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  • UPDATED: Arson not expected in Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass fire

    Simpsonville Fire Department officials have said they do not suspect arson in a 2 a.m. fire at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass Wednesday morning. The blaze started in a lighted display case.

    The fire was contained to one store, Aeropostale, located in the northwest portion of the mall, and crews were able to clear the scene.

    No one was injured and the store was not heavily damaged, but it will not open this morning.

  • Roads still need work near outlet mall

    Despite issues with large delivery trucks and semis being able to navigate the turn, a main entrance to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass still has not been reconfigured.

    Problems first manifested just before the new 365,000-square-foot retail center opened at the end of the July when delivery trucks coming to stock the approximately 80 retail outlets were jumping the curb at the turn from Buck Creek Road onto Veechdale Road.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County commits $200K to medical facilities

    County officials are stepping up in a big way to promote improved medical facilities around Shelby by donating money to two hospital entities.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will give $100,000 each to Kosair Children’s Hospital and to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

    A portion of the money will be used to establish a new pediatric facility planned by Kosair for Governor’s Square.

    And JHS will be able to use the donation for anything it sees fit.

  • Anglin pleads not guilty on embezzlement charges

    Benita Anglin, a former payroll manager of the Shelby County Public Schools who was arrested Aug. 22, two days after she was indicted for embezzling hundreds of thousands from the school system, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    Anglin made her not guilty plead at her arraignment hearing Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Anglin's attorney, Matt Pippin of Shelbyville, was unavailable for comment, and a number previously used by Anglin has been disconnected.

    Her next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 3 for a pretrial conference.

  • Shelbyville couple sentenced for extortion

    Joshua T. Phillips and Dee Ann Bowman Phillips of Shelbyville, a husband and wife charged with extortion of a Taylorsville Police officer were sentenced Monday in Shelby Circuit Court in connection with that crime and given probated sentences.

    Emily R. Wilkey, assistant commonwealth attorney in Franklin County, was appointed special prosecutor in the case.

    Neither one of the couple will have to spend any time in jail as long as they comply with the terms of their probation and restitution, per a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • Fundraiser has participants sleeping in box

    If you can round up a cardboard box large enough to sleep in, have $30 to spare and would like to spend Friday night camping out in a parking lot, you can experience what it’s like to be homeless.

    To a degree, at least.

    The Open Door of Hope Men’s Shelter’s annual Sleep in a Box fundraiser at 211 8th St., will have food available, a DJ playing music and there will be activities such as cornhole, so the event won’t be totally like being homeless.

    But it will be close enough.

  • School district looking at new ways to grow

    While there has not yet been an official vote, the Shelby County Public School’s Board of Education seems to be one step closer to a commitment of opening a public art center.

    The subject was first discussed more than two years ago when various organizations throughout the county began expressing their desires for a venue to be used for meeting space, private classes and various other arts programs.

  • District to WiFi enable 4 buses

    A few years ago a student could complete a bit of homework on their bus ride home or maybe while on a long team trip, but as the Shelby County Public Schools district has expanded its use of digital devices, completing homework on the school bus has become nearly impossible for many. 

    But that soon could be considered a thing of the past, as the district is looking to equip several school buses with WiFi access.

  • Sigma stretches to new facility in Shelby County

     

  • Single vehicle accident injures one

    One person was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon with minor injures he received in a one-vehicle crash on Taylorsville Road.

    Charles Crouch lost control of his Toyota in the 6200 block of Taylorsville Road, running off the road and overturning his vehicle on the side of the roadway.

    Inattention played a role in the crash.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Gilbert said that Crouch said he looked down for just a moment and before he knew it, he lost control, overcorrected and in trying to regain control, flipped the car.