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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

65th Annual WBFF Activities Begin Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Events with the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry officially kick off Saturday beginning with the 5K Hushpuppy Dash run/walk at Henry County High School. Registration starts at 7am, entry fee is $20. The race begins at 8am.

The bed races will be held downtown Saturday at Noon. Registration is at 11am with bed judging at 11:30am. Entry fee is $75 per team. Saturday night the demolition derby begins at the fairgrounds at 7pm. Entry fee is $40, admission to the event is $10 with children ages 6-10 for $5 and children under 5 admitted for free.

The actual frying of the catfish begins Wednesday April 25th with all you can eat catfish fillets, white beans, fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw and drink for only $12 for adults, children ages 6-12 can eat for $8. The Fish Tent will be open 5-9pm next week Wednesday and Thursday and 11am to 9pm Friday and Saturday.

For continuing coverage of the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry listen to our radio stations and see photos on our website, wmufradio.com.

Bethel Univ. Leads, Murray State 2nd at Bassmaster College Series Southern Tour After Day 1

Bethel's John Garrett and Brian Pahl show off their fish. (Bassmaster photo)

Florence, Ala.- A record-setting field of college anglers hit the Tennessee River at Pickwick Lake for the three-day Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Tour event presented by Bass Pro Shops today.
When the dust settled, John Garrett and Brian Pahl of Bethel University took the top spot after the first round of competition with 22 pounds, 12 ounces of smallmouth bass. They lead the field of 266 teams into Friday’s important cut-day.
Anglers had to contend with cold and windy, weather. Temperatures were in the low 40s at the launch site at McFarland Park, presenting slow fishing early in the day. Most teams had to decide between two predominant patterns that had excelled during the practice period on Pickwick.
Quickly it became a battle between the bass fishing teams that focused on smallmouth bass at the base of the Wilson Dam and those anglers who focused on largemouth around bushes and shallow cover elsewhere on the lake.
Bethel’s Garrett and Pahl concentrated their efforts on smallmouth, even with a hefty crowd of anglers in that region of the lake.
“Everything happened a lot faster than we expected today,” Garrett said. “We had a later boat number, but we were able to pull in exactly where we wanted to, and we caught all of our weight before 10:30 a.m.”

Their five-bass limit was anchored by a hefty smallmouth that tipped the scales at 6-plus pounds. They landed that fish with 10 boats nearby, but that wasn’t anything different than they expected because the tailrace area had seen heavy fishing pressure all week.

“We could go out and catch two fish tomorrow and someone beside us could catch them like we did today,” Pahl said. “It’s not necessarily luck, but there are so many quality fish in the area, and a slight change in current could reposition them completely differently.”

Garrett and Pahl have a storied history together as they finished second in the 2016 Bassmaster College Series National Championship. Garrett later won the Classic Bracket. Then in 2017, the duo finished fourth and fished in the Classic Bracket once again. The one thing they haven’t accomplished is a major Bassmaster win together. After narrowly missing out a few times, they’d like to accomplish that, since they already qualified via the Central Tour event at Toledo Bend in January.

Right behind Garrett and Pahl is the Murray State University duo of Harbor Lovin and Evan Bramhill, who boasted 22-8 after Thursday’s action.

“We stumbled on these fish on the final day of practice,” Bramhill said. “We had all our weight by 9:30 to 10 a.m. and then went looking for new places  but never really found anything better.”

The freshmen duo is only 4 ounces off the pace set by Garrett and Pahl and are feeling confident as they brought a 6-11 largemouth to the scales. Their 22-8 also included a fish less than 2 pounds that they couldn’t cull the rest of the day. They know there is plenty of opportunity for a heavier catch Friday. Unlike the leaders, they targeted largemouth solely, but they, too, had a lot of company in their area.

“We fished behind other teams and caught fish behind them,” Lovin said. “It made us more confident, but we plan to start our day on our key stretch tomorrow and see if we can catch a few quality fish.”

The Big Bass of the event so far is an 8-2 largemouth caught by Middle Tennessee State University’s Mekiah Jack and Matthew Cross. Their giant catches helped them mightily and it anchored their 21-3 total, which has them tied for third with Adrian College’s Nick Marsh and Jarrod Layton. Rounding out the Top 5 is Ryan Nevil and Nathan Wood of Dallas Baptist University with 20-15.

Fishing is excellent despite the weather. Eight teams caught limits weighing more than 20 pounds in the opening frame of competition on Pickwick, and the 32nd place cut-weight for the National Championship qualification is 16-7, which is held by Polk State’s Justin Bun and Evan Wieber.

Friday’s takeoff begins at 7 a.m. CT at McFarland Park in Florence (110 W College St.) and weigh-in will take place at the same location starting at 3 p.m. CT.

LBL Spring Quilting Bee Set for Sat., Sun

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm is hosting their annual Spring Quilting Bee, April 21 - 22, 10am-3pm, at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Visitors will learn about how quilts were made in the 19th century, and get the chance to add a few stitches to one of our quilts; our new “fancy” quilt the double Irish chain, our “plain” pinwheel quilt, or the quilted petticoat. Programs included with general admission; ages 13 and up $5, ages 5-12 $3, and ages 4 and under free.

