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FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1926
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A-F-A Not Only Shortest
Route Between Atlanta
And Asheville, But Logi
cal and Beautiful One.
For twenty years, or since the rail
way 'first came to Franklin, Macon
county has been a province of the
State oi Georgia in everything but
Today it is a part of North Carolina
again. ' Just as the railway, two de
cades ago, opened to this isolated
county a method of transportation
into Georgia, today North Carolina's
.great roads program has once' again
brought Macon county back into
North Carolina. . .'
Construction of Highway No. 285,
la 21-mile stretch of concrete road
across the . Cowee Mountains, has
cut the distance from Franklin into
.the adjoining county from an in
terminable trip of from six to eight
hours to a delightful drive of 45 min
Macon county is back in North
Carolina again, but its Georgia neigh
bors are neighbors still. It has not
simply come back into North Caro
linait has become the connectng
Jink between the sister states of Geor
gia and North Carolina. '
For No. 285 has opened a new route
from Atlanta to Asheville, from the
cottonfields .of Dixie to the glories of
the mountains, from Jacksonville to
the north. .
What are the advantages of this
It is the shortest route yet found
between Asheville and Atlanta.
It passes through Rabun Gap, in
Georgia, the lowest gap in the .Blut
Kidge, south of Virginia, and hence
is. the logical route from an engineer
ing viewpoint.' .
And it is a drive that, for startling
A- i'an.irii onnlo and neach belts.
Julah Gorge; through Rabun Gap and
along the rim of the remaricaDie iv
" into North Carolina; over the Cowee
Mountains; across Balsam Gap, the
highest point on the Southern Raway
and into the Metropolis of the Land
of the Sky," with some new entraUing
vista at every curve. This is the
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To become a greatly traveled route,
it requires but two things, it is as
serted 'by its advocates: completion
of those sections of -the road lying
in north Georgia; and the proper ad
vertising. It s .to accomplish these
ends that Georgians and North Caro
linians today have joined hands.
Sheriff Summons Editor
Sheriff Ingram, white with wrath,
entered the Press office Monday at
2 p. iil, and summoned the editor to
go to Turkey Knob to capture an
alleged .distiller. The sheriff stated
that the editor did not seem to like
the deputies he (the sheriff) had been
using an dthat, therefore, the editor
himself had been summoned. ;
Chief Coffey, Sheriff Ingram, and
two others composed the raiding
party. For good and sufficient rea
sons the editor refused to make 'this
trip into the woods,
Chief Coffey accompanied the Sheriff
to the Press office and said to the
editor "Oh, we will take care of you."
, Mrs. Farnsworth Drew, of Atlanta
a celebrated landscape and portrait
painter, is a guest at the home of Mrs!
W. W. Sloan. Mrs. Drew has visited
Franklin before and has found in
spiration in the riot of fall colors
found here on hill and mountain.
VIEW OF A-F-A HIGHWAY AT
of Franklin. , '
A Word of Welcome
To her guests today Franklin ex
tends a very !iearty welcome.
On behalf of the-town, the Press
voices this word of greeting to all
Franklin's visitors; and on behalf of
Tarheeldom, it bids the Georgia visit
ors "make themselves at home" in
North Carolina. A greeting from
Franklin's business concerns appears
elsewhere in this issue.
Franklin has been signally honored
in being chosen as the location for -a
major part of the day's celebration.
It is further honored in the presence
of its guests. It is happy to have
The gathering today is to cele
brate a very real, achievement fhe
spanning of the Cowee Mountains
with a concrete ribbon, the com
pletion of a million dollar piece of
road building. The significance of
the road is just beginning to be real
ized: it connects Macon county with
the rest of North Carolina ; it con
nects Georgia's No. 15 . with North
Carolina's No. 10,; and it is the short
cut route between Atlanta and Ashe
ville, in addition to being .the.; logical
route from an engineering standpoint,
and one of the most beautiful drives
in all the mountains.
Southern Appalachia has a great
future. Its possibilities as '. a play
ground have existed, since these great
mountains were first thrown up,
early in the history of the planet.'
But it is the roads that are reveal
ing the striking advantages of this
highland country revealing them
both to the people of the hills and to
the outsider. ,
The future of the Southern High
lands is one with the future of Frank
lin. This town and this section look
forward with.a serene confidence that
the future will see here a better place
for more people to live. '
It is to get a glimpse of" some of
these possibilities, as well as the
roads, that our guests are here today.
