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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

American Crappie Trail 2018 Kentucky Lake Championship Saturday

Paris Landing, Tenn.- With the total weight of the14 fish they caught during the two-day competition coming to 17.49 pounds, Doug Sikora and Mike Bledsoe took 1st place on "Championship Saturday." The 2-person team won big with a prize of a Ranger RT188C w/ Evinrude 115 Boat having a retail value equalling $25,700. (American Crappie Trail photo)

HCHS Softball Game for Saturday Has Been Postponed

Paris, Tenn. Due to inclement weather, the HCHS softball game scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. If inclement weather persists through the rescheduled game time for tomorrow, the game will be rescheduled for a later date TBA.

From Athletic Director Mike Poteete

Hats Off To Henry County High School's Class of 2018

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday, May 18th, nearly 300 diplomas were conferred upon graduating students at Patriot Stadium during Henry County High School's 49th Commencement Ceremony. The presentation and conferring of diplomas was handled by Henry County High School Principal, Dr. Michelle Webb, Director of Henry County Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, and Chairman of the Henry County Board of Education, Mr. Doug Braden. Honorable mention Pierce Rose, salutarian Tori Starks and valedictorian Cameron May delivered commencement speeches to their fellow classmates.

Tassels, stoles and medallions were worn to recognize and honor student achievements. Gold stoles were worn by 91 students, which indicated they earned a distinction diploma, gold tassels were worn by 71 students, which indicated they had earned a diploma with honors and gold medallions were worn by 28 students who were recognized as Tennessee Scholors. In addition, students wore cords of various colors which indicated other honors. Of the cords, the most recognized was the gold cord, worn by 64 graduates indicating their membership of the National Honors Society.

Wreck On Thursday Night Claims Life Of Big Sandy Man

Henry, Tenn. - According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Trooper Jason Mounts investigated an accident at approximately 8:57 p.m. on Thursday.

A vehicle driven by 80-year-old Robert Shunk of Big Sandy was on Henry Mansfield Road. The second vehicle, was a 1997 freight truck, driven by John Yarbrough, and was traveling South bound on Highway 79. Shunk pulled out of Henry Mansfield Road, in front of the freight truck, and the two collided. A third vehicle that was also traveling South bound on US Hwy 79, collided with Shunk's vehicle after it struck the truck.

Shunk was killed in the accident. The report also stated that neither driver of the other two vehicles were injured.


HCMC Receives "A" in Leapfrog Survey

Paris, Tenn.- The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Henry County Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. This is a four-peat for HCMC and we are very proud to have this recognition again.

“It is with great honor to accept this award for our organization and the community we serve,” said Lisa Casteel, CEO.  “Health care quality and safety are definitely aspects of Caring and Growing Forward in services of the highest quality and safety for our patients.” 

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Henry County Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

Beer Board Approves Permits

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control board met Thursday and approved a change of location request for a beer permit for Jeffery Turner of Ajax Distributing at 3000 E. Wood St. The business recently located into the city limits and due to the change of location a new permit is required.

The ABC board also approved a beer permit for Jennifer Scarbrough of Eagle Food Store, located at 907 E. Wood St. A new beer permit was required due to new ownership and management.

State Rep. Tim Wirgau Discusses Asian Carp

Paris, Tenn.- Be sure and tune into our radio stations WMUF 104.7FM, WLZK 94.1FM, WRQR 97.5FM Saturday or Sunday for an exclusive interview News Director Tim Alsobrooks conducted with State Representative Tim Wirgau as he discusses what is being done to help with the Asian Carp issue on Kentucky Lake. The interview will play around the 8am hour Saturday and Sunday mornings and around 4pm both afternoons.

Dr. Kimberlin Holding Book Signing at Perrylodgic Sat. 12- 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Danny Kimberlin, local obstetrician and gynecologic surgeon, will be having a book signing, from noon to 3pm, Saturday, May 19th, at Perrylodgic Brewing Company, 3465 Highway 79 North, Paris, TN. From Sea to Shining See: Postcards from Puka-Puka is the title of his coffee table book that is filled with more than 300 pages of breath taking images of wildlife and landscapes from around the world.

Such an endeavor has been a dream of Dr. Kimberlin's for more than 50 years. From Sea to Shining See has been 25 years in the making. He and his camera have traveled to all 50 states, each of the seven continents, the four oceans and 97 different countries.He also spent 15 years researching and writing along with 4 years of production.

All proceeds from Dr. Kimberlin's book will go the the World Wildlife Fund and Nature Conservancy. As a life-long conservationist, Dr. Kimberlin's goal was to use the power of the lens to promote the natural and cultural wonders of planet Earth, and to teach others to cherish and protect them. He wants to introduce the reader to a vast array of traditions and cultures and to blur the barriers of race and nationality. He longs for our understanding that our differences may define us but do not have to separate us.

From Sea to Shining See: Postcards from Puka-Puka is now available for purchase. More information about the book and the book signing may be obtained by visiting his website: dannykimberlin.com.

GLO RFL Team Hosting Yard Sale Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The GLO Relay for Life Team will be holding a Spring Yard Sale this Saturday May 19th at 204 W. Blythe St. from 8am to 1pm. There are all kinds of items and all proceeds benefit Relay for Life. 

