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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

3rd Annual Easton's Angels Glow Walk is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Easton’s Angels Glow Walk will be held Saturday April 7th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The fun begins at 5pm with the Glow Walk set for dark. Food will be available for purchase from Perry’s BBQ, Miss D’s Kitchen, and Mom’s Kitchen. There will be inflatables, magic shows, and live music from the Ray Lewis Band. There is also a raffle and prizes for best Glow Gear in adult and kid categories. Also planned is a NICU Graduation ceremony for babies helped by Easton’s Angels. Everyone is invited to come and support this great community event.

Fundraiser for Ronnie Price Saturday in Puryear

Puryear, Tenn.- There will be a community wide fundraiser this Saturday April 7th at Puryear United Methodist Church. The fundraiser is for Ronnie Price and will run from 3-6pm at the church, located at 114 West Chestnut Street. There will be your choice of burgers, hot dogs, BBQ bologna, chips, and drink for donations only. A bake sale, silent auction, and live music will also be part of the fundraiser Saturday afternoon. Money raised helps with medical expenses.

Reminder: HCHS Thespians Presents James and Giant Peach

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Thespian Society will be presenting James and the Giant Peach the Musical at the KPAC from April 5th-7th at 7pm as a matinee performance on April 8th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $8 for children 12 and under (kids under 4 are free), $10 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at our.show/henrycounty.

AmVets Hamburger Steak Dinner Set for Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- AmVets Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris, will host a hamburger steak dinner at 6pm this Friday April 6th. Tickets are $9 and the meal includes hamburger steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, biscuit, and coleslaw. Cowboy Karaoke will follow at 7pm.

The Post will also hold an all you can eat breakfast from 8am to 11am Sunday April 8th. Price is $7 per ticket. Both events are open to the public.

Cates Road Closed Monday For Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Cates Road Monday April 9th for culvert replacement. The closure will be three tenths of a mile south of Steele Rd. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Helping Hand Distribution Meeting Planned for Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. annual meeting will be held on Monday April 9th at 7pm at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, located at 312 South Wilson St. They will distribute funds raised during Helping Hand which was over $296K.

TLM Provides City Comm. A Look at Proposed Splash Pad

TLM Assoc. Representative Travis Martin discusses the latest plans with the proposed Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for April on Thursday and saw as presentation from Travis Martin of TLM and Associates in regards to the proposed Splash Pad. He went over some of the elements of the pad which include proposed pavilions, shade screens, and more for people to gather under.

Martin said they’ve added glow domes which has LED lightings that can have different interactions and movements to allow some spectacular shows at dark with colored water spraying up and down. He said there will be a mini-river that circles the toddler area with animals that spray water. An Eiffel Tower feature with some mini-slides for youngsters will spray water as well.

In the areas for older kids and adults features such as water cannons, and other structures that you can turn and spray out water. The Splash Pad Park will be around 11K sq. feet of play space. City Manager Kim Foster said, “this will add healthy and active things for our younger and older kids, and be an economic driver to get people to come into the City and spend money in retail, food, and other things in Paris.”

The commission also adopted the City of Paris Parks Master Plan as prepared by TLM and Associates as a guideline going forward the maintenance and plans for the future of Paris’s parks.

The 124 page document outlines the park facilities, city demographics, results of recent surveys on what the public would like to see at the parks, and recommendations for improvements and growth. City Manager Kim Foster said adoption of the Master Plan shows the City’s commitment, but also allows adjustments along the way as long as improvements continue to be made.

The survey conducted said 53% of residents believed a splash pad would be the most wanted addition. The Master plan also evaluated Eiffel Tower and McNeil Park as the two most used parks. The plan indicates that many restroom facilities, sidewalks, and ramps were in need of repair along with taking care of some general access issues.

Foster said this Master Plan is a ten year plan that lays out some important issues the City needs to address, first and foremost getting all parks up to date with ADA compliance. The plan shows the City applying for LPRF grants every two years to help pay for some upgrades as they go along.

In conjunction with the Master Plan, commissioners showed their support for applying for a grant and going forward with plans to construct a Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park. The issue has been discussed at various public input meetings and garnered support from the Parks Board this past Monday night at their meeting.

Changes Looked at in Rezoning Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- Some citizens were on hand concerned about the rezoing proposed for downtown. City Manager Kim Foster said there are some houses in the business zone, and areas that are B-2 that should be B-3. B-2 zones allow for on-street parking, and allows you to build to the curb, where a B-3 has some small setbacks of 5 feet or so.

Mike Weatherford, of Mike’s Mufflers’ questioned why the B-3 zone won’t allow you to build up to the property line in case he wanted to expand his shop. Commissioners took the changes into consideration as they approved the ordinance.

Proposed Changes in Cemetery Policy Approved

Paris, Tenn.- The City Commission approved an amendment to the City’s Cemetery Policy Ordinance on first reading Thursday night. The issue has been discussed a couple of times since February as the City and Parks Department seek guidelines to follow in keeping the cemeteries clean and letting the public know guidelines for placement and maintenance of memorial items in the city’s cemeteries.

The amended policy states that only one grave marker or monument may be erected on any single grave or lots containing multiple graves. There are percentages of width and lengths that must be followed. It does permit foot markers, provided they are placed flush with the ground. The City of Paris is not responsible for any upkeep, cleaning, or maintenance of the grave markers or monuments or any damage caused by accident, vandalism, theft, or weather.

The ordinance sets speed limits in cemeteries at 10 mph, prohibits the planting of shrubs or bushes at the gravesites, and makes it unlawful to be at the cemeteries after sunset or before sunrise.

Retail Sales Tick Upward After Slight Downfall in December

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon said retail sales headed back up in January after a dip in December, seeing a 3.33% increase compared to January of last year. The City remains 3.75% ahead of retail sales from last year. General Fund and Solid Waste revenues were both ahead of expenditures for the month of February. February was the last month for current property tax collections, so Shannon said the next four months of the fiscal year our revenues may fall behind. Revenues are still ahead for the fiscal year-to-date in both the General Fund and Solid Waste.

