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The Cajun Connection Cafe took top honors at Taste of Southern Highlands held in Hiawassee, Ga., last week at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

Approximately 200 guests braved the afternoon weather to enjoy this annual event which serves as a fund raiser for the Towns County Schools Family Connections program. Area restaurants, wineries and other food vendors are invited to participate and bring samples of their fare for a “taste” and to compete for various awards, recognition, and trophies.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the expansion of Outdoor 76 to their bigger and better location at 35 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin. Owners Rob Gasbarro and Cory McCall are a vital part of the success of this new community-minded business on Main Street.

“We are all things outdoors. Our shop is a gateway for locals and visitors to be outdoors. We're not just about selling outdoor items” said Gasbarro. “We are also a true outfitter, offering everything from detailed area info on where to fish or hike, to paddling lessons and guided trips. We also offer kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and camping gear rentals.”

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon ceremony welcoming Polished Permanent Makeup and Facial Studio to Franklin’s business community. The shop is located at 115 Palmer Street.

Sue Camera and Laura Williams have joined together to open their Franklin shop. Camera and Williams have been working together in the Venice/Sarasota area for the past 15 years and now are bringing their services to our area. They continue to travel to Florida every eight weeks to keep a good working relationship with their clients there.

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The last few years have been tough economically for many people causing many to forego big vacations – even though stressful times are when we most need to recharge our batteries.

But with the economy turning around, many families are cautiously dipping their toes in the travel pool once again. Hotel occupancy rates have risen in many areas and airports are as crowded as ever.

Airlines and hotels are notorious for tacking extra charges onto their bills.

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