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A Franklin man was sentenced last week to serve a max of 11.5 years in prison for various sexual offenses against minors.

At the September 25 session of Macon County Superior Court, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 48, of Shady Cove Lane, pled guilty to five felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two felony counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The sentence was part of a plea deal offered by the District Attorney’s office.

Kennedy was investigated and arrested in August 2011 following a complaint from a concerned citizen. Initially, Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) detectives searched Kennedy's residence during an identity theft investigation. During the investigation, Kennedy admitted to having hundreds of pornographic images of children in his possession, according to search warrants from the time of his arrest.

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A young man was found unresponsive in the Fine Arts Building at Franklin High School Monday afternoon.

Emergency Medical Services were called out who transported the student first to Angel Medical Center and then to Asheville where he was pronounced dead later that night. The investigation into the cause is still ongoing at press time.

Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Duncan was supportive of the response of the FHS faculty and in particular principal Dr. Chris Baldwin.

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Crash attorney and distracted driving expert Douglas R. Horn says his Kansas City law firm is seeing an increasing number of serious injuries and deaths resulting from violent, high-impact collisions caused by distracted drivers.

Horn says high-impact collisions are on the rise because more drivers than ever before are diverting their eyes from the road for many seconds at a time while they operate texting devices and smart phone applications.

“Distracted driving crashes are typically higher force and produce more fatalities and more serious injuries than other types of collisions,” says Horn. “Because of the severe force of impact, distracted drivers are potentially more deadly than drunk drivers, who, even with their slowed reaction time, sometimes manage to partially brake and lessen the impact of the collision.”

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A new version of the state’s Move Over law goes into effect Monday, Oct. 1, requiring motorists to change lanes or slow down to avoid roadside utility and maintenance crews bearing flashing amber lights.

The General Assembly voted in June 2012 to include utility and road maintenance operations displaying amber lights – including some N.C. Department of Transportation work sites – on the list of situations where drivers legally are required to steer clear to help prevent accidents.

The state established move-over requirements for drivers in 2001. The law previously covered emergency responders, law enforcement vehicles, tow trucks, and Incident Management Assistance Patrols operated by the NCDOT.

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