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Bill Ledford sings an old timey tune that was originally recorded in 1955 with The Les Waldroop band.

Waldroop was on the stage at Carson Community Building this past Saturday night singing along with Steve Waldroop and the Heartland Band.

Everyone is invited every Saturday night between 7 and 9 p.m.

No admission is charged, just come on out and enjoy some great mountain music and clap a lot. 


Natalie Grant, an award-winning singer/songwriter of contemporary Christian music, will be in concert Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m and tickets start at $10.

Grant has received the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year four consecutive years, 2006-2009, and again in 2012. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for “Alive.”


The 4th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show comes to Franklin Aug. 10 and 11 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South. This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned festival. BBQ teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best BBQ hoping to be named Grand Champion earning a N.C. State Championship. Festival admission will be $5 adults; children 12 and under free. A two-day pass is available for $8. The festival will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.


The 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree was held last weekend at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.

Dealers from all over the country came to Franklin to ply their wares. The show featured everything relating to gems and minerals including equipment, supplies and books, fine jewelry, exhibits, rough and cut gems and demonstrations.

The Gemboree is a joint venture between the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Gem & Mineral Society.


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