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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks Weekend News Director Nicki Cronkright


Name Released in Thursday's Deadly Fire on Hwy. 79S

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the victim from the fire that occurred yesterday at 8518 Hwy 79 South.

The deceased is Steven E. Travers, d/o/b 05/27/1966. He had been staying at the above address for the past seven months but his drivers license show an address of 1005 Crane Brook Way Peabody MA.

At this time his death is believed to be due to smoke inhalation and was unconscious upon responders arrival. Travers did pass away at the Henry County Medical Center.
An autopsy will be performed and the fire is still under investigation by Tennessee State Bomb and Arson and Henry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

March's State Unemployment Rate Remains at Historic Low 3.2%

Nashville- Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for March 2019 remains at the historic low of 3.2 percent according to the latest statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
March is the second consecutive month the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sits at the all-time low. When compared to March 2018, unemployment in Tennessee is down by 0.4 of a percentage point.
“The steady low unemployment rate continues to indicate a strong economy in Tennessee,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “It’s encouraging to see our state at record-setting unemployment for the past six months.”
Tennessee reached its previous record low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in October 2018, and it remained at that level for four consecutive months. The state began tracking unemployment rates in 1976.

Nationally, unemployment also remains unchanged. The March seasonally adjusted rate for the United States is once again 3.8 percent. That is a 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the rate in March 2018.
Total nonfarm employment across Tennessee is down 3,000 jobs when compared to February.
Tennessee did experience an increase in the mining/logging/construction sector in March which gained 1,500 jobs. The financial activities sector also added 800 jobs.
The trade/transportation/utilities sector had a loss of 2,600 positions for the month, while the manufacturing sector experienced a decrease of 1,200 jobs.
Over the last 12 months, Tennessee has seen an overall gain of 47,800 new nonfarm jobs across the state.
The statewide and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.
A complete analysis of the March 2019 unemployment rate for the state of Tennessee can be found here.
Tennesseans looking for work can visit Jobs4TN.gov, the state’s workforce development website. It has over 150,000 active job listings, as well as free online resume assistance, job interview skills training, and other best practices to help with job searching.

New Job Opportunities Availalbe this Summer for Youth

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board and the American Job Centers of Northwest Tennessee are excited to announce #WORKlife, a new youth work experience program! The purpose of this new program is to assist young adults transitioning from high school to either work or postsecondary education.

Many students graduate from high school without a plan of what to do next. Ideally, #WORKlife participants are placed in worksites that fit their unique career interests, and are able to learn occupational skills required of that position. Participants may work up to 37.5 hours per week for up to six months.

In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience and learning general work skills (i.e. soft-skills), such as attendance, punctuality, professional communication, teamwork, etc., participants earn the higher of $8.00 per hour or 80% of the typically wage paid for the position. For instance, if a position typically pays $15 per hour, a YWE participant would earn 80% of $15.00, or $12.00 per hour.

The Northwest area is currently working with our local high schools to promote work experience opportunities this summer for students transitioning out of high schools, particularly for those who do not plan to go on to postsecondary or may not necessarily have a plan for after graduation.

For more information about this exciting new program, please visit your local American Job Center or go online to www.NWTNjobs.org or like their Facebook page.

UTM Holding Two Sessions of Skyhawk Summer Academy

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host two sessions of the 2019 Skyhawk Summer Academy on June 10-14 and July 15-19 for rising high school juniors and seniors. The registration fee is $40 per person, and registration is open until May 1. Students only attend one campus session.

Participating students will complete online coursework culminating in one week of on-campus hands-on experience. Online coursework is self-paced and hosted through Canvas, UT Martin’s online learning platform. Academic areas include chemistry, nursing, veterinary health technology, animal science, agriculture, fine arts, computer science, library technology and more.

These courses do not include college credit. However, participating students interested in pursuing these degree fields as undergraduate students at UT Martin upon graduation from high school will have their admissions application fee waived.

