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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

American Legion Show and Shine Swap Meet Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road, will hold a Show and Shine and Swap Meet this Saturday May 12th. Enter your bike into the bike show for only $10. There are four classes: custom, dresser, trike, and vintage. For more information on the bike show call 642-8698. Registration will be 10am to Noon, blessing of the bikes is at 1pm, and people’s choice voting runs from Noon to 1:30pm. Winners will be announced at 2pm.

The Swap meet will have bike related items to sale and if you have anything you can bring it to the sale. Call 642-8785 for information on the swap meet. Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.

Atkins  Porter Neighborhood Yard Sales Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Atkins Porter Neighborhood Yard Sale is planned for Saturday May 12th with more than 18 yard sales, many which are multi-family. The official hours for the Neighborhood Yard Sale is 8am to 1pm, although each home can set their own hours.

Rachel Terrell, vice president of the Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association, said “we are utilizing the Atkins Porter Neighborhood Facebook link this year to let shoppers know the addresses of the sales, but there will be plenty of signage as well. The rain date for the event is June 2nd.”

The association encourages shoppers to park at the AP Recreation Center on Walnut St. and enjoy strolling thru the historic neighborhood. Some of the sale locations will have concessions. Like the Facebook page for full details on the homes participating.

PLFD Responds to MVA and Structure Fire Thursday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department had a very busy day Thursday responding to a motor vehicle accident around 10am and a structure fire at 5pm. They were also originally called out to another fire before midnight, but it was a false alarm.

The motor vehicle accident occurred on Hwy. 140 near Cowpath Rd.. Along with Paris Landing, the Puryear Fire Department, EMS, Paris Henry County Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded. Units found a silver Chevy Malibu lying on its side at the bottom of an embankment. A single female occupant was found trapped in the vehicle. The occupant was extricated using the Jaws of Life and was transported to HCMC. Her condition is unknown at this time. Units were on scene for two hours.

About 5pm Thursday, Paris Landing Fire was dispatched to 280 Eagle Rd. on a report of a kitchen fire. Arriving units found heavy smoke coming from the structure and a significant fire was found in the kitchen and extinguished. The owner stated she was in the utility room when the smoke alarms went off and she discovered the heavy fire and smoke in the kitchen and managed to escape unharmed. The problem with a kitchen receptacle is the suspected cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at around $35K. 5 trucks and 12 firefighters were on scene for about an hour and Paris Fire sent 1 truck with two men for mutual aid. (Reggie Coles photos)

Sparks St. Church Holding Inspiration Day Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Sparks Street Church of Christ, located at 109 Sparks Street, will hold their Ladies Inspiration Day this Saturday May 12th from 8:30am to Noon. The theme is “You See the Glory, But Don’t Know the Story” and everyone is invited.

EAA and Young Eagles Flights Rescheduled for this Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Experimental Aircraft Association Paris Chapter 714 will host a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Paris Henry County Airport for youngsters ages 8-17 this Saturday May 12h. The event was scheduled for last Saturday but it was rained out. Parent or guardian must be present.

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

GLO Relay Team Holding Car Wash Sat. at Advanced Auto

Paris, Tenn.- The GLO Relay for Life Team will be holding a “Cleaning Away Cancer” car wash this Saturday May 12th. The car wash is at Advanced Auto Parts on Mineral Wells Avenue and it will run from 9am to 1pm Saturday. Donations are accepted.

HCHD Closing Grainger Rd. Monday May 14th

Paris, Tenn.- Grainger Road in the Cottage Grove area will be closed Monday, May 14 for culvert replacement. The closure will be between McClure Road and Hayes Road. McClure Road may be used as an alternate route. Grainger Road will be reopened for late afternoon traffic.

60th Annual Top Ten Banquet Held Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- President of APSU Dr. Alisa White was the keynote speaker at Thursday night's 60th Annual Top Ten ceremony. She is pictured here with some of the Top 7 of HCHS. (David Jackson photo)

Lady Patriots Win District 10-AAA Tournament Championship

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots defeated Clarksville High Thursday night 7-0 to win the District 10-AAA Championship. They will be at home on Monday against the runner up in the Distict 9-AAA tournament either Lebanan or Beech. Gametime is set for 6pm on Monday. Gates will open at 4:30pm. Tickets will be sold at the main gate and down the left field line at the entrace off Harding Road.

Gear-Up Grant to Help PSSD, HCSS Students Get Ready for College

Dr. Michele Webb discusses the Gear-Up Grant and how it will help get more students ready to go to college after high school. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School Board of Education met on Thursday and heard a report from Dr. Michele Webb, principal of HCHS, on the Gear-Up Grant that the system received. Gear stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Dr. Webb said we’ve had a college access counselor working with us the last couple years with another grant program.

Gear-Up is a federal program that helps start the process of getting students ready for college. The grant runs from June 2018 to September 2024.

The grant is administered through the HCSS but joint participation with PSSD is involved as Inman students will be able to be part of the process.

Henry County was one of 15 districts chosen thru the grant. Some of the qualifications included a going to college rate below the state average and 50% or higher students that are economically disadvantaged which includes Harrelson, Henry, Inman, Grove, and HCHS. Lakewood doesn’t fall into that category, but Dr. Webb said when those Lakewood students get to Grove, they will be part of the program.

Dr. Webb said there is flexibility in the plans and they do want to keep the college access counselor because she has been doing a great job and the grant allows that to happen. The grant does include professional development for counselors and administrators.

The grant is worth over $862K over the next 7 years, with $136,250 the first 6 years, and just under $45K for the 7th year. The grant allows the system to match with in-kind work like allowing college trip days and other things.

