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Summertown High School dedicates alumni memorial

In conjunction with Veterans’ Day activities, Summertown High School held a ceremony on Thursday, November 10th to dedicate the new Alumni Memorial on the SHS Campus.

Approximately 80 guests attended the event, including family members of the honorees, as well as Veterans and other community members.

Following the presentation of colors, the Summertown High School Band opened the ceremony with the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, followed by opening remarks by Scott Franks and the Dedication Message by Howard Kitter, pastor of Summertown Baptist Church and a Veteran.

Next, the names of the 11 honorees were read and the Memorial was publicly unveiled for the first time. Those honored on the Memorial are –

World War II

Pvt. Fred H. Goode

Pvt. Willie J.C. (Joe) Hyde

Sgt. Virgil W Register

CFC Robert H. West

Korea

PFC James R. Collins

PFC Robert H. Jackson

Sgt. George J. Miller

1st LT Carl N. Morrow

Vietnam

PFC Larry Burdette

SP4 Kenneth Dickson

SSG Jerry Ratliff

Next, the attendees were addressed by Wanda Newell, Veterans Services Officer for Lawrence County; Dr. Bill Heath, Director of Schools for Lawrence County; and County Executive J. Mack Chandler.

To conclude the ceremony, the family members of the honorees were asked to stand and were recognized and honored for their sacrifice. The ceremony concluded with the playing of TAPS by SHS Band Director George Thompson.

The attendees then enjoyed a reception in the SHS Cafeteria.

This Memorial is a long-overdue tribute to the young men listed on the monument, as well as to their family members. This project would not have been possible without the following Donors and Supporters –

American Legion Post 146 – Loretto

Billy & Glenda Burdette

Norma Burns

Gilbert & Evelyn Clark

Janice Cooper

Donna (Dickson) Corbin

Delbert & Vickie Cummings

Mike Darnell

Hollis & Alice Estes

Janet Rae (Clark) Franks

Ken & Gail Franks

Scott & Patty Franks

Howard L. Goode

Steven Grooms & Anthony Kelley

(Masonry work)

Connie Holman

Linda K. (Newell) Hughes

Faye Ivie

Dr. Jean Jones

Keith & Michelle Jennings

Regina Kemper

Steve Keeton & SHS Art Students

Mallory’s Way Foundation, Inc.

Larry McCrory & Phillip McCrory /

Pine Knoll Nursery & Landscaping

Larry A. (Butch) & Anne Morrow

Ellen (Burdette) Newton

Martin & Wanda Newell

Jim Parkes / Parkes Lumber Company

Curtis Peters

David & Wendy Phillips

Tony Robertson & Mike Robertson /

Lawrenceburg Monument Company

Larry & Joyce Spears

Summertown Baptist Church /

Pastor Howard Kitter

Summertown Community Club

Summertown High School Faculty & Staff

Brent Long, Principal

Barbara Thomas

Greg & Beverly Turner

VFW – David Crockett Post 1618 –

Lawrenceburg

Diane Webb

James & Linda (Dickson) Yates

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Health Department facility to see improvements

Two grants from the state and federal government will provide funding for some much-needed improvements to the former Lawrence County Health Department building.

The building stands behind the new health department facility that is located on Buffalo Road between the Veterans Service and Agricultural Extension offices.

Health Department Director Steve Hall says the $95,000 in grants is designated primarily for facility renovations for the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program.

TLM Architects have designed a renovation plan that includes two clinic rooms, three office spaces and a lab area. The renovated area of the building will serve WIC patients.

In addition to the space modifications, improvements will include new floor covering, ceiling tile replacement, painting, and new windows.

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Lawrenceburg leaders take action during business meeting

Leaders of the City of Lawrenceburg met in regular session Thursday morning, taking action on several business items.

Members of the Lawrenceburg Board of Mayor and Council approved on first reading an amendment to the city’s 2011-2012 fiscal year budget ordinance.

That action will allow for the acceptance and dispersal of funds received through the city’s fire and police departments. JAG Grant Revenues in the amount of $10,778 have been earmarked for use through the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

Also, the Lawrenceburg Fire Department has received $15,601 from Montgomery Insurance as reimbursement for services rendered by its Hazardous Materials Team in cleaning a chemical spill in the Summertown area during July.

Council members approved a resolution to allow city employee Jeff Clifton lease a house at the city’s Veterans Park. Clifton will live at the home in exchange for providing the service of overseeing the park.

The city will maintain insurance on the structure itself. Clifton will be responsible for utility costs as well as maintaining renter insurance. The agreement may be terminated with a thirty-day notice.

A resolution allowing offsite parking for a local business was given the green light. Council members explained that a new Express Med facility is set to be constructed at the North Locust Avenue/Fourth Street intersection.

Since the parcel will not provide enough parking under city statutes, council members have opted to enter into an agreement with owners that will allow them to utilize city property for extra parking.

The property is an area just to the south, where the city recently constructed a series of box culverts in conjunction with its flood control project.

The parcel will be designated as public parking. Express Med would be responsible for maintaining the lot, while the city will retain easement rights.

The final business item voted upon was whether to declare various items as surplus property, to be sold via an internet auction site. Those items include a fire truck purchased by the city in 1999.

Members, along with Fire Chief Don Kelly, indicated that a reserve of $40,000 will be established. Should that amount not be obtained, they said they will keep the pumper truck so that it might be used by various city departments.

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Residents speak out regarding noise ordinance

Residents were given the opportunity to provide input for county leaders Tuesday evening, regarding the recently-passed noise control ordinance.

