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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

McDonald's Grand Re-Opening and 40th Birthday Celebration is Saturday at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris McDonald’s will hold their Grand Re-Opening and 40th Birthday Celebration on Saturday March 10th with a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 10am. There will be family fun, games, prizes, and more. McWorth management invites everyone out to the event. McDonald’s is located at 1019 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris.

Planning Commission Approves Cornerstone Medical Addition

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met in regular session for March at the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night and approved site plan for Cornerstone Medical at the corner of Tyson and Wood Streets.

Dr. Joe Mobley submitted a site plan for a 30’ x 50’ or 1500 square foot addition to their building located at Tyson Avenue and East Wood Street. The proposed addition is storage space and will not require additional parking spaces.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris told the planning commission with the addition, they will actually decrease the parking but have reconfigured the parking spaces and added 11 spaces as well as two handicapped spaces which satisfies the parking requirements.

The site plan will need a minor subdivision plat prior to the issuance of a building permit and a revised site plan was presented to include all proper signatures and such. The location of the extension of the existing building does encroach on what would be a 50 ft. setback. That is allowed under a variance granted when the site plan was originally approved.

Planners also approved a minor site plan for Eurotranciatura at 2700 West Wood St. The plan calls for a 25’ x 15’ addition for office and restroom as well as 20’ x 20’ addition for a quality lab. The additions fall under the 1K sq. ft. benchmark for a minor site plan.

Planners learned that besides the building and addition, Euro is planning to utilize the existing gravel drive in front of the building and will be resurfacing the area with concrete. They are also accessing the adjacent property within the development to avoid trucks entering and exiting the highway on a regular basis. There is no need for new TDOT permits.

Morris told the commission that concrete is going over existing gravel and does not create an increase in drainage. The 10 parking spaces are also adequate.

A site plan for NAPA Auto Parts at 200 South Russell St. was approved contingent on some drainage and water quality approvals coming later. The proposal is for a 9,287 sq. ft. building on a 1.22 acre site. The site was recently rezoned to B-1 and proposed use is allowed.

The size of the building warrants 20 parking spaces and the plan shows 21 spaces. Ingress and Egress are adequate and conform to regulations.

A rezoning request from Darmesh Patel for property on Mineral Wells Avenue was approved. The property in question is located behind properties that front on Mineral Wells. It is currently zoned M-2 for heavy industrial and he requested B-1 for highway commercial to be included with his property currently zoned B-1.

Adding Layers of Safety Discussed at HCBOE Meeting

HC Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Damon Lowe discuss ways to add layers of security to our schools. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met at Lakewood School for their March monthly board meeting on Thursday night. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton gave a review of the system’s school safety and security in wake of recent school shootings that have impacted the nation.

Dr. Norton said we have had great, detailed plans in place for many years, but after the incidents in Kentucky and Florida, I asked principals to review their plans and we all convened and discussed all aspects of each facility. Dr. Norton said we brought a lot of ideas to the table.

Dr. Norton said we have the technology in all schools except the high school to be able to talk with technology such as communication radios with each other in different parts of the school and that is something at HCHS we need to work on.

They looked at the roles of Student Resources Officers. Dr. Norton said we are blessed to have them in every one of our schools as many systems do not. He said there is possible need to add another SRO at the High School.

Principals have worked hard to secure doors and make sure all are locked when the day starts and throughout the day. Norton said, “I’ve also talked with John Akers and told him to replace any doors that mechanisms are not working or the door itself isn’t secure throughout our system.”

Other plans include to update our camera and DVR system, an app to use in sharing anonymous information on things going on or possible threats, and consider bullet resistant film to cover doors and glass windows in high traffic areas. 

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Damon Lowe were on hand at the meeting Thursday night to add some insight to help our school system become safer. Sheriff Belew said,” we have a great system, and we are safe, but there is always room for improvement.”

Adding an additional SRO to HCHS would cost a little over $44K per year, but Sheriff Belew said with the size of the campus it would be a great addition.

The Sheriff’s Office is using their overtime budget to supply extra deputies at the schools to get more coverage. Some Reserve deputies will also be working school events such as ballgames and other thing in addition to the SROs.

Sheriff Belew talked about updating the camera system will add another layer of protection. He said, “Different layers will help, nothing is completely fool proof, but it will help.”

In discussion on metal detectors, Sheriff Belew said it would be relatively expensive to implement and there isn’t enough research to show their effectiveness but they have been beneficial in bigger metropolitan areas. He said having limited points of entry at HCHS would help especially if metal detectors are implemented. It would also take staff and manpower to run the metal detectors. Dr. Michele Webb, Principal at HCHS said, "with as many students that go outside the main building into different areas of campus for classes, sports, and such, staffing the metal detectors would be a concern that would need discussion."

In regards to arming of teachers, Sheriff Belew said we support and are for that to any teacher who is trained, willing, certified, and proficient in using firearms to be able to have them with them in the schools. He said they would be hand-selected and have a couple teachers be armed at each school to help mitigate an incident. Sheriff Belew said, "in any incident, more responsive from law enforcement is going to be a few minutes away, an armed teacher or two who is proficient and willing to be armed could save some lives before extra help arrives."

