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92nd Annual Lions Club Football Banquet

Paris, TN – The Lions Club of Paris conducted the 92 annual Lions Club Football Banquet Thursday night at the Henry County Fairgrounds.  The toastmaster for the event was Mark Johnson who introduced King Lion, Scott Morrison who welcomed all in attendance following dinner catered by Mockingbird Catering.

Dr. Michelle Web, principal of Henry County High School reminded those in attendance of her effort each year to use a different word to describe her feelings toward the Henry County Patriot Football team.  In the past special words had been: Pride, tradition, special, impact and this year love.

Not love like loving your parents or loving taco’s but a love that she felt the coaches and team had for one another.

Coach James Counce addressed his team, parents and others and tried to let all know his feelings for the team and especially the seniors who had won 32 games and lost 9, participated in playoffs two years, and earned one runner up state tournament silver ball.

Introduced as Academic All State players were:

Ethan Anderson, Duncan Bennet, Will Brown, Jayln Foster, Wyatt Hollingsworth, Dylan Irwin, Bricen May, Keith Norman, Colton Wiser, Nathan Beasley, Jackson Boyd, Dante Davis, Davy Harrod, Blair Houston, Amarion Manzi, Elijah Merrell, and Brandon Stephenson.

Players Receiving Region 7 A honors included:

Defensive MVP Davy Harrod, Defensive Lineman of the year, Jackson Boyd, Running Back of the Year Joseph Travis, Defensive Back of the Year Jawon Odom, and Punter of the year Eli Bona.

Selected to 1st Team Region 7A were: Blair Houston, Colton Wiser, Makiah Sanders, Duncan Bennet, Dylan Irwin, Paul D. Atkins, and Nathan Beasley.

Selected to 2nd Team Region 7A were: Sanches Aldridge, Damion Rushing, Rodney Littleton, Sam Slead and Wyatt Hollingsworth.

              

Selected by the Lions Club as Most Outstanding Player of the Year was Davy Harrod.

Prior to the presentations Coach Chuck Adams who has worked with teams over the past 39 years gave an emotional thank you to all the coaches, parents and players he has worked with and also reminded the players to come of the devotion that their parents, the coaches, administration have all put toward making HCHS Football what it is today.  GO BIG RED

Paris Closings For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20th , is Martin Luther King Jr Day and some of our local businesses will be closed. City Hall will be closed but all emergency services will be on a regular schedule. The City of Paris Public Works Department closed. Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will run Tuesday January 21st so please have your trash out by 7am. The Landfill and the Animal Shelter will also be closed on Monday re-opening on Tuesday morning.

 

Henry County Radio Upgrade Project Completes Phase I

 

Photo: Henry Co. EMA Director Ron Watkins, left, and 911 Director Mark Archer talk over the new system this week. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—By now, many of you in Henry County have noticed changes involving your police scanners. You aren’t hearing all of the channels you’re used to hearing because Henry County has successfully completed Phase One of its upgrade from analog to a digital system.

But never fear, you still can hear the Paris Police channel. And because that department dispatches calls for the both the Paris PD and sheriff’s office now, you should still be hearing a large majority of the emergency calls in the county.

According to Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer, fixes are on the way which will enable people with scanners to hear more channels.

Archer sent out a message to board members and the media last week announcing that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) had been successfully switched over to the digital system. “This has been worked on for several years now and with the funding from the city, county and the 911 board, it is now up and running,” Archer said.

The switch to a cohesive digital system has been needed for some time, with law enforcement and emergency departments in the county not always able to communicate with each other and a lack of interoperability will all the emergency agencies.

Archer noted this has been a problem for local first responders for over a decade and has been “a serious risk for their safety”.

With completion of Phase One, the two-year project is now embarking on Phase Two, Archer said.

In the meantime, tweaks to the system are being made so that scanners will still continue to work, Archer said. “We will use the sheriff’s office analog repeater and tie it into the digital system to make a gateway so that the old scanners will work,” he said. “But that will only work for one year. At the end of this year, all of systems will be digital.”

At that point, digital scanners can be purchased but even then, department heads will be determining what channels will be heard on the public scanners. “The department heads will determine what channels may be encrypted for security reasons,” he said. “There are many reasons why law enforcement would not want everyone—especially people who are committing a crime—know what they are doing. It actually could put law enforcement in danger.”

Digital scanners are not inexpensive, with Uniden scanner SDS 100s listed at $650 right now. “And you have to register it and download a key which is an extra $50,” Archer said.

Archer said he would not recommend anyone purchase a digital scanner now but wait until the end of this year. “I would wait and let us get all this worked out first before they go out and buy something,” Archer said. “Prices may go down and probably will. And we’re still tweaking the system and will know more as we go along.”

Although it has been reported previously, many citizens may not be aware of the dangerous situations that have arisen involving ambulance personnel and other law enforcement because of the ‘dead zones’ in the county and the inability for emergency personnel to be able to communicate with each other. For example, ambulance workers have been assaulted on calls more than once in Henry Co. and were unable to communicate with other emergency personnel to get help.

County Emergency Management Agency Ron Watkins --a member of the 911 board--congratulated Archer and IT Manager Chad Howard and everyone involved in the successful changeover. "This has been needed for a long time," Watkins said, "and it's great that it's gone so smoothly. This has taken a lot of time and a lot of work. We've been dealing with a 40-year-old system and it was time for the upgrade."

Archer commended the cooperation between the city and county officials which has allowed the upgrade to happen.

Carroll County Man Arrested, Charged With Murder 

Cedar Grove, Tenn. – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Cedar Grove man in connection to a homicide in Carroll County.

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, Tuesday evening, TBI Agents joined Carroll County deputies in investigating the death of Larry Watkins, Jr.  He was found deceased outside of a home in the 600 block of Moss Creek Road in Cedar Grove.

Joseph Wert (DOB: 1/13/99) of Cedar Grove was developed as a suspect and a warrant was secured for his arrest.  Early Wednesday morning, Wert was taken into custody and booked into the Carroll County Jail on one count of First Degree Murder.  He is being held without bond pending his first court appearance.

 Two Indicted In TBI Identity Theft Investigation

Jefferson County – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of two people on a variety of charges, including criminal simulation, identity theft, and forgery.   

In December 2018, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Agents began investigating allegations involving James Bundy and Brenna Cervino. During the course of the investigation, Agents discovered that Cervino forged the signature of a mental health consultant on an evaluation document in order to get James Bundy removed from the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

Last week, the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned indictments charging both James Bundy (DOB 05/09/83) and Brenna Cervino (DOB 10/31/82) with one count of Criminal Simulation, one count of Forgery, one count of Identity Theft, one count of Fabricating Evidence, and one count of False Reporting. On Tuesday, Bundy turned himself in and was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on a $15,000 bond. This morning, Cervino turned herself in and was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

TDOE Awards Middle Schools STEM Start-Up Grants, CTE Start-Up Grants, And EPSO Expansion Grants

Nashville, Tenn. — Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education are awarding start-up grants to fund middle school career and technical education (CTE); science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; and the expansion of equitable access and participation in early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs). 

 “The sooner we can introduce valuable career and technical skills to students, the better prepared they are to enter the workforce when they graduate,” said Governor Bill Lee. “I’m pleased to see these grants are being delivered and I am incredibly optimistic about the impact they will have on Tennessee’s kids.”

 “Emphasizing STEM and CTE education, as well as providing opportunities to earn postsecondary credit, will help set our students on the path to success. The Best for All strategic plan prioritizes career exploration, and middle school is a pivotal time for students to learn more about opportunities beyond graduation and how they best align with their strengths and interests,” said Commissioner Schwinn.

 The Best for All strategic plan includes supports for all students to explore career paths and earn postsecondary credit. The middle school STEM and CTE start-up grants will emphasize middle school CTE classrooms across Tennessee with the goal of adding an additional 100 new middle school STEM programs by 2022. The EPSO expansion grant will provide resources to districts to expand equitable access and participation while also strengthening educator talent to invest in development and coaching of teachers, aligning with priority three of the Best for All strategic plan.

 The middle school STEM start-up grants will be awarded to schools in 29 districts, the middle school CTE start-up grants will be awarded to schools in 17 districts, and EPSO expansion grant will be awarded to schools in 31 districts. The funds will be available to schools on January 1, 2020. View a list of all recipients here.

 “We are excited on being awarded the middle school start-up grants as it will provide additional opportunities to create and strengthen interest in our high school CTE Programming. Middle school is an opportune time to explore career interests and the grants will allow to us to bridge those interests as students transition to high school,” said Dr. Donna Wright, director of Wilson County Schools.

 “Monroe County is excited to learn that we are the recipient of this award. The state is looking to build a bridge between middle school and high school CTE programs.  We believe this is key to future success in building career and technical programs in our district. This wonderful opportunity will begin exposing our students early to what the world of career and technical education has to offer,” said Dr. DeAnna McClendon, director of Monroe County Schools.  

For more information about the middle school STEM start-up grants, middle school CTE start-up grants, or EPSO expansion grants, visit the department’s website or contact Deborah Knoll, director of K-12 programs and STEM initiatives, at Deborah.Knoll@tn.gov. For media inquiries, please contact Edu.MediaInquiries@tn.gov.

 

Trout Restocking In Local Ponds

 Paris, Tenn.–Paris Parks Department worker Clayton Lee, top, helps with Wednesday’s restocking of the trout pond at the Eiffel Tower Park Extended. Some 500 trout were stocked into the pond as part of the TWRA’s winter stocking program. Assisting were Mark Cook with TWRA and Parks Director Tony Lawrence. The ponds at McKenzie, Union City and Martin were also restocked Wednesday. (Jennifer Morris photo).  

Cottage Grove Community Faces Issue Concerning Recycling

Cottage Grove, TN – According to David Jackson Mayor of Cottage Grove, local recycling pickup may be in danger due tp citizens abusing the recycling policy by also including items that are not appropriate, in other words, trash.  Jackson reported that Ron Watkins, the director of the recycling center told him that individuals are not using the clear bags that can be purchased but instead are using dark trash bags and including garbage in the pickup.

Jackson did point out that with the closing of JT’s Store in Cottage Grove, being able to get the acceptable bags for recycling was becoming difficult.  He wants everyone to know that they can be purchased at the residence of Michelle Opera next door to the Methodist church in Cottage Grove.  Jackson also pointed out that, “If we don’t get someone to open the store in the next couple of weeks then the city will be moving to the old JT’s as the new city hall.  People can purchase bags there for use in recycling when city recorder Carolyn Kaminski is present.” 

Watkins noted that: due to the continued abuse, they will not pickup any recycling that is not in the clear bags that workers can see through clearly ,beginning immediately.

“We have had one of the best recycling programs in the state started a few years back when Mike Waddey was the mayor,  I’d hate to see it stopped because we can’t seem to tell the difference between trash and recyclables” said Jackson.

If you are a resident of Cottage Grove you are encouraged to leave your recyclable materials outside on Tuesday morning for pickup.  If you have questions call Mayor Jackson at 782-3260.  If you don’t get an answer leave a message and he will respond.

HCHS Student Signs With Bethel University

Photo: Ema Bomar in middle, to left and right of Ema is Mom & Dad, Behind is Megan Allen Choir Director and Ryan Griffin, Director of Renaissannce Relations

Story and Photos By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- Ema Bomar, Senior at Henry County High School signed with Bethel University this morning. Bethel University is offering a substantial amount to Bomar but the numbers are confidential as it varies from student to student. The Renaissance program is an Extracurricular Scholarship Program meaning “New Birth” and was created to offer scholarships to Performing Arts students. For 15 years Bethel has invested in the students of the arts. They scholarship students on the same level as an athletic scholarship. They may major in whatever they like, they are not restricted to sports and /or Performing Arts. Ryan Griffin, Director of Renaissance Relations, does all the recruiting for the program. Ema did not perform in her freshman or sophomore years but she has been a member of the Bella Voce Girls Audition Group for her junior and senior years. The Scholarship is to go and do what she loves but major in her choice of studies. Bethel offers General studies, Ministerial scholarships, Athletics, and  Community Engagement. Bethel also offers scholarships to students to plan Marching Band, Pep Band and Concert Band. A Musical Theatre program is also offered.

 Megan Allen also attended the signing and she handles the renaissance choir “Resound” ,the renaissance chapel choir, and the Worship Team. Ema will be involved in a 120 voice gospel choir that travels to churches all over the region, south, mid- south and north of us. They have 14 places on the books for this year.

 

HCSO Deputies For The Hungry

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be having a deer meat giveaway this Friday, January 17th 2020. The giveaway will begin at 8:30 am at the Sheriff’s Office. This year 178 deer were harvested by hunters throughout the community who donated the deer to the Deputies for the Hungry Program. The deer were then processed by inmates at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to all who continue to support this program!

W.G.Rhea Public Library Board Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- This is a Public Meeting Notice! The W.G.Rhea Public Library Board will be meeting on Tuesday,January 21, 2020 at 4:00pm in the meeting room located at the library. The address is 400 W. Washington St. Paris. For more information Please call (731) 642-1702

MLK Day Of Service: Help Families With Red Cross

Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 14, 2020 — As people prepare for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 20, the American Red Cross of Tennessee encourages residents to volunteer through its Home Fire Campaign with their local chapters.

Through the Home Fire Campaign’s year-round Sound the Alarm events, volunteers and community partners spend a day going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, share fire safety information and help families create escape plans at homes in at-risk communities. Since launching more than five years ago, the campaign has installed more than 2 million free smoke alarms and saved nearly 700 lives nationwide. In Tennessee, volunteers and local partners installed more than 8,900 free smoke alarms and made more than 3,700 households safer from the threat of home fires during 2019. Basic training is provided to volunteers; visit RedCross.org/Tennessee to get involved.

“Home fires are the most frequent disaster in the Tennessee Region, and our neighbors need our community’s support to help them and their families stay safe,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive for the American Red Cross of Tennessee. “We encourage everyone to take part in this rewarding experience of teaming with fellow volunteers and connecting with local families.”

HOW TO VOLUNTEER As the nation honors the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., there are many ways that you can help in your community. Get started by visiting RedCross.org/Tennessee.

There are some immediate needs for volunteers in the region such as:

Blood Transportation Specialist, Medical Screener, Blood Donor Ambassadors, and Disaster Action Team members in rural counties.

In the face of this year’s disasters, hundreds of thousands of people turned to the American Red Cross for food, shelter and recovery support in Tennessee and across the country.

Statewide, more than 2,700 volunteers responded to many different natural disasters, including floods, high winds and tornadoes that affected their fellow Tennesseans. In addition, volunteers helped 7,036 people affected by 1,732 home fires in the state by addressing their urgent needs like food and lodging and providing recovery support.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP Want to help in another way? You can make a financial donation to support the Red Cross mission by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. In addition, January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to celebrate the generosity of blood and platelet donors. You can make a blood or platelet donation to help save lives. Eligible individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org.

Arrests From Paris PD And HC Sheriff's Office

HCSO- On 1/13/20 Deputy Whitaker took a report from Ricky Newell who stated that Kevin Odell has been calling him on Facebook messenger and threatening to kill him. Newell also stated that Mr. Odell was going to go to his house when he got off from work to kill him. Mr. Newell did write a written statement. Mr. Odell will have an active arrest warrant for Harassment.

On 1/102/20 Sgt Jenkins, Cpl Bostwick, Deputy Waldron, and Deputy Whitaker all responded to Cowell Rd. on a welfare check. An anonymous caller reported receiving a call from Jessica Wesolowski saying her and her boyfriend( Ronnie Gendron) were in an argument and he’s walking around outside intoxicated with two guns. Deputy Whitaker and Deputy Bostwick were the first to arrive. Shortly after a neighbor who had just spoken with Gendron, pulled up to the home. He advised that Gendron had called him and said that he was thinking of harming himself due to him and Ms. Wesolowski fighting and her wanting to leave him. After trying to get someone to the door and no one answering, both vehicles still being at the residence, and to check on the safety of both people, entry was made into the front door causing minor damage. Once inside no one was located but Mr. Gendron’s phone was still there and an empty holster was found in the bedroom near the bed. While checking the rest of the home, in plain view, was two Ziploc baggies of what appeared to be marijuana and a Crown Royal bag with a grinder and a pipe inside of it. After a two hour search of the woods around the residence as well as other addresses, Ms. Wesolowski was found a few houses down. She was uncooperative and would not say what had happened, but stated she was fine and wanted to stay home. A couple of minutes later, Gendron was seen near the woods but when officers pulled up, he took off into the woods again. Due to contact being made, Gendron appeared to be ok when talking to a friend, and no charges being filed, the search was called off.

On 1/11/20 Deputy Waldron responded to Pioneer Rd. in reference to an unresponsive female. Upon arrival, Castine Foster, was found lying on her bedroom floor unresponsive. Steve Patton, Foster’s nephew, was there and stated she had been on the floor for approximately 30 minutes. Patton stated when he got up off the couch he noticed her lying on the floor but needed to use the restroom. Patton stated when he returned he checked on Foster and realized she was not breathing. Deputy Waldron immediately began CPR upon his arrival and continued until EMS arrived on scene. Once EMS was on scene, they continued performing CPR on Foster. Deputy Whitaker rode in the ambulance to continue to help with CPR on the way to the Medical Center. Once there, Foster was pronounced dead by the doctor. CID was notified of the situation.

On 1/11/20 Deputy Whitaker responded to Hwy 54 in regards to a reckless driver that had taken out two mailboxes. Deputy Whitaker was able to intercept the vehicle at the intersection of Hwy 54 and 218 Bypass where the vehicle turned on 218 towards Hwy 79 S. and accelerated after seeing the blue lights. The vehicle continued to evade until coming to a stop just past Palestine Rd. The driver was identified as Richard Glisson of Dresden. Glisson was placed under arrest for Evading. Dispatch then advised that Glisson’s license was revoked for Driving Under the Influence with multiple Failure To Appears in his history. During a search of Mr. Glisson’s person, a bottle of Hydrocodone was found in his pants pocket. Inside the bottle was two Oxycodone(10mg). During a search of the vehicle, it was observed that the windshield was busted on the driver’s side, a number 9 plate stuck in the door handle, broken driver’s headlight, a broken rear driver side window, and multiple dents and scratches down the driver’s side of the vehicle. Without being asked, Mr. Glisson did advise that he did run over the mailboxes. Glisson was then transported to jail and Deputy Waldron was able to locate the mailboxes on Hwy 54( 6345 and 6390). Once at the jail, Glisson was asked if he was under the influence of any alcohol and/or drugs. Mr. Glisson did admit to taking a hydrocodone earlier in the day and had not eaten. Standardized field sobriety testing was done. Mr. Glisson was then charged with Driving Under the Influence 3rd, Driving on Revoked 5th, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Simple Possession Schedule II, Evading Arrest, and Vandalism.

On 1/11/20 Officer Davis did respond to Hwy 79N/218 Bypass intersection in reference to a woman who was standing there and appeared to be confused. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was observed the woman, Jamie Barnard, standing near the roadway in the rain. Barnard did appear to be under the influence of some type of intoxicant. Barnard was unable to answer questions when asked due to her level of intoxication. Barnard was then placed under arrest for Public Intoxication and transported to HC jail.

On 1/9/20 Deputy Andrews responded to a call of a three month old baby not breathing. Upon arrival with the Henry County EMS, they entered the home where the caller was doing CPR on the infant. The paramedic picked up the infant and carried him to the ambulance. Once inside the ambulance, the infant was checked for vitals and had none. It was determined the infant was deceased. The scene was turned over to Investigator Hall for further investigation.

On 1/9/20 a call was received of a mailbox being hit on Winsett Rd. in Springville. Upon arrival it was reported that sometime in the afternoon someone had hit the mailbox, ripped it off the post, and damaged it. There are no suspects at this time. The mailbox was valued at $25.

Spring Hill Human Trafficking Sting Nets Multiple Arrests

Spring Hill, Tenn. A two-day undercover operation by Special Agents with the TBI Human Trafficking Unit and detectives with the Spring Hill Police Department has resulted in the arrest of several men, including three who are charged with solicitation of a minor. 

Over a two-day period beginning January 9th, as part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressing human trafficking in Spring Hill, authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to commercial sex. The focus of the operation was to identify individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors and adults. As a result of the operation, detectives and Agents arrested 11 men and booked them into the Maury County Jail.  

                *Naveen Mogili, DOB 06/17/1984, Franklin: Solicitation of a Minor

                *Adam Weber, DOB 11/21/1983, Franklin: Solicitation of a Minor

                *Schelton Guffey, DOB 07/13/1992, Tomkinsville, KY: Solicitation of a Minor, Simple Possession of Schedule II

                *Jordan Millican, DOB 11/12/1991, McMinnville: Patronizing Prostitution

                *Opey McGee, DOB 09/28/1980, Nashville: Patronizing Prostitution from a Minor

                *Daniel Crutcher, DOB 04/28/2000, Unionville: Patronizing Prostitution from a Minor

                *Raymond Adamson, DOB 03/05/1974, Culleoka: Patronizing Prostitution

                *James Talley, DOB 04/01/1983, Pulaski: Patronizing Prostitution

                *Thomas Davis, DOB 03/19/1947, Columbia: Patronizing Prostitution from a Minor

                *Mentor Ahmeti, DOB 03/28/1989, Mt. Juliet: Patronizing Prostitution from a Minor

                *Avery Whitehead, DOB 06/06/1986, Antioch: Patronizing Prostitution (via citation)               

Those participating in the operation included the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Spring Hill Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Office of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper. Booking photographs are available on the TBI Newsroom blog, at https://tbinewsroom.com.

Information about human trafficking and TBI’s efforts to address this type of crime can be found online at www.ITHasToStop.com.

Cottage Grove January Council Meeting

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met for the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Those present were Mayor David Jackson, Matthew McClure, John Weiher, Machelle Operia, Hunter Adams and Carolyn Kaminski.

Mayor David Jackson called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. 

Operia made the motion to approve the December 2019 amended meeting minutes. Adams seconded the motion. Operia made the motion to approve the December 2019 financial reports.  McClure seconded the motion. Both will be filed for audit.

Operia made the motion for line item changes in the 2019/2020 budget for the city. Two thousand, two hundred sixty nine dollars were moved from insurance to

General fund miscellaneous.  Adams seconded the motion.

McClure reported shingle damage over the weekend on the former bank building, owned by the city. The repair was completed before the meeting.

The school building owner notified the mayor the power would be turned off at the building soon. Operia made a motion to move city hall to the former bank building. Adams seconded the motion. Adams, Operia and McClure voted yes, Weiher voted no.

McClure made a motion to accept $7500 for any bids for the pizza equipment that was left in the former store building. Operia seconded the motion.

Weiher will contact the mowing representative for the city to see if he can do other clean up in an alley.

Operia made the motion to adjourn and McClure seconded the motion.

Paris Inventors Win International Award

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--Hard work is paying off for Gary and Nancy Morris of Paris, inventors of the Footbar Walker.

The Morris couple won first place in an international competition for best technological innovation for safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM). The competition was sponsored by the International Journal of SPHM and they found out about it while they were attending the 2019 SPHM Conference in Orlando.

Nancy Morris said the application itself for the competition was lengthy, detailed and arduous, but she kept working on it even though she wondered if they had a real chance to win with all the other competition.

"I figured, 'What do we have to lose?'", she said. When the word on the winners didn't arrive on time, Nancy said, "I just thought we must have lost."

But then the competition's organizers contacted them a few days later to inform them that they did indeed win. "They apologized for taking so long to inform us but that there was a tie for third place which took them some time to figure out, but that we had the most votes for No. 1 by far. And the judges came from all over the world since it's an international competition. That made us feel really good."

The Morris couple invented the Footbar Walker about five years ago and it is designed to allow customers more flexibility and mobility in their movements.

With the overwhelming stamp of approval from the International SPHM group, Nancy said they'll be able to use their win in their marketing for the Footbar Walker.“ It is a wonderful feeling to have received this award from a panel of judges from all over the world.  We are hopeful that this will help us market to a larger group of people now," she said.

An article is to be published in the International Journal later this month announcing the winners.

They were judged by a team of international experts using the following criteria: innovation, problems the technology solves, the technology's compatibility with existing equipment, ease of use for the user, cost, durability and how intuitive the product is to use.

In addition to inventing and manufacturing the Footbar Walker, the Morris couple spends a lot of time publicizing it at seniors and veterans conventions.

The Footbar Walker is manufactured at 130 Hwy. 69 on the west side of Paris.

Litigation, Upcoming Elections Discussed By County Election Commisssion

Photo: Board President Stephen Goggans, Board Members Lorri Dalton and Bennie Akers lock and seal ballot boxes while Administrator DeLaina Green looks on. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—Discussion of two pending lawsuits –neither of which are directed specifically at Henry County—highlighted Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Henry County Elections Commission Board. The board also began preparations for the upcoming March 3 election.

Attorney Ben Harmon has filed a lawsuit against the five counties in the 24th Judicial District, claiming that misinformation provided to him by the Hardin County Election Commission caused him to miss the deadline to run for Chancellor. Harmon is the son of former Chancellor Ron Harmon and is a Hardin County attorney.

In Harmon’s lawsuit, he claims that an official with the Hardin County Election Commission provided him with inaccurate deadline information. He filed the lawsuit in Hardin County Chancery Court, seeking that he be placed on the ballot of the August 6 election in all five counties—Hardin, Henry, Carroll, Benton and Decatur Counties.

Paris Attorney Vicki Hoover is the Republican Candidate for 24th District Chancellor and is the only candidate in the five counties who has qualified to be on the ballot.

County Attorney Rob Whitfield was on hand at the meeting and said Harmon acknowledges that he missed the deadline, but that he was relying on misinformation. Further, Whitfield said, Harmon acknowledges receiving an information packet containing documents prior to the deadline which included correct information, but that he was verbally provided with inaccurate information.

Election Board Member Tommy Townsend asked Whitfield, “What is the responsibility of the person wanting to get on the ballot?”

Whitfield said there is judicial precedent which states that a deadline could be waivable if you could show that misinformation was provided. “The best advice I could give Henry County would be to stay out of it. We don’t know anything about who told him what. There’s no allegation against us whatsoever. I would suggest we file an answer saying we have not done anything wrong.”

The other lawsuit is that of the NAACP and the League of Women voters versus Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, claiming that the new voter registration laws are unconstitutional because they disenfranchise voters. The lawsuit is filed in federal court.

Henry County Elections Administrator DeLaina Green has been subpoenaed, as have several other administrators. However, not all of the state’s 95 county elections administrators have been subpoenaed.

The subpoena asks county boards to present monthly documents in 35 lengthy categories beginning from 2012 to 2019.

Whitfield said, “We could object to the issuance of a subpoena like this…or may file a motion to quash saying we don’t have these type of records or do the best we can to comply, being that we don’t have most of these documents.”

In other business:

–The board began preparations for the upcoming March 3 election by appointing machine technicians Democrat Mark Duncan and Republican Sam Camp, appointing early voting, nursing home voting and jail voting deputies; prepared absentee ballot boxes, provisional ballot boxes and Election Day ballot boxes.

–The board also officially called for the August 6 election.

–Green said the office’s move into its new space at the former Weston Hall building should be complete by late January.

New Elk Research Launches This Month

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife photo.

Kentucky- Researchers will use a helicopter to locate and capture elk this month as part of a major research study on elk reproduction and population growth. The research will be conducted throughout Kentucky’s elk zone and will launch this month.

“Netting by helicopter is the best way to live-capture elk for this important study on reproduction and survival,” said Kyle Sams, acting deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “After fitting the elk with transmitters, we will release them back into the wild near their point of capture so we can learn more about their behavior.”

The effort marks the start of an ambitious three-year capture program to include hundreds of elk across eastern Kentucky. The study is a collaborative effort between Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and the University of Kentucky. The department will fund the effort and provide technical guidance while the university will analyze the data collected and report its findings.

The capture-and-release effort will be carried out on private lands with prior landowner permission and some public lands across the 16-county elk zone in southeastern Kentucky. This will optimize the geographic distribution of data collected.

All captured elk will be released back into the wild near the capture site.

Cow elk will be fitted with special devices that will alert researchers when a calf is born. Researchers will then be able to more effectively locate newborn elk, which will then be fitted with transmitter collars for further study.

Bull elk will be fitted with tracking collars so researchers can better gauge the survival of the elk.

Spurring this research is the transition of elk habitat across much of eastern Kentucky over the past two decades, from vast open grasslands to denser brush and young forests today. Being able to locate newborn elk in forested areas will provide researchers a better understanding of the entire elk population. Previous studies primarily relied upon young calves captured in open areas.

This year’s capture effort is expected to last 5-7 days. Its duration is dependent on weather conditions and success. Researchers hope to capture 75 elk, split about evenly between bulls and cows.

Biologists also will use the opportunity to conduct live disease testing on elk to help gauge the herd’s health.

For more information on Kentucky’s elk restoration and research programs, please visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov.

The Shepard's Table

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table is proud to announce that they will begin serving a sit down restaurant style meal twice a month in 2020.  The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will serve a meal on the third Tuesday, as well as, the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next two meals will be served on January 21st and 28th.  Supper will begin promptly at 5pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Everyone is invited, whether you're in need or just not wanting to eat alone. The table is open to everyone.

     The menu for the third Tuesday will be baked ham and white beans, greens and cornbread. As always, there will be a variety of desserts. Be sure to come hungry! Members of the First United Methodist Church in Huntingdon will sponsor and host the meal on the fourth Tuesday. The menu has yet to be determined and will be served in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian.

     When you visit The Shepherd's Table you are greeted by a host and escorted to a table. A server will go over the evening’s menu with you and take your drink and dessert order. The experience and the atmosphere is like a fun evening at your favorite casual dining establishment. There is music, fellowship and time spent making new friends.

     The meals are always freshly prepared by a hard working volunteer staff. Sometimes hosts and businesses donate prepared items. But everything is always hot and fresh. The community kitchen was created by a group of volunteers that saw a need in the Carroll County community. Its success is dependent on your support. Both volunteering and donations are welcomed. Over the course of the last couple of years The Shepherd's Table has fed as many as 130 in one evening. Feel free to join us for supper, no matter what your situation is. And bring people with you if at all possible.

     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 to you as soon as possible.

      The Shepherd's Table will  plan their February meals on the third and fourth Tuesday. Mark your calendars for February 18th and 25th  to be at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. 

 

KSP Search For Escaped Inmate Update

Benton, KY- (January 14, 2020) – Marshall County inmate Robert W. Fritz who walked away from a work release program at the Marshall County Animal Shelter has been apprehended. Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m., Marshall County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stolen vehicle not far from where Fritz was last seen. This morning, Marshall County Sheriff's Office received notification from OnStar equipped in the vehicle of a possible location of the vehicle. OnStar reported a possible location at a rest area off of Interstate 64 in Shelby County, Kentucky by Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies. Shortly after 9:00 a.m., Fritz was found sitting in the stolen vehicle, a GMC Sierra pickup truck. He was taken into custody without further incident. He is currently lodged in Shelby County Detention Center. He is currently faces multiple charges out of Shelby County and was also served with the Marshall County warrant for Escape, 2nd Degree. 

KSP Searching For Escaped Inmate

Benton, Ky- (January 13, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police is searching for a Marshall County inmate after he walked away from a work release program earlier this afternoon. At approximately 1240 hours, Robert W. Fritz, age 40, of Louisville, Kentucky, walked away from a work release program at the Marshall County Animal Shelter located at 839 Benton-Briensburg Road in Benton. It is unknown which direction Fritz headed after walking away. Fritz is a white male, approximately 6'2, weighing 215 lbs. with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, red shoes, and a red shirt. Fritz could be traveling in a white Dodge pickup truck with a camper top.

Trooper John Holt is continuing the investigation and is requesting the public to be on the lookout for his subject and report any suspicious activity. Kentucky State Police also warns residents to lock their vehicles and homes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

 

MSU Racers Give Fundraising Campaign Exceeds Expectations

Photo (Reception): The Town & Gown Partnership at Murray State University welcomed friends of Murray State to “A President’s Reception — A Celebration of Giving” Dec. 4 at Pogue Library. Pictured from left are Interim Provost Dr. Tim Todd, keynote speaker and longtime University supporter Dr. Jesse D. Jones, President Dr. Bob Jackson and First Lady, Karen, ’84.

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University’s Racers Give fundraising campaign has raised $217,871 through the end of 2019, becoming the most successful need-based scholarship campaign in Murray State history.

Originally set to run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, Racers Give more than doubled its goal of $100,000, thanks to generous support from the University community. Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a 1964 alumnus, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, longtime University supporter and namesake of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, served as keynote speaker at “A President’s Reception — A Celebration of Giving” Dec. 4 at Pogue Library. The event celebrated the season of giving and shone a spotlight on President Dr. Bob Jackson’s appreciation of all who support the University.

Scholarships funded by the campaign are already being awarded to future Racers starting at Murray State for the fall 2020 semester.

“On behalf of many future Racers, we are deeply grateful for the generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends as they provided gifts for scholarships,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson, who proposed launching the campaign in lieu of a presidential investiture ceremony. “We have a tremendous responsibility to the students and families of this region, state and beyond as we work to ensure an affordable, world-class education.” 

Racer alumni, current students, faculty, staff and supporters are encouraged to share their stories using the #RacersGive hashtag on social media.

“When President Jackson proposed dollars for student scholarships in lieu of pomp and circumstance... how could we not give?” said University supporter and donor David Denton. “Congrats for thinking outside the box!” 

“The fact that the Racers Give scholarship fund would be available immediately to help students who are experiencing financial difficulties was a major reason why I and many of my colleagues donated to the campaign and encouraged others to participate,” said University faculty member Dr. Melony Shemberger. “Decades ago, during my final semester of college, my family suffered a financial hardship, and I thought I would not be able to finish my degree. Thanks to the financial help from several individuals, including faculty, I was able to stay enrolled and graduate. 

“Now that I am a faculty member, I wanted to pay forward the kindness shown to me. The Racers Give campaign allowed me to do just that.” 

“I chose to donate to the Racers Give Campaign because I believe education should be a priority, and this campaign allows Racers to achieve their goals,” said freshman Cameron Gough, a telecommunications systems management major from Sedalia, Kentucky.

To learn more about how your gift makes a difference at Murray State or to donate today, please call the Office of Development at 270-809-3001.

 

S.T.E.A.M Program At W.G.Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead is an after-school initiative taken on by W.G. Rhea Public Library to spread S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) literacy.
It's absolutely free for all school-aged children. No library card, fees, or registration is required.
Every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:15-5:15.
Call (731) 642-1702 for more information.

Fish Fry Pageants Sign-Up This Week

Paris, Tenn.–Yes, it’s that time again. The deadline for signing up for the World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants is Saturday, January 18 and Monday, January 21. The Fish Fry pageants will be held the weekend of January 25-26.

