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The Smoky Mountains “Spring for Success” Career Fair is scheduled for Friday, March 13, at the Robert C. Carpenter Building (former Macon County Community Building).

A dozen groups and businesses have come together to make the event happen. With a portion of the event being focused on employing veterans, organizations affiliated with veterans joined on to make the event a success. Event sponsors include American Legion Post 108, Macon County Economic Development Commission (EDC), Macon County NC Works Career Center, Southwestern Community College, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 994.

"Mark Schuler, veterans employment consultant with NC Commerce, contacted the Macon County EDC about partnering with the Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS), veterans organizations and Southwestern Community College to hold a job fair," said Macon County Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins of how the event came to fruition.

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On the front door of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Smokey Mountain Chapter 994, is the logo of the VVA and the motto, “Never Again Shall One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another.” The door opens to a group of unfamiliar faces, faces of men who share in a brotherhood not known to any other generation of American Military men. This small gathering was a microcosm of the American men who were used by their government to fight an unpopular war ? men who many times were reviled by their countrymen for their participation in the war. These are men who have stood, unwavering in their loyalty to and pride in the United States of America.

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Officials turning to state lawmakers for policy change.

Earlier this year, Henry Te petitioned the town of Franklin to have his property on 441 South annexed into the town limits. Town Clerk Chad Simons was instructed to examine the issue and found a state law that would prohibit Te's request from being granted.

"We found that this property did not meet one of the necessary standards to be eligible for annexation into the Town. It is and was part of a subdivision, which per statute, requires all portions of the subdivision to join in the petition for annexation, or the town would be prohibited from annexing it," explained Franklin Attorney John Henning Jr.

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Public can comment at continuation meeting March 31.

For the last six months, the Macon County Planning Board has been working to draft a nuisance ordinance intended to regulate malicious noise within the county.

The ordinance would apply to property outside of the municipal limits of Highlands and Franklin, and would specifically aim to regulate "loud, unnecessary, and disturbing noise" which means, "any noise intentionally created which because of its volume level, duration, and/or character, annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the county."

While the planning board approved the ordinance in early February, before it can become the law of the land, commissioners would have to vote to adopt it. While a public hearing is not required for the ordinance, commissioners stated Tuesday night that due to public concerns, a hearing will be held before the commissioner's March 31 continued meeting at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the courthouse.

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Tuesday morning, a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a Silver Ford Taurus was issued in North Georgia, after the vehicle was observed traveling more than 100 miles per hour heading into North Carolina.

Franklin Police Sergeant Lori Beegle spotted the vehicle, which displayed a Michigan license plate, traveling at a high rate of speed near McDonald's on the Georgia Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Despite the activation of Beegle's emergency equipment, the driver refused to stop or decrease speed.

 

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Just a few weeks after setting state priorities, county officials from across North Carolina headed to Washington D.C. to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference to discuss legislative goals with congressional representatives.

Macon County was represented by Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Vice-Chair Jim Tate along with County Manager Derek Roland who joined more than 150 officials from across the state for the conference. While Commissioner Ronnie Beale also attended the conference, he was pulling double duty. While also representing Macon County, Beale represented the entire state as the President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC).

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Confiscated drugs valued in the thousands of dollars.

In the midst of the biggest snow event Macon County has seen so far this winter, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Langley Sr., arrested Thomas Moore, 39, after finding his truck stopped in the middle of a snow covered road in southern Macon County.

Moore was arrested and charged with one felony count trafficking methamphetamine, one count possession drug paraphernalia, and one count driving while license revoked. He was booked in the Macon County Detention Center and held on a $75,000 secured bond.

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West Macon Fire Department was called out to a mobile home fire, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, on Potts Branch, off Patton Road.

According to Travis Waldroop with the fire department, the fire started on the rear deck of the single-wide home and worked up the wall and into the attic space.

The drop tank had to be used since the nearest hydrant is located at the junction of Industrial Park Road and Patton Road.

 

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Signs welcoming new visitors to town are synonymous with small town America and are often a staple for the town's identity. Since the 1970s, banners have been hung across Main Street in Franklin to advertise festivals and events within the town.

Neighboring towns such as Dillsboro and Clayton often stretch banners across their roadways to capture thru-traffic, in hopes of boosting attendance to the town's annual shindigs, and until 2013, banners could also be seen strung across Franklin's Main Street. While advertising banners have taken a two-year hiatus, the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously decided Monday night to give local business owners the go-ahead to re-open discussion of the possibility of draping signs across Main Street.

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Five months after police launched an investigation into a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Jackson County, criminal charges have been filed.

On Monday, a grand jury handed down indictments for four Jackson residents who allegedly supplied teenagers with alcohol and knowingly interfered with a police investigation into statutory rape allegations.

After the grand jury's indictments, arrests included:

Austin Trent Davis, 19, of Dillsboro, was charged with a statutory sex offense with defendant older than victim by four years and less than six years. Cody Jenkins, 24, of Sylva, was charged with statutory rape of person 13, 14 or 15 years old; two counts of statutory sex offense with 13, 14 or 15 year old. Michelle Dillard, of Sylva, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jimmy Henry of Sylva, a former JCSO deputy, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice.

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