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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Mansfield School Building Destroyed in Brush Fire that Quickly Got out of Control Wednesday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.-  A brush fire that got out of control on Wednesday afternoon had the Mansfield Fire Department busy from 2:24pm when the first call came out, until about 10pm and ending up burning about 3 acres and the old Mansfield School Building. The address was around 2960 Mansfield Road.

Assistant Chief Darren Webb said the brush fire got away from a lady and we first came out around 2:24pm. The wind was blowing so much the fire spread quickly and the old school building was engulfed in flames and a piece of the Mansfield Community is now gone.

Webb said his dad, Mr. Wayne Webb, figured the building to be built in either 1934 or 35. The Division of forestry along with 9 fire fighters from Mansfield continuously went to the scene Wednesday after the fire rekindled a couple times. The forestry division had dug a trench around a certain area to keep it from spreading, but flare ups caused people to call the fire in again and again.

New Hampton Inn Constrution Should Begin in Spring of 2020

By: Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.- In a phone conversation with Forever Communications, Knoxville-area Developer Victor Patel said if all goes as planned, construction of the new Hampton Inn in Paris should begin in spring of 2020.

Patel said plans are for a four-story, 72-room Hampton Inn to be built on Mineral Wells Ave. next to the Premier Nissan property. It also will include business center, meeting room and swimming pool, he said.

Patel said he is “excited” about the project and also hoped it will bring economic rewards for Paris and Henry County. He said he was hopeful that other developers would consider nearby property for their enterprises, too.

Public notices have been posted by the Henry County Commission and the Industrial Development Board of Paris regarding upcoming public hearings on the project. Three hearings will be held during the afternoon of December 5, with the Industrial Development’s hearing set for 3 p.m. at City Hall, the Henry County Commission’s at 4 p.m. at the courthouse, with a final hearing at 5 p.m. at City Hall directly before the city commission’s regular monthly meeting.

Each hearing calls for consideration of an Economic Impact Plan for The VRL Hotels Economic Development Area for property located at 1540 Mineral Wells Ave., Paris.

County Mayor Brent Greer said the hearings will be similar to those held for consideration of PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) plans which are held periodically for industries operating in the county.

Greer said the county is also excited about the prospect of a Hampton Inn coming back to Paris and said the Mineral Wells Ave. property is a perfect location.

A copy of the map of the Property showing the Plan Area is available for inspection during normal business hours at said offices of the City Manager in said City Hall of the City of Paris.

The Paris City Commission on Wednesday approved first reading to rezone the property on Mineral Wells to PB (Planned Business).

Man Injured in Reynoldsburg Road Accident Tuesday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- A man was flown to Vanderbilt with broken bones but no life threatening injuries thankfully after a one vehicle accident on Tuesday evening. The report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Justin Taylor, 34, of Paris was injured when his 2012 Chevy Cruze traveled across the center line on Reynoldsburg Road and hit a bridge abutment head on. He was travelling northbound and crossed into the southbound lane. The vehicle rotated and ended up in the northbound lane, facing south. Taylor was flown from the scene. Lt. Wilbanks wants to remind motorists with the holidays approaching remember to drive carefully, avoid distractions, buckle up, and drive safely.

Elks Lodge Smoking Turkey Breast, Offering Cindy Snyder Dressing and Gravy to Help with Your Thanksgiving Meal

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elks Lodge will once again offer smoked Turkey breast to help you with your Thanksgiving Dinners this year. Proceeds from the cooking are used in the Veterans Hides Program, which the Elks Lodge is proud to be a part of. This year for the 2nd straight year, the Elks Lodge will also offer Cindy Snyder’s Cornbread Dressing and gravy for sell to go along with your smoked turkey breast.

Smoked turkey breasts will be $25, a 9 by 13 pan of cornbread dressing will be $20, and quarts of gravy for only $5. Call the Paris Elks Lodge to place your orders, which can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Paris Lioness Club Soup and Sandwich Luncheon Planned for Friday Nov. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lioness Club will host their annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon with Country Store and Bake Shop this Friday November 22nd at First United Methodist Church. The luncheon will go 11am to 2pm.

The Lioness’ are serving homemade veggie beef soup with turkey salad or pimento cheese sandwiches, a drink, and dessert for $10 per person, eat-in or take-out. Tickets are available and may be purchased in advance from My Favorite Things, the Iron Place, Lura Lee’s and Bo and Co or you can get them at the door. The County Store and Bake Shop will have plenty of goodies as well as gift ideas. All proceeds goes towards sight conservation. Call 336-0416 for more information.

