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The ballot for Jackson County Sheriff contained a full spate of candidates vying for the seat that came open earlier this year when longtime sheriff Jimmy Ashe announced he would not be seeking re-election. During the primary election held earlier this month, voters had three Republican candidates and six Democratic candidates from which to chose.

While the Democratic candidate was decided on election night with Chip Hall, the Republican election was too close to call. Curtis Lambert received 424 votes, more than both Mary Rock and Jimmy Hodgins, but did not receive the 40 percent needed to secure his place on the November ballot, meaning either of the other two candidates could request a runoff. Rock and Hodgins were separated by a single vote, with Rock receiving 375 and Hodgins receiving 376.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is making a historic $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, including food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services, and other local food business enterprises.

"The 2014 Farm Bill has given USDA new tools, resources and authority to support the rural economy," Vilsack said. "Consumer demand for locally-produced food is strong and growing, and farmers and ranchers are positioning their businesses to meet that demand. As this sector continues to mature, we see aggregation, processing, and distribution enterprises across the local food supply chain growing rapidly. These historic USDA investments in support of local food give farmers and ranchers more market opportunities, provide consumers with more choices, and create jobs in both rural and urban communities."

Vilsack said that $48 million in loan guarantees for local food projects is now available through USDA 's Rural Development's Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, and $30 million is available through competitive grants via the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program.

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The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen are considering adding a K-9 unit to the Franklin Police Department. The addition would allow the department to have its own drug sniffing dog.

In the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, $29,000 is set aside for supplies to the police department and within that, is $3,800 more set aside for the addition of a canine.

“You have some things to consider,” said Summer Woodard, acting town manager for the town. “You could scrap the idea all together; $3,800 isn't going to get you too far with a canine. However, if you feel that there is a need for a K-9 unit, my recommendation is that you look at a puppy that could be put through the proper training requirements. Just direct me how you would like to go there. We can eliminate it and put the money back in for tazers, radios, and whatever else may need to be purchased or we can pursue the K-9 unit.”

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Last Friday afternoon, May 16, Paula Renee Anglin, 43, of Franklin turned herself in at the Macon County Detention Center on an outstanding arrest warrant for feloniously disseminating obscene materials

to a minor. According to the warrant that was issued for her arrest, it is believed that the acts occurred between Jan. 1, 2014, through May 9, 2014.

Anglin was employed as a receptionist at Macon Middle School (MMS) and was placed on suspension indefinitely before being terminated at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Just last week, MMS math teacher and junior varsity baseball coach, Jeff Rousselle was arrested for indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student.

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