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A motorcycle accident occurred on the Sylva Road. at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday. Taylor Ross Green from Nicholson, Ga. was traveling North on the Sylva Road, on his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when Zona Balcom Coe from Westminister, S.C., turned in front of Green in a 2008 Ford Expedition, as she was trying to turn into Car City Mini Mart. Green hit the Expedition on the right side of the bumper causing him to crash his motorcycle. Green was transported to Mission Hospital by MAMA. Coe was charged with failure to yield. Officer Paul Bourcq of the Franklin Police Department was the investigating officer.

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REACH of Macon County gets funding match from Jackson Commissioners.

Nearly three months after REACH of Jackson County shut its doors, Jackson’s Board of Commissioners continued the discussion of the implosion.

Just before REACH closed on Feb. 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put a lien on all of the organization’s property in Jackson County. The IRS did so in response to REACH’s failure to pay employee and employer payroll taxes dating back several years.

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The Macon County Commissioners and the Planning Board met at a local restaurant in Franklin last Thursday to discuss the future of planning throughout the county.

Over the past few months, Macon County’s Planning Board has fallen under scrutiny, and after a four-month hiatus from its monthly meetings, reconvened to meet with commissioners. Board of commissioner chairman Kevin Corbin began the joint meeting noting that because of the diligence on behalf of the Planning Board, Macon County is on the forefront of economic development and progress.

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U-Save-It Pharmacy victim to ‘smash and grab’ robbery

Detectives with the Franklin Police Department are investigating a break-in at the U-Save-It Pharmacy that resulted in the theft of hundreds of prescription narcotics, in what they are calling a “smash and grab” robbery.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Friday morning, according to Detective Tracy Chastain, at the pharmacy which is located just off of U.S. 441S. in Franklin Plaza. It has yet to be determined whether more than one person was involved in the prescription theft. While some details are scarce, Chastain confirmed on Wednesday that entry to the business was gained by smashing in the window of the front door.

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New grass expected to save maintenance cost

According to Franklin Town Manager Sam Greenwood, the grass covering the historic Nikwasi Indian Mound has been intentionally sprayed with an herbicide to kill the grass and prevent it from growing, but the Town's intentions are to better preserve the mound.

“It has always been considered disrespectful to have people on top of the mound to maintain the grass,” said Greenwood. “By spraying it with herbicide, the old grass will be able to be raked off and we will replace it with hydroseed that will require less maintenance and will lead to the mound being less disturbed.”

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Several local and state officials visited the Methodist Home for Children (MHC) on Tuesday for its bi-annual luncheon at its main facility.

Since 2008 the MHC program in Macon County has been providing a multipurpose home that serves youth who are mandated by the courts to receive residential care. It is also the only multipurpose home serving atrisk youth west of Raleigh. The advantage of the facility is its progressive, rehabilitative and interventional approach to juvenile delinquency, explained MHC President

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A public safety training exercise was held Saturday, April 21, at 70 Tranquil Drive off of Sanderstown Road.

Participating organizations included Southwestern Community College, Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center, Franklin Fire Department, Burningtown Fire and Rescue, Cowee Fire and Rescue and Mountain Valley Fire and Rescue.

The exercise culminated in the demolition by fire of the structure.

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With early voting starting today for the primary election, the Macon County League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forumlast Thursday with five of the six primary candidates discussing local issues to better inform voters on the candidates vying for the three open commissioner posts.

Candidates running for the positions are in District I (Highlands): incumbent Jimmy Tate-R and Steve Higdon; District II incumbent Kevin Corbin-R and Vic Drummond- R; District III incumbent Bobby Kuppers-D and Rick Snyder- D. Higdon did not participate in the forum.

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Management differences top list of grievances.

During a meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners, Dr. Bob Adams, chief hospitalist at MedWest-Harris announced he was resigning after 36 years with the hospital. Dr. Adams has already accepted a position at Franklin’s Angel Medical Center, where he is expected to begin work on July 1.

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The Town of Franklin honored Town Planner Mike Grubermann in a retirement ceremony on Wednesday. Grubermann as served Franklin in various capacities, most recently as Town Planner since 2006.

Grubermann’s last day on the job will be Friday, April 13.

Pictured (L-R) Alderman Bob Scott, Alderman Joyce Handley, Mayor Joe Collins, Mike Grubermann, Alderman Billy Mashburn, Alderman Ferrel Jamison, and Alderman Sissy Pattillo. Photo by Brittney Parker

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