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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Fire damages home on Powell Taylor Road

    A fire this morning caused major damage to a home at 1146 Powell Taylor Road.

    Connie Snipes said she was home when the fire broke out. Her husband, Bud Snipes, said he had already gone to work.

    “I was sleeping on the couch when the smoke woke me up,” Connie Snipes said. “I just went outside and called 911.”

    The couple’s three dogs were with them as they watched firefighters battle the blaze. Connie Snipes said their cat was missing.

    The fire was called in around 6:45 Monday morning.

  • Man who tattooed 'slut' on woman at gunpoint sentenced

    A Lawrenceburg man charged with tattooing the word slut on a woman’s back while holding her at gunpoint pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Anderson Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years in prison.

    Michael Joseph, 30, pleaded guilty to third-degree terroristic threatening and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), along with entering an Alford plea on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Class of 1975 holds reunion
  • The Way We Were:Cartinhour receives Meritous Service Award

    Betty Hatter sent an email about the Anderson All-star photo on last week’s Way page. She had two sons in the photo, Jacky Hatter and Robby Hatter, the batboy. She said she remembered this “season in our life” really well and the good times with good friends.

    Kenneth DeWitt was something else. A barrel of fun, with an emphasis on barrel, Hatter said. (Explanation later.) Those were the days when CB radios were really popular. Some of the local guys belonged to a CB radio club called “Uncle Charlie Rejects,” according to the email.

  • Athletic fee is yet another income tax

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve stayed out of the dust-up regarding the school board’s decision to start charging student athletes a fee to play a sport.

    Until now, that is.

    Like the $50 instructional fee parents of high school students who don’t receive free or reduced lunches are “required” to pay, the fee to play sports is optional.

    That’s right, it’s optional, but don’t expect to hear or read that anywhere else.