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Today's News

  • Dueling e-cigarette bills have Shelby connections

    Two new bills introduced in the General Assembly have taken aim at the electronic cigarette industry.

    Both Senate Bill 109 and House Bill 309 prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and have bipartisan support, but the two go about the process in very different ways.

    The main difference is how the product could or would be taxed.

    While a 6 percent sales tax is inevitable, HB 309 would allow the products to be taxed at a higher rate, like cigarettes.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: More lots being created Near outlet mall site

    The continued development of the south side of Simpsonville will dominate the next Triple S Planning Commission meeting.

    The commissioners will hear for a second time a proposal from Bob Evans Restaurant for a development plan for a new store at 1187 Buck Creek Road on an outlot of the new 374,000-square-foot outlet mall development, located at the corner of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads south of Interstate 64.

  • Police investigating possible shooting in Haven Hill area

    Police are not confirming a rumor of a shooting in the vicinity of Hardee’s restaurant on Midland Trail Tuesday night, but EMS officials say someone was taken to Jewish Hosptial Shelbyville that same night with what they believe was a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound.

    Shelby County Assistant EMS Director Jeff Ivers said that his crew transported a man to the hospital Tuesday night sometime before midnight with some type of injury to his hand; one he thought was a gunshot wound.

  • Touched Twice Clinic coming up Saturday

    Touched Twice Clinic organizers are thanking people for being an angel to shepherd its all-volunteer clinic coming up on Saturday at First Baptist Church.

    Simply put, the free clinic had a shortfall of volunteer “shepherds,” people who play a crucial part in the clinic by taking visitors around the church to take advantage of the many services. But then help started rolling in, said clinic coordinator, Judy Phillips. She said it takes about 500 volunteers to hold the event, and this year they are just a few shy of that number.

  • Outlet mall name no longer includes Louisville

    Much to the delight and surprise of many area residents, Horizon Group Properties and partner CBL & Associates announced a name change to the outlet mall being built in Simpsonville.

    The retail center will go by The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, which was announced late Friday afternoon, marking the second time the retail center’s name has been changed.

  • ELECTION 2014: Shelby County Fiscal Court: Butler to run for magistrate

    After two terms on the Shelby County Board of Education, Doug Butler has decided to move on and enter the political ring as a candidate for the District 7 seat on Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    Longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse has decided not to run for re-election, and the seat has garnered a lot of attention with three other candidates also entering the race.

    Butler, a Republican who has served eight years on the school board, said this is his first time running for political office. While elected, school board positions are non-partisan.

  • SCHS student to be arraigned on felonies

    A Shelby County High Student will be arraigned today in juvenile court on charges connected with taking a knife to school Monday, making threats, and holding another student hostage, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said.

    A male student, who is 14, was taken to Lincoln Village, a juvenile detention center in Elizabethtown. He was charged with wanton-endangerment, terroristic threatening, unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, disorderly conduct and unlawful imprisonment for taking a fellow student hostage.

  • Republicans celebrate their growth

    The room was packed to capacity, and the food was flowing even faster than the conservation as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stepped up to the podium at Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    “The only thing I like better than a good head of cattle is a good roomful of Republicans,” he said.

    Comer’s observation summed up the mood and the tone of the event, the 30th annual fundraiser for the Republican Party in Shelby County.

  • Martin named editor of The Sentinel-News

    Beginning Monday, The Sentinel-News will have a new editor at the helm.
    Longtime reporter and sports editor Todd Martin will replace Editor Steve Doyle, who is leaving after 5.5 years, to be managing editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.

    Martin, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., has been with the newspaper for 13 years, the first eight as sports editor and the last four as reporter.

    Martin said he is looking forward to his new position.

  • Tennessee man pleads guilty in death of Bagdad man

    Austin T. Meredith, 26, of Sevierville, Tenn., pleaded guilty in January in the death of Howard “Red” White of Bagdad.

    Meredith was charged with vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from an accident in July 2012 in Corbin.

    Meredith pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment, DUI, no insurance and violation of federal safety regulations for commercial drivers.

    He will be sentenced on March 24 in Laurel County Circuit Court.