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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

PLSP Pool Opens Up Saturday

Pictured left-right: Sam Sulcer, Kelly Conger, Jon Sulcer, Holly Buffington, Trent Wilson, Manning Boley, Jackson McCormick

Buchanan, Tenn.- The pool at Paris Landing State Park opens for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 26.

Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $5.00 per person ages two years and older. Pool passes are available for $115.00 per family and $55.00 per individual. Passes can be purchased at the park office during business hours.

Swimming lessons are offered June 12-22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. The fees are $50.00 per child; $90.00 for two children from the same household; $25.00 per child with a pool pass; and $45.00 for two children from the same household with a pool pass.

Water aerobics classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 26-July 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The fee is $32.00 per person and $16.00 per person with a pool pass.

The pool is available for rent for $100.00 for two hours and $45.00 for an additional hour. Call the park office at (731) 641-4465 for more information.

There is a public swimming area on Kentucky Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty. A picnic area and restrooms are nearby. On July 4, the swim beach area closes at noon to allow for preparation for the fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.  

More information can be found at https://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/paris-landing.

Vietnam War Documentary to Be Shown Free Sun. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a free showing of a 2011 documentary, “Bravo” this Sunday at 3pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. The documentary is being brought to the community for free by Paris’s Barry Hart, a U.S. Marine and Vietnam Vet, and friend of Pfc. Earl Harris, of Buchanan, who died fighting in the Vietnam War.

“Bravo” is about the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh, some of the bloodiest fighting of the Vietnam War and the documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of those who fought in that battle. Donations will be taken to support Veteran’s affairs at the free showing.

City of Paris Announces Memorial Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closing for Memorial Day on Monday May 28th. City Hall will be closed, all emergency services will be on regular schedule. The public works department will be closed Monday, Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will be run on Tuesday May 29th.

The Landfill will be closed Memorial Day and will reopen Tuesday May 29th at 7am. The Animal Shelter and Paris Civic Center will also be closed Monday.

Memorial Day Service Planned at 8am Monday at Courthouse

Paris, Tenn.- A Memorial Day Service will be held at the Henry County Courthouse beginning at 8am on Monday May 28th. The event will include a march on the colors, prayer, introduction of post commanders, laying of the wreath, and more.

Guest Speaker this year is Randy Prince, Vietnam Veteran, and employee for the Henry County Veterans Service Office. The program is planned for the front steps of the courthouse, but will be moved inside if it is raining.

TWRA Tells Crowd of 300 There is a Market for Asian Carp

Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell and County Comm. Drew Williams frying some Asian Carp at the public input meeting. (David Jackson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Over 300 people attended the TWRA program at the Henry County fair grounds Thursday evening. Attendees were treated to a tasting of fried Silver carp also known as Asian Carp. Prepared by Economic Development Director David Hamilton, Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Henry County Commissioner Drew Williams.

The Asian carp has become a threat to sport fishing, and recreation on Ky Lake and Lake Barkley as well as a threat to the economy of tourism. Control and or irradication, according to TWRA and neighboring Kentucky Wildlife Authorities is a problem that requires much more money than that which has been allocated by state and federal programs. Where Illinois receives 40 million a year in Federal Funds to prevent the species from entering the Great Lakes chain. Henry County received a 75,000 grant to address the issue in the past few years and the TWRA received 250,000 this year from the Tennessee Improve Act.

Although grateful for the amount allocated to help with the ever growing problem the demand for more federal assistance was emphasized by both Tennessee and Kentucky Fishery specialist.

The problem Henry County and neighbors up and down the Tennessee River find themselves in is the same seen by 28 other states in a wider range. The invasive species has affects on other species but further studies are needed to determine just exactly what effect they do have. One thing agreed upon by all is that it’s a problem that must be addressed.

Efforts to control expansion of populations further up the Tennessee River include expensive blocking efforts through sound apparatus that repel the species at the locks at Kentucky and Pickwick Dams. Increased marketing and harvesting by commercial fishermen plays a vital part. A market is available for the fish but the infrastructure for processing is costly. Low prices at this point and cost of transporting to market are issues TWRA is trying to address. Funding for further studies are also needed. TWRA has partnered with Tennessee Tech in research.

