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Apology will not be made to EBCI

The Franklin Town of Aldermen decided that no apology needed to be sent to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for the maintenance decision on the Nikwasi Indian Mound.

During Monday night’s Aldermen meeting, board member Bob Scott read a letter he had drafted apologizing to the Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for what he viewed as an impromptu decision to kill the grass on the mound and replant eco-grass to cut down on maintenance costs. After reading the letter to the board, Scott made a motion to send the Cherokee the formal letter, but did not receive a second vote from any of the board members, so the motion died.

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Paige Roberson to assume the position July 1.

Sylva’s Town Board named twentyfive year old Jackson County native Paige Roberson as the new town manager last Thursday.

Roberson, who currently serves as Sylva's Main Street Economic Development director and director for the Downtown Sylva Association (DSA), became an assistant to interim Town Manager Mike Morgan in April. Her first official day in her new position will be July 1.

“I am extremely grateful and humbled to be hired as the new town manager,” said Roberson. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the town that I grew up in and love so much.” Roberson will replace Morgan, who was hired after forced resignation of previous Town Manager Adrienne Isenhower, last September.

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A motorcycle accident occurred on the Sylva Road. at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday. Taylor Ross Green from Nicholson, Ga. was traveling North on the Sylva Road, on his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when Zona Balcom Coe from Westminister, S.C., turned in front of Green in a 2008 Ford Expedition, as she was trying to turn into Car City Mini Mart. Green hit the Expedition on the right side of the bumper causing him to crash his motorcycle. Green was transported to Mission Hospital by MAMA. Coe was charged with failure to yield. Officer Paul Bourcq of the Franklin Police Department was the investigating officer.

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REACH of Macon County gets funding match from Jackson Commissioners.

Nearly three months after REACH of Jackson County shut its doors, Jackson’s Board of Commissioners continued the discussion of the implosion.

Just before REACH closed on Feb. 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put a lien on all of the organization’s property in Jackson County. The IRS did so in response to REACH’s failure to pay employee and employer payroll taxes dating back several years.

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