18th Annual PUMPKINFEST :: Saturday, October 25 from 9am - 4pm * Downtown Franklin :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

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The 2nd annual Franklin Blue Planet 5k race was a prime display of the community coming together to show their support of a global cause. The Blue Planet Network helps provide safe drinking water through what is known as the Peer Water Exchange where people can review and learn from each other’s work and get funding to start their own clean water projects.

“The event went extremely well, I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Canyon Woodward, the organizer for the race. “The overall support from the community was nothing short of spectacular.”

Hosted by the Franklin High School Interact Club, the running portion of the race began at 9 a.m. at the Tassee Shelter on the Little Tennessee Greenway, followed by a one-mile fun walk/run, with more than 100 participants for both events.

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Take your passion for cycling to a new level during the Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Blue Ridge Breakaway. The second annual Blue Ridge Breakaway, presented by MedWest, will take place Aug. 20. The cycling event brought more than 300 riders to Haywood County last August for an adrenaline pumping ride through the mountains.

According to a review on active.com, “This was an awesome event. The entire experience exceeded all my expectations. It was superbly organized. The route was picturesque, challenging, and traffic was light. I cannot say enough good things about the way this ride was put on. The volunteers were so gracious and supportive. I can't wait until next year's event.”

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The Carolina Clash 11U baseball team participated in the Southeast Championship in Tiger, Ga. July 30 and 31.

After winning both Pool play games on Saturday and both tournament games on Sunday, the boys took the undefeated title of Grand Champion.

Pictured (front row, L-R) are Blake Gibson, Grant Stiles, Cameron Gibson, Andrew Terrell and Stanley Taylor; (second row) Harrison Shomaker, Grayson Lane, Justin Penland, Turner Swafford and Brody Randall; (top row) Coaches Jamie Stiles, Robert Randall and Joey Swafford. Clash players unable to play and not pictured: Bryson Burt and Byron Shields.

With school just getting under way, Athletic trainers from MedWest Sports Medicine are already on the field working to keep area studentathletes injury free.

MedWest is providing athletic trainers to more than a dozen area schools and athletic programs, as well as physician coverage and physical therapy services to Western Carolina University’s student-athletes.

“The ability to have licensed, certified medical personnel in our local schools on a daily basis greatly improves the access to healthcare for the student-athletes,” said Carlyle Schomberg, MPT, Director of MedWest Sports Medicine.

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