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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Man Arrested for DUI After Thurs. Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated a man was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment, and simple possession after an accident where a Paris Firefighter was injured and released. John Rowlette, age 48 of Shady Grove Road, was arrested after the accident occurred on East Wood St. Thursday afternoon. Rowlette was placed on $10K. Injured was Lt. Johnny Henderson, Jr. and he was treated and released at HCMC.

Henry County Sweeps Northwest In Basketball

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County swept Northwest in Basketball action Thursday night. The Lady Patriots won 73-33 with Caroline Singleton and Gracie Osbron each scoring 20 points apiece. The Patriots won 68-53 and James King had 23 points. Friday night's game is postponed until January 24th, the next scheduled game for Henry County is at home Tuesday Jan. 16th against Clarksville High.

More Closings for Friday Because of Winter Weather

Paris, Tenn.- The following are closed Friday January 12th.

Paris City Hall, Landfill, Animal Shelter, County Courthouse and Annex and All County Offices, All branches of Security Bank and Trust company.

Holley Credit Union, First Bank, Little Caesars Pizza in Paris and Martin, the BPU offices downtown, Tennessee College of Applied Technology for Paris and McKenzie.

Murray State Closed For Friday

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University's Murray campus, including all regional campus sites at Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Henderson, Paducah and Ft. Campbell, will be closed on Friday, January 12 due to inclement weather.  

For the most up-to-date information, please visit murraystate.edu/weather.  

UTM Main Campus Closed for Friday

Martin, Tenn.- UT Martin main campus is closed Friday due to the winter weather. All satellite campus locations are also closed for Friday.

HC BOE Holds Quick January Meeting

School board members move thru the agenda Thurs. Night (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular session Thursday night for January and Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton announced Henry Elementary received a $40K Read to be Ready Summer Grant. Dr. Norton said this was much more competitive process this year. The grant allows four weeks worth of reading workshops, students get to take home several books, take field trips, do hands on activities, and more. Dr. Norton said the program “allows us to expand those students background knowledge and get them some hands on work to go along with what text they’re reading.”

Dr. Norton said our first set of seven TEAM Read volunteers will be going into the schools next week and we want to continue to develop that program where community members volunteer to come help read to and help 2nd graders read.

Dr. Norton said the District Wide teachers of the year would be named at the February school board meeting and all school teachers of the year will be announced.

Maintenance Supervisor John Akers gave a facilities update to the board on work with the bus garage and maintenance building. He said the garage is nearly totally enclosed, all the big bay doors are up, exterior doors are up, and sheetrock is 99% done. Akers said there have been some minor hiccups but the building should be done by first of February.

He said the drawings for the gym floor, spring sports improvements, and other areas of the high school project are complete and more should be finished in the next week or so. Akers said a bid letting for all parts of the project would come late Spring.

In action the board approved policy changes on 2nd reading Thursday night. Dr. Norton said all three were current policies that are being edited because of the attorney general or other reasons.

Changes in the selection process for Director of Schools included using the word May instead of shall to give the board more leeway in the process. The other policy added electric cigarettes to the tobacco policy, and the final added definitions of dangerous weapons.

Paris City Hall Opening at 9am Friday, Could Close All Day

Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Manager Kim Foster issued a media release saying due to the threat of ice and snow early Friday morning, they will delay the opening of City Hall until 9am. She said this will give us time to evaluate the situation in the morning before making determinations on closing for the entire day or not. City Hall will be closed Monday for the MLK Holiday.

HC Courthouse Opening at 9am Friday, Could Close all Day

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County General Govt offices will delay opening Friday morning to 9AM due to a possible Winter Weather Storm. This includes the Henry County Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, and Henry County health department, Henry County is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning 12AM tonight through 9PM Friday. Recycling Center employees will report at 8AM.

Henry County officials will make a decision early tomorrow morning whether to close county offices for the entire day if the weather becomes hazardous.  Officials will update employees and local media if any decision is made to remain closed in the morning.

Henry County, PSSD Schools Closed for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Impending winter weather has prompted officials to go ahead and close school on Friday January 12th in both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District.

HCHS Baseball Team Chili Supper Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team's Chili Supper Scheduled for Friday night has been postponed due to the Winter Weather. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday January 16th.

Friday Night Basketball Game With Northeast Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- The District 10-AAA basketball game between Henry County and Northeast scheduled for Friday at Gamlin Gym has been postponed because Clarksville and Montgomery County Schools have already dismissed school for Friday and do not play games when school isn't in session. The game will be made up January 24th.

