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Franklin's Tourism Development Authority, (TDA) which has seen revisions to its operating procedures, will be developing a marketing strategy in 2013 to allow the board to better promote tourism and development in the Town of Franklin.

During the TDA's monthly meeting on Jan. 13, the board voted to table discussion of granting $10,000 to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (SMCPA).

During the Dec. 10 meeting, Nikki and Scotty Corbin went before the TDA to request funds for advertising SMCPA events planned for March 2013. The pair explained that the March 2013 lineup was expected to enhance tourism in the Town of Franklin, drawing people from other areas to the community. Acts such as country music singer Easton Corbin, an Angelina Ballerina play and a performance by the Lovin Spoonful are all scheduled for March.

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Beginning February 1, vehicles located inside the city limits will become subject to the Town of Franklin's new Junk Car Ordinance.

According to a fact sheet sent from the desk of Franklin's Town Planner Derek Roland, the newly established ordinance will allow law enforcement to dispose of three categories of vehicles left within the city limits.

The ordinance states that three types of vehicles, identified as abandoned, junked motor or nuisance vehicles will be subject to removal by town officials.

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Western North Carolina continued to be deluged by rain Wednesday afternoon. Record rainfall has caused rivers and streams to bulge beyond their banks and overflow into roadways.

Macon County Schools called for a two-hour delay Wednesday morning to allow time for the rain to taper off and travel conditions to be safer.

“Our transportation guys went out this morning around 4:30 a.m. [Wednesday] and came back with a report that the rain was really heavy in Otto,” explained Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan.

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Newsmakers and Top Headlines of the Year - Part Three

September

Town refinances loan

As reported by The Macon County News (MCN) on Sept. 6, the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen voted to approve the refinancing of town loans in the amount of $4,350,000 by Sun- Trust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp at its Sept. 3 meeting. According to Town Manager Sam Greenwood, refinancing the town's loan saved taxpayers $360,000 over the term of the leasing contract.

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