HCBOE Approves 2018-19 Proposed Budget

Dr. Norton discusses the proposed budget.

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton discussed the upcoming budget for 2018-19. Dr. Norton said we have worked on preparation of the budget since late January.

Some of the highlights include: an increase of almost $1.1M for the total budget which includes the wheel tax increase that will pay that project. $470K new dollars was received in federal money for salary and benefits. With that, certified personnel will receive an additional step on the salary table. In addition, certified staff will receive a 1.25% increase and the district will pay the full increase on insurance. Dr. Norton said all that comes to about $488K.

The budget also increases salary for support staff such as food service, secretaries, bus drivers, and others. Only $36K comes from the state to help with support staff salary. Dr. Norton said we have seen more turnover here and we needed to address it. This budget proposes a 2% salary increase, offer bus drivers full time status allowing them benefits. This part of the budget is around $226K.

The budget decreases the number of personnel by 7 as they are absorbing those positions. The budget also includes funding for an additional resource officers at Henry County High School. Dr. Norton said this is a balanced budget and should help us take care of all we need to do this coming budget year.

Work Nearly Done on Bus, Maintenance Garage; HCHS Project About to Begin

Paris, Tenn.- Maintenance Director John Akers informed the board that the bus and maintenance garage is nearly complete and should be completely moved over to the new bus garage building after some punch list items are complete next week. Drawings being prepared for the gymnasium as they plan on beginning outside work at the end of the month.

Drawings were released for the entrance at HCHS and bids should be ready by middle of June. Once the front estimates are complete they can price out and get things ready for the remainder of the project.

Board member Rod Frey brought up issues with the baseball and softball fields not having netting over the stands area to help protect people when games are going on at both fields. Dr. Norton said he had looked at the issue and it was put off for now because of money in the budget going to make necessary field repairs to the softball and other things. Frey said he hoped we could get it done before next softball and baseball season begins.

During his report, Dr. Norton said the system did our best during the TN Ready tests even with all the problems logging in across the state. He said we didn’t have online issues because we went with paper and pencil but got guidance changes. He said we stayed the course and we have promised that the fiasco will not impact our teachers in any negative way.

Dr. Norton said we are waiting on a 2nd quote about upgrades for safety after walking thru with different companies. He said they will bring they back to the board.

Board Approves Use of Personal Elec. Device Policy on 2nd Reading

Student rep. Pierce Rose is thanked by the board for his serving this year. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved, on 2nd reading, the use of personal communication devices and electronic devices for students at HCHS. Pierce Rose, student representative, had presented information on the policy last month. Some language was added as suggested from Board attorney Rob Whitfield on what happens to devices at the end of the school year and the system was absolved of liability on broken devices or damaged devices.

The board thanked student representative Pierce Rose for working to get student representation on this school board this year and serving as the first student. Dr. Norton said, “Pierce you did a great job and leave a legacy that will be hard for others to match, thanks for your service and dedication.”

The board approved field trip requests for FBLA for 7 students to Nationals at Baltimore with three advisors going. They will fly from Nashville to Baltimore.

Another field trip was approved for FCCLA which will take four students and one advisor taking a rental van from Paris to Atlanta for Nationals.

Skills USA National Conference will be held in Louisville. Ms. Diane McCord will take one student and drive her vehicle.

The board also approved allowing the use of school system buses to transport Paris and Henry County students to 4-H camp over the summer. 80 kids will be going to 4-H camp.

Rotary Club Awards Four Ladies With Scholarships Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club presented $5000 dollars in scholarship Thursday at their noon meeting at Lee Academy Dinning Room. John Etheridge, standing in for President Walt Peterson, reminded Rotarians of the beginning of the W. G. Rhea Scholarships. 

Secretary Jackie Jones detailed the history of the scholarship begun by local physician and surgeon, W. G. Rhea designed to recognize graduates from the top 5% of Henry County High School each year.  It was created in 1979 when Dr. Rhea established the W. G. Rhea Merit Trust Fund to recognize students who exhibit dedicated leadership, good character and proper morals. 

Originally the scholarship was for boys only because Rotary was a men’s only club.  In 1992 Barbara Muzzall became the first woman to join the club and served faithfully until her death in November.  In Jones’ words, “Today marks another milestone as all four recipients this year are female.”  Recipients are as follows:

Hannah Hopkins received a $400 scholarship. Hannah is in the top 10 of 302 graduating this year.  She is interested in the arts through dance, and music and has worked as an intern with Tosh Farms.  She plans on attending University of Tennessee Martin studying veterinary science.

Hannah Hughes is also in the top ten of the class at HCHS with a 31 score on her ACT puts her in an elite group of students not only at HCHS but nationwide. Hughes has worked with baby sitting and said that that effort has helped her become more patient and helps with problem solving skills. She will be attending University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in communications and upon graduation wants to be involved with Youth Advocacy programs.  Her scholarship was for $600.

Victoria (Tori) Starks also scored a 31 on her ACT and is 2nd in the graduating class at HCHS. She has received her gold award as a girl scout, is actively involved in athletics as well as a member of the Madrigals. She credited her travels and experiences as a madrigal for giving help a lot of confidence. Starks will be attending Ole Miss University majoring in Bio-Medical studies and will also continue singing at Ole Miss.  Her scholarship was for $1000.

The final scholarship presented was the W. O. Inman Scholarship. Inman was school superintendent for the PSSD for 32 years from 1933-65. The scholarship in memory of Inman was created by his grandson Dr. Bill Inman III and originally was for a student planning to attend Lambuth University.  With the change of Lambuth to Memphis State at Lambuth the scholarship is now used at any school. 

