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  • Video shows not guilty plea entered by drunk hunting suspect

    The man indicted with hunting under the influence and three felony counts of wanton endangerment pleaded not guilty April 16 in Anderson Circuit Court, contrary to what was reported in last week’s edition of The Anderson News.
    In its report last week, the newspaper relied on an order for arraignment, an official document on file in the Anderson County Circuit Clerk’s office that says Gaines pleaded guilty and was scheduled for a diversion hearing May 21 at 9 a.m.

  • TOWERING INFERNO: Smoke seen for miles when vinyl fire erupts

    Life in Lawrenceburg screeched to a halt last Friday afternoon as residents looked skyward with a mixture of disbelief, awe and fear.
    Above them was an enormous cloud of black smoke, towering over their streets and homes, intermittently blocking out the sun and prompting people from as far away as Georgetown and Nicholasville to say, nearly in unison, “What in the heck is burning?”
    The short answer was a gigantic pile of a vinyl material used to bind automotive glass and prevent it from shattering.

  • State orders ‘immediate steps’ to monitor water runoff

    The state’s Department for Environmental Protection issued assurances Tuesday morning that air, soil and water in and around Lawrenceburg is safe following Friday’s fire, according to spokesperson Dick Brown.
    However, the agency is taking what Brown called “immediate steps” to put a corrective action plan in place with Dlubak Glass, owner of the large pile of vinyl that burned for nearly three hours.

  • Firefighters extinguish Lawrenceburg industrial park fire

    Firefighters reduced a mountain of flaming vinyl material to smoldering ashes after battling a massive fire Friday near the Dlubak Glass Company in the Lawrenceburg industrial park.

    A four-story tall pile of vinyl and glass — what appeared to be the material that prevents windshields from shattering like normal glass — burst into flames at about noon Friday.

    Emergency management asked all city and county residents to conserve water as firefighters tried to control the blaze. Residents were able to resume normal water usage later that afternoon.

  • BREAKING: Industrial park fire appears to be extinguished, source says

    Lawrenceburg industrial park fire appears to be largely out and the burning pile is now just smoldering as of 2:30 p.m., a source at the scene of the fire said.

    Emergency Management Director Bart Powell says there have been no evacuations in Anderson County mostly because of the weather.

    The wind was taking the smoke high in the sky, at least a 100 feet up, and the smoke only touched the ground once, Powell said.

  • High school student arrested for alleged school threats

    An Anderson County high school student has been arrested for allegedly making threats against the Anderson County High School, according to news releases from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and the sheriff's office.

    According to the sheriff's office, a juvenile has been taken into custody on charges of second-degree terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process.

    Mitchell's news release states that high school administration has been working with police to investigate alleged threats made by multiple students.

  • Stunt man, Confederate, restauranteur

    Always a Confederate, never a Yankee.
    Not quite never. There was the one time, about 20 years ago, when Allen “Mojo” Sallee portrayed a Yankee soldier during a re-enactment of Morgan’s Raid in Georgetown.
    An 85-year-old woman spit on him.
    “She was old enough that she didn’t appreciate Yankees at all,” Sallee said, leaning up against one of his restaurant booths in “Your Place,” a new Lawrenceburg restaurant Sallee hopes will be ready to open at the end of May.

  • Health committee holds apparent illegal meeting

    Anderson County Public Health Director Tim Wright refused to answer a question Monday about an apparent illegal meeting last week of a committee formed by the Anderson County Board of Health.
    On Tuesday, Wright admitted distributing what he said were draft budgets during the meeting — a meeting he and health board Chairman Steve Carmichael initially contended did not happen.
    Wright and Carmichael each said Monday that the committee learned just before it was scheduled to meet last Thursday that it had not adhered to open meeting statutes and disbanded.

  • Man charged with fourth DUI in past five years

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he has been “living in his truck lately” was charged last Monday with his fourth driving under the influence charge in the past five years.
    John David Morgan, 48, whose address is listed in an arrest report as 1212 Jenny Lillard Road, was stopped by a Lawrenceburg police officer who said he observed him operating a vehicle with expired tags around 11:45 a.m. on Hilltop Drive, according to court documents.

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