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Mike Prodoehl, co-owner of Rumorz night club, held a benefit for the veterans in Franklin in which they raised $1,200 and split it three ways between the American Legion, VFW, and VVA.

Pictured are (L-R) Jim McGill, commander of American Legion, Prodoehl, Frank Hunter, president of VVA, and Ron Norton, commander of VFW.

Mountain Synagogue has made a donation to the Shop-with-a-Cop program sponsored by the Macon County Sheriff’s office. The program provides clothing and toys to underprivileged children at Christmas. This is the second year Mountain Synagogue has donated to this worthy cause.

Giving tzedekah (donating to charities) is one of the tenets of the Jewish religion. As members of the Franklin community, they know how important it is to support local programs. They have been an active participant in the Franklin community for close to 40 years.


Harper Lee recently had a blockbuster announcement for the literary world – she’s publishing her first novel since her acclaimed “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1960.

At 88-years-old, however, Lee is hard of hearing and suffers from macular degeneration, which has caused speculation about the novelist’s mental clarity and how much involvement she had in the decision. Her agent has responded that those conditions have no bearing on her mental capacity and ability to release a groundbreaking novel.

Although many people believe you eventually become too old to make sound decisions, that’s not necessarily true, says Marilyn Amster Gould (marilynamstergould.com), who has been a professional writer for more than 40 years.


When Nathan Parrish was just three years old, he stunned family and friends with his rendition of "How Great Thou Art." Now, 16 years later at the age of 19, this Macon County native is continuing to stun with his talents as the newest member of southern gospel greats, the Florida Boys.

In August, after a lifetime of singing southern gospel music, Parrish was called on by the nationally known quartet to fill in for a couple of shows. It didn't take long for band manager and lead vocal Charlie Waller to be impressed with Parrish's talents and after a month as a fill-in, Parrish was offered a full time gig as tenor with the group.

"I was really grateful when Charlie offered me the job," said Parrish. "I had to leave my family and friends and that was really hard, but I am really enjoying being in the group and everything that I have gotten to experience so far with the Florida Boys."

Parrish has lived in Macon County his entire life, and it is here that he has spent his life perfecting his vocals, refining his instrumental talents, and shaping himself as the performer he is today.


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