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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Two Arrests Have Been Made in Saturday's Murder in Puryear

HCSO booking photo Phillip Nelson

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, two arrests have been made in conjunction with the shooting homicide at Mini Mart In Puryear last Saturday night. Phillip Nelson, age 29 of Paris, and Ralph Vulpitta, age 30 of Cottage Grove, have been charged in the death of Joshua Hadra, age 22 of Murray, KY.

HCSO booking photo Ralph Vulpitta

Nelson has been charged with First Degree Murder and he is being held on $500,000 bond. Vulpitta has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder and he is being held on $400,000 bond. Both men will appear in General Sessions Court on 9-26-17.

Sheriff Monte Belew was quoted as saying "We are extremely happy to have made these arrests so early in the investigation and hope that this provides some kind of relief to the victim's family, to which our thoughts and prayers remain. This would not have been possible had it not been for the joint effort between the HCSO Criminal Investigation Division, the T.B.I., the Puryear Police Department. and Investigators with the District Attorney's Office. Many, many man hours have been put in by all."

Four Arrested for Possession and Tampering

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police arrested four people on Monday for possession and tampering charges.

Sgt. Eric Long arrested Trey Cowan, age 22 of North Porter Street of Paris, Malcom Benau, age 21 of Jones Bend Road Extension of Paris, Zaria Nored, age 19, and Kelsey Snider, age 18, both of Manley Street of Paris, for tampering with evidence and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Cowan was placed on $6,500 bond. Benau, Nored and Snider were each placed on $5,000 bond.

HCHS Cross Country Team Does Well at Marshall Co. Invitational

Cole Davis competing in the Boys 5K.

Benton, KY- On Saturday, September 23rd the HCHS Cross Country team competed in the 38th Annual Marshall County Cross Country Invitational in Benton, KY. At this weekend’s event the Patriots got their third win of the season.

Twenty-five teams and 312 runners competed in the Boy’s 5K. Finishing for Henry County in the top 15 were: Titus Winders  who won 1st place with a time 16:10, Silas Winders came in 2nd with a time of 16:20 and Cole Davis came in 15th place with a time of 17:32.  Cooper Smith came in 21st place with a time of 18:05, Hunter Lawrence came in 62nd  with a time of 19:19, Devin Pritchett came in 84th with a time of 19:48, Ryan Patrum finished with a time of 23:15 and  Dylan Patrum finished with a time of 28:18.

Madison Aiosa and Madison Caldwell competing in the Girls 5K.

One hundred and ninety-five runners competed in the Girls 5K.  For Henry County, Madison Caldwell came in 95th place with a time of 26:02 and Madison Aiosa came in 106th with a time of 26:30.

Puryear Man Arrested for Sexual Battery

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Jerry Thrower, age 40 of Osage Crossland Road of Puryear, on Monday for sexual battery by an authority figure. Thrower was placed on $15,000 bond.

Paris Man Cited for Possession and Multiple Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. cited Joseph Stevens, age 22 of Whitlock Road of Paris, for simple possession of a schedule VI substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Daniel Andres and Ptl. Dean were patrolling on Ogburn Street when they observed a vehicle driving with a headlight and a brake light out. Police then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and they spoke to the driver identified as Stevens. Police then asked Stevens to step out of the vehicle to show him the headlights were out and that’s when Police noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from Stevens.

Police asked Stevens what the smell was and that’s when Stevens pulled out a baggie which contained 8.5 grams of marijuana. Stevens also had a wooden dugout used to smoke marijuana. Stevens was then cited for the following offenses. Stevens was also cited for driving on an expired license, expired registration and lack of financial responsibility.

TN National Guard 212th Engineer Company Celebrates 100th Year on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Army National Guard’s Paris based 212th Engineer Company is celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Tuesday, September 26th from 8am to 10am at the Armory, which is located at 285 County Home Road.

The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce monthly coffee will be held at the armory with free coffee, drinks, and donuts for everyone. Guest speaker will be Captain Nathan Browning, current commander of the 212th Engineering Company.

First formed in September 1917, the Paris Army National Guard was known then as Battery D, 114th 1st Tennessee Field Artillery. The unit deployed to Europe for WWI. In January 1918, the Paris unit was reorganized into Company H Infantry and Battery A Field Artillery. These units deployed to WWII in 1940. After a few more reorganizations, the unit finally become the 212 in October of 2004.

