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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Nearly 1200 Served at Fish Tent Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Nearly 1200 dinners were sold at the Fish Tent on Thursday night as the World’s Biggest Fish Fry continues. 1,112 adults and 63 children enjoyed all you can eat catfish and the trimmings. Family Night at the IPRA Rodeo was also well attended as 632 filled the grandstands. The beautiful weather packed the carnival as well on Thursday night. (Amanda Allen Photos)

Full Slate of Activities Last Couple Days of WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- There are plenty of activities going on the last couple of days of the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry even after the Grand Parade is over Friday. The Fish Tent will be open Friday and Saturday from 11am until 9pm both days, serving all you can eat fried catfish, white beans, slaw, fries, hushpuppies, and drink for only $12.

The IPRA Rodeo will be held both Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, admission is $10, children get in for $8. The Arts and Crafts are on display from 10am to 8:30am both days as well.

The Carnival will run from 11am to midnight both Friday and Saturday with $20 armbands from 11am to 5pm and tickets from 5pm to close.

Saturday will also have the small fry parade downtown around the court square, the catfish races at 10:30am, and the Jr. Fishing Rodeo at Williams lake beginning at 11am. The Fish Fry Car Show begins at 8am with registration at Paris Elementary School.

2nd Annual Chalk Crawl is Sat. April 29th at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The Second Annual Chalk Crawl for Kids sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association will be held Saturday, April 29th at 10:15am immediately following the Small Fry Parade.

Children at the Chalk Crawl will receive free chalk to create colorful fish on the east side of the courthouse near Poplar Street. The Chalk Crawl will be led by local artists, Joe Snow, Donna Revelee and Ann Stapp. So on Saturday, April 29th after the Small Fry Parade at 10am stop by for the Second Annual Chalk Crawl for Kids from 10:15am to 12pm.

Gee Updates Board of Trustees on Medicare, TennCare

Board of Trustees hear updates. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular session for April on Thursday night and CEO and Administrator Tom Gee gave the board an update on Medicare and TennCare issues. Gee reported that the legislature continues to consider some modifications to reimbursement which many help the medical center during the next year.

Gee reported that movement also continues on the EMS assessment bill which allows Tennessee to draw down additional funds for EMS services. He said this could mean up to $150K per year for EMS.

Gee told board members the hospital has been engaging with a lobbyists along with other governmental hospitals to obtain one time matching funds for charity care provided in governmental hospitals. The group met this past week with the Director of TennCare who indicated her support for the effort and she advised it would not take legislative approval but could go directly to CMS for their approval. Gee said right now it’s too early to tell what the ultimate outcome of this would be, but the financial impact for HCMC could be significant.

Gee said very little effort is being put forward to obtain funds under Insure Tennessee for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act which are still available. Several other states that didn’t expand Medicaid are moving to get those funds however.

HCMC Hires New HR Director, CFO

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Trustees learned of new staff including a new Director of Human Resources and Chief Financial Officer. Bret Marshall began duties as the new Director of HR earlier in April, coming to Henry County from Yakima, Washington where he was working with the Community Health Systems on a project and comes with extensive experience in human resources. Dale Guffey will join HCMC in June as the new CFO. He has extensive experience in all aspects of hospital finance and should bring excellent capabilities to the institution.

Board Says Goodbye to Nancy Moore

Paris, Tenn.- The board honored administrative assistant Nancy Moore at Thursday’s board meeting as she is retiring May 19th after a distinguished 46 year career. Gee said, “Nancy has been one of those outstanding employees who are so good at her job that we sometimes take for granted all the things she accomplishes day in and day out, her loyalty, dedication, knowledge, and common sense approach to her job at HCMC has been exemplary. Nancy has made my job so much better and she will be missed.”

HCMC Seeks Smooth Transition for Cancer Center Partnership

Paris, Tenn.- Board of Trustees learned that the medical center continues to work with Dr. Permenter’s estate and attorneys to make sure that there is a smooth transition for our partnership in the Cancer Center. Gee explained that they believe there are sufficient protections in the partnership agreement that will allow us to protect our interest and have a first right of refusal for any partner which the estate may work with that didn’t meet our expectations.

Gee told the board they will be kept abreast of the situation as it moves forward, but at this point, they’re trying to avoid triggering a buyout of the estate by the hospital since funds are really not available at the time to do so.

Medical Center Has Tough Decision on Budget Items Looming

Paris, Tenn.- The medical center plans to make some hard decisions in the near future to try and reduce some costs that are creating financial issues for the budget. One physician practice has been given notice because currently it’s not producing enough income to pay its way. Several other contracts are being reevaluated and consolidations continue with some practices, but could take several weeks or months to be completed.

