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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Teachers Across NC to Declare Grievances to Elected State Leaders as Classes Resume

PRESS RELEASE
Red4EdNC
August 14, 2018



Teachers across North Carolina want to alert state leaders that the momentum from the May 16 Rally for Respect will be channeled into specific strategies to bring about NC legislative action.


On August 24, 2018, teacher leaders representing Red4EdNC, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization of NC teachers, will lead town hall / press conferences in eight locations across NC:  Macon County, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, Goldsboro and Greenville.

Here in the Far West, we will hold our press conference in front of the Macon County Courthouse at 5pm.


Teachers have invited state elected leaders from the surrounding areas to receive a signed copy of the “Declaration in Defense of NC’s Public Schoolchildren”. (Senator Jim Davis and Representative Kevin Corbin were invited as attached below) 

Red4EdNC released the document on July 4, 2018. Here is a sampling of the coverage we received:




Modeled on the Declaration of Independence, the declaration lists NC teachers’ grievances and outlines a vision to rectify these conditions.
The declaration calls for the formation of a NC Teacher Congress, a representative body of NC teachers.  The Congress (once constituted through a strategy defined on the group’s website, red4ednc.com) will determine and articulate the most critical legislative priorities of teachers statewide.  They will also create a schedule of collective actions teachers intend to take if those priorities are not addressed in the legislative session starting in January 2019 and ending, typically, in mid to late summer.


At the press event, Red4EdNC teacher leaders will “take attendance” of which legislators are present.  A couple of teachers and a parent will speak briefly to how the itemized grievances are manifest in their classrooms as the traditional school year gets under way.   Elected leaders will then be presented with a signed copy of the declaration for study and consideration.


According to Red4EdNC Founder Angela Scioli, “It is important for legislators to hear that while we are heading back to school with enthusiasm and a determination to do the very best for our students, the vast majority of NC teachers are  not satisfied with the learning conditions for students nor the working conditions for teachers in North Carolina’s public, including charter, schools. We will not sit back and allow messaging that claims otherwise to dominate the airwaves, especially in a crucial election year.  We will use our collective voices and power to force change in policy. Today is another step in that process.”


Upon release of the declaration, Red4EdNC set a goal to have teachers from at least 100 different NC school districts publicly sign the document.  As of this release, teachers from 104 districts have participated.

Here is where we currently stand with contacts and signers:








Dear Jim & Kevin,

(I think your spam traps killed my emails to your personal email addresses, so trying the official route)

I hope this note finds you both doing well.

There is a new public education advocacy group in the state which has been quite busy since May. We are Red4EdNC. In many ways, we are the logical progression of the May 16th march in Raleigh. You can get the full picture at Red4EdNC.com. 

On July 4th of this year, we released our Declaration in Defense of North Carolina's Schoolchildren which received favorable coverage by major media outlets across the state.

Our next step was to obtain the signatures of teachers from across the state who would publicly support the Declaration. We were able to obtain at least 106 signatures from the 115 LEAs in the state including from teachers in all LEAs in the 50th Senate and House 120th. 

The next step is the holding of press conferences across the state on August 24th. Currently, those are scheduled for Buncombe, Macon, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Durham, Wake, Wayne, and Pitt counties.

The presser in Macon will be in front of the Macon Courthouse Friday, August 24th at 5pm. We will be making a few brief remarks and answering questions.

Additionally, and this is where the two of you come in, we would like the opportunity to formally present you with the Declaration....we are following similar protocol across the state and inviting state representatives from the respective district where the press conference is to be held. 

The agenda is:
1. Welcome
2. Possibly take attendance,
3. About a five minute speech as to why we are advancing the Declaration, possibly followed by a couple of other teacher and/or parent voices
4. Presentation of the Declaration to the two of you.

Whole event shouldn't go longer than 30 minutes.

Specifically invited are members of the WNC press and the two of you. Beyond that the invitation is to the general public. 

If you have any questions about the event, the Declaration, or Red4EdNC, please let me know.

Best,

John


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Published at 2:50 pm on August 14, 2018









Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine looking for artists


PRESS RELEASE
Mission Health
Asheville, NC


ASHEVILLE Mission Health, in partnership with EL Design Studios & Gallery VI, is recruiting all artists, galleries and art organizations for work that may be considered for purchase and display at the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine.

Artists are invited to submit images of both 2D and 3D work, with an emphasis on nature and/or culture inspired art. Artwork can be readily available for purchase or an artist may be open to possible commissions. Purchases will be chosen by a steering committee, a panel of Mission leadership, who are charged with selecting pieces that reflect the unique art community and culture of the region. Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that are nature-inspired and culturally inspired to help Mission Health celebrate and represent western North Carolina.

Together, we will build an outstanding art program that reflects the hospital’s BIG(GER) Aim: To get every person their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each person, family and team member.