Growth, Break-Even Budget Presented to Board of Trustees

CEO Lisa Casteel discusses the 2018-19 budget at Thurs. night budget meeting. (Tim Alsbrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO Lisa Casteel and CFO Dale Guffey presented what they called a growth budget for the board. Casteel said, “we are doing a lot of great things here and we are proud of those things.”

The budget for 2018-19 includes the implementation of the Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC), cardiology service line, growth in behavioral health, realign contract services, payor contracts, and reducing joint replacement costs.

Casteel said we will promote our top three survey initiatives, look at employee retention, create a workforce plan, and look at pay rate reviews.

Guffey told board members the budget includes a pay increase of 2% along with strategic adjustments of wages within job classes as we grow. There will be an investment with this budget with the FQHC and Cath Lab, 8 physicians are set to be hired already for the new budget year for the FQHC and several dollars will go into for this first year. They have budgeted for more obgyns, more physicians, another psychiatrist and more surgeries overall and truly feel like this will be a break even budget come next June 30th. The board approved the 2018-19 HCMC and Home Health and Hospice Budgets.

The capital projects budget was also approved at $3.56M for 2019. It includes a mammography machine, Mako Total Knee instruments, and the Cath Lab at $950K. Guffey said we are going on a skeleton capital budget this year on things that really need to be done cause of the loss we took this past year. Hopefully by this time next year, we will be able to increase the capital projects budget.

HCMC BOT Chooses To Stay with St. Thomas for Cardiology Services

HCMC BOT members discuss the Cardiology service contract with St. Thomas. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees approved endorsing St. Thomas as the preferred provider of cardiology services at HCMC. CEO Lisa Casteel and Board Chairman Dr. Scott Whitby had looked at three different proposals along with staff and decided to stay with the hospital well known for their cardiology and the one that started with HCMC in the first place. Casteel said they plan on expanding some of their services.

In her administrative report, Casteel said HCMC has joined a 6-month project with the Tennessee Hospital Association titled Opioid Light ED campaign. The idea is to track and report information and reduce opioid use in the ED by 20%.

Casteel told the board of Trustee Dr. Russell will join Eastwood Clinic later this summer as a PCP and Dr. Richardson will transfer from his hospitalist position into primary care for the Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Finely will take over as hospitalist.

Tory Daughrity, Marketing Director for HCMC, was recognized as the 2018 Top 25 Hospital Marketers of the Year and inducted into the DTC/HMN Hall of Fame. The Marketing Department is recognized in the Aster Awards with Gold for our website and silver for our banner ads as well as by Healthcare Advertising bronze and silver awards for newsletters, website, and our digital campaign.

The board learned there are also two major maintenance projects ongoing including roof replacement and air conditioning replacement. The back parking has been displaced and all projects will be complete in June.  

Lady Pats Softball Season Ends in 11 inning Marathon at State

Gracie Osbron throws out a Walker Valley batter Thurs. (Tim Farr photos)

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots softball season came to an end Wednesday afternoon after a hard fought back and forth battle with Walker Valley in the State's Spring Fling. The Lady Pats lost 6-5 in 11 innings. Henry County led 3-0 after 6 innings, Walker Valley scored three in the 6th to tie the score. The game went to extra innings and in the 10th, the international tie breaker rules took effect where each team started with a runner on 2nd base. Walker Valley scored twice in the top of the 10th to take a 5-3 lead. The Lady Patriots battled back in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game and left the winning run at 3rd base. Walker Valley scored a run in the 11th and got the Lady Patriots out before they could tie it again in the bottom half.

Emily Gilstrap slides in safely. (Tim Farr photo)

It was a spectacular season for the team. Their 2nd straight year of winning the District 10-AAA, the Region 5-AAA tournament championships and their 2nd straight trip to the Spring Fling. Last year, they lost the only two games. This year they went 1-2, but lost both games by just one run. Congrats to the ladies and coaches for a fantastic season.

BPU Approves Electric Rate Action Plan; Increase Starts Oct. 1

GM Terry Wimberley discusses the electric rate plan. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met Thursday and approved a rate action plan for the Electric Department to begin October 1st of this year. General Manager Terry Wimberley said he discussed this in detail in April and wanted to bring it back this month to talk about it some more.

Wimberley showed some slides to the board showing how BPU rates compared to others utilities are well below annual average. BPU also has the 4th lowest total operating expenses per customer out of 70 utilities surveyed in the area.

