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Lady Pats Win District 10-AAA Opener; Pats Play Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots won their opening round game in the District 10-AAA tournament on Thursday. The Lady Pats beat Northwest 63-26 and move on to the semifinals to play Springfield at 7pm Saturday as the rest of the District 10-AAA tourney will be played at Clarksville High. Win or lose, Henry County will play again Monday in either the consolation or championship game. Thursday night’s win also guaranteed the Lady Pats a spot in the Region Tournament to be held later next week.

The Patriots will play in the District 10-AAA Tournament Friday night. The Pats are the #7 seed and will travel to Kenwood. The game will tip at 7pm with our pregame show at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online via our website at wmufradio.com.

WG Rhea Library to Host Class on How to Use Publisher

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a computer class on how to use “Publisher”. The class will be held on Wednesday February 24th from 5 to 7pm in the Library’s Computer Lab. Registration is required by coming to the Library or calling 642-1702. The class is free.

HCBOE Approves 2016-17 Calendar

School Board members look over the proposed calendar. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education held their February meeting at Harrelson School on Thursday evening and the board approved the 2016-17 School Calendar. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said the main changes with the calendar include a full day across the district for Parent Teacher Conferences and they have extended Fall Break for a full week instead of just a couple days like in the past.

The Henry County School System will start school on Monday August 1st for an abbreviated day. School will be out on Monday Sept. 5th for Labor and Thursday and Friday September 22-23rd for Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday the 22nd and Professional Development Day on Friday the 23rd. Also in September, school will be session during fair week but any student showing exhibits on Thursday of fair week will be excused, being treated like a field trip or 4H.

Fall Break for the system will October 10th thru 14th, a full week and Thanksgiving week will be three days like always Wednesday thru Friday November 23-25th.

In December, students’ last day will be the 16th, an abbreviated day before starting Christmas Break. They will return to school Wednesday January 4th, 2017. There is also no school on MLK Day, January 16th, President’s Day February 20th, and another Parent Teacher Conference Day on February 21st.

In March of next year, the Henry County School System will have a professional development day on Friday March 17th and then Spring Break will follow March 20-24. In April there will be no school on Friday the 14th, Good Friday and Friday the 28th for Fish Fry.

Graduation is set for Friday May 19th, 2017 and the last day for next school year will be Wednesday May 24th. Dr. Norton said the PSSD and County have all the same major breaks like Fall and Spring Break. Dr. Norton said that there was a calendar committee made up of someone from each school and they took ideas back to their respective school to help finalize the calendar.

HCBOE Honors Teachers of the Year

District Teachers of the year: Jammie Adkisson, Patsy Barrow, and Becky White . (Dr. Michele Webb photo)

Puryear, Tenn.- A reception was held to honor the district teachers of the year Becky White, Pre-K thru 4th grade; Patsy Barrow, 5th-8th grade; and Jammie Adkisson 9th-12th. Each of the District Teachers of the Year will receive $500 and go on to be recognized at the Northwest TN teacher of the year awards.

During the board meeting, Dr. Norton said we wanted to honor their work and recognize our educators. School teachers of the year for grades Pre-K thru 4th include Lauren Nash at Harrelson, Lisa Olive at Henry and were all recognized at their schools. In grades 5-8th Amber Ryan at Harrelson, Lisa Ray at Lakewood. Grades 9th-12th teachers of the year includes HCHS’s Kayla Berryhill.

Harrelson School Welcomes HCBOE Thurs. Night

Harrelson Principal Daniel Armstrong talks about primary goals at Harrelson. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson Principal Daniel Armstrong gave the board a report on day to day activities and what all is happening with students and teachers at Harrelson. Armstrong said three primary goals at Harrelson are to give every kid in the building a meaningful experience, upgrade the network of teachers, ideas, and goals, and to continue to grow, being better every day.

He invited board members and anyone else to come to Harrelson any day of the week and see what our teachers and staff our doing for our students.

Students Avery Cox and Garrett Gallion (pictured above) also spoke on some of things they have done this year and what they’ve learned.

Prior to the meeting, a couple of first graders (pic below) Onyx Cook and Savannah Kate Staggs at Harrelson wrote a short story on why they honor the United States Flag with the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. They then led the Pledge at the board meeting.

Dr Norton: Despite State Server Issues With TN Ready, HCSS Is Technologically Ready for Computer Based Tests

Puryear, Tenn.- In his Director’s Report, Dr. Norton talked about the state’s TN Ready testing which had some major issues with servers going down. He said it hasn’t disrupted things here in Henry County and our teachers didn’t let this become an ordeal. He said we were ready technologically and the students have been exposed to the computer medium that was to be used. Dr. Norton said our technology department has us ready for when these tests do all move to the computer. With that said, there will be a pencil and paper testing schedule with Part 1 for grades 3-8 will be March 1st thru 4th and Part 2 of TN Ready will be in May. The High School and Grove Part 1 testing will start April 18th.

