Last week, the Franklin Town Board met with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to discuss the Nikwasi Indian Mound located in the center of town. Based on the belief that the mound was part of Cherokee heritage, the EBCI has expressed a desire to possibly own the mound once again. The belief was that a resolution could be reached between the town and the Cherokee, possibly pursuant to some sort of partnership concerning the mound. That feeling of goodwill changed the day after the meeting when a resolution on behalf of Chief Michell Hicks and the Tribal Council went public demanding for the return of the mound.
“We met with the tribal council on Wednesday and had no idea that this was coming,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.
Macon County residents will take to the polls this November to cast their ballot to fill multiple offices up for reelection. Candidates for commission seats, school board, and other local, state and national seats will be appearing on the ballot this year. With early voting starting Oct. 23, The Macon County News is running weekly profiles of each open seat.
The Macon County Board of Education has two open seats that will be decided in November. District II, currently held by incumbent Tommy Cabe, and District IV, which was left open when Gary Shields decided not to seek re-election.
Cabe will face off against Bill Taylor for the District II seat and Fred Goldsmith and Carroll Poindexter will both be seeking votes for the District IV seat.
Cash mobsters descend on downtown Sylva
The fountain at the bottom of the old Jackson County courthouse was a sight to see last Friday, as more than 150 people gathered all waving $20 bills. Shoppers from Franklin and Sylva all joined together to support Main Street Sylva businesses affected by an August 16 fire that still has a portion of the street blocked off.
Organized by Macon County grass-roots group Venture Local Franklin, the event was deemed a cash mob with the intention of pushing a ton of business into the downtown economy all over the span of a couple of hours, for a short, quick, financial boost for businesses.
Traveling exhibit educates parents on what to look for.
Last Thursday, the P.E.A.C.E Foundation brought its "Bedroom Project" to Franklin. The presentation took place at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. The organization's mission is to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drugs and empower them with the knowledge to recognize and stop abuse before it starts.
P.E.A.C.E, or Prescription Education Abuse Counseling Empowerment, was founded by Shannon Rouse Ruiz whose own personal tragedy helped fuel the call for action. On June 21, 2011, her 16-year-old daughter Kaitlyn suffered a fatal overdose.
Every February, Angel Medical Center staff members are asked to put on their red in support of Heart Health Month.
On Monday, Feb. 3, staff and volunteers met in the dining room to recognize the American Heart Association’s Wear Red campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness about heart disease especially in women.
Heart disease is a leading killer of both men and women. Tom Forkner, director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, led the staff on some simple exercises and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.
A Lunch and Learn with Dr. Kit Helm will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, for two sessions, one at 11:45 a.m. and the second one at 12:15, on “Heart Healthy Living: An Update” in the back of the AMC dining room. The sessions are free, no registration is required and are open to the public.
For more information on any of AMC’s Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab program, call Forkner at (828)349-8290.