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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.


Local businesses get special designation on website.

Several area businesses and organizations were recently recognized as Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Supporters. The A.T. Community Supporter Program is offered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as part of its A.T. Community Program. The Community Supporter Program highlights nonprofits, organizations, and businesses that provide support to the hiking community, the Appalachian Trail and/or the ATC by recognizing participating entities as “A.T. Community Supporters.” Once designated the "Supporter" is recognized with a window decal, certificate and highlighted on the ATC web site.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Mountain Vapes at 1016 E. Main Street on the corner of Lake Emory and E. Main Street.

Owners James Ray and Diane Spaninato offer an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, pipes, cigars and even chewing tobacco. The store carries a variety of electronic cigarettes and accessories including 55 different e-liquids each with its own unique flavor.

“We will soon carry 200 flavors” said Spaninato. “All of our e-liquids are made in the U.S.A. in a FDA certified laboratory using quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients,” she said.




Macon Bancorp, the parent company for Macon Bank, Inc., has announced that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has granted conditional approval to convert from a mutual holding company to a stock holding company to be known as Entegra Financial Corp.

Roger D. Plemens, president and Chief Executive Officer of Entegra Financial, Macon Bancorp and Macon Bank, said, “The conversion to a stock form of organization will enable us to raise additional capital through the sale of common stock by Entegra Financial. This additional capital will give us the financial strength to better serve our existing customers, support our future growth and expansion, retain and attract qualified personnel and provide our customers with an opportunity to become owners of Entegra Financial.”

Macon Bancorp also announced that the registration statement relating to the sale of common stock by Macon Bank’s proposed stock holding company, Entegra Financial Corp., has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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