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Paul Higdon and Rick Snyder to challenge Kuppers.

Anyone who wants to make a difference and be directly involved with public policy at the local or state level has until next Wednesday, Feb. 29, to officially put their names in the hat to run for office or a particular seat in government. The filing period began on Monday, Feb. 13, and so far, several incumbents and candidates in Macon County have formally filed to run, including chairman of the board of commissioners, Kevin Corbin, as well as commissioners Bob Kuppers and Jimmy Tate.

Three district seats for the board of commissioners will be decided on this November. District one of Highlands, one seat in district two, and district three within Macon County will be challenged this spring and fall.

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Representatives of Macon County’s planning department and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) met with residents of Clarks Chapel on Feb. 13, to discuss a new roundabout that will be built at the juncture of Dowdle Mountain Rd and US 441. The project, which also includes a new left turning lane on US 64/441, seeks to improve traffic congestion and traffic flow in the area, before the new Wal-Mart Supercenter opens its doors later this year. The Clarks Chapel Community Club hosted the event.

Matt Mason, supervisor of environmental services with Macon County’s planning department, assisted NCDOT engineers with answering citizen inquiries at the Clarks Chapel community center.

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On Thursday, February 16, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a fire at Smoky Mountain High School, and after investigating the incident, arrested 16-year-old student, Cody Perry, around 8:30 p.m. the same day.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the fire was located in the men’s restroom on the second floor of the school’s “C” building.

After reviewing the school's surveillance video and interviewing several students and school staff, the Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain enough information to arrest Perry. School staff and the school’s resource deputy sheriff were the first to respond and were able to extinguish the fire by using several portable extinguishers. Jackson County Deputies responded to assist in the evacuation and to secure the scene.

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With a lot of help from Tony Angel, of Tony Angel Media, Macon County’s Economic Development Commission has a revamped website with a variety of new features designed to assist existing businesses in Franklin, while also promoting more investment in the area.

When the Economic Development Director, Tommy Jenkins, showcased the website’s new features to the EDC board last Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, members were impressed. “I think that’s the best economic development website I’ve ever seen,” said county manager Jack Horton.

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