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The Franklin Tourism Development Authority held its monthly meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss project funding that surfaced at last month's meeting and to hear a new request for July's Franklin River Fest.

To begin, Doug Morton on behalf of the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival was present to field questions from members of the board.

Board member Cheryl Pullium pointed to the fact that Blairsville, Ga., will be hosting a similar festival to Taste of Scotland on the weekend of the local one, as a reason to be concerned.

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Runoff expected in Jackson sheriff race

Results for the 2014 primary elections began rolling into the Macon County Board of Education office around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night. As all 15 precincts delivered votes to the courthouse, the unofficial final totals were tallied just before 10 p.m.

In all three races in Macon County, the incumbents more than secured their seats. Countywide, of the 24,980 registered voters, 5,005 exercised their right to vote. With 3,353 Republicans and 1,630 Democrats, 10 Libertarian and 12 nonpartisan, the voter turnout was at 20.04 percent in Macon County.

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With plans to present a proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Macon County Manager Derek Roland has been working to finalize each respective county department’s budget. County commissioners gave the new manager one directive entering the planning process: To hold taxes and establish a budget that reflects no tax increase.

“Currently I am in the final stages of preparing the recommended budget which I will present to the commission on Tuesday, May 13,” said Roland. “All departmental requests, as well as those from outside agencies have been submitted.”

Roland made sure to emphasize the importance of keeping a flat tax rate to each department head and with days left before he has to present to commissioners, Roland believes he has developed a budget that not only holds taxes, but reflects a value that is around $1 million less than the current year’s budget. “My recommended budget will be $1.6 million less than last year’s original budget as well as less than actual expenditures in 2013,” said Roland.

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Property considered surplus, to be marketed and sold.

At Monday's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, after having a closed session to consult with Town Attorney John Henning Jr., the board voted to settle a lawsuit waged by John W. Mitchell, Jr. Revocable Trust on April 2, 2012, and adopt a resolution to acquire the property in question.

Paperwork was filed on April 2, 2012, on behalf of John W. Mitchell Jr. Revocable Trust and lists Jones P. Byrd of Van Winkle Law Firm in Asheville as the legal representation for the plaintiff.

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