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Liberty Tax Service of Franklin contributed $250 to Macon County Care Network (CareNet) on Monday, March 10.

The donation is part of an ongoing fundraiser by Liberty Tax to provide assistance to the nonprofit organization for its many community programs.

Through the April 15 filing deadline, customers at Liberty Tax can get a $25 discount and request that another $25 is contributed to CareNet.

With its slogan “Bridging the Gap in Times of Crisis,” Macon County Care Network (CareNet) operates a Food Pantry and the CareNet Thrift Store, runs the BackPack Program for children each year, distributes the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and operates the CareNet Soup Cafe.


Tim Dannelly, a professional speaker and author, will present two free classes for small business owners on March 25 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

The classes, which are organized by SCC’s Small Business Center, will focus on cash flow and sales processes. The cash flow presentation will run from 9 a.m. to noon while his second session, entitled: “Fastest Path to the Money Your Business Needs” is from 2-5 p.m.

Based in Edenton, Dannelly travels the country making presentations to people in leadership roles. Tim Dannelly, an author and professional speaker, will present a pair of free classes for small business owners on March 25 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

For more information, contact Tiffany Henry – director of SCC’s Small Business Center – at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 828.339.4211.


Medical device manufacturer CareFusion will pay more than $500,000 to North Carolina to resolve allegations that it defrauded the state’s Medicaid program, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced.

The recoveries for North Carolina are part of a $40.1 million multi-state settlement that also includes the federal government. The settlement resolves allegations that CareFusion improperly promoted and marketed its surgical preparation solution Chloraprep and concealed kickbacks to a doctor who promoted the drug.

“Using trickery to sell medical products diverts tax dollars for treatments that aren’t approved as safe and effective,” Cooper said. “This kind of fraud cheats Medicaid and also drives up health care costs for everyone.”


In a historic move, Lumpy Lambert, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has been named General Manager of the new Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel being built in Cherokee County.

“For years, our tribe has made education a priority for our people and the announcement of Mr. Lambert’s promotion signals success for our tribe. Lumpy has worked hard to achieve this goal and I am happy to make this announcement,” said Principal Chief Michell Hicks.

Lambert began his gaming career at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in October 1997, as an Operations Supervisor. He quickly rose through the ranks as Casino Manager, Director of Casino Marketing, Vice President of Casino Operations, and, since 2011, Assistant General Manager of Casino Operations.

Lambert also helped lead the Cherokee, N.C., property through a six-year 650 million dollar expansion project, which was completed in 2012. Lambert also led the implementation of traditional table games in 2012, and celebrated the record-breaking success of the resort's firstever World Series of Poker Circuit event in 2013.


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