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A woman was seriously injured after being swept over a short waterfall on Tuesday.

Stephanie Cookston, 18, of Franklin, was with three friends on the Highlands side of 'Bust Your Butt' Falls in a pool off the side of the Cullasaja River. Cookston approached a swift running current of the river near the edge of a short fall and was swept over.

Within minutes, more than 15 responders from Highlands Fire Department, Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and Macon County Sheriff's Office were on scene.

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Macon County authorities are still searching for an unknown man who reportedly sexually assaulted a female at her Rose Creek Cove Road home on the evening of August 1.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland there has been an overwhelming response from the community concerning the incident. “There has been a tremendous response from residents and that is what it is going to take to catch this individual,” he said on Monday. “Officers are continuing to get information and are following up with the investigation, which is ongoing.”

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Deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) arrested a Franklin man on multiple charges related to child pornography.

After receiving information from a concerned citizen, officers arrested John Kennedy, 47, of Shady Cove Lane, following the execution of two separate search warrants last Friday. Kennedy was employed by the Green & Clean Laundromat in Holly Springs Plaza.

Initially, MCSO detectives searched Kennedy's residence during an identity theft investigation. During a search for his identification, the suspect “admitted that there was child pornography in the residence,” according to search warrants from August 5.

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Brian Andreu, 52, of Franklin, was involved in a single vehicle accident on Prentiss Bridge Road last Thursday.

Andreu was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro when he crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road and under a parked trailer.

The trailer, which is owned by Wayne Moss with Norton Creek Farm, received substantial damage.

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On Tuesday morning, Sheila Boggan of Clayton, Ga., driving a Dodge Caravan, was turning right into a parking place near Doobies, at 3046 Georgia Road, attempted to hit the brakes and accelerated instead.

No injuries were reported.

Boggan was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid collision with property.

No estimate of the damages were available at presstime.

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On Tuesday morning at approximately 12:10 am, Audra Thomas made a 9-1-1 call to request assistance after wrecking her 1998 Toyota 4-runner.

According to the State Highway Patrol, Thomas was traveling south on U.S. 23 near the Franklin Ford dealership.

Thomas ran off the road to the right at which point she lost control of the car causing the car to swerve back onto the road before overturning three times.

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Former N.C. State Senator Robert C. Carpenter passed away Saturday in his Franklin home at the age of 87.

Lovingly known to many as Senator Bob, an entire community mourns the loss of a legend, but finds comfort in remembering his tireless efforts and dedication to the people of Macon County.

The Macon County Board of Commissioners took time to honor Carpenter before beginning their August meeting. Before Macon County Commissioner Kevin Corbin led the invocation, he offered attendees the opportunity to join in a moment of silent reflection or prayer for Senator Bob. Corbin said, “Senator Bob was probably a friend to everybody in this room, regardless of political affiliation.” Corbin continued, “He was a true gentleman, a servant to Macon County and a servant to this state; we all loved him.”

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You might be from Franklin, NC if… “you’ve ever been terrified of getting stuck on town hill in a straight drive!” posts Melissa Watts, one of the over 1900 members of the new hit Facebook group “You might be from Franklin, NC if...”

The group, which started a mere two weeks ago, was started by Franklin native Oren Coin and is spreading like wildfire.

“I started this group July 29, with no great expectations,” said Coin. “It just went cosmic. I was bored at the time and looking for trouble. Damn sure got me some trouble.”

According to group member, Gail Kelly Lester, the group appeals to such a broad audience.

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Macon County authorities are looking for an unknown man who reportedly sexually assaulted someone at their Rose Creek Cove Road on Monday evening.

At approximately 6:10 p.m., authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call referencing a breaking and entering and sexual assault that occurred just an hour or so before that day. According to reports, the victim did not know the suspect, nor did they know his mode of transportation is also unknown.

Immediate after the incident was reported, an investigation began and two Investigators were assigned to the case that night, at which time they began processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

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Several Superior Court cases were continued for fall hearings last week in Macon County. The honorable Judge Sharon Tracey Barrett presided during the proceedings.

— Nathaniel Joshua Cabe, 27, faced several charges stemming from an incident last Spring including false imprisonment, extortion, communicating threats, interfering with emergency communications and injury to personal property. Cabe continued his hearing until Sept. 26.

Along with co-defendant Ian Thomas Spies, 22, Cabe was arrested near South Macon Elementary after being stopped by deputies on April 19. After initially being spotted in a grey Mitsubishi car matching the victim’s description, both suspects attempted to flee Officer Bryant Hodgin, who eventually captured Cabe.

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