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Paris Man Killed in One Vehicle Accident on 641N

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from Trooper Josh Wade of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Thomas H. Merrell, age 82 of Paris,  was killed in a one vehicle accident on Highway 641N  just before 11:45pm on Thursday.

Trooper Wade stated that Merrell was heading north in his pickup when the truck left and went off the right side of the road just north of Smith Road. The pickup then hit an embankment and a tree before it overturned coming to a stop.

Trooper Wade said that wearing a seat belt would have made a difference in the outcome of the crash.

Singin' in the Rain Jr. is Friday and Saturday at 7pm

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists Summer Theatre Singin' in the Rain Jr. will be held on Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center.

​Tickets cost $10 for all reserved seating, $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. Tickets will also be available at the door. You can purchase advance tickets from the Paris Civic Center or from any cast member.

St. Louis Man Arrested for DUI, Paris Man Arrested for Possession

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Josh Wade arrested Ahmed Farah, age 37 of West Pine Boulevard of St. Louis, on Thursday for driving under the influence. Farah was placed on $4,000 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Clinton Mobley, of Hidden Acres Road of Paris, on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Mobley was placed on $500 bond.

Beale Street Come to Paris is Saturday, July 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- Beale Street Comes to Paris featuring the Young Petty Thieves is set for Saturday, July 22nd from 8pm till 12am at the Paris Convention Center  located behind the Quality Inn, at 1510 East Wood Street in Paris.           

Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. You can purchase tickets at the Quality Inn in Paris. For more ticket locations and information please call 731-333-9647.

Cause of Death in Fatality on Old Union Loop Released

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a motor vehicle accident on Old Union Loop Rd in Henry County that occurred on Thursday, July 20th.

When officers arrived, Jonathan R Barron of 324 Old Union Loop, was found deceased inside the vehicle. The Sheriff's Office,THP, and the Medical Examiners' Office did determine Jonathan Barron's death to be the result of head trauma that Barron received during the course of the accident where Barron's 2013 Black Hyundai car left the roadway and struck a tree.

Wilson Remains in Critial Condition

Paris, Tenn.- The man injured Thursday when his head touched an electric wire while he was working on the roof of a barn on Antioch Harber Road remains in critical condition. Tony Wilson was life-flighted to Vanderbilt's Regional Burn Center Thursday after the incident.

Wranglers Campground Hosting Rodeo Fri., Sat.

Golden Pond, Ky.- Wranglers Campground at Land Between the Lakes will host the 21st Annual Primitive Rodeo, presented by Crossland Rodeo Company, Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, from 7:30-10pm.

“This is a great opportunity for families to get outside and enjoy some unique fun and see local cowboys and cowgirls compete in one of our country’s oldest sports. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the show,” says Wranglers Campground manager Jamey Thweatt.

This is an International Pro Rodeo Association sanctioned show with $300 added to each event. The rodeo is open to the public. Admission is $10 ages 13 and older, $7 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. No coolers permitted.

Enjoy half-price camping on Friday and Saturday at Wranglers. Children’s activities available earlier in the day at the Pavilion from 1-2:30pm, as well as mutton busting, a new event from 6:30-7:15pm.

Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, break away roping, tie-down roping, saddle Bronc riding, team roping, cowgirls’ barrel racing, bull riding and an IPRA showcase clown. More information is available at https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/wranglers-primitive-rodeo-2017/2017-07-21/

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1.800.525.7077 or 270.924.2000. Photos available on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/albums.

Reminder: Yard Sale for Caleb's Adoption at FBC Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- First Baptist Church will hold a Yard Sale for Caleb’s Adoption this Saturday July 22nd beginning at 6:30am in the FBC Gym. Caleb is the adoptive child of Zach and Rachel Van Gieson, Larry and Debbie Simmons’ son-in-law and daughter. There will be several items for sale and bake sale at the event as well.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the yard sale may do so by bringing you items to the church between Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 4pm each day.

Paris Soccer Club Signups Saturday at Hulmes

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Soccer Club will hold soccer sign ups at Hulmes Sporting Goods on Hwy. 641 S. this Saturday July 22nd from 10am to 1pm. Players must be age 4-17 by August 31st. Price is $45, checks can be made to Paris Soccer Club.

Reminder: HCHS Baseball Tryouts Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Newly hired Henry County High School Baseball Coach Benji Bona has announced that high school baseball tryouts will be held Friday July 21st and Saturday July 22nd beginning at 6pm each night at the HCHS baseball field. The tryouts are open to anyone in grades 9-12 and anyone trying out should bring gloves, bat, and other baseball equipment.

Dr. Norton Receives High Marks from Board Evaluation

Chairman Doug Braden goes over board evaluation of Director Dr. Brian Norton. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met Thursday afternoon and chairman Doug Braden discussed the Director’s Evaluation for Director Dr. Brian Norton.

Chairman Braden said Dr. Norton scored very well on all the categories in the evaluation such as board relationship, community relationship and being the spokesman for the school system, staff and personnel relationships, finances, vision and long range plans, and student achievement. Braden said, “overall Dr. Norton scored very well in each category cumulatively.” He added, “we have full confidence in your leadership and ability.”

Dr. Norton thanked the board for their kind words, friendships, and evaluation. He said, “its very nice to see your confidence in me, but those high marks are because of all the people in our system.”

