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  • Teen pleads guilty to terror threats at high school

    The former Anderson County student who sent violent text messages threatening a 17-year-old girl and another “Columbine” event at the Anderson County High School has pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening and harassing communications.
    James R. Tindal Jr., 19, of 1430 Van Buren Road, pleaded guilty April 2 in circuit court to one count second-degree terroristic threatening, a Class D felony; 25 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, a Class A misdemeanor; and 41 counts of harassing communications, a Class B misdemeanor.

  • Drunk hunting suspect guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man indicted for allegedly shooting a former Fish and Wildlife officer has pleaded guilty Anderson Circuit Court.
    Gary Gaines, 40, of 1040 Lakeshore Drive is next scheduled to appear in court May 21 for sentencing, where he is likely to have his case placed on diversion. That means if Gaines meets court-ordered conditions, his guilty plea would be set aside, the charges against him dismissed, and an expungement order entered at the discretion of the court.

  • Magistrates to consider swimming pool study

    The long-debated and often rejected notion of building a public swimming facility in Anderson County might be realized after all.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court will consider spending $15,000 for a firm to conduct what amounts to a feasibility study for a swimming facility in the county park when it meets at 9 a.m. May 7.
    The possible study was the topic Monday of a county parks and recreation committee meeting, held at County-Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s office.

  • Wild Turkey seeks distillery artifacts for visitor center

    Wild Turkey Distillery is looking for unique Wild Turkey photographs, bottles and other artifacts for its new visitor center, scheduled to open this June.
    During two “Discovery Days,” Anderson County residents can bring in Wild Turkey Distillery artifacts and memorabilia to be photographed and logged into the visitor center’s digital archive.
    Artifacts will be a part of a “museum-quality gallery dedicated to Wild Turkey’s amazing history,” according to the distillery.

  • Driver flips pick-up truck to avoid hitting dog
  • School board approves salary step increase for teachers

    The school board unanimously approved a salary step increase for Anderson County school district teachers during its April meeting on Monday night.
    Teachers received a salary step increase — a raise in pay based on years of teaching and experience — and a 1 percent raise for 2012-2013.
    A raise in pay will not be possible for next fiscal year’s budget, Finance Officer Nick Clark said Monday night, recommending the board approve the current certified and classified salary schedule minus any raise.

  • Library board delays decision on next fiscal year’s budget

    Library board trustees tabled its 2013-2014 fiscal year budget to weigh decisions about capital outlay and future library expansion funds, as well as possible salary raises for library staff.
    Board members unanimously voted to table a final budget until its next board meeting on May 21, some trustees citing an “overwhelming” amount of information presented to them during last Tuesday’s meeting.
    Earlier in the meeting, several Anderson County residents indicated a potential lawsuit would be filed against the library regarding its tax rate.

  • Magistrates hand business license job to sheriff

    Without a hint of conversation or controversy, the Anderson County Fiscal Court handed over business license collection and enforcement to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office during its meeting last Tuesday night.
    The licenses have been a sore spot for magistrates for years, particularly on how to fairly enforce the requirement that businesses pay an annual fee.
    They were formerly collected by the county clerk’s office, which had no enforcement powers. That power was assigned to the county’s code enforcement office.

  • Fiscal court approves paving projects

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved nearly $700,000 in paving projects during its meeting last Tuesday night.
    Nearly $600,000 of that amount is being provided by the state’s Rural Secondary Road program and will be used on a 5.3-mile stretch of Kays and Fairview roads between Highway 52 and US 62, which was last resurfaced in 2000.
    Another $100,000 will be used on a 1.3-mile stretch of Bonds Mill Road, which was also resurfaced in 2000 and leads to the distillery at Four Roses.

  • Pick-up truck catches fire Thursday

    Diana and James Keith Weber of Versailles had an appointment to get James Weber’s blood pressure checked when their pick-up truck caught fire last Thursday evening in front of Anderson Primary Care.
    “We came out the back and somebody said a truck is on fire, and the only truck out here is ours,” Diana Weber said, surveying the damage.
    Her husband, she said, was inside Anderson Primary Care, trying to get his blood pressure down.