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Macon County Clerk of Court Vic Perry travelled to Highlands last week to officially swear in Highlands' new leadership. In addition to a new mayor, Perry swore in new town board member Donnie Calloway as well as Amy Patterson, who was able to retain her seat on the board.

Taylor replaces Mayor David Wilkes, who decided not to seek re-election and secured the position as mayor with 260 votes to Brain Stiehler's 174.

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Since being classified as operating with some of the oldest 911 equipment in the state, Macon County’s 911 center gained approval from commissioners last week to upgrade the system.

With a combination of state 911 funds and the reallocation of existing funds within the local 911 budget, Macon County will be purchasing a new phone switch that will allow text and picture messaging to be used in and for emergency communication.

Emergency Service Director David Key informed the board of commissioners during the December meeting that the current phone switch used in the 911 department is 20 years old, which stands as the oldest system in the state. Key explained that in the event the current phone switch failed, which is likely due to its age, residents would be unable to contact 911.

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The Macon County Planning Board held a special called meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, to review feedback from department heads concerning surplus properties currently owned by the county. At the October meeting, the board, at the request of the county commissioners, considered various county owned parcels of land and potential uses for them. At the conclusion of that meeting, the board members chose to approach various department heads to see whether the properties could be put to use by the different entities.

According to County Planner Matt Mason, an email was distributed to request feedback from three departments returning comments.

“The Health Department is not interested in the property, the Solid Waste Department is interested in a couple of pieces, including the old school, and Emergency Management is interested in the old school,” said Mason.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three major awards, The Duke Power Citizenship and Service Award, Citizen of the Year and Club/Organization of the Year.

Nomination letters can be delivered to the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 425 Porter Street or emailed to LindaH@ Franklin-Chamber.com. Nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

These awards will be presented at The Annual Awards Banquet and Chamber Annual Meeting on Jan. 21 at Tartan Hall. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Connie Grubermann of Oak Hill County Inn.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating other potential victims and/or witnesses in the case involving Jessica May Carpenter, 35, of 57 Aurora Lane, Sylva.

While investigating a case where alcohol was bought and given to a minor person, investigators determined further criminal conduct had occurred. Subsequently, Carpenter was charged and arrested with statutory rape or sexual offense of a person 13, 14, or 15 years old and is being held on a $100,000 secured bond.

The investigation into this offense as well as other offenses is continuing. Other witnesses and potential other victims may not have come forward. Those persons are encouraged to contact Detective Andi Clayton at (828) 586-1392. Potential victims may be minors who received alcohol from the suspect or are victims of sexual misconduct.

More than two years after voting to purchase Parker Meadows, Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams informed commissioners Tuesday night that the county has been approved for a $500,000 grant to begin construction of a new recreation facility on the Parker Meadows property.

North Carolina had $45 million to disburse in PARTF (Parks and Recreation Trust Fund) funds, which provide a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. Out of the 80 projects that applied for funding, 48 projects were left unfunded this cycle.

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The Franklin Police Department has named Patrol Officer Timothy Lynn the 2013 Office of the Year.

“The Franklin PD is made up of a great group off men and women,” said Lynn. “They are dedicated to their jobs as law enforcement officers, and they are good at what they do. It was an honor to be chosen among them as the officer of the year.”

Each FPD employee was given a ballot and was able to submit it anonymously, to help make the voting more even handed.

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Newly-elected aldermen Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined the other members of the Franklin Town Board Monday night along with new mayor, Bob Scott.

The new board set to work right away when Town Planner Derek Roland brought to their attention an application to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance for Outdoor Display of Goods. The action that would be taken at the meeting would be whether or not to send the application to the Town Planning Board for its consideration and recommendations.

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Last Tuesday night Macon County Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Franklin native Derek Roland as the next county manager. The application process to replace long-time county manager Jack Horton began after Horton announced his retirement earlier this year. For the past three months, commissioners reviewed the 38 applications received and carefully considered each applicant's requirements. After narrowing the applicant pool to two individuals and conducting extensive interviews with both candidates, the unanimous decision was made to offer the job to Roland at an annual salary of $100,000.

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At the Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting that took place Monday night, new board members Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined incumbents Joyce Handley, Verlin Curtis, Farrell Jamison, and Billy Mashburn who was re-elected in the November election. New mayor Bob Scott also took the helm for the first time at the meeting.

To open, each member told the rest of the board and the members of the public who had gathered in the meeting room their hopes for the future of the Town of Franklin.

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