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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans

 

 

Henry County one of 16 Pilot Communities for County Health Assessments

Paris, Tenn.- For more than two decades, Tennessee’s county health councils have provided critical leadership in bringing people together to tackle pressing issues in their communities. Beginning in 2019, the Henry County Health Council will continue this work by participating in Tennessee’s first round of County Health Assessments (CHAs). 

Supported by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), the Henry County Health Council will lead a six-month process to collect and share stories and local data related to Henry County. Local stakeholders and community partners on the Henry County Health Council will use this information to prioritize up to three issues for Henry County and collaborate on strategies and actions to address them.

 Henry County is one of 16 counties in Tennessee participating in this year’s County Health Assessment, and over the course of three years, all 89 rural counties in Tennessee will conduct a CHA. The results from these assessments will be used to support the TDH mission to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. From start to finish, the CHA process puts community members in the driver’s seat and creates an exciting opportunity for Henry County residents to come together to identify and address health issues facing their community.

 For more information on Henry County’s CHA, visit www.tn.gov/vitalsigns or contact the Henry County Health Department at (731) 642-4025.

15 Fiberglass Fish Statues to Soon Decorate Paris

Paris, Tenn.- 15 Fiberglass Fish Statues will soon dot sections of Paris and Henry County as the Downtown Paris Association’s latest efforts to make sure we continue to be known as Catfish Country.

The DPA is now seeking sponsors of the Fish Statues, which will be painted by local artist to the wish of the sponsor and installed in select places throughout the community with great visibility so visitors and home bodies alike can see the fish statues in Paris and Henry County.

Sponsorships are $500 and include one fiberglass fish statue painted by a local artist, all artists fees and supplies, clear coating to protect the artwork, concrete base if needed, installation of the fish statue if needed, and plaque with the sponsor’s name.

The statues are 40 inches tall and may be mounted to a concrete base if need be. The round base is a concrete, fiberglass mixture. The fish statues are set to arrive in Paris by the end of January. Statues are provided to artists by February 4th, artwork is completed by mid March, clear coat applied first of April and statues will be placed and erected by mid April, just in time for the World’s Biggest Fish Fry.

For more information on the statues or to become a sponsor call the Downtown Paris Association at 653-PARIS.

Approved Calendar for the PSSD for 2019-20 Year

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD Board of Education approved their 2019-20 Tuesday night. Here are the dates they will be off in the coming school year.

2019-2020 Calendar

Paris Special School District

Approved 1/15/19

 

August 2, 2019                            First day for Students Abbreviated Day          

September 2, 2019                     Labor Day

September 20, 2019                   Parent Teacher Conference

October 14-18, 2019                   Fall Break

November 27-29, 2019             Thanksgiving Break

December 20, 2019                    Abbreviated Day

December 23, 2019                    Christmas Holiday

January 2, 2020                           Christmas Holiday

January 3, 2020                           Adm Day (No Students)

January 6, 2020                           Students Return

January 20, 2020                         Martin Luther King Day

February 17, 2020                       President’s Day

March 23-27, 2020                     Spring Break

April 10, 2020                                Good Friday

April 24, 2020                                Fish Fry

May 20, 2020                                Adm Day (No Students)

May 21, 2020                                Last Day of School Abbreviated Day

DECA Students Place at Regionals, Advance to State

Jackson, Tenn..- DECA Students from Henry County High School competed in regional competition at Union Univ. in Jackson. 10 of the 13 participants will move on to the finals.

