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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks



New Businesses Continue to Choose TN

Nashville- The number of new businesses keeps climbing suggesting the state’s economic growth will continue, according to a new report released by the Secretary of State's office.

There were 8,915 new entity filings in the fourth quarter of 2017, representing an 8.5 percent increase compared to the same time the year before. Initial filings have now had positive year-over-year growth for 25 consecutive quarters. Domestic limited liability corporations (LLCs), which were up 13.1 percent, show the strongest growth and account for more than half of all new entity filings.

“These numbers show that business leaders continue to invest in Tennessee. The Tennessee General Assembly and Governor Haslam have created a welcoming business climate that will serve us well in the years ahead,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is created to provide a periodic snapshot of the state’s economy based on a variety of information, including new business data from the Division of Business Services.

As of Jan. 1, 2018, there were 262,462 active entities in Tennessee representing a 5.1 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

Among the state’s four largest counties, Hamilton County has the largest initial filings year-over-year growth at 21.3 percent. Davidson County came in second at 11.8 percent with Shelby County trailing just behind at 11 percent. Knox County saw a 7.7 percent increase. The four counties account for 5,013 new entity filings during the fourth quarter of 2017, which is a 12 percent increase compared to the same time in 2016.

The state’s unemployment remained historically low at 3.3 percent in December. Tennessee’s unemployment rate remains well below the current national average of 4.1 percent.

State revenues for the current fiscal year are up 3.8 percent. The national economy is also experiencing solid growth with new jobs and housing starts.

Wine and Dine With Relay Planned for Sat. At Paris Winery

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Winery will host Wine and Dine with Relay presented by First United Methodist Chuch’s Relay for Life Team this Saturday March 3rd. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance at the Church office or Paris Family Chiropractic. Music will be provided by The Legends from 6-8pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Wine, beer, soda, and water are available for purchase. Doors open at 6pm.  

Photo Showcase Opens Sunday With Public Reception and Awards

Paris, Tenn.- A public reception and awards presentation will be held at 2pm on Sunday March 4th at Lee Academy for the opening of the 26th Annual Photo Showcase. Everyone is invited to attend.

Commission Amends Downtown Zoning District Ordinance

Commissioners Discuss the zoning district changes. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved an ordinance on First Reading Thursday night at the Paris City Commission meeting that lays out new zoning for the downtown area. Planning Commission members have been mulling changes for several months as they have studied the downtown districts and the Downtown Central Business District.

City Manager Kim Foster said, “currently most of the downtown area is zoned B-2, Central Business District, however the outlying areas are not a good fit for that classification.”

The proposed changes basically lays out that any area that has on-street parking would remain in the core B-2 District. The outlying areas would become an alternate TRB, B-1, or B-3 and some areas that are truly residential will be blended into the adjacent residential areas. There will be a public hearing before the 2nd reading and around 450 property owners will be notified about the change as well.

The Commission also discussed the self-storage issues in B-2 Districts at Thursday night’s meeting. City attorney Fred McLean presented an amendment that sets standards for “outdoor” storage facilities. This is a recommendation from the Planning Commission to have two separate sections, one for indoor developments and one for outdoor developments.

The Outdoor Self-storage facilities were defined as a building or group of buildings designed with individual storage units that are accessed from the outdoors by way of common vehicle circulation areas. The minimum lot size is one-half acre, there is 25 foot separation between buildings, all driveways must be paved, traffic direction and parking spaces shall be designated by signage or painted lines.

In other action, the Commission passed a resolution setting a municipal election for November 6, 2018 for seats currently held by Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Commissioners Sam Tharpe and Gayle Griffith.

City Sees December Retail Sales Dip

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon told Commissioners Thursday night at the City Commission meeting, that retail sales for December dropped slightly over 6% compared to December of last year. Prior to that, the City had 9 straight months of an increase, with the last decrease coming in February 2017. Even with the drop in December retail sales the City is still ahead year to date 3.81% compared to same time frame last year.

General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures in January and for the fiscal year-to-date and there were several large expenses in January including repairs to equipment, and purchase of two new vehicles. There were also expenses for the City Hall renovation which will be reimbursable from the bond.

16 business licenses were issued in January, 7 were renewals and new businesses include Decker Construction, J.G. Hughes Construction, TRS Construction, Farm Bureau Income Tax Service, Express Taxi Inc., City Wireless dba Cricket Wireless, and Veterans Maintenance. 

In other action Thursday night the Paris City Commission approved the ordinance to amend the beer regulations and remove the proximity rules to churches, schools, playgrounds, and parks City Wide; approved increasing the amount of beer board members from 3 to 5; approved an ordinance to allow municipalities authority to purchase without sealed bids on items not to exceed $25K, which is raised from the current amount of not to exceed $10K.

