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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Police investigate stolen truck from Mansfield home

Mansfield, Tenn.- Police are investigating a truck that was stolen from a Mansfield Road home on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry spoke to the owner of the truck who stated that on Friday when he came outside he found that his silver 2007 Dodge 3500 Dually, valued at $30,000, had been stolen.

The victim told officers that he previously seen the truck at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, but he did notice two skinny white males walking down the road in front of his shed which is where he had parked his truck. The victim told police that the two men seemed to be walking towards Mansfield. Police are still investigating the case.

Get your tickets, tables for Cheeseburger at Breakers on Thursday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will once again hold Cheeseburgers at Breakers from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 20th at Breakers Marina, located at 526 Shamrock Road in Buchanan.

Tickets for the event will cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and kids ages 5 and younger will eat for free. Entertainment will be provided by Josh McKee.

For information about table or ticket purchases, please contact the Henry County Carl Perkins Center at 642-8455 or contact any Carl Perkins Center board member.

Church of Living God Temple #347 holding cookout Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God Temple #347, 719 Gwen St. in Paris, will hold a cookout from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Rib and chicken plates that will come with potato salad and baked beans will cost $10. Grilled hot dogs or hamburgers along with chips and a drink will cost $5.   

Working hard on the Atkins-Porter Community Park

Pictured from left are River Byrd, Pat Terrell, Mark Duncan. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.--A small group of dedicated folks gathered at the Atkins-Porter Community Park for a work session Saturday morning. The group laid bricks through the park in areas where park benches will be placed and for a grilling area.

The group also chipped mortar from the large number of donated bricks for the project. A pavilion already has been erected in the park, bricked walkways have been installed and trees have been planted. The community park is located at 311 Jackson Street. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Family Resouce Center taking applications for Back to School Blast

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center is now taking applications for their Back to School Blast that will be held from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on July 25 at the center located in Central School at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended in Paris. To apply, please call 642-2938.

Income eligible families will receive free backpacks and school supplies. Henry County Medical Center will also be providing their safe kids day. There will also be 25 local resources on hand with lots of free items that will be given away.   

Serving up burgers, cotton candy, more at Hulme's Sporting Goods Relay for Life fundraiser

Brian Hopkins (left) cooks some hamburgers, tenderloin and pizza on the Big Green Egg to demonstrate how the product works as Anna Veglio (right) watches at Hulme’s Sporting Goods Relay for Life Bake Sale and Fundraiser that was held on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- There was plenty of food, grilling demonstrations on the Big Green Egg and lots of support as Hulme’s Sporting Goodsheld a Relay for Life Bake Sale and Fundraiser on Saturday.

Anna Veglio looks at some of the baked goods at Hulme’s Sporting Goods Relay for Life Bake Sale and Fundraiser that was held on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The cooking demonstrations on the Big Green Egg helped people try various types of food from hamburgers, tenderloin to pizza that was cooked on the grill. Walking inside Hulme's Sporting Goods, people got the chance to purchase various baked goods from chocolate covered pretzels, cakes, cupcakes and more at the Relay for Life bake sale.

Ali Veglio whips up some strawberry cotton candy for everyone to try.(Cassie Walsh photo)

After eating off the grill and picking up some goodies customers also got the chance to grab a taste of some childhood treats as Ali Veglio whipped up some cotton candy for everyone to try. People got the chance to choose between all different types of cotton candy flavors from strawberry, grape, green apple, piña colada, blue raspberry and more.

All of the proceeds from the bake sale along with the donations at Hulme’s Sporting Goods fundraiser will be donated to the Henry County Relay for Life.

Several people arrested on various charges on Friday

Henry County, Tenn.- A Buchanan man was arrested on possession charges on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins charged Michael McBee, 40, of 675 Buchanan Road of Buchanan with simple possession of a schedule II substance. McBee’s bond was set at $750. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County Circuit Court.

A McKenzie man was charged with a driving offense on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Dustin Clayton, 46, of McKenzie for driving on a revoked license. Clayton’s bond was set at $500 and he is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Paris woman was arrested for disorderly conduct at a local health care facility.

Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Destiny Henry, 24, of 305 Sparks St. of Paris for disorderly conduct. Henry’s bond was set at $500 and she is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Looking at the stars to see the story they will tell

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.-  Kids and adults alike got the chance to put on their astrologer hats, while they got to see the stars and hear stories they tell as the 40 foot inflatable Chattanooga Space Lab planetarium stopped by the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Saturday.

Members of the Chattanooga Space Lab told participants some of the stories that are associated with some of the most popular constellations. Kids got to learn about how the stories that are associated with the constellations are based off of stories told from Green mythology. Kids were also shown what stars looked like in different solar systems and in different galaxies from earth, to the sun, the Milky Way and all the way to the edge of our known galaxy. 

(Cassie Walsh photo)

The space lab also showed the public how the stars align with days and months of the year and how constellations like the ones we know that are based off of Greek mythology can also be seen in the Chinese constellations. The space lab said that even though the Chinese have different stories that are associated with the Chinese constellations, you can still find the Greek constellations hidden within.

Palestine UMC VBS will be Wednesday-Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Palestine United Methodist Church, 4059 Palestine Road in Paris, will hold vacation bible school from Wednesday, June 26- Saturday, June 29. Bible school will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. On Saturday, vacation bible school will be held from 3-5 p.m. with a luau cookout to follow.

All ages are encouraged to attend vacation bible school and this year’s theme will be surf shack “Catching the wave of God’s amazing love.” The mission of vacation bible school 2019 will be to support Project Bridge, through the donation of school supplies.

If you are able, you are encouraged to bring a few school supplies during one night of vacation bible school. If the church reaches its goal, the kids will be able to throw water balloons at selected staff members.

For more information please contact, Nikki Klopfenstein at 363-1663 to pre-register for a free t-shirt. The church will provide transportation as needed.

Paris Tri Club Bike and Hike day is Thurs. June 27

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Tri Club will be hosting a Friends & Family Bike & Hike from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27. Everyone is invited to join the club for a day of biking, hiking, sight seeing and more at the Britton Ford Visitor’s center at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville.

The Friends and Family Bike and Hike day will include a six-mile bike trip and two mile hike on the Britton Ford Trail. Helmets are required.

RSVPs not required, but appreciated. For more information please contact Jess Hart at 731-514-3896.

Two arrested for public intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- Two people have been arrested for public intoxication over the past few days.

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested George Freeland, 45, of 60 Campbell Road of Henry on Thursday for public intoxication. Freeland’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Chad Andrews arrested Jamie Barnard, 30, of 407 Irvine St. of Paris on Wednesday for resisting arrest and public intoxication.

Barnard’s bond was set at $2,000. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Donations still accepted for Lee Academy's yard, bake sale

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts is still accepting donations for its yard sale and bake sale that will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd at Lee School, located at 402 Lee St. in Paris.

Items that can be donated include, home décor, any holiday décor, kitchen supplies, furniture, accessories and items for babies and children.

Home décor donation suggestions include, candle holders, picture frames, coffee tables, vases, bowls, baskets, lamps, decorative pillows, etc. Kitchen donation suggestions include, dishes, glassware, placemats, napkins and rings, serving pieces, small appliances, gadgets and more.

Furniture items in good condition can be donated, but mattresses will not be accepted. Donation suggestions for accessories include, hats, scarves, costume jewelry, etc. Donations items for baby and children should be clean and can include all kinds of toys, strollers, jumpers, swings, room décor and more.