“We will be celebrating the Homeplace’s 40th anniversary this year, and the double pen house will feature a display of quilts made on the farm by the quilters and interpreters from the early years of the Homeplace.” said Cindy Earls, lead interpreter. “There will be opportunities to try your hand at applique quilting; a technique used on fancy quilts, children can also practice with sewing cards. There will also be popular 1850s quilt patterns available for you to take home.”

If you are new to quilting you can purchase a Homeplace quilt kit featuring reproduction 19th century fabric, at the Homeplace gift shop. Bring it out on the farm to learn how to hand sew the quilt square and begin your quilting obsession.

If stitching isn’t your cup of tea, gather a team and play a rousing game of horse shoes from 11am to 3 pm, visit with the farm animals, or watch the blacksmith, from 1pm – 3pm, turn an iron bar into something useful. 

Visitors are encouraged to meet the farm animals and wander the farm with its period crops and gardens. Living history interpreters can answer any questions about life in the 1850s.

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1.800.525.7077 or 270.924.2000.

Relay GLO Team Holding Car Wash Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life Glo Team will hold a Car Wash to benefit Relay for Life at Advance Auto this Saturday April 21st from 9am to 1pm. They are asking for donations to help with raising funds. GLO, or God’s Little Ones, began last fall at Tennessee Valley Community Church and focuses on helping autistic kids and adults learn to become better communicators with help from their families. They also learn valuable skills such as cooking or washing a car that they can use everyday.

HCSO Partnering with THSO on Thumbs Down No Texting Campaign

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has and will continue to partner with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office in April to promote the 4th annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving Campaign. April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and agencies participate in the campaign by promoting safe driving habits and increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Throughout the month, the THSO has used the #ThumbsDownTN to promote the campaign via social media and message signs on interstates.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be making a concentrated effort to insure all drivers are refraining from texting and driving. Texting and driving makes a crash 23 more times likely to occur.”

In 2017, there were 24,781 traffic crashes statewide where distracted driving was a contributing factor. Of those crashes, 120 were fatal.

For more information, or to learn more about texting and driving, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/distracteddriving

High Tensions, Unanswered Questions at Public Input Session

Dep. Comm. for TDEC Brock Hill shows plans for the renovations of PLSP (David Jackson photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- If the endeavor of the state was to get public input on the demolition and reconstruction of Paris Landing State Park Inn, you couldn’t tell it from the beginning of the meeting Thursday night as officials did not expect to open the floor for discussion but instead had brought drawings for display of the future inn that will be constructed by 2020. 

Conference Room A was filled with individuals and public officials from Henry, Stewart and Carroll County, many with questions that would go unanswered. Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill invited the audience to view the drafts for the new inn for which 28 million dollars has already been funded by the legislature as a part of upgrading of state parks all across Tennessee. 

The plans show a 65 room complex plus improvement of the nearby picnic area as an RV campground improving the current campground that according to Hill was not as utilized as the state would like. According to Hill a marketing firm had been contracted to evaluate the present park and compare to area hotels and facilities which was part of the fact finding effort to lead to the present proposal.

part of the large crowd on hand at the input session.

State Representative Tim Wirgau arrived late to the meeting scheduled for 5:00 having been tied up in the traffic congestion of a six vehicle accident just inside the county on highway 641 south of Paris. 

Addressing the audience, Wirgau reminded the listeners that this wasn’t an overnight process that his doors had been open to citizens for months and are still open to discuss the decision the legislature has taken. 

“Other communities would jump at the opportunity to have what we now have and are going to have as a result of state funding for this two phase project.”    

He went on to point out that Paris Landing State Park will still be there through the whole demolition and reconstruction process. The services provided by the marina, the cabins, camp ground and golf course will still be in operation. 

State Issues Press Release on State Park Input Session at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- A press release from TDEC Dep. Comm. Brock Hill thanked the large crowd for coming to the input session.

Tennessee State Parks received input from citizens and shared the benefits of the proposed rebuild of the Paris Landing State Park inn, restaurant and conference center at a public meeting on April 19.

“We appreciate all who came out to express their interest in the future direction of Paris Landing State Park,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “Public input is critical to the future direction of our parks and we will be reviewing the comments we heard tonight as we seek to constantly improve our park system.” 

The main topic of discussion during the meeting was the new inn, restaurant and conference center. The new inn will feature 65 mixed-style rooms and is targeted to open in the summer of 2020.

“The State of Tennessee understands the value of state parks to rural economic development and the important role Paris Landing plays to the residents of Henry County and the surrounding region,” Hill added. “We are making critical long-term investments to ensure the park can continue to thrive for future generations.”

The project will be designed to support the park’s signature marina activities. Higher inn and restaurant revenues will generate additional sales and occupancy tax dollars for the local community. Revenue is expected to cover the operational, maintenance and investment costs of the project.

“The new facility will serve as a gathering place for park visitors and local residents, providing the best views of Kentucky Lake,” said David Benton, Tennessee State Parks director of land and facilities management. “Two independent consultants recommended rebuilding this attraction, so we’re taking that guidance and our own expertise in park management to deliver on our mission to provide high-quality hospitality to our guests.”

