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  • Fiscal court holds line on tax rate

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to hold its property tax rate flat for the coming year.

    The decision keeps the rate property owners pay at $1.30 for every $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the county’s portion of a tax bill on a home assessed at $100,000 would be $130.

    The rate was suggested by Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton, who said the budget that just went into effect was built on keeping the tax rate the same.

  • Library trustees keep tax rate flat

    Pam Marks, director of the Anderson Public Library, presented the taxing district’s tax rate to the Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, saying it will remain flat again this year.

    Unlike the county’s other taxing districts such as Extension and Health which have to be approved, the rate was presented for the fiscal court’s information only after it was approved last month by the library’s unelected board of trustees.

  • Friends of Library next book sale will be Saturday

    Friends of the Anderson Public Library will host a book sale Saturday.

    The sale, which will take place on the back lawn of the Anderson Public Library, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., by The Highs & The Lows, a local duo of Jessica and Cole Ripy.

    The sale will feature a large selection of new books, as well as used books of all kinds.

    Friends’ book sales will continue as scheduled throughout the year, even after the library moves to the temporary location while the library is being expanded.

  • Crouch, Robinson win seat belt awards

    A sheriff’s deputy and city police officer were honored last week for their efforts in making sure people buckle their seat belts and properly secure their children in vehicles.

    Officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department and deputy Alan Robinson of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office were each presented a plaque during the Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards ceremony in Lexington. They were among 146 law enforcement officers statewide to receive the plaques.

  • 127 yard sale officially begins Thursday

    Since 1987, folks have piled their wares on tables along US 127 in the blistering August heat to attract buyers during “the world’s longest yard sale.”

    Known as the 127 Corridor Sale, what started out as an idea to draw visitors from the interstates and to the back roads, has grown to include 690 miles — from Gadsden, Alabama to Hudson, Michigan.

    For Nancy Rucker, an Anderson County resident and a vendor, the 127 Sale is an opportunity to make a little money. “And I’m wanting to get rid of some stuff,” she explained.

  • Man who starved dog to serve 30 days in jail

    A Lawrenceburg man who pleaded guilty to allowing a dog to starve to death earlier this year was sentenced to 30 days in jail last Thursday morning in Anderson District Court.

  • Three vie for Distinguished Young Woman

    From staff reports

    Three young women will compete in the Distinguished Young Women of Anderson County scholarship program, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at the high school.

    Competing will be Carly Lynch, a daughter of Tony and Lori Lynch; Amy Kate Smith, a daughter of Glenn and Sue Lou Smith; and Kaylee Snow, a daughter of Bob and Cheryl Snow.

    Admission to the annual program, now in its 35th year, is $12.

  • Man rescued from rising water on Hoophole Road

    A Lawrenceburg man was rescued early Tuesday morning when his pickup truck became trapped in high water on Hoophole Road.

    Josh Bowman became stranded when rising water in Sulphur Creek stalled his truck near the Mercer County line, according to Battalion Chief Chris Harrod of the Anderson County Fire Department.

    When first responders arrived, Bowman had climbed out of the cab and was seated on a toolbox in the truck’s bed.

  • Problem solved

    A Lanes Mill Road man got so fed up with the tall grasses and weeds alongside his road that he decided to take matters into his own hands last week and mow them down himself.

    “It didn’t look like the county was going to take care of it, so I did,” said resident Gerald Carroll, who hopped aboard his tractor and mowed about a quarter-mile stretch of the road.

    “With all of that old tall Johnson grass leaning out over the road, you couldn’t even see oncoming traffic.”

  • Sheriff steps down

    Anderson County will soon have a new top law enforcement officer following Sheriff Troy Young’s surprise announcement Tuesday morning that he is resigning his office, effective Sept. 1.

    “I think I’ve stayed long enough,” said Young, who has held the office since 2005 and has 30 years of law enforcement experience.

    “In meeting with my family, it’s a good time to go. I have one grandchild here and another on the way, and I want to be around to spend as much time as I can with them.”