The City received 40% of the payments for the 2017 property tax billing during the month of February. The overall total collected was 90% of the billing, which is average compared to the last few years. Due to the property tax increase, the amount collected was approximately $150K more than last year.

Commission Approves Resolution to Allow BPU To Refinance Bonds

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a resolution to allow the Board of Public Utilities to possibly refinance some of their debt. Discussed by the BPU board last week, the 2008 bond issue that totaled just over $6M can be called after ten years, which is now, and General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said the potential of savings over the remainder of the bond, 5 years, could be around $45K. The bond was for the installation of the Electric automated metering back in 2008. As Wimberley explained to the BPU Board, they will now go to the market and see what savings are available, if none are realized, they can choose not to refinance at this time.

The City Commission approved some appointments to boards at the meeting Thursday night. Jeremy Owen and Olivia Rice were appointed to the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board bringing the total number of board members from 3 to 5. Replacing Randy Scholes, who is moving out of town, on the Planning Commission is Sam Cox and Jamie Orr will replace Scholes on the Revolving Loan Advisory Board.

Commissioners approved a certificate of compliance for the Paris Kroger store to be able to sell alcoholic beverages. There were no issues the store was just up for a renewal.

Foster Updates Board on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over some various projects towards the end of the City Commission meeting Thursday evening. She said the 8 x 12 mural by Dan Knowles is completed and will be mounted on the law office building adjacent to the West Alley in Mid May. There will likely be a ribbon cutting on June 6th which is Heritage Day during Downtown Paris Week.

Foster said renovations on the north part of City Hall are basically completed and currently work is progressing on the Paris Police Department end of the building. All phases should be complete in the next 6 weeks or so.

The next Preserve Paris event is planned for Saturday April 14th with a rain date of April 21st. This event will be a scavenger hunt and will begin at 9am at the Civic Center. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three participants with the most points as collected in cleaning up. There will also be one random winner drawn from all applicants. Things should wrap up before Noon.

The project with Trane is nearly 95% complete as most of the street lights have been converted to LED lights. Things should finish up later this spring.

The City is still looking at acquiring the property on South Market St. that used to be a gas distribution area. Foster said the property reverted back to the county after the most recent delinquent tax sale. She said the City is working thru the legal process to determine the feasibility of taking possession of the property.

Public Input Session For Grant for Splash Pad Well Attended

City Manger Kim Foster discusses the elements of the proposed splash pad, (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Several people were on hand prior to the City Commission meeting on Thursday for the public input session on the grant the City of Paris is applying for to help with the construction of a Splash Pad Park at Eiffel Tower Park.

City Manager Kim Foster said, “we are all so excited about this project and the future at Eiffel Tower Park.”

Foster said we have proposed an application to TDEC and the City has conducted the community wide survey to evaluate needs and determine the park that would benefit most from the grant.

Elements included in the Splash Pad include a youth splash pad aera, kid zone for 6-12 year olds, a teen and family zone, pavilion, shade structures, and a restroom building.

The Splash Pad Park will be in the field that borders DPC and to the right of the pool. The water will be recycled and cleaned with chlorine and other elements. Foster said, “it makes the engineering more difficult and more costly up front, but over time it will save on costs of water and maintenance.”

The City has yet to decide on whether or not to charge for the Splash Pad and discussion in ongoing. Foster said we have thought about charging non-residents, charging if the Splash Pad is rented out, etc. These Discussions will continue.

Feedback has been really great so far on the community input survey and the application is due mid-April. The announcement on whether the City receives the grant or not will be July or August at the earliest. Foster said construction likely would begin in the Summer of 2019 and the project would be completed by the Spring of 2020.

A Few More Candidates Qualify for Aug. Election as Deadline Passes Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A couple more races added some contestants for this August's State Primary and County General Election as the deadline to qualify officially passed at Noon Thursday. In addition to those who WMUF/WLZK News first reported on earlier this week here are a few more that qualified since Wednesday morning's newscast.

In the race for 75th District House of Rep. for the State of TN, incumbent Tim Wirgau will be challenged by Bruce Griffey on the republican side in the primary in August. The winner will face off against Richard Carl, who qualified to run for the democratic nominee, in November's election.

Josh Frey did get his papers back in time and will face incumbent Doug Braden in District 2 of the Henry County School Board of Education.

County Commission District 3 has a large group to pick from. Voters in that District will choose 3 commissioners from the following in August: incumbents Paul Mathenia, Marty Visser, and Monte Starks, challengers Dennis Garcia, Jerry Berry, and Bill Bailey.

Plus Endowment Awarded $1800 Walmart Community Grant

Paris, Tenn.- Plus Endowment has been awarded an $1800 Walmart Community Grant from the Paris Walmart which will be used towards teacher guided projects. Last year Plus Endowment awarded over $60K in grants to teacher projects. In the photo Walmart's Mark Edwards presents the check to Plus Endowment President Steve Blount and Treasurer Scarlett Orr.

Athena Delphian Bazaar and Bake Sale Planned for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Athena Delphian Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held this Saturday April 7th at the Enoch Building from 9am to sold out. This year they are offering Early Shopping tickets for $20, which allows you to come to the sale at 8am Saturday. These early shopping tickets are available at the Iron Place. The sale is only held every other year and is always a huge success. Like the Athena Delphian Bazaar and Bake Sale Facebook page for more information.

Events Planned to Help Raise Money for Relay Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life Cuts for a Cure returns for a second year this Friday April 6th as several beauty shops are joining forces to raise money for Relay.

Hello Gorgeous, Shear Connection, Attitudes, and Three Jeans Salon will all donate a portion of proceeds on Friday from hair cuts, perms, colors, mani/pedis, and many more services to Relay for Life.

Reflexology for the Sole is also joining in the fun and donating a portion of their proceeds as well. Studio One Thirty is taking donations until the Day of Relay as well.

