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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Local Students Attend Boys/Girls State

Paris, Tenn.- 15 students attended Boys State /Girls State over the summer. American Legion Post#89 hosted the annual banquet on August 12, 2019. Students in front row (left to right) Katie Coffield, Winnie Jones, Meg Garner, Allie Thompson, Alyssa Wade, Emily Ann Smith, Rachel Mitchell, and Abigail Littrell. Back Row ( left to right) Benjamin Smith, Cade Veazey, Ben Murphy, Michael Denman, Paul D. Atkins, and Joseph Criton. *Not pictured: Charlie Morton.  

TDH Urges Reporting of Illness Associated with Vaping

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health is asking health care providers across the state to report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary disease among people who use ecigarettes or vape, with more than 150 cases reported to date in 16 states.

‘’We are alerting Tennessee health care providers to be on the lookout for patients with severe respiratory symptoms who report vaping in the weeks before they got sick,‘’ said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD.

‘’We expect to find cases of this illness in Tennessee,‘’ Jones continued. ‘’We’ll investigate any cases reported here to look for common factors and collect information on specific components or brands of vaping products that may be the source of the illness.‘’

Patients have had symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, with symptoms growing worse over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms may include fever, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Most of the cases are among adolescents and young adults.

TDH issued a public health advisory on the risks posed by vaping, juuling and use of other electronic nicotine delivery products in December 2018 and continues to urge caution to Tennesseans of all ages who use or are considering the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems. Find updated information on federal regulation of these products at www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-voices-perspectives-fda-leadership-and-experts/how-fdaregulating-e-cigarettes. For additional information on electronic cigarettes and their health effects, visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm.

TDH offers free assistance to Tennesseans who want to stop tobacco or nicotine use. Contact your local health department for information on tobacco cessation services and learn about the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at www.tnquitline.org/.

Tennessee youth are invited to join the TNSTRONG movement to promote tobacco-free lifestyles. Learn more online at www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/fhw/tn-strong.html or follow TNSTRONG on social media:

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary set to hold sock hop on Aug. 30th

Buchanan, Tenn.- The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will hold a sock hop on Friday, Aug. 30th at the AMVETS Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy 79 in Buchanan.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will include burgers and fries and desserts for a cost of $9 per person. Music will follow at 7 p.m. and will cost $4 per person for music only. Music and karaoke will be donated by Tom Evans.

There will also be costume prizes along with door prizes at the event.

The event will help raise funds for the Henry County children’s Christmas party.

8 Medical Students Introducted at HCMC Board Meeting

Dr. Chandler Shows off some new robotics techniques. (Tory Daughrity Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center welcomed eight medical students at the monthly Board of Trustees dinner prior to the Board meeting on Thursday night and heard a presentation on robotics from Dr. Blake Chandler.

The students are from all over the country including Iowa, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Jackson.  Each student went through the placement process at their individual schools and were matched with Henry County Medical Center for their third year clinical rotations.

HCMC Director of Medical Education Dr. Amanda Finely introduced the students to both the board members and community physicians and gave an overview of the program at the dinner.

“By having medical students here in a rural setting, instead of doing rotations in an urban area, gives them a chance to see how rewarding rural healthcare can be and hopefully we instill in them a desire and passion to serve rural communities in this field at a time when access to care in these communities continues to dwindle,” said Dr. Finley.

“The medical student program is a great opportunity for us to recruit physicians for our community and it is important that we are available and stay in touch with them,” according to Board Chair Dr. Scott Whitby.  “The best scenario is for students to want to come back to smaller communities like ours.  A great example of this is Blake Chandler.”

Physicians like Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Chandler are the driving force in the success rural facilities see when physicians support programs that make a difference for patients and result in growth at a time that many facilities face closure, he said.  Dr. Chandler brought the orthopedic robotics program to HCMC.

Dr. Chandler, who has served HCMC for 20 years, presented a program with Chief Nursing Officer Neely Ashby on the growth of the program and his personal achievement of over 500 robotics cases in the four years of the robotics program at HCMC.

The orthopedics robotics program has surpassed original forecasts with almost 1,000 robotic hips and knees performed at HCMC.  Dr. Chandler is now the third physician in the state to have completed 500 robotic orthopedic surgeries.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the board for being in the forefront and allowing me and supporting me to bring this technology to my hospital,” said Dr. Chandler.  “It is an amazing advancement and we are so very lucky to have it.”

Ashby discussed the results of our orthopedics program since August 3, 2015, when Dr. Chandler did the first hip and knee case with the Mako robot.  With upgrades to the robotic software along with advances like Exparel, Q-Ball, and pre-admission testing along with a dedicated joint class prior to surgery, HCMC has seen a reduction in readmissions in the program, less hip dislocations, better quality results as well as same day outpatient knee surgeries and reduced length of stay.  Early mobility of patients has improved from 20% to 95% and functional assessments on the day of surgery have improved from 31% to 90%.

“The hospital took a chance on a piece of equipment and it has set us apart from other hospitals,” said Board Member James Travis.  “Kudos to leadership for making us competitive and making our hospital stand out among all others.”

“We have seen that if our physicians are behind the projects and services we provide, we will be successful,” said Hospital CEO Lisa Casteel.  “We have programs like robotics, the hyperbaric service, and the wound care center that are successful thanks to the leadership buy in, and support of our physicians.”

Henry County Defeated By Haywood County 24-7 to Start the 2019 Football Season

Henry County began the 2019 Football season on the road in Brownsville Friday night against Haywood County.  The Patriots were defeated by the Tomcats 24-7.  Henry County’s only score of the night was on a 46 yard touchdown run by Joseph Travis with 2:49 left in the 2nd quarter.

Henry County will be on the road again next week as the Pats travel to Beech High School in Hendersonville.

Henry County's Donte Davis cuts back against a Haywood defender

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's Joseph Travis breaks free for a 46 yard touchdown run during Friday nights game with Haywood

Photo By Tim Pharr

Henry County QB Ryan Damron throws a pass against Haywood

Photo By Tim Pharr

KPAC, FUMC Team up For Quilting Block Challenge

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center and First United Methodist Ladies Quilting Circle are teaming up to participate in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah’s School Block Challenge.

The Challenge is held each year and students receive 3 challenge fabrics and design an 18” x 18” quilt block which must include those fabrics. There are prizes in different age categories and the selected quilt blocks go on exhibit at the National Quilt Museum later this winter.

They need 4 more young quilters from grades 6-12 to compete. The FUMC quilting group will help participants design and create their quilt blocks. There is no charge to participate.

