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Franklin’s Town Planning Board decided unanimously to reject Cellco Partnership/Verizon Wireless’ special use permit application Thursday afternoon in a special meeting held at Town Hall. The company applied for the special use permit to build a 140 foot telecommunications tower at 60 Gaston Street in Franklin, designed to help offset the capacity of the two existing Verizon towers in town.

Ultimately, Planning Board members were uncomfortable with approving the permit because the company continually refused requests to supply the town with an Erlang study, which would measure the amount of traffic density that would emerge from the proposed telecommunications tower. According to Town Planner Mike Grubermann, the only way to ascertain if there is a need for a new wireless telecommunications facility is through an Erlang study.

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The search has begun to find a replacement for Franklin’s Chief of Police, Terry Bradley. Last month, Bradley announced that after 30 years in law enforcement, he would be retiring in January 2012.

According to Ashley Hyder, human resource officer for the Town of Franklin, the job search began Oct. 1 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is found. Although the job is being advertised statewide, internal candidates are welcome to apply and can be considered for the position.

Hyder anticipates the application process to continue through October, with hopes to begin scheduling interviews in November. “It really all depends on the number and quality of applicants that I receive,” said Hyder. “I hope that by January we have it narrowed down.”

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) are seeking information on a rape which occurred Sunday September 25, 2011, at approximately 4:00 p.m. within the Nantahala National Forest at the intersection of Forest Service Road (FSR) 711 and the Wayah Road, FSR 1310.

Authorities report that a female driving through the area stopped to render aid to a person she believed was incapacitated who was lying beside the road. At that time a firearm was used to subdue the victim and she was allegedly forcibly raped.

Law enforcement authorities are seeking information and assistance in identifying a possible suspect. Authorities are looking for a white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, between the ages of 30 and 40, having brown wavy short hair, no facial hair, green to blue eyes, having a deep voice and a fair complexion. The suspect was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a medium blue shirt. The subject is armed and considered dangerous and may be carrying a backpack. No vehicle information is available at this time.

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United States Postal Service workers rallied nationwide Tuesday, protesting pending Congressional legislation that they believe would unjustly impact their agency. Several USPS workers gathered in front of Franklin’s post office as well, brandishing signs and giving out informational pamphlets to support their cause.

The organization is under serious financial stress, which has led agency administrators and several Congressional members to propose plans to terminate 120,000 postal employees and close nearly 3,700 facilities nationwide. Postal Service workers are now taking their case to the American people, hoping to publicly convey their message about the solvency of their organization.

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Commissioners fear process would adversely affect middle class

It appears that the Macon County Board of Commissioners will push back property revaluations to 2015, going back to the county’s traditional eight-year cycle, which they hope will save middle-class Maconians money. Otherwise, according to County Tax Director Richard Lightner, property taxes would probably increase for many Macon County residents with a 2013 revaluation.

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NC State Health Council members vote unanimously.

The North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) voted to unanimously approve Macon County’s Petition for Adjustment to Need Determination – essentially paving the way for a dialysis center to be built in the county.

Last week Commissioner Ronnie Beale traveled to Raleigh to hear the results of a vote from the Facilities Planning Section of the Health and Human Services Department. The Facilities Planning Section approved the county’s petition and sent it to the SHCC for a final vote.

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New truck turn around and information stations questioned

Macon County residents came out in full force last Thursday to ask questions and get information on proposed truck arounds and information statements heading toward Highlands.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) hosted a workshop for the purpose of soliciting public comment during the project development process, and to inform citizens of four proposed truck information stations and truck turn-around locations along US 64/ NC 28 from US-23/ 441 Franklin to NC-106 in Highlands.

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A Highlands man had his day in Superior Court this week. Bradley Craig Little faced multiple charges from an incident in September 2010. Little pled no contest for charges of injury to personal property and four counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Little will serve 60 days at the Macon County Jail for the assault charges, after which he will have 18 months of supervised probation. Little will also be required to do 24 hours of community service and will be required to have no contact with the people involved in the incident, and can possess no firearms during that time.

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Macon County officials announced last week that the county’s EDC Director, Trevor Dalton, had resigned from his position on Sept. 11. Dalton served Macon County for more than two years before deciding to change his career path. In his resignation letter, Dalton wrote that he wanted to “further my education and career in the private sector.”

Dalton was hired in the summer of 2009 after an extensive 10-month search by the county’s economic development commission. EDC members were impressed with Dalton’s financial background and his experience in software development. The commission was also enthused with Dalton’s youth, as it coincided with one of the EDC’s main priorities of keeping young local talent in Macon County.

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Incident occured in Nantahala National Forest

After an incident, which according to the Macon County 911 media report occurred Sunday around 4:31 p.m. in the Nantahala National Forest near Wayah Rd, federal authorities have taken charge of the investigation and are being assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Stevin Wescott, representative for the United States Forest Service, because the investigation is still ongoing, details regarding the case are limited to ensure the safety of the general public. “We understand the urgency involved in the case and hold the best interest and safety of all of our visitors as a top priority.”

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