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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

"Casting for a Cure" Kids Fishing Rodeo Planned for Sat.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 18th Annual Steve McCadams "Casting for a Cure" Kids Fishing Rodeo is set for Saturday June 9th at the McKenzie City Park Lake. The event is free to kids age 15 and under.

Registration is from 8-9am and the Rodeo is 9-11am. There will be lots of prizes. To donate call Steve McCadams at 642-0360 or email stevemc@charter.net.

Mobile Job Center to Be in McKenzie Tuesday June 12th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (TDLWD) mobile American Job Center (MAJC) will be located at the Vera Low Center on the campus of Bethel University on Tuesday, June 12 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

MAJC staff will be on-site helping job seekers complete online applications, resumes, and to register or update their information on www.Jobs4TN.gov, Tennessee’s online workforce development website that has more than 100,000 current job openings. The mobile job center offers nearly all the services of a full-service center, at locations that are easy for job seekers to access.

This event is free and open to anyone looking for employment, who may be under-employed, or who is interested in changing careers.

The mobile American Job Center is Tennessee’s one-stop career station, conveniently delivering workforce services across the state. The resource extends TDLWD’s reach into communities that do not have access to an American Job Center and brings helpful services to events in the state’s larger cities. The mobile American Job Center is one way Tennessee is working to create the nation’s number one workforce by assisting both job seekers and employers.

Paris Tractor Supply Hosting Pet Treat Tasting Event Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Tractor Supply Company is hosting a pet treat tasting event here in Paris, and you and your furry friends are invited! 

The event, planned for Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., will give pets the chance to sample a variety of pet treats available at Tractor Supply Company, including a selection from Tractor Supply's exclusive 4health® brand. 

In addition to the tasting, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a dog wash.

"With so many pet food and treat options available for your four-legged friends, why not let them pick out their favorite?" said Jeremy King, manager of the Paris Tractor Supply store. "We have a wide variety of options available at Tractor Supply to ensure that you, and your pet, find what you are looking for."

This event is open to the public and will take place at 1266 Highway 641 S. For more information, please contact the Paris Tractor Supply at 731-641-8879.

Campaign Rally for Mike Wilson Set for Saturday 10am-Noon

Paris, Tenn.- Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson will hold a re-election campaign rally and fundraiser this Saturday June 9th from 10am to Noon at the Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building. There will be free food and it’s a family friendly event. Music will be provided by Dr. Jeff Fletcher and the Tooth Throbs, with special guest award winning Elvis tribute artist Riley Jenkins.  

Wilson was first elected in 2010 and has served two terms as Circuit Court Clerk. In 2017 he completed his accreditation as a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee.

Highway Dept. Closing Hayes Road Monday June 11th

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hayes Road in the Cottage Grove area Monday June 11th for culvert replacement. The closure will be between McClure Road and Fields Road. McClure and Fields Roads may be used as alternate routes. The road will be open for evening traffic.

Downtown Paris Week Continues Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Downtown Paris week continues Friday with Government Day, a tip of the cap to all our City and County employees. Saturday there will be Downtown Art Walk on the West side of the courthouse from 10am to 2pm with local artists showcasing their wares and Perry’s BBQ selling food.

Paris City Commission Approves Budget; No New Tax Increase

City Manager Kim Foster discusses the budget at Thurs. night's City Comm. meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris residents will not be facing a property tax increase starting July 1st as the Paris City Commission passed a budget and .73 cent tax rate on 1st reading Thursday night at the City Commission meeting. The tax rate, .73 per $100 of assessed property, is the same as it currently sits, meaning residents will not see an increase for the first time in a couple of summers.

The budget, also approved on first reading Thursday night, shows revenues slightly in excess of expenses and highlights include a 2% cost of living adjustment for City Employees, matching amounts for three grants the City could be awarded in the upcoming fiscal year, two which haven’t been announced yet.

One of the biggest purchases for the City in the upcoming budget is the purchase of a sanitation truck at a cost of $270K, part of $890K in capital purchases City wide as described by City Manager Kim Foster Thursday night.