Resolution Approved Concerning Fire Fighter Reimbursement

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a resolution regarding reimbursement in regards to training and equipment for new hires on the Paris Fire Department. This is along the lines of the resolution approved concerning new hires for the Police Department last month. The resolution states new hires in the Fire Department would reimburse the City for certain costs if they leave less than 30 months after being hired and completion of initial training at the Academy. The resolution is laid out on a scale and if the employee leaves within 12 months they would owe 100% of cost and it reduces up until the 30 month period is over.

City Hall Renovations Moving Along

City Manager Kim Foster discusses various projects as City Attorney Fred McLean and Commissioner Terry Fuller listen. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris,Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over the status of various projects Thursday night saying 90% of all work in the administrative end of City Hall is complete during the renovation process. Renovations to the courtroom should be done in time for April’s meeting to be held there and work in the Police Department is about to get underway.

Foster said the City has been in talks with the current owners of the old upholstery shop at the corner of Tyson and Manley about getting the structure up to code and they are weighing options. The County attorney is still also working on reducing the redemption period on structures that need to be demolished.

The transition of street lights to LED in the Energy Efficiency project with Trane is about 90% and work has moved along smoothly with the project.

The Back Alley Paris project is about to get underway again as the next phase of the project will consist of a mural painted on an 8’ x 12’ panel which will be mounted on the law office building adjacent to the west alley. The work is being done thru the Arts Builds Communities Grant which was awarded again to the DPA. Dan Knowles and Kathy Ray are in discussion on creating the content.

Reminder: Tornado Drill Planned Fri. Morning. 9:30am

Paris, Tenn.- The statewide Tornado Drill that was originally planned for Wednesday will be conducted at 9:30am this morning. The drill was postponed Wednesday because the threat of severe weather. Area schools are set to practice drills and anyone who does can take a safety selfie and post it on the Henry County EMA twitter page @HenryCountyEMA.

Man Arrested With Meth, Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Lance Perry and Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of loud yelling coming from a home on East Antioch Road. At the scene they talked with Danny F. Mitchell, age 53, who seemed nervous and kept his hands in his pocket and was trying to go to the bathroom.

Lt. Perry and Cpl. Andrews advised him to remove his hands from his pocket and a bulge was seen. They asked him to remove whatever was in there and Mitchell pulled out a small container.  Inside the container was some powder methamphetamine. A search of the residence was then done and 3 syringes, a bong, and rolling papers were also found. Mitchell was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Stacey Bostwick took a report of a shed on Hwy 140 West that was entered and items were stolen. Missing from the shed and a vehicle nearby were two push mowers, a chain saw, and three power tools. The items were valued at around $1500. There are no suspects at this time and investigation continues.

Woman Charged With Driving on Revoked, Meth Possession

Paris,Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol and noticed a woman with revoked license driving a vehicle. He conducted a traffic stop and found the driver, Kelly Dunlap, age 27, of 345 Harrison, did indeed have revoked license. Consent to search was given and some meth was found in a small bowl in the trunk. Dunlap was charged with driving on revoked, simple possession of schedule two, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department has charged Michael D. Tayloe, age 38, of 607 N. Brewer with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Local Tourism Group Attends Travel Show

Kerry Allen, group sales manager at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, met with tour bus operators at Heartland Travel Show in Buffalo, New York. (Friends of LBL Photo)

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Lakes Region Coalition, a working group of tourism destinations surrounding and including Land Between the Lakes, participated in a sales trip to Buffalo, New York, to attend the Heartland Travel Show, a tour bus operator venue. Representatives met with tour bus operators and invited them to our area, which benefits local tourism and economic development.

Jennifer Wheatley, director of sustainability and outreach for the Friends of Land Between the Lakes, attended the show, along with Kerry Allen, group sales manager for Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Friends of Land Between the Lakes Executive Director John Rufli said “Both Jennifer and Kerry have been active in the tourism industry and worked the American Bus Association, Travel South, Heartland and Spotlight on the Southeast shows. The team from our region had several pre-scheduled appointments and opportunities to meet with tour bus companies.”

Heartland, which primarily includes tour companies from the Midwest, has been a successful source of visitors to our region.
Rufli continued “The Friends of Land Between the Lakes support the Lakes Region Coalition and its efforts to draw tourism dollars to our region.”

Membership in the Lakes Region Coalition is open to area businesses and destination marketing organizations. For more information, contact John Rufli at the Friends of Land Between the Lakes, jrufli@friendsoflbl.org.

APSU Board of Trustees Hosting Spring Meeting March 8-9

Clarksville, Tenn.- On March 8 and 9, the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees will host its spring meetings at the Fort Campbell Military Installation and on the APSU campus. The Board’s Business and Finance Committee, Academic Policies and Programs/Student Life Committee, and Audit Committee will meet at 2 p.m. that Thursday at the APSU Education Center, Building #203 on the Fort Campbell Army Installation.

The full Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at 317 College Street. All meetings are open to the public.To attend Thursday’s committee meetings, visitors must go to the Visitor Control Center at Gate 4, located at Building A-5004, Screaming Eagle Boulevard. Bring government-issued photo identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. During Thursday’s Audit Committee meeting, the board will go into a closed executive session to discuss legal matters.

