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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Linley White Recognized by Peers for Volutneer Efforts

Linley White (with medal) and his wife Becki stand with others at the luncheon in Jackson on Tuesday. (David Jackson photo)

Jackson, Tenn.- R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center director Linley White was recognized along with eight other citizens from West Tennessee for his volunteer spirit and service to others with the Jefferson Award at an event in Jackson on Tuesday.

Established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert Taft Jr. And Sam Beard, the award recognizes as stated by Leaders Credit Union CEO Todd Swims, “ordinary citizens seeing opportunities around them to become the hands of our creator in assisting others in need.”

The luncheon hosted at the Jackson Country Club by WBBJ TV and Leaders Credit Union recognized nine individuals from West Tennessee who had been nominated by their peers. White and his wife “retired” here to enjoy the lake, and take it easy. But in Linley’s words, “God had something else in mind.” Since 2010 the Whites have been involved with the R.E.A.L. Hope program that intervenes in the lives of not only children from pre-school through middle school but also allows high school students to serve as mentors and volunteers to others.

In a real sense the Whites contribution is echoed through others. The 110th Tennessee State Legislature presented a resolution on the house floor recognizing by name all 9 recipients of the award for West Tennessee. Lori Collins of Jackson who operates the Redemption Road Rescue Mission for horses and abused animals was selected from the nine to represent West Tennessee in Washington later in the year.

Two HCHS Students Sign With Arts Schools

Paris, Tenn.- Recently two Henry High School seniors signed college scholarships to participate in performing arts programs at two Tennessee Universities.

DaeShuana Aldridge:

  • $9,200.00 per year for four years
  •  At the University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Will be participating with the UTM Vocal Studio
  • Studying under Dr. Amy Yeung
  • She is majoring in Vocal Performance
  • She wants to pursue a career in vocal performance and music education
  • She has been a HCHS Madrigal for 2 years – award winning group
  • She has been involved with the vocal arts program at HCHS for 4 years
  • She has placed 3rd Chair at All State Competition and 7th Chair at All North West Competition
  • She was selected as Most Talented for the Class of 2018
  • She has performed at numerous venues, festivals, and programs with the Madrigals. She performed at the 2017-2018 HCHS Black History Month Program to a standing ovation from her teachers and peers. She performed a very moving and emotional solo with the song “Wade in the Water”.

Taryn Jones:

  • $5,000.00 per year for four years with opportunity to increase amount of scholarship yearly
  • At Middle Tennessee State University
  • Will be participating in dance program specializing in Ballet and Contemporary Dance
  • She is Majoring in Dance – MTSU has the only dance major in the state, selecting only 20 students per year
  • Studying under Marsha Barsky
  • She wants to pursue a career in dance performance or dance rehabilitation
  • She has taken dance lessons since the age of 3 at various dance studios
  • Most recently studying at Dancing Generations Studio under Lissa-Marie Davidson
  • She is also an instructor for ages 3 to 5 in ballet at Dancing Generations Studio.
  • She is currently working on her senior performance on May 24th and 25th at KPAC
  • She starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the dancee2 studios presentation of “The Nutcracker” in 2017
  • She has also performed such as Cleopatra, Minnie Mouse, and Esmerelda.

Downtown Cruise-In Postponed Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Cruise-In scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30pm has been postponed due to the wet weather. It will be rescheduled for next Tuesday May 1st from 5:30pm to 7pm on the court square.

BPU Board Sees Action Plan for Proposed Elec. Rate Increases

BPU GM Terry Wimberley discusses the electric rate action plan for the next 5 years at Tuesday's BPU board meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met Tuesday morning and General Manager Terry Wimberley presented the board with a proposed Electric Rate Action plan that would see residential customers paying $1.90 more per month starting October 1, 2018, with another rate increase of $1.40 per month coming in October 2019.

Wimberley said TVA has to see the rate action plan BPU is proposing as TVA is planning some changes to their rate structure and process. TVA wants to see the local utilities plans by June, so Wimberley said, “we are presenting it now, and we will vote on at the May board meeting.”

