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Macon County’s Vietnam Veterans of America, Smokey Mountain Chapter 994 will host its annual Vietnam Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, March 28, at 10 am. This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of the removal of all American combat troops from Vietnam, ending two decades of conflict in the Southeast Asian country.

The parade participants will meet and form up in the Franklin Town Hall parking lot on Main Street. The procession will begin at 10 a.m., proceeding up Main Street ending at the Franklin Town Gazebo.

At the Gazebo, a ceremony will be conducted, honoring Vietnam Veterans and the families of Macon County Vietnam Veterans who made the supreme sacrifice, giving their lives during the Vietnam conflict. Featured speakers for the ceremony will be two Vietnam Veteran Prisoners of War, Nathan B. “Nat” Henry and Tom Pyle. Several local officials will also speak.

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“Keep your hands where I can see ‘em!” Scott Buttery, a patrol lieutenant with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, repeated the order – but the individual who’d been breaking into a car wouldn’t comply. Instead, the suspect reached into his back pocket then swung his right arm forward.

Before less-seasoned onlookers could determine whether the item in the suspect’s hand was a weapon or something less ominous, Buttery fired his weapon. Had the officer waited an instant later, the subject would have pulled the trigger on his own pistol.

Fortunately, the perpetrator was an actor projected onto a screen. The pistol was a modified Glock with no live ammo. The entire 20-second scenario was part of a “use of force” training session arranged by Southwestern Community College on Thursday, March 19, in a training room of the sheriff’s office.

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The WCU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a revision to the university’s tailgating policy that adds an additional parking lot to areas in which alcohol may be consumed on campus as part of fans’ pregame festivities. Approval of the change came during the board’s regularly scheduled quarterly meeting Friday, March 6.

Beginning this fall, the Belk Building parking lot, which previously had been designated as an alcohol-free zone, will be among the alcohol-permissible tailgating areas.

The move became necessary because of increased interest in pregame tailgating at WCU in the wake of recent improvements to the football program. In 2014, the WCU football team enjoyed its first winning regular season since 2005, earning a second-place finish in Southern Conference play.

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Amidst a loss of leadership and in an attempt to regroup, the Franklin Main Street Program Board of Directors voted last Wednesday to place the program on inactive status.

“At this point, I feel it would be the right time for the board to step back and assess how it wants to proceed,” said board member Sissy Pattillo. “I have been involved with the Franklin Main Street Program since it became active again. If you look where we were and where we are now, we have made great strides. Many projects have been accomplished and the master plan for our town is a great example. Phase one has been completed and phase two is under way.”

The Franklin Main Street Program Board of Directors includes Christine Basey, Judy Chapman, Joyce Handley, Ken Murphy and Sissy Pattillo. Over the last few months, four board members have resigned from their posts. In addition to board members' resignation, the MSP was also dealing with the lack of a Main Street coordinator, a paid position with the town.

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