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Major Kent Solheim recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Franklin about the Gold Star Teen Adventures, a program that provides adventure camps to surviving children of fallen servicemen and women.

Bill Barr began the program by introducing guests Dan and Cheryl Rogers, owners of DuoTech Services, Inc. located in Franklin. Dan then introduced the program speaker, Major Kent Solheim, founder of Gold Star Teen Adventures. Dan shared how he and Cheryl became dear friends with Major Solheim through their volunteer flight missions with the Veterans Airlift Command.


Shaina D. Adkins, executive director of Macon County Care Network since June 2012, spoke at the Kiwanis of Franklin meeting last month. The CareNet office at 130 Bidwell St. in Franklin carries the motto, “No one left unfed.” Adkins explained many of the CareNet programs.

The CareNet Backpack Program distributes bags of nourishing food to school children who otherwise may go hungry over the weekend.

The CareNet food pantry provides food to families weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CareNet is a distribution site for The Emergency Food Assistance Program or “TEFAP.”

The CareNet Soup Cafe' provides a warm meal for clients.


Volunteers from Franklin and Highlands joined the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Stay and Play in the Smokies and Venture Local Franklin in an effort to clean up trash along Highway 64/28.

The road that snakes through the Cullasaja River Gorge is an attractive destination for visitors to the area.

According to Matt Bateman from Stay and Play in the Smokies, the clean-up was a much needed effort.


Macon Program for Progress Head Start and Pre-K classes enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt on Wednesday.

Miss Amanda, Angie, Amy and Susie's classes hunted 800 eggs, saw horses then went to the Rec. Park for a picnic before the kids headed off on spring break.


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published: 10/18/2013
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