The budget includes an increase of $75K in the appropriation for asphalt for a total amount of $400K; money for a full time Animal Control Officer II, to back up and assist current Animal Control Officer; and a 2% increase in the City’s funding for the Library.

Retail Sales Dip Slightly in March

Finance Director Traci Shannon goes over the financial report Thurs. Night.

Paris, Tenn.- Finance director Traci Shannon gave a report on March’s retail sales Thursday night and said they dipped slightly by less than a full percentage point, but fiscal year to date the City is still ahead by 3.22%. General fund and Solid Waste revenues were both ahead of expenditures for April and fiscal year to date.

The only out of line expenses were for City Hall renovations which should wrap up soon and a new vehicle for the patrol K9 unit. $388K is expected to come out in expenses in April’s financials due to principal payments on some bonded debt.

A rezoning request for some property on Avalon Drive was approved on 1st reading and referred to the planning commission. The request was to rezone property behind B & R Supply and Swiss Villa Inn from B-1 to R-1. Edward Upton had recently purchased the lots and wants to build a home on the property as the lots are combined. The property adjoins lots already zoned R-1.

Commissioners approve a request to write-off for delinquent tax property in the amount of $3833 and to dismiss uncollectable real property taxes in the amount of $7617.

Commissioners approved a resolution reducing the number of people on the Housing Corporation Board from 9 members to 7 on Thursday night. City Manager Kim Foster two members resigned recently and it caused the board to discuss the need for that many members in the first place. Commissioners approved the resolution.

Hansel McCadams Chosen as New Paris City Judge

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Carlton Gerrell discussed the search process for the City of Paris’s next judge as David Hessing has retired. Last month, the commission accepted resumes and the review committee has gone over those received. Mayor Gerrell said 5 people applied and it was a very hard decision for the committee to make. The committee recommended Hansel McCadams as the next judge and the commission approved the recommendation.

City to Study More on Regulations About Breweries Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster led discussion about the regulations, regarding wineries, breweries, and distilleries as two separate entities have inquired about locating a winery and micro-distillery inside the City Limits of Paris. At the current time, there are no governing regulations for this type of use so Foster said, “If we are going to allow these types of facilities inside the City limits, we have to begin the process of having guidelines for them.”

City Attorney Fred McLean said many of the guidelines will be in the state statute but we can look into further. The Commission asked for him to proceed with finding out more about what the City needed to do as far as guidelines, regulations, and rules to govern wineries and such.

Commission Introduced to Newest Patrolmen

The newest officers of the Paris Police Dept. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department introduced some new patrolmen hires to the City Commission Thursday night. Johnathan Baxter, Daniel Andres, Brandon Steele, Ashley Neumair, and Alexis Lancaster were all introduced as the latest hires over the last few months.

Housing Corp. Board Reduced to 7 Members

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a resolution reducing the number of people on the Housing Corporation Board from 9 members to 7 on Thursday night. City Manager Kim Foster two members resigned recently and it caused the board to discuss the need for that many members in the first place. Commissioners approved the resolution.

In other business Thursday night, City Commissioners approved some ordinances on 2nd reading after discussing them in May. One was for some increases in landfill fees with the majority of increases coming for non-county residents using the landfill. Another ordinance approved on 2nd reading deals with some amended funds in the FY 2018 budget. One is a $28,500 increase in the expenditures from the Trane Energy Efficiency Project and another for $305K to pay off the bonded debt in the Solid Waste Fund for the Transfer Station.

Another ordinance passed on 2nd reading Thursday night dealt with changing of liquor store hours as state legislature had recently passed to allow them to sell liquor on Sundays. Hours are now 8am to 11pm Monday thru Saturday and Sundays 10am to 11pm. Retail liquor stores must be closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Comm. Updated on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on the status of various projects at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting. She said the City will introduce a new Citizen’s Government Academy this fall with the purpose of the class to better educate the public not only on the services the City provides but how they are provided. Foster said they hope to open the academy to 30 people and use the class to create ambassadors for the City once they graduate from the academy to pass on how government works.

