From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Henry County Loses Heartbreaker in Season Opener
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot football team dropped their season opener, losing on the road to Liberty High School in Jackson, Tenn. by a final score of 21 to 14.
The Patriots carried a 14 to 7 lead into the locker room at halftime, but were unable to capitalize on any of multiple opportunities to score during the second half.
Meanwhile, junior Crusader running back Devin Bush put on a show, breaking open multiple plays for touchdowns both from the line of scrimmage and on special teams. Bush ran 85 yards for a touchdown to put Liberty on the board in the second quarter, then on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, he sprinted for 65 yards and another touchdown, followed by a successful 2-point conversion.
Bush added to his offensive production with a 52 yard punt return for touchdown in the fourth quarter. The subsequent two point conversion attempt, however, was unsuccessful.
Chase Henderson provided two touchdowns for the Patriots; a 63 yard run late in the first quarter followed by a 45 yard scramble near the end of the first half.
Henry County came up short on multiple scoring opportunities in the second half. An interception by Shontel Thompson late in the third quarter set up a strong offensive drive that unfortunately fizzled out at the Liberty 10 yard line. Kyler Ainley attempted a 30 yard field goal to earn what would have been a 2 point lead, but the kick sailed wide left.
The Patriots managed to mount a final drive that covered nearly 80 yards in the final two minutes of Friday night's contest; quarterback Jake Croasmun converted several 4th down plays and led a disciplined drive into the Liberty red zone, but as time expired in Jackson, Henry County wound up five yards short of the Liberty goal line.
Chase Henderson totaled 158 rushing yards Friday, averaging over 9 yards per carry and providing more than half of Henry County's total offensive production.
The Patriots will start a four-game home stand Friday, August 29 as they host the Buccaneers of Hendersonville Beech High School, who defeated Station Camp 26-14 Friday.
In other football action around the region, the McKenzie Rebels were handily defeated by Trenton-Peabody High School, 56 to 20.
Huntingdon defeated Obion County 49 to 7.
Martin-Westview High School beat Dresden 45 to 18.
For more football results, head to www.tssaa.org.
Middle School XC Athletes Compete in Dresden
Dinah Winders (R), a 5th grader at Lakewood School, won the 6th grade girls' meet with a time of 6:54 (Photo provided by Lance Winders).
Dresden, Tenn.- Students on the Inman Middle School and the consolidated Henry County Middle School track teams competed Thursday at the Dresden Middle School Jamboree.
Inman fielded 11 runners for the cross-country meet, and Henry County Middle School fielded 7, all from Lakewood.
Dinah Winders, a fifth grader at Lakewood running in the 6th grade girls’ race, won the event with a time of 6:54.
Silas Winders, 7th grader at Lakewood, won his event as well with a time of 5:42.
Several Inman students posted strong finishes as well, with 6th graders Emma Hill and Hunter Lawrence and 8th grader Cole Davis each finishing second in their respective races.
“I’m very pleased with how well our team pushed themselves and supported each other,” said Inman Coach Kelley Lassiter. “We’ve got a lot of potential and I’m excited to see their progress this season and beyond.”
Full results from Thursday’s Dresden Middle School Jamboree are as follows:
5th / 6th grade girls (39 runners)
Dinah Winders 5th grade (HC) – 1st – 6:54
Emma Hill 6th grade (I) – 2nd – 7:17
Hannah Thorton 6th grade (HC) – 4th – 7:58
Brooklyn McClain 6th (HC) – 5th – 8:06
5th / 6th grade boys (53 runners)
Hunter Lawrence (I) – 2nd – 6:26
Rylan Perry (I) – 3rd – 6:46
(All 6th graders)
7th grade girls (40 runners)
Avery Hatcher (I) – 15th – 8:11
7th grade boys (52 runners)
Silas Winders (HC) – 1st – 5:42
8th grade girls (30 runners)
Lexi Daniels (HC) – 2nd – 6:52
Katelon Rushing (I) – 9th – 7:52
8th grade boys (39 runners)
Cole Davis (I) – 2nd – 6:02
Jarrett Hayes (I) – 6th – 6:55
Cooper Smith (I) – 9th – 7:12
Emma Hill (L), a 6th grader at Inman Middle School, placed 2nd in the 6th grade girls' race, just behind Henry County Middle's Dinah Winders (Photo provided by Lance Winders).
Weakley, Carroll Counties Among Most Unemployed in State
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released a county-by-county breakdown of unemployment figures for the state of Tennessee, and several neighboring counties had some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.
Henry County’s unemployment rate increased a full percentage point from June to July, rising from 8.9% to 9.9%; however, unemployment in Henry County has fallen from 10.6% in July of last year.
Neighboring Weakley County had the second-highest unemployment rate in the state of Tennessee for July, coming in at 14%. That’s an increase of over 2% from 11.8% last month, and a drop of only 0.7% over the past year.
Carroll County didn’t fare much better, as the ninth-most unemployed county in Tennessee. Their 11% unemployment rate for July is an increase of 0.7% from June, but a significant decrease from 12.7% unemployment in July 2013.
Benton County’s unemployment rate increased only slightly from June to July, from 9.8% to 10.1%; dropping from 11.2% in July 2013.
Houston County boasted a fairly steady unemployment rate for July, at 9.4%; only a slight increase from June’s 9.2% and a slight drop from 9.8% unemployment in July 2013.
Stewart County’s unemployment rate actually fell from June to July, from 9.1% to 8.7%, the lowest in the area. Interestingly, this is a very slight increase from an 8.6% rate in July 2013.
The Tennessee counties with the least unemployment in July were Lincoln County with 5.6% and Williamson County with 5.7% unemployed.
Tennessee Dept of Education Names Henry a Focus School
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced its 2015 Priority and Focus Schools, as well as releasing 2014’s TCAP testing results, and Henry Elementary was named a Focus School due to an achievement gap between students with disabilities and non-disabled students.
Focus Schools are the 10 percent of Tennessee schools with the widest gaps in achievement between specific subgroups of students, regardless of overall performance.
Data for Henry Elementary School specifically was unavailable, but throughout the Henry County School System, students with disabilities performed over 46% worse on the reading portion of 2014’s TCAP and 35.4% worse on the math portion than their non-disabled classmates.
