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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Bethel Univ. Currently 1st in Cabela's School of the Year Race

San Antonio- Bethel University's bass fishing team - which is widely regarded as one of the best college fishing teams in the nation - is in search of their first Cabela's School of the Year title. Bethel has held the lead a couple of times this season, but after some great showings at both the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak and the recent FLW qualifier in Florida, the Bethel team has once again taken over the lead in the season-long quest to be crowned the best fishing team in the nation.  Holding on to 2nd place is Northwestern State University, who is staying steady with consistent fishing; and moving from 1st place to 3rd place is Louisiana State University-Shreveport. 

"Once again, we here at Bethel University, find ourselves sitting in the number one spot for Cabela's School of the Year. We are very proud of this achievement as it personifies the hard work and dedication of not only our anglers, but of our whole University, in their great support of all our fishing endeavors," said Garry Mason, Bethel University Fishing Team Coach. "To win the school of the year award this season would be a great honor and we know that we have a long way to go to capture the title for Bethel."

Lady Patriots Host Lebanon in 1st Round of Region Tourney Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots will host Lebanon Friday night at 7pm in the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament. The Lady Pats won the District Tournament Championship and secured a home game against the #4 seed from District 9, Lebanon. If you can’t make the game at Gamlin Gym be sure and tune into 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.

A loss ends the season, a win moves Henry County into the Region Semi-Finals where they would play the winner of Wilson Central and Clarksville at 7:30pm Monday night. The remainder of the Region 5-AAA tournament will be held at Northeast High School in Clarksville.

Heavy Rains Could Cause Road Closures at LBL This Weekend

Land Between the Lakes, Ky/TN- The U.S. Forest Service at Land Between the Lakes warns visitors that area flooding may create dangerous road conditions and cause closures now through Sunday.  

Soils are already saturated and the National Weather Service is forecasting more rain with a chance of severe weather. Roads already submerged will be impassible and ford crossings may be dangerous.   
The Elk and Bison Prairie is now closed and will remain closed through Monday. Other roads and facilities may close due to this rain event.  

National Budget Includes $237B Reduction in Medicare

HCMC Board of Trustees hold Feb. meeting Thurs. Night (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO Lisa Casteel informed the board the National Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 includes a $237B reduction in Medicare. Casteel said the budget reduces payers of Medicare Bad Debt from 65% to 25% over a ten year period, which would save $37B. It also reduces uncompensated care payments to hospitals by $70B over ten years.

Casteel also informed the board that a recent analysis showed healthcare spending grew at 4.6% in December 2017 compared to prior years. Specifically the analysis showed physician and clinical services increased 5.3% and hospital care grew 3%. The growth rate for Medicare beneficiaries is at its highest in 7 years at a growth of 3.2%.

The board of trustees learned that the medical center is working with the Mayor’s Office to complete the conveyance of property to the Hospital District after discovering the deed of the property remains in the name of the County of Henry. After discussions, everyone agrees with the intended representations and needs to conduct business, and as such, the County will move forward with the process of property conveyance through the County Commission at their March meeting.

Casteel discussed the Home Health and Hospice and the idea of restructuring the service line. She said new provider relationships have been gained, but there is need to restructure internally to meet needs of admissions. They are currently implementing an electronic health record system and determining the most appropriate marketing strategy. There is currently an interim consultant acting as director and are in process of recruiting a full time director to lead the service line.

Exit Interviews Show Reasons Employees leaving HCMC

HR Director Billie McKee discusses results of recent exit interviews. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Also Thursday night at the meeting, HR Director Billie McKee gave a presentation on Human Resources at the medical center. She said they had a 64% rate on exit interviews done in January for employees leaving the medical center. Some of the reasons for leaving were compensation and work conditions.

McKee said after the exit interviews managers met with administration and action plans on compensation and other things will be discussed with a plan to be in place by April 30th. She said there were no bad feelings with anyone that left. Casteel said, “no one told us something we didn’t already know and nothing they told us wasn’t correctable so now we know what to work on thanks to the exit interviews. They plan to do more surveys later in the year.

Mayor Greer Announces Decision to Run for Re-Election

County Mayor Brent Greer announcing his decision to seek re-election. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- After Thursday’s HCTA meeting, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer held a press conference officially announcing he will be running for County Mayor once again in the August General Election. Greer started off by saying, “I don’t think it’s time for me to go home yet.”

Greer has qualified as an independent candidate. Several local elected officials were on hand at the announcement showing their support.

