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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

All Classes Gala Planned for Sept. 28th Cancelled; Ticket Holders to Be Contacted

Paris, Tenn.- The 50th Anniversary of Henry County High School planned for next weekend will no longer have

the All classes Gala which was set for Saturday night. An email from HCHS Principal Dr. Michele Webb on Thursday said

due to low ticket sales, the Gala has been cancelled on those who had already bought tickets for it will be contacted

and refunded. Events for Friday and Sunday are still on schedule for the 50th Anniversary celebration next weekend.

Amusement Company No Show Leaves Houston Co. Fair with No Rides Again

By: Tim Alsobrooks

Erin, Tenn.- For the 3rd time in a few years, an amusement company that had promised rides at the Houston County Fair has not kept their end of the bargain.
The Houston County Fair Facebook page Thursday morning said, “We are saddened to announce that JCJ Amusements has not shown up to provide midway carnival rides for our fair this year. We have a lot of new as well as our usual favorite events happening this year and we hope you come out and enjoy the Fair.”

JCJ Amusements is from the Gibonston, Florida area couldn’t be reached by phone for comment this morning. Searching the company online found out little information as well, but it appears they have had issues before. Two different companies left the Houston County Fair and numerous fairs in Tennessee without rides a couple of summers ago. In 2015, Maple Leaf Amusements failed to show up in Houston County during the fair, and the very next year in 2016, Family Fun Thyme had their trucks impounded in Indiana and couldn’t get to the fair in Houston County.

The Houston County Fair gets going Thursday and lasts thru Saturday with plenty of other activities. Thursday gates open at 4pm with a Chick Chain Show at 5pm, pumpkin carving contest at 5:30pm, opening ceremonies at 6pm, and some pageants after that.

Friday will be a King Puck Contest, Corn Hole Tournament, and Street Truck Pull. Saturday’s events include a 5K run at 8am, goat, hog, lamb, and steer shows, pageants, Pick TN Eating Contests, Spelling Bee, Pet Show, Tractor Driving Contest, and Greased Pig Contest. There will be fireworks culminating the Houston County Fair on Saturday night at 9pm.

Like the Houston County Fair on Facebook for a full schedule of events and times and more information on the King Puck Contest. The theme this year is Barn in the USA.

Bethel University's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Planned for This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will present Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Wrinkle Building in downtown McKenzie this weekend and tickets are on sale now.The former Wrinkle Hardware Building has been transformed for the presentation.

Ryan Griffin, Director of Renaissance Relations, said, “This will be an exciting experience for the audience as they will feel immersed in the story while seated surrounding the stage located in the center of the room. Seating is limited, so get your tickets before they are gone.”

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner will take place September 20th, 21st, 27th, & 28th at 7 PM with a 2 PM Matinee on the 28th. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, go to BethelRenaissance.com/guesswho or contact our office at (731) 352-6980 located at 28 Lee Avenue on the square in McKenzie. Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Wrinkle Building is located at 42 Lee Ave, McKenzie, TN 38201.

Positively Paris Henry County Community Forum Planned for Tues. Sept. 24th

Paris, Tenn.- A community forum Positively Plus Paris and Henry County Moving Forward Together is planned for Tuesday September 24th at 6pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to discuss and plan the future of Paris and Henry County.

Childcare will be provided for pre-school and older children and dinner will be served from 5-5:45pm. After some initial discussion, groups will break out to discuss the following aspects in more detail: recreation and tourism, education and workforce development, healthcare, emergency services, public works, infrastructure/broadband/transportation, retail/industry/small business, housing, and young talent (specifically for students and young adults who attend the session.

All interested citizens are invited to the community forum.

FBC Holding Huge Yard Sale Friday and Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- First Baptist Church in Paris will have a gigantic yard sale 7am to 5pm Friday and 7am to 4pm on Saturday in the gym at FBC as they raise money to benefit Operation Christmas Child by providing shipping funds for the shoeboxes packed at the packing party.

The Yard Sale has everything you can imagine from clothes, vintage wedding dresses, décor, appliances, and more. Anyone coming to the Yard Sale can use the entrance on Brewer Street. For more information, how to donate, or any questions call Pam Moultrie at 336-6354.

HCHS Men's Basketball Team Having Yard Sale Fundraiser Sat. at AP Gym

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Boys Basketball team will host a Yard Sale at Atkins Porter Gym, 301 S. Highland St., this Saturday from 7am to 3pm. Donations are being accepted now, just call the High School and speak to Coach Greer. There will be concessions sold at the yard sale also. Money raised benefits the HCHS boys basketball team.

Sons of American Legion Planning Fish Fry Fundraiser Friday Evening

Springville, Tenn.- The Son’s of the American Legion will host a Fish Fry at American Legion Post 89, at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville this Friday evening September 20th beginning at 5pm until plates are sold out. Plates are $10 each and include fried catfish, fries, hushpuppies, white beans, slaw, dessert, and drink. Proceeds go to the Veterans Christmas Boxes.

Copper Springs Road Closed Thurs. For Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Copper Springs Road for culvert replacement on Thursday September 19th. The last accessible address for motorists traveling from Rushing Road or Hwy. 641 S. will be #1235. The road will be reopened for late afternoon traffic.

Jordan St. John Receives Business and Mission Stewardship Award

By: Shannon McFarlin

Nashville- Jordan St. John of Paris was the recipient of the first-ever Business As Mission Stewardship Award given Tuesday at the Lipscomb University College of Business.

St. John was born with Down Syndrome and is the inspiration for Sweet Jordan’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Paris, the only spot for miles around that employs staff with special needs.

