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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

 

 

 

T.B.I. Arrests Man For Solicitation Of A Minor

WAYNE COUNTY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Florence, Alabama, man on a charge of trying to solicit an 11-year-old for sexual activity. 

At the request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, in March, TBI Agents began investigating allegations of solicitation of a minor. The investigation revealed that an Alabama man used a messaging application to solicit an 11-year-old to engage in sexual activity in Wayne County. During the course of the investigation, Agents identified that individual as Heyson Omar Bol Rivera.

On November 1st, the Wayne County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Heyson Omar Bol Rivera (DOB 06/10/1996) with one count of Solicitation of a Minor to Engage in Rape of a Child. He was arrested Friday at his residence in Alabama and transported to the Wayne County Jail, where he was booked on a $50,000 bond.

Spectrum Presents Check To Office On Aging

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- Excitement was in the air as Spectrum representative Zack Bates presented a check for $2500.00 to Reginald Caldwell, Director of Office On Aging Friday morning, November 15th, with Mayor Brent Greer in attendance. Spectrum has been very supportive of the Senior Center in donating laptops in the past. Now with these new funds, more laptops can be purchased and some of the funds will go towards getting internet access for the senior center. Director Caldwell stated “Tech is the key!” He is very excited about the new laptops and even has a room set aside to place the laptops in for seniors to access for when the computers  get set up. This program is to promote technical education and independence in communication for seniors. The Office On Aging has teamed up with the W.G.Rhea public library in this endeavor and offer Free computer classes each Thursday morning at 10am at the library. Jocelyn McCarthy IT Coordinator for the library offers a Free Tech SOS class and even one on one appointments, also free, for digital literacy. You can take as many classes as you like and it is all free at the library. If you would like to make an appointment to learn more about your device or just navigating computers, give Jocelyn a call at the library at 731-642-1702. The Senior Center is located at the Old Central School on Jones Bend Rd. and offers daily fun to all seniors. Some of the classes and events going on include Zumba, Bingo, Square Dancers Club/dancing lessons, Line dancing, Sewing, and of course computer classes. There will be a Potluck Thanksgiving Lunch on November 22nd and Kentucky Opry Christmas Show on December 4th. If you are interested in any of these, please call the Senior Center at 731-644-3193.

 

Murray Racers Compete At Gamecock Open

On Saturday, November 16th, The Murray State Rifle team shot a 2305 smallbore and 2339 air rifle en route to a 4644 aggregate Saturday at the 2019 Gamecock Open in Jacksonville, Alabama.

“We had some good things today, said Murray State head coach Alan Lollar. “We have some things to work on. We’re not where we are going yet, but we also aren’t where we were.”

Anna Scheer led the Racers overall with an 1162 aggregate, while also leading the team in air rifle for the fifth consecutive match at 592. Dana Buesseler had the top smallbore score for Murray State on the day, shooting a 580.

The Racers return to Pat Spurgin rifle range next Saturday for their fall finale against UT Martin.


Patriots Stomp Wildcats 42-14

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots were revved up Friday night and ready to win their game against the Clarksville Wildcats for an awesome final score of 42-14. Ryan Damron had 118 passing yards and three touchdowns, Jayln Foster 104 rushing yards and one touchdown, and Jawon Odoms 86 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The excitement continues as the Patriots play their last game at home for the year against the Dyer County Choctaws next week.

Photos By Tim Pharr: #1 Jawon Odoms catches a 60 yard touchdown pass against Clarksville; #99 Davy Harrod sacks the Clarksville Quarter Back.

 

Arrest For Sexual Exploitation

Henry County, Tenn.- On 11-15-19 Henry County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Gary Vandiver responded to Henry School in reference to a complaint about a teacher’s assistant having inappropriate contact with a minor. During the investigation Jaylon Bennett (19 years of age) of Depot St. was brought to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Afterwards, he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means. Stewart County Investigators were also called in reference to another incident involving Bennett and another child on the bus as it traveled through Dover. Stewart County charges are pending as to that incident. Bennett is scheduled to appear in Henry County General Sessions Court on 11-19-19. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

In addition to the Press Release, Henry County School System Director Dr. Leah Watkins issued a statement –

“The safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. As such, matters such as this will be investigated quickly, thoroughly and resolved in a manner most supportive and safe for our students. The expectation of the system is that our employees will perform their duties professionally and with the best interest of the students in mind. Today, we have encountered a rare occurrence where the judgement used by one of our staff members was unacceptable. This is heartbreaking and intolerable and has been addressed swiftly and severely by the school system and the Sheriff’s Office.”

 

Groundbreaking For The Lodge At Paris Landing State Park

By Kristina Dufresne

Buchanan, Tenn.- A great crowd was seen Friday afternoon, November 15th,  when all the Members of the Tennessee General Assembly and local government gathered together to conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the new resort at Paris Landing ,”The Lodge”. The resort will have over one hundred thousand (100,000) square footage, 90 rooms all with a view of the lake, and a refined waterfront resort feel. Governor Lee stated this is a big economic opportunity for the area, as well as a great place for creating memories. Attending dignitaries: Governor Bill Lee, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers, TN Dept. of General Services Commissioner Christi Branscom, and Dept. of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson. Many more were in attendance and all were able to preview a,built to scale ,model of one of the Lodge’s new rooms.

