Franklin quietly moves forward from tragedy

The Big Blue River is calm this morning, a blue-green wanderer through the rich forests and farmland of southern Johnson County.

Even around the scenic tree-lined dam, where water tumbles over a spillway as cars drive along State Road 252 nearby, a sense of serenity and normalcy is found.

This place is a snapshot of idyllic small-town America, a strikingly beautiful scene tucked into the outskirts of a community. It is the kind of spot where one might take high school senior pictures, with the lush foliage and cool stream providing a marvelous backdrop.

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