Site selection was determined to optimize the reutilization of existing utilities and infrastructure, while maintaining the building’s central location to other park features. Visitors will enjoy the new oversized lobby, larger meeting and conference space, and an array of dining experiences with lakefront views.

 “The current facility does not meet today’s hospitality standards or the expectations of state park guests,” said Patrick Neuber of GMC Network, who is serving as the architect for the new design. “If renovation was pursued, I would have concerns about costly and burdensome maintenance with an aged facility like this.”

Beyond facilities, other recent updates at the park include new golf course greens and upgrades to the sewer system. Better signage is currently being installed as well as renovations to cabins, including new furniture. Proposed long-term projects include adding an additional 30 rooms to the Inn and constructing a dedicated RV campground.

Tennessee State Parks will continue to receive public comments until May 24, 2018. Comments may be submitted online at https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/tspbusiness_plans_comment or sent via mail to Tennessee Tower, 2nd floor, Attn: Christina Treglia, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville TN 37243.

HCSO, Puryear PD Seeks Public's Help in ATM Theft

Puryear, Tenn.- The public's help is sought in the theft of the ATM machine from Club 641 in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Puryear Police Dept are asking that if anyone seen anything suspicious around the business during the early morning hours or has any information related to the burglary, to please contact the Henry County Sheriff's office at 642-1672 or the Henry Co. Crime Tip Hotline at 642-0929.

The story involving the incident was posted earlier and is on our website.

Henry County Chosen In Next Round of State Property Evaluation

Nashville- Henry County is one of seven counties chosen by TNECD for the next round of property evaluations.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) announced today the counties chosen to participate in the latest round of the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP).    

The counties selected in this round of PEP include Anderson, Benton, Cheatham, Hardin, Henry, Marshall and Washington.  

Started in 2015, PEP is designed to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee. The program evaluates potential properties, advising counties on where investment may be most beneficial and how sites can be improved to attract prospective companies.  

“Having available, shovel-ready sites is essential for Tennessee counties to remain competitive for industrial recruitment. Through PEP, these seven counties are taking the steps needed to become more marketable,” Rolfe said. “I congratulate the counties chosen to participate in this program and look forward to seeing their future success through PEP.”  

PEP originates from the department’s Select Tennessee Certified Site Program. With the assistance of site selection firm Austin Consulting, PEP benefits participating counties by providing guidance on site planning for future industrial development projects.  

“As part of PEP, when local leadership takes a critical look at their real estate assets, they almost always come to an agreement on which properties are most competitive,” Director of Austin Consulting Jonathon Gemmen said. “With everyone on the same page, the appropriate next steps can be taken to improve their strongest sites and buildings.”  

For counties selected to participate, PEP includes an on-site visit by Austin Consulting and TNECD, an educational webinar on the site selection process and a comprehensive assessment addressing the strengths and needs of a community’s inventory of industrial sites. This assessment also offers recommendations for communities to improve marketability.  

PEP selection was based on the demonstrated local need for industrial properties and the county’s ability to assemble viable properties with market potential.

The application process begins with the submission of a letter of intent, which is accepted at any time. Upon receipt of the letter, interested communities will be provided with the PEP application. A new round of communities will be accepted into the program in the fall of 2018. For more details on the PEP, click here.  

ATM Stolen From Puryear Business

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Blake Jenkins responded to an incident early Thursday morning in reference to an alarm sounding off at Club 641 located in Puryear. Upon his arrival to the scene, Cpl. Jenkins found the front window of the business knocked out and an axe laying on the ground.

After the keyholder was notified and responded to the scene, He checked the building and stated a blue ATM that was bolted to the ground next to the window had been knocked out and is now missing. The axe, which appeared to be used to knock the plexiglass window out of place, was obtained by Cpl. Jenkins to obtain fingerprints, but no fingerprints were found. Video surveillance and evidence will be further investigated.  

Warrants Issued for Paris Woman for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Frankie Scott has issued warrants for Tracy M. Watson, age 32 of 3215 Old Union Road, for Possession of Meth and Casual Exchange. The report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Deputy Scott headed to the E.R. after he received a call of a hit and run. Upon Deputy Scott’s arrival, he found the vehicle that was in question and spoke with the driver who exclaimed he was rushing to get his daughter to the Emergency Room because she had overdosed. When Deputy Scott went in to check on her, Watson pulled two bags from her shirt and threw them on the bed. The first bag, filled with a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana, weighed 1.5 grams, while the 2nd bag, filled with a powdery white substance believed to be meth, weighed 1.4 grams.

BPU to Operate Out of Temp. Office Beginning Monday April 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- Beginning Monday, April 23, BPU will be relocating their downtown office for a remodeling project. During the remodeling project, BPU will move our office across the street, next to Perkins Drugs. The temporary location is 100 E. Washington St, located on the corner of E. Washington St. and N. Poplar St.  During the project, the payment kiosk and payment drop-box in the lot beside the BPU office will remain available to customers. BPU apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Reminder: PLSP Hosting Public Input Session Thurs. at 5pm

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park's public 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.

DPA's First Cruise-In Dedicated to Bill Bussey

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association Cruise Ins will begin April 24th and continue on the fourth Tuesday of the month in May, June, August, and September. The cruise-ins run from 5:30pm to 7pm on the east side of the courthouse. All classic cars are welcome and those without classic cars are welcome to come enjoy the event for free as well.