The City has applied for and been awarded a Community Transportation Planning Grant. This will be used set up a management plan and begin to address some traffic and signalization issues downtown.

City Attorney Fred McLean is now working with the County to help the City acquire the old fuel distribution center on South Market Street as the redemption period has lapsed. The property will be developed and used by the Paris Police Department for vehicle maintenance and storage.

Foster said the Trane Energy Efficiency project is complete and everything will be closed out June 15th. The renovations at City Hall continue, with only work in the Fire Department left, and it is set to be complete at the end of June.

TV, Wallet Stolen from Routon Truck Rd.

Henry, Tenn.- Dep. Matthew Liotta of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of burglary at a home on Routon Truck Stop Road. Someone used a shovel to bust out a bedroom window and then climbed up a ladder inside the home. Stolen from the home was a 32in TV and a wallet from the kitchen table.

20th Relay for Life Planned at Fairgrounds Friday Night

Paris, Ten.- Henry County Relay For Life will celebrate its 20th year this Friday night with gates opening at the fairgrounds at 4pm. A silent auction starts at 5pm, the celebration ceremony begins at 6pm with the survivor lap, caregiver lap, and more. Music will be provided by DJ Landon and survivor registration will begin in the tent at 4pm as well.

Entertainment and activities start at 6:30pm and includes Sandra and Kailey’s Dance Studio, Tuffy Craig and Friends, Mr. Purple & White Womanless Beauty Revue, and more. At 9pm the silent auction ends and the lighting of the luminarias begin.

The reading of luminarias and Remember Ceremony start at 10pm, there is a musical chair scavenger hunt at 11pm, and the closing ceremony is at midnight.

Some of the campsites food choices include BBQ nachos, fried oreos, fruit cobblers, hamburgers and hot dogs, chili dogs, bbq fried pies, ribs, tacos, and much more. The lifeline bloodmobile will also be on site at the Fairgrounds from 5-10pm.

Plus Endowment Summer Kick-Off Benefit Planned Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Miss D’s Kitchen and the Mule Barn are hosting the Plus Endowment Summer Kickoff Benefit this Friday June 8th from 5:30-8pm at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. The price is $10 per plate and includes Miss D’s Ribs, chicken, potato salad, beans, and roll. Desserts will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are available at Lura Lee’s or from any Plus Endowment Board member. You can also request tickets by messaging the Plus Endowment Facebook page. Live entertainment will be provided by Michael Holden. Proceeds benefit Plus Endowment, which is a 501© 3 organization that awards grants to teachers in the Henry County and Paris Special School Districts.

Paris Comm. Meets at 5pm Thurs.; Budget, Tax Rate To Be Discussed

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session at 5pm Thursday night in the City Hall courtroom. Items on the agenda include passing the budget and tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year on first reading, discussion on regulations for wineries, breweries, and distilleries located within in the City limits, and more. The meeting is open to the public.

Swimming Lessons Start Next Week at Paris City Pool

Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Pool Swimming Lessons begin next week and continue throughout June and July. Level I lessons will be offered fir $45 from June 11th-15th from 6-9pm, June 18-22 from 9-10am, June 25-29th from 9-10am, July 2-6 from 9-10am. Level II lessons are offered for $55 from July 9-13th from 6-7pm, and you must have passed level one to be eligible to take Level II lessons. Infant Swimming lessons will be offered for $40 from June 25-29 from 5:30-6pm.

Students in swimming lessons are exempt from regular admission fee during class dates. Class adjustments will be determined by the number of applicants. Lessons are on a first come, first served basis and you can sign up anytime during pool hours. Classes will be held at the Civic Center in the case of rain or made up depending on the instructor. For more information on the classes call Amy Neumair, Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor at the Pool at 644-2698.

