From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Barron Robinson
Chalk Crawl Saturday Morning
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Chalk Crawl that was scheduled for this past Saturday during Fish Fry will be tomorrow Saturday May 7th from 10am to Noon. It was postponed last week because of rain and wet sidewalks. Children will be given colored chalk to draw a fish on the sidewalk at the courthouse.
Chapel Hill Church Broken Into
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Chapel Hill Church on Chapel Hill Road had been broken into. Someone appeared to remove a window and entered the church on the side. Several battery operated candles were broken and a Dell Desktop Tower and change in the collection plate were stolen.
An arrest sheet at the Sheriff's Office stated, Carol R. Thompson, age 33, of 123 Gore Road in Puryear, was charged with robbery and placed on $10K bond.
Patriots Play West Creek in District Tourney Fri. Afternoon
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team earned the #3 seed in the District 10-AAA Tournament and will play at Northeast High School Friday at 4:30pm. The Pats first round opponent is West Creek, the #6 seed. The tournament format is double elimination so the Patriots will play again Monday May 9th, win or lose. If they lose, the Patriots would play at 4:30pm Monday, if they win, their game would be at 7pm.
The Lady Patriots Softball team will play their first game in the District 10-AAA tournament at home at 5pm this evening. Tickets are $5.
Songwriter's Night at Jack's Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- Jack’s Pool Room will host NASI Songwriter’s Night on Friday May 6pm. Signups begin at 6pm and live music starts at 7pm. All songwriters and singers are invited.
Missing Juvenile Found Safe by Milan PD
Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Gary Vandiver of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said that the missing juvenile, Jasmine Nicole Perry 16 years of age, was found around 4:30pm by the Milan Police Department. She was safe and had been reported missing since Wednesday.
Rhea School 1st Grader Q'Vonte Jumper Reads to City Comm.
Rhea 1st Grader Q' Vonte Jumper reads a story to commissioners. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday night and were treated to reading from Rhea School 1st grader Q’Vonte Jumper.
Rhea Assistant Principal Sandra Paschall talked about the Response To Intervention, or RTI, reading program that has helped Q’Vonte improve his reading skills just since Christmas. Paschall said many reading initiatives have been implemented and the RTI program is working along with help from staff and his mom and dad.
Q’Vonte read a short story to the City Commission and he was presented with some gifts afterwards. He has improved from 7 to 10 words correct before Christmas to 60 words correct per minute now.
Rhea Asst. Principal Sandra Paschall stands with Q'Vonte.
City Commission Approves BPU Wastewater Rate Increases
Paris, Tenn.- The City Commission approved a plan from the Board of Public Utilities to put a three year Wastewater rate increase into effect beginning July 1st of this year. The Board of Directors for BPU approved this rate increase plan at their April meeting. Rates will increase each July 1st in 2016, 2017, and 2018 as the BPU attempts to follow thru with a plan from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, or TDEC, to make improvements to the sewer system. The BPU Board discussed this in great detail at their April meeting.
In addition to the plan and schedule of Wastewater rate increases over the next three year period, the city commission also approved Mayor Carlton Gerrell signing a consent order with TDEC with outlines the BPU’s plan to fix issues with the sewer, which mostly occur during heavy rainfall events. The plan will cost about $12M over the next 5 years and customers will see an average increase of $7.80 per month in their wastewater bills over the next three years.
City Commission Hears Report on W.G. Rhea Library
Director of the W.G. Rhea Public Library Connie McSwain discusses all the things the library does beside check out regular books. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners also heard an update from W.G. Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain about some of the things the library does each year.
McSwain talked about the Tennessee Electronic Library, which is accessible online from any computer in Tennessee. The TEL offers magazines, newspapers, practice tests, Job and Career Resources, homework help and more. The TEL is funded 50/50 by the state and federal funding.
She also talked about READS, which gives access to free downloadable e-books and magazines. To access, all that is needed is a local library card and computer or tablet. McSwain said that the Advantage Program with READS that the W.G. Rhea Library is involved with provides more opportunities for our customers to get best sellers without as much wait time. The W.G. Rhea Library had the most e-books checked out by students in the last quarter of anywhere else in Tennessee.
In addition to all the services and programs the W.G. Rhea Library offers, McSwain gave commissioners and update on the recent renovations that have been completed. All the renovations have been made available thru grants and donations to the library.
The renovations include: new lighting in the children’s area, new tile flooring, ADA accessible public bathrooms, new HVAC unit, repairs to the roof, new reading chairs and device applicable tables. They are currently working on a meeting room that meets technical needs for a versatile and for public meeting.
Feb. Retail Sales Very Good
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster told commissioners at Thursday's meeting that February retail sales showed a 10.54% increase compared to last February. Retail sales are up 4.83% year to date. General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $25,485 for the month of March and over $422K year to date. Solid Waste revenues were over expenses in March by over $27K. Year to date expenses in the Solid Waste Department have exceeded revenues by almost $167K due to the Transfer Station Construction this fiscal year.
