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 WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks Weekend News Director Nicki Cronkright



HCHS Baseball/Softball Games Cancelled Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-Due to the forecasted threat of rain and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, all games have been cancelled for Thursday evening, according to Athletic Director Mike Poteete. The next home game for baseball is Saturday with JV at 11am and Varsity at 1pm against Springfield.

Quota Welcomes Dr. Lauren May as Guest Speaker

Paris, Tenn.- Dr Lauren May, OD was guest speaker at Quota’s April 24th noon meeting at Lee Academy Lunchroom.  She spoke to the group about cataracts, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration – both dry and wet, dry eye and diabetes.  She had her assistant, Casey Brown, with her who related some questions they are asked by patients.  They also told of the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the rays.

Suzanne Richter reported that the Scholarship committee has met and are in the process of reviewing applications.

Ladies Night Out will be April 30 at 6pm at The Parisian Theatre.  “Breakthrough” is the movie and doors will open at 5:15 for everyone to get their box dinner.  There a few tickets remaining.  If you need a ticket, contact Gina Olds at 642-9082.

Kaylyn Nation reported a very successful Easter Bake Sale with items being sold out by 9:30am on Saturday morning.

May 8th is Derby Day at Quota.  Members are urged to wear their finest Derby Hat.

HCMC Auxiliary's Masquerade Jewelry Sale Thurs., Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Masquerade Jewelry Sale returns to HCMC during a two day event Thursday and Friday April 25th and 26th. The company caters only to hospital auxiliary groups across the south and they are experts at showcasing large volumes of accessories, making a win-win proposal to all involved.

Masquerade will have many new items this year including purses, wallets, jewelry, scarves, key chains, college sports memorabilia items and more.

Money raised helps when the HCMC Auxiliary gives out scholarships to those seeking a career in health care. The sale will be held in HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3. Hours are until 7pm Thursday and 7am to 3pm on Friday. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted and remember 20% of sales goes to the auxiliary.

Lots to do Thursday at the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday is another busy day at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry as the Fish Tent opens again from 5-9pm with $12 for all you can eat catfish and the trimmings. The Arts and crafts show begins at 5pm Thursday and runs until 8:30pm at the Enoch Building. Championship Bulls and Barrels showdown has their first show Thursday night at 7:30pm and it will be family night with Admission $6, children under 6 free with paying adult. It’s also ten rides for ten dollars at the carnival from 5-11pm Thursday night.

Huge Crowd Turns out for First Night of WBFF Fish Tent Opening

Hostess Princess Paige Alexander throws out the first hushpuppies to her grandfathers. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A great day weatherwise and the thought of hot, fresh, delicious catfish saw a huge crowd come to the Fairgrounds Wednesday evening for the opening of this years Fish Tent. After David "Tater" Hayes gave his usualy speech thanking the City and County and thanking the Paris Henry County Jaycees for their hard work, Hostess Princess Paige Alexander threw out two hushpuppies to both her grandpas to signal the opening of the Fish Tent.

City Manager Kim Foster serves up fresh fried catfish as the City of Paris worked the front lines Wed.

The Buchanan Masonic Lodge cooked the Fish, the City of Paris and the Hostess Princess Court served the fish along with help from the Springville Community and Dr. Jeff Morris's staff. A huge crowd waited in line for the chance to eat catfish, hushpuppies, fries, white beans, and coleslaw all you can eat for $12.

The Fish Tent will open again Thursday 5-9pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm.

Friday is Deadline to Send in Application for Director of Schools Position

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education has contracted with the Tennessee School Boards Association to find its next director of Schools. Current Director Dr. Brian Norton tendered his resignation effective June 30th.

Board Chairman Jill Coker said the application process is continuing until this Friday April 26th. Anyone interested in the position must go thru the TSBA’s website and fill out the application. The TSBA is doing the legwork vetting the candidates and prepping for future interviews which the HCBOE will conduct.

Coker said so far 12 applications have been received and two are local candidates. A representative from TSBA will be at the May 2nd board meeting presenting the applications and likely narrowing the field down to 5. The school board has the option to interview as many candidates as they see fit and can interview all applicants if they choose.

Coker said interviews are planned for the week of May 6-10. The process is open to the public. The board will also hold a work session Monday April 29th at 7am to discuss the interview process and new director’s contract. The work session is also open to the public.

Office on Aging Planning Trip to Louisville in July

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is about to hit the road again with a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for an overnight adventure. The trip will be Friday and Saturday July 19th and 20th. The Office on Aging plans to visit the Louisville Slugger Baseball bat factory and museum, Churchill Downs, a Winery, and the Muhammed Ali museum.

The trip will leave July 19th at 7am from Central Community Service Center on Jones Bend Road. They will stop for breakfast and be in Louisville around 1pm Eastern time. Plans are to go to two of the four places Friday. Saturday’s plan is breakfast, checkout, the winery and Ali museum before heading home.

Buses will be parked for the evening, but trip goers can explore other downtown areas and attractions on their own, just bring extra spending money.

Cost is $150 per person and includes bus fare, admissions to attractions, and hotel room. A fundraiser is planned for June to help raise money for the trip. The Office is asking for $25 deposits for those interested in going on the trip. That will be deducted from the final payments. Final payments must be made before July 13th. For questions call 642-2919 or 642-3193.

Paris Police Sets Rules for WBFF Parade on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Chuck Elizondo of the Paris Police Department issued a media release concerning rules along the parade route ahead of Friday’s Fish Fry Parade. Parking is allowed on the South Side of the parade route from Tyson Avenue to Fairgrounds road beginning at midnight.

If you park along the route, leave your cell number on the vehicle dash so they can call before they tow. No bikes, ATVs, skateboards, skates, mini bikes on route unless part of the parade or authorized.

No pets are allowed, no candy will be thrown out, no poppers are to be sold or thrown.

When the parade ends, make sure all vehicles are moved, if any are left they will be towed. Vendors must be have a permit to sell on the parade route. Backpacks will be checked for content and parade entrants must have a valid Driver’s license. Handicapped parking will be provided on first come basis at Walker’s Pre-Owned Vehicles at 1122 East Wood St.

Wednesday's Events at WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The highlight of Wednesday’s events at the 66th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry include the Fish Tent opening up for the first time from 5-9pm. It’s all you can eat catfish and the trimmings for $12 for adults, with children under 12 eating for $8. The Fish Tent opens again 5-9pm Thursday and 11am to 9pm Friday and Saturday.

It’s $20 armband night at the carnival from 5-11pm, and the Christian Concert, featuring Nathan Shoemaker, will be at the Enoch Building at 7pm and admission is only $5.

