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  • Schools taking steps to prevent MRSA outbreak

    A letter sent to the homes of all Anderson County public school students last week warns parents about risks of methicillin-resistant Staphylociccys aureus, or MRSA, was intended as a precautionary measure, said school nurse Michelle Searcy.

    "We've been in daily contact with the county health department and physicians," she said Thursday. "There are no confirmed cases that we're aware of. If we do have one, we will treat it appropriately."

    Two days ago, Searcy said there were still no confirmed cases in Anderson County schools.

  • Stevens wins race for 2nd District magistrate

    Democrat Forrest Stevens defeated Republican Martin Harley on Tuesday in a runoff election to determine who would serve the remaining three years of a four-year magisterial term.

    Harley, the incumbent in the 2nd District, was appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to replace Democrat Hubert Shields, who resigned last spring.

    Stevens, who was elected by about a 10-percent margin, credited his victory to a lot of hard work on the campaign trail.

  • Remembering the 'Forgotten War'

    Nov. 11, 1950, is indelibly etched in Bobby McCoun's memory. It's the day when he, a teenage Army infantryman from Anderson County, landed in war-torn North Korea.

    "We had been in Japan training ROK (Republic of Korea) soldiers," McCoun said in a recent interview. "We landed on Nov. 11 and went inland to relieve a Marine battalion."

    Once in country, McCoun was soon taking enemy fire.

  • Payroll tax appears dead

    At least four magistrates said Monday that they will not vote to enact a payroll tax on those who work in Anderson County, meaning the controversial issue is likely dead.

    Asked if he thinks the measure has a chance of receiving a majority vote among the seven members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, Magistrate John Wayne Conway said no.

    No, it wont pass, and I know that for a fact, said Conway. I know where the votes are at.

    Magistrate Larry Smith said he wont vote for the measure because its unfair to the small number of people who would have to pay it.

  • Public Record

    Editors Note: The Anderson News reports all misdemeanors, felony, and small claims judgments in District court except for juvenile court proceedings which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in Circuit Court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case,

    Police reports are taken from the information released from the local or state police departments and sheriffs office. Charges or citations reported to The Anderson News do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court.

  • Payroll tax on agenda for Oct. 8

    An occupational tax and other revenue-generating options are likely to be proposed during an Oct. 8 special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Since taking office in January, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish has repeatedly said the county is nearing a fiscal crisis as it tries to keep pace with growing demands for services.

    The meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will be an opportunity for Cornish and magistrates to suggest ideas for additional revenue to help offset those expenses.