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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

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City Comm. Hears Updates on Energy Audit

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, representatives from Trane and Raymond James Financials were on hand to discuss the energy efficiency project that has been going on since late February where the City will be replacing all their street lights with LED lighting.

Chief Engineer Russ Phillips updated commissioners saying the Tran Energy Efficiency project was on schedule and is still ongoing. Phillips said they have determined some areas where the City may see even more savings with some energy improvements. The target date of completion with the energy audit is June 6th.

In addition to the update, Commissioners also approved a resolution to issue bonds in conjunction with the project. City Manager Kim Foster explained that based on audit results the resolution passed in March didn’t include enough funds to pay for the project. This resolution increased the total amount not to exceed $2.5M.

City Gives 911 Its CDBG Eligibility for Radio Comm. Project

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners heard from 911 Director Mark Archer in regards to asking the City to give the E911 board its eligibility for the Community Development Block Grant when it becomes available again. The 911 board is working on an infrastructure improvement of a trunking digital radio system to improve radio communication between emergency responders out in the county.

Archer explained that on some of our county roads and areas, the service is not good and lots of communication is lost. This project would address that problem.  The estimated cost of the project is $910K. The Commission agreed to give is eligibility on the CDBG grant as long as all details of the radio communication project are worked out when the eligibility becomes available.

Retail Sales See over 7.6% Increase in January

Paris, Tenn.- Financial Director Traci Pillow gave financial reports at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting and told commissioners that the City of Paris had an exceptional January seeing retail sales increase 7.67% from January of 2016.

Pillow reported that General Fund revenues were over expenditures by nearly $650K in the month of February and ahead fiscal year to date by $1.053M.

The City had received 37% of the payments for 2016 property tax billing during the month of February and so far the overall total collected was 91%. Pillow said the previous four years around 86-90% were collected by the end of February.

Solid waste revenues exceeded expenditures by over $36K in the month of February and are ahead by over $304K year to date.

Commissioners also learned that 17 part-time employees in the Parks Department were placed as inactive due to the ending of the basketball season. One part time animal shelter attendant also voluntarily quit. The City also issued ten business licenses in February.

Foster Updates Commission on Status of Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on the status of various projects going on in the City including the signalization project at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. Foster said materials have been ordered after the pre-construction conference was held in mid-March. Construction on the signalization should begin in mid-June and will be completed before schools start back in early August.

Foster said work on the 2nd alley in the alley drainage project should begin sometime this month, if drier weather settles in.

Renovations for the Paris Police Department are underway at Paris City Hall. Modifications on the building are underway and plans are to have an entrance in the courtyard area for records and police business. Foster said once these renovations are done, the Paris Police Department will be more accessible to the public. Also some window tinting for all windows at City Hall have been completed which should cut down on problematic glare during late afternoon and early morning times.

Construction on the bathrooms at the downtown park is set to begin by the middle of June and be finished in time for Eye Full of Paris weekend in September.

Foster said the bid was awarded in the Water slides at the pool at Eiffel Tower Park and should be installed by the time the pool opens around Memorial Day.

Commissioners Approve Ordinances on 2nd Reading

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Thursday night the Paris City Commission approved an ordinance to amend the Paris Municipal Code in regards to rezoning a portion of E. Washington St on 2nd reading. The amendment basically includes some parcels on E. Washington that were left out of the original.

Commissioners also approved on 2nd reading an ordinance dealing with prohibiting recreational activities from taking places in City streets. The commission discussed this in March and drafted the ordinance after recommendation from the insurance carrier’s risk management department.

Commissioners passed an amended sewer use ordinance as requested by the Board of Public Utilities. This helps get BPU in line with TDEC requests in the consent order.

They also approved a request to write-off $973 in delinquent property taxes dating back several years.

One Man Arrested After Chase, Two Others Arrested on Drugs Charges

Danny Vine HCSO booking photo

Springville, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team served a search warrant at 5000 Manleyville Road in Henry County on Wednesday, April 5th.

While they were there one of the suspects pulled up in a truck and saw them at the residence. The truck then fled the scene and was pursued by officers down Manleyville Road onto Mayberry Road. The truck subsequently crashed and the driver, later identified as Danny Vine, age 25 of Paris, fled on foot through the woods. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s aviation unit was called to assist in the search.

Vine was later apprehended after a tip from local citizen and transported to the Henry County Jail by Cpl. Gary Carroll where he is being held on charges of reckless endangerment and evading arrest. Vine’s bond was set at $2500 by Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson.

Jessica Perry HCSO booking photo                        Darby Fusilier HCSO booking photo

Darby Fusilier, age 21 of Camden, and Jessica Perry, age 27 of Camden, who were at the residence when the warrant was served were also transported to the Henry County Jail and charged with simple possession and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Monte Belew would like to say thank you to everyone involved, “Teamwork is imperative in a situation like this, we are so thankful no one was hurt by the reckless actions of this suspect. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible.”

