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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Harrelson's Apex Fun Run Brings Fun, Raises Money

Puryear, Tenn.- The Apex Fun Run was held Thursday at Harrelson and pledging will be open until Sunday night. The total is now up to $373 per lap. If the total reaches $500 per lap, principals will get slimed. (Jade Colley photos)

Henry County Clerk's Office Offering Donations for Organ Donor Awareness

Ed Long from BR Supply donated the first dollar today at the Courthouse.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Clerk's Office is accepting donations Friday to go towards Organ Donor Awareness. Anyone coming into the office today can donate $1 towards the cause.

The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation was launched in 1996 to support organ donor education in Tennessee. The foundation works in cooperation with non-profits Tennessee Donor Services and Mid-South Transplant Foundation to educate Tennesseans on the importance of registering to be an organ and tissue donor. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $4 million.

Tennessee County Clerks play a role in promoting the gift of life message by offering residents the opportunity to donate a dollar when they renew their car tag every year. Those dollars are used for the creation and distribution of educational materials for the public and school-based programs. 

April is National Donate Life Month. Today (April 13, 2018) is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. “We are excited to participate in the Annual Blue & Green day contest. The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges based on the Donate Life Tennessee message, creativity and overall fun. Our theme is HEROES for LIFE, we have the POWER to help! This is an effort to bring attention to the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation,” Henry County Clerk Donna Craig said.

“We are asking every customer if they would like to donate $1 to Organ Donor Awareness. If the customer donates we are giving them a pack of Life Savers or a pack of Extra gum. The life savers say Thank you for saving a life and the extra gum says Thank you for giving a little extra. My goal is for our office to not only ask customers on Blue and Green day but ask them every day to donate the $1 to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation,” Craig said.

Although there have been advances in medical technology, the demand for organ donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. There are 115,000 men, women, and children who are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. You can visit www.donatelife.net to learn more about organ donor awareness or to register to become an organ donor.

The County Clerk office staff dressed up.

Preserve Paris Scavenger Hunt Postponed Until April 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The Preserve Paris Scavenger Hunt that was set for this Saturday April 14th has been postponed because of forecasts of heavy rains and possible storms. The event is now scheduled to begin at 9am on Saturday April 21st.

4-H Banquet Held Thurs. Night

A large crowd of 4-H students and their family members gathered for the banquet.

Paris, Tenn.- Exemplifying the 4H motto, "to make the best better", Henry County 4H leaders recognized 4-Hers in Paris and Henry County Thursday night at the annual Banquet at the Fairgrounds. Over 100 students received ribbons recognizing their achievements. Seniors received an "iron skillet" award, and actually got a Lodge Cast Iron skillet with the 4-H emblem embossed onit. Special awards were also presented for the excellence of leadership. The Friend of 4-H award was presented to the Helping Hand, Inc. organization.

Michelle Atkins, UT Ext. Office speaks at the banquet.

State Parks Holding Public Input Sessions; PLSP Set for April 19th 5pm

Buchanan, Tenn.- Tennessee State Parks is seeking public input to inform park business plans at a series of community meetings this month. Public meetings will be hosted at 20 state parks on April 19 and April 24 where community members are invited to hear about current and future park improvement projects and provide comments.

Paris Landing State Park's input session is set for Thursday April 19th at 5pm at the Inn in conference room A. The Inn is located at 400 Lodge Rd. in Buchanan. Discussion about the proposed demolition in August and renovations will be discussed.

Public comments can also be submitted online until May 24, 2018 at the following link: https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/tspbusiness_plans_comment.

All meetings will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. local time.

Local Author to Hold Book Signing Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Richard DeWayne Parker, local author and historian originally from Paris, will be holding a book signing Saturday at Perrylodgic Brewing Company from Noon to 2pm. Parker graduated from Henry County in 2004 and was an Eagle Scout in Troop 28. His new book, The Wild World of the Jackson Purchase, focuses on history in the Jackson Purchase Region of Western Kentucky and Tennessee. The book can be ordered online from Barnes and Noble, Books-A-million, and Amazon.

HC Relay and Peppers Teaming Up to Help Raise Money for Relay

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life is proud to Partner with Pepper’s Automotive Group in April to help raise money for Relay for Life. For each vehicle sold at Pepper’s in April, they will donate $30 to Relay for Life to help raise money for Henry County RFL’s 20th Anniversary.

The community can help make a difference in the fight against cancer by going to any participating Peppers Automotive Group, Peppers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Peppers Ford, and Peppers Toyota to purchase your next vehicle during the month of April. Peppers Automotive Group has participating locations in Paris and McKenzie.  Relay for Life is honored and appreciative of their continued support.

