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Monday, May 10, 2021

What's Your Food Safety Plan for Hurricane Season?



USDA PRESS RELEASE (05-10-2021)
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE

We've seen the power a hurricane can carry, and the devastation it leaves behind. Prolonged power outages and flood damage are two of the biggest risks to your food. Fortunately, a plan can help keep you and your family safe from foodborne illness.

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During Hurricane Preparedness Week, develop your action plan before a storm hits.

• Buy ice packs and coolers days before the hurricane arrives in case there is a prolonged power outage. 
• Pour water into containers and freeze it to make ice.
• Use an appliance thermometer to determine the safety of your perishable foods. Meat, poultry, fish and egg products must be kept at 40 F or below and frozen food at 0 F or below.
• For meats, check the canned goods aisle of your local grocery story for canned meats. These are fully cooked and unopened canned meats don’t require refrigeration.

Illness-causing bacteria grow in temperatures between 40 F and 140 F. We call these temperatures the “Danger Zone” for food. Bacteria that develop at these temperatures generally do not alter the taste, appearance, or smell of the food but can make you sick. During a power outage, a refrigerator will keep food safe for up to four hours and a full freezer will hold temperatures for 48 hours or 24 hours if half full.

Caution—never taste food to determine its safety. When in doubt, throw it out! Throw out any food that has been in contact with flood water. This includes any canned foods with signs of damage such as holes, leakages, and punctures. Place foods on higher shelves to lessen the chance of them being contaminated by flood water.

Learn more food safety tips for storms or other emergencies.

For more information about food safety and for a free food thermometer, contact the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert or chat live at ask.usda.gov from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

PDF Copy of food safety tips 




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Weather Briefing for Monday, May 10, 2021



OUTLOOK

A cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region today. This front will become stationary and remain near the area through Wednesday, before relatively dry high pressure builds in Thursday and lingers into the weekend.


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Local News Update
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PRESS RELEASE (05-05-2021)
MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Macon County Public Health Will Being Pre-Registering Children Age 12 to 15 for the COVID-19 Vaccination

With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory panel set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 to 15, Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center will begin to pre-register children, should their parents wish for them to be vaccinated once the vaccine has been approved. No Pfizer clinics are currently planned, though the public and those who pre-register will be notified once appointments become available for the Pfizer vaccine with Macon County Public Health.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and vaccine clinical trials for the age 12 to 15 group had no symptomatic infections after being fully vaccinated.

Side effects in this age group were similar to that of the age 16 to 25 group which included fever, pain at the injection site, and cold like symptoms lasting no longer than 72 hours after the injection.

Vaccinating children is key to increasing immunity within our community, and allowing students to return to a normal school life. Once fully-vaccinated, students will be able to stay in in-person classroom settings regardless of exposure, and those with no symptoms will be allowed to attend classes.

Parents that want their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to pre-register. Any adult who wishes to receive the vaccine, may also call the Vaccine Call Center to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• The Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for May 2021 [LINK]

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment





National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light north wind. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Highlands area

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog in the early morning hours. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly in the early morning hours. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the northeast. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light winds out of the north. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 2am, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala area

Today

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers before 2am, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 30%.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. The relative humidity is expected to be near 30% this afternoon and the wind will be gusting above 20 mph, so outdoor burning is not recommended.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.8 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 10th


Highest Temperature 88°F in Highlands in 1940 Lowest Temperature 29°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977 Greatest Rainfall 2.34 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1990
Greatest Snowfall (No snowfall recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872)


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


On This Day

May 9th is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 236 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


