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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


HCSO Conducting Sobriety Checkpoints This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting several sobriety check points on various roads across Henry County this weekend in an effort to curb drunk driving and promote driver safety. We would like to remind everyone that should you choose to drink, be responsible and have a designated driver. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind all the high school students attending this year’s prom to have a great time but please be responsible! Their safety is our number one priority!

HCHS Baseball, Softball To Play in District Tourney Games Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will play, weather permitting, on Friday evening in District Tournament games. The Lady Patriots will be at home at 5pm to play Montgomery Centeral in the 2nd round of the District 10-AAA tournament winners bracket after winning Thursday night over Northwest 10-0. The 2nd game at HCHS Friday  will be Rossview vs. Northeast in the losers bracket. Winners will move on to play Monday, with teams and times to be determined.

The Patriot Baseball team opens up play in the District Tournament Friday night at Clarksville High School. The Patriots will play Springfield in the first game. The tournament is also double elimination. The tournament could continue Saturday if rain holds off, but it is likely to be postponed if weather hits and start again on Monday.

TVA Sees Increased Financial Positition Due to Higher Sales, Lower Costs

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority today reported $5.3 billion in operating revenues through the six-month period ended March 31, 2018, a five percent increase from the same period a year ago. The higher revenues were driven by a six percent increase in electricity sales, primarily due to weather conditions.

During the same six-month period, total operating expenses decreased four percent, as compared to the same period last year, primarily due to decreased fuel expense driven by higher hydro and natural gas generation and lower market prices for natural gas. 

“Power demand has been higher so far in 2018 compared to last year’s record warm winter, but our customers are paying less,” said Bill Johnson, TVA president and chief executive officer.

“Higher output from hydro, nuclear and natural gas-fired generation helped keep the Valley warm during cold weather in January while our diversified fleet kept prices lower for TVA’s customers during more moderate temperatures.”

Operating and maintenance expense was down $34 million, or two percent lower, for the first six months of this fiscal year, compared to the same period last year, mostly driven by a decrease in planned nuclear outage days and an increase in workforce efficiencies.

“Higher revenues from the more normal weather this year, and lower operating expenses along with lower interest on debt, contributed to a stronger bottom line,” said John Thomas, TVA chief financial officer.

“These results are helping TVA realize its strategic objectives to keep rates low while prudently managing debt and investing in a cleaner, more diverse power system.”

Additional highlights of TVA’s second quarter fiscal year 2018 results include:

  • Net income for the six months ended March 31, 2018 was $750 million, up 140 percent from net income of $313 million for the same period of fiscal year 2017.

  • TVA’s cash position was temporarily higher, at $1.2 billion, at March 31, 2018, due to the timing of financing activities related to maturing long-term debt.

  • Colder-than-normal weather during January 2018 led to TVA setting an all-time record for energy demand in a 24-hour period, delivering 706 million kilowatt-hours of energy to the Tennessee Valley. TVA set three of its top-12 winter peak demand records in January 2018.

  • TVA retired Allen Fossil Plant Units 1-3 in March 2018. With these retirements, TVA has completed the requirements related to retiring or installing controls on coal-fired units imposed by the 2011 Environmental Agreements with the EPA, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and three environmental advocacy groups.

  • The Allen Combined Cycle Plant began operational testing in September 2017 and officially entered commercial operation on April 30.

  • TVA completed its first extended power uprate at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 3, which will result in an additional 155 megawatts of carbon-free energy. The unit was returned to service in April 2018 and power ascension testing is in progress. Extended power uprates at Browns Ferry Units 1 and 2 will be completed by spring 2019.

  • TVA continued to update its Integrated Resource Plan to determine the best way to meet future power demand while evaluating the optimal mix of resources and the evolving role of distributed energy resources.

“These actions taken during the first six months of fiscal year 2018 have enabled our diversified generating fleet to produce more than half of our power from carbon-free sources and reduce our carbon emissions almost 50 percent below 2005 levels,” said Johnson.

“Moving forward, we will remain focused on making the right decisions that allow us to build on these results and provide cleaner, reliable energy at the lowest costs feasible to those we serve.”

LBL's Homeplace To Hold Children's Day on the Farm Saturday

LBL, Tenn.- Children’s Day on the Farm is Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The annual event runs from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $4 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.

This year’s theme is “Living Close to the Land.” Children can participate in a variety of hands-on activities to experience life as a child on an 1850s farm. 

10am-12pm | Butter Churning, Spring Gardening, Splitting Wood, and Toy Time

1-3pm | Spinning Yarns, Water Works, Wonder Turners, and Toy Time 

2:30-3pm | Old-fashioned group games and competitions

A new addition to this year’s event is a spring plowing demonstration with Homeplace mules Dan and Todd from 11am-1pm, weather and soil conditions permitting. Watch the mules in action, meet them up close, and learn about them from the farmers.

"At Children’s Day, young visitors have the opportunity to rediscover and try skills that farm children in the 1850s learned at an early age, from raising your own food to making your own fun,” says Kira Sanscrainte, historic interpreter at the Homeplace. 

The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm is located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between the Lakes. Activities are recommended for ages 5 - 12. Home educators will find opportunities to engage children through play.

Fourth grade students can go to https://everykidinapark.gov/, get their free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free. For more information, call the Nature Station at 270.924.2299.

