Today's News

  • EARLIER: Stumbo faces civil trial

    A 2008 Shelby County High School graduate is suing a former teacher and the staff of three Kentucky school districts, charging they were complicit in sexual harassment and wanton negligence.

    In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Shelby County Circuit Court, Elizabeth Reynolds, 18, has charged former teacher Scott Stumbo with "intentional and outrageous" conduct that has caused her to suffer "severe emotional distress."

    This civil suit comes 10 months after Stumbo submitted an Alford plea to criminal charges of sexual harassment of a student.

  • EARLIER: Leggett & Platt plans huge layoff

    Leggett & Platt plans to lay off 85 workers this fall, according to Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation.

    Adams said her office just received notice of the layoff on Thursday.

    The Simpsonville plant was forced to reduce its number of employees due to a decrease in the demand for its products, according to a press release from the company's corporate office.

  • Dog stolen from Pearl Street

    An American Pitbull Terrier has been stolen from 97 Pearl Street, which is located off 11th Street, according to Shelbyville Police officer Istvan Kovacs.

    The dog was taken last week when the animal got out of his yard, Kovacs said. He added that a neighbor had caught the dog. Then the animal got loose again and a different neighbor caught it,  but then three men came to his house and said the dog was theirs. They took the dog with them, but it did not belong to them, Kovacs said.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports


    Penny Tackett, 55, of Shelbyville, was arrested Nov. 8 on Midland Trail and charged with DUI.

    Lawrence R. Schnieders, 50, of Shelbyville, was arrested Nov. 8 on Boone Station Road and charged with DUI.

    Other Traffic Offenses

    Jeovany Ramos Ramirez, 25, of Shelbyville, was arrested Nov. 5 on Kentucky Street and charged with speeding, no operator's license, no registration and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • EARLIER: Police ask for public's help in solving murder

    Police are offering a reward in seeking the public's help in locating whoever killed a local man in a brutal murder last week.

    James “Jim” Duckett, 43, was found murdered  Nov. 10, at his home at 5300 Rockbridge Road  by a relative who had stopped in to check on him after he had not been seen all weekend.

  • District Court Report Nov. 19

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Anthony S. Anderson, two charges of second-degree wanton endangerment -- diversion completed -- dismissed.

    Lynsey N. Greenwell, third-degree criminal trespassing -- plead guilty -- $244 fine and costs.

    Joshua M. Logsdon, disorderly conduct -- plead guilty -- $244 fine and costs.

    Antonio M. Ochoa, first-offense unlicensed manuf/sale/store/purch/transport alcoholic beverage -- plead guilty -- $294 fine and costs.

  • Community can help mold school culture

    Positive relationships.

    High expectations.

    Please become familiar with those two phrases, because they are the key ingredients to the perfect recipe for a high-achieving school.

    I do not claim to be a great cook. However, I can claim experience as a student who saw those traits in action - traits that as a student I didn't know what to call them other than I did know who exhibited them.

    Max Cox.

  • EARLIER: Helping Hand closes

    Shelby County Helping Hand has discontinued helping the needy in Shelby County.

    The charity, after 21 years of assistance with rent, utilities and food, is responding to the national economic downturn and current financial crush of many small business and charities.

    "We are no longer receiving [enough] funding from churches and businesses," Chairman, Sylvia Marshall said.

    Marshall said the donations available to disperse have decreased since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Jail house rock solid in Shelby

    Staff photo by Lisa King

    Lt. Tony Aldridge watches as Deputy Jailer Darrell Cox manns the board in the control room at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Jail house rock solid in Shelby

    Inmate numbers high; staff coping well

    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

    Is the Shelby County Jail  overcrowded?

    Yes and no, according to jailer Bobby Waits.

  • What we think

     The civil lawsuit filed last week by a former student against former Shelby County High School teacher Scott Stumbo is the latest and most repulsive chapter in what has been an extremely ugly process for our local school district.

    Stumbo’s firing earlier this year after his prosecution on charges of sexual harassment of a student and distributing obscene material was distasteful enough.