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With plans to expand Macon County's landfill in order to increase capacity, Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl presented commissioners with an analysis of alternative landfill sites within the county during February's monthly meeting.

Stahl's presentation to the board, which was completed with the help of McGill Associates, a consulting engineer firm out of Asheville, was state mandated.

"In accordance with General Statute 153-136(c), a landfill that is seeking to expand its volume by more than 10 percent is considered a new landfill," explained Stahl. "Even though most of the Phase III landfill has been permitted for almost 20 years, with the proposed expansion, and since none of the Phase III area has been developed as a landfill, all of an expanded Phase III would be considered a new landfill."

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Panhandlers could soon be back on the streets in Franklin. Despite an ordinance passed by the Franklin Board of Aldermen earlier this year, a group of people who line the intersection of the Highlands Road and East Main Street may soon be out again with buckets in hand.

According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, the group that is known for frequenting the intersection claiming to be a church group with ties to both Kentucky and Florida stopped by the Franklin Police Department to show proof of a $2 million insurance policy as required by the town's new ordinance.

The group also paid the newly adopted $25 application fee and received the application from the police department for the privilege of collecting funds in that intersection. According to Adams, the application has yet to be returned and approved, but so far, the group has done everything outlined in the town's new ordinance in order to be approved to solicit funds in Franklin streets.

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Many apps can track your location and share your information

You just had a flat tire along a dark country road. Luckily, you downloaded a flashlight app into your cellphone and now can put it to use.

But that flashlight, handy as it is, may be just one of many doors you unwittingly opened to let spies take up residence inside your phone.

“Most free flashlight apps are creepware,” says Gary S. Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (www.snoopwall.com), a company that specializes in cybersecurity.

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Older employees more focused on the satisfaction of a job well done

America's aging workforce is a good thing for employers and the economy, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, noting that a new Gallup poll shows that "employee engagement increases with age, even well into workers' 60s and 70s."

The poll concluded that older workers are more "involved in and enthusiastic about their work and more productive members of their workplace — than younger workers."

Weber said it is no secret that over the next 20 years Americans will be turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day. "It's not surprising, therefore, that seniors are staying on the job much longer than in the past. Some seniors continue to work well past traditional retirement to make ends meet; many stay because they find fulfillment in their jobs."

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