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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Dr. Kelly Paschall Recognized By TNASSP

Dr. Paschall and Mr. Rogers (HCHS photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Dr. Kelly Paschall was recently named the West Tennessee Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year. Nominated for her work as assistant principal at Henry County High School, Dr. Paschall was recognized by the Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals (TNASSP) at their winter conference held in Murfreesboro. Dr. Paschall was introduced by HCHS principal and TNASSP board member Dr. Michele Webb and then presented a plaque by Mr. Phil Rogers, principal of South Gibson County High School and TNASSP board member. Paschall began her work at HCHS in 2003 as an English teacher and became assistant principal in 2015. Dr. Paschall has taught dual enrollment and AP English courses and has served as data coach and lead teacher. Currently, Paschall's responsibilities include administrator of eleventh grade students, English department administrator, ACT coordinator, and literacy leader. 

Over $2800 Raised At Helping Hand Friday

Paris, Tenn. - The Springville Community, Paris Health Care, Henry County Republican Party, Doghouse Rescue and World's Biggest Fish Fry donated items on Friday at Helping Hand. By the end of the day, $2869 was raised, bringing the total for the year to $286,847.

Saturday donations at Helping Hand will be from Tennessee Valley Community Church. Helping Hand will air at Noon on WRQR 97.5 FM and AM 1000. Helping Hand continues until next Wednesday, February 27th.

Good Turnout For Dancing With The Dogs Friday Night

(Garry Ann Smith Photos)

Lady Patriots Fall To Lady Bears In First Round Of Tournament

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Lady Patriots lost to the Mt. Juliet Lady Bears on Friday night, with a final score of 69 to 40. This was the first round of the Region Tournament. The final season record for the Lady Patriots is 23 wins and 8 losses. The leading scorer of the game was Kelli Chipman with 11 points.

Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault After Firing Shot

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Jim Sanders responded to a local business to meet a complainant that stated that he was shot at while visiting a home on Durid Lane.

Upon arrival, Cpl. Sanders spoke with the victim who stated that a resident of the home asked for a ride so that she could leave her current boyfriend. The victim stated he obliged and arrived at the residence to pick her up and was met outside by Charles Andrew Bratton, who was brandishing a firearm, advised they were trespassing and needed to exit the property. The victim stated they turned around and were leaving the property, and when they were approximately 100 to 150 feet away, Bratton fired a shot at them.

Cpl. Sanders then proceeded to Durid Lane to speak with Bratton, who admitted to discharging the weapon. Bratton also stated that the victim had been to the home already that day and returned with more people in his vehicle, he told them to leave and they complied. Bratton then stated that he saw a coyote standing a short distance away and fired a 9mm round at the coyote and missed. No coyotes were found. Bratton also produced the EAA Witness 9mm firearm that he had fired.

Due to three people being in the vehicle, Bratton was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

First Baptist Church To Hold Concert Sunday

Paris, Tenn. - First Baptist Church, located at 313 North Poplar Street will be holding a concert that is open to the public on Sunday, February 24th. The concert will feature the Murray State University Choir, Henry County High School Madrigals and the First Baptist Church Choir. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

Muddy Paris Man Charged With Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that units were dispatched to the area of the fairgrounds on a call of a suspicious vehicle, where the passengers had gotten out of the vehicle and were arguing, appearing to be intoxicated.

Lt. Ean Reed responded to assist Sgt. Jamie James and made contact with a subject identified as Richard Glisson, age 57 of Hidden Acres Drive, who was walking down the middle of Fairgrounds Road. Glisson appeared very unsteady on his feet and as he got closer, Lt. Reed could see he was covered in mud.

Upon speaking with Glisson, Lt. Reed observed slow motor skills and detected a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from his person. Glisson advised he had been arguing with his wife and got out of the vehicle to get away from her. When Glisson attempted to retrieve his identification, Glisson dropped his identification and nearly fell forward picking it up from the ground.

Due to Glisson already falling and his apparent level of intoxication, he was placed under arrest. Glisson was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $500 bond.

NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet To Be Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - The National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Tennessee River Longbeards Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at the fairgrounds. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Saturday's Henry County Patriot Men's Regional Basketball Game Time Adjusted

Paris, Tenn.- The game time for Saturday's Henry County Patriot Men's Regional basketball game has been moved up to 3pm in Mt. Juliet.  The game was originally scheduled for 7pm but due to the possibility of inclement weather game administrators have moved the game time up in the day. You can listen to the Pregame starting at 2:30pm on 94.1FM.

Tonight's  game between the Henry Co Lady Patriots and Mt. Juliet Lady Bears will still be at 7pm at Henry County's Gamlin Gym. Pregame show on 94.1FM is at 6:30pm.

