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With the new school year in full swing in Macon County, its Board of Education got down to business by awarding educators, supporting programs and beginning its search for a new superintendent.

The board recognized Tolly Bowles, of South Macon Elementary, as Principal of the Year. “I am honored and humbled,” said Bowles.

Rita Esterwood, of Franklin High School, was recognized as Teacher of the year. Esterwood was not present for the meeting, so the board said that they would present her with the award at a later time.

Carolyn Anderson, who has worked at East Franklin Elementary since 1994, was also awarded Support person of the Year.


Authorities in Franklin launched an aggressive campaign this month to increase motor vehicle safety.

Dubbed “Safe Streets,” the multi-agency campaign was held from Aug. 16-19 and was spearheaded by the Franklin Police Department. The operation yielded several arrests and citations, as officers aggressively sought speeders, reckless and drunk drivers.

Nineteen officers from several jurisdictions participated in the Safe Streets campaign, including officers from the Franklin Police Department, Macon and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices, the State Highway Patrol and the Highlands Police Department. Officers set up roadblocks in and around Franklin city limits.


With the coming of autumn, the grand opening of Franklin’s new Walmart Supercenter also draws near.

Last week, the company announced its search for potential employees, signifying the highly anticipated grand opening of the store almost two years since contruction began in 2010. With a tentative opening date of Oct. 26, the corporation is looking to hire 85-100 additional employees to work at the new Wells Grove Road store.

As the new Walmart hits its growth spurt— from 90,000 square feet to 118,000 square feet— the need for additional employees must be met.


Board secures $1.5 million loan for upgrade.

During a brief meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, August 14, commissioners voted to finance the new computers that will bring the school system's technology up-to-date.

Originally commissioners were going to pay for the $1.5 million upgrade out of the county's fund balance for this fiscal year, but after county attorney Chester Jones and finance director Lori Hall explored financing options, commissioners decided to break the payments up over two fiscal years.


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