After Lisa Casteel went over the financials, it was shown the hospital continues to struggle to meet budget and Gee explained that “we are going to have to make some really tough decisions over the next 2-3 months on if we are going to cut some staff, quit some services, etc., because we can’t keep going over budget and its really tough on rural hospitals right now.”

BOT See Presentation on Compliance

Judy Farris presents an update on compliance to the BOT. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Trustees saw a presentation from Judy Farris on compliance updates. She said there have been 600 plus whistleblower cases when the government receives reports of possible fraudulent activity, which has resulted in over $29.5B in recoveries from healthcare providers in False Claims.

Farris said for every $1 spent on investigation and enforcement activities, there is a return of $7-14 from repayments, assessed fines, and penalties.

Farris went over some of the things she tries to relate to partners of HCMC is to reach out to her, ask questions, and not be fearful of retaliation or action. She said sometimes human error and mistakes happen, and simple ones can lead to fraud and compliance issues if not addressed properly. Casteel also told board members of several different measures the hospital takes to make sure we are not deceiving providers or anyone.

Farris reported that over the last year, HCMC, has had no major HIPPA violations, red flags, or security reports.

Paris Police Release Fish Fry Parade Rules

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has released the following rules/guidelines ahead of Friday's Grand Parade for the 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry.

·       Parking is allowed on the South side of the parade route at midnight.

·       Leave cell phone number on the vehicle dash in case of illegal parking.  We will call before we tow.

·       No bikes, ATV’s, skateboards, skates, mini bikes on route unless part of the parade or authorized i.e. Jaycees, EMS, Rescue Squad and Law Enforcement.

·        No pets of any kind on the route unless part of the parade.

 

·        No candy is allowed to be thrown from parade entrants but may be carried to the spectators.

 

·        No poppers are to be sold or thrown on the parade route.

 

·        Make sure private drives and intersections are kept clear.

 

·        When the parade ends, make sure all vehicles are moved.  If left unattended in a traffic lane, they will be towed.

 

·        Vendors must have a permit to sell on the parade route.

 

·        Backpacks will be checked for content on the route.

 

·    Parade entrants must be in possession of a valid Drivers License

TN Issues Public Heatlh Advisory on Fentanyl

Nashville- Fentanyl, an exceptionally powerful drug used legally to treat extreme pain, has found its way to the illegal drug market, and it is killing people. According to three departments and one agency of Tennessee State Government, overdose deaths associated with fentanyl are increasing in the state and law enforcement officials have found the drug in counterfeit versions of commonly misused pain relief pills.

To increase awareness about the dangers associated with fentanyl, the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have issued a public health advisory and urge those challenged with a substance use disorder or who might obtain or misuse drugs “on the street” to understand the risk of death from the potent synthetic opioid.

To see the advisory, go to http://tn.gov/assets/entities/health/attachments/Fentanyl_Public_Health_Advisory.pdf.

“A few months we ago we reported 1,451 people lost their lives to drug overdoses in Tennessee in 2015 alone,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Counterfeit drugs present a terrible risk and an overdose can occur the very first time a person tries an illicit drug. This used to be a relatively rare tragedy. Now, with counterfeit drugs potentially made with more deadly and concentrated ingredients, the risk is dire. Please warn friends and family members using illegally-obtained drugs that even one pill or use can be deadly.”

“This is a life-threatening danger,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Our agents find themselves encountering fentanyl in a growing number of cases. Also troubling: Our crime labs across the state routinely analyze pills that look like one thing, but actually contain another. In a growing number of those cases, the pills contain fentanyl, which brings with it the potential for dangerous or deadly consequences.”

“Fentanyl use is becoming increasingly popular and more accessible,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey said. “This has caused our department to be on high alert as we enforce traffic safety. It’s our mission to save lives on our roadways and ensure that our communities are safe. With our law enforcement and government partners, we are doing our best to combat the abuse of this drug and the life-threatening risks it causes not only the user, but the innocent.”

“If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, please call the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams. “Help is available, recovery is possible and all have you have to do is call; the only thing to lose if you don’t is your life.”

For additional information about fentanyl and its steadily increasing impact in the United States, visit www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/fentanyl.html.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

TWRA Aware of Silver Carp Dying Off on KY and Barkley Lake

Nashville- Boaters may have noticed recently that there is a large number of fish dying along the shoreline throughout Kentucky and Barkley lakes, an occurrence that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is aware of and investigating.

