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Education based building projects adding jobs in Jackson County

(07/19/13) Three major construction projects are working around the rain this summer in the Sylva area. Work is progressing on the new performing arts center, classrooms, and gymnasium complex at Smoky Mountain High School. The target date is to have the facility open in time for the upcoming basketball season. Another education based building project is the roof repair project at Cullowhee Valley School. The weather has slowed this project which contractors had hoped to have wrapped up by the time school starts back in August. Workers are taking every opportunity of every break in the weather to reduce the huge inventory of building materials on site and get the leaks stopped in the school. The third project is the new dental clinic being constructed next to the Jackson County Rescue Squad Building on County Services Drive above the Department on Aging. This facility is designed to provide dental training for students completing their internship and practicuum at East Carolina University. The students willl be working under the supervision of a licensed dentist.  The objective of this project is to bring more dentists to underserved rural communities.

WCU’s Academic Success Program Set for this Saturday

Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program (ASP) students have collaborated with the Town of Sylva, Walmart of Sylva, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, and several area nonprofits and businesses to host the third annual Day of Service this Saturday in the Bridge Park. The festival in the park will include games, food, music, and nonprofit vendors from 9am-1pm. At 11am, Harrah’s will provide a lunch fundraiser to include grilled flat iron steaks, grilled chicken, baby red potatoes, fire roasted corn salad, warm tortillas, and clover honey baklava. A kids’ lunch box will include a hot dog, potato chips, fresh apple slices, a fruit snack, and a toy surprise. Festival attendees can also enjoy local musicians, Sugar Barnes, Perfect Third, and John Luke Carter on the Bridge Park stage. In the evening, from 5-9pm, there will be a benefit concert in the Bridge Park, featuring local bands, P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) and Porch 40. Food vendors and nonprofits will be set up throughout the evening as well, and all proceeds and donations directly benefit the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools Great Smoky Mountains. Jack the Dipper Ice Cream will be set up in the park, selling ice cream at the morning festival, and during the evening celebration, donating 10% of the day’s sales to the three benefit organizations. Throughout the day, ASP students will be volunteering in a variety of service projects throughout Jackson County, to benefit Catman2, Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, Sylva Rotary, river cleanup, Pathways Thrift Store, Full Spectrum Farms, and roadside cleanup along Highway 107 and Old Cullowhee Road. Support, volunteers, and donations from local businesses have helped to make this event possible. Walmart of Sylva has generously awarded a $500 grant to each of the benefit organizations: the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools. In addition to Walmart and Harrah’s, community sponsors include WRGC Radio, Signature Brew Coffee Company, the River Jordan Christian Store, In Your Ear Music, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library, Survival Pride Clothing, Heinzelmannchen​, Finders Keepers, City Lights Bookstore, Hollifield Jewelers, It’s By Nature, and Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro. These businesses and organizations are providing prizes for a raffle sponsored by the Town of Sylva, hosting donation jars, and making monetary contributions to local nonprofits. Questions about the Day of Service can be directed to Glenda Hensley, at ghensley@email.​wcu.edu.