March of Dimes fundraiser in Franklin Saturday

March of Dimes fundraiser in Franklin Saturday

An organization that has helped save the lives of babies for the past 75 years will hold special event in Franklin this weekend. A lot fun things are planned at the March of Dimes “Babies, Boots, and BBQ” this Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Bloesma Barn on Patton Road. Jennifer Hollifield has been…

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Residents gaining insight through Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

Residents gaining insight through Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

For the last several weeks, local citizens and officials including members of the local press, school system and government, have gathered at the sheriff’s office to participate in Macon County’s first Sheriff’s Citizen Academy. As the 10 week session begins to wind down, participants have had a great time while learning firsthand what really goes…

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State health officials: Prep for flu season now

With flu cases already appearing, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all North Carolinians to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine. While it is too soon to tell how severe this year’s influenza season will be, public health experts see recent events as a good opportunity to remind people how…

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WNC economic index gains steam

Job gains in counties across western mountains have spurred the Western North Carolina Economic Index, a barometer of the region’s economic activity. The index is complied each month by Appalachian State University, and for July, it increased by a full point– the biggest increase since the end of the Great Recession in 2009. In July,…

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TN man charged with attempted rape

A Tennessee man is expected in Macon County court Thursday after being charged with attempted rape. The suspect, 28-year-old Nathan Keith Vega, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, was taken into custody on September 11 by Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies. Vega is charged with a felony count of attempted aggravated statutory rape. His bond was set at $40,000.…

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The fair a big deal for local youth

The fair a big deal for local youth

Last week, as they have done for the last 60 years, local residents have gathered for the annual Macon County Fair. For four days last week, crowds turned out at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center to tour the fairgrounds, barns and inside exhibits traditionally featured at the county fair. This year the fair celebrates its…

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