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The Occupy Wall Street protest movement which began in New York City on Sept. 17 has been spreading like wildfire throughout the country. The protests reached Main Street Sylva last Saturday, a day deemed for global demonstrations urging “economic justice.”

Almost 100 citizens from Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Haywood counties, including State Representative Phil Haire, attended the rally, which was held around the fountain at the bottom of the old Jackson County Courthouse.

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Retirement party Friday, Oc. 21 at Town Hall

Patrol Officer Larry Moses will retire this October after giving 28 years of dedicated service to the Town of Franklin. Officer Moses began his career with the Town of Franklin on Oct. 3, 1983, under Chief Ernie Wright and Mayor Woodrow Reeves. He has seen many changes during his service and the most notable change being the growth of his department.

Moses began his career working with only five employees in the police station and will retire working with 18 other colleagues, which he also calls family. He remembers his time of service by sharing stories of the past and his memory of once only having three patrol cars two of which were typically out of commission. He says “we all just packed into one car to get where we needed to go.”

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Macon County Board of Commissioners are taking a closer look at enacting term limits for county advisory boards, with the intent on negating the influence of politics in how appointments and reappointments are made. Chairman Brian McClellan and Commissioner Ronnie Haven brought the idea to the board’s attention at their regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 11.

“I just don’t think it is right for someone to be serving on a board, and be eligible for reappointment, and when the make-up of the board changes they get thrown aside because of politics,” said McClellan. “I think term-limits would go a long way in preventing something like that from happening.”

Commissioners did differentiate between some advisory boards, admitting how hard it can be to get people to serve on some boards. Also, some advisory boards have a greater influence on policy decisions in comparison to others, which is why commissioners directed County Manager Jack Horton to narrow the list down for the body to examine in the future.

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President Obama flew into the Asheville Regional Airport on Monday for his first stop on a three-day tour of North Carolina and Virginia to promote the American Jobs Act, which he believes will get America back on track during a time when most citizens can't afford to wait. 

After Air Force One landed, President Obama was greeted by Asheville Mayor, Terry Bellamy and North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan. “President Obama's visits helps the economic development opportunities in our community,” said Mayor Bellamy. “We saw an increase in the number of people in restaurants and the downtown area. In the past, because of his visits, more people have come to Asheville which has helped small businesses related to tourism.”

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