Dr. Norton said Governor Haslam has asked this year be a ‘hold harmless’ on teachers and students for testing this year because of the issues. Dr. Norton said it should have been that way all along, but it won’t affect how our staff does things.

The board also approved some policy changes on first reading Thursday night including graduation requirements, prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, testing programs, and family medical leave. The board also approved a Band Field Trip to New York City, spending three days in the city. There will be two full busloads with 70 students and 35 parents along with directors.

Dover Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery

Paris, Tenn.- A Dover man was arrested on Aggravated Sexual Battery charges on Wednesday according to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Terry Leon Lancaster, age 61, of 569 Pumpkin Ridge Rd. in Dover was arrested after investigation from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Stewart County Sheriff’s Office, and Department of Children’s service into allegations that he had unlawful sexual contact with a child under the age of 13.

One incident is alleged to have occurred at a residence in Henry County with other incidents occurring with the same child in Stewart County. Charges are expected to be filed in Stewart County also.

Lancaster is being held under a $100K bond pending arraignment in Henry County General Sessions Court on Thursday.

Arrests Made for Fugitive from Justice, Drugs

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a silver truck on Cherry Island Rd. due to having information that the driver, identified as Steven E. Cutright, age 55, of 920 Cherry Island Road, had felony active warrants. The warrants relate to a failure to appear in Kentucky back in 2012. Dep. Jenkins charged Cutright with fugitive of justice charges.

Cpl. Clyde Sulcer of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assisting parole officers at their office on West Wood Street when Franklin T. Perry, age 42, of 621 Powell Street, pulled into their parking lot. Perry’s vehicle was searched and a small amount of green leafy substance that looked and smell like marijuana was found under the floor mat on the passenger side. Perry was arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested Gary Wayne Olive, age 49, of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

241 Vote on Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- 241 people voted on Wednesday at the Election Commission office as Early Voting Continues. That brings the total number of votes cast for early voting so far up to 1,304. Early Voting continues 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am to Noon this Saturday at the Election Commission Office until February 23rd.

E.W. Grove Save a Heart Day Set for Feb. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove will hold their 8th annual Save a Heart Day on Thursday February 25th as students will rotate thru several heart healthy stations throughout the day.

Students will be able to receive their CPR Certification cards as 20 volunteer, CPR Certified Instructors will train students on how to do CPR. The students who pass the certification will receive their cards by the end of the school year.

The University of Tennessee Martin will send students to the event for sessions on tobacco. Students will learn about the negative effects on the heart of using tobacco products including smoking, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes.

Air Evac will head up a station on heart related emergencies and distracted driving. Students will learn about the heart attack symptoms and how the 911 system and supporting systems will work in the event of an emergency. Weather permitting, students will be able to view up close an Air Evac chopper and HCMC Ambulance.

Nationally known speaker Lucas Hurd will lead the teen pregnancy, STD’s, and abstinence station. Hurd will talk to students about real issues in a fun way. Henry County currently has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state.

Other stations students will rotate thru include exercise and its importance led by Master Dinh, and choices with drugs and alcohol, led by Jackson based speaker Tony Black.

The event is always a favorite for students and staff at Grove.

Reminder: VITA Site Open to Help with Tax Preparations

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, or VITA remains opens on Tuesdays thru February and March to help assistance citizens with taxes. Appointments can be made between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm by calling Carole Walsh at 642-4178, but no calls on Tuesdays. E-filing and Earned Income Credit can be done thru VITA’s tax preparers.

Be prepared to take along proof of identification, birth, W-2 forms, and all vital tax information.

Paris Ranks No. 7 in TN on "Best Places to Retire" Study

Paris, Tenn.- Paris was recently listed as the 7th best places to retire in Tennessee according to a New York Financial Technology company. The company, SmartAsset, released its second annual study on the Best Places to Retire, which rates cities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care.

The study includes doctor’s offices per 1000 people, recreation centers, retirement centers, and more. Winchester ranked number 1 in the study followed by Crossville, Fayetteville, Sparta, Loudon, Dayton, Paris, Kingsport, Pulaski, and Lexington. Paris has fallen in the study after ranking in the number 2 spot last year.