We welcome them cordially,
THE FOOT OF THE COWEE MOUNTAINS, FIVE MILES EAST
The tax rate in Macon county was
lowered by the Board of County
Commissioners at that body's meet
ing on Monday. This follows a' cut
in the . tax rate in Franklin, ordered
recently" by the Board of Aldermen.
The cut in the town taxes was made
possible by the profitable operation
of the municipal power plant.
The county tax rate was cut from
$1.48 per hundred dollars property
valuation to $1.43.
This tax is made up of six items,
ordinary fund, bridges, general sink
ing fund, special note fund, pauper
MAP OF ASHEVILLE-FRANKLIN-ATLANTA ' SHORT CUT ROUTE
traveled today by the A-F-A Celebration Motorcade. ,
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CUT COUNTY TAX
fund and general school tax. The
rates on these items for last year and
this year, the latter having just been
1925 ., 1926
Ordinary fund ...$.15 $'.15
Bridges. .10 .07
General Sinking Fund .51 .41
Special Note fund .05 .05
Pauper fund .03 .03
LGeneral School . .64 .72
Totals $1.48 $1.43
Iu addition there is a road tax,
levied in each township, of 15 cents,
the same rate as last vear.
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MORRISON PA BF
AND HOLDER ARE
Today's Celebration Opening
A-F-A Highway Made
Possible By Completion of
Highway No. 285.
The program and motorcade to
day is in celebration of an achieve
ment that is destined to have a far-
reacning effect, not alone, upon Ma
con, and Jackson counties, but upon
the mountain country and the South,
Completion of North Carolina's
highway No. 285, between Dillsboro,
in Jackson county, and Franklin, Ma
con's county seat, is the event to be
celebrated. This is a twenty-one mile
concrete ribbbon across the Cowee
Mountains for which North Carolina
pad..nearly a millioa.dollars. It is the
construction of this highway which,
makes possible today the official open
ing of the Asheville-Franklin-Atlanta
short cut route The program of to
day's events follows:
The motorcade, composed of cars
from Asheville, Waynesville, Canton.
Sylva, Dillsboro, and other inter
mediate towns, will be joined at
Franklin by the delegation from this
and neighboring towns and will pro
ceed 14 miles over Highway No. 286 to''
the North Carolina-Georgia line,
where at 11 o'clock it will meet the
delegations from Atlanta and towns
The North Carolina motorists will
rorm an escort tor the4guests from
Georgia, the motorcade being headed
by Asheville, with Franklin bringing
up-the rear of the North Carolina es
cort. Georgians will follow, Atlanta
leading. From the State line the mo
torcade will be conducted to the Tab
ernacle in Franklin, where luncheoa
will be awaiting the visitors from the
two states. ,
Immediately following luncheoa,
the official meeting, also to be held
in the Tabernacle, will be called to
order by J. G. Stikeleather, of Ashe
ville, ninth district highway commis
sioner. It was under the supervision
of Mr. Stikeleather that No. 285 was
constructed, hence he was chosen as
master of ceremonies.
On behalf of Franklin, J. Lee
Barnard, of this city, will extend the
visitors a word of welcome. W. G.
Mealor, mayor of Gainesville, Ga.,
The address of former Governor
Cameron Morrison, of North Carolina, .
under whose administration the good '
roads program in North Carolina was
launched, will follow.
John N. Holder, chairman of the
Georgia Highway Board, will responi
to Mr. Mprrison's address.
The third address, that of Frank
Page, chairman f the North Carolina
Highway Comm ssion,' will bring to
a close the official program. A num
ber of the prominent visitors from
both, states, however, will be called
upon, it is expected, for bri$f remarks.
The motorcade will leave Frank
lin not later than 4 o'clock in the
afternoon, and traverse Highway No.
285 to Dillsboro, there striking No.
10. It will make brief stops at Sylva,
Wavnosville.' and Canton.
Reaching Asheville at about 7:30,
the motorists will be entertained by.
the Asheville chamber of commerce
at a banquet at Kenilworth Inn.
The program today has been plan
ned and is to be executed under the
auspices of the chambers of com
merce of the North Carolina towns
participating. The Franklin program
will be conducted under the auspices
of the Franklin chamber of com