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Local author Nita Owenby will present a talk about her novel “The House of Rose” on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The House of Rose” is about the life of a young girl, Valee Rose, who is abused at the age of 14 and finds herself without a family after her attacker burns down her home in search of valuables. As readers follow her life and the many struggles she faces, they will identify with her as she dreams of a better life. She ends up in Asheville, N.C., where a retired friend convinces her to start her own business.

After Valee’s combined home and business is destroyed, she rebuilds, and makes a home for unfortunate girls who have no place else to go. With a great deal of determination, she enlists others to help her start a school for girls.


Robert Frank, a Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) and director of the Prosthetics for Life Clinic in Ibarra, Ecuador, and his wife Kit who serves as Adaptive Equipment Specialist for the clinic spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Franklin June 26.

Both are members of the Asheville Metro Rotary Club and for the last five years, they have been involved in this nonprofit foundation to provide prosthetic limbs to the poor in Ecuador.


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.


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