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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Streets of Franklin Mark Independence Day with Balloons and a Sidwwalk Sale





Members of the Street s of Franklin are in the process of putting up balloons to lend a festive atmosphere in downtown Franklin this morning for both Independence Day and the Sidewalk Sale on Main Street from 10am to 5pm.

(Pictured is Gwen Taylor on the left and Martha Holbrooks on the right)



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Published at 9:50pm on Saturday, July 4, 2020


Happy 244th Birthday, America!




Today, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was publicly proclaimed after having been passed in secret on July 2nd by the Continental Congress. The Continental Congress voted to pass the Lee Resolution that formally declared the colonies free and independent states and absolved all allegiance to the British Crown. A more detailed play by play of the events and a copy of both the Lee Resolution and the Declaration of Independence is posted below. Also included is a video from the National Archives that discusses the Lee Resolution.


The Lee Resolution and the Declaration of Independence

On May 15, 1776, the revolutionary Virginia Convention, then meeting in Williamsburg, passed a resolution instructing Virginia's delegates in the Continental Congress "to propose to that respectable body to declare the United Colonies free and independent States, absolved from all allegiance to, or dependence upon, the Crown or Parliament of Great Britain". In accordance with those instructions, on June 7, Richard Henry Lee proposed the resolution to Congress and it was seconded by John Adams.

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.


That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.
Congress as a whole was not yet ready to declare independence at that moment, because the delegates from some of the colonies, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York, had not yet been authorized to vote for independence. Voting on the first clause of Lee's resolution was therefore postponed for three weeks while advocates of independence worked to build support in the colonial governments for the resolution. Meanwhile, a Committee of Five was appointed to prepare a formal declaration so that it would be ready when independence, which almost everyone recognized was now inevitable, was approved. The committee prepared a declaration of independence, written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, and presented it to Congress on June 28, 1776.

The declaration was set aside while the resolution of independence was debated for several days. The vote on the independence section of the Lee resolution had been postponed until Monday, July 1, when it was taken up by the Committee of the Whole. At the request of South Carolina, the resolution was not acted upon until the following day in the hope of securing unanimity. A trial vote had been tested on the 1st where it was found that South Carolina and Pennsylvania were in the negative, with Delaware split in a tie between its two delegates. The vote was held on July 2, with critical changes happening between Monday and Tuesday. Edward Rutledge was able to persuade South Carolina delegates to vote yea, two Pennsylvania delegates were persuaded to be absent, and Caesar Rodney had been sent for through the night to break Delaware's tie. So Lee's resolution of independence was approved by twelve of the thirteen colonies. Delegates from New York still lacked instructions to vote for independence, and so they abstained on this vote, although on July 9 the New York Provincial Congress would vote to "join with the other colonies in supporting" independence.

Video from the National Archives

Take a virtual journey with the National Archives to find out how the Declaration of Independence came to be and learn about Richard Henry Lee's writing of the Lee Resolution. The National Archives is the permanent home of the original Declaration of Independence. The Lee Resolution for Independence can be viewed here: https://catalog.archives.gov/ID/301684




Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing taxes on us without our consent;

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in our attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity; and we have conjured them, by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. 

We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

[Signed by] JOHN HANCOCK [President]


New Hampshire
JOSIAH BARTLETT,
WM. WHIPPLE,
MATTHEW THORNTON.

Massachusetts Bay
SAML. ADAMS,
JOHN ADAMS,
ROBT. TREAT PAINE,
ELBRIDGE GERRY

Rhode Island
STEP. HOPKINS,
WILLIAM ELLERY.

Connecticut
ROGER SHERMAN,
SAM'EL HUNTINGTON,
WM. WILLIAMS,
OLIVER WOLCOTT.

New York
WM. FLOYD,
PHIL. LIVINGSTON,
FRANS. LEWIS,
LEWIS MORRIS.

New Jersey
RICHD. STOCKTON,
JNO. WITHERSPOON,
FRAS. HOPKINSON,
JOHN HART,
ABRA. CLARK.

