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In an effort to draw more tourists from the Atlanta market, the Tourism Development Authority has launched the first of a series of TV spots advertising the highlights and attractions of the Town of Franklin.

Produced by local artist, Michael Rogers, in partnership with Tony Angel, a local web designer and marketing consultant, the first advertisement began airing last week and is set to run for three more weeks. The spot, which Angel calls a teaser, uses various still photographs and some video of local events, places of interest and the area's natural beauty to attract visitors Franklin.

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Extortion, imprisonment among the charges

Two Franklin men have been arrested and are currently in Macon County Sheriff’s Office custody after authorities received a call regarding the invasion of a home on Wild Meadows Road.

Officers Bryant Hodgin, Jonathan Phillips and Patrick Merrit responded to a call from the residence reporting extortion and imprisonment.

On Tuesday, Nathaniel Joshua Cabe, 27, and Ian Thomas Spies, 22, were arrested near South Macon Elementary after being stopped by Hodgin. After initially being spotted in a grey Mitsubishi car matching the victim’s description, both suspects attempted to flee Hodgin, who eventually captured Cabe.

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Board agrees to exempt owner-occupied dwellings

On Monday at Town Hall, aldermen narrowed down a desirable minimum housing code draft. The purpose of a minimum housing code is to hold all dwellings within city limits to certain standards in the interest of public safety. Prior to the meeting, aldermen were considering two versions of the ordinance, one excluding owner-occupied dwellings to code standards and the other holding all dwellings under code standards.

Since a draft of the code was first broached by Henning last year, in response to the town’s inability to respond to safety and aesthetic complaints by residents, aldermen have finally affirmed their desire to exclude owner-occupied dwellings from code standards

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After several months of discussion and two public hearings on the issue, the Macon County Board of Commissioners has asked the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to consider a compromise on its planned improvements of Needmore Road. Last week the board unanimously passed a resolution indicating its support of a compromise alternative to the controversial $13 million option the NCDOT has put forward as its “preferred” option.

The improvements to Needmore Road – a picturesque, gravel road that runs from Macon to Swain County along the Little Tennessee River through a 4,500 acre tract of preserved game land – have been the source of much controversy since NCDOT began its public input process on the project last summer.

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