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Russell Hawkins of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Franklin recently won the firm's exclusive Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2013.

Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner, calls Hawkins a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve.

"Russell has demonstrated unyielding dedication and enthusiasm for his business of serving individual investors," Weddle said. "Russell has reached a benchmark in his career that deserves recognition, and the Spirit of Partnership Award provides that recognition. I am proud to call him an Edward Jones financial advisor."

Hawkins said he is honored to receive the award.



On Thursday, July 24, the Microtel Inn and Suites in Sylva officially opened for business. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were there to hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony.

Later that afternoon, there was a grand opening celebration held that was open to the public, featuring tours of the facility, food and drinks.

The hotel features 58 rooms, with a pool, meeting room and mountain views. The hotel will employ 10 full-time employees. The facility is located at 89 Rufus Robinson Rd.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at Mortgage Financial Group, Inc. located at 244 Porter Street.

Mortgage Financial Group, Inc. is proud to be your local lender here in Franklin! Our knowledgeable staff can guide you through the home financing process no matter what kind of loan you are applying for.

Whether you are financing FHA, VA, USDA, conventional, construction or reverse mortgage, you need to work with a Delegated Mortgage Lender.

Give them a call today at (828)524-0101.



Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., a microbrewery scheduled to open in spring 2015 in Franklin, has announced that its head brewer will be Noah McIntee, who has most recently served as director of brewing operations at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery and Pan American Grill & Brewery in Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to his most recent position, McIntee spent his time in the brewery trenches as an associate brewer. His education includes a certificate in brewery technology from the Siebel Institute of Technology as well as numerous professional level studies.

"We are fortunate to start Lazy Hiker Brewing with an experienced brewer who has operated 15-barrel systems, the same size we will have, and who has demonstrated leadership over all aspects of brew house operations," commented Lenny Jordan, CEO for Lazy Hiker Brewing. "Equally important, Noah is a fine person who will represent us well in the local community and the brewing community. He and his family will be moving to the Franklin area and he will participate in the build-out and setup of our production craft brewery beginning later in August."


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