Board Approves Adding Student Represenative to the Board

Board members discuss the addition of a student rep to the board. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton introduced on first reading, the student representative of the school board policy on Thursday. He reminded the board that some of the students who went to the SCOPE conference met students in other systems that actually sat on the school board and they would like to see Henry County have a student representative.

The TSBA has a policy that allows the board to select a student representative that has no vote, but represents the student body. The policy says the student must be a senior, in good standing, attend all board members, and be recommended by the high school principal.

BOE Gives Beasley Authorization to Conduct Early Childhood Study

Paris, Tenn.- Board member Tom Beasley made a motion to authorize him to conduct a study in the areas of early childhood development and education. Beasley said the idea is to see if there are any gaps in those areas and see if we can come up with ideas to improve those things with help from the school system.

Beasley said, “Ive always wanted the board to do something like lead a 6-8 month study in regards to early childhood education and development with new moms.” He said I’m not sure what we will find and if there are ways we can help with gaps in this development.

In his Director’s report, Dr. Norton, thanked each board member for their time on Thursday during the annual board retreat which was held earlier in the day.

The board also approved the sick-leave support personnel policy on 2nd reading. Dr. Norton said this is showing our support personnel we appreciate them. The changes removes the maximum limitation on sick leave for support personnel and allows it to be added to retirement as well.

Man Life-Flighted to Vanderbilt After Being Electrocuted Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry County man has been life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after he was electrocuted Thursday morning on Antioch Harbor Road. Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated in  press release the victim, identified as Tony A. Wilson, of Paris, was on the roof of a barn working on something Thursday morning. His brother informed authorities they were working on the barn when Wilson stood up and his head touched an electric line hanging near the barn. The electric shock caused severe injuries and he was life-flighted from the scene. EMS, BPU, HCSO, and Paris Landing Fire responded to the scene. His condition is not available at this time. Wilson is listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt's Regional Burn Center.

Henry County Flight Nurse Celebrates Milestone

Paris, Tenn.- Crystal Peck, a flight nurse with the Henry County, Tenn., Air Evac Lifeteam base, recently celebrated a milestone in her career – her 250th patient flight wings. Peck joined Air Evac Lifeteam in November 2014. Prior to joining Air Evac, she worked at Baptist Health in Paducah, Ky.

Peck has a BSN through the University of Kentucky and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Murray State University.

“When I came here I had been a nurse for 21 or 22 years,” Peck said. “Of those, 13 years were in the ICU and eight were in the ER. I felt that God built my career to prepare me for this job. I love my job! I love working for a company that strives to be the best in the industry and provides me the opportunity to grow as a nurse and help save the lives of the people in the communities we serve.”

Peck and her husband, Joey, reside in Murray, Ky. She has four children, one stepson and three grandchildren. (Air Evac photo)

Fatality on Old Union Loop Investigated by THP, HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Investigation is continuing into the death of a Henry County man after his body was found in a crashed vehicle on Old Union Loop Road Wednesday night. Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WMUF no details are being released at this time because the wreck remains under investigation. The Henry County Sheriff's Office found the deceased man in his vehicle and are investigating the incident as well. The man's name has been released, Johnathan Barron, age 31 of Paris.

MSU Helps Students in Need After JH Richmond Explosion

Murray, Ky.- Student-centered institutions are defined in many ways. A recent incident continued to emphasize Murray State University’s commitment to putting students first, even in difficult and unplanned circumstances. 

An explosion at J.H. Richmond Hall on Wednesday afternoon, June 28 caused structural damage to the residential facility as well as other surrounding campus buildings. In the aftermath of the incident, the Murray State community calmly assessed, rallied and responded to the needs of both Murray State students as well as visitors to campus.
All Murray State students living on campus this summer to take classes, as well as camp visitors, were quickly accounted for following the incident. Approximately 45 University staff helped move nearly 70 University students who were residing this summer at Hester Hall, located alongside Richmond Hall. Beginning Friday evening, June 30 and continuing late that night into the weekend, staff entered Hester Hall to remove belongings individually by room. These items were loaded by truck and delivered to alternate on-campus housing at White Hall. From there, staff assisted students in bringing belongings into their new rooms to make the transition as seamless as possible.
In the interim period while students could not access their rooms, University staff purchased toiletries, bedding, towels and other essentials for students who were displaced.
“I was in awe with how the University responded to the incident. It was really bad for me to see all that happened, especially since Hester was my home for the past three years,” said Matthew Allen, a Murray State student and resident assistant at Hester Hall. “Personally, I really felt like the University was concerned for my well-being and tried to lessen the impact of a very devastating accident.”
Stephanie C. is the mother of a Murray State senior who was attending a two-week summer class and studying in her Hester Hall room at the time of the incident.
“From Wednesday evening until Friday evening I reached out to the Murray State staff trying to help navigate the situation with my daughter,” said Stephanie. “Once Wednesday night was settled, we waited for word when the students could get their things from their dorm rooms. My daughter's class was over at noon on Friday and she had planned to drive back home that day. I contacted the Student Affairs office and spoke with (Vice President of Student Affairs) Don Robertson about our situation. Don made sure my daughter's items were one of the first done so she could get on the road for home. I can't say enough about how great Don handled the situation over the 48 hours. He was always professional and went way above and beyond.”
Campus visitors who were impacted also included camp participants in Adventures in Math and Science, Governor Scholars Program and Commonwealth Honors Academy, who were staying in areas of campus which were affected.
Soon after the incident, the University helped relocate campers to other residential halls on campus. The Curris Center became a central hub for campers. A call station was set up for parents to communicate with their children. Programs continued within the Curris Center, and on-site food service was offered in the Thoroughbred Room as Winslow Dining Hall was unavailable. 
University staff continued to keep the campus and external community informed through  regular updates at murraystate.edu, including a letter from Murray State President Bob Davies. 
In a letter distributed on July 3, Davies said, “I am extremely grateful to all of the members of the Murray State family who demonstrated compassion in the efforts to maintain services, answer questions, ease minds and provide a sincere caring spirit among all individuals who have been impacted. I am also appreciative to all of the community members who responded with aid, action and words of encouragement.”

