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With budget cuts across every level and in every department in state and federal government, the federal allotment for heating assistance is one of the many things that have become scarce for those in need.

According to Shania Adkins, Executive Director for CareNet, after four days of taking applications, more than half of the federal funds available for heating assistance to Maconians is gone.

“We started taking applications on Nov. 1 and after two days we had received 121 applications and allocated out $44,000,” said Adkins, who has been the director for CareNet only since June. “The latest numbers show that after four days and 174 applications, we have used $59,000 of the $99,000 available.

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Business owners scold town for lack of communication.

Main Street business owners approached the Franklin aldermen Monday night to share their discontent with the lack of communication between town officials and downtown merchants.

The frustration of several downtown businesses stems from a push and shove with town officials regarding the monthly Street- Fest events hosted by Venture Local Franklin and Streets of Franklin. To date, four Street- Fests have been successfully executed on Main Street, without any help or support from town officials. “Four StreetFests were planned, one each month from July to October, the first three bringing approximately 600 people downtown each time,” said Martha Holbrook, owner of Rosebud Cottage. “There was a comfortable, friendly, relaxed hometown atmosphere. Many said they ran into old friends and simply enjoyed browsing through the shops, stopping for food, enjoying the different styles of music played and the dance groups that performed.”

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An Otto couple facing the charge of first degree murder for the death of their son was granted bail last week.

At the October 29 session of Macon County Superior Court, judge Charles Ginn gave Frank Kelly Pruitt, 62, and his wife, Kathy Paulette Pruitt, 53, both $100,000 secured bonds. Should the defendants make bond, they are to have no contact with the victim’s family, and will be required to wear GPS ankle bracelets so their whereabouts are known to authorities.

On July 8, Robert Pruitt, 34, was shot at a residence on Coweeta Lab Road. His parents, Frank and Kathy, have been charged with their son’s first degree murder. Around the time of the incident, Frank Pruitt had called 9-1-1and declared to dispatch that he was going to shoot his son on the grounds that he was armed and drunk. Subsequent toxicology reports prove however that the son did not have alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

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The day before Halloween and just a shadow away from a full moon, nearly a dozen community members and government officials were arrested and detained at Franklin's Town Hall. With crimes ranging from impersonating an officer, to drunk and disruptive behavior and resisting arrest, Chief David Adams with the Franklin Police Department had his hands full Tuesday morning with a room full of guilty culprits.

Early Tuesday morning the crime raid began with the arrest of Franklin High School Principal Dr. Chris Baldwin. After being taken out in handcuffs by Officer Dwayne Cabe, Baldwin was escorted to Town Hall to appear before the volunteer judge, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch.

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