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Detectives with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit have charged four Macon County residents with numerous property crimes involving five residences in Macon County.

All of the residences were unoccupied when the crimes were committed and one of the crimes involved a stolen tractor that was recovered in Georgia.

Macon County detectives also contacted the Haywood County Sheriff's Office and provided information regarding additional crimes that occurred in Haywood County.

The defendants and current charges are as follows:

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What will happen to Holly Springs Plaza?

The Town of Franklin Planning Department has performed a site inspection of the new Super Wal-Mart site, and found it to be in compliance with the zoning regulations of the district, assuring that the store is on track to open its doors on Oct. 26.

The new plaza, which is expected to be a new destination for economic growth along the 441 highway corridor, according to Town Planner Derek Roland, already has five businesses ready to relocate to the new plaza. “Thus far the following businesses have submitted sign permit applications: Dollar Tree, Shoe Show, Cato, G2K Games and U.S. Cellular,” said Roland. “A Subway restaurant will also be located inside the Wal-Mart main building.”

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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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