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Long-Time News Director Tim Alsobrooks Passes Away

WMUF News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of our beloved Tim Alsobrooks.

Tim worked for WMUF/WLZK for many years, serving as News Director and DJ for the “Tim in the A.M.” Show. Tim covered sports for the station, too, and was a great sports fan, especially his beloved baseball and his equally beloved Atlanta Braves.

WMUF/WLZK Station Manager Lance Pierce said Tim had been a pillar of the communities of his native Houston County and Henry County and “brightened our days with his morning show. He continually kept us informed as a leading local news voice. It’s a loss in the family.”

WENK/WTPR News Director Shannon McFarlin had covered news with Tim as both a co-worker and friendly competitor over the years and said the community has suffered a loss today. “Even when we were working for competing stations, we always helped each other and enjoyed working and laughing together,” she said. “It’s very, very sad.”

Forever Communications EVP Jared Mims said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim. He represented the very best in broadcasting and community service...he will be missed.” Forever Communications operates WMUF/WLZK and WENK/WTPR.

Pierce said WMUF will air a tribute show to Tim on Monday morning from 6-9 a.m. during which members of the public can call in and remember Tim. Phone number of the station is 731 644 9683.

Nave Funeral Home located at 4639 W Main St, Erin, TN 37061, will be serving the family.

 

Mary's Kids Christmas Party Success!

Henry, Tn- The Mary’s Kids Program held their Christmas party for the underprivileged children of Henry on Saturday afternoon at the Henry Elementary School. There was a total of 64 children present for the festivities. They received gifts, candy, food boxes for their families, and clothing all donated  by the generous community. Santa arrived with sirens blaring and a wonderful police escort by the Henry Police Department, bringing with him a special little helper, Kaleb Carpenter of Murray, great grandson of the founder of Mary’s Kids, Mary  Merten. Jim and Alonna Tosh of  Tosh Farms bought and donated hams and coats , Mc Cartney Produce donated fruit, Kroger of Paris donated boxes of food as well. Regions Bank of Murray donated hot dogs towards the party and the Marys Kids Club made the chili. Kreg Kyle, 2nd District County Commissioner, donated a rifle for the raffle in which money will be put aside for next year’s party. An estimate of around $9700 was raised for the kids this year through fundraisers. Some of the community that came in and helped with the event were Dr. Leah Watkins- Director of Schools, Principal of Henry Elementary- David Kibbler, The Henry Police Department, Henry Sheriff’s office, Board member, 2nd district for constable and deputy of Henry-Chris Coley, Josh Frey- School Board and Mary’s Kids board member, Jr. Milam, Caitlyn Walker- School Counselor, Sylvia Humphries-School Counselor, and Retired Army Captain Vaxter Pate of the Social Security Office here in Paris. There was such a coming together of all of our communities to make this happen and a Big Thank You to all who were involved. The Mary’s Kids Program will start fundraisers for next year’s Christmas gifts starting in March 2020 with a Spaghetti Supper.

Amvets Post 45 Of Paris Landing Christmas Celebration

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Amvets Post 45 also held their annual Christmas party for the children of the post Saturday. They were all presented with a stuffed animal and a goody bag. There were treats to eat, songs were sung and a Christmas story read to them. Santa arrived with bells a jingling and handed out two gifts for each child. The Ladies Auxillary of Amvets Post 45 organize a Christmas Party each year and make it an amazing day for all to enjoy. This year Shelly Backer was in charge and she did a wonderful job.

TN Rep. Griffey Files Legislation To Require TN School Athletes to
Compete In Accordance with Biological Gender, not Gender Identity

Nashville, Tenn.- Today, TN House member Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) filed House Bill 1572, seeking to require school athletes in Tennessee to compete based upon their biological gender at birth as opposed to the gender with which they currently identify. House Bill 1572 proposes to amend Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 3 by adding in pertinent part that "Each elementary and secondary school in this state that receives any type of public funding from this state or a local government, or both, shall require, for an official or unofficial school-sanctioned athletic or sporting event, that each athlete participat[es] based on the athlete's biological sex as indicated on the athlete's original birth certificate issued at the time of birth."

"We are seeing more and more transgender athletes competing and posting victories in traditionally gendered sports competitions, and doing so to the detriment of girls and women biologically born female. Boys and men, due to testosterone levels, bigger bone structure, greater lung capacity, and larger heart size, have physical advantages in sports relative to girls and women. These very biological differences are the reason sports have been bisected into separate male and female competitions - to allow females to compete in an environment that is not weighted against them. For this reason, it is fundamentally unfair to allow someone biologically born a male, but who now identifies as a female, to compete in an athletic competition against biologically born females, who are disadvantaged. It's particularly unfair for high school athletes, who are born female and who are competing for college admissions and even college scholarships that will determine their entire life path," explained Griffey. "With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing through passage in the U.S. House of Representative HR 5 - the Equality Act -- that, among other things, creates a civil right for male athletes to self-identify as females in sports competitions, I believe it is important for states to take a stand. This is what I seek to do through the filing of House Bill 1572," stated Griffey.

Arrests Made By Paris Police And HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl  Jeff Smith responded to the Dollar General on N. Market st. in reference to a burglary on Wednesday. When the manager arrived at the store that morning she noticed two of the drawers in her office had been opened. A check of the building revealed that two holes had been cut into the rear wall of the store where entry had been made. There is video of the three suspects who entered the store from the holes. Footage shows three suspects with hoodies on and the hoods pulled low so their faces couldn’t be seen enter the front of the store, check the register, and the manager’s office. They fled the store shortly after. No items are reported missing at this time.

Officer Neumair of Paris Police Department, responded to N. Caldwell St. in reference to a stolen license plate. Kenjah Edmonson had parked her vehicle, a red 2008 Ford Edge, along the side of the road on Hwy 218 as it had run out of gas. An hour and a half later she returned with gas for her car and noticed the plate was missing off of it. There are no suspects at this time and the plate has been reported to NCIC.

Officer Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to Whitlock Paris Rd. Monica Hudson reported her package containing a 50 inch smart tv was supposedly delivered at 230pm that afternoon but when she arrived at her home it was not there. The package was valued at $251.33.

HCSO officers responded to Old Union Rd. in reference to a burglary. The owner stated he suspected a white male by the name of BJ Evans who knows how to enter his shop when it is locked of taking his items. The items missing were: a Vizio TV valued at $100, a Binks LED light bulb valued at $30, four LED shop lights four foot in length valued at $100 each. A Porter Cable pen nailer valued at $100, a 20lb propane tank, $50, and a propane heater at $250. The owner states he saw Evans in his shop and the lights seemed brighter than normal. Evans has not been contacted at this time for questioning.

Arrests made by the HCSO this week include Timothy Jones of Paris for simple possession of a schedule II (meth), and unlawful drug paraphernalia, and Bobby Roberts Jr. of Paris where he was involved in a car accident on Hwy 79 S. and Mineral Wells Ave. Roberts was charged with DUI 1st, implied consent, disorderly conduct, and leaving the scene of an accident.

 

The 2019 River Conference Basketball Championships

Paris, Tenn.- The 2019 River Conference Basketball Championships were decided Thursday night at HCHS’s Gamlin Gymnasium.  Both the ladies and men’s winners sported perfect 10-0 regular season records and swept the tournament.

The Lakewood Lady Eagles defeated the Houston County Fighting Irish by a score of 31 to 26 in a closely contested game.  Jocelyn Lee led the Lady Eagles with 11 points and Noe Willkerson followed with 9.  Allison Glatt picked up 5 followed by McKinley Boyd with 4 and Paris Hale with 2.

Houston County R’Shonta Kizer scored 13 on her birthday effort to defeat the Eagles.  Kennedy Jones had 6, Raygan Reeder had 4, Makayland Burgess had 2 and Halie Brooks had a lone freethrow.

In the night cap the Camden Lions continued their perfect 10-0 record by defeating the Harrelson Hawks 60 to 34.  The intense pressure of the Lions was too much for the Hawks as they jumped out to a 20 to 6 lead after the first quarter then had a 20 to 11 run in the third quarter.  Ayden Melton and Hayden McCormick both had 13 points for the Lions.  Braiden Newell lead the Hawks with 20.Named to the All Conference Team based on the years play were as follows:

School                                         Girls                                             Boys                                            Cheerleaders

Camden                        Faith Wallace                      Ridge Bruce                                        Haley Baker

                                           LB Richardson                     Ayden Melton                                 Livia Comuzie

Harrelson                    Onika White                           Braiden Newell                            MacKenzie Petronico

                                          Alivia Scott                              James Bobbitt                              Angelina Overcast

Henry                              Kaleah Bomar                     Michael Tharpe                                Kyleigh Page

                                          Macy Peach                     Cole Davis                                              Bailey French

Houston Co.               R’Shonte Kizer                   Jed Baggett                                         Audrey McCurdy

                                          Makayland Burgess          Carson Conwell                                Jayla Lynch

Lakewood                  Noe Wilkerson                    Karsen Marshall                               Cali Susewitt

                                         Jocelyn Lee                             Colter Thurmond                            Kenna Dyke

Stewart Co.               Lizzy Guynn                            Dalton Stephens                             Sarah Bennett

                                         Angie Nelson                                         Hayden Wallace                               Jadanne Scurlock

TDOT halts Highway Construction For Christmas Holiday

 Nashville, Tenn,- – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 until 6:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020. Nashville, Tenn,- – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s

“With 2.59 million motorists expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “As always, please wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and never drink and drive.” 