Pennsylvania
ROBT. MORRIS
BENJAMIN RUSH,
BENJA. FRANKLIN,
JOHN MORTON,
GEO. CLYMER,
JAS. SMITH,
GEO. TAYLOR,
JAMES WILSON,
GEO. ROSS.

Delaware
CAESAR RODNEY,
GEO. READ,
THO. M'KEAN.

Maryland
SAMUEL CHASE,
WM. PACA,
THOS. STONE,
CHARLES CARROLL of Carrollton.

Virginia
GEORGE WYTHE,
RICHARD HENRY LEE,
TH. JEFFERSON,
BENJA. HARRISON,
THS. NELSON, JR.,
FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE,
CARTER BRAXTON.

North Carolina
WM. HOOPER,
JOSEPH HEWES,
JOHN PENN.

South Carolina
EDWARD RUTLEDGE,
THOS. HAYWARD, JUNR.,
THOMAS LYNCH, JUNR.,
ARTHUR MIDDLETON.

Georgia
BUTTON GWINNETT,
LYMAN HALL,
GEO. WALTON.

NOTE.-Mr. Ferdinand Jefferson, Keeper of the Rolls in the Department of State, at Washington, says: " The names of the signers are spelt above as in the facsimile of the original, but the punctuation of them is not always the same; neither do the names of the States appear in the facsimile of the original. The names of the signers of each State are grouped together in the facsimile of the original, except the name of Matthew Thornton, which follows that of Oliver Wolcott."-Revised Statutes of the United States, 2d edition, 1878, p. 6.

Source:
Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the American States.
Government Printing Office, 1927. House Document No. 398. 


Published at 8:05am on Saturday, July 4, 2020, 244 years later.

News and Weather Briefing for 2020 Independence Day






OUTLOOK

Afternoon showers and storms will mainly stay confined to the higher elevations through the weekend. Low pressure is forecast to bring tropical moisture to the Southeast during the first half of next week, likely resulting in widespread showers and thunderstorms. A more typical summertime pattern is expected to return for the latter half of the week.



Air Quality



Air quality should be in the upper range of Green today for most of the county. The ridgetops will be the low-to-mid-range of yellow. People with moderate to severe respiratory problems should limit their time outdoors on ridgetops with an elevation above 4,000 feet.


News Briefing

Several Christians plan to gather at Speakers Corner this morning from 10am to 2pm. Bring a lawn chair and a mask. Details are in the flyer below.



The Town of Franklin is planning a fireworks display that will be launched from the Whitmire property. Details are online. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council regular meeting for July 2020 will take place on Monday, July 6th at 6pm. Copies of the public agenda and the agenda packet are posted online at Macon Media. [LINK]

Forest Service encourages visitors to recreate responsibly [LINK]

Stay Food Safe this July FourtH [LINK]

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact Coming to Franklin [LINK]

SpaceX Launches GPS III Satellite for the US Air Force [LINK]

Kids in the Kitchen: A Virtual Summer Camp [LINK]



Most Recent Local Government Meetings

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met on June 2nd. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council met on June 1st. Members of the public and local media outlets were allowed in the town hall. [LINK]



General Forecast Through Sunday Night



Independence Day

A chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 80s in the lower elevations. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s to the lower 80s.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s with a few locations in the higher elevations and isolated higher valleys dipping into the 50s.

Hazards

Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will develop across the mountains this afternoon. The main threats from these storms will be from cloud to ground lightning, locally heavy rainfall, and brief gusty winds.




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Tropical Weather
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Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 4 2020

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

1. A small area of low pressure located about 400 miles west-southwest of Bermuda is producing some shower and thunderstorm activity. This system's low-level circulation has become better defined during the past several hours, and a tropical depression could form later today or Saturday evening while the system moves east-northeastward at about 15 mph. By Sunday night, however, environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for significant development to occur. Interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of this system.

