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Dozens of gem and mineral dealers from across the country set up shop last weekend to show off their wares at the 22nd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree held at the Macon County Community Building.

From Oct. 14 to 16, Macon County visitors seeking the beauty of the fall foliage were also able to look upon the multitude of brilliant gems and jewelry at the event. Collectively, the Gemboree dealers displayed a wide variety of finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, minerals, fossils and collectibles.


The “Gardening for Wildlife Series” comes to an end this Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. after six months of continuous presentations, lectures and field trips hosted by the Friends of the Rickman Store.

Brent Martin, Southeast Representative of The Wilderness Society, will close the series with the program ‘Hug a Bug! Love a Bee! Save a Tree!’ Martin will talk about the concept of putting a value on nature’s free services, such as intact forests, backyard trees, birds, bees, bats and the many insects that are not only wild pollinators but pest control agents as well.

Martin will explain how nature’s gifts are undervalued but vital to the health and sustainability of our planet; and most importantly, how we, as individuals, can work to protect natural systems in our own neighborhoods.


Bicyclists from near and far will take to the road for the 8th Annual Tour de Franklin “Halloween Hunard” charity bicycle ride on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m., starting from Smoky Mountain Bicycles in Franklin, sponsor of the annual fall event.

With more than 100 cyclists participating in last year’s ride, the Hunard has become a popular fall event for cyclists of every level. Riders will enjoy the beauty of the rides, the festive Halloween atmosphere, and great food that comes with the postride meal.

Smoky Mountain Bicycles owners, Dave and Pam Forshee, have mapped out three great ride choices, each offering cyclists spectacular mountain scenery when fall colors are at their peak.


Art Pope accused of buying legislature for Republicans.

A recent article by Jane Mayer of The New Yorker entitled “State for Sale” issued a sharp critique of Raleigh’s Art Pope, chairman and CEO of Variety Wholesalers, for literally trying to buy the state’s legislature for the Republican Party.

Indirectly, Mayer took aim at North Carolina Senator Jim Davis and the state’s Republican Party as well, for utilizing “outside” cash to take control of the state’s General Assembly for the first time in over a century.

“The New Yorker is a liberal magazine and I think that is fairly obvious to anyone who reads it,” stated Sen. Jim Davis. “The author knew what she wanted to write before she started researching, and I think the article reflects that. She molded the facts together to fit her own agenda.”


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