Greer said, “we’ve made a great effort in Henry County to have non-partisan elections but we’ve not been successful, now we are in the process of seeing if we can have a referendum on the issue to allow us to have non-partisan elections in the future if our citizens agree, and I plan to do everything in my power to try to see this thru.”

Greer said hopefully by the August or November election this year, we can get this issue on non-partisan elections as a referendum on the ballot. He said as County Mayor, I need to carry that flag. Greer said he talked it over with his family and his wife Sarah supports his decision to continue to try to serve as County Mayor and seek re-election

“We are going to be faced with several challenges this fall including the Asian Carp situation, the demolition of Paris Landing Inn, and other things, we are going to have to do a lot of forward thinking to mitigate the issues we face.”

Greer said I’m going to run on a platform of Henry County United, and focus on a non-partisan answer to issues we face. He said, “I firmly believe that Henry County will be better if we stay united in our governance and service to our citizens. Let us stand as one to continue to make our County a great place to live, work, and enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans.”

Greer said, "I fully respect the rights of our local political parties to support and express their views and ideology on social and policy issues on the State and Federal levels. We on a local basis, do not legislate or establish these policies. our job is to serve the needs of our citizens."

Commissioners Dell Carter, Paul Mathenia, and Don Jones were on hand and all thanked Greer for deciding to run again and said our county has great local leaders and we need to continue to move forward.

Greer thanked the commission, elected officials, community, and media for helping making our County as great as it can be. Greer has served as County Mayor since 1998. He thanked the citizens for their continued support at the press conference and asked for their vote in August.

County Officials Pam Martin, Donna Craig and Mike Wilson listen along with Mayor Greer's wife Sarah.

HCTA Moves to Purchase AirTime on Fox Fishing Program

The HCTA board watches parts of Crispin Powley's show that airs on Fox Sports Southeast (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority met Thursday and Crispin Powley, sales manager for Strike King Lure Company, was on hand to discuss a unique opportunity for marketing Paris and Henry County.

In addition to Strike King, Powley owns a media company and he works with Fox Sports Outdoors, a fishing news program. The station airs 39 original episodes per year and highlight a specific fishing area each week and give reports from fishing areas across the country. The show airs Thursday at 6pm and Sundays at 8:30am. It reaches 10 million homes on Fox Sports Southeast, usually following or prior to Atlanta Braves and Nashville Predators games.

The Fox Sports Outdoors program also streams on many platforms such as YouTube TV, Hulu, and many more. It also has a huge following on Facebook and Twitter.

Powley gives a report on Tennessee and Kentucky Fishing spots on every episode and it is preceded by a 20 second commercial. He pitched to the board the idea of using that spot to promote Paris and Henry County. Powley said the cost is $3600 per quarter and there would be 12 original airings of the commercial and airing twice a week it would be 24 airings.

He told the board that individual businesses, events, etc. can be highlighted and the HCTA can sub-contract out with those business, etc to split the cost each quarter.

County Mayor Brent Greer said “we are facing some challenges in the future of how to market our community. With what is going to happen with the Inn, the Asian Carp issue, and ways to help include the City of Paris and Henry County in general and this could be a huge deal for us.”

CEO of the Tourism Authority David Hamilton said, “we have some money freed up with Boss Hoss not coming back so I think we should do this for a quarter and see what returns we get.”

The board agreed to do a budget amendment and pay for a TV spot to run for a quarter for a total of $3600. Powley said he would shoot the spot around the county and it should start running on air towards the end of March.

Trustee's Office To Open Saturday as Tax Deadline Nears

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee Randi French wants the public to know that the Trustee’s Office will be open extended hours this Saturday February 24th from 8am to Noon. The deadline to pay 2017 taxes without penalty is coming up on Wednesday February 28th.

Payments for county taxes can be made during the Trustee Office’s regular hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is also a drop box for after-hours payments on the front of the building.  We also have a payment option as well as tax information and a place where you can make a copy of your tax bill or tax receipt on our website henrycountytrustee.com.  Payments also can be mailed to P.O. Box 776, Paris. Payments that are being mailed must be post marked by Feb. 28 2018 to avoid any added interest.

French said, “We encourage you to bring all notices in with you or put them with your payment when you drop them in the mail or the night deposit box. This allows us to get your payment in quickly so that you don’t have to wait and there is no confusion on which parcel you are paying on. As always we are accepting partial payments and are signing up those that are interested in taking advantage of our ACH bank draft. Please read over your Tax Notices carefully as there is important information on the back of the notice about Tax Relief.  Taxpayers can learn more about that program by visiting the office.”

