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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

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Fire Destroys Former Midway Cafe and Hollywood Lounge

(Robin Vackar photo)

Springville, Tenn.- A fire that destroyed the former Midway Café and Hollywood Lounge on highway 641 South is still under investigation according to Assistant Springville Fire Chief William Unruh. The call came out between 10:30 and 11pm Thursday night and the building was in flames.

Unruh said the fire began on the left side of the building, the former, Hollywood Lounge, and there was no electricity running at this time to that side. Several firefighters from Springville, Mansfield, and Oakland responded to the scene and the building is a total loss.

Unemployment Rates Decrease in All 95 TN Counties in Feb.

Paris, Tenn.- The County Unemployment rates were released Thursday and estimates show that rates have decreased in all 95 counties from January according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Commissioner Burns Phillips said, “not only did the unemployment rate decrease in each of the state’s metropolitan areas, more importantly, the rates are down significantly in our counties with the most unemployed Tennesseans.”

Houston and Stewart Counties continue to have some of the highest unemployment rates in the state, but numbers are better in February than they were in January.

In Houston County, the February rate came in at 7.8%, down from 9.1% in January, but up from 6.9% in February of 2016. Those numbers mean about 250 of 3,250 people in Houston County’s labor force were looking for work in February.

Stewart County’s rate for February was 7.5%, down from 8.9% in January and up slightly from a year ago. 400 of Stewart County’s estimated workforce of 5,310 were looking for a job in February.

Henry County had a 6.2% February unemployment rate, down from 7.8% in January and up from 6.0% in February 2016. 870 of Henry County’s 14K labor force were out of work in February.

Carroll County’s rate came in at 6.8%, down from 8.3% in January. Weakley County’s rate fell from 6.7% to 5.7% in a month, and Benton County saw a decrease from 8.5% to 7.9% from January to February.

PSSD BOE To Meet April 4th for Director Discussion

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education will hold a special called meeting Tuesday April 4th at the Board Office. The purpose of the called meeting is the discussion and action on an upcoming vacancy of the Director of Schools Position. Current Director Mike Brown informed the board in March of his intentions to retire June 30th.

HCHD Closing Osage Crossland Rd. Mon. and Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Osage Crossland Road Monday April 3rd and Tuesday April 4th for culvert replacement. All closures will be between Pled Wade Road and Hico Road. The road will be open for evening traffic each day.

Reminder: Hoofbeats Fundraiser At the Enoch Building Sat. April 1st

Paris, Tenn.- Hoofbeats of Hope, the Therapeutic Horseback riding program designed to help people with physical and mental challenges, will hold their Benefit Auction and Ribeye Steak Supper, this Saturday April 1st. The event will be at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Tickets for the meal are $20 and meals will be served starting at 5pm.

There will also be a silent auction from 5pm to 6:45pm and a Live Auction starts at 7pm. For more information call 731-782-6141. For more information on Hoof Beats of Hope, visit their website at www.hoofbeatsofhope.org.   

Warm Winter Impacting Gas Company's Financials

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District met in regular session last week and General Manager Tae Eaton explained that the District is continuing to cut expenses to try to finish the fiscal year in the black and not the red. An extremely warm winter has been hard on the Districts and gas companies across the state and region as far as financials.

Eaton said February went down as the warmest February since 1947 and the District is currently just over $180K in the red. He said last year at this time, the District was about $153K in the red and he thinks they will be ok and manage to get into the black before the end of the fiscal year. Eaton told the board, March has had some cold weather, but it looks to be warm the rest of the way, and as long as its not too warm from now until May, along with cutting expenses we should get back in the black.

Eaton told board members all annual reports for the federal government have been completed and either already turned in or soon to be turned in. The board also learned about some of the 2017 Legislative bills that could impact the gas company. One of the bills, sponsored by Senator John Stevens, gives Electric Coops the right to start an Energy Authority. Eaton said if they start an Energy Authority they can then start their own gas, water, fiber optics, or other utility. Eaton said there are some Coops in the area and he hears they’re plan is to start a fiber optics company.

Another proposed bill deals with having City and County Commissioners go thru 12 hours of training concerning Natural Gas safety and issues. The members of the board already do the training, but the proposed bill would require members of the City and County the gas company is located in to have the training as well.

Eaton said they are working hard on service lines and continue to get requests thanks to the main line extensions they’ve completed. Currently they have 12 service line request on backlog. The board approved payments to Revell Construction and James Plus & Associates for work on the main line extensions as well at their meeting. 

