From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh
225 Children Invited to FOP Cops and Kids Shopping
Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police Tennessee Kentucky Lake Lodge 17 chapter took 225 underprivileged children shopping on Saturday at Walmart in Paris for the annual Cops and Kids Christmas Shopping Trip.
The trip began at Henry County High School at 6am and children were teamed with a shopping guide and bused to Walmart for their shopping spree. Each child was allowed to spend $75 on Christmas presents and when they returned to HCHS girls received a stuffed animal and boys received matchbox cars along with snacks and other goodies.
F.O.P. President and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “thank you to all Paris and Henry County for support and donations, your generosity made it possible for over 200 children to have a better Christmas.”
Assisting with the Cops and Kids Shopping Trip effort were members from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, the HCHS DECA Class, HCHS Criminal Justice Class, the Knights of Columbus, and HCHS Guidance Counselors.
Election of Mayor Tops Paris City Comm. Agenda Monday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meets in regular session for December Monday night at 6pm at the City Hall Courtroom. Items on the agenda include Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor, a presentation on the Main Street Program by Commissioner Jackie Jones, and a resolution to change the regular meeting time for the City Commission from 6pm to 5pm on the first Thursday of the month. The meeting is open to the public.
Thefts Reported in County, City
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a couple of thefts over the weekend. One report stated two firearms were stolen from a home on VanDyke Road. Another report stated that some prescription medication was stolen from a home on Guthrie Road. There are no suspects in either theft and investigation is continuing.
Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police responded to Knight’s Inn for theft. According to the report at the Paris Police Department, the victim said someone entered the room and stole a bag that contained medication, $600 in cash, and credit cards. There was no forced entry according to the victim and police continue to investigate.
Updyke Signs with Vol State to Play Baseball
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School senior Hunter Updyke signed to play baseball with Vol State on Friday in a ceremony at HCHS. Updyke has played baseball his entire high school career for the Patriots and this spring will be the team's #1 starter and also play shortstop. Updyke also spent this past summer playing in numerous tournaments and travel leagues across the southeast. (Tommy Updyke photo)
DARE Graduation Held Friday for County 5th Graders
Paris, Tenn.- 179 5th grade students from Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood were recongized last week from graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE program. All students received a certification for graduation at a ceremony held Friday morning at the Little Theatre at Henry County High School.
Sgt. Bruce Alexander of the Henry County Sheriff's Office is the DARE officer. In the picture he is with the county-wide essay contest winner McKenzie Petronico. (Capt. Adam Jenkins photo)
Sheriff's Dept. Make Another Arrest in Cattle Ring Bust
Puryear, Tenn.- New arrests have been made by the Henry County Sheriff's Department in connection with the cattle ring bust which occurred last week.
According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Jason C. Kennedy, age 39 of 300 Morris Road of Puryear, on Friday for theft over $10,000.
Kennedy was arrested in connection with the cattle ring that the Henry County Sheriff's Department busted on Thursday. Jason Kennedy, of Morris Road, was placed on $125,000 bond and he is due in court Tuesday, December 6th. This is a Class C felony.
On Thursday morning the Henry County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference about Travis Hale, age 23 of 960 Rose Lane of Puryear, who was charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty and theft of property over $10K on what Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew called the “largest cattle ring ever in Henry County.”
The Kentucky State Police and Puryear Police also assisted the Henry County Sheriff's Department's investigation into this cattle ring.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing and they are continuing to look for any more suspects in connection with this cattle ring.
Tis' the Season for the Festival of Trees on December 6th
Paris, Tenn.- The Festival of Trees begins Tuesday, December 6th and this year the Festival of Trees will be held at the former Murray, McKenzie Jewelry store, which is located at 110 West Washington Street in downtown Paris.
The festival runs Tuesday, December 6th through Sunday, December 18th and you can visit the Festival of Trees, Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.
Awards for the Festival of Trees will be presented on the last day of the festival on Sunday, December 18th; awards include "Most Original", "People's Choice" and first, second, and third place winners will be awarded for the "Best Decorated”.
A dollar donation is requested from each visitor. If you would like to volunteer at this event, please contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274.
Police Investigate Multiple Burglaries at a Travis St. Home
Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Tony Elkins investigated two aggravated burglaries at a home on Travis Street in Paris that occurred over the weekend.
On Friday Lt. Elkins responded to a call about a break in at a home on Travis Street. When Elkins arrived he saw that the living room had been ransacked and a television and projector were stolen.
On Saturday Lt. Elkins responded to the same home which was broken into again. The house was ransacked, but nothing else appeared to be missing. This investigation is ongoing and police have no suspects in the case.
Classically Christmas at the 49th Annual Christmas Concert
49th Annual Christmas Concert (Cassie Walsh pics)
Paris, Tenn.- The community came out in large numbers at they enjoyed the 49th Annual Community Christmas Concert that was held at First Baptist Church on Sunday. Paris piano teacher Peggy Williams directed the concert which was titled, Christmas Praise.
Attendees got to enjoy scripture along with music which included Christmas classics such as The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful and so many more Christmas songs. The event was hosted by the Paris Henry County Arts Council and contributors included Walmart and Knott's Fine Foods.
