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  • Shelby jailer makes pitch for inmates

    Shelby County’s jailer is wasting little time in trying to capitalize on the unresolved feud between the Anderson and Franklin County jailers.
    Shelby Jailer Bobby Waits pitched his jail’s availability to the Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night, saying he would welcome Anderson inmates — and the roughly $600,000 in revenue they would pour into his jail’s budget — with open arms.
    “I think we can work together,” Waits said. “I wanted you to meet me and get to know me.”

  • Conway not happy with comp plan

    A clearly agitated John Wayne Conway spoke out strongly last Tuesday night about the way the joint county-city comprehensive plan update is being conducted.
    The judge-executive said he remains frustrated that there seems to be no apparent movement to have property on each side of US 127 near the Bluegrass Parkway designated for future industrial use by the committee performing the update.

  • 15 vying for Junior Miss

    The 2012 Junior Miss Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Anderson County High School auditorium.
    Admission is $10.
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the pageant locally, and will include a commemorative program for former Anderson County resident Lydia Hodson Copeland, who was America’s Junior Miss in 1972.
    This year’s pageant features 15 high school juniors vying for the coveted crown and the host of academic scholarships it includes.

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  • Broadband deal still in the works

    The South Anderson Water Authority inched closer to a final agreement with a broadband internet provider during its meeting last week.
    The water authority and Shelby Broadband are still ironing out details of a plan that will let the company install antennas on its water towers, which are located across Anderson County outside of Lawrenceburg.
    Shawn Cook, operations manager for the water district, said the authority made some revisions to the contract during its meeting last week and planned to send it to Shelby Broadband.

  • Sheriff’s office investigating boy’s death

    Unanswered questions are swirling around the death of a 15-year-old after he was found unconscious March 12 on Hickory Grove Road.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office revealed March 19 that an investigation is ongoing, but few details were revealed in the news release, including the boy’s name.
    He is not an Anderson County student, sources said.
    The boy was pronounced dead by the Franklin County Coroner’s office March 12 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

  • Remembering America’s sweetheart

    She was America’s sweetheart long before Meg Ryan or Jennifer Anniston ever graced a TV set or big screen.
    And she spent her formative years right here in Anderson County.
    “She” was Lydia Hodson Copeland, a local girl who found national fame after being named America’s Junior Miss 40 years ago.
    This year also marks the 20th anniversary of her death following a lengthy battle with Hodgkin’s disease at the too-young age of 37.

  • Judge rejects venue change in sex toy trial

    Citing the amount of pretrial publicity the case has received, the attorney for a fired county employee suing the Anderson County Fiscal Court for $1.5 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit asked for and was denied a change of venue for her upcoming trial.
    Beasmore’s attorney made the request Tuesday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court. Judge Charles Hickman said he would take the motion “under advisement,” but added that he “intends to seat a jury in Anderson County.”