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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks



New Design Spotlights Breast Cancer Awareness on Patrol Car

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Michelle Brewer and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew look over the new graphic design on the hood of Sgt. Brewer's patrol car, spotlighting Breast Cancer Awareness. Other designs are planned for other Student Resource Officer Patrol cars over the next few months. (HCSO photo)

Man Arrested for Domestic Assault after Tense Confrontation

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Blake Jenkins responded to Spirit Lane where a man threatened to kill himself. Sgt. Jenkins confronted Steve W. Nichols, 47, of 140 Spirit Lane, who was combative and defensive. Sgt. Jenkins couldn’t see any weapons and as Cpl. Jim Sanders and Puryear Police Chief Paschall arrived to assist they had contacted the man’s mother who said he had hit her earlier and she was afraid to deal with him. Nichols was arrested for domestic assault.

Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department charged Bruce Robinson, age 56, of 306 Routon St. with DUI after responding to the Civic Center where a Nissan Altima was said to be driving on the sidewalk, nearly striking a pedestrian. Lt. Frey found the vehicle running with lights on and the driver, Robinson, slumped over. Robinson finally woke up to Lt. Frey’s knocking on the window, but had issues getting the window down and once he did Lt. Frey could smell alcohol. Robinson was placed on $1K bond.

Holley Carburator Reunion Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Holley Carburator Reunion will be held at the Paris Civic Center on Volunteer Drive this Saturday October 20th from 11am to 1pm. The dinner is pot luck and all former Holley Carburator employees and immediate family members are welcome. Call Gloria Barnhill at 642-7266 for more information.

Demolition Work Begins Tues. on Tyson Avenue

(City of Paris Facebook photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris is beginning demolition work to change the landscape at Tyson and Manley Tuesday morning. Public Works crews began working Tuesday and will be tearing down the Tri-State Upholstery building. Tyson Avenue will be down to one lanes for the next 3 days while demolition takes places so motorist should use caution.

HCXC Competes at Dickson Meet

Madison Caldwell runs during the meet on Saturday.

Dickson, Tenn.- Henry County competed in the Mid State Cross Country Association Championship over the weekend. Dinah Winders placed 3rd in the girls Varsity 5K race out of 282 competitors with a time of 18:26. Also finishing for Henry County girls were Taylor Dunagan, Roberta Henriquez, Madison Caldwell, and Morgan Nichols.

The boys team placed 6th overall out of 47 teams in the 5K. Silas Winders placed 1st overall with a time of 15:08, Cole Davis came in 6th overall with a time of 16:24 out of 369 runners. Others finishers for the boy’s team include Hunter Lawerence, Sam Bruce, Jesse Evans, Devin Pritchett, and Copper Smith.

Plus Endowment Banquet Held Honoring Educators

PSSD Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell, Inman teachers Allen Ashlock and Carrie Jones, and Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough (Plus Endowment photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Large grants were dispersed and food and fellowship was part of the evening Monday at the Fairgrounds as the Annual Plus Endowment Benefit was held, honor Henry County School System and Paris Special School District educators with grants to help them complete projects this school year. In all, over $72K in grants were awarded, with the largest amounts annoounced on Monday night.

The largest grant of the evening, went to Inman's 6th-8th grade teachers Carrie Jones and Allen Ashlock for $5K. Their project was titled, "Growing Students and Community Greenhouse." The students are learning to grown their own food.

William Atchinson grants awarded Monday evening included: Fingers of the Future, Karen Goodman, Inman 7th-8th Grade Gifted teacher for $2K; Better Serving Students via Mobile Counseling, Inman Guidance Counselor Amy Vance for $1,534 to increase awareness and communication school-wide; $1400 went to 8th Grade Reality Day, the Guidance Staff at Lakewood, Brandi Besand, Carrie Burns, Harrleson-Jennifer Petronico, Henry- Jodi Bell, and Inman- Amy vance.

Other William Atchison grants went to Lakewood Kindergarten teachers Riley Nance and Katie O'Brien for $2K for Little Hand, Big Learning, STEM through learning; and Special Listeners Learning Center- Heather Kingery; Harrelson 1-8th Special Education Reading, for $1967.

Several other smaller grants were announced earlier in the month and all are listed on the Plus Endowment Facebook page. Plus Endowment has been going strong since being started back in 1999 by former HCSS Director William Atchinson.

Commission Learns of Grant Money To Help Workhouse, Moves Forward with Creation

Sheriff Monte Belew speaks about the Workhouse program (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for October Monday night and moved a step closer to creating a Workhouse Program at the Henry County Jail. After holding the work session last week, commissioners were very excited about the opportunity to provide this for the community. There will be a Workhouse Commission board to review the inmate’s history and makes decisions on whether or not to let them go thru the Workhouse program.

