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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Winding Stair with Richard Jones from Lee Fields




Here is an interesting video of ice climbing on the rock cut on Winding Stairs Gap to cool you down on a hot July afternoon.

If you have the bandwidth, view this at full screen and HD resolution.





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Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


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Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jury Finds Burr Not Guilty



At 5:23 pm, a jury serving the Macon County Superior Court found Jerimy Adam Burr not guilty on all counts he was charged with from a case stemming from an arrest on August 20, 2014.

After the defendant was found not guilty, he hugged his attorney and shook hands with and hugged his arresting officer and shook hands with the prosecutor.

He was charged with Traffick in Methamphetamine, Possession with intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was represented by Attorney Frank Lay of the Jackson County Bar.


The Honorable Robert G Horne presided over the court.

This is the main reason Macon Media does not publish mug shots. 


If Macon Media did publish mugshots, we would have to go back and add an addendum to every article featuring the mugshot to indicate the person was found not guilty by a jury of his or her peers, but the damage to that person's reputation could not be repaired.


MEDIA ROLL CALL

Macon Media was the only outlet present for the entire trial. 

A reporter with The Franklin Press was there for jury deliberations, but had to leave moments before the jury indicated they had reached a verdict.



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Town of Franklin hosts joint meeting of local governing boards at Franklin Memorial Park

Franklin Memorial Park


The Town of Framklin hosted a joint meeting between the town boards of Franklin and Highlands and the County Commissioners at the new renovated Franklin Memorial Park on West Main Street.

After a meal in the covered picnic area, representatives of each organization spoke about their accomplishments since they last met. The video below is of the formal session that took place after the meal, followed the event agenda and some photos taken during the joint meeting.







Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen
Joint Meeting Agenda
July 19, 2016
6:00 pm


1. Call to Order and Welcome -- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Dinner provided by Frog Town Catering

3. Update and Introductions from the Town of Franklin -- Mayor Bob Scott

4. Update and Introductions from Macon County -- Chairman Kevin Corbin

5. Update and Introductions from the Town of Highlands -- Mayor Pat Taylor

6. Adjournment






















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Stop by 401 Wells Grove Road Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM , or give them a call at (828)524-8208.

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Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.




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If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia





Friday, July 8, 2016

NCDOT Division 14 Set to Hold Public Meeting at Robert C Carpenter Community Building on July 14th


The NCDOT will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, July 14th from 5 to 7 pm at the Robert C Carpenter Building to seek public input. More information is in the press release below, which, is posted in full in the interest of transparency.





PRESS RELEASE
NCDOT DIVISION 14
July 8, 2016


ASHEVILLE – State transportation officials want to hear from the public on what regional and local  transportation projects should be top priorities in the next version of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – the 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction. Data and local input are used to determine which projects get built based on a funding formula championed by Governor Pat McCrory to reduce congestion, increase safety and promote economic growth.

During a public comment period that began June 20 and runs until July 22, each of NCDOT's 14 local transportation divisions will host an informal public meeting to present proposed projects and to receive feedback.

Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties, will hold its meetings on two different evenings in two different locations. The first will be held Monday, July 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Henderson County Government Annex Building, 100 N. King Street. The second will be held at the same time on Thursday, July 14, at the Macon County Community Building 1288 Georgia Road.

During these times, citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities. Please note that these meetings are not for maintenance-related projects, such as patching potholes, resurfacing or ditches.

Attending a meeting isn't necessary to comment. Comments can also be submitted online through an interactive survey, or by calling Division 14 Project Manager Wanda Austin at (828) 631-1146, or by mail at 253 Webster Road, Sylva, NC 28779.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for anyone who is disabled who wants to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact the division contact for the meeting they plan to attend as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Following the comment period, the division will carefully consider the public input while determining its final project rankings.

The Strategic Transportation Investments Law, which established the funding formula being used to develop the STIP, became law in 2013. The new formula was used for the first time to develop the 2016-2015 STIP, which was approved in June 2015 and resulted in 300 more projects being funded than under the old funding formula. NCDOT updates the STIP every two years to ensure it accurately reflects the state's current financial situation.

