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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Program Planned Sat. at LBL's Golden Pond Planeterium

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invite everyone to join us at “One Small Step,” a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, 10 am to 10 pm, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky, inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

It has been fifty years since NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke to our nation and the world: “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.” The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory will celebrate this human accomplishment and look forward to a Mars landing with special programming throughout the day, which includes:

Visitor Center/Planetarium celebration 10 am - 4 pm

Activities for children: “Make your own moon” at the craft table.

Apollo 11 documentaries and news reels running intermittently in the

planetarium theater. Various progressive Saturn V rocket models, including 40-inch Saturn V Lego model and Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Lego model.

Planetarium Shows 10 am - 4 pm

$6 ages 13 and up;$3.50 ages 5 -12; free ages 4 and under

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

Wildest Weather in the Solar System - made possible by Murray State University's Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and TechnologyBack to the Moon for Good - made possible by CFSB EXPLORE - made possible by area chapters of Rotary International District 6710From Earth to the Universe Earth, Moon & Sun Firefall

Laser Shows, all seats $8

Laser Zeppelin, 5:30 pm

Laser Beatles, 7 pm

Wildest Weather in the Solar System, 8 pm

Observatory celebration 4 pm - 10 pm

Solar viewing through various telescopes, equipped with safe solar filters

Observatory open, hosted by West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers

Historical timeline display of Moon landing

Summer Star Party after dark, weather permitting Featuring Jupiter and Saturn

Planetarium Manager Bill Futrell said “We are happy and honored to celebrate this all-important, pivotal moment in human history.  It’s an opportunity to meet real astronomers and participate in special activities and programs unlike anything else in the region. We will honor the half million men and women who worked on the Apollo program. Their hard work and dedication led to this great triumph of the human spirit.”

Reminder: Water Fun Run Volunteer Meeting at Chamber Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run is a huge event that takes 50-60 Volunteers to pull off and its planned for this Saturday July 20th. There will be a Volunteer meeting at 6pm Thursday July 18th at the Chamber to better explain what volunteers will do and anyone interested can come to the meeting. The Chamber will provide supper for those who attend.

Paris Awarded $25K Dog Park Grant

Paris City Manager Kim Foster cheers as the announcement is made, while her mother Barbara McDavid, City employees MJ Stancook, Traci Shannon, and Atkins-Porter Neighborhood residents Susan and Bob Burton and their dogs react, too. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- A crowd of humans and canines let out ‘yippies’ and barks as it was announced Wednesday afternoon that the city of Paris will receive a $25,000 grant for improvements at the Atkins-Porter Dog Park. A group of city officials as well as canines and their owners who use the dog park gathered at Paris City Hall for the announcement this afternoon.

The grant is from the Randy Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash program and will be used to purchase several items needed at the park, including more water fountains for dogs and humans, a water mister and shade covers that will straddle the fencing at the park.

Randy Boyd and his wife made the live stream announcement on Facebook and it was shown at City Hall.

Other local towns in our area receiving $25,000 grants for dog parks include Trenton and Gleason. The $100,000 grants will be given to the cities of Columbia and Cookeville.

City officials have been asking everyone to flood social media with #dogparkdash #ParisTn in a post on Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets. The dogparkdash organization kept track of any posts that include the hashtag and location to keep track of how much community support there was.

BPU GM Terry Wimberley Installed as TEMPA President

BPU General Manager, Terry Wimberley being passed the TMEPA President’s gavel by 2018-2019 TMEPA President, Brian Taylor, from CDE LightBand, Clarksville.

Nashville- BPU General Manager, Terry Wimberley, was installed as the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) President. TMEPA’s primary role is advocating to the Tennessee General Assembly and other state leaders on behalf of the state’s municipal electric utilities and the other services they provide such as broadband, water and wastewater service. Wimberley will serve a one-year term and will serve the following year as Past President.

“I’m excited for the upcoming year at TMEPA,” said Wimberley. “I look forward to supporting and working for the good of all our members as we provide valuable services in our respective communities. This role also gives me a voice and allows me to play a role at the state level in issues that might affect our utility or our customers.”

TMEPA lobbies on issues to protect utility ratepayers and their pocketbooks. TMEPA serves as a resource to its members in a wide variety of ways to help them better serve their ratepayers, which includes hosting meetings and conferences across the state and throughout the year to share best practices and enhance a utility’s ability to serve their community.

