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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Alleged Threats to HCHS Unfounded

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Principal  Dr. Michele Webb issued a statement via email to parents and stakeholders of HCHS students on rumors of HCHS being on lockdown this morning.

Dr. Webb said in her statement: "Late last evening, it was brought to my attention by the Henry County Sheriff's Department that they were investigating a concern brought to them about a potential threat at HCHS. After an investigations that occurred throughout the night, it was determined that the threat was NOT toward the high school or any other school in our system. Every threat is taken seriously and we allow law enforcement to do their work and provide guidance.  We did have an extra officer on campus this morning, which we will do from time to time.

It is our understanding that social media this morning is reporting that HCHS is on lock down and that there is an active concern of safety. Neither of those reports are true. We have started our day off like normal and students are in classes learning. 

If you ever have a concern, please do not hesitate to call us or local law enforcement directly to check. We also appreciate your help in not ensuing panic through social media. Please do not post or repost something that would do so, Instead, please call us. 

Your children's safety is of our utmost concern. In the coming days, we will be making a few changes to safety procedures, such as morning entry into the building. We will communicate this information to you and your students. 

Again, please never hesitate to let us know of concerns."

2018 HCHS Tennis Team

Paris, Tenn.- This is the 2018 HCHS Varsity Tennis Team.  Pictured left to right (front row) Samantha Hopwood, Meridith Roberson, Josie Hudson, Skylar Butlar, Alison Reagor, Isabel Harrison, Sarah Luna, Tori Starks, Lexi Daniels, Winnie Jones, Meg Gardner, Annalise Williams, Skylar Baker, Aaliyah Phillips;  (middle row) Leah Sutton, Angel Taconi, Ivy Wang, Layla Richardson, Sarah Thorton, Claire Burns, Taylor Berry, Amiya Byars, Morgan Phillips, Anna Minor, Kate Hughes, Avery Wood, Hannah Thorton ( back row) Lance Adams, William Wang, Brison Wimberley, John Wayne, James Weatherly, Clay Durham, Holden Beauregard, Seth Bucy, Garrett Burns, Michael Flowers, Reece Hassell, Braydon Hutson, Justin Byers and Jaden Wimberley. (Not pictured is Anna Divito)

No Quorum at CG Meeting Thursday Night

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- After rescheduling its legislative meeting from Tuesday to Thursday the Cottage Grove Council didn't have a quorum on Thursday night so the meeting was cancelled.

Listen To Your Heart Health Fair Set for Tues. Feb. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a “Listen to Your Heart” community health fair on Tuesday February 20th at the Bethel University-Paris Campus Atrium. The health fair will run from 3-6pm.

There will be screenings, booths, and activities including blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, body mass index, lipid panel cholesterol, stroke assessment, sleep assessment, heart healthy food, and much more. Several different departments of the medical center will be represented with information on each. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Find Line at 644-3463.

Rison St. To Close Tuesday for 641 Widening

Paris, Tenn.- In conjunction with the Hwy 641 widening project and utility work, Rison Street will be closed to thru traffic from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The closure will affect Rison Street from Highway 69 to Poplar Street. Please adjust your routes this day and use caution when navigating this area, particularly the intersection of Hwy 641 and Rison Street. In the case of inclement weather, construction may be delayed and an alternate date will be determined and announced.

UTM Test Flight Academic Preview Day Feb. 19th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host Test Flight Academic Preview Day beginning at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 19. High school juniors and seniors are invited to tour the campus, meet with faculty members and students in areas of interest and experience college life inside the classroom.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium with an official welcome following at 9. An administrative fair featuring representatives from the offices of undergraduate admissions, financial aid and scholarships, housing and dining services will be open during the registration period.

Students will be introduced to the various academic departments at 9:30 and can attend a college course later in the morning. From 10 a.m.-noon, participating students will visit classrooms, meet with faculty in their chosen departments or attend a question-and-answer discussion panel.

Guests can have lunch at noon with members of the chosen department, and students will return at 1 p.m. to tour the rest of the UT Martin campus.

There is no charge to attend either event, but pre-registration is required. Visit utm.edu/testflight to register online, or contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 for more information.

Patriots Start Play Friday Night in District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots will begin play in the District 10-AAA tournament Friday night at Rossview at 6pm. A win puts Henry County in the semi-finals on Saturday at Northeast High School, a loss ends the season. If you can’t make it to Clarksville for the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates will apply.