Wimberley said in changing the rate design, they hope to accomplish three primary goals: adhere to the public power model as BPU is a not-for-profit that provides safe, reliable, low-cost electricity to customers; establish a five year financial plan that identifies revenue requirements for desired cash levels, capital spending, and debt service over that 5 year period; and achieve these revenue requirements with no more than two rate increases over the next 5 years.

The last rate increase for Electric came in October of 2013, so Wimberley said increasing twice in what will be a ten year period is pretty good and evidence of our desire to keep costs low for our customers.

The only major capital project set for the next 5 years in the Electric Department is the Eagle Creek Substation and Wimberley said they are factoring those potential costs in along with keep cash flow at or above $3.75M over the next 5 year period.

The rate increase is based on $1.40 per month in 2018 and 2019 coming in the form of Service Availability Charges, which are designed to cover a portion of BPU’s fixed rate costs. Customers who have small general services such as a barn that has electricity and other things would also see a .50 per month increase as well.

In the first year, the rate increase on customers will actually be $1.90 per month, with .50 going strictly to TVA as they will be implementing a wholesale rate structure change with a new Grid Access Charge. The change is not revenue neutral therefore the extra 50 cents added will help recoup some of the incurred cost.

Wimberley said, unless for some reason TVA changes their wholesale rate structure again next spring, that extra .50 wouldn’t be needed in 2019 and the rate increase then would just be $1.40 per month.

In addition to the residential increase, the rate action plan set to take place in October involves a realignment in large industrial rates for the 5 biggest customers of BPU. Wimberley said this is not an increase or decrease in rates for these industries, but rather a realignment, which could allow the companies to realize some savings.

Wimberley said with this allows BPU to improve correlation between how we collected revenue and cost to serve this class of customers. If these industries can shift some of the peak load times around and take off the BPU’s peak load times for residential customers, it would bring BPU’s cost down with TVA’s in regards to purchased power and the company would see some savings with their bills. These industries will now be able to do some shifting around to help reduce their electrical cost, which many have said is their biggest cost in doing business. Wimberley said, if the businesses don’t change the way they do things or try to offset their peak load times, they will not see any savings.

Again the board will vote on the rate action plan at the May BPU board meeting.

In other action, Wimberley explained the bids for office renovations had came in last week, and some costs were higher than expected. He said they didn’t have enough time to look at all the numbers and asked the board to come back next Thursday May 3rd for a special called meeting. He said at that meeting we will go over the bids, the costs, and approve one of the bids.

The board also approved write-offs for the quarter in the amount of $11, 894. This is down some from this time last year. Some of the water and wastewater write-offs are higher and there is talk about doing some increased deposit charges to help offset that in the future.

Rain, Wet Fields Cancel Baseball, Softball Games

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's baseball game at home against Kenwood has been cancelled for Tuesday just as Monday night's game at Kenwood was cancelled because of wet weather. The teams will play a varsity doubleheader at Kenwood Wednesday to make the games up.

Tuesday's HCHS softball game with Northeast in Clarksville has also been cancelled. No word on makeup yet with this one.

DQ Grill and Chill Hosts April Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- The Chamber Coffee was held Tuesday morning at the DQ Grill and Chill on Mineral Wells Avenue. Ten new members were welcomed as joining the chamber and everyone enjoyed fellowship. (David Jackson photos)


HCHS Jazz Band Receives Superior Ratings

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble received a Superior Rating at the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Jazz Festival this past Friday at Bartlett High School. This is the highest rating that an ensemble could earn at the event.

The students participated in a clinic after their performance with nationally known jazz musicians and educators. Members are: Abigail Littrell, Clayton Caudill, Hannah Presson, Alissa Underwood, Teriana Lane, Bradley Barrett, Shelby Cave, Michael Bertouille, Luke Weatherly, Cameron Napier, Alec Watkins, Zack Rains, Libby Caldwell, Justin Bond, Kaitlyn Kollmann, Emma Walters, Aaron McDonald, Macy Barron, Autumn Ray, Garrett McKinney, Benjamin Smith, Austin Cromp, Donald Brewer, Leia Jackson, Thomas Holcomb and Matthew Ross. 