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.  Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.  Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.   

According to AAA, 115.6 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more, with 104.8 million expected to drive to their holiday destinations. In Tennessee, AAA predicts 2.59 million motorists will travel by automobile between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, an increase of 4.4% since 2018.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

 

Tractor-trailer carrying 35,000 pounds of candy overturns in Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn.-The I-40 E ramp to Papermill Drive was blocked around 5:30 a.m. Friday morning after a tractor-trailer  carrying 35,000 pounds of candy overturned.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi tweeted earlier today that the ramp will be closed for several hours Friday
Nagi told WJHL that one of the trucks was parked on the ramp at exit 383, and the other truck lost control, overturned and hit the parked semi from the back.
No word on the status of the driver as of 7:00 a.m.

And for the record, the tractor-trailer was carrying M&Ms

 

 

Pats, Lady Pats Travel To Clarksvill High Friday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady and Patriots basketball teams will be on the road for Friday night in the District as they play at Clarksville High. The Lady’s tilll tip at 6p, followed by men’s action, and if you can’t make that trip over, listen to our broadcast on WZLK 94.1FM, streaming online of via the sports line at 518-896-1346 and pressing option 1 for Henry County Sports.

Santa's Nights of Light at PLSP Sat. and Sun

Paris Landing, Tenn.-

HCMC Holds Toy Drive for Carl Perkins Center this Christmas

Paris, Tenn.- A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. This holiday season, HCMC strives to give rather than receive. It is our goal at Henry County Medical Center to serve and give back to the community we call home.

Partners at Henry County Medical Center, Henry County Healthcare Center and HCMC Clinics gathered new toys to be given to those who otherwise would not receive Christmas gifts this year. HCMC’s hope is that with our donation, hope is restored to children who need a little Christmas magic this time of year.

HCMC partners showed an outpouring of love for the children of Henry County through this project. Nearly 500 items were collected, with 319 items being donated by partners at Henry County Healthcare Center.

Henry County Carl Perkins Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse’s mission is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.
“The annual Christmas Service Week provides a time to celebrate the gift of giving to our community,” said Lisa Casteel, CEO at Henry County Medical Center. “It allows us to continue Growing Forward to serve our community, as well as be an integral part of our community.”
301 Tyson Avenue · Paris, TN 38242 · 731-642-1220
PSA Public Service Announcement
Contact: Sandra Sims 731-644-8266 Angie Dotson, RN 731-644-8269

The Henry County Medical Center’s Carevan will be located at the Piggly Wiggly, 1536 Donelson Parkway, Dover, TN, 38242 on Thursday, January 25, from 9 am until 11 am. The screening will be held inside the Carevan. Free finger stick Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure checks will be available. Finger stick Cholesterol test will be offered for a minimal fee of $3.00 each. Please make plans to attend.

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CAREVAN COMMUNITY SCREENING

To learn more about HCMC and the opportunities here, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.
To learn more or donate to Carl Perkins Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse visit their website at www.carlperkinscenter.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing child abuse, call the crisis hotline at 1-800-2734747 or www.carlperkinscenter.org.

Fort Donaldson Staff Presenting Christmas Activities This Weekend Along the Cumberland

Dover, Tenn.- On December 14, visitors young and old will have an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit at the historic Dover Hotel, more widely known as the “Surrender House,” of the Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

National Park staff and volunteers will demonstrate how to make Christmas ornaments similar to those of the Civil War period. Visitors taking part will then have the opportunity to make ornaments to decorate the hotel tree for those visiting during the remainder of the season to enjoy. Participants will be encouraged to make their own ornament to take home, also.

The program, entitled “Christmas on the Cumberland: the Dover Hotel of the 1860s,” will be offered on Saturday, December 14, at the Dover Hotel. The hotel (Park Tour Stop #10) is located at 101 Petty Street, Dover. The hands-on event will be offered between 10 am – 3 pm.

In addition to ornament making, discussions about period American holiday traditions, decorations, of Christmas on the Civil War home front, and of mementos and care packages sent to soldiers of North and South by children back home, will also be part of the Saturday offering. For more information, please contact the Ranger staff at 931-232-5706 x 0.

KPAC Hosting Christmas with the Madrigals this Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will present Christmas With the Madrigals this coming Saturday December 14th at KPAC at 7pm. Tickets are available from any Madgrial, at the Toggery, Bo and Co., and Nissan of Paris. Special guests include the Madrigal Pals.

Diaper Drive to Begin Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Office will begin a “Diaper Drive” collection on Friday, December 13.

Citizens that would like to donate diapers or make a contribution are encouraged to bring any sized package diapers to the Northwest Economic Development Office at the Central Community Service Building on Jones Bend Road.

The collection time will be from 8 a.m. to 12 noon daily beginning on the 13th of December. These necessary and needed items for families with small children will be available to Henry Countians who are clients of Northwest Economic Development Council. For further information, please contact Chris Eldin, Director, at the Henry County office at (731) 642-3132.

240 Children Celebrate with Christmas with FOP This Past Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The FOP Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17, invited two hundred forty underprivileged children Christmas Shopping. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County High School D.E.C.A. Class, H.C. Criminal Justice Class, Rescue Squad and Knights of Columbus helped in this cause.

Each child was allowed to spend $75 on Christmas presents. Every child also received a stuffed animal of their choice, fruit, candy and breakfast. Chief Elizondo thanked everyone who donated because this year with funds running low, it sure would’nt have happened without support from the community.

Overtime Thriller Hands Patriots First loss on Basketball Season

Paris, Tenn.- It was a classic at Gamlin Gym Tuesday night as Henry County West Creek battled into overtime. The Coyotes rode hot shooting momentum into a tie to force overtime, then contnued that to build a good lea quickly. At the end with time for one possession however, Henry County was right back with a chance to win on the last shot, which just didn't fall. The loss 55-54, moves the Pats to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in District Play. They'll get a shot a revenge on West Creek later in the season. The Lady Patriots won easiy, 64-16, moving to 5-3 on the year. Both teams travel to Clarksvill High for District games on Friday night.

DPA Downtown Christmas Festival Set for 3-5pm Saturday, Followed by Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 14, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3 to 5 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, a visit from the jolly old elf and a Meet and Greet with the parade Grand Marshal Cherry Jones, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress of Paris.

Stores will be open for shopping while the 4H group will make a unique hand print Santa and melted snowman ornaments, as well as paper straw wreaths and jingle bell necklaces. Leslie Sensing’s “reindeer goats” also will be on hand around Santa’s house to visit with the children. Youth Villages will host Christmas golf on the lawn and PARIS! Magazine friends will make magic reindeer food for kids to take home.

Other activities include a trackless train ride and for those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java at 116 N. Market Street from 3 to 5.

The Meet and Greet with Cherry Jones will be held from 3-4 p.m. inside the Wimberley Agency (at the corner of Washington and Market). The downtown Festival of Trees will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Paris 5 & 10 Event Center.

Coloring Contest Deadline for DPA's Christmas Festival Extende to Sat. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 14, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3 to 5 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, a visit from the jolly old elf and a Meet and Greet with the parade Grand Marshal Cherry Jones, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress of Paris.

Stores will be open for shopping while the 4H group will make a unique hand print Santa and melted snowman ornaments, as well as paper straw wreaths and jingle bell necklaces. Leslie Sensing’s “reindeer goats” also will be on hand around Santa’s house to visit with the children. Youth Villages will host Christmas golf on the lawn and PARIS! Magazine friends will make magic reindeer food for kids to take home.

Other activities include a trackless train ride and for those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java at 116 N. Market Street from 3 to 5.

The Meet and Greet with Cherry Jones will be held from 3-4 p.m. inside the Wimberley Agency (at the corner of Washington and Market). The downtown Festival of Trees will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Paris 5 & 10 Event Center.

