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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

UTM Extends Provost Search

Martin, Tenn.- The search to identify the University of Tennessee at Martin’s next chief academic officer has been extended. The decision was announced May 3 by Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, during a meeting of the search committee for the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. Carver also announced plans to name an interim replacement in May to serve until the position is filled.

“This is a great position that deserves our careful consideration for identifying additional qualified candidates,” Carver wrote in an email message to the university. “We will be successful identifying the person who will provide the academic leadership needed to continue the university’s positive direction.” The search will restart this month, and resumes will be collected through August. The committee will reconvene in August with on-campus interviews anticipated in late September and early October.

UT Martin launched a national search for a new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs after Dr. Jerald Ogg, who has held the dual position since 2011, decided to return to the faculty in the UT Martin Department of Communications.

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

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

HCHS Tennis Gearing Up For District Tournament

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Men's Tennis team finished the regular season in a 3 way tie for first with Clarksville High and Rossview. The HCHS Ladies Tennis team finished in 4th place, qualifying them for District Tournament play.

Alex Boyd, Lexi Daniels, and Tori Starks have all advance to the semi-finals of the District Individual events. Semis and finals will be played Saturday at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

HCBOE Approves Cafeteria Price Increases

(David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County board of education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. The second item of business was discussion to raise cafeteria prices for lunches in the school system. Dr. Norton informed the board that during a recent state audit the auditors discovered through their formula for figuring lunch charges that the system was not charging enough for lunches. Again the action was taken to meet federal guidelines.

Norton pointed out that lunch prices have not been raised since 2008. Pre-K  through 5th grade lunches will go from $2.00 to $2.50 and 6th through 12th grade would go from $2.50 to $2.75. Norton stated that the increases are not being done on a “whim” but to meet the federal guidelines. Universal free breakfast will continue for all students.

Local citizen Scott Owens addressed the board during the citizen’s forum challenging the board in light of recent actions concerning social media publications and resulting discipline issues. He questioned, “What would happen if say, a board members child, who was a Christian posted remarks on a Biblical bases in opposition to homosexuality. Would that child be subjected to alternative school action and sensitivity training?” 

Following Owen’s comments the board adopted the Consent Agenda and the Main Agenda leading into five items of business. The first would be first reading of Policy Update Student Wellness.  ordinated school health advisory recommended revisions due to two reasons: 1) to meet federal guidelines concerning physical activity.  The wording would follow that established by state standards.  The second would be to meet Federal Lunch Program standards.

Betsy Allison presented a request for change in English classes at Grove School that would have to be approved by the state.  The request was to allow English to become a two semester class for students who wish to get more opportunity for reading.  Two requests would be made to create an 11th grade elective for College Enquiry that would allow students the opportunity to explore opportunities for college and a senior class for College Success to create opportunities for students to participate in virtual tours of colleges and practical experience in completing applications for college admissions, and FAFSA.

The final portion of business was discussion of  2017-2018 budget.  Revenue increases for next year are projected to be $385,000 with $100,000 coming from sales tax and $285,000 coming from BEP fundings.  According to Norton the BEP gives a formula but does not tell us how to spend our moniess. He stressed that 80% of the funds goes to “human” in other words salaries and benefits for employees.  The funds would allow for 191.7 positions next year.  He also pointed out that due to the efforts of the county commission, the board is able to fund 236 positions. 

For the second year in a row the general purpose and food service budgets are balanced. Norton also noted that there are always concerns for budget issues that the board has to deal with such as increase of 7% in insurance costs and loss of $250,000 in transportation funds.  Much attention is still directed at the Federal budget and its effect on local budget as there is a possibility of a loss of 17% in funds.  In the words of Norton, “Staffing is an issue due to the competitive nature of surrounding counties seeking from the same pool of teachers as we seek.”    “It is the person in the classroom that makes the difference.”

In his director’s report, Dr. Norton informed the board that unlike the state wide problem last year with testing, things have gone uneventful this year. With the recent appointment of Tim Mason as the new principal at E. W. Grove School the opening of assistant principal had been opened and eight applicants have been accepted with hopes of announcing a filling of that position by May 24.

Norton was excited to announce the recent success of the new fishing team with two individuals returning with the 15th positions in the Southern Open.  He wanted to thank the board and community for their support.   Henry County has hosted the National tournament for the past two years and people always asked, “Where’s the Henry County team?”   “We’re glad to be able to put together the teams.”

The board learned that May 19th would be graduation at Henry County High School.

Future Farmers of America's 100th Year Celebrated

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Chapter of the Future Farmers of America celebrated the 100th year of FFA prior to the regularly scheduled May meeting of the board of education.  Local interested citizens, former FFA teachers and parents listened as the officers of the local chapter presented a history of FFA in Henry County. 

The FFA was established by an act of congress and the first FFA program was founded at E. W. Grove School. The celebration was held on the E. W. Grove steps of the Tower building.

