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On March 29, Vietnam Veterans Day, American Legion Post 108 held a special breakfast to welcome eight participants of the Warrior Hike to Franklin. The participants of the Walk Off The War Program, a program designed to support wounded veterans transitioning from military service by hiking the Appalachian Trail, were treated to a warm breakfast and shelter from the rain that had moved into the area. In addition, the hikers were also shown gratitude from local veterans and presented with Quilts of Valor from the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild.

“We want to welcome you all to Franklin,” said Carlie Nichols of the Quilts of Valor group within the Guild. “It's a pleasure to have you here. This is our second time being here with warrior hikers and we are thrilled that you are staying with us.”

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In honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, VVA Chapter #994 conducted a wreath laying ceremony which included three volley rifle salutes and the playing of taps.

The ceremony took place Saturday, March 29, at Franklin Town Hall during the Trail Days festival. On display were crosses with the names of 49 men from the seven western North Carolina counties who lost their lives in Vietnam.

March 29 marks the official departure of the last Ameican troops in Vietnam. During the longest military conflict in U.S. history, more than three million Americans served in Southeast Asia, more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives and 304,000 additional Americans were wounded.

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For the last 24 years, the Macon County Senior Games has been improving the health and well being of the senior community. Each year, the Senior Games holds sporting events for local athletes. For those who are artistic, musically inclined or dramatically gifted, there are opportunities to showcase your talents.

Approximately 200 people compete in the events each year, with 100 people bringing home medals. Macon County’s first place winners are eligible to go to Raleigh and compete in the State finals in September.

As part of the Senior Games’ mission to be good stewards of the community, three years ago organizers decided to start a community project to benefit a local organization in order to give back to the community. Members of the Senior Games elected to take on REACH of Macon County and to plan fundraisers and collections to benefit the organization.

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Fire Chief Warren Cabe of the Franklin Fire and Rescue has announced that the department has been awarded new smoke alarms from the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

The fire department will be canvassing at risk communities to insure that homes have working smoke alarms. The goal is to insure that every level of the home has working smoke alarms and to replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.

The alarms are being provided by the North Carolina Department of Insurance through a federal fire prevention grant that was awarded to the Office of State Fire Marshal. The goal of this program is to properly install long life, battery-powered smoke alarms in homes that do not have working alarms to protect the lives of local citizens.

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