Today's News

  • Sanctuary jail?

    When the illegal immigrant charged with seriously injuring a Lawrenceburg family in a DUI-related wreck in 2015 is eventually freed from jail, federal immigration officials want to take him into custody.

    That isn’t likely to happen because, like so-called “sanctuary cities,” the Shelby County Detention Center, which houses Anderson County prisoners, refuses to honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Instead, the jail releases criminal illegal aliens back onto the streets before ICE can come get them.

  • Man burns home, takes his own life

    A Lawrenceburg man apparently took his own life last Thursday after setting his home and an outbuilding on fire on Enterprise Road.

    Family members said Robert “Bobby” Bowling Jr. suffered from years of poor health leading up to his death, which sparked an all-stations response from the Anderson County Fire Department.

    When firefighters arrived, they found both buildings nearly flattened by fire and Bowling slumped over the wheel of his nearby pickup truck, dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.

  • Mistrial declared in attempted murder case

    A mistrial was declared Monday afternoon in the trial of a man charged with attempting to murder a police officer.

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman declared the mistrial shortly after a break, but did not elaborate on the reason.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell said afterward that a potential witness in the trial was seen speaking to a juror during the break, prompting the judge’s decision.

  • Man apparently burns home, shoots self

    A Lawrenceburg man is dead this afternoon after apparently setting his home and shed on fire on Enterprise Road, getting into his vehicle and shooting himself.

    His name is not being released.

    All five Anderson County fire stations responded to the call around 1 p.m. after neighbors reported seeing a large plume of smoke and a series of small explosions at the residence, which sits about a half mile off Enterprise Road.

    When first responders arrived, they said the man’s home and shed were fully involved.

  • Officer’s firing not ‘disciplinary’

    Former Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch was not fired for disciplinary reasons, The Anderson News has learned, but just what that reason is remains unclear.

    In a termination letter obtained via an open records request, Mayor Sandy Goodlett told Crouch that the decision to end his employment with the city “is not disciplinary in nature,” although the actual explanation for firing Crouch was blacked out in the letter.

  • Showing ’em how it’s done


    Emma B. Ward Elementary School has been selected as a Model School for making dramatic and innovative improvements in teaching.

    The school will present at the 25th annual Model School Conference set for June 25–28 in Nashville. Principal Bobby Murphy attributes the school’s success to the philosophy of out with the old and in with the new.

  • A ‘Heisman Trophy for science nerds’

    Austin Adams was among 60 students selected for the Craft Academy at Morehead State University for the class of 2019, and was the only student from Anderson County who won this achievement.

    “Austin has always been very dedicated to making good grades,” said his mother, Machell Adams. “It was great to see him so excited about a program that will allow him to go wherever he wants in a STEM-based career field.”

  • Finally!

    After six years of denials and bureaucratic red tape, Lawrenceburg will soon have its very own splash park.

    City Administrator Robbie Hume confirmed that the facility, which will be free to use, is expected to be open before the end of this summer.

    “It depends on how quickly we can get the equipment in,” said Hume, noting that the park is going to be about twice as big as originally planned six years ago and will be located in the city park behind the American Legion.

  • Woman killed when car slams wall

    A Frankfort woman was killed late Saturday afternoon when the car she was in went off U.S. 127 and smashed into a rock wall, throwing her from the vehicle.

    Tralaina Michelle Spence-Broughton, 34, was killed when the northbound vehicle went through the median near the Anderson-Franklin county line before striking the wall. Investigators said the driver of the vehicle apparently tried to overcorrection once the car went out of control. The car then overturned and struck the wall.

  • Board privatizes school health nurse service

    The Anderson County Board of Education voted Monday to contract with a private company to provide on-campus medical services to students and staff.

    The decision ends years of having nurses provided through the Anderson County Health Department, a move that officials say will benefit staff and students along with taxpayers.

    “This is a win-win for the taxpayers of Anderson County,” said Tim Wright, the county’s director of public health who gave his blessing to the decision before Monday night’s vote.