In addition to a day of pampering for you for a good cause, Hello Gorgeous will host a Bake Sale in their shop Friday as well. For more information or to set up appointments call one of these shops.

Another fundraiser for Relay for Life is Set for Saturday April 7th as First United Methodist Church will host their huge indoor yard sale to benefit Relay. The yard sale is in the Christian Life Center from 7am to Noon. There are several items and everyone looks forward to it each year.

Reminder: Henry County Bands to Host Annual Dancin' & Desserts

Paris, Tenn.-  Dancin’ & Desserts hosted by the Henry County Bands is coming up on Saturday, April 7th at the Paris Convention Center at 7 p.m. There will be delicious treats, dancing as well as great music. The Paris-Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble and the Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble will perform. The special guest artist this year will be The Baron’s. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 731-363-8138 to reserve a table or purchase tickets.

Patriots Sweep Doubleheader at Home vs. West Creek

Paris, Tenn.- On a long, cold night Henry County swept a doubleheader from West Creek Wednesday night winning game 1 14-5 and winning game 2 7-6. The doubleheader was the result of rainouts at home Monday and at West Creek on Tuesday. The Patriots are now 11-3 on the season and 4-2 in the District.

Storage Building Destroyed by Fire Wed. Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- A building used for storage behind the Salvation Army on Hwy. 79 was destroyed by a fire Wednesday afternoon. Employees and customers in the main store were evacuated and no one was injured. The fire fully engulfed the storage building just before 5pm Wednesday and Fire Figthers from Paris and Paris Landing had to wet down the main building which took on some heat from the fire of the storage building. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. (David Jackson photos)

TBI Releases Report on Law Enforcement Related Deaths

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released a comprehensive study detailing law-enforcement related deaths in the state. The report, released in accordance to the requirements set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 38-10-102, uses established definitions and methodology and provides information on qualifying incidents submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies. Data has been divided into three categories” Deadly Use of Force incidents; Arrest-related non-forcible deaths; and deaths in custody.

Among the report’s findings: in 2017 53 law enforcement agencies reported a total of 120 law enforcement related deaths. Of those, 24 deaths met the reporting criteria, established in state law, of deadly use of force by a law enforcement officer.

The most predominate time frame for a deadly use-of-force incident in 2017 was between 6pm and 11:59pm.

Of the 24 reported deadly use-of-force incidents in 2017, whites accounted 87.5% of decedents, African American came it at 12.5%. Males accounted for 96% of those killed in these incidents.

 Of the 120 law enforcement-related deaths reported in 2017, nine met the Arrest-Related Non-Forcible Death reporting criteria. The 2017 data included 6 of these deaths were reported as suicides.

87 deaths were reported in local jails or state prisons, 92% of these deaths were male and most were above the age of 55. Illness accounted for the leading cause of these deaths.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn stated, “I’m very proud of the efforts of all participating law enforcement agencies in the state to provide the data necessary to produce this report. Our combined efforts have resulted in a successful reporting program and the relationships necessary to produce a report of this nature.”

Full reports can be found at www.tn.gov/tbi

Public Input Session 4pm; City Comm. 5pm at Chamber Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session for April on Thursday night. The meeting is at 5pm and will once again be held at the Chamber of Commerce because of continuing renovation work at Paris City Hall. It is open to the public. Prior to the meeting at 4pm, a public input session will be held in regards to the City applying for a Local Parks and Recreation grant for a Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park. During the meeting, the Commission will learn more about the Master Plan for Paris Parks, make appointments to boards, and more.

Whitlock Fire Station Holding All You Can Eat Breakfast Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- There will be an all you can eat breakfast at the Whitlock Fire Station beginning at 7am on Saturday April 7th. The meal is free but donations are accepted with all proceeds going back to the fire station to help them with more equipment and training.

Thurs. Last Day to Use Tax Relief Vouchers; Apply for Assistance

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee Randi French reminds citizens that Thursday April 5th is the last day to use Tax Relief Vouchers or apply for state tax relief assistance. Anyone with questions can call the Trustee's Office at 642-6633.

Man Arrested for Drug Charges at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested Adam Lampkins, of 64 Casey Lane, at HCMC on Tuesday. Lampkins was charged with two counts of theft of property, possession of a firearm during a felony, manufacture of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia. Lampkins was placed on $100K bond.

HCMC To Offer Health Screenings Thurs. Morning at Farm Bureau

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 N. Poplar St. on Thursday April 5th from 8:30am to 10:30am. There will be free finger stick blood sugars, blood pressure checks, and osteoporosis screenings.

Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and full lipid panel for $10. Results will be available at the time of the screening, fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results.

Fish Fry Court Spending Day on the Hill

Paris, Tenn.- The Hostess Princess and her court are at the Capital in Nashville Wednesday drumming up support of the World's Biggest Fish Fry. Pictured with the court is Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, State Representative Tim Wirgau, General Manager of this year's WBFF Lisa Stone, and Chamber Director Travis McLeese.

Clarksville to Get AtlasBx Co. First US Manufacturing Plant

Clarksville, Tenn.- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ATLASBX Co., LTD officials announced today that the company will locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarksville. The global automotive battery manufacturer will invest $75 million and create approximately 200 jobs in Montgomery County. 

“We are proud to welcome ATLASBX to our state and thank the company for choosing Clarksville as the location for its first US manufacturing facility,” Haslam said. “Our central location and business-friendly environment continue to make Tennessee the perfect place for manufacturing companies to locate operations. I appreciate ATLASBX for creating approximately 200 jobs in Montgomery County and this investment is one more example of how Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs.” 

“I appreciate ATLASBX’s decision to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarksville and create 200 jobs in Montgomery County,” Rolfe said. “Our department places a strong emphasis on foreign direct investment and South Korean companies continue to be a great partner. Today, more than 3,000 Tennesseans are employed by South Korean companies, representing a private capital investment in excess of $1 billion. We thank ATLASBX for creating these high-quality jobs for our state and look forward to seeing the company’s future growth in Tennessee.” 

