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Seth Adams, director of the Macon County Parks & Recreation Department, recently updated the Kiwanis Club of Franklin on progress at the Parker Meadows project.

Initiated through a $500k PARTF grant, the project is nearing completion very close to budget in spite of unexpected design changes.

A grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 25 to highlight the eight ball fields, a soccer field, a one-mile walking track, basketball court, covered shelter as well as three river access points. Many local businesses contributed to the project, including donated score boards and field sponsorships.

With seven baseball tournaments already scheduled this fall, Seth Adams is confident this project will add significant economic impact to Macon County.

Pictured with Adams is Kiwanis president Beverly Barnett.

Earlier this year, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) announced that phone scams were among the worst tax scams popping up in 2015, and months later, Macon County residents are still getting fake phone calls.

"We have had at least four complaints in the past few months," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams. "One victim claimed that the caller threatened him because he refused to go to Walmart and wire the IRS a payment."

Adams' word of advice to Franklin residents: never give out your information over the phone with verification. "They should never send anyone or company money after receiving a phone call or provide their bank account numbers or Social Security numbers," cautioned Adams. "All federal agencies, utility companies and financial institutions will have the aforementioned numbers and they will not ask for payment via money orders."


A two-vehicle accident occurred Wednesday afternoon on Highlands Road just west of Ellijay Road sending four people to area hospitals with a report of one fatality.

No names had been released at presstime.

The initial investigation indicated that a green van went off the pavement on the right and over corrected several times before hitting a beige Tahoe.

The accident shut down Highlands Road for more than three hours as traffic was rerouted around Sugar Fork and River Road.


On Tuesday afternoon, the Macon County Sheriff's Department (MCSO) and the Franklin Police Department were involved in a foot chase that resulted in the arrest of Jessie Cowart, the second time since March law enforcement had to chase the suspect.

Law enforcement received a dispatch call reporting shots fired at a residence near Arthur Drake Road. After further investigation, it was determined that Jessie Cowart had opened fire on his uncle, Robert Cowart.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, Jessie retrieved a shotgun from a neighbor’s house before returning to Robert Cowart's home and firing three shots.


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