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Today's News

  • Animals safe after fire at shelter

    A fire earlier this morning at the Anderson County animal shelter damaged the building's electrical system but did not harm any animals housed there, according to Anderson County Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.

    Gritton said four cats were moved to the Humane Society's facility next door, and that a dozen dogs were outside but in good condition.

    "The cats are at the adoption center and the dogs are outside playing," Gritton said. "They have plenty of food, water and everything they need."

  • Mounting snow days gobble up students’ summer vacation

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Summer vacation just keeps getting shorter.

    Last week’s blasts of snow, cold and overall rotten weather pushed the last day of the school year from the originally planned May 20 all the way to June 3, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Monday morning.

    Monday marked the sixth consecutive day weather and its resulting problems had kept children from attending school.

  • City in state of emergency after snowplows destroyed

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett declared a state of emergency Monday, just one day after a massive fire destroyed nearly all of the city’s heavy equipment, including its fleet of snowplows.

    “This is an unprecedented loss,” said Goodlett, who took office less than two months ago. “I don’t know how you prepare yourself to deal with this.”

    The fire broke out early Sunday morning, destroying the city’s maintenance garage and nearly all of its contents.

  • City, county rack up bills battling snowstorms

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Kids like to play in it and adults hate to drive in it, yet there’s one hard and cold truth when it comes to snow: getting rid of it is expensive.

    A survey of local government shows that last week’s snowstorms and resulting cold temperatures hit taxpayers fairly hard in the wallet as city and county crews gobbled up overtime pay, spread salt and cinders and tended to those in need.

  • Scenes from the snowstorm of 2015
  • Man jailed for hitting pregnant woman with hammer

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man charged with hitting a pregnant woman in the head with a hammer and smashing her hand in a door is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Anderson District Court.

    Brent Wayne Campbell, 40, of 1115 Salt River Road, is charged with second-degree assault, domestic violence, for an alleged incident that occurred Jan. 17 at his residence, according to police reports and court documents.

  • Donkey rescued after being stuck in mud
  • Bus skids, hits fire hyrdrant
  • Local sales tax bill worth watching

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    With our state legislators haggling over smoking and minimum wage, the one bill I’m keeping an eye on is House Bill 1, which would allow communities to increase sales tax up to 1 percent to fund local projects.

    The upside is that doing so will first require approval of voters statewide, followed by approval of voters on any local projects. Even better is a sunset provision, which would eliminate the increase once a project is paid for.

  • Plan now for this summer’s garden

    My first column submission to the News this week was two words, “Told ya.”

    Knowing my readers as I do, I decided to dig a little deeper. I’d like to blame this wintery mess on all those who wished for a big one, but I can’t. Mother Nature took a look and said, “Well, they’ve had it easy, so I think I’ll give them a wake up call and play with the jet stream.” On the bright side, it will definitely kill all the bad bugs. I just hope the bees make it through it.