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As healthcare costs continue to rise across the state and nation, Town of Franklin Manager Sam Greenwood took time at Saturday’s annual retreat to explain to Aldermen the ailing state of affairs for town employee benefits. He proved to be the primary negotiator of this complicated topic as well as the chief mediator between the State and Town governments.

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October accident led to death of Parker Mathis

A 20-year-old Franklin man who lost control of his truck and drove off the road last October, killing one passenger and seriously injuring another, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with felonies related to reckless driving and driving after consuming intoxicating substances as a minor. The indictment handed down during the superior court session on Wednesday, Jan. 12, charges Donald Thomas Courtney of Hidden Valley Road with one felony count of death by vehicle and one felony count of serious injury by vehicle. 

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“Our mayor owns a retail business. He is very conscientious of customers and their needs. That conscientiousness rubs off on me and the rest of the town’s staff,” said Jim Fatland, Highlands town manager.

“We are all more aware of what is needed to take care of Highlands’ customers. We think about that in all of our activities.”

In an extensive interview last week, Highlands mayor David Wilkes looked back on his first year in office, and also projected areas where the town will concentrate in the coming months.

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The Town of Franklin will soon begin searching for a new manager. At last week’s retreat, the board of aldermen began discussions about seeking a new permanent manager to replace the current interim manager, Sam Greenwood, whose term is set to expire in April 2012.

The board decided to begin seeking a new manager no later than September. Board members also indicated that they would be most comfortable seeking a manager with experience in government in western North Carolina.

Greenwood is employed by the town for 1,000 hours per year and, according to his contract, is paid $68,270 annually with $10,000 contributed to his retirement plan and $500 provided monthly for travel.

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