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Improving the town's infrastructure was at the top of the list at the town of Franklin's annual board retreat on Saturday, as town officials discussed long-term plans to upgrade water and sewer facilities as well as improve the town's sidewalks.

Franklin Town Manager Summer Woodard presented aldermen with a longterm, 10-year plan to implement a complete overhaul of the town water and sewer systems as part of a Capital Improvement Plan.

Woodard presented the board with various debt packages to consider that would include phasing in renovations to the town's facilities over a 10-year period to bring the facilities up to par.

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The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (AARC) thrift store reopened Monday, Jan. 12, with new managers.

The AARC shelter depends on donations to the store and purchases made by shoppers to continue to care for the cats and dogs in their care until they find their forever homes.

Volunteers are needed that have a true desire to help the animals of Macon County.

The store is located at 1526 Old Murphy Rd, Franklin.

 


 

After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

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A fourth grader at East Franklin Elementary School thought he was just showing off his Christmas gift of a BB gun. While officials quickly determined there was no ill intent, the student will still be facing possible legal implications from his decision.

“We want to ensure the public that we are confident that the student who brought the gun did not have any bad intentions," said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. "The gun was not loaded and the student involved, by all reports, is a fine young man who has never had any behavioral issues of any kind while at school. All school and law enforcement officials did an outstanding job handling the situation without interfering in the normal activities of the students. Having said that, any time a weapon is brought into one of our schools we consider it to be a serious offense and must be dealt with appropriately and consistently.”

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