State Finalists:
Joseph Crichton (Business Services Marketing); 3rd place test, 2nd place Role Play 1, 2nd place Role Play 2 , 2nd overall
Kester Nucum (Marketing Communications); 2nd place test, 1st place Role Play 1, 1st place Role Play 2, 1st overall
Kashaina Nucum (Principles of Finance); 1st place test, 3rd place Role Play, 2nd overall
Eli Ridgeway & Chase Wyrick (Marketing Management Team); 1st place Role Play, 3rd overall
Amelia Lewis (Quick Serve Restaurant Management); 5th overall
Adam Millette & Jemarcus Johnson (Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team); 3rd place Role Play, 3rd overall

 

Helping Hand Totals Now Over $55K

Paris, Tenn.- Jones Mill, Hico, Morningside of Paris, Kroger, and the Henry County Prevention Coalition were the donors Wednesday at the Helping Hand Radio Auction as $3,378 was raised. The total so far this year is now up to $55,433. Thursday's slate includes donations from Oakland, H & R Block, Jr. Livestock Association, Lee School Association, and Latter Day Saints. The Helping Hand Radio Auction can be heard at 12:30pm each weekday on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000.

Drug Arrests Made in County, City

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol and noticed a truck travelling at a high speed on Hwy. 79. Dep. Scott initiated a traffic stop and could smell a strong odor of marijuana. The driver, Brandon McCadams, 30, of 1510 Walnut St, was charged with schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia after finding marijuana, a smoking pipe, and glass bong after a search.

Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department arrested Tammy Jo Windsor, age 39, of Mays Bridge Lane after observing her walking down Memorial Drive when he was on patrol. As she observed Sgt. James, she went to a house and began knocking on the door. When asked what she was doing, she stated asking directions. A search of her person revealed a spoon with residue and burn marks and some syringes. Windsor was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia possession and placed on $2K bond.

Ptl. Derek Greenhill investigated the theft of a service truck from Pepper’s Automotive in the past couple of days. The report at the Paris Police Department stated the truck has been missing since Friday from the lot and is valued at $1500. It is a 1991 Chevy S-10 model. There are no suspects at this time.  

Dr. Robert Jackson to Join Donuts with Director Thurs. Morn.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will welcome Dr. Robert Jackson, interim President of Murray State University, to the Donuts with the Director event Thursday January 17th from 10am-11am at the Chamber office. Dr. Jackson will give an update on MSU, discuss preparing for college and workforce development. The event is free and Chamber Executive Director Travis McLeese said, “as we move forward with the program we look forward to welcoming special guests like Dr. Jackson to participate in our round table discussions.”

Dr. Jackson is a proud Murray State Alumnus and was appointed interim President August 7th of 2018. Jackson served MSU in several capacities including most recently as president and CEO of the Murray State University Foundation.

Henry Co. Splits at Clarksville High Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games at Clarksville High Tuesday night with the Lady Patriots winning by a final score of 61-41 with Caroline Hudson scoring 18 points. The Patriots lost 82-47 with Semaj King scoring 13 points. Henry County is at home vs. Springfield on Friday night.

PSSD Board Talks About Good Things, Goals for 5 Year Plan

Board members, principals, and administrative staff discussed goals and needs after the regular board meeeting Tues. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- After the regular meeting was over Tuesday night, the Paris Special School District Board of Education held a mini-retreat to discuss the goals and more of the 5 year plan.

Dr. Gerrell asked the board to say what do we do well and the board said things such as: good class sizes, activities for all, adding agriculture this year was a plus, engaging teachers, offering daycare for teachers, the weekend backpack program, involvement in the community, and community interaction with the PSSD.

The board stated communication is great between the board, director, principals, and others. The PSSD has a professional staff and all those are pluses for the system.

Rhea Principal Chris Hudgins said, “we’ve got 62 cameras at our school, that is amazing and gives everyone piece of mind.” Dr. Gerrell said this was money from the state grant received to help with safety upgrades. She also said our communication with the Paris Police Department, Court system, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and EMA is a great asset for the system.

Board chairman Richard Edwards said having a food service and transportation manager has been a huge asset and will improve those areas. Plans in those areas the next five years include more menu options, attract more bus drivers and substitute drivers to increase the number.

Dr. Gerrell then asked board members about their thoughts on the next 5 years with the system. Board Chairman Richard Edwards asked about what we can do better with safety as far as technology and hardware. The board discussed some access control options at each school to look at. Cybersecurity is also a big issue that must continue to be implemented with staff training and other work.

