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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Marching Patriots Car Wash Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots Band will hold a car wash fundraiser at Advanced Auto Parts in Paris from 10am to 2pm this Saturday April 22nd. They are seeking $5 donations.

10th Annual Hog Pullin' is Sat. April 22nd at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The Christian Motorcyclist Association West Tennessee Cruisers for Christ will be holding their 10th Annual Hog Pullin’ on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 3pm at Commercial Bank on Mineral Wells Ave. in the back parking lot across from Advance Auto and Save A Lot.

A plate lunch costs $7 and includes a whole hog BBQ, beans, slaw and a drink. It costs $1 for the drink only and $5 for the sandwich only.

To place pre-orders just call Sara Kollmann 731-363-3445 or Phillip Varneke 731-363-0208 Free delivery will be offered on orders of 5 or more plates.

All donations accepted and money raised at the benefit will go to the Paris Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association Run for the Son.

PHCPUD Has Good March, Will End FY in the Black

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton explained that thanks to a cold snap at the end of March, it looks like the district will finish the year in the black, instead of in the red. Eaton discussed the financials saying in March they were $296K to the good and year to date it put the district at $115K in the black. That is still down compared to last year at this time when they were $236K in the black.

Eaton said “I commend our employees and department heads for watching their spending, we cut expenses across the board and held off on purchasing some things to try to get back in the black.”

Eaton said it’s good for the system to finish in the black, because the state can come in and set rates for utilities that finish in the red after two years in a row and Eaton said we just need to avoid that completely if we can.

The board approved extending the main line service contract with Revell Construction for work on main gas lines. Eaton said after discussion last month and the board wanting to make sure the attorneys approve, Eaton said attorneys drew up an amendment which extending the contract and gave both the PHCPUD and Revell a chance to opt out after 60 days. The board approved paying the 5% retainage fee of $18,368 to Revell on their work on the main extension as well.

Gas Board Goes With Area Wide For Networking Security

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton explained to the board the company that currently services their software networking and security maintenance wants to increase their fees to a monthly charge of $1110 per month. Eaton said he felt with as small as PHCPUD is, this was not a good investment so he shopped around for estimates from other companies on handling networking and security for the district’s software.

Three bids came back and Area Wide Communication of Medina received the low bid. They are the same company that services Henry County 911, the Sheriff’s Office, and other places. The board voted to go with Area Wide for the networking and security maintenance.

Eaton told the board the gas storage was currently around 32% and they would have no issue getting down to 20% by summer and avoiding having to pay any penalties.  

Over $54K Rasied at Pollack Beneit Thursday

The line of walk up orders extends towards the back gates. (Amanda Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer County of the Volunteer State has showed out once again. A press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office said $54,200 was raised at Thursday's event. Of that, $40K, will go into a trust fund for Lili and Rose each getting $20K apiece. The other $14,200 will be deposited into the account alread set up at Security Bank and Trust Company for the family. Lili and Rose were the two survivors in the fire and and now live with their grandmother.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office sincerely thanks every citizen who donated, brought baked goods, ordered sandwiches, or helped in anyway with the Pollack family benefit. This would not have been possible had the community not have come together in unison to support this cause. While no monetary amount could even scratch the surface as the loss this family has endured, we hope that this fundraiser and complete and total outpouring of community support will shine some kind of light on the Pollack’s, especially Lily and Rose.

The Sheriff's Office said, "we would also like to thank all of the businesses and citizens for patiently waiting through long lines and waits. While we knew this would be a large turnout, there was no way possible for us to plan for the amount of support that was received. This truly shows how caring and united the good folks of Henry County are. Today we have come together as one for a worthy cause!"

Under the pavilion it was a a well oiled machine getting sandwiches out to delivers and walk ups. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Congressman Kustoff Speaks at Paris Rotary

Paris, Tenn.- Recently elected congressman David Kustoff was a guest at the Paris Rotary Clug meeting on Thursday. (David Jackson photo)

Around 2100 Pre-Orders for Pollack Benefit

Sheriff Monte Belew and Dep. Ricky Ford man the ribeye grill. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Around 2100 pre-orders had been taken for Chicken or Ribeye Sandwiches as of 10:30am Thursday as the Henry County Sheriff’s Office holds a benefit fundraiser for the Pollack children, who lost family in the fire that devastated our community a couple of weeks ago.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “we are so grateful to everyone in the community for jumping on board and supporting this, and ask you to bear with us for deliveries and orders as we have so many, but all hands are on deck and we are getting the job done.”

Chief Damon Lowe and Inv. David Doyle cooking up ribeyes.