2016 Tax notices will become delinquent March 1, 2018 and will be turned over to the delinquent tax attorney for collections.  For any questions call the Trustee’s Office at 642-6633.

Students Learn CPR at Grove's Save A Heart Day

Paris, Tenn.- Grove students are learning real life skills at the 10th annual Save a Heart Day Thursday including CPR from certified instructors. (Kyle Cronkright photos)

3-5 More Inches of Rain Likely Thru Sat. Night

Memphis- The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for much of area until 6am Sunday February 25th. After a break from rain Thursday, a slow moving front will stall out with heavy rain possible from late Thursday night thru Saturday night with an additional 3-5 inches of rain expected to fall. The ground is already saturated and flooding is likely to occur, especially in flood prone areas. Pay attention to the weather over the next few days.

BPU Board  Declares Surplus Property at Quick Feb. Session

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities approved some surplus equipment at a short February meeting Thursday morning. A 2011 Ford Ranger 2WD Extended Cab, Brush Chipper, and Cub Cadet Zero Turn mower were all approved as surplus and will be put on govdeals.com to sell. General Manager Terry Wimberley said they are contracting out more of their mowing and have dropped to only one right of way crew and doing more contracting out of that and don’t need the mower or chipper. The truck has been heavily used.

All financials look good for the BPU with cash up slightly in the Electric Department for January. Wimberley said net income was also up some even though they purchased more kilowatt hours than they sold.

Wimberley said 22 water main breaks during the extreme cold in December and January which caused net income to dip some in the water department. Net income was also down slightly in the wastewater department.

Photo Showcawe Entry Deadline is Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline is this coming Monday February 26th to submit entry forms for the upcoming 26th Annual Photography Showcase. The showcase is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Danny Kiimberlin and the Paris Henry County Arts Council.

Amateur and professional photographers are all welcome and categories are: Altered Images, Architectural, Mobile Photography, Natural World, People, Travel, Wildlife and Animals. In addition to these categories, the Downtown Paris Association will be sponsoring a Downtown Category. Cash Prizes will be awarded in each category. Forms can be completed at www.phcarts.com or can be picked up at Lee Academy for the Arts.

Entry forms are due by 5pm Monday February 26th and photo entries will be received at Lee Academy on Saturday March 3rd between 9am and 11am. No work will be accepted after 11am. A public reception and awards presentation will be held at 2pm on Sunday March 4th at Lee Academy.   

Houston County Schools Closed Thurs. Due to Flooding

Erin, Tenn.- Continued rainfall is filling ditches and raising creeks all over the area and due to several flooded roads in Houston County Thursday morning school officials have decided to close schools. The entire area remains under a flood watch until 6am Sunday.

APSU Planning to Offer B.S. in Aviation Science This Fall

Clarksville, Tenn.- In Clarksville, it’s not unusual to see military aircraft flying over town, but next year, a new bachelor’s degree program at Austin Peay State University will put a few civilian helicopters into the local sky. That’s because the University is in the final approval stages of a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science, with a concentration in rotor wing (helicopters), beginning next fall. The program will be the first rotor-wing flight school attached to a bachelor’s degree in the state.

In November, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved the new degree, but the program still needs the endorsement of the Federal Aviation Administration and approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In the meantime, the University is moving forward with preparations to launch the degree program as soon as it is approved, thanks to a recent $175,000 Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) grant. The TDOT Aeronautics Economic Development Fund is meant to “impact job creation and investment opportunities in Tennessee’s aviation industry.”

In January, the agency awarded six grants—five to airport authorities across the state, and one to APSU.

“We were the only institution of higher learning to get that grant, and the money will be used to buy our first helicopter simulator,” Dr. Karen Meisch, interim dean of the APSU College of STEM, said.

In the coming months, the University will hire a program director and chief helicopter pilot, in addition to acquiring three helicopters—two Guimbal Cabri G2s and a Robinson R44. The program will be housed at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, with flight training taking place at the Clarksville Regional Airport, also known as Outlaw Field.