For more information, contact Dr. Adam Wilson, director of UT Martin Online, at awilson9@utm.edu or Alisha Melton, program coordinator, at amelton6@utm.edu.

FRC Celebrates 25 Years

Paris, Tenn.- City and County Officials, members of the board of education, School System personnel, and more were on hand Thursday for the reception at the Family Resource Center. The Center helps out students in many ways from back to school items to helping their families with paying bills at times. Over 40K students have been served in one way or the other in the 25 years the Center has been in operation. (Susan Burton photos)

Rotary Announces Scholarship Winners

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club announced scholarship winners at their meeting on Thursday. Hasadiah Coleman and Bilee Lassister won the Bill Caldwell Good Citizenship Award and Violet Hilt won the Dan Paschall Award. (Linley White photos)

Inman Holds Science Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Over 50 projects were presented by Inman, Harrelson, and Henry County High School. Karen Goodman and Betsy Allison are cochairs for the projects we’re excited to have the second annual Science and Innovative Technology Fair at Inman.

One Dead After Late Morning House Fire Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 8518 Hwy 79 South this morning at 11:36 am to a report of a home on fire.  

Upon officers and firefighter’s arrival to the home, belonging to Walter Steve Bowden, the house was fully engulfed in flames. There were five occupants in the home when the fire broke out. Mr. Bowden was not home at the time of the fire.  

Emergency responds on the scene were able to get everyone out of the home but there were two individuals that were injured. Henry County EMS transported both of the patients to the Henry County Medical Center. Since that time, one of the injured has succumb to their wounds and passed away.  No names are being release at this time until notification has been made.  

The home is a total loss and at this time it is unknown what caused or started the fire. Along with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office CID the TN State Bomb and Arson are on the scene working the incident.  

Fire departments from Henry Volunteer Fire Department, Paris Fire Department and McKenzie Fire Department responded to the scene along with Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County EMA.

Prepping for 34th Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR Peddler Egg Hunt

Volunteers help put together Easter Baskets that will be prizes given away Saturday at the 34th Annual Egg Hunt.

Paris, Tenn.- The 34th Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR/WHDM and Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt is set for this Saturday April 20th at Ogbrurn Park. The hunt will be held promptly at 10am rain or shine and there will be lots of candy available to grab and plenty of prizes given away as well.

The Hunt is open for anyone ages 0-10 years old. You need a basket or bag to collect eggs and candy in and a hunting license to hunt. Hunting Licenses are available at area sponsors. You can find the sponsors by listening to the radio stations or picking up a Peddler Advantage and looking in it.

Bill Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving Clears TN House

Nashville- A bill banning most cell phone use while driving could soon be one of Tennessee's new rules of the road. The measure passed the State House in a relatively close vote on Wednesday. The bipartisan bill, which is up for a vote in the Senate next week, will likely face similar circumstances there as well. 

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has Tennessee in the top of the rankings in crashes and deaths related to distracted driving, usually texting on cell phones.

The new bill would allow for hands-free devices to be used while driving. Violators would have to pay a $50-dollar fine if cited, but not right away. First-time offenders would be sent to driving school.

Senior Parent Meeting Thurs. at Testing Center at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- A meeting is set for 6pm Thursday at Henry County High School the guidance department will host a meeting Transition from High School to College-What You Need to Know. Emily Pritt from Ed South will be the speaker and Guidance Counsellors will provide information sheets to help you with the process. All parents of seniors and seniors are encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting will be held in the Testing Center.  

TN Valley High Bass Club Holding Bake Sale Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley High Bass Fishing club, made up of students from Henry and Weakley County and homeschooled students, will have a bake sale on Friday April 19th at 9am at Lakeway IGA. There will be plenty of items perfect to go with your Easter Dinner as they raise money to go to the State Fishing Championship in Dandrige, TN May 1-4th.