ATLASBX is a manufacturer of storage batteries primarily in South Korea. It produces batteries for traditional passenger cars, light trucks, electric vehicles, commercial vehicles, boats and recreational vehicles. The company has a 74-year history of producing high-quality batteries. It currently operates two manufacturing plants in South Korea, which is also the location of its global headquarters office. 

ATLASBX is a sister company of Hankook Tire, which officially opened its tire manufacturing plant in Clarksville in October 2017.

“Tennessee is known for its intelligent, hard-working population,” Ho Youl Pae, CEO of ATLASBX CO., LTD said. “Clarksville’s thriving economy and skilled workforce appealed to our company and led to this decision, which we believe will allow our company to experience significant growth.” 

ATLASBX plans to build a new manufacturing facility that will be completed by 2020. The company will produce approximately 2.4 million batteries per year at the Clarksville facility, with a dedicated Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) line, a high-performance battery for start-stop vehicles. 

ATLASBX also maintains a headquarters office in Nashville that was established in 2017. 

Local leaders and the Tennessee Valley Authority thanked ATLASBX for its investment in Clarksville. 

“We are pleased to welcome ATLASBX to Montgomery County. With more than 70 years of business experience and importing to 130 countries, ATLASBX is positioned to be the global leader in the automotive battery industry. The prepared site in the corporate business park provides ATLASBX with a six-month head start in becoming that global leader,” Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said. “Montgomery County continues to be a preferred location for international companies. I'm often asked, what makes Montgomery County so attractive? My first response is the people. We are not only looking for partnerships, we are looking for relationships.” 

“I appreciate ATLASBX's choice of Clarksville and welcome them to our community,” Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said. “Once again, we have attracted a new industry, which shows that our high-quality workforce and strong quality of life make Clarksville a great place to do business. That ATLASBX is a South Korean firm, and joins Hankook Tire and LG as companies from that nation who have chosen Clarksville, makes us proud that our community continues to impress South Korea's industrial leaders. We look forward to a long, prosperous partnership between ATLASBX and the City of Clarksville.” 

“TVA and Cumberland Electric congratulate ATLASBX on its decision to locate in Clarksville, Tennessee,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “Helping to attract and retain new job opportunities is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Clarksville Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, Montgomery County and city of Clarksville to help further that mission.” 

Clarksville and Montgomery County are represented by Sen. Mark Green (R - Clarksville), Rep. Curtis Johnson (R - Clarksville), Rep. Joe Pitts (D - Clarksville) and Rep. Jay Reedy (R - Erin) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Latest County Health Rankings See Henry County Move Up

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County moved up 15 spots in the latest county health rankings from 55th to 40th out of 95 counties in the Volunteer State, according to a press release from State Department of Health.

Each year, County Health Rankings releases its new data for the year. County Health Rankings is a project from the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and provides annual rankings for each county in Tennessee that reveal a snapshot of health in each community. The numerical rank takes into account factors such as obesity, physical activity, adult smoking, and more. A rank is assigned to each county from 1 to 95, with 1 being the healthiest county in Tennessee, and 95 being the least healthy county. Increases and decreases in health behaviors influence each county’s rank.

Henry County ranked 55 in Tennessee in 2017, but saw a jump to the 40th healthiest county in the state out of 95 counties in 2018. Many factors contributed to this new ranking, but some county improvements include a decrease in adult obesity, an increase in physical activity, an increase in access to exercise opportunities, a decrease in unemployed and uninsured individuals, and a decrease in injury deaths. However, there was a significant percentage increase in alcohol-impaired driving deaths.

Much hard work was put into the improvements in health in our community, and it has not gone unnoticed. Our county has seen a greater dedication to wellness through initiatives such as Healthier TN Communities, with ongoing designations of Healthier TN Workplaces and Healthier TN Congregations. The Henry County Health Council would like to thank each resident’s emphasis on health in your family and community, and your dedication to make Henry County the healthiest county in Tennessee.  If you would like to view the complete county report, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org .

Several Contested Races Set for August Election; Thurs. at Noon Deadline to Qualify

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday at Noon is the deadline to turn in qualifying papers to run in the upcoming August 2nd election for the State of Tennessee. There are already several potential battles forming with many offices and more are possible if those who have picked up papers turn them back in before the deadline.

Three have picked up papers to possibly challenge incumbent Tim Wirgau for the seat on the 75th District Tennessee House of Representatives. Wirgau turned his papers back in on March 9th while Paul Byrd, Richard Carl, and Bruce Griffey have all picked papers up but only Bruce Griffey has turned his back in as of Tuesday.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer will seek re-election once again and will be opposed by Garry Phillips, who was chosen at the Republican Party Caucus in February to run for the seat.

All 15 seats are up for grabs on the Henry County Commission this August as well. In District 1, incumbents Don Jones, Randy Gean, and Wes Bradley have picked up and turned back in papers seeking re-election. Ricky Wade has picked up papers, but as of this broadcast had yet to turn them back in. Clint Diggs was chosen to run for District 1 at the Republican Caucus, but he withdrew from the race April 2nd.

As of now in District 2 on the County Commission all three incumbents: Kreg Kyle, Paul Neal, and Drew Williams, who was recently appointed to the commission, have all picked up and turned back in their qualifying papers seeking re-election.

District 3 on the County Commission could be a full field of candidates as all three incumbents: Marty Visser, Monte Starks, and Paul Mathenia have picked up and turned in their qualifying papers. Jerry Berry and Dennis Garcia were chosen to seek a seat in District 3 at the Republican caucus in February. Bill Bailey has picked up and turned back in qualifying papers. John Etheridge and William Anderson have picked up papers for District 3 County Commissioner, but hadn’t turned them in as of Tuesday. Three seats will be up for grabs.

