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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Reminder: Fish Fry Headquarters Grand Opening is Sat. at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is right around the corner and the Grand Opening of Fish Fry Headquarters will be held this Saturday March 31st at 10am. Headquarters are located at Paris Inns and Suites on East Wood Street and at the Grand Opening the souvenir booklet for this year will be given out and dedicated and the Grand Marshall for the Fish Fry Parade will be announced.

Dinkins Mobile homes is once again donating the building for the Headquarters and Paris Inn and Suites has donated the use of the parking lot to house it. The Chamber will do a ribbon cutting to officially open the headquarters. The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry will run from April 21st thru 29th.

Baby Chicks and Ducklings Not Great Easter Presents

Nashville- Baby chicks and ducklings are cute and fluffy, but they aren’t appropriate gifts for Easter. Holding, hugging, or kissing these birds can pose a serious health risk for all ages.  

Live poultry commonly carry Salmonella bacteria. While not harmful to the birds, when humans handle birds, the bacteria can spread and cause extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness requires hospitalization and can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 450 people die each year with acute salmonellosis.

Young children, elderly people, or people with weak immune systems should not handle chicks, ducklings, or any other live poultry. Anyone who comes into contact with a bird should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after. The Tennessee Departments of Agriculture and Health aim to educate customers on the risks of handling poultry, as well as the long-term commitment required for proper animal care.  

“Safety is vital to agriculture in Tennessee—for poultry and for the people handling birds,” State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “Our goal is to support backyard flock owners and youth poultry projects like the 4-H Chick Chain, while also informing the consumer of potential risks.”

“Live poultry may have Salmonella germs in their droppings and on their bodies even when they appear healthy and clean,” Tennessee Department of Health State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD said. “Those germs can also get on cages, coops, feed and water dishes and other items where the birds roam and can be found on the hands, shoes and clothing of people who handle the birds or work or play around them. We recommend families leave handling of live poultry to people trained in their appropriate care.”  

Information on proper handling of live poultry and cleaning procedures can be found online at www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/birdbiosecurity/ct_bfb_pet_birds and in a video provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at https://youtu.be/FWDwlU11xFs.

AmVets Post 45 Tenderloin Dinner Sat. Night

Paris, Tenn.- AmVets Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy 79, will have a tenderloin dinner this Saturday March 31st at 6pm. Tickets are $9 and the meal includes fried or grilled tenderloin with mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, biscuit, and dessert with a drink. The dinner will be followed by entertainment from the Ray Lewis Band at 7pm.

UTM "Meets Expectations" with TNDOE Assessment

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Education released its 2016 annual reports last week evaluating education preparation programs across the state. The University of Tennessee at Martin’s program passed assessment with “meets expectations” in each of four evaluation areas.

“I am very pleased with this data that shows continuous improvement within our Educator Preparation Program,” said Donna Neblett, director of the educator preparation program and its accreditation. “Our administration, faculty, staff and students work tirelessly to ensure we are connected with the most recent standards, best practices and our school district partners.”

Data was compiled to assess candidate recruitment and selection; employment and retention; candidate assessment; and completer effectiveness and impact.

In the area of candidate recruitment and selection, the UT Martin program reported that 99.7 percent of undergraduate students held a grade point average of 2.75 of greater upon admission to the program, and admitted students maintained a class average of 3.41 GPA while in the program. The state threshold only requires a 3.0 average GPA. The program also improved in this category as compared to previous reports by increasing students in high-need endorsement areas from 12.9 percent to 16.2 percent.

With regard to employment and retention, UT Martin program graduates were employed and retained in the education field for at least two years 95 percent of the time, exceeding the state threshold of 85 percent.

When it comes to candidate assessment, UT Martin program completers passed the required pedagogical assessments 95.5 percent of the time, passed the required literary assessment 97.5 percent of the time, and specialty area exams 93.2 percent of the time. The required expectation is 90 percent statewide.

The final area, completer effectiveness and impact, describes the level of performance of UT Martin program graduates as teachers in their own classrooms. Teachers who are UT Martin alumni scored 92 percent in overall effectiveness, exceeding the state threshold of 85 percent.

