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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Jim Valentine

 

Winter Storm Impacting Our Area, Roads are Slick

Paris, Tenn.- Snow is falling on top of a thin layer of sleet and freezing rain that fell overnight and beginning to coat our area with a Winter Wonderland. The Henry County Sheriff's Office reported a few cars in the ditch overnight, especially when ice coated roadways first. A state salt truck did wreck on East Wood Street this morning.

Travel will continue to be hazardous throughout the day and blustery winds will make visibility nearly impossible during heavy snowfall. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for 6-10 inches of snow for our area. Authorities are advising you to stay home if you can. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

UT Martin Cancels Classes for Friday

Martin, Tenn.- The UT Martin main office and administrative offices are all closed for Friday January 22nd. Campus in Martin and all satellite campus are closed as well.

MSU Closed for Friday

Murray, Ky.- The main campus and all extended campuses at Murray State University are closed for Friday Jan. 22nd.

HCBOE Recognizes Student Who Designed Christmas Card

(Photos by Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday evening and recognized senior Sarah Dicus (pictured above) for involvement in the Patriot Pride Program. Dr. Susan Burton told board members about how the Christmas Card has been designed by students for the last few years. Sarah designed the card that the system sent out for Christmas cards this past year.

Sarah said she was shocked to have her card picked as the one that was sent out for Christmas, but honored at the same time. Sarah said drawing and design is something she loves to do and it never feels like work. She added that this experience was truly insightful and she thanked the board for the opportunity to draw and design the card.

The board approved the system’s Emergency Operation Plans after some changes were made to make them more user friendly. Stephanie Winders said some of the topics had major changes and some were very minor as to what to do in an emergency situation. She said they put the topics in alphabetical order so its easier to find. Winders said if there is a tornado, it would be under the letter T, which could be found much quicker.

Winders said that her and Dr. Norton went to an Emergency Operations training last fall and others have been as well. They continue to do more training and improve on the plan to respond to emergency. Each school also has a more in depth plan for their school.

System Continues to Work towards ReAccreditation

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Brian Norton, Director of the System, told board members that former director Sam Miles is leading the Accreditation efforts as the system tries to get reaccredited. He explained that in early April some representatives will come and do a review of the system as part of the accreditation team. Dr. Norton said there are 5 standards that we try to meet and two of those, Purpose and Direction as well as Governance and Leadership of the System and are directly related to action steps by school board members.  Putting together the system’s 5 year plan was part of the process the School Board took part in for this Accreditation process.

HCSS Bringing Back Teacher of the Year Awards

Paris, Tenn.- In his Director’s report, Dr. Norton said they have reestablished the teacher of the year award. School winners were: Harrelson Lauren Nash Pre-K thru 4th, Amber Ryan 5th thru 8th; Henry Lisa Olive, Pre-K thru 4th and Patsy Barrow 5th thru 8th; Lakewood Becky White Pre-K thru 4th and Lisa Ray 5th thru 8th; Grove teacher of the year Jammie Adkisson, and Henry County High School Teacher of the Year was Kayla Berryhill.

Dr. Norton said in February these teachers will be honored at a reception at the board meeting and then District Winners for Teachers of the Year in different age groups will be announced. He said thanks to Utrust Mini Grants the District Winners of Teachers of the Year will be receiving $500.

HCHS Graduation Set for May 20th

Paris, Tenn.- May 20th was set as this year’s Henry County High School Graduation Day and was made public at the board meeting Thursday night.

Dr. Norton also recognized next week as “School Board Appreciation Week,” and read a resolution from Governor Haslam honoring school board members for their work and dedication.

He also told the board the transition with Skyward, the new billing software system is going well and full implementation will be coming up in a few weeks.

County Mayor Announces Closure Of All County Buildings Friday

Paris, Tenn - Based on the recommendations of a teleconference briefing from the National Weather Service, the County Mayor feels it would be in the best interest to close all county buildings Friday, January 22.  

A Winter Weather Warning is in effect from 6PM tonight to 6PM Friday.  Winds tomorrow will reach gusts to 25-35 mph and wind chill lows in the teens.  Saturday night will again bring low temperatures in the teens.  Snow amounts expected in our area is 8 to 10 inches with heaviest to fall mid-morning tomorrow. 

We will make any other announcements on county web site at www.henrycountytn.org and HenryCounty EMA facebook and twitter page. any decisions in regard to Monday, Jan 25 will be made on Sunday. 

Be safe and continue to monitor weather conditions closely.

City of Paris Announces Friday Closings

Paris, Tenn - Based on the information from the National Weather Service the following offices for the City of Paris will be closed Friday, January 22nd:

City Hall, Civic Center, Animal Control and the Landfill

Should there be any changes, we will update our City of Paris, TN Facebook Page.

Deer Meat Give-a-Way Postponed til February 5th

Paris, Tenn - Due to the inclement weather Henry County is predicted to receive, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for the Hungry Deer Meat Give-a-way has been cancelled for this Saturday, January 23rd and has been rescheduled for Friday, February 5th @ 9am at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

HCSS, PSSD Close Friday Ahead of Pending Winter Storm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System and Paris Special School District have both decided to close on Friday due to the pending Winter Storm that could bring a moderate to heavy snowfall to our area beginning in the early hours on Friday morning.

TCAT To Open Two Hours Late Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Both the Paris and McKenzie Tennessee College of Applied Technology Centers will be opening two hours late on Friday January 22nd because of the predicted winter weather.

10 Young Ladies Set to Compete for 2016 Hostess Princess

Paris, Tenn.- Another year has come and gone and it’s the pre-season to Fish Fry in Paris, Tennessee! This Saturday at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris 10 beautiful young ladies from Henry County will compete for the 2016 title of Hostess Princess for the 63rd annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry! The Pageant will begin at 7pm on Saturday, January 23rd at KPAC.

In the event of inclement weather, a reschedule date will be determined and released via the Fish Fry Facebook page and to local news media. Many local businesses are again sponsoring prizes for the Hostess Princess and her court along with Commercial Bank & Trust who will award the $1,000 scholarship to the 2016 Hostess Princess. 

The girls will compete first in casual wear and then in their evening gowns.  Following the evening gown competition, the top 5 girls will be chosen and answer an on-stage question and then the winners will be announced. KPAC will open at 6pm and admission is $5.00. Children 5 and under are FREE with an adult.  Contestants for this years event in alphabetical order are:

Jordan French, 20 year old daughter of Jimmy & Randi French of Paris. She is a sophomore at Murray State University and sponsored by Express Tan.

Madison Lovelace, 18 year old daughter of Heath & Teresa Lovelace of Paris, She is a Freshman at Murray State University and sponsored by Wade Dortch Roofing, LLC.

Sydney Luna, 19 year old daughter of Rudy & Maria Luna of Paris. A Freshman at Murray State University, she is sponsored by Paris Swimming Pool & Supply.

Jayna Nance, 17 year old daughter of Jerry & Tami Nance. A senior at Henry County High School, she is sponsored by First Bank.

Victoria Page, 17 year old daughter of Jeff Page & Terri Clark of Henry. She is a senior at Henry County High School and sponsored by Jaspe.

Grace Paschall,17 year old daughter of Kerry Paschall and Crissy and Danny Mc Cutcheon of Puryear. A senior at Henry County High School, she is sponsored by Betty’s Bridal Cottage.