Pictures include the four living FFA teachers from Henry County:  Laura Moss (present instructor), George Whitfield, George Wofford and Jim Cloar.  Jim Cloar is also pictured with Susan Jones, who was the first girl in FFA when Cloar became the instructor at Henry County High School. The group is also pictured with alumni, teachers, parents and other attendees. Everyone enjoyed a cake decorated with the FFA symbol as well as cold beverages.

City Commission Hears Updates on Trane Energy Efficiency Project

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday and approved a resolution authorizing the City to issue bonds for its energy efficiency project with Trane for the purpose of energy conservation. City Manager Kim Foster told the commission this would be submitted to the State as part of the City’s QECB application.

Later in the meeting commissioners learned about the status of the Trane Energy Efficiency project. Foster said approval from the State has been received on the Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds for the project with Trane. She will be meeting with Trane representatives May 18th to review the various recommended changes to the City’s facilities. An executive summary will be presented at the June commission meeting.

Retail Sales Fall in Feburary

Finance Director Traci Pillow goes over financial reports Thurs. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow reported that retail sales for the month of February showed a decrease of 3.35% compared to last year. The retail sales are still ahead by 1.82% for calendar year to date.

General Fund expenditures exceeded revenues by over $202K in the month of March but revenues are still ahead fiscal year to date by over $850K. Pillow said March was a three pay period month for payroll which usually comes around twice a year. The City also spent $10K for the HVAC repairs, $13K on tires for the Street and Sanitation Departments, and $20K for non-profit donations to the Fair Board and Chamber.

Solid Waste revenues exceeded expenditures by just under $20K in March and revenues are also ahead by $323K for the fiscal year to date.

In other business, the City hired one-part time employee hired for the Animal Shelter and three part-time recreation assistants for the Parks Department were also hired. 13 business licenses were issued in March as well.

Commission Approves Public Records Policy

Paris, Tenn.- The City Commission approved an ordinance to amend the Public Records Policy in the City’s Municipal Code. City Manager Kim Foster said the State requires the City of Paris to establish a written Public Records Policy to provide economical and efficient access by the public to public records of the City of Paris. The policy must be in place by July 1st. City Attorney Fred McLean said this is a mandate from the State and this is basically MTAS's policy reworked to fit us.

Commissioners also approved a resolution to amend the Paris Personnel Rules and Regulations; approved BPU’s request for Water and Sewer Tap Increases as approved by their board last week’; and approved an ordinance to amend zoning of commercial lots to allow more than one principal business and the principal business must be housed in permanent buildings.

City Moves to State's 457 Retirement Plan

Tim Joyce, Dept. of Treasury, discusses the State's 457 plan. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- In other business, Commissioners approved a proposed change in the City’s Current 457 plan and introduced the State’s 401K plan for employees. They will be offered on a strictly volunteer basis and will lower the fees to the account holders since the plans will fall under the State’s Contract with the Great West company.

Tim Joyce, State of Tennessee Department of Treasury, says this is an enhanced plan that all State Employees, Highway Patrolman, Teachers, and other have, and will benefit the employees. He said Paris is an anamomoly in the State for municipalities that aren't already in the plan. Joyce said we are trying to clean it up and make it run smoother across the state as we work with Great West anyway.

The plan will be less cost for the employees and is accessible online or by calling toll free. City Manager Kim Foster said, employees will actually get a whole lot more service with this plan anyway.

City Comm. Learns About Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on the status of various projects at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting including the demolition of the 2nd alley between Commercial Bank and BPU which began this week. Plans are to work weather permitting and have this alley complete by the end of the summer, early fall.

Erection of the water slides at the Gerald Howard Municipal Pool is going on this week and completion is still expected later in May. A ribbon cutting to celebrate its completion will be held at 4:30pm Tuesday May 23rd.

The preconstruction conference was held concerning the Signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drives. Foster said construction should begin in mid-June and all should be complete by the first of August before school starts.

Renovations have begun on the building modifications for the Paris Police Department at City Hall. Once complete, the Police department will be more accessible to the public. A security door has been moved to the hallway just outside the City Development Director’s Office and a 2nd door will be installed to make the entrance to police records entirely secure.

Foster said the first clean sweep day on Wynn Street in early April was a huge success with about 60 volunteers that worked about three hours. The 2nd event for 2017 hasn’t been decided yet.

Patriots District Tournament Game Postponed Thurs.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County's first round District 10-AAA Tournament game with Springfield was postponed on Thursday because of the rain. The game will be made up Friday at 4:30pm at Clarksville High School, weather permitting.

Chamber Golf Tournament Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the forecast of rain Friday’s Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament that was scheduled at the Paris Country Club has been postponed. There is no makeup date but one will be determined as soon as possible.