HCSO, PPD Partner with THSO in Click It or Ticket Campaign

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department are once again partnering with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for its click it or ticket campaign. From May 21 to June 3, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car and more important than that it’s the law. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up.”

According to the statistics, 315 people killed in Tennessee crashes last year wear not wearing their seatbelts. That represents approximately 30% of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2017.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We see the loss of life, often it could have been prevented with a simple click of a seat belt, this should be automatic.”

According to the NHTSA, nearly half, 48%, of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. The number soars to 56% at night between 6pm and 5:59am. For more information on Click it or Ticket visit the website, www.tntrafficsafety.org.

Meetings Set Next Week for HCHS Students Who Want Dual Enrollment with JSCC

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a parent/student meeting with Jackson State Community College on Monday May 21st at 6:30pm in the cafeteria of Henry County High School for Dual Enrollment classes. All students who have requested Dual Enrollment courses for the next school year will need to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to get very important information on Dual Enrollment classes for the 2018-19 school year. Representatives will be on hand to discuss classes, payment, books needed, and more.

In addition to the meeting, all students who plan on taking a Jackson State Dual Enrollment course next school year need to come to the HCHS Lab 16-17 on Friday May 25th between the hours of 8am and 2pm to complete applications, submit the grand application, and take placement tests if necessary. Students will know if they have to tests the night of the meeting on Monday the 21st. For any student that can’t attend this event on the 25th, they must contact Jackson State and arrange to complete these tasks before June 30th.

HCHS Golf Tryouts Set for May 24th

Paris, Tenn.- Tryouts for the Henry County High School Golf Team will be May 24th at 3pm at Paris Landing State Park. For more information and to receive the proper paperwork, parents/players should call the high school or email Coach Brian Welp at welpb@henryk12.net.

Chamber's Grub Club Welcomes Kyle Spurgeon

Paris, Tenn.- Kyle Spurgeon president/CEO of Jackson Chamber, Jackson, TN representing 1250+ business members in Jackson/Madison County and parts of West Tennessee was guest speaker at the Paris Henry County Chamber “Grub Club” meeting Thursday at lunch at the chamber offices on Wood St. in Paris. 

Spurgeon, a graduate of Henry County High School, was vice-president, Corporate Relations for Jackson Energy Authority and has also served as marketing director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.   He was previously director of economic development for the Jackson Chamber from 1993-1999. He has helped facilitate project locations representing more than $2.0 billion in capital investment. Spurgeon helped lead the effort in Jackson, TN to establish the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex, a 17-field baseball/softball complex situated adjacent to Interstate 40 that is surrounded by a new retail development and an AA minor league baseball team. The $11 million facility opened in the fall of 2006 and is one of the premier facilities of its type in the United States.

Speaking to local chamber members, Spurgeon acted as what he considers a key responsibility for chamber leaders, a facilitator and one area he stressed needs to be improved upon is “branding”.  With agriculture the number one economic factor in Henry County and tourism second, he and Travis McLeese, local chamber executive director, agreed that marketing ourselves may be one of our low areas.  In the words of McLeese, on a grade of A-F we probably have gotten a D.  I hope a five year plan the board and I are working on will improve that status.  So many great efforts are being done in our community, I hope to work with those entities to be a part of the improvement process.  One business owner said in discussion.  “When I opened my small business it was just the thing to do to join the chamber.  But I really need to know what the chamber can do for me.” 

In discussion concerning the ongoing problem of high school students graduating and the “can’t get away from Henry County quick enough” attitude.  Travis pointed out, “We’ve got to educate the community through all different media to point out all the things that are available to people in our community.”  Spurgeon said, “Our mind set in Jackson is, we want you to come and be a part of our community.”  McLeese said, “That’s the mindset we in our chamber have to cultivate.   What can we offer the 30 year-old in Jackson or surrounding areas to make them want to bring their families and return to their home or even move here for their new beginnings.”  Spurgeon concluded saying that years ago, he used to get up each morning thinking, “What can the chamber do to increase jobs?”  But today his thoughts are, “What can the chamber do to make Jackson a place where people want to live and raise their families.”

“Grub Club” established by McLeese is an opportunity to get membership in the room together with a guest speaker on a relevant topic together doing something all southerners like to do, break bread together and discuss business.  The next “Grub Club” session is June 19th with Monte Belew conducting an Active Shooter Training.  Call the 731-642-3431 for a reservation.

Two Graduating Seniors Awarded Elks Scholarships

Paris, Tenn.- Two graduating seniors from Henry County High School have been announced as Legacy Award Winners 2018. Victoria (Tori) Starks, daughter of Monte and Jennifer Starks, and Samuel Murphey, son of Michael and Susannah Murphey, have been awarded $4,000 scholarships. 

Legacy Scholarships are awarded by the Elks National Foundation of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Three hundred scholarships are awarded each year across the United States. This year there were only three awarded in Tennessee and two of those were from Paris. To be eligible, the student must be a senior and be the child or grandchild (step-child or step grandchild) of a paid-up member of Elks.