Large Crowd On Hand at Reddick's Retirement Reception

Freda Reddick talks with Paris City Comm. Jackie Jones at the reception Thurs. evening. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Lavender and purple colored ballons, decorations, plates utensils, and more were appropriate, since it happens to be Freda Reddick's favorite color, and the the color she wore at her retirement reception Thursday evening. Reddick greeted guets for two hours at the W.G. Rhea Public Library as several people came by to wish her the best as she will be retiring after 30 years at the library. There was music and laughter and kind words from several people. Reddick thanked the community for allowing her to serve the public for 30 years.

TBI Arrests Three More In 2016 Stewart Co. Murder


Ashley Hankins                     John Curtis Perry                Amy Hankins

Dover, Tenn.- An on-going investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the 2016 murder of a Cumberland City man has resulted in the arrest of three more individuals, bringing to five the number of people charged in this death.                                                                    

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on June 7, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined detectives with the Cumberland City Police Department in investigating the shooting death of Donnie Cooksey. The victim was found deceased in his Wallace Street home. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that a white truck was seen in the area at the time of Mr. Cooksey’s death. The investigation revealed that Gerald Lovelace and Abdullah Powell were in that vehicle and intended to rob the victim, and were individuals responsible for the death of Mr. Cooksey. Both were arrested Tuesday morning. Agents also developed information that identified Amy Hankins, Ashley Hankins and John Perry as individuals responsible for the murder as well.  

On Wednesday night, Ashley Hankins (DOB 7/10/1985), and John Curtis Perry (DOB 3/10/1980) were arrested and booked into the Stewart County Jail. Amy Hankins (DOB 10/19/1987), was served the warrant in the Montgomery County Jail, where there is a hold on her for Stewart County. All three are charged with First Degree Murder, and each as a bond of $1,000,000.

KSP Arrests Man After Shots Fired

Benton, Ky.- On Thursday, March 30, 2017, at approximately 10:40 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 1 received a call that shots had been fired at a Department of Community Based Services worker in Marshall County. Preliminary investigation has shown Alexia Pritchett, a DCBS worker, was conducting a home visit on Abraham Road, when an adult male began firing shots from a long gun. Ms. Pritchett was able to escape without injury.  

Troopers responded to Abraham Road, where they located and arrested James E. Butler, age 51, of Benton, Kentucky. Mr. Butler was charged with 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment (Class D Felony) and was lodged at the Marshall County Jail.  

The Kentucky State Police were assisted by the Marshall County Sheriff Department and Benton Police Department. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Donald Bowman. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

UTM to Host TN Court of Appeals April 4th

(l-r) Judges Roger Page, Timothy Easter and John Everett Williams hear oral arguments during the Court of Criminal Appeal’s special session on the UT Martin campus Sept. 29, 2015. (UTM photo)

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the Tennessee Court of Appeals, April 4, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium. The court will hear oral arguments in four cases beginning at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Proceedings are open to the public.

The state of Tennessee has two intermediate-level appellate courts, the Court of Appeals and the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Court of Appeals, created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1925, hears civil cases from trial courts and certain state boards and commissions. The court has 12 members who sit in panels of three and meet monthly in Nashville, Knoxville and Jackson. The court may occasionally meet in alternate locations.

Court of Appeals hearings do not include witnesses, juries or testimonies. Instead, attorneys from both sides present either oral or written arguments directly to the judges. On April 4, participating attorneys in each case will have 15 minutes to present oral arguments. The remainder of each hour has been allotted to answer questions from UT Martin students.

The panel meeting on the UT Martin campus will include Judge Steven Stafford and Judge Brandon Gibson from the Court of Appeals with Chancellor Michael Maloan and Circuit Judge Jeff Parham sitting as special judges. Stafford, Maloan and Parham are all UT Martin alumni.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals heard cases on the UT Martin campus in September 2015.

The court is hosted by the UT Martin College of Business and Global Affairs. For more information on the court’s on-campus session, contact Dr. Chris Baxter, professor of political science, at 731-881-7367 or email cbaxter@utm.edu.

Lady Pats Sweep Waverly in a Doubleheader

Waverly, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Softball team swept Waverly in a doubleheader Wednesday night. Henry County won the first game 8-2 with Emily Brown notching the win on the mound. The Lady Pats won the 2nd game 6-1 behind a strong performance of Paige Roberts on the mound. The game was played at Waverly, even though scheduled for Paris because the field conditions here were in bad shape from Monday’s rain.

Reminder: 10th Annual Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner is March 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The 10th Annual Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope will be held on Thursday, March 30th at Holy Cross Catholic Church located at 1210 East Wood Street in Paris.

 Lunch will be served from 11:30am to 1pm and deliveries are available at lunch.  Dinner will also be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Tickets cost $9 per person and the ravioli dinner includes ravioli, salad, bread, desert and a drink. You can purchase your tickets at Tomorrow’s Hope located at 211 North Brewer Street in Paris.