Dave Ramsey Speaks at UTM

Dave Ramsey (center) is pictured with University of Tennessee System President Joe DiPietro (left) and UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver. (UTM photo)

Martin, Tenn.- Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert and national radio personality, spoke on the “power of intentionality” April 19 during the Ned Ray McWherter Institute’s Igniting Innovation event at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Ramsey reflected on his first trip up the financial ladder not long after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ramsey said he made mistakes after obtaining close to $4 million in real estate property, and the bank notes came due.

“We hit rock bottom – ‘splat!’ And I remember standing in the shower … I just stood there and cried because I was so screwed – a 28-year-old kid with babies, and I didn’t know how I was going to pay my bills,” he said. “I went from nothing to rich to nothing. … I’d like to tell you we bounced back, but when you fall that far you really don’t bounce, it’s more of a splat. I sat around and whined and complained to everybody else. … You’re either a victim or a victor, and you get to decide, I guess. I blamed everybody else for a while, and then I figured out it was my fault. I think they call that growing up.”

Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. His company, Ramsey Solutions, is committed to helping people regain control of their money, build wealth, grow their leadership skills and enhance their lives through personal development. Ramsey has authored seven best-selling books. “The Dave Ramsey Show” is heard by more than 13 million listeners each week on more than 600 radio stations and digitally through podcasts, online audio streaming and a 24-hour online streaming video channel.  

However, his first attempts to break into the financial management world were less than perfect. In fact, he fell short of his distribution goals for the “Financial Peace University” program during its first four years on the market. Now, after decades of persistence, that course is taught all over the world, to many United States military personnel and to 41 percent of high school students.

Ramsey told more than 300 people in attendance that failure is not only an expected part of life, it is the part of life that truly makes successful people who they are.

“If you’ve made a mistake, learn from your mistake and put something fresh in to offset the junk in your life. If you’ve made a mistake that means you’re breathing. You’re human. You’re part of this race we call the human race. If you haven’t made any, you’re not trying hard enough,” he said. “The gleaming mountain of success is actually a huge pile of garbage; (successful people are) just standing on it instead of lying under it.”

Ramsey stressed the idea that what a person chooses to put into his life is what he should expect to reap.

“If a farmer plants corn, he isn’t shocked when corn comes up. If you plant cotton, you expect cotton to grow. If you plant nothing, you kind of expect dirt. You’re going to get back what you put out 100 percent of the time. The same is true with our minds. What we put into our mind, what we put into our brain, what we put into our spirit, that’s what we’re going to get out,” he said. “The mind is incredibly fertile land. Here’s what’s interesting, even if you’ve screwed up, even if you’ve failed, even if you’ve messed up, if you just start putting clean in … it will flush out the garbage.”

He later advised the audience to write out specific, measurable mission statements for their dreams. Dreams wearing “work clothes” become goals, he said, and goals that aren’t born of dreams lack energy and will go nowhere.

Ramsey appeared as keynote speaker of the 2018 Igniting Innovation event – a fundraiser for UT Martin’s Ned Ray McWherter Institute. NRMI is a selective program that focuses on promoting innovation by offering students a three-year experience to grow both individually and collaboratively through mentorships, domestic and international travels, networking events and professional development training.

The evening, organized by the institute’s sophomore class, was reserved for table sponsors and invited guests and raised approximately $40,000 for the institute.

For more information on the Ned Ray McWherter Institute, contact Joyanne Gansereit, program coordinator, at 731-881-3620 or by email at gansereit@utm.edu.

