From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh
Get Your Tickets for Lions Club Chili Day Feb.28th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lions Club Chili Day is set for Tuesday, February 28th at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 11am to 7pm. Tickets for the Chili Day cost $10 per person. Dine in and takeout is available. All you can eat chili is dine in only. The Chili Day features the famous Lions Club Chili, dessert and drinks.
Paris-HC Rescue Squad Takes Part in K-9 Cadaver Training at KY Lake
Millie, 7-year-old Labradoodle, alerting her K-9 Handler, Robin Moore, that there are human remains in the area. (Cassie Walsh photos)
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Cumberland K-9 Search and Recovery Team came up to Kentucky Lake on Sunday, where they worked with the Paris Henry County Rescue Squad to help train the K-9’s to search for cadavers on land and water to get ready for their NAPWDA certification test that is coming up in March in Montgomery County.
In the NAPWDA certification test, the dogs must hit on a minimum of 13 out of 14 targets in the test in order for the canines to be certified. The K-9’s are trained to find cadavers in open woods, vehicles, ruble piles, in the water and underground.
Millie finds the cadaver, which is placenta, placed in the water. (Cassie Walsh photos)
Currently the Cumberland K-9 Search and Recovery Team has six dogs that are training to search for cadavers in water and they have one dog that is training to search by air and scent. The Cumberland K-9 Search and Recovery will have three dogs re-certify and four dogs that will certify in search and recovery.
Robin Moore, Captain and K-9 Handler from the Cumberland K-9 Search and Recovery, said that their canines are trained to search for cadavers and the dogs will not alert to animal remains since they are trained to only react to human odors and scents.
The teams also worked on training their K-9s to get water certified, which means that a boat operator, the handler and the K-9 will go out in a boat to search for human remains. And the boat operator and the handler will watch the K-9’s body language and listen to the dog bark which will let them know that the K-9 can smell human remains in the area. Only 25% of all K-9 search and recovery dogs are water certified.
River, a 14 month old British Labrador, alerts to a cadaver that is buried in the woods. (Cassie Walsh photos)
Some K-9’s will alert to the scent of human remains through body language, while others will alert through sounds or both. Canines that are trained in search and recovery can be purebred or mixed breed depending on the trainer’s preference. All of the dogs’ wear life jackets in case of emergency and when the dog jumps in the water the boat the boat operator will shut off the engine as a safety measure in protecting the K-9.
River tracks through the woods and alerts to a cadaver that is buried in the water. (Cassie Walsh photos)
When the K-9 is out on the water they are unable to follow their noses so they have to smell surface of the water in order to find the cadaver, but the dogs usually don’t get a hit on the exact place the cadaver is located they just find a smaller search area where the cadaver is located. Only 25% of all K-9 search and recovery dogs are water certified.
Robin Moore, Teresa Dabbs, Krista Tucker, Jon Tucker, Rob Camper and Ngatotata from the Cumberland K-9 Search and Recovery Team attended the cadaver training at Kentucky Lake. And Carol Tedford, Chris Jones, Kenny Medlock and Danny Tucker from the Paris Henry County Rescue Squad also assisted in Sunday’s K-9 cadaver training.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department sponsored the Cumberland K-9 Search and Recovery cadaver training at Kentucky Lake on Sunday since they work closely with the HCSO and other police departments that might need their services.
Winners Announced for This Year's Krider Idol
The 12 Krider Idol contestants waiting to see who won. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Twelve talented musicians competed in this year’s Krider Idol which was held at KPAC on Saturday night.
Iris Shepherd, Anyla Teague, Thomas Holcomb, Sloane Russell and Gideon Shepherd all competed in the 9-12-year age group. And in the 9-12-year age group, Iris Shepherd won.
In the group division Meridith Roberson and Jordan Shepherd, Zoe Pouliot and Lynn Chau, and Iris and Gideon Shepherd competed on Saturday. In the group category, Meridith Roberson and Jordan Shepherd won.
Seven talented musicians competed in the in the 13-18-year age group. Noah Smith, Jordan Shepherd, Zoe Pouliot, Meridith Roberson, Riley Jenkins, Winifred Jones and Lynn Chau all competed to win in the 13-18-year age group. And in the 13-18-year age group Noah Smith won.
McKenzie Man Arrested for Theft and Assault
Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Michael W. Welch, age 37 of 68 Paris Street of McKenzie, on Friday for aggravated assault and shoplifting. Welch was placed on $10,000 bond.
Trees Will be Given Away on Arbor Day, March 3rd at 9am
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Soil Conservation District will be giving away trees on Arbor Day, Friday, March 3rd at the USDA Service Center, which is located at 408 North Market Street in Paris. The Henry County Soil Conservation District will be giving away trees beginning at 9am and they will continue giving away trees while supplies last.
They will be giving away Virginia Pine, Sawtooth Oak, Native Sweet Pecan, American Plum, and Hybrid Chestnut.