Carl Perkins Center Recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is celebrating April as Child Abuse Prevention month, and joining the nationwide effort to bring about awareness regarding child safety.

Carly Wheat, Center Director, said over 300 cases of severe abuse in our county has occurred just in the past fiscal year alone. The mission of the center is to provide support to families in prevention and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee.

This year’s theme for April’s Awareness campaign is “Alice in Wonderland: Every Child Deserves a Happy Ending.” Businesses around town will be sporting blue bows to represent those who have died as a result of child abuse and in support of the efforts to prevent it. For more information on the events throughout April call the center at 642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org.

Cast N Blast Set for Saturday April 8th

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Carl Perkins Center are teaming up for a fun day of activities to benefit the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse on Saturday April 8th. The event is Cast-N-Blast a bass fishing tournament and Turkey blast held at Paris Landing State Park Marina.

The bass fishing tournament has a $2K first place guaranteed minimum with 100 boats, plus a possible $7K extra to First Place winner with Triton Gold. There is a big fish contest, prize is $250, a free kids fishing rodeo, and more.

Entry fee for the bass tournament is $100 per boat, if postmarked by March 31st or $125 if postmarked after March 31st. Tournament will begin at 6am April 8th. Call Sheriff Monte Belew for more information at 336-4699. Checks can be mailed to the Henry County Tourism Authority at P.O. Box 639 Paris, TN, 38242.

The Turkey Blast entry fee is $75 for 2-person teams or $40 per individual. Highest team score wins $200 plus item prize. There are adult and child categories for trophies and prizes. Turkeys must be harvested the day of the contest, April 8th. Entrants must pre-register by Monday April 3rd to participate.

For more information or to register contact the Henry County Carl Perkins Center at 642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org. Checks should be made payable to the Henry County Carl Perkins Center and can be mailed to 204 N. Brewer St. in Paris.

Concessions will be sold from 11:30am until the end of the event, the public can enter chance drawings and for other prizes, and entertainment will be provided by Ervin and Andrea Dutton and special guest Marley Trosper.

Severe Weather Threat for Thursday Causing Some Schools to Close

Memphis- The National Weather Service in Memphis and Nashville is predicting the possibility of a severe weather outbreak throughout the day Thursday. The storms could produce heavy rainfall with flash flooding, hail, damaging winds, and the possibility of supercell tornadoes that could be long tracking.

Benton County and Stewart County have already decided to postpone school Thursday due to the threat of the severe weather. The Paris Special School District and Henry County School System will be in session on time Thursday but will monitor the situation throughout the early morning and day.

PSSD Director of Schools Mike Brown said, "we will evaluate early Thursday morning and if it is safe to transport students on buses we will be in session and once students are at school with the tornado safe spaces our schools have, our students will be safer with us, of course timing is everything.

Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship Comes to Kentucky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- Kentucky and Barkley Lakes will serve as host waters for the 2017 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship Friday and Saturday as over 400 kayak anglers from all over the country have descended on Paris and Henry County for the event. The event is sponsored by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Alliance and the Henry County Fairgrounds will serve as Tournament Headquarters.

In addition to the KBF National Championship, there is also a KBF open event that is open to all anglers and already nearly 300 competitors have signed up to compete. Between 600-700 anglers will be in the area and a first place guarantee of $35K is on the line along with thousands more in cash prizes.

Kayak Anglers will be prefishing Thursday and competition begins at 7am on Friday and again at 7am Saturday. Anglers may enter the waters of Kentucky and Barkley at any public access point and once a bass is caught, the angler uploads a photo of the bass to Tourney X portal showing the length of the bass. Anglers may also bring photos of their bass to tournament headquarters for staff to upload them to the portal. The winner of the tournament will be determined by the total length of bass caught and uploaded to the portal over the two-day event.

Anglers may submit up to 5 bass each day to count towards their cumulative total. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday at 4:30pm. Fans can follow along at www.kayakbassfishing.com on Facebook or Twitter.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvis of the Paris Police Department charged Joseph Andres Goodhue, age 20, of 216 Patrick Drive Springville, with simple possession of schedule two, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without a license after a traffic stop and search. Ptl. Beauvis saw the car on Manley Street and made a stop. Goodhue said he had no license and refused search of the vehicle. Sgt. Jamie James and K-9 Drago were called to the scene and Drago alerted on the vehicle. A search then found glass pipe in a grocery bag in the pouch of the back seat and .4 grams of meth in Goodhue’s wallet.

Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on Terry J. Swigert, age 35, of 701 Reynoldsburg Road after he admitted to taking someone’s credit card from their wallet and then using the car. Warrants were issued for fraudulent use of a credit card.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Brian Davis responded to a home on Blood River Church Road where a lock was cut from an ATV and the ATV was stolen. The value of the ATV is around $5500 there are no suspects at this time.

Angelos Resigns as Patriot's Men's Hoops Coach

Paris, Tenn.- The search is now on for the next men’s basketball coach at Henry County High School after Pete Angelos resigned Monday afternoon. Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete said Angelos turned in the resignation after informing his team Monday afternoon.

WBFF Headquarters Opens at 10am Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry officially kicks off this Saturday April 1st with the Souvenir Book Dedication and reveal of the Grand Marshall for the parade as the Headquarters opens at 10am. Everyone is invited to come join the celebration and kick-off at the Headquarters new location this year, 1299 Eastwood Street, in front of Paris Inn’s and Suites.

The Headquarters is provided by Dinkins Mobile Homes, Champion Homes, and Paris Inn’s and Suites. The Chamber of Commerce will do a ribbon cutting as well.

Events in the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry will begin Saturday April 22nd and continue thru Sunday April 30th. The Demolition Derby will be April 22nd, Kick-off Street Dance Monday April 24th, Country Dance Tuesday night, and the Fish Tent will be open Wednesday and Thursday of Fish Fry week from 5-9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm. For more information on Fish Fry events visit the chamber of commerce website, pick up a souvenir booklet or stop by or call the Headquarters once it opens up this Saturday.

Patriots 3-0 in District After 6-2 Win Against NW

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hurler Hunter UpDyke threw 5 innings and only allowed two runs Tuesday night as Henry County defeated Northwest 6-2. Will Parrish finished the game with two shutout innings on the mound.

The Patriots trailed 1-0 briefly in the 2nd inning after a Javon Grier Homer for the Vikings, but then scored two runs themselves.

Brandon Armour went 3-3 at the plate with three singles and two RBIs. Henry County will play at Northwest on Wednesday night in  a game that was scheduled Monday but was rained out.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar Wed. at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will hold a Lunch to Learn Seminar about Geriatric and Neuro Psychiatry Wednesday March 29th at Noon. The event will be held in classrooms 2 and 3 and lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30am.

The event is free, but you are asked to bring a gently used or new book to donate to the medical center’s children’s library on 2 East.

Dr. J.G. Monette will be gibing a brief overview of Geriatric Psychiatry as well as Neuro Psychiatry covering topics such as” What makes it a medical specialty, What does it address, and demographics of our aging population.

Seating is limited to this event so you must pre-register by calling 644-3463 or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Public Reception for Freda Reddick's Retirement Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library will hold a public reception on Thursday March 30th as Freda Reddick is retiring after working at the library for 30 years. The reception will be 5-7pm at the library and everyone is invited.

BPU Board Approves Sewer Overflow Plan

BPU board members learn of the Sewer Overflow plan. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday morning and approved a Sewer Overflow Response Plan. General Manager Terry Wimberley said this is part of the requirements in the consent order handed down from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to prepare action plans to fix problems with the Wastewater system.

Wimberley said while, BPU has never had a formal plan, they have followed guidelines in the past. He told the board Tony Brown, Director of Water and Wastewater Operations, and staff along with Jacobs Engineering worked really hard to formulate a plan and TDEC has approved it. Brown said this is a positive thing for BPU should overflow occur they now have a proper procedure to follow. Wimberley added, “this gives the BPU framework to better management should things occur.”

The BPU board also approved amendments to the City of Paris’s Sewer Use Ordinance. This is a document that describes how the system is used, what it can accept and not accept. Wimberley said the last document change came in 2002, so they figured if they were going to make some modifications from TDEC, they might was well look at local discharge rates and industry limits and make some changes there as well. Wimberley said this process has gone on for about 5 years as TDEC was slow to get the changes approved and back to the BPU. Public notifications of the changes have been published and the City Commission will approve it at their meeting in April.

Federal And State Actions Impacting BPU

Paris, Tenn.- Wimberley told BPU board members of some things going on at the Federal and State Level that would impact BPU. He said the new administration at the Federal level is set on making cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and it had them concerned because State Revolving money flows thru the EPA. Wimberley said that from what they learned, the cuts will not come with the revolving funds but instead come from EPA staff and programs. He added, “this administration seems to also be high on infrastructure improvements so they left the revolving funds alone it looks like, this is good news for the BPU as work on the Water Plant and Wastewater system improvements continue.