Quilting happens on Mondays, beginning September 9th and will continue until your quilt block is finished. It will be submitted to the Museum in November. Young Quilters need to arrive at FUMC between 3 and 4pm Mondays and spend between 1 and 1.5 hours each Monday on your quilt until its finished. For more information contact FUMC or KPAC or visit the following link at quiltmuseum.org/education/contests

Next Cruise-In Planned for Tuesday on Court Square

Paris, Tenn.- The next Downtown Paris Association Cruise-In is set for Tuesday August 27th from 5:30pm to 7pm on the court square in downtown Paris. The Old Spirits will be playing a great variety of music and all classic cars are welcome.

Classic car owners can win door prizes every 15 minutes donated by DPA members. Perry’s BBQ will be on the square selling BBQ sandwiches, nachos, drinks, and more. Be sure and bring your lawn chair and sit out and enjoy the great music and event.

Inman Cross Country Competed at Two Events This Past Week

Dresden, Tenn.- Both Inman Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed in the  West Tennessee Cross Country Jamboree at Jackson State and Bayleigh Thompson, 8th grader, placed in the Top 10.

In the Dresden Jamorbee Thursday: Bayleigh Thompson finished 1st overall in 8th grade girls mile race with a time of 6:50. Kylee Perry finished 9th with a time of 7:36, Disha Patel 10th at 7:38 and Joy Turner 11th at 7:39.

6th graders: Slayden Hosford, 3rd at 6:32, Cael Mathis 4th at 6:33, Alex Renner 10th at 7:13, and Abby Smith 20th at 8:32 in the girls race.

County Unemployment Numbers Show Slight Uptick in Many Counties for July

Nashville- County Unemployment rates across 93 of Tennessee’s 95 counties inched upward from June to July according to the latest statistics from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

44 counties continue to have rates lower than 5%, while 51 counties came in above 5% for July. TLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord said, “There are a number of factors at work and its not uncommon to see the state unemployment decrease while county unemployment increases.”

In our listening area, Carroll and Weakley Counties come in with some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Carroll County’s rate in July came in at 6.3%, up from 6.0% in June and up from 5.9% in July of last year. That is the 8th highest rate in the state. Weakley County had the 5th highest rate in the state at 6.8% for July. That is up from 4.9% in June, but still down from 7.5% last July.

Henry County’s rate for July 2019 came in at 4.8%, some of the lower rates in the state. That rate is up however from this June and July last year when the rates were 4.5% and 4.6% respectively.

Benton County’s rate for July was 5.5%, the same as June’s rate and just a tenth of a percentage point up from July 2018.  Houston County’s rate came in at 5.7%, up from 5.4% in June, but still down from last July’s rate of 6.4%.

Stewart County’s unemployment rate for July was 5.8% that is up from June’s rate of 5.2% and last July’s rate of 5.5%.

Charges Reduced for Incident Involving Alleged Animal Cruelty

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was placed on unsupervised probation on a reduced charge of animal cruelty at a hearing Friday morning in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Stan Wilson of Old Union Loop Road was arrested by Paris Police in July and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after a beagle puppy was found in a downtown dumpster.

At Friday’s hearing, Wilson appeared with his attorney Hansel McCadams of Paris before Visiting Judge John Whitworth of Benton County.

Assistant District Attorney Jerald Campbell told the court that the original charge of aggravated animal cruelty would require that Wilson’s actions had resulted in the death of the puppy which he said was not the case in this instance. Campbell said the puppy had been born a day or so before and was rejected by the mother and that Wilson had disposed of the puppy.

Campbell said someone heard whimpering from the dumpster and the puppy was taken to the veterinarian who said Wilson could have thought the puppy had expired when he disposed of it. Campbell said the vet also said the heat from the dumpster could have revived it the puppy.

“There are too many uncertainties” for a charge of aggravated animal cruelty, Campbell said.

In asking for his plea, Judge Whitworth reminded Wilson that even though he was being sentenced to unsupervised probation “you’re still on probation”.

The original charge of aggravated animal cruelty was a felony and the new charge is a misdemeanor. Wilson was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days of unsupervised probation, no fine and payment of court costs.

Judge Whitworth thanked both Campbell’s office, noting he was aware “there was a lot of investigation that went into this case.” Campbell said, “Yes, three veterinarians were called into the case.”

ESN Fire Fee Notices Being Sent Out

Paris, Tenn.- Property owners within the ESN122 area of Henry County should expect to receive their annual fire protection subscription billing from the City of Paris. The notices will be mailed by Friday, August 30th.  Payment is due by September 30th.

Fires in the ESN122 district, which is just outside the Paris city limits, are covered by the Paris Fire Dept. Unlike city property owners who pay city taxes, property owners in ESN122 pay no taxes for this service. Annual fees have been established for residents in the ESN122 district based upon their appraised property values.

The amount charged for fire service is based on information from the Henry County Assessor of Property and from the State of TN Division of Property Assessments.   A copy of the municipal code can be picked up at the business office at City Hall which will detail the breakdown of the fees.

Property owners inside ESN122 who fail to get a notice from the city or who get a notice and no longer own the property, are asked to contact the City of Paris business office at City Hall on 100 N. Caldwell St. or call 641-1402.

HCHS Golf Competes at Camden

Camden, Tenn.- Henry County, McKenzie, and Camden golf teams competed against each other on Thursday. In men's action, McKenzie won the match with a 168, Henry County a 188, and Camden a 195. Individually Jack Foster shot a 40, Dalton Dodd a 48, Jackson Hayes a 48, and Jackson Ridgeway a 52.

In girl's action, McKenzie edged Henry County by two strokes 87-89 respectively. Bentley Irby shot a 42 and Mary Alison Griffey a 47. (HCHS Golf photo)

HCHD Closing Roads Monday, Tuesday for Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hagler Ridge Road Monday August 26th for culvert replacement. The closure will be a half mile north of Hwy. 69 South. No address will be accessible for motorists traveling on Hwy. 69. The road should be back open for late afternoon traffic.  

McIntosh Road will be closed Tuesday, August 27th for culvert replacement. This closure will be two tenths of a mile north of India Road. The last accessible address will be #140 for motorist traveling from India Road. The road will be reopened for early afternoon traffic.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Compatibility Determinations

Springville, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex has prepared a compatibility determination and appropriateness determination for Cooperative Farming on the Tennessee NWR and Cross Creeks NWR; Expansion of Antioch Harbor Boat Launch Parking Lot on the TN NWR, and the use of Mount Zion Cemetery on the TN NWR.

All three of these determinations are available for public review and comment.

Cooperative Farming is an economic use of the refuges and is utilized to provide food for wintering waterfowl. Unharvested agriculture crops provide the greatest energy density for waterfowl and are important components of a habitat complex. Farming on NWRs is often accomplished through a cooperative partnership with private farmers from the local community where approximately 25% of the crop is left unharvested for waterfowl.

