From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh
HCMC BOT Hears Updates on Healthcare Center
Board of Trustees met at Healthcare Center Thurs. Night (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Healthcare Center hosted January’s meeting of the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees on Thursday night. Director of the Healthcare Center Sandy Ray gave report on what all has gone on in the last year at the Center. She said during the Licensure Survey, which is done every year and just one minor issue was reported. Ray said the staff worked very hard and there were no fines.
Ray said the Star Rating is still very good, but it is based on 18 month old data. She said short stay indicators on the star rating are newer and more reflect several patients. She said the indicators were very good showing the Healthcare Center does well in most areas.
Ray said the center is using 56 of their 80 private rooms, so anyone that wants a private room, the census is cooperating with those request at this time. Ray said operating expenses are always within budget and staff does a great job controlling cost. Census is the only issue and there is not much we can do right now to help it grow.
Repeal of ACA Being Watched by Healthcare Industry
CFO Lisa Casteel goes over the Administrative comments as Chairman Phil Wichlan looks on. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- During the administrative comments, Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Casteel, filling in for CEO Tom Gee who wasn’t at the meeting, said everyone in the health field is waiting to see what the new administration does about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. No matter what, the effect will be felt on hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, and patients. He said hospitals are hopeful for a repeal and immediately replacing the act with other legislation instead of waiting any length of time to come up with another plan. Casteel said the TennCare portion of the repeal it is expected that major changes to how Medicaid is funded are likely. That is expected to take the form of block grants to states with broad leeway to redesign their programs.
Casteel discussed physician recruitment with the board Thursday saying Dr. Monette is off to a great start with the Lake Haven program and the unit has essentially remained full for the first of the year. Dr. Stephanie Allen, nurse practitioner, has started her orientation to the unit as well. The medical staff did approve a bylaw change, which the board of trustees also will approve, to allow qualified and credentialed advanced practice providers to admit patients to the hospital.
State Delays Push MRI Construction Back to March
Paris, Tenn.- Casteel said construction of the MRI at the hospital was supposed to be done by this time but delays by the State Health Facilities plan review office has caused the medical center to miss window for installation. She said the new target installation date is March. Casteel told the board they have been running weekend hours at the diagnostic center to keep up with the demand for MRI procedures but do have to use ambulance transport to take patients to the facility if needed.
Reception for Dr. Gulish Set for Jan. 27th
Paris, Tenn.- Casteel informed the board the transition of Dr. Gulish’s practice to hospital direction continues and should be effective by February 1st. The transition of other providers into the practice will begin over the next 30-60 days including the practice of Dr. Waters in general surgery and bringing Dr. Cutright’s practice into combination with Dr. Melton and Dr. Foust. A reception for Dr. Gulish will occur in his office January 27th from 2-5pm at the Kelley Drive Clinic.
EMS Awaits New Ambulance, Paying High Maintanence on Others
Paris, Tenn.- During the EMS portion of the HCMC Board of Trustees meeting, EMS Director Twila Rose the new ambulance that has been ordered is off the assembly line and making its way to the dealership and should be to Henry County in a few days. She said we plan to get it stocked and inspected and hopefully have it on the road by the end of January. Rose said the entire process has been longer than expected and she has been told 6 months wait for a new ambulance is now the new normal. Rose said she will come to the board in April to ask to place an order for their next unit, replacing an older model with 400K miles on it. She said the spent over $9K in maintenance cost in December alone on one of the units.
Two of the three paramedic students finished the first semester of school and are doing well and are starting their 2nd semester. One paramedic is currently starting Critical Care School, which is a 16 week course at Vanderbilt. Rose said even though Jackson State has started a campus here in Paris, no EMT or Paramedic classes are planned on being taught now or in the near future anyway.
Admissions to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear Suspended
Henry County Nursing Home Cited for Violation of Consent Order
Nashville- Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended
new admissions of residents to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear effective
January 10, 2017.
Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear, a 32-bed licensed nursing home located
at 220 College St. in Puryear, was ordered not to admit any new
residents based on the facility’s severe financial difficulties. In
addition, the facility has not paid overdue taxes, a violation of a
September 2015 Consent Order against the facility. TDH found the
threatened financial viability of the facility posed a detriment to the
welfare of residents living in the facility. This action will prevent
the facility from admitting new residents into a precarious situation.
The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to a nursing home when
conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to
the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend
admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to
remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public
entrance where it can be plainly seen.
The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of
admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote
and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has
facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than
one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for
everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats,
licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities
and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH
services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.
Arson Charges Filed From August Reynoldsburg Rd. Fire
Paris, Tenn.- Agent Bryant Allen, of Tennessee State Bomb and Arson, has filled charges on Rita Faye Futrell, the homeowner of a Reynoldsburg Road residence that was destroyed by fire on August 12th, 2016.
