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Macon County's finance director had good financial news to share with commissioners Tuesday during their annual mid-year review retreat. With four months of the county's sales tax to report, Finance Director Lori Hall reported that revenue is up eight percent over last year.

While the numbers are preliminary, Hall is optimistic the trend shows an increase in revenue for the county for 2015.

"Our sales tax collection is up over last year so far, and with a three month lag in reporting, the increase doesn't even include the holiday shopping months," said Hall. 'While I like to be conservative and it is early, if we continue on this trend throughout the year we could have additional revenue by the year's end."

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For years elected officials in both Macon and Jackson counties have debated where the county line between Cashiers and Highlands falls. With homes in the area valued at millions of dollars, the debate has finally been assigned a monetary value, showing the importance of settling the dispute once and for all.

Shortly after being elected to the board, Macon County Commissioner Jim Tate was approached by a Highlands town official who informed Tate that he paid property taxes in both counties, yet the amounts were incorrect and he was being doubly taxed because both counties had differing opinions of where the property line actually lies. Tate began researching the issue and recently, with the help of Jackson County officials, has been able to put a value on the properties in dispute.

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Each year, Macon County leaders recognize the dedication and longevity of county employees by honoring them during a service award presentation. As milestones in their careers are reached, county officials take time to thank them for being the backbone of what makes the county operate day in and day out.

Employees who reach the 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 year marks each receive a plaque and pin from the county memorializing their service. While it does occur, it is rare that the county has the opportunity to recognize employees beyond 30 years, but this year was different. This year, all commissioners, as well as a room full of people who have worked alongside her for more than a quarter of a century, recognized Fannie Buchanan.

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One inmate learned the hard way Saturday morning, that unfortunately, the Macon County Detention Center does not store their phones in the jail's ceiling.

Cameren Paul Shaffer, 21, crawled into the drop ceiling of his cell and disappeared into the crawl space. When asked what he was doing, Shaffer informed officers that he was only attempting to find a phone to make a phone call.

While attempting to book five individuals into the jail, a loud noise was heard at Macon County Detention Center, alerting officers of an attempted escape in progress.

“At the time of the incident, detention officers had a total of five individuals (inmates) waiting to be processed," said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland in a statement. "The detention officer went to investigate a strange noise and discovered that inmate Shaffer had crawled up into the drop ceiling of his cell and had disappeared into the crawl space."

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