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VOL. LVI. NO. 2S
TVAWill Build Fontana
Knudsen Has Announced
Agreement Reached With
Alcoa, Work Expected
To Begin Soon
The announcement made, public
last Saturday that the Fontana
Dam will be built, was received
with interest in this section.
William S. Knudsen, director of
the office of production, manage
ment, has announced that the Ten
nessee Valley Authority and the
Aluminum Company of America
have reached an agreement for the
construction of the rontana dam
and power facility by the TVA
on the Little Tennessee" river.
According to the Associated
Press dispatch Mr. Knudsen re
ported the decision to Chairman
Truman (D., Mo.) of the senate
defense investigating committee,
after a number of conferences, in
which he stated that TVA and
Alcoa had reached an understand
ing providing for the construction
of the project by TVA. The agree
ment was dependent uponv securing
from congress the necessary ap
propriation,, which, it was stated,
would be recommended to the
president early next week.
Although no mention was made
regarding construction of facilities
to produce aluminum, Washington
defense officials on Tune 27. recom
mended construction of eight new
aluminum plants in the nation to
produce ($0,000,000 pounds addi
tional annually, and one to pro
duce 40,000,000 pounds would be
in North Carolina.
Senator Truman said that ac
cording to testimony before the
committee, although the TVA had
no preference as to who should
develop the project, . it was believ
ed that if it were developed with
government funds it should be
owned by the government.
Alcoa To Sell Site
"It is our understanding that
the. TVA is best equipped from an
organizational and facility stand
point -to successfully undertake 'the
development of this project. In
this connection, it was testified by
Alcoa officials that they would be
willing to sell the watersite to the
government or, on , the other hand,
would be willing to develop the
site if the1 RFC would make avail
able to them the $50,000,000 esti
Although the TVA has released
no details on the proposed pro
ject, the Aluminum company's Fon
tana plans called for the creation
of a tremendous lake and the
wiping out of a number of small
villages. It would have necessitated
the relocation of about 20 miles
of tracks of the Southern railway
below Bry son City, and the relo
cation of many roads.
The Aluminum company propos
ed to build a rock-filled dam 1,
700 feet long and 470 feet high,
creating a 10,350-acre reservoir. In
stalled capacity of the. power plant
would have approximated 300,000
Whether the TVA plans to con
struct a similar project was not
Mrs. Mark Clark, 90
Taken By Death
Funeral services for Mrs. Dicey
Clark, 90, were held on Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Oak
Grove Baptist church eight miles
from Franklin on the Bryson City
highway. The Rev. Robert W.
Williams, pastor, officiated, assist
ed by the Rev. D. C McCoy, a
retired Baptist minister of the Oak
Grove community. Interment was
in the Riverview cemetery.
Mrs. Clark died at the home of
her son, Jim Clark on Lakey
Creek, on Sunday afternoon about
4:45 o'clock following a lingering
illness of several months.
A daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Marcus Chastaine, Mrs. Clark
was born and raised in Walhalla,
S. C She was married to Mark
Clark in South Carolina, later
moving to the Oak Grove com
munity jn Macon county, where
she has resided since. She wat a
member of Riverview Methodist
church at Etna.
The pallbearers, all grandsons,
included Ota Clark, Grady Mc
Gaha, T. A. Clark, John Clark,
Claude Clark and Lon Clark.
The flower bearers were Eva
Nell Clark, Julia Lakey. Lorene
Gibson, Ada Houston, Esther Mar
tin and Louise Houston.
Surviving are four children, Mrs.
Charles McGaha, of Etna; Jim and
Alfred Clark, of Etna and Ervin
Clark, of Dallas, Texas; 47 grand
children, 45 great-grandchildren
and three great-gat-grandchild-
Issues Passed By Large
The town bond election which
called for the issuing of . bonds
amounting to $1,000 to be used for
sidewalk improvement and bonds
amounted to $9,000 to be used for
street improvements was held Tues
day, July 8 and both ordinances
were passed by large majorities.
Although there were only 138
votes cast the sentiment as shown
by the returns is heartily in favor
of the bond issue with 120 voting
for the sidewalk improvement is
sue and 15 against .and 121 for
the street improvement issue and
There were approximately 500
registered eligible voters listed on
the books who could have voted
in the election.