Reminder: Cruise In Set for Tues. Afternoon at 5:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association Cruise Ins will begin April 24th and continue on the fourth Tuesday of the month in May, June, August, and September. The cruise-ins run from 5:30pm to 7pm on the east side of the courthouse. All classic cars are welcome and those without classic cars are welcome to come enjoy the event for free as well.

The first cruise-in this season, set for Tuesday April 24th, will be dedicated to the late William “Bill” Bussey. Bill passed away December 31st of last year. He was an avid supporter of the cruise-ins always driving his classic cars and bringing friends with him to the event. Bussey supported the DPA and was a retired officer with the City of Paris after 20 years of service.

The Cruise-ins always have live music and this Tuesday will feature the Old Spirits performing for the crowd. Prizes are awarded to car owners every 15 minutes and Perry’s BBQ will sell bbq sandwiches and drinks. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fellowship at the DPA’s Cruise-ins all spring and summer long. For more information, call 731-653-7274.

Budweiser Clydesdales At Livestock Barn This Week

The Clydesdales are at the Livestock Barn this week.

Paris, Tenn.- Some of the most majestic animals you will ever see are viewable at the Livestock Barn at the Henry County Fairgrounds this week. The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are in town for the 65th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry and the public can come view after noon Tuesday and Wednesdays and other times as well. The Clydesdales will be on the IPRA Rodeo Thursday night and of course will be part of Friday's Grand Parade.

The Clydesdales range from 5-8 years old, stand at or over 6 feet tall and weigh over 1800 pounds. The Clydesdales eat around 50 pounds of Timothy hay per day, 20-25 quarts of feed, and drink around 30 gallons of water per day. A Dalmatian always travels with the hitch as well. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Bud is the Dalmatian that travels with this group of Clydesdales. He was resting after traveling and running around earlier in the day.

Large Crowd For WBFF Kick Off Dance

Paris, Tenn.- A great crowd came out to officially kick off the 65th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry at Monday night's Kick-Off Dance. The dance was moved to the Enoch Building as the threat of rain was in the forecast all day Monday. Concessions were sold, Hostess Princess and her Court were on hand, and the Ray Lewis Band performed a great variety of music which lead to some line dancing, couples dancing, and more. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

TBI Launches New Online Tool To Help Public Track Crime

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a new, online tool to better help the public track crime in their communities.

The CrimeInsight TOPS (Theme-Oriented Public Site) platform allows users to quickly navigate through key data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

On the platform, available online at https://crimeinsight.tbi.tn.gov/tops/, users can select a law enforcement agency, a year, and a data set – either Drugs/DUI, Violent Crime, or Property Crime – before selecting ‘Go.’ The resulting page displays key definitions, data in a set of relevant charts and graphs, and year-to-year trends. The platform also incorporates print and download features, along with access links to the raw data and social media integration. Currently, the TOPS platform offers data from 2001 to 2016. 2017 data will be released later this month, to coincide with the agency’s release of its annual ‘Crime in Tennessee’ publication.

“This platform is the next step forward in our commitment to help Tennesseans better understand the crime occurring in their communities,” said Pam Beck, who oversees Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) for the TBI. “We’ve worked hard to make sure this information is as clear and easy-to-understand as possible.”

The project, funded by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, makes Tennessee one of only two states in the country to offer the public this level and quality of online crime data.

As always, and in accordance to federal crime reporting guidance, the TBI discourages the use of this data to rank or compare jurisdictions. Instead, in the agency’s assessment, it is more helpful – and fair – to compare an agency’s data over a period of time.

Tuesday's Schedule at WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday’s events at the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry include the carnival opening up at the Fairgrounds for the first time. It is $5 off armbands with discounted coupons from school and will be open from 5-11pm. The Country Dance will be held at the Enoch Building from 7-10pm. Admission is $5 and The Legends will provide entertainment. For continuing coverage of the Fish Fry head to our website, wmufradio.com and listen to our radio stations.

Details, Charges Released by THP in Thursday's Wreck on 641 S.

Paris, Tenn.- Details and charges have been released by Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in the four vehicle accident that occurred around 5pm last Thursday April 19th.

