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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Henry County Travels to Mont. Central Fri; Hosts Waverly Sat.

Cunningham, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Montgomery Central Friday night for District 10-AAA basketball action. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm. If you can’t make the trip listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online streaming at our website, wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

Henry County will step out of District action Saturday night and welcome Waverly to Gamlin Gym, with ladies tip set for 6pm. We will broadcast Saturday’s game as well.

KSP Turns Over HS to Marshall County School District

Benton, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police has finished processing the crime scene at Marshall County High School and has turned over the property to the Marshall County School District.  

Sixteen students suffered gunshot wounds as a result of the shooting at the school on Tuesday.  Two of the victims died from their injuries. Seven more were injured in the incident. Currently, three students remain hospitalized but in stable condition.  

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Team is continuing to investigate with the cooperation of local, state and federal partners.  

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.

HCMC BOT Learn Total Knee No Longer Inpatient Only

CEO Lisa Casteel discusses Total Knee surgery improvements. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday night and CEO Lisa Casteel told board members the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from its inpatient only listing meaning patients can now either be inpatient or outpatient. Casteel said patients will not automatically qualify for inpatient status, stay, and continuing treatment in a skilled facility for therapy treatment. She said they will need qualifying conditions for the inpatient services. TKAs account for 10% of the orthopedic cases for HCMC, about 220 cases per year.

Casteel said they’ve seen so many advances in the medical field with robotics and technology we know have less total days of stay after total knee surgeries. More and more surgical cases are changing for the better in that way.

Casteel informed trustees the medical center will file for disease specific certification for total knee and total hip elective joint replacement with the Joint Commission. The benefits of certification include: commitment to a higher standard of serve; provides a framework for organizational structure; provides a competitive edge in the marketplace; enhances staff recruitment and development; and is recognized by insurers and other third parties.

Casteel told the board January’s snowstorm brought emergent management of services to meet customer’s needs and maintaining safety for all. She said we closed several of our off-site locations and provided information that services were available at the main hospital location. EMS resources were also maintained within the community by limiting transports to emergency only and Jackson only.

Facilty Upgrades to Be Priority at HCMC Next Few Months

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Financial Officer Dale Guffey went over capital requests Thursday night and told trustees the roof over 2 East has a crack and water has been seeping thru to the inside. He said we are at the point where it’s time to replace it, and we have to wait for consistent warmer weather so that will likely come in March. The expected price for the roof is over $316K.

Guffey also said it was time to replace water heaters in the Tower at a cost of $235K. He said we are also looking at more roof replacement in the future and some other things that need to be done to the facility. Casteel added that over the next year or two budget wise we will be putting some money toward facility upgrades.

Trustees Learn About HCMC Marketing Campaigns

Tory Daughrity discusses marketing campaigns the medical center has done in the past year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Marketing for HCMC Tory Daughrity gave a presentation Thursday night on marketing initiatives on how to educate the public on their health and what HCMC can do for them. Daughrity said our priorities include physician practices, home health and hospices, women’s services, daVinci robot services, orthopedic, and Lakehaven.

Daughrity said we use traditional marketing such as radio, TV, billboards, print ads, flyers, direct mail, and others. Digital Marketing has really grown as well she said and we use our website, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

The presentation included a snapshot of marketing that has been done with several programs to educate the community about what all is going on and what the medical center is doing to help the community find ways to better health.

Daughrity went over some of the outcomes of targeted email, online marketing and searches and how it is all above industry standards. She said we basically doubled our database and more and more people are searching for our services via their smartphones.

Out of the marketing department, 12 Facebook pages are managed along with twitter, google plus, microsite, website, and more. Daughrity said thru community education from the marketing department we reach thousands of people each year and some revenue does come from that. Lunch to learns, community screenings and events, and other events make up some of things HCMC does to get out into the community.

In 2017, over 7K people were helped with screenings, classes, seminars, events, and other activities. Goals in 2018 include growing the market, growing our services, and improving communication between partners and physicians.  

KSP Says Marshall Co. Families Need Privacy After Tradgedy

Benton, Ky.-Kentucky State Police (KSP) is appealing to the media and general public to allow privacy for families impacted by this week’s tragic shooting in Marshall County.  

Families of Marshall County students have contacted KSP with serious privacy concerns, particularly in regard to their minor children — many of whom are still recovering from psychological trauma and physical injuries.  

They report that members of the public and media have made excessive attempts to contact them in recent days, requesting private information and interviews. Families have also endured negative and inappropriate comments on social media.  

KSP asks all members of the media and public to respect the dignity and privacy of the victims and their families.  

One of the families has asked KSP to release the following statement on their behalf: “Please stop calling and texting us, especially our minor children who are victims. It is inappropriate and hurtful to our already grieving families.”

Man Charged With Drugs, Weapon Possession on Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle he observed run a red light and could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle during the stop. The passenger Travious Etheridge, age 20 of 1111 Lincoln St. admitted to having a gun on the floorboard and some weed in his pocket. A search was then done and 9 baggies of marijuana were found along with the .38 Smith and Wesson. Etheridge was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of a deadly weapon.

Stolen Cat, Dog Being Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft call on Cook St. where a woman said her neighbour stole her cat and dog and is trying to give them away on Facebook. Investigation is continuing.

Dep. Waldron also responded to a home on State St in Hazel where two dogs in pen appeared to be injured. No one lives at the home, but the owner keeps dogs in a pen and comes to feed them every afternoon. He noticed a garden hoe missing and the dogs had some injuries and he thought someone may have attacked the dogs with the garden hoe. Investigation is continuing.

Dep. James Higgins took a report of theft from a home on Hwy 140W. Entry was made thru the front porch window. Some items were strewn about and binoculars valued at $80 were missing. There are no suspects.

Sgt. David Powell charged Clint M. Lackey, age 40 of 1415 McFadden St., with DUI 2nd, driving on revoked, violation of implied consent, and two counts of possession of schedule two after a traffic stop this week.

HCMC, Office on Aging Conducting Free Screenings for Seniors

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and the Henry County Office on Aging will be conducting free health screenings for Seniors in the Community on Tuesday January 30th.