HCTA Proposes Fee for Fishing Tournaments

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority Board met Friday morning and discussed proposed changes that Paris Landing State Park would like to implement in the future in regards to fishing tournaments being  held there. Starting in 2020, the park is proposing a $850 fee for tournaments with 200 plus boats and any tournament of 100 plus boats would be required to obtain a special use permit. The board also decided to expand the HCTA board to include a represenative of the state park.

Man Charged With Sexual Battery Involving a Juvenile

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested William A. Dean, age 69, of 605 Bethesda Rd., for 3 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure on an incident where he allegedly inappropriately touched a female juvenile and then showed her inappropriate photos of himself with others. Dean was placed on $60K bond.

Bethel Univ. Benefits from Institutional Grants

McKenzie, Tenn.- Studies released this week by The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) suggest that, while state and federal aid has remained stagnant over the past decade, member institutions have steadily increased the amount of institutional grant aid they provide.  Bethel University is one of 34 TICUA campuses in Tennessee.

Officials at Bethel University note that Institutional aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships to students who either demonstrate financial need or qualify academically. This money does not need to be repaid.

According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System’s (IPEDS) 2018-19 student aid survey, 98% of first-time, full-time Bethel University freshmen received some form of aid, while 85% received institutional scholarships. The average amount of institutional aid for Bethel freshmen was $9,663.  Institutional scholarships include athletic, performance-based (including performance arts), and even scholarships for resident dorm directors. 

Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler says the school’s generous aid allows more students to pursue their educational dreams.

“The cost of a college education can present a significant obstacle for many families,” he said. “Bethel provides abundant opportunities for worthy individuals to overcome financial roadblocks on their way to a college degree.”

TICUA was established to promote cooperation among private institutions throughout Tennessee, helping private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional developments. Members include each independent, non-profit, regionally accredited college and university in Tennessee with a traditional arts and science curriculum.

To learn more about Bethel University’s scholarship and grant offerings, go to: https://www.bethelu.edu/scholarships-and-costs.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar Planned Feb. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will present a Lunch to Learn Seminar, Mistakes of the Heart on Thursday February 28th beginning at Noon. Lunch will be provided at 11:30am and the event will be held in classrooms 2 & 3. Seating is limited and you must RSVP by calling 644-3463 or register online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Cindy Norman, Family Nurse Practitioner, at Saint Thomas Heart, will examine the most common mistakes made when it comes to heart health and they will look at how heart health is impacted by exercise.

HCHD Closing Swor Still Rd. Monday for Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Highway Department will close Swor Still Road on Monday February 25th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 150 feet north of Hwy. 140 and the road will be open for evening traffic.

UTM Offering Photography Class at Lee Academy in March

Paris, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Educational Outreach is offering a beginner’s digital photography class from 6-9 p.m., Mondays, March 4-April 15, at the Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris. The registration fee is $185, which does not include supplies.

Dr. Tom Gallien, course instructor, will introduce students to basic digital photography. He will focus both on understanding camera functions and analyzing photograph compositions. Students will learn not only what makes a photograph visually appealing but also how to intentionally use camera settings.

The class will not meet March 25.

This course is open to anyone looking to improve his or her photography skills and does not require enrollment at the university. To register, visit utm.edu/nondegree and select “General Classes” then “Other Locations.”

The Lee Academy for the Arts is located at 402 Lee St. in Paris. For more information, contact Debbie Mount, director of non-degree programs, at 731-881-7104.

Food, Fun, Fundraising at Helping Hand Thurs.

Corey Cain minister at Maplewood Baptist church and his daughter Emmy play table top bowling at Helping Hand on a table he bought in Thursday's auction. The hand made table was made by church member Jimmy Barrett. Randy Spencer watches on as well.

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday donations from Helping Hand totaled $6,906 with donations from Maplewood Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and Peppers Automotive. The total for the year so far is now up to $283,964 with less than a week of the event to go.

Friday donations will be from the Springville Community, Paris Health Care, Henry County Republican Party, Doghouse Rescue, and World’s Biggest Fish Fry. Saturday donations for Helping Hand will be from Tennessee Valley Community Church. Helping Hand continues until Wednesday February 27th with broadcast on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000. You can also listen via streaming on our website, wmufradio.com or via the phone by calling 605-781-3169.

Lions Club Chili Day Set for Tues. Feb. 26th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lions Club’s Annual Chili Day is set for Tuesday February 26th from 11am to 7pm at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10 and its all you can eat World Famous Lion’s Club Chili and the fixings along with dessert and drink. Takeouts are available as well. Money raised benefits sight conservation and other Lion’s Club programs. 