All three incumbents in District 4 have picked up and turned back in their qualifying papers: Kenneth Humphreys, James Copeland, and Dell Carter. In District 5 for the County Commission Incumbents Greg Carter and David Webb have picked up and turned back in this paperwork. Incumbent Connie McSwain has decided not to seek re-election. Former County Commissioner James Travis has picked up and turned back in paperwork for District 5 after moving to that district last year.

There will be a race in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in August as incumbent Mike Wilson and challenger Eddie Forrest have both picked up and turned back in their qualifying papers.

In other offices Randi Allen French, Donna Craig, Pam Martin have all turned in their papers to seek re-election for Trustee, County Clerk, and Register of Deeds respectively. As of now, no one else has shown any interest in those offices by picking up paperwork.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew will seek re-election after being nominated at the Caucus in February. No one else has shown interest in the seat.

Seats on the County School Board could be up for grabs as well as incumbent Doug Braden, District 2 and current board chairman, has turned back in his paperwork for re-election. Josh Frey has picked up papers but has yet to turn them back in.

In District 4 on the County School Board incumbent James McCampbell has picked up and turned in his papers.

Qualifying for re-election in the PSSD Board of Education are incumbents Amy Cathey and Bill Jelks. Jon Davidson has picked up papers, but hadn’t turned them back in as of Tuesday.

On the Road Board, incumbent Cody Craig in District 1 has qualified to seek re-election. In District 3 incumbent Marty Allison has picked up papers but hadn’t turned them back in as of Tuesday. Also in District 3 Michael Parker has picked up and turned papers back in to seek a seat on the board.

Those qualifying to run for constable include:  Jason McCord, District 1, Jon Christopher Coley District 2, Thomas Bell, Charles Jacques for District 3, and James Chappel in District 5.

Qualifying to run for Republican State Executive Committee Woman is Elizabeth Phillips and Rebecca Griffey.

Around 3K BPU Customers Lose Power During Tues. Storm

Paris, Tenn.- It wasn't a long lasting storm, but gusty winds and frequent lightning accompanied the squall line that passed thru Henry County around 8pm Tusday night and it knocked off power for about 3K customers. Director of Electric Operations at BPU Cole Edwards said, "the power outages are widespread and crews are out in full force working on getting the power back on. We did have a transmission line lost at the Primary Substation and that was the focus of work around 9pm Tuesday night.

Some tree limbs blew into roadways, and other debris was strewn about from the storm Tuesday evening as well.

HCHS 10th Grade Registration Postponed Tues. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove Principal Tim Mason has made the decision to cancel 10th Grade Registration at HCHS because of the threat of severe weather. No make-up date has been given at this time. As of now, 10th grade registration scheduled for this Thursday April 5th is still on as scheduled.

MSU Cancels Evening Classes Ahead of Severe Weather Threat

Murray, Ky.- Classes beginning at or after 5 p.m. at Murray State University’s Murray campus and all regional campus sites for this evening, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, have been cancelled due to the potential for severe weather.  

Please visit murraystate.edu/weather for the most up-to-date information. 

W.G. Rhea Library Closing at 5pm Tuesday Because of Weather

Paris, Tenn.- Library Director Connie McSwain has decided to close early Tuesday ahead of potential severe weather. "Due to the extreme weather coming through Henry County between 5 and 9pm tonight, we have decided to close today at 5 instead of 7pm which is the original hours for Tuesdays. The computers will have to be shut down during the storm anyway. If at all possible, stay home and be safe. We hope this does not inconvenience anyone too badly."

Officers Receive Narcan Training

Paris, Tenn.- ROPS (Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist) Coordinator for Region 6 North, Melesa Lassiter trained officers from various precincts in Henry County Tuesday morning on how to administer Narcan. All of these officers will receive Narcan to keep on their person in overdose emergency type situations. For more information on what Melesa is doing or how to obtain Narcan you can contact (731) 819-7603.

MSU Still Accepting Applications into Graduate Occupational Therapy Program

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University is now accepting student applications for admission to the first cohort of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program offered on the University’s regional campus in Paducah through the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Coursework for the first cohort of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program begins in June 2018 with applicants being notified of their acceptance as early as April 2018. The program, which consists of two years of continuous coursework along with two full-time field experiences, was granted candidacy status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education in December 2017.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a professional graduate degree in occupational therapy,” said Dr. Sherri Powers, program director. “Students will gain diverse experiences throughout the program and will be prepared to work in a variety of settings after passing their National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. There are a limited number of seats available, and we utilize a competitive application process, so I encourage students to act quickly.”

The field of occupational therapy focuses on promoting independence for clients to increase successful performance with activities of daily living. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked occupational therapy as the ninth best job in health care. And, from 2016 to 2026, projections of expected growth in the field should reach at least 24 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while adding more than 27,000 additional jobs to the workforce.

Murray State’s graduate program in occupational therapy is a 24-month, year-round curriculum that strengthens students’ critical inquiry, cultural competence and patient-care skills through didactic and clinical education, training them to tailor rehabilitation techniques for individual clients through evaluation and treatment. To prepare for their future careers in the industry, students in the occupational therapy program at Murray State will also benefit from experiences in a variety of real-world settings and fields, including school systems, early intervention treatment, long-term care, home health, mental health, rehabilitation and more.

Applications for the summer 2018 cohort are now available. Students must apply at murraystate.edu/apply and submit all documentation through the online Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee for graduate admission.

Visit murraystate.edu/occupationaltherapy for specific admission requirements and more information about the program. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Sherri Powers, program director, at 270-809-1687 or spowers8@murraystate.edu.

HCSO Opening Storm Shelters 6-9pm Tuesday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Due to impending severe weather Tuesday afternoon and evening the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be manning tornado safe shelters at Inman School, Henry School, and Harrelson School from 6-9pm Tuesday evening. Citizens in these areas that would like to come and set during severe weather may do so.