The commission approved an ordinance to amend the FY 2016 budget to remain intact with the Office of State and Local Finance. Most adjustments relate to unexpected expenses and timing of grants and bond related projects.
Foster Updates Commissioners on Various Projects
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster gave commissioners an update on ongoing projects at Thursday’s city commission meeting. She said the first Preserve Paris event, the cleanup of Lee Academy Neighborhood, was a huge success and the second clean sweep is being planned for the Atkins Porter neighborhood in June. Foster said the next project for the Lee neighborhood is also being considered. Several people turned out to help with the clean-up day at Lee and the reuse days where people were allowed to come by and pick up items set out on the sidewalk.
Commissioners were asked to consider what to do with the vacant lot next to the Hessing building. Foster said the city can keep, sell, or lease the property and all options are being discussed. Commissioner Terry Fuller suggested to put the lot up for sale, but place some restrictions on it when someone asks about buying it.
Foster said placing restrictions about parking on the lot may hinder trying to sell the piece of property. City Attorney Fred McLean said city ordinances would mean that only angle parking would fit in the space, which would mean exits out of the alley would be going on. She also said if the city kept the lot, they would have to put up a chain to keep people from parking on it.
After much discussion, commissioners decided to accept sealed bids to sell the lot with no restrictions on the bid.
Foster said work is scheduled to begin on the Alley Drainage project later this month and Building Inspector Mike Brown will be meeting with property owners to review the scope of the work.
The signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive intersection is currently in the environmental stage and it could take 4-6 months for completion of that. Foster said a target completion date could be next Spring.
Artist Brenda Kitchens began painting the next segment on the Back Alley Paris Project this week at the Hessing building as the city continues to work on the project without help of grants at this time.
TVA Board of Directors Approve New Policy on Floating Houses
No New Floating Houses Allowed; All to be phased out in 30 years
Buchanan, Tenn.- The
Tennessee Valley Authority’s stewardship mission was the main theme of
today’s TVA Board of Directors meeting in Paris Landing State Park,
Tenn, according to a press release from TVA Public relations.
is to help improve the quality of life for the people of the Tennessee
Valley,” said TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson. “We do that by being
fiscally responsible and providing low cost electricity, environmental
stewardship and economic development.”
Chief Financial Officer
John Thomas reported that TVA has maintained healthy financials despite
lower revenues. “So far this year, consumers are benefiting from mild
weather and much lower costs for fuel and purchased power,” he said. “We
are maintaining good discipline in managing our costs, even with lower
sales, and focusing on the bottom line to keep our rates low.” For more
complete financial information go to: www.tva.com/investors.
TVA is cutting
its monthly fuel cost adjustment in May to the lowest level in six
years. The overall system average fuel rate is approximately 34 percent
lower than the thee-year average. The lower cost is driven by recent
mild weather and lower natural gas prices.
financial management also includes evaluating asset needs today and in
the future and making the decisions necessary to adjust for continued
flat demand in electricity. At the meeting, the board voted to surplus
the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant property in northern Alabama so it can be
offered for sale and potentially put to better use. TVA has been
preserving the property as an option for future nuclear generation.
TVA’s Integrated Resource Plan shows that large-scale power generation
sources will not be needed for at least 20 years.
“We sought public comments
on whether to sell or keep the property and for what uses,” Johnson
said. “Our analysis of the property and its potential uses, and input
from public officials, customers and Valley residents, indicate that
offering the property for sale could better serve the public.” With the
board’s vote, TVA will now begin the process of getting the property
ready for auction.
TVA serves as steward of
the region’s natural resources and manages 293,000 acres of land and
11,000 miles of shoreline. “The work of TVA employees in resource
management makes a difference, and it’s rewarding for employees and for
the public,” Johnson said. Since 2015, TVA employees have partnered with
more than 460 groups to conduct activities on 41 reservoirs upgrading
public recreation sites, enhancing habitat areas, protecting
archaeological and historical sites, and conducting educational outreach
efforts on the importance of protecting our natural resources.
“Our work as
stewards of the region’s natural resources requires us to deal with the
challenging issue of how to manage the Tennessee River system and other
resources to provide the greatest good for the public and for all the
people we serve,” Johnson said. “That question was at the heart of the
study we conducted for more than two years, gathering input from owners,
the public, other lake users, environmentalists, community leaders and
public officials, among others, on how to address privately owned,
non-navigable floating houses on TVA reservoirs.”
approximately 1,800 of the non-navigable structures on TVA reservoirs.
More than 50 percent of these do not have permits and do not meet the
minimum safety and environmental standards.
The board approved a new
policy on floating houses that does not allow any new floating houses on
TVA reservoirs and all floating houses must be removed within 30 years.
In addition, the existing floating houses must be permitted and meet
safety and environmental standards.
