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Weekend News Director Nicki Marr

Perfect Weather For A Monday Night Kick Off Street Dance

Paris, Tenn. - It was the perfect weather for a Monday night Kick-Off Street Dance. The dance was sponsored by Flex Fitness.

The Ray Lewis Band performing at the Kick Off Dance Downtown Paris on Monday night. (Nicki Marr photo)

The dance was held Downtown Paris from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Ray Lewis Band entertained the large crowd, there were games for the children and concessions.

People of all ages were enjoying the music and the Fish Fry Hostess Princess and her court danced to a variety of great tunes.

Hostess Fish Fry Princess and her court were among the dancers on Monday night. (Nicki Marr photo)

For more coverage of the World's Biggest Fish Fry events, visit the link at the top left of the page.

TVA Releases Draft Enivornmental Assessment for Johnsonville Steam Supply

New Johnsonville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Authority has released a draft Environmental Assessment on a proposal that would allow the Johnsonville Fossil Plant site to continue to provide steam for cogeneration use after the coal plant closes.

The draft study considers the environmental effects of the two alternatives under consideration: A) take no action or B) add a heat recovery steam generator that would take heat from an existing gas turbine and convert it to steam for an offsite customer.

The factory, which makes titanium dioxide for the coatings, paper and plastics industries, has long relied on byproduct steam from the Johnsonville power plant for its manufacturing process. It is a cogeneration relationship unique among TVA’s coal plants.

But with TVA retiring the last of Johnsonville’s 10 coal units by the end of 2017 under a clean-air agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, a new steam source had to be found.

TVA proposes to continue providing steam by constructing and operating a heat recovery steam generator integrated into one of 20 gas-fired combustion turbines that will continue to make electricity at the Johnsonville site.

Comments on the draft Environmental Assessment, including the alternatives and affected environmental resources considered, will be accepted from April 20 until May 20, 2015. Comments may be submitted online at the web address below or mailed to Ashley Farless, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., BR 4A, Chattanooga, TN, 37402.

The draft Environmental Assessment is available online at the TVA website at http://www.tva.com/environment/reports/johnsonvillexxx/, at the Humphreys County Public Library in Waverly, Tenn., or by contacting Farless.

Reminder: World's Biggest Fish Fry Car Show To Be Held April 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Parks and Recreation present the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Car Show, on Saturday, April 25th at Paris Elementary School, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.

The show will go on rain or shine. Registration is 8 a.m. to Noon. Judging begins at 9 a.m. Awards presentation will be held at 2 p.m.

Registration Fee for the 1st Entry is $20, 2nd Entry is $10. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies awarded in each class. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are all welcome. Classes are Best of Show, Fish Fry Hostess Princess Award, and People’s Choice Award which is a vote cast with a 25 cent donation.

Spectator Admission and Parking is free and food vendors will be on hand selling concessions. For more information call 644-2777, 363-8214, or 333-2320. Proceeds from the car show will be distributed to local scholarship funds, community youth projects, and various clubs and civic donations.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party Registration Begins Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Registration for the Fancy Nancy Tea Party at the W.G. Rhea Public Library begins on Thursday April 23rd and the event is open for the first 30 girls who enter.

The Fancy Nancy Tea Party is fun event and its open for girls ages 4-8 years old and will be held on Saturday May 9th from 2-4pm. A $5 deposit is required once you register your child at the Library beginning Thursday, but that will be refunded back on the day of the event. One adult female must accompany the child to the Fancy Nancy Tea Party.

The party will start at the Library where the girls will make paint a masterpiece then get glitzed up and take a limo ride to Lee School for the Tea Party. Girls are encouraged to wear their favorite fancy outfit. For more information call the W.G. Rhea Public Library at 642-1702.

Woman Charged with 3rd DUI

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged MelanieM. Herndon, age 46, of 803 S. Market St., with DUI 3rd offense, and driving on revoked driver’s license according to a report at the Paris Police Department.

Expanded Newborn Screening Speeds Tests Results

Nashville- The majority of babies born in Tennessee are healthy, free from diseases and disorders. A few, however, arrive with rare conditions or illnesses that may be treated more effectively if identified early. For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded its newborn screening laboratory testing to six days a week and is increasing testing to cover more disorders.

“Occasionally babies with serious health issues may appear perfectly normal and show no obvious signs of disease,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “But testing of tiny drops of blood can uncover an otherwise invisible problem. Once known, the baby can receive the appropriate therapy to help him or her lead a normal life or to reduce the severity of the illness.”