Food Commodities Distributed Thurs., Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council and USDA are handing out April’s food commodities this week at the Central Service Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road. They will be handing out food boxes until 4pm Thursday and 8-4 on Friday. Normally the food is distributed towards the end of the month its given out but new director Bethany Patton said they changed because of Fish Fry week. For more information call the office at 642-3132.

HCJLA Trail Ride Is Saturday in Henry

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association’s annual spring trail ride will be held April 8th at Sutton Farms, 590 Perry School House Loop in Henry. The gate opens at 8am and first ride goes out at 10am, 2nd ride at 1:30pm. Cost is $10 per person or $30 per vehicle. Lunch will be provided and coggins will be checked.

UTM To Host 49th Annual Spring College Rodeo Thurs.-Sat.

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 49th annual spring college rodeo starting on Thursday, April 6 and going through Saturday, April 8 at the Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Complex and NW (Doc) Robinson Arena.

Action starts at 7:30pm on all three dates. All tickets are $6 on Thursday while adult tickets are $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Tickets for ages 6-12 and UT Martin students with a valid ID are $7 for both Friday and Saturday. A $20 weekend pass is also available for all three nights. Ages 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

Saturday’s event can be viewed online, free of charge, courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network at this link: http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com

The UT Martin rodeo has been named the Ozark Region “Rodeo of the Year” for 11 consecutive years. The event serves as a platform for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo, which will be held in Casper, Wyo. on June 9-17.

Preserve Paris Clean Sweep Targets Wynn St. Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The first Preserve Paris Clean Sweep Day for 2017 is set for this Saturday April 8th beginning at 9am at the Wynn Street Neighborhood. Volunteers will meet at 9am at the parking lot of Trinity Funeral Home. Dumpster buggies will be placed throughout the neighborhood for use on the day and throughout the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday will be Reuse Days, where any unwated items can be placed at the curb and can be taken by anyone that wants those items. These type items include appliances, bbq grills, carpet, furniture, electronics, toys, tires, mattresses, clothes, home décor, and fencing materials.

On Monday April 10th, the City of Paris Public Works emlpoyees will be coming through the neighborhood to collect the dumpster buggies and remove anything left on the curb.

For more information contact City Hall at 641-1402 or email mstancook@cityofparistn.gov. A rain date is set for the following Saturday April 15th.

Volunteers will be served lunch after the clean up on Saturday and should wear outdoor work gloves and good shoes. Preserve Paris is neighborhood revitalization, preservation, and clean-up project that began in early 2016.

Easton's Angels Night Walk Set for Sat. at the Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Easton’s Angels Light up the Night one mile walk is set for this Saturday April 8th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Events begin at 5pm, the walk starts at dark.

Easton’s Angels is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to lend aid to families of Henry County whose children fall victim to life altering illnesses such as cancer. It was formed in memory of Easton Green.

There will be food from Perry’s BBQ, Mom’s Kitchen, and Miss D’s Kitchen. Raffle and prizes for Best Glow Gear will be awarded, and there will be jumpers for the kids. The Ray Lewis Band will also perform. For more information on the event email eastonsangelstn@gmail.com.

Lady Pats Defeat Northwest 11-1

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Softball team whipped Northest in District 10-AAA action 11-1 on Wednesday. Emily Brown only gave up two hits in the victory on the mound. Henry County is scheduled to host Clarksville High at home on Thursday with first pitch at 6pm.

PML Relay Team Presents Jimmy Church Band Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The PML Relay for Life Time presents the Jimmy Church Band this Saturday April 8th from 8pm to midnight at the Paris Convention Center. The cost is $20 per person and reservations are available for those who purchase 8 or more tickets. Money raised goes to Relay for Life.

Public Reception for Shapeshifter Art Series is Friday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- A reception for artists who have exhibits on display at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center’s Shapesifters series will be held Friday April 7th from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Artist talk will begin at 5pm and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Speaker Harwell Formally Invited to 64th Annual WBFF

Nashville- Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, along with several local officials traveled to Nashville Wednesday to personally invite Tennessee Legislators to the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry.  Presenting Speaker Beth Harwell with her invitation were (L to R) Pam Martin, Donna Craig, Kim Foster, Speaker Harwell, Mayor Gerrell, Mark Johnson, Randi French and Rep. Tim Wirgau.  “Speaker Harwell accepted our invitation and we are excited to have the Speaker of House join us to celebrate the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry,” stated David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance. (Photo taken by David Hamilton)

Reward Offered in "Let Er Buck" Saloon Fire

Paris, Tenn.- A reward of up to $5K is being offered for information that may lead to answers in a fire that destroyed the former Hollywood Lounge back on March 30th.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office and State Bomb and Arson Squad are seeking information from the public that might have been in the area or traveling thru the area on March 30th between 9-11pm.

