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Community News

  • Life through a century

    By Brittany Fuller

    News Staff

    Ernest Watts was born May 20, 1915, in West Virginia, and has settled for the remainder of his life in Anderson County where he celebrated his 102nd birthday in May. Watts describes himself as very laid back, and said that may be the key to his long, eventful life.

    Growing up, Watts said he didn’t like country life.

    “We lived in the country, and I was never happy with the country,” said Watts. “But I made the best of it.”

  • Not your daddy’s 911

    Imagine the day when instead of describing a sick or injured person’s emergency over the phone, a 911 caller can simply stream live video to first responders, or shoot them a text message, asking for help.

    That day isn’t here, yet, but got a little closer recently when Lawrenceburg’s 911 call center received a $41,677 grant from the state’s office of Homeland Security.

    Todd Sparrow, the center’s director and chairman of the joint city-county 911 board, said the grant will be used to replace older radio consoles with digital ones.

  • Born to write

    Local well-known author Ann Gabhart, an Anderson County native and graduate of Anderson County High School, has received recognition for her latest novel published last March which has the possibility of winning the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award next month. Her novel, “Murder Comes by Mail” as part of her Hidden Springs mystery series, is one-in-three finalists competing for the award.

  • Hall gets a second chance at recovery

    Cocaine and alcohol destroyed former Anderson County resident Denzil Hall’s business, and nearly cost him his life.

    Thanks to Isaiah House, a non-profit drug and alcohol abuse treatment center, he’s making a second effort to change all that.

  • Premature baby finally able to come home

    By Brittany Fuller

    News staff

    Kim Waldridge had a fairly normal pregnancy besides only being able to work minimal hours due to complications from a pre-pregnancy injury. Her pregnancy however took a turn her family didn’t expect when she delivered her son almost a month early, landing the premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU.

    “It caught us off guard,” said Cody Waldridge, Kim’s husband. “We weren’t expecting any complications. It was an emotional rollercoaster.”

  • County fire district now paying 13 part-time firefighters

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Anderson County now has paid firefighters for the first time in the county fire district’s existence.

    The district, which levies its own property tax on residents outside of the city, now has 13 part-time firefighters working out of Station 1 on Wildcat Road.

    The firefighters began staffing the station July 3 for eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, times when getting volunteers to answer calls is the most difficult.

  • Land, Water Conservation Fund Board to meet

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Advisory Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. to make funding recommendations for the 2017 LWCF applications, according to a news release.

    The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the offices of the Department for Local Government.

    The meeting is scheduled to be held at 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 340, Frankfort.

  • Neighbors wanted firefighters to let drug house burn

    An abandoned house known for being a hangout for drug users caught fire July 4, prompting neighbors to encourage firefighters to let it burn.

    “Some of the neighbors told us they’d prefer to see it burn,” said Anderson County Fire Chief Pat Krogman, whose firefighters were instead able to extinguish the five-alarm fire at 1043 Terri Lane in the Glenview subdivision off Fox Creek Road.

    “We found needles used for heroin … all types of things like crack spoons. There was quite a bit of drug paraphernalia laying around.”

  • Giles graduates from West Point U.S. Military Academy

    Cadet Michael Giles graduated June 16 from the U.S. Military Academy, his family announced.

    Giles, a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School is a son of Rebecca Giles, grandson of William Henderson and the late Peggy Henderson; Dennis and Cheryle Giles; and great-grandson of the late Arthur and Olive Cooper.

  • Hanks family holds annual reunion in county park

    From staff reports

    Descendants of D.F. and Nannie Hanks held a reunion July 4 at the county park in Lawrenceburg.

    The reunion has been held annually since 1946. Attending were: Cozette and Robbie Hanks; Ashley and Jeremy Dickerson; Gene and Mary Ruth Cinnamon; Blondie Warford; Ellery and Julie Milburn; Greg and Denise Cinnamon; Jason, Janice, Wyatt and Hudson Alexander; Charlie and Patsy Cammark; Kathy Shryock; L.W.; Stephanie and Charley Barnes; Zackary and Donna Freeman; and Charlie Gritton all of Lawrenceburg