Lady Pats Defeat Northwest, Advance to Semi-finals

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated Northwest at home on Thursday night 73-32 in the first round of the District 10-AAA basketball tournament. Keli Chipman had 16 points in the victory. Henry County now moves into the semi-finals and will play at Northeast High School in Clarksville at 2pm Saturday afternoon.

Tractor Supply Stores Hosting FFA Fundraiser Feb. 16-25

Paris, Tenn.- This month, Tractor Supply Company stores in TN will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in their community.

Coinciding with National FFA Week (Feb. 17-24), Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at checkout Feb. 16-25 while shopping in-store, online at www.tractorsupply.com or by calling Customer Solutions at (877) 718-6750. Donations will fund the national Grants for Growing program, supporting FFA chapters in TN that are making a difference in their communities through unique and sustainable agricultural projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. 

“Through the generosity and assistance of our customers and team members, we are honored to support local FFA chapters across the country through our Grants for Growing program,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “This initiative not only allows us to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders, but also the future of agricultural education.”

Since its start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization. The initiative has funded a total of 692 grants supporting projects involving more than 69,000 students. 

Notable 2017 grant recipients include the Hart County FFA growing and tending to a hydroponic vegetable garden and the creation of an “Agriculture Day” by the King City FFA. During this day, sixth graders were given the opportunity to learn more about technology in agriculture, inspiring the next generation of our country’s leaders to pursue their interests in all things agriculture. 

Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted applications detailing how they will start or expand on a project that will benefit their communities as well as both current and future FFA students. Funds have been requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs. 

Grants, awarded to winning FFA chapter initiatives in the spring, have a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $5,000. All donations remain within the state in which they were raised. 

For more details about the program, visit www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing

UTM Sees Increase in Spring Enrollment

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin has seen its first increase in spring semester enrollment since 2011. Total university headcount for the spring 2018 semester is up 1.6 percent as compared to the spring 2017 semester.

UT Martin has specifically seen increases in the number of transfer (10.4 percent increase), first-time freshmen (7.7 percent) and dual/concurrent enrollment students (25.9 percent) as compared to last spring.

“Our admissions and recruiting teams have been working very hard, and we are pleased to see this increase in our spring semester enrollment,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor. “It is no secret that overall enrollment has been trending down in recent years, but this bump, along with our record-setting freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and large first-time freshman class, proves we are heading in the right direction once again.”

This news comes on the heels of a study that places UT Martin sixth in the state in LendEDU’s third-annual College Risk-Reward Indicator. LendEDU, a student loan comparison service, evaluates the average student loan debt per borrower as compared to the average early career pay for university graduates to determine institution standing. Average early career pay can also be defined as the median salary for alumni with fewer than five years of work experience.

The top-ranked school in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.

Church of the Living God Selling Chicken Wing Dinners Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God, Temple #347, located at 116 S. Porter St. in Paris, will be selling chicken wing dinners this Saturday February 17th. Dinners will include Chicken Wings, baked beans, coleslaw, French fries, celery and carrot sticks, pickles, rolls, and drink. Cost is $7 for a 6-wing plate and $9 for a 10-wing plate. The Church will sell the Wing Dinners from 10am to 3pm or while supplies last.

Reminder: Mobile Job Center In Paris Thurs. 10 to 2

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development mobile American Job Center or MAJC will be on location at Dana, Inc., at 100 Plumley Drive on Thursday February 15th from 10am to 2pm.

MAJC staff will be on-site helping job seekers complete online applications, resumes, and register or update their information on www.Jobs4TN.gov. That is Tennessee’s online workforce development website that currently has more than 100K job openings.

The event is free and open to anyone looking for employment, who might be under-employed, or who is interested in changing careers.

The Mobile American Job Center is Tennessee’s one-stop career station, conveniently delivering workforce services across the state. The resources extends the Department of Labor’s reach into communities that do not have access to an American Job Center and brings helpful services to events in the state’s larger cities. The MAJC is one way the state is working to create the nation’s number one workforce by assisting both job-seekers and employers.

City of Paris Announces President's Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the upcoming President’s Day Holiday on Monday February 19th. City Hall will be closed with all emergency services on regular schedule. The Public Works Department will be closed with all of Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes ran on Tuesday February 20th. Be sure and have trash out by 7am Tuesday. The Landfill and Animal Shelter will also be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.