Tests to be conducted include A1C, Blood Sugar, Total Lipid Panel, Blood Pressure, and osteoporosis foot screenings. The test are free thanks to a grant received by HCMC to conduct these services with senior citizens.

Testing will be 8:30am to 10am on January 30th at the Central Community Service Building, 55 Jones Bend Road in the cafeteria.

Seniors who want to take part in the screenings must not eat anything after midnight on Monday January 29th. Once your testing is done, the Office on Aging will provide snacks of peanut butter and crackers and orange juice.

The Office on Aging will be given a prize if several people take part in the testing and there will be a sign-up to make sure people take part.

The event is open to the public. For more information, you can call Director Reginald Caldwell at 642-2919 or 644-3193.

Reminder: Arts Council to Hold Pancake Fundraiser Jan. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will have an all you can eat pancakes fundraiser on Thursday January 25th at First United Methodist Church from 11-1 for lunch and from 4-7pm for supper. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at the Arts Council Office, online at the Art’s Council’s website, phcarts.com, from any board member, or at the door. Money raised benefits the Arts Council and its programs. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office will be cooking the pancakes. It will be dine in or take out.

Henry County Splits With Northeast at Home

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split District games with Northeast Wednesday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots won 80-37 with Gracie Osbron scoring 27 points to lead the charge. The Patriots lost 74-37. Ty Cook had 15 points to lead the way. Henry County travels to Montgomery Central Friday night.

PHCPUD Applies for Grants for Natural Gas, Dual Fuel Vehicles

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners met earlier this month and General Manager Tae Eaton informed the board $1.7M worth of grant money was available to utilities and municipalities for dual fuel and 100% Natural Gas Powered Vehicles.

Eaton said, “last year only like 7 districts were awarded some grant money because no one really knew about it so we are going to apply for four vehicles, two 100% Natural Gas powered and two dual fuel powered and see what we might get.”

Eaton said he forwarded the application to Paris City Manager Kim Foster and would send one to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew to see if they could get approved and then use the Districts Natural Gas filing station if they were awarded grant money.

Eaton reported on the financials for December and year to date showing the district was comparable with the last two years and ahead of last year when it was so warm. He said the last 3-4 weeks will definitely change the numbers for the district as late December and the first part of January have been colder than normal for our area. Eaton said the federal government sent out a report last week about Natural Gas Storage throughout the country and the nation set an all time record for Natural Gas pulled out and used during the cold spell and winter storm that hit the Eastern 2/3 of the nation the first week of the year.

The PHCPUD is now above 7K customers as they start the new year thanks to main line extensions and gas in storage is around 45% which Eaton said should get them through the rest of the winter in pretty good shape.

In other action, the board approved switching the district’s automobile action to TML to save money.

The board welcomed the reappointment of Terry Pierce and kept the officers the same Terry Pierce as President, Dr. Tom Wood as Vice President, and Steve Greer as Secretary/Treasurer.

HC Republican Party To Meet Thurs., Discuss Caucus Procedure

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will hold a meeting Thursday night at 7pm at the Paris Civic Center. The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the procedure of the Republican Caucus which is set for February 10th at KPAC. Republican Party Chair Chris Garcia said, “we are planning on pre-certifying this Thursday night as well to help avoid large lines of certifying at 9am on February 10th at the actual caucus, we hope to have a couple more pre-certify events before then as well.”

Paris Tire and Auto Service Ribbon Cutting Held Wed.

Owner Daren Zarro cuts the ribbon Wed. afternoon.

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Paris Henry County Chamber Commerce held a ribbon cutting for a new business in downtown Paris Wednesday. Paris Tire and Auto will be open 8-5 Monday thru Friday. Owner Daren Zarro has 30 years experience with an ASE Certification. Paris Tire and Auto will do oil changes, tires, and routine auto work. The business is located at 308 W. Wood St. next to Take Me Back Cafe and across the street from Paris City Hall. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris Tire and Auto Service owner Darren Zarro welcomes everyone as his mom and step dad watch along with Chamber President Kevin Buie.

Paris Police Searching for Missing Man, Stolen Vehicle

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr. took a report from a man who said his son, Jamonte Johnson, age 37 of 511 White St., had been missing since January 15th.

The report said Johnson was last seen on the 15th at Cash Savers. Investigation revealed that Ptl. Jeff Smith had taken a report of a missing vehicle at 214 Norman Drive recently. The owner of the vehicle, a 2002 Gold Ford Taurus, let Johnson borrow the vehicle on January 19th.

A ping of Johnson's phone came back in Florence, Alabama. BOLO's have been issued for the vehicle and Johnson in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

City of Paris, Industrial Comm. Contract With NaviRetail

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris and the Paris Henry County Industrial Committee have partnered to contract the services of NaviRetail to assist the City and PHCIC in attracting more retail businesses to Paris and Henry County. The cost for the services is $30K, split 50/50 by the City and the Industrial Committee.

NaviRetail was founded to properly educate and equip communities who seek to expand their retail base. 

“The retail recruitment industry is changing at a very fast pace,” said Casey Kidd, President and Founder of NaviRetail. “Processing accurate data is paramount.”

NaviRetail specializes in data-driven recruitment and even pioneered a program that utilizes mobile phone data.

“While we have had some success attracting retail to our community, we believe NaviRetail’s experience in the retail industry will greatly improve our efforts to attract more retail investment to our community,” said David Hamilton, CEO, Paris Henry County Industrial Committee.

“The City and the PHCIC have entered into a one-year deal with NaviRetail, with an option to extend the contract,” said Kim Foster, City Manager for the City of Paris. “Working with NaviRetail, we will identify and collect data on the available retail sites and buildings, identify potential retailers, develop community data and NaviRetail will attend retail trade shows on our behalf.”

NaviRetail has client cities throughout the country. The company offers its communities retail analytics, psychographic analysis, retail gap analysis, premium branding, online presence support and helps bolster local efforts with representation and education.

