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  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION: Diageo to request more warehouses, zone changes


    Shelby County’s newest distillery, Bulleit Bourbon, owned by Diageo America’s Supply, Inc. has more business with the Triple S Planning Commission next week.

    The commission will meet Tuesday at 6:30 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville, and will hear an amended development plan proposing six additional warehouses and two zone change requests for the distillery.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Nov. 12, 2014

    Prayer vigil to recall

    the day Trey Williams died


    Family and friends of the late Trey Williams will gather Nov. 19 night for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the third anniversary of his death.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Clifton Court in Shelbyville – just off Mack Walters Road – outside the house where Williams was shot and killed in a confrontation with two Shelbyville Police Officers on Nov. 19, 2011.

    Several dozen attended the event the last two years.

  • Simpsonville Police foil 2 thefts

    Thanks to some diligent work by security personnel at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and the Simpsonville Police Department, two large-scale shoplifting cases were thwarted.

    At about 3 p.m. Monday, police were alerted by the Loss Prevention Department of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH store of two Hispanic males shoplifting from the store.

    According to the report, three Armani suits were stolen, but a suspect returned one of the suits to the store.

  • Roll Forming Aerospace recognized for safety measures


    For the second time in three years, Roll Forming has been recognized for their excellence in safety and health achievements.

    Roll Forming has six plants in across three states and manufactures structural metal parts used for various industries, including aerospace.

    Monday morning, employees with the Aerospace division at Roll Forming enjoyed a luncheon and a ceremony at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in honor of their excellence in health and safety.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Garbage service to start on Jan. 5

    Though the Shelbyville City Council had a small agenda for Thursday’s meeting, big news was revealed. The contract for the long-awaited trash and recycling franchise has been signed, according to Mayor Tom Hardesty.

    “Mr. [Steve] Gregory [Shelbyville city attorney] and I have formalized a contract with Republic Services for our garbage franchise, and I signed a contract today [Thursday] for that,” Hardesty said.

  • Community foundation awards $46K in grants

    The Shelby County Community Foundation has been awarding grants to organizations for more than twenty years, providing nearly 100 Shelby County organizations with more than $1.3 million in donations.

    This year, 11 local organizations received a total of $46,720 through the Partnership Grant Fund, said Howard Griffith, chair of the foundation,

    “How many of you have enough money to fund your organization for the next two years,” Griffith asked rhetorically.

  • Young director, big plans

    At the young age of 23 Kelly Samples McNew is the new Director of Shelby Prevention, a position that sat vacant for a year after funds ran short last fall.

    After graduating from Georgetown in 2012 with a degree in Communications and Media Studies, the Bagdad-native said she bounced from job to job while speaking to students and prisoners about the dangers of driving under the influence.

    “My brother and I were both hit by a drunk driver when I was 12. He was driving...he was 20. I flew from the backseat to the front windshield.”

  • Family tree rooted in American soil

    This Veterans Day, as you are enjoying your freedom, don’t forget to thank an American hero for their service.

    And if you aren’t sure where to find a serviceman or woman, look no further than the White family.

    With at least 10 close relatives currently serving or having served in a branch of the military, Shelby County resident Carroll White has unique take on Veterans Day.

    “I’m very proud of them,” she said, referring to her late husband, her sons, her grandchildren, and several in-laws, as well.

  • Young candidates see lost races as plans for future

    This year saw some young candidates vying for varied seats in Shelby County, including school board, city council and magistrate.

    Those young faces belong to Scott Harper, 26, Matthew Samples, 30, and Austin Redmon, 26.

    All lost their respective bids for the seats they were seeking, but each said they have no regrets and may make another stab at running for public office.

  • Celebration of Lights kicks off the season

    A time-honored tradition in Shelby County will kick off the holiday season Saturday with the 27th annual Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville.

    Each year the event, sponsored by the Shelbyville Merchants Association of Retail Trade (SMART), sparks the holiday spirit and includes lighting the community Christmas tree on Main Street and caroling on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.

    Booths manned by merchants will line the streets 72 strong, 12 more than last year, said Harriet Massey, owner of the Needle Nest.