Aleece Marie Passman, 18 year old daughter of Gary and Tina Passman of Springville. A senior at Henry County High School, she is sponsored by Attitudes Salon.

Alison Reagor, 16 year old daughter of Susan Reagor and Eddie Reagor of Paris. A sophomore at Henry County High School and sponsored by Greer & Wade Attorney’s at Law.

Alexandria Scott, 17 year old daughter of Chris and Donna Scott of Paris. A senior at Henry County High School, she is sponsored by E & W Electrical Solutions.

Tori Starks, 16 year old daughter of Monte and Jennifer Starks of Paris.  She is a sophomore at Henry County High School and sponsored by The Cabinet Corner.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Closing Friday & Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library has decided to close for Friday and Saturday due to the impending winter weather. A decision on whether or not to open Saturday will be made later. Because of this week's winter weather, the Friends of the Library booksale will be extended into next week.

Woman Charged With Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- A press release at Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a local Paris woman was arrested on multiple felony methamphetamine charges by the Metro Crime Unit.

Janet Hamm, age 37, of 5500 East Antioch Road, was stopped on a traffic stop by officers from the MCU on Tyson Avenue. Officers made contact with Hamm, after receiving a tip that she was involved in drug activity.

Sheriff Monte Belew and K9 Si were called to the scene and Si did alert to the odor of narcotics inside the car. On a search, officers located drug paraphernalia inside the car and immediately placed Hamm under arrest.

While at the jail, correction officers searched Hamm’s person and found a felony amount of methamphetamine ice and a meth pipe hidden on her. She attempted to bring the drugs into the Henry County jail by concealing it on her body.

Hamm was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bringing contraband into a penal institution. Hamm’s bond was set at $5K and officers from the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted in the search and arrest.

Sulphur Well Wild Game Supper Scheduled for Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Sulphur Well Wild Game Supper will is scheduled for this Saturday January 23rd at 6pm. The church is located at 1760 Oak Grove Road in Springville.

Everyone is invited as Hunters and Cooks have been prepping for the supper with several types of wild game from deer to gator, and much more. There will be live music and entertainment at the event as well.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Friday 12AM-9PM

Memphis- The National Weather Service in Memphis has placed our area under a Winter Storm Warning from Midnight Friday until 9pm Friday night. The forecast calls for periods of freezing rain, sleet, and then a change over to heavy snow. Blustery winds are also expected with this system which will reduce visibility and could cause power outages and create near blizzard like conditions.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, or freezing rain are expected or occurring. Friday morning’s commute to work could be impacted by the conditions. Continue to monitor the weather and be prepared for this Winter Storm. Forecasts are calling for snow amounts to be anywhere between 3 and 9 inches.

Fort Henry Anniversary Planned for Feb. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- LBL, The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, and Fort Donelson National Battlefield are partnering to remember the 154th Anniversary of the Battle at Fort Henry with a program and walk on Saturday February 6th.

A program about local Civil War History will be presented from 1-2:30pm at The Homeplace. A guided quarter mile walk follows the program from 3-4pm at the Fort Henry Trail parking area. Participants will drive to the parking area and meet for the walk. The walk is weather dependent and cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children. Reservations can be made by calling 270-924-2020 and registration is required to attend the day’s festivities.

Historian Susan “Ski” Witzofsky will speak at the Homeplace Theatre during the Anniversary program. She will tell the story of Confederate forces occupying Fort Henry in February of 1862 as Federal Forces move up the Tennessee River. The program will cover Fort Henry’s construction, battle, and legacy. The walk will talk individuals along the trails and Confederate fortifications.

Also on February 6th, Fort Donelson National Battlefield will host a Walk at Fort Heiman from 10-11am. Interested individuals should meet staff and volunteers for a brief walk around the historic features of Fort Heiman. The program is weather dependent and for more information call 931-232-5706 ext. 110. 

Reminder: Public Hearing on USDA-RD Program 6pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris and USDA Rural Development will hold a public meeting at 6pm Thursday January 21st at the Paris City Hall meeting room. The meeting will provide information to anyone interested in obtaining a loan thru USDA-RD to construct a home on designated empty city lots.

The partnership will allow the City of Paris to liquidate some of its empty lots while revamping neighborhoods and strengthening the tax base. The lots will be offered to qualified USDA-RD Loan Holders for fees between $1 and $10. Everyone interested in the program should come to Thursday’s meeting at 6pm at Paris City Hall.

HCSS and PSSD Closed for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System and Paris Special School District will be closed again for winter weather on Thursday January 21st as secondary roads remain slick.

Church Services Cancelled Wed. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The following Churches have cancelled Wednesday evening services: First Baptist, Fairview Baptist.

NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch 12AM-6PM Friday

Memphis- The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area from Midnight Friday until 6pm. An intensifying storm that starts Thursday with rain and some thunder will eventually transition to all snow early Friday morning and the potential for significant snow accumulations are possible. Strong North winds will develop Friday morning causing reduced visibility and the potential for power outages.


A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the weather the next 48 hours for changing conditions.

Carroll Co. Sheriff's Office Searching for Huntingdon Man

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help locating a man that has been missin since Tuesday evening. Ben Abbott has not been seen since 8pm Tuesday night from 10760 Hwy. 77 in Huntingdon. Abbott does suffer from memory loss.

He is 66 years old and was last seen wearing a blue jeans and a dark blue coat. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 731-986-8947.

No Major Issues From Wed. Winter Weather; More on the Way Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office said no major wrecks or issues have been caused by Wednesday’s snow and sleet that fell in the area. Henry County received near an inch in many parts of mostly sleet, with some freezing rain and a light snow on top. Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing late Wednesday afternoon and should make travel conditions easier.

Another weather system could impact our region Thursday and Friday. Forecasts are calling for freezing rain and snow Thursday morning, changing to rain with a high temperatures in the upper 30s. Late Thursday night and early Friday morning the rain is expected to change back to snow.

Different models suggest this system could give our area a moderate to heavy accumulating snow. Totals at the current time range from 2-4 inches, 4-8 inches, and accuweather.com is calling for 8-12 inches. Continue to monitor the weather over the next couple of days for the potential of a winter storm.

Dept. Of Health Urges Citizens to Protect Themselves in Winter

Nashville- With the first serious cold weather storm front of 2016 headed toward Tennessee tonight, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents about the need for increased efforts to protect themselves, their families and their friends from winter weather-related harm.

"We all need to take these potentially deadly winter weather activities and storms seriously, and use warnings as an opportunity to prepare and think differently than our normal routine to prevent a tragedy," said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. "It can happen to any of us while clearing a snowy driveway that strains a heart, falling in a bathrobe that leaves us outside for longer than we expected, consuming alcohol and drugs that make us more vulnerable to hypothermia or placing the generator outside a door or window that allows in deadly gas. We lost wonderful people to cold temperatures last year from things like heart attacks, hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning. Let's do all we can to be prepared and watch out for each other this winter."

