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The Board of Commissioners recognized two Vietnam Prisoners of War (POWs) for their service and sacrifice on behalf of Macon County in a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

The board presented Dr. Tom McNish and Nathan B. Henry with Medallions of Honor, the highest honor the board can award to an individual.


The September edition of StreetFest is planned to show support for the Franklin High School Panthers before Friday night's football game against the Smoky Mountain Mustangs. In preparation for the first StreetFest of fall, Streets of Franklin, with support from Venture Local Franklin, decorated downtown this week with cornstalks, pumpkins and fall colors to make Friday night even more festive. Shop owners and visitors to downtown are encouraged to wear red to support the Franklin Panthers.

Friday night's StreetFest, which has been bumped up to start at 5 p.m., will give folks the opportunity to visit downtown and tailgate with great food and shopping from Main Street businesses, while enjoying free entertainment from local musicians, which will be split between two stages on both ends of Main Street.


Sister Naomi Edmonds, a member of the Franklin Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, returned home Wednesday after serving 18 months in the Texas Dallas Mission.

While on her mission her duties included helping those in need and bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to all that would listen.

She gave a report of her mission on Sunday at the Branch building, 35 Pine Ridge Rd., in Franklin.

She now plans to attend college at Brigham Young University Idaho.

Members of the community came together last Friday night for the “Salute to Veterans” event to recognize veterans from every United States war from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Local veterans and their guests were allowed a free entrance into the football game and were honored by a series of standing ovations from the stands and music by Rhonda and Luke Bateman and Franklin's own Blue Ridge. “I think the ceremony went very well and the community support is great and every year we are asked to please continue doing it,” said event organizer Rhonda Blanton.


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