Emily Hudgins was named recipient of the Inman Scholarship and awarded $3000. Hudgins, who has many achievements to her credit including being named to American Legion Girls State, works with the Special Olympics program at HCHS and countless FFA programs. She operates a “Jam & Jelly” business on the side and will be attending University of Tennessee Martin majoring in Chemistry and Plant & Soil Science.

Planning Commission Defers Action on 2 of 3 HCHS Site Plans

Terry Drumright of TLM shows planners some of what the plans include for the HCHS project. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met  Thursday and discussed three site plans for the renovations at Henry County High School and ended up deferring action on two of the three plans because of worry of drainage issues.

One site plan is for an addition of 4,130 sq. ft. to the front of the existing building where you enter the office. The existing canopy will be removed and the entire area will be renovated.

The 2nd site plan includes the demolition of the existing concession stand and a new 1,428 sq. ft. concession building to be built as well as restrooms to be constructed.

The 3rd plan was for Spring Sports Locker Rooms. The plan calls for a 2,581 sq. ft. building to be erected between the existing softball and baseball fields at the High School. Additional parking is proposed for the structure.

Representatives of TLM and Associates, the engineers of the project, spoke about building a detention basin on campus to help with issues of runoff water and drainage the City had been concerned with. The detention area would be around the side of the campus where the proposed new band building will go and additions to the football fieldhouse.

City Manager Kim Foster said we have several residences in the Collinwood and Stonegate subdivisions that have expressed concern when work is done on the school campus because they see more runoff in their yards. We need to make sure when we look at these plans the drainage issues are taken care of so the City can explain to citizens in these subdivisions that was taken in account during the engineering and construction.

TLM said the front office portion still has to go to the fire marshal’s office so there is some time and there was no big hurry on the spring sports locker room plan either.

Planners decided to defer action on the front office and spring sports additions until drainage issues can be solved. The commission did approve the concessions and restroom plans which had the least impact on drainage and runoff, according to City Building Inspector Mike Brown.

TLM will work with the City on the drainage and runoff and bring back the front office and spring sports locker room plans along with other additions at the June planning commission meeting.

Planners approved a minor site plan for the Loft Wine and Spirits, located at 2315 East Wood St. The plan is to utilize the west side of the building for a drive thru window. It will not eliminate any parking and would not change the ingress and egress. Planners did lay out that specific traffic patterns should be well marked on the parking lot.

The planning commission also approved a right of way conveyance request for Phillip Massey adjacent to 311 East Wood St. Community Development director Jennifer Morris said the state has to approve widening and upgrading the curb cut. Massey wants to develop the property on the East Wood St. side into parking area for the office. The conveyance was approved with the Keenan amendments added.

Variance for Side Yard Setbacks in M-1 District Approved By BZA

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to the Planning Commission meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals met and approved a variance for side yard setbacks in M-1 District for 1925 Bell Avenue. The variance was submitted for a proposed mini-storage development to be located here. The developer plans to demolish the house that was always used as a residence in the past.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the City is required to advertise and notify all property owners within 300 ft. of the property to inform them of the pending variance request. Morris said, “there were some phone calls, but after explaining the request, none of the property owners had any real problems with the variance.

The variance was approved for a lot adjacent to a residential lot, but the minimum setback would be 35 ft. front, 25 ft. side and rear.

HCMC Celebrates National Healthcare Week

HC Mayor Brent Greer reads a proclamation recognizing National Healthcare Week Thurs. morning at HCMC with several staff and partners.  (HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message The American Hospital Association (AHA) and Henry County Medical Center is proud to embrace National Healthcare Week 2018 with the theme of “Growing Forward.”

The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week, dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community-wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals during the time of the deadly Spanish flu outbreak. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

“The annual event provides a week to celebrate our healthcare organizations, healthcare providers and workers,” Said Lisa Casteel, CEO at Henry County Medical Center. “It allows us to continue Growing Forward to serve our community.”

A full slate of activities for 2018 were planned for 2018 including a family picnic, snacks, our annual Service Award Recognition Reception, pancake breakfast and more.

To learn more about HCMC and the opportunities here, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

MSU Spring 2018 Commencement To Be held Saturday

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will celebrate Spring 2018 Commencement on Saturday, May 12, in the CFSB Center with an undergraduate ceremony at 9 a.m. and a graduate and doctoral ceremony at 2 p.m.  

A total of 1,509 pending degrees will be conferred during the two services — including associate, baccalaureate, specialist, master’s and doctoral degrees — with 28 states and 23 countries represented among May and August 2018 graduates. 
The ceremony is scheduled to begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Murray State University Army ROTC Color Guard, while Distinguished Professor Susan Edington, senior instructor in early childhood and elementary education, will serve as the ceremony’s mace-bearer. 
During the undergraduate ceremony, Laura Guebert and Charles Graves, outstanding seniors for spring 2018, will lead the candidates for the conferral of degrees and provide the valedictions later in the service. Guebert is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, while Graves is graduating with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and mathematics.
Murray State faculty in attendance will be led into the arena for both ceremonies by the recipients of the Regents Teaching Award for Excellence: Frances Smith, Brian Bourke, Deborah Bell, Yoko Hatakeyama, Rebecca Williams, Elizabeth Donovan, Sterling Wright and Shea Porr. They will be joined by the Max Carman Teaching Excellence Recipient Amelia Dodd, Presidential Research Fellow Juyoung Song, University Distinguished Mentor Yoko Hatakeyama, Distinguished Researcher Randall Black, Faculty Advisor of the Year Bassam Atieh and University Emerging Scholars Urmi Engineer and Gary ZeRuth. 
Faculty marshals assisting with the overall ceremonies include Traci Byrd, Heath Keller,  Michael Kemp, Robert Lyons, Melony Shemberger, Matthew Shultz and F. Gilland Welsch.
Murray State President Bob Davies will preside over the ceremonies and deliver welcome messages. Davies, along with Provost Mark Arant, will administer the Presentation of Candidates for Degrees.
The doors to the CFSB Center will open at 8 a.m. for the undergraduate service and 1 p.m. for the graduate and doctoral service. Admission tickets are not required for either service but seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
General guest parking is available in the Stewart Stadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center and off U.S. Highway 641. Shuttle buses will be available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors of the CFSB Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The shuttle buses will also be available following both services to return guests to the parking lot.
Guests with accessibility needs may use the parking lot located off Gilbert Graves Drive. An accessible parking tag or relevant special permission may be required to park in the lot. Guests with limited mobility may be dropped off at this location. Additionally, the top two rows of chair seating in the CFSB Center will be reserved for guests with limited mobility. Special seating areas will also be located on each side of the arena. Ushers will be available for assistance. Other special requests regarding accessibility needs can be directed to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access at 270-809-3155 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or to the CFSB Center at 270-809-5577.
For those unable to attend, both commencement ceremonies will be streamed live at murraystate.edu/streaming. Use #RacerGraduation on social media to share and document the graduation experience. More information about both services can be found at murraystate.edu/commencement.

