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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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Macon County residents will take to the polls this November to cast their ballot to fill multiple offices up for reelection. Candidates for commission seats, school board, and other local, state and national seats will be appearing on the ballot this year. With early voting starting Oct. 23, The Macon County News is running weekly profiles of each open seat.

The Macon County Board of Education has two open seats that will be decided in November. District II, currently held by incumbent Tommy Cabe, and District IV, which was left open when Gary Shields decided not to seek re-election.

Cabe will face off against Bill Taylor for the District II seat and Fred Goldsmith and Carroll Poindexter will both be seeking votes for the District IV seat.

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