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The Little Tennessee Annual Fall Celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, in Rainbow Springs along the Upper Nantahala River. The Celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The day includes live music, activities for kids, cross cut saw and fly fishing demonstrations, a hay ride, nature walk led by Jack Johnston, native and mountain cultural demonstrations, and the annual conservation award presentation at 11:30 a.m. All activities are free for the entire family, including a delicious cool-weather meal of chili, hotdogs and dessert.

From Franklin: take Highway 64 West towards Hayesville for 13 miles. Take the second driveway on the left after you pass the intersection with Old 64 (the road that goes to Standing Indian Campground). Look for LTLT event signs.


Editor’s Note: We asked contributing writer Kurt Volker to check out one of the fastest growing adventure sports in Western North Carolina, zip lining. He looked at several courses and picked out two, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours and Navitat Asheville Canopy Adventure. Here is the report on his experience.

Move over Tarzan! Out of the way Jane! A new king and queen of the tree canopy are in town and they’re zipping through a forest near you.

As avid outdoorsmen, my wife, Sharon, and I have descended the Kaibab Trail into the Grand Canyon and braved the Class IV rapids of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. So it seemed only natural that we’d challenge two of the areas better known zip line courses, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours eight miles west of Bryson City and Navitat Canopy Adventures in Barnardsville about 20 minutes north of Asheville.


With autumn in full swing, Franklin area businesses have adopted some unofficial mascots at the height of the leaflooker season.

“We’ve had some calls over the last few weeks of a black bear cub in the area of [Macon Program for Progress], Mc- Donalds and Pizza Hut,” said Animal Control Officer John Hook on Monday, adding that bear sightings have been reported in the areas of Riverview Heights, Highlands Road and Harrison Avenue, to name a few. “We haven’t had any problems with the cub or any of the other bears sighted around town.”


Coalition launches EvolveEnergy Partnership

Clean energy is America’s future, and Western North Carolina is at the forefront. To support these efforts, economic development, government, business and education leaders are coming together to make the region a clean energy cluster.

Called the EvolveEnergy Partnership, the initiative was launched Monday, Oct. 17, in downtown Asheville. Landof- Sky Regional Council in partnership with AdvantageWest Economic Development Group is leading the 31-county effort. The coalition also includes four other regional councils of government in WNC: the High Country Council of Governments in Boone, Isothermal Planning and Development Commission in Rutherfordton, the Southwestern Commission in Sylva and Western Piedmont Council of Governments in Hickory. It also includes the counties of the former Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments in Winston- Salem.


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