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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

BPU Seeks to Raise Water, Sewer Tap Rates

BPU board members look over sewer and water tap increases. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday morning and approved a motion to submit a request to the Paris City Commission to raise the water and sewer tap fees to better reflect the actual cost of installation.

General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said the water tap fee has not been increased in 10 years and the sewer tap fees haven’t been raised in 19 years and they knew they had to look at it and see what they could do to recoup some of their costs.

Expenses have increased including the tap itself going from $40 to about $170 and other materials have increased in price as well. Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Tony Brown said, “we just want to be fair to both our customers and the BPU, we aren’t looking to make money, we just have to recoup costs the BPU has when putting in the taps.”

The residential rates for water tap fees will increase to an even $1000 for both city and non-city residents, once approved on two readings by the City Commission. The rates were $490 for city residents and $735 for non-city residents but Wimberley said there was no need to differentiate costs based on location.

The sewer tap rates also increased from $600 for city residents and $900 to non-city residents to a $1000 flat rate charge for sewer taps.

In other business on Tuesday, the BPU board approved a motion to write-off delinquent accounts for the third quarter of the fiscal year in the amount of $15,525. Wimberley said this covers the mid-November to mid-February range, some of the colder months, usually even though this winter it wasn’t as cold. He said there are 10 more customers on the write-offs than last year and it increased some. Wimberley said the 1000 pre-pay customers BPU now has impacted the Electric Department write-offs bringing them down over the last several months, but they have seen an increase in debt in water and sewer bills.  

DPA's First Cruise-In Set for Tuesday 5:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold its first Cruise-In of the year Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm on the Court Square. “The Old Spirits” will provide music and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. Some vendors will also be on site.

All classic cars are welcomes and if you bring one to the Cruise-In, you’re eligible for door prizes. Cruise-Ins will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month in April, May, June, August, and September. July’s Cruise-In is combined with the Downtown Ice Cream Social, scheduled for Saturday July 29th this year from 4-6:30pm.

For more information on DPA events get their free phone app, or log onto, www.visitdowntownparis.com.

Summer Tennis Camp Enrollment Now Open

Paris, Tenn.- Sign-ups are now being accepted for the 2017 Summer Tennis programs for kids and adults in Paris. Beginning classes for kids ages 6-8 years of age are designed to have fun while learning the basics of the game. For more experienced players, ages 14-18 there are the Junior Team Tennis events which include high performance training and team competitive events.

For adults who have always wanted to learn the game, or reinforce skills once required, there is Cardio Tennis. This will teach the basics of the game and burn off calories.

All classes will be held at the Paris Parks Tennis facility located on the campus of Henry County High School. To assure your spot call Linda at 731-441-2155 or email kirkscourt@gmail.com. Programs are sponsored by the United States Tennis Association, the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club and the City of Paris Parks and Recreation Department.

Dates for the Summer Tennis program begin June 5th and costs ranges from $60 for youth to $90 for Adult Cardio Tennis. U.S. Professional Teaching Pro J.F. Kirk will teach the classes.

City of Paris Announces Fish Fry Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for Fish Fry Friday, April 28th. City Hall and the Public Works Department will be closed on Friday with all emergency services on regular schedule. The Paris Henry County Landfill will be closed Friday and Saturday April 28-29 and reopen Monday May 1st.

The City of Paris Animal Shelter will close Friday and Saturday for Fish Fry and reopen at 11:30am Monday May 1st. The Civic Center will be closed Friday April 28th for Fish Fry, but will reopen at 8am on Saturday.

Tuesday at the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday’s events at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry include the carnival opening up for the first time from 5-11pm. It’s discounted armband night on Tuesday with a $5 off coupon from school getting you in to ride all the rides for only $15. Also the country dance will run from 7-10pm at the fairgrounds. Admission is $5 and The Legends will be the entertainment. For continuing coverage of this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry visit our website at wmufradio.com. There will be stories on the main page and on the Fish Fry page, which can be viewed by clicking the link at the top left.

