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On January 11, Joe Otis Norwood, 24, of Franklin, N.C., was arrested in the Cartoogechaye area when he fired a gun outside of a home while aggressively knocking on a resident's front door according to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland.

911 dispatchers received a phone call from a homeowner claiming that gunshots had been fired outside his home and the man was still outside.

“I want to note that the caller absolutely did the right thing by calling 911 instead of trying to handle the situation himself,” said Holland. “He stayed inside with the doors locked, where it was safe until officers arrived on the scene to apprehend the suspect.”

Authorities believe that Norwood obtained the gun from one of the two vehicles parked outside of the home where the 911 call came from. After firing the initial shots he then knocked on the door of the home before firing more shots and then disposing of the pistol in the bushes next to the residence.

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With unprecedented low temperatures across the country, at least 45 daily record lows were set on Tuesday morning. A deadly cold snap caused by bitterly cold air straight from the Arctic, brought the coldest weather in decades to Western North Carolina.

In North Carolina, several cities across the state reported record low temperatures on Tuesday. Asheville recorded a record low of -1, with the previous record of 3 degrees. Macon County was not able to avoid the frigid temperatures reporting temperatures below zero late Monday night and into Tuesday afternoon.

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July

Town board explores future water options

The Franklin Board of Aldermen looked at the future of the town's water system at its July meeting.

Brian Tripp from the consulting firm W.K. Dickson was at the meeting and provided a presentation on a plan that would expand the current infrastructure of the town's water system to meet the demand up to and beyond 2035.

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On Monday night the Franklin Board of Aldermen held its first meeting of the new year. On the agenda was a variety of issues to be discussed, but the extremely low temperatures kept two presenters – representatives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Venture Local – from attending the meeting. As a result of the reduced agenda items, the meeting was shortened significantly, but produced some significant highlights before adjourning for the evening.

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