Planning Comm. Special Called Meeting Tues. at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Planning Commission will hold a special called meeting Tuesday April 23rd at Noon to approve minutes from last week’s regular meeting. The minutes have to be approved for the work on the Splash Pad to proceed.

TDOT Suspending Construction for Easter Holiday Weekend

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 22 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

President Trump Approves Federal Disaster Funding for TN Counties

Washington, D.C.- FEMA announced Wednesday that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Feb. 19 to March 30, 2019.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, McNairy, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Tipton, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren and Wayne counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures within the state. Manny J. Toro has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Toro said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Application procedures for state and local governments will be explained at a series of applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

Virginia Man Charged w/ Harressment

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Virginia man with harassment after he allegedly continued to have interaction with a woman who had already sought out an order of protection.

The woman stated that Jacob Miles, 27, of Virginia, had sent emails to hear and she wanted all correspondence stopped. Cpl. Bostwick found Miles staying at the Knights Inn, but his computer and been wiped clean and there was no sign of emails. Miles was then charged with harassment and placed on $2500 bond.

Cpl. Bostwick also responded to a home on Macedonia Road in Henry were someone was entering the home thru the garage and stealing food, a little bit at a time. The homeowner said she thinks its been going on several months and she believes entry is being made thru the garage as there are no signs of forced entry.

Sgt. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to a suspicious vehicle on Hwy. 79S. He found a gold camry backed up to an abandoned house and saw two black male subjects going away from the car towards the woods. The males were later found about half a mile from the scene. A pistol was found in the vehicle. But nothing come up stolen on checking. No one was arrested yet but investigation continues.

Wimberley Appointed to TN Board of Water Quaility, Oil and Gas

Paris Board of Public Utilities General Manager, Terry Wimberley has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas. Wimberley’s appointment came in October 2018 under former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Wimberley will serve a four-year term on the Board as the municipality’s representative.  

The Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas holds hearings, discusses, and makes decisions on issues relating to the State's water quality, as well as oil and gas development. The Board consists of twelve members. Nine members are citizens appointed by the Governor for four-year terms and the other three are ex-officio members, with one each coming from the Tennessee Departments of Environment and Conservation, Health, and Agriculture.

“I am honored to have been appointed by the governor to this board position,” said Wimberley. “I look forward to having a voice and playing a role in water quality issues that might affect our utility or our customers.”

In his letter of appointment, Haslam sited Wimberley’s “individual characteristics and professional qualifications” as key factors in his decision to appoint him to the Board. Additionally, Haslam said, “he believes Wimberley’s participation is certain to leave a positive impact on the Board and the work it does.”

Wimberley attended his first Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 16 in Nashville.

Reminder: Paris Quota Club Easter Bake Sale Saturday April 20th

Ladies of Quota hanging the sign to reminder motorists of the annual bake sale set for this Saturday. (Quota photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club will hold their annual Easter Bake Sale on Saturday April 20th from 8am until noon at the Commercial Bank and Trust on Mineral Wells Avenue. There will be plenty of cakes, pies, baked goods, and more to purchase. Money raised benefits Quota Club programs and scholarships.

HCHS Completes Sweep at Northeast

Clarksville- Henry County completed the season sweep of Northeast on the diamond Tuesday night with a 7-1 road win. Austin Abbott pitched 5 strong inning and Rick Conroy pitched the last two in relief. Owen Webb had two hits and several Patriots players got a hit on the evening. Henry County will play at Riverside at 5:30pm Wednesday with a varsity only game. That game was originally scheduled for Friday night but has been moved up due to threats of rain.

MSU Call Campus Sing Begins at 3pm Wednesday at Lovett

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University is celebrating the 61st annual All Campus Sing on April 17, hosted on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. All Campus Sing begins with a pre-show at 3 p.m. followed by the main event at 3:30 p.m. 