“These structures amount to a commercial development of private
communities on public waters,” Johnson said. “Like national and state
parks, which prohibit private residential use of public resources, the
land and water we manage are owned by the public. We have taken care to
consider all perspectives on this issue, as well as the environmental
and safety impacts, and believe this is the correct course of action for
During the board’s External
Relations Committee report, members received an update on TVA’s
economic development activities. So far this year, TVA has helped
attract or retain 50,000 jobs and $6.1 billion in business investments
in the Valley. Johnson told the board that TVA works with customers,
public officials and economic development agencies to attract good jobs
to the region and retain them, help existing businesses and industries
thrive, and to help Valley communities prepare for growth.
In other business, the board approved:
A fleet-wide non-nuclear maintenance and modifications contract with G•UB•MK
Three long-term service
agreement contracts with General Electric International Inc., the
original equipment manufacturer, for TVA’s Caledonia, Magnolia and
Southaven Combined Cycle Sites
Delegation of authority to management to execute large generator interconnection agreements
The Tennessee Valley
Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides
electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving
more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA
receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues
from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its
revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation
and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local
power companies and state and local governments with economic
development and job creation.
National Day of Prayer Observed at HC Courthouse
(Photos by Tim Alsobrooks)
Paris, Tenn.- In honor of the 65th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer, several gathered on Thursday during blustery conditions at the Henry County Courthouse for a program.
Jim Twilbeck, of the Western District Baptist Association, was the emcee of the event and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell welcome everyone who came to the program held on the front steps of the courthouse beginning at noon Thursday.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew asked the crowd to pause as the Sheriff's Office Color Guard presented the Colors and then the pledge of allegiance was done. Frank Smith led the crowd in the "Star Spangled Banner."
Dr. Jenna Goggins, of First Presbyterian Church, gave the opening prayer, and discussed this year's theme of National Day of Prayer which is to "Wake Up America." The chosen Scripture for 2016 was Isaiah 58:1.
Prayers were then given by Mayor Gerrell for government, Bob Palmer for the military, Angelia James for families, Cory Cain, for our churches, Leon White for the media, Scott Homesley for businesses and the economy, and Billy Ross for education. Twilbeck then gave a final prayer and Tuffy Craig played "Amazing Grace" on the violin.
Jasmine Nicole Perry (HCSO photo)
Paris, Tenn - A juvenile has been reported missing in a press release from the Henry County Sheriffs Department. Jasmine Nicole Perry 16 years of age, 5’4” 120 lbs. green eyes, brown hair Unknown clothing description other than tan NIKE shoes with black spots. Possibly carrying a red NIKE drawstring bag.
Subject left her home in Henry during early morning hours of Wednesday May 4, 2016. She was believed to have been in Milan on morning of May 4. She may have been with unknown persons in a black Impala.
Any one with information is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672.
Lady Patriots Advance in District Tourney as Kenwood Drops Out
Paris, Tenn.- The 39-1 Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team were set to begin play in the District 10-AAA Tournament on Thursday, but their opponent, #7 seed Kenwood, has dropped out of the tournament, according to Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete. The Lady Patriots automatically advance and will now have a day off on Thursday.
Instead the Lady Patriots will begin play in the winner’s bracket 2nd round on Friday at 5pm against the winner of Northeast and Rossview. The game will be played at home and tickets are $5. The only passes that will be accepted are TACA and TSSAA.
The Lady Patriots earned the #2 seed after losing a coin flip to Clarksville High School. Both teams finished with one loss apiece in District play, to each other, and CHS won the coin toss and will be the #1 seed.
Mobile Career Coach at Library Tues. May 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris on Tuesday May 10th from 10am to 2pm. Career Coach Staff will be on site helping people to create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov where there are more than 90K jobs available.
The Career Coach serves a mobile one-stop career center to deliver workforce services across the State of Tennessee. It is a resource to deliver services to areas that may lack access to workforce related services. For more information contact 615-741-8892.
FCE Club To Hold Yard Sale and Bake Sale Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Ladies of the Pleasant Hill FCE Club will have a bake sale and yard sale fundraiser at the Henry County UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue, on Saturday May 7th. The sale will go from 8am to 2pm and funds raised help support community programs such as Hoof Beats of Hope, Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center, the Weekend Backpack program and more.
State Parks to Celebrate Mother's Day with Buffet
Nashville- From a delicious meal at one of Tennessee State Parks’ eight restaurants to an enjoyable nature hike, give Mom a gift she will always treasure. Mother’s Day is slated for Sunday, May 8, and Tennessee State Parks are offering special buffets, discounts on lodging, and fun outdoor activities.
The Mother’s Day Buffet will be available at these state park restaurants:
- Cumberland Mountain State Park (931) 484-7186
- David Crockett State Park (931) 762-9541
- Fall Creek Falls State Park (423) 881-5241
- Henry Horton State Park (931) 364-2222
- Montgomery Bell State Park (615) 797-3101
- Natchez Trace State Park (731) 968-8176
- Paris Landing State Park (731) 642-4311
- Pickwick Landing State Park (731) 689-3135
For information, including prices and meal options, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/promotions/.
