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Mayor signs proclamation for Constitution Week.

The Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen officially declared the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in Franklin during its September meeting.

At the request of Franklin resident Judith Hughes, the board unanimously voted to allow Mayor Joe Collins to sign the proclamation which celebrates the anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

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Macon County Commissioners heard from architect Tom Ritter last week regarding plans to make over the county pool, which hasn’t seen any improvements since it was constructed in the 1970s.

Commissioners approved plans on Tuesday for a new pool house and pool at the Veterans Memorial Park, which will now be sent out for bids.

Seth Adams, director of Macon County Recreation Department informed commissioners that because of the change in laws and regulations, if an upgrade is done to the pool or the adjoining facility housing the showers, the entire facility must be renovated to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards.

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With the new school year in full swing in Macon County, its Board of Education got down to business by awarding educators, supporting programs and beginning its search for a new superintendent.

The board recognized Tolly Bowles, of South Macon Elementary, as Principal of the Year. “I am honored and humbled,” said Bowles.

Rita Esterwood, of Franklin High School, was recognized as Teacher of the year. Esterwood was not present for the meeting, so the board said that they would present her with the award at a later time.

Carolyn Anderson, who has worked at East Franklin Elementary since 1994, was also awarded Support person of the Year.

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Authorities in Franklin launched an aggressive campaign this month to increase motor vehicle safety.

Dubbed “Safe Streets,” the multi-agency campaign was held from Aug. 16-19 and was spearheaded by the Franklin Police Department. The operation yielded several arrests and citations, as officers aggressively sought speeders, reckless and drunk drivers.

Nineteen officers from several jurisdictions participated in the Safe Streets campaign, including officers from the Franklin Police Department, Macon and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices, the State Highway Patrol and the Highlands Police Department. Officers set up roadblocks in and around Franklin city limits.

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