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


End Daily Weather Segment






Begin COVID-19 Update



Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 68,142 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,391 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 70,241 confirmed cases from 999,293 targeted tests, and 951 hospitalized and 1,392 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 70,262 people infected and 1,419 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/north-carolina-coronavirus-cases.html

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 2nd and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 2nd [LINK]




Detected 286
Actives 129
Recovered 156
Deceased 1

Testing Data

MCPH Tests 3,058
Other Tests 871
Total Tests 3,929
Pending 368



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Published at 5:00am Saturday, July 04, 2020




Friday, July 3, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, July 3, 2020






OUTLOOK

A stalled weak frontal boundary will remain south of the area to allow for drier air to filter in through Independence Day. Afternoon showers and storms will mainly stay confined to the higher elevations through the weekend. Low pressure is forecast to bring tropical moisture to the Southeast during the first half of next week, likely resulting in numerous to widespread showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.



Air Quality
(starting tomorrow, the Air Quality segment will be moved to the Hazards segment of the daily briefing)



Air quality should be in the upper range of Green today for most of the county. The ridgetops will be the low-to-mid-range of yellow. People with moderate to severe respiratory problems should limit their time outdoors on ridgetops with an elevation above 4,000 feet.


News Briefing

The Franklin Town Council regular meeting for July 2020 will take place on Monday, July 6th at 6pm. Copies of the public agenda and the agenda packet are posted online at Macon Media. [LINK]

Forest Service encourages visitors to recreate responsibly [LINK]

Stay Food Safe this July FourtH [LINK]

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact Coming to Franklin [LINK]

SpaceX Launches GPS III Satellite for the US Air Force [LINK]

Kids in the Kitchen: A Virtual Summer Camp [LINK]



Most Recent Local Government Meetings

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met on June 2nd. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council met on June 1st. Members of the public and local media outlets were allowed in the town hall. [LINK]



General Forecast Through Sunday Night



Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 3am. Patchy fog expected in the morning. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s with a few locations in the higher elevations dipping into the upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Independence Day

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s to the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 5am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the lower 70s to the lower 80s.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s with a few locations in the higher elevations and isolated higher valleys dipping into the 50s.

Hazards

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible. Severe weather is not expected.




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Tropical Weather
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Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 3 2020

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


End Daily Weather Segment






Begin COVID-19 Update



Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 66,514 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,373 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 68,142 confirmed cases from 971,120 targeted tests, and 912 hospitalized and 1,391 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 68,216 people infected and 1,409 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 2nd and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 2nd [LINK]




Detected 286
Actives 129
Recovered 156
Deceased 1

Testing Data

MCPH Tests 3,058
Other Tests 871
Total Tests 3,929
Pending 370




Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Published at 5:30am Friday, July 03, 2020




Thursday, July 2, 2020

Agenda Released for Franklin Town Council July 2020 Meeting



The Franklin Town Council regular meeting for July 2020 will take place on Monday, July 6th at 6pm. Copies of the public agenda and the agenda packet are posted below. A separate article will be published for the live stream.


Franklin Town Council
Public Agenda
July 6, 2020
6:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

3. Adoption of the July 6, 2020 Town Council Agenda- Town Council

4. Approval of the Consent Agenda for July 6, 2020- Town Council

A.) Approval of June I, 2020 Town Council Minutes
B.) Authorization Agreement for Entegra Bank and United Community Bank
C.) Budget Amendments
D.) EDA CARES Act Grant Funding Opportunity
E.) Re-Appointment of Town Tax Collector
F.) Resolution Authorizing Town Tax Collector to Collect 2020 Taxes

5. Public Session

6. New Business:

A.) Presentation of Town of Franklin Employee Service Awards- Mayor Scott
B.) Presentation Regarding Outdoor Dining- Brett Murphy
C.) Presentation on the United States Census- Debbie Reese
D.) Discussion and Update for Pickin on the Square- Town Manager Summer Woodard
E.) Discussion on Forest Service- Council Member David Culpepper

7. Adjourn

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Published at 11:55am on Thursday, July 2, 2020



News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 2, 2020






OUTLOOK

A nearly stationary frontal boundary will remain just south of our area with modest drying expected today and Friday. Deeper moisture returns over the weekend and lingers through at least the first half of next week.