The Antioch Harbor Boat Launch and current parking lot is too small to meet the public’s demand for access to Kentucky Lake. The proposed use is to expand the lot to accommodate approximately 20 additional trucks and trailers. The Service is in process of acquiring .26 acres adjacent to the current lot so the lot can be expanded to provide additional parking spaces. The parking lot expansion will prevent overflow parking from affecting refuge vegetation or private property adjacent to the refuge.

The Mount Zion Church and Cemetery is located on the Old 23rd District of Henry County. The earliest documented head stone is from 1873, however there is information of soldiers from the battle of Fort Donelson buried in the cemetery. TVA acquired the property in January 1942 and the Service assumed management of the property in December 1945. The Service has allowed descendants to be interred through issuance of Special Use Permit. This compatibility determination will identify those wishing to be interred with their family members and set a definitive number and ending time for those requests.

The Service again seeks public comment on all three draft compatibility determinations. Copies of them are available at the Refuge Headquarters in Springville and comments are accepted until August 30th. Submit comments in writing to the office at 1371 Wildlife Drive Springville, TN 38256 or by email to refuge manager Barron Crawford at barron_crawford@fws.gov

Patriots Start 2019 FB Season on the Road; New Phone Number to Listen to Games

Haywood County, Tenn.- Henry County will open the 2019 football season on the road at Haywood County Friday night. If you can’t make the trip to cheer the Big Red onto victory be sure and listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM. If you are away from your radios, listen online at wmufradio.com and click on the Patriot Sports Icon to stream the game. You can also listen via your phone. The phone number to call has changed this year to 563-999-3149. Just remember standard rates apply if you call.

Peebles Set to Close, Reopen as Gordmans Store in Spring

Paris, Tenn.- The closing of the Peebles store in Paris is drawing near and Peebles has begun its closing sales. As we reported previously, the Peebles store will close and reopen as a Gordmans store in the spring of 2020. Gordmans is part of the Stage community of stores which also owns Peebles. All current Peebles employees will be offered jobs at Gordmans and a job fair will be held in the future for hiring additional employees. (Shannon McFarlin photo). 

MW Animal Clinic Welcomes New Vet

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Austin Thompson is the newest Associate Veterinarian at Mineral Wells Animal Hospital in Paris. He is a recent graduate of Lincoln Memorial University in East Tennessee. He enjoys working with both large and small animals.

He is currently accepting new patients and herds as clients.

Dr. Thompson took advantage of his time on externships and clinics so that he could see a huge variety of clinics and cases before he decided to settle down in Paris. Dr. Chuck Lyons said, "We are happy to have him be apart of the clinic and the community."

Former Racer Ja Morant to Visit Campus with Memphis Grizzlies Fri.

Murray, Ky.- Former Murray State basketball star Ja Morant is coming back to campus Friday, Aug. 23, as he travels with his new team, the Memphis Grizzlies, in the team’s preseason Regional Caravan Tour.

In June, Morant became the highest NBA Draft pick in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference when the Grizzlies selected him as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

His visit to Murray State begins with a 10:30 a.m. arrival at Wells Hall. Murray State students and community members are invited to come out and welcome back the Racers’ latest and greatest basketball hero. After the stop at Wells Hall to visit with Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson and Racers head coach Matt McMahon, Morant will make his way through campus and visit with students along the way to the Curris Center.  At this time, the Grizzlies Caravan itinerary does not include organized individual photo and/or autograph opportunities.

Morant’s return stirs memories of the amazing story he constructed in only two seasons at Murray State as he went from a small town talent from Dalzell, South Carolina to a consensus All-American with the Racers. He set many school records, including becoming the program’s all-time assist leader in only two seasons. However, his lasting legacy is being a big part of 54 victories in 65 games and taking the Racers to a pair of OVC regular-season and OVC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.    

After the visit to Murray State, the Grizzlies plan to take their Regional Caravan around the Mid-South with stops in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Little Rock, Arkansas, St. Louis, Missouri, and Nashville, Tenn., before the end of the month.

The Grizzlies’ first preseason game is at home with Maccabi Haifa (Oct. 6). The season opener is on the road against the Miami Heat (Oct. 23) with the team’s home opener (Oct. 25) against the Chicago Bulls. Fans who want to support Morant as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies can do so now by going online to grizzlies.com/tickets.

Paris Receives $25K Check For Enhancements to the Dog Park

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- The Atkins-Porter Dog Park in Paris will soon be an even happier place, thanks to the $25,000 check from the Randy Boyd Foundation presented Thursday morning to city and county officials by Boyd himself.

The Atkins-Porter Recreation Center was a busy place for the presentation, with most everyone bringing their dogs along.

Boyd noted that Paris won the $25,000 grant due to the Dog Park Dash competition in which the whole community participated earlier this year. Sixty communities competed for the grants and Boyd said, “Paris really turned out for it. You had one of the most engaged communities.”

Boyd, who also is the Interim President for the University of Tennessee, has a busy day ahead, as he will be making $25,000 check presentations to McKenzie, Gleason, and Trenton during the day and visiting the Extension Office in Dresden.

Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence said the $25,000 will be used for upgrades to the park which will include fire hydrant water misters, more water fountains, shade areas and possibly a dog washing station. “We’re really excited about it,” he said.

Boyd said he and his wife are dog lovers so embarking on such a project as the Dog Park Dash “made sense”. He noted that in addition to providing recreation for dogs, dog parks also “bring communities together” and often become a great social area for humans, too.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell thanked Boyd for his generosity.

Chamber Hosting Employment Law Seminar Tues. Aug. 27th

Paris,  Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a 2019 Employment Law Update Seminar on Tuesday August 27th from 9am to 12:45pm at the Chamber office.

Discussion on ADA updates, worker’s compensation, Focus on Recent Cases and examples of problematic issues, and EEOC overview and enforcement priorities will be discussed. The event is put on for free by the Chamber Wimberley Lawson Wright Davis and Jones PLLC.

Pre-register by email at pariscoc@paristnchamber.com or call 642-3431.

Murray State Launches New Student Success Platform

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University is partnering with education technology company Hobsons to implement Hobsons’ Starfish Enterprise Success Platform in order to increase retention by providing students and faculty with easy-to-use and robust resources.

Launching Aug. 7, Starfish is Murray State's new holistic student success platform that supports student engagement and success through academic support, student self-service capabilities, increased communication and stronger connections between faculty, students, advisors and support services. 

The platform allows students to view their schedules and grades, ask for help and connect with their success teams. Faculty members can use early alerts, kudos, and progress reports to make sure students stay focused in classes while advisors, student support staff, and administrators can support students and their journey towards educational success.

“Our ultimate goal is to allow each student to achieve their own version of success,” said Peggy Whaley, director of student engagement and success at Murray State. “We chose Starfish to help us reach that goal because it offers our students and staff easy-to-use tools and resources. We are excited to embark on this journey with Starfish, and feel that the solution will help us to transform our university culture to provide holistic student support across all departments.”

