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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Lady Patriots Prevail as District Tournament Champions

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Basketball team won their 2nd straight District Tournament Championship Monday night in a nail biter over #2 seed Rossview 56-54. The leading scorer in the game was Caroline Singleton with 14 points. Henry County will now turn to the Region Tournament. The Lady Pats will host the first round game Friday night at Gamlin Gym.

Named to the All Tournament team from Henry County were Emily Gilstrap, Gracie Osbron, Caroline Singleton, and Kelli Chipman.

Grove's 10th Annual Save a Heart Day is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove’s 10th annual Save A Heart Day is set for this Thursday February 22nd where students will rotate thru several heart healthy stations. The stations include CPR Certification where students will be trained and upon successful completion, will be certified CPR. Students will receive their CPR Certification cards before the end of the school year. Save a Heart Day has allowed hundreds of students to be trained in CPR over the last ten years and is very important to our county.

Other stops for students at Grove’s Save A Heart Day include Social Media, led by UT Martin Students, where students share precautionary advice regarding social media use; heart-related emergencies and distracted driving, led by Air Evac where students learn about heart attack symptoms and how the 911 System and supporting systems work in the county during emergency events.

There will also be stations on Teen Pregnancy, STDs, and Abstinence led by nationally known speaker Lucas Hurd; an exercise station; and stations about drug and alcohol use. Grove’s Save A Heart Day has become very popular with students and community members are quick to volunteer and help.

KPAC Winter Workshop Showing Two Plays Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center Young Artists Theatre Winter Workshop will be held this coming Thursday night February 23rd at 7pm. The group will present two plays “Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate” and “Soapy Smith’s Winter Wish” for only $6 or $5 plus two non-perishable food items.

“Peggy” is a funny tale where a young girl learns being small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. “Soapy” addresses the topic of being homeless in a funny way that will make you rethink some things in life.

Tickets are sold at the door. For more information call 644-2517 or email kriderpac@gmail.com.

Man Charged With Theft After Stealing Truck From Business

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. John Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged William Cody Dowdy, 25, of Cottage Grove, with burglary and theft after he admitted to taking a truck from a business on Hwy. 641 N. According to the report, Dep. Andrews arrived and noticed a truck parked where the 2017 Chevy, valued at $40K was parked. The other truck belonged to Dowdy upon checking with dispatch. It was determined that entry had been made into the business to get the keys to the truck. Later in the evening, Dowdy brought the truck back and Dep. Andrews along with Cpl. Blake Jenkins and Dep. Kyle Waldron came to the location and Dowdy admitted to taking the truck.

Woman Charged With Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Katie R. Tolley, 29 of Dover, for public intoxication after responding to Pocket’s over the weekend to assist Paris Police with an incident. Employees said she was hanging around the dumpsters and was hiding in the bathroom throughout the evening at the store. Tolley claimed that she had been sexually assaulted and there was a video going around of it.

She gave Dep. Waldron a story about having a wreck last week, waking up in jail, bonding out and going to a friend’s house in McKenzie where she thinks the sexual assault took place. After more discussion, Tolley couldn’t say for sure whether there was a video of it or not. She had been arrested after the wreck last week by Trooper Jason Mounts. Dep. Waldron arrested her for public intoxication for her own safety.

Lady Pats Play Rossview Mon. Night for District Championship

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots basketball team will play Rossview Monday evening at 7:30pm for the District 10-AAA Tournament Championship. Henry County beat Kenwood in double overtime Saturday to get to the championship game. The tournament is being played at Northeast High School. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast starting at 7pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply. Win or lose, the Lady Patriots will host the first round in the Region Tournament later this week.

Winders Brothers Compete in Indiana and Ky Races

Greencastle, In.- Javan Winders won the 800 meter run at he DePauw University Indoor Classic this weekend. Javan's time was 1:55.45 and he is currently ranked 2nd in the conference in the mile and 800 meters. Javan is a former Henry County Patriot and runs now for the University of Southern Indiana.

Lexington, Ky.- Titus and Silas Winders both competed in the University of Kentucky High School Invitatational this weekend in Lexington. Titus placed 9th in the mile with a time of 4:22.55 and Silas finished the 2 mile in 9:28.21, good for 6th place overall. Both brothers will compete in next weekend's Tennessee State High School Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Vanderbilt.

Reminder: Rison St. To Close Tuesday Feb. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- In conjunction with the Hwy 641 widening project and utility work, Rison Street will be closed to thru traffic from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The closure will affect Rison Street from Highway 69 to Poplar Street. Please adjust your routes this day and use caution when navigating this area, particularly the intersection of Hwy 641 and Rison Street. In the case of inclement weather, construction may be delayed and an alternate date will be determined and announced.

