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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks Weekend News Director Nicki Cronkright

 

911 Board Learns that Centralized Dispatching is Moving Along and Becoming a Real Possibility

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met Monday afternoon and learned that Centralized Dispatching is becoming closer to reality. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo gave reports and 911 Director Mark Archer said the City and County are looking at some interlocal agreements and working towards the start of the new budget later this summer. Archer said there is room to possibly house the Central Dispatch in the back of the 911 Communications Office on Brewer St. Archer said they would move equipment from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and possibly purchase some new equipment. Archer said some money in the budget and money coming due on CDs would help pay for relocation and new equipment.

Archer said the County Radio Project is going along well and there will be a more detailed update at the April County Commission meeting to see where they stand and were to go from there.

IT Director Chad Howard updated the board on the QGIS progress which allows all agencies to work together and see things mapped in the county. The technology is so advanced Archer said it would allow responders to pinpoint a caller to 911 being a bridge if they were and allows agencies to use it for different things such as utility companies to help locate lines etc.

Commission Hears of Space Concern at Election Commission

DeLaina Green, Election Administrator, addresses the County Commission Monday night about spacing issues. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for March Monday night and heard form Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green regarding lack of space at the Election Commission Office.

Green told commissioners that she had already went to the courthouse committee with the issue and wanted the full commission to know the problem with lack of space at the Election Commission Office. Green told the commission Monday night that more and more laws change each year with regulations and such and its becoming an issue to handle the equipment with the space which they have. Green said in the ten years she has been at the office, the amount of equipment has basically doubled. Although the current machines should suffice in the next round of Elections in 2020, Green said they would likely need to purchase more by 2022.

Green said voters need more privacy and the space to fill out paper ballots if they wish and the office doesn’t really provide that now. County Mayor Brent Greer said that the courthouse committee has discussed this problem with space. There has been some space found at Weston Hall that could help with equipment and maybe a potential future Election Commission Office. Mayor Greer said he would come back to the commission in a future meeting with more details and cost estimates.

Members of leadership Henry County learned about County Gov. Monday and ended their day at the County Comm. meeting.

Citizen Asks Commission to Work on Getting Streets, Areas Cleaned Up Again

RIck Parker, standing facing commission, asks for more work to clean up areas of the County. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At the beginning of the meeting, citizen Rick Parker spoke to the commission asking for the County and City to work together to help clean up some areas that are continuing to be an eye sore. Parker said “I see trash flying out of the back of trucks that are untarped, I see it at these Dollar Stores and other stores where its all over their parking lots and around their garbage bins.”

County Attorney Rob Whitfield said, “the codes enforcement officer is given an address that is violating the litter resolution and he goes to the address and cites the person and tells them they have “x” number of days to clean it up, then the county can seek court action or send someone to clean it up and bill that person for the service.” Whitfield said the county has had some measurable success with that the last year or so. County Mayor Greer said the County, City, Sheriff’s Office and Police Department, and Highway Department are all working hard to try to keep our streets and areas clean.

Commission Passes Resolution Opposing Re-Districting

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the resoution opposing re-districting. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission approved a resolution opposing the redistricting of the 24th Judicial District. Tennessee Code Annotated 16-1-119 set the parameters for an Advisory Task Force of 11 members appointed jointly by the Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House. County Mayor Brent Greer said the Henry County Bar Association met earlier in the month and opposed any re-districting that would reduce the number of judges that serve Henry County. This resolution by the County Commission does the same thing, opposing redistricting of any kind that would reduce the number of judges that serve the area.

Commissioners approved the sale of certain delinquent tax property at reduced prices in resolution form Monday night. The parcel will be sold for $200 to the bidder, unless someone raises the price in the next 10 days by 10% or more, as required by state law.

Tense Situation Ends Peacefully With Man in Jail, Woman Cited

Paris, Tenn.- A fierce and tense situation, ended peacefully thanks to work of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and landed a man in jail and citations for drug possession on a woman. The report by Lt. Clyde Sulcer of the HCSO stated they received a call of a woman calling from her neighbor’s house, saying her boyfriend, Dr. Robert W. Hamm, age 41, of 215 Country Wood Drive, had threatened her and did have a gun.