AmVets Post 45 Mardi Gras Dinner Is Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- AMVets Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris will hold a Mardi Gras with dinner at 6pm Saturday. Music begins at 7pm following the dinner. Cost of dinner and dancing is $10 and proceeds benefit the John Tracy Clinic Children. For more information call 642-8890.

Camden Woman Detained for Shoplifting, Charged With Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Patrolman Ashley Neumair responded to Walmart on a shoplifting call and eventually charged a Camden woman with multiple drug charges. The woman, Kelsey Rae Pearson of Camden, had been caught by the loss prevention officer at Walmart detaining some items without paying for them. Ptl. Neumair then arrived on scene and Pearson was charged with the following: shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule 6, simple possession of schedule 3, simple possession of schedule 4, driving on revoked license, due care law, violation of financial responsibility, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s office charged Lugena Bright, 413 Routon St. for simple possession of schedule 2, child abuse or neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, She was placed on $4K bond.

Trooper Dakota Jordan charged Justin A. Wood, of Big Sandy, with leaving the scene of an accident. He was placed on $5K bond.

Ptl. Chad Andrews charged Nicole Lee Lindsay with simple possession off schedule two, schedule 6;she was placed on $6K Sbond.

State Historic Preservation Office Seeks Public Input

Nashville- The State Historic Preservation Office, part of the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) is updating its Historic Preservation Plan.  The state office is seeking public input on an update to Tennessee’s Plan for Historic Preservation.  As the state agency primarily responsible for the stewardship of historic resources in Tennessee through the administration of various federal and state programs, including the State Historic Preservation Office, the THC has taken the lead in efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for historic preservation. 

“Periodically, our office undertakes a public planning process to help define the goals of the plan, which is updated and revised as circumstances within the state change over time,” stated Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the THC and State Historic Preservation Officer.  “The new version of the Tennessee Preservation Plan is intended to guide statewide efforts to protect the state’s cultural heritage through 2028, as well as bolster the state’s efforts to preserve underrepresented and diverse resources.”

“As part of updating the plan, the THC is seeking public input through an online survey,” added Claudette Stager, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  “The survey asks the state’s residents about aspects of historic preservation that are important to them, as well as areas of concern that need to be addressed.”  The survey can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/THC_Preservation_Plan.  The survey will close on March 31, 2019.

For more information about the various programs operated by THC, please visit www.tnhistoricalcommission.org, where the current 2013-2018 Tennessee Preservation Plan can be downloaded, as well as a link to the survey.  Please direct any questions about this survey to Claudette Stager at claudette.stager@tn.gov.

HCBOE Will See if Funds Allow For TSBA Search for Director

Randy Bennett with TSBA goes over the process for a search for a director of schools. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System Board of Education held a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon as they move ahead in the process of finding a new director of schools following Dr. Brian Norton’s decision to resign at the end of his current contract in June. Dr. Norton’s decision came after back to back board meetings in January and February where some board members questioned some actions and he felt he didn’t have the board’s full support.

At Wednesday’s special called meeting, Randy Bennett with the Tennessee School Boards Association discussed the TSBA Superintendent Search Service Plans that are available to school systems to use that are searching for new directors.

Bennett passed out a packet with previous Superintendent searches and went over the process with the board saying they’ve been doing the searches as long as he has been in the TSBA. He has been the point person on several of these searches since the late 90s and early 2000s. Henry County used the TSBA in a search after Rick Kriesky resigned in 2009 and eventually hired Sam Miles as the next Director. A search was not done when Dr. Norton was hired.

He said the TSBA asks boards of education to adopt a timeline to get an idea where they want to go and have a director in place by July 1st. Bennett talked about possibly holding community meetings with teachers, community leaders, citizens, parents, and others on what they are looking for in a Director of Schools. Bennett said over the years, these community meetings have garnered less and less interest and lack of participation.

Bennett said we send these searches all over the country with different web engines and education forums online and on paper. The TSBA has a large network with endless opportunities of candidates. From there, Bennett said they would narrow that down to the top four or five and present those to the board and that process would continue until a director was found. Any local candidates are also encouraged to apply thru the TSBA website.

The cost for the services is $6500 unless the board chooses for TSBA to hold community meetings and it is costlier, because it uses more personnel and time. The plan includes a guarantee that if the person leaves within two years, TSBA will come back and help the board out again for free.

Chairman Jill Coker asked the board if they wanted to move ahead with using TSBA’s search. Board member Josh Frey made a motion to approve TSBA’s search, without the community meetings, contingent upon funding. Rod Frey voted no on the measure, saying, “I’m all for us keeping this local, and TSBA will open it up for more candidates and Henry County employees deserve this shot.”

The board tabled forming a search committee until the funding and final decision on using TSBA is decided.