At the end of discussion regarding upgrading security and safety at our schools at the Henry County Board of Education meeting Thursday night, board member Rod Frey stood up and expressed his concerns.

“We have to do everything we can to make sure our students and staff are safe, it is up to this board to make those decisions and we have to put their safety first.”

Frey said he believed metal detectors were a great idea as they have them in big cities like Boston, Chicago, and others and you never hear of school shootings in major cities like that. He suggested having some staff try to help man the metal detectors.

Frey also talked about adding cameras and security footage especially in the parking lots and helping try to stop any type of intruder before they get into the building and adding another SRO at HCHS.

Frey again said, “this is on the school board to make decisions to help protect our students and our staff, so we have to look and all options and come up with a plan to help keep them safe.”

Sheriff Belew said, “we are for whatever our school systems want us to do, we just have to remember what all is involved with manpower, equipment, and cost.” They will discuss the same things with the PSSD board of education at their meeting next week.

Dr. Norton said we will go back and look over adding additional layers of security and find out costs of implementation. He said we do have some rainy day fund that could be used. "More discussion and actions will be brought back at future board meetings to do whatever it takes to keep our staff and students safe, " Dr. Norton said.

Students Attend Annual SCOPE Conference

Student representative on the HCBOE Pierce Rose discusses his time at this year's SCOPE conference. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- HCHS teacher David Huber and some students who attended the SCOPE conference gave an overview of their time. SCOPE is put on thru the Tennessee School Boards Association and it allows highs school students to take part in board meetings and listen to issues and policies affecting schools.

Huber said the students debate the policies and students discussed the day of events. The students elect a mock school board, elect speakers, and debate different issues such as whether or not cyber bullying should be a zero tolerance policy. All students enjoyed the SCOPE conference.

In other business, Maintenance Supervisor John Akers updated the board on some ongoing facilities projects Thursday night. The bus garage building is about 90% complete with units in and insulated. There is still some things to do but it is moving along.

The Gym HVAC pre-bid is next week and Akers said several have had questions about it. Design drawings have begun on the front entrance and library and those will be finalized in April and bid out by the first of May.

Lakewood's School Improvement Actions Discussed

Board Chairman Doug Braden and Director Dr. Brian Norton using the Google Viewer goggles that were obtained thru a grant. They are used to take students on virtual reality tours of certain areas they study about. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood Principal Amy Veazey welcomed everyone to Lakewood  for March's School Board Meeting Thursday night. Mrs. Denay Kibbler presented the school improvement plan. The Elementary plan focuses on improving reading levels. They use the program Epic, and 1st thru 3rd graders have read several thousands of books this year. Kibbler said they also use the accelerated reader, or AR program. The number of AR points increased by over 256% in October and excelled in November and December as well with the top three students receiving some awards.

Kibbler said the elementary school also wanted to improve math fluency so programs were implemented in that as well. She said they are utilizing the current math curriculum and deficiencies have decreased. School climate was another area of focus that the elementary school worked on as well as chronic absenteeism.

For Lakewood Middle’s improvement plan, one area they focused on school climate as they tried to improvement parent involvement. They implemented “Survivor” where homerooms have challenges and earn point. All teachers are participating and have seen noticeable changes in student behaviors and had positive effects on relationships.

Mrs. Denay Kibbler discussing the schools' improvement plans.

The middle school also focused on chronic absenteeism where incentive programs were created and drops in chronic absenteeism have been realized.

The last focus area for the middle school was enrichment. This focused on developing student based activities that helps them learn on possible careers and make them college ready.

The board also learned that the Shay Armstrong, librarian and 21st century teacher had received a grant to help use technology in the classroom. The board used the Google virtual viewers and went on a virtual tour of China and the 9/11 Memorial. Mrs. Veazey said the students really love using the goggles and they use them in taking virtual tours of areas they learn about.

Board members Tom Beasley and Jill Coker using the virtual reality goggles.

Lakewood 8th Grader Headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Dr. Brian Norton stands with Conner Bevin who holds his trophy from winning the West TN Regional Spelling Bee. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At the beginning of the HC BOE meeting, the board honored Lakewood 8th grader Conner Bevin who won the West Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee. Dr. Norton recognized him and wished him well as he will now compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC this summer.

In other action the board approved a field trip request for the Lakewood Speech team to the National Speech Tournament. David Weatherly said the tournament is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In his Director’s report, Dr. Norton mentioned next week is “I Love Public Education Week,” and they plan on flooding social media on why we do love public education. He said budget conversations are in full swing. Dr. Norton also said across the country there is a shortage of bus drivers and substitute drivers. He said we have classified employees that could be bus drivers and we are going to remove a policy that stops overtime to allow these employees who can serve in both roles to do so to help with the bus driver situation.


Chamber Hosting BizTech Road Show Tuesday March 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is set to host the Biz Tech Roadshow. Created by theCO and Adelsberger Marketing, this traveling workshop is coming to Henry County to talk about social media and technology. The group will be at the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 20th from 11:30am- 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

"Social Media is key to business in 2018 and has been for a few years. We are helping people understand its importance and make use of it to grow their business," added Kevin Adelsberger, Owner of Adelsberger Marketing. 

