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Most people who exercise have heard the term "CrossFit" and even some who do not, have still heard friends, family or acquaintances discuss the workout regiment that is spreading around the country and is a regular topic in publications such as Men's Health, Women's Health, Muscle and Fitness, and others.

CrossFit is a high impact activity that uses a combination of strength training, plyometrics, weight lifting, body weight exercises, gymnastics, kettle bells, and speed training and according to Rodney Morris, owner of CrossFit FHFC, it is going to be around for a while.


Sixteen students in Southwestern Community College’s Nursing Assistant program were awarded their pins during a ceremony on April 29. To complete the program, students completed their Nursing Assistant I and II coursework.

Several students plan to go directly into the field while others will enroll in either SCC’s Nursing (associate degree) or occupational therapy assistant programs this fall.




The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is proud to announce a support group for those affected by essential tremor. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday May 17, at the Alliance Bible Church, 501 North River Rd., Sylva. Learn how to cope with your tremor. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties.

“Essential tremor can be frustrating in how it affects the quality of people’s lives,” explains Ted Kubit, the Sylva Support Group Leader.


Dr. James Melzer, Jr., an active member of the Alabama Air National Guard recently assumed ownership of Appalachian Dental Associates in Franklin. He is also a major with the 187th Fighter Wing based in Montgomery, Ala. Dr. Melzer understands the military standards and expectations in maintaining deployable status for dental health. Proper dental health is considered just as important as any other area of health requirements for current guard members and reservists. Dr. Melzer offers a free dental screening and assessment including x-rays to the men and women currently serving in the reserve and National Guard.

Dr. Melzer is continuing to offer the same high quality services established by the former dentist of Appalachian Dental, Dr. James Redmond. In a letter announcing his retirement, Dr. Redmond said, “I trust Dr. Melzer and believe wholeheartedly that he possesses the highest qualifications and is extremely well-skilled in all phases of dentistry.”


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