All Campus Sing, which is organized by the University’s Sigma Alpha Iota chapter, is one of the most anticipated campus events at Murray State, as it unites students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Participants in All Campus Sing typically consist of student groups, including fraternities and sororities, residential colleges and a number of other student organizations and clubs. Each group of performers is responsible for choreographing and performing a brief musical number on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. 
“All Campus Sing is a very special event to our chapter,” said Keena Creason, chair for All Campus Sing. “We are so grateful for the continued support and resources Murray State gives us to share our love for music! The donations we receive go to our philanthropy efforts, which impact music programs and musicians in more than 60 countries.”
In addition to celebrating music, the overall objective is for groups to come together to raise funds and awareness for Sigma Alpha Iota’s philanthropic People to People project, which takes resources, music, instruments, teachers and performers to developing countries. The goal of the project is to spread music education by starting programs and schools that teach music. 
Donations of used instruments will also be accepted during All Campus Sing. The donations will support local children in the pursuit of musical aspirations who cannot afford to purchase instruments. Instruments accepted during the drive include the following: piccolos, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), trumpets, French horns, euphoniums, trombones, snare drums, full drum sets and accessories, bass drums, keyboards, mallet percussion instruments (marimbas and bells), recorders, tubas, guitars, electric basses and banjos. Instruments can be dropped off at any time during the event or brought to the chapter’s room in Lovett Auditorium. 
“The instrument drive allows local students to further their study and interest in music,” Creason said. “Our event also creates an environment where Murray State staff, students and the community can connect through music. We are all of different backgrounds and we all have different stories, but on this day, we all connect through our love of music.”
More than 20 organizations are planning to perform during All Campus Sing. Among the sororities are Delta Zeta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Participating fraternities include Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Pi, Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Phi.
Several residential colleges will also participate, including Lee Clark/Richmond College, Springer-Franklin College, Regents/Elizabeth College and Hart College. Independent groups include the Murray State Cheer Team, Sigma Alpha, International Student Organization, Honors Student Council and Black Student Council. 
For those who cannot attend this year’s event, a livestream of All Campus Sing will be available at murraystate.edu/streaming
All Campus Sing is sponsored in part by the Murray State University Alumni Association and the Office of Student Affairs.  

Demolition Derby Set for Sat. Night as WBFF Activities Begin

Paris, Tenn.- The 66th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is ready to begin this Saturday. The demolition derby is a huge part of the opening day of events and will be once again this year. The derby gates open at 5pm and show begins at 7pm. General admission is $10 kids 6-10 get in for $5 and 5 and under are free. Tractors are being donated by Wells Tractors. Car entry fee is $40, for more information or to enter call 270-970-0551.

FRC Celebrates 25th Year in Service With Reception Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center, located in rooms 26 and 27 at Central Community Service Building at 55 Jones Bend Road will hold a reception Thursday April 18th from 11am to Noon. It’s a come and go reception as the center celebrates its 25th year of service. In that time the Center has met the needs of over 40K children in the community.

Book Collective Drive Sees 43 Boxes Collected

Paris, Tenn.- The ABC (All Books Count) Book Drive sponsored by the Paris Rotary, Henry County Medical Center and the Henry County Health Council in March has come to a close! Multiple locations assisted in collection of books during the drive (see flyer for list), and we were able to collect 43 boxes of books for Henry County's Little Free Libraries. Linley White of Paris Rotary presented Rachel Matlock of the Henry County Health Council with a check from the Rotary with an additional $150 to be used for more books. Thanks to this partnership, Henry County will have plenty of opportunities to read, learn and grow in the coming year!

Space Still Available to Hear UT AD Phil Fulmer at UTM

Martin, Tenn.- Space is still available to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin Ned Ray McWherter Institute’s Igniting Innovation event at 6:30 p.m., April 23, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom. This year’s dinner will feature Phillip Fulmer as keynote speaker.

