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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for The Goddess Shop located at 520 E Main Street, Suite B. The shop’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Shoppers will find such items as statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, books on angels, rosaries for all religions, books to inspire the goddess in every woman, herbs, locally infused oils, salves, candles, stones, incense and so much more.

“My shop is centered around the divine feminine in all women. I carry items meant to inspire and heal the female soul,” said owner Heather Lanham.



Over the approaching weeks and months, Southwestern Community College will offer several free opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to attend a class entitled “How to Start a Business.”

The three-hour seminar, taught by Tonya Snider, will equip participants with a knowledge of the resources available to them as they start their own businesses.

“Starting a business can be a challenge, but it helps if you equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible.” said Tiffany Henry, director of SCC’s Small Business Center.The class will first be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, at SCC’s Macon Campus, and in Jackson County, Aug. 21 and Oct. 14, each from 9 a.m. -noon). A final seminar will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Southwestern’s Swain Center.



For the third consecutive year, TekTone was awarded the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Gold Safety Award. Representatives from TekTone travelled to Asheville to receive the award from Cherie Berry, North Carolina’s Commissioner of Labor.

“All TekTone employees are to be commended for taking safety seriously,” said Betty Smith, TekTone’s safety coordinator. “A special thank you goes out to our safety committee for doing such a great job.”

The NCDOL’s Safety award is distributed based on two levels, gold and silver with gold being the highest honor. In order to achieve the annual safety award, Tek- Tone had to have no fatalities during the calendar year and maintain an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group. For more information regarding the award standards, visit, www.nclabor.com/osha/etta/safety_programs/safety_award.htm.


Russell Hawkins of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Franklin recently won the firm's exclusive Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2013.

Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner, calls Hawkins a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve.

"Russell has demonstrated unyielding dedication and enthusiasm for his business of serving individual investors," Weddle said. "Russell has reached a benchmark in his career that deserves recognition, and the Spirit of Partnership Award provides that recognition. I am proud to call him an Edward Jones financial advisor."

Hawkins said he is honored to receive the award.



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