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The Smoky Mountain Quilters guild surprised members of Franklin's American Legion Post 108, when they present three service members with Quilts of Valor (QOV) for their service and dedication to the United States Military. Smoky Mountain quilters Terry Barr and Carlie Nichols displayed half a dozen quilts that were made by a team of volunteers for each veteran to choose from.

Franklin veterans Ken Carpenter, Don Bowen, and Mike Coates have all served the United States as members of the Navy. They were selected to receive QOV for their service in the military and their service to the community since their return.


Every year, area veterans groups donate to Shop With a Cop, a program designed to make sure every needy child has a Merry Christmas.

The American Legion Post 108, VFW Post 7339 and the Sons of the American Legion have donated $1,250 to the program.

Pictured above (L-R) are VFW Commander Skip Lotz, Sheriff Robbie Holland, American Legion Commander Larry White and Sons of American Legion Commander Terry Browning.

Arthur and Minnie Browning of Franklin will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The couple has four children, all of Macon County, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.




Downtown Franklin was packed from street corner to street corner last Saturday for the 16th annual PumpkinFest. Like every year, Franklin residents and visitors from as far south as Jacksonville, Florida lined Frogtown for the famous Pumpkin Roll. Each person with their own unique strategy, twoby- two, more than 600 people signed up to roll a pumpkin down the hill, which is more entries than ever before. Angie Stewart from Mass. won first place and the $100 cash price in this year's event, rolling her pumpkin an impressive 869 feet.


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