Inv. Colley Nets Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Derrek Colley of the Metro Crime Unit charged Lois N. Johnson, age 37, of 319 Thompson St., for simple possession of schedule 2, simple schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $1K bond.

Lady Patriots Basketball Skills and Drills Camp Cancelled Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Skills and Drills Basketball camp scheduled for Tuesday afternoon has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather.

All Spring Sports for HCHS Teams Postponed Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteet said all spring sports scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed due to the threat of severe weather Tuesday afternoon. Henry County baseball will make up its two games missed this week with a Varsity doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game will begin at 5:30pm, gates open at 4:15pm. We will broadcast both varsity games on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 5pm.

Holy Cross LifeTeen Holding 5K this Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church Lifeteen presents the first ever Divine 5K run on Saturday April 7th. Cost is $17 for single, $25 for couple, and $45 for a family of 4.

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.  

Donuts With The  Director Held at Chamber Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Travis McLeese invited folks into the Chamber for a new chat session called "Donuts with the Director" on Tuesday morning. Discussions about what the Chamber can do better, what has been lacking, and ways to use social media more. (David Jackson photo)

Parks Board Recommends Applying for Grant for Splash Pad

City Manager Kim Foster and Parks Board members discuss the Splash Pad (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Paris Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Parks Director Tony Lawrence informed the board on the Local Parks and Recreation Grant application in which the City is seeking to put a Splash Pad Park at Eiffel Tower Park. He said, “this is something we’ve been excited about for several years now.”

The Splash Pad Park would be heavily engineered and costs for that part will come before grant money is available. The Parks Board approved supporting the project and applying for grant. The grant is a matching grant of $500K and the City is prepared to put in that amount or more to make it work over the next several years.

Lawrence said the shovel work on this wouldn’t be seen for about two years. City Manager Kim Foster said, “this is going to be about a $1.5M project and we felt that since this grant is for $500K, we feel like its time to apply now and we will work on financing the debt when the time comes.” Foster said, “we could wait for some debt to fall off, but then the grant might be for only $250K, so getting a 1/3 of it thru a grant is a huge deal.”

Foster said surveys conducted recently had over 400 people respond and were overwhelmingly positive in regards to a Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park. The next public input meeting on the Splash Pad is set for 4pm this Thursday at the Chamber, prior to the April City Commission meeting.

TLM and Associates has compiled a Park Master Plan and has been conducting an ADA audit for all Paris Parks. Lawrence said they have gotten stricter with this and it is a costly measure to go back on all older equipment and facilities to make them ADA compliant. Lawrence said anything built new has had the ADA requirements factored in, but nothing is grandfathered in that is not ADA compliant. He said they are working with TLM to get all parks up to date with ADA requirements and it will be a work in progress for the next couple years.

Lawrence updated the board on work going on at McNeil Park. He said we are trying to be ready for the season but the wet weather has really hurt us this spring so far. BPU has been out there when possible working on the lights and we have a lift rented out of Clarksville, but again the wet weather has hinder all the work.

On the soccer fields, Bermuda sod will be laid later this month and other work will done to fix some issues and get them all resoded.

The Parks Department is seeking some grant money to improve the water and add a fountain and mister type feature at the dog Park at Atkins Porter. They will find out about the grant later this summer. Lawrence said, “We would run water thru the sewer line to allow the dogs to drink from a doggy fountain and a mister to cool them off in hot weather.”

Board member Clint Davis discussed a UT Martin turf management class to work on a turf management plan for McNeil Park. The students have been working on it for a while and they are doing this as a class project and the Parks Board could see what the costs are associated with their plan and move forward with ideas later on.

Henry Fire Dept. Responds to Two Small Grass Fires Sun. Afternoon

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to two separate grass fires between Henry and McKenzie on Hwy. 79 S. within a 5 minute span on Sunday afternoon. There were no major issues and the fires were extinguished quickly. Henry Volunteer Fire Department wants any citizen who sees anyone set fire to grass along the highway or anything suspicious to let them or the Henry County Sheriff’s Office know about it.

Thefts Reported In City, County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to a home on Grove St., where the back door was pried open and several drawers were gone thru. Around 300 pain pills were stolen and about $20 in loose change. There are no suspects.

Around $2500 worth of jewelry was reportedly stolen from a home on Broken Arrow Drive. It was missing from the jewelry box and form a dresser. There are no suspects.

Some arrests include Thomas P. Prial, age 46, of 36 Mason Lane for DUI 1st and Tyler Hearm, 32, of 85 N. Maple St., for violation of probation, domestic assault, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

HCHS Baseball Game Postponed Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's scheduled baseball game at home against West Creek for Monday night has been postponed due to the wet weather. No makeup game has been set as of now.

HCHS Men's Track Team Does Well at Laker Invitational

Kevon Keaton racing towards the finish.

Murray, Ky.- Henry County High School Track competed at the Laker Invitational at Calloway County High School over the weekend. The men’s team placed 6th out of 13 teams including 1st overall with a time of 10:54 in the Distance Medley Relay. Those running the relay were Silas Winders, Kevon Keaton, Cole Davis, and Titus Winders.

In the 800 meter run, Silas Winders finished 1st overall with a time of 2:04.38, Cole Davis came in 2nd at 2:07.39, and Hunter Lawrence finished at 2:18.08.

In the 1500 meter run, Kevon Keaton finished 7th and Devin Pritchett 8th with times of 4:49 and 4:50 respectively.

Jesse Evans finished the 3000 meter run in 11:03, good for 7th place. Robert Markum completed the 100 meter dash in 12.14 seconds good for 4th place overall, and Nathaniel Owens finished 1st in discus with a throw of 133’ 3”.

HCMS Competes in Track Meet at Murray

Kaitlyn Napier at the meet in Murray

Murray, Ky.- Henry County Middle School Track competed in the Calloway County Middle School All Comers Track meet in Murray on Saturday. Henry County’s Dinah Winders came in 1st overall in the 1600 meters setting a new meet record of 5:41. Kaitlyn Napier finished 7th. Dinah also finished 1st in the 800 meters with a time of 2:44. Kaitlyn finished in 3:26.