Murray State alumni throughout the world showed their support through social media and email, including alumna Carla Hill, ’91 and ’93, who was appreciative of the University’s response following the incident. Hill empathized with those who were impacted, particularly the students on campus who held leadership positions within the residential halls. Hill also has a son who currently attends Murray State and will be returning to campus in the fall.

“I worked the summers in the residence halls, so I knew what a challenging situation those students found themselves in,” said Hill. “The timeliness of the University’s communication really set me at ease. You place tremendous trust in the leadership of an organization when you send your child to college. The way to judge true leadership is how the organization reacts in the face of difficulty. The swift action and the communication of that action by Murray State was impressive.” 
Another Murray State alumnus, William Swatzell, ’71 and ’78, was particularly impressed by the web notifications and timely updates posted at murraystate.edu. Swatzell has a daughter who is currently taking summer classes on the Murray campus.
“I thought it was a very quick response by the University, and I thought the honesty came through quickly,” said Swatzell. “Overall, I was pleased and very proud as an alumnus.” 
Preparations continue to be made for the first day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester, which will be Tuesday, August 15. 

Paris Police Investigating Break-in at LL's

Paris,Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Tony Elkins responded to LL’s Bar and Grill on a break-in at the business where someone had forced open the door and taken money from the register and a bank bag behind the counter. The owner had checked next door with the Public Works Department and there was a surveillance video that showed a pickup truck arrive around 12:35am and pull into the storage units near the business.

The report says the pickup then pulled off and headed towards Cooper Street and a male, who appeared to be wearing something over his head, a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, and black tennis, walked from the storage units and forced his way into the building thru the door. The pickup drove back by and picked up the man and left out on Blakemore St. Investigation is continuing.

Convited Felon Arrested After Officers Respond to Alleged Shooting Incident

Paris, Tenn.- One arrest was made Wednesday night after Dep. Dalton Watson responded to the 7000 block of Elkhorn Road in reference to a female that had been shot in the back allegedly.

According to the report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office once Dep. Watson arrived, the female victim advised she had not been shot in the back but had fallen and injured her back. The victim also told Dep. Watson that a neighbor drove beside her truck in a white car and began to shoot at their vehicle. Her fiancé, Mark Fisher, 42 of Perkins Road, begin to shoot back at the vehicle with her handgun. She said she had also fired one round into the air out of the passenger side window and the vehicle that had shot at them then fled the scene.

Dep. Watson then spoke with Fisher, who advised he had issues with his neighbor, nicknamed “Firepole” earlier in the day and he drove a white caprice. Dep. Watson was advised by dispatch that Fisher was a convicted felon and attempted to arrest Fisher for unlawful possession of a weapon. Fisher refused to turn around and said he was not riding in the back of a police car.

Dep. Chad Lowery, who arrived to assist, told Fisher two more times to comply, which Fisher didn’t and Dep. Lowery deployed his taser and Fisher was taken into custody.

Dep. Watson noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the bed of the truck where household items were contained and noticed a box of things and two pill bottles containing marijuana, two vacuum sealed bags of marijuana, a glass pipe, and a grinder. The total marijuana was 101 grams. Fisher was officially charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of schedule 6 with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony, and resisting arrest.

During the booking process, it was determined Fisher had over $1500 on his person. The money was seized and taken as evidence. No contact was ever made with a white Caprice in reference to the initial complaint.

TBI Study Shows Stats on Campus Crimes, Domestic Violence

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two studies last month detailing the volume and nature of crime on school campuses and crimes identified as being domestic violence in nature. The studies compile crime data submitted to the TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System or TIBRS.

Some of the findings in the Domestic Violence 2016 study show a total of over 78K domestic violence offenses were reported in 2016, which represents a .4% increase from 2015. Simple assault accounted for nearly 67% of all reported domestic violence offenses.

The study showed females were three times as likely to be victimized as males and accounted for 71.5% of reported victims. Juveniles accounted for nearly 10% of reported domestic violence victims.

In the School Crime 2014-2016 study, the overall number of offenses reported as having occurred in school decreased 8.8% from 2014 to 2016. Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense. The largest percentage of reported offenses occurred between Noon and 3pm. The month of September had the highest frequency of reported school crimes.

The TBI cautions against using data provided in these type of reports to compare one jurisdiction to another because the factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate. Full reports are available at the TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi.

Warner Cheer Signups July 22nd, 29th, Aug. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Signups for Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be held at the Paris Civic Center from 10am to Noon July 22nd, 29th, and August 5th at the Paris Civic Center. For more information visit the Pop Warner Cheerleading Facebook page.

