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At the direction of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, the Franklin Planning Board took a closer look at the town's Unified Development Ordinance text amendment for the proposed indoor shooting range to be located within the city limits.

Originally, the town planning board recommended the town consider allowing indoor shooting ranges within C1SU, C2SU, and C3SU zoning districts in Franklin as well as taking out a section of the text amendment that stated that indoor shooting ranges would require a 250-foot buffer when in close proximately to a property of residential use.


Family and friends of Day Williamson gathered in the Macon County courtroom on Tuesday afternoon hoping to find closure through resolution of the case against Charles Andrew Cochran, the man charged with Williamson's murder. After a 20 minute delay to begin court, and another two hour recess at the request of Cochran's counsel, Williamson's family learned that the state will now seek the death penalty.

Before court began, it was believed that the District Attorney's office and Cochran's counsel would be settling on a deal that would offer a life in prison sentence for Cochran instead of the death penalty, if Cochran were to plead guilty on Tuesday. The plea would avoid a trial and provide closure for the family of the victim.


Saturday afternoon members of the community were given a behind-the-scenes look at the Macon County Airport during an open house celebration.

The event, made possible by the county and the Macon County Airport Authority was held to allow members of the public to familiarize themselves with the facility and its role in the community.

Guests were treated to upclose encounters with a slew of airplanes and helicopters including the emergency medical helicopter known as MAMA.

Curtis Blackwell offered musical entertainment and refreshments were served.


Three years after commissioners began a journey to develop a new recreation complex for the citizens of Macon County, the park is finally ready for the first pitch. Macon County officials invite the public out for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

"With the grass mowed, the fields perfected, and everything finally in place, we couldn’t think of a better way to say thank you than to give our citizens the opportunity to have the first look,” said Derek Roland, Macon County manager. "Without the support of the Macon County community, this project would not have been possible. This is their facility and Macon County is honored to be able to show it to them for the first time."


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