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Macon County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to proclaim Macon County a Purple Heart County to recognize local citizens who have served in the military.

Commander of Chapter 639 Military Order of the Purple Heart Lenny Lazzara presented the board with the proclamation during the March meeting of the board. The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to any member of the United States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.


Susan Floyd, a reservationist with Chambers Realty & Vacation Rentals in Highlands, is to be married to James Williams, a senior network administrator with Macon Bank of Franklin.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tucker and Jeannie Chambers of Highlands.

The groom-elect is the son of Robert and Karen Williams of Franklin.

An early May wedding is planned.




Two local artists, Justin Moe and Brent Martin, recently took the time to help the CareNet thrift store gain some attention. After being rallied by thrift store volunteer Debby Boots, the two used their skills to produce two signs for the benefit of the store.

Macon County CareNet is a local nonprofit organization that serves about one in eight people in Macon County that are currently living at or below the poverty level. The goal of the organization is to provide immediate help to those individuals who are referred to them by local churches and agencies. CareNet primarily operates with the assistance of donations and volunteers. The thrift store opened in 1997 with the purpose of compensating for the overhead of the ministry, allowing more funding and expansion as well as a source of items needed by clients. The CareNet Thrift Store is located at 268 East Palmer Street in Franklin.


Tucked away on a side road just a short distance from downtown Franklin, one of the real gems of Macon County is the base of operations for providing day services to a lesser known, but no less important, segment of our society. Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc. (MCH) builds lives and gives dignity to citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This vibrant organization that now provides excellent residential and day services for the 50-plus clients has its roots in a support group formed in 1981 by parents, professionals and other people interested in helping citizens with disabilities. MCH was incorporated in 1982. Later, non-profit status was granted and state and national accreditation was earned. The first group home opened in 1988, followed by several others.


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