47th annual Gemboree underway in Franklin

Gem & Mineral Dealers and rock hounds from across the United States are in Franklin for the 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree which runs through Sunday July 29 The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. This gem & mineral show, the second oldest event of its kind […]

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‘Rumble Rally’ could lose town, TDA backing

There appears to be more problems with the Smoky Mountain Rumble Motorcycle Rally scheduled for next month in Franklin. The town of Franklin and Tourism Development Authority say they could pull their support for the event because of insurance problems. A special called meeting was held Tuesday by the TDA because of concerns with the insurance the Rumble organizers had […]

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Kathy Pruitt now charged with murder

Following a court appearance Monday, 53-year old Kathy Paulette Pruitt, of Otto, is now facing a count of first degree murder. Pruitt and her husband Frank Kelly Pruitt have been in custody following a fatal shooting that killed their 34-year old son Robert Pruitt on July 8 on Coweeta Lab Road. Kathy Pruitt was formally indicted on a count of […]

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Local man hurt after car wreck on Rose Creek

A single-car accident early Sunday morning leaves a Franklin man seriously injured. According to the Bryson City Post of the Highway Patrol, the accident involving 20-year old Dalton Andrew Drinnon happened around 5 a.m. on Rose Creek Road. Troopers say Drinnon was traveling south on Rose Creek in a 1998 Ford pick-up when he ran off the right side of […]

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IRS program could help those behind on taxes

The IRS wants taxpayers to know they are willing to help those in certain situations who are behind on their taxes. The IRS program known as Fresh Start is being expanded and could help you if you owe taxes and are in a financial hardship says Mark Hanson with the IRS Greensboro Office, “As an agency, we have the ability […]

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Town’s loan for new ABC store rejected

It appears that the controversial new ABC store in Franklin may not happen after all. Town Manager Sam Greenwood announced Tuesday that the town’s loan application to BB&T to finance the $1.25 million store in the new Walmart Supercenter Plaza was denied. Manager Greenwood’s memo stated the loan was turned down because of the term being at 20 years and […]

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School board mulls social media policy for district

Should teachers communicate with their students on social media sites such as Facebook? That’s a question on the minds of the Macon County School Board. On Thursday, the board discussed a potential policy for the school district that would set guidelines for how teachers and other school employees use social media. Macon County Schools Personnel Director Dan Moore told the […]

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