Pats Beat Huntingdon 11-3 on the Diamond Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County stepped out of District play Thursday night and hosted Huntingdon at home. The Patriots behind 7 strong innings of pitching from Wesley Bomar won 11-3. Bomar only allowed 2 earned runs on the evening and finished with 7Ks. Casey Pope had a huge night at the plate with a Homerun, Double, Single, and Walk. Pope had 4 RBIs. The Patriots will host Northeast in District play Monday night with first pitch for the varsity at 6:30pm.

Planning Commission Approves Site Plans

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission meeting, planners approved a site plan for McCartney Produce, located at 459 Culley Drive to expand their parking at their facility. The proposed area is .9 acres and proposed surface is gravel. The parking area will be utilized for truck and trailer storage and does not affect the number of parking spaces required by the City ordinance. The plan was approved contingent on approval of MS4 requirements.

Planners also approved a site plan for Eurotranciatura to construct a 6,020 sq. ft. addition to their existing building. Utilities and a portion of the parking are already in place. The addition will have no effect on ingress/egress to West Wood St. Additional parking is proposed at the rear of the addition. The plan again was approved contingent on the MS4 requirements.

A final plat for Hunter’s Pointe Subdivision Phase 4 was approved by the Planning Commission Thursday night contingent on approval from TDEC for the SWMPP permit and bond or approved letter of credit by the City Attorney. Utilities have been installed and regulations does allow the developer to provide a security bond or approved letter of credit to cover any improvements yet to be completed.

Henry County School System Board Meeting Held Thurs Night

Doug Braden reading some of the HC Highlights at Thursday's meeting. (Nicki Cronkright photo)

Student Representative Pierce Rose discussing use of personal devices (Nicki Cronkright photos)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County School System Board Meeting was held at 5 p.m. at Grove Tower on Thursday night. The April meeting began with a moment of silence for the Lakewood student who passed away late Wednesday evening and for her family. Dr. Brian Norton, Director of Schools also asked that students of Lakewood, faculty and staff also be remembered in the days and weeks ahead as they process the tragedy. Dr. Norton said this has been a "trying week" that they prepare for, but are never prepared for.

Maintenance Supervisor John Akers reported that a certificate of occupancy was approved by the Paris Fire Marshal last Thursday on the new bus garage. Akers also advised that paving the parking lot was the only item left to complete.

In the meeting Thursday night, Student Ambassadors in attendance, Lilly Underwood, Natalie Clark, Pamela Lowe and Delia McDevitt introduced themselves to the board. Student Representative Pierce Rose discussed the changes for the policy for the use of personal communication devices, which included allowing high school students to use devices at lunch, before first bell and in between classes.

Consequences for misuse of devices was also loosened for first offenders. The change for first offenses to the device being taken for 5 calendar days, instead of 30. The board approved the first reading for the new policy. These changes were suggested by students and administration. Board attorney Rob Whitfield suggested that a time limit be placed on confiscated and that unclaimed phones be recycled.

May 8th is the date set for the End of the Year Banquet. The banquet will take place at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Dr. Norton noted that is a time to break the barrier and that all employees come together, from bus drivers to teachers, to volunteers and administrative staff.

November 6th was added as a Professional Development Day, which alleviates all safety concerns when schools are being used as voting locations. This will remove 1 of the 13 stockpile days and this motion was approved.

Paris Elementary Implements Share Table

      

The photo on the left shows the share table before the first meal, the picture on the right shows the share table full of extra milks, snacks, and other things students wanted to share with others. (Amanda Parrish photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It is a problem seen in so many schools these days. Unwanted, unopened food and drinks are being thrown in the trash at the end of the lunch period when some children are still hungry for more. There is a trend taking place in schools nationwide that goes back to a simple principle that we all learned in pre-school – sharing.

Implemented earlier in the year by the county school system, share tables have become a terrific way to minimize waste, and ensure children who want more to eat or drink have that opportunity. Paris Elementary School is the latest school in our area to implement a share table in their cafeteria.

“We are thrilled that the share table program has been adopted at Paris Elementary. Not only does it cut down on wasted food and give students who are still hungry some extra nutrition, it also promotes compassion and sharing which is a lesson that goes beyond the classroom. PES collects Boxtops for Education every year to invest in items and programs that directly benefit our students. This year we were pleased to purchase a glass front mini-fridge with some of our Boxtops funds to support this wonderful program,” noted Kim Patterson, Paris Elementary School PTO board member.

PES cafeteria manager, Amanda Parrish, has done an excellent job of promoting the idea of the share table with students. On the first day of the share table, many children noted they wanted to purchase an extra milk to share with others. In the words of Ms. Parrish, “sharing is caring.”

Henry Fire Dept. Extinguishes Small Fire At Tosh Farms

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Fire Units were dispatched out to a report of a fire inside of a room at the feed mill at Tosh Farms in Henry today Just before 12 noon on Thursday.. Engine 2, and Tanker 1 responded with 6 firefighters. Units arrived on scene to black smoke rolling from one room inside the feed mill. Entry was made and the fire was located and extinguished. Damage was contained to the one room of the structure. The fire is thought to be started by an electrical outlet.

