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  • News briefs: 8-21-13

    Orthopedic seminar on new hip replacement procedure
    Frankfort Regional Medical Center, along with the Paul Sawyier Public Library, is offering an upcoming  orthopedic seminar on Anterior Hip Replacement  on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
    This free health seminar will take place in the Library Community Room at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort at 319 Wapping Street.

  • Man stabbed in Walmart parking lot

    The two men looked like buddies catching up on a Sunday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot, several witnesses told city police.
    Then one of the men yelled that he’d been stabbed and to call 911.
    City police arrested Lawrenceburg man Michael Aaron Joseph, 28, 1777 Bypass South, for first degree assault after he stabbed Cedric Washington, 29, of Lawrenceburg once in the stomach with a small hunting knife in the Walmart parking lot.

  • Man saves grandson, gets run over by tractor

    A Lawrenceburg man pushed his two-year-old grandson out of the way before being run over by a tractor on Wooldridge Spur last Friday evening.
    According to the Anderson County sheriff’s office, 57-year-old Bobby Best and 53-year-old Robert Riley, both of Lawrenceburg, were working on Best’s property on Wooldridge Spur Road at about 7:30 p.m., attempting to get a tractor to start while Best’s two-year-old grandson watched nearby.
    The John Deere tractor, still in gear, lunged forward unexpectedly as the men were working on it.

  • Woman indicted for receiving $44K in benefits

    A Lawrenceburg woman was indicted by the Anderson Grand Jury on Aug. 6 for allegedly giving false information to receive about $44,000 in public assistance benefits from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
    Amy G. Moore, 32, of 201 Lynn Drive, was charged with two counts of false statements and misrepresentations in order to receive public assistance benefits, a Class D felony.

  • How much will your school spend this year?

    As the school board finalizes its budget in September — and sets a new tax rate in the meantime — individual Anderson County schools already know how much money they’ll be able to spend this school year.
    According to Finance Officer Nick Clark, site-based decision making councils, commonly referred to by the shorthand acronym SBDM, compile their own school budgets at the end of every school year.  

  • Police chief conducts ‘internal investigation’ after cops allegedly omit drug bust evidence

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    City Police Chief Chris Atkins said an internal investigation is being conducted after two city cops allegedly withheld evidence during a cocaine drug bust.
    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman recently dismissed cocaine trafficking charges against Lawrenceburg man Shanta Bixler, 31, of 505 East Woodford Street, after learning city cops failed to include information about a traffic stop involving Bixler.

  • City council approves $147K in municipal road aid

    The city council unanimously approved $147,508 for its yearly allotment of municipal road aid, receiving about $2,000 more than last year.
    City Clerk Robbie Hume said Public Works Director Larry Hazlett was currently working on a list, but would like the council’s input as to what city streets and roads needed improvements.

    Street paving bid for $190,044 approved,
    roads selected
    The council approved the lowest bid of $190,044 from Colston Paving for the 2013 street paving contract.

  • Caught between tax rate hike and future budget cuts

    The school board’s “back is against the wall,” board vice president Scott Brown said, as it deliberates between two unpopular and difficult choices to sustain district services: raise taxes or cut program spending.
     “You can’t make something out of nothing,” Brown said as the school board debated during a work session on tax rates held last Thursday night. “We’ve got to get money somewhere.”

  • ‘The devil works hard to destroy the church, but he’s not going to do it here’

    Abigail Wilson, 12, burst into tears when she arrived at the only church she’s ever known last Thursday morning.
    “I’ve been coming here since I was 6 months old,” the Anderson County Middle School student said while joining other members of Mt. Pleasant Baptist in the church’s parking lot. “I had never seen anything like that. It just made me cry.”

  • Puncheon Creek couple ‘holding onto each other’

    The message carved into a sign on Rick and Lorraine Coffman’s front porch reads: “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”
    That’s about all the couple has left after a devastating flash flood late last Wednesday night left their home at the corner of Puncheon Creek Road and Highway 53 in ruins.
    “The inspector said the best bet is to take a bulldozer to it,” said Lorraine, who battled back tears Saturday morning from her front porch as she looked across her front yard at the creek that destroyed her home.