Today's News

  • EARLIER: Stores gearing up for Black Friday

    This year, merchants in Shelby County are hoping that Black Friday will be a red-letter day.

    Most are holding huge sales targeted for the launch of the Christmas shopping season, which officially gets under way today with a stampede of post-Thanksgiving bargain-hunters hitting the doors early and often in search of rare items and great prices.

    But how does recovering from a recession affect retailers' hopes for a profitable season of sales?

    Most in Shelby County are optimistic, because they say sales have slowly begun to pick up lately.

  • Painted Stone brothers hit the stage for 'Nutcracker in a Nutshell'

    Painted Stone Elementary principal Michelle Shipley says students Jake and Ryan Waford are stars in the classroom and on stage.

    "They are awesome. They are terrific role models. They do everything you ask them to do. They’re always ‘yes, ma'am. no, ma"am.’ You'd want to have a whole class of them,” she said.

  • Schools to reopen Thursday

    Barring an unforeseen change in the weather and road conditions, Shelby County Public Schools will reopen Thursday.   Gary Kidwell, director of Student Accounting and Support Services, made the announcement just a few minutes ago.

  • EARLIER: Hotel sold at auction for less than $3 million

    The hotel formerly known as the Holiday Inn Express on Club House Drive in Shelbyville, now operating as the Ritz Inn and Suites, was sold at auction Thursday for just less than $3 million.

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation had taken the hotel into receivership last month because its former owners, JMG Hospitality LLC, owed more than $2 million in defaulted loans and also had been delinquent on its property taxes.

  • Arts briefs: Feb. 12, 2010

    Theater auditions

  • New Business: DX3 Tattoo-N-Piercin

     Staff photo by Lisa King


    • Desiree Duffner works on a tattoo at DX3 Tattoo-N-Piercing on Robin Road.

    • His wife is the tattoo artist, and Kevin Duffner is in charge of body piercing.


    New business: DX3 Tattoo-N-Piercings


  • EARLIER: Students make anti-drug video

    Some Shelby County students soon will be starring in a video they made themselves, denouncing the drug culture and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Their mentor, Elizabeth Lafferty of Shelby Prevention, formerly the Shelby County Drug and Alcohol

  • EARLIER: Schools reopen -- more snow expected

    Shelby Countians managed to get through the season’s heaviest snowfall on Tuesday, but they might find the going even tougher today.

    Shelby County was hit with a 6-inch snowfall on top the 1-2 inches that fell on Saturday, giving the county a blanket of white that was enjoyed by students who stayed home from schools and adults whose businesses closed or had a short day.

    With the temperatures hovering around freezing, they found the conditions comfortable enough to build snowmen, sled down hills and make homemade snow cream.

  • A little bit of Shelby in Macy's

    Devoted cheerleaders Macy Mize and Megan Glass performed in front of a few hundred fans at last week's East Middle-West Middle basketball game.

    Thursday they'll perform in front of millions.

    That's because these two eighth-graders at WMS will participate in the country's largest Thanksgiving parade, taking the streets of New York to perform for the millions who line them to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person and the tens of millions viewing on TV.

  • EMS director Wortham resigns

    Steve Wortham has stepped down after 7 years as Shelby County’s director of emergency medical services.

    That announcement was delivered to Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night by Todd Early, former deputy director and now has been named acting EMS Director.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that last week, Wortham told him that he wanted to go back to his old job of paramedic, for personal reasons,