Anyone that saw any vehicles or suspicious activities at the business, located at 11719 Hwy. 641 S., is urged to contact the Tennessee Arson Hot Line at 1-800-762-3017. The cause of the fire at this time is 'undetermined.'

TDOT Asks Motorists to "Work With Us"

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation launched a new safety campaign today, asking motorists to Work with Us - move over and slow down for highway workers. TDOT is spreading that message statewide during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 3-7) following the deaths of three employees in 2016.

“Last year was absolutely tragic for our TDOT family; three hard-working employees were struck and killed by passing motorists,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Something has to change. We have hundreds of employees across the state out on our highways each day, trying to improve the lives of Tennesseans. They deserve to make it home to their families. We need motorists in Tennessee to work with us by moving over and slowing down when you see TDOT workers or first responders working along our interstates and state routes.”

Earlier today, TDOT held a ceremony at the Smith County Welcome Center where J.R. Rogers’ name was unveiled on TDOT’s fallen worker memorial monument. J.R., a HELP truck operator in Nashville, was the third TDOT worker killed in the line of duty in 2016. As a show of support to J.R.’s family and all TDOT workers, prominent buildings and structures in Tennessee have been lit in orange this week, including the Tennessee State Capitol, the Metro Courthouse, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Big River Crossing in Memphis.

Work zone safety messages are also being displayed on TDOT’s overhead Dynamic Message Signs on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. There are also special displays across the state to honor the 112 TDOT workers lost in the line of duty since 1948. The locations of the displays are as follows:

I-640 near mile marker 8, Knoxville

I-75 Exit 9, Chattanooga

I-40/I-65 split near Demonbreun, Nashville

300 Benchmark Place, Jackson (TDOT Regional Office)

TDOT has produced a dramatic public service announcement to raise awareness of the dangers facing highway workers. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xPCuUG89aN0 

To see other work zone awareness videos, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

How can you Work with Us? Take the pledge to drive more responsibly on Tennessee roadways by moving over and slowing down for TDOT workers and other first responders, http://www.tn.gov/tdot/section/work-with-us.

Man Cited After Marijuana Found in Backpack

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department cited Dean R. Smith, age 56, for simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ptl. Colley observed a man and woman standing in the parking lot of a local pawn shop looking into the windows, then observed the man, later identified as Smith, walk around the back of the business. Ptl. Colley stopped and found a small bag of marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it in a backpack that belonged to Smith.

Paris Police are also investigating the theft of a 70CC Dirt Bike from a home on East Wood Street. The bike was stolen from the back yard of the home and was valued at $500.

Kids Club to See Program on Recycling

Paris, Tenn.- Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful and the Henry County Litter Program is sponsoring Barry Mitchell, Smile Maker Show, to speak to Kids Clubs at Rhea Elementary April 5th at 3:30pm and at Lakewood on April 6th at 3pm. He will present a 40 minute show on how kids can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday April 6th from Noon to 6pm. There is an urgent need for all types of blood as well as increased participation. Due to the recent flu and other sicknesses, blood donations have been low for the last three months.

All eligible donors are encouraged to come give blood on Thursday. Bring your photo ID with you when giving blood.

Pats Improve to 6-0 in District 10 After Kenwood Sweep

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County moved to 6-0 in District 10-AAA baseball play Tuesday afternoon after sweeping a double header at Kenwood in dominating fashion. The two teams were rained out Monday as the Patriots were supposed to host, so they played two Tuesday because of rain in the forecast for Wednesday as well.

In the first game, the Patriots won 16-2 and Ethan Thompson and Wesley Bomar both contributed with 4 RBIs apiece in the victory. Reece Veazey had two hits and two RBIs. Hunter Updyke started the game and pitched 3 innings allowing just two hits and Austin Abbott finished the final two innings.

The Patriots’ bats were alive in game two of the doubleheader as well defeating Kenwood 18-4. Parker Piskos and Knox Davis each had 3 RBIs, and Casey Pope had 2 RBIs in the game. Wesley Bomar and Knox Davis had 3 hits apiece. Rick Conroy pitched all 5 innings and struck out 11 for the victory.

Henry County is scheduled to host McKenzie at home on Thursday with the first pitch set for 5pm.

PSSD BOE Looks to Dr. Norma Gerrell As Its Next Director

Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough offers a congrats hug to Dr. Norma Gerrell at the end of the special called meeting Tues. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- More than qualified, capable, willing to continue to learn, and respected were just a few of the words used by Paris Special School District board members on Tuesday as they agreed to let board chairman Richard Edwards begin contract negotiations with Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Norma Gerrell to become the district's next Director of Schools effective July 1.

