Local News

  • Courtoom tirade lands woman in jail

    A Lawrenceburg woman was dragged from traffic court Monday screaming “get the [blank] off me!” after being held in contempt of court for calling Judge Donna Dutton “stupid,” refusing to sit down and directing vulgar language at court officials and police.

    Linnea B. Harward, 20, of 207 Secretariat Drive was in Anderson District Court after being ticketed in June for failure to have car insurance for the second time.

  • Blaze leaves family of nine homeless

    After screaming for his son to get out of their burning home last Thursday on Alton Station Road, Toby McRoberts did all he could do to rescue his son’s dog, Buddy.

    McRoberts said he broke out a window, but the smoke was too thick and he soon was overcome by smoke inhalation, leaving him nearly blacked out and headed to a nearby hospital.

    Saving Buddy then became the job of members of the Anderson County Fire Department, who used a thermal camera to make their way through flames, thick smoke and debris to rescue the beloved family pet.

  • Annual poker run raises money to bring soldiers home for Christmas

    Four years ago, Rodney Goodlett went all over Lawrenceburg, hat in hand, trying to raise a few bucks to fly soldiers home for Christmas.

    Fast forward to Saturday and what started as a way to help out a few soldiers has grown into a way of helping many.

    Goodlett, who spearheads the local chapter of Defining Forces, said Saturday’s poker run said it was easily the most successful fundraiser he has held so far.

    “We brought 13 soldiers home last year,” Goodlett said. “This year, we will probably bring home close to 20.”

  • Martial arts group raising funds to assist families

    Martial arts enthusiasts say the sport does much more than teach self defense.

    They say it also builds character.

    Amid the hustle and bustle of Lawrenceburg Sidewalk Days on Saturday, members of Lawrenceburg Martial Arts on Woodford Street spent the day building that character by seeking donations to assist those in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Shoppers welcome return of Sidewalk Days

    Sidewalk Days in Lawrenceburg made its debut last week, featuring live music, grilled food and businesses showcasing their goods in front of their stores.

    Business appeared brisk during the three-day event, which returned for the first time in decades and was sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News.

    As she sat watching Puncheon Creek perform, Jane Ross said she was thrilled to see Sidewalk Days revived.

  • Burgoo Festival kicks off Friday, cook-off Saturday

    A weekend filled with music, pageants and food is on tap as the annual Anderson County Burgoo Festival kicks off this week.

    The festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, highlighted again this year by the annual Burgoo Cook-off, a fundraiser for Shop With a Cop. The cook-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Lawrenceburg Green, with trophies going to the top three teams.

    The festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with music by R&R, followed by performances by Scott Said & Backroads Band at 7 p.m. and Killin’ Time Band at 8 p.m.

  • Firefighter charged with sex crime

    A Lawrenceburg man was charged Monday with trying to procure a minor in a sex offense, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Attorney General Jack Conway.

    Bruce Shane Meece, 29, was arrested at his home in Lawrenceburg, according to the news release, and transported to the Franklin County Jail.

    Meece is a volunteer at Station 5 of the Anderson County Fire Department, Chief Patrick Krogman has confirmed.

  • Fire hospitalizes homeowner, leaves nine homeless

    A fire Thursday evening gutted a home on Alton Station Road, leaving a family of nine homeless and the father hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

    Homeowner Toby McRoberts arrived home to see his house on fire before rushing inside to alert his son, Toby Jr., 18, to get out, according his wife, Donna McRoberts.

    Toby McRoberts was overcome with smoke, but his son managed to escape out of the back of the home.

    There was no immediate word on Toby McRoberts’ condition. His wife said one of their daughters traveled with him to the hospital.

  • Making a change, making a difference

    Even when he was chasing quarterbacks or putting his opponents on the mat, Zach Cotton knew his true nature was that of a gentle soul.

    “I am really not one to fight back,” the former Anderson County High School football player and wrestler admits. “I am like a rabbit.”

    Life can take some unusual twists and turns, but little did Zach Cotton know that a desire to change his lifestyle would lead him to an avenue to reach his dream of simply helping special needs children cope with what life has dealt them.

  • Two busted when cop eyes weed in window

    Officer Jamie Dunn of the Lawrenceburg Police Department did a double take while on patrol last Wednesday morning.

    As he passed by a residence at 200 Forrest Drive, he noticed what appeared to be marijuana plants visible from a basement window.

    “I turned around and could verify, from the street view, that the plants were marijuana,” Dunn wrote in a police report.