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With a special ribbon cutting ceremony held last Tuesday, the Macon County Airport Authority celebrated the official expansion of its airport runway.

Joined by state and local leaders, transportation officials and longtime airport supporters, Authority Chairman Milles Gregory lauded the long awaited completion of the runway expansion as a critical economic asset to the county.

“I believe this will have quite an economic impact on Macon County, but also other adjoining counties,” said Gregory. “It’s been a long time coming but we’re delighted that we’ve reached this point and it’s a milestone in the history of Macon County to have a 5,000-foot runway.”

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11 units evacuated due to chemical hazards

While responding to a complaint of suspicious activity last Thursday, officers with the Franklin Police Department discovered a laboratory used for manufacturing methamphetamines at a local apartment complex.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. officer Dwayne Cabe responded to a complaint of suspicious activity at building 400 of Orchard View Apartments on Orchard View Drive in Franklin. Upon his arrival, Cabe recovered a plastic bag containing several unused syringes in the parking lot.

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Two fatal single-vehicle motorcycle accidents and one non-fatal accident occurrd over the weekend. All three accidents did not involve any other vehicles and each was a result of the driver going off the road in a sharp curve and losing control.

On Sunday, June 26, around 10:24 a.m., Stephen Nashif II, 22, of Franklin was riding his 2001 Yamaha motorcycle on Old Murphy Road. Kristi Lynn Herring, 23, also of Franklin, was a passenger. According to Trooper Jeff Pruett, Nashif went off the right side of the road in a sharp curve and the motorcycle overturned and collided with a mailbox and a tree. Herring was pronounced dead on the scene and Nashif was airlifted to Mission hospital with serious injuries. As of press time he was recovering.

 

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Macon County is looking to acquire a new building in downtown Franklin to relocate offices from leased properties and prepare for possible expansion in the future. Last Tuesday, June 21, at a recessed meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Chairman Brian McClellan announced the county's intention to purchase the property on the corner of East Palmer Street and Patton Avenue in downtown Franklin for $300,000.

The two-story, bright yellow building, which sits on a 0.37 acre double lot, is actually comprised of three office suites with the addresses 16, 18 and 20 Patton Avenue. One of the three suites formerly housed the Franklin Police Department before it was moved to its new offices on West Palmer Street; the other two suites remain unfinished spaces. In total, the building will add approximately 10,000 square feet of office space for county offices.

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