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  • Anderson grand jury sentences Cram to 25 years for murder

    Terrance Cram, 50, was sentenced to 25 years for the 2011 murder of his landlord Tena McNeely Wednesday.

    Anderson County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman also charged Cram with five years for tampering with evidence and an additional five-year sentence for the fraudulent use of McNeely’s credit cards.

    Cram, of 1226 Clay Burgin Road, was indicted for the brutal murder of his landlord in June 2011. Cram pleaded guilty to the murder of McNeely in April.

  • Anderson County students, staff raise $1,900 for custodian

    Anderson County High School Principal Chris Glass called Custodian Ricky Spaulding in the gym to help clean up a “mess” Wednesday of last week.

    The gym, filled with students and staff for a pep rally, exploded in cheers and applause when Spalding entered, armed with a mop bucket and wet floor sign to tackle the mess.

    The “mess” was a trash can filled with $1,900 the students and staff raised for Spaulding to visit his son, Jacob, who is stationed with the U.S. Navy in Italy, and meet his 2-month-old granddaughter, Harper.

  • Marquee events launch this week in Lawrenceburg

    The Farmers Bank & Capital Trust Company Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday on the “Lawrenceburg Green.”

    Opening night features Sunset Blond, a rock band, from 6-10 p.m.

    Edwardo’s Pizza will be available along with inflatables for children.

    Food and activities begin at 6 p.m. and the band will perform starting at 7 p.m.

    The City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News are also major supporters of the Series.

    Relay for Life events

  • Woman shares why she donated husband’s body to university

    When Joan Roddy met her future husband, Phillip Roddy, in 1953 while performing in the Georgetown College’s production of “Carmen,” she said it was love at first sight.

    The two were smitten with each other and married around four months later.

    Roddy said they had a full life together with two children, three grandchildren and 60 years of wedded bliss.

    After many years of issues with his heart, Phillip Roddy died May 1.

  • Timothy Branson pleads guilty to murdering his wife in 2012

    In an eleventh hour decision, Timothy Branson, 51, who was accused of murdering his wife, withdrew a plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty Monday.

    A jury trial was scheduled for 9 a.m. but, at around 7:30 a.m., jurors were notified that they were not needed because Branson changed his plea to guilty.

    According to court documents, Branson accepted the Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Justice deal to enter a plea of guilty, which amended the charge of murder to first-degree manslaughter.

  • SafeWise: Lawrenceburg is Top 10 in safety in Kentucky

    Kentucky is one of the best state’s to visit and Lawrenceburg is one of the safest cities in which to live, according to a study by SafeWise, an online resource for home security and security news.

    Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins told Lawrenceburg City Council during its regular monthly meeting Monday night that SafeWise rated Lawrenceburg 9th in the state in its report.

    “We were the largest population in the Top 10,” he said.

  • Bungee jumping group plans to do more in 2014

    A sight that might have been unusual in 2013 could become much more common this year. In May, Vertigo Bungee conducted another round of jumps from the Young’s High Bridge, a train trestle that runs parallel to the Tyrone bridge.

    Vertigo Bungee bought the trestle in 2012 to use it for a club-based operation. VIP members were allowed to try it out in May and it could be open for new members later this year.

  • Wild Turkey donates thousands to Old Friends in honor of Rosie Napravnik’s Belmont run

    Wild Turkey Bourbon rooted for jockey Rosie Napravnik to upset triple crown contender California Chrome in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes race.

    To show support for Napravnik, Wild Turkey donated $1 to Old Friends for every tweet of the hashtag #RideWithRosie up to the start of the race and up to a maximum donation of $5,000.

    Old Friends is a favorite of Napravnik’s and is dedicated to giving retired racehorses a safe, comfortable life.

  • Arts Council seeks pros for Directory

    Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Architectural Artists Directory through Aug. 15.

    Professional artists age 21 or older whose work includes architectural elements, custom-made fixtures and uniquely crafted building materials and design elements are encouraged to apply.

    Participation is intended for artists whose work is constructed as an integral part of a room, building, outdoor space or other structure. Examples include cabinetry, murals, light fixtures, sinks and stained-glass windows.

  • Cram sentenced to 25 years for murder of landlord

    Terrance Cram, who was charged with brutally murdering his landlord, Tena McNealy, in 2011, was sentenced to 25 years for murder this afternoon by the Anderson County Circuit Court.

    He was also sentenced by Judge Charles Hickman for five years for tampering with physical evidence and five years for the fraudulent use of a credit card, which will run consecutive to his murder sentence.

    For the full story, see the June 11 print edition of The Anderson News.