 

Cindy Stonebreaker, Her Journey On POW/MIA Recovery Efforts

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris,Tenn.- The John Babb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a special program in honor of our veterans and our country on Friday afternoon, November 15th at the First Presbyterian Church. The program kicked off with Lois Conroy, a special friend of the chapter and coordinator of the event, introducing Cindy Stonebreaker. Cindy is the Assistant Director of Programs/Gold Star Family Liaison for the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. She sits on the Board of Directors for the National League of POW/MIA Families, in Washington D.C., where she also serves as the Board Secretary and Kentucky State Coordinator.

 Cindy is the daughter of Lt. Col. Kenneth Stonebreaker, who went missing-in-action from a recon mission over North Vietnam on October 28, 1968. Cindy went on an official League Delegation trip to Southeast Asia where she met with government officials and spent time on a Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) excavation site in the jungles of rural Laos. This site was only 15 miles from Cindy’s father’s crash site. The people of the two villages on top of the mountain where the excavation site was located worked together with U.S. personnel sifting through dirt and detritus to be sent off to the archeological labs to be evaluated. Some of the items recovered from this endeavor were parts of a helmet, the locking mechanism of a parachute, and a chinstrap. Cindy has spent the last seven years working towards finding out what happened to her father and why he never made it home. Hers is a recovery mission and she is helping others to get closure as well. Cindy works hand in hand with the Director of Programs to optimize efficiency, quality, and consistency of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) Project by facilitating consistent operations, communication, and scheduling, as well as coordinating correspondence with key stakeholders. Cindy states they build Gold Star Memorials all over the United States for families who have lost loved ones in military service. The 60th monument will be dedicated on Monday, November 18th in Biloxi, Mississippi. Cindy stated the memorials tend to bring people together to remind them that their loved ones have not been forgotten.

 

HCHS Swim Team Makes Splash at Home Meet

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Swim Team had their only home meet of the season Thursday night against Murray High School. Murray had 21 swimmers and came out on top,  but Henry County had several first place finishes with only 16 swimmers. Junior Hunter Lawrence won the 100 free and the 200 IM, and his times were State qualifying times. Others winning their events were Emma Hill, Caleb Cain, Hunter Miller, Shelby Summers and Sara Mathis.  All of those mentioned above have secured their Regional qualifying times along with Sophie Harrison, Will Wardlaw and Amelia Hart. The team will be back in action at the Murray Invite on December 14. 

Man Charged with Agg. Burglary After Kicking In Backdoor, Fleeing Scene

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged David Perry, of Paris with aggravated burglary after an incident occurred Wednesday afternoon. The report stated Paris Police were dispatched to N. Caldwell Street where a male subject had kicked in the backdoor of a residence.

The subject was described as a white male, spiderweb tatoo, wearing dark clothing and he had left the scene once Paris Police had arrived, but was seen going into a store on Caldwell St.

Lt. Ramos went into the store and found David Perry, matching the description given of who kicked in the door. Investigation revealed Perry and the homeowner had struggled at the door and it was damaged before the homeowner ran to call Police and Perry ran off.

Pats Host Clarksville High in Round 2 of TSSAA Playoffs Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host old rival Clarksville High in round 2 of the TSSAA state football playoffs on Friday night. Kick-off is set for 7pm at Patriot Stadium. It’s win or go home again time with temps expected to dip into the 20s by the end of the game and wind chill factors will make it feel colder. In the history of the two programs, this is the first ever meeting between the schools in postseason tournament play. If you can’t make it to Patriot Stadium listen to our broadcast on WLZK The .1FM or streaming online via our website, wmufradio.com. You can also call and listen on your phone at 518-896-1349 and be sure and press option 1 for Henry County.

East Wood Church of Christ Serving Soup and Sandwiches Sat. 11am to 2pm

Paris, Tenn.-East Wood Church of Christ invites everyone to come by for a free bowl of soup and sandwich this Saturday November 16th from 11am to 2pm. The event, serving soup and sandwiches, is hosted by the East Wood Youth Group and Parents. The dinner will be held at the multipurpose room at 800 East Wood St. There is an accessible ramp behind the building. 

KPAC Showing Dancing Adaptation of Wizard of Oz Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- SK Dance Studio will present two shows of the Wizard of Oz, a dancing adaptation of the beloved classic, this Saturday at KPAC. Shows will be 2pm and 6pm. Little ones and grown-ups alike will delight in the dance of their favorite characters from America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy tale.  Published in 1900, the book has inspired generations to sing, dance, and imagine.  

Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Get tickets now at SK Dance Studios, 101 Mimosa Drive in Paris.  For more information or to reserve tickets, call 270-293-1206.

Comm. Bank ATM Approved at Old Mr. Tire by Planning Commission Thursday night

A smaller, drive thru ATM would replace the one with ingress and egress shown (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s planning commission meeting, planners approved the minor site plan for a new ATM for Commercial Bank and Trust near the Y intersection with Hwy 69 and Hwy. 54, where an old ATM sets on the Mr. Tire Coop parking lot.

Prior to the Planning Commission meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved Commercial Bank and Trust’s request for variance, for the ATM at 1213A West Wood St. The bank’s proposal is to demolish the existing ATM structure which is 18’ by 10’ and replacing it with a 7’ by 11’ structure in line with where the current one sits and will allow some drive thru space on the property.

The current ATM was walk in and this new one will be drive thru. Customers will be able to pull in off Hwy 54 and go thru the drive thru and then on out and be able to get back on Hwy. 54.

