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In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the City of Atlanta had been illegally tapping drinking water from Lake Lanier. The city, which has been facing a water shortage crisis for years, was given until 2012 to apply for a legal permit or to find an alternative solution. According to Jenny Sanders of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association, the thirsty giant with a population of almost six million has recently turned its gaze to northeast Georgia and the headwaters of the Little Tennessee River in Rabun County.

This week Sanders paid visits to both the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen and the Macon County Board of Commissioners to lay out the threat posed by a potential “interbasin transfer” from the Little Tennessee. Sanders also reported on the activities of elected officials in Rabun County who are seeking protection from such a possibility, whether the water is taken from the Little Tennessee or from Lake Burton at the headwaters of the Tallulah River.

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Students at Union Academy got a reality check last Thursday. As part of a new program of Macon County Schools, the students listened to a presentation about the scourge of drugs and alcohol known as “Reality Check 101.”

Speakers from the community whose lives were negatively impacted by substance abuse told their stories to onlooking students.

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Fitch Development Group is one step closer to establishing an affordable housing complex in Franklin, as Aldermen unanimously approved a special use permit application for the project at last Monday’s meeting.

Alderman Jerry Evans was absent from the meeting due to medical reasons.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has outstanding warrants for two individuals for crimes related to a major copper theft that occurred on Rice Road in Cashiers, N.C.

Chad Vincent Wood, 34, listing a Sapphire, N.C. address is wanted for one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny, one count of felony possession of stolen property and one count of injury of real property.

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