The Board will vote on several items during the meetings, including non-mandatory fees and housing rates for the 2018-19 academic year. To watch the meeting live, visit http://www.apsu.edu/president/board-of-trustees/board-meeting-archived-videos.php. To view meeting materials such as the agenda, visit http://www.apsu.edu/president/board-of-trustees/board-meeting-schedule-and-materials.php.

For information on the meeting, contact the Secretary to the Board at 931-221-7572.

Deer Meat Giveaway Friday at HCSO Starting at 9am

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for the Hungry program will be giving away the remaining deer meat starting at 9am on Friday morning at the sheriff’s office. The giveaway will last until all meat is gone.

TN NWR Bluebird Box Building Program Set for Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Tennessee NWR will host an event this Saturday March 3rd from 1-3pm at the Refuge Visitor Center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. The program will be centered around the Eastern Bluebird and will feature a short program about the bird, its history in our area, the decline of its population and how bluebird boxes helped stop that decline.

Local bluebird experts Mitz and Lora Ann Bailey will present the program and show how you can attract bluebirds and other birds to your backyard. Participants will also be invited to build their own bluebird box and get tips on how to best hang it in your yard to attract bluebirds. For those willing, the Refuge invites participants to assist with installing boxes along Wildlife Drive to establish a new bluebird trail at the refuge.

To provide free bluebird boxes for everyone, the Paris Lowe’s Store has provided some of the wood and supplies for the boxes. For more information on this event or any activities at the Refuge call 642-2091.

City Commission March Meeting Thurs. at 5pm at Chamber

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session for March on Thursday night at 5pm at the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is at the chamber because renovation work continues at Paris City Hall. Items on the agenda include setting a municipal election for November, rezoning requests, ordinance amendments, and project updates. The meeting is open to the public.

Weed Wrangle Sat. Morning at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- The will be a weed wrangle at Paris Landing State Park from 8am to 10am this Saturday March 3rd. Everyone is invited to come and assist park staff in removing invasive plant species and beautifying the park. Volunteers should meet at the main office at 8am and dress appropriately with closed toe shoes, gloves, and be sure and bring bug spray and water. Those who are coming to the Weed Wrangle should wear older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Arts Council to Present "Diary of Anne Frank" Sat. March 3

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will present, The Diary of Anne Frank, a Murray State University Production, at the Krider Performing Arts Center this Saturday March 3rd. The show begins at 7pm and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and will be sold at the door. Call the Arts Council at 642-3955 for email phcarts@gmail.com.

Flooding To Close Roads at LBL Beginning Thursday

Golden Pond, Ky.- U.S. Forest Service officials at Land Between the Lakes warn visitors of rising lake levels that will close many facilities beginning March 1.

Hillman Ferry, Energy and Piney Campgrounds, basic camping, and dispersed camping will be closed starting March 1 and not reopen until facilities are safe for the public.

"We care deeply about visitor safety and resource conservation," said Land Between the Lakes Area Supervisor Tina Tilley. "Wet conditions are submerging many campgrounds, boat ramps, and roads so we've closed areas for public safety. Please do not enter flooded areas."

Tilley warns that resources are easily damaged during wet conditions and rising lake levels will make conditions progressively worse. "The soil is saturated and vulnerable to erosion so we ask people to limit travel at Land Between the Lakes until this flood event is over. Erosion and moving debris may contribute to unexpected travel hazards and recovery for stranded visitors could be delayed as conditions deteriorate."

The current lake levels for Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake can be found online at: https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels

Rhea Students Paint Rocks for Future Rhea Students

Paris, Tenn.- Heather Darnell’s students paint rocks for FUTURE BULLDOGS –

Rhea Kindergarten Round-Up kicks off next week and we’re going to have a great time meeting our incoming students and families. The rocks that our current KG students are painting will be shared with parents of incoming KG students. The parents will write the student’s name on one side, and a message on the other. The rocks will then be used to make a class rock garden—if a student needs a little happy, they can find their special rock in the garden and feel a little closer to home. (Rhea School photos)

Tennis Team Splits With Calloway County at KenLake

Hardin, Ky.- The Henry County High School tennis teams travelled to Kenlake Tuesday to meet Calloway County High School. It was the first scrimmage of the 2018 season for both the Boys and the Girls teams. The Boy's team won five of the six singles matches and two of the three doubles matches, posting a 7-2 victory. The Girls team, with several close matches,  came home with a 6-3 loss.  

"This year's team consists of 42 eager players, ready to further develop their skills, on & off the court, through tennis," according to Coach Kirk.

HCHS FB To Scrimmage Lexington at Bethel Thurs.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots Football team will scrimmage Lexington High School on Thursday at 5:15pm. The scrimmage will take place at Bethel University.

Three Cited for Drugs After Knock and Talk on Hillcrest Dr.