He was accompanied to the presentation by his parents Brad and Tommie St. John.

Rob Touchstone is Director of Business As Mission at Lipscomb and became aware of Sweet Jordan’s through his father-in-law, Bill Looney of Paris. Touchstone co-founded The Well Coffeehouse in 2012 as a social enterprise that turns profits into hope for those in need.

Tommie St. John said Touchstone came to Sweet Jordan’s with the Looney’s awhile back and was impressed with its message. “They contacted us last week and said that Jordan was chosen for the award.”

Jordan told the crowd to “have faith, love all your friends, have love for everybody and chase your dreams”, St. John said. “I looked out in the crowd and people were wiping away tears. It was such a sweet moment and so emotional.”

The Business As Mission Conference was attended by a large crowd and one of the speakers was Governor Bill Lee.

AP Neighborhood Learns of Dog Park Upgrades, Splash Pad Info

Parks Director Tony Lawrence speaks to the Assoc. at their meeting (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association, Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence spoke about improvements being made around Paris, especially those in the A-P neighborhood.

Upgrades to the Atkins-Porter Dog Park and replacement of the sidewalk at the entrance to the neighborhood Community Park on Jackson Street are key areas that city workers are working on now.

Speaking to a dozen members of the Association, Lawrence outlined the improvements being made to the dog park, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Randy Boyd Foundation. The grant “gave us a great opportunity” for upgrades that had already been discussed.

Parks Employees Peanut Paschall and Joel Crosno have already started work on the upgrades and Lawrence called them “my right hand men. They’re the key men for this project”. Upgrades will include a shaded area with canvas cover, a three-tiered water fountain for canines and humans (one of the tiers would be for persons in wheelchairs), a dog-washing section, and water mister.  New and more benches will be placed at the park and workers will begin pouring concrete slabs which will replace the mulch that presently can get muddy and water-logged.

Paschall and Crosno have installed the poles for the shade areas already and are now installing water lines for the park’s water features.

“The grant from Randy Boyd just gave us a perfect opportunity to get things done we’ve wanted to do there for some time,” Lawrence said. The park is still open while the work is ongoing.

Lawrence also discussed the upgrades underway to the Eiffel Tower and the future splash pad that parks employees will begin working on soon.

The Eiffel Tower upgrades are almost complete and include a mini-stage, sidewalks to the Eiffel Tower from the parking areas, a circular sidewalk around the Eiffel Tower which is ADA accessible and landscaping. Lawrence said Mayor Carlton Gerrell “wanted to jump start the upgrades. You can’t imagine how many people from out of town and out of state come to see the Eiffel Tower every day. There are at least 10-15 people coming there every day and they all pose in front of the Eiffel Tower. We wanted to make the Eiffel Tower as accessible as we could and look as good, too.”

Installation of the Splash Pad at the park is a dream come true for Lawrence and other city officials, who believe it (along with the upgrades to the Eiffel Tower) will further transform Paris into a tourist destination.

The city also is applying for a Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Community grant which would finance more upgrades to the Eiffel Tower Park that would involve installation of LED lights throughout the park and installation of an “all-access playground” that is ADA compliant.

In other business:

Drew Wheatley reported on improvements to the Atkins-Porter website, which is at https://www.hapna.org/ . The website includes a calendar of events, photo gallery and neighborhood information.

Division of Forestry Watching Wildfire Risk

Nashville.- Wildland fire officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry are keeping a close eye

on weather conditions as the state and region experience a prolonged hot and dry pattern. While the division has not seen an

increase in the number of wildfires, nor do indices suggest a high fire danger, the agency is urging citizens to use precaution and good sense when burning outdoors.   

“Many areas within the state are experiencing continued hot and dry conditions,” State Forester David Arnold said. “While open-air burning permits are not currently required to burn outdoors, caution and conservative judgment should be used when conducting any outdoor burning.”

Typically, burning permits are not required by the state Division of Forestry except during official fire season, which runs Oct. 15 through May 15 each year. However, citizens should check for local restrictions or burn ordinances issued by municipal governments prior to conducting a burn.

Even under ideal weather conditions there are basic safety precautions to follow when burning outdoors:

§  Select a proper location away from steep slopes, forested or dry, uncut grassy areas.

§  Establish a control line around your fire, down to bare dirt, before you burn.

§  Notify neighbors as a common courtesy.

§  Have tools on hand such as a leaf rake and garden hose to control your fire.

§  Watch for changing weather conditions as winds can blow your fire in the wrong direction.

§  Stay with your fire until it is completely out. It is illegal to leave an open fire unattended.  

Officials are also advising that any outdoor debris burning take place during times of day when the relative humidity is higher, typically greater than 40%, and when winds are less than 10 miles per hour. These factors can be found through online weather apps or local news stations.

Additional tips on safe debris burning, as well as wildfire information, can be found on the Division of Forestry’s wildfire prevention website at www.BurnSafeTN.org.

Limiting open burning is also an important element to improving air quality, and there are items such as tires and rubber products, certain building materials and household trash that are illegal to burn at any time during the year. For more information on what may and may not be burned under Tennessee regulations, visit www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/apc-air-pollution-control-home/apc/open-burning.html.  

For more information about other programs and services of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/forestry. Henry County's Division of Forestry phone number is 642-3808. 

Krider Idol Auditions Set for Saturday and Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Arts Council and Krider Performing Arts Center are teaming up to present Krider Idol on October 12, 2019.  Krider Idol is open to youth from all of West Tennessee and any other counties adjoining Henry County in three categories:  ages 9-12 individual talent, ages 13-18 (undergraduate) individual talent and ages 9-18 group talent.

