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Today's News

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: About 'Band of Brothers'

    “Band of Brothers” is a book written by noted historian Stephen E. Ambrose, originally published in 1992. It was released again in 2001 when Touchstone Books released a paperback version.

    The book was also the basis of an acclaimed HBO miniseries of the same name that first aired in 2001 and was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It has since been broadcast on many different cable networks including The History Channel and Spike TV, among others.

  • Crumbling fire halls spark tax rate increase

    The Anderson County Fire District voted unanimously last Thursday for a 4 percent increase in revenue, the maximum it could take without being subjected to a public recall of the decision.
    That decision will increase the rate property owners will pay from 63 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to 66 cents, meaning the tax bill on a home assessed at $100,000 will increase $3.
    Board members said the decision will increase the department’s revenue by $34,000 in the coming year, which is needed to begin addressing crumbling fire stations.

  • School board keeps property tax rate the same for third year

    The Anderson County Board of Education voted Monday to keep its property tax rate at $5.52 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2012.
    This is the third year in a row the board has voted to maintain the same tax rate.
    According to information collected from the PVA office, the schools’ tax revenue in 2011 totaled about $7.906 million.
    Although the board of education voted for the same tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, the schools’ tax revenue will increase for 2012 to $7.953 million, an additional $47,000.

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bearcats to battle E. Jessamine, Franklin for district title

    History buffs will love what the new football alignment has done to Anderson County and surrounding areas.


    The lineup that goes into effect this year has lumped the Bearcats in Class 5A, District 6 with a host of old rivals that have been absent from the Anderson schedule since 2006. Anderson, however, most likely hopes that history does not repeat itself as the Bearcats suffered through some lean years during much of the time the new district was competing against each other.

  • Consumers should be wary of greedy sharks

    I will get off the topic of religion this week.
    I have a different bone to pick with companies gouging consumers.
    Last year I installed gas logs to heat with propane to offset the unbelievably high electric costs I’m charged.
    I truly enjoyed the propane heat last year and filled my tank in the early fall to save some money.  The cost to fill 400 gallons was $1.69 per gallon, or roughly $700, last September.

  • Tackle your garden bounty with new recipes

    It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t thanked you all lately for reading this column so faithfully.  
    Your questions and comments are always wonderful and I really appreciate hearing them.  I know you don’t all live in Anderson County, but I got a question the other night all the way from Wisconsin and a comment from Texas a couple of weeks ago.   Now that is dedication, or maybe desperation.
    The most frequently asked question lately was what can I do with all this .... you fill in the vegetable.  

  • Fiddling with ethics while journalism burns

    Vulnerability is the kryptonite of the journalist.
    You’re not supposed to see us cry. Not even flinch.
    Reporters are known to sweat blood and eat the still-quivering flesh of our slain enemies.
    Phone hacking, however, is going too far. Even for a journalist.
    While most people bemoaned the shattered glass debt ceiling of the US government, I’ve been mourning the death of a tabloid.

  • Help us, Mr. Davis!

    To: Steve Davis, acting commissioner
    of the state Department of Public Health
    From: Worried Anderson County taxpayers

    Dear Mr. Davis;
    We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you will make an appearance during the Anderson County Board of Health meeting, scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Extension building.

  • City-appointed commission seeks to create, control historic district

    If you preserve it, revitalization will come.
    That’s the hope of the historic district commission, an entity appointed by the city council in 2006 that seeks to establish an official historic district in Lawrenceburg, beginning at Carlton Street near the cemetery to just beyond the current Early Childhood Center.
    The commission’s purpose is the preservation of history, Commission Chairman George Geoghegan said. But what most concerns him is historic property in poor repair.

  • Fiscal court raises tax rate 3.25%

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Friday afternoon to increase the tax rate property owners pay by 3.25 percent.
    The rate increased from $1.23 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.27, meaning that the amount the fiscal court receives on a piece of property assessed at $100,000 will increase from $123 to $127.
    The decision will give the fiscal court an additional $63,000 in revenue for the coming year, and represents what is called the compensating rate, the formula for which is provided by the state’s Department of Local Government.