HC Circuit Criminal Court Scheduled for Fri. Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- Due to impending winter weather Thursday night and Friday, Henry County Circuit Criminal Court that is scheduled for Friday January 12th is cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday January 23rd at 9am. For any questions call Circuit Court at 642-0461.

Jones St. Home Destroyed by Fire Wed. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- An unoccupied home at 407 Jones St. was destroyed by a fire in the early hours Wednesday morning. The home was fully involved when Paris Firefighters arrived on scene after midnight. Three units and 8 firefighters stayed on scene well into the morning fighting the fire. Estimated damage was over $25K. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Warrants Issued on Man for Domestic Assault

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department state Ptl. David Beauvis has drawn warrants on Lorenzo D. Higgs, age 26 of 290 Browning St, for domestic assault and vandalism. The report stated Higgs forced his way into an ex-girlfriend’s home and as she tried to shut the door to prevent him from entering. He hit her face with the door.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated several vehicles at Denton Trucking on Russell St. being burglarized. A toolbox and several tools were stolen out of one truck, a CB from a semi, and other things from other vehicles. Investigation is continuing.

TDOT Ready for Winter Weather

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation can assure motorists it is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow. In preparation for the winter season, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks.

“We begin our winter preparations months in advance,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Our salt bins and our brine are fully stocked, and our employees are ready to mobilize in the event of inclement weather. Clearing our roadways as soon as we can is vital to keeping motorists safe and traffic moving in Tennessee.”  

TDOT’s statewide 2017/2018 winter weather budget is $21.4 million, and includes salt, salt brine, overtime for employees, and equipment maintenance. The department has three salt vendors to refill salt bins as needed in all 95 Tennessee counties.

TDOT currently has over 229,000 tons of salt and more than 1.6 million gallons of salt brine ready for use.  Salt brine is a salt/water mixture used as a pre-treatment for roads prior to a winter storm or to melt snow on roadways when temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark. Salt is applied to roads once snow has started to accumulate.  

When snow hits Tennessee, TDOT ice and snow removal teams focus first on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes and will specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges. During prolonged weather events, crews may have to clear roadways repeatedly.  

TDOT has a fleet of more than 800 snow trucks statewide, designed to remove snow and ice safely and efficiently from state routes and interstates. In January 2018, 108 new trucks will hit the road to tackle winter weather. The video provided shows how these trucks are assembled and customized specifically for TDOT use, https://youtu.be/wahEjkJ77PM.  

For winter weather tips and travel information, and a regional breakdown of TDOT winter weather supplies and equipment, visit the TDOT web site at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/inclement-weather/ice---snow.html.  

We’ll also be sharing important information on social media about how TDOT fights winter weather. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest TDOT news and to learn more about what we do to keep the roads safe during inclement weather conditions. 

KSP Seeks Public's Help in Locating Fugitive

Draffenville, Ky.- Kentucky State Police are requesting the public’s assistance locating a man who fled from Troopers on foot.  On Wednesday, January 10th, at 11:50 p.m., Trooper Eric West stopped a vehicle on Highway 68 in Draffenville for a traffic violation.  During the stop, the driver was identified as Ian D. Hunter, age 38.  Also during the stop, a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking as well as a significant amount of methamphetamine.  

While Mr. Hunter was being arrested, he resisted and fled on foot.  A search of the immediate area was conducted, with the assistance of Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Benton Police Department, and Calvert City Police Department. Mr. Hunter was not located during the search.  

Ian Hunter has recently used addresses in McCracken and Livingston Counties.  He is a white male, 6’00”, 215 lbs., bald, with green eyes.  

KSP urges anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr. Hunter to contact them at 270-856-3721.  Mr. Hunter should not be approached.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Eric West. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Winter Storm Watch In Effect From 12am Friday Until 9pm Fri.

Memphis- The National Weather Service has placed portions of Middle and West Tennessee under a Winter Storm Watch from Midnight Friday January 12th until 9pm Friday night.

Many forecast models show rain changing to mixed precip late Thursday night and early Friday morning in West Tennessee. There is a possibility of one-tenth to three-tenths of ice accumulation and 2-3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation. In addition, wind gusts could be upwards of 40mph.

Power outages and tree damage is very possible if ice accumulates and travel will become hazardous early Friday morning. Precip should end late Friday but much colder weather will be ushered in behind the front and persist into at least the middle of next week.

