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Cherokee Preservation Foundation (CPFdn) announced it has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation. The grants include:

A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Emissaries of Peace, host the Southeast Tribes Festival, and continue the Snowbird Cherokee language camp. The Emissaries of Peace anniversary will be celebrated with seven events across four states, utilizing a new lightweight traveling exhibit.

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During April’s Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, town leaders raised concerns regarding the Smoky Mountain Rumble Rally which is set for August.

Last July, the Town of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) unanimously approved to move forward with hosting a threeday motorcycle rally, giving promoters $14,800 of TDA funds to kick off the first ever motorcycle rally in Macon County.

On Monday night, Scott and Sylvia Cochran, promoters of the event, went before the Aldermen with a request to close a portion of Main Street from Riverview to Harrison Avenue, which is similar to what is closed for PumpkinFest, beginning Thursday, August 16, at 10 p.m. until Sunday, August 19.

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Aldermen choose new Walmart Plaza to relocate

Despite scrutiny from the public, the Franklin Board of Aldermen have finally approved a location for the site of the town’s new ABC store.

For the past 17 years, the town’s ABC store has been leasing a 6,500 square foot space from Macon Plaza and has only had one rate increase resulting in approximately $6,069.76 per month or $72,828 a year for rent.

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Roy Burnette finalizes deal with County.

After a nearly seven-month hiatus from broadcasting, Jackson County’s radio station returned to the air on Monday, under new ownership.

Last Sunday 540 AM WRGC began doing air tests and went live Monday morning at 6 a.m.

“So far, everything has went great,” said Roy Burnette, WRGC’s new owner. “We have already gotten some really great responses from areas as far away as Asheville and Bryson City.”

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