Local News

  • Recycling building bids meet fiscal court’s budget

    It appears the fiscal court will build a new recycling building after all.
    All but one of the six bids that were opened during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting were at or below the amount the fiscal court has approved to spend on the building.
    A previous bidding process for a larger building came in at least twice as much as was budgeted, leaving the project in limbo as the court searched for ways to downgrade the building and save labor costs.

  • Sheriff may take over business licenses

    Fresh off news that its plans to do away with business license would also end its lucrative insurance premium tax, the fiscal court is now considering turning enforcement and collection over to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    That would be a dramatic switch from the way those licenses are handled now, which includes enforcement by the county’s code enforcement officer and collection by the county clerk’s office.

  • High school issues ‘soft lockdown’ after man flees Mercer cops

    Anderson County High School was under a “soft lockdown” for much of last Wednesday while local law enforcement searched for a man who fled from Mercer County authorities.
    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Wednesday morning that the district had a safety concern about an individual with possible connections to the high school, and that there was a probability the man would approach the high school campus.
    The “soft lockdown” involved increased security in the high school entryway and hallways as students transitioned from class to class.

  • Second Christian Church looks to future leaders

    At Second Christian Church, there’s no need to look far to find history.
    It’s in the colorful, traditional garb that congregation members wore to celebrate Black History Month during Sunday worship.
    It’s in the words of the Rev. Ramon E. Smith’s sermon.
     “You are our history, dear God,” Smith prayed during the Sunday church service on Feb. 24. “But we’re thankful we’ve got a history.”

  • Car blazes near Ward Elementary
  • Public works committee OKs parking changes on Court Street

    A public works committee voted last Friday to change some of the parking spots on Court Street between Main and College streets after a local business owner expressed concerns about parking availability.
    According to city council member and public works committee member Bobby Durr, there will be one-hour parking signs on all Court Street parking spaces near the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    There will also be a handicap spot designated on the corner of Main and Court Street on the courthouse side of the street, according to Durr.

  • Fed action looms if schools don’t cut calories

    If the average school lunch doesn’t shave off 94 calories by the end of the year, then the district’s food service program may find itself under administrative review by the federal government.
    Food service director Marsha Rogers said during Monday night’s board meeting that an Anderson County school district lunch, on average, has 94 more calories than what is required by the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

  • Search for suspected bridge jumper scaled back

    The man suspected of leaping from the Tyrone Bridge last Monday is now considered a missing person after ongoing efforts to find his body proved unsuccessful.
    The Versailles Police Department, the agency investigating the incident, is not yet releasing the suspected jumper’s name, despite notification of family members.
    Lt. Daniel Clark of the Versailles Police Department said the man is now considered a missing person, and that his name has been registered in a missing person’s database accessible to police nationwide, but not the public.

  • Man charged after parents find meth under bed

    A Lawrenceburg man is behind bars after his parents turned him in for having what police say is methamphetamine hidden beneath his bed.
    Christopher “Kyle” Kessinger, 33, of 1031 Woodspoint Road was taken into custody Feb. 8 when Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from Kessinger’s parents.
    In his report, Taylor wrote that he received a call from Kessinger’s father, asking him to come to the residence regarding narcotics.

  • Man charged with drunk hunting will stand trial

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with hunting under the influence and wanton endangerment allegedly fired a shot that struck retired state Fish and Wildlife officer Rex Burkhead while dove hunting last September, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.
    David Gaines, 44, of 1040 Lakeshore Drive is scheduled to stand trial on those charges March 11.
    In a statement on file in the courthouse, Burkhead claims he and several others were hunting doves when Gaines “stood up, aimed his gun directly at us and fired twice.”