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  • ‘People would have died. I wasn’t OK with that.’

    A Lawrenceburg man was able to pull two young boys from a burning SUV on New Year’s Eve after it was struck head-on by another car.
    Jeremy Zeller said he and his son were on their way to a family gathering when he came upon the wreck. He said he initially attempted to gain access to the car, which was already catching fire, but couldn’t open the doors.

  • Tunnel under train tracks?

    It’s a longshot, but one Lawrenceburg City Council member Bobby Durr is willing to take.
    Durr on Thursday is expected to discuss his plan to build an underpass beneath the railroad tracks somewhere in the city that could be used exclusively by first responders in an effort to eliminate potentially life-threatening delays when slow-moving or stopped trains block the tracks.
    The issue is scheduled to be discussed when the city council holds what is expected to be a lengthy work session 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at City Hall.

  • New Year’s Eve wreck proves fatal


    One person is dead and four more are fighting for their lives tonight following a head-on collision on U.S. 127 Bypass in Lawrenceburg.

    No names have been released.

    The four people who survived were transported to area hospitals with what first responders said were life-threatening injuries.

  • No. 1: Luttrell guilty of murder; jury calls for 60 years

       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 of murder.

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

       Luttrell will have to serve at least 20 years before he is eligible to appear before a parole board. He had already served three years while awaiting trial.

  • No. 2: Pajama pants now forbidden in high school

     The high school’s site based decision making council reversed course in February by banning students from wearing pajama pants just weeks after allowing them.

       Principal Chris Glass made the motion, which was seconded by history teacher Corey Sayre and approved unanimously by the council.

       The council also banned students from wearing scrubs, with the exception of those who need to wear them for work- or study-related purposes, but kept changes to the dress code that allows yoga and stretch pants.

  • No. 3: Parents share grief, warning signs after son’s death

       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.

  • No. 4: Turner teachers present to education conference

       Ask Principal Wayne Reese how excited he is about his school being selected to show the nation how to be successful during an education conference in Florida in June.

       Go ahead, ask.

       "We are like the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty," he quipped. "Happy, happy, happy!"

  • No. 5: Magistrate blasts needle exchange program

    News that the Anderson County Health Department is debating the creation of a needle exchange program for drug addicts wasn't received particularly well during a March meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

       "What jackass thought of that idea?" asked Magistrate David Montgomery, who disparaged the idea but volunteered to be on a committee to examine it along with members of the health board, Lawrenceburg City Council, law enforcement, EMS and county jailer.

  • No. 6: Juvenile charged as adult in string of robberies

       A 17-year-old Lawrenceburg youth was arraigned as an adult in July for his alleged role in a string of armed robberies earlier in the year.

       Paul Tomlinson, who until the arraignment was treated as a juvenile, was charged with first-degree robbery. He appeared in Anderson Circuit Court where he entered a plea of not guilty.

       No decision was made on setting a bond, and Tomlinson was taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • No. 7: Man charged for letting dog starve to death

       A Lawrenceburg man faced animal cruelty charges after he tied up a dog in his back yard and allowed it to starve to death.

       Howard D. Tinnell, 39, of 308 Ripy St. was charged early with second-degree animal cruelty and was scheduled to appear May 19 in Anderson District Court.