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For the past 38 years, The Cook Family has held a week long reunion. Everyone travels from all over the country to be together for the week and take part in helping one another and insuring the future strength of family bonds through activities during the week together. The reunion has grown over the years through six generations to be a group of 40 to 50 people all staying together under one roof for a week’s time. They have competitions, various events, talent shows, and everyone takes turns running the kitchen each day.

Cliff and Doshia Cook began the reunion tradition almost four decades ago. The couple had six children, Gene Cook, Max Cook, Jackie Cook, Jerry Cook, David Cook, and Christine Newman all born and raised in Franklin.

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George James has built a lot of things in his life. He's strung together moccasins that have been dispersed aall around the country, he's made dulcimers, and rowboats and canoes. Building things with his hands has been something instilled in him since his youth.

“My father would build things,” says James. “It's something that I was always taught. Why go spend a lot of money on something when you can learn to build it yourself and spend far less?”

Though he's made it a habit of fashioning a variety of things for his own use as well as use by others, one thing in particular has almost always been a constant for James; the construction of boats.

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Organizations seek to ease loss of “tax-free” weekend.

Last weekend, Georgia and South Carolina held their taxfree weekend sales, an event that North Carolina also once participated in before the N.C. legislature did away with the two day tax relief. A move that was described as a way of closing a tax loophole – but not everybody thought it was a good move.

Luckily here in Macon County, some local organizations saw the need created by the loss of the weekend and was quick to act.

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Veterans from all around Western North Carolina are invited to attend the first annual Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down event that is being held on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macon County Community Facilities Building in Franklin.

The Stand Down event is a community-sponsored event and was organized in order to give homeless, in need, or low-income veterans both short and long-term assistance. Some of the things that will be offered to veterans will be food, clothing, haircuts, employment counseling, education services and even medical and legal services. The goal is to serve veterans in Macon, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties.

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