Subpoena Search Leads to Finding Ransacked Home

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Haley Ramos of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office went to 6843 Shady Grove to serve a subpoena on Savana Gail Wright. She found the door pryed open and called for assistance from Cpl. Forrest Kemp. Dep. Ramos noticed the house was ransacked and someone had also pryed the door open to a shop behind the house. Dispatch checked with BPU and power has been cut off at the residence since last June. Investigation continues into the break-in, no one was found at the residence.

Dep. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Derick S. Brown, age 37, of 231 Holiday Drive, in Springville after Brown threatened to flip the car and kill himself and his wife. The wife did say he was acting weird and drove the car off the roadway.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department responded to a McFadden St. residence and a woman advised that while she was in the hospital, her grandson had forged 7 checks on her account. Ptl. Greenhill filed warrants for forgery on Jacob O. Lackey, age 32, of 201 N. Wilson St.

Rowlett Arraigned in Court Tuesday

Paris, Tenn- At the arraignment hearing for Karen Rowlett on Tuesday, the court appointed Jeff Fagan to represent her. The next court date will be February 25th. Rowlett was charged this past weekend with Reckless Homicide in the death of 6 year old Ethan Newman back in August of 2015.

Early Voting Totals Climb Over 1000

Paris, Tenn.- With Tuesday's Early Voting totals coming in at 230, the total number of votes cast so far during the Early Voting period is 1063. Early Voting continues at the Election Commission Office, inside the Courthouse Annex on Washington Street, from 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am until Noon on Saturdays. Early Voting ends February 23rd.

PSSD Hears Updates on Rhea Project

(Center) Richie Chilcutt and (R) Ben Whitt explaining about construction of Rhea School Project (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn -Tuesday evening the Paris Special School District board met at Rhea School for their monthly meeting to receive updates on the Rhea Construction Project. Mike Brown, Superintendent for PSSD introduced Mr. Ben Whitt of Ross Whitt Architectural Firm, along with Richie Chilcutt who will be overseeing the project.

The "big tree" Mr. Whitt referred to as to the length of the project at Rhea School (Cheryl Allen photo)  

To get the full view of what will be taking place with the construction, board members and those in attendance gathered outside the school. Mr. Whitt explained that the awning that is now over the front entrance into the school will be taken down, and will be the starting project area. He stated, “after the removal of the awning, construction will reach out (pointing to the left) to approximately where the large tree is. Then the front of the new addition will reach to the edge of the pavement that reaches towards the road. Where the cedar trees are at will be the new front offices, and parking will also be adjacent to those areas as well”. The drive way for the buses and other vehicles will be in the area of the grass in front of the school, which will make easier access to the road. The new lunch room will be to the right of the now walkway, (awning) and will reach out to the Rhea School Sign that is on the building”.

Trees where the new front offices will be at the Rhea School Project (Cheryl Allen photo)

Whit continued saying that the construction will be in three phases, and will begin this summer during the summer break with the removal of the awning, then further construction will begin in the yard area.

Board members were then taken inside to see how the inside of the project would affect the school as a whole. Whit stated that the new cafeteria and gymnasium would be closer together, keeping the noise down to a minimal as to not distract other classes. Mr. Whitt explained that the cafeteria will have very high ceilings with windows that will be vertical with overhangs. Mr. Whit did note that it is in the plans to erect wooden doors and canopies on a temporary basis at the front of the building so people who access the school from that area will not be exposed to rain and other weather conditions.

(L-R) Richie Chilcutt, Mike Brown and Ben Whitt discussing the project (Cheryl Allen photo)

Mr. Whitt informed the board that the goal was to be ready for bids to be placed by February and that goal has been obtained. “Everything has been submitted to the Tennessee State Fire Marshall to be reviewed, and I do not see anything that would be a concern, it is just something that has to be done before a project can begin” stated Whitt.

The bidding conference will be held on Monday February 22 for all those interested in placing bids to work on this project. Bidders will be able to walk through the school and see what the project consists of, and all bids need to be submitted by March 1st and bids will be opened on March 3rd.

Richie Chilcutt informed the board that all necessary paperwork for TDEC was also submitted. “This is to ensure that we are in compliance and accordance for the erosion control”.  Mr. Richard Edwards, Chairman of PSSD, asked what the timeline is for this project. Mr. Whit replied that once school is out, and the weather cooperates during the summer, should be about 8 weeks. The foundation work should start in August, and Phase 2 will be about a 9 month project. From the completion of the project to the time to be able to move in should be by summer of 2017”.

PSSD Approves School Calendar of 2016/2017 School Year

Paris, Tenn - The 2016-2017 School Calendar was adopted after a long discussion. Superintendent Mike Brown stated that working with faculty and staff, they were able to come up to a decision that would help everyone in the long run, teachers, students and parents alike. “School will start on Friday August 5th and will end on Tuesday December 20th .