Orientation Meeting for Farmer's Market Set for Thurs. at 7pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmers Market Association will have an orientation meeting on Thursday June 7th at the Henry County Fairgrounds Pavilion at 7pm.

Anyone interested in being a vendor is welcome to come. The permit fee to be a vendor will be $35.00 for the entire season. Opening day for the market will be June 15, at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market Pavilion, with a ribbon cutting to begin at 3pm The Farmers Market will be open Tuesdays and Fridays 3-6pm and Saturdays 8am to 11am. Anyone interested in being a vendor should call 336-7786.

Songwriters on the Square 6-8pm Thurs. East Side of Courthouse

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday’s showcase event for Downtown Pairs Week is Songwriters on the Square. It will feature a round robin of tunes and discussion of songs penned by local song writers and singers. Songwriters on the Square will be held on the East Side of the Courtsquare, instead of the Fountain plaza as originally planned. Songwriters include Vince Dodd, Evan Dodd, David Dick, John Sutton, and more. The event runs 6-8pm and Perry’s BBQ will be on hand selling bbq sandwiches.

BBQ For the Troops For Set Sat. at American Legion Post 89

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a BBQ for the Troops this Saturday June 9th at the American Legion Post 89 in Springville on East Antioch Road. They will have Chicken, rib’s, or pulled pork plates with all the fixins and drink for $10 donation. Plates will be served starting at Noon on Saturday. They are also selling whole sides of Ribs and Butts for $22 each, but they must be ordered and paid for in advance by calling 731-644-1922.

Money raised will be used to buy and ship supplies to our deployed military and our veterans in need. The event will also include a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, beer garden, and more. This year’s event is in memory of Cleo Hubble.

Large Crowd on Hand for Ribbon Cutting at Alley Mural

Paris, Tenn.- The new downtown Paris Mural, painted by local artist Dan Knowles, was officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting by the Paris Henry County  Chamber of Commerce Wednesday afternoon. The Voyage Diachronique, or French for Journey thru Time, depicts Paris, Tennessee thru the years, from the Battle of Paris druing Civil War times, Mule Days before Fish Fry took over, Camp Tyson Barrage Ballons during WWII, and more.

Knowles and other local artists have contributed heavily to the art that dorns the windows and walls around the buildings and alleys of downtown Paris. This was all a project born from ideas from the Downtown Paris Association and City of Paris known as the Back Alley Paris project and has been ongoing since 2013. Grants thru Arts Build Communities, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and other areas have helped pay for the projects. Voyage Diachronique is located in the alleyway across the street from Paris Henry County Public Utility District. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

RFL Survivor Story: Betty Jane Strutton

by: Dana Allen

Betty at Runway for a Cure

Paris, Tenn.- No one ever wants to hear the words “you have cancer”, but this lady did just that on four different occasions.  She’s courageous, inspirational and hope is her mission.  

Mrs. Betty Jane Strutton’s journey began in 2003 during an MRI to determine the reason her liver enzymes were so high.  Doctors proclaimed her liver healthy and the diagnosis was not what they anticipated.  It was kidney cancer. Betty faced this diagnosis like she has everything in her life head on, standing strong with her faith.  A laparoscopic procedure was performed to remove one of her kidneys.  


Three years later Betty would once again hear those three words when a lump in her breast was discovered during a routine screening.  This time doctors determined her cancer to be stage 0 but a very aggressive type of noninvasive cancer.  A lumpectomy was performed, followed by a regimen of 35 radiation treatments. 


Diagnostic testing and follow up appointments became routine for Betty, so in 2010, when she began experiencing problems with her thyroid, she sought advice from her doctor.   It was suggested that a prescription medication could help, however Betty didn't feel this was the best course of treatment so she requested a referral.  


After a thorough review of her records, a specialist at Vanderbilt recommended surgery to remove her thyroid.  While cancer was never discussed or a consideration, post surgical pathology reports would determine cancer to be the underlying cause of those “thyroid Issues” she was experiencing.   