28 BC – A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations in China.
1267 - Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb
1278 - Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
1291 – Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England pending the selection of a king.
1294 - Temür Khan declared Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty
1497 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.
1534 – Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.
1688 – King Narai nominates Phetracha as regent, leading to the revolution of 1688 in which Phetracha becomes king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
1768 – Rioting occurs in London after John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III.
1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America. The legislation leads to the Boston Tea Party.
1774 – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Second Continental Congress takes place in Philadelphia.
1796 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon wins a victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lose some 2,000 men.
1801 – First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public.
1833 – A revolt broke out in southern Vietnam against Emperor Minh Mang, who had desecrated the deceased mandarin Le Van Duyet.
1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks suspend the payment of specie, triggering a national banking crisis and an economic depression whose severity was not surpassed until the Great Depression.
1849 – Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in Manhattan, New York City over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 22 and injuring over 120.
1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys mutiny against their commanding officers at Meerut.
1865 – American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.
1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike.
1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
1876 – The Centennial Exposition is opened in Philadelphia.
1881 – Carol I is crowned the King of the Romanian Kingdom.
1904 – The Horch and Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded. It would eventually become the Audi company.
1908 – Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.
1916 – Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton arrives at South Georgia after a journey of 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island.
1922 – The United States annexes the Kingman Reef.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and remains so until his death in 1972.
1933 – Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
1940 – World War II: German fighters accidentally bomb the German city of Freiburg.
1940 – World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. On the same day, Germany invades France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom occupies Iceland.
1941 – World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
1941 – World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
1942 – World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
1962 – Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.
1967 – The Northrop M2-F2 crashes on landing, becoming the inspiration for the novel Cyborg and TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
1969 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937. It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill.
1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder.
1993 – In Thailand, a fire at the Kader Toy Factory kills over 200 workers.
1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
1996 – A blizzard strikes Mount Everest, killing eight climbers by the next day.
1997 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake strikes Iran's Khorasan Province killing 1,567 people.
2002 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2005 – A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 20 m from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
2012 – The Damascus bombings are carried out using a pair of car bombs detonated by suicide bombers outside of a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people.
2013 – One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
2017 - US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office
2018 - Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92
2019 - Taxi service Uber becomes a public company opening on the New York Stock Exchange
2019 - US begins raising tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to 25% after trade talks fail
2020 - Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise above 4 million with death toll above 270,000, according to Johns Hopkins


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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 9, 2021



OUTLOOK

A weak stationary front aligned roughly from Atlanta to Columbia this evening will move northward as a warm front on Sunday. A stronger cold front will arrive from the northwest on Monday. Slightly cooler and drier air should follow the front from Tuesday into Wednesday as high pressure builds down from the north. Deeper moisture will likely return Wednesday night through Thursday before strong and dry high pressure sets up over the area from Friday into next weekend.

Weather Alert

Relative humidities will be near 30% this afternoon and the winds will be gusting above 20 mph in most locations at times, so please be extra vigilant if you decide to engage in burning outdoors today.


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Local News Update
(National News is published after the Macon Calendar section)

PRESS RELEASE (05-05-2021)
MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Macon County Public Health Will Being Pre-Registering Children Age 12 to 15 for the COVID-19 Vaccination

With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory panel set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 to 15, Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center will begin to pre-register children, should their parents wish for them to be vaccinated once the vaccine has been approved. No Pfizer clinics are currently planned, though the public and those who pre-register will be notified once appointments become available for the Pfizer vaccine with Macon County Public Health.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and vaccine clinical trials for the age 12 to 15 group had no symptomatic infections after being fully vaccinated.

Side effects in this age group were similar to that of the age 16 to 25 group which included fever, pain at the injection site, and cold like symptoms lasting no longer than 72 hours after the injection.

Vaccinating children is key to increasing immunity within our community, and allowing students to return to a normal school life. Once fully-vaccinated, students will be able to stay in in-person classroom settings regardless of exposure, and those with no symptoms will be allowed to attend classes.

Parents that want their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to pre-register. Any adult who wishes to receive the vaccine, may also call the Vaccine Call Center to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• The Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for May 2021 [LINK]

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment



Weather-related Video

Storm Chasing During the 2020 Pandemic



The 2020 storm chasing season was a train wreck of uncertainty due to the pandemic, mishaps, and dismal, uncooperative weather. Events featured include:
March 28 - Illinois Moderate Risk and tornado warned supercells
April 12 - Mississippi Moderate Risk tornado outbreak and Brooksville, EF2
May 17 - Decatur, Illinois localized tornado event and chase mishap
May 23 - Northern Illinois tornadic supercells and Coleta, EF1
July 15 - Central Illinois tornadoes and Waverly, EF0 close encounter

Sources stats for cited stats: NOAA Storm Prediction Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Franklin area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the southeast early increasing and shifting to come out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the east after midnight. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

Highlands area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.