Wimberley also discussed a bill already passed by the Senate and set to pass in the House this week at the State level that would require 12 hours of training every three years for any commissioner of a Water or Wastewater Board. He said municipalities that run their water and sewer systems like South Paris, Henry, Puryear, will also be required to have their commissioners attend the training. The BPU could look at bringing the training here locally or commissioners can travel to places to Jackson or Nashville for it. Penalties for not getting the required training in the set timeframe could include withholding of financial assets and the board members not being reappointed.

In his financial reports, Wimberley said the Electric Department was in good shape and they hope to settle the money owed from Water, which is $535K in the next couple of months. He said due to the mild winter, BPU bought and sold less electricity this year compared to last, which is good for customers and not bad for BPU. Financials in the Water and Wastewater were on track as well.

MCU Makes Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested Marcus L. McClennan, age 34, of 818 Cowan St. for simple possession of schedule VI and contempt of court. He was placed on $1K bond.

TBI Arrests Two Clarksville Men for Stewart County Man's Murder

Dover, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of two Clarksville men who are charged with the murder of a Stewart County man last spring.                                           

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on June 7, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined detectives with the Cumberland City Police Department in investigating the shooting death of Donnie Cooksey. The victim was found deceased in his Wallace Street home. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that a white truck was seen in the area at the time of Mr. Cooksey’s death. The investigation further revealed that Gerald Lovelace and Abdullah Powell were in that vehicle and intended to rob the victim, and were the individuals responsible for the death of Mr. Cooksey.

On Tuesday morning, TBI Special Agents arrested Abdullah Hassan Powell (DOB 11/19/1979), and Gerald Depaul Lovelace (DOB 4/4/1979), Both men are charged with First Degree Murder. They were booked into the Stewart County Jail, where they are each being held on a $1,000,000 bond.

MSU Track and Field Hosting Murray Mile and Fastest Kid Event

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State Track and Field Cross Country Program will hold the Murray Mile and Fastest Kid in Murray races this Friday March 31st at 5:15pm at Roy Stewart Stadium.

The event will begin at the conclusion of the Margaret Simmons Invitational. Entry fee is $10 with all competitors receiving a T-shirt. The contest is open to all children up to age 13 and prizes will be awarded in different age groups following the race.

At the conclusion of events, MSU will host a Track Day and children get the opportunity to participate in different events and receive instruction from current track and field student-athletes. The deadline to enter either or both events is Tuesday March 28th. Enter online at www.goracers.com and click on the track and field section.

HCMC Holding Health Screening in Camden on March 30th

Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at  the Benton County Senior Citizen Center, which is located at 119 Cole Avenue in Camden on Thursday, March 30th from 9:30am to 11:30am.

No appointment is necessary. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis Screening and Blood Pressures will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Full Lipid Panel for $10 each.

For more information about the Henry County Medical Health Screening please contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266 or Lori Laser, RN 731-644-8269.

Reminder: Lawn Seminar Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office and Henry County Master Gardners are hosting a home lawn seminar at 6pm on Tuesday March 28th at the Fairgrounds Enoch Building. Dr. Tom Samples, UT turf specialist, will present updates for home lawns in Henry County. Everyone is invited to attend.

See What You Can Find in the Windows of the West Alley

Members of the Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Ray of the DPA, and artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe cutting the ribbon opening the Window of the West Alley. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The “Windows of the West Alley”, part of the Back Alley Paris project, officially opened Monday, March 27th for the public to come and view the beautiful artwork that combines history and art.

The morning opened with Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, members of the Chamber of Commerce and artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe cutting the ribbon to officially open the alley. If you want to see all of the stories about the murals, then you can go and see the Windows of the West Alley in person between Market and Fentress Streets in downtown Paris.

The “Back Alley Paris” project includes four murals and a fifth self-portrait mural of the artists by welcoming everyone to the alley by artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe, which is on display in the alley and below each of the murals is a storyboard that tells you the story behind each of the murals.

Kathy Ray telling the story about the mural title "The Ring" by artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA, said, “The Back Alley Paris project started in 2014 and phase 3 was just completed. The project is a great way to view history and great artwork merge together and we plan on growing the project.”

Artists Dan Knowles and John Monroe  said that when you are looking at each of the murals look for three images: a woman in a red dress, a chandelier or a lighting fixture and Kilroy. It is be a great way to get kids and adults looking to find the three hidden images, while telling a story about the history of Paris.

Two other mural projects include the downtown fountain plaza painted by Paris Artists Jane Baars and the Eiffel Tower mural which is located in the alley between Market and Fentress Streets and was prepared by Artist Brenda Kitchens.

All three projects were able to be completed by obtaining grants from the  Tennessee Arts Commission. The Downtown Paris Association, City of Paris, and Robert E. Lee Academy of the Arts all partnered up for the Back Alley Paris Project.