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Air Quality



Air quality should be in the upper range of Green today.


News Briefing

Forest Service encourages visitors to recreate responsibly [LINK]

Stay Food Safe this July FourtH [LINK]

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact Coming to Franklin [LINK]

SpaceX Launches GPS III Satellite for the US Air Force [LINK]

Kids in the Kitchen: A Virtual Summer Camp [LINK]



Most Recent Local Government Meetings

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met on June 2nd. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council met on June 1st. Members of the public and local media outlets were allowed in the town hall. [LINK]



General Forecast Through Saturday Night



Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s.

Independence Day

A chance of showers between 10am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s.

Hazards

Additional rounds of afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. A damaging wind threat will continue with any of the stronger storms, and flash flooding may develop with any thunderstorms that train over the same locations.




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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)








Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 2 2020

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


End Daily Weather Segment





Begin COVID-19 Update



Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 64,670 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,343 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 66,513 confirmed cases from 942,238 targeted tests, and 901 hospitalized and 1,373 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 66,751 people infected and 1,398 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/north-carolina-coronavirus-cases.html

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 2nd and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 2nd [LINK]




Detected 286 (+4 in one day) (+23 in 7 days) (+49 in 14 days)
Actives 130 (-16 in one day) (-35 in 7 days) (-84 in 14 days)
Recovered 155 (+20 in one day) (+58 in 7 days) (+133 in 14 days)
Deceased 1 (0 in one day) (0 in 7 days) (0 in 14 days)

Testing Data

MCPH Tests 3,005 (+112 in one day) (+351 in 7 days) (+689 in 14 days)
Other Tests 865 (+15 in one day) (+183 in 7 days) (+372 in 14 days)
Total Tests 3,870 (+127 in one day) (+534 in 7 days) (+1,069 in 14 days)
Pending 307 (+52 in one day) (+85 in 7 days) (+92 in 14 days)





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Published at 5:30am Thursday, July 02, 2020




Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Forest Service encourages visitors to recreate responsibly





Asheville, NC, July 1, 2020 - Large crowds are common at many national forest recreation areas over holiday weekends and USDA Forest Service personnel remind visitors to put safety first and recreate responsibly.

Please heed warning signs when enjoying outdoor activities and follow safety precautions such as these:

•Water Safety - Choose swimming areas carefully and ensure small children are not left unattended. When boating, ensure all passengers wear a life jacket and look out for other boaters and swimmers.
•Severe weather - Weather conditions can change rapidly. Monitor weather before and during outdoor activities.
•Wildlife - Do not feed wildlife, keep a safe distance when encountering wildlife and do not disturb their habitat. Clean up food or garbage around your camp or picnic site.
•Hiking - Stay on marked trails. Don't hike alone. Plan for emergencies such as becoming lost and bring along extra food, clothing, and water.
•Be fire safe - Keep fires small and never leave them unattended. Ensure firepits are cold to the touch before leaving.
•Driving - Use caution when traveling though areas that are heavily congested. Regulations are enforced for the protection of visitors and natural resources.
•Fireworks - Leave fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks are prohibited in developed recreation areas and dangerous in other parts of the forest. Open spaces tend to dry out quickly and fireworks could start a wildfire.
•Alcohol - To ensure a family-friendly environment, alcoholic beverages are prohibited in many areas of the forest including campgrounds and many day-use sites.

Please visit www.fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go for more information on staying safe in all activities in the outdoors.

Find information on the status of recreation areas and facilities at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures . Forest Service offices are closed on Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday.


Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for more news and features.




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Published at 5:13pm on Tueday, July 1, 2020


Stay Food Safe this July Fourth




PRESS RELEASE
Food Safety Education Staff

United States Department of Agriculture
For more information, contact Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854



WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 – Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) encourages you to make food safety and other public health recommendations a part of your celebration.

