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Macon County’s IT director Andy Muncey has successfully graduated from the 2012 Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program™ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

The CGCIO™ program is the first local government specific program for CIOs in the nation and began in 2005. The program is designed for local government Chief Information Officers and Information Technology Directors whose challenging responsibilities require a broad understanding of management, leadership, legal, regulatory, and enterprise topics.\

The course is approximately 240 hours in length and course instruction covers strategic technology planning, communication, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues and financial trends.

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Jackie Downs rides the cherry picker to hang the snowflake lights on poles around Franklin. Wreaths and bows have gone up downtown and the tree will go up later this week in time for the tree lighting ceremony on the square in downtown Franklin on Friday.

See a full slate of Christmas activities after the jump and see the holiday calendar of events in our pull-out Christmas Gift Guide in the center of this week's issue.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement regarding an incident which occurred at Macon Middle School Friday morning.

Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland states that, “At no time was any student or any other person in any danger.”

A student told another student that he/she had found what he/she believed to be a “pipe bomb” and this was subsequently reported to school personnel. The Sheriff’s Office and other first responders were notified and initiated an investigation. The initial information available did not indicate that any device was on school property. However in an abundance of caution, a portion of the campus was treated as a crime scene and thoroughly searched by deputies and no explosive device was discovered.

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A Burningtown family is mourning the loss of 30-yearold Cy Levi Fouts after a family dispute lead to his death Tuesday evening. According to police reports, the Macon County Sheriff's office responded to a 911 call a little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday from Cecelia Carpenter who advised police that Cy Levi Fouts had been arguing with his father, Ricky Fouts, 52, throughout the day and police intervention was needed.

According to police reports, Carpenter called and advised that Ricky and Levi were intoxicated and had been fighting with each other all day. Carpenter advised that Levi had called her to inform her of the confrontation. According to the 911 transcripts, Carpenter said that Ricky had threatened Levi earlier Tuesday with a gun and had even fired the gun at Levi last week.

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