APSU, Memphis to Partner and Offer 6 Year Law Degree

Clarksville- Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Department of Political Science and Public Management recently established an agreement with the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to provide a six-year path to obtain a law degree. The partnership will increase the affordability and accessibility of law school for Middle Tennesseans, according to Katharine T. Schaffzin, dean of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“Students can earn a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay and a JD from the University of Memphis in six years, saving an entire year of undergraduate tuition and lost earning potential,” Schaffzin said. “Moreover, the three-plus-three program will increase the number of high-performing undergraduates from Middle Tennessee studying at Memphis Law, while improving Austin Peay’s ability to retain and graduate these students.”

Students at APSU will be advised to complete a degree requirement, prepped for the LSAT and complete the application process for the law school by the end of their junior year according to Harold A. Young, APSU assistant professor of Political Science and Public Management. “If a student is accepted to law school and successfully completes the first year (30 credit hours),

APSU will confer a bachelor’s degree,” Young said. “If a student does not get accepted to law school by the end of their junior year, that student simply continues with degree work at APSU and is encouraged to apply again.” For more information, contact Harold Young, 931-221-7059 or youngh@apsu.edu

Budget Committee Moves Some Money, No Major impacts on Unappropriate Fund Balance

Paris, Tenn.- The Budget Committee for Henry County met in quick December Session on Monday evening and made some budget transfers with no real big financial impact to the current budget as it stands. Thirty thousand dollars was moved from general fund to the sheriff's office of medical and dental costs to finish out this budget year. 

In the Election budget, the amount of $11500 was moved from current building improvements to moving new furnishes and fixtures into to a new building. DeLaina Green, Administrator of Elections in Henry County said things are progressing nicely at Weston Hall. The Election Office will hold their meeting in their next week and then make the permanent move over after the holidays and new year.

TBI Charges Suspect in Officer Involved Suspected Shooting from Last Week

Decaturville, Tenn.- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a subject accused of fleeing law enforcement officers attempting to arrest him.

On December 2nd, at the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, TBI Agents began investigating an officer-involved shooting in Decatur County, involving Deputy Marshals with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force

Preliminary information indicates that Deputy Marshals located Anthony Phoenix (DOB: 2/21/85), wanted on arrest warrants from Henderson County and the State of Kentucky, in the 100 block of Gilbert Road in Parsons.  Phoenix reportedly fled in a vehicle and led officers on a brief pursuit.  At some point, officers fired upon the vehicle.  No one was struck by the gunfire or injured as a result of the officer-involved shooting.

Phoenix was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Decatur County Jail.  Today, he was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and Felony Evading Arrest in connection to the December 2nd incident.  He remains in custody at the Decatur County Jail and is being held without bond.

Further information about the investigation into the officer-involved shooting can be found online: https://tbinewsroom.com/2019/12/02/tbi-agents-investigate-officer-involved-shooting-in-decatur-county/.

Meetings Set this Week to Help With Looks of Downtown Buildings

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris has scheduled three public meetings this week: the city’s facade board and historic zoning board meetings will be held on Tuesday night, with the city municipal regional planning commission to meet Thursday night. All three will meet at City Hall.

The facade board will meet at 5 p.m., with the historic zoning board meeting at 5:30 p.m. On the agenda at the facade meeting are requests from the Paris 5&10 Event Center to replace its front door and brick as opposed to an awning and Market Street Bakery to repair brick instead of replacing windows

At the historic zoning meeting, the state coordinator will be providing training for board members. That meeting may be changed due to expected weather, however.

On the planning commission agenda are requests for a minor site plan from Tucker Rentals; undeveloped right of way for Belmont St., and subdivision plat for Henderson Drive. The commission also will review subdivision regulation amendments.

THSO, MADD, THP Joining Forces to Combat Drunk Driving

Nashville-On Thursday, December 12, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) will join the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) for a press event to promote drunk-driving prevention ahead of the holidays. During the event, guest speaker Kathy Beeler will discuss the 2011 drunk-driving crash that killed her son, Cole, when he was 19 years old. This year-to-date, there have been 5,171 drunk-driving crashes in Tennessee. This time last year, there were 5,327 crashes. Event details are listed below. 

Whitlock Rd. Closing Wed. For Culvert Repairs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has announced that Whitlock Road will be closed Wednesday December 11th for culvert replacement 3455 will be the last accessible road for motoroists traveling Whitlock Road. It should be back open by late afternoon track on Wednesday however.

Southside Cafe Annual Community Christmas Party Huge Success!

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- The carnival themed Christmas party Southside Café presented on Saturday night was a huge success in that all who attended had a rockin good time. The Puryear Cub Scout Pack 226 manned all the booths, from popcorn, hot chocolate, gingerbread house and ornament making, games, food, and more. There was a tremendous gathering of potluck dishes and folks from all around, enjoying the music, fun, and goodwill. The band sounded great and Santa made an appearance to the delight of all. All in all, this was the party of the season.

Photos By Kristina Dufresne

Electric Eel Powers Christmas Lights At Tennessee Aquarium

(CNN) — The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is making good use of one of its residents.

Miguel Wattson, an electric eel that resides in the aquarium's Rivers of the World gallery, not only tweets from his account, which currently has more than 38,000 followers -- he earns his keep by powering a Christmas tree at the aquarium.

Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium's audio visual production specialist, attached sensors to Wattson's tank that harnesses his natural electrical discharge to a set of speakers.

"The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights," Turnipseed explained in a statement.

"The rapid, dim blinking of the lights is caused by the constant, low-voltage blips of electricity he releases when he's trying to find food," explained Aquarist Kimberly Hurt. "The bigger flashes are caused by the higher voltage shocks he emits when he's eating or excited."

While navigating and searching for food, electric eels will typically only emit 10 volts of electricity, according to the aquarium. However, electric eels are capable of generating more than 800 volts of electricity. Electric eels will only emit that high of a discharge for defense or when they want to stun prey.

Electric eels have three electrical organs that are made up of electrocytes, which are electric generating cells. Even though they are called electric eels, the aquarium said that they are actually a type of knifefish and more closely resemble carp.

Washington Post: Wattson is not the first electric eel to power a Christmas tree; several aquariums have done it during the past decade. But he may very well be the first eel to power his own Twitter account.

Using largely the same mechanism powering the lights, every time Wattson discharges a large enough jolt, the sensors transmit it to a “fuse box” synced with a computer program, which is designed to automatically send out tweets from Wattson’s account. Because he could spend all day tweeting if he wanted, the computer system requires him to discharge huge voltage to trigger a tweet. “Ironically, the eel code was written in Python,” Evgeny Vasilyev, a computer science intern at Tennessee Tech University, which designed the trick, said in 2015.

The phenomenon of harnessing electric eels’ naturally produced electricity has existed for decades. But in the mid-2000s, an aquarium in Japan claimed to be the first to pull the Christmas tree trick, garnering worldwide interest.

At the Enoshima Aquarium, Kazuhiko Minawa pitched the idea as an eco-friendly alternative to sucking up electricity for the Christmas tree the conventional way. In his exhibit, he installed two aluminum panels as electrodes in the eel’s tank that would absorb enough electricity to illuminate the six-foot-six tree, according to Reuters.

“If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree,” Minawa told Reuters in 2007.

Aquariums in North America followed suit. In 2012, for example, Smithsonian magazine featured an electric eel named Sparky that was powering the Christmas tree at the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah. Bill Carnell, an electrician at Salt Lake City-based Cache Valley Electric, had been inspired to try it out after encountering a 1954 video about an electric eel named Joe — which somehow made it onto YouTube. It was filmed by the Moody Institute of Science, demonstrating how, just like with Wattson decades later, you could insert electrodes into the tank, hook them up to loud speakers, and then actually hear the electric eel’s steady jolts. The scientist made a similar demonstration with lights.

And then — forgive us — the lightbulb went off for Carnell: Why not hook up the electrodes to a Christmas tree? he thought, as Smithsonian reported. Partnering with the Living Planet Aquarium, he inserted the stainless steel electrodes into Sparky’s tank, linked up to a power sequencer, Smithsonian reported. And the tree lights began to flicker, Smithsonian reported.

“Researchers looking to the future are trying to find ways to generate electricity through some kind of a biological process, rather than combustion or some mechanical energy,” Carnell told the magazine. “When you get into the science of the eel and you find that its body is constructed of all these little tiny batteries, of sorts, that are powered biologically, that is where the real interest is.”

University scientists from the United States and Switzerland, for example, have studied how to replicate eels’ generation of electricity for use in devices such as pacemakers. Some have called it a “biological battery,” or an “artificial electric organ,” mimicking the electric eel’s physiology, as the scientists explained in a 2017 paper published in Nature.

Some have even wondered whether electric eels could be used to charge a Tesla in the same way they deliver volts to a Christmas tree. Jalopnik, an online outlet that writes about cars, decided to research it in August and concluded: “Maybe. But not really.”