64 Cars Fill Court Square for April Cruise-In

Paris, Tenn.- A great evening of weather Tuesday saw 64 cars pile into the court square for the Downtown Paris Association’s first Cruise-In of the Season. The April Cruise-In was the largest ever as far as number of cars and it was dedicated to two advocates of the DPA and downtown Paris who we lost earlier in the year Gaines Hedges and Vicky Muzzal.

DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “it was a perfect night of weather and we had downtown Paris packed.”

Perry’s BBQ had food and drinks for sell and door prizes were given to car owners every 15 minutes. Scott Myatt and Steve Short played music to keep the crowd entertained as well. Cruise-ins are scheduled the fourth Tuesday in April, May, June, August, and September. (Kathy Ray photos)

Multiple Fire Departments Respond to Barn Fire in Henry

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Fire Department members responded to a barn on fire behind a home on Van Dyke Road Tuesday afternoon. Units arrived to find a barn, RV, jet ski, utlity trailer full of tires, and two cars along with part of the house on fire. The house fire was extinguished first to save the structure with help from Mansfield and Paris Fire Departments. The Puryear Fire Department also was nearby and responded to the scene with a tanker. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Henry Fire Photos)

Country Dance, Carnival Highlight Tuesday at WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Another beautiful night in Paris was a perfect pairing for a good crowd at Tuesday's events at the 66th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry. The Legends played at the Country Dance and it was $15 armband night at the carnival. (Jessie L. photos)

Students Show off Their Science Fair Info Boards at PSSD BOE Meeting

PSSD BOE member Amy Cathey looks over the Primitive Gaming info board and watches as students explain to her the details. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education held their April Board meeting at Inman Middle School Tuesday night and were treated to some projects from some students at Inman. The PSSD and HCSS teamed up last week for a science fair held at Inman. Principal Jason Scarbrough said, “I was completely shocked at the number of entries, the community involvement, and the projects the students came up with.”

Mrs. Karen Goodman, teacher and supervisor of the work said there were 35 entries. She said students didn’t get graded on these projects and worked very hard on their boards.

Awards were given out to the students who worked on the different projects at the Science Fair last week. For, “Do You Really Want Fries with That” Jessica Knott, Katelyn O’Neal, and Sophie Plumley all received innovator of the year awards.

Neely Clendenin shows off the prosthetic hand she printed on a 3-D printer.

Neely Clendenin was presented with the Future Medical Professional Award for her “Limitations of Prosthetic Hand.”

Wyatt Jones with his "Martin the Amazing" project that looks into your future for a quarter.

Wyatt Jones received the future engineer award for his “Martin the Amazing” display.

In Primitive Gaming, Aidan Gooch won Gold and Jacob Knoeppel and Carter Hedges placed as well.

Allyson Morton’s “Irrigation of Mums” project won Gold as well.

The PSSD Board also went out and toured the Inman Greenhouse after the meeting was finished as well.

PSSD BOE Moves Forward with Capital Projects

Board members discuss capital projects Tues. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Board Chairman Richard Edwards said one bid has been received on the parking lot sealing at Rhea Elementary from a company from Milan, who then subbed it to a place in Jackson. Edwards said the bid came in several thousand dollars higher than what we anticipated. Edwards suggested the board not accept the bid and let Director of Facilities Jason Coffield do some more searching and see if he can find better prices.

The board also learned that the Inman Kitchen HVAC and roof projects received some bids. There was three submitted for the Kitchen Work and the low bid came from a company in Jackson. Edwards discussed issues with service if going to someone outside of the local bidders. The 2nd highest bid was for Culley Mechanical, who is local. Edwards suggested in the long run when it comes to service, we’d rather deal with local than someone out of Jackson. The board approved Culley Mechanical for the job. The purchasing policy calls for the board to accept local bids when its practical.

The board also discussed bids taken for the roof over the kitchen, lunchroom, and skylights in the area. Coffield said that roof is held together with band aids over the kitchen and it needs replacing. Wade Dortch Roofing’s bid was just under $99K, the lowest of two bids received. The money was already approved in the budget for the work.

In action Tuesday night the board approved new social studies textbooks for the upcoming school year. They will adopt a curriculum from the state approved list.

BPU Board Discusses Elec. Rate Increase to Take Effect  Oct. 1

BPU Board members discuss the proposed rate increase. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of directors met in regular session on Tuesday and General Manager Terry Wimberley presented an introduction to proposed electric rate increases that would go into effect October of this year.

This was more or less a housekeeping measure since the rate increase is the 2nd part of a two year rate increase the BPU Board Approved last spring as part of their 5 year plan. The increase would be in fixed cost and customers would be $1.75 per month for residential and small general service accounts. Wimberley said it would total $21 more per year for customers.

With that, Wimberley said we are still in good shape with overall rates compared to other utilities. The fixed rate cost could be even more as it is with several other utilities. He said the plan is no anticipated rate increases for the next three fiscal years. The Board will seek to approve this at their May meeting.

New Modifications for BPU's HVAC Loan Program Approved

Paris, Tenn.- The BPU board of directors also approved adding some layers of financial opportunity to their HVAC loan programs. Currently the loans are capped at $8500 for single units and $10K for multiple units, when a home needs two units maybe one upstairs and one downstairs.

Charlie West, Business Manager, explained that to serve the needs of customers better with multiple units they want to offer loans of $13K with a Beacon Score of 700 and $15K with a Beacon score of 750. West said customers who use our program typically come back when a new unit is needed and now homes with multiple units need to have a little more borrowing power and this will do that.

The credit scores help alleviate most potential bad debt issues and it meets the needs of the BPU customers.

USDA-RD Loan Nearly Ready for BPU

Paris, Tenn.- The BPU Board also approved moving forward with accepting a $14M Wastewaster loan with USDA Rural Development. General Manager Terry Wimberley said this issue has gone on sometime, been halted by the government shutdown, and now is finally about ready to commence. Wimberley said we need to get this loan in place to get some reimbursement on things we’ve paid out.  The board approved sending the resolution to the Paris City Commission for formal approval when they meet next week. The resolution authorizes the max amount of just over $14M to be used for TDEC consent order repairs to the Wastewater system.

The BPU board approved a resolution to request the balance of some unclaimed property from the State of Tennessee at their meeting Tuesday. This allows unclaimed deposits and such that customers haven’t claimed to come back to BPU as allowed by Tennessee Code Annotated if not claimed within two years. Wimberley said they have no idea an amount, but they are approving this board resolution to reclaim whatever is out there.

Great Crowd at Kick-Off Street Dance Monday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- A warm, beautiful evening helped garner a large crowd Monday night at the Kick-off Street Dance for the 66th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry. The Ray Lewis Band peformed and concessions were sold as well. (WBFF photo)

HCHD Closing Hill Road for Culvert Replacement 3 Days

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hill Road between Old McKenzie Hwy and 218 bypass on Wednesday April 24th, Monday April 29th, and Tuesday April 30th for culvert replacement. The closure will take place at 7am each morning and will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Rhea Elementary's Fish Fry Parade Planned Wednesday 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The Rhea Elementary School Fish Fry Annual Fish Fry Parade will be held on Wednesday April 23rd at 10am at Henry County High School’s Patriot Stadium. Inman Middle School’s band and cheerleaders will be there as well.

