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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks



Grove Students Pledge to Graduate in 2022

cheerleaders hold the banner while Grove Principal Tim Mason speaks to the crowd

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday, October 19th, the students of E.W. Grove participated in a pep rally where they committed to graduate from high school in 2022. Mr. Tim Mason, principal at E.W. Grove, read the pledge to the students to kick off the pep rally. He explained each statement and how it pertained to their lives at that moment and in the future. His speech was inspirational, emphasizing student determination, effort, and hard work. Mr. Mason made it clear that difficulties would be faced in each of their lives along the way, but regardless of those hardships, students will pledge to attend and graduate from Henry County High school or another high school in the year 2022.

The pep rally ended with the E.W. Grove cheerleaders leading the banner, which was signed by each student during their lunch period, to the middle of the gymnasium floor. You could feel the motivation in the air as students cheered and clapped as the banner was presented by Mr. Mason. The teachers of E.W. Grove are incredibly proud of the Class of 2022, and they cannot wait to see this group of students walk across the stage on graduation night just as the classes before them have done. The signed banner will hang at Henry County High School to remind the students of this pledge to graduate. (Alex Cox story and photos)

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department was on routine patrol over the weekend and noticed expired tags on a Buick and made a traffic stop. The driver, Aron Brisendine, age 31 of Mississippi, came back having suspended driver’s license so Sgt. James, with assistance from Ptl. Amanda Neumair, begin to put her in handcuffs, but she started to pull away. Some meth was then found on her person.

K9 Drago was then used at the scene and alerted on a box found in the car. Brisendine was charged with driving on suspended driver’s license, simple possession of schedule 2, simple possession of schedule 6, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after a search of the vehicle. She was placed on $2500 bond.

Trooper Dakota Jordan charged Terry Lee Buckingham, age 53, of Gasden, Tennessee with DUI 1st offense, and violation of open container law.

Other arrests include Duane J. Ewell, age 39, of 1175 Hwy. 641 St. for DUI and violation of implied consent, Lydia Cherl Spriko, 42, of 303 Curtis St., was charged with aggravated burglary and placed on $10K bond.

Man Arrested for Piracy Attempt at Parisian Theatre

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department charged Eleantay DeShay McClure, age 25, of 345 Harrison St., with unlawful operation of an audio/video recording device. McClure was placed on $750 bond. The charge comes from McClure unlawfully recording a movie inside the theatre at the Parisian Theatre over the weekend.

Thefts Investigated in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department took a report of a missing handgun from Walnut St. The report stated a sig sauer was stolen from the bedroom and there are no suspects at this time.

Lt. Clyde Sulcer of the Henry County Sheriff’s took a report of theft from a home where the screen was torn off the window and it was entered with a fixed blade knife valued at $20 stolen.

KSP Investigating Fire Deaths in Lyon County, KY

Kuttawa, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police Post 1 received a 911 call at approximately 06:54 a.m. of a house fire on Stephens Road in Kuttawa.  A 27 year old male in the residence was able to get a two year old female out of the mobile home, but the fire was too intense for him to re-enter.  The male was transported to a local hospital, and then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for his injuries.  The two year old was treated on the scene by EMS and released to her grandfather.

A 29 year old female and an approximately 9 month old male, were not able to escape the residence. An autopsy will be scheduled for the female and infant to determine cause of death. Preliminary investigation indicates the fire originated in the living room.  The Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office and KSP investigators are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Paris Landing Hosting Camp Crystal Lake Oct. 27th

Springville, Tenn.-Paris Landing State park is hosting Camp Crystal Lake October 27th from 7pm to 10pm at Camp Hazelwood located at 1145 Girl Scout Drive, Springville.

Come enjoy a night of Halloween fun such as Costume Contest, Halloween Crafts, trunk-or-treat put on by local businesses and first responders, Chili Cookout, and a screening of a Halloween movie.
There will also be haunted hikes at 7:15, 8:15, and 9:15 hosted by the Paris Landing Fire Department.

Tickets for the event are10 dollar for ages 10 and under and 15 dollars for ages 11 and up. For more information contact Park Ranger Regina Lowry at 731-641-4465 or email her at  regina.lowry@tn.gov. (Photo from Google)

Early Voting Going Strong in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting is going strong in Henry County as citizens cast their vote before the November 6th election day.

On Friday October 19, 665 residents voted, While on Saturday 180 cast their vote making the grand total of votes cast in the county 2,220. Last day to early vote in Tennessee is November first.  Early voting hours are 8:30 am until 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am until Noon on Saturdays. (Photo sos.tn.gov)

Inman TMSAA West Tenn Champs after Outstanding Football Season

Paris,Tenn- The Inman Middle School Bulldogs defeated Chickasaw Middle 26-20 Saturday afternoon at Barton Field giving them the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association West Tennessee Championship. Congrats to Inman on an outstanding year!!!!

Henry Fire Seeks Food Donations for Food Bank

Henry, Tenn.-Henry Fire Department is asking visitors to their Hunted House to help restock the local food bank. They are in need of non-perishable food items. They ask that you consider donating these food items when coming to our haunted house. If you would like to donate but don’t plan to attend the haunted house, then shoot them a message on Facebook and they try to send someone to pick it up.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department Haunted House is set for Friday and Saturday October 26th and 27th. Then again from October 29-31st. The Haunted House will be from 6-9pm each night and cost is $5 and is for anyone ages 5 and up who aren’t scared.  Visitors will park at the Henry Civic Center at 55 Park Avenue and you will be taken to the secret location of the Haunted House via Hay Ride. Money raised benefits the Henry Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo Via Facebook Page)

5th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History

Bucanan, Tenn.- The 5th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History event continues today at Paris Landing State Park. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League. Today’s events include a morning church service at the large pavilion, the demonstrations, vendors, hay rides, period music, and cannon firing every hour. If you need more information about this event, visit their webpage www.visitparislanding.com.