Paris, Tenn.- Three people were cited into court for drug charges after Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos and Ptl. Amber Roaten conducted a knock and talk at 22 Hillcrest Drive. The report stated drugs had been sold out of the residence according to witnesses.

After a search of the residence, a green leafy material and some white powdery substance were found. Nicholas Jones, age 19 of 3575 Henry Midway Road, Collin Raney, 19, of 420 N. Brewer St., and Bryce Owens age 20 of Puryear, were all cited with simple possession of schedule 6, simple possession of schedule 2, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department cited two women after conducting a traffic stop after they disobeyed a traffic signal. The report stated Sgt. Long could smell an odor of marijuana but search of the car couldn’t find any. The driver Shalyndrea Williams, age 27 of 1208 Lincoln St. was found to be driving on suspended license and had no insurance and was cited for both. The passenger, Pamela Hayes, 50, of 1208 Lincoln St. admitted to having some marijuana on her person and once it was found she was cited for possession of schedule of 6.

Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Rocky Foster, age 37, of 1730 Hagler Ridge Road in Springville, with violation of probation and criminal simulation.

The Sky's the Limit

Paris, Tenn.- Sometimes you just have one of those days. Workers at the corner of Rison and Hwy 641 N encountered a accidental geiser Wednesday morning while working on the widening of the Hwy. 641 N project. The incident was fixed quickly. (Amanda Allen photo)

Tennessee SNAP Participation Falls Under 1M for First Time

Nashville- According to the January enrollment numbers published by the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the number of individuals receiving benefits from the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, went under one million people for the first time in over a decade. The number of people receiving food stamps steadily increased during the Great Recession both in Tennessee and nationwide. The number of people receiving SNAP or food stamps peaked in July 2013 when Tennessee reached an all-time high of 1.35 million people.

Taxpayers are now spending approximately $57 million less per month than at the height of SNAP or food stamp participation.
Beacon Executive Vice President Stephanie Whitt, a former Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Human Services, praised the accomplishment saying, "This is a huge deal for the state of Tennessee and a great indicator that what we have been doing as a state has been working."
Whitt went on to note, "These numbers are extremely encouraging. Not only are we trending in the right direction, but we should see even more able-bodied Tennesseans move from the SNAP program to job or education opportunities, as work requirements for able-bodied adults went into effect in February. The Beacon Center will continue to make it a key priority to help people move out of poverty through effective work programs like this one."

MSU To Host Status of Women Summitt March 2nd

Murray, Ky.- The third annual Status of Women Summit is scheduled to take place at Murray State University on March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Curris Center ballroom. The spring 2018 theme, “Shaping and Engaging in Community Life,” continues to support the belief that when women succeed, families and communities succeed. 

“This third Status of Women Summit will examine the opportunities and challenges that women face as they work to improve their communities through a continuum of efforts — from voting to volunteering to political involvement,” said Dr. Janine Duncan, the event’s organizer and assistant professor of family and consumer sciences in the College of Education and Human Services. “By specifically exploring how community spaces might be shaped to advance the status of women, this portion of the Status of Women series continues to investigate the roles that the public plays in maintaining or advancing the status of women and how collaborative efforts could be leveraged to promote positive changes for women, their families and the communities where they live.”
The Status of Women Summit is designed to encourage collaborative thinking, reflection and action by participants and their respective communities. Duncan began the event series with the “Family and Consumer Sciences Summit on the Status of Women in Western Kentucky,” held in September 2016. A follow-up event titled, “Generation Next: Empowering Communities in an Uncertain World,” was held in October 2017.
Summit attendees are often from a variety of backgrounds and include regional social/family service providers and family/consumer sciences teachers as well as extension educators, FRYSC coordinators, university and high school students and other community members. Attendance at the previous two events is not required to participate in the upcoming summit.
“The recent swell of headlines pertaining to the sexual assault and harassment of women strongly demonstrates that both women and men must examine the role of women in personal, professional and public life,” Duncan said. “This summit provides an opportunity to do just that and welcomes everyone — women and men — to this important discussion. By bringing an open mind and a willingness to dialogue, participants will be positioned to identify and initiate opportunities for advancing the status of women in civic spaces and consequently strengthening families and communities in western Kentucky.”
Aside from her work with the University, Duncan is known for her participation with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the International Federation for Home Economics.
Due to the support of several University partners, there is no cost for participants to attend the summit. Sponsors include the dean’s office for the College of Education and Human Services; the department of adolescent, career and special education; public and community health, nonprofit leadership studies and social work programs; and the Murray State Women’s Center.

PHCPUD Has Lowest Rates Among Area Systems

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners met in regular session for February last week and General Manager Tae Eaton informed the board PHCPUD continues to remain the lowest among area systems as far as residential rates go.

Eaton showed the board a study on residential rates from February where the average rate for the PHCPUD was .67 per ccf lower than everyone else’s rate except Clarksville Gas and Water which came in at .45. Eaton said he thought that was very low and talked with Clarksville to find out they also charge a monthly meter charge of $17.60, and PHCPUD doesn’t do that so it’s not a comparable rate.

