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Franklin High School has named its 2011 Homecoming Court.

This year’s homecoming game is set for Friday, Oct. 7, when the Panthers will play North Henderson.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Homecoming queen will be crowned at half-time.


The Franklin Young Professionals, Inc. (FYP) hosted a career fair at Macon Early College (MEC) last Friday in hopes of inspiring students to begin planning for the future.

FYP is a group of young professionals in Franklin who dedicate their time to give back to the community through outreach, volunteering, and participation in local events.

According to Ashley Hyder, FYP President and Human Resource Officer for the Town of Franklin, the career fair is one of the many events which are organized by the FYP to get more involved with Franklin’s youth.


Judge Wijewickrama finds probable cause

The case involving a Dillsboro woman who allegedly assaulted her granddaughter earlier this month progressed to Superior Court after District Court Judge Roy Wijewickrama found probable cause for all charges last week.

Lisa Plank Hart, 45, of Cat Tail Drive, faces felony counts of child abuse with serious bodily injury, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and negligent child abuse with serious bodily injury. Prosecutors were able to gather enough evidence last week to bind Hart to a Superior Court probable cause hearing on Oct. 26.


After being informed of the mandatory state cut of 1.5 magistrate positions in Macon County by Clerk of Court Vic Perry, Macon County Sheriff Robert L. Holland and Highlands Chief of Police Bill Harrell approached the Board of Commissioners during their monthly meeting last week and asked for help in their attempt to retain the part-time magistrate position in Highlands, currently held by Pat Taylor.

Officials on the state level have also banded together to send a message to the state emphasizing the importance of the Highlands position. Senator Jim Davis supports Macon County’s leadership and is joining the effort to help save the magistrate position. “I am already working to save the magistrate position,” assured Davis. “I fully support the resolution passed by the commissioners, and now it is just about finding the money.”


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