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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

See What You Can Find in the Windows of the West Alley


Members of the Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Ray of the DPA, and artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe cutting the ribbon opening the Window of the West Alley. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The “Windows of the West Alley”, part of the Back Alley Paris project, officially opened Monday, March 27th for the public to come and view the beautiful artwork that combines history and art.

The morning opened with Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, members of the Chamber of Commerce and artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe cutting the ribbon to officially open the alley. If you want to see all of the stories about the murals, then you can go and see the Windows of the West Alley in person between Market and Fentress Streets in downtown Paris.

The “Back Alley Paris” project includes four murals and a fifth self-portrait mural of the artists by welcoming everyone to the alley by artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe, which is on display in the alley and below each of the murals is a storyboard that tells you the story behind each of the murals.


Kathy Ray telling the story about the mural title "The Ring" by artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA, said, “The Back Alley Paris project started in 2014 and phase 3 was just completed. The project is a great way to view history and great artwork merge together and we plan on growing the project.”

Artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe  said that when you are looking at each of the murals look for three images: a woman in a red dress, a chandelier or a lighting fixture and Kilroy. It is be a great way to get kids and adults looking to find the three hidden images, while telling a story about the history of Paris.

Two other mural projects include the downtown fountain plaza painted by Paris Artists Jane Baars and the Eiffel Tower mural which is located in the alley between Market and Fentress Streets and was prepared by Artist Brenda Kitchens.

All three projects were able to be completed by obtaining grants from the  Tennessee Arts Commission. The Downtown Paris Association, City of Paris, and Robert E. Lee Academy of the Arts all partnered up for the Back Alley Paris Project.

Warrants Issued on Higgs After Shooting Incident on Joy St.

Paris, Tenn.- The report stated that Higgs and the mother of his child were in the front yard of a home on Joy Street and began to argue about money and other things. Higgs fired a shot into the ground from one of the guns and also hit the woman in the face with his hand. Higgs then told someone he was with to hide the guns as the victim left the scene and called police. A couple of tips lead Paris Police to Irvine Street but Higgs was not located there either. As of Monday morning, he has not been arrested yet. Paris Police investigated the scene and found four guns, two pistols and two shotguns and took them for evidence.

Two Found In Abandoned Home Charged With Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested for theft after Dep. Chad Lowery of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office found them in an abandoned house on West Antioch Road. The report stated that Dep. Lowery a red jeep parked at the abandoned home which was thought to belong to Anthony J. Shaefer, age 35, of Buchanan, who was wanted on warrants. Dep. Lowery then went to the home and found Shaefer and placed him under arrest for the warrant of domestic assault and burglary for entering the home. Dep. Lowery heard some noises and searched the house and found Shanda Bomar, age 33, of 1521 Mineral Wells Avenue hiding in some boxes. She was charged with burglary.

Camden Man Arrested After Evading Officers for Short Time

Buchanan, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and other deputies of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office went to Hidden Acres in search John Paul Todd, age 36, of Camden, who had active warrants on tip that he was in the area driving a silver vehicle. Todd pulled up into one of the trailers at the campground in a silver Ford Escape and noticed patrol cars and quickly threw it in reverse. Pursuit began and Todd eventually jumped out and fled on foot.

Sgt. Fuqua brought in K9 Cisco and they tracked the scene, Dep. Dalton Watson then saw Todd from a distance, but he managed to get away again. Paris Police finally apprehended in over near the Fairgrounds area. Todd was charged with his active warrants and with felony evading and driving on a revoked license 7th offense.

HCHS Track and Field Does Well at Invitational of the South

Benton, Ky.- The Henry County High School Track and Field team placed 8th out of 19 teams at the Marshall County High School 21st Annual Invitational of the South held on Saturday. Titus Winders came in 1st place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:28 and in 4th place on the 800 meter run with a time of 2:05. Silas Winders finished 1st in the Freshman 1600 meter run at 4:39 and 7th in the 8000 meter at 2:09.

Robert Markum came in 4th at the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.33 and 4th place in the 200 meter dash at 23.36. Jordan Harrold finished 4th in Discus with a toss of 123 feet 4 inches and Nathaniel Owens came in 5th with 121 feet 3 inches.

