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A local farmer and businessman who wants to build a mile-long motocross racing track on his 45- acre Macon County cattle farm says he is still considering his options.

After meeting stiff resistance from some neighbors and others opposed to his plan, Herman “Bud” Talley, owner of Nantahala Meats in Franklin, decided to drop his request for a variance to the county’s High Impact Ordinance which regulates motor sports activities and other high impact industrial/commercial property uses in the county. But, Talley says, the idea has not been taken off the table.

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Southwestern Community College is partnering with the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and Macon County EDC to present Leadership Macon.

“The class will educate emerging leaders about issues facing the county and provide leadership development opportunities while building strong relationships for class members,” said Sonja Haynes, executive director of Southwestern’s Foundation and Small Business Center.

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Ronnie EvansThe 25th of January, the birthday of Robert Burns, is celebrated by Scots around the world. Robert Burns endeared himself to the Scottish people because he wrote poetry and stories in the “Old Scots” and thus saved the dialect for posterity at a time when the English rulers were forcing the people of the Borders and Highlands to speak English.

Burns was born in 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland and died in 1796. This year is the 252nd anniversary of his birth, and the 15th year that “Burns Night” has been presented in Franklin by the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center. In the 18th and 19th centuries, many people left Scotland after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden and because they were forced off their agricultural properties so the large landowners could raise sheep.

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Chelsea KennedyOn Wednesday, Jan. 5, Chelsea Kennedy of Asheville spoke to the Franklin Rotary Club about her year-long visit to Turkey as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

Kennedy spent the past year in Izmir, Turkey where she was the houseguest of a Rotarian and his family. She said during her year long exchange program she learned maturity, self-sufficiency, and independence. She could not speak Turkish when she arrived in the country, and her host family did not speak much English, so for the first three months there Kennedy said she “spoke little and listened a lot.”

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