The fundraiser welcomes walk-up orders at the Fairgrounds until 2pm and it’s $8 for Ribeye or Chicken Sandwich, chips, and drink. They will also auction off a grill at 1pm.

Sheriff's office staff and volunteers packing to go orders.

Arrests Made for Drug Poss., Sex Offender Violations

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eric S. Adams, age 34, of 315 Buchanan Resort Road, for possession of schedule two with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another arrest from the past couple of days included Marvin B. Gaston, age 39, of 51 Old Paris Murray Road, for two counts of violation of community supervision, two counts of violation of the sex offender registry. Gaston was placed on $20K bond.

A report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Hwy. 119 was burglarized when someone pried open the front door and stole a flat screen TV, two DVD players, a clock, towels, rags, bells, and tools. The total value of items stolen was around $1K.

HCHS Criminal Justice Students Compete at State Competition


Chattanooga- On April 10-12, Henry County High school criminal justice students; Klarice Walter, Kelsey Throgmorton, Alexandra Conca and Courtney Bowden competed in the SkillsUSA Tennessee State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. 

The contests in which the students participated were Crime Scene investigations and Criminal Justice. This competition included the winners from all regional events across Tennessee. During the Crime Scene investigation event a 3 member team of students were required to process a mock crime scene and properly collect and report the evidence while being observed by career professionals from the Nashville Metro Crime Scene division.

The criminal justice event required a single student, Klarice Walter, to answer a real world 911 call, complete a traffic stop with an arrest and lift and analyze a fingerprint.  

Henry County competed well in both categories with Klarice Walter winning 3rd overall in the Criminal Justice contest. This award was presented along with a $6000 scholarship to Sullivan University's criminal justice program. Congratulations to these students on their hard work and dedication!! 

(Photos by Diane McCord)

Chilcutt Too Much on the Mound for Patriots

Paris, Tenn.- Clarksville High’s Luke Chilcutt was too much on the mound for the Patriots on Wednesday night as he shut them down, allowing only 1 hit pitching a complete game. The Wildcats won 5-0.

Patriots hurler Hunter UpDyck was very effective as well, but was plagued by some defensive miscues that allowed the Wildcats to jump ahead early. Henry County falls to 7-3 in District 10-AAA play with two games apiece against Northeast and Rossview left on the District scheduled. The Patriots will step out of District play Thursday and host Milan at home.

RFL Survivor Dinner Coming Up May 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will be held on May 13th at 6pm at First United Methodist Church. The dinner is free to every survivor and one guest and is hosted by the Paris Elks Lodge. Invitations will be mailed out but any survivor who doesn’t receive one can contact Debra Stoope at 642-8329 or email dkstoope@yahoo.com.

TN NWR To Host Program on Monarchs, Bees, and Pollinators

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Monarchs, Bees, and Pollinators event this Saturday April 22nd, Earth Day. The event will run from 10am to 3pm at the refuge visitor’s center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. The day will feature speakers and activities that focus on Monarch and other butterflies, bees, and other insect pollinators.

Partnering with the refuge for the day are organizations such as Friends of the TN NWR, Quail Forever, Camden Garden Club, Kentucky Lake Beekeepers, and the UT Ag Extension.

The day will include activities for the family on the back patio of the refuge visitor’s center including a demonstration bee hive. Quail Forever will be making seed balls and let children plant a demonstration pollinator patch. There will be a children’s corner with butterfly nets, families will be encouraged to plant seed cups, and there will be milkweed and other native plant sets for sale also, as well as information about growing these plants to help Monarch butterflies prosper.

For more information on this or any of the Refuge’s free programs held each month call 642-2091, visit the website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Tennessee or like the TN NWR on Facebook.

Free Dump Day is Saturday at PHC Landfill

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Landfill will offer “Free Dump Day” this Saturday April 22nd from 7am to 3pm, with gates locked at 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.

Also located on the landfill property is a transfer station used to transfer Class I refuse to a landfill operation in Mayfield. Anything not listed in the Class ¾ landfill would be dumped in the Transfer Station and not subject to free dump day. Only materials free on this day will be concrete, shingles, dry wall, brush, and wood. If anything is in bags it will have to go into the building and there will be a fee.

For questions call the Landfill at 644-1737. The Landfill is located on Jones Bend Road.

Reminder: Cuts for Cure Thurs. at Escape A Day Spa

Paris, Tenn.- Escape a Day Spa is sponsoring Cuts etc., for a Cure on Thursday April 20th as 20% of sales from all services will be donated to Henry County Relay for Life. You can choose haircut and blow dry, perms, color, mani/pedi, massages, and more. For more information call Escape A Day Spa at 642-3006.