Local Magnolia and Vine Rep. Holding Benefit for Pollack Girls

Paris, Tenn.- An online fundraiser from a local Magnolia and Vine representative is going thru midnight on April 30th where 20% of all catalog and online orders will be donated to help the Pollack children. You can shop online at www.mymagnoliaandvine.com/amccabe and click on the event named Pollack children. For more information call Amanda McCabe at 731-336-0776.

Patriots Drop 3rd Straight District Game

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County lost at home to Northeast 4-0 on Monday evening dropping their 3rd straight District 10-AAA contest and falling to 7-4 in District play.

The Patriots ran up against Collin Loose on the mound for the Eagles who was fantastic pitching a complete game shutout. Henry County's Rick Conroy pitched well also, giving up two runs in the 2nd and then two more in the 7th. The two teams will play at Northeast Tuesday night.

Dozens Turnout for the WBFF Street Dance

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of people turned out to get their boogie on at the WBFF Kick-off Street Dance on Monday night in Downtown Paris as the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry rolls on. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got to enjoy chalk drawing, hoola hooping, sack races and more. Attendees also got enjoy good food at the event while rocking out to the Ray Lewis Band as they played music from all genres from country to rock.

Gearing Up for Fish Fry Week

Paris, Tenn.- Comfortable temperatures and sunshine were a welcome site Monday afternoon around the Henry County Fairgrounds as workers were out in full force getting the rides set up at the carnival for Fish Fry week. There are several rides, many games, and lots of food vendors on site this year once again. The carnival opens up on Tuesday with $15 armbands with discounted coupons to ride all the rides you want. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Demolition Derby is Rescheduled for Sat. May 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Demolition Derby that was scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd at 7pm at the Fairgrounds that was cancelled due to the weather, because crews were unable to get the equipment out they needed at the fairgrounds has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 27th at 7pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Mason Named as Next Grove Principal

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton has announced that Tim Mason will be the next principal at E.W. Grove School, effective July 1st. Mason, who has 20 years of Tennessee public education experience, has served Henry County Schools faithfully for 12 years as a teacher and school administrator.

Mason recently completed the inaugural class of the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership, a year-long program designed to increase school leadership capacity and support individual growth toward becoming a highly effective building principal. Mason received his undergraduate at Trevecca Nazarene University and completed his Master’s degree in School Administration at Bethel University.

Mason will be replacing long-time educator Sam Tharpe who has announced his pending retirement June 30th.

HCTA Approves Funding for Fairgrounds and the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority met Monday and the board approved to give the Fairgrounds $5,000 to buy new tables and chairs for the facility, but they are hopeful that they can get the chairs and tables at a cheaper price.

The HCTA board also approved to give $2,500 for the bands and $15,000 for this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry.

HCTA Approve Funding for Holly Fork and Bass Masters

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday's Henry County Tourism meeting the board approved to give $25,000 for the Holly Fork Youth Shooting Club. The Holly Fork Youth Shooting Club is a non profit that took part in the Tennessee Junior Olympics Championship at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex over the past weekend where hundreds of athletes from across the state came to compete in the tournament.  This event was a tournament for qualification for the state of Tennessee with winners advancing to the National Championship in Colorado Springs, CO.

The HCTA board also approved to give $7500 for the Bass Master’s Tournament set to take place at Kentucky Lake this year.

Springville Man Killed In One Vehicle Accident

Paris, Tenn.- A 38 year old Springville man was killed in a one vehicle accident on State Route 69A Sunday evening. Andy Perdue, age 38, was traveling south on State Route 69A in his 1994 four door Ford and went off the right shoulder of the roadway attempting to negotiate a left hand curve. The vehicle struck a culvert and went air born and struck a tree against the driver side door. The vehicle came rest next to the tree and Perdue was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Monday Events at WBFF Include Kick-Off Dance

Paris, Tenn.- The Kick-off Street Dance is set for 7-9pm downtown around the square on Monday night as the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry rolls on. Saturday’s rain postponed the demolition derby, and a rain date will be announced later on. The bed races from Saturday were also cancelled, but will not be made up. The weather for Monday’s street dance should be perfect with clear skies and lows eventually getting to the low 50s overnight, but should be even warmer during the dance. The Ray Lewis Band will entertain and admission is free.

