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Local News

  • A united purpose

    A coalition of community leaders and local elected officials gathered together last week to cast a vision of how they would like to see Shelby County improve in the future.

    The meeting, which was organized by Metro United Way, brought together bank presidents, school teachers, government officials, representatives from several local non-profit agencies and one local news reporter.

  • Local golf enthusiast/amputee dies in accident

    A local man, well-known locally for helping amputees lead productive lives, was killed Tuesday in an accident.

    Henry Brown, 70, of Waddy, was killed early Tuesday morning as he was trying to load a farm tractor onto a trailer at Miles Farm Service.

    Shelby County Deputy Sheriff Tim Gilbert said when he got to the scene of the accident that Brown was being loaded into an ambulance. He said it was his understanding that the tractor, which had a grass-seeder attached, turned over, fatally injuring Brown.

  • SCHS get federal grant

    Shelby County High School has been selected as one of 12 schools across the state to receive a $350,000 federal grant to establish advanced math, science and English classes for local students.

  • Courthouse sidewalk project set to start

    It is not swimming pool status yet, but the basement of the courthouse has occasionally had standing water on the east side from rain running down the sidewalk.

    That may end soon.

    At the fiscal court meeting Tuesday, magistrates agreed to a bid by Gra Kat Construction to repair the sidewalk alongside the courthouse and put in storm drainage that should fix the leaking problem.

  • Local man jailed for several thefts

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested in connection with several thefts, according to Detective Jason Rice with the Shelbyville Sheriff's Office.

    David Wayne Lockard, 29, of 68 Lovall Lane in Shelbyville, was arrested April 1 in connection with a residential burglary in which several appliances were taken on Easter Sunday.

    He has been charged with second-degree burglary in that incident. Also, Rice said that after his arrest, Lockard confessed to several thefts at Lowe's in January, which had been caught on video surveillance tape.

  • Restoring an American giant

    On a hillside patch of fescue and orchardgrass near Finchville, a group of volunteers are laboring to restore an American icon.

    One hole at a time, one hundred holes altogether, on one acre of ground, they are planting a breeding orchard for the American chestnut tree. The tree, once the dominant species of the eastern forest, is almost gone. Few people alive today have seen an American chestnut tree; even fewer remember when it reigned as the supreme tree of the forest. A blight that started in New York over 100 years ago wiped out the great chestnut forests.

  • Tax bills go on block Monday

    If you have procrastinated and have failed to pay your property tax bill, better hurry. The tax claims go on sale Monday and after that the bill could go a whole lot higher.

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong said between $500,000 and $600,000 in 2007 property taxes have not been paid in the county. On Monday at 10 a.m., he is authorized to sell 10 percent of those bills, which he will do at the courthouse.

  • Juveniles arrested in home vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the vandalism of an empty home on Zaring Mill Road, according to Gene Witt, chief deputy at the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

    Witt said the pair, a male and female, ages 16 and 17, respectively, were charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

  • Budget waits on Beshear

    Both local members of the state legislature supported the $19 billion budget that was approved by the House and Senate late Wednesday night.

    The budget was sent to Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday and while he could line item veto certain objections, both Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell expect him to approve the budget.

    The budget, which guides the state's spending for the next two years, levies no new taxes but cuts funding for higher education and human services.

  • Simpsonville to revamp park area

    The city of Simpsonville is hoping a new playground and picnic area will help draw children and families to their downtown area this summer.

    Simpsonville Parks and Rec. presented a budget Tuesday that included close to $40,000 for a building plan that will refurbish the current playground and add a pavilion for the use of families and communities groups.

    Kevin Garland, Simpsonville park director, said the playground and pavilion will provide a place for families "to have a nice picnic together."