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More than 108,000 QOV quilts made since 2003.

Recently, two veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild and Susan Gordon, executive director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Ed Holcomb was honored for his Army service in Vietnam and Susan Jones was honored for her Air Force service as an Operating Nurse in Iraq. Both quilts were made by members of the Quilts of Valor Bee of the Guild, and made with patriotic colors. Both recipients were visibly moved as the quilts were wrapped around them in the final minutes of the presentation. The act of wrapping a recipient in their quilt symbolizes the respect, care, and love that the quilters feel for the servicemen and women to whom these quilts are presented.

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A Friday morning routine traffic stop in the south end of Macon County sent police on a search for 20-year-old Derek Nichols.

Around 5 a.m. on Friday morning, Macon County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle near Prentiss Bridge Road due to a taillight being out. After police activated blue lights to pull over the vehicle, the driver turned down Clarks Chapel Road onto Tessentee Road trying to evade police.

After a brief chase, the vehicle was stopped after a minor accident with a trailer. The suspect, who was later identified as Nichols, took off on foot. The MCSO K9 unit was called in to track Nichols. During the foot search, officers recovered several items believed to belong to Nichols including a shoe, a hat and a cell phone.

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Mayor urges caution when giving to private businesses.

On Monday the Franklin Tourism Development Authority held its monthly meeting at the Franklin town hall to discuss potential funding opportunities for some previously proposed projects coming to the area. One in particular drew lengthy discussion among the board members. Last month, Paul Garner, general manager of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts approached the board to ask for $15,000 to go towards advertising for events at the facility.

Board member and Franklin town manager Summer Woodard informed the members that the county's Tourism Development Commission had approved a matching grant of $15,000 last week.

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Shortly before 8 p.m. election results started to roll into the lower level of the Macon County Courthouse at the board of elections office. With candidates patiently waiting with their friends and family, and the news media anxious to report results to the public, one by one Macon County’s precincts began delivering results.

While the official election results won’t be available for a couple of days, the unofficial results were tallied and proclaimed some incumbents victorious, as well as named a few new faces to open seats.

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