In-house sign-ups for the pageants are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. January 18 and 6-8 p.m. January 21. Forms are also available on the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.paristnchamber.com/fishfry/ and at Betty’s Bridal in Puryear.

TWRA To Stock Trout In Area Ponds This Week

Photo: Anglers enjoying the trout fishing at Eiffel Tower Park last April. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will be stocking trout into area ponds this week.

For its 2019-20 winter trout stocking program, TWRA plans to release approximately 90,000 rainbow trout into Tennessee waters through March.

TWRA will be stocking trout at McKenzie City Park, Eiffel Tower Park in Paris, the Union City Reelfoot Packing site and Martin City Pond on Wednesday, January 15.

The program provides numerous close to home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months. These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing. There are more than 40 locations for this year’s winter trout stocking program and includes spots in all of TWRA’s four regions, with emphasis in Region I (West Tennessee) and Region II (Middle Tennessee).

The trout will average about 10 inches in length. The daily creel limit is seven, but there is no size limit. Anglers are reminded that a trout license is needed in addition to the fishing license.

Tennessee Blue Book 2019-2020 Edition Honors Women's Sufferage

Nashville, Tenn. – The 2019-2020 edition of the Tennessee Blue Book, released this week, honors the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
 
Initially introduced to Congress in 1878, the 19th Amendment was not submitted to the states for ratification for 41 years. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th (and final) state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment, thereby making women's suffrage legal in the United States.
 
“This commemorative edition honors the steadfast efforts of Tennessee suffragists and the pivotal role Tennessee played in ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “It is fitting to dedicate our state’s official historical reference, the Tennessee Blue Book, to this significant milestone.”
 
The cover of the 2019-2020 Tennessee Blue Book is yellow, honoring the symbolic color of the national women’s suffrage movement.
 
Published every two years, the Tennessee Blue Book is the definitive manual on Tennessee state government. It features detailed information about all three branches of government, Tennessee state history, biographies of elected and appointed state officials, census data, election statistics, and more.
 
The 2019-2020 Blue Book, published by the Secretary of State’s office, is available free of charge to any Tennessee resident through members of the General Assembly or the Division of Publications at (615) 741-2650 or publications.information@tn.gov.
 
Previous editions of the Tennessee Blue Book can be viewed at sos.tn.gov.

 

Puryear Man Gives BPU Assist

Puryear, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities issues a ‘very special thank you’ to a Puryear farmer who provided invaluable help during Saturday’s severe storms. At the height of the storms, BPU had over 1,900 customers without power and over 35 outages scattered across Henry County. BPU workers were dispatched all over the county and working in extreme conditions. Leon Rogers helped to pull BPU trucks in and out of a muddy field in the rain in Puryear, allowing the crews to set a new pole without getting their trucks stuck. BPU officials said, “This community is special and we are proud to serve you.”

Church Of The Living God Chili Cook-Off

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God ( CWFF) Temple 347 on 719 Gwen St. is hosting a chili cook off on Saturday, January 18, 2020. From 11am until 3pm.

For $7.50 you can get with your chili pimento cheese, cornbread, and crackers. Chili dogs and drinks $3.50.

Navy Week Program Sets Course For Tri-Cities

Navy Week program sets course for Tri-Cities

The Navy the nation needs is coming to Tri-Cities, Tennessee, for Navy Week during the week of March 30 to April 5, to show the Navy to the community.

Navy Weeks are the service’s signature outreach program and allow the Navy to build and strengthen ties to the community.  Tri-Cities Navy Week expects to feature:

  • Senior Navy leadership.

  • The Navy Band including its bluegrass and country band, Country Current.

  • Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Sailors and Divers.

  • Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team.

  • Crew from the world’s oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution.

  • Sailors from Navy Meteorological and Oceanographic Command’s Fleet Weather Center.

  • Recruiters from Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Nashville.

  • Admissions counselors from the U.S. Naval Academy.

In addition to events throughout the Tri-Cities, Navy units plan to participate in Race Week at Bristol Motor Speedway, which serves as the anchor event for the week.

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s primary outreach effort into areas of the country that do not have a significant Navy presence.  Tri-Cities marks the 240th Navy Week, and the 83rd U.S. market the program will visit.

“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life,” said Cmdr. Krin Burzynski, director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), which plans and executes the Navy Week program.  “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily in select locations on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas.  That’s where the Navy Week program comes in.”

Navy Weeks focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a weeklong series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market.

“During a Navy Week, we coordinate about 75 outreach events with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service and diversity organizations in the city,” said Lt. John Stevens, NAVCO Navy Week program manager.  “The 2020 schedule is exciting for us.  We’ll be in several brand-new markets like Abilene, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

“Unlike Fleet Weeks, where several ships and thousands of Sailors converge on a coastal market such as New York or Los Angeles, Navy Weeks are far smaller in scope, employing approximately 70 Sailors from about 10 units to focus on landlocked areas of the U.S. with little to no Navy presence,” Stevens said.

For more information on Navy Weeks and the 2020 schedule, visit http://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks-2020. For more information on Tri-Cities Navy Week, call (901) 874-7048 or e-mail john.j.stevens1@navy.mil.

Alexander Statement On Department Of Labor Final Joint Employer Rule

Nashville, Tenn.-   Senate Labor Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule on the joint employer standard:

“The new joint employer rule will help restore to franchise owners—those who are hurt the most by the current patchwork of joint employer standards—the opportunity to make their way into the middle class. The rule gives businesses and workers a clear standard as to whether employees have two different employers, and I commend Secretary Scalia and the Administration for helping solve this problem for the owners of 733,000 franchise locations, including the 17,000 in Tennessee.”  

Background:

  • In January 2016, the Obama Administration released joint employer guidance that broadened its joint employer interpretation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

  • In June 2017, the Trump Administration withdrew the Obama Administration guidance that expanded joint employer liability.

  • In April 2019, the Trump Administration proposed a rule that establishes a four-factor test for determining joint employer status.

  • Currently, there is a patchwork of standards applied by various federal courts and the Labor Department as to whether employees have two different employers.

  • The Department of Labor today released a final rule establishing a joint employer test that provides employers and employees with clarity and predictability.

  • This test examines whether a supposed joint employer actually exercises the power to hire or fire employees, supervise and control employees’ work schedules or employment conditions to a substantial degree, set the employees’ rate and method of pay, and maintain the employees’ personnel records.

High Winds Take Down Trees In Saturday's Storms

Photo-High winds affected roads in the area. This tree was across the Poplar Grove Cemetery. 

Paris, Tenn.–Henry County was under a tornado watch until 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and two of the county’s tornado shelters were opened that morning just in case.

Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Watkins said the shelters at Henry and Inman Schools would be opening around 6 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies were on call at the shelters.

Watkins said, “We have a slight risk of tornadoes this morning in Henry County, but we’d rather be safe than sorry. That’s why we’re opening the shelters.”

Forecasts for Saturday called for severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds gusting to 60-70 mph, Watkins said.

High winds affected roads with trees and debris falling across them. BPU and County Crews were out on Saturday working.

 

School Board Discusses Improvements Needed For HCHS Field

Top photo: Andy Collins makes a presentation on the field conditions for the board

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The Henry County Schools board of education heard impassioned presentations citing the need for improved Henry County High School field conditions for athletics and band activities.

Head Football Coach James Counce, Athletic Director Mike Poteete, Quarterback Club Co-President Andy Collins, Band Director Kyle Graves and students spoke of growing concerns with the field conditions. They said the deteriorating conditions are posing concerns for safety of players and spectators at athletic activities and are hampering the district from holding band competitions, soccer tournaments and other activities that could be bringing monies to the district and to the county’s economy.

Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins started off the discussion, noting that she had the opportunity to note the quality of the field during the football playoffs in November. She said HCHS’s football program has typically been participating in post-season action in recent years and by the time of the playoffs each year, the field is really in rough condition.

“I had an opportunity to walk the field and had things pointed out to me, including the fact that we’re having to put plywood on the field and that’s a concern,” Dr. Watkins said. “That’s a concern from the fact that it looks bad but we’re also just going to have to do some work on our field. It’s a must-do and we have safety concerns. I don’t feel good about putting our kids or our adults on there. It’s beyond aesthetics. It’s a need now.”

Dr. Watkins said, “We have a problem and we’re going to have to solve it.”

Poteete said, “Our field is in really terrible shape and it didn’t start just a couple years ago. This has happened over a period time; it’s deteriorated. To me, it’s embarrassing when people arrive from the other schools and the first thing they ask is: Is the field going to be dry tonight?”

“Our field will not drain,” Poteete said. “It’s beginning to get unplayable. And it’s even happening in August or September, not just during the playoffs. We have turf coming up everywhere.”

Coach Counce said, “It’s like walking on a mattress. We all know something needs to be done.”

Coach Counce, Poteete, and Collins noted that wear and tear is caused not just during the games, but by all the practices held on the field. Coach Counce brought samples of artificial turf for the board members to see.

In a presentation, Collins showed drone footage showing the condition of the field and spoke of the benefits of artificial turf.

Graves said because the band cannot practice on the football field, they are losing a lot of time walking to and from the areas where they can practice and setting up and taking equipment down. “This (artificial turf) would offer us a solution,” Graves said. “We could gain 90 minutes per week rehearsal time. This would be a really good solution for us.”

Graves also said HCHS could once again begin holding band competitions and other activities. “We have not been able to take advantage of what could be a great fundraising opportunity”, he said, which could be bringing in several other bands, thousands of spectators, and bring in at least $15,000-$20,000 to the local district.

After the presentations it was decided the board would study in-depth financial information at an upcoming work session.

Board Member Rod Frey said, “I’d like to see the coaches and Mr. Poteete make the decisions on what their needs are. I say let’s put it in their hands. They’ve been left out.”

Board Member Josh Frey said, “I’d like to see what it’s going to cost to get the field back where needs to be, whether that be natural conditions or artificial. But regardless, something needs to be done.”

“The reason we stopped the discussion last time was because the county commission didn’t want it,” Board Member Tom Beasley said. “So we need to present this again to the county.”

bottom photo, Mike Poteete congratulates Silas Winders (seated in Patriots’ jacket in front row) on his achievements. (Shannon McFarlin photos)


In other business:

–The board recognized TSSAA State Cross Country Division I Large School Champion Silas Winders, who attended the meeting with his parents Lance and Stephanie Winders.

Poteete noted Winders’ accomplishments while he has been at HCHS, including two state titles. Winders signed with the University of Southern Indiana on Wednesday.

“We’re proud he represents HCHS and we wish him the best of luck,” Poteete said.

Winders received a standing ovation from the board and spectators at the meeting.

His father noted, “He’s not a one-trick pony. He’s also a member of the ACT 30 point club and has a 4.0 grade point average.”

 

Arrests By Paris PD and HC Sheriff's Officers

Paris, Tenn.--

Paris Police Dept.

While doing an audit on the sex offender registry, it was observed that Michael Wayne Tindall did not report in the month of December. Tindall did sign the rules of the registry when they were explained to him and is aware that he is required to report quarterly in the month of December. A warrant for Violation of the Sex Offender Registry has been issued on Tindall.

On 1/7/20 Capt. Brewer responded to a Burglary call at Cooper St. Upon arrival the complainant advised that her residence had been burglarized within the last three hours. She stated the front door had been forced open and she is missing a jewelry box and a Bluetooth speaker. The brown jewelry box was reportedly in the bedroom and contained some gold necklaces and a black onyx bracelet the complainant valued at $4,000.The black Bluetooth speaker was reportedly taken from the living room and valued at $80.

On January 8th Ptl. Greenhill initiated a traffic stop on a white Ford Fusion for Texting while Driving. Contact was made with the driver and passenger. As an odor of marijuana seemed to be coming from the car, a K9 unit was called to the scene. The K9 did alert on the vehicle and it was then searched. An open bottle of vodka was found along with a can of beer in the trunk. The driver stated they belonged to her. The driver was cited for Driving While Texting and Underage Possession of Alcohol.

HCSO

On 1/7/20 Lt Powell arrested Amber Moon on two counts of Assault. Her bond is set at $2500.

On 1/9/20 Capt. Watson arrested Michael Main for two counts of Possession Schedule II with intent, Possession Schedule VI with intent, Aggravated Burglary, Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, Failure To Appear, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two counts of Theft Of Property, Driving without a License, and Mittimus.

On January 8th a report of Theft was filed by Mr. Jeff Townsend on James Gouge. Townsend states he pulled up to his rental property and found James Gouge and Jessica Cartret pulling his well. Townsend states he spoke with Gouge and Cartret before they took off. On scene with Gouge and Cartret were Stephen Pack and Melissa Jones. Both Pack and Ms. Jones stated they were asked by Gouge to help pull the well he had sold and would pay them $50 for the assist. Pack stated when they started working on the well, Mr. Townsend pulled up and started talking to Gouge about him stealing his well. Pack stated they walked off talking and then Mr. Gouge left. Mr. Gouge and Ms. Cartret were gone from the scene before deputies arrived. Townsend stated there were several items missing from the rental property. The items reported stolen were an A/C unit, a dishwasher, hot water heater, kitchen stove, and a damaged/destroyed well tank and plumbing.

Helping Hand Continues Saturday After Great Day on Friday

Paris, TN - The Helping Hand Radio Auctiion for 2020 will complete it's first week with a Saturday auction at the Paris Convention Center begining at 12:00.  Friday's auction, with items donated by the Paris Rotary Club, Osage/Airport Community, Paris Post-Intelligencer and Party Bounce and Jump raised $5817 for the day bringing the yearly total to $20,369.  Saturday items will be donated by Pleasant Hill Community with auctioneer  Bill McCutcheon.

Planning Commission Denies Requested Change

Paris, Tenn.—At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission recommended that a request to rezone a section of Blakemore Street be denied by the city commission. The panel also recommended approval of a request to acquire abandoned right of way on Clifty Road Extended.

Justin Fields requested his property at 207 Blakemore Street be rezoned from R-2 (single family/duplex) to R-3 (multi- family) so he could construct three to six units on the property. The plan also calls for 12 parking spots.

The property is 9,968 feet and the density designation of this, and other properties were amended in the past few years to allow properties to conform to setbacks, particularly front yard setbacks. The current R-2 designation allows for duplexes, single family and double-wide manufactured homes (allowed in all residential districts).

After discussion, planners indicated they would not recommend the change because it would constitute be spot zoning and would not be in the best interests of the neighborhood.

City officials noted during the discussion that a single lot could not be rezoned because of the spot zoning issue and that any recommendation to rezone would have to encompass more than one lot.

On the Clifty Road Ext. request, city officials provided background, noting that two of the three property owners, Chris Pitts and Lance Smith, with land adjacent to the portion of Clifty Road that the city closed earlier this year have expressed an interest in acquiring the section of the closed road that abuts their property.

The City Commission earlier referred this request to the Planning Commission for their recommendation and after discussion Thursday evening, the planners recommended its approval by the city.

Security Bank and Trust Company and The Farmers & Merchants Bank Announce Intent to Merge

Paris and Dyer, Tenn., (1/10/2020) – Paris-based Security Bank and Trust Company ($472 million in assets, as of December 31, 2019), and Dyer-based Dyer F&M Bancshares, Inc., the parent bank holding company of The Farmers & Merchants Bank ($99 million in assets, as of December 31, 2019) today jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement. Under the terms of the merger, The Farmers & Merchants Bank will merge into Security Bank and Trust Company.


“This merger is a continuation of our strategy to expand our geographic footprint in common or contiguous markets with long-term growth potential,” said Barry McIntosh, President and CEO of Security Bank and Trust Company. "Moreover, The Farmers & Merchants Bank customers and Gibson County will benefit from the continued presence and engagement of a locally managed bank.”

“This merger creates tremendous opportunities to build on the successes that each company has achieved individually in its own markets," said Joel Reynolds, President of The Farmers & Merchants Bank. “We are uniting two strong community banks and creating greater customer opportunities, growth potential, and profitability.”

Upon completion of the transaction, based on financial results as of December 31, 2019, the combined bank will have approximately $575 million in total assets, $500 million in total deposits, and $395 million in total loans. The headquarters for the combined bank will remain in Paris, Tennessee.

The transaction is expected to close mid-year 2020, pending regulatory approvals, the approval of the shareholders of Dyer F&M Bancshares, Inc., and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Upon closing of the transaction, on a pro forma basis, Security Bank and Trust Company will continue to maintain regulatory capital ratios in excess of the “well-capitalized” level.

Security Bank and Trust Company was founded in 1905, and continues to serve Paris and Henry County, Tennessee, today with ten branches throughout West Tennessee including Martin, Union City, Hornbeak, and Fulton, Kentucky. We are a locally owned, full-service community bank dedicated to exceptional customer service, timely information and decisions, quality products and services, and promoting the economic growth of the community we serve. The bank works diligently to ensure our customers achieve their financial goals and objectives. We offer a full range of products and services for both individuals and businesses and our local decision making ensures a more responsive customer experience. More information about Security Bank and Trust Company can be found at www.securitybanktn.com.

Founded in 1895, The Farmers & Merchants Bank is a full-service community bank operating offices in Dyer, Humboldt, and Trenton, all in Gibson County, Tennessee. The employees of the bank are all local people, continuing to serve their neighbors as the founders did over 125 years ago. They are committed to providing their customers the same good, honest, dependable service for which the bank was founded. More information about The Farmers & Merchants Bank can be found at www.dyerfmbank.com.


Additionally, Security Bank and Trust Company will be opening a new branch on Highway 45 in Milan, Tennessee, in March 2020, furthering expansion and the bank’s commitment to Gibson County

Four Seasons Red Cross Blood Drive

Photo by Kristina Dufresne: HR Coordinator Kelly Gardner donating blood and platelets

By Kristina Dufresne

The Four Seasons hosted their blood drive on Thursday with their own staff beginning the day by donating first. This is the second time they have hosted the Red Cross and they hope to start hosting blood drives on a quarterly basis to assist in the demand for blood. HR Coordinator Kelly Gardner states they collected approximately 18 units in their last blood drive and are hoping to double that amount this time around. Kelly has been donating blood for the past 10 years and is encouraging donors to come out and be a part of this noble cause. The Four Seasons Sales and Service will be hosting another Red Cross Blood Drive in March 2020.

Road Closures/ West Tennessee Construction Jan. 8th-15th 2020

County Home Road will be closed Tuesday, January 14th for culvert replacement. This closure will be approximately two tenths of a mile south of Elkhorn Road. The last accessible address for motorists traveling from Elkhorn Road will be #4795. Hunter Drive and Countrywood Drive may be used as alternate routes to detour around this project. The road will be reopened for early afternoon traffic.

West Tennessee Construction Jan. 8th-15th 2020

DYER COUNTY, SR-20 (US-412): The resurfacing on SR 20 from US 51 (SR 3) to the Crockett County Line will cause temporary lane closures throughout the project. 

HENRY COUNTY, SR-54: The grading, drainage, construction of bridges, retaining wall and paving on SR 54 from near Rison Street to near Smith Road. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway. *Speed limit has been reduced to 35MPH.

Restrictions: Beginning on Monday, November 25, 2019: Bridge work on SR 54 at LM 12.02 (Bridge nearest Guthrie) will cause a 10’ lane restriction. *Traffic has been shifted to Phase 3 of traffic control.

OBION COUNTY, Future I-69 (Phase 2): Grading, drainage, construction of eight bridges on future I-69 from south of US 51 (SR 3) to south of US 45W (SR 5) will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. *Speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH through the US 51 (SR 3) portion of the project. The southbound traffic has been switched to the northbound side on SR 3 throughout the work zone, for phase 2 construction.

Restrictions: Wednesday, November 6, 2019: SR 3 will have traffic in the outside lanes in both directions. Inside lanes will be closed for construction. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction with an 11’ 6” lane restriction. 

OBION COUNTY, Future I-69 (Phase 3): Grading, drainage, construction of bridges and paving on future I-69 from west of SR 21 to US 51 (SR 3) will cause possible lane closures throughout the project.

Beginning on Monday, July 29, 2019: SR 21 North will from Clifford Rives Road to Lindenwood Road. The closure is expected for approximately 1 year to allow the construction of the overhead Bridge on the new portion of SR 21 along with the Road & Drainage of the I-69 mainline. Northbound traffic will detour from SR 21 East onto Clifford Rives Road, then North on Bethlehem Road, West onto Lindenwood Road before proceeding North on SR 21. Southbound traffic will be in reverse order. Detour routes are posted. 

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-43 and SR-372 (45E Business) interchange (Region 4 Concrete Repair):

Wednesday, January 8 through Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. : There will be a full and partial closures to repair concrete pavement on the southbound “On” ramp at SR-431 to Business 45E (SR-372) and lane closures on Business 45E (SR372) southbound near the “Fly Over” with one lane to remain open in Weakley County.  These closures will not be simultaneous. 

LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday, January 15 through Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.: There will be a full and partial closures to repair concrete pavement on the southbound “On” ramp at SR-431 to Business 45E (SR-372) and lane closures on Business 45E (SR372) southbound near the “Fly Over” with one lane to remain open in Weakley County.  These closures will not be simultaneous. 

District 48 - West TN – Middle/Southern

DECATUR COUNTY, I-40 (Pothole Patching):

Wednesday, January 8, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: There will be lane closures on I-40 east and westbound in Decatur County MM 95.0-126.0 for pothole patching.

 HAYWOOD COUNTY, SR-19 (Brownsville Bypass): The construction of an I-Beam bridge along with grading, drainage, and paving may cause temporary lane closures on SR 19 (Brownsville Bypass) from east of SR 87 LM 11.12 to west of Windrow Rd. LM 14.73. One lane will remain. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway. Speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH within the project limits.

HENDERSON COUNTY, I-40 (Pothole Patching):

Wednesday, January 8, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: There will be lane closures on I-40 east and westbound in Henderson County MM 95.0-126.0 for pothole patching.

MADISON COUNTY, SR-186 (US 45 Bypass) and I-40: Interchange improvements on SR 186 (US 45) north and southbound from the I-40 ramps to Old Hickory Blvd for paving and construction of retaining walls.  Widening of I-40 from just east of Exit 79 to just east of Exit 82.

Monday, January 13 through Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: SR 5 (Highland Avenue) will have intermittent left and right lane closures both north and southbound from Vann Drive to the Carriage House/Ridgecrest intersection for bridge construction activities.

Monday, January 13, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.: There will be right lane closures on I-40 westbound at Exit 80 on ramp to Exit 79 and intermittent closures of Exit 80 on ramp for removal of barrier rail and to lengthen acceleration lane. (Back up date Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.)

LOOK AHEAD:

Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: SR 5 (Highland Avenue) will have intermittent left and right lane closures both north and southbound from Vann Drive to the Carriage House/Ridgecrest intersection for bridge construction activities.

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: There will be right lane closures on I-40 westbound at Exit 80 on ramp to Exit 79 and intermittent closures of Exit 80 on ramp for removal of barrier rail and to lengthen acceleration lane. (Back up dates)

Monday, January 20 through Wednesday, January 22, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: SR-5 (Highland Avenue) will have intermittent left and right lane closures both north and southbound from Vann Drive to the Carriage House/Ridgecrest intersection for bridge construction activities.

MADISON COUNTY, SR-198:  The construction of a concrete box bridge on SR 198 over Bear Creek (LM 8.65) along with grading, drainage, and paving will cause temporary lane closures.

Restrictions: Beginning April 29, 2019 there will be an 11’ width restriction and a temporary signal will be put in place. Motorists should watch for crews and equipment in the roadways. WEATHER PERMITTING 

TDOT District 48 MAINTENANCE:

Wednesday, January 8 through Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.:There will be possible lane closures at various locations in Region IV in order to repair pavement on an as needed basis.

TDOT District 47 and 48 On-Call Guardrail/Concrete Barrier Rail Repair:

Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.:  There will be night time lane closures at the following various locations to repair damaged guardrail. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting.

  • I-40, Haywood, Madison, Henderson, Carroll, Decatur, and Benton counties east and westbound (MM 43.30 to MM 134.0) 

District 49 - West TN – Southwest

SHELBY COUNTY, I-40: Resurfacing on I-40 from the Hernando Desoto Bridge to near the Wolf River Bridge (Chelsea Avenue)

Wednesday, January 8 through Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.: There will be INTERMITTENT MOBILE closures with one lane to remain open on I-40 east and westbound

(MM 1.10 to MM 4.95) to allow for punch list items and clean up.  Weather Permitting. 

SHELBY COUNTY, I-40: Bridge lighting repair (Koontz Electric)

Thursday, January 9, Friday January 10, and Monday January 13, 7:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m..: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures on I-40 east and westbound at MM 0.00 on the Hernando Desoto Bridge to allow for bridge lighting repairs. Weather Permitting 

SHELBY COUNTY, SR-3: (US-51) Resurfacing from Brooks Road (LM 4.62) to near South Parkway East (LM 8.00)

Wednesday, January 8 through Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.: There will be INTERMITTENT MOBILE closures with one lane to remain open on SR 3 north and southbound (MM 4.62 to MM 8.00) to allow for punch list items.  Weather Permitting.  

SHELBY COUNTY, SR-14: The grading, drainage, construction of concrete Bulb-Tee and I-beam bridges, signals and paving on SR 14 from east of Old Covington Pike to SR 385 will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. *Speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH. 

SHELBY COUNTY, SR-14: Construction on SR 14 for a widening project from SR 385 to east of Kerrville Rosemark Rd. There will be possible temporary lane closures throughout the project. *Speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH.

 TDOT District 49 MAINTENANCE:
Thursday, January 9 through Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.:
There will be possible lane closures on all interstates and state routes in District 49 for routine maintenance activities on an as needed basis.

TDOT District 49 On-Call Drain Cleaning:

Thursday, January 9 and Sunday, January 12 through Thursday, January 16, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.: There will be INTERMITTENT MOBILE closures with one lane to closed on I-40 east and westbound (MM 0.00 to MM 27.0), I-55 north and southbound (MM 0.0 to12.0), SR-385 (MM 0.00 to 13.0), and I-240 between Walnut Grove and Madison to allow for drain cleaning operations.  Weather Permitting.

 TDOT District 49 On-Call Guardrail/Concrete Barrier Rail Repair:

Wednesday, January 8 through Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.: There will be night time lane closures at various locations on SR 3 (Shelby, Tipton, and Lauderdale Counties), SR 385 (Shelby County), SR 176 (Shelby County), I-40 (Fayette and Shelby Counties), I-269 (Shelby and Fayette Counties), I-55 and I-240: One lane will be CLOSED to repair damaged guardrail. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting.

Thursday, January 9, through Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: There will be day time lane closures at various locations in Lauderdale County on SR 3, MM 13.8 – MM 23.0, and on SR 88, MM 6.0 – MM 13.0 to repair damaged guardrail. One lane will be CLOSED in each direction to repair damaged guardrail. If weather prohibits, the repairs will be performed on the next available day. Flagmen will be used where necessary. Weather Permitting. 

NON-TDOT/City of Memphis work

SHELBY COUNTY, I-40: Memphis Cook Convention Center

Beginning Monday, October 7, 6:00 a.m. through Monday, March 30, 2020: The exit ramp from I-40 eastbound (EXIT 1 Front Street) will be CLOSED for upgrades to the Memphis Cook Convention Center.  This closure will be a permanent closure for approx. 6 months. The ramp split to Riverside Dr. will remain open. Traffic will be controlled by signage and traffic barrels. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through work zones.

SHELBY COUNTY, I-40: Wolf River Greenway

Thursday, January 9 through Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: There will be rolling road blocks at I-40 and McLean (MM 4.0) to install fencing for phase 5b of the greenway project.  

SHELBY COUNTY, I-55: Bridge repair on I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River (ArDOT)

Thursday, January 9 and Friday January 10, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures of the outside lanes on I-55 southbound to allow for bridge repairs to the Hernando Desoto Bridge.

 

HCMC’s January Stars Of Excellence Revealed

Pictured is the January Partner of the Month, Tim Brown, EMS

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is proud to announce the Partner of the Month for January in the Stars of Excellence program, is Tim Brown, EMS.  Ten others were also nominated for the Stars of Excellence program.Brown was nominated by a Department Director whose family was shown compassion by Brown’s act of kindness. After the passing of the individual’s spouse, Brown stayed with the individual until his family could get there to be with him. He was thoughtful and concerned enough about someone’s emotional stability to take his time to stay with him. Brown is an empathetic, kind professional and an amazing EMT that goes above and beyond his required duties. Henry County Medical Center is so lucky to have Brown.

HCMC also awards Star Partners of the Month. The Star Partners for the month of January are:

Darryl Monk, HCHC Nursing; Melissa Carpenter, HCHC Nursing; Debbie Hutcherson, HCHC Activities; Mike Wallace, HCHC Plant Operations; Courtland Collums, Scheduling; Melissa Wells, IT; Ragan Wood, HIM; Sarah Adams, HIM; Jeff Tucker, DME; and Tim Lee, HCHC Activities.

These HCMC partners were nominated by patients and coworkers for their hard work and dedication towards the hospital. Their work does not go unnoticed here at HCMC and the hospital is glad to be able to honor them with the Stars of Excellence program. They were nominated for the following: Darryl Monk: Nominated by a resident’s family for going above and beyond to make his residents feel loved. A family member of an HCHC resident expressed that Monk made her mother feel better by regularly singing hymns to her. She was very complimentary of Monk’s love for his patients and going above and beyond to make them smile.

Melissa Carpenter: Nominated by her Administrator for being the creative force at HCHC with her employee morale programs and her unstoppable work. Carpenter’s projects at HCHC include Halloween hall decorations, raising $493 to purchase toys for Carl Perkins and the donations that came from Carpenter herself. In addition to her full time job as nurse staffing coordinator at HCHC, she fills in for employees who call in as many times as possible. There is rarely a day or night that you won’t find Carpenter at HCHC at some time. Her heart is HUGE for her residents! If anyone needs to know anything about any resident or partner, the person to call is Carpenter.

Debbie Hutcherson: Nominated by her Administrator for being steady, capable, and caring. Hutcherson genuinely loves the residents of HCHC and goes far beyond the duties of her job. Hutcherson keeps activities going behind the scenes and was Mr. Grinch’s right hand man. Hutcherson has voluntarily been helping a resident continue with a speech intelligibility program after he had reached maximum potential in a formal speech therapy program. The resident loves Hutcherson and is slowly improving with her daily attention. There are many residents with varied interests but Hutcherson has a talent for finding ways to reach each one.

Mike Wallace: Nominated by his Administrator for volunteering to help with tasks outside of his regular job expectations. Wallace always volunteers to grill for special functions at HCHC in the wind, rain, hot, or cold. He recently came in to cook for the night shift workers so they would have a hot, fresh meal as well as cooking for HCHC the next day. Wallace is great at his job but always gives extra by demonstrating excellent customer service for partners throughout the system.

Courtland Collums: Nominated by a Partner for the many “hats” and multi talents she possesses. Collums does her job efficiently and she shows integrity and professionalism every day. She takes an overwhelming day and makes it look like a walk in the park. Collums is always willing to help with any task given to her and completes it with excellence! Her co-workers never have to second guess if the job was completed when given to her. She is extremely knowledgeable of outpatient scheduling of radiological procedures, and even helps with surgery scheduling when needed. She is a valuable asset and wonderful person to work with.

Melissa Wells, Ragan Wood, and Sarah Adams: Nominated by a Department Director for the professionalism, integrity, care and respect they show on a daily basis. These partners were recognized by a vendor for the initiative they took to keep the day running smoothly. During training with OneContent the training started with a little hiccup. But by taking the step of using uploads in place of scanning, these partners saved the day. The vendor expressed that they have never had a client take initiative like that. By taking those self-initiated steps, the OneContent testing schedule stayed on track, and they will most likely meet all their goals in the time frames projected.

Jeff Tucker: Nominated by a patient and his family for the support he has shown their family. Tucker has gone out of his way to support this patient, in finding the safest way to be transferred from his wheelchair to the pool and open water from a boat. The patient, a high level quadriplegic, has been chosen to train as an adaptive scuba diver by the Dive Pirate Foundation located in Texas. Much preparation has gone into training for the past eight months to make this possible. Tucker has been very instrumental in making this possible. He has devoted his efforts and personal time in ways that were not expected but much appreciated by the patient and his family. Tucker is an asset to HCMC and our community.

Tim Lee: Nominated by his Administrator for his outstanding dedication to The Grinch. Lee brought the Grinch to life and articulately planned each event to create a fun storyline to spread holiday cheer throughout HCHC and the community. Lee was able to use The Grinch as a fun and visible marketing tool for Henry County Healthcare Center. He visited schools, meetings, and parades within the community. His attitude and dedication to making holiday activities at HCHC fun is outstanding. Lee truly cares about the experience that the residents have at HCHC.

To nominate a Henry County Medical Center partner for the Stars of Excellence program, utilize the Dear Lisa or WOW cards located in the Partners in Your Care bags given upon inpatient admission to HCMC.  Additionally, the Star Partner forms are available on our website under quick tabs – Healthcare Hero.

 

Helping Hand Auction Day 4

Paris,Tenn.- What a day! The auction had 18 slates to go through today and they had some really great items! A superb day for the community with a total of $3,009 raised and a grand total for the week so far of $14,552. Dont forget to tune in tomorrow, Friday, for more great items from The Paris Rotary Club, Osage/ Airport Community, Paris Post Intelligencer, and Party Bounce and Jump. To see pictures of some of the items up for bid prior to the auction check out their facebook page at Henry County Helping Hand, Inc.

Whitlock Rd. Fire Victim Remains Found

Photo by Angela Stewart/Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

Whitlock, Tenn.–After three days of searching through the rubble of the house fire at 7350 Whitlock Rd., local and state investigators, firefighters and community volunteers have found what is believed to be the remains of the homeowner, Charles Garfinkel.The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching, along with assistance from the TBI, TBI Fire Investigation Unit, Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Como Volunteer Fire Department, Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, Puryear Volunteer Fire Department, Springville Volunteer Fire Department, Madison County Fire Investigations Team, Henry County Rescue Squad, Cumberland K-9 team, Henry County Highway Department and other members of the community.
Henry County Sheriff’s Captain Adam Jenkins said in a press release, “Although the investigation revealed the cause of the fire to be undetermined the aforementioned agencies have worked tirelessly in an effort to recover the remains of the homeowner, Charles Garfinkel.”

As reported on Monday morning, when the initial call came in around midnight, the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department found the house was already fully engulfed. The residence burned to the ground, with only the chimney left standing.

Jenkins said, “Officers suspected the homeowner and his small dog to have been in the residence. After contact was made with family and it was confirmed that no one had spoken to him since the fire it was assumed that Garfinkel and his dog were in the house.”
On Tuesday, officers were able to locate the remains of the dog and today, January 8, officers did find human remains presumed to be Mr. Garfinkel. The remains have been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville to try to confirm the identity through DNA.

Jenkins said, “The Henry County Sheriff’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to friends and family of Mr. Garfinkel and hope that this effort has provided them some form of closure.”