Since then, the unit has deployed to Kuwait in 2013, participated in border wall construction in California in 2005, Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005, Arizona border wall construction in 2007, and humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic in 2009 and Bulgaria in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

All present and former members of the Paris Army National Guard units are encouraged to attend the 100th year celebration September 26th. The general public is also invited.

Springville Man Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested James Pio Jr., age 53 of Hwy 79 North of Springville, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Pio Jr. was placed on $500 bond.

Three Big Sandy People Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the HCSO,  Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested Roger Bratschi, age 42 of Hill Chapel Road of Big Sandy, Erica Bradford, age 33 of Old Springville Road of Big Sandy, and Ronald Dodd, age 55 of Sandy’s Camp Road of Big Sandy, on Saturday for possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule 2 and 6 substance.

Ptl. Howington also charged  Bratschi for driving on a revoked license and on the active warrants for failure to exercise due car, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to carry registration and violation of the financial responsibility law. Bratschi was also cited for the headlight violation.

Ptl. Howington also charged Bradford with simple possession of a schedule 3 and schedule 4 substance, criminal impersonation and a warrant for esacpe. At the jail Cpl. Jordan Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Bradford with failure to appear.

In the report, Ptl. Howington was patrolling when he conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for having a headlight out. While speaking with the driver identified as Bratschi, Ptl. Howington found that Bratschi and Bradford each had active warrants out of Benton County. Ptl. Howington asked Dodd if he could search the vehicle, since the vehicle belonged to a family member of Dodd.

Dodd gave him permission to search the vehicle and police found syringes, 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, a baggie of 1.4 grams of marijuana, rolling papers and other pills and drug paraphernalia items in the car.

Bratschi was placed on a total of $6,000 bond, Bradford was placed on $21,000 bond and Dodd was placed on $1,000 bond.

UTM's Roots of Rhythm is Monday, Sept. 25th at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- UT Martin World Percussion Ensemble will be presenting, “the Roots of Rhythm,” on Monday September 25th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. This is a unique musical performance featuring authentic world percussion instruments including steel drums and tamboo bamboo instruments from Guinea, Brazilian Samba instruments, and much more.

The concert focuses on the cultures of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, and the Carribean. Audience members can listen to amazing music and learn how different cultures interact musically. Admission $5 at the door and children ages 10 and under get in for free.

Homicide Investigation Continues in the Death of a Hazel Man Killed in Puryear on Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Puryear Police Department and Investigators with the District Attorney's Office are currently  working an active homicide investigation in which the victim, Joshua Hadra age 22 of Hazel, Kentucky, was murdered at the Mini Mart in Puryear on Saturday, September 23rd.

More details will be released as the investigation unfolds. At this time police do not  believed this was a random act and there is no reason for the general public to be alarmed.

Police are asking anyone with any information in this case to please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Another Eye Full of Paris Weekend Comes to an End

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of people attended the final day of the Eye Full of Paris Weekend which wrapped up on Sunday, with the Downtown Churches Rejoice.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Downtown Churches Rejoiced which featured music from the gospel group “Unbroken Faith” from Russwood Baptist Church.

Good Music and Wine Pairs Well at Concert in the Vineyards

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend continued on Saturday night with Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery as almost 100 people attended the concert.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The concert featured music from Scott Myatt, Steve Short along with Rita McCaslin on vocals and Bill Criss on drums. Music featured classic hits from Elvis all the way to country music. Concert attendees also got to visit the winery and have free wine tastings.  

Downtown Churches Rejoice Wraps Up Eye Full of Paris Weekend on Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend wraps up on Sunday, September 24th with the Downtown Churches Rejoice and the historic downtown churches welcome visitors for Sunday services.

The Eye Full of Paris Weekend finale, Downtown Churches Rejoice! takes on a new sound this year as the gospel group “Unbroken Faith” from Russwood Baptist Church takes the stage Sunday afternoon on the courthouse lawn from 2pm to 3pm in downtown Paris.