Auditions are at Krider Performing Arts Center, 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris this coming Saturday, September 21 (register between 9 and 11 AM) and on Sunday, September 22 (register between 1:30 and 2:30 PM).  There is no cost to audition.  Just show up! Email questions to kriderpac@gmail.com or phcarts@gmail.com

HCSS Plans Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday

Paris,Tenn.-Henry County Schools will have a Parent-Teacher Conference on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Each school will have specific times for parents and guardians to visit their child's teacher.

Lakewood Schools:  PK-5 students will not be required to attend and Grades 6-8 students will be required to attend with parent or guardian during appointment time to lead conference.

Harrelson from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Henry from noon-6 p.m.

Grove and HCHS from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

PSSD BOE Approves Hiring Two New Education Assistants at Rhea

Sherry Wagner explains the need for educational assistants at Rhea. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

By: Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting, the board approved the hiring of two additional educational assistants for the special needs classrooms at Rhea Elementary. Special Education Supervisor and Federal Programs Director at the PSSD, Sherry Wagner explained the influx of special needs students has been building in the system of the last few years. To try to alleviate that, we moved staff around and split the special needs room into two rooms.

Initially there was one teacher and three assistants, but the state cut funding and now there is one teacher and one assistant per classroom. There are 6-7 students that are non-verbal. Wagner said we added a half position in the afternoon to help and one teacher is returning from being injured which will help out.

The system is looking to add a sensory room to help and occupational therapists can use it as well. With the new additions at Rhea, there is space to put the sensory rooms. Adding the assistants would give Rhea a teacher and two assistants per classroom for special needs, which is what the system has at Paris Elementary and Inman. Wagner said this will lessen the load on the teaching staff and be a tremendous help.

The board received an attendance update at the meeting Tuesday night. Curriculum, Instruction, and Attendance Supervisor Joey Brush went over numbers of accountability for the district. To date, 1627 are enrolled and there is about 6.1% chronic absenteeism. Brush said we want to stay below ten percent on the chronic absenteeism. As the number of days in school increase, we hope those numbers go down.

He said after 3 absences a letter is sent home, after 5 a meeting is set up between parents, students, and administration. Brush said there is a big effort to reduce tardees as well. Brush said we are trying to drive these numbers lower but it is a definite chore and we work with the county as often as possible.

Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell reported on the tailgate and 100 year celebration and all retired teachers, former students, etc. are welcome to attend. There will be come recognition on the field at halftime and other things. Dr. Gerrell said Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Friday Sept. 20th.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards talked about seeing something in the paper about 50 years ago and saying school started September 8th. He said, "all the time I get people saying why do we start school so early, why can't we start after Labor Day." Edwards pointed out that back in those days there were no fall breaks or spring breaks, students got two days for Thanksgiving, about a week or ten days for Christmas, and really nothing but snow days in the 2nd half of the year. Now we are out for Labor Day, a week at Fall and Spring Break, about two to three weeks at Christmas, a day in January, February, Good Friday, Fish Fry Friday, and others.

Paris Public Works Crew Replace Sidewalk at AP in Oppressive Heat Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Public Works employees were working hard--in the oppressive heat--Tuesday replacing the sidewalk on Jackson Street near the entrance to the Atkins-Porter Community Park. The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association is creating a park and botanical garden at 311 Jackson Street. City Manager Kim Foster noted the sidewalk at that location was badly in need of repair, especially since the public and children will be using the park once it's complete. (Shannon McFarlin photo).  

Tailgate and PSSD 100 Year Celebration Set Thursday Sept. 19th 4-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Bulldog Bash, Rhea Tailgate, and PSSD 100 year celebration at Henry County High School’s Patriot Stadium this Thursday evening from 4-6pm prior to the Inman vs. Henry County Middle School Football game at 6:30pm.

Rollin Sno will be on hand with snocones, DJ Mr. Good News will be spinning records, and there will be inflatables, snacks, games, face painting, and more. Tickets will be available to purchase for games and activities and raffle drawings to students to go stand with the Inman team on the field and other things will be held as well.

Mayfield Man Killed In Accident worked by KSP

Graves Co., Ky.- At approximately 8:45a.m. , Post 1 received a call of a two vehicle injury accident on US 45 at Fowler Rd in Graves County KY. When Post 1 units arrived, they determined the operator of a motorcycle involved was fatally injured. The initial investigation shows Bobby Spiceland was operating a 2007 GMC Pick Up.  Spiceland pulled out from Fowler Rd, onto US 45. Spiceland entered into the travel path of a motorcycle that was north on US45 and had the right of way.  The motorcycle was determined to be operated by David E. Jones, 53, of Mayfield KY.   Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Graves County Coroner. Jones was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.  

The investigation continues by Reconstructionist Sergeant James Phelps.  KSP was assisted on scene by Mayfield Fire/EMS and the Graves County Coroner’s Office.  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 Life Saving Awards Given Out by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has recently awarded two lifesaving awards.

From time to time there are people right here in Henry County that could be called hero’s.  Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Damon Lowe believe that both Cody Rowlett and Neil Thompson fit in that category. Both were awarded with a life saving award from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for their quick actions and willingness to help others.  

A few weeks back Neil Thompson was at his home when a 4 year old wondered up near his home. The child appeared to have been in the woods and in a creek and was lost. Thompson took action to secure the child and make sure they were safe from any other hazards. It was later found that the child, who lived approx. ¾ of a mile away, had left the home while the mother was asleep. The quick actions and caring personalty of Thompson took this child out of harms way until emergency personal could arrive.  

