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Today's News

  • Dump truck clips power line, causes outages in city

    The bed of a dump truck clipped a power line on Djeddah Drive on Friday afternoon, pulling down two electric poles and causing widespread power outages in Lawrenceburg.

    Lawrenceburg Police Officer David Patterson said the driver of the dump truck thought the bed was down and locked, but an issue with the hydraulics of the truck caused the bed to rise and catch the power lines.

    One electric pole was pulled down in the road at 119 Djeddah Drive, and the next pole in line fell in a neighbor's backyard.

    At least one of the poles appeared to be dry rotted.

  • Candidates set for general election

    Candidates for four local elections have been set as the last day to file to run in the general election was Aug. 12.

    The election will be Nov. 4.

    County clerk - two candidates, one open seat

    Jason Denny (R)

    Anthony Stratton (D)

    City council - eight candidates, six open seats

    David Allen Kays

    Bobby Durr

    Paul Thomas "Tommy" Vaughn

    Steven Rucker

    Kevin Green

    Larry Giles

    Ken Evans

    Robert "Sandy" Goodlett

  • Off the beaten path

    Last weekend, Highway 127 wasn't the only place to find a yard sale.

    Several city and county residents put up their poster boards hoping to attract some of the crowd off the beaten path.

    Barbara Willard and her daughter, Melanie Wiley, set up camp at Wiley's house on Bonds Mill Road just under a mile off of 127.

    "We've found that this is usually the best time to do it," Willard said.

    In about three hours on Friday, Willard and Wiley said they had already had a lot of traffic and had customers from several different states.

  • Pitchers get little help in Smokies

    Good pitching will beat good hitting.

    It's the oldest truism of baseball, but it contains the unspoken assumption that good pitching will have adequate defense behind it. Just ask the Central Kentucky Mudcats.

    The local traveling team won just one of five games in the Smoky Mountain Classic, held July 31-Aug. 3 in Dandridge, Tenn., as Mudcat fielders repeatedly let the pitchers down with shoddy glove work.

    "You talk about a frustrating weekend for pitchers, wow!" said Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver.

  • City police seize pound of pot

    A traffic stop Aug. 6 by the Lawrenceburg Police Department resulted in two arrests and the seizure of over a pound of marijuana, according to a news release.

    The driver, Justin D. Thornberry, 19, Lawrenceburg, was charged with possession of marijuana after police found a baggie containing marijuana on him, the release said.

    The passenger, Jason A. Mattingly, 33, Lawrenceburg, was charged with trafficking in marijuana.

  • Relative success

    Sizing up the Anderson County girls' golf program might depend on one's perspective.

    If regional or state championships are the criteria, one will be disappointed. A year ago, the Lady Bearcats finished the season 8-6 in dual meets, but were well behind the leaders, both individually and as a team, at last year's regional tournament.

    Anderson coach Lynn Gritton sees history another way. "They played about as well as they could play," he recalls. "That's all you can ask. The girls improved from the beginning to the end of the year."

  • Allaka's big day

    A little girl sat at the table in her kindergarten classroom for the first time. Her arms were crossed, her face was red and her cheeks glistened with tears.

    This little girl missed her parents. This little girl would have preferred to be playing at home in the sunshine or tucked away safely in her bed. This little girl did not want to be at kindergarten.

    But this little girl was not Allaka Lewis.

    Allaka, 5, sat two tables over with a smile on her face and a crayon in her hand. But in the middle of coloring a picture, Allaka lost her smile for just a second.

  • COLUMN: More than a high school sports town? You betcha

    A recent e-mailer suggested a story idea with the playful - I think - admonition, "This is not just a high school sports town."

    That person was right on the money. While the bulk of local sports news centers around the Anderson County Bearcats, there are plenty of other sports events going on and our desire is to provide coverage of the broad spectrum of things going on in the county.

    Why? Simply put, we strive to be the best local newspaper around.

  • Rugged schedule awaits Lady Cats

    When talking about his 2008 Anderson County volleyball team, head coach Corey Sayre makes no secret of his optimism. "This is by far my favorite team I have had to coach," he says.

    Now in his fourth year at the helm, Sayre has won the program's only district championship and has been to the regional tournament in back-to-back seasons, something that had never been done at Anderson in the past.

  • COLUMN: Yes, prudes, I said cornhole

    I was Huck Finn and hamming it up big time.

    The cafeteria/gymnasium/auditorium in my tiny elementary school was packed, and the third-grader in me had no compunctions whatsoever of ad-libbing and ignoring the play's script.

    Giddy and full of myself after upstaging Tom, Becky and Indian Joe, I left the stage and was immediately upbraided by a teacher who said, "Everyone has seen you, Benny, now go sit down."