This call is open to all artists residing in the following western North Carolina counties: Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey and Watauga.

Visit missionfutureready.org to learn about selection criteria and to apply.

Where Will the Art Be Displayed?

The new 12-story Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine in Asheville will create a significantly expanded state-of-the-art emergency department with 97 beds, consolidated operating, preoperative and recovery space along with interventional cardiology and radiology space that allows for true multidisciplinary, team-based interventional care with the very latest technology. Importantly, the facility was designed to embrace patients and families throughout the care process including sleep-in-rooms and a unique energy-efficiency focus and design that will set a new standard for future innovation. The new tower is set to open in the fall of 2019.


Application Requirements
  • Up to 10 images of available work or sold pieces that could potentially be commissioned. Please indicate if artwork has been sold.
  • Image Description (not to exceed 500 characters per image). Please describe your work samples by including title, year made, medium, dimensions and wholesale price. Include any necessary packaging and shipping cost for each artwork (as a separate line item) in the image description.
  • Artist’s Statement (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please write a brief description of your artistic intent.
  • Biography (not to exceed 1 page).
  • Resume (not to exceed 1 page).

Selection Criteria

Mission Health is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of western North Carolina in the selection of artists and their work. Art will be selected and placed based on the following criteria:

  1. Artist must be a resident of western North Carolina. Refer to list of approved 18 counties.
  2. All artwork must be suitable for a healing, public hospital setting. Keep in mind that a hospital is often a highly stressful environment, so your artwork should have a high likelihood of positively affecting viewers, even promoting a calming response from them. Avoid threatening imagery or imagery perceived as dangerous. Controversial or political imagery will not be considered. Artworks that contain graphic depictions of violence, sexually explicit imagery and/or nudity are highly discouraged and will be disqualified.
  3. Artistic interpretation of nature and/or cultural inspired art.
  4. Highest quality content and craftsmanship.
  5. Mission Health will consider artwork that needs minimal maintenance and cleaning that can be carried out within the normal cleaning duties of staff.
  6. Three-dimensional pieces will be evaluated based on safety considerations, both for the artwork and for patients, visitors and staff. Electronic media is discouraged.
  7. All artists with work considered for use at Mission Health will be subject to a background check. Failure to disclose any criminal history will result in disqualification.

Donation of Art

Mission Health is currently not accepting donations in the form of art, but if you desire to give a monetary donation toward artwork, it can be made through the Office of Philanthropy with the intent specified to be used for the purchase of art. Please email missionart@eldesignstudios.com and we will direct you to the proper contacts at the Mission Health Office of Philanthropy.

Notification

All notifications regarding application status will be provided via the CaFÉ system. Artists who apply will be notified of the selection panel’s decision by December 2018. Mission Health reserves the right to not select any of the applicants.

Questions?

All questions regarding the call for artists must be submitted in writing and sent via email to: missionart@eldesignstudios.com.

Technical Support
For assistance with the online application process, please contact CaFÉ tech support at 888-562-7232 or CaFÉ@westaf.org, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm (PST).

ABOUT MISSION HEALTH

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.


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Published at 1:40 pm on August 14, 2018




Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 14, 2018




LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6pm. The public agenda and agenda packet is on the blog. [LINK]

August 2018 Meeting of the Franklin TDA

The Franklin TDA met yesterday afternoon at 5:30 pm in the lower level of the town hall. The board approved a request for $1,800 for The Naturalist Event and voted to recommend Matt Holland as a new member of the TDA Board.

A video of the meeting, along with the public agenda and agenda packet are on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

An upper-level trough will track northeast of the forecast area keeping conditions mostly dry today and Wednesday. Moisture will increase Thursday through the weekend ahead of an approaching cold front.



WEATHER SPONSOR



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Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
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All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.

Weather Almanac for August 14th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1964
Greatest Rainfall 5.34 inches in Highlands in 1893

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Widespread fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Light north northwest wind.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 8pm and 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 3 to 6 mph.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Widespread dense fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

WEDNESDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:52 pm last night to 2:52 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
3:07 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 14 2018

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A non-tropical low pressure system located about 700 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, is producing a large area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms mainly to the east of the center. Environmental conditions are forecast to become a somewhat more conducive for some subtropical or tropical development by Wednesday. The system is forecast to move northeastward over the colder waters of the North Atlantic by late Thursday or Friday, which should limit any additional development.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:26 a.m.
Sunrise 6:53 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:50 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:25 a.m.
Moon transit 4:42 p.m.
Moonset 10:52 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on August 14, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 15% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on August 11, 2018 at 5:58 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.


Published at 2:30 am on August 14, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, August 13, 2018




LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

The Franklin TDA will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30 pm in the lower level of town hall. The public agenda and agenda packet is on the blog. Video of the meeting will be added later tonight. [LINK]

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting Tuesday at 6pm. The public agenda and agenda packet is on the blog. [LINK]


A CodeRED test is scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday. More information on how to sign up for the reverse-911 system is on the blog. [LINK]


...PATCHY DENSE FOG THIS MORNING...