In 2014, the State Public Health Laboratory conducted screenings for 80,542 newborns in Tennessee. Of these, 151 were identified with diseases or disorders. In addition to the metabolic newborn blood screening, babies in Tennessee also have separate newborn hearing screenings and critical congenital heart disease screening. The latter test uses light to measure how much oxygen is in the blood. The Genetics Advisory Committee, comprised of medical experts from across Tennessee, advises TDH when new screenings should be added to the program.

The process begins when a nurse or other healthcare professional obtains a few droplets of blood from a baby’s heel. These are placed onto special absorbent paper as small dots, allowed to dry, and sent to the state laboratory for testing. Once these dried blood spot specimens are received at the state laboratory, technologists perform various screening tests to detect more than 60 diseases and conditions with the aim of promptly identifying at-risk infants. Results are reported to the facility submitting the samples, and a team of follow-up nursing and administrative staff members works rapidly to ensure these babies are connected to their primary care provider or to a specialist who can evaluate them further.

“We know these screenings are very important to parents, who will quickly learn their baby is okay or that some type of medical intervention may be necessary,” said Tennessee Public Health Laboratory Director Richard Steece, PhD. “While it always saddens us to find a potential problem, we know the earlier an issue can be identified, the earlier a treatment strategy can be developed. Starting treatment of many disorders as soon as possible is crucial in making a positive difference in that newborn’s life.”

“When my children were born, I recall waiting a little nervously for the results of their screenings, so I understand how difficult it is to wait for information,” Dreyzehner said. “I also know, as a medical doctor, the importance of getting results back quickly. I’m grateful to our laboratory staff for their excellent and timely work; they make a difference every day in the lives of all Tennesseans.”

To learn more about newborn screening in Tennessee, visit

Reminder: 62nd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Week Is Underway

Paris, Tenn.- Activities around the fish fry continue all week with the carnival beginning on Tuesday and the Fish Tent opening Wednesday and Thursday from 5-9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.

The Kick-Off Street Dance will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Downtown Paris on Monday. Entertainment will be provided by the Ray Lewis Band and admission is free. Should it rain, the dance will be moved to the Fairgrounds pavilion.

For more information on entry forms, schedules, or events visit the website at www.worldsbiggestfishfry.com or the Chamber’s website at www.paristnchamber.com. For continuing coverage of this year’s fish fry visit our website at www.wmufradio.com and look for stories on the main page and on the Fish Fry 2015 link on the left side.

Winners of the Derby From Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The winners of Saturday Night's Demolition Derby were as follows:

Compact 1st Place: Donald Smith
Compact 2nd place: Zachary Sullivan

Pro Mod 1st Place: Michael Blakely
Pro Mod 2nd Place: Corey Parrish

Old School 1st Place: Wes Gargus
Old School 2nd Place: Austin Page

Rain Held Off For Demolition Derby Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn. - The rain held off for the Demolition Derby, held at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday night. Several hundreds were in attendance for the event.

The evening began with the Fish Fry Hostess Princess and her court displaying the flag atop a derby car.

Fish Fry Hostess Princess and her court atop a derby car for the playing of the National Anthem. (Nicki Marr photo)

The evening began with a Power Wheels derby. Local boys and girls battled it out in the mud for about 10 minutes.

The Power Wheels Derby kicked off the round of events at the Demolition Derby on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

The next three series of demolition battles had the crowd on their feet and was a huge success.

Competitors in each round crashed and demolished for a chance to win $1000 for 1st place and $500 for 2nd place.

The rain held off for the entire event, and when the last engine stalled, the rain began.

For additional photos of the Demoliton Derby and coverage of the Hushpuppy Dash, please visit the Fish Fry 2015 link to the left side of the page.

HCHS Friday And Saturday Track Meet Results

Murray, Ky. - On Friday, Henry County High School Track competed at Murray High School, in the Jimmy Harrell Relays.

In the Girls 1600 Meter Run, Kaity Beth James placed 1st overall, with a time of 5:49.

In the Boys Shot Put, Nathaniel Owens placed 8th overall, with a distance of 33'5" In Boys Discus, Nathaniel placed 4th overall, with a distance of 89'11"

Those were the only two HC athletes to compete in the meet.

Huntsville, AL. - On Saturday, Henry County High School track competed at the Huntsville Big Cat Invitational in Huntsville, AL.