The first cruise-in this season, set for Tuesday April 24th, will be dedicated to the late William “Bill” Bussey. Bill passed away December 31st of last year. He was an avid supporter of the cruise-ins always driving his classic cars and bringing friends with him to the event. Bussey supported the DPA and was a retired officer with the City of Paris after 20 years of service.

The Cruise-ins always have live music and this Tuesday will feature the Old Spirits performing for the crowd. Prizes are awarded to car owners every 15 minutes and Perry’s BBQ will sell bbq sandwiches and drinks. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fellowship at the DPA’s Cruise-ins all spring and summer long. For more information, call 731-653-7274.

Prescreening for Dana Press Operators This Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Dana, an automotive technological leader, has career opportunities for press operators. Anyone interested must attend a prescreening Saturday April 21st from 9am to 2pm at 100 Plumley Drive Bldg. #10. Before attending, you must take the TABE/CRC test at the local career center and apply at www.dana.com. Once online click careers, click jobs, and job ID# 17062 or 17063. The job includes benefits such as competitive wages, health and dental insurance, paid vacations, paid holidays, and company funded pension.

Reminder: Preserve Paris Scavenger Hunt This Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Preserve Paris Scavenger Hunt that was set for this past Saturday April 14th and was postponed because of forecasts of heavy rains and possible storms will be held at 9am on Saturday April 21st. Everyone is set to meet at the Civic Center and divide up into teams. You get points based on certain items of trash and there are vouchers hidden throughout the area good for points. The most points gets cash prizes when the hunt wraps up around 11:30am.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Offering Computer Classes In April

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will offer free computer classes the remainder of April. On April 24th from 6-7pm, April 25th, a Computer Basics Class from 11:30am to 12:30pm, and Etsy on Monday April 30th from 3-4pm. Call 642-1702 to sign up.

HCHS Men's Tennis Beats Clarksville High

Paris, Tenn.- Four players from Henry County High School Varsity tennis team , Clay Durham, Will Wang, Seth Bucy & Holden Beauregard, returned to Clarksville HS yesterday to complete matches which were postponed earlier due to darkness.  Each players match resulted in a win, making the overall score 6-3 for the Boys Varsity tennis team. Pictured left to right are; Clay Durham, Will Wang & Seth Bucy. Not pictured is Holden Beauregard.

HCSS Receives Gear Up Grant for over $862K

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced today that the Henry County School System is the recipient of a $862,463 GEAR UP grant over the next six years. The grant funds will provide services to students and families with the aim of increasing enrollment and success in postsecondary education.

The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which aims to increase the number of low-income students in Tennessee who are accessing and succeeding in higher education.

Henry County is one of 15 communities selected statewide to receive funds. The communities were selected through a competitive application process by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the administrator of the GEAR UP TN grant.

The grant received locally is unique in that both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District applied together in a joint effort.

“Receiving the grant is a noteworthy achievement, and I am grateful for the leadership of Dr. Michele Webb as she led the grant development work. The collaboration of our middle schools (HCSS and PSSD), with E.W. Grove School and HCHS will strengthen our efforts to ensure college readiness and access and will help us reach one of our goals---that each senior has a post-secondary plan (military, technical education or 2-4 year university study).  Our entire community benefits significantly when we work together to build and maintain a strong system of public schools.” said Brian Norton, Henry County director of schools.  

As part of the project, a community-based GEAR UP TN Collaborative will be formed to provide college access and success-focused services to students at Harrelson, Henry, Inman, Grove, and Henry County High Schools. Students in the Class of 2023, who are currently in seventh grade, will receive services as a cohort through their respective middle schools, E.W. Grove School, Henry County High School, and their first year of postsecondary education.

Additionally, seniors at Henry County High School will receive direct services that will help them prepare for college and apply to postsecondary programs. Services will include one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, college visits, and financial aid counseling. GEAR UP TN will also provide students across the state of Tennessee with college and financial aid resources, including a college access and success website, CollegeforTN.org.

“Beginning next year with the Class of 2023 as eighth graders, the GEAR UP TN grant will allow us to expand the opportunities available to students, including a college access counselor. We are especially proud to receive this grant for work that will happen in both school systems in our community and are appreciative of this partnership. We know working together allows us to have a long-lasting impact on our students, and we are committed to that work.” said Michele Webb, principal of Henry County High School. 

Each GEAR UP TN Collaborative includes formal partnerships with at least one middle school, one high school, a higher education institution, a local board of education, and at least two community-based organizations. Partners will help implement grant activities and ensure that the momentum of college access work continues beyond the six-year grant. Henry County’s GEAR UP TN Collaborative will partner with Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Paris.

This is Tennessee’s third GEAR UP grant. Tennessee’s first GEAR UP TN project, which began in 2005, resulted in a 22.8 percent increase in college-going rates in the nine rural school districts. Communities served by Tennessee’s second GEAR UP TN grant, which began in 2012, have shown impressive results, including over nine percentage points of growth in college-going rates since 2012. Tennessee was one of 10 states awarded a GEAR UP grant as part of the 2017 competition.

