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Franklin Boy Scout Troop 202 held its 9th annual 9/11 flag retirement ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Fire & Rescue on Maple Street.

The event is held each year to honor the men and women who died during the 9/11/2001 attacks. Brendan Karcher, Troop 202 Senior Patrol leader, led the scouts in the flag burning ritual.

First, the red and white stripes are cut apart and added to the fire individually. Then the remaining field of blue is kissed, uniting the 50 states and added to the fire.


Social media invite draws a crowd around town square.

After seeing a photo online about suicide awareness/ prevention day, Franklin High School freshman Amber Sellino decided to turn to social media to get her friends involved, but the chain reaction she started, was far greater than she could ever imagine.

Sept. 10 was first designated as National Suicide Prevention day by the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). The organization, devoted to the prevention and healing of depression, addiction, selfinjury and suicide, has supporters doing what the brand calls for.


Pictured are Jim Brown of Kiwanis Club of Franklin and Pat Davis, New Century Scholar Coordinator for Macon County Schools.

Kiwanis gave the Macon County New Century Scholars (NCS) a donation of $1,000.




Members of Read2Me met last Thursday at the Blue Ridge Roadhouse in hopes of building momentum for the program. Read2Me is a community literacy campaign geared to encouraging parents to read with their children early and often.

After a year of working in Macon County, the community-oriented group is looking to expand and build new membership to continue with the goal of promoting early literacy and proving that “Reading Matters in Macon County.”

Joined by representatives from the Macon County Health Department, the Fontana Regional Library, The Franklin Press, Angel Medical Center's new CEO, county commissioners and the superintendent of Macon County Schools, members of Read2Me recapped events that have occurred over the past year.


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