"We are thrilled to bring this group to Paris to partner with the DPA and downtown churches during Eye Full of Paris" said Kathy Ray, DPA Executive Director.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of “Unbroken Faith”.  In case of rain the concert will be moved to the First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

Clarksville Woman Arrested for Burglary and Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Steven McClure arrested Heather McClain, age 30 of Dunbar Cave Road of Clarksville, on Saturday for aggravated burglary and vandalism. McClain was placed on $2,500 bond.

DPA Cruise-In Set for Tuesday, September 26th

(DPA photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their next  Cruise-In on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30pm to 7pm on the Court Square. “The Chill Tonics” will provide music and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. Some vendors will also be on site. You will also enjoy craft vendors, giveaways and of course lots of fun.

All classic cars are welcomes and if you bring one to the Cruise-In, you will  be eligible to win door prizes. For more information, contact the Downtown Paris Association at 731-653-7274 or visit the DPA website at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.

Paris Man Arrested for Introduction of Drugs into a Jail

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Stephen Page charged Jeff Buchanan, age 42 of East Wood Street of Paris, on Friday for introduction of a controlled substance into a penal institution. Buchanan was placed on $2,500 bond.

See You at the Pole Set for Wednesday, September 27th

Paris, Tenn.-The youth event “See You At The Pole” sponsored by the Western District Baptist Association will be held on Wednesday, September 27th at KPAC beginning with pizza being served at 5:30pm and worship will follow at 6pm.  

All students ages 12 and up are invited to meet at KPAC for an inspiring youth worship event  featuring a dynamic speaker and live music. 

Lee Academy's Hand Lettering Class is Oct. 7th

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy will be holding a Hand Lettering Class on Saturday, October 7th from 10am to 12pm. Emily Rhoads will be the instructor and there is a maximum of 12 people for the class. The cost to register for the class is $35 and you can register for the class online at schoolforthearts.org.

Paint, Music and More at Arts 'Round the Square

A crowd of shoppers looking at the unique jewelry by Mary Buck at Arts 'Round the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good steady crowd came out to enjoy arts, crafts and music at the annual Arts ‘Round the Square as the Eye Full of Paris Weekend swings into full force.

The Old 23rd District performing at Arts Round the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Arts ‘Round the Square will be on the court square from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd. There will be musical acts throughout the rest of day.Adults got the chance to look at beautifully crafted paintings, jewelry, pottery and more as more than 30 vendors are on site selling their creations.

Browsing through jewelry at the Man Made booth. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got to paint their own rock at the rock painting booth from Paris Rocks, which is free of cost.

Kids enjoying free rock painting at the Paris Rocks booth. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids also got the chance to take part in helping put their own spin on a masterpiece as Dani Poe from Poetic Painting sessions at Lee Academy came down to Arts Round the Square to encourage everyone to take part in painting their interpretation of the painting they chose.

Dani Poe encouraging people to participate in helping create a masterpiece. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Poetic Painting classes with Dani Poe is offered on the second Fridays of each month and upcoming class dates are on the Fridays of October 13th, November 10th and December 8th from 7pm to 9pm. All supplies provided except the snacks and drinks.

You will get to paint along with friends with guided encouragement from the instructor. Beginners will gain confidence & skill and the experienced painter will enjoy a fun evening of art, laughs, and friends.

One girl putting her own spin on the Poetic Painting at Arts 'Round the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The cost of the class is $35 per person and all supplies provided except the snacks and drinks. The class is open to adults ages 18 and older and there is a maximum of 20 people for the class. For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Arts 'Round the Square sponsored by Paris-Henry County Arts Council (PHCAC) and the Downtown Paris Association.

Mums, Pumpkins and Corn, Oh My! At Mum-A-Palooza

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There’s still plenty of mums and pumpkins at the HCHS FFA fundraiser Mum-a-palooza, which is going at the Henry County High School Greenhouse, off Harding Road, on Saturday, September 23rd from 9am to 1pm.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

At the FFA’s  Mum-a-palooza they have single color mums, red, orange, yellow, and purple for $15 and tri color mums cost $40. They also have straw for $5, assorted sizes and colors of pumpkins from $2 to $25, a bundle of three Indian corn costs $5, a bundle of 5-6 corn stalks will cost $6 and ornamental cabbage and pansy bowls costs $10 each.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

If all of the items at Mum-a-palooza are not sold on Saturday the FFA will have another sale at a later date in October. So on Saturday, come out to Mum-a-palooza and purchase a mum or two in order to show your support  to the HCHS FFA Chapter and all of their hard work in putting on Mum-a-palooza.

