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As American consumers are increasingly replacing their “old fashioned” cell phones with state-of-the-art smart-phones, Franklin tourism promoters have decided to invest in a smart-phone application that will promote area businesses, events and attractions.

Smoky Mountain Host, a tourism and marketing organization for the seven western- most counties of North Carolina, is looking to launch a new smart-phone application this month that will give visitors information to plan their trips and guide them on tours of the mountain region while they are here.

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The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) of Franklin recently held its monthly meeting on Monday at the Boiler Room.

Biker rally advertisements in sight

Authority members unanimously voted to award a grant to Sylvia Cochran, president of U.S. Rider News and national editor for U.S. Rider News, a motorcycle enthusiast publication. Cochran organizes several motorcycle rallies around the country, including the annual Reunion Run in Helen, Ga., held in the first week of June. The Helen event is now in its 11th year. Cochran’s request was for $4,000, which would pay for promotional expenses. The TDA sponsored Biker Rally event is scheduled for August 27-29 of next year.

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For new recipients of Social Security, other federal benefits

Plan estimated to save taxpayers $1 billion

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. Beginning May 1, 2011, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will no longer be an option. People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has recently charged seven individuals for larcenies which involved removing telephone lines from their poles. The individuals have been linked with four separate occurrences where telephone lines were taken, stripped and sold.

Two separate telephone companies — Frontier Communications and AT&T — have been victimized during this series of events dating back to March 27, 2011. Four individuals have been apprehended and three are still being sought by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Those arrested are:

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