Warrants Issued on Higgs After Shooting Incident on Joy St.

Paris, Tenn.- The report stated that Higgs and the mother of his child were in the front yard of a home on Joy Street and began to argue about money and other things. Higgs fired a shot into the ground from one of the guns and also hit the woman in the face with his hand. Higgs then told someone he was with to hide the guns as the victim left the scene and called police. A couple of tips lead Paris Police to Irvine Street but Higgs was not located there either. As of Monday morning, he has not been arrested yet. Paris Police investigated the scene and found four guns, two pistols and two shotguns and took them for evidence.

Two Found In Abandoned Home Charged With Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested for theft after Dep. Chad Lowery of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office found them in an abandoned house on West Antioch Road. The report stated that Dep. Lowery a red jeep parked at the abandoned home which was thought to belong to Anthony J. Shaefer, age 35, of Buchanan, who was wanted on warrants. Dep. Lowery then went to the home and found Shaefer and placed him under arrest for the warrant of domestic assault and burglary for entering the home. Dep. Lowery heard some noises and searched the house and found Shanda Bomar, age 33, of 1521 Mineral Wells Avenue hiding in some boxes. She was charged with burglary.

Camden Man Arrested After Evading Officers for Short Time

Buchanan, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and other deputies of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office went to Hidden Acres in search John Paul Todd, age 36, of Camden, who had active warrants on tip that he was in the area driving a silver vehicle. Todd pulled up into one of the trailers at the campground in a silver Ford Escape and noticed patrol cars and quickly threw it in reverse. Pursuit began and Todd eventually jumped out and fled on foot.

Sgt. Fuqua brought in K9 Cisco and they tracked the scene, Dep. Dalton Watson then saw Todd from a distance, but he managed to get away again. Paris Police finally apprehended in over near the Fairgrounds area. Todd was charged with his active warrants and with felony evading and driving on a revoked license 7th offense.

HCHS Track and Field Does Well at Invitational of the South

Benton, Ky.- The Henry County High School Track and Field team placed 8th out of 19 teams at the Marshall County High School 21st Annual Invitational of the South held on Saturday. Titus Winders came in 1st place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:28 and in 4th place on the 800 meter run with a time of 2:05. Silas Winders finished 1st in the Freshman 1600 meter run at 4:39 and 7th in the 8000 meter at 2:09.

Robert Markum came in 4th at the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.33 and 4th place in the 200 meter dash at 23.36. Jordan Harrold finished 4th in Discus with a toss of 123 feet 4 inches and Nathaniel Owens came in 5th with 121 feet 3 inches.

Silas Winders also won the “Howard S. Reeves” Outstanding Distance Runner Award presented to the outstanding distance runner of the meet as he broke the 20 year old freshman mile record by 4 seconds.

Murray State Wins Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

San Antonio- Day two of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Dardanelle was full of changes - not only with the weather but also on the leaderboard.  Though Murray State University dominated 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places going into day two, they knew they would have other strong teams challenging their positions.    

As they were all looking to finish strong – in this event as well as in hopes of making a big move in the Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race - the Murray State team of Hunter Mills, Hunter McKinley, Mike Lowry, and Brian Koch brought a very solid 21.21 pound bag to the scales to move up from their 2nd place position to 1st place for the win!  With a two-day overall weight of 47.92 pounds, fishing shoreline grass proved to be successful in bringing the pounds they needed on day two into their live well. 

As all the teams set out on day two of the Open, they noticed the strong north wind was gone and there were no clouds in the sky.  Although the temperatures were starting off cooler than on day one, the anglers expected to see the thermometer climb into the 70’s by noon.

The other huge factor that was going to be missing on day two was the current the anglers had seen on day one.  During the entire first day of the event, anglers saw over 39,000cfs being released downstream on the Arkansas River. During day two they only had two hours over 10,000cfs and had six hours with zero water being discharged. With the lack of current alone the anglers knew they would have to work even harder to bring a limit to the stage.

Coming in at 2nd place with the largest bag on day two with 22.00 pounds, and an overall total of 42.92 pounds, was the team of Matt Glad, Owen Richard, Dakota Sparks and Levi Sharp from Louisiana State University.  This team entered day two in 5th place with a day one weight of 20.92 pounds, and moved up the leaderboard by being only the second team to bring in over 20 pounds each day.

Tennessee Tech University’s two-man team of Jesse Garren and Daniel Holt moved up the leaderboard the most, climbing from 12th place on day one to a final 3rd place finish with 38.88 pounds total.  In this event format, having a partner boat is a great advantage on being able to work together and be able to call and get help from your sister team if you are not on the fish.  Jesse and Daniel did not have that advantage as they were the only boat representing Tennessee Tech University, yet they still brought in nearly 20 pounds each day.

