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Monday, September 4, 2023

News and Weather Briefing for Labor Day, 2023

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night

Franklin Area

Labor Day

Widespread dense fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 90. Light and variable winds.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

`Highlands Plateau

Labor Day

Sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming light and variable by noon.


Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south around 5 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.


Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming light and variable.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.

Otto and South Central Macon County

Labor Day

Areas of fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Light and variable winds.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 90.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Nantahala Area

Labor Day

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.


Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light winds out of the southwest.


Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 60s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight in Macon County.

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Macon Calendar
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Saturdays in August from 11am to 1pm

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

8/26/23—Zip Robertson—A Singer/Songwriter who’s journeyed from Ky to FL & up to Western NC bringing us lucky listeners acoustic music to touch our hearts. Welcome Zip!

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!

Mountain Findings
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Highlands, North Carolina 28741

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.

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Local and State News

• The Wrap: Make or break time for NC gambling bills [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Republican threatens to ‘defund’ NC tribe on brink of historic marijuana vote [Raleigh News and Observer]

• 77th annual NC Apple Fest charms thousands in Hendersonville with all things apple treats, live music, fun aplenty [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

---Recent News Recap---
September 03, 2023

The Franklin Panthers were defeated by the Swain County Maroon Devils last night in Bryson City. The box score from the game is posted below. The Panthers drop to 0-3 for the season. The Panthers have the next week off, then on September 15th the East Henderson Eagles (currently 0-3) travel to thePanther pit after facing the Owen Warhorses on the 8th.

• Friday Football Frenzy: All your scores and highlights, 09-01-23 [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

Victim of deadly shooting at UNC was an associate professor | WNCN-TV (Goldsboro, NC)

Students and staff debate 'poor' safety protocols after UNC Campus Shooting | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

• How The Daily Tar Heel designed the front page everyone is talking about [Poynter]

• New book details history of manufacturing in Jackson [Smoky Mountain News]

• NC lawmakers plan votes Tuesday on election, alcohol rules [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Republican threatens to ‘defund’ NC tribe on brink of historic marijuana vote [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners (August 2023) [Macon Media]

• Friends of the Greenway Update County Commissioners on the Use of County Property [Macon Media]


• HB259 NC House Bill Budget Substitute [PDF Download (640 pages)]

Proposed State Budget for 2023-2025 [Download PDF]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners March 2023 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

Team 1 2 3 4 F
Franklin 3 3 0 7 13
Swain County 0 13 20 7 40

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National and World News Roundup

Monsoon rains slam the Southwest | ABC World News Tonight

Retail outlook, plus what investors should know about consumer spending, bankruptcies, and theft | Yahoo Finance

• Biden's big gamble: Staying quiet on Trump [NBC News]

• Videos Show Angry Neo-Nazis Cursing and Screaming Slurs During March in Florida [Rolling Stone]

• Do Higher Deficits Cause Inflation? Not This Year [WSJ (video/audio)] [WSJ (text archive)]

• U.S. deficit explodes even as economy grows [Washington Post]

• A Putin Critic Fell to His Death in Washington. We Still Don’t Know Why. [Politico]

International News Headlines

Poland is a powerhouse in the making | Caspian Report

Congo and Uganda: Will new roads serve as war compensation? | DW News

• Mystery around China’s new science and tech body a sign of secrecy to come, analysts say [South China Morning Post]

• Israeli pm urges immediate deportation of Eritrean clash participants [Afruica News]

• Sudan conflict: Air strike on Khartoum kills at least 20 [BBC News]

• Madrid residents advised to stay home as torrential rain sweeps across Spain [France 24]

• Taiwanese soldiers joined US military exercises in Michigan [Taiwan News]

Global National: Sept. 3, 2023 | Burning Man festival turns into muddy nightmare

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 03

PBS NewsHour full episode, (September 03, 2023)

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:

Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Macon County Public Health will stop publishing weekly COVID updates but will continue to monitor local case levels and trends. In the event that case counts increase significantly, MCPH will notify the public and resume weekly COVID updates.

• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 8:14am CEST, 26 July 2023, there have been 103,436,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,127,152 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 2 June 2023, a total of 668,882,018 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 8:14am CEST, 26 July 2023, there have been 768,560,727 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,952,522 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 July 2023, a total of 13,474,348,801 vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths surge | CBS Newsv

• Website for Covid-19 Treatment Locations & Antiviral Inventories [Adminisration for Strategic Preparedness and Response]

• New COVID variant BA.2.86 is now in 5 states. Here's what to know [ABC News]

• Metallica postpones Phoenix concert after James Hetfield catches Covid [CNN (Via Yahoo Entertainment) ]

• TWiV 1036: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe TV]

• TWiV 1037: Antibodies, the good (CoV), the bad (Ad), the beautiful [Microbe TV]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• The Sky This Week from September 1 to 8: Comet Hartley 2 visits California [Astronomy Magazine]

Why the Japanese PC Failed | Asianometry

• OpenAI releases new teacher guide for ChatGPT in classrooms [Mashable]

• Are self-driving cars already safer than human drivers? [ARS TECHNICA]

• A super-simple way to organize your internet [The Verge]

• Lucid CEO has a plan to end Americans' range anxiety [ABC News]

• Microsoft is finally killing off WordPad after nearly 30 years [Mashable]

• Z-Library returns, aims to avoid seizures by giving each user a secret URL [ARS TECHNICA]

Evergreen Links

• Red Dead Online player bids farewell to Google Stadia save by releasing horse they named after their departed daughter [Games Radar]

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 69 - Twilight of the Æsir

Hardcore History: Addendum EP26 Dig This! | Dan Carlin

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]

• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]

How Do We Know What We Know? Philosophy of Science | Fraser Cain

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Cinetimes]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

The American Southwest’s Not-so-“Extinct” Volcanoes; 36 Likely to Erupt Again | GeologyHub

RISC-V Week: 7 days only using RISC-V computers | ExplainingComputers

The Development of the North Carolina class - The Nelson that never was | Drachinifel

Inside The UKs Breakthrough Fusion Reactor - First Light Fusion | Dr Ben Miles

How The Most Useless Branch of Math Could Save Your Life | Veritasium


Civilization: Is the West History? | Episode 2: Science | BBC Select

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Special Section: The Russo-Ukrainian War
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, September 02 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for September 2nd ]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 556 [Al Jazeera]

• Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 556: Russia delivers first nuclear warheads to Belarus [Euromaiden Press]

Can Ukraine's long-range attacks daunt Russia? | DW News

Ukraine Breaks Through the Surovikin Line - Russian Invasion | Kings and Generals

• Ukraine updates: Kyiv urges fast Taurus missiles delivery [DW News]

• Russia attacks Ukraine grain port ahead of Putin-Erdogan talks [Al Jazeera]

• HOUR BY HOUR - 🔴 Liveblog: Russia strikes Ukraine grain exporting port ahead of Putin-Erdogan talks [France 24]

• Ukraine's defence minister Oleksii Reznikov dismissed [BBC News]

• Ukraine’s Zelensky Appoints Crimean Tatar Executive as New Defense Minister [Wall Street Journal]

The Ukraine Air War Moves to Russia - Drone attacks, F-16s & Changing tactics | Perun

Russia-North Korea cooperation | World Today

Ukraine corruption: Zelenskyy pledges to clean up fraud | Al Jazeera

What Ukraine's breakthrough in Zaporizhzhia means going forward | DW News

🔴 Live: Russia strikes Ukraine grain exporting port ahead of Putin-Erdogan talks | FRANCE 24

News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or articles/video about those who support Russia

The Russians Press Ahead And Crush Everything | Straight Calls with Douglas Macgregor

• Ukrainian naval drones target Crimean Bridge – MOD [Russia Today]

• Ukraine to modify Neptune missiles to strike Moscow [Pravda]

• Battlegroup East strikes Ukrainian drone control center — Russian Defense Ministry [TASS Russian News Agency]


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On This Day

September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 118 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

Historical Events

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

476 – Romulus Augustulus is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself "King of Italy", thus ending the Western Roman Empire.

