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A retired Chief Operating Officer has been motivated by the Washington D.C. gridlock to offer his "food for thought" solutions. Jim Staggers has been writing his messages for seven years, and retired to Mill Creek, Franklin, N.C., five years ago. As V.P. and C.O.O. of APL Corporation, Stagger's experiences in business management are described and utilized in presenting his concerns in his new book, "Messages To My Descendents — Please Fix Our Government." He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg with a B.S. in Chemistry, and attended Syracuse University to study finance and business management.

Staggers will be holding a book signing at the Macon County Public Library, located at 149 Siler Farm Rd., in Franklin, phone, (828)524-3600; reading and discussion beginning at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Copies of the book are available nationally through local bookstores who can order at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m., the Arts Council presents a double-bill concert featuring guitar duo Jazz Mountain and Men Macon Music men’s chorus at Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo. Guitarists Paul Savaiko and Ray Olson perform together as Jazz Mountain, playing material from “The Great American Songbook” through varied jazz mediums including swing, ballads, bossas and blues, with some contemporary and original tunes added to the mix. The award-winning Men Macon Music all male chorus, directed by Tom Fisher, boasts more than two dozen voices, and renders selections representing a broad spectrum of music, from show tunes to Americana to humorous numbers.


Macon County Public Library Youth Services Fall Events begin Sept. 10, and will run through Dec. 19.

— Mondays at 10 a.m., Preschool activities and movie.

— Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Family storytime.

— Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., Book Club for 3rd-5th graders will be held Wednesday afternoons starting Sept. 12, at 3:30.

For more information, call the library at (828)524-3600.

Karen Peck and New River, an award-winning Southern Gospel group from Gainesville, Ga., and The Kingsmen Quartet, a Southern Gospel quartet out of Asheville, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 each.

Karen Peck made the decision to share her ministry through music as a child. She sang with The Nelons for 10 years, and in 1991, Karen and her sister, Susan, along with Karen’s husband, Rickey, formed the group, Karen Peck and New River.


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