Paris Elks Lodge 816 wishes to congratulate these outstanding students and to wish them much continued success as they pursue further education and careers.

New Tradition to Begin at Graduation With Mace

Paris, Tenn.- HCHS will add a new graduation tradition this year with a new symbol of the school. The Henry County High School Mace will lead the processional of students and faculty during the 49th commencement exercises at Patriot Stadium on May 18, 2018.  

The ceremonial academic mace was crafted entirely at the school by Lane Hoskins (Class of 2018) with the support of teachers Mr. John Harrison (Class of 1995) and Mr. Ryan Inman. Hoskins will be the first Mace Bearer, and he will present the mace as a gift to HCHS.  

“I am happy to donate the mace to HCHS. I am especially grateful to Mr. Harrison for his guidance and help with this project and to Mr. Inman for the engraving. It is an awesome honor to be chosen by the graduation committee to present the mace during my class’ graduation ceremony,” said Hoskins.  

“It was a great challenge for Lane and myself to create this wonderful piece of art. It was something that I knew Lane could do. I am very proud of how the mace turned out,” said Harrison.  

Dr. David W. Webb (Class of 1986), teacher, designed the mace in anticipation of the school’s 50th anniversary, which will be in 2019. Athletic Director Mike Poteete donated the native maple wood that was once part of an old barn located on Old Union Road in Henry County.  

“A mace for my alma mater was a dream of mine for several years, but having one custom made by a company was cost prohibitive. Several months ago, everything came together to have a custom mace created in house: a new lathe, a new engraving machine, antique native wood, and a talented student craftsman with teachers willing to support him. We often used the words, ‘I’m excited!’ at each stage of the project,” said Webb.  

The mace weighs 9.2 pounds and is 48 inches long. The Henry County High School Alma Mater, written by Lamar Roberts and composed by William F. Crosswy, is engraved into the flame of knowledge. The Alma Mater refers to the high school as “our guiding light” and “a beacon held on high.”

The Henry County High School Crest is etched on one side of the mace head. The other side features an engraved list of the former county high schools and two dates: 1906 and 1969. Free public high school education began in Henry County in 1906 with the creation of E.W. Grove-Henry County High School in Paris. Buchanan, Central, Cottage Grove, E.W. Grove, Henry, Puryear, and Springville high schools were consolidated into Henry County High School in 1969.  

“The beautiful symbol of Henry County High School will add to the dignity of graduation ceremonies and honors our history and tradition of excellence in high school education. The mace will lead graduation processionals for years to come,” said Webb.  

To display the mace, Cabinet Corner, Inc., of Paris designed and donated a quartz base.  

In antiquity, maces were practical weapons and later used as symbols of military authority. Knights carried them in processions to protect their kings. Beginning around the middle of the 13th century, sergeants-at-arms carried civic maces, and they eventually became representative of peaceful leadership. Ceremonial maces are used by governing bodies worldwide, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the British Parliament.  

Maces appeared in European universities during the 14th century and now lead academic processions at commencements and other special ceremonial events all over the world. The heavy weight of maces is a reminder that scholarship is challenging. As ancient symbols of authority and leadership, maces remind academic institutions that they are the custodians of the enduring traditions of education.

Sectional Softball Game Postponed Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- With the threat of thunderstorms looming in the forecast, the decision has been made to postpone Thursday night's softball game between Henry County and Summitt in the Sectional, or sub state. The radar shows a band of thunderstorms are likely to move into the area around and after 6pm Thursday. The game will be moved to Saturday evening at 6pm.

American Crappie Trail Competes on Ky Lake Fri.-Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- About 75 boats will hit the water Friday morning for the 3rd event of the year for American Crappie Trail as they compete on Kentucky Lake. Spectators are invited to come watch the Pre-game show and stay for weigh-ins at 3pm both Friday and Saturday at the Marina area.

The ACT is the highest paying and most prestigious crappie fishing trail in America and anglers are from 15 states.

From a fresh and innovative format that includes TV show that airs on Pursuit, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports South, live production weigh in, drive through weigh in, a Ranger Boat at every tournament to the winners, and over 100% payout.  Our events are open to anyone from the first-time tournament angler to the experienced.  With this new format comes new rules.  Make sure to check out the ACT rules at http://www.americancrappietrail.com/rules/.

We have a major economic impact in the local economy for this 2-day event. Teams will make multiple trips to the lake prior to the event.  ACT is working with anglers in the community and sponsors to develop a conservation minded trail to promote crappie fishing for Paris, TN.  None of this would be possible without our fantastic sponsors:  Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, B’n’M Poles, MidState Seed, Engel Coolers, Frontier Metal, General Tire, Super Clean, Abernathy’s, Rockport Rattler, Power Pole, Ranger Boats, Evinrude, RoadRunner, Charlie Brewer Slider, Mid-South Tackle, Bug Band, Rod Sox, Bobby Garland, American Angler, Skipper Jigs, Crappie Now, Driftmaster, Grizzly Jig, ProBuilt Jig. For more information visit www.americancrappietrail.com.