Other area districts Greater Dickson’s rate was 1.06 ccf, Humphreys County Utility was 1.02, West TN Public Utility District in Huntingdon had a rate of .89, and Gibson County Utility District’s rate was .73. Eaton said it is a complement to our staff and their hard work to watch dollars to help keep cost low along with the board’s action to plan ahead and be very mindful of the rates consumers face.

Eaton said a colder January had a positive impact on the financials as revenues were up this January compared to the last two. Eaton said January saw a $301K profit due to bitterly cold weather that hung around most of the month. The District is still $328K in the red year to date and that compares to being $516K in the red last year. Eaton said all these are impacted by weather and this January was colder than normal where the last couple have been warmer than average.

The District has worked on a new 10 day work plan to follow for maintenance, installing extensions, and other things. Eaton said Operations Manager Binh Chau studies weather forecasts for 10 days out and comes up with a working schedule for the system to be proactive and streamline plans to do work in operations. Eaton said so far it is working great and they will continue to look at the operations in order to remain proactive.

Eaton said 28 service lines were on backlog currently, mostly because of the wet weather the area has had. He said we’ve been busy and it shows that the new main line extensions put in last year by the system are already paying off with new customers. Customers for the District are now up over 7100.

US Attorney Meets With West TN Law Enforcement

Pictured are Sheriff Monte Belew (HCSO), Chief Chuck Elizondo (Paris PD) Sheriff Kenny Christopher (Benton Co. S.O.) Sheriff Mike Wilson (Weakley Co S.O.) and US Attorney Michael Dunavant

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday February 27th United States Attorney Michael Dunavant met with Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Mayors and District Attorneys across west Tennessee in a new directive to hold periodic Regional Law Enforcement Meetings.

The first West Tennessee Regional Meeting was held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of these meetings is to come together jointly and discuss ways to make the community safer from criminals known as “the worst of the worst” by prosecuting these criminals federally and ensuring they stay behind bars for as long as possible and effectively removing them from the community. Dunavant was quoted as saying “We mean what we say. If you are a criminal and have earned the lifetime achiever award, we want to make sure you are given that award. The US Attorney’s Office is open for business.”

Tornado Drill Postponed Due to Possible Severe Weather

Paris, Tenn.- The National Weather Service had a planned a Tornado Drill statewide on Wednesday at 9:30am as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The Drill has now been postponed and moved to Friday March 2nd at 9:30am due to possible severe weather in our area Wednesday.

Jury Summons Postcards Mailed Out Contain Wrong Date

Paris, Tenn.- Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson wants anyone who was mailed a jury duty summons packet to know the date printed on the packet is wrong. Wilson said, "it's come to my attention that one item in the packet has a wrong date and it could cause some confusion."

Wilson said within in the packet is a postcard that is to be signed and returned to the Sheriff's Office and the postcard listed the wrong date.

For clarification, the date on the postcard should have read "Monday March 5, 2018 8:15am" as the correct date and time to report for jury duty just as the other dates mentioned elsewhere in the packet.

Anyone with questions can call the Circuit Court Office at 642-0461.

TDEC Survey Evaluating Paris Landing Inn Restaurant Available

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has a brief 3 question survey available for people to answer concerning the restaurant at Paris Landing State Park Inn. Tennessee State Parks will use the information in the design of the new Inn and Restaurant. The survey can be found at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Paris_Landing_Restaurant_Survey

Man Arrested After Attempting to Hide

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Offices was on routine patrol and began trying to catch up with a car on Hwy 69 N that kept appearing to speed up. The vehicle turned on Rison St. and pulled into a residence. The subject exited immediately and went towards the back of the house. Cpl. Jenkins decided to investigate and the tag on the car came back to David Felock, age 40, of 395 Peaceful Meadows Lane whose license was revoked. Felock was found hiding at the house and was arrested by Cpl. Jenkins and charged with driving on revoked 3rd offense.

In a separate incident, Ptl. Amber Roaten and Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department went to 305 Cedar St. looking for a subject with active warrants. They found Thomas Johnson, age 38, of 319 Thompson St., who did have active warrants. Thompson was placed under arrest and admitted to have meth on his person. He was charged with simple possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, and placed on $3K bond.

Merison's Home Furnishings Hosts Feb. Chamber Coffee

Paris,Tenn.- Merison's Home Furnishings hosted the Feburary Chamber Coffee Tuesday morning. Owners Tim and Vicky Boyd welcome visitors and discuss the many products that Merison's have. (David Jackson photos)

Drills, Siren Testing Planned for Severe Weather Awareness Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service has declared Severe Weather Awareness Week for this week and Henry County will be participating in several events throughout the week and month relating to severe weather preparedness.

Ron Watkins, Henry County EMA Director, said, “the best way for residents to prepare for severe weather is to be weather aware and have a shelter plan; today’s electronic technology devices can assist in receiving important information so you can have some advance warning to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your family.”