Superheroes and Princesses Invade Bethel's PA Program

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of superheroes and princesses along with their parents and friends came out to the Bethel University’s Physician’s Assistant Program Superheroes and Princesses Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kasinina’s Hope.

Patriots Get the Homecoming Victory After Defeating Region 7-5A Rivals the Kenwood Knights

Henry County crowns Nia Russell as the 2017 Homecoming Queen who was escorted by Lukas Reynolds. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It was a good night for the Patriots as they played and defeated Region 7- 5A rival the Kenwood Knights at Homecoming on Friday. Nia Russell was crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen and the 2017 homecoming court included seniors: Roezona Godbot, Rachel Mitchell, Gigi Mitchell,  Nia Russell the 2017 Homecoming Queen, Tori Starks, Emily Raines and Katie Harper.

The 2017 Homecoming Queen and her court. Front row from left to right: Roezona Godbot, Rachel Mitchell, Gigi Mitchell,  the 2017 HC Queen Nia Russell, Tori Starks, Emily Raines, Katie Harper. Back row from left to right: Ben Murphy, Dylan Irwin, Timmy Whalen, Lukas Reynolds, Trent Nichols, Caleb Orr, Blake Morton. (Timothy Pharr photos)

 In Region 7 Class 5A action, the Henry County Patriots defeated the Kenwood Knights at homecoming on Friday winning 33-14.

In the 1st quarter, Henry County’s Parrish threw a 6yd touchdown pass to Caleb Orr. Henry County led Kenwood 7-0 with 10:16 left in the 1st quarter. With 3:47 left in the 1st quarter,  Lukas Reynolds had a 6yd rushing touchdown for the Patriots. At the end of the 1st quarter Henry County led Kenwood 14-0.

#7 Caleb McCutheon cuts back on a run during Friday nights game. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 1:02 left to go in the half, Bailey Armas kicked a 25yd field goal as the Patriots led the Knights 17-7. With 4 seconds left in the 2nd quarter Kenwood scored a 65yd touchdown. At halftime the Patriots led the Knights 17-7.

#37 Colton Wiser and #23 Paxton Pierpoint wrap a Kenwood runner. (Timothy Pharr photos)

At the 4:49 mark in the 3rd quarter Kenwood scored a touchdown. At the end of the 3rd quarter,  the Patriots still led the Knights 17-14.

#2 Savon Stewart goes up high for an attempt at a pass reception. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 10:31 left in the 4th quarter, the Patriots got a safety as Henry County led Kenwood 19-14.  At the 8:05 mark Savon Stewart scored a 7yd rushing touchdown. Henry County led Kenwood  26 to 14. With 59 seconds left in the game Caleb McCutcheon had a 1yd Patriot touchdown. On homecoming night the Henry County Patriots walk away with the victory after defeating the Kenwood Knights 33-14.  

The Henry County Patriots are now 4-2 on the season and 3-0 in Region 7 Class 5A action. The Henry County Patriots will face the Germantown Red Devils in Germantown on Friday, September 29th at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Police Arrest Two People on Weapons Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Joe Ray, age 59 of Whiskey Ridge Road of Paris, on Friday for unlawful possession or carrying of a weapon. Ray was placed on $5,000 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Crystal Shaw, age 34 of Paris Street of McKenzie, on Thursday for possession of a handgun while under the influence and possession of a weapon on a posted property. Shaw was placed on $1,500 bond.

Concert in the Vineyards at Eye Full of Paris Weekend is Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend continues on Saturday, September 23rd with Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery  from 6pm to 10pm.

The concert will be featuring local favorites Scott Myatt, Steve Short and Friends on vocals. Admission to Concert in the Vineyards is free and there will be raffle prizes and other concert specials at the event. The raffle prize will be a Special September Picnic Basket which is $150 value. Raffle tickets will cost $5 for 3 tickets.

So on Saturday night make plans to enjoy Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery and bring your favorite chair, snacks and friends.  For any questions please call Paris Winery at 731-644-9500.

