25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Area veterans honored in 9/11 tribute at Franklin High School

Before last Friday night’s football game, citizens of Macon and Swain Counties came together to remember and thank their local veterans for their sacrifice and service. The event recognized area veterans from every United States wars since- World War II inlcuding, Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ceremony also included a special commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

The event was organized by Franklin’s Rhonda Blanton, Tommy Cabe, and the Booster Club. Local veterans and their guests were allowed a free entrance into the football game. Hundreds of veterans were at the ceremony, in what was an emotional event.

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The Macon County Democratic Women’s Club hosted a rally for state and local party officials last Thursday night at the Otto community center. The Democratic Women’s Club, led by President Margaret Perry, held the rally for former N.C. State Senator John Snow, who lost his reelection bid against Sen. Jim Davis in 2010 by a slim margin of 161 votes. After a moment of prayer and a recital of The Pledge of Allegiance, Democrats began to discuss how they should approach the 2012 campaign season.

Democrats in attendance were hoping to witness Snow announce his candidacy to unseat Sen. Jim Davis in 2012, but were somewhat disappointed when Snow said he is still undecided. Snow’s reluctance to make a decision is due to redistricting issues that may force him and former Sen. Joe Sam Queen to decide amongst themselves about which candidate will run.

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Don Willis and his canine partner, Christine, with the crime scene unit of Macon County’s Sheriff's office assisted Jackson County’s emergency management department in an early Monday morning fire. Christine was on scene to offer her expertise in accelerant detection during the investigation. Although Willis could confirm that Christine was there to look for accelerant, because the investigation is ongoing, he could not confirm whether or not she found any.

The Fireplace Tavern (formerly known as Annie’s Food & Spirits) burned to the ground early Monday morning. The State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) arson unit is working with Jackson County’s fire marshal, Alan Farmer, and the emergency management team to determine the cause. A search warrant was issued for the tavern late Monday afternoon.

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The town-sponsored biker rally, planned for August of next year, now officially has a name.

At its monthly meeting last Monday, members of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) unanimously voted on the name after hearing from event promoter Sylvia Cochran, publisher of U.S. Rider News.

After trying to figure out what to call the rally, Cochran, along with the help of her husband and business partner Scott Cochran, finally decided on “Smoky Mountain Rumble.” After little deliberation, the board approved the event name.

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