Hampton Inn Coming Back to Paris as City Comm. Approves Rezoning Request at Special Called Meeting

By Shannon McFarlin News Director

Paris, Tenn.- At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Paris City Commission took the first steps toward locating a four-story Hampton Inn on Mineral Wells Avenue on property near the Hwy. 218 bypass.

Based on recommendation last week of the planning commission, city officials approved first reading on rezoning parcels adjacent to the Paris Nissan dealership as PB (planned business), which will accommodate most retail businesses. Second reading is set for December 5 at the city commission’s regular meeting.

Several other meetings are set for December 5, at which other entities will be acting on the project: the Paris Industrial Development Board will conduct a public hearing at 3 p.m., with the Henry Co. Commission to meet at 4 p.m.

Current owner of the vacant parcel is Fred Morris. Developer for the prospective project is VRL Hotels LLC, which seeks to construct the new Hampton Inn on the property.

The property is currently zoned both P-M (Planned Industrial) and SC-1 (Shopping Center). The newly created property would be designated under one zoning.

City and county officials said the project calls for a new Inn with 72 rooms, swimming pool, meeting room and business center.

County and city officials have been concerned with losing the Paris Landing Inn until the new Lodge At Paris Landing can be completed in 2021.

Hampton previously operated a hotel on E. Wood Street in Paris, which was replaced by Quality Inn, and many were upset by the closure because the Hampton chain offers valuable reward points.

City and county officials have said that many business people who travel in and out of Henry County have been staying at Murray because of the Hampton Inn closure in Paris and that the county also has been affected adversely by fishermen and their families coming to Kentucky Lake and finding other venues for their overnight stays.

In other business during Wednesday’s meeting, the city approved first reading

for a minor subdivision plat submitted by Dharmesh Patel and Henry Farmer’s COOP. Patel has acquired an additional .77 acre tract currently zoned M-1 (Light Industrial) that has now been combined with his existing .52 acre tract B-1 (Highway Commercial).  When combining these two properties it left the newly formed parcel under two separate zoning designations.  The Planning Commission recommended this newly created tract be zoned B-1 (Highway Commercial).

Patel already is constructing a convenience store/gas station on that location and reportedly plans to locate the diesel pumps at the additional tract.

The rezoning request is up for first reading with second reading and public hearing included on the December 5, 2019 meeting of the City Commission.

HCSO Provides Updates on Burglary Suspects

Donnie Clough Inmate photo

Paris, Tenn.- With help from the community the Henry County Sheriff's Office was able to successfully identify the two burglary suspects in the photos released earlier in the week. One of the suspects is Donnie Clough of Henry County. He has been arrested and is currently being held on a $20,000 bond. Warrants have also been issued for the second suspect, however, at the time of this release he has not yet been arrested. We would again like to thank the community for their support and the information provided during this investigation.

HCTA Approves Current Funding Levels for Collegiate Big Bass and FLW Tournaments in Email Vote

Paris, Tenn.- In an email vote Wednesday, members of the Henry County Tourism Authority approved a couple fishing tournaments funding levels for the  next few years. There was no real need to meet again until after the first of the year, but County Mayor Brent Greer said these couple of items did need quick attention, so emails were sent to board members and everyone had voted yes on both.

The Collegiate Big Bass Bash wanted to renew a 3 year contract with HCTA, keeping their host fee the same at $32,500 each year. The HCTA will provide the fairgrounds and fish fry meal for the anglers during the event as previously done.

In other action, the FWL had requested funds of $3500 to hold their T-H Marine BFL Super Tournament on Kentucky Lake in September 2020. It is a 2 day tournament with about 200 anglers expected to fish.

UTM To Suspend Intensive English Program in June 2020

Martin, Tenn.- The Intensive English Program at the University of Tennessee at Martin will suspend operations May 31, 2020, following the conclusion of spring semester. The program prepares international students with the language skills and cultural adjustment needed to succeed in university-level undergraduate and graduate programs.

In an email Tuesday to university leadership, Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that the program has experienced a financial deficit for each of the past three years. Contributing to this deficit is a five-year decline in TIEP student numbers, which is partially attributed to changes in international education.

“I want to emphasize that we will continue to pursue degree-seeking international students through a variety of different avenues, and we will continue to grow our study-abroad and travel-study programs,” Cavalier wrote in the email.

The TIEP began in 1974 and is part of UT Martin’s Office of International Programs and International Admissions. TIEP will fulfill its commitment to provide intensive English programs for students already registered for short-term sessions in spring 2020.

Henry County Sweeps Stewart Co. in Basketball Action

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots were victorious in action on the hardwood against Stewart County on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won 50-35 and the Patriots won 79-54. This was a hall of fame game. Henry County hosts Obion County Saturday in another Hall of Fame game with girls' tip at 6pm.