KSP Arrests Clarksville Murder Suspect

Lyon County, Ky..- Kentucky State Police Post 1 Troopers are on the scene of a burglary at Rocky Ridge RV Park in Lyon County. Troopers arrived on scene just after 1:00 p.m. today while assisting Clarksville TN Police Department with an ongoing murder investigation.  

While at Rocky Ridge RV Park, Troopers located and took into custody Quintin D. Bird, age 21, of Cadiz, Kentucky just before 3:00 p.m. inside a camper. During the apprehension of Bird, KSP Troopers were assisted by Lyon County Sheriff Office.  

Bird was transported by Lyon County Ambulance Service to a local hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Once medically cleared, Bird will be charged in Kentucky with Burglary 2nd Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  

KSP Post 1 Detectives remain on scene awaiting the arrival of Clarksville PD personnel, to assist with locating and processing evidence related to Tennessee’s ongoing murder investigation.  

The KSP investigation is being lead by Detective Sergeant Trey Green. 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 stores.

KSP Troopers Locate Over 75 lbs. of Marijuana on Traffic Stop

Kuttawa, Ky.- On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Kentucky State Police Troopers T. J. Williams and Lewie Dodd, assigned with the Post 1 Interdiction Team, stopped a vehicle near the 47 mile marker in Lyon for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, Troopers observed indicators of criminal behavior and subsequently searched the vehicle.  During the search, Troopers located marijuana edibles as well as over 75 pounds of high grade marijuana.

Michael D. Wilson, age 37, of Edmonds, Washington was arrested and charged with Trafficking Marijuana Greater than Five Pounds (Felony). Wilson was lodged in the Caldwell County Jail.

The investigation is continuing by Master Trooper Lewie Dodd. 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 stores.

Final Two Candidates Withdraw From UTM Provost Search

Martin, Tenn.- Two remaining finalists have withdrawn from consideration for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Dr. Steven Ralston, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University, withdrew from the search for personal reasons. He was scheduled to visit the campus April 20. Dr. Jay Gatrell, who currently serves as vice provost at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., has accepted another position. He was scheduled to visit UT Martin on April 24. No additional candidates are scheduled to be interviewed.

“We were pleased to offer the university four outstanding candidates to consider for this critical position,” said Dr. Keith Carver, university chancellor. “Having two candidates withdraw was unexpected, but their reasons were unrelated to UT Martin or the search process. We are pleased to have two highly qualified candidates remaining for consideration, and we have no plans to interview additional candidates at this time.”

Candidates who interviewed for the position were Dr. James Ermatinger, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost for the University of Illinois Springfield, and Dr. Eric Link, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The vice chancellor for academic affairs is UT Martin’s chief academic officer. This position articulates a vision for academic affairs, provides leadership for the academic planning process and is responsible for the university’s core academic mission. The university provost directs the institution in the chancellor’s absence.

Ashlie Czyz, director of human resources programs and executive recruiter for the University of Tennessee System, is serving as executive recruiter for this position. For more information on the search process, contact Czyz at aczyz@tennessee.edu.

Crystal Meth Found On Man Passed Out in Car

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious car in a resident’s driveway on Reynoldsburg Road. According to the report, Dep. Watson found the driver asleep and after a few attempts managed to wake him up and identify him as Matthew Davis, age 30, of Huntingdon.

Davis told Dep. Watson he thought he was in Carroll County. He gave permission to search and Dep. Watson found some crystal methamphetamine in his front pocket folded up in aluminum foil. Davis was charged with public intoxication and possession of schedule 2.

The Dixie to Host US Army Jazz Ambassadors Friday Night

Huntindong, Tenn.- The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C. will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when they appear at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center Friday April 21st at 7pm. Carroll Bank and Trust sponsors the event in Huntingdon.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, the 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad for performing America’s great original art form, jazz music. The Jazz Ambassadors have appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe.

The American Legion Bruceton Post 180 will present the Colors at Friday’s concert. Tickets are free to all. To reserve tickets call the Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100, limit 4 per person.

Pats Lose at CHS, Look to Even Series at Home Wed.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots Baseball team lost on the road at Clarksville High on Tuesday night 7-5, dropping just their 2nd District 10-AAA game of the year so far. The Wildcats jumped ahead 7-0 and the Patriots made it interesting scoring two runs in the top of the 6th and three more in the top of the 7th, before being retired. Hunter UpDyke had 3 RBIs for the Patriots and Casey Pope and Owen Webb both had an RBI apiece.

