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For the third consecutive year, TekTone was awarded the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Gold Safety Award. Representatives from TekTone travelled to Asheville to receive the award from Cherie Berry, North Carolina’s Commissioner of Labor.

“All TekTone employees are to be commended for taking safety seriously,” said Betty Smith, TekTone’s safety coordinator. “A special thank you goes out to our safety committee for doing such a great job.”

The NCDOL’s Safety award is distributed based on two levels, gold and silver with gold being the highest honor. In order to achieve the annual safety award, Tek- Tone had to have no fatalities during the calendar year and maintain an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group. For more information regarding the award standards, visit, www.nclabor.com/osha/etta/safety_programs/safety_award.htm.


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.



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