Car seats that are not older than 5 years will also be accepted. Lee Academy asks that if plan to donate a car seat, please check the manufacturer’s label and make sure that the car seat have not been recalled.

Items can be dropped off between now and before June 19 and baked items should be delivered on Saturday, June 22nd.

Bethel's Junior Physcian Day is coming up on Sat. June 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University’s College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program, located at 302B Tyson Ave. in Paris, will hold its junior physician day from 9 a.m.- noon on Saturday, June 22.

The public is encouraged to join Bethel Physician Assistant students for 911 education, CPR lessons, a photo booth, personal ID badges and stethoscopes, tours of ambulance and fire trucks and more.

 Tickets at the door will cost $10 per child or $20 for the entire family. All of the proceeds from event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information, please contact Nicole Bielecki at 720-240-3357 or email her at nbielecki18@bethelu.edu.

Two arrested on assault charges after incident escalates

Mansfield, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on assault charges on Tuesday after a domestic assault escalated and resulted in one woman attempting to stab a man  at residence in Mansfield.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Heather Wright, 34, of 2108 Lower Big Sandy Road of Big Sandy for aggravated assault. Carroll also arrested David Hensley, 34, of 620 Bear Creek Road of Mansfield for domestic assault. 

Wright’s bond was set at $10,000 and Hensley’s bond was set at $5,000.  They are each scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Two Women Arrested After One Assaults Police Officer

Paris, Tenn.- Two women were arrested on multiple charges on Wednesday after one woman assaulted a police officer.

Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Rhonda Smith, 51, and Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Amber Bond, 27, both of 909 Rogers St. of Paris.

Smith was charged with simple assault of an officer. Bond was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting stop, halt and frisk. Smith’s bond was set at $3,000 and Bond’s bond was set at $1,500. 

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Jacob Fry, 29, of 330 Walnut St. of Paris for simple possession of a schedule III substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fry’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident on Wednesday, Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Jacob Fry, 29, of 330 Walnut St. of Paris for simple possession of a schedule III substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fry’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Kenneth Humphreys Named Chamber's Person of the Year

Rev. Kenneth Humphreys comes on stage to accept the Person of the Year Award. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.- To a standing ovation, long-standing community leader, pastor, and music educator Rev. Kenneth Humphreys was named the 2019 Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year at its 69th annual banquet Thursday night.

The list of Rev. Humphreys’ accomplishments is long, including 38 years as a county commissioner, over 30 years as a music educator, 38 years as pastor of the Cedar Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Cottage Grove.

In announcing his selection, last year’s Person of the Year Michele Atkins said while Director of the Henry Co. Madrigals, he brought the group international recognition. He has been music teacher at the local schools as choral music teacher at the high school for 29 years.

Rev. Humphreys has served on several local boards and been active with numerous local programs. And in 2018, he was named the “Drum Major For Justice” for his work on the community. He is married to Sylvia Humphreys, who also is active in the community and recently retired from the Paris Special Schools district.

Rev. Humphreys said for all his years of service, “I really just wanted to be a servant to the community. I want to thank you for your confidence in me as an educator and allowing me to serve in government. I appreciate, love and respect this community.”

Other awards were given to:

Conservationist of the Year: Future Vision Farms of Whitlock, Tyler and Jessie Smith and Tyler’s father Steve Smith.

Business of the Year: Henry County Medical Center.

You Made It Happen Award: Easton’s Angels, Brittney Green, who received a standing ovation.

Community Engagement Spotlight: Paris-Henry Co. Jaycees.

Board Member of the Year: Kevin Buie.

Small Business of the Year: Sweet Jordan’s, Jordan St. John.

Young Professional of the Year: Carly Wheat, director of the Carl Perkins Center.

In his outgoing remarks as Chamber President, Scott Morrison said, “A lot has been accomplished this year and we’ve made everything bigger and better.” He recounted all the activities over the year, noting, “I’ve lost count of all the ribbon-cuttings we’ve had.”

Morrison presented the ceremonial red jacket to John Etheridge, who will serve as next year’s Chamber President, who thanked the audience for ‘making good things happen’. Etheridge also was Chamber President in 1995-96.

The Henry Co Leadership Class was presented and Executive Director Travis McLeese noted that community involvement is why Henry County “is such a special place”.

HCSS Approves Budget for Next Fiscal Year

HCSS BOE during their regular June meeting Thurs. Night. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System Board of Education met Thursday night where the board approved the 2019-20 budget. 

Dr. Brian Norton said that for the fourth year in a row the school system has had a balance budget and the system hasn’t touched the fund balance within that time. Norton told the board that the 2019-20 budget has increased just shy of 2% since last year. He also stated that 2019-20 school year will be the first year since 2010 that the school system has seen enrollment increase. 

“Enrollment has increased by 31 students,” said Norton. 

The 2019-20 budget also allowed the school system to have the starting pay for beginning teachers who have a bachelor’s degree with no years of experience be $40,003, which is the first time for the school system has crossed the $40,000 threshold salary for beginning teachers.

“Outside of the municipals (near Shelby County) and the PSSD, I don’t believe that the starting salary for beginning teachers is the case in West Tennessee,” said Norton. 

He also said that in the 2019-20 budget the school system did add another position to the finance department to help LonNita McDonald, who serves as the Director of Finance for the system. 

“That position should have been added four years ago when LonNita took the role of Director of Finance. She maintained her responsibility as Title I director and bookkeeper and doing two jobs for four years,” said Norton. “She continued to maintain that work ethic, which is why we added that position. LonNita chose to make a cost savings for this district.” 

Jack Pressy Named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Dr. Norton presents Jack Pressy with a honor for his volunteer work with the system. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System board also recognized Jack Pressey as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at Thursday night's board meeting. Dr. Brian Norton said that Pressey also known to the students at Henry Elementary Schools at Grandpa Jack or Mr. Jack, started volunteering at Henry as a Team Read volunteer two years ago. Norton said the Team Read program is a collaboration between the Henry County Literacy Council, the Henry County School System and the Paris Special School District that focuses to improve reading among second-graders in the schools. 

Dr. Norton said, that Team Read volunteers are asked to come in at least one hour a week and read with students, but Mr. Jack gives at least one hour or more everyday. Pressey works with Lana Currence’s second grade class at Henry School.

Currently Pressey is the only Team Read volunteer at Henry Elementary before this year county school board member Jim McCampbell also helped by volunteering for the program at Henry Elementary. 

“The main reason I volunteer is because of this guy right here (Dr. Norton) and Dr. Webb,” said Pressey. “The Lord told me I needed to help others… but to go over there I’ve never been to Henry School. Going over there they just broke my heart.”

Pressey told the board a story about how he went to Henry School the Monday after the Super Bowl and he asked how their weekend was if they got to watch football and eat a bunch of food. He said one little boy said Mr. Jack I didn’t get to eat anything, which is what broke Pressey’s heart. 

“There are several kids at Henry School out there like this,” said Pressey. “I can’t talk enough about Lana Currence, she is something else. At Christmas time I got to read to the kids and then I surprised them all with gift cards to Steak N Stake. You could just see the smiles on these kids. This honor is just something else. The school system and the teachers I am in awe of.”

HCBOE Recognizes HCHS Athlete Silas Winders

Paris, Tenn.- At the Henry County School System Board of Education meeting on Thursday the board recognized a local student who was recently named as the TSSAA State Champion in the 3200 meter race.