Miguel Wattson apparently would not be pleased with that anyway.

“The problem with being an electric eel these days is the constant requests to recharge people’s phones,” Wattson’s account wrote on Oct. 20. “I have better things to do, people!”

Federal Disaster Declaration Granted to 10 Tennessee Counties Recovering from October Storm

 Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced today the federal government has granted his request for a Major Disaster Declaration to make federal recovery assistance available to 10 county jurisdictions impacted during October’s severe weather and straight line winds. 

“The devastating severe weather required a comprehensive response and stretched many local jurisdictions to their resource limits,” Gov. Lee said. “We are committed to supporting these communities and to securing the necessary resources for their recovery efforts.” 

The following counties are included in the declaration: Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Humphreys, McNairy, Montgomery, Perry, and Wayne. The 10 counties combined reported more than $21.8 million in storm damage to local infrastructure and for their emergency response work. 

The major disaster declaration covers damage from the Oct. 26 severe weather, and will allow government entities and certain private non-profits in the eligible counties to apply for reimbursement of specific expenses related to the disaster under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program. 

Information about FEMA's PA program and its eligible reimbursement categories is at: https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

The federal declaration also makes Tennessee eligible for the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program, which provides assistance to communities to prevent or reduce long-term risks to life and property from natural hazards. 

 

Henry County Basketball And 2019 River Conference Championships

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Girls basketball team lost their game against Obion County Saturday with a final score of 45-43. The boys basketball game had a more rewarding final score of 64 Henry County to 61 Obion. For the River Conference Championships games, Camden Girls played against Harrelson and came out on top with a final of 38-5 Camden. The Camden Girls team will go on to the semi finals against Lakewood. In the Girls Houston County against Henry game, Houston came out on top with a final of 36-0.  Houston Girls will go on to the semi finals to play Stewart County. In the Boys bracket, Stewart Co. won with 27-23 against Lakewood. Houston Co. Boys on top with 48-21 against Henry. In the Boys semi final game it will be Camden VS Stewart Co. and  Houston Co. VS Harrelson.

Chamber Adds Kasey Muench As Community Relations Director 

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce has hired Paris native Kasey Muench as their Community Relations Director starting January 2nd.  This newly developed position will oversee and execute membership events and activities, as well as assist with executing the organization’s marketing and public relations strategy. 

“Adding Kasey to the team is a big win for not only our Chamber, but our entire community,” commented Travis McLeese, Chamber CEO.  “Her passion for this community, coupled with her marketing and graphic design ability, is a tremendous asset that will be a great addition moving forward.” 

Kasey is currently the Head Graphic Designer at Abbotts Print Shop, where she has been employed since 2009. In her time at Abbotts Print Shop, Kasey has been fortunate to design and create a variety of projects for both Henry Countians and those abroad, ranging from corporate marketing campaigns to not-for-profit fundraising events, and everything in between. Most recently, Kasey was instrumental in organizing two successful community events; Meet the Patriots Tailgate and Miss Paris Volunteer Pageant.

“We are thrilled to have Kasey joining us. The recent growth and involvement of the Chamber raised the need for someone with her diverse skill set,” commented John Etheridge, Chamber President.

She graduated from Henry County High School before attending The University of Memphis where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. 

 Upon graduating from The U of M, Kasey received the Carson Circle Award, an award that recognizes a select

number of outstanding graduating seniors who exemplify Dr. Donald K. Carson’s ideals of making the university a better place through their involvement and leadership in campus life.  She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Henry County Program. She is a longtime active member of First Christian Church in Paris. 

Kasey is married to Ryan Muench of Paris, Tennessee, a teacher and assistant football coach at Henry County High School. They have two children Aubrey (3) and Graham (2).

 

Sonny Melton Memorial Highway

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--The stretch of Hwy. 69A from Paris to Big Sandy was officially dedicated as the "Sonny Melton Memorial Highway" during ceremonies Friday afternoon. Officials from both Henry and Benton Counties gathered along with family and friends of Melton and state legislators for the unveiling of the first sign, located at the intersection of 69A and Hwy. 218. Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said the sign will soon be joined by another sign in Benton Co. which will mark the end of the Memorial Highway.Greer said, "I'm honored to be here today", noting that Melton "was a valued member of our community. This is dedicated to the sacrifices this man made. He will live forever in our memories with this dedication."

Originally from Big Sandy, Melton was a nurse at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. He was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017 while shielding his wife, Dr. Heather Melton, from bullets while they were attending a music festival.

Heather Melton said she was grateful to the people of Henry and Benton County for supporting Sonny and his memory. She said she hoped that the sign would help people remember how Sonny lived, not just how he died.

The Henry and Benton County Commissions asked the state in 2017 to dedicate the stretch of highway for Melton and former State Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Paris) was responsible for introducing and guiding the legislation. Wirgau said it the highway dedication will be a way for everyone to remember Sonny and his life.State Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingd0n) also worked on guiding the legislation and said Sonny was a hero "and this is how you honor heroes".

In November, a new bridge on the Lower Big Sandy Rd. in Benton Co. was dedicated to Sonny Melton.

Photo: From left, former State Rep. Tim Wirgau, Heather Melton, Susan Melton, Brent Greer, Sen. John Stevens, James and Janie Melton and State Rep. Bruce Griffey (Shannon McFarlin photo).

D.A.R.E. Graduation At KPAC Friday

Paris,Tenn.- The DARE program held their graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon at the KPAC for the fifth graders of Paris Elementary. Hosted by the Paris Police Department, Officer Jordan Klutts, Officer Amber Roaten, Police Chief Charles Elizondo, Dr. Gray, Principal, and guest speaker Emily Ann Smith, senior at Henry County High School. Daren the Lion was also on hand to congratulate the children. The fifth grade classes were all given a DARE t-shirt and assembled for their certificates and goody bags from the DARE Program. The students were required to write an essay on what the program is about and out of 180 students, two were selected for special recognition. They were Johanna T. and Thomas Richardson. The DARE Program is also offering the students a skating party on January 25th from 12-4 at Paris Wheels Skating Rink. They are required to wear the DARE t-shirts they received, and will get into the skating rink free of charge as well as get 2 slices of pizza and a drink.

D.A.R.E or the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is a comprehensive K-12 education program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum targets students in order to provide the skills needed in the challenging years ahead. The skills are developed which the D.A.R.E. Officer brings to the classroom. The officer spends one hour on each classroom lesson. The officer also spends time on the playground at recess and lunch hour getting to know each student.

(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a joint effort between the Paris Special School District and the Paris Police Department. The program targets students and provides sessions on decision making, consequences, self esteem, peer pressure, refusal skills and alternatives to the use of drugs and alcohol. This unique program utilizes specially trained uniformed officers as classroom instructors. D.A.R.E. has received high praise from law enforcement officials, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. The Paris Police Department is proud to be on the leading edge of drug education in this state.

Story and Photos By Kristina Dufresne

Lane Closures By TDOT

  • Saturday, December 7, 6:00am- 5:00 p.m.: I-40 east and westbound will have intermittent closures MM 81.0-MM 82.5 for milling and paving operations. Backup date Sunday, December 8, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: There will be a closure on the eastbound ramp of exit 82 at Highland Ave. to install storm drain. Backup date Sunday, December 8, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 11 EACH DAY, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: SR 5 (Highland Avenue) will have intermittent left and right lane closures both north and southbound from Vann Drive to the Carriage House/Ridgecrest intersection for bridge construction activities.

 

Southside Cafe Annual Community Appreciation Christmas Party

Paris,Tenn.- Southside Cafe will be hosting our yearly Community Appreciation Christmas Party Saturday December 7 from 5-10pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Community Building. This is a FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY event that we have each year to say Thank You & to show our appreciation to our customers & community for supporting us all year long. This years party will have a carnival theme. There will be music & dancing with the Legends Band, An Ugly Sweater & Christmas Pajama Contest, Pot-Luck Cook-Off, Table Decorating Contest, and Carnival type game booths for the kids. Santa will be arriving at 7:30. Food as always is Potluck so grab a dish and bring the family out for a free night of fun.

 

Santa, Christmas Parade In McKenzie on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Santa Claus is coming to town–McKenzie, that is, at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 7. In addition to the festivities of the Mistletoe Christmas, the Community Christmas Parade will be held downtown.

The theme is 150 years of Christmas.

Line up will start at McKenzie Middle School located at 80 Woodrow Ave. Participants should arrive for line up no later than 3:30 pm. Registration forms are available at the City Hall. For more information, please contact Jennifer Sims at 731-415-0981.

Best of Motown Presents Temptations Christmas Sat. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Best of Motown and More present, A Temptations Christmas, give yourself some soul this Christmas. The show will be at the Krider Performing Arts this Saturday December 7th at 7pm. Get tickets now at the Civic Center, order online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Reserved seating for the show is $20 per ticket and general admission is $15 per ticket.