Wimberley said when looking at the rate action plan, they tried to put an effort into where they wanted to be 5 years from now and carefully considered the impact on BPU customers. He said I wanted no more than two rate increases in that 5 year period and I think we are going to be able to pull that off.

The rates will increase $1.90 per month for residential bills, broken down to $1.40 per month base charge plus .50 per month for new Grid Access Charge. Small General Service bills would increase a total of $1 per month, with that .50 Grid Access charge. GSA1 is for barns, shops, etc. that have power ran to them. The rate action plan also includes an option for BPU’s 5 largest industrial customers to realign their rate structure to better reflect cost of service and save the industrial customer money during peak load times.

Wimberley said the rate structure would likely include another similar rate increase in October of 2019.

BPU Board Discusses FY 2019 Budgets

Paris, Tenn.- BPU board members also received the budgets for all departments for the upcoming fiscal year to look at and discuss. The Electric Department budget included $200K for work on the Eagle Creek Transmission lines as they will be running a line from the Paris Landing Substation up Hwy. 140 to a delivery point 1.3 miles away where TVA will deliver power. Wimberley said to contract it out, would have cost $800K, so we are going to rent two extra trucks for a cost of $40K and save $600K and build it in house.

The Electric budget also includes an extra $100K in tree trimming as Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards explained they were going to focus on clearing right of ways of the transmission lines this year. The budget also includes a built-in salary for a new marketing/communication position that has not been filled yet.

$80K will be used to finish the last pieces of removing the old transmission lines from around the county, a project they have been working on the last couple of years. Upgrades to the AMI software to help read the meters faster are also included in the budget.

In discussion of the Water budget, Wimberley told board members the BPU could be headed for an all time low on water consumption. He said, “with the loss of some bigger industry, more conservation of water in the households, etc., we are seeing very low consumption. Our revenues are ok right now, but we must continue to watch it.”

Depreciation with the Water Treatment plan will kick in on this upcoming budget and revenues are basically flat.

The Wastewater budget includes $14M in capital expenses to help get BPU in line with the consent order from TDEC. Those projects include phase 2 work at the Wastewater treatment plant and two rehabs out in the system. Wimberley said we’ve discussed this in the past, now it is time to actually see it in the budget.

The board will look over the budgets and could possibly meet to discuss in more detail in a special called session or pass them at the June board meeting.

Wimberley also informed the board thanks to new guidelines, BPU has found a new funding vehicle for loans thru USDA-Rural Development. He said he would likely bring some loan applications to the board at the June meeting.  

FOP Awards Scholarships

Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17, has announced the recipients of the 2018 college scholarships. Each graduating senior or college student will receive a $500 scholarship.

The recipients are Mason Crosser, Jenny Howard, Kaylee Marr, Ashton Thompson and Clay Wyrick.

TWRA Holding Public Input Meeting Thurs. at 6:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a public input meeting Thursday at 6:30pm at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The meeting will discuss Asian Carp and TWRA’s control strategy response to the problem. They will also be discussing sport fishing in general.

Regional Job Fair To Be Held Thurs. in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Jobs4tn.gov and the American Job Center is holding a Regional Job Fair Thursday May 24th from 11am to 4:30pm at the American Job Center, located at 470 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon. Job seekers will have a chance to interview with multiple employers at a single location. Call 731-352-8815 for more details.

TBI Releases Crime on K-12 Campus Study

Nashville- Earlier this month the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a study detailing the volume and nature of crime on K-12 campuses across the Volunteer State. The annual report compiles three years of crime data submitted to TBI by the State’s law enforcement agencies thru the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System or TIBRS.

Among the findings of “School Crime 2015-2017” a total of over 27K offenses were reported by Tennessee law enforcement agencies with a School location code. The number of offenses occurring in school increased 13.5% from 8,494 offenses in 2015 to 9,642 in 2017.

Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 37.4% of reported offenses. The month of September had the highest frequency of reported school crimes. White males accounted for 57.3% of offenders, females accounted for 52.8% of victims. The most common type of weapon was personal which includes hands, fist, feet, etc. at 80.1%.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said, “This study will hopefully assist law enforcement, school administrations, and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and continue to create awareness that crime exists as a threat to our communities. The threats to society by criminal activity must be addressed by efforts from all law-abiding citizens, as well as law enforcement agencies.”

