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Harry Taylor continues his Vietnam veteran series.

Nathan B. “Nat” Henry has a bridge named for him on Highway 441 heading toward downtown Franklin. How do you happen to have a bridge named for you? Actually, it is quite simple. As a young man, Nat Henry was drafted by the United States Army, and went off to war in Vietnam. During the course of his tour, he managed to amass two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a pot-load of other medals and citations. He also survived almost six years as a Prisoner of War of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). It sounds like more than enough reasons for him to have a bridge with his name on it.

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Franklin Police Department Officers met with citizens on Tuesday morning for the second "Coffee with a Cop." The community relations initiative gives citizens the opportunity to sit down and talk with officers about concerns in the community.

Dave Linn, who works with local non-profits to put on fundraising events in Franklin, took advantage of Coffee with a Cop Tuesday morning to get some insight into the upcoming Braveheart 5K/Rob Roy Fun Run.

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Every year, Western Mountains Reading Council (WMRC) participates with the North Carolina Reading Association to sponsor the Young Author Writing Project. WMRC is allowed to send in 20 of Macon County’s best local entries. The theme of this year's contest was “Dare to Dream.” Last Thursday, both local and state winners were recognized over a spaghetti dinner at Angel Medical Center's cafeteria. The WMRC President Denise West and Diane Cotton, WMRC Young Authors Chairperson, presented the honors.

Brittany Kohlman receives her trophy for the highest honor for her submission of “Inanimate Object with a Dream.” Brittney is a 4th grader at East Franklin Elementary in Joan Yokel’s room. Her entry received the Western Mountain Reading Council honor of being submitted to the North Carolina Reading Association at the WMRC Council Choice Award.

 

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Beginning March 23, former Macon County resident and 2004 Franklin High School graduate, Paige Rankin, and two other photographers will be embarking on a three-month cross-country road trip called the 12x12 Initiative. The Initiative, which was founded by Rankin, exists with the hope of connecting people with causes through the power of story. Their motto is "Stories Matter" and their goal is to collect and share stories from the individuals and organizations they meet along the way.

Throughout their travels, Rankin and her team will be partnering with 12 nonprofit organizations to help them share their stories. Organizations like Siloam Health in Nashville, Tenn., a charitable clinic for the uninsured who prioritizes care for those with no other options; and Daily Bread Ministries in San Antonio, Texas, a faithbased food ministry which has quietly become a major supplier of rescued food to San Antonio’s often overlooked and frequently underserved “poorest of the poor.”

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