Kentucky Man Arrested as a Fugitive from Justice

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Ricardo Alatorre, age 39 of State Route of Symsonia KY, as a fugitive from justice. Alatorre was placed on $5,000 bond.

Paris PD Receives $5,000 in Federal Grant Funds to Support Highway Safety Efforts in Paris

Paris Henry County, Tenn.- On Monday, September 18, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) announced that $5,000.00 in federal grant funds will be awarded to the Paris Police Department  for the 2017-2018 Federal Fiscal Year.

Approximately 400 grants exceeding $18 million will be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the THSO to support local highway safety initiatives.

Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by the THSO. Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The THSO grant funding provides essential highway safety training and equipment for law enforcement agencies, sophisticated crash data collection analysis technology, specialized DUI prosecutors, resources for emergency response personnel, and educational tools to help improve driver behavior.

For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

Boss Hoss Rally Roars Into Noon on the Square on Friday

Huge crowds show up to the 3rd Noon on the Square as the Boss Hoss Rally comes to Downtown Paris. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Boss Hoss Rally roared into Downtown Paris at Commercial Bank & Trust’s third Noon on the Square of the season as hundreds of people gathered to enjoy music, food and motorcycles.

The Tooth Throbs band featuring Riley Jenkins as Elvis performs at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Tooth Throbs band, featuring Riley Jenkins as Elvis, entertained the crowd with classic rock hits at Noon on the Square. The Paris Quota Club provided the food as the Henry County Sheriff’s Office grilled out burgers for all of the attendees at the event.

HC Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Damon Lowe flipping burgers at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Down Paris Association along help from the Peddler Advantage served drinks for a donation at Noon on the Square on Friday.

John Wambles and Amanda Allen along with Kevin Buie helping serve drinks for the DPA at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris Landing State Park is hosting for the 18th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Midsouth Bikefest now through Saturday, September 23rd. There will be Boss Hoss factory Demo Rides each day and many vendors that are free and open to the public.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

On Saturday there are more demo rides, vendors, the Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off, and a $1500 Poker Run. There will be a Shriners Hospitals for Children drawing for a 2017 Boss Hoss Trike at 10pm Saturday night.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault After Pulling a Gun

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Sgt. Eric Long arrested Jeffery Hudson, age 46 of Brown Street of Paris, for aggravated assault.

City Units were dispatched to Harrison Street in reference to a person pointing a gun at the victim. The victim stated that he was waiting for a friend when the subject identified as Hudson came out on the porch yelling and shouting profanity at the victim. The victim and Hudson started to argue and that’s when Hudson pulled a black handgun and pointed it at the victim.

Hudson then went back into his house and the victim then called police. When police spoke to Hudson he stated that he did have a gun with him, but he never pointed it at the victim. Hudson had made several conflicting statements and Hudson had also changed his clothes by the time police arrived. Sgt. Long also had knowledge that Hudson had an active shoplifting warrant.

Hudson was then arrested and placed on $7,500 bond.

Wine to Share Water for All is Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend kicks off on Friday, September 22nd and on Friday night join the First Christian Church in downtown Paris from 7pm to 10pm with Wine to Share, Water for All event.

The evening includes dancing, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, live entertainment featuring John Austin McDaniel, locally brewed Perrylodgic beer, and a silent auction including local artists.

The event is sponsored by the First Christian Church and all proceeds benefit the Showers of Blessing Trust which is an organization that helps provide clean water wells in rural areas near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 

Please help promote this very worthy cause for clean water in East Africa.  Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door and from any First Christian Church member.  For more information please call 731-642-3181.

Arts 'Round the Square Set for Saturday from 9am to 4pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend continues on Saturday, September 23rd with Arts Round the Square, which will be happening from 9 am to 4pm.  

Arts Round the Square is free and there will plenty of arts and crafts with over 30 artist creating and selling their creations at tomorrows event. Artists will be selling pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, mixed media, fiber art, photographs, sculptures and canvas art including paintings from members of the Tennessee River Fine Arts League.

There will also be musical acts at Arts Round the Square from 9am to 4pm.