Tennessee's 56 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses.
TBI Releases Studies on Domestic Assault; LEOKA
Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two studies this week, detailing the nature and extent of domestic violence and instances of law enforcement officers attacked while on duty.
In both studies, the TBI presented data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Report System, or TIBRS.
Among the findings in the study “Domestic Violence 2013-15”, a total of 232,031 domestic violence offenses were reported in that time frame. Simple assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for just over 68% of all offenses designated as having a domestic violence nexus.
They study also showed that victims were six times more likely to be abused by a Spouse than an ex-spouse in domestic offenses.
The study “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted” in 2015 showed the number of victims increased by 1% year to year with 1,757 victims reported in 2015.
In 2015, one Tennessee Law Enforcement Officer was reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty. The most frequently reported offense in this study was Simple Assault on Officers at 56.5%.
Both reports are available for review on TBI’s website at www.tn.gov/tbi.
Jolly Women's Club Bake Sale at E.W. James Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Jolly Women’s Club will hold their annual Bake Sale this Saturday May 7th at the E.W. James and Son’s Supermarket at 1301 West Wood Street. The sale starts at 7am and all goods are made from scratch with proceeds benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Clinic. All donations are accepted.
Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Thurs. Noon to 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Battle of Badges Blood Drive will be held Thursday May 5th at First United Methodist Church as the Lifeline Bloodmobile visits from Noon to 6pm. Give blood in honor of your favorite group, the Paris Fire Department, Paris Police Department, or Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Everyone who donates will receive a t-shirt and remember to bring a photo ID with you when giving blood. The department with the most blood donors will win a plaque to place on their wall.
Rummage Sale at Christ Lutheran Church Thurs. and Fri.
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Rummage Sale at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 3235 Hwy. 79 S. in Paris Thursday and Friday. The sale will run 3-6pm Thursday and 8am-5pm Friday and will be held inside.
Reminder: Chalk Crawl Rescheduled for This Sat. at 10am
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Chalk Crawl that was scheduled for this past Saturday during Fish Fry will be this coming Saturday May 7th from 10am to Noon. It was postponed last week because of rain and wet sidewalks. Children will be given colored chalk to draw a fish on the sidewalk at the courthouse.
Pemberton Named Quotarian of the Year
Paris, Tenn.- At the April 27th Paris Quota Club meeting, Susan Pemberton was named as Quotarian of the Year and presented a tiara, roses, and a necklace. Officers were installed as well which were President Donna Winers, President Elect Beth Watkins, Vice President Cheryl Wilson, Recording Secretary Carman Wright, Corresponding Secretary Kayla Nation, Treasurer Patricia Bailey, Asst. Treasurer Beverly Wood, Parliamentarian Gina Olds, Directors- Stephanie Tayloe, Sharon Hale, Brenda Hosford, Mary Alice Campbell, and Susan Pemberton. Stephanie Tayloe received a gift and a past president's pin in appreciation for her two years of service as president.
Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Steven McClure observed a blue 1994 Chevy pull out of the driveway at 512 Wynn Street and due to the recent high crime rate and drug activity at that address, followed the vehicle and eventually pulled it over for expired tags.
The driver, Hollyann Rose Harrison, age 32, 386 Jackson Drive, gave consent to search and Ptl. McClure found 7 grams of marijuana and a scale in the center console. Harrison was charged with possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In another incident, Lt. Scott Wyrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office met a man on Mansfield Road in regards to a break-in. The victim is in the process of building a shop into a home on the road and after being gone a couple days returned to find a small pile of charcoal in the driveway along with motor oil and scrap wood on the front porch. The glass was broken out of the window to the home and someone attempted to pry open both doors. The shop was entered and several items were displaced but nothing appeared to be missing. Investigation is continuing in the incident.
West Point, TN Woman Charged with DUI
Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol on Vale Road and noticed a vehicle in a ditch, according to a report at the Sheriff’s Office. He met the female driver who said she slid off the road. Dep. Andrews noticed she was unsteady on her feet and failed a sobriety test he administered. The woman, Nicole L. Miller, age 44, of West Point, Tennessee, was charged with DUI 1st offense.
Patriots Draw West Creek in First Round of District Tourney
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team earned the #3 seed in the District 10-AAA Tournament and will play at Northeast High School Friday at 4:30pm. The Pats first round opponent is West Creek, the #6 seed. The tournament format is double elimination so the Patriots will play again Monday May 9th, win or lose. If they lose, the Patriots would play at 4:30pm Monday, if they win, their game would be at 7pm, again at Northeast High School.
Lady Patriots Finished Best Regular Season Ever at 39-1
Dickson, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Softball team defeated Dickson County 2-0 on Tuesday night, wrapping up the best season ever for a Lady Patriot Softball regular season. The Lady Pats finished 39-1, the lone loss coming in the fourth game of the season against Clarksville High School.
