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Monday, September 13, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, September 13, 2021

Guards at Windsor Castle play the national anthem to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

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High pressure over the Southeast will support dry conditions through Monday. Small chances for showers and thunderstorms return to the mountains Tuesday, and all areas Wednesday, as moisture returns to the area. Daily chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms will prevail through the upcoming weekend after Tuesday. Temperatures will remain above-normal through the week.


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Local News

[COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (September 9, 2021)]

Information and a press release regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at the Macon County Detention Facility is posted in [COVID-19 News and Updates ].

9/11 Remembrance - Pat Howard (2021)

Pat Howard was the keynote speaker at a 9/11 20th anniversary event Saturday morning in the Panther Pit at Franklin High School. Article with full video and photos of the event will be published later today.

BOATLIFT - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience (HD Version)

[Franklin Town Council Meeting for September 2021]

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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today

General forecast through Saturday Night

Franklin area


Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds.


Widespread fog, mainly after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.


Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Highlands Plateau


Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Otto area


Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds.


Widespread fog, mainly after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.


Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Nantahala area


Sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Sep 13 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Nicholas, located over the western Gulf of Mexico.

1. A tropical wave is expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa later today. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual development of this system thereafter, and a tropical depression is likely to form by late this week while it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

2. An area of low pressure is forecast to form by midweek a couple of hundred miles north of the southeastern or central Bahamas as a tropical wave interacts with an upper-level trough. Some gradual development of this system is possible thereafter, and a tropical depression could form later this week while the system moves north-northwestward or northward across the western Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

3. Showers and thunderstorms remain very limited in association with a non-tropical area of low pressure over the far northeastern Atlantic, about midway between the Azores and Portugal. Tropical or subtropical development of this system is no longer expected while it moves eastward and then inland over Portugal by late Tuesday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 percent.


Tropical Tidbits is a website run by Macon Media's favorite no-nonsense tropical forecaster, Levi Cowan. He does not post material just to get clicks or to sensationalize the storms he covers to "make them more exciting." He is reliable and sober, unlike The Weather Channel crowd of Drama Queen Meteorologists.

Levi typically posts videos late in the afternoon or early before midnight on Youtube. [Youtube Channel]

[Sun / Sep 12] Nicholas Forms; Impacts Expected in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico

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Air Quality

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

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


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.2 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium-high range (9.0 out of 12).

Weather Almanac for September 13th (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F in Franklin in 1962 Lowest Temperature 32°F in Highlands in 1917 Greatest Rainfall 2.63 inches in Highlands in 2004

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

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 12th, 2021

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 12th, 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: [September 10, 2021]

PRESS RELEASE (09-12-2021)
MCSO Covid19 Test Results As we reported last week, all inmate visitations remains suspended due to multiple cases of Covid being suspected in our detention center. This decision was made in the best interest of staff and inmates and done as a precautionary measure. Working with our local health department and our detention center physician and nurse to have all inmates and all of our detention officers tested. This was requested as voluntary testing. As reported earlier, all but two inmates agreed to be tested.
As of today (September 12, 2021), 82 of 83 tests have returned. A total of 58 negative tests and a total of 24 resulted in positive for covid19. All 24 positive results were of male inmates and are in the dormitory section of our facility. We currently have no positive cases in the female dorm. All MCSO detention officers tests resulted in negative for Covid19. Although negative, we will continue to monitor all employees and inmates as we have done throughout this pandemic and conduct additional tests when appropriate. In addition to this week’s testing, we conducted “Rapid Tests” for additional officers who reported for work this weekend and all those tests resulted in negative for Covid19.
While visitation was suspended and because we were concerned for all the inmates mental health due to denying opportunity for visits, detention center staff made sure inmates had the opportunity to call family or friends if they needed to. Staff reported that inmates voiced appreciation for looking out for their well-being. Sheriff Robert L. Holland states, “Earlier this evening I called and had my staff communicate with each of our dorms via intercom system and asked if all inmates had the opportunity to use the phones today to call anyone if they needed to and the inmates confirmed they had. I also had them confirm all phones within our facility were operational throughout the weekend.”
At this time, only one inmate remains hospitalized due to Covid and has been prescribed oxygen. Our facility is unable to adequately provide an appropriate location for an inmate needing an device to provide oxygen due to all of our isolation cells being occupied with other Covid positive inmates. All other inmates symptoms range from no symptoms to minor symptoms. Medical staff from our local health department and MCSO detention center physician has maintained continuous communication throughout the weekend with staff and inmates. As of this release, all inmates continue to be doing well.
If anyone is concerned about a family member incarcerated in our facility you can contact Macon County Jail Administrator Lieutenant Dereck Jones. Please understand that our staff will NOT confirm your family member has Covid and will NOT provide you with any medical information by telephone. THEY LEGALLY are not permitted to do so. YOUR family member incarcerated in the Macon County Detention Center has access to a telephone and can call you to provide their medical information if they choose. No inmates currently incarcerated in our facility is severely ill at this time but all of them continue to be closely monitored.
Sheriff Holland concludes, “When I called earlier this evening most of the inmates that are positive for Covid19 were doing well and most were enjoying watching a football game on TV.”
Superior Court begins this week: Inmates who have tested positive for Covid19 will Not be transported out of our facility to Superior Court tomorrow but arrangements will be made for video conferencing if it is deemed necessary to appear for any court proceedings.