HCHS Cross Country Standout, Silas Winders, Signs With University Of Southern Indiana

Photo: Silas Winders with his family. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–Henry County High School Cross Country standout Silas Winders signed with the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville this morning, joining other members of the Winders’ family running dynasty.The atrium at the high school was crowded with students, supporters and family of Winders for the signing. High School Athletic Director Mike Poteete said, “We’re very proud of Silas.

”Winders is a senior at HCHS and the son of Lance and Stephanie Winders. He has run in the school’s cross country and track and field programs all four years of his high school career, winning state and regional titles in the process.In 2019, he ran the fastest cross country 5K ever for a high school male athlete in Tennessee history at a time of 14:29 and was ranked fifth in the nation for high school boys in 2019 and 12th best all-time in the nation.His awards and honors make up a long list: with TSSAA Track and Field All-State in 2017, 2018, and 2019; TSSAA Cross Country All-State 2-16, 2017, 2018, and 2019; TSSAA Cross Country ALl-Region in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

His career highlights included being the 2019 TSSAA Cross Country State Champion, 2019 TSSAA Track and Field 3200 Meter State Champ, 2019 TSSAA Region 5 Large Schools Cross Country Champ and the 2018 Footlocker Nationals Finalist. In 2017, he was TSSAA Cross Country State Runner-Up, was TSSAA Track and Field 3200 Meter State Runner-Up in 2018; and was runner up in TSSAA Region 5 in 2017 and 2018.

Winders joins his brothers Javan and Titus at Southern Indiana. Javan is a senior and Titus is a sophomore and all are champion runners.

Silas said he will be majoring in computer science at Southern Indiana and will participate in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.

He said, “Cross country and track have made me a more disciplined person. The sports have also given me the opportunity to meet great people and see amazing places. Henry County as a while has been a great place to succeed and they have supported me throughout my high school career.”

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast

PHOTO ID: Dr. Mark McCloud

 Martin, Tenn. – The eighth-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Breakfast will be held at 8:45 a.m., Jan. 20, in the University of Tennessee at Martin Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom. Dr. Mark McCloud, UT Martin director of career planning and development, will serve as keynote speaker.

McCloud has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of financial services, K-12 education, mental health, non-profits and higher education with 14 years specifically in career services. He currently oversees programming, strategic planning, recruiting and overall operations for the UT Martin Office of Career Planning and Development, which helps UT Martin students find careers for which they are well-suited, prepare portfolio materials, practice interview skills and build a professional network.

McCloud holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UT Martin and both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Mississippi. He is currently vice-president of the Martin Rotary Club and the Northwest Tennessee liaison for the Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers.

All community members are invited. There is no charge to attend the event, but pre-registration is required at Eventbrite.com by searching for “Martin Luther King” in Martin. All attendees should bring their digital or printed tickets to the event, and tickets will be checked at the door.

The 2020 event is co-hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, the city of Martin and the UT Martin Black Student Association.

For more information or assistance, call Martin City Hall at 731-587-3126.

Cure PSP

After the Loss: Bereavement Support Group

CurePSP continues in its mission to offer support to our families. Participating in an online support group may help to bring you comfort, community, and a sense of control.

The next meeting of this CurePSP-sponsored online support group will take place on January 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

The group is designed to provide guidance, emotional support, tools, and resources to those who are grieving the loss of a loved to PSP, CBD, or MSA within the last year. The group facilitators are 2 highly experienced professional social workers with a specialty in movement disorders. 

Registration is currently open!

 

Helping Hand Auction Day 3

Paris, Tenn.- A very good day for the auction today as they were able to raise $3,414 bringing the total to $11,543 for their first three days. Again a Big Thank You to all who helped out today as well as all the bidders! Enjoy your items!

Springville Mobile Home Fires!

 Photo:Firefighter spraying water is LT Brian Hinson

Springville, Tenn.- At approximately 2:30 am this morning(1/8/20), Paris Landing Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff's officers were dispatched to a report of a mobile home on fire at 604 Buchanan Resort Road Lot 25 in Springville.  Arriving units found 2 mobile homes along with 2 bass boats at lots 25 & lots 26 fully engulfed in flames and spreading to a third mobile home at lot 27.  Two mobile homes and two bass boats were completely destroyed.  The third mobile home received moderate damage.  No one was in any of the homes, and there were no injuries.  The exact cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be accidental.  Total damage is estimated at 200,000.00.  Paris Landing Fire Dept responded with 6 trucks and 15 firefighters.  Units were on the scene for 6 hours.

Owners: 

Lot 25 Greg Walker of Clarksville, TN
Lot 26 Phyllis James of Dukedom, TN
Lot 27 Thomas Williams of Eads, TN.

Four Seasons Teams Up With American Red Cross For Blood Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Four Seasons Sales and Service is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross tomorrow, Thursday, January 9th from 10am until 3pm at 2350 Lakeway Circle, Paris. They would love to have Donors show up and roll up their sleeves to help save lives. There is always a critical shortage of blood during the winter months and they need Your help!

Henry County Swim Team Places 2nd In Division 6 Championship

Photo: Junior Emma Hill swimming backstroke

Paris/Brentwood, Tenn.-The Henry County Swim Team placed second in the Division 6 Championship yesterday in Brentwood. They were edged by Nolensville High School by one point. Junior Hunter Lawrence won the 200 IM and 100 free, Junior Emma Hill won the 50 free, and Sophomore Caleb Cain won the 200 free, which qualified him for the State Meet. Several swimmers placed second in their events which were Hill, Junior Shelby Summers, Sophomore Hunter Miller, and Freshman Sara Mathis. The team will now begin training for the Regional Meet which will be held in Nashville on January 24.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be starting on February 4th and will be in operation for all Tuesdays in the months of February and March. The VITA Site is taking appointments for the hours of 9am until 430pm. Anyone who is a senior citizen, disabled, or has an income up to 59,000 will be done free of charge. E-filing, EIC, and special credits can be done. Appointments can be made by calling Carole Walsh ( VITA Site coordinator) at 731-642-4178. Please no phone calls on Tuesdays starting February 4th as the phone number will not be operational on those days. They are taking appointments starting immediately. Walk ins will be accepted but must wait their turn as appointments will be done first.

Items to bring to the VITA site to have your tax return prepared are:

--Proof Of Identification

--Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and dependents and/or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration

--Birth dates for you, your spouse, and dependents on the tax return

--Wage and Earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers

--Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)

--A copy of last year's federal and state returns if available

--Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit

--Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)

--Charity Donations and Medical bills paid--Bring amounts paid

--Educational: Any documents that you have paid

--If you received insurance through the marketplace, you should have Form 1095A

 

Basketball Game Scores From Tuesday Night

By Kristina Dufresne

McKenzie Rebel Girls Basketball team had an exciting game last night against the Clarksburg Rockets. The girls won their game with a final score of 44 to 31. The Rebel boys had a super charged game with Lucas King scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Nate Whitsell had two big slam dunks in the 2nd quarter. By halftime there were eight three point shots made and a score of 57-17. King made a total of 16 points going into the third quarter. Needless to say, Mckenzie Boys dominated their game against Clarksburg with a final of 81-42.

The Henry County Patriots basketball teams also played last night against Kenwood. Mary Ray Smith scored 13 points for her team. The girls had a fantastic game, winning it with a final score of 58-24. The Patriot Boys team played a close game against their opponents, but in the end came out on top with a final score of 85-74.

 

Arrests From Paris Police Dept. & Henry County Sheriff's Office

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- Arrests By the Paris Police Department

On 1/5/20 Ptl. Neumair initiated a traffic stop at the Church Of Christ on E. Wood St.  due to a 2015 silver Chrysler 200 not having it’s headlights on. The driver, Katlyn Long, stated she did not know how to turn the lights on the vehicle as it is not hers. Long was asked to exit the vehicle and advised that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Long was asked if there was anything illegal in the car. Long stated she was unsure but did know there was a handgun in the vehicle. Ptl Andrews requested the passenger, Malik Dunlap to exit the vehicle. It was observed that Dunlap shoved something between the seat and the center console. A search of the vehicle was conducted due to the odor of marijuana coming from it. A baggie with 8.8 grams of a green leafy substance in it had been found between the seat and console. A search of Dunlap’s person revealed a black digital scale with marijuana residue on it. Dunlap did take responsibility for the scale and baggie that was field tested positive for marijuana. He was issued a citation for Simple possession of a schedule VI drug and drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday, 1/5/20, Sgt. Long responded to the Kroger on Mineral Wells in reference to counterfeit money being passed. Sgt. Long met with the employee who had taken the counterfeit bill. It was stated an elderly female passed a fake twenty dollar bill as payment for her items. When the cashier alerted her the bill was counterfeit, she advised she did not know it was fake and paid for her items with a legal twenty dollar bill. No charges were filed.

On 12/31/19 Lt. Ramos responded to a report of vandalism at Reynolds St. The complainant advised her vehicle, a 1998 Durango, had been scratched by a knife and tomatoes thrown at her residence. A neighbor advised a knife had been taken from her home by one of the suspects and when he returned, he showed the neighbor pictures he had taken with his cell phone of the damage he had caused to the complainant’s vehicle. The neighbor gave the suspects address to Lt. Ramos and he proceeded to make contact with the suspect’s mother as they are both considered juveniles. Allegedly, the juveniles had gotten into a verbal dispute with the complainant. The juveniles had also poured soda onto the complainant’s vehicle. The complainant is pursuing charges against both juvenile males and citations for Vandalism have been issued.

On 1/3/20 Paris Police Officers responded to a call of Assault at the Henry County Medical Center. In the Lake Haven 3rd floor unit, patient Amber Moon, of Dresden, had been making calls to 911 throughout the day to get out of the unit. Nurse Audra Witty turned the phone off in Moon’s room to prevent any further false calls to 911. Moon informed the nurses her phone was no longer working. When Nurse Witty advised the patient it had been turned off due to the false calls to 911, the patient told her she was being held against her will and wanted to leave the hospital. Witty then showed Moon the paperwork that was keeping her in the hospital. Moon became upset stating she wanted to leave and when Nurse Witty turned she was struck by Moon on the left side of her face. Witty was struck twice more in the face by Moon before another nurse, Kelly Moore, was able to get between them. Moon told Nurse Moore she wanted to go to jail. Moon then struck Moore on the left side of her face. Plant Operations were contacted and they were able to detain Moon and place her in a safe room. Warrants will be issued on Amber Moon for Assault.

Arrests By Henry County Sheriff’s Office

On 1/6/20 Deputy Whitaker responded to Hwy 641 in reference to an Assault. The complainant, Ryan Patrum, advised the officer that Cheyenne Williams had come to his home the day before and began a verbal altercation. During the verbal altercation Williams escalated the situation by hitting, scratching, and biting Patrum. There were marks left on Patrum from the incident. A warrant will be issued for Cheyenne Williams for Assault.

On 1/3/20 Cpl Watson observed a gray Chevrolet 4 door vehicle traveling east on E. Wood St. near Lake St. with a broken taillight on the driver’s side. A traffic stop was initiated at the Eagles Gas Station on E. Wood St. for the Light Law Violation. Contact was made with the driver, passenger and backseat passenger and the information for all three juveniles was run through dispatch. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle, at which point he was asked about the odor of marijuana coming from the car. The driver stated they had just come from a friend’s house about 40 minutes prior where they had all been smoking marijuana. Cpl Watson asked for consent to search the vehicle and it was given. All three were checked for weapons. The driver informed the officer that he had money in the center console and would like to hold onto it during the search. The driver was allowed to retrieve his money and hold onto it. The backseat passenger also had a large amount of cash on his person and was also allowed to keep it. A search of the trunk area was conducted and under the spare tire carpeting a mason jar with 42 grams of marijuana was found with baggies and digital scales. All three juveniles denied ownership of the illegal narcotics. A Notice of Property Seizure & Forfeiture of Conveyances form was issued. The driver had $431 cash seized from him and the backseat passenger had $3,328 cash seized from him. Both had stated they did not have jobs.

Cpl Andrews responded to a structure fire at Paris Whitlock Rd. on Monday, Jan. 1st. When he arrived the Paris Fire Dept. was working the fire. He spoke with the victim, Darrell Bigham who stated he was in his shop working when a subject pulled in to tell him his house was on fire. Bigham had a service line coming off another service powering the house. The cause of the fire is undetermined and is being investigated by the Paris Fire Department.

 

Helping Hand Auction Day 2

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday, Day 2 of the Helping Hand Auction did not have quite as many items as the first day but volunteers are just as pleased with the end of day results. On Tuesday, January 7th the auction raised $1,849 leading to a total of $8,129 for the first two days of auction proceeds. Tune in Wednesday for more great surprises from the Helping Hand Auction at 12:30pm on 97.5/ AM 1000 or listen on our website: wmufradio.com

ATV Accident Leads To Puryear Man's Death

Puryear, Tenn.-A Puryear man was found dead in a field Monday morning, the victim of a 4-wheeler accident. Jerry Camper, age 70, was found deceased in a field between Puryear and Hazel near Hwy. 641N. Monday morning, the victim of a 4-wheeler accident. Henry County Sheriff's Investigator Bryan Hall said Camper left home on his 4-wheeler early Sunday afternoon to go hunting. He said a neighbor noticed Monday morning that his 4-wheeler was not at home and no one had heard from him, so he went walking through the field to see if he could find him.Hall said the neighbor found Camper in the back side of the property in a corn field and that he had been in a 4-wheeler accident resulting in his death.

McEvoy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

 

Whitlock Rd. House Fire Update

By Shannon McFarlin

The other fire occurred overnight at a residence on Whitlock Rd. and is believed a man may have died in the fire. As of Monday evening, investigators still had not found the victim in the rubble. More information will be posted when available.

 

Whitlock-Paris Rd. House Fire Update

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- In an update from our earlier report, Paris Firefighters have said the residence on Whitlock-Paris Rd. is a total loss after a mid-morning fire.Firefighters were called to  Whitlock-Paris Rd. around 10:30 a.m. to find the double-wide home engulfed in flames and smoke, with fire venting through the roof.The home is a total loss, with the value of the property lost at $29,100 and contents lost at $10,000.The Paris Fire Department called for mutual aid from the Puryear Fire Department, which shuttled water to the scene three times. Firefighters remained on the scene until 1:30 p.m.The property is owned by Darrell Bingham. The Bingham's were not in the home when the fire started, but were at the nearby shop. No one was injured in the fire. That fire is one of two house fires that occurred in Henry County on  Monday.

Henry County/Paris City Fire Departments Begin Surveys

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Volunteer Fire Departments including the City of Paris Fire Dept will be going door to door within their fire districts during the next couple of weeks to gather surveys required for a County Community Development Block Grant to purchase Fire Trucks for the county’s volunteer fire departments.  These truck will be replacing older high maintenance apparatus in service to increase reliability and safety for firefighters. FireFighters will be asking residents for name, address and  income range information.  Signatures will be required.  The surveys must show 376 households to be in the 51% low to moderate income bracket for the county to be eligible to apply for grant funding.

There is a public meeting Tuesday, Jan 7 at 5:30pm at the Henry County Courthouse to seek public input on the $415,000 CDBG grant use.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Helping Hand Auction Has A Great Kickoff !

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- Monday, January 6th, was the first day of the Helping Hand Auction here in Paris and they had a fantastic debut! Bringing in a whopping $6,280. A big Thank You to all who donated, volunteered, and of course to the bidders. Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7th at 12:30pm to bid on more great items. You can listen to the auction here on the website or listen on 97.5/1000 AM.

Two House Fires In Henry County

Rubble is all that is left at 7440 Whitlock Rd

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–Firefighters in Henry County are battling two house fires this morning, with one being investigated as a possible fatality.

Cottage Grove/Whitlock Firefighters were called to 7440 Whitlock Rd. around midnight and found the residence fully engulfed in flames.

Henry County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Damon Lowe said this morning that a single adult male lives alone at that residence “but we haven’t been able to make contact with him and we can’t confirm whether he is in the residence.”

Sheriff’s Captain Adam Jenkins said around noon from the scene that the rubble from the fire “has just cooled off enough for us to begin sifting through it.” He said in addition to firefighters and deputies, other personnel from the Rescue Squad, State Fire Marshal and the TBI are at the scene.

Bottom photo, firefighters at the scene at the 700 Whitlock-Paris Rd. fire

Paris Firefighters were called to 700 Whitlock-Paris Rd. in mid-morning and found the residence engulfed in flames.

Residents were reportedly working in the shop next door at the time the fire started and were not injured.

As of noon, Paris Firefighters, along with the Puryear Fire Department, were still at the scene.

Details on both fires, including the possible causes, will be reported when available.

 

Red Cross And NFL Team Up To Offer Donors A Chance At Superbowl Tickets

Waynesboro, Tenn. (Jan. 6, 2020) — The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. 

“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” Garry Allison, regional donor services executive, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.

“The Red Cross appreciates the NFL’s support during this crucial time of year when every donation – and every donor – matters. We hope this may inspire some to make regular blood and platelet donation one of their New Year’s resolutions,” said Allison.

Who blood donations help

This fall, 13-year-old Josh Roy and his family learned the importance of blood donations firsthand. In October, Josh contracted a severe case of influenza B and necrotizing staph pneumonia. He was transported to the hospital, was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine that circulates blood through an artificial lung and eventually needed a tracheostomy tube. Josh has received multiple blood transfusions during his treatment.

 

Oakland 2020 Community Development Block Grant

Oakland, Tenn.–The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department will be going door-to-door in the Oakland community beginning Monday, January 6 conducting surveys for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant. Fire Chief James Martin said the surveys are a requirement for applying for the grant. If awarded the grant, he said, the department will hopefully be able to purchase at least two pumper/tankers to replace the worn out tankers some of the county departments are currently using.

Martin said they’ll begin in the early afternoon and may be continuing for a few days.

TDEC Seeks Environmental Achievers

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.  

“We look forward to recognizing outstanding environmental achievements across our state,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said. “These awards recognize those committed to our preserving Tennessee’s natural beauty and environment.”  

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards include 10 categories, including three new categories for agriculture and forestry, water quality, and natural resources. Others are building green, clean air, energy and renewable resources, environmental education and outreach, materials management, sustainable performance, and lifetime achievement.   

Any individual, business, organization, educational institution, or agency is eligible, provided it is located in Tennessee and the project was completed during the 2019 calendar year. All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive years of overall environmental compliance with TDEC. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

“We want to encourage responsible environmental practices across our state, and these annual awards are an excellent way to do that,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “We hope all Tennesseans will recognize the leadership of those who voluntarily strive for environmental excellence.”  

A panel of judges representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental, and academic areas will select award recipients based on criteria including level of project or program completion, innovation, and public education. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2020. Award recipients will be announced in May 2019.  

For more information about each category, judging criteria, and nomination forms, visit TDEC’s website at https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/opsp-policy-and-sustainable-practices/governor-s-environmental-stewardship-awards.html.

 

Garage Fire In Oakland, Tenn.

Photo by James Martin

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–A garage and its contents were destroyed in an early morning fire on Old Union Rd. in Henry County.

Oakland Fire Department Chief James Martin said the department was called to Old Union Rd. at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, January 4th, and upon arrival, found the building fully involved.

Martin stated, “Due to the proximity of the shed to the house, I requested Springville Fire Department for mutual aid. The fire was quickly contained.”

The building was a total loss and the cause of the fire is undetermined. The building was not attached to the house.

The property owner is James Osbron, with the Warbritton family residing there. Samantha Warbritton said they lost quite a few things in the fire, “but they can be replaced”.

Oakland dispatched three trucks and seven firefighters. Springville Volunteer Fire Department sent two trucks and seven firefighters.

Updated Information On New Years Day House Fire

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–One victim of the New Year’s Day fire in Paris has been positively identified, while identification on the other victim is still pending.

Two men were killed in the early-morning fire at Hardy St.

Paris Firefighters were called to the home around 3 a.m. and found it already engulfed in flames and smoke. Firefighters stayed on scene until 8 a.m. The home was a total loss and two dogs also were killed in the fire.

Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams said the cause of a fire was a stove that was being used for cooking when the fire started. Henry County Medical Examiner Danny Tucker stated Saturday morning, that positive identification has been received on one of the victims, Areyon Autman, age 23, of Paris. “We still are waiting on official cause of death,” he said.

Identification on the other victim is still pending, subject to dental records and X-ray, and official cause of death is also still pending.

The second victim has been tentatively identified as Robert Long, age 43, of 707 Hardy St., with his funeral arrangements tentatively in the charge of Rawls Funeral Home.

What's New From Paris City Commission

Photo: Carl Holder presents the Joint Resolution honoring the late Harold Plumley to the city for the month of January. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—At a short and sweet session Thursday night, the Paris City Commission issued a resolution approving the new PILOT agreement with Eurotranciatura that was okayed on Monday by the Paris Industrial Development Board.

As reported by WENK/WTPR earlier this week, the agreement covers the purchase of and improvements to buildings adjoining their property and the purchase of new equipment.

Economic Development Director Rob Goad said at Monday’s meeting that the need for the new space and equipment was generated by two new contracts at Euro and the agreement will mean some 60 new jobs.

The agreement is valued at $7.5M and will be in place for 10 years.

Goad said to the city commission Thursday night, “Euro has been a good partner with both the city and county” and he noted how the company has expanded to a current 188 jobs and is projecting 300 jobs by 2023.

In other business:

–On behalf of the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, Carl Holder presented the Joint House Resolution honoring the late Harold Plumley. The presentation will be on display at City Hall through the month of January. The Joint Resolution was presented at the November meeting of the Henry County Commission with Plumley’s family on hand and was displayed at the courthouse for some time after the initial presentation. It eventually will be on permanent display at the Heritage Center.

The resolution honors Plumley’s life and achievements, which included the establishment of the Plumley Company business in Paris, and his contribution to the local cultural legacy and local medical facilities.

–Upon recommendation of the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission, the city approved conveying the undeveloped right-of-way at the east end of Belmont Street for the purpose of development of property adjoining it. Commission Member Gayle Griffith said, “I think it’s a great idea”.

–The city referred a request to the Planning Commission by two adjacent property owners to acquire the abandoned portion of Clifty Road. Two of the three property owners, Chris Pitts and Lance Smith, have expressed an interest in acquiring the section that abuts their property.

–The city also referred a request to the Planning Commission that seeks to change zoning for property at 207 Blakemore St. Justin Fields has requested the property be rezoned from single family to multi family. He said he wants to construct three to six units on the property.

 

HCMC Welcomes First Baby Of 2020

Photo: Ariana Hutcherson of Paris with baby Wrenlee Lane Hutcherson and delivery nurse, Melissa Snyder. Wrenlee is the first baby born in 2020 at Henry County Medical Center

Paris, TN – Henry County Medical Center has announced the arrival of the New Year Baby in Henry County, born on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 11:16 a.m.

Proud mother Ariana Hutcherson of Paris, was excited for the debut of baby girl Wrenlee Lane Hutcherson, weighing 6 lbs., 12 oz. and 19 inches long.

Wrenlee Lane was delivered by Dr. Sandra Boxell of Paris Women’s Center. Dr. Boxell is the newest member of the Paris Women’s Center team at Henry County Medical Center and is accepting new patients.

Each year, HCMC recognizes the first baby born in the hospital with a gift basket that includes baby items and a Wal-Mart Gift Card..

 

Helping Hand Kickoffs On Monday

                        

Paris, TN - Fred McLean  and Lance Pierce prepare michrophones for the 2020 Helping Hand Radio Auction that will get underway this Monday January 6 and will continue through February 26.  The auction last year raised over 300,000 dollars that was distributed back into the community through non-profit organizations across the county.  The auction starts at 12:30 on weekdays and continues until all the donated items are sold.  The broadcast will be aired on 97.5 FM and AM 1000 Monday - Saturday plus a radio auction Saturday night January 18 and February 15 starting at 6:30.  Two night auctions will not be broadcast but the public is invited to come out and bid on all the items on February 1 and February 8 starting at 6:00 PM.  Auctioneers Fred McLean Cindy Snyder, Bill McCutcheon, Doug Taylor, Ray Compton, Noel Hatman, Junions Staggs, Jamie Orr and Andy Collins invite everyone to "Bid High and Bid Often".  You can like their Facebook page Henry County Helping Hand, Inc.  The auction phone number is 644-1695.

 

Reports From HCSO And PPD

Paris, Tenn.- On 1-1-20 Sheriff’s deputies went to Herman Rogers Rd. to arrest Steven Simmons for a felony warrant for bad checks and two outstanding court mittimus. He was found in the back yard and arrested. During a search incident due to the arrest, a plastic container that had a penny and a bag with a white hardened powder in it were found. Simmons stated the container did have meth in it. The powder was field tested and came back positive for meth weighing under a gram.

Christopher Johnson was arrested on January 1st for Indecent exposure by the HCSO.

HCSO Officer David Andrews took a report of burglary on 1-1-20 from the owner of a storage unit on Hwy 79 S. When the victim arrived at her storage unit she found a white male going through her things. She confronted him about being in her unit and went to get the owner of the property, Mr. Michael Lewis, who was working nearby. Lewis was able to identify the male subject as Gary Medlock who fled in a silver Chevy trailblazer. Lewis called Medlock to ask him to return the items that were taken but he refused. The items taken were: an Evinrude 25 HP boat motor $4000, misc. hunting equipment $1000, two weed eaters $300, camping supplies $1000, propane heater $1, Push mower $200,wooden bench with heavy varnish $1, and yard rake, shovel, misc. tools $1. Other units there have been burglarized but only one other victim has notified the Sheriff’s office. The second victim did not know if anything was missing, only that the lock had been cut and the door raised. This case has been turned over to CID.

On 1-1-20 Sgt Blake Jenkins responded to Lock and Roll Storage on Fairgrounds Rd. to take a report of a break in. Upon arrival Sgt Jenkins spoke with Mindy Lamb who had been informed by the owner of the storage place, Adam Parke, that her unit door was open. When Lamb went to check on it she noticed the lock had been cut off. At the time of the report, Lamb is unsure if anything has been taken. A vehicle was observed on video surveillance. No other information at this time. While at the Lock and Roll Storage, Sgt. Jenkins took another report of a break in from James Krezinski who has items in a unit there. He advised that the lock had been cut off of his unit, but at the time of the report he didn’t think anything had been stolen.

On 12-31-19 Sgt. Eric Long of the PPD took a report of theft. The complainant stated that sometime in the week someone had entered his unsecured white Chevy pickup truck and taken his red 18 volt Milwaukee hand held leaf blower valued at $350.

On December 30th Ptl Greenhill of the Paris Police Dept. responded to Sparks St. in reference to an aggravated burglary. Ptl Greenhill was shown where a window had been broken out at the residence. There were three Hisense tv’s missing, one was a 55”, a 43”, and a 40”. There was also a green gun cabinet taken that had four to five rifles inside of it. The specific brands and quantity of rifles were unknown. This case will be turned over to investigations.

 

MSU Presents 83rd Annual Campus Lights

MURRAY, Ky. ​— Murray State University presents the 83rd annual Campus Lights theatrical production, “All Shook Up!” in Lovett Auditorium on Jan. 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Campus Lights is a broadway-like production that is entirely student-run. Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota, Murray State’s two music fraternities, unite for the annual show, with money raised going toward vital music scholarships.

The music of Elvis comes alive in “All Shook Up.” Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the production follows a small Midwestern town thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad, a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout who rides from town to town with a guitar on his back, blue suede shoes on his feet and a song in his heart.

Repressed by its prudish mayor, the town begins to come alive once more under Chad’s influence. Lovers meet, woo, pursue and more, all in one zany night that will change the town forever. “All Shook Up” is a rocking, heartwarming tale about following dreams, opening up to love and the power of music.

“Campus Lights is a beautiful thing,” said Wayne Hogue, this year’s director. “We cannot wait to aim this production of ‘All Shook Up!’ into the gold. We have such a talented cast and crew. It’s going to be a show you don’t want to miss.”

To purchase tickets or find out more about Campus Lights, please visit onthestage.com/show/campus-lights/all-shook-up-53936​.
For more information, visit ​campuslights.org​ or contact Campus Lights publicity coordinator Braden Sperry at bsperry1@murraystate.edu.

 

Henry County Animal Shelter Dog Houses

Photo: Shelter Worker Corey Eitleman, left, and Sgt. McElroy with the dog houses. (Photo by Shannon McFarlin).

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–While supplies last, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will be giving away well-constructed and roomy dog houses to everyone who adopts a dog or who donates $50 to the shelter.

Sgt. John McElroy, who oversees the shelter, said the dog houses were made by inmates and are built big enough to fit most sizes of dogs.

There are still 22 dog houses left and are available at either the shelter or the sheriff’s office lobby. People can bring their donations to the sheriff’s office any time to receive a free dog house.

The sheriff’s office is located at 210 Forrest Heights Rd. and phone number is 731 642 1672. You can donate to the shelter at any time at the donation slot in the front lobby.

The sheriff’s animal shelter is located at 622 Jones Bend Rd. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.

The Murray Bank Partners with Jr. Achievement at
Calloway School District

Eleshia Brandon, Vice President at The Murray Bank, is shown with students from Mrs. Susan Earheart’s class.

Murray, Ky– Over a five week period members of the team at The Murray Bank went into classrooms throughout the Calloway School District and provided students with real-world lessons in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship.

“Junior Achievement is a great opportunity for our young people to be mentored by successful business people, being taught good principles and good values, and help them prepare to become a rising generation and the leaders of tomorrow,” said Tim Stark, Vice President of Marketing at The Murray Bank and JA coordinator for Murray and Calloway County.

Junior Achievement programs teach financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA’s age-appropriate classroom and experiential programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can influence the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. The learning continues through the middle and high school grades, as students prepare for the economic and workforce issues they will face in the future.

“This is such a rewarding experience for me! I love having the opportunity to get to know some amazing kids and to hopefully teach them something about financial literary,” said Eleshia Brandon, Vice President at The Murray Bank. “The program provides hands-on, easy to teach lessons that engaged every student in the classroom. Not only did we all learn together, but we had a blast doing it!”

Programs taught by The Murray Bank included Our City, Our Nation, and Our Region. Our City introduces students to financial literacy and grade-level social studies learning objectives, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and upper elementary grades social studies learning objectives, including regions, resources, and supply chains. Our Nation introduces students to the intersection of work readiness and social studies learning objectives, including how the free market system serves as an economic engine for business and careers.

If your classroom or business would like to get involved with Junior Achievement, please contact Tim Stark at (270) 753-5626 to get started.

 

TDEC Offers Free Radon Test Kits For “Radon Action Month”

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits for Tennesseans to test their homes in January. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed the month as “Radon Action Month.” 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. 

“We hope Tennesseans will take advantage of the offer of free test kits,” Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, director of the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices at TDEC, said. “We want people to be aware of the potential for radon in their homes, that testing for it is free and easy, and that there are ways they can mitigate it if they find they have a radon problem.” 

Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that threatens people’s health when it is trapped in confined spaces such as homes. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils. The only way to know if it is in a home is to test for it. 

For more information and to request a free test kit, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/opsp-policy-and-sustainable-practices/community-programs-and-services/radon/get-a-free-test-kit0.html or call 800-232-1139.

Radon does not generally present a health risk outdoors because it is diluted in the open air. Radon can, however, build up to dangerous levels inside a house. A house can act like a vacuum, drawing radon through foundation cracks and other openings. Radon may also be present in well water and can be released in a home when the water is used for showering and other household activity.    

During January, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes for radon. The TDEC Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices manages the TN Radon program, a statewide awareness and education initiative, where the goal is to educate the public about the risk of radon exposure in indoor environments.

Tennessee Announces "What's New" For 2020

Nashville, Tenn. – Tourism in Tennessee continues to expand with new attractions, hotels and restaurants, impressive state-of-the-art developments, expansions and milestone anniversaries that help shape “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” 2020 marks several milestones in Tennessee, including the Ken Burns Country Music Pathways, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Memphis skyline changing with the new development One Beale, the opening of the new National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, the 20th anniversary of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Dollywood’s new Flower & Food Festival.

Ken Burns tells the story of “Country Music” in his latest PBS documentary, but nothing compares to standing in the places where history was made. Visitors can use the special “Country Music” passport to guide their own country music pilgrimage along the newly-launched Tennessee Music Pathways route, the Ken Burns Country Music Pathway. Stops include the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Memphis’ Sun Studio and more. The Tennessee Music Pathways showcases the state’s rich musical legacy across all 95 counties with hundreds of landmarks and attractions.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC

The museum set to open in summer 2020 will be the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles that were created or inspired by African Americans.

RATIFIED! TENNESSEE WOMEN AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE”

In a new and temporary exhibit opening March 2020, the museum will explore key roles Tennesseans played in the national movement with artifacts, interactive and immersive displays, imagery and multi-media. It will be complemented by programming throughout the state to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

DOLLYWOOD’S NEW FLOWER & FOOD FESTIVAL (MAY 8-JUNE 14)

Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains is about to get a little brighter with the festival that immerses guests in the splendor of spring flowers through creative and aromatic displays, an “Umbrella Sky,” colorful characters in Wildwood Grove, and the freshest flavors of spring with mouthwatering cuisine.

THE ISLAND IN PIGEON FORGE

The flying theater attraction at The Island is a state-of-the-art ride system featuring national wonders and landmarks, set to break ground in early 2020 and open in 2021.

For the entire listing go to: https://www.chattanoogan.com/2020/1/2/401806/Tennessee-Tourism-Announces-2020-Events.aspx

Paris House Fire Takes Lives

By Shannon McFarlin News Director/ Photo by Shannon McFarlin.

Paris, Tenn.--The new year began on a tragic note in Henry County, with two men killed in an early morning fire New Year's Day in Paris.

The men's bodies were found by Paris firefighters in the home at 707 Hardy St., which was a total loss in the fire. Two dogs also were killed in the fire.

County Medical Examiner Danny Tucker told WENK/WTPR positive identification of the two men has not yet been made. He said the bodies of the two men have been sent for autopsy and further forensic evaluation to determine identification. From preliminary investigation, it is presumed one man was age 43 and the other age 23.

Firefighters were called to the house at 3:10 a.m. and found the house already engulfed in flames and smoke. Crew began an exterior attack and when possible transitioned to an interior attack to control the fire.

Firefighters were notified someone could be in the house and began a search for the occupants. According to the report, the men were found in a bedroom area.

Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams said the cause of a fire was a stove that was being used for cooking.

The house is owned by Harrison Dotson of Curtis Street. Property loss was $7,000 and content loss was $1,000.

BPU Earns Perfect Score On TDEC Water System Audit

Paris, Tenn. – For the first time in the history of the Board of Public Utilities, the utility has earned a perfect score on their 2019 Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation Water System Audit. This audit has been taking place annually since 1950 and under the leadership of Tony Brown, BPU Director of Water/Wastewater Operations, the utility is proud to have earned a 599 out of 599 this year.

