Elementary students across Macon County received a special delivery last week. With brand new Nike shoes in tow, Biltmore Baptist Church’s Franklin campus visited every elementary school in Macon County to fit children with brand new footwear.
“Biltmore is constantly trying to think of ways to reach out to our community and show them we care,” said Patrick Trawick, Franklin Campus pastor. “We kept hearing so many positive things from the LoveLoud event with East Franklin Elementary last year that we wanted to pursue doing it again this year. One thing led to another and we were able to do it again with all of the schools in Franklin.”
At Tuesday night's county commissioner meeting, Luke Bateman who serves as the Chairman of the Macon County Board of Elections was tasked with approaching the board to request a budget amendment to the 2013-14 fiscal year budget to the tune of just over $41,000 – a sum required to carry out the primary election set to take place in May.
According to Bateman, the shortfall is a result of an incident that occurred back in January when it was discovered that a sum of $50,000 had been paid out to various individuals with little or no verification. An investigation is still being conducted by the State Board of Elections and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.
Warren Cabe is leaving his role as the Franklin Town Manager as of May 2, a year after he began. The move was announced at Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting after the board went into a closed session to discuss personnel matters. Upon returning, the board made a motion to accept Cabe's letter of resignation.
“I am thankful for the Town of Franklin and my time working for this board. I have learned a lot during my time as manager. The reason that I am leaving is in no way an ill result of my time working as manager,” said Cabe. “An opportunity has presented itself and it's one that I need to pursue.”
Before becoming town manager Cabe served as Macon County Emergency Medical Services Director and then shifted to the Town of Franklin. Now it looks as though he will be returning to the county as the EMS director once again.
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The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.
The Jackson County Sheriff race is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May Republican primary will face the winner of the May Democratic primary in the November general election.
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe, who has held the office for 12 years, is not seeking re-election.
Citizens in Macon County officially have a new location to seek treatment when needing dental services. The Macon County Public Health Department has expanded the dental clinic options as the grand opening for the new adult dental facility was held last Thursday. More than 100 visitors stopped in to tour the new facility and about 70 participated in free health screenings. The clinic provides services for patients 18 and older.
The facility actually opened a few days prior to the ceremony. The new clinic, located at 108 Macon Center Drive, is a 2,000 square foot facility, more than twice as large as the last clinic.
“The facility was expanded from 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet,” said Jimmy Villiard, Personal Health Section Administrator at Macon County Public Health. “In addition, we were able to expand from three dental chairs to four. Panorex x-ray capability was also added. The Panorex allows for full-mouth x-rays.”
Dr. Villiard is responsible for managing the dental services for the health department. He was also the project coordinator for the construction of the new clinic.
In addition to the extra space and upgraded equipment, the clinic's expansion will allow the health department to begin offering dentures for adult clients. The clinic also offers comprehensive dental care and can serve as a patient’s primary dental provider. Dr. Bruno Kaldre and his staff offer a full spectrum of preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care.
“Access to dental care has been a consistent need identified in Macon County’s Community Health Assessment,” said Villiard. “This clinic is open to all residents of Macon County. Because fees are assessed on a sliding scale, based on the income of the client, the services are accessible to almost everyone in the community, regardless of income. In addition, the clinic is one of the few in Macon County that accepts Medicaid reimbursement for dental care. Oral health is an important component of overall wellness. Most significantly, poor oral health can lead to cardiovascular medical complications.”
While the dental clinic's upgrade was approved and supported by county commissioners, Macon County Public Health was able to use Medicaid reimbursement monies to cover the project costs, so no local funding was allocated to the project. According to Villiard, the project came in on budget.