For more information, contact Neblett at 731-881-7686 or dneblet1@utm.edu.

33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sat. at Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.- The 33rd annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt will be held rain or shine this Saturday March 31st at Ogburn Park. The hunt begins at 10am sharp and is open for kids ages 0-10. There will be plenty of candy and several Easter Baskets given away to each age group. There will also be trackless train rides. Children must have a hunting license to be eligible to hunt and they are available at area businesses, listen to our radio stations or pick up a Peddler to find out which businesses have the hunting license.

MSU Hosting Jazz Festival March 30th

Murray, Ky.- The twelfth annual Murray State University Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival will take place Friday, March 30, and features middle school, high school and university jazz groups from four states performing in clinics and concerts. 

The clinics serve as a continuous concert throughout the day, beginning in Lovett Auditorium at 8:30 a.m., with groups performing a wide assortment of jazz music. The festival will then culminate with a headline performance by the Jamey Aebersold Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Hall. All concerts and clinics are free and open to the public.
“Our clinicians are some of the most respected musicians and teachers in this part of the country,” said Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Murray State who also serves as the event’s coordinator. “The participants will be getting the high-quality jazz education experience for which we are known for.”
Twelve outstanding middle and high school groups from the region will participate in the festival, which is designed for educational rather than competitive purposes. They will work with professional musicians and educators — including Ricky Burkhead from the University of Mississippi, Dr. Richard Ripani from Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Dr. Todd French from Murray State and Dean Hughes, a freelance jazz percussionist — while completing clinics with Murray State students. There will also be a special improvisation clinic with jazz education legend Aebersold and his rhythm section at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Hall.
“We don’t have the bands competing with one another — there is so much of that already,” Hill said. “This is a musical event for sharing and learning.”
The clinics will take place on the stage of Lovett Auditorium with two groups set up simultaneously to allow for near-continuous music from the visiting groups.

MCU Makes Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit charged Jared Fitzgerald, age 28, of 808 Cooper St., with possession of schedule 6 with intent, simple possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, and placed him on $2500 bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a garage on Savannah Drive had 7 guns stolen from inside in the last few days. The value of the guns is over $3K and there are no suspects at this time.

HCMC Having Collective Goods Book Sale Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a collective goods book sale from 7am to 3pm Friday March 30th. The fundraiser will be held in classrooms 2 and 3 on the terrace level of the hospital. The fundraiser is for the Healthcare Foundation and there are plenty of gift ideas for Easter or Mother’s Day.

Tickets Still Available for Everly Brothers Exp. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Tickets will be available at the door Thursday evening for the Everly Brothers Experience at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show will feated the Zmed brothers, Zachary and Dylan, as they bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage, celebrating the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. The show begins at 7pm at KPAC.

Highway Dept. Closing Steele Rd. Beginning April 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Steele Road beginning Monday April 2nd for bridge repair. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile west of Hwy. 79 South. There is no reopening date for the road at this time.

Fuel Comparison Survey Shows Price Range of Heating Homes

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met in regular session last week and General Manager Tae Eaton showed a fuel comparison in regards to the cost of heating your home. With all the units converted to a one million BTU equivalent, burning regular hardwood in a stove remains the lowest cost to heat our homes at $4.58 per 1M BTU. Natural Gas came in the second cheapest way to heat your home at $7.01 per 1M BTU, then propane at $22.21, heating oil #2 at $22.22, Electricity at $28.11, and Kerosene at $28.75.

Eaton said the district saw an influx of new customers after some bitter cold weather remained in place for much of December and the early part of January. He said higher electric bills led people to seek Natural Gas to save some money.

Eaton then discussed that due to the wet weather, the district is now about 30 service lines on backorder because they can’t install in the wet conditions. He said the number of customers have increased since they district finished the main line extensions, but they haven’t reached maximum potential on earning revenue because many are hooking up only for gas logs, gas water heaters, or dryers, etc. Eaton told the board if more people would swap over to all Natural Gas it would generate more revenue, but many use it only as a secondary heating source.