As with all its crime publications, the TBI cautions against using the data provided in these reports to compare one jurisdiction to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate. The full report is available for review on the TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi.

TN NWR Hosting Amphibian Fun Event Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center welcomes everyone out this Saturday from 1-2:30pm for the Discovery Series event, “Amphibian Fun and Fairy Houses.” The Center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

Lauren Posego will give a short, family friendly program on local amphibians, with a short walk to search for specimens along the Nature Discovery Trail. Participants will get practical experience on where to look and how to identify a few amphibians in your back yard. Afterwards, the group will construct “fairy houses” to place outside to attract amphibians for easier viewing. For those children who wish, they can come dressed as a fairy or amphibian to the program on Saturday.

Friends of the TN NWR will sell grilled hotdog lunches around noon. The refuge will also have their popular backpacks and activity booklets to check out so kids can earn Jr. Refuge Manger Badges. For more information call 642-2091.

Henry County Falls 4-3; Plays in Loser's Bracket Thurs. at 10am

Mufreesboro, Tenn.- It was a long day on Wednesday for the Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team. Flanked by games that went to extra innings before and after their first game, a 8-1 win, they fell in the 2nd game Wednesday evening 4-3 to Ooltewah. The Lady Pats held a 3-1 lead, but Ooltewah scored late to win. Henry County moves to the loser's bracket and will play Walker Valley at 10am Thursday morning. It is now win or be eliminated for Henry County. If the Lady Patriots defeat Walker Valley Thursday morning, they will play again Thursday afternoon around 4pm against the Brentwood vs. William Blount winner.

Paris Fire Fighters Respond to Kitchen Fire on Glisson Road

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Fire Fighters responded to a kitchen fire at a home on Glisson Road Wednesday evening around 6:30pm. The fire was contained mostly to the kitchen area. No one was hurt in the blaze, but a family pet did not make it out. More details will be released later.

Duke University Awards Lakewood Students

Paris, Tenn.- Receiving awards from Duke University’s Talent Identification Program are Lakewood Middle School seventh grade students, Mason Elliott, son of Billy and Marissa Elliott; Charly Hutson, daughter of Chip and Lisa Hutson; Ella Seaton daughter of Cale and Tracy Seaton; and Carson Tucker, son of Joseph and Shelbi Tucker.

The students attended a State Recognition Ceremony held at Belmont University on May 7, 2018 for their recent ACT scores. According to Leigh Anne Durham, Gifted Coordinator, “Students qualified for the state ceremonies by earning ACT scores that are approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests. Elliott, Hutson, and Tucker received awards for their science scores, while Seaton was awarded for scores in the reading portion. These students were able to participate due to their enrollment with Duke TIP which identifies academically talented students in the United States based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores. Only those who score at or above the 95th percentile qualify.”

Lady Patriots Beat Hardin County 8-1; Play Ooletawah Wed. Evening

Kinsley Nichols lays down a bunt for an infield single. (Tim Pharr photos)

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team won 8-1 over Hardin County Wednesday at the Spring Fling. A 7 run 6th inning was the key in the victory. The Lady Patriots will play Ooletawah later this evening in the winners bracket. The game is scheduled for a 5:30pm start, but they are running roughly 90 to 120 minutes behind schedule.

Kaylee Marr makes a diving stop

Eiffel Tower Park Pool Opens Up May 26th for the Season

Paris, Tenn.- Memorial Day weekend is coming up and the Pool at Eiffel Tower Park will open up for the first time this Saturday May 26th. Pool hours are 10am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays. Admission is $6 daily, children ages 3 and under are free, seniors and military are $5.

The pool is available for rentals just call 644-2698 once the season opens this Saturday. Season passes are also available at a cost of $90 per individual, $200 for a family of 5 or less. $225 for a family of 6 or more.

TDOT Halting Road Construction For Memorial Day Weekend

Nashville- Motorists won’t be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 25 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.  

“Suspending construction-related lane closures during the busy Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” said Commissioner John Schroer.  “We want to do our part to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend and keep traffic flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible.”  

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects.  Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.   

"Our primary goal is to honor this Memorial Day weekend by reducing the number of traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey said. “Currently, we are seeing an increase in distracted driving crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. We hope that drivers will make safe choices when traveling on our roadways. State Troopers will do their best to enforce the traffic laws and keep all Tennesseans safe.”  

