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Last week, Macon County’s phone services experienced an interruption that caused some voicemails to not be retrievable by county departments. The problem has continued throughout the week but is expected to be corrected later this week.

According to Andy Muncey, the county’s IT Director, on the evening of Monday, Oct. 13, the telephone link between the Macon County Courthouse and the Macon County Detention Center and Human Services building faulted. Other data connections between the sites on the same fiber bundle remained active. The link fault caused interruption to services at other sites as well.

Throughout the events, there were no interruptions to 911 or dispatch services.

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On Oct. 20, at approximately 6:38 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 77 Paniolo Drive, Sylva, regarding a shooting. The caller stated to the 911 operator that he had shot his father. Dispatchers kept the caller on the phone, instructed him how to check for breathing, and eventually how to conduct CPR.

Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and assisted with CPR. West Care EMS arrived shortly thereafter and continued CPR with assistance from the Balsam-Willets Volunteer Fire Department’s first responders.

Deputies secured the shooting scene, then obtained and served a search warrant. Deputies were assisted by agents with the NCSBI during the search. As a result of the investigation and after conferring with the District Attorney’s office, the caller, identified as Travis Lindsey Heffner, was arrested and charged. The deceased is Kenneth Rodney Heffner, 47, father of the suspect, of 14 Gentle Ridge, Sylva.

 

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Retired Delta Captain Marc Sharp will recount his 10 most memorable flights – funny, frightening, and poignant from biplanes to jet airliners – at the Tuesday, Oct. 21, Aviation Historical Society meeting.

Covering more than four decades of flying, his talk will include work as a crop duster, pilot for the Mississippi governor, working with astronauts on space shuttle controls, and the blind passenger that changed his life.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506-5869.

The Town of Franklin's Tourism Development Authority held their monthly meeting on Monday night to consider a funding for the 2014 PumpkinFest and another request to help out on advertising for the Scottish Tartans Museum.

At last month's meeting, the Franklin Main Street Program submitted a request of $1,500 to help with funding for radio and print advertising. Bo Bryant, who is the chairman of the program, made the request for the festival that is scheduled for Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

On Monday with no discussion, TDA members voted unanimously to grant the full request. PumpkinFest is one of Franklin's most popular uptown events and includes a pie eating contest, costume contest, a parade, entertainment, games for kids, live music, craft and food vendors and the very popular pumpkin roll.

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