The school board recognized Silas Winders at the board meeting on Thursday as he was recognized for being named the TSSAA State Championin the 3200 meter race. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said that the school system did not want the year to pass in order to celebrate the success of the Henry County High School track and field team. Winders who is a junior at HCHS and a member of the HCHS track and field team was named the 2019 state champion in the 3200 meter (2 mile) race in track and field. Norton said that in 2017, Silas was runner-up to his brother, Titus, who was named the state champion for that year.

“Coach (Lance) Winders and Coach (Stephanie) Winders are no strangers to us. They have been leading cross-country and track and field for several years. They were stars themselves in their high school and college careers,” said Norton. “With those genes and a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication and work ethic you have to demonstrate a work ethic second to none. Silas we wanted to take this time to recognize you. You are the fastest runner in Tennessee in the two mile race.”

“I’m proud to represent Henry County and I think it’s a good place to succeed in,” said Silas Winders. 

Dr. Norton Says Goodbye to HCSS; Dr. Bates Named Interim Director

Board member Jim McCampbell thanks Dr. Norton for his service to Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday’s Henry County School System board meeting, the board approved to name Dr. Felicia Bates as the interim Director of Schools for the Henry County School System. 

Dr. Norton’s last day will be June 30. Bates will serve as interim director from July 1- July 14 until Dr. Leah Watkins takes over as Henry Co. Director of Schools position on July 15. Board chairman Jill Coker said that the school system is required by the state name a director of schools even if it is for a short time. Bates will return to her positionas the Director of K- 3 Curriculum & Instruction back on July 15. 

At the meeting, Dr. Norton also thanked several people in the school system and the community for their support while he served as the Henry County Director of Schools for the past four years.

“I want to say thank you media, you have always been a positive source for telling our story and I appreciate each of you for doing that. I want to thank the County Commission and Mayor Greer, they support public education in Henry County, financially like most don’t. The percentage of the general fund that goes to general education is great compared to a lot of other districts across the state.”

Norton said, “The board of education I’m very thankful you gave me the opportunity to serve in an exceptional system. There are exceptional teachers, students, administrators, staff and it’s been a joy. Henry County is such a benevolent community, they love their schools and they support them with an unwavering spirit. Thank the Lord for this incredible journey in Henry County.”

The board also approved naming facilities the Coach Bill Hudson Field and Coach James Counce, Sr. Fieldhouse.

Planning Commission Approves Site Revisions, Rezoning Requests

Planning Commission members approved site plan revisions and rezoning requests Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission approved a site plan revision for Dharmesh Patel C Store located at 45 Hwy. 69 North. The planning commission had previously approved a site plan for the convenience store and earlier Thursday evening approved a variance request in the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting which was for 24 ft. to locate 3 gas tanks in the required setbacks. The development proposes a 4200 sq. ft. building with 26 parking spaces.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris had contacted 6 other cities to see if they allow the variance and 4 of 6 did allow it. She said Mr. Patel has shown good faith in purchasing other properties in the area.

In order for the building to miss the water main located across the rear of the site plan, BZA members granted the variance. A notice of public hearing was sent to all property owners within 300 ft. of the property for the requested variance and none showed up against the variance.

In approving the site plan revision, the Planning commission saw no issues with the revision.

Planners also sent a recommendation to the City Commission to approve a request to acquire right-of-way on Iris Street. The request comes from Larry Bolding of 615 N. Poplar St. to consider allowing him to acquire the dead end right of way at 109 Iris St. The street is an extension portion of Crossway St. just of Greer St. Bolding owns the property to the north of Iris St. and is in the process of acquiring property at 109 Iris. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris did recommend the Keenan amendments be included in approving the request.

Bolding informed planners his intention would be to keep the existing house as an accessory use to his property for storage, etc. or demolish the structure. He has also considered fencing the property to include all of his property.

The Planning Commission also approved a rezoning request for the corner of Irvine and West Wood St. The owner requested it be rezoned from commercial to residential. The owner wants to move a manufactured home onto the property and continue the previous use of the property as residential. The property was zoned B-1 and is surrounded to R-3-M for multi family residential. The former dilapidated structure on the property was demolished as a result of condemnation.

Planners also approved a site plan revision for Phillip Brown for the development at the corner of Volunteer Drive and Maurice Fields Drive. The plan is for a 4K sq. ft. building. Brown has requested to be allowed to add porches to the front of the structure. He said he plans that above each door is a separate porch and it will extend 10 feet from the perimeter wall of the building.  

Baseball Tryouts Planned for Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- New Patriot head baseball coach Shane Kemp has called for tryouts for next year's HCHS Baseball team to occur Monday thru Thursday next week at the HCHS baseball field beginning at 10:30am each day. Anyone grades 9-12 that want to tryout needs to show up each day.

Reminder: Farmer's Market Opens 3pm Fridays, Tuesdays

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Henry County Farmer’s Market will open at the Fairgrounds from 3-6pm Friday. There is a great selection of freshly picked fruits and veggies along with baked items and jams and jellies. The Farmers Market is open at 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

Learning about wildlife in our own backyard at PSSD Read to Be Ready

Back row from left, Rhea Elementary School 1st grade teachers Heather McDaniel and Gina Brush along with Paris Elementary 3rd grade teacher Holly Meyers and Ranger Joan Howe pose with a group of students from the PSSD Read to Be Ready program on their trip to the Wildlife Refuge on Thursday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Rising kindergartners, first and second grade students from the Rhea Elementary School took a field trip to the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge where students learned about wildlife that are located in our own backyard as the Paris Special School District’s Read to Be Ready Program continued on Thursday.

Ranger Joan Howe along with volunteers from the Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge started the day off with teaching students to make their own paper binoculars. Students then got to learn about various wildlife located in Henry County as they visited the Refuge Visitor’s Center. Students then got to put their binoculars to good use as they took a hike on the Discovery Nature Trail and participated at the Animal Olympics stations.

On the trail, students were excited to learn about various animals located in Henry County. Some of the animals that students learned about included blue birds, bats, butterflies, deer, frogs, bees and more. Howe also showed students how to identify poison ivy.

Read to Be Ready program students watch as Ranger Joan Howe shows them what poison ivy looks like. (Cassie Walsh photo)

“You can tell if a leaf is poison ivy if the leaves are in groups of three,” said Howe. “We only have poison ivy down here. We don’t have poison oak here… poison oak is only up north.”

On the Discovery Nature Trail, students got to participate at the Animal Olympics stations. Students learned how to hang like a bat, flap life a butterfly, move like a squirrel, hop like a frog, jump as high as a deer and stand on one leg like a blue heron. Howe also opened up one of the blue bird houses to show the students what a young blue bird that hasn’t fledged yet looked like. In addition to learning, students also got have more fun as they found seashells by the shoreline and they got to throw the seashells back into Kentucky Lake.

Howe said that the Refuge does about summer programs for students. She said that the Refuge tailors the programs to each group, so that kids get to learn about different things and have more opportunities to learn about wildlife in the area.

Ranger Joan Howe shows the students what a blue bird looks like as she checks one of the blue bird houses located at the Refuge. (Cassie Walsh photo)

“The kids have fun with education while they’re learning about all of the various types of animals here at the Refuge and those animals that are in our own backyard in Henry County,” said Howe.