In the Boys 1600 Meter Run (with 101 runners) Javan Winders placed 1st overall, with a time of 4:24. His time was a meet record. Titus Winders finished with a time of 5:00.

In the Boys 800 Meter Run (with 119 runners) Javan Winders placed 1st overall, with a time of 1:59. This time was another meet record. Titus Winders finished with a time of 2:22.

These were the only two HC athletes to compete in the meet.

Guns Stolen From Paris Home During Burglary

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Cpl. Tony Hutcherson responded to an aggravated burglary call at 719 McCampbell Street, in Paris.

The resident of the home stated the gun safe had been forced open. Items stolen were a 20 gauge Mossberg and a 16 gauge, those guns valued at $400. A double barrel shotgun was also stolen, but name and value were unknown at the time of the report.

It was determined that the suspect entered through the front door by prying it open.

Police are still investigating and no arrests have been made at this time.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy Terry Williams responded to a call of a car on Old Murray Paris Road driving too fast with loud pipes.

Deputy Williams made contact with the vehicle in the 900 Block. A check revealed the driver, Christopher H. Martin, age 29, of 2138 Old Paris Murray Road, had a suspended driver’s license and an outstanding warrant out of Carroll County.

Martin was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $750 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In another unrelated incident, according to a report at the Paris Police Department, while on patrol on Park Street, Patrolman Amber Roaten observed a white Mitsubishi Eclipse stopped at the intersection on Jackston Street.

As Patrolman Roaten was mid-intersection, the eclipse pulled out in front of her and she had to perform defensive maneuvers to avoid an accident.

Patrolman Roaten conducted a traffic stop on Blanton Street and made contact with the driver, identified as Hunn Lee Hadley, age 42, of 1035 Manley Street, in Paris. A check revealed that Hadley's drivers license was suspended, a prior suspension on record, along with a long record of FTA's.

Hadley was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $750 bond.

LBL Nature Station To Host "Homeschoolers Day" On April 24th

Golden Pond, KY. - Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes hosts Homeschooler’s Day on Friday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home educators and their families are invited to spend a day getting up close and personal with Nature Station’s resident mammals.

All of the activities and programs are included in the Nature Station’s regular admission. $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 5 – 12) and children 4 and under are no cost. Everyone is welcome.

“Homeschoolers will learn what makes a mammal a mammal during the Marvelous Mammals program, which repeats throughout the day. Hands-on activities and crafts incorporate concepts of science, art, English, and math for a fun and exciting day of learning.

For more information contact the Nature Station at 270-924-2299.

HCMC To Offer Health Screenings On Wednesday, April 29th

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will be offering health screenings at Rhodes Insurance, located at 1055 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris, on Wednesday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The screening will take place inside Rhodes Insurance. Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis and Blood Pressures will be available.

Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Lipid Panel for $10 each.

Results will be available at the time of screening. Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

For any questions, please contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266 or Angie Dotson, RN at 731-644-8269.

Am Vets Post 45 to Hold Poker Run May 2

Paris, Tenn.- Am Vets Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy. 79N and Sons of Amvets will hold a Poker Run on Saturday May 2nd. The cost is $10 per hand, and you can collect all the hands you want and sign ups will begin at 10:30am at the AmVets Post.

The first bike leaves at noon and stops on the Poker Run include 641 Club, Sandy’s Saloon, Hidden Creek, and T Bones Tavern and back to AmVets by 4pm.

There will be door prizes and raffles and 100% of the proceeds go to the Unforgotten MC’s Adopt A Vet Program helping local area veterans in need. Also that evening there will be a Cinco De Mayo Dinner with Mexican food at the AmVets Post 45 beginning at 6pm and the cost is $8 per plate. The Michael Anthony Band will perform at 7pm. For more information call 644-0425 or 336-4123

Kevin York Memorial Bike Ride Set for April 25th

Camden, Tenn.- The Kevin York Memorial Bike Ride will be held on Saturday April 25th, with a rain date of May 2nd. The event is sponsored by the Haven of Hope Church in Camden and the ride will start at the Jera Building on Dupont Road. They are asking for donations and its $10 for a Dice Roll. They will sell shirts for $15, Patches for $5, Rocker Patchers for $2, and Last Year’s Shirts for $10. It is a family event and money raised goes towards St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For more information call 731-441-1373 or like the Kevin York Memorial Bike Ride on Facebook.

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