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Today's News

  • Rockets (1 FG) go down easily

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team didn’t show its basket much love Saturday in the Duke’s Sporting Goods Valentine’s Shootout.

    The Rockets were held to just one field goal on their way to a season-low point total in their 70-9 loss to host John Hardin.

    “Pretty dismal performance,” Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers said. “We missed some very easy shots early on, then I think frustration set in, and a lot of our ladies just quit looking to score.”

  • Court report: Feb. 16, 2011

  • Duckett’s family hopes leads are in the cards

    Nearly two and a half years have passed since James Duckett was murdered at his home on Rockbridge Road, but his sister Katherine Nichols still talks to the police at least once a week.

    She wants to know if there is any progress on a trail that feels colder and colder and his killer remains at-large.

  • Schools to add new positions

    Shelby County Public Schools is expecting to continue growing for the 2011-12 school year.

    Based on what district Director of Finance Greg Murphy bills as very conservative estimates for student growth and state funding, the school board on Thursday approved allocating 3.7 new teaching positions next year.

    This allocation process is the second step in the budget cycle for the school district, following state guidelines to have a budget in place by the beginning of the school year.

  • Schools want to remain partners with United Way

    Shelby County Public Schools is hoping to partner with Metro United Way to broaden the community involvement of the Master It! mentoring program.

    Master It! (Mentoring African-American Students To Effectively Reach Intentional Tomorrows!) is a program aimed at finding mentors for African-American students and helping them establish individual growth plans that will push them to more rigorous advanced classes and AP classes.

  • What we think: Immigration issues can’t be solved here

    The members of our General Assembly appear fixated this term on the idea that they must provide some antidote to the problem of illegal immigration, which is a topical and touchy issue for so many Shelby Countians.

    Two different bills are working their way through the enactment process – the Senate passed its version in January, and the House is doing its part now – and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) has said he believes some sort of measure will come to a full vote.

  • We congratulate: Animal groups’ working together

    What a wonderful concept it was on Saturday night when all the animal support organizations of Shelby County came together for a unified fund-raising events, Monarchs, Mutts and Meows.

    That catchy title – and headliner entertainment – aside, this was a landmark occurrence when the collective power of these niche organizations brought in a crowd so large that some may have had to be turned away.

  • MY WORD: From Shelby to Dubai: Not as scary as expected

    When I got the news we would be moving our family to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, admittedly, I first turned to a map. I knew Dubai was in the Middle East, however, when I discovered that the United Arab Emirates lies between Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Persian Gulf I was flooded with images of throngs of young men yelling “Allah Akhbar” in the streets right before some horrific explosion.

    So when it came time to board our plane in Atlanta, I saw Muslims, lots of them.

  • A couple of presidential presences worth celebrating

    On Monday we will celebrate the births of two of America’s most renown presidents: George Washington, who couldn’t screw up a job for which no one had any expectations, and Abraham Lincoln, who dared to allow a nation to screw itself up in order to set it on course to purge itself of crimes against mankind.

    Despite those who disagreed with their views, their tactics and even their legacies, these men are the icons against whom all subsequent presidents are measured.

  • A couple of presidential presences worth celebrating

    On Monday we will celebrate the births of two of America’s most renown presidents: George Washington, who couldn’t screw up a job for which no one had any expectations, and Abraham Lincoln, who dared to allow a nation to screw itself up in order to set it on course to purge itself of crimes against mankind.

    Despite those who disagreed with their views, their tactics and even their legacies, these men are the icons against whom all subsequent presidents are measured.