KPAC Hosting Cash Unchained, Ultimate Johnny Cash Exp. Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will host the Ultimate Johnny Cash Experience this Saturday May 19th at 7pm. Take a journey back in time to the life and music of “The Man in Black” performed by Cash Unchained. The much sought after band has toured all over the country bringing the sights and sounds of Johnny Cash. General admission is $15 with seating starting at 6:15pm. VIP begins at 6pm. Meet and Greet tickets are $25. Advance tickets may be purchased online at unchained.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets will be available at the door. Advance tickets are also available at Lura Lee’s and Merison’s.

Kroger RFL to Hold Cookout, Bake Sale, Yard Sale This Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Kroger Relay for Life Team will host a cookout, bake sale, and yard sale this weekend in front of their store on Mineral Wells this Saturday May 19th.

The bake sale and yard sale begins at 10am. The cookout begins at 11am and ends when they run out of food.

MSU Offering Master of Science in Economic Development

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University recently announced a new Master of Science in Economic Development program to prepare students through classroom and practical training to work in the field of local and regional economic development.

“We are excited about this new degree offering and the potential it has to be a game-changer for many communities throughout the region,” said Dr. Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State.

Dr. David Eaton, chair for the department of economics and finance in the business college, added, “This degree provides another career path for those interested not only in economics but also in other fields that support the creation of jobs and wealth.”

The Master of Science in Economic Development program at Murray State can be completed on the University’s main campus or in an online format. The degree is open to both full- and part-time students with full-time students eligible to complete the program in three semesters and one summer. Students will be trained using the Geographic Information System (GIS) as well as other statistical and economic methods to inform economic development decisions.

Additionally, directed study courses allow students to complete advanced work in topic areas of their choice, while the capstone project allows students to prepare and present a significant independent project in an area of their interest or job responsibilities. Possible career options for students with this master’s degree include executive director of an economic development corporation, city planner, state planner, employee at a federal government economic development agency, community planner and corporate strategist.

For more information about the new graduate program, contact Eaton at deaton@murraystate.edu. 

Jammin for a Cure At PLSP Ampitheatre Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- Relay for Life has partnered once again with the HCHS Music Department to host a donation only benefit this Saturday at Paris Landing State Park. The event will be held at the Park’s Ampitheatre beginning at 10am this Saturday with the following music line-up. 10am- David Johnson Choir; 11am HCHS Choirs; 12pm- HCHS Orchestra; 1pm- Zoe Pouliot; and 1:30pm- HCHS Concert Band.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments for the musical event. Donations will be accepted during the show and all donations will benefit Relay for Life of Henry County.

Lady Patriots Host Summitt in Sectional Game Thurs. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Summitt lost to Brentwood 10-0 in the Region 6-AAA Championship game which means Summitt will now travel to Paris to play the Henry County Lady Patriots in the Sectional.

The game will be at 6pm, gates open at 4:15pm. Tickets for the Sectional are $7, set by TSSAA. Entrance will be granted thru the main gate and the gate down the left field line off Harding Road.

Lt. Ean Reed, Katie Braham Recognized as Officer, Dispatcher of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- In conjunction with this week being National Peace Officer's Memorial Week and Telecommunicators Week being back in April a ceremony recognizing the Officer and Dispatcher of the Year was held at Paris City Hall Wednesday.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo led the program and City Manager Kim Foster spoke on how much the City appreciates all the work our officers and dispatchers do on a daily basis.

Lt. Ean Reed has been with the Paris Police Department for 18 years. He graduated HCHS and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Reed has been the department's firearms instructor, chemical weapons and taser instructor for several years. Lt. Reed has been married to his wife Carrie for 17 years and they have two daughters Emily and Abigail. Capt. John Brewer presented Reed with the award.

911 Dispatch Supervisor Kelvin Reddick presented dispatcher Katie Braham with the Dispatcher of the Year Award. Katie is married to Zach and they have two children, Carson and Isabella. Katie has been working with dipatch since January of 2017.

President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as Peace Officer Memorial Day back in 1962 and the week as National Police Officer Week.

291 Set to Graduate Henry County High School Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The 49th Graduation Ceremony for Henry County High School will be held this Friday May 18th at 7:30pm at Patriot Stadium. The Class of 2018 consists of 291 graduating seniors. The commencement ceremony includes selections from the Henry County High School music department and commencement addresses by Salutatorian Cameron May, Valedictorian Tori Starks, and Honorable Mention Pierce Rose.

Parking, including handicapped parking, will be available in the main Henry County High School parking lots and behind Patriot Stadium on a first-come basis. The commencement is planned outdoors, and in the event of rain, would more likely be delayed than moved indoors unless the forecast prohibits.

For those who can’t make it to graduation, a live streaming of the event will be provided. The link can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RI4pK24K9m. The link will not go live until Friday night and Roy Hawkins provided the services to HCHS. Access to the link is also on the Henry County High School Facebook page.

Thursday is Deadline to Pre-order for THPMC Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday is the deadline to pre-order grilled chicken halves in the Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic’s fundraiser, Grillin for Memorial Day Weekend. Grilled chicken halves will be $8 each, or two for $15. Plates will also be sold which include grilled chicken half, potato salad, baked beans, and piece of white bread for $12. Drinks are available for $1 each.

