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No new candidates challenge incumbents in Franklin elections

Four out of the six Town of Franklin aldermen up for election this year will be running as unopposed incumbents for their positions in November, along with the Mayor. The other positions are staggered and will be up for grabs in two years.

“Basically, there is nobody in town who will run against them,” chuckled Town Manager Sam Greenwood on Monday. “And because of state law they have to run in an election.”

Incumbent Aldermen Bob Scott, Farrell Jamison and Joyce Handley all filed for re-election on Friday. Mayor Joyce Handley all filed for re-election on Friday. Mayor Joe Collins is also scheduled to run unopposed this year.

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Highlands has been searching for a full time Planning Director since October 2010, when Planning Director Joe Cooley abruptly resigned under pressure. Shortly following Cooley's resignation, Mark Maxwell was named to Interim Town Planner, but was terminated in July.

David Allen Clabo, who has worked for the private and public sector in Georgia and Virginia, was one of three finalists to be considered for the position.

Along with the responsibility of the new position, Clabo will receive $55,000 annually, a three-month rent stipend, and all of the standard benefits that are offered to the Town of Highlands employees.

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The following reported scam information was received by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office last week from Wal-Mart to alert citizens throughout the county to not comply with what is asked of a “task coordinator.”

“We are looking for qualified evaluators to help us check out our new services. These are the important aspect of your evaluation.

“A Check/Money order of between 800 - 2850 dollars will be mailed out to you. The funds have been calculated to cover both aspects of this survey. You will be allocated 150 dollars for the Wal-Mart Shopping Section.

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Julie H. Spiro, executive director of the Jackson County Chamber & Tourism Authority is alerting its members of a possible scam. The chamber has received several calls from members concerning a company called Skyline Publishing calling chamber members and area businesses and trying to sell ads in a Jackson County Visitor Guide or for the Fly Fishing Trail.

Spiro advised that the company is not affiliated in any way with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Travel & Tourism Authority. The chamber produces its own county visitor guide, and relocation guide and does not use the company out of Jacksonville, Fla.

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published: 10/18/2013
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