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In its 62nd year and as the last purely agricultural fair in the state, the Macon County Fair is beyond living up to this year's theme of "A Wealth of Tradition."

With opening ceremonies being held yesterday at 1 p.m., the fair, which is free for admission, will be held from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Saturday.

The Macon County Fair will continue until Sunday when it concludes with a horse show at 12 noon.

Events planned include the Market Hog Show, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, Best Cake Contest, Pet Show, Market Lamb Show, Cross-Cut Saw Demonstration, and much more.


The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet for Mountain Faith to welcome them home after nearly a month in New York competing on the reality competition show, "America's Got Talent."

Mountain Faith is a bluegrass gospel band hailing from Jackson County and gained national recognition after making it to the semi-finals of the television show.

"If it hadn't been for all of y'all's comments and emails and stuff, I don't think we would have made it because we were so homesick," Summer McMahan, singer for Mountain Faith, said to a crowd that covered the Bridge Park lawn after a parade down main street. Several hundred people lined the street to welcome the group home and then gathered at the Bridge Park Pavilion to meet the group and get an autograph.


Tip a Cop will generate funds for Christmas program.

Diners at Motor Company Grill may not get the best service next Thursday, but it certainly will be service with a smile, and for a good cause. Servers at the restaurant will be members of local law enforcement agencies and 100 percent of all tips will be donated to the county's Shop with a Cop program.

After 17 years playing Santa in Macon County, the Macon County Shop with a Cop program hit a record high last year when they were able to take 258 local children shopping. The number of children served, which has grown from 16 children when it first started, is both a testament to the community support of the program and the need for such a program in the county.


To kick off National Child Passenger Safety Week, Jackson County Safe Kids hosted a celebration last weekend recognizing the men and women who are certified in checking child passenger seats.

"We wanted to honor those who have gone the extra mile, to give back to their community by becoming certified child passenger safety technicians," said Daniel Peoples of Safe Kids Jackson County. "These individuals were willing to go through a rigorous 32-hour training course on how to properly install car seats. After being certified they must meet many requirements, such as continuing education hours, minimum number of car seat checks, and even review by car seat experts. This award ceremony was our way of thanking them for all that they do."


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