The grilling will be done by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday May 26th from 10am to 2pm at the side parking lot of Tomorrow’s Hope at 211 North Brewer St. There will be some extra plates and chicken halves for walk-up orders but pre-orders are appreciated. Deadline is Thursday call 642-0600 for more information.

Chamber Grub Club Welcoming Kyle Spurgeon Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will welcome former HCHS graduate and current President/CEO of the Chamber in Jackson Kyle Spurgeon to their Grub Club meeting this Thursday May 17th from Noon to 1pm. Lunch is catered by Uncle Billy’s Downtown Eatery.  Kyle is a 1982 graduate of HCHS and has been awarded several community awards. He has a B.S. in Public Relations and marketing from Murray State University and is a Past President of the Tennessee Economic Development Council.

There is no cost to attend the Grub Club, but only 40 seats are available. Email knorwood@paristnchamber.com or call 642-3431 for more information or to RSVP.

Lady Patriots Win Region 5-AAA Championship

(Jill Coker photo)

Hendersonville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team won the Region 5-AAA for the 2nd straight year with a 8-6 victory over Beech. Henry County will now host a substate, or sectional game later this week against the loser of the Region 6-AAA Championship game between Brentwood and Summitt. Those two teams are scheduled to play Wednesday night.

Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete said the day of the substate game is yet to be determined. With graduation set for Friday night in Henry County they will either play the substate game Thursday or Saturday at home. More information on the day, time, and opponent will be released when it is known.

PSSD To Participate in Pilot Program; Lunch Price Increased 10 Cents

PSSD BOE looks over pilot program for gifted students. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night and Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell discussed a pilot program that the PSSD is going to be involved in the next couple years. The board approved a two year private study with Gifted IEP students.

Dr. Gerrell said we would come back to the board in June of 2020 with a report of what happens with the program. The program adds more hours of gifted time for students with gifted IEP with enhanced and extending curricula.

The position of the teacher is paid for thru Federal funding for the two year study. Dr. Gerrell said as of today there are 51 students with gifted IEP. She said, “I expect the number to rise from 7-12 students over the next two years with the pilot program.”

The approval of the pilot program also included qualifications, performance responsibilities, and method of evaluation for the teacher.

The board approved a ten cent increase for the lunch prices for the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Gerrell said we have a fully staffed cafeteria in each building, a new cafeteria at Rhea, and this small extra revenue will help us keep lunch prices at this price for a few years. The price will go from $1.90 to $2 for student meals for full pay students. Reduced lunch students will still pay the same price.

Board Learns About Rhea Construction Project Progress

Cary Henson and Ben Witt discuss the progress of Rhea Construction. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Cary Henson of Henson Construction and Ben Witt of Ross Witt Architecture gave an update on the Rhea Construction project Tuesday night at the meeting. Witt said, "The wet weather put us behind schedule earlier this spring but we are back on track and all should be ready to start school in August. We have “managed to get some of the best contractors around for all our trades and it has helped catch us up on the project. We don’t expect any issues with getting thru by August.”

Henson said the masons are basically finished and all the tile in the kitchen area has been laid. It is going to be really nice once its all finished and we have made a lot of progress the last few weeks. Henson said demo is supposed to start June 5th on the older parts and that should take two weeks.

PSSD Board Approves IDEA Application

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved the consolidated application for IDEA/ESEA for the next school year. Sherry Wagner briefly discussed what all is involved from Title I, pre-school, etc. She said it’s basically the same budget, with a little more safety money to the tune of an extra $40K. Wagner said before that $40K can be obtained principals, SROs, and some others must attend a training seminar.

In her report, Dr. Gerrell said all summer programs at Rhea has been moved to Paris Elementary due to the construction process. She said the system has been fully funded for the three Pre-K classrooms again next year so that will continue.

Traffic Stops Lead to Drug, DUI Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Brain Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Victoria Overman, 28, of 706 Mandalay Rd. with simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of schedule two. The charges stem from a traffic stop after Sgt. Davis observed Overman run a stop sign. Search of the car found hydrocodone pills and marijuana. She was also charged for driving on suspended license.

Dep. Frankie Scott charged Ryan Hargrove, 22, of Hwy. 69A with DUI after he failed a sobriety test at a traffic stop. Dep. Scott had observed Hargrove and another vehicle seemingly drag racing down Hwy. 79.

Trooper Josh Wade charged Samuel Grady Palmer, of Log Cabin Road, with DUI, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop.

Free Fishing Derby Set for Saturday on Foundry Hill Rd.

Puryear, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with Friends of the TN NWR will host a Kids Fishing Derby this Saturday May 19th from 9:30am to Noon at 3815 Foundry Hill Road near Puryear. The event will be held at a private pond brimming with largemouth and bass and bluegill to insure a full stringer. Derby Registration will begin at 9:30am with fishing from 10am to Noon. Prizes will be awarded at Noon. All participants must pre-register at the refuge office, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, by phone at 642-2091, or by email at Joan_Howe@fws.gov.

