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  • Fire destroys house on Hwy. 289

    A fire Tuesday afternoon caused extensive damage to a home located at 865 Hwy. 289 in Lebanon.

    Richard M. and Bernice Lawson were allowing their granddaughter, Jennifer Hardin, and her two children to stay with them.

    Hardin said she noticed smoke after getting out of the shower. She said she got out of the house and called the fire department, according to Richard Lawson. He came to the house upon hearing the news.

  • County negotiating for warehouse construction

    Maker's Mark Distillery and its parent company are considering building additional warehouses, and local officials are hoping as many as possible will be built in Marion County.

    During the Feb. 7 meeting of the Marion County Industrial Foundation, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly told the board that he'd met recently with Beam Global officials. The company is considering building new warehouses in Marion and Nelson counties.

  • AT&T: 3G coming in late 2012

    Local smart phone users should see improved service by the end of the year.

    Cathy Lewandowski, a senior public relations manager for AT&T, has confirmed that AT&T plans to bring mobile broadband to Marion County in 2012, and Mary Pat Regan, the president of AT&T Kentucky, sent an email to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw confirming that AT&T plans to launch 3G service in Marion County in late 2012.

  • Energetic educator

    If you asked Tammy Parman's students at Calvary Elementary how they would describe her in one word, what would they say?

    The Enterprise asked her fifth grade class that very question last week.

    The word "awesome" was used more than once.

    As was "funny," "creative" and "outstanding."

  • New tourism director has started

    Lebanon's new tourism director is on the job.

    Monday was Nicky Reynolds's first day as the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    "All in all, it was a great day," she said.

    Reynolds said Carla Wagner, the administrative assistant for the commission, and Wayne Keen, the outgoing interim executive director, have been a great help. Keen will remain on until March 1 to assist with the transition, and possibly a little longer if needed.

  • Still rising

    At the conclusion of the first Women on the Rise conference, Keisha Mathies knew it had been a success.

    "One lady came up to me and hugged me and said, 'You don't know how much I needed this right now,'" said Mathies, the event organizer, a Lebanon native who now works for Wal-Mart and lives in Georgia.

  • Tourist commision, city council both meet Feb. 13

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are both scheduled to meet Monday, Feb. 13.

    The tourist commission will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center. This will also be the first meeting for new Lebanon Tourist Executive Director Nicky Reynolds.

    The agenda for the commission meeting includes:

    - A delegation from Nancy Miles and Martha Potter on behalf of the Marion County Quilters.

    - Minutes of last month's meeting.

  • Limited damage in Fairground Road fire

    The Lebanon Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 930 Fairground Road at 12:56 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
    Most of the damage was limited to one corner of the house, the living room and the attic.
    Clarence Darnell, the homeowner, said he had placed an ash tray outside on the porch. When he went inside to get something, the fire started.
    "The wind got up a little bit and blew some ashes onto the chair," he said.
    The fire spread to the nearest corner of the house and eventually into the attic,

  • Marion County moving to the First Congressional District

    Marion County meet Congressman Ed Whitfield.
    The General Assembly on Friday approved a Congressional redistricting plan that moves Marion County from the Second District, which is represented by Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, to the First District, which is represented by Whitfield, a Republican from Hopkinsville.
    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills both opposed the Congressional redistricting plan.

    On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will sign the plan into law.

  • Legislative redistricting deemed unconstitutional

    State legislators need the redo their plans for new legislative district boundaries, according to a temporary injunction issued Feb. 7 in Franklin Circuit Court.
    "Until the General Assembly passes redistricting legislation that complies with all applicable constitutional requirements to revise the districts ... the elections for the House and Senate shall be conducted with the legislative district boundaries in effect immediately prior to the enactment of House Bill 1," Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd wrote.