A minor site plan for a bay wash area for Enterprise Car Rental was approved by the planning commission on Thursday night. Enterprise recently relocated to property adjacent to and west of their original site. Addition of the bay wash area wouldn’t alter the travel pattern nor eliminate the existing parking spots.

Minor Subdivision Plats Approved, Rezoning Combined Tracts Sent with Recommendation to City Comm.

Paris, Tenn.-Planners approved a minor subdivision plat for Fred Morris property on Mineral Wells to combine a .74-acre tract with a 2.04-acre tract just south of Nissan of Paris. The tract to be combined has frontage of 83 feet on Mineral Wells Avenue. The reason for bringing this to the commission is because the primary tract is zoned Planned Business and the additional .74-acres is zoned SC-1. Staff recommended approving the plat and setting the new tract under the requirements of P-B zone and having the City Commission rezone the entire plat as Planned Business.

City Attorney Fred McLean said this is sort of cleaning up some old issues with zoning from when Nissan went in and this helps to rezone the entire area P-B and get rid of the SC-1. The City Commission will now look at rezoning the area at their next meeting.

A similar approval was made for Patel and Coop Property on Hwy. 69 as Dharmesh Patel reached an agreement with Coop to acquire a .77-acre tract with his property currently under development. The current property being developed is zoned B-1 with the combining property being M-1. Staff recommended going with the approval and following the requirements under B-1 zoning for Highway Commercial and seeking the City commission to rezone this area B-1.

In addition, Patel had submitted a site plan revision to the planning commission for the .77 acre being acquired would almost double the frontage on Hwy 69. With added acreage, Patel plans to add an additional set of fuel islands to service diesel vehicles. Planners approved the revision request contingent on any permits and notations needed to be finished or added for staff to sign off on.

Planners Send Requests for Acquiring Abandoned Area to City Commission

Paris, Tenn.- The Planning Commission also looked at a request to acquire an abandoned portion of Jean Street at the meeting on Thursday night. Someone has purchased property at 10 Fairgrounds Road, the old Hungry Wolf BBQ site, and was interested in acquiring the abandoned right of way adjacent to the property with plans of putting in a restaurant.

City Development Director Jennifer Morris said the Keenan Amendements had to be considered and half the property should be offered to the other adjoining property owner before decisions are made. Utilities have been contacted and found and there is still a working alley in the area of Wilson and Jean.

McLean said people on either side have equal say in wanting half of the property and ordinances are in place that no permanent structure can be built, and the City retains the ingress and egress rights and the City also has right of first refusal.

The planning commission recommended this request to the City Commission, which will deal with the Keenan Amendments when considering what to do with the property.

Big Crowd Attends, Food Added to FUMC Pantry on $2 Movie Night

Paris, Tenn.- Chilly weather didn't stop a big crowd from showing up with two in-date food items to help stop the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry Thursday night during the annual $2 movie night at the Parisian Theatre. Movie goers got into the movie of their choice for $2 when bringing two food items. The partnership between the Parisian Theatre, the Peddler Advantage, WLZK 94.1FM the Lake, and First United Methodist Church continued to provide this program again this November. (Garry Ann Smith photos)

HCSO Presents Austin Dabbs with Life-Saving Award

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to take a moment and reckognize Austin Dabbs, son of David Dabbs and April Witherspoon. Austin is an award winning and very accomplished special olympian! On September 3rd 2019 Austin’s mother, April, became distressed with a medical emergency. Austin rushed to make the right calls and get his mom the medical attention she needed. Thanks to Austin she is still here with us today! Here we are with Austin presenting him with a life saving award. Hats off to you Austin for a job well done! (HCSO photo)

More HCHS Students Sign With Colleges for Athletics

Paris, Tenn.- On Thursday, Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod are welcomed to Bethel University by Fishing Coach Garry Mason. Also, Abby Grace Alton signs with Dyersburg St. to play softball and basketball. (HCHS photos)

Around 1400 Without Power Thursday Mid-Morning

Paris, Tenn.- BPU crews were out trying to get power restored to customers Thursday about 11am after nearly 1400 customers in the Henry and McKenzie areas had the power go out shortly before 11am. Crews were working to quickly find the issue and restore power. Power flickered in downtown Paris and Puryear as well, but didn't go out at the time.

MCU Executes Search Warrants, Makes Drug Arrests

Paris Tenn.- Two people were arrested, and 88 grams of ice meth were found after a search warrant was executed Tuesday night by the Metro Crime Unit at 228 Memorial Drive. Assist from the Henry County Sherriff’s Office and Paris Police Department was given as officers seized the 88 grams of ice, $778 cash, digital scales, and other drug paraphernalia.  

Charged in the incident was Richard J. Mathis, 52, of 621 Powell St. And Crystal M. Lacy, of 228 Memorial Drive. Inv. Derreck Colley charged Lacy with possession of schedule II with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver as well as possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was placed on $20K bond. Mathis was charged with simple possession of schedule VI and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $2500 bond.  

In other incidents, Inv. Derrek Colley arrested Johnny Elridge at 1004 Curtis Street, charging him with two counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver. He was placed on $100K bond.  Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Rikian M. Allen, age 28 of 140 Jack Younger Lane with possession of scheule II with intent to manufacure, deliver, or sell. Allen was placed on $75K bond.  