Students enrolled in the PSSD Read to Be Ready program not only get to improve their reading skills, but they also get to have fun while learning. Gina Brush the curriculum instruction and assessment coordinator for the PSSD emphasized how the Read to Be Ready program has had a lasting and positive impact on the students enrolled in the summer program. Brush said that as of right now this looks like this will be the last year for the Read to Be Ready program, since the state has cut funding for the program.

Brush said that in the three years that the PSSD has received the grant for the Read to Be Ready program, she and the other teachers have all seen positive changes in their students’ lives. She said that every student in the program receives a backpack and everyday each student takes home a book a day for them to have for their library at home.

“Students reading levels have improved and the program has helped motivate the kids to get excited about learning,” said Brush. “Another big positive of the Read to Be Ready program is the small student to teacher ratio. We average one teacher to every 6-7 kids. We also have Tennessee Scholars volunteers that also help us out with the kids.”

Ranger Joan Howe (left, standing) watches as the PSSD Read to be Ready students try their best to hop like a frog. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Brush along with her other fellow teachers said that the changes they have seen in their students from the beginning of the summer reading program to the end of the program is remarkable. She said that students are more motivated to learn and read, because the program isn’t just about reading a book it’s also about incorporating interactive activities into reading that helps get them excited. Brush said a lot of students may not have been to the Refuge, but because of the Read to Be Ready program the students got to come and learn about all of the different types of wildlife they can see at the Refuge and at home. 

Several of the teachers involved in the program said that the program has helped them open up their students to new learning opportunities. The teachers involved in the program also said that the reading and writing levels of each of the students along with their students confidence and motivation have all improved.

All of the teachers involved in the program have said that they have seen how the program has had a positive and dramatic impact in all of the students. One teacher said that before the program one student was reading well below their second grade level and now the student is reading on a fourth grade level.

As of right now it looks like this will be the last year for the Read to Be Ready program since state funding  for the program was not renewed in the budget that was proposed by Gov. Bill Lee and later approved by the state legislature.

AmVets Post 45 in Buchanan Having BBQ Chicken Dinner Friday

Buchanan, Tenn.- AmVets Post 45 will host a BBQ chicken dinner on Friday June 14th beginning at 5pm. Its $9 for bbq chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, biscuits, and dessert and drink. Its open to the public while supplies last and karaoke starts at 7pm.

Paris Police Investigating Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- Police are investigating vandalism that took place at a health care organization in Henry County on Tuesday.

Paris Police Ptl. Jonathan Baxter responded to a healthcare center in regards to vandalism that took place on Tuesday. When Baxter arrived at the scene he was directed to the floor where several containers had been ripped off the wall in ten rooms that were being used for storage. The nursing staff said that they checked the rooms at around 3:30 a.m. to look for a spare room and there was no damage at that time. The staff said that they believed someone had ripped the containers off the wall to look for leftover pain medication.

When the maintenance staff came by at 5:30 a.m. they discovered that there was damage to several of the rooms. The maintenance staff found the contents of the containers spread out on the floor. Maintenance also told officers that in addition to the containers being ripped off the wall several of the containers were missing completely. The staff did state that two times a man did come into the health care organization looking for pain medication. Police are still investigating the case.

Help The City of Paris Get a Dog Park Grant

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris is having a kick of day for our social media campaign for a dog park grant we are applying for through the Boyd foundation.

It will be this Monday June 17th at 10:00 AM at the Dog Park. Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence said, “We have till the end of June to get community support to post pictures of their dog and post it on social media. We hope you can make it. This is a 100% free grant, so it is defiantly worth a shot at applying.”

Take pics of your dog and post it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the following hashtags #dogparkdash #ParisTN. This could land Paris a $25K grant for a dream dog park.

Hulme's Holding Relay for Life Fundraiser Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Hulme’s Sporting Goods will hold a Relay for Life Bake Sale and Fundraiser this Saturday June 15th from 11am to 2pm at their store on Hwy. 641S. There will be demonstrations of the Big Green Egg with taste testing and a bake sale with Mrs. Sue’s famous sour dough bread. Relay shirts will be sold as well. Proceeds benefit Henry County Relay for Life.

FWL BFL Tournaments Going on This Weekend on Ky and Barkley Lakes

Buchanan, Tenn.- The FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament season continues this Saturday and Sunday with back to back T-H Marine FLW BFL Division tournaments on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8K and $3K respectively in each tournament.

Take-offs will be at 6am each day at Paris Landing State Park and weigh-ins will be Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 2:30pm at the Park and are open to the public. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes are expected to fish well for these tourneys as multiple species of bass could be in play. Winners would likely need to get all 5 of their bass for the limit and push the 20lb marker at the weigh-in.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division along with winners of the 5 qualifying events will advance to regional tournaments.

For more information, tournament news, updates, and more log onto www.flwfishing.com and like FLW on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

Summer Orientation at UTM Continues in June, July

Martin, Tenn.- Summer orientation and registration sessions for freshman, transfer and adult students will continue throughout the months of June and July at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

SOAR is required for all incoming freshman students, and sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., June 21, July 12 and July 22. Students must have received an official acceptance letter from UT Martin to attend orientation. Registration $45 per student and $20 for each additional guest, including parents, guardians, siblings and friends. No tuition or fee payments are due until the start of the fall semester.

Orientation begins with check-in and an administrative fair, and an official welcome will begin at 9. Break-out sessions discussing Greek life, student organizations, choosing a major and preparing for academic success will be held later in the morning.

Additional sessions on the transition to college, housing and meal plans, travel-study and study-abroad opportunities will follow lunch in the Skyhawk Dining Hall. Students will then meet with a faculty advisor to register for classes.

Visit utm.edu/soar to register.

Transfer and Adult Orientation is optional for students in those categories, and sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., June 18 and July 19. Special interest sessions on similar topics will be held from 9-10:30 a.m., and academic advising with faculty advisors will begin at 10:45. Optional campus tours will leave the Boling University Center at 1 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Visit utm.edu/transferorientation to register.

For more information or registration assistance, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020.

Oreo Taste Testing Part of Summer Reading Fun at the Library

Teens taste test the first of 12 different Oreo Flavors. Milk was used as a dunking agent. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The first full week of activities for Summer Reading at the W.G. Rhea Public Library included an event for teens Wednesday where 12 different oreos were tasted by a dozen teens who took part in the event. The different flavors were chocolate peanut butter pie, Golden Oreo, dark chocolate, birthday cake, carrott cake, double stuft, s'mores, peanut butter, Red Velvet, Mint, lemon, and chocolate wafer with chocolate filling.

The kids guessed the flavors, with those getting 10 of the 12 winning a prize from the prize wheel in the library. They also voted via emojis on their favorite flavors. The top three favorite flavors were Mint, Peanut Butter, and lemon.

Kayla Nation, Children and Young Adult Librarian, said 200 kids have signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the W.G. Rhea Public Library since the first day of registration and registration continues thru later in June.

HCSO Offering Free Gun Safety Class This Saturday

Chief Damon Lowe works with Jill Thompson on gun safety. (HCSO photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is offering a free handgun safety and
fundamental class this Saturday June 15th at 8:00am at the sheriff's office.
The class is limited so anyone interested in signing up for the training
needs to call the sheriffs office and sign up. You can ask to speak with
Chief Lowe or Sheriff Monte Belew.

Sheriff Belew said, We feel this class will help you gain confidence with
your weapon and you will learn the safest way to shoot and carry your weapon
in today's society.

