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The Jackson County Public Library will host Victoria Casey McDonald, author of "Just Over the Hill," for a reading and booksigning on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.

The book is a collection of stories about African Americans in Jackson County, which McDonald pieced together through newspaper articles and her own knowledge of the history of the county's African American community.

McDonald was a longtime educator in Jackson County before her retirement. An accomplished painter as well as a writer, she is president of the Jackson County Arts Council.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Last weekend, the fourth annual Mountain High BBQ and Car Show was held in Franklin. The event was an overall success, according to organizers, who estimated thousands of folks from near and far came to the fairground festival.

The event was held at Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South, and was sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Nearly forty national teams came to compete for the title of Grand Champion for award winning barbecue and over a dozen regional teams came to prove their mettle against one another.


Stephen King was crowned the Shrimp King at the 16th Annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, with Ian Stephens declared the runner-up. King consumed 40 shrimp to claim the title.

Emceed by Tony Angel, the Shrimp Boil was held Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.

Entertainment was provided by Touch of Class and Gem City.

Volunteers cooked, served and cleaned up for this annual fundraiser that helps to support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity.


Country music star excited to perform in Franklin

Albemarle, North Carolina native Kellie Pickler will be in Franklin this weekend as she performs at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Pickler, who is known as a sweet, quirky, country girl, won the hearts of millions when she competed on NBC’s “American Idol.” Her debut album, “Small Town Girl,” was certified gold with three singles from the album earning spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Some of her hits include, “Red High Heels,” I Wonder,” and “Best Days of Your Life.”


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