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Signs welcoming new visitors to town are synonymous with small town America and are often a staple for the town's identity. Since the 1970s, banners have been hung across Main Street in Franklin to advertise festivals and events within the town.

Neighboring towns such as Dillsboro and Clayton often stretch banners across their roadways to capture thru-traffic, in hopes of boosting attendance to the town's annual shindigs, and until 2013, banners could also be seen strung across Franklin's Main Street. While advertising banners have taken a two-year hiatus, the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously decided Monday night to give local business owners the go-ahead to re-open discussion of the possibility of draping signs across Main Street.

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Five months after police launched an investigation into a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Jackson County, criminal charges have been filed.

On Monday, a grand jury handed down indictments for four Jackson residents who allegedly supplied teenagers with alcohol and knowingly interfered with a police investigation into statutory rape allegations.

After the grand jury's indictments, arrests included:

Austin Trent Davis, 19, of Dillsboro, was charged with a statutory sex offense with defendant older than victim by four years and less than six years. Cody Jenkins, 24, of Sylva, was charged with statutory rape of person 13, 14 or 15 years old; two counts of statutory sex offense with 13, 14 or 15 year old. Michelle Dillard, of Sylva, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jimmy Henry of Sylva, a former JCSO deputy, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice.

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Various 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.

View the monthly reports after jump!

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On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.

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