The board held a special called meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Director of Schools position for the system as current Director Mike Brown plans to retire June 30th.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards told board members they can promote from within the system, do their own search, or hire the Tennessee School Boards Association to do a formal search for candidates, then the board interviews the candidates. The cost for TSBA to be involved is around $11K.  Board member John Steele joined the meeting via Facetime, which is allowed by the state twice a year per board member who misses because of work.

Edwards first asked the board if they thought the PSSD should use TSBA and pay the money to do the search. None of the board members thought it was necessary.

Board member Bill Jelks said he thought spending the money with TSBA wasn’t worth it because we have a board that can definitely find a viable candidate. Jelks, board member Amy Cathey, and Chairman Richard Edwards have been thru the search for the Director position before. Cathey said, we thought at the time Mr. Brown was a great fit, and sometimes there is no reason to reach out far and wide.

Edwards said Brown has done an excellent job over the last ten years and he has trained people under him to be able to step in and lead the system in the right direction.

The Board continued discussions and John Steele suggested the board discuss offering the contract to Dr. Norma Gerrell to be the next Director of the PSSD. Jelks, Cathey, and other board members said Dr. Gerrell has been at every level and is more than qualified and capable of being Director.

The board then approved chairman Richard Edwards to begin contract negotiations with Dr. Norma Gerrell to become the next Director of Schools for the PSSD. Edwards will bring the contract back to the board at their April 17th meeting for approval.

Dr. Gerrell said, "I'm excited, humbled, and thankful to be considered for the Director of Schools for the PSSD."

BPU To Repair Manhole Thursday at MW, Russell St. Intersection

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be repairing a manhole on Mineral Wells Avenue at the Russell Street intersection on Thursday April 6th. Traffic will be consolidated to one lane for eastbound traffic in this area.  Russell St. traffic must use Spruce St. as access during this time. This repair will start Thursday morning and will take most of the day to complete. Please use caution and follow traffic signage while driving through this area due to machinery and workers present.

Wed. Last Day to Use Tax Relief Vouchers

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee Randi Allen French reminds citizens that Wednesday April 5th is the last day to use tax relief vouchers or apply for the state tax relief program. Anyone with questions can call the Trustee’s Office at 642-6633.

Warrants Issued on Man For Actions at Probation Office

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department has filed warrants on Donnie J. Mathis, age 39, of 903 Manley Street, after he became belligerent with probation officers at the probation office and then ran off on foot. A search of the area was done but Mathis wasn’t located at the time.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Jack D. Kirkpatrick, age 53, of 210 Porter Switch Road, with driving on a revoked license after he missed a turn and ended up in a ditch.

HCHD Closing Osage Crossland Road Again Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will once again close Osage Crossland Road on Wednesday April 5th for culvert replacement. The closure is 6 tenths of a mile Southeast of Pled Wade Road. In case of inclement weather the road will be closed Thursday April 6th.

PSSD BOE To Discuss Director Position At Tues. Meeting

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 hi intentions to retire June 30th.

Parks Board Learns of Possible Big Plans for Eiffel Tower Park

Parks Board members look on as Parks Director Tony Lawrence shows visual concept drawings for a possible splash pad at Eiffel Tower park. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday afternoon and City Manager Kim Foster and Parks Director Tony Lawrence showed the board some visual proposals on a master plan for Eiffel Tower Park that could one day hold what architects suggested could be “the best splash pad in Tennessee.”

City Manager Kim Foster said, “we want to turn Eiffel Tower Park into a tourist destination and we’ve talked to engineering firms to help us move forward.”

Parks Director Tony Lawrence told the board the Mayor and City Commission are fully behind this type of long range project and hopes are to include a large splash pad, a rugged outdoorsy type themed playground, and a mountain bike trail in and around Eiffel Tower Park on both sides of Volunteer Drive.

Foster told Parks Board members, “we wanted to bring you in on these ideas and tell you what we’ve been discussing, but these of course are all based on applying for and receiving grants.”

Other ideas about the long term plan for Eiffel Tower Park include a ADA accessible board walk around the pond, improvements to the parking lot area, and more. Foster suggested these things would have to be done in pieces and parts surrounding grants, both LPRF and Tourism Enhancement grants, which come about every couple of years.

Lawrence told the board places like Savannah have a water park with a splash pad that has become a huge tourist attraction and Foster said Ripley also calls their park a water park, based on putting in a water slide, which will be done at the pool later this summer at Eiffel Tower Park. Splash pads are very popular and Tourism Enhancement grants were awarded to several cities planning them last year alone.

Both Lawrence and Foster said this type of attraction would complement fishing and baseball and softball tournaments, perhaps enticing teams that got finished early to stay an extra day or two and enjoy the splash pad and Eiffel Tower Park.

The Parks Board was thrilled with the concept and look to move forward over the coming months with applying for grants and doing some work in-kind to prepare Eiffel Tower Park for a bigger future. The next round of LPRF grants becomes available in 2018.