In addition to the Social Media workshop, theCO will bring the Mobile Innovation Lab that is packed full of the latest technology like drones, 3D printers, and Virtual Reality demonstrations.

“We are thrilled to bring this team to Henry County and have them share their expertise to our community,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “This event will serve as the kick off for our new Grub Club Program.” 

There is no cost to attend the event and it is open to the public, but will require an RSVP to attend. Please email RSVP to tmcleese@paristnchamber.com. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 2508 East Wood Street in Paris. For more information call (731) 642-3431.

LBL Opens with Some Limitations Because of Flooding

Golden Pond, Ky.- Forest Service officials at Land Between the Lakes plan to open most campgrounds and attractions Friday with some flood related limitations.

This lifts a Feb. 28 camping closure order put in place to protect life, property and resources. Forest officials urge visitors to exercise continued caution when visiting Land Between the Lakes. Many areas remain underwater and some areas experienced erosion. Receding waters will also leave debris that could pose a hazard to visitors. Do not drive in standing water.

A complete list of flood related impacts along with open and closure status is posted online at: https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/alerts-notices/. Visitors are encouraged to visit the page to learn more information regarding specific locations.

HCHS Basketball Player James King to Play at All-Star Game

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Patriot Basketball player James King was picked to play in the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee all-star game. The game is held in conjunction with the TSSAA state tournament in Murfreesboro.

Patriots Head Coach Mike Greer said, “talent at this event is amazing and this is such an honor for James and for Henry County Basketball for him to be picked to play at the game. James put in tremendous effort this year and it is great to see that effort recognized.”

Planning Commission Meeting at Chamber Thurs. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Planning Commission will meet in regular session for March on Thursday at 6pm at the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is being held at the Chamber due to continued renovations at City Hall. Items on the agenda include a site plan for an addition at Cornerstone Medical on Tyson and Wood St.; a minor site plan for an addition at EuroTranciatura; and a site plan for a proposed development at 200 South Russell St. by Napa Auto Parts. The meeting is open to the public.

HCSS Pre-Registration for Kindergarten is Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System’s 2018-19 school year kindergarten pre-registration dates have been set for March 12-16. Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood Elementary Schools will pre-register students who will be 5 years old on or before August 14th, 2018.

Harrelson’s pre-registration will be March 12-16th from 9am to 1pm. Thursday March 15th there is a Kick-Off Event from 5:30pm to 7pm where parents can come and register their children.

Henry School will hold registration from 9am to 1pm during the week.

Lakewood will hold their pre-registration from 8am to 2pm each day from March 12-16th with extended hours on Tuesday March 13th from 8am to 5:30pm.

Parents of students who will be going into Kindergarten next school year need to contact your child’s school and make an appointment to pre-register them next week. For more information call the Instructional office at 642-9733 ext. 1321.

Lady Pats Spring Sprint 5K Will be March 24th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will hold their 5th Annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk on March 24th. Entry fee is $20, pre-registration deadline is March 10th. You can also register the day of the race at 8am, race starts at 8:30am and will be held at Paris Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and the top 3 finishers in each age bracket. For more information call any softball booster club member.

Irish Day Golf Scramble Set for Sat. at Montgomery Bell State Park

Erin, Tenn.- The 2018 Irish Day Golf Scramble to benefit the Erin Rotary Club will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park Saturday March 10th with an 8am shotgun start. The format is a 4-man bring your own team scramble. Cash prizes will be available for 1st, 5th, 10th, and next to last place teams. There will also be prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin.

Heritage Bank will sponsor a $10K hole in one contest and there will be drawings for a Bushnell Golf-Tour V4 Patriot Pack Rangefinder sponsored by Nave Funeral Home. Traditions First Bank will provide lunch.

Entry fee is $280 per team and includes green fees, cart, rangeballs, lunch and 2 mulligans. Field will be limited to 30 teams. For more information call Ray Fussell at 931-289-1551.

Church of Christ Family and Friends Day is Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of Christ at 109 Sparks St. in Paris will host Family and Friends Day this Sunday March 11th. Services begin with Sunday school at 9am, morning worship at 10am, lunch from Noon to 2pm, and a program at 2:30pm. Everyone is invited.

Man Arrested In Connection with Feb. Robbery

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department has charged Nahzih Nored with two counts of aggravated robbery. The incident happened when Nored allegedly robbed two women on the night of February 23rd. Nored was placed on $30K bond.

Details released in Tuesday Morning Accident

Puryear, Tenn.- Details on the Tuesday morning wreck that injured 14 year old of Murray, have been released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The wreck occurred before 7am Tuesday morning on Hwy. 140 East when a Toyota Pruis exited the right side edge of the roadway and entered a ditch. The vehicle continued to travel and impacted a tree with its right side bumper.

The 14 yeard old was the passenger in the vehicle and was injured and had to be extracted from the vehicle. The 14 year old was listed in critical but stable condition.

PLSP Hosting Annual TN Homeland Security Conference

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 120 local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency workers are attending the Annual Tennessee State Homeland Security Conference at Paris Landing State Park. 

