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Monday, March 1, 2021

MCSO Initiates Investigation Regarding an Allegation on Social Media that a Deputy Used a Racial Slur in a Private Text Message


A Macon County Sheriff Deputy is under investigation regarding a racial slur that was reported to have occurred in a private message and then shared on social media (both Facebook and Twitter). 

A statement was posted on the MCSO Facebook Page (no press release was sent to Macon Media at the time of this writing) and it has been posted here.

March 2, 2021

This afternoon I was made aware that private communications (text messages) between two individuals was copied and posted to social media by an individual who was not a part of the original conversation. I was also made aware that one of the individuals allegedly involved in the private communication was a current member of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of this statement, I have not received any official complaints regarding this incident. I have also not received a complaint from the person involved in the private communication that has now been posted to social media.

Based on information that was made available to me this afternoon, I have requested an official review into the incident. That investigation has already been initiated.

This is a personnel matter of the MCSO and as such, I am limited to what information can be released at this time. Having said that, no further information will be released until it is deemed appropriate and only after a complete and thorough investigation has been conducted.

Respectfully,
Sheriff Robert L. Holland
Macon County Sheriff’s Office

Source: [LINK

The material in the posts that were shared online can be seen on Facebook at [LINK

Macon Media is in the process of obtaining permission to report them here.

 

**9:28pm update** Permission has been obtained. Here is the screenshot of the alleged communication. The image of the officer's face will not be shared by Macon Media and the officer's name has been removed by Macon Media from the image.



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Published at 9:25pm on Monday, March 01 2021
Edited at 9:28pm to add image
Edited at 9:45pm to make image larger and to add watermark.
Edited at 10:23pm to make the title more clear. (Sorry, I've been up since 2am).

Franklin Town Council Regular Meeting for March 2021



The Franklin Town Council will be having their regular meeting for the month of March tonight at 6pm in the lower level of the town hall. Details about the meeting are in the public agenda and the agenda packet posted in this article.

The meeting will be streamed live on Facebook [LINK] and via a player that will be embedded below. Later, it will be replaced with an edited video.

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VIDEO



Roll Call
(a record of elected critters not serving on the board and media outlets with representatives physically present at the meeting. This is because some "news" outlets are unethical and will watch Macon Media's video of the meeting instead of attending the meeting, then write (or broadcast) about the meeting without indicating they were not at the meeting and the source of their information.)

Macon Media (Bobby)
The Franklin Press (Jake)
No other news outlet had representatives present at the meeting.

Public Agenda

1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott
2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae
3. Adoption of the March 1, 2021 Town Council Agenda - Town Council

4. Approval of the Consent Agenda for March 1, 2021 - Town Council
A.) Approval of February 1, 2021 Town Council Minutes
B.) Budget Amendment
C.) Resolution for SRF Funding for Water Treatment Plant Phase II
D.) Adoption of Capital Project Ordinance for Franklin Fire Substation

5. Public Session

6. Old Business:
A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Disc Golf Course - Mayor and Town Council

7. New Business:
A.) Presentation on Nikwasi Center Plans - Nikwasi Executive Director Elaine Eisenbraun
B.) Request for Street Lighting for Scenic Ridge Development - Neal Enloe
C.) Presentation on Annual Report for Franklin Fire and Rescue - Chief Ben Ormond
D.) Discussion on Town of Franklin FMLA Policy - Human Resource Director Travis Tallent
E.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Employee Elected Payroll Deductions - Human Resource Director Travis Tallent
F.) Discussion on NCDOT Depot Street Sidewalk Project - Town Manager Summer Woodard
G.) Discussion on Restroom at Whitmire Property - Town Manager Summer Woodard

8. Legal
A.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Solicitation Ordinance - John Henning Jr.

9. Announcements
A.) Town of Franklin Strategic Planning Session will be Friday March 12, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall Boardroom
B.) Town Hall Offices will be closed Friday April 2, 2021 in observance of Good Friday

10. Adjourn

Agenda Packet
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Published at 3:50pm on Monday, March 01, 2021

N.C. Scenic Byway Designated as All-American Road

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Newfound Gap Road joins Blue Ridge Parkway as one of the state's most scenic roads

CHEROKEE – Newfound Gap Road in Swain County is now considered one of the nation’s most scenic byways, thanks to its new designation as an All-American Road. The 31-mile corridor, split between North Carolina and Tennessee, traverses a beautiful stretch of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as it crosses the Appalachian Trail.

