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The Rotary Club of Franklin and Mountain View Intermediate School have teamed up to establish North Carolina's very first RotaKid program. With more than 50 kids on board, 5th and 6th graders took a pledge to become more involved in their communities.

RotaKids is a way for those 12 and under to lead and engage in important, lively activities that will make a positive difference in their school, in their local community and globally. At the same time RotaKids develop the ability and confidence to take up their place in society as responsible, successful, effective citizens both now and in the future.


Last week, four of the 69 interpretive signs on the new Blue Ridge Heritage Trail were installed in Macon County. The three in Franklin tell the stories of the Little Tennessee River Greenway, North Carolina Bartram Trail, and Gem Mining. A fourth will be located at Nantahala Lake.

"It was a grant awarded to several organizations four or five years ago and the interpretive signs were placed only last week," said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. "They look great. Any signs of a historical nature that informs the public of our rich heritage is welcome by me. Anything we can do to showcase our history and place the information in public spaces performs a public service. So often our heritage is left out of history books so this fills in a gap. There are several such signs around Franklin. One at the Nikwasi Mound, the courthouse, the Macon County Historical Museum, and the Greenway."


Focus was on ideas for promoting AT communities.

To continue building Franklin as a destination for outdoor adventure, co-chairs of Franklin's Appalachian Trail Community Committee (ATCC) Rob Gasbarro and Matt Bateman spent the first week of November at the first annual AT Community Summit in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Bateman and Gasbarro spent three days networking with more than 20 Appalachian Trail Communities that span from Georgia to Maine to better strengthen Franklin's stance as an Appalachian Trail Community.


To increase public transportation for Appalachian Trail hikers, the Franklin Tourism Development Authority voted to enter into an interlocal agreement with Macon County to provide a $3,375 grant to expand the Macon County Transit's shuttle service to and from the Appalachian Trail.

Over the last few years, Macon County Transit, on a request basis, has shuttled hikers from trail heads in Macon County into Franklin. Because the cost of the on-demand service was not something Kim Angel, Macon County Transit Director thought could be sustainable alone, last year the transit worked with the Appalachian Trail Community Council to develop a six-week pilot program that provides two trips a day to and from the Appalachian Trail.


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