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Macon County honors past and present heroes of Nation’s military with parade and ceremony

The citizens of Macon County came out early Friday morning in downtown Franklin to pay tribute to surviving veterans during a parade and memorial wreathlaying ceremony, which honored veterans who have passed on.

Led by Boy Scout troops, veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Desert Storm, Grenada, Panama, Korea, Vietnam, and WWII marched from town hall to the Franklin Town Square, while citizens lined the streets cheering and thanking them for their service.

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During the Highlands Town Board’s regular meeting Tuesday evening, Kevin O’Donnell of Nova Energy Consultants Inc., Highlands’ consultant for electrical utility information, discussed recommended amendments to the town’s contract with Duke Power. “Everything we do is in response to Duke’s cost increases,” O’Donnell told the commissioners. The proposed amendments deal with two areas.

The first involves REPS (Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards). According to state statute, all electricity providers in the state must use a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. This year that percentage is .001%.

O’Donnell says that it is possible for the town to go out and purchase the renewable energy itself. “However,” he said, “this would be quite a hassle and would probably end up being very expensive. The statute specifically requires a portion of this renewable energy to be burnable chicken waste and a portion to be burnable hog waste. Finding such waste for a town the size of Highlands will not be easy.

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Henry David Thoreau, the great 19th century transcendentalist author and thinker, would have been proud of the group of Nantahala High School students who presented their case for a public beach access area at Lake Nantahala during last week’s commissioners meeting. Macon County Commissioners certainly commended their actions in appearing before the board and eloquently laying out their opinions.

Although the students were not practicing Thoreau’s civil disobedience per se, the tenets of their arguments against Duke Energy coincided nicely with his take on injustice. In this case however, a corporation was being scrutinized rather than the government.

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Verizon still making its case for the Gaston St. location.

A month after Franklin’s Town Planning Board unanimously voted to reject Cellco Partnership/Verizon Wireless’ special use permit application, Franklin’s Town Aldermen heard testimony from Verizon representatives and members of the Pennington Law firm, to potentially override the Town Planning Board's recommendations. Verizon’s argument continued to attempt to justify the need to build a 140-foot telecommunications tower to solve capacity issues at 60 Gaston Street in Franklin, also referred to as the “Wild Mint” site. After agreeing that Verizon’s special use permit application still remained incomplete, the Board voted to continue November’s board meeting to allow the wireless provider additional time to meet the Town’s requirement.

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