These achievement gaps grew by 3.4% and 1.8% respectively last year.
“For the past several years, our state has been focused both on improving overall performance of all kids in Tennessee, while closing achievement gaps between historically low-performing groups of students and their peers; our school accountability system aligns with these goals,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
Henry Elementary’s Focus School status is preliminary, pending final approval of the Tennessee Board of Education on Tuesday, August 26.
Both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District received 2014 TCAP results as well. Henry County’s grades 3 through 8 saw sinking scores across the board, with a 2.5% decline in math, a 3.5% decline in reading, a 2.2% decline in science, and a 1% decline in social studies from last year’s scores.
Paris Special School District, meanwhile, saw a 1.3% increase in overall math scores and a 0.1% increase in reading scores, but a 3.7% decline in science and a 1% decline in social studies in grades 3 through 8.
E.W. Grove and Henry County High School saw a 3% increase in Algebra I scores, a remarkable 14.8% increase in Algebra II scores, a 1% decrease in Biology scores, a 10% increase in English I scores, 2.3% increase in English II scores, 1.5% decrease in English III scores, and a 1.7% decrease in U.S. History scores.
MCU Makes Drug Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, and Henry Police Department conducted an undercover operation that led tot he arrest of Minyard Ingram, 22, for the sale and delivery of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also arrested during the operation was was Staryln Clark and Kelsy Underwood. Both were charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three suspects have a pending court date of August 26th. A juvenile was also arrested and charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and drug paraphernalia.
Henry County Competes at Paris Landing on Golf Course
Will Slead measures up a shot.
Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County competed against Clarksville High and McKenzie in golf at Paris Landing Thursday. In boy's action, the Patriots shot a 168 as did McKenzie. Clarksville High won the match witha 160.
Individually for the boys Jamison Hayes shot a 39, Will Sleadd finished with a 42, Hunter Bethune had a 43, and Chase Hill shot a 44.
The Lady Patriots shot a 102 in the match, finishing behind Clarksville High's 84 and McKenzie's 98. Individually for the Lady Patriots Callie Pierce and Leah Bell both shot a 51.
Liz Burton prepares to swing.
PHCPUD Seeks Debriefing from Army Corp of Engineers
Distric Questioning Corp's Decision to Pick Hopkinsville in Technical Approach
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton informed the board on the progress of the Request for Proposal sent to the Army Corp of Engineers at Fort Campbell for Secondary Gas Lines to the base.
Eaton said the Corp informed the district by email that the city of Hopkinsville was chosen for their technical approach to running the secondary line to the base. Eaton said that the city of Hopkinsville doesn’t even have a Natural Gas system, so he questioned how they scored better on the technical proposal than Paris Henry County.
Eaton then informed the board he requested a debriefing from the Corp since he felt the only true advantage Hopkinsville had over the district was it was only 20 miles to the army base.
The debriefing hasn’t been sent via email as of Tuesday but when it comes, Eaton said it would give a point scale to compare and contrast how the district did on certain aspects of the technical proposal compared to the city of Hopkinsville.
Eaton then told the board that engineers have suggested the district file a formal protest with the Corp of Engineers on the city of Hopkinsville getting the proposal over them. Board members agreed with Eaton’s suggestion of waiting on the debriefing details and deciding what to do from there. He did tell them if they chose to file a formal protest, they would have to hire a lawyer, which could cost around $20K for the entire process and he didn’t know if they wanted to spend that kind of money for the effort.
Gas Board Hears Updates on Company's Health Insurance
Paris, Tenn.- Alan Cary of Cary Insurance was at the August meeting of the Paris Henry County Public Utility District to discuss the renewal for the system’s health care insurance. He said that the renewal was actually going to reflect a 3.87% decrease in premiums in the upcoming year starting September 1st. Part of the reason deals with President Obama allowing two year extensions for companies to keep their insurance. He said that trickled down to the state of Tennessee Insurance Commissioner and eventually Blue Cross Blue Shield, the provider for the PHCPUD, allowing them to keep the plan for one year with the idea of looking at it near the end of the first year and possibly keeping it again.
Cary said in the future, the rates are likely to continue to increase like in previous years, but this decrease is definitely welcome. He said the district does have the option of not offering insurance since they have less than 50 employees, however, keeping good employees is probably more beneficial and cost effective in the long run by continuing to offer health benefits for them.
More People Continuing to Request Natural Gas Service Lines
Paris, Tenn.- Eaton reported that there are currently 7 gas service lines on hold per customer request and 24 on backorder. He said with the main line extensions adding to the district’s area and the scarcity of propane last winter, several people are deciding to switch over to Natural Gas. He also told the board that they have stockpiled gas in storage and currently set at 52% capacity. They will continue to purchase it at lower costs now and be up to over 90% capacity by late October.
The gas board approved some payments for Engineering Services at their monthly meeting. They approved payments to James Plus & Associates for Engineering Services for the main extension projects in the amount of $7149.
The board also approved payments for services from James Plus & Associates in the amount of just over $7K for the TDOT project on highway 218 and relocation of gas lines in the area. The board also awarded Natural Gas Piping the work on the highway 218 relocation project in the amount of $85K.
Eaton also told board members that the Paris Henry County Public Utility District had won the annual safety contest for the 5th consecutive year.
Patriots Kick off 2014 FB Season Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The first broadcast of Henry County High School football will be Friday night. Henry County starts the season on the road in Jackson with a match up against Liberty. All game times are once again set for 7pm kickoffs this year with our pregame show airing beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online via our website, wmufradio.com.
The Patriots will come home for four straight games after this week, hosting Beech, Northwest, Ridgeway, and Rossview on consecutive Friday nights from August 29th thru September 19th. Henry County then has a two game road trip to Kenwood on September 26th and at Springfield on October 3rd.
The Pats return home for homecoming against old rival Clarksville High on October 10th before having an open week October 17th. The regular season concludes with a road game at Northeast October 24th and a home game and senior night on Halloween Night, October 31st against West Creek.
Paris, Henry Have Contested Races In November
Paris, Tenn.- Contested races have been confirmed in both Paris and Henry for November as the qualifying deadline passed at noon Thursday.