Patchy dense fog has developed in many mountain valleys and along the Blue Ridge Escarpment this morning. Visibility will be reduced to one-quarter mile or less in portions of these areas. Drivers should be prepared for quickly fluctuating visibility values, slow down, use low beam headlights, and increase following distances. The fog should dissipate and visibility improve by 9 AM. 

LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A low-level boundary will remain stalled across the Piedmont and aide in developing afternoon showers and thunderstorms which will linger into the evening. An upper-level disturbance will track northeast the region late Monday leading to drier weather Tuesday and Wednesday. Moisture levels increase Thursday through the end of the week ahead of an approaching cold front.


DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.

Weather Almanac for August 13th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands in 1940

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light west northwest wind.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

TUESDAY

Sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light west wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

TUESDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Isolated showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Light and variable wind.

TUESDAY

Sunny, with a high near 79. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the morning.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 59. Light north northwest wind.

TUESDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:42 pm last night to 2:37 am this morning


HAZARDS

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:42 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 13 2018

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A small, non-tropical, low pressure system located about 500 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. Strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent significant development of this system during the next few days while it moves south-southeastward at 10 to 15 mph over the central sub-tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:25 a.m.
Sunrise 6:52 a.m.
Sun transit 1:38 p.m.
Sunset 8:24 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:51 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:17 a.m.
Moon transit 3:51 p.m.
Moonset 10:16 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on August 13, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 7% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on August 11, 2018 at 5:58 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

August 2018 Macon Board of Commissioners



The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting Tuesday at 6 pm. The agenda and agenda packets are posted below in an effort to promote transparency in local government. Video of the meeting will be added to this article after it has been processed and uploaded.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

VIDEO

to be added later

MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with representatives present for the meeting)

to be added after the meeting


AGENDA

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate
2. Announcements
3. Moment of  Silence
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Public Hearing(s)  --None
6. Public Comment Period
7. Additions to agenda
8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda
9. Reports/Presentations

    New state Division of Aging and Adult Services award named in honor of Dorothy R. Crawford --Department of Social Services Director Patrick Betancourt and Mrs. Crawford 

10. Old Business 
     A. Public WiFi for libraries — Commissioner Gillespie 
     B. Update on space needs analysis  - County Manager

11. N'ew Business  

     A. Renewal of lease with Inovotex LLC — Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins/County Attorney
    B. Macon County Transit — Director Kim Angel 
        (1) Updated System Safety Plan (SSP)
        (2) Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
        (3) Updated Title V Plan

    C. Resolution to abandon a portion of State Route (SR) 1617 - North Carolina Department of Transportation
    D. Agreement to Provide Recreation Opportunities with Scaly Mountain Historical Society - Finance Director
    E. Fireworks permit application - Grand Finale Entertainment, Inc
    F. Ratification of board poll - County Manager

12. Consent Agenda — Attachment # 12
      <i>All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners.</i>

      A. Minutes of the June 5, 2018 continued session, the June 12, 2018 regular meeting and the June 19, 2018 continued session
      B. Budget Amendments #20-31
      C. Tax Releases for July in the amount of $24,377.78
      D. 2017 Tax Settlement Report
      E. Monthly ad valorem tax report (no action necessary)

13.Appointments
     A. Library Board (one seat)
     B. Tony Potts as chair of the Highlands Tourism Development Committee

14. Closed session (if necessary)

15. Adjourn/Recess


AGENDA PACKET
(there are two parts this month, so scroll down for the second part)

Part One





Part Two








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August 2018 Franklin TDA Meeting



The Franklin TDA (Tourism Development Authority) will be meeting this afternoon at 5:30 pm in the lower level of the Franklin Townhall. The public agenda and agenda packet is posted below in an effort to promote transparency and accountability. Video will be added to this article after the meeting.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


VIDEO


MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with representatives present for the meeting)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press



Town of Franklin Tourism Development Authority
Agenda
August 13, 2018
5:30 pm

1.) Call to Order- Chair Connie Gruberman
2.) Approval of the July 9, 2018 minutes
3.) Financial Reports- Summer Woodard
4.) Sub-Committee Reports

A.) Finance/Budget Chair Report- Connie Grubermann
B.) Policy and Rules of Procedure Chair Report- Cheryl Pullium
C.) Application Review Chair Report- Travis Tallent

5.) Old Business:
A.) Funding Request for the Naturalist 25/50K for $1,800

6.) New Business:
A.) Discussion on TDA Board Applications

7.) items from the Board

8.) Announcements- The next regularly scheduled TDA meeting is Monday September 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm. in the Town Hall Boardroom

9.) Adjourn


AGENDA PACKET





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Published at 2:10 am on August 13, 2018

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