DPA Spooktacular On the Court Square Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Lots of ghosts and other fun characters out to downtown Paris as the annual Downtown Paris Association’s 13th Annual Spooktacular took over the court square.

Lots of people dressed up as everything from a haunted crane machine to a family of deer and hunters. Booths setup by local vendors and businesses offered delicious goodies and fun games for kids and adults alike.

Also during the event, the winners of the Scarecrows on the Square were announced.

Most Original- Catfish Kitty by the Henry County Clerk’s Office

Best Constructed: Second Harvest Food Bank

Best in Show: Bird Nerd- Friends of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge

Honorable Mention: Elf: KPAC

Patriots Defeat District Rivals in Clarksville

#5 Jayln Foster behind a block from #70 Nick Metzinger breaks free during the Patriots 37-13 victory over Northeast

#47 Mekhi Sanders with help from his friends brings down a Northeast runner.  

#88 Paul Atkins sacks the Northeast QB during Friday nights game

Clarksville, Tenn.- It was an eventful night of football in Clarksville as the Patriots beat their district rivals the Eagles of Clarksville North East 37-14.

Both teams went through the first quarter scoreless. It was the Patriots Joseph Travis with an 11 yard touchdown in 2nd quarter putting numbers on the board making it 6-0. Still holding off the Eagles, Darrius Stephens scored a 25 yard field goal making it 9-0 going into half time.

North East would not go scoreless in the 3rd as they scored first making the score 9-7. But with a little over 2mins left in the 3rd, Jaylin Foster ran in a 10 yard Touchdown and with the point after good, the score at the end of 3 was 16-7.

Henry County would score 3 more times in the 4th making the final score 37-14.

Scores From Around the Region

Thursday Play:

West Carroll beat South Fulton 42-8

Huntingdon defeated Middleton 57-20

In Friday Action:

Dresden Beat Gleason 61-8

Collinwood over Hollow Rock-Bruceton 27-22

McKenzie defeated Union City 31-14

Murray State University Offers Discount For Military Students

Murray, Kenn.- Murray State University is now offering a new pricing model that will support military students in earning their college degrees at little or no out-of-pocket cost.

The new initiative is available to service members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Murray State will now waive course fees, provide free textbooks and match remaining tuition costs not covered by the U.S. Department of Defense Military Tuition Assistance program. The new pricing model is offered for military students interested in pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University.

Students will have the flexibility of taking courses in the setting of their choice, including on Murray State’s main campus, on base at Fort Campbell or at any of the University’s regional campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Henderson. Select degree programs and course offerings are also available entirely online.

This new initiative is one of the many steps Murray State has taken to show support for service men and women. Additional offerings include in-state tuition rates, a veteran’s lounge, the Veteran Student Organization and school certifying officials serving as liaisons to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

Contact Judson Faust, coordinator for Veteran Military Student Success, at 270-809-5343 or jfaust@murraystate.edu for more information about the new tuition discount or to learn more visit murraystate.edu/militaryrate. (Photo by Murray State University)

Paris Christian Bookstore Holds Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Paris, Tenn.- Owners of Paris Christian Bookstore Adam and Jennifer Barker welcomed Chamber members to the ribbon cutting Friday morning.

Ribbon Cutting Held at Golden Cypress

Paris, Tenn.- The Golden Cypress at 118 E. Wood St. in downtown Paris welcomed Chamber members to a ribbon cutting Friday morning. They will sell homemade jewelry and crafts. (David Jackson photos)

TN Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 3.6%

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released new labor statistics that showed unemployment across Tennessee continued at near-historic low levels in September.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in September mirrored the August 2018 rate and is just 0.3 of a percentage point higher than Tennessee’s all-time low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent.

“For well over a year now Tennessee’s unemployment rate has reflected the state’s strong economy and our skilled workforce,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we make things, and employers know that we have a workforce ready for the needs of the manufacturing industry. That, plus our business-friendly environment, is attracting more and more new employers to the state, creating new job opportunities for our citizens.”

Tennessee employers added 8,600 nonfarm jobs between August and September, including 2,300 new positions in the manufacturing industry. Over the past 12 months, nonfarm employment has increased by 63,900 jobs.

“We have an unemployment rate that’s holding steady as many employers across the state continue to hire new employees,” said Phillips. “These are positive signs as we move into the last quarter of what has been a very good year for Tennessee’s economy.”

The seasonally adjusted United States unemployment rate dipped down to 3.7 percent, a 0.2 of a percentage point decrease from the August rate. In September 2017 the national rate was 4.2 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

HCHD Closing Country Club Road on Mon. Oct. 22

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Country Club Road on Monday October 22nd for culvert replacement. The closure will be one tenth of a mile south of Country Club Loop. Country Club Road to Shady Grove Road may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

HC RFL Love Lights a Tree Planned for Nov. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay For Life Love Lights a Tree Ceremony is coming up on Friday evening November 2nd at 6pm as the Christmas Tree on the North Side of the Courthouse is lit. You can purchase a light for someone currently battling cancer or to remember someone for a minimum of $5. Names will be publicly read at the Tree lighting ceremony donations will continue thru the end of the year. Like the Henry County Relay for Life Facebook page for more information.

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.


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