45th Annual Rotary Club Country Ham Breakfast is Saturday at PES

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club’s 45th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Country Ham Breakfast will be held Saturday May 5th at Paris Elementary School’s Cafeteria from 6am to 11am. It’s Country Ham, scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits and gravy and drink for only $10. Tickets are available from any rotary member or at the door. There will also be a bake sale during the event. Money raised benefits the club's programs throughout the year.

Fundraiser for HHS Student Hannah Reeves Planned Sat. May 5th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Huntingdon Public Safety members and Huntingdon High School students will hold a benefit for HHS student Hannah Reeves. The event will be at Cash Savers Supermarket on East Main St. in Huntingdon and will run from 11am to 2pm on Saturday May 5th. They will be selling burgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks, and desserts. In addition to the food there will be facepainting for the children. Money raised helps Hannah and family with expenses as she is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia at St. Judes in Memphis.

HCSS  to Honor Lunch Heroes Who Serve Meals on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Henry County School System nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, county schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 4.

This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Karen Wilson. Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats. 

Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Henry County School System, visit henryk12.net

HCHS, Responders Participate in Mock Crash Drill

Paris, Tenn.- A Mock Crash drill was held at Henry County High School Thursday afternoon were some student actors along with responders from local and state agencies acted out the scene of a car crash. The event is usually held every other year and is a learning experience to help show the dangers of driving under the influence. (Chief Damon Lowe photos)

KSP Post 1 911 Lines Down, Calls Being Rerouted

Hickory, Ky.- Currently all 911 calls coming into KSP post 1 are being rerouted to KSP post 2, located in Madisonville ,KY and Central Dispatch, located in Paducah, KY.  The 911 system at post 1 went down on Wednesday, May 2 at approximately 9:00 P.M. 

Repairmen have been working to resolve the issue but have been unsuccessful.  KSP was notified today the system could be down for a week or possibly longer as parts are being ordered to make the repairs. The contingency plan was initiated to reroute 911 calls from post 1 to the back up call centers. Post 1 encourages the public to continue to call 911 for emergencies, in order to ensure the caller’s location will be obtained. However, if you call 911 and no one answers by the fourth ring the normal administrative communication lines are still operational. Post 1 can be contacted by calling 270-856-3721, 270-575-7228 and 1-800-222-5555.

City Moving Forward to Acquire Old Fuel Distribution Property on S. Market

Commissioners and staff in the newly renovated court room at City Hall. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, the commission approved a resolution to acquire property from Henry County on South Market St. The property was an old fuel distribution center at the corner of South Market and Veterans Drive. The County acquired the property during a recent tax sale and the City has been working with the County with plans on acquire the property. The City plans to improve the property and allow the Paris Police Department to use it for vehicle storage and maintenance.

Both City Attorney Fred McLean and County Attorney Rob Whitfield worked thru the legalities of the sale and the resolution laid out the details of the agreement which allow the City to acquire the property.

Landfill Fees To Increase

Landfill manager Anthony McElroy discusses the landfill operations. (Tim Alsobooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission passed an ordinance Thursday night on first reading to increase fees at the Paris Henry County Landfill. City Manager Kim Foster said the minimum fee for use at the Landfill has remained the same for several years. In recent years, they have experienced a noticeable increase of out of town patrons at the Landfill.

After investigating the fees in surrounding counties and towns, it was determined Paris was considerably lower than others and people were driving further to use our Landfill to save on fees which has caused more work and waste and the beginning of problematic issues for the landfill and staff.

The ordinance lays out basic main changes in the disposal fees, increases in minimum charge for disposal, and the institution of a non-resident distinction for fees.

The fee will remain $38 for residents of Henry County per ton for disposal at the transfer station, $33 per ton shall be charged for disposal in the Class III and IV Landfill. A minimum charge of $15 will apply for amounts up to 790 pounds disposed of at either the Transfer Station or the landfill. That has been increased from $5 and is the only real increase on Paris residents.

Non Henry County residents will pay a $48 per ton disposal fee for the Transfer Station and $45 fee for the Class III and IV Landfill. A $25 fee will apply for amounts up to 1040 pounds disposed of at either the Transfer Station or Landfill.

The tire rates changed as well as the fees to take those have increased. The ordinance now states the City will charge their out of pocket cost plus one dollar for residents and plus two dollars for non residents.

Landfill Manager Anthony McElroy discussed how out of town collection rates were way below other areas. The life-span on the current landfill was set at 40 years in the late 90s/early 2000s.

City to Have Bulk Item Pick-Up Days Starting Later This Month

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster said Paris Public Works will begin a bulk item pickup day later this month. She said it’s something we’ve done in the past and want to offer again for our citizens. Foster said we would likely have two days per month of bulk item pick up and would have to call to make sure someone comes to pick up the bulk items.

Foster said there has to be some education in the community and residents will have to cooperate with the City to offer the bulk item pickup service. She said, “we can’t have old fridges and brush and leaves in the same load, we have to keep it separate, and the bulk items can’t set out waiting two or three weeks waiting for the next bulk pickup day.”

Retail Sales Increase in February

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners learned from Finance Director Traci Shannon that retail sales for February were up 3.03% from last year and up 3.6% year to date. Pillow said General Fund expenditures exceeded revenues in the month of March, but revenues are still ahead fiscal year-to-date. The month of March was a 3 pay period month for payroll which comes along twice a year.

