25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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By a 3 to 1 vote, last week Highlands commissioners took the first step toward abolishing ETJ [Extra Territorial Jurisdiction] for the Town of Highlands. It was only the first step because creating or abolishing an ordinance requires a super majority. Such a majority would have to have been either 4 to 1, or 5 to 0. Failing to reach a super majority means the Board will have to vote again at the next meeting, Oct. 18. Another 3-1 or 3-2 simple majority will then abolish the ordinance creating the ETJ in Highlands.

Town Attorney Bill Coward explained to the packed board room that the rule requiring a super majority was not a Highlands rule, but rather a state statute. ETJ was established in Highlands in November 2005.

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Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a dog park along the Little Tennessee River Greenway at October’s regularly scheduled board meeting. Steve Philo approached the board on behalf of the Friends of the Greenway to request using a portion of property owned by the county for a dog park. Philo assured commissioners that Friends of the Greenway would finance the project, which is estimated to cost $6,000. The board agreed to allow Friends of the Greenway to begin fencing in the area located behind Big Bear Park, near the playground located just off of the Greenway. The organization plans to build fencing for approximately one acre of land and construct a gate to secure the area for dogs and are also charged with maintaining the property for citizens.

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Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Franklin man and woman after uncovering a marijuana production operation in the county.

According to arrest reports, Terry Lynn Choppy, 35, and Robert Drew Houston, 33, both of Hatfield Road in Franklin, were arrested on Oct. 2 and confined to the Macon County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bonds respectively.

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Duke Energy has received a new 30-year operating license for its Franklin Hydroelectric Project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC approved Duke Energy proposals for a canoe portage around the dam, a boating access area, wood duck nesting boxes, protecting an endangered plant, and a long-term sediment management plan.

The Town of Franklin built the hydro project in 1925 and sold it to Nantahala Power & Light in 1933. Duke acquired the facility when it purchased NP&L from Alcoa in 1988. About half of the reservoir is in Franklin on the Little Tennessee River.

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