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The Macon County Public Library is announcing the winter schedule for computer classes. Each class is stand alone, which means you sign up for the ones you want and skip the ones you don’t. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings, and will be approximately one and a half hours in length. Registration is required.

For more information, or to sign up for a class, visit the Macon County Public Library, call (828)524-3600, or email class instructor Chris Wilder at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Hotchkiss spoke recently at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting about his high intensity exercise facility located on Sloan Road in Franklin.

The program requires 20 minutes per week of high intensity isometric exercises followed by a week of recovery.

The goal is to increase strength and rebuild muscle loss. Hotchkiss is an RN and certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic programming, and massage therapist.

Pictured (L-R) are Richard Hotchkiss, owner of Exercise Thru the Ages and Beverly Barnett, president of Franklin Kiwanis

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce announces that nominations are being accepted for three major awards, The Duke Power Citizenship and Service Award, Citizen of the Year and Club/Organization of the Year.

Nomination letters can be delivered to the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 425 Porter Street or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m.

These awards will be presented at The Annual Awards Banquet and Chamber Annual Meeting on Jan. 20, at Tartan Hall. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner will be prepared again by Chef Connie Grubermann of Oak Hill Country Inn.

Corporate table reservations are available by calling (828)524-3161. Showcase your business to those attending the banquet by donating a door prize. Your business will be listed in the program and recognized from the podium.

Tickets are available at the Franklin Chamber for $25 per person. Seating is limited and advanced tickets are required. For additional information, contact the chamber at (828)524-3161.

Col. Stephen P. ArmesStephen P. Armes was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. Colonel Armes is the grandson of the late Billy and Helen Wallace of Franklin, Pete and Imogene Armes of Kingston, Tenn., formerly of Franklin, and the son of Paul and Linda Armes of Franklin and Nashville, Tenn.

Armes is an infantry combat veteran who recently returned from three years overseas with Special Operations Training Group. He is currently stationed in Coronado, Calif., and is involved with training a variety of Marine and Navy units.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for valor, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of 4th Award, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal gold star in lieu of 2nd award and the Combat Action Ribbon. 

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