Keisha Norwood Named Chamber Exec. Assistant

Paris, Tenn.- Travis McLeese, Exec. Director of the Chamber of Commerce announced Keisha Norwood has been hired as Exec. Assistant at the Chamber.

Keisha Norwood is a graduate of American Public University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Meeting and Event Planning. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing through Columbia Southern University. Keisha has owned and operated a professional wedding and event planning business for a combined 15 years and executed approximately 2000 weddings and 800 corporate events along with other custom events. She has served a variety of professional roles including Administrative Director of Financial Affairs and Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President.

Keisha and her husband John, along with their four children, reside in Springville, Tennessee.  John is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Bethel University and serves as an adjunct facilitator for Bethel University and Southern New Hampshire University. Three of their four children attend schools within the Paris Special School District and the fourth (the oldest) is a junior at Henry County High School and a member of the Madrigals. All four children also serve as volunteers and attend the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center in Paris. 

HCSO/ATF Investigating Burglary At Guns N' Gear

Suspects and Vehicle of Guns N' Gear Burglary (Photos provided by HCSO)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF are currently investigating a “smash and grab” burglary at Guns N’ Gear located on highway 79N in Paris. On Sunday, February 18th at approximately 5:44am a silver early 2000’s model Chevrolet Cruz pulled into the parking lot at Guns N’ Gear. Seconds later the car backed in to the front door of the business, destroying it in the process. Four male occupants, all wearing masks and hoodies, then exited the vehicle and made entry inside the business. Once inside they took 12 handguns, predominantly Glocks. The entire incident from the time they hit the door to the time they left was 29 seconds. The ATF is assisting in this investigation due to the high probability that this case will turn into a multijurisdictional investigation and cross over county and state lines. Both the Sheriff’s Office and the ATF will be offering a substantial reward for any information that leads to an arrest or any information that provides advancement in the investigation. Any tips can be called in to the Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the Crime Tips line at 731-642-0929

Man Charged With Simple Possession

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, by Deputy Kyle Waldron, states that Michael A. Mayfield, age 25 of Mays Bridge Rd, was arrested and charged with simple possession of a schedule IV and drug paraphernalia after a Deputy Waldron was alerted about a vehicle being parked in the convention center parking lot at Paris Landing State Park.

Plumbing Supplies, Lumber Taken From Springville Home

Springville, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy James Higgins, approximately 20 pieces of PVC pipe, pipe fittings, and some pieces of lumber were taken from the yard of a home on Sandy Beach Rd. in Springville over the weekend.

Henry Fire Units Respond To Car Fire Early Sunday Morning

Henry, Tenn. - Henry Fire Units were dispatched to a report of a car fire in the area of Hwy 79 South and Skunk Hollow Road at approximately 7:41 a.m. Sunday morning. The units responded with Engine 1, Engine 2 & 7 Firefighters.

While enroute, the team of units were advised that the vehicle fire was actually a wreck with injuries. Units arrived on scene, along with the McKenzie Fire Department to discover a 90's model Ford Explorer fully involved.

Witnesses reported that the car had crossed over the center lane and hit a culvert, causing the Explorer to burst into flames.

The driver and single occupant, was transported to a local hospital for injuries unknown at press time.

(Henry Fire Department Photos)

Bethel University Presents Boeing, Boeing Feb 22-24

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Academic Theatre will present the play Boeing, Boeing, February 22-24 in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building on the school’s McKenzie campus. Boeing, Boeing is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Comoletti. Set in the 1960’s the play follows a bachelor, Bernard, who couldn’t be happier with a flat in Paris and three attractive stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing the other. Bernard’s life gets bumpier when his friend Robert comes to stay with him, and a new, speedier Boeing Jet disrupts his careful planning.

The play is directed by Tony Morton and will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30; Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7:30 and Saturday Feb. 24th at 2 pm and again at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the door before each performance. Bethel University students and faculty/staff get in free with I.D.

The HCHS Junior Cheer Clinic Set For March

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Junior Cheer Clinic is being held in March at the HCHS auxiliary gym in E building. Clinic practice dates are set for March 5th from 3:45-5:00 pm and March 6th at the same times. The performance date will be March 10th at the HCHS soccer field. Cost is $40 per person and includes snacks, t-shirts and a set of pom-poms. You can enter your payment and form by mailing them to Velvet Arnold at 315 S. Wilson St. Paris, TN 38242, dropping it off in the office at HCHS or you may give it to any cheerleader or Coach Arnold at any of the basketball games. For any questions you may have, contact any of your high school cheerleaders or email Velvet Arnold at arnoldv@henryk12.net.

