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Awards Presented at Cowee Celebration and Macon County Heritage Day

Several awards were presented on Saturday, Aug.15, at the Cowee Celebration and Macon County Heritage Day held at the Heritage Center at Cowee School. This year’s event was the third celebration for the Heritage Center and the first as a joint event partnering with the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County.

The Macon County commissioners have awarded resolutions to Barbara McRae and Margaret Ramsey proclaiming them as Honorary Historians of Macon County in past years. The third such resolution was presented to Merritt Fouts at this Cowee Celebration.


The Franklin Farmers Market held a Customer Appreciation Day on a recent Saturday and held a drawing with a prize of more than $100 worth of produce.

Winners were Joe Fowler and Kessandra LeQuire and girls.







Dr. Gary Chapman, world-renowned speaker and author of “The 5 Love Languages” will headline “Spice Up Your Marriage: Date Night,” an event designed to equip and encourage married couples in a fun, engaging evening of music, comedy and inspiration. Joining Chapman for this unique event will be Michael O’Brien, former lead singer of Newsong, as well as national speakers and humorists, Jeff and Debby McElroy.

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will play host to the three-hour date night experience on Thursday, Sept.10, beginning at 7 p.m. O’Brien will kick-off the evening with a dose of engaging humor and compelling music, while also sharing the story of why and how he left Newsong during the pinnacle of the band’s popularity.

The McElroys, a husband and wife duo, known for their comedic approach, have spoken to millions around the world on the topic of marriage and relationships. Their ability to weave humor, drama, teaching and music have proven invaluable in engaging audience members.


Tex and Carol Corbin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

The couple was married Aug. 21, 1965, at Dryman’s Chapel.

They have two children, Missy Ledford of Franklin, and Brian Corbin and wife LeighAnne of Asheville; and three grandchildren, Cassady Ledford, and Thomas and June Corbin.

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