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  • County renews jail's healthcare program

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to renew the Health Services agreement with the detention center to provide health care to the inmates.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs said that Jailer Bobby Waits is pleased with the agreement with Southern Health Partners, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn.,  and so the motion to approve it had not trouble passing, at 6-0.

    "It's a good contract; especially with the discount they've given us," Waits said.

  • Simpsonville OKs town center plan

    The City of Simpsonville has a plan for a whole new future.

    Its City Commission on Tuesday approved formally the long-range plan for a new town center to be developed along the U.S. 60 corridor.

    HNTB, a planning firm from Louisville, has led the city through a planning process that has taken about nine months and produced a document that was approved last month by Triple S Planning & Zoning. The commission’s vote was the final step before the implementation phase.

  • Man in altercation: I just fought back

    A Shelbyville man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Shelby County District Court to several charges incurred during an altercation with a state trooper that sent both of them to the hospital.

    James L. Shuck, 23, was arrested Thursday night after an altercation with Kentucky State Police Trooper Hunter Martin on Village Lane in Shelbyville. The men scuffled, and the trooper twice used his Taser on Shuck and fired his revolver at him while trying to arrest him on charges he had violated his probation.

  • School board approves 2009-2010 budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday a slightly smaller budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Next year's expense budget is $40,332,325, down just more than 3 percent from 2008-09.

    The plan was presented to the board by Dr. Robert Arvin, a financial consultant who worked with Greg Murphy, director of finance for the school system.

    Murphy said that next year's budget is lower than this year's because of several revenue items.

  • School board approves 2009-2010 budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday a slightly smaller budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Next year's expense budget is $40,332,325, down just more than 3 percent from 2008-09.

    The plan was presented to the board by Dr. Robert Arvin, a financial consultant who worked with Greg Murphy, director of finance for the school system.

    Murphy said that next year's budget is lower than this year's because of several revenue items.

  • Officer hospitalized after fight with suspect

    A chaotic scene unfolded Thursday night on Village Lane in Shelbyville when a resident of that street attacked a police officer who was trying to arrest him.

    During the scuffle, a shot was fired, and residents were panicked and terrified, not knowing who, if anyone, may have been shot. Rumors rant rampant through Shelbyville.

  • Simpsonville Elementary celebrates 20 years

    The scene was festive, the kids were cheering and the teachers were smiling.

    The gym at Simpsonville Elementary was packed Friday afternoon with the student body as teachers and school officials took time out to salute the school's first 20 years.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the school system, who acted as Master of Ceremonies, kept the crowd in stitches with her recollections of years past.

  • EARLIER: School board approves 1.4 percent salary increase

    At its last regular meeting last Thursday, the Shelby County School Board approved a pay increase of 1.4 percent but staff members won't necessarily see that money in their checks.

    Superintendent James Neihof said that even with the increase, employees would see a slight income loss of about one day's pay because five days are being eliminated from next year's school calendar. This will save the district $700,000.

  • School board to consider budget

    School board

     

    to consider budget

     

    Tentative plan for next school year

     

    to be presented at meeting Thursday

     

    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

     

    The Shelby County Board of Education will consider a tentative budget for the 2009-2010 school year at its next regular board meeting Thursday night.

     

  • Decker to head county GOP

    The county's Republican leaders have chosen Jennifer Decker to head up the local GOP.

    Decker was selected last week to replace Steve Miller, who resigned after taking a job as an aide to Congressman Brett Guthrie. Miller had been party chair for about 18 months.

    As county party chair, Decker will be responsible for recruiting candidates for local office, serving as fundraiser-in-chief for the local party, acting as liaison between the county and state and national GOP and being the spokesperson for the party.