“Starfish is dedicated to helping higher education institutions propel their students towards their educational and career goals,” said Howard Bell, senior vice president and general manager of Starfish. “We are excited to work with Murray State University as they use the Starfish case management and analytics tools to increase retention, while ultimately establishing a culture of holistic support across their campus.”

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps nearly 500 colleges and universities — more than all other organizations in the industry — scale their student success efforts so more students can achieve their academic and life goals. By helping higher education institutions leverage reliable data to pinpoint areas of concern and opportunity within courses and student populations, as well as institutional programs and services, Starfish connects these findings to action by identifying at-risk students, connecting students with valuable resources, and building career and academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost.

For more information on Starfish, visit murraystate.edu/starfish or starfishsolutions.com.

Applications for Next Leadership HC Class Being Accepted

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are available now for the next Leadership Class at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Henry County is a community development program designed by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce that identifies and encourages future community leaders. Throughout the course, participants will get a “behind the scenes look” at many of the core components of the community.

Classes include information over Economic Development, Education, Healthcare, Government, Tourism, History and Arts, and Agriculture. The schedule will include 8 monthly sessions beginning October 2019 and ends in June 2020.

Full participation is required. Any class member missing more than two sessions will not graduate. Deadline to apply is Friday August 30th. Tuition for leadership Henry County is $325. For more information email pariscoc@paristnchamber.com or call 642-3431.

Drug Take Back Day Planned at Kroger this Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Henry County Prevention Coalition will hold a drug take back day this Saturday August 24th from 9am to 1pm at Kroger, on Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris.

Bring in all your unused and/or expired medication for safe disposal at the Drug Take Back Day. Remember there are permanent Rx drop box loations at the Paris Police Department at City Hall at 100 N. Caldwell St. and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 210 Forrest Heights. For more information call 336-2250 or email hcpc38242@gmail.com.

TWRA Hunter Education Field Day Set for August 31st

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a Hunter Education Field Day on Saturday August 31st beginning at 1pm at Covenant Ranch in Buchanan. Students ages 9 and over must take a TWRA approved online course prior to participating in the Field Day event.

Students should bring proof of completion of the course to the event and you must pre-register for the event by going online to www.tnwildlife.org and click the “For Hunters” link, clicking on the “Hunter Education” link, and then finally clicking on the “Find a Class Near Me” tab.

Field Day consists of short review, a 100 multiple-choice question test, then a live firing exercise. For questions call Henry County Wildlife Officers Greg Barker at 731-336-9665 or Steve Brewer at 615-308-5775.

DPA Seeks Volunteers for Noon on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is seeking volunteers to help with Noon on the Square in September. The DPA serves drinks for a $1 donation each Friday during September on the court square to help pay the electric bill for the Christmas light funds. Contact Kathy Ray if you can help any Friday in September. Times will be 11:30am to 1pm.  

HCMC Welcomes Medical Students for One Year Rotation

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to welcome medical students for one year as part of rotations that are required for their program. These students join us from Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tennessee and William Carey University - College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Henry County Medical Center is proud to help facilitate a detailed learning experience for the students. We are glad to partner with LMU-DCOM and William Carey University- College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Community-based training is one of the two major clinical training models used in medical education today. It provides for an excellent training atmosphere for the third and fourth year osteopathic medical students and affords the best opportunity of achieving its mission of training primary care physicians for rural and underserved areas in the South. HCMC has partnered with LMUDCOM (TN) and WCUCOM (MS) to achieve this goal and has organized training around our HCMC "Hub Site."

Hub Sites are clinical training sites capable of providing all of the Core and Selective Rotations within an hour’s drive of a central location. Osteopathic medical students in their third and fourth years (OMS-3, OMS-4) will reside and participate in the communities in which they are training.  HCMC is building a multidisciplinary educational environment along with our Physician Assistant Students from Bethel University that will equip them to better serve our community.

“HCMC is moving forward with our goal to train physicians with a passion for excellence in rural health,” said Amanda J. Finley, DO FACOI FACP, Internal Medicine Hospitalist and Director of Medical Education.

Please join us in welcoming the following medical students to Henry County Medical Center: Andrew James, LMU-DCOM; OLuwaseun Olusanya, LMU-DCOM; Spencer Rhodes, William Carey University; Katherine Sullivan, LMU-DCOM; Megan Tuttle, LMU-DCOM; Joseph Weigold, LMU-DCOM; Brittany Zeller, LMU-DCOM; Michael Zornes, William Carey University.

For more information about HCMC and how we are growing forward to better serve our community, check out our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

TDH Urges Citizens Most At Risk for Hepatitis A to Be Vaccinated

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health and numerous state and local partners continue to investigate and respond to a large, multi-state hepatitis A outbreak. More than 2,000 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Tennessee, including 13 resulting in the deaths of the patients.

‘’The deaths in Tennessee associated with the hepatitis A outbreak are extremely sad,’’ said TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. ‘’The Tennessee Department of Health, metro health departments, jails and many other community partners are working every day to ensure people at high risk of infection with the hep A virus are vaccinated to prevent more illness and save lives.’’

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. It can be transmitted through contact with feces or consumption of contaminated food or water. The groups most at risk for hepatitis A in the current outbreak include people who use recreational drugs, men who have sex with men and people experiencing homelessness.

“It’s critical for people in these high-risk groups to receive the hepatitis A vaccine to protect themselves and others around them,” said Tennessee Immunization Program Medical Director Michelle Fiscus, MD, FAAP. “We know this vaccine is safe and effective.”

Other steps to prevent infection with hepatitis A include washing hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before eating and before preparing or serving food.

Local health departments are offering free hepatitis A vaccine for people in high-risk groups. Contact your health care provider or the local health department for more information on preventing hepatitis A.

Learn more about Tennessee’s response to this outbreak at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/tennessee-hepatitis-a-outbreak.html.

Citizens and Their Pets Invited to Dog Park Dash Check Presentation Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Citizens of Paris and their pets are invited to the Dog Park Dash Check presentation at the Atkins Porter Dog Park this Thursday August 22nd at 9:30am. The City of Paris will be awarded a $25K check to enhance the dog park. The money is from the Boyd Foundation and a social media campaign held earlier this summer showed the passion Paris has for its pets and Randy Boyd will be in town to present the check Thursday morning.

The City says since it was citizens and their pets on social media that helped secure the grant, they want to include them in coming out for the celebration and check presentation. In the event of rain, activities will be moved inside the AP building.

Fire Destroys Old Fire Truck in Henry Tuesday

Henry, Tenn.- An old fire truck was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening in Henry.

According to Dustin Lee Odom of the Henry Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to 2040 Lumber Rd. around 7 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a vehicle on fire.