TDH offers these suggestions on planning and preparing for winter weather:
• Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your vehicle at all times, and be sure you have an emergency kit in the vehicle. This should include candles and matches; a blanket; food such as energy bars and water; a small shovel; flashlight with fresh batteries; first aid supplies; a charger for your cell phone; ice scraper; gloves and extra clothing.
• Dress for the weather even when you’ll be inside a vehicle; you never know when you will have an accident or mechanical failure. Wear layers including warm socks, a scarf, a hat, gloves and appropriate shoes or boots for walking in snow and ice.
• Carry an extra set of car keys in case you get locked out of your vehicle.
• Don’t warm up your vehicle inside a closed garage; doing so could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
• DON’T text and drive! Ice and snow on roads already increase the challenges of driving.
• Always tell someone your travel route and when you will arrive and return. Better still, if you don’t have to drive, stay at home or use public transportation.
• If you need help on the road, call *THP (*847) for assistance from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
• Never use an outdoor grill indoors for cooking or warmth, as these grills put out significant amounts of carbon monoxide and increase fire danger.
• Teach children to stay a safe distance away from candles and fireplaces.

TDH also warns residents to have increased awareness about hypothermia, which is caused when the body’s core temperature drops to unsafe levels.

“Hypothermia can happen to any of us, but people who are medically fragile, homeless, on certain medications and using alcohol are at greater risk than others and a caring person can help protect them,” said Dreyzehner. “Please think about friends, family and acquaintances that may be at greater risk, and make a plan to check on them. If you can’t do it yourself, call emergency services, local police or your local health department. If help is needed to help someone else, emergency responders are here to make that happen. A phone call or conversation could mean the difference between life and death.”

Hypothermia can happen fast. People most at risk for hypothermia include those who:
• take certain medications, like those used for behavioral health, that affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature
• use alcohol, especially if intoxicated by alcohol and other drugs
• are elderly or have medical conditions that may impair generation of body heat
• live alone or are socially isolated or homeless
• have mental/behavioral health issues
• are male (studies have shown males are more likely to be victims of hypothermia)

“A person can be developing hypothermia but not know it because confusion and amnesia are among the symptoms of the deadly condition,” said TDH Emergency Preparedness Director Paul Petersen, PharmD. “Many mistakenly believe hypothermia only happens to people who spend long periods of time outdoors. In fact, it can happen to a person in a residence or structure that doesn’t have sufficient warmth, or in a vehicle lacking a working heating system.”

In addition to creating a system for checking on others, TDH urges Tennesseans to properly take care of themselves during extreme cold weather. Directions for avoiding hypothermia include:
• If you have a medical emergency, or are worried about a friend or neighbor don’t hesitate to call 911
• Dress in layers to retain body heat and limit time outdoors or in cold environments. Wearing a hat or head covering is most important.
• Come inside frequently to warm up. If your home or business heating system fails don’t attempt to “tough it out”; seek an alternative place to stay. Never use a power generator indoors; they can generate deadly carbon monoxide gas. Also do not use outdoor gas or charcoal cooking devices indoors.
• Don’t drink alcohol. It provides a temporary sensation of warmth but long-term it causes your body to lose heat and can lead to hypothermia. Alcohol can also dull the senses, prohibiting clear-thinking when it is needed most.
• Medical conditions or drugs you take may affect your body’s ability to regulate heat. Some antidepressants, antipsychotics, narcotic pain medications and sedatives can change the body’s ability to regulate temperature. Some health disorders can also affect your body’s ability to regulate its temperature, including underactive thyroid, poor nutrition, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, trauma, spinal injuries, dehydration, circulatory issues and other conditions.
• Make sure you have someone that checks on you; don’t be embarrassed to ask for an exchange of, “I’m okay” calls.
• To find an emergency shelter in your area, call 2-1-1, your county emergency management agency or the non-emergency telephone number of your local police department.

“Take care of yourself first so you can then help take care of others,” Dreyzehner said. “When you do a cold weather wellness check by phone or in person, invest a little time to truly make sure the person is okay and follow up with him or her later to make sure that person is still alright. If you suspect a person needs assistance, trust your instincts and seek help. You could save a life.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips on winter health and safety, including checklists to help you prepare for winter weather at www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.asp. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has resources for winter weather preparedness at www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

Juvenile Court Cancelled For Wed.; Cases Moved to Feb. 3

Paris, Tenn.- Judge Vicki Snyder has cancelled Juvenile Court in Henry County for Wednesday January 20th because of the winter weather. Cases scheduled for Wednesday will be moved to February 3rd at 9am.

Both PSSD, HCSS Closed for Wednesday due to Winter Weather

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District has also cancelled school for Wednesday. Both the PSSD and Henry County School System are closed for Wednesday. Roads are slick this morning so if you must get out, drive slow, if you don't have to go anywhere, stay at home. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain has fell on the past three hours and will continue to fall this morning.

PSSD BOE Hears Updates on Rhea Const. Project

Cary Henson, of Henson Const. updates the board on the budget for the project. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday and heard updates about the Rhea Construction project once again.

Cary Henson, of Henson Construction went over the budget of the project. The total budget is for just under $10.2M. Phase 2 cost is just under $6.3M and Phase 3 is just over $3M. Those estimates doesn’t include the Tornado Safe Room which is estimated at $436,800 without any grant money. The Tornado Safe Room would consist of an area of four classrooms on the new addition of the building. It would be in Phase 3 of the project so Henson said there is time to get the grant approved.

Superintendent Mike Brown said since the building already has one tornado safe space, spending the extra money for another would be something that might not be financially sound at this time. Henson said that in reality, they have over a year to make a decision on the Tornado Safe Space, and once all the other bids come in for work on the project they could look at the budget and decide whether or not to go with the Safe Space should the grant not be available.

Henson said bids would be let by February 1st on the project. It would be bidding for Phase 2 and 3 of project. Work is expected to begin in May once school is out for summer.

The budget option alternatives that could be added include a vanity and sink in each of the new classrooms, a modified bitumen roof, and added gravel parking on the southside of the Kindergarten. That is included in the $10.2M budget, which would be reduced should the board not go with the additions.

Board members were shown the overall floor plan and changes that have come in the last few weeks. One of those is the addition of a canopy to where students can be dropped off out of the rain and have a covered walk to inside the school. After discussion, Ben Witt, Architect of the project, said they could shorten the canopy and widening the drive up area for the buses.

PSSD Board Members look at renderings of the additions at Rhea. (Alsobrooks photo)

County Comm. Has Quick January Meeting

County Mayor Brent Greer and County Attorney Rob Whitfield at Tuesday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday evening and in about 11 minutes quickly handled all business on the agenda. The commission approved recommendations from the nominating committee on all the appointments to various boards and committees as done in January every year.

In other housekeeping issues the commission approved the list of Road names for Henry County for the 2016 Calendar year, approved a statutory bond for Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton, and approved Federal Title VI regulations. 

Camp Tyson Book Available at Chamber Office

Paris, Tenn.- “As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson America’s Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility,” by Shannon McFarlin, a book detailing the history of Camp Tyson, located in Henry County, and its impact on our community, is now available at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris, Tennessee, for $20.

“The Henry County Alliance is pleased to have funded this project to capture this unique part of our history and our country’s history,” according to CEO David Hamilton.

McFarlin, a local reporter and author, was commissioned to write the book through the Henry County Tourism Authority, utilizing Tennessee River Resort Act funds. Hamilton continued “We ordered 400 copies and over 200 were pre-sold, so there has been a great deal of local interest in the book.”

