Today's News

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Mt. Eden Rd. development plans get approval

    The Triple S Planning Commission approved the development plans for Prodigy Retail Center on Mt. Eden Road Tuesday, but not before listening to the protest of several concerned residents of the developing area.

    Will Hagan with Kerry Magan Consulting Engineers presented the development plan for an 11,900-square-foot retail center on behalf of Prodigy Investments, LLC.

  • Teen’s family seeks answers in her death

    The family of Gynnya McMillen, a teen who died in custody in a juvenile detention facility, say they are seeking answers into her death.

    “We are simply trying to find out what happened,” said the girl’s aunt, Felicia Garr, acting as the spokesperson for the family.

    “Why did she die? What caused her death?”

  • Still no word on death of Shelby teen

    The investigation is continuing into the death of a Shelby County teen that died Jan. 11 in a juvenile detention facility.

    Hardin County Coroner William Lee said that he has not yet heard back from state medical examiners on the death of Gynnya McMillen, 16.

    “It’s pending autopsy results,” he said. “It’s still going to be a few weeks before they tell us why she died. It’s kind of puzzling, we don’t have a cause of death yet.”

  • County prepares for first winter storms

    Officials began preparing yesterday for a winter storm expected to dump as much as three inches of snow on Shelby County by this morning.

    Agencies from around Shelby County met with meteorologists from the National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon to see what could be store, said Shelby County Road Department Supervisor Craig Myatt.

    “We are having a conference call this afternoon,” he said.

    At that time, NWS Meteorologist Brian Schettmer said they were predicting severe weather to hit in the early morning hours Wednesday.

  • Putnam waived to grand jury

    Terry Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7 in connection with the November robbery of the police department, has seen his case waived to the grand jury.

    That was the decision of Judge Donna Dutton at Putnam’s appearance in Shelby District Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

  • County to create new youth drug prevention position

    County officials have made the decision to create a new position targeted toward working to prevent young people from becoming involved with drugs.

    The program will be administered by the Shelby County Fiscal Court and the person to head it up will be a youth services coordinator, a position created Tuesday.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the position would be advertised beginning next week.

  • Vital signs

    New signs have popped up all across Shelby County with a plan to attract visitors to some of the towns’ favorite hidden jewels.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, said there are 18 sign locations across the county, directing travelers to Shelby Trails, downtown Simpsonville, Mulberry Orchard and Gallrein Farms, and more are on their way.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL_– Council to again consider zoning change

    The Shelbyville City Council is expected to hear a zoning text amendment request from Travis White when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 315 Washington Street for the regularly scheduled meeting.

    White approached the council in early November requesting a revision to the zoning for 622 Main Street to allow conditional use of the basement for storage spaces.  White said the storage charge could fund the rent for the upstairs rooms, affording them the opportunity to offer a rent-free program for new, aspiring businesses.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New policies, schedules, legislation

    The Shelby County Board of Education addressed numerous matters Thursday evening, including the new act signed into legislation last month by President Barack Obama that replaces the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    With the new act in place, the state needs to review their standards in order to comply.

    “A legislator is discussing a major change in public education,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Senate Bill 1...is now obsolete.”

  • County to switch elevator companies

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted at its regular meeting Tuesday morning to switch companies that provide support for the elevators at both the old Shelby County Courthouse and the Shelby County Judicial Center.

    Magistrates authorized Shelby County Maintenance Director Denny Bailey to make the change, as he reported that he had located a company that was a little more reasonable than the county’s current company, Thyssenkrupp Elevator Co.