The dead fish are silver carp, an invasive species that can negatively impact native fish and recreational boating. Because of these threats, the TWRA has been working to stem their expansion into new waters.

“While we are trying to learn how to slow or stop their expansion, the recent die-off of thousands of fish for whatever reason has occurred naturally,” noted Frank Fiss, Chief of TWRA’s Fish Division.

“We have collected samples of the dead fish and sent them to a lab to identify the cause of the disease.  This type of analysis is not always conclusive, but we are trying to gather as much information as possible.” 

Silver carp and bighead carp are among a family of invasive “Asian” carp that were imported to the USA in the early 1970s.  They escaped into the Mississippi River decades ago and have steadily spread into numerous bodies of waters, including rivers in Tennessee.

Growing numbers of carp are a threat to native species because Asian carp rely primarily on plankton as a food source, which is an also important source of food for native species, especially at smaller sizes.

Silver carp can also pose dangers to boaters as they often respond to motor vibration or noise by leaping as boats approach or pass through schooling fish that can weigh 30 to 40 pounds.

“Most of the dead fish that we have seen have been two years old but there are a lot of dead fish, and we are probably only seeing a tiny percentage of what actually inhabits the reservoir,” said Fiss.

“The widespread die off does not seem to be impacting other fish species, which is good news for game fish and anglers” said Fiss. “We appreciate all the reports we have received, and we want everyone to know we are aware of the die off and are monitoring it.”

Man Charged Criminal Simulation

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Coty Rae Blair, age 29, of 238 Antioch Harbor Road in Springville for criminal simulation after he attempted to use a novelty $100 bill at the Dollar General on Hwy. 79N.

MSU Partnering with Louisville for Fast Track Law Degree

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has announced a partnership with the University of Louisville to offer an accelerated degree program where students can earn an undergraduate degree as well as a law degree in just six years.

As part of UofL’s Brandeis School of Law 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, Murray State undergraduate students majoring in political science while meeting qualifications could apply and enroll for law school admission through the UofL, making their senior year also count as their first year of law school. The fast-track curriculum means students will have one less year of coursework, tuition and expenses.

“This partnership is a great step forward for providing our students with an accelerated pathway in furthering their academic pursuits,” said Staci Stone, interim dean of Murray State University’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

“Our recruiting efforts will be strengthened as well, allowing us to offer this innovative program to prospective students interested in law school.”

“We want to help students jump-start their legal education,” said UofL Brandeis Law Dean Susan Duncan. “We’re thrilled to have Murray State as a partner and to know we are doing our part to help college students reduce costs and begin their legal careers more quickly.”

900 Come Thru Fish Tent Wednesday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- 900 people came out to eat at the Fish Tent on its first night Wednesday with 845 adults and 55 children. The Christian Concert, featuring the Brett Perkins Band had 250 in attendance. The weather was great and the rain held off. The carnival was also well attended. The Fish Tent opens back up from 5-9pm Thursday. Also its family night at the IPRA Rodeo with $5 admission and ten rides for $10 at the carnival on Thursday.

Kevin York Memorial Ride Scheduled for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2017 Kevin York Memorial Ride will be Saturday April 29th with kick stands up at 11am. The ride begins at the Jera Building, located at 360 DuPont Access Road in New Johnsonville. Registration starts at 10am. Donations of $15 per rider are requested, $10 per passenger. There will be BBQ available for purchase. Rain date will be Saturday May 6th. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For more information call Jeff Pierce at 731-441-8509.

Fish Tent Opens for First Time at 64th Annual WBFF

Hostess Princess Jasmine Jones tosses the first hushpuppy, with a side arm motion, to her mama, Melody Jones. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Fish Tent officially opened on Wednesday with Hostess Princess Jasmine Jones tossing the first hushpuppy to her mama after remarks were made by David “Tater” Hayes and Josh “Smokey” Taylor. The great weather helped make sure the crowd was large as the Fish Tent opened for the first time this year. Jones and her court along with City of Paris officials helped served the first rounds of fish plates. After supper, event goers enjoyed the Christian Concert and the carnival. Pictures from the Fish Tent are on the main page on wmufradio.com and on the Fish Fry page, linked at the top left of the main page.

Pounds upon pounds of hot fried catfish coming righ out of the fryer Wed. evening.

Eddie and Shelly Leaver made the 9 plus hour drive from Iowa to come to their first ever World's Biggest Fish Fry. Eddie is originally from McKenzie and has family in Bruceton and visits once a year, but had never made it down for the Fish Fry until now.