Registration for Fish Fry Hushpuppy 5K Walk/Run Ongoing

Paris, Tenn.- Events for the World’s Biggest Fish are set to begin Saturday April 21st and the event that kicks off all others is the 5K Hushpuppy Dash Run/Walk. Registration the day of the race is at 7am with an 8am start. Pre-registration is $15, with day of race registration $20. The race is at Henry County High School’s fieldhouse. Pre-registration by April 14th guarantee’s a T-shirt. Awards will be given for top 3 overall male and overall female, top overall male and top overall female masters, and in each age group. For more information call Jamie Fairbanks at 731-407-8689. 

Volunteer Cleanup Day at Duck River Bottoms Cancelled Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- A volunteer Clean up that was planned for the Duck River Bottoms, south of New Johnsonville this Saturday April 14th at 9am has been cancelled due to predictions of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The Refuge plans to hold the cleanup another day, but that date is yet to be determined at this time. For more information call 642-2091.

TN Valley Jr. Bass Club Holding Bake Sale Sat. at Lakeway IGA

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Jr. Bass Club will hold a bake sale this Saturday April 14th at Lakeway IGA at 9am. Money raised will help with tournament expenses for the team.

Former Financial Institution Employee To Be Charged With Forgery

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on Mary Rowland, age 25, of 103 Harrison St. for forgery. The warrants stem from an investigation where Rowland, who was an employee of Holley Credit Union in Paris, had moved $12K from a customer’s account to her own. Cpl. Forrest’s report said the official at Holley said Rowland, who was fired after the incidents, had moved $4K from the account on three separate occasions. Holley Credit will reimburse the customer for the money and Rowland did admit to moving the funds.

FUMC Relay for Life Paint Party Planned for Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church Relay for Life Team will host a Paint Party on Sunday, April 15th at First United Methodist Church, 101 East Blythe Street in Paris. There are still spaces available to paint and the cost is $30 if you preregister by Tuesday, April 10th. The registration after the 10th is $35. Melinda Reid, the Executive Director of the Jackson Arts Council will be instructing the class. The painting is “Little Church in the Wildwood.” For more information or to reserve your space, call Elaine Martin at 642-3052 or Elizabeth Craig at 693-1134 or 642-3761.

Body Found In KY Lake

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Paris Police Department, on April 11th, Officers with the Stewart County Sheriff's Office called the Paris Police Department and stated that they had been contacted by a fisherman on Monday, that advised he had seen what he thought to be a car on his side scan in Kentucky Lake while fishing.

The man gave Stewart County Investigators the local of what he thought was an SUV. On Tuesday, the Stewart County Sherrif's Office had divers in the area where the vehicle was supposed to be. The vehicle was supposedly located on the North side of the bridge, better known as the Grays Landing area.

While divers were in the water, they did locate a vehicle, a maroon 1998 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was ran through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the vehicle came back registered to a missing person from the Paris Police Department.

Officers from the Paris Police Department Investigation Unit did respond to the scene and verified the vehicle did belong to Melissa Crane. Crane, age 50, was reported missing by her son on March 3, 2016.

Upon pulling the vehicle out of the water, which was approximately 50 yards from shore, in 9-10 feet of water, it was discovered that there was in fact a body in the vehicle.

The vehicle was taken into evidence and the body will be sent to the medical examiners office in Nashville for an autopsy. Officers do not expect foul play at this time, but are awaiting the autopsy results.

A positive identification on the body had not been made as of this publication. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Planning Comm. to Meet in City Hall Courtroom Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission will meet in regular session for April on Thursday night at 6pm. The meeting will be back at the City Hall courtroom as renovations there are complete. The Chamber has hosted the last few months of meetings for the City.

On the agenda is a site plan approval for McCartney Produce to expand parking at their facility, a site plan for a 6K ft. addition to a building at Eurotranciatura, and a final plat for Hunter’s Pointe Subdivision. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6pm.

Pats Lose 10-5 to Clarksville High on the Diamond

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County was swept in the season series with Clarksville High Wednesday night at home losing 10-5. The Patriots trailed 1-0 after the top of the first and got a runner to 3rd but couldn't score in the bottom of the first. The Wildcats put a 6 spot on the board in the top of the 3rd, and led 9-0 after 5 innings. The Patriots did score late to chip away. Clarksville High is 10-0 in District 10-AAA play. Henry County steps out of District play Thursday and host Huntingdon with a 5pm varsity first pitch. We will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.

HCHS Track Does Well at Dickson Meet

Dickson, Tenn.- Titus Winders came in 1st overall at 4:24 in the Boy's 1600 meter run at Dickson County High School Tuesday. Silas Winders was just behind his brother to finish 2nd at 4:28. Cole Davis was 4th overall with a time of 4:40. Other racers were Hunter Lawrence 5:00, Kevon Keaton adn Devin Pritchett at 5:04, and Jesse Evans at 5:05.