Fees Restructured for Eiffel Tower Park Pool

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday, Lawrence updated the board on the pool slide and new fee restructures at Eiffel Tower. He said bids are in and the low bid was approved. The slide will be installed soon and Foster said, “this alone could really increase our attendance at the park this summer.”

In order to help offset the cost of the slide, the fees will be restructured for the Gerald Howard Memorial pool. Lawrence said for years we’ve kept the admission price at $3, below the state park, but with the slide we decided to go up to $6 admission and kids 3 and under are free.

A family pass will be $240 for the season, with Paris City residents receiving a 25% discount and paying $180. Individual passes will be $120, Paris residents can purchase one for $90, or a savings of 25%.

In other business on Monday night, the Parks Board learned the new restrooms were complete at McNeil Park and just needed some ADA doors up to completely finish the project. He also told board members they have put a traffic counter at McNeil to see how many cars enter the park. In March with baseball tournaments held several days, numbers were good.

Eiffel Tower Park to Host Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial

Paris, Tenn.- Lawrence did also inform the Parks board on Monday night that the Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Alliance is working with the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall tour to stop in Paris. The tour would like to set up in the Eiffel Tower Park and the Chamber and Alliance would handle cost with Veterans groups helping with staffing. The plan for now is to have the wall stop in Paris in late August or early September.

Lawrence talked about the Civic Center dehumidification project saying Trane energy audit reps have met and discussed the issue and they hope to start on this project in June and be finished by the end of summer. He also updated the board on baseball and softball saying the new T-ball field on the west side of McNeil is operational and the lights are up and operational as well.

Paris Thunder Teams Excel in Tournaments

Nashville- Paris Thunder 11u went 4-0 and took home the championship in Nashville, TN Bash & Dash Ring Tournament. Tournament MVP of the event was Hobby Griffin. All players received a gold ring and the team received a glass trophy. Thunder played some of the toughest teams from Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama.   

Pictured Above: Front Row L to R: Jeremy Thorton, Kenson Kyle, Jayce Kendall, Jesse Klutts, Ryan Bradley and Micah Coombes Back Row L to R: Ashton Kemp, Andrew Nelson, Hayden Hixson, Brice Donaldson, Carson Tucker, Hobby Griffin and Tate Lee

The 10U Paris Thunder also competed in Wilson County and won Saturday, but fell short of the championship on Sunday.

Ryan Mitchell pitches for the Paris Thunder 10U team. (Thunder photos)

Baseball Game Against Kenwood Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's scheduled baseball game against Kenwood at home has been cancelled for Monday due to more storms and rain projected to come in this evening. The two teams will play a Varsity doubleheader at Kenwood on Tuesday starting at 4pm.

Winners Announced at 32nd Annual Artist Showcase

Elegant Ebony Bottle by Martin Paschall was named Best in Show. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- The winners of the 32nd Annual Artist Showcase at Lee Academy for the Arts were announced on Sunday and Elegant Ebony Bottle by Martin Paschall was named Best in Show.

The winners are as follows; Fiber Arts: R. Lowe by Judith Putnam won 1st place, Twistin’ by Kay Richardson won 2nd place and Butterfly by Debbie Knowles was the honorable mention.

Fiber Arts: R. Lowe by Judith Putnam won 1st place. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Mixed Media: Far and Away by Brice Snow won 1st place, Belief by Dan Knowles won 2nd place and Household by Jenni Carroll was the honorable mention.

Mixed Media: Far and Away by Brice Snow won 1st place. (Cassie Walsh pic)

Oil and Acrylic: Caleb’s Smokey Mountain Honey Hole by Jan Owens was 1st place, The Turkey Man by Gene Snowden was 2nd place and the honorable mention was Still Life by Egan Snow.

Oil and Acrylic: Caleb’s Smokey Mountain Honey Hole by Jan Owens was 1st place. (Cassie Walsh pic)

Pottery and 3D Art: Split Personality by Martin Paschall won 1st place, Forest Light by Cat McGavin won 2nd place and the honorable mention was Springtime in Paris by Cat McGavin.

Pottery and 3D Art: Split Personality by Martin Paschall won 1st place. (Cassie Walsh pic)

Drawing: Different Point of View by Jane Baars won 1st place, A Naughty Child by Tracy Edlin won 2nd place and the honorable mention was Neighborhood Kid by Tracy Edlin.

Drawing: Different Point of View by Jane Baars won 1st place. (Cassie Walsh pic)

You can visit  the 32nd Annual Artist Showcase from now until Friday, April 28th at Lee Academy, located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris. Lee Academy for the Arts is open Monday and Wednesday 9am to 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm and on Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Thefts Reported Across the City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to an attempted break-in in progress on Wynn Street. Officers deescalated the situation and Ptl. Jackson heard from several witnesses that Anderson O. Johnson, age 43, of 816 Cooper Street, showed up and tried to force his way into the home and pulled the back screen door off its hinges. Several people inside the home kept Johnson from entering. Johnson was charged with aggravated burglary and placed on $5K bond.