President Biden Delivers Remarks on his Plan to Stop the Delta Variant & Boost COVID-19 Vaccinations

The attributes of a Scientist

New York Times [Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker]

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On This Day

September 13th is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 109 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)

585 BC – Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Sabines, and the surrender of Collatia.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Lucius Tarquinius Priscus]
• [Lucius Tarquinius Priscus: The Elder (Ancient Rome Explained)]
• [Kings of Rome. Lucius Tarquinius Priscus. (Audio Only)]

509 BC – The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September.
379 – Yax Nuun Ahiin I is crowned as 15th Ajaw of Tikal
533 – Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeats Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimum, near Carthage, North Africa.
1229 – Ögedei Khan is proclaimed Khagan of the Mongol Empire in Kodoe Aral, Khentii: Mongolia.

1437 – Battle of Tangier: a Portuguese expeditionary force initiates a failed attempt to seize the Moroccan citadel of Tangier.
1501 – Italian Renaissance: Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.
1504 – Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand issue a Royal Warrant for the construction of a Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) to be built.
1541 – After three years of exile, John Calvin returns to Geneva to reform the church under a body of doctrine known as Calvinism.
• [Wikipedia Bio: JOhn Calvin]
• [Calvin's Return to Geneva]
• [Calvinism (Introduction to John Calvin's Reformed Theology)]

1584 – San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid is finished.
1609 – Henry Hudson reaches the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.
1645 – Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Scottish Royalists are defeated by Covenanters at the Battle of Philiphaugh.
1743 – Great Britain, Austria and the Kingdom of Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms.
1759 – Battle of the Plains of Abraham: the British defeat the French near Quebec City in the Seven Years' War, known in the United States as the French and Indian War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Plains of Abraham]
• [Battlestack: Battle of Plains of Abraham (Battle for Canada 1759 - Seven Years War)]
• [Seven Years' War | Animated History]

1782 – American Revolutionary War: Franco-Spanish troops launch the unsuccessful "grand assault" during the Great Siege of Gibraltar.
1788 – The Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the first presidential election in the United States, and New York City becomes the country's temporary capital.
1791 – King Louis XVI of France accepts the new constitution.
1808 – Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.
1812 – War of 1812: A supply wagon sent to relieve Fort Harrison is ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.
1814 – In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British fail to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.
• [1812 War - The Battle at Baltimore]
• [Star Spangled Banner As You've Never Heard It]
• [Doug Claytor Recites 'Defense of Fort McHenry']

1843 – The Greek Army rebels (OS date: September 3) against the autocratic rule of king Otto of Greece, demanding the granting of a constitution.
1847 – Mexican–American War: Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec. American troops under General Winfield Scott capture Mexico City in the Mexican–American War.
• [Wikipedia: Battle of Chapultepec]
• [The Battle of Chapultepec]
• [The Mexican-American War - Explained in 16 minutes]