At the time of the fire, the Henry County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Divsion was called to the scene and immediately thought it was arson and contacted the Bomb and Arson squad. Agent Allen worked the scene and after several months of intense investigation, over multiple states, , including polygraphs conducted by Inv. David Doyle of HCSO, Agent Allen determined the fire was indeed arson and was contracted by the homeowner.
She has been charged with Arson Class C felony in TN; filing a false or fraudulent insurance claim; and filing a false report. The parties that Futrell contracted with to burn the home are Terry Eugene Swigert from Grandin, MO, who is Mrs. Futrell’s ex-husband and James Douglas Hamilton from Wichita, KS. Both are charged with Arson. All parties involved have been placed on $50K bond.
City Of Paris Receives $32K in Tourism Enhancement Grant
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris was one of 29 communities across the state that will receive a portion of over $1M in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist with tourism infrastructure needs. The City of Paris received $32,900 from the grant and it will go towards the construction of restrooms at the Downtown Paris Park near the fountain.
City Manager Kim Foster said, “we are excited to receive the Tourism Enhancement Grant and next week we will begin planning exactly what direction we want to go with the project.”
Foster said the City hopes to do a lot of work in-house thru the Parks Department. Currently the Parks Department staff is working on restrooms at McNeil Park.
Foster said the City has some options as far as when to begin. She said, “we’d like to start work and get it done before the summer season gets here, but as far as our local match, the money isn’t currently in the budget, so we may wait until the next fiscal year begins to start the work.”
The local match is 30%, and since the grant application process did not become available until mid-way thru the fiscal year, the money is not appropriated in the budget, but it could be amended to include it, should the City decide to start the work in this current fiscal year, which ends June 30th.
Foster said the City has a year to complete the project using the Tourism Enhancement Grant money so if they decide to wait until the next fiscal year begins, construction on the downtown outdoor restrooms wouldn’t begin until mid-summer.
The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee. There were 50 grant applications and other communities in the region also received grant money including $50K for Benton County, $50K for Houston County, and $20K for Stewart County.
Reminder: Relay for Life Gospel Showcase Set For Jan. 20th
Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life Team, Elizabeth’s Cancer Crushers, is presenting a Relay for Life Gospel Showcase on Friday, January 20th at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 7pm.
The Relay for Life Team, Elizabeth’s Cancer Crushes is named after Elizabeth Cronen who is an eighth-grade student at Inman Middle School and she is also a cancer survivor.
Tickets cost $8 per person and children under the age of 12 get in for free. Tickets are available at the door, but you can also purchase tickets in advance from any team member. You can also purchase advance tickets at Merison’s on Memorial Drive or at The Iron Place located on Poplar Street.
The showcase features local talent such as: Angela & Terry Alton, Chuck Haney, Ervin & Andrea Dutton and Friends, Michael Holden, Rhonda Stanton, The Shepherd Family and Wire & Wood.
Deputies for the Hungry Deer Meat Giveaway is Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will have their annual deer meat give-a-way on Friday January 20th beginning at 9am at the Sheriff’s Office at 210 Forrest Heights Road. The Deputies for the Hungry Program will hand out frozen deer meat until all of it is gone Friday morning.
W.G. Rhea Library Receives over $2400 in Technology Grant
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee State Library and Archives has recently awarded more than $300K in technology grants to 114 public libraries across the state. The grants, which are distributed annually, are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In order to qualify, recipients must have dollar for dollar matching funds from their local governments.
The grants will be used for the purchase of desktop and laptop computers, as well as other electronic equipment library users and staff members may need. This year the Library and Archives awarded $305,500 with individual grants ranging from $350 to $15K.
The W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris received $2,402 from the technology grants. Director of the Library Connie McSwain said a large portion of the grant money will be used in the meeting room to make it more tech savy. She said, “we are trying to make our meeting room to where you can have presentations or lectures in there and this money will help with the overhead projector, wiring, and other things to help improve those things.”
McSwain also said that to meet standards, the library must replace computers that are past their warranties, so some of the grant money will also go towards getting some new computers. The Library will also use grant money to purchase a Raspberry PI. The Raspberry PI is a credit card sized computer that plugs into your TV and keyboard. The Raspberry PI can be used for things like spreadsheets, word processing, playing high definition video, and more. The Library will use the PI to modernize the computer catalog system.
Other libraries in our area that received grant money included Benton County with $4825 in grant money, Houston County received $610, Carroll County received $842, and Stewart County received $4,307.