“Tony Brown’s leadership and his own standard of excellence is a major asset to the BPU,” said Terry Wimberley, BPU General Manager. “His attention to detail is on display with this perfect score.  I am proud of him and our water department staff for this historic feat.”

The survey consisted of a records review to document the operational performance of the water system. During the survey, eight key areas are reviewed including; source, treatment, distribution system, finished water storage, pumps, monitoring & reporting, management & operation and operator compliance.

According to the survey results, “Paris Board of Public Utilities personnel are to be commended for the upkeep, running and maintenance of the water treatment plant and distribution system in such an exemplary manner. The Division is looking forward to seeing your new water plant that is due to be completed in mid-2020.”

“This is a great accomplishment for our utility,” said Tony Brown, BPU Director of Water/Wastewater Operations.  “Over the last three years, we’ve updated all our manuals and reports for the water system and as a department focused on the importance of paying attention to detail and keeping all records up to date.”

About BPU - Established as an independent board of the City of Paris in 1938, BPU is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric, water and wastewater services to residents of Paris and Henry County as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life in the community. Serving over 21,000 homes and businesses, BPU strives to provide reliable, safe and affordable services to our community.

 

Helping Hand Day!

Paris, Tenn.- Our Helping Hand Day is Thursday, January 9th.  The auction begins at 12:30 p.m. The DPA receives funds from Helping Hand so we want to have a good showing for the auction. We want to make a good contribution from our members so YOUR name is called out often on 97.5 FM/1000 AM radio (good publicity).  If you need someone to pick up your donation for Helping Hand on Wednesday, please call me at 653-7274 or reply to this email with details.  All items must be delivered to the Paris Convention Center by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9th to be in that day’s auction.  Also, all items must be clearly tagged with the donating person's name and group along with a complete description of the item.  I have attached the Helping Hand Item Form for your convenience.  If you cannot make or bake something, you may include a gift certificate or merchandise from your store.  You may also make a financial contribution in your name on behalf of the DPA.  Please RING THE PHONES and bid on DPA items by calling 644-1695 as that goes toward the DPA dollars raised as well.

  The Helping Hand organization is “People Helping People” and all the money raised stays in Henry County. Let’s help make it another successful year!

  Bake it, make it, bring it, bid it, and buy it…644-1695!

DPA’s first meeting in 2020 will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 8 AM in City Hall Conference Room.  We hope to see you there.

KPAC Winter Workshop

Paris, Tenn.–Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris will offer a musical production for grades K-4 and a non-musical production for grades 4-8. Rehearsals have been set, to begin Monday, January 6. Fourth graders will be placed according to what works best. No advance audition required.

Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 PM. The cost to participate is $35, and all who register will be included. Director Rhonda Stanton asks that parents let KPAC know if their children plan to participate (name and grade please) so that they  may be well prepared, and thanks to those who have already responded.

Performance date is Sunday, March 1.
“The Share Bears” is a musical winter fantasy for young ones. It explores the concepts of generosity and caring for others. Young artists from Kindergarten through 4th grade may participate.
For the grade 4-8 crew, KPAC has three awesome and fun non-musical scripts waiting. The script will then be chosen depending fully upon how many participants come. The focus of this production is learning to develop and present a character.

Commodities Distribution

Paris, Tenn.–The Northwest Economic Development Council will be distributing US Department of Agriculture commodities to eligible area residents on January 14 & 15, 2020 at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext in Paris.

Distribution will be between 9 am-2 pm.  Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of state guidelines. Applicants should have a Green Commodity Card.  If your card has an X at the top, you should come on Tuesday, January 14.  If your card has an O at the top, you should come on Wednesday, January 15.  If you do not have a Green card, sign up through distribution day.  If you sign up on the days of distribution and there are enough boxes left over, you can receive a box on the last day of distribution.

IMPORTANT – Please do not line up cars before 8:30 am each day and do not line up cars on the highway due to safety concerns for all involved.  Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of state guidelines. For more information, call 731-642-3132 or visit the Northwest Office Henry County service center at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext, Paris, TN.  NWTEDC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

 

Graceland Auction

Memphis, Tenn. – December 30, 2019 – Collectors and Elvis fans from around the world will have the opportunity to own a piece of music history at the “Auction at Graceland.” Highlights of the rare Elvis Presley™ artifacts to be included in the upcoming auction were announced today along with registration information and catalog ordering details. The auction will be held during Elvis’ 85th birthday celebration at Graceland® on Wednesday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. CST/12:00 p.m. EST in the 464-seat state-of-the-art theater in The Guest House at Graceland, and online at GracelandAuctions.com.

The auction features artifacts from Elvis' personal and professional life including his golf cart, clothing, jewelry, autographs, concert memorabilia and Hollywood items  The 288 artifacts are from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, signed by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the king and his career. In addition to the artifacts, several “Graceland Experiences” will be auctioned with the proceeds benefitting the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation

All artifacts have been thoroughly researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated and will be offered from third-party collectors. None of the items included in the auction will come from the treasured Graceland Archives.  The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale. Every lot in this auction is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The official print catalog for the auction, featuring over 200 pages of full-color images and detailed descriptions for all auction items is available for order. This exclusive catalog offers an up-close look at these special pieces of Elvis history and is a collector’s item. The auction catalog is available at the Graceland Official Online Store as a pre-order item.

Select artifacts will be on display at the Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ exhibit complex at Graceland now through January 6th during opening hours and on January 7th in the Rock conference room at The Guest House at Graceland.

Among the 288 items to be included in the January 8 auction, notable items include: 

To view the entire auction and bid, click here.  

For more information about how to submit items for consideration for authentication services by Graceland Authenticated and inclusion in future Graceland Authenticated auctions, auction fees and other details visit http://auction.graceland.com/

About Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 

Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley's Memphis, Graceland's new entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the new 80,000 square feet Graceland Exhibition Center featuring rotating exhibits; the AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours, and attractions worldwide. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Auction A Circle and Graceland Auctions TNGL#5967 is the entity that manages Auctions at Graceland. Graceland is the only attraction worldwide to ever receive seven USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards: in 2019 it was voted “Best Tennessee Attraction and Iconic Landmark” and “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour,” in 2018, it was voted “Best Tennessee Attraction,” and “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour,” in 2015 voted the world’s “Best Musical Attraction” and “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” and in 2013 voted the #1 “Iconic American Attraction.” In 2019 TripAdvisor named Graceland the most popular attraction in Tennessee, in 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards named Graceland one of the top 25 landmarks in the world and Rolling Stone named it one of 10 Great American Music Landmarks. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com. 

Stay connected to Elvis Presley’s Graceland:
Website: http://www.graceland.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElvisPresleysGraceland

@VisitGraceland on Twitter and Instagram

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialGraceland

Livestream events: https://livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland/events/3333050

Graceland Live: http://www.gracelandlive.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracelandlive/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracelandliveconcerts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/livegraceland

SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio, Channel 19: http://www.siriusxm.com/Elvisradio

Registration Still Open At UT Martin For Spring Semester

Martin, Tenn. – Students hoping to begin classes at the University of Tennessee at Martin in spring 2020 still have time to enroll and register. Applications are accepted through the UT Martin Office of Admissions, and online applications are encouraged at utm.edu under the “apply now” heading.

UT Martin administrative offices will be closed Dec. 23-27 and on Jan. 1. Applications will be processed and questions returned when offices are open on Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2 and following. Students can enroll to attend classes on the main campus in Martin or at any of the university’s five centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Somerville.

Orientation for new students beginning in the spring will be Jan. 7. Additional details will be sent when students are accepted to the university. The spring semester officially begins Jan. 9, and course registration will continue through Jan. 15, which is the final day for all enrolled students to add or drop courses. Tuition and fees much also be paid in full or scheduled for a payment plan by this date for students to continue courses.

For more information or assistance, contact the UT Martin Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admissions@utm.edu

Alcatraz East Crime Museum Offers Special Programs for Scouting Troops in 2020

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (December 30, 2019)As the new year gets underway, many scouting troops will begin to make their plans for the coming year. Alcatraz East Crime Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, is offering a variety of special events and activities designed specifically for scouts. Special events will be offered all year long, with activities ranging from a chance to earn a scouting badge, to museum sleepovers, to discounted admission rates.

“We are always excited to host events and activities for the scouting troops in the area,” explains Rachael Penman, Director of Artifacts and Exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “The events offer the troops a chance to bond, learn, and have some fun. We have programs that give them a chance to explore and earn badges, too.”

Several scouting events are already on the calendar, but troops can also arrange their own time to come explore throughout the year. Upcoming Boy Scout Appreciation Days will be held on February 8-9, 2020, and March 14-15, 2020. On those days, all Boy Scouts who visit the museum in their scouting uniform or provide proof of scout membership will get a discounted admission rate of $12 per person, plus tax. This rate also applies to any chaperones or other attendees accompanying the scout. Scouts who attend will receive a special Alcatraz East participation badge.

Alcatraz East will offer several Girl Scouts programs in 2020, including:

  • Detective and Special Agent Badge Program – This program allows troop members to earn a scouting badge in the respective categories. The fee for the program is $15 per person, plus tax, and includes museum entrance with activities that meet all requirements to earn the badge.
  • Girl Scout Appreciation Days – Theses special days will be offered on April 25-26, 2020, and May 16-17, 2020. Admission is $12 per person, plus tax, for girl scouts in uniform or those who can prove membership.
  • Girl Scout Sleepover – Scouts will enjoy a night at the museum filled with badge earning opportunities, a top detective scavenger hunt, the showing of a detective movie, food and more. Sleepovers will be held on May 16, 2020, and November 7, 2020. The rate for this event is $35 per person, plus tax.

“We are happy to host scouting troops anytime during the year,” adds Penman. “Whether you want to plan a date for a special badge program, sleepover, or another activity, give us a call. We will work with you to get it planned and make it a great time for the kids.”

Those interested in learning more about the scouting programs or making a reservation for an event can visit the website at: https://www.alcatrazeast.com/girl-scouts/ and https://www.alcatrazeast.com/boy-scouts/.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages. It’s so much fun, it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

 

Police Reports From PPD And HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- On December 28th Paris Police Department Officer Baxter responded to a call of fraudulent use of a debit card. The complaintant, Oleta Pierce, stated she had let subject April Overby come over to her home at Reynolds St. about a week ago. Overby had gone into her bedroom where her purse was. Pierce believes Overby went into her purse and took a picture of her debit card. Shortly after Overby’s visit, suspicious and frequent charges began appearing on Pierce’s bank account. It seems Overby had set up a Google pay account and linked the payment to Pierce’s debit card. Over the course of four days, bank statements show that Overby has charged $3164.15 from 12/23 thru 12/27/19. The charges on the bank account do show a Google pay account in the name of April Overby, where dozens  of charges were made to walmart.com, ebay, western union, and other websites and stores. All of the online purchases have been delivered to Overby’s father in law’s home in Paris. Pierce was informed to contact her bank to cancel the card and file a fraud packet. A felony warrant for theft by fraudulent use of a debit card has been issued on April Overby.

On December 24th, Ptl. Baxter responded to a call of illegal dumping in the garage of a residence on N. Market St. It seems someone had broken into the garage and dumped several bags of garbage and pieces of old furniture. The garage had been clean and nearly empty two weeks prior  to this happening. The complainant, Mary Roth, went through the trash and found some mail addressed to a home on Cook St. The landlord advised the previous tenant had just moved out about two weeks ago but had left the residence empty when he left. Officer Baxter was unable to make contact with the previous tenant but will continue to make attempts to speak with him. Roth called Officer Baxter later that evening to report after the garbage was removed they noticed a roll of copper wiring was missing from the garage. No value for the wiring at this time.

On December 26th Cpl Amanda Forrest responded to Thompson St. in reference to a theft. The complainant, River Byrd, advised he believes someone stole a bicycle from the yard. Byrd stated the tenant who had lived a the residence had left the bicycle for him when they moved out. The bicycle is described as a purple and silver medium sized female bike with flat tires. A neighbor had told Byrd that a white male named Tony had taken the bike but no one knows his last name.

On December 26th Ptl Dereck Greenhill of the PPD, responded to Patterson’s Towing and spoke with Kenneth Denton. Denton states someone had cut the fence to his holding lot. The Sheriff’s Department had a hold on a red Pontiac that possibly had items taken from it. There were items lying on the trunk that had not been there previously. The damage to the fence was estimated at $50. There are no suspects or items reported missing at this time.

On 12/27/19 Sgt Blake Jenkins observed a white Dodge car drive past him on Hwy 641 N. Sgt Jenkins had prior knowledge that this vehicle was being driven by Jason Kennedy of Puryear. Kennedy did have an active felony warrant for violation of probation out of circuit court. Due to Mr. Kennedy having a history of evading police, Sgt. Jenkins waited to initiate a traffic stop until other units were close by. At that time a traffic stop was attempted at Hwy 641 N. and Hwy 218. Shortly after the emergency equipment was  activated a small item was thrown out the driver’s side window. A short distance later Kennedy did pull over and was taken into custody. Sgt Jenkins then went back to the location the item was thrown out and found a baggie containing 4.7grams of Ice. Once back at the vehicle a search was performed and inside Kennedy’s car was found a meth pipe, an empty baggie just like the one thrown out, and a set of digital scales. On Mr. Kennedy’s person was found $3,150 in cash wrapped in rubber bands and another $2,110 located in his wallet, making a total of $5,260 cash. Due to the belief that this money was drug proceeds, it was seized. Kennedy was also charged with possession of a schedule two with intent and drug paraphernalia.

On 12/27 while on routine patrol, Deputy Kyle Waldron, observed a white truck traveling southbound at a high rate of speed on Hwy 641 N. Upon confirmation with the radar unit, the vehicle was found to be traveling 78 mph in a 55 mph zone. Deputy Waldron did catch up with the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Rowe School Rd. close to the intersection of Shankle Rd. Contact was made with the driver, identified as James Nassenstein, who had a suspended driver’s license in the state of Tennessee for Failure to appear. Nassenstein was arrested for driving on a suspended license and issued a warning citation for Speeding.

On 12/27/19 Officer Brian Davis responded to Mill Creek Rd. in reference to a break in. Upon arrival, the complainant stated she had just arrived back from town and noticed that the front door was opened. When she entered the residence she saw a white male in her bedroom. The suspect then walked past her attempting to cover his face, and ran down the road. The man was a middle aged white male, bald with a black hat and a gray jacket on. It was also reported that there was a red truck parked down the road from the residence. The suspect did take a sterling silver bracelet with lavender stones valued at $200 and miscellaneous costume jewelry valued at $100. While checking the area in which the suspect ran, a  pair of sunglasses were recovered, and are believed to belong to the suspect.

On 12/28/19 it was reported that an antique whiskey barrel planter was missing from the front yard of a home on Swor Still Rd. in Buchanan. It is believed to have been stolen sometime the night before. The item stolen was actually  1/3 of a barrel, full of dirt, and being used as a planter. It was also reported that there has been a considerable amount of traffic on the road from cars that do not belong to the other residents of Swor Still Rd.

On 12/29/19 Deputy William Whitaker responded to Hwy 77 in reference to a report of indecent exposure. Upon arrival it was reported that the neighbor, Christopher Johnson, keeps exposing himself and urinating towards their house from a joint driveway. A picture of Johnson urinating towards their house was provided as well as a written statement.

Eurotranciatura Expansion

By Shannon McFarlin News Director--Photo: Attorney Scott Haight, right, presents information to the IDB Board. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.—The city of Paris Industrial Development Board unanimously approved a 10-year $7.5M PILOT agreement for Eurotranciatura which will mean the addition of new jobs at the manufacturing plant.

The Euro plant is located in the former Tecumseh location on Hwy. 54 in Paris. The Italy-based steel lamination company has been expanding its facility and distribution center. The Paris plant supplies the U.S. market for brand name companies such as Black & Decker, Stanley, Franklin Electric and more.PILOT is an acronym for Payment In Lieu Of Taxes.Attorney Scott Haight explained to the board that Euro plans to renovate buildings and purchase more equipment.Economic Development Director Rob Goad said Euro officials said the have picked up more contracts and will be adding as many as 60 new jobs.Board Chairman Troy Buttrey said, “It’s a great thing that they’re investing and adding jobs.”

Tennessee State Parks Usher In New Year With First Day Hikes

Nashville,Tenn.– Tennessee State Parks will usher in the New Year with First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.  

The free, guided hikes are available at all state parks with the exception of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, which hosts the annual New Year’s Eve event in Nashville.  

“The New Year is a time many Tennesseans will make resolutions to be more active, and the First Day Hikes are a great way to fulfill that,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “The hikes range from nice strolls to rugged terrain, so we hope everyone will consider this outstanding way to welcome in 2020.”

  Each hike is led by an experienced park ranger and is part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes in all 50 states.  

Specific information about each of the hikes at Tennessee State Parks can be found at https://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/first-day-hikes/.  

Tennessee State Parks host a series of Signature Hikes each year. They include First Day Hikes, Spring Hikes in March, National Trails Day Hikes in June, National Public Lands Day Hikes in September, and After-Thanksgiving Hikes the day after Thanksgiving.

 

Paris House Fire

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Dept. responded to a structure fire on Sunday night, December 29th, at Country Club Loop in Paris. Prior to their arrival dispatch advised there were flames coming through the roof. Upon arrival fire crews found the home two thirds involved with smoke and fire. An exterior attack was executed initially until the structure was cooled enough that entry could be made. Interior operations were performed until water supply was an issue. The remainder of the fire attack was performed from the exterior until salvage and overhaul. The property loss is estimated at $150,000 and content loss is estimated at $30,000. The home belonging to the family of Dave and Kaylin Belisle was destroyed in the fire, which began at 7:18 p.m. until 10:40 p.m. The family and their pets were reported unharmed. Mutual aid was provided by the Paris Landing Fire Department.

On Monday morning they were called back to the property as it was still burning. Upon arrival, fire crews found a few things smoldering and water lines that had been compromised were leaking into the basement. Fire personnel turned off the water and put out the smoldering material.

Christmas for the Fishes program

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is collecting natural Christmas trees at 39 drop-off locations across the state for its Christmas for the Fishes program. Collection will continue until mid-January.

Repurposing your used cut Christmas trees helps give Kentucky’s underwater inhabitants new homes after the holiday season ends.

“Christmas for the Fishes gives people the opportunity to participate in our year-round conservation efforts,” says Joseph Zimmerman, habitat program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “Instead of your tree going to a landfill, it can be recycled into something that directly helps our fish and wildlife.”

Donated trees must be free of all lights, tinsel, ornaments and any other decorations. Limbs, wreaths or other brush are not encouraged.

To find the closest drop-off location, visit fw.ky.gov and search using “Christmas.” Drop-off sites are generally open during daylight hours and are not staffed.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff will bundle trees to place in lakes throughout the state to provide fish attractors. This practice not only gives use to discarded Christmas trees, but it also adds food sources and protective cover for Kentucky’s aquatic species.

Planned projects include improvements to Boltz Lake and Corinth Lake, as well as continuing improvements at Barren River Lake.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife receives around 3,000 donated trees each year. Thanks to these habitat supplements, anglers have reported higher catch rates for crappie and bass.

Many of Kentucky’s lakes are more than 50 years old, and consequently, natural woody debris that provided the right aquatic environment has broken down naturally over time.

From baitfish to game fish, programs like Christmas for the Fishes add necessary foundational habitat where it had previously been lost, especially within central Kentucky’s Golden Triangle. Anglers are encouraged to take full advantage of fish attractors in Kentucky, found in 35 lakes across the state. Visit fw.ky.gov and search using the keywords “Fish Attractors” to find coordinates of each location and learn more about fish attractors.

Stevie Nicks Performing With Keith Urban At Nashville's Music City Midnight New Year's Eve Concert

Nashville, Tenn.- Stevie Nicks, one of the members of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, will perform alongside headliner Keith Urban at Nashville's annual Music City Midnight performance on New Year's Eve.

Nicks' performance was revealed Friday by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.

“To have someone of the caliber and stature of Stevie Nicks join Keith Urban on stage is an incredible way to cap off the year,” said Mayor John Cooper in a news release. “Nashville has worked hard to grow New Year’s Eve into a world-class event that brings global attention and economic impact to the city. Considering the evening’s diverse lineup, national broadcast coverage, and the addition of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist to the program, it’s clear that these efforts are working.”

The free event will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (approximately one mile from the heart of downtown). This will be the fourth year in a row that Keith headlines the show.

Additional performers include Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Struts, Amanda Shires, Bren Joy, Kalie Shorr, DJ Dave Aude and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31, followed by the raising of the Music Note (Nashville’s equivalent to NYC’s ball drop) to kick off the live music. The event will include the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display to ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline.

Portions of the concert will be featured in the holiday coverage on both CNN and NBC.

 

 

Booze It And Lose It Campaign

Paris, Tenn. – PARIS Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from December 13, 2019, to January 1, 2020, surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.
The Paris Police Department will be out in full force making sure that these Holiday Seasons are safe. “Drunk and distracted drivers beware, we will be out looking for you.” Chief Elizondo stated. “We want everyone to have fun, but be responsible. “
Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.
“We ask all Tennesseans to please drive safely this holiday season,” said THSO Director Buddy Lewis. “Our state and local law enforcement partners will be out in full force to secure Tennessee roadways. We want everyone to make it home safely, so please designate a sober driver.”
The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.
The THSO provides grant funding to support the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Department to  increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It holiday campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.
 

 

Holiday Closings

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020.

WEDNESDAY TRASH PICK UP WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2nd.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR TRASH OUT BY 7 AM ON THURSDAY JANUARY 2nd

THE LANDFILL WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 7:00 A.M.

 

THE ANIMAL SHELTER WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 11:30 A.M.

 

PARIS CITY HALLBE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 7:30 A.M.

 

PARIS CIVIC CENTER  WILL BE CLOSING AT 4:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020.  THE CIVIC CENTER WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 6:00 A.M.


 

HCMC Announces Department Director Of The Quarter

Pictured is Department Director of the Quarter at Henry County Medical Center, Brooke Ulrich, RN, Director of Surgical Services.  She was recently recognized during the Department Directors’ meeting in October.

Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center is proud to announce that Brooke Ulrich, RN, Director of Surgical Services, was selected as Director of the Quarter at the October Department Directors meeting.

Ulrich was selected for the honor because of her willingness to learn and grow forward with the organization, being a great ambassador for both surgical services and HCMC.  Ulrich joined HCMC in March 2018 and has served as Director of Surgical Services for 14 months overseeing the construction of the Cardiac Cath Lab, assisting with the addition of pulmonology services, recruitment of staff and working to ensure physician/surgeon satisfaction in the Surgery Department. 

Ulrich attended Jackson State Community College. She began her career as a staff nurse, then progressed to a charge nurse in the OR, and now is happy to serve as the Director of Surgical Services.   Ulrich is a native of McKenzie, TN, and currently resides there with her husband and two children.

“I am grateful to be a part of the HCMC family,” said Ulrich. “It has been a time of growth, learning, and changes. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and the role I play in them.”

 HCMC recognizes department leaders every quarter as well as selecting a department leader of the year at the annual Service Awards Banquet.

For more information about HCMC, check us out online at www.hcmc-tn.org. 

 

Shiver On The River Cancelled

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.--The Shiver on the River event, which was held at Paris Landing State Park on New Year's Day for nine years as a fundraiser for the REAL Hope Youth Center, has again been cancelled.

The Lodge at Paris Landing State Park will not be built until 2021 and until it is, organizers said the event probably will not be held. The former Paris Landing Inn was always an integral part of the event, with participants being treated to a brunch buffet and awards ceremony there each year--not to mention a perfect place to warm up.

The event was always held in all kinds of weather, from the cold to the bitterly cold. The full name of the event was "Shiver on the River--Freezin' for a Reason".

REAL Hope Board Member Donna Craig said, "We've decided not to do it again this year and we really don't know when we'll bring it back."

 

Murray State University Recognized For Affordability

Photo: A variety of Murray State University academic programs and degrees, as well as the institution overall, has been recognized for affordability by a recent online resource. 

Murray, Ky. — A variety of Murray State University academic programs and degrees, as well as the institution overall, has been recognized for affordability by a recent online resource.

The website affordableschools.net identified the following Murray State programs and degrees:

#15 - Agricultural business management degree programs (bachelor’s)#5 - Online bachelor’s degree in agriculture science

#7-  Online Master of Economics

#21-  Public colleges with online doctoral degrees

#3- Ph.D. in English language learning online

#5-  Veterinary studies degree programs (bachelor’s)

#8 - Writing degree programs (bachelor’s)

Murray State was also ranked the second-best affordable school in Kentucky for a bachelor’s degree. 

Methodology associated with some of the rankings recognized Murray State’s low student to faculty ratio for personalized instruction, the University’s six-year graduation rate that places highly among comprehensive, public universities in Kentucky and the affordable average in-state tuition for online programs.

Earlier this year, Murray State was recognized by Washington Monthly as a “Best Bang for the Buck,” leading all Kentucky public higher education institutions. 

Students interested in joining the Racer family for the fall 2020 semester can learn more, schedule a campus visit or apply for admission today at admissions.murraystate.edu.

 

Unemployment Sits Below 5 Percent In Nearly Every Tennessee County

Nashville,Tenn.- Per thte TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentUnemployment dropped in more than one-third of Tennessee’s 95 counties in November, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
 
Rates decreased in 38 counties, remained the same in 24 counties, and unemployment increased in 33 counties during the month.
 
The new data shows there are 91 counties across the state with rates less than 5 percent and only four counties with rates greater than 5 percent.
 
“It’s very encouraging to have so many counties with unemployment rates below 5 percent during November,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “As we moved closer to the busy holiday season, more Tennesseans were taking home paychecks, which is the ultimate goal.”
 
Williamson County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.2 percent. That figure is down 0.1 of a percentage point when compared to October.
 
Davidson County has the second-lowest unemployment rate for the month. Its current statistic of 2.3 percent mirrors the rate from the previous month.
 
Cheatham and Rutherford counties both have a rate of 2.4 percent. For Cheatham County, that represents an increase of 0.1 of a percentage point. Rutherford County’s rate did not change between October and November.
 
Clay County experienced an increase in unemployment, giving the county the state’s highest unemployment rate. Its rate jumped from 5.2 percent in October to 5.9 percent in November.
 
Hancock, Hardeman, and Bledsoe counties follow Clay County with rates of 5 percent. Hancock County’s rate dropped one-half of a percentage point, Hardeman County is down 0.1 of a percentage point, and Bledsoe County is up by 0.3 of a percentage point.
 
Statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment was down 0.1 of a percentage point when compared to October, setting the November 2019 rate at 3.3 percent.
 
The United States’ unemployment rate for November is 3.5 percent, 0.1 of a percentage point lower than it was in October.
 
The November 2019 unemployment data for each of Tennessee’s counties can be found by following this link.
 
Tennesseans searching for employment can access the state’s workforce development website, Jobs4TN.gov, where they will find a wide range of helpful information and services.
 
The state of Tennessee will release the statewide unemployment rate for December 2019 Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. CT.

 

HCSO And Paris Police Department Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department responded to Enochs Used Cars on E. Wood St. in reference to a burglary. Upon meeting with the owner, David Enoch, it was reported that he had left on the afternoon of the 23rd and when he returned on the 24th he had noticed the front door had been tampered with and someone had been inside the building. Items reported missing were a small money box with loose change and a fireproof safe containing over a hundred car titles, business checks from Commercial Bank, First bank, Carroll Bank and Trust, and Murray Bank, as well as a check from Auto Owners Insurance. There are no leads at this time.

Paul Kellog was arrested for multiple warrants out of Henry County for Violation of Protection and Weakley County for Theft of Property.

Officer Gary Carroll responded to several burglaries of vehicles from the trailer park on Guthrie Rd. on 12/23/19. There was no damage to any of the vehicles as they had all been unlocked during the night. Jonathan Smith reported someone went through his truck and ransacked his wife’s van. Items missing from his truck were a bible valued at $20, a pair of $20 jumper cables, and a Dale Jr. phone case $10. Nothing seemed to be missing from the van at this time. Sanford Hutcherson reported his van and his girlfriend’s car had been ransacked. There was $6 in change missing from the car and a Kobalt Tool box and tools valued at $200 missing from his van. Kelsey Snyder also reported items missing from her vehicle. Items missing from her car were an iphone 10X Max $1000, her driver’s license, a diamond watch $200, and her boyfriend’s Remington wallet with a shotgun shell on it containing his driver’s license, social security card, and two bank cards.

12/22/19- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office  took a report of a stolen brown, long style Ariat wallet belonging to Robert Reavis of Paris. Reavis had lent a friend, Brently Lowe, some money to get  gas for his car. Reavis was later alerted that his debit card had been used at the Fuel Pro twice for the total amount of $19.51. As Reavis had not left the house that day he was concerned. Upon inspection, Reavis noticed his wallet was missing. Reavis attempted to contact Lowe regarding the wallet, but Lowe would not return his calls, instead texting him to stop harassing him. Lowes’s father called Reavis and wanted to pay him $50 to “just let it all go”. In the missing wallet was: $265 cash,, Commercial bank card, Prepaid Master card($35), Visa gift card($35), two Walmart gift cards($50 each), itunes gift card($25), Straight Talk phone card($45), Prepaid gift card(unknown amount), TN driver’s license, social security card, and the cost of the wallet at $34.97. The $190 worth of gift cards were for Christmas presents. Reavis did press charges for Theft and two counts of Illegal possession/fraudulent use of credit card. The case has been turned over to CID.

Allison Fry of Paris reported she had been contacted by a company regarding a survey on the recent use of a rental car. When Fry stated she had not rented a car, the company representative explained a car had been rented in Alamo, Texas on 12/19/19 with her name and information. Fry was advised to contact the Credit reporting agencies involved and to flag her information to prevent any further fraud. This case has been turned over to CID.

Houston County Sheriff’s Office informed the HCSO of a stolen 2011 white Ford F250 with a black construction rack in the bed of the truck. The truck was also equipped with a GPS tracker and was showing the vehicle in the woods off of Cole Fairway. HCSO officers Fuqua and Perry found the truck in the woods. As Sgt Fuqua was directing the tow truck, the suspect, Randall Carter, drove up through the woods towards them. When contact was made with Carter, he fled on foot through the woods. When Carter was instructed to stop, he continued running. A second truck drove into the woods at this time, picked up Carter, and backed out to leave the area. Sgt Fuqua radioed Lt Perry and the truck was stopped on Hwy 218. Randall Carter, age 46, of Paris, was charged with Resisting Arrest and Theft of Property. The stolen truck, property of Gant Construction out of Tennessee Ridge, was returned to Houston County.

 

Young Artists Reap Rewards for Coloring

Two talented, young artists received baskets full of art supplies and treats recently as part of the Downtown Paris Association’s annual coloring contest.

Hundreds of children in grades K-5 took part in the annual event sponsored by K & B Supplies for Success, The Peddler Advantage and Alive Magazine. Many of the pages are on display in the windows of K&B at 312 North Market Street in Paris.

Farrah Gaut, winner of the K-2 division is a second grader at Henry School. Sierra Conn, a Henry County High School (HCHS) art student created the coloring page. Gaut is pictured with Kevin Buie of K& B.

Amelia Watkins, a fourth grader at Paris Elementary School receives her prize package from Brenda Evans of K&B. Watkins won the 3-5 grade division coloring sheet which was drawn by Henry County High School art student Madeline McCarty.

 

Murray State Dedicates Lobby At Lovett Audutorium

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University officially dedicated the Charles and Marlene Johnson Lobby at Lovett Auditorium with a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 5.

The lobby is named after University alumni and longtime supporters Charles, ’56 and Marlene Johnson, ’57, of Carrier Mills, Illinois. 

Charles earned his Bachelor of Science in history at Murray State before becoming an educator and sharing his passion for history with his students. He retired as superintendent of schools from Livingston County, Michigan. In 2013, Charles was awarded the highest honor granted by the Murray State Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Marlene earned her Bachelor of Music Education at Murray State before entering the classroom as a music teacher. She shared her love of music with students for many years and served as a guidance counselor before retiring.

During the couple’s time at Murray State, the Johnson performed among the cast in Campus Lights theatrical productions held each year at Lovett Auditorium. In 2012, they were both recipients of the Golden Horseshoe Award, which honors alumni whose dedication to Murray State has contributed to the continued growth and excellence of the University.

Over the years, the Johnson have generously given many gifts to their alma mater, including an organ for Lovett Auditorium, a grand piano for the Department of Music and gifts to establish the Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Music Faculty Award, the Dr. Charles L. And Marlene Rann Johnson Music Scholarship, the Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Education Faculty Award and the Charles and Marlene Johnson Colloquium Series in support of the Department of Music, the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Additionally, they have made possible extensive renovations in Lovett Auditorium and the installation of the carillon bells that ring through the campus and beyond.

“I’ve had the honor to work with and know the Johnson family for many years,” said University President Dr. Bob Jackson. “They’ve done a lot for Murray State, and we appreciate being able to bestow this dedication to them.”

“Marlene and I are very honored and humbled by this dedication,” Charles said. “We love Murray State and we always enjoy coming back to our alma mater. We wish this University and our new president well and we hope that the growth and vitality of this institution continues through the ages.”

“I’m going to paraphrase a quote on the plaque and a quote from Charles: ‘Our job is to leave this place better than it was when we got here,’” said Dr. David Balthrop, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. “Charles and Marlene Johnson have certainly done that at Murray State University. For that, we are eternally grateful.”

Photo: Murray State University officially dedicated the Charles and Marlene Johnson Lobby at Lovett Auditorium with a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 5. Pictured from left are Murray State University Town & Gown Special Projects Coordinator Carol Brunn, Marlene and Charles Johnson, their daughter Lisa Haston, University President Dr. Bob Jackson and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Director of Development Lucy Love.

Goodwill Ready For Year End Donation Surge

(West Tenn.) Employees have been reallocated to Goodwill’s busiest sites as the nonprofit organization prepares for a surge in donations during the final week of 2019.

Each year from Dec. 26-31, the number of donations to Goodwill of clothing and household goods rises dramatically because people are cleaning out their closets, attics and garages to make room for holiday gifts. Still others are seeking a last-minute tax deduction for charitable giving. In 2018, donations on these six days increased by 46 percent compared to other days of the year.

Goodwill depends on its generous donors and shoppers to fund its mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. Thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in communities across Middle and West Tennessee benefit each year from Goodwill’s free training programs and other services.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when donating to Goodwill:

  • When decluttering your home, consider the One-Year Rule: If you haven’t worn it, used it or played it in one year, it is probably time to donate it.
  • Please remove hangers from clothing.
  • Hours vary by Donation Express Center location. Please only leave donations when an attendant is on duty.
  • Goodwill cannot accept some items, such as household chemicals and older, tube-style televisions. A list of some other items that can and cannot be accepted are on Goodwill’s website.
  • Goodwill’s donation receipt includes a 10 percent off coupon for Goodwill stores.
  • You can track your donations at mygoodwilldonation.org.