2018 Election Year Includes a Loaded August Ballot

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 Election year will be a busy one with a loaded August ballot not only with State primaries, but a County General Election. Offices up for grabs in the state primary include Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Tennessee House of Representatives.

The County General ballot is a long one with County Mayor, all 15 County Commission seats, County Trustee, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Road Board Districts 1,3, and 4; Constables in all 5 Districts; County School Board for District 2 and 4, and three seats on the Paris Special School District Board of Education up for grabs. The August Election is set for Thursday August 2nd.

This past Friday January 5th was the first day to pick up qualifying papers and some have already picked up including Mike Wilson for Circuit Court Clerk, Jason McCord for Constable District 1, Donna Craig for County Clerk, Pam Martin for Register of Deeds, Monte Belew for Sheriff, and Randi French for Trustee. As of broadcast time, none have turned completed papers back in.

Both the Henry County Republican and Democratic Parties have chosen to forgo primaries and hold caucuses this year. The Republican Party has set their Caucus for Saturday February 10th at the Paris Civic Center. The regular meeting of the County’s Republic Party will be January 25th and discussion on the process of the caucus will be held during that time. The County Democratic Party has yet to set a date for their caucus.

The deadline to qualify for the August 2nd Election is Thursday April 5th at Noon. The Last day to register to vote for the August Election is Tuesday July 3rd.

The State General and Municipal Elections will be held Tuesday November 6th. Seats up for election in November locally include three spots on the Paris City Commission and City Elections in Cottage Grove, Henry, and Puryear.

Sons of American Legion Dinner Planned for Fri. Night

Springville, Tenn.- The Sons of the American Legion will have a dinner Friday January 12th at the American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville. The dinner consists of breaded pork tenderloin, mashed tater’s and gravy, corn, green beans, biscuit, dessert, and drink for only $8. Doors open at 4:30pm and proceeds raised benefits Sons of the American Legion yearly charitable contributions.

HC Clerk Donna Craig Named Sec./Treasurer of TN Assoc. County Clerks

Nashville- Donna Craig, Henry County Clerk since 2010, has been named Secretary/Treasurer of the TN Association of County Clerks (TACC), a statewide organization that represents the interests of the state’s 95 County Clerks.  She was elected at the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT) annual conference in Franklin on November 2nd.

In addition to this leadership role, she will serve the next 4 years on the Executive Board of the TN Association of County Clerks. Craig is a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee.

Craig said, “I am honored to be elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Clerk’s Association. I am proud of the hard work our association does for TN and the professionals who dedicate themselves to benefit all the counties and citizens in TN.”

2018 Official TN Vacation Guide Honors Dr. King

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development today released its 2018 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide. The cover features an inspiring, artistic rendering of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with the Lorraine Motel, the site of his assassination, which is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Fifty years ago, Dr. King was in Memphis, where he marched with striking sanitation workers who demanded safer working conditions and fair pay, and carried signs declaring, “I AM A MAN,” which are featured prominently on the cover. While in Memphis, King delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

“Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire our nation and the world as his dream lives on in Memphis,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Fifty years is a poignant time to honor that legacy while celebrating those who have used that inspiration to make a difference. The world-class National Civil Rights Museum commemorates the 50th anniversary while telling the full story. The dream also lives on in The Orpheum, Beale Street, Clayborn Temple, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and iconic Memphis murals including ‘I Am a Man,’ ‘Memphis Upstanders’ and ‘The Sound of Music.’ All of those were catalysts for growth. The National Civil Rights Museum helped bring resurgence to a neighborhood that has seen people and businesses moving in. That kind of excitement is happening all over Memphis. From the Pyramid and the Pinch District, Midtown, Shelby Farms, to the tremendous development in Whitehaven around Graceland. Through all of that and more, visitors can embrace the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and enjoy some of the best barbecue in the country in a vibrant city.”

The National Civil Rights Museum continues its year-long MLK50 commemoration with exhibits showcasing four decades of Civil Rights stories, educational seminars and live performances. “On April 4, 2018, all eyes will turn to Memphis, Tennessee and the National Civil Rights Museum to remember the tragic event that occurred 50 years ago. Communities across the nation and world will reflect on the life and impact of one of history’s greatest peacemakers and humanitarians,” said Terri Lee Freeman, National Civil Rights Museum President.  

