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Since suffering from a heart attack earlier this year, Macon County resident Patrick Jenkins found himself turning to the Little Tennessee Greenway to help speed his recovery. Jenkins, who has lived in Macon County for most of his life, sought to improve his health and to get back on track serving his community.

Jenkins, who is better known in the community as the local Farm Bureau agent who braves the cold for the annual Cold For A Cause event to raise donations for CareNet, had a health scare after suffering from a heart attack. He quickly bounced back, utilizing the greenway to stay active and build his strength back up. But while along the Greenway during his recovery, he noticed that the park had succumbed to some wear and tear and could use some TLC to shine like new again.



Robert Shook, the curator at the Franklin Historical Museum, spoke recently at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting about the museum and some of the history of Macon County. Shook was born in Macon County and his family traveled the Great Wagon Road to come to this area. The Great Wagon Road was the original road traveled from Philadelphia to North Carolina.

“Macon County was established and the first courthouse opened in 1828. In 1855, Franklin was established as a town,” said Shook. Shook expounded on the history of the Cherokee tribe in the area. “This was all Cherokee territory for more than 100,000 square miles. The tribe lived a peaceful and non-nomadic lifestyle. They had everything they needed to survive,” said Shook.


Throughout the year, teachers in Macon County encounter children in the community in need of items as simple as a jacket, or a new pair of shoes. While there are churches and organizations that have established programs to help these families, social workers with the Macon County School system are working to build a clothing closet to give students greater access to these needed items.

Macon County Schools Social Workers Annie Breedlove Wishon and Marci Holland have taken the project on for the new school year with the goal of establishing a clothing closet for all students of Macon County Schools.

"We have many students in Macon County schools that simply don't have access to clothes. Whether it be financially and can't afford clothes or the clothes they have don't properly fit," said Wishon. "Often times they don't have clothes that are adequate for the right season. For example some students don't have a winter coat or socks. We often times have large families in need or some students that come to school with only the clothes they are wearing."


Autumn Mariah Mathis, daughter of Jamie and Pam Mathis of Franklin, and Benjamin Allen Johnson, son of Tom and Ginger Johnson of Franklin, will be united in marriage on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Burningtown Barn.

Invitations have been sent.






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