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Commissioners Approve Road Priority List

The Jackson County Commissioners Monday approved their priority list of local road projects for the next three years. Commission Chairman Jack Debnam serves on the Regional planning Organization (RPO) which is comprised of commissioners and officials from adjoining counties who review the recommendations from local citizens and the NC DOT for determining the priorities for road upgrades and improvements for the multiple county area. The Jackson County Commissioners identified: The upgrade of  NC 107 from US 23  Business to NC 116 to boulevard status  with a median, improvement of intersections, and the construction of access management improvements; replace the two lane US 64 from NC 107 to Lance Road with a three lane road and construct a round about at the intersection of US 64 and NC 107; construct a westbound ramp at US 74 at US 23 Business; US Business from Hospital Road to NC 107 to be widened to four lane divided boulevard; Old Settlement Road from  NC 107 to NC 116 to be widened to a minimum of 22 feet; Ledbetter Road/Monteith Gap Road to be widened with multi-use paths/bike lanes, extend Ledbetter Road to connect Monteith Gap Road as a loop road; and finally to replace Wilmont Bridge and modernize the intersection.  Commissioner Debnam will meet with the RPO next week to establish the priorities for the region. The list will then be turned over to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for further review. After the review process is completed the recommendations will be turned over to the Highway Commission for approval and funding.

Speeding Stop On Interstate 40 Leads To Drug Charges

A traffic stop on Interstate 40  led to two felony drug arrests after a Haywood County Sheriff’s Officer canine alerted on the vehicle early Saturday morning. According to Sheriff’s Office reports, NC State Highway Patrol Trooper L.A. Pate had stopped a black 2003 Lexus at exit 27 eastbound for speeding and called for a K-9 unit when he smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. Reports state Deputy Doug Carver arrived shortly thereafter with his canine, Abel, which alerted on the vehicle. Once inside the car, Abel alerted on a purple backpack. Officers discovered a metal box inside the backpack, which was found to contain what appeared to be various controlled substances. Hannah Michelle Braswell, 23, of Knoxville, TN was arrested and charged with felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and or deliver Ecstasy, felonious trafficking in LSD. felonious trafficking in methamphetamine by possession, felonious trafficking in methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. She was jailed in lieu of $100,000 secured bond. Jordan Elizabeth Turner, 21, of Knoxville TN was arrested and charged with maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling controlled substances, felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and or deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed in  lieu of $16,000 secured bond. Court date is set for October 30th.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Last week marked Child Passenger Safety Week.  In 2012, 60 children in North Carolina were killed and 107 seriously injured in car crashes. Sixty-two percent of those who died were not buckled in properly. “Buckling up saves lives. As parents and caregivers, we have the responsibility to make sure that our children are properly restrained everytime they ride in a car.” Said Insurance Comissioner Wayne Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina.  There are more than 62 available checking stations across North Carolina.  Each of these stations has trained technicians who can teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use child restraints in vehicles.         toddler_carSeats

Computer Network Issues Causing Problems at Some NC DMV Offices

Computer network issues are causing sporadic problems in some North Carolina DMV license offices and license plate agency offices across the state, as well as for some on-line services.

Offices affected by the problem may be unable to process driver license/ID applications and vehicle registrations or title applications. Technicians are working on resolving the problem.

Until service is restored, customers planning to go to their local DMV office this afternoon are urged to call ahead to make sure the service they need will be available. You can access the office numbers by going to the DMV website (http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/contact) , going to the Find a DMV Office section, and then selecting Driver License & School Bus Offices and the county where the office is located, then clicking the Submit button. The address and phone number of each office in that county will come up.