Lakewood Recognizes Teachers of The Year
Paris, Tenn.- The faculty of Lakewood Elementary and Middle School recently voted for their school's Teacher of the Year.
winner of PreK-4 was Mrs. Roxanne Hendrix, (pictured above) who serves as an RTI
interventionist. The winner of grades 5-8 was Mrs. Emily Townsend (pictured below), who
teaches 5th grade ELA and Social Studies.
received a $100 gift card to K & B Supplies for Success. Both will
be in contention for the HCSS Teacher of the Year. Each teacher is pictured with Lakewood Principals Mike Bell and Amy Veazy. (Lakewood photos)
9 Ladies To Compete for 2017 Hostess Princess
Nine beautiful young ladies from Henry County will compete this Saturday at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris with hopes of being crowned 2017 Hostess Princess for the 64th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry!
The Pageant will begin at 7pm on Saturday, January 21st at KPAC. In the event of inclement weather, a reschedule date will be determined and released via the Fish Fry Facebook page and to local news media.
Many local businesses are again sponsoring prizes for the Hostess Princess and her court along with Commercial Bank & Trust who will award the $1,000 scholarship to the 2017 Hostess Princess.
The girls will compete first in casual wear and then in their evening gowns. Following the evening gown competition, the top 5 girls will be chosen and answer an on-stage question and then the winners will be announced. KPAC will open at 6pm and admission is $5.00. Children 5 and under are FREE with an adult.
Aleece Marie Passman, 19 year old daughter of Gary and Tina Passman of Springville. Attends Murray State University and is sponsored by Attitudes Salon
Calista Herrera, 17 year old daughter of Cathy Herrera. She is a Senior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by The Animal Doctor.
Ashton Lynn Thompson, 19 year old daughter of Chris and Jill Thompson. She attends Jackson State Community College and is sponsored by PARIS Magazine.
Julia Dye, 16 year old daughter of Anisha Page and Brad Dye. She is a Junior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Paint Plus Flooring.
Sophie Carter, 17 year old daughter of Tim Carter and Heather Stone. She is a Senior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Pot O’ Gold Pawn Shop.
Kyla Parker, 17 year old daughter of Craig and Christie Parker. She is a Senior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Ms. Dana’s Diamonds.
Jasmine Jones, 16 year old daughter of Kevin and Melony Jones. She is a Junior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Ace’s Pizza
Alison Reagor,17 year old daughter of Susan Reagor and Eddie Reagor. She is a Junior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Joe Mahan Ford.
Roezona Godbott, 16 year old daughter of Greg and Valerie Godbott. She is a Freshman at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Queen’s of Paris.
McKenzie Man Charged With Shoplifting, Drug Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department has charged Johnathan W. Flippin, age 29, of McKenzie, with shoplifting, simple possession of schedule 4 and simple possession of schedule 6 drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia after responding to a local pawn shop where Flippin had stolen some items.
The report stated that Flippin was observed by an employee concealing a cordless drill and battery in his coat, leave without paying, and then place the items in the trunk of his vehicle. Lt. Ramos confronted Flippin and asked to see what was in the trunk. Lt. Ramos found the stolen items and then after smelling marijuana asked to search the vehicle and his person. A small bag of marijuana was found in the watch pocket. Flippin was arrested and later at the jail, but before going inside, Flippin showed Lt. Ramos a bottle full of pills. Flippin was placed on $1500 bond.
Warrants Issued After Renter Steals, Vandalizes Home
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on Krista Arnold, age 34, of Brooks Street, for theft and vandalism, after she appeared to move out of a home and stole some items and destroyed things. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Roaten took a report from the owner, saying the renters moved out in the middle of the night and a rug valued at $230 and some other small items were missing. Also the door was broken and there were bullet holes in one of the windows.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges
Paris, Tenn.- Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. David Beauvais was patrolling on Curtis Street and observed a truck fail to stop at a stop sign. Ptl. Beauvais pulled the truck over and the driver refused search. Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and K9 Droid were called to the scene and Droid did alert. A search of the passenger’s person, Mark Harrison, age 33, of Springville, found an Oxycodone pill in his wallet. Harrison was charged with simple possession of schedule 2 drug.
Henry County Sweeps NE in District Play
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County swept games at Northeast on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won easily over Northeast 74-38. Gracie Osborn scored 24 points in the victory and Natiya Jumper chipped in 20 points. The Patriots defeated Northeast 51-41 Tuesday night. John Odom scored 14 points in the victory. Henry County will host Kenwood at Gamlin Gym on Friday night.
Kustoff Visits Paris and Discusses Plans for West TN
PHC Chamber Director Mark Johnson welcoming Congressman
David Kustoff to Paris. (Cassie Walsh pics)
Paris, Tenn.- Members from several government and local law enforcement officials had a meet and greet with Congressman David Kustoff, of Memphis, which was held t the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Kustoff is a Republican who represents the 8th District in West Tennessee.
