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A couple from Florida were vacationing in Franklin when their Australian cattledog named Jack went missing.

The owners were heartbroken, contacting Animal Control and placing ads in the local papers before heading home. As it happens, this story has a happy ending.

Jack walked right into the front door of Lowe’s in Franklin last Wednesday morning and Alice at the customer service desk called the Baileys after his microchip was scanned. He was so tired he could hardly stand and had very sore feet, but is home safe and sound in Florida.


Post Vice Commander Neal Riendeau presents Shriners Eldon Adimont and Lee Whittaker a check for $1,000 for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

The American Legion Post 108 has made donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital since 1985.





In its 62nd year and as the last purely agricultural fair in the state, the Macon County Fair is beyond living up to this year's theme of "A Wealth of Tradition."

With opening ceremonies being held yesterday at 1 p.m., the fair, which is free for admission, will be held from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Saturday.

The Macon County Fair will continue until Sunday when it concludes with a horse show at 12 noon.

Events planned include the Market Hog Show, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, Best Cake Contest, Pet Show, Market Lamb Show, Cross-Cut Saw Demonstration, and much more.


The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet for Mountain Faith to welcome them home after nearly a month in New York competing on the reality competition show, "America's Got Talent."

Mountain Faith is a bluegrass gospel band hailing from Jackson County and gained national recognition after making it to the semi-finals of the television show.

"If it hadn't been for all of y'all's comments and emails and stuff, I don't think we would have made it because we were so homesick," Summer McMahan, singer for Mountain Faith, said to a crowd that covered the Bridge Park lawn after a parade down main street. Several hundred people lined the street to welcome the group home and then gathered at the Bridge Park Pavilion to meet the group and get an autograph.


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