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Drivers age 50 and older are encouraged to sharpen their driving skills by attending the AARP Driver Safety Course scheduled at the Jane Woodruff Building of the Highlands- Cashiers Hospital on Oct. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. and at the Macon County Senior Center, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin on Oct. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m.

"This course is for anyone who wants to stay safe on the roads as long as possible and hopefully, avoid being in a crash," says Carol Kashmer who will instruct the course.


“An Evening of Adventure” will be presented by world traveler Bill Fuchs of Wilderness Taxidermy & Outfitters Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boiler Room.

Shown ar right with his wife Linda, he leads expeditions to such places as Alaska, the Amazon, Russia, and Africa. A

lso, retired Navy chief turned federal investigator, Steve Battista of Bluffton, S.C., will speak on the topic “Chosen.”

A good dinner, excellent program and door prizes combine for a great evening for men and ladies.

The cost of the meal, tax and gratuity, and program is $17.50. Reservations should be made by Wednesday, Oct. 9. Call Diane Alexander at (828)524-8652.

This program is sponsored by the After 5 Ladies Christian Connection.

Macon County's Citizens Academy has learned many aspects of the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) teams assigned to prevent crimes and keep the streets safe. Last Thursday, Citizens Academy members toured the facilities that house those who are charged with challenging the law in Macon County.

Macon County's first jail was a two cell facility, built in 1824 and housed on Main Street where the current Gem and Mineral Society museum is. The jail burned down in 1849 and was reconstructed the following year in the same location.


Former CBS Evening News Reporter Dan Rather visited Franklin to interview and introduce legendary country music singer Merle Haggard.

As part of a piece Rather is working on for his new show, "Dan Rather Reports," Rather interviewed Haggard before his performance Friday night at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. “I have been to Franklin a time or two,” Rather told Macon County News reporter Brittney Parker. “It is pretty country.”


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