The Patriots will try to even the series with Clarksville High on Wednesday as the host them at home. First pitch is set for 6pm, we will broadcast the game on WRQR 97.5FM beginning at 5:30pm.

Lady Pats Softball Team To Host Clarksville High Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Softball team’s game with Rossview was cancelled on Tuesday because Rossview had scheduled another rainout at the same time. The Lady Patriots will host Clarksville High at 6pm Wednesday evening as well.

Lee Academy Hosting Talent Agency Classes, Auditions Sun.

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will host NY-LA-NASH Entertainment, an agency representing singers, dancers, actors, models, and choreographers this Sunday April 23rd. The Dancing Generations Studio, an arts studio serving Camden and Paris, will host the agency which will be conducting classes and holding auditions Sunday afternoon.

The day includes on camera commercial acting classes for ages 4 and up beginning at 1pm, audition technique class for dancers ages 6 and up starting at 2pm, and auditions for TV pilots for all ages starting at 3pm.

Anyone coming for an audition or classes are asked to bring a headshot and resume or non-returnable snapshot with contact information on the back. Classes are $40 per person per class with no charge for the 3pm audition. Space is limited and you must reserve a spot by contacting Dancing Generations Studios at directorofdgs@gmail.com.

For auditions, singers need to prepare a cappella verse and chorus; dancers must be ready to do four counts of 8 of your best moves without music; and actors should prepare a 30 second monologue.

NY-LA-NASH Entertainment has represented actors, dancers, models, singers, and songwriters for over 30 years. The agency helps create, develop, and maintain an identity for the talent or artist by securing major campaigns, promotions, and endorsements. Visit their website for more information at www.nylanash.com.

HCSO Will Auction Donated Grill at Pollack Children Benefit Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold a benefit of the Pollack children on Thursday April 20th at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 11am to 2pm. The Sheriff’s Office will sell Ribeye and Chicken sandwiches with chips and drink for $8 and will deliver for orders of 8 or more. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said they’ve had a grill donated to the cause and they will be taking bids on that grill to be sold off at 1pm.

Call 363-4445 for delivery beginning at 9am on April 20th to place delivery orders. The Pollack children have received lots of love and help from Henry Countians already and the Sheriff’s Office wants to keep that going during their time of great loss.

Steak N Shake in Paris Donating 10% of Requested Sales 5-8pm Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Steak N Shake in Paris is partnering with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Wednesday April 19th as 10% of sales that are requested will be donated to St. Jude’s between 5-8pm. The portion will only be donated if you request, so make sure you tell them you want your portion donated to St. Jude’s.

Multiple Agencies Participate in Mock Disaster Drill Tuesday

EMS and Healthcare Staff work to assist patients and others with injuries during the mock disaster drill at the Healthcare Center Tuesday morning. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- West Tennessee Emergency Responders participated in a Region Disaster Drill just before 9am Tuesday morning to help hone skills and be better prepared should a disaster strike.

Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing at Henry County Medical Center, said the scenario here in Paris was damage to the Northeast Corner of the Healthcare Center due to a tornado. The tornado also flipped a tanker truck causing a hazmat situation beside the center as well.

Paris Police, EMS, Hospital Staff, Paris Fire Department, and 911 Dispatchers all participated in the drill and held mock conferences after the scenario played out. 23 injuries were reported and the mock drill dealt with 3 causalities.

Paris Fire Fighters respond to a flipped over truck that has caused a haz mat situation at the drill Tuesday morning. (Alsobrooks photo)

Traffic Stops Lead to Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Derrek Colley observed a 4-door car run a stop sign at the intersection of Greer St. and N. Brewer St. Ptl. Colley ended up arresting the driving Derell Ward, age 31, of 1450 N. Market, for driving on a revoked driver’s license, and tampering with evidence after he was seen spitting out some marijuana from his mouth. Ward was placed on $15K bond.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department charged Caitlin Davis, age 21, of 316 Jackson St. for possession of schedule 6 after responding to Joy Street on a domestic situation. Ptl. Smith observed a car leaving as he pulled in and people at the home advised the woman in the car, identified as Davis, was the one causing the issues. Ptl. Amanda Forrest stopped Davis and Ptl. Smith arrived and could smell pot coming from the vehicle. Some marijuana in a zip lock bag was located in the back seat pocket.

Bethel Univ. Purple and Gold Game This Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s annual Purple and Gold Game will be this Saturday, April 22 at Wildcat Football Stadium on University Drive in McKenzie.

