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  • 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.

  • No. 8: Recycler gets second chance

    Francis Recycling, located on Daniel Drive just off U.S. 127 Bypass, received a reprieve in October from the county's Board of Zoning Adjustments (BOZA), as members voted unanimously to allow owner Victor Francis to keep a conditional use permit. The board said it would review the permit in six months, but could do it sooner if the business is cited for violating the conditions of its permit.

  • No. 9: Anderson sheriff retires

       Although no one knew it at the time, the three little blessings Troy and Benita Young received in 1986 turned into one big blessing for all of Anderson County.

       Troy Young, then an officer with the Lawrenceburg Police Department who would arguably become the most accomplished sheriff in Anderson County history, had all but packed his bags for a job with the Jefferson County Police.

  • No. 10: Milam named sheriff

       It's a job Joe Milam says he's been preparing for his entire career.

       At the end of August, he got the chance to put all of that preparation into action.

       Chief Deputy Joe Milam was tapped to replace retiring Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young, who stepped down Sept. 1.

       The announcement, which was largely expected, was made by Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton during a meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.


    Sheriff Joe Milam shakes hands with Santa (County Clerk Jason Denny), who burst into last Thursday's fiscal court meeting and handed out candy canes for all.

  • Courthouse security beefed up

    A new year will mean major changes at the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Starting Jan. 5, the courthouse will have only one public entrance and those who come in will be subjected to screening by courthouse security personnel and have to walk through a metal detector.

  • Tourism commission making progress toward hiring director

    It might not be at a breakneck pace, but progress is being made by the joint tourism commission created one year ago by city and county government.

       Gabe Uebel, who chairs the still-fledgling group, said it is inching ever closer to hiring a full-time director, a position authorized when the commission was created by the Anderson County Fiscal Court and Lawrenceburg City Council.