There are 60 Donations Express Centers located throughout the 48-county territory, and most are open seven days a week. Locations, hours and much more information can be found online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org. 

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

For more than 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items.  Goodwill's vision is that all people will have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential through the power of work. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

 

President Trump Signs Bill That Gives Troops Biggest Pay Raise In 10 Years

  WASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2019 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

  • “Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This defense bill authorizes the biggest pay raise for troops at Ft. Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington in 10 years, and continues to make research and development of new technologies a priority so our military can deal with new and emerging threats. It also improves housing and increases employment opportunities for military spouses,” Alexander said. “This legislation also, for the first time, provides two months of paid family leave for all federal employees, which Ivanka Trump and the president worked to include in the bill.”
    Alexander continued: “This legislation will also strengthen our national security by supporting important programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge to help modernize and maintain our nuclear weapons arsenal.”
  • The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $738 billion to fund the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, which includes the following priorities:
  • 3.1 percent pay increase for members of the military
  • $23.1 billion for U.S. Department of Energy national security programs, which supports critical work at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
  • Strengthens our national security by authorizing funds for nuclear weapons modernization, replacement of our strategic missile submarines, and environmental cleanup.
  • Provides $1.4 billion above the administration’s request for science, technology and research programs, including over $300 million for hypersonics programs, including programs carried out by the University of Tennessee and at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma.
  • Supports U.S. military forces stationed in Europe to counter Russian aggression.
  • Prohibits transferring detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
  • Supports development of advanced equipment to help ensure the men and women of the armed forces have the tools they need protect American interests abroad and work with our allies to defeat ISIL, al Qaeda, and other violent extremist organizations.
  • Increases employment opportunities for military spouses by supporting the creation of interstate compacts and helping military spouses get re-certified or re-licensed in their occupation if they move to a different state.
  • Reforms the private military housing program so our service members and their families have access to safe and affordable housing and ensures proper oversight of government contractors

 

Kentucky State Police Investigating Possible Road Sign Thefts

Hickory, KY. (December 23, 2019) On Friday, December 20, 2019, the Kentucky Department of Transportation received a tip in reference that some of their signs, identified by property numbers, were being sold at a local business in Graves County. Troopers responded to the business and made contact with the owner who was unaware the signs were stolen. The business owner could not provide receipts of purchase from the previous owner but has been cooperative throughout the investigation.

Kentucky State Police reports a total of 89 road signs were seized from the business. Property numbers on the signs show they belong to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Paducah Public Works, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Kentucky State Police reminds the public it is illegal to remove or deface road signs that are purchased with taxpayer dollars per KRS 189.337(5).

Kentucky State Police is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and and Google Play stores.

 

President Signs Education Bill

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was with President Trump at the White House this week as the president signed into law Alexander’s legislation to provide permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and simplify the complicated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that 20 million families, including 400,000 Tennessee families, fill out every year to qualify for federal student aid. The president has just signed legislation passed by Congress that delivers a big Christmas present to American college students. First – it provides permanent funding for historically black colleges and minority serving institutions. That affects two million students. But second, it simplifies the federal aid application form that 20 million families fill out every year in order to get a Pell grant or student loan. These complicated questions are the biggest roadblock to college for Tennesseans as they try to take advantage of our free two years of college. What we've done is we've said you don't have to give your same tax information to the government twice.  And now all you have to do is just check a box, you give consent to the Secretary of Education to get the answers from the Internal Revenue Service for you to fill out your application. We've simplified the FAFSA, [provided] permanent funding for historically black colleges, 20 million students will benefit, a good Christmas.” – Senator Lamar Alexander

The legislation also has the support of Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Background on the legislation: 

  • Permanently reauthorizes and provides $255 million in annual mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions
  • Is fully paid for by including the FAFSA Act which passed the Senate unanimously last year:
    • Allows providing tax information only once—Students do not have to give their tax information to the federal government twice.
    • Eliminates up to 22 questions—Students give permission to the Department of Education to request tax return data already given to the Internal Revenue Service, which reduces the 108 questions on the FAFSA by up to 22 questions.
    • Eliminates verification nightmare—For most students, eliminates so-called “verification” which is a bureaucratic nightmare that 5.5 million students go through annually to make sure the information they gave to the U.S. Department of Education is exactly the same as they gave to the IRS.
    • Eliminates $6 billion in mistakes—According to the U.S. Department of Education, helps taxpayers by eliminating up to $6 billion each year in mistakes (both overpayments and underpayments) in Pell grants and student loans.
    • Enables 7 million applicants who are currently unable to access their IRS data for their FAFSA to verify that they do not file taxes without requesting separate documentation from the IRS
    • Streamlines income-driven repayment by eliminating burdensome annual paperwork for 7.7 million federal student loan borrowers on income-driven plans
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, the FAFSA Act saves taxpayers $2.8 billion over ten years which will be used to pay for the permanent funding for HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions.

Mayfield Man Arrested in Connection with Identity Thefts

Mayfield,Ky- (December 23, 2019) – Kentucky State Police have arrested Chester Riley, 33, of Mayfield, KY. Riley is the suspect in an investigation into multiple identity thefts in the Marshall, McCracken, and Graves county areas. Kentucky State Police Detective Michael Robichaud and Trooper Austin Ramage obtained warrants for Riley’s arrest after a two month long investigation. Riley is accused of using personal information from various individuals to apply for lines of credit, make purchases, and of accessing online accounts of his victims without their consent.

Riley was located in Mayfield, KY. When arrested Riley was in possession of multiple items containing personal information of both known and unknown victims. Riley was also found to be in possession of over one half gram of suspected Methamphetamine.

Riley was charged with four counts of Theft of Identity without Consent (Class D Felony), one count of Unlawful Use of a Computer 4th degree (Class B Misdemeanor), and one count of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card u/$500 (Class A Misdemeanor) out of Marshall County.

Riley was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Offense – Methamphetamine (Class D Felony) out of Graves County.

There are other charges pending against Riley out of McCracken County.

The investigation into multiple KSP cases are continuing by Detective Michael Robichaud, Tpr. William Propes, Tpr. Cody Jackson, and Tpr. Austin Ramage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

 

MSU Nonprofit Leadership Studies Class Awards Grant Money To CASA

Murray, Ky. ​— This year, CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were the co-recipients of a $3,000 grant awarded by Murray State University’s nonprofit leadership class taught by Dr. Kelly Rogers.

CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were recognized during a presentation at the Murray State University men’s basketball game at the CFSB Center on Dec. 7. The evening began with a pre-game reception held in honor of the recipient organizations at the Hall of Benefactors in Heritage Hall.

At CASA by the Lakes, community volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court system, providing much needed stability. Learn more at ​casabythelakes.org​.

"We are very appreciative and we always love working with the Murray State University students. They make the process very enjoyable and they seem very sincere in wanting to give back to the community,” said Angelia Boyd, executive director of CASA by the Lakes.

Based in Murray, Kentucky, Soup for the Soul provides daily meals for the hungry while offering several community service programs. Learn more at ​soup4thesoul.org​.

“Soup for the Soul was delighted to be considered and awarded the NLS grant,” said Noraa Ransey, who accepted the award on behalf of the nonprofit. “The reception provided our program with many possible volunteer connections as well as other nonprofit partners. This grant, and the professionalism and hard work of the nonprofit leadership class, will be a positive impact on families that may need a little extra help.”

Each year, Rogers’ NLS 305 class bestows this award to a local nonprofit organization by immersing themselves not only in textbook learning, but also investing in a hands-on approach to grant writing. The students learn how an actual nonprofit organization operates through research, collaboration and evaluation of each received grant proposal.

“This class has helped shape their understanding of grant making and philanthropy in general,” Rogers said. “It will also help our students as future nonprofit leaders when they apply for grants.”

Murray State University student Gavin Posey, a senior organizational communication major and nonprofit leadership studies minor from Paducah, Kentucky, said the process has been incredibly rewarding and educational.

“Our class used the whole semester to learn about the history of the nonprofit system in the United States, the true meaning of philanthropy and our own nonprofit sector in Murray-Calloway County,” Posey said. “As students, we were able to gain first-hand experiences because we had control of our own processes. The grant application was ultimately created and modified by us students, we arranged for site visits and we selected the two grant recipients based upon what was learned throughout the entire fall semester.

“I'm excited to see the results of the grants both CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul will bring to the community. Both nonprofits will create interpersonal benefits to the Murray-Calloway County area as a result of the Giving Back Endowment. Both organizations have thrived in this region for a number of years — another reason our class was confident in the decision to award them grant monies.”

Dr. Bob Long, visiting distinguished professor of nonprofit leadership studies, and his wife Patricia, created the Giving Back Endowment that funds the grant for the course.

“The Giving Back Endowment is dedicated to celebrating and advancing the missions of the nonprofit organization receiving the award, while strengthening the capacity of the students to have meaningful impacts in the real world,” Long said. “Patricia and I are very proud that both outcomes will carry on forever through the endowment.”

About Murray State University ​ : ​Murray State University provides opportunities for students through a high-quality education with experiential learning, academic and personal growth and the ability to secure a lifetime of success. Since 1922, the true value of higher education has been found at Murray State University, where our commitment is to develop leaders in the community, the country and the world. The University’s main campus is located in Murray, Ky., and includes five
regional campuses. For more information about Murray State University, please visit murraystate.edu​.


Photo: This year, CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were the co-recipients of a $3,000 grant awarded by Murray State University’s nonprofit leadership class taught by Dr. Kelly Rogers.



The two nonprofits were recognized during a presentation at the Murray State University men’s basketball game at the CFSB Center on Dec. 7. Holding the leftmost check are, from left, Soup for the Soul board members Michael Basile and Noraa Ransey. Holding the right check are, from left, Casa by the Lakes Board of Directors Chair Dr. Katy Hancock and class member Gavin Posey.

 

Tennessee County Health Departments Now Offering Free Flu Vaccine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The flu vaccine is now being offered at no charge to patients at Tennessee’s county health department clinics as long as supplies last. Seasonal influenza is now widespread across Tennessee, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot!

‘’I urge anyone who has not received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible,’’ said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. ‘’It’s extremely important for young children, the elderly and pregnant women to receive a flu vaccine because they are at the most serious risk for illness or death from influenza.”

Vaccine supplies will vary from county to county, so contact your local health department for information on getting a flu vaccine. To find a county health department near you, visit www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html. In addition to health department clinics run by TDH across the state, free flu vaccine is also available now at the Shelby County Health Department in Memphis and the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville.
After getting the flu vaccine, it’s still important to wash your hands with soapy water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers and cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue to help prevent the spread of illness. People who are sick should stay home to recover and to prevent spreading illness to co-workers, friends and others.

Learn more about preventing seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/index.html.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.


Police Reports From HCSO And PPD

Paris, Tenn.- HCSO responded to Bailey Rd, home of Kenny Allen, in reference to a complaint of theft by Jessie Pewitt, owner of Pewitt Masonry. Allen works for Pewitt Masonry and drives one of their work trucks home each night. When Allen arrived for work the level in the back window of the truck was broken and a large Craftsman toolbox full of tools was missing.The tool box and tools were valued at $700. Allen stated he believes the truck was left unlocked the night before. This case has been turned over to CID.

Deputy Haley French responded to a traffic stop initiated by Sgt Bruce Alexander. Sgt. Alexander had stopped a vehicle speeding through a school zone doing 65mph in a 35mph. When Sgt. Alexander approached the driver, Veronica Emrich, he detected the odor of marijuauna coming from the car. Consent was asked and given to search the vehicle. Deputy French retrieved her K9, Xoey from the car and walked her around the vehicle. Xoey alerted the officers to the driver’s side door. A Red Bull can was found in the middle console. It had been altered and a green, leafy substance was inside. It did field test positive for marijuana. The passenger, Kyler Bennett did admit ownership of the 15 grams of marijuana and was cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug. Emrich was given a warning citation for speeding in a school zone.

Other arrests by the HCSO include (12/22/19)-Paul Kellog of Paris for Violation of Order of Protection and theft of property over $1000.(12/22/19)- Jeff Townsend of Paris for financial exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person. His bond was set at $375,000.(12/21/19)- Bahram Nazi of Paris for four counts of Forgery,(12/21/19)- David Browner of Mansfield for DUI 1st, and implied consent. Bond set at $1500.(12/21/19)- Justin Smith of Murray for Speeding, driving on a revoked driver license, and financial responsibility.

Paris Police Department

On 12/19/19 Lt. Josh Frey and Patrolman Steven Dean responded to Trolingers in reference to a fight in the back parking lot with one subject in possession of a bat. When they arrived they noticed two subjects in front of an RV. Lt. Frey spoke with Robert Mercer of Buchanan, while Patrolman Dean spoke with the other subject, Keith Gillespie. Apparently they are brothers and Gillespie has pending charges in Henry County for theft from Mercer’s home. Mr. Gillespie had gotten out of jail and that fact really upset Mercer. Mercer found Gillespie at Trolingers and meant to speak his mind to him. When Mercer arrived Gillespie got out of his RV with a bat and Mercer backed off. Gillespie informed Patrolman Dean that he received a call from Mercer saying he was coming to kick his butt, so when Mercer arrived he feared for his safety and grabbed the bat for protection. Gillespie did have an odor of alcoholic beverage about him and did admit to drinking. An open beer can was visible inside the RV. Due to prior incidents, ADA Gerald Campbell was called and briefed on the case. Lt. Frey was informed to charge Gillespie with public intoxication and Mercer was cited with Criminal Trespass.

On 12/20/19 Lt. Michael Ramos responded to Pocket’s on Tyson Ave in reference to a subject they wanted banned from the store. When Lt. Ramos arrived, he spoke with the store manager, Angela Powell, who advised that a male subject currently in the restroom, had entered the store on 12/16/19 at approximately 1:30am and shoplifted throughout that night. Powell wanted the subject banned from the store and charged with shoplifting. Powell revealed video surveillance of the male subject identified as Randy Thomas of Buchanan, shoplifting several items from the front counter. Items stolen were a pair of wireless ear buds valued at $29.99, a pair of Beanie gloves valued at $6.99, and a flashlight valued at $7.99. Thomas was served with a No Trespass directive and advised that a warrant would be issued for his arrest. A theft warrant was issued on Randy Thomas on 12/21/19.

On 12/20/19 Patrolman Amber Roaten and Lt. Michael Ramos responded to JMC Firearms in reference to a theft. One of the employees stated he had received a call from Austin Evans saying his friend had stolen a gun while they were in the store earlier in the day. Inspection of the video surveillance revealed a white male, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20’s,  reaching behind the case and taking a pistol then placing it in his coat pocket. The pistol was a black Beretta 32 caliber worth $366. The subjects left the store in a red Ford F150 extended cab truck. As the officers  were leaving the store they responded to a call of an unruly 19 year old at Green Acres Dr. destroying the house. When they arrived, they noticed a red Ford F150 truck that matched the description given at JMC. Inside they did observe the unruly male in the same clothing as seen in the surveillance video at JMC Firearms store and was identified as Ethan Hammond. Hammond had come home intoxicated and was told he could not use the truck which belonged to his grandfather, Don Sims. Sims stated Hammond became upset, so Sims  went out to the truck and took the keys. Hammond stabbed a knife through the middle console and broke out the back window of the truck, then went into his room and started breaking glass items. Hammond did have the stolen gun on his person when he was searched due to arrest. The firearm was returned to JMC and Hammond was charged with Theft and Domestic Assault. Bond set at $5000.

A report of theft was taken at City Hall from Brett Mabbott. Mabbott stated his red 6.5 x 10 Tilt Utility trailer was missing. He believes the trailer was taken some time between December 1st and 7th while he was on vacation. The trailer is valued at $500. It was mentioned at the time of the report that Mabbott’s daughter, Telsa Mabbott said she had loaned it out to a friend by the name of Jimmy Austin to help him move to Camden. Austin has not been contacted at this time.

2019 Christmas/New Year Closings

THE CITY OF PARIS PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th.  THEY WILL RE-OPEN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TRASH PICK UP WILL BE ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26th AND THURSDAY TRASH PICK UP WILL BE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27th.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR TRASH OUT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY BY 7 AM.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020.

WEDNESDAY TRASH PICK UP WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2nd.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR TRASH OUT BY 7 AM ON THURSDAY JANUARY 2nd

THE LANDFILL WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 24th AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th AND WILL RE-OPEN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 AT 7:00 A.M.  THEY WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 7:00 A.M.

THE ANIMAL SHELTER WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th AND WILL RE-OPEN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 AT 11:30 A.M. THEY WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 11:30 A.M.

PARIS CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 AT 7:30 A.M. THEY WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 7:30 A.M.

PARIS CIVIC CENTER WILL BE CLOSING AT 4:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th AND WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th.  THE CIVIC CENTER WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2019 AT 6:00 A.M.  THEY WILL ALSO BE CLOSING AT 4:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2020.  THE CIVIC CENTER WILL RE-OPEN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020 AT 6:00 A.M.

 

Eiffel Tower Lights

  Paris, Tenn.--Looking for a place sure to get you in the Christmas spirit? Look no further than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which will be lit up in with its Christmas lights beginning tonight and through the holiday. The 60' Eiffel Tower is the city of Paris' premiere tourist attraction, located in Eiffel Tower Park off of Volunteer Drive. (Kim Foster photo).  

Blankets For Kids

 Paris, Tenn.--This Christmas every child in the Paris Special Schools District got the gift of a blanket, thanks to local businesses and citizens who came together to make this generous donation.  The businesses and citizens--who want to remain anonymous--came together to play secret Santa for every child at Rhea, Paris Elementary and Inman Schools who received new blankets. Kids were so happy with their gifts that many stayed wrapped in their blankets the rest of the school day and many parents have commented that their children and their blanket have been inseparable at home, too.  Sara Beth Patterson, in photo, enjoyed hers so much she didn't want to stop snuggling. (Kim Patterson photo).  

American Red Cross

During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. However, a patient’s need for lifesaving treatment doesn’t take a vacation or stop for nasty weather. Blood and platelets are needed every day for those receiving treatment for cancer and leukemia, accident and burn victims and surgical patients, among others.

As a special thank you for being the lifeline for patients this holiday season, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Jan. 5 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

How to donate blood- Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

TN Rep. Griffey Files Resolution Calling for Election of TN Attorney General

Nashville, Tenn.- On Wednesday, TN House member Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) filed House Joint Resolution 657, calling for the Tennessee Attorney General to be an elected instead of an appointed position. Presently, the TN Attorney General is appointed to an eight (8) year term by the 5 Tennessee Supreme Court Justices, who are themselves appointed by the Governor. HJR 657 not only calls for the Attorney General to be elected by popular vote, but also cuts the Attorney General's term from 8 years to 4 years.


"In 43 other states across the United States, the attorney general is elected by popular vote, and, in all of these states (except Vermont where the term is 2 years), the attorney general is elected to a 4 year term," explained Griffey. "The problem in Tennessee is not only the lengthy 8 year term, but also the fact that the Tennessee Attorney General is appointed by the very body before which he appears and brings cases for decision - the Tennessee Supreme Court. In my opinion, this presents a major conflict of interest," Griffey stated.

"Moreover, public election makes the Attorney General more accountable to the majority of Tennesseans other than just to a select few - 5 to be exact. The Attorney General is essentially 2 steps removed from Tennessee voters because the Tennessee Supreme Court appoints the Attorney General, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the Governor. An elected Attorney General would be directly answerable to the voters. So, for example, when the majority of Tennesseans were against refugee resettlement and the Tennessee General Assembly passed a resolution to sue the federal government over it and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery refused to file the lawsuit, an election would have required the Tennessee Attorney General to answer to the opinion of the voters when they walked into the voting booth. As another example, when Attorney General Slatery pulled out of efforts being made by a group of 10 state attorneys general to challenge the Obama-era DACA policy in litigation, if he was an elected official, he would have been accountable to Tennessee voters for that decision as well," noted Griffey.

"State attorneys general are often referred to as the 'people's lawyers', and, ultimately, it should be the people who select them. It is just common sense and the right thing to do," concluded Griffey.

 

HCMC Teaming Up With Henry County Farm Bureau

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street, Paris.

On Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 8:30am to 10:30am

Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Blood Pressures, and Osteoporosis Screenings will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol & Full Lipid Panel Tests will be offered for $10.Results will be available at the time of the screening.

Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result

Please make plans to attend.

 

Inman Middle School Attendance Awards from HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- HCMC is our partner in education, and they donate Walmart gift cards for perfect attendance. The 3rd 6 weeks perfect attendance awards from the drawing are as follows-winners this time are Left to Right: Emma James, Angelica Adams, Ada Guo, Aubreigh Berry, Kelly Winston (representing HCMC), Jayla Boutwell, Laurel French

Special Performance At The KPAC

Paris, Tenn.--Country crooner T. G. Sheppard joins the legendary Ronnie McDowell and Amber Hayes at Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth with a special performance at 7 p.m. January 10.

The night will be packed with timeless hits as the three entertainers have combined for 85 charted records, 43 top ten hits and 23 number ones!  Its a step back into the memories of cherished songs and amazing brand-new songs as well! Also performing will be the quartet, Mark 209.

T.G. Sheppard is one of the most popular touring country music artists today with chart-topping hits like "Last Cheaters Waltz," "I Loved 'Em Everyone," "Do You Wanna Go To Heaven," and "Party Time."

Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again.

Country artist Amber Hayes grew up idolizing multi-talented female entertainers like Dolly and Reba, and now follows a similar path as a singer, songwriter, and actress on stage and film.

Standard Reserved Seating is $49 and Premier Reserved is $59.  Get you tickets now at Paris Civic Center, online at BrownPaperTickets.com, or by calling 800-838-3006.  Want Premier and sold-out online?  Call Rhonda at Paris Civic Center - 731-644-2517.  Click the link below to purchase now from BrownPaperTickets.

 

KSP Requesting Public's Help in Locating Stolen Vehicle and Trailer 

Kuttawa, KY- December 20, 2019) – The Kentucky State Police are requesting the public's assistance in locating a pickup truck and a pull-behind trailer that were stolen off of State Route 93 North, in the Kuttawa community of Lyon County. Sometime during the night on Friday, December 6th, 2019, a silver 2011 Chevrolet 2500 HD pickup truck with an attached black 16 foot BuiltRite trailer, mounted with a black tool box, were stolen from a barn on a residential property. Loaded on the trailer was a maroon Gutter machine. Troopers have investigated several leads, but are asking for any information on the whereabouts of the pickup truck and trailer, or any information regarding who may be responsible for the theft.

The investigation continues by Trooper Derek Scott. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721, or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

 

Two-Car Head-on Collision in Cottage Grove Takes The Life of Mayfield Woman

Cottage Grove, Tenn.--A Mayfield woman was killed and a passenger airlifted to Vanderbilt following a two-car head-on collision Thursday on Hwy. 69N near Walker Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Jammie L. Mills, age 41, was pronounced dead at Henry County Medical Center. An unnamed passenger in her vehicle was airlifted from the scene.

A couple from Cottage Grove, John P. Jasper, age 71, and Debra Jasper, age 64, were in the other vehicle involved in the collision. Driver John Jasper received medical attention at the scene.

According to the report released Friday morning by Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Brad Wilbanks, Mills was northbound in a 2010 Ford Ranger on Hwy. 69 and the 2014 Ford Escape driven by Jasper was southbound.

Mills attempted to negotiate the right hand curve and crossed completely into the ongoing lane.  Both vehicles met in the curve and struck head-on in the southbound lane. Mills' vehicle exited the western edge of the roadway after the collision and rolled and the driver was ejected.

Jasper's vehicle came to rest facing west partially in the northbound lane.

The report indicates that Mills was not wearing a seatbelt and the Jasper couple were both wearing their seatbelts.

The accident is still under investigation by the THP.

BPU New Website

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The Paris Board of Public Utility’s new website was unveiled officially at Thursday morning’s meeting and General Manager Terry Wimberley described it as “user friendly and looks modern” and provides BPU customers the opportunity “to do business with us they way they want to.”

BPU Communications and Marketing Specialist Meagan Hart designed the website’s new look and Wimberley said that was one of the main reasons she was hired last February. “She certainly has the skills in that area and the work she has done to rebuild the website has mostly been done in-house which is a cost savings to us. This was needed for some time. We can better control our message and we can update information for our customers immediately by having someone in-house in charge.”

In presenting the new website to the board members, Hart noted that more and more nowadays the public wants to do its BPU business online and the new site accommodates that. “More and more the only point of contact with us by the public is online,” she said. The new design makes it faster for the public to receive their information online and is “effective, easy to use and user-friendly,” she said.

BPU customers can easily make payments online and receive updated information on outages, but also have access to the multiple programs available to the public.

Hart said outages can be reported with the BPU app, but not yet online. “That is something I’m working on now,” she said.

Thursday’s meeting was begun with a prayer for WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks, who died Saturday. Wimberley said, “Tim covered our beat for many years and we much appreciated him,” he said.

In other business:

--The board approved the bid by Security Bank for the main electric general account for calendar year 2020.

Three bids were received: Security Bank, 1.82 percent with no monthly service fee; Commercial Bank, 1.87 percent with a $900 monthly service fee; and First Bank, 1.5 percent with a $900 monthly service fee.

BPU Business Manager Charlie West said the $900 monthly service fee made the difference between accepting the Security Bank and Commercial Bank’s bids.

Photo: Meagan Hart shows the new website to board members. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

Tennessee Keeps Door Open To Refugees

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Tennessee’s Republican governor Bill Lee announced that he would keep the state’s doors open to refugees, another powerful example of states and localities standing up for a different vision that the Trump/Stephen Miller effort to slam the door in the face of refugees.
 
Calling Tennessee a “shining beacon of freedom and opportunity for the persecuted and oppressed,” Governor Lee said his decision to continue to welcome refugees is initially valid for a year. Lee’s decision comes after the local governments of Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis made it clear they wanted to continue accepting refugees.
 
According to Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America's Voice, “The heartening announcement from Tennessee is a welcome contrast to the restrictions promoted by the Trump administration. It’s also a reminder that in this era of partisanship and partisan divides over immigration, standing up for local communities and their refugees and immigrants remains possible and a powerful example of a different vision for our country. We thank Gov. Bill Lee for doing the right thing and the hard work and testimony of civic, faith, and advocacy leaders, including those from Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Catholic Charities of Tennessee’s Office for Refugees.”
 
The Tennessee news follows the pro-refugee announcements from deeply Republican North Dakota, where Burleigh County voted to continue to accept refugees after hours of impassioned testimonies on North Dakota’s long history of welcoming immigrants. Also read this recent Minneapolis Star-Tribune editorial, “Minnesota’s Doors, Hearts Remain Open to Refugees,” highlighting some of the powerful pro-refugee sentiment in Minnesota and neighboring North Dakota.
 

HCMC Spreads Christmas Cheer To December Babies

Paris, TN – Catherine Langley, new mother to Jesse Wayne, was able to take her baby home in a Christmas stocking made with love by members of the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary. The Auxiliary’s tradition is to make a Christmas stocking for each baby born in the month of December at Henry County Medical Center.

Additionally, the Paris Q.U.I.L.T Guild makes quilts and delivers the quilts to the hospital and then the nurses and staff distribute the quilts to the new babies and their families along with the stockings.

Each stocking is handmade by various members of the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary. The stocking is made large enough so each baby may be photographed inside. It is a project that the group has been doing for several years now to celebrate the season.

“He looks so cute,” says Langley as photos were taken of her newborn son, Jesse.

HCMC is excited and honored to be able to spread Christmas cheer to families who deliver at HCMC and can’t wait to give them to many more newborn babies during the month of December.

The Quilters Uniting in Lasting Traditions Guild is a “group of talented quilters that love to share our creations.”  The guild meets once a month to share their projects and has a membership of both beginners and experienced quilters. The guild’s goal is to make quilts for the babies that are born at Henry County Medical Center. 

HCMC Auxiliary volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to the community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings providing an extra dimension of care to our patients and families.  Volunteers are a vital part of HCMC with more than 40 volunteers currently serving across the organization. 

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at HCMC, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Paige Malone, at 731-644-8267.

Safe Baby Court

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–Henry County Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder announced Wednesday that Henry County has received a $100,000 grant to begin Safe Baby Court and is one of just five counties to receive the grant.

Henry County Safe Baby Court Coordinator Drennan Mayberry explained, “Safe Baby Court (SBC) is a new approach to dependent and neglect cases with Department of Children Service (DCS) involvement. Each SBC case must involve at least one child in the family who is 36 months of age or younger. SBC is designed to provide wrap-around support services to families with parents who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues.”

The primary goal is to reduce the time to permanency for these young children and get them in a safe, stable environment and, hopefully, reunited with their birth parents, he said.

“Parents must volunteer to be in SBC much like drug treatment courts. SBC looks to reduce reoccurrences of maltreatment and reduce the traumatic effects of brain development in this tender age. Each case will have a team which includes the SBC Coordinator, DCS staff, behavioral health providers, a CASA advocate, attorneys, and the Juvenile Court Judge,” he said.

Henry County CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocates and there are now several people who volunteer for the CASA program.

CASA issued a statement Wednesday saying the local volunteers are “so very proud to be part of Safe Baby Court in our county. A big “thank you” to Senator Haile from TN’s 18th District for initiating this special program in our state and congratulations to Judge Vicki Snyder for her hard work and dedication in bringing this opportunity to Henry County. We are truly blessed.”

Drennan explained the grant allows the Henry County court “to have up to 20 cases/families at any given time. Our first year we are going to max out at 10 cases; we want to start off on the right foot and make sure we are doing things the right way. We want to give these children the best attention and services we can.”

Senator Ferrell Haile was on hand for the presentation.

Photo: From left, Senator Haile, Judge Snyder, Drennan Mayberry. (Dora Warner photo).

 

                                                 

McKenzie's Mitchum Signs With Kansas State

 

Name: Witt Mitchum
Position: Offensive Tackle

Other Offers: Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia Southern, Kansas, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, Rice


McKenzie, Tenn.-The day was essentially over. Just 30 minutes from the calendar flipping to the next day, the start of the early signing period, Kansas State landed another piece to its 2020 recruiting class when offensive tackle Witt Mitchum from McKenzie High School in McKenzie, TN announced his commitment to the Wildcats.
And for fans that follow recruiting, it’s a rather new name even for them. The offer from K-State came just last Monday and he quickly made it to Manhattan for his official visit. From there, it was just a matter of time, it appears.
The commitment comes as a massive get for K-State and offensive line coach Conor Riley that desperately needed to land a true tackle in the class. The Wildcats lose all five starting offensive linemen from this year’s squad and don’t have much coming in as far as tackles.
As for what to expect from Mitchum’s game? GoPowercat recruiting analyst Ryan Wallace wrote this late Tuesday night when Mitchum’s commitment came in.
“Bullish as (it) may sound for someone I've never seen before, what Mitchum showcases on film is simply that impressive,” Wallace wrote. “Dare I say, he looks like the best small school lineman K-State has secured since a prospect came out of tiny Wiggins, Colo. by the name of Dalton Risner. Although, even Risner had some recruiting credibility behind his name by the time he arrived on campus as a freshman.”
“And I know there's going to be a learning curve for the position, and I also know that the adjustments he'll have to make with regards to competition level and his own physical stature at just 250-pounds... but just look at what he does for someone with his frame.”

 

Easton's Angels Donate Rocking Chairs To Special Care Nursery At HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Easton’s Angels, a non-profit organization in Henry County dedicated to lending aid to families of children who have fallen victim to a life-altering illness, recently donated rocking chairs to our new Special Care Nursery at HCMC Women’s Center to help family members and babies have the ability to provide nurture and comfort when babies can’t go home yet from the hospital after birth.

“When mothers visit their babies in the nursery, they can hold them and rock them, increasing their bonding experience and, hopefully, their comfort,” said Rhonda Crossett, Director of HCMC Women’s Center.  “We cannot create a home environment in the Special Care Nursery, but we want our families to fell at ease visiting their newborn.  Thanks to Easton’s Angels and their donation of rocking chairs, we can do just that.” Rocking or using movement is one of the most common ways to get newborn babies to sleep. We naturally cuddle and rock babies when they are upset, plus babies are used to constant movement when inside the womb.  Rocking is nurturing for a newborn, and when a newborn is born early, that nurturing is needed even more.

Brittney Cacciola Green, a native of Paris and a partner at HCMC Home Health & Hospice, founded Easton’s Angels after the loss of her son, Easton, after 130 days from a life altering illness.  His life made such an impact on Green and her family that she wanted to establish a non-profit in his memory.  Easton’s Angels is there to provide families with financial support by giving gas cards, restaurant vouchers, helping with medical expenses as well as by taking meals to the family.  Many families have to travel back and forth to such places like LeBonheur or Vanderbilt and create financial stress along with emotional stress for the families. 

Additionally, in the case of a death, the non-profit will assist with funeral expenses, flowers for the funeral, the headstone and even grief counseling for the family.  Recently, Green was a speaker at the HCMC Little Black Dress Event in September and shared her story, helping to raise funds for bereavement kits for the HCMC Women’s Center for the loss of any newborn at HCMC.  You can watch her story on our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBybUMDNqZw

“We have been blessed by the community to help others in need, and for us that includes, the Special Care Nursery/ NICU at HCMC,” said Green. “This is the first place that these babies and families are brought to, so we want to continue providing items and pieces of equipment to make each family and child feel welcome and taken care of. We will strive to meet the needs of the nursery, so that every baby can receive the utmost care.” 

The HCMC Women’s Center is state-of-the-art in the birthing experience. From pre-natal to post-natal, we will meet your needs:

  • Individual labor support
  • Breast feeding support
  • Infant security
  • Centralized monitoring of mother in labor
  • Private birthing/after births rooms and Jacuzzi-tubs
  • Special gifts and baby billboard announcement
  • Family friendly environment
  • After surgery care

The Women’s Center also offers gynecological surgery post-op care to women.  And, HCMC now offers a Special Care Nursery and neonatology services through PedforAll.

For more information on our services as well as the OB/GYNs at HCMC, check out our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or call us 731-644-3463.

2019 people's Choice Award

Paris, Tenn.- 2019 People's Choice Award goes to "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" by Mockingbird Catering. Congratulations from the Downtown Paris Association.

Paris Police And HCSO Reports

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris Police Department Sgt Tony Hutcherson responded to a call of vandalism at Memorial Dr. After speaking with the complaintant, Tia Conger, it seems overnight, someone had keyed her car all over and keyed a deragotory remark on the hood and trunk areas. No suspect is known at this time.

Another report of vandalism was taken at E. Blythe St. by Cpl. Jeff Smith. Sometime over the previous night, an unknown person had broken out a window in the front of the residence. It was unclear if entry had been made into the home, but the owner stated nothing appeared to be missing at this time.

