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Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians tribal member Jason Lambert has been named one of the top emerging American Indian leaders in the nation. Lambert has been named to the 2011 Native American 40 Under 40 list by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).

Lambert, Economic Development Director for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, is honored to have the opportunity to represent the Tribe at the national level.


The 58th Macon County Fair celebration included 409 exhibits in the youth division (ages 9-18), brought in by 338 youth exhibitors. The 2011 Macon County Fair 4-H Sweepstakes winner was Nathanael Klages with Isaac Stiles winning the runner-up Sweepstakes.

Grand Champion Ribbons in the Youth Exhibits (ages 9- 18) area were awarded to: Chandon Ivey, designed and sewed an Acoustic Guitar Case; Cody Tiger, Leather-Tooled Clock; Nathanael Klages, Horse Pen Sketch; and Cody Viar, Sweet Potatoes. Two exhibits received “A Bountiful Harvest” Rosette for their best depiction of this year’s Fair Theme: Melissa Bowman, Fall Landscape painting and Franklin High School, Panther Works, Class Exhibit on Apples.


This year’s Macon County Bigsweep was held Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2.

Volunteers hauled in more than 1,500 lbs. of trash from the Little Tennessee, Cullasaja, and Cartoogechaye rivers.

About 40 tires, scaffolding, chairs, boots, styrofoam, pipes, bottles, cans, a playground slide, coffee pot, tarps and other trash were removed by Sunday afternoon.


The friendly competition between Franklin High School and Smoky Mountain High School has earned the name ‘the battle of Cowee Mountain,’ but never has the rivalry been for such a good cause.

The two high schools have been competing to collect gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The results of the competitive charity drive were announced at the FHS vs. SMHS football game on Friday, September 30.

According to FHS cheerleading coach, Jennifer Turner-Lynn, Franklin High School was the official winner of the charitable competition. The figures announced at the football game were that 3,400 boxes were collected for OCC. Turner-Lynn said that one FHS class alone collected over 400 boxes.


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