Several deputies arrived and took position in locations around the home, Hamm was inside. They could see him lying on the bed and numerous times attempted to call him and have him surrender. He continued to refuse, but finally after Lt. Sulcer explained to him the process would be a deputy would meet him on the porch and handcuff him. He finally did surrender with no issues. He was charged with domestic and aggravate assault. The woman, Kathryn Grace McCoy, age 37, 1504 Belmont St., was cited into court for possession of marijuana after some was found in her backpack.

Deputies Investigate Theft Reports

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Haley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from Terrappin Creek Road where someone allegedly ripped open a packaged from the mail left at a residence and took the T-Shirts that were inside of the package. There are no suspects at this time.

Dep. John Andrews of the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a resident of Atlantic Avenue in Henry. The report stated that two lock boxes with medication had been stolen along with an Ipad mini. More investigation is underway in this incident with no arrests at this time.

TN Paws Act up for Hearing in Subcommittee This Wed.

Nashville- House Bill 852 also known as the TN PAWS Act – the TN Protection of Animal Welfare & Safety Act – is scheduled for hearing this coming Wednesday, March 20, at 3:30 pm before the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in House Hearing Room II.  This bill, sponsored by Representative Bruce Griffey, seeks to completely overhaul animal laws in Tennessee, provide stronger protection to voiceless victims, harsher penalties against animal abusers and greater assistance to law enforcement and rescue organizations who assist victimized animals.  Griffey was inspired to write the bill based upon his and his wife’s experience as prosecutors handling animal cruelty cases. 

“Tennessee is currently ranked as a ‘middle tier’ state with respect to animal protection laws and I want to make Tennessee a ‘top tier’ state.  I have frequently seen prosecutors suspending sentences for animal crimes so animal abusers serve no time in jail.  My bill would change that and create mandatory sentences as well as mandatory fines, which are currently not in place.  Those fines would go to animal shelters, humane societies and animal rescue organizations,” stated Griffey. 

 
Among some of the things the TN PAWS Act seeks to change is:
 
  • Creating escalating mandatory minimum sentences and fines for animal abuse and neglect and earmarking the fines to go to law enforcement agencies, shelters, humane societies and animal rescue organizations which assist victimized animals;
     
  • Increasing the penalty for aggravated animal cruelty, animal fighting and beastiality from a Class E Felony to a Class C Felony;
     
  • Requiring individuals convicted of sex crimes against animals to register on the sex offender registry;
     
  • Creating mandatory minimum “cost of care” security bonds to be posted by individuals charged with animal abuse, cruelty or neglect to cover the costs incurred by law enforcement agencies, shelters, humane societies or animal rescue organizations in caring for victimized animals who are the subject of criminal prosecutions;
     
  • mandating prohibition periods whereby convicted animal abusers would be prohibited from owning an animal or residing in a household where an animal is present; and
     
  • making it a crime to create, market, offer to market or sell, or possess depictions of animal cruelty unless it is for religious, political, scientific, educational, law enforcement, humane investigator training, journalistic, artistic, or historical value or involves rodeos, sanctioned livestock events, or normal husbandry practices.
 
These are just some of many changes that the TN PAWS Act will make.
“This bill will not only serve to protect and provide justice for innocent, voiceless animals, but it will also serve to protect humans.  It is well established that individuals who victimize animals frequently progress to victimizing children, the elderly, women – anyone they perceive as defenseless and vulnerable.  It is a well established fact that most serial killers start with abuse and cruelty to animals and progress from there to humans.  In my district just a couple of months ago, a man shot his girlfriend’s child’s puppy because he was mad at his girlfriend.  It is just  a matter of time before someone like that ends up directing violence towards the girlfriend or the girlfriend’s child,”  stated Griffey.
 
Griffey is encouraging anyone who would like to see the TN PAWS Act enacted as law to show up to the Capitol for the hearing on Wednesday afternoon to show support for the bill.
 
