Franklin in Bloom Festival

The third annual Franklin in Bloom was held last weekend in historic downtown Franklin. The family-oriented garden festival is one of Franklin’s newest festivals and is a celebration for family and friends with a focus on garden activities. The club created the event to bring an awareness to the colorful and beautiful gardens in the area and to bring people […]

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Fatal Weekend Motorcycle Accident in GSMNP

A Fatal Motorcycle accident occurred in the Great Smoky Mountains national park last Friday Night At approximately 8:40 p.m. Park Rangers and the Gatlinburg Fire Department responded to a call on Little River Road on the Tennessee side of the park and discovered Austin Breazeale, age 19, of Maryville, TN had been traveling west along Little River Road when his […]

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Macon Board of Commissioners Meeting Preview

Tonight the public is invited to the regular monthly meeting of the Macon County board of commissioners that will take place at the commissioner’s board room. The meeting will begin at 6pm and on top of the agenda will be a public hearing concerning the approval of the execution, delivery and performance of the contract and deed of trust and […]

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GSMNP to Host Women’s Work Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Women’s Work Event at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event honors the vast contributions made by the women of Southern Appalachia. Park staff and volunteers will showcase mountain lifeways and customs that women practiced to care for their families in the […]

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Jackson County Announces Intended Lease

Jackson County has announced they intend to enter into a lease agreement to lease county property to the Canada Volunteer Fire Department for the space the Fire Department currently occupies, located at 149 Charley’s Creek Road, Tuckasegee, NC. with a ten year lease. All persons interested in this lease are invited to attend the meeting of the County Commissioners to […]

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Free Summer Meals for Kids Begin in Jackson and Swain

With school official out in all of the counties in our listening area the U.S. Department of Agriculture collaborates with local organizations to provide free meals to children 18 years of age or younger when school is out for the summer. These programs began a few weeks ago in Macon County and now the School Nutrition Program of Jackson County […]

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Town Council Discusses Bathrooms for After Hours Events

Since the Town of Franklin received notification from Macon County that the bathrooms in the Macon County Courthouse would no longer be available for after-hours use for town events, the Franklin Town Council has struggled with finding the best solution for providing bathrooms at town events. In response to security issues at the courthouse, the town was given notice through […]

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Campus Cupboard at SCC Aimed at Ending Student Hunger

Fighting hunger within the college community is something that Southwestern Community College and its community partners take seriously. In May, Jackson County Early College student K.J. Ammons and Mountain Credit Union of Sylva each organized food drives and made charitable donations to Southwestern Community College’s Campus Cupboard. Campus Cupboard was initially opened in March when SCC employees in many different […]

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Medication Take Back Event Coming in June to Macon County

With the current Opioid epidemic gripping the country and Western North Carolina in particular, Mountain Wise of Macon County will be holding a Medication take back event in June. Population Health Section Administrator at the Macon County Health Department, Lynn Baker says that the event is a great way to dispose of medication, and serves a couple of purposes, “It’s […]

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Town of Franklin Passes 2018-2019 Budget

Monday night at the June meeting of the Franklin Town Council, town council members unanimously approved the 2018-2019 town budget as presented by Town Manager Summer Woodard. The approved budget includes $8,992,245.00 in total appropriations with anticipated revenue of $8,097,956. The budget also includes a four-cent increase in the ad-valorem tax rate of twenty-eight cents per one hundred dollars of […]

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