Cody Rowlett was driving on Hwy 79N one afternoon and observed a female driver beside him that appeared to be passed out. He saw the driver run over a sign and then was headed across the four lanes of traffic into oncoming cars. Rowlett made a very brave and quick decision to get his vehicle in front of the ladies vehicle. Rowlett let her vehicle strike his to slow and eventually stop hers. Rowlewtts quick thinking and brave actions no doubt possibly saved the lives of oncoming traffic and possibly that of the female driver. It was later found the driver was having a medical emergency.

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned for Tues. at FPC of Huntingdon

Huntingdon,Tenn.- The volunteers of The Shepherd's Table at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon invite everyone to share a free meal, served restaurant style on the third Tuesday of the month!  The Community Kitchen was created last year for those who want to fellowship with others, as well as, those that are in need. No matter what your situation is – you are welcomed.

The next time the kitchen is open is on Tuesday, September 17th ,  in the Fellowship Hall located at 19835 E. Main Street, in Huntingdon. Dining will begin promptly at 5 pm and the kitchen will remain open until 6:45pm. Make sure and come hungry there is always plenty of good food.

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

The menu always has something for everyone. In the past, The Shepherd's Table has served spaghetti, grilled hamburgers, baked ham and tacos. There are always plenty of sides and a variety of delicious desserts.

“We have provided more than 700 meals since last spring,” said Suzanne Carter, co-chairperson and founding member of the Shepherd's Table. She invites anyone and everyone to share a meal on the third Tuesday.

The Shepherd's Table has been able to feed up to 80 guests per evening with the benefit of donations of both money and food.  Each meal costs approximately $150. If you would like to sponsor a meal or give a donation of any amount please contact The Shepherd's Table by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Or please feel free to attend one of our suppers.

The Shepherd's Table will have supper every third Tuesday of the month. The following supper has been planned for October 15th, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

BPU Hosting Farm Safety Lunch on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will be hosting a Farm Safety Week Luncheon this Thursday, September 19 at the UT Extension Office in Paris.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 am with the presentation starting at noon. George Miller along with other members of the BPU Engineering Department will be discussing electrical safety on the farm and providing information/tips to keep you and your workers safe.

To RSVP please call Meagan Hart at 731-642-1322 ext. 175.

"Game Changer" 300 Acre Site Purchase for Industrial and Economic Development Unvieled at County Comm. Meeting

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Mayor Brent Greer alongside Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell discuss the future plans. (McFarlin photos)

Paris, Tenn.—In what Henry County Mayor Brent Greer called a ‘game changer’ for the future of the county, Greer and Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell Monday night announced the county has entered a three-year option to purchase a 300-acre site for industrial and community development opportunities.

In addition, the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee has completed final negotiations to sell the spec building in the Paris Industrial Park for $450,000 to Workman Farms, Inc., which will be producing hemp products.

Together, those announcements represent a lot of hard work and mean a wealth of ‘good news’ for the county, Greer said.

The 300-acre site is owned by Mineral Technologies, Inc. (former American Colloid) on Russell Street in Paris and Greer said state and local partners involved with the negotiation are “excited for the opportunity to develop this property into a State Certified Industrial Site.” Rail service is available on the full length of the property, making it “an extremely attractive site”, he said. “I personally believe this will be a ‘game changer’ for Paris and Henry County as we will potentially have the only rail served certified site in Northwest Tennessee.”

The Industrial Committee has entered into the three-year option to purchase the site for $1M.

The purchase followed over a year of study and negotiations, Greer said. “A lot of things came together for Henry County last week. We’ve worked over two years on this,” he said, “and it involved a lot of prayer and hard work.”

Henry County officials presented the state with eight pieces of property to evaluate as potential industrial sites and Greer said the site on Russell Street was the one that state officials said should be concentrated on.

Greer especially cited city officials, County Attorney Rob Whitfield and State Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) for their work along with the county on the project.

Mayor Gerrell said, “This is an exciting time and this is one of the things that makes Paris and Henry County great is this cooperation that the city and county share.” He said that when state officials evaluated the eight properties, they agreed the site on Russell Street “is the one you can’t let get away.”

Greer said the State Department of Economic and Community Development, TVA, Rural Development and the U.S. Department of Economic Development Authority will be applying for grant assistance to purchase and develop the tract of land.

“If we want to be successful, we will be,” Greer said, “but our biggest challenge now is to develop our work force to serve the industries we will be developing here.”

As part of the sale of the spec building site to Workman Farms, Inc., the county was required to rescind the resolution offering a PILOT agreement to Revel Industries that was previously approved. Greer said Revel is presently not in a position to complete the purchase of the spec building, due to a contract with Amazon.com not coming through as expected.

In other business:

--The county approved entering into a contract with TDOT for assistance in creation of an industrial access road for North American Caviar on Barnhill Lane. North American Caviar processes the tons of Asian Carp which are being removed from local waterways. The TDOT project is at no cost to the county.

--Fran Holberg asked for county support for a litter education initiative. She and another private citizen have identified 40 problem roads in the county in which litter is dumped. She and County Litter Program Director Diann McGuire have designed signs which state, “Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful. Don’t Litter”. The signs are available for placement around the county, she said.

--Retiring BPU Employee George Combs thanked county commissioners for their kindnesses to him during his 44 year career.

Public Input Meetings Held as City Moves Forward Applying to TDOT Grants

By: Tim Alsobrooks

City Manager Kim Foster speaks on the work to be done with the Sidewalks and signalization if the City gets these grants as Travis Martin with TLM associates in Jackson looks on. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Two separate public input meetings were held at Paris City Hall Monday concerning the two TDOT Grants which the City is applying for. Travis Martin, principal Civil Engineer with TLM Associates in Jackson, was on hand at the meeting held at 5:30pm to discuss the projects in some detail.

