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Doctors transfer child to Atlanta to be closer to family and friends

Kirsten Simpkins, the 28-month-old victim of a brutal attack which occurred in Dillsboro on Aug. 31, was released from Mission Hospital in Asheville last week to be transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to continue the recovery process closer to her family. “She is making progress everyday, she isn’t the same little girl as before this attack, but she is better than what she had become after the attack,” said Kirsten’s mother, Jennifer Hart, of Kirsten’s current condition.

Kirsten was originally transported to Asheville Mission via helicopter in critical condition. Amongst other visible injuries to her face and body, Kirsten suffered from a hematoma and extensive damage to the left side of her brain. She had to undergo surgery to have the left bone flap of her skull removed to reduce the swelling of her brain. Kirsten’s injuries are a result of alleged attacks that occurred over a three-day period while in the care of her step-grandmother.

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Listen to any politician talk these days and they will tell you that their number one concern is jobs, jobs, and jobs. Unfortunately, their concern has not translated into higher employment numbers. North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in August, as 471,319 North Carolinians are currently out of work. Macon County’s numbers are also bleak, with unemployment increasing from 10 percent in July to 10.3 percent in August. A listed 1,613 Maconians were out of work in August, compared to 1,577 people in July. Macon County’s unemployment rate has increased nearly one percent since August of 2010.

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Macon County superior court convened last week to hear cases ranging from possession of methamphetamine to the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Jarrett Dane Holland faced numerous felony counts of possessing and selling methamphetamine to undercover police officers on more than one occasion in 2010. Holland made a plea bargain with the court to plead guilty to said charges as well as evading officers while they were serving a warrant for his arrest of previous breaking and entering charges. Holland was also listed as a habitual offender from 2003, 2006 and 2009. All other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. While Judge Sharon T. Barrett clearly stated that Holland could have received 24 years, she only sentenced him to spend 10 and a half years in prison and to pay $1,800 in restitution.

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After the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously voted in August to allow the Franklin Fire and Rescue Equipment Committee to solicit bundle bids to update the department’s equipment, Fire Chief Warren Cabe presented the Town with a bundle price for two vehicles to be leased for 10 years at $104,117.05 annually.

According to Town Manager Sam Greenwood, the bundle pricing for the two vehicles is a feasible amount and provides the town and Franklin Fire and Rescue (FFR) with the best option. “We have basically come to the recommendation of the board that we use the 10- year period, the recovery period,” explained Greenwood. “That maximizes the point value, basically, to the fire department and the town and also provides the maximum utilization of the vehicle ... that’s going to put the town in the best position to get the best dollar value and also to get that equipment turnover fresh so we are benefiting from technology change.”

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published: 10/18/2013
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