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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr

Pats Travel to Dickson for Region Game

Dickson, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to old rival Dickson County Friday night for District Football action. The Patriots will look to continue their winning streak which is at 6 games, shutting out 5 opponents in a row. The kickoff is set for 7pm and our pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. You can also stream the game via our website at wmufradio.com or listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates apply when listening over the phone.

Paris Fire Dept. Installing Fire Alarms Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Paris Fire Department is competing in the 100 for 100 challenge on Saturday. They are attempting to install 100 fire alarms across area residences in honor of the State Fire Marshal’s Office turning 100 this week. Fire alarms are free and will be install by fire fighters and volunteers, if you want one call the fire department at 642-1413.

Planning Commission Approves McCartney Addition

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Planning Commission met Thursday night and approved the site plan for McCartney Produce. The plan is for an addition to their original development that is nearing completion. The development is located on Culley Drive in the Industrial Park. It is an 8400 Sq. ft. building with a 900 sq. ft. covered fuel island that will be utilized for their vehicle fleet maintenance.

Planners approved the site plan once some items were addressed included noting the size of the building on the plan, and that the area surrounding the building is proposed to be gravel.

Planners also approved a recommendation from the city commission to let members of the planning commission take over seats on the Board of Zoning Appeals once some of those board members’ terms expire in November. Thoughts are that planning

HCHS Hosts October HCBOE Meeting

Senior Guidance Counselor Misha Adams talks about the TN Promise at Thursday's BOE meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education held their October board meeting at Henry County High School Thursday night. Members of the high school’s guidance counselors office Callie Blount and Misha Adams talked about college and career week which gave every senior an opportunity to sign up for the TN Promise Scholarship which gives two years of college tuition for free to students.

Nov. 2nd is the deadline to apply for the TN Promise and 25 had previously signed up and thanks to the College and Career Night 100 more students signed up for the TN Promise program.

Dual enrollment and dual credit courses at HCHS was also discussed as more choices were offered this year. Courses currently offered include English, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, US History, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. Ms. Adams said there will be an attempt to attain 282 college credits through Jackson State Community College and 133 from State Testing.

Dr. David Webb discussed the ACT RTI program at HCHS and this summer they decided to group students by predicted or actual ACT score. The RTI group focuses on increasing their ACT scores and Dr. Webb said ”students have begun to see success with the program and to see it change students’ lives it is very rewarding for teachers to be a part of it.”

Ms. Adams also encouraged that the community can get involved and be mentors to students to help them along in improving their ACT scores and high school experience. Dr. Norton said we as a board need to use our connections to urge people in the community to be a mentor. Currently the system has 9 mentors and they need around 42. For more information contact Ms. Adams at HCHS.

HCBOE Approves Structural Assessment on Grove Tower

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton gave the board an update on the structural integrity of the Grove Tower building. JT and Associates did a quick walk thru at Grove Tower and they recommended a preliminary structural assessment be done for the building. The cost for the assessment will be $7K and Maintenance Supervisor John Akers said the walk thru went all over the Tower Building and they did already give some ideas on things that could be done. The board agreed to spend the money and do the assessment. Akers said the building was built in 1906.

School Board Approves Purchase of New Software for Central Office

The board hears updates on need for new software for payroll, finance, and human resources. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard a proposal some new payroll, finance, and human resources software on Thursday. Dr. Norton said the current software will be difficult to handle the mandates that will be coming at the first of the year under the Affordable Care Act into. Cheryl Wilson, payroll coordinator and Judy Kee, Budget Director gave the presentation on all the work that goes into the offices of finance, payroll, and human resources at Central Office. Wilson said they are currently using local government software that was acquired in 1999 and they can’t print vendor checks and deposit stubs with that software.

Siesta Software is also used to track employee management an attendance. It is operated by one man and is a small company. Wilson said they need to bring all the information together under one system instead of having to switch back and forth between systems.

Finance Director Judy Kee said Skyward Solutions Software will integrate all processes into one software system providing state of the art technology. They discussed several improvements that Skyward has over the current group of software the system uses. Wilson said Skyward has great data mining capabilities and a system she visited made a smooth transition from local government software to Skyward and it paved the way for implementation of the next round of mandates for the Affordable Healthcare Act. Skyward will provide customer service and personal face to face training during the conversion period.

Skyward solutions would cost the system a total of $84,540. The board discussed it briefly and then approved to go ahead and purchase Skyward and update their software for payroll, finance, and human resources. Dr. Norton said Skyward has been in business since 1980. The money will come out of fund balance and Dr. Norton said the balance is healthy and this seems to be a must have tool to help improve the efficiency of the office.

