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Maddie Brown is teaming up with the Asheville-based Christian non-profit, Sole Hope for her senior project.

At Franklin High School, seniors are required to complete a project on an approved topic. Students must write a research paper, make a presentation board and present an eight-minute speech in front of a panel of judges before they are permitted to graduate.

Brown decided to work with Sole Hope, which officially became a non-profit in April of 2010. The organization was started by Asher Collie, who was compelled to do something after a chance encounter with a YouTube video. The video showed children in Africa who were contracting fatal diseases from not having proper shoes. The video led Collie and other volunteers out of their comfort zones, and to villages in Uganda and Zambia. Sole Hope is known worldwide and volunteers work tirelessly to help children in Africa.


Memorial Butterfly Release features unveiling of new Hospice Room at Angel Medical

Angel Medical Center hosted the second annual Memorial Hospice Butterfly Release Tuesday morning, in memory of those who have died this past year and in honor of the hospice caregivers who work to provide the ultimate comfort and support to hospice patients and their families.

Jean Sprinkle, Hospice Director for Angel Medical Center, headed the event. “This is the second year we have had the butterfly release and I really believe it is so important for the hospice patients and their families,” said Sprinkle.


Quilters working nationally to thank veterans, service members

The founder and executive director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF), Catherine Roberts, made a stop in Franklin last Thursday while on her “Coast to Coast” tour promoting the foundation. Roberts met with volunteers to discuss strategy and to recognize three area veterans who have received quilts through the foundation.

QOVF is a non-profit organization comprised solely of volunteers who work toward their mission of the covering “All those service members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). This foundation is not about politics. It’s about people.”


Unique heritage of the community celebrated.

Cowee Jamboree was not just another festival but a commemoration of the life, times, and work of one of the more colorful characters in the Cowee community.

The Cowee Jamboree was a celebration of Tom Rickman's life as much as it was the marking of the unique heritage of the community at large. “The whole event went fantastic,” said Gloria Syring, the main organizer for the Jamboree and a regular volunteer at Rickman’s General Store. “We were battling the football game, which no one anticipated until later, so we had about half the people we were hoping for, but the people that came really enjoyed the event.”


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