Pats Lose Tough Road Game at Clarksville High, Host CHS Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County lost a tough District game on the road at Clarksville High Tuesday night 4-2. Will Parrish pitched a complete game. The Patriots will host the Wildcats Wednesday night at home with first pitch set for 6:30pm. We will broadcast the game Wednesday night on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming on our website at wmufradio.com, and via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 beginning at 6pm.

Thefts Reported in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Jerry Lynn Clark, age 38, of 2395 Lone Oak Road with robbery. Clark was placed on $10K bond. There is no incident report to go along with the arrest sheet.

Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of hydrocodone pills at a Campbell Road residence. The woman had them in her purse, but had family coming over so she hid them. After all family members left, she couldn’t find the pills.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department responded to Lake St. where some shelves valued at $100 were stolen. There are no suspects.

UTM Hosting 50th Annual College Rodeo Starting Thurs.

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2018 Spring College Rodeo runs April 12-14 and marks 50 years of success for the university team. All three nights of competition begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Complex, located to the north of Graham Stadium.

All Thursday night tickets are $6 each. General admission adult tickets are $10 for the Friday night performance and $12 for Saturday night. Child and student tickets are $7 for either night’s competition. A weekend pass – which is good for all three performances – is also available for $20.

Child and student tickets apply to children ages 6-12 and UT Martin students with valid Skyhawk ID cards. Children under six are always admitted free of charge.

Rodeo became a collegiate sport at UT Martin in 1968 and quickly developed a reputation for success, winning the UT Martin Rodeo Invitational Championship for three consecutive years (1969-1971). Cowboy Skip Emmett became UT Martin’s first national champion in 1975 after capturing the national all-around cowboy title and winning the national bareback riding championship. The UT Martin program lived up to expectations after that, consistently dominating the Ozark Region and placing well in the national rankings.

In 2014, the men’s team made history as the first collegiate rodeo team from east of the Mississippi River to win a national team title at the annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

“In my opinion, Coach (John) Luthi and the way he runs his program there in Martin is, hands down, the best in the country,” said Jeff Askey (UT Martin ’10), a former Skyhawk cowboy from Pennsylvania. “When I was in college there were, I think, probably six or seven coaches across the country who had gone to school for Coach Luthi and had adapted some of his coaching techniques. … To me, that speaks to the level of (the) Martin (program) and the coach there, that other schools are copying him.”

“There are very few rodeo programs that I’ve seen or even heard of that can touch the impact and the unity and the professionalism that you’ll get at UT Martin,” said John Alley (’14), a former team member from Adams.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Intercollegiate Athletics at 731-881-7660.

PES 5th Grade PE Program Shows Off Unique Sports and Exercise

Paris, Tenn.- On Monday night, the fifth-grade class of Paris Elementary School could be seen tinikling, “Sweatin’ to the Oldies”, dancing the “Cotton Eye Joe”, playing scooter soccer and pogo basketball, jumping rope, hula hooping, and cup stacking. These are just a few of the skills they have learned under the guidance of PE teacher, Ginny Hudson over the three years they have attended PES. This annual program is lead by Mrs. Hudson with the help of other special-area and fifth-grade teachers. Countless hours go into practicing for the production which is presented to the children’s families to highlight the various activities that are available to their children through the school’s PE classes. (Kim Patterson photos)

Harrelson's Apex Fun Run Fundraiser Planned for Thurs.

Puryear, Tenn.- Students at Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School, located at 143 Puryear Country Club Road, will take the field for the Apex Leadership Company Fun Run this Thursday April 12th. The Fun run is designed to help students raise funds for the school via a web and social media-based program.

Harrelson Principal Maria Cox said, “we are thrilled to bring the Apex Fun Run back to our school. It’s such a fun and positive way to get children excited about raising funds for their school while having fun and enjoying exercise.”

Last year Harrelson students raised nearly $19K thru the inaugural Fun Run, netting more funds than in any of their previous school fundraisers. This year’s funds will go towards the school-wide implementation of the Rtl2-B program, which offers students positive behavioral intervention and support.

Students are encouraged to collect pledges or receive flat donations for the number of laps they will run during the race at the end of the program. Students are awarded prizes as they receive pledges, and for two weeks prior to the race, students benefit from fun leadership and character building programs led by young, energetic team members that teaches themes like responsibility, bravery, and more.

So far as of Tuesday, the total pledges earned is $204 per lap. That number is likely to go up. A flat donation can also be given to help with the fundraiser.

Apex is a fundraising franchise in 26 states with a suite of product offerings that service elementary and middle schools as well as club and sports teams. For more on Apex, visit their website www.apexleadershipco.com. For more on Harrelson’s Fun Run set for Thursday, call the School.