State FMO, Local Emergency Responders Installing Smoke Alarms Sat. in Buchanan Area

Buchanan, Tenn.- Representatives from the Tennessee State Fire Marshall’s Office will be Buchanan and Paris Landing areas on Saturday from Noon to 4pm. Paris Landing Fire Department and other emergency responders in Henry County will partner with the State Fire Marshall’s Office and conduct a door to door Smoke Alarm Campaign.

Reggie Coles, Fire Chief at Paris Landing, said, “we want to spend a few minutes educating our residents about the dangers of fire and offer them free smoke alarms, which we will install while we are there. The smoke alarms are furnished at no charge by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. All emergency personnel will be in uniform and any civilian volunteers will have proper documentation with them.

Everyone is set to meet at 11am at Paris Landing Fire Department Station 1 to be organized into teams and given an area to visit. The Paris Landing Senior Citizens Center will be offering refreshments to the crews afterward.

Pats Earn #4 Seed in District 10 Tournament

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots Baseball team earned the #4 seed in the District Tournament and are scheduled to play at 4:30pm at Clarksville High School against #5 seed Springfield. Hunter Updyke and Casey Pope were named to the All District Team.

HCHS Track Team Does Well in Benton

Benton, Ky.- The Henry County High School Track team competed in the Marshall County Quad meet in Benton on Tuesday and did well. In the 100 meter dash, Darren Russell finished 2nd at 11.58 and Tavion Kendley came in 6th overall at a time of 11.84.

In the 200 meter, Darren Russell finished 3rd at 24.07, Lucas Reynolds came in 4th at 24.39. The 800 meter run saw Titus Winders come in 3rd at 2:06 and Silas Winders finished 5th at 2:09.

Titus Winders finished 1st in the 1600 meter run at 4:33, setting a new meet record. Silas came in 2nd behind his brother in the 1600 meter at 4:36, beating the old meet record as well.

Henry County’s Zach Cutright finished 5th in the 3200 meter urn with at time of 11:05.

The boys team overall placed 3rd out of 12 teams at the meet doing well in the meter relay races. Other individual finishes included Jordan Harrod, 2nd in the Shot Put, Nathaniel Owens 1st in Discus, Jordan Harrod 2nd in Discus.

The girls placed 8th out of 13 teams at the meet in Benton. Some top finishes included Raezona Godbott 8th in the 100 meter dash at 14.01, Madison Aiosa 5th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:42 and she also finished 6th in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:56.

May Busy Month for Relay for Life Events

Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life is scheduled for June 9th in Henry County and several events are planned over the next few weeks leading up to the main night.

The monthly meeting will be held at Quality Inn at 6pm on Tuesday May 9th. Everyone is invited to attend and is encouraged to bring updated information on their fundraisers and campsites.

Tuesday May 9th is the Cuts, etc. for A Cure where 4 hair salons will be donating 20% of their business that day to Relay. The participating salons are Hello Gorgeous, located in the Kroger Shopping Center, Shear Connections, Cornerstone Drive, Attitudes, Volunteer Drive, and Three Jeans, Three Jeans Drive off Hwy. 54.

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.

Also on May 13th, RFL will be holding a canned food drive at Kroger in Paris beginning at 8am.

Battle of Badges Blood Drive Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is set for Thursday May 4th when the Lifeline Bloodmobile visits the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm. When you come to give blood, tell them you’re giving it in honor of your favorite agency, the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, or Paris Fire Department. The agency with the most blood donors in their honor wins plaque, while the losers get a pie in the face. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when giving blood. All donors will receive a T-shirt.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Offering Computer Classes in May

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will offer Computer Classes in May. They are free to the public and cover basic computer skills. You must sign-up for the classes by calling the Library at 642-1702. Classes will be held Monday May 8th 6-7pm, Wednesday May 10th 11:30am to 12:30pm, Tuesday May 23rd 6-7pm, and Thursday May 25th 11:30am-12:30pm, for Computer Basics II.

100th Year of FFA to Be Recognized Thurs. at Grove Tower

Paris, Tenn.- The local Future Farmers of America chapter will be honored Thursday beginning at 4pm during a reception on the North Lawn of Grove Tower as FFA celebrates its 100th year. This is prior to the May Henry County School Board of Education meeting which starts at 5pm at Grove Tower.

HCSO, THP, PPD Teaming Up for Operation C.A.R.E.

Sgt.Andy Forsythe, THP, Chief Damon Lowe, Sheriff Monte Belew, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo discuss Operation C.A.R.E. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held Wednesday morning at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to announce the formation of a joint force of to help curb fatality accidents in Henry County between the Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Operation Critical Accident Reduction Enforcement, or Operation C.A.R.E. will be focusing efforts all summer on Hwy. 69S from the city limits to the county line, as three fatalities have been reported there already in 2017.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said our three agencies will be working together with directed patrol and enforcement with sobriety checkpoints, stationary and moving radars, patrol units, motorcycles, patrol trucks, and undercover vehicles to be used.

Sgt. Andy Forsythe, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said we want to promote safety. Sheriff Belew said, “Hwy. 69 is a difficult road to both enforce, and navigate on, there are no shoulders so distracted drivers and speeders, can very easily wind up in the ditch or over correct themselves into oncoming traffic.”