PSSD In Session for President's Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District will be in session on Monday February 19th. Originally the system was to be closed for the President’s Day Holiday but after missing several days for snow in mid-January, the board decided to use President’s Day as a make-up for one of those days missed. The Henry County School System will still be closed for President’s Day.

Lady Pats Start District Tourney at Home Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots will begin play in the District 10-AAA tournament Thursday night at home at 6pm. The Lady Pats will host Northwest in a win or go home affair. A win puts Henry County in the semi-finals on Saturday at Northeast High School, a loss ends the season. If you can’t make it to Gamlin Gym for the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates will apply.

HCSO Offering Reward For Info on JB's Break-in

Paris,Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect who broke into JB’s Express Mart this past weekend. The suspect in the photo is wearing some sort of camouflage clothing with gloves and a hat/mask. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the crime tips line at 731-642-0929.

Caleb Orr Receives Bethel Univ. Shooting Sports Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County senior Caleb Orr signed with Bethel Univeristy on Wednesday after receiving a scholarship to join the shooting sports program. Pictured are front row L to R: Scarlet Orr, Caleb, Jamie Orr. Back row L to R: Drew Williams, Bill Neese, Bub Edwards, Hansel McCadams, and Sarah Cate Orr. (Tim Farr photo)

Paris Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department is asking the public's help to identify two theft suspects. A male and female walked out of Lowe's on January 19th without paying for merchandise. Anyone with information on the suspects should call Inv. Colley at 641-1412. (PPD Photos)

TN Dept of Health Offering Free Flu Vaccine Clinic on Friday

Nashville- Get a flu shot! The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible, as seasonal influenza remains widespread across the state. Tennessee county health departments are providing flu vaccine at no charge to patients while supplies last and are holding special “Flu Shot Friday” clinics from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time Feb. 16 in all locations to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.

"We are having these clinics to emphasize it’s not too late to get vaccinated because we expect a lot more weeks of seasonal flu that we all know has already been intense. Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and deadly illness,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Yes, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick but above all get vaccinated. It can help you and those around you stay healthy and if you do get sick, it just might save your life.”

All Tennessee county health departments are holding Flu Shot Friday clinics Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This includes all rural county health departments and health department clinics in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Jackson-Madison County, Knoxville-Knox County, Nashville-Davidson County, Memphis-Shelby County and Sullivan County. No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot during this event. Find a map of local health department locations and contact information online at www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.

TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. Unfortunately, flu vaccines don’t work as well against H3N2 viruses, which means some people who get vaccinated may still get sick; however, flu vaccination helps make illness milder for those who do get sick. Flu vaccines also work better against H1N1 and influenza B viruses, which are also circulating in Tennessee right now.

Most people with the flu will have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. However, groups including infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of getting severe complications from the flu. Anyone who believes he or she may have the flu should contact a health care provider and should begin antiviral medications if recommended by the provider as soon as possible.

Flu virus is highly contagious, so it’s important for people who are sick to stay home and make every effort to avoid contact with others for at least 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved to help prevent further spread of the illness. This includes staying away from work, school and other public places while ill.

Follow these additional tips to protect your family and others from the flu:
• Use "respiratory etiquette” by coughing into your elbow or a tissue instead of your hands
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub
• Routine cleaning and disinfection in the home and workplace are important to reduce flu risks

Learn more about preventing seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm.

Man Nabbed on Warrants Behind Restaurant

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Amber Roaten received word that  Michael Reinhard, 28, of 1051 Campbell St., was out behind Ann and Dave's Restaurant in the IGA shopping center. Ptl. Roaten confirmed with the Sheriff's Office that Reinhard was wanted on violation of community supervision warrants and found him and arrested him.

2018 4-H County Public Speaking Winners

Paris, Tenn.- 2018 4-H County Public Speaking Contest was held Monday evening. 4th grade winners were Finley Homesley, Alternate was Hope Tusa. Finalists included Sloane Russell, Bryson Whitaker, Logan Barnhart, and Dallas Bomar.

5th Grade: Winner was Briley Anne Medlin and alternate was Claire Collins. Finalists included: Anna Grace Parker, Jack Todd, Dylan Farris, Kolby England.

6th Grade: Winner was Drace Clark and alternate Gavin Perkins. 7th grade winner Ella Seaton and alternate Paul Tusa. 8th grade winner was Kelly Enix.

