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Dr. Gary Chapman, world-renowned speaker and author of “The 5 Love Languages” will headline “Spice Up Your Marriage: Date Night,” an event designed to equip and encourage married couples in a fun, engaging evening of music, comedy and inspiration. Joining Chapman for this unique event will be Michael O’Brien, former lead singer of Newsong, as well as national speakers and humorists, Jeff and Debby McElroy.

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will play host to the three-hour date night experience on Thursday, Sept.10, beginning at 7 p.m. O’Brien will kick-off the evening with a dose of engaging humor and compelling music, while also sharing the story of why and how he left Newsong during the pinnacle of the band’s popularity.

The McElroys, a husband and wife duo, known for their comedic approach, have spoken to millions around the world on the topic of marriage and relationships. Their ability to weave humor, drama, teaching and music have proven invaluable in engaging audience members.


Tex and Carol Corbin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

The couple was married Aug. 21, 1965, at Dryman’s Chapel.

They have two children, Missy Ledford of Franklin, and Brian Corbin and wife LeighAnne of Asheville; and three grandchildren, Cassady Ledford, and Thomas and June Corbin.

Jenny and Bob Golding of Franklin, and Kalen Tallent and Rhonda Tallent of Franklin, announce the engagement of their children, Katherine "Kayti" Fay Sevigny and Dalen Bryant Tallent.

The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Ray Sevigny and the granddaughter of John Poppa of Asheville, and Joyce Walsh of Clyde; Ray and Gay Sevigny of Sarasota, Fla.; and great granddaughter of Ben and Gloria Poppa of Sarasota and Ivan “Popie” and the late Katherine “Memie” Landreth of Clyde. She is a graduate of Franklin High School and of Southwestern Community College's RN Program. She is employed at Harris Regional Hospital.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Lucille and the late R.L. Tallent and Don and Glenda Sanders and Phyllis Dale. He graduated from Franklin High School and is employed with the Department of Transportation.

The wedding is planned for Sept. 5 and will be held locally. The couple plans to reside in Franklin.

The Friends of the Rickman Store are inviting the community to a special and unique presentation by Charles Coburn from the Scottish Tartans Museum on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the historic Rickman Store. Refreshments and musical entertainment will follow the presentation.

Continuing with the series on Secrets Gems in Cowee as part of the 90th Anniversary of the store, the Friends of the Rickman Store are sharing with visitors the many gifts and talents of members of the community. This time “Chuck” Coburn will share stories and answer the frequently asked questions, “How did the Scots come to North Carolina?” “Why do we have a Scottish Museum in Franklin? Are there really many folks here of Scottish descendants?”


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