Since that time Betty has undergone genetic testing to establish links in her family’s extensive history of cancer and between the different types of cancer she has faced. She also donated her DNA to Vanderbilt University for research to help others who may one day be diagnosed with cancer.


This isn't the end of Betty’s story….you see in 2016 physicians aided by an enhanced 3D form of mammography called tomosynthesis, confirmed the return of breast cancer.  This time Betty opted for a radical surgery.  


Betty credits her faith along with the support of her husband/caregiver Roger for helping her persevere the many trials and tribulations associated with each diagnosis, but if you thought this was the end of her story, you’re wrong.  

Betty joined the Relay for Life Committee in Henry County this year as Mission Chair to encourage everyone especially women to take their health seriously. She strongly recommends annual screenings as established by the American Cancer Society.  

“Betty is the epitome of hope, the reason we Relay!”, stated Dana Allen, Relay for Life PR Chair.  “We strive to raise funds each year for research for better treatments and we’re making progress.  Betty’s story is testimony to how far we’ve come and the many advances in cancer treatments.”  

Join Betty and the entire Relay for Life Committee as they “Celebrate Hope” at the 20th Anniversary of Relay for Life in Henry County, this Friday night, June 8th at the Henry County Fairgrounds.  Gates open to the public at 4:00pm and Opening Ceremonies including the Survivor Lap begin at 6:00pm.   


Betty with husband Roger

Thefts Reported in County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated a 33 foot camper trailer was reported stolen from Lamply Circle in Springville. The camper has been parked there for awhile and was noticed missing yesterday. It's value is $14K and there are no suspects.

Another report at the Sheriff's Office stated $62 in cash was missing from the register at Misty's Cafe in Henry. The report stated the owner swears to have locked the door and came back to find the door partially open, the camera tilted down with a black smudge on it, and the cash missing from the register. Investigation is continuing.

TDOT, THP Prepare for Bonnaroo

Manchester, Tenn.- Are you ready for the ‘Roo?  The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will soon take place in the city of Manchester, Tennessee.  Since its beginning in 2002, the four-day, multi-stage event continues to be one of the most popular live music festivals in the country, attracting thousands of attendees. To fully enjoy the varied lineup of performers and musical styles that Bonnaroo has to offer, festivalgoers from all over the country camp out on a 700-acre Middle Tennessee farm, making it their temporary home for four days.  As in years past, tens of thousands of music lovers are expected to attend the 2018 Bonnaroo festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 7, and winds down Sunday night, June 10.

During the Bonnaroo Festival, the area in and around Manchester sees increased traffic volume as festivalgoers make their way into the festival site.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.

“TDOT has once again coordinated with our partners at THP and other agencies to ensure safe, efficient travel during the Bonnaroo festival,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “The main objective is to keep through traffic moving smoothly on I‑24 while getting festivalgoers safely into and out of the Bonnaroo site.  Because of advance planning, we feel certain that we can successfully minimize traffic delays throughout the weekend as we have in past years.”

This year, Bonnaroo will officially open all its gates on Wednesday evening June 6 at 8:00 p.m. CDT to allow more time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds.  State Troopers will be on-the-job 24 hours a day, beginning Wednesday evening, patrolling on the ground and by air.  Also, drivers should keep in mind that if they need the assistance of a state trooper while traveling anywhere in Tennessee, they can simply dial *THP (*847) from their cell phone.  They will be automatically connected to the nearest THP dispatch office and the operator will send a state trooper to their location.  

“The number one goal of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is to reduce traffic related incidents and fatalities,” said THP Colonel Dereck Stewart. “I have emphasized a statewide priority to our captains the importance of working closely with TDOT and our public safety partners. So think twice if you are planning to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, because troopers and local law enforcement will be looking for you. Always wear your seatbelt, and do not drive distracted. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is committed more than ever to reducing crashes and saving lives on Tennessee roadways.”