B.A.S.S. Signs 3-year Deal with HCTA To Host High School National Championship

Birmingham, Ala.- B.A.S.S. announced in a press release Tuesday they signed a 3-year contract with the Henry County Tourism Authority, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, and Bethel University to host the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods to be held on Kentucky Lake.

The national championship will be held August 2-4 on Kentucky Lake. Four regional High School Opens will qualify student anglers for the national championshps over the spring and early summer. The high school championship’s full field will compete on the first two days, then the field’s top 10 will compete the final day.

Daily launches and the first two days’ weigh-ins will be at Paris Landing State Park with the final day of weigh-ins being held in downtown Paris. CEO of the HCTA David Hamilton said, “Henry County is excited to once again host the national championship out of Paris Landing on beautiful Kentucky Lake.”

In addition, the Jr. Bassmaster Championship will be held July 31st and August 1st on Carroll County’s 1000-acre recreational lake in Huntingdon. This event will host students ages 7-13.

Both the High School and Jr. National Championships will kickoff with an official welcome party for all contenders hosted by Bethel University on July 30th.

Few Seats Remain for Office on Aging Feb. Trip

Paris, Tenn.- Only a few seats remain for the Henry County Office on Aging trip to the Alex Haley Museum in Henning, Tennessee on February 23rd. Alex Haley was best known for his books depicting the struggles of African Americans.

Haley was raised in Henning and the struggles that Haley portrays developed into one of the most successful books and TV series, “Roots”, still one of the most watched television series of all time.

The plan is to leave from the Office on Aging at Central School at 8am on Friday February 23rd and should arrive at the museum around 11am. The tour will last two hours. Once the tour is over, the group will eat and visit the area and then head home. Cost of the trip is $25 per person, which includes bus ride and admission to the museum.

The last day to sign up is Tuesday February 20th, but only a few spots remain so don’t wait until the last minute. Call 642-2919 or 644-3193 to sign up. The trip is in conjunction with Black History Month.

Paint Your Own Wooden Fan for Chinese New Year at Library

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library says come celebrate Chinese New Year by painting your own wooden fan. The event is free from 6-7pm on Thursday February 15th. Call the Library to register at 642-1702 as space is limited.

Valentine's Day Winner Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Vicky Douglas was the winner of the WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and Blues Landing. She wins a gift certificate to Blue's Landing. (Nicki Cronkright photo)

Woman Arrested After Pursuit, Hiding in Creek

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol and observed a Durango that had registration tags to a black Pontiac. According to the report, Cpl. Jenkins initiated a traffic stop and pulled the vehicle over on Hidden Acres. As Cpl. Jenkins walked up to the vehicle, the driver floored it and sped off, Cpl. Jenkins immediately began pursuit. The pursuit continued on Muzzell Road, back to Hwy. 79 and then while attempting to do a U-turn the vehicle ran into a ditch.

The driver got out and ran into the woods along the highway. After 20 minutes of searching Dep. Kyle Waldron and Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department found the suspect, Jessie D. Hall, age 29, of Howells Resort, hiding under water in a creek. She was arrested and taken to the medical center because of the cold temperatures and cold water and was treated and released. Hall was charged with felony evading, felony reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed on $7500 bond.

Fort Henry Rd. Closed at LBL Due to Bridge Damage

LBL,Ky./Tenn.- Access is temporarily disrupted to Land Between the Lakes campgrounds northwest of Dover while state Department of Transportation crews assess bridge damage.

Fort Henry Road is now closed approximately three-tenths of a mile west of Woodlands Trace Scenic Byway. Piney Campground is seasonally closed but visitors can use U.S. Highway 79 as an alternate route around the hazard. 
Land Between the Lakes is working with Tennessee Department of Transportation crews to inspect and assess the damage. 

Paris Danger 08 Holding Gun Raffle Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Danger 08 girls soccer is having another gun raffle. The gun is a Thompson center compass 308 valued at $400. Tickets are $10 each and only 200 tickets will be sold for the gun. The live drawing will be March 1st. Donations are also being accepted. See any team member for more information or call Mandy Hamlin at 336-6530. Checks can be made out to Paris Danger 08.

