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The Smoky Mountains “Spring for Success” Career Fair is scheduled for Friday, March 13, at the Robert C. Carpenter Building (former Macon County Community Building).

A dozen groups and businesses have come together to make the event happen. With a portion of the event being focused on employing veterans, organizations affiliated with veterans joined on to make the event a success. Event sponsors include American Legion Post 108, Macon County Economic Development Commission (EDC), Macon County NC Works Career Center, Southwestern Community College, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 994.

"Mark Schuler, veterans employment consultant with NC Commerce, contacted the Macon County EDC about partnering with the Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS), veterans organizations and Southwestern Community College to hold a job fair," said Macon County Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins of how the event came to fruition.

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On the front door of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Smokey Mountain Chapter 994, is the logo of the VVA and the motto, “Never Again Shall One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another.” The door opens to a group of unfamiliar faces, faces of men who share in a brotherhood not known to any other generation of American Military men. This small gathering was a microcosm of the American men who were used by their government to fight an unpopular war ? men who many times were reviled by their countrymen for their participation in the war. These are men who have stood, unwavering in their loyalty to and pride in the United States of America.

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Officials turning to state lawmakers for policy change.

Earlier this year, Henry Te petitioned the town of Franklin to have his property on 441 South annexed into the town limits. Town Clerk Chad Simons was instructed to examine the issue and found a state law that would prohibit Te's request from being granted.

"We found that this property did not meet one of the necessary standards to be eligible for annexation into the Town. It is and was part of a subdivision, which per statute, requires all portions of the subdivision to join in the petition for annexation, or the town would be prohibited from annexing it," explained Franklin Attorney John Henning Jr.

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Public can comment at continuation meeting March 31.

For the last six months, the Macon County Planning Board has been working to draft a nuisance ordinance intended to regulate malicious noise within the county.

The ordinance would apply to property outside of the municipal limits of Highlands and Franklin, and would specifically aim to regulate "loud, unnecessary, and disturbing noise" which means, "any noise intentionally created which because of its volume level, duration, and/or character, annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the county."

While the planning board approved the ordinance in early February, before it can become the law of the land, commissioners would have to vote to adopt it. While a public hearing is not required for the ordinance, commissioners stated Tuesday night that due to public concerns, a hearing will be held before the commissioner's March 31 continued meeting at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the courthouse.

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