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The 59th annual Macon County Fair got under way on Wednesday at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. This year's theme of, “Home Grown Goodness” can be seen throughout all the exhibits at the fair and according to Tex Corbin, who has been with the fair for 44 years, is intended to promote Macon County's culture.

“Folks in Macon County who grow up here and participate in the fair each year are really getting behind the theme of ‘Home Grown Goodness,’” said Corbin. “From things being produced in the county like crafts and livestock or the people who were born and raised here, that's what we want this year to be about.”


Macon County's own Eddie Foxx, radio personality with 99.9 Kiss Country out of Asheville was nominated alongside his cohost Sharon Green, for their morning show, The Eddie Foxx Show. In addition to Green and Foxx being nominated, 99.9 Kiss County was also nominated for station of the year.

Five finalists are selected for County Music Association Broadcast Personality and CMA Radio Station of the Year in four categories: Small, Medium, Large, and Major Market. The Eddie Foxx Show and 99.9 Kiss Country, both fall in the small category. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.


“Who’s Got Talent?” was held Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. A talent and variety competition where the audience is the judge, featured many talented performers from all over the area. The evening was filled with talent from Georgia and Western North Carolina. Lots of prizes were given away including $50 to the most enthusiastic fan of the evening. Mountain Laurel Makings located at the Whistle Stop was the sponsor of this event.

Winning the first place prize of $300 was Cash Laws, 12, from Alto, Ga., who wowed the crowd with the classic, “At Last.”

Mike Bingham was the second place winner of $200. Bingham played a medley of “Amazing Grace/Unclouded Day/Will the Circle Be Unbroken” on an assortment of handmade instruments made from cigar boxes, cookie tins and other recycled pieces.


Phillips, Craig, and Dean, an awardwinning contemporary Christian music trio, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 21. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have been performing together since 1991. They have released 12 albums and have had 20 number one radio singles. They have sold more than two million albums and earned multiple Dove Awards. They have performed at many conventions, including several Promise Keepers rallies, and have recorded music for the National Day of Prayer. Phillips, Craig, and Dean are all full-time pastors with a commitment to serve the Lord, which is the driving force behind their success and their music ministry.


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