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The Rotary Club of Franklin – Daybreak held its inaugural RiverFest event on Saturday, Aug. 23 on the Greenway located in Franklin. The walking and running trail runs alongside the Little Tennessee River.

Visitors gathered for a 5K run that took place early in the morning. That event was followed by a Duck Derby and the event was brought to a close with its “Raft Regatta.” The regatta allowed for participants to build their own rafts for a race down the river.

The Rotary Club of Franklin – Daybreak is an advocate for humanitarian issues in the local community and around the world.


Last Thursday, nearly 200 veterans came to Franklin to receive services provided at the first annual Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down event at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.

The free, community-sponsored event was organized to give homeless, in need, or low-income veterans both short and long-term assistance.

Once on the grounds of the event, veterans were offered food, clothing, haircuts, employment counseling, education services and medical and legal services.

According to one organizer, 40 to 50 volunteers helped out and 30 to 35 agencies were on hand to provide services.


Brittney Burns and Andrew Raby, both of Franklin, were married on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Raby and Burns, who are both Atlanta Braves fans, were married on the field before the Braves defeated the Reds.

The couple will hold a reception to celebrate with friends and family on Sept. 6.

The bride is a contributing writer to The Macon County News and will now be writing under her married name, Brittney Raby.




Brian and Madisson Horner received their adult black belts in American Kenpo Karate at Legacy Fitness on Friday, Aug. 8.

The father-daughter pair tested the same night.

Dustin Chovanic (center) was the Karate instructor.

Brian is married to Gina Horner; children, Mckenzie, Samuel and Jonah.

In karate for seven years, there are ten belt levels to achieve black belt.

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