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ABOUT FRANKLIN

Welcome to Franklin, NC

Franklin, NC Named One of the Best Places to Retire

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this quaint southwestern North Carolina town offers a change of pace and a never-ending supply of activities for the entire family. Franklin, NC was recently featured in Where to Retire Magazine and named one of Retirement Lifestyles Magazine’s Top 10 places to retire.

Franklin, NC is large enough to offer almost anything you need, yet small enough to offer the highest quality of life. Nature’s wonders, history and heritage, as well as other interesting and unique diversions make Franklin, NC the ideal place for a relaxing, refreshing getaway – truly the home of mountain treasures and simple pleasures.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Airport

The Macon County Airport, located at 1241 Airport Road (off of NC Highway 28 and approximately 5 miles north of Franklin) has a 4,400 foot by 75 foot runway. It will accommodate VFR only, no instruments. Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to dusk. For further information, call (828) 524-5529.

Automobile Tags

Within 30 days of establishing residency, you must also obtain a North Carolina automobile tag. This may be done at 118 East Depot Street. They can be reached at (828) 369-8165.

Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are available within town limits. Beer and wine may be purchased at a number of stores. Distilled liquor may be purchased at the ABC Store at 149 Macon Plaza off of Highlands Road.

A number of restaurants have full-service bars offering a fantastic variety of wines, beer and liquor by the drink.

 

Business License
You may obtain a Privilege License to do business in the Town of Franklin at City Hall at 188West Main Street. If your business is to be located outside of the town limits, no license is required unless for regulatory purposes.

 

Cablevision & Satelite Service

Mediacom has the local contract for cablevision. They may be reached at 1-800-946-5388. In addition, there are a number of satellite service providers in our county.

Driver's License

You have 30 days after you move here to apply for a North Carolina driver’s license. You may do so out in the Macon Industrial Park off of US 64 West at 277 Industrial Park Road. They may be reached at (828) 524-3592.

Electric Service

Our service is provided by Duke Energy. For new service call them at (828) 524-2121.

Fire & Emergency Services

The Macon County Emergency Medical Service, which is available by dialing 911, provides ambulance services. Fire service is provided by a number of volunteer fire departments which are all available through 911. A regional air ambulance is also based in Franklin for extreme medical emergencies.

Garbage Collection

Residents have the choice of hiring a private service or using the convenience centers scattered through the county. The convenience centers also provide for recycling of glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard. The landfill is located on Lakeside Drive just outside of Franklin off Lake Emory Road.

Government

The Town of Franklin in governed by a mayor and Board of Aldermen. Day to day operations are supervised by a town manager. The City Hall is located at 188 West Main Street and they be called at (828) 524-2516. The mayor and Board of Aldermen hold meetings on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in City Hall.

Macon County, of which Franklin is the County Seat, is governed by a Board of Commissioners with day to day operations being supervised by the county manager. They are located at 5 West Main Street and may be contacted at (828) 349-2025. The Board of Commissioners meet the second Monday at 6:00 PM in the County Courthouse. If you have an item for their agenda, merely call the week before scheduled meetings in order to reserve space on the appropriate agenda.

 

Heating Fuel
Natural Gas is available within limited areas. The customer service office of Toccoa Natural Gas is in Westgate Shopping Center. Propane gas and other heating fuels are available through a number of distributors.

 

Law Enforcement

This is provided by Franklin Police Department at 97 East Main. For emergencies, dial 911, for non-emergencies, call (828) 524-2864. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department and jail is on Lakeside Drive. For emergencies, dial 911, for non-emergencies dial (828) 524-2811.

Library

We have an exceptional library at 819 Siler Road. Their number is (828) 524-3600. A new 29,000 square foot facility.

Post Office

The Post Office is located on Depot Street in Franklin. Highlands, Nantahala, Otto, Scaly Mtn., Topton and Aquone also have post offices.

Taxes

The tax structure in North Carolina includes income tax on personal and business income. Sales tax is collected at the rate of 6.75% on all goods purchased with the exception of prescription drugs, gasoline, coin operated laundry, false teeth, eyeglasses, motor vehicles and goods purchased for resale. The sales tax on motor vehicles is 3%. In addition to sales tax on lodging, there is a 3% lodging tax. Property taxes are administered and levied by the town and county.

Telephone & Internet

New residents may obtain phone service from Frontier by calling 1-877-462-8188. Existing customers of Frontier may visit  Frontier Customer Service. online.   In addition, there are a number of cell phone providers, and local Internet service provided by  Balsam West and Frontier.

