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  • Deputies seize, torch pot valued at $200,000

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office held its own version of High Mass on Sunday when the sheriff and his deputies torched an estimated $200,000 worth of marijuana plants they seized from the Ninevah area.
    No arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning, but Detective Bryan Taylor said an investigation into who grew the plants continues.
    Taylor said the confiscated marijuana was obviously grown by someone with experience.

  • Board bucks legal advice, prays anyway

    Not long after school board member Roger McDowell closed his prayer in an “Amen,” the crowd gathered at Monday night’s board meeting responded with a round of applause.
    “If this offends you, you’re welcome to leave,” McDowell said to the crowd a few minutes before school board president James Sargent officially opened the school board meeting at 7 p.m.

  • Burgoo Festival, cook-off set for this weekend

    Jesse Sanford has something up his sleeve for this year’s Burgoo Cook-off, but the two-time defending champion isn’t revealing any secrets.
    Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Green, this year’s cook-off will feature Sanford’s team from Four Roses, archrivals from Wild Turkey and Atmos Energy, along with newcomers from Farmers Bank and Dudley Darnell and Dudley Darnell Jr. with Darnell’s Old Timey Burgoo.

  • Man busted for stealing poker run cash

    A 32-year-old Lawrenceburg man appeared via video for an arraignment in District Court on Monday morning after allegedly stealing money from the Bobby Best poker run benefit ride held last Saturday.
    Michael W. Cinnamon, 32, of Lawrenceburg was charged with one count second degree disorderly conduct and one count theft by unlawful taking, according to Sgt. Chris Beach of the city police department.
    Cinnamon did not enter a plea during his arraignment, according to the Anderson County attorney’s office.

  • Lee’s Famous earns top honors for growth

    The Lawrenceburg location of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken has been honored for finishing first in U.S. and international sales for 2011 and 2012 and is expected to achieve more than $1 million in sales, according to Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant owner and operator Chris Freeman.

  • Two men busted for LSD, cocaine possession

    Two men pleaded not guilty last Thursday to cocaine possession and LSD trafficking charges during a District Court arraignment.  
    Benjamin Gardner, 21, 2976 Hume Bedford Road, Lawrenceburg, and Kevin Cross, 36, 1105 Jessamine Station Pike, Nicholasville, were arrested Sept. 9 around 5 p.m. after city police found cocaine, LSD and marijuana in Cross’s vehicle during a traffic stop on North Main Street.

  • City council finalizes tax rate hike

    The city council unanimously approved the second reading of its 3.26 percent tax increase on Sept. 9.
    Council members voted 5-0 to set the real property tax rate at $1.90 per $1,000 assessed value and the personal property tax rate at $3.07 per $1,000 assessed value.
    Councilman Larry Giles was absent during last Monday night’s meeting.
    The new compensating rates will add $6 per $100,000 assessed real property and $22.20 per $100,000 assessed personal property for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Lawrenceburg man killed in Shelbyville wreck

    Landmark Media Services
    For the second time in less than a week, a traffic accident on Sept. 12 has claimed a life in Shelby County, this time, 57-year-old James Walker of Lawrenceburg.
    A second man, Jonathan Denning, 28, of New Albany, Ind., was taken to the University of Louisville with unknown injures.
    The accident happened at about 11 a.m. in the 7400 block of Frankfort Road, as Denning, who was driving east in a Freightliner dump truck, lost control of the vehicle when he lost tire tread, KSP spokesperson Kendra Wilson said.

  • Dozens of turtles, fish killed in county park

    Fish and Wildlife officer David Goodlett and Jason Chesser with Parks and Recreation maintenance, with the assistance of Officer Brian Wooldridge, tossed back the fish they found wriggling among the dead last Thursday.  
    They were able to save one small turtle that quickly ducked beneath lake weeds and disappeared from sight.
    Goodlett initially estimated last Thursday that there were about 500 total dead fish and turtles caught in the three commercial fishing nets placed in the middle of the Anderson County community park lake.  

  • Minority student information improperly accessed

    Anderson County school officials have admitted that an administrator improperly accessed personal information on 70 to 80 minority students, angering at least one mother and prompting changes to the district’s policies over who can access student information.
    Karen Harris said her daughter’s personal information was improperly accessed through the district’s internal student information system Infinite Campus because a graduate student needed a list of African American and bi-racial students to interview to complete his master’s degree.