Faculty and staff were given the option of 5 choices as to which they believed would be the best for students and all involved, and option 4 is what is  being brought to the board. Option 4 consists of School starting on August 5th and dismissing on December 20th for Christmas break. This will give everyone a solid two weeks during the Christmas holiday break.

A question was asked concerning the Teachers In Service and how this would affect with Option 4. Mike Brown stated that teachers will be sent out surveys stating their opinions on dates that would be favored. “What the teachers majority vote on will take place. If not in July, it would be in August, but if it is in July, it would only be just a few days”.

Mike Brown stated in the Superintendent report that TN Ready, the state, has lost confidence with the online testing results. He stated, “our district was not the issue, where others across the state were, and that we are all thankful for”. With not using the online testing, we will be going back to the paper and pencil ways of testing, and I personally believe students will perform better at this level, because some are not as computer literate as others, and with paper and pencil everyone is on the same level”.

Mr. Brown stated that students will have the opportunity to still continue to access “My Own” reading program. Students will have the ability to download up to 20 digital books to any device, to help them continue with their reading. This will also help during the summer reading programs. “Once students are done reading a book, they can delete, and download another, and will have the ability to have 20 books at one time.

PSSD Chairman Richard Edwards and board members looking over 2016-2017 calendar (Cheryl Allen photo)

Mr. Brown thanked the board members and faculty that their responses to the state representatives concerning the Voucher Bill that was attempted to be passed. Brown stated, “The bill is stalled and if it were not for the calls and concerns, this bill might have passed, but it is stalled at this present time. We need to keep our schools like they are, and this bill would change a lot and concern a lot of people. I would like to thank you the board and parents who reached out and helped by contacting the representatives stating that you opposed this bill”.

At the close of the meeting, Richard Edwards, Chairman of PSSD board, stated to Mr. Mike Brown that he was very impressed on how the situation has been handled concerning the process of the school calendar. He stated, “working with faculty and receiving their input was a great way to handle this situation. Not many school districts would implement the faculty and their input and this says a great thing about our school district, and I truly appreciate how everyone worked together to come up with a resolution”.

PSSD 2016-2017 School Calendar

August 5, 2016                       First Day for Students Abbreviated Day

September 5, 2016            Labor Day

September 23, 2016          Parent Teacher Conference

October 10-14 2016           Fall Break

November 23-25 2016      Thanksgiving Break

December 20 2016             Abbreviated Day

December 21, 2016-

December 30, 2016           Christmas Holiday

January 2, 2017                     New Year’s Holiday

January 3, 2017                     Administration Day

January 4, 2017                     Students Return

January 16, 2017                 Martin Luther King Day

February 20, 2017              President’s Day

March 20-24 2017               Spring Break

April 14, 2017                         Good Friday

April 28, 2017                         Fish Fry Day

May 24, 2017                          Administrative Day

May 25, 2017                          Abbreviated Day/Last Day of School

 

Court of Criminal Appeals Affirm Lumpkin's Life Sentence

Paris, Tenn.- A decision from Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish to sentence Tevin Lumpkin to life imprisonment was affirmed last week by the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Lumpkin was convicted of first degree murder following a lengthy jury trial November 2013 in connection to the shooting death of Eric Kinley in August of 2012 at a local nightclub.

Judge Parish's conviction was appealed by counsel for Lumpkin, Terry Leonard, who argued the verdict was contrary to the weight of evidence. The Court of Criminal Appeals didn't agree and Judge Thomas Woodall, writing for the appellate court, affirmed the conviction and sentence in an opinion filed February 9th.

Murray State and WKCTC Team up for Criminal Justice Program

Murray, Ky.- Those hoping to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice will now have further opportunity thanks to a new articulation agreement between Murray State University and West Kentucky Community and Technical College. 

With this agreement, students may begin by working toward their Associates in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice at WKCTC. This involves taking a set of designated general studies in criminal justice, which can later be applied at Murray State toward a Bachelor of Science degree in the same field.

Many out there may see this as the ideal scenario due to the agreement’s flexibility.  Oftentimes, prospective students (particularly recent high school graduates) are hesitant to commit to an area of study.  Likewise, those who’ve been in the workforce for a while may be looking to ease themselves back into a classroom setting in hopes of earning a particular degree. 

It’s understood that higher education is an investment, so it can be important to make decisions bearing that in mind.  In these cases, beginning at a community and technical college may allow for a location closer to home, more flexible hours in coordination with current employment, a more affordable education option, and/or room for experimentation before deciding on an area of study.

