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On Tuesday afternoon, the Macon County Sheriff's Department (MCSO) and the Franklin Police Department were involved in a foot chase that resulted in the arrest of Jessie Cowart, the second time since March law enforcement had to chase the suspect.

Law enforcement received a dispatch call reporting shots fired at a residence near Arthur Drake Road. After further investigation, it was determined that Jessie Cowart had opened fire on his uncle, Robert Cowart.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, Jessie retrieved a shotgun from a neighbor’s house before returning to Robert Cowart's home and firing three shots.

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Main Street took the forefront at Monday night's Franklin Town Board meeting, when Mayor Bob Scott brought up his concern regarding parking, or lack thereof, along Main Street.

Scott informed the board that recently he had been receiving a lot of complaints from residents about people parking on Main Street for long periods of time or even all day. Scott noted that Main Street business owners or employees sometimes park in front of their stores while working, taking up a parking space for an entire day.

The parking issue was brought before the board with the intent that by discussing it publicly during the town meeting, members of the media would help publicize the issue and Scott's request for Main Street employees to consider off-street parking rather than along Main Street.

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Four awaiting trial in Jackson halloween party incident.

The first of four potential convictions stemming from a 2014 Jackson County Halloween party was handed down last week from Superior Court Judge Brad Letts.

Last Wednesday, Letts sentenced former Jackson County Sheriff deputy Jimmy Henry to a 45 days in jail suspended sentence for 12 months while on supervised probation. Henry was fined $200 and costs and must complete 72 hours of community service. Henry must also relinquish his law enforcement certification permanently.

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The Franklin town board's agenda always contains a variety of topics to tackle, and during the August board meeting, that certainly stood true. From new cell tower proposals, to notice of delayed tax bills, the town of Franklin spent more than an hour on Monday night tackling the monthly agenda.

Town votes 4-1 to annex Lowery Lane property

In March, property owner Henry Te approached the Franklin Board of Aldermen to annex property at 44 Lowery Lane, off Georgia Road, which is part of the Longview Subdivision. Te's plan would be to work with a company to have the property developed into a convenience store and gas station with the possibility of constructing a restaurant as well. A state law held up the project because according to the law, town officials cannot annex the property because portions of the property are located within a subdivision.

The town worked with Senator Jim Davis to pass legislation that would exempt the town from following the requirement since the subdivision in question has been inactive for some time. In June, Franklin's town clerk informed the board that the legislature had granted the exemption.

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