Voters will to choose three candidates from four people for the Paris City Commission during November's election. Qualifying for the seat were incumbents Sam Tharpe and Carlton Gerrell along with Robert Sleadd and Catherine Herrera. At least one person will be new to the commission as current commissioner Pete Lackey decided not to seek re-election. Three others picked up papers but failed to turn them back in before the deadline: Terry Knott, Galia Greer, and Linda Hinson-Greer.
In Henry, voters will have to choose a mayor from incumbent Joe Qualls and challenger Michael Gross. Three seats are up on the Henry Board of Alderman, but only three qualified, all incumbents Faye Lowery, Cindy Rainey, and Carl Koch.
Puryear voters won't have a contested race as two have qualified for seats on the Puryear Board of Alderman, Incumbent Mackie Gallimore and former Puryear Alderman Bryan Hall. Justin Hughes, who was an incumbent serving an unexpired term, picked up papers but did not turn them back in.
Qualifying to run for the 75th district Tennessee House of Representatives seat was James Hart. He will face off for the seat against incumbent Tim Wirgau and democratic primary winner Randy Patton.
Office on Aging Welcomes NC5's Lelan Statom
Channel 5's Lelan Statom speaks to big crowd at HC Office on Aging. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging celebrated National Senior Citizen Day on Thursday with a pot luck fish fry dinner with special guest Lelan Statom meteorologist with News Channel 5 Network in Nashville.
Henry County Office on Aging Director Reggie Caldwell introduced Statom, who has served as the Grand Marshall of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry parade in the past.
Statom has worked with News Channel 5 since 1993, starting out as weekend weather. He then became the co-host of Talk of the Town in 2006. He currently serves at the meteorologist on the morning show for News Channel 5 which begins at 4am.
Statom told the large crowd at the potluck this morning about his normal day, which starts at 2:30am and how Nashville became the first market to start their morning news as early as 4am.
Statom graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and then earned his certification of meteorology from Mississippi State.
The Henry County Alliance and some Henry County commissioners and other officials fried the catfish for the potluck Thursday.
In the top picture, HC Alliance CEO David Hamilton mixes up batter for fish.
In the bottom photo County Mayor Brent Greer and Neely Owens drop hushpuppies.
Boy Scout Meeting at Lakewood Set for 6pm Aug. 26th
Paris, Tenn.- There will be an informational meeting about the Boy Scouts at Lakewood Elementary School on Tuesday August 26th at 6pm. All boys and their parents from 1st grade thru high school are welcome to attend the meeting.
By being a boy scout, boys will learn new things and be involved in fun events like fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, racing, and being part of a team. For more information call Jason and Tina Pooler at 336-8932.
Hot Weather Forecast For Next Several Days
Paris, Tenn.- Dangerously hot weather has already settled in over our listening area and is expected to continue at least thru the mid part of next week. Highs are forecast to be 95 to 100 the next several days with heat index values around or warmer than 105.
If you have to work or be outside over the next few days remember to take precaution to avoid heat related illnesses. Always wear light colored loose fitting clothes and drink plenty of water. Take breaks throughout the day and stay in shade when you can. Also remember to check on your neighbors, and make sure outdoor pets have plenty of cool water to drink and shade to get into even if they are chained.
Deadline to Qualify for Nov. Election is Noon Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Thursday at noon is the deadline for any candidate seeking a seat on offices in the November election to get their qualifying papers in. WMUF/WLZK did a story over the weekend about who all had qualified already. The Election Commission office has had a few more qualify and others that are just a few signatures short that could qualify by noon Thursday.
Offices up for grabs in the November Election include three spots on the Paris City Commission, three seats on the Henry board of Alderman, Mayor of Henry, and three seats on the Puryear Board of Alderman.
Roots of Rhythm Tickets Go On Sale Aug. 25th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to Roots of Rhythm on Tuesday September 30th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show will start at 7pm and tickets will go on sale the week of August 25th.
Roots of Rhythm tells the history and geography of where our musical heritage came from. The concert is performed by UT Martin Percussion Group and along with the Henry County High School Madrigals and promises to be a body moving, hand clapping, fun filled learning event for all ages.
Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council Office at Paris City Hall, from any Council Member, any Friends of the Arts Member, Leaches Music, or Merisons.
Proceeds from the concert benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. For more information call the Arts Council office at 642-3955 or visit the website, www.phcarts.com.
Marching Patriots to Hold Car Wash Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots will hold a car wash fundraiser this Saturday August 23rd at First Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue from 9am to 2pm. The car wash was supposed to be held a couple of weeks ago and was rescheduled. Previous tickets sold will be honored.
Tennessee Students Show Gain in ACT Scores
Nashville- Tennessee’s composite ACT score showed its largest gain in more than a decade, and increased more than it has since the state began testing all students in 2010, according to scores released today by ACT. Officials with ACT called the 0.3 gain “noteworthy.”
"Tennessee's average ACT composite score growth of 0.3 is statistically significant and indicative of real academic progress,” said Jon Erickson, ACT president of education and career solutions. “A gain of this size is unusual and impressive – particularly for a state that administers the test to all students."
Tennessee’s composite ACT score for public school students rose from 19.0 to 19.3. For all students, which includes those who attend private school, the average composite score increased from 19.5 to 19.8.
These gains correlate with recent academic growth in high school on the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. For instance, proficiency in Algebra II grew nearly 6 percentage points over 2013, and more than 17 percentage points since the state began testing students three years ago. Nearly 50 percent of Algebra II students are on grade level, up from 31 percent in 2011. More than 13,000 additional Tennessee students are on grade level in Algebra II than when we first administered the test in 2011.
“These ACT scores show us that the work students and teachers are doing across the state is paying off, and will lead to real improvements for Tennesseans,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “Offering two free years of college to the state’s high school graduates through our Tennessee Promise initiative is only successful if students finish high school ready for college. We must continue to make certain that happens.”
Richard Bayer, assistant provost and director of enrollment services for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, said this year’s ACT scores are encouraging.
“As an enrollment officer who views academic achievement levels on a regular basis, a 0.3 jump would be a very significant increase in measuring the academic performance level of an incoming freshman class,” Bayer said. “As a state, we should view the score jump as very significant and a testimony to our upward trajectory in preparing more students to be college ready for degree completion.”