The bachelor’s degree will help veterans, Fort Campbell pilots transitioning out of the military, and civilians pursue competitive careers with air medical service contractors, such as LifeFlight, oil and gas companies in need of offshore transportation and numerous other employers. Last summer, Vertical Magazine—a helicopter industry publication—reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was hiring helicopter pilots “in a big way.” According to the magazine, the federal agency has “approximately 550 pilot positions,” but that “doesn’t take into account additional positions that may be authorized in the coming years.”

Graduates of the APSU program will be better prepared for these jobs because of the way the University has structured the curriculum.

“As you earn this degree, you earn four FAA certifications: private helicopter, commercial helicopter, flight instructor I and flight instructor II,” Meisch said. “That’s what makes this better than just going to a flight school. They (a flight school) would focus on earning one of those four things at a time. At Austin Peay, you earn those four certifications and a bachelor’s degree. And the job market is calling more and more for that degree.”

The program also caters to pilots with years of flying experience, particularly military pilots from Fort Campbell.

“Flight training is calculated by the hour,” Dr. Kristine Nakutis, executive director of the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, said. “If students meet the standards, they may not have to pay for the additional training time. We will review prior flight experience, licensure, and skills for academic credit to reduce student cost and meet degree completion sooner.”

For more information, contact the APSU College of STEM at 931-221-7971, meischk@apsu.edu or nakutisk@apsu.edu.

Henry County Gets Part of $6M in Recycling Grants Awarded by TDEC

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced over $6M in grants to support community recycling efforts in a statewide effort to reduce landfill waste.

Henry County received $47,950 for recycling collection containers and a forklift. Another $28,000 was awarded to Henry County for Education and outreach materials, a transport trailer, antifreeze collection tank, spill prevention, and control and countermeasure plans. These grants will help local communities meet the ever-growing challenge of finding ways to reuse materials that would otherwise be discarded to benefit our economy and protect the environment.

TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said, “TDEC is committed to increasing the diversion and beneficial use of materials that would otherwise end up in the landfills or contaminating our waters.”

Lunch to Learn Seminar on Chronic Back Pain Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a Lunch to Learn Seminar on Chronic Back Pain this Friday February 23rd in classrooms 2 and 3. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30am Friday morning and seating is limited so you must RSVP by calling 644-3463. Dr. Charles Walker will discuss medical, physical, non-traditional, and interventional treatment approaches to back pain.

Rison St. Work Completed Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Crews work on moving utility lines Tuesday on Rison Street to prepare for the widening of Hwy. 641 N. The road was closed from 6am to 6pm for the work. (Mechelle Robbins photos)

School Safety Discussed at PSSD BOE Meeting Tues. Night

Board Chairman Richard Edwards discusses safety concerns. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Discussion on school safety was held towards the end of Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting. Board Chairman Richard Edwards told the board that there isn’t a parent, teacher, board member, or community member across the nation that doesn’t have safety of our schools on our minds. He said we have had a safety specialist visit the system back in 2013 and after walking thru all the schools, determined the PSSD was in good shape and ahead of many other systems, but with everything that continues to happen, we have to continue to revisit the issue.

Edwards said, “no one in this room has all the answers, but we have to keep safety on our minds now, not just education, and soon we are going to have a roundtable to discuss this with the board, Student Resources Officers, Principals, Assistant Principals, and others.”

Edwards said, “parents have questions, they want to know what is going on and what we are planning for the future.”

Dr. Gerrell updated the board and wanted the public to know all the upgrades in regarding safety that have been done in the last few years at the system. She listed several things that have been done and the system is doing to ensure students and teachers are safe at school.

SROs routinely check doors during the school day and no entry is accessible other than the front door of each building. The front door of Pre-K now has a buzzer to alert office staff someone has entered the office are. Buses are turned off during loading and unloading in order to keep students safe as buses are less likely to be knocked out of gear and move when engines are off.

Dr. Gerrell said the system added Ident-A-Kids to each school office and visitors must scan their driver’s license and a visitor’s badge is issued. The driver’s license will alert staff and administrators if the visitor is on the sex offender registry

All faculty and staff wear badges at all times and students are being trained to look for PSSD badges or visitor passes and report any adult not having those to a teacher.

No doors propped open during the school day, cameras are tied to 911 and constantly monitored by 911 dispatchers. Cameras are used in discipline incidents and have been deterrents as students know they are seen and used and documentation.

All school and district safety plans are updated and principals are conducing safety and security walks with SROs and looking at their safety plans to see what we could be missing. SROs will meet with teachers during planning to go over findings, revisit plans, and answer questions.

