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Dare Graduation Held Friday

Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson along with Dare Mascot (HCSD Photo)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County DARE program held its awards program Friday at Henry County High School and  had 185 graduate awards. From Harrelson  School was best workbook, Cara Wyrick, best pledge, Denver Williams. Best Essay, Emma Thompson.

From Henry best workbook, Bryanna  Love. Best pledge was Tre’ House. Best Essay, Sebastyan Tharpe. From Lakewood best workbook, Ella Seaton, best pledge, Gavin Farris, and Best essay, Jaydon Conn.

The Top winner in the county was from Chole Wisniewski from Lakewood School.

Joe Smith Sentenced Friday

Paris, Tenn. - Joe Smith, owner of Smith Discount Tire Barn was sentenced Friday for his October 28th conviction of attempted arson.

Judge Donald Parrish ordered that the sentence be served by 1 year in custody at the Henry County Jail, followed by 2 years on the 24th Judicial District Community Corrections Program.


Two Arrested On Drug Charges Thursday Evening

Latasha Carter (HCSO booking photo)

Stephen Fitzgerald (HCSO booking photo)

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Tyrail Jackson initiated a routine traffic stop on Tyson Avenue, for a broken headlight.

When the car came to a stop, a black male fled on foot. The two remaining in the car, identified as Stephen Fitzgerald, age 31 and Latasha Carter, age 25, both of 700 Cooper Street, were charged with possession of a schedule VI drug with intent to sell and/or manufacture.

Patrolman Jackson ordered Fitzgerald and Carter to exit the vehicle. Both denied knowing the identification of the man that fled on foot, that they were just giving him a ride.

Patrolman Jackson requested permission to search the vehicle and was denied. Patrolman Jamie James and his K-9 partner Herrum assisted with the stop and K-9 Herrum alerted positive to the back driver's side of the vehicle.

Sgt. Ean Reed conducted a search of the vehicle and located an open grocery bag with 1.4 grams of marijuana. A brown bag, containing another grocery bag inside contained 227.5 grams of marijuana.

Fitzgerald stated that the marijuana belonged to him and advised invoked his right to an attorney.

The vehicle also contained a Crown Royal bag with three smaller bags inside containing 19.1 grams of marijuana, a grinder, scale and clear baggies used for resale.

Fitzgerald was recently injured in a shooting incident at Crestview Manor Apartments earlier this month.

Both Fitzgerald and Carter were placed on $7500 bond.


HC Hosts Northwest Fri; Makeup Game At Kenwood Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Northwest in District 10-AAA basketball Friday night beginning with the Lady Patriots game at 6pm. Our broadcast starts at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, and you can also listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723.

Henry County will also travel to Kenwood on Saturday for a makeup game that was missed last week because of the snow. The Lady Patriots will tip at 2pm with men’s action to follow and our broadcast begins at 1:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM.

Schedule for This Weekend's Fish Fry Pageants

Paris, Tenn.- After last weekend's snow and rescheduling of the Little Prince and Princess and Hostess Princess pageants, Saturday and Sunday have a full slate of pageants on tap. All pageants will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Council.

Friday night at 6pm will be the practice for the Hostess Princess Pageant. Then the Hostess Princess Pageant itself will begin at 7:30pm on Saturday.

Other pageants for Saturday include: Tiny Tot at 10am, Little Miss at 11am, Jr. Queen at 2pm, Pre-Teen at 4pm, and Miss Teen at 5:30pm.

On Sunday, the Little Prince and Princess Pageant begins at 1:30pm with the birth to six months age group. It will continue with the next age group every half hour.

VITA Site Opens Tues. Feb. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site, or VITA, will open Tuesday February 2nd at Atkins Porter and will be in operation all Tuesdays during February and March. VITA is an IRS free program with Certified Tax Preparers to help citizens fill out their taxes.

Appointments can be made by calling Carole Walsh at 642-4178, and they will not take phone calls on Tuesdays beginning February 2nd. The site will be open Tuesdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Senior citizens and disabled citizens are welcome and efiling and Earned Income Credit can be included in the tax return.

When going to your appointment at VITA be sure and bring the following: proof of identification, social security cards for you, spouse, and dependents, birth dates for you, spouse, and dependents, W-2 and other wage earning forms, a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available, total paid daycare provider and their tax ID number, charity donations and medical bill amounts paid, and any other vital tax information.

PLSP Hosting NW TN Bridal Fair Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park Inn and Convention Center will host the 2016 Northwest Tennessee Bridal Fair, From Paris with Love, this Saturday January 30th from 10am to 5pm.

There will be lots of vendors that will help brides to be plan their wedding and receive discounts on services to use for the wedding. There will be music, a fashion show, and door prizes given away including a chance to win a free Honeymoon. All brides to be in 2016 are admitted for free and their guests are welcome for $5 per person. Paris Landing State Park is offering packages including staying at the hotel during the weekend.

HCHS Baseball Team Chili Supper Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Baseball Booster Club is holding their annual chili supper this Friday night January 29th from 5 to 7pm. The chili supper will be held at Henry County High School during the basketball game with Northwest.

Tickets are $7 and include chili, sandwich, chips, and drink. You can eat in or carry out orders. Tickets can be purchased from any Patriot baseball player or bought at the door. Money raised benefits the Patriot baseball team.