HCBOE Continues Working Thru 5 Year Plan

Paris, Tenn.- The board also continued the process of working thru their 5 year plan as part of the re-accreditation process. Dr. Norton went over the action steps of Goal II of the plan which is to successfully implement the state’s standards-based curriculum with the expectation of achievement and growth for the system being above state average.

Dr. Norton said staff will review the growth and achievement of the system with the board each year. In turn the board will support programs and initiatives needed to maintain rigorous standards for student achievement with resources allocated through the yearly budget. The board will also be updated how to use the state’s website where state standards are listed.

Dr. Norton then introduced Goal III to board members as part of the process which is to ensure that the schools are well-maintained and provide a safe environment conducive for learning.   

The board approved a list of policy changes and updates Thursday night. One of the policies dealt with a change in granting tenure as now the policy to inform those teachers who are not recommended for tenure within 5 days of the last instructional day of the school year. The board also passed policy changes dealing with expenditures and purchasing.

HCSO Has Two Persons of Interest in Possible Arson

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has two persons of interest in what appears to be an arson that occurred in the very early hours of Thursday morning.

The report stated that Dep. Frankie Scott responded to 1880 Hwy. 69 to a vehicle fire and found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. The neighbor came over and talked to Dep. Scott and informed him he saw the car on fire and ran over to wake the people inside the home up because the car was close to the house. The neighbor said he observed a white sedan leaving the area with no headlights on as he was running across the street.

The resident at the home told Dep. Scott her daughter had just broken up with her boyfriend and the boyfriend could be a suspect. The neighbor then showed Dep. Scott a video and it showed two subjects exit a white sedan near the vehicle and go around the vehicle several times. Moments later the vehicle erupted into flames and the suspects drove off without their headlights on.

The incident has been turned over to the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

Man Nabbed On Warrant Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A report the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Jordan Klutts and Ptl. Tyrail Jackson were on patrol and observed a man with active warrants cross the street in front of them. They recognized the man as Leon Foster, age 37, of 109 Oliver Street and dispatched confirmed he did have warrants for failure to appear and other warrants. Ptl. Klutts and Jackson apprehended Foster and duly charged him.

Young Eagles Event Sat. at HC Airport

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Chapter 734 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be conducting Young Eagles free airplane rides for youth between the ages of 8 and 17 at the Paris Henry County Airport Saturday October 10th, weather permitting. The free airplane rides will begin at 9am and go on until about 2pm. Parents or legal guardians must be present. For more information call Tony Graziano at 644-1508.

The Young Eagles Program launched in 1992 to create interest for young people in aviation. Volunteer pilots have flown more than 18 million young people in 90 countries wince the program began.

The free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally as the EAA hopes to build one to one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate making him or her an official Young Eagle. They will also receive a Pilot’s Flight Log Book and for those age 13 and over a free coupon for Complete Online Flight training course.

Chamber Expo Set for Oct. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Expo will be held on Tuesday October 20th from 8am to 3pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is a Renaissance Fair, Ye Olde Expo.

Several businesses will be featured with door prizes, giveaways, and information on their business. On Monday October 19th, the Chamber will hold a Business After Hours for chamber members from 5 to 7pm with refreshments provided by Pepsi, PerryLodgic Brewing, and Blues Landing.

Applications for vendors are available online at www.paristnchamber.com or call Monica Smith at 642-3431.

Highway Dept. To Close Whitlock Paris Rd. Beginning Oct. 12

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Whitlock Paris Road to thru traffic beginning Monday October 12th for road repair. The closure is scheduled to last 7 to 10 days. Alternate routes are Hwy. 641 and Hwy. 69.

Dept. Of Labor and WD Debuts New TV Show

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will launch a television show on News Channel 5 +, called Inside Workforce Development, on October 8. The show will be a unique opportunity for the department to reach job seekers and connect them with employers to learn what opportunities are available across a variety of industries.

“This show will provide viewers with invaluable information on the Tennessee job market,” says Commissioner Burns Phillips, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “We want to emphasize the workforce development side of our department by connecting employers with job seekers.”

Hosted by Melinda Kelsey, Government Relations and Communications Administrator, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Inside Workforce Development will be a monthly series highlighting major Tennessee employers in different industry sectors. Some of the industries the show will focus on are healthcare, retail, transportation, information technology, manufacturing, and technical services.

The first installment of the series will feature Speaker of the House of Representatives, Beth Harwell and Commissioner Phillips. They will discuss trends in Tennessee employment, the job market, and foundations of the Tennessee economy.

Inside Workforce Development will be available to more than 650,000 homes in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. It will reach more than 230,000 viewers each week. It will be shown on Comcast Cable channel 250, Charter Cable channel 182, and over-the-air digital channel 5.2, as well as other cable systems throughout the viewing area. The show will air on Thursdays from 9:30-10:00 am and will have an encore airing on Saturdays from 7:30-8:00 am.