Former Patriot Track standout Javan Winders ran a season best of 3:54 at the North Carolina State Raleigh Relays. Javan runs for the Univ. of Southern Indiana.

Bethel Announces 2018-19 Student Government Officers

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Students gathered on the Bethel University Campus on Monday, March 26th to applaud the work of the outgoing 2017-2018 Student Government Association cabinet members and to witness the unveiling of the new officers.

The SGA at Bethel represents the student body on important matters through its elected representatives. Students’ needs and opinions are expressed to the administration and faculty by the officers while SGA is also involved in campus projects that help promote the University, and is involved in the sponsorship and promotion of major campus events and student elections. Members are elected in the spring of each year and students are appointed to serve on the Faculty and SGA standing committees.

Mrs. Mandy Brewer and Dr. Jenni Marlow, SGA advisors, recognized outgoing cabinet members: President Christopher Kelley of Savannah; Vice President Brian Rushing of Reagan; Secretary of Affairs Tori Beth Nelson of Milan; Secretary of Finance Luke Cagle of Linden; Secretary of Communications Shelby Hennis of Gallatin; Secretary of Denominational Affairs Emily Patrick of Greenfield; and Greek Council President Matthew Hudson of Gleason.

After a short farewell address, outgoing President Christopher Kelley announced the new cabinet officers. They included: President Jonathan Williams of Newbern; Vice President Shelby Bowels of Lexington; Secretary of Affairs Devin Roberts of Charlotte; Secretary of Finance Luke Cagle of Linden, Secretary of Communications Abigail Shelby of Paducah: and Secretary of Denominational Affairs Josh Keenan of McKenzie.

Outgoing Bethel SGA Cabinet members left to right: Secretary of Denominational Affairs Emily Patrick, President Christopher Kelley, Greek Council President Matthew Hudson, Secretary of Affairs Tori Beth Nelson, Secretary of Communications Shelby Hennis and Vice President Brian Rushing. Not pictured was Secretary of Finance Luke Cagle.

Incoming Bethel SGA Cabinet members left to right: Vice President Shelby Bowels, President Jonathan Williams, Secretary of Denominational Affairs Josh Keenan, Secretary of Affairs Devin Roberts and Secretary of Communications Abigail Shelby. Not pictured was Secretary of Finance Luke Cagle.

Multiple Driving on Revoked/Suspended License Arrests Over Weekend

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by Sergeant Wayne Fuqua, he observed a red Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed on HWY 79 N towards Paris late Saturday night. Sgt. Fuqua paced the Mustang at 80 mph in a 65 mph speed zone and activated his blue lights to get the vehicle to pull over. Sgt. Fuqua made contact with the driver, Jarred T. Penn, age 20 of Trenton, explained to the driver why he pulled him over and asked for his license. A status check was done on Penn’s license with dispatch, and it came back that Penn’s license was revoked. Penn was placed under arrest for driving on revoked license and transported to HCSO.

A report at the Paris Police Department by Sergeant Eric Long states that Sgt. Long performed a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired tags on Memorial Dr. Saturday morning. A check with dispatch showed that the driver, Terrell Lamont Brewton, age 23  of HWY 54, was revoked out of South Carolina for an unknown reason. Brewton was taken into custody without incident. While escorting Brewton to his patrol unit, Sgt. Long asked the suspect if there was anything on his person or in the vehicle that was illegal. Brewton stated that he had a small amount of marijuana in his console. The marijuana was found in a small glass container and taken into evidence. Brewton was transported to the HCSO and charged with driving on suspended license, simple possession and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia as well as cited for not having proof of insurance.

Bethel University's Dr. Ben LeVan Recognized with Award

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Dr. Ben LeVan, Adjunct Faculty Member with Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies had been awarded the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowels Dissertation of the Year Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development. The award is given to commend an outstanding doctoral dissertation that exemplifies scholarly work and contributes to the human resource development field.

LeVan’s dissertation studied the long-standing debate among scholars and practitioners in regards to the effectiveness of the performance appraisal process as a useful tool to manage individual and organizational performance. The dissertations also examined the relationship between employee’s reactions to the PA process and perceptions of engagement in the workplace.

LeVan also serves as President of PROPEL as well as Assistant Professor of Management at Charleston Southern University. He has also been a contributor to Business God’s Way by Howard Dayton.

LeVan holds a Ph.D in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler as well as a Master’s in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s in Geology from the College of Wooster. He is professionally certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

HCHS Thespian Society Presents James and the Giant Peach the Musical

Paris, Tenn.-  The Henry County High School Thespian Society will be presenting James and the Giant Peach the Musical at the KPAC from April 5th-7th at 7pm as a matinee performance on April 8th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $8 for children 12 and under (kids under 4 are free), $10 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at our.show/henrycounty.

33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-  318 children turned out for the 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt held at Ogburn Park Saturday morning. The event featured an egg hunt for three different age groups, 0-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-10 years as well as a train ride.

Easter Eggs waiting to be found at the 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

(Janice Benton photo)

Children in the 0-3 years age group waiting to hunt Easter Eggs.

(Stephanie Priddy photo)

Children hunting Easter eggs in the 4-6 year age group

(Janice Benton photo)

Children hunting Easter Eggs in the 9-10 year age group

(Mechelle Robbins photo)

Children were also treated to a train ride at the 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

(Janice Benton photo)

Fish Fry Headquarters Now Open; Daisie Boettner Grand Marshall

Daisie's sister Lucy Presson accepted the honor of Daisie being named as Grand Marshall of the parade. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris,Tenn.- Brigadier General Daisie Wheeler Boettner was named as the Grand Marshall of this year's 65th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry parade Saturday morning as the Headquarters were officially opened.