On January 8th, several local developers and landowners met with representatives from NaviRetail to discuss the Paris market—its challenges and benefits. These developers/landowners were provided information on the process NaviRetail undergoes to identify potential retailers, demographics collected on the community and how they can help the City and PHCIC in attracting new retail investment to Paris and Henry County.

“I am very pleased to see the City and PHCIC proactively working to attract retail to our community and assisting developers and landowners in promoting their sites,” stated Randall Bowden, owner of Landmark Realty.

If you have a potential site for a retail business and want to make it available for development, contact David Hamilton at 731-642-3431.

Reminder: HC Hosts Northeast in District Basketball Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Northeast Wednesday night for District 10-AAA basketball action. This is a make-up game for one missed during the winter weather. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm, followed by the Pats. If you can’t make it to Gamlin Gym listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349.

KSP Releases More Details on Tuesday's Shooting

Benton, Ky.- Kentucky State Police released the following details about this morning’s shooting at Marshall County High School:  

The first shots were fired at 7:57 a.m., and the first 911 call was received at 7:59 a.m.  There was a Marshall County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer on site at the time of the shooting.  The suspect, a 15 year old male student, was taken into custody on site in a non-violent apprehension by the Marshall County Sheriff Department.  The suspect had used a handgun in the shooting.

Twenty people were affected during the shooting, 15 of which suffered gunshot wounds.  Of those suffering gunshot wounds, one died at the scene and one died after being flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center.  In total, five were transported to Vanderbilt, the others to local hospitals.  Victims ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old.  Fourteen victims were male, and six were female.  Of the four remaining victims at Vanderbilt, three are in critical but stable condition and one is in stable condition.

Bailey Nicole Holt, age 15, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner.  Preston Ryan Cope, age 15, was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  

A counseling center will be open at the old Pepsi Bottling Plant at 1531 Highway 641 North, Benton, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning tomorrow.  A family resource center has been set up at the Kentucky Agriculture Extension Office at 1533 Mayfield Highway, Benton. The investigation is being led by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (KSP CIRT), with assistance from local and federal agencies.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police.

PSSD BOE Approves 2018-19 Calendar

PSSD Board members discuss the school calendar for 18-19. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met Tuesday night and approved the system’s 2018-2019 school calendar. Director of Schools Dr. Norma Gerrell said the calendar mimics the county’s calendar as far as major holidays breaks go. The start of school is also the same as the county.

School begins August 3rd with Parent Teacher Conference scheduled September 21st. Fall Break will be October 8-12 and the Christmas break runs from December 19th thru January 2nd with students returning January 3rd. Spring Break for 2019 is set for March 25-29 and students will be out April 19th for Good Friday and April 26th Fish Fry. The Last day of school is set for May 24th, 2019.

Dr. Gerrell said there is no Fair Day scheduled but students who have activities in the fair will get excused for absences. The only difference in the breaks is the PSSD gets out for Christmas break one day earlier than the county.

PSSD Students to Make-up Snow Days Feb. 19th, May 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- During her report, Dr. Gerrell discussed the snow days missed last week and how to go about with making up days. The policy for make ups is not making up the first three days but making up days missed after the first 3. Last week alone, all 5 days were missed because of winter weather.

Dr. Gerrell said President’s Day February 19th is open right now to be used as a make-up day. For the other day, Dr. Gerrell said they could have students come on the day after their current last day for students, meaning students would be in school May 23rd and report card day would be pushed back to Friday May 25th. The board agreed to follow their make-up policy and PSSD will be in session Monday February 19th and Wednesday May 23rd. The board reserves the right to tinker with the policy each year and with the calendar if more days are missed this year.

Dr. Gerrell also told board members she appreciated the hard work they put in each day and recognized this week as National School Board Appreciation week. She also said our maintenance crews did a phenomenal job during last week’s winter weather of keeping parking lots cleared and things running smoothly.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards echoed Dr. Gerrell’s statement concerning the maintenance crew on the work they did including fixing a water main break at Inman last week.

The board also approved some budget amendments for bus monitors on 9 morning routes Tuesday night. The total cost of morning monitors for the rest of this school year is $21,654. The January BEP numbers came in $54K higher and that will help cover insurance costs. PES Principal Chip Gray said it has cut down on referrals of student issues on the buses. Dr. Gerrell said she would give some numbers in a couple of months to show how effective having the bus monitors are.

Weather Has Delayed Rhea Construction Project

Cary Henson discusses the weather issues and the Rhea project.

Paris, Tenn.- Cary Henson and Ben Witt of Henson Construction was on hand Tuesday night at the PSSD board meeting and gave an update on the Rhea Construction Project. Henson said the weather hasn’t been great and we are about 3 weeks behind. He said they still feel like they will get the project done on time barring another week of completely shut down.

The roof should be on in 6-8 weeks on the latest addition and that will allow us to get inside and do work and put in extra time if need be. He said there was questions on the lighting and they will get with the system and BPU if need be to figure out who is installing the lights around the facility.

KSP Releases Names of Students Killed in Marshall Co. Shooting

Benton, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police issued the names of the two fatalities from Tuesday's school shooting at Marshall County High School. Bailey Nichole Holt, age 15, died on the scene and Preston Ryan Cope, age 15 died from injuries sustained from the shooting at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

County, City, 911 Discuss Public Safety Radio Project

County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, and City Manager Kim Foster discuss the radio communication project details in a joint work session. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission, Paris City Commission, and E-911 Board held a joint workshop Tuesday to discuss the County’s public safety two-way radio project that they are undertaking currently. County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, and City Manager Kim Foster spoke briefly and thanked commissioners for coming to the session and discussed the need to work together on finding ways to make sure public safety communication improvements could be reached.

Mayor Greer said this is a long term project and we just want everyone to know where we are and where we are going. Mayor Gerrell said the average citizens may not realize how we can’t communicate with every point in the county with the current radios. City Manager Kim Foster echoed the need for this project and how important it is for our emergency responders to be able to communicate with each other.

EMA Director Ron Watkins discussed public safety communication network issues. He said in 2013 the FCC required narrow banding on all frequencies and it caused a loss of audio and coverage with a weaker signal. Watkins said we’ve done a few projects to help remedy with some of the communication issues, but there is still lot of the areas in the county where we simply can’t communicate with each other and our emergency responders.