The financials for February showed the District finish $419K in the black and were currently $91K in the black year to date as well. Last year at this same point in the year, the District was $186K in the red. Eaton said this winter has been much colder and last year’s was very mild. He said December and early January were very cold, then after a mostly mild February, March has been back and forth with many cold nights.

Eaton said they are following some bills that could come up in the legislature and the District is opposing the bills. One is to allow private companies to purchase water or gas systems and the other is to restrict the use of smart meters like electric companies use to read meters from the office. Eaton said the district feels like these could become big issues if they pass, so the District is showing opposition to the bills.

The board approved Alexander, Thompson, Arnold to do the audit once again this year at a 3% increase from last year.

TDOT Halting Interstate Construction Easter Weekend

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.  

TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 2 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.  

In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. We don’t want to lose another member of our TDOT family. We’re asking you to WORK WITH US. Click on the WORK WITH US logo to learn more.

TDEC Energy Camp for Educators Coming to Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs announced today a free summer camp designed to give K-12 educators resources to teach energy conservation in the classroom.

“TDEC is happy to offer this resource to local educators,” said Molly Cripps, assistant commissioner of TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs. “Energy conservation has major impacts for our environment and our economy, and this is an important message to pass along to the next generation.”

The three-day educational session will take place on June 26-28 at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan. The camp will provide educators with information and resources needed to teach energy conservation and clean energy technology in the classroom. Sessions will also explore how to involve students in service-learning projects that promote environmental stewardship. All participants will receive $200 in educational materials and a certificate for professional development hours earned.

Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be provided with complementary lodging and meals. Applications are available online at https://www.tn.gov/environment/article/energy-k-12-tennessee-energy-education-network. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2018.

TDEC’s K-12 Energy Education Camp is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. For more information, contact Angela McGee at angela.mcgee@tn.gov or (615) 532-7816.

TWRA Confirms Alligators Have Migrated Into Southwest TN

Fayette County, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency personnel recently sighted a 7-foot alligator in Fayette County and several other confirmed sightings have been reported in recent months.

Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.

Alligators are opportunistic feeders that prey on fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, and waterfowl. Occasionally they will feed on larger animals such as possums, raccoons, and deer.

Alligators can survive Tennessee winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation. They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing.

TWRA would like to remind everyone that alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law. If you come across one while exploring the outdoors in West TN, leave it alone and enjoy Tennessee’s unique biodiversity.

Parrish Pitches 1 Hitter; Pats Beat NW 2-0

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County evened their District 10-AAA record at 2-2 Tuesday night with a quick, well played 2-0 victory over Northwest. Henry County's Will Parrish pitched lights out only allowing 1 hit, a 1 out single in the 7th inning. He struck out 6 in the victory.

Parrish also scored both runs for the Patriots. In the first after he walked, and was bunted to 2nd base by Wesley Bomar, an RBI single by Casey Pope drove Parrish in. Parrish also scored after a bunt single, stolen base, and Wesley Bomar RBI single.

Henry County travels to Union City Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Final Flight tournament. The Patriots are back home Monday April 2nd against West Creek.

TBI Releases Crime on Campus Report

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual crime study detailing the volume and nature of crime on the state’s college and university campuses. The Crime on Campus 2017 Study compiles data submitted to the TBI by the state’s colleges, universities, and law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Report System or TIBRS.

Among the report’s findings, overall crime reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 2.8% from 2016 to 2017. In total, 26.8% of all 2017 offenses reported were categorized as larceny or theft.

Robbery offenses decreased by 55.2% from 29 reported in 2016 to 13 reported in 2017. Assault offenses decreased by 13.7% year to year. The overall category of “Sex Offenses-Forcible” decreased by 26% in 2017. There was a 27% decrease in reported Rape offenses, from 63 in 2016 to 46 in 2017. Reported DUI offenses increased by nearly 61% year to year.

