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Today's News

  • County needs to take action on abandoned homes

    To the editor:
    I’m very disappointed in our county and find it hard to believe that there is a lack of legal recourse for abandoned properties like the one on Hammond Road.  
    Why do we even have the processes in place to condemn or issue orders to destroy a building because it is a fire hazard if there are no laws to enforce such orders?  

  • The myth of the slippery slope

    I don’t believe in the slippery slope.
    You know, that metaphorical downward hill of depravity everyone talks about.
    I basically put it in the same category as the bogeyman. Or unicorns.
    I consider myself a pretty respectful and responsible person. I pay my taxes. I give change to the Salvation Army at Christmastime. I refrain from taking candy from small children, or kicking cute puppies.
    Imagine my astonishment when I learn that my generation’s sliding down the slope’s shifting sands of immorality.  

  • Common sense in short supply

    Column as I see ’em …
    Here’s a thought from a reader that makes sense — that is unless the goofy rules handed down from state government are applied.
    I received an e-mail from a reader who requested anonymity but wanted to weigh in on the school district’s decision not to budget to purchase high school text books, allowing instead the school’s site based council (which has no authority to tax but in this case is doing so anyway) to ding each kid $50 as an “instructional fee.”

  • 127 yard sale starts Thursday

    The annual 127 Yard Sale, which stretches 675 miles from Hudson, Mich., to Gadsen, Ala., will draw thousands of visitors to Anderson County starting Aug. 4-7.
    Described in a news release as the world’s longest yard sale, the 127 corridor yard sale began as a means of getting drivers off the interstate and on the roadways of rural and America. The event, celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, is always held the first Thursday in August through the first Sunday, Aug. 4-7.

  • Spilled oil on US 127 slows down traffic
  • Magistrates table setting new tax rate

    Taxpayers will have to wait at least a few more days to find out if their county property tax rates will go up.
    During its meeting Tuesday morning, the Anderson County Fiscal Court voted to table setting its tax rate for 2011-12 because of confusion over exactly how much revenue it would receive.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said he had received tax rate details from Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers that came to one conclusion, and from the state’s Department of Local Government that came to another.

  • No new trial for Beasmore

    The joy during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court was obvious as word spread like wildfire that the woman who unsuccessfully sued the county on sexual harassment allegations would not receive a new trial.
    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis interrupted the work session portion of the meeting by simply announcing: “Overruled.”
    Magistrates broke out in smiles at the news — news that had it gone the other way, could have proved very costly to taxpayers.

  • Fix them up, or else

    The owner of a crumbling house on Hammond Road has been warned and now has just 30 days to come up with a plan to address the problem before being hauled into District Court.
    And he’s not alone. The county’s code enforcement officer, Doug Ingram, has also put on notice the owner of a burned out structure in Fox Creek on Highway 62, as he ratchets up the pressure to get both eyesores cleaned up.

  • Ex-social services worker indicted

    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, aka Margaret Stafford, whose address on the indictment is listed as Floral City, Fla., is facing Class D felony charges for allegedly making false entries in a public record nine times between 2006 and 2010, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Murphy is scheduled to appear Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Anderson County Circuit Court in front of Judge Charles Hickman.

  • All Eyes on the Flies

    Homeowners hang sticky strips from their ceilings, purchase an array of potions and sprays and use swatters to squish them flat.
    For them, flies are a nuisance to a large degree, a sanitary concern to a lesser.
    But for cattle farmers, the reason to control flies is much simpler: Flies pestering their herd means less money in their pockets.
    Here’s how: When cattle, particularly calves, spend the bulk of their time shooing flies from their faces and backs, they eat less, weigh less and ultimately fetch less money at auction.