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Nearly 3,000 people celebrated the New Year on Main Street in Franklin for the second annual Ruby Drop hosted by Motor Company Grill.

As the crowd counted down the final seconds of 2015, The Ruby, which is more than six feet wide and more than six feet tall lit with more than 1300 LED lights, began to drop from a crane above Main Street.

While the Ruby Drop was the highlight of the evening, businesses along Main Street stayed open late to help welcome the new year to Franklin.

 

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The Macon County News has compiled some of the top stories of 2015. This year has been one of growth and change. From a new brewery and upscale restaurant uptown, to a brand new recreation park with the goal of increasing visitors to the area, Franklin is experiencing a “growth spurt.”

Not all the news was good however. Caterpillar announced it was closing and a school shooting incident at South Macon made national news. Following is Part I of the Year in Review.

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Macon County employees have spent the new year assessing the damage caused by record rainfall amounts in December. Until last month, the highest rainfall total on record for Macon County was 15.27 inches which was set in 1973, but as of Dec. 29, 18.9 inches had fallen in the county, with 14.49 inches recorded since Dec. 21.

With heavy rain in the forecast the majority of the week of Christmas, Macon County Commission Chairman Kevin Corbin signed a resolution declaring Macon County in a State of Emergency, which allows Macon County to potentially be eligible for state and federal funds to help clean up the damage caused by flooding.

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A routine traffic stop last Thursday turned into a drug bust that led to two arrests and confiscation of 484 grams of methamphetamine. First Sergeant Clay Bryson witnessed a gold Pontiac Bonneville that seemed to be speeding on 441, and pulled the vehicle over. The driver, Melanie Lynn Pursley, 46, of Winder, Ga., and the passenger, Leslie Junior Cox, 58, of Auburn, Ga., gave Bryson conflicting stories about where they were headed.

"One said going to Kentucky to meet family and the other said going to Cherokee," explained Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. "The suspects refused to give consent for search at which point Macon County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy Hoss was utilized to smell the air around vehicle."

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