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Macon County commissioners voted Tuesday night to change engineers for the Parker Meadows recreation project.

After soliciting bids for the remaining portion of the project, commissioners elected to cut ties with the Asheville based firm Civil Engineering Design, and instead contract with the Franklin-based CEtech Engineering.

The county has worked with Mike LoVoy of Civil Engineering Design since the inception of the recreational complex. LoVoy completed all the preliminary design and engineering work for the proposed project. After county leaders voted to complete the recreation project all at one time instead of in phases over the next few years, they decided to bid out the engineering portion of the project.

The two bids considered, one from LoVoy and the other from Larry Lackey of CEtech, were relatively similar in bidder cost. Although LoVoy’s bid of $49,500 was slightly less than Lackey’s $49,750, LoVoy’s contract left out elements such as travel expenses that would result in additional costs.

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As in the case of Commissioner Ron Haven’s candidacy challenge, another candidate for commissioner was challenged regarding his place of residence. Candidate for county commissioner in District II, Gary Shields, was made aware of a challenge to his residency last week.

Macon County voter Vic Drummond filed the candidate challenge, citing that based on reasonable suspicion and belief, Shields does not meet the requirements for county commissioner office due to not living within the district in which he filed. Drummond filed on Wednesday to drop the challenge.

The document, filed and notarized, states “I, Victor L. Drummond, being a qualified voter in the Macon County Commissioner District II and duly sworn, do hereby file this withdrawal of challenge to the declared candidacy of Gary Mack Shields for Macon County commissioner of District II, and withdraw that challenge not only as to the qualifications of Gary Mack Shields as a candidate of the 2nd District Commissioner race, but also withdraw the challenge to Gary Mack Shields’ qualifactions as a voter in the Precinct of Millshoals.”

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The question regarding Commissioner Ron Haven’s residency was answered Tuesday morning when the Macon County Board of Elections unanimously decided to not uphold a candidacy challenge filed by Macon County District II resident Charles Nichols.

“I am thankful for all of the support I have received from so many Macon County Citizens from all parties,” said Haven in a statement. “I will continue to serve Macon County to the best of my ability with our other commissioners in obtaining the best place to live on earth.”

With the aid of local attorney Orville Coward Jr., Haven testified under oath to the Board of Elections and in front of a packed courtroom that although he owns property at 750 Mill Creek Road, he resides at 433 East Palmer Street in Franklin.

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A fatal stabbing Sunday afternoon in Franklin leaves one local man dead and another behind bars.

On Sunday afternoon, Macon County dispatch received a call around 1 p.m. regarding a fight that had broken out at 21 Kirkland Road. The 911 report shows that emergency personnel were advised that they were responding to a patient who was hemorrhaging. First Responders from the Franklin Fire Department and ambulances from the Macon County EMS, along with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department immediately reported to the scene.

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published: 10/18/2013
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