Fundraiser for Huntingdon High School Student Planned for Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The fundraiser for Hannah Reeves has been rescheduled for this Saturday May 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cash Savers on East Main Street here in Huntingdon. Hannah is a sophomore at Huntingdon High School and is currently undergoing treatment for lukemia at St. Judes in Memphis. In addition to grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, facepainting will be available for only $1.  Come out for a good time and a good cause!

Comm. Jackie Jones to Speak at Heritage Center Lunch to Learn Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will host a Spring “Lunch and Learn” at Cavitt Place program this Friday May 11th at noon. Paris City Commissioner Jackie Jones will speak on preserving and gentrifying our neighborhoods.

The meal is $9 and includes spinach quiche, spring rolls, leafy greens with orange zest dressing, fresh fruit, homemade caramel cake, and all natural ice cream. To RSVP call 642-10030 or email director@phch.com.

Local Student Holding Car Wash to Raise Money for Eagle Scout Project

Paris, Tenn.- Local Henry County High School student Brady Crawford is working on his Eagle Scout project which will be a CPR training Class later this summer. This Saturday May 12th Brady will be holding a car wash fundraiser in the Sear’s of Paris parking lot from 9am to 1pm. Donations will be accepted.

Lady Pats Advance to Finals of District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Clarksville High on the diamond Wednesday night by a final score of 6-5 in 8 innings. The Lady Pats led the game early, but the Lady Wildcats tied it up to force extra innings. The Lady Pats now advance to the Championship of the District 10-AAA tournament.

Henry County will play the winner of the Springfield vs. Clarksville High game at 6:45pm Thursday at Clarksville High. If the Lady Patriots win, they are district champs, if they lose they would play again on Friday evening. Win or lose, the Lady Patriots have at least advanced to the Region Tournament by making the championship game.

Shepherd's Table Next Meal Set for Tues. May 15th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table, the community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntingdon, will be serving a delicious hot meal, on Tuesday, May 15th, in their Fellowship Hall located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Mary Lodge, a volunteer with The Shepherd's Table, and wife of Minister Arthur Lodge, said, "this month's meal will be Tacos, chips and salsa, refried beans, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies." The food is freshly prepared for each meal and all guests are served restaurant style. Each guest is welcomed to come in, take a seat at the table and someone will come and take their drink order and deliver their food to them. "It may not be fine dining, but it is dining at its finest," said John Wambles, a volunteer.

The Shepherd's Table's first meal was a huge success. More than 30 meals were served to guests, volunteers and local dignitaries that came by to support the First Presbyterian Church's efforts. "We had guests that came by to eat that left and brought back other guests," said Mary.

The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would prefer to not eat alone for at least one meal please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join them for a meal. More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

"Stand Up to Bullies" Program Set for Sat. May 12th

Paris, Tenn.- Denise Bradley of Shotokan Karate Fitness 1805 S. Bell Ave. in Paris will be hosting a “Stand Up Against Bullies” program on Saturday May 12th.  Admission is $5.00 per child with proceeds and donations going to the Ashleigh Burg family.  The program will include Henry County Resource Officer Calvin Dumas, and students participating with skits on how to deal with bullies.  Students will examine the consequences of bullying, learn how to see the good in people and how to stand behind the victims of bullies. 

The program will also seek to reinforce the idea of the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Bradly and her students will also demonstrate how to be strong in adverse situations without becoming a bully yourself.  More information can be obtained by calling her at 336-8379. The event begins at 10am Saturday.

Wed. Afternoon Power Outage Catches Young Man in Elevator at FUMC

Paris, Tenn.- A power outage in part of downtown Paris Wednesday afternoon left a young man stuck in an elevator at First United Methodist Church for a brief time. BPU crews responded to the outage, which caused around 500 people on the western third of downtown Paris to lose power. Cole Edwards, Diretor of Electric Operations, said a tree limb fell on N. Porter St causing the outage which was contained to two blocks on the western part of downtown and some other areas. The power was all restored around 6:15pm and the youngster in the elevator was ok.

Fire and EMS units did respond to FUMC. The young man had a cell phone and had called dispatch when he was trapped. (David Jackson photo)

BPU Recognized as Public Power Provider

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Board of Public Utilities has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) ® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 Gold Level designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity. BPU joins more than 240 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” said Neil James, chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel. “These utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best in the areas of reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.”

