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According to the World Health Organization, recent global figures indicate that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

With the statistics of violence against women in the United States alarmingly high, organizations such as RAD – Rape Aggression Defense – have sprung up to help women take control of their lives.

Since taking on the role as Franklin Police Chief David Adams has made it his mission to hold RAD courses for individuals in the county. A program he built during his tenure in Hendersonville, RAD is a national, innovative self-defense course for women designed to help them avoid becoming the victim of a sexual assault. It helps women enhance situational awareness and develop confidence so they can thwart an attacker and escape quickly from a bad situation.

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Monday night, Macon County Sheriff’s Department (MCSO) ended a five-day search for inmate Charles Andrew Cochran without incident. The MCSO SWAT was able to take Cochran down at a residence with a little struggle, but no injuries.

Cochran escaped from the detention center Wednesday around 9 p.m. while on trash detail for the Sheriff’s Office trustee program.

According to a statement released by the MCSO on Thursday, during the evening of July 30 at approximately 9 p.m. detention officers were utilizing two inmates to do routine maintenance in and around the Macon County Detention Center. After completing the tasks assigned, a detention officer took the two inmates out to dispose of the garbage, as is done on a daily basis. It was at this time that inmate Charles Andrew Cochran, 21, of Franklin, ran into a deeply wooded area next to the detention center and disappeared.

 

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Last Wednesday night, the Franklin Town Hall hosted Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute (PPI) along with many members of the community for a question and answer forum in hopes of providing a clear picture of the future for the Town of Franklin.

“Towns are having a difficult time in Western North Carolina. Franklin is actually doing pretty well. A lot of places are suffering more than Franklin is,” said Dr. Todd Collins, director of the PPI. "Our purpose is to just facilitate. We have no vision. The mayor may have his vision, you may have your vision. We want to hear your ideas."

Brian Burgess took the lead on the project moving through a slide show that posed many questions to the crowded room. For quite a while now, empty buildings, crumbling sidewalks, and at times, a stagnant economy have filled discussions between town officials and various civic groups. At this meeting in particular however, individuals on behalf of only themselves, were given the opportunity to share their opinions.

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Public servants explain responsibilities of the position.

Macon County citizens take to the polls every two years to decide who would be the best representatives for the county. County commissioners are elected to serve their respective districts and make important decisions that affect all county residents. It is public knowledge that the commissioners convene once a month to discuss matters pertaining to the county and to consider important county business, but what do they do beyond that? What does it take to be a county commissioner and what sort of commitment have the five men who currently sit on the Macon County board made to the citizens?

We wanted to know just that, so we asked them. To start, we asked why they wanted to run for office, and if their reason has changed.

Commissioner Ron Haven was first sworn in to represent District II of Macon County in 2010, and is up for re-election this year. When asked why he first ran for office, and if that had changed, Haven said, “I felt like Macon County could have been run responsibly for far less tax money. Has that reason changed? I still believe with the right interest it can be.”

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