Today's News

  • 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


  • Getting the show on the road

    When children head out to school next week, school officials will make sure they get there in safety and comfort, they say.

    Transportation Coordinator George Blakeman said Shelby County School’s fleet of 86 buses would be ready to hit the road

    That preparation has involved a lot of work, not only with making sure buses are ready, but also coordinating bus routes, getting drivers and bus monitors in place, as well checking out existing equipment and getting new technology installed on buses, said Blakeman.

  • Men’s Health Fair is Saturday

    Each year men pour in by the hundreds to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for the Men’s Health Fair and this year organizers anticipate an even greater turnout.

    “We had about two-hundred men last year but we are expecting more this year,” said Noble Roberts, who serves on the planning committee for the event.

    “I went to ninety-five businesses and handed out brochures,” he said, explaining that he hoped his promoting efforts would draw more participants.