PSSD Discusses, Approves Calendar for 2019-20

Dr. Gerrell discusses options in the calendar Tues. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night and discussed two different options for the school calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Option 1 included a week-long Fall break October 7th thru 11th with the last full day May 19th. Option one had a three day Thanksgiving break Wednesday thru Friday.

The other option calendar was basically the same except Fall Break was only three days, October 9-11 and the last full day was pushed back one day to May 20th. Also this calendar included a full week off for Thanksgiving week, Monday thru Friday.

Both calendars included starting school Friday August 2nd, a weeklong spring break March 16-20, days off for Labor Day, Christmas Break from December 21 thru January 5th, MLK Day January 20th, Presidents day February 17th, Good Friday April 10th and Fish Fry April 24th. Both options also have 91 days in the first semester and 89 days in the 2nd semester.

The board had lots of discussion on the fall break issue, going either a full week or just taking three days. After thought the board voted to approve the option of the calendar that included normal 3 days at Thanksgiving and a full week at fall break.

PSSD BOE Hears From Custodial Services Company

Rep. from ABM talk to the PSSD board Tues. evening. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Mark Todd and Autumn Biggs, from ABM Custodial Services, talked to the PSSD board about being with the system for the last two years. Todd said we put a lot of emphasis on safety, not just cleaning. We have review meetings every quarter. He said we are getting ready to ramp up cleaning and disinfecting for flu season and do everything we can to keep things clean during this time of year.

The company has done several things and have some plans for cleaning detailed areas and inspections for Spring Break and the upcoming summer. The board was left with a booklet informing them about all the services ABM does. Todd said, “we are looking forward to this relationship lasting for a long time.”

Board Chairman Richard Edwards said, “all I see and hear about what you guys have been doing is all good.” Thanks for all your doing and we appreciate your work.

Bus Monitors Making Difference in Warnings, Suspensions

Paris, Tenn.- During her report, Dr. Norma Gerrell gave the board an update on the bus discipline since adding monitors a year ago. The numbers show 53% improvement at Paris Elementary and 84% improvement at Inman on warnings since adding the bus monitors on the morning and afternoon. There has been a 58% improvement overall on bus suspension since the inception of the bus monitors. Dr. Gerrell said, “I just wanted you to know this money is being well spent and its working to help with issues on the buses."

The board approved a multi-jurisdictional hazardous mitigation plan as has been done at the City and County Level. Dr. Gerrel said FEMA is asking school boards to adopt these plans to be in line with City and County governments. Adopting these plans helps with future federal funding.  

Over $18,500 Raised Tuesday at Helping Hand

Tuesday's auctioneer Junior Staggs and members of the Lakeway Kiwanis man the phone at Helping Hand (Dylan Powley photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday was the biggest single day so far in 2019 with money raised at Henry County Helping Hand as $18,584 came in from selling items and donations. The day started with an anonymous monetary donation to the tune of $13K. Items were donated by Cottage Grove, Center Community, and Interrail Signal. Jr. Staggs served as the auctioneer on Tuesday. The total raised so far for this year’s Helping Hand is $52,055.

Wednesday’s slates at Helping Hand will be from Jones Mill, Hico, Morningside of Paris, Kroger, and Henry County Prevention Coalition. Helping Hand can be heard at 12:30pm each weekday on WRQR 97.5FM and AM1000, streaming at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 605-781-3169.

HCSO Offering Reward for Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for a recent burglary at 1715 Midway Rd. During the burglary a welder and various tools were taken. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the crime tips line at 642-0929.

Farmers Offered New Cost Share Opportunities

Nashville- Tennessee farmers looking to expand their markets and increase food safety by becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA).  

GAP certification allows producers to sell directly to more businesses and institutions with stringent food safety requirements, such as grocery stores or hospitals. These new opportunities allow producers to increase their income, and the certification helps to ensure food is safe and wholesome for specialty crops throughout Tennessee.  