PSSD Make Up Days/Inclement Weather Policy Discussed, Tweaks Possible later on

By: Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- Discussion of the inclement weather policy was a big topic of Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District as the policy originally stated as adopted a few years ago, the first three missed days due to inclement weather wouldn’t be made up.

Board chairman Richard Edwards went over the ordinance passed in May of 2014 saying the first three days wouldn’t be made up and the board is allowed to make changes as need be.

Edwards said, “I think we just need to discuss it from time to time and let our parents everyone know what our plan is if miss more than 3 days.”

Board member Bill Jelks said, “we could eliminate this and just say we are going to go 180 period, if we have to go later in May, or whatever.”

Board member Jon Davidson said, “we could add four or five days of possible school to the end of the calendar after Memorial Day and let parents and everyone know these could be used as make up days and use those before using up Spring break.”

Dr. Gerrell said the PSSD Calendar Committee and HCSS Calendar Committee is set to meet December 5th for the upcoming school year calendar discussion. The board decided for now to leave the policy as is but discuss it again after the holidays and when they are ready to adopt next year’s calendar.

Weekend Backpack Program Not Financially Ready Yet to Add 3rd Graders

Paris, Tenn.- In other business, the weekend backpack program was discussed at the meeting Tuesday night as well. The unit cost per bag has risen to $3 per bag to fill the baggies that go into the backpack.

Dr. Norma Gerrell, Superintendent of the PSSD, said there were 39 more students served in the program this year plus the increase of unit prices pushed the Pre-K thru 2nd grade totals to over $33K.

The popularity of the program has grown and more parents are opting in for their students to receive the snacks in their backpacks. All students who qualify for free lunch can choose to opt in. Dr. Gerrell said we’ve not got any of the Rotary monetary donations yet or some other donations, so we don’t know exactly where we stand with donations.

Dr. Gerrell said 80 students in 3rd grade said they’d like the snacks over fall break. The food raised in the Rotary Club donation was used to help fill the 3rd grade need for fall break and it has depleted the food donations for now. The board decided to continue with serving PreK thru 2nd grade the rest of the year and continue to watch costs and donations in the spring. They will discuss adding 3rd grade again later this school year.

PSSD BOE Hears About West Teach Program

Paris, Tenn.- 8th grade science and ag teach Carrie Jones talked to the PSSD board Tuesday night on her involvement this fall with the West Teach program, a regional teaching program similar to West Start for business professionals. Jones was very complimentary to the program saying the sharing of points and ideas in the classroom across the region is a great asset and there have only been positive results for everyone. The program is offered thru UT Martin, and teachers must be submitted by principals and superintendents to take part. She talked about the Inman Greenhouse which has been a big success and currently they have tomatoes, spinach, basil, turnips, and some ornamental plants growing. They have shared this with other teachers across the region.

In other action, the board also approved the LEA Compliance report, Sherry Wagner, discussed it briefly. The report is due annually and principals must fill out how their schools are following the laws. Wagner said we are compliant on all levels that apply. The PSSD Board also approved board policies as written by the TSBA, mostly concerned with roles of the school board and most comes from legislation brought forth this year. There are new policies that follow that, Dr. Gerrell said there was no major new policies. This is the 7th or 8th new board policy that has come down the pipe in the last year or so. 

City Comm. Holding Special Called Meeting Wed. at 11am on Rezoning Requests

Paris, Tenn.- A special meeting of the Paris City Commission is set for 11am on Wednesday November 20th. The items on the agenda, stem from last week’s Planning Commission meeting and cleaning up some language, where planners requested the area around the Nissan Dealership on Hwy. 77 be rezoned from Planned Industrial and Shopping Center to Planned Business to fit all business types, including auto dealers in. This was done as they combined two tracts in a rezoning request. 

Another rezoning request for the Patel convenience store on Hwy. 69 as he acquired more property from the Coop and planning commission members voted these tracts be rezoned B-1 for Highway Commercial. These will be both up for first reading Wednesday, then 2nd reading at the December 5th City Commission Meeting. 

Over 40 Served at FightFluTN Vaccination Clinic Tuesday

HCEMA Director Ron Watkins receives his flu shot Tuesday at the clinic.

Paris, Tenn.- 43 Henry Countians took advantage of the free flu vaccine clinic held from 9am to Noon at the Fairgrounds Enoch Building on Tuesday. This was part of a state wide effort where all county health departments offer a walk-in flu vaccine clinic free to county residents (Rachel Matlock photos)

Local Podiatrist Named to Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of TSSAA

Paris, Tenn.- Local Podiatrist Dr. David Long was recently appointed to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).

