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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Through sickness and health

    After 56 Valentine’s Days together, Fred and Geneva Ruble are still sweethearts.

    When they wed on July 23, 1955, they embarked on a love story that has never waned. “Freddie” and “Neva” (their nicknames for each other) have really lived up to their marriage vows, especially the part about “in sickness and in health,” said their daughter, Renee Ruble.

    “In more than 50 years of marriage, they have never been apart for more than three or four days,” she said.

  • Hero teacher helps save another child

    Already a hero and about to receive a national award for saving a child’s life last year, a preschool teacher in Shelbyville has done it again.

    Just before television cameras rolled Tuesday to record American Red Cross officials presenting Amy Wells with its Lifesaving Certificate of Merit Award, her boss at Jacob’s Ladder, Maria Jacobs, just happened to mention another heroic effort by Wells on Jan. 18, when another teacher was frantic to help a struggling toddler.

  • Packed house helps save animals

    It may not have been the cat’s meow, but it was close.

    Officials of animal rescue groups in Shelby County say they were very pleased with the turnout of their first joint fundraiser, a sold-out event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Saturday night.

    “We are thrilled with the turnout,” said Nancy Guilliom, Humane Society volunteer coordinator. “We have 410 here tonight [Saturday]. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

  • County to upgrade mobile EKGs

    Shelby County’s Emergency Services would be able to modernize its cardiac care equipment to a remarkable degree by the end of the year, thanks to a recent Homeland Security Grant.

    Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton told Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning that a $175,990 grant will enable the county to buy six 12-lead cardiac monitor and defibrillators.

    The machines, which  cost $30,000 each, will revolutionize his agency’s cardiac care, EMS Director Todd Early said.

  • Fire destroys home on Benson

    No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a home near Bagdad Sunday night, firefighters said.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said the fire broke out at 8562 Benson Pike at the home of Quentin Quire, who is also the owner of Quentin Quire Automotive on Seven Mile Pike.

    Quire was home at the time the fire broke out at around 9 p.m., Newton said.

    “He said he heard two loud pops that sounded like it came from the front porch, and when he went to the front of the house, he saw flames coming from the wall,” he said.

  • Commendation

    Sheba Tate, a senior at the Shelby County Education Center @ Cropper, was commended by the school board for turning in the $1,000 she found in the parking lot of a grocery store. In the presence her classmates, she was presented with a certificate on behalf of the board and Superintendent James Neihof, along with a copy of Twas The Night Before Christmas that was inscribed to her baby as a reminder of the honest act her mother performed.