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Anybody who went to the Franklin gun show this past weekend may have noticed something different about the bi-annual show. Among the guns, tazers, rations and other survival gear, just inside the lobby of the Macon County Community Facilities Building a visitor could find Girl Scout Troop 30536 posted up to sell cookies.

The business venture was to aid the troop's pursuit of a Silver Award, the second highest award than can be attained by a girl scout and the highest for a Girl Scout Cadette (6th-8th grade). In order to receive the award, girls complete a Cadette Journey prior to beginning their project. Once that is completed, the girls must complete a 50-hour service project that will positively impact the community. Upon completion of the project, the Girl Scouts submit a report to their local Girl Scout Council.

As their community service project, Troop 30536 chose to raise money via cookie sales and other community events to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine for Macon Middle School – the only school in the county that does not have one. Since a machine usually costs between $1,400 and $1,800, the girls have stayed busy raising the funds.


Christopher Ray Vinson, a 1993 graduate of Franklin High School, has recently been awarded the Department of Homeland Security-TSA 2013 National Unsung Hero Award. He was presented the award in Nashville, Tenn., by Federal Security Director Steve Wood and TSA Administrator John Pistole.

Vinson serves as the technical consultant for the Senior Leadership Team on all issues involving Operations Center functions and the integration of Security Operations and Headquarters data requirements vital to emerging counter-terrorism operations. The Operations Center is designed to be a fully integrated command and control center to provide proactive and reactive support for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and multi-agency security and multi-modal operations.


In honor of President’s Day, many businesses around Franklin had an American Flag displayed. The flags were provided by the Lions Club of Franklin.

Businesses are able to support the Lions and the United States by paying $25 each year in order to have a flag provided and displayed in front of their store or shop.

The willingness of the community to come together and support local clubs that may share the same patriotism as they do could be one of the reasons that the project has been a success for the last 30 years.

The flags are also on display during other holidays such as Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.

Haithcock hopes to attract more businesses to the project.


The Jackson County Public Library recently hosted the first and second grades of the Kituwah Academy in Cherokee for a program about the Chinese New Year.

Library staff members Jenifer Ross and Sally Salyards (pictured above) read stories, made New Year Chinese Dragons, and had a parade with the children.

Using the Cherokee Language goals of the Kituwah Academy, the library staff created a handout in the Cherokee Syllabary and included some of the Cherokee words in the story and craft activity.

This program was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is part of the Fontana Regional Library system (

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published: 10/18/2013
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