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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 00:00

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TekTone completes relocation in Macon County

TekTone Sound & Signal Mfg. Inc., a global leader in the life safety system manufacturing market, has completed the relocation of its headquarters and manufacturing operations to a newly redesigned headquarters at 324 Industrial Park Road, Franklin.  

More than 70 employees from the engineering, production, sales, marketing, administration, technical support, and IT departments are now housed in 72,262 square feet of redesigned office space. The new headquarters — providing a high-profile Industrial Park presence — features an entirely new single-floor space to facilitate all aspects of life safety system manufacturing, design, training, and sales operations.  

With this relocation, TekTone bids farewell to its iconic headquarters at 277 Industrial Park Road, which the company called home since 1989. 

“While we acknowledge the spirit and legacy of our former home that served us well for so many years, we are excited to now be working in a 21st-century headquarters,” said Carlos Mira, president of TekTone.  “And I’m proud that we have completed this transition with little interruption in our ability to deliver all of the quality products and services that TekTone customers expect. I salute the TekTone employees who have worked tirelessly for months to make this transition as smooth and efficient as possible.”


HCC to hold hospitality training

Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education will offer a Hospitality Train the Trainer course beginning May 16. 

The course will be held every Tuesday for six weeks. Training will be offered twice each Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again at 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lambuth Inn on the grounds of Lake Junaluska.

HCC, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce offer this great opportunity for hospitality and tourism focused businesses. Topics include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, retention strategies and leadership. Tonya Wilson Snider, owner of tenBiz, will facilitate the training.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828.627.4669. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified businesses.


Register for women’s business conference 

The Western Women’s Business Center opened registration for its third annual conference “Her Story, Her Journey,” which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 22 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville. 

“Her Story, Her Journey” will feature a day of business workshops, music, interactive activities and speakers. The event will open with a performance by Asheville-based artist, Leeda “Lyric” Jones. Keynote speakers include owner of Ianodell’s Hat Shop, Sandra Suber; owner of Yukon & Bean, Angie Mattson Stegall; and Selina Delangre, CEO of Selina Naturally, Home of Celtic Sea Salt Brand. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

For conference registration and information, visit or call Jasmine Hanks at 828.633.5065.


Maggie Valley job fair

The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at Maggie Valley Pavilion. 

All businesses that need to hire for the summer are invited to participate. There is no charge for chamber members to participate. Reserve a spot for your business by May 12 by calling the chamber at 828.926.1686. 


Cashiers chamber to hold legislative update

The 2017 Cashiers Area Chamber Annual Legislative Update will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 18, at Cullasaja Club. 

Special Guest, Jackson County Commissioner Mickey Luker, District 4, will present an update on Jackson County government's 2017 strategic priorities and how these issues will impact the Cashiers Area. Tickets cost $25 per person, which includes lunch. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. 

Non-members are invited to attend at $30 per ticket. 



U.S. Cellular welcomes new manager 

U.S. Cellular has named Wayne Mays store manager for the Waynesville store at 225 Town Center Loop. 

Mays leads store associates to help customers get the exact plan and device to meet their needs and show them how wireless technology can simplify and enhance their life or business. Mays has more than four years of wireless experience. 

“I am excited to see Wayne grow within our organization and I look forward to the seeing the passion and skills he brings to our team in Waynesville,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in western North Carolina. “At U.S. Cellular, we focus on providing the best wireless experience for our customers through a high-quality network and the most knowledgeable associates in the industry.”


New gift shop opens in Maggie

Maggie Valley Gift Shop and Design Studio recently opened at 2495 Soco Road. 

The eclectic gift shop in offers unique, handmade and one of a kind items from T-shirts, candles, soaps, jewelry and more. 

Owner Kelly Parsons also offers photo editing, graphic design and website design services. 

For more information, call 828.295.2433 or visit


Funding conference coming to Asheville

The inaugural "Show Me the Money Conference + Funding Expo" will be held May 11 and 12 in downtown Asheville, bringing “all things funding” to Western North Carolina. 

The two-day event will provide attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure funding for their businesses or nonprofits. The Conference, Funding Expo, and Networking Reception will take place on May 11 at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel and on May 12 there will be optional intensive workshops offered at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies for those looking to aggressively seek funding platforms.

Full agenda, sponsors, and speakers are listed on the main event website at


Franklin restaurant under new ownership

The City Restaurant, located at 1251 E. Main Street in Franklin, is open under new ownership.

“We are proud to reopen the hometown landmark restaurant in its original location.  We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, family atmosphere and our food is country cooking at its best” said new owners Jim and Tara Fraize. “We offer daily specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” 

The City Restaurant staff offers free delivery within a 10-mile radius with a $25 minimum order for your convenience. Cash only.


HCC to celebrate retiring employee

Haywood Community College’s College & Career Readiness Department will host a book reading with local author Pamela Duncan in honor of employee Shelley Bleyl’s retirement. 

The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 10, in the college library. Bleyl is retiring with over 29 years of service and currently serves as LEIS Assessment & Retention Specialist. 




• Nantahala Brewing brought home 16 medals at the recent Carolina Championship of Beer. The Bryson City brewery won five gold, eight silver and three bronze metals. Held at the Hickory Hops Brewer's Festival, the event featured the handcrafted beers of over 50 microbreweries.

• The Swain County Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual awards banquet where Anthony Viscusi, owner of Anthony’s Italian Restaurant, received the Business Citizen of the Year and Jean Davis was given the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award for her volunteer efforts with Relay for Life, Friends of 288, and Operation Christmas Child.

• The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome The City Restaurant to its membership at a ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand re-opening.  The City Restaurant is located at 1251 E. Main Street in Franklin.

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