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The WestCare Health System Board of Trustees and Duke LifePoint Healthcare today announced that the acquisition of WestCare by Duke LifePoint has been finalized.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, which was reviewed by the Attorney General of North Carolina, Duke LifePoint purchased Harris Regional Hospital, an 86-bed hospital in Sylva; Swain County Hospital, a 48- bed hospital in Bryson City; and WestCare Medical Park, an outpatient medical facility in Franklin. Duke LifePoint will invest a minimum of $43 million in capital improvements over the next eight years and provide new resources to help the system grow, recruit new physicians, enhance services and improve health care delivery throughout the region.

“As we have explored this acquisition over the last several months, Duke LifePoint has shown that it shares WestCare’s commitment to our hospitals, our patients and our communities,” said Bunny Johns, Chair of the WestCare Board of Trustees. “We are excited to begin our future as part of Duke LifePoint and to explore the great opportunities we have to enhance health care services to make our communities healthier.”


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for The Goddess Shop located at 520 E Main Street, Suite B. The shop’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Shoppers will find such items as statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, books on angels, rosaries for all religions, books to inspire the goddess in every woman, herbs, locally infused oils, salves, candles, stones, incense and so much more.

“My shop is centered around the divine feminine in all women. I carry items meant to inspire and heal the female soul,” said owner Heather Lanham.



Over the approaching weeks and months, Southwestern Community College will offer several free opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to attend a class entitled “How to Start a Business.”

The three-hour seminar, taught by Tonya Snider, will equip participants with a knowledge of the resources available to them as they start their own businesses.

“Starting a business can be a challenge, but it helps if you equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible.” said Tiffany Henry, director of SCC’s Small Business Center.The class will first be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, at SCC’s Macon Campus, and in Jackson County, Aug. 21 and Oct. 14, each from 9 a.m. -noon). A final seminar will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Southwestern’s Swain Center.



For the third consecutive year, TekTone was awarded the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Gold Safety Award. Representatives from TekTone travelled to Asheville to receive the award from Cherie Berry, North Carolina’s Commissioner of Labor.

“All TekTone employees are to be commended for taking safety seriously,” said Betty Smith, TekTone’s safety coordinator. “A special thank you goes out to our safety committee for doing such a great job.”

The NCDOL’s Safety award is distributed based on two levels, gold and silver with gold being the highest honor. In order to achieve the annual safety award, Tek- Tone had to have no fatalities during the calendar year and maintain an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group. For more information regarding the award standards, visit,


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