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With this summer’s completion of the newly expanded airport runway, and the construction of the new Iotla Elementary school expected for spring of next year, the area north of Franklin is steadily developing. With this in mind, officials with the Airport Authority, Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Franklin are jointly seeking to bring municipal water to the burgeoning area.

The goal of getting a steady water supply to the area is nothing new.

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Law enforcement officials are still trying to apprehend the suspect accused of raping a female on Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Nantahala National Forest. The incident occurred at the intersection of Forest Service Road and Wayah Road. The female told authorities that she stopped after seeing a man she thought was incapacitated on the side of the road. She attempted to give the man aid, but upon approaching the suspect, the female told authorities that she was subdued with a firearm and forcibly raped.

The USDA Forest Service is working in conjunction with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) to ascertain and capture the person suspected of the rape.

 

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Jackson County Commissioners approved $179,000 in Economic Development Commission (EDC) funds and $110,000 in Revolving Funds Loan (RFL) to be loaned to Roy Burnette to bring the WRGC radio station back to the air. According to Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten, Burnette approached the county four or five weeks ago requesting a loan, as did other residents. “We had a couple of inquiries about a loan ... however, those parties chose not to pursue the purchase of the radio station,” noted Wooten.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Tate to replace McClellan

Jimmy Tate, a sixth generation Highlander, has been selected by Macon County’s Republican Party to replace Brian McClellan, former chairman of the Macon County Board of Commissioners. Tate will serve out McClellan’s term as the District I representative of Highlands, but will be up for reelection in 2012, as mandated by the North Carolina General Statutes. Tate challenged Brian McClellan for the seat in the May 2010 primary, losing by 226 votes.

The executive committee of Macon County’s GOP had to pick a replacement for McClellan after he resigned from the board following a DWI arrest in Jackson County on Nov. 18. The Board of Commissioners unamiously accepted Mc- Clellan’s resignation during a special meeting on Dec. 1.

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