County plans to expand landfill

County leaders will soon decide what to do about the Macon County Landfill as it nears capacity. County commissioners announced this week that talks on future development options, to accommodate the landfill, will begin Monday, November 18, with a special meeting with Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl. “The cell that we have is limited in…

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N.C. Christmas tree farmers predicting a good season

N.C. Christmas tree farmers predicting a good season

Christmas tree farmers in western North Carolina are getting ready for the holiday season—and they’re expecting it to be a busy one. Record rainfall this summer has helped created a very healthy supply of trees across North Carolina. North Carolina has 1,600 growers producing an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing on over…

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Concerns rise over wearable technology

Wearable phones and computers are on lots of shopping lists as the holiday season approaches in North Carolina, but scientists warn that research indicates they present likely health risks – especially from cell-phone radiation. Dr. David Gultekin, a research physicist at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, showed that cell-phone radiation creates hot spots in…

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Superintendent expects state test performance to improve in Macon

Last week, the state released Macon County schools’ overall performance on standardized testing for the 2012-2013 academic year. Superintendent Chris Baldwin says the result were somewhat expected due to the state changing the curriculum for students. “We would have liked to have been above the state average, but we did expect a drop in proficiency…

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County narrows prospective manager list to two

Macon County Commissioners are getting closer to hiring the next county manager. Following a closed session after their regular November meeting on Tuesday, the board announced the candidates for manager has been narrowed down to two. “After a lengthy discussion, frankly, we do not have three votes for either one of them; but we had…

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Grayson Hall 5K this Saturday

This Saturday marks the 9th annual Grayson Hall Memorial 5K race in Franklin at the Tassee Park on the Little Tennessee Greenway. The memorial race raises funds for a Franklin High School scholarship. This event started as a tribute to a former FHS student who was killed in a car accident. Yearly scholarships in his…

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Community Calendar

  • November 13, 2013 4:00 pmFOOD PANTRY OPEN AT HICKORY KNOLL UM CHURCH
  • July 26, 2014 10:00 am49TH ANNUAL MACON COUNTY GEMBOREE
  • July 31, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
  • August 1, 2014 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
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