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The two-year controversy between the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Cherokee Reservation continues with a new billboard recently posted by the PETA organization on Interstate 26 near Asheville, N.C.

The billboard, which features a disturbing image of a small girl in tears with a bloody, bandaged hand, claims the zoos are “prisons” and discourages tourists from visiting them.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has postponed the selection of a final design alternative for improvements to Needmore Road in Macon County to allow time for the study of additional design concepts. According to the state, approximately 18 months will be needed to complete these additional studies.

Needmore Road is considered a picturesque, gravel road that connects Macon to Swain County along the Little Tennessee River through a 4,500 acre region of preserved game land. The road improvement project has been a source of much controversy since last summer when NCDOT began its public input process.

Originally, five basic alternatives, from alternative A (do nothing) to its preferred alternative E: widening and paving the road to upgrade it to secondary road standards, which would cost more than an estimated $13 million, were given by the NCDOT as possible actions to take on improving the road.

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Public comment hearing scheduled for August 9

Following closely on the heels of a recently approved general and comprehensive development plan for Macon County, this week county commissioners officially received a draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The transportation plan, the result of nearly two years of public input and committee work, looks to meet the transportation needs for the county as it grows over the next 25 years.

At Tuesday’s commissioners meeting, Ryan Sherby, a Region A planner with the Southwestern Commission and the primary facilitator of the committee’s work over the past year presented the plan, giving an overview of the process, review of the plan itself, the adoption process and how the plan will be utilized in the future.

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Investigators are looking into a series of suspicious fires that have taken place at one Otto residence over the past several weeks, including two fires this week which completely destroyed a mobile home on the property.

On Tuesday, July 19, the Otto Fire Department responded to a call shortly after 10 p.m. reporting a fire behind the residence at 151 Tiffany Lane. The caller said that a white truck had been seen leaving the property at a high rate of speed immediately before smoke was noticed coming from behind the mobile home on the property. 

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