Jury Drawn For
August Court Term
The Macon County Commission
ers announced that the' following
men had been chosen for jury
duty to serve during the August
term of court, which will begin
J. T. Vinson, Jr., Route 2; R.
W. Welch, Franklin; Alfred Leo
pard, Gneiss ; J; M. Harrison,
Route 1; Howard Bradley, Otto;
U. N. Carpenter, Dillard, Ga., Rt.
1; Fred Dills, Gneiss; S. P. Pier
son, Highlands; Cline Evans, Kyle;
Chas. A. Rogers, Prentiss ; R. C.
Love, Franklin; Q. J. Houser,
Franklin ; W. W. Edwards, High
lands; Robert Brown, Route. 2;
Roger Van Hook, Route 2; C. L.
Bateman, Route 3; George Ander
son, Route 1 ; Davis Morgan,
Route 4; Z. V. ShieldsFlats; J.
E Allen, West's Mills; W. I. Hous
ton, Gneiss; W. N. Cochran, Route
3;. Carl Donaldson, Prentissj M.
S. Burnette, Scaly; Frank -Peek,
Gneiss; R. L. Liner, Route 3;
Jack Cansler, Route 3; C. A. Pat
terson, Route 2; R. L. Hall, Route
3; E. M. Teague; Fred Jones,
Franklin; D. L. Clark, West's' Mill;
Lon Roper, Franklin; Ed Shope,
Prentiss; W. C. Arvey, Franklin.
L. C Henderson, Franklin ; T.
J. Carnes, Stiles; W. A. Huggins,
Route 3; G. H. Brendle, Franklin;
John El Wilson, Route 1 ; F. B.
Cook, Highlands ; James W. Hous
ton, Highlands; J. P. Howard, Dil
lard, Ga., Route 1; C F, Moody,
Franklin; Radford L. Holland, Cul
lasaja ; Joe Potts, Cullasaja ; A. R.
Rogers, Route 1 ; T. T. Reeves,
Route 3; Z. A Shuler, Highlands;
J. L. Hunnicutt, Route I; C. P.
Bradley, Dillard, Route 1; S. J.
Murray, Franklin; W. M. Angel,
Jr, Route 3.
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Smiling Rangers To
Appear At Courthouse
A stage show will be presented
Fridav nieht. lulv 18 featuring the
Smiling Rangers, WWNC Radio
This performance will be spon
sored by the Tesenta Methodist
church. The proceeds from the
show will- be used to aid the
church in buying an organ.
Local Garage Offers
Safety Driving Service
Increased driving safety for local
motorists is made possible through
the recent installation of new test
ing equipment by Burrell Motor
The new machine makes precision
tests and corrections at all speeds
to 100 miles per hour with an elec
tric neon eye.
The machine can eliminate the
cause for shimmy, hard steering,
wander and other conditions that
frequently are responsible for ac
cidents, and increase tire mileage.
W. L. Baughn, of Athens, Ga.,
will have charge of the operation
of the machine. Mr. Baughn is a
skilled mechanic and has had six
years, experience in the operation
of this type of work.
Methodist League To
Hold Meeting July 17
There will be a meeting Thurs
day night, July 17 at 8 o'clock in
the Franklin Methodist church of
the leagues of the Methodist
churches throughout the county.
The purpose of this meeting is the
reorganization of the Macon coun
ty Methodist Young People's Un
ion. Following the business meet
ing will be a social hour. All
young people are cordially invited
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, JULY 10, 1941
Despite Heavy Rainfall
In July Power Situation
Still Remains Critical
The recent heavy rains have
partially broken the long drought
which has prevailed throughout the
Southeast. However, despite over
7 inches of rainfall since June 15
there is still a serious power short
age due somewhat to the fact that
the storage resevojrs 1 are still far
below their normal level.
The two main factors causing
the low water level in storage
lakes in this area are the tre
menduous' demand by defense in
dustries for electric power fnd the
fact that there was only approxi
mately 10 inches of rainfall be
tween January 1 and April 1.
The Nantahala Power company
has expressed its appreciation of
the cooperation of local consum.
er.s in conserving electric power
and urges them to continue their
efforts until there is a larger sup
ply of reserve water power.
CUTS TAX RATE
Approves Budget With
Minor Changes For
At the first meeting in the fisc
al year beginning July 1, 1941 the
board of alderman passed the
budget for the coming year with
only minor changes from the budg
et of the previous year and re
duced the tax rate to $.90 per hun
dred dollars valuation. This is a
$.05 per hundred dollar valuation
reduction from last year's rate.
Two minor changes in the budg
et are the appropriation of $200
for the Public Library Fund and
$180 for WPA office rent. Both
of these appropriations will be
made by funds from both the
county and state.