The Lady Patriots have played in numerous tournaments and played tough competition from all over the state. They will begin play in the District 10-AAA Tournament on Thursday at home.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Is Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Solid Waste and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Solid Waste Management are preparing for the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. The event will be held this Saturday May 7th from 8am to 1pm at the Henry County Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive, off East Wood Street in Paris. The event is free and open to any household.
Henry County Solid Waste Manager Ron Watkins said the mobile collection program was established to provide a safe means of disposal for household hazardous wastes. There are many reasons to properly dispose of household hazardous waste including that improper storage of hazardous products may increase risk of poisoning or injury.
Also Watkins said, disposing of hazardous materials in ordinary trash may injure sanitation workers because some products are chemically incompatible and may cause fires in dumpsters, or garbage trucks. Examples include household cleaners, oil based paints, aerosols, pesticides, rechargeable batteries, used automotive fluids, pool chemicals, and other products no longer usable.
Additionally old mercury thermometers, TVs, computer equipment, and other household electronic equipment will be accepted. Usual recyclables such as used motor oil, antifreeze, aluminium, scrap metal, old appliances, cardboard, paper, and number 1 and 2 plastics will be accepted also.
Tires will not be accepted at this year’s event, but can be taken to the Landfill for disposal. Medical and infectious waste, ammunition, explosives, radioactive waste are excluded in what is accepted as well.
For more information call 642-5170 or visit www.henrycountytn.org.
HCSO and HCPC Drug Take Back Day Sat. at McDonald's
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Prevention Coalition will host a “drug take back” day from 9am to 1pm at McDonald’s in Paris this Saturday May 7th.
Citizens may bring unused, unwanted, or expired medications for safe disposal. The first 50 participants will receive a personal medication lock box. The project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
PES and Inman Spring Shows Set for Thurs. May 5th
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary School Strings will present their spring program Thursday May 5th at 6pm and Inman Middle School will hold their program at 7:15pm. Both events will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center Thursday night and are free to the public.
Paris Police Dept. Receives Donation
Paris,Tenn- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo accepts a check from Patti and Robert Popovich. The Popovichs went thru the most recent Citizen's Police Academy and wanted to give something back to thank the Paris Police Department for all it does for the community. The donation will go towards the purchase of bullet proof vests. (PPD photo)
Warrants Issued on McKenzie Woman for Kidnapping, Theft
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for theft over $10K, Kidnapping, shoplifting and driving on revoked driver's license on LaQuice Newbill age 38 of McKenzie after an incident that occurred Sunday at Paris Walmart.
The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. James responded to a shoplifting call on Sunday at Walmart where a black woman had ran out of the store and left the items she was attempting to shoplift behind. As the woman, later identified as Newbill ran out of the store to get in the vehicle she came in, the vehicle left.
Newbill then got into a 2007 Chevy Truck. Inside the truck another female, Bridgit Lee, was sleeping while her husband was inside the store. Newbill eventually stopped on PerrySchool House Loop and ran into the woods, Lee called 911 to inform dispatchers what happened.
Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to attempt to track down Newbill, but didn't succeed in finding her.
Lee gave a report that during the incident Newbill was driving irradically in and out of traffic and Lee was scared for her life and picked Newbill out of a photo lineup.
Thefts Investigated By Deputies
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. Lance Perry responded to a theft at Pine Point Lot 1 where a vehicle was burglarized. Thirty Loritab pills, $40 in cash, a debit card, and checkbook was stolen. The vehicle was left unlocked.
Sgt. Perry also received notice that a camper beside the vehicle had several items taken out of its storage boxes as well. Items stolen here included two tool boxes with misc. tools among other things. There are no suspects at this time.
Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Hwy. 641 N where a laptop, smart phone, and debit card was missing from the residence. The victim gave Dep. Davis a possible suspect and investigation is continuing.
Dep. Davis also responded to a theft on Hwy. 140 N. where $700 cash was stolen. The victim said she kept the cash in a safe in the bedroom but noticed the safe’s latch was open and money was missing. There are no suspects in this incident.
Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department charged Kevin Blackman, age 31, of 20 Skyview St. in Paris with driving on a revoked license and felony evading when Blackman tried to evade Sgt Frey, but was eventually stopped by officers.
Highway Dept. To Close Bunn School Road Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Bunn School Road in the VanDyke-Henry area on Wednesday May 4th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 4 tenths of a mile south of Deer Haven Lane between Vandyke Road and Henry-Mansfield Road. The road will be open for late evening traffic.
Griffin Paschall Wins State Champ. in Dramatic Interpretation
Morristown, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech team concluded its season recently on the campus of Walter State Community College with wins at the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League State Tournament.
Senior Griffin Paschall won the state championship in dramatic interpretation. He had already been named state champion in the same category by the National Speech and Debate Association. Griffin will represent Tennessee at the National tournament this June in Salt Lake City. He was also named student of the year for the state of Tennessee by the same organization.
Sophomore Charlie Raymer won 2nd in Humorous Interpretation and the team’s one act play entry which placed 1st in District, finished 4th. Two cast members, Noah Hulbert and Austin Hosford, were named to the state all-star cast.
