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  • Penis amputation trial starts next week

    By Lisa King
    Landmark News Service
    Jury selection is scheduled to begin Aug. 18 in the trial of a man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis allegedly without his consent.
    Phillip Seaton, of Waddy, claims Dr. John Patterson did not have his permission to remove his penis during a circumcision procedure in 2007.
    The case was moved up by one day on the calendar during a pretrial hearing last Wednesday before Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, who asked for the earlier start date.

  • Lightning temporarily knocks out newspaper's phones

    A lightning strike has temporarily disabled the telephone system at The Anderson News.

    The strike apparently ocurred over the weekend.

    At 9 a.m., AT&T was working on the problem.

    The newspaper's website and e-mail were not affected by the strike, nor was its fax line (839-3118).

    Until the phone system is restored, call 502-517-6279 for assistance.

  • County needs to take action on abandoned homes

    To the editor:
    I’m very disappointed in our county and find it hard to believe that there is a lack of legal recourse for abandoned properties like the one on Hammond Road.  
    Why do we even have the processes in place to condemn or issue orders to destroy a building because it is a fire hazard if there are no laws to enforce such orders?  

  • Spilled oil on US 127 slows down traffic
  • Magistrates table setting new tax rate

    Taxpayers will have to wait at least a few more days to find out if their county property tax rates will go up.
    During its meeting Tuesday morning, the Anderson County Fiscal Court voted to table setting its tax rate for 2011-12 because of confusion over exactly how much revenue it would receive.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said he had received tax rate details from Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers that came to one conclusion, and from the state’s Department of Local Government that came to another.

  • No new trial for Beasmore

    The joy during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court was obvious as word spread like wildfire that the woman who unsuccessfully sued the county on sexual harassment allegations would not receive a new trial.
    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis interrupted the work session portion of the meeting by simply announcing: “Overruled.”
    Magistrates broke out in smiles at the news — news that had it gone the other way, could have proved very costly to taxpayers.

  • Fix them up, or else

    The owner of a crumbling house on Hammond Road has been warned and now has just 30 days to come up with a plan to address the problem before being hauled into District Court.
    And he’s not alone. The county’s code enforcement officer, Doug Ingram, has also put on notice the owner of a burned out structure in Fox Creek on Highway 62, as he ratchets up the pressure to get both eyesores cleaned up.

  • Ex-social services worker indicted

    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, aka Margaret Stafford, whose address on the indictment is listed as Floral City, Fla., is facing Class D felony charges for allegedly making false entries in a public record nine times between 2006 and 2010, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Murphy is scheduled to appear Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Anderson County Circuit Court in front of Judge Charles Hickman.

  • All Eyes on the Flies

    Homeowners hang sticky strips from their ceilings, purchase an array of potions and sprays and use swatters to squish them flat.
    For them, flies are a nuisance to a large degree, a sanitary concern to a lesser.
    But for cattle farmers, the reason to control flies is much simpler: Flies pestering their herd means less money in their pockets.
    Here’s how: When cattle, particularly calves, spend the bulk of their time shooing flies from their faces and backs, they eat less, weigh less and ultimately fetch less money at auction.

  • County has surplus revenue, but not very much

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court isn’t exactly flush with cash, but it isn’t broke, either.
    County Treasurer Dudley Shryock briefed magistrates during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting, revealing that county government had approximately $1.2 million in surplus funds when its fiscal year ended June 30.
    That amount is deceiving, though, because it will take roughly 75 percent of the total to operate county government between now and the time property tax receipts start coming in, according to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.