Henry County Youth Football Signups July 22nd, Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Football signups will be held Saturday July 22nd at Paris Civic Center from 9-11am and then again on August 12th at Barton Field. Players must be 9 years old as of September 1st and weigh at least 70 pounds. First year players must present birth certificate. For more information call Bernie Sleadd at 336-0313.

FRC Accepting Applications for Free School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center will be accepting applications for free school supplies and backpacks. The deadline is July 24th at Noon. Proof of income is required. For more information call the Family Resource Center at 642-2938.

KPAC Young Artists Present Singing in Rain, Jr. This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists Theatre presents Singing in the Rain, Jr., this Friday and Saturday July 21 and 22 at 7pm each night. The golden age musical features the story and music of the timeless 1952 movie and will be a hit with all ages. General admission is $10 for adult and $5 for children and students. All reserved seating is $10. Tickets are now available at the Paris Civic Center, any cast member, and will be sold at the door. For more information call 644-2517.

Huge Crowd Sees Contents of Time Capsule at First Bank

Some of the contents from the capsule included many papers, documents, and a Collier's Encylopedia. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A huge crowd was on hand Wednesday to hear stories and see contents that were in a time bronze meta box and sealed into the wall at the downtown branch of First Bank.

First Bank President Troy Buttery welcomed everyone and local historian Ray Harding told a little of the history of how the time capsule was placed into the wall at what was then the First Savings and Trust Bank. Harding said the capsule came from a cornerstone of the old Paris City Hall when it was built in 1902 and then torn down in 1964. First Savings and Trust was built in 1967 and the time capsule was moved and installed in the wall when the original building for the bank was built.

Ray Harding discusses the capsule and its history.

The capsule contained many old newspapers, church bulletins, city documents, and other items from 1902 that depicted life in Paris at the time. Collier's Encyclopedia from 1884 was included in the capsule, former Paris Papers including the Parisian, Post-Intelligencer, and Paris Press, letters from some businesses, a report from Paris High School, later renamed Lee Academy, and a copy of a speech from Governor Porter.

More contents will be put back in the capsule and it will be sealed in the wall again to be open in another 50 years.

Investigation Continues into Stolen Vehicle from Dealership

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department continues to investigate a situation where an employee of Peppers Automotive let another man drive a vehicle for several days. The report stated that manager at Peppers informed Sgt. James that a friend of his in the Tennessee Highway Patrol had contacted him asking if a vehicle had been stolen off their lot. After searching, it was found that a 2017 GMC Acadia was indeed missing. The value of the vehicle is over $47K.

The Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle in Carroll County but the driver evaded. Sgt. James’s investigation continued as he learned Michael Case, 38, of Enon Church Road was working at the dealership and had possibly let Anthony Haynes, Jr., age 40 of McKenzie, drive the vehicle.

On Star found the vehicle on Gibson Lane and Enon Church Road in Carroll County and Sgt. James notified the THP for assistance. Sgt. James made contact with Case, who admitted to letting Haynes drive the vehicle and having him remove the dealer tag. Troopers has Haynes in custody, who said he paid $150 per day and marijuana to drive the car. Case denied accepting cash for the vehicle. The Assistant District Attorney has been contact and the case is still under investigation.

DUI, Marijuana Arrest Made at Steak N Shake

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department arrested Kelly M. Solomon, age 39, of Springville, after responding to Steak N Shake on an intoxicated person call. Ptl. Roaten arrived to find Solomon in her vehicle in the drive thru and finally got her to stop. Field sobriety tests were done, which Solomon failed. A search also indicated marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Solomon was charged with DUI 1st offense, simple possession schedule 6, and drug paraphernalia possession.

Tables Stolen From Cottage Grove School

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated several lunch tables, valued at $8K were stolen from Cottage Grove School. The employee at the school had told a man he could take scrap metal off, but told him not to take the tables in the basement. The employee noticed the tables were missing and contacted the man, but he has yet to return the tables. No arrests have been made yet in this case.

New Measures in Place at HC 911 After Ransomware Attack

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer released some information in regards to a security hack of the 911 center about a year ago where ransomware hit the mobile servers and CAD server. Archer said the hackers found their way thru the mobile units and found an old password from a technician that hadn’t been deleted from the system to get in.

Archer said firewall protection saved the hackers from infiltrating the 911 calls, so no 911 calls were affected during the incident. The mobile server had to be shut down and wiped clean and reinstalled. Homeland Security was contacted and are tracking the incident, but it is rare that perpetrators are found. Archer said more stringent software has been installed to help protect against this in the future.

PSSD BOE Hears Budget Proposals

Dr. Gerrell discusses the highlights of the 2017-18 budget. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night and Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell, presiding over her first meeting in that role, discussed the budget for the fiscal year 2017-18. The budget represents a decrease in state BEP funds and a decrease of 4.71 teaching positions.

The budget calls for a 2% raise and a 1% bonus for employees that equals over around $350K in the budget, half of the raise will be covered from last year’s 1% bonus and the bonus this year will be from fund balance. $30K is also in the budget for sport court gym flooring at Rhea Elementary and over $550K for possible additional Rhea Construction. The increase to the system’s health insurance is around $147K. The budget will use just under $700K from fund balance, but Finance Director Mandy Hudgins said it is healthy and will not put a burden on the system to use. The system does expect reimbursement from the FEMA/TEMA Tornado Safe grant within the year.

