County returns property to Orian Rugs, approves memorial

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By Stan Welch
In a brief meeting Tuesday night, the Anderson County Council approved amendments to their lease agreement with Orian Rugs, Inc., amendments that remove the county from the ownership chain and returning ownership of the property to the company. Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson explained that the company is seeking to streamline its business model and this administrative adjustment is designed to do that. He also reminded the Council that Orian paid one hundred ninety two thousand dollars in taxes to the county in the last fiscal year.
The Council also voted to instruct the appropriate county staff to proceed with a memorial to Parker Moore, a young man tragically murdered about two years ago. The memorial, proposed and funded by Parker’s father, Tony Moore will be located in a small space at the edge of the public soccer fields. Parker was an avid soccer player.
At a separate meeting, reserved for recognition and awards of various citizens and organizations, Tamara Cox, librarian at Wren High School , was recognized as the Anderson School District One Teacher of the Year.
Chairman Tommy Dunn appointed the members and chairs of the various standing committee, such as Planning and Public Works, Public Safety and various others. The makeup of those committees is available on the county website.
First reading approval was given to an amendment to the county ordinances, which established restrictions on the location of substance abuse treatment centers. The restrictions are similar to those placed on the location of bars to churches nd sewer treatment facilities to residential areas. The restrictions will require to more readings before taking effect.