Reminder: Jammin 4 the Kids is Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Jaycees present Jammin 4 the Kids!! Fundraiser for the annual Christmas shopping tour for underprivileged kids. Starts at 7:30 p.m. December 7. Held at Paris Moose Lodge. This year’s lineup *Ethan Torsak Band acoustic Ethan and JC*Jordan Skoda and the Damnwrights acoustic *The Ray Lewis Band *Quest

All this entertainment for just $10. 21-up. They will have an auction, 50/50 drawing and other surprises. Help us spread the word. Thanks to all the bands for donating their time so we can make some amazing kids feel special. Please call or text 731-693-9086 with any questions.

River Conference Tournament Begins at 11am Sat. at Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.-The 2019 River Conference Basketball tournament is set for an 11am start on Saturday at Henry County High School's Gamlin Gymnasium. There will be 4 games played Saturday, 4 more games Monday evening starting around 4pm, and two games Thursday December 12th for the girls and boys championship. If you can't make the games listen to our broadcast on WZLK 94.1

Henry County Travels to Obion County Saturday for Basketball

Obion, Tenn.- Henry County will step back out of District play this Saturday night and travel to Obion County. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make the trip over, listen on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming via our website, wmufradio.com, and via your phone by calling 518-896-1349, the sportsline. Just call and after prompted press Henry County option.  City

Commission Moves Forward With Impact Plan Approval on Hampton Inn Project

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The city of Paris is one step closer to having a Hampton Inn after approval by the Paris City Commission of rezoning and an economic impact plan at Thursday night’s meeting.

Public hearings on the economic impact plan were held during the afternoon at the Henry County Commission, Paris Industrial Development Board and at the City Commission, with each panel approving it.

Attorney Tom Trent of Nashville and Knoxville Developer Victor Patel were on hand for the meeting, with Trent outlining the plan, which calls for construction of a hotel which will include 72 rooms, swimming pool, meeting areas and other amenities.

The economic impact plan outlined the expected financial benefits that will come to Paris and Henry County from the project. According to the plan, it is estimated by the tax assessor that the project will have a tax appraisal valuation of approximately $5M when fully assessed at completion. The plan calls for incentives from the Industrial Development Board for a portion of the infrastructure costs.

At the city commission meeting, opposition was voiced to the request to rezone property at 1540 Mineral Wells Ave. to make way for a new Hampton Inn by neighboring property owners.

The property owners, who included Fred Reed, Ron Thomas and Donna Conger, cited increased congestion, traffic and a decreased quality of life with the rezoning.

City Manager Kim Foster and Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris explained that the rezoning of the Mineral Wells parcel to Planned Business was necessary anyway because the parcel (which contains the Premier Nissan) had never been adequately zoned in the first place. Foster

Foster said when the zoning for the Nissan dealership was approved years ago “something was overlooked and it was zoned for a shopping center. That was something we didn’t realize until this new request was presented. It was something that needed to be corrected.”

Property owners said they did not want anything commercial to be approved for their neighborhood and city officials noted that their area already is zoned for commercial growth.

Foster noted, “One of the challenges of city government is to balance developments like this. It’s always a balancing act.”

Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Commissioner Gayle Griffith cited the progress and economic growth that the new Hampton Inn will bring for the city and the county. City officials noted that with the location of a Hampton Inn there, other developments, such as shopping centers, would be more likely to locate there, too.

Griffith said, “For a city to progress, you have to have new businesses. We’ve been trying to get business on that side of town and that area is already zoned commercial.  We are looking for what’s best for the city of Paris. We just can’t please every person.”

Property owner Donna Conger said her family has lived in their house for 30 years and were against the highway widening way back when. She said the lights from the Nissan dealership shine in their windows all night and there is constant traffic and congestion. “We feel like they’re pushing us out. We feel like we’re going to be living in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn and it’s making us sick. We’re trying to hold on to all the peace we can.”

In other business:

--Bobby Swayne has been hired as full-time Landfill Manager to replace Anthony McElroy, who resigned.

--The commission approved the right of way request for the north end of Jean Street for Norman Feageans who is opening a restaurant at 10 Fairgrounds Rd. (old Hungry Wolf).

--The commission approved the rezoning request for Hwy. 69N to B-1. The property close to the intersection of Hwy. 69N and West Wood is being developed for a convenience store.

--Gerrell reported the appointment of Linda Searcy to the planning commission.

Photos: top photo, Victor Patel (foreground) and Attorney Tom Trent present the plan for the Hampton Inn to the commission; Property Owner Fred Reed, at the podium, presents his reasons against the plan while City Manager Kim Foster (at screen) illustrates the zoning for the area on the map. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Rural Caucus Focuses on Rural Broadband During its 3rd Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Rural Caucus formed by Representative Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) just held its third meeting to discuss issues to prioritize in the new legislative session that begins next month. Approximately twenty (20) members of the General Assembly, representing rural districts, attended the meeting and the primary topic that was the focus of the meeting was rural broadband access. “Broadband access is a critical component to economic development and rural communities have been left behind with respect to the availability and benefits of this technology. There is clearly a rural-urban broadband ‘digital divide’ that is negatively impacting rural development. Broadband service positively impacts education, healthcare, entrepreneurship and employment, among other things. In fact, research studies in other areas of the country have reflected that rural areas with broadband accessibility tend to have higher levels of education and income, greater business development and relatively low unemployment and poverty rates. There is a correlation between broadband accessibility and economic development and growth. This is why the Rural Caucus chose to make rural broadband access a topic of focus,” explained Griffey.

At the recent Rural Caucus meeting, there was a discussion of different methods by which broadband is being provided to certain rural areas currently such as municipal utility companies providing fiber to the home for their electric customers. TEC gave a presentation to members of the various areas to which they are rolling out broadband service through a partnership with municipalities and local governments. One concern discussed among legislative members in attendance was a conflict between utility companies and private broadband providers. According to information received at the meeting, both are seeking grant funds, and a third type of entity – fixed wireless companies that are entirely private – are not receiving grant funding. Rather, they are membership owned with contracts from customers with 2 year commitments. The federal government is incentivizing utility companies through USDA grants to provide rural broadband services; however, some utility companies are providing fiber to homes in areas already being served by private rural broadband providers.

Another concern discussed by the Rural Caucus legislative members is the delay in getting rural broadband to everyone, particularly those in the most rural parts of counties across the state. The difficulty is that providers continue to target those areas with the greatest concentration of customers. “The TN Rural Caucus members wanted to learn what efforts are being made to get broadband accessibility to all of the rural customers, and discussed possible legislation that could put conditions on grant funding from the state to ensure broadband access gets to every rural customer,” explained Griffey. “Inasmuch as there are private companies and utility cooperatives competing for the same customers, there is inevitable competition and competitive efforts to try to capture as much of the market as possible. Typically this works great for accessibility; however, due to the cost of providing broadband to rural customers, providers have focused on the areas with the largest concentration of customers, leaving certain rural areas excluded, “ stated Griffey. Griffey indicated that the members had a good discussion of possible alternatives to provide incentives to those providers that actually connect all rural customers, and anticipates a bill to be filed to address this issue in the upcoming legislative session. “Unfortunately, Senator Janice Bowling, who has been a leader on this front, was unable to attend the Rural Caucus meeting, and neither was Representative Timothy Hill, Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, due to conflicting schedules. We will be seeking their input on legislation, and intend to keep rural broadband an issue of ongoing communication for purposes of drafting a bill,” Griffey stated.

Lee Academy Christmas Bazaar Set this Sat. 9-4

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar at the school, located at 402 N. Lee Street this Saturday December 7th. The event will run from 9am to 4pm with craft vendors selling their handmade items and Lee Academy board members selling soups, sandwiches, and homemade sweets and pastries for lunch to eat on site or take away with you.
There will be handmade quilts, wood bowls, jewelry, gourd art, stained glass, pottery, paintings and more. This event is a major fundraiser for the scholarship fund at Lee Academy so please visit and do some of your Christmas shopping with them.

New Harmony Baptist Church Live Nativity Set for this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will present their annual Live Nativity this weekend Friday thru Sunday 6-9pm each night. This spectacular display is the church’s Christmas gift to the community and the best part is there is no charge to see it. Come and drive through a trail of luminaries and view the living scenes depicting the birth of Christ.
The Church is located at 7050 Hwy. 69 S. in Paris located 5 miles from the Hwy. 218 bypass. For more information call 593-5276.

HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop Hosting Christmas Open House Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary is excited to host a Christmas Open House in the Pink Petal Gift Shop on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Attendees will get a first look at new product arrivals. Employees of Henry County Medical Center and HCMC Clinics will receive 20% off when they show their badge. Holiday goodies and refreshments will be available as well.