Tennessee is one of 12 states that require all students to take the ACT. While the composite ACT score showed that all students grew, the 2014 results point to the continued need to close achievement gaps for certain groups of minority students; the average ACT composite score for Hispanic students was 18.0, and the average for black students was 16.4.
“Gains on the ACT—especially when they are historic for our state—are always encouraging,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “The hard work of teachers to implement higher academic standards is having an impact. But the reality remains that only 16 percent of our students graduate from high school prepared to take college courses without remediation. We must continue to press forward with improvements to our education system so we can ensure that our students are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that await them.”
State Museum Employee Steals over $61K in Taxpayer Money
Nashville- A new investigative report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury reveals that a former administrative services assistant with the Tennessee State Museum took $61,892.04 in taxpayer money. The Comptroller’s Office worked with the chief investigator from the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General to complete its investigation.
In February 2014 investigators began to identify a cash shortage created by the former administrative services assistant. Investigators discovered the employee used a scheme to falsify 26 invoices and submit them for payment to her personal account. The employee used her role as a processor of purchase orders and requisitions to create phony invoices for historical artifacts. The employee admitted to creating the false invoices and submitting them for payment with photocopies of her supervisor’s signature. These payments totaled $49,476.97.
Investigators also discovered the employee used a rental car for 15 months, and billed $12,415.97 to the Tennessee State Museum. The employee admitted she improperly charged the rental fees to the museum after her personal car broke down. Her employment has been terminated.
Investigators determined the administrative services assistant was a convicted felon on parole for a theft of property over $60,000. Museum officials were not aware of her conviction at the time she was hired in April 2011. The former employee was originally hired by Adecco USA in November 2008 to provide temporary and contract employment to other state agencies. The employee disclosed three prior convictions on her Adecco USA application. The Museum Commission is taking steps to require background checks on all future employees.
Investigators recommend the Tennessee State Museum reconcile purchases with inventory records on a monthly basis. Errors can remain undiscovered without proper review.
“The Tennessee State Museum helps preserve, protect and share our state’s fascinating history,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “We must also protect taxpayer dollars to ensure the continued success of this institution.”
To view the investigation online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/ia/.
If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-4343, or file a report online at: www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline. Follow the Comptroller’s Office on twitter: @TNCOT
HC Cross Country Competes at Dresden
Kaity Beth James runs during the meet at Dresden. (Lance Winders photos)
Dresden, Tenn.- Henry County Cross Country competed at the Dresden High School Cross Country Meet in Dresden on Tuesday.
In the girls 5K race Kaity Beth James came in 3rd out of 106 runners with a time of 23:13.
In the boys 5K race there were 119 runners and Henry County finished 7th out of 14 teams. Individual finishes included Harrison Robbins, 10th with a time of 19:30; Austin Nance, 14th with a time a time of 20:26, Garrett Robbins 27th, Michaeal St. Clair 52nd, and Scott Wallett 58th.
Harrison Robbins competes in 5K race.
Chamber to Host Employment Law Seminar Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a 2014 Employment Law Update Seminar on Thursday August 21st from 9am to 12:45pm. The seminar will be presented by Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC and the Chamber at no cost.
Participants are required to pre-register via email at email@example.com or call 642-3431. Topics to be discussed include Work Comp Reform, Emerging ADAAA trends at the EEOC and in the courts and an EEOC overview.
PSSD Approves 14-15 Budget
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and approved the 2014-15 budget. Superintendent Mike Brown told board members some of the highlights of the budget, which have been discussed the last few months.
The budget included a 1.5% bonus for teachers, a $500 bonus for full time support staff, and a $250 bonus for part time staff. These bonuses are budgeted from fund balance and along with some additional technology that will be budgeted from fund balance will total just under $284K from fund balance.
Other aspects of the budget include the purchase of a new school bus for the system at a cost of $106K, $88K in additional monies for Health Insurance which comes from a 10% increase in premiums, increases in administrative and teaching staff positions, and $5K in additional BEP funds from the state. Brown said the PSSD has shown no real growth in enrollment so the BEP funds didn’t increase very much.
Board Chairman Richard Edwards said “most systems around our area have not been able to give any raises or bonuses and its great that our budget and those who handle our budget allows and has found ways for us to give these bonuses that are well deserved.”
PSSD Shows Improvement in State Testing Data
Each School and System Clear from Focus School Groups
Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Mike Brown gave some good news to the board towards the end of the meeting. He said after data from state testing has been release, the PSSD as a system and all schools have cleared the priority or focus list. Last year the PSSD were listed in the need of subgroup improvements, but they cleared those focus group lists this year and showed improvements on their data. Brown said they will discuss some of the data in more detail in September
but he wanted to publicly recognize and thank the teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. .
Brown also told board members that enrollment for the PSSD for the current school year was down about 19 students from the final numbers when school let out in May. He said the combination of a large 8th grade in May and a smaller Kindergarten class coming in this month, numbers were down. He also said overall its been a great start to the school year.
Custodial Services Improving for PSSD After Rough Start
Paris, Tenn.- Maintenance Supervisor for the PSSD, Richie Chilcutt told the board that after a rocky start with Service Solutions, the custodial services the system hired, things have progressed and are now going very well. The board approved hiring a company to come and clean and provide custodial services for the system and Chilcutt said it was a very rocky start and they had a meeting with heads of the company at the end of the school year.
Chilcutt told board members that they decided to give it until Christmas and if things didn’t improve they would bid the service out again. Since then, he said it was like a different company and the buildings look cleaner and better than they have in years. The company brought in a new supervisor and things have been great since the first of summer.
PSSD Board Welcomes New Teachers
Paris, Tenn.- In other business Tuesday night, the PSSD board welcomed new teachers to the system for the 2014-15 School Year. Each Principal introduced their new staff.
At Rhea, principal Scott Owens introduced his assistant principal Sandra Paschall, and teachers Holley Lamer, Ginger Oliver, Lacy Scherer, and Jordan Shelton.
PES Principal Chip Gray introduced new fourth grade teachers: Jessica Homesly, Rickilynn Brown, Donna Thompson, and new 5th grade teacher Angela Winstead. Also PES will have a new nurse, Keisha Guilish, and new guidance counsellor, Melissa Ridgeway.
