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18th annual Taste of Scotland and Celtic festival held in Franklin

The 18th annual Taste of Scotland festival kicked off last Thursday in Franklin with the traditional Clan Dinner at Tartan Hall.

Festivities continued Friday with a Ceilidh in front of Rathskeller featuring music from My Three Kilts.

The main event was welcomed to town on Saturday with opening ceremonies being held on the town square at 9 a.m.

People travelled from all over the United States to participate in this year’s festival which included traditional vendors, Highland Game demonstrations, children’s activities, a parade, Border Collie demonstrations, and traditional Scottish music throughout the day.

Parents warned about leaving kids in hot car

As of Tuesday, eight children across the country have died from heat strokes from being left unattended in a vehicle, three of which occurred on Monday and Tuesday alone.

Since 1998, 645 children who had been left in a vehicle across the country, died of heat stroke, 24 of which occurred in North Carolina. North Carolina has the 5th highest child heat stroke vehicle death rate, after Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. On average, 37 children die each year.

“Just don’t do it,” said Franklin Police Chief David Adams of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. “There should never be a circumstance when a child is left alone in a car. Never do it. It is never ok.”

MCSO teaches women about gun safety

MCSO hosts outreach programs to better serve the community

“As law enforcement, the sheriff’s department's job is to work on behalf of all the citizens and to continue improving programs and services to ensure that the community is best being served,” said guest speaker District Attorney Ashley Welch during the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy graduation ceremony last Thursday. “Citizens Academy is a great program that is reaching out to the community and offering residents an inside look at law enforcement and all it takes to keep our community safe. Not only do I commend the sheriff’s department for putting the program on, but I commend you as citizens for wanting to spend your time learning more about law enforcement.”

Braveheart 5K benefits Scottish Tartan Museum

The 2015 Braveheart 5K drew 102 runners from across Western North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Proceeds from the race were donated to the Scottish Tartan Museum in Franklin.




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Town officials, chamber members and dental clinic employees gathered for the official opening of the Macon County Adult Dental Clinic. The clinic is located at 108 Macon Center Drive, below Macon Bank Corporate Center.Citizens in Macon County officially have a new location to seek treatment when needing dental services. The Macon County Public Health Department has expanded the dental clinic options as the grand opening for the new adult dental facility was held last Thursday. More than 100 visitors stopped in to tour the new facility and about 70 participated in free health screenings. The clinic provides services for patients 18 and older.

The facility actually opened a few days prior to the ceremony. The new clinic, located at 108 Macon Center Drive, is a 2,000 square foot facility, more than twice as large as the last clinic.

“The facility was expanded from 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet,” said Jimmy Villiard, Personal Health Section Administrator at Macon County Public Health. “In addition, we were able to expand from three dental chairs to four. Panorex x-ray capability was also added. The Panorex allows for full-mouth x-rays.”

Dental assistant Leanna Shirley anticipates a lot of returning and new patients at the new clinic.Dr. Villiard is responsible for managing the dental services for the health department. He was also the project coordinator for the construction of the new clinic.

In addition to the extra space and upgraded equipment, the clinic's expansion will allow the health department to begin offering dentures for adult clients. The clinic also offers comprehensive dental care and can serve as a patient’s primary dental provider. Dr. Bruno Kaldre and his staff offer a full spectrum of preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care.

“Access to dental care has been a consistent need identified in Macon County’s Community Health Assessment,” said Villiard. “This clinic is open to all residents of Macon County. Because fees are assessed on a sliding scale, based on the income of the client, the services are accessible to almost everyone in the community, regardless of income. In addition, the clinic is one of the few in Macon County that accepts Medicaid reimbursement for dental care. Oral health is an important component of overall wellness. Most significantly, poor oral health can lead to cardiovascular medical complications.”

While the dental clinic's upgrade was approved and supported by county commissioners, Macon County Public Health was able to use Medicaid reimbursement monies to cover the project costs, so no local funding was allocated to the project. According to Villiard, the project came in on budget.

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