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Anyone who's bought groceries, filled their gas tank or paid insurance premiums recently would probably be surprised to learn that, according to Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the rate of inflation is relatively flat – only 1.2 percent from September 2012 to September 2013.

That's bad news for people who were hoping to boost their contributions to an IRA, 401(k) plan or other tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts, since the IRS uses the CPIU's September year-over-year performance to determine whether or not to make cost-of-living adjustments to many of the retirement contributions you and your employer can make in the following year.

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The staff of The Macon County News participated in a ribbon-cutting this past Monday, celebrating their move to 26 West Main Street in downtown Franklin, starting the new year in a new location.

The new office is located across from the Macon County courthouse next to the Historical Society Museum in what is locally known as the Pendergrass building.

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Full disclosure: I've always been somewhat skeptical of timeshares. I understand the appeal of having a guaranteed vacation home in an area you love and being able to swap your unit for a place halfway around the world.

But I worry that many buyers don't consider all associated costs and mistakenly think timeshares are sound financial investments that will appreciate in value. In fact, sellers rarely make a profit – some only get pennies on the dollar. Plus, the waters are filled with sharks eager to rip off people desperately trying to unload unwanted timeshares.

Before you buy a timeshare, understand how they work, challenges you may face when trying to resell and scams to avoid.

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Back in 2011, the Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA) and the Macon County Tourism Development Commission (TDC) were informed that they were signing on to the next wave of innovation when they pledged their support behind the Ugotour N.C. Mountains Application.

This new app that was on its way via Smoky Mountain Host was going to revolutionize travel in Western North Carolina. People who had smart phones would be able to download the new application and see interactive videos showing popular locations in the area complete with a story-line. Smoky Mountain Host partnered with Story Point Media. Local businesses would be able to subscribe to services offered by the providers and therefore receive cheap and effective marketing as a result. Promises were made, but most of them fell short and the app was largely considered to be a failure.

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