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A new trend spreading across the United States might soon find itself regulated by the federal government. The market for ecigarettes or vapor cigarettes has being steadily growing since 2006, from a couple of thousand users to an industry that reached nearly $2 billion in sales last year.

E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution that creates a vapor for users to inhale. The products are popular among smokers because the nicotine-infused vapor resembles the same qualities of cigarette smoke, but doesn’t produce the harsh chemicals, tar or odor caused by regular cigarettes. People use the products as an alternative to smoking or to cut down or kick the habit altogether.

With the creation of the new product came a new industry that is now being examined for potential federal regulations. The Food and Drug Administration is currently soliciting public input into whether the government should regulate the industry, and if so, how. The public comment period is scheduled to end Aug. 8.

In April of this year, the FDA proposed a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, and warning labels on products. Because e-cigarettes contain a nicotine concentration, the FDA is looking to require manufacturers to disclose their products’ ingredients.


Leadership is defined as the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow. Leaders are an essential part of life. In sports, in business, in life in general, leaders make it possible to dream a little bigger, work a little harder, and achieve all things great.

For the third year, SiteDart Hosting in Franklin is hosting a broadcast of the Leadercast event originally held in Atlanta. This year’s event will be held at the Ruby Cinemas on the Georgia Road and will feature talks from nine internationally known speakers including Andy Stanley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Laura Schroff, former first lady Laura Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, and Simon Sinek.


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.

Pictured (L-R) are Linda Harbuck, executive director of Franklin Chamber; Chuck Buroker; Corey Beebe; Ashley Matthews; Donna Ardito; John Ardito, President; Jim Rupert and Tom Ritter, chamber master.

Macon Printing is announcing the retirement of Eddie and Jo Ann Bateman.

Eddie has served Macon Printing for 21 Years. He began work as the manager in 1993. And Jo Ann is not far behind serving Macon Printing for 20 years.

They have led Macon Printing through a number of major changes.

Drake Enterprises expresses their sincere appreciation to Eddie and Jo Ann for their years of service, dedication, and leadership.



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