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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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Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children one to 13 years of age. Many times, death or injury can be prevented by the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. To help better educate parents and caregivers on how to properly restrain a child in a car, Sept. 14-20 has been designated as National Child Passenger Safety Week and Tuesday night, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a proclamation recognizing the week in Macon County.

“It is proclaimed by the Macon County Board of Commissioners that Sept. 14-20, 2014 is hereby designated as Child Passenger Safety Week and all citizens are encouraged to become better educated on the requirements and laws surrounding proper child seat safety,” reads the proclamation.

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The Franklin Police Department in conjunction with the Macon County Sheriff's Department, Cherokee Police Department, the NC DMV and the State Highway Patrol has held a series of traffic check points over the last couple of weekends. On Sept. 5, a check point was set up on the Highlands Road. According to figures provided by Sergeant Tony Ashe of the FPD, 27 citations were issued in about two hours.

The agencies along with the Franklin Fire Department who provided assistance, moved the operation to 441 South (Georgia Road) and set up another checkpoint where eight citations were issued. Ashe says that the infractions ranged from alcohol offense to seatbelts and tag violations.

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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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