“We are excited for Terry to be the President of the TMEPA Board of Directors,” said Brian Solsbee, TMEPA Executive Director. “He has been an instrumental board member and has helped us implement our new strategic plan.  He is the perfect fit at a time when we are broadening support to multi utility systems with lobbying support for water, wastewater, and broadband.”

Wimberley began his service to the TMEPA Board of Directors in 2017 where he served as Secretary-Treasurer until 2018. This past year Wimberley served as Vice President of TMEPA under President, Brian Taylor, from CDE LightBand, Clarksville.

UTM Receives Positive Marks at Mid-Term Accrediting Review

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin recently received official notice of a positive accreditation mid-term review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the university’s primary accrediting body.

“Every person in every unit of our campus has contributed in some way to this critical work to clear these standards and to prepare our fifth-year report,” said UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver in a message to the campus. “UT Martin is an exceptional university. … The feedback we received from SACSCOC demonstrates UT Martin has progressed and transformed its assessment protocols to become a more innovative and responsive campus.”

UT Martin experienced difficulties with the accreditation process in 2015 after being put on probation for issues related to the documentation of program assessment strategies. Now, Carver says the campus has established a thriving culture of assessment in all areas and uses research-based feedback to improve university processes and curricula.

University accreditation is re-evaluated every 10 years, and the fifth-year report is a mid-cycle progress report designed to catch problem areas in the early stages. Of the 22 standards addressed in this report, SACSCOC asked for additional information in two areas, both of which had incomplete information at the time the report was submitted. No other problem areas were identified. SACSCOC also cleared the university of all concerns found in the previous 10-year review.

For more information on the university’s accreditation process or reports, contact the Office of Accreditation and Assessment at 731-881-7477.

HC Clerk Donna Craig Announces New App for Vehicle Registration

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Clerk, Donna Craig would like the public to know, Keeping track of your vehicle's registration has never been easier! The Auto Assistant app provides instant access to present an electronic copy of your vehicle's registration without having to shuffle through your glove box.

Auto Assistant provides you with the ability to manage all of your vehicle's registration needs in one location. Easily renew your registration, view your current registration, and receive notifications before your vehicle's registration expires. You can also view an electronic proof of insurance along with your vehicle recalls.

Features include: Present electronic proof of registration, Verify Insurance ,Vehicle Recall Information, Receive notifications of upcoming vehicle renewals, Organize all of your vehicle's registrations in one place, Renew your registration with ease Save multiple vehicles. For more information visit henrycountyclerktn.com. Download the Auto Assistant App for free today on your phone or tablet.

Reminder: Back to School Bash set for Sat. July 20th at the Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Trinity United Methodist Church and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office “The Shed” along with many other churches and groups will be holding its third annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m.- noon at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Backpacks and school supplies will be available while supplies last. Families can enjoy hotdogs, live music, games, haircuts and much more at the Back to School Bash.

PSSD BOE Approves 2019-20 Budget

Board members look over the proposed budget (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education discussed and approved the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Tuesday night at their meeting. The budget includes a 1% raise factored in at $120K and and 1.5% bonus, which cost the system $180K from their fund balance.

Other items in the budget for the new fiscal year include a bus lift for $40K and $100K in additional technology funds.

The system has two less teachers with benefits this year and they have forgone purchasing a bus. The system also received an additional $29K in BEP funds from the state. Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell also assured board members that if the State doesn’t come thru with funds for the Read to Be Ready program, the PSSD will be able to fund it this year as well.

Around 340 Students Served this Past Year with Weekend Backpack Program at Rhea Pre-K Thru 2nd Grade

Ms. Palmer discusses the program and how many students benefit from it.

Paris, Tenn.- PSSD Board members also heard a presentation on the backpack program Tuesday night at their monthly meeting. The program sends snacks home in student’s backpacks and the donations come from around the county in forms of money, time, and other donations.

Ms. Allison Palmer showed off the bag they send home on Fridays to every student PreK thru 2nd graders who are on free and reduced lunch. Palmer said parents can forgo the food for their students if they wish but around 340 students in these grades currently receive the food. Monies from BPU Roundup, Helping Hand, Rotary Club, HCMC, and local churches help pay for the food and volunteers help pack the bags. Lakeway IGA delivers the food on Wednesdays and it is packed and sent home on Fridays.

Board chairman Richard Edwards, who volunteers to pack the bags, said it everything is ready, it doesn’t take us long, and I know these kids that are getting these bags would be upset if they didn’t get their goodies.

