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Today's News

  • Painted Stone Elementary

    Third grade

  • Barn burns to ground

    A barn was destroyed by fire Tuesday night, apparently due to a lightning strike, according to Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd.

    The barn, located at 4185 Burks Branch Road, caught fire early Tuesday evening. Firefighters received the call of a structure fire at 6:04 p.m. Cowherd said fire crews were unable to save the barn, which was fully involved with fire and had collapsed before crews arrived.

  • Community datebook

    Public can attend

    July 15 -- Fiscal court meets at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

    July 15 -- Triple S. Planning and Zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    July 16 -- Shelby County High School's SBDM meeting 3:30 p.m.

    July 17-- The West Shelby Water Board meeting is 8:30 a.m. every third Thursday at the office, 7101 Shelbyville Rd., in Simpsonville. Phone, 722-8944.

    July 17-- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

    Community meetings

  • Johnson Controls reports layoffs

    Johnson Controls will layoff 105 hourly and 9 salary workers, the company reported in a letter to Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty Monday.

    As of presstime, company or United Auto Workers officials were unavailable for comment. See Friday's Sentinel-News for more information.

  • Fatality on Fisherville Road

    At least one person has been killed in an auto accident on Fisherville Road Wednesday.

    The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Police and the Shelby County Coroner's office have not yet released any details about the victim or victims.

    See Friday's Sentinel-News for the complete story.

  • Wiley will play Big I National at Pinehurst

    Sometimes par is just good enough.

    That's what local golfer Candice Wiley found out in a playoff during the Trusted Choice Big I State Final Thursday at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown.

    After the second round Wiley found herself in a tie for the lead, so the two headed to No. 10 to start the playoff.

  • Tapp plan would allow electrical vehicles on state roads

    Rising fuel prices have consumers over a barrel and a local lawmaker has proposed legislation that would alleviate that uncomfortable position.

    Sen. Gary Tapp, R-Shelbyville, has proposed legislation that would allow electric cars to travel on state roadways.

    Tapp said he has driven the ZAP electric automobile, which can reach speeds of 45 M.P.H.

  • 'Ugly Happens:' Downtown design team offering free room makeover competition

    Think you have the ugliest digs in Shelbyville? A house with furniture that was trendy as heck in 1968? A dwelling that's a cornucopia of clutter? A room with a view - of hideous accessories?

    Well if you qualify, four designers from downtown businesses would like to give you a free room makeover - that is if they select yours as the "Ugliest Room" in Shelby County.

  • Thrash not trash

    After a week of being under lock-and-key, the Shelby County Skate Park has been reopened to the public.

    The park was closed last Tuesday after a portable toilet at the facility was burned and destroyed.

    Park officials decided to close the park until they found out who was responsible for the damage.

    At a meeting on Monday night, 30 people parents and skaters came to the park to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

  • Coleman leaves a legacy

    Hours before Rev. Lewis Coleman Jr. died, he was preparing a sermon that he hoped would challenge the people of his Shelbyville congregation to take a stand for justice.

    But on Saturday afternoon, just hours before the service was to begin, Coleman died from a seizure attack. He was 64.

    Coleman fought for social justice for close to 40 years. In that time he organized hundreds of protests across the state on issues ranging from inequalities in hiring practices to the need for more gun control.