 
Contact: Bruce Griffey, TN State Representative for the 75th House District (Benton, Henry & Stewart Counties), 615-741-6804, ext. 44133 or rep.bruce.griffey@capitol.tn.gov

Cottage Grove Fire Department Holding Pot Luck, Meeting Mon. Night

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department is having their annual meeting Monday evening at 6pm at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The meeting begins with a 6pm potluck supper with BBQ and Chicken Strips provided by the Fire Department. The annual business meeting will follow at 7pm. All business will be conducted and the election of board members will commence. Everyone is invited. Membership Dues are $25 per ear or 5 years for $100. Just as a reminder, non-members are charged a $750 fee if called to a fire scene.  

Paris Man Arrested After Ramming Patrol Car

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Paris Police had a van that was refusing to stop and Deputy Hayley French, Deputy Jimmy Cole and Deputy William Whitaker responded to assist.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua was advised that the city had attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver had fled with a pair of handcuffs on. Radio traffic advised that the driver had been identified as James Conger of Grove Street in Paris and that the vehicle was traveling the wrong direction on Veteran’s Drive and had hit a vehicle head on. Paris later terminated pursuit, but Deputy French and Whitaker followed at a distance, following Conger on Wood Street and headed toward the lake.

The van then turned into the parking lot at Lakeway Circle and deputies drove on past. Sgt. Fuqua made his way to the parking lot and observed the van and Conger in the lot.

Sgt. Fuqua pulled his patrol car in front of the van so that he couldn’t drive off and exited his vehicle, weapon drawn and advising Conger to exit his vehicle. Conger put the car in reverse, backed up and then rammed Sgt. Fuqua’s patrol car and then backed up again, put the vehicle in drive and pulled out onto Wood Street.

Sgt. Fuqua was able to get back in his patrol vehicle and get in front of Conger, slowing him down until Deputy French and Deputy Whitaker could box Conger in so that he couldn’t drive off. Upon attempting to get Conger out of the vehicle and him resisting, Sgt. Fuqua deployed his taser and Conger pulled out the barbs. Deputy Whitaker deployed his taser and again, Conger pulled out the barbs. After a second round and a dry stun with a taser, deputies were able to get Conger from the vehicle.

Conger became unresponsive once on the ground and EMS was called to assist in treatment. Conger was transported to the HCMC ER and remained unresponsive. Once a toxicology screening was complete, Conger was administered medicine and discharged from the hospital and transported to the Henry County Jail, without further incident.

The van was towed from the scene and Conger was charged with Resisting Arrest, Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, and two counts of Aggravated Assault. This does not include pending additional charges from Paris Police Department.

Winners Of 27th Photography Showcase Announced

Best in Show

Paris, Tenn. - The Arts Council Photography 27th Showcase opened at the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Sunday, a reception held and the winners of each category and Best of Show were announced.

In the category of Altered Images, 1st place was awarded to Ghost Writer by Michael Grace. 2nd place was awarded to Fairy Steps by Mary Ann Claxton. Third place went to Linda Gardner for All Pumped Up.

In the Architectural category, Jason Bucher won First place with Eye of the Eiffel. Beverly Hicks won 2nd place with Another Day Begins on What’s Left from Yesteryear. Linda Gardner took third place for Mt. Zion Church.

In the Beginner category, Krystel Bucher took 1st place with Keys to Palestine. Tammie Garner won 2nd place with Orb Weaver and Gabrielle Kline won 3rd place with her photo titled Wintry Morn.

The category of Black and White saw Tammie Garner taking 1st place with Lifetime Love. American Worker by Linda Gardner took 2nd place and Tattered Memories by Debbie McDorman won 3rd place.

The awards in the Downtown Paris category were sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and 1st place was awarded to Jason Bucher for Luckey’s Charms. Michael Grace won 2nd place for 38242 and 3rd place went to Beverly Hicks for House of Justice.

In the Mobile category, Jill McLean took 1st place with Beautiful Bark. Vanessa Solis won 2nd place with her work titled Morning Dew and third place went to Susan Jones for Waiting.

In the Natural World Category, Jim Jayroe won 1st place with Golden Light. River Crossing won 2nd place and was shot by Lisha Donald. Kevin Buie took 3rd place with his work titled From the Depths of Hell.

The People category 1st place winner for BPU Lineman…I am a Lineman for the County was Christy Casey. Tootin’ his own Horn won 2nd place and was by Debbie McDorman and Waiting for a Bus-Chicago won 3rd place and was by Renee Day.

