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  • Grateful to be giving

    Volunteers who are working on preparing a community wide Thanksgiving Dinner to be served at the Stratton Center Thursday say they have a secret ingredient planned for each dish.

    “We’re gonna put plenty of love into everything we cook,” said Laura Moorman. “Because it’s true what they say – when you serve others, you receive the biggest blessing of all.”

  • Mall traffic plan for Black Friday low key

    Swarms of shoppers, bumper-to-bumper traffic and people rushing, dashing will descend on Simpsonville for its first big Black Friday shopping event but officials aren’t too worried.

    Representatives with the Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass say they are confident that the measures they have in place to handle Friday’s day after Thanksgiving traffic – which are very low key compared to that of the mall’s grand opening in July – will be adequate to handle the crowds and cars.

  • Decorative Indian corn has a place on your plate, too

    It’s the time of year to admire festive arrangements of red corn that pop up everywhere, from adorning hay bales in front yards, to fall window displays in shops, to the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.

    But red corn, or Indian corn, as it’s widely referred to, has uses other than ornamental. The thing is, not many people know that, at least not anymore.

    “Well, I don’t know if you can eat it, but you sure can drink it,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty.

  • Prayer vigil for Trey Williams comforts family

    A cold wind and cloudy skies Wednesday night didn’t keep friends and family of a teen killed three years ago in a police shooting from gathering to remember him on almost the very spot where his life ended on Clifton Court.

    “We want to thank everyone for coming out to commemorate this young man’s life, even though it’s been three years ago, the same tears still come back today,” said Justin Barnes, pastor of the Greater Shiloh Temple Church in Shelbyville.

  • Chatham house being torn down

    More than a year and a half after being nearly destroyed in a devastating fire, a Shelby County landmark home is finally being torn down.

    Officials at Gra-Kat Environmental Services were on the property of the structure known as the Chatham House Thursday and said they were preparing to demo the house but had to take the columns down first.

    “We want to be very careful because of the doctor’s office next door,” said Nick Yount with Gra-Kat.

  • Lost in the holiday shuffle

    The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is already in full swing, and retailers say the interest in upcoming Christmas sales is by far outweighing the interest in shopping for Thanksgiving items.

    While many people do decorate somewhat for Thanksgiving, most of the interest in that holiday is food-related, they say.

    Tim McGuirk, spokesperson for Kroger, said the Shelbyville store has been busy making sure they have everything shoppers need for that special meal.

  • Avoiding the Thanksgiving chaos

     

    Commercials lead us to believe Thanksgiving is just a day of smiling and joyful behavior around a large table filled with perfectly prepared dishes.  But in reality, we all know that behind every gorgeous Thanksgiving Day spread is a crowded, messy kitchen filled with chaos and commotion.

    But every year, more businesses seem to be providing a solution to the Thanksgiving stress, offering to do the hard work for you, so you can enjoy the time with your family.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Breighton Business Center goes residential

    Once tabbed as light industrial park, the Breighton Business Center has now been cleared for an apartment development.

    Kerry Magan presented zone change request on behalf of Roberts & Smith 2, LLC that would change six tracts of the Breighton Business Center from General Interchange (X-2) to Multi-family Residential (R-4).

    “We are proposing to construct two hundred and sixteen apartments on nine buildings on fifteen acres,” Magan said.

  • Picking turkeys not as easy as pie

    Choosing the type of turkey to put on your Thanksgiving table can be as difficult of a decision as what type of sides you want to serve alongside.

    No longer is purchasing a turkey just a matter of deciding the right weight for the number of guests attending. Now the mind is bogged down with terms like organic, free-range, pastured, heritage and natural.

    In addition, there are similar yet confusing options like frozen, previously frozen, not previously frozen and fresh.

  • Breaking social walls at lunch

    Schools across the county will be mixing things up at the end of the month, when they will be asked to step out of their comfort zones and sit at a different table for lunch.

    What may seem like a small task can have an enormous impact, Superintendent James Neihof explained.

    “When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away,” he said.