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  • Wills to serve 9 months in theft

    Jody Wills of Shelbyville was sentenced Friday to 9 months in the county jail and her 10-year plea agreement was probated for 5 years by Senior Judge Steve Mershon.      

    She has to make restitution of $720,000 that she admitted embezzling from her employer, attorney Mark Dean's law office in Shelbyville. The state had sought restitution of $800,000.      

    She was immediately booked into custody at the Shelby County Detention Center.      

  • Winter, summer sidewalk issues on Mayor’s mind

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty wrapped up a quiet City Council meeting Thursday by passing on a few spirited messages to city property owners.

    Hardesty reminded property owners that clearing sidewalks of snow and debris is their responsibility, not the city’s. And he noted that the downtown-shopping district needs to be better taken care of.

  • Schools to reopen Thursday

    Barring an unforeseen change in the weather and road conditions, Shelby County Public Schools will reopen Thursday.   Gary Kidwell, director of Student Accounting and Support Services, made the announcement just a few minutes ago.

  • EARLIER: Schools reopen -- more snow expected

    Shelby Countians managed to get through the season’s heaviest snowfall on Tuesday, but they might find the going even tougher today.

    Shelby County was hit with a 6-inch snowfall on top the 1-2 inches that fell on Saturday, giving the county a blanket of white that was enjoyed by students who stayed home from schools and adults whose businesses closed or had a short day.

    With the temperatures hovering around freezing, they found the conditions comfortable enough to build snowmen, sled down hills and make homemade snow cream.

  • EMS director Wortham resigns

    Steve Wortham has stepped down after 7 years as Shelby County’s director of emergency medical services.

    That announcement was delivered to Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night by Todd Early, former deputy director and now has been named acting EMS Director.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that last week, Wortham told him that he wanted to go back to his old job of paramedic, for personal reasons,

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  • EARLIER: Wills pleads guilty to embezzlement


    Jody Wills, a Shelby County woman charged with embezzling $600,000 of escrow account money from her employer, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Shelby Circuit Court under an arrangement with prosecutors.

    Wills had been charged with 39 counts of theft by unlawful taking, but nine of the charges were dropped.

    In her plea before Senior Judge Steve Mershon, she pleaded guilty to failure to make a required disposition of property, tampering with physical evidence, fraudulent use of a credit card, and 30 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $300.

  • Simpsonville advances town-center process

    Simpsonville commissioners took one firm step and one initial step Wednesday in a methodical process to implement their long-range plan to build a unique downtown corridor along U.S. 60.

    The commission first gave final approval to a new ordinance that creates the new Village Center Form District, following the process specified late last year by the Triple S Planning & Zoning Commission.