Fulmer has served the University of Tennessee for more than 40 years. During his time as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteer football team, he led the team to five championship games in the Southeastern Conference (with wins in 1997 and 1998) and a national championship title in 1998. He was most recently inducted into the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, and he received first-ballot induction to both the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Tables are available for $1,000 and individual tickets are $150 each.

For more information on the institute, Igniting Innovation or Fulmer’s appearance, contact Joyanne Gansereit, program coordinator, at 731-881-3620 or gansereit@utm.edu.

HC Communications Recognizes National Telecommuications Safety Week This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Emergency Communications Board and staff proudly honors our City and County telecommunicators during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. 

Our public safety telecommunicators serve the citizens of Henry County by answering their 911 calls for law enforcement,  emergency medical and fire services, as well as many other types of calls.  They work hard to take care of the caller while the appropriate emergency agencies are on their way to the scene.    

The Henry County Emergency Communications Board recognizes that our telecommunicators are the first and most important contact our citizens have for emergency services.  They are the ones who efforts are rarely  seen by the public but are vital to the safety of our citizens.  

The Board commends our public safety telecommunicators not only at home but state wide.  In recognition of and appreciation for their substantial contribution to public safety and welfare, and for the compassion, understanding, and professionalism exhibited during the performance of their jobs during the past year, we would like to say Thank You for the job you do

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned Tuesday in Huntingdon

Paris, Tenn.- The Shepherd’s Table Community Kitchen will hold their monthly meal on Tuesday April 16th in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Huntingdon. The church is located at 19835 E. Main St and dining begins at 5pm and the kitchen remains open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for supper is invited.

The Shepherd’s Table has seen new faces join the crew for supper and many returning guests. They have served as many as 70 at one time and are willing to serve more.

This month’s supper will be spiral cut ham, delicious homemade sweet potato casserole, green beans, rolls, and special dessert. Milk, tea, or water will be available for drinks as well.

At the Shepherd’s Table, you are greeted at the door and the host seats you at a table. A serve will bring your drink and take your order and food is served hot and fresh. A crew also cleans up when you are finished.

Each meal costs about 50 to $100 between generous donations and what the committee spends every month. Anyone who would like to sponsor a meal or donate any amount call the church at 731-986-5642. The Shepherd’s table will have supper every third Tuesday of the month with the next one after this set for May 21st.

County Commission Approves Phase 1 Bids for County Radio Project

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for April at the Chancery Courtroom Monday night and moved ahead another couple steps on the Countywide Radio Communications project. The E911 board has sought and received the Community Development Block Grant from the County and hopes to get the City of Paris’s CDBG money this coming year. The 911 has also put in up to $290K on the project.

After a work session last week with City Commissioners, the Commission approved awarding the contract for Phase I of the project to Integrated Communications of Jackson for the low bid of $722,673. The match for the County and City has been 65 35 and so the City will reimburse the county for their portion.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a radio tower on Rabbit Creek road. This will be used to help expand the coverage in the rural sections of the county. The price of the tower and 5.5 acreage around it was $35K.

County Commissioners also approved the application to receive the Litter Grant once again this year. This is some housekeeping done each year to help with TDOT and Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful.             

Commissioners approved delinquent tax property as surplus for sale Monday night as well as the process of clearing the tax rolls continues. The sale is contingent on someone in the public raising the bid of $300 by 10% in the next ten business days.

Patriots Rout Northeast 12-2 in District Win

Paris, Tenn.- After falling behind 2-0 in the 1st inning, the Henry County Patriot Baseball team scored 3 in the 2nd inning and were on their way to a 12-2 rout of District foe Northeast at home on Monday night.

Wesely Bomar gave up two runs without giving up a hit in the 1st as two walks, a high chopper off the plate for an infield hit, and a wild pitch scored the runs. Bomar settled down after the first and pitched thru 5 innings striking out 7 Eagles batters. Rick Conroy pitched the 6th inning without a giving up a run.   