HCHS Students Sign With Area Colleges

Paris, Tenn.- Some Henry County High School students took the next step in their athletic career Wednesday by signing with area colleges to continue playing their selective sport. Emily Brown signed with UT Martin to play softball next fall, Gracey Pack signed with Memphis to play soccer, and Silas Winders received his state Championship ring for his May 2019 TSSAA Track State Championship. (HCHS photos)

AmVets Post 45 Garage Sale Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- AmVets Post 45 at Paris Landing on Hwy. 79 will hold a Garage Sale from 7:30am to 2pm. There are all kinds of items from household goods, books, sports equipment, clothes, and much more. Proceeds benefit the AmVets Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

Henry County Health Department Offering Flu Vaccine Clinic Nov. 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department will join the State’s Free Flu Vaccination event on Tuesday November 19th and offer flu vaccines at no charge to the community during the “FightFluTN” event.

Henry County Health Department Director Tracy Byrd said, “getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and keep our community healthy. The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school, and other activities, put you in the hospital, and even take your life. We urge everyone in Henry County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now and this event is a great chance to do so.”

The Henry County Health Department will provide flu shots Tuesday November 19th, at no cost to anyone, who wishes to receive one at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 9am to Noon. It will be a walk-through flu clinic and will be held at the fairgrounds.

Seasonal influenza is spreading in Henry County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. The vaccine is most important for infants, young children, pregnant women, and adults over 50 with chronic medical conditions.

For more information about the flu, getting the vaccine, or the flu clinic set for November 19th call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025 or visit tn.gov/health/fightflu.

Deputies for the Hungry Accepting Deer at HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, “Deputies for the Hungry”, is a program where citizens donate the deer they kill to help feed those who are in need and its open again accepting deer now.

The sheriff’s office started taking deer on Saturday Nov 9th and will continue to take in deer until the close of season in January. You are welcome to drop off your deer, seven days a week, at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The only requirements are that the deer needs to be field dressed and you must bring the entire deer.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “we have done this program for a few years now and it really helps feed those who sometimes need just that little bit extra. We could not do it without the hunters helping out”.

American and Tennessee Flag Donated to HCSO by Barry Hart

Paris, Tenn.- In a week of remembering our veterans, Barry Hart donated an American flag
and a Tennessee flag to the Henry County Sheriff's Office in memory of his
fellow friend and classmate of Grove of 1967.

Hart, a decorated Vietnam veteran, wanted to donate the flags in honor of
his friend, classmate and fellow soldier, Marine PFC Earl W. Harris. Harris
was killed in action on February 28th 1968 at Khe Sanh in the Republic of
South Vietnam.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, "the Henry County Sheriff's Office will proudly
fly the American Flag in remembrance of Earl Harris and all the other
veterans that defended our freedom both at home and around the world."

TEMA Seeks Joint Damage Assessment To Determine Federal Aid Eligibility

Nashville.- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has requested a federal review, to begin this week, of local damage assessments from the Sat., Oct. 26, 2019, severe weather in middle and west Tennessee to see if the impacted counties may qualify for federal recovery assistance. 

“The severe storms hit counties up and down the Tennessee River and first responders, utilities, public works departments, and volunteers have worked day-in and day-out to clear debris, restore power, and assess damages,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “Now, TEMA is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to validate if county and municipal government storm losses meet federal guidelines and demonstrate the need for relief through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program.”

Initial estimates from nine counties indicate $17.4 million in damages to roads and bridges, county and municipal structures, and utilities and water control facilities from the Oct. 26, severe weather. This total also includes costs the counties incurred for emergency work performed during and after the response, such as debris removal and power restoration.

County damage totals include: Benton, $280,000; Decatur, $3.14 million; Hardin, $2.6 million; Henderson, $670,000; Houston, $500,000; Humphreys, $2.41 million; McNairy, $2.69 million; Montgomery, $4.09 million; and, Perry, $1.07 million.

FEMA is expected to begin its review of local damage estimates in the nine counties beginning Wednesday.  Many other impacted counties are still compiling their initial damage estimates so more Tennessee counties could be added to FEMA’s review.

Qualifying for the federal PA program, which reimburses local jurisdictions for their emergency costs and losses, is based on a per capita loss requirement which counties individually and state overall must meet or exceed to be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Tennessee’s per capita loss indicator is $9.7 million and, based on the nine counties reporting losses, each county, as well as the state overall, has exceeded its federal loss indicator.  However, this does not mean a federal declaration or award of assistance is guaranteed since FEMA still needs to inspect and verify the reported damage totals.

Current county damage reports also indicate the severe storm destroyed 45 homes and damaged another 298 across 16 west and middle Tennessee counties. 

It appears most of the homes damaged are insured or are used as secondary residences, which would not meet FEMA criteria for consideration of a federal award of direct assistance to individuals. 

Lady Pats Softball Team Holding Winter Skills Camp Dec. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will hold their 2nd Annual Winter Skills Camp and Team Fundraiser December 28th, 2019. The Deadline to pre-register is November 18th and time to check-in to camp is 8:30am on December 28th. T-shirts are guaranteed to all who pre-register. The skill camp will be held at E.W. Grove Gym, but if weather is nice enough could be moved to the softball field.

Entry fee is $40 for 1st child, $35 for 2nd child in family, and $30 for third child in the family. Make checks to the HCHS Softball Boosters and mail to 600 Old Trezevant Road, Trezevant, TN 38258 or drop off in the office of your child’s school.