Assistant Director of the State Office of Homeland Security Rick Shipkowski said in an interview, “We meet each year for the purpose of sharing with local partners threat information and best practices.”  “Working together to protect Tennessee and it’s critical infrastructure is an essential part of our efforts.  We get better by sharing successes and shortfalls.” 

Program speakers will include officials involved with investigations of past shootings in Las Vegas and Florida, as well as TN Task Force One who is involved with Urban Search and Rescue Operations.

Murray State Hosting Seminar on Sunshine Laws March 12th

Murray, Ky.- In observation of Sunshine Week, a national celebration of public access to information, Dr. Melony Shemberger, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University, will present a free session about sunshine laws Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in room 107 of Wilson Hall. 

Sunshine Week is recognized March 11–17 and is organized by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Sunshine laws are a vital component of the free press and pertain to public information, open meetings and open records.
“Sunshine laws are news-gathering and reporting tools for journalists,” Shemberger said. “Unfortunately, journalists do not use these laws as much as they should. Citizens, too, are impacted greatly by these laws or a lack of them.”
During the presentation, Shemberger will discuss her experience working with open records and public information throughout the course of her career.
For years as a journalist and a scholar, Shemberger has advocated and studied the need for improved literacy on sunshine laws. In 2004, when she was a master’s degree candidate in Murray State’s journalism and mass communication department, Shemberger used her comprehensive project to examine the lack of education that public officials receive on sunshine laws — an investigation that led to a series of award-winning newspaper stories.
In 2011, during her dissertation in Tennessee State University’s Doctor of Education program and in subsequent journal articles, Shemberger studied the journalism curriculum in Tennessee's colleges and universities in comparison to the state's rapidly evolving changes in sunshine laws. She plans to do a similar examination of the journalism programs at Kentucky's four-year postsecondary schools.
In one of her journalism courses, In-depth Reporting, Shemberger incorporates an intense unit on sunshine laws in advance of the local meeting coverage that students have to complete.
For more information about the upcoming presentation or sunshine laws, please contact Shemberger at 270-809-6874 or mshemberger@murraystate.edu.

WUTM Claims 8th Platinum Award at Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conf.

WUTM staff members Olivia Johnston (left), news director; Ashley Shores (center, left), program director; and Kait Scott (right), support and development director, are pictured with Dr. Richard Robinson (center, right), associate professor of communications and WUTM faculty adviser, after accepting the station’s eighth Platinum Award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System during the organization’s annual conference March 2-4 in New York City, New York.

Martin, Tenn.- WUTM 90.3 FM “The Hawk” – the student-run radio station on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin ­– claimed its eighth consecutive Platinum Award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System during the organization’s annual conference March 2-4 in New York City, New York. This is the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s highest peer-reviewed distinction for college radio stations.

The station was also recognized as a national finalist in four categories: best college radio station for schools with under 10,000 student enrollment, best station facilities, best documentary and best use of video in the radio studio.

Station staff members also performed well in the “best of” competitions across a variety of categories. Students enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year were eligible to submit material for consideration.

Natalie King, a 2017 graduate from Paducah, and Shane Wofford, a senior from Trenton, both received national awards for best program director and best event promotion, respectively. King and Wofford were chosen from a national pool of competitors and recognized as the “best of the best” in their chosen categories.

Several students were recognized as national finalists in their respective competitions, which means they placed in the top-five nationally.

King was a finalist in the competitions for best newscast, best community news coverage and best on-air personality. John Thornton, a sophomore from Atoka, was a finalist for best overall sports coverage and best sports interview. Kait Scott, a junior from Martin, was a finalist in both the best press release and best promotions director categories.

Two staff teams placed in the competition for best sports play-by-play. WUTM alumni Kayla Harmon, of Lewisburg, and Jared Peckenpaugh, of Finley, both 2016 UT Martin graduates, were finalists for coverage of a Skyhawk women’s basketball game; and Olivia Johnston, a senior from Hampshire, and Tanna Norman, a senior from Williamsport, were recognized for UT Martin rodeo coverage.

Martin residents Emma Bruner, a junior, and Ashley Shores, a senior, were also finalists in the best business director and best celebrity interview categories, respectively.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Robinson, associate professor of communications and WUTM faculty adviser, at 731-881-7555 or rrobins@utm.edu.

Cabela's Big Bass Bash Set for Sat., Sun. on Ky Lake

Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley 2017 Winner - Evan Owrey-Bethel University

Buchanan, Tenn.- Higher levels and debris filled waters haven’t stopped hundreds of anglers from practice fishing the past couple of days in preparation for Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley on Kentucky Lake this weekend. Practice fishing started on Monday and will continue thru Friday this week with tournament days set for Saturday and Sunday.

Collegiate anglers from across the country are in town prepping for the big event. The tournament is a big bass event with anglers fishing for two days and a total of four weigh-in periods daily. Over 500 collegiate anglers are on Kentucky Lake competing for 80 prizes.

This year’s event features a stacked field with 15 of the top 20 ranked schools in the Nation. Prizes will be awarded for the ten heaviest bass weighed during each of the eight sessions over two days of action. In addition, the winner of the Power-Pole Overall Big Bass of the event will take in $5K in prizes to go along with prizes earned from winning their respective session.