As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s stats to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate, generalized, and unfair conclusions of the perceived “safety” of one campus over another.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said, “This report will hopefully assist law enforcement, institution administrations, and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and continue to create an awareness that crime exists as a threat in our communities.”

To view the full report of Crime on Campus go the TBI’s website at www.tn.gov/tbi.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Paris, Tenn.- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Henry County Carl Perkins Center has several events planned to help commemorate. To kick the awareness off, Tennessee Valley Community Church is hosting an Easter in the Park event Friday evening March 30th with an Easter Egg Hunt, Hot Dog Supper, and Service beginning at 5:30pm at Eiffel Tower Park.

The Center will participate in a community Stewards of Children Training Tuesday April 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm at the Henry County Communications building.

The Eiffel Tower will be lit blue for Child Abuse Prevention April 5th thru 7th, there will be a Community Movie Night April 10th, Child Abuse Prevention Reception for Law Enforcement, DCS, Court Staff, and other personnel that work to protect children on April 11th; Cast N Blast benefit on April 21st, and more.

For more information call the Center or stop by at 204 N. Brewer Street.

BPU Refinancing Bonds to Save Money

BPU GM Terry Wimberley explains the refinaning of the bonds. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met Tuesday morning and approved a resolution to send to the Paris City Commission to refinance their 2008 Bonds. General Manager Terry Wimberley told the board that the bonds were for $6M to pay for the automated metering project in the Electric Department back in 2008 and there is just under $1.5M left.

Wimberley said the original note was for 15 years and after 10 years the bond can be callable and possibly refinanced. Wimberley said they market is such right now where BPU could see about $45K in savings over the next 5 years.

The resolution now goes to the City Commission for their approval to allow BPU to refinance. Wimberley said once the City Commission approves it we will seek bids and if things have changed in the market by then and we don’t see savings we can always walk away and leave it as is without costing BPU any money.

Wimberley told the board bids for renovations of the BPU office will go out next week and they would bring them to the April Board meeting. He said they plan to start construction in mid-May and during that process, they would move the front office staff across the street into a building they’re leasing. Wimberley said they are planning on moving the weekend of April 21st and will be in the other building to conduct business on Monday April 23rd.

During this stretch, board meetings will be moved around as well as the board room will be used for office space during the renovation project. Wimberley set April’s meeting for the Electric Warehouse and told the board he would notify them and the media prior to each meeting where it would be held. The projected completion for the renovation of the BPU office is mid-November.

54 Lawn and Garden Hosts March Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- 54 Lawn and Garden, on Hwy. 54, was the host for the March Chamber Coffee. 54 Lawn and Garden has wide vareity of mowers, grills, and milk carton furniture. (Chamber photos)

Red Cross Lifeguard Training Classes Offered in April

Paris, Tenn.- Red Cross Lifeguard training classes will be held at the Paris Civic Center and Bethel University Pool in early April. Completion of the class can make you a certified Red Cross Lifeguard, trained in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED. All participants must be 15 years or older and must pass a pretest on April 4th that includes a 300-yard swim, a timed 10 lb. weight  test, and two minute tread using only your legs. The cost of the class is $200 and certification is valid for 2 years.

To earn the certification you must be present for all classes. Class schedule is 6-8pm Wednesday April 4th at Bethel University for the Pre-test; Thursday April 5th, Friday April 6th from 5-9pm each day and Saturday April 7th from 10am to 5pm at the Paris Civic Center; and Sunday April 9th 2-6pm at Bethel University. For more information or to register call 615-202-3670 or email sarah.luffman@parisssd.org.

Quota Club Easter Bake Sale Set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Quota Club of Paris will have their Easter Bake Sale this Saturday March 31st from 8am until Noon at Commercial Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. There will be cakes, pies, cupcakes, homemade bread, and more. Money raised benefits Quota Scholarships.

GLO Relay Team Holding Spaghetti Fundraiser Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The God’s Little Ones, or GLO Relay for Life Team will hold a Spaghetti Luncheon on Thursday March 29th from 11am to 1pm at Tennessee Valley Community Church, located at 2400 East Wood St. Tickets are $8 for spaghetti, garlic bread, side salad, and drink. Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more. Call 642-5111 for more information and to RSVP.

