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Outgoing board members honored; mayor offers advice for new board

Three new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen took their oaths of office Monday night just before regular business began for the December board meeting. Joe Collins, Brandon McMahan and Adam Kimsey were all sworn into office by Macon County Clerk of Court Vic Perry.

The three new board members replaced long serving aldermen Joyce Handley, Verlin Curtis, and Farrell Jamison. The three outgoing aldermen were recognized last week with a farewell lunch reception from the town.

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Cameras for town patrol cars also being discussed.

Over the next month, the Franklin Board of Aldermen will review a new policy surrounding Mobile Video Recording (MVR), which includes body cameras and patrol vehicle cameras. The town was presented with the policy Monday night and will take it under advisement to vote on next month.

According to Police Chief David Adams, the Franklin Fire Department already has body cameras for all patrol officers thanks to a donation by the local ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) board. The ABC board funded the cameras to the tune of $3,700 out of the ABC board's contingency fund. Chief Adams said that his department had been looking into the possibility of implementing body cameras for more than a year and the policy the board is now considering will be the last step before they are connected and operational.

 

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County officials looking at the economic impact.

Before the Macon County Recreation Department can finish out the 2015 calendar year, the schedule for the new Parker Meadows Recreation Complex for 2016 is already fully booked.

"The tournament directors love the layout of the facility, and who couldn’t love the views," said Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams. "I talked to numerous parents of out of town players who had never been to Franklin, and they said how beautiful it was here. I didn’t talk to a single person that said they wouldn’t come back."

Adams said that his department started taking requests for tournaments in November and with most associations holding their meetings in November and December, Macon County's calendar was fully booked as of Monday.

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Three Macon County Schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown Monday morning following a foot chase that ended in the arrest of Dianna Pauline Queen, 43, of Franklin.

According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, shortly after FPD Officer Timothy Lynn took a report of a stolen vehicle from Larry Bryson, Officer Lynn spotted the vehicle near Depot Street and attempted to pull it over.

The vehicle attempted to elude Officer Lynn and eventually stopped in the area of West Rogers Street where the occupants, two females and one male, fled on foot.

Because of the close proximity of the incident to schools, FPD officers requested that the SRO at Franklin High School be notified of the situation at which point Franklin High School, Macon Middle School and Mountain View Intermediate were placed on a precautionary lockdown.

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