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  • Defending Beasmore lawsuit nears $50K

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court has burned through nearly half of its legal defense liability insurance coverage in defending itself against a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a fired county employee.
    And that’s just through February.
    The most current records show that the law firm representing the fiscal court has billed and been paid just under $44,000, including $1,341 in expenses.

  • ‘He always had a smile on his face’

    In a county dominated by Democrats, he became what is believed to be the only Republican to serve as its judge-executive.
    As chairman of the school board, he was involved in perhaps the most controversial education decision ever made: closing Western High School in 1989.
    Yet through it all, Tommy Cotton remained a person beloved by nearly everyone who knew him, both in politics and in life.

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  • Shelby jailer makes pitch for inmates

    Shelby County’s jailer is wasting little time in trying to capitalize on the unresolved feud between the Anderson and Franklin County jailers.
    Shelby Jailer Bobby Waits pitched his jail’s availability to the Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night, saying he would welcome Anderson inmates — and the roughly $600,000 in revenue they would pour into his jail’s budget — with open arms.
    “I think we can work together,” Waits said. “I wanted you to meet me and get to know me.”

  • Conway not happy with comp plan

    A clearly agitated John Wayne Conway spoke out strongly last Tuesday night about the way the joint county-city comprehensive plan update is being conducted.
    The judge-executive said he remains frustrated that there seems to be no apparent movement to have property on each side of US 127 near the Bluegrass Parkway designated for future industrial use by the committee performing the update.

  • 15 vying for Junior Miss

    The 2012 Junior Miss Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Anderson County High School auditorium.
    Admission is $10.
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the pageant locally, and will include a commemorative program for former Anderson County resident Lydia Hodson Copeland, who was America’s Junior Miss in 1972.
    This year’s pageant features 15 high school juniors vying for the coveted crown and the host of academic scholarships it includes.

  • ‘Super moon’
  • We have liftoff
  • Broadband deal still in the works

    The South Anderson Water Authority inched closer to a final agreement with a broadband internet provider during its meeting last week.
    The water authority and Shelby Broadband are still ironing out details of a plan that will let the company install antennas on its water towers, which are located across Anderson County outside of Lawrenceburg.
    Shawn Cook, operations manager for the water district, said the authority made some revisions to the contract during its meeting last week and planned to send it to Shelby Broadband.

  • Sheriff’s office investigating boy’s death

    Unanswered questions are swirling around the death of a 15-year-old after he was found unconscious March 12 on Hickory Grove Road.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office revealed March 19 that an investigation is ongoing, but few details were revealed in the news release, including the boy’s name.
    He is not an Anderson County student, sources said.
    The boy was pronounced dead by the Franklin County Coroner’s office March 12 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.