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The N.C. Department of Transportation has released the initial data for nearly 1,300 highway projects based on criteria contained in the new Strategic Mobility Formula. These projects are already in the department’s database and were either scheduled to begin construction after July 1, 2015 or not scheduled at all. The data does not include newly submitted highway projects or multi-modal projects, which will be analyzed in the coming months. Providing this initial data is the first step in the process to fully implement the new formula established in June 2013 by the Strategic Transportation Investments Law.

“While the data is just an initial snapshot of how the Strategic Mobility Formula would benefit our state, the process is achieving our primary goals of reducing travel time, minimizing congestion, increasing safety, growing jobs, and enhancing multi-modal connections and freight movement,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said.

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Democratic candidates featured in second of two parts.

The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

The Jackson County Sheriff race is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May Democratic primary will face the winner of the May Republican primary in the November general election.

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe, who has held the office for 12 years, is not seeking re-election.

 

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The Macon County League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum for all commissioners running for office this year. While some candidates will be on the May 6 primary ballot, others will not be on the ballot until the general election in November.

All candidates were asked the same two questions prepared by the LWV and were asked to give a timed response.

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As a result of many WNC agencies joining forces, the Western Region Continuum Early Intervention Program will wrap up its first year with the end of the school year in June. The program which was developed to quell truancy at an early age in public schools was implemented in Cherokee, Clay, Gaham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

Smoky Mountain Center, in collaboration with the Department of Social Services, North Carolina Department of Public Safety and county schools, has developed the program which is the first of its kind in the state and offers:

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