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At the August Board of Aldermen meeting, representatives from McGill Associates updated officials on the current water system and provided an outlook of the future and potential upgrades that will be done.

The water treatment plant upgrade and expansion has been on the "to-do" list for some time now. The plant at its current state supplies the town with about two million gallons of water per day from the Cartoogechaye Creek. It is located at the Industrial Park off of Highway 64 West.

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Saturday night, Franklin residents received a “code red” call on behalf of the Franklin Police Department to notify them of shots fired in town.

The code red call, which is a service offered for all residents in Macon County in case of emergencies such as critical community alerts and weather emergencies, advised residents to stay inside and lock all windows and doors.

The call was made after members of the Franklin Police Department responded to a call around 11 p.m. on Saturday night to a residence on West Palmer Street where shots were being fired at the homeowner.

After hearing what he thought were gunshots, the resident of the home went out behind his house and noticed what he thought was a prowler, according to Franklin Police Chief David Adams. The resident saw someone walking down the driveway of the Church of God and called out for the person to stop, at which point the suspect turned and fired two rounds toward the resident and his home.

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The Macon County School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday night. Tracy Tallent, maintenance director of the schools, presented the board with some infrastructure issues that are in need of attention in the coming days.

Tallent said that two HVAC systems are needed at Macon Middle School. The maintenance on the system would cost $64,673.

“These units that are on top of the cafeteria and band area are '85 models and we've done a lot of work on them in past 10 years, just since I've been here,” Tallent told the board. “Under the sixth grade addition, there are parts hanging out just to make them operate. We've replaced the compressors on that particular unit three times just since I've been here.”

Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin informed the board that the project needed to be under way before the weather turns cold.

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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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