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Sheriff’s recommendations not heeded by officials.

During a June 4 budget work session for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, board members voted to revoke Sheriff Jimmy Ashe’s ability to provide the state ABC board with the local recommendation regarding suitability for businesses to sell alcohol. In a 3-2 vote, Commission Chairman Jack Debnam and Commissioners Doug Cody and Charles Elders voted in favor of releasing the Sheriff of the duty, and Commissioners Mark Jones and Joe Cowan voted against the measure.

On May 8, voters in Jackson County overwhelming voted in support of a referendum permitting countywide alcohol sales in unincorporated areas. County officials had to appoint a local designee to approve or deny suitability on behalf of the local government for applicants seeking alcohol permits.

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Plans are currently under way to alleviate Macon County’s dismal child care prospects.

Last month, Town Planner Derek Roland submitted a statement to the media regarding the issue, lauding the efforts of locals to increase the availability of childcare facilities in Franklin. The statement followed the town’s allocation of water and sewer services to an organization seeking to establish a new center on 2255 Old Murphy Road.

“It is no secret that a significant and growing shortage of child care capacity exists in Macon County,” said Roland in his statement. “

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The Macon County Art Association (MCAA) is again announcing its Veteran’s Portrait Project.

The MCAA is asking families to submit a photo of a local veteran and to write a limited two to three paragraph essay about the veteran. Families should bring the picture, essay and submitter’s contact information to the gallery at 30 E Main Street, Franklin. The deadline for submitting portraits is June 30. If more than 10 vet portrait requests are submitted the project committee will select from these and advise those families that are not selected to resubmit next year.

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement from the Wildlife Resources Commission and local law enforcement have released the Memorial Day Weekend totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highways and waterways during the summer months.

Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” will continue on the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Troopers along with Wildlife Resource officers and local law enforcement will be conducting various driving while impaired checkpoints near parks and water recreational areas.

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