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Nearly two weeks after Jackson County REACH shut its doors, Jackson’s board of commissioners met and discussed the implosion at their regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 20. They also discussed the temporary solution configured by multiple agencies in the surrounding region to account for the organization’s absence.

Just before REACH closed on Feb. 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put a lien on all of the organization’s property in Jackson County.

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Esther Francis Joseph believes that almost everyone knows someone who is being physically abused at home – they just don’t know it.

In 1999, a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund on women’s health reported that about one in three American women have been physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.

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The citizen group, Venture Local Franklin, held a meeting last Thursday at Willy's BBQ to discuss what is already great about Franklin in order to better assess what the community needs as a whole.

Venture Local Franklin is a grassroots movement geared toward promoting positive and sustainable community advancement. As a citizen maintained movement, they value inclusivity and participation that is action based and outcome focused. The group works together to collaboratively strengthen the regional economy by utilizing the area's natural resources to establish common goals, nurture entrepreneurial ventures and drive innovation with the goal of moving Franklin forward.

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The Western Mountains Reading Council hosted the first annual Community Spelling and Trivia Bee on Tuesday, and raised about $1,700 which will go to benefit Read2Me after covering the minimum costs of the event. The Spelling and Trivia Bee was a familyfriendly event designed to celebrate learning while raising awareness and support for the Reading Council.

The event featured 15, four person teams, which were comprised of at least one Macon County student. The teams competed in a fun and lively single elimination competition to spell increasingly difficult words and answer interspersed trivia questions.

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