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With American flags held high, members of the Macon County community filled Main Street to show their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the United States military. As the annual Veteran's Day parade headed up Town Hill, an unanimous applaud rung in the air as friends, family and neighbors braved the rain and chilly weather all for a chance to say thank you.

Led by local girl and boy scout troops, representatives from each war from Pearl Harbor to World War II to those still fighting for the country today marched down Main Street and were greeted with smiles. After the annual parade, the crowd moved to the gazebo on the square for a Veteran's Day Ceremony.


For its 13th year, Smoky Mountain Chevrolet hosted its annual Toys for Tots “Cruise In” fundraiser last Saturday.

Each year, the event has been held to raise funds and new unwrapped toys for less fortunate children throughout the region during the Christmas season.

The fundraiser, which over the years has become a regular holiday tradition for the community, saw a considerable turnout again this year.


Kicks off with ‘Let’s Dance’ gala

The Franklin Relay for Life team met for its annual combination Wrapup/ Kick Off on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Factory. Co-Chairs Tammy Dills and Jean Crane offered welcoming remarks and general information about the 2013 Relay for Life along with a recap of last year’s relay.

Team captains were recognized including Darlene Green, captain of the Caterpillar team who raised $9,555 for Relay for 2012.

Lucille Cox was named 2013 Honorary Chairperson in recognition of her more than 20 years of service to Relay.

Plans for the 2013 Relay for Life were announced. It will be held June 7 at the Franklin High School track with the theme “Grand Ole Relay,” and “Country Folks Can Survive.”


The following is a partial list of national organizations who are taking donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief:

• Americares.org - AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.

• Samaritan’s Purse.org — Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization, headed by Franklin Graham, that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan’s Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.

more organizations listed after the jump!


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