Notes from our business community and everywhere else.


CLARIFICATION: Matt Yelen works for Homegrown Concepts, the company doing renovations for the new Cut Cocktail Lounge location.

The Jackson County Planning Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, instead of the regularly scheduled Nov. 14 meeting. The Planning Board usually meets on the second Thursday of every month. The board will convene for a Fair Housing Awareness session at the Department on Aging at 6 p.m. on Nov 14.

City Lights Bookstore will host author Jen Thomas at 3 p.m. Saturday when she presents her historical young adult novel “Our Hearts are the Same.” The book is about a plantation owner’s daughter and a recently freed slave girl forming a friendship in 1869. To reserve copies of the book or for more information, call City Lights at 586-9499.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation support group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Jackson County Senior Center, room 135. Learn coping skills and available products to help. Learn the difference between Parkinson’s and essential tremor. 

Cullowhee Valley School will be hosting its annual Veterans Day tribute at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Breakfast for the veterans will be at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria followed by a program at 9 a.m. in the CVS gym. All veterans are invited.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES currently available locally include answering phones and packaging food at United Christian Ministries; delivering meals to shut-ins one day a week (38 people are on the waiting list); and helping to serve meals, meal prep and MANNA delivery days truck unloading. Call John Chicoine at 356-2833 or email at for more information or visit the website

Parkinson’s Support in the Mountains will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Heritage Room of the Jackson County Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park. Emory Prescott, a clinically certified speech-language pathologist, will speak on enhancing brain health with natural botanicals. The meeting is open to everyone interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease, which currently affects some 1 million Americans.

ALL JACKSON COUNTY Solid Waste Facilities will be closed Monday for Veterans Day and will reopen with normal business hours Tuesday.

First United Methodist Church will serve as a drop-off location for shoebox gifts – filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items – for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project. During National Collection Week (Nov. 18-25), the site will collect shoebox donations for children living in poverty overseas. For hours and more information, contact coordinator Erica Smithdeal at 586-2358.

Western Carolina University’s First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series will feature The Pressley Girls performing at HomeBase in Cullowhee. The concert and jam session will take place at 7 p.m. today (Thursday).