Vital Farms Seeking Area Farmers to Produce Eggs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Alliance and Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee are hosting an informational meeting for area farmers on Thursday February 4th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at Henry County Farm Bureau Office, located at 406 N. Poplar Street and is for farmers who would like to learn more about Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Egg Program.

There will be a presentation by Terry Osborne with Vital Farms and Dennis Yoder, area representatives for Vital Farms will be in attendance. Vital Farms is working to locate 50-100 pasture raised egg farms in Henry and surrounding counties in Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky. Vital Farms produces pasture-raised USDA Certified Organic Eggs under the brands of Vital Farms and Pasture Verde. CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton said, “this is a great opportunity for area farmers to supplement their farm income.” For more information on the meeting call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.

Business on Hwy 79N Broken Into

Paris, Tenn.- A business on Hwy. 79N reported a break in to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in the last few days. The report said Pit Bull Motorcycles had its garage bay door cut on both sides and Styrofoam pushed into the lock to gain entry into the business. They are not sure what if anything is missing at this time.

Hearts and Soles 5K In McKenzie February 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Hearts and Soles 5K Fun Run and walk will be held Saturday February 13th at McKenzie City Park. Registration begins at 8am with the kids 1 mile at 8:30am and the 5K starts at 9am. The first place male and female finishers will receive a pair of Costa Sunglasses. The event will benefit the new Beating Hearts Help Center opening in Carroll County.

School Voucher Program Closer to House Vote

Nashville- An effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is a little closer to reality after passing the state House Finance Committee this week by an 11-10 vote.

Tuesday’s vote marks the furthest the school voucher bill has ever gotten in the House. It has passed the Senate a few times, even late in 2015. The bill is now being debated in the House Calendar and Rules Committee and if it passes that committee would come up for vote in the House. 

The Tennessee Choice Scholarship and Opportunity Act has proponents and opponents that have debated it over the last few years, but that debate has heated up again recently.

Proponents of the bill say will would allow Tennessee students who are poorer and at failing schools a lifeline to a better future. Opponents of the measure may result in loses of funds for public education.

The bill lets parents of children who qualify for free or reduced meals apply for a voucher if their school falls within the state’s bottom 5% of schools. Vouchers will be limited to 5,000 students in year 1 and capped at 20,000 students in the fourth year of the program. Public Schools would lose nearly $17M in per pupil funds the first year alone, as the vouchers amount to $6,628 each.

The bill does have a provision stating if vouchers aren’t used up by students in the state’s bottom 5% of schools, they could be extended to any Tennessee School District that has just one failing school, even if the district as a whole is not failing.

Director of Schools for Henry County School System Dr. Brian Norton said, “School vouchers will allow students to take public funds and earmark them to private schools. In essence, public schools will lose funds that could support the work all public education students need. Some argue it will increase competition and competition will make public schools better. Public schools receive all students and play by different rules than private schools.”

Dr. Norton added, “We can’t compete with private schools and frankly we shouldn’t have to. School is not a business or game, we serve all students and our teachers work extremely hard to serve our kids. The voucher bill is a slap in the face of public school educators.”

Big Sandy School Hosting Blood Drive Friday

Big Sandy, Tenn.-Big Sandy School will host a Blood Drive this Friday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Type O blood is desperately needed but all will be taken and appreciated. For more information call 731-924-2251 to speak to your local blood drive coordinator.  

First MSU College Ring To Be Unveiled

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will be unveiling its first ever official college ring during the Racer basketball game on February 6, where student teams will have a chance to compete for free rings during the first time-out after halftime.

Balfour, a respected manufacturer of class rings, will be the new provider of the official Murray State rings and will offer several designs chosen by a group of MSU students as well as options for personalization of ring material, stone(s), degree, date, inside engraving, etc.

Students and alumni alike will be able to place their ring order on campus in the Curris Center on Friday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All rings ordered at this time, including the rings of the winners of the unveiling event, will be ready in time for the upcoming May commencement and will be presented at a special event during the last week of classes.

College rings are a time-honored tradition at universities everywhere, including at Murray State. They serve to forge a bond with not only fellow classmates and alumni, but with an alma mater. Mark Welch, Director of Alumni Relations, is very enthusiastic about the new official design offering.

“I’m very excited about our new relationship with Balfour. The quality of their rings is an industry standard and these new designs offer both traditional and contemporary choices for students and alumni,” said Welch. “For some reason I never purchased a ring when I graduated from MSU in 1978 and I’m planning to make my order on January 22!”

UTM Students Heading to Superbowl 50

Martin, Tenn.- A group of students from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s sport business program will have the experience of a lifetime Feb. 7 while working hospitality events at Super Bowl 50 in California. Dr. Dexter Davis, assistant professor of sport business, will lead the group. This is Davis’ 11th Super Bowl and the third for UT Martin students. 

Senior students Luke Brittain, of Humboldt; Cayce Wainscott, of Dresden; Twyla Pratt, of Parsons; Rebecca Lund, of Martin; Casey Dowty, of Fulton, Ky.; and Jennifer Dinning, of Joelton, will leave Feb. 2 and return on the ninth after the game. The group will help staff an NFL Experience event at the San Francisco Convention Center in the days leading up to the big game.