“We continue to look for ways to provide new opportunities to farmers,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Mitigating the cost of GAP audits may help enable more producers to become certified. Tennessee farmers provide safe, reliable food. An increase in GAP certified producers in the state will reinforce our reliability to businesses and consumers.”  

The application period closes Aug. 31, 2019. Qualified producers will have the opportunity to offset the cost of a GAP Certification inspection by being reimbursed 75% of the inspection cost up to $750.  

Funds are available on a first come, first served basis. Grant funds are available to producers only; warehouses and distributors may not apply.  

You will find more information and the cost share application at www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/produce-nursery/gap.html or by emailing Grant Pulse at grant.pulse@tn.gov.

Annual Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Auto Tour Cancelled

Springville, Tenn.- Refuge Manager Barron Crawford announced the cancellation of the Bald Eagle and Waterfowl Auto Tour at Duck River Bottoms in New Johnsonsville due to the lapse in government appropriations. The event was scheduled to occur on Saturday January 19th.

Due to the lapse in government appropriations for the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all activities that require staff to be on site are cancelled. Refuge Lane and Pintail Observation Deck are open and the public is welcome to visit these areas to view wildlife on their own.

The service regrets any inconvenience this may cause the visiting public. If anyone has any questions regarding the cancellation of this event call 731-571-2838.

Patriots Travel to Clarksville High For District Play Tues. Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Clarksville High on Tuesday night for District 10-AAA basketball action. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make the trip, listen to our broadcast beginning at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming on our website, wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling the sports line at 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates apply.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers

County Attorney Rob Whitfield discusses some work in legal services done to keep people out of evicted areas. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session Monday night and approved several transfers in the general fund. County Mayor Brent Greer informed the board that the County was awarded more money in a Security Grant to install cameras all over the courthouse and courthouse annex. The grant was for $25,587 with a local match of $2,843. The administrative office of the courts helped obtain the grant and several other things have already been done to help with security at the courthouse.

Transfers were also made in the Sheriff’s Office Budget in which a Highway Safety Grant was obtained and half was required for equipment and half for overtime. Budget Director Amy Davis had managed to get $21K from the state to help with some medical expenses on an inmate which helped out the budget.

In the Emergency Management budget, $140K was received from 911 to go towards the Radio Project. Also $8K in donations was accepted at The Shed and noted in the budget transfers Monday night as well.

Money was moved around in the administration of justice line item from fund balance in the amount of $6300 as well.  

Road Board Looks for Alternative Fixes on Broken Arrow Rd.

Road board members discuss business. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met in regular session Monday night as well and heard from some citizens in the Arrowhead subdivision. Citizens were concerned with the shape of Broken Arrow Road inside the subdivision. The citizens were saying the continuing tar and chipping isn’t working, because every time it rains, the holes pop up again and the road gets in worse shape after it seems fixed for awhile.

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said they used the tar and chip for temporary fixes because the hot mixing has gotten so expensive and they couldn’t lay it down during the continuous wet weather we’ve had. Chilcutt explained to the board Broken Arrow Road is in bad shape at the base of the road and they might have to end up tearing it up and starting over on it to fix the problems.

Discussion continued and Chilcutt advised they would look at different options, and perhaps use their new machine to lay down a foundation and redo the hotmix on the road when it dries up.

Chilcutt asked board members to reach out to State Representative Bruce Griffey who is on the transportation committee and get him to try to push for longer life on the matching for state aid. Currently the State Aid is at a 98% state, 2% local match, but that is going to run out in the spring or summer and go back to 75% 25% match. Chilcutt said, the bridge repair is staying at 98/2 and if they’d do the same with state aid paving it would really help the department out.

The Board learned that tree and limb crews were out still and other state aid work was going on too. The bridge at Pettijohn Creek Road was being put in this month as well.

In action, the board approved a quit-claim request on Pinehurst Road for some property at the end of the road where the owner will erect a gate and give motorists an area to turn around in.