Watkins said neighboring counties have invested a lot of money into upgrading their systems as they faced the same issues. He said it is important that all our agencies can talk to each other and share information.

911 Director Mark Archer said they have been researching the different technologies available to help upgrade the current radio system. He said they’ve met with radio experts and vendors. Several entities in the county have come on board with 911 as they see the need in the issues with communication problems such as BPU, Public Works, both the Henry County and Paris Special School Districts, volunteer fire departments, and other agencies.

Archer discussed the funding sources include 911 grant monies of $250K, and using the county and city’s community development block grants. He said we will have around $900K to begin with if the CDBG grants come thru to begin the project. The total projected cost is $1.2 to 1.3M.

Rob Goad, NWTNDD, speaks on the CDBG funding options.

Rob Goad of Northwest Tennessee Development District spoke at the meeting on the CDBG grants of $315K that is eligible for both the County and City and the local match is 13%. Goad said, “this is a great project, and state officials are looking forward to the applications coming.”

Goad said the county would apply for the CDBG first for Phase 1 and then the City would apply for the CDBG in Phase 2. The state will not allow more than one grant per county each year and the City’s eligibility is currently tied up in a project with the BPU Water Treatment Plant. Once the County’s CDBG grant is used, the City will have their eligibility back. The County’s application is due at the end of February and should be announced late this fall. The City would apply in 2019 for the CDBG.  

Mayor Greer said the county would provide for the Sheriff’s Office, assist with EMS, and the bigger challenge is making sure our Volunteer County Fire Departments can communicate. He said, “we have to make sure we can communicate with all our emergency responders.”

Mayor Greer said I’m not concerned from our financial standpoint since we are doing this together. We will do our due diligence and work on this project together.

Foster discussed funding issues saying she had the departments at the city include part of the cost of radios to this year’s budget to begin to prepare. “this is a very important project, there are lots of moving pieces, but we felt it was important for all commissioners to get an idea of where we are currently on the project.”

Mayor Greer said this project could last 3-4 years and we need to realize not everyone will be up immediately with the new system once the first grant money becomes available. He said the good news is by spreading the project out, the cost will be easier on us all.

911 Director Mark Archer discusses different technologies and funding for the radio projects.

Two Confirmed Dead, 19 Injured in School Shooting

Benton, Ky.- Authorities confirm two students, a 15 year old boy, and 15 year old girl were killed at Tuesday's school shooting at Marshall County High School. Governor Matt Bevin said at a press conference Tuesday that the female died at the scene and the male died at a nearby hospital after injuries suffered from the shooting.

19 others have been treated with injuries, 14 from gun shot wounds, 5 others from non-gun shot wounds. The shooter, a 15 year old student is in custody and will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

Air Evac Responds to Marshall Co. School Shooting

Benton, Ky.- Six Air Evac Lifeteam crews responded to transport victims of the Marshall County High School shooting in Benton, Ky. Air Evac crews from Mayfield and Crittenden County, Ky., responded, along with Air Evac Lifeteam crews from Obion Co., Henry Co., and Martin in Tennessee and the Sikeston, Mo., crew.

The crews, each consisting of one pilot, one flight nurse and one flight paramedic, are able to respond to the scene of an emergency or transport patients from one medical facility to another. Five of the six crews have either transported, or are in the process of loading and/or transporting, patients to the closest trauma facility.

Allen Jones, program director for the Mayfield, Ky., Air Evac Lifeteam base, is at the command center in Benton.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy,” Jones said.

BPU Board Hears Updates on Water Plant Project

BPU Board members look over financials. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met Tuesday morning and Tony Brown, director of Water and Waste Water Operations updated the board on the Water Plant project. Brown said, “other than some cosmetic punch list items we are done with phase 1, the 350K gallon clearwell is in operation and we are pumping treated water in.”

Brown said they are also completely done with design drawings for Phase 2 of the project as well and hopes to bid out that in March.

General Manager Terry Wimberley said, “our goal was to move quickly from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and we have, we are now treating water at the old plant and pumping it to the new clearwell, phase 2 will be the building of the plant itself.”

Wimberley also gave the board some updates on other projects including relocation of utility lines on the widening of Hwy. 641 N. as electric poles will soon be moving as water and wastewater lines are being moved now.

Wimberley told board members TVA has secured funding for the Eagle Creek Substation to run transmission lines from Murray and the next phase is to acquire the land. The board has already approved purchase of some land in the Hwy 140 N. area and acquisition of that will come in the next few weeks.

In other business the board approved a pole regulation amendment with TVA that basically says the BPU will follow the regulations TVA gives them in regards to spacing on their poles for telecom companies and such. TVA calculates the rates and regulates what can go on the poles, this amendment just says BPU will follow suit with TVA’s regulations.

The board also approved write-offs for $8,797 which is down from prior years during the same time frame. Average weather and prepay has helped bring the write-offs down.

Wimberley told BPU board members that the end of December marked the half-way point of the fiscal year and the Electric, Water, and Wastewater Departments all were in good, strong, stable condition in regards to financials.

One Dead in Marshall County High School Shooting

Benton, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police and multiple agencies are investigating a shooting at Marshall County High School Tuesday morning. One fatality has been confirmed and others have been reported injured. More details will be released later. The shooter has been placed in police custody.

Cottage Grove VFD Holds Awards Night

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards night at Carmac’s Fish Barn on Monday. Fire Chief John Weiher spoke highly of the volunteers and the time they have devoted over the past year to train as Volunteer Fire Fighters. Blake Stewart was presented fire fighter of the year and Lt. Michael Stewart was recognized as Officer of the year. Assistant Fire Chief Shannon Bomar presented each member with a gift from the Department. 8 new members have joined the department in the last year. Board members, fire fighters, and spouses were treated to dinner prior to the presentation.

Henry Co. Sweeps Springfield in District Action

Springfield, Tenn.- Henry County swept games at Springfield Monday night in District 10-AAA basketball action. The Lady Patriots won 66-37 and Gracie Osbron had 20 points. The Patriots won a thriller 65-64 with Ty Cook scoring 13 points to lead the charge. Henry County’s next game is Wednesday night at home vs. Northeast in make-up game missed earlier this month for winter weather.