Each bag is about $2.85 and the system spent about $25K for the weekend backpack program this year, from donations and money raised throughout various programs.

Pssd Board member Troy Barrow looks over a sample bag of food that goes into the backpacks on Fridays.

PSSD BOE Hears Bullying Report, Approves Physical Therapy and CSH Contract and Budget

Paris, Tenn.- In an annual bullying report, something that must be done for the state each July, the board learned there was one event for the school year that just completed that qualified for a bullying scenario.

In a housekeeping measure the PSSD BOE, approved a contract with HCMC for Physical Therapy services and approved the Coordinated School Health Budget and application for 2019-20. Sherry Wagner told board members there were no changes in expense to the physical therapy contract. Board member Bill Jelks abstained from voting.

For the coordinated school health budget, $82K in grant monies were received and Wagner said this year we added 400 flu shots for students. Wagner said there are plans in the works this year to add 3rd graders to the weekend backpack program thru work with the Paris Rotary Club.

New Student Registration for PSSD is July 26th 8am to Noon

Paris, Tenn.- In her superintendent report, Dr. Gerrell said we had visitors to in-service as Benton County teachers came to collaborate ideas and they received a nice letter from Benton County thanking the PSSD for their professionalism.

She said even with the heavy rains we’ve had, the new work with sealing and roofing, we’ve had no issues with leaking and everything looks great at Paris Elementary.

New student registration for Paris Special School District students will be July 26th from 8am until Noon. Dr. Gerrell said, some who have moved into the area over the summer have already registered with their schools and that will continue at schools July 26th.

Dr. Gerrell Receives Rave Reviews on Evaluation

Paris, Tenn.- Chairman Richard Edwards went over the forms from board members on evaluations of Dr. Gerrell. Edwards said there were a wide range of topics that related to her job such as staff development, relationship with board, community, etc. After tallying the scores, 1-5, with 3 being meets expectations and 5 being excels. The overall average for Dr. Gerrell was just under 4.5, which is great. He said, “Norma and I went over all that this morning, and she has worked hard for our system and we appreciate the job Dr. Gerrell has done.”

Dr. Gerrell said, "its a pleasure to work for the PSSD."

HCSO Conducts Active Shooter Drills at Lakewood

Paris, Tenn.- Continuing training is vital to being successful and members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office were conducting active shooter drills at Lakeway School on Tuesday.

Chief Damon Lowe said, "this is something we try to do when school is out for summer and Christmas breaks and other times of the year to keep officers ready and familiarized with the schools and possibilities of what could happen in an active shooting situation."

Members of the group usually include victims, the shooter or shooters, and members of the responding officers trying to quell or diffuse the situation. They will be back at Lakewood Wednesday afternoon as well for more active shooter drills.

23 Year Old Killed in Car Wreck Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A young Camden woman was killed in a one vehicle accident Tuesday morning when the vehicle she was driving down Hwy. 641 S. and went off the roadway into a drainage ditch. According to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The vehicle hit a culvert and went airborne and finally came down on its roof facing Hwy. 641. Kelsey J. Yates, age 23 of Camden, was identified as the fatality by the THP. She worked as an EMS worker for Paris and Henry County.

K9 Xoey and Dep. French Get First Drug Hit

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Thanks to a newly-certified K9, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department ‘put a dent’ in the drug operation of two local ‘major distributors’.

Xoey, the Belgian Malinois K9 handled by Deputy Hayley French, made her first drug hit Monday and it was a big one.

Deputy Sgt. Jamie Myrick said Xoey “was the key to the whole thing. Hayley has been working on this case for months and it all came together Monday. But Xoey was the ticket that got us this far.”

Arrested were Korey Rick, age 26, and Brooke Myers, age 22, both of 2008 Red Oak Drive, Paris. Both are charged with possession with intent to deliver, engaging in a criminal conspiracy to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each are being held on $25,000 bonds.

When all was said and done, deputies and police officers seized three vehicles, 100s of vape cartridges containing THC, $13,503, and 10-12 pounds of marijuana.

The first to be arrested was Myers during a traffic stop by Myrick, French and Xoey on Poplar Street. Xoey alerted to the smell coming from the vehicle and they found two large mail boxes containing smaller boxes with packaged high grade marijuana as well as some 150 vape cartridges containing THC.