Take-offs and weigh-ins will be held at the marina at Paris Landing State Park Saturday and Sunday. Launches are at safe light and the final weigh in session each day will be at 3pm. Fans can follow along at www.collegiatebasschampionship.com and on their Facebook page as well.

HC UT Extension and HC Health Dept. Partnering Up for Cancer Education Workshops

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office and Henry County Health Department are offering a free workshop on Cancer: Thriving and Surviving. The program will be begin on Monday March 26th and will run 6 weeks.

It is designed for people with cancer and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their disease and work effectively with their health care professionals. The program is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University Cancer: Thriving and Surviving trainers. Classes will be held each Monday for the 6 week session from 10am to Noon. Classes will give a self-management approach to cancer education and gives survivors and patients the knowledge, tools, and confidence to take day by day control of their health and treatment decisions.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, call the UT Extension Office at 642-2941.

Bethel Lighting Project Complete

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Work is coming to completion on Bethel University’s first ever lights for the Wildcat baseball and softball fields. “These particular updates have been on the university’s radar for a while now,” said Amy Thompson, Director of Development at Bethel. “We had been exploring every possible avenue for funding this project – possibly- grants – but available grant funds can be very specific, and we had not found a grant source that our lighting project matched well.”

Thompson pointed out too that lighting for the project was quite cost prohibitive. “We were talking hundreds of thousands of dollars,” she said. “So when Thomas and Patty Kahlden showed interest in helping on this project, we could not have been more thrilled. Patty cared deeply about this particular project knowing the importance of providing lights would give our student athletes the opportunity to miss less class while still getting to earn their scholarships on the field.”

According to Thompson, after a recent final inspection, the project is now 100 percent complete. “We are thrilled that the Kahlden’s have chosen to support Bethel and that this lighting project will be a lasting legacy of that support,” said Bethel University President, Dr. Walter Butler.

The space housing Bethel’s baseball and softball fields will be named Kahlden Complex, and there will be a ribbon cutting for the new lights later in the semester around spring football, according to President Butler.

(photo Bethel University)

Career Fair to Be Held at Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Bethel University’s Office of Career Services will hold its annual Career Fair for both their students as well as their alumni on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30am-1:00pm, in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.

“We have some great companies coming to campus for this event,” said Rachel French Brooks, Director of Career Services and Prevention. “What we want students and our alumni in the area to realize is that career fairs like this make their job hunt a little easier. They have a gathered group of companies together in the same place, and they can be prepared to make multiple connections for available jobs. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for students and professionals, alike, to practice their networking skills.”

Some of the companies in attendance will include: Benton County School System, Carey Counseling Center, Centennial Bank, Core Civic Whiteville Correctional Facility and Hardeman Count Correctional Facility, Dot Foods, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Henry County Medical Center, Henry County School System, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems, Natchez Trace Youth Academy, National Motor Club of America, Navy Officer Programs, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi Mid America, REAL Hope Youth Center, Regions, Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Army National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Transamerica Agency Network, US Probation Office, US Secret Service, WRAP, and Youth Villages. A few spots are still available for interested employers.

Those attending are asked to dress in professional attire and to bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information, contact Rachel French Brooks at brooksra@bethelu.edu or at 731-352-4246.

Murder Charge From Puryear Homicide Tops Grand Jury Indictments

Paris, Tenn.- There were 32 presentments Monday in Henry County Circuit Court, during the Grand Jury and 32 returns of True Bills, meaning the Grand Jury found enough evidence to indict. There were two secret indictments as well, meaning those indicted haven't been arrested yet for the crimes.

Phillip Lee Nelson, age 20 of 716 Memorial Drive in Paris was charged with aggravated robbery, first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony in relation to a murder of a Hazel man that took place in Puryear in September of 2017. Also charged in relation to that murder was Ralph Vulpita, age 30 of 640 Lampkins Rd. in Cottage Grove. Vulpita was originally charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, but was indicted only on a charge of possession of meth with intent to deliver.

William Clayton, age 65 of 1312 N. Market St. in Paris, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver. Amairi Cook, age 23 of 210 Wilson St. in Paris, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Jordan Devon Henry, age 26 of 807 Gwen St. in Paris, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, as well as possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony. Joshua Lee Robbins, age 28 of 2235 Winsett Rd. in Springville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Dean Smith, age 57 of 708 Joy St. in Paris, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver. Lisa Marie Ventrice, age 33 of 1405 Elkhorn Nobles Rd in Paris, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver. Marcus Turrell Williamson, age 29 of 511 Irvine St. in Paris, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Dustin Andrew Kreitz, age 29 of 125 Buchanan Resort Rd. in Springville, was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Anthony Lamont Williams, age 58 of 158 Sparks St. in Paris, was charged with violation of the sex offender registry.

The remainder of the indictments dealt with DUI and drug charges. Arraignments will be next Monday.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest and Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol and observed a gray Impala with Christopher Micheal Evins, 35, of 305 South Highland St. Dep. Watson knew Evins had a prior driving on revoked license so he conducted a traffic stop and smelled pot when Evins rolled down the window. A search of the vehicle was done and Dep. Watson found 28.5 grams of crystallized substances, a baggie of marijuana roaches, a torch lighter, and a digital scale.

