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May 28, 2017


From nips to actual attacks, animal bites can be a serious problem.  The Jackson County Animal Shelter offers these tips on how to avoid animal bites as well as what to do if you or someone you love is bitten. Start by being calm and respecting an animal’s personal space.  Never approach an unfamiliar a...
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Court of Appeals to Hold 50th Anniversary Sessions

Citizens of Waynesville and Cherokee will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the N.C. Court of Appeals with special sessions on May 24 and 25, offering a unique opportunity for citizens and members of the legal community to celebrate while seeing the court in action. The public is invited to attend as a...
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83 “Bloods” Gang Members Indicted On Federal Charges

Eighty-three alleged leaders and members of the “United Blood Nation” (UBN or Bloods) have been indicted on federal racketeering conspiracy charges and charges related to murder, attempted murder, violent assault, narcotics distribution, firearms possession and Hobbs Act robbery. A number of defendants...
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Trails Get Make Overs for the Season

Rainbow Falls Trail: The Rainbow Falls Trail is the next trail in line to get a complete rehabilitation through the Smokies Trails Forever program, funded by Friends of the Smokies. Work began May 8 to rebuild the heavily used 6-mile trail, which ends at Mt. LeConte. By the time the project wraps up in...
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Tanker Spill Closes I-40 Near Tennessee

An overturned tanker truck has closed both eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line. The truck was 95 percent full of tar, and spilled its contents. The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to advise drivers from the Knoxville...
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Woman Dies After Parkway Fall

An 83-year-old woman fell from a Parkway overlook and has died. Friday morning the woman fell 150 feet to her death from the East Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Milepost 418. Her body was recovered in the early afternoon by Haywood County Sheriff’s Technical Rescue Team. The victim’s name...
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B Corps Could Become Newest Business Designation in NC

Benefit Corporations – commonly known as B Corps – are growing in popularity in North Carolina and beyond. Certified by the non-profit, B Lab, the designation indicates that a company has met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. While i...
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