Today's News

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments

    Ester Virginia Hatfield, 53, of 1104 Old Knox Road in Tazewell, Tenn., Paul Holland, 35, of 208 South 1st St. No. 2 in La Grange and Brandi Pavey, 30, of 1612 Lakeside Drive in Shelbyville were indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (schedule III, Opiates/Hydrocodone), a Class D felony.

    Jesse R. Gaines, 28, of 1389 Logan Station Road was indicted for theft by unlawful taking, over $500, a Class D felony.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Aug. 19, 2011



    Leamon E. McDonald, 49, of 8 Seminole Drive Apt. C was arrested Aug. 10 on I-64 west at the 33rd mile marker and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license and failure to maintain required insurance.




  • Simpsonville City Commission considers property tax bump

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed on first reading at its meeting Wednesday morning a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes for this fiscal year.

    The rate, if passed on second reading, would be set at 10.6 cents per $100 or assessed value – up from .097 in 2010 – or the equivalent increase of .009 cents, or about $9 per year increase on a home with a $100,000 tax value.

  • Bagdad Ruritans trying to keep city out of dark

    Some folks in Bagdad are trying to keep a light on for you, but they’re having a little trouble with the bill.

    The city lights in Bagdad – all 28 of them – are funded by annual assessments of the residents, but lately there have been some antes not being upped and the fund to pay the bill has gotten a little thin.

    So members of the Bagdad Ruritan Club are trying to collect money to pay the $225-a-month bill from Kentucky Utilities until the end of the year, when they hope to help form a better solution.

  • 8 women, 6 men on jury in penis amputation case

    The jury in the trial of a man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis was chosen Thursday, with eight women and six men seated to hear arguments and testimony starting Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    The 12 jurors and two alternates will consider the complaint of Waddy resident Phillip Seaton, 62, who says Dr. John Patterson amputated his penis without his consent during a circumcision in 2007. Seaton claims he awoke from the procedure to discover his penis had been amputated.

  • Prominent Shelby resident Clarence Miller passes

    Clarence Miller, onetime agriculture attache to Spain and a benefactor of Shelby County, passed away Wednesday night. He was 98.

    Miller had been ill for the past couple of weeks and had moved among his managed care residence to the hospital and to a rehab facility. He had been hospitalized late last week with penumonia.

    Miller had been a prominent agriculture official internationally, and he served presidents and industry for decades.

  • Church calendar: Aug. 19, 2011



    Annunciation’s & St John’s Parish Festival will be held on Sept. 9-10 and will include a yard sale. You can rent a space for $25 with all the proceeds of your sale items going to you. There will be 24-hour security in order for you to be able to leave your items overnight. There are only 25 spaces available to rent, so please reserve your space quickly. Call Bill Reidy at 633-7899 for additional information and to reserve your space.

    Bagdad Baptist

  • WICHE: Sawflies are species specific – but you see many varieties

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly.  We had planted more than a hundred white pine seedlings some 30 years ago, and after a decade or so we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another.

    I was charged with inspection duty: looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • Looking Back: Aug. 19, 2011

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

  • Datebook: Aug. 17, 2011

    Public meetings
    The Simpsonville City Commission meets 8:30 a.m. today at City Hall.
    The Housing Authority of Shelbyville Board of Commissioners meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the Housing Authority Administrative/Community Building.
    The West Shelby Water Board meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the office, 7101 Shelbyville Road in Simpsonville. Phone 722-8944.

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