The effort will target speeding, texting while driving, seatbelts, and any other reckless traffic offenses. Sgt. Forsythe said, “historically Hwy. 69 has not been a problem with very few fatalities since 2012, but in 2017 alone three have occurred.”

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizonodo said, “Paris Police will be watching vehicles coming into and leaving Paris and are glad to work with this joint effort to try and reduce wrecks and fatalities.”

Operation C.A.R.E. will focus on Hwy. 69 this summer, then will examine statistics and see other areas of the City and County that could use extra directed patrol and be moved around.

Sheriff Belew said, “we don’t want to harass any drivers, but we are going to focus on keeping motorists safe.”

Study Shows TVA Reservoirs Have $1M per Mile Economic Impact

Knoxville- A detailed study conducted by the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture has concluded the combination of aquatic recreation and waterfront property along the Tennessee Valley Authority’s managed river system creates $11.9 billion of annual economic impact – the equivalent of $1 million per shoreline mile.

In addition, the TVA-funded study found that TVA’s 49 reservoirs supported about 130,000 jobs annually.

“Since its beginnings nearly 84 years ago, TVA’s mission has been to improve the lives of those in the Valley, and our integrated river management system is one of the cornerstones of our efforts,” said TVA Executive Vice President of Operations Mike Skaggs.

“The UTIA study clearly establishes a strong link between the recreational opportunities our reservoirs create and improving the economic opportunities for the nine million people we serve every day.”

First developed to provide flood control, navigation and hydroelectric power, TVA’s integrated development plan for the Tennessee River and its tributaries also provides boating, swimming, and fishing enthusiasts their choice of unique destinations across all seven states in its service area.

UT Institute of Agriculture researchers conducted in-depth surveys of visitors and property owners along three of TVA’s 49 reservoirs – Norris, Watts Bar and Chickamauga – during Summer 2016. Those reservoirs were chosen to represent urban, rural and tributary reservoir classifications. From that cross-section, the survey data was then extrapolated to cover the entire river system.

The study was performed by a team of scientists from the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, including Neelam Poudyal, an assistant professor of natural resource policy, and Burton English, Kim Jensen and Jamey Menard, all members of the UTIA Agri-Industry Modeling & Analysis Group. AIM-AG is well known for performing economic impact evaluations for industries and government entities.

Several graduate and undergraduate students also participated by conducting a mail survey of shoreline property owners as well as on-site surveys of reservoir visitors at public access points, including fishing piers, swimming areas, boat launches and commercial marinas. Responses from more than 1,100 recreational users were included in the study.

Poudyal, who specializes in the study of the human dimensions of natural resource policy, notes that TVA reservoirs provide tremendous outdoor opportunities to local and non-local visitors and visitors find their overall experiences highly satisfying. “Considering all the amenities that TVA reservoirs offer, the level of satisfaction among recreational users was relatively high – 75 percent,” he said.

Based on expenditures, the UTIA economists agreed. English remarked, “The study found that recreational visitors to the TVA reservoir system generate an average annual economic impact of $11.9 billion as well as more than 130,000 local jobs, $4.45 billion in labor income and $916 million in state and local taxes. And that doesn’t take every economic impact into consideration.”

For example, the UTIA study does not consider the additional economic impacts created by non-aquatic based recreation (camping, hunting and hiking). The study also does not consider the additional economic benefits created by flood control or river transportation.

The positive contributions of the river system are in addition to TVA’s more formal economic development activities and partnerships, which contributed to more than $8 billion of capital investment and the creation or retention of more than 72,000 jobs in the Tennessee Valley last year alone.

Bethel Univ. Spring Commencement Sat. May 6th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Spring 2017 Commencement will be held Saturday May 6th, with those receiving undergraduate degrees taking part at 10am and graduate degrees will be in the 1pm ceremony. Both events will be at the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena on the school’s McKenzie Campus.

Guest seating for commencement will begin one hour prior to each ceremony and line up of graduates will begin at that time as well.

For questions graduates should contact the registrars within their specific colleges. Anyone else with questions may call 352-4090 or email carlockm@bethelu.edu.

Reminder: Chamber Golf Tourney Fri. 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.

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.

For more information call the chamber at 642-3431 or fill out an application by going online at paristnchamber.com.

"Breaking Up is Hard To Do" Performances at KPAC Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will host the musical, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” featuring the music of Neil Sedaka, Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm. The KPAC Players’ and a live band will present the show with special permission of Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Set at a Catskills resort in the 1960s, this is the comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics including the chart topping title song.

Admission is $10 and advance tickets are available now online at krider.brownpapertickets.com with no Debit or Credit Card fees, at the Paris Civic Center, or at Merisons Furniture. Tickets will also be available at the door each night. For group rates of 10 or more call 644-2517 in advance.

Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale Thurs., Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Christ Lutheran Church will hold a rummage sale on Thursday May 4th from 3-6pm and Friday May 5th 8am to 5pm. There are too many items to mention and the church is located at 3235 Hwy 79 South in Paris.

Henry County Hosting the NNDDA Conference This Week

The dogs alert on a suitcase if they smell marijuana. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department are host agencies for the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association Conference this week and approximately 130 Officer and K9 teams are spending the week getting training in detecting narcotics, explosives, tracking, and patrol work.

Billy Jordan, President of the NNDDA, expressed his gratitude for Sheriff Monte Belew and everyone involved for hosting the event again, the 2nd time in the last 3 years. Jordan said, "to even be considered, host agencies must turn in a packet of information to the governing body of NNDDA a year and half ahead of time, its a lot of time and effort to put the conference on."

"On Sunday evening after most of the teams have checked in, we held a candlelight vigil to honor all fallen officers and fallen K9s and lit blue candles in their honor," Jordan said.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, "the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department are proud to hold the conference here and we thank the Chamber for helping us with hosting the event."

Sgt. Ricky Wade, of the HCSO, has been elected to the NNDDA Governing body this year and has been very active in securing the conference here for the two times we have hosted it.

The conference did have a tragic incident where a K9 was killed Sunday evening as his officer checked into the Paris Landing Inn. Sheriff Belew said, the officer, from Fayetteville, Arkansas had checked in and and let his dog off the leash inside the room with him. As the officer walked out on the balcony he called his K9, an 18 month old Malinois, came running and jumped over the guard and fell from the balcony.

The dog was taken to Mineral Wells Animal Clinic put succumbed to the injuries. The officer immediately left for Fayetteville with the dog. Sheriff Belew said, "it was an unfortunate accident, not sure if the dog was just overly excited and couldn't tell they were on the 4th floor or not and just jumped the fence and fell. Our prayers are with that officer and the Fayetteville Sheriff's Office."

Some of the officers and board members have brought their spouses and families with them to the event, which is a boost to the local economy as well. They are buying gas, food, shopping, and some who were in town early on Saturday even came to eat Fish at the last day of the World's Biggest Fish Fry.

Camden Woman Arrested, Two Men on the Run from MCU

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested a Benton County Woman and have issued warrants on two other men after executing a search warrant on Monday at a residence on Vale Road.

The press release said that as officers arrived on scene, homeowner Harry T. McNeal, aka T-Mac, and a Carroll County man identified as Tyler Ashby fleed from the home into the woods.

Amber Smotherman, of Camden, was arrested at the scene after found to be in possession of a stolen car that was parked in the yard and she was charged with possession of stolen property over $10K.  The Ford Escape she was in, was found to be stolen from East Tennessee. She was placed on $2500 bond.

Upon further search, officers recovered a second stolen vehicle from McNeal’s shed and drug paraphernalia was located at the residence. Both McNeal and Ashby have outstanding warrants and further charges for theft and drug charges will be filed.

The Henry County SRT team and the Paris Police Fast team were deployed to search and secure the home. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police, Puryear Police, DEA, and Sheriff’s Office assisted in the execution of the search warrants. Both McNeal and Ashby have active felony warrants and both are still on the run as of this morning.

Two HCHS Students Qualify for National Bass Fishing Championship

Gavin Gordon and Shawn Burkhart show off their fish, they qualified for the National Championships on Ky Lake in June. (Dr. Norton photos)

Dayton, Tenn.- Henry County High School’s newly formed Fishing Team competed in their first ever event this past weekend on Chickamagua Lake in Dayton, Tennessee, and two young men have qualified for the right to compete in the High School National Bass Fishing Championships June 19-24th on Kentucky Lake.

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton served as coach of the newly formed team and some parents and volunteers became boat captains as HCHS took three, two man teams, to compete. The team of Gavin Gordon and Shawn Burkhart, with Gavin’s dad Jason Gordon as boat captain, finished 15th out of 350 teams, which qualified them to compete in the National Championship in their own backyard in June. Their 5-bass limit weight was over 16 pounds.

The other two teams did well even though they fell short of qualifying for Nationals. The other teams were Matt Nanney and Bryce Townsend, with boat captain Glenn Nanney and Matthew Bradham and Jaret Rushing, with boat captain Jeff Wingo. Dr. Norton said the boat captains can be parents or adult volunteers and must pass background checks before accompanying the team on the water. Dr. Norton said the boat captain basically just drives the boat, and can’t really help the students until a mandatory 20 minute halftime or if they call one of their 8, one minute, time outs.

The event is sponsored by Bassmasters, and was their Southern Open, one of the largest fishing opens in the country at the high school level. Teams from all over the country made up the 350 boat field. The teams practiced on Friday and then fished in the tournament on Saturday.

Dr. Norton said, “this was a huge success to be our first ever event and this program will only continue to grow. It is a very large commitment on students and parents for time and money, and finding boat captains is a key issue that must be taken care of as well.”