Inman principal Jason Scarbrough had several new teachers as well including Roddey Atkinson, Teresa Baker, Ed Nienaber, who will also be the new head basketball coach for the Inman Bulldogs, Shawna Watkins, Amy Whitaker, Kyla Parker, and Chris Hudgins as Inman’s new assistant principal.
Man Charged with Theft After Investigation by HCSO
Deputy Wayne Fuqua, K9 Cisco helped recover the stolen weapons from the theft. (HCSO photo)
Buchanan, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that investigation into the theft of firearms and other items from a metal barn on Forsythe Road has led to the arrest of Matthew Lee Ricker, age 19, of 5340 Buchanan Road and also has led to the recovery of the property.
Back on August 12th, property owners reported the theft of five firearms, bows, and other items taken from the barn within the last week. Two days later, the property owner and a friend found two of the firearms and some other stolen items in the woods behind the barn they were stolen from.
Deputy Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco were used to track the suspect. This led to other evidence being uncovered and along with information from area residents, led police to the residence of Ricker.
The remaining firearms and bows were found at Ricker’s residence. Ricker was charged with burglary and theft of property of $1K and he was placed on $12,500 bond pending arraignment in General Sessions court Tuesday.
Wade Promoted to Assistant Fire Chief
Chuck Wade and Son Owen
Paris, Tenn.- Chuck Wade has been promoted to fill the position of Assistant Fire Chief for the city of Paris Fire Department. Wade has been with the Paris Fire Department for 14 years and has served the last two years as Fire Marshal.
Paris City Manager Carl Holder said, “Chuck has served the city for the last 14 years and we are glad to promote him to Assistant Fire Chief to replace the late Jeff Hamlin.”
Hamlin was killed in a car wreck in July. As of Tuesday morning, the position left vacant by Wade’s promotion, Fire Marshal, has not been filled yet.
BPU's McCaslin Receives PDE Designation
Josh McCaslin of Paris, TN, BPU (second from right), was one of five individuals who received Power Distribution Engineer certificates at TVPPA’s Aug. 6-8 Engineering& Operations Conference. Certificate recipients were from left, Ken McGee of Joe Wheeler EMC, Trinity, AL; Eric Phillips of Bowling Green, KY, MU; McCaslin and Brandon Hesson of Gallatin, TN, DE. (Photo Submitted by BPU)
Paris Board of Public Utilities's employee Josh McCaslin was recently awarded the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association’s Power Distribution Engineer (PDE) designation.
McCaslin received his PDE certificate in Murfreesboro, TN, at TVPPA’s Aug. 6-8 Engineering & Operations Conference. The presentation was made by TVPPA Chief Financial Officer and Director of Training John Cooke, who put the achievement into perspective.
“Owing to the unique nature of this program, a significantly greater level of commitment from participants, and their utilities, is required than is usually the case in other TVPPA certificate programs,” Cooke said.
The PDE is comprised of four courses and is designed to significantly enhance the skills and abilities of entry-level engineers working in a distribution utility. The program is intended to provide participants with formal power-engineering courses they may not have had in their undergraduate studies, but is also an ideal refresher for those seeking to “brush-up” their day-to-day engineering skills.
“All of us at Paris BPU congratulate Josh on his having earned his PDE,” said John Etheridge, the utility’s general manager. “Josh plays a key role in helping us serve our customers to the best of our ability every day, and we appreciate that service.”
The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) is the non-profit, regional service organization representing the interests of the 155 consumer-owned electric utilities that purchase wholesale power from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and distribute it to 9 million customers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina.
TVPPA’s Education & Training Services maintains a comprehensive selection of utility-specific professional management and technical training programs for utility employees. The mission of the TVPPA Education & Training Committee is to aid TVPPA in the development and delivery of nationally recognized education and training opportunities to meet current and future electric utility workforce needs.
Bruceton Man Charged with Marijuana Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged a Bruceton man with marijuana possession after a routine traffic stop. The report said Cpl. Whitaker stopped the car because the driver, Michael Aldridge, of Bruceton, wasn’t wearing his seat belt.
When asked for consent to search the car, Aldridge refused. Sgt. Michael Ramos, who was backing up Cpl. Whitaker, then ran K9 Kenzee around the car and Kenzee alerted on the driver’s side door. A search revealed a bag of marijuana under the driver’s seat.
Aldridge was charged with possession of schedule six drug.
Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a woman living at the Grove Park Apartments had been gone since mid May and returned to find several items broken or missing in her residence. There was no forced entry and over $500 worth of damage was done and items were missing. Police have no suspects and continue to investigate.
An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Betty J. Ricketts, 44. of 290 Jim Hunt Road in Cottage Grove, was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Travis Loop had three guns stolen from the shop on the property. The report said a neighbor saw a light colored Cadillac parked next door. The victim advised he had some family that drove that kind of car. The value of the guns is around $600 and police continue to investigate.
Henry County Bested by Calloway on Golf Course
Henry County's Callie Pierce in action.
(Coach Brian Whelp photo)
Murray, Ky.- Calloway County (Ky) High School hosted Henry County High School in golf at The Oaks Country Club in Murray, Ky on Monday afternoon. In girl’s action, Calloway County won the match shooting a 71 while the Lady Patriots shot a 92. Individual scores for Henry County were Callie Pierce with a 44 and Leah Bell with a 48.
Calloway County won the men’s matchup as well edging out Henry County 169 to 175. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jamison Hayes with a 38, Chase Hill with a 44, Will Sleadd shot a 46, and Ryan Mahan finished with a 47.
UT Martin Will Welcome Freshman Class Thursday
Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Martin will welcome its 2014 Freshman class on Thursday August 21st with more than 1100 freshman students expected to move into residence halls on the campus. The new students will participate in the First Year Initiative Welcome Weekend, an orientation program that prepares students for fall classes which begin Monday August 25th.
After Welcome Weekend, freshman at UTM will participate in the semester long General Studies 101 class that prepares and positions first year students to achieve academic and social success.
Following Thursday’s move in, First Year Initiatives activities include a 5pm opening ceremony Friday in the Elam Center, orientation sessions all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon and a combination organization fair and city of Martin merchants fair at 5pm Monday in the Elam Center.