Otto area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast early increasing tomcome out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Nantahala area

Today
INCREASED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the south before midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the west 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. The relative humidity is expected to be near 30% this afternoon and the wind will be gusting above 20 mph, so outdoor burning is not recommended.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.3 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.0 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 8th


Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station s in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 1.46 inches in Highlands in 1969
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


Macon Calendar

Mother's Day Monster Hunt

2020 was a difficult year for non-profits serving Macon County -- in a year where their services have been needed more than ever, fundraising was more challenging than ever. In an effort to help the non-profits that go above and beyond to help those most in need in our community, Servpro of Nantahala is teaming with other local businesses to host a Mother's Day Monster Madness fundraising event. The drive-thru event will be held at Parker Meadows Recreation Complex where vehicles will drive-thru and encounter aliens, dinosaurs, zombies, and other monsters roaming about. From the car, monster hunters can use their nerf guns to hunt the monsters trolling Parker Meadows. A restocking station being haunted by the Russ Hawkins Edward Jones team will ensure hunters have all the nerf ammo needed to finish the hunt. Cost for the monster hunt is $10 per vehicle with additional nerf bullets available for purchase at the beginning of the event for $1 a bag. Come support non-profits in Macon County while giving mom a break on Mother's Day.

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National News Update

SpaceX Starlink L27 Mission Successful []



--> On This Day

May 9th is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 236 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria
1009 – Lombard Revolt: Lombard forces led by Melus revolt in Bari against the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy.
1090 - Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated in Lincoln, England
1386 – England and Portugal formally ratify their alliance with the signing of the Treaty of Windsor, making it the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force.
1450 – 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
1502 - Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his 4th and final trip to the New World
1540 – Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California.
1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch makes his first recorded appearance in England.
1671 – Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1726 – Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
1864 – Second Schleswig War: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
1865 – American Civil War: Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his forces at Gainesville, Alabama.
1865 – American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
1873 – Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
1877 – Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
1901 – Australia opens its first national parliament in Melbourne.
1911 – The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio are placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Vatican.
1915 – World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
1918 – World War I: Germany repels Britain's second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.
1920 – Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreshchatyk.
1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)
1927 – Old Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
1936 – Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
1941 – World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: The SS executes 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast. The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants executed or deported.
1945 - World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army
1945 – World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.
1946 – King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Umberto II.
1948 – Czechoslovakia's Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
1950 – Robert Schuman presents the "Schuman Declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
1955 – Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
1961 – FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.
1969 – Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
1979 – Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran.
1980 – In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.
1980 – In Norco, California, five masked gunmen hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
1987 – LOT Flight 5055 Tadeusz Kościuszko crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing all 183 people on board.
1988 – New Parliament House, Canberra officially opens.
1992 – Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
1992 – Westray Mine disaster kills 26 workers in Nova Scotia, Canada.
2001 – In Ghana, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of tear gas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
2002 – The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.
2015 – Russia stages its biggest ever military parade in Moscow's Red Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day.
2016 - Boris Johnson resigns as Mayor of London, succeeded by Sadiq Khan
2017 - US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey
2017 - Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye
2018 – The historic defeat for Barisan Nasional, the governing coalition of Malaysia since the country's independence in 1957 in 2018 Malaysian general election.


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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 8, 2021



OUTLOOK

A weak cold front will move southeast through the region today before returning northward as a warm front on Sunday. A stronger cold front will arrive from the northwest on Monday. Slightly cooler and drier air should follow the front Tuesday into Wednesday as high pressure builds down from the north. Deeper moisture will likely return Wednesday night through Thursday before strong and dry high pressure sets up over the area Friday into next weekend.


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The Smoky Mountain High School Music Department presents this year's spring musical, "Broadway Review" [LINK]

PRESS RELEASE (05-05-2021)
MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Macon County Public Health Will Being Pre-Registering Children Age 12 to 15 for the COVID-19 Vaccination

With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory panel set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 to 15, Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center will begin to pre-register children, should their parents wish for them to be vaccinated once the vaccine has been approved. No Pfizer clinics are currently planned, though the public and those who pre-register will be notified once appointments become available for the Pfizer vaccine with Macon County Public Health.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and vaccine clinical trials for the age 12 to 15 group had no symptomatic infections after being fully vaccinated.

