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Macon County Clerk of Court Vic Perry travelled to Highlands last week to officially swear in Highlands' new leadership. In addition to a new mayor, Perry swore in new town board member Donnie Calloway as well as Amy Patterson, who was able to retain her seat on the board.

Taylor replaces Mayor David Wilkes, who decided not to seek re-election and secured the position as mayor with 260 votes to Brain Stiehler's 174.

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Since being classified as operating with some of the oldest 911 equipment in the state, Macon County’s 911 center gained approval from commissioners last week to upgrade the system.

With a combination of state 911 funds and the reallocation of existing funds within the local 911 budget, Macon County will be purchasing a new phone switch that will allow text and picture messaging to be used in and for emergency communication.

Emergency Service Director David Key informed the board of commissioners during the December meeting that the current phone switch used in the 911 department is 20 years old, which stands as the oldest system in the state. Key explained that in the event the current phone switch failed, which is likely due to its age, residents would be unable to contact 911.

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The Macon County Planning Board held a special called meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, to review feedback from department heads concerning surplus properties currently owned by the county. At the October meeting, the board, at the request of the county commissioners, considered various county owned parcels of land and potential uses for them. At the conclusion of that meeting, the board members chose to approach various department heads to see whether the properties could be put to use by the different entities.

According to County Planner Matt Mason, an email was distributed to request feedback from three departments returning comments.

“The Health Department is not interested in the property, the Solid Waste Department is interested in a couple of pieces, including the old school, and Emergency Management is interested in the old school,” said Mason.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three major awards, The Duke Power Citizenship and Service Award, Citizen of the Year and Club/Organization of the Year.

Nomination letters can be delivered to the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 425 Porter Street or emailed to LindaH@ Franklin-Chamber.com. Nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

These awards will be presented at The Annual Awards Banquet and Chamber Annual Meeting on Jan. 21 at Tartan Hall. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Connie Grubermann of Oak Hill County Inn.

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