The book was printed by Merriam Press and includes first person interviews and documents from the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Alliance office, 731.642.3431, or email Monica Smith at monicasmith@paristnchamber.com.

Allred Found Hiding In Closet

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department received a tip that Michael Allred, age 23, of 1108 Brown Street, was at 716 Memorial Drive Lot #6 Monday evening. Allred had warrants for especially aggravated burglary after he and Nathan DeWalt, who had already been arrested and charged, assaulted and robbed a man over the weekend. Cpl. Whitaker and other officers arrived at the residence and found Allred hiding in a closet. He was arrested and duly charged.

Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department also found another man who had warrants on him hiding in a closet on Monday. Ptl. Klutts responded to 1784 West Wood Street and found Colton Thompson, age 24, of Chickasaw Street hiding in a closet at the residence and arrested him on warrants as well.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued 9pm Tues.- Noon Wed.

Memphis- The National Weather Service in Memphis has placed our area under a Winter Weather Advisory from 9pm Tuesday night until Noon on Wednesday as a front will sweep thru the region. With the bitter cold temperatures we’ve had in place the last few days any precipitation that falls is likely to stick and began accumulating quickly.

The precipitation should start out as snow late Tuesday night and more than likely transition to sleet and freezing rain in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Forecast currently call for 1-2 inches of snow and sleet accumulations with less than a tenth an inch of ice accumulation on top.

Travel Wednesday morning could be impacted as the system moves thru so motorists are urged to use caution should the winter weather fall. Continue to monitor forecast the remainder of the day Tuesday and visit our website at wmufradio.com for the latest in school closings and weather updates.

Henry County Travels to Northeast for Basketball Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball teams are on the road Tuesday night at Northeast. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. Our broadcast will begin at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online via our website at wmufradio.com, and you can even listen on your phone by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates to apply. Later this week Henry County is scheduled to travel to Kenwood on Friday night.

LBL Quota Turkey Hunt Applications Available in February

Golden Pond, Ky.- Turkey Quota Hunt applications for the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will be available February 1-29. Hunters may apply online at https://lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/ or by phone at 270-924-2065. Application fees are $5 online and $7 by phone.

Three quota hunts in both Kentucky and Tennessee require prior application. Hunting will not be permitted in the Youth Hunt on April 9-10, which is open to Kentucky for hunters under the age of 16 and in Tennessee for hunters ages 6-16. Hunting is also not permitted during two Adult Quota hunts on April 12-13 and April 16-17.

Hunting provides unique recreational opportunities within the region and helps maintain healthy wildlife populations. Applicants can check the quota hunt website, https://lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/, at the end of March to see if they were drawn.

The non-quota hunting season runs for 14 days, in Kentucky from April 18th thru May 1 and in Tennessee from April 18-April 24th and April 25th thru May 1.

  As always, a state license and Land Between The Lakes Hunter Use Permits are required. Hunter Use Permits may be purchased online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations/.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

Reminder: Friends of Library Book Sale This Week

Paris, Tenn.-The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library Bookstore will hold their semi-annual book sale Tuesday thru Friday of this week from 9-4 and on Saturday from 9-2. The sale offers 25% off to non-members and 50% off and access to the Newest Arrival Room to Friends of the Library Members only. For more information call the Library at 642-1702.

County Comm. Jan. Meeting Will Be Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session on Tuesday night at 5pm at the Chancery Courtroom. The commission usually meets the 3rd Monday of the month, but didn’t meet because of MLK day on Monday. The meeting is open to the public.

Bridging the Gap Between Citizens and Police: Theme for MLK Day Events Monday

Rev. Teague welcomes everyone to the Prayer Breakfast Monday morning at Central School. Member of Henry County Sheriffs Dept listening (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - With approximately 250 in attendance for the Prayer Breakfast at Central School on Monday morning, celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr the day led for a full morning of activities and speakers. Rev. Teague, pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church welcomed those in attendance and announced the program for the early morning to be, “Bridging the Gap between Police and the community”. 

(L-R) Dep. Wayne Fuqua, Linda Davis, Lt. Scott Wyrick, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, and Paris Chief of Police Charles Elizondo. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Rev. Teague stated, “when we look around this nation and we see all the violence between people and the police, we need to come together to stop such things from happening here in Henry County. We need to build healthy relationships with our fellow brothers and sisters who wear the badge to protect us, not be against them. When we come together, like we have here this morning, we are one. We are each other’s brothers and sisters, we are a family, and we need to stick together as a family does and should do.

Representing The Paris Henry County Ministerial Alliance, Minister Copeland stated how much it warms his heart to see such a filled to capacity room to celebrate such a great person in history. “We may have to move this event to another facility next year, we continue to grow more and more each  year, and that in itself is a blessing” stated Copeland.

Rev. Rudy French read a passage of scripture from 1st Corinthians 12:12-15 stating how all Christians should overcome pride and that it is something that the devil instills in each and everyone of us. “If we are to ever come together as one, pride needs to be put behind us”. We have got to start acting more like brothers and sisters and overcome the pride. Yes, brothers and sisters do not always see eye to eye, but their arguments are not settled with violence. They work things out and move on, and that is what Dr. King has tried to instill in his works. There is no perfect person, not even Jesus, and like Dr. King he was murdered by a person as well”, stated French.

The crowd had a special group of visitors in the audience, the members for the South Korea Missions, missionaries sharing the good news of Jesus Christ here in the United States. The five members played the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner on musical instruments that are used in Korea.

Members of the Korean Missionary Team Visiting the United States presented the National Anthem at the beginning of Monday's events. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Several law enforcement officers were recognized from both the Sheriffs and the City Police Department. City Chief of Police, Chief Elizondo recognized several of the department that was in attendance, Ptl. Eric Long with 20 years of service, Tony Hutcherson with 28 years of service, and Tyrail Jackson, who had just recently returned from training at the Police Academy. Chief Elizondo read a verse of scripture 1st Timothy 2:13, and Henry County Sheriff, Sheriff Monte Belew introduced several who were in attendance representing the department as well. Dep. Wayne Fuqua, Lt. Wyrick, Dep. Brian Hall, Dep. Jeff Smith, Dep. Wes Bradley and Sgt. Calvin Dumas.

Sheriff Belew stated, “People do not realize what our days, weeks, and months consists of. It is more than riding around in a cruiser and writing tickets. “Honestly, we do not like to write tickets, we have so much more to do besides that, but it is part of the job that we swore to oath to do in this field”. “We have covered a suicide, just as recently as a few days ago right here in Henry County. Dep. Fuqua and Cisco and I were in Chester County just a few days ago looking for the missing 2 year old little boy. We deal with shootings, thefts, overdoses on a daily basis and these families of the victims; they want answers and look to us to find them. This brings us together, but not how we would like for it too, and that we are hoping to continue to work towards between all departments and agencies within not only our county but all counties.

Sheriff Belew, as well as Wyrick and Fuqua closed with prayers for protection and unity to come together in the city of Paris, as well as Henry County.

Judge Vicki Synder was also a dignitary in attendance, and she spoke on how when she was driving on her way to Central School, how a song came on the radio, that sums up why we are gathered here today. Judge Synder stated, “The song ‘Do Something’ by Matthew West, it truly made me think, and realize, we all, myself included, we need to do something, and making changes is where it starts”. “Instead of sitting around complaining, we need to rise up, stand strong, stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start making changes. It begins with us, each of us. We need to change how we all look at things, and as it has been mentioned before, come together and be the family within our city and county that we need to be”.