Pistol Missing From Truck Parked on Reynoldsburg

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a pistol valued at $300 was reported missing from truck parked on Reynoldsburg Road. The truck was unlocked and nothing else was damaged but police have no suspects in the theft.

Relay for Life Kickoff Tues. Oct. 13

Paris, Tenn.- The 17th Annual Relay for Life Kickoff for Henry County will be held Tuesday October 13th at the Paris Convention Center. Dinner will be provided by the Relay for the Life Committee at 5:30pm and the kickoff is at 6pm. There will special guest speakers, door prizes, and team signups.

For more information call Dana Allen at 336-3719, Joyce Bass at 707-0506, or Tracey Beasely at 225-1729. Everyone is invited.

Cottage Grove Baptist Church Homecoming Sun. Oct. 11

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Baptist Church will observe its annual Homecoming on Sunday Oct. 11th. Paul Veazey will be the speaker at 11am. A potluck meal will be served following the service and everyone is invited.

Library to Offer Free Computer Class Mon. Oct. 19 and 26

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will offer free computer classes for beginners on Monday October 19th and repeat class on Monday October 26th. These classes will offer introduction to a computer and the basic computer fundamentals. Classes begin at 5pm and end at 6:30pm at the Library. Call 642-1702 to register.

Lady Patriots Soccer Team Moves on To District Championship

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Soccer team defeated Rossview Tuesday night by a final score of 5-4 and will play for the District Championship Thursday night at Clarksville High School. The win earned the Lady Patriots a spot in the Region Tournament which will begin next week.

Reminder: Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival Is Oct. 10th

Paris, Tenn.- Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival and Car Show will be held on Saturday October 10th at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove.

Registration for the Car Show begins at 9am and it runs thru Noon. A cake walk begins at 10am, kids’ games will run from 10am until Noon.

The Chill Tonics will provide live music beginning at Noon, at 12:30pm the agility dog demonstration begins and at 1pm there will be a pet show.

Car show results will be given out at 2pm and bingo under the pavilion starts at 3pm. Concessions will be available all day. Money raised benefits Hoofbeats of Hope Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program.

For more information call 782-6141, email lightning@wk.net or like the Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival Facebook page.

HCJLA Trail Ride Is This Sat. Oct. 10th

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Junior Livestock Association Annual Trail Ride and Lunch will be held Saturday October 10th and its open to anyone who wishes to ride their horses or wagons.

The cost is $10 per person or $30 maximum charge per vehicle. The ride is being held at Sutton Farms, located at 590 Perry School House Loop in Henry. Gates will open at 8am and the 1st ride out is 10am with lunch at Noon and a 2nd ride out at 1:30pm.

Lunch is included in the price and includes Whole Hog BBQ with the trimmings and door prizes will be given away during the lunch break.

Current Negative Coggins is required and will be checked. For more information call John Sutton at 731-571-5890 or Brenda Ables at 731-782-3244. All proceeds will go to the Henry County Jr. Livestock Association Scholarship Fund.

16th Annual Kiwanis Mexican Dinner Thurs. Oct. 8th

Paris, Tenn.- The 16th Annual Paris Kiwanis Club’s Annual Mexican Dinner will be held Thursday October 8th from 10:30am to 1:30pm for lunch and 4-7pm for supper. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from any Kiwanian or at the door and proceeds will benefit Lee Academy for the Arts Children’s programs. It is dine in or carry out. For more information call 642-8424.

PES PTO Bake Sale and Fall Cookout Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary PTO will hold their Fall Bake Sale Friday October 9th from 10am to 2pm at Paris Elementary’s Gym. If you would like to donate items for the bake sale, bring them by the PES front Office on Thursday October 8th from 3-5pm or Friday October 9th from 7-9am. PES Fall Cookout will be held Friday as well. Parents and family members can come eat with their students for $4 as the students will be eating picnic style in the gym. 3rd graders will eat at 11am, 4th graders at 12:20pm, and 5th graders at 11:40am.

W.G. Rhea Library Fall Family Movie Sunday This Week

Paris, Tenn.- W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold a Fall Family Movie Sunday this Sunday October 11th at 2:30pm. The movie shown will be Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. For more information call 642-1702 ext. 105.

Paris Police Find Marijuana In Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Steven Dean Jr, and Ptl. Derrek Colley were traveling East Bound on East Washington St. and observed a silver impala ahead of them. The officers believed the driver may not have a valid driver’s license so they initiated a traffic stop, after dispatch confirmed the tags were not on file.