Dr. Gerrell said her and Ms. Wagner will be attending a safety seminar March 6th and follow up on safety plans with principals at a March 16th executive leadership team meeting.

PSSD BOE Hears Updates on Weekend Backpack Program

Alison Palmer discusses the Weekend Backpack program. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night and heard an update on the weekend backpack program from Alison Palmer.

Palmer said the food is purchased at Lakeway IGA and each bag is given out to Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students who qualify for free lunch. The students receive a Ziploc bag of snacks every Friday. The number of students served is 69 in Pre-K, 102 in Kindergarten, and 91 in 1st grade.

The bags include ravioli, small box of cereal, poptarts, applesauce, peaches, raisins, and peanut butter crackers. The bags are slipped in the students backpacks on Fridays.

The program already receives money from Helping Hand, BPU’s Project Roundup, local churches, Athena Delphian Club, HCMC, and the Rotary Club. Several volunteers come once a month to fill the baggies to send home.

Palmer said we are always looking for more donations and would love to add 2nd graders to the weekend backpack program next year. Dr. Norma Gerrell, PSSD Director of Schools, said, “we are looking for funding sources to try to include all students who are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in our system in the future.”

Dr. Gerrell added, some possible community partners have discussed joining in and helping fund the program to add more students in the future and they will continue these discussions. If the program added 2nd graders next year it would require 100 extra bags at 2.85 for about 30 weeks.

Spelling Bee Winners Recognized by PSSD BOE

Paris, Tenn.- Spelling Bee winners were recognized by the PSSD board on Tuesday night. (Top photo) Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray recognized runner-up Anna Daigle and winner Colby England. Colby will go to Jackson to represent PES in the Regional Spelling Bee.

(Bottom photo) Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough announced their spelling bee winners. Runner-up was Toby McKinney and winner was Lee Hayes who will go to the Regional Spelling Bee in Jackson. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

PSSD Board Approves Teachers for Tenure

Teachers approved for tenure. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD Board approved tenure for several teachers on Tuesday night. At Inman Middle School Becky Wilson, at Paris Elementary: Jane Fiscus, Ginny Hudson, and Lauren Poteete; at Rhea Elementary Laurie Cox, Morgan Frey, Ashely Melton, Katie Taylor, and Amanda White. To get tenure, teachers must remain with the system for 5 years and meet certain requirements on standards from the State.

Also Tuesday night, PSSD Director of Facilities Jason Coffield said the wet weather has put the work behind schedule on the next phase of the Rhea project but they still hope to finish the project on time and things are being done inside and still moving forward.

Drew Williams Appointed to Fill Vacant Comm. Seat

County Clerk Donna Craig swearing in Drew Williams to fill vacant comm. seat (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for February Tuesday evening and selected Drew Williams to fill the unexpired seat on the commission previously occupied by long-time commissioner Bobby Freeman who passed away in December.

County Mayor Brent Greer said Williams was the only one who has shown interest in the position as he is a resident of the 2nd District. The commission unanimously voted Williams to fill the seat

The seat is now filled until the upcoming August election where Williams and anyone else living in the 2nd district can fill out papers and run for the seat. Williams said he already picked up papers and plans to run for the seat in August.

In business Tuesday night, the Commission approved selling a couple of delinquent tax properties at reduced prices contingent on no one raising the prices ten percent within 10 days as required by law. One parcel will be sold to Vincent and Margie Nolen for $1K and the other will be sold to Mae Faye Henry for $1300 on railroad avenue in Henry.

The Commission approved a resolution appointing Dr. Terry Harrison and Dr. Paul Evans as assistant medical examiners for the county. This is one year term set to expire in January 2019.

Scouts Lead Pledge for County Comm. Meeting Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Scouts Kenson Kyle and Levi Hamilton were guests at the County Commission meeting Tuesday night and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer asked them to lead the commission in the Pledge of allegiance. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Good Crowd For "Listen to Your Heart" Community Health Fair

Paris, Tenn.-  A good crowd gathered for the “Listen to Your Heart” community health fair at the Bethel University-Paris Campus Atrium this afternoon. The event is on-going from 3-6pm and is free and open to the public. Several different services are being offered such as, blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol checks, carotid artery screenings, sleep screenings and many more health services and information. (Jessi Lane photos)

The Henry County Prevention Coalition on hand at health fair with lock boxes

Several Band Students Earn All West Honors

Paris, Tenn.- Several Henry County Band and String Students were selected for the 2018 All-West Tennessee Regional Band/Orchestra. These students auditioned against hundreds of others in the region to earn top chair placement in ensembles. Be being selected, these students show they are the best on their instrument in the region. The students performed a concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis earlier this month.