The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, was created to preserve and protect the nation’s most scenic roads, in addition to promoting tourism and economic development. All-American Roads represent the best of the national scenic byways and are considered a destination and reason for travel unto themselves. 

Last year, the National Park Service, NCDOT and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration requesting that Newfound Gap Road be recognized as an All-American Road. This past February, that application was accepted. This makes Newfound Gap Road the fifth North Carolina road to be designated as a national byway and only the second to be declared an All-American Road. Prior to this, the Blue Ridge Parkway was the only All-American Road in North Carolina.

Newfound Gap Road was designated as a North Carolina Scenic Byway in 2009 and runs for 16.5 miles, through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as U.S. 441. The corridor then continues across the Tennessee border and connects Cherokee, N.C. with Gatlinburg, Tenn. 

To learn more about North Carolina’s scenic byways, visit the program’s webpage.

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Published at 9:35am on Monday, Mach 01, 2021

Weather Briefing for Monday, March 1, 2021



OUTLOOK

A cold front will cross the mountains early this morning and then cross the foothills and Piedmont through the late morning and early afternoon hours. Dry high pressure will build over from the north tonight into Tuesday. Unsettled weather returns from the west Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Another low pressure system may affect the Gulf Coast region Friday into Saturday.


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News Highlights

• The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to to consider postponing the Macon Middle School Renovation Project to evaluate alternative plans related to Macon Middle School/Macon Middle School Campus. After a presentation by Commissioner Young and an hour-long discussion, commissioners voted 3-2 to continue with scehuled renovations instead. Higdon and Young voted against. [LINK] • The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Franklin Town Council - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 7am. Temperatures starting out in the lower 60s in the morning and falling to around 50 by 6pm. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday Night Rain, mainly after 11pm. Lows in the mid-30s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Wednesday Rain likely before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s.

Highlands area

Today

Showers, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 7am. Temperatures falling from the upper 50s in the morning to the mid-40s by 6pm. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Tuesday Night Rain, mainly after 11pm. Lows around freezing. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Wednesday Rain likely before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with lows around freezing.

Otto area

Today

Showers, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 7am. Temperatures falling from the lower 60s in the morning to around 50 by 6pm. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. WInds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Tuesday Night Rain, mainly after 10pm. Lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Wednesday Rain likely before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s.

Nantahala area

Today

Showers, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog between 7am and 10am. Temperature falling from the mid-to-upper 50s to the mid-40s by 4pm. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds. Tuesday Night Rain, mainly after 11pm. Lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Wednesday Rain likely before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.





Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (2.0 out of 12) today with Alder and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be much higher, in the medium-high range (9.0 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on March 1st


Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1972
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1920
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.50 inches in Franklin in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Nantahala in 1968


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on March 13, 1993 


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Published at 4:00am on Sunday, February 28, 2021



Sunday, February 28, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 28, 2021



OUTLOOK

A warm front will lift northward across the region today. A cold front will approach the southern Appalachians from the northwest tonight and then cross the area on Monday. Dry high pressure will build over from the north as the high center moves from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic coast Monday night into Tuesday. Unsettled weather returns from the west Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Another low pressure system may affect the southeast Friday into Saturday.


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News Highlights

• The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to to consider postponing the Macon Middle School Renovation Project to evaluate alternative plans related to Macon Middle School/Macon Middle School Campus. After a presentation by Commissioner Young and an hour-long discussion, commissioners voted 3-2 to continue with scehuled renovations instead. Higdon and Young voted against. [LINK] • The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Franklin Town Council - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Franklin area

Today

A slight chance of showers before 11am, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight Showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 5am. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest winds 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Tuesday Night Rain likely before midnight, then showers, mainly after midnight. Lows in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Highlands area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog between 11am and 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tonight Showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 1am. Steady temperature in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. High in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of he north 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Tuesday Night Rain showers, snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 2am, then rain showers. Lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight Showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 5am. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Tuesday Night Rain likely before midnight, then showers, mainly after midnight. Lows in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Nantahala area

Today

A slight chance of showers before 7am, then a slight chance of showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight Showers, mainly after 1am. Patchy fog after 5am. Lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Monday Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. High in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight. Tuesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Tuesday Night Rain likely before midnight, then showers, mainly after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.