The driver was identified as Tyrone Dewayne Harris, age 18, of 155 Logan Rd and he did present a valid DL. Harris did become very nervous while talking with officers and kept digging in his pants. Ptl. Colley asked Harris to exit the vehicle and during the pat down procedure a black container fell out from his pants. The container had a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Harris was charged with simple possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

In another incident, Ptl. Colley arrested Anthony Schaffer, age 75 of Tanglewood Lane for possession of schedule two with intent, tampering with evidence, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

HCMC WHAC to Host Little Black Dress Tues. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Women’s Health Advisory Council will host the Little Black Dress event Tuesday at 6pm at the Paris Convention Center. Everyone is invited to put on their favorite black attire and come to the event where Dr. Sheri Prentiss will be the keynote speaker. Admission is free but tickets are required and can be purchased at the Henry County Medical Center Pink Petal Gift Shop and Boutique Marimac in downtown Paris. Every woman attending will receive a “swag bag” and 50 women will receive an autographed copy of Dr. Sheri’s book.

Four to Be Inducted Into UTM Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 10

Martin, Tenn.- he Class of 2015 for the University of Tennessee at Martin Athletics Hall of Fame has been announced, as former athletics director Phil Dane (2000-13), former soccer player Dani Myrick-Devore (2002-05), former golfer Chris Jones (1997-2001) and former football player Mike Taylor (1984-87) will be enshrined during the 32nd annual Letter Winner’s Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 10. This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in the Student Life Center at 7:30 a.m.

A Martin native, Dane administered facility upgrades for seven different Skyhawk programs and oversaw 21 Ohio Valley Conference championship teams in his tenure, 15 of which came from 2009-13. Seven different athletic programs captured an OVC championship under Dane, five of which went on to win their first-ever OVC title. UT Martin athletics also produced a new program record for OVC Medal of Honor (4.0 Grade Point Average) and OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll (at least a 3.25 GPA) honorees in three straight years under Dane from 2010-13.

“It’s an honor to be inducted because of the association with the current Hall of Fame members,” Dane said. “Since Martin is my home and I worked here for 34 years, I know most of them personally. But I really share this honor with all the great students, staff, coaches, administrators, donors and faculty who worked together to achieve the goals we reached over my 14 years.”

Myrick-Devore’s presence is still felt throughout the Skyhawk soccer record book, as she is the career leader in points (91), goals (35), assists (21) and game-winning goals (eight). A three-time All-OVC honoree under head coach Nathan Pifer, Myrick-Devore also is the record holder for points in a single season (39 as a freshman in 2002) and points in a single match (eight in 2002) while she was the first player in program history to rack up two career hat tricks (both in 2002). The Midwest City, Okla. native will be the first soccer player enshrined into the UT Martin Athletics Hall of Fame.

“This is a very huge honor,” Myrick-Devore said. “I enjoyed my time at UT Martin more than anything – we were always the underdogs when I was there. I always enjoyed just being a part of the team and I have made friends for a lifetime from those teams. My biggest dream was to play Division-I women’s college soccer and UT Martin provided me that opportunity.”

A four-year letterman under head coach Grover Page, Jones was the first golfer in UT Martin history to earn a spot on both the All-OVC team and OVC All-Tournament squad in the same season, accomplishing that feat as a sophomore in 1999. The Dyersburg, Tenn. native won the New Orleans Classic before finishing in fifth place with a final score of 217 (72-74-71) in the 1999 OVC Championships before leading the Skyhawks with a 74.2 scoring average as a senior in 2000-01.

“It is a great privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Jones said. “It is something I never would have dreamed of while playing golf there. Some of my fondest memories at UT Martin include playing some great golf courses, the friendships made with my teammates and traveling to different parts of the country that I might not have gotten to see otherwise.”

Taylor was a four-year starter on UT Martin’s offensive line, logging 44 consecutive starts at either the center or guard position for head coaches Fred Pickard and Don McLeary. The Jackson, Tenn. native has been ranked as the top football line judge in the Southeastern Conference and has worked numerous postseason assignments, including four SEC Championships, the 2005 National Championship and the 2015 Rose Bowl – the first-ever BCS national semifinal game.

“This is an honor that I am very appreciative of but this award is truly a team effort in my case,” Taylor said. “I accept this on behalf of all of my teammates and coaches that helped an average player be a productive member of those teams. I was able to take what I learned at UT Martin and apply that to officiating and life.”

Lady Patriots Soccer Team Hosts Rossview Tues. 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Soccer team defeated Northeast 10-0 Monday evening in the District Tournament. They will host Rossview on Tuesday at 6pm and everyone who can should get to the game and cheer the Lady Pats on. With a win, they will be in the District Championship on Thursday night and guarantee a spot in the Region Tournament next week.

Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-Off Civil War Event Oct. 16-18

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Tourism League will host the 2nd Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History Event and Chili Cook-Off October 16-18th at Paris Landing State Park.

Events will begin Friday October 16th at 10am with children’s programs and civil war demonstrations and activities.