They arrived to find an old fire truck fully involved in flames. Odom said the fire truck was a retired engine from the Mason Fire Department which currently was being used as a water hauler. The caller told firefighters the fire started when a nearby brush pile came in contact with the truck which caused it to catch fire.

No one was injured and four firefighters responded to the call. (Henry VFD photo).

New Pizza Ovens a Big Hig at Inman, Free Breakfast Going Well at PSSD

Food Services Manager Pam Brazzell discusses the new pizza ovens and free breakfasts. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

By: Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met at Inman Middle School on Tuesday evening and heard an update on the Food Services and Nutrition from manager Pam Brazzell.

Prior to the meeting, the board was invited to dinner where they saw and ate new personal pizzas that are available for lunches. The system bought new pizza ovens and Brazzell said they are hugely popular with the students as a lunch option. The company that sold the ovens and dough estimated so many pizzas per day would pay off the oven in one year. Brazzell said “its been such a hit its estimated that with as many pizzas being served the pizza oven machine will be paid for by December 3rd of this year.“

She said 56% of students are being reached in the PSSD with the new free breakfast for all students. They look at expanding the grab and go breakfast lines at Paris Elementary which will likely attract even more students to take advantage of free breakfast. The numbers of students taking advantage of the free breakfast is climbing every day and it truly is a wonderful program.

New Teachers Introduced at PSSD BOE Meeting; Enrollment Up

Paris, Tenn.- The board recognized newly hired teachers for this school at their meeting Tuesday night at Inman. At Rhea Elementary new Kindergarten teacher Jordan Sawyers, and guidance counselor Micia Adams were recognzied. At PES, Amanda Belisle, teaches 5th grade science, she actually came on last year to fill in and decided to stay. Dustin Smith was introduced as 4th grade teacher of Math and Science. Inman’s new crop of teachers included: Whitney Glass, new teacher for 8th grade science at Inman and Candise Wyatt, now teaching 6th grade science.  

PSSD Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell gave the board total enrollment numbers which are up to over 1600 students. She said that is a little ahead of last year, but class sizes are not hurting in any way. She said the open enrollment is closed at this time. Dr. Gerrell said a few may come in after labor, especially students who lived up north.

Read to Be Ready Serves 42 in PSSD this Summer

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD Board of Education heard stats from the Read to be Ready Program which had 42 students be involved this summer. Students took home around 40 books during the sessions in June and July. They took a few field trips to LBL, the Refuge, and other places. There were read aloud rooms, discussion about books in the open, STEM rotations, and more. All involved said it was a great summer with the Read to be Ready Program.

Chairman Richard Edwards said the state cut out the budget for the program, but we made sure in our budget to have the funds to continue the program into the future as the benefits are widely seen.

Kathy Coley Recognized After 41 Years in the PSSD

Dr. Gerrell and Ms. Coley finish sharing a hug as Coley retired this summer after 41 years. (Tim Alsobooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Gerrell also recognized Kathy Coley who has taught at the PSSD for 41 years. Ms. Coley thanked the board and directors and past members for all they do each day and it has been a pleasure to teach in this system. Coley retired from the system this summer but promised to come back after taking some time off and help out in other ways.

Events Upcoming as PSSD Celebrates 100 Years

Paris, Tenn.- Becky Cate, math specialist and instructional education at the PSSD, told board members the next celebration of the 100th year of the PSSD will be September 19th at the Inman Middle School football game against Henry County Middle School. The game and tailgate will be at the Henry County Practice Field and Stadium. During the week, it will be spirit week at the PSSD, dressing up to commemorate the different decades.

The district is also looking for artifacts from the history of all schools in the PSSD they are looking for them to display at the Plumley Exhibit at the Heritage Center. It will open up later this fall.100 year t-shirts are also being sold.

Dr. Gerrell made a public announcement about the district-wide data as the PSSD is at the advancing level in achievement and at a 5 in the other category. She said we are proud of the results but know we can be even better.

In subgroups, the system is advancing in all those areas, which is very exciting. She said there is some work to do with economically disadvantaged students.

The PSSD Board approved a new policy on Tuesday night that dealt with board member code of conduct. Dr. Gerrell said the policy is worded well and talks about relationships board members have with students, the director, the community, themselves, teachers, etc. Dr. Gerrell said the policy is straightforward, specific and clear for board members.

HCSO Produce Giveaway Wed. at VFW

Paris, Tenn.- It's been a great year for produce at the inmate gardens and  the Henry County Sheriff's Office is holding another produce give-a-way Wednesday August 21st at the VFW on East Wood St. The giveaway will have a few different vegetables and start at 3pm and go until 4:30pm or while supplies last.

Rep. Grfffey Says Redistricting not Likely Now Thanks to Opposition

Nashville- Yesterday, the 11 member Advisory Task on Composition of Judicial Districts met in Nashville at the Administrative Office of the Courts to deliberate and issue a preliminary report and recommendation on the fate of Henry County remaining in the 24th Judicial District. State Representative Bruce Griffey attended the meeting along with Henry County attorney and President of the Henry County Bar Association Andy Clark and Tas Gardner, Henry County native and District Public Defender for the 24th Judicial District.

Griffey and Clark both made a final plea against redistricting before the Task Force formally voted 8 to 3 against redistricting any counties in West Tennessee. While the Task Force is looking at redistricting in relation to Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry Counties in the 21st Judicial District, Henry County is safe for the time being and will remain in the 24th Judicial District along with Benton, Carroll, Decatur and Hardin Counties.

"I want to thank all individuals who took the time to submit public comments to the Task Force to express opposition to redistricting. The public comments were considered, and, ultimately, the Task Force made the right decision inasmuch as redistricting would have gravely injured Henry County," stated Griffey.

Tennesseans Can Hunt Without a License on Saturday

Nashville- Tennesseans can hunt without a license this weekend as part of the state's Free Hunting Day.

On August 24, Tennessee Resources Wildlife Agency encourages regular hunters to introduce friends and family members to the outdoor sport.

Free Hunting Day also marks the opening day of squirrel season and will be during the August private lands, archery-only deer season.

Saturday, Tennessee residents are exempt from hunting licenses and WMA permit requirements. Many, but not all, WMAs are open to hunters looking for public access on Free Hunting Day.

While there are not license requirements, the state still requires education courses to be taken. If you were born on or after January 1, 1969, you are required to complete a hunter education course. To be exempt from the course, you must purchase an apprentice license.

Hunters can harvest up to 10 squirrels a day during squirrel season.

Police Look Into theft of Converters; Driving With out License Arrest Made

Paris, Tenn.- Police are investigating the theft of several catalytic converters late on Sunday.

Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Carroll responded to an auto shop on Hwy. 79 South on Monday in reference to the theft of several catalytic converters. The owner stated to police that several Cadillac converters had been stolen off of seven different cars on Sunday night. The total value of the parts that were stolen were estimated at $1,600.