Ptl. David Beauvis of the Paris Police Department responded to a home on Ogburn Street where a silver ring and a gold coin appeared to be stolen. The report stated the homeowners left for a short time and came back to find the home ransacked. The ring and coin, total value of $700, appeared to be the only things missing at the time. The homeowner advised Ptl. Beauvis that there was no forced entry, but one of the locks could be tampered with and unlocked somewhat easily.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Wyniger Road had a two piece gate and gate poles stolen from the entrance of the cattle farm at the home. The value of the gate pieces are $800 and investigation is ongoing.

 A home on Old Paris Murray Road reported the theft of three guns, a Smith a Wesson, Winchester rifle, and a single shot. The guns were last seen on the pool table in the home. The report at the Sheriff’s Office stated they were valued at $2700 and there are no suspects at this time.

Track Teams Compete Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Middle School competed in the Calloway County Invitational this past Friday and Dinah Winders finished 1st in the 1600 meters with at time of 5:54, breaking the meet record by 27 seconds. Kaitlyn Naiper finished 6th with a time of 6:53.

In the boys 1600 meter run, Hayden Bostick came in 5th with a time of 5:40. He also finished 7th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:43.

In the girls 800 meter run, Dinah Winders finished 1st overall with a time of 2:38, breaking the meet record by 6 seconds. Kaitlyn Napier, finished 7th with a 2:43.

Former HCHS standout Javan Winders, running for Southern Indiana University, finished 4th in the 5000 meter run at Washington University in St. Louis this weekend. Javan finished 3rd in his heats and the time was 14:52.

The HCHS Track team also competed in the Austin Peay State University High School Classic on Saturday. The men’s team finished 14th out of 22 teams. Top 10 finishers were Titus Winders, 1st in 3200 meters, with at time of 9:36; Silas Winders, 2nd in 3200 meters, at 9:46; Nathanial Owens, 5th overall in discus; Robert Markum, 9th overall in 200 meter; and Darren Russell 10th overall in the 100 meter.

Daylight Reveals Damage from Windy Night

Paris, Tenn.- Windy conditions overnight and early Monday morning knocked off power, downed trees and power lines, and has caused damage to some area homes and buildings. This home near the Fairgrounds and building were damaged around 1am when the wind blew a tree on the house and ripped open the top of the building. (David Jackson photos)

BPU Crews Out in Full Force Monday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities crews have been out in full force throughout the night and early morning as strong winds have brought down numerous trees and have broke several poles around Paris and areas south of town.

Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards said, "the guys have been out working hard clearing roadways with the county and city, and trying to restore power. "

As of just before 5am Monday morning, 12 power poles were broke, and between 1600-1800 hundred customers were without power. Edwards said at one point over 4K were without power.

"Most of the issues have been in Paris, around town, and towards Henry and to the south, we did have one tree down causing some problems at the Lake area, but nothing really north of town at this time," Edwards said.

Edwards said he hasn't called in another utility for help yet, but might have to as they continue to assess the damage when daylight hits.

BPU crews also responded to an issue in Henry about 8pm Sunday night when the meter equipment failed and took out the Henry Substation. Edwards said they back fed it from town and continue to do so at this time.

HC Schools Closed Monday Due to Numerous Downed Trees and Power Lines

Paris, Tenn.- Strong winds have been causing problems all night and early morning long across the area and numerous trees and power lines are reported down throughout Henry County. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton has decided to cancel school for the Henry County School System Monday due to the fact that many of these trees and power lines are stretched out across the roadway and with buses being out before daylight, they are unsure of what drivers could encounter on the road.

Get Your Basket's Ready for the 32nd Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR, Peddler's Easter Egg Hunt on April 15th

Cricket, the Boss, says get your Easter baskets ready for the WMUF, WLZK,WRQR and the Peddler Advantage’s 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Get your Easter baskets ready for the WMUF, WLZK,WRQR and the Peddler Advantage’s 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th at 10am at Ogburn Park.

The hunt will be held rain or shine for ages 0-10 and participants must have a hunting license to be able to hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt is open to kids age infant to 10 year old. Age groups include 0-3, 4-6 and 7-10 and lots of prizes that will be given away in each age group. Hunting licenses are available at various locations. Listen to our radio stations or pick up a Peddler for a list of hunting license locations.

Three People Arrested on Driving Offences

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Lane Thomas Pressley, age 21 of 960 Odell Bunn Road of McKenzie, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, open container, leaving the scene of an accident, violation of the financial responsibility law and possession of a firearm while under the influence. Pressley was placed on $5,000 bond.

Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed also arrested Angela D. Kendall, age 45 of 115 North Porter Street of Paris, on Sunday for driving under the influence. Kendall was placed on $1,000 bond.

In another report, Henry County Sheriff Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Brandy L. Dejurnett, age 36 of 1079 Cedar Drive of Camden, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license, public intoxication, a warrant out of Carroll County for violation of parole and a warrant out of Benton County for failure to appear. Dejurnett was placed on $3,500 bond.

HC Junior Livestock Trail Rides Set for Sat. April 8th

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Junior Livestock Association Annual Spring Trail Ride is set for Saturday, April 8th with gates opening at 8am at Sutton Farms, which is located at 590 Perry School House Loop in Henry.

The first spring trail ride goes out at 10am and the second trail ride will go out at 1:30pm. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per vehicle and lunch will be provided. Coggins will also be checked.

HC Offers Special Discounts in April on Rabies Vaccinations

Henry County, Tenn.- April is Henry County Rabies Vaccination Month and the county will be offering a special rate of $6 for the rabies vaccination plus $1.50 license fee.

Dogs ages three months and older and cats ages six months or older are required to get the rabies vaccination. To get the rabies vaccination discount, just take your pet to one of the four Paris vet clinics during the month of April and take advantage of the rabies vaccination special.

The Paris vet clinics offering the special include: The Animal Doctor located on 224 Memorial Drive in Paris, Lakeway Animal Clinic on 2701 East Wood Street in Paris, Mineral Wells Animal Clinic on1116 Volunteer Drive in Paris, and the Paris Veterinary Clinic located on 2101 East Wood Street in Paris.

Anglers and a Wedding at KBF National Championship Tourney

Bethel University Fishing Team Coach Garry Mason, Chad Hoover with the winner Tim Thao. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The 2017 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship Tournament was held in Henry County over the week as 600 anglers from 37 states came and competed in the tournament over the week at KY Lake and Barkley Lake. In the high school part of the tournament, Bethel University's Fishing team coach Garry Mason and KBF Tourney President Chad Hoover presented Tim Thao with a 4 year scholarship to Bethel University worth $24K.

Steve Trkla, President of the North American operations for Torqeedo and a core sponsor of the KBF National Championship Tournament,  said that the mayor came and talked to the at the tournament on Thursday and the mayor said that the KBF National Championship Tournament  has generated more than $1 million dollars in revenue for Henry County.

This year’s grand prize for KBF National Championship Tournament  was over $35K and Torqeedo who is the core sponsor of the KBF National ChampionshipTournament  will be upping next year’s prize to $100K, which will attract more anglers to compete in the 2018 KBF National Championship Tournament.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Chad Hoover the president of the KBF National Championship Tournament is growing the sport by combining all of the other kayak clubs into one organization just like B.A.S.S. founder, Ray Scott, did by combining all of the fishing clubs under one organization.

Hoover also decided to share a special moment with at the KBF National Championship Tournament  when he and his wife Kristie married each other in front of all of their friends and the kayakers they’ve known for a long time.

According to Steve Trkla in 2009 there were only 50,000 kayakers and in 2016 that number has grown to 2.3 million kayakers, which makes kayaking the second faster growing marine sport just behind paddle boarding.

Paris Man and Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, the Paris Police Department, the Puryear Police Department and the HC Sheriff’s Department arrested Bruce Blankenship, age 39 of 1312 North Market Street of Paris, on Friday for the sale of a schedule II substance.

 Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson also arrested Shirley A. Webb, age 42 of 1312 North Market Street of Paris, for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the raid on the home.  Blankenship was placed on$100,000 bond and Webb was placed on $1,000 bond.

Bow-Wow at the Barn Set for Sat. April 8th at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society is hosting BOW-WOW at the Barn on Saturday, April 8th from 6pm to 9pm at Dunagan Farms, which is located at 3500 Gate 3 Road in Paris.

Tickets cost $25 each and you can purchase your tickets at the Paris Vet Clinic, the Carroll County Humane Society or the Huntingdon Animal Clinic.

Cash's Wood Fired Pizza will serve their amazing pizzas and beer from Perrylodgic Brewery will be available, enjoy live music, a wine pull, and take part in the live and silent auctions.

Bow Wow at the Barn will feature some great live and silent auction items and the Carroll County Humane Society is giving everyone a sneak peek at a wine basket donated by Purple Toad Winery in Paducah that will be sold at the auction.

To purchase tickets, donate or to help sponsor, please stop by the Carroll County Humane Society located at 21822 Highway 22 in McKenzie or you can call them at contact 731-352-9950. 

You can also mail donations and requests to the CCHS at P.O. Box 384, McKenzie, TN 38201. For more information please email clarkc@bethelu.edu.