Kustoff spoke to the crowd about his three main concerns for the 8th district the first was the economy. Kustoff said that the economy in parts of rural and West Tennessee have clearly not grown, since the recession of 2008. Kustoff said that President Elect Donald Trump said that he and Congress need to work together and lower tax rates for everyone, including big and small businesses.
Kustoff also made that point that by reducing tax rates will equal having more cash spent locally to raise wages, get more jobs and help jump start the economy in West Tennessee.
Kustoff second thing that needs to be worked on to help those in West Tennessee is to repeal Obamacare, because it hasn’t worked and Kustoff wants to open up competition in the healthcare industry. He hopes that Congress will pass a plan that allows people to get the best deal on insurance by allowing individuals to get insurance across state lines.
Kustoff also talked about strengthening and supporting law enforcement. Kustoff said, “Obama and his administration have turned the police into the boogeyman.” Kustoff said local law enforcement are on the ground and they are the first line of defense in protecting all of us from terroristic threats in West Tennessee and abroad.
"President Elect Trump has a strong support with the military and law enforcement and he is committed to getting things done in the best interest of the country," said Kustoff.
PSSD BOE Approves 2017-18 Calendar
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2017-18 School Year at their January meeting on Tuesday night. The calendar is pretty much in line with the Henry County School System as far as start dates, end dates, and major holidays off. School is set to start on Friday August 4th 2017 with an abbreviated day. School will be out Sept. 4th for Labor Day, Sept. 22nd for parent teacher conference, October 9-13 for Fall Break, three days for Thanksgiving break, and school will be out from December 20th, 2017 to January 4th, 2018 for the Christmas holiday.
Holidays in 2018 include January 15th for MLK Day, February 19th for President’s Day, Spring Break will be March 26-30th, and the last day of school is scheduled for Thursday May 24th.
Superintendent Mike Brown said teachers and staff had two options of calendars and overwhelmingly voted for this option.
Former PSSD Student Gives Back with Eagle Scout Project
Eagle Scout and current HCHS senior Ethan Jackson discusses his projet with the PSSD board on Tuesday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Board members also recognized Ethan Jackson for his Eagle Scout Project at Tuesday’s meeting. He is currently at Henry County High School, but came thru the PSSD years ago. He was awarded his Eagle Scout in December. He built two 9 square game sets for students at Rhea Elementary, which has a normal retail value of $800 apiece. 9 square is a game played that allows students to stand under one of the squares created by the game piece and volley a ball back and forth to each other.
JC Educational Office supply and 641 Plumbing and Electric donated the materials for the 9 square game set. Ethan said he was very excited to give back to the community and school system. PE teachers said the students love the game and the sets are a wonderful addition that can be used inside or outside.
Inman Athletic Facility, Rhea Additions Moving Along Despite Wet Weather
Ben Witt and Cary Henson update the board on Rhea. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Ben Witt, of RossWitt, and Cary Henson, Henson Construction, gave the board an update on the Rhea Project as the new addition continues to go up on the front part of the school. Contractors are doing excellent work, the South end has some of the masonry work done. Framing continues at the front entrance and bus canopy. Witt said, they’ve met with teachers and staff and are very close to having all the furnishings specified for all areas and expect to send out a bid document in the next few weeks. The project is on schedule and under budget.
Director of Facilities Jason Coffield gave an update on the Inman Athletic Facility project that is underway. Coffield said the roll up doors were installed and the building was closed up, but wet weather has hindered the project some. The outside is pretty much finished and they are waiting on pouring concrete for air conditioner pads when the weather dries up. The target completion date is March 1st.
PSSD BOE Approves New Policy for Food Service Program
Paris, Tenn.- The board approved some policies from the Tennessee School Boards Association on Tuesday night including a policy concerning food service management. The policy limited the number of adults per student during lunch to two, and no siblings will be allowed. Cost of lunches are $4 and reservations must be made at least one day in advance of visits.
Superintendent Mike Brown talked about Dr. McQueen’s visit and the system was glad to have her visit and we took her to see the Eiffel Tower. Brown reminded the board that next week is School Board Appreciation week and each school will be invited for lunch.
Board Chairman Richard Edwards welcomed Rhea Principal Sandra Paschall to her first meeting as principle. He also asked the board to move the March PSSD meeting to the 14th because the 3rd Tuesday is during spring break week.
TSBA Recognzies Richard Edwards for 25 Years on PSSD BOE
Vice Chairman of the PSSD Board of Education Bill Jelks surprises Richard Edwards with a plaque from the TSBA. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At the end of the meeting, Board member Bill Jelks presented board chairman Richard Edwards an award from the Tennessee School Boards Association for on the board for 25 years. Jelks said, “Richard has been a great service to the PSSD.” Edwards has served as chairman for about 16 years.