In unrelated incidents, Henry County Sheriff's Cpl. Dalton Watson arrested Laquacia Colston, 28, of 401 N. Porter St. of Paris on Sunday for two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Colston's bond was set at $1,000. She is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Chad Andrews arrested Julio Vasquez Montoya, 37, of Houston, Texas on Sunday for driving without a license. Vasquez Montoya's bond was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

County Commission Learns of Air Evac Plans to Expand at Airport

State Rep. Bruce Griffey Presents Sam Bruce with a Resolution honoring former longtime comm. Connie McSwain (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Commissioners Monday night heard the good news from County Mayor Brent Greer and Airport Manager Don Davenport that Air Evac plans to expand its regional presence and is entering into a 10-year lease for a hangar at the Henry County Airport.

At a busy meeting, Greer told commissioners, “This is a great thing for our community and I applaud Don for all the hard work he’s put into this.” It will mean two full helicopter crews in the community and more maintenance personnel, which will mean more jobs.

The lease agreement, which was approved by the commissioners, is for $42,000 per year and the hangar in which Air Evac will be operating was the former home of the Skykits Corp., an airplane manufacturing business which folded earlier this year.

Greer said, “This is a positive for our community. This will return all the money to the county that was extended into the building. It’s sad they (Skykits) was not successful, but it’s a good opportunity for Air Evac.”

The hangar is a 21,600 square foot building which is located on the airport groups. Air Evac already has headquarters at the Airport and Greer said, “They’ve been good a great corporate citizen for our community.”

Both Air Evac and Vanderbilt LifeFlight have headquarters at the airport.

State Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, presented a State Resolution honoring the late County Commissioner Connie McSwain, who died earlier this year. In addition to being a long-time County Commissioner, McSwain was the Director of the W.G. Rhea Public Library, worked at the Paris Special Schools District and served on numerous local boards. Griffey presented the resolution to Sam Barth, who was a special friend of McSwain’s.

Griffey also reported to the commission that the judicial redistricting plan for West Tennessee appears to be a dead issue at this point, following a committee meeting today in Nashville at which he, Henry Co. Bar Association President Andy Clark and 24th District Public Defender Tas Gardner attended. Griffey said many public comments opposing the plan were directed at the committee, which voted 8-3 to recommend to the State Legislature that there be no redistricting in West Tennessee.

Commissioners Hear Status of Work Release Program

Sheriff Belew and Lt. Powell discuss the program while Comm. Dell Carter looks at the stats. (McFarlin photo)

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday’s busy Henry County Commission session, commissioners had more good news from Sheriff Monte Belew and Lt. Daniel Powell about the positive status of the sheriff office’s work release program.

The program was approved by the county commission earlier and is working well, Belew and Powell said. The program has employed 27 inmates and of the 27, only three have been fired from the program. Thirteen out of the 27 have been released with time served from the program and 11 of those 13 are still gainfully employed by either the employers they had during the program or other employers, they said.

Decreasing recidivism was a goal of the program and that is only at 30 percent, with only four of the 13 inmates who have been released having re-offended or returned to jail. Belew noted that in the nine months the program has been in operation, re-offending is considerably lower than the jail average of 85 percent.

A goal of the program is to provide inmates with the opportunity to re-enter society with the skills necessary to lead a productive life and be better prepared for the transition back into the community and that is occurring, both Belew and Powell said.

The inmates in the program are making money that is being put in their accounts and will help them transition into society after their release by helping them pay rent, buy a car, reinstate their drivers’ licenses, etc. “One of the main goals is to give them something to leave jail with and that is happening,” Belew said.

“This has been a win-win for us,” he said, “and Daniel is a great manager of the program.”

Five more inmates currently qualify for the program, they said. “We’re just waiting for some other employers to step up.”

State Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, applauded the program and said he’d like to take Belew and Powell to Nashville to present information on the program for legislators.

Donations, Food Collections Pour In Saturday from Rotary Club Weekend Backpack Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club's fundraiser on Saturday to raise donations and food collection for the Paris Special School District's Weekend Backpack Program. Monetary donations of $3,167 were tallied and several bags of food were collected as members were at Walmart, Kroger, Sav-A-Lot, Lakeway IGA, Cash Savers, and 4 Dollar General Stores. (David Jackson and Randi Allen French photos)

Rep. Griffey Asks Constituents to Stand With Him On Redistricting

Paris, Tenn.- On May 21, 2018, Governor Haslam signed a law, establishing an 11 member Advisory Task Force to review the composition of judicial districts in Tennessee and propose a statewide judicial redistricting plan. Members of the Task Force were appointed jointly by Speaker of the Senate Randy McNally and then Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. The Task Force has held public hearings in each of the Grand Divisions of Tennessee – West, Middle and East – to solicit feedback on judicial redistricting. Two public hearings were conducted in West Tennessee -- one on April 15 in Jackson at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex and one on July 15 at the University of Memphis School Law. The Task Force will be meeting in Nashville this coming Monday, August 19, which is the target date for issuing a preliminary report after considering public comments received online and deliberating.

One proposal that has been discussed repeatedly at prior meetings is moving Henry County from the 24th Judicial District and placing it in the 27th Judicial District with Obion and Weakley Counties. Representative Bruce Griffey for House District 75, which encompasses Henry County, has been vocal in his opposition to this proposal and says that “This will cause a myriad of problems including, but not limited to, spreading judicial resources too thin, increasing delays in the legal process, creating massive disruption in the judicial system dealing with changes and limiting access to justice for residents of Henry, Obion and Weakley Counties.” Griffey, a Henry County native, is very familiar with the judicial system, and the 24th Judicial District in particular, being a practicing attorney for 29 years, having served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 24th Judicial District and continuing to practice as a trial attorney in the 24th Judicial District. He is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“To be frank, I have spoken with a number of individuals concerning the redistricting proposal and have yet to encounter a single individual in Henry, Obion or Weakley County who was not opposed to it. The individuals who will be affected the most by the redistricting proposal don’t perceive any problem necessitating redistricting. Moreover, I am unaware of any benefit that can result from it, just problems. As the old adage goes, ‘If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” stated Griffey.

“Based upon the Report of the Tennessee Trial Judge Association’s Judicial Resource Study Committee, moving Henry County to the 27th Judicial District would result in the loss of a judge for the region. The 24th and 27th Judicial Districts comprised of 7 counties are currently served by 5 judges. The proposed change would result in the loss of a judicial position, and the number of judges serving these 7 counties would be reduced from 5 to 4. Fewer judges necessarily equates to less access to justice, which is a detriment to the population served,” Griffey explained.