The report stated that vehicle 1, a 1997 Chevy Silverado driven by a juvenile from Henry, and vehicle 2, a 2003 Ford F250 driven by Malachi Allgood, age 27 of Camden, were both drag racing travelling south on Hwy. 641 S. Allgood passed two other vehicles in the emergency lane before entering the highway again and striking vehicle 3, a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Raymond Beachy of Pleasantvile, TN. Beachy was pulling a utility trailer with his vehicle, which is where Allgood struck.

Once struck by Allgood's vehicle, the Ram began to yaw in clockwise motion, which struck vehicle 4, a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Robert Marsden, Jr., of Springville. Marsden was traveling north on Hwy. 641 S.

Marsden was redirected after striking the trailer and struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway. The Chevy Silverado, driven by the juvenile, came to a stop near the scene without striking anyone. Allgood's vehicle came to an uncontrolled stop against the roof of the Dodge Ram in the southbound lane facing south. The Dodge Ram came to a uncontrolled final rest in the emergency lane of the northbound lane facing north.

Injured in the crash was Marsden, but the extent of injuries is unknown but are not believed to be life threatening.

The juvenile was charged with drag racing by the THP. Malachi Allgood, of Camden, was charged with drag racing, no seatbelt, and DUI as alcohol was detected.

TBI Charges Former Dickson Co. Probation Officer With Official Misconduct

Dickson, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a former Dickson County probation officer on charges of official misconduct.  

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on September 6, 2017, TBI Agents began investigating allegations of misconduct by an individual who was, at that time, employed as a private probation officer in Dickson County. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that in April 2017 and September 2017, that individual exchanged sexual favors for leniency in payments for probationers. Agents were able to identify that individual as Christian Tyrone.  

On March 6th, the Dickson County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Christian James Tyrone (DOB 05/27/1966) with two counts of Official Misconduct. Today, TBI Agents arrested Tyrone. He was booked into the Dickson County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Results from Cast N Blast Released

Buchanan, Tenn.- The weigh-ins and winners from this past Saturday's Cast N Blast to benefit the Carl Perkins Center have been released. Around $11K was raised for the center.

Winning 1st Place at the Bass Tournament and taking home $1250 was Brian Wilson and Michael Smith with a total weight of 25.75.

2nd place $600 at 22.95- Andy Tyler and Buddy Wallace

3rd place $400 at 21.43- Jack Hehn and Jason Almond

4th place $300 at 20.37- Mike Arnold and Daniel Sepeck

5th place $200 at 19.65- Marion Yahn and Griffin Estes

6th place $150 at 17.57- Cliff Curd and Ed Gettys

7th place $100 at 16.85- Michael and Bill Wasden

Big Fish $250 at 8.02- Brian Wilson and Michael Smith

The winners in the Turkey Blast were William Flanagan, highest scoring bird by an adult with a 65. 875. Highest team score of 114 went to Monte Belew and Kurtis Bramlett.

City, County Officers Respond to Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of two galvanized gates being stolen from Palestine Road. There are no suspects at this time and the value of the gates are around $170.

A resident of Wynn St. reported to Lt. Josh Frey that someone stole four puppies from her fenced in back yard. In the report, a neighbor saw two white males and two white females enter the fenced in area and take the puppies. Investigation is still ongoing.

Ptl. Daniel Andrews of the Paris Police Department responded to Harrison Lane in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim said he was taking his son inside and left his 2007 Chrysler running in the parking lot. Minutes later when he came back out to leave, the vehicle was gone. There are no suspects.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department took a report of a burglary from a salon on Hwy. 69 N. The rear window was broken and the place was ransacked and several items were stolen including some photography equipment, jewelry, food, and other items. The total value of items that were stolen is around $2K. There are no suspects.