$3200 Raised Mon. at Helping Hand; Over $33K Running Total

Paris, Tenn.- The first day of Helping Hand’s second week saw $3200 raised on Monday with the W.G. Rhea Library, Arts Council, Master Gardners, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Henry County employees were the donors. The running total so far for this year’s Helping Hand is $33,471. Tuesday’s donations will come from the Cottage Grove Community, Center Community, and Interrail Signal. The Helping Hand radio auction airs at 12:30pm each weekday on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000, streaming via our website, wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 605-781-3169. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

D.A.R.E. Graduates 205 5th Graders

Paris, Tenn.- 205 fifth graders from Paris and Henry County graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education program, or D.A.R.E. program. The graduation was held on Friday at KPAC.

Guest speaker was Ansley Cate, senior at HCHS. She gave an amazing speech on the importance of decision making and how one bad decision can affect your life. DARE Instructors are Officers Amber Roaten and Jordan Klutts. Essay winners were Brysen Whitaker and Karameneh Norwood.

Shepherd's Table Meal Set for Tuesday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table is a Community Kitchen that was created by the members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. A meal is served, restaurant style, to the hungry and those that do not want to eat alone on the third Tuesday of each month. The next supper will begin at 5:15pm, January 15th, in the Church's Fellowship Hall, located at 19835 E. Main Street, in Huntingdon. The supper is open to the public and the kitchen will serve food until 6:45pm.

The menu for the January meal will include homemade vegetable beef soup, a peanut butter and jelly or pimento cheese sandwich, and delicious apple crisp served with ice cream. Beverages will consist of sweet tea, unsweet tea, lemonade, milk, juice and water. All meals are prepared that day and served hot and fresh. The menu committee oversees that each meal is delicious and nutritious.

Many of the guests attending The Shepherd's Table may not have the opportunity to dine out. Each meal is served restaurant style. “You do not serve yourself or stand in a buffet line,” said John Wambles, a volunteer with The Shepherd's Table. “You are escorted to a table. A server takes your order and you are treated as our guest.” He mentioned that the only difference is at the end of the meal there is no bill. “Thanks to donations each meal has already been paid.”

The Mission of The Shepherd's Table is to serve a hot meal to those that are hungry or simply do not wish to eat alone. The Community Kitchen served nearly 70 guests last month and looks to do the same, or more, in January. David Carter, the chairman of The Shepherd's Table committee, encourages anyone that is interested to contact the church and get on the calendar to volunteer. He refers to his volunteers as the Good Shepherds. “It's not just about food. It is about fellowship and loving your neighbor. Come on out and enjoy the soup and sandwiches with us this month.”

More information about volunteering or donating to The Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer please leave a message. Someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

The Shepherd's Table will continue to serve the community as long as people keep coming and the donations are there to support it. Next month's meal will be held on February 19th. Mark your calendars now.

Drug Charges Levied By Officers Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Stacey Bostwick responded to an incident where Montevaius Finch, age 27, had caused some domestic disturbances. On the way to the scene, Dep. Bostwick spotted Finch walking down Hwy. 69 and he observed Finch throw something. Dep. Bostwick noticed he was unsteady on his feet and was arrested for public intoxication. Deputies at the scene found marijuana rolled up in a cellophane wrapper nearby and possession of marijuana charges were added.  

Ptl. Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department charged Avanis Parche Windng, age 23, for evading arrest, possession of schedule 6 with intent, and possession of firearm during.

Inman Middle School Spelling Bee Winner

Justin Johnson with Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough after winning the Spelling Bee.

Paris, Tenn.- 6th grader Justin Johnson won the overall Inman Middle School spelling bee last week. Allison Williams, 7th grader is the alternate. Justin is set to go to Nissan Stadium in Nashville next month to compete in the regional competition.

Helping Hand Auction Continues This Week

Paris, Tenn- The Henry County Helping Hand Radio Auction will continue today with Henry County Employees, Trinity Methodist Church, Master Gardeners, W.G. Rhea Library, and Arts Council being the major donors. You can listen to live radio coverage beginning at 12:30pm on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000. You can also Stream it at wmufradio.com. Just click on the Helping Hand button at the top center of the page.

