Intersection to bear name of slain sheriff's sergeant

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 6, 2007


A busy east-county intersection will be renamed after a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy who was slain near there in August.

Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to name the crossroads at Lumsden Road West and Kings Avenue the Sgt. Ron Harrison Memorial Intersection.

Harrison, 55, a Hillsborough Sheriff's deputy of more than 27 years, was shot to death in the early morning hours of August 15, not long after leaving a drunken driver checkpoint.

Authorities say 24-year-old Michael Allen Phillips ambushed the deputy. Phillips later died in an exchange of gunfire with a SWAT team.

The county had initially proposed renaming a stretch of Lumsden after Harrison. But 911 officials expressed concern about possible confusion.

Descendents of the citrus-growing Lumsden family, while respectful of county desires to memorialize Harrison, also raised concerns, so the proposal shifted to renaming the intersection.


Teachers, School Board agree on new contract

Hernando County teachers and the School Board reached a tentative agreement Wednesday on a contract.

Teachers' salaries would rise by 6.04 percent this year, plus the full cost of a 1 percent health care insurance increase.

The Hernando Classroom Teacher's Association union and the School Board still must approve the plan.


Dukes' estranged wife discharges her attorney

The off again, on again relationship between baseball player Elijah Dukes' estranged wife and her divorce attorney is once again off.

Catherine Real has been representing NiShea Gilbert in her divorce from Dukes, the Rays outfielder recently traded to the Washington Nationals.

But Real said Wednesday that Gilbert no longer wants her services. She'd rather hash out the rest of her divorce case with a mediator instead of a lawyer, Real said.

Real plans to ask the court for permission to formally withdraw from the case.


Lowe's seeks approval for new store on U.S. 19

About a year after first approaching the city, representatives from Lowe's Home Improvement returned to the City Commission Tuesday seeking approval for a development agreement and zoning changes.

The chain plans to build a store on U.S. 19, just south of the proposed Wal-Mart near the Anclote River.

Though commissioners granted the request, it sparked a heated discussion. Commissioners debated numerous aspects of the project, from traffic congestion to wetlands mitigation.


Brooksville retains mayor: Reluctant to lose momentum in their efforts to straighten out the troubled Brooksville Housing Authority, City Council bucked its own tradition this week to appoint David Pugh to a second consecutive year as mayor.