The event is free for kids ages 12 and under, but children must have an accompanying adult. On the walk to the pond, refuge staff and Friends members will host a fishing clinic in which kids will be able to learn how to cast, bait a hook, as well as local fish identification.

It is recommended participants bring their own fishing gear and tackle, however some will be provided for those who don’t have any available. Bait will be provided by the Friends group. If you want to keep the fish you catch, bring a stringer or basket to take them home in.

Directions to the Kids Fishing Derby: from Paris take Hwy. 641 N., at mile marker 19 turn left onto Park Hill Road. At the end of Park Hill turn left on Foundry Hill Road. At the fork, bear left and derby location is .5 mile past the fork on the right. Directional signs will be available.

Bullied Children March, Ride, Rally Set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Bullied Children March and Ride in memory of Ashleigh Burg and Joe Clyde Daniels this Saturday May 19h leaving from the court square in Paris. Line-up begins at 6am and at 9am there will be a march, walk, ride to Henry County High School. After arriving at the high school, the ride will continue to the capitol building in Nashville down Hwy. 641S. to Hwy. 70. There will be a rally at the Capitol in Nashville.

HCMC Recognizing May as National Sports and Fitness Month

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is supporting the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

“Building an exercise routine takes time. Slowly incorporate exercises into your weekly routine starting with a reasonable amount you can build on. Eventually you should be able to incorporate some sort of physical activity into every day,” said Jessica French, Athletic Trainer at the HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation. “You can start to get active with every day activities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from the grocery store and avoid sitting for long periods of time.”

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves. It is also recommended that adults practice muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

The PCSFN engages, educates and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Since 1956, the Council has created and promoted programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be active and eat healthy.

HCMC’s French did a video available on our YouTube channel that talks more in-depth about the importance of physical fitness that you can view here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlJnYmByvHI

Additionally, be sure to check out our social media channels for posts related to physical fitness during the month of May. 

For more information, contact our Center for Wellness & Rehab at 731-642-2411 or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Lady Patriots Beat Mt. Juliet 5-1; Play Beech on Road Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated Mt. Juliet 5-1 in the 1st Round of the Region 5-AAA tournament at home Monday night. Gracie Osbron's grand slam lifted the Lady Pats to the win. Henry County will now travel to Hendersonville to play Beech in the Championship of the Region Tournament.

Beech eliminated Clarksville High with a 7-6 win Monday night. Tuesday's 2nd round game will be played at Drake's Creek Park at 6:30pm. Henry County has already qualified for the sub-state or sectional by advancing to the Region Championship. A win Tuesday night means the Lady Patriots would host the sectional game, a loss means they would travel for it.

Transfers Approved by Budget Committee

Budget Committee members look over requests from various dept. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session for May on Monday night and approved several budget transfers as departments began the process of balancing line items in their budget as the fiscal year end is drawing near.

Just over $2K was pulled from fund balance in the county clerk office to pay part-time personnel as one of the ladies in the office is retiring at the end of May and has some accrued vacation time that needed to be paid.

Budget transfers in the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were made Monday night as overtime for Fish Fry and extra Student Resource Officer patrol was needed in April. Also more donations were accepted at the Shed to the tune of over $2600. All transfers here was from within the budget and no new money was needed.

The Henry County Health Department accepted a Tobacco grant from the state for $5K in their budget and budget committee members approved it. County Mayor Brent Greer also informed budget members one of the transfers from the health department was to put in a new telecommunication system. Mayor Greer said the state is letting the county forgo its grant payment to purchase the equipment at a cost of $14K. The Health Department’s budget also reflects a 3% cost of living adjustment that is paid for by the state.

Transfers were also made in the Office on Aging, Airport, solid waste, and drug funds.

The budget committee also approved moving the beginning balances at the beginning of the year to the audited amounts in the general, debt service, highway, and solid waste funds. The starting balances were an estimate when first entered in.

The budget committee moved their June meeting from the 2nd Monday to the 2nd Thursday in June to allow more time to have better numbers ready and allow budget director Pat Hollingsworth to present a first budget for the new fiscal year.

No Quorum for May Road Board Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board didn’t have enough members present for a quorum at their May meeting on Monday night. The board will take up all May business at their June meeting, scheduled for the 2nd Monday in June at 5:30pm.

Paris Thunder 11U Wins Tournament

Jackson, Tenn.- Paris Thunder’s 11 year old AAA team traveled to Jackson on Saturday and swept the Midsouth Slamfest going undefeated. The boys finished top seed after pool play and beat out their opponent in the Championship game 11-3. Front row L-R: Tatum Crosser, Martez Rack, Ryan Mitchell
Back row L-R: Peyten Littleton, Prestin Dalton, Ayden Smith, Dalton Raymer, Chase Cameron, Carson Ballard and Noah McClure.

Paris Thunder 12U Wins Jackson Tournament

Jackson, Tenn.- The Paris Thunder won the 12U AAA Midsouth Slamfest Championship over the weekend. The team went undefeated over the weekend and won the Championship game 3-1. Pictured L to R: Front Row: Kenson Kyle, Ryan Bradley, Ashton Kemp, Ethan Smith Bryce Simpson. Back Row: Carson Tucker, Brady Gardner, Hayden Hixson, Drew Ladd, and Hobby Griffin.

