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  • City council to consider overhauling business license ordinance

    The city council will consider an overhaul of its business license ordinance, including merging it with one being used by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    During a special called meeting Monday afternoon, City Clerk Robbie Hume outlined the plan for council members, saying the city’s current ordinance is a “complex, complicated system is hard for businesses to use and for [city employees] to understand.”

  • Man stabbed, kicked in face after meeting to make rap video

    From staff reports
    What started out as two men meeting to make a rap video ended with one of them behind bars and the other repeatedly stabbed and kicked in the face.
    Joseph Blake Penny, 21, of 109 Brenda Drive, was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing Michael James Cunningham and kicking him in the face Jan. 26 behind a convenience store on Hilltop Drive, according to a report filed by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Friends raise money for man killed in wreck

    Justin would have loved it.
    That was the overriding takeaway from an event Saturday afternoon to honor the late Justin Thurman, a 21-year-old man killed last month when his truck crashed on Glensboro Road.
    Dozens of his friends and their pickup trucks gathered in the county park for a fundraiser to assist Thurman’s family.
    With a sheriff’s deputy escorting them onto US 127 Bypass, they traveled to Thurman’s home in Alton Station to show their respects for his parents, then onto the site of the crash that took his life on Glensboro Road.

  • ‘This is madness!’

    Alton Road residents added an arrow to their quiver in their efforts to ban heavy trucks from Alton Road when a tractor-trailer wrecked mid-morning Tuesday, injuring the driver.
    The wreck occurred in front of the home of one of the leading voices trying to get the trucks banned (see related story in this week's paper), adding yet more fuel to the fire.
    “Here we go again,” said an agitated Tom Isaac. “It just keeps happening.”

  • Rash of armed robberies continues

    Jagduhkumar (Jack) Patel said Saturday afternoon that he is scared.

    Just hours earlier, he, his father and an employee at 4 Way Stop N Go in Lawrenceburg at 1000 Dewey Drive in Lawrenceburg were held at gunpoint at just before 10 p.m. Friday while two suspects stole the money from both cash registers.

    “It was very scary,” he said. “I thought they were going to kill us.”

  • Pancake breakfast is Feb. 6

    From staff reports
    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast for Saturday, Feb. 6 from 7 a.m. to noon, the club has announced.
    The breakfast, which benefit’s the club’s annual scholarship fund, will be held in the cafeteria at Emma B. Ward Elementary School.
    Tickets are $7. Children younger than 5 are free with a paying adult, and players in uniform are also free with a paying adult.
    Tickets will be available at the door or from any Rotarian.

  • Making Lawrenceburg famous

    George Cummins knows a secret, but it’s not like he’s trying to keep it.
    From his home atop a ridge on McDonald Road just a few miles from town, Cummins has built a business that has a strong national reputation, is affiliated with one of the country’s largest sporting goods stores, has been featured on national television, pours hundreds of thousands of dollars directly into the local economy and has even expanded into another state.

  • 'Sitting on a time bomb'

    Alton residents put state officials on official notice Monday night when they packed the kitchen at Alton Christian Church.

    They want truck traffic temporarily banned on Alton Road, period, and demand that an independent survey of the road be conducted to prove it’s unsafe for heavy trucks.

  • ‘Pull them in and love them’

    Just hours before his son Justin was killed in a Jan. 15 wreck on Glensboro Road, Greg Thurman says he asked him several times not to leave his home.
    “I told him don’t go to town,” said Thurman, adding that his son’s friend, Kristian Baxter, 21, had called and asked Justin for a ride.
    “I told him don’t do that, don’t do that. I’ll give him a ride, but he said he needed to get away from here for a while. I told him I was tired of arguing, of asking him not to go and that one of these days, you’ll figure it out.

  • Booth to celebrate 100th birthday

    There are birthdays and then there are milestones. On Feb. 8, Ruth Brecht Booth will mark her 100th birthday.
    “I don’t think we will have 100 candles on the cake,” Ruth’s granddaughter Carol Zupanic said. “It might make the fire alarm go off.”
    When Booth turns 100 years old, she will join more than 53,000 Americans, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The U.S. currently has more 100-year-olds than any other country in the world.