During Bonnaroo 2017, Troopers logged nearly 6,240 man-hours, worked 6 traffic crashes (0 fatal, 3 injury, and 3 property damage crashes), and wrote 1,066 citations (moving 381, non-moving 685) and issued 0 warnings.  A breakdown of all THP-issued citations during last year’s festival period is included in this release. 

TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance.  In addition to having HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps beginning Wednesday, June 6 through Monday, June 11:

  • Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.
  • Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
  • TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.
  • TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.
  • There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6 through 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11.
  • Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.
  • Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.
  • Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.
  • Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.
  • Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

During the festival, motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot where they can also find information on alternate routes.  From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic.  TDOT is also on Twitter.  For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511

Great Crowd for Music on the Square Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd enjoyed some less humid and hot weather Tuesday evening and came out to hear the Old Spirits rock the east side of the courtsquare during Music on the Square, all part of Downtown Paris Week. Perry's BBQ sold food at the event as well. Wednesday's events during Downtown Paris Week include walking tours by Ray Harding at 11am and and Noon and a ribbon cutting at 4pm for the mural painted by Dan Knowles downtown. (Kathy Ray photos)


THP Releases Info in Tuesday Morning Truck/Farm Equip. Crash

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the preliminary information on a vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning on State Route 69A in Paris involving a 2003 Ford F150 driven by Michael Dean, age 27 of Paris and a large Farm tractor implement.

The wreck occurred Tuesday morning before 9am when the F150 veered into the Farm implement. Dean was injured and lifeflighted from the scene. There is no word on the extent of injuries at this time.

TBI Releases Hate Crime/Violence Against Law Enf. Studies

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has recently released two reports detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and violence against the state’s law enforcement officers. The annual studies compile crime data submitted to the TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies thru the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System or TIBRS.

Among the findings from Tennessee Hate Crime 2017: overall the number of offenses in which the bias was known increased from 180 in 2016 to 199 in 2017. Males were victimized at a higher rate than females 54.7 to 45.3% respectively. Simple assault was the most frequently reported bias-motivated offense in 2017. Nearly 81% of hate crime offenders were male and 10.2% of offenses designated as hate crimes were committed by juveniles.

Among the findings in “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2017: the number of LEOKA victims increased by 14.7% year to year with 2,137 victims reported in 2017. The most frequently reported offense against law enforcement officers was simple assault at 53.7%.

As with all 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.

Both reports are available for full viewing at the TBI website, www.tn.gov/tbi.

HCLA Holding Ribeye Sandwich Fundraiser Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Livestock Association will hold a Ribeye Steak Sandwich cookout this Friday June 8th at the UT Extension office, at 1120 Tyson Avenue from 11am to 1:30pm. The cost is $10 for Ribeye Sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert. Pre-orders are welcome. To pre-order and schedule a convenient pickup time Friday call or text 731-431-8857 or 731-415-5595. Pre-orders are due by the end of the day Wednesday. Walk up orders will be accepted on Friday during the event, money raised helps the Livestock Association.

Dr. Whitfield Joins HCMC Women's Clinic

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Katherine Whitfield, DO, OB/GYN, has joined the medical staff and has started seeing patients at Paris Women’s Center located in the HCMC Medical Arts Building.

Dr. Whitfield joins the Paris Women’s Center from the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, KY, as a Staff Physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also served at both Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Landstuhl, Germany and the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where she completed her residency.

Dr. Whitfield earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO, and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She is both a fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“I am excited to be a part of this charming community,” said Dr. Whitfield. “I look forward to providing quality healthcare through the Paris Women’s Center.”

Dr. Whitfield resides in Paris with her husband, attorney Rob Whitfield. She enjoys all types of art, especially painting. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and travelling.

Dr. Whitfield is currently accepting patients. For more information about Dr. Whitfield or to learn more about Paris Women’s Center, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org and click on Paris Women’s Center or give us a call at 731-644-8225.