Knights of Columbus Viadalia Onion Sale Ongoing

Paris, Tenn.- The Knights of Columbus is holding their Vidalia Onion Sale now thru April 25th. Onions are sold in 10-pound bags and cost is $10 each bag with payment expected at time of pickup. Onions will be available around May 10th, buyers will be contacted for exact date and time. Pickup will be in the Parking Lot of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

To order some Vidalia onions call Charles Brown, 707-1276; Buddy Gardener 247-9870; or Paul Plowman 336-5963. Proceeds raised donated to local Knights of Columbus charities. 

HCMC $5 Masquerade Jewelry Sale Thurs., Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will have the Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories $5 sale Thursday from 7am to 7pm and Friday 7am to 3pm. The sale will be held on ground floor rooms 2 and 3. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted. Proceeds benefit Henry County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Local Officers Continue Narcan Training

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department and Puryear Police Department received Narcan training over the past two weeks. The Weakley County Prevention Coalition provided the training which was included with a grant through the state of Tennessee for each officer to receive Narcan nasal spray. In the midst of the current opioid crisis these Narcan doses will be extremely valuable to help save lives.

Man Evades, Tased and Charged After Alleged Assault

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Micheal Ramos and other officers responded to an assault at Paris Inns and Suites and ended making an arrest after a brief chase of the suspect. After interviewing all parties, Benjamin K. Fields was determined to be the primary aggressor and Lt. Ramos went to arrest him on domestic and aggravated assault charges. Fields took off and ran across several parking lots before Lt. Ramos tracked him to the Swiss Villa Motel. After Lt. Ramos told Fields to lay on his stomach, and he refused, Lt. Ramos deployed the taser. Fields was charged with domestic and aggravated assault, evading arrest, and possession of marijuana after some was found on his person.

HCHD Approves Mini-Excavator Purchase

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department approved the purchase of a mini-excavator at their meeting Monday night. The excavator was purchased for $92K on the purchasing cooperative website, which the County Commission approved to use last year. Work on roads will begin soon as far as repaving them goes as the wet weather has thrown everyone behind schedule. Culvert replacement on Ben Smith Road started Tuesday and should be finished by early to mid next week.

12 Year Old Girl Flown to Vanderbilt Monday

Buchanan, Tenn.- A 12 year old girl was flown to Vanderbilt after an incident on Monday and great response from deputies, paramedics, dispatchers, and all responders. A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated officers responded to a 911 call on Monday where a 12 year old girl had called 911 and advised she was having difficulty breathing and was choking.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins was close to the residence and was on scene within minutes. Jenkins first made contact with the child’s grandmother, who was unaware of any choking situation. Cpl. Jenkins went around the back of the residence and found the child hanging and unresponsive. Cpl. Jenkins lifted the girl up and first responder Woody Case from the Paris Landing Fire Department cut her down. Case then began CPR immediately and paramedics arrived and initiated life saving measures.

Sheriff Monte Belew drove the ambulance to the Medical Center while deputies and Paris Police blocked intersections and cleared traffic. Upon arrival at HCMC, the child was immediately flown out to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office sends out thoughts and prayers to the child and her family and thanked all first responders and paramedics for great teamwork.

Preserve Paris Scavenger Hunt Set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The next Preserve Paris Event is scheduled for this Saturday April 14th and it will be a cleanup Scavenger Hunt. Anyone interested in participating should meet at the Paris Civic Center Saturday at 9am. The scavenger hunt will go until 11:30am.

Instead of focusing on one specific community, the plan is divide up into groups and pick up litter around the City. Points will be earned by finding specific items, the number of bags of trash collected as well as hidden vouchers that count as points. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Scavenger Hunters with the most points. For any questions call 641-1402. Rain date for the event will be Saturday April 21st.

Paris Thunder Wins Tournament

Oxford- The Paris Thunder Baseball team won the 12U AAA Richey Sports Heavyweight Championship in Oxford over the weekend. The team went 4-1 over the tournament and beat the Mississippi Outlaws 2-1 in the Championship game. Pictured are Front Row L to R: Ethan Smith, Ashton Kemp, Kenson Kyle, Brice Simpson; 2nd row: Drew Ladd, Brady Gardner, Hayden Hixson, Carson Tucker, and Hobby Griffin. Coaches are Joe Smith and Shane Kemp.

TBI Charges Mother of Child in Dickson County Investigation

Dickson, Tenn.- A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of the mother of Joe Clyde Daniels, the five-year-old who was the subject of a Endangered Child Alert last week.