Saturday October 17th a vendor camp will open at 9am with plenty of arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. Civil War demonstrations of infantry cavalry and artillery will be held and there are hay rides through all the activities at the park. Beginning at 10am, the cannon firing will be held every hour with a night firing at dusk on Saturday.

Sunday October 18th there will be an 8am Church Service under the large pavilion, musical entertainment by Q &A, and the message by Joe Ed Smith of Friendship Baptist Church. Civil War demonstrations, hay rides, and vendors will go on 9am to 4pm on Sunday as well.

The Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday October 17th. Entry fee is $25 per entry, categories include chili with beans and chili without beans. Cash prizes include $75 1st place, $50 2nd place, and $25 3rd place, in addition $25 will be given to best name of the chili cookoff entry.

Applications and more information can be found online at visitparislanding.com. Admission and parking for the Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cookoff is free all weekend. For more information call Tamara Edwards at 731-363-4214.

Friends of Library Book Sale This Week at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the W.G. Library Bookstore will hold their large annual book sale this week Tuesday thru Saturday at the W.G. Rhea Library on 400 West Washington Street. The book sale will run Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday October 10th 9am to 2pm. There are over 13,600 books for sale. Friends of the Library members will receive 50% off and non members will receive 25% during the sale.

Rhea's Taking it to the Streets Tues. 5:30pm Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.- W.G. Rhea Elementary will hold their Taking it to the Streets at 5:30pm Tuesday at Ogburn Park. There will be plenty of activities for students, give-a-ways, food, and more. The community is invited as well.

Chamber's 2nd Annual Farm Tour Big Success

Paris, Tenn.- The 2015 Henry County Farm Tour was a big success, according to a press release from the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 50 people attended this year’s Farm Tour of area farms, double the number from last year. “We had a wonderful day and the farms we toured were a good representation of the agricultural community in Henry County,” stated Michelle Atkins, Henry County UT Extension office.

The day began with coffee and sausage biscuits provided by the Henry Farmers Co-op and a PowerPoint presentation on Tosh Farms presented by Jamey Tosh.  Tosh Farms is a family-owned business located in Henry, Tennessee. The business consists of three separate enterprises working together in a synergistic fashion.   Tosh stated “Tosh Farms is a general partnership and our crop production company, Tosh Pork, LLC is our swine production company, and Bacon By Gosh, Inc. is our transportation company.”  

 Don Jones’ farm was the first stop on the tour and visitors got to see first-hand the various steps in the production of tobacco.  Mr. Jones demonstrated the process for firing tobacco, allowing visitors to go inside a barn to see firsthand how the drying process works.  He also provided a demonstration on stripping and boxing tobacco and discussed the various grades of tobacco.

Lunch, hamburgers and hot dogs, was provided on the Farm Tour by the Henry Farmers Co-op and was held at Dr. Tony Brannon’s farm.  Dr. Brannon, Dean, Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University, discussed his switch grass operation and his newest adventure in agriculture, Hemp production.

The day ended at the farm of Kevin Bomar.  The Bomars grow various row crops, corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton. Guests visited a cotton field and heard a presentation on the history of cotton in Henry County and the challenges of growing cotton.  Guests were provided an ice cream break on the final stop compliments of Middleton Lumber Company.

 “This was a wonderful day and participants are better educated on the importance of agriculture and the various farming operations we have in Henry County,” commented David Hamilton, CEO Henry County Alliance.

The Farm Tour is an annual event coordinated by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture Committee.  “I want to personally thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, area farmers and the members of the Agricultural Committee for all of their hard work in helping us present the Farm Tour in Henry County,” Hamilton added.

The Agriculture Committee would like to thank the following sponsors, Farm Credit Mid-America, USDA Farm Service Agency, Henry County Farm Bureau, Henry Farmers Co-op, Sulphur Wells Church of Christ and Middleton Lumber.

HCHS Cross Country Competes in Jesse Owens Classic

Oakville, Ala.- Members of the Henry County High School Cross Country team competed in the 17th Annual Jesse Owens Classic in Oakville, Alabama this past Saturday.

In the High School Gold Division 5K Race, there were 314 runners with Henry County’s Javan Winders coming in 1st overall with a time of 15:15. Brother Titus came in 36th with a time of 16:17. Also finishing well for the Patriots were Jack Nicholes, Zach Cutright, and Cole Davis all finishing just seconds apart.

In the Large School JR High Division 2.1 mile race, Silas Winders came in 2nd overall out of 397 runners.

Thefts Investigated by Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Hwy. 77 reported several items missing after coming to check his mail and home this weekend. The owner has not been staying at the home the last several days but found over $5K worth of items taken from the residence. Items stolen included a washer and dryer, TV, coffee and end tables, fridge, stove, Blueray DVDs, and a weed eater.

