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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks Weekend News Director Nicki Cronkright

UT Extension, Health Dept. Offering Dining with Diabetes Classes Starting April 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office and Henry County Health Department will be offering “Dining With Diabetes classes beginning April 22nd from 10am until Noon at the UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. The classes will run for three consecutive Mondays. The class is open to anyone with diabetes, family members of people with diabetes, or anyone at risk for diabetes.

You will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy to prepare and taste good. Recipes will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to taste each one. Classes are offered for free.

Participants will also learn how to identify and monitor the amount of carbs, sodium and fat eaten; how to modify favorite recipes to reduce refined carbs, sodium, and saturated fat; how to identify sources of “healthy” fats in food such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat including food sources of omega 3 fatty acids; how to identify hidden sources of trans fat in food and how to use artificial sweeteners.

Recipe booklets and handouts will be given to each participant. Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood sugar levels, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly can lower risk of complications.

Registration for the program can be made by calling the Henry County UT Extension Office 642-2941 by Monday April 15th.

HC Democratic Party Holding Biennial Meeting Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Party will hold its Biennial Convention this Saturday April 6th at 10am at the Rhea Library in Paris. Doors open at 9am for coffee and donuts. Positions to be filled are Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasuer, and Executive Committee for two year terms for Henry County. All democratic residents who are registered in Henry County are urged to attend to discuss the party’s agenda and events for 2019-20.

During reorganization, attendees will evaluate the effectiveness of their bylaws and leadership. Each County Party determines its own needs, elects new leaders, and enacts reforms to build a stronger grassroots organization. Arrive early if you are not registered to be registered at the convention. Childcare for children ages 2-12 will be provided. Door prizes will be given out to adults and children. For more information call Dianne Carlisle at 336-4371.

Reminder: Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Thurs. Noon-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm this Thursday April 4th for the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Give blood in honor of the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, or Paris Fire Department. The two losing department heads will have to shave their legs. Be sure and bring your photo ID with you when giving blood.

Paris HC Rescue Squad Mails Out Letters Seeking Support

Paris, Tenn.- PHC Rescue Squad Captain Monte Starks (left) and 1st Lieutenant George Haynes delivering the annual mail out to the Post Office. Approximately 16,695 envelopes are mailed out the residents in Henry County asking for your support of the rescue squad. The Paris Henry County Rescue Squad is located at 1705 Hwy 218 By Pass. (Carole Tedford photo)

City, County Commission Holding Work Session Thurs. On Radio Project

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission, Henry County Commission, and other governmental bodies will hold a Work Session at the Chancery Courtroom at 4:30pm Thursday April 4th to discuss the Emergency Communications Radio Project. The E-911 Board has been working on this for months now and discussion on where the funding is and what direction to go next will be topics looked at during the session.

TN Hwy. Safety Office Launches Operation Incognito April 8

Nashville- On Monday, April 8, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) will join various state and local partners to launch Operation Incognito (OI) statewide. The OI campaign was developed last year to evolve Tennessee’s statewide distracted driving enforcement and education initiative, known as “the bus tour.” OI will also promote National Work Zone Awareness Week, which occurs April 8 – 12.

“The primary focus of Operation Incognito is to reduce distracted driving, serious injury crashes, and fatalities,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “A secondary focus will promote awareness for high-risk construction zones across Tennessee. As distracted driving crashes continue to increase, the THSO and partners are committed to enhancing the motoring public’s safety through education and enforcement.”

The launch of OI will educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving and emphasize Tennessee’s “move over law.” Five press events have been scheduled statewide on April 8 to discuss the campaign. For more information, please see details below or contact the appropriate law enforcement liaison as follows.

Patriots Sweep Double Header from West Creek 14-1, 12-2

Paris, Tenn.- The bats were red hot on a cool night Tuesday night as Henry County swept a doubleheader at home over West Creek, winning game 1 14-1 and game 2 12-2.

In the first game, Henry County jumped out for 4 runs in the first inning. Will Parrish was on base all 5 times he came up including a walk, hit by pitch twice, reaching on an error, and lacing a single to right field. Ethan Thompson and Wesley Bomar had great nights with several RBIs as well. Austin Abbott pitched the entire game, which ended with the ten run rule in 5 innings.

In game 2, the Patriots' bats were hot again and Paul D. Atkins started in the game and was relieved by Rick Conroy. The Patriots play at Montgomery Central Thursday and are back home Friday afternoon at 4:30pm against Montgomery Central for varisty start.

Volunteers Sought to Clean Up National Parks this Saturday

Nashville- Volunteers in Tennessee are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 13 Volunteer State Battlefields and historic sites this Saturday April 6th as part of Park Day. This is an annual nationwide, hands on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.

Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments.

Anyone in our listening area that would like to volunteer at Fort Donelson to help with landscaping, planting, trail maintenance, and trash removal can contact Debbie Austin at Deborah_austin@nps.gov.

For Johnsonville State Historic Park, the cleanup event begins at 9am and includes clearing brush, landscaping, trail maintenance, and trash removal. Water will be provided. Contact Bob Holliday at Bob.Holliday@tn.gov

For a complete listing of participating Park Day sites log onto www.battlefields.org/parkday. Share your event on social media with the hashtag #parkday2019.

