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Franklin remembers fallen officers

Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

Town proposing one cent tax increase

During its annual budget retreat, the town of Franklin presented a budget reflecting a one cent tax increase for the coming year.

Due to the property tax revaluation in Macon County this year, the town's property value declined by $7,281,676 in assessed value, equating to a 1.014 percent reduction. Factoring in the new tax base, the town would need to increase the current tax rate of .27 to .2727 to maintain a revenue neutral budget.

Since 2007, the town of Franklin's tax base has grown on average by 2.07 percent. In applying a growth factor to the town's current tax rate of .2727, to produce a revenue neutral tax rate, the town would need to increase the rate to .2784 cents per $100 valuation.

Tastingers presented piece of steel from WTC

After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

A look at schools budget for past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations.

Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as the state's structure has changed in order to accommodate for student enrollment growth, the rise of charter and virtual schools, and other factors that have caused state dollars to be stretched a little further.

Looking at data over the last decade, school enrollment in Macon County has increased by about 250 students. Funding from the state has gone from $20.3 million in 2005 to $24.6 million in 2014 with a difference of more than $3 million between 2008 and 2009. On the local level, beginning in 2007, the county provided $6 million, and by 2014, was up to $7.3 million. After the jump is a look at public education funding in Macon County over the last 10 years.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests Nov. 4-Nov. 10. Note that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

November 5

Teresa Gaye Ledford, 49, of Four Wheel Drive, was charged with domestic criminal trespass. No bond was set. Adam Crawford made the arrest.

November 6

Mitchell Lee Adams, 32, of Courtney Lane, was charged with escape by hired prisoner. A bond of $3,000 was set. Tracy Burt made the arrest.

Brandon William Holland, 24, of Elizabeth Drive, was charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen property, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $25,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Nicole Tabitha Queen-Bates, 32, of Punchbowl Drive, was charged with defrauding drug/alcohol screen test, probation violation. A secured bond of $12,000 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

Kevin Allen Johnston, 18, of Gray Fox Road, was charged with larceny. An unsecured bond was set. Cindy Waller made the arrest.

November 7

Christopher Adam Jones, 30, of Cool Breeze Road, was charged with probation violation, driving while license revoked, failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

November 5

Cecil Garner Middleton, 34, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Audreyana Joan Nesbit, 24, of Middle Creek Road, was charged with larceny by employee. An unsecured bond of $5,000 was set. Dwayne Cabe made the arrest.

November 6

Veronica Jones Kemp, 40, of Bailey Hills Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $7,500 was set. Matt Pelicer made the arrest.

November 7

Kevin Lee O’Conner, 35, of Ridge Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Timothy Lynn made the arrest.

November 8

Johnny Thuman Carroll, 51, of Mill Creek Road, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

November 10

Leslie Dorothy Dennis, 61, of Highlands Road, was charged with driving while impaired, open container, driving with no drivers license. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan Bean made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

November 4

William Kenneth Watson, 64, of Puma Trail, was charged with larceny. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Celeste Holloman made the arrest.

November 5

William Joseph Conner, 22, of River Park, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, possession of methamphetamine, larceny. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Joseph Terry Lanier, 57, of Balsam View Drive, was charged with trespassing, possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny. A secured bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Cortney Leigh Hicks, 22, of Hicks Hollow Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

Rebecca Ann Washam, 29, of New House Road, was charged with larceny of firearm. A secured bond was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

November 6

Nichole Dominique Bradley, 21, of Sim Taylor Road, was charged with resisting an officer. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.

Charity Leighanne Smith, 35, of Rocky Branch Road, was charged with motor vehicle theft. A written promise was given. Ronald Mathis made the arrest.

Amber Sherice Crowe, 26, of Mink Branch Road, was charged with failure to appear in court; possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,000 was set.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of Middle Ridge Road, was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. No bond was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

November 7

Jonathan Lee Scott Buckner, 31, of McClean Road, was charged with simple worthless check. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of East Fork Road, was charged with assault on a female. A secured bond was set. Jennie Rumsey made the arrest.

November 8

Donald Lee Ensley, 40, of Wolfetown Road, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Amanda Dawn Clawson, 32, of Neal Bryson Road, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

November 9

Marcello Santiago Garcia, 24, of Fenway Place, was charged with attempted breaking and entering, domestic criminal trespassing. No bond was set. James Henry made the arrest.

Mckayla Joe Cook, 17, of Swiftwater Drive, was charged with failure to appear in court; larceny, resisting an officer. A secured bond of $4,000 was set.

November 10

Julieayne Spinn, 37, of Gateway Road, was charged with a domestic violence protective order violation. A secured bond was set. Daniel Wellmon made the arrest.






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