Man Charged With Assault and Arson

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office, Michael R. McDaniel, age 58, of 370 Kirks Trading Post Rd in Springville was charged with Domestic Assault and Arson, after Deputy Dalton Watson responded to a domestic assault complaint.

Upon arriving to the scene, Deputy Watson made contact with the complainant, of whom he could detect an odor of intoxicant. The victim stated she had consumed a beer while working in the yard when McDaniel exited the house highly intoxicated and began throwing things around the yard. This occurred shortly after the victim asked McDaniel to leave the home due to his level of intoxication. McDaniel threw rocks through the victim’s vehicle windows. In response to an unsuccessful attempt made by the victim to throw a rock through McDaniel’s vehicle window, McDaniel told the victim he would show her how it was done and then busted out the windows of his own vehicle. McDaniel then chased the victim around the yard with a wrench. In fear of her life, the victim ran to a neighbor’s home to call for help.

Deputy Watson located McDaniel near the back of the residence. While he was talking to McDaniel, Deputy Watson observed a fire near the back door. The fire had already consumed several of the victim’s items including clothing and a plant which had belonged to the victim’s deceased mother and also burned part of the stairs and porch at the residence. Cpl. Jim Sanders observed the fire and requested the fire department come put out the remainder. No further incident occurred after the fire department arrived and put out the fire. McDaniel was taken to jail.

Paris Police Arrest Three on Warrants

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report by the Paris Police Department, Capt. John Brewer and Ptl. Zachariah Carper made 3 arrests at 612 Depot St on Thursday morning. Oscar Williams, Robert Williams and Andre Easley, all of Depot St., were all arrested for warrants. Due to the finding of a metal crack pipe, Oscar Williams was also charged for Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.

Another report at the Paris Police Dept., Ptl. Daniel Andres responded to a house at 208 Atkins Drive for suspicious criminal activity. Two men attempted to break into the house and the house was put on extra patrol for the next couple weeks.

Boy Scout Troop 22 Makes Shelters With Benches for Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- Boy Scout Troop 22 did a project in honor of Jason Pooler's father. The troop made two shelters with benches, one at Eiffel Tower Park and one across the road by the pond. The troop is Chartered by Trinity United Methodist Church and members are Mason Elliott, Preston Pooler, Jacob Pooler, Brady Crawford, Caden Tull, Will Wardlaw, Mikey Raymer, Chance Johnson, Tucker Hopkins, Damian Campos, Dawson Vanderbilt, Troy Crawford, Jon Tull, Jeff Shaden, Georgia Pooler, Maureen Pooler Perry, and Mike Pooler. (Tony Lawrence photos)

USDA Food Commodities To Be Distributed April 24-25

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will distribute USDA commodities to eligible area residents April 24th and 25th. The food will be distributed at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext. in Paris between 9am and 2pm.

Seniors age 60 and older will come Tuesday April 24th. If your last name begins with letters M-Z you will also come Tuesday April 24th. Last names with letters A-L will come Wednesday April 25th.

All applicants should have a purple commodity card. If you don’t have a commodity card you must sign up for one by Thursday April 19th.

On pickup days, do not line up cars before 9am or on the highway. If the line is backed up to the highway, you must come back a little later when it is shorter.

Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. For more information call 642-3132 or visit the Northwest office at 55 Jones Bend Road.

HCHS Spring Sports Score Roundup

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High spring sports were busy Tuesday night. The baseball team defeated Northeast 7-4 on the road. The softball team won 4-2 over Clarksville High at home. The men's soccer team lost 3-2 to Northeast.

Free Dump Day at Landfill Sat. April 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Free Dump Day at the Paris Henry County Landfill is scheduled for this Saturday April 21st. Hours for this day are 7am to 3pm. The landfill accepts only ¾ waste. If you have a mixed load with construction and trash there will be a fee. Additionally, tires and household furnishings are not free as these are deposited in areas other than the landfill.

The Landfill also has a transfer station used to transfer Class I refuse to an operation in Mayfield. Anything not listed in the class ¾ Landfill would be dumped in the Transfer Station and not subject to the free day. Only materials free on Saturday will be concrete shingles, dry wall, brush, and wood. Anything that is in bags will have to go into the transfer station and will be subject to a fee.

For more information on the Free Dump Day call the landfill at 644-1737. The Landfill is located on Jones Bend Road.

Large Crowd Attends Mayor Greer's Re-Election Rally

County Mayor Brent Greer greeting supporters as they enter the Enoch building Tuesday.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer greeted folks as they entered the enoch building Tuesday afternoon as a re-election rally was held from 5-7pm. Jamey Tosh and Kreg Kyle slow smoked bbq which was served with the trimmings to the large crowd that continuously ushered in. Mayor Greer is seeking re-election as County Mayor in this August's upcoming County General Election. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Juvenile Treated and Released at Vanderbilt After Monday 4-Wheeler Accident

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated a young boy received a gash on his head and some injuries when a 4-Wheeler flipped over with him and an adult on it as they were riding around Monday. The youngster was taken to HCMC, flown to Vanderbilt Monday and treated and released Tuesday morning.

