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Parker Meadows ready for first ball game

Hundreds of community members headed out to the Cartoogechaye Community on Tuesday for the Grand Opening of the Parker Meadows Recreation Complex and despite a great turnout and memorable ribbon cutting, the park's most memorable night isn't scheduled until Sept. 10 when the park's first ball game is scheduled to take place.

"Tonight has been a great night and as excited as we are to show off this great park to the community, we are even more excited to announce that the first games ever played on these fields will be on Sept. 10 and will be for the special needs children in our community," said Macon County Manager Derek Roland during his remarks at the park's grand opening.

Franklin Health & Fitness Center celebrates 27th anniversary

Twenty-seven years ago, a local doctor set out to create a facility to help families lead healthier lifestyles.

With a goal "of providing a place where the average Macon County citizen and their families could enjoy all the benefits of regular exercise at an affordable price," Dr. Ed Morris set out to bring that place to Franklin. After several years of leg work that included a feasability report, hiring a consulting company, raising money from local families and a local bank, The Franklin Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in August 1988 and had just 10 employees.

Macon schools participate in active shooter drill

Law enforcement prepares for “worst case scenario.”

Just days before school was set to open for the 2015-16 school year, deputies, police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Macon Middle School in response to a dispatch call that would be any parent's worst nightmare. Emergency Personnel and law enforcement got word that three masked gunmen had made entry into the school and the school was placed on lockdown. The realistic situation was an "Active Shooter Training Exercise" conductted by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Emergency Services, and Macon County Schools.

Local quilters chosen for museum exhibit

Quilts of Valor show runs through November.

Five local women have created quilts that have been chosen for the National Quilt Museum's exhibit, “To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor.” The show will run from Aug. 20 to Nov. 11. All are members of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild. Susan Roper and Cindy Williams created one of the quilts; Linda Harrison and Debbie Chastain created another the quilts; and Liz View created the third quilt.

The museum, which is located in Paducah, Ky., features some of the finest fiber arts and quilt collections in the world. Its displays feature inhouse and traveling collections in its three galleries. More than 110,000 people come from all over the world every year to visit the museum.

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The Franklin Police Department, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests June 4-June 12.

Macon County Sheriff’s Office

June 5

Eric Wayne Hughes, 34, of Gardenview Dr., was issued true bills of indictment. A secured bond of $8,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Robin Rene Lugo, 45, of Southard Valley Ln., was charged with larceny by an employee. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 6

Jack Rushin Hungerford Jr., 29, of Franklin, was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Thomas Tenhagen made the arrest.

Nicholas Deshane Peralta, 34, of Boone Ave., was charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering and possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Matthew Canzone made the arrest.

Heidi Lightfoot Moore, 30, of Green Farm Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan Phillips made the arrest.

Patricia Anne Morgan, 31, of Northside Dr., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Dale Edward Phillips, 38, of Pressley Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 7

Chereda Hamilton Flores, 63, of Coweeta Church Rd., was charged with simple assault. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Joseph Brian McCosker, 32, Lauren Ln., Athens, Ga., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Paul Randolph Hedfund, 30, of Perks Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Sandra Leigh Ann Turlington, 22, of Taylor Rd., was issued a true bill of indictment. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 8

Joey Allen Stockton, 48, of Addington Bridge Rd., was charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Stephanie Robbins made the arrest.

June 10

Amy Marie Gibson, 33, of Wells Grove Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Carol Miriam Tanner, 50, of West Cove Ln., was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

June 11

Diane Davis, 53, of Willow Cove Rd., was charged with communicating threats and cyberstalking. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Katherine Jeter, 25, of Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Clint Ammons, 34, of Sylva Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $13,403 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 12

William Ray Tallent, 29, of Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to pay child support. A secured bond of $3,421 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

June 7

Jessica Shanae Phillips, 29, of Snowbird Rd., was charged with larceny. No bond information was given. Laurie Beegle made the arrest.

June 10

Clifford Arnold Cooke, 46, of Prentiss Bridge Rd., was charged with driving while impaired and displaying a revoked registration plate. A secured bond of $500 was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Jackson County Arrests

June 4

William Dillian Plemmons, 21, of Locust St., was charged with possesion of stolen property, financial card theft and misdemeanor larceny. No bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Jesse Derrick Franks, 20, of Myers Dr., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Marie Jean Moore, 29, of Cinderella St., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Gregory Hoyle, 46, of Skyland Drive, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Sean Bryson made the arrest.

June 5

Joey Alan Ball, 40, of Lantana Ln., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Sean Bryson made the arrest.

Dennis James Rattler, 53, of Angel Watch Ridge, was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

June 6

Adrian Emanuel Aguilera, 22, of Goose Creek Rd., was charged with three counts of second degree trespassing and three counts of misdemeanor larceny. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

Trevis Jorge Button, 21, of Lewis Rd., was charged with failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance. A secured bond of $106,500 was set. John Beegle made the arrest.

June 7

Charles Alexander Stanton, 48, of Otter Ridge, was charged with felony worthless check. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Earnest Scherman made the arrest.

Henry James Driver, 31, of Tooni Branch, was charged with faiilure to appear. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Rollie James made the arrest.

June 8

Sheri Ann Simpson, 34, of Lantana Dr., was charged with drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. A secured bond of $500 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Joshua Brent Squirrel, 25, of Ela Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Dylan Keith Wahnetah, 26, of Tom McCoy Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $51,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Kevin Brian Smith, 39, of Mini Lane, was charged with violation of court order and probation violation. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

June 9

Steven Cody Moore, 20, of Fisher Creek Rd., was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.


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