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Over the last few months, Drake Enterprises has organized card creating events to help generate holiday cards for the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

From having a booth at PumpkinFest, to partnering with Franklin-area schools, and even getting Drake employees in on the fun, Drake Enterprises has worked with the community for months to create fun, festive cards of thanks and support to be sent to members of the military for the holidays.

The cards, which will be sent to service members, veterans, and military members recovering in the hospital, will be sent during the holidays in hopes of providing a little bit of joy for our men and women in the military.

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The Macon County Planning Board met last Thursday to consider whether a noise ordinance is needed in the county. After hearing some complaints from members of the public – some of them brought to tears in their pleas – the commissioners tasked the planning board with making the decision.

In the first meeting upon taking up their new task, members of the public turned out to discuss issues they had with neighbors. One in particular stressed how close her and her family were to just calling it quits all together.

“My husband came to me the other night and said 'this is it, we have to list the house,” she said about the late night noises that are regularly produced by her neighbor.

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Original predictions for Macon County’s property tax revaluation reported that the average homeowner in Macon County would experience an estimated 20 percent decline in property value. With the process wrapping up and the Macon County tax office finalizing information, County Manager Derek Roland is reporting that homeowners won’t be taking as big of a hit as expected.

“Revaluation results currently are showing around a 14 percent decline in property values in the aggregate,” said Roland. “At the beginning of the budget year we were expecting this percentage to be as high as 20 percent, but as the economy has continued to recover during this time period, our tax base values have shown improvement as well.”

During an address at the League of Women Voters forum, Roland reported that the revaluation is on track to be completed this month and county tax administrator Richard Lightner will be presenting to the board in December the final results.

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Alec LansingMid-day on Saturday, Nov. 22, a body which is believed to be that of Alec Lansing, was found in the Nantahala National Forest.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office along with multiple volunteers coordinated by the Jackson County Emergency Management Office conducted further searching of the forest where Lansing was last seen. The body was found in a remote portion of the forest by searchers.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators along with investigators with the United States Forest Service Law Enforcement are working together to continue to investigate the death. An autopsy has been requested by investigators to determine the cause of death.

Lansing has been missing since Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

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