HCSO and McDonald's Hand Out Random Acts of Kindness

Paris, Tenn.-  Partnering with McDonald’s the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were conducting traffic stops for drivers doing the right thing, such as, wearing their seatbelts and obeying the speed limit. Officers were awarding safe drivers with a meal of breakfast, lunch or dinner from McDonald’s.

Open Doors Community Church Holds Car Raffle

Paris, Tenn.-  Open Doors Community Church is holding a car raffle from now until March 15th, for a 2005 Mercury Sable in. The car can be seen at Guns & Gear in Paris and has been donated to the church. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from members of Open Doors Community Church or at Guns & Gear. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for the ODCC Bus Ministry. The winner will be selected and notified March 18th and winner must pay tax and license fees.

Traffic Stops Lead To Arrests, Citation

Paris, Tenn.- Travis M. Snow, age 18 of Big Sandy, received a citation for simple possession from Deputy Stacey Bostwick of the HCSO February 15th. Deputy Bostwick observed a vehicle driving on Memorial Dr. with a brake light out, and conducted a traffic stop. While talking to the driver, Deputy Bostwick obtained consent to search the vehicle. Before the search began, Snow advised that there was a small amount of marijuana in the console. The marijuana was located and the defendant was cited.

Patrolman Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop, Thursday evening, after clocking a vehicle travelling 63 mph in a 40 mph zone. After making contact with the driver, Angelia R. Ducking, age 35 of Irving, Texas, dispatch advised Ducking was suspended out of Texas. Due to the suspect being out of state, she was arrested and transported to HCSO without incident. Ducking’s bond was set at $1,000.00.

According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Donnie R. Tharpe age 52 of Hidden Acres Dr., was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense by Trooper Harden.

Patriot's End Basketball Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots ended their basketball season tonight with 11 wins and 17 losses. The Patriots took a loss from Rossview with a score of 39-70. Tonight’s high score came from The Patriots' Ethan Thompson with 15 points.

BlueCross Scholarship Deadline is March 16th

Nashville- The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Power of We scholarship through March 16, 2018. Three ten thousand dollar scholarships will be awarded to minority students in Tennessee who are undergraduates and who are pursuing health care careers.

Established in 2012, the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship program aims to build a more inclusive health care workforce in Tennessee and ultimately help reduce health disparities in the state. Minority students with strong academic records and community service experience are encouraged to apply.

The scholarships are presented in partnership with the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and recognize achievements in academics, community service and leadership.

“These scholarships provide a much-needed resource for minority students who may not have had the same opportunities as others,” said Ron Harris, vice president of diversity and inclusion for BlueCross. “This financial assistance will help deserving students achieve their dreams while increasing diversity in the health care field.”

According to BlueCross research on health care reform and its impacts on minority populations in Tennessee, African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, as well as other Pacific Islanders, remain underrepresented in medicine relative to their numbers in the U.S. population and populations in specific states, regions and localities.

For more information about the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship, including the application, please visit the page on www.bettertennessee.com.

Tractor Supply Stores Hosting FFA Fundraiser Feb. 16-25

Paris, Tenn.- This month, Tractor Supply Company stores in TN will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in their community.

Coinciding with National FFA Week (Feb. 17-24), Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at checkout Feb. 16-25 while shopping in-store, online at www.tractorsupply.com or by calling Customer Solutions at (877) 718-6750. Donations will fund the national Grants for Growing program, supporting FFA chapters in TN that are making a difference in their communities through unique and sustainable agricultural projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. 

“Through the generosity and assistance of our customers and team members, we are honored to support local FFA chapters across the country through our Grants for Growing program,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “This initiative not only allows us to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders, but also the future of agricultural education.”

Since its start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization. The initiative has funded a total of 692 grants supporting projects involving more than 69,000 students. 

Notable 2017 grant recipients include the Hart County FFA growing and tending to a hydroponic vegetable garden and the creation of an “Agriculture Day” by the King City FFA. During this day, sixth graders were given the opportunity to learn more about technology in agriculture, inspiring the next generation of our country’s leaders to pursue their interests in all things agriculture. 

Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted applications detailing how they will start or expand on a project that will benefit their communities as well as both current and future FFA students. Funds have been requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs. 

Grants, awarded to winning FFA chapter initiatives in the spring, have a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $5,000. All donations remain within the state in which they were raised. 

For more details about the program, visit www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing



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