In the past, students who transferred from WKCTC to Murray State to study Criminal Justice may have found themselves in a difficult situation.  Not all courses completed at WKCTC substitute for credit at MSU, meaning that students would have to re-take various classes. 

Now, through guidance and careful planning in regards to relevant and applicable coursework, MSU and WKCTC have developed this articulation agreement.  The hope is that this arrangement will benefit both the schools and generations of students to come.

Approximately 120 students are currently enrolled in Murray State University’s Criminal Justice program, and that number is expected to increase due to recent adjustments.  During the past year, the department has added an option for graduate-level students seeking to obtain a Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership degree with a Criminal Justice concentration.  Additionally, the program continues to offer numerous internship opportunities and cooperative education experiences for students.

There are many career routes available to those with a background in criminal justice, including positions within law enforcement, corrections, and the court system.  With several candidates applying for these positions each day, acquiring a degree can give applicants a significant competitive advantage.  Dr. Daniel Hepworth, Professor and Criminal Justice Program Director at Murray State University, estimates that approximately 10 percent of law enforcement agencies are already requiring candidates to be equipped with a relevant degree before even being considered for employment. 

Regardless of the agency at hand, those who possess higher education are substantially more likely to acquire a position.  Furthermore, there’s a growing trend in the industry where agencies are requiring two years of applicable college, military, or work experience.  Degrees, such as those being offered at WKCTC and Murray State, lend themselves to increased incentive pay, hiring points, and upper level administration positions.

The articulation agreement between Murray State University and West Kentucky Community and Technical College is officially set to begin during the Fall 2016 semester.  Murray State is excited about this opportunity to partner with WKCTC in bringing further higher education opportunities to students in the area. 

The success of this pilot program may later result in rolling out similar agreements to all institutions within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Bethel U. Named Best Online School in TN

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University was named the top accredited online school in Tennessee for the 2015-2016 school year.

Accreditedschoolsonline.org recently analyzed data from hundreds of colleges across the nation with online degrees at the bachelor’s level. The goal was to discover which colleges offer the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning – and Bethel University topped the list.

“We are thrilled with the ranking, which includes vital data that every college student should take into account when choosing a university,” said Kelly Sanders-Kelley, Executive Vice President of Bethel’s College of Professional Studies.  “Moreover, coming on the heels of other recent awards -- to include Best Criminal Justice Program in Tennessee, and 2nd in the nation in BestColleges.com’s list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges – the ranking confirms what we have always believed:  Bethel does things right.” 

 "To have a nationally known and very respected agency like Accredited Schools Online independently rank our Online Programs as Number 1 in Tennessee is a huge honor for Bethel University,” said the school’s President, Dr. Walter Butler.  “We strive to be the best, and this lets us know that others think we are the best.  I thank our faculty and staff for their hard work in this achievement, and I know it further shows why so many students in our Volunteer State are choosing Bethel University to further their education online.  We are proud to be a part of higher education to our citizens of Tennessee."

To determine the rankings, data analysts and college experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank these colleges based on various cost-to-quality criteria and metrics, or the ASO Peer-Based Value. This proprietary metric compares qualitative aspects of colleges with similar costs against the tuition of colleges with similar quality metrics. The general criteria and scoring metrics include the student-faculty ratio; not-for-profit status; the number of online bachelor’s degrees available; the online tuition rate; the loan default rate; the six-year graduation rate; and job placement and career counseling for graduates. 

Over 55,000 Tennessee college students are currently taking at least one online course, according to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group.

“We wanted to recognize schools that are implementing convenient and cutting-edge technological learning opportunities to all students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of Accredited Schools Online. “These schools are not only offering exceptional programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., Bethel University offers a variety of degree programs, both on campus, in a traditional format, and online.  It is one of the oldest private institutions in Tennessee, and among the fastest-growing universities in the South. To learn more about Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies programs, both on-campus and online, go to BethelSuccess.net, or call 877-4BETHEL.

Pharmacy Tech Certification Program Available thru UTM

Martin, Tenn.- Community members interested in careers as pharmacy technicians are encouraged to enroll in a 50-hour pharmacy technician training course. The class will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, March 7-April 25, on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus.

This program prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and take the certification exam. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. Course content includes reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will also learn dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

Student tuition for this course is $1,199, which includes textbooks and supplies.

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082 or visit the course website at http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/nondegree.php.

Vote for TDOT Dynamic Messages Until March 1

Paris, Tenn.- Voting begins Tuesday to choose the winners of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Dynamic Message Sign Contest. TDOT received nearly 3K entries for possible safety messages for the overhead signs located across Tennessee roadways.

