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An Otto man who allegedly shot and killed his son earlier this month in Macon County is now facing first degree murder.

During the July 18 session of Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Jason Arnold issued a notice of dismissal for the count of second degree murder faced by 62-year-old Frank Kelly Pruitt. According to the dismissal, the state will proceed on an alternate charge of first degree murder.

Such a charge is contingent upon malice aforethought and premeditation being found by prosecutors prior to a fatal incident, according to General Statute 14-17. First degree murder can carry two possible punishments; life without parole or capital punishment.


Ruby City surrenders remains of Japanese soldier.

The skull seemed a daunting thing, amid the trove of worldly antiquities, fine jewelry, rare gems and ancient fossils. It was an austere war relic, and for more than half a century it loomed in the vast collection of Franklin’s Ruby City Gem and Mineral museum.

From temple to temple, crossing the tip of the skull, grim words were written in black.

“Made in Japan. Tried in the Solomons and Found Wanting.”


During the July meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners Phillip Cochran with Franklin-based Watson Contractors spoke to the board regarding his discontent with the county's Airport Authority's decision to award an Asheville business, Taylor Murphy Construction, the bid to upgrade the airport's apron.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded a grant to the Macon County airport, that after a 10 percent match from the Macon County Board of Commissioners would total $2,326,340. The board unanimously approved the designated 10 percent grant match of $232,634 during its regular scheduled meeting in January.


In conjunction with this Saturday's 9th annual Franklin Folk Festival, Franklin Fire and Rescue Department will hold a celebration marking their 100th anniversary.

The Folk Festival, which is a celebration of Appalachian heritage, shows what life was like at the turn of the century. The Fire Department Celebration will be located on West Main Street in front of the downtown Macon Bank, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fire engine parade with about 25 trucks ranging from new ladder trucks to old antique fire engines, all of which are vehicles that have been used throughout the 100-year history of the fire department.

Franklin Fire & Rescue was formed in 1911 after the town of Franklin completed its first water system. According to Justin Setser, who has headed up the celebration event, Joe Ashear was Franklin's first Fire Chief and was paid $1 a month for being Chief.


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