Some of the other expenses included City Hall renovations which are reimbursable from the bond, donations to non-profits, and purchase of equipment for the Fire Department.

Solid waste revenues were ahead of expenditures for the month of March and also fiscal year to date.

The City issued 9 business licenses in March including a renewal for a minimal activity license. New businesses included G & C Enterprises, LLC., Jazzy Nails, Dunlap Construction, Wolff Auto Sales.

In other business Thursday night, a rezoning request for D. Patel on Mineral Wells Avenue was approved for rezoning some of his property from M-2 to B-1. The planning commission recommended the changes.

City Comm. Passes Ordinance to Amend Liquor Store Hours

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission also passed an ordinance to amend the liquor stores hours and days which they are allowed to sell liquor. The state recently enacted legislation to allow stores to sell liquor on Sundays and changed Holidays on which liquor sales are prohibited. City attorney Fred McLean developed and ordinance to mirror the state’s laws. He told commissioners the City has no say so in liquor laws, it is governed by the state.

Liquor stores in Paris may now sell liquor 8am to 11pm Monday thru Saturday and 10am to 11pm on Sunday. Liquor stores must be closed the following holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

The new state statute doesn’t allow wine sales in retail food stores on Sundays until after January 1st, 2019. McLean told commissioners the City will allow the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission regulations completely govern that when it begins.

City Accepts Hessing's Retirement; Starts Process to Find New City Judge

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission discussed the appointment of a new City Judge at Thursday night’s meeting as City Manager Kim Foster received a letter of resignation from David Hessing who wishes to resign effective June 1st. Hessing has served as City Judge for 30 years.

The municipal code says a judge must be 30 years of age, Henry County resident, a person learned in law and licensed to practice law with the State of Tennessee. Foster suggested to advertise for the position, accept letters of interest, and then appoint a committee to review the applications. The committee would include the City Manager, Capt. Brewer of the PPD, City Attorney Fred McLean, and two City Commissioners.

TN Cattlemens' Assoc. Names Melinda Perkins as Director of Youth Programs and Outreach

Mufreesboro, Tenn.- The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association is proud to announce and welcome Melinda Perkins as the TCA Director of Youth Programs and Outreach. Perkins will be responsible for organizing and supporting cattle youth events across the state and highlighting youth programs.

Perkins joins the TCA team after a four-month internship with the association. She was instrumental in creating TCA’s Tennessee Top Tier show circuit during her time as an intern. In her new role, she will continue to grow this program while also creating other youth events and programs.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and eager to make a difference in the cattle youth programs,” said Perkins. “I look forward to getting to continue working with the TCA staff, Board of Directors, and adult and youth members across the state.”

Perkins is originally from Henry County and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Agricultural Communications. She and her family raise Shorthorn and commercial cattle, and she has grown up showing livestock across the Southeast. She was an active member of 4-H and FFA in high school and involved in a multitude of livestock activities, including the UT Livestock Judging team, during college. Perkins brings a lifetime of experience in the cattle industry and youth programs to her new role at TCA.

“Melinda has the professionalism and passion for the cattle industry that will make her a great addition to our team,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. “I look forward to seeing the growth in our youth activities under her leadership. We are excited to have her on board.”

For more information about TCA and its programs, please visit www.tncattle.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @TennesseeCattle.

BPU Board Approves Low Bid for Office Renovation Work at Called Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- Meeting in special called session Thursday morning, the board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities approved the low bid by Allen Searcy Builders, of Union City, to do revnovation work at the BPU office. The bid came in at $631K.

General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said there were some factors that caused a higher than expected cost which included a fire alarm panel by the Fire Marshall, back door replacement required by TOSHA, and additional structural costs identified by the engineer that totalled over $35K. Wimberley said steel and lumber prices have also increased which impacted the total cost.

The plans have been reviewed and there isn't much cost savings as they weren't too elaborate to begin with. The work on the front office begins this month and should be complete by mid-November.

Dinah Winders Qualifies for TMSAA State Track Meet with Finish in Sectionals

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- Henry County's Dinah Winders finished 1st overall in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:36 and the 800 meter with a time of 2:32. She now qualifies in both events for the State Track Meet to be held at Austin Peay later in May.

APSU Expanding Services with new Center for Rural Education

Clarksville- In his retirement, Dr. Philander Claxton, the former U.S. Commissioner of Education under Presidents Taft, Wilson and Harding, felt a lingering nostalgia for his time in Clarksville, where he served as the second president of Austin Peay Normal School. He retired from the school in 1946.

“I accepted the presidency of Austin Peay Normal School because it had been founded for the purpose of preparing teachers for the rural schools,” the 90-year-old Claxton wrote in 1953. “As long as I was president, I did all I could to hold it to that purpose, which was and still is the most difficult and important part of an educational system.”

More than half a century later, Claxton’s passion for rural schools remains intact at Austin Peay State University with the creation of a new Center for Rural Education. The Center, housed within APSU’s Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, was developed to enhance the educational experiences of children in nine rural Tennessee counties—Houston, Benton, Humphreys, Decatur, Perry, Wayne, Hickman, Lawrence and Lewis.

“Those rural counties have limited resources because they are situated away from populated areas,” Dr. Cheryl Lambert, assistant professor of education and the Center’s coordinator, said. “They are just outside the service area for our student teachers. What we will do, through our teaching initiatives, is identify students interested in serving those rural areas and obtaining teaching positions in rural schools. We want to identify them, create scholarships for them to complete their education at Austin Peay and help districts staff those hard-to-fill positions.”

