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In an effort to cut down the amount of heavy truck traffic in downtown Franklin, Town Aldermen voted unanimously to ban commercial thru-trucks with three axles or more on Wayah Street.

The vote followed a public session in which two residents along Wayah Street spoke in support of the ban.

“You don’t need all that weight and noise on that street,” said Wayah Street resident William Howell Derrick before the board. “The trucks have gotten bigger and heavier and every 90 days the DOT fills the holes and cracks [in the road]… You just don’t need all that traffic.”

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State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted beginning Saturday, Dec. 3 through Monday, Jan. 2, across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“Please plan ahead and designate a sober driver this season so everyone can make it home safe over the holidays,” Conti said.

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State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that more than 3,600 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which was held Nov. 21-27.

“The department is committed to educating motorists about the importance of wearing a seat belt,” said Conti. “Campaigns such as this one are imperative to getting this message out, and I thank all of the law enforcement agencies for participating in this campaign aimed at saving lives.”

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Need help, but don’t know where to turn? Now thanks to a joint effort between the Duke Energy Foundation and the county commissioners in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, there is a simple place to turn to get answers. Call NC 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 service is operated by the United Way of North Carolina and is available from any cell phone or land line in Western North Carolina.

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call is free and the information you provide is confidential. Any language you speak can be translated. By dialing this simple number, you can speak to a referral specialist who will help you find services such as food, housing, utility assistance, counseling, health care, child care, senior services, and volunteer opportunities.

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