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Students in a freshman seminar centered on active citizenship raised more than $1,000 toward the Shops with Cops program through the Jackson County Office of the Sheriff.

Students chose the cause they wanted to support and collected donations for the initiative, which pairs law enforcement officers with children from the community to shop for Christmas gifts for the children’s families.

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Franklin's new Walmart was properly inducted into the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 21, when hundreds of children packed the aisles for Macon County Sheriff's Office annual Shop with a Cop event. For 14 years, Shop with a Cop has been spreading the holiday spirit throughout the county.

Local law enforcement officers accompanied the kids on a shopping spree and then to lunch afterwards to get acquainted.

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At a recently held community input meeting regarding the proposed acquisition of the Parker Meadows property by the county to construct a new recreation complex, Macon County residents were able to ask questions and give feedback.

Although the informal gathering started out with a split audience of those for and against the project, after being given more information, many residents left in favor of the development.

The information meeting followed the Macon County Board of Commissioners’ November decision to more forward with plans to purchase the 48-acre lot on the old Patton Road with the intention of developing a recreation complex to house new baseball and softball fields.

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Franklin's first baby of the year Riley Irene Wood was born on Jan. 2, 2013, at 4:40 a.m., at Angel Medical Center.

She weighed in at 6 lbs., 14 oz., and is 18 3/4 inches long.

Her parents are Sterling Whorton and Duran Wood both of Franklin. 

Grandmother Glenda Kelly is also pictured.

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