Pats Pound Kenwood on the Diamond 20-0

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's baseball team moves to 10-3 in District 10-AAA play after defeating the Knights 20-0 Monday night at home. The Patriots scored 5 runs in the first, 7 more in the 2nd and the rout was on. RBIs came from up and down the lineup including Brandon Armour, Ethan Thompson, Wesley Bomar, Owen Webb, Paxton Pierpont, Cooper Smith, Austin Abbott, and more.

Wesley Bomar pitched 3 solid scoreless innings and Brandon Armour finished the final 2 innings. The game was called for the run rule after 5 innings. Henry County will play at Kenwood on Tuesday night.

LBL Homeschoolers Day Planned Friday April 26th

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invite you to join them for the seventh annual Homeschoolers Day at Woodlands Nature Station inside the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, 3146 Silver Trail Road, Cadiz, KY 42211, 10 am to 3 pm on Friday, April 26, 2019. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5 -12; and free for 4 and under.

We will launch into the earth sciences with engaging educational programs and activities based around this year’s theme – Mission: Earth! Dive into STEAM inspired lessons exploring everything from Archaeology to Astronomy. We are also welcoming very special guests from the Ben E. Clement Mineral museum, West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers, Maggie Morgan from the Jackson Purchase Foundation, and our very own Land Between the Lakes archaeologists!

Missions and activities run from 10am-3pm. Join our crew as we explore all the wonders of our home planet! We recommend planning at least a 3-hour visit to experience all the day has to offer.

Farmer's Market Opens June 7th; More Vendors Welcome

Paris, Tenn.- The growing season is upon and fresh produce and fruits will be available in abundance soon. The Henry County Farmer’s Market will open for the first time to the public on June 7th at 3pm at the pavilion at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Henry County Farmer’s Market will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 3pm until around 5pm or sold out. There is still a need for vendors and the cost is only $35 per year. Call Chad Kennedy for more information at 336-7786 or to secure your spot for the upcoming season.

Country Dance, $15 Armbands Highlight Tues. Events at WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- World’s Biggest Fish Fry Activities on Tuesday include the opening of the carnival for the first time at 5pm. With discounted arm bands from school, it will be $15 Armband night until 11pm. Also Tuesday night the Country Dance will be held in the Enoch Building with The Legends performing great country music. The admission is only $5 for the Country Dance and concessions will be sold. Keep listening to our family of radio stations and visiting our website for more on this week’s Fish Fry activities.

R.E.A.L. Hope Directors, the Whites, Set to Retire in July

Paris, Tenn.- During a Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Linley White and Becki White, Co-Directors of the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center informed the board that they wish to retire effective July 15th 

Natives of Illinois, the Whites retired to Paris after serving many years in education.  The couple got involved with the R.E.A.L. Hope Program in 2012, bringing Linley’s years of service as College Dean and Business instructor, and Becki’s experience in grant writing and program development.  


Their efforts to nurture and develop children have been acknowledged through local and regional awards.  In 2014 the couple won the Paris-Henry County Volunteer Center’s Volunteer of the Year Award.  Linley, a Rotarian since the 90’s, is a recipient of the Herman Jackson Rotarian of the Year Award.  


In 2018, Linley would receive the prestigious Jefferson Award, an award thathonors community champions who are “ordinary people doing extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” The awards are given at both national and local levels. Also in 2018, Becki received the Child Advocate of the year award for the North West Council on Children and Youth.  She is also the recipient of the Quota Regional Volunteer of the Year. 


Board Members commented “The Whites have made tremendous impact on our community, countless children and their families. Their dedication, passion, and investment in the R.E.A.L. Hope Program has been inspiring.” 


The board will announce details on the vacancy at a later time. 

Paris Police Busy with Traffic Stops

Paris, Tenn.- A report the Paris Police Department stated Dep. John Baxter was on routine patrol and clocked a GMC going over 70 mph in areas posted at 50 or lower. Later in the night, police saw the other man. Jordan Allision was identified and charged with simple possession of schedule two after a traffic stop in addition to driving on a revoked license. He was placed on $2000 bond.  

Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department responded to a call at Pockets of a possible drunk driver who had pulled into and out of the parking lot a couple of times over the weekend. Lt. Frey stopped the vehicle and charged Braden Hill, age 18, of Dexter, Ky, for DUI 1st offense.

Fire Destroys Unoccupied Home on East Washington St. Sunday Night

Paris, Tenn.- An empty house on Washington Street was destroyed in fire late Sunday evening according to reports from the Paris Police Department and Paris Fire Department. The house was not being lived in at the time and there was no electricity or water running to the home currently, which was located at 527 E. Washington Street has not been lived in for some number of years. Fire fighters were on the scene for a while Sunday evening and had to keep diverting traffic and moving the large crowd that gathered near the scene as the fire’s smoke billowed up in the neighborhood. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

City of Paris Announces Closes for Fish Fry Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The City fo Paris has announced closings for this coming Friday April 26th for the World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade. City Hall will be closed Friday, all emergency services will be on regular schedule. The public works department will be closed Friday.

The Landfill will be closed Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th and reopen Monday April 29th. The Animal Shelter will also be closed Friday and Satuday and reopen on Monday. The Paris Civic Center will be closed Friday and reopen at 8am Saturday April 27th.

66th Annual WBFF In Full Swing with Kick-off Dance Mon. Night

Paris, Tenn- Activities for the 66th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry begin on Monday evening with the Kick-Off Street Dance from 7-9pm. The Dance will be held downtown around the court square and the Ray Lewis Band will perform. There is no admission charge Monday evening so get out and enjoy the fun. Keep listening to our family of radio stations and visit our website, wmufradio.com for Fish Fry Updates.

CASA Hosting Free Movie on Tuesday April 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA organization, will host a free movie this Tuesday night at the Parisian Theatre. The movie, “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” will be shown at 6pm. The movie reveals the toxic stress that can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children. These put the child at greater risk for disease, poor grades and low self-esteem. Again admission is free.

First Cruise In Scheduled For Tuesday With Special Dedication

Paris, Tenn. - The classic and antique cars will fill Poplar Street next to the Court Square once again on the 4th Tuesday of April, May, June, August and September. The Cruise In will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Cruise In is a free event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

The first Cruise In of the season will be dedicated to two very special people to the Downtown Paris Association and the Downtown Cruise Ins. The first this year is dedicated to the late Vicky Muzzall and the late Gaines Hedges. Gaines passed away on January 24, 2019 and Vicky passed away February 23, 2019. Gaines was a great promoter of DPA events, past President of the DPA and he loved the Cruise Ins. Vicky enjoyed driving her 1949 “Merc” classic car and bringing friends with her to the Downtown Cruise Ins. She was the Treasurer of the DPA, chaired the Cruise In Committee, and supported the Downtown Paris Association in many ways.

