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Today's News

  • 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."

  • Humane Society should pay rent, judge-executive says

    Fiscal court magistrates voted Thursday to pay back $7,700 the county owes the Anderson Humane Society, but that apparently didn't settle the ongoing rift between Judge-Executive Steve Cornish and the agency.

    Cornish said "absolutely no" when voting to pay back the $7,700, but not before criticizing the agency's director and treasurer, questioning why the non-profit agency doesn't pay rent for using a county building, and raising concerns about the agency's lack of liability insurance.

  • Cheerleading coordinator jailed, charged with theft

    The 2007-08 coordinator of the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association has been charged with taking over $3,000 from the organization during that season, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced in a news release.

    Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was arrested Thursday, charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail after a four-month-long investigation by Detective Mike Schell.

    The "situation" came up back in April, Schell said.