“This is a great honor,” said Terry Wimberley, BPU General Manager.  “We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power this community. We are happy to receive this recognition for our initiative and hard work.”

BPU also received the gold designation in 2015 making this the second consecutive award received by the local utility.

KSP Charges Benton Woman With Felony Theft

Benton, Ky.- Kentucky State Police arrested Amanda R. Powell, 40 of Benton, KY for Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $10,000.00. The arrest is a result of an investigation into the theft of $20,000.00 from U.S. Bank located in Benton, KY. At the time of the theft Ms. Powell was employed at U.S. Bank in Benton, KY. Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Hill presented the case to the Marshall County Grand Jury on Tuesday, May 9, 2018. The Grand jury returned a true bill on the case and an indictment warrant was issued.

Ms. Powell was arrested without incident and lodged in the Marshall Jail. The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Hill. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

HCHS Track and Field Competitors Advance to Sectionals

Clarksville, Tenn.- Several track and field athletes from Henry County High School competed at teh North Sub-sectional meets in Clarksville over the weekend. Nathaniel Owens finished 5th in discus with a throw of 133 ft and 1 inch, good enough to advance to the sectional.

Titus Winders wonthe 3200 meter race with a time of 9:44, Silas Winders finished 2nd at 9:47 and Cole Davis came in 4th at 9:55. Both  Winders brothers advance to the Sectionals, Davis missed advancing by only 2 seconds.

Sectionals will be held this coming weekend in Brentwood.

Thefts Reported in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating thefts that occurred recently. Dep. Gary Carroll took a report of theft of a weed eater and gas can from a home on Cherry St. in Puryear. The value of the items is just over $110 and there are no suspects.

Cpl. Forrest Kemp took a report of theft from a resident of Briarpatch Lake Road where an antique churn was stolen off the front porch. The churn was valued at around $100.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft of a microwave, TV, and lamp stand from a resident of West Wood St. The value of the items is around $125. The lock was unscrewed from the door to gain entry. There are no suspects here either.

HCSO Warns of Scam Involving Sheriff's Office

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of several “scam” phone calls being made involving the Sheriff’s Office. The caller is stating that they are with the Sheriff’s Office and telling whomever they call that there is an active warrant for their arrest, but if they will go buy a pre-paid card and send it to them in lieu of making a bond they won’t be arrested. One of the callers even impersonated Sheriff Monte Belew.

This is a SCAM! The Sheriff’s Office will never call someone who has an active arrest warrant and request money. If you have an arrest warrant we will come to your house. DO NOT under any circumstances send anyone money if you are called. We are actively investigating the origin of this scam.

CG Council Learns Codes Enforcement Officer Will Be Coming In Soon

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met Tuesday night and Mayor David Jackson reported that the Code Enforcement Officer would be in the area to inspect residences for violations and assured property owners the City didn’t want to take over their property, just to get it cleaned up.

The Council also approved a public forum ordinance which allows citizens at the meeting to have 3 meetings to talk and doesn’t allow debate or interaction with the Council. The ordinance is designed to produce a more orderly exchange.

The Council learned the Cottage Grove School Recitation on Tuesday May 15th at 6:30pm; Family Fun Day will be May 19th at 9am. Concessions will be available with money made going to the fireworks at the Freedom Festival. The budget was accepted for the 2018-19 fiscal year on first reading.

Healthcare Foundation Geranium Sale Set for Thurs. and Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will host its annual geranium sale at the HCMC patient parking lot and First Bank on Mineral Wells parking lot this Thursday and Friday. Geraniums will be sold for $7 each and all proceeds benefit the Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation and would make great Mother’s Day gifts.

The sale will run 8:30am to 3:30pm Thursday and Friday of this week, or until sold out both days. Pre-orders are currently being taken and can be picked up Wednesday in the HCMC cafeteria.

Geraniums are available in Patriot bright red, Patriot papya, and Patriot salmon chic.

Harrelson School Hosting Blood Drive Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson School will hold a blood drive this Thursday May 10th from Noon to 6pm. The top two students with the most donors in their name will receive Walmart gift cards and the homeroom with the most donors gets a pizza party. Contact Harrelson School for more information at 247-3152.

Paris Housing Corporation Hears HOME Grant Updates

Tim Belton, NWTDD Preservation Planner (purple shirt), tells the PHC about what has gone on with the HOME grant so far since last summer. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Housing Corporation met Tuesday afternoon and heard updates from the HOME grant from Tim Belton, Preservation Planner from the Northwest Tennessee Development District.

The City of Paris was awarded the Home Grant in 2017 in the amount of $350K. It is to be used to help bring homes up to code for homeowners that meet certain guidelines set forth by the State and Federal Government. The repairs can’t exceed $40K per home. The city had over 30 applications turned in last summer and they looked at the top ten first.

Belton reported one home’s repairs have been completed and the homeowner is completely ecstatic on all the work that has been and was very thankful. 9 other homes have been inspected, three were turned down because the repairs exceeded the $40K threshold. Belton told the board that four more were awaiting lead based paint inspection approval and hopefully they would go out to bid in the next 60 to 90 days. Belton said we have to see costs on the lead based paint issues before we go too far to see how much money we have.

City Manager Kim Foster then told the PHC they were looking at the next set for applicants past the top ten since some had been turned down. Foster reported there was some issues with a couple of the next batch who had applied for the HOME grant because they still owed the City some money on program from the 1990s.

Foster said that program allowed the City to serve as 2nd mortgage and these people on the list this go around have made very little payments since the last program. The board discussed it and because the application does have provisions to allow applicants to be turned down, decided to remove those two from consideration on the list.