In addition, there will be a “Hallway Sale” during the Christmas Open House. Outside of the Pink Petal Gift Shop will be a table with all sale items for $5 and under. These will be perfect for stocking stuffers and holiday gifting games.

Hours for the Pink Petal Gift Shop are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open house refreshments will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pink Petal Gift Shop offers a variety of unique, hand-picked merchandise, gifts and personal items including baby gifts; home décor; children’s books and magazines for all ages; greeting cards; clothing; and jewelry. Orders can be taken over the phone and a gift shop employee will deliver the gift within the hospital, free of charge.

Ran and managed by volunteers of the HCMC Auxiliary, all funds raised through the Pink Petal Gift Shop go to purchase non-budgeted items requested by HCMC.  Resources also go to give scholarships to graduating seniors in Henry County or other applicants entering the medical or healthcare field.

HCMC Auxiliary volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to the community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings providing an extra dimension of care to our patients and families.  Volunteers are a vital part of HCMC with more than 40 volunteers currently serving across the organization.

The Pink Petal Gift Shop is located on the main floor of the hospital just past registration. If you would like more information or if you would like assistance selecting and ordering a gift, contact the Gift Shop at 731-644-8351.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities at HCMC, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Paige Malone, at 731-644-8267.

Bethel U. Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in McKenzie. The Honorable Judge John Everett Williams, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, will be the commencement speaker.

Judge John Everett Williams is a life-long resident of Carroll County, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Upon graduating law school, Judge Williams was offered jobs in 25 states and two foreign countries. He chose to return to his home in Huntingdon, Tennessee to establish his law practice.

In November of 1998, Judge Williams was appointed by Governor Don Sundquist to serve on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Although Judge Williams maintains an office on the court square in Huntingdon, Tennessee, he serves in the Jackson, Nashville, and Knoxville, Tennessee courthouses with statewide jurisdiction. In 2017, Judge Williams was elected by his colleagues as presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals - the first Northwest Tennessean to ever hold this title.

In October 2015, his alma mater, University of Tennessee at Martin presented him with the first-ever Distinguished Criminal Justice Alumni Award.

For the past several years, Judge Williams has served as chairman of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). During his leadership, TLAP was recognized as one of the nation’s leading programs helping law students, lawyers, and judges in coping with alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, suicide, and other mental health-related problems unique to the legal profession.

President Walter Butler stated, “"Bethel University is proud to welcome Judge John E. Williams as our Fall Graduation Commencement Speaker. Judge Williams is a lifelong Carroll Countian and has just recently been honored by our Chamber of Commerce as Carroll Countian of the Year. He has served our State of Tennessee on the State Court of Criminal Appeals since 1998. He is recognized, across the State for his fairness. As citizens we are so fortunate to have Judge Williams working for the State of Tennessee. Bethel University is honored to welcome Judge Williams to our campus for this graduation ceremony."

Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. For more information about Bethel University, please go to BethelU.edu.

Great Crowd For Advent Walk Wednesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Mild weather was enjoyed by everyone at Wednesday evening's annual Candlelight Advent Walk sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Rev. Joy Weathersbee of the Paris First United Methodist Church gave the first reading on the Henry County Courthouse steps, followed by Rev. Todd Henson of First Baptist Church. Stops along the walk this year were at First United Methodist, First Presbyterian Church, and Grace Episcopal with readings and music at each stop. In photo, Rev. Todd Henson of First Baptist Church gives one of the readings. Shannon McFarlin photo.  

Murray Man Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse involving a 1 Year Old

Dick Inmate Photo

Paris, Tenn.- A Murray man has been charged by Paris Police with aggravated child abuse and neglect in an incident involving a 1 year old child. According to the report, Ptl. David Beauvis of the Paris Police Department responded to a home on Lakeway Circle to a 1 year old with a severe head injury. Ptl. Beauvis did make contact with the child’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend Cameron T. Dick of Murray.

In Beauvis’s report, he noted the child did have a significant amount of blood on the left side of her head but didn’t appear to be in any distress. Dick stated he had been in the vehicle with the young lady and she started complaining of her head hurting and Dick noticed the blood. On the scene, due to the amount of blood that had dried in her hair, EMS personnel weren’t able to determine the exact extent of the injury and wanted to take the young baby to the ER for further treatment.

At the ER, she was cleaned up and two lacerations were found. Multiple staples were required to close the lacerations and the nature of the injuries did prompt DHS and Inv. Jeramye Whitaker to be called to the scene. The case was turned over to Inv. Whitaker and he interviewed the mother and Cameron Dick. Whitaker then placed Dick under arrest for aggravated child abuse and neglect. Dick was arrested without incident and taken to jail.

Cherry Jones, Dan Knowles, HCHS to Be Spotlighted for this Years Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Two familiar faces and a school that celebrated a golden anniversary this year will be honored in the of the 13th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade. Actress Cherry Jones was selected as the grand marshal, artist Dan Knowles has received the honor of Downtown Paris Association (DPA) Ambassador and Henry County High School (HCHS) has been named the featured school. The event is set for Saturday, December 14 at 5:00 pm, immediately following Santa’s Christmas Festival downtown.

Jones, a native Parisian, with two Tony and two Emmy Awards to her credit, has long touted her hometown as a place that nurtures all artistic endeavors. “And the way Paris celebrates Christmas is certainly a work of art,” she laughed.

A student of HCHS Speech and Drama Instructor Linda Wilson Miller, Jones graduated in 1974. She has captured Tony Awards for The Heiress and Doubt and Emmy’s for 24 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Jones has appeared in more than 50 television shows, films and streaming media programs including Signs, The Horse Whisperer, Boy Erased, New Year’s Eve and Motherless Brooklyn.  She was in the previous season of HBO’s Succession and appears in Apple’s upcoming miniseries Defending Jacob.

White & Associates – Wimberley Agency will be hosting a Q and A for Jones at their downtown office on the square from 3:00 – 4:00 pm during the Christmas Festival. The agency will be serving refreshments until parade time. Jones also will present trophies to winners at the Old 5 & 10 Event Center following the parade.

“I love getting back home for Christmas. My sister and I grew up downtown in our family’s flower shop, and there is no higher honor than being on a float that passes through our bustling square all dressed up for the holidays,” she said.

The DPA Ambassador is an award created to shine a spotlight on an individual who has gone above and beyond for downtown. “Dan Knowles, our fabulous Back Alley Paris mural artist was the obvious choice for this honor,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “Dan has turned our alleys into showplaces that encourage tourism and help everyone learn more community history.”

Henry County High School is the featured school for this year’s parade. “This is the perfect way to celebrate the close of our 50th Anniversary Year,” said Principal Michele Webb. “We have had a remarkable year filled with a huge homecoming, a time capsule, a big tailgate party with former classes, renaming the Little Theatre, the field house and the football field for beloved teachers and coaches, and now we’re going to finish in the best possible way, a parade!”

Plenty of Patriots will be on hand to help celebrate. The Marching Patriot Band will kick off the parade and several school organizations also will be on hand.

The mission of the Downtown Paris Association is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. For more information email DowntownParis@outlook.com or call 731-653-7274.

Library's Gingerbread Making Event Well Attended

Paris, Tenn.- Several youngsters were out in full force to build the best Ginger Bread House at the W.G. Rhea Public Library's Ginger Bread Making event on Tuesday evening. The library provides the kits and candy and each year the event draws a large crowd. (Library photos)

Ladies, Men Sweep District Games At Springfield Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County swept a pair of district games Tuesday night on the hardwood at Springfield. The Lady Patriots won 84-50 and the Patriots won 63-51.

The win puts both teams at 1-0 in district play and the Lady Pats at 4-2 on the season so far. The Patriots have started the season on fire, 6-0.

Henry County will travel to Obion County this Saturday for a non district game.

TN Stars Program Giving Away Scholarships as 2019 Comes to a Close

Nashville- In the spirit of the season, the TNStars® College Savings 529 Program is giving one Tennessee child a $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded into a TNStars® account.

Tennessee residents age 21 and older can enter to win at TNStars.com/scholarship now through December 31st on behalf of a child age 10 or younger. One entry is good for the entire contest period. The $5,000 prize, and any additional amounts contributed to the TNStars account, can be used by the winning beneficiary to cover future post-secondary education expenses ranging from tuition and housing to books, computers, and more.

“We are very proud that Tennessee’s own college savings program has already helped more than 17,000 children prepare for the future costs of higher education,” said Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. "The cost of higher education is more than just tuition and Tennessee is fortunate to have a program like TNStars helping make saving for college easy for all families.”