Other dignitaries that were present at the Prayer Breakfast was, County Commissioners Wes Bradley, Bobby Freeman, Kenneth Humphreys, and Mr. Travis. City Commissioners present were Mrs. Jones and Pastor Fuller. Brother James Twilbeck, Director of Western District Baptist Association, and Brother Jonathan Smith, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church were in attendance as well.

Rev. Andre Richardson invited all those in attendance to meet at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and participate in the march from the church to the Courthouse. He stated, “When we began asking young people within Paris and Henry County to join in with us, the answers he received were, ‘it’s too early, or its going to be too cold’”. Richardson commented, “I am so glad that Dr. King did not feel it was too early or too cold when he was alive or we would not be where we are today”. “The younger ones who showed up today to march with us, thank you, this is where the tradition will live on is in our younger generations”.

March To the Courthouse on MLK Celebrations

The march to the Henry County Courthouse Monday morning (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn – After meeting at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, approximately 75 people walked, singing songs to the courthouse, being led by The Henry County Sheriff’s Department down Market Street, to Washington Street, coming to a stop at the steps of the Courthouse. From there, the event was moved to the court room on the second floor due to the cold weather conditions Monday morning.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The winners of the essays entitled, “Shifting from Civil Rights to Silver Rights”; “What Are You Doing for Others” were read, with each school represented within Henry County from elementary to the High School. Each winner was given a gift card to spend as they wished from the Paris Henry County Ministerial Alliance.

Sheriff Monte Belew introduced the guest speaker, Lt. Col. Derek Stewart from Nashville who grew up in McKenzie, and graduated from McKenzie High School in 1983. Sheriff Belew stated, “It is an honor and privilege to introduce our guest speaker, I have known him for quite some time. When I was in training for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, class 897, Lt. Col. Stewart was my instructor. I wasn’t always happy to see him, and I had to do many pushups for him”.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, addresses Mr. Rolland Adkisson about days in 6th grade. (Cheryl Allen photo)

With a chuckle in Sheriffs Belew voice, he looked at Mr. Rolland Adkisson and stated, “He was rougher than you were in 6th grade Mr. Adkission”. He is my friend and one that has gone a long way with his career in law enforcement, and this should be an inspiration to young people now a days. He shows what hard work, and dedication can do in your life”.

Lt. Col. Stewart has served as a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 28 years. His experience includes seven years as a Road Trooper in Montgomery County; one year as an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training academy; and 12 years as an Instructor at the Tennessee Highway Patrol Training Center where he served as an Assistant Director of Training.

Lt.Col. Derek Stewart, guest speaker at Monday's MLK event (Cheryl Allen photo)

Other positions held by Stewart include, Director of Internal Affairs Division, Director of the Research, Planning and Development Division, and Executive Officer for the Highway Patrol. In 2011, he was promoted to his current position of Lieutenant Colonel where he oversees the Administrative Support Bureau.

Lt. Col. Stewart graduated from McKenzie High School in 1983. Following high school, Stewart attended Roane State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Martin where he played collegiate baseball. He would later study at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

LTC. Stewart is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Leadership Program-LEAD Tennessee, the Tennessee Government Executive Institute, the FBI National Academy (Session #230), and the Prestigious Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

This level of law enforcement education places him in the Top One Percent of Law Enforcement Professionals.

With a standing ovation, Lt. Col. Stewart took to the podium and stated, "no matter what race or creed you are, all lives do matter, and we need to learn from the past. We cannot have passion without compassion first. I have a picture on my wall in my office of the Buffalo Soldiers that my mother gave me. I look at it every day. It keeps me focused on where I, we, all come from.

We have to have the endurance to fight and not let any one stop us, but helping others with compassion on the way. Everyone was against the Buffalo Soldiers, the Indians and the slave owners. Did that deter them? No, they continued to fight. They fought for what was right. White people treated them worse than the Indians. Did they give up? No, they continued to show passion and compassion”. Lt. Col. Stewart reminded those in attendance that 18 of the Buffalo Soldiers received Congressional Medals of Honor for their service and what they done and stood up for. We can do the same. Like the Buffalo Soldiers, we can do it in peace as well. The struggle comes from not giving up, sticking together and working in unity.

Dr. King was a great leader, and his life showed that; a great person with a dream. Not a dream of wealth or to get elected, but a dream to become as one; all to get along, without violence, working together to make this country stronger” stated Stewart.  

Lt. Col. Stewart, in closing stated, “Past, present, future. Ignorant people will forget the past, but you have to have the past to get through the present and in to the future.

Mr. George Bass speaking of Dr. Mordecai Johnson before the unveiling (Cheryl Allen photo)

Lt. Col. Stewart was raised in McKenzie Tennessee by his parents Rev. James H. and Ollie Faye Stewart. He has two siblings, a brother (David) and a sister (Danita). He is married to his wife Cynthia and they have two children.

Sheriff Monte Belew stated, “In brief, he is a hometown boy that has done good”!

Before the honor of the unveiling of a portrait of Mordecai Johnson, Mr. George Bass gave those in attendance a brief introduction of the life of Mr. Johnson. Mr. Bass stated that Mr. Johnson was born to ex slaves, and grew up in Henry County. He was raised in what was known was ‘down on the farm’. He attended private school led by Nora Johnson and also attended Methodist Hill Training School. He also attended school in Nashville and in Memphis.

(L-R) Mr. Rolland Adkisson and Paris - Henry County Historical Society President David Webb after unveiling of Dr. Mordecai Johnson. This picture will hang inside the Henry County Court House. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Dr. Mordecai Johnson was the former and first African American President of Howard University and also friends with the former President and First Lady Roosevelt. Johnson Park located on Rison Street is named after Mr. Johnson. His father was the pastor at Mt. Zion and was partly responsible for the construction of Mt. Zion Baptist Church that still remains today.

One Arrested, One Sought in Aggravated Robbery

Paris, Tenn.- One person has been arrested and warrants drawn on another in an aggravated robbery that occurred at 716 Memorial Drive on Sunday. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Nathan DeWalt, the 3rd, age 27, of 706 Mandalay Rd., has been charged for especially aggravated robbery with a bond set at $100K. In the same incident, Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for Michael W. Allred, 23, of 1108 Brown Street for especially aggravated robbery.

The report said police responded to the Henry County Medical Center ER Sunday evening to an individual that had been assaulted. The victim had swelling to both eyes, custs on his left wrist and several cuts on his hand. He told Ptl. McClure he went to 716 Memorial to purchase some pot and followed Allred into the bedroom. Then a man known as Ratchet, later identified as DeWalt, closed the door behind him and pulled out a large machete.

The victim said DeWalt said, “heard you was going to rob us,” and then swung the machete at the victim, who managed to block it for the most part. DeWalt and Allred then appeared to attack the victim and stole $250 cash from his person. Allred pulled out an airsoft pistol and shot the victim several times with it, to which Ptl. McClure said in the report there was several bruises from the airsoft pellets.

