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When Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell was hired, he understood first hand the importance School Resource Officers (SRO) play in the community. As one of two of the first SROs in Macon County, Harrell knew as Chief, he wanted to make an SRO at Highlands School a priority.

"As I was one out of two of the first SROs in Macon County, I travelled to all of the county schools and I can say it was very difficult and challenging to provide adequate services they each deserve," said Harrell. "Also, in light of past tragedies across our nation and abroad with active shooters in our schools it has always been a priority of mine as a father and a law enforcement director to do everything within my power to make our school as safe as reasonably possible for our students to learn and our faculty to educate."

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Improving the town's infrastructure was at the top of the list at the town of Franklin's annual board retreat on Saturday, as town officials discussed long-term plans to upgrade water and sewer facilities as well as improve the town's sidewalks.

Franklin Town Manager Summer Woodard presented aldermen with a longterm, 10-year plan to implement a complete overhaul of the town water and sewer systems as part of a Capital Improvement Plan.

Woodard presented the board with various debt packages to consider that would include phasing in renovations to the town's facilities over a 10-year period to bring the facilities up to par.

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The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (AARC) thrift store reopened Monday, Jan. 12, with new managers.

The AARC shelter depends on donations to the store and purchases made by shoppers to continue to care for the cats and dogs in their care until they find their forever homes.

Volunteers are needed that have a true desire to help the animals of Macon County.

The store is located at 1526 Old Murphy Rd, Franklin.

 


 

After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

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