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Confiscated drugs valued in the thousands of dollars.

In the midst of the biggest snow event Macon County has seen so far this winter, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Langley Sr., arrested Thomas Moore, 39, after finding his truck stopped in the middle of a snow covered road in southern Macon County.

Moore was arrested and charged with one felony count trafficking methamphetamine, one count possession drug paraphernalia, and one count driving while license revoked. He was booked in the Macon County Detention Center and held on a $75,000 secured bond.

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West Macon Fire Department was called out to a mobile home fire, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, on Potts Branch, off Patton Road.

According to Travis Waldroop with the fire department, the fire started on the rear deck of the single-wide home and worked up the wall and into the attic space.

The drop tank had to be used since the nearest hydrant is located at the junction of Industrial Park Road and Patton Road.

 

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Signs welcoming new visitors to town are synonymous with small town America and are often a staple for the town's identity. Since the 1970s, banners have been hung across Main Street in Franklin to advertise festivals and events within the town.

Neighboring towns such as Dillsboro and Clayton often stretch banners across their roadways to capture thru-traffic, in hopes of boosting attendance to the town's annual shindigs, and until 2013, banners could also be seen strung across Franklin's Main Street. While advertising banners have taken a two-year hiatus, the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously decided Monday night to give local business owners the go-ahead to re-open discussion of the possibility of draping signs across Main Street.

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Five months after police launched an investigation into a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Jackson County, criminal charges have been filed.

On Monday, a grand jury handed down indictments for four Jackson residents who allegedly supplied teenagers with alcohol and knowingly interfered with a police investigation into statutory rape allegations.

After the grand jury's indictments, arrests included:

Austin Trent Davis, 19, of Dillsboro, was charged with a statutory sex offense with defendant older than victim by four years and less than six years. Cody Jenkins, 24, of Sylva, was charged with statutory rape of person 13, 14 or 15 years old; two counts of statutory sex offense with 13, 14 or 15 year old. Michelle Dillard, of Sylva, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jimmy Henry of Sylva, a former JCSO deputy, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice.

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