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  • EARLIER: Leggett & Platt plans huge layoff

    Leggett & Platt plans to lay off 85 workers this fall, according to Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation.

    Adams said her office just received notice of the layoff on Thursday.

    The Simpsonville plant was forced to reduce its number of employees due to a decrease in the demand for its products, according to a press release from the company's corporate office.

  • EARLIER: Police ask for public's help in solving murder

    Police are offering a reward in seeking the public's help in locating whoever killed a local man in a brutal murder last week.

    James “Jim” Duckett, 43, was found murdered  Nov. 10, at his home at 5300 Rockbridge Road  by a relative who had stopped in to check on him after he had not been seen all weekend.

  • EARLIER: Helping Hand closes

    Shelby County Helping Hand has discontinued helping the needy in Shelby County.

    The charity, after 21 years of assistance with rent, utilities and food, is responding to the national economic downturn and current financial crush of many small business and charities.

    "We are no longer receiving [enough] funding from churches and businesses," Chairman, Sylvia Marshall said.

    Marshall said the donations available to disperse have decreased since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Jail house rock solid in Shelby

    Staff photo by Lisa King

    Lt. Tony Aldridge watches as Deputy Jailer Darrell Cox manns the board in the control room at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Jail house rock solid in Shelby

    Inmate numbers high; staff coping well

    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

    Is the Shelby County Jail  overcrowded?

    Yes and no, according to jailer Bobby Waits.

  • Helping the helpers

    John Sherman Clark makes the bands that hold Dean's Milk containers together when they ship. He gets up in the morning excited to work, to contribute to society like thousands of others in the city.

    But what sets him apart are the obstacles he has to overcome to do it all. Clark has Down syndrome and lost his sight in 2003.

  • EARLIER: Serial arsonist arrested for setting 9 fires

    James Aaron Clark, 27, of Shelbyville, was arrested Wednesday on nine arson-related charges, after admitting that he set the fires as a way to relieve stress.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said that Clark is charged with one count of first-degree arson, a felony that carries a penalty of 20 years to life, three counts of second-degree arson, also a felony, and seven counts of criminal mischief related to the fires in Shelby and Henry counties.

  • Board to discuss redistricting plans

    Lora Floyd is still hoping her children won’t be sent to a different school next year.

    Floyd, who has a kindergartener and second-grader at Simpsonville Elementary School, is one of the 35 local parents who were notified last month that their child might be redistricted to Southside Elementary School because of overcrowding at Simpsonville.

    The proposed redistricting, which will effect close to 60 children, would take effect next school year.

  • Two firefighters injured battle blaze

    Two firefighters were hospitalized after battling a weekend house fire on Frankfort Road that is being investigated as a possible arson.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said when firefighters arrived on the scene of the fire at 5:01 a.m. Saturday, the two-story home was already burning heavily.

    One of the firefighters, Jerrett Barnes, received head and neck injuries from falling debris when the front facade of the house collapsed, and the other, Captain James Riddle, injured his shoulder when he fell through the floor.

  • I-64 back open
  • EARLIER: Ex-star Casey hospitalized

    Shelby County athletic legend Mike Casey is hospitalized in Lexington fighting complications caused by a significant infection.

    Casey, a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball who starred at Shelby County High School and the University of Kentucky, is being treated at Central Baptist Hospital after his illness triggered his heart defibrillator at least 11 times.