Pre-game activities, which will be adjacent to the stadium, will begin at 2 p.m. with contests, games, prizes and activities for all members of the family offered. Those who want to set up their own tailgate activities can set up around 2 p.m. A “Wildcat Walk” with Bethel band members, Wildcat cheerleaders and Bethel football players will begin around 3:30 p.m., and will take place along the drive coming into Wildcat Stadium. Food prepared by the Hawg County Cookers, GiGi’s Cupcakes and Nan Nan’s Fried Pies will be available beginning at around 3:30 as well. Kickoff for the game is at 5 p.m.

Admission to the Purple and Gold Game and Hawg County Cookers food will be free and open to the public. Note: Dessert items from GiGi’s and Nan Nan’s as well as concessions at the game will be for purchase.

For more information about the Annual Purple and Gold Game, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

Inman Robotics Program Taking Shape

Teacher Sandi Bigham and students show PSSD board members some of the robots they've built this semester. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris,Tenn.-The Paris Special School District Board of Education met at Inman Middle School on Monday evening and learned that the Inman STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math students are working on a robotics program. Teacher Sandi Bigham showed the board a video of the students developing their robots and showing how they run them thru a laptop and USB port that is like a battery on the finished robot product.

Students Kyle Watkins, Nicholas Triplett, and Mireille Lofquist showed board members some of the robots they’ve built so far. The table was designed by Director of Facilities Jason Coalffeld and is regulation size to be used in competition.

Principal Jason Scarbrough said we hope to continue to improve the robotics program and compete at the middle school level in Robotics next year.

Board Approves Dr. Gerrell's Contract

Paris, Tenn.- The board also approved the contract for Dr. Norma Gerrell as she prepares to be the next Director of Schools for the PSSD effective July 1st. Current Director Mike Brown is retiring June 30th.

Board chairman Richard Edwards met with Brown who he said helped tremendously with the new contract. Edwards then met with Dr. Gerrell and went over the contract. The contract is for four years, to expire June 30th, 2021 and can be extended with board approval. The board attorney put his stamp of approval on it as well.

The board held an election of officers and voted to keep Richard Edwards as chairman, Bill Jelks as Vice Chairman, Amy Cathey, secretary, and John Steele as Tennessee Legislative Network Representative.

Cary Henson, of Henson Construction, told the board the grant has been approved for another Tornado SAFE room at Rhea Elementary. FEMA reimbursement would be $942K and the total cost overall of the project to the PSSD is $10.113M

Ben Whitt, architect, said we are doing well and still striving to be complete by the first part of the new school year.

Cary Henson updates the board on the Rhea Project. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Custodial Services Awarded; System to Save $15K

Paris, Tenn.- Director of the PSSD Mike Brown said four bids for custodial services were received and they’ve reviewed them all. GCA was awarded the official contract with the low bid of $273K plus which is about $15K less than what the system placed this year. Brown said they are all over West Tennessee and West Kentucky schools including Union City, McKenzie, and others. Brown said we will meet with them May 2nd and meet with current company Service Solutions to make sure there is a smooth transition at the new fiscal year.

Brown also reported that JC Educational was the low bidder for furniture for the system as well. JC Educational also partnered with ICI to build the lockers and other things with the furniture bid.

The board also received the audit for the system and it had no findings.

PSSD Board Tours Inman Athletic Complex

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to the PSSD board meeting, a tour was given of the new Inman Athletic Complex building that was recently completed. The project came in well under budget and will be used by all of Inman’s sports teams for practice and training purposing. The facility includes weight benches, netting for batting cages, and more. The newly formed Inman Robotics program will also use the building at times. (Cassie Walsh photos)

County Commission Holds Quick Routine April Session

Commissioners approve budget transfers. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday and quickly handled items on their agenda. The commission approved a recommendation from the nominating committee to appoint Ralph Anderson, James E. Hamilton, Brenda Hosford, and Albert Wade, Jr., to the Board of Equilization for two years terms to expire in April 2020.

The commission also approved applying for the Litter and Trash Collecting Grant from the state as they do every year and approved budget transfers as discussed and approved by the budget committee last week.

Commissioners also approved a sale recommendation from the Delinquent Tax committee to sell a piece of property on Ross Sawmill Road to a neighbor for $1K plus fees. County Attorney Rob Whitfield explained that the quit claim would be sold and the buyers would pay for demolition and removal of the dilapidated structure on the property. The sale is subject to anyone raising the bid by 10%.

KSP Investigating Incident Where Officer Was Struck by Car

Cadiz, Ky.- Kentucky State Police Post 1 responded to Main Street in front of Trigg County High School on April 17 at 3:38 p.m. for reports of a Cadiz Police Officer being struck by a vehicle.  