Fish getting tossed into the meal and batter before going in the fryer.

Thursday's Events At WBFF Include Family Night at Rodeo

Paris, Tenn.- The Fish Tent opens again 5-9pm Thursday and 11am to 9pm Friday and Saturday and is all you can eat catfish, fries, hushpuppies, slaw, white beans, and drink for $12 for adults. Children ages 6-12 eat for $8.

In addition to the Fish Tent opening back on Thursday, there are several more activities going on. Thursday is family night at the IPRA Rodeo with admission only $5, children under age 6 are free with paying adult. The rodeo begins at 7:30pm. The rodeo will also go on Friday and Saturday nights with admission being $10.

The carnival will open from 5-11pm and its ten rides for $10 and the arts and crafts show will be open in the Enoch Building from 5-8:30pm on Thursday.

HCHS Band Hosting Two Free Concerts First Week of May

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Chamber Ensembles Concert Band will have a concert on Tuesday May 2nd at 6:30pm at the Little Theatre at HCHS and a Spring concert on Thursday May 4th at 7:30pm in Gamlin Gym at HCHS. Both of the concerts are free to the public and everyone is encouraged to come out and hear the great music from all of our talented band students.

In a recent trip to Bartlett, the Jazz Ensemble earned straight Superior ratings at the Bartlett Jazz Festival. That is the highest rating an ensemble can receive. Band students also had a chance to perform and attend a clinic with the faculty of Ole Miss.

Central School Alumni Assoc. Hosting Dance Fundrasier Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Central High School Alumni Association will hold a dance and fundraiser on Friday April 28th at the Tuscany Room at the Paris Winery, located at 2982 Harvey Bowden Road. Music will be provided by DJ Love and the dance will run from 8-11pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call Paul Payne at 707-2866.

Two Clarksville Men Arrested on Felony Marijuana Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Two Clarksville men were arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana on a traffic stop Tuesday by the Metro Crime Unit and agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Jamarcus Steptoe and Chaunsie Sebree were travelling into Henry County on Hwy. 79 N and were stopped on a traffic violation.

Sheriff Monte Belew deployed K9 Si onto the vehicle and he gave a positive alert to the odor of narcotics. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a felony amount of marijuana was located inside the vehicle.

Steptoe and Sebree were both charged with felony possession of schedule 6 with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver. An additional felony weapons charge was added to Sebree after officers found a handgun in his possession. Both men were placed on $5K bond and $600 in cash was seized as drug proceeds.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police Department, and Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office assisted in the traffic stop.

Rhea School Holds Annual Fish Fry Parade

Paris, Tenn.- The Rhea School students participated in their annual Fish Fry Parade and celebration today at Henry County High School. Principal Sandra Paschall explained that the annual parade usually is conducted around the school but due to construction they had to move it or cancel it. They contacted the High School about having the parade on the track at Patriot Stadium and that's what happened.

Throw in the concern for marching off campus, contact local sheriff Monte Belew who then set up a motorcade to lead the parade and officers to assure they safety. Over 600 students marched.  Parents, staff and community members enjoyed the wonderful weather at Patriot Stadium. (David Jackson photos)

Great Weather Brings Out the Classic Cars for DPA's Cruise-In

Paris, Tenn.- The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the Downtown Paris Association's first Cruise-In of the year on Tuesday. The Old Spirits entertained the large crowd that came out to the court square. (Kathy Ray photos)

Thefts Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on College Street in Henry where a riding lawn mower, Troy Built 17” trimmer, and a welder were stolen. The total value of items is around $4700. Paris Police did manage to recover a couple of the items and there are no suspects at this time.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a resident of Howell Loop where $84 in cash and his debit cards had been stolen from a man’s wallet. Cpl. Jenkins advised him to cancel his debit cards and investigation is continuing.

Cpl. Jenkins also has drawn warrants on a suspect who has allegedly stolen a 2015 Chevy Impala from a home on Upchurch Drive. The owners stated the woman took an extra set of keys and left in the vehicle and had yet to return.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department has charged Steven Thomas Miller, age 27, of 103 N. Highland Street, with evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, and violation of a sentence.

Great Crowd Attends Country Dance

Paris, Tenn.- Just under 200 people attended the country dance on Tuesday night at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry. The great weather also helped attendance at the carnival as it was $15 armband night. The World’s Biggest Fish Fry continues Wednesday as the Fish Tent opens at 5pm, the carnival is $20 armbands at 5pm, and the Brett Perkins band performs at the Christian Concert at 7pm, with admission $5.