626 – Li Shimin, posthumously known as Emperor Taizong of Tang, assumes the throne over the Tang dynasty of China.

929 – Battle of Lenzen: Slavic forces (the Redarii and the Obotrites) are defeated by a Saxon army near the fortified stronghold of Lenzen in Brandenburg.

1260 – The Sienese Ghibellines, supported by the forces of Manfred, King of Sicily, defeat the Florentine Guelphs at Montaperti.

1282 – Peter III of Aragon becomes the King of Sicily.

1479 – The Treaty of Alcáçovas is signed by the Catholic Monarchs of Castile and Aragon on one side and Afonso V and his son, Prince John of Portugal.

1607 – The Flight of the Earls takes place in Ireland.

1666 – In London, England, the most destructive damage from the Great Fire occurs.

1774 – New Caledonia is first sighted by Europeans, during the second voyage of Captain James Cook.

1781 – Los Angeles is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels) by 44 Spanish settlers.

1797 – Coup of 18 Fructidor in France.

1800 – The French garrison in Valletta surrenders to British troops who had been called at the invitation of the Maltese. The islands of Malta and Gozo become the Malta Protectorate.

1812 – War of 1812: The Siege of Fort Harrison begins when the fort is set on fire.

1827 – The Great Fire of Turku almost completely destroys Finland's former capital city.

1839 – Battle of Kowloon: British vessels open fire on Chinese war junks enforcing a food sales embargo on the British community in China in the first armed conflict of the First Opium War.

1862 – American Civil War Maryland Campaign: General Robert E. Lee takes the Army of Northern Virginia, and the war, into the North.

1870 – Emperor Napoleon III of France is deposed and the Third Republic is declared.

1882 – The Pearl Street Station in New York City becomes the first power plant to supply electricity to paying customers.

1886 – American Indian Wars: After almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo, with his remaining warriors, surrenders to General Nelson Miles in Arizona.

1888 – George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.

1912 – Albanian rebels succeed in their revolt when the Ottoman Empire agrees to fulfill their demands

1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who founded the Republic of Turkey, gathers a congress in Sivas to make decisions as to the future of Anatolia and Thrace.

1923 – Maiden flight of the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah.

1934 – Evelyn Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust was first published in full.

1936 – Spanish Civil War: Largo Caballero forms a war cabinet to direct the republican war effort.

1939 – World War II: William J. Murphy commands the first Royal Air Force attack on Germany.

1941 – World War II: A German submarine makes the first attack of the war against a United States warship, the USS Greer.

1944 – World War II: The British 11th Armoured Division liberates the Belgian city of Antwerp.

1944 – World War II: Finland exits from the war with Soviet Union.

1948 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons.

1949 – The Peekskill riots erupt after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.

1950 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.

1951 – The first live transcontinental television broadcast takes place in San Francisco, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.

1957 – American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis: The governor of Arkansas calls out the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Little Rock Central High School, resulting in the lawsuit Cooper v. Aaron the following year.

1963 – Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.

1964 – Scotland's Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh officially opens.

1967 – Vietnam War: Operation Swift begins when U.S. Marines engage the North Vietnamese in battle in the Que Son Valley.

1970 – Salvador Allende is elected President of Chile.

1971 – Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.

1972 – Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.

1972 – The Price Is Right premieres on CBS. As of 2022, it is the longest running game show on American television.

1975 – The Sinai Interim Agreement relating to the Arab–Israeli conflict is signed.

1977 – The Golden Dragon massacre takes place in San Francisco.

1985 – The discovery of Buckminsterfullerene, the first fullerene molecule of carbon.

1989 – In Leipzig, East Germany, the first of weekly demonstration for the legalisation of opposition groups and democratic reforms takes place.

1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

2001 – Tokyo DisneySea opens to the public as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.

2002 – The Oakland Athletics win their 20th consecutive game, an American League record.

2007 – Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.

2010 – A 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes the South Island of New Zealand causing widespread damage and several power outages.

2020 – Pope Benedict XVI becomes the longest-lived pope, 93 years, four months, 16 days, surpassing Pope Leo XIII, who died in 1903.
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Published at 5:00am on Monday, September 04, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe 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.