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There is nothing like getting thrown into the trenches on your first day of work to give you all the on-the-job training you need, and one Macon County Sheriff's Deputy knows that all too well.

Last Wednesday, Matthew Bowman suited up for the Macon County Sheriff's Department for his first day on the job. Within the first hour of his shift, he was called out to assist other deputies with an "urgent call for assistance."

Bowman, who was accompanied by other deputies as part of his field training, walked into the Otto home that was the subject of the call and found himself in the middle of a situation where the suspect was holding a rifle to his chin, threatening suicide. What started out as a routine call to the Otto home to make an arrest for back child support, turned into deputies talking down a suspect threatening to lodge a bullet in his own head.

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About five years ago, Franklin became the first town along the Appalachian Trail to be designated as a trail town. Now, following in Franklin's footsteps, more than 30 towns from Georgia to Maine have earned that designation and have started shaping their town to best accommodate hikers.

With 47 miles of the Appalachian Trail within Macon County and Franklin falling just 111 miles north of the AT's trailhead at Springer Mountain, Ga., Franklin makes for the ideal stopping point for hikers to resupply before heading to the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, N.C.

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Major league ballparks across the country opened on Monday as baseball season was officially kicked off. It won't be long before Macon County's own ball fields will have the greenest grasses, the smoothest baselines, and perfectly sculpted mounds ready for pitchers of all ages to take the stage at the Parker Meadows recreation complex.

With stadium lights being hoisted up, all underground electric work completed, and the pump house updated, ball players in Macon County are expected to have their gloves in the dirt by summer.

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Various town government departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

Franklin Police Department
The police department responded to 827 calls from Feb. 24, until March 30. Of the 141 reports filed, 44 were accidents, 32 were arrests, and 71 were incident/ investigations. Enforcement actions during the time period included 32 arrests, 72 citations, 35 criminal papers obtained, and 24 warning citations.

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