The City is looking for a Multimodal grant with a 95/5 match with only 5% being local. This is to help upgrade traffic signals in the downtown area and those include Market and Ruff, Market and Washington, Wood and Brewer, Market and Blythe, Washington and Poplar, Market and Wood, Wood and Poplar.

The plan is to get at least 5 of these done and replacing the equipment totally because the equipment is at least 50 to 60 years old. Martin said, “we can’t really upgrade, cause these parts are so old, they’re not being made or used anymore.”

Improvements will also be to handicap ramps, handicap signal and buttons, and improve pedestrian safety downtown.

Jack Spencer talks with Martin and Foster about the ability to have sidewalks connect throughout the City and how grateful he is to see it beginning to come to fruition.

Citizen Jack Spencer, the only resident on hand at the public input meeting at 5:30pm asked if audio would be included in these upgrades to the sidewalks and crosswalks and the plans which Martin said they would. Spencer said, “that’s great news to hear, it really does make it safer for those of getting around downtown via the crosswalks and sidewalks.”

A couple of people were on hand at the Noon meeting to discuss the grants, according to City Manager Kim Foster.

The other grant, a TDOT Transportation Alternative Grant will be submitted for new sidewalks for Lone Oak and Royal Oak to the Fairgrounds and tying existing sidewalks in there and going to Wood St. and tying in sidewalks there as well. This grant is an 80% grant with a 20% local match. This grant will pick up where a grant received a couple years ago for sidewalks in the area left off.

City Manager Kim Foster said these grants are super competitive and we hope to do as much as we can to continue to apply for these type grants and do as much work as possible should we be awarded them. She said TDOT likes to see connectivity and building on projects they have already funded which is what this Transportation Alternatives grant does.

The grants are due in October and wouldn’t likely be announced in next summer and then work would begin next fall or the following spring.

Foster also mentioned after another planning meeting was held on the splash pad that they could begin moving dirt as early as next Wednesday or Thursday should the weather allow for it. She said it will be super exciting to see actual work done after this long process.

Work Begins on Dog Park Additions

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.--Paris Parks and Recreation Workers Gary "Peanut" Paschall and Joel Crosno were hard at work Monday morning installing water lines to be used for the upgrades to the Atkins-Porter Dog Park.

The city of Paris received a $25,000 grant from the Randy Boyd Foundation as part of the DogParkDash competition in which the whole community participated earlier this year. Sixty communities competed for the grants. Boyd was in Paris in August to present the check to city officials.

Paschall said the water lines will be used for the water features that are being installed. Water fountains for both humans and canines will be installed at the entrance to the dog park, along with a dog washing section and sprinklers for the canines.

Paschall said one water fountain will be high, for the humans, with the other one set low, for the dogs. The sprinklers will be in ornamental fire hydrants "and you just push a button and the sprinklers come on", he said. The dog washing section will be near the entrance, too.

Instead of mulch as it has been, the entrance will now be concrete.

Last week, workers installed the poles for the canvas that will be place on both sides of the dog park for shade. The dog park is divided into two sections--one for big dogs and the other for small dogs. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Cub Scout Scouting for a Paws Cause Raises Money for Animal Shelter

Paris, Tenn.- Despite a hot and humid afternoon Saturday, the Puyear Cub Scout Pack 226 held their fundraiser for the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter at Eiffel Tower Park. The HCSO grilling team grilled hot dogs and sold them. Donations were also accepted. One of the two dogs brought from the shelter was adopted on site Saturday as well.

Several bags of pet food, some pet supplies, and nearly $300 was raised by the event. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Si were big hits with the youngsters as well. (Kristina Waldkoetter-Dufresne photos)

Lawn Mower, 4 Wheeler Stolen Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Frankie Scott responded to a home where a lawn mower and four-wheeler were reported stolen over the weekend. Dep. Scott said the homeowner arrived to find his garage door open and several items missing. He told Dep. Scott he had bought the lawn mower from a person recently who asked if the man could fix a small four-wheeler as well. The victim said now both the items were missing. One witness said she saw a Toyota 4runner with a trailer attached left from there with a 4-wheeler, mower, and other items.

Other items found to be stolen included a toolbox with arrowheads, DeWalt Skill Saw, red troybuilt riding lawn mower, the battery from the mower,and5 gallons of gas. The door was determined to be destroyed as well. Criminal Investigation has taken over the lead.

Queen of Mississippi River Paddleboat Docked in Dover All Day Monday

Dover, Tenn.- The Queen of the Mississippi Paddlewheel River Boat is scheduled to arrive at the Dover Boat Dock (behind the Stewart County Courthouse) around 10 a.m. Monday September 16.

The Stewart County Chamber asks that vendors please set up closer to the pavilion to allow the buses ample parking and turning room. Be aware of the buses and pedestrian traffic in the immediate area. There maybe limited access to the Dover boat launch and dock.

The Scheduled departure time is at/about 9:30 p.m. that evening.

Henry Pioneer Day Planned for Saturday

Henry, Tenn.- The Town of Henry plans its 2019 Pioneer Day Celebration this coming Saturday September 21st. Most events will take place around the Civic Center at 55 Park Avenue.

Lineup for the Parade is at 9am, with the parade starting at 10am Saturday morning. The cake walk is at 10:30am, concessions open at 11am, Bingo starts at 11:30am, Air Evac flies in at Noon Saturday. At 12:30pm, come watch the Rescue Squad cut up a car showing how extractions are done. Concessions and bingo continue into the afternoon. There will be bouncy houses, BBQ, kids games and more.

