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A Law Enforcement Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Macon County Courthouse Square.

The service is held to honor North Carolina officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Seven N.C. police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2011.

Officers remembered from WNC were Master Trooper Calvin E. Taylor, Senior Trooper Anthony G. Cogdill and Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr. Franklin Police Chief David Adams was the guest speaker.

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On Monday, Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority formally set their sights on 441N alongside which August’s upcoming biker rally is scheduled to be held.

Last July, the TDA unanimously voted to sponsor a three-day motorcycle rally, giving promoters $14,800 of TDA funds to kick off the first ever event in Macon County. While nothing was set in stone for the location of the event, several ideas were considered, including holding part of the event in downtown Franklin.

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Patterson appointed as newest member

The Macon County Board of Commissioners filled two vacancies on the Planning Board during Tuesday night’s meeting.

After the Board of Commissioners approved new three year term limits for the Planning Board in February, two members of the Planning Board faced expinning terms on April 23, 2012. After years of service on the board, both Susan Ervin’s and Mark West's terms expired last month, and both members submitted applications for reappointment.

West, who has served on the Planning Board for numerous years and served Macon County as a former County Commissioner, originally submitted an application for reappointment, but after being informed that seven other individuals had also submitted applications for the volunteer board, told commissioners that he wanted to withdraw his application.

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During a special called meeting of the Macon County Board of Education Monday morning, Otto resident, Dr. Finley James Duncan was named as the interim superintendent, pending background checks and a salary negotiation.

“I appreciate the confidence of the board and the opportunity to serve Macon County as the interim superintendent,” said Dr. Duncan on Tuesday morning. “I hope to provide some direction and guidance for the district while the board searches for someone to take on the full time position.”

Although he has enjoyed retirement since 2006, Dr. Duncan felt that his 43 years of experience with the public education system could benefit Macon County schools while they search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Dan Brigman. Last week, Dr. Brigman notified the board of his resignation to assume a position as the Superintendent of Catawba County Schools on July 1.

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