HCTA Sends Requests, Approves Funding for 3 2019 Fishing Tournaments

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority approved possible funding for three different fishing tournaments at their meeting Monday morning. The board approved sending a proposal and funding $18K of the requested $20K to the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League FLW event set for some time in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. David Hamilton said the event is a large one which will bring around 400 anglers and their families to the area for about 7 days, four days of practice and 3 days of competition.

The full field will compete on Thursday and Friday of the tournament and on Saturday the top 24 will compete for the championship. The estimated total economic impact for this tournament will be around $1.18M.

The HCTA also approved sending a request and funding $3500 for the Tennessee Bass Federation’s High School State Championship event for this summer. The group will send 100 plus boats for the tournament. This event will be held in the summer or fall of 2019 as well.

Another request for $8500 for the Tennessee Bass Federation West Division event was approved by the Tourism Authority Monday morning. This event should bring in 230-250 anglers and their families and would be held in 2019.

Kick-Off Dance Planned for Monday during WBFF Has Been Moved to Enoch Building

Paris, Tenn.- Events on Monday evening for the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry include the Kick-off Street Dance. The dance is free admission and will run from 7-9pm Monday evening. The Dance wwas scheduled for downtown but due to the threat of continued rain all day, the dance will be held at the Enoch Building at the Fairgrounds.

The Ray Lewis Band will be the entertainment.

Suspect of Waffle House Shooting Added To TBI’S ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’

(TBI photo)

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, Travis Reinking.

Reinking (DOB 2-1-89) is wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the TBI to face charges, including three counts of Criminal Homicide, in connection to a shooting that occurred at a Waffle House in Antioch early this morning. The shooting incident remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Reinking should be considered armed and dangerous.

Reinking is a white man, who stands 6’4” and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.

Man Charged With Aggravated Assault, Victim Flown To Vanderbilt

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police charged TrekQuan Rutherford, age 19, of 426 Harrison Lane for Aggravated assault on another man who was flown because of his injuries to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

The report from Lt. Josh Frey stated he responded to Brookfield Apartments main parking lot to a man down and unconscious from being jumped. Lt. Frey identified the man as Derrick Tyler. Tyler was not moving much and witness told Lt. Frey some people had jumped him and one beat him with a 4-way lug wrench. Lt. Frey immediately then called EMS to the scene and they came to pick Tyler up and take him to Henry County Medical Center.

Lt. Frey continued to gather information and witnesses named TrekQuan Rutherford as the man who used the 4-way lug wrench. Sgt. Greg Underwood was able to find Rutherford at his home on Harrison Lane. Officers did speak with him and another woman on hand at the residence and she gave them the 4-way lug wrench. Rutherford was asked to come to City Hall and he was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Vanderbilt Medical Center was contacted, but due to this incident still being under investigation, could not give any information on Tyler.

Henry County Track Winners of Eastern Relay

(Lance Winders photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County track teams participated in the Eastern Relays on Friday and Saturday at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. The Henry County High School track team took 16th place out of a total of 63 teams.

High School Boy’s 3200 Meters (107 runners total in four heats)

Titus Winders – 2nd overall – 8:52

Silas Winders – 6th overall – 9:01

Cole Davis – 9:56

High School Boy’s 1600 Meters (50 runners total in three heats)

Titus Winders – 2nd overall – 4:21

Silas Winders – 12th overall – 4:27

Cole Davis – 4:45

Middle School Girl’s Mile (28 runners)

Dinah Winders – 5th overall – 5:31

Large Crowd Enjoys Saturday Night Demo Derby

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual WBFF officially kicked off on Saturday and one of the always popular events was the Demolition Derby. There was a large crowd on hand that enjoyed the beautiful weather and the sights and sounds of the derby.

Sobriety Checkpoints To Be Conducted

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, sobriety checkpoints will be conducted over the next couple weeks throughout Henry County. The checkpoints will be done to minimize D.U.I.s and to promote safe driving.

Two Paris Men Arrested

(Mobile Patrol photo)

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Lancaster and Lt. Ramos were performing routine patrol when they observed a white Chevy Impala that was called in regards to a warrant. The vehicle turned into a driveway at 303 Powell Street.

