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Franklin firefighters will be equipped to save a pet’s life in the event of smoke inhalation during a house fire. Invisible Fence® Brand is donating pet oxygen masks to Franklin Fire and Rescue.

This donation is a part of Project Breathe, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives.

Invisible Fence has donated more than 1,290 masks to more than 430 fire stations in the Carolinas. The company started donating pet oxygen masks in the Carolinas in 2008. Nationally, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 70-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far.

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Macon County native and Macon County News employee Amberly Rogers knew she would be an artist since she was a child. In elementary school she was given the task of putting a book together as a homework assignment and she's been drawing books for fun ever since. Now that she's grown older, it is still fun, but she's also getting paid to do it.

“I've done art my whole life. Even as a little girl, I was drawing tattoos on people for a dollar,” said Rogers. “Now as an adult, I tattoo clients and draw for a living.”

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A new book by Anna Fariello of Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library examines carvers active among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the early to mid 20th century.

The 66-page “Cherokee Carving,” on sale through the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, gives an overview of carving as a Cherokee tradition, including the creation of pipes, masks and figures, and touches on the bas relief technique, which produces a two-dimensional image on a flat plane. The last half of the book is devoted to short biographies of nine individual Eastern Band carvers.

Most of the carvers concentrated on wood, although one, the self-taught John Julius Wilnoty (b. 1940), is famed for his work in stone. Many spent their formative years on the Qualla Boundary while others, such as Goingback Chiltoskey (1907-2000), Amanda Crowe (1928- 2004) and Will West Long (1870-1947), spent years away from Cherokee while they honed their skills. Crowe, for instance, the lone female featured in the book, studied sculpture in Mexico with Jose de Creeft, the artist who created the Alice in Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park.

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East Franklin Elementary gym was filled with little girls and their fathers for the second annual father daughter dance last Thursday.

Hosted by the PTO, students were invited to the school for a night of dancing, games and fun.

With DJ Ms. Beth providing the tunes, fathers and their daughters took to the dance floor to boogie the night away.

Each girl was treated with a rose to finish off the special night.

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