Bringing Out the Inner Kid in All of Us at the WBFF

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Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds of people showed up to take in the games, entertainment, rides and country music at World’s Biggest Fish Fry on Tuesday as the carnival opening up for the first time.

Kids enjoyed carnival games while people of all ages took to rides to have some fun at the first night of the Kissel Carnival at the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry.(Cassie Walsh photos)

Country Dancing All Night Long

Paris, Tenn.- The dance floor was packed with country music lovers on Tuesday night of the World’ Biggest Fish Fry as the Country Dance, sponsored by WMUF 104.7fm, continued to entertain. The Legends provided entertainment for the Country Dance and even those who attended the dance got to get a WMUF t-shirt at the event. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Chamber Golf Tourney Scheduled for May 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their membership golf tournament on Friday May 5th at the Paris Country Club with shotgun starts at 8am and again at 1pm. There are several new things to be involved with at this year’s tournament as it moves to the Paris Country Club.

The format is a four person scramble and entry fee is $300 for a team of Chamber members and $350 for non-members. Chamber members receive preference on tee times.

The price includes lunch, cart, mulligan, toss, and red tee shot for all players. Team prices include $600 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd, and $200 for 10th place. Last place will have a special surprise awarded to them.

Hole in one prizes include a new vehicle, Harley Davidson, and two chances at $5K cash. Individual prizes include Men’s longest drive, Women’s longest drive, closest to the pin, and longest putt.

Morning players will also receive free entry into a $100 indoor corn hole tournament plus entertainment in the lounge by The Old Spirits. Sponsors include Hamilton Ryker, Air Evac, Joe Mahan Ford, First Bank, BPU, HCMC, and the Paris Henry County Industrial Committee.

Checks should be made payable to the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2508 E. Wood St., Paris, TN 38242. For more information call the chamber at 642-3431 or fill out an application by going online at paristnchamber.com.

LBL Quilting Bee Set for This Weekend

Land Between the Lakes, Tenn./Ky.- The Homeplace 1850s Farm will host its annual Quilting Bee, this Saturday and Sunday April 29th and 30th from 10am to 3pm at the LBL. Visitors will learn how quilts were made in the 1850s and can help complete a handmade quilt the old-fashioned way and take home some 1850s patterns to try.

Also on Saturday visitors will see blacksmithing from 1-4pm and broom making on Sunday 1-4pm. Visitors are also encouraged to meet the farm animals and wander the farm with its period crops and gardens. For more information visit LBL’s website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us.

Fish Tent Opens Wed. at 64th Annual WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is a big day at the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry as the Fish Tent will officially open up at 5pm with the hushpuppy toss from Hostess Princess Jasmine Jones. The Fish Tent will be open Wednesday and Thursday 5-9pm and Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm and it is once again all you can eat fileted catfish, fries, hushpuppies, white beans, slaw, and drink for $12.

The carnival will be open from 5pm-11pm Wednesday and its $20 armbands to ride all the rides. The Christian Concert will be held from 7-9pm and admission is $5. Entertainment will be provided by the Bret Perkins Band.

BPU Seeks to Raise Water, Sewer Tap Rates

BPU board members look over sewer and water tap increases. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday morning and approved a motion to submit a request to the Paris City Commission to raise the water and sewer tap fees to better reflect the actual cost of installation.

General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said the water tap fee has not been increased in 10 years and the sewer tap fees haven’t been raised in 19 years and they knew they had to look at it and see what they could do to recoup some of their costs.

Expenses have increased including the tap itself going from $40 to about $170 and other materials have increased in price as well. Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Tony Brown said, “we just want to be fair to both our customers and the BPU, we aren’t looking to make money, we just have to recoup costs the BPU has when putting in the taps.”

The residential rates for water tap fees will increase to an even $1000 for both city and non-city residents, once approved on two readings by the City Commission. The rates were $490 for city residents and $735 for non-city residents but Wimberley said there was no need to differentiate costs based on location.

The sewer tap rates also increased from $600 for city residents and $900 to non-city residents to a $1000 flat rate charge for sewer taps.

In other business on Tuesday, the BPU board approved a motion to write-off delinquent accounts for the third quarter of the fiscal year in the amount of $15,525. Wimberley said this covers the mid-November to mid-February range, some of the colder months, usually even though this winter it wasn’t as cold. He said there are 10 more customers on the write-offs than last year and it increased some. Wimberley said the 1000 pre-pay customers BPU now has impacted the Electric Department write-offs bringing them down over the last several months, but they have seen an increase in debt in water and sewer bills.  

