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  • Joseph jailed for tattooing vulgarity on woman

    A Lawrenceburg man charged with tattooing the word slut on a woman’s back while holding her at gunpoint pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Anderson Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years in prison.

    Michael Joseph, 30, pleaded guilty to third-degree terroristic threatening and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), along with entering an Alford plea on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Higher tax rate, tourism merger approved

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a slight increase to its property tax rate and took the first steps in merging it tourism authority with the City of Lawrenceburg.

    Only Magistrate Rodney Durr voted against the increased property tax rate, which will go from $1.29 per $1,000 in assessed real estate value to $1.30.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton recommended the increase, which was approved by magistrates Kenny Barnett, David Montgomery, Meredith Lewis, Juretta Wells and Mike Riley.

  • Now, he’s the teacher

    When Brandy Beasley took attendance for the first time as a fourth grade teacher at Emma B. Ward Elementary in 1999, she couldn’t have known that one of the names on her list would someday be her replacement.

    Beasley, known as Ms. Campbell back then, said when she made the hard decision to leave the classroom earlier this year, she was worried about who the torch would be passed to.

    When she heard a familiar name from years ago, her mind was eased.

  • New funeral home to open this month

    In the 2012 Anderson County High School yearbook, Mackenzie Morris said he planned on owning a funeral home with his uncle, Nathan.

    In a couple weeks that plan will come to fruition.

    The men purchased the historic Saffell House on Main Street earlier this year and, pending a final state inspection to secure a license, plan to open it as Saffell House Funeral Home on Aug. 11.

  • Fire damages home on Powell Taylor Road

    A fire this morning caused major damage to a home at 1146 Powell Taylor Road.

    Connie Snipes said she was home when the fire broke out. Her husband, Bud Snipes, said he had already gone to work.

    “I was sleeping on the couch when the smoke woke me up,” Connie Snipes said. “I just went outside and called 911.”

    The couple’s three dogs were with them as they watched firefighters battle the blaze. Connie Snipes said their cat was missing.

    The fire was called in around 6:45 Monday morning.

  • Man who tattooed 'slut' on woman at gunpoint sentenced

    A Lawrenceburg man charged with tattooing the word slut on a woman’s back while holding her at gunpoint pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Anderson Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years in prison.

    Michael Joseph, 30, pleaded guilty to third-degree terroristic threatening and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), along with entering an Alford plea on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Coroner: County spends more on dead animals than dead people

    County government spends nearly as much getting rid of dead animals as it does dead humans, and that has to change.

    That was just part of the message Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey and his staff delivered to magistrates during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Tussey, along with deputy coroners Steve Votaw and Richard Medley, each took turns explaining why, in their view, magistrates should authorize more money to hire a deputy coroner.

  • Anderson grad rings closing bell at NY Stock Exchange

    Not many people would describe the frantic atmosphere of the New York Stock Exchange as “beautiful,” but that is exactly the word Lawrenceburg native Haley Burgin used to describe the largest equities-based exchange in the world.

    “It was insane walking in the New York Stock Exchange but it was very beautiful,” the Western Kentucky University senior said of her recent experience in New York.

  • Man charged with pointing gun at neighbor, child

    A Lawrenceburg man charged with pointing a gun at a neighbor and the man’s 4-year-old son during an argument over fireworks pleaded not guilty last week in Anderson District Court.

    Stephan Kinally, 57, of 19 Lynn Drive is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment. He was ordered held in the Shelby County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond but has since bonded out.

    The incident occurred July 19 when Kinally’s neighbors were apparently shooting off fireworks.

  • Back to school a financial hit to parents

    As the new school year approaches, many students are groaning because the long summer days of freedom are quickly diminishing, while their parents are groaning for another reason.

    “’I’ve been dreading this trip,” Amy Gill said candidly while she shopped for school supplies with her children at Lawrenceburg Walmart. “It’s expensive and it seems like every year they add something new to the list. The whole thing can be frustrating.”