Schools in rural areas, according to recent research, suffer from “higher per-pupil cost, higher poverty rates, population decline, hard-to-staff positions with high teacher turnover, geographic isolation and resistance to innovation.”

 Lambert understands many of the issues these school districts face. She joined the APSU College of Education in August 2017, after a career as a teacher and administrator in West Tennessee. Her doctoral dissertation focused on rural education, and she is using this expertise to develop the new Center.

“We would like to launch the Center this fall, with our first initiative targeting Houston and Humphreys counties,” she said, “focusing on collaborations with district leaders from these River Ribbon counties (located along the Tennessee River) to develop quality professional development opportunities for teachers.”

Earlier this year, the Center’s executive committee contacted school district leaders in these counties and learned that they desperately needed professional development in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

“They (district leaders) told us they would be perfectly willing to participate in any research endeavors in their schools. They are passionate about helping their students,” Lambert said. “This fall, we are looking to provide services and collaborate on preparing professional development for their teachers. We are looking at grant funding to start with some areas of STEM, to help teachers educate students in these areas.”

The Center’s executive committee is continuing to look for additional funding sources to expand its services, to offer professional development, to help with teacher recruitment and to increase the number of college graduates from those schools.

“The rural counties have a large percentage of their students who graduate from their high schools, but a very small percentage actually go to college,” Lambert said. “We are seeking to reach those students in the rural areas that may not feel they have the available resources or accessibility to a university.

“Dr. Claxton recognized the importance of supporting rural areas and rural schools,” she said. “We are continuing with that mission.”

For information on the new Center for Rural Education, visit http://www.apsu.edu/education/ruraled.

United Methodist Women Holding Springtime Luncheon Fundraiser Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Methodist Church’s United Methodist Women will hold their Springtime in Paris Luncheon this Friday May 4th from 11am to 1pm at First United Methodist Church. The price is $10 for eat in or carryout and includes fresh as spring chicken salad, broccoli salad, veggie garnish, Jerry Joyner Rolls, and famous homemade desserts plus a drink. They will also hold a casserole/bake sale during the event. For delivery call 642-4764.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Sat. 8am to 1pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Solid Waste and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Solid Waste Management will hold the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event in Henry County this Saturday May 5th from 8am to 1pm at the Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive. The event is free.

Ron Watkins, Solid Waste Manager for Henry County, said the “mobile collection program was designed to provide a safe means of disposal for household hazardous waste. Disposing of these types of materials in the regular trash may injure sanitation workers.”

Items accepted during the HHW collection event are household cleaners, oil based paint, aerosols, pesitcides, rechargeable batteries, used automotive fluids, pool chemicals, mercury themometers, TV’s, computers, and other electronic equipment. The usual recyclables are of course also accepted on Saturday at the Center.

Items not accepted are tires, medical and infectious wastes, ammunition, explosives, radioactive wastes, and empty containers.

Watkins said, “we are pleased to offer this event each year and I encourage surrounding county residents to bring items to the event as well. Recycling saves our natural resources and landfill space.”

For more information on the event call 642-5170 or visit the county’s website at www.henrycountytn.org.

HCMC Offering Free Screenings at Benton Co. Senior Center in Camden Thurs.

Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at the Benton County Senior Citizen Center, located at 119 Cole Avenue in Camden on Thursday May 3rd from 8:30am to 10:30am. No appointments are necessary.

There will be free finger stick blood sugars, A1C, Osteoporosis Screening, and blood pressure checks will be available. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and full lipid panels will be offered for $10 each. Fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results and results will be available at the time of screening. An HCMC pharmacists will be on hand as well to answer medication questions.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar Friday at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a lunch to learn seminar Friday May 4th at noon in classrooms 2 and 3. Dr. Heather Melton will present information on stem cells, ortho-biologics, and regenerative medicine. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30am. The event is free, but seating is limited so RSVP at 644-3463 to reserve a spot.

More Details, Additional Arrests in Whispering Pines Search

Paris, Tenn.- A press release adds to the details of the arrest of Ronald Troy Carter, of 60 Whispering Pines Road as reported earlier today by WMUF/WLZK. The press release said officers executed a search warrant at the residence and found baggies of methamphetamine "ice" ready for resale in addition to other baggies and digital scales. Two stolen guns were also found. Carter was charged as noted earlier with possession of drug paraphernalia, charged with schedule 2 with intent, simple possession of schedule 6, possession of firearms during a felony, theft, violation of a sentence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Michelle Ridgeway was also at the residence and was charged with drug paraphernalia charges and placed on $2500 bond. (HCSO photo)

HCHS To Participate in Mock Crash Drill Thurs. Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will participate in a Mock Crash on Thursday, May 3rd, toward the end of the school day. This event is held every other year at HCHS to help encourage students to drive responsibly.

Emergency personnel will be participating in the Mock Crash, including ambulance services, law enforcement, the Air Evac helicopter, and others.

Dr. Michele Webb, HCHS Principal said, "We wanted to let you know of the Mock Crash so you will not be alarmed if you hear of emergency personnel being present at HCHS tomorrow. We appreciate the coordination of the many agencies who help make this event possible for our students. I encourage you to use the Mock Crash as an opportunity to discuss safe driving habits with your children, including not driving under the influence, not riding with anyone who is, and avoiding phone use while driving. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let us know." 