Winders Family Runs at Louisville Meet

Louisville, Ky.- The Winders family ran in the University of Louisville Eastern Relays this past weekend. In the middle school girls race, Dinah Winders came in 11th with a time of 5:40 in the one mile run against 28 other runners.

At the high school boys Invitational, 3200 meters, Titus Winders finished 5th at 9:17 and Silas came in with a time of 9:46. There were 128 runners. In the one mile run, Titus came in 22nd overall and Silas was 23rd with times of 4:36 and 4:37 respectively. There were 155 runners in this race.

Lexington Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Storme Hilliard, age 22 of 790 Franklin Ave. of Lexington, on Saturday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent, possession of a schedule IV substance with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia and warrants out of Shelby County.

Hilliard was placed on $10,000 bond.

Paris Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews arrested Larry S. Hernandez, age 24, and Candice R. Garner, age 30, both of 8345 Hwy. 79 North of Paris, on Saturday for possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of a schedule IV substance with intent to manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hernandez was placed on $7,500 bond and Garner was placed on $5,000 bond.

WBFF Car Show is Set for Sat. April 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Car Show is set for this Saturday, April 29th rain or shine at Paris Elementary School, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

There will be 26 classes which include automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Registration for the Car Show is from 8am to noon with judging beginning at 9am. Awards for the Car Show will be given out at 2pm.

The registration fee for 1st entry is $20 and $10 for your 2nd entry. At the show there will be free spectator admission and parking and restrooms and food vendors are available.

For more information please contact Donnie Banks at 333-2320, Steve French at 644-2777 or you can email srfrench67@hotmail.com. You can also see car show rules by visiting www.srfproductions.com.

Proceeds from the car show will be distributed to local scholarship fund, community youth projects and various clubs and civic donations.

Mansfield Man Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder Attempt

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Investigator Scott Wyrick arrested Luke P. Williamson, age 20 of 1215 Mansfield Road of Mansfield, on Friday for criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder.

Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Henry County Medical Center ER in reference to a patient who had been repeatedly run over by a vehicle.

When Sgt. Powell arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim and the victim’s mother who stated that Williamson had run the victim over after an argument over a girl that Williamson had previously dated and the victim was currently involved with.

According to the victim and two other witnesses at the scene the victim was driving down Reynoldsburg Road and he stopped at the intersection between Reynoldsburg and Travis Boyd Roads, when he noticed that Williamson was following them.

The victim then got out of the car to confront Williamson about why he was following them and Williamson then gunned the vehicle and ran the victim over and dragged his for some distance before coming to a stop. The victim did sustain several injuries to his back from the incident.

Lt. Investigator Wyrick later arrested Williamson at the HCSO and Williamson was placed on $80,000 bond.

Demolition Derby and Bed Races Cancelled for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Bed Races event that was scheduled to take place in downtown Paris at noon on Saturday, April 22nd have been cancelled due to the weather and Demolition Derby scheduled for Saturday night at 7pm at the Fairgrounds is also cancelled due to the fact that they couldn't get equipment out at the fairgrounds because of how much rain we received.

Fish Fry General Manager Josh “Smokey” Taylor said that they will announce a make-up date for the Demolition Derby, but there will be no make-up date for the Bed Races.

49 Compete in the 2017 5K Hushpuppy Dash


49 runners race to win at the 2017 5K Hushpuppy Dash (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A total of 49 runners braced early morning thunderstorms, dropping temperatures and a few stray showers to compete in the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry 5K Hushpuppy Dash at Henry County High School High School as activities for the 2017 World’s Biggest Fish Fry began on Saturday.