Donuts With the Director Planned for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Exeutive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Travis McLeese invites chamber members to donuts with the director on Tuesday May 15th from 8-9am at the Chamber office on East Wood Street. This is an informal roundtable discussion about things the chamber can do to help its membership.

Two Arrested on Multiple Charges After Evading

Paris, Tenn.- A man and a woman were arrested on multiple charges over the weekend after briefly evading Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James. The report stated that Sgt. James was dispatched to Knights Inn for a disturbance and when he pulled into the parking lot, noticed Scott Marcott, of Florida, leaving in a Dodge Durango.

Sgt. James had been to the scene earlier that evening and knew that Marcott was very intoxicated so he began to pursue. After losing Marcott for brief time on East Wood St., he caught back up with the vehicle on Valleywood Drive. Pursuit continued onto Recycling Drive and eventually the vehicle stopped and two people got out and began to run.

Sgt. James went after Marcott on foot and found him in the woods by the Animal Shelter. After warning him to stop and Marcott continuing to try to evade, the taser was used and he was arrested. The passenger, Maria Scott, 29 of Florida, was found in the area and arrested as well.

Scott was charged with public intoxication and evading arrest. Marcott was charged with DUI, felony evading, assault on an officer, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and evading.

Drug Arrests Made, Thefts Investigated by Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest after a traffic stop over the weekend. Dep. Waldron observed Melanie Scott, 42 of Cottage Grove, driving and knew of her prior revoked license and active warrants. Dep. Waldron initiated a traffic stop and ended up charged Scott with driving on revoked, two counts of simple possession of scheduled II, possession of drug paraphernalia after a search of the vehicle.

Dep. James Higgins responded to Brockwell Auto Sales on Hwy. 79 where a man took a vehicle for a test drive Friday and hadn’t returned by the close of business. The vehicle was valued at $6K and had been entered as stolen as of Friday evening. The man that took the test drive is Dewayne Jones, age 47, of 818 Curtis St. No arrests have been made as of yet in this incident.

Dep. Kyle Waldron took a report of burglary on Hwy. 119. The home was entered thru an unlocked back door and over $1K worth of items were missing including two televisions, an Xbox game system and several Xbox games. There are no suspects and investigation is continuing.

Huntingdon Public Safety, HHS Raise over $2200 for Student

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Saturday May 12th members of the Huntingdon Department of Public Safety, family, friends and classmates of Hannah Reeves joined forces to conduct a fundraiser hamburger and hotdog lunch for Hannah, a sophmore at Huntingdon High School that is currently undergoing treatment for lukemia at St. Judes in Memphis. The highly successful event was held at Cash Savers Supermarket on East Main Street in Huntingdon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Facepainting was also provided by classmates from Huntingdon High School and snow cones and cotton candy was sold by Rachelle Stokes. Rachelle is a staff member at Huntingdon Primary School and is always ready to help with any fundraiser, especially if it involves a child or young person that is in need.  

Members of the Huntingdon Public Safety that contributed were Paul Hugueley, Shelton Moon, and Steve Price. Also from Huntingdon Public Safety that I want to say a very heartfelt thank you are the following members that gave their day off to come and make the event such a success: Brian McCaslin, Doug Pruitt and wife Linda, Tim Bennett, Steve Bunn, Mike Murphy and my wife Tresa Smothers. Much credit also goes to the high school volunteers that stood out by the street with signs promoting the event for Hannah. Many people that stopped and bought and/or donated told me they did so because they saw these girls with the signs, these signs were made for us by the art class at Huntingdon High. I also can't say enough to thank Jackie Streetman and the staff at Cash Savers for their help in making the event such a success. With the profits and generous donations from so many groups and individuals we cleared $2,233.00 to go to the Team Hannah fund that is set up at First Bank in Huntingdon.
 
This spirit of cooperation and dedication to help someone in need shows what a GREAT community we have. A corndog lunch was sponsored by the Blood, Sweat and Gears Bicycle Club on Friday and the School Melodies entertainment show on Saturday night also donated the proceeds to Team Hannah. Speaking for my self and my wife, we have travelled over much of the United States and there is no other place that we would ever want to call home. Thanks again to everyone that has worked or supported these events to help this sweet young lady!

Lady Patriots Hosting Mt. Juliet in Region 5-AAA Tourney Mon. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots will host Mt. Juliet Monday evening at 6pm in the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament. Mt. Juliet comes to town 16-6 on the season, losing in the championship game of the District 9-AAA tournament. The Lady Patriots won the District 10-AAA tournament last week.

Admission is $5 and gates open at 4:30pm Monday afternoon. Admission is granted thru the main gate and down the left field line off Harding Road.

Two Flown To Vanderbilt After Wreck Saturday Night

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from Fire Chief/ Paramedic Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Fire Department, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Saturday night, Henry County EMS, Henry County Sheriff’s officers, Paris Landing Fire Dept. and THP were all dispatched to 9780 Highway 140 East near Buchanan for a report of a one vehicle MVA with injuries.  Arriving units found a truck off the road impacted with a tree.  Two male victims were found trapped inside the vehicle.  Both victims were extricated with the Jaws of Life and transported to Paris Landing State Park where they were met by both Air Evac and Vanderbilt Lifeflight helicopters.  Both victims were flown to Vanderbilt Hospital where their condition is unknown at this time.  (Fire Chief/ Paramedic Reggie Coles photos.)

