Macon passes $51 million budget
Following plenty of public input, Macon County commissioners approved a final budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that includes more than $1 million in additional funding for public education.
Rally ‘Round the River: Conference aims to unite Macon around watershed conservation
Twenty-five years ago, a group of residents, conservationists and agency officials met in Macon County to talk about water. At the time, the Little Tennessee River had no conserved land along its banks, and there was no nonprofit organization around dedicated to protecting it — but the gathering sparked a change.
“That conference was really the catalyst for the formation of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association and then later the Nikwasi Land Trust, (both of) which became the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee,” said Jason Love, site manager for the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Macon County.
Macon schools faces drastic cuts without more funding
Macon County commissioners are considering contributing another $750,000 toward public education to prevent further drastic cuts to Macon County Schools’ 2018-19 budget.
Macon budget battles increasing costs
Macon County’s proposed budget for 2018-19 does not include a tax increase despite increasing costs and capital needs throughout the county.
Macon Schools request $3.2 million for capital projects
Between Macon County Schools and Southwestern Community College, education expenses make up 18 percent of the county’s budget.
Supporters rally around Scott Knibbs family
More than 100 people gathered at the Macon County Courthouse on May 8 to rally in support of Scott Knibbs’ family, who are still grieving his unexpected and tragic death.
Macon commissioner keeps his seat
Macon County District 1 Commissioner Jim Tate won a third term on the board beating out Republican challenger John Shearl.
Student suicide pact, hit list rocks Macon
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Macon County as school administration and law enforcement try to get to the bottom of a student-led suicide pact and a student-made hit list.
Swain mulls putting sales tax back on ballot
As they prepare for the annual budgeting process, Swain County commissioners are considering placing a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.
Republicans vie for Macon commissioner seat
Macon County Commission Chairman Jim Tate will face fellow Republican challenger John Shearl in the May 8 Primary to claim the District 1 seat on the board.