At the Super Bowl itself, students will likely work with Davis, who helps manage player appearances at the event. This includes assisting with arrival and departure, coordinating autograph signing venues and escorting players between events.

The UT Martin students will be joined by students from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., and a group from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, among others. Davis is a graduate of Houghton College and has been working with that institution to develop a new data science degree to focus on sport analytics.

Students interested in participating each year are required to submit a cover letter and resume and complete a formal interview with Davis before being selected. Davis treats the process like a job application because he believes involvement with the NFL opens doors only the NFL can open.

Comptroller's Report: Majority of TN High School Students Not Ready for College

Nashville- The Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report on the college readiness of Tennessee students and efforts underway to reduce the need for and improve the effectiveness of postsecondary remediation. 

Both nationally and in Tennessee, large numbers of students who graduate from high school are not adequately prepared or “ready” for postsecondary education. In 2014, based on an OREA analysis of available ACT scores, 75 percent of Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community college freshmen, and 48 percent of TBR university freshmen, did not meet the TBR criteria for college readiness in math, reading, and/or writing. Approximately 28 percent of University of Tennessee freshmen did not meet the criteria set by their campuses for college readiness in math, reading, and/or writing in 2014.

Remediation, also known as developmental education or learning support, generally refers to academic requirements for students assessed as underprepared. Remediation is designed to address students’ weak reading, writing, and/or math skills so they are more academically successful in credit bearing entry-level college courses.

Several current K-12 initiatives focus on reducing the need for remediation by addressing students’ academic weaknesses prior to postsecondary education. Postsecondary reform initiatives are underway to increase the effectiveness of learning support.

Tennessee has shown progress in reducing the percentage of college freshmen assigned to postsecondary remediation. In 2014, 68 percent of community college freshmen in Tennessee were assigned to remediation courses, a decline from 77 percent in 2011. In 2014, 33 percent of TBR university freshmen were assigned to entry-level college courses that included some form of learning support, a decline from 43 percent in 2011.

Continued data development and research are needed for policymakers to track the college readiness of Tennessee students at the secondary and postsecondary levels and to evaluate the impact of recent reform initiatives.

OREA is a division within the Comptroller’s Office that is charged with providing accurate and objective policy research and analysis for the Tennessee General Assembly and the public.

To view the full report online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/OREA/

Reminder: Sulphur Wells Wild Game Supper This Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Sulphur Wells Wild Game Supper that was scheduled for last weekend and was cancelled because of the snow will be this Saturday January 30th. There are several different types of wild game from deer to gator and more. It starts at 6pm and everyone is invited. There will musical entertainment as well. The church is located at 1760 Oak Grove Road in Springville.

Patriots Sweep West Creek

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots swept a pair of games against West Creek Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won 69-10 and the Pats won 48-43. They will be back in action Friday at home against Northwest.

Fire Destroys Trailer on Kirks Trading Post Road

Fire Fighters Jon Crenshaw and Brian Hinson survey the damage to the home Tues. evening. (Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department was dispatched to 215 Kirks Trading Road in reference to a trailer fire around 6pm Tuesday. When units arrived they found heavy smoke and flames visible.

Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles said the owner of the home, Mr. Robert Jarvis was carrying a container of kerosene to refill his kerosene heater and accidently dropped the kerosene. It spilled and came into contact with the heater which ignited causing the fire. Jarvis was able to escape the fire and was taken to Henry County Medical Center for evaluation later. Jarvis did have a dog that perished in the fire.

Paris Landing sent 4 trucks and 16 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. It was deemed a total loss with damage estimates at $20K. The Red Cross was notified.

Feb. 1 Deadline to Register to Vote in March 1 Primary

Paris, Tenn.- Voters in Henry County will go to the polls during what has been dubbed as the SEC Primary on March 1st. Tennessee and several other Southern States will hold primaries on that Tuesday as the 2016 Election season kicks off. Monday February 1st is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming primary. You can register by going to the Election Commission Office during regular business hours.

Voters will be voting in the Presidential Primary along with voting on two local races that are contested. The Henry County Road Supervisor position is up for grabs as long time Road Supervisor Ray Norwood is not seeking re-election for the first time in nearly 30 years. Those running for the position include Richie Chilcutt, Steve Kuykendall, and Brian Solowey.

The other local race is for Henry County Property Tax Assessor in which Incumbent Charles Van Dyke seeks re-election. He is opposed on the ballot by Catherine Herrera.

Early voting for the March 1st primary will begin February 10th and run thru February 23rd. Hours for early voting are 8:30-4:30pm Monday thru Friday and 9am to Noon on Saturdays during the time period.

World Series Champ Hochevar at TVCC Sat. Jan. 30th

Paris, Tenn.- Luke Hochevar, winning pitcher in the final game of the 2015 World Series for the World Champion Kansas City Royals, will speak at Tennessee Valley Community Church this Saturday night, January 30th at 5pm. The first 100 youth, age 18 and under, will receive an autographed baseball and there will be hotdogs, chips, and drinks for all.

Luke, standout at the University of Tennessee and #1 draft pick, will share how his faith has been his mainstay in the good times as well as during his recovery from Tommy Johns surgery and return to the mound. TVCC is located at 2500 East Wood Street and everyone is invited.

