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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

During the April meeting of Macon County’s Board of Commissioners, commissioners unanimously approved a county-wide smoking ban at all government owned facilities which are designated for recreational use. All county recreational parks, including the Greenway will now be smoke free.

The ordinance, which bans the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco will go into effect 90 days from the day it was passed by commissioners, marking July 9 as the first official day the ban will be effective.

 

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Cherokee Preservation Foundation (CPFdn) announced it has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation. The grants include:

A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Emissaries of Peace, host the Southeast Tribes Festival, and continue the Snowbird Cherokee language camp. The Emissaries of Peace anniversary will be celebrated with seven events across four states, utilizing a new lightweight traveling exhibit.

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During April’s Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, town leaders raised concerns regarding the Smoky Mountain Rumble Rally which is set for August.

Last July, the Town of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) unanimously approved to move forward with hosting a threeday motorcycle rally, giving promoters $14,800 of TDA funds to kick off the first ever motorcycle rally in Macon County.

On Monday night, Scott and Sylvia Cochran, promoters of the event, went before the Aldermen with a request to close a portion of Main Street from Riverview to Harrison Avenue, which is similar to what is closed for PumpkinFest, beginning Thursday, August 16, at 10 p.m. until Sunday, August 19.

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Aldermen choose new Walmart Plaza to relocate

Despite scrutiny from the public, the Franklin Board of Aldermen have finally approved a location for the site of the town’s new ABC store.

For the past 17 years, the town’s ABC store has been leasing a 6,500 square foot space from Macon Plaza and has only had one rate increase resulting in approximately $6,069.76 per month or $72,828 a year for rent.

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