Meanwhile, Paris Police Investigators Jeramye Whitaker and Derek Colley obtained a search warrant for 2008 Red Oak Dr. where they found several other unopened postal boxes containing small packages of marijuana, a cooler filled with vape cartridges containing THC, $13,010 banded up in a Crown Royal bag, plus more a few hundred more dollars found separately.

Rick was arrested at the Red Oak residence. Two vehicles at that home were seized and the vehicle Myers was driving was seized.

Myrick pointed out that in 2018, Rick was arrested in possession of 10 pounds of marijuana, THC pens, THC wax and other items at the Red Oak Dr. residence by Deputy Dalton Watson, Deputy William Whitaker, Sgt. Blake Jenkins and Paris Patrolman Daniel Andres. Myrick noted that neighbors of the Red Oak Dr. residence have complained of the traffic at that address.

Also on hand for the press conference held Tuesday morning at the Henry Co. Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff Monte Belew and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo.

HCSO Makes Check Presentation For Fallen Metro PD in Nashville

Nashville- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and a contingent of deputies and officers presented a check for $10,481 to the family of fallen Metro Nashville Officer John Anderson in Nashville Monday.

A total $9,600 was raised at a benefit last week hosted by the sheriff's office and Tosh Farms and according to Chief Deputy Damon Lowe, "More was added to it, so it came to a grand total of $10,481".

Belew, Lowe, Captain Adam Jenkins, Captain Steve Dean, Sgt. Bryan Hall and Kitchen Manager Cliff Barker made a presentation at Officer Anderson's shift roll call and with Nashville Chief Steve Anderson.

Lowe said they local contingent also met with Officer Anderson's parents who he said were emotional when they presented the check to them.

HCHS Seeks Artifacts for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will observe its 50th Anniversary September 27th thru 29th with many great events planned for the Happy 50th birthday weekend. Several classes plan to tailgate prior to the 7:30pm kickoff for the homecoming football game Friday evening Sept. 27th with special recognitions taking place during the game.

The HCHS All Classes Alumni Gala, an open event to all HCHS alumni, educators, and guests, will be Saturday September 28th at the fairgrounds with doors opening at 5pm, dinner and program at 6pm, and dancing afterwards. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the main office of HCHS from 8am to 2pm. Only 400 tickets will be available for the event.

At an open house on Sunday September 29th from 2-4pm, the Little Theatre will be renamed the Linda Wilson Miller Theater. A time capsule will be buried at 3pm and tours of the building will be available.

HCHS principal Michele Webb said, “HCHS is looking for people to loan us artifacts, including uniforms, jackets, shirts, pennants, photos, representing all decades of the schools’ history for exhibit. In addition, our 50th anniversary committee welcomes ideas of items to be placed in the time capsule that will be opened as part of the school’s centennial in 2069.

Commissioner Wes Bradley Honored for Service

State Rep. Bruce Griffey presents Comm. Wes Bradley with a State Resolution for his years of service to the HCSO. (McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Commissioner Wes Bradley was honored Monday night with the presentation of a State Resolution honoring him upon his retirement from the County Sheriff’s Office after 24 years.

The resolution was presented by State Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, at the county commission meeting.

Bradley was visibly surprised by the honor and said after the resolution was read by Griffey, “I appreciate this so much. I was not expecting this.”

The resolution notes that Bradley began working for the sheriff’s office in March of 1995, first as a jailer. In his years with the department, he worked as a dispatcher, patrol officer and warrant officer. The resolution said Bradley is “blessed with a loving and supportive family” and that he will be spending his free time with family, working on his farm and his garden.

Bradley is not retiring from his post on the county commission, where he represents the first district.

Commissioners Receive Budget, Will Vote on it July 30th

Lisa Casteel, CEO of HCMC, speaks to the County Comm. Mon. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission recessed its meeting Monday night and will resume July 30 for action on the 2019-2020 budget. The budget was presented to the full commission by County Mayor Brent Greer with a summary that showed there will be no new property taxes in the new budget, which will also include a two percent cost of living raise for county employees.

The total $155,097,320 budget includes a general fund of $12,235,817. The tax rate required for the total budget is $2.091, which is the same as last year.

Other categories in the budget are: debt service fund, $2,979,217; drug control fund, $30,450; Education Funds, $35,221,035; Education Capital Projects, zero; General Capital Projects, $251,258; Highway Fund, $$6,598,024; Medical Center, $99,115,593, and Solid Waste, $665,926.