Christmas With the Madrigals is Saturday, Dec. 10th
Paris, Tenn.- Christmas with the Madrigals will be on Saturday, December 10th at 7pm at KPAC. General Admission is $8 at the door. For advance tickets, you can ask any Henry County High School Madrigal or you can get your tickets by calling 731-363-1079 or 731-363-3677.You can also purchase tickets at Boutique Mari Mac and Merle Norman.
So, come by and enjoy a special performance by the Madrigals on December 10th.
Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Possession Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacy Bostwick arrested Charles Dustin Williams, age 32 of 114 Willow Oaks Drive of Paris, on Thursday for possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and simple possession of a schedule IV substance. Williams was placed on $10,000 bond.
Paris Landing Christmas Movie Night is Dec. 10th
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will be presenting a free Family Christmas Movie Night on Saturday, December 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the Paris Landing Inn, which is located at
400 Lodge Road in Buchanan.
Bring your family and enjoy a relaxing evening watching the wonderful Christmas classic, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, which Paris Landing State Park will provide. Refreshments will be an extra charge. All ages are welcome to attend the Family Christmas Movie Night at Paris Landing State Park.
Chicago Man Arrested for Sexual Battery
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Michael Andrew Cooper Sr., age 53 of 3001 Green Bay Road of Chicago, on Saturday for sexual battery. Cooper Sr. was placed on $1,500 bond.
Good Music and Arts at Lee Academy's Christmas Bazaar
Listening to live music at the Christmas Bazaar (Cassie Walsh pics)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council and Lee Academy for the Arts hosted their Christmas Bazaar on Saturday December 3rd at Lee Academy. Lts of people showed up and enjoyed live music as well as finding that perfect Christmas handmade gift that were also available for purchase.
Ornament decorating at Lee's Christmas Bazaar (Cassie Walsh pics)
In the morning kids and adults alike enjoyed cookie decorating and there was also ornament making event for children. Mrs. Claus also made an appearance at the bazaar.
Big Sandy Woman Arrested for 3rd DUI
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Paula D. Hudson, age 53 of 4965 Point Mason Road of Big Sandy, on Thursday for driving under the influence.
Lt. Ramos responded to a call from a business about a driver who was slumped over the wheel of a pickup in the parking lot. When Ramos arrived, the complainant pointed out the vehicle to him and Lt. Ramos saw that the vehicle was running and in gear with the driver slumped over the wheel. Lt. Ramos was able to reach through the window and put the vehicle in park before he woke up the driver identified as Hudson.
Lt. Ramos could smell alcohol on Hudson’s breath and he asked Hudson to perform field sobriety test, which she failed. Lt. Ramos arrested Hudson for driving under the influence third offense. Hudson was placed on $12,500 bond.
Pats and Lady Pats Defeat McKenzie
The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the McKenzie Lady Rebels in McKenzie on Friday night 43-34. Natiya Jumper led the Lady Pats with 16 points to victory against the Lady Rebels.
The Henry County Patriots defeated the McKenzie Rebels 39-36. Ty Cook led the Patriots with 8 points in the victory over the Rebels. The Lady Patriots are 5-1 on the season and the Patriots are 3-2 on the season.
The Patriots and Lady Patriots will face the Kenwood Knights in Kenwood on Tuesday, December 6th.You can listen to the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting with the pregame show at 5:30pm. The Lady Pats tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. You can also listen online at wmufradio.com.
Coloring Contest to Celebrate 10th Holly Jolly Christmas Parade
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association and K & B Supplies for success invites students to take part in the coloring contest to celebrate the 10th annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade which will roll thru downtown Paris December 10th. Coloring sheets are available at K & B Supplies, the Toggery, Jack’s Java, the DPA Facebook page, and the DPA website, visitdowntownparis.com.
Brenda Evans of K & B said, “the winner in each age group will receive a huge basket of fun art supplies from our store including colored markers, crayons, drawing pads, construction paper, paints, modeling clay, and more. There will also be candy and other Christmas goodies in the basket, making the retail value about $75.”
The contest is divided into two age groups with at coloring page for K-2 and a different page for grades 3-5. Coloring sheets should be returned to the locations that had the sheets before 4pm on Saturday December 10th, the day of the Downtown Christmas Festival and Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade. Winners will be contacted by DPA the following week.
Henry County High School art students created and submitted a number of coloring sheets and Brianna Belew’s sketches were chosen for both age groups. Many of the coloring sheets will be posted on the windows of K & B and other businesses downtown. For more information call Brenda Evans at 731-540-1222 or the DPA office at 731-653-7274.
West TN Cornhole Tourny is Saturday, December 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The West Tennessee’s Cream of the Crop Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Henry County Fairgrounds beginning at 11am.
Two-person team entries cost $100 and a minimum of $1000 will be awarded to the winner. The prize money will based off of entries in the tournament, but the minimum prize is $1,000. You can sign up today at www.westtncornhole.com or at the West Tennessee Cornhole Facebook page.
Sponsors of the event will get your company name on cornhole boards, radio or print advertisement, or free team entry for events and meal tickets.
News from past weeks here.