Also, you can hear all the auction from your phone by dialing 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates apply.

Traffic Stops End in Drug Chrarges Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn-Two traffic stops over the weekend ended in arrests for drug violations. On Friday night, Sgt Ricky Wade stopped a white Explore for speeding on Hwy 79 just past the bridge. When Sgt. Wade approached the vehicle, the driver, 44-year old Martin Price of Sherman Texas, indicated the window would not go down. When Sgt. Wade opened the door, he smelled a strong order of Marijuana. After the K9 unit Viper indicated a hit on the passenger side of the vehicle, Sgt. Wade called in Lt. Lance Perry. The search turned up Marijuana in both the front seat and back seat. He also had a Pipe and a marijuana grinder in his possession. He was arrested for Schedule VI with intent and drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday, Dep. William Whitaker stopped the car driven by 53 year old Steven Simmons of Paris after he was weaving in and out of lanes. When Dep. Whitaker made contact with Simmons he noticed his eyes did not dilate with the light. He then gave him a field sobriety test in which Simmons failed. He was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and searched. Dep. Whitaker located a pill bottle, with no Prescription on it, on Simmons that contained 20- Alprazolam and 1- Oxycontin. Along with the DUI, Simmons was also charged with Possession of Schedule II and IV and taken to Henry County Jail.

Eagle Tours On Schedule Despite Government Shut-Down

Paris, Tenn.- Despite the partial government shut-down, the Land between Lakes Eagle Tour will continue. This is viewing Cruises for the public on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot, double-decker luxury yacht, on January 19, 20, 21, and February 14. Each cruise includes a hot catered meal and opportunities for great views of bald eagles. On-board naturalists from the Friends of Land between the Lakes will help you spot eagles and other wildlife as well as tell the inspiring story of the bald eagle's comeback from the brink of extinction in western Kentucky. Reservations and full deposits are required for all cruises. Call 270-293-7040 to reserve your tour.

Helping Hand Saturday Totals

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Helping Hand Radio Auction continued Saturday with The Pleasant Hill community being the main donors. Saturday’s auction brought in 13 thousand dollars making the weekly total raised 30,271 dollars. The auction continues Monday with Henry County Employees, Trinity United Methodist Church, Masters Gardeners, W.G. Rhea Library, and the Arts Council as the main donors.  

The Helping Hand Auction is at the Paris Convention Center this year and items each day can be turned in between 7:30am at 9am.

UT Martin Hosts Receptions for Future Skyhawks

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin is hosting four receptions for student that will attend UTM and the satellite campuses in the fall of 2019. 

 The first is set for January 17 at 6pm at The Gathering Place in Humboldt. This reception is for accepted students from Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy and Perry counties. RSVPs are requested by Jan. 15.

 The second reception is set for  6 pm January 22, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom is for future Skyhawks from Benton, Carroll, Dyer, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Obion, Stewart and Weakley counties in Tennessee and Fulton, Graves and Hickman counties in Kentucky. RSVPs are requested by Jan. 18.

The final 2 receptions will be hosted in Memphis and Nashville.

Families are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided, and university administrators and personnel from the areas of housing, financial aid and the academic colleges will be present to answer questions and help students navigate the next steps in the registration process. UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver is also scheduled to attend these events.

For more information, or to RSVP contact Rachel McCollough, admissions counselor, at rmccol1@utm.edu or 731-881-7025 or Undergraduate Admissions at admitme@utm.edu or 731-881-7020.

Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

Clarksville, Tenn.- Austin Peay State University officials unveiled the first of three helicopters in its new rotor-wing fleet. The helicopters bolster the state’s first and only aviation science program with a rotor-wing concentration.

The helicopters will be keystones in Austin Peay’s aviation science degree with a concentration in rotor wing (helicopters) program, which launched in the fall. The degree requires more than 175 hours of flight time. The first flight lab will be this spring.