Lt. Ramos spoke with the driver who falsely advised that the subject Lt. Ramos was looking for was not in the vehicle. After Lt. Ramos looked into the vehicle, he in fact did observe that Terrell Cowan, age 42, of Bolin Street was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver denied consent to search the vehicle. Ramos ran his K9 partner, Kenzee around the vehicle and the K9 alerted on the driver side door. The vehicle was searched and a small amount of marijuana shake was found in a plastic bag in the rear seat.

The passenger in the rear seat, identified as Donald Jenkins, age 41, of Madison Street, was searched and a small bag of marijuana was found in his front pocket. Cowan was placed under arrest for an active violation for the sex offender registry warrant and  Jenkins was placed under arrest due to not having identification.

Cowan and Jenkins were both transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

5k Hushpuppy Dash Held Saturday Morning

(Kelly Corbitt photo credit)

Paris, Tenn.- The Overall Male Winners were Jay Hosford, Slayden Hosford and Grayson Garland.

Masters winner was Jeremy Owen.

10 & Under winner was Owen Wade.

Age 11-14 winner was Bryan Hall

Age 25-29 winner was Seth Dean

Age 40-44 winner was Jason Corbitt

Age 65-69 winner was David Kelly

The Overall Female Winners were Sara Mathis, Sherry Smith and Stephanie Carothers.

Masters winner was Jessica Mathis

Age 11-14 winner was Matilyn Beddies

Age 25-29 winner was Nicole Hosford

Age 30-34 winner was Kate Hall

Age 35-39 winner was Crissy Holland

Age 40-44 winner was Kristen Williams

Age 55-59 winner was Sherry Smith

Age 65-69 winner was Gloria Barret

WBFF Bed Races Held Saturday

(Melanie Morris photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Bed Races was a hit on Saturday morning and many hope it will be added as an annual event for upcoming years. Coming in first place was a team from JC Educational and Office Supply while second place was earned by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

McKenzie Man Charged With Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Dispatch received a call of a man who appeared drunk staggering around while walking down the road in the area of HWY 69 and HWY 218.

Upon arrival, Deputy Stacey Bostwick observed the subject as he was about to fall down a hill. Deputy Bostwick also observed that he was highly intoxicated. The man identified as Barry Wayne Moore, Age 54, of 581 Walnut Street in McKenzie advised that he had been drinking since 9PM the previous day and was trying to walk to McKenzie.

Moore was placed under arrest for public intoxication for his safety and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

Springville Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire

(Chief James Martin Photo)

Springville, Tenn.- Friday was First Responder's Appreciation Day at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Paris. Volunteer Fire Departments from all eight departments in Henry County were in attendance for the first part of the morning until 911 calls came out for a structure fire on Bud Road in the Springville Volunteer Department's area. The Springville Volunteer Fire Unit quickly packed up and headed to the fire call. Oakland Volunteer Unit and a Paris Landing Volunteer Unit responded to the call as mutual aid.  According to the Oakland Fire chief the double wide mobile home was completely engulfed by the time units were able to respond. Other information concerning how the fire started and the owner of the property have not been determined at this point. The fire is still under investigation.

Asian Carp Incentive Meeting Held Friday

TWRA Shares Ideas for Management of Asian Carp (Gary Benton photo)

Paris, Tenn.- TWRA held a meeting with local fishers on Friday at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The goals of the meeting were to share and discuss ideas for managing the quickly growing population of Asian Carp in Kentucky Lake and the Tennessee River. The role of commercial fishers in the management of Asian Carp was highlighted with discussion of ideas for offering incentive programs. Some of the incentive plan guidelines are to keep the programs simple, to directly benefit commercial fishers and to be fiscally responsible while still generating excitement toward the programs.

The TWRA is currently seeking input and ideas for ways to manage the spawning and growing abundance of the Asian Carp invading our local waterways. Send comments or suggestions to eric.ganus@tn.gov.


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