The DPA office has been located in the Vicky Muzzall Tax Service Office for the past six years. The DPA would like to say Thank You to Becky Hedges and Gaines’ family, as well as Jim Muzzall and Vicky’s family for allowing the DPA to dedicate the first Cruise In of the season to two great friends of the Downtown Paris Association.

Bring a classic car and register to win prizes donated by supporters of the Downtown Paris Association. Prizes are awarded to car owners every 15 minutes during the Cruise In.

There will be live music at each Cruise In, so bring a lawn chair and dancing shoes. Scott Myatt and Steve Short open the first Cruise In of the season on Tuesday, April 23rd and Perry’s BBQ will be on hand for a bite to eat.

For more information, email DowntownParis@outlook.com or call 731-653-PARIS (7274).

KSP Investigating One Inmate Death/One Overdose

Hickory, KY. - The Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of inmate Rodney L. Evans, age 50 of Mayfield, who died at 11:22 p.m. at Baptist Health Paducah, on Saturday.

Evans was an inmate at the Graves County Jail, who became unresponsive and was transported to Jackson Purchase ER and later transferred to Baptist Health.

Another Graves County Jail inmate is being treated at a Paducah Hospital from an apparent overdose. KSP Detective SGT Brett Miller and Graves County Jail are investigating the origin of the contraband.

An autopsy is still pending on Evans and anyone with information is urged to contact the KSP Post 1 at 270-856-3721.

GA Man Charged With DUI/Indecent Exposure

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Patrolman Daniel Andres arrested Matthew Adam Catlett, age 36 of Georgia on Saturday. Catlett was charged with DUI, driving on suspended and indecent exposure and leaving the scene of an accident.  Catlett was placed on $10,000 bond.

Woman Arrested After Disturbance At Hospital

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office while working security at Henry County Medical Center, Deputy Kyle Waldron was called to the 3rd floor to assist the medical staff with an unruly subject.

Upon speaking with the staff, Deputy Waldron was advised the subject was visiting a patient and they believed she was intoxicated and had become irate and began causing a disturbance. The staff also advised that they wanted the subject, identified as Donna M. Jackson, age 51 of Paris removed from the hospital property.

After speaking with Jackson, it was apparent to Deputy Waldron that Jackson was under the influence of some type of controlled substance and due to her current position, she was taken into custody and transported to the Henry County Jail for her safety and the safety of others.

During the booking process, it was discovered that Jackson was in possession of a bank card belonging to a man who was recently the victim in a house fire. The card was taken from Jackson’s possession and will be given to CID.

Jackson was placed on $1000 bond.

First Case Of Measles Report In East Tennessee

Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating a case of measles after the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of East Tennessee.

While the investigation is still currently centered in East Tennessee, all TN residents should be aware of the measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include, runny nose, fever, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth. The illness is typically accompanied by a red, spotty rash that begins on the face and spreads over the body. Nearly one in three measles patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia. Measles can be fatal in approximately one to two out of every 1,000 cases.

All Tennesseans are urged to ensure they are up-to-date on MMR vaccine. The measles virus is highly contagious and can stay airborne or live on surfaces for up to two hours.

People with questions can call their health care provider, the local health department, or a hotline established to provide answers. The hotline number is 865-549-5343. Tennessee had only 15 cases of measles in the last decade due to relatively high vaccination rates.

Derksen Portable Buildings Win The WBFF Bed Races

Paris, Tenn. - The 66th Annual WBFF Bed Races sponsored by Take Me Back Cafe' were held in Downtown Paris Saturday at Noon. Derksen Portable Buildings won the championship race. Teams from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Jaycees, and A Place Called Home also competed.

The 5K Hushpuppy Dash was also held Saturday morning at Henry County High School with 39 runners participating this year.


(Nicki Cronkright photos)

The Benton's Last Egg Hunt

Paris, Tenn. - The 34th Annual WMUF, WLZK, WRQR/Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt was held at 10 a.m. at Ogburn Park on Saturday. This egg hunt is the last for former station owners Gary and Janice Benton, as the sell of the stations to Forever Communications closed this week. Gary and Janice and staff have been putting on the free hunt every year for children of the community.

Damage To Hotel Room Leads To Multiple Arrests

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, city units were dispatched to Paris Inn and Suites in reference to subjects refusing to leave.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Eric Long observed the Site Manager and other employees, along with a male subject with a dog near the room. The Site Manager stated that the subjects sitting in the SUV in the parking lot and the male subject with the dog had damaged the room and were attempting to leave without paying.

Sgt. Long also learned the subjects had been smoking marijuana in the room, where signs were posted that prohibited smoking and had allowed their dog to relieve itself on the carpet.

In the vehicle, were the driver, a man identified as Tanner Michael Nagengast and outside was the male with the dog, identified as Aaron D. Keeton. The Site Manager showed Sgt. Long the damage to the room and an odor of marijuana was detected, as well as in the vehicle.

Sgt. Long requested permission from the owner of the vehicle for consent to search, which was granted. Prior to searching the vehicle, Nagengast stated that approximately a gram of marijuana was in the vehicle and showed Patrolman Amanda Forrest where it was located. Patrolman Forrest located and recovered two sandwich baggies from the center console that contained a small amount of a green material. Nagengast had taken responsibility for the substance. He was taken into custody without incident.

During the search of the vehicle, Patrolman Dereck Greenhill located a red, gold and green grinder from the floor board of the back seat area. After all subjects were mirandized, Keeton took ownership of the grinder and was taken into custody without incident.

Both males were transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and both placed on $2000 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, a report at the Paris Police Department stated that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office had given a BOLO for a hit and run driver in a white SUV with Kentucky tags and damage. Sgt. Eric Long located the vehicle at an establishment on East Washington Street. County units arrived on scene, as well as a highway patrolman.

The owner of the vehicle, said that her boyfriend, identified as Brandon McAdams and a friend had the vehicle. She then called McAdams who said he wasn’t in town at that time. Then a customer told units that McAdams was hiding downstairs of said establishment.

McAdams seemed fidgety and nervous while speaking with officers. McAdams was patted down for weapons and Patrolman Dereck felt an object in McAdams coat pocket and asked him to take it out. McAdams pulled out a pink glass pipe with what appeared to be marijuana residue. McAdams was then asked to empty all his pockets and a white plastic bottle with approximately 2.8 grams of marijuana was located.

McAdams was cited into court for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule VI drug.