Heavy rain showers are expected to develop on tonight and linger into Monday morning as a cold front crosses the region. The rain could be sufficient for isolated flooding to develop in some locations, especially across the far southern mountains of western North Carolina.



Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (8.9 out of 12) today with Alder and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be much higher, in the medium-high range (3.2 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on February 27th


Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Nantahala in 1982


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912 


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Published at 4:30am on Sunday, February 28, 2021



Saturday, February 27, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 27, 2021



OUTLOOK

A relatively dry cold front crosses our region from the northwest late tonight and Thursday, then stall to our south setting up an active weather pattern through the weekend. Waves of low pressure will cross from west to east into the start of next week. Expect dry high pressure to build over our area later next week.


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News Highlights

• The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to to consider postponing the Macon Middle School Renovation Project to evaluate alternative plans related to Macon Middle School/Macon Middle School Campus. After a presentation by Commissioner Young and an hour-long discussion, commissioners voted 3-2 to continue with scehuled renovations instead. Higdon and Young voted against. [LINK] • The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Franklin Town Council - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers, mainly after 10pm. Low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers, mainly after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers, mainly after 11pm. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Nantahala area

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the Southwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers, mainly after 8pm. Lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

Showers, mainly before noon. Highs in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.

Heavy rain showers are expected to develop on Sunday night and linger into Monday morning as a cold front crosses the region. The rain could be sufficient for isolated flooding to develop in some locations, especially across the far southern mountains of western North Carolina.



Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (4.1 out of 12) today with Alder and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be much higher, in the medium-high range (8.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on February 27th


Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.80 inches in Highlands in 1913
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912 


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Published at 4:20am on Saturday, February 27, 2021



Friday, February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Briefing for 02-26-2021



National and State Briefing

• Governor Cooper to Ease Pandemic Restrictions After Period of Improving Metrics [LINK]


Local Briefing

Macon County Public Health has been notified by NCDHHS that the county will be receiving 500 first doses per week for the next three weeks and has been approved for a "Special Event Allotment" of 1,170 doses which the health department will deliver between Feb 22nd and Feb 26th. To register to receive the vaccine and to be contacted when appointments for your group are available, please call 828-524-1500. The vaccine call center is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Monday, until further notice. 

 Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

CATEGORY MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Vaccines Given Today 4 368 439 448 456 1715
Inventory 800 446 780 690 300 300
Vaccines Given (total) 4378 4748 5185 5633 6089 6089

(note--these numbers are on the day reported, not necessarily given since some shots may be given after the daily report is published, Also, there are often more shots in the vials than reported on the manifest, so total shots will not match reported inventory) 

POSITIVE CASES IN THE SCHOOLS THIS WEEK


SCHOOL MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Cartoogechaye 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Franklin 0 0 0 0 0 0
Franklin High 4 1 1 0 0 6
Highlands 1 0 0 0 1 2
Iotla Valley 0 0 0 0 0 0
Macon Early 0 0 0 0 0 0
Macon Middle 1 0 0 0 1 2
Mountain View 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nantahala 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Macon 1 0 0 0 0 1
Union Academy 1 0 0 0 1 2
TOTALS FOR DAY81 1 0 3 13



Cases in Macon County


2974 Detected
(+5 from Thursday and +53 from last Friday and +306 from four weeks ago)

59 Active
(-9 from Thursday and +11 last Friday and -463from four weeks ago)

2885 Recovered
(+14 from Thursday and +40 last Friday and +757 from four weeks ago)

30 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and +2 from last Friday and +12 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9217 by MCPH
(+11 from Thursday and +89 from last Friday and +476 from four weeks ago)

8368 by Others
(+36 from Thursday and +192 from last Friday and +1370 from four weeks ago)

17585 total
(+47 from Thursday and +281 from last Friday and +1846 from four weeks ago)

64 tests pending results
(-14 from Thursday and +1 from last Friday and -31 from four weeks ago)








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Published at 6:33pm on Friday, February 26, 2021

Macon County Board of Commissioners
Special Called Meeting of February 26, 2021



The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be having a Special Called Meeting today at 2pm to consider postponing the Macon Middle School Renovation Project to evaluate alternative plans related to Macon Middle School/Macon Middle School Campus. Live video will be streamed via our Facebook Page and here. The live version will be replaced later with an edited version.

