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Charles “Dom” D’Ascoli, president and CEO of Smoky Mountain Systems in Franklin, N.C., received the 2013 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award from the Electronic Security Association (ESA) on Thursday, June 27, during the ESA Annual Meeting and Industry Luncheon at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Nashville, Tenn.

ESA annually gives out its highest honor in recognition of outstanding achievement and ongoing efforts by an individual on behalf of the association. First presented in 1970, the award was initiated by the family of Morris F. Weinstock to honor the lifetime work of ESA’s co-founder and past president.

D’Ascoli became involved in the security industry in 1982 when he founded Smoky Mountain Systems, Inc. Shortly after its incorporation, he saw the need to become involved in the association to effect positive change.


Ribbon cutting marks completion of state-of-the-art facility

Last Friday afternoon, officials from Angel Medical Center (AMC), Mission Healthcare System, and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of the Angel Cancer Center located in Franklin with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

AMC CEO Jim Bross welcomed those in attendance, thanking them for their continued support of the project.

“About 21 months ago, we had a small group get together and develop a plan to improve outpatient services,” he said. “We're happy to open this facility for services.

“Today we celebrate the completion of this incredible building. This building houses state of the art technology, rehab, cancer, and other services needed in this community.”


A free workshop for owners of small businesses, “Navigating the Federal Grants Process,” will be offered Thursday, June 26, at Western Carolina University’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

The workshop is being sponsored by the N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Center for Rapid Product Realization at WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

A general session will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and one-on-one sessions will be offered to small business owners from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


The Humane Society Thrift Store recently held its re-grand opening with a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new name, Appalachian Animal Rescue.

Attending were (L-R) Chris Brouwer, Dave Jones, D’anne Maddox, Mary Judernatz, director/treasurer, Gary Shields, Lynne Neely, store director, Kathy Boyer, director/secretary Joyce Rice, store manager, Gregg Boyer, chairman of the board, Eric Haggart, Andi McNair, director, Linda Harbuck, Russell Hawkins and the dog is Genna.

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