Preliminary investigation has shown George A. Hicks, age 72, of Cadiz, Kentucky was operating a 2004 Chevrolet van eastbound on Main Street approaching the entrance to Trigg County Hospital when he struck David Colbert, a Cadiz Police Officer who was directing school traffic. Colbert was taken by ambulance to Trigg County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

Heavy rain and decreased visibility are believed to be factors in the collision. KSP does not anticipate any criminal charges from this collision investigation.  

KSP was assisted on scene by Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County Sheriff Department, Trigg County Rescue, and Trigg County Ambulance Service.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Nathan Clinkenbeard. 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 stores.

Mike Greer Named New HCHS Men's Basketball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School has named long-time West Tennessee coach Mike Greer as the next varsity basketball coach for the Henry County Patriots. Greer has 30 years of experience coaching at the junior high, high school, and collegiate levels. During his time in Henry County during the 2012-13 season, Greer led the Patriots to a semifinal appearance at the regional tournament. Greer played basketball and graduated from Benton County High School, where he has been inducted into the Benton County Athletics Hall of Fame, and Union University.

During his career, Greer has been named Coach of the Year 12 times, has 22 former players who have advanced to play at the collegiate level, and has 14 former players and assistant coaches who are now head coaches.

Joining Greer as an assistant coach will be Roddy Adkisson. A graduate of McKenzie High School where he played basketball and of Bethel University, Adkisson has been involved with the Inman Bulldogs basketball program for three years and was the Grove Patriots freshman coach prior. In his two years as head coach at Inman, Adkisson holds a 34-9 record, advancing to area five tournament play both years and to the second round of sectionals in the 2016-17 season.

“We are looking forward to Coach Greer being our head coach at Henry County High School and moving with his family to our community.” said Athletic Director Mike Poteete of the announcement. “I hope that everyone gives him full support as he works with the basketball team at HCHS. I feel Coach Adkisson will be a tremendous asset to our basketball program with his knowledge of the game and his relationship with many of the players he has coached.”

Of the new coaching staff, HCHS principal Michele Webb said, “We are excited for Coach Greer and Coach Adkisson to join us at Henry County High School and know they will do a great job working with our young men. We look forward to them providing a strong program of basketball for our boys while developing men of character. We look forward to filling Gamlin Gym next season to cheer on our Patriot basketball teams.”

Baseball and Softball Cancels Monday Games Due to Weather

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots were scheduled to play home games Monday but both have been postponed because of rain and thunderstorms that are likely to hit our area Monday afternoon. The Patriots baseball team will make up their game with Clarksville High on Wednesday, first pitch at 6pm. No word yet on when the Lady Patriots Softball game will be made up.

Quota Club Presents Tayloe with Scrapbook

Paris, Tenn.- At last week’s Paris Quota Club Meeting, Martha McFadden presented the 2014-16 Quota Scrapbook to Stephanie Tayloe for the years she served as President of the Paris chapter. The scrapbook won 2nd place at the Quota International Region 9 meeting in Memphis in March.

The Quota Club will once again have a catfish in the Catfish Races during Fish Fry this year and the scholarship committee has scholarship applications in hand and will begin work on the selection process this week. At their next meeting April 26th, new club officers will be installed and the Quotarian of the year will be crowned.

Annual Turkey Bay Volunteer Clean-Up Day is April 22

Land Between the Lakes, Ky./TN- Volunteers are needed for the annual Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area clean-up day on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9am at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Volunteers will engage in a variety of facility and trail maintenance projects.

“This is a great way to help us prepare our trails for riders,” explained Kyle Varel, Turkey Bay OHV Area Manager. “Helping us maintain our trails for the season has become a tradition for many of our riders.”

A required safety briefing will begin at 9am at the Turkey Bay gatehouse. Volunteers should bring lunch, water, and an OHV. All other materials and tools will be provided. The clean-up will last until 3pm. For more information, contact Kyle Varel at 270-924-2031. In the event of inclement weather or wet weather closure, the clean-up day will not be rescheduled.

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Photos available on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/albums.

Thefts Reported In the County

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at a home on Hwy. 140 were the padlock was missing from the backdoor when owners arrived. The house had several items moved around and some items were missing including a $5 bill, skeleton key, and some books. There are no suspects at this time and investigation is ongoing.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at residence on Henry Midway Road over the weekend. There are possible suspects as a TV and PS4 game system had been stolen.

