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Fifty years ago, a group of volunteers in Macon County recognized a need for a center of learning and resources for families in the community; a place to help farmers, to help new mothers, a place for homemakers to perfect their skills to best provide for their families. A place for artisans and craftsmen, which was a thriving industry at the time, to gather and work. With a mission of establishing such a place, Macon County resident Dorothy Crawford lead the charge in creating the facility we now know as Macon Program for Progress or MPP.

“What we set out to do over 50 years ago, is still the same focus of Macon Program for Progress today,” said Crawford during the Chamber’s celebration of MPP’s 50th anniversary. “And that is to improve the quality of life for the people and families of Macon County.”


As celebrations erupted across the globe to usher in the New Year, Macon County welcomed in its own tradition to say good-bye to 2014.

More than 1,000 people filled Main Street in Franklin on New Year’s Eve for the first ever Ruby Drop sponsored by Motor Company Grill.

Just before midnight, as a red ruby comprised of 900 LED lights began to drop, a swarm of people began to countdown the final seconds of 2014, welcoming the dawn of a New Year.



Bill Lea, nationally known nature photographer, has lived rather quietly in Macon County since 1987. Lea has spent the bulk of his photography career in the Great Smoky Mountains, concentrating on the wildlife and landscapes of Cades Cove located near Townsend, Tenn. He has also spent six years (off and on) photographing the Florida Everglades and published a book about the Everglades in November 2013.

People in Western North Carolina who know Lea’s work immediately associate him with his photography of black bears. Even though his passion is to study and photograph black bears and to inform the general public about their nature and habits, he has a large portfolio of pictures featuring white-tail deer, numerous other wildlife creatures and mountain landscapes of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.


Photo by Betsey GooderThe Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 108 presented a new American Flag at the Macon County Courthouse on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. Commissioners Ronnie Beale and Gary Shields were on hand to receive the flag. Members of the American Legion Post 108 raised the flag on the flag pole at the Macon County Courthouse.

Attending the ceremony were Ronnie Beale, Gary Shields, Larry & Marilyn White, Art Pittman, Scottie Thomas, Barb and Carl Moyer, Louise Womack, Ken and Audrey Carpenter, Susie Hallern, Mike Coates, Christine Jason - president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Derek Roland, Frank Hunter, Bob & Dutch Slicer and John and Dorothy Crawford.

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