Rounding out the Top 10 places at the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Dardanelle, Russellville, Arkansas were:

To see the complete results from the 2017 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Presented by Cabela’s, click here: Final Results.

Informational Meeting on High School Fishing Team Mon. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- There will be an informational meeting at 6pm Monday at the Henry County High School Testing Center for any students and parents interested in the formation of a high school fishing team. The HCHS Board of Education gave the go ahead earlier this month to begin exploring opportunities for the creation of a high school fishing team at HCHS. All interested parties should attend.

Two Dresden People Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Amy L. Hill, age 35 of 1112 Hwy 18 of Dresden, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule II substance, simple possession of a schedule IV substance and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Hill was placed on $2,500 bond.

Also on Thursday, Trooper Josh T. Wade arrested Robert M. Ford, age 26 of 319 W. Main Street of Dresden, for possession of a schedule II substance.

Ford was placed on $2,500 bond.

American Legion Holding Fish Fry on Friday, March 31st

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 89 will hold its second Fish Fry of the Easter season on Friday, March 31st from 5pm to 7pm at the American Legion Post 89, which is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.

The meal costs $10 and includes cat fish, hush puppies, white beans, slaw, dessert and a drink. The event is open to the public and proceeds from the Fish Fry will go to support the needs of the Veterans of Henry County and the surrounding area.

Police Arrest Two People on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson arrested Chelsea Nicole Lancaster, age 23 of 105 Hutson Lane of Paris, on Saturday for violation of implied consent and driving under the influence. Lancaster was placed on $1,500 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Ashley Dawn Dean, age 26 of 12920 Hwy. 69A of Big Sandy, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Dean was placed on $500 bond.

Painting Your Own Unique Butterfly Tree

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life held a paint your own butterfly tree event on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church. Melinda Hearn, an artist from Jackson, taught the class and one of the things Hearn said was even though everyone is painting the same picture everyone’s interpretation of the painting is unique to them. At Sunday’s event the Relay for Life raised almost $500.

The First United Methodist Church hosts two paint party fundraisers twice a year, once in the spring and another in the fall. Hearn has also taught at several other paint party fundraisers and enjoys teaching people how to bring out their own uniqueness in the paintings they are doing.

Savannah Wallace Located in North Carolina

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department wanted to let the public know that Savannah Wallace who went missing on Wednesday was located overnight in Ashville, North Carolina.

Reelfoot and Security Bank Merger is Complete

Paris, Union City, Martin and Fulton, KY- Security Bank and Trust Company and Reelfoot Bank have completed their merger. As of March 25, 2017 Reelfoot Bank locations in Union City, Martin and Hornbeak, TN and Fulton, KY began operating as Reelfoot Bank as a division of Security Bank and Trust Company.

Although the merger is complete, full conversion and integration of Reelfoot Bank into Security Bank and Trust Company isn’t expected to be finished until mid-summer 2017. Reelfoot Bank customers will be able to continue conducting their banking business as usual at their branches and online at www.reelfootbank.com.

“On behalf of Security Bank and Trust Company, I am pleased to welcome Reelfoot Bank’s customers, employees and shareholders to our Bank,” said Barry P. McIntosh, Jr. Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. “Security Bank and Trust Company has always put our customers and communities first. We look forward to continuing Reelfoot Bank’s commitment to the communities it serves.”

The Board of Directors of Security Bank and Trust Company would like to thank everyone involved for their extraordinary efforts completing this merger.

Barry P. McIntosh, Jr. will continue to serve as CEO, President and Board Chairman, and Stephen Trask will continue as CFO, COO and a member of the Board of Directors of Security Bank and Trust Company. Laurie Ragsdale, of Reelfoot Bank has joined the management team as Chief Accounting Officer, and John Horner also of Reelfoot Bank has joined as Senior Vice President. Lee Fry of Union City, TN and David Hogan of Lakeland, TN have joined Security Bank and Trust.

The corporate headquarters of the combined bank is located in Paris, Tennessee. Security Bank and Trust Company has six branches throughout Paris, and Henry County, TN.

Paducah Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Richard Mount Payne, age 40 of 6600 Benton Road of Paducah, on Friday for public intoxication, criminal trespass, possession of a schedule II substance with intent and introduction of drugs into a penal facility. Payne was placed on $10,000 bond.

Back Alley Paris Project Opens Monday, March 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The public is invited to the grand opening of the “Windows of the West Alley” which will be held on Monday, March 27th at 10am in the alley between Market and Fentress Streets in downtown Paris.