RBIS came from up and down the lineup for the Patriots. Brandon Armour knocked in two in the 3 run second inning to put Henry County ahead. Paxton Pierpoint had a squeeze bunt RBI. RBIs also came from Ethan Thompson, Wesley Bomar, Cooper Smith, and Will Norwood.                                                            

5K Hushpuppy Dash, Bed Races Kick of 66th Annual WBFF Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- A couple of events for the 66th Annual Worlds Biggest Fish Fry are set to begin this Saturday April 20th. The 5K Hushpuppy Dash will be held at HCHS at 8am. Registration is at 7am and is $20 the day of the race. The event is sponsored by Hulmes Sporting Goods and prizes will be awarded 3 deep in overall male and female masters awards, plus age categories.

The Bed Races are also set for this Saturday April 20th downtown at Noon. Registration is at 11am and judging of costumes and decorations will be 11:30am. Take Me Back Café is a proud sponsor and entry fee is $75 per team.

Area High School Bass Clubs Qualify for State Tournament

Parsons, Tenn.- The West Tennessee High School Regional Bass Fishing Championships were held this weekend at Perryville Marina in Parsons. The Henry County High School Bass Fishing Team took home the team award of Overall School Champion by having the most boats place in the top finishers.

Henry County High School’s Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod came in 1st overall with a total weight of 16.34. Gavin Gordon and Chance Johnson finished in 16th place, and Gage Starks and Sawyer Williams finished 22nd.   

Another group of anglers made up of Henry County, homeschooled, and Weakley County students, the TN Valley High Bass Club, also competed in the regional and had Austin Fuson and Levi Wayne place 11th overall.

Both the HCHS team and TN Valley team have both qualified for the State Championship to be held in East Tennessee on Douglass Lake May 1-4. HCHS plans to send 5 boats, with 2 anglers and TN Valley will send 4 boats.

County Comm. Meets at 5pm Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet at 5pm Monday at the Chancery Courtroom. Items on the agenda include discussing and moving forward with the Communications Radio Project, approving the purchase of a 300 foot tower for the project, and sale of delinquent tax properties. The meeting is open to the public.

Busy Week at W.G.Rhea Public Library

Paris, Tenn.-Events this week at the W.G. Rhea Public Library include Easter Arrangements from 6-8pm Tuesday night, preschool story hour and egg hunt Wednesday at 10:30am, and the Teen Glow in the Dark egg Hunt at 8pm Thursday April 18th.

This Week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Paris, Tenn.- This week is set aside to honor the men and women who are the heroes behind the headset, the dispatchers who take emergency calls and dispatch the information to crews heading to or on the scene of wrecks, fires, disasters, and more. Thank you to all our local dispatchers at the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office.

Investigation Continuing For Fire In Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Gary Carroll responded to a structure fire at 1225 Ables Road in Cottage Grove.

Upon arrival, the Fire Department was still putting the fire out. Deputy Carroll spoke with both residents of the home, one advised he was sitting in the living room and watching television and the other resident got up to get a drink. He advised she was gone for a few minutes and then yelled that she needed him.

When he went to check, both could smell something burning. He advised it smelled like burning wires. The man then looked through the doorway to the two back bedrooms and observed a “ball of fire” inside one of the bedrooms. At that time, both exited the home and called 911 for a fire truck.

The female resident of the home gave the same story, but after speaking with the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, they believed the fire was intentional. The Fire Chief advised the first fire they came in contact with was on top of a bed, inside the first room they made entry to. After putting the fire out and moving the mattress outside the home, they cleared the rest of the home.

Upon doing so, they found another fire inside a separate bedroom that was barricaded off with a dresser. This fire was also located on top of a bed. Both Chief and Assistant advised clothes were piled on top of the mattresses, and a wooden chair on both beds. Fires started on both ends of the beds with no electric, so nothing to suggest an electrical fire was detected. All electrical sockets in the room were unbothered and nothing plugged in.