Members of the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners voted to implement a noise control law during their September meeting. The action was taken after several local residents took the floor to express support for the ordinance.

Several residents of Salem Woods Subdivision spoke of problems created by youngsters riding motorcycles and ATVs unchecked through the neighborhood.

Individuals residing near local race tracks also addressed the board, indicating that having such an ordinance would allow them to know when they can sleep.

Area residents were issued an invitation to attend a meeting of the county’s Public Safety Committee that was held Tuesday. During that meeting several residents addressed committee members, both in support of and opposition to the ordinance.

While some individuals expressed their belief that more stringent enforcement of existing laws would result in the same outcome, several said that is not the case.

One pointed out that, as of 2004, the state has no law governing “disturbing the peace”. A resident explained to committee members, “When you ask them to turn it down and they basically tell you where you can go, you don’t have any legal recourse.”

One resident said that he had he learned that his only legal recourse was to pursue a cost-prohibitive civil suit. He said that the true issue is having to put up with “excessive amounts of noise for excessive amounts of time”.

He felt that he should not have to take his neighbor to court, “All because somebody doesn’t have the common sense not to run their motorcycle at midnight on high throttle.”

Others agreed that the problem arises from the extent to which the problem has escalated. He told members, “There is nowhere in my home where I can sit in peace and quiet.” He indicated that he is attempting to sell his house, but feels that it will be a difficult sale due to the level of noise.

One resident explained to the panel, “When you put up with this day in and day out, you get fed up with it…the noise ordinance is a blessing.”

Residents not only discussed excessive noise from motorcycles and at racetracks, but also loud stereos in and around homes and cars, and music emanating from other businesses, such as the local skating rink. One person pointed out that the issue is a “county-wide problem.”

A representative of U.S. Highway 43 Raceway addressed commissioners in opposition to the restrictions, saying that it should be considered as more of an economic issue.

He pointed out that the raceway employs between 15 and 20 individuals and that it draws tourist dollars into the county. Many of those attending, he said, require lodging and food, and shop locally while here.

A resident discussed the issue of motorcycles being ridden inside subdivisions, saying that it was no more noisy an activity than cutting the grass. He told members he had used a device to measure the noise in terms of decibels.

He said that the sound of a motorcycle from his yard measured 57 decibels while a push mower measured 62 and his daughter jumping on a pogo stick in the roadway measured 67 decibels.

Taking into consideration the opinions of those present, members of the committee will now work to formulate guidelines for the local law. One individual advised them, while doing so, to be specific in the language of the statute so that it is more concrete and not subject to interpretation.

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Man accused of beating brother with brass knuckles

A Valley Road resident was arrested by law enforcement officers Friday after he allegedly beat his brother with brass knuckles during a fight.

Richie Wayne Myers, II, 25, of 175 Valley Road was booked through the Lawrence County Detention Center on charges of aggravated domestic assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to intervene in the altercation shortly before midnight. They found that James Richard Carrier, 28, was lying on a bed, bleeding from the head and face.

Reports show that both brothers had been intoxicated when they became involved in an argument that escalated to a physical confrontation.

Two females inside the home separated the pair once, but reported Myers retrieved a pair of brass knuckles and hit his brother repeatedly about the head/face. Carrier refused medical treatment at the scene by was transported to Crockett Hospital by private vehicle.

After being booked Myers was released from custody under a bond of $11,000.

Reports show that assault charges are pending against Carrier, as well.

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Officers investigate two separate dog shootings

Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were called upon late last week by two different residents to investigate the shooting of their pets.

Deputies responded to a home on Second Creek Road in Five Points Friday where the resident reported his pit bulldog had sustained a gunshot wound. The owner reported the dog was still alive when he found it, but that he could not afford to seek treatment.

Also on Friday, deputies made their way to a Pondfield Road home. The resident told deputies it was common for his dog and a neighbor’s dogs to become engaged in a fight through the fence on the property line anytime one of them began to bark. He said the dogs began to bark when he arrived home and that a friend was in his back yard at that time.

The friend reported that the neighbor exited his home with a rifle, walked to the victim’s dog and shot it. He then turned the gun upon his own dog and shot it, as well. The dogs died as a result of their wounds.

The victim said that following the shooting he “exchanged words” with his neighbor. Although deputies attempted to speak with the man, they report no one was at home at that time.

Reports noted that both dogs were lying on their owners’ property. Investigation into the matter is continuing at the current time. Animal cruelty charges may be pending in connection with the incident.

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Resident reports being robbed at knifepoint

Law enforcement officials launched an investigation during the weekend after a local man reported he had been robbed on the street, at knifepoint.

The victim, age 60, reported to Lawrenceburg Police Officers that the robbery occurred between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. on November 2. He reported while he was in the 300 block of Depot Street, three men “jumped him,” demanding he hand over all of his money. One man, he said, was brandishing a knife.

The victim said the armed assailant began swinging the knife at him, causing several wounds to his left arm and hand. He said that the men forced him to the ground and began kicking him in the ribs. They reportedly punched him in the face before fleeing from the scene on foot.

The victim told officers the men had robbed him of $418 in cash, $3 worth of coins, and 60 Oxycodone pills. He said that he had not immediately filed a report because he “didn’t know what to do.” He said his landlord advised him to file a complaint, and that he did so.

Officers noted that, although injured, the victim did not sustain any life-threatening wounds. Investigation in the matter is currently continuing by detectives with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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