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Town employees to see an increase in base salaries.

Little changed in the Town of Franklin’s annual budget at last Tuesday’s budget workshop, held by town officials.

In a handout of the 2012-13 fiscal year’s proposed budget, Town Manager Sam Greenwood noted that this year’s budget “continues to reflect the effects of the most disordered economic conditions in memory.”

Greenwood added in the document that attempts at economic forecasts on the state and federal levels were “little better than guessing,” and cautioned about the prospect of weak economic recovery.

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Plans are to purchase property at new Wal-mart.

Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen met in a special called meeting on May 21 to discuss contract negotiations to purchase a building in the new Wal-Mart Supercenter location in order to relocate the town's ABC store.

Mayor Joe Collins and Alderman Bob Scott voiced concerns on whether the town should move forward and buy the new store at a cost of $1.25 million. Currently, town attorney John Henning Jr. is working out contract negotiations with the Tennessee-based company, Meyers Franklin Associates, LP in order to outline a preliminary offer to purchase the property.

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Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) arrested a Franklin man last week for the alleged sale of illegal substances at a local alternative gift shop.

According to a press release by the JCSO the day following the arrest, Brad Douglas Aiken, 20, of Franklin, was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a place to keep controlled substances. A $1,500 secured bond was set at the time of Aiken’s arrest.

On Nov. 23, 2011, Jackson deputies issued a search warrant at Doobie’s Party Accessories located at 22 Steeple Drive in Sylva. Approximately one half ounce of suspected synthetic cannabinoids was seized during the search. The suspected substances — commonly referred to as “Spice” or “K2” — were sent to the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation Laboratory for analysis.

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Macon County native Matt Mason has been hired as the new county planner. Mason, who began his career with Macon County in August of 2006 as an erosion control inspector, currently serves as the county’s Environmental Services Supervisor.

“I am very excited to be the county planner for Macon County,” said Mason. “The new position has changed slightly, along with the traditional responsibilities of the planner. Our department is evolving and also incorporating the administration of the Flood and Watershed Ordinances. Going through the interview process and eventually accepting the position was very exciting, and I am very proud of the fact that our county leaders placed such a high level of confidence in me for the position of county planner.”

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