A black powder pistol and a wallet was reported stolen from a home on Rowe School Road over the weekend. Police continue to investigate this incident. Investigation is continuing into the incident.

Arrests from the weekend include Janice Marie Brown, age 35, of 320 Peppers Drive for DUI and placed on $5K bond and Gerald E. Dolberry, age 28, of 615 Mandalay Road, for violation of aggravated assault and placed on $10K bond.

TN Deploys Swift Water Rescue Teams to South Carolina

Nashville- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee’s Fire Marshal’s Office, and another 14 state and local agencies are providing swift water rescue personnel and equipment to South Carolina today as the state faces catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.

Tennessee is sending nine swift water rescue teams to South Carolina, with a total of 83 personnel and more than 20 boats and water craft.  This is Tennessee’s largest support effort to another state in an emergency since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Tennessee has some of the best-trained, most-capable swift water rescue teams in the Southeast,” said TEMA Deputy Commissioner David Purkey. “I’m thankful we have such dedicated professionals willing to help others in their time of greatest need.”

“We have kept Gov. Haslam and his staff updated throughout the weekend on South Carolina’s needs and they have been fully supportive,” Purkey added.

State and local agencies deploying personnel and equipment to South Carolina include:

  • ·         Ashland City Fire Department
  • ·         Bradley County Fire and Rescue
  • ·         Brentwood Fire Department
  • ·         Dickson Fire Department
  • ·         Franklin Fire Department
  • ·         Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Response Squad
  • ·         Knoxville Fire Department
  • ·         City of Lavergne
  • ·         Metro Nashville Fire Department
  • ·         Montgomery County Emergency Medical Service
  • ·         Rutherford County
  • ·         Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency Special Operations Response Team
  • ·         Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
  • ·         Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TEMA is sending four district coordinators and two communications specialist to assist the teams during missions.

The Tennessee Fire Chief’s Mutual Aid Program is supporting the South Carolina mission with its resource tracking system.

At 11 a.m., ET, four of Tennessee’s teams had arrived in Columbia, SC, and another five teams deployed from TEMA’s East Regional Office in Knoxville at 4 p.m., ET, to arrive this evening in Columbia.

South Carolina continues to have deteriorating conditions and expects upwards of 10 or more inches of rain in the next 12 to 24 hours as Hurricane Joaquin moves north and northwest away from the U.S. East Coast.

TEMA went to a Level IV – Elevated threat level on at 2 p.m., CT, on Friday, Oct. 1, due to the potential for Hurricane Joaquin’s heavy rains reaching East Tennessee. 

TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.  More information is available at www.tnema.org.

FUMC Color Out Malaria Run Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The First United Methodist Church held the Color Out Malaria Run and Walk on Saturday, October 3rd at Memorial Park. Registration began at 5pm and the 5K began at 6pm with the 1 mile at 6:15pm.

Entry fee is $20 per person before the event and $25 on the day of the event with children ages 12 and under $15 and $20 on the day of the event respectively.

All proceeds went to the United Methodist Church’s “Imagine No Malaria” Fund.

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

$120,000 Worth Of Tires Stolen From Local Business

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report given by Patrolman Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department, police are now investigating a theft that occurred at 1900 South Bell Avenue.

A 53 foot trailer, valued at $28,000 was stolen. The trailer was loaded down with $120,000 worth of bus and truck tires.

Police are still investigating and no arrests have been made at this time.

Paris Fire Department To Participate In "Get Alarmed TN"

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Fire Department will be participating in a statewide smoke alarm canvassing effort on Saturday, October 10th.

On that day, Paris will be one of ten different departments throughout the state that have been challenged to install 100 smoke alarms in recognition of the 100th year anniversary of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

These installations will occur in residences throughout the community as part of the “Get Alarmed Tennessee!” program, a free smoke alarm installation program that has been in place since 2012. The program has saved over 100 lives.

The canvassing will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 10th. If you are in need of a smoke alarm and would like for the Paris Fire Department to visit your residence, please contact them at 731-642-1413 or the Paris Fire Marshal’s Office at 731-641-1418.

UT Martin Homecoming Celebrates "Birth" Of Captain Skyhawk

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin introduced the Captain Skyhawk mascot in the fall of 1995 during a football game against Bethel University. This year, the university will celebrate “Captain’s” 20th birthday during annual homecoming festivities, Oct. 9-11.

Traditional events, including the rope pull and pyramid building competitions, pep rally, awards program and alumni reunions, return in celebration of Captain Skyhawk. Quad City, with its live music, petting farm, college tents and “Hawk Walk,” will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10. The Skyhawks will face Tennessee State University at 2:30 in Hardy M. Graham Stadium.

