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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce along with town and county officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of The Franklin House Assisted Living and Memory Care. This Meridian Senior Living facility is located at 186 One Center Court below the Corporate Office of Macon Bank.

This community offers gracious residential living in a home-like setting with dedicated and knowledgeable staff available 24 hours a day to meet the personal needs and individual demands of each resident.


The Ambassadors of Jackson County have a new slate of officers.

“The Ambassadors are the ‘Good Will Arm’ of the Chamber,” says Julie Spiro, executive director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. “While all the ambassadors work and have their own careers and businesses, they graciously give of their time to assist others in the business community. Our Ambassadors spend time following up with members, encouraging them to attend Chamber events and get involved in what is going on in Jackson County.”


A U.S. congressman and a state senator, along with dozens of community, business and industry leaders throughout Southwestern Community College’s service area, will be in attendance.

However, the business of cutting a ribbon for SCC’s advanced manufacturing education facility won’t fall to any of those fully capable folks.

Instead Baxter, a state of the-art robot training system, is set to wield the scissors at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24 at the Swain Business Education and Training Center.

He’ll be joined by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (RGlenville), N.C. Sen. Jim Davis (R-Franklin) as well as SCC officials, public school representatives, industry leaders and county commissioners from Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary.


Drake Software and Franklin area schools are teaming up to create cards for the American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes project. Drake Software and the six participating schools, Cartoogechaye Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, Iotla Valley Elementary, South Macon Elementary, Mountain View Intermediate, and Macon Middle School, expect to donate more than 2,000 cards for the project.

Guided by the motto “give something that means something,” the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes project provides a vehicle for sending cards of thanks, encouragement, and holiday cheer to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and their military families. The Red Cross collects cards from participants and delivers them into the hands of soldiers and veterans at home, in VA hospitals, and overseas. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Red Cross has collected more than 4.7 million holiday cards.


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