Bennett reminded the board that this whole process is subject to the Sunshine and Open Meetings laws and everything must be kept public including the interviews with candidates as the search continues.

Nearly $4900 Raised at Helping Hand Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Van Dyke and Routon Communities along with Spring Hill Baptist Church and Van Dyke Church of Christ donated items on Wednesday at Helping Hand. By the end of the day $4,867 was raised, bringing the total for the year so far up to $277,058.

Thursday donations at Helping Hand will be from Maplewood Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and Peppers Automotive. Helping Hand airs each weekday at 12:30pm on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000. Helping Hand continues until next Wednesday February 27th.

Reminder: Dancing With the Dogs Planned Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The UT Extension Office is hosting Dancing for Dogs on Friday February 22nd from 7-10pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch Building. Admission is $6 and $3 for children ages 10 and under. The Country Band Fire Hall will perform and there will be hot dogs, concessions, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. The event is a 4-H service project hosted by Kaelin Wade and money raised benefits the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter. To donate or for more information call the UT Extension Office.  

BPU Work Session Held Tuesday Discusses Possibility of Broadband Services

Paris, Tenn.- During the BPU Board of Director's Work session, General Manager Terry Wimberley discussed the utilities Strategic Plan for 2019 as well the possibility of providing broadband services to the residents of Henry County.

“We have seen similar sized, rural, public utilities be extremely successful in growing their communities through the offering of broadband services,” said Wimberley. “Before we are willing to bite off this endeavor though, we feel we must do our due diligence to insure we are making the best decision for our customers.”

During the work session, Wimberley outlined the initial steps for BPU as they explore entering the broadband industry. He explained to board members that the initial step would be to engage industry experts to develop a potential business plan, based on data collected from a customer survey gauging the community’s interest in broadband services.  

Board members will have the opportunity to vote on if they are going to allow BPU to engage the services of Kersey Consulting Services and Younger & Associates, both of Jackson, Tennessee at next Thursday’s board meeting.

Patriots Lose in District Consolation Game; Girls Region Tournament Begins Friday night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots men’s basketball team fell in the consolation game of the District 10-AAA Tournament Tuesday night 69-65. Semaj King and John Odoms both chipped in 17 points in the loss. The Patriots will now face the #1seed from District 9 Mt. Juliet in the Region 5-AAA Tournament Saturday night at 7pm on the road at their house.

John Odoms was named to the Regular Season All District Team. Semaj King and Jawon Odoms were both named to the District 10 All-Tournament Team.

The Lady Patriots will host Mt. Juliet in the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament on Friday night at Gamlin Gym. Gametime is 7pm, our airtime on WLZK 94.1FM will be 6:30pm. To advance to the substate, you must win two games in the Region tournament. The rest of the Region 5-AAA tournament for the men and women shifts to Gallatin High School next week.

PSSD BOE Grants Tenure, Recognizes Spelling Bee Winners

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night and approved teachers for tenure in the system. Rhea Elementary teachers granted for tenure were Angela Binkley, Amber Crouch, Ashley James, and Sarah Rowlett; Paris Elementary teachers receiving tenure were Susanne Collins, Jessica Hart, Dana Plumley, and Olivia Smith; and Inman Middle School teacher Jessica McLeese was granted tenure.

The board also recognized the winner and runner up for spelling bee participants this year. Paris Elementary’s Winner was Roany Clendenin, 5th grader, and Runner up was Naomi Daniel, 5th grader. Inman’s winner was 6th grader Justin Johnson and Runner Up Allison Williams, 7th grader.

The board approved two policies on Tuesday night, one dealt with substitute teachers as the TSBA wanted it clarified that the director of schools is responsible for making a list of substitute teachers. Dr. Gerrell said we have people check on backgrounds and I officially approve the list of substitutes.

The other policy approved was with student wellness which includes nutritional standards, educational goals, physical activity, implementation, monitoring, and assessments that are required to be in compliance with USDA requirements.

The board once again approved the 2019-2020 calendar as some dates were wrong last month with Thanksgiving week at the correct time. The board approved three items for surplus as well a deep fryer, steamer, and double stack ovens.

In her report, Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell talked about re-doing the roof around the gym and now the priority has changed and the cafeteria and kitchen area is now needed first.

PSSD BOE Discusses Facilities and Maintenance In Work Session

Jason Coffield discusses facility issues with the PSSD BOE in their work session after a quick regular meeting Tues. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- After the regular meeting, the board went into a work session again for their five-year plan. Director of Facilities Jason Coffield talked about some building and maintenance projects that he hopes the system can tackle over the next few years.

At Paris Elementary one of the first projects they will look at as soon as school gets out for the summer is to install some drainage between classrooms and on the playground. They also want to patch and reseal parking lots and drives, and put more tile in classrooms.

