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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and Friends of the Greenway will host an educational event on the Franklin Greenway in conjunction with N.C. Invasive Species Awareness Week on Wednesday, April 3, from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Tassee Shelter.

The N.C. Invasive Species Awareness week was designated for the first time last year to raise awareness of problems caused by invasive exotic plants. The Greenway event will cover awareness of other invasive species as well.


The Smoky Mountain Flying Club has purchased a Light Sport Aircraft for use by its members and new student pilots.

It is a 2007 Evektor sport aircraft which seats two pilots in a bubble canopy with the latest electronic instrument panel. This is a new FAA category of aircraft which does not require the stringent FAA medical. Licensed private pilots who are current can qualify by taking the ground school that will be offered by the club and take a check ride on the aircraft. Student pilots need 20 hours of training (15 hours with instructor and 5 hours solo) and can fly it on a valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility.


Macon County Public Library will hold the third Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Days (aprilfoolstraildays.com) festival.

All programs are at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.


Since spring has now officially begun (at least by the date on the calendar), aspiring gardeners are anticipating planting season at the Macon County Community Garden located on the Greenway off of Siler Road, next to the Southwestern Community College campus.

The Macon County Community Garden project is an ideal solution for individuals who live in apartments or homes that don’t provide enough space for personal gardens.


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