The schedule includes: 9am to10am: “Jamaica Me Happy” Steel Drum Band, University of Tennessee Martin,10am to 10:30am: Dancing Generation Studio performs,10:30am to12pm Scott Myatt & Steve Short, 12pm to 1pm: Josh McKee will perform, 1pm to 2pm The Old 23rd District, 2pm to 2:30pm: "RATS! The Story of the Pied Piper" by KPAC Young Artists, 2:30pm to 3pm: Vocal Selections from "Singin' In the Rain" and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”, 3pm to 3:30pm: KPAC Young Artists Chorus sings music from "The Lion King", 3:30 to 4pm: KPAC Young Artists in Concert Solos present some of their favorite songs.

Children can also get in touch with their inner artist at Arts ‘Round the Square at the KidsZone Live! a special area for interactive children’s projects including  a rock painting session. 

The event is sponsored by Paris-Henry County Arts Council (PHCAC) and the Downtown Paris Association.

Bethel Physician's Assistant Program's Superheroes and Princesses Pancake Breakfast is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Bethel University Physician’s Assistant Program will be presenting Superheroes and Princesses Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:30am to 11am at Bethel University PA Program Building, which is located at 302B Tyson Avenue in Paris.

The cost is $5 per person or $10 maximum per family. The pancake breakfast will also be all you can eat. Costume and dress-up for the pancake breakfast are encouraged. For more information please contact Jennifer Green at 508-213-9771 or email her at jgreen39@bethelu.edu. All of the proceeds will benefit Kasinina’s Hope.

Gas Board Learns of Issues with Sales Tax on Collection Fees

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met this week and General Manger Tae Eaton explained that there are issues regarding collection of sales taxes on connection fees, transfer fees, and reconnection fees.

Eaton explained that recently the City of Lebanon had an audit and it was found they were not collecting sales taxes on these types of fees. Eaton said, “I’ve been in this business for 27 years, I never know of a utility like ours charging sales taxes.”

Eaton said the City of Lebanon is now in the courts dealing with the legality of this and he got some information from the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts who advised all districts should continue to do what they’ve been doing in regards to not charging sales tax on connection fees and such. Eaton said the TAUD is working with the state and should be able to get some clarification on the law during after the first of the year to say the fees are not taxable.

The Gas Board voted to give Eaton the ability to purchase some inventory if it is available instead of waiting until the next board meeting. Eaton said Hurricane Harvey has caused some major issues with some of the materials the District uses as places in Texas and Louisiana were hit hard and flooded. In the City of Houston alone, Eaton said they’re going to have to replace thousands of gas meters. Eaton asked the board to consider giving him more buying power over the next few months to be able to purchase equipment they might need 6-8 months while it’s in stock instead of waiting for the next board meeting and taking the chance the material is still there.

Eaton also reported Natural Gas prices did increase right after Hurricane Harvey hit, but since then it has slowly started to come back down.

PHCPUD Wins State Safety Award

Paris, Tenn.- The gas board learned that the District received another award in regards to safety. After receiving another National Award last month from the American Public Gas Association, the Tennessee Gas Association awarded the PHCPUD with the Safety Brilliance Award for 2016-17.

Eaton said the Tennessee Public Utility Commission’s annual inspection was recently completed and there were no findings. He said the employees did a great job helping get documentation ready for this inspection and a usual tedious long process with the inspectors went much smoother this go around.

Patriots Hosting Kenwood for Homecoming Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Kenwood Friday night on the gridiron for Homecoming at Patriot Stadium. Homecoming activities will begin around 6:30pm with kickoff of the game set for 7pm. If you can’t make it to the stadium listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:30pm. If you are away from the radio you can listen via our website at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349 just remember phone carrier charges will apply.

HC Republican Party To Elect Chairman at Meeting Sept. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will hold a meeting and special election on Thursday September 28, 2017, 7pm at the Paris Civic Center Meeting Room. They will be electing a Chairman and Co-Chairman to fill out the two-year term.For more information call Christine Garcia at 731-414-7760 or Ann McLeese at 731-343-0870. 

Man with Stewart County Warrants Arrested in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department responded to Walmart on call from a man where three subjects were threatening him. Lt. Reed had dispatch check the man who called, Jamie Dennis, 37, of Tennessee Ridge, and found he had active warrants for Rape out of Stewart County. Stewart County did advise they wanted Dennis.