Taff Named 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion

Paris, Tenn.-  Dwayne Taff took 1st place in this weekend's 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship, and took home the largest pay out in history for a kayak bass fishing competition at $100,000. Josh Stewart took home 2nd place and $20,000.

(photos KBF)

Dwayne Taff, 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion

Josh Stewart, 2nd place winner in the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship

Possible Stolen Gun Involved with Accidental Shooting

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accidental shooting at 242 Cook St. this weekend. The report stated that the victim accidentally shot himself in the knee when he was putting the gun back together after cleaning it. All parties around said the same thing in their statements Sgt. Fuqua did get a positive hit on the pistol being stolen. The incident is still under investigation with no arrests at this time.

Drug Arrests Made; Thefts Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department along with officers of the Metro Crime Unit, Sheriff’s Office, DEA, and TBI executed a search warrant at 607 N. Brewer St. Inside they found a felony amount of methamphetamine and a set of digital scales. Michael Douglas Tayloe, age 38, of the address was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Metro Crime Unit arrested Gregory Marquis Kendall, age 25, of 115 Porter St. for possession with intent to sell of schedule 4 and two counts of possession with intent to sell of schedule 2. Kendall was placed on $25K bond.

Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Old Paris Murray Road to a report of a break-in. The window was busted out and someone entered the home and stole two jewelry boxes with some jewelry inside, three wallets, nearly $540 in cash and a class ring. There are no suspects at this time.

PLFD Extinguishes Truck Fire Sunday Afternoon

Springville, Tenn.- Paris Landing Fire Department members extinguished a truck fire at 5932 East Antioch Road Sunday afternoon. Units arrived to find a small Ford truck fully engulfed in flames. The owner stated he was backing his pontoon boat into the storage building when he noticed smoke coming from the hood of the truck. He raised the hood and flames erupted. The truck was a total loss, a leaking brake line is the suspected cause. The fire caused some minor damage to the pontoon boat as well. Damage is estimated at $4K. Two trucks and 6 firefighters were on scene for about an hour. (Rebecca Flood and Woody Case photos)

Henry Names Robin House New Assistant Principal

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Elementary School lead teachers and Principal David Kibbler recently conducted interviews to fill the position of Assistant Principal for Henry Elementary School.  The position became available when current Assistant Principal Michael Denman requested to return to the classroom beginning the 2018-2019 school year.  After interviewing several highly qualified candidates, I am excited to announce that Mrs. Robin House has been selected to serve as Henry School's new Assistant Principal when school resumes in the fall.  

Mrs. House has been employed with the Henry County School System since 2011.  Her tenure with the HCSS has been as a teacher at Henry Elementary School where she has taught third grade as well as middle school English Language Arts.  She has also served on numerous school committees, and has held school leaderships positions during her time at Henry School.  In addition to the experience that she has gained at Henry, Mrs. House has also participated in several state level committees and initiatives with the most recent being the Tennessee Micro-credential Pilot Program.

Mrs. House holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-8 Education from Western Governors University and a Master of Art in Educational Leadership from Bethel University.

Mrs. House has proven herself to be a dedicated and outstanding educator who is committed to the academic success of ALL students.  She is respected by her students and her colleagues.  I believe that Mrs. House is going to make an excellent administrator, and I am looking forward to working with her.

HCHS Track Team Excels at Invitation of the South

Murray, Ky.- Henry County High School Track competed at the Invitation of the South, hosted by Marshall County High School at Murray State’s Roy Stewart Stadium over the weekend.

The boys team tallied 55 points to finish 6th overall out of 21 teams. Some top scorers were Nathanial Owens, 3rd in Discus 126’2”; Robert Markum, 3rd in 200 meters at 23.55; Titus Winders 1st in the 1600 meters at 4:26.87, 1st in 3200 meters 9:50.71; Silas Winders 3rd in the 1600 meters at 4:31.63 and 2nd in the 3200 meters at 9:54.79; Cole Davis 5th in 3200 meters 10:23.04; Hunter Lawrence 8th in freshman 1600 meters at 5:10.79.

