http://www.theandersonnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 7,305 days and counting http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/7305-days-and-counting <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/running_man2.jpg" alt="Jack Grugin raises a fist as he completes a run last Friday morning, marking a full 20 years of jogging every day." title="Jack Grugin raises a fist as he completes a run last Friday morning, marking a full 20 years of jogging every day." align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Ben Carlson</strong></p> <p> It wasn&rsquo;t a fire or smoke alarm that startled Jack Grugin from his sleep one night about 10 years ago.</p> <p> A retired US Army lieutenant colonel who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, Grugin awoke that morning to a severe thunderstorm, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched a little TV and hit the sack.</p> <p> &ldquo;I woke up, rolled over and it was 10:30,&rdquo; Grugin, 67, said. &ldquo;I sat up and said, &lsquo;Oh, my gosh, I haven&rsquo;t run today!&rsquo; and got up and ran.</p> Hoping to just break even http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/hoping-just-break-even <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stevens_tobacco1.jpg" alt="Photo by Ben Carlson Brent Stevens examines tobacco that is spread across the floor of his brother Forest’s greenhouse on Glensboro Road in a last-ditch effort to get the leaves dry enough to sell. A lack of labor couple with an early freeze turned what should have been a bumper crop into one that Stevens says he hopes will allow him to just break even. " title="Photo by Ben Carlson Brent Stevens examines tobacco that is spread across the floor of his brother Forest’s greenhouse on Glensboro Road in a last-ditch effort to get the leaves dry enough to sell. A lack of labor couple with an early freeze turned what should have been a bumper crop into one that Stevens says he hopes will allow him to just break even. " align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Ben Carlson<br /> </strong></p> <p> Money crunched beneath the field-worn soles of Brent Stevens&rsquo; work boots as he walked through his brother&rsquo;s greenhouse last Wednesday on Glensboro Road.</p> <p> Outside, money is strewn all over the ground &mdash; cash Stevens and his family will never tuck into their wallets or deposit in a bank.</p> $400,000 fiscal court deficit not discussed http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/400000-fiscal-court-deficit-not-discussed <p> <strong>By Ben Carlson</strong></p> <p> <strong>News staff</strong></p> <p> The Anderson County Fiscal Court ignored the specter of its $400,000 budget deficit when it met last Tuesday afternoon, choosing to focus instead of other projects, most of which are not in its current operating budget.</p> <p> The fiscal court also received an update on negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Courts over vacant space in the courthouse. (See related story.)</p> Like father, like son http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/father-son-0 <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/eddie_russell_cropped.jpg" alt="Eddie Russell is now a master distiller at Wild Turkey, joining his father Jimmy as the only father-son master distillers in the industry." title="Eddie Russell is now a master distiller at Wild Turkey, joining his father Jimmy as the only father-son master distillers in the industry." align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Ben Carlson</strong></p> <p> Lawrenceburg&rsquo;s Eddie Russell is joining his dad, Jimmy, as master distiller at Wild Turkey, the company announced Monday.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is with great pride that I announce today that Eddie Russell has been promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller,&rdquo; Jimmy Russell wrote in a letter provided by the distillery.</p> <p> &ldquo;After 34 years, I think he&rsquo;s finally earned it, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean I&rsquo;m going to go any easier on him &mdash; or that I&rsquo;m going anywhere anytime soon.</p> Wild Turkey visitor center wins award http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/wild-turkey-visitor-center-wins-award <p> Wild Turkey may stick to time-honored traditions when making bourbon. However, when it came time to expand and modernize its visitor experience, the result was a &ldquo;modern marvel&rdquo; that caught the attention of the design and architecture world, according to a news release.</p> Celebrating 100 years of happiness http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/celebrating-100-years-happiness <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mountjoy_100-2_cropped.jpg" alt="Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett presents a plaque to Rhetta Mountjoy commemorating the Fox Creek Road resident’s 100th birthday last Tuesday afternoon. Goodlett presented the plaque on behalf of himself and Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton." title="Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett presents a plaque to Rhetta Mountjoy commemorating the Fox Creek Road resident’s 100th birthday last Tuesday afternoon. Goodlett presented the plaque on behalf of himself and Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton." align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Dalton Cook</strong></p> <p> <strong>News intern</strong></p> <p> Last Tuesday was a special day for Rhetta Mountjoy &mdash; so special that by the time it was nearly over, the date will forever more in Anderson County be named for her.</p> <p> Family, friends and even Anderson County&rsquo;s elected leaders helped her celebrate her 100th birthday at her home at 1481 Fox Creek Road.</p> Rescue squad helps remove horse trapped in pool http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/rescue-squad-helps-remove-horse-trapped-pool <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/horse_in_pool_for_facebook.jpg" alt="Anderson County first responders Jimmy Robinson, left, and Cole Mccourt, in water, assist with rescuing a horse that became trapped last Thursday in a pool in Woodford County. They are part of a statewide specialized team that assists with large animal rescue that is based in Anderson County." title="Anderson County first responders Jimmy Robinson, left, and Cole Mccourt, in water, assist with rescuing a horse that became trapped last Thursday in a pool in Woodford County. They are part of a statewide specialized team that assists with large animal rescue that is based in Anderson County." align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Ben Carlson</strong></p> <p> VERSAILLES &mdash; First responders from Anderson County assisted in rescuing a horse that became trapped in an in-ground pool last Thursday in Woodford County.</p> <p> &ldquo;The horse stepped on a pool cover, not realizing there was a pool under it,&rdquo; said Bart Powell, Anderson County&rsquo;s director of emergency management and a member of the Anderson County Specialized Rescue Squad.</p> Column: Silent treatment on deficit won’t last long http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/column-silent-treatment-deficit-won%E2%80%99t-last-long <p> <strong>By Ben Carlson<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>News staff<br /> </strong></p> <p> Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</p> <p> Something tells me we won&rsquo;t see very many repeat episodes of the silent treatment the fiscal court&rsquo;s budget woes received during last Tuesday&rsquo;s meeting.</p> <p> It was stunning, really, to sit through that meeting knowing full well the fiscal court is staring straight down the barrel of a $400,000 budget deficit and not hearing one single mention of that problem.</p>