Man in Jail on $100K Bond after MCU Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man is in jail on $100K bond after being arrested by the Metro Crime Unit in the last couple of days. Ronald Troy Carter, age 45, of Whispering Pines Road, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, charged with schedule 2 with intent, simple possession of schedule 6, possession of firearms during a felony, theft, violation of a sentence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Benton Co. Man Arrested on Warrants

Paris, Tenn.- A Benton County man has been arrested and returned on warrants after Ptl. Steven Dean Jr., and Ptl. Brandon Steele saw him and another woman walking on East Wood Street Tuesday night. The report at the Paris Police Department stated due to the recent vandalism the two officers stopped the couple walking and found the male, Brandon Odom, age 25 of Big Sandy had active warrants for his arrest in Benton County. He was apprehended on scene without incident.

Ptl. Steele also took a report from the owner of the Old West Steakhouse on East Wood Street where the phone and internet lines had been cut with bolt cutters. Rocks had also been thrown the upstairs windows breaking them. There are no suspects.

EAA Holding Young Eagles Flight Rally on Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.- The Experimental Aircraft Association Paris Chapter 714 will host a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Paris Henry County Airport for youngsters ages 8-17 this Saturday May 5th. In case of rain, the date would be pushed to the following Saturday May 12th. Parent or guardian must be present.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 18 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

Free airplane rides are just a part of the flight rally. The EAA hopes to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and youngsters, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Following the flight, each youngster will receive a certificate making him or her an official Young Eagle. Their name will be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook” which is on permanent display in the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The youngsters will also receive a Pilot’s Flight Log book and for those over 13 or older, a free coupon for a complete on-line flight training course.

The Flight Rally begins at 9am at the Airport. For more information on the Young Eagles Program or EAA visit www.eaa.org or www.youngeagles.org.

Great Crowd on Hand for Cruise-In Tues. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Beautiful weather and a large crowd were on tap for the first cruise in of the season Tuesday evening. The cruise in was rescheduled from last week and was dedicated to the late William "Bill" Bussey. Wanda, his wife, brought his car out to the event. DPA Executive director Kathy Ray said there were about 40 cars. The Old Spirits played music and Perry's BBQ sold BBQ sandwiches. (Kathy Ray photos)

Bassmaster Elite Series Invades Kentucky Lake May 4-7

Buchanan, Tenn.- Practice fishing is already underway for the Berkley Bassmaster Elite Series at Kentucky Lake presented by Abu Garcia. The tournament runs Friday May 4th thru Monday May 7th as over 100 anglers compete for the top prize of $100K.

The full field will fish on Friday and Saturday with each angler weighing his 5 largest bass each day. The Top 50 anglers will then move onto competition on Sunday, with the top 12 competing in Monday’s Championship round.

In addition to the public being invited to 6am take-offs and weigh-ins at 3pm each day, there will also be a Bassmasters Outdoor Expo for the public to come and be a part of during the tournament. Several prizes will be given away during the expo.

David Hamilton, CEO of the Industrial Committee, said all events will be held on the State Park side of Hwy. 79 and there will be carnival rides on Saturday and Sunday to go along with all the vendors and interactive exhibits that Bassmaster will have on display. All of this will be free to the public.

The public can follow along via social media with Twitter and Facebook or view live streaming weigh-ins at www.bassmaster.com.

Battle of Badges Blood Drive Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will be this Thursday May 3rd from Noon to 6pm at First United Methodist Church. All donors get a special battle of the badges T-Shirt and may give blood in honor of the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, or Paris Fire Department. The winning agency will get their cars washed by the losers. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood, and be sure and bring photo ID with you when donating blood.

South Korean Company to Locate First U.S. Facility in Martin and add 220 Jobs

Martin, Tenn.- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Dong-A Hwa Sung Co., LTD. officials announced today that the company will locate its first U.S. operations, Dong-A USA, Inc., in Martin. The home appliance and automotive supplier will create approximately 220 jobs and invest $13 million in Weakley County, which represents the largest and only foreign direct investment in Weakley County’s history. 

“Dong-A’s decision to locate its first U.S. facility in Weakley County and create more than 200 new jobs in Martin is another victory for our state,” Haslam said. “Tennessee continues to be a strong location for foreign direct investment, with more than 140,000 Tennesseans employed at foreign-owned companies. Because of significant investments like this, Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs. I appreciate Dong-A for its investment in Weakley County and for its commitment to Tennessee.” 

“We are most grateful that South Korea based Dong-A has made the decision to locate its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Weakley County,” Rolfe said. “South Korea continues to be a strong partner to Tennessee, with South Korean companies pledging to invest more than $1 billion in capital and create more than 4,000 jobs in our state since 2011. I thank Dong-A for making the largest foreign direct investment in Weakley County’s history and for creating more than 200 high-quality jobs in Martin.” 

Dong-A Hwa Sung, established in 1974, is a South Korean supplier of rubber and plastic components for the home appliance and automotive sectors. The company’s customers include major automotive companies including Hyundai/Kia, Nissan and GM as well as home appliance manufacturers including LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, among many others. The company currently has seven overseas operations. 

“For our bright future in the U.S., we believe Martin is the best place to start our business.

