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Sometimes a little good, clean fun leaves you covered in ketchup. Come next month, the fruit will be flying in Mountain City in the region’s first Tomato Battle according to Pete Cleaveland, executive director of the Rabun County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The creation of financiers Clint Nelson and Max Kramer, Tomato Battle is a day of music, beer and tomato throwing that organizers founded “to give people the best day of their lives,” and Rabun County’s first organized tomato fight will debut at Blue Ridge Camp in Mountain City on Nov. 5 and 6. This will also be the first Tomato Battle east of the Mississippi. “Once again we can thank Joey and Lori Waldman of Blue Ridge Camp for bringing this event and an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 visitors to Rabun County,” said Cleaveland.


The third annual Native American Heritage Expo will be held at Western Carolina University beginning Monday, Nov. 7, with events throughout the week.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Native American Heritage Expo, designed to explore the rich and vast culture of the Native American experience, includes artwork and presentations focused on values, traditions and social justice. The expo’s series of programs, to be held in the A.K. Hinds University Center, includes guests who will discuss issues such as Cherokee health, first amendment rights of tribal newspapers and Indian identity.


Town of Franklin says farewell

It was all smiles at Town Hall last Friday, as longtime Franklin Police Department officer Larry Moses celebrated his retirement with friends, family and co-workers.

In the 30 years of working as a public servant for the state, Moses spent 28 years serving a Franklin police officer. Moses was able to look back on his career at last week’s banquet, as more than 50 visitors came to honor his career and achievements.



Groups come together to recognize persons of the year

Citizens in Macon County came together Tuesday night at the county’s extension center to honor their respective community development associations. The groups were extremely appreciative of the Macon County Board of Commissioners for their support, and they were also grateful to have the opportunity to come together and celebrate all of their hard work.

The community development associations began in the 1950s and have been going strong ever since. The associations do a variety of different things in their communities, including fund raisers for people in need, scholarship awards, beautification projects, road clean-ups, musical events, and historic renovations among other things.


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