Joe Clyde Daniels was reported missing by his parents the morning of Wednesday, April 4th. At the request of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, the TBI issued an Endangered Child Alert, and law enforcement agencies, search and rescue organizations, and citizen volunteers began an exhaustive search in the area of his residence. On April 6th, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents opened an investigation into criminal conduct. During the course of the investigation, and after a three-day search, authorities developed information that the child’s father, Joseph Daniels (DOB 10-16-89), intentionally killed his son sometime during the night of April 3rd-4th in the family’s residence and then hid his son’s body. On the morning of April 7th, TBI Agents arrested Joseph Ray Daniels (DOB 10-16-89) and charged him with one count of Criminal Homicide.

On Monday, ongoing investigative efforts led TBI Agents to arrest Krystal Nicole Daniels (DOB 11-2-90) and charge her with one count of Aggravated Child Neglect or Endangerment. Agents subsequently booked her in to the Dickson County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

Mayor Greer Updates Budget Committee on PLSP Inn Situation

Mayor Greer discusses the situation with demolition and renovation of the Inn at PLSP. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer took time at the end of Monday night’s Henry County Budget Committee meeting to update them on the process involving the State demolishing and renovating Paris Landing Inn.

Mayor Greer said there is a public meeting planned on April 19th down at the Park to go over where they are in the process and as of now the State does still plan on going on with the demolition of the Inn at the end of August this year.

Henry County, with help from State Representative Tim Wirgau, has been in talks with the legislature and Governor about the State of Tennessee giving Henry County some type of impact payment, helping the County recoup loss of revenue while the Inn is closed. Mayor Greer said, “these negotiations have been ongoing, and State seems like they will give us some type of impact payment, but everything hasn’t been ironed out as far as how much just yet.”

With the loss of the Inn for anywhere from 24 to 30 months, the projected timeline of the renovations, Henry County will see a decrease in revenues from loss of motel and hotel tax, sale tax reductions, and more. Mayor Greer said projected loss of revenue is anywhere from $250 to $275K per year the Inn is closed.

The state and county is also working with full time employees at the Inn trying to get them signed up for other state jobs, or finding ways to help them get other jobs while the Inn is renovated. Mayor Greer said, “finding our full time and then part time employees another job is of upmost importance.”

Mayor Greer said he hopes the public input meeting held on the 19th will clear up some misconceptions that have been circulating. As of now, the State has included the restaurant back in the renovations at the Inn. Also there is talk of placing some tiny houses to be rented out in and around the Park to help give a few more rooms to be rented. There has also been discussion of a restaurant over by the Marina.

He said, “best case scenario is we get a hold harmless agreement with the state, meaning we don’t lose revenues while the Inn is down, but we will have to wait and see what the Governor and legislature ultimately decide.”

Mayor Greer said in regards to next year’s budget, “I think we want to wait and get the latest numbers possible, so it is more likely we won’t pass a budget by June 30th, but instead pass it in July when June numbers are sured up and hopefully we know what the State is going to do for us in regards to the situation at Paris Landing.”

Budget Transfers Approved by Budget Committee

Paris, Tenn.- In business Monday night, the Budget Committee moved around monies as requested by several departments as the process of suring up budgets to end the fiscal year has begun.

For the Sheriff’s Department budget, money was transferred within the budget amongst different line items to pay overtime for School Resources Officers, put more in for dental and medical expenses for inmates till the end of the year, and accepting more donations for The Shed.

The Airport budget included transfers from the maintenance and contracted services line items to utilities and diesel fuel for a total of $3500. The Airport also added $40K in the gasoline line item to help finish out the year. Airport Manager Don Davenport said they had budgeted 80K gallons of fuel for the year and at the end of January had already sold around 70K. Mayor Greer told budget members this was a positive thing as the county makes money off the sale of gasoline at the airport.

Over $43K was moved from unappropriated fund balance to TRRA contributions due to collections for the TRRA exceeding budget in 2016-17 fiscal year.

Transfers were also approved in the General Purpose School Fund, with no new money from balance needed. Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton told budget committee members the contracts on the Gym floor, Gym HVAC work, and visitors’ bleachers at the football field have been signed and work will begin on them as soon as school is out for summer at the end of May. The gym floor and bleachers came in under budget and work on the front of the building at the high school would start in June.

City and County Officers Busy With Thefts Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Several thefts were reported in the County over the weekend with over $2K being stolen from home on Reynoldsburg Road in grain bin cords, a Holland grill, and a utility trailer. Another report of theft came from residence of Hwy. 77 where a A/C unit valued at $350 was stolen. A home on Jim Hunt Road has some Freon stolen from the carport along with several tools valued around $500.

The Paris Police Department also took a report of theft from Edwards St. Lt. Tony Elkins took the report where 5 chrome rims and a Christmas tree was stolen. The value of all items is nearly $300.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper also took a report of theft from a home on Dobbins St., where an Electric Meter valued at $150 was stolen. There are no suspects in any of the thefts.

Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire in Henry Sunday Night

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Fire units responded to a structure fire across from 8765 Highway 140 S. just before midnight Sunday night. Tanker 1 and 11 firefighters responded and found a single wide mobile home fully involved. Henry received mutual aid from McKenzie Fire and Rescue and extinguished the blaze. No one was hurt, the home was a total loss. (HFD photos)

Softball Game With Kenwood Cancelled Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Softball team's game with Kenwood has been cancelled because Kenwood has too many injuries and can't field a team. The Lady Patriots will get a win and the game will not be made up. The Lady Pats will be on the road Wednesday night and at Home on Thursday night this weekend.

Winners of 33rd Annual Artist Showcase Announced Sunday

(Arts Council photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A reception was held Sunday afternoon for the 33rd Annual Artists Showcase presented by the Paris Henry County Arts Council. Dan Knowles’ Toy Maker won best in show at the event.

In Ceramics, 1st place went to Martin Paschall for Torodial Vase; 2nd place was Tumbling Blocks, also by Martin Paschall; and 3rd place was Janice Wright’s Leafing Around the Bowl.

Mr. Frog by Kimberley Kinsland won 1st in the Drawing category. FREEDOM! By Kaylee Bucy came in 2nd and Tracy Edlin’s Thinking came in 3rd.

Fiber Arts category winners were 1st place Jane Baars for Spring and 2nd Place Kiimberley Kinsland with Alice.

Mixed Media winners were 1st place Linda Gardener with Beautiful Ballerina; 2nd Mary Troutman with Grumpy; and 3rd Deep Sea Treasures by Cat McGavin.

In the painting category, Ivy Wang took 1st with Angelababy; Ann Stapp grabbed 2nd with her painting Sun Valley, Idaho; and Becky Hedges’s Pearls of Great Price took 3rd place.

The Artists Showcase is on display at Lee Academy until May 3rd. Lee Academy is open Tuesday thru Thursday 10am to 8pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

National Park Service Awards $105K to Protect Parkers Crossroads Battlefield

Washington, D.C..- The National Park Service announced a $105,635 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) late last week, to help protect 17.98 acres of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. The grant will be used to acquire a portion of the Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield, a site a raid that was part of a larger conflict over control of western Tennessee during the Civil War.

“Some of the most defining moments in our nation’s history were decided by conflicts that played out on these hallowed grounds,” National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith said. “In partnership with local communities and preservation groups, these grants will help preserve these battlefields for future generations to reflect on the history they represent.”

The grant is administered by the ABPP, one of more than a dozen programs operated by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. Consideration for the battlefield land acquisition grants is given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission’s 1993 Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and the ABPP’s 2007 Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.

Grants are awarded to units of state and local governments for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the non-federal acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements). Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors.

The grants are funded from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to purchase land, water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans, instead of taxpayer dollars. Since its establishment in 1964, LWCF has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects, including protecting important water sources, expanding access for hunting and fishing, preserving historic battlefields, and creating ball fields and other places for kids to play and learn. 

For more information about ABPP, including these grants, please visit www.nps.gov/abpp/.

Former Patriot Track Star Wins 3000M Steeple Chase

Owensboro, Ky.- University of Southern Indianan competed in the Kentucky Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday and former Henry County track star Javan Winders won 1st overall in the 3000 Meter Steeple Chase with a time of 9:47. The team overall finished 2nd at the day’s events.

Huntingdon Police Handing Out "Good Driver Citations" in April and May

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department will be making traffic stops in April and May issuing “Good Driver Citations” to motorists who are wearing their seatbelts. Walter Smothers, Director of Public Safety in Huntingdon said, the card is good one free ice cream cone at the Sonic in Huntingdon. Smothers said the department thanks Sonic owner Josh Grant for donating the ice cream cones.

HCHD To Begin Work on Ben Smith Road Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Ben Smith Road staring Tuesday April 10th for the replacement of 12 culverts on the road. Work will begin near Hwy. 79 S. and end at Dorsey Road. The closure will start at 7am each day and end around 3:30pm. Ben Smith Road will be open for late afternoon and evening traffic during the work.

Large Crowd on Hand Sat. Night for 3rd Annual Glow Walk

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd braved the chilly temperatures and came out in force at the Fairgrounds for the Easton's Angels Glow Walk on Saturday. There were several food vendors on hand and around $21K was raised to benefit Easton's Angels. (Sara Rowlett Photos)

Father Arrested In Case Of Missing 5 Year Old

Joseph Ray Daniels (Dickson County Booking Photo)

Dickson County, Tenn. - Joe Clyde Daniels, a 5-year-old boy was reported missing in Dickson County is believed to be dead, and his father is under arrest for “intentionally” killing him, authorities have said Saturday.

Joseph Ray Daniels, age 29, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with one count of criminal homicide and was booked into the Dickson County Jail on a $1 million dollar bond.

Authorities determined that Daniels intentionally killed his son, Joseph “Joe Clyde” Daniels, sometime on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

The young boy, who had autism and was nonverbal, was reported missing by his parents to the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday morning.