Updates Given on Rhea Construction Project

Cary Henson discusses finishing touches on the Rhea addition. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Cary Henson of Henson Construction was on hand at Tuesday’s meeting and discussed the status of the Rhea Elementary Project. He said the contractor failed to put all the patterns in the colors of the flooring of the hallways. Henson said there will be some credit coming back from the contractor and a little extra cost in the pattern change. There will be an open house on Tuesday July 25th for the new addition of Rhea from 5-6pm.

Henson said the only thing left to do of any significance is some work on the front bus canopy and some sod work. He said the fire marshal came by Tuesday and should give approval this week. The demolition of the old building has been completed There have been some minor issues but has gone well overall.

The board approved the memorandum of understanding with the Department of Education on the grant of $82K for Coordinated School Health. It is the same amount as previous years.

PSSD Starts Aug. 4th; School in Session on Eclipse Day

Paris, Tenn.- In her Superintendent report, Dr. Gerrell, said school begins August 4th for abbreviated day and buses will be running that day. She also stated school will be in session on August 21st, for the total solar eclipse. Dr. Gerrell said Dr. Curt Taylor helped the system find some proper glasses for the solar eclipse and lots of fun astronomy events will be going on that day to teach our students about the event.

Public Sale Planned for Thurs. at Rhea Gym

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Gerrell said there will be a public sale Thursday July 20th from 8:30am to 10:30am at Rhea Elementary Gym for pre-schools, churches, daycares, and the general public. There will be student desks, tables cubbies, chairs, and various other items.

At the end of Tuesday's meeting, Board chairman Richard Edwards said Dr.Gerrell has been on the job for 18 days officially and she is doing an excellent job and is on top of all the issues.

PSSD Registration Information

Paris, Tenn.- Registration information for the PSSD was given out at the board meeting on Tuesday night. All returning PSSD students grades 1st thru 8th the parents will be contacted by phone between July 24-27 to register by phone. If any parent isn’t contact by phone, they will need to register their student at your child’s school on July 28th from 8-11am.

Parent Orientation is scheduled at Rhea on Monday July 31st 8-9am for Kindergarten, and 5pm for 1st and 2nd grade. Paris Elementary parent orientation will be Monday July 31st at 6pm for 3rd grade, 7pm for 4th and 5th grade. Inman parent orientation is set for July 25th from 3-5pm for 6th grade and August 1st from 5-6pm for 7th and 8th.

Thefts Reported in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvais of the Paris Police Department responded to a Lincoln Street residence where woman returned from work to find the back door open and the house ransacked. After searching, several items were found to be stolen including a safe containing $600 in cash, a 9mm Taurus handgun, some jewelry, and clothes. The value of missing items is around $2K. There are some possible suspects that had been by the home before but no one has been arrested in connection to the theft as of yet.

Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of two tarps stolen off a trailer parked at Mays Bridge Road and Hwy. 69S. The trailer has been sitting there since late June and the tarps are the commercial kind that are heavy duty. The value of the tarps is about $1K.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hit and run call at 95 Hidden Acres Road where a witness saw a black male, driving a black impala run into several mailboxes down the street and drive off. The witness told Cpl. Jenkins the suspect had moved into a home down the road. Cpl. Jenkins went to the home and found Davonte Davis, age 20, of 85 Hidden Acres, who admitted to reaching down to light his cigar and running off the road hitting the mailboxes. There was damaged to the car’s passenger’s side mirror. Davis was cited for Hit and Run.

50 Year Time Capsule to Be Opened at First Bank Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- First Bank will hold two events Wednesday July 19th at two different branches and the community is invited out each one. The first will be at 10am for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at the Mineral Wells Branch as they have recently added an expansion. The 2nd event will be at the downtown branch at 11:30am, where a time capsule placed inside the wall at the bank when it was First Trust and Savings Bank 50 years ago will be opened.

First Baptist Church to Hold Yard Sale for Caleb's Adoption Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- First Baptist Church will hold a Yard Sale for Caleb’s Adoption this Saturday July 22nd beginning at 6:30am in the FBC Gym. Caleb is the adoptive child of Zach and Rachel Van Gieson, Larry and Debbie Simmons’ son-in-law and daughter. There will be several items for sale and bake sale at the event as well.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the yard sale may do so by bringing you items to the church between Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 4pm each day.

Comm. Travis Resigns His Seat; Special Election Set for Aug.

Commissioner Monte Starks shakes hands with Comm. Travis as Comm. Kenneth Humphreys and Paul Neal look on. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for July on Monday evening and set the rules for a special election to fill the office of District 4, County Commissioner. There is a seat vacant in the 4th district after long time commissioner Elder James Travis moved just outside of the district after his home was destroyed when a tree fell on it earlier this year.

An emotional Commissioner Travis read his letter of resignation Monday evening thanking the citizens of Henry County for voting him in and saying, “one of the greatest joys of my life has been to serve this commission with these great people my fellow commissioners.”

Commissioner Travis has served the 4th District for around 20 years. After he read his letter, the room gave him a standing ovation for his service.

County Mayor Brent Greer said anyone living in the 4th district that wants to serve as a county commissioner should send a letter to the County Mayor’s Office and explain why they want to serve. Nominations will come from commissioners and the floor at the August meeting when the special election is held. The person elected will fill the seat until the next election in 2018. The commission will vote until a majority is reached on one person.

