Local News

  • Fire damages home on Powell Taylor Road

    A fire early Monday 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.

  • City eyes ways to save electricity

    To keep the lights on, the water flowing, the Lawrenceburg City Council shells out approximately $750,000.

    That might soon change.

    Council members are now in the early stages of considering entering into an energy savings performance contract that would, they hope, provide ways to lower the city’s electric bill.

  • Lawrenceburg woman jailed for trafficking methamphetamine

    A Lawrenceburg woman was charged Sunday afternoon with trafficking methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Harrodsburg Road.

    Amanda Florian, 25, of 300 Bond Street was a passenger in a car on Harrodsburg Road when the vehicle was pulled over by officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    In his report, Crouch said when Florian exited the vehicle, an Advil container she had concealed between her thighs fell onto the road and she tried to kick it under the truck.

  • Man jailed after hiding in woman’s bed with knife in pants

    A Lawrenceburg man found hiding beneath bed covers in a woman’s home while brandishing a 13-inch knife was charged last week was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond Monday morning in Anderson District Court.

    Brian C. Wells, 30, of 1523 Alton Road faces a rash of charges after police say he held the woman at knifepoint earlier that day, threatening to kill her, himself and her dog if she called police.

  • Man slices his throat two times

    A man sliced his throat with a knife two times around 7:45 p.m. last Wednesday before running into the McDonald’s at the intersection of US 127 and Frankfort Road.

    The man, who was not charged in the incident, was sitting in a car with two other people in the restaurant’s parking lot and was threatening to kill himself, according to deputy Loren Wells of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Because it was considered a mental health issue by authorities, the man’s name is not being released.

  • Six vie for Distinguished Young Women title

    The annual Anderson County Distinguished Young Women program is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Anderson County High School Bearcat Theater, the group’s committee announced.

    The program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

    There are six contestants vying for the coveted title and scholarship prizes.

    They include:

    Teagan Lilly, a daughter of Jeff and Kathy Lilly whose talent is hip hop dance. She is undecided on her choice of college.

  • 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.