The committee is made up of Tennessee health professionals who provide TSSAA’s Executive Staff and Board of Control with important insight. “We review and promote changes to high school athletics involving health and safety,” said Long, a provider with West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic (WTBJC).

Dr. Long sees patients in Paris, Martin and Union City.

As both a physician and a football official, Long offers perspectives from the medical side, as well as the officials’ side of the discussion.  “I am particularly interested in the TSSAA’s heat illness and concussion policies. This research is ever-changing, and I am staying current on studies and applications as they evolve,” he said.

Long has been impressed with the committee thus far, noting that the TSSAA wants and respects input on their proposed rule changes and policies. “They have done an excellent job appointing members from several different areas of medicine, as well as school administrators.  The athletes’ health and well-being are of the utmost importance to the committee,” he said.

A board-certified, podiatric surgeon, Dr. Long has specialized in treating problems of the foot and ankle for more than three decades. 

Home Makers Holiday Planned Wed. and Thursday at Enoch Building

Paris, Tenn.- The FCE Clubs of Henry County will present the Home Makers Holiday event this Wednesday and Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch Building. Times are 3-6pm on Wednesday and 9:30am to 1pm on Thursday. Club members will have plenty of cakes, pies, casseroles, soups, candy, cookies, chex mixes, chicken and dumplings, arts and crafts, Christmas décor and much more.

On Thursday from 11am to 1pm lunch will be offered for $5 and will include a choice of soups or chili, sandwich, dessert, and drink. Money raised from the lunches and from sales go back into the community.

Henry County Opens 2019-2020 Basketball Season Tuesday with HOF Game vs. Stewart Co.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will open up the 2019-2020 basketball season Tuesday evening with a Hall of Fame game against Stewart County at home. The Lady Patriots tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make it to Gamlin Gym for the game, listen to the broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at Also if you want to listen via your phone call 518-896-1349 and press option 1 for Henry County sports. The Patriots will also host Obion County in a Hall of Fame game this coming Saturday night November 23rd.

No Major Injuries as Car Crashes into Downtown Restaurant Monday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police and Paris Fire Department members spent about an hour on the scene of an accident in downtown Paris Monday evening where a vehicle drove forward instead of in reverse and crashed thru the front door and window to Stella Nerra, located at the corner of Market and Wood St., downtown. The accident happened around 9pm or so and thankfully there were no major injuries. (Autumn Pugh photo)

Shepherd's Table Thanksgiving Meal Set for Tuesday in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table will be having their next supper on the third Tuesday of the month, November 19th, at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

The Shepherd's Table is a Community Kitchen created by the members, volunteers and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. Lead by Co-chairmen and church members, David Ray Carter and his wife, Suzanne. The Shepherd's Table has grown over the last year and now feeds more than 100 people each month.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Guests are taken to a table and seated by a volunteer. Someone else then comes to their table and takes their supper and drink order. The November meal will be a Thanksgiving feast with turkey, dressing and all the yummy fixings. The meal also includes a drink and dessert. The volunteers do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible. The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Shepherd's Table will have their Christmas celebration supper on December 17th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Reminder: Free Flu Vaccination Clinic At Fairgrounds Tues. 9am to Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department will join the State’s Free Flu Vaccination event on Tuesday November 19th and offer flu vaccines at no charge to the community during the “FightFluTN” event.

Henry County Health Department Director Tracy Byrd said, “getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and keep our community healthy. The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school, and other activities, put you in the hospital, and even take your life. We urge everyone in Henry County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now and this event is a great chance to do so.”

The Henry County Health Department will provide flu shots Tuesday November 19th, at no cost to anyone, who wishes to receive one at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 9am to Noon. It will be a walk-through flu clinic and will be held at the fairgrounds.

HCSO Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Burglary Suspects


Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is asking for the publics assistance in identifying these suspect pictured. Both suspects are involved in a recent burglary that occurred in Henry County. If anyone knows who these suspects are please call Lt. Scott Wyrick at 731-642-1672. (HCSO photos)


TN Economy Continues to See Steady Gains

Nashville-New business filings increased 8.2 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the previous year, according to a new report released Friday by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. An increase in new entity filings suggest continued economic growth for Tennessee. 

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report showed that 11,585 new entity filings were recorded in the third quarter of 2019 by the Secretary of State’s Division of Business Services.

“This continued growth is a testament to the business-friendliness of Tennessee,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

According to the report, the state economy continues to see steady gains. The manufacturing sector saw job growth of 1.8 percent or 6,200 jobs compared to September 2018. The state’s unemployment rate is slightly below its national counterparts. The report shows unemployment fell to 3.4 in September, a 0.1 percentage point drop compared to the already low 3.5 percent rate from the month prior. 