Mt. Sinai Rd. Closed Wed. For Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- Mt. Sinai Road will be closed Wednesday January 27th for culvert replacement. Closure will be ¼ mile northeast of Ashby Lane and the road will be back open for late evening traffic.

Henry County Schools In Session Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton said the system will be in session on Wednesday January 27th and buses will run their normal routes.

BPU Board Approves Loan to Eurotranciatura to Purchase Building

BPU board members discuss the RLF at Tuesday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met Tuesday and approved a Revolving Loan Fund to Eurotranciatura In the amount of $300K. The loan will be for 10 years with 2 and a half percent interest rate and a 1/2 percent required servicing fee.

Eurotranciatura has an option to buy their current building thru Tecumseh and are looking at sources like grant money from the state and funding from TVA. They have leased the building the last few years, and purchasing the building shows the company is here to stay.

If TVA doesn't come thru a local bank has told Eurotranciatura they would financially back them. Etheridge said that would move BPU to 2nd Lienholder because the local bank would want to be 1st lienholder. The board approved the RLF contingent on BPU being either a shared first lienholder with TVA or a 2nd lienholder. The money comes from RUS Revolving loan which has no impact on ratepayers with BPU and BPU has loaned out the RUS funds a few times before over the last few years.

Financials Look Healthy for BPU From December

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager John Etheridge went over the financials for December and said the Electric Department was in good shape with cash position about the same as last year. Expenditures are down for the department and revenue less power cost is up which is helping with the department’s bottom line.

In the Water Department, cash is down about $100K but income is very good. Etheridge said cash is down because we are paying on our debt.

Cash is down about $300K in the Wastewater Department but sales are up $20K and expenses are down putting the department in the black.

The board approved restatement of defined benefit pension plan which is required for IRS purposes. There were no changes to the existing plan.

PrePay Having Positive Impact on Bad Debt for BPU

Paris, Tenn.- BPU board members approved writeoffs for the last quarter in the amount of over $10,470. Office manager Beverly Underwood said the write offs for the same time last year was higher. She said numbers show BPU's Prepay option is having a positive impact on bad debt.

Director of Water and Wastewater Terry Wimberley said things continue to progress with work on the Water Treatment plant and Sewer Rehab. He said we are looking into potential grant money that would let us move forward with phase two on the water side. He said conversations continue with the state on rehab with sewer and with funding opportunities for it.

Director of Metering and Engineering Jeff Thompson said the district substation was energized yesterday and they should connect load to it any day. He said they were proud to have no power issues during last Friday's snowstorm. Spending money on clearing right of ways and limbs hanging over power lines has proven to be money well spent.

MCU, DCS Find Narcotics In Paris Home

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit and Department of Children Services did a search at 405 Hudson Avenue and officers recovered two jars that contained marijuana shake, digital scales, and other paraphernalia. The resident, William Earl Wilson, age 29, of the address was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff's Office noticed a vehicle back up to the front door of the Tackle Box on Hwy. 79 and when he went in to check it out, the vehicle pulled off. Dep. Bostwick followed and stopped the vehicle. During a search several baggies were found, some containing various pills, also found was digital scales.

Arrested was Cory Clayton, of Humboldt, for driving on suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule 3 with intent. Also arrested was Daniel Allen Mangels, age 27, of Humboldt, for possession of schedule 3 with intent, drug paraphernalia possession, and resisting arrest.

Puryear Man Charged With Animal Cruelty

Puryear, Tenn.- Dep. Stacey Bostwick responded to a call about a cat being killed and arrived to the scene where the cat's owner explained that James Robert Fields, of 331 North Cherry Street, stabbed her cat multiple times. Dep. Bostwick observed the cat still having a steak knife stuck in it. Dep. Bostwick soon found Fields who had cat hair on his person and was bleeding from what appeared to be cat scratches. He was charged with Animal Cruelty and placed on $15K bond.

FAFSA Meeting Scheduled for Tues. Night Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The FAFSA meeting that was schedule for Tuesday night at Henry County High School has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Thursday February 4th from 4-7pm.

PHCPUD Teams Up to Fight Rate Filing from ANR

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met last week and General Manager Tae Eaton discussed the ANR Pipeline Rate case filing. Eaton told the board last month ANR is seeking an increase in rates for companies such as PHCPUD where they supply Natural Gas.

Eaton said the district along with several other companies affected in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky have joined forces and hired lawyers to help fight the rate filing case. Eaton said ANR is seeking to increase their charge to gas companies whom they serve due to projected costs of over $533M between 2015 and 2017 as they began to upgrade some old equipment and other things.

Eaton said ANR is seeking to recoup costs and that’s where a rate increase could come to companies such as PHCPUD. All the companies that have banded together are sharing cost of the federal lawyers and the district’s portion comes out to just under $7200 per month. Eaton said the process would probably take 2-3 months.

Eaton reported to the board that a warm November and December have caused the district to fall further in the red. Financials show that the district is $667K in the red thru December compared to $548K in the red at the same time last year. He said volume is down because of a pretty warm November and December with very few cold snaps. January however has been colder and Eaton said if the remainder of winter is more normal or colder the district could still get in the black. The warm weather the last couple of months also has the district’s storage capacity up to 85%, normally it is around 70% in January.