HCMC Community Health Screening is Thurs. April 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medicial Center will be holding a community health screening event on Thursday, April 6th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

No appointments are necessary as HCMC staff members will be offering health screenings and educational materials at the event. Free health screenings that offered at the event include: blood pressure, dexa heel scan and blood sugar tests. A total cholesterol test costs $3 and a lipid panel will cost $10. Fasting is required for the blood sugar, total cholesterol and lipid panel screenings.

For more information about the event contact, Lori Laser, RN, BSN Community Educator, at 731-644-8269.

Hoofbeats of Hope Raises Over $10K

Browsing items and placing bids in the Hoofbeats of Hope auction. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Hoofbeats of Hope fundraiser was held on Saturday and it was a good turnout at the event as people placed there bids in the live and silent auction to help raise money for Hoofbeats of Hope. The Hoofbeat of Hope raised $10,172 at their auction held on Saturday.

Hoofbeats of Hope is a Therapeutic Horseback riding program designed to help people with physical and mental challenges.

An All- American Event at the 64th World's Biggest Fish Fry

Members of the Hostess Princess Court, the Paris-HC Jaycees, the Chamber of Commerce and members of the community cut the ribbon opening the WBFF Headquarters. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It’s an All-American event at the 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry which officially opened on Saturday, April 1st with the Chamber of Commerce holding a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of the 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Headquarters, which is located at 1299 East Wood Street in Paris.

The families of Bailey Compton, Jesse Hudgins and Gunner Osborn. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Marshalls are Bailey Compton, U.S. Air Force Academy, Jesse Hudgins, U.S. Military Academy, and Gunner Osborn, U.S. Naval Academy.

The First Responders of Henry County, EMT's, Paramedics, HC Sheriff's and Paris PD and all city and county officers, HC Rescue Squad and the Fire Department. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Paris- Henry County Jaycees were proud to dedicate the 2017 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Souvenir Booklet in honor of Henry County’s First Responders, from the EMT’s, Paramedics, City and County Officers, Firefighters, and Rescue Squad Members, who serve to protect and keep all the citizens of Henry County safe.

2017 Hostess Princess Court (Cassie Walsh photos)

The 2017 Hostess Princess Court that includes Julia Dye, 3rd maid, Calista Herrera, 1st maid, Jasmine Jones, Princess, Alison Reagor, 2nd maid, and Roezona Godbott, 4th maid, announced that their Hostess Princess Court community service project will be accepting donations for Tomorrow's Hope.

Items needed include: baby blankets, strollers, diapers and more. You can drop off your donations for Tomorrow's Hope at the World's Biggest Fish Fry Headquarters or at the fish tent when it opens.

For more information about this year’s Fish Fry events you can now stop by the World's Biggest Fish Fry Headquarters and check out the souvenir shop. You can also check out their website or call them at 731-644-1143 for updates on Fish Fry events.

Woman Arrested for Meth and Shoplifting

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Amanda Forrest arrested Nicole Diane Tozzie, age 26 of 205 Harrison Street of Paris, on Thursday for shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance with intent.

Ptl. Forrest responded to a business in referrence to a shoplifter who was in custody. Ptl. Forrest arrived at the scene and placed Tozzie under arrest. Ptl. Forrest conducted a search Tozzie’s purse and she found a small clear baggie that contained a rock like substance that weighed approxmiately 0.6 grams, which later tested positive for meth.

Tozzie was placed on $20,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Kristopher D. Willis, age 38 of 716 Memorial Drive of Paris, on Friday for child abuse. Willis was placed on $5,000 bond.

Rescue Squad Sends Out Letters Asking for Your Support

Carol Tedford and Kenny Medlock of the Paris-HC Rescue Squad loading up donation letter requests into a USPS truck. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad mailed their yearly fundraiser letters asking for donations on Friday afternoon. The Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad is asking for a $2 donation per family member to donate and help with the yearly expenses of the Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad.  

The Rescue Squad has been a part of this community for over sixty years in helping to keep everyone safe, but they need your help to donate to the Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad to help keep them fully funded so they can keep you safe.

The Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad  wants everyone to know that all of their donations are greatly appreciated.

Successful Day for Keep the TN River Beautiful

Buchanan, Tenn.- At the March 17th Keep the Tennessee River event 83 bags of trash, 16 cubic yards of foam, 300 lbs of plastic, including a raft, a cooler, garden hose, a 55 gallon drum, light post, 250 lbs of metal and 14 tires were pickup up by a group of volunteers on March 17th, on the shores of Kentucky Lake.

This was made possible by Tennessee Valley Authority, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, and Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful-Henry Co. Litter Program. Boats were provided by Living Lands and Waters. Volunteers are always appreciated by their humbleness in keeping our community clean and giving of their time.

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.

Cast N Blast Set for 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.


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