TNStars® is designed to give Tennessee families high quality investment options at a low cost to help them put aside money for higher education expenses. Families can invest directly with the program and money can be withdrawn tax-free from a TNStars® account as long as it is used for qualified post-secondary education expenses.

To enter the scholarship giveaway or to get more information on the program, visit TNStars.com.

All contest entries and winners are subject to the Official Rules of the TNStars Holiday Scholarship Giveaway.

Candlelight Advent Walk to Usher in Advent Season Wed. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Candlelight Advent Walk will usher in the Christmas season Wednesday evening in downtown Paris beginning at 6:30pm. The Downtown Paris Association and area churches sponsor the event each year as worshippers will hear the message of advent in beautifully decorated churches while proceeding by family friendly candlelight through the historic area.

The service begins at the front stops of the courthouse at 6:30pm, then its on to First Presbyterian Church, Grace Episcopal, and ceremonies wrap up First United Methodist and everyone is invited to fellowship and refreshments in the Christian Life Center. For more on the DPA’s Downtown Unwrapped series of events for the Christmas season log online to visitdowntownparis.com.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church in Paris from Noon to 6pm on Thursday December 5th. All eligible donors are welcome as all levels remain at lower than normal supply. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when you giving.blood.

Puryear Man Arrested by PPD Underage Consumption

Paris, Tenn.- While on patrol, Paris Police Lt Josh Frey clocked a gray car driving through Puryear doing 60mph in a 40mph. He initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 641. As he was approaching the driver, the officer noticed an odor of marijuana wafting towards him. The driver, Casey Mounts, 18, of Puryear, was asked to step from the vehicle and the odor became stronger mixed with the scent of alcohol.

Mounts was asked if he had been drinking an alcoholic beverage while driving or if he had anything illegal on his person. Mounts denied both. A search of the car and Mounts person revealed a pipe and a fifth of vodka in the car and a small baggie of weed in Mounts pants pocket. Casey Mounts was charged with Underage possession/consumption of alcohol, simple possession, and paraphernalia.

Portion of Hwy to Be Renamed for Sonny Melton

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and the family of the late Sonny Melton have announced that a dedication ceremony to name a stretch of highway between Paris and Big Sandy after Melton will be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

The “Sonny Melton Memorial Highway” will be officially dedicated at the intersection of Hwy. 218 and Hwy. 69A near J.B.’s Express Mart.

The Henry County and Benton County Commissioners asked the state of Tennessee to name the highway in Melton’s honor on October 2017.  The dedication honors Melton, who was originally from Big Sandy and was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

The proclamation approved by the Henry County Commissioners said: “The Henry County and Big Sandy communities mourn the loss of Sonny Melton and wish to honor and preserve his memory, and whereas, in memory of the life of Sonny Melton and in honor of his heroism, the Henry County Board of Commissioners recommends that the portion of State Highway 69A S between the Paris bypass (State Hwy. 218) and Big Sandy” be renamed the Sonny Melton Memorial Highway.

The resolution was recommended by Commissioner David Webb.

Last month, the new bridge on Lower Big Sandy Road was named the “Sonny Melton Memorial Bridge” at a ceremony.

Paris Elementary and Inman Strings Concert Set for 6pm Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elementary and Inman Middle School Strings will present their Winter Concert at 6pm Tuesday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show is free to the public.

Henry County Splits Games at Home vs. Huntingdon Monday night; Open District Play Tuesday at Springfield.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games on the hardwood with Huntingdon on Monday night in non District action. The Lady Mustangs defeated Henry County by a final score of 41-29 and the Patriots raced past the Mustangs 66-29. Andrew Wimberley scored 19 points to lead the way. Henry County will see its first District contest of the season Tuesday as they travel to Springfield.

Bethel Univ. Christmas With Renaissance Performances Begin Friday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University invites you to Christmas with Renaissance, an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showcasing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts Program.

Christmas with Renaissance performances are December 6th at 7pm, December 7th, at 2pm and 7pm. And Sunday December 8th at 2pm. All performances will be in the Dickey Fine Arts Building at Bethel University.

To purchase tickets, visit bethelrenaissance.com/Christmas or contact the office at 352-6980. Due to a high volume of phone calls, if you don’t get an answer, please leave a message and someone will confirm your ticket within 48 hours. Preferred tickets are $15, General ticket $10. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Jammin' 4 the Kids Set for Saturday Evening at Paris Moose Lodge

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will hold their Jammin’ 4 the Kids this Saturday December 7th at 7:30pm at the Paris Moose Lodge. Musical entertainment on the night includes Ethan Torsk and JC; Jordan Skoda and the Daywrights Acoustic; Quest; and the Ray Lewis Band.

There will be an auction, 50/50 drawing, and several other surprises throughout the evening also. Proceeds raised will benefit underprivileged children and their families this Christmas. For more information call 693-9086. Donations are welcome as well.

McDonalds Burger Bash 4-7pm Tuesday to Benefit the Madrigals

Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s of Paris is hosting a Burger Bash fundraiser for the HCHS Madrigals on Tuesday December 3rd with 20% of all sales at the counter and drive thru going to the Madrigals. Pickup dinner or snacks between 4-7pm on Tuesday December 3rd and show your support for the Madrigals. The Madrigals will be there helping serve and singing a few of your Christmas tunes as well.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Gingerbread House Building 5-7pm Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library invites everyone out to build a gingerbread house this Tuesday December 3rd from 5-7pm. Registration is required for the gingerbread house building, but all materials will be provided for you to use and snack on as you go. Call 642-1702 for more information.

Athletes Recognized Monday Morning at HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- In another signing ceremony Monday morning held at HCHS, two Henry Countians are headed to Bethel University to participate on the Bethel Shooting team. Victoria Thomas and Levi Hamilton signed to play shooting sports with the Wildcats of Bethel Unverisity. Also AD Mike Poteete recognized Davey Harrod as the athlete of the month for November. He plays on the football team amongst other things. Silas Winders was named as athelete of the month in October, after he won the State Championship . (HCHS photos)

Three Public Hearings Set Thursday For New Hampton Inn Hotel Plan

Paris, Tenn.- Three public hearings will be held Thursday afternoon at both the Henry County Courthouse and Paris City Hall on the economic impact plan for the Hampton Inn Hotel planned for construction on Mineral Wells Ave.

Public notices have been posted by the Henry County Commission and the Industrial Development Board of Paris regarding upcoming public hearings on the project. Three hearings will be held during the afternoon of December 5, with the Industrial Development’s hearing set for 3 p.m. at City Hall, the Henry County Commission’s at 4 p.m. at the courthouse, with a final hearing at 5 p.m. at City Hall directly before the city commission’s regular monthly meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Each hearing calls for consideration of an Economic Impact Plan for The VRL Hotels Economic Development Area for property located at 1540 Mineral Wells Ave., Paris.

Knoxville Planner Victor Patel told Forever Communications plans are for a four-story, 72-room Hampton Inn to be built on Mineral Wells Ave. next to the Nissan of Paris lot as its stands. It also will include business center, meeting room and swimming pool, he said.

Lady Pats, Pats Have 3 Games This Week on the Hardwood

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball teams will host Huntingdon Monday evening in a non-district game. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the men If you can’t make the games listen to our streaming broadcast online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling the sports line at 518-896-1349 then press option 1 for Henry County sports. Henry County travels to Springfield for a district game Tuesday night and steps back out of district play for non-district game Saturday at Obion County.

LPL Financial, located at Commercial and Trust Company Announces Michelle Conroy Acheives Designation

Paris, Tenn.- LPL Financial, located at Commercial Bank & Trust Company, is pleased to announce that Michelle Conroy, LPL Financial Advisor, has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist.  Conroy successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist, or AAMS®, Professional Education Program from the College for Financial Planning®.  Individuals who hold the AAMS® designation have completed a course of study encompassing investments, insurance, tax, retirement, and estate planning issues. Additionally, individuals must pass an end-of-course examination that tests their ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.  All AAMS® designation holders have agreed to adhere to standards of professional conduct by signing a code of ethics and disclosure form. They are also responsible for completing 16 hours of Continuing Education credits every two years. Conroy has 21 years of experience in the financial services industry and works out of the Mineral Wells Branch and the Union City Downtown office of Commercial Bank & Trust Co.

Murray State University To Celebrate Holiday Season With President’s Reception, Oakhurst Open House, And Holiday Concert

Murray, Ky. ​— The Town & Gown Partnership at Murray State University is hosting “A President’s Reception — A Celebration of Giving,” a Holiday Open House at Oakhurst and Town & Gown Holiday Concert at Lovett Auditorium to help the Murray community get in the holiday spirit next month.  

On Dec. 4 from 3-4:30 p.m., “A President’s Reception — A Celebration of Giving” will be held at Pogue Library. The event is open to campus and the entire community in celebration of the season of giving and to spotlight President Dr. Bob Jackson’s appreciation of all who support Murray State University.  