Despite the addition of these two
items to the budget the estimated
total operating expense for the
year is $315 less than that of the
previous year, ;. - " '-,
' Prohibiting Loud speakers i
The ;Board passed an ordinance
prohibiting the use of any loud
speaker or public. address system
upon any public street or public
place within the corporate limits
of the Town of Franklin, or in
any privately owned building so
that it creates a nuisance' or in
terfers with any person in the dis
charge or conduct of his business.
In accord with recommendations
by Mr. Allen Siler, state highway
engineer, the board agreed to fix
the pavement and sidewalk on
Main street in front of the Bur
rell Motor company so tjjat it will
be safe for pedestrians.
Large Group Of Entries
Takes Prizes On Fourth
Despite bad weather conditions
and heavy rain during the after
noon there was a large crowd in
Franklin to take part in the Fourth
of July celebration.
The morning program f con
tests and races attracted a large
number of spectators and partici
pants. Due to the' heavy downpour of
rain it was impossible to have the
flag dedication as had been plan
ned, however, through the cooper
ation of the Franks Electric com
pany there was a public broadcast
of president Roosevelt's speech
and the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag delivered ' by ' Chief Jus
tice Harlan Stone.
The following is a . list of the
winners of the games and contests:
50 yard dash (boys), .first, Clell
Bryant, second, Ross L; McCoy;
50 yard dash (girls), first, Dorthy
Guy, second, Ruth Angel; tricycle
race, first, Christine Tilson, sec
ond. Tommy McCoy; --third, Frank
L. Henry, III; wheelbarrow race,
first, Leonard - Guest and Dick
AngeL second. Jack .Angel and
James Furr; e'gg race, first, Dor
thy Duvall, second, Carolyn Leach;
three leg race (boys), first, Don
West and Thad McCoy, second
Jack Angel and James Furr; three
leg race (men), first, Wiley Guest
and Edd Coward, second, Wiley
Leavett and Morris Ledford; three
leg race (girls), first, Catherine
Baker and Martha Standford, sec
ond, Ruth Smith and Dorthy Du
vall. John Hamer, chief clerk of the
Nantahala Forest headquarters, has
received a promotion which will
necessitate his moving to the' Na
tional Forest office in Jackson,
Mr. and Mrs. Hamer expect to
leave Franklin about July 15.
Large Crowd Attend
Asbury Church Dedication
In spite of a steady rain through
out the day, approximately ' 400
people attended the dedicatory ser
vices held at Asbury church last
Sunday. Those who could not get
Seats in the church were able to
hear the full program through the
amplifying system which had been
set up in the auditorium of the
new Otto school building,
Bishop i Clare Purcell, of . Char
lotte, was present and delivered
the dedicatory Sermon which was
most impressive, using as his text
the 87th Psalm.
Due to the rain, lunch was serv
ed in the auditorium of the school
instead of on the grounds as was
A very fine musical program was
rendered throughout the day.
Many friends from Franklin and
other neighboring towns were
present for the day's services and
rejoice with the Asbury community
in such a. fine church building.
Franklin To Play
Hiawassee 2 Games Sun.
The Franklin All-Stars take on
the Hiawassee, Ga. club in a twin
bill Sunday at 2 p. m. on the local
diamond. This will be the first
league game played here since
June 15 and will be the first
chance for' the fans to see the
three new players in action.
Qn ' the 4th of July, the All-
Stars proved to -be the best mud
ders in the game against Walhalla,
coming out on top by a score of
2 to 1. ''Knuckle (BaH" Newton
only gave up one hit in five and
a half innings when rain stopped
Franklin dropped both ends of
a double-bill at Andrews Sunday
by a score of 7 to 1 and 14 to 2.
There should be plenty of action
in the Hiawassee-Franklin games
as the All-Stars are determined to
take both games since being beat
en so badly at Andrews.
Funeral Services Held For
Mrs. James P. Conley
Final rites for Mrs. JameS P.
Conley, 73, were held at 10:30
o'clock on Monday morning at
the Carson's Chapel Methodist
church. The Rev. J. L. Stokes, II,
pastor, officiated, assisted by the
Rev. Hubert Wardlaw, pastor of
the Franklin Presbyterian church.
Interment was in the church cem
etery. Mrs. Conley died at her home
on Franklin Route 1, about four
miles from Franklin , on Sunday
morning at 5:45, following an ill
ness of two -months.
A life-long resident of Macon
county Mrs. Conley was born on
March 15, 1868 She' was a daugh
ter of the late R. K. and Belle
Carson Wallace. On May 3, 1893
she was married to James P.
