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GSMNP Looking for Volunteers at Clingmans Dome

Great Smoky Mountain National Park is recruiting volunteers to staff the Information Center at Clingmans Dome, from April 1 through November 30, 2017.  Volunteers will work at the seasonal information center that includes a bookstore/sales area managed by Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA). Volunteers will assist in educating visitors about the park and provide recreational and trip planning information and […]

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Carpenter Building Renovation Project Delayed

County Manager Derek Roland informed the Macon County Board of Commissioners at their recent monthly meeting due to a change in the bid process there will be necessary delay in the renovation project of the Robert C. Carpenter Building. The new expected completion date for the project will now be up to four weeks from the original projected finish date […]

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WCU Ranked in Top 10 of Military Friendly Schools

Western Carolina University has been designated a national top-10 “military-friendly school” for 2017 by Victory Media, a Pennsylvania-based company that surveyed more than 1,700 schools nationwide to rate the services they provide to military students. WCU came in at No. 10 in a category for the nation’s “large public” schools. Each year, Victory Media releases its list of military-friendly schools […]

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Swain Hospital Adds Sleep Lab

Swain Community Hospital is announcing the addition of a sleep lab to provide patients with local access to diagnostic tests to aid in the treatment of sleep disorders. Sleep studies are performed at the hospital in two recently renovated rooms which simulate a bedroom environment and are outfitted with sleep monitoring technology. Sleep disorders that can be diagnosed include obstructive […]

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Commissioners Approve Money for Teacher Bonuses

At the recent regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, county officials voted unanimously to allocate the Macon County School System the funds necessary to replenish their general fund for the paid two-percent teacher supplements. After a motion by Commissioner Gary Shields followed by a second by Commissioner Ronnie Beale, the board voted to appropriate $23,415 to the […]

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Commissioners Hear Presentations on Drug Problem in Macon County

At this month’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, commissioners heard from several community members during the public comment period about the widespread drug problem in Macon County. Carol Anne Elliott spoke first to commissioners sharing the success of the “movement” her and another community member, Michelle Rogers, have started in response to the death of her friends’ […]

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