Daisie moved to Paris with her parent Raymond and Isabel and three sisters in the summer of 1967 after her dad had been transferred from St. Louis with Emerson Electric. General Boettner graduated Henry County High School as valedictorian in 1977, then entered the U.S. Military Academy. She graduated from West Point in 1981 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Daisie became the first woman at West Point appointed as permanent professor in the disciplines of mathematics, science, and engineering when she was selected as Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering in 2008. Daisie retired from the army in 2017. One of Daisie's sisters was on hand at the ceremony Saturday morning and said Daisie was thrilled to becoming back to Paris for the Fish Fry and to serve as the Grand Marshall.

In addition to General Boettener, Fish Fry General Manager Lisa Stone began the announcement of the Grand Marshall saying this year there would also be an honorary Grand Marshall. Stone annouced Sonny Melton, who was tragically killed in the Las Vegas shooting last fall, would be the honorary Grand Marshall. Sonny's mother was on hand to and told the crowd thank you and "every time you think of Sonny, do so with a smile."

Sonny's mother, Susan, spoke and thanked the Jaycees for the honor of naming Sonny as the Honary Grand Marshall.

Fish Fry Souvenir Book Dedicated to Coach James Counce

Coach James Counce "Junior", III with General Manager Lisa Stone, Cathey Williams, and Assistant GM Sicilia Casey. Junior spoke on behalf of his father who the souvenir booklet was dedicated to this year. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Longtime Patriot Head Football Coach James Counce was honored Saturday morning as well as the 65th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Booklet was dedicated to him. Coach Counce is the winningest coach in Dyersburg and Henry County History and brought two 5A state championships to Henry County in 2011 and 2013. Coach Counce and his coaches and team served as Grand Marshalls of the Fish Fry parade in  2012. Coach Counce had several accolades as well and always worked with the children of the community and helped the Fish Fry every chance he could. His son and current Patriot Head Coach James Counce, Jr, III. accepted the honor for his father Saturday morning.

Several community leaders were on hand as well and the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to officially open the Headquarters. The Headquarters is in the Paris Inns and Suites Parking lot in a home dedicated by Champion Homes. The 65th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry will run from April 21st thru 29th.

This year's booklet with Hostess Princess Gracie Osbron on the cover. (Alsobrooks photos)

WBFF Hostess Princess and Court with Ribbon Cutting.

Part of the large crowd on hand Saturday morning for the Grand Opening of HQ.

Bethel University to Hold Survivor's Celebration and Candlelight Vigil

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A Survivor’s Celebration and Candlelight Vigil will be held Thursday, April 19th at 6 pm at Bethel University in the board room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The event is sponsored by C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Recognition Effort) along with Bethel and Sam’s Club and is in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The celebration and vigil are spearheaded by Fatelia Avery, C.A.R.E. founder and student at Bethel University. Ms. Avery is pursuing a Criminal Justice degree and this is a first step in her goal of becoming a family law attorney. “Together, we can take a stand and end the cycle of sexual child abuse,” Avery said. “There are many types of child abuse such as physical, sexual, neglect and emotional. But our organization is not just for survivors of abuse but for anyone who wants to take a stand against it.”

The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided during the event. Overseer Elbert Jones III, pastor of Church of the Living God Temple 71 in Memphis, will be the guest speaker. For more information about the Survivor’s Celebration and Candlelight Vigil, contact Fatelia Avery at fateliaavery6@gmail.com or contact Rachael Brooks at brooksra@bethelu.edu.

Driving on Revoked License Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Patrolman Amber Roaten states that Ptl. Roaten was on patrol on HWY 69 N. when she observed a black Ford Focus that appeared to be speeding. Ptl. Roaten was unable to clock or get a good pace set on the vehicle before it turned onto Depot St. Ptl. Roaten then followed the vehicle as it turned into a residence on Irvine St. Ptl. Roaten then exited her patrol vehicle and made contact with the driver, Nacole Melton of Paris. Ptl. Roaten advised Melton of her speeding and asked for Melton’s license. Melton stated that she did not have it. A check was run with dispatch and they stated that Melton was revoked out of Dickson County in 2015 for failure to satisfy fines and costs on a criminal offense. Dispatch also stated that Melton had several failure to appears on her history. Melton was then placed under arrest and transported to HCSO without incident.

Theft Reported on Cook St.

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office states that Deputy Jim Sanders responded to a lot on Cook St. to take report of an aggravated burglary and theft. Upon arrival, Dep. Sanders spoke with the victim who stated that some time Thursday while no one was home, someone had entered his residence and taken a LG television, valued at $100 as well as a LG blue ray/dvd player, also valued at $100. The suspect also took a frozen sub-sandwich from the freezer, prepared it in the microwave and used a plate while eating it on the premises. Upon finishing the sandwich, the suspect washed the plate and placed it in the dish strainer. Other items of value were left untouched.

Houston County Holds Highest Unemployment Rate in State

Nashville- County Unemployment rates were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development showing that February rates decreased or remained the same in 90 of the State’s 95 Counties and increased in 5 counties.

Houston County came in with the highest unemployment rate in the state at 6.8%, which is the same as its January rate. The rate is slightly lower than February of 2017 when it was at 7.0%. Numbers show that 220 of Houston County’s estimated labor force of 3,240 were looking for a job in February.

Henry County’s rate of 4.8% in February was the same as it was in January. The rate is down from 5.7% in February of 2017. Of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,070 around 680 were looking for work in February.

Carroll County’s rate decreased from 5.5% in January to 5.2% in February and it remains down from 6.2% last February. 630 people were looking for a job last month in Carroll County.

Benton County’s rate came in a t 5.6%, down from January’s rate of 6.4% and down from 6.3% last February. Weakley County’s February 2018 rate was 4.0% down from 4.4% in January and down from February 2017’s rate of 5.0%. Stewart County’s rate also decreased from 5.7% in January to 5.4% in February. It was 6.9% in February of 2017.  

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.

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.


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