Conley, also of this county. . She
was a member of the Franklin
Presbyterian church, having joined
in early womanhood.
The pallbearers were nephews.
They, included J. S. Conley, Ed
Wallace, Bill Pressley, Ernest Wal
lace, Gilmer Waldroop . and John
Surviving are the husband and
seven children, three daughters
Mrs. John Vinson, of Otto; Mrs.
Turner Vinson, of Clayton, N. C,
and Mrs. Harold Moore, of Frank
lin Route 1; four sons, George R.
Conley, and J. P. Conley, of
Franklin Route 1, J. K. Conley, of
Cullasaja and Charlie Conley, of
Mosheim, Tenn., one brother,
George Wallace, of Franklin Route
1 ; 26 grandchildren and one great
grandchild. Concert To Be Presented
At Courthouse July 12
The Oxford Orphanage Singing
Class will present their program
of songs, -recitations and drills at
the . Franklin Courthouse, Saturday
night, July 12.
Each year the people of Frank
lin and surrounding communities
look forward to Junaluskee Lodge,
A. F. & A M, to bring this
The program will start at 8
p. m. and a free will offering will
Baptist Pastor To
Preach On Prophesies
Last month the Rev. C F. Rog
ers, pastor of the First' Baptist
church, began a series of messages
on Sunday nights on the subject
of Prophesies in the Bible, which
were' interrupted on account of
the Tabernacle meetings, but which
will be continued beginning next
Sunday night at 8 o'clock. .
The Sunday night topic will be,
"Prophesy and Preparation for the
World'. Greatest .Battle," . -
Commissioners Propose Bond
Election For New Courthouse
July 22nd To Be Sent To
The Macon County Selective
Board announced that 15 boys will
be sent from Macon - county, in
answer' to the draft call to-be
filled July 22. There will be 11
local selectees, four volunteers, and
two selectees from other boards.
Those volunteering for service
are Joseph Joshua Gibbs, Route 3 ;
George Herbert Gibson, Leather
man, William Lewis Elmore. Leath-
erman ; Joseph Octavius McDowell,
The following are being taken
into . the Army as selectees : ..Glen
Alexander Shuler, Highlands;
Thomas Woodrow Brown, Route 2;
Edward Burton Parker, Route 4;
Burco Emory Brown, Ot,to; Viv
ian Robert Crawford, Route 3 ;
Lee Hiram McKinney, Highlands;
Coleman Thomas Shepherd, Leath-
erman; William Stanyarne John
son, Franklin; Charlie Wakefield
Conley, Route. 1 ; James Cecil Jac
obs, Route 3; Vernon Alex Cun
ningham, Route 1.
Two of the selectees will be in
ducted by other boards. Robert La
fayette Byrd will be inducted at
Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Buren Cal
vin Houston by the Pineville, Ore.
All men answering this call will
be sent , to Fort McPherson, At
Mrs. Maud Jones, secretary of
the Selective 'Board, released the
following statement in regard to
the present standing of Macon
county quota. The established
quota for the county was 150.
Since the time this quota was set
65 men have been inducted by
the local board leaving a current
quota of 85. No definite date has
been set for the fulfillment of this
Local Cornmittee For
FSA Program Appointed
Six Macon countv citizens have
been named on committees to ad
vise and assist in the operation of
the rehabilitation and tenant pur
chase programs of the United
States Department of Agriculture.
Albert Ramsey, Macon county sup
ervisor for Farm Security Admin
istration, announced the appoint
ments made by Vance E. Swift,
FSA state director at Kaleigh.
Tohn W. Roane. Marshal S. Bur
nett and Bunyan W. Justice will
serve as members of the subcom
mittee on the Tenant Purchase
program; John W. Roane, Bunyan
W. Justice and Wiley Brown will
serve' oh the subcommittee for the
Farm Debt Adjustment and tenure
imnrnvement work: Ed Bvrd. Mar
shal S. Burnett and Walter Taylor
will serve on the subcommittee for
the" rural rehabilitation program.
Mrs FJnise G. Franks. Harley R.
Cabe and Sam W. Mendenhall are
members at large to advise on the
various phases of assistance to-low
income farm families.
The Tenant Purchase program
provides funds for the purchase of
familv tvoe farms by qualified
tenants. Macon county already has
15 new farmpwne'rs in this pro
cram. FSA rehabilitation loans arfe
available to low income farm fam
ilies, ineligible for credit else
where, for the purchase of liver
stock, workstock, seed, fertilizer5
and equipment, in accordance with
rarpfullv Dlanned operation of the
farm and home'. About 500 farm
families in Macon county have al
ready have been helped.