Foster said, “we shouldn’t reward bad behavior and not be able to help some others for some who haven’t followed rules in the past.” Belton told the board that the deadline to complete work with this HOME grant is June of 2019.

Mary Hickman discusses the Emergency repair program

USDA Rural Development area specialist Mary Hickman was on hand at the PHC meeting Tuesday as well and update the board on work with the Emergency Repair Program. She said since the new fiscal year, which began October 1st, they have spent $7500 and made repairs at three homes in the area. Hickman said, “it sounds like a little, but it really is amazing what can be done for folks who need it with $2500 per home, I thank the board the city for their cooperation with this program.”

APSU President To Be Speaker at Top Ten Awards Ceremony Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Top academic students in Paris and Henry County will be recognized at the 60th annual Top Ten Academic Scholarship Program on Thursday night and the guest speaker will be Dr. Alisa White, President of APSU.

The program will honor the top 10 in grades 9-12 and the top eight 8th graders and top seven 7th graders at Inman, Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood Schools.

Dr. Alisa White is president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Austin Peay serves nearly 10,500 students, has a $150 million operating budget, and is a national leader in student success initiatives. She serves on AASCU’s Policy and Operations Committee and is a board member of Two Rivers Corporation, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, Industrial Development Board, and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Literacy Council.

White previously served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

White has an undergraduate degree in business, a master’s degree in library and information science and a Ph.D. in mass communication. She has taught courses in advertising, public relations and broadcasting, and her research has been published extensively in scholarly periodicals, such as the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Advertising Education and the Journal of Creative Behavior. She also has served as a consultant for city governments and Fortune 500 companies, offering workshops on leadership, conflict negotiation, communication and creative management.

Registration Underway for Fancy Nancy Tea Party Scheduled for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Registration is ongoing for the Fancy Nancy Tea Party set for this Friday May 11th at the W.G. Rhea Public Library. The tea party is from 5-7pm Friday night and is open to the first 30 girls to register who are ages 4 to 8 years old. There is a $5 deposit required at the time of registration which will be refunded the day of the event.

This year’s theme is creative with a Ballet themed Fancy Nancy Tea Party. Everyone will meet the Library and be glitzed up then go to Lee School for a dance lesson and tea party. Each child must be accompanied by one adult. Call the Library for more information at 642-1702.

HCHS Sports District Tournament Action Roundup from Monday

Paris and Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots softball team defeated Montgomery Central Monday ngith at home with a walk-off two run homer by senior Kaylee Marr to win 7-6. The Lady Pats will travel to play Clarksville High on Wednesday at Clarksville High at 6:45pm in the winners Bracket. A win moves them to the Championship game.

The Patriots baseball season came to a close Monday night with losses of 11-2 to Clarksville High and 5-2 to Springfield. The Patriots finished the season with 20 wins.

The Henry County Patriots Soccer team defeated Northeast 5-0 on Monday night at home. They will play Clarksville High at Clarksville High on Tuesday night at 7pm.

Chamber Banquet Planned for June 14th; New Awards to Be Acknowledged

Paris, Tenn.- The 68th Annual Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet is planned for Thursday June 14th and 5 new awards will be acknowledged this year in addition to the Person, Conservationist, and Business of the Year.

Chamber members were emailed a link to the nomination forms and the new awards include Young Professional, Board Member, Community Spotlight, Small Business, and You Made it Happen. Forms are due by this Friday May 11th.

The Banquet will be held at the Paris Convention Center June 14th at 6pm. For more information call the Chamber at 642-3431.

Several Things Planned for HC RFL's 20th Year

Paris, Tenn.- Relay For life is set for June 8th and many events have been going on and will continue to go on to raise money for Relay teams up until that date. But 2018 marks the 20th year of Relay for Life in Henry County and Tracey Beasley, leader of the local organizing committee, is gearing up for a huge celebration.

The theme this year is “Celebrate Hope” and we will celebrate achievements in better patient treatments, more research, more survivors, beginning with the Annual Survivors Dinner this Saturday May 12th at First United Methodist Church. Dinner, drinks, and dessert are all provided by the Paris Elks Lodge and servers are local volunteers.

Relay for Life is selling luminarias to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to celebrate those who have defeated it. The price is only $5 and any team member can get you one.

Also special Caregivers can be recognized with a special Pinwheel for a minimum $5 donation and torches of Hope will be featured for a $100 donation. For more information or to volunteer or donate call Tracey Beasley at 731-225-1729.

Former Harlem Globetrotter to Speak to HCHS Students Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Students will hear from former Harlem Globetrotter Valentino Willis, Captain Magic, on Tuesday. HCHS Counselors Blount and Armstrong used their plus endowment grant to invite Willis to come and speak on staying drug and alcohol free, staying in school, being respectful and kind, and following your dreams. Willis will incorporate basketball activities into the sessions and involving students and faculty.

W.G. Rhea Library Holding Free Computer Classes in May

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library is offering free computer classes in May. Dates are times are as follows: Internet Safety from 6-7pm on Tuesday May 8th; Computer Basics from 6-7pm on Thursday May 10th; Photo editing with GIMP from 6-7pm on Wednesday May 16th; Word 2016 6-7pm Tuesday May 22nd; and Open lab 6-7pm on Tues. May 29th. Call the library to register or for more information at 642-1702.

Tennessee's Strader Wins Bassmaster Elite Series on Ky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- Wesley Strader, of Spring City, Tennessee, had 5 bass weighing over 20 pounds Monday afternoon. That vaulted him ahead of everyone else as he won the 2018 Berkley Bassmaster Elite Series presented by Abu Garcia. His four day total weight of bass during the tournament was over 80 pounds. Strader, emotional at the weigh-ins, said, "I love fising at 46 just as I did at 6, this is just like the day you have your first kiss, you won't ever forget it."

