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After a Sunday morning, two-car accident on Cowee Mountain a Texas man is left critically injured.

According to Trooper Mike Henry, investigating officer for the N.C. Highway Patrol, the collision occurred at 10:20 a.m. near the intersection of the Sylva Road and Brendle Road.

Henry said that Clifford Hill, 82, of Houston, Texas, was traveling south in a 2009 Honda CRV and crossed five lanes of traffic sideswiping a northbound 2003 Ford car driven by 51- year-old Lake Holland of Otto. Holland's wife, Teresa, was also in the car.

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A Franklin man was arrested last week after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through two counties.

After being blue-lighted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers in the early morning hours last Friday, Ian Alexander Neal, 23, fled the pursuing officers on U.S. 441 south heading toward Macon County. According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, it was at that point that his officers were alerted and began assisting the pursuit.

At approximately 2:42 a.m., Neal reportedly drove over spiked stop strips deployed by the Franklin Police Department as he arrived near the intersection of 441 South and Dowdle Mountain Road. During the chase, the suspect reached speeds of 115 miles per hour, according to Holland.

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County officials caught off guard by additional five percent increase

People will soon be feeling an additional money crunch due to an approved five percent rate increase on electricity statewide. On Tuesday, August 9, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) formally approved Duke Energy's petition for the rate increase, which will be effective starting September 1. The five percent increase follows on the heels of a much larger 17 percent that Duke Energy applied for in July.

According to Betsy Conway, spokesperson for Duke Energy, the billing system is set up to have two separate components that appear on the customer's monthly bill. Conway explained that one component is fuel rating, and that its increase in recent years justifies Duke's five percent increase. This component pays the company to maintain their facilities and, according to Conway, is the “price incurred to generate power across the system.” Based on an annual report that the company is required to make and the current fuel costs at that time, those rates are adjusted accordingly.

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Carpenter survives milestone

The Macon County News would like to recognize and congratulate Vickie Carpenter for her 10 years of service to the newspaper.

Vickie started working for the newspaper in August 2001 as a part-time sports photographer. “I have always loved photography and was happy to have the opportunity to cover the sports in Franklin,” said Vickie.

According to Vickie, one of the coolest things she has been able to do while working for MCN, came in 2001 when she was able to follow Franklin High’s baseball team all the way to Raleigh for the State Championship. “I was able to be on the field taking pictures during the game. It was really neat!” she shared.

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published: 10/18/2013
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