Reminder: PSSD BOE Meets at 6:30pm Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education will meet in regular session for January on Tuesday night after being postponed last week because of winter weather. The meeting is at the Central Office on Hwy. 641 S. at 6:30pm. One item on the agenda of interest is the approval of the 2018-19 School calendars and updates on the Rhea Construction process. The meeting is open to the public.

County Comm. Sets Rules for Special Election in February

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the rules of the special election. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for January on Monday night and established the rules of procedure for conducting a special election to fill the vacant seat of County Commission 2nd district. The seat has been vacant since long time Commissioner Bobby Freeman passed away in December.

County Mayor Brent Greer said any citizen who lives in the 2nd district should write a letter expressing their interest to serve and get that letter to the county mayor’s office. At February’s Commission meeting, recommendations to fill the seat can be taken from those interested and from the floor the night of the meeting. Voting will continue until one person receives a majority of 8 votes out of 14 commissioners. The person who fills the seat will keep it until the August election where they will have to run for the position as everyone else.

Commissioners approved a resolution to allow the court to rescind certain delinquent tax sale parcels purchased by the County to which no bidder seems to be interested in and/or where an environmental or economic risks exceed the value of the parcels. County Attorney Rob Whitfeld said by default if there is no bidder on a parcel it is struck off to the county, but these parcels are not in the best interest of the county to own.

By passing the resolution, it allows the court to rescind the parcels in question. One of the parcels is where the old Puryear School building sits and the other has been quarantined by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office due to methamphetamine contamination.

As is customary in January, the County Commission approved several appointments of commissioners to various boards, committees, and positions. Former Commissioner James Travis was appointed to the hospital board to serve as a citizen with a term ending in 2023. Many other appointments were also made.

In housekeeping fashion, the commission also approved a resolution to apply for a litter grant, accepted the road listing for 2018 in Henry County, and approved a resolution to affirm compliance with Federal Title 6.

HCTA Approves Funding for 2019 Crappie USA Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority met on Monday where the board approved funding for several tournaments and events.The board approved to give $35,000 to the Crappie USA Classic Tournament and they will also give $12,500 in funding for the Crappie USA Super Event. The Crappie USA Classic and the Crappie USA Super Event are scheduled to take place in 2019. The board also approved to give $2,000 to Enough Grace Ministries. The Enough Grace Ministries event will be coming up later this Spring.

County, City Comm. to Hold Joint Work Session Tues. for Radio Comm. Project Info

Paris, Tenn.- The County Commission and City Commission will be holding a joint work session at the Emergency Communication Building at 5pm Tuesday to discuss the current public safety two-way radio communications project they are working on. The purpose of the meeting is to bring commissioners up to date with current issues of the radios and possible options for upgrades.

HCSO Warns of Scam Where Someone Claims to be Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- In recent days the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints that someone is calling local residences and describing themselves as deputies of the sheriff’s office.The callers are asking for you to send them money to cover your fines or court cost. The person calling is hard to understand as they have a foreign accent. They will be asking you to send the money out of state or even out of the country.  

When they call your home the phone number to the sheriff’s office, 731-642-1672, is showing up on your caller ID.

This number is being obtained through a computer and is better known as a “spoof call”.  When you spoof a call you can use an application from the computer and call someone and make any number appear. This is done in hopes that you will answer the phone and that you will believe the number calling you is actually that person.  

Sheriff Monte Belew said, we want to get this information out in hopes that no one falls for this scam. We, at the sheriff’s office, will not call you and ask for money for any court fines or cost and we do not have anyone here that speaks with a broken foreign accent.   

Chief Deputy Damon Lowe said, "we are sorry that you are getting these calls, but in today’s world of scams you have to know who you are talking to. The complaints we have had said when they asked the caller who the current sheriff  was, the caller had no idea!"  

Belew said, there are times that someone from our office will need to call you, but each officer here will be able to identify themselves properly. Sheriff Belew reminded everyone to just be aware of who you are speaking with before you give out any personal banking information or credit card information.  

If anyone has any questions or concerns they can feel free to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 and speak with Sheriff Belew or Chief Lowe.

Man Charged With Drug, Illegal Weapon Possession

Paris, Tenn.- A man has been charged with several drug possession charges and being a felon in the possession of a handgun according to a report at the Paris Police Department. Ptl. Amber Roaten charged Arroyo C. Ray, 31, of 514 Foster St., with possession of schedule 6 with intent, simple possession of schedule two and four, and felon in possession of a weapon after finding several drugs and a gun at the residence.

The report stated Ptl. Roaten along with Sgt. Eric Long, and Ptl. Dereck Greenhill went to the residence on a domestic call and could smell marijuana which caused them to do a search. Ray admitted to all the narcotics being his and he was charged and placed on $25K bond.

County Comm. Meets Monday Night at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session Monday evening after being postponed last week because of winter weather. One of the items on the agenda is to establish the rules for the procedure for conducting a special election to fill the office of County Commissioner for the 2nd District. The seat has been vacant since the death of longtime commissioner Bobby Freeman in December. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 5pm.

Henry County Travels to Springfield Mon. for District Hoops

Springfield, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Springfield on Monday evening for District 10-AAA basketball. The game was scheduled for Friday January 19th but was moved because of the winter weather. If you can’t make the drive you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com beginning at 5:30pm.

Several People Arrested for DUI Over the Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Adam Wilson, age 42 of Point Pleasant Road of Buchanan, for DUI, driving on a revoked license, felony evading and reckless driving.

Police received a call about a red sedan going across a bridge on Hwy 79 at a high rate of speed and crossing lines with other traffic. Deputy Scott saw the vehicle and he confirmed with radar that the car was going 121mph. Deputy Scott then turned around to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle.