The 4 x 800 relay team placed 2nd with a time of 8:39.35 and was comprised of Titus, Silas, Hunter, and Cole. Titus won the Howard S. Reeves Outstanding Distance Runner award based on points, scores, and outstanding times.

Dinah Winders Wins at Murray Middle School Meet

Murray, Ky.- Last Thursday Henry County’s Dinah Winders competed in the Murray Middle School All Comers track meet and placed 1st at the 800 meter and 400 meter with times of 2:30 and 1:09 respectively.

Donkey Basketball Raises $2,837.37 for Crusaders

Paris, Tenn.-  The Crusaders Travel Basketball Team held their 3rd annual donkey basketball game Saturday night. The event raised $2,827.27 for the team. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Crusaders took on McKenzie Police Department in the first half, followed by staff from WMUF/WLZK/WHDM radio taking on the Crusaders in the last half. In the end, local personalities were victorious over the Crusaders with a score of 12-8.

(photo Rodney Bond)

Chamber Coffee Tuesday at 54 Lawn & Garden

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Chamber Coffee, Tuesday, March 27th at 8 am, at 54 Lawn & Garden. 54 Lawn & Garden is a family owned business that was founded in 1992. They offer a full service and parts department and have a large selection of different products to choose from including, Toro, Exmark and CubCadet mowers, garden tillers, hand held power equipment, portable storage buildings, outdoor fire pits, PolyLux Craft lawn patio furniture that is maintenance free, comes with a lifetime warranty and 35 different color combinations to choose from, as well as many more items.

Several Thefts Reported

Paris, Tenn.-  According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, there have been several thefts reported over the last few days. One report by Corporal Blake Jenkins states that he responded to a complaint on Reynoldsburg Rd where the victim advised that he had been noticing several items coming up missing over the last few months. On the most recent incident, the victim’s wife heard something outside and when the victim went outside, he noticed his Ryobi Belt Sander was gone. There are no suspects at this time.

Another report at the HCSO, also by Cpl. Blake Jenkins states that he took a report at HCSO in regards to a theft from a residence on HWY79 N. The victim advised that while she and her boyfriend were away from the home, their ex-roomate and his girlfriend came to the house and took several items that did not belong to them. The victims father had driven by the residence and seen the suspects there while the victims were away. The victims advised that at this time, they have only noticed a few bags of clothing missing, but are in the process of moving, so there could be more.

A report at the HCSO by Lieutenant Lance Perry states that Lt. Perry responded to KY Lake Marine in response to a complaint of theft. The victim advised that he had been noticing things missing randomly, including 6 brass rudders off of boats, a brass prop and a stainless shaft. The victim is not sure when the items were taken. It is believed that the items could have been taken to a local salvage yard.

Everly Brothers Experience Coming to KPAC

Paris, Tenn.-  The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers is coming to the Krider Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 29th at 7pm. General admission is $15 with seating beginning at 6:15pm. Advance tickets can be purchased at Lura Lee’s Gifts, or Merison’s Value Furniture, online at EverlyExperience.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-836-3006. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Mississippi Man Arrested

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Patrolman Steven Dean Jr. states that on Friday, he was patrolling on Mineral Wells Ave. when he observed a maroon, 4-door Honda sedan with Mississippi tags traveling with a passenger side head light out. Ptl. Dean conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Jermaine Phillips, age 29 if Coffeeville, MS. Phillips did not have his identification with him, but stated that he had a Mississippi driver’s license. After checking with dispatch, his license came back suspended. Phillips was then placed under arrest for driving on a suspended license and transported to Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

DUI 2nd Offense Arrest Friday

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy Stacey Bostwick, the HCSO received a call Friday of a small, red truck traveling down Shady Grove Rd. that was all over the road. Dpt. Bostwick and Sgt. Terry Williams did observe the vehicle and performed a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, Michael D. Hendley, age 62 of 7645 Shady Grove Rd., an odor of alcohol was detected. When asked if he had been drinking, Hendley stated that he had consumed two beers. Hendley was given a field sobriety test, during which he performed in a manner that would deem him unfit to safely operate a motor vehicle. Hendley was informed of the implied consent law and asked to give a blood sample. A check of Hendley’s driver’s license showed him to be revoked out of Stewart County for a prior DUI. Hendley was charged with driving under the influence 2nd offense as well as driving on a revoked license.