NWR Areas Closing Seasonally for Wintering Waterfowl Beginning Nov. 15th

Springville, Tenn.- Beginning this Friday November 15th, some areas of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and all of Cross Creeks NWR will be seasonally closed to the public for the winter. These areas will be closed until March 15th primarily to minimize the disturbance to wintering waterfowl and nesting bald eagles. However, for great views of the lake, or waterfowl and wildlife viewing, there will still be some areas of both refuges open to daylight visitation during the winter months.

At Cross Creeks NWR the visitor center, located at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover remains open weekdays, as does the visitor center at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. At the Big Sandy Unit of the TN NWR, the main road running thru the Big Sandy Peninsula remains opens which gives access to the Bennett’s Creek Observation deck. The V.L. Childs Observation Deck is open this winter at the Britton Ford/Sulphur Wells area and Duck River Bottoms main road is open year round offering great views for visitors. For more information on anything at NWR call 642-2091.

Elks Lodge Offering Smoked Turkeys, Dressing for Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elks Lodge will once again offer smoked Turkey breast to help you with your Thanksgiving Dinners this year. Proceeds from the cooking are used in the Veterans Hides Program, which the Elks Lodge is proud to be a part of. This year for the 2nd straight year, the Elks Lodge will also offer Cindy Snyder’s Cornbread Dressing and gravy for sell to go along with your smoked turkey breast.

Smoked turkey breasts will be $25, a 9 by 13 pan of cornbread dressing will be $20, and quarts of gravy for only $5. Call the Paris Elks Lodge to place your orders, which can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Parisian Theatre $2 Movie Night Set for Thurs. Nov. 14th

Paris, Tenn.- The Parisian Theatre, WLZK 94.1FM, and Peddler Advantage bring you two dollar movie at the Parisian Theatre this Thursday November 14th. Seats are first come first served and its only $2 to see any of the movies as long as you bring two in-date food items to stock the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

Items must be in date, the pantry will accept boxed mac and cheese, canned tuna, spam, beef ravioli, canned fruit and vegetables, canned soups, grape or strawberry jelly, canned meats, peanut butter, powdered milk, and cereals. Items will be checked for right date and without food items movie is regular price.

Road Board Adds $5K Litter Grant by Amending Budget

Paris, Tenn.- At the Road Board meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a budget amendment and added the $5K Cigarette Prevention Litter Grant. More cigarette receptacles will be placed throughout the county to help decrease throwing butts on the ground.

No Quorum at Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Due to lack of a quorum, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council didn't conduct business at their meeting Tuesday night.

UT System Creates "Data Dashboard" to Provide Greater Access to Info

Knoxville- As part of its strategic plan, the University of Tennessee System has announced the creation of a “data dashboard” that will build on its commitment to providing greater and easier access to information for UT’s faculty, staff, students and the communities it serves.

The data dashboard provides frequently requested academic-related information about the university, including enrollment, composite ACT scores, weighted grade point averages, degrees awarded, and graduation and retention statistics.

“Providing a dashboard that tracks our student data was the next logical step in our transparency initiative,” said UT Interim President Randy Boyd. “We hope that the new data dashboard site, combined with the already-established transparency site, will send a clear message to our publics that we hear you and are committed to providing information about how our system operates, as well as data on our outcomes.”

Boyd, as part of his transparency initiative, assembled a Transparency Advisory Group last year to review frequently requested information from the general public, media and legislators. Through the work of this group, UT established a central location for most frequently requested information to make it easier to find and access. To access the site, please visit data.tennessee.edu.

The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 10,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 387,000 alumni around the world.

For more information, contact the UT System Office of Communications and Marketing at 865-974-8184.

Barry Hart Served as Inman's Guest for Veteran's Day on Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School celebrated veterans on Monday, November 11th with speaker, Mr. Barry Hart. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1967-1971. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a published author including articles in Southern Lawman Magazine and a book of poetry titled A Path into the Woods. (Inman photos)

HCSS Closed Tuesday for Winter Weather

Paris, Tenn.- Due to winter weather and already slick roads, Dr. Leah Watkins, Director of Henry County Schools, has cancelled school for Tuesday November 12th. As of now, the Paris Special School District will be going on Tuesday and going on time.

Agencies Coming together to Erradicate Feral Hogs at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- An eradication plan for feral hogs that have overran Land Between the Lakes is currently underway as of late last week. Partnering with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Forest Service plans to use aerial operations and bait trapping to euthanize feral hogs at LBL. Feral hogs are non-native and threaten visitor safety, cultural sites and native plant and wildlife species.

APHIS began assisting the Forest Service with trapping in 2014 with success but not at a rate that surpasses reproduction. In 2018, 70 feral hogs were euthanized by APHIS. In 2019, that number grew to 124. Feral hogs can have two litters each year averaging 5-10 piglets. Those offspring can give birth to a new generation in less-than a year.

“Feral hogs threaten the values that make Land Between the Lakes such a special place,” said Tina Tilley, Area Supervisor at the U.S. Forest Service. “Feral hogs now pose a serious threat to the heritage sites across Land Between the Lakes and we can’t risk losing the sites that connect so many to their past.” Tilley says feral hogs are invasive but highly adaptive and can quickly outcompete native animals. “Feral hogs pose a serious threat similar to the Asian carp and we must take additional steps to make a greater impact on feral hogs now.”

The Forest Service will add the use of a helicopter to search for and direct feral hogs for wildlife specialists to shoot from the helicopter during late winter months as conditions allow. The technique is an additional tool necessary to curb the feral hog exploding population.