Knights Of Columbus Still Taking Orders For Vidalia Onions

Paris, Tenn. - The Knights of Columbus are winding down the Vidalia Onion sale, but orders can still be placed. A 10 pound bag is $10 and orders are being taken through April 27th. Contact Buddy Gardner at 731-234-9870, Paul Plowman at 731-336-5963 or Jan Doall at 731-642-1890. Orders will be ready for pickup on or about May 10th.

Name Released in Thursday's Deadly Fire on Hwy. 79S

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the victim from the fire that occurred yesterday at 8518 Hwy 79 South.

The deceased is Steven E. Travers, d/o/b 05/27/1966. He had been staying at the above address for the past seven months but his drivers license show an address of 1005 Crane Brook Way Peabody MA.

At this time his death is believed to be due to smoke inhalation and was unconscious upon responders arrival. Travers did pass away at the Henry County Medical Center.
An autopsy will be performed and the fire is still under investigation by Tennessee State Bomb and Arson and Henry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

March's State Unemployment Rate Remains at Historic Low 3.2%

Nashville- Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for March 2019 remains at the historic low of 3.2 percent according to the latest statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
March is the second consecutive month the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sits at the all-time low. When compared to March 2018, unemployment in Tennessee is down by 0.4 of a percentage point.
“The steady low unemployment rate continues to indicate a strong economy in Tennessee,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “It’s encouraging to see our state at record-setting unemployment for the past six months.”
Tennessee reached its previous record low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in October 2018, and it remained at that level for four consecutive months. The state began tracking unemployment rates in 1976.

Nationally, unemployment also remains unchanged. The March seasonally adjusted rate for the United States is once again 3.8 percent. That is a 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the rate in March 2018.
Total nonfarm employment across Tennessee is down 3,000 jobs when compared to February.
Tennessee did experience an increase in the mining/logging/construction sector in March which gained 1,500 jobs. The financial activities sector also added 800 jobs.
The trade/transportation/utilities sector had a loss of 2,600 positions for the month, while the manufacturing sector experienced a decrease of 1,200 jobs.
Over the last 12 months, Tennessee has seen an overall gain of 47,800 new nonfarm jobs across the state.
The statewide and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.
A complete analysis of the March 2019 unemployment rate for the state of Tennessee can be found here.
Tennesseans looking for work can visit Jobs4TN.gov, the state’s workforce development website. It has over 150,000 active job listings, as well as free online resume assistance, job interview skills training, and other best practices to help with job searching.

New Job Opportunities Availalbe this Summer for Youth

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board and the American Job Centers of Northwest Tennessee are excited to announce #WORKlife, a new youth work experience program! The purpose of this new program is to assist young adults transitioning from high school to either work or postsecondary education.

Many students graduate from high school without a plan of what to do next. Ideally, #WORKlife participants are placed in worksites that fit their unique career interests, and are able to learn occupational skills required of that position. Participants may work up to 37.5 hours per week for up to six months.

In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience and learning general work skills (i.e. soft-skills), such as attendance, punctuality, professional communication, teamwork, etc., participants earn the higher of $8.00 per hour or 80% of the typically wage paid for the position. For instance, if a position typically pays $15 per hour, a YWE participant would earn 80% of $15.00, or $12.00 per hour.

The Northwest area is currently working with our local high schools to promote work experience opportunities this summer for students transitioning out of high schools, particularly for those who do not plan to go on to postsecondary or may not necessarily have a plan for after graduation.

For more information about this exciting new program, please visit your local American Job Center or go online to www.NWTNjobs.org or like their Facebook page.

UTM Holding Two Sessions of Skyhawk Summer Academy

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host two sessions of the 2019 Skyhawk Summer Academy on June 10-14 and July 15-19 for rising high school juniors and seniors. The registration fee is $40 per person, and registration is open until May 1. Students only attend one campus session.

Participating students will complete online coursework culminating in one week of on-campus hands-on experience. Online coursework is self-paced and hosted through Canvas, UT Martin’s online learning platform. Academic areas include chemistry, nursing, veterinary health technology, animal science, agriculture, fine arts, computer science, library technology and more.

These courses do not include college credit. However, participating students interested in pursuing these degree fields as undergraduate students at UT Martin upon graduation from high school will have their admissions application fee waived.

For more information, contact Dr. Adam Wilson, director of UT Martin Online, at awilson9@utm.edu or Alisha Melton, program coordinator, at amelton6@utm.edu.

FRC Celebrates 25 Years

Paris, Tenn.- City and County Officials, members of the board of education, School System personnel, and more were on hand Thursday for the reception at the Family Resource Center. The Center helps out students in many ways from back to school items to helping their families with paying bills at times. Over 40K students have been served in one way or the other in the 25 years the Center has been in operation. (Susan Burton photos)

Rotary Announces Scholarship Winners

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club announced scholarship winners at their meeting on Thursday. Hasadiah Coleman and Bilee Lassister won the Bill Caldwell Good Citizenship Award and Violet Hilt won the Dan Paschall Award. (Linley White photos)

Inman Holds Science Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Over 50 projects were presented by Inman, Harrelson, and Henry County High School. Karen Goodman and Betsy Allison are cochairs for the projects we’re excited to have the second annual Science and Innovative Technology Fair at Inman.

One Dead After Late Morning House Fire Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 8518 Hwy 79 South this morning at 11:36 am to a report of a home on fire.  

Upon officers and firefighter’s arrival to the home, belonging to Walter Steve Bowden, the house was fully engulfed in flames. There were five occupants in the home when the fire broke out. Mr. Bowden was not home at the time of the fire.  

Emergency responds on the scene were able to get everyone out of the home but there were two individuals that were injured. Henry County EMS transported both of the patients to the Henry County Medical Center. Since that time, one of the injured has succumb to their wounds and passed away.  No names are being release at this time until notification has been made.  

The home is a total loss and at this time it is unknown what caused or started the fire. Along with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office CID the TN State Bomb and Arson are on the scene working the incident.  

Fire departments from Henry Volunteer Fire Department, Paris Fire Department and McKenzie Fire Department responded to the scene along with Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County EMA.

Prepping for 34th Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR Peddler Egg Hunt

Volunteers help put together Easter Baskets that will be prizes given away Saturday at the 34th Annual Egg Hunt.

Paris, Tenn.- The 34th Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR/WHDM and Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt is set for this Saturday April 20th at Ogbrurn Park. The hunt will be held promptly at 10am rain or shine and there will be lots of candy available to grab and plenty of prizes given away as well.

The Hunt is open for anyone ages 0-10 years old. You need a basket or bag to collect eggs and candy in and a hunting license to hunt. Hunting Licenses are available at area sponsors. You can find the sponsors by listening to the radio stations or picking up a Peddler Advantage and looking in it.

Bill Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving Clears TN House

Nashville- A bill banning most cell phone use while driving could soon be one of Tennessee's new rules of the road. The measure passed the State House in a relatively close vote on Wednesday. The bipartisan bill, which is up for a vote in the Senate next week, will likely face similar circumstances there as well. 