Among the four largest Tennessee counties, there were 6,856 new business entity filings recorded during the third quarter of 2019, representing a robust 12.7 percent increase over the same quarter last year.  These four counties accounted for 59.2 percent of all new entity filings in the state. Davidson County recorded the largest number with 2,683, followed by Shelby with 2,440.

“Initial filings grew for the 32nd consecutive quarter, signaling that Tennessee’s economic expansion will continue through the next year,” Dr. William Fox said. Fox is the director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Statewide, new filings of domestic limited liability corporations (LLCs) saw the strongest growth in the third quarter of 2019, expanding 11.2 percent over the third quarter of 2018.

The state also recorded 19,336 annual report filings by existing businesses in Tennessee in the third quarter of 2019 – an 18.3 decline compared to the same quarter last year. 

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is published through a partnership with the Secretary of State’s office and the Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research. Its purpose is to provide a snapshot of the state’s economy based on a variety of information, including new business data from the Division of Business Services.

Charges Pending After Coming onto Property, Gun Being Drawn

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police responded to Edwards St. in reference to a fight involving a gun. Late last week, a man and his father were driving and came up behind a truck on the road with it’s hazards on and moving at about 15mph. They went around the truck and proceeded down the road in front of it. The truck followed them to their residence on Edwards St. An unknown man got out of the truck and began walking onto their property yelling and cursing at them.

At this point the men felt threatened that the unknown man would proceed onto the property. The son pushed the man to the ground causing him to fall and the father pulled his pistol, a Silver Cobra 380 automatic, pointed it at the man and told him he needed to leave. When asked why he felt he needed to pull his firearm on the man, the man replied he has rheumatoid arthritis and felt threatened because of the aggressive manner in which the man approached them, and cannot defend himself by fighting.

The man, Mr. Tipton, refused to go to the police department and stated he went to Edwards St. to notify the men their taillights weren’t working. Tipton’s story was slightly different than that of the men according to the report but the injuries to his right elbow and right middle finger were consistent with a fall. Charges are pending Tipton’s full statement at a later date and the gun was seized as evidence.

Gun Stolen From Georgia in 2016 Taken as Evidence from Pawn Shop by Police

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl A. Forrest responded to a call from Cash America Pawn in reference to a possible stolen gun called in by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The gun was in lay a way and the customer was wanting to pick it up. The gun was checked through TBI once more before the customer left the store and once again it, TBI reported it stolen. This was confirmed by the Paris PD dispatch who stated the gun, a H&R 22 caliber, was reported stolen from Georgia in 2016. Cash America did not take possession of the firearm until July of 2019 and it did not come back stolen at that time. The gun was taken into evidence.

County Comm. Meets 4th Monday in Nov.

Paris, Tenn.- Normally meeting the 3rd Monday of the month, due to scheduling conflicts, the Henry County Commission will not meet November 18th, but instead will be meet next Monday Nov. 25th.

2019 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Paris, Tenn.- A local organization dedicated to providing a safe place where someone facing an untimely pregnancy can receive support, information and care concerning major life decisions and an extraordinary husband-wife team who volunteer throughout the county were recognized at the annual Paris-Henry County Volunteer Center Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 15 at the Lee Academy for the Arts.  Jordan, Tommie and Brad St. John delivered a message to the attendees recognizing the incredible service provided to the community.

Chamber of Commerce CEO, Travis McLeese presented the award for Volunteer Site of the Year to Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Clinic, a local organization who has been grounded in Henry County for many years and is devoted to providing support and services to those facing pregnancy crisis.  In addition to the resources provided to those facing these tough life decisions, they also provide a community thrift store that has recently expanded.

Tara Wilson, Assistant Director of the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee presented Michael and Josephine Phillips with the Volunteers of the Year award.  From volunteering at school programs to REAL Hope Youth Center, Helping Hands and Salvation Army, it was said that both “have a desire to serve this community and deserve the recognition this award would give them.”   

According to Tara Wilson, “Each year, the hours that the volunteers consistently contribute are incredible.   Without the selfless contribution of their time and talents, many of the sites would be unable to continue providing such important services to our community.  We are so blessed to have such a wonderful community of volunteers.” Volunteers within Paris and Henry County contributed approximately 33,000 hours of volunteer service in 2018. 

The Volunteer Center is a joint project of the City of Paris and Henry County, administered by the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee.

Carroll County Hunters Can Feed Hungry This Holiday Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With deer season in full swing and the holidays quickly approaching, Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is accepting donations in Carroll County to help feed local families in need. Statewide, more than 75 processors are collecting donations to feed fellow Tennesseans.

