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A Franklin man was arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase on Tuesday, May 31.

At approximately 10 p.m., Macon County Sheriff’s Officers conducting a license checkpoint on Highway 28 North at the Big D Convenience Store noticed a motorcycle pull off into a work zone and turn its lights off just south of the checkpoint.

Officers Robert Young and Dereck Jones reportedly approached the vehicle right before the driver, Calvin Dale Hurst, turned back onto 28 heading back toward the Town of Franklin.

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It is now illegal in North Carolina to sell, manufacture or possess controversial synthetic drugs. North Carolina will join 28 other states in the ban on the substances.

On Wednesday, a law went into effect that bans the sale of synthetic marijuana and cocaine, sold under the guises of “herbal incense” and “bath salts,” which were reportedly used as recreational drugs. The two substances are now Schedule I controlled substances.

“I think it’s a good decision our legislators made,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, who visited local businesses last January, asking them to stop selling the synthetic marijuana products.

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While keeping a nervous eye on Raleigh and Washington, the Macon County Board of Commissioners continues negotiations on its own fiscal plans with hopes that a status quo budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 will be adequate to maintain all essential services in the county without need of a tax hike.

The board has met numerous times over the past few weeks to hear from various heads of agencies and departments in the county and to make adjustments to the county manager’s budget proposal which was presented on May 10. At a public hearing on the budget at the county courthouse on Tuesday night, no members of the public elected to speak.

Last week, the board looked at budget requests from the public school system, the Department of Public Health, and the Sheriff's Office. Two county fire departments, Nantahala and Cullasaja, both approached the board requesting millage rate increases in their districts.

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On Monday, the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen swore in Farrell Jamison as their newest alderman.

Aldermen unanimously appointed Jamison to assume the remainder of former alderman Jerry Evans’ term, which ends in November. At that point, a partial two-year term will be up for election, along with three other seats, to finish out Evans’ four-year term, starting in December. The other positions will be four-year terms.

“I am worried about the different projects with the town,” said Jamison, citing economic development and its urgent need in Franklin as one of his many areas of concern as alderman. “I hope the board contiues to work on what the town will look like in the next 10 or 20 years... Now is the time,” he said.

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