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Webster Enterprises of Sylva has been notified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) that it has received a three-year accreditation by the international organization.

A two-member survey team visited the facility in mid-December and conducted an evaluation comprised of more than 700 standards.

“We were extremely pleased that out of such a large inventory of items to be checked, Webster had only six recommendations which have already been addressed,” said Gene Robinson, executive director.


The Franklin Board of Realtors recently honored realtors for their contribution to the Real Estate Community.

Derik Shuler with Keller Williams was voted Rookie of the Year.

Lori Newton and Ron Markham with Prudential Markham Bankston Realty and April Moore with Unique Properties received the Hall of Fame Award.

This prestigious award is given to Realtors who have been members of the Franklin Board of Realtors for at least 15 years.


Victory Pharma will pay $12.2 million for allegedly paying doctors to write prescriptions for its drugs, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Feb. 18.

“Tax dollars were wasted on what may have been unnecessary prescriptions,” Cooper said. “This kind of fraud drives up health costs for all of us, and that’s why we’re continuing to crack down on it.”

The settlement resolves allegations that Victory Pharma paid physicians for writing prescriptions for the drugs Naprelan (an anti-inflammatory drug), Xodol (a painkiller), Fexmid (a muscle relaxant) and Dolgic (used to treat tension headaches) for three years beginning in 2007.


With just a little more than a year's operating experience under their belt, Luxury Therapeutics of Franklin was named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner last week by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The company was recognized for its “dedication to the principles of free enterprise and its contribution to restoring jobs and prosperity.”

“The Blue Ribbon Award winners show that, even facing uncertainty and economic challenges, small businesses can grow and succeed,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO.“They are America’s economic engine, driving growth and job creation all across this country.”


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