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After months of back and forth between the Town of Franklin and the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) regarding the location of the August Biker Rally dubbed, the “Smoky Mountain Rumble,” the TDA hopes to have found a solution.

The rally, which has been slated for Aug. 17- 19, is now set to be held on property on US 64 East near the 441 interchange, the site of the Shriners carnival and several Gem Shows. Event promoter Sylvia Cochran attended the special called TDA meeting last Wednesday to announce that property owner James Vanderwoude has agreed to rent the site out for the rumble at a rate of $500 per day.

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Town employees to see an increase in base salaries.

Little changed in the Town of Franklin’s annual budget at last Tuesday’s budget workshop, held by town officials.

In a handout of the 2012-13 fiscal year’s proposed budget, Town Manager Sam Greenwood noted that this year’s budget “continues to reflect the effects of the most disordered economic conditions in memory.”

Greenwood added in the document that attempts at economic forecasts on the state and federal levels were “little better than guessing,” and cautioned about the prospect of weak economic recovery.

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Plans are to purchase property at new Wal-mart.

Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen met in a special called meeting on May 21 to discuss contract negotiations to purchase a building in the new Wal-Mart Supercenter location in order to relocate the town's ABC store.

Mayor Joe Collins and Alderman Bob Scott voiced concerns on whether the town should move forward and buy the new store at a cost of $1.25 million. Currently, town attorney John Henning Jr. is working out contract negotiations with the Tennessee-based company, Meyers Franklin Associates, LP in order to outline a preliminary offer to purchase the property.

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Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) arrested a Franklin man last week for the alleged sale of illegal substances at a local alternative gift shop.

According to a press release by the JCSO the day following the arrest, Brad Douglas Aiken, 20, of Franklin, was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a place to keep controlled substances. A $1,500 secured bond was set at the time of Aiken’s arrest.

On Nov. 23, 2011, Jackson deputies issued a search warrant at Doobie’s Party Accessories located at 22 Steeple Drive in Sylva. Approximately one half ounce of suspected synthetic cannabinoids was seized during the search. The suspected substances — commonly referred to as “Spice” or “K2” — were sent to the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation Laboratory for analysis.

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