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Ribbon Cutting at Dusty Pallet


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at The Dusty Pallet on Main Street at 3:00 this afternoon. The owners, Gwen Taylor and Matt Taylor, said they were glad to be on Main Street in Franklin. 

After the ribbon cutting, a reception with light refreshments was held in the studio and visitors toured the new business.


Here are a few photos from the event.
























Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Storm Brings Wind, Lightning and Power Outages to Macon County

Thunderstorm moves through Macon County


A line of thunderstorms moved through Macon County this evening shortly before dark. They were accompanied by lighting and a gust front that knocked out electrical service to over 200 Duke Energy customers. Power is expected to be restored by 12:30 am.

Here is more information, courtesy of Duke Energy on the outage locations and expected times of restoration as of 9:30 pm:




This image shows the outages in the Timberland Trail area (purple) and Arnold Branch (green) areas.

Timberland Trail Outage - 20 Duke Energy Customers
Time Reported - 8:17 pm
Restoration estimate - 12:30 am

Arnold Branch Outage - 139 Duke Energy Customers
Time Reported - 8:15 pm
Restoration estimate - 11:30 pm




This image shows the outage in the Lakey Creek area.

Lakey Creek Outage - 60
Time Reported - 7:47 pm
Restoration estimate - 11:00 pm

Outages in the western North Carolina counties served by Duke Energy:

Cherokee - 12 customers in 5 locations
Graham - 28 customers in 4 locations
Swain - 629 customers in 6 locations
Macon - 266 customers in 12 locations
Jackson - 47 customers in 9 locations
Haywood - 5 customers in 3 locations
Buncombe - 2,160 customers in 91 locations
Henderson - 1,435 customers in 34 locations



More rain is forecast for this evening, but no more severe weather is expected overnight at this time.


**11:27 pm** Here is a time lapse of the arrival of the storms as seen from the Holly Springs Shopping Center:


The jitter in the first clip was caused by the wind. I had to anchor the tripod to keep it from being blown over. The wind also blew my hat off my head and my magnetically mounted scanner antenna off the van.


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Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.

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Franklin Mayor speaks at the AHA 2016 Conference in Chicago



On May 28th Franklin Mayor Bob Scott spoke at the 2016 Conference of the American Humanist Association in Chicago. He spoke about his life and what it is like to be Mayor of a small town and about the controversy that arose when he chose to place his hand on the US Constitution instead of the Bible when he was sworn in for his second term.


For more information on the conference, please visit the following links:

Conference Schedule

Select Videos from the conference 




COMMENTARY by Bobby Coggins

Who knew that our Mayor would receive national recognition for doing something as ordinary as placing his hand on the US Constitution while taking his oath of office?

I certainly didn't. I didn't make special mention of it in my coverage of the event. He took an oath on a document he held sacred and I can respect that. I know plenty of local politicians who've taken their oaths on the Bible, then proceeded to govern as if they'd never read what was in it.









Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Franklin Town Board oF Aldermen
July 2016 Meeting Agenda
Updated with Video



The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen will be meeting tonight at 7 pm in the lower level of town hall. Copies of the public agenda, the agenda packet and maps of the proposed indoor gun range and ETJ boundary addition that will be considered at the meeting tonight. The meeting will be streamed live on Livestream and a recorded version will be added here in the next day or so.




Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen

Regular Scheduled Meeting

Agenda Tuesday July 5, 2016 7:00 p.m.


            1.       Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott
2.       Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Patti Abel
3.       Adoption of the July 5, 2016 Town Board Agenda
4.       Approval of the June 6 and June 15, 2016 Town Board minutes
5.       Public Hearing 7:05 p.m. for Special Use Permit Application for Indoor Gun Range
6.       Public Hearing 7:10 p.m. for ETJ Boundary Addition
7.       Public Session
8.       New Business
A.)   Board Action on Special Use Permit Application for Indoor Gun Range
B.)    Board Action on ETJ Boundary Addition
C.)    Street Closing Request for Arts Council "Motown Downtown"-Town Manager Summer Woodard
D.)   Street Closing Request for Public Safety Day- Town Manager Summer Woodard
E.)    Budget Amendment- Finance Officer Kyra Doster
F.)    Re-appointment of Town Tax Collector- Town Manager Summer Woodard
G.)   Re-appointment of Town Clerk- Town Manager Summer Woodard
H.)   Application for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Non-Profit Funding Pool - Town Manager Summer Woodard
                9. Legal
                    A.) Closed Session- Pursuant to GS 143-318.11(a) (5), to establish or to instruct the public body's staff or negotiating  agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the public body in negotiating the price and other material terms of a contract or proposed contract for the acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease, being that property located at 196 West Palmer Street."
                10. Announcements
                     A.) Bike Walk Franklin Open House Tuesday July 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Tartan Hall.
                     B.) Town of Franklin will be hosting the Joint Meeting with Macon County and the Town of Highlands on Tuesday  July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Park.
                 
