Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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On Monday night, at 8:56, a call came into dispatch that a car had rolled into the Little Tennessee River on the Greenway, at 730 Riverview St. Tony Ashe, from the Franklin Police Department, was called to investigate. He determined that the car accidently rolled into the river and no charges were filed. George Bell, the driver of the 2001 Pontiac Firebird, said he thought he had a flat tire so he stopped to investigate at the top of an access road that leads down to the Greenway.

Willard Mason, of Franklin, a passenger in the car, got out and then Bell followed. After the two left the vehicle, the car began to roll down the hill, striking Mason on the leg and foot. Mason was treated by Macon County EMS officials and transported to Angel Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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On Saturday, January 14th, the Macon County GOP held a general meeting and "Meet & Greet" for members and congressional candidates. The event was held at the Boiler Room in Franklin. Six of the eight Republican congressional candidates attended (Spence Campbell, Dan Eichenbaum, Jeff Hunt, Vance Patterson, Chris Petrella, and Kenny West).Jim Clayton attended on behalf of Mark Meadows. Phil Drake delivered a very moving invocation and GOP member Grace Johnson, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, was recognized for her twenty-four years of service in the Army Nurse Corps, retiring as a Lt. Colonel(entered service in 1968).

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Dan Forest is a candidate for Lt. Governor of North Carolina. A strong fiscal and social conservative, Forest has over 23 years of experience as a business leader, architect and entrepreneur.

He is a former Senior Partner with one of North Carolina’s largest Architectural firms – Little Diversified Architectural Consulting – having served as President of the firm’s Durham office.

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Benji Lafamm, owner of Cullasaja Campground, lost control of his 2008 Toyota last Friday and struck the side of the campground’s office.

Lafamm struck a row of mailboxes before crashing into the building. He was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville to be treated for internal injuries.

 

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An unidentified white male and female robbed The Whistle Stop Mall Antiques on the Georgia Road on Jan. 5, according to reports from Sgt. Devin Holland with the Franklin Police Department.

Surveillance footage revealed that the couple entered the mall and canvassed the building while appearing to shop. The white female reported watched out for the male subject while he broke into a display case containing jewelry, which included bracelets, rings, pins, earrings, pendants, and other precious metal items such as belt buckles, a vase, and money clips; all of which had significant monetary value. The male suspect stole the items and placed them in his pants pockets.

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The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners will be hosting for the fifth year an essay contest on county government. The topic of the essay is, “How does my county government improve the lives of its citizens?”

The annual contest is open to 9th and 10th grade students in North Carolina public and charter schools. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay. The entry deadline is April 30, 2012. The winning student and the teacher who submits the winning essay will each win $500 and will be recognized at a meeting of their county’s board of commissioners.

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Last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, a two car accident occurred off of the Highlands Road exit ramp in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police Officer Dwayne Cabe, a 1989 Chevrolet Celebrity driven by June Conley, 80, of Franklin, collided with a Ford F-150 driven by Chuck Cocke, 50, also of Franklin.

Witnesses to the accident told law enforcement officials at the scene that Conley ran a red light and struck Cocke's vehicle. Cocke is an employee with City Plumbing and Electric Supply.

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Democratic Senator seeking reelection, this time as challenger.

Former state Democratic Senator John Snow announced Tuesday that he will be seeking reelection to his former seat in the 50th Senatorial District that covers Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. Incumbent Senator Jim Davis defeated Snow in 2010 by a slim margin of 161 votes, which could make for an interesting campaign season this summer and fall.

 

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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year (continued from the Jan. 5th issue)

July

The Macon County Board of Commissioners appointed school board member Gary Shields to fill a vacancy on the Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees in July.

Shields, former principal of Franklin High School, was appointed to complete the term of Charles Leatherman, who resigned from the SCC board effective June 1. Shields’ term is set to expire on June 30, 2012.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners recognized county employees for their service and dedication at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Once a year, commissioners host a reception in honor of employees reaching the 10, 15, 20 and 25 year mark in their career with the county.

Each employee received special recognition before the monthly board meeting and were presented with a pin and a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments.

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