In Carroll County, that includes CMR Processing and Kendall's Deer Processing . Contact information and a full list of processors is available at

Thanks to the generosity of hunters, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 7 million meals of healthy, lean protein to hungry Tennesseans. This is important all hunting season long but takes on special meaning during this time of year.

“Hunters for the Hungry had its second-best year in 2018—providing more than 581,000 meals to families in need,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “We are looking to keep that momentum going during the holidays and into the New Year. Carroll County hunters can play a big part.”

When hunters harvest a deer, they can donate it—in part or whole—to the program at a participating processor. The deer is processed, and the venison is delivered to local hunger relief organizations. One deer provides as many as 168 meals.
In an abundance of caution, Hunters for the Hungry is partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to test every deer donated within Unit CWD for the disease. Hunters for the Hungry will also test many of the donations made outside Unit CWD in Region 1.
There is no evidence CWD is transmitted to humans, but the CDC still recommends against eating CWD-positive meat. So, all donations that test positive for CWD will be discarded.
Only whole deer donations will be accepted in Region 1, which includes Unit CWD. Pound or Pack donations, which allow hunters to give a portion of their harvest, will continue to be accepted in the rest of the state.
Currently, hunters can drop off a whole deer donation at no cost to them. Each year, Hunters for the Hungry covers tens of thousands of dollars in processing fees for donations. If deer donations surpass available funding for this season, hunters can pay a reduced, $50 processing fee or redeem a Deer Coin.

For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or to purchase a Deer Coin, visit

Murray State University Department Of History To Screen ‘Eva: A-7063’ Nov. 19 at Wrather Auditorium

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Department of History presents a free public screening of “Eva: A-7063” Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Wrather Auditorium.

The film, produced by WFYI Public Media in collaboration with Ted Green Films and Mika Brown, offers incredible details about Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor’s journey from Romanian Jewish farm girl to Nazi death camp survivor to leading global force on the power of healing through forgiveness. 

"Eva's commitment to forgiveness provides all of us an example to aspire to," said Dr. Kathy Callahan, chair of the Department of History. 

“I've never seen a greater personal example of the triumph of the human spirit than Eva Mozes Kor,” filmmaker Ted Green said. “Her psychological transformation and the good she's done for others is astonishing." 

Green and co-producer Brown have traveled the world capturing heartfelt interviews and stunning scenes of Kor’s most significant successes — stories of lives changed after hearing about her experiences and life perspective. The film is narrated by Hollywood icon Ed Asner and includes on-camera appearances from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, former NBA great Ray Allen, TV and movie star Elliott Gould and many others who reveal touching accounts of Kor’s impact on their own lives.

This free public screening is made possible by generous donors who contributed to the Department of History at Murray State.

Murray State alumnus Brittani Logsdon, ’18, social media and collections coordinator at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, will meet with students at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Faculty Hall room 505 to discuss careers in small museums and will attend the screening of the documentary to answer questions about the Museum and Kor's work. CANDLES, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, was founded by Kor.

To view a trailer of the movie or to learn more about Eva Kor, please visit


MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Dance Ensemble will host its fall showcase titled “Find Your Own Rhythm” at 8 p.m., Nov. 21-22, in the Harriet Fulton Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $5 for students, and children 10 and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7 p.m. on the night of the performance.

This year’s showcase will feature a variety of dances styles, including contemporary, post-modern, African, Jazz and lyrical. Sarah McCormick, ensemble director, choreographed six of the seven featured dances. The dance ensemble went on tour in late October and early November to demonstrate their work to high school students in Mt. Pleasant and the Nashville area.

For more information, contact the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at 731-881-7400

Matthew Gunn, a junior from Mount Juliet, is pictured demonstrating a ballet technique


T.B.I. Arrests Man For Solicitation Of A Minor

WAYNE COUNTY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Florence, Alabama, man on a charge of trying to solicit an 11-year-old for sexual activity. 

At the request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, in March, TBI Agents began investigating allegations of solicitation of a minor. The investigation revealed that an Alabama man used a messaging application to solicit an 11-year-old to engage in sexual activity in Wayne County. During the course of the investigation, Agents identified that individual as Heyson Omar Bol Rivera.

On November 1st, the Wayne County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Heyson Omar Bol Rivera (DOB 06/10/1996) with one count of Solicitation of a Minor to Engage in Rape of a Child. He was arrested Friday at his residence in Alabama and transported to the Wayne County Jail, where he was booked on a $50,000 bond.