Coffield discussed issues with walls leaking water at Paris Elementary and the plan to fix the issue is putting metal on the wall around the gym/pool/ and KPAC side. It would be 400 ft. of metal all the way down and tuck underneath to help stop the leaking.

Some things at Inman to work on include roof replacement in areas with the kitchen being the most important, patching and resealing parking lots, redoing the front awning, tile more hallway areas, and replace foggy windows. Coffield said they would also install HVAC in the kitchen area because there currently isn’t any.

Maintenance updates at Rhea over the next 5 years include resurface and repair parking lots and drives, new roof over the kindergarten wing, and replace foggy window. The gym was repainted over the weekend and looks much better now.

At Central Office, Coffield said we’d like to get the parking lot resealed this year, new roof on the shop, air ventilation, and buying new vehicles and a trailer. Total costs estimated over this 5 year period for building and maintenance and major expenses is around $653K. Anything under $10K will be worked in under the normal budget expenses per year.

County Comm. Approves $2500 to Fund Imagination Library

Literacy Council President Donna Winders and Board member Michael Williams address the County Commission on the Imagination Library. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for February Tuesday night and heard a presentation from the Literacy Council concerning the Imagination library. President of the Literacy Council Donna Winders spoke briefly, followed by board member Michael Williams on the shortfall of funds at the Imagination Library. The program, spearheaded years ago by Country Music Icon Dolly Parton, delivers books to children ages birth to 5 years old, free of charge.

Money is raised locally for the imagination library from Helping Hand, BPU’s Project Round Up, and other donations. Williams informed commissioners Tuesday night that former library director Connie McSwain had been the main fundraising arm to help find the shortfalls with the imagination library and she hasn’t been able to do that this past year, so they have come up with some funding issues.

County Mayor Brent Greer talked about how great the program was for our children and how the nonproift committee had met prior to the Commission meeting Tuesday night and agreed to fund $2500 for the Imagination Library. Williams and Winders said that would cover the couple months of shortfall before Helping Hand money comes in.

Commission Learns Library Safety and Security Measures Up

New library director Kathy Collins talks to the County Comm. Tues. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission also heard from new director of the W.G. Rhea Library Kathy Collins Tuesday night. Dr. Norma Gerrell, chairman of the Library Board and member of the Regional Library board, spoke first thanking the County commission for all they do for the W.G. Rhea Library and how wonderful it is to see the things our library is able to provide. She then introduced Collins as the new director.

Collins said a state report card of libraries came out and graded them on several things compared to other libraries across the state and when it came to safety and security, the scores showed that, “we measure up across the state when it comes to taking care of security and safety measures.”

Collins said they wanted to be more proactive and asked both Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew to come and check the building inside and out for security measures. She said they met with staff and both said overall the Library was secure and safe, but they did give a few points. Collins said most of those were taken care of the same day with little or no cost at all. Collins thanked the commission for their support of the library as well.

Commissioners approved the 2019 Road plan for Henry County as discussed and approved by the Road Board and declared a tractor at the airport as surplus property on Tuesday night.

Over $7300 Raised at Helping Hand Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- It was a busy day at Helping Hand Tuesday with the City of Paris employees, BPU, Como Community and Project Help donating items. 29 slates were auctioned off on radio with $7367 being raised. That brings the yearly total up to $272,185. Wednesday donations at Helping Hand will come from Van Dyke and Routon Communities, Springhill Baptist Church, and Van Dyke Church of Christ.

Thefts, Drugs Keep Law Enforcement Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Stacey Bostwick and Dep. William Whitaker arrested Adrian Fentress, age 33, of 8345 Hwy. 79 N Buchanan, for simple possession of marijuana after arriving at the residence and smelling the odor of marijuana. Fentress admitted to smoking some pot earlier. Further investigation revealed he was wanted out of Madison County.

Dep. Frankie Scott took a report of vandalism on Old Union Road recently. The report at the Henry County Sherriff’ s office stated it appeared someone had cut the brake line and back tire causing over $75 in damage. The area was placed on extra patrol for a couple weeks due to lots of activity going on in the area.

Dep. Scott also took a report of theft on Workman Drive in Springville where a Hummingbird Depth Finder that was laying on a boat had been stolen. The value of the depth finder is over $1000.

Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s responded to a possible theft on Conyersville Road. When he arrived it was determined nothing was taken, but the vehicle had been entered and gone thru with everything in disarray.

Dep. William Whitaker of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen trailer from Oak Grove Road. It was a 25 ft. Gooseneck trailer valued at $4200 and there are no suspects or leads at this time.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department was on routine patrol and observed a driver not wearing his seatbelt. The suspect was identified as Tyler Harper age 22, of Travis Road, and he was found to have a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested for that and placed on $500.