Lt. Reed arrived and arrested Dennis on the warrants and on the way to the jail, he complained of chest pains and Lt. Reed took him to the Emergency Room. Three hours later he was cleared and Dennis admitted to saying he had the pains to avoid jail. Dennis was booked into Henry County and Stewart County will pick up.

Trooper Jason Mounts charged Joseph Andres Goodhue, age 20, of 103 Hidden Acres, with evading arrest overnight. Other arrests from the night, Chris K. Tatum, 26, of Springville, for unlawful disposal of sewage and Carol Thurmond, 54, of Murray, for driving on suspended, simple possession of schedule 6, and drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Justin Harden of the Paris Police Department responded to a report of theft on Grove St. A 4-ton floor jack, toolbox, and hedge trimmer were stolen according to the report. There are no suspects at this time.

AmVets Post 45 Hosting Pancake Breakfast for St. Jude's

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Ladies Auxiliary of AmVets Post 45 will host an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Auxiliary Hospital Programs. The Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday September 23rd from 8-11am and includes pancake, eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, juice, milk, and coffee. Cost is $8 for ages 12 and up, $4 for under 12. The AmVets Post is located at 14365 Hwy. 79 N. in Buchanan. For more information call 642-8690.

Friday's Noon on Square To Feature Bike and Trike Show

Paris, Tenn.- The Boss Hoss Motorcycles will invade the court square Friday as part of Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the Square. The bikes and trikes will ride into downtown from the Lake area prior to 11am and a bike and trike show will be held with judging at 11:45am by People’s Choice voting. The bikes will leave out for a Dice Run at 1pm.

The Tooth Throbs band, featuring Riley Jenkins as Elvis, will be the entertainment at Noon on the Square. There will be food and drinks for purchase as well.

HC Democratic Party Picnic Set for Sept. 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Party will hold their summer picnic at Central School, located on Jones Bend Road, Saturday September 30th. There is a $10 donation for BBQ plate dinner. There will be guest speakers, a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing. Everyone is invited to attend.

PLSP Hosting 18th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park is once again the host for the 18th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Midsouth Bikefest Thursday September 21st thru Saturday September 23rd.

There will be Boss Hoss factory Demo Rides each day and many vendors that are free and open to the public. Friday at 10:30am, the bikes and trikes will depart the lake area and cruise into downtown Paris for Noon on the Square, a Bike and Trike Show, and a $1000 Dice Run at 1pm. Saturday there are more demo rides, vendors, the Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off, and a $1500 Poker Run. There will be a Shriners Hospitals for Children drawing for a 2017 Boss Hoss Trike at 10pm Saturday night.

For more information on the Boss Hoss Rally go online to www.midsouthbikefest.com.

Voter Registration Drive Tues. at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green reminds citizens September is National Voter Registration month. There will be a voter registration drive Tuesday September 26th at the W.G. Rhea Public Library from 10am to 1pm. In addition, there will be upcoming voter registration drives for students at Henry County High School October 2nd and 5th. For any questions call the Election Commission office at 642-0411.

5 HCHS Golfers Advance to Regional Tournament

Eli Ridgeway finished 2nd overall in Tuesday's Golf District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Golf Team and three members of the Men's team advanced to Regionals for placing in the District Tournament Tuesday.

The Lady Patriots team, comprised of Leah Bell and Sydney Williams, finished 3rd overall as a team with a 170 behind Clarksville's 146 and Rossview's 153. Bell Shot an 84 and Williams an 86. The top 3 teams advance to Regionals.

The Patriots team missed advancing by three strokes after placing 4th with a 347. Advancing as an individual were Eli Ridgeway with a 76, finishing 2nd place in the District Tourney overall; Cameron May shot an 87 to advance, and Jameson Robbins an 89.

Leah Bell lines up a shot in District Tourney golf action.

Cameron May Announced as National Merit Semi-Finalist

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is pleased to announce Cameron May as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Cameron is a senior at Henry County High School, where he plays on the Golf and Basketball teams, is a member of National Honor Society, ​​is a member of the Science Club, participant in Boys State, and is a member of the 30+ ACT Club and the ACT Benchmark Club. Outside of school, Cameron participates in activities with his church and serves on the Commercial Bank Teen Advisory Board. 

