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On Saturday, July 28, Disability Partners conducted its first annual poker run fundraiser in honor of two individuals, Howard Papke and Wayne Smith. These two men were volunteers who began and devoted more than 15 years of service to the Cyberpals program.

The program has been successful in placing more than 3,000 donated and refurbished computers in homes of people with disabilities.

At right, Susan Hunter of Disability Partners presents Teresa McDowell, the raffle prize winner with a guitar autographed by Kenny Chesney. This guitar was donated to Disability Partners to help raise money for the Cyberpals program.


Visiting ministry addresses housing issues for needy.

All across the United States, countless young people were busy “changing the world” one project at a time this summer by taking on the plight of substandard housing.

A group of such youths have come to Macon County this week to improve the housing conditions for lower income individuals and families. Known as World Changers, 250 students are in the Franklin area to improve approximately 20 homes. The students are taking on anything they can, from house painting to roofing and laying shingles to building access ramps and porches.


Macon County Commissioner and former coach Bobby Kuppers held a voter registration drive and pizza party for his former students and players on Friday afternoon. Kuppers, who is running for reelection to the board of commissioners, wanted to hold the drive in order to help teach area youth the importance of voting. Over pizza and refreshments, Kuppers spent time talking to former students about old high school memories and catching up on what they are doing now.


Five years ago, in August 2007, the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) purchased the T.M. Rickman General Store, one of the most important historic buildings in Cowee Community. The Friends of the Rickman Store invite visitors and neighbors this Saturday, Aug. 4, to celebrate with ice cream, music and memories on this milestone anniversary.

The preservation of the cultural landscape and heritage of the region is an important component of the programs of the LTLT that since 1997 has dedicated is efforts to conserve and protect land along the Upper Little Tennessee Valley.


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