Griffey further indicated that “Moving Henry County from the 24th to the 27th Judicial District without allocation of an additional judge would result in the newly configured 27th Judicial District having the largest ratio of judge to population size in all of West Tennessee. Specifically, it would be 1 judge for approximately 50,000 people. This outnumbers any other judicial district in West Tennessee by over 7,000 people per judge. It would also mean that the 2 judges currently serving the 27th Judicial District would experience their workload increase by 50%. This necessarily means reduced access to justice by the constituents of Henry, Obion and Weakley Counties.”

Griffey is not alone. On March 8, 2019, members of the Henry County Bar Association met and unanimously voted to oppose the proposed redistricting, and, thereafter on March 26, 2019, attorney Andy Clark, as President of the Henry County Bar Association, submitted a letter to theTask Force voicing opposition to the redistricting. Additionally, on March 18, 2019, the Henry County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution No. 1-3-19 opposing redistricting.

Griffey has attended two prior meetings of the Task Force in Nashville at which he vocalized his opposition to redistricting as it relates to Henry County, and he plans to attend the upcoming Task Force meeting in Nashville on Monday to continue providing a voice of opposition. “As a practicing attorney in the 24th Judicial District who was born and raised in Henry County, on a personal and professional level, I am fundamentally against removing Henry County from the 24th Judicial District. Additionally, as an elected representative and voice for over 32,000 Henry Countians in my state house district, I strenuously oppose removing Henry County from the 24th Judicial District in my official capacity as a state legislator, and I will continue to vehemently oppose any redistricting that would involve removing Henry County from the 24th Judicial District and placing it in the 27th Judicial District,” Griffey said.

According to Griffey, in 2009, a Tennessee Judicial Redistricting Study was conducted by The Justice Management Institute as contracted by the state. “Relevant issues were raised in the course of that study as to whether judicial redistricting was feasible, much less desirable. Additionally, there was no clear understanding as to what perceived problems existed that could be remedied by changing the boundary lines of judicial districts. The conclusion reached was that judicial redistricting was unnecessary, and I believe that the same remains true today. The principal problem that has arisen has been a shortage of judges, which the legislature has remedied with the appropriation of additional judicial resources and the creation of additional judicial seats. Simply put, judicial redistricting as it relates to the 24th and 27th Judicial Districts is unnecessary, undesirable and unfeasible,” Griffey concluded.

The Task Force is continuing to accept comments online about judicial redistricting, and Griffey is encouraging all Henry, Obion and Weakley Countians to let their voices be heard on this issue before Monday’s meeting by submitting a public comment on the Task Force’s website at: http://tncourts.gov/node/5499732

TN Unemployment Rate for July Holds at 3.5%; Same from A Year Ago

Nashville- A year-to-year comparison of recently released unemployment data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) shows the July 2019 statewide seasonally adjusted rate of 3.5 percent matches the figure from the same month a year ago.
The July 2019 statistic represents a small increase of 0.1 of a percentage point when compared to June’s revised unemployment rate of 3.4 percent.
“Summer is a time of year when Tennesseans are in transition,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “People are moving, coming home and going back to school, changing jobs, and taking time for themselves which impacts unemployment at various levels across the state.”

While the unemployment rate did inch upward, Tennessee employers still created thousands of new jobs in July. Nonfarm employment increased across the state by 4,000 jobs between June and July. The leisure/hospitality sector saw the most growth, followed by the manufacturing and education/health services sectors.
Over the last 12 months, nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 55,100 new positions, with the majority of those jobs in the leisure/hospitality, manufacturing, and trade/transportation/utilities sectors.
Nationally, the unemployment situation remained steady in July. The seasonally adjusted rate of 3.7 percent mirrored the United States rate from June. In a year-to-year comparison, unemployment across the country dropped by 0.2 of a percentage point last month compared to the same time period in 2018.

The state of Tennessee makes a wide range of job search assistance available through its workforce development website, www.Jobs4TN.gov. Job seekers can navigate nearly 200,000 current job openings; as well as take advantage of free online resume assistance, job interview advice and other services when they visit the site.

Henry man arrested for vehicular homicide from wreck that killed an 11-year-old girl back in November

Henry, Tenn.- A Henry man was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide on Friday in connection to a wreck that killed an eleven-year-old girl back in November 2018.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Byars arrested Kevin Hilt, 39, of 55 Mimosa St. of Henry on Friday for vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by reckless contact and two counts of vehicle assault. Hilt was also charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, DUI and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a wreck that occurred on Hwy. 79 near Routon back on Nov. 17, 2018. According to the original THP report, a 1996 Jeep driven by Ricky Glisson was rear ended by a 2015 Impala driven by Kevin Hilt back on November of last year. The collision caused the jeep to roll ejecting 11-year old, Abigale Luceio, who was killed in the wreck. On Friday, Hilt was then arrested in charged in connection with the wreck.

Hilt’s bond was set at $250,000. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

The next Shepherd's Table is set for Tuesday, Aug. 20th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The next Shepherd’s Table in Huntingdon will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20th in the fellowship hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, located at 19835 E. Main St. in Huntingdon. Everyone is invited to a free meal, served restaurant style on at the Shepherd’s Table which is held on the third Tuesday of the month.

Dining will begin at 5 p.m. and will remain open remain open until 6:45 p.m.

The experience is casual dining as in a fine restaurant. You are greeted at the door by a host and taken to your seat. The tables have beautiful centerpieces and rolled fresh silverware. A server will take your order for drinks and bring your supper and desserts to your table for you. There are also volunteers waiting to do clean up. All you have to do is simply show up and enjoy a meal.

The menu for Tuesday’s meal will include BBQ, baked beans and slaw. You can also choose from a variety of desserts along with drinks that will include sweet tea, unsweetened tea, lemonade and water.

“We have provided more than 700 meals since last spring,” said Suzanne Carter, co-chairperson and founding member of the Shepherd’s Table.

The Shepherd’s Table has been able to feed up to 80 guests at a time with the benefit of donations of both money and food. Each meal costs approximately $100.

If you would like to sponsor a meal or give a donation of any amount please contact the Shepherd’s Table by calling the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at 731-986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Or please feel free to attend one of the suppers.

Springfield Rotary Club donates to PSSD weekend backpack program

(David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Elementary School Resource Officer Sgt. Michelle Brewer with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and her sister Rotary member Randi French examine one of the back packs prepared and donated by the Springfield Rotary Club for the PSSD weekend backpack program.

Storage building is destroyed by a fire on Saturday

(Henry Volunteer Fire Department photo)

Henry, Tenn.- A fire destroyed a storage building located outside of Henry on Saturday afternoon.

Henry Volunteer Firefighters were dispatched at 2:30 p.m. to 100 Radford Lake Rd. in Henry on Saturday in reference to a storage building fire. When firefighters arrived at the scene they found the building already involved. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within an hour and a half.

(Henry Volunteer Fire Department photo)

No cause of the fire was given. A total of nine firefighters from the Henry Volunteer Fire Department worked the scene. The Paris Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance.