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Roll Call
(a record of elected critters and media outlets with representatives present at the meeting)

Sheriff Robert Holland
School Board Chairman Jim Breedlove

Macon Media (Bobby)
The Franklin Press (Jake)

There are no supporting documents for the meeting.

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Published at 12:30pm on Friday, February 26, 2021

Weather Briefing for Friday, February 26, 2021



OUTLOOK

A relatively dry cold front crosses our region from the northwest late tonight and Thursday, then stall to our south setting up an active weather pattern through the weekend. Waves of low pressure will cross from west to east into the start of next week. Expect dry high pressure to build over our area later next week.


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News Highlights

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Franklin Town Council - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

Rain, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog between 7am and noon. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible. Tonight Rain likely, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Saturday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning out of the increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds. Sunday Rain likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday Night Showers. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Highlands area

Today

Rain, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog between 8am and 11am. Highs in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds early increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph iby midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Tonight Rain likely. Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday A 20 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Sunday A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Sunday Night Showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Otto area

Today

Rain, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog between 7am and noon. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible. Tonight Rain likely, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the south. Sunday A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Sunday Night Showers. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Nantahala area

Today

Rain, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog between 11am and 1pm. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible. Tonight Rain likely. Patchy fog before 7pm, then patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the south. Sunday Rain likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday Night Showers. Lows around 50. Chance of precipitation is 90%.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.





Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.8 out of 12) today with Alder and Maple being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be higher, in the low-medium range (3.8 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on February 26th


Highest Temperature 77°F in Franklin in 1977
Lowest Temperature 3°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rain 4.25 inches in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.5 inches in Franklin in 2015


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912 


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Published at 3:35am on Friday, February 26, 2021



COVID-19 Briefing for 02-25-2021



National and State Briefing

• Governor Cooper to Ease Pandemic Restrictions After Period of Improving Metrics [LINK]

White House Press Briefing (2/25/21)


NC Kids Digital Library sees 1 million digital book checkouts, a 60% increase, during pandemic [LINK

NIH launches new initiative to study "Long COVID"  [LINK

The Johnson and Johnson Vaccine at the FDA  [LINK





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Local Briefing

Macon County Public Health has been notified by NCDHHS that the county will be receiving 500 first doses per week for the next three weeks and has been approved for a "Special Event Allotment" of 1,170 doses which the health department will deliver between Feb 22nd and Feb 26th.

To register to receive the vaccine and to be contacted when appointments for your group are available, please call 828-524-1500. The vaccine call center is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Monday, until further notice. 

 Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

CATEGORY MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Vaccines Given Today 4 368 439 448 x 1259
Inventory 800 446 780 690 x 690
Vaccines Given (total) 4378 4748 5185 5633 x 5633

(note--these numbers are on the day reported, not necessarily given since some shots may be given after the daily report is published, Also, there are often more shots in the vials than reported on the manifest, so total shots will not match reported inventory) 

POSITIVE CASES IN THE SCHOOLS THIS WEEK


SCHOOL MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Cartoogechaye 0 0 0 0 x 0
East Franklin 0 0 0 0 x 0
Franklin High 4 1 1 0 x 6
Highlands 1 0 0 0 x 1
Iotla Valley 0 0 0 0 x 0
Macon Early 0 0 0 0 x 0
Macon Middle 1 0 0 0 x 1
Mountain View 0 0 0 0 x 0
Nantahala 0 0 0 0 x 0
South Macon 1 0 0 0 x 1
Union Academy 1 0 0 0 x 1
TOTALS FOR DAY81 1 0 x 10



Cases in Macon County


2969 Detected
(+19 from Tuesday and +52 from last Wednesday and +337 from four weeks ago)

68 Active
+13 from Tuesday and +4 last Wednesday and -445 from four weeks ago)

2871 Recovered
(+6 from Tuesday and +45 last Wednesday and +778 from four weeks ago)

30 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +3 from last Wednesday and +12 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9206 by MCPH
+14 from Tuesday and +89 from last Wednesday and +522 from four weeks ago)

8332 by Others
(+18 from Tuesday and +498 from last Wednesday and +1365 from four weeks ago)

17538 total
(+32 from Tuesday and +587 from last Wednesday and +1887 from four weeks ago)

73 tests pending results
(-12 from Tuesday and -9 from last Wednesday and -167 from four weeks ago)








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Published at 12:30am on Friday, February 26, 2021