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has Tennessee in the top of the rankings in crashes and deaths related to distracted driving, usually texting on cell phones.

The new bill would allow for hands-free devices to be used while driving. Violators would have to pay a $50-dollar fine if cited, but not right away. First-time offenders would be sent to driving school.

Senior Parent Meeting Thurs. at Testing Center at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- A meeting is set for 6pm Thursday at Henry County High School the guidance department will host a meeting Transition from High School to College-What You Need to Know. Emily Pritt from Ed South will be the speaker and Guidance Counsellors will provide information sheets to help you with the process. All parents of seniors and seniors are encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting will be held in the Testing Center.  

TN Valley High Bass Club Holding Bake Sale Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley High Bass Fishing club, made up of students from Henry and Weakley County and homeschooled students, will have a bake sale on Friday April 19th at 9am at Lakeway IGA. There will be plenty of items perfect to go with your Easter Dinner as they raise money to go to the State Fishing Championship in Dandrige, TN May 1-4th.

Planning Comm. Special Called Meeting Tues. at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Planning Commission will hold a special called meeting Tuesday April 23rd at Noon to approve minutes from last week’s regular meeting. The minutes have to be approved for the work on the Splash Pad to proceed.

TDOT Suspending Construction for Easter Holiday Weekend

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 22 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

President Trump Approves Federal Disaster Funding for TN Counties

Washington, D.C.- FEMA announced Wednesday that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Feb. 19 to March 30, 2019.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, McNairy, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Tipton, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren and Wayne counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures within the state. Manny J. Toro has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Toro said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Application procedures for state and local governments will be explained at a series of applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

Virginia Man Charged w/ Harressment

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Virginia man with harassment after he allegedly continued to have interaction with a woman who had already sought out an order of protection.

The woman stated that Jacob Miles, 27, of Virginia, had sent emails to hear and she wanted all correspondence stopped. Cpl. Bostwick found Miles staying at the Knights Inn, but his computer and been wiped clean and there was no sign of emails. Miles was then charged with harassment and placed on $2500 bond.

Cpl. Bostwick also responded to a home on Macedonia Road in Henry were someone was entering the home thru the garage and stealing food, a little bit at a time. The homeowner said she thinks its been going on several months and she believes entry is being made thru the garage as there are no signs of forced entry.

Sgt. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to a suspicious vehicle on Hwy. 79S. He found a gold camry backed up to an abandoned house and saw two black male subjects going away from the car towards the woods. The males were later found about half a mile from the scene. A pistol was found in the vehicle. But nothing come up stolen on checking. No one was arrested yet but investigation continues.

Wimberley Appointed to TN Board of Water Quaility, Oil and Gas

Paris Board of Public Utilities General Manager, Terry Wimberley has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas. Wimberley’s appointment came in October 2018 under former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Wimberley will serve a four-year term on the Board as the municipality’s representative.  

The Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas holds hearings, discusses, and makes decisions on issues relating to the State's water quality, as well as oil and gas development. The Board consists of twelve members. Nine members are citizens appointed by the Governor for four-year terms and the other three are ex-officio members, with one each coming from the Tennessee Departments of Environment and Conservation, Health, and Agriculture.

“I am honored to have been appointed by the governor to this board position,” said Wimberley. “I look forward to having a voice and playing a role in water quality issues that might affect our utility or our customers.”

In his letter of appointment, Haslam sited Wimberley’s “individual characteristics and professional qualifications” as key factors in his decision to appoint him to the Board. Additionally, Haslam said, “he believes Wimberley’s participation is certain to leave a positive impact on the Board and the work it does.”

Wimberley attended his first Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 16 in Nashville.

Reminder: Paris Quota Club Easter Bake Sale Saturday April 20th

Ladies of Quota hanging the sign to reminder motorists of the annual bake sale set for this Saturday. (Quota photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club will hold their annual Easter Bake Sale on Saturday April 20th from 8am until noon at the Commercial Bank and Trust on Mineral Wells Avenue. There will be plenty of cakes, pies, baked goods, and more to purchase. Money raised benefits Quota Club programs and scholarships.

HCHS Completes Sweep at Northeast

Clarksville- Henry County completed the season sweep of Northeast on the diamond Tuesday night with a 7-1 road win. Austin Abbott pitched 5 strong inning and Rick Conroy pitched the last two in relief. Owen Webb had two hits and several Patriots players got a hit on the evening. Henry County will play at Riverside at 5:30pm Wednesday with a varsity only game. That game was originally scheduled for Friday night but has been moved up due to threats of rain.

MSU Call Campus Sing Begins at 3pm Wednesday at Lovett

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University is celebrating the 61st annual All Campus Sing on April 17, hosted on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. All Campus Sing begins with a pre-show at 3 p.m. followed by the main event at 3:30 p.m. 

All Campus Sing, which is organized by the University’s Sigma Alpha Iota chapter, is one of the most anticipated campus events at Murray State, as it unites students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Participants in All Campus Sing typically consist of student groups, including fraternities and sororities, residential colleges and a number of other student organizations and clubs. Each group of performers is responsible for choreographing and performing a brief musical number on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. 
“All Campus Sing is a very special event to our chapter,” said Keena Creason, chair for All Campus Sing. “We are so grateful for the continued support and resources Murray State gives us to share our love for music! The donations we receive go to our philanthropy efforts, which impact music programs and musicians in more than 60 countries.”
In addition to celebrating music, the overall objective is for groups to come together to raise funds and awareness for Sigma Alpha Iota’s philanthropic People to People project, which takes resources, music, instruments, teachers and performers to developing countries. The goal of the project is to spread music education by starting programs and schools that teach music. 
Donations of used instruments will also be accepted during All Campus Sing. The donations will support local children in the pursuit of musical aspirations who cannot afford to purchase instruments. Instruments accepted during the drive include the following: piccolos, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), trumpets, French horns, euphoniums, trombones, snare drums, full drum sets and accessories, bass drums, keyboards, mallet percussion instruments (marimbas and bells), recorders, tubas, guitars, electric basses and banjos. Instruments can be dropped off at any time during the event or brought to the chapter’s room in Lovett Auditorium. 
“The instrument drive allows local students to further their study and interest in music,” Creason said. “Our event also creates an environment where Murray State staff, students and the community can connect through music. We are all of different backgrounds and we all have different stories, but on this day, we all connect through our love of music.”
More than 20 organizations are planning to perform during All Campus Sing. Among the sororities are Delta Zeta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Participating fraternities include Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Pi, Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Phi.
Several residential colleges will also participate, including Lee Clark/Richmond College, Springer-Franklin College, Regents/Elizabeth College and Hart College. Independent groups include the Murray State Cheer Team, Sigma Alpha, International Student Organization, Honors Student Council and Black Student Council. 
For those who cannot attend this year’s event, a livestream of All Campus Sing will be available at murraystate.edu/streaming
All Campus Sing is sponsored in part by the Murray State University Alumni Association and the Office of Student Affairs.  