After arresting and booking Evins at the jail, Dep. Watson found some drugs shoved up under his patrol car’s back seat. Evins was charged with possession of schedule 6, simple possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence. He was placed on $12,500 bond.

Man Arrested on Scene as Fire Destroys Puryear Mobile Home

Puryear, Tenn.- Paris Landing Fire Department responded to a double wide mobile home fire Monday afternoon at 2162 Hershel Sykes Road in Puryear. Arriving units found the mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Occupant William Vance allegedly stated he was burning personal items in the fireplace and lost control of the fire after being involved in a domestic dispute. Vance was arrested on scene by Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He has been charged with setting fire to personal property.

The mobile home was a total loss with damage estimated at $88K. Paris Landing had 4 trucks and 12 fire fighters on scene for around 4 hours. Mutual aid was received from the Paris Fire Department and Puryear Fire Department. (Reggie Coles photos)

March 5-9 is National School Breakfast Week

Paris, Tenn.- March 5-9 is National School Breakfast Week. The Henry County Coordinated School Health wants to promote the importance of eating breakfast. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and CSH says it is one hundred percent correct.

Breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs after a long night’s rest without food and it helps prepare your brain for the day ahead by providing it with the glucose it needs to help think properly. CSH says even with all the studies showing how important breakfast is, it is the most skipped meal of the day.

A study by Kellogg’s shows that as children grow out of pre-school age, only 77% eat breakfast daily. That number falls to 50% in middle school aged children, and 36% of high school aged children.

The Henry County School system offers free breakfast to all students in the system throughout the school year. CSH reminds you to not only eat breakfast but to choose foods rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein and low in sugar to help boost kids’ energy level, attention span, concentration and memory.

Quick and healthy options for breakfast include fat-free or low-fat yogurt, granola bars, peanut butter and banana, fruit cups, or breakfast bars. For questions or comments contact your child’s school nurse or call 644-3916 for Coordinated School Health.

UTM Hosting ACT Prep Course at HCHS This Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- UT Martin will hold an ACT Test Taking Strategies Class at Henry County High School this Saturday March 10th from 8am to Noon. Registration is $45 per student and the one-session course will cover quick tips on all four tests to boost your score, learn time-saving strategies on sections that drag students down, get an overview of the do’s and don’ts in studying habits, and understand how to focus your abilities to answer questions more efficiently. You can register and pay for the course online at www.utm.edu/departments/nondegree/other_locations.php

TWRA Sponsoring Hunter's Safety Field Day March 17th at HF

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host a Hunter’s Safety Field Day at Holley Fork Shooting Complex on Saturday March 17th beginning at 8am. The field day is for students who have completed the online course. Students can sign up online at tnwildlife.org. For questions contact TWRA officers Steve Brewer at 615-308-5775 or Greg Barker at 731-336-9665.

Driver Uninjured When Transfer Truck Overturns on Hwy 69N

Paris, Tenn.- A semi owned by FWS Waste Services hauling trash from the Paris Henry County Landfill to the drop site in Kentucky overturned around 12:30pm Monday afternoon. The driver was uninjured but the contents spilled out into an open filled as the truck overturned. Clean-up was still going on just before 6pm Monday and caused some minor traffic slowdowns. (David Jackson photos)

Paris 12U Thunder Wins Swing Into Spring Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- The 12U Paris Thunder Baseball team won the 2nd annual Swing into Spring with a Ring Tournament held at McNeil Park this past weekend. The team went undefeated for the weekend at the tourney. Team members include front row: Bryce Simpson, Kenson Kyle, Ethan Smith, Ryan Bradley, Ashton Kemp. Back row: Hobby Griffin, Carson Tucker, Brady Garner, Hayden Hixson, and Drew Ladd. (Thunder photo)

Three Arrests Made After Man Admits to Having Marijuana

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police made three arrests over the weekend after a U-haul driver admitted to having some marijuana back at his hotel room. Lt. Michael Ramos and K-9 Kenzee responded to a request from Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s to run Kenzee around the U-haul. During the process, the driver William Hamilton, age 34 of Georgia, admitted to having some marijuana in his hotel room.

Lt. Ramos and Cpl. Amanda Forrest then went to the Super 8 and found Sarah Pettigrew, 30, of 822 Lois St., hiding in the bathroom. She was found to have active violation of probation warrants on her. Also in the room was Garron Crafton, 34, of 820 Lois St., who admitted to a jacket being his in which Cpl. Forrest and Lt. Ramos found a glass pipe. Some green leafy substance was also found.

Hamilton was charged with simple possession and fugitive from another state, Pettigrew was charged with active violation of probation and fugitive from another state, and Crafton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

More Drug Arrests Made; Thefts Reported

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Daniel Andres and Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department responded to a local motel after someone called to report drugs in one of the rooms. At the Super 8, Hailey Brown, age 20 of Mansfield and Drake Gamlin, age 21, of 119 Holly Fork Cove came to the door and allowed consent to search. Two glass pipes with white residue and a small baggie with crystal meth was found. Both Gamlin and Brown were cited into court for simple possession of schedule 2 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Andres took another report of burglary at a home on Mandalay Road where someone came thru a rear window and stole $2 worth of quarters, and 2 Xbox 360s valued at $200 apiece. There are no suspects at this time.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated Sgt. Jamie James responded to Mandalay Road on someone being hit by a car. He arrived and met a woman who said she had gotten out of her car to talk to someone and then someone else jumped in her car and drove off. She didn’t get a description of the person. The car was a 1999 Chevy Malibu green in color. The theft is still under investigation.

Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop while on patrol and arrested Melissa Draper, age 34 of Trezevant, for driving on a suspended license. Dep. Waldron knew that Draper’s license was suspended due to a previous traffic stop.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said a home on Cook St. reported a theft of a tool box with ratchets and other tools stolen from the front porch. The value of the items was around $65 and there are no suspects at this time.

Another Successful Year for Deputies for the Hungry Program

Paris, Tenn.- It has been another successful year for the Deputies for the hungry program. Friday morning the Sheriff’s Office gave away roughly 5,000 lbs of deer meat. There were 177 deer harvested this year in support of this program.

Sheriff Belew was quoted as saying,“We would like to thank everyone involved our sponsors, Jamie Orr with Wells Fargo and County Commissioner Kreg Kyle, Hulmes Sporting Goods, and everyone that donated to this cause. We would also like to congratulate the winners of our giveaway – Brandon Bethune and Mitch Hobby.” (HCSO Photo)

Paris Henry County Arts Council Presents the 26th Annual Photo Showcase

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council along with Dr. and Mrs. Danny Kimberlin presented the Public Reception and Awards Presentation for the 26th Annual Photo Showcase, Sunday afternoon at Lee Academy for the Arts. The showcase is open to the public and will continue from March 4th-April 5th. Lee Academy’s hours are Tuesday-Thursday 10am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

First place in the Altered Images category was awarded to Susan Corbin for her photo “Eye of the Eagle”. In the Mobile category, first place went to Jane Baars for “Chihuly in the Garden”. In the Architectural category, Judith Putnam was awarded first place for her photo “The Louvre”. In the Natural World category, first place went to Jane Baars for “Only the Strong Survive”. In the Downtown Paris category, Michael Grace was awarded first place for his photo, “The Contender”. In the People category, Jason Bucher was awarded first place for “Left Behind”. Susan Corbin was awarded first place for her photo “Sunday Drive” in the Travel category and in the Wildlife and Animals category, Michael Grace took first place with his photo “Brown Pelican”. Best in Show was awarded to Judith Putnam for her photo “The Wedding Photographer”.

(photos Jessi Lane)

"The Wedding Photographer" by Judith Putnam

"Left Behind" by Jason Bucher

"The Brown Pelican" by Michael Grace

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Paris Police Department by Sgt. Jamie James, Joshua D. Langford, age 22 of Jackson St. was arrested and charged with simple possession of a schedule II following a traffic stop. The report states that Sgt. James stopped a vehicle after running the tags on a black Ford car and dispatch advised that the tags came back belonging to a pink Chevy. Upon making contact with the driver, Langford attempted to hide something under the console of the vehicle. Langford was removed from the vehicle and gave consent to search his person, which uncovered a small glass container in the suspects right front pocket that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Langford was then arrested and transported to the HCSO without incident.

Kentucky Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Paris Police Department by Lieutenant Ean Reed, city units were dispatched to a local motel on a call of an unwanted subject who had been asked to leave the property a week prior due to allegations of drug activity, but had returned. Lt. Reed as well as Sgt. Jamie James responded to the call. Lt. Reed made contact with the motel manager who advised that the suspect was parked at the back of the property near a building that is not in use. Lt. Reed approached Brandon M. Medcalf, age 40 of Hopkinsville, KY and asked what he was doing, to which he responded he had come back to retrieve a boat cover. Sgt. James then walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle and noticed some contraband. A search of the vehicle resulted in numerous forms of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamine. Medcalf was arrested and charged with simple possession of a schedule VI and a schedule II and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship

Paris, Tenn.-  The 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship is coming to Kentucky Lake, March 23rd-24th. Over 750 anglers will be competing for a grand prize of $100,000. For more information on the event, visit www.kayakbassfishing.com.

Paris Landing State Park Employees Sue State

Paris, Tenn.-  As reported in the March 2nd printing of The Tennessean, two female employees of the Paris Landing State Park are suing the state, stating that they were forced to continue working with a man who had sexually harassed them. The women’s suits say that the state dragged their feet in an investigation into their claims. Further information will be made available as the lawsuits progress.

Bluebird Program Held at National Wildlife Refuge

Paris, Tenn.-  The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Tennessee NWR hosted an event today centered around the Eastern Bluebird that featured a short program about the bird, it’s history in our area, the decline of its population and how bluebird boxes helped stopped that decline.

Local bluebird experts Mitz and Lora Ann Bailey presented the program. Participants were invited to build their own bluebird boxes and were given tips on how to best hang it in their yard to attract bluebirds. The Paris Lowe’s Store provided some of the wood and supplies for the boxes.

(photos Nicki Cronkright)

Wreck With Injuries on HWY 79 S.