County Commission to Hear Imagination Library Presentation Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session for February Tuesday evening at 5pm and hear a presentation by the Literacy Council concerning the Imagination Library. County Mayor Brent Greer explained to the budget committee last week that supplemental funding is needed and it appears the budget is around $600 short for the month. The program provides books to children in Henry County ages birth to 5 years old. It was spearheaded years ago by Country Music Legend Dolly Parton and for the cost of about $12 a year the children can receive free books.

The Commission will also see the 2019 Road Plans as adopted by the Road Board last week, and sale surplus items. The meeting is open to the public.

PSSD BOE To Grant Tenure Tues. Night at their Board Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session Tuesday evening as well at 6:30pm at the Central office. The board will look at approving tenure, recognizing some school spelling bee winners, and approving the 2019-2020 School calendar due to an issue with wrong dates on the one they approved last month.

HCBOE Holding Speical Called Meeting Wed. as Search for New Director Begins

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Wednesday at 3:30pm to begin the process of moving forward in the search for a new director of schools. Randy Bennett, from the Tennessee School Boards Association will be on hand to discuss the TSBA Superintendent Search Service Plan. The board will then decide whether or not to use the TSBA plan, or search another way, and they will also form a search committee. This meeting is also open to the public.

Henry County Falls at District Tourney on Monday

Clarksville- The Henry County Patriots battled Northeast in the semifinals of the District 10-AAA tournament Monday afternoon but fell by a bucket 45-43 in the waning seconds. John Odoms had 10 points and Semaj King chipped in 9. Henry County will play at 6pm Tuesday at West Creek in the District 10-AAA tournament Consolation game.

The Lady Patriots fell in the District Championship game to Rossview 70-54. The Lady Patriots will open the Region 5-AAA tournament with a home game later this week. Caroline Hudson, Kelly Chipman, and Elaina Wood were named to the All Tournament Team for Henry County. Elaina Wood, Caroline Hudson, and Caroline Singleton were named All District during the regular season.

Huge Day at Helping Hand Monday as over $6200 Raised

Paris, Tenn.- Monday saw $6282 raised at Helping Hand from the 26 slates sold over the radio as Point Pleasant Baptist Church, 4-H Clubs, the No Fly Zone, Future Farmers of America, and Eiffel Gardners all donated items to be auctioned off. There were over 330 items donate and several were in a silent auction that was still be tallied. Total for the year at Helping Hand is now at $264,818.

Tuesday donations at Helping Hand will be from Paris City employees, the Como Community, Paris BPU, and Project Help. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Murray State, JSCC Sign MOU Monday at Paris City Hall

Paris, Tenn.- Representatives from Murray State an Jackson State Community College were on hand at Paris City Hall Monday as a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two institutions. The agreement will allow students to complete two years at JSCC free of tuition via the Tennessee Promise, then transfer to Murray State to finish their four year degree. (Chamber photo)

Heavy Rainfall Likely to Cause Flooding in our Area this Week

Memphis- The National Weather Service in Memphis hydrologic outlook for our region this week shows that 6-9 inches of rainfall is possible from Tuesday thru Saturday evening as heavy rainfall will likely result in flooding this week. Heavy rains are possible with the first of a pattern of weather disturbances that are expected to move thru the area Tuesday and Tuesday night. Another series of heavy rain will take place Thursday evening thru Saturday evening.

After several weeks in 2019 of overabundant rainfall already, the forecasted rain this week is likely to cause areal flooding, flash flooding, and exacerbate river flooding.

The forecasted rainfall amounts combined with a very saturated ground will likely lead to flooding of some roads, low laying areas, and other poor drainage locations. River stages will also rise this week with the heavy rainfall. Everyone should pay attention to the weather and monitor forecast this week and be prepared to take action in areas prone to flooding. Always remember never drive thru flooded roads, because the roadway may be washed out underneath the water.

Patriots, Lady Patriots in Action for District Tourney Monday

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots men’s basketball team will play Northeast in the District 10-AAA tournament at 2pm Monday afternoon at West Creek. If you can’t make the trip, our broadcast begins at 1:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. Win or lose, the Patriots will play Tuesday in either the Consolation or Championship game at West Creek.

The Lady Patriots will play Rossview Monday evening for the District Tournament Championship. The game will tip at 6:30pm, our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM will begin at 6pm.