The “Back Alley Paris” project includes four murals that have been completed and a fifth self-portrait mural of the artists welcoming everyone to the alley will also be displayed in the project.

The murals depict historic events and periods in Paris history while improving public spaces and displaying a sense of community character and pride. Storyboards will be next to the murals in order to tell the story behind each mural.

All three projects were able to be completed by obtaining grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Downtown Paris Association, City of Paris, and Robert E. Lee Academy of the Arts all partnered up for the Back Alley Paris Project.

Buchanan Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Chad C. Evans, age 37 of 4845 Mt. Sinai Road of Buchanan, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license, domestic assault, vandalism and evading police. Evans was placed on $10,000 bond.

No Horsing Around at Donkey Basketball

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Crusaders Travel Basketball team hosted their 2nd annual Donkey basketball game on Saturday March 25th and hundreds turned out to see Donkey Basketball. The Crusaders are an 11th grade travel basketball team. The final score was Home team 14 and Guests 18. The visiting team included HC Sheriff Monte Belew and members from WMUF and the Peddler.

There was a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, Tae kwon do Demonstrations and the half, and more.

Donkey Basketball riders include Fairview Baptist Church members and surprise guests including WMUF and the Peddler personalities.

The pre-show began on Saturday night with Elvis Tribute Artist Riley Jenkins. Money raised goes for travel expenses for the Crusaders as they compete in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and elsewhere.

Never Forgetting Our Vietnam Veterans

The Honor Guard (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Veterans Council hosted a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event on Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Attendees got to speak and socialize with the veterans, while learning some of the history of what happened during the Vietnam War from first hand experiences. The theme of the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans was to never forget those who sacrificed everything to serve our country.

Guest speakers included Rex McBee, State of Tennessee American Legion Historian, Dr. Chester Harrison, and A.J. Perrone, tunnel rat Vietnam War Guest Speaker at the Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, DC. The Ray Lewis Band performed at 7pm.

Thank you to all who served in the Vietnam War and who continue to serve in the military.

Big Sandy Duo Wins Pro Division in Crappie USA Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Crappie USA Super Event on KY & Barkley Lakes Tournament was held this weekend at Paris Landing where 87 teams competed and Richard and George Hughes of Big Sandy won 1st place in the pro division of the tournament.

In Day 1 of the tournament, Richard and George Hughes of Big Sandy lead in the pro division with a weight of 14.77 pounds. And the Big Sandy team had the Big Fish of the Day that weighed 3.22 pounds.

Richard and George Hughes won the pro division of the Crappie USA Tournament with a weight of 26.36. The Hughes took home two checks worth a total of $5,000 and they also won the Driftmaster Bonus, which means the two will have the choice to get $300 in Driftmaster equipment or they can get free entry in their division in an upcoming event.

Big Sandy Duo Leads Day 1 of Crappie USA Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Crappie USA fishing tournament is this weekend at Paris Landing where 87 teams are here to compete.

In Day 1 of the tournament, Richard and George Hughes of Big Sandy lead in the pro division with a weight of 14.77 pounds. And the Big Sandy team had the Big Fish of the Day that weighed 3.22 pounds.

Also competing this weekend is Steve Ferguson and Joey Briggs from Puryear, who are ranked 16th in the Crappie USA standings.

Paris Woman Arrest in Undercover Drug Bust

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Officers from the Metro Crime Unit along with Special agents from the TBI, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department and the Puryear Police Department conducted an undercover drug operation where they arrested Jessica A. Cavera, age 20 of 575 Clearview Drive of Paris, on Thursday for three counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

Cavera was placed on $25,000 bond.

Three Men Arrested on Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker arrested Charles Joseph Delk, age 37 of 622 Powell Street of Paris, Justin P. Layhew, age 41 of 725 Arrowhead Driver of New Johnsonville, and Jeron R. Hedges, age 21 of 805 Joy Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent.

Delk, Layhew and Hedges were each placed on $10,000 bond.          

HCSS Accepting Pre-K Enrollment Applications March 27-31

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is accepting applications for Pre-K enrollment for children to attend the 2017-18 school year. If your child will be 4 years old by August 15th of this year, you may complete the appropriate applications during registration days.

Registration days will be March 27-31 at Harrelson School, located at 143 Country Club Road in Puryear; Henry Elementary, 937 Pioneer Road; Lakewood Elementary School, located at 6745-A Hwy. 79 N. Buchanan; and the Henry County Board of Education, 217 Grove Blvd. At all the schools, times to complete applications are 7:30am to 2:30pm each day and from 8am to 4pm at the board of education office. Call your school for more information or the board office at 642-3101.


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