AAA estimates more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, nearly 5% more than last year. This marks the highest travel volume on record since 2005 for the holiday. An estimated 727,000 Tennesseans will drive to their Memorial Day travel destinations.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Two Dead After Murder/Suicide on Depot St. Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Two people are dead after an apparent murder suicide occurred Tuesday night on Depot St. in Paris. A press release from Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated Paris Police were investigating an unrelated runaway juvenile on Depot St. when officers heard several gunshots coming from 1026 Depot St.

Officers responded and encountered Demarrio Borum, age 40, in the backyard of the residence with a gun. He put the gun to his head and threatened to kill himself. Officers took cover as he went back into the house. After several attempts to make contact with Borum, another gun shot went off, officers then made entry into the home where they found Borum and Jessica Jones, age 29, both deceased.

Investigation revealed Borum had shot and killed Ms. Jones and was going to leave the residence when confronted by officers, entered back into the home and committed suicide. Family members were notified and both bodies were sent to the TBI for autopsies.  

Heritage Center Plans Summer History Camp for Grades 4-8

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will be holding a Summer History Camp, history on the move June 4-8 from 9am to 12pm each day for grades 4-8 students. Campers will experience a colorful and hands on look at the history of downtown Paris. Each day the students will meet at 9am at the Heritage Center to start the tour and they can be picked up at Noon at the Heritage Center. McDonald’s will provide snacks. The schedule for the tour is Monday: Courthouse, Tuesday: Paris City Square: Wed.: Downtown Churches; Thurs.: Old Cemetery; and Fri.; Cavitt Place and Poplar St.

Registration is ongoing now and space is limited. Call the Heritage Center at 642-1030 or email winstonclh@gmail.com to register. The camp is free.

Quinn Chapel Pancake 66th Annual Pancake Breakfast is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church will hold their 66th Annual All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday May 26th. The event is sponsored by the Quinn’s Chapel Men’s Club and it will be held at the church, located at 218 E. Church St.

It is eat in, carryout, or delivery. For delivery call 642-8445. The menu consists of All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage or bacon, milk orange juice, and coffee. Price is $8 per person. Children under 13 is $4 per person. You can pay at the door.

FRC Accepting Applications for School Supplies Starting Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center will be accepting applications for free school supplies and backpacks. Registration dates are this Friday May 25th to June 24th and again from July 9th to 23rd from 8am to 2pm each day. For more information call 642-2938.

Reminder: THPMC Holding Grilled Chicken Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic is Grilling for Memorial Weekend on Saturday May 26th from 10am to 2pm in the parking lot besides their building at 211 N. Brewer St. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be doing the grilling and walk up orders will be accepted.

Chicken halves will be $8 or two for $15. They will also sell plate lunches that include a grilled chicken half, baked beans, potato salad, and slice of white bread. Drinks will also be available for $1. All money raised benefits Tomorrow’s Hope and it’s programs.

Cross Country Tryouts Set for May 29th

Paris, Tenn.- HCHS Cross Country tryouts will be held Tuesday May 29th at 7am at the track at HCHS. You must bring proof of current physical dated after April 15th of this year. HC Middle School Cross Country tryouts will be held Tuesday May 29th at 8am at the track at HCHS and proof of current physical is required.

KSP Investigating Body Found in Miss. River

Hickman County, Ky.- Riverboat workers located a body near a boat ramp in the Mississippi River today near  Columbus, KY in Hickman County.  The Kentucky State Police responded to the scene at approximately 11:50 A.M. The male body was recovered from the river this afternoon.  An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow in Madisonville. 

The Kentucky State Police was assisted on the scene by the Hickman County Sherriff’s Office, Hickman County Rescue Squad, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department and the Hickman County Coroner’s Office. The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police Detective David Dick.  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.

Cruise-In Postponed Until May 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The DPA Cruise-in Scheduled for Tuesday May 22nd has been postponed until Tuesday May 29th because of the thunderstorms that are moving thru the area.

Lady Pats Head to Spring Fling

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team left from HCHS around 1pm Tuesday afternoon heading to the Spring Fling in Mufreesboro. Several fans showed up to cheer them on as they loaded the chartered bus and headed out. Henry County plays Hardin County at 11:30am Wednesday and will play again Wednesday afternoon win or lose. (Tim Pharr photos)

Freed-Hardeman Makes First Ever NAIA World Series

Asst. Coach, Two Players From Paris

Lewiston, Idaho- For the first time in school history, Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, has advanced to the NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. They are one of ten teams competing for the championships and will begin play this Friday May 25th at 5pm Central Time.