Greer noted, “I’m proud that we have such a large amount of funds for education. I think that speaks well for our community.”

Newly-hired County Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins was on hand for the meeting to introduce herself to the commissioners.

Henry Co. Medical Center CEO Lisa Casteel was also at the meeting to provide an overview of hospital activities. Greer said she also will be attending a work session in September to discuss the need for a new ambulance at the hospital.

Casteel told the commission that the hospital is growing, noting it added 9-10 physicians this year and is in the process of hiring a pulmonologist. “You saw on the budget that the Medical Center Fund is close to $100 M”, she said, noting that admissions, surgeries and other key areas are much higher at the local hospital than the median for hospitals their size.

“We have our work cut out for us. We’re not perfect by any means,” she said, “but we’re turning things around.”

Greer said at last week’s budget committee meeting that he will be applying for a $20,000 grant from the USDA to go toward the purchase of a new ambulance for the hospital, along with money from debt service, and that no extra taxpayer money will be needed.

Deputies Investigate ATV Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Police are investigating the theft of an ATV that was stolen from a Sarver Drive home in Springville.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll spoke to the owner on Saturday who stated that when he woke up on Saturday morning his Mule ATV, valued at $2,000, had been stolen from his shop.

Officers spoke to a neighbor who stated that at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, he heard kids laughing and being loud outside. The neighbor told police that shortly after he heard the kids, he then heard the ATV start up and take off down the road. The owner said the ATV was camo, green and black with wooden railings on the bed and mud tires on the back. Police are still looking for the suspects.

HAPNA Event Postponed Tues; Will Reschedule

Young or old, its important to conserve energy, HAPNA will bring a presentation to their meeting Tues. Night. (HAPNA photo)

Paris, Tenn.- With temps topping 90 for the remainder of the summer, many Henry Countians have one eye on their thermostat and one eye on their utility bill. That’s why the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association (HAPNA) was planning on hosting an energy advisor from eScore at their upcoming meeting this Tuesday July 16th at 7pm at the Bethel Univ. Paris Campus.

The guest speaker from eScore, an energy education initiative brought to the community by the BPU had an emergency come up and won't be there Tuesday night. HAPNA board member Susan Jones said the evente will be rescheduled.

The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood. For more information visit Atkins Porter Neighborhood on Facebook.

County Comm. Set for Quick July Meeting Mon. at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session for July on Monday night at 5pm at the Courthouse. The 2019-20 Budget will be passed out to commissioners for the first time and they will reconvene at the end of the month to approve the budget. State Representative Bruce Griffey will also be on hand this evening for a presentation to the commission as well.

Paris man wanted for VOP arrested on additional charge

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man wanted on a violation of probation charge was arrested on additional charge of evading on Saturday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Parrish Wilkins, 31, of 201 N. Poplar St. of Paris for evading and violation of probation out of General Sessions Court. Wilkins’ bond on the evading charge was set at $2,500 and $14,751.80 on the VOP charge. He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, a Paris man was arrested for a driving charge on Sunday.

Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele arrested Christopher Fey, 33, of 345 Harrison St. of Paris for driving on a suspended license. Fey’s bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

HCHS Bella Voce' auditions set for Monday, July 22

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School’s new choral director Deanna Cook wanted to announce that auditions for the group Bella Voce’ will be held on Monday, July 22. Students will be required to prepare and sing one art song. The student may arrange to have a piano accompanist them if they wish. Cook said that due to the short time frame, a recording or acapella will also be fine.

Bella Voce' is an auditioned women's choral group that meets during 4th block Semester 1 and sings at various outside of school events throughout the school year. The group is open to grades 10-12. Please note that though student schedules will be picked up starting this next week, schedules will be adjusted after tryouts to reflect students who will be in Bella Voce' this next school year.

If you are interested in auditioning, please send an email to cookd@henryk12.net.Make sure to include the following information: your name, song selected, will you have an accompanist, and whether you want to audition in the morning or afternoon.

Cook said that she will begin scheduling auditions by Saturday, July 20th, so if you are interested in auditioning make sure to send an email by Friday night, July 19th. Auditions should take no longer than 15 minutes.

BPU to hold energy savers workshop on Friday in Puryear

BPU Energy Advisor Barry Flood talked with more than a dozen people at last week's workshop. (BPU photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will be holding their next Neighborhood Energy Savers workshop at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19th at the Puryear Community Center.

