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Gilliam’s Promise, Highlands drug free coalition, sponsors a student led club dedicated to preventing substance abuse by area youth. David Long, the club’s president, recently spoke to the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club, sharing the club's mission. The non-profit organization is the vision of founders, Bill and Eleanor Cheney. In September 2009, their beloved grandson, Gilliam, took his own life due to his involvement with drugs. Since then they have dedicated themselves to substance abuse prevention in the hopes that no other promising young life is cut short, and no other family experiences such a heartbreaking loss.


On Friday, June 1, Republican Commissioners Kevin Corbin and Ron Haven joined Democratic Commissioner Ronnie Beale at Walmart in Franklin to raise money for the Children's Hospital.

In a “Jail For Bail” fundraiser, they raised more than $400 in one hour.

Franklin Police Officer Dwayne Cabe, shown “guarding the prisoners” raised more than $700 during his time in the “jail.”


Members of the Macon Hoofprints 4H Club recently participated in the West District 4H Horse Show at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher, N.C. on May 6.

Nathan Jenkins participated in the Gaited/Non-Trotting Division, while the other three all competed in the Western Little Britches Division.

Autumn Lance won Grand Champion and Arissa Bowers won Reserve Champion in their division, which means they were the top two point earners for the show.


At the upcoming June 26, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Stroke Awareness. Guest speaker will be Robin Jones, RN, MSN, CNRN, Stroke Program Coordinator, Mission Health System.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in America. Prompt recognition of stroke symptoms and fast activation of the 9-1-1 system can get the potential stroke victim the treatment they need. Knowing how to Act F.A.S.T. with a potential stroke victim is their chance of survival and decreased disability.


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