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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to review draft budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get a taste of what’s to come Thursday when it hears a brief overview of district’s draft budget – the first step of three when preparing the district’s annual budget.

    Shelby County Public Schools’ Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the state requires each district present a draft, or preliminary, budget to their boards by January 31.

    “It doesn’t require action from the board,” Allan said. “It’s just a presentation.”

  • Teen’s family seeks answers in her death

    The family of Gynnya McMillen, a teen who died in custody in a juvenile detention facility, say they are seeking answers into her death.

    “We are simply trying to find out what happened,” said the girl’s aunt, Felicia Garr, acting as the spokesperson for the family.

    “Why did she die? What caused her death?”

  • Putnam waived to grand jury

    Terry Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7 in connection with the November robbery of the police department, has seen his case waived to the grand jury.

    That was the decision of Judge Donna Dutton at Putnam’s appearance in Shelby District Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Mt. Eden Rd. development plans get approval

    The Triple S Planning Commission approved the development plans for Prodigy Retail Center on Mt. Eden Road Tuesday, but not before listening to the protest of several concerned residents of the developing area.

    Will Hagan with Kerry Magan Consulting Engineers presented the development plan for an 11,900-square-foot retail center on behalf of Prodigy Investments, LLC.

  • The learning hub

    Earlier this month Shelby County Public Schools introduced the second phase of its 1:1 digital conversion, a goal aimed at putting a digital device into the hands of every student in the Shelby County Public School system, by distributing Chromebook laptops to every student on the middle school level. This followed a distribution to high school students at the beginning of thie 2015-16 school year.

    Within the next two years the district plans to deploy devices to students on the elementary level, as well.

  • Sister and brother prepare to walk the New York runway

    A Shelby County family is preparing to participate in one of the fashion world’s largest shows.

    Tiffany and Jacob Redmon say they are bursting with excitement that two of their children, Heaven Redmon, 13, and Lucas Sherrard, 11, will walk the runway at New York Fashion Week in February.

    Heaven and Lucas, both students at East Middle School, are gearing up for the event. Heaven, a “seasoned” runway model, says she will help her brother, a newcomer to the runway, with lots of support and advice.

  • STORM UPDATE: Bracing for round 2

    An early morning snowfall Wednesday greeted students all across the region with the joyous news that school was closed.  Concurrently, employees with no option to take a free snow day were faced with the unfortunate reality that their morning would start with the scraping of windows and the shoveling of driveways before embarking on a slow and risky commute.

    Fortunately, most Shelby Countians arrived at their destinations unscathed.

  • UPDATED: SCPS cancels classes for Thursday, Jan. 21

    After about 3 inches of snow fell on Shelby County throughout Wednesday morning, state, city and county road crews worked all day to get roads passable.

    And while major roads are much better by evening drive time, Shelby County Public Schools cancelled school Thursday, Jan. 21, for the second straight day, citing weather conditions and difficult roads. One calls and messages were sent to parents just after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.

  • Still no word on death of Shelby teen

    The investigation is continuing into the death of a Shelby County teen that died Jan. 11 in a juvenile detention facility.

    Hardin County Coroner William Lee said that he has not yet heard back from state medical examiners on the death of Gynnya McMillen, 16.

    “It’s pending autopsy results,” he said. “It’s still going to be a few weeks before they tell us why she died. It’s kind of puzzling, we don’t have a cause of death yet.”

  • County prepares for first winter storms

    Officials began preparing yesterday for a winter storm expected to dump as much as three inches of snow on Shelby County by this morning.

    Agencies from around Shelby County met with meteorologists from the National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon to see what could be store, said Shelby County Road Department Supervisor Craig Myatt.

    “We are having a conference call this afternoon,” he said.

    At that time, NWS Meteorologist Brian Schettmer said they were predicting severe weather to hit in the early morning hours Wednesday.