Springville Fire Dept. Chili Supper is March 11th
Springville, Tenn.- The Springville Community Fire Department will hold a Chili Supper Fundraiser and Annual meeting on Saturday, March 11th from 4pm to 7pm at the Springville Community Center, located at 95 Broadview Road.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and children 10 and under eat for $4. The chili supper includes, chili, hot dog, dessert and drinks.
Paris Woman Arrested on Possession Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Jo Anne Grayson, age 47 of 5100 Highway 79 South of Paris, on Friday for three counts of simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Grayson was placed on $4,000 bond.
PSSD Closed on Monday, February 27th Due to Illness
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District will be closed on Monday, February 27th due to illness. The Paris Special School District hopes that this extended weekend will stop the spread of the various illnesses that have affected their students and staff.
Paris Woman Arrested on Multiple Possession Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Heather Michelle Sands, age 30 of 909 Minor Street of Paris, on Friday for two counts of reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, two counts of possession of a schedule IV substance with intent and possession of a schedule II substance with intent. Sands was placed on $75,000 bond.
Lady Patriots Fall to Station Camp in a Close Match Up
Paris, Tenn.-In the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament after coming back from a 20 point deficit, the Lady Patriots lost to the Station Camp Lady Bisons on Friday 73 to 71. Gracie Osbron led the Lady Patriots with 30 points, Emily Gilstrap had 15 points and Caroline Singleton had 10 points. The Henry County Lady Patriots finish the season 21-7.
HC Trustee's Office Open Saturday for Property Tax Payments
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Trustee’s Office will be open on Saturday, February 25th from 8am to 12pm for people who need to pay their property taxes which are due on Tuesday, February 28th.
You can make payments at the Henry County Trustee’s Office which located in the Henry County Courthouse Annex, at 213 W. Washington Street. Normal office hours are 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Outside the entrance to the Annex, there is a secured night deposit box for payments.
You can still pay your property taxes after the February 28th deadline, but from the first day of each month beginning March 1st, interest and penalty will accrue at a rate of 1.5 percent per month, which will be added to your tax amount.
If the Post Office fails to postmark your payment by the dates due it is considered a late payment. This applies even if you mail your payment on time. Online property tax payments made through the BIS system are recognized by the county as paid on the date of the online transaction.
12 Talented Musicians Compete for Krider Idol on Sat, Feb. 25th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Youth for the Arts will host Krider Idol Saturday February 25th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Twelve talented musicians will compete to be crowned the winner of Krider Idol.
Tickets cost $5 and tickets are available at the Arts Council’s website, www.phcarts.com, from any participant. You can also purchase your tickets at the door.
For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955 or email email@example.com.
PSSD Closing School on Monday, February 27th
Paris Special School District Superintendent of Schools Mike Brown said that although the District wide numbers have not fallen below 88% attendance on any day, we do have one school that has been affected more drastically.
Eight out of the 11 teachers are absent across the district especially the Paris Elementary teachers. Although the subs, educational assistants, and other adults do an amazing job, the ability to deliver instruction at the level that is expectant for our students has become increasingly difficult.
The central office on Highway 641 South in Paris will remain open and the administrative staff will also be on site to work collaboratively with our custodial service to perform deep cleaning and to disinfect our classrooms.
Mike Brown also wanted to caution our PSSD families that school is not the only place where sickness can be spread. The PSSD is encouraging our families to use caution at all public venues this weekend as a way to help make sure that when the students can return on Tuesday. The extra day should help many of our students and adults fully recovered and they are ready for learning to take place.
Closing school is a difficult decision because it affects so many more families than just those who are currently sick. Please know that they monitor attendance daily and the PSSD is always trying to make the best decision for our students and our adults and I will continue to do so when we return next week.
HCSO Takes Part in Annual Seatbelts are for Everyone Campaign
Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.
Sheriff Monte Belew comments, "The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a concentrated effort to monitor and enforce seatbelt usage to insure the safety of motorists on our roadways. Safety is our goal and priority."
2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results: 1,717 child restraint violations, 21,562 seat belt citations and 723 other seat belt enforcement activities.
"In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%," said THSO Director Vic Donoho. "Last year, we saw that average raise to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we're striving for ninety percent or higher."
This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6pm. and 5:59am. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are from people who are not wearing seat belts. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.
District Governor for Rotary Visits Paris Rotary Club
Chuck Barnett, District Governor for Rotary, speaking to the Paris Rotary Club. (David Jackson photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The District Governor for Rotary, Chuck Barnett, visited the Paris Rotary Club on Thursday. Barnett encouraged club members to find younger men and women to serve with the clubs. He pointed out that Paul Harris, one of the original founders of Rotary, was only 37 years old when he and a few other business friends formed the first club in Iowa.
