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The sun broke through the clouds around 5 p.m. on Friday for the Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show, much to the relief of organizers, participants and the community.

“The BBQ Festival was a great success,” said Cindy Cavendar, event coordinator with the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. “The weather was rainy on Friday but some braved it and came out. But the rain left and Saturday was a beautiful day. Folks filled the fairgrounds. We appreciate all who came out to make the Festival a success. I think everyone enjoyed the sold-out Tastin' Tent.”



Habitat for Humanity held its 18th annual Smoky Mountain Shrimp Boil this past Saturday to what looked to be a record crowd.

Volunteers cooked, served and provided entertainment to the shrimp lovers.

Proceeds from the Shrimp Boil help fund Habitat’s building projects in Macon and Jackson counties.

Habitat was formed in 1993 and construction on the 19th home will begin this fall. Macon County/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.


For the past 38 years, The Cook Family has held a week long reunion. Everyone travels from all over the country to be together for the week and take part in helping one another and insuring the future strength of family bonds through activities during the week together. The reunion has grown over the years through six generations to be a group of 40 to 50 people all staying together under one roof for a week’s time. They have competitions, various events, talent shows, and everyone takes turns running the kitchen each day.

Cliff and Doshia Cook began the reunion tradition almost four decades ago. The couple had six children, Gene Cook, Max Cook, Jackie Cook, Jerry Cook, David Cook, and Christine Newman all born and raised in Franklin.


George James has built a lot of things in his life. He's strung together moccasins that have been dispersed aall around the country, he's made dulcimers, and rowboats and canoes. Building things with his hands has been something instilled in him since his youth.

“My father would build things,” says James. “It's something that I was always taught. Why go spend a lot of money on something when you can learn to build it yourself and spend far less?”

Though he's made it a habit of fashioning a variety of things for his own use as well as use by others, one thing in particular has almost always been a constant for James; the construction of boats.


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published: 10/18/2013
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