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A U.S. congressman and a state senator, along with dozens of community, business and industry leaders throughout Southwestern Community College’s service area, will be in attendance.

However, the business of cutting a ribbon for SCC’s advanced manufacturing education facility won’t fall to any of those fully capable folks.

Instead Baxter, a state of the-art robot training system, is set to wield the scissors at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24 at the Swain Business Education and Training Center.

He’ll be joined by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (RGlenville), N.C. Sen. Jim Davis (R-Franklin) as well as SCC officials, public school representatives, industry leaders and county commissioners from Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary.


Drake Software and Franklin area schools are teaming up to create cards for the American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes project. Drake Software and the six participating schools, Cartoogechaye Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, Iotla Valley Elementary, South Macon Elementary, Mountain View Intermediate, and Macon Middle School, expect to donate more than 2,000 cards for the project.

Guided by the motto “give something that means something,” the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes project provides a vehicle for sending cards of thanks, encouragement, and holiday cheer to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and their military families. The Red Cross collects cards from participants and delivers them into the hands of soldiers and veterans at home, in VA hospitals, and overseas. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Red Cross has collected more than 4.7 million holiday cards.


Local businesses get special designation on website.

Several area businesses and organizations were recently recognized as Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Supporters. The A.T. Community Supporter Program is offered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as part of its A.T. Community Program. The Community Supporter Program highlights nonprofits, organizations, and businesses that provide support to the hiking community, the Appalachian Trail and/or the ATC by recognizing participating entities as “A.T. Community Supporters.” Once designated the "Supporter" is recognized with a window decal, certificate and highlighted on the ATC web site.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Mountain Vapes at 1016 E. Main Street on the corner of Lake Emory and E. Main Street.

Owners James Ray and Diane Spaninato offer an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, pipes, cigars and even chewing tobacco. The store carries a variety of electronic cigarettes and accessories including 55 different e-liquids each with its own unique flavor.

“We will soon carry 200 flavors” said Spaninato. “All of our e-liquids are made in the U.S.A. in a FDA certified laboratory using quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients,” she said.




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