News in briefWritten by Admin
Chief deputy graduates FBI academy
Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes was one of 227 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the national academy program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.
FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Haynes said attending the FBI Academy was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was life changing for him on a personal and professional level.
Congressman meets with sheriffs
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, recently joined sheriffs and local law enforcement professionals from across his district for a roundtable to discuss the growing opioid problem in Western North Carolina.
Current studies show that an average of four North Carolinians die from a medication or drug overdose every day. Additionally, an April 2016 study notes that of the worst cities in America for opioid abuse, North Carolina contains four of the top 20 cities.
“The professionals closest to the problem are often the most well equipped to lead the charge in fixing it,” Meadows said.
Learn how to naturally detox
Linda Sparks, Naturopathic Doctor at Blue Ridge Natural Health, will present the program “Detox Naturally” from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Waynesville Library.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.
Safety Town Day in Macon County
Safe Kids Macon County has teamed up with the Rotary Club of Franklin Daybreak to host a Safety Town Day on April 22.
The daylong event will be all things kids, and all things safety. According to Safe Kids Macon County Coordinator Deputy Josh Stewart, nearly 30 businesses and organizations will be on hand with safety information, free giveaways, and activities for the community. The sheriff’s department and Franklin Police Department will be hosting a medicine take back event to give residents a chance to properly dispose of their unwanted medications. Safe Kids will also have free gunlocks for the community.
The free event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Robert C. Carpenter Building parking lot located on the Georgia Road on 441 South.
Denim Day planned for sexual assault awareness
All residents, businesses, agencies, students and school personnel are invited to participate in the sexual assault awareness/prevention campaign on April 26 called “Denim Day” by wearing jeans or denim.
On this day, the last Wednesday in April, millions across the country will participate and wear denim to address one of the major misconceptions about sexual assault, which is that what someone wears is an excuse for rape. The international campaign is being promoted locally by the Haywood County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, including REACH of Haywood and Haywood Community College.
Take a picture of you and friends wearing denim on that day and send it to www.reachofhaywood.org for display on their Facebook page.