PHCPUD currently has 38 service orders on backlog and most of them are in the Mansfield area where the newest main line extension has been finished.

Henry County Hosts West Creek on the Hardwood Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is at home on the hardwood Tuesday night against West Creek for District 10-AAA basketball action. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. Our broadcast will begin 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, just remember standard rates do apply.

Henry County Schools Closed Again Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools for Henry County Dr. Brian Norton said some of the county's backroads remain covered in ice and snow and therefore he was once again cancelling school for Tuesday January 26th. He has traveled the roads and said we'd rather be 100% safe and not have our buses travel down some of the roads that remain covered.

Tuesday is Deadline To Enter This Weekends Pageants

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday is the deadline for entries to be postmarked for the following Fish Fry pageants which will be held this coming weekend: Tiny Tot, ages 4 to 5, Little Miss, ages 6 to 7, Jr. Queen, ages 8 to 9, Miss Preteen, ages 10-12, and Miss Teen Ages 13-15. All contestants must be Henry County residents and be those ages by April 1st of this year.

Since the winter storm postponed last Saturday’s Little Prince and Princess and Hostess Princess Pageant they will also be held this weekend. For more information visit our website or like the Official World’s Biggest Fish Fry Facebook page.

Local Law Enforcement Make Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a Murray man with being a fugitive of justice after a routine traffic stop. The driver, Jesse L. Weatherford, age 40 of Murray, was found to have failure to appear warrants out of Calloway County. Dep. Jenkins arrested him and he was duly charged.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that two smoker cookers, and a boat with an evinrude engine was missing from some property on Blood River Church Road. Police have no suspects at this time.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department charged John Patrick Hancock, age 59, of 795 Joy Street with sexual battery. The charge came after Hancock was bothering a woman at HCMC where he kept asking questions and according to the report forcibly kissed her. Hancock was placed on $30K bond.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department charged Terrell D. Cowan, age 40, of 634 Bolin St. with evading arrest, simple possession of schedule 6, and warrants for theft.

HC Area Row Crop Seminar Will Be Tues. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The 2016 Henry County Area Row Crop Seminar will be held at the Commercial Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Tuesday January 26th beginning at 6pm. Everyone who plans on attending must RSVP the Henry County UT Extension Office at 642-2941.

MSU Rifle Wins at Withrow Invitational

Puryear Native Alathea Sellars Shoots Career High 594

Murray, Ky.- For the second straight season, the second-ranked Murray State rifle team rifle team walked away from its own Withrow Invitational as the winners, this past weekend at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray. The Racers used multiple season and career best performances from several different shooters to post a 4691 and beat No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Memphis, No. 12 Jacksonville State, No. 16 Ole Miss, No. 20 UT Martin, the UT Martin women’s team and UAB. The Racers were able to pick-up the win without the services of sophomore Ivan Roe, who currently leads the team in all three categories on the season, while he is in Germany competing at the Bavarian Airgun Championships.

“I am proud of the effort we showed this weekend all the way around,” said head coach Alan Lolllar. “We performed to our standards and had different people come through in contributing roles. I think it really shows our depth and the value of our preparation, both of which will be key for us down the road.

In Roe’s place, freshman Barbara Schläpfer stepped up to lead the squaded shooters with an 1176 aggregate, after posting a team-high 585 in smallbore and a 591 in air rifle. Despite not being a counted scorer in the match, Ryan Limpus posted career-highs in all three categories including a 584 in smallbore and a 592 in air rifle to tie Schläpfer at 1176.

Senior Tessa Howald matched Schläpfer’s smallbore performance with a season-high 585 to go along with a 589 in air rifle for a total of 1174. The day’s best air rifle score went to freshman Alathea Sellars, who shot a career-high 594, which was paired with a 576 in smallbore to finish at 1170.  Freshman MacKenzie Martin turned in a 582 in smallbore and a 588 in air rifle for an 1170 aggregate score, while Ben Estes used a 575 smallbore and a 589 air rifle to round out the squaded shooters at 1164.

Kaitlyn Wilson posted season-highs across the board on the day with a 576 smallbore and a 588 air rifle to end at 1164, while Keri Marlin matched her career-high in air rifle at 587 to finish with an 1156, after shooting a 569 in smallbore. Robert Broadstreet also had an excellent day at the range with career highs of 584 in smallbore and 1171 in aggregate and a season-high 587 in air rifle. Eric Sloan shot a career-high 574 in smallbore and a 579 in air rifle to finish with a total of 1153, while Hannah Harris shot an 1145 after a 578 in air rifle and a 576 in smallbore.

Murray State will return to action next weekend for its final tune-up before the 2016 OVC Rifle Championships in Murray Feb. 6-7. For next Saturday regular-season finale, the Racers will travel across the Commonwealth to take on third-ranked host Kentucky, as well as No. 9 Memphis.

No School for Henry County Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton has called off school in the Henry County School System for Monday January 25th. He said many of the county's back roads are still slick and buses wouldn't be able to travel them.

Paris Special School district WILL Be in session on Monday, January 25th.

Madrigals Host Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn - The Henry County High School Madrigals will be hosting a fundraiser t Steak N Shake on Mineral Wells Avenue on Monday January 25th from 4-7 pm. A portion of sales will be donated to the Madrigals to help fund a Spring trip to Washington D.C. to participate in a national choral festival. The public is invited to come out and support the Madrigals.

