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  • EARLIER: State says bypass progress unsatisfactory

    State Transportation Cabinet officials admit that progress on the construction of the Shelbyville Bypass has not been satisfactory and that the project has been hampered by the "excessive number of working days" in the contract.

    Those admissions came in a letter from Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather to state Sen. Brad Montell, who had sought explanations about why the project to build a 4.5-mile bypass around Shelbyville was going to push into 2010.

  • New rules for your street addresses

    It's official: Every resident must make sure his or her house number can be identified easily by emergency vehicles.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of the Addressing Ordinance, which specifies how addresses must be posted and makes compliance mandatory.

    The ordinance went into effect immediately after the second reading and pertains to all addresses in Shelby County, including residential, commercial and agricultural.

  • News Briefs: Aug. 5, 2009

     I-64 roadwork could

    lower speed limits

     

    Two sections of I-64 in Shelby County may cause drivers to have to slow down this week.

    Lane closures and delays are possible between the Simpsonville and Taylorsville Road exits (28 and 32) because of road resurfacing. The work will be conducted between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and speed limits will be reduced to 55 during those hours. Double speeding fines will be enforced.

  • Simpsonville OKs prescription card plan

     Simpsonville City Commission had a busy Tuesday night with several items on the agenda.

    Commissioners voted to endorse the Kentucky Rx Card program, which is a discount card program for individuals for prescription drugs.

    Ron McClish, pharmacist-in-charge at the Simpsonville Smith-McKenney, was at the meeting to answer any questions about the program.

    McClish said the card is a free program and covers almost all prescriptions.

  • EARLIER: Horse show: A soggy start

    It looked like it was going to be a good night for mudders – if Saddlebred shows had mudders – for the opening of the Shelbyville Horse Show.

    After heavy morning rains and a downpour again just after 5 p.m., the arena started to look like an oxbow lake. But show manager R. H. Bennett unplugged a pair of drains filled with sawdust on the inside of the arena, and the water started to disappear.

    “We had put down more sawdust to make it look pretty, and a lot of it washed down the drain,” Bennett said.

  • EARLIER: Shelby man dies in crash in Spencer

    A second Shelby County resident in less than a week has been involved in a fatal car crash.

    Demond E. Board, 34, of Shelbyville, was killed Friday afternoon in Spencer County in a head-on collision that sent five people to the hospital.

    The night before that, Robert Hite III, 58, of Shelbyville was killed in an accident on I-64.

  • Principal Harding resigns at Cropper

    Donald Harding has resigned as principal at the Education Center @ Cropper, ending his more than two decades as an educator.

    Harding cited family obligations tat led to his decision, which, he said, was “a difficult one but necessary. I wish my students and colleagues the very best.”

    He had served 16 of his 21 years in Shelby County, as a high school special education teacher, a high school administrator and, most recently, as the principal at Shelby County’s alternative school.

  • New Dorman Center director excited about job

    When the new executive director of the Dorman Preschool Center started July 1, it wasn't a new face the children, parents and staff had to get used to.

    Instead, it was Dana Marlin, who had  worked at the center in various roles for five and a half years.

    “I've been here for a while, so a lot of them have known me,” Marlin said.

  • EARLIER: Business owners see bright future for East End

    Ryan Ping is optimistic about the future for the eastern end of Shelbyville.

    Ping, who has owned the Sears store for two years, said that with a new judicial center, new Kroger Marketplace store and new bypass, he expects business to be a lot better in that part of town.

    “I like this place, I like this area, and I see it improving in the future,” he said.

    And with all the changes, officials are looking for the public's opinion on what they want to see happen in the east end of the city over the next several years.

  • Basketball star dies in interstate crash

    Rain-slick roadways are being blamed by police for the death Wednesday of an East Tennessee State basketball star on I-64 in Shelby County.

    Seth Coy, 19, a 6-foot-11 center for ETSU, was traveling westbound near the 38- mile marker at about 6 p.m. when he lost control of his 1997 Monte Carlo, Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said.

    "We believe that water in the roadway caused him to hydroplane and lose control," he said.