Belew also felt that anyone wanting to get a handgun carry permit, that this
class would be a good start for those just learning to shoot. He said the
sheriffs office offers the handgun carry permit and that class is taught by
Chief Deputy Damon Lowe.

For information about the upcoming class call the sheriffs office

FEMA Hiring Full Time Temporary Positions in TN

Paris, Tenn.- Tennesseans looking for full-time temporary work may have an opportunity to be part of the team to help their state recover from severe storms and flooding which hit the state in February and March. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is advertising open temporary positions in Tennessee. If you are interested in working with FEMA, you can go to usajobs.gov to find available job opportunities.

Currently, FEMA has several open positions in its Public Assistance Grant Program. The positions, Site Inspectors, will be conducting inspections to assist state and local government and private not-for-profit agencies document disaster-related damage to their facilities.

These positions will be based in Nashville and Knoxville.

Other positions may also be posted in the coming days. FEMA will be in Tennessee to help the state recover for as long as needed.

If you are seeking a job with FEMA, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older and have a valid government identification card, such as a driver’s license, passport, Social Security card, birth certificate or U.S Military ID. Before hiring, candidates will be subject to a complete background investigation.

FEMA is committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation and the people we serve. The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non- disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation and any other non-merit factor.

For more information on Tennessee’s recovery, visit the disaster webpage at fema.gov/disaster/4427 and the Tennessee Emergency Management website at tn.gov/tema.

TDOT, THP Stepping Up Enforcement for Bonnaroo

Nashville- It’s festival time in Tennessee! The nationally-recognized Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will soon take place in the city of Manchester, Tennessee. Since its beginning in 2002, the four-day, multi-stage event continues to be one of the most popular live music festivals in the country every year, attracting thousands of attendees. To fully enjoy the varied lineup of performers and musical styles that Bonnaroo has to offer, people from all over the country camp out on a 700-acre Middle Tennessee farm, making it their temporary home for four days. As in years past, tens of thousands of music lovers are expected to attend the 2019 Bonnaroo festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 13, and winds down Sunday night, June 16.

During the Bonnaroo Festival, the area in and around Manchester sees increased traffic volume as festivalgoers make their way into the festival site. As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area. TDOT and THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.

“As in past years, TDOT and THP have coordinated with local partners to make sure that traffic traveling through the Manchester area on I-24 can move efficiently, and festivalgoers are able to safely and quickly access the Bonnaroo festival site,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “Because of advance planning, we feel certain that we can successfully minimize traffic delays throughout the weekend.”

Bonnaroo will officially open its gates on Wednesday evening June 12 at 8:00 p.m. CDT to allow adequate time for vehicles to enter the general admission campgrounds. Tennessee State Troopers will be on-the-job 24 hours a day, beginning Wednesday evening, patrolling on the ground and by air. Also, drivers should keep in mind that if they need the assistance of a state trooper while traveling anywhere in Tennessee, they can simply dial *THP (*847) from their cell phone. They will be automatically connected to the nearest THP dispatch office and the operator will send a state trooper to their location.  

“The number one goal of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is to reduce traffic related incidents and fatalities,” said THP Colonel Dereck Stewart. “We recognize and value the importance of working closely with TDOT and our public safety partners to create a fun and safe atmosphere for those attending Bonnaroo. So, think twice if you are planning to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and passengers do not get in a vehicle if the driver is impaired. Our Troopers and local law enforcement will be looking for reckless and impaired drivers. Remember to always wear your seatbelt, and do not drive distracted. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is devoted to reducing crashes and saving lives on Tennessee roadways.”

During Bonnaroo 2018, Troopers logged nearly 6,237 man-hours, worked one traffic crash (a non-injury -property damage crash), and wrote 1,111 citations (moving 451, non-moving 660).  All 2018 THP issued citations are listed below.

TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance. In addition to having HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps beginning Wednesday, June 12 through Monday, June 17:

  • Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.

  • Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.

  • TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.

  • TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.

  • There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 through 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17.

  • Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.

  • Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.

  • Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.

  • Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.

  • Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

During the festival, motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdotwhere they can also find information on alternate routes. From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. TDOT is also on Twitter.  For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511

UTM Offering Summer Piano Camp June 17-21

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host a summer piano camp from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 17-21, in the UT Martin Fine Arts Building. Students who have completed the seventh through 12th grades are invited to participate.

Registration is $275 per student and includes lunches and all lesson materials. Activities include private piano lessons and ensemble coaching from Dr. Elaine Harriss, UT Martin professor of music, as well as musical theory classes and sight-reading sessions. Special topics include an introduction to the organ and harpsichord, as well as a chamber music performance by the University Trio.

Participants will present a public program of solo and ensemble performances at 4 p.m., June 21, for parents, family and friends.

Scholarships and overnight housing accommodations are available for a limited number of students. Those wishing to apply for a camp scholarship or overnight housing must contact Harriss before June 1.

Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is advised. Additional information and registration forms are available online at utm.edu/departments/piano/pianocamp.php.

For assistance or additional information, contact Harriss at 731-881-7411 or by email at elaineh@utm.edu.

Cottage Grove Holds Quick Session For June

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session for June on Tuesday and gave councilman John Weiher the W-9 forms for expenses as the City's Fourth of July Freedom Festival draws near.

The Council approved a motion to reimburse Carl Wood for a 3.5 ton split system that was used for heating and cooling at JT's Country Store, which announced on its Facebook page this week it would be closing in a couple weeks. Wood was reimbursed for $4500.

The Council also approved Vance CPA to do the yearly audit and requested reminders be sent to those 2018 delinquent tax property owners for payment.

Paris Landing Olympic and Sprint Triathlon Set for July 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon will be held on Saturday July 13th at Paris Landing State Park. The race begins at 7am. For the Olympic portion competitors will Swim 1500 meters, 24 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run. The sprint portion will be swim 500 meters, bike 14 miles, and run 3.1miles.

Finisher medals will be awarded to all participants. It is an excellent course for beginners and veteran triathletes and there will be souvenir t-shirts available.

To register, go online to paristntri.racesonline.com/register. Prices are $90 for Olympic, $75 for Sprint and other prices for teams and combos. Prices increase after July 7th and again on race day. Mail in registration closes July 4th and online registration closes on Thursday July 11th.

Triathletes can pick up their race packets on Friday July 12th from 4-6pm at the Park Office or race Day the 13th from 5am to 6:30am. The awards ceremony will be scheduled for 10am.

Still Space Available for 5-8th Graders at Lee Academy's Summer Art Camp

Paris, Tenn.- Fifth thru eighth graders still have time to register for Lee Academy’s Summer Art Camp, scheduled for June 24-28th with Shanee’ Dehay, HCHS Art teacher, serving as the instructor. The camp will run K-4th grade from 8am to 9:45am daily and for 5-8th grade from 10am to Noon daily. The lower grade camp is full.

For 5th thru 8th graders, the Elements of Art, Intro to Art History camp costs $20. All supplies will be provided and included in the $20 fee. You can register online at schoolforarts.com or email register.leeschoolforthearts@gmail.com. Class size is limited to the first 15 people so be sure and sign up today.

U.S. Census Bureau Seeks Workers for 2020 Census in Henry Co.

