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  • McCormick enters race for sheriff

    An independent candidate for sheriff filed the required number of signatures Monday to be on the ballot for November’s general election, according to documents filed at the Anderson County clerk’s office.

    By doing so, Jeff McCormick, 48, of 568 South Main St., will challenge incumbent Sheriff Troy Young, a Democrat.

    Young defeated a challenger in May’s primary. No Republican filed to run for sheriff this fall.

  • Pornography, sex toy trial set for April

    The trial of a woman suing the Anderson County Fiscal Court on charges that she was sexually harassed, shown pornography and given a sex toy before being fired from the judge-executive’s office is scheduled to begin next April 11 in Anderson Circuit Court, according to Anderson Circuit Court documents.

    Lea Beasmore, who was fired last March, filed the lawsuit last May. In it she claims that county building inspector Dean Lickliter brought a sexual device commonly known as a vibrator into her office last Feb. 14 and gave it to her.

  • Cat killings up, dogs down

    Put mildly, 2009 was a bad year for cats in Anderson County.

    While overall euthanasia rates at the Anderson Humane Society were down nearly 14 percent, the number of cats euthanized jumped 24 percent from 2008, according to statistics from the organization.

  • A voice for freedom

    BASRA, Iraq — Matt Hackathorn would love to be spending his time working on his Anderson City Road farm or hanging out with his buddies at Wash’s Cycles.

    But for now the lieutenant colonel has more pressing issues, including working to advance the voice of freed Iraqi soldiers, police officers and citizens.

    Hackathorn, a public affairs officer with the US Army, is stationed in Basra, Iraq’s southern most province that includes its only seaport, and an area key to making the war-torn fledgling democracy economically vibrant.

  • Cops nab paddle boat bandits

    Charges are pending against two teenagers who police say went on a theft spree by paddle boat over the Fourth of July weekend.

    The two juveniles — males ages 15 and 17 — apparently stole a paddle boat and used it as a means of transportation around Beaver Lake while stealing fishing equipment and other items from several locations, said Deputy Matt Rogers, with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

    The teenagers then loaded the stolen items into the bed of a pickup truck, he said.

  • More trouble for tourism?

    A budget passed last month by the county’s tourism commission could be declared invalid because one of the people who voted for it might not have had legal authority to do so.

    David Montgomery, who earlier this year was elected to the fiscal court as magistrate in the 5th District, voted to approve tourism’s budget as well as an $11,000 annual contract for its director. However, the fiscal court can’t find any record of him being appointed to tourism by the judge-executive, which is required under the ordinance by which the commission was created.

  • Cover girl

    For Emily Drury, riding horses is a way of life.

    Growing up on about 120 acres of land — she says she’s ridden all of them — Drury learned how to ride at the age of 3 and has been hooked ever since.

    “They turned me loose on my first horse, which was a bay walking horse, when I was 3,” Drury said. “We’d ride everywhere. They’d take me up and down the hills, through the creeks and if I fell off they’d make me get right back on.”

    Asked if she instantly fell in love with it, Drury’s response was quick.

  • ANALYSIS: Here's where your tax dollars go

    It should come as no surprise that the county’s largest public employer, the school system, receives nearly 65 percent of all county tax dollars collected.

    What is surprising is that county government, which includes the judge-executive’s office, planning and zoning, electrical and building inspections and the highway department receives only slightly more than the public library.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 24.

    Terry S. Allen, hearing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .138) -- show cause.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, license to be in possession, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license -- dismissed.

    Martin G. Begley, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- pleaded guilty, $643, show cause/installment/deferred payment Dec. 6.

  • Author says he doesn't know Drury

    The author of writing that appears on judge-executive hopeful Donna Drury’s campaign website says he never gave her permission to use the material.

    Asked last week why material written by someone else appeared on her website without crediting the actual author, Drury said she had received permission to do so.

    In two e-mails to The Anderson News, author Jerold Aust denies knowing Drury or giving her permission to use his thoughts on leadership on her website.