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The Town of Franklin hosted a retirement reception for Chief Terry Bradley last Friday.

After 25 years of service to Macon County, and 18 years as the Chief of Police for the Franklin Police Department, Bradley's last day on the job will be March 1.

Guest speakers Senior Agent Brian Hallman and Assistant Agent Mark Buchanon with the State Bureau of Investigation and Major Andy Shields with the Macon County Sheriff's Department commented on Bradley's outstanding service to the citizens of Macon County.

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Emily H. Breedlove has been named Entrepreneurship Program Manager at AdvantageWest, the economic development partnership for the 23 counties of Western North Carolina.

In her new role, Breedlove will provide direction and management for the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® Program, an intensive five-step process developed by AdvantageWest as the first initiative of its type in the U.S. to certify communities as entrepreneur- ready. Currently, there are 10 communities that have completed the CEC program; several others are in various stages of completing the rigorous process, which typically takes up to two years.

Breedlove brings extensive experience to her new role. Prior to joining AdvantageWest, she created the Black Rock Company, a Macon County-based marketing and consulting company that is now being purchased by Big Boom Designs, a regional internet marketing company. She also founded the Center for New Mountain Business to provide resources for small business.

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Community leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending the Chick-fil-A Leadercast hosted by Dnet Internet Services on May 4, 2012. The event will be held at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Franklin.

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The Western North Carolina Alliance turns 30 this year and is marking this milestone with a public celebration set for 6:30-9 p.m. March 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., in Asheville.

The evening will be a joint celebration to kick-off our anniversary events, as well as the release of a book by Mars Hill history professor Kathy Newfont, entitled, “Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina.” The book features a few chapters on the Alliance’s history, as well as photos from our archives.

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