Today's News

  • Drone launch in Shelby to aid economic development

    Tuesday was perfect lazy summer day for listening to the drone of insects out in the countryside, but on a large tract of land off Isaac Shelby Drive and near the Norfolk Sothern Railroad it was the drone making the noise.

    Officials with the railroad gathered there in late morning with economic development officials, along with members of a select engineering firm to launch three drones, two large ones and one smaller in size.

    The goal?

  • Documentary being filmed today in Shelby

    A local film company is working on a documentary today about a woman acclaimed for singing the national anthem at prominent events in all 50 states.

    The documentary chronicles the two-year journey of Long Island native Janine Stange on her quest to be the first person in history to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” in all 50 states, said Jefferson Moore, co-owner of Kelly’s Film Works along with his wife, Kelly.

  • District unveils Profile of a Graduate

    Four years ago Shelby County Public Schools rolled out its measurement of success called the Strategic Leadership Plan.  The 4-year plan measured the district’s work toward achieving goals in five areas: Globally Effective Students, 21st Century Professionals, Healthy and Responsible Students, Leadership Innovation and 21st Century Support Systems.

    During its implementation, much of the district’s work was centered on the SLP.

    So with that plan wrapping up, the district got to work in November comprising a new system.

  • Straight from the horse's mouth

    Despite a potentially major glitch, or perhaps you could say, hitch, before the show even began, the Shelbyville Horse Show turned out to surpass the expectations of both organizers of the event and those who attended.

    "It's been wonderful – the weather's been great and the quality of the horses is just tremendous," said show manager R.H. Bennett. "I think this has been the best horse show that we've had since we started."

  • Shelby Energy to have rate increase

    When customers served by Shelby Energy get their next electric bill, they will notice that is more than usual.

    That's because the company instituted a rate increase that went into effect last week, said Debbie Martin, CEO of Shelby Energy.

    "We have approval from the Public Service Commission effective July 31," she said. "That will be prorated on the number of days of service that applies to this first billing. It will go into effect for the full percentage on the next billing."

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: City to lower tax rate four 4th straight year

    For the fourth-year in a row, Simpsonville residents will have a lower tax rate.

    At its meeting Monday night, the Simpsonville City Commission approved a tax rate that is 2 tenths lower than the current rate.

    The new rate of .096 cents per $100 of assessed value replaces the current rate of .098.

    “This is the fourth-straight year we’ve lowered them,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Creek smells

    After questions from concerned canoers on Clear Creek about a foul smell near the wastewater treatment plan on Kentucky Street, officials say there is nothing to worry about and that the smell, while not perfect, is harmless.

    In fact, it's kind of natural, given the nature of wastewater, said Bill Bryant, manager of the Shelbyville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    "I have never smelled any [solid waste] that smelled like roses," he said.

    The smell, however, isn’t an indication of pollution going into Clear Creek near Red Orchard Park.

  • Painting a new skyline

     It’s inevitable, what goes up, must come down.

  • Home is where the school is

    The excitement of going back to school comes in many different forms.

    Kids like Mark and Malaika Safi of Shelby County don’t have the anxiety of meeting a new teacher at the start of the school year. Instead they will see a familiar face on Aug 10 in their teacher – and mom – Pam Safi.

    “Just look at my dining table –it’s hilarious,” Pam Safie said, gesturing toward stacks of books and other materials the kids were already pouring over in anticipation of their coming studies.

  • Preschool or nurturing at home

    A child’s brain is like a dry sponge, ready to absorb.  Put any lesson in front of a preschooler and they will soak it up.

    Not taking advantage of this period in their life would be a tragic waste.  But even worse, it may cause them to start kindergarten behind their peers.

    Clear Creek Elementary Principal Kim Willhoite said her biggest piece of advice to parents of preschool-aged children is to put their child in some sort of structured preschool program.