Side effects in this age group were similar to that of the age 16 to 25 group which included fever, pain at the injection site, and cold like symptoms lasting no longer than 72 hours after the injection.

Vaccinating children is key to increasing immunity within our community, and allowing students to return to a normal school life. Once fully-vaccinated, students will be able to stay in in-person classroom settings regardless of exposure, and those with no symptoms will be allowed to attend classes.

Parents that want their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to pre-register. Any adult who wishes to receive the vaccine, may also call the Vaccine Call Center to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• The Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for May 2021 [LINK]

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment



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Who knew David Lynch did the weather?

David Lynch's Weather Report 5/7/21



For those of you who do not know who David Lynch is [
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National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the west early increasing and shifting to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast increasing and shifting to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of rain around 9pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 40%.

Monday

Showers likely before 9am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the south increasing to 1 to 15 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of rain by 9pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.

Monday

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Otto area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast early increasing and shifting to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of rain by 9pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 40%.

Monday

Showers likely before 9am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of rain by 9pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 40%.

Monday

Showers likely before 9am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.2 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (8.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 8th


Highest Temperature 89°F in Highlands in 1940
Lowest Temperature 27°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Snowfall 0.5 inches in Highlands in 1992


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


Macon Calendar

Friends of the Greenway

Friends of the Greenway would like to invite you to FROG FAIR, our spring arts & crafts fair on May 8, 2021 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St, Franklin (at the Town bridge). We are excited to report that so far, 26 vendors have chosen to participate at the FAIR. As a fund raiser event for FROG, we collect a vendor registration fee, will offer a continental breakfast, lunch specials, homemade desserts and hold a 50/50 drawing with a $50 guarantee. Area musicians will perform throughout the day, with a sitting area for extra enjoyment. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the day. Stop by FROG Quarters Wednesday-Saturday between 9-2 to become a registered vendor or to purchase 50/50 drawing tickets. Hope to see you on May 8. For vendor information, email us at frog28734@gmail.com.


On This Day

May 7th is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 238 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


453 BC – Spring and Autumn period: The house of Zhao defeats the house of Zhi, ending the Battle of Jinyang, a military conflict between the elite families of the State of Jin.
413 – Emperor Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, which were plundered by the Visigoths.
589 – Reccared I opens the Third Council of Toledo, marking the entry of Visigothic Spain into the Catholic Church.
1429 – Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War.
1450 – Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
1516 – A group of imperial guards, led by Trịnh Duy Sản, murdered Emperor Lê Tương Dực and fled, leaving the capital Thăng Long undefended.
1541 – Hernando de Soto stops near present-day Walls, Mississippi, and sees the Mississippi River (then known by the Spanish as Río de Espíritu Santo, the name given to it by Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519).
1660 - English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England
1788 – King Louis XVI of France attempts to impose the reforms of Étienne Charles de Loménie de Brienne by abolishing the parlements.
1794 – Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme générale, is tried, convicted and guillotined in one day in Paris.
1821 – Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks at the Battle of Gravia Inn.
1842 – A train derails and catches fire in Paris, killing between 52 and 200 people.
1846 – Mexican–American War: American forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.
1877 – At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.
1898 – The first games of the Italian football league system are played.
1899 – The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play.
1902 – In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.
1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded.
1919 – Edward George Honey proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended World War I.
1921 – The creation of the Communist Party of Romania.
1924 – The Klaipėda Convention is signed formally incorporating Klaipėda Region (Memel Territory) into Lithuania.
1927 – Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
1933 – Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast of self-purification and launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement.
1941 – World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby.
1942 – World War II: The German 11th Army begins Operation Trappenjagd (Bustard Hunt) and destroys the bridgehead of the three Soviet armies defending the Kerch Peninsula.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington.
1942 – World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.
1945 – World War II: The German Instrument of Surrender signed at Reims comes into effect.
1945 – End of the Prague uprising, celebrated now as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
1945 – Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
1945 – The Halifax riot starts when thousands of civilians and servicemen rampage through Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1957 – South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem began a state visit to the United States, his regime's main sponsor.
1946 – Estonian schoolgirls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which preceded the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn.
1963 – South Vietnamese soldiers under the Roman Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine and sparking the Buddhist crisis.
1967 – The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
1972 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his order to place naval mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
1973 – A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.
1976 – The rollercoaster The New Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
1978 – The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
1980 – The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.
1984 – Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three people and wounding 13. René Jalbert, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
1984 – The Thames Barrier is officially opened, preventing the floodplain of most of Greater London from being flooded except under extreme circumstances.
1987 – The SAS kills eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian during an ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
1988 – A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered to be the "worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history".
1997 – China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 crashes on approach into Bao'an International Airport, killing 35 people.
2018 - President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal
2018 - Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths
2019 – British 17-year-old Isabelle Holdaway is reported to be the first patient ever to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection.
2019 - Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
2019 - Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill
2020 - 2020 Two US White House staffers test positive for COVID-19 and three members of the coronavirus task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus


