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For its 13th year, Smoky Mountain Chevrolet hosted its annual Toys for Tots “Cruise In” fundraiser last Saturday.

Each year, the event has been held to raise funds and new unwrapped toys for less fortunate children throughout the region during the Christmas season.

The fundraiser, which over the years has become a regular holiday tradition for the community, saw a considerable turnout again this year.


Kicks off with ‘Let’s Dance’ gala

The Franklin Relay for Life team met for its annual combination Wrapup/ Kick Off on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Factory. Co-Chairs Tammy Dills and Jean Crane offered welcoming remarks and general information about the 2013 Relay for Life along with a recap of last year’s relay.

Team captains were recognized including Darlene Green, captain of the Caterpillar team who raised $9,555 for Relay for 2012.

Lucille Cox was named 2013 Honorary Chairperson in recognition of her more than 20 years of service to Relay.

Plans for the 2013 Relay for Life were announced. It will be held June 7 at the Franklin High School track with the theme “Grand Ole Relay,” and “Country Folks Can Survive.”


The following is a partial list of national organizations who are taking donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief:

• Americares.org - AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.

• Samaritan’s Purse.org — Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization, headed by Franklin Graham, that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan’s Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.

more organizations listed after the jump!


Members of the Macon Early College edition of Kiwanis’ Key Club stamped dictionaries for the Kiwanis Club of Franklin.


Kiwanis distributes the dictionaries to all third graders in Macon County every year.

Pictured are (L-R) Rachael Conley, Key Club member; Westley Cotter, Purshotom Aruwani, Key Club member, and Emily Kimsey.







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