Silas Winders also won the “Howard S. Reeves” Outstanding Distance Runner Award presented to the outstanding distance runner of the meet as he broke the 20 year old freshman mile record by 4 seconds.

Murray State Wins Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

San Antonio- Day two of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Dardanelle was full of changes - not only with the weather but also on the leaderboard.  Though Murray State University dominated 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places going into day two, they knew they would have other strong teams challenging their positions.    

As they were all looking to finish strong – in this event as well as in hopes of making a big move in the Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race - the Murray State team of Hunter Mills, Hunter McKinley, Mike Lowry, and Brian Koch brought a very solid 21.21 pound bag to the scales to move up from their 2nd place position to 1st place for the win!  With a two-day overall weight of 47.92 pounds, fishing shoreline grass proved to be successful in bringing the pounds they needed on day two into their live well. 

As all the teams set out on day two of the Open, they noticed the strong north wind was gone and there were no clouds in the sky.  Although the temperatures were starting off cooler than on day one, the anglers expected to see the thermometer climb into the 70’s by noon.

The other huge factor that was going to be missing on day two was the current the anglers had seen on day one.  During the entire first day of the event, anglers saw over 39,000cfs being released downstream on the Arkansas River. During day two they only had two hours over 10,000cfs and had six hours with zero water being discharged. With the lack of current alone the anglers knew they would have to work even harder to bring a limit to the stage.

Coming in at 2nd place with the largest bag on day two with 22.00 pounds, and an overall total of 42.92 pounds, was the team of Matt Glad, Owen Richard, Dakota Sparks and Levi Sharp from Louisiana State University.  This team entered day two in 5th place with a day one weight of 20.92 pounds, and moved up the leaderboard by being only the second team to bring in over 20 pounds each day.

Tennessee Tech University’s two-man team of Jesse Garren and Daniel Holt moved up the leaderboard the most, climbing from 12th place on day one to a final 3rd place finish with 38.88 pounds total.  In this event format, having a partner boat is a great advantage on being able to work together and be able to call and get help from your sister team if you are not on the fish.  Jesse and Daniel did not have that advantage as they were the only boat representing Tennessee Tech University, yet they still brought in nearly 20 pounds each day.

Rounding out the Top 10 places at the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Dardanelle, Russellville, Arkansas were:

To see the complete results from the 2017 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Presented by Cabela’s, click here: Final Results.

Informational Meeting on High School Fishing Team Mon. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- There will be an informational meeting at 6pm Monday at the Henry County High School Testing Center for any students and parents interested in the formation of a high school fishing team. The HCHS Board of Education gave the go ahead earlier this month to begin exploring opportunities for the creation of a high school fishing team at HCHS. All interested parties should attend.

Two Dresden People Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Amy L. Hill, age 35 of 1112 Hwy 18 of Dresden, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule II substance, simple possession of a schedule IV substance and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Hill was placed on $2,500 bond.

Also on Thursday, Trooper Josh T. Wade arrested Robert M. Ford, age 26 of 319 W. Main Street of Dresden, for possession of a schedule II substance.

Ford was placed on $2,500 bond.

American Legion Holding Fish Fry on Friday, March 31st

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 89 will hold its second Fish Fry of the Easter season on Friday, March 31st from 5pm to 7pm at the American Legion Post 89, which is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.

The meal costs $10 and includes cat fish, hush puppies, white beans, slaw, dessert and a drink. The event is open to the public and proceeds from the Fish Fry will go to support the needs of the Veterans of Henry County and the surrounding area.

Police Arrest Two People on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson arrested Chelsea Nicole Lancaster, age 23 of 105 Hutson Lane of Paris, on Saturday for violation of implied consent and driving under the influence. Lancaster was placed on $1,500 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Ashley Dawn Dean, age 26 of 12920 Hwy. 69A of Big Sandy, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Dean was placed on $500 bond.

Painting Your Own Unique Butterfly Tree


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life held a paint your own butterfly tree event on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church. Melinda Hearn, an artist from Jackson, taught the class and one of the things Hearn said was even though everyone is painting the same picture everyone’s interpretation of the painting is unique to them. At Sunday’s event the Relay for Life raised almost $500.