The Tennessee Vacation Guide also spotlights other Civil Rights sites across the state, including Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton and Woolworth on 5th in Nashville.

Additional highlights include What’s New across the state like Anakeesta Aerial Adventure Park in Gatlinburg and the 2018 opening of the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, as well as milestones like Tennessee Theatre’s 90th Anniversary in Knoxville. The guide puts a spotlight on Tennessee music attractions including Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, and Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. There are also recommendations from Tennessee celebrities including music artists Kelsea Ballerini, Drew Holcomb, Kane Brown, Old Crow Medicine Show and Valerie June along with Nashville Predator P.K. Subban and pitmaster Larry Proffitt. 

Tennessee’s scenic beauty, creative spirit, unique experiences, culinary excellence, and history are all highlighted in the guide, as well as The Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways and the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Stunning photography and noted writers profile the places, people and events that attract more than 110 million visitors to Tennessee each year. Annual events, regional overviews, maps and destination listings round out the content featured in the guide.

More than 550,000 guides are available to inspire guests to book a trip filled with genuine, authentic experiences that are part of “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”

The 2018 Vacation Guide is available FREE of charge at any of Tennessee’s 15 Welcome Centers or by calling 1-800-GO2-TENN (462-8366), and can also be ordered or downloaded online at www.tnvacation.com/guide.  A digital version of the guide is also available.

For more information, contact Jill Kilgore, public relations media manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-927-1320 or by email at Jill.Kilgore@tn.gov. 

Cottage Grove Council Honors Newell

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove resident Braiden Newell was presented a framed certificate for recognition for his outstanding sports performance on the Harrelson Hawks basketball team in 2017. Cottage Grove Mayor David Jackson present the certificate to Newell who scored 19 points during a recent tournament game against Camden. Newell was also named ambassador of the City of Cottage Grove.

In other action, the Council learned the lines on Main St. would be painted once weather conditions improved. Curtains and rods for City Hall office windows were purchased and Mayor Jackson will present a complete recycling report at the next meeting.

County Officials Holding MLK Program in Chancery Courtroom

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Clerk Donna Craig, Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson, Register of Deeds Pam Martin, and Trustee Randi French will open the Chancery Courtroom Monday January 15th for a MLK Day program at 10am. Refreshments will be served on the 1st floor of the courthouse.

Henry County Splits Games with West Creek

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with West Creek Tuesday night at home. The Lady Patriots defeated West Creek 66-26. Gracie Osbron had 22 points in the victory to lead the charge. The Patriots lost a close one 61-58. James King had 24 points to pace Henry County. The next game is Thursday night at home against Northwest, in a make-up game that was originally scheduled January 3rd.

Update: No Bomb Found at Graves Co. Courthouse

Mayfield, Ky.- Kentucky State Police have determined there is not an explosive device inside the Graves County Courthouse. All surrounding streets have been re-opened to normal traffic flow. The Courthouse will open at the regularly scheduled time.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper J. Dunn. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

KSP Arrests Mayfield Man for Bomb Threat at Graves Co. Courthouse

Mayfield, Ky.- Kentucky State Police are on scene at the Graves County Courthouse investigating an overnight bomb threat. At approximately 3:00 a.m., KSP Post 1 Dispatch received a call from a local crisis hotline worker. The worker reported a male had told their agency he had placed a bomb inside the courthouse.  

Troopers have secured the area immediately around the courthouse and are awaiting the arrival of special resources to determine if in fact there is an explosive device inside the building. The roadways and area immediately around the courthouse have been shut down until further notice.  

Preliminary investigation has led to the arrest of Robin M. Farley, age 55, of Mayfield, Kentucky.  Mr. Farley was taken into custody at approximately 5:00 a.m. and charged with First Degree Terroristic Threatening, First Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was lodged in the Graves County Jail.

Road Board Holds Quick January Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department Commission held a very quick January board meeting Tuesday night. Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt updated the commission on various roads that were being worked on. He said we closed down two weeks instead of four for the holiday period and everyone is back to work now. He said we’ve been doing a lot of ditching work and cleaning culverts.

Chilcutt said the heavy rains that fell the Friday before Christmas caused some issues and three roads had to be closed for repairs. The issues at Pettijohn Creek Road should be finished in a couple weeks or so as they have decided to put in a bridge in the area to hopefully keep the road from washing out in heavy rains. The road had a bridge at one time, it was taken out and now they’ve decided to place one back in there to try to fix the issues.