“Hunting wild hogs is counterproductive to agency eradication efforts,” said Terri Brunjes a Wildlife Biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Hogs that are hunted disperse into new areas and become very difficult to find and euthanize. To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1.800.525.7077 or 270.924.2000.

Govenor Lee Set to Be at Paris Landing Lodge Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday

Buchanan, Tenn.- There will be a ground-breaking ceremony at 16055 Hwy. 79 N this Friday November 15th at 3pm. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will be amongst those in attendance Friday afternoon at the ceremony as the new Lodge at Paris Landing State Park begins to take shape. Governor Lee will also visit the Senator Frank P. Lashlee Career and Technical Center in Camden at 12:30pm and the Stewart County Health Department in Dover at 1:45pm.

Good Turnout for Trek for the Troops Event

members of the Lakewood 100 Mile Club walking to raise money for the Darkorse Lodge on Veteran's Day (Kristina Dufresne photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Trek for Troops event raising money for the Darkhorse Lodge was well supported  on Monday at the First Baptist Church Gym, located on Brewer St. Loni Nita, a Darkhorse volunteer, and Stephanie Winders, Coordinator for School Health, teamed up and got the event running. This is the first year for the event and Darkhorse Lodge sponsored by getting Trek For Troops t-shirts for the participants. There were about 20 children running laps and many more adults came to show support for this amazing cause. There were around 11 Ladies from the American Legion,as well as Central office personnel and even a couple of teachers walking. Darkhorse Lodge is a non-profit organization with 501c recognition. It is still under construction, but when complete, will be a retreat for combat veterans of all branches to come and relax, fish on Kentucky Lake, and communicate with others who have walked in their boots. For more information: (731) 363-3616   https://www.darkhorselodge.org/

The Henry County High School Veterans Day Tribute

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Military Club held its annual salute to Veterans on Veterans Day Monday, November 11th at  the high school.
Veterans were invited to attend for honorable mentions. The Colors were presented by members of the TN Army National Guard. The Madrigals opened the event by singing the National Anthem. The U.S.Air Force song, Semper Paratus( the theme song for the U.S. Coast Guard, and The Marines Hymm (Halls of Montezuma)was performed by the Patriot band. Guest speaker was Captain Marty Weed, U.S. Marine Corps. Captain Weed is the Director of the Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads. He deployed to Operation Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Kenya for the African crisis response initiative. Captain Weed discussed what the Marine Corps did for him as an individual, and that he learned the value of being an American. He also stated veterans are 6% of our population at this time, and that there were three words he wanted to leave with us today and they are: Remember, Honor, Teach.
The Army Goes Rolling Along,The U.S.Air Force song, Semper Paratus ( the theme song for the U.S. Coast Guard, and The Marines Hymm (Halls of Montezuma)were performed by the Patriot band, who did a spectacular job and really did justice to the themes.

The Military and Criminal Justice Clubs hosted a reception after the program.  Veterans were encouraged to enjoy a free lunch with students if they chose to stay for lunch.

Photos By Kristina Dufresne (Capt. Weed w/Biana Taconi (pres.military club), and Hannah Camp (vp of military club); HSHS Band

76 Year Old Man Killed in House Fire Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- A 76 year old man is likely to have perished in a fire that destroyed a house on Hwy. 69 S. Saturday evening. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire at 2495 Hwy 69S and when deputies arrived on the scene the house was already fully engulfed. Once fire units arrived the fire was contained and put out.

Further investigation revealed that there was someone inside the residence. Preliminarily investigation revealed that it is believed that David M. Ditto Jr. (11-25-42) was inside. Henry County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Adam Jenkins said, “we are awaiting positive identification from the medical examiner’s office once an autopsy is complete.”

The investigation also revealed that there were no suspected signs of foul play involved. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Oakland and Springville volunteer fire departments, the Henry County Rescue Squad and TN State Bomb and Arson for their assistance during this incident.

Paris Police Get Counterfeit $100 Out of Circulation at Sonic

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department responded to a call of a counterfeit hundred dollar bill being passed at the Sonic. A woman attempted to pay for two milkshakes with a one hundred dollar bill that looked suspect to the carhop. The carhop informed the woman that it would need to be verified by the manager. The victim stated she received the bill from a male subject that lives in the Henry Mansfield/Macedonia area. No sale was made due to the bill being deemed counterfeit and taken as evidence for the case file.

In another incident, the sheriff's office, responded to a call of theft that occurred at Leonard Lane on Saturday, Nov. 9th. A locking key box with 24 sets of keys that belong to storage units, residence, and vehicles was taken from the passenger floorboard of the owner’s 1998 Dodge Dakota.

The truck was parked in the carport next to the home. The owner was advised to secure all properties the keys went to. There are no suspects at this time but the case is being investigated due to all the missing keys with a total value of $625.00.

Man Taken Into Custody After Firing Shots While Sitting in His Car

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to Hwy 140 East in regards to a complaint of an intoxicated male sitting in his car blowing the horn. While en route the officers were notified shots had been fired and the residents were trapped outside with no safe way of getting back inside their homes.

Upon arrival, Deputies Andrews, Barton, and Sanders surrounded the vehicle. The suspect got out and went to the ground on the blind side of the car. All three officers moved in so they could see the subject who repeatedly refused to obey their commands to show his hands.

The suspect was tasered and taken into custody. Fredrick Kader, age 83, of Buchanan was charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence and reckless endangerment with a weapon. Officers confiscated a Ruger 9mm pistol including holster and bullets.

