• Walmart updates its 'experience'

    The Walmart Supercenter in Shelbyville is undergoing a significant expansion of its floor space in an effort to create a better shopping experience for its customers.

    This remodeling will give each of the store's departments an update, featuring new, wider aisles and more customer-friendly lower shelves. The exterior will get an update, too.

    Walmart officials said they based their plans on feedback from customers.

  • Down to earth

    John and Annie Hagan stop and smell the roses every day.

    They also water, fertilize and prune them.

    They own and operate Mount Eden Greenhouse, which is quite a large undertaking.

    Their business is comprised of four huge greenhouses,  encompassing a total of 1,500 square feet and literally hundreds of thousands of flowers, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and potted plants.

    How does a young couple from Chicago fit into rural country living in a small town of 1,800?

  • 'He could do everything'

    Marvin Crouch is one of kind. Everybody says so, especially people who know him well.

    After 50 years of employment with the same company, he retired last Friday, amid tears, laughter, and a party in his honor.

    Diane Stephens, assistant manager at Bumper to Bumper, said she will really miss him.

    "That says it all," she said, pointing to a banner that stretched across the front of the shop bearing the words, "50 years of friendship, loyalty and the Best Service in Town."

  • Ernspiker joins Surgical Associates PSC as general surgeon

    It says a lot about a surgeon’s character and skills when he has a job waiting for him two years before he finishes his residency.

    Fast forward to the present, and Erich Ernspiker is eagerly counting down the days until June 12, when he graduates from East Tennessee State and returns home to Shelbyville to become the third general surgeon at Surgical Associates PSC, starting July 1.

  • Foundation taking pulse on local industries

    Despite a brutal first quarter for many industries, Pegasus Packaging experienced a 27 percent rise in business, said co-owner Steve Meador.

    Growth for the local outsourcing company came, Meador said, as industries looked for ways to save even small amounts of money in a tough economy.

    “When things were good, they weren't looking so much at savings, but now they are trying to save everywhere they can,” Meador said. “So now they’re looking at what we can do for them.”

  • Former Budd employee oversees job growth

    Steve DeBoer knows how hard it is to be out of work. He has experienced the struggles first hand.

    "I was once employed by The Budd Company [for six years], and I know the area has taken a pretty good hit lately," he said.

    Now after climbing the ladder to the position of Regional Branch Manager at Liberty National Life Insurance Company, he said he is excited to announce an opportunity for 100-plus people to find work at the company's new Branch Office in Louisville.

  • Servers star in training program

    After a yearlong battle, an ordinance was finally passed in March to allow liquor to be sold by the glass in Shelby County on Sundays.

    One of the conditions of the ordinance's approval was that employees who serve alcohol must undergo "STAR" training -- That stands for Server Training in Alcohol Regulations.

  • Chamber initiates membership drive

    For the first time, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has begun a membership drive, according to executive director Shelley Goodwin.

    The board of directors and the membership committee have been challenged to contact about 100 potential members within the next three weeks.

    According to Goodwin, the push for new members is in response to the economic stresses felt by local community.

  • New Business: D & R Landscaping

    D & R Landscaping   Owned by: Donnie Hawk and Ricky Grigsby.   Address: Bluebird Drive, Shelbyville.   Phone: 321-0223 or 487-0888.   What we do: Customer satisfaction is the owners' goal. Hawk and Grigsby have 12 years landscaping experience. They have power seeders and sprayers for weed control. They also can do insect control work.

  • New Business: The Bus Shizzle

    The Bus Shizzle

    Owned by: Terry Whisman Phone: 321-5453  

    What he does: The Bus Shizzle is a charter service providing transportation to and from events for family and friends. Prices will depend on the length of the trip, gas needs and time of the trip. The Bus Shizzle can be chartered for tailgating or any other outing.