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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.


Rotarian John Short (L) and Future Rotarian District Governor First Lady Demi Bray observe the activity on the raffle board Saturday night, July 28, at the annual Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser at Mountainview Intermediate School.

Bruce Tallent of Franklin was the grand prize raffle winner. He gets a choice of $15,000 in cash or one of three new vehicles: a Ford Fiesta from Franklin Ford; a new Jeep Patriot Sport from Jim Brown Chrysler; or a Chevy Sonic from Smoky Mountain Chevrolet.


Franklin Young Professionals (FYP) have raised $2,560 with their Macon Waves Ducky Derby, which is just over half of their original goal of $5,000 for the FYP scholarship fund.

“We're over halfway there in reaching our goal of $5,000,” said Brad Hyder, FYP member. “We are excited considering there is huge fundraising potential at the actual event by selling more ducks and food. We are grateful for the community involvement and support of local businesses and donors. We have 43 event sponsors so far and look forward to recruiting more. This is a huge success for a first time event.”


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