Dr. Norton wasn’t sure if the HCHS Fishing Team would compete in the State Tournament in a couple of weeks, but for sure Henry County will have two anglers in the National Championship in June.

The High School bass fishing seasons run tournaments in both the fall and spring and early summer.

Jelks Thanks Henry County For All the Messages and Support

Paris, Tenn.- Former Henry County Patriot Andrew Jelks wants the community to know he greatly appreciates all the messages he has received after being offered a contract by the New England Patriots.

Jelks told WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks, “people have reached out to me via Facebook, Twitter, texts, and all kinds of ways. I’ve tried to respond to each, but its been hard to get them all, but I do see them, and I appreciate them more than words can describe.”

Jelks will head to minicamp on Thursday and sign his contract and remain with the team until Sunday. He will return to Boston May 14th for a 6-week off season program, then camp will begin after that.

Jelks said, “these past two years have been tough for me but with my faith in God, my family, and the amazing support I received from people in Henry County. They’ve helped me persevere thru some tough times with injuries and all and I thank the entire Henry County community for their support. I am extremely proud to call this place and home and hope to make everyone at home proud with the work I’m doing now.”

Lady Pats Score 4 in the 6th to Beat CHS; Start District Tourney at Home Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and then shut the door on Clarksville High in the top of the 7th at home on Monday evening to defeat the Lady Wildcats 5-2. The win earned the Lady Patriots a share of the District 10-AAA title. Sophie Piskos hit a two run homer in the victory. Henry County will host Kenwood in the first round of the District 10-AAA tournament at 6:15pm Thursday.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Sat. May 6

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Solid Waste Department and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are holding the household hazardous waste collection event this Saturday from 8am to 1pm at the Henry County Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive in Paris.

This is your chance to dispose of all those leftover household chemicals, lawn and garden products, and automotive materials you’ve been needing to get rid of.

No explosives, medical wastes, or radioactive materials or materials generated from a business or agribusiness will be accepted.

Items that are accepted include oil and fuel additives, grease and rust solvents, A/C refrigerants, starting fluids, waste oil, insecticides, pesticides, weed killer, fertilizer, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, oil based paint and thinners, paint strippers and removers, adhesives, rodent poisons, old thermostats, pool chemicals, thermometers, and more.

The center will also take any “dead” appliances, household electronics, junk mail, newspapers, number 1 or 2 plastics, aluminum cans, magazines, and old telephone books. No Tires are accepted. For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event set for this Saturday call 642-5170.

County Unemployment Rates Fall in March

Nashville- Tennessee’s county unemployment rates were released late last week for March and the rate has decreased in 91 counties, increased in three counties, and remained the same in one county from February’s rates.

Henry County’s March rate came in at 5.7%, down from 6.2% in February and down from 6.0% in March of 2016. Those numbers mean that 790 of the county’s estimated labor force of 13,960 were looking for a job in March.

Carroll County’s rate decreased from February to March from 6.7% to 6.4%; Benton County’s rate came down from 6.9% to 6.6%; Houston County’s rate dropped eight tenths of a percent from 7.8% to 7.0%; Stewart County saw the biggest decrease locally with a drop of 1.2% from a February rate of 7.5% to a March rate of 6.3%. Weakley’s County’s rate decreased from 5.7 to 5.3%.

Reminder: Two Free Band Concerts This Week

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.

Updated: Jelks Offered Contract with New England

Foxboro, Mass.- Former Henry County standout Andrew Jelks will sign an NFL contract with the New England Patriots on Thursday when he arrives at rookie camp in Foxboro. Jelks was invited to the minicamp late Saturday at the conclusion of the NFL draft.

Jelks, 23, Offensive Lineman out of Vanderbilt, got news Monday morning thru his agent that a contract had been tendered by the Patriots.

Burger Bash Raises $7164 for Carl Perkins Center

Paris, Tenn.- Local McDonald's in Henry, Weakley, and Carroll Counties partnered with the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Paris to help raise money to support its programs earlier in April.

The Burger Bash included 9 different McDonald's and $7,164 was raised and will help families in these counties over the next several months. The Center has helped almost 1100 individuals in our community.

Busy Weekend For Local Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- A home on Hill Road reported a burglary to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend where 6 rings from a jewelry box and some cash and medication was stolen. The total value of missing items is around $2K. The residents did give possible suspects but investigation is continuing with no arrests made at this time.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins responded to two different theft reports over the weekend including some stolen checks from a Poplar Grove resident and a wheel and tire from on old broke down truck on State St. There are no suspects.

Cpl. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the report of a stolen boat from an Indiana man who left the boat at a home on Thompson Circle. The value of the boat is around $15K and there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on a red Dodge Truck doing donuts in a farm field and tracked down the vehicle in question and the driver, Terrance Kilpatrick, age 30, of Mason Lane. Kilpatrick admitted to doing the donuts and check thru dispatch revealed he was wanted for violation of probation out of Carroll County.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department charged Brandy Lynn Webb, age 34, of 1204 Chickasaw Road with driving on a suspended license and failure to show insurance at a traffic stop over the weekend.