The following is a schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 9

  • 3:30 p.m. – Rope Pull championships, Pacer Pond
  • 6 – Volleyball vs. Morehead State, Skyhawk Fieldhouse
  • 7 – University Choirs Dessert Evening, Fine Arts Building (admission: $18 for adults, $12 for children ages 12 and under)
  • 7 – Pyramid and Pep Rally, Kathleen and Tom Elam Center (admission: $5 per person)

Saturday, Oct. 10

  • 7:30 a.m. – Letter Winners’ Breakfast and Hall of Fame inductions, Student Life Center (admission)
  • 9 – Chancellor’s Brunch and Awards Program, Paul Meek Library
  • 10:30 – Quad City opens, judging begins
  • 11 – Football team’s “Hawk Walk,” near Paul Meek Library
  • 2:30 – Football game vs. Tennessee State University, Hardy M. Graham Stadium
  • 5:30 – Black Alumni Reception, Bob Carroll Football Building
  • 7 – Young Alumni Reception, The Stables in downtown Martin 
  • 7 – NPHC Step Show, Kathleen and Tom Elam Center (admission)
  • 7 – University Choirs Dessert Evening, Fine Arts Building (admission: $18 for adults, $12 for children ages 12 and under)

Sunday, Oct. 11

  • 10 a.m. – “Walk in the Quad”
  • 10:30 – Homecoming brunch, Skyhawk Dining Hall, Boling University Center

Homecoming shirts are available in the alumni office or at the alumni tent during Quad City. Short sleeve shirts are $10, with an additional $2 for sizes 2X and above. Call the Office of Alumni Relations at 731-881-3610 or e-mail alumni@utm.edu to place an order.

For more homecoming information, visit www.utmforever.com.

Parent Teacher Conference Dates For Harrelson/Lakewood

Puryear/Buchanan, Tenn. - The date for Parent Teacher Conferences for Harrelson School is Tuesday, October 13th. Conferences will be held 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lakewood School Conferences will be held Tuesday, October 20th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sons Of Am Vets Post #45 To Host Chili Hot Dog Dinner

Buchanan, Tenn . - The Sons of Am Vets Post #45, located at 14365 Hwy 79 North, will host a Chili Hot Dog Dinner on Saturday, October 24th, beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is an $8 donation and it is all you can eat.

Festivities include karaoke with Bill “Cowboy” Duncan and all proceeds benefit the Henry County Sheriff’s Office New Year’s Eve Sober Ride Home Program.

For more information call 731-642-8690.

Oktoberfest Held Saturday At Henry County Fairgrounds

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Holy Cross Catholic Church held the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event had plenty of fun, great food and events for people of all ages.

Opening prayer was given at 11 a.m. and music was provided by DJ Bill McCutcheon. Arts and crafts vendors, among other vendors were on hand selling their works underneath and around the pavilion.

Food choices included pizza, grilled brats and steak sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, corn dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more.

The children enjoyed face painting, a petting zoo, and pony and camel rides for a minimal fee.

Inside the Commercial Building a silent auction ran until 5 p.m., a cash prize drawing at 7 p.m. and entertainment on the stage that included Holy Cross Catholic Church Life Teen Praise and Worship Band, Rockin Randall French and Allie, Little Mexico and Latin Folklore Dancers, Mike Holden, and John Austin McDaniel finished out the evening.

Also inside a German Dinner was for sale that included Bratwurst, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Roll, and dessert and beverage. The Mexican Dinner had Tamales, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice, Chips and Salsa, drinks and dessert.

Police Investigating Vandalism At Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Michael Ramos responded to Ogburn Park in regards to multiple areas of the park being vandalized.

Unknown subjects used spray paint to paint “Stop the violence let kids grow up” on two skate ramps, the basketball court, the parking lot, and the building where the bathrooms were located.

It was also observed that the business at 824 East Wood Street had an identical wording on the side of the building as well.

The total value of the damage is unknown, but expected to be at least $500 and no arrests have been made at this time.

Local Man Charged With Rape Of A Child

A.B. Price (HCSO Booking photo)

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Cpl. Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department arrested A.B. Price, age 49, of 219 Patterson Street.

Price was charged with rape of a child and bond was set at $250,000.

Police Investigating Burglary On Manley Street

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker responded to a call of a burglary at 1030 Manley Street.

The resident left the home and upon returning several hours later, noticed that the front door was wide open. The home had been ransacked and the couch and chair turned over. The couch also had all the stuffing removed.

Items stolen were a brass container with coins, assorted tools and a leather jacket. Items damaged were the furniture, several papers torn and scattered and an LG cell phone.

The value of items stolen and damaged listed at $205 and the door received no damage during entry. No arrests have been made at this time.

