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  • News Briefs: June 17, 2011

    State unemployment

    hits 2-year low at 9.8

    For the first time since February 2009 Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell below the 10 percent mark to 9.8 percent in May 2011, according to Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Humane Society ready to expand

    The Humane Society is ready for the second phase of its development project in the Hi Point Industrial Park, and that’s one of the items to be reviewed by the Triple S Planning Commission in its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center.
    The Humane Society completed its new, 2,000-square-foot Mary Gaylord McClean Clinic last year on Hudson Boulevard, and now the organization is ready to add some outbuildings to its property.

  • EARLIER: Murder suspect arrested in Arizona

    Six months after the murder of an Anderson County woman left her cats homeless in the care of her vet in Shelby County, the man wanted in connection with her death has been apprehended in Arizona.

    A Kentucky State Police press release said Terrance Cram was taken into custody Wednesday in Goodyear, Ariz.

    Cram, 49, had been indicted by an Anderson County Grand Jury on June 7, charging him with the murder of Tena McNeely, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card.

  • Dairy show kicks off fair

    Despite the heat and beating sun, the Shelbyville Dairy Show kicked off the Shelby County Fair Thursday afternoon.

    Vice President of the Shelby County A&M Association Ray Tucker said Thursday afternoon was a day for setting up and completing all the attractions, with most of the activities getting started in the evening.

    However, the Dairy Show sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture drew in a large crowd.

  • Simpsonville is getting a new fire chief

    The bad news is that the Simpsonville Fire Department had to trim its budget a bit, enough to merit cutting out a key position, that of administrative assistant.

    The good news is that Fire Chief Walter Jones has found a solution to the problem.

    He has stepped down as fire chief but will stay on as administrative assistant, a position that his wife, Kathy, had occupied.

    In his place, Assistant Chief Ronnie Sowder will step up as part-time fire chief.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Sidewalk project may finish in ‘12

    Simpsonville’s new downtown sidewalks had their first strollers last week – though there were no new concrete, benches or amenities in place.

    Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden, City Administrator David Eaton and representatives from HMB, the construction firm contracted to build the sidewalks, toured the blocks along the south side of U.S. 60 that will be included in the project.

  • Lightning knocks out power on Midland Trail

    Kentucky Utility officials say that a lightning strike knocked out power to about 1,500 customers in Shelbyville at around noon today.

    "We have lightning damage to our wires on Plainview, and that affected about 1,500, mostly along Midland Trail, Ashland, Brown, and the area behind Pizza Hut," said Bob Price, team leader for Kentucky Utilities.

    Price said that KU crews are on the job, and plan to try to switch the affected areas onto other circuits to restore power.

  • Merger including JHS one step closer

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is a little bit closer to being of a whole new hospital company.

    A network merging the University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare in Louisville and Lexington's Saint Joseph Health System is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    The boards of all three partners have approved the merger, but they will continue to operate separately until regulatory and church approvals are obtained. That could take as long as a year.

  • EARLIER: First big event at the fair: Safety

    Through all the fun and excitement of the bright lights of carnival rides, safety remains a featured attraction for those in charge.

    James Graybeal, manager of Drew Exposition, the contractor for the midway at the Shelby County Fair, which opens Thursday, said his staff started working around noon Monday, setting up rides for the fair and will probably finish sometime today.

  • News Briefs: June 15, 2011

    Repairs to KY 395

    delayed until Monday

    If you’ve been waiting for those repairs to KY 395 near Waddy, your wait will be a little longer.

    The state department of highways announced late Friday that the work, near the entrance to the Flying J Truck Stop on the north side of Interstate 64, had been delayed until Monday because of a conflict for the contractor.

    The project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15.