The tournament brought over 100 anglers to the area for the weekend and was a huge success with a great expo with plenty of door prizes given away as well. The event was sponsored by the Henry County Tourism Authority. (Bassmaster photo)

Thefts Keep Local Law Enforcement Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County’s Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a residence of Craig Ct. where several guitars, jewelry, camera, security cameras, and other items were stolen. The victim did give possible suspects and investigation is continuing.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department took a report of a break-in at an apartment on Hwy. 641 St. Damage was done to the door and multiple items were stolen including a 39 inch Smart TV, some cash, and a fan. There are no suspects at this time.

Inv. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Jacob T. Savage, age 18, of 366 Myatt Dr., with simple possession of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia., and sexual battery. He was placed on $2K bond.

A man from Ohio reported nearly $400 worth of fishing poles and tackle stolen from his boat slip over the weekend. There are no suspects at this time.  

HCHS Softball, Baseball Team Continues in District Tourney Monday

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County High School baseball and softball teams will play Monday in the District 10-AAA tournament. The Lady Patriots will play Montgomery Central at Home at 5pm. The Patriots, after winning 10-3 against Springfield on Friday are now in the semifinals in the baseball tournament. They will play at Clarksville High Monday afternoon at 4:30pm against Clarksville High. If they lose, they will play again at 6:30pm Monday against Springfield. If the Patriots win Monday at 4:30pm, they would play on Tuesday.

Drug Take Back Program Successful in Huntingdon Last Week

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Last week the Huntingdon Public Safety Department was able to help safely dispose of 79 pounds of dangerous drugs. Mr. Jerry Morris of the Dangerous Drug Task Force stopped by and picked up three containers which held the drugs.

These drugs will be incinerated safely thereby avoiding any dangerous contact by persons handling them and also avoiding contamination of our groundwater and a buildup of antibiotic resistant germs in ouf environment. We want to remind everyone that we have a drug take back box in the lobby of the Huntingdon Public Safety Building located at 12740 Lexington Street here in Huntingdon.

Any prescription or over the counter drugs may be dropped off at any time around the clock. Items not accepted are needles, blood sugar equipment, or bio hazardous waste materials. By dropping off any unused drugs you can help keep dangerous drugs from potentially being taken by children or being stolen and ending up being sold on the street. We welcome everyone to take advantage of this free service.

TN Celebrates National Tourism Week

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development joins tourism industry partners to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week May 6-12 by marking another year of record-setting growth for the state’s $19.3 billion tourism industry.

According to the latest research from DK SHIFFLET, Tennessee experienced 113.6 million person stays in 2017, an increase of 3.3 percent over 2016. Tennessee places among the Top 10 travel destinations in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year and is considered to be a top retirement destination.

To celebrate the week, the state’s 15 welcome centers hold tourism showcases, with industry representatives meeting and greeting visitors with Tennessee hospitality, Made in Tennessee product samples, promotional items and opportunities to win prizes. Staff with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and tourism industry partners will also offer guests free windshield washing to help them “See Tennessee More Clearly.” Tennessee Tourism will also hand out branded, Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee air fresheners shaped like records.

Statewide, local visitor bureaus and independent travel organizations celebrate the week with parades and special awards luncheons, to shine a spotlight on Tennessee’s $19.3 billion tourism industry and inspire travel. The theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, “Travel, Then and Now,” gives the industry a chance to reflect on past successes, while advocating for policies to promote future growth.  Industry leaders also shared old photos of landmarks, neighborhoods, streets, major events, festivals and attractions on social media using #TBTravel. Destinations in all 95 Tennessee counties have a unique story to tell.

“Visitors to Tennessee experience world-class food, history and culture and our scenic beauty and outdoors,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “The thread through it all is our music. Music is the universal language and ties our memories together. The soundtrack of their trip, the Soundtrack of America, is made in Tennessee.”

In 2016, Americans left 662 million vacation days unused, with 54 percent of the nation’s workers forfeiting some of their vacation time, according to a study released last year by  Project: Time Off. Nearly one-third of workers were not able to roll vacation time into the next year or receive other compensation for their time. On average last year, employees effectively donated an average of $604 in work time to their employer.

“One of the most enjoyable things about the satisfaction derived from working hard is the pleasure of recharging our batteries that comes after a mission is accomplished or a project is complete,” said Triplett. “Tourism is Tennessee’s second-largest industry. It is an honor and a role we take very seriously to assist our visitors in finding pleasure in taking the leisure time earned for a job well done.”

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s website, tnvacation.com provides inspiration at your fingertips on the state's attractions, music, food, history, experiences, family trips and scenic beauty to inspire you to start planning your vacation.

This year’s celebration marks the 35th anniversary of the 1983 congressional resolution that established NTTW. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for the economy, businesses and personal well-being. U.S. Travel released this video celebrating the beauty of the U.S.A. and ensuring travel continues to benefit generations to come.

Man Flees After Wrecking Vehicle

Paris, Tenn.- According to an incident report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday May 5th, Deputy John Andrews responded to a residence in Puryear on Highway 641 North to take a report of a stolen vehicle. Upon his arrival, the victim advised Deputy Andrews that a green 1998 Dodge Dakota truck was missing from the property.  The victim further explained that the vehicle was parked at the residence when departing for work at approximately 8:15 Friday evening, but upon arrival to the residence the following morning, it was missing from the property.

