Commissioners Change Policy on Personnel

At this week’s regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, board members voted unanimously to amend and restate the “Leaves of Absence” article as contained in the Macon County personnel policy. With the commissioners’ approval, the sheriff and register of deeds will now be given the same consideration as all other county employees. The amendment will change the […]

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Forest Fire Breaks Out in Macon County

A forest fire was reported late Monday afternoon in Macon County near the Clay County line. Firefighters were called to the scene and eventually called in a helicopter to help battle the blaze as it raged on. This fire sprung up near last year’s devastating “Muskrat” fire, and is currently being called the “Muskrat 2” fire. Firefighting efforts continued through […]

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Towns, Recylcing Centers Release Easter Schedules

This Sunday is Easter, and area businesses and governmental offices will be closed in observance of the holiday. The Towns of Franklin and Sylva offices will be closed on Friday to observe Good Friday. For recycling centers around the area, in Jackson County, the solid waste centers will be closed on Friday for Good Friday, while in Macon County, the […]

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Body of Baby Found, Investigation Underway

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of an unborn child and subsequent disposal of the child’s body in the Dillsboro Community of Jackson County off of Leatherwood Road.  No arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is continuing. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is assisting the Sheriff’s Office with this case. 

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FFA Rodeo Returns to Franklin This Month

The Franklin High School FFA Rodeo is returning later this month. Last year’s rodeo was a major success, raising $7,000 for the FFA, and was named the 2016 Small Rodeo of the Year, by the Southern Rodeo Association. Franklin High School Principal, Barry Woody said that winning the award for last year’s rodeo was a major honor, “This is a […]

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Towns in Macon, Jackson Counties Prep for Eclipse

Preparations for the upcoming total solar eclipse are fully underway all around the area. According to Town Manager, Summer Woodard, the town is planning to have a block party for the eclipse, which they are calling ‘Totality’, “It would start from 1pm until 6 pm. We have reached out to some companies that allow rentals of telescopes, so we would […]

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Officer Involved Shooting Sends Two to Hospital

From the Macon County Sheriff’s Office: “A Portion of 441 South near Tryphosie Road was reduced to two lanes following an officer involved shooting. Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland was on scene and confirms his agency and the SBI are investigating the incident. Sheriff Joey Terrell of Habersham County Ga. and Sheriff Chad Nichols of Rabun County Ga. were also […]

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Franklin Looking at Little Tennessee River Area Improvements

At the April meeting of the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen, Town Planner Justin Setser presented an idea for the town’s consideration to create a Riverview Overlay District along the Little Tennessee River and the Cullasaja River. Setser envisions such an overlay district, a new idea that has never been tackled before in the town’s zoning ordinances, as a […]

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Major Success for Jackson County Medicine Drop Event

Safe Kids Jackson County, the Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team, local law enforcement, and others participated in an Operation Medicine Drop event at Mark’s Pharmacy on Saturday, March 25. At this event, 57,424 dosage units were collected to include 14,774 prescription dosage units, 28,400 over-the-counter dosage units, and 14,250 unknown dosage units.

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