In a separate incident, Ptl. Jackson also charged Derrick Lee Tyler, age 41, of 118 Watson Road, with criminal trespass, after catching him at an apartment complex he was supposed to stay away from. Tyler was placed on $1K bond.

Lady Pats Split in KY Sat; Host CHS Monday

Hopkinsville, Ky.- The Lady Patriots Softball team played in Hopskinsville this past weekend and lost 4-3 to Christian County and beat Union County 7-2. Sophie Piskos and Gracie Osborn went deep for the Lady Pats.

Weather permitting, Henry County will host Clarksville High at home Monday night at 6pm, a win means they tie with the Wildcats for 1st place in the District. The District tournament starts later this week.  

Andrew Jelks Invited to Tryout at New England MiniCamp

Nashville- Former Henry County Patriot standout on the gridiron, and recent Vanderbilt University offensive lineman Andrew Jelks received a tryout invitation to the New England Patriots minicamp over the weekend. Jelks will leave for Boston later this week.

Winders Finishes 13th in 5000 Meter

Hillsdale, MI- Former Patriot track and field star Javan Winders, now running as a freshman at the University of Southern Indiana, competed with 123 other runners in the men's 5000 meter run  at the 51st Annual Hillsdae Gina Relays. Winders came in with a time of 14:52, good for 13th place overall.

Iowa Man Arrested for Assault, DUI and Multiple Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Trooper Josh T. Wade arrested Keith A. Bork, age 42 of 402 North 7th Street of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Friday for driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, driving on a suspended license and assault. Bork was placed on a total of $10,000 bond.

Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 at Rhea Library Event on Sat. May 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Rhea Public Library is having a 50% off Children’s Book Sale on Saturday, May 6th from 10am to 3pm at the Kroger Shopping Center in Paris.

The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 will be there to meet and greet with children who attend the event. So bring your child to meet two of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters and help encourage children to explore their imagination and curiosity through reading.

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession and Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Taylor R. Kendall, age 22 of 3205 Foundry Hill Road of Puryear, on Sunday for possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated burglary and a warrant for violation of parole. Kendall was placed on a total of $9,104.30  bond.

Paris Woman Cited for Possession After K-9 Kenzee Alerts to Car

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos cited Kendetria L. Ricks, age 28 of 522 Harrison Lane of Paris, on Saturday for simple possession.

Paris City Units were dispatched to a store in reference to two shoplifters, but by the time police arrived at the scene the suspects were gone. The store manager was able to get the tags which police ran and found that the vehicle belonged to Ricks.

Lt. Ramos alerted City Units to look for the car and Ptl. Roaten found the car at a local motel, but when she pulled up three suspects ran away. While police were waiting for a tow truck Lt. Ramos ran K-9 Kenzee around the car and she alerted to the car.

Police were able to find Ricks and Ricks then gave police permission to search the car where they found a marijuana cigarette on the floor board. Ricks was then cited for possession and served a no trespass warrant.

Sunday is the Last Day to Play at the Carnival at the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Sunday is the last day to head out to the fairgrounds for the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Carnival presented by Kissell Entertainment. Armbands will cost $15 and you can ride the rides from 1pm to 6pm. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Rodeo, Catfish, Carnival and Fun at the Last Night of WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The IPRA Rodeo was also packed on Saturday night at spectators watched bull riding, barrel racing, bucking horses and team and individual calf roping. The WBFF IPRA Rodeo is only one of a few rodeos in the nation that hosts a three night event. And BB Hastings, who is a 10 year old Michigan native, took 1st place in the barrel racing event with a time under 14.50 seconds. (Cassie Walsh photos)

BB Hastings taking home 1st place in the barrel racing event at the WBFF.

Lines for the last chance to get all you can eat catfish at the WBFF Fish Tent extended out the door and past the rodeo entrance on Saturday afternoon as the last catfish for the World’s Biggest Fish Fry was sold until next year’s WBFF.

Also on Saturday hot and humid weather conditions brought people into the Enoch Building to see the Arts and Crafts fair which ended on Saturday night.

Illinois Man Arrested for Rape of a Child and Sexual Battery

Taylorsville, Ill.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Deputy John Krezinski arrested Jeffery Montrel Wilson, age 27 of 739 ½ North 4th Street of Quincy Illinois, on Friday for rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery. Wilson was placed on $150,000 bond and he is due in court on Tuesday, May 2nd.

HCMC Holds Health Screening in Camden

Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at the Benton County Senior Center Citizen Center, located at 119 Cole Avenue in Camden, on Thursday, May 4th from 9:30am to 11:30am.

Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis Screening and Blood Pressures will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Full Lipid Panel for $10 each.

