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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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Wayne Swank (L) drew the Ace of Clubs and won $302 in the 50/50 drawing at the July 13th Rotary Club of Franklin Meeting.

50/50 Proceeds benefit the Shop with a Cop Program conducted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

Shop with a Cop is a program to provide Christmas gifts to children who may not otherwise have Christmas presents.

With Swank is Detective Tony Corbin of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

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