Enterprise Car Rental reported a handgun had been left in one of their rental vehicles. While cleaning out the car, a North American Arms 22 magnum handgun had been found under the passenger seat of the car. The handgun was not stolen and revealed to belong to the last renter of the vehicle Kimberly Owens. Owens apologized for leaving the gun in the car and informed the officer she would retrieve it from City Hall at a later time.

Patrolman Steven Dean Jr. responded to the McDonalds on Mineral Wells in reference to a white 2001 Lexus sedan sitting in the drive thru while the driver was asleep at the wheel. Upon contact Officer Dean noticed the vehicle was still in drive, and made several attempts to wake the driver, identified as Daniel Partain of Paris. While speaking with Partain, Officer Dean detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Partain admitted to have been drinking alcohol, failed the field sobriety testing, and was arrested for Driving under the Influence.

Henry County Sheriff’s Officer William Whitaker observed a reckless driver inbound on Hwy 54 today. As he proceeded to follow the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop, he observed said vehicle crossing over the center line multiple times. The traffic stop was conducted at the Cash Saver and contact made with the driver, Paige Lagrone. She was unable to provide proof of insurance, and the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Lagrone handed over a small baggie of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Citations were issued for Simple possession of a schedule six drug, Failure to maintain lane, and financial responsibility.

On Wednesday afternoon, Sgt Blake Jenkins was on Hwy 79North and observed a vehicle coming out from Lakewood School parking lot with smoke behind it. Sgt Jenkins conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and asked the driver, David Virva of Paris, what he had been doing in the parking lot of the school? Virva stated he had been doing a burnout in front of his passenger’s girlfriend who was there cleaning. After running his driver license, it was found that Virva  was suspended for Failure to satisfy. Virva was arrested and taken to the HCSO jail.

 

National Boxing Champion Of Henry County

Paris, Tenn.–Paris Downtown Boxing’s Cam’ron Patton is a National Boxing Champion and is now qualified to attend the Olympic Training Camp in Colorado and travel internationally for the USA.
Patton and Coach Derik Moon attended the week-long 2019 USA Boxing Youth National Championships and Junior Open in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The 176+  bracket consisted of three young men that previously competed in Qualifying tournaments throughout the year in order to fight at the National level.
Patton fought Quincy Harris from South Euclid, Ohio to clench the National Title in a unanimous decision.
The boxers that were victorious in international weight divisions earned the opportunity onto their first high performance team as well as attending attend high performance training camps at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and represent Team USA in international competition.
Patton will be attending the Olympic Training Camp in the Spring of 2020.
Coach Derik Moon wants everyone in Henry County to know how appreciative both he and Cam’ron are of all the support shown throughout the year.  Moon is excited that “Cam’ron is Henry County’s shot at an Olympic Athlete. Our goal is to qualify for the 2024 Paris, France Olympic Games.”

 

Inman Middle School Holiday Food Drive

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Inman Middle School of the Paris Special School District ended their Holiday Food Drive.

The sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed to see who could contribute the most food to the Paris, Henry County Food Bank.

The school collected 3,223 food items.

The top contributors were;

Ms. Emma Mayo’s 6th grade class, #1 with 882 items,

Ms. Landa Elizondo’s 6th grade class, #2 with 629 food items and

Ms. Lori McClain’s 7th grade class, #3 with 237.

 

All three classes will receive a pizza party sponsored by the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Food Bank.

Pictured is Ms. Mayo’s winning class, Paris Police and Paris Public Works.Photo by C. Elizondo

 

HCMC's Volunteer Auxillary Donates Winter Wear To Family Resource Center

Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary collected winter wear for the Henry County Family Resource Center during the month of December. The Auxiliary collected warm hats, gloves, scarves, and socks.

With the help of donations made by Auxiliary members, HCMC partners, and community members, they were able to donate nearly 75 items to the Henry County Family Resource Center.

 “It warmed my heart to see so many bring in donations,” said Paige Malone, Volunteer Coordinator. “Our hope is that our donation helps keep Henry County warm this winter and we look forward to doing this drive again next year.”

The Volunteer Auxiliary at Henry County Medical Center is comprised of nearly 50 volunteers that serve across the organization. Auxiliary volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings. Our volunteers come from unique backgrounds and share the common interest in helping others.

To learn how you can become a part of the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary, contact Malone at 731-644-8267 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org to learn more.

 

Tuesday Night's Basketball Scores

The Henry County Patriots Girls basketball team played a fierce game against Huntingdon on Tuesday night but weren’t quite able to score enough with Huntingdon winning the game 58 to 52. The Patriot Boys team played an exciting game against Huntingdon as well winning theirs 62-43.

The McKenzie Rebels Girls basketball team triumphed over Peabody with a win of 53-45. The Rebel Boys pounded the competition with a striking win of 68-34 against Peabody.

Admissions To Morningside Of Paris Suspended

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP has suspended new admissions of residents to Morningside of Paris effective Dec. 11, 2019. Piercey has also imposed four state civil monetary penalties for a total amount of $10,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

Morningside of Paris, an 84-bed assisted care living facility located at 350 Volunteer Drive in Paris, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint survey conducted Sept. 17 through Oct. 10, 2019 and an annual survey conducted Nov. 4 through Nov. 6, 2019. The investigation was completed Nov. 6. During the inspection, surveyors found violations of the following standards:  oversight of medical services; ability and readiness to intervene if crises arise; safety and resident plans of care. 

The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to an assisted care living facility when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen. 

The assisted care living facility has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge. 

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

The Henry County Swim Team

Murray, Ky-The Henry County Swim team competed Saturday in the Murray Invitational against seven other schools from around West Kentucky. Both the girls and boys placed third overall. Juniors Hunter Lawrence and Emma Hill won both of their events. Emma Hill got her third qualifying time for State in the 100 free. Shelby Summers, Caleb Cain and Will Wardlaw also did well, placing second in at least one of their events that they swam. The swim team will be off until January 4th, when they return to action at the Murray Winter Blast.

 

Atkins-Porter Botanical Garden

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--Despite a heavy downpour Monday morning, a good-sized crowd was on hand for the dedication of the Atkins-Porter Botanical Garden, the first in Paris. The garden is located at 311 Jackson Street and is an ongoing project of the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association.

The garden includes a variety of trees and plants, bricked walkways, a pavilion, benches, fencing, power and water.

In 2016, the Neighborhood Association purchased a dilapidated structure on the site and with neighbors' contributions and in partnership with the City’s Preserve Paris Program, the structure was removed.

Association President Rachel Terrell said the project represents the first time a local neighborhood has worked with the city on the this type of project.

City Manager Kim Foster said, "I brag on this group all the time. This group saw a problem in the neighborhood and put their money where their mouth was. The city is thrilled to be a part of that. Kudos and hip, hip hooray. You guys did it. You saw a problem, had a vision and did something."

Paris Vice Mayor Jackie Jones, who grew up in the Atkins-Porter Neighborhood, said, "This is a labor of love. Three years ago, when we were standing here watching the track hoe tearing the house down on this property, I thought this would just stay a vacant lot. I've never been so glad to be wrong. You've shown what a neighborhood can do."

The USDA contributed funds to get the project going and Terrell noted, "The USDA has opened our eyes to how much that organization does."

Joel Howard of the USDA noted, "We provided a small amount of seed money for your pavilion and your fencing and the rest was done with your labor." He noted the USDA regional office represents nine counties "and Paris is probably the most progressive community in our area."

Other agencies helping with the creation of the park included the Downtown Paris Association and BPU. The Association members also raised money through Helping Hand.

River Byrd has chaired the committee in charge of the project and he thanked all the volunteers who contributed and worked to create the garden. He noted a fundraiser for the project was the purchase of trees that were dedicated in memory of several local people: Gaines Hedges, Walt Peterson, Bill and Frances Wright, John and Ann Myers and Randy Bucy.

Although the original concept was for a community park, the Association soon found that it had an opportunity to create an educational venue to teach neighbors and the community about one of the neighborhood’s greatest assets, its plant life.

Most of the garden’s variety of plantings are native to the area. Visitors can learn what plants are in their backyard, schoolyard or nearby walking trails by studying them in the Atkins-Porter Botanical Garden. School groups, garden clubs and other groups are encouraged to make field trips to the garden.

Photo: Rachel Terrell addresses the crowd at the dedication. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

Henry County Commision

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.–Monday night’s meeting of the Henry County Commission began with a prayer for WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks who died Saturday at the age of 39. Commissioner Rev. James Travis led the prayer.

Commissioners unanimously approved adding Henry Cemetery Lane Extended and removing Henry Cemetery Lane from the county’s road system. The commission approved a quitclaim of the road formerly known as Henry Cemetery Lane to James A. and Alonna Tosh.

County Mayor Brent Greer said the lane ran through the Tosh Farms’ business and officials have been working with the County’s Cemetery Association on ensuring access to the cemetery for over a year. “This will be a good move for the public,” he said.

County Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said, “Considering all the truck traffic there, we’ve extended the road and the public can come and go from the cemetery without the traffic now. Tosh did all the dirt work for the new road and the county did the chipping.”

In other business:–Greer announced the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee was successful in receiving a $100,000 state grant to conduct due diligence studies for the former American Colloid Site on Russell Street.

As reported earlier, Greer and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell announced in September the county has entered a three-year option to purchase a 300-acre site for industrial and community development opportunities. The 300-acre site is owned by Mineral Technologies, Inc. (former American Colloid) on Russell Street in Paris.

Greer told the commission, “This will allow us to finish the last part of Phase 2. I’m very pleased with our progress on this.”

–The commission unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a state historic tax incentive to assist in rehabilitating and revitalizing historic buildings in the county. Greer said the state tax credit could be used to rehab historic properties “and this is an opportunity for investors to renovate older buildings” in Henry County.

County Historian David Webb said, “I think it’s a terrific idea. It’s been needed earlier than now.”

Photo: Commissioners listen to reports from County Mayor Brent Greer (at the podium).

 

Henry County Election Commission

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--At its first meeting in its new offices, the Henry County Election Commission took actions preparing for the March and August 2020 primary elections.  The commission is in the process of moving into newly-remodeled space in the former Weston Hall on Grove Hill in Paris.The commission will begin the move this week and Elections Administrator DeLaina Green said everything should be all moved in by the first of the year.Elections Administrator DeLaina Green presented copies of the list of candidates for the upcoming primaries and it contained some surprises.James Benau will be a Democratic candidate for the county road board District 4 and will be on the March ballot.

Others who have qualified for the general election ballot in August 2020 are:

Candidates for County Assessor of Property: Incumbent Charles VanDyke and Scott Morrison. VanDyke earlier had indicated he would be retiring, but presented his petition to run again. Both VanDyke and Morrison are running as Independents.

Republican Candidate Ginger Cox has withdrawn from the race.

Candidates for Road Board are: Bobby Milam, running for chairman; and Clarence Henry, running for commissioner in District 5. Both are running as Independents.

The list of candidates will become official December 19, which is the deadline to withdraw as primary/Independent candidates.

Green gave a tour of the commission's new offices, which are more spacious and provide much more storage areas for the increased in equipment utilized by the office. For the first time, the Elections Administrator will have her own office and the board will have its own conference room space. The new offices include a roomy reception area and work spaces.

There also is a new parking area in front of the building, which will allow the public to enter from that entrance to both the election offices and the County Archives.

Photo: Election Commission members meet in their first-ever conference room. From left, Chair Stephen Goggins, Bennie Akers, Sylvia Humphreys and Administrator DeLaina Green. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

 

Parisian Theatre Free Showing Of Christmas Vacation

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- Despite the rain and cold on Monday night, there was a great crowd on hand to donate socks to The Shed, and see the infamous, and all time favorite Christmas movie, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. There were approximately 75 folks who braved the weather Monday night to take advantage of this special opportunity, a free viewing of the movie. A special thank you to the sponsors of the event, Paris Magazine and Cricket Wireless.  Station manager Lance Pierce, gave a heartfelt speech thanking everyone who came out last night as this was the last promotion our friend Tim Alsobrooks assisted on, and dedicated the movie to him. Santa was also on hand for selfies in collaboration with Cricket Wireless. If you happened to take a picture with Santa last evening then take it into Cricket Wireless and show them to receive special discounts on their services. Adults and children were seen getting pictures with jolly Old St. Nick as well as our own Sheriff Monte Belew. Photos by Kristina Dufresne

 

"2019 Gift Of Light"' Offered By Historic Neighborhood

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities and the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association (HAPNA) have partnered on a Christmas outing that the entire community will enjoy. The neighborhood’s annual Gift of Light runs nightly through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. “We are so happy to be partnering with HAPNA for this traditional event,” said BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley. “These neighbors have done a tremendous job,” he said.  HAPNA President Rachel Terrell invited the community to drive or stroll through the historic neighborhood and “get in the Christmas spirit. There’s something for everyone from traditional lighted decorations to blow up characters that youngsters will recognize and love. Some even play music,” she said.  

Seven award winners were chosen by two out-of-town judges, and trophies were presented over the weekend by Wimberley, Terrell and other HAPNA neighbors. 

The BEST PORCH award was presented to Charles and Carolyn Folks at 307 Jackson Street. The out-of-town judges said they were impressed by the elegant simplicity of these decorations. The Folks retired to Paris and have enjoyed remodeling their home which is among the oldest in the neighborhood.  

The BEST YARD award went to James and Heather Painter at 206 Blakemore Street. “It would be hard to see everything in this yard by just driving by. You really need to just stop and take it all in,” said a judge.  

With an array of brightly lit homes to its credit, Walnut was named MOST APPEALING STREET. Judges were impressed that they could travel the entire length of Walnut and always be in sight of Christmas lights. “We also loved the picture window at 317 Walnut, which features a rotating display of Christmas scenes, including Santa, stain glass windows, a snowfall and more. Don’t miss it,” they said.

With lights from stem to stern, the Price family of 422 Whitehall Circle was the winner of the BEST HOUSE AWARD. Last year, Kevin, who enjoys carrying on his family’s tradition of lighted Christmas decorations won the BEST RELIGIOUS AWARD.  

The CLARK GRISWOLD AWARD, which was introduced last year, was won by the Jesse Nichols family on 1001 East Blythe. A first-time winner, Nichols said he’d been decorating for years, but he’s gradually stepped it up.  “I do it for the children. Lots of people travel East Blythe Street and it’s fun to watch the kids looking out at our decorations,” he said. 

The BEST RELIGIOUS AWARD was presented to Melvin and Patty Roney at 312 Head Street. While this yard offers plenty of modern-day merriment, including synchronized music, it was the old-fashioned nativity scene tucked next the house that reminded the judges of their childhood. “As long as Patty wants to decorate for Christmas, I’ll do it,” laughed Melvin, who received the Judges’ Favorite in 2018.  

With a snowman and Santa on either side of the sidewalk to welcome visitors, The JUDGES’ FAVORITE AWARD was given to first-time winner, Joseph Guffey for hundreds of colorful lights displayed on the yard and house. “It’s not a fancy display, but it’s big and bright and colorful and took me straight back to my childhood,” said one judge. Guffey said that he and his wife and their four children all had a hand in the festive project.

Along with the winning homes, streets that have merry displays include Dunlap, Jackson, Walnut, Boundbrook Drive, Blanton, Head, East Wood and Whitehall. Members of the HAPNA Board of Directors were ineligible to win. The neighborhood is bordered by Dunlap, East Wood and Veterans Drive.

2019 Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association Christmas Lighting Contest winning addresses:

BEST PORCH – 307 Jackson Street

BEST YARD – 206 Blakemore Street

BEST HOUSE – 422 Whitehall Circle

CLARK GRISWOLD AWARD – 1001 East Blythe

BEST RELIGIOUS DECORATIONS – 312 Head Street

MOST APPEALING STREET – Walnut Street

JUDGES’ FAVORITE – 329 Edgewood Street

CAPTION for 1001 East Blythe – Jesse Nichols of 1001 East Blythe enjoys a surprise visit from Paris BPU Manager Terry Wimberley. The Paris BPU partnered with the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association (HAPNA) to present “The 2019 Gift of Light” to the community.

Healthcare open Enrollment Extended To December 18th

 After major website issues and a myriad of technological glitches, the Center For Medicaid and Medicare Services extended the open enrollment deadline. Customers will now have until 12/18 to sign up for health coverage at healthcare.gov 

Joshua Peck, Co-Founder Of Get America Covered said: 

“Consumers should not have had to contend with yesterday’s problems in the first place, but this announcement is a step in the right direction. CMS must now commit to do everything possible to reduce confusion, make consumers aware of the new deadline, and ensure that every single consumer who wants to sign up for quality, affordable, and comprehensive coverage through HealthCare.gov is able to do so.

“Nobody should miss the opportunity to sign up for 2020 coverage because of yesterday’s technical problems. CMS must also commit to being transparent about what happened yesterday and on the first day of Open Enrollment, what they did to fix it, the impact it had on enrollment, and what they will do to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”

 

Dr. Findley Receives TAPA Preceptor Of The Year Award

Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Amanda Finley, DO FACOI, FACP, Hospitalist – Internal Medicine, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) with the Preceptor of the Year award for her dedication and support toward the PA profession and the students she oversees.

Each year, TAPA recognizes individuals who are shining stars in the PA profession. These individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to care for patients, represent the profession and train future PAs. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • PA of the Year

  • PA Student of the Year

  • Preceptor of the Year

  • PA/Physician Team of the Year

 

Nominations are accepted from PAs, collaborating physicians, PA students and program faculty. Awards are presented at a celebration held in conjunction with TAPA’s annual fall conference, FallFest.  This year’s event was held in Gatlinburg in October.

The Awards Committee seeks individuals who demonstrate professional accomplishment, professional involvement, community service and other qualities that promote the PA profession.

Dr. Finley is originally from McKenzie, TN, and graduated from McKenzie High School. She studied biochemistry at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Dr. Finley completed her residency at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS.

In addition to her hospitalist role, Dr. Finley serves as HCMC’s Director of Medical Education and Medical Director of Student Affairs. She has served as clinical faculty and Associate Professor of Medicine for WCUCOM, NSUCOM, UP-KYCOM, LMUDCOM, and ICOM since 2013 and was chosen as Preceptor of the Year in 2016. She is active in research and has two publications in the BMJ.

Dr. Finley resides in Paris with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. She is looking forward to getting involved in the community and introducing her children to Henry County.

“I am thankful for each student I teach,” said Dr. Finley.  “It is a privilege and a responsibility to ensure that we equip the next generation.  Bethel University is teaching physician assistants who will go out and take care of communities often outside of the resources that are available in large cities.  To equip the front line of medicine with the knowledge to care for a large often underserved population is a huge burden.  Access to care, timely diagnosis and treatment, collaboration, and appropriate referrals is the foundation to building our healthcare community.”

For more information about Dr. Finley or to learn more about our medical student program, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or give us a call at 731-644-8477.

About the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants

The Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) is the only statewide association representing the educational and professional interests of Tennessee’s PAs. Our mission is to promote accessible, quality healthcare, and to advance the education, profession and practice of physician assistants in Tennessee.

 

Tim Jones, MD Named Chief Medical Officer For Tennessee Department Of Health

Nashville, Tenn. – Tim Jones, MD has been named chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health. In this position, Jones will serve as an advisor to the commissioner on matters of health policy and assist in setting priorities for the department. Jones has been serving as acting chief medical officer since the retirement of David Reagan, MD.  

“The people of Tennessee are very fortunate to have such an exceptional clinical and scientific leader and dedicated public servant as Tim Jones serving in this capacity,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “We look forward to his work in this new role in protecting, promoting and improving health and prosperity in our state.” 

As chief medical officer, Jones will serve as medical director for the department and will work to assess the health needs of Tennesseans and establish statewide health objectives. He will collaborate with other members of the TDH executive leadership team to assess the health needs of the state, establish health objectives and develop, implement and evaluate coordinated, effective public health programs.  

“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Tennessee in this new leadership role,” said Jones. “The Tennessee Department of Health is comprised of some of the most experienced and dedicated professionals in the country, and I believe our team is prepared to confront the public health challenges we may face.” 

Jones first came to TDH in 1997 as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic Intelligence Service assignee. Following this assignment, he joined TDH as a general medical epidemiologist and directed the FoodNet surveillance program for foodborne diseases. He was later promoted to deputy state epidemiologist and has served as Tennessee's state epidemiologist and director of the TDH Communicable Environmental Disease and Emergency Preparedness division since 2007. He was promoted to assistant commissioner in 2012. 

Jones is an internationally-recognized expert in epidemiology and communicable and foodborne diseases. He has been a subject matter expert and consultant on foodborne disease to the World Health Organization, has worked as a CDC advisor in numerous countries and served as a Polio Eradication Project Consultant in the Republic of Yemen. He was named “Public Health Worker of the Year” in Tennessee in 2005, received the Tennessee Public Health Association Dr. William Schaffner Public Health Hero Award in 2016 and was the 2017 recipient of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Pumphandle Award. 

Jones has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, works as a reviewer for many journals and serves on the editorial board of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He has held multiple leadership positions with CSTE including service as president in 2013–2014, has testified before the U.S. Congress and has served on numerous national advisory committees for the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 

Jones received his medical degree from Stanford University and completed postgraduate training in family medicine and maternal and child health. He cared for underserved populations as a family practitioner in Salt Lake City, Utah before joining CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. He is licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee and is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

 

$100,000 grant to the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee

Paris, Tenn.-Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that ten communities will collectively receive more than $3.8 million in Site Development Grant funding. Included is a $100,000 grant to the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee to conduct due diligence studies for the former American Colloid Site on Russell Street.Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell announced in September the county has entered a three-year option to purchase a 300-acre site for industrial and community development opportunities. The 300-acre site is owned by Mineral Technologies, Inc. (former American Colloid) on Russell Street in Paris.Greer said this morning, "We're really excited about the grant. This will pay for the additional engineering costs and set us up for a site development grant that we'll be applying for." The grant will finance soil boring on the site.Governor Lee said, “I am excited to announce ten Site Development Grant recipients, and I’m especially pleased that each recipient is a rural site. The site development grant program is part of the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, which focuses on promoting economic growth in rural Tennessee. I look forward to seeing what success the future holds for these communities with the assistance of these grants.” 

The grants are designed to help communities achieve Select Tennessee site certification and prepare industrial sites for economic development projects. The funding helps communities invest in infrastructure and engineering improvements on project-ready sites. 

“Attracting industry to Tennessee’s rural communities continues to be one of TNECD’s main goals,” Rolfe said. “With the assistance of the Site Development Grants, the 10 recipients will be able to better prepare their sites and increase their chances of recruiting new businesses to their communities.”

The Site Development Grant program works in tandem with TNECD’s Select Tennessee program. Since 2016, TNECD has awarded 90 Site Development Grants across the state, totaling nearly $32 million in assistance to local communities. 

The grants awarded this round include: 

City of Covington

Rialto Industrial Park, $420,000 – Water line replacement 

City of Gallatin

Gallatin Industrial Park, $96,310 – Installation of a detention pond 

City of Lexington

Reeves Property, $495,000– Development of an industrial road 

Industrial Development Board of the County of Bradley and City of Cleveland

Spring Branch Industrial Park, $1,000,000 – Grade and prepare a site 

Industrial Development Board of the Counties of Cumberland, Morgan, and Roane

Plateau Partnership Park, $1,000,000 – Water line extension 

Industrial Development Board of The City of Fayetteville and Lincoln County

Runway Center Industrial Park, $500,000 – Grade and prepare a site 

Marion County

Nickajack Industrial Site & Port, $66,047 – Conduct due diligence studies 

Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee

American Colloid Site, $100,000 – Conduct due diligence studies 

Washington County

Washington County Industrial Park, $94,500 – Conduct due diligence studies 

City of Waynesboro

Waynesboro Industrial Park, $92,791 – Conduct due diligence studies 

Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of TNECD, Austin Consulting, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and USDA Rural Development.

Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

Jurassic World Comes To Bridgestone Arena!

Nashville, Tenn.-  Tickets are on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans in the Nashville area.  

With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience. 

Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages. Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories that will last another 65 million years.  

“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment. “We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.” 

Tickets are now on sale for the Nashville engagement at Bridgestone Arena at this link. Visit jurassicworldlivetour.com for tickets and more information. Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Jurassic World Live Tour productions:

From Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Jurassic World immerses audiences of all ages in a new era of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs and humankind must learn to coexist.

MSU Celebrates December 2019 Commencement

Murray, Ky- Murray State University celebrated December 2019 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the CFSB Center with a combined undergraduate and graduate ceremony.A total of 750 pending degrees were conferred during the service — including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees — with 19 states and 15 countries represented among December 2019 graduates.

The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Color Guard from Paducah Tilghman High School, while Distinguished Professor Stephen Lacewell served as the ceremony’s mace-bearer.

During the ceremony, Claire Ghent and Cole Manion, outstanding seniors for fall 2019, led the candidates for the conferral of degrees and provided the valedictions later in the service. Ghent graduated with a degree in English education, while Manion graduated with a degree in political science/pre-professional legal studies

.Murray State faculty in attendance were led into the arena by the recipients of the Regents Teaching Award for Excellence: Crystal Coel, Katherine Hancock, Michael Bordieri, Aaron Irvin, Yousif Abulhassan, Kathy Stanczyk and Jeffrey Henry. They were joined by the Max Carman Teaching Excellence Recipient Crystal Coel, University Distinguished Mentor Daniel Wann, Distinguished Researcher Alexey Arkov, Faculty Advisor of the Year Patty Parish and University Emerging Scholars Danielle Muzina and Bikram Subedi.Faculty marshals assisting with the overall ceremony included Susana Bloomdahl, Traci Byrd, Heath Keller, Michael Kemp, Robert Lyons, Matthew Shultz and F. Gilland Welsch.

Murray State President Dr. Robert L Jackson presided over the ceremony and delivered welcome messages. Jackson, along with Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tim Todd, administered the presentation of candidates for degrees.Students interested in joining the Racer family for the fall 2020 semester can learn more, schedule a campus visit or apply for admission today  at admissions.murraystate.edu.

Photo: Murray State University celebrated December 2019 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the CFSB Center with a combined undergraduate and graduate ceremony.

Barn Fire On Manleyville Rd.

Oakland, Tenn.-  The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 2:10am this morning, Monday, December 16th to a barn fire on Manleyville Rd. Upon arrival of the three trucks and seven fire fighters, the barn was already 20% engulfed by flames. Within the two minutes it took the fire fighters to approach the barn it was completely engulfed in a blazing inferno which had collapsed the roof. According to the owner of the barn, Curt Barrett, the barn and its contents were over 100 years old. Mutual aid was received from the Springville Volunteer Fire Department bringing two trucks and six fire fighters with them. They battled the flames for four hours.

 

Arrests Made Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. -An employee of Northeast Henry County Utility District reported a theft of a missing Surelock Heath Multi-Frequency Pipe Locator, blue and silver in color and in a hard black case with silver latches valued at $3950. It was last used on Saturday the 14th and they are unsure if it was taken from the shop or from the back of a work truck. There are no suspects at this time.

During a routine patrol, Deputy Kyle Wadron observed a blue sedan traveling on Veterans Dr. with a license plate that did not match the vehicle. Contact was made with the driver, Nicholas Tozzi of Paris. While speaking with Tozzi, Deputy Waldron smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked about the odor, Tozzi admitted to smoking earlier. Deputy Waldron aslo noticed Tozzi attempting to conceal a small blue plastic container tucked under his right leg. When asked about the container, Tozzi did say it contained Adderall and Xanax but that his wife has a prescription for both. Dispatch advised Deputy Waldron Tozzi has a revoked license in Tennessee for an  FTA. Tozzi was arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license and simple possession of schedule two and four, for the 10 Adderall and 10 Xanax found. Tozzi was also given a warning for the registration violation.

Off duty Deputy Brent Smith observed a truck crash into a pole at Kirks Store in Paris. While the truck was still on the pole the male driver exited the vehicle and went into the bathroom and passed out. Upon the arrival of Officer Stacey Bostwick, the man had come outside unsteady and swaying. Officer Bostwick detected an odor of alcohol coming from the man, identified as Rickey Offord. Offord stated he had consumed about six beers prior to coming to the store. When Offord was asked what had happened to his truck as there was a good amount of damage, and Offord’s girlfriend could not get it started, he stated he just tapped the pole a little. He was asked to perform a field sobriety test, and advised of the  implied consent law. After performing the HGN, Offord stated this isn’t his first rodeo, that is all he is doing and that he will just give blood for testing. Offord was placed under arrest, taken to HCMC for a blood draw, charged with DUI,  and transported to Henry County jail.

 Paris Police Department responded to the Little General on Tyson Ave in reference to a counterfeit $100 bill being passed there. An employee stated the subject bought $7.17 worth of merchandise and left in a silver Dodge 4 door car. There are no suspects at this time.

 

HCMC’s December Stars of Excellence Revealed

Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center is proud to announce the Partner of the Month for December in the Stars of Excellence program is Samantha Ryg, 3rd Tower Nursing. Nine others were also selected as Stars in the Stars of Excellence program.

Ryg was nominated by a patient's family for the comfort she provided during a stressful and difficult time. She took time out of her busy schedule to comfort, talk and reassure a patient's scared spouse that their feelings were normal. "Her kindness meant the world to me," said the patient's spouse. "I will never forget this young woman. Never underestimate the small things and the difference a kind word and a hug can make. Thank you, Samantha!"

HCMC also awards Star Partners in the program. The Star Partners for the month of December are Tyler Allen, Transporter, MAB & Surgery Holding; Demetria Nicole Harris, HCHC Beauty Shop; Jennifer Cary, HCHC Business Office;  Paige Malone, Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator; Julie Frudd, Paris Pulmonary Clinic; Gina McLean, Pharmacy; Jill Fagan, Home Health & Hospice and Jeff Tucker, DME,as an Honor Roll Recipient

These HCMC partners were nominated by patients and coworkers for their hard work and dedication towards this hospital. Their work does not go unnoticed here at HCMC and the hospital is glad to be able to honor them with the Stars of Excellence program. They were nominated for the following:

Tyler Allen: Allen was nominated for his kind and loving personality that shines like the sun. He sets a good example by having good manners and being respectful to his elders.   Allen's patients love him because he takes time to listen and make them laugh.  Once a patient didn't have lunch and he blessed her by going to get her something and sharing his time to fellowship with her.  Allen has a kind heart and deeply cares about others.

Demetria Nicole Harris: Nominated by a resident's family for going above and beyond to make a resident feel special. The resident's family requested that her hair be rolled and styled for her granddaughter's wedding. Harris offered to come in on her own time on Saturday morning to do the patient's hair because she did

not feel her hair would hold overnight. All that mattered to Harris was that the patient's granddaughter would know she was there and looked ready for the part.

Jennifer Cary: Nominated for her patience and care for others. Cary had a patient's family member call about some concerns with the insurance plan that the patient was on, the plan had some high copays and the family member needed help knowing which insurance to apply for. She sat down with the family member and went through the plans to see which one was best for the patient based on which medications the patient was on.  This is not the first time that she has gone above her normal job duties to help patients and their family members.  You can truly tell that Cary cares about her job and the patients at HCHC. She meets all of our values as an organization daily.

Julie Frudd: Nominated by Paris Pulmonary Clinic Providers for being an amazing office manager.  Frudd keeps the clinic running smoothly. She goes out of her way to make each team member feel special. Frudd remembers birthdays and goes the extra mile to celebrate special events.  She is always willing to listen and to do more than her share.  She is such an asset to Paris Pulmonary Clinic and HCMC.

Gina McLean: Nominated by a coworker for going above and beyond to stay after her shift and help in the Healthcare Center area on a long busy day. McLean always jumps in to help take care of patients when needed and with a smile on her face.  Thank you for all you do for our HCMC patients and HCHC patients.

Jill Fagan: Nominated by a patient for being helpful and going above and beyond her duties. Fagan is caring and professional.

Nicci Harrod: Nominated by her Department Director for being kind and compassionate and bringing much joy to her coworkers and her patients.  Harrod openly shares her faith and is a prayer warrior.  She openly admits her struggle with anxiety and the way she handles stressful situations.  Over the past few months Nicci has taken on more charge nurse roles and she has done so with humility, strength, and perseverance.  Harrod has been a wonderful leader and has gained a new respect from her teammates.  Harrod has grown so much in her professionalism and shows her coworkers how to meet challenges head-on and succeed through grace and faith.

Paige Malone: Nominated by her Department Director for her hard work over the past few months that she has been at HCMC.  She has designed some amazing shirts for our partners at HCMC.  Malone has also helped tremendously in the HCMC Auxiliary Gift Shop with getting new items for the store that have been very appealing to those purchasing in the shop. She has taken on doing the Cancer Survivors Dinner as well as getting our tree completed for Festival of Trees.  Malone is always willing to come up with ideas for the organization that help us shine. She is very kind and nice to everyone she meets.

Jeff Tucker: Nominated by his staff member for his customer service and devoted care to his patients. Tucker has one of the highest-rated customer service departments.  He often has people come to his office for their DME supplies just because they have been told that he was the best around.  Tucker has a wide range of knowledge with all of the DME products he offers in the store.  If there are products that are not carried in the store, he will do research and get the product into the store for whatever the need may be.  Recently a patient who is a quadriplegic was chosen to go scuba diving and began his training with the Dive Pirates Foundation. Tucker used his own time and went to Clarksville where the patient was practicing to help assist the dive trainers with any equipment they felt they would need to help securely get the patient in and out of the water safely.  Tucker is a great leader and department manager.  He goes above and beyond for his employees and for every customer that walks through the door.  He is there for support and offers his knowledge to DME customers on a daily basis.  Tucker truly represents everything positive that Henry County Medical Center stands for.

To nominate a Henry County Medical Center partner for the Stars of Excellence program, utilize the Dear Lisa or WOW cards located in the Partners in Your Care bags given upon inpatient admission to HCMC.  Additionally, the Star Partner forms are available on our website under quick tabs – Healthcare Hero.

 

Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--The largest crowd was on hand to enjoy the largest parade in the history of the Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade in downtown Paris Saturday evening.

Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray said there were 36 entries in the parade this year. As for the size of the crowd, she said, "Oh my Gosh. I couldn't believe how many people we had this year. It was just great".

Grand Marshal Cherry Jones waved to the crowds and videotaped the parade herself. Earlier in the afternoon, a Meet and Greet had been held for her at White and Associates on the court square. DPA Ambassador was Dan Knowles and the Henry County High School was honored on its 50th anniversary.

Parade winners were: Clark Griswold Award: Sandy Creek Farms and Event Center; Most Spirit: First Christian Church; Best Religious Theme: Paris FFA; Best Decorated: Henry Co. Board of Education; Best Marching Entry: Atkins-Porter Neighborhood; and Best Decorated Golf Cart: Mooney Appraisals.