Through these workshops, BPU representatives will present easy and accessible ways to take control of your energy and water use.

During the workshop, BPU Energy Advisor Barry Flood will give demonstrations and answer questions related to improving the energy efficiency of your home. Attendees will leave the workshop with a game plan for getting and keeping their home in tip top shape, while saving money in the process.

BPU has partnered with the Paris Lowe’s to provide attendees with Free Energy Saving Toolkits at the conclusion of the presentation (limit 1 per household).

“As your public utility provider, we take seriously the role of helping customers use our services wisely,” BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said. “BPU understands the desire of each customer to use less of what we sell and through these workshops, that is exactly what we are hoping to help our customers do.  BPU is making a conscious effort to be your trusted utility advisor.”

Workshops are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. If you would like more information or are interested in having a workshop held in your community, church or local organization contact Meagan Hart at mhart@parisbpu.org or 731-642-1322.

TARP celebrates the Americans With Disabilities Act

Jack Spencer received the Advocate of the Year by the Paris TARP program at their Ice Cream Social on Saturday. (Photo by Cheryl Wilson)

By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.- At Saturday’s celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Jack Spencer was awarded Advocate of the Year by the Paris TARP program. CVS Pharmacy was given the award for being most ADA accessible.

A silent auction and ice cream social was held and $1,800 was raised for the program. The event was held at the Paris 5 & 10 in downtown Paris.

Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson and TARP Director Denise Wardle serve ice cream to Office on Aging Director Reginald Caldwell at Saturday’s Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in downtown Paris. The ice cream social features Sweet Jordan’s ice cream and dozens of items were donated for the silent auction. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Certificates of appreciation also were given by the TARP Board to members: Jerry Stephenson, Zora Adams, Reggie Caldwell, Adrienne Wade, David Harts, Hayes Otello, Don DeVaul, Buffy Brooks, Tom Krebs, Misty Foster and Joyce Ray.

TARP Director Denise Wardle also was given a certificate from the staff.

Paris Karate holding St. Jude "Kata Thon" July 15-20

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Karate Instructor Rick Conger recently announced that the children classes at Paris Karate have once again been chosen to participate in the St. Jude "Kata Thon" event which helps raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

St. Jude is the nation's leading research hospital that treats catastrophic childhood diseases such as cancer. Families are not charged for this expensive treatment and the primary source of funding is from contributions.

The "Kata Thon" is a week-long event that will be held on Monday, July 15-Saturday, July 20th. At the “Kata Thon” the student performs kata, the preset routines of karate techniques, keeping count of the number they perform. Sponsors donate money for each kata performed or may give a basic donation.

The theme for this year's "Kata Thon" is "Children Helping Children". Students are urged to participate in this fundraiser to help children at St. Jude while they benefit from practicing their karate skills.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor a student at Paris Karate and has not been contacted, you can contact Rick Conger at Paris Karate at 642-7425 or pariskarate@bellsouth.net. Sponsors may also visit the St. Jude page at www.pariskarate.com and link to St. Jude's website to make an online donation.

Enjoying friendly competition at Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon

Heather Perkins (in front) from Eads, TN leads to competors during the bike portion of the Olympic Triathlon. Perkins finished in first place in the Overall Female Olympic Triathlon with an overall time of 2:41:59.63. (Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh
Springville, Tenn.- A total of 189 triathletes competed in the Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon that was held at Paris Landing State Park on Saturday. Out of 189 triathletes 175 finished the race.

Triathletes that competed in the Olympic portion swam 1500 meters, had a 24 mile bike ride and ran 6.2 mile. Triathletes who competed in the sprint portion swam 500 meters, biked 14 miles, and ran 3.1 miles.

The Olympic triathletes start off the race with a 1500 meter swim before taking a 24 mile bike ride and running 6.2 mile. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The top five in the overall males and females Sprint triathlon and the top five overall males and females in the Olympic triathlon are listed as follows.

Overall Male Sprint Triathlon:
1st place: Dale Sanford from Germantown finished with a time of 1:03:33.26.
2nd place: Cole Davis from Paris finished with a time of 1:06:28.33.
3rd place: Ryan Beaird from Murray, Ky. Finished with a time 1:07:59.08.
4th place: Jon Tate from Nashville finished with a time of 1:09:23.84.
5th place: Ladell Geroge from Germantown finished with a time of 1:09:27.72.

