Tuesday morning, a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a Silver Ford Taurus was issued in North Georgia, after the vehicle was observed traveling more than 100 miles per hour heading into North Carolina.
Franklin Police Sergeant Lori Beegle spotted the vehicle, which displayed a Michigan license plate, traveling at a high rate of speed near McDonald's on the Georgia Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.
Despite the activation of Beegle's emergency equipment, the driver refused to stop or decrease speed.
Just a few weeks after setting state priorities, county officials from across North Carolina headed to Washington D.C. to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference to discuss legislative goals with congressional representatives.
Macon County was represented by Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Vice-Chair Jim Tate along with County Manager Derek Roland who joined more than 150 officials from across the state for the conference. While Commissioner Ronnie Beale also attended the conference, he was pulling double duty. While also representing Macon County, Beale represented the entire state as the President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC).
Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined – about one in every nine people in the world. While the majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, for 2013, FeedingAmerica.org reported that 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.
While the national average for households in the United States classified as being food insecure sits at 14.6 percent, at 17.3 percent, North Carolina has the fifth highest food insecurity rate in the nation.
Locally, CareNet works year after year to build resources and access to tools to help fight hunger in Macon County.
Confiscated drugs valued in the thousands of dollars.
In the midst of the biggest snow event Macon County has seen so far this winter, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Langley Sr., arrested Thomas Moore, 39, after finding his truck stopped in the middle of a snow covered road in southern Macon County.
Moore was arrested and charged with one felony count trafficking methamphetamine, one count possession drug paraphernalia, and one count driving while license revoked. He was booked in the Macon County Detention Center and held on a $75,000 secured bond.
On Saturday, April 13, a group of about 50 volunteers comprised of a diverse group of citizens from the Franklin and Highlands areas joined forces to clean up the Cullasaja River Gorge's roadsides and river banks.
This initiative is one of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce's ongoing annual projects to help keep area natural resources clean. The cleanup takes place every spring during the NCDOT's clean sweep week and has been headed up by the Highlands Chamber for the last 10 years.
This year, members of Venture Local Franklin, Franklin Chamber of Commerce staff/board members, Stay And Play in the Smokies, and others joined in to make an even bigger impact on this stretch of the “Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.” Of the 50 volunteers on Saturday, 20 volunteers represented Franklin.
"Franklin and Highlands market this same stretch of scenic highway for tourism and recreation purposes, and its very important for both communities to keep the roadsides of Highway 64 as beautiful as the natural assets that surround them,” said volunteer Matt Bateman. “So we decided to reach out to Jennifer Smathers at the Highlands Chamber Visitor Center to join forces."
Bateman, who is a member of Venture Local Franklin (VLF) and tour guide, believes it is important to build a mutual cooperation to take full ownership in maintaining the natural beauty of the roadside. "One of VLF's goals is to continue to reach out to other groups and entities within Franklin and beyond, so we can work together on moving Franklin forward in a positive direction," said Bateman.
The combined effort bagged litter from just above Cullasaja Falls, all the way up to the city limits of Highlands. More than 100 bags were filled by volunteers and hauled away by the U.S. Forest Service.
Main Street Coffee & Tea in downtown Franklin donated coffee for the volunteers of Franklin, while Bill and Sharon Van Horn donated bagels from Dills Creek Bagel Co. also of Franklin.
To finish the day, volunteers were treated to a cookout provided by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area.