At 5pm the Pig Wrestle gates open and registration begins, with the pig wrestle show starting at 6pm. The night culminates with Fireworks around 9pm.

All cars and floats are welcome for free into the parade and cakes are being accepted into the cake walk. To donate or volunteer to help call 731-207-0991 or go online to donate.henryfd.com. 

Pig Wrestle Event Needs Teams of 3 at Henry Pioneer Day

Henry, Tenn.- The Pig Wrestle is shaping up to be a huge event at Pioneer Day and you can enter a team and win some money. Teams of three can enter for $30, you can pre-register at https://HenryFD.com. The winning team will win 50% of the earnings up to $300. Entry fee to come and watch the Pig Wrestle is only $5 and gates open at 5pm with the wrestle getting underway at 6pm. Kids 5 and under will be admitted for free.

County Commission Meets Monday at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission meets in regular session for September at 5pm Monday at the Chancery Courtroom. The public is invited to the meeting as always its open to the public.

Citizen Fran Holberg will address the commission on a litter initiative and education Monday evening. The Commission will look at a Service road for North American Caviar, possibly rescinding a resolution for a previous PILOT agreement for Revel Enterprises, and take action quit claiming certain real estate. Again the meeting starts at 5pm and is open to the public.  

Remember another public meeting is set for 5:30pm at Paris City Hall this evening concerning the Transportation Alternatives Grant thru TDOT. Any interested citizen is encouraged to attend.

Chamber Golf Tournament Set for Friday October 4th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their Annual Chamber Membership Golf Tournament, planned for Friday October 4th at Paris Landing State Park with an 8am shotgun start.

It’s a four person scramble format and entry fees are $300 for Chamber members and $350 for non-Chamber members. Fees include golf carts, lunch, and two mulligans for all players. Team prizes are $600 for first place, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 10th place.

There will be individual prizes for Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive, Senior Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and putting contest. There will be opportunities for hole in one prizes as well.

Sponsorships are available for $150, corporate sponsors for $500, and specialty sponsors. Lunch will be served when the tournament is over.

Entry forms and sponsorship information is available online at www.paristnchamber.com. To sponsor the event, call the Chamber at 642-3431 or email pariscoc@paristnchamber.com.

Library Board to Meet Tuesday at 4pm

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library Board will meet at 2pm Tuesday September 17th at 4pm in the Library Board’s meeting room. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings. Call 642-1702 for any questions.

UT System to Permanently Fund UT Promise Program

Knoxville- The University of Tennessee System will officially started a campaign to permanently fund the UT Promise Scholarship during the inter-system football game between the UT Knoxville Volunteers and the UT Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday.

The $100 million endowment campaign has already raised $17.5 million since March of this year. UT Promise scholarships will be awarded to qualified students across the UT System beginning with the fall 2020 semester, and the system will cover the cost until the endowment is fully funded.

UT Promise, unveiled in March by UT System Interim President Randy Boyd, is a last-dollar scholarship program that guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students with a family household income of less than $50,000 annually. This scholarship will be applied after other financial aid – including Pell Grants, Hope Scholarships and other institutional awards – is received by students attending UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin and the UT Health Science Center.

Students must qualify for the Hope Scholarship and meet the academic qualifications for the institution to which they have applied in order to be eligible for this new scholarship. Students will also be matched with volunteer mentors and must complete eight hours of service each semester to help ensure success.

While 46 percent of students in the UT System graduate without debt, the goal of UT Promise is to make higher education even more accessible and affordable for Tennessee students. UT Promise will welcome its first class in the fall of 2020, and the program will include those students who were already enrolled in college when the program begins.

“UT wants to ensure that Tennessee residents can achieve their dreams with college degrees,” said Boyd. “We want to ease the financial burden for the state’s middle and working-class families, as we know education is the route to change lives, which then change communities and the state.”

In addition to money raised through the campaign, proceeds from the sale of the Eugenia Williams house in Knoxville will go into the endowment, which will be formally known as the UT Promise Dr. David Hitt Williams Endowment in honor of Eugenia Williams’ father, whose will gave the house and acreage on the Tennessee River to the university upon his daughter’s death.

UT Promise is another tool the university is using to help the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, which aims to have 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025.

For more information or to make a donation to the UT Promise endowment campaign, visit tennessee.edu/ut-promise.

HCMC, Women's Center Offering: Living Your Best Life Event Tues. Sept. 17

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and HCMC Women’s Center invite all ladies to “Living your Best Life” on Tuesday September 17th from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Paris Convention Center.

Admission fee is $5, proceeds will go to the Women’s Center. Tickets are available at My Favorite Things, Iron Place, Maggies, Bo and Co, the Pink Petal Gift Shop inside HCMC, and online at hcmc-tn.org.

The ticket includes a meal, swag bag, and special gift for Spirit of Women members along with much more. The event includes learning about self-care, and how to de-stress and relax. Speakers include Melissa Neal, with Relevate Health Group, Dr. Lisa Piercey, TN Commissioner of Health, and Brittney Green, Easton’s Angels.

HCHS Seniors and Parents: Sept. 16-18 is College Application and Expiration Days

Paris, Tenn.- In a letter emailed to parents, Henry County High School Guidance Counselor Becky Bullion, reminds parents and seniors that September 16-18th is College Application and Exploration week. She has several things planned to help seniors apply for colleges and universities as many of them waive their application fee this week to celebrate the College Application and Exploration week.

