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  • Judge hopeful announces broadband plans

    Broadband access in rural Anderson County could be just months away if an idea laid out by a candidate for judge-executive becomes reality.

    Chip Chambers announced last Wednesday in a news conference that he is working with Simpsonville-based Shelby Broadband to allow the company to install antennas on South Anderson Water District towers that will provide coverage for approximately 60 percent of the county’s rural area. He said that figure could be even higher if Shelby Broadband is allowed to install the antennas on other highpoints across the county.

  • Split vote kills tax hike, for now

    After a Thursday meeting left the Anderson County Board of Education without a tax rate for the next year, another public hearing and a meeting to set the rate are being planned for mid-September.

    Six community members, a couple of county officials and several school administrators attended Thursday night’s public hearing regarding the tax to be levied by the school district.

  • 'He didn't have far to run'

    Police didn’t have far to go to arrest the man accused of robbing the Five Star Food Mart store on Broadway last Tuesday night.

    They only had to walk across the street to find Mitchell Raymond Osborne, 31, who allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint before taking the gun and the cash to his Johnson Street residence, according to Det. Mike Schell of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Schell said Osborne walked into the store around 10:45 p.m., showed the cashier what turned out to be a BB gun that looks like the real thing and walked home with less than $500.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings July 12.

    Jennifer L. McDermott, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – dismissed.

    Damon E. McKee, arraignment, operating motor vehicle under the influence(BAC .223) – continued July 26.

    James N. Mercer, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, operating motor vehicle under the influence(BAC .125) – continued July 26.

  • Bees swarm on Main St.

    Honeybees, and lots of them, stung several people and sent even more scrambling for cover after the tree in which they were living was cut down Monday afternoon on Main Street.

    The city contracted with John Sutherland of Boone Tree Service to have the rotting tree removed from the right of way in front of Dr. Dana Dahlen’s dental practice. Sutherland said he had no idea that the top portion of the tree he fell was full of bees, but it didn’t take him long to find out.

  • Two charged after cops find pound of pot

    Two people were arrested Aug. 17 after deputies found what they say was over 1 pound of processed marijuana at 1791 Anderson City Road, according to a news release.

    Charged with trafficking marijuana (over 8 ounces) were Timothy Scott Caldwell, 44, and Marilyn Hansley, 58, according to the news release.

    The charges are “firearm enhanced,” the news release states.

    Both were transported to the Franklin County Regional Jail.

    Deputies found the suspected marijuana while executing a search warrant, according to the news release.

  • Homes evacuated after car ruptures gas line

    Dozens of homes had to be evacuated last Friday morning after a vehicle struck and ruptured a natural gas line on North Main Street.

    The car snapped the above ground 1-inch line, allowing it to spew massive amounts of the highly flammable but invisible gas into the air. The line is located just off the shoulder of North Main, between a residence and the Stratmore Motel.

    Fortunately, the gas didn’t ignite before emergency personnel cleared the area of vehicles and other potential ignition sources.

  • Scholarship fundraiser draws over 100 guests to BCTC

    Over 100 guests attended the Lawrenceburg Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College's "Night of Glamour" on Saturday night raising enough funds for at least one scholarship to the school.

    Campus director Rhonda Wheeler said 105 guests attended the formal event, as well as 10 band members and 15 works, for a total attendance of 130.

    Although the final tally of funds raised at the event isn't in yet, Wheeler said the college will be awarding at least one scholarship.

  • Schools to set tax rate Monday

    The Anderson County Board of Education will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. to set the real estate and personal property tax rate.

    The board met after a public hearing Thursday night with the intention of setting the rate, but a misunderstanding led to a failed motion and left the district without a tax rate.

    State law requires the tax rate to be set by the end of August.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings June 3.

    Barry D. Simpson, preliminary hearing, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), controlled substance prescription not in its original container, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- continued to July 15.

    Pamela Taylor, pretrial conference, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence, minor injury) -- motion/disposition/trial date July 1.