HC Comm. Approves Resolution in Support of Naming TBI Building After Agent Frazier
County Commissioners approved a resolution in support of slain TBI agent. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday night and approved a resolution requesting the Tennessee General Assembly to name the planned Tennessee Bureau of Investigation facility in Madison County after the late TBI Agent De’Greaun Frazier.
Frazier was shot and killed in August of 2016 in Jackson while with the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics during an undercover drug operation. It was the first TBI agent killed in the line of duty in the history of the agency. Prior to working with the TBI, Frazier worked for the Millington Police Department.
County Mayor Brent Greer said Madison County had contacted him and Sheriff Monte Belew and other counties across the state are passing similar resolutions.
Commissioners approved a resolution to authorize the sale of delinquent tax property for $1500. County Attorney Rob Whitfield said this will be published and any citizen has ten days to raise the price selling price by at least 10% before the property is sold to the highest bidder. Whitfield said the county has added $21K in revenue from the sale of delinquent tax property since last year.
The County Commission also approved recommendations from the nominating committee to appoint commissioners and other citizens to serve on certain committees and boards for 2017. This is more or less a housekeeping measure done every year in January.
Commissioners also approved the 2017 Road Listings for Henry County at Tuesday night’s meeting and also approved a resolution to confirm compliance with Federal Title VI regulations, both also basically formalities for the first of a New Year.
The Commission meeting was held on the third Tuesday of the month in January because Monday was the MLK holiday. The February commission meeting will also be held on the third Tuesday because President’s Day falls on the third Monday of February.
Paris Downtown Boxing Fighters Move on To Nationals
Little Rock, Ark.- Five Tennessee Silver Gloves Champions attended the
Region Six Qualifier in Little Rock, Arkansas last week. Cortavious
Patton and Demarccus Howard advanced to the National Silver Gloves
Tournament to be held in Independence, Missouri in early February.
Cam’ron Patton, Elijah Wellington, and Isaiah Hutcherson made it through
to the finals before being eliminated. Coach Derik Moon said that “he
is very proud of these young men.”
Front Row Left to Right: Isaiah Hutcherson, Demarccus Howard, Elijah Wellington
Back Row Left to Right: Cortavious Patton, Cam’ron Patton, Coach Derik Moon
Comm. McQueen Congratulates HC GASL Grad
Paris, Tenn.- During her visit to Paris last week, Education Commissioner
Candice McQueen congratulates Henry County School System leaders for
successfully completing the Governor's Academy for School Leadership
Tim Mason, along with twenty three administrators from across
Tennessee, completed the year long program designed to strengthen the
skills and increase the knowledge of emerging school leaders. The
program is a joint venture of Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee
Department of Education. Amy Veazey served as Mason's mentor for the
Attempted Break-In on Glisson Rd. Leads to Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Timothy Eugene Dunlap, 48, of 928 John Lee Drive, with vandalism and disorderly conduct after he attempted to break-in to a home on Glisson Road. Paris Police responded to the call and Ptl. Roaten observed a man on the front steps that later was identified as Dunlap. Ptl. Roaten also saw a broken flower pot, a knife on the porch, and damage to the front door. After investigation and speaking with the assistant DA, Dunlap was charged.
Man Arrested After Briefly Fleeing from Cpl. Davis
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Steven Dykman, age 28, of Buchanan with failure to appear and evading arrest after he went to 220 Payton Drive to serve a warrant on Dykman for FTA charges. The report said that Dykman took off running towards a wooded area and Cpl. Davis gave chase. Cpl. Davis deployed tasers to no avail then finally took Dykman down and arrested him.
Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department responded to Enterprise Avenue where a wallet appeared to have been stolen from a glovebox of a vehicle parked there. There are no suspects and the theft is still being investigated.
Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen pistol from a truck parked on Herrondale East Road from the weekend. There is a possible suspect and investigation is continuing.
80th Annual Campus Lights Set for Jan. 20-22 at MSU
A long-standing Murray State University tradition, the 80th annual Campus Lights will take place Jan. 20–22 on the Murray State campus at the historic Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the South.
This year’s musical is “Sister Act” and will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21, with the show on Sunday, Jan. 22 taking place at 2:30 p.m.
Direct from Broadway, “Sister Act” is the feel-amazing, musical-comedy smash that features original music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken. The musical tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Adult ticket prices are $15, $10 for students with ID and $7 for children age 12 and under and can be reserved on the Campus Lights Facebook page at facebook.com/campuslights. Tickets will be available to be picked up inside Lovett Auditorium before each show. Tickets will be available for purchase before the show as well, based on availability.
Proceeds from the musical directly benefit music scholarships at Murray State.
“We are all extremely excited about the 80th annual Campus Lights,” said organizer Hunter Carter. “Sister Act, the musical, is going to be such a fun production, and we hope everyone can come see it live!”
