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Appalachian Heritage Festival

Old Appalachia lines the streets of downtown Franklin for inaugural festival

The butter was churning, the fly fishing knots were tying, and music from Appalachia could be heard on the streets of Franklin Saturday for the first annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. The festival, which was put on by main street merchants, included dozens of exhibitors and was intended to preserve Macon County heritage, all while bringing folks downtown.

With Franklin's Folk Festival was cancelled for this year, Main Street merchants took it upon themselves to make sure a cultural festival was held in its place.

Change in sight for Franklin’s leadership

Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.

World Changers working to make a difference

Students from across southeast visit Macon County

For the last quarter century, students from across the country have been signing up to participate in service projects in communities declaring themselves as 'World Changers."

An outreach ministry of Life- Way Christian Resources, World Changers has been spending summers for the last 25 years partnering with cities and their residents to complete much needed construction projects ranging from painting houses to putting on new roofs. The projects improve homes for the elderly, disabled, and for others who would not normally be able to do the work on their own, and comes at no charge for the community.

Macon County Airport to host open house on August 15

From local businesses such as Duotech using the Macon County Airport for day-today business operation, to citizens chartering private flights to other regional airports, to organizations such as the State Bureau of Investigation and Forest Service using it for training, the local airport proves to be an invaluable resource for the citizens of Macon County.

To better inform the public of the airport's role in the community, the Macon County Airport Authority will be holding an open house on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature music from Curtis Blackwell, and refreshments for the public.

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Old Appalachia lines the streets of downtown Franklin for inaugural festival

The butter was churning, the fly fishing knots were tying, and music from Appalachia could be heard on the streets of Franklin Saturday for the first annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. The festival, which was put on by main street merchants, included dozens of exhibitors and was intended to preserve Macon County heritage, all while bringing folks downtown.

With Franklin's Folk Festival was cancelled for this year, Main Street merchants took it upon themselves to make sure a cultural festival was held in its place.

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Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.

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Students from across southeast visit Macon County

For the last quarter century, students from across the country have been signing up to participate in service projects in communities declaring themselves as 'World Changers."

An outreach ministry of Life- Way Christian Resources, World Changers has been spending summers for the last 25 years partnering with cities and their residents to complete much needed construction projects ranging from painting houses to putting on new roofs. The projects improve homes for the elderly, disabled, and for others who would not normally be able to do the work on their own, and comes at no charge for the community.

Read more...

From local businesses such as Duotech using the Macon County Airport for day-today business operation, to citizens chartering private flights to other regional airports, to organizations such as the State Bureau of Investigation and Forest Service using it for training, the local airport proves to be an invaluable resource for the citizens of Macon County.

To better inform the public of the airport's role in the community, the Macon County Airport Authority will be holding an open house on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature music from Curtis Blackwell, and refreshments for the public.

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present four performances of “Shrek the Musical” at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: Friday, July 24; Saturday, July 25; Friday, July 31; and Saturday, August 1.

The show starts each night at 7:30 p.m. More than 100 actors appear in this larger-than-life show.

“Shrek” is a musical comedy suitable for all ages. The production is directed by Scotty Corbin.

Tickets start at $12. For more information, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call (866) 273-4615.

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‘Stepping Up’ initiative addresses issue, raises awareness and increases services

Since becoming president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC), Ronnie Beale has been working to bring the state's mental health crisis to the forefront. Seeing the struggles mental health issues cause locally in Macon County, Beale has made it a state priority to address the issue, and increase awareness and services for those affected.

Last week, the Macon County Board of Commissioners (BOC) passed a resolution in support of the National Association of Counties "Stepping Up" initiative.

"The Stepping Up initiative is a state and nationwide effort to get mental health services to those who are incarcerated," said Beale. "Our local jails and state prisons have become overrun with citizens needing this help."

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Summer workouts get team ready for Aug. 11 game.

The Franklin High School Panthers are spending their summer hunkering down on the gridiron to get ready for the upcoming season in the Panther Pit. According to FHS Athletic Director and football coach, Jay Brooks, due to a recent change, student athletes are now able to begin practicing for the upcoming season 10 days before final exams were issued.

"We started practicing in May, as early as we could," said Coach Brooks. " We were able to get about eight workouts in before we took a break for exams."

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