Mayor Greer thanked Commissioner Travis for his service and said we have 90 days to do this, but being that we will hear about the Board of Education project next month and being discussing and voting on that soon, I think it's important to get another commissioner in place to hear the discussions.

Comm. Travis reads his letter or resignation Mon. night. (Alsobrooks photos)

Lease Approved for Air Methods Permanent Hangar at Airport

Mayor Brent Greer discusses the lease for Air Methods. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Greer asked commissioners to suspend the rules Monday night to add a couple items to the agenda that came in late but needed some action. One was for a lease agreement with the Meadows Family Real Estate Partnership to construct a permanent hangar at the Henry County airport for Air Methods, the group that provides air ambulance services to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Meadows Family Real Estate is the group that constructs these hangars for Air Methods. The hangar will be constructed near the Air Evac hangar, which the county had previously approved a lease for.

Commissioners also approved a last minute resolution to authorize the sale of delinquent tax property at a reduced price. The parcel is being considered for $1250 which is less than the delinquent tax debt owed.

County Comm., HCBOE To Hold Work Session Aug. 14th

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Greer also announced the County Commission and Henry County Board of Education will hold a Work Session on Monday August 14th at 5pm immediately following the August Budget Committee meeting in the Chancery Courtroom. The work session will be to hear a presentation from the school board on new plans for the high school project. Mayor Greer said financial advisers will be on hand at the work session as well. No official action will be taken at the work session.

Likely Suspects in Church Burglary Drop IDs

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are continuing to investigating a break-in at the Church of the Living God on Gwen Street where entry was made on the east side window and the church was ransacked. No one is in custody at this time, but two ids of non-church members were found on the scene.

Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department arrested Joshua Langford, of 7090 Shady Grove Road, and charged him with criminal simulation. The charges stem from Langford and another woman, who was arrested last week, passing counterfeit $100 bills at two businesses.

Another arrest from the Metro Crime Unit was for Carla Sue Stout, age29, of 6245 Reynoldsburg Road, for simple possession of schedule two and six. She was placed on $2K bond.

Deputies Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Routon Truck Stop Road was broken into over the weekend. The bedrooms were ransacked and items were piled near the kitchen door. The resident isn’t sure what all is missing at this time.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a vehicle parked at a residence on Ben Smith Road had the front passenger window busted out and several items missing from inside including $20 in cash, several credit cards, a watch, perfume, and prescription medications. There are no suspects at this time.

HCMC Camp at Atkins Porter Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center 85210 Summer Camp will be held Tuesday July 18th from 9am to 3pm at Atkins Porter Gym. Lunch is provided by the Summer Feeding Program from Noon to 1pm. appropriate clothing including tennis shoes and shorts must be worn and water bottles should be brought.

The camp is designed to teach children about the importance of nutrition, sleep, and exercise to their health with fun activities including exercises, games, interactive learning and handouts. The camp is free and open to 1st thru 5th graders, but only 30 spots are available. Call 644-3463 or go online to register at www.hcmc-tn.org. Registration ends Monday July 17th.   

Fair Book Dedicated to Larry and Deneicia Gregson

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair is set for August 28th thru September 2nd and Fair books will soon be out across the county. This year's book has been dedicated to two Fair Board members, a Henry County Century Farm family, and two people who have been heavily involved in all aspects of the fair for several years, Larry and Deneicia Gregson.

Larry has been on the fair board since 2000, Deneicia started in 2009. Both have served as Presidents on several committees and boards and Deneicia is currently serving a 2nd, three year term on the Tennessee Associations of Fairs State Board.

They live on a Century Farm in Pleasant Hill and have four children and three grandchildren.

Bethel Recognized for Nursing Program

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates have once again achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX, the nurse licensure examination that determines nursing readiness. With this accomplishment by the school’s May 2017 nurse graduates, Bethel has now achieved the perfect pass rate for four out of the last five years.

“This is an achievement that is extremely rare for nursing programs,” said Mary Bess Griffith, Nursing Program Director. “And this accomplishment stands as recognition of the outstanding work done by each and every one of the nursing faculty and staff as well as the nursing students here at Bethel. It’s full commitment by everyone to give the health profession the best nurses possible.”

Griffith said that type of commitment is becoming well known in the region. “Our students are highly sought after graduates by employers in the West and Middle Tennessee regions,” she said.

 “Bethel’s nursing program continues to shine brightly, and I know that this is not just something that happens,” said Bethel President Walter Butler. “There is a right mix of knowledgeable and caring instructors, a solid program framework and great student work ethic. Part of that is that we recruited great students, but part of that too is that we have people in place who are instilling a love and passion for the profession and a work ethic that truly helps our students stand out.”

The Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares its graduates for entry level Registered Nurse positions in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings and for entry into graduate studies which lead to advanced degrees in nursing.

Bethel University also offers an online RN-BSN program that accomplishes the same outcomes as the on-site BSN program.

For more information about Bethel University’s Nursing program contact Keisha Norwood at 731-352-6466 or John Norwood at 731-352-6875.

Bethel University is one of Tennessee's oldest 4-year institutions. In 2017, it is celebrating its 175th birthday. Headquartered in McKenzie, Bethel is associated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and it offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms.

