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Macon County superior court convened last week to hear cases ranging from possession of methamphetamine to the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Jarrett Dane Holland faced numerous felony counts of possessing and selling methamphetamine to undercover police officers on more than one occasion in 2010. Holland made a plea bargain with the court to plead guilty to said charges as well as evading officers while they were serving a warrant for his arrest of previous breaking and entering charges. Holland was also listed as a habitual offender from 2003, 2006 and 2009. All other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. While Judge Sharon T. Barrett clearly stated that Holland could have received 24 years, she only sentenced him to spend 10 and a half years in prison and to pay $1,800 in restitution.

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After the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously voted in August to allow the Franklin Fire and Rescue Equipment Committee to solicit bundle bids to update the department’s equipment, Fire Chief Warren Cabe presented the Town with a bundle price for two vehicles to be leased for 10 years at $104,117.05 annually.

According to Town Manager Sam Greenwood, the bundle pricing for the two vehicles is a feasible amount and provides the town and Franklin Fire and Rescue (FFR) with the best option. “We have basically come to the recommendation of the board that we use the 10- year period, the recovery period,” explained Greenwood. “That maximizes the point value, basically, to the fire department and the town and also provides the maximum utilization of the vehicle ... that’s going to put the town in the best position to get the best dollar value and also to get that equipment turnover fresh so we are benefiting from technology change.”

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Phil Drake of Drake Software currently holds the highest bid for the old Cartoogechaye school property, with a bid of $272,420.

The old Cartoogechaye school was considered surplus in October 2007 after a new school was built. A local farmer, Wayne Moss, started the bidding process with a bid of $235,000 and the intention of using the property for tomato fields. County Commissioners voted to bid on the school just before the 10-day “upset period” was set to expire, upsetting the original bid with a $259,400 bid.

The county’s interests in the property involved converting the old school site into a recreational park equipped with two softball fields and a concession stand. Moss quickly submitted an upset bid, at which point the commissioner's decided against pursuing the property further.

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Mike Grubermann represented the TDA (Tourism Development Authority) at the aldermen meeting to ask the board’s approval to appoint Matt Bateman to fill the vacancy on the TDA board. After Mayor Joe Collins opened the issue for discussion to the board, Aldermen Bob Scott interjected to reaffirm his skepticism toward the TDA, which he previously addressed during September’s board meeting. “I think we need to clarify the relationship of the TDA with the town board,” noted Scott. He continued by suggesting that until reservations regarding the TDA are satisfied, any decisions regarding the TDA should be tabled and held off until a later date.

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