The victim managed to get free and left and was in pain and decided to go to the ER and press charges. During the investigation, DeWalt called dispatch and agreed to be interview at City Hall. DeWalt admitted to being at the residence, but not taking part in the incident. The victim identified him as one of the alleged attackers and DeWalt was charged with especially aggravated robbery. Warrants were then drawn for Allred, but as of Monday morning he has not be apprehended.

Siren Stolen Off Pleasant Hill FD Truck

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that someone stole the siren off the fire truck at the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, located on Reynoldsburg Road. Police have no suspects and continue to investigate.

MSU to Host Soybean Production Day Tues. Jan. 19th

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture and Kentucky Soybean Board present the 12th annual Soybean Promotion day. The event will feature Seminars and discussions from Randy Dowdy and Troy and Stacy Hadrick. Soybean Promotion Day will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

Randy Dowdy is a Record Winning Corn and Soybean Producer who focuses on producing as much yield from one seed as possible. Dowdy is a state and national contest winner for the National Corn Growers Association’s yield contests. Dowdy is also known for his consulting work which he offers through telephone, seminars, production tips of the week and production guides and management plans.

Troy and Stacy Hadrick use their education, experience and passion for agriculture to combat negativity that surrounds the practice. The Hadrick’s hold speeches and seminars that offer producing farmers the tools and confidence to tell their own story and fight for their livelihood.

To attend Soybean Promotion day please RSVP by calling (270) 809-3556 or emailing msusoypromoday@gmail.com. Admission is free to all who want to attend but reservations are required. To find out more about the speakers visit www.growbigcorn.com and advocatesforag.com.

Murray State Bans Hoverboards From Campus

Murray, Ky.- Safety is a primary concern on the campus of Murray State University. Therefore, based upon recent fire incidents across the country, the warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Murray State University safety standards, all hoverboards and similar devices are temporarily banned on campus, effective immediately.

This ban prohibits the use, possession, storage and charging in residence halls, college courts, all other campus buildings, campus grounds and regional campus locations. The ban will remain in effect until more information and better safety standards exist for all models of the equipment. 

The CPSC has issued a strong warning about hoverboards after batteries within the devices were reported to burst into flames — especially while being charged — resulting in a metal fire that can burn with intense heat.

This ban represents a trend across the country.  Numerous other campuses have also banned these devices. 

The Department of Public Safety may be contacted with questions related to this ban. Public Safety is located at the corner of Chestnut and 16th Streets or can be reached by calling 270-809-2222.

Dr. Jerome Blakemore Guest Speaker at Progressive Baptist Church

Dr. Jerome Blakemore brings message to standing room only crowd. (Jim Valentine photo)

Paris, Tenn - Sunday evening Progressive Baptist Church hosted “Shifting from Civil Right to Silver Rights” in celebrating the memory and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The evening began with Pastor Richard Adkisson welcoming all those in attendance, acknowledging how proud everyone should be that came together to unite as one to celebrate a great man in history. Adkission stated, “it is so wonderful to look out across the auditorium and see all the preachers, their congregations and other churches across our county as well as neighboring counties to come together, it’s a true blessing”.

Pastor M. A. Richardson speaks on the reason everyone has gathered at Progressive Baptist Chuch to honor Dr. King (Jim Valentine photo)

With praise songs by the Henry County Mass Choir, Lt. Steven Dean of the Henry County Sheriff's Department, stated, “how do I follow a performance like that”, before introducing the guest speaker of the event. Lt. Dean thanked Progressive Baptist Church, Dr. Kenneth Humphreys as well as Pastor Adkisson for inviting him to introduce such a great and successful person as Mr. Jerome Blakemore. “I have known him for quite some time and to read all his accomplishments is truly amazing and very inspiring, as well as him being my friend”, stated Lt. Dean.

Lt. Dean informed those in attendances of the many accomplishments that Dr. Blakemore has made and how his life has progressed since leaving Paris and Henry County earlier in his life.

LT. Steven Dean introduces Dr. Blakemore Sunday evening (Jim Valentine photo)

Dr. Jerome Blakemore, resides in Melrose Park Illinois, and is an associate professor in the departments of Social Work and Justice, Law, and Public Safety and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Lewis University. He has held academic appointments at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Memphis where he served as the Chair of the Department of Social Work. While at the University of Memphis, he also served as interim Director of the African and African American Studies program.

Dr. Blakemore holds a Ph.D from the Jane Addams College of Social Work from the University of Illinois Chicago, as well as a Master of Social Work from Western Michigan University and a BS in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

Dr. Blakemore teaches variety of courses including Policing in a Multicultural Society, Rehabilitation Counseling and Services and Community Intervention, and Community Organization in Social Work Practice.

In closing of the introduction, Lt. Dean stated Jerome is the youngest son of J.D. and Mattie Blakemore.

Henry County Mass Choir (Jim Valentine photo)

Dr. Blakemore began the evening by singing the gospel song, “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow”. He stated that we don’t know about tomorrow, but we need to start with today to change tomorrow. Using the Bible, Matthew 5;15-16 was read, speaking on how we cannot be hid, and we need to shine our light and been seen.

He reminisiced about traveling from Chicago to Paris in the late 50’s and the dangers that he and his family could have encountered along the way. “When my father said, you need to take care of  business before we leave, for we will not be stopping until we reach a family members home. There was no stopping in Southern Illinois or Kentucky, it was not an option or even thought of back in those times.

Now, we can stop. See how we have progressed over time; this is something that we need to make sure we can continue to do.

During an interview with WMUF before the event, Dr. Blakemore, when asked how did he come to become the speaker at such an epic event that is hosted every year in Henry County. Dr. Blakemore stated, “My parents, J.D. and Mattie Wynn Blakemore attended the church of Pastor Kenneth Humphrey’s and they, as well as myself growing up in his church, have been longtime friends. When he asked me if I would be interested in being the guest speaker, the only answer I could say was, yes, and here I am”.

Monday events will kick off at 7 am with the Prayer Breakfast at Central School, then to Mt. Zion Baptist Church for the March to the Courthouse where Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart of the Tennesee Highway Patrol will be the guest speaker.

Burglary Reported In Cottage Grove

Paris,Tenn - Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff s Department responded to a call from a resident on Olive Street near Cottage Grove in regards to possible burglary.

According to the report, the resident was in the hospital at the time of the incident, and upon returning home noticed the items missing. Items that were reported missing were coins, cash and a Glock Pistol. Police have a person of interest, and are continuing the investigation.

Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart To Speak During MLK Events Monday

Paris, Tenn - Events for the annual Martin Luther King holiday with the Prayer Breakfast at 7am at Central School. Members of local law enforcement will offer prayers during the breakfast. At 10am the March to the Courthouse will begin at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, at 304 Rison Street.

Guest speaker at the courthouse is Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and afterwards there will be a special program and unveiling of a portrait of Mordecai Johnson. A luncheon will be held at Noon at Ketchum Hall for all current and retired members of law enforcement. Winners of the essay contests will read their essays during each event as well.

Everyone is invited to attend all activities.

GOODWILL PLACES 15K IN JOBS IN MIDDLE, WEST TENN. IN 2015

More Than 60 Henry County Residents Receive Assistance

(West Tenn.) Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped 15,412 people find jobs in 2015, a 61-percent increase over its efforts the prior year.