Deputy Scott followed the vehicle, but it failed to stop and the vehicle then sped through a four way stop on East Antioch where the vehicle almost crashed into another vehicle. Deputy Scott then called off the pursuit due to danger to the public. Deputy Scott continued to travel down East Antioch where he saw the vehicle sitting at the Buchanan Resort intersection. Deputy Scott was eventually able to stop the vehicle on Gracy Drive and when he spoke to the driver identified as Wilson he could smell alcohol coming from his breath. Wilson was then arrested and was placed on $3,500 bond.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Adriana Lopez, age 18 of Reynoldsburg Road of Paris, for DUI. Lopez was placed on $1,500 bond.

Sgt. James also arrested Scott Carroll, age 33 of Hwy 54 of Paris, for DUI. Carroll was placed on $1,500 bond.

Relay for Life Gospel Showcase is Friday, January 26th at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The local Relay for Life Fundraising Team called Elizabeth's Cancer Crushers will be holding their 2nd Annual Relay for Life Gospel Showcase on Friday, January 26th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Join Elizabeth’s Cancer Crushers for great music and fellowship featuring some of our area's best musicians and vocalists including Rhonda Stanton, Young at Heart, Chuck Haney, Joe & Liz Hansen, Mike Holden. Ervin & Andrea Dutton with Marley Trosper and Elizabeth Cronin will also perform.

Elizabeth Cronin is a young cancer survivor from Paris with her own Relay for Life Team called Elizabeth's Cancer Crushers. The team includes family and friends who supported Elizabeth during her battle with cancer. This is the second year for The Gospel Showcase which is organized by Elizabeth's family and friends.

Admission to the show cost $8 per person and children under the age of 12 get in for free.  ​In case of inclement weather,  the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 9th.

So on Friday, January 26th join area gospel artists as they fill the house with heartfelt praises and beautiful music, and all for a wonderful cause.       

Bethel Choir and Bluegrass Band Performing at Fairview Baptist on Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Bethel University Choir and Bluegrass Band will be at the Fairview Baptist Church on Sunday, January 21st at 6pm at the church, which is located at 114 Memorial Drive in Paris. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.

WBFF Birth to 1-Year-Old, 2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Little Princes and Princesses Crowned

Pictured from left to right: 1-year-old Little Prince JoNoah Santana Kendall, 1-year-old Little Princess Ava Lynn Russell, 1st maid Myah Long and 2nd maid Havana Reign McClennan. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Little Princes and Princesses pageants wrapped up Fish Fry pageants on Sunday.

In the girls 1-year-old pageant, Ava Lynn Russell, the daughter of Heather and Antrun Russell of Paris, was crowned the 2018 1-year-old Little Princess; Myah Long, the daughter of Malcolm and Britney Long of Paris, was 1st maid; and Havana Reign McClennan, the daughter of Xzabreionia McClennan and Brent Rodreguiz of Paris, was 2nd maid.

In the boys 1-year-old pageant, JoNoah Santana Kendall, the son of Crystal Kendall of Paris, was crowned the 2018 1-year-old  Little Prince.

Pictured from left to right: 2-year-old Little Prince Easton Sawyer Pillow, 2-year-old Little Princess Faith Madison Tanner, 1st maid Malaya Fayth Johnson and 2nd maid Amelia Morgan Taylor. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 2-year-old pageant, Faith Madison Tanner, the daughter of Tina and Ricky Tanner of Puryear,  was crowned the 2018 2-year-old Little Princess; Malaya Fayth Johnson, the daughter of Madisyn Gorth and Conte Johnson of Paris, was 1st maid; and Amelia Morgan Taylor, the daughter of Josh Taylor and Ashley Taylor, was 2nd maid.

In the boys 2-year-old pageant, Easton Sawyer Pillow, the son of Andy and Amanda Pillow of Paris, was crowned the 2018 2-year-old Little Prince.

Pictured from left to right: 2018 3-year-old Little Princess  Annaliese Hudson. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 3-year-old pageant, Annaliese Hudson, the daughter of Jake and Bri Hudson, was crowned the 2018 3-year-old Little Princess.

WBFF Birth to 6 Months and 7-11 Month Little Princes and Princesses Crowned

Pictured from left to right: 2nd page Carson Workman, 1st page Lucas Riley Wilson, 0-6 month Little Prince Zydon Conte Johnson, 0-6 month Little Princess Khori Darcus, 1st maid Lena Mae Brockwell and 2nd maid Kamora Nored.  (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Little Princes and Princesses pageants wrapped up Fish Fry pageants on Sunday.

In the girls birth to 6 months pageant, Khori Darcus, the daughter of  Charles Darcus of Paris, was crowned the 2018 birth to 6 months Little Princess; Lena Mae Brockwell, the daughter of Allie and Daniel Brockwell of McKenzie, was 1st maid; and Kamora Nored, the daughter of  Page Farmer and Deonte Nored of Paris,was 2nd maid.

In the  boys birth to 6 months pageant, Zydon Conte Johnson, the son of Madisyn Gorth and Conte Johnson of Paris, was crowned the 2018 birth to 6 months Little Prince; Lucas Riley Wilson, the son of Danette and Michael Wilson of Paris, was 1st page; and Carsynn Workman, the son of Lexi Wallace and Chris Workman of Puryear, was 2nd page.

Pictured from left to right: 7-11 month Little Prince Jackson Ray Williams, 7-11 month Little Princess Willow Winstead and 1st maid Londyn Dennis.(Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 7-11 months pageant, Willow Jean Winstead, the daughter of Darian Scheffer of Springville, was crowned the 2018 7-11 months Little Princess; and Londyn Dennis, the daughter of Heather Adkins of Mansfield, was 1st maid.

In the boys 7-11 months pageant, Jackson Ray Williams, the son of Michael and Amy Williams of Paris, was crowned the 2018 7-11 months Little Prince.

Gracie Osbron Crowned as the 2018 WBFF Hostess Princess

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Roezona Godbott, 1st maid Alison Reagor, 2018 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Gracie Osbron, 2nd maid Elizabeth Page Alexander and 4th maid Gracie Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants on Saturday wrapped up as eight women competed in the Hostess Princess pageant and Gracie Osbron, the daughter of Jamie and Shannon Osbron of Paris, was crowned the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess; Alison Reagor, the daughter of Susan and Eddie Reagor of Paris, was 1st maid; Elizabeth Page Alexander, the daughter of Monica and the late Levi Alexander of Springville, was 2nd maid; Roezona Godbott, the daughter of Greg and Valerie Godbott of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Gracie Milam, the daughter of Samantha and Bryant Milam of Buchanan, was 4th maid.

