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If you are looking for a job, or if you are an employer who needs to hire someone, plan to attend Southwestern Community College’s Job Fair Thursday, March 31, on the Jackson Campus. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Balsam Building and is open to the community.

Local employers will be on hand to provide information about their organization.

“Job hunting isn’t easy in these tough economic times,” said organizer Patty Kirkley, SCC Career Planning and Placement Coordinator. “At Southwestern, one of the ways we can help people in the community is to bring all these employers together in one location.”

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The Macon County Republican Party held its annual convention on Saturday, March 12, at the Macon County Community Building. About a hundred people attended.

At large officers continuing their positions were Joyce Handley, Larry Hollifield and Carla Miller.

Former Chair Gary Dills and Vice-chair Vince West were presented with plaques of appreciation for their work for the party.

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Soft subsoil ups construction costs over $170,000

A $4.5 million sewer line project being funded jointly by Macon County and the Town of Franklin has run into problems that will likely lead to significant cost overflows. The issue, which brought a halt to progress on the project in December, means the southern end of the Little Tennessee River Greenway may remain closed for some time to come.

With the project currently at 65 percent completion, engineers say that a section of the planned sewer line along the bank of the Little Tennessee River passes through soil that is much softer than expected and which will require additional and costly stabilization measures.

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Community objects to release of statement to media

Three members of the Board of Directors for the Swain County Department of Social Services resigned last Thursday, March 10, in the continued in-fighting between the DSS and the county commission.

The Swain County Board of Commissioners released a statement last Wednesday calling for the board’s resignations after they failed to suspend the director of the DSS during an emergency DSS board meeting on Tuesday.

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