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The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen are considering adding a K-9 unit to the Franklin Police Department. The addition would allow the department to have its own drug sniffing dog.

In the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, $29,000 is set aside for supplies to the police department and within that, is $3,800 more set aside for the addition of a canine.

“You have some things to consider,” said Summer Woodard, acting town manager for the town. “You could scrap the idea all together; $3,800 isn't going to get you too far with a canine. However, if you feel that there is a need for a K-9 unit, my recommendation is that you look at a puppy that could be put through the proper training requirements. Just direct me how you would like to go there. We can eliminate it and put the money back in for tazers, radios, and whatever else may need to be purchased or we can pursue the K-9 unit.”

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Last Friday afternoon, May 16, Paula Renee Anglin, 43, of Franklin turned herself in at the Macon County Detention Center on an outstanding arrest warrant for feloniously disseminating obscene materials

to a minor. According to the warrant that was issued for her arrest, it is believed that the acts occurred between Jan. 1, 2014, through May 9, 2014.

Anglin was employed as a receptionist at Macon Middle School (MMS) and was placed on suspension indefinitely before being terminated at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Just last week, MMS math teacher and junior varsity baseball coach, Jeff Rousselle was arrested for indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student.

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State blamed for town’s decreasing fund balance.

When a proposed town budget was distributed at last month's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, it contained an interesting proposition in the manager's budget message concerning the fiscal year 2014-2015.

“A modest tax increase is recommended to adjust the ad valorem tax rate to twenty-six cents ($0.26) per one hundred dollars ($100) of valuation,” said then-town manager Warren Cabe. “This will allow a modest transfer from undesignated funds to be used for balancing the budget while maintaining a healthy and sustainable fiscal future for the Town while still accomplishing several projects.”

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Rate increases, reduced revenues prompting action.

While presenting his proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Macon County Manager Derek Roland informed commissioners that next year could be the last year that Macon County would operate under the current structure of the county’s health benefit plan.

Roland made commissioners aware of substantial changes that are to be expected during the coming fiscal year regarding revisions to the pay plan brought on by steadily increasing claims, combined with decreasing county contributions into the health insurance fund.

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County commissioners debate restoring prayer before meetings following Supreme Court ruling to allow it

Macon County Commissioner Chairman Kevin Corbin, along with the consensus of the board, instructed county attorney Chester Jones to look into drafting a resolution that would bring back the practice of praying before county meetings.

“As chairman, I would recommend we ask the county attorney to give us some guidance on that and perhaps we could reinstate having the prayers at our meeting—with consensus of the board.”

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On May 12, Macon Middle School math teacher and junior varsity baseball coach Jeffrey Todd Rousselle was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student, both of which are felonies.

The charges resulted after an investigation was carried out by Macon County Sheriff's Office Detectives Dani Burrows and Amy Stewart.

The investigators received a report that Rousselle had been communicating electronically with minor females who were students and/or prior students of Macon Middle School (MMS).

“This was good police work on their part,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “They received vital information, followed up on it and it led to the charges.”

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Proposal eliminates all but necessities for 2014-15.

Macon County's proposed fiscal year budget for 2014-15 looks significantly different than the current year’s budget. County Manager Derek Roland presented the first budget of his tenure to commissioners Tuesday night and informed the board that the budget is 3.4 percent less than the fiscal year 2013-14’s original budget of $47,145,470. Roland’s proposed budget sits at $45,521,122, which is not only less than the beginning budget for this year, but also 2.9 percent less than the projected expenditures in 2014 ($46,857,615).

“The proposed budget, while addressing many needs, was developed with the purposeful attempt of stabilizing the county’s fund balance position and preparing for the forthcoming revaluation which will become effective on January 1, 2015,” said Roland in his opening remarks to the board.

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State officials are investigating the death of an inmate that was being held at the Macon County Detention Center earlier this month. The death, which occurred on Saturday, May 3, is the first incident of its kind in Macon County since Sheriff Robbie Holland has taken office.

According to an incident report, jailer Holly Bradley was making rounds Friday evening at the detention center when she was asked by 34-year-old inmate Stephen Paul Johnson of Franklin for his medicine. She informed the inmate that meds were given at 2200 hours (10 p.m.).

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The Franklin Board of Aldermen held its monthly meeting last Monday night where members of the public raised some key concerns to the officials.

The meeting began with a public session where one Franklin resident, Rena Sutton asked the board some questions about the microbrewery that is in the works to set up shop at the old town hall property that is owned by Franklin and about other possible businesses that could come to the area in the future as a result of the rezoning of a C-1 to a C-2. The area in question is just down the street from the home owned by her and her husband.

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The Franklin Tourism Development Authority held its monthly meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss project funding that surfaced at last month's meeting and to hear a new request for July's Franklin River Fest.

To begin, Doug Morton on behalf of the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival was present to field questions from members of the board.

Board member Cheryl Pullium pointed to the fact that Blairsville, Ga., will be hosting a similar festival to Taste of Scotland on the weekend of the local one, as a reason to be concerned.

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