DPA's First Cruise-In Set for Tuesday 5:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold its first Cruise-In of the year Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm on the Court Square. “The Old Spirits” will provide music and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. Some vendors will also be on site.

All classic cars are welcomes and if you bring one to the Cruise-In, you’re eligible for door prizes. Cruise-Ins will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month in April, May, June, August, and September. July’s Cruise-In is combined with the Downtown Ice Cream Social, scheduled for Saturday July 29th this year from 4-6:30pm.

For more information on DPA events get their free phone app, or log onto, www.visitdowntownparis.com.

Summer Tennis Camp Enrollment Now Open

Paris, Tenn.- Sign-ups are now being accepted for the 2017 Summer Tennis programs for kids and adults in Paris. Beginning classes for kids ages 6-8 years of age are designed to have fun while learning the basics of the game. For more experienced players, ages 14-18 there are the Junior Team Tennis events which include high performance training and team competitive events.

For adults who have always wanted to learn the game, or reinforce skills once required, there is Cardio Tennis. This will teach the basics of the game and burn off calories.

All classes will be held at the Paris Parks Tennis facility located on the campus of Henry County High School. To assure your spot call Linda at 731-441-2155 or email kirkscourt@gmail.com. Programs are sponsored by the United States Tennis Association, the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club and the City of Paris Parks and Recreation Department.

Dates for the Summer Tennis program begin June 5th and costs ranges from $60 for youth to $90 for Adult Cardio Tennis. U.S. Professional Teaching Pro J.F. Kirk will teach the classes.

City of Paris Announces Fish Fry Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for Fish Fry Friday, April 28th. City Hall and the Public Works Department will be closed on Friday with all emergency services on regular schedule. The Paris Henry County Landfill will be closed Friday and Saturday April 28-29 and reopen Monday May 1st.

The City of Paris Animal Shelter will close Friday and Saturday for Fish Fry and reopen at 11:30am Monday May 1st. The Civic Center will be closed Friday April 28th for Fish Fry, but will reopen at 8am on Saturday.

Tuesday at the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday’s events at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry include the carnival opening up for the first time from 5-11pm. It’s discounted armband night on Tuesday with a $5 off coupon from school getting you in to ride all the rides for only $15. Also the country dance will run from 7-10pm at the fairgrounds. Admission is $5 and The Legends will be the entertainment. For continuing coverage of this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry visit our website at wmufradio.com. There will be stories on the main page and on the Fish Fry page, which can be viewed by clicking the link at the top left.

Local Magnolia and Vine Rep. Holding Benefit for Pollack Girls

Paris, Tenn.- An online fundraiser from a local Magnolia and Vine representative is going thru midnight on April 30th where 20% of all catalog and online orders will be donated to help the Pollack children. You can shop online at www.mymagnoliaandvine.com/amccabe and click on the event named Pollack children. For more information call Amanda McCabe at 731-336-0776.

Patriots Drop 3rd Straight District Game

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County lost at home to Northeast 4-0 on Monday evening dropping their 3rd straight District 10-AAA contest and falling to 7-4 in District play.

The Patriots ran up against Collin Loose on the mound for the Eagles who was fantastic pitching a complete game shutout. Henry County's Rick Conroy pitched well also, giving up two runs in the 2nd and then two more in the 7th. The two teams will play at Northeast Tuesday night.

Dozens Turnout for the WBFF Street Dance

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of people turned out to get their boogie on at the WBFF Kick-off Street Dance on Monday night in Downtown Paris as the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry rolls on. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got to enjoy chalk drawing, hoola hooping, sack races and more. Attendees also got enjoy good food at the event while rocking out to the Ray Lewis Band as they played music from all genres from country to rock.

Gearing Up for Fish Fry Week

Paris, Tenn.- Comfortable temperatures and sunshine were a welcome site Monday afternoon around the Henry County Fairgrounds as workers were out in full force getting the rides set up at the carnival for Fish Fry week. There are several rides, many games, and lots of food vendors on site this year once again. The carnival opens up on Tuesday with $15 armbands with discounted coupons to ride all the rides you want. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Demolition Derby is Rescheduled for Sat. May 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Demolition Derby that was scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd at 7pm at the Fairgrounds that was cancelled due to the weather, because crews were unable to get the equipment out they needed at the fairgrounds has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 27th at 7pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Mason Named as Next Grove Principal

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton has announced that Tim Mason will be the next principal at E.W. Grove School, effective July 1st. Mason, who has 20 years of Tennessee public education experience, has served Henry County Schools faithfully for 12 years as a teacher and school administrator.

