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The state General Assembly passed a smoke free law in 2009 that banned smoking in all public bars and restaurants in North Carolina. If an establishment wants to accommodate smokers, they must provide an outside area for smokers to use. The law took effect on January 2, 2010.

State legislators were pressed to pass the law after research indicated that secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma attacks in both smokers and nonsmokers. The law sought to eliminate this problem for non-smoking citizens.


On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas Alderman, of Franklin, drove into a tree and claims the cause was due to another vehicle running a stop sign.

According to Alderman, he was coming from Wal-mart and came to a complete stop at a stop sign before continuing on Hyatt Rd.

Alderman stated that he had to speed up to get out of the way of another vehicle who ran the stop sign to Alderman's right.


After The Board of Education tabled discussion regarding the 2012/2013 school calendar and a weather waiver request due to concern about the accuracy of the data last month, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman reevaluated the data and made corrections for the second time.

The accuracy of the school district’s data for the past ten years came in to question last year after a new law went into effect changing the way the days missed due to weather problems were reported to the state.


The Town of Franklin will be hosting a meet and greet reception to welcome David Adams, the town’s new police chief.

The reception will be held at 2 p.m. at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 21. Light refreshments will be served and anyone in the community is encouraged to drop in and meet Mr. Adams.

“We hope to see local business owners, churches, nonprofit organizations stopping by to welcome Mr. Adams to Franklin,” said Ashley Hyder, Human Resource Officer for Franklin.


Angel Medical Center in Franklin, North Carolina has announced that Sheila Gordon, has joined their staff as Director of Performance Improvement. Gordon comes to AMC from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“As Director of Performance Improvement, Sheila will be our facilitator and trainer as we pull the talents of the healthcare team together and create processes that ensure a superior patient experience at all areas of our system. We have the good fortune of a partnership with Mission Health System’s Performance Improvement Division. As a member of the Mission and Angel team she brings the best of all worlds to us, her personal experience in performance improvement and change management as well as the amazing Mission team,” said Sheila Price, AMC VP of Nursing.


Marty Jones, Western Carolina University graduate, a resident of Cashiers and presently the owner/broker of RE/MAX Summit Properties, has filed as a candidate for the District 4 County Commission seat currently held by Mark Jones. District 4 encompasses South Jackson County including the Cashiers, Glenville, River, Canada and Caney Fork precincts. Upon filing Marty Jones stated at recent GOP meetings that he is running as a conservative alternate to Democrat Mark Jones.


In anticipation of inevitable funding cuts to public education next school year, the Macon County Board of Education strategized during a work session on how to prepare for the 2012/13 budget.

During Tuesday morning’s meeting, members of the Board of Education discussed the anticipated budget for next year and entertained conversation about areas that could be cut to make up for a reduction in state and federal funds.


On Friday March 16 from 12 noon to 2:50 p.m, students at Mountain View will participate in a unique wildlife outreach program provided by Wild South.

The headline feature at noon, for all the students, will be Rob Gudger and his four “live” wolves. Gudger is an outstanding expert on wolf behavior and will explain why wolves are our most misunderstood wildlife in the animal kingdom. Students will have the opportunity to get up close to these magnificent creatures that are no longer found in the wilds of North Carolina and many other states in the eastern United States.


Despite the recent cold streak, Western North Carolina has experienced a warm winter – especially during the months of January and February. Franklin’s Greenway has seen an unusual amount of walkers, runners, and bikers of late. One would think that spring has arrived early. With last Friday night’s severe weather thrown in the mix, this winter has been nothing but bizarre for Western North Carolina and the people of Macon County.

Two tornando warnings were issued in Franklin last Friday night, March 2. Along with the high winds, severe lightning and golf ball sized hail nailed Macon County too.


Chairman of Macon County’s Board of Commissioners, Kevin Corbin, and fellow commissioners Bobby Kuppers and Jimmy Tate, will be on the ballot for the May 8th Primary. In an effort to go behind the scenes and dig a little deeper about why they decided to run, the Macon County News asked the serving commissioners several questions about their goals and desires for the county going forward, and perhaps most importantly, what they will bring to the board of commissioners if they are chosen by Maconians to continue with their public service.

Kevin Corbin: Republican — District Two

Why did you decide to run?

“I decided to run because I love Macon county and the people who live here. I grew up here. My family has been here since the late 1700s.


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