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  • Judge candidate defends using other's words on her website

    At least some of the writings presented on leadership and tourism on judge-executive hopeful Donna Drury’s campaign website aren’t her own, she acknowledged in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

    The material she used does not credit the actual authors of the work, but Drury said she doesn’t think it is necessary to do so because she claims to have their permission to use it.

    “These are personal friends of mine,” she said.

  • Bikes banned in skateboard park, for now

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday morning to ban bicycles from the new skateboard park, at least temporarily.

    Magistrates unanimously approved the measure as part of adopting formal rules for the skateboard park, which opened earlier this summer.

    Magistrate Buddy Sims brought up the issue of bicycles, saying he knows little about skateboard parks but is concerned about the safety of having riders utilize the facility along with skateboarders.

  • Lost and found

    Lana Trent’s emotions ran from panic to elation in just one afternoon.

    The panic set in when she realized that a prized family heirloom had slipped from her finger while she had lunch last month at a local restaurant.

    Hours later, elation set in when the ring she thought she’d never see again was back on her finger where it belongs.

  • Coroner calls woman's death accidental drowning

    A woman died last Wednesday in what the Anderson County coroner’s office is preliminarily calling an accidental drowning.

    Linda Sue Hyatt Gill, 51, was found in the family pool around 1:20 a.m. on June 30, said Deputy Coroner David Walden.

    Walden said preliminary autopsy reports show Gill’s death was due to drowning, although toxicology reports and the final autopsy won’t be available for a few weeks.

    Gill’s daughter and a friend had been draining the pool June 29 to get it ready for swimming, Walden said.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 6.

    Jeffery C. Robinson, motion to revoke probation, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, failure to notify Department of Transportation of change of address -- installment/deferred payment Sept. 23.

    Anita M. Sallee, motion to revoke probation, theft by unlawful taking (under $300) -- revoked 30 days (10 days jail, 40 days home incarceration program), review June 3, work release approved.

  • Woman to cops: 'Let me go and I'll ... '

    A woman who allegedly swiped a van last Friday in Waddy was arrested and charged with a host of violations, including allegedly trying to bribe two state police officers by offering them oral sex.

    Jillian Fortier, 25, of Miami, Fla., was charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000, driving with a suspended license and two counts of bribery of public servants.

    The bribery charge stems from the offer she made to Trooper Marvin Kelly and a fellow officer while they interviewed her in the Lawrenceburg Police station, Kelly said.

  • 'It's too late now'

    The Anderson County Board of Health passed the health department’s budget, but had to pull roughly $90,000 from its reserve funds to do so.

    The board passed the budget during a special called meeting last Wednesday night. Along with tapping its reserves, the board approved what amounts to a hiring freeze, no pay increases and not filing a position after a current employee retires.

  • Cornish blisters tourism chairman

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court stripped its tourism commission of directly receiving funding and paying its bills last Wednesday following an investigation by The Anderson News into how the agency operates.

    Magistrates did so at the urging of County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis, but not until Judge-Executive Steve Cornish delivered a blistering public rebuke of comments made in last week’s newspaper by tourism chairman Dan Stumph.

  • July 4 events set for Saturday night

    A parade, music, food and fireworks are all parts of the Independence Day celebration planned this Saturday by the City of Lawrenceburg and Anderson County government.

    Beginning at 5 p.m., the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 is hosting the veterans’ parade lineup at the Legion Fairgrounds, located on West Broadway. Hot dogs, chips and other refreshments will be provided for all parade participants during the lineup.

  • Magistrates return $1.3M in unused stimulus funds

    Fiscal court magistrates voted to send roughly $1.3 million in federal stimulus funding back to the state during their meeting last Wednesday morning.

    Magistrates seemed largely unaware that the funding had been awarded to Anderson County, or what it could be used for.

    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis said she became aware of the funding when she received a call from someone with GE Capital, asking if the county had plans for the funding.