Mason recently completed the inaugural class of the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership, a year-long program designed to increase school leadership capacity and support individual growth toward becoming a highly effective building principal. Mason received his undergraduate at Trevecca Nazarene University and completed his Master’s degree in School Administration at Bethel University.

Mason will be replacing long-time educator Sam Tharpe who has announced his pending retirement June 30th.

HCTA Approves Funding for Fairgrounds and the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority met Monday and the board approved to give the Fairgrounds $5,000 to buy new tables and chairs for the facility, but they are hopeful that they can get the chairs and tables at a cheaper price.

The HCTA board also approved to give $2,500 for the bands and $15,000 for this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry.

HCTA Approve Funding for Holly Fork and Bass Masters

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday's Henry County Tourism meeting the board approved to give $25,000 for the Holly Fork Youth Shooting Club. The Holly Fork Youth Shooting Club is a non profit that took part in the Tennessee Junior Olympics Championship at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex over the past weekend where hundreds of athletes from across the state came to compete in the tournament.  This event was a tournament for qualification for the state of Tennessee with winners advancing to the National Championship in Colorado Springs, CO.

The HCTA board also approved to give $7500 for the Bass Master’s Tournament set to take place at Kentucky Lake this year.

Springville Man Killed In One Vehicle Accident

Paris, Tenn.- A 38 year old Springville man was killed in a one vehicle accident on State Route 69A Sunday evening. Andy Perdue, age 38, was traveling south on State Route 69A in his 1994 four door Ford and went off the right shoulder of the roadway attempting to negotiate a left hand curve. The vehicle struck a culvert and went air born and struck a tree against the driver side door. The vehicle came rest next to the tree and Perdue was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Monday Events at WBFF Include Kick-Off Dance

Paris, Tenn.- The Kick-off Street Dance is set for 7-9pm downtown around the square on Monday night as the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry rolls on. Saturday’s rain postponed the demolition derby, and a rain date will be announced later on. The bed races from Saturday were also cancelled, but will not be made up. The weather for Monday’s street dance should be perfect with clear skies and lows eventually getting to the low 50s overnight, but should be even warmer during the dance. The Ray Lewis Band will entertain and admission is free.

Winders Family Runs at Louisville Meet

Louisville, Ky.- The Winders family ran in the University of Louisville Eastern Relays this past weekend. In the middle school girls race, Dinah Winders came in 11th with a time of 5:40 in the one mile run against 28 other runners.

At the high school boys Invitational, 3200 meters, Titus Winders finished 5th at 9:17 and Silas came in with a time of 9:46. There were 128 runners. In the one mile run, Titus came in 22nd overall and Silas was 23rd with times of 4:36 and 4:37 respectively. There were 155 runners in this race.

Lexington Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Storme Hilliard, age 22 of 790 Franklin Ave. of Lexington, on Saturday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent, possession of a schedule IV substance with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia and warrants out of Shelby County.

Hilliard was placed on $10,000 bond.

Paris Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews arrested Larry S. Hernandez, age 24, and Candice R. Garner, age 30, both of 8345 Hwy. 79 North of Paris, on Saturday for possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of a schedule IV substance with intent to manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hernandez was placed on $7,500 bond and Garner was placed on $5,000 bond.

WBFF Car Show is Set for Sat. April 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Car Show is set for this Saturday, April 29th rain or shine at Paris Elementary School, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

There will be 26 classes which include automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Registration for the Car Show is from 8am to noon with judging beginning at 9am. Awards for the Car Show will be given out at 2pm.

The registration fee for 1st entry is $20 and $10 for your 2nd entry. At the show there will be free spectator admission and parking and restrooms and food vendors are available.

For more information please contact Donnie Banks at 333-2320, Steve French at 644-2777 or you can email srfrench67@hotmail.com. You can also see car show rules by visiting www.srfproductions.com.

Proceeds from the car show will be distributed to local scholarship fund, community youth projects and various clubs and civic donations.

Mansfield Man Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder Attempt

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Investigator Scott Wyrick arrested Luke P. Williamson, age 20 of 1215 Mansfield Road of Mansfield, on Friday for criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder.

Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Henry County Medical Center ER in reference to a patient who had been repeatedly run over by a vehicle.

When Sgt. Powell arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim and the victim’s mother who stated that Williamson had run the victim over after an argument over a girl that Williamson had previously dated and the victim was currently involved with.