Chocolate Delight on February 9th

Paris, Tenn - Join the Henry County Medical Center Women’s Health Advisory Council  and the Henry County Healthcare  Foundation for en evening of Chocolate Delights  on Feb. 9th  from 5pm to 6:30 pm. Ticket holders will be able to stroll the booths and buy their favorite chocolate delights, Money raised will go to help women in need of a screening mammogram and cant  afford one.

First Annual Butler Bowl at Bethel

McKenzie , Tenn -The Carroll County Humane Society will host the First Annual Butler Bowl at Bethel University on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. It will be held in the old gym, the Gaines Pool Building/Baker Field House.

 This will be brother vs. brother in a battle of puppy antics. Dr. Lee Butler of Huntingdon Animal Clinic and Dr. Walter Butler of Bethel University have allowed us to name the puppy "players" after some of our very favorite people at the clinic and university. The event will not charge an admission, but we hope you make a donation via cchspet.org or at 21822 Highway 22 in McKenzie for your favorite puppy (or person). You can also mail your donation with fav player listed to P.O. Box 384, McKenzie, 38201. The puppy with the most donations by event time will be named our MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). 


Team Lee: Dr. Lee Butler, Dr. Matt Cole, Dr. Hillary Mincher, Dr. Martha Killen, Dylan Crain, Amber Brewer, Krita Alsobrooks and Angie Sanders. Team Walter: Dr. Walter Butler, Dr. Jim Scruton, 
Dean Cindy Mallard, Mrs. Myra Carlock, Mr. Tim Lindsey, Chaplain Anne Hames, Mr. Mitch Brown and Mrs. Amy Thompson. May the best Butler win!! For more info, emailcchstn@gmail.com

Harry Potter Book Night at WG Rhea Library in February

Paris, Tenn - The W G Rhea Library will be hosting Harry Potter Book Night, A Night of Spells Feburary  4th from 5-7 pm. There will be a costume contest as well as wand making and potion making while supplies last.

Also, there will be a special showing of ‘Magic Beyond the Words’ the J.K. Rowling Story. Fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J. K. Rowlings wonderful Novels and have the chance to pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered the unforgettable books.

Registration required by calling 642 -1702

Some Roads Beginning to Clear Thanks to Road Crews and Sunshine

India Road in front of WMUF studios (Jim Valentine photo)

Paris, Tenn - With a full day of sunshine, and road crews hard at work, some of the local streets and roads were beginning to lose their white touch of snow and ice Saturday afternoon. The main highways for the most part are clear, as are the city streets in Paris.

Puryear, Cottage Grove, Buchanan and parts of Henry and Springville still have snow and ice covered roads in areas. Tonight with the temperatures beginning to drop, could possibly cause black ice in spots. The Henry County Sheriff's Department is urging motorists to drive with caution.

USDA Rural Development Programs Make a Big Impact in Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn., - USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode today announced USDA’s 2015 Progress Report that provides an overview of RD’s accomplishments in 2015. 

“USDA Rural Development continues to be an effective partner for economic growth in rural Tennessee,” Goode said.  “Rural Development invested more than $1.2 billion into our rural communities in 2015 and along with our partners, improved the lives of rural Tennesseans.”

The report includes many examples of ways USDA helps finance infrastructure improvements and promotes rural economic development.  Tennessee’s Rural Utilities Program is highlighted with its assistance to help bring water to about 1,300 rural West Tennessee families and businesses.

In rural eastern Henry County, the communities of Springville and Sandy Beach did not have the economic resources to build an expensive public water system to provide safe, reliable water to their residents and businesses.  To find a solution, community members from both towns worked with the State to form a utility district to oversee water service in Springville.  From there, the towns worked with USDA RD and other partners to secure affordable financing.  Their efforts paid off when the public water system began service in February 2015. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted in the report that one of the keys to USDA’s success in rural areas is its partnerships with private lenders, non-profit organizations and community-based groups.  USDA is partnering with rural telecommunications utilities, for example, to bring high-speed broadband to rural communities.

In addition to USDA’s support for rural infrastructure such as broadband, RD helped nearly 150,000 families buy, refinance or repair their homes last year.  Eleven thousand people lived in affordable apartments because of USDA programs to build or provide subsidies for rental housing.

USDA RD’s programs also provide for a wide range of community needs.  More than 21 million rural residents benefitted from USDA support for essential community facilities in 2015.  The agency invested $1.8 billion in services such as schools, hospitals, day care centers, first-responder vehicles and equipment and other needs.

USDA helped more than 12,500 rural businesses through $1.5 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants last year.  Since the start of the Obama Administration in 2009, more than 103,000 rural businesses have received $11 billion in USDA investments to start or expand their operations.