And, of course, the big man in red was riding on the Paris Fire Truck for the grand finale.

Photos: Cherry Jones waves to the crowd; Paris FFA won Best Religious Theme; the Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association won Best Marching Entry. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

True Vine Deliverance Temple Christmas Giveaway

By Kristina Dufresne

Henry, Tenn.- True Vine Deliverance Temple located at 9221 Hwy 79 South in Henry held a Christmas Giveaway for the community on Saturday afternoon. The members of the church welcomed families from the Mary’s Kids program as well as all of the community that was interested, by providing clothing, hats, gloves, scarves, gifts, and food boxes. Items were donated by the members of the congregation, Habitat for Humanity, and The 2nd Harvest Food Bank.

Pastor Debra Mercer and her husband, Elder Raymond Mercer along with 3 other people rebuilt the two year old building from drywall to tile within a five year time span and it is just beautiful what they have accomplished together. The Mercers live in Clarksville and worked just about every day trying to restore the building as well as add office spaces and a foyer on the front of the building. They commute to Henry on a regular basis to add finishing touches to the inside of the building and for the services they hold each Sunday. They have started a food program in order to connect with the community and build membership. In the spring they hope to start a Bible Study class on Tuesdays.

Photos by Kristina Dufresne

 

Long-Time News Director Tim Alsobrooks Passes Away

WMUF News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of our beloved Tim Alsobrooks.

Tim worked for WMUF/WLZK for many years, serving as News Director and DJ for the “Tim in the A.M.” Show. Tim covered sports for the station, too, and was a great sports fan, especially his beloved baseball and his equally beloved Atlanta Braves.

WMUF/WLZK Station Manager Lance Pierce said Tim had been a pillar of the communities of his native Houston County and Henry County and “brightened our days with his morning show. He continually kept us informed as a leading local news voice. It’s a loss in the family.”

WENK/WTPR News Director Shannon McFarlin had covered news with Tim as both a co-worker and friendly competitor over the years and said the community has suffered a loss today. “Even when we were working for competing stations, we always helped each other and enjoyed working and laughing together,” she said. “It’s very, very sad.”

Forever Communications EVP Jared Mims said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim. He represented the very best in broadcasting and community service...he will be missed.” Forever Communications operates WMUF/WLZK and WENK/WTPR.

Pierce said WMUF will air a tribute show to Tim on Monday morning from 6-9 a.m. during which members of the public can call in and remember Tim. Phone number of the station is 731 644 9683.

Nave Funeral Home located at 4639 W Main St, Erin, TN 37061, will be serving the family.

 

Mary's Kids Christmas Party Success!

By Kristina Dufresne

Henry, Tn- The Mary’s Kids Program held their Christmas party for the underprivileged children of Henry on Saturday afternoon at the Henry Elementary School. There was a total of 64 children present for the festivities. They received gifts, candy, food boxes for their families, and clothing all donated  by the generous community. Santa arrived with sirens blaring and a wonderful police escort by the Henry Police Department, bringing with him a special little helper, Kaleb Carpenter of Murray, great grandson of the founder of Mary’s Kids, Mary  Merten. Jim and Alonna Tosh of  Tosh Farms bought and donated hams and coats , Mc Cartney Produce donated fruit, Kroger of Paris donated boxes of food as well. Regions Bank of Paris donated hot dogs towards the party and the Marys Kids Club made the chili. Kreg Kyle, 2nd District County Commissioner, donated a rifle for the raffle in which money will be put aside for next year’s party. An estimate of around $9700 was raised for the kids this year through fundraisers. Some of the community that came in and helped with the event were Dr. Leah Watkins- Director of Schools, Principal of Henry Elementary- David Kibbler, The Henry Police Department, Henry Sheriff’s office, Board member, 2nd district for constable and deputy of Henry-Chris Coley, Josh Frey- School Board and Mary’s Kids board member, Jr. Milam- Board Member for Mary's Kids, Caitlyn Walker- School Counselor, Sylvia Humphries-School Counselor, and Retired Army Captain Vaxter Pate of the Social Security Office here in Paris. The Mary's Kids Board consists of President Alonna Tosh, Jenny McClain, Haley O'Neill, Billie McKee, Ella Milam, Donna Coley, Kelly Frey, Janie Rowlett, Josh Frey, Chris Coley, and Jr. Milam. There was such a coming together of all of our communities to make this happen and a Big Thank You to all who were involved. The Mary’s Kids Program will start fundraisers for next year’s Christmas gifts starting in March 2020 with a Spaghetti Supper. Photos by Krisitna Dufresne. Left- Volunteers from board community and Regions Bank, Right- Alonna Tosh, Pastor Debra Mercer, and other board members as well as community volunteers making it all happen.

Amvets Post 45 Of Paris Landing Christmas Celebration

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Amvets Post 45 also held their annual Christmas party for the children of the post Saturday. They were all presented with a stuffed animal and a goody bag. There were treats to eat, songs were sung and a Christmas story read to them. Santa arrived with bells a jingling and handed out two gifts for each child. The Ladies Auxillary of Amvets Post 45 organize a Christmas Party each year and make it an amazing day for all to enjoy. This year Shelly Backer was in charge and she did a wonderful job.

 

TN Rep. Griffey Files Legislation To Require TN School Athletes to
Compete In Accordance with Biological Gender, not Gender Identity

Nashville, Tenn.- Today, TN House member Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) filed House Bill 1572, seeking to require school athletes in Tennessee to compete based upon their biological gender at birth as opposed to the gender with which they currently identify. House Bill 1572 proposes to amend Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 3 by adding in pertinent part that "Each elementary and secondary school in this state that receives any type of public funding from this state or a local government, or both, shall require, for an official or unofficial school-sanctioned athletic or sporting event, that each athlete participat[es] based on the athlete's biological sex as indicated on the athlete's original birth certificate issued at the time of birth."

"We are seeing more and more transgender athletes competing and posting victories in traditionally gendered sports competitions, and doing so to the detriment of girls and women biologically born female. Boys and men, due to testosterone levels, bigger bone structure, greater lung capacity, and larger heart size, have physical advantages in sports relative to girls and women. These very biological differences are the reason sports have been bisected into separate male and female competitions - to allow females to compete in an environment that is not weighted against them. For this reason, it is fundamentally unfair to allow someone biologically born a male, but who now identifies as a female, to compete in an athletic competition against biologically born females, who are disadvantaged. It's particularly unfair for high school athletes, who are born female and who are competing for college admissions and even college scholarships that will determine their entire life path," explained Griffey. "With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing through passage in the U.S. House of Representative HR 5 - the Equality Act -- that, among other things, creates a civil right for male athletes to self-identify as females in sports competitions, I believe it is important for states to take a stand. This is what I seek to do through the filing of House Bill 1572," stated Griffey.

Arrests Made By Paris Police And HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl  Jeff Smith responded to the Dollar General on N. Market st. in reference to a burglary on Wednesday. When the manager arrived at the store that morning she noticed two of the drawers in her office had been opened. A check of the building revealed that two holes had been cut into the rear wall of the store where entry had been made. There is video of the three suspects who entered the store from the holes. Footage shows three suspects with hoodies on and the hoods pulled low so their faces couldn’t be seen enter the front of the store, check the register, and the manager’s office. They fled the store shortly after. No items are reported missing at this time.

Officer Neumair of Paris Police Department, responded to N. Caldwell St. in reference to a stolen license plate. Kenjah Edmonson had parked her vehicle, a red 2008 Ford Edge, along the side of the road on Hwy 218 as it had run out of gas. An hour and a half later she returned with gas for her car and noticed the plate was missing off of it. There are no suspects at this time and the plate has been reported to NCIC.

Officer Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to Whitlock Paris Rd. Monica Hudson reported her package containing a 50 inch smart tv was supposedly delivered at 230pm that afternoon but when she arrived at her home it was not there. The package was valued at $251.33.

HCSO officers responded to Old Union Rd. in reference to a burglary. The owner stated he suspected a white male by the name of BJ Evans who knows how to enter his shop when it is locked of taking his items. The items missing were: a Vizio TV valued at $100, a Binks LED light bulb valued at $30, four LED shop lights four foot in length valued at $100 each. A Porter Cable pen nailer valued at $100, a 20lb propane tank, $50, and a propane heater at $250. The owner states he saw Evans in his shop and the lights seemed brighter than normal. Evans has not been contacted at this time for questioning.

Arrests made by the HCSO this week include Timothy Jones of Paris for simple possession of a schedule II (meth), and unlawful drug paraphernalia, and Bobby Roberts Jr. of Paris where he was involved in a car accident on Hwy 79 S. and Mineral Wells Ave. Roberts was charged with DUI 1st, implied consent, disorderly conduct, and leaving the scene of an accident.

 

The 2019 River Conference Basketball Championships

Paris, Tenn.- The 2019 River Conference Basketball Championships were decided Thursday night at HCHS’s Gamlin Gymnasium.  Both the ladies and men’s winners sported perfect 10-0 regular season records and swept the tournament.

The Lakewood Lady Eagles defeated the Houston County Fighting Irish by a score of 31 to 26 in a closely contested game.  Jocelyn Lee led the Lady Eagles with 11 points and Noe Willkerson followed with 9.  Allison Glatt picked up 5 followed by McKinley Boyd with 4 and Paris Hale with 2.

Houston County R’Shonta Kizer scored 13 on her birthday effort to defeat the Eagles.  Kennedy Jones had 6, Raygan Reeder had 4, Makayland Burgess had 2 and Halie Brooks had a lone freethrow.

In the night cap the Camden Lions continued their perfect 10-0 record by defeating the Harrelson Hawks 60 to 34.  The intense pressure of the Lions was too much for the Hawks as they jumped out to a 20 to 6 lead after the first quarter then had a 20 to 11 run in the third quarter.  Ayden Melton and Hayden McCormick both had 13 points for the Lions.  Braiden Newell lead the Hawks with 20.Named to the All Conference Team based on the years play were as follows:

School                                         Girls                                             Boys                                            Cheerleaders

Camden                        Faith Wallace                      Ridge Bruce                                        Haley Baker

                                           LB Richardson                     Ayden Melton                                 Livia Comuzie

Harrelson                    Onika White                           Braiden Newell                            MacKenzie Petronico

                                          Alivia Scott                              James Bobbitt                              Angelina Overcast

Henry                              Kaleah Bomar                     Michael Tharpe                                Kyleigh Page

                                          Macy Peach                     Cole Davis                                              Bailey French

Houston Co.               R’Shonte Kizer                   Jed Baggett                                         Audrey McCurdy

                                          Makayland Burgess          Carson Conwell                                Jayla Lynch

Lakewood                  Noe Wilkerson                    Karsen Marshall                               Cali Susewitt

                                         Jocelyn Lee                             Colter Thurmond                            Kenna Dyke

Stewart Co.               Lizzy Guynn                            Dalton Stephens                             Sarah Bennett

                                         Angie Nelson                                         Hayden Wallace                               Jadanne Scurlock

TDOT halts Highway Construction For Christmas Holiday

 Nashville, Tenn,- – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 until 6:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020. Nashville, Tenn,- – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s

“With 2.59 million motorists expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “As always, please wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and never drink and drive.” 

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.  Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.  Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.   

According to AAA, 115.6 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more, with 104.8 million expected to drive to their holiday destinations. In Tennessee, AAA predicts 2.59 million motorists will travel by automobile between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, an increase of 4.4% since 2018.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

 

Tractor-trailer carrying 35,000 pounds of candy overturns in Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn.-The I-40 E ramp to Papermill Drive was blocked around 5:30 a.m. Friday morning after a tractor-trailer  carrying 35,000 pounds of candy overturned.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi tweeted earlier today that the ramp will be closed for several hours Friday
Nagi told WJHL that one of the trucks was parked on the ramp at exit 383, and the other truck lost control, overturned and hit the parked semi from the back.
No word on the status of the driver as of 7:00 a.m.

And for the record, the tractor-trailer was carrying M&Ms

 

 

Pats, Lady Pats Travel To Clarksvill High Friday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady and Patriots basketball teams will be on the road for Friday night in the District as they play at Clarksville High. The Lady’s tilll tip at 6p, followed by men’s action, and if you can’t make that trip over, listen to our broadcast on WZLK 94.1FM, streaming online of via the sports line at 518-896-1346 and pressing option 1 for Henry County Sports.

Santa's Nights of Light at PLSP Sat. and Sun

Paris Landing, Tenn.-

HCMC Holds Toy Drive for Carl Perkins Center this Christmas For The Prevention Of Child Abuse

Partners at Henry County Medical Center were joined by Carly Wheat, Executive Director with Henry County Carl Perkins Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. This holiday season, HCMC strives to give rather than receive. It is our goal at Henry County Medical Center to serve and give back to the community we call home.
Partners at Henry County Medical Center, Henry County Healthcare Center and HCMC Clinics gathered new toys to be given to those who otherwise would not receive Christmas gifts this year. HCMC’s hope is that with our donation, hope is restored to children who need a little Christmas magic this time of year.
HCMC partners showed an outpouring of love for the children of Henry County through this project. Nearly 500 items were collected, with 319 items being donated by partners at Henry County Healthcare Center.

Partners at Henry County Healthcare Center with toys collected to be donated to Henry County Carl Perkins Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse.

Henry County Carl Perkins Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse’s mission is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.
“The annual Christmas Service Week provides a time to celebrate the gift of giving to our community,” said Lisa Casteel, CEO at Henry County Medical Center. “It allows us to continue Growing Forward to serve our community, as well as be an integral part of our community.”

To learn more about HCMC and the opportunities here, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.
To learn more or donate to Carl Perkins Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse visit their website at www.carlperkinscenter.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing child abuse, call the crisis hotline at 1-800-2734747 or www.carlperkinscenter.org.

Fort Donaldson Staff Presenting Christmas Activities This Weekend Along the Cumberland

Dover, Tenn.- On December 14, visitors young and old will have an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit at the historic Dover Hotel, more widely known as the “Surrender House,” of the Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

National Park staff and volunteers will demonstrate how to make Christmas ornaments similar to those of the Civil War period. Visitors taking part will then have the opportunity to make ornaments to decorate the hotel tree for those visiting during the remainder of the season to enjoy. Participants will be encouraged to make their own ornament to take home, also.

The program, entitled “Christmas on the Cumberland: the Dover Hotel of the 1860s,” will be offered on Saturday, December 14, at the Dover Hotel. The hotel (Park Tour Stop #10) is located at 101 Petty Street, Dover. The hands-on event will be offered between 10 am – 3 pm.

In addition to ornament making, discussions about period American holiday traditions, decorations, of Christmas on the Civil War home front, and of mementos and care packages sent to soldiers of North and South by children back home, will also be part of the Saturday offering. For more information, please contact the Ranger staff at 931-232-5706 x 0.

KPAC Hosting Christmas with the Madrigals this Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will present Christmas With the Madrigals this coming Saturday December 14th at KPAC at 7pm. Tickets are available from any Madgrial, at the Toggery, Bo and Co., and Nissan of Paris. Special guests include the Madrigal Pals.

Diaper Drive to Begin Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Office will begin a “Diaper Drive” collection on Friday, December 13.

Citizens that would like to donate diapers or make a contribution are encouraged to bring any sized package diapers to the Northwest Economic Development Office at the Central Community Service Building on Jones Bend Road.

The collection time will be from 8 a.m. to 12 noon daily beginning on the 13th of December. These necessary and needed items for families with small children will be available to Henry Countians who are clients of Northwest Economic Development Council. For further information, please contact Chris Eldin, Director, at the Henry County office at (731) 642-3132.

240 Children Celebrate with Christmas with FOP This Past Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The FOP Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17, invited two hundred forty underprivileged children Christmas Shopping. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County High School D.E.C.A. Class, H.C. Criminal Justice Class, Rescue Squad and Knights of Columbus helped in this cause.

Each child was allowed to spend $75 on Christmas presents. Every child also received a stuffed animal of their choice, fruit, candy and breakfast. Chief Elizondo thanked everyone who donated because this year with funds running low, it sure would’nt have happened without support from the community.

Overtime Thriller Hands Patriots First loss on Basketball Season

Paris, Tenn.- It was a classic at Gamlin Gym Tuesday night as Henry County West Creek battled into overtime. The Coyotes rode hot shooting momentum into a tie to force overtime, then contnued that to build a good lea quickly. At the end with time for one possession however, Henry County was right back with a chance to win on the last shot, which just didn't fall. The loss 55-54, moves the Pats to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in District Play. They'll get a shot a revenge on West Creek later in the season. The Lady Patriots won easiy, 64-16, moving to 5-3 on the year. Both teams travel to Clarksvill High for District games on Friday night.

DPA Downtown Christmas Festival Set for 3-5pm Saturday, Followed by Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 14, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3 to 5 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, a visit from the jolly old elf and a Meet and Greet with the parade Grand Marshal Cherry Jones, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress of Paris.

Stores will be open for shopping while the 4H group will make a unique hand print Santa and melted snowman ornaments, as well as paper straw wreaths and jingle bell necklaces. Leslie Sensing’s “reindeer goats” also will be on hand around Santa’s house to visit with the children. Youth Villages will host Christmas golf on the lawn and PARIS! Magazine friends will make magic reindeer food for kids to take home.

Other activities include a trackless train ride and for those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java at 116 N. Market Street from 3 to 5.

The Meet and Greet with Cherry Jones will be held from 3-4 p.m. inside the Wimberley Agency (at the corner of Washington and Market). The downtown Festival of Trees will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Paris 5 & 10 Event Center.

Coloring Contest Deadline for DPA's Christmas Festival Extende to Sat. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 14, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3 to 5 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, a visit from the jolly old elf and a Meet and Greet with the parade Grand Marshal Cherry Jones, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress of Paris.

Stores will be open for shopping while the 4H group will make a unique hand print Santa and melted snowman ornaments, as well as paper straw wreaths and jingle bell necklaces. Leslie Sensing’s “reindeer goats” also will be on hand around Santa’s house to visit with the children. Youth Villages will host Christmas golf on the lawn and PARIS! Magazine friends will make magic reindeer food for kids to take home.

Other activities include a trackless train ride and for those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java at 116 N. Market Street from 3 to 5.

The Meet and Greet with Cherry Jones will be held from 3-4 p.m. inside the Wimberley Agency (at the corner of Washington and Market). The downtown Festival of Trees will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Paris 5 & 10 Event Center.

APSU, Memphis to Partner and Offer 6 Year Law Degree

Clarksville- Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Department of Political Science and Public Management recently established an agreement with the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to provide a six-year path to obtain a law degree. The partnership will increase the affordability and accessibility of law school for Middle Tennesseans, according to Katharine T. Schaffzin, dean of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“Students can earn a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay and a JD from the University of Memphis in six years, saving an entire year of undergraduate tuition and lost earning potential,” Schaffzin said. “Moreover, the three-plus-three program will increase the number of high-performing undergraduates from Middle Tennessee studying at Memphis Law, while improving Austin Peay’s ability to retain and graduate these students.”

Students at APSU will be advised to complete a degree requirement, prepped for the LSAT and complete the application process for the law school by the end of their junior year according to Harold A. Young, APSU assistant professor of Political Science and Public Management. “If a student is accepted to law school and successfully completes the first year (30 credit hours),

APSU will confer a bachelor’s degree,” Young said. “If a student does not get accepted to law school by the end of their junior year, that student simply continues with degree work at APSU and is encouraged to apply again.” For more information, contact Harold Young, 931-221-7059 or youngh@apsu.edu

Budget Committee Moves Some Money, No Major impacts on Unappropriate Fund Balance

Paris, Tenn.- The Budget Committee for Henry County met in quick December Session on Monday evening and made some budget transfers with no real big financial impact to the current budget as it stands. Thirty thousand dollars was moved from general fund to the sheriff's office of medical and dental costs to finish out this budget year. 

In the Election budget, the amount of $11500 was moved from current building improvements to moving new furnishes and fixtures into to a new building. DeLaina Green, Administrator of Elections in Henry County said things are progressing nicely at Weston Hall. The Election Office will hold their meeting in their next week and then make the permanent move over after the holidays and new year.

TBI Charges Suspect in Officer Involved Suspected Shooting from Last Week

Decaturville, Tenn.- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a subject accused of fleeing law enforcement officers attempting to arrest him.

On December 2nd, at the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, TBI Agents began investigating an officer-involved shooting in Decatur County, involving Deputy Marshals with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force

Preliminary information indicates that Deputy Marshals located Anthony Phoenix (DOB: 2/21/85), wanted on arrest warrants from Henderson County and the State of Kentucky, in the 100 block of Gilbert Road in Parsons.  Phoenix reportedly fled in a vehicle and led officers on a brief pursuit.  At some point, officers fired upon the vehicle.  No one was struck by the gunfire or injured as a result of the officer-involved shooting.

Phoenix was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Decatur County Jail.  Today, he was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and Felony Evading Arrest in connection to the December 2nd incident.  He remains in custody at the Decatur County Jail and is being held without bond.

Further information about the investigation into the officer-involved shooting can be found online: https://tbinewsroom.com/2019/12/02/tbi-agents-investigate-officer-involved-shooting-in-decatur-county/.

Meetings Set this Week to Help With Looks of Downtown Buildings

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris has scheduled three public meetings this week: the city’s facade board and historic zoning board meetings will be held on Tuesday night, with the city municipal regional planning commission to meet Thursday night. All three will meet at City Hall.

The facade board will meet at 5 p.m., with the historic zoning board meeting at 5:30 p.m. On the agenda at the facade meeting are requests from the Paris 5&10 Event Center to replace its front door and brick as opposed to an awning and Market Street Bakery to repair brick instead of replacing windows

At the historic zoning meeting, the state coordinator will be providing training for board members. That meeting may be changed due to expected weather, however.

On the planning commission agenda are requests for a minor site plan from Tucker Rentals; undeveloped right of way for Belmont St., and subdivision plat for Henderson Drive. The commission also will review subdivision regulation amendments.

THSO, MADD, THP Joining Forces to Combat Drunk Driving

Nashville-On Thursday, December 12, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) will join the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) for a press event to promote drunk-driving prevention ahead of the holidays. During the event, guest speaker Kathy Beeler will discuss the 2011 drunk-driving crash that killed her son, Cole, when he was 19 years old. This year-to-date, there have been 5,171 drunk-driving crashes in Tennessee. This time last year, there were 5,327 crashes. Event details are listed below. 

Whitlock Rd. Closing Wed. For Culvert Repairs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has announced that Whitlock Road will be closed Wednesday December 11th for culvert replacement 3455 will be the last accessible road for motoroists traveling Whitlock Road. It should be back open by late afternoon track on Wednesday however.

Southside Cafe Annual Community Christmas Party Huge Success!

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- The carnival themed Christmas party Southside Café presented on Saturday night was a huge success in that all who attended had a rockin good time. The Puryear Cub Scout Pack 226 manned all the booths, from popcorn, hot chocolate, gingerbread house and ornament making, games, food, and more. There was a tremendous gathering of potluck dishes and folks from all around, enjoying the music, fun, and goodwill. The band sounded great and Santa made an appearance to the delight of all. All in all, this was the party of the season.

Photos By Kristina Dufresne

Electric Eel Powers Christmas Lights At Tennessee Aquarium

(CNN) — The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is making good use of one of its residents.

Miguel Wattson, an electric eel that resides in the aquarium's Rivers of the World gallery, not only tweets from his account, which currently has more than 38,000 followers -- he earns his keep by powering a Christmas tree at the aquarium.

Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium's audio visual production specialist, attached sensors to Wattson's tank that harnesses his natural electrical discharge to a set of speakers.

"The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights," Turnipseed explained in a statement.

"The rapid, dim blinking of the lights is caused by the constant, low-voltage blips of electricity he releases when he's trying to find food," explained Aquarist Kimberly Hurt. "The bigger flashes are caused by the higher voltage shocks he emits when he's eating or excited."

While navigating and searching for food, electric eels will typically only emit 10 volts of electricity, according to the aquarium. However, electric eels are capable of generating more than 800 volts of electricity. Electric eels will only emit that high of a discharge for defense or when they want to stun prey.

Electric eels have three electrical organs that are made up of electrocytes, which are electric generating cells. Even though they are called electric eels, the aquarium said that they are actually a type of knifefish and more closely resemble carp.

Washington Post: Wattson is not the first electric eel to power a Christmas tree; several aquariums have done it during the past decade. But he may very well be the first eel to power his own Twitter account.

Using largely the same mechanism powering the lights, every time Wattson discharges a large enough jolt, the sensors transmit it to a “fuse box” synced with a computer program, which is designed to automatically send out tweets from Wattson’s account. Because he could spend all day tweeting if he wanted, the computer system requires him to discharge huge voltage to trigger a tweet. “Ironically, the eel code was written in Python,” Evgeny Vasilyev, a computer science intern at Tennessee Tech University, which designed the trick, said in 2015.

The phenomenon of harnessing electric eels’ naturally produced electricity has existed for decades. But in the mid-2000s, an aquarium in Japan claimed to be the first to pull the Christmas tree trick, garnering worldwide interest.

At the Enoshima Aquarium, Kazuhiko Minawa pitched the idea as an eco-friendly alternative to sucking up electricity for the Christmas tree the conventional way. In his exhibit, he installed two aluminum panels as electrodes in the eel’s tank that would absorb enough electricity to illuminate the six-foot-six tree, according to Reuters.

“If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree,” Minawa told Reuters in 2007.

Aquariums in North America followed suit. In 2012, for example, Smithsonian magazine featured an electric eel named Sparky that was powering the Christmas tree at the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah. Bill Carnell, an electrician at Salt Lake City-based Cache Valley Electric, had been inspired to try it out after encountering a 1954 video about an electric eel named Joe — which somehow made it onto YouTube. It was filmed by the Moody Institute of Science, demonstrating how, just like with Wattson decades later, you could insert electrodes into the tank, hook them up to loud speakers, and then actually hear the electric eel’s steady jolts. The scientist made a similar demonstration with lights.

And then — forgive us — the lightbulb went off for Carnell: Why not hook up the electrodes to a Christmas tree? he thought, as Smithsonian reported. Partnering with the Living Planet Aquarium, he inserted the stainless steel electrodes into Sparky’s tank, linked up to a power sequencer, Smithsonian reported. And the tree lights began to flicker, Smithsonian reported.

“Researchers looking to the future are trying to find ways to generate electricity through some kind of a biological process, rather than combustion or some mechanical energy,” Carnell told the magazine. “When you get into the science of the eel and you find that its body is constructed of all these little tiny batteries, of sorts, that are powered biologically, that is where the real interest is.”

University scientists from the United States and Switzerland, for example, have studied how to replicate eels’ generation of electricity for use in devices such as pacemakers. Some have called it a “biological battery,” or an “artificial electric organ,” mimicking the electric eel’s physiology, as the scientists explained in a 2017 paper published in Nature.

Some have even wondered whether electric eels could be used to charge a Tesla in the same way they deliver volts to a Christmas tree. Jalopnik, an online outlet that writes about cars, decided to research it in August and concluded: “Maybe. But not really.”

Miguel Wattson apparently would not be pleased with that anyway.

“The problem with being an electric eel these days is the constant requests to recharge people’s phones,” Wattson’s account wrote on Oct. 20. “I have better things to do, people!”

Federal Disaster Declaration Granted to 10 Tennessee Counties Recovering from October Storm

 Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced today the federal government has granted his request for a Major Disaster Declaration to make federal recovery assistance available to 10 county jurisdictions impacted during October’s severe weather and straight line winds. 

“The devastating severe weather required a comprehensive response and stretched many local jurisdictions to their resource limits,” Gov. Lee said. “We are committed to supporting these communities and to securing the necessary resources for their recovery efforts.” 

The following counties are included in the declaration: Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Humphreys, McNairy, Montgomery, Perry, and Wayne. The 10 counties combined reported more than $21.8 million in storm damage to local infrastructure and for their emergency response work. 

The major disaster declaration covers damage from the Oct. 26 severe weather, and will allow government entities and certain private non-profits in the eligible counties to apply for reimbursement of specific expenses related to the disaster under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program. 

Information about FEMA's PA program and its eligible reimbursement categories is at: https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

The federal declaration also makes Tennessee eligible for the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program, which provides assistance to communities to prevent or reduce long-term risks to life and property from natural hazards. 

 

Henry County Basketball And 2019 River Conference Championships

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Girls basketball team lost their game against Obion County Saturday with a final score of 45-43. The boys basketball game had a more rewarding final score of 64 Henry County to 61 Obion. For the River Conference Championships games, Camden Girls played against Harrelson and came out on top with a final of 38-5 Camden. The Camden Girls team will go on to the semi finals against Lakewood. In the Girls Houston County against Henry game, Houston came out on top with a final of 36-0.  Houston Girls will go on to the semi finals to play Stewart County. In the Boys bracket, Stewart Co. won with 27-23 against Lakewood. Houston Co. Boys on top with 48-21 against Henry. In the Boys semi final game it will be Camden VS Stewart Co. and  Houston Co. VS Harrelson.

Chamber Adds Kasey Muench As Community Relations Director 

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce has hired Paris native Kasey Muench as their Community Relations Director starting January 2nd.  This newly developed position will oversee and execute membership events and activities, as well as assist with executing the organization’s marketing and public relations strategy. 

“Adding Kasey to the team is a big win for not only our Chamber, but our entire community,” commented Travis McLeese, Chamber CEO.  “Her passion for this community, coupled with her marketing and graphic design ability, is a tremendous asset that will be a great addition moving forward.” 

Kasey is currently the Head Graphic Designer at Abbotts Print Shop, where she has been employed since 2009. In her time at Abbotts Print Shop, Kasey has been fortunate to design and create a variety of projects for both Henry Countians and those abroad, ranging from corporate marketing campaigns to not-for-profit fundraising events, and everything in between. Most recently, Kasey was instrumental in organizing two successful community events; Meet the Patriots Tailgate and Miss Paris Volunteer Pageant.

“We are thrilled to have Kasey joining us. The recent growth and involvement of the Chamber raised the need for someone with her diverse skill set,” commented John Etheridge, Chamber President.

She graduated from Henry County High School before attending The University of Memphis where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. 

 Upon graduating from The U of M, Kasey received the Carson Circle Award, an award that recognizes a select

number of outstanding graduating seniors who exemplify Dr. Donald K. Carson’s ideals of making the university a better place through their involvement and leadership in campus life.  She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Henry County Program. She is a longtime active member of First Christian Church in Paris. 

Kasey is married to Ryan Muench of Paris, Tennessee, a teacher and assistant football coach at Henry County High School. They have two children Aubrey (3) and Graham (2).

 

Sonny Melton Memorial Highway

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--The stretch of Hwy. 69A from Paris to Big Sandy was officially dedicated as the "Sonny Melton Memorial Highway" during ceremonies Friday afternoon. Officials from both Henry and Benton Counties gathered along with family and friends of Melton and state legislators for the unveiling of the first sign, located at the intersection of 69A and Hwy. 218. Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said the sign will soon be joined by another sign in Benton Co. which will mark the end of the Memorial Highway.Greer said, "I'm honored to be here today", noting that Melton "was a valued member of our community. This is dedicated to the sacrifices this man made. He will live forever in our memories with this dedication."

Originally from Big Sandy, Melton was a nurse at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. He was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017 while shielding his wife, Dr. Heather Melton, from bullets while they were attending a music festival.

Heather Melton said she was grateful to the people of Henry and Benton County for supporting Sonny and his memory. She said she hoped that the sign would help people remember how Sonny lived, not just how he died.

The Henry and Benton County Commissions asked the state in 2017 to dedicate the stretch of highway for Melton and former State Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Paris) was responsible for introducing and guiding the legislation. Wirgau said it the highway dedication will be a way for everyone to remember Sonny and his life.State Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingd0n) also worked on guiding the legislation and said Sonny was a hero "and this is how you honor heroes".

In November, a new bridge on the Lower Big Sandy Rd. in Benton Co. was dedicated to Sonny Melton.

Photo: From left, former State Rep. Tim Wirgau, Heather Melton, Susan Melton, Brent Greer, Sen. John Stevens, James and Janie Melton and State Rep. Bruce Griffey (Shannon McFarlin photo).

D.A.R.E. Graduation At KPAC Friday

Paris,Tenn.- The DARE program held their graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon at the KPAC for the fifth graders of Paris Elementary. Hosted by the Paris Police Department, Officer Jordan Klutts, Officer Amber Roaten, Police Chief Charles Elizondo, Dr. Gray, Principal, and guest speaker Emily Ann Smith, senior at Henry County High School. Daren the Lion was also on hand to congratulate the children. The fifth grade classes were all given a DARE t-shirt and assembled for their certificates and goody bags from the DARE Program. The students were required to write an essay on what the program is about and out of 180 students, two were selected for special recognition. They were Johanna T. and Thomas Richardson. The DARE Program is also offering the students a skating party on January 25th from 12-4 at Paris Wheels Skating Rink. They are required to wear the DARE t-shirts they received, and will get into the skating rink free of charge as well as get 2 slices of pizza and a drink.

D.A.R.E or the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is a comprehensive K-12 education program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum targets students in order to provide the skills needed in the challenging years ahead. The skills are developed which the D.A.R.E. Officer brings to the classroom. The officer spends one hour on each classroom lesson. The officer also spends time on the playground at recess and lunch hour getting to know each student.

(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a joint effort between the Paris Special School District and the Paris Police Department. The program targets students and provides sessions on decision making, consequences, self esteem, peer pressure, refusal skills and alternatives to the use of drugs and alcohol. This unique program utilizes specially trained uniformed officers as classroom instructors. D.A.R.E. has received high praise from law enforcement officials, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. The Paris Police Department is proud to be on the leading edge of drug education in this state.

Story and Photos By Kristina Dufresne

Lane Closures By TDOT

  • Saturday, December 7, 6:00am- 5:00 p.m.: I-40 east and westbound will have intermittent closures MM 81.0-MM 82.5 for milling and paving operations. Backup date Sunday, December 8, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: There will be a closure on the eastbound ramp of exit 82 at Highland Ave. to install storm drain. Backup date Sunday, December 8, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 11 EACH DAY, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: SR 5 (Highland Avenue) will have intermittent left and right lane closures both north and southbound from Vann Drive to the Carriage House/Ridgecrest intersection for bridge construction activities.

 

Southside Cafe Annual Community Appreciation Christmas Party

Paris,Tenn.- Southside Cafe will be hosting our yearly Community Appreciation Christmas Party Saturday December 7 from 5-10pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Community Building. This is a FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY event that we have each year to say Thank You & to show our appreciation to our customers & community for supporting us all year long. This years party will have a carnival theme. There will be music & dancing with the Legends Band, An Ugly Sweater & Christmas Pajama Contest, Pot-Luck Cook-Off, Table Decorating Contest, and Carnival type game booths for the kids. Santa will be arriving at 7:30. Food as always is Potluck so grab a dish and bring the family out for a free night of fun.

