Officials with the U.S. Forest Service are urging visitors to secure their food items while hiking, camping or spending time in the Nantahala or Pisgah National Forests.
An event that has become a fall tradition in Franklin received the go-ahead on a funding request from the Franklin Tourism Development Authority on Monday night.
A line of severe storms that made its way through Macon County on Wednesday night knocked out power and downed several trees in and around Franklin.
Planning for future development is a critical activity for towns and counties looking to spur growth in a sustainable fashion.
An armored vehicle and two cans of tear gas aided in the arrest of a Macon County man in the early morning hours Saturday.