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The Department of Veteran Affairs celebrated its fifth year anniversary with a flag raising at its facility on Wayah Street on August 21.

The Franklin VA Clinic hosted the event which saw veterans and other members of the public gather for the celebration that was topped off with foods inside the clinic and a flag raising ceremony in front of the building. 

For years veterans had to travel to Asheville's VA clinic until the Community Based Outpatient Clinic was opened here in 2008. The clinic is estimated to serve about 3,500 veterans from the six westernmost counties of North Carolina.


Macon County's Sheriff's Office has a SWAT unit known as the SRT (Special Response Team). The 10 man unit is headed by Clay Bryson. Bryson began his career with the sheriff's office in April 2000 in the patrol unit as a deputy. He worked his way up to sergeant before being promoted to his current position as First Sergeant of the Patrol Unit in 2012. Bryson received his first patrol canine in 2001 and now oversees all patrol K-9 operations in Macon County. He is currently working to obtain his trainer certification through the North American Police Work Dog Association.


This past Saturday residents and visitors alike were able to take advantage of a long awaited, sunny weekend and attend Smoky Mountain Chevrolet's Rev-It-Up for the Vets event for the second year running. Vintage cars and hot-rods filled the parking lot for spectators and enthusiasts for the better part of Saturday. People who attended the car show were able to eat hotdogs and barbecue, listen to music provided by Miss Kitty and the Big City Band, and socialize over their favorite cars and trucks.


More than 700 people show up for inaugural event.

Last Sunday, 700 people headed to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts for the launch of Biltmore Baptist Church in Franklin. As part of its outreach missions, Biltmore's decision to move to Franklin began about a year ago after the church's leadership team discussed the possibilities with local residents. At the time, Biltmore was working to expand operations to a multi-campus church with the addition of a East Asheville campus. With the success of that location, the church moved toward holding services at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts this fall.


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