Today's News

  • Fiscal court holds line on tax rate

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to hold its property tax rate flat for the coming year.

    The decision keeps the rate property owners pay at $1.30 for every $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the county’s portion of a tax bill on a home assessed at $100,000 would be $130.

    The rate was suggested by Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton, who said the budget that just went into effect was built on keeping the tax rate the same.

  • Library trustees keep tax rate flat

    Pam Marks, director of the Anderson Public Library, presented the taxing district’s tax rate to the Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, saying it will remain flat again this year.

    Unlike the county’s other taxing districts such as Extension and Health which have to be approved, the rate was presented for the fiscal court’s information only after it was approved last month by the library’s unelected board of trustees.

  • Friends of Library next book sale will be Saturday

    Friends of the Anderson Public Library will host a book sale Saturday.

    The sale, which will take place on the back lawn of the Anderson Public Library, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., by The Highs & The Lows, a local duo of Jessica and Cole Ripy.

    The sale will feature a large selection of new books, as well as used books of all kinds.

    Friends’ book sales will continue as scheduled throughout the year, even after the library moves to the temporary location while the library is being expanded.

  • Crouch, Robinson win seat belt awards

    A sheriff’s deputy and city police officer were honored last week for their efforts in making sure people buckle their seat belts and properly secure their children in vehicles.

    Officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department and deputy Alan Robinson of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office were each presented a plaque during the Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards ceremony in Lexington. They were among 146 law enforcement officers statewide to receive the plaques.

  • Education briefs

    Robert B. Turner open house Aug. 8

    Open House at Robert B. Turner Elementary School is planned for Aug. 8.

    Kindergarten, first, and second grades will visit from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

    Third-, fourth-, fifth-graders will visit from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

    Parents and students will be able to visit classrooms.

    Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.

    TIPS night at ACHS Aug. 8

    TIPS night at Anderson County High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.

    Registration begins at 6 p.m.

  • Putting lives at risk should prove costly

    Column as I see ’em …

    The faces of the men and woman staring into the roiling water of the Salt River last Friday morning spoke volumes about the task that lay ahead of them.

    I’m not going to say they looked nervous but they certainly were concerned as they stood along a farmer’s fence line and came up with a strategy that was the least likely way to end up dead.

  • Good diet is key to healthy tomatoes

    Sunrise and sunset sure makes for a visual masterpiece and my favorite way to start and end each day.

    As the eighth month kicks off, we now have fewer hours of daylight to get stuff done. Today we have 14 hours and 22 minutes of it. By the time the full moon rises Aug, 18, we will only have 13 hours and 45 minutes of light. Not my favorite trend.

  • Flea infestations can be frustrating

    The cat flea is the most common external parasite of dogs and cats. These small, hopping insects also bite humans. In addition to the discomfort of bites and the chance of secondary infection by contamination of bite sites, the cat flea is an intermediate host of the dog tapeworm, the most common intestinal flatworm parasite of dogs and cats.

  • Children don’t realize all that they have

    I often wonder how our children will remember their childhood.

    This question is usually posed after one of them complains about something as anti-dramatic as wifi connectivity.

    I suppose it is at this point that I should start in on all the difficulties we faced back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I was their age.

    “Back in the ‘80s, we didn’t have google, we had a card catalog and an outdated set of World Book encyclopedias,” I’d say.

    (Insert tween eye rolls here.)

  • 127 yard sale officially begins Thursday

    Since 1987, folks have piled their wares on tables along US 127 in the blistering August heat to attract buyers during “the world’s longest yard sale.”

    Known as the 127 Corridor Sale, what started out as an idea to draw visitors from the interstates and to the back roads, has grown to include 690 miles — from Gadsden, Alabama to Hudson, Michigan.

    For Nancy Rucker, an Anderson County resident and a vendor, the 127 Sale is an opportunity to make a little money. “And I’m wanting to get rid of some stuff,” she explained.