Driver Suffers Minor Injuries When Semi Overturns in Ditch

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department and Henry County EMS were dispatched to Rogers Road Monday afternoon where a semi-truck was overturned in a ditch just off Hwy 140. The Tanker truck was owned by Tosh Farms and the driver was transported to Henry County Medical Center with minor injuries.

Tosh personnel came to the scene to transfer the contents out of the truck before it was attempted to be turned back over. Two heavy wreckers from Union City were brought in to lift and tow the semi from the ditch. Paris Landing Fire Units were on scene for four hours due to fuel leaking from the semi. (Reggie Coles photos)

Prisoner Medical Care Wreaking Havoc on Budgets

Budget Committee members look over transfers Mon. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session Monday night and approved budget transfers in the General Fund for the Sheriff’s Office to pay for medical and dental services for prisoners at the jail. The Medical and Dental Services line item was increased by $12K while reducing the line items in tires, postage, and supplies and that money was “enough to do us a little while, but more than likely wouldn’t get us thru the end of the fiscal year,” according to Sheriff’s Office Budget Director Amy Davis.

Davis said prisoners lose insurance once they are incarcerated and lose social security as well, but that does come in as reimbursement to the Sheriff’s Office. Davis said most of the charges are minor but some surgeries, etc. get expensive and one certain issue with a state prisoner could cost around $100K if the State doesn’t pay.

In the Drug Fund, the budget committee approved adding $4K in Government Contracts as drug proceed money is split with the Paris Police Department. Also $2K was moved to gasoline for the vehicle used by Sgt. Myrick as it was bought with Drug Fund proceeds.

Several transfers were approved for the General Purpose School Fund as Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton went over the list of items that needed adjustments. Transfers included accepting a U-Trust mini grant, moving money around for salary and insurance adjustments which began in January, and overtime pay for a LEAP grant.

The Budget Committee also approved transfers in the Capital Projects Fund in the amount of $13K to replace butterfly valves on the AvGas fuel system at the Henry County Airport. County Mayor Brent Greer said this was an unexpected expense but one that had to be taken care of.

Also in the capital projects fund, $7K was used in the building improvements line item to complete the last part of roof repair at Central School. Mayor Greer said “we were fortunate to be able to spread that project out and get the entire roof replaced over a few budget years. Central School continues to be one of the county’s most utilized buildings on a daily basis.”

Red Top Hill Rd. Moved to Top of Improve Act List

Road Board holds their Feb. meeting Mon. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt informed the board that the bridge repair on Red Top Hill Road has been moved up to the top on the Improve Act list and work to repair and replace would begin soon.

The Improve Act is part of the gas tax hike passed by the State Legislature that went into effect this current fiscal year. Chilcutt said “Henry County has ten bridges on the Improve Act list and that are all scheduled to be rebuilt/repaired within ten years, but we are really glad the Red Top Hill Road bridge has been moved up on the list.”

Chilcutt told the board the heavy snow and ice event in mid-January did a number on the overtime for the crews and they put in many extra hours during that event. Also it has done a number on the roads as several potholes have already appeared and they expect more and more to pop up as more traffic runs over the weakened areas. Chilcutt said we are getting to them as soon as we can.

Bid openings will be held the next three Thursdays at the offices including state aid bridge work on Terrapin Road bids this week, bidding for a tractor next week, and bid openings on state aid paving on March 1st.

Osbron Wins District MVP; Curd Wins Coach of the Year

Clarksville, Tenn.- At the District 10-AAA meetings Monday after the seedings and tournament pairings were discussed regular season honors were handed out. Lady Patriot Gracie Osbron was named as District Most Valuable Player. Kelli Chipman, Emily Gilstrap, and Caroline Singleton earned all-district team honors. Lady Pats Head Coach Cliff Curd was named as District 10-AAA coach of the year.

For the Patriots, James King was named to the all-district team.

Traffic Stop Leads to Revoked DL Charge

Paris,Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Dalton Watson arrested Chris Puckett, 43, of Skyview St., for violation of the light law, and driving on revoked license. The arrest came after observing a brake light not working and dispatch revealing Puckett was driving on revoked.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office a storage shed on Old McKenzie Highway was entered and 7 gallons of gas was stolen. It also appeared someone had started a fire inside the shed with some blocks of wood. Investigation is continuing.  

