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The state General Assembly passed a smoke free law in 2009 that banned smoking in all public bars and restaurants in North Carolina. If an establishment wants to accommodate smokers, they must provide an outside area for smokers to use. The law took effect on January 2, 2010.

State legislators were pressed to pass the law after research indicated that secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma attacks in both smokers and nonsmokers. The law sought to eliminate this problem for non-smoking citizens.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas Alderman, of Franklin, drove into a tree and claims the cause was due to another vehicle running a stop sign.

According to Alderman, he was coming from Wal-mart and came to a complete stop at a stop sign before continuing on Hyatt Rd.

Alderman stated that he had to speed up to get out of the way of another vehicle who ran the stop sign to Alderman's right.

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After The Board of Education tabled discussion regarding the 2012/2013 school calendar and a weather waiver request due to concern about the accuracy of the data last month, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman reevaluated the data and made corrections for the second time.

The accuracy of the school district’s data for the past ten years came in to question last year after a new law went into effect changing the way the days missed due to weather problems were reported to the state.

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The Town of Franklin will be hosting a meet and greet reception to welcome David Adams, the town’s new police chief.

The reception will be held at 2 p.m. at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 21. Light refreshments will be served and anyone in the community is encouraged to drop in and meet Mr. Adams.

“We hope to see local business owners, churches, nonprofit organizations stopping by to welcome Mr. Adams to Franklin,” said Ashley Hyder, Human Resource Officer for Franklin.

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