Local News

  • Bagdad man killed in brutal accident on I-75

    The community of Bagdad is still reeling in shock from the tragic death of one of its residents in a horrendous accident on Interstate 75 in Laurel County on Saturday – an accident in which a Tennessee man has been charged with vehicular murder.

    Howard “Red” White, 49, was killed when he was struck by a truck driven by Austin T. Meredith, 24, of Sevierville, Tenn.

  • Detention center now housing Henry inmates

    The Shelby County Detention Center has been home to an average of a dozen extra inmates a day from Henry County for the past three months, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    “They were taking them to Carroll County, but Carroll County is full, so they started bringing them here,” he said.

    Waits said he and Henry County Jailer Scott Southworth do not have a formal contract.

    “We don’t have an actual contract right now, but we do have an agreement,” he said.

  • Burn bans now covers entire county

    Shelby County, under a partial burn ban during last week’s record-breaking heat, on Monday joined the 84 other counties that have enacted county-wide burn bans.

    The last week in June, Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd had issued a ban on outdoor burning in his district, which is about half of the county’s 363 square miles. That came following two barn fires in Waddy in addition to a rash of hay and grass fires around the county.

  • Transplant date set for Shelby baby with leukemia

    As July 18th draws nearer, efforts to prepare 8-month-old Addison Miles for her bone marrow transplant intensify, along with her family’s anxiety.

    That’s the date that has been set for the procedure, the child’s grandfather, David Miles of Finchville, said Friday.

    He said that Addison’s parents, Daniel and Rachel Miles, were conferring with the child’s doctors for much of the day on Friday to make sure every detail will be worked out, both the day of the transplant and the time leading up to it.

  • EARLIER: Outlet mall questions get no answers

    Six people – including two speakers – who went to the Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting on Tuesday to get answers departed with little more information than they had when they arrived.

    Bill Brammell, who is on retainer for the city to sit in for vacationing City Attorney Hite Hays, basically ended the discussion before Barbara Shadley could ask her first question by explaining the ground rules for the session.

  • News briefs: July 6, 2012

    Another record high, another hot forecast

    If you think the heat was stifling in Shelby County on Thursday – when another record high was set at  103, breaking the record of 98 set in 1994 – get ready for more of it.

    Forecasts call for the mercury to rise to 103 today, with the heat index as high as 108. Those numbers are forecast to be 102 and 107 on Saturday.

    Excessive heat warnings have been issued until 9 p.m. Saturday. Air quality also is considered to be poor.

  • Sen. Rand Paul breaks bread with Farm Bureau members

    At Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday night, state Sen. Paul Hornback (right) reads a proclamation to the family of the late Roy Catlett in honor of his achievements. Peggy Catlett (second from right) and her daughter, Nancy Smith (second from left), and grandson Andrew (left) accepted.


    Joe Lipps (right) presents U.S. Sen. Rand Paul with a basket of Kentucky farm products at Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday at Red Orchard Park.


  • Sen. Rand Paul breaks bread with Farm Bureau members

    Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was a distinguished guest at Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday night, but he did more eating than talking.

    Paul chatted briefly with some of the 150 people who attended the event, held in the barn at Red Orchard Park, before sharing a meal with them and making a very brief speech.

    Paul took about five minutes to touch upon the topics of national debt, foreign aid and the role of government, but he chose a less serious approach in keeping with the casual air of the picnic.

  • New court fees used across state

    Shelby County magistrates passed on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would add to the costs you pay for court proceedings.

    The extra fees would be $25 or less for such things as filing civil cases, court costs, filing appeals, traffic offenses, misdemeanor cases, filing small claims cases and serving subpoenas and civil summons.

    If the ordinance passes its second reading, scheduled for July 17, Shelby would join several surrounding counties that already have such fees in place.

  • County to pursue grant To upgrade 9111 center

    Shelby County wants to upgrade its 911 call center, and at their meeting Tuesday night, magistrates gave Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman the go ahead to apply for a Homeland Security grant for that purpose.

    Whitman said will use the money to update the 911 center’s CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system, as well as the record management system because it hasn’t been updated since 2002.