Mother's Day Pinterest Event Planned at Library Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library will hold a Pinerest Mother’s Day Craft event Thursday April 19th from 6-8pm. It is open to anyone that wants to make mom something for Mother’s Day but you must come into the Library to register as there is a $10 supply fee for the event. Call the Library at 642-1702 for more information.

HCHS Tennis Defeats Montgomery Central

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Boys and Girls Varsity tennis team continue their successful season after beating Montgomery Central HS in Tuesday's match. The TSSAA matrix matches consist of 6 singles and 3 doubles for both the Boys and Girls, with 9 matches played.

Once a team has won 5 matches they will be deemed the winner.  Tuesday's scores with Montgomery Central was Boys winning 7-2 and the Girls  winning 7-2.  Next week, Tuesday, HCHS will host Rossview. 

Three Vehicle Accident Causes Traffic Headache Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A three vehicle accident at the intersection of Mineral Wells and Tyson Ave. on Tuesday morning around 7:40 caused some injuries and a major traffic headache. Emergency crews responded quickly to the scene and logjams on all sides occurred. There were no major injuries in the accident. (Mechelle Robbins photos)

KSP Charges Murray Man for Numerous Thefts

Murray, Ky.- A Murray man was arrested in connection with numerous thefts related to the selling of large equipment.  In early January, the Kentucky State Police began receiving information concerning possible fraudulent business transactions related to the sale of large equipment.

The KSP investigation identified victims in Kansas, North Carolina, Vermont, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio.  The total amount of large equipment fraudulently sold totaled nearly $750,000. KSP has been in communication with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and will be working with them in regards to any related federal charges .

Matthew P. Crawford, age 37, of Murray, Kentucky was arrested and charged with five counts of Theft by Deception Under $10,000, five counts of Theft by Deception Over $10,000, and four counts of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition.  Crawford was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Murray Police Department in the arrest of Mr. Crawford. The investigation continues by Detective Jody Cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555.

HCHD Closing ReynoldsBurg Road Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is closing Reynoldsburg Road Tuesday for emergency road repair. The closure is north of Van Dyke Road. It will be closed until at least late afternoon Tuesday.

Construction Work Nearly Back on Track At Rhea Elem.

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting, Facilities Director Jason Coffield said the crews have been working very hard during this latest stretch of drier weather to catchup on construction work with the latest phase at Rhea Elementary. If rain will hold off, they should be caught up at the end of April with the timeline, which is remarkable considering the rain had put them so far behind in February and March.

The latest phase involves work on the new cafeteria and kitchen at Rhea and another Tornado Safe Space. This addition will tie back into the gym area and also includes 4 classrooms.

Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell gave a report on the out of district students that attend the PSSD. Dr. Gerrell said there were currently 344 students enrolled that lived outside the PSSD district lines. The system has around 1700 total students enrolled.

Of the 344 that attend the PSSD that live outside the district lines, 82% have paid their $100 per year tuition for the year. Central Office staff is working on ways to collect the tuition from the remainder of those that haven’t paid for the year.

The audit for the system came back from the State and was clean. There were no findings for the year which was good news.

Dr. Gerrell told board members that the system will take bids on new tile flooring for the entrance at Inman. The tile flooring will include the office area and go back towards the cafeteria. The cost is around $35K and was budgeted last July.

The meeting was held at Inman and the board was treated to some really neat science experiences from some Inman students. The board did also adopt new science textbooks Monday night.

County Comm. Ratifies Legislature's Action on Wheel Tax

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for April on Monday night and ratified the action of the general assembly for a private chapter to set a wheel tax increase effective July 1st.

Discussions were held last fall in regards to funding the High School project which is now underway and involves several different pieces from a new gym floor and HVAC, better security at the front office, and new visitor’s bleachers on the football field.

Commissioners agreed then that raising the wheel tax $25 was the best way to raise the funds needed for renovations at Henry County High School. They sent the request to the General Assembly who formally approved it last week, now the County Commission had to ratify it. The increase begins with tags purchased July 1st and it is sunset and will come in when the debt is paid down in 2025. The wheel tax increases services about $750K per year in debt payments. The total cost of the high school project is around $9M.

The Commission also approved a resolution allowing the County to be part of a purchasing power cooperative under the joint power alliance. Mayor Greer said joining the Houston Galveston Area Council allows departments like the Road Board to have more flexibility on large purchases like pieces of equipment and usually saves money on the purchases. It is a national purchasing coop that benefits cities, counties, school boards, and other local, state, and federal agencies.

The County Commission also approved participating in the Litter Grant with the Henry County Highway Department once again. This was a bookkeeping issue and is done every year.

Commissioners also approved all budget transfers as dealt with by the budget committee last Monday night and approved Craig Peeveyhouse as the new assistant coroner to replace ML Bailey while he is on leave of absence.

Pats Lose District Game to Northeast 5-3

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County lost to Northeast 5-3 Monday night in a District 10-AAA matchup on a cold night. The Patriots battled back after trailing 4-1 to make it 4-3 in the 6th, failed to score in the 7th inning after Northeast added an insurance run. The teams will face each other Tuesday night at Northeast.