 

Santa, Christmas Parade In McKenzie on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Santa Claus is coming to town–McKenzie, that is, at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 7. In addition to the festivities of the Mistletoe Christmas, the Community Christmas Parade will be held downtown.

The theme is 150 years of Christmas.

Line up will start at McKenzie Middle School located at 80 Woodrow Ave. Participants should arrive for line up no later than 3:30 pm. Registration forms are available at the City Hall. For more information, please contact Jennifer Sims at 731-415-0981.

Best of Motown Presents Temptations Christmas Sat. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Best of Motown and More present, A Temptations Christmas, give yourself some soul this Christmas. The show will be at the Krider Performing Arts this Saturday December 7th at 7pm. Get tickets now at the Civic Center, order online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Reserved seating for the show is $20 per ticket and general admission is $15 per ticket.

Reminder: Jammin 4 the Kids is Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Jaycees present Jammin 4 the Kids!! Fundraiser for the annual Christmas shopping tour for underprivileged kids. Starts at 7:30 p.m. December 7. Held at Paris Moose Lodge. This year’s lineup *Ethan Torsak Band acoustic Ethan and JC*Jordan Skoda and the Damnwrights acoustic *The Ray Lewis Band *Quest

All this entertainment for just $10. 21-up. They will have an auction, 50/50 drawing and other surprises. Help us spread the word. Thanks to all the bands for donating their time so we can make some amazing kids feel special. Please call or text 731-693-9086 with any questions.

River Conference Tournament Begins at 11am Sat. at Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.-The 2019 River Conference Basketball tournament is set for an 11am start on Saturday at Henry County High School's Gamlin Gymnasium. There will be 4 games played Saturday, 4 more games Monday evening starting around 4pm, and two games Thursday December 12th for the girls and boys championship. If you can't make the games listen to our broadcast on WZLK 94.1

Henry County Travels to Obion County Saturday for Basketball

Obion, Tenn.- Henry County will step back out of District play this Saturday night and travel to Obion County. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make the trip over, listen on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming via our website, wmufradio.com, and via your phone by calling 518-896-1349, the sportsline. Just call and after prompted press Henry County option.  City

Commission Moves Forward With Impact Plan Approval on Hampton Inn Project

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The city of Paris is one step closer to having a Hampton Inn after approval by the Paris City Commission of rezoning and an economic impact plan at Thursday night’s meeting.

Public hearings on the economic impact plan were held during the afternoon at the Henry County Commission, Paris Industrial Development Board and at the City Commission, with each panel approving it.

Attorney Tom Trent of Nashville and Knoxville Developer Victor Patel were on hand for the meeting, with Trent outlining the plan, which calls for construction of a hotel which will include 72 rooms, swimming pool, meeting areas and other amenities.

The economic impact plan outlined the expected financial benefits that will come to Paris and Henry County from the project. According to the plan, it is estimated by the tax assessor that the project will have a tax appraisal valuation of approximately $5M when fully assessed at completion. The plan calls for incentives from the Industrial Development Board for a portion of the infrastructure costs.

At the city commission meeting, opposition was voiced to the request to rezone property at 1540 Mineral Wells Ave. to make way for a new Hampton Inn by neighboring property owners.

The property owners, who included Fred Reed, Ron Thomas and Donna Conger, cited increased congestion, traffic and a decreased quality of life with the rezoning.

City Manager Kim Foster and Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris explained that the rezoning of the Mineral Wells parcel to Planned Business was necessary anyway because the parcel (which contains the Premier Nissan) had never been adequately zoned in the first place. Foster

Foster said when the zoning for the Nissan dealership was approved years ago “something was overlooked and it was zoned for a shopping center. That was something we didn’t realize until this new request was presented. It was something that needed to be corrected.”

Property owners said they did not want anything commercial to be approved for their neighborhood and city officials noted that their area already is zoned for commercial growth.

Foster noted, “One of the challenges of city government is to balance developments like this. It’s always a balancing act.”

Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Commissioner Gayle Griffith cited the progress and economic growth that the new Hampton Inn will bring for the city and the county. City officials noted that with the location of a Hampton Inn there, other developments, such as shopping centers, would be more likely to locate there, too.

Griffith said, “For a city to progress, you have to have new businesses. We’ve been trying to get business on that side of town and that area is already zoned commercial.  We are looking for what’s best for the city of Paris. We just can’t please every person.”

Property owner Donna Conger said her family has lived in their house for 30 years and were against the highway widening way back when. She said the lights from the Nissan dealership shine in their windows all night and there is constant traffic and congestion. “We feel like they’re pushing us out. We feel like we’re going to be living in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn and it’s making us sick. We’re trying to hold on to all the peace we can.”

In other business:

--Bobby Swayne has been hired as full-time Landfill Manager to replace Anthony McElroy, who resigned.

--The commission approved the right of way request for the north end of Jean Street for Norman Feageans who is opening a restaurant at 10 Fairgrounds Rd. (old Hungry Wolf).

--The commission approved the rezoning request for Hwy. 69N to B-1. The property close to the intersection of Hwy. 69N and West Wood is being developed for a convenience store.

--Gerrell reported the appointment of Linda Searcy to the planning commission.

Photos: top photo, Victor Patel (foreground) and Attorney Tom Trent present the plan for the Hampton Inn to the commission; Property Owner Fred Reed, at the podium, presents his reasons against the plan while City Manager Kim Foster (at screen) illustrates the zoning for the area on the map. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Rural Caucus Focuses on Rural Broadband During its 3rd Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Rural Caucus formed by Representative Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) just held its third meeting to discuss issues to prioritize in the new legislative session that begins next month. Approximately twenty (20) members of the General Assembly, representing rural districts, attended the meeting and the primary topic that was the focus of the meeting was rural broadband access. “Broadband access is a critical component to economic development and rural communities have been left behind with respect to the availability and benefits of this technology. There is clearly a rural-urban broadband ‘digital divide’ that is negatively impacting rural development. Broadband service positively impacts education, healthcare, entrepreneurship and employment, among other things. In fact, research studies in other areas of the country have reflected that rural areas with broadband accessibility tend to have higher levels of education and income, greater business development and relatively low unemployment and poverty rates. There is a correlation between broadband accessibility and economic development and growth. This is why the Rural Caucus chose to make rural broadband access a topic of focus,” explained Griffey.

At the recent Rural Caucus meeting, there was a discussion of different methods by which broadband is being provided to certain rural areas currently such as municipal utility companies providing fiber to the home for their electric customers. TEC gave a presentation to members of the various areas to which they are rolling out broadband service through a partnership with municipalities and local governments. One concern discussed among legislative members in attendance was a conflict between utility companies and private broadband providers. According to information received at the meeting, both are seeking grant funds, and a third type of entity – fixed wireless companies that are entirely private – are not receiving grant funding. Rather, they are membership owned with contracts from customers with 2 year commitments. The federal government is incentivizing utility companies through USDA grants to provide rural broadband services; however, some utility companies are providing fiber to homes in areas already being served by private rural broadband providers.

Another concern discussed by the Rural Caucus legislative members is the delay in getting rural broadband to everyone, particularly those in the most rural parts of counties across the state. The difficulty is that providers continue to target those areas with the greatest concentration of customers. “The TN Rural Caucus members wanted to learn what efforts are being made to get broadband accessibility to all of the rural customers, and discussed possible legislation that could put conditions on grant funding from the state to ensure broadband access gets to every rural customer,” explained Griffey. “Inasmuch as there are private companies and utility cooperatives competing for the same customers, there is inevitable competition and competitive efforts to try to capture as much of the market as possible. Typically this works great for accessibility; however, due to the cost of providing broadband to rural customers, providers have focused on the areas with the largest concentration of customers, leaving certain rural areas excluded, “ stated Griffey. Griffey indicated that the members had a good discussion of possible alternatives to provide incentives to those providers that actually connect all rural customers, and anticipates a bill to be filed to address this issue in the upcoming legislative session. “Unfortunately, Senator Janice Bowling, who has been a leader on this front, was unable to attend the Rural Caucus meeting, and neither was Representative Timothy Hill, Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, due to conflicting schedules. We will be seeking their input on legislation, and intend to keep rural broadband an issue of ongoing communication for purposes of drafting a bill,” Griffey stated.

Lee Academy Christmas Bazaar Set this Sat. 9-4

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar at the school, located at 402 N. Lee Street this Saturday December 7th. The event will run from 9am to 4pm with craft vendors selling their handmade items and Lee Academy board members selling soups, sandwiches, and homemade sweets and pastries for lunch to eat on site or take away with you.
There will be handmade quilts, wood bowls, jewelry, gourd art, stained glass, pottery, paintings and more. This event is a major fundraiser for the scholarship fund at Lee Academy so please visit and do some of your Christmas shopping with them.

New Harmony Baptist Church Live Nativity Set for this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will present their annual Live Nativity this weekend Friday thru Sunday 6-9pm each night. This spectacular display is the church’s Christmas gift to the community and the best part is there is no charge to see it. Come and drive through a trail of luminaries and view the living scenes depicting the birth of Christ.
The Church is located at 7050 Hwy. 69 S. in Paris located 5 miles from the Hwy. 218 bypass. For more information call 593-5276.

HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop Hosting Christmas Open House Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary is excited to host a Christmas Open House in the Pink Petal Gift Shop on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Attendees will get a first look at new product arrivals. Employees of Henry County Medical Center and HCMC Clinics will receive 20% off when they show their badge. Holiday goodies and refreshments will be available as well.

In addition, there will be a “Hallway Sale” during the Christmas Open House. Outside of the Pink Petal Gift Shop will be a table with all sale items for $5 and under. These will be perfect for stocking stuffers and holiday gifting games.

Hours for the Pink Petal Gift Shop are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open house refreshments will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pink Petal Gift Shop offers a variety of unique, hand-picked merchandise, gifts and personal items including baby gifts; home décor; children’s books and magazines for all ages; greeting cards; clothing; and jewelry. Orders can be taken over the phone and a gift shop employee will deliver the gift within the hospital, free of charge.

Ran and managed by volunteers of the HCMC Auxiliary, all funds raised through the Pink Petal Gift Shop go to purchase non-budgeted items requested by HCMC.  Resources also go to give scholarships to graduating seniors in Henry County or other applicants entering the medical or healthcare field.

HCMC Auxiliary volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to the community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings providing an extra dimension of care to our patients and families.  Volunteers are a vital part of HCMC with more than 40 volunteers currently serving across the organization.

The Pink Petal Gift Shop is located on the main floor of the hospital just past registration. If you would like more information or if you would like assistance selecting and ordering a gift, contact the Gift Shop at 731-644-8351.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities at HCMC, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Paige Malone, at 731-644-8267.

Bethel U. Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in McKenzie. The Honorable Judge John Everett Williams, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, will be the commencement speaker.

Judge John Everett Williams is a life-long resident of Carroll County, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Upon graduating law school, Judge Williams was offered jobs in 25 states and two foreign countries. He chose to return to his home in Huntingdon, Tennessee to establish his law practice.

In November of 1998, Judge Williams was appointed by Governor Don Sundquist to serve on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Although Judge Williams maintains an office on the court square in Huntingdon, Tennessee, he serves in the Jackson, Nashville, and Knoxville, Tennessee courthouses with statewide jurisdiction. In 2017, Judge Williams was elected by his colleagues as presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals - the first Northwest Tennessean to ever hold this title.

In October 2015, his alma mater, University of Tennessee at Martin presented him with the first-ever Distinguished Criminal Justice Alumni Award.

For the past several years, Judge Williams has served as chairman of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). During his leadership, TLAP was recognized as one of the nation’s leading programs helping law students, lawyers, and judges in coping with alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, suicide, and other mental health-related problems unique to the legal profession.

President Walter Butler stated, “"Bethel University is proud to welcome Judge John E. Williams as our Fall Graduation Commencement Speaker. Judge Williams is a lifelong Carroll Countian and has just recently been honored by our Chamber of Commerce as Carroll Countian of the Year. He has served our State of Tennessee on the State Court of Criminal Appeals since 1998. He is recognized, across the State for his fairness. As citizens we are so fortunate to have Judge Williams working for the State of Tennessee. Bethel University is honored to welcome Judge Williams to our campus for this graduation ceremony."

Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. For more information about Bethel University, please go to BethelU.edu.

Great Crowd For Advent Walk Wednesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Mild weather was enjoyed by everyone at Wednesday evening's annual Candlelight Advent Walk sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Rev. Joy Weathersbee of the Paris First United Methodist Church gave the first reading on the Henry County Courthouse steps, followed by Rev. Todd Henson of First Baptist Church. Stops along the walk this year were at First United Methodist, First Presbyterian Church, and Grace Episcopal with readings and music at each stop. In photo, Rev. Todd Henson of First Baptist Church gives one of the readings. Shannon McFarlin photo.  

Murray Man Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse involving a 1 Year Old

Dick Inmate Photo

Paris, Tenn.- A Murray man has been charged by Paris Police with aggravated child abuse and neglect in an incident involving a 1 year old child. According to the report, Ptl. David Beauvis of the Paris Police Department responded to a home on Lakeway Circle to a 1 year old with a severe head injury. Ptl. Beauvis did make contact with the child’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend Cameron T. Dick of Murray.

In Beauvis’s report, he noted the child did have a significant amount of blood on the left side of her head but didn’t appear to be in any distress. Dick stated he had been in the vehicle with the young lady and she started complaining of her head hurting and Dick noticed the blood. On the scene, due to the amount of blood that had dried in her hair, EMS personnel weren’t able to determine the exact extent of the injury and wanted to take the young baby to the ER for further treatment.

At the ER, she was cleaned up and two lacerations were found. Multiple staples were required to close the lacerations and the nature of the injuries did prompt DHS and Inv. Jeramye Whitaker to be called to the scene. The case was turned over to Inv. Whitaker and he interviewed the mother and Cameron Dick. Whitaker then placed Dick under arrest for aggravated child abuse and neglect. Dick was arrested without incident and taken to jail.

Cherry Jones, Dan Knowles, HCHS to Be Spotlighted for this Years Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Two familiar faces and a school that celebrated a golden anniversary this year will be honored in the of the 13th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade. Actress Cherry Jones was selected as the grand marshal, artist Dan Knowles has received the honor of Downtown Paris Association (DPA) Ambassador and Henry County High School (HCHS) has been named the featured school. The event is set for Saturday, December 14 at 5:00 pm, immediately following Santa’s Christmas Festival downtown.

Jones, a native Parisian, with two Tony and two Emmy Awards to her credit, has long touted her hometown as a place that nurtures all artistic endeavors. “And the way Paris celebrates Christmas is certainly a work of art,” she laughed.

A student of HCHS Speech and Drama Instructor Linda Wilson Miller, Jones graduated in 1974. She has captured Tony Awards for The Heiress and Doubt and Emmy’s for 24 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Jones has appeared in more than 50 television shows, films and streaming media programs including Signs, The Horse Whisperer, Boy Erased, New Year’s Eve and Motherless Brooklyn.  She was in the previous season of HBO’s Succession and appears in Apple’s upcoming miniseries Defending Jacob.

White & Associates – Wimberley Agency will be hosting a Q and A for Jones at their downtown office on the square from 3:00 – 4:00 pm during the Christmas Festival. The agency will be serving refreshments until parade time. Jones also will present trophies to winners at the Old 5 & 10 Event Center following the parade.

“I love getting back home for Christmas. My sister and I grew up downtown in our family’s flower shop, and there is no higher honor than being on a float that passes through our bustling square all dressed up for the holidays,” she said.

The DPA Ambassador is an award created to shine a spotlight on an individual who has gone above and beyond for downtown. “Dan Knowles, our fabulous Back Alley Paris mural artist was the obvious choice for this honor,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “Dan has turned our alleys into showplaces that encourage tourism and help everyone learn more community history.”

Henry County High School is the featured school for this year’s parade. “This is the perfect way to celebrate the close of our 50th Anniversary Year,” said Principal Michele Webb. “We have had a remarkable year filled with a huge homecoming, a time capsule, a big tailgate party with former classes, renaming the Little Theatre, the field house and the football field for beloved teachers and coaches, and now we’re going to finish in the best possible way, a parade!”

Plenty of Patriots will be on hand to help celebrate. The Marching Patriot Band will kick off the parade and several school organizations also will be on hand.

The mission of the Downtown Paris Association is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. For more information email DowntownParis@outlook.com or call 731-653-7274.

Library's Gingerbread Making Event Well Attended

Paris, Tenn.- Several youngsters were out in full force to build the best Ginger Bread House at the W.G. Rhea Public Library's Ginger Bread Making event on Tuesday evening. The library provides the kits and candy and each year the event draws a large crowd. (Library photos)

Ladies, Men Sweep District Games At Springfield Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County swept a pair of district games Tuesday night on the hardwood at Springfield. The Lady Patriots won 84-50 and the Patriots won 63-51.

The win puts both teams at 1-0 in district play and the Lady Pats at 4-2 on the season so far. The Patriots have started the season on fire, 6-0.

Henry County will travel to Obion County this Saturday for a non district game.

TN Stars Program Giving Away Scholarships as 2019 Comes to a Close

Nashville- In the spirit of the season, the TNStars® College Savings 529 Program is giving one Tennessee child a $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded into a TNStars® account.

Tennessee residents age 21 and older can enter to win at TNStars.com/scholarship now through December 31st on behalf of a child age 10 or younger. One entry is good for the entire contest period. The $5,000 prize, and any additional amounts contributed to the TNStars account, can be used by the winning beneficiary to cover future post-secondary education expenses ranging from tuition and housing to books, computers, and more.

“We are very proud that Tennessee’s own college savings program has already helped more than 17,000 children prepare for the future costs of higher education,” said Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. "The cost of higher education is more than just tuition and Tennessee is fortunate to have a program like TNStars helping make saving for college easy for all families.”

TNStars® is designed to give Tennessee families high quality investment options at a low cost to help them put aside money for higher education expenses. Families can invest directly with the program and money can be withdrawn tax-free from a TNStars® account as long as it is used for qualified post-secondary education expenses.

To enter the scholarship giveaway or to get more information on the program, visit TNStars.com.

All contest entries and winners are subject to the Official Rules of the TNStars Holiday Scholarship Giveaway.

Candlelight Advent Walk to Usher in Advent Season Wed. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Candlelight Advent Walk will usher in the Christmas season Wednesday evening in downtown Paris beginning at 6:30pm. The Downtown Paris Association and area churches sponsor the event each year as worshippers will hear the message of advent in beautifully decorated churches while proceeding by family friendly candlelight through the historic area.

The service begins at the front stops of the courthouse at 6:30pm, then its on to First Presbyterian Church, Grace Episcopal, and ceremonies wrap up First United Methodist and everyone is invited to fellowship and refreshments in the Christian Life Center. For more on the DPA’s Downtown Unwrapped series of events for the Christmas season log online to visitdowntownparis.com.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church in Paris from Noon to 6pm on Thursday December 5th. All eligible donors are welcome as all levels remain at lower than normal supply. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when you giving.blood.

Puryear Man Arrested by PPD Underage Consumption

Paris, Tenn.- While on patrol, Paris Police Lt Josh Frey clocked a gray car driving through Puryear doing 60mph in a 40mph. He initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 641. As he was approaching the driver, the officer noticed an odor of marijuana wafting towards him. The driver, Casey Mounts, 18, of Puryear, was asked to step from the vehicle and the odor became stronger mixed with the scent of alcohol.

Mounts was asked if he had been drinking an alcoholic beverage while driving or if he had anything illegal on his person. Mounts denied both. A search of the car and Mounts person revealed a pipe and a fifth of vodka in the car and a small baggie of weed in Mounts pants pocket. Casey Mounts was charged with Underage possession/consumption of alcohol, simple possession, and paraphernalia.

Portion of Hwy to Be Renamed for Sonny Melton

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and the family of the late Sonny Melton have announced that a dedication ceremony to name a stretch of highway between Paris and Big Sandy after Melton will be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

The “Sonny Melton Memorial Highway” will be officially dedicated at the intersection of Hwy. 218 and Hwy. 69A near J.B.’s Express Mart.

The Henry County and Benton County Commissioners asked the state of Tennessee to name the highway in Melton’s honor on October 2017.  The dedication honors Melton, who was originally from Big Sandy and was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

The proclamation approved by the Henry County Commissioners said: “The Henry County and Big Sandy communities mourn the loss of Sonny Melton and wish to honor and preserve his memory, and whereas, in memory of the life of Sonny Melton and in honor of his heroism, the Henry County Board of Commissioners recommends that the portion of State Highway 69A S between the Paris bypass (State Hwy. 218) and Big Sandy” be renamed the Sonny Melton Memorial Highway.

The resolution was recommended by Commissioner David Webb.

Last month, the new bridge on Lower Big Sandy Road was named the “Sonny Melton Memorial Bridge” at a ceremony.

Paris Elementary and Inman Strings Concert Set for 6pm Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elementary and Inman Middle School Strings will present their Winter Concert at 6pm Tuesday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show is free to the public.

Henry County Splits Games at Home vs. Huntingdon Monday night; Open District Play Tuesday at Springfield.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games on the hardwood with Huntingdon on Monday night in non District action. The Lady Mustangs defeated Henry County by a final score of 41-29 and the Patriots raced past the Mustangs 66-29. Andrew Wimberley scored 19 points to lead the way. Henry County will see its first District contest of the season Tuesday as they travel to Springfield.

Bethel Univ. Christmas With Renaissance Performances Begin Friday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University invites you to Christmas with Renaissance, an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showcasing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts Program.

Christmas with Renaissance performances are December 6th at 7pm, December 7th, at 2pm and 7pm. And Sunday December 8th at 2pm. All performances will be in the Dickey Fine Arts Building at Bethel University.

To purchase tickets, visit bethelrenaissance.com/Christmas or contact the office at 352-6980. Due to a high volume of phone calls, if you don’t get an answer, please leave a message and someone will confirm your ticket within 48 hours. Preferred tickets are $15, General ticket $10. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Jammin' 4 the Kids Set for Saturday Evening at Paris Moose Lodge

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will hold their Jammin’ 4 the Kids this Saturday December 7th at 7:30pm at the Paris Moose Lodge. Musical entertainment on the night includes Ethan Torsk and JC; Jordan Skoda and the Daywrights Acoustic; Quest; and the Ray Lewis Band.

There will be an auction, 50/50 drawing, and several other surprises throughout the evening also. Proceeds raised will benefit underprivileged children and their families this Christmas. For more information call 693-9086. Donations are welcome as well.

McDonalds Burger Bash 4-7pm Tuesday to Benefit the Madrigals

Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s of Paris is hosting a Burger Bash fundraiser for the HCHS Madrigals on Tuesday December 3rd with 20% of all sales at the counter and drive thru going to the Madrigals. Pickup dinner or snacks between 4-7pm on Tuesday December 3rd and show your support for the Madrigals. The Madrigals will be there helping serve and singing a few of your Christmas tunes as well.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Gingerbread House Building 5-7pm Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library invites everyone out to build a gingerbread house this Tuesday December 3rd from 5-7pm. Registration is required for the gingerbread house building, but all materials will be provided for you to use and snack on as you go. Call 642-1702 for more information.

Athletes Recognized Monday Morning at HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- In another signing ceremony Monday morning held at HCHS, two Henry Countians are headed to Bethel University to participate on the Bethel Shooting team. Victoria Thomas and Levi Hamilton signed to play shooting sports with the Wildcats of Bethel Unverisity. Also AD Mike Poteete recognized Davey Harrod as the athlete of the month for November. He plays on the football team amongst other things. Silas Winders was named as athelete of the month in October, after he won the State Championship . (HCHS photos)

Three Public Hearings Set Thursday For New Hampton Inn Hotel Plan

Paris, Tenn.- Three public hearings will be held Thursday afternoon at both the Henry County Courthouse and Paris City Hall on the economic impact plan for the Hampton Inn Hotel planned for construction on Mineral Wells Ave.

Public notices have been posted by the Henry County Commission and the Industrial Development Board of Paris regarding upcoming public hearings on the project. Three hearings will be held during the afternoon of December 5, with the Industrial Development’s hearing set for 3 p.m. at City Hall, the Henry County Commission’s at 4 p.m. at the courthouse, with a final hearing at 5 p.m. at City Hall directly before the city commission’s regular monthly meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Each hearing calls for consideration of an Economic Impact Plan for The VRL Hotels Economic Development Area for property located at 1540 Mineral Wells Ave., Paris.

Knoxville Planner Victor Patel told Forever Communications plans are for a four-story, 72-room Hampton Inn to be built on Mineral Wells Ave. next to the Nissan of Paris lot as its stands. It also will include business center, meeting room and swimming pool, he said.

Lady Pats, Pats Have 3 Games This Week on the Hardwood

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball teams will host Huntingdon Monday evening in a non-district game. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the men If you can’t make the games listen to our streaming broadcast online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling the sports line at 518-896-1349 then press option 1 for Henry County sports. Henry County travels to Springfield for a district game Tuesday night and steps back out of district play for non-district game Saturday at Obion County.

LPL Financial, located at Commercial and Trust Company Announces Michelle Conroy Acheives Designation

Paris, Tenn.- LPL Financial, located at Commercial Bank & Trust Company, is pleased to announce that Michelle Conroy, LPL Financial Advisor, has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist.  Conroy successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist, or AAMS®, Professional Education Program from the College for Financial Planning®.  Individuals who hold the AAMS® designation have completed a course of study encompassing investments, insurance, tax, retirement, and estate planning issues. Additionally, individuals must pass an end-of-course examination that tests their ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.  All AAMS® designation holders have agreed to adhere to standards of professional conduct by signing a code of ethics and disclosure form. They are also responsible for completing 16 hours of Continuing Education credits every two years. Conroy has 21 years of experience in the financial services industry and works out of the Mineral Wells Branch and the Union City Downtown office of Commercial Bank & Trust Co.

Murray State University To Celebrate Holiday Season With President’s Reception, Oakhurst Open House, And Holiday Concert

Murray, Ky. ​— The Town & Gown Partnership at Murray State University is hosting “A President’s Reception — A Celebration of Giving,” a Holiday Open House at Oakhurst and Town & Gown Holiday Concert at Lovett Auditorium to help the Murray community get in the holiday spirit next month.  

On Dec. 4 from 3-4:30 p.m., “A President’s Reception — A Celebration of Giving” will be held at Pogue Library. The event is open to campus and the entire community in celebration of the season of giving and to spotlight President Dr. Bob Jackson’s appreciation of all who support Murray State University.  

The President’s Office and Town & Gown will host the annual Holiday Open House at Oakhurst on Dec. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The Murray State community and general public are invited for an evening of live music played by University students, light refreshments and more.  

Built by University founder Dr. Rainey T. Wells and his family in 1918, Oakhurst — then named Edgewood — is the president’s home, located at 1510 Main Street in Murray, Kentucky.  

In 1939 when Dr. Wells left the University to become the general attorney for Woodmen of the World in Omaha, Nebraska, the Murray State Board of Regents unanimously purchased the home for $20,000 and renamed the building Oakhurst. On its 60th anniversary, Oakhurst was named to the National Register of Historic Places.  

Following the open house is the Town & Gown Holiday Concert at Lovett Auditorium, which takes place at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the entire community. The 80-member Town & Gown Community Band is led by Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. The group will perform a mixture of traditional and modern holiday

songs. Hill will lead the chorale and band in a Christmas sing-along for the audience that includes "Joy to the World," "Carol of the Bells," "What Child Is This" and others. Jared Heldenbrand is the choir's collaborative pianist.

The Town & Gown Partnership at Murray State enhances the quality of living and learning in the community by fostering improved communication between the University and local citizens, facilitating the discussion of community concerns, organizing educational events that promote the history, culture and commerce of the region and investing in collaborative partnerships with philanthropic and community service organizations. To learn more, visit murraystate.edu/townandgown.

Photos: Holiday Open House at Oakhurst  and Lovett Auditorium

Alexander Statement on the Passing of Bishop Graves

Maryville, Tenn., December 1, 2019 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of Bishop William Graves:

“William Graves was one of our nation’s most consequential, religious and civic leaders. With his quiet, strong leadership, he made our lives better and made us proud to claim him as a native son. Over the years, Bishop Graves became a treasured friend of our family. We will miss him and offer to his family our great respect for his life of service.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee visit Franktown Festival of Lights

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee got into the holiday spirit this weekend when they visited the Franktown Festival of Lights and even had a chance to visit with Santa.   

 New to this year’s route is Lee Company’s Santa’s Village where families can get their photo with Santa, enjoy hot drinks and cookies, camel rides for the kids, holiday activities and a petting zoo. 

Franklin Synergy Bank presents the Franktown Festival of Lights which will run through December 28, 2019. 

More information is available at FranktownFestivalofLights.com.    

PHOTO CREDIT: Franktown Open Hearts

Candlelight Advent Walk Heralds the Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season Wednesday evening, December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and participating downtown churches, worshipers will hear the message of Advent in beautifully decorated churches while proceeding by family friendly candlelight through the historic downtown area.

“This is a very unique way to usher in the Advent Season,” said First United Methodist Church Pastor, Joy Weathersbee, who chairs the 2019 Advent Walk Committee. “This year we are focusing on the Advent themes of Prophesy, Preparation, Promise and Presence.  With three stops during the walk, the Advent Walk will conclude by 7:30 p.m.

According to the DPA Executive Director, Kathy Ray, “It’s a great opportunity to worship with other churches, enjoy their meaningful decorations of the season and stroll through our charming Victorian town square while visiting with friends and neighbors.”

The service begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Entrance of the Henry County Courthouse on Washington Street with family friendly candles provided by the Downtown Paris Association.  Worshipers will be welcomed by Pastor Joy Weathersbee at the Courthouse.  We will proceed to First Presbyterian Church and hear from Dr. Pam Evans of Grace Episcopal Church.   Then at Grace Episcopal Church we’ll hear special music by the Harmonics and a message by Rev. Carol Wade, Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian.    We will then proceed to the First United Methodist Church to hear Dr. John Dandridge, Pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.  Afterwards, all are invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments there in the Christian Life Center.     

LIGHT UP Martin!

Martin, Tenn.–The city of Martin is inviting everyone Monday, December 2nd for the city’s “Light Up Martin” Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration and Holiday Fireworks show which includes the annual Christmas parade.

The event kick off at 4 pm with great shopping at the historic downtown businesses, food trucks, train rides, carousel and more.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 5 pm with singing on stage, free hot chocolate, free holiday goodies for children, carousel rides, mini train rides, and a fireworks finale.

The Kiwanis Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. to complete the evening.

Food Trucks Open: 4PM-8PM
Rolling Smoke BBQ/Catering
The Farmer’s Perk
Little Korea Food Truck
Doughsserts
Pope’s Concessions and Rides

Holiday Shopping Tips From Chief Elizondo (Paris Police Department)

Paris,Tenn.-This is a special time of the year; more people are traveling the roadways, are out and about shopping and visiting loved ones. 

It is also a time when people become busy and vulnerable to theft and other crimes. 

We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. 

The Paris Police Department wants everyone to be safe and enjoy this special season.

HOLIDAY SHIPPING SAFETY TIPS:

1.     Shop during daylight hours whenever possible.

2.    If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area and try to avoid going alone; take someone with you.

3.    Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, purses, or bags while shopping.  Try to use a credit/debit card or checkbook.

4.    If you must carry a purse, use one that crosses over your body to avoid easy access to thefts. 

5.    Never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.

6.    Avoid overloading yourself with packages.  It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

7.    Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  At this time of the year,” con-artist” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your belongings.

8.    Don’t be distracted looking for your car keys after shopping.  Be sure to locate your keys before going to your car.  Be alert while walking to your car, and pay attention to your surroundings.

9.    Don’t leave packages or valuables where they are visible to those who are parked near or walking by your car.  Doing so creates a temptation for thieves.  If you must leave something in the car,

lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. STOW IT. DON’T SHOW IT!

10.   If you see suspicious activity, contact 642-2424 or for emergencies, call 9-1-1.

LBL Offers Free Cedar Trees

LBL, KY/Tenn.- Free cedar Christmas tree permits will be available online November 29-December 24, from Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations.  

Members of the public may also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative Office, 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday, November 29 through December 24. A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 29 and December 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between the Lakes except: Within sight of US68/KY80 Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway Cemeteries Nature Watch Areas Campgrounds Other mowed areas  

"Taking your family out into the woods to look for the perfect Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition. Check along roadsides or within old forest openings to find your tree,” suggested Yvonne Antes, silviculturist at Land Between the Lakes.. “The cedar tree program also helps Land Between the Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat.” 

Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found on the reservations page. You may call 270-924-2065 for more information.  

Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines for choosing and using a cut tree in their home this Christmas: Choose a fresh tree. If needles fall off easily, the tree is dry and can easily catch on fire. When setting up your tree, cut the base off two inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb more water. Place the tree in a stable, tip-proof container and water it daily. Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, wood stoves, or open flames. 

Be sure decorative lights are UL approved and in good condition. Never leave tree lights on while asleep or away from home. LED lights are a great way to save energy. Discard the tree when it begins to show signs of drying, such as brown or yellow coloration, or excessive needle dropping. 

Santa Arrives For North Pole Family Fun Day!

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--A huge crowd was in downtown Paris Friday to greet Santa Claus and his entourage as they arrived at Santa's house on the courthouse lawn for North Pole Family Fun Day. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the Christmas Mouse arrived on a Paris Fire Truck, with Santa surrounded by children as he made his way to his Gingerbread House where he will be on Saturdays and Sundays through December 22.

The event is sponsored each year by the Downtown Paris Association. Santa will be in his house on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

Children and adults were treated to a number of free activities including Christmas crafts with the Henry Co. 4-H Honor Club, trackless train rides through downtown, a petting zoo, and face painting.

The event is ongoing today until 2 p.m.

 

Photos: Santa and the gang arrive; Autumn Ray and Travion Smith of the Henry Co. 4-H Honor Club help kids with crafts. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

 

By Kristina Dufresne- Pictured below is Rachel Allison who is originally from Paris, but lives in New York now, where she is a costume designer. Her skirt is a cage with pine boughs around it. Wynter Dufresne posing next to Allison.

Local Fraternal Order of Police Chapter Seeks Public Help with Donations for Cops and Kids Shopping

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Kentucky Lake Lodge 117, will hold their annual Cops and Kids Shopping trip in early December and they are low on funds this year asking for the public’s help in anyway.

The plan is to take 240 underprivileged kids shopping to the local Walmart, allowing them to spend about $75 apiece. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, HCHS DECA Class, HCHS Criminal Justice class, Rescue Squad, and Knights of Columbus will all help with the shopping trip.

On the day of the shopping trip, each child will also receive a stuffed animal of their choice, breakfast, and some fruit and candy to take home.

Anyone who would like to donate to the FOP Cops and Kids Shopping trip can take monetary donations to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office of Paris Police Department in the next couple weeks.

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