Patriots Fall 8-0 to Rossview; Earn #3 Seed in District Tournament
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County lost its 4th District game in a row Monday night, falling 8-0 to Rossview at home. The Patriots could only muster two hits against the Hawk's starter, who dazzled with a great breaking ball all night long.
The Patriots had a great season, going 10-4 in District 10-AAA as they said goodbye to 10 seniors on senior night Monday. The Patriots now turn their attention to the District Tournament which begins Friday. #3 seed Henry County will travel to Northeast and play the #6 seed at 4:30pm Friday afternoon. Rossview earned the #1 seed and Northeast is the #2 seed.
State's Prescription for Success Program Doing Well
Nashville- A prevention campaign launched in the summer of 2014 to address Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse seems to be making progress, according to a press release from the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Multiple state agencies, local governments, and citizens across the Volunteer state showed support to the measure, which was a first of its kind. The plan was dubbed “Prescription for Success” and the goal was to collectively get a handle on the availability and misuse of prescription pain medications.
The Department recently measured the results of the campaign and some of the noteworthy progress includes reducing patient doctor shopping for pain meds by 50%; increased funding to counties with high overdose deaths and NAS births’ increased funding to community anti-drug coalitions; and realized a decline in prescription drug poisonings and overdose deaths.
During this time frame, intervention, treatment, and recovery programs have expanded such as an increase in permanent prescription drug collection boxes from 36 to 155, including ones at the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office. For more information on the success of “Prescription for Success”, visit the department’s website at www.tn.gov/behavioral-health.
HCMC Health Screenings at Wesley Ridge Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a community health screening Tuesday May 3rd at Wesley Pine Ridge, 119 Wesley Drive, from 10am to Noon. The screening will be conducted and educational materials will be offered. Screenings offered include free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, free dexa heel scans, total cholesterol tests for $3 and full lipid panel for $10.
Fasting is required for accurate results and results should be available at time of screenings. No appointments are necessary.
Bethel University Spring Commencement This Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Spring Commencement will be held this Saturday May 7th. Those receiving undergraduate degrees will take part in a 10 a.m., ceremony, and those receiving graduate degrees will take part in a 1 p.m. ceremony. Both events will take place in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at 101 Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus.
Dr. Maribeth S. McGuire will be the Commencement Speaker. McGuire retired as Bethel College academic dean in 2005, bringing to a close almost 40 years as a teacher and administrator. McGuire came to Bethel in 1985 as a teacher in the English department, where she remained for 13 years.
Paris Civic Center Offering Red Cross Swim Lessons May 9-13
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Civic Center will be offering swim lessons next week May 9th thru 13th. It’s a Red Cross Level 1 class and lessons will be taught from 6-7pm each night Monday thru Friday. Cost is $35, call the Civic Center at 644-2517 to sign up.
Chief Elizondo: Thanks for Great Fish Fry Week
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo issued a public thank you to everyone for a great week during the 63rd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry. The crowds were up and crime was down and Chief Elizondo said that can be attributed to the professional law enforcement and emergency service presence.
Chief Elizondo thanked Capt. John Brewer and Paris Police Dept, Sheriff Monte Belew and Henry County Sheriff's Deputies and Reserves, Cap. Curtis Mansfield and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Maj. Larry Smith, Tennessee State Guard, Twila Rose, HC EMS Director, Capt. Danny Tucker, Paris Henry County Rescue Squad, Capt. Sammy Liles, Martin Police Department, Asst. Chief Reynard Buchanan, Humboldt Police Department.
Chief Elizondo also sent a big special thanks to Paris Public Works Director Phillip Jesse and his staff for all the work of closing streets, putting up barricades, making signs, and making Paris look clean and manicured before and after the parade.
Pistol Discharged During Argument Leads to Charges
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s charged a Henry woman with reckless endangerment, aggravated domestic assault, and aggravated assault after a gun went off when she and a man got into an argument.
The report stated that Paige M. Lusk, age 23, of 71 Peebles St., in Henry, appeared to pull a gun after arguing with a man in their kitchen. The man saw the pistol and tackled the woman to try to get it away from her. The pistol discharged and a single bullet hole went thru the kitchen sink and the outside wall of the home. Lusk was charged in the incident.
Woman Charged With Assault After Using Knife On Victim
Paris, Tenn.- Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Kristina P. Allen, age 25, of 1925 Hwy 641 N with aggravated domestic assault after an incident where she appeared to stab another woman after an argument. The report stated that Dep. Higgins arrived and found a female on the front porch with blood on her left arm and neck. Witnesses said that Allen used a knife to assault the woman after they got into an argument and the victim used a belt to defend herself. Higgins placed Allen on $20K bond.
Thefts Reported Throughout the County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. David Andrews responded to Shell Academy Road to an aggravated burglary. The back door was pried open and over $2K worth of items were missing. Items stolen include a .22 automatic pistol, several collector coins, set of engagement rings and other jewelry, two shotguns, and other items.
