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Saturday cash mob to help businesses affected by fire.

Just before 6 p.m. on Friday, a mob of more than 20 people gathered outside of Smart Pharmacy in Franklin. They were all there for one reason, to support a local business.

Friday’s cash mob marked Venture Local Franklin’s 20th successful cash mob. For the last couple of years, monthly cash mobs have been planned by Venture Local Franklin - a community grass-roots organization located in Macon County, and through word of mouth and social media sharing, hordes of people have met at a local businesses with cash in hand prepared to "mob" the business.


Officer feels right at home as former student of EFS.

One officer with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department has found herself patrolling the very school she attended. Amber Wright, who has worked for the Macon County Sheriff’s Department since 2005, started this school year as the new School Resource Officer (SRO) at East Franklin Elementary School, the same school she attended from kindergarten to fifth grade.

“When the sheriff first approached me about the position of becoming a school resource officer I was very excited,” said Wright. “When I was growing up, I either wanted to become a teacher or a law enforcement officer. When this position was offered to me, I felt that I now had the opportunity to experience both of my passions – children and law enforcement.”


click to zoomFranklin High School Class of 1974 held its 40th reunion at the Bloemsma Farm on Saturday, July 12.

Pictured (front row, L-R) are Sandy Smart, Max Houston, Randy Younce, Stan Penland, Betty Cook Pannell, Kay McCall Plemmons, Darlene Mincey Klimas, Ricky Teem, Brenda Rogers Ledford, Gail Conley Schlott, Darrell Mason, Eddie Poindexter; (second row) Rhonda Henson Bingham, Morris Stamey, Susie McCoy Ray, Rhonda Wooten Riddle, Kathy Ledford Parris, Debbie Clark Limbaugh, Sally Bell Gilbert, Bob Burgelin, Jeannie Williams Tastinger, Pam Setzer Hanak, Lisa Neal Hall, Sharon Velton Sellers, Kim Ledford, Sue Phillips, Doris Donaldson Carpenter, Debbie Sanders Moffitt, Anna Jane Carson; (back row) Alan Pannell, Mike McCall, Billy Smart, Bobby Moore, Steve Cabe, Perry Taylor, Max Riddle, Ben Wax, Janice McCoy Tyler, Debbie Kumle Burgelin, Greg Crawford, Curtis Woolard, Mike McGuire, Keith Ledford and Ralph Vinson.

Richard and Lorraine Sanderson recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at daughter Cheri and husband Doug’s home on Lake Norma in Cornelius, N.C.

Daughter Carol Shelton and husband Chuck were there to celebrate, along with daugher Patti and husband Loren; grandson, Drew and wife Mary; granddaughter, Heather Radford and husband Matt; and great granddaughter Laura, Drew and Mary’s daughter.

Grandson Justin Sanderson surprised his grandparents with a phone call from Australia.

The Sandersons were married in Vermont on Aug. 28, 1949.

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