Paris, Tenn.- The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for workers for the 2020 Census Team. The pay for Henry County residents who are interested in the job is $14 per hour. The job includes great pay, flexible hours, and paid training. You can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs. A local census bureau recruiter will be available at the American Job Center, 55 Jones Bend Road, in Paris on Thursday June 20th from 10:30am to 3:30pm to answer questions regarding the application process.

You must be a U.S. Citizen over 18 with valid email address and social security number. Call 1-855-Job-2020 for details or help applying for the job.  

Great Weather for Songwriters on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- Brian McAdams sings some original songs at Tuesday night's Songwriters on the Square in downtown Paris. McAdams is part of the W.T.P.R. (West Tennessee Players Resource) group that has formed at the former WTPR station on Brewer Street. Weather was perfect and a good-sized crowd was on hand. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Shane Kemp Tapped as HCHS Baseball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Former Patriot football and baseball standout Shane Kemp has agreed to become the next head coach of the Henry County Patriot Baseball team according to Athletic Director Mike Poteete. Kemp takes over a program that finished 3rd in the District and had 9 seniors graduate in May. Kemp will be the baseball teams 4th coach in the last 5 years.

Paris Henry County Animal Shelter Implementing  New Spay/Neuter Program

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Animal Shelter is announcing a new Spay/Neuter Program. This program will take effect on July 1, 2019 and will operate as follows:

At the time of adoption the estimated cost to have the animal spayed or neutered will be added to the adoption fee and paid to the City of Paris. This cost will be based on the type, weight and sex of the animal.

The adopter will then be responsible for taking the animal to the veterinarian of their choice to get the spay/neuter procedure done.  He/she will have 30 days to complete this procedure. The City will remit to the veterinarian the amount collected from the adopter at the time of adoption. Any additional fees charged by the veterinary clinic above the amount collected by the City at the time of adoption will be the responsibility of the adopter.  The Shelter will have vouchers for discounted spay/neuter rates.

The only time a refund will be considered is if it is determined after adoption that the animal had a pre-existing condition of which the City was not aware; or if the adopter is able to get the procedure performed at a lower fee than what was charged at the time of adoption.  If either condition is met the adopter can contact the Paris Henry County Animal Shelter for refund instructions.

If you have questions concerning the new Spay/Neuter Program you may contact the Paris Henry County Animal Shelter at 731-642-5024 during regular business hours.

Woman Wanted on Theft Charges Turns Herself in

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman who was wanted on a theft warrant turned herself into police on Monday. 

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Watson charged Holli Deshields, 38, of 820 Curtis St. of Paris for theft of property under $500. 

Deputy Watson issued warrants for Deshields arrest back on June 6 in connection to a theft at a local business on Highway 79 North in Paris after Deshields and an unidentified man stole several items from a donation drop-off box. Police have not yet arrested the man connected to the case. 

Deshields’ bond was set at $1,000. She is scheduled to appear June 20 in Henry County General Sessions Court.
Police are also investigating the theft of several items that were stolen from a trailer near Eagle Nest Road on Saturday.
Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua spoke with the owner of the trailer who said that he was working on a home and left his construction trailer there and when he came back to work he found that the trailer lock was gone and several tools were missing. Items that were missing included several Dewalt brand saws, a four-gallon air compressor, a miter saw stand and several other tools valued at more than $1,100.
The trailer owner said that sometime the week before he saw a tan Grand Marquis drive by the house and the driver stopped in the middle of the road and looked at the trailer and the house.

Four Arrested on Drug Charges in Springville

Springville, Tenn.- Four people were arrested on multiple drug charges after police receive complaints about possible drug activity near Springville.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Alison N. Arnett, 36, of 601 E. Wood St. of Paris, Bryant Arnett, 39, of 104 South Porter St. of Paris Audrey D. Rodriguez, 43, of 111 Irvine St. of Paris and Gerald Jackson, 54, of 400 Buchanan Resort Road of Springville for possession of a schedule II substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers responded to a call about a suspicious black car that was driving on Lake Access Road. Deputy Carroll, Sgt. Rodney Littleton, Deputy Phillip Barton and Deputy Tom Bell responded to the scene. Officers spoke with Jackson, Rodriguez and Alison Arnett and Bryant Arnett about a report that they had received a complaint about a suspicious car down by the water with people possibly using drugs. 

Sgt. Littleton asked for consent to search the vehicle and consent was given. When officers searched they found three separate bags that contained 3.8 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, several needles, three glass pipes, two digital scales, several small bags, and two spoons with residue on them. All four suspects were asked who the items belonged to and all four denied having knowledge about the drug possession.

Each were given a bond of  $20,000. All four are scheduled to appear June 20 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

W.G. Rhea Library's Summer Reading Program Has Events All Week

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library’s first week of Summer Reading Program has lots going on. At 11am Tuesday its story hour at Eiffel Tower Park Pavilion, and 2:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesday its Tech Tuesday at the Library. At 3pm Wednesday June 12th its Teen Oreo Taste Tasting come taste dozens of flavors.

Friday June 14th at 10am it’s the family movie Toy Story and at 5pm its Teen Movie Night with Space Balls and pizza will be served.  On Saturday, the Chattanooga Space Lab will be on site from 11am to 3pm with shows beginning on the half hour at the inflatable planetarium.

Road Board Approves Materials Bids for New Fiscal Year

Road board members look over material bids Mon. evening. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met in regular session for June Monday evening and approved material bids for the upcoming fiscal year. Chairman Bobby Milam opened the sealed bids and passed out the papers to members as they went thru the process.

Approved were the following: for culvert pipe, metal and plastic, the board approved both bids they received Dixie Culvert, of Camden and GNC Pipe Supply in Atwood. Both bids were approved based on availability and what is needed by the workers.

The board also approved both bids received for Liquid Asphalt: Ergon out of Parsons and Marathon out of Kuttawa, Ky. Both were approved based on availability.

Both bids of limestone were approved for the same reasons from Rogers Group in Hopkinsville, Ky. And Vulcan Materials in Parsons.

Camden Gravel won the bid for chert gravel, JR Hayes Construction in Paris for Red Gravel, and Delta Contracting in Camden for patching materials. The board also awarded H & H the bid for mowing right of ways for the season.

In other business Monday evening, Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt informed the board they finished up all May’s work except a little on Bunn School Road which would be completed this week. The department also plans to wrap up paving from the local budget, not state aid paving this week. Chilcutt said several roads have been paved including the Scenic Hill Subdivision, Post Road, and others. Chilcutt said it was about $28K worth of paving from local dollars and everything looks really good that has been finished.

The Road Board also approved budget transfers which including moving move around in the State Aid bridge program to finish the Red Top Hill Bridge by the 30th of the month. Chilcutt said they should be tar and chipping the area this week or next.

Shoplifting Incident Leads to Two Arrests Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on multiple charges after police detained two suspects regarding shoplifting at a store on Mineral Wells Avenue on Friday. Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Amanda J. Mears, 34, and Cordarell Lewis, 28, both of 1441 Mineral Wells Ave. of Paris.

Mears was charged with filing a false report, criminal trespassing and shoplifting. Lewis was charged with evading arrest and an active warrant out of Gibson County.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo detained two people, later identified as Mears and Lewis, in a vehicle regarding shoplifting. When Sgt. Long arrived at the scene, Lewis got out of the vehicle and took off running through several backyards on Mineral Wells Avenue. Sgt. Long continued to pursue Lewis before he lost sight out him.

