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  • Jailer: Humor, dedication define sheriff’s career

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark as known retiring Sheriff Troy Young throughout his entire career and jumped at the chance to share her memories — both funny and frightening — at having the chance to work with him.

    Below are her thoughts on Young’s career.

    “I have worked with Troy almost 25 years and knew him long before that.

    “He was best man at our wedding in 1993.

  • Evans ‘proud’ of Young’s career

    When former Sheriff Jim Evans decided to retire in 2005, there was no question in his mind who then-judge-executive Anthony Stratton should pick to re-place him.

    “I asked the judge to consider Troy when I finished my term,” said Evans. “We had a good working relationship and we worked very well together.”

    As is the case when people are asked to recount memories of being around or working the Young, Evans was quick with a funny story.

  • Loren: ‘I’d give my life for him’

    The business of being a police officer is a serious one, but ask anyone who ever worked around Sheriff Troy Young about his sense of humor and to a person they can tick off a list of funny stories — including some suitable for print.

    Carl Loren, a United States Marshal and longtime law enforcement officer in Woodford County, became lifelong friends with Young during the early years of the DARE program, when they attended a training class nearly 30 years ago.

    “We went to the second-ever DARE training class,” he said.

  • Proud of her ‘baby brother’

    From staff reports

    The following was submitted by Sheriff Troy Young’s sister, Rosanna Young Motley.

    “I’ll start by saying I have been blessed with two brothers that I love and respect very much.

    “Troy is my baby brother. We’ve always been close even after Tommy and I moved 1,100 miles away to Texas.

  • Brother says sheriff did family proud

    From staff reports

    Sheriff Troy Young’s brother Tony offered the following thoughts on his retirement.

    “On behalf of the Young family, we have always been very proud of Troy.

    “He was able to follow his dream in public service and serve as sheriff. With Troy, it’s always been about serving others. No matter what he was doing, he always put the citizens of Anderson County (especially the children) and his deputies first, it was never about him.

  • Young a ‘strong advocate for children’

    From staff reports

    Ask anyone and they’ll say that retiring Sheriff Troy Young went above and beyond in his effort to assist children, particularly through the DARE program.

    Anderson County Schools Superintendent Sheila Mitchell has seen those efforts first hand, and offers the following tribute to Young.

  • Fourteen students and bus driver uninjured after allegedly being run off the road

    Fourteen Anderson County Schools students and a bus driver were uninjured this afternoon when the bus they were riding in went off the road in the 3900 block of Bardstown Road.

    According to Derek Shouse, director of student services for Anderson County Schools who was at the scene, a white tractor-trailer headed eastbound crossed the double yellow line into the bus’ path. The bus driver, Cathy Whitehead, veered the bus out of the way and off the road. “Thank God Cathy got us out of the way,” Allyn Cook, an ACHS freshman who was on the bus, said.

  • ‘We’re going to blow it up’

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    What is expected to be the largest concert to ever hit Lawrenceburg is being planned for May 12, when rising country music star J.D. Shelburne performs a free concert on the Lawrenceburg Green.

    Joani Clark, Anderson County’s elected jailer, witnessed Shelburne’s huge concert earlier this summer in his hometown of Taylorsville and is trying to replicate the show that drew an estimated 4,000 fans by inviting Shelburne to perform here in an effort that will include collecting food for the Open Hands Food Pantry.

  • Naked man charged with biting cops apprehended

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man is behind bars months after police say he bit them, kicked them and intentionally exposed his genitals to them and others.

    William Whetzel, 22, of 1042 Dan Drive was wanted on a host of charges since an incident in April on Walnut Street that started as criminal trespassing and ended up with charges that include indecent exposure.

    Police say they found Whetzel working on a farm in Harrison County after he apparently posted a copy of a recent paycheck he received on his Facebook page.

  • Prayers sought for ailing fiscal court magistrate

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court paused during last Tuesday’s meeting to ask for prayers for an ailing magistrate.

    Juretta Wells, the court’s longest-tenured magistrate who represents the county’s 4th District, had complications arise from a medical recent medical procedure and was recouparating at Cardinal Hill in Lexington.

    “Everyone please keep her in their prayers,” said County Clerk Jason Denny, who once served as a magistrate with Wells.