The First United Methodist Church hosts two paint party fundraisers twice a year, once in the spring and another in the fall. Hearn has also taught at several other paint party fundraisers and enjoys teaching people how to bring out their own uniqueness in the paintings they are doing.

Savannah Wallace Located in North Carolina

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department wanted to let the public know that Savannah Wallace who went missing on Wednesday was located overnight in Ashville, North Carolina.

Reelfoot and Security Bank Merger is Complete

Paris, Union City, Martin and Fulton, KY- Security Bank and Trust Company and Reelfoot Bank have completed their merger. As of March 25, 2017 Reelfoot Bank locations in Union City, Martin and Hornbeak, TN and Fulton, KY began operating as Reelfoot Bank as a division of Security Bank and Trust Company.

Although the merger is complete, full conversion and integration of Reelfoot Bank into Security Bank and Trust Company isn’t expected to be finished until mid-summer 2017. Reelfoot Bank customers will be able to continue conducting their banking business as usual at their branches and online at www.reelfootbank.com.

“On behalf of Security Bank and Trust Company, I am pleased to welcome Reelfoot Bank’s customers, employees and shareholders to our Bank,” said Barry P. McIntosh, Jr. Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. “Security Bank and Trust Company has always put our customers and communities first. We look forward to continuing Reelfoot Bank’s commitment to the communities it serves.”

The Board of Directors of Security Bank and Trust Company would like to thank everyone involved for their extraordinary efforts completing this merger.

Barry P. McIntosh, Jr. will continue to serve as CEO, President and Board Chairman, and Stephen Trask will continue as CFO, COO and a member of the Board of Directors of Security Bank and Trust Company. Laurie Ragsdale, of Reelfoot Bank has joined the management team as Chief Accounting Officer, and John Horner also of Reelfoot Bank has joined as Senior Vice President. Lee Fry of Union City, TN and David Hogan of Lakeland, TN have joined Security Bank and Trust.

The corporate headquarters of the combined bank is located in Paris, Tennessee. Security Bank and Trust Company has six branches throughout Paris, and Henry County, TN.

Paducah Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Richard Mount Payne, age 40 of 6600 Benton Road of Paducah, on Friday for public intoxication, criminal trespass, possession of a schedule II substance with intent and introduction of drugs into a penal facility. Payne was placed on $10,000 bond.

Back Alley Paris Project Opens Monday, March 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The public is invited to the grand opening of the “Windows of the West Alley” which will be held on Monday, March 27th at 10am in the alley between Market and Fentress Streets in downtown Paris.

The “Back Alley Paris” project includes four murals that have been completed and a fifth self-portrait mural of the artists welcoming everyone to the alley will also be displayed in the project.

The murals depict historic events and periods in Paris history while improving public spaces and displaying a sense of community character and pride. Storyboards will be next to the murals in order to tell the story behind each mural.

All three projects were able to be completed by obtaining grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Downtown Paris Association, City of Paris, and Robert E. Lee Academy of the Arts all partnered up for the Back Alley Paris Project.

Buchanan Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Chad C. Evans, age 37 of 4845 Mt. Sinai Road of Buchanan, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license, domestic assault, vandalism and evading police. Evans was placed on $10,000 bond.

No Horsing Around at Donkey Basketball


(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Crusaders Travel Basketball team hosted their 2nd annual Donkey basketball game on Saturday March 25th and hundreds turned out to see Donkey Basketball. The Crusaders are an 11th grade travel basketball team. The final score was Home team 14 and Guests 18. The visiting team included HC Sheriff Monte Belew and members from WMUF and the Peddler.

There was a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, Tae kwon do Demonstrations and the half, and more.

Donkey Basketball riders include Fairview Baptist Church members and surprise guests including WMUF and the Peddler personalities.

The pre-show began on Saturday night with Elvis Tribute Artist Riley Jenkins. Money raised goes for travel expenses for the Crusaders as they compete in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and elsewhere.

Never Forgetting Our Vietnam Veterans


The Honor Guard (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Veterans Council hosted a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event on Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Attendees got to speak and socialize with the veterans, while learning some of the history of what happened during the Vietnam War from first hand experiences. The theme of the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans was to never forget those who sacrificed everything to serve our country.

