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SBI director says Feds should continue to help N.C. law enforcement clean meth sites

Federal funding for toxic chemical clean-ups should continue across North Carolina or local governments could face the job alone, SBI Director Greg McLeod said recently.

In February the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration notified law enforcement in North Carolina and across the country that it would no longer pay for hazardous waste clean-up at methamphetamine sites as it has for more than 10 years. Since February, the State Bureau of Investigation has covered the costs, but within days that funding will be exhausted.

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It’s official — Macon County tourism promoters have approved funding for a smart-phone application or “app” that will promote area businesses, events and attractions.

At its May 19 meeting, the Franklin/Nantahala Tourism Development Commission (TDC) reaffirmed their vote to approve investing in the mobile phone program jointly with Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA).

After several months of deliberations, both boards, funded by county and town occupancy tax receipts, have agreed to pay $5,500 each to fund the endeavor, at a total cost of $11,000.

 

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On Tuesday, May 18, a public hearing was held to elicit comments on a Comprehensive Plan that is designed to establish a set of guidelines and recommendations for future development in Macon County. Not to be confused with the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, the Comprehensive Plan covers various sectors which will be impacted by growth, from healthcare to education to land use.

Of the thirteen citizens that signed up to speak at the hearing, eight spoke in support of the plan and five in opposition to it in whole or in part. Almost all the speakers addressed the plan as a whole, with few comments on specific recommendations in the plan. However, slope development recommendations stood out as one issue that garnered both support and opposition.

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A two-car collision on the Hwy. 441 Bypass claimed the life of a young Franklin woman on Monday evening. Officers from the Franklin Police Department, the Franklin Fire Department and Macon County EMS responded to a call to 9-1-1 dispatch which reported the accident at 7:50 p.m.

According to Lt. Steve Apel of the Franklin Police Department, nineteen-yearold Kathleen Stewart was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry when she failed to check for traffic before pulling out from Cat Creek Road across the northbound lanes of the bypass. Stewart pulled into the path a 2007 Jeep Commander driven by Alana Wilson, 25, of Highlands.

Stewart's Camry, struck by the jeep on the driver's side, flew across the median before coming to a stop near the southbound lanes of the highway. The Jeep continued traveling another 150 feet before coming to a stop. Both vehicles were destroyed.

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published: 10/18/2013
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