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The “Go Big” effort spearheaded by Congressman Heath Shuler and Republican Representative from Idaho, Mike Simpson, continued to gain momentum, evolving from a bipartisan effort to a bicameral effort with the support of nearly 150 members of Congress, before being ignored by their colleagues.

The bicameral group of lawmakers joined Wednesday in a press conference to urge the 12 member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s supercommittee to “go big” and strike a deal to reduce the nation’s debt by as much as $4 trillion over the next 10 years.

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Sara Epperson is the new director of the Macon County Humane Society.

In a recent presentation to the Kiwanis Club of Franklin, Epperson explained how adoption rates have increased, from averages of 10 cats and dogs per month in years past to a very good average of 30 pets per month, including a record month of 41 adopted in October.

Most of the pets are taken in cooperation from the Macon County Animal Shelter to minimize the amount of animals euthanized.

 

 

Macon County honors past and present heroes of Nation’s military with parade and ceremony

The citizens of Macon County came out early Friday morning in downtown Franklin to pay tribute to surviving veterans during a parade and memorial wreathlaying ceremony, which honored veterans who have passed on.

Led by Boy Scout troops, veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Desert Storm, Grenada, Panama, Korea, Vietnam, and WWII marched from town hall to the Franklin Town Square, while citizens lined the streets cheering and thanking them for their service.

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During the Highlands Town Board’s regular meeting Tuesday evening, Kevin O’Donnell of Nova Energy Consultants Inc., Highlands’ consultant for electrical utility information, discussed recommended amendments to the town’s contract with Duke Power. “Everything we do is in response to Duke’s cost increases,” O’Donnell told the commissioners. The proposed amendments deal with two areas.

The first involves REPS (Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards). According to state statute, all electricity providers in the state must use a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. This year that percentage is .001%.

O’Donnell says that it is possible for the town to go out and purchase the renewable energy itself. “However,” he said, “this would be quite a hassle and would probably end up being very expensive. The statute specifically requires a portion of this renewable energy to be burnable chicken waste and a portion to be burnable hog waste. Finding such waste for a town the size of Highlands will not be easy.

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