Welcome to The Dillard House. We are located in Dillard, GA at the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. Come stay with us and enjoy the natural surroundings, and our fabulous accommodations. We can accommodate couples to groups in our hotels, cottages, or our mountain chalets with all of the modern amenities.
The Franklin Press is Macon County's oldest business, which was established as a weekly in 1886 by T.J. Christy of Athens, Ga. Christy stayed for a short time, then sold out to W.A. Curtis.
The fifth newspaper to publish in Franklin, The Press was preceded by The Franklin Observer, The Western Carolinian, the Macon Advance and The Western Reporter. None of those lasted more than a few years.
Obviously, it was difficult to run a newspaper in those years. Curtis frequently appealed to readers to pay for their subscriptions in firewood or produce. He went through some lean times, but he prevailed and created an enduring institution.
The paper flourished under a series of independent owners. The last of these, Bob Sloan, sold the business to Jerue Babb, who built Community Newspapers Inc., in the late 1960s. Babb made significant needed improvements to the physical plant and helped The Press stay afloat in a difficult time for small-town papers.
In 1989, Dink NeSmith and Tom Wood bought the CNI chain from the Babb estate. They have continued Babb's tradition of allowing the newspapers in the chain full editorial independence.
Today, The Franklin Press publishes two editions weekly, with a circulation of 9,700. Its excellence has been recognized by numerous awards from the N.C. Press Association and CNI. It takes to heart the CNI mission statement, which states in part: "To take a bias in support of the communities we serve, providing aggressive, visionary leadership."
The Franklin Press facility, on the corner of Depot and Wayah streets in Franklin, was modernized in 2003, with a striking new exterior and an open-plan interior.
The Press operates as part of a region that includes newspapers in Cashiers, Highlands, Bryson City and Spruce Pine. The papers are printed in the Mountain Press facility, which adjoins The Franklin Press offices.
In addition to the two weekly editions, The Press publishes Information Please, Mountain Traveler and special sections throughout the year.
In The North Carolina Smoky Mountains
The Franklin Terrace, built as a school in 1887, is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. The Terrace is a lovely two-story bed & breakfast inn that offers nostalgic charm and comfortable accomodations. It's wide porches and large guest rooms filled with period antiques will carry you to a time gone by when Southern hospitality was at its best.
The Terrace offers a casual shopping experience where you can browse through the antiques, crafts, and gifts for sale on the main floor. However, you will also be in walking distance of Franklin's famous gem shops, clothing boutiques, and fine restaurants.
Toccoa Natural Gas providing safe, reliable natural gas service since 1952
TOCCOA NATURAL GAS is a regional natural gas utility serving more than 7,000 residential and commercial customers from over 90 miles of pipe running through seven counties in Georgia and North Carolina. Since 1952, TNG has provided clean, energy efficient natural gas in a safe, reliable, manner to customers with dependable customer service. Today TNG remains one of the safest and fastest growing municipal natural gas systems in the south.
Franklin is a small mountain town surrounded by beautiful streams, waterfalls, mountains, hills and valleys. The people are friendly and organize lots of activities, including festivals and arts & crafts shows. There are plenty of trails for hiking and the views are breathtaking. There is also plenty of fishing, hunting, rafting and kayaking available. The Franklin area is the Gem Capitol of the World, try your hand at mining and you are bound to find many beautiful and sometimes very valuable stones.
Friendly, professional service. Caring, knowledgeable employees. Safe, secure banking principles. This is United Community Banks, Inc., the third largest bank holding company headquartered in the State of Georgia.
Not that many years ago, United Community Bank was a $40 million bank known as Union County Bank. Today we are a $8.4 billion, multi-bank holding company with banking offices located throughout north Georgia, coastal Georgia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and metro Atlanta. We are proud of our growth, but even more proud of the traditions upon which our company was built…traditions that still hold true.
We continue to care deeply for the communities we serve, and remain committed to helping families, schools, businesses and the economy in each of these communities to grow and to remain strong and stable. Our basic philosophy of providing exceptional banking service, while treating each customer exactly as we, ourselves, would wish to be treated, has stayed the same. We remain committed to upholding that basic philosophy because, not only has it proven to be valuable over the years, it is just the right thing to do.
We are United Community Bank – The Bank That SERVICE Built.
301 South College Street Suite 4000
One Wachovia Center
Charlotte, North Carolina 28288-0013
301 South College Street
One Wachovia Center
Charlotte, North Carolina 28288-0206
Lanty L. Smith, Chairman Robert K. Steel, Chief Executive Officer and President
(704) 590-0000 for general questions
(800) 922-4684 for customer service
Strong relationships are built on trust, and trusting a company means knowing it well. We invite you to get to know us better through the information and links below.
Wachovia is a diversified financial services company that provides a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services. We are one of the largest providers of financial services in the United States, with retail and commercial banking operations in 21 states from Connecticut to Florida and west to Texas and California, and nationwide retail brokerage, mortgage lending and auto finance businesses. Our retail brokerage operations under the Wachovia Securities brand name manage client assets through offices nationwide. Globally, clients are served in selected corporate and institutional sectors and through more than 40 international offices.
The Wayah Agency was organized and founded in Franklin, North Carolina by Morgan Shatley in 1955. Ed Shatley took over the agency upon his father's retirement in 1967. Ron Winecoff joined the agency in 1975 after resigning his position as Macon County Manager. Jim Garner came to the Wayah agency in 1984, to manage a newly acquired office in Andrews, North Carolina. A new office was acquired in Highlands, North Carolina in 1989 and Ron took over the duties of manager and remained there until 1992, when Steve Chenoweth joined the agency and assumed those duties. Ed Shatley and Ron Winecoff retired in January of 2002 with Jim Garner and Steve Chenoweth taking over agency operations. Our management and staff will continue to provide the same customer service that has always distinguished Wayah and its employees as a leader in the Insurance Industry.
After acquisitions and sales, the Wayah Insurance Group, as it exists now, has two offices located in Franklin and Highlands. Our competent Customer Service Agents are eager to meet all your personal and business insurance needs in Western North Carolina.
Wayah Insurance Group is an Independent Insurance Agency. This gives us the flexibility to assess your individual insurance needs and place your business with the most qualified insurance carrier, at the most competitive prices. Our Agents remain on the cutting edge of today's ever-changing insurance market to ensure that you are getting the best the industry has to offer.
Give us a call today at one of our two locations to discuss your current and future insurance and investment needs!
Our Mission: WildSouth is a non-profit grassroots organization whose mission is to inspire and empower people to protect and restore the native ecosystems of the Southeast!
Vision: We envision a Southeast that includes healthy intact ecosystems, a reverence for our public lands and the native natural life they support, and a respect for the cultural heritage sites and wilderness found there.
Values: We value personal and organizational integrity, respect for cultural heritage and traditions, science, citizen empowerment, open debate, and creative solutions to reduce pollution and environmental degradation.
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