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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.


The Macon County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) International is now Habitat for Humanity Macon/Jackson.

At the request of HFH International, the Macon County affiliate has assumed responsibility for restoring operations in Jackson County.

“We’re anxious to restore Habitat services and getting involved with the community in Jackson County,” said Dave Jones, president of the board of directors.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Nantahala Physical Therapy, located at 96 Macon Center Drive in Franklin. The beautiful new, 4,000 square foot facility combines state-of-theart equipment with a positive learning environment.

“We are committed to restoring daily comfort and function to our clients' lives,” said Randy Phillips, owner. “Our goal is to provide the best service with the least discomfort possible.”


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Kountry Kitchen On 153 recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Kountry Kitchen on 153 is located at 351 Carolina Mountain Drive, previously the location of Elmore’s Fish Fry.

The restaurant is family owned and operated by Michael and Corie Childers and John Wilson and Linda Sanders, serving good home cooking at its best including daily specials and fresh homemade desserts. On the menu you will find a full breakfast, wraps, burgers, sandwiches or early dinners.


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