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Macon Bank’s 2nd Annual Banking on a Cure 5k run/walk and 1 mile walk will be held on Saturday, April 13, at the Greenway, Tassee Shelter in Franklin.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the shelter. The start/finish line will be in front of the parking lot at the Tassee Shelter (corner of Wells Grove Road and Ulco Drive), next to the Little Tennessee River. The 1 mile walk will start at 8 a.m. and will go towards downtown (to the left), for ½ mile, then return.

The registration fee is $15 (make checks payable to the American Cancer Society). All registered finishers of the 1 mile walk will receive a gift from the American Cancer Society. The 5k run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and will go toward the SCC campus, under the 441 by-pass.


Folklorist Alan Jabbour and his wife, photographer Karen Singer Jabbour, will visit Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center at 4 p.m., on Friday, April 12, to present a program focusing on the tradition of cemetery decoration in the mountains of North Carolina.

“Decoration Day” is a little-known cultural tradition that involves mountain residents across the South gathering on a day in late spring or summer to clean a community cemetery, decorate the graves with flowers, take part in a religious service and have dinner on the grounds. The tradition is still widely practiced throughout the Southern highlands from North Carolina to the Ozarks.


For the 25th year in a row, Dillsboro hosted its annual Easter Hat Parade last Saturday.

The parade, a Dillsboro tradition taking place each year on the Saturday before Easter, put a variety of decorated hats atop people and pets alike on parade.

Guests flocked to Dillsboro to showcase their wild and wacky festive spring headgear, and just in case you couldn't find one to your liking, a hat station was set up to create one on the spot.


Volunteers at the First Baptist Church Franklin gather every morning in March and April to offer a free all-you-can-eat home cooked breakfast to hikers coming through the area.

Pancakes, bacon and beverages are prepared and served by a rotating crew of about 40 FBC members.


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