The entries were narrowed down to 15 messages that cover safety issues such as distracted driving, seatbelt usage, impaired driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

Visit the website, www.tn.gov.tdot/article/dms and click the circle next to your favorite message. Voting continues until March 1st and the winning messages will be posted online the following week, and will be placed in rotation to run on the overhead Dynamic Message Signs statewide throughout the year. Some of the entries were modified slightly to fit guidelines for the signs.

A total of 190 Dynamic Message Signs are located in the state’s four urban areas: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. The main purpose of the signs is to alert motorists of incidents, lane blockages, hazardous road conditions, or Amber Alerts.

Lady Patriots Host District 10-AAA Tourney Game, Pats on the Road

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will play later this week in the District 10-AAA tournament. The Lady Patriots earned the #2 seed and will host for the first game Thursday night at 7pm against Northwest. The Patriots finished as the #7 seed and will travel to Kenwood on Friday night at 7pm. The first round of the District Tournament is must win, meaning a loss ends the season.

A win guarantees the team a spot in the Regional Tournament as well.  The remainder of the District 10-AAA Tournament will be held at Clarksville High School following Friday night’s Satellite games. Our broadcasts of the games this week will air on WLZK 94.1FM with pregame shows beginning at 6:30pm each night. 

UTM Vangard Theatre To Present Complete Works of Shakespeare

Martin, Tenn.- “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, will come Feb. 25-March 3 to the University of Tennessee at Martin. Performances will begin at 8 p.m., Feb. 25-27 and Feb. 29-March 3, with a matinee at 3 p.m., Feb. 28, in the Vanguard Little Theatre in UT Martin’s Fine Arts Building.

As London’s longest-running comedy, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” is sure to bring laughter to everyone and will take the audience through Shakespeare’s histories, comedies and tragedies dating back to the 16th century. The fast-paced performance includes all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes.

Tickets will be available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Feb. 22 in the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts Main Office. They can also be purchased at the Vanguard Box Office, which opens two hours prior to each performance. Tickets are $5 for children and students, and $15 for adults.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the department office at 731-881-7400 or the box office at 731-881-7090.

Paris Police Search for 3 Suspects After Home Invasion

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are searching for three suspects involved in a home invasion on Saturday night. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that officers responded to 409 W. Wood Street and Sgt. Josh Frey made contact with two occupants of the home and their small children.

Sgt. Frey said in the report the children were scared, but physically ok, the man had a cut on hand, and marks on the butt of a shotgun were found. Family members came and took the children away for the evening and Sgt. Frey and Ptl. Derrek Colley began gathering information and evidence. They found a sawed off 20 gauge shotgun, a black hat, glasses, an unspent round of 12 gauge, and a green mask.

The victims explained to Sgt. Frey and Ptl. Colley what happened, saying they were watching TV and the kids were in their bedrooms when all of the sudden they heard someone banging on the back door and yelling it was the police. By the time the residents got to the back door, the door was kicked in and three male subjects entered, two, carrying guns.

The subjects were asking for money and became forceful, knocking the woman resident in the head with the butt of one of the guns, which knocked her out. The man got into a struggle with a couple of the men, and they choked him out, but he noticed the mask fall off of one of the men. He told officers it appeared all three men were white males.

The suspects then fled the house and the man said they appeared to flee towards town in the alley.

The investigation is ongoing with Capt. Tom Lankford heading things up. Anyone with any information on the incident should contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.

Thefts Keep City, County Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that a home on Cooper Street had a backpack with several clothes, jewelry, movies, and $360 cash stolen from it over the weekend. Ptl. Jeff Smith took the report and does have possible suspects.

Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen trailer from a man who left it on the side of the ride. The report stated the victim was involved in an accident and the trooper told him he could leave the trailer on the side of the road and come back and get it the next morning. When he returned the trailer, valued at $500 was missing.

Cpl. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to vandalism where someone spray painted the tailgate of a 2001 truck. The damage caused was around $500 and there are no suspects at this time.

Local Man Arrested For Theft Of Services

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Chad Lowery responded to 2073 Van Dyke to meet with an employee of South Paris Water. The employee advised that the home owner put a lock on water meter and water meter had been bypassed.

The home owner exited the home and advised both Deputy Lowery and the water employee were trespassing. Christopher Price, age 38, was taken into custody for Theft of Services.

Price was advised to pay $125.56 to the water company in order to restore services and placed on $500 bond.

