Dangerously cold air on the way

Gusty winds will drive a frigid air mass across the western North Carolina mountains today and tomorrow producing some dangerous wind chill values. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory effective until noon Thursday for Macon and surrounding counties. Forecasters expect wind chill values to drop to five below zero with some…

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Town tightens down on roadway solicitations

New rules are now in place for the town of Franklin for those planning to solicit charitable donations in or near a roadway. At their January meeting held Monday, the town board voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would require any person or organization seeking charitable donations in or near a road way to…

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Jenkins again to brave cold for a cause

Jenkins again to brave cold for a cause

A local man’s personal mission to help those around him may be a little different than most efforts, but Patrick Jenkins says his annual Cold for a Cause has raised awareness of those in need and has averaged 2,000 pounds of food and 2,000 coats and blankets each year. Jenkins began staying out in the…

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NC’s smoke-free law paying dividends, health officials say

NC’s smoke-free law paying dividends, health officials say

This month, marked the fifth anniversary of North Carolina’s smoke-free restaurants and bars law. The smoke-free law prohibits smoking in enclosed areas of most restaurants and bars, with limited exceptions for private clubs and some cigar bars. The health outcome results for this law are significant and impressive, especially in such a short period of…

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School officials try to get a handle on flu activity

Monday was the first day back to school for Macon County students after the Christmas break, and as classes restart school officials are warning about an increase in flu activity. Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin explains what action they’re taking to help prevent the spread of influenza between students. “We’re working closely with the health department…

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LTLT names new director

Sharon Fouts Taylor has been named Executive Director of the Franklin-based Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) by the LTLT Board of Directors. Taylor, who joined LTLT in 2001 and has most recently served as its Deputy Director, succeeds founding Executive Director Paul Carlson. Carlson announced his retirement in December after 18 years leading…

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Community Calendar

  • September 5, 2015 8:00 amMACON COUNTY SR. GAMES FLEA MARKET
  • September 5, 2015 10:00 amAL-ANON MEETING
  • September 8, 2015 10:00 amRED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
  • September 8, 2015 3:30 pmCOWEE FARMERS MARKET
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