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On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, a group of students from Mountain View Intermediate and Franklin High School gathered to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child —the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The students from the selfcontained classes, participated in a field trip that will make a difference to children in need, even on the other side of the world. Teachers Jessica Jones and Sherri Houston have made it their mission to teach their students the importance of others. These exceptional students packed 65 shoeboxes under the supervision of their teachers and assistants.


Kayleigh Higginbotham exemplifies what success through adversity means. Kayleigh recently completed the Office Administration program at the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Job Corps Center with certifications/training in OSHA, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, IC3, along with filing and recordkeeping. Kayleigh is originally from Baton Rouge, La., and she also served in the armed forces in Fort Jackson, S.C.

After her tour in the military, she moved to Florida with her infant daughter and then to Franklin.

Having fell on hard times when she lost her job due to downsizing, Kayleigh was living from place to place when unfortunately her car was seized. At this point, Kayleigh pondered daily what her next step was going to be. She gave a lot of thought to attending college, but realized that she did not want to be burdened with an exorbitant amount of student loan debt before starting her career. One day a friend suggested that she look into Job Corps. After doing her research on Job Corps, she decided, why not? Job Corps is a self-paced program that at no cost for those who qualify, offers GED courses, online high school diploma program, free medical, dental, a stipend allowance every two weeks, and industry accepted credentials that students will need to get a high paying job and to become a successful professional.


In one of the largest Veterans Day celebrations in recent years, Franklin's Main Street was full on Wednesday with veterans representing all wars and members of the community who wanted to thank them for their service. Led by the Franklin High School Marching Band, veterans dating back to World War II proudly marched up Main Street and were greeted by cheers, hand shakes and heartfelt "thank yous."

The 2015 Franklin Veterans Day celebration featured keynote speaker Gary Dills, who spoke about the inception of Veterans Day, and the nation's dedication to servicemen and women ever since.


The Uptown Gallery on Main Street in Franklin welcomed area veterans on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day.

The gallery displayed portriats as part of “The Veterans Project,” an art collection created by members of the Macon County Arts Association.

Portraits included paintings and drawings and other artwork dedicated to men and women who have served in the United States military.

For the last few years, members of the MCAA have collected family photos of veterans and turned ordinary photos into works of art.


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