On Wednesday February 28th, Henry County will once again participate in the State Wide Tornado Drill Day at 9:30am. Watkins has asked local schools to practice facility tornado preparedness plans by conducting a tornado drill in each school. Watkins also ask Henry County folks to take a safety selfie in the safe locations and post to twitter @HenryCountyEMA and they will post to their Facebook page.

This year’s awareness week also includes testing outdoor warning sirens in the county including the newest one at the KOA Campground on East Antioch Road, Paris City Hall, Henry City Hall, and Cottage Grove will all be tested February 28th.

For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week visit www.henrycoutytn.org and click on the Henry County Emergency Management website, or call 644-2678.

Winders Brothers Excel in Regional Races

Nashville- Henry County’s Titus and Silas Winders competed in the Tennessee State High School Indoor Track and Field Championship held this past Sunday at Vanderbilt University. Titus placed 2nd in the 2 miles with a time of 9:16 and Silas came in 5th with a time of 9:35. Less than an hour after that race, Titus placed 4th in the mile run with a time of 4:26. Both boys received All-State honors. The two brothers scored enough points to place as 7th out of over 40 teams.

Indianapolis- Former Henry County Track standout Javan Winders ran with the University of Southern Indiana Distance Medley Relay team at the GLVC Indoor Track and Field Conference Championship on Saturday. The team placed 2nd overall by less than half a second. Javan won the mile with a time of 4:20 and later placed 5th in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58. Javan was named to the First Team All-Conference in the mile and Second Team All-Conference in the Distance Medley Relay. USI place 6th in the conference.

Ky Lake Property Owners Should Prepare for Rising Water

Buchanan, Tenn.- Property owners around Kentucky Lake should be preparing for water levels to be as much as 10 feet above summer pool later this week and into next week as TVA is reducing water releases from the Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee River and Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River. TVA is reducing the releases because of flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in cities like Cairo, Paducah, and Memphis. With that reduction, flood crest on the Ohio and Mississippi will be reduced but reservoir levels will rapidly rise.

BPU Changing Out Poles on India Road Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will be changing out two power poles that were broken after Saturday's storms on Tuesday morning. The work will be on India Road from Henderson Lane to Anderson Drive Tuesday from 8am to Noon. There should be no issues with power outages but that portion of the road will be closed while the work is being done.

Henry County E-911 Board Approves CAD Purchase

911 Board members discuss the CAD system. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At a special called meeting Monday afternoon, the Henry County E-911 Board approved the purchase of a new Computer Aided Dispatch system. Director Mark Archer said the committee had met and went over all three requests for proposals that the board had received.

The board approved a contract with IDNetworks out of Cleveland, Ohio to install a new CAD system for the county for $169K. Archer said, "I figured we might be upwards of $200K on this project, but luckily it came in a bit lower."

Archer said he, Chad Howard, and some of those that will be using the system went to different 911 systems to view all three companies that sent proposals. Everyone was pretty much on board with IDNetworks. They were compatible with basically every issue Archer brought up while the other two companies Southern Software and GeoConex, were not completely compatible.

Archer said the system should reduce some workload and allow all our entities to work together and be connected.

HCSO Charges Juvenile After Inman Threats

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged a juvenile from Inman School with communicating threats toward school employees and false reports by way of hoax.

The incident started earlier Monday when school officials noticed a threat written on the bathroom wall threatening to blow up the school.

Inman School Recourse Officer Sgt. Dennis Vaughn and HCSO CID began an investigation into the threats which later led to a suspect. During subsequent interviews with the suspect a confession was obtained.The juvenile is scheduled to appear in Henry County Juvenile Court.

Rep. John Tanner Papers Made Available to Public

Rep. John Tanner and his wife, Betty Ann, are pictured with UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver prior to a reception Feb. 23 thanking the Tanner family for his donation to the university’s Alliene and Jimmie S. Corbitt Special Collections. (UTM photo)

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin hosted a reception Feb. 23 to honor John Tanner, former U.S. representative for Tennessee’s 8th District, and thank him for the donation of his Congressional papers to the university’s Alliene and Jimmie S. Corbitt Special Collections. Tanner’s documents have been digitized and are now available online for research use around the world.

Tanner hopes this record of his work with the U.S. House of Representatives and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will help future generations learn from the past.

“I hope this collection of papers and so forth will benefit young people in the future,” said Tanner. “We live in a different time, perhaps, than some of the work that I did through NATO, but if people can look back and see what happened then, it might give them a better perspective of what happens now.”

Tanner filled the seat vacated by Rep. Ed Jones in 1989 and represented the district until 2010.

“It is our mission to conserve, preserve and make available the historical record of this university and West Tennessee,” said Sam Richardson, university archivist and head of the Corbitt Special Collections. “We here at the Corbitt Special Collections consider ourselves the caretakers of the 8th District and the 8th District’s historical record. We, today, are making public a large part of that history.”