The reasons why we chose this amazing city is that we found that Martin has a business-friendly environment and the people engaging in this project showed us great cooperation, teamwork and warm-hearted hospitality,” Dong-A Hwa Sung, USA President Nag-Jae Sung said. “We are sure that this project can not only make our business grow, but also boost economic development in this area. We hope that this project will lead to further develop the business.” 

Dong-A will locate its new operations to a 100,000-square-foot building in Martin. With this facility, Dong-A will be a supplier for LG as well as other companies in Tennessee and North America and will be better equipped to serve its North American customers. 

Local leaders and the Tennessee Valley Authority thanked Dong-A for its investment in Martin. 

“This is an exciting day for Martin,” Martin Mayor Randy Brundige said. “The addition of Dong-A further diversifies our community both industrially and culturally. It is my distinct pleasure to welcome them to our community, wishing them success and many years of working together.” 

“Today is a day to be proud in Weakley County. We are honored to be the new home of Dong-A and are excited to celebrate the company as an important partner in our communities,” Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum said. “We are proud of our Weakley County team as well as our extended regional and state teams who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this project. Most especially, we are proud of the strengthened foundation we are continuing to build for the people of Weakley County today, as well as the advancement for future economic growth. Dong-A is a perfect fit for Weakley County.”

“TVA and Weakly County Municipal Electric System congratulate Dong-A on its decision to locate and create new job opportunities and investment in Martin,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “We are proud to partner with Weakley County Joint Economic Development Board, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, city of Martin, and local officials to help celebrate this announcement and help facilitate highly impactful job creation by Dong-A.” 

Martin and Weakley County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

HCMC Recognizes Auxiliary Volunteers

Paris, Tenn.- On April 25, 2018, Henry County Medical Center administration honored the Volunteer Auxiliary by providing a volunteer appreciation luncheon. The luncheon began with a warm welcome from Lisa Casteel, CEO. Casteel expressed her gratitude for our auxiliary volunteers by reading the following quote from an unknown author.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in,” said Casteel.

She stated that in serving the hospital, each volunteer makes an impact on the community every single day.

Casteel went on to read a list of outstanding accomplishments made by the auxiliary volunteers this year including the addition of three new members and six honorary members.  The auxiliary members took great strides financially this year and participated in many community projects. These projects included purchasing 125 comfort bears for surgery patients, collecting over 200 items for the Henry County Back to School Blast, made and delivered 40 Christmas stockings to babies born at the Women’s Center, and sewed surgery caps for nurses and youth to be worn during surgeries, to name a few.

Two successful jewelry sale fundraisers took place this year, one in November (2017) and one in early April (2018). The April sale was the most profitable spring sale to date, raising $4,018. In addition to the record-setting jewelry sale fundraiser, the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary was able to provide scholarships to community members. Three, $2,000 auxiliary scholarships were awarded to Henry County High School graduates who intend to pursue studies in the medical field.

Thus far in 2018, over 13,000 volunteer hours have been reported and completed by HCMC Auxiliary members. HCMC administration, partners and patients appreciate the hard work, dedication and loyalty the volunteers provide the hospital and community.

To learn more about the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary or other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org and click on Career Center or give us a call at 731-644-8267.

Bethel Commencement Set for Saturday; Kustoff Keynote Speaker

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Spring 2018 Commencement will be Saturday, May 5 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus. There will be two ceremonies. The first, at 10 a.m., will be for those graduating with undergraduate degrees. The second service, for those receiving graduate degrees, will be at 1 p.m. David Kustoff, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee’s 8th district, will be the commencement speaker.

David Kustoff’s roots run deep in West Tennessee. He was born and raised in Shelby County where he attended White Station High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and graduated in 1992 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Over the years, Kustoff has served in various roles for the Republican Party, such as Chairman of the Shelby County GOP, Tennessee Chairman of Lamar Alexander’s successful run for U.S. Senate in 2002 and Tennessee Chairman of both Bush/Cheney presidential campaigns.

Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee by President Bush in 2006, Kustoff set his sights on cleaning up government corruption and fighting violent crime and drugs.

In 2015, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Kustoff to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, where he oversaw the implementation of the Tennessee Promise program.

Kustoff was elected in 2016 to the House of Representatives for the 8th District of Tennessee. He is now a member of the House Financial Services Committee, a committee that will allow him to fight mandates and regulations that are crushing small businesses and will stand up against wasteful government spending.

Seating for both graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar. For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

Woman Charged With Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- . Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Melissa S. Sutton, 38, of McKenzie with simple possession of schedule 2 and possession of drug paraphernalia after searching her purse. The report stated that Sgt. Fuqua observed a vehicle sitting at the storage units on Hwy. 641 N. and returned to the vehicle. The vehicle had two occupants inside. Sutton allowed the search and a crown royal bag with several tins and baggies were found with meth and a crystal pipe. Sutton did admit to the items being hers.

About $5K worth of damage has been done to a tractor parked behind a house on Palenstine where several gunshot holes were discovered including in the engine, radiator, and other places. There are no suspects at this time investigation is ongoing.

West TN Impact Team Wins Tournament

Rush Cox races towards 1st after getting a hit. (Teresa Mosley photos)

Lawrenceberg, Tenn.- The West TN Impact USSSA 12 U team won the Grip n Rip Tournament held Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Lawrenceburg, TN. The Impact lost their first game then won their next four games to win the Championship. They beat the Shoals Thunder team from Alabama in the Championship game.

