http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION County’s population growing http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/triple-s-planning-commission-county%E2%80%99s-population-growing <p> On Tuesday, Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke told the commission that data indicates the population in Shelby County is on a steady rise.</p> <p> Libke presented the report for January and said the month was a slower than what they had experienced in a while but February is making up for it.</p> <p> &ldquo;February has turned out to be the better month than January and the year before January was better than February,&rdquo; he said.</p> Statewide tornado drill is Tuesday http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/statewide-tornado-drill-tuesday <p> The calendar might say February, but the forecast feels more like April showers and May flowers.</p> <p> With weather teetering in the 70s this week, anyone holding onto the dream of snow should put those weather wishes on hold and start making plans for the next season &ndash; which includes inclement weather.</p> Senate passes campus tobacco ban http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/senate-passes-campus-tobacco-ban <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smokefree022417.jpg" alt="With the passing of a tobacco free campus bill, schools across all Kentucky districts may soon prohibit tobacco use of all kinds at all school related functions." title="With the passing of a tobacco free campus bill, schools across all Kentucky districts may soon prohibit tobacco use of all kinds at all school related functions." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The senate last week passed legislation that would outlaw the use of all tobacco products, by students and visiting adults, on school properties and on school sponsored trips.</p> <p> Currently 62 of the state&rsquo;s 173 districts already have tobacco free policies. While Shelby County is not a completely tobacco-free district, there are policies in place that prohibit the use of tobacco products in any building owned or operated by the board.</p> County working to prioritize road projects http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/county-working-prioritize-road-projects <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpfiscalcourt_i64.jpg" alt="Traffic near the I-64 interchange on Mount Eden Road is busy as usual Thursday morning." title="Traffic near the I-64 interchange on Mount Eden Road is busy as usual Thursday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> County officials say they are working with the state to prioritize the county&rsquo;s road projects and that the long-standing Mount Eden Road widening project will take priority.</p> <p> And while state officials agree that the work is needed, there is still no timeframe for the construction.</p> <p> Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said he, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty and Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden met with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials on the matter two weeks ago.</p> Food bank and men's shelter to merge http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/food-bank-and-mens-shelter-merge <p> Two of Shelby&#39;s longtime charitable organizations, the Serenity Center and the Open Door of Hope men&#39;s shelter, are in the processing of merging into a single organization, a move that will not only better suit those in need, but also provide even more services in the future, said its leaders.</p> <p> &quot;There&#39;s been collaboration between the Open Door of Hope and the Serenity Center,&rdquo; said Steve Meadors, chairman of the board of Awake Ministries, the name of the new organization.</p> Clerk, Sheriff excess fees grow http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/clerk-sheriff-excess-fees-grow <p> The Shelby County Clerk and the Shelby County Sheriff&rsquo;s offices both Tuesday turned in excess fees to the Shelby County Fiscal Court for 2016 in amounts larger than they submitted for the previous year.</p> <p> Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry turned $244,446 in for 2016, compared to $227,137 for 2015. Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong saw an even bigger increase, turning in $319,607, compared to $260,081 for 2015.</p> Community Action Agency seeks funding http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/community-action-agency-seeks-funding <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpmultipurpose_teaparty.jpg" alt="The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency holds functions for senior citizens all year round, such as this recent tea party for Valentine&#039;s Day." title="The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency holds functions for senior citizens all year round, such as this recent tea party for Valentine&#039;s Day." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Kim Embry-Hill is worried.</p> <p> As executive director of Shelby County&rsquo;s Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, she is concerned that not having enough money coming in could force the facility to either cut services or merge with another agency.</p> <p> Neither of those two scenarios is an attractive possibility, she told the Shelby County Fiscal Court, one of the entities she has reached out to lately to promote awareness of the problem. She also recently visited the Shelbyville City Council,</p> Farm bureau collects food for Backpack Program http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/farm-bureau-collects-food-backpack-program <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genbackpack_food.jpg" alt="From left, Tiffany Martin, Stephanie Tucker and Amanda Gajdzik deliver food to the Serenity Center Wednesday morning for the Backpack Project." title="From left, Tiffany Martin, Stephanie Tucker and Amanda Gajdzik deliver food to the Serenity Center Wednesday morning for the Backpack Project." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Shelby County Farm Bureau Women&rsquo;s Committee has collected more than 2,200 servings of food at the midpoint of the annual collection for the Shelby County Backpack Program.</p> <p> The women&rsquo;s group Wednesday transported a huge amount of food to the Serenity Center for the program, which furnishes food for underprivileged elementary school children to eat on the weekends when they are not able to have access to meals at school.</p>