Chilcutt said they plan on getting some gravel on Holley Fork Road as soon as it dries out enough for them to get down in there and they are repairing Ben Smith Road as well.

Gospel Singing, Prayer Breakfast, March All Part of MLK Day Activities in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Activities are set in Paris for Sunday and Monday January 14th and 15th to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A gospel singing will take place Sunday night at 6pm at Mt. Zion Church, located at 401 Irvine St. Several local church choirs will be on hand along with the University of Tennessee at Martin choir, the Voices of Harmony.

On Monday, the Prayer Breakfast will be held at Central School Cafeteria on Jones Bend Road from 7am to 9:30am. The March to the Courthouse begins from Rison St. shortly before 10am and the program will be held at the courthouse at 10am. Everyone is invited to participate during the activities.

City of Paris Announces MLK Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the MLK Holiday on Monday January 15th. City Hall will be closed with all emergency services running on regular schedule. The Paris Public Works Department will be closed Monday, with Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes ran on Tuesday January 16th. The Landfill will be closed Monday as will the Animal Shelter, both will open back up on Tuesday January 16th.

Harrelson Teachers of the Year Named

Puryear, Tenn.- The faculty of Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School named their representatives for Teacher of the Year. Chosen in Pre-K – 4th Grade is Mrs. Heather French, who teaches Kindergarten, and Ms. Colby Prosser, who teaches 6th Grade English Language Arts, was chosen for 5th - 8th grades. Both will advance to the district level teacher of the year competition that will be announced at the February board meeting. Top Photo: Principal Maria Cox with Heather French. Bottom Photo: Assistant Principal Amber Ryan with Colby Prosser.

Reports of Theft Keep City, County Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Several reports of theft have been reported in the last couple of days in the county and city and officers continue to investigate. Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of a 20 lb. propane gas tank from a gas grill and two used tires from a home on Kirks Trading Post Road. The propane tank was stolen off the porch and the tires were taken from the yard and all items were valued at around $120.

Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen vehicle from a home on Hwy. 79N. The vehicle is a 1991 Dodge Durango valued at $1500. The victim told Cpl. Sanders there were no keys inside the vehicle and it did have some mechanical problems but would start and run some. There are no suspects at this time in the incident.

Ptl. John Baxter of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from a home on Brewer St. where a toolbox full of tools, an air compressor, about 200 DVDs, tote bags, and some jewelry were stolen. There are no suspects at this time.

Putman Named E.W. Grove Teacher of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- The faculty and staff at E.W. Grove named their representative for Teacher of the Year. Mr. Paul Putman teaches Computer Applications at Grove.  He will now go on to the district competition for grades 9-12.

Henry County Sweeps Waverly In Basketball Mon. Night

Waverly, Tenn.- Henry County swept games at Waverly in non-District basketball action on Monday night. The Lady Patriots won 81-34 with Celie Hudson scoring 16 points to lead the charge. The Patriots defeated the Tigers 78-64 with James King scoring 32 points. Henry County is at home Tuesday night for a District 10-AAA matchup with West Creek. The Lady Pats tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349.

Patriots Baseball Team Chili Supper Set for Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team’s annual chili supper will be held this Friday evening January 12th from 5-7pm at the HCHS Cafeteria prior to and during Friday night’s basketball game with Northeast. Cost is $10 per ticket and the meal includes chili, sandwich, chips, dessert, and drink. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session for January on Monday night and approved a resolution to accept the Public Safety Grant from the state for some security enhancements to the Henry County Courthouse.

County Mayor Brent Greer said this was talked about at December’s commission meeting where a presentation was made and this resolution basically accepts the grant.

The grant is for $24K and the local match is 10% so the overall cost of the upgrades will be just over $26K. The grant was secured by Chancellor McGee after Governor Haslam included $2M in the state budget for these public safety grants.

The money will be used for a panic alarm system, video arraignment equipment, and programmable locks at the courthouse.

Other budget transfers approved Monday night by the budget committee included transfers in the general fund moving financial responsibilities of a copier from the Circuit Court budget to the Juvenile Court Budget. Mayor Greer said they are changing copiers and during this process went ahead and moved the cost associated with that from Circuit to Juvenile Court.

The budget committee also approved moving $20K from unappropriated fund balance to contracted services to pay all the fees associated with the delinquent tax sale held in November. Mayor Greer and Budget Director Pat Hollingsworth told budget members money spent during the sale would all be reimbursed, but they wanted to keep everything in one line item and know that they need to put $20K back in the general fund unappropriated fund balance.

