Chamber announces info on horsehoe, cornhole tournaments

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce has announced information regarding the popular horseshoe and cornhole tournaments which are scheduled to take place during the Annual 4th of July Celebration at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Park. The Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is open to “pitchers” of all ages, both men and ladies. Registration will begin at 9:30am […]

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Stroke Awareness: Focus on next Ladies Night Out

Macon County citizens wanting to know more about stroke can attend the upcoming Ladies Night Out program, Tuesday evening, June 26. Robin Jones, Stroke Program Coordinator, for Mission Health System will be speaking about stroke, which is the leading cause of disability here in America. Prompt recognition of stroke symptoms and fast activation of the 9-1-1 system can get the […]

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Police Blotter

A business located on the Bryson City Road reports to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office they were a victim of larceny. Investigation reports filed by officers indicate that over $6,000 worth of lead and equipment was stolen from Desoto Trail and Diesel Repair. Two thousand pounds of lead was taken in theft, the report said. The incident was reported on […]

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Small earthquake shakes Franklin

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that a small earthquake shook the northern part of Macon County Tuesday night. According to the USGS, a 2.0 magnitude quake struck at 10:41 p.m. with the epicenter seven miles northeast of Franklin near the Macon/Jackson County line. According to the USGS website, 31 Franklin residents reported feeling the quake. Several residents alerted Macon […]

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Bears beginning to roam neighborhoods again

This time of year means vacations, cookouts, outdoor activities and also the possibility of a bear showing up on your property. Reports have been coming into Macon County 911 over the past few weeks regarding bear encounters in Macon County—most notably the Highlands area. “There’s a bear up here and has gotten into my housekeeper’s van and is tearing up […]

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Temps to sizzle as summer officially begins

Today marks the first official day of summer and the temperatures to follow will certainly make it feel like summer. It’s been a fairly mild and wet spring here in the western Mountains, but by the weekend and into the first of next week, temperatures could possibly hit the low 90s in Macon County. As the summer heat comes in […]

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Franklin teen charged with stealing SUV

A 17-year old Franklin resident was taken into custody over the weekend after allegedly stealing an SUV. Arrest reports filed by Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies indicate Jessie Lee Atcheson was arrested and charged with a felony count of motor vehicle theft and a felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Atcheson was arrested without incident on Saturday and […]

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Rickman Store presents Mother Jones, benefit peformance, Thursday

On Thursday June 21 at 7 p.m., the historic Rickman Store will become again a stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. Lara Chew, will be performing a one-woman play about the prominent labor and community organizer Mary Harris who at the end of the 19th century was considered by the government and […]

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Highlands man arrested on charges in multiple counties

A Highlands man was taken into custody on Friday facing a list of charges related to theft and drug crimes. Reports filed by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office indicate that 45-year old Derrick Roy Potts had active warrants from Swain County on felony charges including trafficking meth, and possession of meth with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver. In Jackson […]

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Braveheart 5k benefits Scottish Tartan’s Museum

Nearly 90 runners turned out to compete in Saturday’s Braveheart 5K in downtown Franklin. The weather was nice for the 2nd annual run which was started last year as part of the Taste of Scotland Festival. The overall winner in the men’s division was Jeff Howard, of Franklin and in the overall winner in the women’s group was Tiffany Allen, […]

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