Wreck Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on HWY 54 in Paris Saturday morning, where a vehicle rear ended a semi. There are no additional details available at this time. 


2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship

Paris, Tenn.-  The biggest kayak fishing cash-out in history is taking place on Kentucky Lake this weekend with a grand prize of $100,000. The 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship is taking place Friday and Saturday with the awards ceremony being held Sunday morning at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Wmuf/Wlzk will be keeping you updated on this event throughout the weekend.


HCMC Starts Patient and Family Advisory Council

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County Medical Center would like to extend an invitation to their current and former patients as well as their family members and caregivers to join the Henry County Medical Center Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Their vision is that patients at HCMC will have a successful, compassionate and supportive health care experience. To achieve this, collaborative involvement of patients and families is essential and welcomed by HCMC’s leadership and its staff in order for them to transform their community’s health through nationally recognized, accessible and sustainable healthcare.

HCMC is looking for 14 individuals from their primary service area of Henry, Benton, Carroll, Stewart and Weakley counties to join the council. The PFAC will bring together patients, family members, staff and leadership at HCMC together. The rewards of participating are many – from developing new friendships to making an impact on patient care.

The deadline to apply is March 31 for a start date of July. To learn more about the Patient and Family Advisory Council or to apply, contact Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org or by calling 731-644-8266 or go to their website at www.hcmc-tn.org/about-hcmc/patient-family-advisory-council/

Accident Friday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.-  Emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon around 3:00 pm. No other information is available at this time.

"Operation Blind Justice" Results in Numerous Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office hit the streets early this morning, handing out indictments in “Operation Blind Justice.” Over 60 arrests were made. A list of arrests, charges and bonds are as follows…

Dewanna Moore, Sale of Schedule II (over 5 grams), Bond- $25,000

Maleon Moore, Sale of Schedule II (over 5 grams), Bond- $25,000

Corey Teague, Sale of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $20,000

Dericco Patton, Sale of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $30,000

Ricky Kinley, Sale of Schedule II (crack cocaine), Bond- $100,000

Tramaine Tidwell, Sale of Schedule II, Bond- $25,000

Michael Aldridge, Sale of Schedule II (x3), Bond- $20,000

Ronnie Hart, Sale of Schedule II (oxycodone), Bond- $30,000

Javaro McNeil, Theft of Property (under $1,000), Bond- $10,000

Marcus McClain, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

Cheryl Holder, Sale of Controlled Substance, Bond- $20,000

Michael Wilson, Sale of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $25,000

Gregory Kendall, Sale of Schedule II (x3), Bond- $25,000

Carol Phelps, Sale of Controlled Substance, Bond-$20,000

Brittany Murray, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $20,000

Thomas Strickland, Sale of Schedule II, Bond- $25,000

Breana Wilson, Delivery of Schedule II/Facilitation of Felony, Bond- $10,000

Lindsey Lowe, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II/ Sale/Delivery Schedule 1, Bond- $25,000

Adam Kennedy, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $100,000

Andrew Hovis, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II, Bond- $15,000

Ashlynn Hovis, Delivery of Schedule II/Delivery of Schedule II, Bond- $15,000

Monroe Shaw, Sale of Schedule II, Bond- $25,000

Tyee Hart, Sale of Schedule VI/Sale/ Delivery of Schedule II/Sale/ Delivery Schedule III, Bond- $25,000