A resident of UpChurch Drive reported to the Sheriff’s Office that someone had stolen his older model GMC pickup Truck. There are no suspects.

HCHS Track Competes in Two Meets Over Weekend

Paducah, Ky.- At the McCracken County Middle School Invitational over last Thursday Dinah Winders finished 1st with a new meet record in both the 800 and 1600 meter run. Dinah finished the 800 in 2:39 and the 1600 in 5:47. Kaitlyn Napier came in 2nd in the 800 meter with a time of 3:04 and 9th in the 1600 meter.

Hayden Bostick finished 4th in the boys 800 meter run with a time of 2:37 and 7th in the 1600 with a time of 5:48.

The Henry County High School Track and Field teams competed at Creek Wood on Friday and the men finished 6th out of 14 and the women 8th.

Some individual results include Madison Aiosa finishing 3rd in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:42 and 3rd in the 1600 meter with a time of 6:01; Darren Russell came in 4th in the 100 meter dash at 11.66 seconds and Robert Markum finished 4th in the 200 meter dash at 23.17 seconds; Jordan Harrod came in 2nd in discus and shot put with throws of 130-6 in discus and 43-9.5 in shot put. Nathaniel Owens came in 3rd in discus with a throw of 128-5.

The men's team of Cayden Hernandez, Zach Cutright, Silas Winders, and Titus Winders came in 1st in the 4 x 800 meter relay with a time of 8:52.

Camden Man Arrested for Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Chris Travis, age 34 of 1280 Post Oak Road of Camden, on Sunday for burglary which is a class E felony. Travis was placed on $2,500 bond.

Two Arrested on Driving Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Norma Faye Nelson, age 46 of 3205 Foundry Hill Road of Puryear, on Saturday for driving on a suspended license. Nelson was placed on $500 bond.

In another report, Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Randy L. Burkeen, age 55 of 308 North Porter Street of Paris, on Friday for driving on a revoked license 2nd offense, lack of financial responsibility and violation of the seatbelt law and the light law. Burkeen was placed on $400 bond.

Big Crowds Turnout for the Paris Landing Easter Egg Hunt

Buchanan, Tenn.-  The Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Paris Landing Fire Department and Paris Landing State Park on Saturday was a huge success. 

A total of 4000 eggs were found by the children in approximately 2 minutes. The Paris Landing Fire Department would like to say thank you to all the sponsors who made this possible. 

A special word of Thanks to Air Evac for being on hand to show the helicopter and answer question.

Springville Man Arrested for 2nd DUI

Springville, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Tony M. Watson, age 44 of 305 Patrick Drive of Springville, on Friday for his second driving under the influence offense, resisting arrest, driving on a revoked license and open container.  Watson was placed on $10,000 bond.

Paris Woman Arrested for DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Shelia Ann Ray, age 61 of 608 Irvine Street of Paris, on Saturday for her first driving under the influence offense. Ray was placed on $1,500 bond.

April in Paris Fashion Event is Fri. April 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The April in Paris Fashion Event is set for Friday, April 21st from 11am to 1pm at Paris Winery in the the Tuscany Room.

Guests at the event can choose from a wide range of salad choices from chicken salad, pasta sald and Caesar salad with croissants, strawberry short cake for desset and tea or water. The Paris Winery will also offer wine selections at an additional cost.

Tickets cost $20 each and you can purchase your tickets at Maggies, The Toggery, Southern Roots, Boutique MariMac and DPA office located at 203 North Fentress Street in Paris. You can also purchase your tickets to the “April in Paris” by emailing the DPA at downtownparis@outlook.com or by calling 731-653-7274.

This luncheon is a fashion event and fundraiser for the Downtown Paris Association.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Jordan Klutts arrested Zachary Keith Pallay, age 58 of 125 Bucy Lane of Paris, on Friday for failure to appear and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Pallay was placed on $2,500 bond.

Hundreds Grabbed Their Baskets for the 32nd Annual WMUF/ WLZK/WRQR and the Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt

Hunting for eggs at the 32nd Annual WMUF/ WLZK/WRQR and the Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Around 360 kids grabbed their baskets and came out for the 32nd Annual WMUF/ WLZK/WRQR and the Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning.

John from the Peddler Advantage hiding the eggs for the start of the Easter Egg Hunt. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Kids got enjoy the bouncy house and trackless train rides aside from hunting for candy and Easter eggs and even a few kids managed to find a special blue star which helped them win one of the pre-made Easter baskets filled with tons of toys and goodies for kids to enjoy. Water was at Saturday's Easter egg hunt was provided by the Northwest Tennessee Headstart.

