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  • Briscoe murder suspect claims self-defense as trial begins

    Attorneys for the man charged with shooting Lawrenceburg resident Steven Briscoe to death in his own driveway three years ago claimed Monday that he did so in self-defense.

    The murder trial for Gary Lutrell, 42, of Lexington began Monday in Anderson Circuit Court. During her opening statement, Lutrell’s attorney said Briscoe and Lutrell each were carrying guns during the confrontation that centered on Lutrell’s wife being at Briscoe’s home.

  • Local trucking company joins lawsuit

    A local trucking firm has intervened in a lawsuit filed by residents of Highway 151 against the state’s Transportation Cabinet that seeks to ban non-local delivery commercial vehicles from the narrow stretch of state highway.

    A preliminary hearing on the lawsuit was scheduled for 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Franklin Circuit Court.

  • Man killed when vehicle wrecks, bursts into flames

    One Lawrenceburg man is dead and two other people seriously injured when their vehicles collided this morning on Versailles Road in Lawrenceburg.

    The deceased man’s vehicle, an older Chevy Lumina, flipped over during the collision and caught fire with him trapped inside.

    The names of those involved have not been officially released.

    Responding firefighters and ambulances were delayed by a train on Woodford Street, forcing deputies who were responding to a reckless driver complaint to use fire extinguishers to battle the blaze.

  • Author draws inspiration from her surroundings

    In May, with the release of “Murder Comes by Mail,” local well-known author Ann Gabhart reached the 30 published books milestone.

    Although her work spans many genres — from inspirational and historical fiction to mystery — one thing is consistent, most of the settings for her novels can be found in and around Anderson County.

  • Changes at the top as Milam, Armstrong sworn in

    A pair of swearing-in ceremonies and a retirement party ushered new leadership into the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office last week.

    New Sheriff Joe Milam made it official when he was sworn in last Wednesday evening before a large crowd of family and friends in the Anderson Circuit Courtroom.

    On Friday, Sgt. Robbie Armstrong was sworn in as Milam’s chief deputy, just days after a huge crowd turned out to bid farewell to outgoing Sheriff Troy Young, who officially retired Aug. 31 after 10 years in office.

  • Family spends Labor Day together — in jail

    From staff reports

    Plenty of Anderson County families spent the Labor Day holiday together, including Joyce Waford and her sons, Justin and Shelby.

    But unlike other families, the Wafords spent their three-day weekend in jail.

    Joyce, Shelby and Justin Waford are all currently housed in the Shelby County Detention Center, each on drug-related charges.

  • Jailer warns: ‘It’s getting very ugly’

    Any hopes that the jail budget would get some relief were dashed in August when the number of prisoners transported came in at a near-record high.

    Jailer Joani Clark reported transporting 117 prisoners during the month, just shy of the record of 123 in May.

    The fiscal court’s jail budget, which runs from July through June, was busted severely last year, forcing magistrates to increase it $83,000, a full 10 percent increase.

  • School board OKs maximum tax increase

    The Anderson County School Board voted last Tuesday to raise taxes as high as possible without the decision being subjected to a public recall.

    By a 4-1 vote, board members approved a rate increase that will generate 4 percent more revenue than the previous year, with only board member James Sargent voting against the measure.

    The board then tacked on another penny to the increase under a provision that takes into account exonerations from the previous year, taking the rate homeowners pay on every $1,000 of assessed value from $5.86 to $6.08.

  • Coming soon: The Bearcat Den

    When Russell Vaden was looking for a place to call home, he liked what he saw in Lawrenceburg.

    “I wanted to be in a small town and it wasn’t too far from Frankfort,” says Vaden, who split his childhood between the Capital City and Wilson, North Carolina.

    But after living in Anderson County for a while, the sports enthusiast saw an unmet need for those who wanted to work their games regardless of the weather.

    The idea of The Bearcat Den was hatched.

  • Proper respect for Old Glory