Ground broken for new Early Head Start center


Shelby Haun speaks at last week’s groundbreaking ceremony. - Crystal Huskey

Former Anderson County Schools Superintendent Larry Foster has always tried to approach education holistically. For him, early education plays a big role in that. Foster said that, although he didn’t know it, he and his family grew up poor. His younger brothers and sisters benefited from Head Start. “Not only was it an academic educational program, it was a program for all facets of life,” he said. Armed with that background, he and his wife Nancy brought their passion for Head Start to Anderson County Schools decades ago. On Friday, they and many others celebrated the groundbreaking for an Early Head Start with adult education in support of pregnant moms and teen parents, which will be built behind the Anderson County Career and Technical Center. Early Head Start serves children age six weeks through three years old.

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TBI investigating inmate death

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating an apparent hanging death of an inmate at the Anderson County jail.

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Looking back at a busy 2018

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank took time to reflect on a busy 2018. Here’s what she had to say: Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2018? A: 2018 was a busy year all across the county as we had almost every office up for election. I’m proud of our continued emphasis on education and also workforce training. A big moment was an actual groundbreaking for our new TCAT facility (Tennessee College of Applied Technology.) I believe this to be a great symbol of what we can accomplish when various community partners come together in one accord to see a vision realized. Commissioner Isbel sponsored a visioning workshop where we heard from folks in the community about what they want our county to be, to accomplish, to strive for. I consider this a step in a new direction where we discuss where we would all like to focus our sights as elected leaders. Q: What improvements took place in EMS? A: I believe an audit of our EMS Department was a great accomplishment, providing transparency and analysis and helping us better partner with county commission as we provide these critical services to citizens. I’m very proud that much needed funding for critical capital needs was provided. I’m thankful to commission as 2018 saw the arrival of new cardiac monitors for our ambulances. These new monitors are able to directly impact patient care as the hospital is able to directly connect with real time data on the monitors. 2019 will see a lot more work on EMS, and will also see the arrival of new ambulances provided by commission.

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Don’t be a victim of tax preparer fraud

As tax season steadily approaches, many taxpayers will decide that they need to seek out professional tax advice. The tax-preparation industry is mostly made up of honest individuals and companies that have the knowledge to assist you. You may have already seen commercials for them on TV or received advertisements in the mail. However, the industry also includes some unscrupulous figures who make their money by taking advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers. I know because I’ve seen the effects firsthand. At Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, where I’m an attorney, about 30 percent of our clients seek our help with issues related to bad tax preparation, tax preparer fraud or identity theft. These situations are more widespread than you might think, and can have a devastating effect on individuals and families. You don’t have to be a financial expert to be able to spot when your tax adviser isn’t on the level. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when seeking tax advice. Look closely at what you’re paying for.

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