Spectrum Presents Check To Office On Aging

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris, Tenn.- Excitement was in the air as Spectrum representative Zack Bates presented a check for $2500.00 to Reginald Caldwell, Director of Office On Aging Friday morning, November 15th, with Mayor Brent Greer in attendance. Spectrum has been very supportive of the Senior Center in donating laptops in the past. Now with these new funds, more laptops can be purchased and some of the funds will go towards getting internet access for the senior center. Director Caldwell stated “Tech is the key!” He is very excited about the new laptops and even has a room set aside to place the laptops in for seniors to access for when the computers  get set up. This program is to promote technical education and independence in communication for seniors. The Office On Aging has teamed up with the W.G.Rhea public library in this endeavor and offer Free computer classes each Thursday morning at 10am at the library. Jocelyn McCarthy IT Coordinator for the library offers a Free Tech SOS class and even one on one appointments, also free, for digital literacy. You can take as many classes as you like and it is all free at the library. If you would like to make an appointment to learn more about your device or just navigating computers, give Jocelyn a call at the library at 731-642-1702. The Senior Center is located at the Old Central School on Jones Bend Rd. and offers daily fun to all seniors. Some of the classes and events going on include Zumba, Bingo, Square Dancers Club/dancing lessons, Line dancing, Sewing, and of course computer classes. There will be a Potluck Thanksgiving Lunch on November 22nd and Kentucky Opry Christmas Show on December 4th. If you are interested in any of these, please call the Senior Center at 731-644-3193.


Murray Racers Compete At Gamecock Open

On Saturday, November 16th, The Murray State Rifle team shot a 2305 smallbore and 2339 air rifle en route to a 4644 aggregate Saturday at the 2019 Gamecock Open in Jacksonville, Alabama.

“We had some good things today, said Murray State head coach Alan Lollar. “We have some things to work on. We’re not where we are going yet, but we also aren’t where we were.”

Anna Scheer led the Racers overall with an 1162 aggregate, while also leading the team in air rifle for the fifth consecutive match at 592. Dana Buesseler had the top smallbore score for Murray State on the day, shooting a 580.

The Racers return to Pat Spurgin rifle range next Saturday for their fall finale against UT Martin.

Patriots Stomp Wildcats 42-14

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots were revved up Friday night and ready to win their game against the Clarksville Wildcats for an awesome final score of 42-14. Ryan Damron had 118 passing yards and three touchdowns, Jayln Foster 104 rushing yards and one touchdown, and Jawon Odoms 86 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The excitement continues as the Patriots play their last game at home for the year against the Dyer County Choctaws next week.

Photos By Tim Pharr: #1 Jawon Odoms catches a 60 yard touchdown pass against Clarksville; #99 Davy Harrod sacks the Clarksville Quarter Back.

Arrest For Sexual Exploitation

Henry County, Tenn.- On 11-15-19 Henry County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Gary Vandiver responded to Henry School in reference to a complaint about a teacher’s assistant having inappropriate contact with a minor. During the investigation Jaylon Bennett (19 years of age) of Depot St. was brought to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Afterwards, he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means. Stewart County Investigators were also called in reference to another incident involving Bennett and another child on the bus as it traveled through Dover. Stewart County charges are pending as to that incident. Bennett is scheduled to appear in Henry County General Sessions Court on 11-19-19. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

In addition to the Press Release, Henry County School System Director Dr. Leah Watkins issued a statement –

“The safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. As such, matters such as this will be investigated quickly, thoroughly and resolved in a manner most supportive and safe for our students. The expectation of the system is that our employees will perform their duties professionally and with the best interest of the students in mind. Today, we have encountered a rare occurrence where the judgement used by one of our staff members was unacceptable. This is heartbreaking and intolerable and has been addressed swiftly and severely by the school system and the Sheriff’s Office.”

Groundbreaking For The Lodge At Paris Landing State Park

By Kristina Dufresne

Buchanan, Tenn.- A great crowd was seen Friday afternoon, November 15th,  when all the Members of the Tennessee General Assembly and local government gathered together to conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the new resort at Paris Landing ,”The Lodge”. The resort will have over one hundred thousand (100,000) square footage, 90 rooms all with a view of the lake, and a refined waterfront resort feel. Governor Lee stated this is a big economic opportunity for the area, as well as a great place for creating memories. Attending dignitaries: Governor Bill Lee, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers, TN Dept. of General Services Commissioner Christi Branscom, and Dept. of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson. Many more were in attendance and all were able to preview a,built to scale ,model of one of the Lodge’s new rooms.