HCHS All West members include Macy Barron, Trumpet 7th Chair; Abigail Littrell, Alto Sax 2nd Chair; Clayton Caudill, Bari Sax 1st Chair; Mireille Loftquist, clarinet alternate; Alec Watkins, trombone 4th chair; Emma Walters, trumpet 9th chair; Justin Bond, Trumpet 9th chair; Seth Bucy, euphonium 4th chair; Luke Weatherly, trombone 2nd chair; and Harrison Cook-viola 8th chair.

Harrelson All West Band Members include Thomas Holcomb, Percussion 4th chair; Landen Dougherty, alto sax 2nd chair.

Lakewood All West Band-Kerry Lambraia, clarinet 22nd chair.

Dog Likely Stops Burglary on Franklin Dr.

Paris, Tenn.- A resident’s dog may have halted a likely burglary in its tracks over the weekend. Sgt. Tony Hutcherson of the Paris Police Department took a report from a resident of Franklin Drive where someone knocked out the car porch door and made entry into the home. The resident said he thinks the dog met the intruder at the door as nothing appeared to be taken. $300 in damage was done to the door.

Lady Patriots Prevail as District Tournament Champions

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Basketball team won their 2nd straight District Tournament Championship Monday night in a nail biter over #2 seed Rossview 56-54. The leading scorer in the game was Caroline Singleton with 14 points. Henry County will now turn to the Region Tournament. The Lady Pats will host the first round game Friday night at Gamlin Gym.

Named to the All Tournament team from Henry County were Emily Gilstrap, Gracie Osbron, Caroline Singleton, and Kelli Chipman.

Grove's 10th Annual Save a Heart Day is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove’s 10th annual Save A Heart Day is set for this Thursday February 22nd where students will rotate thru several heart healthy stations. The stations include CPR Certification where students will be trained and upon successful completion, will be certified CPR. Students will receive their CPR Certification cards before the end of the school year. Save a Heart Day has allowed hundreds of students to be trained in CPR over the last ten years and is very important to our county.

Other stops for students at Grove’s Save A Heart Day include Social Media, led by UT Martin Students, where students share precautionary advice regarding social media use; heart-related emergencies and distracted driving, led by Air Evac where students learn about heart attack symptoms and how the 911 System and supporting systems work in the county during emergency events.

There will also be stations on Teen Pregnancy, STDs, and Abstinence led by nationally known speaker Lucas Hurd; an exercise station; and stations about drug and alcohol use. Grove’s Save A Heart Day has become very popular with students and community members are quick to volunteer and help.

KPAC Winter Workshop Showing Two Plays Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center Young Artists Theatre Winter Workshop will be held this coming Thursday night February 23rd at 7pm. The group will present two plays “Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate” and “Soapy Smith’s Winter Wish” for only $6 or $5 plus two non-perishable food items.

“Peggy” is a funny tale where a young girl learns being small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. “Soapy” addresses the topic of being homeless in a funny way that will make you rethink some things in life.

Tickets are sold at the door. For more information call 644-2517 or email kriderpac@gmail.com.

Man Charged With Theft After Stealing Truck From Business

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. John Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged William Cody Dowdy, 25, of Cottage Grove, with burglary and theft after he admitted to taking a truck from a business on Hwy. 641 N. According to the report, Dep. Andrews arrived and noticed a truck parked where the 2017 Chevy, valued at $40K was parked. The other truck belonged to Dowdy upon checking with dispatch. It was determined that entry had been made into the business to get the keys to the truck. Later in the evening, Dowdy brought the truck back and Dep. Andrews along with Cpl. Blake Jenkins and Dep. Kyle Waldron came to the location and Dowdy admitted to taking the truck.

Woman Charged With Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Katie R. Tolley, 29 of Dover, for public intoxication after responding to Pocket’s over the weekend to assist Paris Police with an incident. Employees said she was hanging around the dumpsters and was hiding in the bathroom throughout the evening at the store. Tolley claimed that she had been sexually assaulted and there was a video going around of it.

She gave Dep. Waldron a story about having a wreck last week, waking up in jail, bonding out and going to a friend’s house in McKenzie where she thinks the sexual assault took place. After more discussion, Tolley couldn’t say for sure whether there was a video of it or not. She had been arrested after the wreck last week by Trooper Jason Mounts. Dep. Waldron arrested her for public intoxication for her own safety.