HC Mayor Brent Greer Re-Election Kickoff Campaign Set for Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer will have a re-elect campaign kickoff event Tuesday April 17th at the Enoch Building at the Fairgrounds from 5-7pm. There will be BBQ and all the trimmings and entertainment by DJ Bill McCutcheon. You can follow along with the campaign on the re-elect Brent Greer County Mayor Facebook page.

Paris Fire Department Responds To Garage Fire

(Gary Benton Photos)

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Fire Department is currently on scene of a garage fire at the corner of Pennsylvania and East Wood Street. A car was destroyed in blaze but no one was hurt.

Lowe's Recognizing First Responders at Friday Event

Paris, Tenn.- Lowe’s Home Improvement in Pairs is recognizing First Responders this Friday April 20th with an event in their Parking lot. Come out and thank all First Responders for the jobs they do in our community.

Also representatives from all the Volunteer Fire Departments will be on hand along with the rescue squad to meet and greet the public. All of Henry County is covered by Volunteer Fire Fighters that become first responders for vehicle accidents, weather disasters, and fires. Several residents don’t pay their annual membership to their local volunteer fire departments and that fee is much less than what your insurance would have to pay.

If you are a member of your local fire department, costs are covered when a fire department is called to your home. During the event this Friday from 10am to 2pm at Lowe’s help your local Fire Department keep you covered.

Varnekee Fire Protection, LLC will also be on hand Friday and residents can bring their home fire extinguisher and they can be checked out free of charge.

Two Charged After Causing Scene on Someone's Property

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people after an incident where they had showed up at someone’s property causing a disturbance according to the report. Robbie Bazzell, age 42, of 205 Ben Smith Road, and Audrey Rodriquez, 42, of 77 Walnut St. were charged. Bazzell was charged with criminal trespass, and aggravated assault, Rodriquez was charged with accessory after the fact.

HCMC Career Fair Set for Tues. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a Career Fair this Tuesday April 17th from 5-7pm in the HCMC Cafeteria. Come and learn about the career opportunities at the medical center. Apply for positions, meet with management and Human Resources Staff, and learn about our compensation and benefits.

Henry County Hosting Northeast on Diamond Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Northeast on the Diamond Monday night with the varsity first pitch set for 6:30pm. We will broadcast this District 10-AAA game beginning at 6pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming via our website at wmufradio.com, or you can listen on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates will apply.

Cast N Blast Benefit for Carl Perkins Center Planned for Sat. April 21

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Carl Perkins Center will hold their Cast N Blast this Saturday April 21st at Paris Landing State Park Marina. The event is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Henry County.

There will be a Bass Fishing Tournament and a Turkey Blast with prizes in each contest. The Bass Fishing Tournament has a $2K First Place Guarantee Payout with 100 boats. There is also $7K extra possible to First Place Winner with Triton Gold. The event also has a Big Fish Contest that could win you $250. A free kids fishing rodeo will also be held. Entry Fee is $100 per boat, with $25 late fee if postmarked after April 18th. The Bass Fishing Tournament will start Saturday at 6am.

The Turkey Blast entry fee is $50 for 2-person team or $30 per individual. You must pre-register by April 19th to participate. Turkeys must be harvested on day of contest. Turkey Blast prizes include highest team score $200 plus item prize; highest scoring bird by an adult-item prize; and highest scoring bird by child-trophy prize.  

For more information on the bass fishing tournament call the Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew at 336-4699 or email sheriff@henrycountysheriff.org. Checks can be made payable to Henry County Tourism Authority.

For more information on the Turkey Blast, contact the Carl Perkins Center at 642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org. Checks can be made payable to the Center.

During the event there will be concessions available starting at 11:30am and entertainment will be provided by Ervin and Andrea Dutton and Marley Trosper.

UTM To Host Captain's Challenge April 18th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 2018 Captain’s Challenge fundraising event April 18 ahead of “I Heart UTM” week and other end-of-semester activities.

Previous years have seen a weeklong fundraising challenge raise more than $250,000 in five days, but this year the goal is to raise $300,000 in 24 hours. Contributors can direct their donations toward any campus office or department, athletic unit, scholarship fund, special program or other activity.

Captain’s Challenge has been part of “I Heart UTM” week since its inception in 2015, but this year it will be held as a separate event. Those wishing to make a Captain’s Challenge gift or track the event’s progress can do so at challenge.utm.edu.

For more information, visit challenge.utm.edu or contact the UT Martin Office of Alumni Affairs at 731-881-7610.

Blackhawk Choppers Land on APSU Campus for ROTC Training

Clarksville, Tenn.- On Friday morning, April 13, three UH60 Black Hawk helicopters landed on the front lawn of the Austin Peay State University Dunn Center, in downtown Clarksville.

The landing was part of a coordinated effort between Austin Peay’s Governors Guard ROTC program and the Tennessee National Guard. Austin Peay’s ROTC department arranged to have Black Hawk helicopters land on campus several times this spring.

On Friday morning, the aircraft landed on campus, allowing APSU ROTC cadets to board the helicopters and be transported to Milan, Tennessee. Once in Milan they conducted a Joint Field Training Exercise. The cadets will return between 12-1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15 using the same fields for landing.

“This is one of the advantages of the University supporting our military community—supporting the military is part of the culture of Austin Peay,” Lt. Col. John Montgomery, professor of Military Science, said.