2018 TSSAA Division 1 Large School Section Three Finals

(Lance Winders photo.)

Paris, Tenn.- On May 11,12 2018, a Track and Field Meet was held at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, TN for The 2018 TSSAA Division 1 Large School Section Three Finals.

On Friday Nathaniel Owens placed 6th with a throw of 134 feet 4 inches.

On Saturday Titus Winders placed 1st in the 3200 meter run in 9 min 46 seconds.

Silas Winders placed 2nd in the 3200 meter run in 9 min 48 seconds.

Both Silas Winders and Titus Winders have advanced into the state meet which will be held on May 24, 2018.

Buchanan Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to an arrest report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, May 12th, Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested Brandy N. Goforth, age 39, of 75 Kirks Trading Post Road in Buchanan. The arrest was made on Highway 79 North and Goforth was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and simple possession/casual exchange of a schedule VI drug. Goforth’s bond was set $6000.

Relay For Life Survivor Dinner Held Saturday Evening

(Dana Allen photos.)

Paris, Tenn.- The Relay For Life Survivor dinner was held Saturday evening at the First United Methodist Church in Paris. Mike Wilson offered the blessing before dinner and then helped serve the meal. Approximately 200 survivors and their guests were in attendance. Irvin and Andrea Dutton along with Jimmy Tubbs provided the entertainment for the evening.

Stand Up Against Bullies Program Held Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Shotokan Karate Fitness put on a program Saturday, May 12th, called "Stand Up Against Bullies." The program promoted anti-bullying and children learned how to receive help if they, or someone they know, is being bullied. There was a $5 charge for each child participating, and all proceeds and donations were given to the family of Ashleigh Burg.

Throughout the program, guest speakers told stories and shared personal experiences about bullying and the possible outcomes that can occur due to bullying. Sensei Denise Bradley pressed on the importance of taking the proper steps when bullying is occurring while highlighting the most important step of all; "Whether you are being bullied, or someone you know is being bullied," she said, "the Key to getting help is to tell someone."

Young Eagles Flight Rally Held Saturday

(Nicki Cronkright photos.)

Paris, Tenn.- The Experimental Aircraft Association Paris Chapter 714 held a Young Eagles Flight Rally on Saturday at the Paris Henry County Airport. 

The event was open to children ages 8 to 17. Children who participated received Young Eagles Certificate of Flight and a Young Eagles Personal Flight Experience Logbook. 

For more information on the program and future events visit www.eaa.org or www.youngeagles.org.

W.G. Rhea Public Library's Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Paris, Tenn.- Thirty little girls had fun on Friday, May 11th during W.G. Rhea Public Library's Fancy Nancy Tea Party. The event began at the library where the group read the Fancy Nancy Budding Ballerina book and then "glitzed up" with tutus, tiaras and more. After "glitzing" was completed, the event moved and was continued at Lee School where the group enjoyed a ballet dance lesson and a wonderful tea party which included many yummy sweets. While also having a great time, the main focus of the event was to teach manners.

At the closing of the event, each child received stickers and a copy of the Fancy Nancy Budding Bellerina book. (Bri Solowey Hudson photos.)

HCMC Junior Volunteer Program Meeting Set For Monday

Paris, Tenn.- HCMC is looking responsible teenagers age 14 and older with a 'C' grade point average or better, who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of healthcare. To discuss the program and to apply, HCMC will be holding a meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14th at Henry County Medical Center in Classrooms 2 and 3 of the ground floor. Enable to participate, it is required that each teen be accompanied by a parent or guardian during this meeting. Orientation is set for 9:00 a.m. on June 5th at HCMC in classrooms 2 and 3.

Applicants can apply early at https://www.hcmc-tn.org/health-service/membership-groups/junior-volunteer-program/.

For more information, please visit www.hcmc-tn.org, or contact the Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator, Hailey Harrison, at (731) 644-8267.

Shepherd's Table Next Meal Set for Tues. May 15th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table, the community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntingdon, will be serving a delicious hot meal, on Tuesday, May 15th, in their Fellowship Hall located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Mary Lodge, a volunteer with The Shepherd's Table, and wife of Minister Arthur Lodge, said, "this month's meal will be Tacos, chips and salsa, refried beans, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies." The food is freshly prepared for each meal and all guests are served restaurant style. Each guest is welcomed to come in, take a seat at the table and someone will come and take their drink order and deliver their food to them. "It may not be fine dining, but it is dining at its finest," said John Wambles, a volunteer.

The Shepherd's Table's first meal was a huge success. More than 30 meals were served to guests, volunteers and local dignitaries that came by to support the First Presbyterian Church's efforts. "We had guests that came by to eat that left and brought back other guests," said Mary.

The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would prefer to not eat alone for at least one meal please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join them for a meal. 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.

 

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