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Today's News

  • Trial date set for owner of trashed house

    A trial date has been set for Sept. 12 for the owner of a dilapidated home on Hammond Road who continues to defy orders to tear it down.
    District Court Judge Donna Dutton set the trial date last Thursday when the home’s owner, Steve Gay, appeared in court.
    The saga over the crumbling home dates back more than year. Gay was originally given 10 days to tear down the home when it was declared unsafe by the county fire chief.
    It wasn’t.

  • County votes to keep property tax flat

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday morning to keep real estate property taxes flat this year and to lower the rates for tangible property such as vehicles $1.51 per $1,000 assessed value.
    The rate will remain $1.27 per $1,000 of assessed value on real estate, which means the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $127.
    Thanks to an overall increase in the county’s assessed real estate, keeping the rate flat will still generate nearly $7,000 in additional revenue.

  • Weeds, wildflowers thrive in dry conditions

    One thing I know for sure, the drought has toughened up the weeds.
    Since I mulch with newspapers and straw, I use my hands to pull up any weeds that appear in the garden. Some I leave, because the bugs like them better than anything I plant. Most others I pull and I’ve got the cuts on my hands to show for it.

  • Facts Christians want to ignore

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to faith columnist Jess Thompson’s column in last week’s paper titled ‘Facts non-believers don’t want to read.’ This work originally appeared on sharkysworld.com, and is reproduced with the author’s permission.

    I recently read an opinion piece in The Anderson News by Jess Thompson, and there seems to be some issues with his idea that non-believers don’t want to read his religion’s Bible.

  • Should we reward teachers based on test scores?

    Once upon a time, students assured themselves an easy school year simply by placing an apple on the teacher’s desk on the first day.
    They could try, anyway.
    But an apple a day won’t keep our good teachers teaching.
    Flashing shiny Apple products in their faces won’t be enough, either.      
    So what incentives can possibly be left for teachers who see year after year of pay freezes and budget cuts?

  • Our mirror is large enough for everyone

    You think you’re holding a newspaper, but in fact it’s a mirror.
    That’s my view, anyway, because my goal each week is to produce a paper that reflects the community it serves, warts and all.
    As you’ll see in a guest column on this page and in Jess Thompson’s column on the church page, there’s an interesting debate going on between a self-described Christian and a self-described atheist.

  • High school band boosters announce golf tourney

    A golf scramble to support the Anderson County High School Band Boosters is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at Wild Turkey Trace, the organization announced.
    Rain date is Sept. 1.
    Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8.
    Entry is $60 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf, green fees, cart, lunch and a chance to win prizes.
    Awards will be given to the top three teams, along with closest to the pin, longest drive and for a hole in one.
    Sponsorships are also needed.

  • Gone fishin’
  • Adult-sized Erector set
  • They’re staying fit and having fun

    Sneakers tap the gym floor rapidly, a little out of sync with the pairs of arms swooping from left to right.
    It’s Monday morning and Lawrenceburg’s “Fit N’ Fun Girls” are working to get their heart rates up, like they have been for almost a decade since their fitness group first formed.
    Back in 2002, about six Anderson County women gathered at the United Methodist Church’s gym to get their one-hour work out.