Christy Ward, Sale of  Schedule II in a School Zone, Bond- $30,000

Amy Hepner, Possession of Schedule II with Intent, Bond $50,000

                      Sale of Schedule II in a School Zone (x2), Bond- $50,000

Daniel Carter, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $50,000

Clayton Miller-Webb, Sale of Controlled Substance (x2), Bond- $20,000

Joe L. Oliver Jr, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II, Bond- $20,000

Ronnie Marcus, Sale of Schedule II, Bond- $25,000

Samantha Hollowell, Delivery of Schedule II/Introduction of Contraband, Bond- $50,000

Deandra Foster, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II, Bond- $20,000

Jessie Northington, Sale/Deliver of Schedule II, Bond- $25,000

Tracy Hughes, Delivery of Schedule II/Introduction of Contraband, Bond- $75,000

Jason Mobley, Sale of Schedule II (over 5 grams), Bond- $25,000

Vincent Boldin, Sale of Schedule II (x2)/Sale of Schedule III, Bond- $100,000

Clifford Gilliam, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Possession of Schedule VI with Intent/Possession Schedule II with Intent/Possession of Firearm During  Felony, Bond- $50,000

Dennis Carter, Sale of Schedule II (over 5 grams)/Sale of Schedule II (x2)/Possession Of Schedule II with Intent/Possession of Schedule III with Intent/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Simple Possession (x2) Bond- $75,000

Sonya Woods, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II (x2), Delivery of Schedule III Bond- $25,000

Ryan Sims, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $30,000

Margaret Somerville, Sale of Schedule III in School Zone, Bond- $20,000

Timothy Dunlap, Sale of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $25,000

Desman Howard, Sale/Delivery Schedule VI (x2), Bond- $15,000

Trey Cowan, Sale/Delivery Schedule VI, Bond- $15,000

Alex Biedler, Sale/Delivery Schedule II (x3)/Sale Schedule VI, Bond- $25,000

Marissa Spicer, Sale of Schedule VI, Bond- $10,000

Brittany Triplett, Sale/Delivery Schedule II, $20,000

Towana Williams, Sale of Schedule II (x2)/Aggravated Child Abuse or Neglect,

                             Bond- $30,000

Shauna Hart, Sale of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $100,000

Mitzi Barker, Sale of Schedule II, Bond- $15,000

Hunn Hadley, Sale of Schedule III/Driving on Suspended, Bond- $20,000

Michael Tayloe, Sale of Schedule II (x2), Bond- $20,000

Kendra Bomar, Sale/Delivery of Schedule IV, Bond- $15,000

Edricco Patton, Sale of Schedule II, Bond $20,000

Lisa Ventrice, Sale of Schedule III, Bond- $30,000

Kambron Allen, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II, Bond- $20,000

James Harper, Sale/Delivery of Schedule II, Bond- $20,000

Shirley Overby, Sale of Schedule IV, Bond- $20,000

Vicky Boss, Drug Fraud, Bond- $5,000

W.H. Hartzfeldt, Sale of Schedule II (x4), Bond- $30,000

Brandi Mayo, Possession of Controlled Substance/Evading Arrest/Violation of Sentence, Bond- $22,500

Ryan Hargrove, Delivery Schedule II, Bond- $15,000


Additional Arrest Made During “Operation Blind Justice”

Maranda Tharpe, Simple Possession of Schedule VI, Bond- $2,500

Garron Crafton, Simple Possession of Schedule II, Bond- $2,500

Steven Miller, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Introduction of Contraband

                       Bond- $2,500

Ramona Clark, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Bond- $2,500

Stephanie Mitchell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Bond- $2,500

Jarvis Bowen, Reckless Endangerment, Bond- $1,000


Holy Cross Life Teen Group Holding 5K April 7th

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church Lifeteen presents the first ever Divine 5K run on Saturday April 7th. Cost is $12 for single, $20 for couple, and $40 for a family of 4 if you register by the end of the day on Thursday March 22nd. A t-shirt will also be included. Registering after March 22nd is $5 more to each category.

Awards will be given to different age groups and the course is pending USATF Certification. Money raised benefits the LifeTeen Program. For more information call 642-4681.

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.


News from past weeks here.


Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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