Local News

  • Man barricaded in home gives up

    Shelbyville Police were on the scene at the corner of Bell and Mareli streets in Shelbyville where police reported that a man has barricaded himself inside a home in the Midland neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

    The man appeared to give up around 3:45 p.m. after a short stand off .

    Police are not releasing the man’s name at this time, but the man refused to leave the house after SPD tried to serve a warrant. He was in the home alone.

  • A share of the shopping

     Just glancing along the 500 block of Main Street you’ll see a row of vibrant businesses utilizing historic buildings.  With lovely window décor, friends mingling at coffee shops and music along the sidewalks, it looks like many other thriving Main Streets in America. But Shelbyville’s Main Street has a hidden jewel just beyond the Bourbon Kitchen at 524.

  • Local teacher earns national title

     More than 200 contestants gathered Sevierville, Tenn. last month to compete for a title at the AmeriFest 2018 National Pageant.

    Among those competitors was Emily Campanell, former vice principal at Painted Stone Elementary School and current special education teacher at Heritage and West Middle schools, who was named Modern Miss United States. 

    Campanell was named Modern Miss Kentucky last November.  In her journey to national champion, she has made a multitude of appearances and service events under her state title.

  • Dr. Lawrence F. Jelsma: October 13, 1936-August 8, 2018

     “I lost a good friend,” Brig. Gen. Ron Van Stockum wrote Wednesday evening in regards to the passing of Dr. Lawrence Jelsma.  Jelsma died peacefully at home on his Shelby County farm.  Born in 1936 to Lillian and Franklin Jelsma, Lawrence Jelsma touched lives of many around the globe, including those fighting in Vietnam.  In 2013, Van Stockum wrote two columns for The Sentinel-News that centered on Jelsma and the medical procedures he performed in Vietnam.  Van Stockum referred to Jelsma as a splendid neurosurgeon. 

  • Updated comp plan has many changes

    With a wealth of time and effort poured into the development of an updated comprehensive plan, the Triple S Planning Commission is nearly ready to move forward.

    However, before finalizing those updates, the commission will first need to review the comments provided to them after hosting a public hearing in June.

    The hearing hosted a large turnout from the public and many were eager to provide the court reporter with information and comments, said Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke.

  • Fire displaces family on Aiken Road

    Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, a passerby called 911 after spotting spoke rolling from this home at 4405 Aiken Road. Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said 15 firefighters responded from Simpsonville and Shelby County Fire Departments. “Shelby County Fire responded because it originally came in as a possible rescue,” Sowder said, explaining a husband, wife, small child live in the home.  He added that the wife is currently pregnant.

    No one was home at the time and there were no reported injuries, but Sowder there is sufficient damage to a portion of the house.

  • Parks director: community supports geese plan

    According to Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Director Shawn Pickens, the community is supportive of the idea of using Geese Runners, LLC to keep Lake Shelby clean.

    Pickens hosted a meeting at Lake Shelby to answer any questions from the community about the Geese Runners and what they do. Pickens said the meeting, held Tuesday evening, was relatively lightly attended.

    “We had those storms kind of around,” he said. “I think that had something to do with it.”

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: EMS announces new free CPR program

    Shelby County Fiscal Court heard a presentation from Jerrett Barnes, chief of Shelby County EMS, about the service’s new CPR program.

    “This has been a two-year project,” Barnes said. “Basically, what it is is community outreach, for us to get out and do hands-only CPR classes free of charge.”

  • Beagle Club youth hunt

    Release the hounds!

    That may have been the cry of a few youthful Shelby County residents at a recent event hosted by the Shelby County Beagle Club. 

    The club hosted a youth hunt, giving the county’s children a chance to experience firsthand a centuries old tradition.

  • A round of applause

    With top competitors from around the world and nearly perfect weather each day, it was a beautiful week at the Shelbyville Horse Show this year.