Freed-Hardeman’s assistant coach is Paris’s own J.D. Flowers, who is in his 10th season as an assistant coach of the Lions. He also played baseball for the Lions for four seasons during his college days.

Two former Henry County High School graduates and baseball players are also currently playing for the Lions. Drake Walker, a senior who graduated last week, and sophomore Cody McSwain.

HC Health Dept. Observing Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department is observing National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this May to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy as well as education and prevention efforts. Teen pregnancy has been declared as one of six ‘winnable battles’ by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Tennessee’s teen birth rates for adolescents aged 15-19 have steadily declined from 40.8 in 2011 to 28.0 in 2016. Teen pregnancy rates declined from 48.5 to 32.5 per 1,000 teens in Tennessee in that time period. Despite these successes, teen pregnancy remains a significant problem in Tennessee. Although Tennessee’s teen birth rate has consistently declined it is still markedly higher than the national rate of 20.3.

Teen births have serious consequences for the teenage parents and their babies. According to Power to Decide (formerly known as The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy), adolescent parenthood is linked to many negative consequences for mothers, fathers and their children. Compared to those who delay childbearing, adolescent mothers are more likely to drop out of school, remain unmarried and live in poverty. Their children are more likely to be born at a low birth weight, grow up poor, live in single-parent households, experience abuse and neglect and enter the child welfare system.

The Tennessee Department of Health has adopted a broad-based approach to providing services to the community to reduce teen pregnancy. Focus areas include implementing a wide variety of approved, evidence-based abstinence education programs; increasing high school graduation rates; reducing the rate of repeat pregnancies; reducing overall teen pregnancy rates; reducing adverse childhood experiences and improving and fostering self-sufficiency. 

Find more information about teen pregnancy prevention programs and services:

  • Tennessee Department of Health Adolescent Pregnancy Program


  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing


May Cruise-In Set for Tuesday with Rockin Randall French

Paris, Tenn.- The May DPA Cruise-In is set for Tuesday afternoon from 5:30pm until 7pm on the court square. All classic cars are welcome and prizes will be given away to car owners throughout the event. Rockin Randall French will provide the musical entertainment and Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ sandwiches. Everyone is welcome.

HC Health Dept., UT Ext Teaming up for Chronic Condition Workshops

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department and UT Extension Office is partnering to offer free living well with chronic conditions program workshops. It is a 6-week series designed to help community members manage their long-term health issues effectively. Chronic conditions can include asthma, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, and others. Anyone with these types of conditions is welcome to attend the program.

The workshops will help with finding effective and healthy ways to deal with pain and fatigue, help to establish better nutrition and exercise choices, look at new treatment options, manage side effects, communicate better with your doctors, and leading a fuller and better life despite the conditions.

The program starts on Tuesday June 12th and classes will be held every Tuesday from 10am to Noon at the UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. For more information or to sign up call 642-2941.

Big Sandy Spring Festival Is Friday and Saturday

Big Sandy, Tenn.- Down on the Farm is the Theme for this year’s Big Sandy Spring Festival, set for Friday and Saturday May 25th and 26th in and around City Park. Friday night the carnival will open form 5-10pm and $10 bracelets will let you ride all the rides you want. From 7:30pm-9pm Benton County’s own Ryan Holladay and the group LEVON will perform a free concert.

Saturday is jam packed with activities including a car show, with registration at 8am at City Hall, awards at 3pm; parade at 10am, tractor show at the park from 11am to 2pm, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival will run from 11am to 10:30pm with $10 bracelets again; Rocking Randall French performs at 11am.

The day includes a Horseshoe tournament at noon at the small pavilion, gospel music of Benny Stockdale at 1pm; Cherokee Wolf Clan at 1:30pm; bingo from 2-5pm; Doug the Magician at 3pm; the Tommy Akers Band from 4:30pm-6:30pm; Kinsey Rose from 7:15 to 10:30pm; and Memorial Day Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Memorial Day Lemonade Stand Raising Money for Darkhorse Lodge Again

Paris, Tenn.- For the 2nd year in a row, two youngsters will spend Memorial Day selling lemonade to benefit the Darkhorse Lodge, a planned peaceful retreat for combat veterans. Allison and Brycen’s Old-fashioned lemonade stand will be open from 8am to 6pm on Memorial Day Monday May 28th at Trolinger’s BBQ. There will be an endless supply of lemonade as well as a baked goods sale going on.

