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Local restaurant corrects equipment problem; reopens for business

 

In recent weeks, rumors have been circulating about Franklin’s Domino’s Pizza. Some were saying the restaurant, located at 417 East Main Street, was shut down because of a bug infestation. Other rumors were even more outrageous.

However, health inspectors say that the rumors have gone a little far, though the establishment did, in fact, close its doors for about a week.

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North Carolina counties voted as their top two legislative priorities on Friday to oppose any attempt by the state to shift funding responsibility for secondary roads to counties and to seek full reinstatement of lottery funds and ADM funds for school construction. More than 200 county officials from across North Carolina gathered for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ biannual Legislative Goals Conference, which was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham County on Jan. 20-21.

“We understand this is going to be a tough budget session for the General Assembly, and the upcoming year will also be a difficult year for counties,” said NCACC Executive Director David F. Thompson. “Many of the goals that counties adopted reflect that reality.”

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Findings are healthy economic indicator for Franklin

The most recent tracking data for occupancy tax revenue coming into the Lodging Tax Fund of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce indicates that tourism was up significantly in 2010 over the previous year. According to Franklin Town Planner and small inn owner Mike Grubermann, the data is a healthy economic indicator for the town.

At the year’s first meeting of the Chamber’s Tourism Development Committee (TDC) on Jan. 20, Grubermann was also unanimously selected as the committee’s 2010 chairman, replacing outgoing chairman, John Norris.

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The Macon County Clerk of Court will no longer process passport applications after January 31, according to Clerk of Superior Court Vic Perry.

Perry said the federal government recently made changes in passport processing requirements that make it more time consuming for his staff and costlier to the state.

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...on the Nantahala River

The Forest Service will be accepting applications for up to 12 temporary commercial permits for the Nantahala River in 2011. Permits will be offered to groups such as colleges, universities, camps and clubs who wish to provide instruction and training for hard boat navigation. Permitted groups will be allowed to use the river on Mondays through Thursdays, May 1 to Nov. 10, with three permits allowed per day. Applications will be accepted Feb. 1-28, 2011. If there are more than 12 qualified applicants, permittees will be selected by a lottery system.

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...in North Carolina

Do you walk or ride a bicycle in North Carolina? If so, here’s your chance to tell the N.C. Department of Transportation how it can help improve your overall experience. The department is giving the public an opportunity to voice needs and concerns related to bicycle and pedestrian safety through an online survey launched this week.

“Building a safer transportation network is a primary goal of our department, and meeting the safety needs of our state’s bicyclists and pedestrians is a key part of that,” said Deputy Secretary of Transit Jim Westmoreland. “The feedback we receive from this survey will allow us to better plan to meet these needs, and in turn improve the overall biking and walking experience in North Carolina.”

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Robert Benjamin Smith, 24, of Cherokee, NC, has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Bryson City on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to second degree murder in connection with his involvement in a Oct. 22, 2010, fatal stabbing incident which occurred on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

According to official court documents, on Oct. 22, 2010 after having spent the day together drinking beer and using drugs, the defendant and victim got into a fight which resulted in the victim being stabbed to death. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, Smith entered a guilty plea to one count of second degree murder, a lesser-included offense of first degree murder. The plea was offered pursuant to a plea agreement.

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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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