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On Saturday, June 28, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center in conjunction with local fire departments will be conducting a training exercise at 69 Carl Ammons Road. This exercise will allow local fire departments an opportunity to train in realistic firefighting scenarios. This exercise will culminate in the demolition of a structure by fire.

During this training, evolution flames and smoke will be visible and at times prevalent in the area of Carl Ammons Road in the area of Fulcher Road and McCoy Road. Fire apparatus and other emergency service vehicles will be utilizing these roads as part of the training drill so minor traffic delays are possible.

Employee compensation pay plan put on hold indefinitely

Monday night, in a unanimous vote, the Macon County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the $45,721,122 budget for fiscal year 2014-15. When the budget was originally brought before the board by county manager Derek Roland, the proposed budget was $1.6 million less than the current year’s budget. After hearing advice from the board and other stakeholders in the planning process, Roland amended the budget to reflect an additional $200,000, which puts the final budget around $1.4 million less than what the county is operating under during this fiscal year.

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George has worked for board of elections since 2003.

Macon County Board of Elections has announced the appointment of Debbie George as the new Director of Elections for Macon County.

George has been employed by the Board of Elections since 2003 and appointed Deputy Director in 2005. She received her N.C. Elections Administrator Certification in 2009 with renewal of certification in 2011 and 2013.

"I appreciate the confidence from the Board of Elections," said George. "I'm looking forward to serving the voters of Macon County."

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At last week's League of Women Voter's meeting, three former Macon County Commissioners volunteered their time for a Q & A forum. Allan Ricky Bryson, Janet Greene, and Mark West all turned out to reminisce about serving the county in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Noticeably absent from the line up was former commissioner Harold Corbin who, at the time of the forum was experiencing health issues, passing away Wednesday (June 18) morning. His son and present chairman of the county commissioners, Kevin Corbin attended the meeting to represent him.

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Original proposal amended with $200,000 increase

Macon County Manager Derek Roland presented the board of commissioners with changes to the 2014-15 fiscal year budget during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

Roland proposed increasing the overall budget from $45.5 million to $45.7 million, a $200,000 increase. The May 31 budget work session afforded commissioners the opportunity to listen to stakeholders requesting additional taxpayer funds. With requests coming from different organizations, Roland weighed the options and proposed taking $200,000 from the county’s fund balance to provide additional funds for the budget. The budget proposed is a balanced, revenue neutral budget that was constructed without the need of a county-wide tax increase.

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Filing opened on Monday for two boards in Macon County. The Macon County Board of Education and the Soil and Water Conservation Board both have two seats up for grabs.

Seats held by school board members Tommy Cabe (District 2) and Gary Shields (District 4) will both be on the November ballot. When filing opened Monday at noon, Cabe was first in line to file to reclaim his seat on the board. Shields will not be seeking reelection to the school board as he is running for Macon County commissioner this November.

Former Franklin High School teacher and coach Fred Goldsmith filed on Monday in hopes of winning the open District 4 seat. Carroll Poindexter filed on Wednesday to run in District 4.

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Final product includes 2 cent tax increase for 2014-15.

With a new fiscal year set to begin on July 1, the Franklin Board of Aldermen was tasked with adopting a 2014-2015 budget before the end of June. The process has gone smoothly, as the board unanimously adopted a budget at last Monday night's town meeting.

Though the budget overall was fairly straightforward, there was one difference that the board knew may raise some eyebrows — a 2 cent tax increase.

In the budget message that was presented by then town manager Warren Cabe, he said that a one cent tax increase would not only sustain a healthy fiscal future for the town but would provide funding to accomplish various projects that would be required in the future.

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A three-vehicle accident that happened Tuesday morning closed down both north and southbound lanes of 441S.

Doug Ledford, driver of a white F150 Ford truck, ran the stop sign at Belle Dowdle Rd., entering oncoming traffic on 441. He crossed the road hitting a red Chevy Cobalt driven by April West who then hit a white Lexus.

After hitting West, Ledford crossed back over into the southbound lane resting on the curb. The Cobalt came to rest in a ditch on the northbound side of 441 and the Lexus stopped in the northbound lane.

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The Town of Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met on Monday afternoon to discuss a variety of issues and to set a date for its upcoming budget retreat.

To kick off the meeting, D'Anne Maddox from Premiere Marketing gave the board a rundown of the effectiveness of their marketing strategy that has been in place over the last year. Presenting the spreadsheets to the board, she illustrated how the online marketing campaign has worked.

“As you can see, Charlotte has moved to number one,” she said of the website visitors. “But I also put together the top 10 places that site visitors live and as you can see there are even people from New York that are visiting your page.”

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This year marks the fifth time runners will line up on the starting line for the annual Braveheart 5K. Held in conjunction with the Taste of Scotland Festival held in Franklin on Father’s Day weekend, the Braveheart 5K stands as a substantial fundraiser for Franklin’s Scottish Tartans Museum.

“As with a lot of nonprofits, funding has steadily been decreasing,” said Ronan MacGregor, museum director. “In order for us to remain open and serve the public we need to supplement the loss through fund raising efforts such as the Braveheart 5K and the Taste of Scotland Festival.”

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