Local News

  • Flood plan will identify danger zones

    What would happen if any of Shelby County's three primary dams were to fail?

    That question has been studied recently by local officials, who called in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help them develop a contingency plan of action for such a disaster.

    Shelby County is served by dams located at Lake Shelby, Guist Creek and Mary Ross Spillway, and the newest of them, Guist Creek, was built in 1961. Officials don't even know the ages of the other two, but they are more than 50 years old.

  • Hatchell to be principal

    Anthony Hatchell, a Shelby County native and the principal at Mayfield High School, is the new principal at Martha Layne Collins High School.

    Hatchell, who was a football and baseball star who went on to to be the head coach at Henry County and Anderson County High Schools, will start his new job on Aug. 1.

    "I'm very excited about the opportunity," Hatchell told The Sentinel-News on Thursday morning.

    Hatchell has been the principal at Mayfield for four years. He said he would wrap up his duties there by the end of the month.

  • New home construction up big in May, still down for the year

    A national report indicates there was a sharp increase in housing construction in May of this year compared to April, and numbers from Triple S Planning & Zoning suggest that Shelby County is following that trend.

    The Commerce Department reported a 17 percent monthly increase for May on privately owned homes nationwide. The rate of 532,000 units was well above the 490,000 that were expected and significantly higher than April's record-low 454,000.

  • News briefs: July 8, 2009


    Simpsonville meeting

    There will be a special called meeting of the Simpsonville Site-based Decision-Making Council on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the school library for the purpose of receiving information about candidates from the superintendent and for discussion of interview questions and interview planning.


    Meet & Greet

  • Shelby County Fair 2009

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  • County to buy 4 ambulances

    The county will be buying four new ambulances to augment its aging fleet.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to purchase four vehicles at an estimated $110,000 per truck at the request of EMS Director Steve Wortham, who reported that four of the county's ambulances are old and worn out.

    Because the older models, whose mileage ranges from 126,000 to 156,000 miles, keep having to be repaired, it would be more economical to replace them, he said.

  • Simpsonville extends moratorium on permits

    The Simpsonville City Commission took action on three ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night.

    Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance extending the moratorium on any zoning, building or demolition permits in the area around Shelbyville Road. The moratorium allows time for the commission to update regulations for the long range plan for the area. It's in effect until January 31, 2010.

  • Leggett & Platt likely out by end of July

    Leggett & Platt, once the county's largest employer, is down to a skeletal crew and within a few weeks even they will be gone.

    “We've got 16 workers left,” Plant Manager Doug Allen said. “They're moving assets and getting ready to close.”

    Allen said the plant will “probably be closed by the end of the month.”

    The company will keep a small presence in Simpsonville – an engineering staff and design team – for the foreseeable future, he said.

  • Two injured in Clear Creek Park firework display

    Two girls are back home and doing well after some debris from the final fireworks display fell into the crowd watching the Independence Day celebration at Clear Creek Park on Sunday night. Myria Grantham, 8, had a burn on her arm but is doing fine now, said her mother, Lisa Grantham. Another girl had metal shavings in her eye, said Steve Wortham, Shelby County EMS chief, who responded to the accident. Lisa Grantham said both were taken to the Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where they were treated and released that night. “There were j

  • News briefs: July 3, 2009

     Holiday closings

    Some local offices and businesses have changed schedules because of the Independence Day, holiday.

    The changed times are: U.S. post offices: Closed Saturday. Shelby County Court House and Annex: Closed today. Shelbyville City Hall: Closed today. Simpsonville Town Hall: Closed today.

    Banks: Citizens Union, American Founders, Chase, U.S. and Republic banks, closed Saturday; State Farm Bank, closed today and Saturday.