Voter Registration

Residents must register 30 days prior to an election, be a U.S. Citizen, and be 18 years of age or older by the election date. To register to vote contact: Macon County Board of Elections, Macon County Courthouse, 5 W. Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-2034.

Water & Sewer

The Town of Franklin provides water and sewer service. Their office is at 188 West Main Street and they may be phoned at (828) 524-2516.

TOWN & COUNTY OFFICES

Franklin Fire Department

828-524-2332

NC Driver's License Office

828-524-3592

Macon County Courthouse

Macon County Courthouse
828-349-2000
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734

Macon County Board of Education
Macon County Board of Education
828-524-3314
P.O. Box 1029
Franklin, NC 28734

 

Macon County Board of Elections
Macon County Emergency Medical Services

Macon County Emergency Medical Services
828-349-2067
c/o Macon County Courthouse
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734

Macon County Humane Society

Macon County Humane Society
828-524-4588

Macon County Inspections

 

LOCAL STATE & FEDERAL OFFICES

NC Employment Security Commission

828-369-9534

NC Driver's License Office

828-524-3592

NC License Plate Agency
828-369-8165

 

NC Division of Forestry

828-369-8677

Social Security Administration

828-369-2684

US Forest Service Wayah Ranger Dist.

828-524-6441
90 Sloan Rd.
Franklin NC 28734

US Post Office
828-524-3219
Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28734

 

ABOUT FRANKLIN

Community Profile of Franklin, NC

General Information

County seat: Franklin

County land area: 516.23 sq. miles

Average annual snowfall: 6.8 in.

Average July temperature: 78 degrees

Average Elevation: 2,113 ft. above sea level

Average annual rainfall: 53 in.

Average January temperature: 41 degrees

Population

Population (County): 33,922

Population (City of Franklin): 3,490

Population density: 63.06 per square mile

Education

% of high school graduates: 77.4%

% of college graduates: 16.2%

SAT scores: 1,528

Total enrollment K-12: 4,400

Enrollment Franklin High School: 1,011

Employment

3rd Quarter, 2011 Unemployment Rate: 10.1%

Workforce 3rd Quarter, 2011: 15.520

Infrastructure

Wastewater treatment capacity: 2.500m/g/d

Phone service: Frontier, 877-462-8188

Natural gas service: Toccoa Natural Gas, 828-349-1222

Electric service: Duke Power 866-332-5253

Health Providers

Number of physicians : 77

Population / physician ratio: 22.7 per 10,000

Hospitals: 2 with 100 + beds

Nursing homes: 2

Population/RN ratio: 63.6 per 10,000

Population/dentist ratio: 4.4 per 10,000

Urgent Care: 1

Intermediate/Long-term care: 1

Income

Per capita income: $21, 684

Median family income : $47,228

Total Retail Sales: $321,000,000

Total Retail Businesses: 488

Taxes

County: 2009/2010 property taxes/$100 value: $0.2790

Town of Franklin: property taxes/ $100 value: $0.25

Churches Available in Area

Protestant: 65

Catholic: 1

Jewish: 1

Other: 4

Driving Distance

Atlanta, GA: 130

Greenville, SC: 105

Asheville, NC: 65

Knoxville, TN: 109

Raleigh, NC: 316

Highways Serving Area

US Highways: 23, 441, and 64

North Carolina highways: 28

Government

Franklin: Mayor, Board of Aldermen, 828-524-2516

Macon: Board of Commissioners, County Manager 828-349-2025

Planning & Zoning

Zoning Ordinance: Town of Franklin 828-349-2072

Planning Commission: County – Derek Roland, 828-349-2571

Town: Justin Setzer, 828-524-2516

Law Enforcement

Franklin: Police, 828-524-2864

County: Sheriff’s Office, 828-349-2104

Communications

Local newspapers: 4

Television networks: 4

Internet service providers: 5

Local radio stations: 3

Cable service: Franklin only

Recreation Programs

Program: County

Swimming pools: public: 1

Tennis courts: public: 4

Country clubs: 1

Golf courses: public: 3

Industrial Park

Macon County Industrial Park: 102 acres

Major Industrial Employers Link

Caterpillar Industries: 240 employees

Whitley Products: 180 employees

Shaw Industries: 300 employees

Drake Software: 300 employees

Duotech Services: 25 employees

Tektone Mfg: 90 employees

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