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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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The remnants of Ida will depart the region late today with gradually improving conditions. Continental high pressure in it`s wake is expected to provide fair skies and seasonable temperatures through Saturday. A long-wave trough may settle into the region by Sunday and support a series of weak fronts through early next week.


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Local News

The Southern Scoop has gained access to a letter sent to the Highlands-Cashiers CEO and read aloud to a special called meeting of the Highlands Board of Commissioners regarding resources at Macon County EMS being stretched thin by the COVID-19 pandemic. The board then later voted to require masks to be worn in town buildings and in public spaces. The full letter can be found in the article linked below. 

 Macon County Emergency Management Director lays out concerns of system failure due to Covid19 surge [The Southern Scoop]

Wednesday Cawthorn Update

The entire event of Sunday, August 29th that has garnered national attention has been uploaded to Youtube. Since Macon Media prefers video of entire meetings and entire events so news reported from an event or meeting can be taken in context, here it is, along with what other news outlets are reporting: 

Madison Cawthorn Macon County Republican Party Appearance 08-29-2021

The video uploader has identified timestamps in the video. Visit Youtube] and click on the ones you are interested in checking.

Rep. Swalwell: Madison Cawthorn Should Face Consequences For 'Bloodshed' Warning

NC Rep. Madison Cawthorn under fire for comments possibly provoking another Jan. 6


A national story has started at an event that took place here in Macon County. 

The original video has been taken down, but someone captured the video and has uploaded the portion of the Congressman's speech that has garnered national attention.
Here is an article in The Hill about the fallout: "Cawthorn calls jailed Jan. 6 rioters 'political hostages'" [The Hill]

Pigeon River Flood of 2021 Coverage

NC governor seeking disaster declaration for Fred’s flooding [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Smoky Mountain News [The Pigeon River Flood of 2021] • The Mountaineer [Flood Coverage]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Friday Night

Franklin area


A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

. Tonight

. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

. Thursday

. Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. winds out of the north.

. Thursday Night

. Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Light winds out of the northeast.

. Friday

. Sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

. Friday Night

. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s


Highlands Plateau


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.


Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the east 3 to 5 mph.


Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.

Otto area


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 5pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the north.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.


Sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Nantahala area


Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



Tropical Depression Ida Advisory Number 20
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD AL092021
1000 PM CDT Mon Aug 30 2021


LOCATION...33.3N 89.5W

Flood and Flash Flood Watches extend from the Gulf Coast Region across the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys, central and southern Appalachians, into the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Ida was located near latitude 33.3 North, longitude 89.5 West. The depression is moving toward the northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue overnight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

RAINFALL: Through Tuesday morning across portions of southeast Louisiana into far southern Mississippi, Ida will produce additional rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with localized higher amounts possible. Storm total rainfall accumulations of 10 to 18 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 24 inches is expected. Heavy rain combined with storm surge has resulted in catastrophic impacts along the southeast coast of Louisiana with considerable flash flooding and riverine flooding continuing farther inland.

Ida will continue to turn northeast tonight and is forecast to track across the Middle Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday, producing the following rainfall totals:

Coastal Alabama to the far western Florida panhandle: An additional 3 to 6 inches resulting in storm total accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches, today through Tuesday morning.

Northern Mississippi, Middle Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, Central/Southern Appalachians into the Mid-Atlantic: 3 to 6 inches with isolated higher amounts, Tuesday into Wednesday.

Southern New England: 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts, Wednesday into Thursday.

Considerable flash flooding is possible from the Lower Mississippi Valley through the Middle Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, Central/Southern Appalachians, and into the Mid-Atlantic. Widespread minor to isolated major riverine flooding is occurring or forecast from the Lower Mississippi Valley into far western Alabama. Rivers will remain elevated into next week.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible through tonight, mainly across far southeast Mississippi, the southern half of Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. The threat for a few tornadoes will shift east on Tuesday and become centered across eastern Alabama, western Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle.


INIT 31/0300Z 33.3N 89.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND
12H 31/1200Z 34.2N 88.4W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
24H 01/0000Z 35.7N 85.7W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
36H 01/1200Z 37.0N 82.8W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
48H 02/0000Z 38.0N 79.7W 25 KT 30 MPH...POST-TROP/INLAND
60H 02/1200Z 39.0N 75.9W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
72H 03/0000Z 39.6N 72.2W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

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Air Quality

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

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)


Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.0 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (9.4 out of 12).

Weather Almanac for September 1st (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1951
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 5.80 inches in Highlands in 1917

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 8.98 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1982
Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999

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Macon Calendar
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A Taste of Tuscany
September 11, 2021

The Zonta Club is proud to announce its upcoming fundraising event to aid the Franklin Fire Department’s infant car seat program and the Special Liberty Project. Now headquartered in Macon County, the Special Liberty Project is a non-profit organization serving the entire veteran family, focusing on Gold Star families, spouses of suicide victims and healing veterans.