Anyone who wishes to donate goods or money can call Jana at 363-5602 or email janaferguson@ymail.com. Be sure and follow Allison and Brycen’s Old Fashioned Lemonade on Facebook too!

Lady Pats Leaving for Spring Fling at 1pm Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will leave for the Spring Fling about 1pm Tuesday from HCHS. Everyone is encouraged to come out and show them support before they travel. The address for McKnight Field in Murfreesboro is 120 DeJarnette Lane.

The Lady Pats play at 11:30am Wednesday against Hardin County. It is double elimination. Win or lose they will play a 2nd game Wednesday. If they lose they play at 4pm Wednesday and if they win the play at 5:30pm Wed.

Warrants Issued After Man Damages Ex's TV

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Johnathan Baxter has issued warrants on Victor “Tyrone” Sims, 27 of Routon St. for aggravated burglary after an incident where he destroyed and ex girl friend’s bedroom. The 55 TV, a futon bed, and chair were destroyed and Sims had sent her a text saying he was sorry and would help her clean up the mess and give her his TV since he broke hers.

Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigated the report of a stolen Nissan Altima over the weekend. The value of the car is $6700 and the key was dropped in the floor board by the owner’s son after he drove it. There are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft off a boat from a resident of Manning Drive where a Lowrance HDS 9, an outboard propeller, and two fishing poles were all stolen. The value of the items were at nearly $3K and there are no suspects at this time.

A Murfreesboro man reported a theft to Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office after he stayed at Country Junction over the weekend. The man told Cpl. Sanders his HP laptop, bank card, and a pressure washer were all stolen from his vehicle. The value of the items were valued over $1200.

County Commission to Meet May 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission meeting has been moved to 5pm on Tuesday May 29th. The County Commissioners are in a conference this week in Gatlinburg.

Rotary Club Awards Richardson Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.- The Richardson Family Henry County Educational Foundation Scholarship was founded in 1997 with a gift from Dr. Bobby Richardson, a Springville native and renowned pioneer cardiovascular surgeon, to honor Dr. John Richardson, a Henry County native. Dr. John was a lifelong educator and held a Doctorate in Education from New York University. The Paris Rotary Club administers the scholarship.

This year’s recipient of a $5,000 scholarship is Sarah Luna. Sarah plans to enter the Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences in Memphis this fall and major in nursing with the goal of working in the pediatric oncology field.

Also receiving a $5,000 scholarship for the fourth year was Ryan Mahan, son of Jeff Mahan and Mel Mahan. He will be a senior this fall at The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee as a biochemistry/pre-med major. After graduation in 2019 Ryan plans to enter medical school and become a surgeon.

Dinah Winders Wins Middle School Track and Field State Championship

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County's Dinah Winders finished 1st in the 1600 and 800 meters at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships held at Austin Peay State University on Saturday. Dinah finished the 1600 in 5:27 and the 800 in 2:30 and made the all state team in both events.

Donations Accepted at Security Bank for Lady Pats Softball

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Quarterback Club urges fans to support the the Softball booster club and donate money to help the Lady Patriot Softball team as they head to the Spring Fling State Tournament in Murfreesboro on Wednesday. Donations are being taken at any branch of Security Bank and Trust Company and any amount is accepted. Money will help with travel, feeding the team, and lodging for the next few days. A goal of $2500 has been set to be raised before they leave out Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Patriots will play Hardin County in their first game Wednesday at 11:30am.

HCHS Softball Team Advanced To State Tournament

Paris, Tenn.- After the match being postponed and rescheduled twice prior, our Henry County High School Softball Team stepped up to the plate and took a win against Summit on Sunday. With a score of 10-0, our Henry County High School Softball Team will advance to the state tournament on Wednesday in Murfreesboro, TN.

