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Despite the recent cold streak, Western North Carolina has experienced a warm winter – especially during the months of January and February. Franklin’s Greenway has seen an unusual amount of walkers, runners, and bikers of late. One would think that spring has arrived early. With last Friday night’s severe weather thrown in the mix, this winter has been nothing but bizarre for Western North Carolina and the people of Macon County.

Two tornando warnings were issued in Franklin last Friday night, March 2. Along with the high winds, severe lightning and golf ball sized hail nailed Macon County too.

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Chairman of Macon County’s Board of Commissioners, Kevin Corbin, and fellow commissioners Bobby Kuppers and Jimmy Tate, will be on the ballot for the May 8th Primary. In an effort to go behind the scenes and dig a little deeper about why they decided to run, the Macon County News asked the serving commissioners several questions about their goals and desires for the county going forward, and perhaps most importantly, what they will bring to the board of commissioners if they are chosen by Maconians to continue with their public service.

Kevin Corbin: Republican — District Two

Why did you decide to run?

“I decided to run because I love Macon county and the people who live here. I grew up here. My family has been here since the late 1700s.

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Hiring by town leaves void in county planner position.

The Town of Franklin will be welcoming a new Town Planner later this month. After Mike Grubermann, current Planner for the town, announced his retirement at the end of last month, Town officials began a search for his replacement, but they didn’t have to look far.

Franklin has selected Derek Roland, Macon County’s current director of Planning, to replace Grubermann later this month. Although a total of three applicants applied for the position, according to Franklin’s Human Resources Officer Ashley Hyder, Roland had the most experience in the planning department.

“I am looking forward to having the opportunity to serve the Town of Franklin as their next planner. I am excited to be afforded another opportunity to serve the community I was born and raised here,” said Roland.

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Jackson County Republicans will come together on March 16 to meet this year’s candidates for the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina, their state legislators, and other local candidates and representatives. The convention will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson a County Senior Center in Sylva. Jackson Republicans will elect district and state convention delegates and conduct other official business to gear up for this year’s primary season. Perhaps most surprisingly, Jackson County’s GOP will host Joe Wilson, a U.S. House Representative from South Carolina.

As it turns out, the South Carolina Congressman has a summer home in Cashiers. Ralph Saughter, chairman of Jackson County’s Republican Party, found a letter slipped beneath his office door in Cashiers one day last fall. The letter was from Congressman Wilson. Wilson wrote that he was sorry he could not meet Saughter and for them to plan a meeting when Wilson came back to the area. Eventually, Saughter was able to schedule Wilson to be the keynote speaker at their March convention, something Saughter says Party members are really excited about.

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The Town of Franklin hosted a retirement reception for Chief Terry Bradley last Friday.

After 25 years of service to Macon County, and 18 years as the Chief of Police for the Franklin Police Department, Bradley's last day on the job will be March 1.

Guest speakers Senior Agent Brian Hallman and Assistant Agent Mark Buchanon with the State Bureau of Investigation and Major Andy Shields with the Macon County Sheriff's Department commented on Bradley's outstanding service to the citizens of Macon County.

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Emily H. Breedlove has been named Entrepreneurship Program Manager at AdvantageWest, the economic development partnership for the 23 counties of Western North Carolina.

In her new role, Breedlove will provide direction and management for the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® Program, an intensive five-step process developed by AdvantageWest as the first initiative of its type in the U.S. to certify communities as entrepreneur- ready. Currently, there are 10 communities that have completed the CEC program; several others are in various stages of completing the rigorous process, which typically takes up to two years.

Breedlove brings extensive experience to her new role. Prior to joining AdvantageWest, she created the Black Rock Company, a Macon County-based marketing and consulting company that is now being purchased by Big Boom Designs, a regional internet marketing company. She also founded the Center for New Mountain Business to provide resources for small business.

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Community leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending the Chick-fil-A Leadercast hosted by Dnet Internet Services on May 4, 2012. The event will be held at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Franklin.

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The Western North Carolina Alliance turns 30 this year and is marking this milestone with a public celebration set for 6:30-9 p.m. March 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., in Asheville.

The evening will be a joint celebration to kick-off our anniversary events, as well as the release of a book by Mars Hill history professor Kathy Newfont, entitled, “Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina.” The book features a few chapters on the Alliance’s history, as well as photos from our archives.

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After months of back and forth between Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman and members of the Board of Education, a hybrid version of intersession will be held throughout the district next week.

After the Fall intersession members of the board and community members raised concerns surrounding the cost efficiency of the week-long educational enrichment attempt, and board members requested a detailed cost analysis of the Fall intersession in order to better assess steps that could be taken to save the district money in the Spring.

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Informational meeting held at town hall

Scott and Sylvia Cochran, promoters of the Smoky Mountain Rumble biker rally set to take place in downtown Franklin this August, visited Town Hall last Thursday, Feb. 23, to discuss their promotion of the event and what residents and local business leaders can expect when a barrage of motorcycles roll into town on August 17. “We’re here to put heads into beds and bring revenue to the Town of Franklin,” said Sylvia Cochran, before the pair opened the floor up for questions.

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published: 10/18/2013
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