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A Franklin man was recently arrested and faces numerous charges following an incident of road rage.

Michael James Trainor, 66, of Trimont Lake Road, was arrested at approximately 9 p.m. on December 5. He is facing two counts of assault by pointing a gun, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggressive driving all misdemeanor offenses.

According to reports, the complainant, off-duty Macon County Sheriff's Officer Stephanie Robbins was heading northward on Green Street. She reportedly passed a man in a maroon Toyota Camry who appeared to be driving “erratically.” It appeared to the driver at this point that the man, who would later turnout to be Trainor, was upset with her because she had passed him.

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An incident of domestic violence in Clayton, Ga., on Sunday, ended with a Franklin man driving himself all the way to Angel Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Investigators with both the Clayton Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still trying to put the pieces together.

At approximately 9 p.m., Clayton Police officers reportedly responded to a complaint of domestic violence on Duncan Street, behind the post office in downtown Clayton. Upon arrival, officers Riley Owens and Shawn Wilson detected a strong odor of alcohol on Marty Thompson, Nikki Wykle, Brandon Coalley and Lesley Anglin, all of Franklin, whom were reportedly “shaken” by what had just transpired minutes before. According to reports, officers noted that they appeared to be inebriated.

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Across North Carolina on Tuesday, newly elected officials were sworn into office. In Macon County, the Board of Education swore in two returning board members and welcomed one new face. After running uncontested races, Stephanie McCall and Jim Breedlove secured their seats on the board and were sworn back into office. Melissa Evans, who won the November election against long-time board member Tommy Baldwin, was sworn into office for the first time to represent the Nantahala District.

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During December's regularly scheduled meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, Town Manager Sam Greenwood asked the board to consider moving Pickin' on the Square to the Town Hall parking lot for the 2013 season.

Historically held on Town Square at the Gazebo, Pickin' has been temporarily moved to Town Hall from time to time for small renovation projects to the Square, and according to Greenwood, individuals involved with the event seems to like the alternate venue.

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