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  • Chambers out, Catlett in as highway boss

    As a magistrate, John Wayne Conway called Chip Chambers one of the best county highway supervisors in the state.
    As the county’s next judge-executive, Conway has sent Chambers packing and will name one of Chambers’ former employees to replace him in that position.
    Chambers revealed Conway’s plans during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • County wants sex device, porn lawsuit tossed

    Calling at least one of her claims “absurd,” the Anderson County Fiscal Court has asked a judge to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former county employee.
    Lea Beasmore, who filed the lawsuit after she was fired last March, claims she was sexually harassed numerous times, shown pornographic videos and received a sex device commonly known as a vibrator from a co-worker.
    Called a motion for summary judgment, a hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in front of Circuit Judge Charles Hickman in the Anderson County Courthouse.

  • Fultz apologizes for ‘very poor decision’

    Anderson County Middle School Principal Gina Fultz contacted The Anderson News on Monday, asking that she be allowed to issue a statement regarding her Dec. 10 arrest in Madison County.
    Below is the statement, in its entirety.
    “I have been advised that I should remain silent until the legal process has been completed. However, I feel that the community deserves an explanation of this situation. Therefore, I would like to issue the following statement:

  • Fultz keeps job, will return Jan. 4

    When students return to the middle school following their Christmas vacation, Principal Gina Fultz is expected to be there, too.
    School Superintendent Sheila Mitchell confirmed Monday afternoon that she was aware of Fultz’ arrest and, as of Monday, Fultz remained employed.
    “I have not issued a suspension at this time,” Mitchell said. “As of right now, she’ll be back Jan. 4 with the students.”

  • Slain toddler’s mom awarded $250,000 in lawsuit vs. city

    The City of Lawrenceburg has agreed to pay the mother of a murdered toddler $250,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year.
    The settlement was based in part on a federal judge’s ruling that the city failed to properly train and supervise its police officers.
    Candice Dempsey’s son, Cole Frazier, was removed from her custody last May by Lawrenceburg police and handed over to his father, Timothy Frazier, who two weeks later killed the toddler and then himself.

  • Waddy mourns child’s death

    Sadness has blanketed the Shelby County community of Waddy and Heritage Elementary, where 6-year-old Elizabeth Brown went to kindergarten.

  • Water rate increase on tap?

    During this month’s meeting of the Lawrenceburg City Council, the city received a clean audit report, except for one thing.
    Auditor Tom Smith told council members the city needs to find a way to increase its revenue in the water and sewer departments to comply with its suggested bond parity rating, City Clerk Administrator Robbie Hume said.
    The water and sewer departments operate out of a separate budget than the rest of the city’s expenses, and the parity rating for that separate budget was 1.12 last year. The city’s suggested rating is 1.3.

  • ECC bond sale called a success

    Last week’s bond sale to fund the new Early Childhood Center project “went fine,” and the district is set to move forward with a 14-classroom facility, Anderson County Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Friday afternoon.
    However, Mitchell said the consensus from board members is that they will most likely change the plan to a 10-classroom facility. An official decision to do so will not be made until Jan. 4, at the earliest, she said.
    The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 to discuss the ECC project and other topics, Mitchell said.

  • Water line mailer raises questions for second time

    For the second time this year, Lawrenceburg residents are receiving a mailer about water service line coverage that, on first glance, appears as though it could be from a local utility provider.
    Several residents contacted The Anderson News with questions about the mailer last week, and wondered if it was a scam.
    A similar mailer from the same company, Home Service USA Management Corp., or Homeserve, made the rounds in February.

  • Middle school principal charged with DUI

    Anderson County Middle School Principal Gina Fultz, 48, was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 10 near her home in Madison County, according to police records.