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A Showcase of Talent was held last Saturday night in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Building for the youth of Macon County in grades three through 12. Students who performed were chosen in their respective schools. Cheryl Conner was the Showcase host for the night. Students who performed were:

Danny Estes, Brianna Norris, Caroline Deal and Arianne Geren, Aubrey Haley, Daniel Riddle, Maddie Breeden and Sophia Meyers, McKenna Peters, James McClure, Colby Duvall, Jayden Bolick, Lydia Holland, Veatriz Candelario Mendosa and Cassidy Parker, Meg Brunner, Julia Estes, Isabella Brandt and Tarynn Graham, Corey Frazier, Emma Breeden and Kaylee Henry, Ezri Villiard, Nathan McCallister, Emily Hanners, Kathryn MacDonald.


The Overlook Theatre Company presented opening weekend of The Addams Family Musical last weekend at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

The laughs are scheduled to continue this Friday and Saturday as the cast and company will be starring in the final weekend of the productions.

Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights.



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The Jackson County Library is hosting Hal Farwell and Karl Nicholas as they talk about the making of their book “Smoky Mountain Voices,” on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Hal and Karl will talk about the genesis of their book “Smoky Mountain Voices: A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech Based on the Research of Horace Kephart.” “Smoky Mountain Voices” is a dictionary of Southern Appalachian speech based on Kephart's journals and publications. It is also a compendium of mountain lore. Harold Farwell and J. Karl Nicholas have compiled not only quaint and peculiar words, but jokes and comic exchanges. Many of the "ordinary" words that comprised an important part of the language of the mountaineers are preserved here thanks to Kephart's meticulous collecting.



Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of “The Best Yes,” “Unglued,” “Made to Crave,” and 16 other books. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is excited to welcome her as she shares the experiences of her adventures of faith on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. She will be joined by musical guest Michael O’Brien. Tickets start at $15 each.

TerKeurst’s personal journey to follow God captured national media attention when she and her husband adopted two teenage boys from a war-torn orphanage in Liberia, Africa. They never imagined their decision would start a chain reaction within their community, which inspired other families to adopt more than 45 children from the same orphanage. TerKeurst’s amazing story led to appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The 700 Club,” and “Focus on the Family” radio, as well as in publications such as USA Today and Woman’s Day.


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