Overall Female Sprint Triathlon:
1st place: Hillary Blackburn from Nashville finished with a time of 1:22:33.11.
2nd place: Megan Clegg from Clarksville finished with a time of 1:22:35.33.
3rd place: Tami Anderson from Dresden finished with a time of 1:23:14.53.
4th place: Heather Nichols from Collierville finished with a time of 1:23:59.65.
5th place: Alli Miller from Dover finished with a time of 1:27:26.90.

Overall Male Olympic Triathlon:
1st place: Jordan Green from Morgantown, Ky. finished with a time of 2:05:37.09.    2nd place: Matthew Bartsch from Evansville, IN finished with a time of 2:14:05.66.
3rd place: Ben Dixon from Eads finished with a time of 2:16:51.82.
4th place: Todd Perkins from Eads finished with a time of 2:17:17.11.
5th place: Jacob Meuth from Saint Peters, MO finished with a time of 2:19:06.41.    

Jamie Bailey (front, left) from Memphis leads Austin Clark (right) from Milan during the bike portion of the Olympic Triathlon. Bailey finished in 2nd place in the Overall Female Olympic Triathlon with an overall time of 2:47:55:41. Clark finished in 3rd place in the Male Olympic Triathlon Age Group 30-34 with a time of 2:49:30.82. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Overall Female Olympic Triathlon
1st place: Heather Perkins from Eads finished with a time of   2:41:59.63.
2nd place: Jamie Bailey from Memphis finished with a time of 2:47:55.41.
3rd place: Rebecca Parshall from Atlanta, GA finished with a time of 3:00:28.60.
4th place: Renee Sutton from Camden finished with a time of 3:14:01.25.   
5th place: Christine Bertz from Memphis finished with a time of 3:35:41.43.

A complete list of winners can be found at https://paristntri.racesonline.com/results.

Paris man arrested for animal cruelty after beagle puppy found in dumpster

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty after a beagle puppy was found inside of a plastic bag that was in a dumpster near downtown Paris.

Stan Wilson, 60, 244 Old Union Loop Rd. of Paris was arrested on Friday for aggravated animal cruelty.

According to a press release from Paris Police Captain Ricky Watson, officers took a complaint on July 8 of a beagle puppy which had been put into a plastic bag and was thrown into a dumpster in the downtown area on July 3.

Watson said this was not the first time that the complainants had found a puppy in a plastic bag in their dumpster, but it was the first time they found one still alive.

Watson’s report stated that the puppy was taken to a local veterinary clinic to be treated, but the puppy passed away a short time later. During the investigation, it was determined that the puppy was put there by Wilson.

“Mr. Wilson does raise beagle puppies and all of his other animals were in good shape and healthy,” Watson said.

Wilson turned himself into the Henry County Jail on Friday, where he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Wilson’s bond was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday, July 16th in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Chamber's Water Run Set for July 20th on Ky Lake

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce has their annual Water Fun Run planned for Saturday July 20th. All watercraft are welcome to attend and play for the best poker hand and a chance to win some cash. Watercraft will travel to area resorts to collect stamps which will be turned in for cards and the best poker hand each hour wins.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Chamber Office at 2508 East Wood Street. Area participating resorts are Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan Resort, Sunset Bay Marina, Pleasant View Resort, Brownfield Riverside Resort, The Breakers, Leatherwood Resort and Marina, and Fat Daddy’s. For more information on the Fun Run call the Chamber at 642-3431 or visit the website www.paristnchamber.com.

Fun Run Volunteer Meeting Set for Thurs. July 18th 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Water Fun Run is a huge event that takes 50-60 Volunteers to pull off. There will be a Volunteer meeting at 6pm Thursday July 18th at the Chamber to better explain what volunteers will do and anyone interested can come to the meeting.

Heritage Center Plans Lunch to Learn Friday July 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will host a Lunch and Learn at Cavitt Place on Friday July 19th beginning at Noon. The guest speaker is Specialist Jane-Coleman Cottone, Historic Preservation Specialist, Certified Local Government Program, with the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Lunch and Learn will discuss the history of historic preservation and Cottone will explain how it started with ladies’ societies preserving important landmarks like Mount Vernon. Since then it has evolved into a more grassroots process to protect whole neighborhoods of ordinary, vernacular architecture.

To reserve a seat for the lunch and learn planned for July 19th call 642-1030.

News from past weeks here.


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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