Cameron is one of 16K students Nationwide that will continue in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for 7500 scholarships worth more than $32M that will be awarded next Spring.

Traffic Stops Lead to Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated units responded to the Fairgrounds Road area in reference to a possible intoxicated driver. Ptl. Jacob Howington pulled the vehicle over and ended up arresting Jack Veazey, Jr., 73, of 207 S. Brewer for DUI 1st Offense, and possession of a handgun while intoxicated. He was placed on $1500 bond.

Another traffic stop by Sgt. Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department for a light law violation led to the arrest of Dalexis Love, age 30, of 813 Morton St. Love was wanted on warrants in the county for aggravated burglary.

HCHS Offering Student Passes for Athletic Events for $40

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is offering new Student Athletic Passes for HCHS students this year. The cost is $40 and the pass allows the student into any HCHS athletic event, except play-off games and fundraisers, such as Hall of Fame Games, and jamborees.

To gain access, students must present their valid ID and the Athletic Pass at the entry gate. Principal Dr. Michele Webb stated, “we have great student crowds at events and we wanted to give students a “perk” for being a HCHS student.” There are tremendous savings if students goes to several sporting events throughout the year such as football, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, etc. Students should see the front office to purchase the pass.  

Auditions for You're Good A Man Charlie Brown Are Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will hold auditions on Saturday September 23rd for, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Audition requirements are a 1-2 minute monologue theatrical vocal selection. The cast list that will be filled for the play include Sally Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Snoopy, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, and Linus Van Pelt. The show will be performed Saturday November 18th at 7pm at KPAC with school shows set the week of Monday November 20th. For more information call 731-707-3374 or email kriderpac@gmal.com.

Mum-A-Palooza This Saturday at HCHS Greenhouse

Paris, Tenn.- Mum-a-palooza 2017 will be Saturday September 23rd at the Henry County High School Greenhouse, off Harding Road, from 9am to 1pm. The FFA is putting on the fundraiser and they have single color mums, red, orange, yellow, and purple for $15 and tri color mums for $40. They also have straw for $5, assorted sizes and colors of pumpkins from $2-25, and ornamental cabbage and pansy bowls for $10 each. Call FFA Advisor Laura Moss at 336-8304 for more information.

2017 HCHS Homecoming Court Announced

From Left to Right the 2017 Homecoming court: Emily Raines, Junior, Rachel Mitchell, Sophomore, Gigi Mitchell, Senior, Nia Russell, Senior, Tori Starks, Senior, Roezona Godbot, Sophomore, and Katie Harper, Junior.(Michael Lane photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Its Homecoming week at Henry County High School and the homecoming court was announced today.

Henry County High School Homecoming Night is Friday, September 22nd. Throughout this week, HCHS students are enjoying dress up spirit days, a car smash, chalk art, a door decorating contest, a pep rally, and more. The 2017 Homecoming Court includes Seniors Gigi Mitchell, Nia Russell, and Tori Starks; Juniors Katie Harper and Emily Raines; Sophomores Roezona Godbott and Rachel Mitchell.

The Homecoming Court will be recognized and Homecoming Queen crowned beginning at 6:30 pm Friday evening at Patriot Stadium. Immediately after royalty recognition, the HCHS Marching Patriots will perform a patriotic prelude, followed by the HCHS Madrigals and Madrigal Alumni singing the National Anthem. As the National Anthem is being performed, a professional skydiving team from Team Fastrax of Ohio will enter the stadium, bringing in the American Flag. Patriot Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy pre-game festivities.

W.G. Rhea Library Offering Kids Coding Club Classes

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library is offering a Code Club for kids ages 8-12. There is no experience necessary and classes are free. Classes will be held from 4-6pm on Thursdays beginning this week, Sept. 21st. Other dates for classes are October 5, October 19th, and November 2nd. To register call the library at 642-1702.

HCHD Closing Barnett Road for Bridge Repair

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Barnett Road until further notice for bridge repair. Closure will be on the south end of Barnett Road off Henry Midway Road at the bridge. Alternate route will be the north end of Barnett Road. This is a new closure at the same place where the road was closed back in December 2015.




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