Enjoying Jim Stafford live in concert at KPAC

Jim Stafford performs a concert at KPAC on Saturday night. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts brought Jim Stafford of “Spiders and Snakes” fame direct from Branson to perform in concert at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Saturday night as a large, lively crowd of people came out to enjoy the concert. Along with “Spiders and Snakes," some of the songs that Stafford sung included "Swamp Witch," " Wildwood Weed" and more.

Jim Stafford performs his songs "Swamp Witch" and "Spiders and Snakes." (Cassie Walsh photos)

The concert was a fundraiser for Lee Academy for the Arts. Gioia Fazzini, president of the board of Lee Academy for the Arts and strings teacher at Inman Middle School, said that the two main missions of Lee Academy was to serve as preservation of Lee School and to provide visual arts and performing arts education for people of all ages.

Jim Stafford meets with the crowd that came to see him in concert on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Jim Stafford’s appearance was provided in part by Platinum Sponsors Coleman & Townsend Optometrists and Forever Communications. Commercial Bank was a Gold Sponsor supporter.

Woman arrested for meth, burglary charges on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was arrested on numerous charges including burglary and possession of methamphetamine on Friday.

Paris Police Ptl. Ashley Neumair arrested Brittani N. Easley, 33, of 345 Harrison St. of Paris for possession of methamphetamine, aggravated burglary, violation of probation, failure to do a jail sentence and theft of property.

Easley’s bond was set at $17,095. She is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested James Bush, 61, of 125 Bucy Lane of Paris on Friday for driving under the influence. Bush’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Vendor space still available for the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club's Paris Landing Arts and Crafts Festival

Buchanan, Tenn.- Vendor space is still available for the 2019 Paris Landing Arts & Crafts Festival that will be held on Sept. 7-8th beginning at 10 a.m. each morning at Paris Landing State Park.

The event will feature handcrafted items and is sponsored by the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club.

For information on vendor space, please contact Crissy McCutcheon at 363-3464.

Get your taste buds ready for the Refuge's Wild Edible Plant Foray

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, will hold a brand new Refuge Discovery Series program called “Wild Edible Plant Foray” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31st.

People are always using their senses to experience nature and in this brand new Refuge Discovery Series Program, the Refuge is inviting everyone to come taste what nature has to offer in this “Wild Edible Plant Foray”.

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is excited to welcome back local foraging expert Jonathan Lodge.  Beginning at 1 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center participants will learn about a few wild plants that are found locally that are okay to eat.  From seeds to leaves, stems to fruits, you can learn what is edible…and what is not at this program.

A good rule of thumb is never eat anything in the wild unless you are 100% certain if it is edible. The best way to make sure is to consult an expert, and here is your chance. This program will include some instruction on some of the easy ones. As always, Jonathan will bring an array of examples for show and tell. You might even get to sample a few of them!  However, this is a discovery class only as foraging is not allowed on the refuge.

The Refuge Discovery Series was created by the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge to help the public enjoy and interact with the refuge and its wildlife.  Each considered a good family activity, the series presents different wildlife related topics and guest speakers to help the public connect with nature. Hosting the program at the Refuge Visitor Center can be fun trip for families as our participants typically come early or stay to enjoy our new exhibits. The Refuge Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday from 8:00-4:00 pm and is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, TN.

For more information about the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, how to become a member of the Friends of Tennessee NWR or about the refuge in general, please call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 731-642-2091, like us on Facebook or see our website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Tennessee.            

Community supports weekend backpack program as Paris Rotary Club reports donations have almost tripled this year

Dennis Upduike (left) hands Paris Rotarian Linley White several donation items for the Weekend Backpack program on Saturday at Kroger. Kroger was just one of the many area grocery stores that the Rotary Club collected donations at.
(Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh
Henry County, Tenn.- The community once again came out in full force to donate various items for the Paris Rotary Club’s project of raising money and food for the Paris Special School District’s weekend backpack program. The idea is to gain enough donations and support to include 3rd graders in the program this year.

Kathy Lindsey (left), the assistant manager for the Dollar General store on North Market Street, hands some donations for the backpack program to Diane Mahan (right), as Diane and Joe Mahan (not pictured) from the Paris Rotary Club collected items for the backpack program at the North Market Street Dollar General Store. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Rotary Club members went out to a total of around nine area grocery stores including Wal-Mart, Lakeway IGA, Kroger, Cash-Savers, and Paris Dollar General Stores until 3 p.m. on Saturday as they collected various items from mac and cheese, pop tarts, cheese and crackers and so many more items. People were also able to make a monetary donation for the program. Members from the Rotary Club stated that by the end of the morning shift that the number of donations from this year’s drive raised more than double what they received last year. It appeared that donations from this year's drive will be more than tripled what was collected last year.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Bees and more at Paris Landing State Park

By Shannon McFarlin
Buchanan, Tenn.–In the above photo, Paris Landing State Park Interpretive Ranger Amy O’Brien releases a Sharp Shinned Hawk this morning before a large crowd at the National Honey Bee Day event. O’Brien said the hawk was hit by a car about two weeks ago and had suffered a concussion, but after spending time at the Paris Landing raptor rehab program, he was ready to be released back to the wild.

In second photo, James Hinton shares some of his knowledge of honey bees for visitors to the event. Hinton is the vice president of the Kentucky Lake Beekeepers Association. Other members of the Beekeepers were on hand for the event, which also included a wildflower hike and arts and crafts. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Whitlock Fire Hall dedciated in memory of the late Freddy Wade

By David Jackson
Whitlock, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Weiher (left) and Assistant Chief Shannon Bomar (right) present a plaque on Saturday that dedicated the Whitlock Community Center and Fire Station in memory of the late Freddy Wade.

The plaque was presented recognizing the dedication of the Whitlock Fire Station of the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department in honor Wade, who served as a  33-year volunteer firefighter for the department. Wade passed away back in 2017.

Three arrested on multiple offenses, including driving offenses

Henry County, Tenn.- Several people have been arrested for driving offenses over the past few days.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Michael Shackleford, 24, of Hollow Rock on Thursday for DUI and violation of the open container law. Shackleford’s bond was set at $3,000. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick arrested David Leonard, 38, of 6124 Guthrie Road of Paris on Thursday for driving on a suspended license, simple possession of a schedule VI substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Leonard’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Investigator Derrek Colley with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Christian Workman, 22, of 210 S. McDonald St. of Puryear on Thursday for driving on a suspended license and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Workman’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Swim Team tryouts set for Tuesday, Aug. 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Swim Team will be holding tryouts for the 2019-20 winter season for swimmers ages 5-18 on Tuesday, Aug. 27 between 3-5 p.m. at the Paris Civic Center pool.

Swimmers ages 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke unassisted. Swimmers ages 9 and up must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle and backstroke unassisted.

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