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  • Woman arrested for human trafficking

    A woman was charged with human trafficking Saturday night for allegedly "coercing” children to peddle cookies and candy in Lawrenceburg and keeping almost all of the proceeds for herself.

    Rhonda Bell, 32, of 4519 Cane Run Road, Louisville allegedly had nine male children between the ages of 9 and 16 selling “peppermint thin cookies” for her at the time of her arrest, according to a police report.

    She entered a plea of not guilty on the Class B felony charge Monday morning in Anderson District Court and was ordered held on a $10,000 bond.

  • ‘We’ll find, harvest and destroy it’

    Monday wasn’t a good day for whomever grew a sizeable patch of marijuana in western Anderson County.

    Sheriff Joe Milam, Chief Deputy Robbie Armstrong, Sgt. Greg Boblitt and deputy Loren Wells of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office each had a hand in chopping down and destroying what the sheriff called was a “mature” patch of marijuana plants, following a tip.

    Milam said there were 15 mature plants found with an estimated street value of around $30,000.

    “They usually go for about $2,000 a plant,” said Milam.

  • Luttrell guilty of murder

    The twice-convicted felon who shot and killed a Fairview Road man in his own driveway three years ago will likely spend at least the next 20 years in prison after being convicted last Thursday of murder.

    Gary Luttrell, 42, received a recommended sentence of 60 years last Friday from the same jury that found him guilty a day earlier of murdering Steven Briscoe in 2013.

  • It’s time to Burgoo

    Will five-time defending cook-off champion Jesse Sanford successfully defend his title?

    Who will be crowned winner of the inaugural burgoo eating contest?

    Who will be declared winner of the ugliest lamp contest?

    Those questions and plenty more will be answered when the annual Burgoo Festival kicks off Friday afternoon in Lawrenceburg.

    The cook-off, scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., has become one of the festival’s highlights and this year will feature eight teams competing for bragging rights.

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.

  • Stiff competition awaits reigning cook-off champ

    Will this be the year someone, anyone finally knocks off five-time Burgoo Cook-Off champion Jesse Sanford?

    There will be plenty of teams trying to do just that during the annual fundraiser for Sheriff Joe Milam’s Shop With a Cop program, which raises money to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Green.

    The contest is simple. Teams set up a booth and bring gallons upon gallons of burgoo. Judging is done by anyone willing to make a $2 donation to Shop With a Cop.

  • Eating contest to follow cook-off

    Call it gluttony for a good cause.

    Ten competitors will see who can eat a full quart of burgoo the quickest in the inaugural Burgoo Eating Contest to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

    The event is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Green, immediately following the Burgoo Cook-Off.

  • ‘Let’s pack it out downtown!’

    To say David Wayne Johnson is pumped to be playing Lawrenceburg is like saying there is a pot of stew at the Anderson County Burgoo Festival.

    It’s an understatement of major proportions.

    “I want this to be a big show,” Johnson said via a Facebook message last week. “I’m expecting to see a lot of friends, family and country music fans.”

  • Highway 151 residents to discuss lawsuit Monday

    With a trial date looming, the group of Highway 151 residents suing the state’s transportation department has planned another town hall-styled meeting for Monday, Sept. 26 at Alton Christian Church.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

    Tom Isaac, one of the people leading the lawsuit to ban non-local commercial vehicles from the narrow stretch of dangerous highway through Alton, said it’s important for residents to stay informed on the progress of the lawsuit and show their support.

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.