Bethel University To Hold "Shoot For Tuition" Contest

McKenzie, Tenn. - Bethel University will be offering a “Shoot for Tuition” contest twice each evening during the District tournament. High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Seniors must sign up to be eligible. Sign-ups will be held at the Enrollment Services Booth at the main entrance of the Vera Low Student Enrichment Center.

Starting at half court, 30 seconds will be given to complete, in order, a lay-up, free throw, 3-point and half-court shot. The contestant is responsible for re-bounding the ball.

The students drawn that complete all 4 shots in the time allotted will receive tuition scholarship at Bethel University for two consecutive semesters.

Steak 'N Shake To Hold Fundraiser For BSA Troop 22 Tuesday

Paris, Tenn. - Steak ‘N Shake will be hosting a fundraiser for BSA Troop 22, on February 16th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dedicate Your Vote With Honor Vote

State of Tenn. - In 2016, Tennessee will play a bigger role than ever before in deciding who will be the next president of the United States.

That’s why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to dedicate their vote this election season to those who are serving or have served our country through the Honor Vote Program.

“The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day. It’s important we honor those who protect that right,” Secretary Hargett said.

The free program allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member by visiting GoVoteTN.com/honor. The dedication will be posted on the official Honor Vote List as well as the Honor Vote Twitter account: @tnhonorvote. Voters can also share their dedication on their own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts using #GoVoteTN.

The Division of Elections will send a packet to each participant with an official Honor Vote button and Voter Information Guide. Voters are encouraged to wear the newly redesigned button and vote early or on Election Day in honor of the veteran or service member they are honoring.

Arrest Made In Death Of Six Year Old Ethan Newman

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, an arrest has been made in the death of 6 year old Ethan Newman.

Ethan was found, not breathing, by his adoptive mother, Karen Rowlett, on August 19th, 2015. Ethan had stayed home from school on that day. His mother said he an upset stomach.

Later than same afternoon, Rowlett called 911 reporting that a child was not breathing.

Officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded and performed CPR on the child, but Ethan was later pronounced deceased at Henry County Medical Center.

After an autopsy, and almost 6 months of toxicology blood work, it was determined that Ethan had a lethal amount of over the counter and prescription drugs in his system. Not only the combination, but the amount of the two drugs combined, was a dosage that would have been fatal to a grown adult, let alone a 47 pound, six year old child.

Rowlett was interviewed by Captain Damon Lowe and Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division. A confession was gained from Rowlett. She admitted to giving the child medication and she had not admitted sooner to doing so, because she felt she was the cause of his death by doing so.

Rowlett has been charged with Reckless Homicide and her bond has been set at $50,000. If Rowlett does not make bond, she will appear in General Sessions Court on Tuesday, February 16th, at 9 a.m.

Sheriff Monte Belew stated, “We waited for the toxicology report to come back to make sure everything was okay and when we found out that it was not as it had appeared, we have not stopped working the case.” Sheriff Belew went on to say, “We at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are the voice for Ethan and we are doing what’s right for him in solving this mysterious death of a small, six year old child.”

Henry County Girls Victorious, Boys Fall To Northwest

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Girls and Boys took on Northwest on Friday night.

Henry County Lady Patriots were victorious, with a win of 66-30.

The Henry County Boys lost by a mere few points, 53-55.

Early Voting Totals For Friday And Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - Wednesday began the Early Voting for the March 1st Primary and according to Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLania Green, Friday had 256 voters and Saturday had 70, bringing the total number of voters thus far to 833.

Early Voting will continue weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon thru February 23rd.

Local Woman Arrested On Possession/Assembling Lab

Aimee Smith (HCSO booking photo)

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Jim Sanders responded to 148 Bass Drive, to assist Cpl. Terry Williams with a possible theft report.

Upon arrival and speaking with Cpl. Williams, he advised it was not a theft, but a party separation was taking place.

Cpl. Sanders escorted three individuals to a local business so that they may wait for a ride, and proceeded back to 148 Bass Drive to escort a fourth person.

Prior to the individual entering the patrol unit, Cpl. Sanders inquired as to if the individual had any illegal on her person. She stated that she did not, but then hesitated and advised that she might possibly have an illegal substance.

Upon further questioning, she advised she might have a “point” in her purse. This is street terminology for a syringe and needle used to inject illegal narcotics.

Consent to search her purse was requested and granted. While searching her purse, a “kit” containing 3 bags of a white crystalline substance, which she identified as “ice” methamphetamine, 1 bag of a green substance, she identified as marijuana, 5 pills that she identified as Hydrocodone, 2 glass pipes, a razor blade, multiple plastic baggies, a pipe syringe unit that was loaded with a clear liquid, which she identified as “ice” methamphetamine. She also was in possession of a set of scales.