Two Henry Students Selected to Play in NW TN All Star BB Game

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Elementary is proud to have two students selected to the Northwest TN basketball All Star team. The game will be played in Milan on March 2nd. Eighth grader Jakob Grgic is the son of Joseph Mason and Jeanette Grgic, and this was his second season playing basketball.  Eighth grader Destany Allen is the daughter of Kristi Townsend. Destany has played basketball in grades six through eight.  Both students are excited to join the All-Star team and are looking forward to the experience.

Funeral Visitation for HC Jail Inmate Ends in Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Hunter Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office transported inmate Nazih L. Nored of 620 Cooper Street-Paris to the funeral home so that he could pay his respects to his grandmother who had passed away.  According to the release, at some point during the funeral, Nored was slipped an illegal package of marijuana. Once Deputy Wade transported inmate Nored back to Henry County correctional facility a procedural search was done and 7.9 grams of marijuana wrapped in electrical tape was found in Nored’s rectum. The investigation revealed that he had inserted the illegal package into his rectum during a faked bathroom break. Deputy Wade is charging Nored with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. Sheriff Monte Belew commended Deputy Wade for a job well done and stated that all of Nored’s privileges and visits have been revoked.

The Paris Henry County Arts Council Presented the 3rd Annual Young Artists Showcase

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will presented the 3rd Annual Young Artists Showcase award winners at a reception Sunday. The winners are:


K-5: 1st place: Morgan Clark (Sunrise and Sunset), 2nd Place: Leanna King( One Fine Day at Lee School), 3rd Place: Eva Coleman ( Water Lillies)

6-8: 1st Place: Allyssa Martin (Distant Dream), 2nd Place: Lainey Martin ( Tree by the Sea)

9-12: 1st Place: Cassalyn Callahan (Vintage Guatemala) 2nd Place: Tianna McCutcheon (Unspoken Soul) 3rd Place: Ariel MacDonold (Tulips)


K-5: 1st, 2nd &3rd Place Sevens Clindenin (Cowboy In, Spiderman, The Flash)

6-8: 1st Place: Lainey Martin (Chirby) 2nd Place: Neely Clendenin (Sweet Baby Jane) 3rd Place: Alyssa Martin( Jerry the Squirrel)

9-12: 1st Place: Jessica Campbell (Still Life) 2nd Place: Anslie Cate (Untitled) 3rd Place: Anna Andrews (Untitled)


K-5: 1st Place: Aubrie Pritchett (Polka Dots)


K-5: 1st Place: Erik Chan (Mornings in the Front Yard) 2nd Place Eve Coleman (Tigers Water Wonderland)

6-8: 1st and 2nd Place Lucas Claxton (Daffy Heart, and Forest Beauties)


1st Place Neely Clendenin (Monograms and Pearls)

Best in Show: Lynn Chau (Enya)

Honorable Mention: Trey Crosno (Still Life)

Helping Hand Totals for the week

Paris, Tenn.- Helping Hand contiued today with both a day and night auction with donations from HCMC. Today's total $6014. The night  auction raised $2173 with an all day total of $8187. So far they have raised $258,536 for the year.

Paris Elks Lodge Donates to the Shed to Help HC Communities

Paris, Tenn.-Danny Robbins, Exalted Ruler of Paris Elks Lodge 816, is proud to present Sgt. Michelle Brewer and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew an $800 donation for The Shed.  Sgt. Brewer works tirelessly with the help of Sheriff Belew, other school resource officers, patrol officers and community volunteers to help ease the needs of students and families in the Henry County area.  This program is funded by donations and the work is all done by volunteers.

Paris Elks Lodge 816 members were inspired to make this donation after learning more about the services afforded to families with need.  Sgt. Brewer and Sheriff Belew explained the focus of The Shed during a recent “This Is Your Life” event.

Helping Hand Friday Total Helps Put Overall Money Rasied over 250-Thousand

Paris, Tenn,- Friday's Helping Hand rasied 6,385 dollars for the day. That takes the overall amount raised to 250,349 dollars. Donations for Friday came from REAL Hope Youth Center, Easton’s Angels, Friends of McNeil Park, Salvation Army, and HCHS Baseball. Saturday, Henry County Medical Center will be the donor.

Friday's HCHS Basketball District Tournament games Rescheduled on Saturday

Clarksville, Tenn. - Saturday's District 10 AAA tournament basketball games will be broadcast on 94.1Fm. Pregame begins at 3pm and tip-off of HC girls vs. Clarksville High from West Creek High School beginning at 3:30pm.
After a quick trip across town, the sports crew will set-up and bring you the HC vs. Rossview Boys district game hopefully by 6pm.

HCHS Players Sign to play College Football

Signing Day for HCHS Players, on the left Stuart Archer. On the right: Donyah Teague

Paris, Tenn.-Two HCHS football player made collage commitments today.  Defensive lineman Donyah Teague signed to play his collegiate career at Missouri Baptist University in St Louis. Stuart Archer signed with Bethel to join the Rifle Team.