Leann Oliver from Commercial Bank and Trust also awarded Gracie Osbron with a $1,000 scholarship.

Leann Oliver from Commercials Bank and Trust awards Gracie Osbron with a scholarship. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The contestants in the Hostess Princess competed in casual and formal wear while also answering a question which was if you had one wish what would you wish for.

Gracie Osbron finds out that she was crowned the 2018 WBFF Hostess Princess. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Alison Reagor answered that she would wish for a cure to type one diabetes. Roezona Godbott said she would wish for that no one would go starving. Gracie Milam said that she wishes that when she grows up she wishes she would be successful in what she loves. Elizabeth Page Alexander said for diseases like cancer and other diseases to not exist because they take many people’s lives everyday. Gracie Osbron said graduate college, raise a strong family and love the man I would be married to.

All eight contestants in their formal wear for the 2018 WBFF Hostess Princess pageant. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Alison Reagor was sponsored by Joe Mahan Ford, Roezona Godbott was sponsored by Queens of Paris, Gracie Milam was sponsored by Milam Construction and Parsons and Milam Roughstock, Elizabeth Page Alexander was sponsored by Express Tan, Julie Dye was sponsored by Nissan of Paris, Hope Hutson was sponsored by Institutional Case Work Incorporated, Gracie Osbron was sponsored by Pot O’ Gold Bail Bonds, and Terran Jones was sponsored by Cabinet Corner.

The Emcee for all of Saturday’s pageants was Kaylee Clark Houston and the 2018 WBFF General Manager is Lisa Stone. The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants we’re sponsored by the Paris- Henry County Jaycees. The WBFF Tiny Tots pageants will continue on Sunday, January 21st beginning at 1:30pm at KPAC.

2018 WBFF Jr. Queen, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen Crowned

Pictured from left to right: 1st maid Bailey Williams, 2018 Junior Queen Madeline Gottshall and 2nd maid Hailey Wilson. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants continued on Saturday as three girls competed in the 2018 Junior Queen pageant.

Madeline Gottshall, the daughter of Todd and Megan Gottshall of McKenzie, was crowned the 2018 Junior Queen; Bailey Williams, the daughter of Michael and Amy Williams of Paris, was 1st maid; and Hailey Wilson, the daughter of Caleb and Ashley Wilson of Paris, was 2nd maid.

Nine girls competed in the 2018 WBFF Miss Pre-Teen pageant.

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Lily Morris, 1st maid Izzy Heidluf, 2018 Miss Pre-Teen Taylor French, 2nd maid Jayden Wilson and 4th maid Halle Casey. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Taylor Grace French, the daughter of Josh and Julie French of Paris, was crowned the 2018 Miss Pre-Teen; Izzy Heidluf, the daughter of Chris and Alisha Robbins and Rob Heidluf of Paris, was 1st maid; Jayden Wilson, the daughter of Caleb and Ashley Wilson of Paris, was 2nd maid; Lily Morris, the daughter of Brad and Pam Hosford of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Halle Ann Casey, the daughter of Josh and Cecelia Casey of Paris, was 4th maid.

Eleven teens competed in the 2018 WBFF Miss Teen Pageant.

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Bryleigh Hayes, 1st maid Madison Hopkins, 2018 Miss Teen Alyson Bizeau, 2nd maid McKenna Thrower and 4th maid Alyvia Taylor. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Alyson Bizeau, the daughter of Christie Bizeau and Brian and Amanda Bizeau of Paris, was the 2018 Miss Teen; Madison Hopkins, the daughter of Scott and Melissa Hopkins of Buchanan, was 1st maid; McKenna Rylee Thrower, the daughter of Michael and Sherry Thrower of Henry, was 2nd maid; Bryleigh Cate Hayes, the daughter of Chuck and Cheri Hayes of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Alyvia Taylor, the daughter of Jason and Vallena Wyatt of Buchanan, was 4th maid.

2018 WBFF Tiny Tot Princess and Little Miss Crowned

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Aubrey Leigh Brockwell, 1st maid Mia Kate Scott, Miss Tiny Tot Princess Sophia Isabelle Soto, 2nd maid Korey-Lee C. Kendall and 4th maid McKinlee Renee Rayburn. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants kicked off on Saturday as nine girls competed in the Tiny Tots pageant for girls age 4 to 5.

All nine contestants in the Tiny Tots pageant for girls ages 4 to 5. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Sophia Isabelle Soto, the daughter of Jesse and Heather Soto of Puryear, was crowned the 2018 Miss Tiny Tot Princess; Mia Kate Scott, the daughter of Haleigh Clary and Josh Scott of Springville, was 1st maid; Korey-Lee C. Kendall, the daughter of Nikki BoBo and Keenan Kendall of Paris, was 2nd maid; Aubrey Leigh Brockwell, the daughter of Adam and Christian Brockwell of Paris, was 3rd maid; and McKinlee Renee Rayburn, the daughter of Lisa Richardson and Jody Rayburn of Henry, was 4th maid.

Six girls competed in the Little Miss pageant which followed the Tiny Tots pageant for girls ages 4-5.

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Bostyn BoBo, 1st maid McKennon Miles, Little Miss Ella Flint, 2nd maid Ella Huston and 4th maid Macey Powell. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Ella Reese Flint, the daughter of Jordan and Nicole Holland of Paris, was crowned the 2018 Little Miss; McKennon Grace Miles, the daughter of  David Miles and Ashley Brasher of Paris, was 1st maid; Ella Noel Hutson, the daughter of Syd and Mallory Hutson of Puryear, was 2nd maid; Bostyn MaCayle BoBo, the daughter of Nikki BoBo of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Macey Powell, the daughter of James and Amanda Powell of Paris, was 4th maid.