FireFan App Helps Raise Money for HC RFL
Paris, Tenn.- A sports fan app is making watching sports more fun and can help raise money to support Henry County Relay for Life at the same time. The app, FireFan, is free to download and it allows you to follow along with your favorite sporting events such as NFL playoffs, college basketball, NBA hoops, and Major League Baseball once the season starts.
Once you enter information, join the “Henry County Relay League and an invitation will be sent to you from a Henry County RFL organizer before certain games. You can join the games and make picks based on the games, such as total yards, scores etc throughout the games that are played. To be sure Henry County Relay gets credit, enter the code parisrelay when downloading the app.
To download the APP so HCRFL gets credit for it click this link, then click the link on the next page to go to the APP store to download Download here>>https://www.firefan.com/?code=parisrelay
Relay for Life earns a few pennies off of each person playing the game. The more people involved and playing using the App, the more Henry County Relay will benefit. For more information on the FireFan app contact Greg Pierce by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HC Comm. Meets Tuesday Night
Paris, Tenn.- Due to Monday being a Federal Holiday, the Henry County Commission will convene in regular January session on Tuesday evening. Items on the agenda include approving the road listing for 2017, authorizing the sale of delinquent tax property, and a resolution requesting the General Assembly name the planned TBI facility in Madison County after the late TBI agent De’Breaun Frazier. The commission will also confirm appointments from the nominating committee for commissioners to serve on various committees and boards in 2017. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 5pm at the Chancery Courtroom Tuesday evening.
PSSD BOE To Discuss, Approve 2017-18 Calendar Tues. Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education meets in regular session on Tuesday evening. Items on their agenda include approval of the school calendar for 2017-18 School Year, recognition of an Inman Middle School student’s Eagle Scout Project, and updates on the Rhea Construction Project and Inman Athletic building. The PSSD board meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Central Office.
Henry County Travels to Northeast Tuesday Night
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Northeast on Tuesday night for another District 10-AAA basketball game. The Lady Patriots tip at 6pm and the men will follow. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phones by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates will apply. Henry County returns home Friday night to host Kenwood.
Prayer and Song Unified Henry Countians On MLK Jr. Day
PPD and the Henry County Sheriff's Department help led the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March to the courthouse. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations continued as local law enforcement officials from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Police Department led today’s Martin Luther King Jr. The march began at Mt. Zion Baptist Church down North Market Street to the courthouse on Monday morning.
Marchers for the MLK Jr. Day celebrations (Cassie Walsh pic)
When marchers entered the courthouse they were greeted by County Trustee Randi French, County Clerk Donna Craig and Register of Deeds Pam Martin, who supplied cookies and coffee for the marchers.
The Martin Luther King Jr. program was held at in Judge Snyder’s courtroom. And before the program began the Henry County High School Madrigals performed, which was fitting since this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. theme was “Sing to the Power of the Lord Come Down: The impact of music on the Civil Rights Movement”.
The Henry County Madrigals performing on MLK Jr. Day (Cassie Walsh photo)
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day program keynote speaker was Roland Atkinson, who was a Henry County Educator for 38 years and the Union Grove Missionary Church minister for music. Atkinson said that music gave the African American community a voice to those who don’t have a voice for a common goal to stop exploitation and discrimination against the African American community.
County Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys presenting the Loyal Patriot Award to Roland Atkinson. (Cassie Walsh pic)
Henry County Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys presented Roland Atkinson, a Henry County Educator for over 30 years, with the Loyal Patriot Award which is the highest award that can be bestowed in Henry County at today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program.
The HC Ministerial Association presenting Atkinson with “Drum Major For Justice” award. (Cassie Walsh pic)
The Henry County Ministerial Association also presented Atkinson with “Drum Major For Justice” award.
Rolan Atkinson said, " We have a wonderful community in Paris, Tennessee which we couldn't have if we didn't have unity." Atkinson said he was so proud of the local law enforcement in our community, because they do such wonderful service work through the community.
Atkinson said, "And with so much negativity press about the police department and minorities across the county, we are so proud of the police departments we have in Henry County." Atkinson and everyone in attendance then gave a round of applause for all of the local law enforcement throughout Henry County.
Unifying Through Music and Prayer at MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast
Monica Tharpe, Tyahna Calhoun and Mia Briggs serving breakfast at the MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations began on Monday with a large crowd that attended the Prayer Breakfast that took place at Central School.
Judge Vicki Snyder, Chief Elizondo and other PPD officers at the Prayer Breakfast. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Vicki S. Snyder, Paris Police Department Chief Charles Elizondo, and members from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department attended the breakfast, which centered on how music impacted and unified the African American community during the Civil Rights Movement.
At the Prayer Breakfast the common theme was music and how everyone needs to remember history, because without history we would not be here today.
