Local News

  • A dozen storm grates have been stolen in Lebanon

    A few pieces of a Lebanon have gone missing. Specifically, twelve cast iron storm grates have been stolen.

    "They weight anywhere from 90 to 100 pounds, and they're usually stuck in the ground pretty tight," City Administrator John O. Thomas said.

    The Lebanon Police Department is already looking into the thefts, and the city has contacted recycling and salvage centers.

  • Wilbert Plastic Services to supply parts for Ford Escape

    In his first official act as Lt. Governor, Jerry Abramson stopped in Lebanon to announce up to 150 new jobs will be coming to Lebanon soon.

    "When folks in passing say 150 jobs, that's 150 families who are really going to have a chance to join with you and provide for themselves and or their kids," Abramson said.

    Wilbert Plastics Services qualified for Q1 certification earlier this year, and as a result it will begin supplying interior plastic parts for the Ford Escape.

  • Bradfordsville man gets diversion for facilitation to arson

    Kevin Rance Watson, 23, of 303 Riverview Drive in Bradfordsville received five years of pretrial diversion after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal facilitation to second-degree arson. He was ordered to pay $150 court cost and a $1,000 fine.
    Watson was originally accused of three counts of arson in an indictment handed down in September of 2010. The charges stemmed from incidents April 22, May 15, and June 22, 2010, when buildings at 401 Riverview Drive, 405 Riverview Drive and E. Central Avenue in Bradfordsville were damaged.

  • Police to purchase M-16s

    The Lebanon City Council has approved allowing the Lebanon Police Department to purchase 17 M-16 rifles. The council voted 5-0 to approve the purchase Monday evening.

    Councilman Darin Spalding was not present for Monday's meeting.

    Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady made the request, saying he wanted to have patrol rifles for his officers. The police department has the opportunity to purchase the rifles for $50 apiece plus $30 to ship each rifle.

  • City approves first reading of annexation ordinances

    The Lebanon City Council approved the first readings of three annexations ordinances Monday evening.

    The city intends to annex 985 Bradfordsville Highway, 915 Bradfordsville Highway, and the property in the Highway 49 right of way on the city's northern border.

    Before the annexations are officials, the city must approve a second reading and publish the ordinances.

  • Demolition of nuisance property has started

    The city has cited Frank Spragens for multiple violations of the nuisance property ordinance for his property located at 322 S. Proctor Knott Avenue. The city's property maintenance board had given Spragens a Dec. 2 deadline to demolish the property.

    If not, the city council has authorized hiring a contractor to tear down the house.

  • Microdistillery receives federal license

    Lebanon will have an operating distillery in the near future.

    Limestone Branch Distillery learned Thursday that it has been approved for a federal license, according to Steve Beam, co-owner of the microdistillery.

    "We'll be ready to operate just as soon as we get our equipment set up and our final approval from the state," he said.

    Beam said the final state approval is largely procedural since it was dependent on their receipt of a federal license.

  • 'Tough' months ahead for jail

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady repeated what has almost become a refrain during a special-called meeting Saturday morning.

    "We're going to have a tough couple of months at the Marion County Detention Center," he told the fiscal court and local state legislators at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the detention center, and hopefully look for ways to address funding issues.

  • Taking tobacco to market a longer trip

    Ham Spalding remembers when the tobacco price support program was put into place. He remembers selling tobacco in hand-tied bundles, in 100-pound bales and later 500-pound bales.

    But one thing had always been the same, as long as the 94-year-old St. Joe resident could recall.

    "Ever since I was a kid, you've been able to sell tobacco in Lebanon," Spalding said.

  • Overdosed

    First story in a two-part series looking at local prescription pill abuse


    For anyone who remembers the Cornbread Mafia, it may not be a surprise that Marion County is part of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA. Marijuana is still around, but the biggest problem today is more likely to be found in a medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs, especially painkillers, have become the greatest concern for local law enforcement.