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The Board of Commissioners recognized two citizens of Macon County for their outstanding work in recieving state awards in their respective fields.

After Commission Chairman Brian McClellan called the meeting to order saying, “We are always glad to see a full house and the interest that citizens of our county take in the conducting of the business in our county,” he took time to recognize Jane Kimsey of the Department of Social Services. Kimsey received the Director of the Year award in North Carolina. According to McClellan, directors in all 100 counties in the state are considered before a winner is selected. “This award, which is a highly prestigious award, is very well deserved,” said McClellan.

 

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A woman was seriously injured after being swept over a short waterfall on Tuesday.

Stephanie Cookston, 18, of Franklin, was with three friends on the Highlands side of 'Bust Your Butt' Falls in a pool off the side of the Cullasaja River. Cookston approached a swift running current of the river near the edge of a short fall and was swept over.

Within minutes, more than 15 responders from Highlands Fire Department, Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and Macon County Sheriff's Office were on scene.

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Macon County authorities are still searching for an unknown man who reportedly sexually assaulted a female at her Rose Creek Cove Road home on the evening of August 1.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland there has been an overwhelming response from the community concerning the incident. “There has been a tremendous response from residents and that is what it is going to take to catch this individual,” he said on Monday. “Officers are continuing to get information and are following up with the investigation, which is ongoing.”

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Deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) arrested a Franklin man on multiple charges related to child pornography.

After receiving information from a concerned citizen, officers arrested John Kennedy, 47, of Shady Cove Lane, following the execution of two separate search warrants last Friday. Kennedy was employed by the Green & Clean Laundromat in Holly Springs Plaza.

Initially, MCSO detectives searched Kennedy's residence during an identity theft investigation. During a search for his identification, the suspect “admitted that there was child pornography in the residence,” according to search warrants from August 5.

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