Barnett noted that over the years Rotary has continued to grow and become the most well-known service organization in the world with its greatest service project seeking to eradicate Polio from the world. That goal has been supported by the Gates Foundation to the tune of several million dollars and has seen the effort widely successful but still just a little short.
Barnett, a member of the Gallatin Rotary Club became a member in 2002 but, as he put it, "I became a member but didn't really become a Rotarian until a little later." His emphasis being that until you really get involved in the Rotary service projects you're not really a Rotarian. He encouraged younger members of the club to become more involved in service projects. As the motto of the Rotary Club suggests, "Service above self."
HCHD Closing Osage Crossland Road Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Osage Crossland Road on Monday February 27th for culvert installation, weather permitting. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile southest of Pled Wade Road. The road will be back open for afternoon traffic. In case of inclement weather, the closure will bbe Tuesday February 28th.
Red Cross Life Guard Training Courses Planned for March
Paris, Tenn.- A Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class will be offered in our area where participants can become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard and be trained in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Participants must be 15 years of age or older and must pass a pretest on March 8th which includes a 300-yard swim, a timed 10lb. weight test, anda two minute tread test using only your legs.
Participants must also be present at all classes and here is the schedule. Wednesday March 8th, 6-8pm, Bethel University Pool; Thursday March 9th, 5-9pm at Paris Civic Center Pool; Friday March 10th, 5-9pm Civic Center Pool; Saturday March 11th, 9am-6pm at Civic Center Pool; and Sunday March 12th 2-6pm at Bethel Pool.
Cost of the class is $200 and the certification is valid for 2 years. For more information or to register for the class contact Sarah Luffman at 615-202-3670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants should bring swim suits, towels, and pencils to every meeting.
Street Light Audit to Begin Tues. Feb. 28th
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from City Manager Kim Foster stated that representatives with Tanko Lighting will begin the physical audit of every street light within the City of Paris on Tuesday February 28th. Foster said this is part of the energy efficiency project with Trane where the the City of Paris will be replacing every street light with LED lights.
Foster said in the press release reps from Tanko will be walking thru the City and examining each individual pole and light and they should be wearing reflective clothing and will have identification confirming they are with Tanko. Their vehicles will also be marked with the company logo. The physical audit will take 3-4 weeks to complete.
The City of Paris currently uses High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights for many of their streetlights and the plan is to replace those with Light Emitting Diodes, or LED that are more energy efficient, have longer life spans, and produce a better color and quality of light than HPS lights.
The LED lights will be a cooler, white light, where HPS lights are more orange colored. The LED fixtures appear to be dimmer, but they create a more even pool of light while the HPS fixtures tend to produce a bright spot directly underneath the fixture. The LED light stretches across the roadway.
The City began this LED conversion project to reduce its energy consumption and maintenance costs associated with street lighting. The project will replace over 2500 streetlights throughout Paris. The HPS streetlights will be recycled in accordance with Federal and State guidelines.
For more information on the LED Streetlight Conversion project call the City Business Office at 641-1402.
Preserve Paris Input Meeting Set for Feb. 28th
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will hold a follow up meeting for Preserve Paris on Tuesday February 28th at 5:30pm at the City Hall Courtroom. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the two clean sweep days held in 2016 and see what worked well and what needs to be tinkered with.
The City is seeking feedback from those events and also ideas about which direction Preserve Paris should go in 2017. Preserve Paris is a neighborhood revitalization, preservation, and clean-up project that started in 2016. Last year Clean Sweep Days, where the entire neighborhood was cleaned up, happened at the Lee School and Atkins Porter neighborhood. Everyone is invited to the meeting on February 28th to give ideas and feedback.
St. Jude Children's Toy Drive Going on in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- Several area businesses and government agencies are drop off locations for the Healthy Child Challenge Toy Drive that has been started in Henry County to help put smiles on faces of children at St. Jude’s Hospital. They are seeking new toys to be dropped off between now and October 31st of this year and toy lists can be picked up at the drop off locations.
Drop off locations are: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Joe Mahan Ford, West Side Storage, Pot O Gold Pawn Shop, Premier Nissan, Hulme’s Sporting Goods, Lake Realtors, and the Northeast Henry County Public Utility District.
All monetary donations should be made to St. Jude thru their website at www.stjude.org, or by calling 1-800-822-6344. For more information on this Healthy Child Challenge Toy Drive, email email@example.com.
Reminder: VITA Taking Appointments for Tax Help
Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA site continues to work on Tuesdays from Atkins Porter from 9am to 4:30pm. Anyone who is a senior citizen, disabled, or with income $54K or less will be able to have their taxes completed and filed for free thru VITA’s tax preparers.
To make an appointment, call weekdays, except Tuesdays, at 642-4178. The number will not be in operation on Tuesdays. Be sure and bring proof of identification, social security cards, and all tax pertinent information with you when you come for you appointment. E-filing and Earned Income Credits can be done thru the VITA preparers. VITA will be open Tuesdays thru February and March.
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