“This collection will bring great interest to researchers who are interested in Tennessee and 8th District politics, as well as national and foreign affairs in the late 20th and early 21st centuries,” Richardson continued, addressing the Tanner family. “We here at UT Martin appreciate your generous donation, and we appreciate that you have trusted us to bring that to the public.”

The Tanner documents can be accessed online through the Paul Meek Library website.

For more information, contact Karen Elmore, senior library assistant with special collections, at 731-881-7094 or kelmore@utm.edu.

Annual Lion's Club Chili Day Set for Tuesday Feb. 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lions Club will sponsor their annual Lion’s Club Chili Day on Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. The meal will be served from 11am to 7pm and featured chili, desert, and drink. Tickets are $10 for all you can eat, dine in only, carryouts are also available. See any Lion for tickets or they can be purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lion’s Club Eye Sight Assistance program.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Two men were arrested after Dep. Dalton Watson initiated a traffic stop over the weekend and found out passengers in the vehicle had some warrants. Kevin L. Moore, 32 of 5245 of Hwy. 69 S. and Kevin A. Jackson, 37, of 828 Lois St. both were found to have warrants. Cpl. Jim Sanders and Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrived at the scene to assist and search was done to the vehicle where crystal meth residue in a backpack was found along with digital scales, syringes, and more drug paraphernalia. Jackson was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, simple possession of schedule 4, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson was placed on $25K bond. Moore was charged with violating the warrant. The driver was cited for registration issues.

An Indiana man was charged with two counts of theft of property, aggravated burglary, and theft of property. Zachary St. Clair, age 25, was brought from a jail in Indiana to Henry County to serve for the charges.

Noble Automotive Hosts HCYL Econ. Dev. Session

(Kim Patterson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The economic development session of the Henry County Youth Leadership Development (HCYLD) program took place on Wednesday, February 21st at Nobel Automotive.

The day centered around activities to build the students’ awareness of the Henry County business and industry landscape and exercises aimed at developing skills for future leadership. The day started with a tour of the Nobel facility lead by Brian Bishop, engineering manager. A group of Nobel employees then joined the youth leadership group in a team building activity followed by viewing a TED talk on how to positively shape your future through changes in your body language.  The students then had the opportunity for job shadowing in their chosen area of interest. 

Lunchtime speakers were April Perry of Perry’s BBQ, Travis McLeese of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Morris from the City of Paris, and Chris Cobb, Nobel Automotive plant manager. 

Speakers shared their personal history, how they became business owners or leaders in our community, and advice for the students on how to become a good leader.

To cap off the day, Jennifer Starks, Nobel Automotive HR manager, gave students an overview of the key characteristics of each generational group making up today’s workforce.  She then gave them advice on building their resumes for job opportunities and college applications, the proper use of social media, job interviewing tips, and the importance of making a good first impression.     

"It is important that students have the opportunity to interact with our community leaders, so they can seek out positive mentors who can help them begin their journey into adulthood.  We want students to become more aware of the many opportunities for employment and community involvement that Henry County can offer them. With each session of this program, we hope the students will receive at least one important piece of advice that will help them in the future.,” noted Kim Patterson, HCYLD board member and coordinator of the day’s session.  “Without the support of the Henry County School System, the chamber of commerce, local businesses, and local organizations, this program would not be possible.  We are very thankful for that support.”    

Members of the HCYLD group include Charles Backer, Seth Bucy, Cassalyn Callahan, Ansley Cate, Savannah Hunt, Logan Lacy, Nick Metzinger, Sabrina Odom, Kelsey Peoples, Abigail St. Clair, William Wang, Laura Whitby, and Mae Whitby.  Amanda Armstrong is their sponsor from the Henry County School System.   

PLFD Extinguishes Van Fire Sunday

Springville, Tenn.- A leaking hydraulic line is the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed a van that a man just purchased and drove home Sunday afternoon.

According to Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles, the call came in around 3pm Sunday to van on fire at 620 Russwood Drive and the caller informed dispatch other vehicles were close by.

Units arrived and found the 1997 full size Dodge Van fully engulfed in flames. The owner, Richard Crosby, said he had just purchased the van and it began smoking on his way home. By the time he got to his driveway, fire was coming from underneath the van. The van is valued at $850. Two firetrucks and 7 firefighters were on scene for 30 minutes. (Reggie Coles photo)

American Legion Hosts Fish Fry Through March

Paris, Tenn.-  The American Legion is hosting a fish fry, every Friday in March from 4:30-7:30pm. The cost will be $10.00 and the meal will include cat fish, fries, hush puppies, white beans, slaw, dessert and a drink. The fish fry is sponsored jointly by the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, The Legion Auxiliary, and the Legion Riders Post 89. Proceeds will go to support the needs of our veterans of Henry County and surrounding areas.

Small Fire at Vacant House on Irvine St.