“Foodborne illness can increase during summer because of the warmer temperatures and extended time spent outside,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “You may not be grilling at the park this year, but instead you may be grilling at home. As we celebrate this Fourth of July holiday, I encourage consumers to use food safety steps to reduce their risk of illness.”

Follow these tips from USDA to ensure a food safe Fourth of July:

Don’t Cross-Contaminate

Always keep raw meat and their juices from touching other foods. While grilling, avoid using the same utensils for cooked and ready-to-eat foods that were previously used with raw meat or poultry products. Wash and sanitize all surfaces and utensils after they touch raw items. A recent USDA survey showed that 34 percent of respondents do not follow an important step to use a different utensil to take food off the grill. Bring enough tools to keep your raw meat and poultry away from any cooked or ready-to-eat foods and have extra cleaning and sanitizing supplies ready for your surfaces, plates and utensils.

Use a Food Thermometer

Some grill masters may say they know their food is done just by looking at its color when it comes off the grill. That’s not possible and shouldn’t be relied upon. This is where a food thermometer comes in.

“More than 25 percent of burgers can turn brown inside before they are fully cooked,” says FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “Although your grilled foods may look done, foodborne illness causing germs are not killed until the safe internal temperature has been reached. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know your food is done and safe to eat.”

The USDA recommended safe minimum internal temperatures are:

•Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F then rest for three-minutes
•Fish: 145°F
•Ground meats (beef, pork, lamb and veal): 160°F
•Whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165°F


Keep Foods at a Safe Temperature

Perishable food items should not be left outside for more than two hours, and only one hour if the temperature is at or above 90°F. Keep your food at or below 40°F, in coolers or containers with a cold source, such as ice or frozen gel packs. This includes any leftovers from the grill, cold salads and even cut fruits and vegetables. Leftovers should be refrigerated or placed back in the cooler within 2 hours of being placed outside (1 hour if temperatures are at or above 90°F). If you are not sure how long food has been sitting out, throw it out immediately.

If you have questions about these tips, or any other food safety topics, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live at ask.usda.gov from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

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Published at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020


News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 1, 2020






OUTLOOK

A nearly stationary frontal boundary will remain just north of the region today, with plentiful moisture across the forecast area. Modest drying is expected on Thursday and Friday, however, deeper moisture returns over the weekend and lingers through early next week.




Air Quality



Air quality should be in the upper range of Green today, with the Saharan dust particles having exited the region.

News Briefing

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact Coming to Franklin [LINK]

SpaceX Launches GPS III Satellite for the US Air Force [LINK]

Kids in the Kitchen: A Virtual Summer Camp [LINK]



Most recent Local Government Meetings

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met on June 2nd. [LINK]

The Franklin Town Council met on June 1st. Members of the public and local media outlets were allowed in the town hall. [LINK]



General Forecast Through Saturday Night

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 1pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to near 80 in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Light winds out of the north. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s.

Independence Day

A chance of showers between 10am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s.

Hazards

Additional rounds of afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. A damaging wind threat will continue with any of the stronger storms, and flash flooding may develop with any thunderstorms that train over the same locations.




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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)








Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 1 2020

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


End Daily Weather Segment






Begin COVID-19 Update



Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 63,489 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,325 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 64,470 confirmed cases from 910,033 targeted tests, and 908 hospitalized and 1,343 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 65,327 people infected and 1,380 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/north-carolina-coronavirus-cases.html

Data from Macon County Public Health as of June 30th [LINK]


Detected 282 (+1 in one day) (+20 in 7 days) (+51 in 14 days)
Actives 146 (-13 in one day) (-35 in 7 days) (-65 in 14 days)
Recovered 135 (+14 in one day) (+55 in 7 days) (+116 in 14 days)
Deceased 1 (0 in one day) (0 in 7 days) (0 in 14 days)


Testing Data

MCPH Tests 2,893 (+2 in one day) (+353 in 7 days) (+732 in 14 days)
Other Tests 880 (+22 in one day) (+205 in 7 days) (+337 in 14 days)
Total Tests 3,743 (+24 in one day) (+558 in 7 days) (+1089 in 14 days)
Pending 265 (-23 in one day) (+106 in 7 days) (+108 in 14 days)





