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Monday night, Macon County Sheriff’s Department (MCSO) ended a five-day search for inmate Charles Andrew Cochran without incident. The MCSO SWAT was able to take Cochran down at a residence with a little struggle, but no injuries.

Cochran escaped from the detention center Wednesday around 9 p.m. while on trash detail for the Sheriff’s Office trustee program.

According to a statement released by the MCSO on Thursday, during the evening of July 30 at approximately 9 p.m. detention officers were utilizing two inmates to do routine maintenance in and around the Macon County Detention Center. After completing the tasks assigned, a detention officer took the two inmates out to dispose of the garbage, as is done on a daily basis. It was at this time that inmate Charles Andrew Cochran, 21, of Franklin, ran into a deeply wooded area next to the detention center and disappeared.

 

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Last Wednesday night, the Franklin Town Hall hosted Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute (PPI) along with many members of the community for a question and answer forum in hopes of providing a clear picture of the future for the Town of Franklin.

“Towns are having a difficult time in Western North Carolina. Franklin is actually doing pretty well. A lot of places are suffering more than Franklin is,” said Dr. Todd Collins, director of the PPI. "Our purpose is to just facilitate. We have no vision. The mayor may have his vision, you may have your vision. We want to hear your ideas."

Brian Burgess took the lead on the project moving through a slide show that posed many questions to the crowded room. For quite a while now, empty buildings, crumbling sidewalks, and at times, a stagnant economy have filled discussions between town officials and various civic groups. At this meeting in particular however, individuals on behalf of only themselves, were given the opportunity to share their opinions.

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Public servants explain responsibilities of the position.

Macon County citizens take to the polls every two years to decide who would be the best representatives for the county. County commissioners are elected to serve their respective districts and make important decisions that affect all county residents. It is public knowledge that the commissioners convene once a month to discuss matters pertaining to the county and to consider important county business, but what do they do beyond that? What does it take to be a county commissioner and what sort of commitment have the five men who currently sit on the Macon County board made to the citizens?

We wanted to know just that, so we asked them. To start, we asked why they wanted to run for office, and if their reason has changed.

Commissioner Ron Haven was first sworn in to represent District II of Macon County in 2010, and is up for re-election this year. When asked why he first ran for office, and if that had changed, Haven said, “I felt like Macon County could have been run responsibly for far less tax money. Has that reason changed? I still believe with the right interest it can be.”

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To help ease congestion and prevent collisions, the North Carolina Department of Transportation placed a “No U-Turn” sign at the intersection of East Main Street and the Highlands Road.

The sign, which was placed in the left turning lane turning from East Main Street toward McDonald’s and Hardee’s, was placed by the DOT about two months ago on June 6. The sign now requires that vehicles turning into McDonald’s or the Dollar General go through the light, turn left at the light, then enter the business through the back entrance.

Previously, vehicles heading east on East Main Street using the left turning lane at the red light, would make a U-turn into McDonald’s or Dollar General. The U-Turn was deemed unsafe as vehicles would encounter traffic turning left off of the Highlands Road or right off Lakeside Drive.

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