This little girl found a blue star and won one of the Easter baskets at Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Trackless train rides at the 32nd Annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and the Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt. (Cassie Walsh photos)

A big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers, staff members of WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and the Peddler Advantage for making this year's Easter egg hunt a huge success. A special thank you also goes out to Janice and Gary Benton who have helped organize and put on this Easter Egg Hunt for the past 32 years.

Enjoying the bounce house at the Easter Egg Hunt (David Jackson photos)

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt who helped to put on this year's Easter Egg Hunt which include: Holland's Printing, WMUF/WLZK/WRQR, the Peddler Advantage, Moon’s Jewelry and Repair, Joe Mahan Ford, Queens of Paris, The Toggery, Butler & Harbor Shoes, Security Bank, Fantastic Sam’s, HCMC Paris Pediatrics.

Morgan Furniture, Abbronzatura, Lakeway IGA, Board of Public Utilities, Eastwood Pharmacy, Lura Lee’s of Paris, Southside Café, A La Mode Sweet Shoppe, Holly Credit Union, Volunteer Lenders, Sears in Paris, Peppers Automotive, Fletcher Dental Clinic, Wendy’s of Paris, Paris Pharmacy, Painted Paris and Commercial Bank & Trust.

Two People Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, the Paris Police Department, the Puryear Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department arrested  Joseph L. Loog, age 39 of 111 Irvine Street of Paris, on Thursday for possession of a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to deliver, sell or manufacture meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property. Loog was placed on $25,000 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Lauren Nicole Wilson, age 33 of 4835 Highway 79 South of Paris, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule V substance. Wilson was placed on $1,000 bond.

Cuts etc. for a Cure is Set for Thursday, April 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Escape A Day Spa, which is located at 711 East Wood Street in Paris, will be holding the Cuts etc. for a Cure event  on Thursday, April 20th with 20% of the proceeds from all of the services they offer being donated to the Henry County Relay for Life.

Services include haircuts and blow dry, perms, color, manicures, pedicures, massages and more. If you want to take part in the Cuts etc. for a Cure event on April 20th just stop by Escape A Day Spa in Paris or call them at 642-3006.

Two People Arrested for Theft

Paris , Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Cassandra M. Hobbs, age 26 of 414 Harrison Street of Paris, on Thursday for theft of property under $1,000. Hobbs was placed on $1,000 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Jessica S. Hilliard, age 29 of 418 Harrison Street of Paris, on Friday for theft of property under $1,000. Hilliard was placed on $1,000 bond.

Counterfeit Money Circulating Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department wants the public to be aware that counterfeit money is being heavily circulated in Paris and Henry County at this time. Businesses and the general public should pay attention, the money says "For Motion Picture Use Only" on it. Otherwise, the money looks real.

Inv. Whitaker asks that everyone take a second look at money as you receive it. The common bills being circulated at this time are 50's and 100's. For more information or if you receive counterfeit money contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.

Friends of the Library Bookstore Seeks Volunteers

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library is looking for Volunteers. Duties include sorting books by genre’, pricing books, shelve books in alphabetical order, and assisting customers with book location. Requirements include you complete a volunteer application, have knowledge of book genres, and have the ability to bend, reach, lift, and stand. Contact Donna Williams, Manager of the Friends of the Library Bookstore at 642-1702 ext. 106 or email friendsofthelibrarybookstore@gmail.com.

Hushpuppy Dash Seeks Entrants

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is quickly approaching and one of the first events is the Hushpuppy Dash 5K Run and Walk held at 8am on Saturday April 22nd at Henry County High School.

Registration is ongoing now for $15 for the race, or it will be $20 the day of beginning at 7am. You must pre-register by April 15th to guarantee you get a shirt and be entered into drawings for door prizes. Awards will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in overall male and female and first place in overall masters male and female, and several age groups.

For more information on the race contact Kelly Biggs Corbitt at 731-333-2551 or Jamie Fairbanks at 731-407-8689.

UT Ext. Office to Offer Arthritis Exercise Program

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office is offering a Free Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program to Henry County residents. Starting on Monday April 17th, County Director Michele Atkins will offer the free class as a 6-week program, designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability.

Arthritis sufferers from all ages and mobility levels can benefit from the low impact course. Extension educators design each class to meet the needs of all participants.

Classes will be held each Monday and Wednesday from 9-10am thru May 24th at the UT Extension office at 1120 Tyson Avenue. For more information or to sign up for the program call 642-2941. Class is limited to first 25 people.

Arthritis affects 1.5M Tennesseans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is a chronic disease that targets the joins of the body. Common symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling.


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