The not-for-profit provides free training, education and employment opportunities across 48 middle and west Tennessee counties. Overall, the agency assisted 36,081 people in 2015 — a 28-percent rise compared to 2014.

A total of 62 Henry County residents got help from Goodwill Career Solutions last year, and 37 of those found work.

Goodwill’s territory-wide goals for last year were to assist 30,000 people and place 11,000 in jobs. Those benchmarks were met in November. The organization’s new goal focuses on 2020, by which it hopes to be placing 20,000 people into jobs annually.

A recent study by the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University forecast that by 2024 Goodwill will place more than 21,500 people into jobs each year.

Goodwill sells donated clothing and household goods in its stores to fund its mission. The agency employs more than 2,100 people, but 92 percent of Goodwill’s clients who find jobs are placed with other employers. More than 3,000 employers actively hire through Goodwill.

“We are extremely proud of the results our 29 Goodwill Career Solutions centers have achieved for the people and communities we serve,” said Betty Johnson, vice president and chief people officer of the local Goodwill. “It’s exciting to be changing so many lives through the power of work. Our generous donors and shoppers make it possible.”

Avoid Home Damage from Frozen Pipes

Check Homeowners Policy in Preparation for Cold Weather Emergencies

Nashville, Tenn – With winter weather in full swing across the Volunteer State this week, insurance claims for frozen pipe water damage are likely to follow. The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) urges the public to act now to help reduce the risk of freezing and bursting water pipes.

“You must be proactive to avoid becoming a victim of frozen water pipes,” TDCI Assistant Commissioner for Insurance Michael Humphreys said. “Insurance companies may not cover frozen pipe damage that is due to negligence, such as failing to maintain an adequate temperature in the house when the ability to do so is there.”

Tennesseans can avoid potentially expensive winter home damage by utilizing the following basic precautions.

Before the freeze:

·         Review your insurance coverage. Check your policy and call your insurance agent or company for clarification on specific coverage.

·         Know how to shut off your water. Locate your main water shut-off valve. You may want to tag or label it so you do not have to search for it in an emergency.

·         Check sprinkler or irrigation systems. Make sure you have turned everything off and fully drained the system.

·         Identify your home’s freezing points. Check your home for pipes in areas that might be prone to freezing, such as crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages, and exterior walls.

·         Protect your pipes. Where pipes are exposed to cold, wrap them with insulation or electrical pipe heater (even fabric or newspaper can help).

·         Prevent pipes from freezing. Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. Consider collecting the water for later use. The cost of a short-term trickle is much less costly than a repair of a burst pipe.

·         Keep your pipes warm. Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.

If Your Pipes Freeze:

·         Shut off the water immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw pipes without first turning off the main shut-off valve.

·         Thaw pipes with warm air. You can melt the frozen water in the pipe by warming air around it with a hair dryer or space heater. Be sure not to leave the space heater unattended and avoid the use of kerosene or open flames.

·         Be careful turning water back on. Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and double check for any additional cracks and leaks.

If You Have Damage:

·         Contact your insurance agent or company as soon as possible. Determine what forms, documents, and data you will need to provide in order to process your claim.

·         Keep all receipts and damaged property for the adjuster to inspect. If possible, take photos or videos of the damage before making temporary repairs to protect your property from further damage. Don’t make permanent repairs. An insurance company may deny a claim if you make permanent repairs before an adjuster inspects the damage.

·         Remember, most insurance companies will not pay for damage to an unoccupied house unless you prepared your house for the freeze. If you’re going to be away from your house and it might freeze, you must use reasonable care to heat the house or shut off the water supply and drain the water from plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems.

Patriots and Lady Patriots Victorious Over Calloway County in District Play

Paris, Tenn - Saturday evening the Patriots of Henry County traveled to Murray Kentucky to face off against Calloway County in basketball action in district action play.

The Lady Patriots bounced back after a loss on Friday evening to take the win over the Ladies of Calloway County with a final score of 54-31 over Calloway County.

The Patriots also defeated Calloway County in hardwood action with a final score of 41-33. B

The Henry County Patriots will be on the road again on Tuesday evening when the travel to face off against Northeast. The Lady Patriots will tip off at 6 pm with the Patriots to follow directly afterwards.

Our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen via your phones by calling 415-325-0723.

Man Charged With Possession of Firearm After Routine Stop

Paris, Tenn - According to a report at the Paris Police Department Officer Derrek Colley made a routine traffic stop Friday night on West Wood Street.  It was discovered that one of the occupants of the vehicle Kambron Allen age 32 was charged for violation of parole and was also charged with possession of a firearm while under the influence.

Dr. Jerome Blakemore Guest Speaker at Sunday Night MLK Events

Paris, Tenn - The Paris Henry County Ministerial Alliance has several events planned beginning tonight for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The theme this year is Civil Rights to Silver Rights, celebrating 50 years of activities.

Sunday evening January 17th there will be a service a Progressive Baptist Church located at 1040 Rison Street at 6pm. Dr. Jerome Blakemore, son of the late Mattie and JD Blakemore, will be the evening speaker. Also during the service the Drum Major for Justice Award will be presented.

Events begin Monday January 18th with the Prayer Breakfast at 7am at Central School. Members of local law enforcement will offer prayers during the breakfast. At 10am the March to the Courthouse will begin at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, at 304 Rison Street.

Guest speaker at the courthouse is Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and afterwards there will be a special program and unveiling of a portrait of Mordecai Johnson. A luncheon will be held at Noon at Ketchum Hall for all current and retired members of law enforcement. Winners of the essay contests will read their essays during each event as well. Everyone is invited to attend all activities.

Murray State University Participates in Martin Luther King Day of Service

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University is hosting a community breakfast and day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Feb. 18. All Murray State University community members and Murray community member are invited to attend. The event will feature an item collection/service project, breakfast and keynote speaker.

The item collection will last from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Curris center small ballroom. All donations will be given to regional non-profits that operate in Calloway County. Items to be donated include canned and nonperishable food, paper and cleaning products, personal care products and various other items. After the keynote volunteers will help sort and prepare donated items for delivery. For a complete list of items needed visit http://murraystate.edu/headermenu/administration/Outreach/mlkday2016.aspx.

The keynote speaker is Curtis Daniel who is, among many other things, a songwriter, organist, pastor, and radio personality. Daniels is currently the organist for the COGIC International Women’s convention. Daniel is also active in various community and college service initiatives.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Life, Office of Regional Outreach, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., City of Murray and the Office of Regional Academic Outreach. The event is supported by Emerging Scholars Institute, Student Government Association, National PanHellenic Council, Sueño Latino, Radiant Racerettes, White Residential College and the Black Student Council.

For More information can contact Anita Chitule at achitule@murraystate.edu or (270) 809-6836. You can also call either (270) 809-5088 or (270) 809-6836 and can email either msu.outreach@murraystate.edu or msu.oma@murraystate.edu.

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Nashville, Tenn – As cold weather sweeps across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.

While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic tips can ensure safe generator use every time.

“If winter weather causes a power outage, a portable electricity generator can be quite valuable, but it’s important to know the fuel-powered engines can create toxic amounts of carbon monoxide so they should only be used outdoors,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Never use one in a home or garage and place them at least 20 feet away from doors and windows. We want Tennesseans to stay safe this winter while keeping warm.”