Bruce Griffey, currently seeking the TN House of Representatives 75th District seat in the upcoming election, spoke to the commission about a grant from the Department of Probation and Corrections for $250K. Griffey said, if he gets elected he will work hard to try to make sure Henry County gets a fair shake on this.

Bruce Griffey speaks to commissioners on the grant available for Workhouse projects in the state.

Griffey said that there are four of these grants available and there will be one each for each division of Tennessee East, Middle, West and then one more handed out. The major metropolitan areas: Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville will not be considered. The grant is a 75-25 match, with the County needing to fund $62,500 to get the other $187,500. Griffey said, “they want to identify candidates and then track results, I think this is going to produce positive results.”

As announced last week at the work session, this allows inmates to go to places of employment in Henry County and earn a wage. They pay the county $20 per day for food, travel, and their GPS ankle monitor. 25% of the wages goes towards paying off the inmates court fines and fees and the rest is kept for them to have once they get out on their own from their sentence.

The commission voted unanimously to move forward with the creation of the Workhouse and working on obtaining the grant money to help with purchasing a van to use for travel among other items. County Mayor Brent Greer said, “we all need to buy in, we need to the community to buy in as well and hope this works, this program will be a great way to reduce recidivism and give some folks a new lease on life.”

County Comm. Elects New Constable, Road Comm. for District 4

Lee Roy Morris speaks to commissioners on his interest in being on the Road Board. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The commission also held elections for 4th District Constable and Road Board commissioners as neither seat was filled during this past August’s election. The commission elected Roy Henry as the Constable for the 4th District. He spoke to the commission saying he was doing this to give back to his community and it was about public service and not prestige of office. Henry has previously worked in the Veterans’ Service Office and some in the Tax Assessor’s office. Commissioners elected Lee Roy Morris to serve as Road Board Commissioner, he also spoke briefly saying his work history and education should be a good fit on the board and he was ready to serve the community in that capacity. Both of these positions are considered filled until the next general election, which is August 2020.

Henry County Declares Itself Broadband Ready Community

Paris, Tenn.- In other action on Monday night, Commissioners approved a resolution to declare Henry County as a Broadband Ready Community. County Mayor Greer said this is to help WK & T apply for some grant money thru the Federal Government as they look to expand internet service in the Springville and Buchanan areas. Mayor Greer said, this resolution will allow other companies like Charter and AT& T to also apply, but WK&T is the only one that has shown interest at this time. There is no cost to the county.

Commissioners also appointed Lisa Fitzsimmons to the Library Board for an unexpired term ending June 2019.

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned for Oct. 16th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table will be having their next supper on Tuesday, October 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

The Shepherd's Table is a Community Kitchen created by the members, volunteers and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. Lead by Co-chairmen and church members, David Ray Carter and his wife, Suzanne, the group achieves its mission each month of feeding all that come through the door.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Guests are taken to a table and seated by a volunteer that takes their order for supper and their drink. The October meal will be a delicious home-cooked entree with various side items and iced tea or water. A special addition to supper this month will be pies and cobblers furnished by the The Pie Lady, Nicki Cronkright. The volunteers do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible.  The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

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 next supper has already been planned for November 20th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Man Evades Officers, Still on the Loose

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to be on the lookout for a man who fled from them over the weekend. Brandon Fisher, age 29, of 1635 Copper Springs Road, was wanted on previous charges and Sgt. Brian Davis, Lt. Clyde Sulcer, and Deputies Gary Carroll and Kyle Waldron went to the home to apprehend Fisher after learning he was there. Just before arrival, Fisher ran out the front door and into the woods. Officers went after him on foot, but he managed to flee. A vest with over $1750 in cash was found in the woods that Fisher appeared to have dropped. It was kept as evidence, authorities continue to look for Fisher.

Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a Kent Road resident where a 2009 Harley Davidson Motorcycle was stolen from the carport. There are no suspects at this time.

Library October Class Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will have the following classes this month. On Wednesday October 17th from 10:30am to 11:30am and again on October 24th and 31st its Preschool Story Hour with STEM. On October 25th from 6-7pm its Grave Search with Susan Stewart. Monday October 29th its open lab from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

DPA Spooktacular set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The 13th Annual Downtown Spooktacular is set for October 20th sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Organizations and Businesses will be providing free crafts, entertainment, contests, and live music. The event begins at noon and local merchants invite children to Trick-or-Treat during the event.

Besides local restaurants offering a bevy of delicious foods, Perry’s Bar-B-Q and the Inman Band Boosters will be onsite selling their goodies. Don’t have a costume to Trick-or-Treat in, that’s ok... come anyway for a Howling Good Time.

If you need more information, contact Rick Conger at 731.642.7425 or Kathy Ray 731.653.7274. If it rains, the event will be cancelled.  

