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  • Smoking ban for county buildings gets its 1st OK

    Smokers soon may not be able to light up in county government buildings.

    Magistrates voted unanimously to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking in county buildings at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance was proposed at the Nov. 15th meeting of the fiscal court by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs, a substance abuse advocate who said he the move would not only set an example for the public but would also be a prudent step to take to do something to stem the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. 

  • News briefs: Dec. 9, 2011

    Yum! Brands has paid no state
    income taxes for past 3 years

    The Louisville-based parent of such companies as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell paid no net corporate income taxes to states over the past three years, even as it generated more than a billion dollars in profits for shareholders, according to a new report published in The Herald-Leader.

  • Woman files sexual harassment suit against her employer

    A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed against the manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission by employee.

    Debbie Clarke of Old Mount Eden Road filed the suit against Tom Doyle Wednesday in Shelby Circuit Court, alleging sexual harassment and assault and battery.

    Clarke has been cleaning the offices at the water company since 2003, and her husband, Scott Clarke, accompanied her until 2009. That's when the inappropriate behavior started, the suit says.

  • New judicial center opening set for Dec. 19

    New judicial center
    opening set for Dec. 19

    By Lisa King
    If you have business with the circuit or district court next week, you’re going to have to wait.
    Plans to reopen the new Shelby County Judicial Center on Dec. 19 are still a go, officials say, which means that the circuit and district clerk’s offices in the old courthouse will be shut down all next week for the transition to take place.

  • Simpsonville gives 1st OK to pay range increase

    The City of Simpsonville is bumping up its pay structure for the first time in more than three years.

    The city commission passed on first reading Tuesday night a new ordinance that slides the pay scales up 5 percent, effective Jan. 1.

    The salary scales last were updated in 2008, and the new ordinance reflects a few changes:

    §       Bryan Romine’s title now will be public works/sewer superintendent.

  • Car runs through Goody's

    No one was injured when this vehicle crashed through the front door of Goody’s Family Clothing in Shelbyville around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The store manager, Tanya Jones, said no one was in the vehicle, which crashed through the store’s vestibule area. “It apparently just came out of gear,” she said. Jones said the store is open for business. It is not known who owns the van, and Shelbyville Police said they did not have a report on the incident.

  • Driver injured when coal truck overturns

    The driver of a dump truck hauling coal was hospitalized after overturning his truck and spilling his load Thursday night.

    An accident report from the Shelby County Sheriff’s office said David Byrd, 49, of Sulphur was traveling north on KY 395 between Vigo and Benson roads shortly before 9 p.m. when he Byrd moved over to let another vehicle pass and the right rear tires of his truck dropped off the roadway.

  • 6 lanes of I-64 open to Jefferson

    If you have driven west of Simpsonville on Interstate 64 this week, you likely have enjoyed finding the new complement of six lanes open to and from downtown Louisville.

    The widening project, begun in 2009, is more or less complete, at least sufficiently so that the barricades are down, the speed zones gone and menace of work-driven slowdowns and closures eliminated.

  • News briefs: Dec. 7, 2011

    Shelby County gets

    $50,000 grant for park

    Shelby County Fiscal Court was one of the winners from among 18 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) project grants to help enhance tourism across Kentucky.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Shelby County’s $50,000 grant for Shelby Trails Park was among $558,537 that was being awarded.

  • News briefs: Dec. 7, 2011

    Shelby County gets

    $50,000 grant for park

    Shelby County Fiscal Court was one of the winners from among 18 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) project grants to help enhance tourism across Kentucky.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Shelby County’s $50,000 grant for Shelby Trails Park was among $558,537 that was being awarded.