Today's News

  • Health committee holds apparent illegal meeting

    Anderson County Public Health Director Tim Wright refused to answer a question Monday about an apparent illegal meeting last week of a committee formed by the Anderson County Board of Health.
    On Tuesday, Wright admitted distributing what he said were draft budgets during the meeting — a meeting he and health board Chairman Steve Carmichael initially contended did not happen.
    Wright and Carmichael each said Monday that the committee learned just before it was scheduled to meet last Thursday that it had not adhered to open meeting statutes and disbanded.

  • Lawrenceburg home to Derby winner?

    Was the Montrose farm named after Montrose, the Kentucky Derby-winning horse?
    Could be coincidence.
    Could be that the Labold brothers — Alexander and Ike Labold of Cincinnati, Ohio — bred and trained the 1887 Derby champion thoroughbred right here in Anderson County.
    Or not.
    That’s where you, the reader, come in.
    I’m no equine Sherlock Holmes. Although I’ve devoured pretty much every Agatha Christie mystery ever written, my mouth falls open dumbstruck every time the killer was revealed on the page.  

  • Obey meeting rules or move along

    Last week’s illegal meeting of a health board committee, however brief, reeks of an attempt to avoid obeying state statutes that govern open meetings.
    Those involved can contend that’s not true, but the evidence suggests otherwise.
    First, the director told this newspaper point blank nearly a month ago that it would not be allowed to attend meetings of this committee.

  • Man charged with fourth DUI in past five years

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he has been “living in his truck lately” was charged last Monday with his fourth driving under the influence charge in the past five years.
    John David Morgan, 48, whose address is listed in an arrest report as 1212 Jenny Lillard Road, was stopped by a Lawrenceburg police officer who said he observed him operating a vehicle with expired tags around 11:45 a.m. on Hilltop Drive, according to court documents.

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  • ‘We’ve seen God work miracles in Boston’

    Rebekah Gregory understands she may lose her left leg.
    Doctors have removed part of her anklebone, crushed in the explosion near the Boston Marathon finish line two weeks ago.
    Only one blood vessel remains in her left leg.
    Bomb shrapnel embedded itself into muscle and created open wounds.
    The bomb left her with broken legs, broken feet, broken ankles and compound fractures in her hands.
    Standing 15-20 feet away from the blast, Rebekah was separated her from her 5-year-old son, Noah.

  • Teen pleads guilty to terror threats at high school

    The former Anderson County student who sent violent text messages threatening a 17-year-old girl and another “Columbine” event at the Anderson County High School has pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening and harassing communications.
    James R. Tindal Jr., 19, of 1430 Van Buren Road, pleaded guilty April 2 in circuit court to one count second-degree terroristic threatening, a Class D felony; 25 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, a Class A misdemeanor; and 41 counts of harassing communications, a Class B misdemeanor.

  • Drunk hunting suspect guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man indicted for allegedly shooting a former Fish and Wildlife officer has pleaded guilty Anderson Circuit Court.
    Gary Gaines, 40, of 1040 Lakeshore Drive is next scheduled to appear in court May 21 for sentencing, where he is likely to have his case placed on diversion. That means if Gaines meets court-ordered conditions, his guilty plea would be set aside, the charges against him dismissed, and an expungement order entered at the discretion of the court.

  • Magistrates to consider swimming pool study

    The long-debated and often rejected notion of building a public swimming facility in Anderson County might be realized after all.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court will consider spending $15,000 for a firm to conduct what amounts to a feasibility study for a swimming facility in the county park when it meets at 9 a.m. May 7.
    The possible study was the topic Monday of a county parks and recreation committee meeting, held at County-Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s office.

  • COLUMN: Anderson County is going to miss Charlie Bryant

    The bases are still 60 feet apart.

    The right field fence still separates the playing field from a pasture, just like it did when the Alton Ruritan Field opened in the 1960s.

    But behind home plate, someone else will be making the calls. Charlie Bryant will only be at every game of the Anderson County Church League in spirit.

    A fixture around Anderson County sports for years, Bryant passed away on April 6 after a lengthy illness. But Bryant's memory will live at what amounted to his second summer home.