Bullion is asking students to sign an “I applied” banner at lunch on Monday if they’ve already applied at a college or university. There will be daily games and trivia and prizes for seniors during the week as well. Tuesday a student with join with one of the counselors and tweet their picture saying where they’ve applied. If they get accepted later on, the student is eligible for a drawing to win a $25 gift card.  On Wednesday, students are asked to wear their College T-shirts of schools they’ve either applied to or been accepted at. Teachers are encouraged to wear their alma mater shirts as well.

Patriots Beat Brentwood Friday Night 21-14

The Henry County Patriots welcomed always formidable Brentwood High into Paris and Patriot Stadium for a non-Region Game Friday night. The Bruins scored first on a 5 yard touchdown run with 5:04 remaining in the 1st quarter.  The Patriots answered on a 7 yard touchdown run by Jamarcus Johnson with: 33 seconds left in the 1st quarter.  Henry County would score again on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Da’Qwon Kendall with 3:38 left in the 2nd quarter to go in at halftime leading 14-7.    

Brentwood would tie the game at 14 all in the 3rd quarter with a touchdown run from 1 yard out but Henry County would take the lead for good at the 9:14 mark in the 4th quarter on a Jayden Kendall 1 yard touchdown run to go up 21-14.   

Henry County 2-2 (1-0) is on the road next Friday September 20th as they travel to Clarksville High and do battle with the Wildcats in a Region contest. They return home on Sept. 27th for Homecoming against Kenwood.

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #76 Jackson Boyd brings down the Brentwood QB

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #8 Joseph Travis carries the ball behind blocks from #47 Mekhi Sanders and an unidentified HCHS player

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #5 Jayln Foster eludes a Brentwood defender

FAFSA Info Night to Be Held at HCHS Tuesday Sept. 17th

Paris, Tenn.- Parents of seniors at Henry County High School who need help with filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA can come to FAFSA night, Tuesday September 17th, at the E Building Testing Center beginning at 5:30pm. Jo Wallace, TCAT McKenzie Financial Aid supervisor will be the guest speaker helping with filling out the form to help secure loans and grants for students who will be entering colleges and universities next fall.

Wallace will let you know about the importance of the FAFSA, all info needed to successfully file, and can answer any questions you may have. The FAFSA opens on October 1st. Refreshments will be served Tuesday evening at the event.

Remember before filling out the FAFSA you need your social security number, driver’s license number, records of investments, Federal Student Aid Pin number, bank statements, tax information, and records of untaxed income.

Good Crowd on Hand Friday for 2nd NOTS Despite Hot Weather

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Captain Adam Jenkins delivers more grilled bologna to Elizabeth Craig and Suzanne Richter of the Paris Quota Club at Friday’s Noon on the Square in downtown Paris. Paris Quota Club served grilled bologna, cheeseburgers and hamburgers, chips and cookies while the sheriff’s office volunteered at the grill. The Ray Lewis Band performed for the second Noon on the Square of the season, sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust. The Legends and will perform at the next Noon on the Square, Friday, September 20. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

HCHS Still Collecting Items for Exhibit Showcasing 50 Years

Henry County Schools Federal Programs Director Dr. Susan Burton, High School Teacher Dr. David Webb, Curriculum Director Betsy Allison and High School Principal Dr. Michele Webb look over items that have been donated for an historical exhibit on the 50-year history of the high school. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is collecting items for an historical exhibit on the 50-year history of the high school.

Items that have already been donated were on display at Thursday night’s meeting of the Henry County board of education, which was held at the high school.

David Webb said they are looking for mementos and artifacts that can be donated and/or loaned to them for a display to be used at the 50th anniversary celebration the weekend of September 27-29.

The exhibit will be part of the open house scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 29 at the school. The Linda Wilson Miller Theater dedication will take place at 2 p.m. and a time capsule will be buried at 3 p.m.

Webb said the artifacts that will be used for the display can include scrapbooks, important awards, letter jackets, uniforms, pennants, pictures, newspaper clippings, shirts, caps, etc. Some of the items, such as championship and class rings—will be placed in locked exhibit cases while on display.

You may drop off the items at the main office of the high school which is now located across from the football fieldhouse behind the school. For more info, call Webb at webbd@henryk12.net or 731 336-8920.

Pats Host Brentwood in Non-Region Action Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is back at home Friday night for football as Brentwood comes to Patriot Stadium. Kick off is set for 7pm and hot and humid weather has settled in over the area and will be present at gametime Friday night. The Patriots are coming off a win over Dyer County last week. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 518-896-1349 and pressing option 1 for Henry County Sports. Just remember standard rates will apply.

HC BOE Holds Lengthy Sept. Meeting at HCHS

HCHS Principal Dr. Michelle Webb talks about the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Thursdays Board meeting (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- At a busy and lengthy meeting Thursday night, the Henry County Schools board of education heard an update on plans for the High School’s 50th anniversary celebration, re-elected officers, heard reports on the inclusion of ag and art classes in the middle schools and discussed the latest data reports from the State Department of Education.

At the meeting’s outset, Jill Coker was reelected Board Chairman and Jim McCampbell was elected Vice Chairman. In re-electing Coker, Board Member Rod Frey said, “Jill had a hard last year as chair and she’s done a fantastic job in my opinion. We haven’t made it easy on her and she deserves a year without controversy.”

High School Principal Michele Webb updated the board on the progress of plans for the 50th Anniversary Celebration which will be held the weekend of September 27-29. It will include a tailgate party before the football game Friday, September 27, a HCHS All Classes Alumni Gala the evening of Saturday, September 28; and an open house the afternoon of Sunday, September 29 and that will include the Little Theater Renaming Ceremony, Tim Capsule Burial and tours of the building.

Memorabilia is being collected for displays that will be at the open house.