The program benefits Fort Campbell pilots transitioning from the military and civilians pursuing careers in flight instruction, aerial tourism, charter operations and other rotor-wing pilot careers.

About 150 braved chilly temperatures and gusting winds to witness the inaugural campus landing of GOV1.

Another Good Day for Helping Hand

Paris, Tenn.-It was a successful auction today for Helping Hand as the event brought in 37-hundred dollars. The donors for today was Paris Rotary Club, Osage and Airport Community, Paris PI, Party, Bounce, and Jump. That brings the weeks total up to 17,271. The event continues Saturday with the main donor being the Pleasant Hill Community.

Henry County Splits a Pair with Northeast Eagles

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County splits a pair in Clarksville Friday Night as the Lady Patriots beat Eagles 61-26. Clarksville Northeast beat Henry County 81-48. The Patriots are back in action on Tuesday against Clarksville Wildcats Tipoff is at 6pm.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT

Nashville, Tenn.- Federal workers in Tennessee that are being affected by the partial government shutdown may be eligible for unemployment. According to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Unemployment, around 25-thousand Tennesseans are furloughed. Many are not on the job, while others are working without pay. The release states The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has strict requirements workers must meet to receive benefits, one of which is an unemployed person must be willing and able to work. A furloughed federal worker meets this requirement because they are free to work. Those who are still on the job do not qualify because they are not available to work.

Once the shutdown ends, and if the federal government provides workers with back pay for the time they were furloughed, per USDOL guidelines, the worker will be responsible for paying the state of Tennessee for any unemployment benefits they received.

 So far, the state of Tennessee has received applications for unemployment benefits from 400 federal workers since the shutdown began.

State Representative Bruce Griffey Tapped by Speaker of the House As Vice Chairman of Transportation Committee

Rep. Bruce Griffey, his wife Rebecca Griffey and Speaker of the House Glen Casada (Photo by: Griffey's Office)

Nashville, Tenn.- The 111th Tennessee General Assembly got underway on Tuesday with the swearing-in of members of the Tennessee General Assembly and the official election of Republican Glen Casada as the new Speaker of the House.  Business continued on Thursday as newly elected House Speaker appointed representatives to lead legislative committees, and District 75 Representative Bruce Griffey has been named Vice-Chairman of the Tennessee House of Representatives Transportation Committee.  The Transportation Committee oversees infrastructure, safety and funding, and played a pivotal role in the passing of the Gas Tax in 2017 – legislation to which Griffey was opposed and that he protested on his campaign platform. 

“I am truly honored by Speaker Casada’s faith and confidence in me and my ability to serve in a leadership position on this important committee. I recognize that infrastructure is critical to economic development, and economic development in my district was a key agenda item on my campaign platform and remains a priority for me today,” said Griffey.

Griffey supported Glen Casada when he ran for Speaker of the House and is very happy with his decision to back Casada, stating that “Speaker Casada is a proven leader and conservative.  He is already changing things for the better by restructuring the committee system and his actions evidence his desire for partnership, not partisanship, to make Tennessee even greater than it already is.”

In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the full Transportation Committee, Griffey will be sitting on the newly named Judiciary Committee, which will review both civil and criminal justice issues, and will be sitting on the Constitutional Protections and Sentencing Subcommittee.  As a nearly 30 year practicing attorney, Griffey explained that he can make significant contributions to the Judiciary Committee.  “Having served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I believe criminal justice reform is greatly needed in our state.  Additionally, some legislation that I am in the process of drafting to address illegal immigration in our state will go through the Judiciary Committee,” Griffey stated.  An additional issue that Griffey raised during his campaign was his desire to elevate the classification of animal cruelty and abuse offenses and increase sentences and penalties for those types of crimes.  The Judiciary Committee would be the committee addressing such proposal. 

Swim Team Competes in Final Regular Season Meet

Brentwood- The Henry County High School Swim Team competed in it final regular season meet on Tuesday in Brentwood, Hosted by Independence High School. Both boy and girls teams finish 4th in the division of 11 teams.