                11. Adjourn 














Harmony House Foods Inc, to Expand Operations in Macon County


PRESS RELEASE
Macon County EDC
July 5, 2016


FRANKLIN NC - The Macon County Economic Development Commission announced today that Harmony House Foods, Inc has purchased the current TekTone Sound and Signal Manufacturing, Inc facility in the Macon County Industrial Park, following the TekTone purchase of the former SKF building in the park.

Located in the Macon County Business Development Center, Harmony House is a seller and distributor of dehydrated foods, both domestically and internationally. Their honors include the Editor’s Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine and the  “Business People of the Year” nomination by the Small Business Administration for the State of North Carolina.

“Harmony House will be expanding from an 8500 square foot facility to an over 32,000 square foot location, showing significant growth since becoming a Business Development Center tenant in 2013,” said Tommy Jenkins, Macon County Economic Development Director. “Being a family owned and operated business, as well as located in a region world renown for hiking and outdoor recreation, Harmony House is a perfect fit for our local economy.”

Harmony House plans to steadily increase their workforce over the next several years as new products come to market.  “We have so many opportunities for product growth that it just made sense to expand,” said John Seaman, President of Harmony House.  “Expanding right here in Franklin was an easy choice because Macon County has provided such an excellent business environment.”  There are also plans for a future

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On This Day in 1776:
Lee Resolution Passes Congress

Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull
John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress. The painting can be found on the back of the U.S. $2 bill. 
The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.

240 Years ago today, the Continental Congress passed the Lee Resolution that called for independence from Britain by a vote of 12 For 0 Against and 1 Abstaining (New York had failed to receive instructions from it's constituent assembly). The full text follows:



Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

John Adams wrote his wife Abigail on July 3 about the resolution of independence:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4, the date the much-publicized Declaration of Independence was approved, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was adopted.


The text of the Declaration of Independence follows, with original spelling of the day retained:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.






Thursday, June 30, 2016

Name of Company in 'Project Tech' Effort to Purchase the old CR Industries (Later SKF) Building Releasesd



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Press Release

Macon County EDC
June 30, 2016
9:17 am

Franklin NC - The Macon County Economic Development Commission announced today that TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. will expand operations in the Macon County Industrial Park with the purchase of the former SKF facility. The company will hire an additional 35 workers over the next five years, and invest 2.9 million dollars.



The project was made possible in part by performance-based grants from the OneNC Fund ($90,000) and Macon County ($30,000). These grants are contingent upon a combination of verified job creation and investment performance benchmarks. Appropriate claw-backs are in place if those performance benchmarks are not met.



“We are excited to have TekTone® investing in the economic future of Macon County,” said Kevin Corbin, chair of the Macon County Board of Commissioners. “We are appreciative of their commitment to providing good jobs and investment in our community. Transacting business on five continents, they are an excellent example of a local company thriving in a global economy.”



Founded in 1973, TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. opened its manufacturing facility in Franklin in 1989. TekTone® designs & manufactures wired & wireless nurse call, apartment entry, area of rescue assistance, alert integration and resident wandering systems. TekTone® healthcare communications systems are found in hospitals, retirement communities, skilled nursing, and assisted/independent living facilities around the globe. TekTone® world headquarters is in Franklin, NC—and the company’s network of first-rate distributors and representatives stretches worldwide. The privately held company employs an existing workforce of 70 locally.



