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  • Changes at the top as Milam, Armstrong sworn in

    A pair of swearing-in ceremonies and a retirement party ushered new leadership into the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office last week.

    New Sheriff Joe Milam made it official when he was sworn in last Wednesday evening before a large crowd of family and friends in the Anderson Circuit Courtroom.

    On Friday, Sgt. Robbie Armstrong was sworn in as Milam’s chief deputy, just days after a huge crowd turned out to bid farewell to outgoing Sheriff Troy Young, who officially retired Aug. 31 after 10 years in office.

  • Family spends Labor Day together — in jail

    From staff reports

    Plenty of Anderson County families spent the Labor Day holiday together, including Joyce Waford and her sons, Justin and Shelby.

    But unlike other families, the Wafords spent their three-day weekend in jail.

    Joyce, Shelby and Justin Waford are all currently housed in the Shelby County Detention Center, each on drug-related charges.

  • Jailer warns: ‘It’s getting very ugly’

    Any hopes that the jail budget would get some relief were dashed in August when the number of prisoners transported came in at a near-record high.

    Jailer Joani Clark reported transporting 117 prisoners during the month, just shy of the record of 123 in May.

    The fiscal court’s jail budget, which runs from July through June, was busted severely last year, forcing magistrates to increase it $83,000, a full 10 percent increase.

  • School board OKs maximum tax increase

    The Anderson County School Board voted last Tuesday to raise taxes as high as possible without the decision being subjected to a public recall.

    By a 4-1 vote, board members approved a rate increase that will generate 4 percent more revenue than the previous year, with only board member James Sargent voting against the measure.

    The board then tacked on another penny to the increase under a provision that takes into account exonerations from the previous year, taking the rate homeowners pay on every $1,000 of assessed value from $5.86 to $6.08.

  • Coming soon: The Bearcat Den

    When Russell Vaden was looking for a place to call home, he liked what he saw in Lawrenceburg.

    “I wanted to be in a small town and it wasn’t too far from Frankfort,” says Vaden, who split his childhood between the Capital City and Wilson, North Carolina.

    But after living in Anderson County for a while, the sports enthusiast saw an unmet need for those who wanted to work their games regardless of the weather.

    The idea of The Bearcat Den was hatched.

  • Proper respect for Old Glory
  • Local woman to complete 100th race on Sept. 24

    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

    Martha Baker, 64, took her first step seven years ago when she completed her first 5K race.

    “I used to go to races as a walker, then at one race they gave out medals to the top finishers in each age group and I would have gotten one had I checked the runner box on the registration,” she explained. “So at the next race I decided to run.”

  • Hanging up his badge

    Although no one knew it at the time, the three little blessings Troy and Benita Young received in 1986 turned into one big blessing for all of Anderson County.

    Troy Young, then an officer with the Lawrenceburg Police Department who would arguably become the most accomplished sheriff in Anderson County history, had all but packed his bags for a job with the Jefferson County Police.

    “I went through the testing and got called to be in the next [training] class,” said Young. “That’s when, eight weeks early, our triplets were born.”

  • Animal shelter ranked among state’s worst

    The Anderson County animal shelter ranked among the state’s worst in a study conducted this summer by college students in an effort to highlight which shelters across the state are in most need of assistance.

  • ‘Miracle’ baby survives, thrives 16 years later

    Sixteen years ago, Scott and Carlola Foster welcomed their only child into the world.

    Perry Catherine, known as Perry Cate, was born a month early with multiple birth anomalies and wasn’t expected to live. Doctors told the couple to take her home and enjoy her, basically take her home to die.

    However, since the day she was born, Perry Cate’s life has been a miracle.

    Scott and Carlola weren’t supposed to be able to have children.