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Just as the county's landfill was set to reach capacity, the Macon County Solid Waste Department secured the necessary permits to begin constructing the new landfill project, which will extend the life of the facility by 40 years.

In October 2014, Macon County commissioners gave the solid waste department the go ahead to move forward with purchasing two parcels of land – totaling 22.9 acres -- for $1.5 million.

"We have received approvals and permits from all of the required regulatory agencies to permit construction of Phase III, Cell 1 of the new landfill," said Chris Stahl, director of solid waste. "This cell lies entirely within our already permitted landfill boundary. We are now in the process of pre-qualifying general contractors to bid on construction of the cell. We hope to select a firm and make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners for their approval at the January meeting."


In a unanimous vote last week, the Franklin Board of Aldermen voted to begin the process of rejoining the National Flood Insurance Program.

Joining the program will allow property owners located within the city limits and in flood hazard zones to receive subsidized flood insurance. Participating in the program also makes it possible for the town of Franklin to receive assistance from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assistance) in the event of a disaster.

The board's vote doesn't automatically put Franklin into the program; it is just the first step of several to come in the following months.


In the early morning hours last Friday, Franklin Police Department responded to a call involving a missing woman in town who had wandered away from home. According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, the call came in shortly after midnight and involved an elderly woman who had been lost from home before. His officers, with the assistance of the county's Project Lifesaver program, were able to locate the missing woman shortly after being notified of her disappearance. She was located just 50 yards away from her home.

According to Adams, it was the first time he can recall Project Lifesaver being used, but touted the program's help in safely and swiftly returning the woman to her home.

Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue, rapid recovery program that targets persons enrolled in the program that have the tendency to wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia, Down-Syndrome and other age macular degeneration (ARMD) related conditions or disorders.


The Second Annual "Read Local" Book Fair at Macon County Public Library was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 7, with people listening to readings, having lively conversations and meandering among colorful exhibits. Thirty-one authors and designers covered a wide range of topics. Many people walked out with purchases, and kids hugged new books tightly to their chests.

Library staffer Kristina Moe said they had researched fairs and travelled to Rowan County to learn more before they started this event last year.

“We realized that while a large audience might not come for one author, for several authors more people might come. This has brought in people who wouldn’t normally come in to the library. This is your library. If you live here, visit here, we try to have something for everyone.”


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