Local News

  • Heavy rains spark crashes

    Tuesday’s rainstorm created some hazardous road conditions, resulting in several accidents throughout the county.

    Fortunately, there were no fatalities, and for the most part, the accidents resulted in no life-threatening injuries, officials say.

  • Stratton Center to get facelift

    Shelby County magistrates gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to renovate the Stratton Center to the tune of $22,000.
    The improvements to the 20-year-old building, where the Shelby County Fiscal Court has been meeting since it was built, will consist mostly of some new carpeting and lighting.
    Shelby Deputy County Judge-Executive Rusty Newton said the wall up near the ceiling also needs a little work.

  • Council to hear second reading of water rate increase

    The Shelbyville City Council will have another short agenda this week when it convenes on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
    The only topic currently on the agenda is the second reading of an ordinance to increase water rates.
    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle presented the ordinance at the special called Jan. 24 meeting.
    The ordinance calls for a 3.85 percent increase in water and sewer rates to cover operational costs for the water company.
    Doyle said the rate increase would be about $1.40 for a normal 5,000-gallon bill.

  • Post office woes could affect ‘hubs’

    The United States Postal Service says it is in dire financial straights.

    Late last year it announced the closing of nearly 500 post offices and now nearly 2,000 more could be lost.

    A Wall Street Journal report was picked up by several other national media outlets as the news spread early this week.

    "It's a scary thought, but I don't have any more information than what they said on the radio," Finchville Postmaster Sharadon Snowden said.

  • EARLIER: Shelby girl should leave Cairo today

    After staying holed up in a her apartment for the past several days as millions were protesting outside, Sana Saiyed should be close to getting out of Cairo by this morning.

    Saiyed, a Shelbyville native and Shelby County High School graduate, has a flight booked today on British Airways, finally freeing her from what has been an increasingly terrifying situation brewing in Egypt’s capital city.

  • EARLIER: Deadly ramp gets accelerated review

    The eastbound merge lane onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32, long a dangerous – even deadly – dilemma for drivers, may on a speedier road to repair.
    On Friday, state transportation officials and elected leaders from Shelby County met to discuss how to remedy a ramp that requires motorists to merge onto the interstate when they don’t have enough space or time to do so because of an extremely short acceleration lane – 295 feet – and a limited field of vision for drivers because of a hill.

  • Lake lowered intentionally to kill algae

    People passing by Lake Shelby at Clear Creek Park may have noticed the water level is way down – but that’s not a problem, officials say.

    In fact, it’s good for the lake, said Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee, who explained that doing so helps clean the lake of accumulated aquatic plant material.

  • Earlier: Mother remains in intensive care

    A Shelbyville woman remains in intensive care at Jewish Hospital Louisville after being overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice said that Jennifer Lewis’ condition has not changed since she was hospitalized.

  • Crash shuts down interstate

    A crash on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville between a semi and two cars caused the ithe highway to be shut down for hours late Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash happened around 5 p.m. during heavy rain, at the 28 mile marker.

    One woman had to be extricated from a green Nissan. Her condition is not known, but is not thought to be serious.

  • EARLIER: 1 transported in Collins bus wreck

    There were no injuries in a traffic accident Tuesday morning  on U.S. 60 in front of Collins High School involving a Shelby County school bus tied up traffic in both directions for about 40 minutes Tuesday morning.
    Duanne Puckett, public relations coordinator for the school system, said one student was hospitalized was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville because a parent could not be reached phone for clearance to go on to school.
    The student was eventually released from the emergency room and went on to school.