Another transfer was approved for the Health Department budget where over $1400 was accepted as a grant and other monies moved around to help show increase in salaries and benefits based on the market adjustment increase for full time employees retroactive to July 1 of last year. Salary adjustments and any expense is fully reimbursed to the County by the State of Tennessee.

Houston, Humphreys Co. Schools Receive Work Based Learning Grant

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the 29 recipients of the Work-Based Learning Grant. In total, TNECD awarded more than $710,000 to school districts that have designed programs to promote career skills and readiness among Tennessee students. Houston County and Humphreys Counties are the only counties in our listening area to receive one of the grants

“TNECD is proud to provide these Work-Based Learning Grants to help improve the career readiness of Tennessee students and develop a strong workforce of tomorrow,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “Many communities and school districts across Tennessee have stepped forward with strong programs that will help students develop career skills. I’m encouraged by the continued efforts to ensure Tennessee is the most aligned state in the country when it comes to education and workforce development.”  

The grants will assist the development or expansion of work-based learning programs that promote career awareness and student readiness in grades K-12. Work-Based Learning is an education strategy that provides students with experiences to learn and develop career and job skills.

Busy Weekend for Local Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eddie R. Bryant, age 26, of Sloan Road for felony evading, aggravated assault, violation of probation, and driving on a revoked license 2nd offense over the weekend.

Cpl.  Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Van Dyke Road where a carton of cigarettes were stolen. There are possible suspects to this theft.

Cpl. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of keys from a home on Hwy. 140S. The keys to the car were stolen and the trunk was popped open. There are no suspects at this time.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department responded to a burglary call at a South Brewer St. residence were a 37 inch TV, DVD player, and several DVDs were stolen. There are no suspects at this time and investigation is ongoing.

Several People Arrested for Assault Over the Weekend

Savannah Fritts HCSO booking photo

Calloway Co., KY- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Savannah Fritts, age 30 of Big Sandy, for assault, aggravated burglary, aggravated child endangerment and violation of probation. Fritts was placed on $25,950 bond.

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Tequesha Waters, age 21 of Paris, for assault and burglary.

Tequesha Waters HCSO booking photo

Deputy Scott also arrested Alicia Dunlap, age 41 of Paris, for assault. Waters and Dunlap were each placed on $1,500 bond.

Alicia Dunlap HCSO booking photo

Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Wilhelm Hartzfield, age 57 of Paris, for assault. Hartzfield was placed on $1,000 bond.

Wilhelm Hartzfield HCSO booking photo

Henry County Health Department Offering Free Flu Shots

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to patients. Influenza activity is widespread in Tennessee, so it’s extremely important for anyone over six months of age to get a flu shot now.

The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and for those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection we have against influenza.

The Henry County Health Department clinic is currently offering flu vaccinations at no cost to patients until vaccine supplies are depleted. Patients may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, family members and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Henry County Health Department Director, Tracy Byrd. ”We urge everyone who has not received a flu shot yet, to get one now.”

It’s also important to help prevent the spread of flu and other winter viruses by practicing good health habits:Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and stay home if you are sick.

For more information about the flu and free flu vaccines, call the Henry County Health Department at 731-642-4025.

Huron Man Arrested for Resisting Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested James Ethridge, age 22 of Huron, TN, for resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license. Ethridge was placed on $2,500 bond.

THP Release Details on Wreck that Injured a HCMC Paramedic

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, on Friday at 6:40pm a Henry County Medical Center Ambulance and a tractor trailer collided near the entrance of Kenny’s Meat Market.

The 2017 Ford ambulance driven by Kelly Coleman, age 26 of Atwood, was traveling on Hwy 79 South in Lane #1. The1993 International Tractor driven by John Nanney, age 74 of Paris, had just pulled out of a business and was  traveling south in the same lane, getting up to speed.The ambulance struck the rear of the truck and both vehicles came to rest in the median.

Paramedic, Wesley Profitt, age 52 of McEwen, was in the back of the ambulance with the patient when he was injured in the wreck. Profitt was treated for several hours in the emergency room at Vanderbilt until being admitted to the trauma unit early on Saturday morning.

Coleman and Nanney sustained minor injuries from the wreck. The patient in the ambulance was then transported by McKenzie EMS and the patient is reportedly doing fine.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Paris-HC Rescue Squad and Paris Fire units were called to the scene.

