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“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi According to “Pentecostal Evangel” magazine (May 1959 issue), Macon County pastor Fred Sorrells, started with a vision, a dream, a very large portion of faith, and $800 in cash, and set out to build the Assembly of God Camp Cullasaja off Highlands Road. Along with a congregation of folks willing to volunteer and provide labor for the project, the campground was completed for a fraction of its worth, even back then.

The campground became the meeting place for the Western Assembly of God District. In its heyday, it provided a venue for all types of Assembly of God functions, meetings, camps, and the annual church camp meeting.


A little more than 20 years ago Steve Yust was just a business owner trying to promote his new Franklin business when he stumbled into a radio career that spanned more than two decades. Now, 22 years after accidentally becoming one of the most well-known voices in Macon County, Yust signed off from 1050 WFSC for the last time on Wednesday.

"Steve was a great employee and loyal to the staff and his listeners for 22 years," said Sean Gibson, vice president and general manager of Franklin's First Voice, 1050 WFSC/96.7 WNCC. "He certainly delivered the radio theatre of the mind to the audience. He was able to make it here even during severe weather which can be a real challenge especially with the high volume of phone calls, faxes and emails we receive with closing and cancellation information. I will be handling his show for awhile until we find a replacement. Those are some big shoes to fill."


March for Babies is the nation’s oldest fundraising walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. On Saturday, Oct. 3, families and corporate teams from Macon County will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies walk around Franklin. Many companies, schools and local leaders will participate in the event which will begin at the Franklin Memorial Park. This year's Honorary Chair, Lee Berger, will kick off the event.

The 2015 Macon County March for Babies Ambassador Family Brent and Kayla Galloway and their daughters, Primrose and Magdilyn, will also be present to share their story of how the March of Dimes has impacted their lives.


Five years ago, the Franklin High School athletic booster club set out to honor local veterans before the kickoff of a Franklin Panthers football game. Every year since, a home game during the season has been set aside to honor local veterans, not just from Macon County, but from the counties of rival teams visiting the Panther Pit.

"The annual Salute to Veteran's football game is held to honor all veterans of the military and the National Guard," explained Rhonda Blanton, member of the Franklin High athletic booster club. "We line all veterans up on the track in front of the home stands."


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