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  • 'I've got to get out of here'

    Steve Liles says he doesn’t remember the moment his van slammed roof-first into a swollen creek near the middle school.

    He does remember, though, water gushing into the van and thinking he could die.

    Liles, 59, said he is lucky to be alive after his mini-van collided with another car and was propelled into the creek at the intersection of Glensboro Road and Mustang Drive.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Nov. 9.

    Bland Ballard III, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, possessing a license when privileges are revoked/suspended -- pleaded guilty, $343, show cause/installment/deferred payment Feb. 15.

    Thomas L. Rakestraw, hearing, illegal possession of a legend drug -- defendant to serve out.

    Justin K. Boblett, motion, theft by unlawful taking (firearm), theft by unlawful taking, first-degree burglary -- remanded.

  • Conway blasts Cornish on paving

    Anderson County exceeded its road paving budget by nearly $100,000 this year, and Magistrate John Wayne Conway is blaming Judge-Executive Steve Cornish for the mistake.

    “I guess he wasn’t watching what was going on,” said Conway, who is seeking to knock Cornish from his seat in the May Democratic primary.

    Conway opened what turned into nearly an hour-long debate during the work session that preceded last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • Constable signs affidavit, insists wrongdoing in clerk's office

    The constable who alleges “someone” in the county clerk’s office altered his campaign documents is sticking to his story, but did sign an affidavit Friday that clarifies the district in which he intends to run for re-election.

    Chuck Imel, who last week questioned how his district number was changed from “2” to “1” on his filing documents, met with County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis and County Clerk Jason Denny to sign the document Friday afternoon.

  • Dog nearly gone after falling through ice on Beaver Lake

    No one is more excited about county firefighters completing ice rescue training last Friday than Biscuit.

    Well, the Tennessee Mountain Curr’s owners, Rosemary and Kenny Bowling, are pretty excited, too.

    See, Biscuit was rescued by three members of the Anderson County Fire Department after falling through the ice at Beaver Lake on Sunday — a mere two days after the latest ice rescue training session.

    The Bowlings live in the city, but own property near Beaver Lake. Kenny Bowling took the dog to that property on Sunday to get some exercise.

  • Driver rescued from water after minivan tumbles into creek

    An investigation is continuing into what caused a minivan to strike a car, careen off Woodford Street and land upside in a swollen creek Monday afternoon near Anderson County Middle School.

    No one appeared seriously injured in the accident, but several people were transported to area hospitals, according to officer Sean Wells of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Wells said his investigation is ongoing, and the names of those involved could not yet be released.

  • Wrestling event raises $2,000 for student

    Saturday’s “A Night of Survival for Caleb Pack” provided entertainment for many, a good reason to get out of the house for some, and, most of all, over $2,000 to support the Pack family.

    The Southern Wrestling Alliance event was organized by Russell Schweighardt and Robert B. Turner Elementary School counselor Lynne Gritton to benefit Caleb, a student at the school.

  • Anderson County Schools closed today

    Anderson County Schools will be closed today, Thursday, Feb. 25, according to a One Call Now announcement from the school system.

    Check back here for updated information as it becomes available.

  • State worker who smoked pot returns to work

    A Lawrenceburg resident who was fired last year for smoking marijuana while off duty has been allowed to return to work with the state’s Fish and Wildlife Service, according to an article in Sunday’s edition of The State Journal.

    Ed Davis, who delivered fish by truck across the state, had his termination overturned by the state’s Personnel Board. He will instead serve a 30-day suspension, the paper reported.

    Davis admitted he smoke marijuana while fishing at Green River Lake in Adair County in March 2009, the paper reported.

  • Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser called huge success

    Anderson County High School’s first Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game was a huge success, according to organizer Jennifer Drury.

    The event was held in conjunction with the Bearcats’ game with Paul L. Dunbar on Friday night. While the Bearcats defeated Dunbar, 54-37, the American Cancer Society was the big winner, as the event raised about $3,000 for the cause.

    “As always the community support was overwhelming,” Drury said.