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Dogs play a special role in a home, bringing laughter, love and warmth. But dog ownership comes with great responsibility and there are certain things to consider before beginning the adoption process.

Getting your home ready

Just as a home needs to be prepped for the arrival of a new baby, you must also make preparations for dog adoption. In fact, many shelters will even check whether your home is suitable for dog ownership with a site visit before approving your application.

If you’re a homeowner, be sure to take steps to make your home more dog-friendly.

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There is nothing like getting thrown into the trenches on your first day of work to give you all the on-the-job training you need, and one Macon County Sheriff's Deputy knows that all too well.

Last Wednesday, Matthew Bowman suited up for the Macon County Sheriff's Department for his first day on the job. Within the first hour of his shift, he was called out to assist other deputies with an "urgent call for assistance."

Bowman, who was accompanied by other deputies as part of his field training, walked into the Otto home that was the subject of the call and found himself in the middle of a situation where the suspect was holding a rifle to his chin, threatening suicide. What started out as a routine call to the Otto home to make an arrest for back child support, turned into deputies talking down a suspect threatening to lodge a bullet in his own head.

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About five years ago, Franklin became the first town along the Appalachian Trail to be designated as a trail town. Now, following in Franklin's footsteps, more than 30 towns from Georgia to Maine have earned that designation and have started shaping their town to best accommodate hikers.

With 47 miles of the Appalachian Trail within Macon County and Franklin falling just 111 miles north of the AT's trailhead at Springer Mountain, Ga., Franklin makes for the ideal stopping point for hikers to resupply before heading to the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, N.C.

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Major league ballparks across the country opened on Monday as baseball season was officially kicked off. It won't be long before Macon County's own ball fields will have the greenest grasses, the smoothest baselines, and perfectly sculpted mounds ready for pitchers of all ages to take the stage at the Parker Meadows recreation complex.

With stadium lights being hoisted up, all underground electric work completed, and the pump house updated, ball players in Macon County are expected to have their gloves in the dirt by summer.

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