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On Tuesday, August 15, dispatch received an emergency call at 9:47 about a head on collision on south Skeenah Road. The caller told dispatch that a female driver hit a NCDOT motorgrader truck and the woman was pinned in her car.

According to Sgt. Derek Trelley, Evelyn Elaine Leigh Phillips, 22, of Franklin, was traveling southwest on south Skeenah Road in a 1985 Mercury when she crossed the centerline in a curve and struck the motorgrader, driven by Douglas Brian Stamey, 41, also of Franklin. Stamey received no injuries from the accident. Phillips was airlifted to Mission Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

She was the daughter of Larry F. Phillips and Evelyn Williamson, and is survived by a son, Jonathan Garrett Kresal of the home; two sisters, 

 

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After a Sunday morning, two-car accident on Cowee Mountain a Texas man is left critically injured.

According to Trooper Mike Henry, investigating officer for the N.C. Highway Patrol, the collision occurred at 10:20 a.m. near the intersection of the Sylva Road and Brendle Road.

Henry said that Clifford Hill, 82, of Houston, Texas, was traveling south in a 2009 Honda CRV and crossed five lanes of traffic sideswiping a northbound 2003 Ford car driven by 51- year-old Lake Holland of Otto. Holland's wife, Teresa, was also in the car.

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A Franklin man was arrested last week after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through two counties.

After being blue-lighted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers in the early morning hours last Friday, Ian Alexander Neal, 23, fled the pursuing officers on U.S. 441 south heading toward Macon County. According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, it was at that point that his officers were alerted and began assisting the pursuit.

At approximately 2:42 a.m., Neal reportedly drove over spiked stop strips deployed by the Franklin Police Department as he arrived near the intersection of 441 South and Dowdle Mountain Road. During the chase, the suspect reached speeds of 115 miles per hour, according to Holland.

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County officials caught off guard by additional five percent increase

People will soon be feeling an additional money crunch due to an approved five percent rate increase on electricity statewide. On Tuesday, August 9, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) formally approved Duke Energy's petition for the rate increase, which will be effective starting September 1. The five percent increase follows on the heels of a much larger 17 percent that Duke Energy applied for in July.

According to Betsy Conway, spokesperson for Duke Energy, the billing system is set up to have two separate components that appear on the customer's monthly bill. Conway explained that one component is fuel rating, and that its increase in recent years justifies Duke's five percent increase. This component pays the company to maintain their facilities and, according to Conway, is the “price incurred to generate power across the system.” Based on an annual report that the company is required to make and the current fuel costs at that time, those rates are adjusted accordingly.

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