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Daniel Williamson has been appointed the new curator at the Scottish Tartans Museum.The Scottish Tartans Museum Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Daniel Williamson as curator, effective Jan. 24. Williamson’s knowledge of Scottish history and tartan as well as his enthusiasm and innovative ideas makes him a wonderful asset to the Museum and the Scottish community at large.

Williamson’s interest in his Scottish heritage began in his teenage years and blossomed during his time in college. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in performance from Florida Southern College, class of 2003. He first worked with the Scottish Tartans Museum back in 1998 between college, a time that greatly impacted his life in regards to Scottish history, genealogy, and historic clothing. When he returned to college full time in 2001, Williamson considered majoring in history versus a music degree. However, he has few regrets over his course of study and realizes that the demands on being a musician makes him capable of handling almost any challenge.

While living in Florida, Williamson formed a Scottish history group known as the Jacobites who were involved as group members with the New World Celts: Lakeland Chapter. He returned to Franklin, to care give for his late grandfather in 2011. His grandfather’s parents were from Glasgow, Scotland, UK and immigrated to the United States in 1903. Upon his return to Franklin, he started volunteering at the Scottish Tartans Museum, and was eventually hired as a part time employee in the spring of 2013. This past summer, Williamson started a living history group at the Scottish Tartans Museum called “Breacan Clann” (pr. Brek-an Klan, means: tartan clan). A group which has been gaining in popularity at the museum and here in Franklin.

Driving into towns across Western North Carolina, banners are hung across the street to welcome visitors to town, advertise upcoming events, or just pass on important information.

Dillsboro nearly always has a banner across the main road into town, and Sylva often utilizes a banner to promote festivals, and Bryson City does the same. The banners are eye catching and a great way to advertise to the countless number of motorists passing through each day. Although the town of Franklin currently prohibits banners to hang across main street, there was a time when they were allowed. Lifting that ban is something local resident Larry Hollifield hoped the town of Franklin would reconsider, but to his surprise, he was shot down.

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Franklin's newest restaurant opened its doors on Wednesday, offering diners a new, unique upscale dining experience. Serving Southern food with a twist, The Bowery has created a buzz since news broke it would be breathing new life into a vacant main street building.

Despite a huge amount of interest and upwards of $650,000 spent to completely renovate the building and get the doors open to serve dinner, The Bowery's tenure on main street may be short lived.

Monday night, town of Franklin attorney John Henning Jr. presented aldermen with a lease agreement for a strip of property adjacent  to The Bowery owned by the town.

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The Macon County Sheriff's office's newest recruit is starting his career early. At just nine weeks old, MCSO's newest deputy is already training for duty.

Chase is the newest member of the MCSO's K-9 unit. The nine-week-old Belgian Malinois was born Sunday, Nov. 30. MCSO Sergeant Clay Bryson, who heads the county's K-9 unit, donated the pup to the sheriff's department.

"I donated Chase to the Macon County Sheriff's Office and he was picked out of my current litter for his play drive and his lack of fear," said Bryson. "What I mean by that is everything we do in law enforcement we make it a game to the dogs, and the better the play drive they have the longer and harder they will work for their reward or praise. And the lack of fear just means that he doesn’t panic or spook easily to different situations such as riding in a kennel, being on slick floors, hearing loud noises, or being in close proximity to other animals."

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