Canton mayor on Fred’s fury

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Tim talks with Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers about the devastation caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

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The little mountain town of Canton has less than 5,000 residents and sits about 17 miles west of Asheville.  In recent weeks, a big chunk of the town found itself underwater after devastating floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.  

On this week’s episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” the town’s 38-year-old mayor, Zeb Smathers, joins us to tell the harrowing stories of what he has seen, the visits from big name politicians and what he hopes for the future of this historic paper mill town.  

Ironically, his dad was mayor in 2004 when the town also saw dramatic flooding from the remnants of two hurricanes.


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With the speed of the local news cycle, it’s easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just sound bites. North Carolina veteran reporter and anchor Tim Boyum is loosening his signature bow tie for candid conversations with power players across the state. In “Tying It Together,” Tim uncovers what makes these newsmakers tick, explores fascinating life stories and helps all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our community.

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