Dan Paschall Honored For Years of Service by Commission
County Mayor Brent Greer Reads a Proclamation Honoring Dan Paschall for Years of Service to Henry County. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday night and honored longtime commissioner Dan Paschall for his years of service to the commission and various other boards and committees in Henry County.
Commissioner Paschall didn’t seek re-election this year after serving as county commissioner for District 1 for many years. Paschall has served on the commission, Henry County School Board, Budget Committee, and other boards.
Henry County Mayor Brent Greer read a couple of resolutions, one honor Paschall for his years of service and another to present him with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honor a citizen in Henry County can receive from the commission. Randy Gean, chief deputy with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, won the seat in district 1 that Paschall will be vacating.
No Fly Zone Recognized By County Commission
Members of the No Fly Zone Shooting team are honored by the Commission. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The commission also recognized members of the Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting team and its coaches. Mayor Greer read a resolution that honored the team for competiting in the National Scholastic Shooting Championships in Sparta Illinois this summer with some of the team members winning the National Championship.
The team is coached by Drew Williams and Bill Neese and is comprised of 75 kids ranging in age from 4th grade to 12th grade.
French Sworn in As County Trustee
Randi Allen French is sworn into office by County Clerk Donna Craig Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday night’s Henry County Commission saw the appointment of the new county trustee. After accepting the resignation of former Henry County Trustee David Stone, later in the meeting they appointed newly elected Trustee Randi Allen French to fill the remainder of the term, which would last until September 1st.
French won the democratic primary in May and then won the August General Election for county trustee. French was sworn in Monday night. She will fill the unexpired term of Stone until August 31st and then start her own term of four years on September 1st.
Commission Approves Housekeeping Issues
Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday night, commissioners approved a resolution to authorize capital outlay notes not to exceed $142,969 for various capital improvements during this fiscal year. This is more or less a housekeeping issue that is usually handled each August. Some of the capital projects include county building improvements, more improvements at the Henry County airport, new patrol cars for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and some new HVAC units around county buildings.
Another housekeeping issue the commission took care of Monday night is to pass a resolution approving statutory bonds for all the elected officials. State law requires these bonds for elected officials for faithful performance of his or her duty.
Mayor Greer reminded all the newly elected commissioners they will hold a swearing in ceremony on Thursday August 28th at 7pm at the Circuit Court room where all elected officials will be sworn in to their respective offices.
Arts Council Seeks Artists for Arts Round the Square
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is seeking artists in a variety of mediums of fine arts and crafts for the Annual Arts Round the Square which will be held on Saturday September 27th from 9am to 4pm. Food vendors are also encouraged to apply for vendor space. Applications and rules can be found at the Arts Council Office at Paris City Hall or via the website phcarts.com. Call 642-3955 for more information. Deadline to enter is September 1st.
TBI Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign
Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officially launched a new outreach to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee on Monday.
The campaign, titled “IT Has To Stop,” hopes to increase awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee and beyond.
The centerpiece of the campaign, ITHasToStop.com, features information, current research and statistics, video, important contacts, and links for visitors to join nonprofits and other groups in the efforts to curb trafficking in Tennessee. Visitors can also connect with the campaign on designated Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, it’s unacceptable, and it’s a crime in Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We hope TBI’s new public awareness campaign sheds some much-needed light on the issue, so we can increase the number of people who insist it has to stop in our state and beyond.”
Research by The Polaris Project, a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, indicates it to be one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimate the number of children bought and sold in the country for the purpose of sexual exploitation to number at least 100,000. The average age of a trafficking victim is 13.
“Tennessee has recently been recognized for great strides in enacting laws to protect survivors of trafficking,” said Gwyn. “We also have trusted nonprofits on the frontlines of this troubling fight. Now, we hope this new effort is our state’s next step to rally public support and increase awareness of this kind of crime and the way out for those trapped.”
The site is available for review at www.ITHasToStop.com.
Wheatley Having a Hoot as LBLA President
Paris, Tenn.- Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley is currently serving as the Land Between the Lakes Association President. At a recent member meeting at the Nature Station, she was hanging around some furry friends. (Chamber photo)
Camden Man Charge with DUI, Revoked License
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to JB’s Express Mart where a man appeared to be impaired sitting at the gas pumps, The report said that officers arrived and found Donald Prince, of Camden sitting in the car asleep and there was several pieces of plastic and other stuff around the outside of the car.
Officers couldn’t smell alcohol, but when they asked Prince about taking pills or medication he admitted to doing so. The video inside the store showed that Prince had been there for awhile.
Prince was arrested and charge with DUI 1st Offence, violation of implied consent, and driving on a revoked license.
Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a vehicle was broke into on Hill Road and the stereo system was stolen from it. Deputies have no suspects at this time.
In a separate incident, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office report stated that a resident on Elkhorn Nobles Road had several pills of prescription medication stolen over the weekend. Police have no suspects in this incident either.
Other arrests from the weekend include Markia D. Patton, 1010 McSwain Street, for evading arrest.
HC Historical Society To Meet Thursday at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will meet at 6pm on Thursday August 21st at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center, located at 614 N. Poplar Street.
President David Webb will give a presentation of the Trail of Tears through Henry County known as Benge’s Route. Webb has worked closely with National Park Service staff to plot, as closely as possible, the original Trail of Tears route through Henry County.
The Trail came through the county along Reynoldsburg Road, to Market Street, turning west onto Rison Street, then westward on Jones Bend Road.
The officers for the 2014-15 year will be elected at the Historical Society’s meeting on August 21st. Annual dues of $5 are due by September 1st and you may mail your dues to Donna Winchester, treasurer, at 715 Old Union Road, Paris, or bring the dues to the meeting.
Brett Bell of Alabama Wins Big Bass Splash
Several Local Anglers Take Home Cash and Prizes
Brett Bell of Scottsboro, Ala. shows off his massive 8.72lb largemouth bass that won him this year's Kentucky Lake Big Bass Splash (Photo provided by Sealy Outdoors).
Buchanan, Tenn.- After two days of fishing, no one could top Brett Bell of Scottsboro, Ala.'s massive 8.72lb bass, turned in during the second hour of the first day of competition.