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



Curated Links to News ABout COVID-19

Dr John Campbell: Update, UK, US, and others


Coronavirus Q&A: Update From the CDC: Anne Schuchat




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Published at 5:10am Wednesday, July 01, 2020




Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Kids in the Kitchen: A Virtual Summer Camp





PRESS RELEASE
Nutrition Program
Macon County Center
828-349-2046


Join Ms. Carol Pitts, Nutrition Program Assistant, EFNEP/4-H & Youth, Macon County in “Kids in the Kitchen” virtual Summer Camp. If your child is 9-13 years of age and interested in a virtual summer camp from July 13-17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., please call 349-2046 to register. Only 30 spaces are available, so don’t wait.

ABOUT NC STATE EXTENSION

NC State Extension is the educational outreach provider of North Carolina’s preeminent research enterprise – NC State. 


Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that help keep North Carolina growing. With local centers in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee, NC State Extension works in tandem with N.C. A&T State University, as well as federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Discover more at https://extension.ncsu.edu.

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Published at 3:36pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020








SpaceX Scheduled to Launch GPS III for US Air Force at 3:55pm


Image Courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Artist Depiction of a GPS III Satellite in Orbit.

UPdate#1: SpaceX is now targeting 4:10pm.




SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is set to take place at 3:55pm Eastern Time, with a 15-minute window opening at that time, and there is a backup opportunity on Wednesday, July 1 if the launch needs to be pushed back. This rocket is carrying a GPS III Space Vehicle on behalf of the U.S. Space Force.

The launch today will add another GPS III satellite to the Space Force’s existing in-space GPS assets, which include three already on orbit, with another set to be deployed in 2022. This third-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate, and eight times more resilient in terms of its ability to resist gaming efforts than prior versions. In addition to its use for military and defense applications, the GPS III satellite will also contribute to civilian GPS-based satellite navigation.

This launch will include a landing of the Falcon 9 booster, using SpaceX’s “Just Read the Instructions” drone landing ship in the Atlantic Ocean.


Screen Captures from the live stream will be added at the end of this post after the flight. Be sure to check back by to see them.

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Live Videos

SpaceX Coverage






NASA SpaceFlight Coverage




Commentary and Information

Here is a discussion on the SpacePod Podcast About the Mission.


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Wikipedia has a nice article on the GPS III Program [LINK

Lockheed Martin is the manufacturer of the satellite [LINK





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Published at 3:22pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’S Environmental and Cultural Impact Coming to Franklin






From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Macon County Public Library, in cooperation with North Carolina Humanities Council, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view July 14 through August 24.

The Macon County Public Library and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the North Carolina Humanities Council to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in North Carolina from July 14 ,2020 through April 25, 2021.

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, “Water/Ways” will serve as a community hub to inspire conversations about water’s impact on American culture. With the support and guidance of North Carolina Humanities Council, the Macon County Public Library is partnering with numerous local organizations and individuals. These groups are developing a film and photographic tour of the Little Tennessee and its watershed, virtual and in-person public programs and facilitating educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.

“We have a wonderful group of local partners helping us to safely engage with the community this summer. Because while we want to make the most of the six weeks that the Smithsonian exhibit is in Franklin, we also want to continue to support organizations like Macon County Schools STEM Program, GA/NC Bartram Trail Society, Friends of the Greenway (FROGS), Mainspring, and the Nikwasi Initiative that help us protect and enjoy our waterways now and in the future,” said Kristina Moe, Library Assistant at the Macon County Public Library. “We want to facilitate conversations about water and are developing local content and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.” Such free events include documentary films, book discussions, and outdoor activities near the Little Tennessee River.

“Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.

For more information, visit www.fontanalib.org or call the Macon County Public Library at (828) 524-3600. The Library is open by appointment Monday-Friday from 10:00am-5:00pm. 


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Published at 2:38pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020