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Published at 3:45am on Saturday, May 08, 2021



Friday, May 7, 2021

Live Event:
Broadway Review by the Smoky Mountain High School Music Department
Friday, May 7th at 7pm



The Smoky Mountain High School Music Department will present this year's spring musical, Broadway Review, at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 7, live on the SMH Mustangs YouTube channel. A video player has been embedded below to aid viewing during the event, and afterward if you cannot watch at the time it airs.

Live Video
(video will go live at 7pm on Friday, May7th)

Donations: https://give.livingtree.com/c/support-musical-theatre-at-smoky-mountain-high-school


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Published at 5:00pm on Friday, May 07, 2021



Weather Briefing for Friday, May 7, 2021



OUTLOOK

A cold front will cross the region leading to cooler high temps along with rain showers possible especially across the NC mtns. This weekend should be mostly dry due to high pressure to our south gradually tracking east into the western Atlantic. Mountain showers will remain possible this weekend despite this area of high pressure. A low pressure system tracking out of the Southern Plains will increase our rain chances late Sunday into Monday with thunderstorms possible Monday afternoon. Tuesday high pressure returns behind the departing cold front leading to drier conditions and cooler temps.


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PRESS RELEASE (05-05-2021)
MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Macon County Public Health Will Being Pre-Registering Children Age 12 to 15 for the COVID-19 Vaccination

With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory panel set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 to 15, Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center will begin to pre-register children, should their parents wish for them to be vaccinated once the vaccine has been approved. No Pfizer clinics are currently planned, though the public and those who pre-register will be notified once appointments become available for the Pfizer vaccine with Macon County Public Health.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and vaccine clinical trials for the age 12 to 15 group had no symptomatic infections after being fully vaccinated.

Side effects in this age group were similar to that of the age 16 to 25 group which included fever, pain at the injection site, and cold like symptoms lasting no longer than 72 hours after the injection.

Vaccinating children is key to increasing immunity within our community, and allowing students to return to a normal school life. Once fully-vaccinated, students will be able to stay in in-person classroom settings regardless of exposure, and those with no symptoms will be allowed to attend classes.

Parents that want their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to pre-register. Any adult who wishes to receive the vaccine, may also call the Vaccine Call Center to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

• The Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for May 2021 [LINK]

Proponents of Public Skatepark Adress the Town Council During Public Comment



Weather-related Video

Weather Brains #798 (May 3, 2021)


Audio version and shownotes [LINK]

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to upper 50s.

Highlands area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. WInds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Light winds out of the west.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph decreasing before midnight.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Air Quality




Air quality is in the extereme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There are no significant sources of smoke in the region as of 3am on 04-22-2021.)