Cindy Stonebreaker, Her Journey On POW/MIA Recovery Efforts

By Kristina Dufresne

Paris,Tenn.- The John Babb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a special program in honor of our veterans and our country on Friday afternoon, November 15th at the First Presbyterian Church. The program kicked off with Lois Conroy, a special friend of the chapter and coordinator of the event, introducing Cindy Stonebreaker. Cindy is the Assistant Director of Programs/Gold Star Family Liaison for the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. She sits on the Board of Directors for the National League of POW/MIA Families, in Washington D.C., where she also serves as the Board Secretary and Kentucky State Coordinator.

 Cindy is the daughter of Lt. Col. Kenneth Stonebreaker, who went missing-in-action from a recon mission over North Vietnam on October 28, 1968. Cindy went on an official League Delegation trip to Southeast Asia where she met with government officials and spent time on a Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) excavation site in the jungles of rural Laos. This site was only 15 miles from Cindy’s father’s crash site. The people of the two villages on top of the mountain where the excavation site was located worked together with U.S. personnel sifting through dirt and detritus to be sent off to the archeological labs to be evaluated. Some of the items recovered from this endeavor were parts of a helmet, the locking mechanism of a parachute, and a chinstrap. Cindy has spent the last seven years working towards finding out what happened to her father and why he never made it home. Hers is a recovery mission and she is helping others to get closure as well. Cindy works hand in hand with the Director of Programs to optimize efficiency, quality, and consistency of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) Project by facilitating consistent operations, communication, and scheduling, as well as coordinating correspondence with key stakeholders. Cindy states they build Gold Star Memorials all over the United States for families who have lost loved ones in military service. The 60th monument will be dedicated on Monday, November 18th in Biloxi, Mississippi. Cindy stated the memorials tend to bring people together to remind them that their loved ones have not been forgotten.

Henry Co. Health Dept. Joining State's Free Flu Vaccination Event Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department will join the State’s Free Flu Vaccination event on Tuesday November 19th and offer flu vaccines at no charge to the community during the “FightFluTN” event.

Henry County Health Department Director Tracy Byrd said, “getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and keep our community healthy. The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school, and other activities, put you in the hospital, and even take your life. We urge everyone in Henry County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now and this event is a great chance to do so.”

The Henry County Health Department will provide flu shots Tuesday November 19th, at no cost to anyone, who wishes to receive one at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 9am to Noon. It will be a walk-through flu clinic and will be held at the fairgrounds.

Seasonal influenza is spreading in Henry County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. The vaccine is most important for infants, young children, pregnant women, and adults over 50 with chronic medical conditions.

For more information about the flu, getting the vaccine, or the flu clinic set for November 19th call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025 or visit

Lady Pats Softball Team Holding Winter Skills Camp Dec. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will hold their 2nd Annual Winter Skills Camp and Team Fundraiser December 28th, 2019. The Deadline to pre-register is November 18th and time to check-in to camp is 8:30am on December 28th. T-shirts are guaranteed to all who pre-register. The skill camp will be held at E.W. Grove Gym, but if weather is nice enough could be moved to the softball field.

Entry fee is $40 for 1st child, $35 for 2nd child in family, and $30 for third child in the family. Make checks to the HCHS Softball Boosters and mail to 600 Old Trezevant Road, Trezevant, TN 38258 or drop off in the office of your child’s school.

NWR Areas Closing Seasonally for Wintering Waterfowl Beginning Nov. 15th

Springville, Tenn.- Beginning this Friday November 15th, some areas of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and all of Cross Creeks NWR will be seasonally closed to the public for the winter. These areas will be closed until March 15th primarily to minimize the disturbance to wintering waterfowl and nesting bald eagles. However, for great views of the lake, or waterfowl and wildlife viewing, there will still be some areas of both refuges open to daylight visitation during the winter months.

At Cross Creeks NWR the visitor center, located at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover remains open weekdays, as does the visitor center at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. At the Big Sandy Unit of the TN NWR, the main road running thru the Big Sandy Peninsula remains opens which gives access to the Bennett’s Creek Observation deck. The V.L. Childs Observation Deck is open this winter at the Britton Ford/Sulphur Wells area and Duck River Bottoms main road is open year round offering great views for visitors. For more information on anything at NWR call 642-2091.

Elks Lodge Offering Smoked Turkeys, Dressing for Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elks Lodge will once again offer smoked Turkey breast to help you with your Thanksgiving Dinners this year. Proceeds from the cooking are used in the Veterans Hides Program, which the Elks Lodge is proud to be a part of. This year for the 2nd straight year, the Elks Lodge will also offer Cindy Snyder’s Cornbread Dressing and gravy for sell to go along with your smoked turkey breast.

Smoked turkey breasts will be $25, a 9 by 13 pan of cornbread dressing will be $20, and quarts of gravy for only $5. Call the Paris Elks Lodge to place your orders, which can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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