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  • Coroner claims ‘moral, legal victory’ over bills

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted to pay bills submitted by Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey more than a month after a magistrate called his spending “irresponsible.”

    Magistrates paid the bills after tabling them in March, but not before two of them expressed their frustration that Tussey does not attend meetings and give them reports.

    “Can we draw up an ordinance to make him come to a meeting a month?” Magistrate Kenny Barnett asked County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.

    “No, you can’t do that,” Lewis said. “

  • Woman jailed for DUI, abandonment after leaving small children in parking lot


    A woman is charged with felony child abandonment, DUI, wanton endangerment and possession of heroin-related drug paraphernalia after leaving three young children — including a weeks-old infant — alone in her vehicle last night at the West Park Shopping Plaza in Lawrenceburg.

    Erica Tracy, 23, of 5975 U.S. 127 South, Frankfort left the children alone for what an eyewitness told police was 45 minutes to an hour while she was in the Dollar General store.

  • Fiscal court raids swimming pool fund


    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to drain $125,000 from a fund created several years ago that was earmarked to build a swimming pool in the county park.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said the money will be used to help balance the county’s proposed 2016-17 budget, which he characterized as “extremely tight.”

  • ‘Gun’ mention at high school triggers police investigation

    A student uttered the word “gun” during a verbal altercation last Thursday afternoon at Anderson County High School, sparking an investigation by police and a firestorm on social media.

    “No gun or weapon of any kind was found on school property and no students were ever in danger,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Cancer survivor shares story on eve of annual Relay for Life

    “I don’t view the cancer as a negative thing. It’s an inconvenient thing.”

    Opal Phillips, volunteer secretary at the Anderson County Senior Center, views her battle with cancer differently than most.

    In between helping people on the phone and doling out hugs to everybody who enters, Phillips, 68, tells of her journey with cancer just days before Lawrenceburg gathers for its annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

    The diagnosis

    It all started Feb. 25, 2012 when she fell and couldn’t use her arm to get up.

  • Residents vow to push forward with lawsuit

    As residents steeled themselves in their fight to get tractor-trailers banned from Highway 151 during a meeting inside Alton Christian Church, outside, a state trooper was doing his part by having a tractor-trailer pulled over right in front of the church.

    The irony was not lost on the dozens of residents who attended what have become regular meetings of the group that has sued the state and says it will settle for nothing less than a temporary ban and a thorough safety study to determine if that ban should become permanent.

  • Voters head to polls Tuesday for primaries

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Republicans did their part to select their party’s nominee for president during a caucus earlier this year.

    On Tuesday, Democrats have their turn when they will head to polls for the primary election that features the ongoing battle between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    But that doesn’t mean Republicans need to stay home.

    Two names appear on the ballot in a primary election for Sen. Rand Paul, including Stephen Howard Slaughter and James R. Gould.

  • City council OKs budgets, higher alcohol fee

    Following Mayor Sandy Goodlett’s annual State of the City address, the Lawrenceburg City Council passed on first reading its annual operating and water and sewer budgets Monday night at city hall.

    The operating budget, which calls for $4.4 million in spending, was recommended by the city’s finance committee and will take effect July 1.

    “We’re not going to raise taxes. That’s what this comes down to,” said council member Steve Rucker, who serves on the finance committee.

  • Heritage Hall seniors dream of hitting the beach

    “I want to put my toes in the sand.”

    That’s what 88-year-old Charlotte Glass said of the prospect of being one of the two Heritage Hall residents chosen to go on a beach vacation this fall.

    “It’s real nice,” she added. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to the beach before.”

    Signature HealthCare, which bought Heritage Hall last year, offers two residents from each of its facilities a vacation to one of four predetermined destinations.

  • News briefs

    Distinguished Young Women orientation

    is planned

    The Distinguished Young Women of Anderson County Committee will hold an orientation for interested girls and a parent for the upcoming 2016 program at 2 p.m. on May 22 at the Stratton Building in the county park.

    The program is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

    Any young lady currently in her junior year of high school is

    eligible to participate.