American Crappie Trail 2018 Kentucky Lake Championship Saturday

Paris Landing, Tenn.- With the total weight of the14 fish they caught during the two-day competition coming to 17.49 pounds, Doug Sikora and Mike Bledsoe took 1st place on "Championship Saturday." The 2-person team won big with a prize of a Ranger RT188C w/ Evinrude 115 Boat having a retail value equalling $25,700. (American Crappie Trail photo)

HCHS Softball Game for Saturday Has Been Postponed

Paris, Tenn. Due to inclement weather, the HCHS softball game scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. If inclement weather persists through the rescheduled game time for tomorrow, the game will be rescheduled for a later date TBA.

From Athletic Director Mike Poteete

Hats Off To Henry County High School's Class of 2018

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday, May 18th, nearly 300 diplomas were conferred upon graduating students at Patriot Stadium during Henry County High School's 49th Commencement Ceremony. The presentation and conferring of diplomas was handled by Henry County High School Principal, Dr. Michelle Webb, Director of Henry County Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, and Chairman of the Henry County Board of Education, Mr. Doug Braden. Honorable mention Pierce Rose, salutarian Tori Starks and valedictorian Cameron May delivered commencement speeches to their fellow classmates.

Tassels, stoles and medallions were worn to recognize and honor student achievements. Gold stoles were worn by 91 students, which indicated they earned a distinction diploma, gold tassels were worn by 71 students, which indicated they had earned a diploma with honors and gold medallions were worn by 28 students who were recognized as Tennessee Scholors. In addition, students wore cords of various colors which indicated other honors. Of the cords, the most recognized was the gold cord, worn by 64 graduates indicating their membership of the National Honors Society.

Wreck On Thursday Night Claims Life Of Big Sandy Man

Henry, Tenn. - According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Trooper Jason Mounts investigated an accident at approximately 8:57 p.m. on Thursday.

A vehicle driven by 80-year-old Robert Shunk of Big Sandy was on Henry Mansfield Road. The second vehicle, was a 1997 freight truck, driven by John Yarbrough, and was traveling South bound on Highway 79. Shunk pulled out of Henry Mansfield Road, in front of the freight truck, and the two collided. A third vehicle that was also traveling South bound on US Hwy 79, collided with Shunk's vehicle after it struck the truck.

Shunk was killed in the accident. The report also stated that neither driver of the other two vehicles were injured.

HCMC Receives "A" in Leapfrog Survey

Paris, Tenn.- The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Henry County Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. This is a four-peat for HCMC and we are very proud to have this recognition again.

“It is with great honor to accept this award for our organization and the community we serve,” said Lisa Casteel, CEO.  “Health care quality and safety are definitely aspects of Caring and Growing Forward in services of the highest quality and safety for our patients.” 

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Henry County Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

HCSO, PPD Partner with THSO in Click It or Ticket Campaign

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department are once again partnering with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for its click it or ticket campaign. From May 21 to June 3, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car and more important than that it’s the law. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up.”

According to the statistics, 315 people killed in Tennessee crashes last year wear not wearing their seatbelts. That represents approximately 30% of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2017.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We see the loss of life, often it could have been prevented with a simple click of a seat belt, this should be automatic.”

According to the NHTSA, nearly half, 48%, of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. The number soars to 56% at night between 6pm and 5:59am. For more information on Click it or Ticket visit the website, www.tntrafficsafety.org.

Meetings SetThis Week for HCHS Students Who Want Dual Enrollment with JSCC

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a parent/student meeting with Jackson State Community College on Monday May 21st at 6:30pm in the cafeteria of Henry County High School for Dual Enrollment classes. All students who have requested Dual Enrollment courses for the next school year will need to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to get very important information on Dual Enrollment classes for the 2018-19 school year. Representatives will be on hand to discuss classes, payment, books needed, and more.

In addition to the meeting, all students who plan on taking a Jackson State Dual Enrollment course next school year need to come to the HCHS Lab 16-17 on Friday May 25th between the hours of 8am and 2pm to complete applications, submit the grand application, and take placement tests if necessary. Students will know if they have to tests the night of the meeting on Monday the 21st. For any student that can’t attend this event on the 25th, they must contact Jackson State and arrange to complete these tasks before June 30th.

HCHS Golf Tryouts Set for May 24th

Paris, Tenn.- Tryouts for the Henry County High School Golf Team will be May 24th at 3pm at Paris Landing State Park. For more information and to receive the proper paperwork, parents/players should call the high school or email Coach Brian Welp at welpb@henryk12.net.


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