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Beautiful weather and 106 cars, trucks and bikes helped to make the first Annual Cruisin’ In The Mountains car, truck and bike show a huge event. Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Department, along with the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, sponsored this event in Franklin at the SCC Driver Training Course on Industrial Park Road. Vendors, sponsors and car owners enjoyed the sunshine, beautiful mountain views and a wide variety of antique, classic and late model cars, trucks and bikes.

With entry into the show, folks were asked to vote for their favorite vehicle.


The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host a book talk with Emily Cooper, author of “Queen of the Lost,” a fictionalized account of former First Lady of South Carolina Lucy Pickens, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

Cooper's book focuses on the life of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, the legendary “Queen of the Confederacy” and wife of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens. A fictionalized historical saga spanning 150 years, “Queen of the Lost” traces Pickens’ life from her origins in Tennessee and Texas to the tsar’s palace in St. Petersburg with her then-ambassador husband, Francis Pickens. Following Pickens' election to the governorship and South Carolina's subsequent secession, Lucy Holcombe Pickens became the first and only woman to be pictured on Confederate currency.


At Saturday night’s Pickin’ on the Square, Ken Bates (right) took the stage for the open mic portion of the program. Bates has sung in the past with the Carolina Crossmen and other gospel groups.


Pickin’ on the Square, sponsored by the Town of Franklin, is FREE TO THE PUBLIC every Saturday night, 7:30 pm, Open Mic. from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Main events begin at 7:30 pm.

Come on down, bring a lawn chair to the gazebo downtown and get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet every Saturday night.


The Grammy Award winning Nashville Bluegrass Band will be in concert Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. at Highlands PAC.

Lead singer Pat Enright became one of the voices of the Soggy Bottom Boys, the fictional old-time trio led onscreen by George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Alan O’Bryant, Mike Compton and Stuart Duncan appeared on the film’s Platinum soundtrack.

The final bluegrass concert of the year is presented by Ray McPhail. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.highlandspac.org or by calling (828)526-9047.

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