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Earlier this year, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) announced that phone scams were among the worst tax scams popping up in 2015, and months later, Macon County residents are still getting fake phone calls.

"We have had at least four complaints in the past few months," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams. "One victim claimed that the caller threatened him because he refused to go to Walmart and wire the IRS a payment."

Adams' word of advice to Franklin residents: never give out your information over the phone with verification. "They should never send anyone or company money after receiving a phone call or provide their bank account numbers or Social Security numbers," cautioned Adams. "All federal agencies, utility companies and financial institutions will have the aforementioned numbers and they will not ask for payment via money orders."


A two-vehicle accident occurred Wednesday afternoon on Highlands Road just west of Ellijay Road sending four people to area hospitals with a report of one fatality.

No names had been released at presstime.

The initial investigation indicated that a green van went off the pavement on the right and over corrected several times before hitting a beige Tahoe.

The accident shut down Highlands Road for more than three hours as traffic was rerouted around Sugar Fork and River Road.


On Tuesday afternoon, the Macon County Sheriff's Department (MCSO) and the Franklin Police Department were involved in a foot chase that resulted in the arrest of Jessie Cowart, the second time since March law enforcement had to chase the suspect.

Law enforcement received a dispatch call reporting shots fired at a residence near Arthur Drake Road. After further investigation, it was determined that Jessie Cowart had opened fire on his uncle, Robert Cowart.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, Jessie retrieved a shotgun from a neighbor’s house before returning to Robert Cowart's home and firing three shots.


Main Street took the forefront at Monday night's Franklin Town Board meeting, when Mayor Bob Scott brought up his concern regarding parking, or lack thereof, along Main Street.

Scott informed the board that recently he had been receiving a lot of complaints from residents about people parking on Main Street for long periods of time or even all day. Scott noted that Main Street business owners or employees sometimes park in front of their stores while working, taking up a parking space for an entire day.

The parking issue was brought before the board with the intent that by discussing it publicly during the town meeting, members of the media would help publicize the issue and Scott's request for Main Street employees to consider off-street parking rather than along Main Street.


Four awaiting trial in Jackson halloween party incident.

The first of four potential convictions stemming from a 2014 Jackson County Halloween party was handed down last week from Superior Court Judge Brad Letts.

Last Wednesday, Letts sentenced former Jackson County Sheriff deputy Jimmy Henry to a 45 days in jail suspended sentence for 12 months while on supervised probation. Henry was fined $200 and costs and must complete 72 hours of community service. Henry must also relinquish his law enforcement certification permanently.


The Franklin town board's agenda always contains a variety of topics to tackle, and during the August board meeting, that certainly stood true. From new cell tower proposals, to notice of delayed tax bills, the town of Franklin spent more than an hour on Monday night tackling the monthly agenda.

Town votes 4-1 to annex Lowery Lane property

In March, property owner Henry Te approached the Franklin Board of Aldermen to annex property at 44 Lowery Lane, off Georgia Road, which is part of the Longview Subdivision. Te's plan would be to work with a company to have the property developed into a convenience store and gas station with the possibility of constructing a restaurant as well. A state law held up the project because according to the law, town officials cannot annex the property because portions of the property are located within a subdivision.

The town worked with Senator Jim Davis to pass legislation that would exempt the town from following the requirement since the subdivision in question has been inactive for some time. In June, Franklin's town clerk informed the board that the legislature had granted the exemption.


On Friday, July 24, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County, Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation took action in an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Agents executed three search warrants in North Carolina which resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine (street value of $32,890).

These arrests were the result of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.




For kids at Summer Edventure Camp, Fridays means learning and building in woodworking class. Otto resident Paul Chew is the instructor and has a lifelong affinity for working with wood.

For more than 30 years, Chew has been helping children enjoy woodworking. It began when his church started a program called Nifty Gifty for Christmas. Parents helped children make gifts to give away each Christmas.

“Nifty Gifty challenged me to come up with a new idea each year and to design the projects so even the littlest kids could be successful,” said Chew.

His background in teaching middle and high school industrial arts or “shop” came in handy.


Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.


From local businesses such as Duotech using the Macon County Airport for day-today business operation, to citizens chartering private flights to other regional airports, to organizations such as the State Bureau of Investigation and Forest Service using it for training, the local airport proves to be an invaluable resource for the citizens of Macon County.

To better inform the public of the airport's role in the community, the Macon County Airport Authority will be holding an open house on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature music from Curtis Blackwell, and refreshments for the public.


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