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report by Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, three people were airlifted to an area hospital following a one car crash on HWY 79 S. Friday evening. The driver, Tracy Gray, age 55 of Paris, has been charged with DUI and lack of due care by the THP. Gray’s passengers were Todd Scanlon, age 50 of Paris, and Teresa Smith, age 49 also of Paris. Neither the driver nor the passengers were wearing seatbelts according to the report.

(photo McKenzie Fire and Rescue)

Legislative Breakfast Held Friday

Senator John Stephens spoke to locals yesterday at the Chamber Legislative Session at Ann and Dave's n Paris. Stephens spoke concerning efforts to legalize medical marijuana that has occurred in a number of states. Representative Tim Wirgau was unable to attend.

Man Arrested on Violation of Probation Charge

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Police Department by Patrolman Amber Roaten, Clifford S. Vaughn, age 31 of Manley St, was arrested and charged with violation of probation. According to the report, Patrolman Roaten responded to the probation office regarding a subject there with an active VOP warrant. When the Henry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they had the hardcopy of the warrant, Vaughn was placed under arrest and transported to the HCSO without incident.

Southern Raised Band to Perform at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Southern Raised Band, comprised of 3 sisters and 1 brother who are all classically trained, will bring a masterful blend of bluegrass, gospel and classical music to the stage of the KPAC on Thursday, March 8th at 7pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are on sale now at any Paris Branch of Commercial Bank and Trust Company. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Commercial Bank and Trust Announces New Vice President


Paris, Tenn.- Bruce Reed, Executive Vice President, congratulated Mr. McDaniel saying, "Due to his experience, work ethic and positive attitude, Sam has the makings to be a successful Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. He will ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our customers moving forward. I am excited for all that we will accomplish as a bank with him in this leadership position."

"In my new role, I look forward to the opportunity of working closely with our great lenders to deliver quality products and services to our existing clients, as well as seek out and develop new relationships," said Mr. McDaniel

Mr. McDaniel is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin where he majored in Finance and Accounting. He then went on to receive his MBA at the University of Memphis. He has been employed in the financial services/banking industry since 2004. Mr. McDaniel is actively involved in his community as he is a board member for the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, the Paris Lions Club, and the Project 731 organization. He is also Vice President of Membership Development and Training for the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Chair for Leadership Henry County for the chamber.

"I am still as excited to be a part of CBTC as I was the day I came back to Paris and Henry County," said Mr. McDaniel. "We have great employees who are passionate about meeting the financial needs of our customers and are invested in our community, and a great set of products which allow our employees to make this happen. CBTC has had a tradition of excellence for over 140 years and I am proud to be part of this company and community."

Commercial Bank and Trust was chartered in 1877. The bank has operations in Jackson, Memphis, Paris and Union City, TN. In Paris, the bank has offices at 920 East Wood Street, 1045 Mineral Wells Ave., and 101 North Poplar Street.

For more information on Commercial Bank and Trust Company, visit www.cbtcnet.com.

Two Arrested on Driving on Supended and Other Charges

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Patrolman Daniel Andres states that Jason B. Hedges, age 46 of Rex Jackson Loop was arrested and charged with driving on suspended license, unlawful drug paraphernalia and contraband in a penal institute. According to the report, Ptl. Andres, observed a vehicle operated by Hedges, and due to prior knowledge of Hedges’ license being suspended, conducted a traffic stop. After confirming with dispatch that Hedges’ license was indeed suspended he was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident. Upon arrival at the HCSO, a glass pipe was found in Hedges’ boot. His bond was set at $10,000.

According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Nazih L. Nored, age 39 of Cooper St. was arrested and charged on multiple counts. Deputy Dalton Watson of the HCSO observed a vehicle traveling south on Veterans Dr. with both brake lights not functioning correctly and conducted a traffic stop. Deputy Watson made contact with the driver who stated he did not have his license on him and gave his name as Darnell Lewis and his birth date as April 4th, 1978. A check with dispatch advised that no information could be found on that identity. When asked again, Nored gave a birth date of June 1st, 1965, which also came back with no information. Deputy Watson then requested consent to search the vehicle, which was granted and discovered a wallet in the back seat with a KY I.D for Nored. Dispatch ran the information and it was confirmed that Nored's license was suspended and he had multiple active warrants. He was arrested and charged with driving on revoked and criminal impersonation.

Drug Paraphernalia Found At Local Hotel

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Zachariah Carper responded to a call in reference to drug paraphernalia found under the sink in one of the rooms at the Quality Inn. Ptl. Carper went to the room with the manager and found a portable torch and a broken clear glass pipe. A marijuana pipe had been found by housekeeping before the officer’s arrival and turned into management. The marijuana pipe and torch were turned into evidence, and the broken glass pipe was disposed of.

W.G. Rhea Library Announces Computer Classes

Paris, Tenn.-  The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding computer classes throughout March starting March 6th with a Computer Basics Class from 6-7pm. A class on Google Apps will be held March 8th from 6-7pm, Dissecting a Desktop, March 12th from 3-4pm, an Open Lab on March 19th from 6-7pm and a Facebook course on March 26th from 11:30am-12:30pm.

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.


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Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

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