11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Licklog Players will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prizewinning musical “South Pacific,” directed by Nancy Davis with musical direction by Paul Dyer, July 28-31 and Aug. 4- 7, at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples – US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush (Beth Coffey) and French plantation owner Emile de Becque (Cameron LeJeune) and Navy Airman Joe Cable (Sam Lusty and Will Skelton) and a young local native girl Liat (newcomer Hannah Adam) – and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices.

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All across the United States, cadres of young people are looking to change the world for the better this summer by taking on the plight of substandard housing.

A group of such humanitarians have come to Macon County this week to improve the housing conditions for lower income individuals and families.

Known as World Changers, 180 students are in the Franklin area to improve approximately 20 homes. The students are taking on anything they can, from house painting to roofing and laying shingles to building access ramps and porches.

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Folk Heritage Association founder named honorary historian of Macon County

“You just can’t trust these folks,” said a smiling Margaret Ramsey on Saturday after the suprise announcement that she had been named Honorary Historian for Macon County. “They got me,” she said.

In fact, it was more than a month ago that the county board of commissioners voted to bestow the title on Ramsey, one of the original founders of the Franklin Folk Festival which celebrated its eigth consecutive year last weekend. But despite the long delay, family, friends and colleagues all managed to keep the citation a secret.

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Teen Challenge of the Smokies (TC) is working hard to combat addictions in teens, young adults and adults.

Terry Teppert, director of the newly opened Sylva Teen Challenge facility, said that TC is dedicated to helping anyone — not just teens — with a serious addiction and a serious desire to change. “These people are seen as the modern day lepers,” Teppert said. “Alcohol used to be the drug of choice that was viewed as hopeless, then it was marijuana, then it was cocaine and then meth ... but TC believes that as long as there is breath in their bodies, there is always hope.”

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