Pollen


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.7 out of 12) today with Maple, Birch, and Oak being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.0 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on May 6th


Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1898
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992


May Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1966
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992


Macon Calendar

Macon County Public Library

Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers: A Guide to Hikes and Vistas with Author Peter Barr Thursday, May 6th, 6:30 p.m. outside the Macon County Public Library in the picnic pavilion next to Macon Early College- Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers: A Guide to Hikes and Vistas with Author Peter Barr Join us for a presentation by the author and a chance to purchase your own copy of his updated book on NC's lookout towers. Please call, email or visit Kristina Moe at the library to register- 828-524-3600, kmoe@fontanalib.org Friends of the Greenway

Friends of the Greenway would like to invite you to FROG FAIR, our spring arts & crafts fair on May 8, 2021 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St, Franklin (at the Town bridge). We are excited to report that so far, 26 vendors have chosen to participate at the FAIR. As a fund raiser event for FROG, we collect a vendor registration fee, will offer a continental breakfast, lunch specials, homemade desserts and hold a 50/50 drawing with a $50 guarantee. Area musicians will perform throughout the day, with a sitting area for extra enjoyment. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the day. Stop by FROG Quarters Wednesday-Saturday between 9-2 to become a registered vendor or to purchase 50/50 drawing tickets. Hope to see you on May 8. For vendor information, email us at frog28734@gmail.com.


On This Day

May 7th is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 238 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events


351 – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out after his arrival at Antioch.
558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses, twenty years after its construction. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
1274 – In France, the Second Council of Lyon opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
1355 - 1,200 Jews of Toledo, Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara
1427 - English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
1487 – The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista.
1544 – The Burning of Edinburgh by an English army is the first action of the Rough Wooing.
1664 – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles.
1685 – Battle of Vrtijeljka between rebels and Ottoman forces.
1697 – Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced in the 18th century by the current Royal Palace.
1700 - William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation
1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
1763 – Pontiac's War begins with Pontiac's attempt to seize Fort Detroit from the British.
1789 - First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)
1794 – French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.
1832 – Greece's independence is recognized by the Treaty of London.
1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1846 - First printed copies of "Poems" by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)
1864 – American Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
1864 – The world's oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide is launched by William Pile, Hay and Co. in Sunderland, England, for transporting passengers and goods between Britain and Australia.
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1915 – World War I: German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many former pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.
1915 – The Republic of China accedes to 13 of the 21 Demands, extending the Empire of Japan's control over Manchuria and the Chinese economy.
1920 – Kyiv Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kyiv only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.
1920 – Treaty of Moscow: Soviet Russia recognizes the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later.
1930 – The 7.1 Mw  Salmas earthquake shakes northwestern Iran and southeastern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to three-thousand people were killed.
1931 – The stand-off between criminal Francis Crowley and 300 members of the New York Police Department takes place in his fifth-floor apartment on West 91st Street, New York City.
1937 – Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco's forces.
1939 - World War II: Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
1940 – World War II: The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.
1942 – World War II: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Imperial Japanese Navy light aircraft carrier Shōhō; the battle marks the first time in naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
1945 – World War II: Last German U-boat attack of the war, two freighters are sunk off the Firth of Forth, Scotland.
1945 – World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.
1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded.
1948 – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
1954 – Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat and a Viet Minh victory (the battle began on March 13).
1960 – Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
1992 – Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
1992 – Space Shuttle program: The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49.
1992 – Three employees at a McDonald's Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, are brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery. It is the first "fast-food murder" in Canada.
1994 – Edvard Munch's painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
1999 – Pope John Paul II travels to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
1999 - Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
1999 – Kosovo War: Three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft apparently inadvertently bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Serbia.
1999 – In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
1999 - Jury finds "The Jenny Jones Show" and Warner Bros. liable in death of Scott Amedure, after purposely deceiving Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later kills Amedure, jury awards Amedure's family $25 million
2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.
2002 – An EgyptAir Boeing 737-500 crashes on approach to Tunis–Carthage International Airport, killing 14 people.
2002 – A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
2004 – American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
2007 - Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announces he has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium, West Bank
2012 - Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia
2013 - 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
2014 - Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in the Ukraine
2017 - Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen
2018 - Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years
2020 - UK economy heading for its worst crash in 300 years (-14%), since 1706, according to Bank of England forecast
2020 - US Father and son arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, after video of the killing surfaces
2020 - Toxic leak at Indian chemical factory near Visakhapatnam kills at least 13 and injures many when it tried to reopen after lockdown
2020 - US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million or 20% of the workforce, vs two months ago unemployment 3.5%, a 50-year low


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Published at 3:40am on Friday, May 07, 2021