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Fire Department, crews responded to a report of smoke coming from an abandoned house on Irvine St. Upon arrival, units found light smoke visible from a vacant and unsecured structure. Fire crews located a small fire in the floor of the kitchen and extinguished it. Paris Police Officers spoke to bystanders and learned two juveniles had been seen in the structure.

Vacant House Vandalized

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Zachariah Carper responded to a call in reference to a vandalism at a vacant home on N. Brewer St. The homeowner stated that a front window on the house had been shattered and the property inside the house seemed to be ransacked, but nothing appeared to be missing. There are no suspects at this time.

Storm Damage Throughout The County

Paris, Tenn.-  Storms Saturday night caused extensive damage throughout the county. Fallen trees and downed power lines caused approximately 3,000 BPU customers to be without power. As of news time, BPU workers are still working hard to restore power and should have everyone back up by lunch time. There was extensive damage in the country club area, in the McIntosh Rd, India Rd and other areas. If you have any pictures of damage, send them to us and we will be glad to publish them for you.

(Gary Benton photos)

Damage at Paris Country Club

Clean up on McIntosh Road

Trees down on Anderson Drive

BPU tending to damage on India Road

Car damaged on Country Club

Attempted Robbery In Paris

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Lt. Tony Elkins states that he responded to a call of a robbery in progress on Friday afternoon. Lt. Elkins met two women who stated that they had walked from the Henry County Nursing Home to the dead end of Manley Rd. on their break. As they were walking back they noticed a car with Kentucky tags driving in the area. The driver of the vehicle got out of the car and asked directions to a local apartment complex. The suspect then pulled a pistol on the victims and demanded they give him their wallets. When both victims stated that they did not have their wallets with them, the suspect stated that he would shoot them and demanded they give him money again. He then told the victims to turn and start running and sped away. There are no suspects at this time.

Items Stolen From Storage Unit

Paris, Tenn.-  Lt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department took a report of a burglary at a storage unit on N. Market St. that occurred sometime after December 30th. The victim states that the last time she had seen the unit secured was approximately 1 am on December 30th when she locked the unit with a pad lock after placing her items inside. Several items were missing including a recliner, patio table and chairs, and possibly more. The victim was not able to give a complete list or value of all the items.

Paris Landing State Park Restaurant Announces New Hours

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris Landing State Park will be adjusting their hours to prepare for spring guests beginning March 11th. The Restaurant will be open for dinner from 4:30-7pm and open on Mondays for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please call 642-4311 with any questions about hours or buffets offered throughout the week.  As a reminder, the Inn and Restaurant will be open until August 6th.

Joan Williams, Park Manager (standing) discusses the new Restaurant hours with Alisha Brewer, Restaurant Manager (sitting)
at the front desk of the Inn. (photo: Paris Landing  State Park)

Storm Shelters To Open

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from Chief Deputy Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, storm shelters at Inman and Lakewood Schools will be open tonight from 7-11 pm. According to EMA, there is a storm cell moving through the area around 8 or 9 pm that could produce some storms that may require some to seek shelter.

Lady Patriots End Season

Paris, Tenn.-  The Lady Patriot’s took a loss from Lebanon with a score of 37-52, ending their season with a record of 25 wins and 6 losses. Gracie Osbron had the high score of the game with 15 points. The game was the last game of their high school career for Gracie as well as Emily Gilstrap who both played all four years of school.

Land Between The Lakes Announces Road Closures

Paris, Tenn.-  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. Jenny Ridge Road, Energy Lake Road and the Elk & Bison Prairie have been closed due to road damage or high water. They ask that if you must travel on the back roads to please use extreme caution.

Cavalier Named Provost/Vice Chancellor at UTM

Martin, Tenn.-  Dr. Keith Carver, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, recently announced the selection of Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier as the university’s new provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs. Cavalier most recently served as provost of Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, and is expected to assume UT Martin duties effective July 1. Cavalier holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in English and a doctoral degree, also in English. He has served in higher education administration since 2004.

Arrests Made For Driving on Suspended/Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Lt. Tony Elkins states that Tracy M. Watson, age 32 of Old Union Rd. was arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license. Lt. Elkins observed a vehicle in which the driver was not wearing a seat belt and initiated a traffic stop. Dispatch informed Lt. Elkins that Watson’s driver’s license showed revoked for failure to satisfy fines out of Carroll County General Sessions Court. Watson was taken into custody and transported to HCSO without incident.

Patrolman Johnathan Baxter of the Paris Police Department arrested and charged Marianna K. Barcroft, age 26 of McKenzie, with driving on a suspended license. According to a report at the PPD, Ptl. Baxter was headed west on 218 Bypass when a vehicle passed him traveling 62 mph in a 50 mph zone. Ptl. Baxter turned around and pulled the vehicle over. After making contact with the driver, dispatch informed Ptl. Baxter that Barcroft’s license was suspended out of Dickson County General Sessions Court for failure to appear. Barcroft was then taken into custody and transported to HCSO without incident.

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.   



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