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Summary reports that suspects were tased five times.

Nearly two weeks after law enforcement officers arrested Adam Conley and Kathryn Jeter on the campus of South Macon Elementary, a “Use of Force” Investigative Summary offers additional clues into the confrontation the two suspects had with law enforcement officers before being taken into custody.

According to the investigative summary, officers deployed their tasers five times attempting to place Conley and Jeter under arrest.

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High rates just not feasible in a struggling economy.

Commissioner Paul Higdon is putting his 30 years of industry experience and 10 years of experience serving on county’s health board to use in lobbying for lower permitting fees for citizens. During budget discussions, Higdon asked commissioners to consider looking at the county’s current environmental fee structure and look at reducing the fees for citizens, to make it easy on taxpayers.

“Environmental Health fees that I and other people think need restructuring are the onsite wastewater (OSW), or septic system, and well fees,” said Higdon. “First the OSW permits are dual in the fact that a Improvements Permit (IP) and Construction Authorization Permit (AC) are needed prior to building a house or any structure where municipal or community sewer is not available.”

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With two weeks until filing opens for the 2015 municipal elections, Macon County Board of Elections Director Debbie George reminded voters within the city limits that they have about four months to update their address with the Board of Elections office to be able to vote in November.

“If anyone has moved into the city limits and not changed their address, they will need to update their address before Oct. 9, 2015,” said George. “Municipal elections are held in November during odd-numbered years and are non-partisan. Registered voters living within the city limits are eligible to vote in municipal elections and only candidates that live within the city limits are eligible to file for office.”

Franklin aldermen and Highlands town commissioners, as well as mayors for both municipalities are chosen in municipal elections. This year, Franklin will choose candidates for three alderman seats and the mayor seat. The seats up for election in Franklin are currently held by Joyce Handley, Farrell Jamison, and Verlin Curtis. The mayor seat, currently occupied by Bob Scott, will also be on the ballot this November. Of the elected officials in Franklin, only Mayor Scott has confirmed that he will seek another term.

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In an effort to better serve customers, the Division of Employment Security (DES) is changing its debit card provider to Bank of America beginning Aug. 1, 2015. Unemployment claimants will continue to choose either direct deposit or debit card to receive their benefits. This change will only affect those claimants who have elected to receive unemployment benefits via debit card.

From June 15 through late July, those eligible to receive unemployment benefits via debit card will receive a transition package from DES. This package will outline what they should do with their old MasterCard debit card in preparation for receiving their new VISA card from Bank of America.

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