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Downtowns all across the nation have begun to see a revitalization of sorts in the last few years with focus turning away from strip malls and department stores and refocusing on Main Street. With the emphasis to shop local continuing to grow, Franklin Mayor Bob Scott sees the upcoming “Focus on Franklin” event as a chance to bring more voices to the conversation.

“We're going to be discussing who we are, where we want to go, and how we're going to get there,” Scott says of the event that will be carried out by Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute (PPI).

The PPI employs a mission to work with communities in the region to support local governments, nonprofits, and other institutions in creating programs and policies to improve the area says professor and PPI director, Todd Collins.


Robert and Paula Luckadoo of Kiowa, Colo., and Eddie and Cheryl Pullium of Dillsboro, announce the engagement of their daughter Sara Elizabeth Pullium to Christopher Steven Dills, son of Willard and Tammy Dills of Franklin.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Harl and Lillie Ashe and the late E.J. and Alma Pullium.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Steve and Janis Wilson of Franklin and Floy Mason of Franklin, and the late Lax Dills.

The wedding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at Snow Hill Inn in Franklin.

Friends and family are invited to attend.


Macon Program for Progress is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

Meals are provided to all children without charge.

View the daily meal sites after the jump!


As soon as a child is born, parents become the child’s “first” everything; their first love, their first protector and their first teacher. From birth, babies develop and learn and their brains are growing at such a rapid rate, that it is important for parents to be prepared to put on their teaching hat and help their babies learn how to take charge of the new world around them.

The mission of Macon County’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is to teach parents in the community the foundation of what it takes to be their child’s first teachers. PAT is one of the largest evidence-based home visiting models in the country. Its vision is that all children will learn, grow and develop to reach their full potential, and that parents are their earliest and best teachers. Although Parents as Teachers was developed and still is a universal program for all families, today many of the parents who are recruited and participate in the program are single parents, very young parents or families confronted with challenges that range from job loss and poverty to illness and disability.


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published: 10/18/2013
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