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Arrival from Sweden, an ABBA tribute band, will present their show, The Music of ABBA, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22.

ABBA was a Swedish pop/rock band who reached great fame in the 1970s when they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, selling more than 370 million records worldwide. They are best remembered for hits such as, “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes All,” and “Mamma Mia.”


Franklin’s Folk Festival celebrated the cultural heritage of the region by demonstrating traditions of the past.

From moon-shining, chair caning, cross-cut sawing and telling tall tales, visitors to downtown on Saturday got a taste of what it was like back in the “good ol’ days.”



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The Texas Tenors, a phenomenal trio who has been entertaining sold out audiences around the world, will perform Saturday, July 28, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $22.

Fans of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will recognize The Texas Tenors as they won the hearts of millions with their three-part harmonies and Texas appeal when they took fourth place in the popular talent competition in 2009. JC Fisher, a country singer, founded the group when he partnered with Marcus Collins, a contemporary singer, and John Hagen, an opera singer.


Two annual community events received funding from Macon County’s Tourism Development Commission (TDC) last Thursday at its monthly meeting.


Although Main Street Program Director Linda Schlott was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, TDC members considered her $2,000 grant request, which was sent to committee members in advance. Gary Shields motioned to approve the request with Kristian Flaig seconding. The motion carried unanimously. On July 9, members from the Town of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) also unanimously voted to approve the use of $2,000 to help fund the promotion of PumpkinFest. The festival is to be held Oct. 19 and 20.


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