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  • Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2011 inaugural address

    Thank you, Jane, for your love and support, and for being such a great First Lady.  Thank you to our sons, Jeff and Andy, and their families, for making us so proud.

    And thank you to Jerry, Madeline and Sidney Abramson, for agreeing to join us in leading this state over the next four years.


    We began this day with solemn prayer, and we will bring it to an end, late this evening, with ceremonial music and dancing.  Inaugurations, after all, are a collage of tradition and hope.

  • Beshear’s second-term goals: Create jobs, help kids

    FRANKFORT – Ignoring overcast skies and chilly temperatures, Gov. Steve Beshear shared his vision for tomorrow with Kentuckians during his inaugural speech Tuesday afternoon on the capitol’s steps.
    Beshear became only the second Kentucky governor in modern times to serve consecutive terms. Paul Patton was the first.

  • Shelbyville to consider annexing railroad along Rubles’ land

    The Shelbyville City Council, rebuffed earlier this fall in its effort to get a newly annexed piece of property rezoned, on Thursday will consider an ordinance to annex a section of the railroad that separates that property from an industrial park.

    If the ordinance passes two readings, the segment of RJ Corman Railroad’s tracks that is the buffer between a 73-acre parcel owned by Shelby County Magistrate Allen Ruble and his brother and the Midland Industrial Park would become part of the city.

  • Parks gets grant for planned facility

    This sketch depicts the designed of the planned activity center at Shelby Trails Park, located on Aiken Road in Todds Point. The facility, which will be funded with a $50,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant, will serve as a bath and shower house with a small office, meeting and store room that will serve the primitive and RV campgrounds at the park. The park is a natural park dedicated to horseback riding and trails.

  • Man charged with molestation gets hearing date

    A hearing for a Shelby County man charged with multiple counts of child molestation has been rescheduled for January.

    Henry Telles, 25, was arrested May 12 at a residence on Spruce Drive where he temporarily was staying and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse against two girls, ages 9 and 13 years old at the time, for whom his wife was caring.

  • Smoking ban for county buildings gets its 1st OK

    Smokers soon may not be able to light up in county government buildings.

    Magistrates voted unanimously to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking in county buildings at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance was proposed at the Nov. 15th meeting of the fiscal court by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs, a substance abuse advocate who said he the move would not only set an example for the public but would also be a prudent step to take to do something to stem the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. 

  • News briefs: Dec. 9, 2011

    Yum! Brands has paid no state
    income taxes for past 3 years

    The Louisville-based parent of such companies as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell paid no net corporate income taxes to states over the past three years, even as it generated more than a billion dollars in profits for shareholders, according to a new report published in The Herald-Leader.

  • Woman files sexual harassment suit against her employer

    A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed against the manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission by employee.

    Debbie Clarke of Old Mount Eden Road filed the suit against Tom Doyle Wednesday in Shelby Circuit Court, alleging sexual harassment and assault and battery.

    Clarke has been cleaning the offices at the water company since 2003, and her husband, Scott Clarke, accompanied her until 2009. That's when the inappropriate behavior started, the suit says.

  • New judicial center opening set for Dec. 19

    New judicial center
    opening set for Dec. 19

    By Lisa King
    If you have business with the circuit or district court next week, you’re going to have to wait.
    Plans to reopen the new Shelby County Judicial Center on Dec. 19 are still a go, officials say, which means that the circuit and district clerk’s offices in the old courthouse will be shut down all next week for the transition to take place.

  • Simpsonville gives 1st OK to pay range increase

    The City of Simpsonville is bumping up its pay structure for the first time in more than three years.

    The city commission passed on first reading Tuesday night a new ordinance that slides the pay scales up 5 percent, effective Jan. 1.

    The salary scales last were updated in 2008, and the new ordinance reflects a few changes:

    §       Bryan Romine’s title now will be public works/sewer superintendent.