Guest speakers included Rex McBee, State of Tennessee American Legion Historian, Dr. Chester Harrison, and A.J. Perrone, tunnel rat Vietnam War Guest Speaker at the Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, DC. The Ray Lewis Band performed at 7pm.

Thank you to all who served in the Vietnam War and who continue to serve in the military.

Big Sandy Duo Wins Pro Division in Crappie USA Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Crappie USA Super Event on KY & Barkley Lakes Tournament was held this weekend at Paris Landing where 87 teams competed and Richard and George Hughes of Big Sandy won 1st place in the pro division of the tournament.

In Day 1 of the tournament, Richard and George Hughes of Big Sandy lead in the pro division with a weight of 14.77 pounds. And the Big Sandy team had the Big Fish of the Day that weighed 3.22 pounds.

Richard and George Hughes won the pro division of the Crappie USA Tournament with a weight of 26.36. The Hughes took home two checks worth a total of $5,000 and they also won the Driftmaster Bonus, which means the two will have the choice to get $300 in Driftmaster equipment or they can get free entry in their division in an upcoming event.

Big Sandy Duo Leads Day 1 of Crappie USA Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Crappie USA fishing tournament is this weekend at Paris Landing where 87 teams are here to compete.

In Day 1 of the tournament, Richard and George Hughes of Big Sandy lead in the pro division with a weight of 14.77 pounds. And the Big Sandy team had the Big Fish of the Day that weighed 3.22 pounds.

Also competing this weekend is Steve Ferguson and Joey Briggs from Puryear, who are ranked 16th in the Crappie USA standings.

Paris Woman Arrest in Undercover Drug Bust

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Officers from the Metro Crime Unit along with Special agents from the TBI, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department and the Puryear Police Department conducted an undercover drug operation where they arrested Jessica A. Cavera, age 20 of 575 Clearview Drive of Paris, on Thursday for three counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

Cavera was placed on $25,000 bond.

10th Annual Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner is March 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The 10th Annual Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope will be held on Thursday, March 30th at Holy Cross Catholic Church located at 1210 East Wood Street in Paris.

 Lunch will be served from 11:30am to 1pm and deliveries are available at lunch.  Dinner will also be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Tickets cost $9 per person and the ravioli dinner includes ravioli, salad, bread, desert and a drink. You can purchase your tickets at Tomorrow’s Hope located at 211 North Brewer Street in Paris.

Three Men Arrested on Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker arrested Charles Joseph Delk, age 37 of 622 Powell Street of Paris, Justin P. Layhew, age 41 of 725 Arrowhead Driver of New Johnsonville, and Jeron R. Hedges, age 21 of 805 Joy Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent.

Delk, Layhew and Hedges were each placed on $10,000 bond.          

Lawn Seminar to Be Held Tues. at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office and Henry County Master Gardners are hosting a home lawn seminar at 6pm on Tuesday March 28th at the Fairgrounds Enoch Building. Dr. Tom Samples, UT turf specialist, will present updates for home lawns in Henry County. Everyone is invited to attend.

HCSS Accepting Pre-K Enrollment Applications March 27-31

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is accepting applications for Pre-K enrollment for children to attend the 2017-18 school year. If your child will be 4 years old by August 15th of this year, you may complete the appropriate applications during registration days.

Registration days will be March 27-31 at Harrelson School, located at 143 Country Club Road in Puryear; Henry Elementary, 937 Pioneer Road; Lakewood Elementary School, located at 6745-A Hwy. 79 N. Buchanan; and the Henry County Board of Education, 217 Grove Blvd. At all the schools, times to complete applications are 7:30am to 2:30pm each day and from 8am to 4pm at the board of education office. Call your school for more information or the board office at 642-3101.

HCMC Holding Health Screening in Camden on March 30th

Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at  the Benton County Senior Citizen Center, which is located at 119 Cole Avenue in Camden on Thursday, March 30th from 9:30am to 11:30am.

No appointment is necessary. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis Screening and Blood Pressures will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Full Lipid Panel for $10 each.

For more information about the Henry County Medical Health Screening please contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266 or Lori Laser, RN 731-644-8269.

 

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