“The University has been tremendously supportive of our ROTC program and when you combine that with the support we get from Fort Campbell, and the Tennessee National Guard, it results in us consistently being one of the best programs in the country,” said Montgomery.

Video of the landing is available at  https://austinpeay.photoshelter.com/galleries/C0000qXNOdxnch9s/G0000va5jBN0awNA/20180413-Blackhawk-Landing. The password to access the video is “public.”

Arrests Made After Witness Reports Possible Drug Transaction

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Eric Long was on routine patrol when at approximately 9 a.m. he received a call from a subject that a possible drug transaction was taking place at El Vaquero, located on Spruce Street. The subject also stated that one of the vehicles involved was a maroon Ford Mustang and that it was still on the lot.

Upon Sgt. Long’s arrival, he observed the vehicle and both female occupants appeared to be passed out. As Sgt. Long approached the driver’s side, Sgt. Long identified the driver as Kelly L. Dunlap, age 27 of Reynoldsburg Road. Dunlap began to wake up when she heard Sgt. Long check out on his police radio. Dunlap then tried to conceal a plastic baggy from her lap area between the driver seat and center console. Sgt. Long also observed a lot of money lying in her lap.

Due to Dunlap’s actions and not knowing what else was in the vehicle, Sgt. Long called for backup. Once other city units arrived, both females, the other identified as Brandi C. Brewer, age 26 of Allen Street in Big Sandy, were detained. Dunlap did confess to attempting to hide narcotics and gave consent to retrieve the baggy from the vehicle. Dunlap was then placed under arrest for possession with intent.

The baggy contained what appeared to be 4 to 5 individually wrapped baggies of methamphetamine inside. The money counted out to be $185, which was seized due to belief it was drug proceeds. The vehicle was also seized, due to being used to transport narcotics.

Brewer was taken into custody due to having two syringes, and two and a half blue pills without a prescription on her person.

The vehicle contained a spoon and a pill bottle containing more pills.

Brewer was charged with two counts of simple possession of a schedule IV and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A field test was conducted and the drugs tested positive for methamphetamine, with an approximate weight of 18.2 grams.

Both Brewer and Dunlap were transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

Puryear Man Arrested On Drug Charges

Puryear, Tenn. - An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Dennis W. Carter of Hershel Sykes Road in Puryear on charges of simple possession of a schedule IV drug, simple possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale of schedule II controlled substance.

Carter was placed on a $75,000 bond.

HCHS Boys And Girls Tennis Teams Compete In Springfield

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County High School Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis Teams traveled to Springfield Friday to compete. This was the last match of the regular season against Springfield High School.

While the boys had a little resistance, the girls came up against a well prepared team. The Patriot's, Lexi Daniels, won her singles match for the girls. Near exhaustion, Lexi managed to win the last 2 service games in the match and posted a 3rd set win at 7-5. The other win came when Anna Minor and Amiya Byars defeated Springfield doubles by a score of 8-2. The boys took home an 8-1 win by showing their strength and determination.

Monday, the Patriots will travel to Montgomery Central as they rapidly approach the end of the season. District Championships will begin on May 1st in Clarksville, at Austin Peay University.

Investigation Ongoing In Burglary Case

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. David Andrews took a report from a resident on Norwood Drive who stated that he interrupted a burglary of a garage at his property. The resident observed two females in a maroon car and as they attempted to leave, ran into him while he was parked and sitting in his UTV. They then backed up, drove through the yard and fled. The incident is currently under investigation.

From another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were out at 5100 Hwy 79 South on a follow up investigation. During a consensual search, Deputies recovered a small amount of methamphetamine ice and marijuana, along with pipes, a straw and grinder.

Angel D. Warren, age 47 was then placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on a $5000 bond.

Several Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn. - From another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were out at 5100 Hwy 79 South on a follow up investigation. During a consensual search, Deputies recovered a small amount of methamphetamine ice and marijuana, along with pipes, a straw and grinder.

Angel D. Warren, age 47 was then placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on a $5000 bond.

In an unrelated incident, an arrest sheet at the HCSO stated that Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department charged Kelly L. Dunlap, age 27 with manufacture, delivery, sell and possession of methamphetamine. Dunlap was placed on a $25,000 bond.

Chamber Office To Host The Grub Club On April 19th

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce is set to host The Grub Club, featuring “Staying Relevant to your Customer/Small Business Resources” with Landy Fuqua, at the Chamber Office on Thursday, April 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Every small business must evolve and adapt to stay relevant to their customer base. Doing business the same old way is a business looking to fail. Business owners must change with the times and be more engaged with their customers instead of “just selling” their products or services. Engaging with customers encourages a sense of trust and a positive relationship.

Landy Fuqua, Director of the Small Business Development Center at the UT Martin REED Center will be presenting the program, to provide a few ideas on how to adapt to the ever changing business environment.

“We are thrilled to bring the knowledge and available resources to Henry County and to have Landy share her expertise to our community,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

There is no cost to attend the event and it is open to the public, but will require an RSVP to attend. Please email RSVP to knorwood@paristnchamber.com. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 2508 East Wood Street in Paris.

For more information, call 731-642-3431.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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. 

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. 

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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