http://www.theandersonnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Students using math to fight cancer http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/students-using-math-fight-cancer <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mathathon1_cropped_a1.jpg" alt="Second grader Charley Barnes and first grader Addison Mitchell enjoy working on their Funbook for the Saffell Street Elementary School Math-A-Thon Fundraiser, going on now through March 31. All funds raised go toward St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the fight against childhood cancer." title="Second grader Charley Barnes and first grader Addison Mitchell enjoy working on their Funbook for the Saffell Street Elementary School Math-A-Thon Fundraiser, going on now through March 31. All funds raised go toward St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the fight against childhood cancer." align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> Saffell Street Elementary School is busy working math problems in the hopes to help fight childhood cancer.</p> <p> The school&rsquo;s Math-A-Thon fundraiser, which helps to raise money for St. Jude&rsquo;s Children&rsquo;s Hospital, has been a tradition for over 14 years and is something students and educators look forward to.</p> Woman charged with beating grandson, 7 http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/woman-charged-beating-grandson-7 <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/franklin_elsie_crime_tn_cropped.jpg" alt="Franklin" title="Franklin" align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> A Lawrenceburg woman is free on $10,000 bail after being charged with abusing her 7-year-old grandson, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.</p> <p> Elsie Franklin, 61, of 1001 Cox Lane was charged March 14 with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12, court documents say.</p> <p> According to an arrest warrant filed by deputy Zach Ray of the Anderson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, Franklin is accused of &ldquo;intentionally abusing&rdquo; her 7-year-old grandson, causing him physical injury.</p> ‘He went there to try to save her’ http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/%E2%80%98he-went-there-try-save-her%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smith_ryan_crime_tn_rgb_0.jpg" alt="Smith" title="Smith" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> The North Carolina man charged with beating and slashing a 15-year-old girl earlier this month following an argument that started over Facebook apparently wasn&rsquo;t the only one who had a knife when the altercation began.</p> <p> During a probable cause hearing last Thursday in Anderson District Court, the police officer who arrested Ryan Smith, 18, testified that Smith told him afterward that the 15-year-old had a butcher knife at the time.</p> Study claims Highway 151 safer than most http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/study-claims-highway-151-safer-most <p> Highway 151 apparently isn&rsquo;t so dangerous after all.</p> <p> A safety study conducted by the state&rsquo;s Transportation Cabinet in response to a lawsuit filed against it last year concludes that the narrow stretch of state highway is statistically safer than the norm.</p> <p> &ldquo;Overall statistical analysis of all-vehicle-type crashes shows that KY 151 is experiencing lower crash rates and lower severity of crashes than Kentucky roadways of similar functional classification,&rdquo; according to the report, which is posted on the cabinet&rsquo;s website.</p> No bail reduction for suspects in Harrodsburg Road shooting http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/no-bail-reduction-suspects-harrodsburg-road-shooting <p> A judge denied bail reduction requests last Thursday for two of the men charged in a Harrodsburg Road vehicle chase that included gunfire.</p> <p> Michael Rice, 27, and Shelby Waford, 32, appeared before District Court Judge J.R. RoBards, who declined to reduce their bail, entered pleas of not guilty and waived their charges to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict each on eight counts of wanton endangerment and, for Waford, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.</p> Trial set for man charged with trying to murder police officer http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/trial-set-man-charged-trying-murder-police-officer <p> A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for the Danville man charged with attempting to murder officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.</p> <p> John Tompkins, who was 35 at the time of his arrest, will stand trial for attempting murder, first-degree assault, fleeing police, felon in possession of a handgun and a rash of drug-related charges.</p> Girl, 15, beaten, slashed over Facebook spat http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/girl-15-beaten-slashed-over-facebook-spat <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smith_ryan_crime_tn_rgb.jpg" alt="Smith" title="Smith" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> A 15-year-old Lawrenceburg girl was beaten and slashed several times with a steak knife by a man who became angry when she looked at an ex-boyfriend&rsquo;s Facebook page, according to police reports.</p> <p> Ryan L. Smith, 18, of Fayetteville, North Carolina was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault in the March 8 incident that occurred on Djeddah Drive.</p> <p> Smith and the juvenile were in what police called a &ldquo;sexual relationship&rdquo; after meeting on the social media website.</p> Dead recycling building to be county morgue http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/dead-recycling-building-be-county-morgue <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tussey_mark-mug_2.jpg" alt="Tussey" title="Tussey" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> Having already killed the reason for which it was built, the Anderson County Fiscal Court has decided to turn a portion of its recycling building into a morgue.</p> <p> Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton confirmed the decision last week, saying work will begin soon to configure a portion of the building into a morgue.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are going to section off about 16 feet in one of the bay areas, all the way to the back wall,&rdquo; Gritton said. &ldquo;It already has working water, an eyewash station and a drain.&rdquo;</p>