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After careful consideration, members of the Franklin Fire and Rescue Equipment Committee made recommendations to the board concerning the future purchases of department equipment. At the behest of Town Manager Sam Greenwood, the committee was charged with examining the equipment needs of the department last June.

Chairman of the committee, Warren Cabe, recommended to the aldermen that they consider the purchase of a new ladder truck.

“For practical purposes, this device, if we were to need one for firefighting or rescue purposes, the closest one we could possible call if available is at least 40 to 45 minutes away,” said Cabe, adding that the closest of the types of fire trucks were in Highlands, Cullowhee or Cherokee. “So obviously we felt like the need was there.”

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Last Monday, the public along with Town of Franklin officials, met with members of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss the pros and cons of adopting a flood plain ordinance for the town during the regularly scheduled meeting.

In the event of a major storm, FEMA official Roy McClure explained a flood could prove costly for property owners who do not qualify for federal protections from flooding if the town does not adopt such an ordinance.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is investigating a breaking and entering at Scotts Creek Baptist Church located on Steeple Drive in Sylva. The break-in occurred during the night of July 31 and/or the early morning hours of August 1. The perpetrators took items such as credit cards and damaged the church with estimates around $700.

The Sylva Police Department is investigating similar break-ins at the First Baptist Church of Sylva and Sylva Methodist Church, both located downtown. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the investigating detective, Sergeant John Buchanan at (828)631-1131 for the Scotts Creek Church break-in or Detective Aimee Watson with the Sylva Police at (828)586-2916. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) related to this crime.

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At a joint meeting held three times a year for Macon County and the townships of Franklin and Highlands leaders met to discuss recent accomplishments and continuing projects within their respective jurisdictions. The meeting was held last Thursday, July 21, over dinner at Franklin’s Cajun Connection.

Mayor of Highlands David Wilkes began the meeting by introducing Bob Zoellner as the new interim town manager, taking over after Jim Fatland was dismissed for performance issues. Wilkes described Zoellner as being a “long-time Highlander from a long-time Highlands family” and having deep roots in Highlands. “We are real happy to have Bob with us, helping us out.”

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