The TBI and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office say Joseph Ray Daniels confessed, but could not go into further details due to an ongoing investigation. As of press time, the boy’s body has not been recovered.

Volunteers and law enforcement all across Tennessee assisted in the search of the boy, including Henry County’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 partner, Cisco.

FUMC Relay Team To Host Paint Party

Paris, Tenn. - The First United Methodist Church Relay for Life Team will host a Paint Party on Sunday, April 15th at First United Methodist Church, 101 East Blythe Street in Paris.

There are still spaces available to paint and the cost is $30 if you preregister by Tuesday, April 10th. The registration after the 10th is $35.

Melinda Reid, the Executive Director of the Jackson Arts Council will be instructing the class. The painting is “Little Church in the Wildwood.”

For more information or to reserve your space, call Elaine Martin at 642-3052 or Elizabeth Craig at 693-1134 or 642-3761.

HC Carl Perkins Center To Offer Free Movie Night

Paris, Tenn. - In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Henry County Carl Perkins Center will be hosting a free movie night. All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The free movie night will take place on Tuesday, April 10th at the UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue in Paris. (The office is in front of the Driver’s License Office and next to the Western District Baptist Association. The building is blue.)

The movie will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. and popcorn and drink will be provided. The movie of the night will be Charlotte’s Web.

No Phone Zone To Be Enforced

Chief Deputy Damon Lowe and Captain Adam Jenkins (HCSO Photo)

Henry County, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, as of January 1st, a new law has passed making it now illegal to talk on a cell phone (in addition to texting while driving) while in a school zone.

Law enforcement will be strictly enforcing this new law, in an effort to prevent an accident before it happens. In taking an active approach, “No Phone Zone” signs have been placed up in school zones to make everyone aware.

Driving while being distracted by a phone is extremely dangerous in and of itself. When children are present in a school zone, the danger only multiplies.

ESSA Grant Public Hearing Set For April 12th

Paris, Tenn. - A public hearing pertaining to the design, planning and implementation of five federal programs under the reauthorized Elementary Secondary Education Act, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is set for 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 12th in the Grove Tower Building conference room prior to the Henry County Board of Education meeting.

The hearing is open to all school personnel and parents of students in Henry County Schools.

Comments may be made on Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Title II, Part A – Improving Teacher Quality; Title III – English Language Acquisition/Language Enhancement/Academic Achievement; Title IV, Part A – Student Support and Academic Enrichment; and Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 – Rural and Low-Income School.

The district parents involvement plan will be discussed as will the after school program grants. The parent involvement plan is posted on the Central Office bulletin board and can also be found on the Henry County School System website, www.henryk12.net. Click on Our District, Departments, Federal Projects, Parent Involvement Plan.

For further information, contact Dr. Susan Burton, Federal Programs Director, Henry County Schools, at 642-9733 or email, burtons@henryk12.net

Camden Woman Arrested On Driving Offense

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Gary Carroll was on routine patrol on Highway 641 South, when Deputy Carroll observed a vehicle traveling and locked at 61 mph in a 40 mph speed zone.

Deputy Carroll conducted a traffic stop and upon speaking with the driver, Bonnie R. Locke, age 36 of Camden, dispatch advised Locke was suspended out of Benton County for failure to pay cost and fines.

Locke was then placed under arrest for driving on a suspended license and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

MCU Executes Search Warrant On Taylor Lane

Ashley Skye Beane (Mobile Patrol Photo)

Ashley Jones (Mobile Patrol Photo)

Douglas Brockwell (Mobile Patrol Photo)

Carmen Beane (Mobile Patrol Photo)

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, on April 4th, the Metro Crime Unit executed a search warrant at 150 Taylor Lane.

During the search, MCU Officers, along with the Department of Children Services discovered that the residents of the home were using methamphetamine inside the home and also storing ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine inside the home, were children were residing.

Metro Crime Unit Officers recovered a large quantity of meth pipes, finished methamphetamine, digital scales, baggies and other paraphernalia. Officers also located items used to manufacture methamphetamine, such as ammonia nitrate granules, salt, starting fluid, acetone, tubing, funnels, lithium batteries, coffee filters and containers.

The residents of the home taken into custody were Carmen Beane, Angela Skye Bean, Douglas Brockwell, and Ashley M. Jones. All four suspects were charged with child/abuse and neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

Angela Skye Beane, Douglas Brockwell, and Ashley M. Jones were also charged with possessions of methamphetamine with the intent to sell/manufacture and deliver.

Several shotguns and ammunition were also located in the home and Angela Skye Beane was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Further charges are pending. Metro Crime Unit Officers are continuing the investigation. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Puryear Police Department, and the Henry County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrests.

Bonds were set at $50,000 for Angela Skye Beane, Douglas Brockwell and Ashley Jones. Carmen Beane's bond was set at $25,000.

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.

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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