Demolition Derby Set for Sat. Night as WBFF Activities Begin

Paris, Tenn.- The 66th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is ready to begin this Saturday. The demolition derby is a huge part of the opening day of events and will be once again this year. The derby gates open at 5pm and show begins at 7pm. General admission is $10 kids 6-10 get in for $5 and 5 and under are free. Tractors are being donated by Wells Tractors. Car entry fee is $40, for more information or to enter call 270-970-0551.

FRC Celebrates 25th Year in Service With Reception Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center, located in rooms 26 and 27 at Central Community Service Building at 55 Jones Bend Road will hold a reception Thursday April 18th from 11am to Noon. It’s a come and go reception as the center celebrates its 25th year of service. In that time the Center has met the needs of over 40K children in the community.

Book Collective Drive Sees 43 Boxes Collected

Paris, Tenn.- The ABC (All Books Count) Book Drive sponsored by the Paris Rotary, Henry County Medical Center and the Henry County Health Council in March has come to a close! Multiple locations assisted in collection of books during the drive (see flyer for list), and we were able to collect 43 boxes of books for Henry County's Little Free Libraries. Linley White of Paris Rotary presented Rachel Matlock of the Henry County Health Council with a check from the Rotary with an additional $150 to be used for more books. Thanks to this partnership, Henry County will have plenty of opportunities to read, learn and grow in the coming year!

Space Still Available to Hear UT AD Phil Fulmer at UTM

Martin, Tenn.- Space is still available to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin Ned Ray McWherter Institute’s Igniting Innovation event at 6:30 p.m., April 23, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom. This year’s dinner will feature Phillip Fulmer as keynote speaker.

Fulmer has served the University of Tennessee for more than 40 years. During his time as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteer football team, he led the team to five championship games in the Southeastern Conference (with wins in 1997 and 1998) and a national championship title in 1998. He was most recently inducted into the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, and he received first-ballot induction to both the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Tables are available for $1,000 and individual tickets are $150 each.

For more information on the institute, Igniting Innovation or Fulmer’s appearance, contact Joyanne Gansereit, program coordinator, at 731-881-3620 or gansereit@utm.edu.

HC Communications Recognizes National Telecommuications Safety Week This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Emergency Communications Board and staff proudly honors our City and County telecommunicators during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. 

Our public safety telecommunicators serve the citizens of Henry County by answering their 911 calls for law enforcement,  emergency medical and fire services, as well as many other types of calls.  They work hard to take care of the caller while the appropriate emergency agencies are on their way to the scene.    

The Henry County Emergency Communications Board recognizes that our telecommunicators are the first and most important contact our citizens have for emergency services.  They are the ones who efforts are rarely  seen by the public but are vital to the safety of our citizens.  

The Board commends our public safety telecommunicators not only at home but state wide.  In recognition of and appreciation for their substantial contribution to public safety and welfare, and for the compassion, understanding, and professionalism exhibited during the performance of their jobs during the past year, we would like to say Thank You for the job you do

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned Tuesday in Huntingdon

Paris, Tenn.- The Shepherd’s Table Community Kitchen will hold their monthly meal on Tuesday April 16th in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Huntingdon. The church is located at 19835 E. Main St and dining begins at 5pm and the kitchen remains open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for supper is invited.

The Shepherd’s Table has seen new faces join the crew for supper and many returning guests. They have served as many as 70 at one time and are willing to serve more.

This month’s supper will be spiral cut ham, delicious homemade sweet potato casserole, green beans, rolls, and special dessert. Milk, tea, or water will be available for drinks as well.

At the Shepherd’s Table, you are greeted at the door and the host seats you at a table. A serve will bring your drink and take your order and food is served hot and fresh. A crew also cleans up when you are finished.

Each meal costs about 50 to $100 between generous donations and what the committee spends every month. Anyone who would like to sponsor a meal or donate any amount call the church at 731-986-5642. The Shepherd’s table will have supper every third Tuesday of the month with the next one after this set for May 21st.

County Commission Approves Phase 1 Bids for County Radio Project

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for April at the Chancery Courtroom Monday night and moved ahead another couple steps on the Countywide Radio Communications project. The E911 board has sought and received the Community Development Block Grant from the County and hopes to get the City of Paris’s CDBG money this coming year. The 911 has also put in up to $290K on the project.

After a work session last week with City Commissioners, the Commission approved awarding the contract for Phase I of the project to Integrated Communications of Jackson for the low bid of $722,673. The match for the County and City has been 65 35 and so the City will reimburse the county for their portion.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a radio tower on Rabbit Creek road. This will be used to help expand the coverage in the rural sections of the county. The price of the tower and 5.5 acreage around it was $35K.

County Commissioners also approved the application to receive the Litter Grant once again this year. This is some housekeeping done each year to help with TDOT and Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful.             

Commissioners approved delinquent tax property as surplus for sale Monday night as well as the process of clearing the tax rolls continues. The sale is contingent on someone in the public raising the bid of $300 by 10% in the next ten business days.

Patriots Rout Northeast 12-2 in District Win

Paris, Tenn.- After falling behind 2-0 in the 1st inning, the Henry County Patriot Baseball team scored 3 in the 2nd inning and were on their way to a 12-2 rout of District foe Northeast at home on Monday night.

Wesely Bomar gave up two runs without giving up a hit in the 1st as two walks, a high chopper off the plate for an infield hit, and a wild pitch scored the runs. Bomar settled down after the first and pitched thru 5 innings striking out 7 Eagles batters. Rick Conroy pitched the 6th inning without a giving up a run.   

RBIS came from up and down the lineup for the Patriots. Brandon Armour knocked in two in the 3 run second inning to put Henry County ahead. Paxton Pierpoint had a squeeze bunt RBI. RBIs also came from Ethan Thompson, Wesley Bomar, Cooper Smith, and Will Norwood.                                                            

5K Hushpuppy Dash, Bed Races Kick of 66th Annual WBFF Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- A couple of events for the 66th Annual Worlds Biggest Fish Fry are set to begin this Saturday April 20th. The 5K Hushpuppy Dash will be held at HCHS at 8am. Registration is at 7am and is $20 the day of the race. The event is sponsored by Hulmes Sporting Goods and prizes will be awarded 3 deep in overall male and female masters awards, plus age categories.

The Bed Races are also set for this Saturday April 20th downtown at Noon. Registration is at 11am and judging of costumes and decorations will be 11:30am. Take Me Back Café is a proud sponsor and entry fee is $75 per team.