Bell's huge catch earned him a brand-new 2014 Triton 18XS bass boat with a Mercury motor and fully equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics, Power Pole, HydroWave and Tournament Saver Pro gear, as well as $2,000 in cash for his hourly payout.
Two local fishermen finished just behind Bell; Brad Jones of McKenzie, Tenn. and Brian Horton of Buchanan, Tenn. finished in second and third place overall and earned $2500 and $2000 respectively for their bass, each weighing in just shy of 7 pounds.
Several other local anglers won some cash in the tournament's hourly payouts; a full list of results is available at sealyoutdoors.com/Results/2014/results_ky-14.htm
Chainsaw Stolen from Paris Home Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- A chainsaw was stolen from the garage of a home on Dortch Lane in Paris Sunday, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The homeowner was out of town over the weekend and returned to find that his detached garage had been entered with the door left standing open.
He noticed a Stihl chainsaw had been taken from the garage.
The building requires a PIN code in order to enter; the burglar or burglars are believed to have forced a window open and removed a fan from the structure in order to gain access.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft and has no suspects at this time.
Man Arrested for DUI Early Saturday Morning
Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Deputy Frankie Scott observed a vehicle driving on N. Market Street in Paris and repeatedly crossing over the center line into the opposing lane of traffic.
Scott initiated a traffic stop and, upon identifying the driver as Joseph A. Cunningham, age 49 of Springhill Road in Paris, noticed a strong odor of alcohol.
Scott asked Cunningham if he had been drinking; the driver replied that he hadn’t and added that he had been around several cats, to which he is allergic, which was why his eyes were red.
Scott asked Cunningham to perform a variety of field sobriety tests, which Cunningham failed, at which point he admitted to having some shots of whiskey earlier in the evening.
Cunningham was arrested for driving under the influence and consented to a non-mandatory blood draw.
He was booked under $1500 bond and will appear in General Sessions Court Tuesday, August 19.
Latest Report Shows Tennessee Unemployment Increase
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released preliminary unemployment data for the state of Tennessee, which shows a moderate uptick in unemployment from June to July.
The July unemployment rate for Tennessee averaged at 7.1%, half a percent higher than June’s rate of 6.6%.
The national unemployment average did increase as well, but not nearly to the same extent: US averages show 6.2% unemployment in July compared with 6.1% in June.
Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped 1.3%, from 8.4% in July 2013 to 7.1% last month.
Nationally, unemployment has fallen 1.1% over the same period, from 7.3% to 6.2%.
Tennessee has consistently remained approximately one percentage point above the national average for unemployment.
The Tennessee job sectors seeing the largest growth in the past year were leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and trade / transportation / utilities.
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development will release more detailed figures as well as a county-by-county unemployment breakdown on Thursday, August 21.
W.G. Rhea Computer Lab to Close Wednesday Morning
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Computer Lab will be closed Wednesday, August 20 from 9 AM to noon for computer maintenance. Computer access will be limited during those hours.
The computer lab will be open Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 and will be open normally after noon Wednesday, August 20.
Patriots Win Hard-Fought Jamboree Game
Friday's football preview for the Edward Jones Football Challenge was extremely well-attended (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots football team was one of 7 teams in competition at Friday night’s Edward Jones Football Challenge held at Patriot Stadium.
The Patriots defeated the Mustangs of McCracken County, Ky. by a final score of 21 to 14 in one half of play.
Running backs R’Tario Perkins and Jeremiah Godbott each added a touchdown for Henry County, but the biggest impact player of the night was defensive back Cody Hunter. Hunter had two interceptions in Friday night’s game, both of which were returned for touchdowns. However, one of those touchdowns was negated by a blocking penalty on the return.
The final game of the evening, pitting the Dresden Lions against the Tigers of Murray High, provided a dramatic finish for the event.
Murray led Dresden 7 to 0 for much of the game; Dresden managed to score a touchdown in the final minutes and attempted to take the lead with a 2-point conversion. Murray stopped the conversion attempt and held on to win 7 to 6.
Most of the teams in competition Friday night will kick off their regular season next week. On Aug. 22, Stewart County will host Clarksville Northwest, Milan will travel to Lexington, and the Henry County Patriots will head to Jackson to face off against the Crusaders of Liberty Tech Magnet High School.
The Kentucky schools will kick off their schedules next Saturday, with McCracken County in a cross-town match against Paducah Tilghman and Murray travelling to play Richmond Central.
Dresden and Martin-Westview won’t begin their regular-season play until August 29, with Dresden hosting Trenton-Peabody and Martin-Westview hosting Huntingdon.
Be sure and tune in to WLZK 94.1 FM Friday, August 22 for live coverage of the Patriots’ season opener from Liberty Tech starting at 6:30 PM with the Papa John’s Pregame Show. Kickoff will be at 7 PM.
We will also provide streaming coverage online through our website. A Windows Media-enabled device is required for playback.
Full results from the Edward Jones Football Challenge are as follows:
Martin-Westview 17 – Stewart County 0
Henry County 21 – McCracken County 14
Milan 14 – McCracken County 0
Murray 7 – Dresden 6
The Milan Bulldogs line up to run a play against the McCracken County Mustangs at Friday's jamboree (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Henry County FFA Members Receive High Honors
Henry County's Jim Young receives his State Championship FFA honors from National FFA Secretary Mitch Baker (Photo provided by Laura Moss).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County FFA member Jim Young will be competing for a national championship after winning the State Beef Production Placement Proficiency in March at the Tennessee FFA Convention.
Young was not only named state champion but was one of the top 4 in the region, earning him a berth to compete at the National FFA Convention to be held in Louisville, Ky. in late October of this year.
Young along with three other HCHS FFA members were also honored with American FFA degrees recently. Said FFA advisor and HCHS agriculture teacher Laura Moss, "Melinda Perkins, Brooke Rose, Savannah Rose and Jim Young have attained the highest degree that an FFA member can receive. Only 0.6% of the National FFA membership qualify for this honor”. Qualifications for the degree are extremely stringent and only 3,500 are awarded nationally each year.
The entire Henry County FFA chapter will appear at this year’s National Convention as well; it was recently designated a National 3 Star Chapter and selected as one of the top 19 chapters in Tennessee that will be recognized nationally.