Sgt. Long went back to the scene to assist Chief Elizondo with the Mears. When officers asked Mears to identify the man who had fled from the scene, she told officers that his name was Cody Reese. Shortly after Mears gave police the name, other officers were able to take the man into custody. Officers later confirmed that the man who evaded police was identified as Lewis.

Mears’ bond was set at $5,000 and Lewis’ bond was set at $2,500. They are both scheduled to appear Friday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Paris man was arrested on multiple charges after a routine traffic stop on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Timothy Jones, 26, of 431 Lankford Road of Paris for driving on a revoked license second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones’ bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear June 20 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Paris man was arrested for vandalism on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Brent Coffman charged John W. Selby, 30, of 409 Tyson Ave. of Paris for vandalism.

Selby’s bond was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

First HCMC June Baby Receives Baskets in honor of Dairy Month

Paris, Tenn.- Ashley Cary, new mother to Ember, was the first baby to be born in June at Henry County Medical Center. Since 1939, June has been celebrated as National Dairy Month. Tennessee is home to 205 dairy farms and 8 are right here in Henry County. Henry County dairy farmers have started a new initiative: to donate a dairy-themed gift basket to the first baby born in June.

 Two baskets were presented to the family by dairy farmer representatives, Angie Leach and Sarah Moss. One basket featured Prairie Farms dairy-based products including milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, and yogurt. The second basket featured cow-themed baby gear including a cow teether, cow-themed books, and a “Got Milk?” onesie.

“We want people to drink and eat dairy in celebration of Dairy Month,” says Moss as the basket was presented to the family.

Henry County’s dairy farmers and the Dairy Alliance came together to create the donated baskets. Donations were made by the following farmers: Mike & Kathy Stiles, Fox Gap Farm; David, Angie, Ben, Jacob, and Kimberly Leach, Wet-Meadows Farm; Paul, Sarah, Will, Laura, and Elizabeth Moss, Tri-Springs Jerseys; Chelsea, Carol, and Veronica Steer, Sunbow Jerseys; Mike, Betsy, and Elizabeth Sumners, Tri-Hope Farm; Daniel and Christine Miller and Family; Milan and Grace Wagler; and Brandon and Pamela Trout and Family, Trout Dairy Farm.

The HCMC Women’s Center is state-of-the-art in the birthing experience. From pre-natal to post-natal, we will meet your needs:

  • Individual labor support
  • Breast feeding support
  • Infant security
  • Centralized monitoring of mother in labor
  • Private birthing/after births rooms and Jacuzzi-tubs
  • Special gifts and baby billboard announcement
  • Family friendly environment
  • After surgery care

The Women’s Center also offers gynecological surgery post-op care to women.

HCMC is excited and honored to celebrate Dairy Month with our local farmers.

For more information about HCMC Women's Center, call us at 731-644-8510 or find us online at www.hcmcn- tn.org.

Songwriters on the Square Tues. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Songwriters on the Square, scheduled last Thursday will be held Tuesday June 11th from 6-7:30pm. The event showcases musicians going “round robin’ with favorite tunes they’ve written themselves. The WTPR group, West Tennessee Players Resource, will entertain the crowd. Scheduled to perform are Alan Knowles, Davin Roberts, Chris Story, Paul Holtgrewe, Dave Holtgrewe, Brian McAdams, and Ethan Torsak. Perry’s BBQ will be on site as well.

Mansfield man arrested after threatening to shoot another man

Mansfield, Tenn.- A Mansfield man was arrested on multiple assault charges on Friday after a dispute about a dog escalated and resulted in one man threatening to shoot another man.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Robert Torka, 49, of 2591 Bear Creek Road of Mansfield for two counts of aggravated assault and public intoxication.

Earlier on Friday, Carroll responded to Bear Creek Road after a dispute between Torka and another man had erupted after the other man had shot Torka’s dog with a BB gun after Torka’s dog had attacked several of the other man’s animals. When officers arrived at the scene they did check Torka’s dog, which did had a small cut from the BB gun on its ear following the incident. Police explained to Torka that his dogs were running loose and they needed to be on a leash. Both men told officers that no further incidents would happen.

Later on Friday night, Carroll, Henry County Sheriffs Investigator Bryan Hall and several Tennessee Highway Patrol Units were dispatched to the Bear Creek Road residence in reference to Torka who was threatening to shoot the other man following the incident with Torka’s dog.

When officers arrived at the scene they spoke with witnesses, who stated that one man went outside after he heard a dog barking which is when he saw Torka standing in the yard with a rifle and pistol. The man told officers that Torka was very intoxicated and Torka then threatened to shoot him for shooting Torka’s dog earlier in the day.

When officers arrived Torka complied with police and was placed under arrest for the following offenses.

Torka’s bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear June 14 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Goldstein wows audience in Paris with Saturday night performance

Paris, Tenn.--Cabaret Performer Sammy Goldstein entertained the hometown crowd Saturday night at a special appearance at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Goldstein performs concerts all over the country and on cruise ships. Performing a few numbers with Sammy was the Paris-Henry County Community Band, directed by Mike Holden. Posing in the photo booth after the performance with Goldstein was Charles Holt, Angela Hart, Ramay Winchester, and Elizabeth Covington. (Jean Owens photo)

Two Henry County men arrested for DUI

Henry County, Tenn.- Two people were arrested for DUI on Sunday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Frank Soliz, 34, of 4490 Hwy. 77 of Paris for DUI and violation of the open container law.

Soliz’s bond was set at $3,000. He is scheduled to appear June 20 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Justin Kemppainen, 38, of 10170 Hwy. 641 North of Puryear for DUI.

Kemppainen’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Friday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tales from the Crypt intrigue the young and old alike

Scarlett Nail (right) portrays Gen. John D.C. Atkins daughter, Sarah Louise Atkins Dunlap, as she tells two girls about General Atkins life at Tales from the Crypt on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The young and old were intrigued by the stories and mysteries told at Tales from the Crypt at the Paris City Cemetery as events at Downtown Paris Week wrapped up on Saturday.

Those who walked the tour visited 16 graves and learned about the founders of Paris and Henry County.

Ray Harding and his wife Noragene Harding got to tell the story of Frank Balfour McNeill, who was the mayor of Paris in 1931, and was considered one of the most colorful mayors in Paris history.

Noragene Harding (front, left) and Ray Harding (back, left) speak to a crowd of people about Frank Balfour McNeill who was the mayor of Paris in 1931. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Harding said that one of the reasons McNeill was one of the most colorful mayors in Paris history was because at age 65, McNeill married a 15-year-old girl named Myrtle Pauline Clark. According to history, McNeill’s marriage attracted so much national attention that the Mayor of Paris, France offered McNeill and his new bride a honeymoon to Paris.

Another stop on the tour included stopping at the grave General John D.C. Atkins. Volunteer Scarlett Nail portrayed Atkins daughter, Sarah Louise Atkins Dunlap, on the tour as she told everyone about the history of General Atkins who had commanded the 5th Tennessee Infantry, CSA.

Atkins served in the Tennessee General Assembly (1849-53), as a U.S. Congressman from 1857-59 and was a Confederate Congress Representative from 1862-64. Atkins also co-founded the Paris Intelligencer in 1867.

David Jackson portrayed O.C. Barton on the tour on Saturday as he talked to attendees about the Cavitt family. Jackson said that Tillie Cavitt married Barton who built Cavitt Place in 1916.