Daniel Watkins comes in 1st place at the 5K Hushpuppy Dash (Cassie Walsh photo)

Daniel Watkins with a time off 22:15 minutes came in first place and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew also made the top 10 at this year's event. Hulmes Sporting Goods and Flex Fitness were this year’s 5K Hushpuppy Dash sponsors. Thanks goes out to all of the Paris-HC Jaycees who volunteered at the 5K Hushpuppy Dash.

Clarksville Man Arrested on Multiple Charges and Paris Woman Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Tony Elkins arrested Rodriquiez A. Arnold, age 26 of 125 Cunningham Place of Clarksville, on Friday for domestic assault, simple assault, theft and possession of a schedule II substance. Arnold was placed on a total of $4,000 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Jessica S. Hilliard, age 29 of 418 Harrison Street of Paris, on Thursday for disorderly conduct. Hilliard was placed on $1,000 bond.

64th Annual WBFF Events Start Saturday with Hushpuppy Dash

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry has events starting on Saturday and continuing all next week. Saturday’s events start with the 5K Hushpuppy Dash at Henry County High School High School at 8am. Registration is $20 and begins at 7am.

There’s a new event this year, bed races, and they will be held downtown on the court square beginning at Noon. Registration starts at 11am and judging begins at 11:30am. Entry fee for a team is $75.

The demolition derby is at 7pm Saturday night at the fairgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults, children ages 6-10 admission is $5, and children under 5 are admitted for free.

For continuing coverage of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry events listen to our radio stations and visit our website for stories and pictures.

Paris Woman Arrested for Using Stolen Plates

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Lisa Raye Mabe, age 23 of 815 Memorial Drive of Paris, on Thursday for the use of stolen plates.

While on patrol, Cpl. Jenkins saw a vehicle and ran the license plate through dispatch and he found that the license plate was stolen. Cpl. Jenkins conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and he placed the driver identified as Mabe under arrest for the use of stolen plates. Mabe was placed on $250 bond.

2nd Annual Chalk Crawl is Sat. April 29th at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The Second Annual Chalk Crawl for Kids sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association will be held next Saturday, April 29th at 10:15am immediately following the Small Fry Parade.

Children at the Chalk Crawl will receive free chalk to create colorful fish on the east side of the courthouse near Poplar Street. The Chalk Crawl will be led by local artists, Joe Snow, Donna Revelee and Ann Stapp. So on Saturday, April 29th after the Small Fry Parade at 10am stop by for the Second Annual Chalk Crawl for Kids from 10:15am to 12pm.

TN Sees March Unemployment Rate Drop

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.1 percent for March, positively shifting from February’s revised rate of 5.3 percent. This progress matches the U.S. preliminary rate’s decline of two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5 percent.

This report shows Tennesseans are finding work in a growing workforce,” shared Commissioner Burns Phillips.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate increased by half a percentage point to 4.6 percent while, the national rate of 5.0 percent decreased by half a point. TDLWD’s commissioner continued, “When the labor force grows quicker than residents can find work, unemployment rates take a hit and that’s exactly what we’ve seen over the past 12 months.”

From February to March, the total nonfarm employment increased by 8,600 jobs. The largest increases occurred in administrative/support/waste services, local government, and state government.

 “We’re bringing a great number of job opportunities to the state, helping us achieve our main objective of putting the people of Tennessee to work. This month’s rate shows the hard work of several state agencies is paying off,” he concluded.

Nonfarm employment increased over the year with 63,500 jobs. The largest increases occurred in the following industries: professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division’s labor market information specialists. The division reports metrics and contextual information as it relates to employment, income, and population in Tennessee. Labor force topics are narrated in monthly newsletters and additional resources are available on Jobs4TN.gov.

RFL Survivor Dinner Coming Up May 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will be held on May 13th at 6pm at First United Methodist Church. The dinner is free to every survivor and one guest and is hosted by the Paris Elks Lodge. Invitations will be mailed out but any survivor who doesn’t receive one can contact Debra Stoope at 642-8329 or email dkstoope@yahoo.com.

 

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