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New water/sewer plan source of major conflict

Unbeknownst to most, a small civil war has been raging for several months in one of the quieter and more affluent corners of Macon County. Just west of Franklin, Mill Creek Estates has long been a favorite community for retirees and those seeking summer respite.

Tucked in a green valley cradled by the Nantahala National Forest, Mill Creek, with its shady bungalows, manicured lawns and 18- hole golf course, has always seemed more like a peaceful playground than a war zone. But last fall a battle broke out, waged mostly by email, that has threatened to spoil neighborhood relations and to strain the tranquility of lazy afternoons.

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Have the salaries of certified deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Office kept up with other law enforcement agencies in the region? According to Sheriff Robert Holland, they have not.

During budget negotiations over recent months, Holland had recommended pay increases for the deputies in his department in order to make them more competitive with other law enforcement agencies in the Towns of Franklin and Highlands, as well as in Jackson County. At their June 14 meeting, the Macon County Board of Commissioners agreed to a compromise, raising the salaries of deputies an additional two percent above the three percent cost of living increase approved for all county employees effective July 1.

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Completion date for project set for November 2012

Trent Anderson, the construction supervisor with the NCDOT based in Andrews, is pleased with the progress of the work along Highway 28 North. He says that the work is moving along on schedule and the estimated completion date is set at Nov. 15, 2012.

According to Brian Burch, Division Construction Engineer, some complaints have been received from residents that live north of the project. The main residential concern has been that the road was being made into a four-lane, which Burch says is a “case of misinformation.”

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No charges will be filed in accident

An elderly woman was killed last Friday in a traffic accident on U.S. 441 in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police Department officials, Helen Chapman Hill, 89, was exiting the parking lot of the Macon County Community Facilities Building at approximately 4 p.m. after playing a winning game of bridge there for several hours.

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