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Chief of Police John W. Gaissert of Commerce, Ga., will speak at Head of Tennessee Baptist Church in Dillard during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 7. The service is planned to celebrate the spiritual and moral foundations of American independence, liberty and freedom, out of which emerged the principles of individual liberty and limited government which are expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.

A retired Naval Commander, an ordained minister and, as Chief of Police, trained in the highest levels of counter-terrorism, Chief Gaissert is uniquely qualified to bring the message during this special service.



“If kids can’t come to the library, then we help bring the library to them,” Betsey Hamlet said as she presented a $3,000 check from Friends of the Jackson County Public Library (FOJCPL) to the Reading Rover Bookmobile program.

Hamlet, FOJCPL second vice president, delivered the check to Reading Rover outreach services librarian Carol Grise and driver Joan Lackey during the bookmobile’s recent Jackson County visit. Reading Rover, a cooperative project with Fontana Regional Library and Smart Start/Region A Partnership for Children, serves 28 child care centers and family child care homes in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary.


The Otto Garden Club held its 2013-2014 installation of officers On June 19, at The Boiler Room in Franklin.

Pictured (L-R) are Janet Hill, secretary; Velma Zeek, treasurer; Theresa Holland, vice president and Ann McClure, president.


Rebecca Lynn LaCoste of Robertsdale, Ala., and Norman Joseph Hastings of Daphne, Ala., were joyfully married in a double ring ceremony on May 4, at Jubilee Baptist Church in Daphne, Ala. Rev. Scott Davis officiated.

The bride is the daughter of the late Richard Gary LaCoste and Deborah Renee LaCoste of Robertsdale, Ala., and the granddaughter of the late Oscar and Julia Davis, and the late George LaCoste and Elaine Jerkins. She graduated from the University of Mobile with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. She is currently employed as a substitute teacher and with Chik Fil A.


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