No appointment is necessary. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

For more information please call Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266 or Lori Laser, RN at 731-644-8269.

Camden Man Arrested for Assault, Paris Woman Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Deputy John Krezinski arrested Evan Michael Scronce, age 20 of 114 West Lockhart Street of Camden, on Thursday for aggravated assault. Scronce was placed on $2,500 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Sarah E. Pettigrew, age 29 of 706 Mandalay Road of Paris, on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Pettigrew was placed on $1,000 bond.

Classic and Vintage Cars Wow the Crowd at the WBFF Car Show

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens and dozens of cars, trucks and motorcycles took part in the WBFF Car Show on a hot but sunny Saturday afternoon at Paris Elementary. Spectators got to look at their dream cars at the show. (Cassie Walsh photos)

WBFF Jr. Fishing Rodeo Off to a Swimmingly Good Start

Paris, Tenn.- WBFF Jr. Fishing Rodeo gets off to a strong start as dozens of kids have been fishing on Saturday morning up at Williams Lake off of Chickasaw Road. Kids have caught catfishes that weighed a few ounces to catfish that weighed more than 10lbs. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Creativity and Fun at the WBFF Small Fry Parade

Paris,Tenn.- Hundreds came to downtown Paris on Saturday morning to come out and see all of the creative floats as kids and adults have fun at the WBFF Small Fry Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Over 3600 Attend the Fish Tent and the IPRA Rodeo on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Over 3,000 people came out to enjoy all you can eat fish at the FIsh Tent at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry on Friday and more 630 people came out to the IPRA Rodeo. Friday was a big night for the WBFF and hopefully Saturday's totals will make it the most successful night of the WBFF.

Good Turnout for the 2nd Night of the WBFF IPRA Rodeo

Paris, Tenn.- There was a good turnout for the 2nd night of the IPRA Rodeo at the WBFF. Events included barrel racing, bull riding, team roping and more. EMT's were called out to help a bull rider who got bucked off on Friday night, but all of the other events went off without a hitch. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The IPRA Rodeo Grand Finale will be on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30pm at the Fairgrounds. Admission at the gate costs $10 for adults and children ages 6-12 years old get in for $8.

Nashville Woman Arrested for Theft of Truck

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Josh Fry arrested Amanda R. Goodman, age 30 of 3900 Katrine Street of Nashville, on Wednesday for theft of property over $10,000.

Lt. Frey responded to a call about a stolen vehicle. The victim stated to police that he was tracking the vehicle and police followed the coordinates to Gwen Street where they located the vehicle, which was unoccupied at the time. Police went to the house where they interviewed the occupants inside the house where they talked to the suspect identified as Goodman.

After Goodman was advised of her rights she stated to police that she got in the car, but she didn’t know it was stolen. Goodman was then arrested for theft and the vehicle was turned back over to the victim.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Trooper Josh T. Wade arrested Amiri Cook, age 22 of 210 Wilson Street of Paris, on Thursday for felony possession of a schedule VI substance. Cook was placed on $5,000 bond.

Softball Game Between Henry Co. and Dickson Co. is Cancelled

Dickson, Tenn.- The Henry County vs. Dickson County Softball game scheduled for Friday, April 28th at 6pm has been cancelled.

Over 45K People Attend the All American WBFF Grand Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Elizondo estimates that between 45,000 and 46,000 people came to see the 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade on Friday morning, as the parade escaped looming rain showers.(Cassie Walsh photos) 

The Grand Marshall's for the Grand Parade were three military cadets who included: Bailey Compton, United States Air Force Academy, Jesse Hudgins, United States Military Academy at West Point, and Gunner Osborn, United States Naval Academy.

HCHS Marching Patriots

General Manager's trophy was the Miss Teen Float.

Float winners: General Managers trophy Miss Teen Float. Most Original 1st place Little Princess, 2nd place The Downtown Paris Association, 3rd place The Fish Tank. Best Club floats: TVCC and Celebrate Recovery was 1st place, Cub Scouts was 2nd place and Lady Bombers Softball was 3rd place.

Most Beautiful Float: 1st place Tiny Tots, 2nd place Miss Teen, and 3rd place Little Miss. Best Out of Town Floats: Iris Festival won 1st place, City of Dresden won 2nd place and Strawberry Festival won 3rd place.

Bands that marched in the 64th Annual WBFF Grand Parade: included the Henry County High School Marching Patriots, Henry County Schools County Wide Band, Bethel University, McKenzie High Schol, Camden High School, Lexington Middle School, Hollow Rock-Bruceton, Glencliff High School and Bellevue Middle School.

In the band competition of the WBFF Grand Parade the McKenzie High School Marching Rebels came in 1st place, Camden Central High School came in 2nd place, Hollow Rock- Bruceton High School came in 3rd place, Glencliff High School was 4th place and Lexington Middle School came in 5th place.

McKenzie High Rebels Marching Band came in 1st place in the band competition.

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.

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.

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.

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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