Live streaming video of the National FFA Convention will be available online via www.ihigh.com/ffa
Chamber of Commerce Adds New Staff Member
Monica Smith will be joining the staff at the Paris - Henry County Chamber of Commerce as Executive Assistant (Photo provided by Jennifer Wheatley)
Paris, Tenn.- Monica Armstrong Smith has joined the staff of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce as Executive Assistant. Mrs. Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in business administration and a minor in marketing. Chamber President Chip Anderson, Bone and Joint Specialists, said, “Monica has experience in office management and is a welcome addition to our team.”
Ms. Smith will work directly with Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley in membership services and event planning and as part of the Henry County Alliance with CEO David Hamilton and Administrative Coordinator Kayla Simpson.
According to Anderson, “Monica’s maturity and professionalism stood out and she will contribute to the services we provide to our 400 members and the Paris-Henry County community.”
The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is located at 2508 East Wood Street in Paris. More information on Chamber membership is available at www.paristnchamber.com or by calling 731.642.3431.
UTM Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate
Erica Glisson of Dresden is a member of UT-Martin's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Class of 2014 that achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exams (Photo provided by UT-Martin).
Martin, Tenn.- University of Tennessee at Martin nursing graduates in the class of 2014 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The NCLEX-RN measures the competencies needed for individuals to perform safely and effectively as newly licensed, entry-level nurses.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing implemented a test plan and increased the passing standards of the NCLEX-RN in 2013, making the test significantly more difficult. With this change, the passing rate for first-time, U.S.-educated nurses decreased nationally by nearly 10 percent.
“This (100 percent pass rate) is especially exciting considering the difficulty of the exam,” said Dr. Mary Radford, UT Martin nursing department chair. “We’ve taken significant steps to better prepare students for the test, and it has paid off. This result is a direct reflection of the hard work and effort of these graduates.”
UT Martin’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program includes one year of academic prerequisites and three years of nursing courses. The university’s BSN program is distinctive in offering three years of clinical nursing courses in a variety of health-care settings. This experience prepares graduates for entry-level registered nurse positions in primary, secondary and other health-care settings and for entry into advanced-degree nursing programs.
The BSN degree is offered at the Martin campus and the UT Martin Parsons Center. An RN-to-BSN completion program is offered both online and at the UT Martin Ripley Center for students who have an associate degree or a diploma in nursing.
Qualifying Deadline Approaching for November Election
Paris, Tenn.- The qualifying deadline for the November General Election is approaching, and several local candidates have filed papers to run.
For the Paris City Commission, Catherine Herrera, current mayor Samuel Tharpe, and incumbent city commissioner Carlton Gerrell have all filed papers and will be on the ballot in November. Galia Greer, Terry Knott, and current PSSD board and Henry County School System board member Robert Sleadd have picked up papers, but have not yet filed.
Cindy Rainey has filed papers for the alderman race in Henry. Carl Koch and Faye Lowery have each picked up papers, but have not yet filed to run.
For the Henry mayoral race, both incumbent mayor Joe Qualls and Michael Gross have picked up papers; neither has filed as of Friday, August 15.
Two candidates have filed in the Puryear alderman race; Tellus Gallimore and Bryan Hall will both appear on the ballot. Robert Hughes has picked up papers, but has yet to file.
James Hart has filed papers to run against incumbent state representative Tim Wirgau for the 75th District seat in Tennessee’s House of Representatives; Hart has also picked up papers to run against incumbent representative Stephen Fincher for Tennessee’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The deadline for candidates to file papers is Thursday, August 21 at noon.
HCHS Golf Team Squares Off Against Calloway County
(L) Chase Hill prepared to tee up a drive. His round of 41 helped Henry County's boys' team knock off Calloway County.
(R) Madison Dillard lines up a putt. She shot 52 in the Henry County girls' team's defeat to the state runner-up Calloway County duo. (Photos provided by Brian Welp)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School golf team was in action Thursday at Paris Landing State Park.
The boys’ team defeated Calloway County by a total team score of 165 to 169 strokes. Jamison Hayes led the way with an even-par 36, Chase Hill shot a 41, Will Sleadd shot a 43, and Ryan Mahan and Brady Mustain both shot 45.
The girls’ team was defeated by Calloway County, last year’s Kentucky state runners-up, 71 to 98.
Callie Pierce shot a 46 and Madison Dillard shot a 52 Thursday.
The Henry County High School golf team will face off against Calloway County once again on Monday, August 18 at The Oaks in Murray, Ky.
Cross-Country Athletes Compete in Huntingdon 5K
(From L) Austin Nance, Scott Wallett, and coach Lance Winders all competed in a 5K race in Huntingdon Thursday evening (Photo provided by Lance Winders)
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Henry County High School cross-country and track and field coach Lance Winders and two of his cross-country athletes competed Thursday night in Huntingdon’s Fitness Five 5K race.
Winders placed first overall with a time of 17 minutes, 54 seconds.
Austin Nance placed third overall and first in the 15 to 18 age group with a time of 19 minutes, 3 seconds.
Scott Wallett placed ninth overall and third in the 15 to 18 age group with a time of 22 minutes, 9 seconds.
Planning Commission Approves Kroger Fuel Addition
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday night and approved requests from the Kroger Company to develop a Fuel Center on a .861 acre tract in the Paris Shopping Center.
Planners first approved the minor subdivision plat which created almost 180 feet of frontage on Mineral Wells Avenue, then approved the site plan for the new Kroger Fuel Center.
The development proposes 7 fuel islands along with a 159 square foot kiosk to include cashier’s space and restroom. The fuel center will eliminate 114 parking spaces but it will still meet the requirement of 324 spaces as set forth in the ordinance. After the development, 332 parking spaces will still remain.
Planners also approved a minor site plan for East Wood Church of Christ. They want to place an 18 by 31 ft. accessory building at the northwest corner of their existing parking lot. The only effect the new building would have on the existing property is the elimination of three parking spaces. Drainage will not be affected and the building will meet the required setbacks.
The planning commission also approved a revised Minor Subdivision plat for the Board of Public Utilities and Dean Howd. Planners had approved a subdivision plat in June but the new revised plat includes a 100 foot wide strip along the south side of the proposed Howd tract that will be included in Tract 2 as a utility easement.
News from past weeks here.