PPD Issues Warrants for McKenzie Man After Theft
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police have issued warrants for a McKenzie man after he brandished a knife and then excited Peebles in Paris without paying for some shoes. The report stated that Ptl. Zachariah Carper and Derrek Colley responded to the store where the employee said the man came inside and walked around then attempted to leave without paying for a box of shoes in his hand.
The employee had some issues with this man attempting to steal in the past so she confronted him at the front of the store. The man went back thru the store and put the box of shoes down, but then pulled the shoes out and put them in his hoodie. The employee confronted him again, the man showed a knife and she backed away, he then exited the store and got into a Chevy S14 and headed to Mineral Wells Avenue.
Paris Police put out a BOLO for the vehicle and McKenzie Police found the vehicle at a residence in McKenzie. The officer went to the door and found Michael Welch, age 37 of McKenzie, inside with other people and Welch matched man on the surveillance video from the store. Warrants were issued on Welch by Paris Police.
Deputies Investigating Thefts Throughout the County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Lt. Lance Perry responded to Hobby Road where a tenant was moving out and appeared to have stolen some items that didn’t belong to them. Two utility trailers parked on the property and several tools were missing that went with the property. Lt. Perry continues to investigate.
Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office also continue to investigate a couple of thefts that occurred over the weekend. A wallet and some sunglasses were stolen from a home in Puryear and wheels valued at $500 were reported stolen off a jeep parked on Hwy. 641 N. There are no suspects at this time.
Former HCHS Standout Does Well at College Meet
Former Henry County standout in Cross Country and current freshman at the University of Southern Indiana Javan Winders competed in his first indoor college track meet this weekend. Javan won the mile run with at time of 4:21. There were a total of 37 competitors and four heats. He placed 5th in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59. 25 competed in that race.
HC Churches Gather to Sing and Celebrate MLK Jr. Day
Choir members from the Progressive Baptist Church, Quinn Chapel AME Church, Cedar Hill Baptist Church and the Church of the Living God performing together. (Cassie Walsh pic)
Paris, Tenn.- The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations began on Sunday night at Quinn Chapel AME Church with choirs from the various churches around Henry County unifying to celebrate MLK Day through music.
Choirs from the Progressive Baptist Church, Quinn Chapel AME Church, Cedar Hill Baptist Church and the Church of the Living God all performed on Sunday night that unified the various churches throughout the county for a common goal to remember, pray, sing and celebrate.
All of the choirs performing at Quinn Chapel on Sunday. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Each of the choirs performed mini concerts with heart felt songs that spoke of faith, peace, equality and unity for every race, gender and ethnicity. The night brought everyone together to remember how far the country has come since the Civil Rights Movement, but it also reminded everyone that there is always room to grow, love and accept each other.
About 60 choir members sang at Sunday night’s MLK Jr. Day celebration. Pastors from the various churches spoke about coming together and using music and faith in God to practice kindness and peace, while striving to get equality for every people and race in every nation.
Police Arrest Two Hollow Rock Men Over the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department arrested two people from Carroll County over the weekend after a routine traffic stop.
According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Tyler James Ashby, age 25 of Seminary Street of Hollow Rock, on Saturday, January 14th for driving on a revoked license.
Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey also arrested Drew Logan Autry, age 23 of 4452 Ephesus Church Road of Hollow Rock, on Saturday, Jan. 14th for simple possession of a schedule IV substance.
Ashby was placed on $2,500 bond and Autry was placed on $2,000 bond.
Relay for Life Coffee House Set for Sunday, Jan. 22nd
Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life Coffee House will be held on Sunday, January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center.
The Coffee House will feature music, food, fellowship and dancing. The Chill Tonics will also be performing at the event. The Relay for Life asks anyone that is coming to the Coffee House to bring donations only.
PHC ARTS Trivia Night Set for Tuesday, January 17th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will be holding a Trivia Night at the Perrylodgic Brewing Company located off 79 N in Paris on Tuesday, January 17th.
Refreshments will include rib-eye sandwiches, Perrylodgic brews and other refreshments will all be available for purchase beginning at 5:30pm. And trivia will begin at 6:30pm. Admission is first come-first serve basis and costs $10 per player at the door.
All proceeds will benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. So, mark your calendars and get your friends together for a night filled with fun and laughter and some friendly competition.
For more information, you can contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or you check out the Paris Henry County Arts Council Facebook page.
Paris Man Arrested for Accessory After the Fact
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Robert Jumper, age 38 of 655 Rison Street of Paris, on Thursday for accessory after the fact. Jumper was placed on $2,500 bond.
Lady Patriots Defeat Springfield in District Action
Springfield, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Springfield Lady Yellow Jackets in district action in Springfield on Saturday 47 to 32. Elizabeth Wood led the Lady Patriots with 14 points and Natiya Jumper had 13 points. The Lady Patriots are now 11-5 on the season and 5-1 in district play.