David Jackson talks about the Cavitt family at Tales from the Crypt. (Cassie Walsh photo)

According to history, Barton was believed to be the first millionaire who resided in Paris. Cavitt Place has been the home to Camp Tyson headquarters, TVA, the Henry County Health Department and now the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.

Speaking of historical buildings throughout Paris-Henry County, Shannon McFarlin told the story about Mary Crete Mitchell on the Tales from the Crypt tour. McFarlin told the group that the Crete Opera House, which opened in Paris back on Oct. 1, 1900, was built by Yancy Caldwell, the son of Col. R.D. Caldwell. Caldwell named the opera house after his niece Mary Crete Mitchell.

Shannon McFarlin (in the middle, wearing a white hat) speaks to a group of women about Mary Crete Mitchell, who the Crete Opera House was named after. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Crete Opera House amazed Parisians with its craftsmanship, Broadway-style stage, electric lights and chandeliers. The Henry County Courthouse Annex is now housed in the Crete Opera House.

Walkers also enjoyed listening to John Byars tell the story about Joseph H. Bullock, who was the 1899 Most Worshipful Grand Master of TN and was the Past Grand High Priest in 1879. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

John Byars tells the story about how Joseph H. Bullock was respected for his integrity and citizenship. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Bullock was a merchant and bookkeeper who also served as a collector for the IRS in his district. He was also one of the earliest dry goods dealers in Paris starting back in 1878 and he served as secretary of the school board.

Other tales that were told included, visiting the graves of General J.S. Dawson, E.W. Grove, John R. Rison Jr., Dr. Samuel Houston Caldwell, Governor James D. Porter, Kennedy Porter and Dudley Porter, William L. Parkhill, Dr. John Irion, John Wesley Crockett, David Edward Jackson and African American graves and monuments.

The Tales from the Crypt walking tour of the Paris City Cemetery was sponsored by the Henry County Cemetery Committee, the Downtown Paris Association and WENK/WTPR. Money raised from the tour went to the cemetery committee to help with restoration of headstones and monuments in the cemetery.

Paris man arrested on multiple counts of evading arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on multiple counts of evading arrest after a routine traffic stop on Thursday.

Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele arrested Tre’Kquan M. Rutherford, 20, of 506 Harrison Lane of Paris for two counts of evading arrest and violation of probation out of Henry County General Sessions Court.

Steele was on routine patrol on Thursday night when he noticed that a Chevy Impala was traveling in the emergency lane near Highway 79 South. While Steele was attempting to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, he noticed a black male exit the passenger side of the vehicle and run into the woods.

Steele spoke to the driver of the vehicle who told police that she was driving in the emergency lane, because her car was making noise. Officers were then told that the man who ran from the car was identified as Rutherford.

Dispatch ran Rutherford’s information and found that he had two active warrants out of Henry County for his arrest. Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick and K-9 Rowdy were called to the scene where they were able to locate Rutherford, who was then taken into custody without incident.

Rutherford’s bond was set at $14,405 and he is scheduled to appear June 14 in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Farmers Market open Tuesdays and Fridays

Paris, Tenn.--A large crowd was on hand at Friday's opening day for the Henry County Farmers Market and Kennedy Farms of Puryear was just one of several represented at the market with fresh produce, baked goods, fresh eggs, homemade honey and more for sale. The market is held at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Sheriff's Office Garden Program adds new grow tunnel

Sgt. McElroy, right, and Chad Evans of the garden crew, look over the new facility. (Henry County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday that they have a new addition to the already successful inmate garden program. which has been around for several years and has provided the community with fresh produce each year.

The new addition, a 30 x 72 grow tunnel was acquired through a 50/50 grant with the USDA in which they paid half of the $5,000 required to erect it. Sgt. John Mcelroy, who oversees the garden, applied for the grant last year and oversaw the construction of the grow tunnel.

This year there are 240 tomato plants, 40 pepper plants and several cucumber plants. The main advantage of the new grow tunnel is to have a more controlled environment allowing the inmates to start growing produce earlier in the year resulting in larger amounts produce to be grown for a longer period of time and ultimately larger quantities of produce being passed on to the community.

MCU arrests wanted fugitive and seizes felony amount of meth

Springville, Tenn.- Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested a Murray woman and a wanted fugitive from Kentucky at a traffic stop near Springville on Thursday, where officers also located a felony amount of methamphetamine “ice.”

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker and Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall with the Metro Crime Unit arrested both Lindzey B. Banks, 20, of Murray and Christian Lee Runyon, 25, of 410 Antioch Harbor Road of Springville for felony possession of a schedule II substance (meth) with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Banks was also charged with speeding and failure to maintain control, while Runyon was also charged as fugitive from another state and for failure to appear. Officers also charged Banks with accessory after the fact for harboring and providing transportation to a wanted fugitive.

Metro Crime Unit officers conducted a traffic stop of a Chevy Impala that was driven by Banks who was heading on West Antioch Road in Springville.

When officers stopped the vehicle they found that the passenger identified as Runyon had active warrants out of Henry County and was also wanted out of Kentucky for several charges including as a fugitive from another state, evading law enforcement (1st and 2nd degree), wanton endangerment (1st degree), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth (1st degree).

Metro Crime Unit Officers contacted Sheriff Monte Belew and K-9 Si to come to the scene to assist with the traffic stop, which is when Si alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle where they found a felony amount of meth along with digital scales and baggies. Banks and Runyon were then arrested and charged.

Bank’s bond was set at $25,000 and Runyon’s bond was set at $35,000. They are both scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. Officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the arrest.

Suspects Sought in Theft at Local Business

Paris, Tenn.- Police are investigating a theft at a local business on Highway 79 North in Paris on Thursday after two people stole several items from a donation drop-off box.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Watson took a report of theft from a local donation store on Thursday after employees stated that a man and a women drove up and stole several items from a donation drop-off located in front of the store.

Officers reviewed video surveillance and were able to identify the owner of the vehicle, who was one of the people that had been taking items from the donation drop-off. Police had filed warrants for the female suspect, but they have not been able to identify the male suspect. No arrests have been made in the case.

In an unrelated incident, two women were arrested at a Whispering Pines residence on Tuesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Lugena Bright, 63, of 413 Routon St. of Paris for accessory after the fact. Carroll also charged Stephanie Mitchell, 30, of 60 Whispering Pines Road of Paris with failure to appear and violation of probation out of Circuit Court.

Bright’s bond was set at $2,500 and Mitchell’s bond was set at $10,000. Bright and Mitchell were scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court. Mitchell will appear on July 1 in Henry County General Sessions Court on the violation of probation.

History Camps to Be Offered by Heritage Center in June, July

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will offer Summer History Camps, History on the Move this June and July. The first camp, for 4th thru 6th graders next year, will be held June 17th thru 21st. The 2nd camp will be July 8th thru 12th, for grades 7-9 next school year. The camp last from 10am to 1pm with a lunch snack provided daily.

Campers will experience colorful hands on looks at six architectural stand out buildings in downtown Paris. All the buildings are 100 years old, were significant when built, and remain so for they are still standing as originally built and still in use. Monday of each week students will tour Cavitt Place, Tuesday Train Station and Post Office, Wednesday at Lee School; Thursday Grove School, and Friday the Courthouse.

Space for the camp is limited so parents should register their students soon by calling 642-1030 or emailing director@phchc.com. There is no charge for the Camp.

News from past weeks here.


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Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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