For more information about Bethel University programs, go to www.bethelu.edu.

One Cited and One Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Jeff Smith arrested Nicole Tozzi, age 26 of Harrison Street of Paris, on Sunday for simple possession of a schedule IV substance, shoplifting and criminal trespass. Tozzi was placed on $2,500 bond.

In another report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Greg Underwood cited Teresa Snyder, age 47 of Pioneer Road of Henry, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule IV substance.

Sgt. Underwood received a call about an unwanted person who was sitting in front of a room that Snyder was renting at a local motel. When Sgt. Underwood arrived at the scene he spoke to the driver of the vehicle sitting in front of Snyder’s room. The driver stated to police that she thought Snyder was at the motel having an affair with her husband.

When Sgt. Underwood went to the room and spoke with Snyder he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room. Snyder gave Sgt. Underwood permission to search the room and she said that no one was with her.

After searching the room Sgt. Underwood didn’t find anyone else in the room, but he did find a few marijuana cigarettes in Snyder’s possession. Snyder was then cited for the following offense.

Paris Man Arrested for Theft and FTA

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,   Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Walter Evans, age 60 of Memorial Drive of Paris, on Saturday for theft of property and failure to appear. Evans was placed on $500 bond for the theft charge and  $20,000 bond for the failure to appear charge.

Several People Arrested for Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Serena Norwood, age 32 of Pinewood Drive of Springville, on Friday for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Norwood was placed on $500 bond.

Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. also arrested Adam Kennedy, age 38 of Morris Road of Puryear, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Kennedy was placed on $300 bond. 

Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Emily Powers, age 18 of East Blythe Street of Paris, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license. Powers was placed on $1,000 bond.

Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Phillip Edmonson, age 41 of Bells Drive of Camden, on Friday for driving on a revoked license. Edmonson was placed on $750 bond.

Ancestry Basics Class at Rhea Library is Thurs. July 20th

Paris, Tenn.- Susan Stewart will be  partnering up with the W.G. Rhea Public Library to teach a class called Ancestry Basics using Ancestry.com on Thursday, July 20th from 5pm to 6pm at the W.G. Rhea Library, located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris.

The class will be held in the computer lab and  registration will be required to attend this class. To sign up just call the W.G. Rhea Public Library at 642-1702 extension 0.

Paris Woman Arrested on Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker arrested Carla Stout, age 29 of Reynoldsburg Road of Paris, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule II substance and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Stout was placed on $2,000 bond.

Horsing Around for a Good Cause at HC Saddle Club Horse Show

Participants getting a little wet during the balloon toss. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Saddle Club hosted fun horse show on Saturday, at the Henry County Saddle Club.

Callie Thorton competing in the egg and spoon race on horseback. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The fun horse show was a fundraiser to help get funds to help the Henry County 4H Horse kids that qualified for the Southern Regional Horse Championships that will take place in Perry, Georgia on August 2nd through August 6th,2017.

The kids competing in the three legged race event. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Games on foot included balloon toss, bobbing for apples, three legged race and games on horse back included musical buckets, egg and spoon, water glass race and barrel race.

Let the Best Hand Win, as Hundreds Compete in the Water Fun Run

Hundreds lined up to see if they could get the best poker hand and win a $500 prize as members of the Chamber dealt the cards. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Water Fun Run, “Rollin on the River”  on Saturday  as hundreds of event goers competed in the run. As of Friday more than  300 boats had registered for the Chamber’s Water Fun Run.

At the 2pm poker game Bobby Stoker, of Dresden,  won the $500 prize with a straight flush.

Paris-HC Chamber President Kevin Buie presenting Bobby Stoker from Dresden with a $500 check for having the best hand in the 2pm drawing. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Gary Paul, of Big Sandy, won the 3pm poker game and the $500 prize with a fullhouse of three aces and two jacks.

Paris-HC Chamber President Kevin Buie presenting Gary Paul from Big Sandy with a $500 check for having the best hand in the 3pm drawing. (Cassie Walsh photos)

And Parisian Josef Neumair won the 4pm poker game and the $500 prize with a straight flush with 8 to queen.

Paris-HC Chamber President Kevin Buie presenting Josef Neumair from Paris with a $500 check for having the best hand in the 4pm drawing. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Water Fun Run consisted of participants using watercrafts or boats to visit Buchanan Resort, Breakers, Paris Landing State Park, Cypress Bay, Pleasant View, Cypress Springs, Fat Daddy’s Leatherwood, and Mansard Island.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Clarksville Man Arrested Statutory Rape

Montgomery County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested David Virva, age 20 of State Line Road of Clarksville, on Thursday for statutory rape. Virva was placed on $5,000 bond.

HC Saddle Club Fun Horse Show is Saturday, July 15th

Henry County Saddle Club photo

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Saddle Club will host a fun horse show on Saturday, July 15th starting at 6pm at the Henry County Saddle Club, located at 100 Park Drive in Henry.

The show will have games on foot as well as on horseback, so you don’t even need a horse to come out and play some games and have an evening of fun with the family.

Games on foot cost $5 and include: balloon toss, bobbing for apples, three legged race and more. Games on horse back cost $10 and include musical buckets, egg and spoon, water glass race, barrel race and many more. Concessions will be available at the event.

