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Today's News

  • For homebound, a visit can be best gift of all

    The holiday season is a time to not only give gifts that you can buy or make yourself but also to provide special service and visits to people you love.
    The homebound often appreciate a visit as much as having a gift. With limited access to the outside, a person’s world can shrink considerably and he may feel disconnected from people and the community.  

  • Child’s Christmas wish: shampoo and conditioner

    Kids can say the darnedest things, including some that will bring a tear to even the Grinch’s eyes.
    While looking over children’s applications for this year’s Shop With a Cop program, Sheriff Troy Young said one child’s wish list really brought home just how well off some folks are, and how tough it is for others.
    “We always look at needs first,” Young said following Saturday’s Shop With a Cop effort that resulted in Christmas gifts for around 50 children in need.

  • School board should put money where mouth is

    Do you think a school resource officer is worth spending $25,000?
    Last Thursday the school board came to an agreement with the sheriff’s office to increase county school resource officer Paul Blackhurst’s salary reimbursement.
    Now the board will reimburse half of Blackhurst’s salary for a total $25,0000, Finance Officer Nick Clark said.
    But not before some debate among board members.  

  • Fact: Tim Wright should be next health director

    Interim Health Director Tim Wright is the best person to lead the Anderson County Department of Health, and the following cold, hard facts, obtained via open records requests, make it perfectly clear.
    The Anderson County Board of Health is expected to name its new director when it meets next Thursday, and regardless the other candidates’ qualifications, degrees, pedigrees or anything else, the fact is Wright’s the best person for the job.

  • City won’t give county Ollie Bowen

    Give Ollie J. Bowen Drive to the county, and you might as well give away Main Street.
    That’s what council member Ken Evans says.    
    “I just don’t think we need to be giving away a street in the middle of town,” Evans said, adding that the reserved signs were just taken down on the street a few months ago. “Bowen Drive, Main Street. Same difference.”

  • Sewer system blows ‘bubbles’

    Anderson County drivers may have noticed piles of what appeared to be soap suds bubbling out from sewer drains on Court and Main streets on Monday afternoon.
    According to Public Works Director Larry Hazlett, these piles of soapy suds are actually pet shampoo lather run off from the company KNS, Inc., located on Railroad Street.  

  • Atkins appointed as chief of police

    Officer Chris Atkins is interim police chief no longer.
    Mayor Edwinna Baker announced at the city council’s Dec. 10 meeting that Atkins, who had been serving as interim police chief after former chief Tommy Burris retired this summer, would be appointed to the position of police chief for 2013.
    Atkins, along with current city council members and newly elected council member George Geoghegan, will be sworn in Dec. 28, the mayor said.

  • A once-in-a-century birthday

    A birthday like this comes once every 100 years.
    Kaitlyn Reed, a sixth grader at Anderson County Middle School, has known this for a while.
    She knew about it when she turned 9. She knew about it when she turned 10. According to her mother Kathryn Reed, Kaitlyn even talked about it after celebrating her 11th birthday last year.
    Born on Dec. 12, 2000, Kaitlyn will turn 12 on 12-12-12.

  • Trial date set for child-tying suspects

    A trial date has been set for the three people charged with first-degree criminal child abuse for allegedly tying up a 3-year-old girl for up to 16 hours each day.
    Parents Rebecca and Herbert Medley and grandmother Carolyn Case are scheduled to stand trial Feb. 25-27 in Anderson Circuit Court, according to documents on file in the courthouse.
    The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day, and Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman is scheduled to preside.
    A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.

  • Still wearing the 'A' on his chest

    Jonathan Haddix is living proof that nothing can squeeze the mat out of a wrestler's blood.

    Not sickness. Not even high school graduation.

    Nothing.

    “My senior year in high school, I was ranked in the (statewide) Top 10,” says Haddix, who wrestled at 189 pounds for Anderson County. “I got strep, mono, and walking pneumonia all a week before the regional tournament. I still wanted to wrestle but the doctor told me 'No.'

    “That was one of the lowest points of my life when I could not wrestle.”