1848 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survives an iron rod 1+1⁄4 inches (3.2 cm) in diameter being driven through his brain; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate discussion of the nature of the brain and its functions.
• [Wikipedia Bio: Phineas Gage]
• [What Really Happened to Phineas Gage?]
• [Phineas Gage And The (Literally) Mind-Blowing History Of Brain Science | Random Thursday]

1862 – American Civil War: Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee's battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.
1882 – Anglo-Egyptian War: The Battle of Tel el-Kebir is fought.
1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.
1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
1899 – Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199 m – 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya.
1900 – Filipino insurgents defeat a small American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa, during the Philippine–American War.
1906 – The Santos-Dumont 14-bis makes a short hop, the first flight of a fixed-wing aircraft in Europe.
1914 – World War I: The Battle of Aisne begins between Germany and France.
1922 – The final act of the Greco-Turkish War, the Great Fire of Smyrna, commences.
1923 – Following a military coup in Spain, Miguel Primo de Rivera takes over, setting up a dictatorship.
1933 – Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.
1942 – World War II: Second day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge in the Guadalcanal Campaign. U.S. Marines successfully defeated attacks by the Japanese with heavy losses for the Japanese forces.
1944 – World War II: Start of the Battle of Meligalas between the Greek Resistance forces of the Greek People's Liberation Army (ELAS) and the collaborationist security battalions.
1948 – Deputy Prime Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel orders the Army to move into Hyderabad to integrate it with the Indian Union.
1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected United States senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.
1956 – The dike around the Dutch polder East Flevoland is closed.
1962 – An appeals court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.
1964 – South Vietnamese Generals Lâm Văn Phát and Dương Văn Đức fail in a coup attempt against General Nguyễn Khánh.
1964 – Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd of 20,000 West Berliners on Sunday, in Waldbühne.
1968 – Cold War: Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.
1971 – State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to quell a prison revolt, which claimed 43 lives.
• [Attica Prison riot]
• [ATTICA Documentary (1974)]
• [The Attica Prison Rebellion – BBC News]

1971 – Chairman Mao Zedong's second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao flees China after the failure of an alleged coup. His plane crashes in Mongolia, killing all aboard.
1977 – General Motors introduces Diesel engine, with Oldsmobile Diesel engine, in the Delta 88, Oldsmobile 98, and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser models amongst others.
1979 – South Africa grants independence to the "homeland" of Venda (not recognised outside South Africa).
1982 – Spantax Flight 995 crashes at Málaga Airport during a rejected takeoff, killing 50 of the 394 people on board.
1985 – Super Mario Bros. is released in Japan for the NES, which starts the Super Mario series of platforming games.
1987 – Goiânia accident: A radioactive object is stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many people in the following weeks and causing some to die from radiation poisoning.
• [Goiânia accident]
• [How one handful of powder contaminated a whole city]
• [The Goiania Accident | A Short Documentary | Fascinating Horror]

1988 – Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, later replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 (based on barometric pressure).
1989 – Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.
1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
1997 – A German Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 and a United States Air Force Lockheed C-141 Starlifter collide in mid-air near Namibia, killing 33.
2001 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States after the September 11 attacks.
2007 – The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
2007 – The McLaren F1 team were found guilty of possessing confidential information from the Ferrari team, and were fined $100 million and were excluded from the constructors' championship standings.
2008 – Delhi, India, is hit by a series of bomb blasts, resulting in 30 deaths and 130 injuries.
2008 – Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston, and surrounding areas.
2013 – Taliban insurgents attack the United States consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, with two members of the Afghan National Police reported dead and about 20 civilians injured.
2018 – The Merrimack Valley gas explosions: One person is killed, 25 are injured, and 40 homes are destroyed when excessive natural gas pressure caused fires and explosions.
• [Wikipedia: Merrimack Valley gas explosions]
• [National Transportation Safety Board final report (PDF)]
• [Merrimack Valley Explosions: 60-80 Fires Reported]
• [Timeline: Warning Signs, Destruction, And Emergency Action During Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions]
• [The Merrimack Valley gas fires: An incident management success story]
• [The Merrimack Valley Explosions, One Year Later]
• [Utility officials grilled over Merrimack Valley gas explosions]
• [Columbia Gas to pay $53M fine for Merrimack Valley gas explosions]

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Published at 4:20am on Monday, September 13, 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