The Henry County Patriots lost to the Springfield Yellow Jackets on Saturday 54 to 34. James King led the Patriots with 8 points. The Patriots are now 6-9 on the season and 1-5 in district play.
The Patriots and Lady Patriots will play Northeast in Clarksville on Tuesday, January 17th. The pregame show on WLZK 94.1fm will begin at 5:30pm and the girls tipoff at 6pm.
Tax Season is Looming, W.G. Rhea Library Offering Tax Forms
Paris, Tenn.- The W. G. Rhea Public Library wanted to announce that since tax season is looming they wanted to let the public know that they have received some tax forms. The forms sent from the IRS so far are 1040EZ,1040, 1040A. The only instruction books that the W.G. Public Library currently have are for the 1040EZ forms. They have ordered many different forms, but they are waiting for the IRS to provide them.
PPD Arrest Man for Vandalism and Disorderly Conduct
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Timothy Eugene Dunlap, age 48 of 716 Memorial Drive of Paris, on Thursday for vandalism and disorderly conduct. Dunlap was placed on $750 bond.
Patriots and Lady Patriots Fall in District Action on Friday
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots lost to the Rossview Lady Hawks in district action in Clarksville on Friday 42 to 39. And Gracie Osborne led the Lady Patriots with 19 points and Natiya Jumper had 13 points. The Lady Patriots are now 10-5 on the season and 4-1 in district play.
The Henry County Patriots lost to the Rossview Hawks in Clarksville on Friday 50 to 37 in district action. John Odoms led the Patriots with 11 points and Cole Culpepper had 7 points. The Patriots are now 6-8 on the season and 1-4 in district play.
Fill Up on Pancakes at PHC Arts Pancake Dinner on Jan. 26th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is hosting a Pancake Supper at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, January 26th from 4pm to 8pm.
Tickets for all you can eat pancakes will cost $8 and all of the proceeds will be used to continue to promote the arts in our community. And you can purchase your tickets from any board member or through the Paris Henry County Arts Council website at phcarts.com.
Take-out or eat in is available. Make plans to bring your family on Thursday, January 26th to the First United Methodist Church and enjoy some warm, fluffy delicious pancakes while supporting the PHC Arts.
Henry Recognizes Teachers of the Year
Henry, Tenn.- Henry School Faculty and Staff recently voted for Teachers of the Year at Henry School and awarded JoAnne Mayoza and Natalie Norwood with the honors.
Mrs. Mayoza was for grades PreK-4th and serves as Henry's technology teacher and serves all grades K-8.
Ms. Norwood was voted as Teacher of the Year grades 5-8. She serves as RTI interventionist for Math and Reading Language Arts for the middle school grades.
Henry Principal David Kibbler said both will go to compete for the Teacher of the Year for the HCSS for their grade levels. Each is pictured with Principal Kibbler and Assistant Principal Michael Denman. (Henry School photos)
Reminder: Arts Council Offering Free Workshops in January
Paris, Tenn.- The Arts Council will offer free workshops every Saturday in January where students can learn more about a featured art from a local artist and create a piece to include in the Young Artists Showcase, which is set to open February 5th at Lee Academy. Free workshop sessions are as follows: January 14th Photography, January 21st Painting, and January 28th Painting. All workshops will be held from 10am to 10:50am for grades K-5 and from 11am to Noon for grades 6-12 at Lee Academy for the Arts.
More information on the workshops, the Young Artist Showcase, entry forms, and rules can be found on the Art’s Council’s website at www.phcarts.com.
RFL Gospel Showcase Set for Jan. 20th
Paris, Tenn.- Elizabeth’s Cancer Crushers Relay for Life Team will present a Relay for Life Gospel Showcase on Friday January 20th at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door, but can be purchased in advance from any team member or at Merison’s Furniture on Memorial Drive or the Iron Place on Poplar Street.
Tickets are $8 per person and children under 12 get in for free. Elizabeth Cronin is an 8th grader at Inman Middle School and a cancer survivor.
The showcase will feature local talent: Angela and Terry Alton, Chuck Haney, Ervin and Andrea Dutton and friends with Marley Trosper, Michael Holden, Rhonda Stanton, the Shepherd Family, and Wire and Wood.
East Wood Church to Host Men's Day Event Jan. 21st
Paris, Tenn.- East Wood Church of Christ will hold a Men’s Day Leadership event on Saturday January 21st at the church located at 800 East Wood Street. Events will start with registration at 7:30am and continue throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Lunch is provided.
Featured speakers include Randy Duke, Elder at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ; Bob Turner, Co-Minister at Bastrop Church of Christ in Louisiana; and Adam Currence, graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and Youth minister at East Wood Church of Christ.
RSVP an approximate number of attendees to EastWoodPreacher@icloud.com or call 642-2861.
News from past weeks here.