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The Town of Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met on Monday afternoon to discuss a variety of issues and to set a date for its upcoming budget retreat.

To kick off the meeting, D'Anne Maddox from Premiere Marketing gave the board a rundown of the effectiveness of their marketing strategy that has been in place over the last year. Presenting the spreadsheets to the board, she illustrated how the online marketing campaign has worked.

“As you can see, Charlotte has moved to number one,” she said of the website visitors. “But I also put together the top 10 places that site visitors live and as you can see there are even people from New York that are visiting your page.”

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This year marks the fifth time runners will line up on the starting line for the annual Braveheart 5K. Held in conjunction with the Taste of Scotland Festival held in Franklin on Father’s Day weekend, the Braveheart 5K stands as a substantial fundraiser for Franklin’s Scottish Tartans Museum.

“As with a lot of nonprofits, funding has steadily been decreasing,” said Ronan MacGregor, museum director. “In order for us to remain open and serve the public we need to supplement the loss through fund raising efforts such as the Braveheart 5K and the Taste of Scotland Festival.”

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What began as a small meeting with curious teachers ballooned into quite the forum for North Carolina Senator Jim Davis who represents Macon County and seven other WNC counties in the state's legislature.

Davis met with a room full of teachers, teachers' aids, and other school personnel at South Macon Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon at the personal invitation of the educators.

Since Governor Pat McCrory assumed office in early January 2013, the state's education system has begun to see a major overhaul being launched by the legislature who at the moment sits at a veto proof Republican majority.

Davis, who is one of the 31 Senate Republicans, attended the meeting in hopes of clearing the air about his history of supporting the changes being implemented by the state such as ending tenure for veteran teachers, cutting a salary bump for earning a master's degree (becoming the first state in the U.S.), and eliminated a cap on class size ... 

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Cost of property cleanup unlikely to be recovered.

The Town of Franklin will be acting on two nuisance violations that have taken place inside the city limits as a result of Monday night’s meeting.

The town's nuisance ordinance states that any owner, lessee, or occupant of any property within the town shall keep such property clean and clear of defined nuisances as well as all weeds, wild growth and grass over 10 inches in height. It also says that every owner, lessee, or occupant will keep such property free and clear of filth, open wells or containers, and all refuse materials of every kind and description.

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