The category of Travel saw 1st place go to Lost by Judith Putnam. Susan Corbin took 2nd place with her work, Amish Homestead and Thingvellir National Park – Iceland by Renee Day took 3rd place.

Wildlife and Animals 1st place winner was Jean Owens with Hand Stand. Jere Hughes took 2nd place with Penthouse Suite and 3rd place, which was untitled went to Vanessa Solis.

The Best in Show was awarded to Judith Putnam for Lost. The judges had quite a discussion about the Black and Whites and all agreed that it is difficult to shoot well, because the photographer doesn’t have the “noise” associated with the color.

The showcase will remain on display until April 12th.

Warrants Filed On Employee After Customers Report Thefts

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos spoke to a complainant at City Hall, who wanted to file charges of theft after an employee of a local business had stolen items from his vehicle while maintenance was being conducted.

The complainant stated he had gone to Triple T Tire to have new tires placed on his Chevrolet. He arrived at the business around 9 a.m. and while he was waiting on his vehicle, he observed an employee, later identified as Joshua Ryan Hammond, age 37 of Big Sandy, acting suspiciously. At approximately 11 a.m., the complainant was notified his vehicle was finished.

The complainant advised that is when he got into his vehicle and checked to see if Hammond had taken something. He noticed a bag of change, with approximately $30 in it missing. He also noticed that his tools that were in the back of his vehicle, all moved from the bag and placed to the side.

The complainant approached the manager of the store and made him aware of the situation. The manager approached Hammond, who then gave him the bag of change, which he had stolen out of the vehicle. The manager advised he planned on terminating the employee, but had not done so at this time.

The complainant advised he wished to pursue charges against Hammond and that after checking, called the Police Department to advise his Snap-on jumper box had also been stolen. The jumper box was valued at $475.

Lt. Ramos will be issuing warrants for Hammond for theft.

Speeding Leads To Additional Citations

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Patrolman Johnathan Baxter observed a black, 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 traveling at a high rate of speed traveling outbound on East Wood Street. Ptl. Baxter’s radar unit indicated that the vehicle was traveling 63 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.  

Ptl. Baxter initiated a traffic stop on East Wood Street and Recycling Drive. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Orville Edgil, age 48 of Buchanan, dispatch advised Edgil was suspended out of Benton County General Sessions Court for failure to show proof of insurance on  01/06/19.

Edgil was cited in lieu of arrest and left at the scene while waiting for alternate transportation.

Donkey Basketball Game March 23rd

Paris, Tenn. - Donkey Basketball is once again coming to the Central Community Service Center on Saturday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. Prominent local people ride stubborn and tricky donkeys, all while playing basketball. Admission is $8 at the gate and advance tickets can be purchased at Take Me Back Café for $6.

For more information visit www.donkeyball.net or for event bookings, please contact Circle A Donkey Ranch at 731-243-3326.

Shepherd's Table Supper Planned For Tuesday

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Shepherd’s Table will be hosting their next supper on Tuesday, March 19th, with the meal beginning promptly at 5 p.m. and the kitchen will remain open until 6:45 p.m. and anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for supper is invited.

This community kitchen was created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. The Shepherd’s Table has served as many as 70 guests and is always willing to serve more.

The menu for this month’s meal is chicken breast with homemade gravy, noodles, corn, English peas, fresh baked rolls and brownies with ice cream for dessert. Milk, tea and water will available as well.

The Fellowship Hall is located at 19835 East Main Street in Huntingdon and visiting is like having dinner at a casual restaurant in town. You are greeted at the door by a host and seated at a table. A server brings your drink and meal. Your food is served hot and fresh from the kitchen.

Between the generous donations and what the committee spends each month, each meal costs approximately $50. If you would like to sponsor a meal or give a donation of any amount, please contact The Shepherd’s Table by calling the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at 731-986-5642.

Reminder: American Legion Post 89 Fish Fry Fridays Continue

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road, will be holding Fish Fry’s several Fridays in a row starting this week during Lent. Every Friday until April 19th. They will serve Catfish, fries, hushpuppies, white beans, slaw, dessert, and drink for only $10. The meal will be served beginning at 5pm until they are sold out. The meal is open to the public.

 

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