Spaghetti Benefit for Greg Lassiter Fri; Pre-order Deadline Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a spaghetti benefit dinner for Greg Lassiter on Friday February 16th at First United Methodist Church. The cost is $8 per plate and it will be dine in or carryout from 11am to 2pm for lunch and carry out only for supper from 4-7pm. Pre-orders are appreciated by Noon on Wednesday February 14th. Delivery will be available for pre-orders of 10 or more. To pre-order call Johnna at 731-695-1223 or Karla at 336-9933. Money raised will help with medical expenses.

Lady Pats Earn #1 Seed for Upcoming District Tournament

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s pairings are set for the District 10-AAA basketball tournament. The Lady Patriots earned the #1 seed after finishing the season in a three way tie for first and winning the coin toss. They will start the District Tournament at home Thursday night at 6pm against the winner of the 8 vs. 9 matchup between Northwest and West Creek.

The Patriots earned the #7 seed and will travel to #2 seed Rossview at 6pm Friday night. The first round of the tournament is win or go home, meaning a loss ends the season, a win puts the teams in Saturday’s semi-final round. The remainder of the District Tournament will be played at Northeast. All games will be broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, and via your phone by calling 563-999-3349.

HCHD To Close Springhill Road Wed. Feb. 14th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Springhill Road on Wednesday February 14th for culvert replacement, weather permitting. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile south of Old McKenzie Highway.

Eiffel Tower to Be Lit Red for Valentines Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Eiffel Tower will be lit red on Wednesday February 14th for Valentines Day. Swing by with your date, spouse, or sweetheart for a photo opportunity and then share it on social media using the #EiffelTowerParisTn #ValentinesDayParisTn.

Pinewood Derby Put on By Boy Scout Troop 28

Paris, Tenn.- The Boy Scouts of America Troop 28, sponsored by First United Methodist Church, put on a pinewood derby over the weekend. 24 youngsters between 7 and 12 years of age competed in the event.

Race winners were 1st William Tipton, 2nd Tyler Willis, and tie for 3rd Logan Crawford and Luke Boyd. Design and Creativity winners were Best of Show: 1. Fletcher Mooney 2nd Kaiden Miller 3rd William Tipton. (David Jackson photos)

Winders Competes in Michigan Meet

Allendale, Mich.- Former Henry County track standout and current sophomore at University of Southern Indiana Javan Winders competed in the Grand Valley State University Big Meet Invite Indoor Track and Field event Friday. In the men's mile, Javan missed a NCAA DII Nationals provisional time by 3 tenths of a second with a time of 4:11.98. He finished 6th in the heat and 17th overall. There were 55 runners in the 4 heats.

On Saturday, Javan ran the 1200 meter leg on the Distance Medley Relay helping the team place 6th.

Skills USA Students Compete in Regionals

Paris, Tenn.- On February 8th, Henry County High school criminal justice students; Kaylee Marr, Dylan McDonald, Courtney Bowden and Brooklyn Coleman competed in the SkillsUSA mid-west regional competition at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Paris. 

The contests in which the students participated were Crime Scene investigations and Criminal Justice. During the Crime Scene investigation event a 3 member team of students were required to process a mock crime scene and properly collect the evidence. The criminal justice event required a single student to answer a call and handle that call as a patrol officer would in real world circumstances.  

Several West Tennessee high schools participated in the competitions with the top 3 schools in each event qualifying to move on to compete in the Tennessee State  Leadership and Skills Conference taking place in Chattanooga, TN in March. Henry County was one of the top schools in each category and will be moving on to the State level.  Congratulations to these students on their hard work and dedication!! Good luck at State!

Large Crowd Attends Church Safety Meeting

Huge crowd showed up Sunday evening for the church security training seminar by the H.C.S.O.

(photos:Jessi Lane)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Church Security Meeting Sunday evening at the Fairgrounds at 4 p.m.  Approximately 450 people were in attendance. There were multiple key speakers including Sheriff Monte Belew, Lt. Clyde Sulcer, Sgt. Michelle Brewer, Deputy Stacey Bostwick and Chief Damon Lowe.

Sheriff Belew opened the meeting with a prayer and a brief speech about church shootings. He urged churches to have layers of security, in the parking lot, at the door and in the congregation. Packet of information were available for the crowd full of information and dinner was served at six.

