• WHAT WE THINK: It's time to end pageants for kids

    The brouhaha that came to light last week about a pageant contestant from Shelby County who was disqualified from competing for the state Little Miss title because she was too old is a sad moment for an innocent little girl. We feel sorry for her and wish that she not have experienced that disappointment. It’s a sad moment from society when a clerical error by an adult – although no one will take responsibility for that mistake – can take away a child’s beautiful smile.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: CUB's emergence from examination

    We were pleased to read that Citizens Union Bank has emerged from the oversight of state banking examiners and has steadied its course for the future.

    CUB this year is marking 125 years as part of Shelby County, and we certainly think this good news adds candles to that celebratory cake.

    The volatile real estate market of a few years ago and the aggressive investment in Shelby County by a hometown bank came together to create some dicey days for CUB. We, too, were saddened that bank examination became part of the process of sorting out those problems.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Railroads have too much power

    A communications gap last week among employees of Norfolk Southern Railroad that frustrated residents and officials in Shelby County was testament to a much larger problem than some blocked crossings that railroaded commuters on the first day of the school year.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Mall road trip by Simpsonville officials

    The decision by Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton to take a road trip to Metro Atlanta to check out Horizon Group Properties’ recently opened outlet mall is a smart and responsible concept.

    Mr. Eden and Mr. Eaton seek to learn from the leadership of Woodstock, Ga., and the managers of Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta about how the grand opening last month evolved for all concerned and what they might anticipate for a similar event next year at the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville in south Simpsonville.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Grand jury testimony should be opened

    Memo to Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell: Open the grand jury testimony in the shooting death of Trey Williams.

    The family of Mr. Williams, the teenager who died tragically in a confrontation with Shelbyville Police Officers in November 2011, is seeking the records as part of the fact-finding in their lawsuit against the police department and specifically against Suzanna Marcum, the officer who fired those three fatal shots.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: New owners of Governors Square

    We were glad to hear last week of the plans of real estate broker Lee Webb and his church, Christ Community Church, in the purchase of Governors Square. This can be nothing but good news for Shelbyville.

    Although this parcel technically is outside the city’s limits this is a welcome step in developing the city’s long-range plans for a spiffy and inviting East End.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Shelbyville's steps to add trash, recycling service

    Good job by the Shelbyville City Council last week when it conducted an open meeting to review its plans to adopt a citywide curbside and recycling program.

    That was the penultimate appropriate step, to answer questions from and disseminate information to the public about those plans. Next would be the ultimate decision: to pass an ordinance enacting the collection of trash and recyclables from all residences.

  • The luring nights before Friday nights

    There used to be a time, before Daylight Savings Time pushed our summer sunsets until almost bedtime, before schools started with the dog days of August and before lights from the mixing center contaminated our horizons, when I was lured all over the county by a phenomenon in the heavens.

  • WHAT WE THINK: All of us have to be ready for a new school year

    Back-to-school time is when parents are frenzied with making sure their students’ clothes for the coming year are the correct size and shape, that the appropriate number and color of folders/notebooks/journals have been acquired and labeled and that pencils – and students – are sharpened and prepared for those first classes next Wednesday.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Yum's Colonel-less restaurant is a bad concept

    We were dismayed last week to hear about Yum! Brands new strategic move with Kentucky Fried Chicken – or KFC, if you prefer.

    In case you missed the announcement, Yum! is planning to test a “fast casual” restaurant aimed at a younger audience as a possible spinoff chain, with healthier chicken recipes (even no bones) and side dishes, which we applaud, but with one key item missing from its menu:

    Colonel Harland Sanders himself.