“The purchase of the former SKF facility is a significant investment for us. When it became clear we were outgrowing our current facility, we made it a priority to stay in Macon County, if at all possible. We thank our employees, customers, and partners for making this a reality, and look forward to expansion and growth in the Macon County Industrial Park,” commented Carlos Mira, President of TekTone®.



Partners involved in the project include Macon County, Macon County Economic Development Commission, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

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**11:29 am**
Governor Pat McCrory has released a press release regarding this announcement. It is posted below in full:



Expansion by TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. Will Create 35 Jobs in Macon County

Raleigh, N.C.
Jun 30, 2016


Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. will create 35 jobs over the next five years as it expands operations in Macon County. The company plans to invest $2.9 million in its facility over that time.

“TekTone® Sound & Signal is a key global player in the nurse call system market, doing business on five continents,” said Governor McCrory. “This company’s exciting growth in Macon County provides more evidence that modern manufacturers can thrive in every corner of our state.”

Founded in 1973, TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. opened its manufacturing facility in Franklin, N.C. in 1989. TekTone® designs & manufactures wired & wireless nurse call, apartment entry, area of rescue assistance, alert integration and resident wandering systems. TekTone® healthcare communications systems are found in hospitals, retirement communities, skilled nursing, and assisted/independent living facilities around the globe. TekTone® world headquarters is in Franklin and the company’s network of first-rate distributors and representatives stretches worldwide. The privately held company employs an existing workforce of 70 locally.

“Nothing compares to the manufacturing talent, access to global markets and competitive costs that companies like TekTone® Sound & Signal find in North Carolina,” said Secretary Skvarla. “These are among the factors that have made us the Southeast’s #1 state for manufacturing jobs.”

TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. will add engineers, technicians, and sales representatives among other positions at its new research, development and manufacturing facility. Salaries will vary by position, but will average more than $48,118 per year. Macon County’s current annual wages average $30,794.

The global market for nurse call systems is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2022, according to a 2016 report by Grand View Research, Inc. Trends in healthcare technology, regulation and reimbursement are driving international demand for communications systems.

“The purchase of the former SKF facility is a significant investment for us. When it became clear we were outgrowing our current facility, we made it a priority to stay in Macon County, if at all possible. We thank our employees, customers, and partners for making this a reality, and look forward to expansion and growth in the Macon County Industrial Park,” commented Carlos Mira, President of TekTone®.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $90,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent on financial matches from local governments.

“Today’s announcement is great news for Macon County and its economy,” said N.C. Senator Jim Davis. “This company has been a mainstay in our business community and we are pleased to be a part of its latest stage of growth.”

“This expansion by TekTone Sound & Signal says good things about Macon County as a destination for high-quality jobs and investment,” said N.C. Representative Roger West. “I look forward to supporting this company’s continued growth and success.”

Among the allies working with EDPNC and N.C. Commerce on TekTone® Sound & Signal’s expansion are the North Carolina General Assembly, the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Macon County Economic Development Commission.

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Macon County Board of Education
Agenda for 06-30-2016 Meeting


The Macon County Board of Education will be meeting tonight (June 30, 2016) at 6:00 pm in the central Offices at 1202 Old Murphy Road.

Macon Media will be there to record the meeting, but there will be no live streaming because I have exhausted my data plan for the month. There will be no nearly live play by play either. A video of the meeting will be uploaded and embedded in this article as soon as possible (probably Friday or Saturday).

Meanwhile, a "Mini-Agenda" of the meeting has been released by the school board and, in the interest of transparency, it is posted below.







Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Macon County Commissioners
June 28, 2016 Meeting

Commissioners Boardroom

The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6 pm in the Commissioners Boardroom in the Macon County Courthouse. Macon Media will be there, streaming live video. After the meeting is over, a recorded version of the meeting will be added here, along with any extra documentation that is handed out to the media. The short agenda and the agenda packet are posted below for your convenience.






MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

CONTINUED SESSION
JUNE 28, 2016 – 6 P.M.
AGENDA


1. Reconvene – Chairman Corbin


2. 6 p.m. – Public hearing on proposed monetary economic development
incentives to be offered


3. Consideration of proposed economic development incentives and
approval of NC One and Building Reuse grant applications – County
Attorney and Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins


4. Security system at Senior Services – County Manager


5. Consideration of applications for fireworks displays at Nantahala and
Franklin – County Manager


6. Continued discussion of telephony project – Information Technology
Director Andy Muncey and representatives of Frontier and Mitel


7. Consideration of wellness policy – County Manager/HR Director


8. Consideration of ordinance amending the FY 2015-16 budget – Finance
Director


9. Approval of the minutes from the May 10, 2016 regular meeting and the
May 31, 2016 continued session


10. Adjourn







Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lynn Corbin Wright Graduates from the UNC CGCIO™ Certification Program



Lynn Wright and Shannon H Tufts
Pictured (L-R) Lynn Wright and Shannon Tufts



PRESS RELEASE
Macon County
June 23, 2016

Chapel Hill, NC, June 17, 2016. Lynn Corbin Wright, Assistant Information Technology Director for Macon County, has successfully graduated from the 2015-2016 Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program™ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

The CGCIO™ program is the first local government specific program for CIOs in the nation and began in 2005. The program is designed for local government Information Technology Directors and Chief Information Officers whose challenging responsibilities require a broad understanding of management, leadership, legal, regulatory, and enterprise topics. The course is approximately 240 hours in length and course instruction covers strategic technology planning, communication, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues and financial trends. The program’s director, Dr. Shannon Tufts, has been recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of the 2010 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for the creation and expansion of this nationally acclaimed program. The program seeks to elevate the position of the dedicated  and talented cadre of public sector technology leaders who work tirelessly to serve the public good through strategic investments in technology.


Lynn Wright is one of the fifty-seven local government, state agency, community college, and K-12 IT leaders in the state of North Carolina who successfully completed the course this year. Over the course of its existence, the CGCIO™ program has graduated over 1500 public sector technology leaders across the nation.

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For more information about this program please visit the SOG website.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cradle of Forestry Celebrates Bug Day and National Pollinator Week

A female Monarch butterfly 
Scientific name is Danaus plexippus



PISGAH FOREST, N.C., June 21, 2016 - The Cradle of Forestry in America invites all ages to come learn about insects and their relatives on Saturday, June 25 in honor of National Pollinator Week.


Activities and displays around the Cradle's Forest Discovery Center explore the fascinating and important world of arthropods from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about monarch butterflies, their migration, and how you can help their survival. See an enclosed observation hive containing thousands of live honeybees. Learn about the fascinating lifecycle of these social insects, how honey is made, and how to get started as a beekeeper.  Meet a naturalist along the Cradle's paved trails and discover evidence among the forest's many leaves that bugs are excellent botanists.

Activities include pond explorations at 10:00 and 2:00, bug hunts at 11:30 and 3:30, and on-going buggy games and crafts. 

At 1:00 p.m. Cradle of Forestry interpreter Devin Gentry will present a program "Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow?" addressing a continuing project to convert selected lawn areas around the Cradle's Forest Discovery Center to native landscaping. This effort to sustain the interdependence between plants and pollinators, including monarchs, can be duplicated by homeowners. 

Admission to the day-time Bug Day event at the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass, America the Beautiful, Golden Age and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the new film, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412.

For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com. Informative web resources related to Bug Day and National Pollinator Week are www.pollinator.orgwww.monarchwatch.org, and www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators.   

To find many on-line nature-oriented resources visit the USDA Forest Service's NatureWatch website, www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Policy Notice Regarding Arrest Reports

Policy Notice

Policy Notice

Several readers have sent Macon Media messages and mugshots over the past few days, beginning on Saturday morning, regarding the arrest of a local law enforcement officer while off duty.

I appreciate the heads up, but have declined to post about the incident unless it makes it to Superior Court or if the Sheriff decides to fire the person before the case is adjudicated. This is a personnel matter, not a public matter until a trial or sentencing occurs.

Macon Media currently follows a policy of not posting about arrests of individuals unless it is for a notorious or violent crime. The only exceptions are if the arrest of public safety personnel occur while they are on duty or if the offense occurred while on duty. Any known arrest of an elected official or local county or city department head will be reported upon because these people are never off duty.


