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After many months of preparation and intense fundraising Relay for Life Highlands will commence this Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Highlands Recreation Park.

Highlanders held a variety of events throughout the year to raise money to fight cancer. Events like Bark for Life, Dance for Life, book sales, raffles and Friday night concerts.

The top fundraisers so far are the Just for You team with $12,396 raised; Highlands Scouts are second with $6,435 and Fressers Eatery comes in at third with $5,324.


It was where Louisiana cajun flair meets good North Carolina southern style at the 15th annual Smoky Mountain Shrimp Boil held Saturday, Aug. 13, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The meal consisted of boiled shrimp with either cocktail sauce or butter, kielbasa, whole red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, cajun jambalaya, bread and pie. Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Rick Westerman wished to express his special thanks to the people at Cajun Connection for cooking the jambalaya. All of the other cooking was done by Habitat for Humanity volunteers.


Each year, in August, the Federated Franklin Woman’s Club holds its Annual Flea Market to help children in Macon County.

Club members empty their closets, choose a special item from their home for the new “golden flea table” being added this year and encourage friends and neighbors to donate items.

Truck loads of kitchen items, tools, electronics, linens, books, jewelry, Christmas items, baked goods, lamps, furniture, children’s clothes and toys, and a special ladies boutique are brought in by supportive husbands and volunteer helpers.


Memory Walk to be held in Jackson County for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Southwestern Community College’s Medical Assisting Club will be sponsoring a Memory Walk on Saturday, August 20 in memory of Hunter Maloy.

Maloy passed away on May 16 from complications due to Crohn’s Disease. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Maloy was loved and revered by all who knew him. Although he appeared happy on the outside and was active in high school sports, and enjoyed being outdoors, Maloy was silently struggling with the pain that the disease caused him.

Crohn’s Disease is considered to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract causing inflammation. The disease can be managed with lifelong doctor care, but can be very painful.


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