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Jeanne Robertson is a remarkable woman, a dynamic humorist, and a professional speaker who motivates, inspires, and entertains audiences wherever she goes. She tells stories about her life that not only keeps everyone in stitches but also leaves them thinking about her message. She’s had a great impact on people from coast to coast, but North Carolina has always been home. Robertson will be speaking at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.

At the age of 19, Robertson was named Miss North Carolina and was awarded the title Miss Congeniality in the Miss America competition that same year. She used her pageant experiences to foster her public speaking career, and the scholarship funds she received from these competitions to go to college. She earned a teaching degree and taught physical education for eight years.



Local musicians took the stage Friday night at Life’s Bounty on Main Street to entertain dinner guests.

The group of hodge podge musicians, which was comprised of Jay Baird, Dave Stewart, Christy Baird, Gary Zimmerman, and Chuck Dorling, got together for the jam session.

An inpatient hospice facility that will serve our western North Carolina region becomes closer to reality through the generous philanthropic support of patrons attending a charity dining event hosted by Paoletti’s Restaurant.

Owners Kevin and Arthur Paoletti and Meg Littleton Paoletti opened their hearts and restaurant, in support of Hospice House Foundation of WNC. Meg and Arthur, along with an event committee dedicated to the cause, worked tirelessly organizing and promoting a very successful fundraiser. About 60 dining patrons participated in the event held at Paoletti’s Restaurant on Sept. 30, netting roughly $175,000. The evening included a silent auction of attractive items donated by local merchants and hospice friends, with music provided by Ron Schott, a four-course menu with wine pairing especially selected for the evening, and a passionate plea for support.


The annual Autumn Leaves Craft Show will be held Oct. 8, 9, and 10, at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The show features more than 50 local crafters and artists. New this year for candy lovers is Gina Favia with her homemade caramels. Bonnie Wallace and Shirley Alley will have unique floral accessories. Also returning are Laura Craig with handmade goat milk soaps and Thomas Barnes with his handcrafted furniture. Along with other fiber artists, Diedre Shellenberger returns with knit items made from wool spun from the alpacas on her farm.


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