Proceeds from the event will help the Henry County 4H Horse kids that qualified for the Southern Regional Horse Championships that will take place in Perry, Georgia this year. So come out for an evening of family fun at the Henry County Saddle Club Horse Show on Saturday.

Erin Man Arrested on Three Counts of Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker arrested William Groves, age 29 of Fitzgerald Drive of Erin, on Friday for three counts of theft under $1,000. Groves was placed on $1,500 bond.

UTM To Host TN 4-H Roundup July 24-28

Martin, Tenn.- Members of 4-H chapters across Tennessee will gather at the University of Tennessee at Martin for the 94th-annual 4-H Roundup on July 24-28. More than 300 delegates representing almost every county in the state will participate in event.

“UT Martin and northwest Tennessee welcome 4-H members from around the state for this traditional event,” said Dr. Keith Carver, university chancellor. “4-H does an exceptional job preparing young people for future leadership roles. Our university is a perfect setting for hosting project competition and recognizing the accomplishments of these top 4-H members.” 

The theme for 2017 4-H Roundup is “Made from Scratch.” The idea is that a 4-Her grows personally and professionally in their time with the organization and always strives to be a better person.  

One of the main events at Roundup is the state finals for project competitions. 4-Hers compete in events such as public speaking, livestock and photography. The competitors will have interviews with judges at Roundup, and then winners will be determined based on their on-site performances as well as their project books, which have already been submitted and judged. 

“Roundup provides an opportunity for our high school 4-H members to further develop their presentation skills and confidence through 4-H project interviews,” says Dr. Richard Clark, UT Extension assistant dean and department head for Tennessee 4-H. “It also serves as a venue for these youth to make memories and friendships to last a lifetime.”

Delegates will also participate in All-Star Conference, the Vol State Ceremony, the election of 2018 officers and a service learning project. Roundup delegates will collect items for the Target House in Memphis, which are apartments where families receiving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can stay. Other activities include visiting the Discovery Park of America in Obion County, and the awards ceremony and banquet – including scholarship presentations. 

Ethan Harvill from Fentress County serves as this year’s State 4-H Council President. “Roundup is by far my favorite 4-H event, and I’m looking forward to seeing friends from across the state as well as being able to compete in my project area,” he says. “Whether you have a love for service or you enjoy making new friends – Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All-Star Conference have something for everyone.”  

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu.

HCHD Closing Chandler Road Mon. July 17th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Chandler Road on Monday July 17th for culvert replacement. The closure will be ½ mile south of Jim Merrell Road. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-Off Coming Aug. 4-5

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off is set for Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Paris. Teams are still being accepted until July 21st and will compete for $200 payouts for 1st place, $150 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place payouts in each category: Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Shoulder. The Grand Champion wins $1000 and the Reserve Champion wins $500. BBQ Team Entry fee is $160 and covers all categories.

The Public is invited Friday Night August 4th for the Pitmaster Challenge event as teams are given specific ingredients and must cook something for the judges. Also Friday night there will be Corn Hole Tournaments, with $40 entry fee per team, Washer Pitching and Horse Shoe tournaments with $20 entry per team. Payouts in the tournaments are 70% cash payouts. The public can also purchase food Friday night. There will be a DJ and live music Friday night as well.

On Saturday, competition judging will run from 11am-3pm. For more information on the 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off call Donna Milam at 731-336-1966 or email dmilam64@yahoo.com.

Teams Sought for 8th Annual DPA Ice Cream Social

Paris, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Downtown Paris Association’s Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show will take place on the downtown Paris court square Saturday July 29th 4pm-6:30pm. The event is a fundraiser for the DPA and their partner this year, the Paris Henry County Arts Council.

Vendors are currently being sought and preselling 25, 10 dollar wristbands, is a minimum commitment to be a part of the event. Teams must make homemade ice cream or buy ice cream at the store and serve to event goers with wristbands. Prizes will be awarded for Best Ice Cream, best decorated booth with Best Theme an Best of Show, and People’s Choice for best Car and Tractor in the Car and Tractor Show. Teams are responsible for 10 gallons of ice cream.

Event goers can purchase the wristbands, $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. Along with the all you can eat ice cream, there will be kid’s and adult’s ice cream eating contests and frozen t-shirt contests.

Entry fee for the car and tractor show is $10 per vehicle which includes one free wristband. Voting on People’s choice will be 25 cents per vote. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

For more information call the DPA office at 653-7274 or go online to visitdowntownparis.com. You can also like the DPA’s Facebook page or download their free app.

Farmer's Market Fresh Program Continues Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Thanks to a grant obtained thru the UT Extension Office, the Downtown Farmer’s Market will be able to give away healthy and fresh samples of recipes made from products that can be purchased at the market. The “Farmers Market Fresh” program includes samples and recipes and fun giveaways as well. Tuesday July 18th Cantaloupe and Watermelon Salad; Friday July 21st Peach Caprese; Tuesday July 25th Fresh Salsa, Tuesday August 1st will be Cantaloupe and Red Pepper Salsa; Friday August 4th is Cabbage and Pea Salad; and Tuesday August 8th is Fresh Tomato Bruschetta. Farmers Market Fresh samples will be from 3-4pm on the days listed.

The Farmer’s Market is open every Tuesday and Friday at 3pm at the corner of Ruff and North Market Street. For more information on the Farmer’s Market contact the Downtown Paris Association office at 731-653-7274.


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