The two beds, two wooden chairs and clothes were a total loss from the fire. Other damage to the home was just smoke and water damage caused by putting the fires out.

The Criminal Investigation Division are further investigating this incident.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Reception Held Friday

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Carl Perkins Center held its Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Reception on Friday, honoring those fighting to treat and prevent child abuse in Henry County.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Henry County. Local officers from Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department were on hand for the signing.

Department of Children’s Service Team Members, Carl Perkins Center Board Members, staff and volunteers were also present for the signing.

This year’s theme was Mary Poppins; Every Child is Practically Perfect in Every Way and Anything is Possible…Let’s Prevent Child Abuse!

This year, the Henry County School Resource Officers had two patrol cars fitted with the Carl Perkins Center logo honoring Child Abuse prevention.

Paris Woman Charged With Evading

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Brandon Steele was running radar on West Wood Street at approximately 4:35 a.m. and observed a silver Nissan Altima traveling 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Ptl. Steele initiated a traffic stop, activating siren and lights, but the vehicle began to accelerate. Ptl. Steele continued to pursue the vehicle onto East Wood Street. At that time, Lt. Josh Frey advised to terminate the pursuit. Ptl. Steele reduced speed and observed the vehicle turn onto Tyson Avenue and advised city units via radio.

Sgt. Greg Underwood observed the vehicle on Tyson and Mineral Wells Avenue, Ptl. Steele identified the car as the one he attempted to stop and Lt. Frey advised to initiate another traffic stop. The driver complied.

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Lastacia Courtney, Courtney stated that it was not the same vehicle. The passenger advised that she asked Courtney to stop the vehicle and she advised she was going to “make a run for it.”

While Ptl. Steele was speaking with the passenger, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. At that time, Courtney was placed under arrest for evading. The passenger was asked to step out of the vehicle and a search conducted. A small glass jar of a green, leafy substance was located in the middle console.

The passenger was taken to city hall to await arrival of family members and cited into juvenile court. Courtney was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $3000 bond. Courtney was also cited for the speeding violation.

Traffic Stop Leads To Two Arrests

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that while on patrol, Deputy William Whitaker observed a vehicle traveling south on Hwy 641 North, crossing over the center line several times. Deputy Whitaker initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Robert W. Hamm, age 41 of Paris and the passenger, identified as Kathryn G. McCoy, age 37 of Murray, KY.

While speaking with Hamm, Deputy Whitaker detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Once additional officers arrived, Deputy Whitaker proceeded to search the vehicle.

During the search, one 2 mg tablet of alprazolam was located in a different pill bottle in McCoy’s purse. McCoy did claim ownership of the purse. Approximately 5 grams of a leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, along with rolling papers were located in a duffle bag in the trunk.

Hamm was placed under arrest for simple possession of a schedule VI drug and drug paraphernalia. McCoy was also placed under arrest, charged with simple possession of a schedule VI, simple possession of a schedule IV and drug paraphernalia.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Patrolman Amber Roaten arrested Kyle Nelson of Wood Street in Paris. Nelson was charged with burglary - auto, simple possession of a schedule VI and aggravated criminal trespass.

Nelson was placed on $5000 bond.

HCSO Investigates Burglary On Killebrew Road

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Dalton Watson responded to a call on Killebrew Road of a burglary.

Upon arrival, Deputy Watson spoke with the complainant who advised he ran by his summer house to check on his boat. When he and his family entered the residence, everything appeared normal. The complainant then returned four days later and someone had used the spare key that was hidden to enter the residence.

Two televisions and a handgun were stolen. One television was a 42” Toshiba, valued at $200. The other television was an 18” Insignia, with no value given. The handgun was a .380 Smith and Wesson, valued at $250.

The complainant stated that a company had recently serviced his home and the location of the spare key was written on his receipt. The complainant is unsure of who else knew the whereabouts of the spare key. The complainant was in the process of changing the locks when Deputy Watson arrived.

There are no suspects at this time.


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