25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Commissioners gathered in a packed board room on August 12 with a long list of names signed up to speak during the public comment period. Macon County residents flooded the board room and all seemed interested in the topics up for discussion: a proposed cell phone tower on Old Murphy Road; a proposed cell phone tower off of Bud Perry; and the topic of hydraulic fracturing known as fracking.

Separate hearings were held on the two proposed cell phone towers, and residents who stand to be impacted in the respective areas came out in droves to voice their opinions, the majority being not against the increase in cell reception coverage, but the manner in which the current proposals outlined to do so.

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Town manager making plans to get program back on track

Last week, it was announced that the Town of Franklin would be contracting with Tony Angel of Tony Angel Media for some added support in regards to the Main Street Program.

The Main Street Program was originally formed to rekindle and reinforce the economic vitality of the downtown district of Franklin — the business district to be specific.

Though the program was ambitious at its inception, according to recent comments from some Main Street business owners, it has grown stagnant as of late. In an attempt to put it back on track, town manager Summer Woodard is moving to shake things up a little.

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Pandora, Charlotte Chamber.com and Facebook among options

Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met on Monday evening to discuss the 2014-2015 budget, but before they hammered out a plan, acting chairman Summer Woodard provided the board with print outs of last year's budget and the room occupancy tax report that provided monthly collections figures.

With a budget of $100,000, tax collections were reported at $99,648.38. Out of the budgeted amount, $80,413 was spent leaving a balance of $19,586.93.The balance is a result of a decrease in festival funding requests and a smaller amount being spent on Facebook ads and Google Ad Words than had been budgeted.

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Board members expound on the life of a public servant.

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two part series about the time, effort, and knowledge it takes to be a commissioner in Macon County. You can view part I here.

In addition to working 40-plus hours a week at their day jobs, tending to their families, and being individual members of the community, the Macon County Board of Commissioners spend a great deal of time serving in their role as an elected official. All five of the commissioners agree they don’t do it for the money, but instead because of a love for their community and a desire to serve their neighbors.

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