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Today's News

  • Coroner: County spends more on dead animals than dead people

    County government spends nearly as much getting rid of dead animals as it does dead humans, and that has to change.

    That was just part of the message Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey and his staff delivered to magistrates during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Tussey, along with deputy coroners Steve Votaw and Richard Medley, each took turns explaining why, in their view, magistrates should authorize more money to hire a deputy coroner.

  • Back to school a financial hit to parents

    As the new school year approaches, many students are groaning because the long summer days of freedom are quickly diminishing, while their parents are groaning for another reason.

    “’I’ve been dreading this trip,” Amy Gill said candidly while she shopped for school supplies with her children at Lawrenceburg Walmart. “It’s expensive and it seems like every year they add something new to the list. The whole thing can be frustrating.”

  • Filling the air with love songs

    Love songs will fill the air this weekend in Lawrenceburg, although not the kind normally found on the FM radio dial.

    These love songs will be played Aug. 1 and 2 during the Native Dawn Flute Gathering, scheduled from sunup to sundown both days at the Lawrenceburg Green.

    Admission is free.

    Fred Nez Keams, a full-blooded Navajo who has lived in Lawrenceburg for about eight years, founded the event with his wife about five years ago, and it has grown by leaps and bounds since.

  • Charges continue to pile up on man charged with hitting pregnant woman with hammer

    A Lawrenceburg man who turned himself in for an outstanding warrant last week ended up going back to jail for a host of other charges he apparently didn’t know even existed.

    Brent Wayne Campbell, 41, of 1131 Salt River Road was wanted on a warrant related to charges from earlier this year that included hitting a pregnant woman in the forehead with a hammer and smashing her hand in a door.

  • Big tomatoes, bigger heart

    The tomato plant snaking its way up a column on Jimmie Hawkins’ front porch on Chautauqua Street would have likely kept growing had it not run into the rain gutter.

    “I measured it. It’s 10 feet tall,” Hawkins said Monday morning as he gazed at what he figures is one of the tallest tomato plants he’s grown. “It would have kept going if it didn’t run into the gutter.”

  • County fire department purchases new tanker

    The Anderson County Fire Department is updating its fleet to better to serve the citizens of Anderson County, said Fire Chief Patrick Krogman. The fire department recently received its newest addition to the fleet, Tanker 3.

    The fire chief said the department was in need of new vehicles and Tanker 3 was replacing a model from the 1980s.

    “Average use is about 30 years and we try to keep our vehicles for as long as we can,” said Krogman. “We just really needed a new one.”

  • Library board approves $4 million expansion

    This time they mean it.

    After several votes in recent years to consider expanding the Anderson Public Library were put on hold due to a pending lawsuit, uncertainty and, at times, public unrest, the library’s board of trustees on Wednesday approved a plan that will cost an estimated $4 million.

    Afterward, library officials made it clear that this time, the project will move forward.

  • In Alton, the wrecks just keep coming

    Speed traps? Check.

    Angry residents? Check.

    Another car ending up in Brian Flood’s front yard on Graefenburg Road in Alton? Check.

    Despite efforts to slow traffic and calls from Alton residents to make improvements to Graefenburg Road, a woman’s car veered off the narrow state highway early Sunday morning, sheered off a phone pole and landed upside down in Flood’s front yard.

    Carol Miller of Simpsonville sustained minor injuries in the wreck and was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center via Anderson County EMS.

  • Pay to play OK’d by school board

    The Anderson County Board of Education approved the implementation of athletic fees for the 2015-16 school year during its monthly meeting last week.

    This is the first year the school system has asked student athletes to pay to participate in sports.

    High school athletes will be asked to pay a yearly fee of $70 with the second child in a household paying $50. Students at the middle and elementary schools will pay $25 per sport. All families will have a $150 cap regardless of number of children or sports played.

  • Giving Main Street another chance

    Life is slowly coming to downtown Lawrenceburg. Anyone who takes a stroll down the sidewalks on Main Street can see the fresh paint on the old buildings, new signs in the windows and construction crews, plumbers and electricians working long hours to bring new businesses to fruition.

    When asked why the resurgence, many new business owners say they were inspired by the sudden spike in bourbon’s popularity and, as the Bourbon Trail continues to attract thousands of visitors to local distilleries, they say they hope to offer out-of-towners a taste of Lawrenceburg.