The President’s Office and Town & Gown will host the annual Holiday Open House at Oakhurst on Dec. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The Murray State community and general public are invited for an evening of live music played by University students, light refreshments and more.  

Built by University founder Dr. Rainey T. Wells and his family in 1918, Oakhurst — then named Edgewood — is the president’s home, located at 1510 Main Street in Murray, Kentucky.  

In 1939 when Dr. Wells left the University to become the general attorney for Woodmen of the World in Omaha, Nebraska, the Murray State Board of Regents unanimously purchased the home for $20,000 and renamed the building Oakhurst. On its 60th anniversary, Oakhurst was named to the National Register of Historic Places.  

Following the open house is the Town & Gown Holiday Concert at Lovett Auditorium, which takes place at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the entire community. The 80-member Town & Gown Community Band is led by Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. The group will perform a mixture of traditional and modern holiday

songs. Hill will lead the chorale and band in a Christmas sing-along for the audience that includes "Joy to the World," "Carol of the Bells," "What Child Is This" and others. Jared Heldenbrand is the choir's collaborative pianist.

The Town & Gown Partnership at Murray State enhances the quality of living and learning in the community by fostering improved communication between the University and local citizens, facilitating the discussion of community concerns, organizing educational events that promote the history, culture and commerce of the region and investing in collaborative partnerships with philanthropic and community service organizations. To learn more, visit murraystate.edu/townandgown.

Photos: Holiday Open House at Oakhurst  and Lovett Auditorium

Alexander Statement on the Passing of Bishop Graves

Maryville, Tenn., December 1, 2019 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of Bishop William Graves:

“William Graves was one of our nation’s most consequential, religious and civic leaders. With his quiet, strong leadership, he made our lives better and made us proud to claim him as a native son. Over the years, Bishop Graves became a treasured friend of our family. We will miss him and offer to his family our great respect for his life of service.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee visit Franktown Festival of Lights

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee got into the holiday spirit this weekend when they visited the Franktown Festival of Lights and even had a chance to visit with Santa.   

 New to this year’s route is Lee Company’s Santa’s Village where families can get their photo with Santa, enjoy hot drinks and cookies, camel rides for the kids, holiday activities and a petting zoo. 

Franklin Synergy Bank presents the Franktown Festival of Lights which will run through December 28, 2019. 

More information is available at FranktownFestivalofLights.com.    

PHOTO CREDIT: Franktown Open Hearts

Candlelight Advent Walk Heralds the Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season Wednesday evening, December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and participating downtown churches, worshipers will hear the message of Advent in beautifully decorated churches while proceeding by family friendly candlelight through the historic downtown area.

“This is a very unique way to usher in the Advent Season,” said First United Methodist Church Pastor, Joy Weathersbee, who chairs the 2019 Advent Walk Committee. “This year we are focusing on the Advent themes of Prophesy, Preparation, Promise and Presence.  With three stops during the walk, the Advent Walk will conclude by 7:30 p.m.

According to the DPA Executive Director, Kathy Ray, “It’s a great opportunity to worship with other churches, enjoy their meaningful decorations of the season and stroll through our charming Victorian town square while visiting with friends and neighbors.”

The service begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Entrance of the Henry County Courthouse on Washington Street with family friendly candles provided by the Downtown Paris Association.  Worshipers will be welcomed by Pastor Joy Weathersbee at the Courthouse.  We will proceed to First Presbyterian Church and hear from Dr. Pam Evans of Grace Episcopal Church.   Then at Grace Episcopal Church we’ll hear special music by the Harmonics and a message by Rev. Carol Wade, Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian.    We will then proceed to the First United Methodist Church to hear Dr. John Dandridge, Pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.  Afterwards, all are invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments there in the Christian Life Center.     

LIGHT UP Martin!

Martin, Tenn.–The city of Martin is inviting everyone Monday, December 2nd for the city’s “Light Up Martin” Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration and Holiday Fireworks show which includes the annual Christmas parade.

The event kick off at 4 pm with great shopping at the historic downtown businesses, food trucks, train rides, carousel and more.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 5 pm with singing on stage, free hot chocolate, free holiday goodies for children, carousel rides, mini train rides, and a fireworks finale.

The Kiwanis Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. to complete the evening.

Food Trucks Open: 4PM-8PM
Rolling Smoke BBQ/Catering
The Farmer’s Perk
Little Korea Food Truck
Doughsserts
Pope’s Concessions and Rides

Holiday Shopping Tips From Chief Elizondo (Paris Police Department)

Paris,Tenn.-This is a special time of the year; more people are traveling the roadways, are out and about shopping and visiting loved ones. 

It is also a time when people become busy and vulnerable to theft and other crimes. 

We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. 

The Paris Police Department wants everyone to be safe and enjoy this special season.

HOLIDAY SHIPPING SAFETY TIPS:

1.     Shop during daylight hours whenever possible.

2.    If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area and try to avoid going alone; take someone with you.

3.    Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, purses, or bags while shopping.  Try to use a credit/debit card or checkbook.

4.    If you must carry a purse, use one that crosses over your body to avoid easy access to thefts. 

5.    Never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.

6.    Avoid overloading yourself with packages.  It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

7.    Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  At this time of the year,” con-artist” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your belongings.

8.    Don’t be distracted looking for your car keys after shopping.  Be sure to locate your keys before going to your car.  Be alert while walking to your car, and pay attention to your surroundings.

9.    Don’t leave packages or valuables where they are visible to those who are parked near or walking by your car.  Doing so creates a temptation for thieves.  If you must leave something in the car,

lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. STOW IT. DON’T SHOW IT!

10.   If you see suspicious activity, contact 642-2424 or for emergencies, call 9-1-1.

LBL Offers Free Cedar Trees

LBL, KY/Tenn.- Free cedar Christmas tree permits will be available online November 29-December 24, from Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations.  

Members of the public may also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative Office, 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday, November 29 through December 24. A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 29 and December 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between the Lakes except: Within sight of US68/KY80 Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway Cemeteries Nature Watch Areas Campgrounds Other mowed areas  

"Taking your family out into the woods to look for the perfect Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition. Check along roadsides or within old forest openings to find your tree,” suggested Yvonne Antes, silviculturist at Land Between the Lakes.. “The cedar tree program also helps Land Between the Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat.” 

Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found on the reservations page. You may call 270-924-2065 for more information.  

Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines for choosing and using a cut tree in their home this Christmas: Choose a fresh tree. If needles fall off easily, the tree is dry and can easily catch on fire. When setting up your tree, cut the base off two inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb more water. Place the tree in a stable, tip-proof container and water it daily. Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, wood stoves, or open flames. 

Be sure decorative lights are UL approved and in good condition. Never leave tree lights on while asleep or away from home. LED lights are a great way to save energy. Discard the tree when it begins to show signs of drying, such as brown or yellow coloration, or excessive needle dropping. 

Santa Arrives For North Pole Family Fun Day!

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--A huge crowd was in downtown Paris Friday to greet Santa Claus and his entourage as they arrived at Santa's house on the courthouse lawn for North Pole Family Fun Day. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the Christmas Mouse arrived on a Paris Fire Truck, with Santa surrounded by children as he made his way to his Gingerbread House where he will be on Saturdays and Sundays through December 22.

The event is sponsored each year by the Downtown Paris Association. Santa will be in his house on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

Children and adults were treated to a number of free activities including Christmas crafts with the Henry Co. 4-H Honor Club, trackless train rides through downtown, a petting zoo, and face painting.

The event is ongoing today until 2 p.m.

 

Photos: Santa and the gang arrive; Autumn Ray and Travion Smith of the Henry Co. 4-H Honor Club help kids with crafts. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

 

By Kristina Dufresne- Pictured below is Rachel Allison who is originally from Paris, but lives in New York now, where she is a costume designer. Her skirt is a cage with pine boughs around it. Wynter Dufresne posing next to Allison.

Local Fraternal Order of Police Chapter Seeks Public Help with Donations for Cops and Kids Shopping

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Kentucky Lake Lodge 117, will hold their annual Cops and Kids Shopping trip in early December and they are low on funds this year asking for the public’s help in anyway.

The plan is to take 240 underprivileged kids shopping to the local Walmart, allowing them to spend about $75 apiece. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, HCHS DECA Class, HCHS Criminal Justice class, Rescue Squad, and Knights of Columbus will all help with the shopping trip.

On the day of the shopping trip, each child will also receive a stuffed animal of their choice, breakfast, and some fruit and candy to take home.

Anyone who would like to donate to the FOP Cops and Kids Shopping trip can take monetary donations to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office of Paris Police Department in the next couple weeks.

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