UT Martin Homecoming Week Set for Oct 22-28

Photo by UT Martin

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin is set to  host its 2018 homecoming festivities Oct. 22-28 on the main campus. The annual Quad City tent festival will begin at 10 a.m., Oct. 27, with the homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri starting at 2 p.m.at Hardy Graham Stadium.

Attendees can reserve tickets for the Quad City food tent and football game, online at utmforever.com. Meal tickets are $10 per person, and football tickets are $15 online.  Remaining football tickets will be available for purchase at the stadium ticket office prior to the game.

Visitors can also attend a womanless beauty revue at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, in Watkins Auditorium. This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the university student chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and tickets will be available at the door.

Officers investigate Thefts around the Area

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s office has investigated a number of issues over the weekend including property and Identity Theft. On Friday October 12, a complainant came to the Henry County Sherriff Office to report stolen Items from a job site. Stolen were Topco Brand Metal benders valued at 24-hundred dollars and Two Colbalt Sawhorses valued at 40-dollars each. The owner of the home could not be reached at the time of the report. Officers also investigated a possible case of Identity theft. According to the report, the complainant told CPL Forrest Kemp that he received an email from Amazon stating his order had shipped. The victim said he had not ordered anything from Amazon and the address it was being shipped to is in Fort Worth Texas. The complainant said he was not sure how anyone got his personal information, but will report it and send the emails to CID today

HCHS Student Died in a Vehicle Accident Friday Afternoon

Photo From Ridgeway Funeral Home

Paris,Tenn.- A Henry County High School student was killed in a motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon. 16-year old Allyson Melton was traveling on the old Paris-Murray road around 4pm on Friday when the  single car accident occured.

Melton was a junior at HCHS and played flute in the marching band. Principal Michele Webb released a statement today stating, “Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Allyson's family and friends.  We know that she will be missed by many.” She continued to say, “On Monday, our counseling department will be available for any students who need a place to talk, gather with friends, or just a place to sit quietly. An administrator or counselor will visit each of the classes that Allyson was in this semester to touch base and check in on students.

Services for Allyson Melton are set for Tuesday October 16, at 2PM in the Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.

American Legion Post #89 Steak Night

Springville, Tenn.- American Legion Post #89 at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville will host Steak Night Friday October 19 beginning at 5pm. Steak, Salad, Baked Potato, Desert and a drink all for 15-dollars. There are 50-tickets available to be purchased in advance. You can get those at the post. You can also call them for more information 731.333.0060.

HAPNA Fantastic Fall Festival a Success

Photos by Benita Evans

Paris, Tenn.- The community came out for the annual Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association, or HAPNA, Fantastic Fall Festival Saturday.

Games for all ages, arts and crafts, food, and much more were featured during the event.  The Henry County Sheriff’s Office grilled lunch that included hot dogs, chips, water, and cookies. Donations for lunch were accepted to help the Association fund its many neighborhood activities.  HAPNA organization is dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood. If you want to know more about HAPNA, how you can help, and future activities, check out their website /www.hapna.org.

Astronomy Program at TN Wildlife Refuge Cancelled

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge's “Astronomy Night on the Refuge” set for tonight, has been cancelled due to weather. According to a release from the Refuge, the event cannot take place due to overcast skys. The statement also says the event can not be reschedule but will take place October 5th 2019.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Interviews Set for Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Salvation Army Angel Tree Interviews are set for Wednesday October 17 from 10 till noon. Families in need wishing to be part of this year’s tree need to be at the Family Resource Center at 55 Jones Bend Road. You must bring proof of eligibility and it is on a first come first serve basis. For more information about the program call 642-2938 or 642-4105.

Some Scores from Friday Night Action

By Breezy.com

McKenzie, Tenn.- Scores around the Area:

Trenton beat McKenzie 55-7

Greenfield blanked Gleason 41-0

Henry County and Dresden had the week off.

Henry Fire Department Responds To Broken Gas Main

Photos By Henry Fire

Henry, Tenn.-Henry Fire Units were dispatched out about 3 pm on Friday afternoon to Hwy 79 S for a report of a high pressure gas line that had been struck by a contractor with the state during bush hogging. Engines 1 & Brush 1 responded with 3 firefighters to the scene. Once units arrived they disabled the gas line and waited for the gas company to arrive. No damage was reported to any other property.

UTM's Alumni Award Winners Announced

Martin, Tenn.- Alex Bynum, of Dresden; William Latimer III, of Union City; and Tonya Parson, of Memphis, will be honored with University of Tennessee at Martin Alumni Awards during homecoming festivities Oct. 27.

The awards will be presented during the annual Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards Program beginning at 9 a.m. in the Paul Meek Library. This event is open by invitation only. Award-winners will also be recognized during halftime of the homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri beginning at 2 p.m. in Hardy Graham Stadium.

