Today's News

  • Christmas bows and traffic woes

    Just to get into the stores on Black Friday to fight the crowds and lines, customers must first battle the lines and crowds outside stores and navigating a mall parking lot on Black Friday is a lot like a mouse in a maze.

    Officials with the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass say they are expecting and preparing for a decent crowd this year.

  • Water changeover next week

    Next week Shelbyville residents and those living in surrounding areas may experience some reduction in their water pressure as the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission will be changing its disinfection treatment from chlorine to chloramines.

    “We will not be shutting off water or anything like that,” Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle said.  “We’re flushing out the system.  People might experience lower pressure momentarily if we are working near their homes.”

  • #GivingTuesday

    Local officials want to give a global movement in its 4th year, #GivingTuesday, a more personal touch by encouraging people to give to a local organization that funds Shelby County charities.

    “We have a group of people that are going to be going out door to door to ask for dollars,” said Belinda Nichols, Shelby County Chair for Metro United Way.

  • Rockets hammer John Hardin, take Region 2 title

    The doubters just add incentive to the Shelby County High School football team.

    The Rockets found motivation in the fact that Bulldogs were favored despite Shelby’s better record and schedule, and rolled to a 44-14 win at John Hardin Friday to coast to the Region 2 title.

    The Rockets (12-1) pushed the lead far enough to force a running clock on the Bulldogs, despite the fact that perennial power John Hardin had reached the regional finals for the seventh straight year.

  • Matthews ready to work on HRC

    Despite the outcry from some concerned citizens earlier this week to have the recently appointed William (Bill) Matthews removed from his seat on the Shelby County Human Rights Commission, Matthews said he’s ready to serve.

    “I’m very positive about it, there’s a need for it. I want this to be positive rather than negative,” he said.

  • Matthews named Citizen of Year


  • Parks hoping to putt for dough

    Derrick Griffitts, PGA professional at Clear Creek Golf Course, is hoping to tackle a new 18-hole golf course, but his sights are set on a much smaller scale than which he’s accustomed.

    “Right now it is just in a preliminary stage,” he said. “We are looking at mainly the feasibility of a mini golf course at the golf center.”

    This week, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation began advertising requests for bids for an 18-hole mini-golf course anticipated for the practice area at Clear Creek Golf Center.

  • Congressional award program reaches Simpsonville youth

    Christian Care Communities and the Christian Care Foundation have joined forces with the United States Congressional Award Program to offer a new service in Simpsonville that they believe will benefit both young and old.

    The program, which will use Simpsonville Christian Church as its first site, aims to build youth through four aspects – voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration, and through the partnership youth will be connected with Christian Care Community mentors through Simpsonville Christian Church.

  • Triple S Planning Commission

    The Triple S Planning Commission heard a brief report from executive director Ryan Libke when they met Tuesday.  Libke said his office has issued 62 total permits for the month of October, 26 of which were for dwelling units, brining their total permits for the year to 500, 259 of which have been dwelling units.   That number, he said, surpassed last year’s, which was 224. Libke said the numbers show a positive upswing.

  • Burks Branch fire claims barn, tobacco

    Numerous local fire departments were busy Tuesday afternoon, as Simpsonville, Shelbyville and Shelby County fire fighters responded to a blaze at multiple barns on Burks Branch Road, just north of the bypass.

    EMS also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

    Cowherd said the fire is under investigation and labeled it as suspicious.

    “There is no reason why the fire should have started,” Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said. “Investigators are looking into it as we speak.”