The vehicle was entered into NCIC. A few minutes after a BOLO was sent out, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received contact from an officer of the Huntingdon Police Department who advised that the vehicle was setting in their impound lot. The Huntingdon Police Officer explained that around 12:00 a.m., a call was received from a firefighter stating a male with dreads, wearing a purple jacket, had wrecked on an exit ramp. The unidentified male advised the firefighter he was trying to call for a ride. When the firefighter notified the Huntingdon Police Department about the wreck, the male fled the scene. The incident is still under investigation.

Rotary Club Ham Breakfast 2018

Paris, Tenn.- According to officials with the Paris Rotary Club this years breakfast of Clifty Farm country ham, eggs, biscuits, gravy, and grits raised probably as much as last year even in spite of the rains that came through.  According to club treasurer, Linley White, over 80 individuals paid for tickets during the morning while the club served over 1000 meals in the morning breakfast held in the Paris Elementary lunchroom. The annual bake sale raised another $793.00.

Rotary Club members were assisted by the Inman Middle School Beta Club members, the Paris Downtown Boxing club, and high school volunteers.  Breakfast chairpersons, Michelle Atkins, Randy French and Donna Craig were highly complimentary of the work of all the volunteers, especially the Inman students.  "They were great.  A real example of the fine quality young people we have in Henry County. Hopefully someday they too will want to be a part of the Rotary Club."

The Paris Rotary Club's main fundraiser for 45 years was once again successful!

Paris Woman Arrested After ShopLIFTING Spree

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday May 5th, Deputy Frankie Scott responded to a call pertaining to a suspected theft at Dixie Land Antiques on Hwy 79 South. Upon his arrival, Deputy Scott made contact with the suspicious woman as she was walking in the parking area with the intent to leave the premises. The suspect was identified as Gina Merrell, age 49, of 61 Whispering Pines Drive. Merrell had been shopping the single store for 5 hours before deciding she had reached her shop-lifting limit. Deputy Scott witnessed a large number of items, coming to a total worth of $331, in Merrell's possession that she had just stolen Dixie Land Antiques. For theft of property, Gina Merrell was arrested and transported to the Henry County Sheriff's Department. 

New Weight Leader After Round 3 of 2018 Bassmaster Elite on Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- In day 3 of the 2018 Berkly Bassmaster Elite held at Kentucky Lake, Skeet Reese was bumped down to 2nd place by current Weight Leader Wesley Strader. Strader’s catches from round 1, 2 and 3 came to a total weight of 59 pounds and 9 ounces.

Phoenix Boats Big Bass Winner for round three was earned by Alton Jones Jr. with a bass weighing in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

Leaders For 2nd Round of Bassmaster Elite at Kentucky Lake on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- With the total weight of Skeet Reese's catches from round 1 and 2 amounting to a whopping 45 pounds and 5 ounces, he has moved from second place to Weight Leader in the 2018 Berkley Bassmaster Elite Tournmant. In round one, Reese came in second place with 5 fish weighing in at 23 pounds and 11 ounces and then in round two his catch of 5 fish totalled 21 pounds and 10 ounces.

Phoenix Boats Big Bass Winner for round two was earned by Shaw Grigsby Jr. for catching a bass weighing in at 7 pounds and 11 ounces.   

Top Tournament Standings of 1st Round of Bassmaster Elite on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Chris Zaldain caught five fish with a total weight of 24 pounds and 3 ounces.

Coming in second place, Weighing-in just a half pound less than the weight leader of round 1, was Skeet Reese who placed 2nd in the tournament. Reese caught 5 fish totaling 23 pounds, 11 ounces.

Phoenix Boats Big Bass Winner for round one was Chad Pipkens catching a bass weighing in at 7 pounds and 7 ounces.   

2018 Berkley Bassmasters Elite Fishing Tournament at Kentucky Lake

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 Berkley Bassmasters Elite is being held at Kentucky Lake. It began on Friday and will continue through Monday. Take-off time for the tournament is at 6:15 each morning at Paris Landing Marina, and weigh-in time begins at 3:00 each afternoon at Paris Landing State Park. The public is welcome to attend takeoffs and weigh-ins along with taking part in all the fun that is being offered. There are carnival rides, food trucks and more, so there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy!    





City of Paris to Begin Bulk Pick Up Friday May 11th

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has decided to once again give pick up of bulky items a try.  “I feel there is a need for this service in our community as lots of individuals have no way to get large unwanted items properly disposed of,” said City Manager Kim Foster, “but it’s going to take a great deal of cooperation by our citizens to make this work. I have been trying for several months to figure out how best to initiate this program without causing an even greater problem in the city. We can’t have large items sitting on curbs all around the city waiting on those few days a month when Public Works will be around to pick them up.”

The plan is to designate the second and fourth Fridays of each month as bulk pick up days.  If a resident of the City has something they would like to dispose of they should call Public Works at 642-0473 at any time during the month to get their address on the list.  They will then be told what day their item(s) will be scheduled for pick up.  It will be the responsibility of the resident to have their item(s) on the curb in front of their house by 7:00 a.m. on the day they are scheduled for pick up.  The item should not be placed on the curb any earlier than Thursday afternoon, the day before pick up.

Another important requirement for residents is that they don’t mix their brush and leaves in with their bulk items.  Brush and leaves go to a different location in the landfill than bulk items and will be picked up separately.  “For this program to work we will have to have the cooperation of our residents” said Phillip Jessie, Public Works Director.  “We used to have bulk item pick up, but had to discontinue the service when it got to be too difficult to manage.  We really need for the public to not put the items out too early and to keep them separated from their brush and leaf piles.  We will do our best to educate our residents about the requirements when they call to get on the list.”

Items that will NOT be picked up are tires, any type of hazardous waste, contractor waste and regular household waste.  We will also need to pick up appliances separate from other bulk items because they are handled differently at the landfill.  Public Works will address this issue as residents call in.


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