Traffic Stops Lead To Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-  Michael P. Hyer, age 43 of McKenzie was arrested following a traffic stop Friday evening by Sgt. Jamie Myrick with the H.C.S.O. Sgt. Myrick observed a silver car pull in front of his unit on Memorial Dr. and noticed that the front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt. He then initiated a stop and made contact with the subject. While speaking with Hyer, Sgt. Myrick ran his information and discovered that he had an active warrant out of Weakley Co. and placed Hyer under arrest. Sgt. Myrick gained consent to search the vehicle and located a black pouch in the rear floorboard directly behind Hyer’s seat, containing a meth pipe. Hyer claimed responsibility for the pipe and was charged with drug paraphernalia and transported to jail.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at JB’s Express Mart in reference to a break-in. Upon arrival the victim showed Deputy Stacey Bostwick where a hole had been cut in the back wall, but stated nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Adam Ray Lampkins, age 38 of Lone Oak Rd was arrested and charged with driving on suspended license and theft of property by Ptl. Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department. City unit were dispatched to Wal-Mart Saturday evening in regards to Lampkins shoplifting and leaving the store. Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. of the PPD made contact with Wal-Mart loss prevention and reviewed security footage of Lampkins opening five bags and leaving the store with the items. Ptl. Andres then made contact with a vehicle matching the description of Lampkins’, driving without any headlights and initiated a traffic and made contact with the suspect. Dispatch did advise that Lampkins was suspended out of Robertson County and he was then arrested.

P.E.S Book Fair To Continue Monday-Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-  Due to cancellations last week in the PSSD, the Paris Elementary Book Fair will continue Monday 7:30 am through 5:30 pm and Tuesday 7:30 am through 1:30 pm.

First Republican Caucus Held Saturday

Chris Garcia accepting nominations for County Commissioner District 1 (Jessi Lane Photo)

Garry Phillips opening first Republican Caucus (Jessi Lane photo)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Republican Party held their first ever caucus on Saturday at KPAC. The caucus began with a prayer followed by the national anthem and The Pledge of Allegiance. Garry Phillips, County Chairman, then took the stage to explain the state guidelines and bylaws for a caucus and took questions from the audience.

Chair for the Henry County Republican Party, Chris Garcia opened the floor for nominations for the following offices open for election, County Sheriff, Road Board Commissioner for Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Constable, County Commissioner for Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk and County Mayor.

Current Sheriff Monte Belew was nominated and accepted the nomination. In a press release Sheriff Belew stated, “This change has nothing to do with the way I or the Sheriff’s Office will perform our duties. We will continue to do our best for Henry Countians, regardless of their political affiliation. It has everything to do with my personal orientation as a citizen.” “I continue to solicit the support of the community of behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. Henry County is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I humbly ask for your continued support of me and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.”

There were no nominations for the office of Road Board Commissioner or Constable. For the office of County Commissioner, there were no nominees for Districts 5, 4 or 2. For District 3 Dennis Garcia, Jerry Berry and Mike Ainley were nominated, with Mr. Ainley declining the nomination.

There were no nominations for the offices of Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Trustee and Circuit Court Clerk. Garry Phillips was nominated for the office of County Mayor, which he accepted. Mr. Phillips stated, “I think we can make improvements. We have had a good mayor in Mayor Greer, but now is the time to shake things up a bit.” “I ask for your support and you will be hearing more from us later.”

After Mr. Phillips’ nomination, a motion was made to close the caucus.

The final deadline for Independent party nominations is April 5th.

MCU Charges Local Man With Child Abuse/Neglect

Horace McNeary (Mobile Patrol HCSO Booking Photo)

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Horace McNeary, age 32 of 517 Wynn Street, was taken into custody by Investigator Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit for Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect and placed on $75,000 bond.

Several Arrests Made Throughout City and County

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. David Beauvais was on routine patrol and observed a gray Ford Mustang pull out and head West on Chickasaw Road. The vehicle did not have lights illuminated and Ptl. Beauvais initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Amy E. Ledford, age 40 of 1400 Chickasaw Road, advised she did not have a driver’s license or insurance.

A check through dispatch confirmed Ledford’s license to be revoked out of Henry County for failure to comply with financial responsibility in February of 2016.

Ledford was then placed under arrest and was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $1000 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, an arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Jenson McGarity, age 21 of 302 Peachtree Street for Felony Escape. McGarity was arrested at a local convenience store and transported to the Henry County Jail. McGarity was placed on $10,000 bond.

Local Man Charged For Absence Without Leave

Paris, Tenn. - An arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Steven McKinney, age 46 of Melissa Drive in Puryear was charged with Absent without Leave and placed on a $15,000 bond.

