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New regulation to ease enforcement.

On average, one percent of the Macon County Sheriff's Department's monthly calls are related to nuisance noise complaints. With 13,000 calls a month, about 13 calls placed to dispatch are to report loud music, disruptive neighbors, and other aggravating noises in the county. Until last week, MCSO had no authority or way to handle those calls, resulting in conflicts between neighbors across the county.

"Without a violation of any ordinances It did not matter how loud or how long it went on there was nothing we could legally do," said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. “Our officers were frquently told there was nothing preventing them from doing what they were doing and they did not care what their neighbors thought. My officers were simply left with leaving the area without resolving the issue.”

Now, with the passing of the county's nuisance Sheriff Holland, believes his deputies have the backing to address those issues more effectively. While some argue that the new ordinance, which is effective 24 hours a day and clearly defines what noises are considered to be in violation, may cause more work for law enforcement, Holland believes it will actually reduce the time his officers are spending on noise related calls.

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Macon County's CareNetwork (CareNet) is upgrading its food pantry to give its clients more options when it comes to shopping. Instead of boxing up clients' monthly pantry items and giving them pre-selected items each month, CareNet is in the process of implementing a client choice option that allows visitors to shop through the pantry once a month for items they need.

"We’re excited about our new manner with which we can serve families, here in Macon County, with a more personable approach," said Shaina Adkins, executive director of CareNet."That said, the CareNet Client Choice Pantry provides families with an opportunity to choose the foods they would eat and like to provide for their family."

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By mid-2014, self-published authors began taking home the bulk of all ebook author earnings generated on Amazon.com, while authors published by all of the Big Five publishers – Penguin Random House, Harper- Collins, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster – combined slipped into second place, according to the January 2015 Author Earnings Report.

While self- or indie-published authors closely follow the costly dispute between Amazon and Hachette over retail and wholesale ebook pricing, titles of all genres are faced with increasingly competitive markets, says publishing sales coach Kim Staflund.

“ISBNs – International Standard Book Numbers – continue to experience enormous growth with each successive year, and in the past decade we’ve seen a gold rush-style of exponential growth due to the self-publishing movement,” says Staflund, founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG), www.polishedpublishinggroup.com, which supports a business model in which authors take a proactive, entrepreneurial approach.

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Dogs play a special role in a home, bringing laughter, love and warmth. But dog ownership comes with great responsibility and there are certain things to consider before beginning the adoption process.

Getting your home ready

Just as a home needs to be prepped for the arrival of a new baby, you must also make preparations for dog adoption. In fact, many shelters will even check whether your home is suitable for dog ownership with a site visit before approving your application.

If you’re a homeowner, be sure to take steps to make your home more dog-friendly.

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