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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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World War II veterans are being sought to participate in one of the final two flights of Honor Air.

Honor Air, a project of Rotary District 7670, takes World War II veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial and other monuments.

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When the county commission was laying out its 2010-11 budget back in June of last year, they took the status quo budget for the year and then asked every department in the county to cut 10 percent. It was a grueling process that took numerous work sessions and discussions with department heads to hammer out. In the end, they were successful, but the county was still uncertain what would happen with revenues that have been dropping consistently since 2008.

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Brooks takes over as interim principal

According to sources, Terry Bradley, principal at East Franklin Elementary School, was given an ultimatum on Tuesday last week to resign or face immediate suspension with pay while an investigation into “leadership issues” is conducted. Rumors are rampant about what exactly led to the suspension, but this Tuesday, long-time Macon County educator Larry Brooks was sitting behind the principal’s desk at the school.

Superintendent Dan Brigman said he could not give details about the suspension, but emphasized that no criminal allegations were involved. Brigman stated that it was Bradley’s performance which was under review. “This is an internal review of leadership issues,” he said.

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The body of a drowned man was recovered from the Little Tennessee River in Franklin on Sunday.

Macon County 9-1-1 received a call from a mother and daughter riding bikes on the Greenway at approximately 1:10 p.m. The daughter initially had looked down at the river, and noticed a shoe in the water. After taking a closer look, the caller realized the shoe was worn by a body submerged under the water.

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A Highlands man remains in critical condition at Mission Memorial Hospital after an accident on Saturday in which he was struck in the head by a tree. John Roy Potts, 74, was helping a group of people clear trees from a property on Blue Valley Road in Highlands when the accident occurred.

The group was working at Neville Wilson Camp, when one tree they were removing became lodged in the branches of another tree. Potts, who was wearing protective ear coverings and did not hear the others in his group yelling out warnings, was struck in the head after the tree became dislodged and began falling again, according to Bobby Dorsey.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men after receiving a report regarding a breaking and entering that occurred on Skyland Drive near Sylva, N.C.

Deputies responded to that area around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, in response to a call of two individuals breaking into a business. When officers arrived they located a vehicle that was believed to belong to the suspects but the suspects had fled the area on foot.

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Franklin’s downtown district has come a long way, and intends to go further, say town officials.

The Main Street Program held its first meeting of 2011 on Jan. 19 at Town Hall, in order to discuss its objectives for the year and implement strategies that will advance the Town of Franklin as a marketable brand.

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The body of a drowned man was recovered from the Little Tennessee River in Franklin on Sunday.

Macon County 9-1-1 received a call from a bike rider on the Greenway at approximately 1:10 p.m. The caller initially had looked down at the river, and noticed a shoe in the water. After taking a closer look, the caller realized the shoe was worn by a body submerged under the water.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., rescue crews extracted the body of a male, later identified as Kenneth W. Kubit, 43, of Franklin.
Kubit's body was found between Arthur Drake Road and Wesley’s Park on the Greenway, submerged 3 to 4 feet under water, according to authorities. Jimmy Teem of Macon County Emergency Services recovered Kubit’s body, which was transported to Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva for an autopsy.

According to reports, Kubit had been texting his girlfriend the previous night from his cell phone. Authorities said on Monday that she was the last person to have contact with him. A ring reportedly belonging to Kubit's girlfriend was found in his pocket when he was removed from the river.

Preliminary autopsy results released on Monday attributed Kubit’s death to “accidental drowning.” Investigators with the Franklin Police Department stated there is no reason to suspect foul play and the department has ruled out suicide, based on the initial autopsy.

According to FPD Detective Mark Foster, the body of the deceased was likely in the river overnight. “Last time anybody had talked to him or heard from him was around 10:30 on Saturday night,” he said, adding that final results of the autopsy will be released in approximately one month’s time.

 

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