Steven McKinney (Mobile Patrol HCSO Booking Photo)

HC Lady Patriots Victorious Over West Creek

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County Lady Patriots sweep West Creek in Friday night’s ball game with a score of 80-44, with Grace Pack scoring 15 points. The Lady Patriots finished the season with 22 wins and 5 losses.

The Henry County Patriots took a loss from West Creek with a score of 51-70, with James King scoring 14 points. The Patriots ended the season with 11 wins and 15 losses.

Two Women Arrested After Brief Chase Thursday Night

Springville, Tenn.-  Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested Patricia Forrest, age 26 of Dickson and Darby M. Fusilier, age 22 of Camden after a brief chase. Cpl. Jenkins observed two vehicles sitting at WMA property off of Copper Springs Rd. in Springville, and due to the time of night pulled up to approach them. Upon seeing the deputy, one of the vehicles started driving at a high rate of speed to get away. Cpl. Jenkins then initiated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle but the vehicle refused to stop. The vehicle then ran the stop sign at the intersection of Copper Springs Rd. and HWY 69 S. The chase continued down Atchison Rd., Hagler Ridge Rd., Poplar Grove Rd., Elkhorn Rd., Elkhorn Nobles Rd., then onto York Dr. where the pursuit was ended due to the road being a dead end.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Forrest, then jumped out of the passenger side, due to the driver’s side being blocked in by Cpl. Jenkins vehicle and tried to run, but was tased and placed in custody. The passenger, Fusilier, immediately got out of the vehicle and got on the ground. During a search of the vehicle a small bag of crystal meth, a meth pipe and a set of digital scales were discovered. Forrest was charged with felony evading, driving on a revoked license, simple possession of a schedule II and drug paraphernalia. Fusilier was charged with simple possession on a schedule II and drug paraphernalia.

Man Arrested After Getting Truck Stuck In Local Cemetery

Paris, Tenn.-  Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged David T. Hensley, age 32 of Camden, with desecration of venerated object and vandalism following an incident at Manley’s Chapel Church on Reynoldsburg Rd. On Thursday night, Sgt. Powell responded to a complaint of a truck stuck between two graves in the church’s cemetery. Upon arriving the deputy did observe the truck, owned by the suspect’s employer, buried to the frame over the graves with the suspect working to get it out. Sgt. Powell then spoke with members of the church and explained that Hensley would be charged for the damage. When asked how he had gotten to the rear of the cemetery the suspect stated that someone else had gotten it stuck, however it was determined that Hensley was in fact the operator of the truck. Hensley was then arrested and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy Jim Higgins.

Harrelson's Fall in Love with Family Reading Set for Feb. 13th

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson School will host a Fall in Love with Family Reading Night on Tuesday February 13th from 5:30-6:30pm. The event is free and parents are encouraged to come and visit their student’s classroom for reading strategies to use at home to help your student grow as a reader. There will be games and light refreshments. The middle school students will be hosting a vocabulary Dodge Ball game that night as well.

A.P Neighborhood Association Plans Valentine's DInner and Auction

Paris, Tenn.- The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will be hosting a Valentine Dinner and Live Auction fundraiser on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at the Old Paris 5 & 10, located at 100 West Washington St. in historic downtown Paris. The inaugural event will feature a French country dinner including hor d’oeuvers, cocktails and music at 6:30 pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7:00 and assorted desserts. Auctioneer Junior Staggs will complete the evening with a brief live auction with items including an Up-Up in the Air Plane Ride, Six-Months of Kelli’s Fancy Breads, a Festive Pontoon Boat Trip & Historic Tour on the Tennessee River and many more items.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person, with tables of six available for $420 and tables of eight for $560. Only 50 tickets are available for this event, and may be purchased by contacting Ed Roberts at 731-336-0279.

The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood.

W.G. Rhea Library to Hold Computer Classes in February

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold computer classes in February. On Thursday February 8th the topic will be Pinterest 6-7pm, Monday February 12th T.E.L. form 11:30-12:30, Tuesday February 20th from 6-7pm will be open lab, Thursday February 22nd from 11:30am-12:30pm will be Computer Basics, and Ebay will be the topic from 3-4pm on Monday February 26th. To sign up for the classes, which are free, call the Library at 642-1702.


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