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Smoky Mountain High graduate Shannon Murphy has always been destined to make a difference in the world. Even as a young child, Murphy would lead her friends on missions to help others whether it was as a seventh grader when she and two friends traded their own Christmas presents to give them to less fortunate children in their school or as a high school student who spearheaded efforts to collect items to send to Hurricane Katrina victims. Whatever the cause, if the end result was to help others, even complete strangers, Murphy was first in line to volunteer her time.


Sylva kicked off the holiday season last Saturday with the annual Christmas Parade.

This year’s theme was “A Storybook Christmas,” and floats were judged by a three-member panel which included Jackson County Arts Council President Sylvia Smythe and a representative each from Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College.

Coming in third place was St. David's Episcopal Church, followed by Liberty Baptist in second place and Skyland Care Center took the cake with a first place ribbon.


Each night throughout the month of December, community organizations and churches will be hosting “Christmas in the Park” at the Macon County Rec Park.

From food drives for CareNet, to clothes and coat give-a-ways, the event combines music and holiday decorations with the true meaning of Christmas.

For more information, contact Shannon Sayer at Green Street Ministry.


Franklin High School's Student Body President Drew Simpson, along with Vice President Jacob Davis and Senior Class Representative Danielle Jimison presented the 1st annual Macon County Canned Food Drive trophy to Franklin High School Principal Chris Baldwin.

FHS collected the most cans in a countywide food drive sponsored by the FHS Student Council.


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