Lakewood's 100 Mile Club Trek for the Troops Moved to First Baptist Church Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the rain and cold weather coming in this afternoon, the Trek the Troops event raising money for the Darkhorse Lodge has been moved inside to the First Baptist Church Gym, located on Brewer St. There will be no transportation provided, so parents will need to make arrangements to get their children there if they are to take part in the event. For more information call 644-3916.

Marker Updated in Paris City Cemetery

Paris, Tenn.- A Tennessee Historical Marker has been installed at the Paris City Cemetery for David Edward Jackson, who was an explorer, fur trader, businessman and the namesake for Jackson Hole, Colorado. Jackson is buried at the cemetery after dying in Paris after a long illness with typhoid fever in December of 1837.

Henry County Cemetery Committee spokesperson Susan Stewart said the installation of the sign followed "many, many months of researching for the application to the Tennessee State Historical Commission, waiting for them to meet and vote, and waiting for construction of the sign."

The sign was installed Thursday by TDOT workers in the pouring rain and Stewart thanked them, along with the DAR in Jackson Hole which raised the money for the sign. She also thanked Susan Pemberton for her research and the city of Paris.

The historical marker for Jackson joins markers already installed at the cemetery for J.D.C Atkins, E.W Grove and Congressman John Crockett.

Photo by Shannon McFarlin.

Update On Fatality Accident

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Henry, Tenn.--A young Henry woman was killed in the three-vehicle crash that shut down Hwy. 79S for several hours Saturday morning.

The accident claimed the life of Alydia Hart, age 21.  The accident involved three vehicles, which included a 2004 Peterbilt TT semi, which ended up on its side across the highway.

The report was released by Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Brad Wilbanks to WENK/WTPR.

The semi, driven by Darrell Taylor, age 52, of Bradford, was traveling north on Hwy 79 S. Hart was driving an Altima Nissan and pulled out from Van Dyke Road onto the north lanes of Hwy 79 S and was struck in the driver’s side door by the semi.

The semi pushed Hart's vehicle into the south lanes on Hwy 79 S, overturning in the median in the process.

Meanwhile, a Nissan Sentra driven by Michelle Powers, age 45, of Dresden, was traveling south on Hwy 79 S. Powers' vehicle struck Hart's vehicle in the passenger door. Powers' vehicle overturned in the south lanes of Hwy 79 S in the process.

One of the injured was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The report indicates that both Powers and Taylor were injured, but does not indicate which was airlifted.

The initial THP investigation was conducted by Trooper Jason Mounts.

In a press release issued earlier Saturday, the Henry Volunteer Fire Department reported that one victim was extricated by Henry and Paris firefighters and the Henry Co. EMS.

Getting Rowdy At The CASA Chili Cookoff

Paris, Tenn.- The CASA chili contest was kicked off to a roaring start with many thanks to all the participants and a heartfelt prayer. This was an exciting event with so many contestants and supportive people just having a good time with a worthy cause. There were baked goods for sale, door prizes, a really rockin band, dancing, games for the kids, and a of course Lots and Lots of chili to sample. Just a few of the organizations that participated were: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County High School students, Inman, Springhill Baptist Church, Representative Bruce Griffey and family, Birds Creek Baptist Church, Project Bridge, Gasoline Alley, Henry County Homestead, and many more. The Henry County CASA Board is considered the best in the state. By Kristina Dufresne

Henry County Basketball Season Tickets

Paris, Tenn.- Season tickets for the 2019-2020 HCHS Basketball season are now available. Regular season play begins on Monday, November 25th. Hall of Fame games will be played prior to the season beginning on Tuesday, November 19th, and Saturday, November 23rd. Season tickets will reserve an upper level backed seat for the 12 home regular season games. Season tickets will be $60.00 and are now available for purchase at the HCHS office. For more information, Please call the HCHS office at (731) 642-5232.

Helping Hand Auction Applications Deadline

Paris, Tenn.- Helping Hand auction applications are due next Friday, November 15th by 5pm. No Exceptions!

Henry County Republican Party Caucus

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party held a caucus Saturday morning and finished business in less than ten minutes. 

The crowd was small and GOP party chair Tess Robbins said, "With the Veterans Day Parade several members of the Party are involved with that and many here are heading over there when we finish." 

Richie Chilcutt won the nomination for Road Supervisor and Ginger Cox became the first ever woman in Henry County nominated for property assessor on the Republican side of the ballot. The two were elected by acclamation after no other nominations came from the floor. 

There were no nominations for any other offices such as constables or road board members. When elections come in March, people can still be on the ballot as independents if they qualify by the deadline. 

The date for the Chancellor caucus has been set for November 23rd at 4pm in Decatur County

Great Morning For Veterans' Day Parade

Paris, Tenn.--It was a great morning for veterans in Henry County with the largest-ever showing in the annual Veterans' Day parade. The weather cooperated for a good-sized crowd along the parade route. The parade was led by the Tennessee State Guard honor guard and the Henry County High School Marching Patriots. Grand Marshal was highly-decorated Vietnam Veteran Dr. Buddy Gardner. Top photo, Dr. Gardner smiles as he passes by in the parade; Cottage Grove veterans; and onlookers applaud the Marching Patriots. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

 

Henry County Patriots Win 10-6 Against Ridgeway Roadrunners

Paris,Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots have done it again! In an exciting game Friday night the patriots won their game against Ridgeway in the playoffs. They had 123 rushing yards, 69 of which can be credited to Jayln Foster, 53 passing yards by Ryan Damron, giving the Patriots a total of 176 yards. They will be playing Clarksville Wildcats next Friday night at Patriot stadium in the second round of the TSSAA football playoffs.