Alex Bynum, of Dresden; William Latimer III, of Union City; and Tonya Parson, of Memphis, will be honored with University of Tennessee at Martin Alumni Awards during homecoming festivities Oct. 27.

The awards will be presented during the annual Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards Program beginning at 9 a.m. in the Paul Meek Library. This event is open by invitation only. Award-winners will also be recognized during halftime of the homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri beginning at 2 p.m. in Hardy Graham Stadium.

HCMC Womens Health Center Baby Fest

McKenzie, Tenn.- Sunday is all about the babies during the Henry County Medical Centers Baby Fest. Join HCMC Women’s Center staff and Paris Women’s Center staff for the area’s first semi-annual baby fest featuring swag bags, give-aways, mocktails, door prizes, and more. Medical staff will be on hand providing information on programs and services. There will also be a red carpet photo contest for moms to be to take a picture of their baby bumps. The event will be at The Venue at Waddell Place 940 Joy Sparks Road, McKenzie, TN, Sunday, October 14 from 1-5.

Chili Throwdown at AM Vets Post 45

Bucannan, Tenn.- Amvets Post 45 in Buchanan, TN is having a Chili Throw Down on October 19 at the post. There will be prizes! This event is family friendly and open to the public. For only $7.00 you get to taste test and judge all the chili submitted then fix a bowl or two of your favorite. Drinks and condiments included. you have any questions, feel free to call the post at 642.8690. Ask for Kathi Duncan or Max Beilder.

Burning Permits Needed Staring Mon. Oct. 15th

Paris, Tenn.- Jason Waddell, Henry County tech at the Department of Agriculture, division of forestry, reminds Henry Countians, they must obtain a burning permit from October 15th thru May 15th. Anyone starting an open air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland, must by law, secure a burning permit through the Division of Forestry. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the local office at 642-3808, which is located at 195 Macedonia Road in Henry. You may also obtain a permit online at www.burnsafetn.org.

HCHD, Keep PHC Beautiful Offering Halloween Coloring Contest

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department and Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful is holding a litter awareness Halloween Coloring Contest. One winner will be chosen from each age category: 4-5, 6-7, and 8-9. Pictures to color can be picked up at the Highway Department at 575 Cedar Street in Paris. Completed colored pictures should be returned to Henry County Litter Program, C/O Henry County Highway Department, P.O. Box 674, Paris, TN 38242. All entries must be in by October 24th. For more information call 642-3162.

Helping Hand Radio Auction Has New Home on WRQR FM/AM

Paris, Tenn.- The Helping Hand Radio Auction will have a new broadcast home in 2019 as WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 will simulcast the auction from January 7th thru February 27th next year. Helping Hand is coming to the Benton Weatherford Broadcasting, Inc. Radio Stations which also include WMUF 104.7FM and WLZK 94.1FM in Paris and Henry and McKenzie’s 98.9FM and AM 1440.

Station Manager Gary Benton said, “we are excited to have Helping Hand air on WRQR FM and AM starting in January and look forward to doing what we can to only make this great organization better and stronger.”

Helping Hands had aired on WTPR previously. Applications for Helping Hands will be available at the Paris Post Intelligencer Office beginning Monday October 15th. They are due back by 5pm on November 16th and no late applications will be accepted. Applications must be received in hand by November 16th; no post-marked ones will be accepted. For questions call Susan Bell at 642-7519

Coats For Kids Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Bethesda Church is sponsoring a Coats for Kids Drive through the Month of October. You can bring new or gently used coats of all sizes to Bass Reality at 104 Tyson Ave. You are asked to put the coats in a trash bag so they can be cleaned by Royal Cleaners.  Distribution of the coats will be at Bass Reality from 10 to Noon on November 3rd.

Rest 4 the Soul Ladies Retreat Coming Back Oct. 26-27

Paris, Tenn.- Enough Grace Ministries will host the Rest for the Soul Ladies’ Retreat October 26-27th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Sheila Walsh, and joining her on the platform is Enough Grace Ministries founder Candise Farmer, along with Paris-native Betsy Craig Caswell leading in worship. Breakout session leaders include: Danielle Bell, Leeba Curlin, and Dr. Joy Greene. Spoken For, a mini-conference for teen girls ages 13 and up, will be led by Lydia Shoemaker.

The keynote speaker Walsh, has sold more than 5 million books and is known as the encourager. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again.

Farmer states, “we are anticipating much ministry as God uses Sheila during this weekend, we are hearing testimonies of women who have been impacted by Sheila’s ministry.”

The event again is set for October 26-27 at the Henry County Fairgrounds. All women are invited. More information can be found online at www.rest4thesoul.com.


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