Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Department is one School Resource Officer away from completing the goal to have an officer at every school site in the district. Tuesday night, commissioners gave the sheriff the go ahead to accept a grant to place an SRO at Nantahala School, which means all but one school in the district has a full-time officer. This will allow the use of money previously allocated for Nantahala’s officer to go towards Iotla Valley Elementary’s SRO.

Sheriff Holland was made aware of the grant while working with his colleagues from across the state on the Governor’s Safe Schools task force. “As soon as I found out about the grant, I literally walked out of my meeting and called [Superintendent] Dr. Baldwin and we started to get to work on it,” said Holland.

The grant provides the district with 75 percent of the funds ($39,722) needed for the position, leaving the county needing to match the remaining 25 percent ($18,185). Sheriff Holland assured commissioners that he had been working with County Manager Derek Roland to find funds available within the existing budget so the county would not need to appropriate any additional funds for the position.

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Last week, the Franklin Town Board met with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to discuss the Nikwasi Indian Mound located in the center of town. Based on the belief that the mound was part of Cherokee heritage, the EBCI has expressed a desire to possibly own the mound once again. The belief was that a resolution could be reached between the town and the Cherokee, possibly pursuant to some sort of partnership concerning the mound. That feeling of goodwill changed the day after the meeting when a resolution on behalf of Chief Michell Hicks and the Tribal Council went public demanding for the return of the mound.

“We met with the tribal council on Wednesday and had no idea that this was coming,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

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Macon County residents will take to the polls this November to cast their ballot to fill multiple offices up for reelection. Candidates for commission seats, school board, and other local, state and national seats will be appearing on the ballot this year. With early voting starting Oct. 23, The Macon County News is running weekly profiles of each open seat.

The Macon County Board of Education has two open seats that will be decided in November. District II, currently held by incumbent Tommy Cabe, and District IV, which was left open when Gary Shields decided not to seek re-election.

Cabe will face off against Bill Taylor for the District II seat and Fred Goldsmith and Carroll Poindexter will both be seeking votes for the District IV seat.

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Traveling exhibit educates parents on what to look for.

Last Thursday, the P.E.A.C.E Foundation brought its "Bedroom Project" to Franklin. The presentation took place at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. The organization's mission is to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drugs and empower them with the knowledge to recognize and stop abuse before it starts.

P.E.A.C.E, or Prescription Education Abuse Counseling Empowerment, was founded by Shannon Rouse Ruiz whose own personal tragedy helped fuel the call for action. On June 21, 2011, her 16-year-old daughter Kaitlyn suffered a fatal overdose.

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On Tuesday night, as they did last year, local non-profit organizations gathered in front of the Franklin Board of Aldermen to request a piece of the $40,000 that has been set aside for the community funding pool.

Often, the requesting organizations are in dire need of the funds. They reason with officials by describing their need and how the money will alleviate said need. Once all of the information is gathered and mulled over then the aldermen will decide who gets funds and how much. The rules that have been established for an organization to receive funding are that an organization must be a nonprofit, funding will not be on a reoccurring basis, the organization must meet the public purpose doctrine, and all of the awarded funding must be spent in the fiscal year. Also, an applicant may not receive more than $5,000.

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The national celebration of Constitution Week Sept. 17-23, is a weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document and one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

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Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from Western North Carolina voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.

Questions relevant to the races for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11, N.C. House of Representatives District 119 and N.C. Senate District 50 should be submitted to the Public Policy Institute prior to each debate. Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.

The WCU Political Debate Series will get under way Thursday, Sept. 4, with opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Tom Hill (D-Henderson). The debate will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus.

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Macon County residents will take to the polls this November to cast their ballot to fill multiple offices up for reelection. Candidates for commission seats, school board, and other local, state and national seats will be appearing on the ballot this year. With early voting starting Oct. 23, The Macon County News will begin running weekly profiles of each open seat.

Macon County Register of Deeds

Jamie Cochran filed to run for Macon County’s Register of Deeds office to serve the people of the community in which he was born and raised.

“I currently serve the citizens of Macon County in various roles. I felt like it was time for a new face and new ideas in this position,” said Cochran.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners seem to pass some sort of a resolution just about every month. A resolution honoring a local boy scout troop; a resolution recognizing a business that kept its doors open for 50 years; a resolution declaring a history week in October. The verbiage of the resolutions are all relatively the same. Whatever entity is being recognized, is named and an explanation is offered on what impact that entity has had on the community at large, and wraps up with the commissioners thanking or recognizing said entity for their accomplishment, whatever that may be.

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Building construction expected to begin in October

Despite a short hiccup in the Parker Meadows Recreation Facility project after finding what is believed to be burial remains, County Manager Derek Roland reported to commissioners Tuesday night that the project is still on time, and within the original budget.

In early July, while grading a portion of the outfield for one of the clover leaf ball fields, what is believed to be a tooth from a Native American burial site was uncovered. The project was temporarily halted and Macon County officials were careful to make sure the project remained in compliance with both the state’s archaeologist office, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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