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The Macon County Board of Commissioners seem to pass some sort of a resolution just about every month. A resolution honoring a local boy scout troop; a resolution recognizing a business that kept its doors open for 50 years; a resolution declaring a history week in October. The verbiage of the resolutions are all relatively the same. Whatever entity is being recognized, is named and an explanation is offered on what impact that entity has had on the community at large, and wraps up with the commissioners thanking or recognizing said entity for their accomplishment, whatever that may be.

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Building construction expected to begin in October

Despite a short hiccup in the Parker Meadows Recreation Facility project after finding what is believed to be burial remains, County Manager Derek Roland reported to commissioners Tuesday night that the project is still on time, and within the original budget.

In early July, while grading a portion of the outfield for one of the clover leaf ball fields, what is believed to be a tooth from a Native American burial site was uncovered. The project was temporarily halted and Macon County officials were careful to make sure the project remained in compliance with both the state’s archaeologist office, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Last Wednesday night, the League of Women Voters in Macon County organized their monthly meeting to take place later than its usual noon program so that local educators could attend and talk about education in Macon County.

Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin opened the meeting by giving an overview of the school system and the impacts that the newly passed state budget will have on the schools in the upcoming 2014-2015 fiscal year.

“First, the teachers received a welldeserved salary increase for the first time in several years. We're really grateful that teachers are earning more,” said Baldwin. “But it does impact our local budget due to our locally paid employees. We must provide the salary increase for our local employees out of our local appropriation.”

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Authority to decide what to do with leftover money.

On Tuesday evening the Macon County Airport Authority met for its monthly meeting to receive an update on the runway widening project and to get a run down of grants being awarded by the state.

Two weeks ago, the airport was forced to shut down for some essential work on the project, but now it's up and running.

“If you look out there now, you'll see that the runway is, in fact, widened,” said James Luther, Senior Project Manager of W.K. Dickson, the consulting firm who coordinates the airports projects.

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