The report also sums up RD investments since 2009.  Under President Obama, USDA RD has helped more than one million rural residents buy homes; have funded nearly 7,000 community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities; have provided loans to 5,100 rural businesses; financed 180,000 miles of new and improved electric transmission and distribution lines; supported 254 broadband projects completed with funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bringing high-speed Internet access to nearly six million rural residents, 17,500 businesses and 1,900 community facilities; and partnered in many other efforts to improve the economic conditions and quality of life for rural Americans.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities.  Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses, and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn - Crystal Mayo of Old McKenzie Highway in Paris was arrested after a routine traffic stop by the Henry County Sheriffs Office. According to the report, Mayo was charged with Possession of Schedule II with Intent, Simple Possession Sch. VI,  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear. Also arrested was the passenger Kenneth O’Daniel of Casey Lane in Paris for Simple Possession.

Credit Card and Identity Theft Reported to Sheriff’s Dept.

Paris, Tenn - A case of identity theft was reported to the Henry County Sheriffs Department after the victim was notified by her financial institution. The report noted that $490.00 was charged to her account via online. The victim was also notified that some person or persons had attempted to take out 4 loans using her information. The case is still under investigation.

Office on Aging To Travel To Lorraine Museum in February

Paris, Tenn - The Henry County Office on Aging is going back on the road again. This time the office is going to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel-Memphis, TN. This is the site on which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was killed on April 4, 1968, a time that changed the lives in America.

The museum has undergone a $27.5 million renovation in 2013 and 2014. The museum’s updated; modern design reminds visitors of its charge to keep pushing civil rights issues forward.

This trip will be our commitment to African American History Month. The cost for this trip will $25.00 for a senior citizen. $26.00 if you are not a senior citizen. A senior citizen is classified as 55 years old and older. Our office has qualified for the group rate for admission to the museum. The admission cost to the museum is $11.00-Senior Citizen and $13.00-Adults. Our office will be paying for ½ of the bus fare.

The date of this trip will be Friday, February 26, 2016.

We are scheduled to leave from the Central Community Building 55 Jones Bend Rd Ext around 7:30AM. We will stop in Brownville, TN for breakfast. Our time to tour the museum is 11:00AM. We will eat lunch/dinner in Memphis, TN after the tour. We will head back to the area once we finish. We should be back later that evening.

If you interested in going with Office on Aging, you can either contact Reginald Caldwell, Director at 731-642-2919 or Barbara Pearson, Senior Center Coordinator at 731-644-3193. The last day for sign-up will be February 20, 2016.

Thank you for all of your support to the Henry County Office on Aging.

JANUARY 2016 WINTER STORM

Nashville, Tenn - Level III – State of Emergency

CURRENT SITUATION

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the entire State as heavy snow continues to fall in West and Middle Tennessee, and approaches East Tennessee. 

The snow arrived earlier than expected in Middle Tennessee which has made for very treacherous driving conditions.   Middle Tennessee counties, especially north of I-40 are reporting snow totals of 6” and higher. 

West Tennessee has seen its snowfall being to taper off with accumulations of 4” and higher. East Tennessee will see a snow rain mix this afternoon before changing to all snow tonight.  Parts of East Tennessee may see blizzard-like conditions, especially in the higher elevations and closer to the Virginia border.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam closed State offices Friday due to the winter weather situation.  A number of county governments, public and private school systems, and universities are also closed.

This is still a very dangerous winter system that has made, and will continue to make, driving on Tennessee roadways treacherous. 

Travel should be avoided or limited, especially as the temperatures drop this afternoon and overnight.

FATALITIES & INJURIES

There are no confirmed reports of fatalities or injuries for this current State of Emergency.  The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed two fatalities during Wednesday’s winter weather of a 19-year-old male in Knox County, and a female of unknown age in Carter County.  Both fatalities were the result of motor vehicle accidents.

POWER OUTAGES

There are reports of around 2,200 people without power in Tennessee.  Davidson County has the highest currently with 1,200 outages reported, followed by Montgomery County with 700 and Shelby County with 300. 

SHELTERS

On Thursday, the American Red Cross placed a number of shelters on standby along Interstates to assist with any stranded motorist needs.  Currently the Red Cross is not reporting any shelter occupants.  Many local governments have also opened shelters and warming centers. Information about county winter weather response or shelter operations should be directed to the specific county Emergency Management Agency. 

RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Nashville is currently operating in 24-hour rotational shifts with personnel from a number of State Agency partners.

TEMA’s Regional Offices in Jackson, Nashville and Knoxville are staffed and engaged in gathering information from counties and working with State Agencies in their regions for situational awareness and response coordination.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Department of Transportation are working to clear wrecks and remove snow and slush from State highways and Interstates. 

The Tennessee Department of Military and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency have personnel and resources on standby to assist with motorist wellness checks, if they are needed.

The Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee State Parks also have staff at the SEOC to help with response coordination.

County assistance requests coming in to the SEOC and Regional Offices have included needs for salt trucks, meals and tree removal, primarily.

PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

AT HOME

  • Be sure you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel for your home.
  • Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • If pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Keep generators away from windows and doors, and out of garages.
  • Do not bring propane gas or charcoal grills indoors, even into a garage, for cooking or heating.
  • If you go outside, watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities) and hypothermia (uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion).
  • Seek warm shelter and medical treatment immediately for frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.
  • Don’t venture outdoors in slippery cold conditions without warm clothing, even for just a minute.  A fall and prolonged exposure to cold can put your life in danger.