Items are also being collected for the time capsule that will be buried and Webb said it’s a large vault so it will be able to hold several items. Items already donated included a letter jacket and a tile from the former high school gym floor.

Webb and student representatives Carson Nelson, Katie Coffield, Garrett Rogers, and Alyssa Mellon  said there has been a lot of interest in the celebration and alumni are signing up for the various activities. Webb noted that 10 former classes have already signed up to participate in the tailgate and Band Director Richard Graves said 50 former band members already have signed up to participate in band activities for that weekend.

“We hope you all join us for a fun weekend,” Webb said.

--Curriculum Director Betsy Allison reported on how excited teachers are that ag and art are now available in all K-8 schools in the system. She noted that the agriculture programs in the schools “have exploded and now we’re going to add the middle schools. It’s so exciting for us.” Harrelson has already signed up 32 students; 27 at Henry School and Lakewood is still in recruitment.

Allison said a Community Advisory Council has been set up and includes Chair Emory Bradley, Travis McLeese, Ty Wilson and Tracy Middleton.

Rod Frey noted, “Our ag programs have put Henry County on the map.”

FFA Advisor Laura Moss said, “We have amazing kids in our ag program and there’s only 13 chartered middle schools in Tennessee which makes us really excited. I want you to know how much of an impact it has on us and our students.”

With that in mind FFA Officers Taylor Dunagan, Kara Barnhart and Britain Hutson presented honorary degrees to school board members. The degrees were embossed on wood plaques which also were decorated with outlines of Henry County with each board member’s name. The plaques were prepared by FFA Advisor Ryan Inman.

--Director of Schools Dr Leah Watkins updated the board on results of the latest data reports from the State Department of Education. She said Henry Co. Schools is at Level 3 and she said that is a good solid rating for the district. The reported also showed improvement in third grade reading and Henry County was one of three districts in NW Tennessee showing growth in 3-8th grade math.

In other business:

--Board Attorney Rob Whitfield’s contract was renewed.

--District Maintenance Supervisor John Akers and contractors reported on the various district building projects.

--Dr. Watkins said that Webb and Grove Principal Tim Mason were selected to participate in the Rural Principals’ Network.

Eiffel Tower Project Finishing Up

Paris, Tenn.- -Paris Public Works crews were busy Wednesday putting the finishing touches on the new sidewalks at the Eiffel Tower, as the upgrade project nears completion. The last part of the project will be installation of stairs to the mini-stage and that should be finished in the next few days.

The project is being financed with a Tourism Enhancement grant and includes a circular sidewalk around the Eiffel Tower, sidewalks that are ADA compliance on both sides of the Eiffel Tower and a mini-stage that can be used for speakers or small groups of performers. Interpretive signage also will be installed that will encourage patrons to visit other landmarks of the city.

The materials are coordinated with those that will be used for the Splash Pad which is being installed near the public swimming pool at Eiffel Tower Park. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Gina Olds Crowned Quotarian of the Year at Wed. Meeting

Gina and husband Chris (Martha McFadden photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club met this week and Gina Olds was crowned as the 2018-19 Quotarian of the Year. The committee consisted of Susan Richter, Linda Foulks, and Brenda Hosford and they presented Olds with a crown, pendant, and a dozen red roses. Gina's husband Chris was present for the crowning presentation.

Quotarian Jackie Jones installed the 2019-2020 club officers, using the "Rainbow" theme. Each incoming officers received a bag tied with a ribbon that is the color of the rainbow. Incoming officers are President Kayal Nation, President-Elect Elizabeth Craig, VP- Jill Snow, Recording Secretary Martha McFadden, Corresponding Secretary- Linda Foulks and Directors- Donna Dinders, DeLaina Green, Carman Wright, Leisa Wimberley and Cheryl Wilson.

Nation appointed Geraldine Sykes as Parliamentarian and Carol Mannon as Assistant Tresurer. Nation's theme for the 2019-2020 club year is "Rainbow."

The club will provide hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and grilled bologna, along with chips and cookies for $5 at Noon on the Square September 13th and 27th. Quota will also sponsor a membership brunch at Noon on September 18th in Room 8 at Lee Academy.

2019-20 Officers for Paris Quota.

Henry County Finishes 2nd in District Golf Matchup

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County men’s and women’s golf teams competed in District 10-AAA action against Clarksville, Rossview, and Springfield. The Patriots finished 2nd with a 186, behind Clarksville High’s 167. Rossview finished with a 199 and Springfield finished with a 217.

Individually Jack Foster and Jackson Hayes shot a 44. Jackson Ridgeway shot a 46, and Dalton Dodd finished with a 52.

In Women’s action, Clarksville High won the match with a 74, Henry County finished with a 94, and Springfield finished with a 124. Individually Bentley Irby finished with a 45 and Mary Allison Griffey shot a 49.

UT Extension Office Offering Baby Sitting Workshop Sept. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The UT Extension Office will offer a babysitting workshop for any 12-14 year old who is just starting to babysit and would like to learn more. The workshop is Friday September 20th from 9am to 2pm at the office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue.

There will be lots of hands on activity and fun will take place as well as learning about the dos and don’ts of babysitting, first aid, safe sleep, and other topics. The class is $10, includes lunch and materials and is limited to 25 people. To register, call 642-2941 by Thursday September 19th.

WG Rhea Library Upcoming September Programs

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold the following programs during September. On Monday Sept. 16th, from 6-7pm come make Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs. Tuesdays 3:15-5:15pm are tech Tuesdays. Wednesday September 18th is Story Hour at 10:30am and the 25th will be a walk to the Paris Fire Department for story hour at 10:30am. For more information on the programs call the Library at 642-1702.

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