Macon jobless rate rose in January, but lower than prior year

Macon jobless rate rose in January, but lower than prior year

The jobless rate in Macon County rose from 7.3 to 8.4 percent from December to January—this according to the latest job data from the state department of commerce. Dale West, Workforce Solutions Manager for Macon and Haywood Counties, explains the increase is typical for January. West remains optimistic the job market is improving by comparing…

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Moss Knob Shooting Range to reopen this summer

The U.S. Forest Service announced the Moss Knob Shooting Range, located in the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, will reopen in July following improvements. The range was scheduled to reopen this spring, after being closed last fall, but winter weather has caused delays in repairs. The range and berms have been reconstructed and leveled. The…

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Ladies’ and Men’s Night Out this evening

Angel Medical Center and Macon Public Health’s Ladies and Men’s Night Out Programs will take place this evening. The topic for Ladies Night Out will be Orthopedic Care. Orthopedic care is the medical specialty that involves the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of your body’s bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.…

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Crews battle apartment fire Sunday night

Fire officials are trying to determine what started a fire at the Pantherview Apartments in Franklin Sunday night—and believe it may have started in the kitchen. Franklin Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the fire at 43 Ulco Drive at approximately 9:00 p.m. According to Franklin Fire Chief Warren Cabe, the occupants of the home,…

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Local attorney urges county to revise tax manual

The next round of property tax revaluations continues in Macon County and is on schedule for a 2015 release. Local attorney Richard Melvin urged county leaders, as the reval process takes place, to adopt changes to the tax manual to allow for fair appeals on land appraisal values. Melvin spoke with county commissioners during public…

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REACH unveils plan for new shelter

REACH unveils plan for new shelter

REACH of Macon County has unveiled plans for a new and larger shelter for domestic and sexual violence victims and their children for both Macon and Jackson counties. The organization says the current shelter does not have the adequate space in either bedrooms or common areas to meet their growing needs. For seventeen months out…

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