Team Picture first row : L to R Graydon Hall, Jackson Mosley, Truitt Webb, Javion Boyd, Gavin Bryant, second row : Rush Cox, Ben Puckett, Carter Hedges, Micah Coumbe, Carter Thompson; back row:  Brian Webb, Jess Hedges, Darrin Thompson

HCHS Men's Tennis Team Completes Undefeated Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County HS Boys Varsity Tennis team finished the regular season Monday with a home match win against Rossview HS, of Clarksville.

The win was their 10th win for the year giving them an "Undefeated Season".  The 7-2 victory also earned them the home court advantage for the District Championships and the #1 seed position.  Tuesday, HCHS will host Springfield HS. Match play will begin at 4:30p at HCHS.

Antioch UMC Holding Yard Sale and Grilling Hot Dogs Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- Antioch United Methodist Church, located at 3116 West Antioch Road in Springville, will hold their annual yard sale this Saturday May 5th from 8am to 2pm. They will also be selling grilled hot dogs from 10am to 1:30pm. You get a jumbo hot dog, chips, and drinks. For more information call 731-707-0919.

Houston County Unemployment Rate Remains Highest in State

Nashville- County unemployment numbers for March were released late last week and 82 of the state’s 95 counties experienced lower rates from February to March, rates stayed the same in 9 counties and four counties witnessed a slight increase.

In our listening area, Houston County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state coming in at 5.8% for March 2018. The rate did drop from February’s rate of 6.8% and is lower than the 6.1% that was unemployed in Houston County in March of 2017.

Henry County’s March 2018 unemployment rate came in at 4.3% which is down from February’s 4.8% and down from 4.9% last March. Numbers equal to about 600 of Henry County estimated labor force of 13,990 looking for work last month.

Carroll County’s unemployment rate decreased from February’s 5.2% to 4.7% in March. The rate in March of 2017 was at 5.5%. Benton County’s rate for this March was 4.9% down from 5.6% in February and down from 5.7% a year ago. Stewart County’s rate for March of 2018 is 5.1% down from both February and last year. Weakley County saw a rate of 3.9% in March of this year down from 4.0% in February and from 4.5% last March.

Hope and Opportunity Golf Tourney Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Hope and Opportunity Golf Tournament, to benefit the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center, will be held this Saturday May 5th at the Paris Country Club. Registration starts at 7am, shotgun start begins at 8am. The format is a 4 person scramble with men’s, women’s, and mixed teams.

The limit is 16 teams and cost to enter is $250 per team which includes all cart and green fees. 1st place team wins $500 and there are prizes for longest drive and closet to the pin in Men’s and women’s. For $10 per player, Men can purchase 1 red tee and 1 mulligan, and women can purchase 2 mulligans. Lunch is provided.

For more information call John Selby at 697-3664.

Reminder: Cruise-In To Be Held Tuesday May 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The first cruise-in this season, set for last week but was rained out, has been rescheduled for 5:30pm-7pm Tuesday May 1st. The Cruise-In will be dedicated to the late William “Bill” Bussey. Bill passed away December 31st of last year. He was an avid supporter of the cruise-ins always driving his classic cars and bringing friends with him to the event. Bussey supported the DPA and was a retired officer with the City of Paris after 20 years of service.

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

HCHS Announces Top 10

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Principal Dr. Michelle Webb released the Top Ten information in an email Monday. Pictured are the top 3 for the Class of 2018.

Class of 2018 Top 7 are:

1. Valedictorian Cameron James May
2. Salutatorian Victoria Aileen Starks
3. Honorable Mention Thomas Pierce Rose
4. Joshua Theodore Cutright
5. Hannah Jo Hughes
6. Emily Ann Hudgins
7. Megan Elizabeth Bowden 

Top Ten in each Class with number of Years in Top Ten

Margaret Claire Gardner--4
Avery Jane Hatcher--4
James Matthew Joyner--4
Kylee Gabrielle LaGrange--2
Abigail Anne Littrell--4
Ariel Lea Macdonald--4
Rachel Elizabeth Mitchell--4
Benjamin Brown Murphey--4
Emily Ann Smith--1
Gavin Cade Veazey--4
Alec Ryan Watkins--4

Seth Russell Bucy--3
Natalie Hope Clark--5
Clay Thomas Durham--5
Ryan Anthony Gladwell--4
Caroline Winn Hudson--3
Logan James Lacy--5
Delia Lynn McDevitt--5
Kester Magalong Nucum--5
Jaret Layne Rushing--2
Elaina Rose Wood--3

Megan Elizabeth Bowden--1
Samantha Jo Carpenter--4
Joshua Theodore Cutright--4
Robert Gray Gardner--5
Emily Ann Hudgins--5
Cameron James May--6
Anna James Pettit--5
Thomas Pierce Rose--5
Joshua Caleb Safin--2
Victoria Aileen Starks--6

Huntingdon Police Dept. Hosts Workshop on Death Investigations

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Friday April 27th the Huntingdon Police Department hosted an eight hour workshop for death investigation by law enforcement. The workshop was that coordinated by the 24th Judicial District Attorney General's Office and the instruction was given by Candice Sexton, an Investigator and Director of Investigations for the Middle TN Regional Forensic Center. Knowledge was shared about numerous items of importance when investigating a death. Topics included: Law Enforcement and the Medical Examiner Working Together, TCA codes related to medical examination, religioust opposition to autopsy,

infant/child death investigations, death scene photography, most needed photos for forensic pathologists, case review, injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, and what to do if bones are discovered in your jurisdiction. The workshop was attended by 40 officers and members of the DA's office and represented 10 different agencies. Lunch was provided by the District Attorney General's Office.