Another theft was reported from Crystal Ice Storage on Faigrounds Road. Locks were cut and $1200 worth of items were taken including a crosscut saw, croc pots, various tools, and some DVDs. There are no suspects at this time.
A man from Missouri called the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to report a theft of a black Dell Laptop and some loose change stolen from his vehicle when he was staying a few nights at the Buchanan Resort. Investigation is ongoing but there are no suspects at this time. The value of the items stolen is $500.
Silas Winders Takes 1st in Louisville Race
Louisville- Members of the Henry County running teams competed in the University of Louisville Eastern High Relays this past Friday.
Silas Winders finished 1st in the boys middle school mile with a time of 4:38. Silas now has a #1 National ranking for middle school boys mile. In the girls middle school mile, Dinah Winders came in 11th with a time of 5:43.
In the high school 3200 meters Javan Winders finished 10th out of 84 runners with a time of 9:14 and his brother Titus Winders came in ten seconds behind in in 17th place.
In the boys high school mile, Javan Winders finished 5th with a time of 4:20 and Titus came in 28th with a time of 4:31. There were 71 runners in the race.
BPU Crews Working Hard to Restore Power in Buchanan Area
Buchanan, Tenn.- Storms that rolled thru the area on Sunday afternoon left a mess in the Buchanan area and as of just before 9pm Sunday night about 250 people in the Swan Bay Road area remained without power.
Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations with BPU, said all lineman crews were working hard as 6 poles were broke, all on Swan Bay Road. Edwards said crews were first dispatched out around 2pm Sunday afternoon and would likely be working until around midnight Sunday night in order to restore power to everyone in the area.
Trees were also reported down in the Buchanan Road area as heavy rains and winds came thru Sunday afternoon.
Fish Tent Numbers Up as WBFF Wraps Up
The 63rd annual WBFF wrapped up as it was one of the biggest to date, with something great to do each day as plans for next year's event are likely to get underway soon.
The WBFF GM Loria Plunk had a brief statement to wrap up the fish fry, "Overall great year despite the some bouts with rain. Thankful to live in a community filled with people with volunteer spirit which helps makes the WBFF a success. Saturday night rodeo had 601 adult tickets and 71 children, the fish tent had 6925 adults and 411 children. The fish tent was up 891 tickets overall. The rodeo ticket sales were about the same overall. I am very pleased with the attendance of this year event and very thankful for sponsors who help make this event possible.
Call Before You Dig Dinner
Over 120 individuals from different counties and communities attended the Tennessee811 Interactive program and dinner at Paris Landing State Park.
Jason Frier directed the program which included information about pipelines across the country and specifically in Tennessee. Frier said, “This is the fourth of over 20 meetings we will be conducting across the state of Tennessee.” Kathy Quartermaine, marketing specialist for Tennessee811, helped with registration of the participants for the event. Historically the first oil well production was in Titusville, PA. in 1859.
Today 2.6 million miles of pipelines our found across our country reaching to all corners of our country and also includes the Alaskan transcontinental pipeline. Early pipelines were made of wood much like whiskey barrels that were held together with metal straps. The program PIPE, Partners In Protecting Everyone, emphasizes the “Call Before You Dig”. Designed for excavators, contractors, emergency response personnel, and private citizens, the program increased awareness of the need to “call before you dig”.
According to Frier, “Every minute of every day someone inadvertently cuts and utility line of some sort.” Costly as the result may be the greatest emphasis is the safety of all citizens. Even if you think you know where lines are located you should call 811 and get lines marked before you start to dig. The program was sponsored locally by ANR pipeline at Cottage Grove and Paris Henry County Utility District.
Drug Arrest In Paris
Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Paris Police Department Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker received information that Tracy Walter was driving a white Pontiac car with Kentucky tags and a yellow sticker on the back bumper. Whitaker was also told that the vehicle was going to Walmart.
Cpl. Whitaker with a warrant in hand for the arrest of Walter, the warrant was a Mittimus from Carroll County. Walters’s vehicle was stopped in Lone Oak Mobile Home Park. Cpl Whitaker then placed Walter under arrest for the warrant. Walter then gave consent to search his vehicle. During the search Cpl. Whitaker found a small bag of crystal meth in the center cup holder. Walter was charged with possession of schedule II drug.
WBFF Saturday Events
Paris, Tenn.-The wet damp weather didn’t deter a crowd from showing up to the Small Fry Parade at the court square, followed by the Jr. Fishing Rodeo at Williams Lake.
The winners of the Jr. Fishing Rodeo are:
4 and under Biggest Fish: boy /Graham Bruce girl/ Larissa Jones
4 and under Most Fish: boy/ Reese Gooden girl/ Emily Hillard
5-8 Biggest Fish: boy/ Nate Goan girl/ Lila Caho
5-8 Most Fish: boy/ Brayden Martin girl/Courtney Rhodes
9-12 Biggest Fish: boy/ Noah Millraney girl/ Eva Hatcher
9-12 Most Fish: boy/ Nate Case girl/Eva Hatcher
Smallest Fish: Samuel Bruce
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Paris, Tenn.-This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in partnership with clinicians and practitioners across the state, are excited about the future for our children. We are working hard every day for the children in our state. Our children have more hope than ever before to reach their full potential which includes proper mental health.