According to the victim and two other witnesses at the scene the victim was driving down Reynoldsburg Road and he stopped at the intersection between Reynoldsburg and Travis Boyd Roads, when he noticed that Williamson was following them.

The victim then got out of the car to confront Williamson about why he was following them and Williamson then gunned the vehicle and ran the victim over and dragged his for some distance before coming to a stop. The victim did sustain several injuries to his back from the incident.

Lt. Investigator Wyrick later arrested Williamson at the HCSO and Williamson was placed on $80,000 bond.

Demolition Derby and Bed Races Cancelled for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Bed Races event that was scheduled to take place in downtown Paris at noon on Saturday, April 22nd have been cancelled due to the weather and Demolition Derby scheduled for Saturday night at 7pm at the Fairgrounds is also cancelled due to the fact that they couldn't get equipment out at the fairgrounds because of how much rain we received.

Fish Fry General Manager Josh “Smokey” Taylor said that they will announce a make-up date for the Demolition Derby, but there will be no make-up date for the Bed Races.

49 Compete in the 2017 5K Hushpuppy Dash


49 runners race to win at the 2017 5K Hushpuppy Dash (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A total of 49 runners braced early morning thunderstorms, dropping temperatures and a few stray showers to compete in the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry 5K Hushpuppy Dash at Henry County High School High School as activities for the 2017 World’s Biggest Fish Fry began on Saturday.


Daniel Watkins comes in 1st place at the 5K Hushpuppy Dash (Cassie Walsh photo)

Daniel Watkins with a time off 22:15 minutes came in first place and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew also made the top 10 at this year's event. Hulmes Sporting Goods and Flex Fitness were this year’s 5K Hushpuppy Dash sponsors. Thanks goes out to all of the Paris-HC Jaycees who volunteered at the 5K Hushpuppy Dash.

Clarksville Man Arrested on Multiple Charges and Paris Woman Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Tony Elkins arrested Rodriquiez A. Arnold, age 26 of 125 Cunningham Place of Clarksville, on Friday for domestic assault, simple assault, theft and possession of a schedule II substance. Arnold was placed on a total of $4,000 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Jessica S. Hilliard, age 29 of 418 Harrison Street of Paris, on Thursday for disorderly conduct. Hilliard was placed on $1,000 bond.

64th Annual WBFF Events Start Saturday with Hushpuppy Dash

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry has events starting on Saturday and continuing all next week. Saturday’s events start with the 5K Hushpuppy Dash at Henry County High School High School at 8am. Registration is $20 and begins at 7am.

There’s a new event this year, bed races, and they will be held downtown on the court square beginning at Noon. Registration starts at 11am and judging begins at 11:30am. Entry fee for a team is $75.

The demolition derby is at 7pm Saturday night at the fairgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults, children ages 6-10 admission is $5, and children under 5 are admitted for free.

For continuing coverage of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry events listen to our radio stations and visit our website for stories and pictures.

Paris Woman Arrested for Using Stolen Plates

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Lisa Raye Mabe, age 23 of 815 Memorial Drive of Paris, on Thursday for the use of stolen plates.

While on patrol, Cpl. Jenkins saw a vehicle and ran the license plate through dispatch and he found that the license plate was stolen. Cpl. Jenkins conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and he placed the driver identified as Mabe under arrest for the use of stolen plates. Mabe was placed on $250 bond.

TN Sees March Unemployment Rate Drop

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.1 percent for March, positively shifting from February’s revised rate of 5.3 percent. This progress matches the U.S. preliminary rate’s decline of two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5 percent.

This report shows Tennesseans are finding work in a growing workforce,” shared Commissioner Burns Phillips.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate increased by half a percentage point to 4.6 percent while, the national rate of 5.0 percent decreased by half a point. TDLWD’s commissioner continued, “When the labor force grows quicker than residents can find work, unemployment rates take a hit and that’s exactly what we’ve seen over the past 12 months.”

From February to March, the total nonfarm employment increased by 8,600 jobs. The largest increases occurred in administrative/support/waste services, local government, and state government.

 “We’re bringing a great number of job opportunities to the state, helping us achieve our main objective of putting the people of Tennessee to work. This month’s rate shows the hard work of several state agencies is paying off,” he concluded.

Nonfarm employment increased over the year with 63,500 jobs. The largest increases occurred in the following industries: professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division’s labor market information specialists. The division reports metrics and contextual information as it relates to employment, income, and population in Tennessee. Labor force topics are narrated in monthly newsletters and additional resources are available on Jobs4TN.gov.

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.

 

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