of misappropriation of funds from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Building Authority’s checking accounts.

“One of the supervisors saw something that raised a question in his mind,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jim Fullington. “The supervisor asked Mrs. Smith about it and her answer raised more questions. After looking at more of their statements, they asked the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to do an investigation.”

Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas said on May 13 he and Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Robert Lavender requested the GBI conduct the investigation due to local governmental funds being at issue.


  1. chattaelauchee says:

    what? a culture of corruption at a GA Chamber of Commerce and an Industrial Building Authority? Say it aint so. /snark

  2. Howard Roark says:


    Ignorance is bliss. Franklin County was founded in 1783 and named for some character from the day. His first name was Benjamin. Following is a list of counties formed from Franklin County.

    Counties created from Franklin include: Barrow County, Georgia, Jackson County, Georgia, Clarke County, Georgia, Oconee County, Georgia, Madison County, Georgia, Hart County, Georgia, Stephens County, Georgia, Banks County, Georgia, Hall County, Georgia, Gwinnett County, Georgia, Habersham County, Georgia, and part of present-day South Carolina

  3. Icarus says:

    You mean to try and tell me that Franklin County was named more than 7 years ago? Nonsense.

    Got to go, I’ve got to get down to Bacon and Coffee counties before they stop serving breakfast.

  4. Romegaguy says:

    Are you heading to Cumming or Climax Georgia later? Not sure if there are any massage parlors at either

  5. Icarus says:

    I have no problems getting to Cumming, but it seems that about half the time I try to take my girlfriend to Climax, we end up in Little Hope.

    (H/T to Google Maps).

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