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It was standing room only at the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, with most attendees interested in the board's decision regarding a text amendment to the town's ordinance impacting the possibility of an indoor gun range within city limits. After several community members spoke in favor of a text amendment to the town's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) which would pave the way for an indoor gun range, the board of aldermen unanimously approved the text change.

Originally, the town planning board recommended the town consider allowing indoor shooting ranges within C1SU, C2SU, and C3SU [Commercial Special Use] 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 proximity to a property of residential use. After aldermen expressed some concern about the purpose of the buffer, the planning board revisited the text amendment and omitted the 250- foot buffer requirement.

The text amendment also prohibits indoor gun ranges in a C1 zoned area. The movement to change the UDO to permit an indoor range within the city limits began when Jeff Wang approached board members about developing a gun range adjacent to his existing business. Because Wang's facility is located in a C1 area, in order for him to develop a gun range, he will have to petition the planning board for rezoning consideration.

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A person representing themselves as from Skyline Publications of Peoria, Ill., may be representing themselves to the Jackson County hospitality industry as publishers of the local “TDA visitor guide.”

This company has no affiliation with the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, Cashiers Area Chamber or Jackson County Chamber.

It has been reported that Skyline Publishing is telephoning local businesses and obtaining credit card information for upcoming advertising.

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On Monday, Sept. 28, Macon County 9-1-1 completed successful testing and implementation of Text-to-9-1-1. Verizon, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular are the only cell phone carriers that are capable of sending texts to 9-1- 1 at this time. This includes Straight-talk phones.

Text or SMS messaging uses a separate network for communication than voice calls. In times where the voice network is down, overused, or non-existent, a text message can still possibly get thru to the 9-1-1 dispatch center.

Macon County hopes to help the deaf and hard of hearing residents and visitors of the county as well as anyone that may be on the fringe areas of cell phone coverage where a voice call may not be able to reach the 9-1-1 dispatch center. Text-to-9-1-1 will also help serve those who are in a situation where the circumstances are such that calling 9-1-1 is not an option.

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Municipal Election for the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands is Nov. 3, 2015. This election is for the registered voters of the municipalities of Franklin and Highlands. The ballot will include offices for the following: Town of Franklin Mayor, Town of Franklin Alderman and the Town of Highlands Commissioners. This is not a countywide election.

The polls will be open for voting on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Eligible residents who are not registered to vote or those registered that need to make changes must do so by Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.

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