Fire on Chick Lane in Huntingdon Destroys Home

Huntington, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Fire & Rescue Department responded to a residential fire that was called in at 3:45 a.m. this morning at 300 Chick Lane here in Huntingdon. The first fireman on the scene, Capt. Doug Pruitt, said the house was fully engulfed upon his arrival.

Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers said, "All of the occupants, Ms Whitney Costa and her four children were outside of the home. Capt. Pruitt reported that the north end of the home appeared to be the originating section of the fire.The home was a total loss. The resident and her children escaped with just the clothing they were wearing. It seems that several pets did not escape the fire."

Upon being informed of the tragedy, the Huntingdon Church of Christ began immediate efforts to collect clothing for these children and their mother. Ages of the children are 10, 12, 14, and 16. Other churches and individuals have contacted me offering to assist also.
Several different fire departments deployed equipment and personnel to assist. They were: Hollow Rock-Dist.14&15, Mixie-Dist.8, Vale-Dist.2, Clarksburg-Dist. 4, Westport-Dist.19, McLemoresvill-Dist.-11, Macedonia Dist.10 and Baptist Carroll County EMS. We want to express our appreciation to all these departments and the volunteers that came to assist.

Smothers added, "I can't find the words to accurately express how wonderful it is to live in a community like Carroll County and Huntingdon where people respond so quickly when there is a need. May God bless each fireman, medic that responded to this fire and the people that are working to help this family in their time of need"

HCMC Heart Health Fair Planned Tues. Feb. 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer the Heart Health Fair 2019 on Tuesday February 19 from 3-6pm. The event is free and will be held at the Diagnostic Center Atrium.

There will be screenings, booths, and activities including Air Evac, HCMC Food and Nutrition, HCMC Cardiac Rehab, Cardiopulmonary Services, Home Health and Hospice, Saint Thomas Heart, Spirit of Women, and many more.

Screenings offered include blood pressure checks, cholesterol lipid panel, blood glucose, body mass index, stroke assessment, sleep assessment, and carotid artery ultrasound. Be sure and fast 4 to 6 hours before testing.

HCSS Seeks to Fund Programs, Public Input Welcome

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System intends to submit an application to the Tennessee Department of Education for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant. If awarded, funds will be used to continue Patriot XL, the before and after school programs at Henry County High School, offered in the mornings and afternoons and offered at E. W. Grove in the mornings.

After school programs are being proposed to provide students with academic assistance and enrichment activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program and provide a safe environment for participating students. Public input about the proposed 21st CCLC program may be made to Susan Burton, Federal Programs Director, at 731-642-9733.The grant will be submitted by March 29, 2019.

Local Eagle Scout Offering Free CPR Class Feb. 23rd

Brady Crawford with Scoutmaster Jason Pooler planning out this Eagle Scout Project for CPR certification.

Paris, Tenn.- Local Eagle Scout Brady Crawford has organized a “free to you” CPR, AED Heart Saver first aid class scheduled for February 23rd from 9am to 2pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. Brady is leading this program as part of his Eagle Scout project and he has been in contact with Air-Evac personnel who will conduct the training.

Individuals may sign up for the free class by emailing crawfordeagle19@gmail.com and Brady will email you to verify your registration. A free lunch will also be provided by Troop 22, the local Boy Scout Troop.

Completion of the class will mean you are CPR certified and you will receive your CPR Certification in the mail.

Dancing for the Dogs Event Planned Feb. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The UT Extension Office is hosting Dancing for Dogs on Friday February 22nd from 7-10pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch Building. Admission is $6 and $3 for children ages 10 and under. The Country Band Fire Hall will perform and there will be hot dogs, concessions, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. The event is a 4-H service project hosted by Kaelin Wade and money raised benefits the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter. To donate or for more information call the UT Extension Office.

VITA Tax Help Center Opens up Tues. February 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Program, or VITA, will open up Tuesday February 5th at Atkins Porter Recreation Center in Paris. VITA e-filed over 600 Federal tax returns in previous years. It is open to help file, for free, for anyone who is a senior citizen or disabled, with e-filing, and Earned Income Credit can be done.

VITA will be open Tuesdays in the month of February and March. Appointments are now being taken for those dates. Appointments will be taken on Tuesdays from 9am to 4:30pm and all tax preparers are IRS certified. Appointments can be made by calling Carole Walsh at 642-4178, except no calls on Tuesday as the phone will not be in operation those days.

Items to bring to the VITA site to help with your tax return are: proof of ID, Social Security cards for you, spouse, etc., W-2s, bank forms, and all tax related forms and documents.


News from past weeks here.


HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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