 ON THE ROAD

  • Have a winter safety kit in your car with water, food, first aid supplies, blankets, gloves, heavy boots, food, flashlight, extra batteries, and warning lights or flares.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • Call *THP (*847) if you get stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatch location.
  • Call 511 for traffic information from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full in threatening weather.
  • Charge your cell phone before and while travelling.
  • Dress for the weather and not the car ride, keep winter apparel and boots in your vehicle.

STAY INFORMED

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for winter weather watches and warnings.
  • Monitor local radio and television stations for updates on weather and road conditions.
  • Download the ReadyTN smartphone app to get weather, road conditions and emergency preparedness information on your smartphone.

Fish Fry Pageants Scheduled for Saturday Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- For the safety of our contestants, their families, and the community the Paris Henry County Jaycees will be cancelling the Fish Fry Pageants for tomorrow Saturday, January 23rd and rescheduling them for the following weekend.

The Hostess Princess Pageant will be moved to Saturday January 30th at 7:30pm with practice for the Pageant on Friday January 29th at 6pm at KPAC.

The Little Prince and Princess Pageant will be moved to Sunday January 31st with pageants starting at 1:30pm with the Birth to 6months and all other age groups following in 30min increments.

The only pageants previously scheduled for January 30th that will be affected by these changes is the Miss Teen Pageant and it will begin at 5:30pm instead of 6pm. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

If there is anyone in the two pageants that will not be able to participate a refund will be given due to inclement weather if notification is received by Tuesday January 26th to Loria Plunk at 731-225-1897 or Kristian Elliott at 731-676-2992.

Sulphur Well Wild Game Supper Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- Sulphur Well Church of Christ's Wild Game Supper that was scheduled for Saturday January 23rd has been postponed because of the winter weather. It will be held on Saturday January 30th at 6pm.

Winter Storm Blankets Our Area; 8-12 Inches of Snow Possible

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo is advising citizens to stay off the roadways if at all possible on Friday. The Paris Police Department has worked five weather related accidents, one being a TDOT salt truck this morning. Paris Public Works Crews are working to clear the roads but they remain a danger to travel.

Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins said as of 9:30am that up to 5 inches of snow has covered the northern areas of the county, with less towards the southern end of the county. State, County, and Paris Public Works are plowing streets and snow is continued to fall with up to 8 to 12 inches possible before it ends.

As of this morning there have been no power outages reported by the BPU, and some minor accidents have occurred. The Henry County Sheriff's Office will be available for welfare checks of the elderly and special needs citizens if needed, just call 642-1672.

Closures In Paris Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- The following is a list of busineses that have let WMUF/WLZK know they will be closed today: Commercial Bank, all branches, with customer service available at 731-641-9440 and Net Teller at www.cbtc.net.com; Eagle Creek Clinic, Paris Women's Center, The Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation, Transistions Health, Signature OB/GYN, Kentucky Lake Urologic, Henry County Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, and TN Highlands OB/GYN.

Carroll Bank and Trust will close their main office at 10am Friday morning. Service Rentals will close at 3pm.

For continuing closures and cancellations check back on our website and the WMUF/WLZK Facebook page.

Incentives to Expand Medicare Could be Coming

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday evening and CEO and Administrator Tom Gee explained that President Obama is indicating incentives to expand Medicaid may be extended for those states that have not yet done so. Gee said that means additional time at full coverage by the Federal Government may be extended to Tennessee. He added that should put additional pressure on the legislature to expand TennCare which is not expected to happen until after the presidential election.

Gee reported that work is continuing on the conversion of 3 West into a gero-psych unit. The project should be complete in early March as they hope to replace carpeting and paint on the 4th floor prior to opening both units. Gee said they are continuing to recruit a psychiatrist and had a visit with a candidate and had a visit with a candidate out of Murray this past week.

Gee told the board they have a current contract with NorthStar Anesthesia out of Dallas and due to the recruitment of additional surgeons, the medical center needs to expand the number of room starts for the surgery and surgery center from 7 per day to 9 per day beginning later in the spring as physicians continue to grow their volume. NorthStar has given HCMC a cost to do this which would entail a significant subsidy and income guarantee.

As a result, they have triggered the 180 day contract cancellation clause in order to solicit pricing from other anesthesia providers. Gee said the hospital is extremely pleased with the quality of the current anesthesia staff and will work to keep all of these staff regardless of the outcome of the negotiation. Options include stay with NorthStar, change to another company, and employ and operate its own service.

The Medical Center Board of Trustee's also voted to hire Shon Johnson as the board's attorney. They had interest from King and Thompson out of Huntingdon, and County Attorney Rob Whitfield. Gee said they wanted to go with someone local and with Whitfield also county attorney they thought Johnson was the choice to go with.

Winter Storms Prompts Closures at LBL

Paris, Tenn.- The Golden Pond Visitor Center and Planetarium and the Elk & Bison Prairie will be closed Friday - Sunday, January 22 - 24, due to Winter Storm Jonas predicted for tonight and tomorrow. This is to ensure safety of our visitors and staff. We will evaluate conditions on Monday, January 25, to re-open these attractions.

The National Weather Service is predicting extremely hazardous driving conditions. Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway runs north to south through Land Between The Lakes, and is not treated following snow and ice events. For your safety, and the safety of others, motorists should avoid unnecessary travel through the area during and following this winter storm.

Updates will be posted on the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us. You may also call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

 

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