This is why there is no "Arrest Report" carried by this news outlet that names names. These people deserve their day in a court of law, not in the court of public opinion. 

This is an evolving policy and it is my belief that it is not in the public interest for media outlets to be reporting on such things. It is a thing best reserved for whispers, alleyways and tabloids like Fuzz Busted.

Bobby Coggins
Publisher and Editor
MaconMedia.com
June 20, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Keynote Address at the Moral Mountain Monday Event in Sylva, NC


Macon Media covered the Moral Mountain Monday rally that was held on Monday at Bridge Park in Sylva, NC.

A full article, including video of the whole event and video of individual speakers will be posted later this week. Until then, here is the speech given by the keynote speaker and founder of the Moral Monday series of protests in Raleigh, Rev Dr William J Barber.






IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

**note** Macon Media covers political events like this because it is in the public interest for the electorate to be exposed to all sides of an issue without it it first being filtered for time or space in a broadcast or in a newspaper. These events also need to be shared in their entirety without being filtered through the personal or organizational agendas of reporters or news outlets.


 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Macon County Commissioners
Regular June 2016 Meeting

Macon County Courthouse


The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6:00 pm. Macon Media will be there and, as usual, streaming live video [click here to watch] from the meeting. After the meeting is over, the video will be processed then posted here.

 
                             RECORDED VIDEO TO BE ADDED HERE LATER

Meanwhile, here is the short form agenda and the agenda packet for those who wish to see what will be discussed at tonight's meeting.



                   MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
                                                 JUNE 14, 2016
                                                        AGENDA



1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Corbin
 

2. Announcements
    A. NCACC update video
 

3. Moment of Silence
 

4. Pledge of Allegiance
 

5. Public Hearing(s) – 6:00 p.m. – Recommended Fiscal Year 2016-
17 budget
 

6. Public Comment Period
 

7. Additions to agenda
 

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda
 

9. Reports/Presentations
    A. Consideration of resolution regarding Increasing Per Pupil
Funding and Fully Funding Public Schools – John deVille
 

10.Old Business
     A. Capital Project Ordinance Amendment – Parker Meadows
Recreation Complex – Finance Director
     B. Capital Project Ordinance – Airport Taxiway Pavement &
Lighting Rehabilitation – Finance Director
     C. Capital Project Ordinance – Airport 2015 Non-Preliminary
Entitlement 36237.1.NPE.15 – Finance Director
     D. Capital Project Ordinance – Airport 2014 Non-Preliminary
Entitlement 36237.1.NPE.14 – Finance Director
     E. Grant Project Ordinance Amendment – Duke Energy Income
Qualified Weatherization Program – Finance Director
     F. Grant Project Ordinance Amendment – Duke Energy’s Helping
Home Fund – Finance Director
     G. Follow up on proposed economic development “Project Tech” –
County Attorney
     H. Contract with Draper Aden Associates – County Attorney
11.New Business
     A. Appointment of new Animal Cruelty Investigator
     B. Public Health fee changes – Tammy Keezer, Operations Section
Administrator, Public Health
     C. Grant request to the Evergreen Foundation – Emergency
Management Director Warren Cabe
     D. Discussion/consideration of award for hosted IP telephony
project – Information Technology Director Andy Muncey
     E. Memorandum of Understanding regarding Duke Energy’s
Helping Home Fund – Finance Director
     F. Tentative approval for Independence Day fireworks displays in
Franklin and Nantahala
     G. Consideration of Macon County Wellness Policy – County
Manager/Human Resources Director
 

12.Consent Agenda – Attachment #12
All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No
separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of
Commissioners.
     A. Minutes of the May 10, 2016 regular meeting and the May 31,
2016 continuation meeting
     B. Budget Amendments #266-#273
     C. Tax Releases – None
     D. Closure of inmate account at First Citizens Bank
 

13.Appointments
     A. Board of Health (3 seats)
     B. Region A Aging Advisory Council (3 members and 3 alternates)
 

14.Closed session (if necessary)
 

15.Recess until Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the commission
boardroom on the third floor of the Macon County Courthouse, 5
West Main Street, Franklin, NC