2015 Henry County Homecoming Queen And Her Court

Paris, Tenn. -

2015 Homecoming Queen Manning Boley and her escort Tanner Beasley (Tim Pharr photo)

2015 Homecoming Court (Left to Right) Gray Gardner and Sophomore Attendant Tori Starks, Alex Pope and Senior Attendant Aleece Passman, Tanner Beasley and Homecoming Queen Manning Boley, Michael Bertouille and Senior Attendant Sloan Hutchison, Trent Wilson and Junior Attendant Calista Herrera (Tim Pharr photo)

Highlights From Friday Night Football Domination

Paris, Tenn. -

#47 Tanner Beasley blocks his second punt of the night. (Tim Pharr photo)

#3 Lukas Reynolds behind a block from #58 Justing Burton breaks free. (Tim Pharr photo)

A host of Patriot defenders punish a Rossview runner. (Tim Pharr photo)

Henry County Patriots Proved Unstoppable With Another Shutout

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County hosted Rossview Friday night at Patriot Stadium for Homecoming. Homecoming festivities were held prior to kickoff. The Patriots were looking to continue their winning streak and once again proved to be unstoppable.

In the 1st quarter, Perry Atkins recovered a blocked punt in the end zone placing Henry County on the scoreboard 7 - 0, with 4:53 on the clock. The score remained 7 - 0 with the start of the 2nd quarter.

Knox Davis scored with a 5 yard touchdown run, extra point no good, with 10:2 on the clock in the 2nd quarter, placing the Patriots on top 13 - 0. With 54 seconds to go in the 2nd quarter, the Patriots failed to completed the 35 yard field goal, leaving the score 13 - 0 at half time.

The 3rd quarter remained scoreless, with an attempted 36 yard field goal. Both missed field goals were wide right. Fall temperatures and windy conditions could have played a factor.

With the clock at 11:50 in the 4th quarter, Lukas Reynolds with an 11 yard touchdown run for the Patriots, placing Henry County up 21 - 0. With 11:20 on the clock, Tanner Beasley tackled the Rossview ball carrier in the end zone for a safety, Patriots up 23 - 0.

In the 4th quarter, with 4:52 on the clock, Lukas Reynolds for a 43 yard touchdown run, extra  point good, for a score of 30 - 0. Caleb McCutcheon for a 22 yard touchdown, extra point is once again good, with 2:44 left in the ballgame. Henry County took the win 37 - 0.

Henry County scored 24 of the 37 points in the 4th quarter of the game.  The total number of passing yards for the game were 28, 354 rushing yards, for a total of 382 yards. This makes the 5th game that the Patriots have shut out the opposing team, placing the running score of 185 - 0.

The Patriots travel to Dickson County to take on the Cougars next Friday night.

Paris Woman Arrested For Same Offense In Two Weeks

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Cpl. Eric Long and Patrolman Steven Dean Jr. initiated a traffic stop on East Blythe Street, near Market Street. The traffic stop was made due to a passenger side rear brake light not working.

Upon approach of the vehicle, Cpl. Long recognized the driver, identified as Lisa Diane Wainscott, age 55, of 301 West Washington Street, due to citing Wainscott the previous week for driving on a canceled driver's license.

Wainscott had a pending court date for the previous citation, received an additional driving on canceled, along with failure to provide proof of insurance.

The vehicle was secured on scene and Wainscott was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

Local Man Arrested For Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Kent Earl Young, age 31, of 305 Jackson Street was charged with public intoxication after officers responded to a call at the HCMC Emergency Room.

The ER staff reported that Young was giving them a hard time and when officers arrived and asked Young to come outside, it appeared that he was on some type of intoxicant.

Officers attempted to locate a friend or relative to escort Young home safely, but were unsuccessful and Young was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

UT Designates Local Official As Certified Public Administrator

Knoxville, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee honored Randi French as Certified Public Administrator at a Capstone event at Montgomery Bell State Park on May 22, 2015.

To achieve this designation, a participant must complete 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. The program is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) and is available to every county official and county employee in the state.

"This is a unique program that offers a broad spectrum of training to county officials and employees to provide them with the knowledge to better serve their constituents, " said Robin Roberts, Executive Director of CTAS. CTAS is an agency of the statewide UT Institute for Public Service.

Each course in the program is designed to aid county government officials in performing their jobs and efficiently administering county services. Classroom topics include ethics, fire insurance ratings, finance, records management, proactive leadership, and information technology proficiency.

Randi Allen French (Personal photo)

Applications for Chamber's Small Business Expo Available

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Expo will be held Tuesday October 20th from 8am to 3pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The theme is Renaissance Fair “Ye Olde Expo” and businesses and those manning the booths will be decked out in the renaissance attire.

Applications for vendors for the event are available at www.paristnchamber.com. For more information call Monica Smith at the Chamber at 642-3431. The Chamber’s Small Business Expo is one of the most well attended expos in West Tennessee.


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