Local News

  • Tornado warning over; more heavy weather expected

    Tornado sirens wailed across Anderson County early Thursday evening after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the southern portion of the county.

    Although the warnings had expired, Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said he expects more severe weather later Thursday evening, likely between 9 and 10 p.m.

    Barnes said he had not received any reports of damages as of 7 p.m.

  • Cops & Rodders raises more than $4,000 for two good causes

    Hundreds of people flocked to downtown Main Street last Saturday for the first Cops & Rodders car show, raising more than $4,000 for two good causes — Shop with A Cop and the Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch.   
    Sheriff Troy Young said he had no idea what kind of response the event would get, and said he received many compliments on the show. He already has started on suggestions for what the sheriff’s office will do next year if they host the event again, including possibly adding a motorcycle division.  

  • Trial date set for murder suspect

    A trial date for the man charged with murdering his wife in March has been set for Feb. 25, 2013.
    Timothy Lee Branson, 48, was arrested earlier this year for allegedly shooting Modena Branson during a domestic dispute at the couple’s home on Ballard Road.
    Following the shooting, police say Branson shot himself in the head but survived.
    His trial date was set Tuesday morning when he appeared in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Fiscal court votes to explore privatizing home incarceration

    The Anderson County jailer is speaking out after the fiscal court shunned her advice and voted last Tuesday night to begin contract discussions with a company that provides home incarceration services.
    Lexington-based Corrisoft monitors defendants with ankle bracelets as well as smart phones that track their movements, allow them to receive information about their cases and stay in contact with probation officers.

  • Covert camera will monitor trash dumpers, dope growers

    By Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Illegal trash dumpers, pot growers and others who break laws when they think no one is watching will soon have to worry about another way of being caught.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to share the cost of a surveillance camera system with the sheriff’s office that will be used to monitor those problems and more.

  • All in the family

    Grape stomping is in Joe Sloan’s blood.
    His Italian grandfather taught him how, and Joe kept the tradition alive, passing down his knowledge to his three sons.
    “We’ve done the ‘Lucille Ball’ thing, get in there and smash them up with your feet,” Joe said.
    The art of wine making stayed in the family as well, with the Sloan family opening its Rising Sons Home Farm and Winery to the public for the first time this summer.   

  • State police bust man for growing pot

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested last week after the Kentucky State Police uncovered 68 marijuana plants growing in his apartment Thursday afternoon on Lynn Drive, according to a news release.
    Arrested was Chester L. Byrd, 46. He has been charged with cultivating marijuana over five plants, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    He was charged and transported to the Shelby County Detention Center, according to the news release.

  • Library board: lowered tax rate a ‘goodwill gesture’

    Homeowners can shave a few dollars off their property tax bill next year, at least when it comes to Anderson Public Library’s tax rate.
    The library board of trustees voted 3-2 at its July 24 meeting to lower both its real property and tangible personal property tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The board lowered its tax rate from 88 to 86 cents per $1,000 assessed value, a 2.3 percent decrease.
    The board also lowered its tangible personal property tax rate from $12.68 to $8.80 per $1,000 assessed value, a 30.6 percent decrease.

  • Woman says family court judge should be indicted

    As Margaret “Geri” Murphy was being sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday morning, a woman outside of the Anderson County Courthouse carried a sign lobbying for the indictment of a family court judge she says was complicit in Murphy’s crimes.
    Taylorsville resident Deborah Klotz, who failed to perform a citizen’s arrest on Family Court Judge John David Myles on July 2, carried a large cardboard sign that said “Indict Myles for Complicity,” drawing attention from area media and curious looks from passersby.

  • ‘Disturbed’

    The former social services worker who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of falsifying child welfare investigations was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, 61, heard her fate, was taken into custody, shackled and placed among about a dozen other inmates as families affected by her actions looked on in delight.