Gracie Payne uses her Chromebook for the first time Monday at Andrews Middle School. Photo by DWIGHT OTWELL
    Andrews – The future of education in Cherokee County was downloaded Monday evening at Andrews Middle School.     It was the rollout of the first Chromebooks, which all Cherokee County middle and high school students will receive in the coming... more
Work is ongoing on a leaking water line off of Peachtree Street on Monday in Murphy. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
    Murphy – Town officials have finally identified a water pipe leak in their system that was losing thousands of gallons a day into the Valley River.     Murphy Mayor Bill Hughes said Monday that he did not know when the leak started, only that... more
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel has been open since Sept. 28. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
    Murphy – Four months after the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel opened its doors, the positive impacts seem to be outweighing the negatives, at least so far.     Sheriff Derrick Palmer said Monday that the feared uptick in crime... more
Bruce Turner, 65, who is part of the Silver Sneakers program, works out during the water aerobics class on Monday, at the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
   Murphy – There are some advantages to getting old other than a free or reduced price cup of coffee at fast food restaurants.     One is the SilverSneakers program which is a Healthways membership fitness program for seniors provided as a free... more
Murphy’s Chase Teesateskie slams Robbinsville’s Cameron Black to the mat before pinning him during the 220 pound match on Jan. 26 at Murphy High School. Teesateskie took third in the conference meet Saturday in Robbinsville. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
   Robbinsville – Murphy’s wrestling team had three wrestlers claim runner-up honors and five more place respectably in their divisions to give the Bulldogs fourth-place overall with 95.5 points after Saturday’s Smoky Mountain Conference meet.     ... more
Murphy freshman Slade McTaggart (right) plots his move against Rosman’s Matt Cole in the semifinals of the 160-pound division during Saturday’s Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament. Photo by SARAH WOODALL
    Murphy – Robbinsville senior Lane Millsaps had to take a moment to rest his hands on his knees and catch a breath during the final period of his bout with Murphy freshman Slade McTaggert on Jan. 26.     It was exactly what the McTaggert wanted... more
Gracie Payne uses her Chromebook for the first time Monday at Andrews Middle School. Photo by DWIGHT OTWELL
Work is ongoing on a leaking water line off of Peachtree Street on Monday in Murphy. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel has been open since Sept. 28. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
Bruce Turner, 65, who is part of the Silver Sneakers program, works out during the water aerobics class on Monday, at the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
Murphy’s Chase Teesateskie slams Robbinsville’s Cameron Black to the mat before pinning him during the 220 pound match on Jan. 26 at Murphy High School. Teesateskie took third in the conference meet Saturday in Robbinsville. Photo by RYAN REVOCK
Murphy freshman Slade McTaggart (right) plots his move against Rosman’s Matt Cole in the semifinals of the 160-pound division during Saturday’s Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament. Photo by SARAH WOODALL

News Stories

    Blairsville, Ga. – The CEO of Union General Hospital was among six suspects arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a joint investigation into prescription fraud.

Gracie Payne uses her Chromebook for the first time Monday at Andrews Middle School. Photo by DWIGHT OTWELL

    Andrews – The future of education in Cherokee County was downloaded Monday evening at Andrews Middle School.

Work is ongoing on a leaking water line off of Peachtree Street on Monday in Murphy. Photo by RYAN REVOCK

    Murphy – Town officials have finally identified a water pipe leak in their system that was losing thousands of gallons a day into the Valley River.

Sports

Murphy’s Chase Teesateskie slams Robbinsville’s Cameron Black to the mat before pinning him during the 220 pound match on Jan. 26 at Murphy High School. Teesateskie took third in the conference meet Saturday in Robbinsville. Photo by RYAN REVOCK

   Robbinsville – Murphy’s wrestling team had three wrestlers claim runner-up honors and five more place respectably in their divisions to give the Bulldogs fourth-place overall with 95.5 points af

Murphy freshman Slade McTaggart (right) plots his move against Rosman’s Matt Cole in the semifinals of the 160-pound division during Saturday’s Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament. Photo by SARAH WOODALL

    Murphy – Robbinsville senior Lane Millsaps had to take a moment to rest his hands on his knees and catch a breath during the final period of his bout with Murphy freshman Slade McTaggert on Jan

Murphy’s Emily Reid is on her way to a victory in the 100 freestyle race during Thursday’s conference meet. Reid set two automatic regional qualifying times in both freestyle events. Photo by SARAH WOODALL

    Murphy – Murphy’s Emily Reid set two additional automatic regional qualifying times, and the Lady Bulldogs swam to a conference title alongside the Tri-County Early College boys at the Hiwassee

Obituaries

    Carmen Stiles Townson, 85, of Murphy, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home.

    James Clinton May, 67, of Nantahala/Topton, left us on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, to be at home with his Heavenly Father.

    Virginia Stiles “Jeanie” Anderson, 90, of Murphy, passed away peacefully in the early hours on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at her home with her family surrounding her with love.