The nature-based, therapeutic programs offered include fun, educational activities for children with Veteran Mentors, retreats and support groups for Gold Star families and family members of suicide victims, as well as peer-supported outdoor pursuits to help veterans return to civilian life.

The Taste of Tuscany event will be held on September 11 at 5 p.m. at 757 Harrison Avenue in Franklin and will honor our first responders. It will feature an open air wine tasting of Slanted Window wines from SenAmore Vineyards in Tellico, accompanied by food and music. There will be a live auction, as well as a silent auction featuring artwork and designer goods. Slanted Window wines will be available for purchase. A limited number of tickets are still available at $100 per person, to include a wine tasting flight and commemorative wine glass. VIP tickets are available for $150 that feature an exclusive evening with the vintner and more. Tables of eight, including two VIP tickets, may be reserved.

For more information visit the Zonta Franklin NC Facebook page or their website,

Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at

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National News Roundup

U.S. releases footage of last troops to leave Kabul

Taliban celebrates US military withdrawal l WNT

Final Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan - February 15, 1989 - CBS Evening News

The Soldier's Heart (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

Level1 News September 1 2021: Netflix and Killstreak

Biden defends departure from ‘forever war,’ praises airlift [AP News]

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Ending the War in Afghanistan

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - August 31st, 2021

PBS NewsHour full episode, August 31st, 2021

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [August 27, 2021]

New York Times [Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker]

08/31/21: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials [The White House]

The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern is driven by acceleration of the evolutionary rate [MedRxiv]

Florida radio host who called himself ‘Mr. Anti-Vax’ dies after COVID-19 battle [WFLA-TV]

Dr John Campbell: Important announcement

Baby baptized at funeral of unvaccinated mother who died of COVID-19 [The Hill]

Mayo Clinic: Breaking down breakthrough COVID-19 infections

Venice chiropractor signing forms to opt-out children from wearing a mask in Sarasota County schools [WWSB-TV]

Ballad Health letter outlines plan for how to decide who gets treatment first [WCYB-TV]

Projected resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States in July-December 2021 resulting from the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant and faltering vaccination [MedRxiv]

COVID-19 false dichotomies and a comprehensive review of the evidence regarding public health, COVID-19 symptomatology, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, mask wearing, and reinfection [BMC Infectious Diseases]

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On This Day

September 1st is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 121 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

1145 – The main altar of Lund Cathedral, at the time seat of the archiepiscopal see of all the Nordic countries, is consecrated.

1173 – The widow Stamira sacrifices herself in order to raise the siege of Ancona by the forces of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Stamira]
• [Boncompagno da Signa, The History of the Siege of Ancona (1173)]

1355 – King Tvrtko I of Bosnia writes In castro nostro Vizoka vocatum from the Old town of Visoki.
1420 – A 9.4 MS-strong earthquake shakes Chile's Atacama Region causing tsunamis in Chile as well as Hawaii and Japan.

1449 – Tumu Crisis: The Mongols capture the Emperor of China.
• [Tumu Crisis]
• [Tumu Crisis]
• [Wikipedia Bio" Emperor Yingzong of Ming]

1529 – The Spanish fort of Sancti Spiritu, the first one built in modern Argentina, is destroyed by natives.
1532 – Lady Anne Boleyn is made Marquess of Pembroke by her fiancé, King Henry VIII of England.
1604 – Adi Granth, now known as Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs, was first installed at Harmandir Sahib.
1644 – Battle of Tippermuir: James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose defeats the Earl of Wemyss's Covenanters, reviving the Royalist cause.
1715 – At the age of five, Louis XV becomes king of France in succession to his great-grandfather, King Louis XIV.
1763 – Catherine II of Russia endorses Ivan Betskoy's plans for a Foundling Home in Moscow.
1772 – The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is founded in San Luis Obispo, California.

1774 – Massachusetts Bay colonists rise up in the bloodless Powder Alarm.
• [Powder Alarm]
• [The Folklorist: The Powder Alarm]
• [History on a Hog: The Powder Alarms Part 1-7]

1804 – Juno, one of the largest asteroids in the Main Belt, is discovered by the German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.
1831 – The Order of St. Gregory the Great is established by Pope Gregory XVI of the Vatican State to recognize high support for the Vatican or for the Pope, by a man or a woman, and not necessarily a Roman Catholic.
1836 – Narcissa Whitman, one of the first English-speaking white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington.
1838 – Saint Andrew's Scots School, the oldest school of British origin in South America, is established.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Chantilly: Confederate Army troops defeat a group of retreating Union Army troops in Chantilly, Virginia.