The subject, identified as Aimee E. Smith, 31, also advised that she had assembled the components of a lab and that it was located in the basement of the home on Bass Drive. She advised she had been visiting this home and all items were retrieved.

Smith was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and charged with possession of anhydrous ammonia for use, simple possession/casual exchange, possession of a controlled substance with intent, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was placed on $75,000 bond.

Police Investigating Theft Of Jewelry

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a residence located at 5260 Hwy 79 S had been broken into. The resident arrived home after being gone just a few hours.

The subject or subjects used a ladder to break out the basement window and gain entry to the home. The lock box in the home was broken into as well.

Items stolen were a diamond wedding band, a gold ring, three watches, a mother’s ring, and an additional set of wedding rings.

The value of items stolen listed at $1,885 and no arrests have been made at this time.

DPA Brochures Are Hitting The Highways

Paris, Tenn. - In a world of computers and email communication, many of us send and receive emails daily.  However, when Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, received an email from the State of Tennessee Tourism Department that the Downtown Paris Association Brochure has been approved for 21 Welcome Centers and Visitor Centers across the state of Tennessee, she got on the telephone to say “Thank You from Paris, Tennessee!”

Ray said, “It was so exciting to open the email that said our brochure had been approved for distribution in all locations across the state of Tennessee that I felt like I had to call Nashville and say Thank You from Paris Tennessee!  I think I had the whole office laughing in delight.”

The DPA publishes a Downtown Paris Association brochure funded by membership dues received each year.  The brochure theme is Shop Eat Live Downtown Paris and includes Sites to visit in and around Paris as well as Services that support our community and the DPA.  It also provides important contact information about the Downtown Paris Association to include physical address, mailing address, email address, website, Facebook, and telephone number.

“It is a first class brochure and it is produced locally.  The DPA distributed 10,000 brochures in 2015 and we hope to distribute 15,000 this year.  The brochure is available for viewing on our website at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.  The brochures are available in hotels, banks, doctor’s offices, and many local businesses.  The DPA is very proud to bring this brochure to our community each year.” Ray said.

If you need brochures at your location you may contact Kathy Ray, Executive Director, at 731-653-PARIS (7274) and pick them up at the DPA Office at 203 N. Fentress Street.

HC Loses at Rossview; Hosts Northeast Fri. Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Rossview swept Henry County at their place on Thursday night. The Lady Hawks beat the Lady Patriots 64-45 and the Hawks beat the Patriots 53-47.

Henry County hosts Northeast Friday night to wrap up the District 10-AAA regular season. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. Our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online via our website at wmufradio.com. You can also listen on your phones by calling 415-325-0723. The District 10-AAA tournament will begin Thursday February 18th.

Parks Dept. Offering Indoor Tennis Training

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department along with the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club will be providing a Tennis Training Program for kids ages 11-14. The program is designed as an introduction to tennis for this age group as well as to improve and develop those who already participate in the sport.

Coach J.F. Kirk, with more than 35 years teaching and coaching experience, will direct the program with assistance of several HCHS Varsity Tennis Team players. The program will be indoors, full court, at the Paris Civic Center Gym. It will run each Saturday from 5-7pm beginning February 20th and running until March 12th.

Signups are being taken now and cost is $5 with a limited amount of kids allowed to participate. Call the Parks Office at 644-2505 or Coach Kirk at 731-441-2155 for more information.

Harrelson, Rhea Pre-K Accepting Applications In February

Paris, Tenn.- Northwest Tennessee Head Start, Rhea Elementary, and Harrelson School are currently accepting applications for the enrollment of children for the 2016-17 program year for the Rhea Pre-K and Harrelson Pre-K Head Start centers.

Stop by Rhea Elementary, using the Harding Road entrance on the back side of the school, Monday and Tuesday February 22nd and 23rd from 9am to 4:30pm and on Thursday February 25th from Noon to 6pm at Paris Vernon Place office at 924 John Lee Drive.

Harrelson Pre-K parents can stop by Thursday February 25th from Noon to 6pm at Vernon Place and again on Monday February 29th from 9am to 4:30pm at Harrelson School at 143 Puryear Country Club Drive.

Parents should be sure and bring the following with them: proof of child’s age with a birth certificate, social security card for enrolling child, social security number and birthday for each family member, name address, and phone number of three or more emergency contacts the child can be released to, TennCare or insurance cards, and proof of income.

If you can’t make the scheduled times for your school please call to make other arrangements. Call Lisa Ashley at 642-8011 ext. 2463 or Rakaya Humphreys at 642-4704.

 

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