Update: House Heavily Damaged in Mon. Morning Fire on Marilyn St.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Firefighters responded to a call of a house fire on Marilyn Street at 7:44 Monday morning and arrived to find the back side of the home on fire. The resident was asleep inside, but heard her smoke detector going on and managed to escape without any injuries. The fire likely started in the attic and cause is undetermined at this time but appears accidental. The home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage and two vehicles at the carport were damaged. A Mercedes was a total loss and a Nissan Titan pickup received some major damage as well. Fire fighters were on scene around two hours Monday morning. (David Jackson photos)

NPS Awards Grant Money to Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover, Tenn.- Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover has been awarded $24,430 from the National Park Service to help protect 11.18 acres. The money was awarded to the Tennessee Historical Commission to help protect land that is threatened by urban and suburban development. The grants will be used at Fort Donelson to acquire the land that is in question.

The grants are administered by the American Battlefield Protection Program. The grants are funded from the land and water conservation fund which uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, to purchase land, water, and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans, instead of using taxpayer dollars. Chattanooga and Wauhatchie Battlefields in Tennessee also received grant money with this to the tune of $57,065.

Henry County Heat Basketball Team Moves to 7-1

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Heat youth basketball team won two games McKenzie over Fish Fry weekend. They defeated Stewart County 35-13 and then won against Medina 25-17. The Heat are now 7-1 on the season and they look to continue their success in the coming months. The Heat are a group of 4th and 5th grade boys from Henry County and include Martez Rack, Carson Curd, Kayden Kendall, Hayden Capps, Levi Peale, Peyton Littleon, Jataveion Ricks, Travis Jenkins, and Jaivyn Patton. Coaches are Tracy Tharpe and Adam Jenkins.  

Donuts With the Director Planned Tuesday May 1 8-9am

Paris, Tenn.- Travis McLeese, Director for the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, invites everyone to “Donuts with the Director” on Tuesday May 1st. It is an informal interactive round table session on what the Chamber can do for you. The event is at the Chamber, located at 2508 East Wood St. on Tuesday morning from 8-9am.

Middle, High School Track Compete in Events

Jesse Evans in the 3200 meters. (Lance Winders photo)

Murray and Paducah, Ky.- The Henry County Middle School Track team competed in the Laker Track Middle School Invitational at Murray last week. Dinah Winders won  the 1600 and 800 meter race setting new meet records both times. She finished the 1600 at 5:30 and the 800 at 2:35. Kaitlyn Naiper came in 9th in the 1600 meter at 7:06 and finished the 800 meter in 16th place, with a time of 3:26.

The High School team competed at the Swift and Staley Midwest Team Challenge in Paducah over the weekend. Robert Markum placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash at 11.14 seconds and 6th in the 200 meter dash at 23.08 seconds.

In the 1600 meter run, Titus Winders came in 1st with a time of 4:20, setting a new meet record. Silas Winders finished 2nd at 4:23 and Cole Davis came in 8th at 4:36.

Junior Fishing Rodeo Covered Banks Of William's Lake

Paris, Tenn.- The weather was perfect for the Junior Fishing Rodeo event that was held on Saturday at William's Lake. The banks were covered with fishers who were making memories and having a good time with family and friends. Excited smiles and laughs were shared along the banks as bobber after bobber began to sink.

Annual Small Fry Parade At The Square

Paris, Tenn.- The streets downtown at the square in Paris were filled with smiles at this year's WBFF Small Fry Parade. Just as years prior, the children, parents and spectators enjoyed their fun-filled morning on Saturday while viewing the cute, fun floats and participating in the fun and popular annual event. (Lisa Stone photos)

The World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade Float Winners

The General Manager’s Choice Trophy- The Carl Perkins Center

Most Original Float

First Place: Baby Bath Time

Second Place: World’s Biggest Fish Fry All-Americans  

Third Place: Trolling Through Fish Fry

Most Beautiful Float

First Place: Peace, Love & Fish Fry

Second Place: Sweetest Treats You’ll Ever Meet

Third Place: Crown Jewels of Fish Fry

Best Club or Church Float

First Place: Boy Scouts Pack 222

Second Place: Future Farmers of America

Third Place: Republican Party

Best Out-of-town Float

First Place: Iris Festival  

Second Place: Strawberry Festival

Third Place: Weakley County Aging Senior Center

Huge Turnout at the Fish Tent Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday saw 1067 adults and 68 children served at the Fish Tent as it opened from 5-9pm. The large crowd also enjoyed a nice evening for the arts and crafts and the carnival. The Fish Tent opens 11am to 9pm Friday and Saturday.

Events of The WBFF Had A Large Turn-out Again on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- People from near and far came out to the Henry County Fairgrounds to partake in the fun filled events on Thursday. Families and friends gathered to enjoy a wonderful meal together at the Fish Tent. People of all ages came out to have some fun and enjoyed the rides at the carnival. Vendors set up booths at the Arts & Crafts Show and many people shopped and gandered the large assortment of neat items that are being offered. (Bri Hudson photos)


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ReMax Realty

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