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  • Will trash pickup become mandatory?

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway grimaced, thought about it, then said it anyway.
    Knowing that he’s certain to get some serious blowback, Conway floated a trial balloon during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court to make trash collection mandatory county-wide.
    Conway stressed that the idea is just that — an idea — and that he’s very interested in getting feedback from the public.

  • Tornadoes swirl above Lawrenceburg

    Thankfully, none of the numerous tornadoes that swirled directly over Lawrenceburg early Friday night touched down.

    The storm, which blew in from Taylorsville around 6 p.m., spawned a dozen or more overhead tornadoes, some with wind speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to Anderson County Emergency Management Director Bart Powell.

    “We were tracking it on Doppler, and had as many as six or seven rotations at the same time,” Powell said.

  • Judge’s office, recycling closed Friday, Saturday

    The Anderson County judge-executive’s office and the county’s recycling program will be closed this Friday and Saturday due to the Easter holiday, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway announced.

  • Stranded family, pets leave

    A stranded family and their 29 pets were able to leave town last week, thanks to donations totaling just over $4,000.
    The family, including a husband, wife and two teenagers, became stranded here when the mini-van they were driving was rear-ended on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • The good Samaritan lives

    Jamie Richardson is anything but a typical 21-year-old.
    Not only is he a happy-go-lucky, somewhat talkative young man, he’s also remarkably honest and demonstrated both traits last Friday morning.
    Richardson was hanging out in the city parking lot off Court Street while his buddy cleared up a traffic ticket in court.
    He looked down, saw a check and instead of jamming it in his jeans, proceeded to call the phone number on the check to ensure it was returned to its rightful owner.

  • ‘Brianna’s Mutt Strut’ scheduled for May 7

    A dog walk titled “Brianna’s Mutt Strut” in the memory of the late Brianna Borwig is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the county park, organizers said.
    The walk will benefit the Anderson County Humane Society and is being held in memory of Brianna who, at age 13, died from a brain tumor.
    “Brianna was a girl with a big heart for animals,” her family said. “She wanted to be a veterinarian or animal rescue worker.”
    The event will include bracelets and T-shirts to benefit the Humane Society.

  • Payback is a …

    A woman known by friends, family and coworkers to be among Anderson County’s foremost pranksters received her just deserts last Friday afternoon.
    The conspirators — who out of fear of retribution spoke on the condition of anonymity —took Cheri Johnson’s car from behind where she works on Main Street, parked it in front of the county courthouse and plastered it with Post-it notes before wrapping it in several layers of industrial-strength cellophane.

  • Health board to ponder massive tax rate hike, cuts in staff, services

    When the new $2 million health department building opens next month, it will do so with less employees providing less services unless a sizeable tax rate increase is passed Wednesday night.
    Public Health Director Brandon Hurley is expected to outline four tax rate options when the Anderson County Board of Health meets at 6:30 p.m. at the community building in the county park.
    The meeting is open to the public.

  • Recycling suspended

    Recycling has been suspended due to a break down of the recycling truck, County Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway announced Thursday morning.

    Recycling will resume April 27 on the regular schedule.

    “Sorry for the inconvenience,” Conway said.

  • Beasmore weighing appeal following loss in sexual harassment lawsuit

    Fired county employee Lea Beasmore was shut out last Thursday night in her $1.5 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court, but that doesn’t mean she’s done trying.
    Her attorney, Ken Henry, confirmed Monday that Beasmore “is considering her options” in appealing the jury’s decision to the state’s Court of Appeals.
    “Every losing party has the right to appeal,” Henry said. “We’re looking to see if there are any appealable issues.”