All six contestants who competed in the Little Miss pageant. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Police Arrested Two People on Drug Charges

 Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Investigator Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Rodriguez A. Arnold, age 26 of Paris, and Shirley Neblett, age 39 of Eva, for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm during the course of a felony.

Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for having a tinted license plate cover. When Sgt. Whitaker and Captain Watson spoke to the passenger and driver they could smell marijuana coming from the car.

Officers then conducted a search of the car where they found a bag of marijuana, 5.2 grams of methamphetamine, a marijuana cigarette, pair of digital scales and a loaded .38-caliber Jennings Arms handgun.

Arnold was also charged with driving on a revoked license, failure to appear and criminal trespassing. Arnold was placed $50,000 bond and Neblett was placed on $25,000 bond.

Paris Police Investigator Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker, Captain Watson, Paris Police  Investigator Derrek Colley, Henry County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Jamie Myrick and Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall assisted in the investigation.

Tug Boat Explosion in Calvert City Kills 3 Men and Injures 6 Others

Calvert City, KY.- According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Police Detectives were on the scene of a Friday morning explosion that killed three people and injured several others on the Tennessee River near Calvert City.

At 9:17am on Friday, January 19th, Marshall County Dispatch received a call reporting an explosion on a tug-boat docked on Hollinger Road. The Kentucky State Police and emergency personnel have finished on scene processing at the site of the explosion and the preliminary investigation has shown that the explosion occurred inside a docked tug-boat which was actively being worked on and the explosion resulted in a flash fire and subsequent small fire inside the tug boat.

The preliminary investigation has shown a total of 41 people present on site, but not all of them were on the tug boat at the time of the explosion. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and several others were transported by various medical agencies for injuries they sustained from the explosion, which ranged from non-life threatening to life-threatening.

As a result of the explosion, Timothy L. Wright, age 52, of Calvert City, Kentucky, Jerome A. Smith, age 56, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and Quentin J. Stewart, age 41, of Opelousas, Louisiana, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner.  Autopsies are scheduled for each of the deceased in Louisville on Saturday morning.

Six other people were transported to various hospitals for treatment of injuries from the explosion.  Javier Fuenes, age 21, was transported by ambulance to Marshall County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Wilson Madrid, age 23, was transported by ambulance to Marshall County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  James Lang was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  Tyler Wedington was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Jimmy Lang was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt for treatment of serious injuries.  Billy Counts was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt for treatment of serious injuries.

The property on which the explosion took place is owned by First Marine.  The tug boat on which the explosion took place is owned by Smithland Towing. The workers present on the site of the explosion were from First Marine, Four Rivers Marine Coating, Hutco, and Thermal Control.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Eric Fields. 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.

The Calvert City Fire Department, Gilbertsville Fire Department, East Marshall Fire Department, and Palma-Briensburg Fire Department responded, along with Marshall County Rescue Squad, Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, Marshall County Sheriff Office, Calvert City Police Department, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marshall County Ambulance, Livingston County Ambulance, Murray-Calloway County Ambulance, Mercy Ambulance, Air Evac, and the Kentucky State Police worked the scene.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Will Reopen on Saturday, January 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The W. G. Rhea Public Library will be open Saturday, January 20th from 9am to 5pm. The Library wanted the public to know that parts of the parking lot and sidewalk are still dangerous in spots and the City and Library staff have been trying to make the area safe but the ice is not cooperating.  Please use caution when you visit the library.

Rep. Wirgau Leads Legislative Breakfast Fri. Morning

Rep. Wirgau discusses several topics at Friday's legislative breakfast. (David Jackson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A Legislative breakfast was held Friday at Ann and Dave’s restaurant with guest speakers State Representative Tim Wirgau, 8th District US Representative David Kustoff and state senator John Stephens being given the opportunity to address the group in attendance. 

Congressmen Kustoff could not be in attendance due to current issues being addressed in Washington, but field representative Mary Ann Dunavant did give an update on efforts currently being addressed in congress specifically congressmen Kustoff’s support for a continued budget process.  She also pointed out the Kustoff closed his law office when elected to devote fulltime service to his position.

Dunavant discussed some of Kustoff's work in office.

Senator John Stephens did not attend the session while local state representative Tim Wirgau discussed several issues in his update starting with emphasizing the two years of surplus in the state budget with tax cuts being given on food.  He also noted that the state has not had to borrow money to complete several projects including the renovation of the Cordell Hall building in Nashville to better house the legislative offices and lower the footprint of government in the Nashville area. 

Attention was drawn to local efforts that have been or will be addressed in the near future with construction begun on the 641highway project to increase a corridor of access to Henry County.  That project has begun and will aid in economic growth for Henry and Benton counties.  Another issue that has been addressed is the demolition of Paris Landing State Park and rebuilding of facilities.  Wirgau questioned attendees as to when they had last stayed at the Inn?  Several had said they had and also were asked about their thoughts on the rooms to which all concluded, they were less than desired.  Unfortunately over the years the state has not budgeted funding for upkeep of facilities. 

While addressing the issue of individuals losing their jobs, Representative Wirgau assured individuals that all staff would be offered the opportunity to return once the demolition and reconstruction are complete.  It should be noted that the inn is the only portion of Paris Landing State Park that will be closed.  The marina, golf course, cabin rentals, and picnic, pavilion areas and swimming pool will continue to operate as in the past.

Wirgau also discussed some upcoming issues including that he expects a big push for the use of medical marijuana. A problem is with current federal laws concerning marijuana use.  Even with his conservative background, he has been “surprised by the testemonies of professionals concerning valid treatments for people.” 

Relay Meeting To Be Held Mon. Jan. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The first Relay for Life Team Meeting of 2018 is scheduled for Monday January 22nd at 6:30pm in the Skyvue Room at the Quality Inn. The meeting is open to all teams and team members or anyone who would like to form a team. It’s never too late to start a new team or host a Relay for Life Fundraiser.

This year is the 20th anniversary for Relay for Life in Henry County and organizers are hoping for the best year ever with a large community presence. For more information on how to get involved contact Tracey Beasley at 731-225-1729 and look at the Henry County Relay for Life Facebook page.


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