1864 – American Civil War: The Confederate Army General John Bell Hood orders the evacuation of Atlanta, ending a four-month siege by General William Tecumseh Sherman.

1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Sedan is fought, resulting in a decisive Prussian victory.
1873 – Cetshwayo ascends to the throne as king of the Zulu nation following the death of his father Mpande.
1878 – Emma Nutt becomes the world's first female telephone operator when she is recruited by Alexander Graham Bell to the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company.
1880 – The army of Mohammad Ayub Khan is routed by the British at the Battle of Kandahar, ending the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
1894 – Over 400 people die in the Great Hinckley Fire, a forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota.
1897 – The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
1905 – Alberta and Saskatchewan join the Canadian confederation.
1906 – The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys is established.
1911 – The armored cruiser Georgios Averof is commissioned into the Greek Navy. It now serves as a museum ship.
1914 – St. Petersburg, Russia, changes its name to Petrograd.

1914 – The last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.
• [Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon]
• [This Is Martha, the World's Last-Known Passenger Pigeon]
• [Why Billions of Passenger Pigeons Died in Under a Century]
• [Extinction Is Not Forever: Reviving the Passenger Pigeon with The Long Now Foundation's Ben Novak]

1920 – The Fountain of Time opens as a tribute to the 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent.
1923 – The Great Kantō earthquake devastates Tokyo and Yokohama, killing about 105,000 people.
1928 – Ahmet Zogu declares Albania to be a monarchy and proclaims himself king.

1934 – The first Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animated cartoon, The Discontented Canary, is released to movie theatres.
• [MGM - The Discontented Canary (1934) REMASTERED - Classic Cartoon]

1939 – World War II: Nazi Germany invades Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II.
• [Wikipedia: Invasion of Poland]
• [Captured Film -- Germany Invades Poland 1939]
• [The Invasion - The Outbreak Of World War II | Extra long Episode]
• [World War II News and Old Time Radio September 1 1939]
• [Invasion of Poland from the Polish Perspective | Animated History]
• [001 -The Polish-German War - WW2 - September 1, 1939 [IMPROVED]]

1939 – General George C. Marshall becomes Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
1939 – The Wound Badge for Wehrmacht, SS, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe soldiers is instituted. The final version of the Iron Cross is also instituted on this date.
1939 – Switzerland mobilizes its forces and the Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Armed Forces (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization).
1939 – Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people.
1941 – The Holocaust: The Nazis execute 2,500 Jews by shooting in Ostroh, Ukraine.
1951 – The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty.
1952 – The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, is first published.
1958 – Iceland expands its fishing zone, putting it into conflict with the United Kingdom, beginning the Cod Wars.
1961 – The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate.
1961 – The first conference of the Non-Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
1967 – The Khmer–Chinese Friendship Association is banned in Cambodia.
1967 – Six-Day War: The Khartoum Resolution is issued at the Arab Summit, and eight countries adopt the "three 'no's against Israel".
1969 – A coup in Libya brings Muammar Gaddafi to power.
1969 – Trần Thiện Khiêm becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam under President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu.
1970 – Palestinian guerrillas attack the motorcade of King Hussein of Jordan in a failed assassination attempt.
1972 – In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion.
1974 – The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of one hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour (2,310.353 km/h).

1979 – The American space probe Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 kilometres (13,000 mi).
• [PIONEER 11 - Saturn - Live TV Coverage (1979/09/02 morning)]
• [NASA: Pioneer 11 Encounter with Saturn]
• [Pioneer 11 Mission Page]

1980 – Major General Chun Doo-hwan becomes President of South Korea, following the resignation of Choi Kyu-hah.
1981 – A coup d'état in the Central African Republic overthrows President David Dacko.
1982 – The United States Air Force Space Command is founded.

1983 – Cold War: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Union jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace, killing all 269 on board, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald.
• [Wikipedia: Korean Air Lines Flight 007]
• [NASA: The Crash of Korean Air Lines Flight 007]
• [Air Crash Investigation Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor]
• [Flight Sim: Target is Destroyed | Korean Air Lines Flight 007]

1985 – A joint American–French expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1991 – Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union.

2004 – The Beslan school siege begins when armed terrorists take schoolchildren and school staff hostage in North Ossetia, Russia; by the end of the siege, three days later, more than 385 people are dead (including hostages, other civilians, security personnel and terrorists).
• [Beslan school siege]
• [Hostages flee siege school, fighting, wounded]
• [The Town Of Little Angels. Six years after Beslan school siege]

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top