Today's News

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District to discuss drug testing details

    The Shelby County Board of Education will discuss the implementation of a recently approved drug testing pilot program for athletes when they convene Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville.

    The board voted unanimously to approve a one-year pilot of the program in May in an effort to ease peer pressure for student athletes.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Proposed tax rate stays flat

    The Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance on Thursday that will maintain the city’s 27.5 percent tax rate, the same rate the city has employed since 2005. If adopted on second reading, this year would mark a decade of a flat rate.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said he is glad he can once again offer the citizens an unchanged rate.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Growth leads to lower tax rate... again

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Thursday night to set its property tax rate, and proposed that the rate be lowered, a move that drew praise from city officials.

    “It’s something you rarely see happen, government lowering the tax rate,” said Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton.

    The commission proposed a rate of 10 cents per one hundred dollars of valuation, down from the current rate of 10.6.

    The commission did the same in 2014, lowering the rate from 11 to 10.6.

  • Congregation restores historic site for new church building

    Back in February, Josh Settles knew he had a huge task ahead of him in renovating a new site in which to locate his church if he wanted to be relocated by Easter.

    The problem was that the new location was in former historic building that had had very little done to it in its long history.

    But when Settles’ small congregation at Kingdom House on Washington Street set out to get the downtown building at 320 Main Street shipshape, their determination astounded him, said Settles.

  • Bringing in the barrels

    It’s been just one year since Diageo –the No. 1 spirits producer in the world–revealed their plan to build a distillery and six warehouses in Shelby County and the barrels are already starting to roll in.

  • School 101

    It’s that time of year again; the time when we convince our children to give up long days at the pool for long rides in a carpool.

    Sadly, summer is just about gone. And though autumn has not yet arrived, alarm clocks will move back next week as parents across the country roll their alarm clocks back in anticipation of our drowsy little ones returning to school.

    A big new school; an unfamiliar teacher; new classes; it can all be very overwhelming for a child-so much so that many of us have repeated nightmares of those very situations well into adulthood.

  • Adult day program being revamped


  • Expanding knowledge

    As students across Shelby County pour into their classrooms next week, a young school will welcome its inaugural class of first grade students.

    Discovery Gym, located at 116 Main Street in Shelbyville, has expanded its building and is broadening the curriculum to include first graders for the first time since opening in 2012.

    “We opened up [in] July three years ago and we started out with morning preschool just a couple days a week and gymnastics in the evening,” said Discovery Gym owner and teacher Laura Shelton.

  • Stealing the show

    Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is more than a month into her new gig – a Las Vegas musical.

    The show, Baz, which started June 19, was inspired by the cinematic and musical films of famed director Baz Luhrmann. The show is a concert mash-up of star-crossed lovers from Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, taking iconic music and moments from each in a post-modern cabaret-style spectacle. The soundtrack includes A Little Party Never Killed Anyone, Lady Marmalade and Young and Beautiful.

  • Road construction planned in Christiansburg