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Laura Story, a contemporary Christian singersongwriter who has won several Dove Awards and a Grammy Award, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 8. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 each.

Story is a native of Spartanburg, S.C. Her music career began in 1996 when she met Shane Williams from the band Silers Bald. Williams asked Story to join the band and she became their bass player. After releasing four independent albums with Silers Bald, Story’s manager suggested she record a solo album. She left the band in 2002 and began working on her first album, “Indescribable.” It was released later that same year. The title track for this album was later recorded by Chris Tomlin, and Avalon. After that, Story released the albums “There Is Nothing,” “Great God Who Saves,” and the powerful record, “Blessings.”



Car and history enthusiasts collided last weekend in downtown Franklin for an antique car history tour of Macon County.

The event, in support of the Macon County Historical Museum, featured a driving tour of historical landmarks throughout the county such as the old Rickman Store, Shanck’s Brickyard, and McCoy Bridge.

The event ended with a history quiz at Motor Company Grill. Jim and Carolyn Shook were the winners and were treated to lunch.


The Taste of Home Cooking School, America’s leading cooking school program which attracts up to 300,000 participants every year, is returning to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 2. This two-hour demonstration of innovative recipes and flavorful dishes will begin at 6:30 p.m., but doors will open at 4:30 p.m. so attendees can visit booths hosted by local vendors. Tickets for this event are $15 each.

The perfect recipe for creating new memories with loved ones includes good friends, good conversation and, of course, great food. As home cooks across the country head back to the kitchen to cook up spring’s flavorful dishes, the Taste of Home Cooking School is preparing to share seasonal recipes that are certain to delight.


A Help For Homeless Concert was held Thursday, April 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The concert featured performances by Tom Quigley, Curtis Blackwell, Paradise 56, Blue Ridge, Johnny Webb and The JW Band.

The performers donated their time and talents and all proceeds went to the cause of building a homeless shelter in Franklin.

The New Hope Center plans to be more than just a shelter, but rather a six-month rehabilitation program that helps those struggling obtain a stable residence, nutritious meals, Bible study, vocational skills, and follow-up.


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