Because carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas, it is often referred to as the invisible killer. Since 2013, 12 people have died in Tennessee as a result of non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. This past September, Tennessee commemorated its first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in an effort to stop this preventable loss of life.

Avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Follow these tips for safely operating a portable generator:

·         Always read, follow, and save the manufacturer's operating instructions for your generator.

·         Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off. Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors that could allow carbon monoxide fumes inside.

·         Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.

·         Ensure everyone in the home knows to immediately get to a fresh air location should the carbon monoxide alarm sound. Have someone call 911 from outside the home.

·         Know the initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness (flulike symptoms but without the fever). If you experience these symptoms during or after generator use, get to a fresh air location immediately and have someone call 911. 

Rossview Defeats Henry County in Hardwood Action Friday Evening

Paris, Tenn -Friday evening Henry County hosted Rossview in basketball action at Gamlin gymnasium. The Lady Patriots were unable to defeat the Ladies of Rossview, and at the final buzzer of the game, the score was Rossview 71 Henry County 35.

The Patriots took to the hardwood directly after the ladies game, and they as well were unable to defeat Rossview, with a final score, Rossview 64 Henry County 33.

Henry County will also be in action on Saturday evening at Calloway County, with the Lady Pat’s game tipping at 6pm and our broadcast starting at 5:30pm.  

Our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen via your phones by calling 415-325-0723.

1st Annual Band Day at Bethel University To Be Held

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University Renaissance Regiment is proud to announce the 1st Annual Band Day!  We would like to invite all High School Band students to Bethel University on January 30, 2016 to perform with the Renaissance Regiment Basketball Pep Band.  There is no charge for the event.  Students will receive a T-Shirt, and lunch will be provided. 

“This Band Day is our way of garnering interest in collegiate level music and sports and reaching out to our surrounding community,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance.

We invite the participants to play with us during a Women’s and Men’s Basketball game against Loyola University.  The Women’s game begins at 2:00 pm, and the Men’s begins at 4:00 pm in Crisp Arena.  

“We are excited about this event and expect it to be a greatly rewarding experience for all members involved,” stated Keith Cottrill, Director of Renaissance Bands.  “We are confident that students will benefit from playing alongside and learning from the musicians from our University.  We are composed of students who are both music majors and non-music majors, who are all passionate about playing music.”

The Renaissance Regiment, Bethel University’s Marching Band, is an exciting and energetic group that electrifies audiences by performing all styles of music. Crowd favorites include popular, jazz, swing, show tunes, R&B, standards, and popular classic music.  The Regiment performs at all home football and basketball games, and a few other events throughout the semester. Substantial Scholarships are available for students who have had experience as an instrumentalist, a color guard member, or a twirler.

For more information or to register, please visit www.bethelrenaissance.com and click on the Band Day link.  You can also contact the Renaissance Office at (731) 352-6980.

Passenger Arrested During Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn - In a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department while on patrol On East Wood Street, Ptl. Jamie James stopped a vehicle driven by Michelle Armstrong of 400 Buchanan Resort Road.

After a check of her driver’s license it revealed that she was and driving on a revoked license.  During the stop also arrested was the passenger Jeffrey Mobley of 294 Buchanan Resort Road who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Armstrong was charged with Driving on Revoked license.

No Headlight Leads To Drug Charges and Arrests

Paris, Tenn - Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department observed a white Dodge traveling on Mineral Wells Avenue with no headlights on. Ptl. Jackson initiated the traffic stop on Spruce Street and the driver was identified as Stephan Boyd Trent of Belmont Street in Paris. 

It was noted the report that after a check on his license it revealed that his license were suspended out of Henry County for Failure to Show Proof of Insurance in of October 2015.

Due to a previous Failure to Appear, Trent was placed under arrest. Ptl. David Beauvais asked Trent for permission to search the vehicle where a bag containing a crystal rock which after a field test proved to be meth was found in the vehicle.

The passenger identified as Jason Allen Mobley of 608 East Wood Street was arrested after he admitted to the drugs located were indeed his, according to the report. Mobley was charged with simple possession of Schedule VI drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were transferred to the Henry County Sheriff’s dept. 

Arrest at HCHS for Possession of Paraphernalia

 Paris, Tenn - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department a Henry County High School Student was arrested and charged with possession of a ASchedule Vl drug and Possession of drug Paraphernalia. Sgt.t Buford Taylor was the arresting officer.

Man Wanted On Attempted Murder Charges Surrenders

Paris, Tenn. - Storme L. Hilliard, 21, of 706 Mandalay Road was arrested shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. Hilliard surrendered and was arrested by Sgt. David Powell. Hilliard was taken into custody at the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

Hilliard was charged with attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery that stems from a shooting that occurred last Friday at Crestview Manor Apartments, in which Stephen Fitzgerald, age 30, was shot.

Hilliard was placed on $500,000 bond and he will appear Tuesday, January 19th in Henry County General Sessions Court.

City of Paris Announces MLK Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for Monday January 18th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. City Hall, the Paris Public Works Department, the Landfill, and the Animal Shelter will all be closed on Monday and reopen Tuesday for regular services. Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will all be run on Tuesday January 19th and residents should have trash out by 7am.

HC Genealogical Society to Meet Mon. Jan. 18th

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Genealogical Society will hold their first meeting of the new year on Monday January 18th. The board meeting is at 4pm with the general meeting at 4:30pm in the new Genealogy Room at Weston Hall on Grove Blvd. Susan Stewart and Melissa Key will present a program about the “Old County Home Cemetery” and everyone who is interested is invited to attend. For more information call 642-1406.

Meeting Set for Jan. 21st for Info on USDA Home Loans with City Lots

Paris, Tenn.- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) and the City of Paris announced a public meeting that will take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Paris City Hall at 6 p.m. in the meeting room. The meeting will provide information for anyone interested in obtaining a loan through USDA-RD to construct a home on designated empty city lots.

USDA-RD Area Specialist Mary Hickman recently met with the City of Paris and Paris Housing Corporation to discuss final plans on a project that will help local residents have an opportunity to build a new home on empty city lots through USDA RD’s Single Family Housing Direct Home Loan program.

“Mary approached me with an idea to collaborate with USDA to offer vacant lots owned by the City to qualified individuals or families for new home construction.  This would provide housing for applicants who might not otherwise be able to afford to build,” said Paris City Manager Kim Foster.  “It’s a win/win for the City and we are excited to be working with USDA on this project.”

The partnership is a way for the City of Paris to liquidate some of its empty city lots while building a stronger community and increasing the tax base.  The lots will be offered to qualified USDA RD loan holders for $1 to $10.   

USDA RD’s Single Family Housing Direct program provides low-interest rate loans for low-income families and individuals.  In partnership with the City and the Paris Housing Corporation, those who qualify for a Single Family Housing Direct loan may be able to find an affordable place to build a new home.  Excited by the potential to help the community, they are considering the possibility of researching other agencies to bring into the partnership to enhance the program.

USDA Rural Development is moving investments to rural America with housing, business and infrastructure loans and grants to create jobs and strengthen rural economies with an emphasis to assist areas of persistent poverty.  Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $5.4 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees, and grants.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee, contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x 4, or 800-342-3149 x 1497.  Visit us online at www.rd.usda.gov/TN.

 

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