Top point earner for the girls team was Emma Hill with (8) points who had 2 second place finishes on the day in the 50yd Freestyle and the 100yd Backstroke. Hunter Lawrence was the top point earner for the boys team with (7) he had a first place finish in the 200 Individual Medley and 5th place in the 50 Freestyle.

Other points came from Shelby Summers in the 50 yd Freestyle and 100 yd Breaststroke, Amelia Hart in the 100 yd Freestyle and the girls 200 yd Freestyle Relay of Emma Hill, Shelby Summers, Amelia Hart and Sophie Harrison.Other points scoring for the boys team were Cole Davis in the 50 Freestyle, Caleb Cain in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 butterfly the boys scores points on 2 relays the 200 Freestyle relay of Peyton King, Caleb Cain, Hunter Lawrence and Cole Davis and the 400 Freestyle relay with David Richardson, Hunter Miller, Caleb Cain and Hunter Lawrence.

The next swim meet for HCHS will be regionals for Middle Tennessee they hope to have some more swimmers join Emma Hill and Hunter Lawrence who have meet the qualifying times to be able to compete.

Planners Approve Site Plan for Gas Station Near the Y

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular session Thursday night and approved site plan for a convenience store with six fuel islands near the Y at West Wood Street and Hwy. 69. The plan was for a 4200 sq. ft. building and in addition to the plan a minor subdivision plat was submitted as well.

With regard to the plan, Community Development director Jennifer Morris said parking is adequate with 24 parking spots proposed. All MS4 and Drainage were reviewed with no issues as well. 

Paris Fire Dept. Seeking Vehicles for Extrication Training

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Fire Department is in need of wrecked or abandoned vehicles for extrication training. During the department’s March 2019 in service training, firefighters will be participating in an advanced extrication class taught by Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy instructors.

In order to take full advantage of this training, the Fire Department will require 12 to 14 vehicles for demonstration and practice of the extrication techniques taught in the class.

Since the first request in August of 2018, the Fire Department received several donated vehicles, but require 6 to 8 more to fully prepare for this training course.

If you have or know of any such vehicles which could be donated to the department contact Chief Williams at 642-1413. The Paris Fire Department thanks you for your assistance.

WBFF Pageants Planned for Jan. 19, 20 at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The 2019 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants are coming up in January and applications are available now to enter the pageants.

The Hostess Princess Pageant will be held Saturday January 19th at 7:30pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Contestants of the Hostess Princess must be between the ages of 16 and 20 by April 1st, and be a primary resident of Henry County. The contestant must have never been married or had children.

Contestants of the Hostess Princess Pageant will be judged in sportswear and evening gowns. They must be sponsored by a local Henry County business. Entry fee is $30, for Hostess Princess, and $25 for the other pageants.

The Miss Teen Pageant will be held at 5:30pm Saturday January 19th and is open for girls ages 13-15; Miss Pre-Teen will be held at 4pm Jan. 19th, is open for girls ages 10-12; Jr. Queen is set for 2pm at KPAC, open for girls ages 8 and 9; Little Miss Pageant is 11am Jan. 19th and open for girls ages 6 and 7. Tiny Tot is at 10am Jan. 19th and for those ages 4 and 5.

The remainder of the pageants will be held Sunday January 20th. The Little Prince and Princess pageants will begin at 1:30pm with birth to 6 months of ages for boys and girls, followed by 7-11months of age 2pm; 1 year olds at 2:30pm; 2 year olds at 3pm; and 3 year old, girls only, at 3:30pm.

The entry fees for all WBFF Pageants must be postmarked by January 11th with fees and completed forms mailed to WBFF the name of Pageant P.O. Box 444, Paris, TN 38242.

The Paris Henry County Jaycees will also be accepting entry forms in person on Saturday January 12th from 10am to 2pm and Tuesday January 15th from 6-8pm at 880 Industrial Drive. They will accept cash or check for fees only these days.

 

News from past weeks here.

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Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church

Peppers

Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club

 

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Patriots Football

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