 Photos by Tim Pharr. Below: #14 Darius Stephens with a hold from #18 Brandon Stephenson kicks a 24 yard field goal against Ridgeway. #36 Rodney Littleton tackles the Ridgeway runner.#5 Jayln Foster battles through a facemask to gain positive yardage for the Big Red.

Dedication Ceremony Friday Night At Patriot Stadium

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.—Two legendary sports figures in Henry County history were honored Friday night at Patriot Stadium—former Head Football Coach James M. Counce and former professional football player and local coach Bill Hudson.

With Henry County School officials making the presentations to their families, the fieldhouse was officially named “James M. Counce Fieldhouse” and the field was dedicated “Bill Hudson Field”.

Dedication ceremonies were held at half-time of the Patriots’ playoff game against Ridgeway.

Family members for both Counce and Hudson were on hand on the field for the ceremonies.

Public Address Announcer Jim Farmer told the audience about the careers of both men. He noted Coach Counce died in 2017, “leaving behind a reputation and legacy which extended far beyond the borders of Henry County. He is the Patriots’ all-time winningest coach and his record includes one undefeated regular season (the school’s first) and two perfect state championship seasons. He was the founder of the ‘Big Red Nation’ and created the ‘Go Big Red’ cheer so familiar to all Patriot fans.

Farmer noted that Counce “was an outstanding football coach who cared deeply for every young man who played for him. He was a man of character and personal integrity who was extremely loyal to his school and community.”

Hudson, Farmer said, “was one of the most decorated and celebrated athletes in Henry County sports history, was a true sports legend. He was a giant sports icon not just in Henry County, but to the sports world at large. He has been enshrined in three different Halls of Fame: University of Memphis, Henry County and the state of Tennessee.”

Hudson played professionally for the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills.

Farmer said, “Hudson’s life had an enormous impact on our county and community. He gave generously of himself to thousands of young people, teaching them academically, coaching them athletically, discipling them socially and modeling for them the life lessons needed for life after school.”

School Board President Jill Coker made presentations of plaques to the families, with Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins, High School Principal Dr. Michele Webb and board members also on the field.

Top photo: Head Football Coach James Counce III raises the plaque honoring his father; bottom photo: Bill Hudson's widow Glenda holds the plaque honoring her husband with other family members. (Shannon McFarlin photos).Henry County Patriots Moving Ahead!

13th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade Seeking Entrants

(Paris, TN) Round up your Christmas lights, extension cords, and anything with wheels. It’s time for the 13th Annual Holly, Jolly, Electric Christmas Parade. Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association, the parade takes place on Saturday, December 14 at 5:00 pm immediately following Santa’s Christmas Festival.

“Folks are already going online to download their registration forms at VisitDowntownParis.com,” said Vickey Roberts, event chairman. “The people in our area are so creative and do a wonderful job lighting up everything including floats, golf carts, ATVs, small tractors, commercial vehicles, and even marching units for this illuminated event.” The parade entry fee is $10.

“Churches, organizations and families enjoy participating in this parade because the decorating is minimal,” said Jennifer Morris, committee member. “The focus is on the lights, not little details. It’s one of the most popular events of the Christmas season.”

Commercial floats are especially being encouraged for this year’s parade. Committee Member Steve Parker said that in a nearby county, businesses enter beautifully lit floats in their community parade, then park their entries in front of their locations for decoration through the end of the year. “That’s a creative way to stretch those marketing dollars,” said Parker. Businesses also may enter their commercial vehicles that are decorated and lighted.

Trophies are awarded in the following categories: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Religious Theme, Best Decorated Float, Best Decorated Golf Cart of Small Tractor, Best Marching Unit and the coveted Clark Griswold Award for the best, knock-your-socks off entry.

Applications and guidelines are available at the DPA office at 203 North Fentress Street, at Paris City Hall or online at VisitDowntownParis.com. For more information call The DPA office at 731-653-PARIS.

Lakewood's 100 Mile Club Walking Monday to Raise Funds for Darkhorse Lodge

Buchanan, Tenn.- Lakewood School's 100 Mile Club will be hosting a service project for Trek for Troops on Veteran's Day, November 11 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.. Club members will be walking laps on Lakewood School's paved trail to raise funds for the Dark Horse Lodge.

Community members are welcome to come walk with the Club members and participate in collecting pledges or walk and donate your miles to the students. "Our goal is for the group to reach a total of 100 miles in 2 hours. We need more people to help us reach this goal." said Coordinated School Health Director, Stephanie Winders. 

Trek for Troops is a national fundraiser for Darkhorse Lodge and this is the fifth year hosting this fun event. Darkhorse Lodge is a retreat located in Henry County for combat veterans of all branches of service to come to relax, fish on Kentucky Lake, enjoy area activities and communicate with others who have walked in their boots, all at no cost. To learn more about the lodge, this website is available, https://www.darkhorselodge.org/

If you are interested in joining our team, contact the Henry County School System Coordinated School Health Office: Stephanie Winders, Jennifer McFarland or LonNita McDonald, at 731-642-9733. If you wish to make a donation, a check can be made out to Lakewood School and in the memo put, Trek for Troops 100 mile club.

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