Murray Man Arrested for 4th DUI, Paris Man Arrested for Criminal Impersonation

Puryear, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Devon Womack, age 23 of Murray, for driving under the influence forth offense, criminal impersonation and ignition interlock device. Womack was placed on $15,000 bond.

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Frankie Scott also arrested James Yon, age 54 of Paris, for evading, criminal impersonation and theft. Yon was placed on $5,000 bond.

Mobile Home Destroyed by a Fire on Friday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Fire Department, a mobile home was destroyed by a fire on Friday afternoon in Paris. On Friday, January 5th, Paris Firefighters responded to a mobile home on fire at 15 Casey Lane in Paris.  In the report, two fire units and five men were on the scene for about an hour. The home was owned by Dan Hassell but  Kenneth O’Daniel was currently living in the house. Property damage was estimated to be $10,000 with contents valued at $7,500.

Henry County Ambulance and Tractor Trailer Collide in Wreck on Friday Night

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday night, January 5th  a HCMC ambulance and a semi truck collided on Highway 79 near Kenny’s Meat Market. A spokesperson for the Henry County Medical Center stated that the driver of the ambulance and the patient in the ambulance were not seriously injured. 

McKenzie EMS were called to the scene to continue the transport of the patient. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.

Two Paris Women Arrested for FTA

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Adam Kennon arrested Jennifer Bullington, age 36 of Paris, for failure to appear. Bullington was placed on $250 bond.

Sgt. Rudy Davis arrested Tracy Adams, age 57 of Paris, for failure to appear. Adams was placed on $2,500 bond.

Henry County Splits District Game with Kenwood

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Kenwood Lady Knights in district action on Friday 59 to 35. Caroline Singleton led the Lady Patriots with  18 points. The Lady Patriots are now 11-4 overall and 5-1 in 10-AAA action.

The Henry County Patriots lost to the Kenwood Knights in district action in Clarksville on Friday 64 to 41. James King led the Patriots with 11  points. The Henry County Patriots are now 4-11 overall and 1-5 in 10-AAA action. 

The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots will face the Waverly Tigers and Lady Tigers in Waverly on Monday, January 8th with the girls game tipping off at 6pm. You can listen to our coverage of the game beginning with the pregame show at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Beer Board Approves 6 Beer Permits

The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Friday where the board approved six new beer permits.  

Three of the approved permits were approved for on premises sales, for Joseph J. Tormey of Tom’s Pizza and Steakhouse, located 2501 East Wood Street, Luis A. Macias of El Antojo Mexican Grill, located at 105 South Brewer Street, and Vickey Roberts of The Old Paris 5 & 10, LLC located at 110 West Washington Street.

The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Tormey told the board that Tom’s Pizza and Steakhouse wouldn’t start selling beer until towards the end of the month when remodeling of the restaurant is completed and the Old 5 & 10, LLC is a new event center located in downtown Paris.

The board also approved three off premise sales at Friday’s meeting which were for Dustin McBride of both the Maverick #23, located at 302 Memorial Drive, and the Little General #51, located at 100 Tyson Avenue, and Brandon Kibbler of Cash Savers at1301 West Wood Street.

HCSO Still Looking for Steven Loines; $1K Reward Offered

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is still searching for Steven Loines. Loines was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person back in October. An active investigation has been ongoin the last few months with a few leads. Now a $1K reward is being offered to anyone with any information on where he may be or that knows his whereabouts and that he is safe.

While Loines does have active warrants, that is not the intent of the investigation. The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Loines' family and friends asks anyone with information to come forward. Tips can be called into the Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 or the Crime Tip Line at 642-0929.

Youth Villages Holding Foster Parent Informational Session

Paris, Tenn.- Youth Villages of Paris will hold an informational session on becoming a foster parent at their office at 412 Tyson Avenue. The session is set for Tuesday January 9th at 5:30pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The event is free for anyone interested in fostering a child. For more information call Cathy Herrera at 641-4148.

Library Offering Free Computer Classes in January, February

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will have free computer classes in January starting this week. Classes are free to the public, just call the library at 642-1702 to sign up. Class schedules are as follows: Monday January 8th 3-4pm R.E.A.D.S. for iPad; Tuesday January 16th 6-7pm Computer Basics; Thursday January 18th 6-7pm Blogging Basics, and Monday January 22nd 11:30am-12:30pm T.E.L. The library will also hold more computer classes during the month of February.



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