Lady Pats Play Rossview Mon. Night for District Championship

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots basketball team will play Rossview Monday evening at 7:30pm for the District 10-AAA Tournament Championship. Henry County beat Kenwood in double overtime Saturday to get to the championship game. The tournament is being played at Northeast High School. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast starting at 7pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply. Win or lose, the Lady Patriots will host the first round in the Region Tournament later this week.

Winders Brothers Compete in Indiana and Ky Races

Greencastle, In.- Javan Winders won the 800 meter run at he DePauw University Indoor Classic this weekend. Javan's time was 1:55.45 and he is currently ranked 2nd in the conference in the mile and 800 meters. Javan is a former Henry County Patriot and runs now for the University of Southern Indiana.

Lexington, Ky.- Titus and Silas Winders both competed in the University of Kentucky High School Invitatational this weekend in Lexington. Titus placed 9th in the mile with a time of 4:22.55 and Silas finished the 2 mile in 9:28.21, good for 6th place overall. Both brothers will compete in next weekend's Tennessee State High School Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Vanderbilt.

Reminder: Rison St. To Close Tuesday Feb. 20th

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.

Keisha Norwood Named Chamber Exec. Assistant

Paris, Tenn.- Travis McLeese, Exec. Director of the Chamber of Commerce announced Keisha Norwood has been hired as Exec. Assistant at the Chamber.

Keisha Norwood is a graduate of American Public University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Meeting and Event Planning. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing through Columbia Southern University. Keisha has owned and operated a professional wedding and event planning business for a combined 15 years and executed approximately 2000 weddings and 800 corporate events along with other custom events. She has served a variety of professional roles including Administrative Director of Financial Affairs and Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President.

Keisha and her husband John, along with their four children, reside in Springville, Tennessee.  John is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Bethel University and serves as an adjunct facilitator for Bethel University and Southern New Hampshire University. Three of their four children attend schools within the Paris Special School District and the fourth (the oldest) is a junior at Henry County High School and a member of the Madrigals. All four children also serve as volunteers and attend the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center in Paris. 

HCSO/ATF Investigating Burglary At Guns N' Gear

Suspects and Vehicle of Guns N' Gear Burglary (Photos provided by HCSO)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF are currently investigating a “smash and grab” burglary at Guns N’ Gear located on highway 79N in Paris. On Sunday, February 18th at approximately 5:44am a silver early 2000’s model Chevrolet Cruz pulled into the parking lot at Guns N’ Gear. Seconds later the car backed in to the front door of the business, destroying it in the process. Four male occupants, all wearing masks and hoodies, then exited the vehicle and made entry inside the business. Once inside they took 12 handguns, predominantly Glocks. The entire incident from the time they hit the door to the time they left was 29 seconds. The ATF is assisting in this investigation due to the high probability that this case will turn into a multijurisdictional investigation and cross over county and state lines. Both the Sheriff’s Office and the ATF will be offering a substantial reward for any information that leads to an arrest or any information that provides advancement in the investigation. Any tips can be called in to the Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the Crime Tips line at 731-642-0929

Man Charged With Simple Possession

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, by Deputy Kyle Waldron, states that Michael A. Mayfield, age 25 of Mays Bridge Rd, was arrested and charged with simple possession of a schedule IV and drug paraphernalia after a Deputy Waldron was alerted about a vehicle being parked in the convention center parking lot at Paris Landing State Park.

Plumbing Supplies, Lumber Taken From Springville Home

Springville, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy James Higgins, approximately 20 pieces of PVC pipe, pipe fittings, and some pieces of lumber were taken from the yard of a home on Sandy Beach Rd. in Springville over the weekend.

Henry Fire Units Respond To Car Fire Early Sunday Morning

Henry, Tenn. - Henry Fire Units were dispatched to a report of a car fire in the area of Hwy 79 South and Skunk Hollow Road at approximately 7:41 a.m. Sunday morning. The units responded with Engine 1, Engine 2 & 7 Firefighters.

While enroute, the team of units were advised that the vehicle fire was actually a wreck with injuries. Units arrived on scene, along with the McKenzie Fire Department to discover a 90's model Ford Explorer fully involved.

Witnesses reported that the car had crossed over the center lane and hit a culvert, causing the Explorer to burst into flames.

The driver and single occupant, was transported to a local hospital for injuries unknown at press time.

