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Today's News

  • City man beaten, robbed in his home

    Two armed men dressed in black and wearing masks beat and robbed a city resident at his home early Tuesday morning, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced.

    Police are still searching for suspects in the incident, which occurred at a residence on Highland Avenue, just off Broadway in the city.

    The victim's identity and address were not released.

    Police said the victim told them that two men rang his doorbell repeatedly until he answered just after midnight.

  • COLUMN: Uniting the world in .08 seconds

    Who knew that the Olympics could be summed up in eight hundredths of a second?

    Somewhere around 11:30 Sunday night (EDT), the members of the U.S. men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team made jaws drop around the nation, if not the world.

    It was a team effort, but Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and even Michael Phelps would probably tell you this one really goes to Jason Lezak.

  • Cheerleading coordinator charged with theft

    The 2007-08 coordinator of the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association has been charged with taking over $3,000 from the organization during that season, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced in a news release.

    Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Detention Center after a four-month-long investigation by Det. Mike Schell.

    Police were contacted in April regarding missing funds from the ACYC, the release said.

  • COLUMN - Forgive me for not getting Olympic fever

    Now is the time to show your expertise in water polo.

    Or modern pentathalon.

    Or rhythmic gymnastics.

    Or, heaven forbid, synchronized swimming. I must say, though, that could be interesting if Martin Short, of Saturday Night Live fame, is the expert commentator.

  • Bearcats looking to change course history

    As Will Carlton disembarked his golf cart at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Club last Thursday, his instruction to the local media was short and simple.

    "After I make this birdie, I will be right back," the Anderson County High School boys' coach said.

    Call it bragging. Call it luck after some smack talk. Call it what you want but the former all-state basketball player did what he predicted while playing a practice round with some of his top players.

    Call it confidence to compete. And win.

  • LETTER - Fiscal court owes more than money to Corn's Metal Sales

    To the editor:

    This letter is in response to "Fiscal news and notes" which appeared in the July 23 edition of The Anderson News and described purchases made by the county during the Anderson County Fiscal Court's July 15 meeting.

  • Their goal? Catch drunk drivers

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Office will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints at approved locations as part of "Make the Crackdown Count," which runs from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, the sheriff's office announced in a news release.

    The sheriff's office will maintain a highly visible presence on the county's roadways and will be out in force conducting traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols to detect, arrest and prosecute impaired drivers to the fullest extent of the law, the release said.

  • No, your toilet's not on fire

    If you see white smoke coming from the plumbing inside your home this week, don't panic.

    You might, however, want to call a plumber.

    The city's public works department will conduct a smoke test Thursday and Friday on all sewer lines between the railroad tracks on North Main Street and Broadway.

    The test will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days.

    Larry Hazlett, director of public works, said the sewer lines in that area will be filled with fast-clearing harmless white smoke to help locate groundwater infiltration or damaged sewer lines.

  • COLUMN - Plucking feathers from Chicken Little

    Thanks to me abusing the power of the press, the judge-executive, mayor, city council and fiscal court can no longer do their jobs.

    That is the opening salvo of an awesome letter I received a couple of weeks ago, blaming me for "stymieing" city and county government via my editorials and columns.

    I lamented in last week's column that I could not print the letter in its entirety because when I called the supposed author, he denied writing the letter.

    Frankly, I believe him and still do.

  • These cicadas sting

    The very name "cicada" conjures images of earlier this summer when millions of them screeched and swarmed and left behind a blanket of corpses.

    Fortunately, that brood of cicada is one that arrives only every 17 years. Unfortunately, a cousin with an intimidating name and even nastier sting is prevalent this time of year, and now is the time to keep a watchful eye out for them.

    Cicada killer wasps are now setting up housekeeping in well-drained, light-textured soil, according to Tommy Yankey, an agent with the Anderson County Extension Office.