Area High School Bass Clubs Qualify for State Tournament

Parsons, Tenn.- The West Tennessee High School Regional Bass Fishing Championships were held this weekend at Perryville Marina in Parsons. The Henry County High School Bass Fishing Team took home the team award of Overall School Champion by having the most boats place in the top finishers.

Henry County High School’s Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod came in 1st overall with a total weight of 16.34. Gavin Gordon and Chance Johnson finished in 16th place, and Gage Starks and Sawyer Williams finished 22nd.   

Another group of anglers made up of Henry County, homeschooled, and Weakley County students, the TN Valley High Bass Club, also competed in the regional and had Austin Fuson and Levi Wayne place 11th overall.

Both the HCHS team and TN Valley team have both qualified for the State Championship to be held in East Tennessee on Douglass Lake May 1-4. HCHS plans to send 5 boats, with 2 anglers and TN Valley will send 4 boats.

County Comm. Meets at 5pm Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet at 5pm Monday at the Chancery Courtroom. Items on the agenda include discussing and moving forward with the Communications Radio Project, approving the purchase of a 300 foot tower for the project, and sale of delinquent tax properties. The meeting is open to the public.

Busy Week at W.G.Rhea Public Library

Paris, Tenn.-Events this week at the W.G. Rhea Public Library include Easter Arrangements from 6-8pm Tuesday night, preschool story hour and egg hunt Wednesday at 10:30am, and the Teen Glow in the Dark egg Hunt at 8pm Thursday April 18th.

This Week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Paris, Tenn.- This week is set aside to honor the men and women who are the heroes behind the headset, the dispatchers who take emergency calls and dispatch the information to crews heading to or on the scene of wrecks, fires, disasters, and more. Thank you to all our local dispatchers at the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office.

Investigation Continuing For Fire In Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Gary Carroll responded to a structure fire at 1225 Ables Road in Cottage Grove.

Upon arrival, the Fire Department was still putting the fire out. Deputy Carroll spoke with both residents of the home, one advised he was sitting in the living room and watching television and the other resident got up to get a drink. He advised she was gone for a few minutes and then yelled that she needed him.

When he went to check, both could smell something burning. He advised it smelled like burning wires. The man then looked through the doorway to the two back bedrooms and observed a “ball of fire” inside one of the bedrooms. At that time, both exited the home and called 911 for a fire truck.

The female resident of the home gave the same story, but after speaking with the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, they believed the fire was intentional. The Fire Chief advised the first fire they came in contact with was on top of a bed, inside the first room they made entry to. After putting the fire out and moving the mattress outside the home, they cleared the rest of the home.

Upon doing so, they found another fire inside a separate bedroom that was barricaded off with a dresser. This fire was also located on top of a bed. Both Chief and Assistant advised clothes were piled on top of the mattresses, and a wooden chair on both beds. Fires started on both ends of the beds with no electric, so nothing to suggest an electrical fire was detected. All electrical sockets in the room were unbothered and nothing plugged in.

The two beds, two wooden chairs and clothes were a total loss from the fire. Other damage to the home was just smoke and water damage caused by putting the fires out.

The Criminal Investigation Division are further investigating this incident.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Reception Held Friday

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Carl Perkins Center held its Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Reception on Friday, honoring those fighting to treat and prevent child abuse in Henry County.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Henry County. Local officers from Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department were on hand for the signing.

Department of Children’s Service Team Members, Carl Perkins Center Board Members, staff and volunteers were also present for the signing.

This year’s theme was Mary Poppins; Every Child is Practically Perfect in Every Way and Anything is Possible…Let’s Prevent Child Abuse!

This year, the Henry County School Resource Officers had two patrol cars fitted with the Carl Perkins Center logo honoring Child Abuse prevention.

Paris Woman Charged With Evading

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Brandon Steele was running radar on West Wood Street at approximately 4:35 a.m. and observed a silver Nissan Altima traveling 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Ptl. Steele initiated a traffic stop, activating siren and lights, but the vehicle began to accelerate. Ptl. Steele continued to pursue the vehicle onto East Wood Street. At that time, Lt. Josh Frey advised to terminate the pursuit. Ptl. Steele reduced speed and observed the vehicle turn onto Tyson Avenue and advised city units via radio.

Sgt. Greg Underwood observed the vehicle on Tyson and Mineral Wells Avenue, Ptl. Steele identified the car as the one he attempted to stop and Lt. Frey advised to initiate another traffic stop. The driver complied.

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Lastacia Courtney, Courtney stated that it was not the same vehicle. The passenger advised that she asked Courtney to stop the vehicle and she advised she was going to “make a run for it.”

While Ptl. Steele was speaking with the passenger, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. At that time, Courtney was placed under arrest for evading. The passenger was asked to step out of the vehicle and a search conducted. A small glass jar of a green, leafy substance was located in the middle console.

The passenger was taken to city hall to await arrival of family members and cited into juvenile court. Courtney was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $3000 bond. Courtney was also cited for the speeding violation.

Traffic Stop Leads To Two Arrests

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that while on patrol, Deputy William Whitaker observed a vehicle traveling south on Hwy 641 North, crossing over the center line several times. Deputy Whitaker initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Robert W. Hamm, age 41 of Paris and the passenger, identified as Kathryn G. McCoy, age 37 of Murray, KY.

While speaking with Hamm, Deputy Whitaker detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Once additional officers arrived, Deputy Whitaker proceeded to search the vehicle.

During the search, one 2 mg tablet of alprazolam was located in a different pill bottle in McCoy’s purse. McCoy did claim ownership of the purse. Approximately 5 grams of a leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, along with rolling papers were located in a duffle bag in the trunk.

Hamm was placed under arrest for simple possession of a schedule VI drug and drug paraphernalia. McCoy was also placed under arrest, charged with simple possession of a schedule VI, simple possession of a schedule IV and drug paraphernalia.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Patrolman Amber Roaten arrested Kyle Nelson of Wood Street in Paris. Nelson was charged with burglary - auto, simple possession of a schedule VI and aggravated criminal trespass.

Nelson was placed on $5000 bond.

HCSO Investigates Burglary On Killebrew Road

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Dalton Watson responded to a call on Killebrew Road of a burglary.

Upon arrival, Deputy Watson spoke with the complainant who advised he ran by his summer house to check on his boat. When he and his family entered the residence, everything appeared normal. The complainant then returned four days later and someone had used the spare key that was hidden to enter the residence.

Two televisions and a handgun were stolen. One television was a 42” Toshiba, valued at $200. The other television was an 18” Insignia, with no value given. The handgun was a .380 Smith and Wesson, valued at $250.

The complainant stated that a company had recently serviced his home and the location of the spare key was written on his receipt. The complainant is unsure of who else knew the whereabouts of the spare key. The complainant was in the process of changing the locks when Deputy Watson arrived.

There are no suspects at this time.


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