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Lunch to Learn Seminar Planned April 5 at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a Lunch to Learn Seminar this Friday April 5th at Noon in Classrooms 2 & 3. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30am. Seating is limited you must RSVP at 731-644-3463 to reserve your spot or register online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Dr. Kyle Stephens, West Tennessee Bone and Joint, will discuss lumber spine injections as well as other features of the soon to open Spine Clinic at Henry County Medical Center. Members of the Anesthesia team will be available to answer any questions as well.

Henry Co. Election Commission Holding Voting 101 Classes in April

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Election Commission will be having Voting 101 classes each Thursday night in April beginning on the 4th from 5-6pm. Each is free and open to the public and each week there will be a different topic covered such as voter registration, candidates, voting equipment, and election time. The classes will be held at the 911 building located at 103 S. Brewer St. For more information call the Election Office at 642-0411 or go online to www.henrycountytn.org.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Paris, Tenn.- April is sexual assault awareness month and a Henry County Proclamation signing will be held at the courthouse to honor survivors of sexual violence and recognize April as sexual assault awareness month at 3:30pm on Wednesday April 3rd. Event goers are invited to wear Teal and participate in a walk around the court square after the proclamation.

HCMC Growing Forward with Paris Pulmonary Clinic

             

Paris, Tenn.- HCMC is pleased to be growing forward again with the addition of the HCMC Paris Pulmonary Clinic located in the Medical Arts Building.  Joining the practice is James Carruth, MD, Pulmonology and Lachelle Moss, FNP.  This new clinic opens early April and is now accepting patients.

Dr. Carruth is no stranger to West Tennessee.  He was born in Hartsville, TN and grew up in Milan.  Dr. Carruth's undergraduate study was done at the University of Tennessee, Martin, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University and completed his post graduate work, including his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Carruth practiced in Jackson for over 20 years before deciding to accept the opportunity to move his practice to Paris.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board eligible for certification in Pulmonary Medicine.  He is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Carruth and his wife, Leslie, have one son, Kyle.  He enjoys golf, boating, trail riding and spectator sports.  He is a TN Vols fan and loves to travel with his family.

Lachelle Moss, FNP, has been Dr. Carruth’s Nurse Practitioner for many years and will also be joining Dr. Carruth in his new practice in Paris.  Moss was born in Selmer, TN and grew up in Shiloh, TN.  Moss’ RN was obtained through Jackson State in 2010.  She also holds a medical laboratory science degree.  She has worked as a laboratory technician, med-surg nurse, charge nurse, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation coordinator.  She received her Masters of Nursing in 2016 from Frontier University in Hyden, KY where she graduated with honors.  She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Moss is married to Michael and enjoys travel, hiking, boating, and reading.

“We are very excited to be joining the medical community in Paris with the opening of HCMC Paris Pulmonary Clinic,” said Dr. Carruth.  “Lachelle and I have a lot of our patients for long term and we work to create a family atmosphere for our patients.  We try to keep the mood light and have a good time with our patients, treating them with a personal touch.”

HCMC Paris Pulmonary Clinic specialty clinic focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of pulmonary diseases in the adult patient and is located in the HCMC Medical Arts Building, 300 Hospital Circle, Suite 201.  HCMC Paris Pulmonary Clinic takes most insurances including TennCare.  Patients do have to have a referral from their primary care provider to schedule an appointment. 

For more information about Dr. Carruth, Moss, or HCMC Paris Pulmonary Clinic, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or give us a call at 731-641-2765.  Appointments can be made by calling or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Great American Clean-up Helps Clean up PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- This past Sunday, volunteers gathered together to help clean up the shoreline at Paris Landing State Park. With the recent floods, a substantial amount of trash from Kentucky Lake covered the area once the water receded. Our awesome volunteers collected 26 bags of trash, many large pieces of styrofoam, and even a tire!

Everyone is accountable for the items that they bring to our beautiful lake and any other waterway. We all have to do our part to ensure that trash ends up in the garbage and try recycling what we can. A big thank you to Park Ranger Amy O'Brien of the Paris Landing State Park, our rockstars Shelby and Ethan, and TDOT for sponsoring this cleanup!

April is Rabies Vaccination Month in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- The State of Tennessee Department of Health requires all dogs, three months of age and cats, months of age, to be vaccinated for rabies and April has been designated as Henry County Rabies Vaccination month. The cost is $6 plus a $1.50 license fee per dog or cat.

All area clinics will be held in house again this year. The purpose of the in-house visits will be to better serve the needs of the animal and to provide the customer a better opportunity to have their dog or cat vaccinated.

Participating Animal clinics are the Animal Doctor, 224 Memorial Drive, Lakeway Animal Clinic, 2701 East Wood St., Mineral Wells Animal Clinic, 1116 Volunteer Drive, and Paris Veterinary Clinic, 2101 E. Wood St. Check with your animal clinic during their regular business hours on the Rabies vaccination month.

 

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