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Commissioners ask NCDOT to clarify McCoy Bridge offer

The decade-long debate surrounding the McCoy Bridge controversy seems to be drawing to a close. The compromise worked out between the board and the NCDOT will likely be realized at some point this year, based on the board’s conversation about the latest NCDOT proposal at their meeting in early January. The letter, written by DOT construction engineer, Brian C. Burch, to county manager Jack Horton suggests that state transportation officials will agree to last year’s compromise.

 

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When the Macon County Board of Commissioners met last Saturday at the Cecil Groves Building at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus, they talked about the county’s finances and their concerns looking ahead to this year.

One major issue, brought to the board’s attention by county manager Jack Horton, was funding for Macon County Schools (MCS). Normally, the county designates approximately 50 percent of its general fund budget to MCS, and for this fiscal year, the county budgeted about $6.7 million. However, as many citizens are well aware of, these are not “normal” economic times. Nearly two million dollars worth of federal funds used in the past several years by MCS will have dried up by the end of 2012, and with a $459 million K-12 education reduction in last year’s state budget, Macon County School Board officials may have to ask the county to ante up some more funds going into the next school year.

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On Monday night, at 8:56, a call came into dispatch that a car had rolled into the Little Tennessee River on the Greenway, at 730 Riverview St. Tony Ashe, from the Franklin Police Department, was called to investigate. He determined that the car accidently rolled into the river and no charges were filed. George Bell, the driver of the 2001 Pontiac Firebird, said he thought he had a flat tire so he stopped to investigate at the top of an access road that leads down to the Greenway.

Willard Mason, of Franklin, a passenger in the car, got out and then Bell followed. After the two left the vehicle, the car began to roll down the hill, striking Mason on the leg and foot. Mason was treated by Macon County EMS officials and transported to Angel Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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On Saturday, January 14th, the Macon County GOP held a general meeting and "Meet & Greet" for members and congressional candidates. The event was held at the Boiler Room in Franklin. Six of the eight Republican congressional candidates attended (Spence Campbell, Dan Eichenbaum, Jeff Hunt, Vance Patterson, Chris Petrella, and Kenny West).Jim Clayton attended on behalf of Mark Meadows. Phil Drake delivered a very moving invocation and GOP member Grace Johnson, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, was recognized for her twenty-four years of service in the Army Nurse Corps, retiring as a Lt. Colonel(entered service in 1968).

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