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Investigators in Macon County arrested an Otto man Sunday night after a heated argument reportedly escalated to the fatal shooting of his son.

According to reports, deputies with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 1920 Coweeta Lab Road between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, in response to complaints of a domestic disturbance and possible gunplay. Upon arrival officers discovered the victim, who was identified onsite as 34-year-old Robert Pruitt.

The incident occurred at the home of Pruitt’s parents, Frank Kelly Pruitt and Kathy Paulette Pruitt.


Finds it to be a building block for Franklin’s economy

As part of the Venture Local Franklin (VLF) initiative, Macon County News is teaming up with VLF to highlight local businesses throughout Franklin. Each week, MCN will select locally owned and operated businesses in a different industry ranging from retail to tourism, to manufacturing. It is our goal at MCN to work with VLF to encourage residents to shop locally and utilize the resources Franklin has to offer.

One of the industries hit the hardest by the recession was construction. Across the nation, when the economy began to plummet in 2006, construction projects came to a screeching halt, family businesses were forced to close and thousands of workers were laid off.


Taxpayers plead with aldermen to reconsider.

During July's regularly scheduled meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, taxpayers addressed the Town Board during a public hearing to voice their opposition of relocating the town's ABC store at an initial estimated cost of $1.25 million.

The public hearing was required by law due to the potential use of town property including the town hall, public safety and public works buildings as collateral to secure the loan to cover the expenses of the new facility. Residents spoke in opposition not only to spending $1.25 million to fund the store, but also the location of the proposed building.


Bob Scott makes motion to be included in censure.

During last week's Board of Aldermen meeting, Franklin's Town Board voted in a 5-1 vote to censure Mayor Joe Collins for issuing a personal letter of apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for the town's actions regarding spraying herbicide on the mound.

The town sprayed herbicide on the mound’s grass earlier this year with intentions of replanting it with an eco-grass that would require less maintenance, but the use of a poisonous chemical on a sacred mound site offended the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.


The Franklin Police Department is working on a program that will offer self-defense training for women. Franklin's new police chief, Chief David Adams, is bringing the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) program that was implemented at his former post in Hendersonville.

“R.A.D. was developed over 20 years ago,” explained Adams. “The program’s primary function is the practical development of self-defense options for women, before and during situations of imminent or adductive assault. And this type of training teaches employable tactics designed for women that work without the time investment of complicated martial arts training. This program has provided training to more than 275,000 women nationwide.”

Chief Adams explained that as a police officer and former Army solider, out of all of the training courses he has experienced, he believes that R.A.D. stands to be the most beneficial for women.


At its Monday meeting, the Tourism Development Authority got an update from biker event promoter Sylvia Cochran on the Smoky Mountain Rumble.

According to Cochran, all public safety and health needs will be met, as all codes are being complied with including fire, emergency, public safety, etc.

However other facets of the festival are not going exactly according to plan, she explained. Cochran was obliged to have vendor insurance policies ready as of the date of the meeting, but did not, leaving a dearth of prospective vendors and 19 committed vendors that are not yet officially part of the event. “We’re estimating between 20 and 30 vendors,” she assured board members, adding that up to 300 bikes are expected to attend the Rumble this year.


Macon County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled July meeting Tuesday night at the Macon County Courthouse. After having a moment of silence to remember several county employees and their relatives who had passed away in the weeks prior to the meeting, Vice-chairman Bobby Kuppers led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The meeting began with a public hearing regarding the Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP) application. Although no one signed up to speak for or against the application Transit Director Kim Angel informed the board that the application was for funding to cover three individual transportation programs involving a total of $133,374 in funding for the county. With no one present to speak to the motion, commissioners unanimously voted to approve the application.


Lightning illuminated the sky Sunday near Western Carolina University as thunderstorms rumbled through the area bringing much needed rain.

Weather has made the news across the nation as record high temperatures have produced sweltering conditions in the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic region.

Locally, Sunday night’s storm resulted in power outages for more than 2,000 homes and some downed trees.


During their June meeting, Sylva's Town Board said good-bye to two-term Commissioner Stacy Knotts. Knotts, who informed the board in January she would be leaving in June, is leaving the board to move with her husband Gibbs Knotts who accepted a position as a Political Science Department Chair at the College of Charleston.

“I want to thank my fellow board members, the outstanding staff at the Town of Sylva, and the residents of Sylva for the support,” said Knotts. “It has been an honor to serve in this position.”

According to Knotts, she first campaigned to work toward making Sylva an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. “I accomplished many of my goals during my time in office,” said Knotts. “My three proudest accomplishments were the roles I played in getting curbside recycling, the much needed sidewalk from Sylva to Dillsboro, and the Bridge Park, which has been a great gathering place for the community.”


Colonel Michael Gilchrist, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol announced the No Texting, Just Driving educational awareness campaign at a press conference recently at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The new campaign is a safety initiative designed to educate the motoring public on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting while driving with the hopes of reducing traffic fatalities and injuries.

Troopers across the state will focus on the dangers of texting while driving to the public through various means such as radio and television public service announcements, “No Texting, Just Driving” presentations, as well as the distribution of educational awareness literature to include campaign specific posters, windshield stickers, pledge cards and other informational items.


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