Some children are born with mental health challenges. It is part of their DNA. While for others their condition may be the result of a lack of proper nurturing or perhaps the consequences of being exposed to traumatic experiences.
We see far too many young Tennesseans put themselves at risk of injury, arrest and even death, often times due to an undiagnosed behavioral health condition. It’s our duty to offer them a chance to succeed, as early in life as possible, to help ensure they lead a life with boundless opportunities.
When mental health issues are not dealt with, children can easily become depressed, have anxiety issues, and stop performing well in school, or have little or no interest in activities. They tend to have low self-esteem and struggle in the educational environment.
Research into the science of the mind is revealing so much hope. For instance, we now know that early intervention and seeing a mental health professional as soon as symptoms present themselves can go a long way to ensure the health and wellbeing of a young person later in life.
If given the opportunity, and with a support system in place, we can diagnose and treat their underlying mental health condition and improve their chances of staying in school, finding meaningful work and leading the most productive and fullest life possible.
Join with us this month to help ensure our children don’t slip through the cracks. Our children deserve a life full of love, harmony, and all the hope and possibility we can imagine, no matter the obstacles or impediments.
B&G Equipment Awards Scholarships To Deserving FFA Students
Paris, Tenn.- The McKenzie and Paris FFA Chapters has five students that received a $1000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 FFA scholarship year. B&G Equipment in cooperation with AGCO will officially present scholarships to Kendall Allen, Kasey Pickle, Katie Plowman, Emily Rose, and Brady Cheatham.
These scholarships mark the fifth year of the AGCO Dealer FFA Scholarship and Grant Program, which has provided over $290,000 in scholarships and grants over that five-year period. In 2016 nearly 50 dealers provided over 100 scholarships or grants to local FFA members chapters.
Scholarship selection considered FFA involvement, work experience, community service, leadership skills and academic records. Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs and future goals were considered in the selection process as well.
These dealership and AGCO cooperatively funded scholarships are a continued part of a 70-year-old relationship between FFA, AGCO and its heritage companies. A proud supporter of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program, AGCO and AGCO Finance sponsors 18 additional scholarships to outstanding FFA members in 2015-2016.
Marijuana Bust In Paris
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Patrolman David Beauvais and Patrolman Jamie James observed a Chevrolet truck on East Wood Street with a tail light that was not working. The truck was stopped in front of Arrowhead Homes and Ptl. James made contact with the driver, William Bomar age 19 of Buchanan.
As Ptl. James was talking with Bomar a marijuana grinder was visible in the seat next to him. Bomar was asked to exit the vehicle and if he had anything else in the vehicle. Bomar complied and stated that there was some marijuana under the seat.
Ptl. Beauvais and Ptl. James found 5.4 grams of marijuana along with the grinder and a set of scales in the vehicle. Bomar was issued misdemeanor citations for simple possession of Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Beautiful Day for 63rd Annual WBFF in Paris
Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson Grand Marshall of the 63rd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry in Paris (Cheryl Allen photo)
Paris, Tenn - One could not ask for a better weather than what was for the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry parade held Friday morning in Paris. A very large crowd lined the parade route with anticipation of a great parade. The event began at Ogburn Park making the way down Eastwood Street ending at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
WBBFF Hostess Court (Cheryl Allen photo)
Everyone knew the parade was on the way with the lights and sirens of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Paris Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol. Honor guards from both the Henry County Sheriff’s Department as well as National Guard also led the parade. Paris Fire Departments as well as other fire departments within the county were represented during the parade.
The marching Patriots of Henry County and the Henry County Wide Band showed their pride today, putting on a show that was pleasing to all.
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Henry County’s very own Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson served as Grand Marshall of the parade. Local dignitaries such as Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell, were in attendance, among other elected officials who packed the grandstands.
Best Out of Town Float 'Get Your Shamrock On' Houston County (Cheryl Allen)
With several bands from surrounding counties, all played for the judges at the grandstand in hopes to win the Grand Champion of the parade. Floats of all varieties and beauty queens made for an even more beautiful day.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo estimated the crowd at this years Grand Parade was well over 52,000.
Winners of the floats were:
General Manager's Choice
Cheryl Allen photo)
Cub Scout Pack 222
Most Original Float
Cheryl Allen photo)
LIttle Prince & Princess
Best Club or Church
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Hands of Praise
Fisher of Men
Most Beautiful Float
Cheryl Allen photo)
50's Jr Queen
Miss Tiny Tot
Best Out of Town Float
Cheryl Allen photo)
Little Mr & Miss McKenzie
Band Winners of the 2016 WBFF Grand Parade
Cheryl Allen photo)
McKenzie High School
Glencliff High School
Camden High School
News from past weeks here.