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Today's News

  • MY WORD: Calling a lie a lie is not suppressing speech or religious freedom

    Columnist Chuck Souder makes some wildly inaccurate claims (“The coming criminalization of Christianity: The Censorship of Hate,” Jan. 21) about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent designation of the Family Research Council and several other religious-right organizations as anti-gay hate groups. I would like to set the record straight.

  • EARLIER: Shelby girl should leave Cairo today

    After staying holed up in a her apartment for the past several days as millions were protesting outside, Sana Saiyed should be close to getting out of Cairo by this morning.

    Saiyed, a Shelbyville native and Shelby County High School graduate, has a flight booked today on British Airways, finally freeing her from what has been an increasingly terrifying situation brewing in Egypt’s capital city.

  • What we think: Martinrea's move is big for our future

    What a great jolt of positive energy that was for our county last week with the news that the state was approving incentives to help Martinrea Heavy Stamping get a toehold with Ford for its new Vertrek product line.
    This not only helps ensure a large employer that had been down to its dying breaths will breathe longer, but it means that 150 new employees will join the fold, many of them, we would presume, workers who had lost their jobs in the litany of cutbacks the company has endured during the past few years.

  • We congratulate: The lessons from the teen firefighter

    When it comes to fire safety, stop, drop and roll has been for decades a part of the educational download on safety that our schools evangelize. Parents in turn drill that slogan into the ears and minds of our kids – along with other safety practices, of course (re: stop, look and listen)  – so that when a fire breaks out, they know how to handle themselves.
    Now we give you 14-year-old Wyatt Brookshire, who knew a bit more about how to handle a fire than the lessons he learned in elementary school.

  • EARLIER: Deadly ramp gets accelerated review

    The eastbound merge lane onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32, long a dangerous – even deadly – dilemma for drivers, may on a speedier road to repair.
    On Friday, state transportation officials and elected leaders from Shelby County met to discuss how to remedy a ramp that requires motorists to merge onto the interstate when they don’t have enough space or time to do so because of an extremely short acceleration lane – 295 feet – and a limited field of vision for drivers because of a hill.

  • Lake lowered intentionally to kill algae

    People passing by Lake Shelby at Clear Creek Park may have noticed the water level is way down – but that’s not a problem, officials say.

    In fact, it’s good for the lake, said Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee, who explained that doing so helps clean the lake of accumulated aquatic plant material.

  • Earlier: Mother remains in intensive care

    A Shelbyville woman remains in intensive care at Jewish Hospital Louisville after being overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice said that Jennifer Lewis’ condition has not changed since she was hospitalized.

  • Police Reports Feb. 2, 2011

      DUI

    Lorenzo V. Hernandez, 32, of 1036 Henry Clay Street in Shelbyville was arrested Jan. 23 on Sanford Lane and charged with DUI, first offense under aggravating circumstances, no operator’s license, rear license not illuminated and failure to maintain insurance, first offense.

    He was also served with two Shelby County bench warrants for DUI, first offense.

  • No one injured in car-bus wreck at Collins HS

    There were no injuries in a traffic accident Tuesday morning  on U.S. 60 in front of Collins High School involving a Shelby County school bus tied up traffic in both directions for about 40 minutes Tuesday morning.

  • Crash shuts down interstate

    A crash on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville between a semi and two cars caused the ithe highway to be shut down for hours late Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash happened around 5 p.m. during heavy rain, at the 28 mile marker.

    One woman had to be extricated from a green Nissan. Her condition is not known, but is not thought to be serious.