25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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To help celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Smoky Mountain Chevrolet (SMC) decided to sponsor events that give back to the men and women who serve the country. SMC launched two events that encouraged community members to chip in and help out veterans in the community.

SMC began by collecting used cell phones for service members currently serving the nation in their “Cell Phone for Soldiers” drive.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers is an awesome program,” said Tiffani Tallent, SMC's Internet Director. “Cell Phones for Soldiers takes those old unwanted cell phones that everyone has in those “junk drawers” at home and turns them in to free calling minutes for united states military stationed overseas.”

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Riverside Fellowship Church welcomes Rev. Wayne Price as its first pastor. Riverside Fellowship Church is located in the Cullasaja Community at 1729 River Road. The congregation has been refurbishing an older church that had not been used in more than 28 years.

Rev. Price has been serving as an interim pastor since October 2011. Originally from Haywood County, Rev. Price and his wife Joyce have lived in Franklin for more than 23 years. Their son, David Price and wife Alicia have three sons. There daughter Natasha Tallent and her husband Brian have two daughters. They all live in Franklin.

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Franklin's own gospel group, Blue Ridge, will be holding its annual Gospel Music Weekend at Holly Springs Baptist Church starting this Thursday, June 28. The weekend event, which will run from Thursday until Saturday night, will mark the event's 28th year.

Blue Ridge Gospel Music Weekend first began in 1983 when the Franklin Chamber of Commerce held an event called the Spring Fling Gospel Sing.

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Macon County’s Animal Control office held “Operation Meow” as a last attempt to find homes for felines at the shelter last week. The shelter's cat room reached capacity with 25 adult cats and 20 kittens, so shelter staff launched Operation Meow to avoid having to euthanize any animals.

During Operation Meow, Animal Control adopted out 17 adult cats and 16 kittens for a total of 33 successful adoptions. “Our community has been incredible in responding to the needs of these unfortunate pets,” said Sachenka Angel, Public Relations volunteer for Macon County Animal Control. “When we started the campaign we had 25 adult cats and 20 kittens in the shelter.

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