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Patti McClure of Franklin spoke at The NewHearts Thankful Banquet recently. McClure is a heart transplant recipient having received her new heart at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Newhearts is associated with the Carolinas Medical Center of Charlotte as a support group for people who have had a heart transplant, or people who are waiting for a transplant and their immediate families.

The group provides educational support through bimonthly meetings and special classes held at the hospital.

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Fifth-grader Brianna Norris was the top seller for the Mountain View Intermediate PTO fundraiser.

Brianna, who is in Mr. Willams homeroom, sold 50 items for the $50 cash prize.

Various items were sold including jewelry, wrapping paper, magazines, etc. The fundraiser was open to all 630 students of MVI. Proceeds have not been specifically allocated yet but will be distributed through PTO.

Various items were sold including jewelry, wrapping paper, magazines, etc. The fundraiser was open to all 630 students of MVI. Proceeds have not been specifically allocated yet but will be distributed through PTO.

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Smoky Mountain High graduate Shannon Murphy has always been destined to make a difference in the world. Even as a young child, Murphy would lead her friends on missions to help others whether it was as a seventh grader when she and two friends traded their own Christmas presents to give them to less fortunate children in their school or as a high school student who spearheaded efforts to collect items to send to Hurricane Katrina victims. Whatever the cause, if the end result was to help others, even complete strangers, Murphy was first in line to volunteer her time.

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Sylva kicked off the holiday season last Saturday with the annual Christmas Parade.

This year’s theme was “A Storybook Christmas,” and floats were judged by a three-member panel which included Jackson County Arts Council President Sylvia Smythe and a representative each from Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College.

Coming in third place was St. David's Episcopal Church, followed by Liberty Baptist in second place and Skyland Care Center took the cake with a first place ribbon.

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