(Henry Fire Department Photos)

Bethel University Presents Boeing, Boeing Feb 22-24

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Academic Theatre will present the play Boeing, Boeing, February 22-24 in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building on the school’s McKenzie campus. Boeing, Boeing is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Comoletti. Set in the 1960’s the play follows a bachelor, Bernard, who couldn’t be happier with a flat in Paris and three attractive stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing the other. Bernard’s life gets bumpier when his friend Robert comes to stay with him, and a new, speedier Boeing Jet disrupts his careful planning.

The play is directed by Tony Morton and will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30; Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7:30 and Saturday Feb. 24th at 2 pm and again at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the door before each performance. Bethel University students and faculty/staff get in free with I.D.

The HCHS Junior Cheer Clinic Set For March

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Junior Cheer Clinic is being held in March at the HCHS auxiliary gym in E building. Clinic practice dates are set for March 5th from 3:45-5:00 pm and March 6th at the same times. The performance date will be March 10th at the HCHS soccer field. Cost is $40 per person and includes snacks, t-shirts and a set of pom-poms. You can enter your payment and form by mailing them to Velvet Arnold at 315 S. Wilson St. Paris, TN 38242, dropping it off in the office at HCHS or you may give it to any cheerleader or Coach Arnold at any of the basketball games. For any questions you may have, contact any of your high school cheerleaders or email Velvet Arnold at arnoldv@henryk12.net.

HCSO and McDonald's Hand Out Random Acts of Kindness

Paris, Tenn.-  Partnering with McDonald’s the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were conducting traffic stops for drivers doing the right thing, such as, wearing their seatbelts and obeying the speed limit. Officers were awarding safe drivers with a meal of breakfast, lunch or dinner from McDonald’s.

Open Doors Community Church Holds Car Raffle

Paris, Tenn.-  Open Doors Community Church is holding a car raffle from now until March 15th, for a 2005 Mercury Sable in. The car can be seen at Guns & Gear in Paris and has been donated to the church. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from members of Open Doors Community Church or at Guns & Gear. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for the ODCC Bus Ministry. The winner will be selected and notified March 18th and winner must pay tax and license fees.

Traffic Stops Lead To Arrests, Citation

Paris, Tenn.- Travis M. Snow, age 18 of Big Sandy, received a citation for simple possession from Deputy Stacey Bostwick of the HCSO February 15th. Deputy Bostwick observed a vehicle driving on Memorial Dr. with a brake light out, and conducted a traffic stop. While talking to the driver, Deputy Bostwick obtained consent to search the vehicle. Before the search began, Snow advised that there was a small amount of marijuana in the console. The marijuana was located and the defendant was cited.

Patrolman Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop, Thursday evening, after clocking a vehicle travelling 63 mph in a 40 mph zone. After making contact with the driver, Angelia R. Ducking, age 35 of Irving, Texas, dispatch advised Ducking was suspended out of Texas. Due to the suspect being out of state, she was arrested and transported to HCSO without incident. Ducking’s bond was set at $1,000.00.

According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Donnie R. Tharpe age 52 of Hidden Acres Dr., was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense by Trooper Harden.

Patriot's End Basketball Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots ended their basketball season tonight with 11 wins and 17 losses. The Patriots took a loss from Rossview with a score of 39-70. Tonight’s high score came from The Patriots' Ethan Thompson with 15 points.

BlueCross Scholarship Deadline is March 16th

Nashville- The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Power of We scholarship through March 16, 2018. Three ten thousand dollar scholarships will be awarded to minority students in Tennessee who are undergraduates and who are pursuing health care careers.

Established in 2012, the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship program aims to build a more inclusive health care workforce in Tennessee and ultimately help reduce health disparities in the state. Minority students with strong academic records and community service experience are encouraged to apply.

The scholarships are presented in partnership with the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and recognize achievements in academics, community service and leadership.

“These scholarships provide a much-needed resource for minority students who may not have had the same opportunities as others,” said Ron Harris, vice president of diversity and inclusion for BlueCross. “This financial assistance will help deserving students achieve their dreams while increasing diversity in the health care field.”

According to BlueCross research on health care reform and its impacts on minority populations in Tennessee, African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, as well as other Pacific Islanders, remain underrepresented in medicine relative to their numbers in the U.S. population and populations in specific states, regions and localities.

For more information about the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship, including the application, please visit the page on www.bettertennessee.com.

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



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