The services of debt adjustment
committeemen are available to all
farmers, as weU as to FSA bor
rowers. The committeemen will as
sist creditors and farm debtors to
reach an amicable adjustment of
Mits based on the ability to pay.
This service has been used by 45
farmers m Macon county.
Albert Ramsey said better ten
ure arrangements is one- of the
most oressine needs in the rehabi
litation of low income farm fam
ilies. Farm Security Administration
provides lease forms for long term
leases to encourage conservation
and better living on farms, this
service is also available to all
farmers in the county, as well as
to FSA borrowers.
Farm Security Administration is
the agency of the U. S. Depart
ment which assists the low income
farm families to take full advan
tage of the other services of the
national agricultural program, such
as soil improvement, diversified
farming, and increased production
for home use, Mr. Ramsey said.
$1.50 PER YEAR
Bonds Vote Unaminous;
County Cost Limited
The Macon County Commission
ers at their regular meeting July
7, passed a motion made by ComV
missioner C. L. Blaine and sec
oned by Gus Leach, chairman of
the board which proposes that an
election be called in the near fu
ture for the purpose of authoriz
ing a bond issue to be used to
erect a new courthouse and jail
combined. The motion was passed
unamiously. ; .
It was the opinion of the Board
that a new courthouse was need
ed in order to furnish the ad
ministrative agencies of the coun
ty with more adequae room for
the transaction of their business
and to furnish adequate prptection
for the records of the county.
The courthouse is to be , built
at a total cost of not more than
$1,50,000 as a WPA project with
the COSt to the countv as tnnntnr
of the project not to exceed $60,-
The date of , the election has
not yet been announced, but it is
expected that it will be held dur
ing the first part of September.
Commiuiooeri To Sponsor NYA
After a report had been submit
ted by Mrs. Margaret Ordway.
NYA county supervisor, giving a
record of NYA activities oyer the
past year and showing the pres
ent condition the commissioners
agreed to accept the sponsorship
of NYA for the coming year.
Annual : Federation Picnic
To Be Held July 19th
The annual Farmers Federation
picnic will be held Saturday, July
19 at the . Franklin high school.
Everybody in the county is in
vited to come and bring a full
basket. The program for the day
will feature string music and a '
two hour singing program by
choirs and quartets from Macon
county. There wilj also be contest
games, etc. throughout the day.
Worthy Grand Matron
Makes Official Visit
To Nequassa Chapter
At a speciial meeting of Nequas
sa Chapter No. 43 Tuesday evening,
Miss Bessie Gaddy, Worthy Grand
Matron of the State of North
Carolina, Order of the Eastern
Star, made her official visit.
Other distinguished guests were
John Orr, Past Grand Patron . of '.
the State of North Carolina; Miss
Elizabeth Slagle, District Deputy '
Grand Matron of the 12th District;
Mrs. Eunice Church and Mrs.
Nancy Orr, Grand Representatives
of the States of Tennessee and
South Carolina, respectively. Mrs.
Edna Lathan, present Worthy
Matron and Mrs. Mattie Frye,
past Worthy Matron of Tucka
seigee Chapter were also present.
Miss Lassie Kelly and John Orr
were introduced as Grand Commit
tees members for the year 1941-42.
The meeting was preceded by a
dinner in honor of. Miss -"'Gaddy,
Worthy Grand Matron, at Kelly's
Tea Room. . .
Old North State Drive
To Have Official Start
July 11 Decrees Gov.
According to a proclamation by,
Governor J. Melville Broughton the
official start of the Old North
State Fund's Campaign to raise
$15,000 to purchase and deliver an
ambulance as a gift to the people
of England from citizens of North
Carolina will start Friday, July
Dr. . Ed Angel, Macon county
chairman, announced that although
the campaign does not officially
open unlil today he had received
a large number of donations and
fine support from the people of
Other local citizens who were
appointed to serve on the commit
tee by Gov. Broughton, were Mrs.
A R. Higdon, J. E. S. Thorpe,
Dr. W. A. Rogers, and Gilmer
Vacation Bible School To
Be Held At Carson
A daily Vacation Bible school is
being held at the Carson Chapel
Methodist church this week.
This is the first Bible school to
be held in this church and there
are between 15 and 20 children
The school will be climaxed by
a beW on Saturday morning.