Security Improvements Complete at Courthouse, Annex

Circuit Clerk Mike Wilson and Sgt. Ricky Wade discuss security improvements at the courthouse thanks to a grant received. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held Tuesday morning inside the Chancery Courtroom at the Henry County Courthouse detailing the Security Grant the county received from the Administrative Office of the Courts to help improve security across Tennessee Courthouses.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson, and Courthouse Security Officer Sgt. Ricky Wade discussed the grant Tuesday morning. Mayor Greer said Mike and Ricky did a lot of work along with the security committee at the courthouse which consisted of Sheriff Monte Belew, Mary Burns, Chancellor McGee, DA Matt Stowe, coming up with a request list for the $2M grant funds the General Assembly approved to improve court security.

In December, the County received noticed we were approved for three items requested: a panic alarm system for the Juvenile Courtroom and entire courthouse annex facility, video conferencing system for Juvenile Court, and programmable locking office door system for Circuit and General Session Court offices. The overall expense was $26,614 with a 90% grant and 10% match, meaning the local match was only $2,661.

Sgt. Wade said the committee had discussed several ways to improve security at the courthouse and came up with a list of items to submit. “We submitted about 5 or 6 things and they took the first 3, if we can get the grant again, we will try to do some more including monitors around the courthouse and annex to be able to view all areas.”

Sgt. Wade said the video conferencing allows us to save some money from transferring prisoners in to the courtroom when we can chat with them video, and the locking system was desperately needed.

Circuit Clerk Mike Wilson said, “Participation in this grant was great so we hope our next governor offers it again and we will apply. We’ve looked at bullet resistance film for our windows and door which help deter active shooters from making entry into areas like that.”

Wilson also discussed the current panic alarm system which this round of grants funded saying, this button alerts police directly, without anyone else knowing that there is a need for help in a particular room in the courthouse or annex.

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “we just wanted the public to know we are trying to find ways to make sure our courthouse and annex are safer, and we are also using tax dollars wisely.”

The maintenance crews at the courthouse did a lot of the work in-house and the check for reimbursement was received this week.  

Man Charged With Theft; MCU Makes Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Daniel R. Kreitz, 33, of 125 Buchanan Resort Road, for burglary and theft of property after an incident where he was found loading items out of a storage building. The items included mini golf items, arcade games, tools, and other things valued at over $10K.

The Metro Crime Unit has charged Lakan Evans, age 24, of 50 Enterprise Ave. with possession of schedule two with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Evans was placed on $15K bond.

Refuge Discovery Series Program "Rare Encounters" Planned for Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will once again hold its Refuge Discovery Series program this Saturday June 9th at 1pm. The program this time is “Rare Encounters” and will feature wildlife in the area that may not be so commonly encountered such as an Alligator Snapping Turtle, Northern Pine Snake, American Kestrel, and others. The program is free to the public.

The Refuge Discovery Series was created by Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge to help the public enjoy and interact with the refuge and its wildlife. Each considered a good family activity, the series presents wildlife related topics and guest speakers to help the public connect with nature.

During your visit, take a stroll along the newest hiking trail, just adjacent to the Visitor Center. Along the trail are stations called Animal Olympics that encourage young visitors to learn about wildlife while exercising like them.

The Center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville and is open 8am to 4pm Monday thru Saturday. Call 642-2091 for more information. Be sure and like their Facebook page as well.

Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs.; Relay for Life Friday

Paris, Tenn.- All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood this week as the Lifeline bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris from Noon to 6pm Thursday June 7th and at Relay for Life at the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday night June 8th from 5-10pm. All blood types are currently needed. Anyone donating blood should be sure and have photo ID and anyone who donates in June, July, or August can register to win a Polaris Ranger 500 from Bob’s House of Honda in Jackson and will also receive a free T-shirt.

Family Resource Center Receives Donations from Knights of Columbus

Paris, Tenn.-Knights of Columbus, Steve McFarland and Wes Throm, donated a total of $1,340.00 to the Henry County School System's Family Resource Center. The donation will be used for school supplies and to pay for students' medical needs.  (Pictured left to right: Tom Fairchild, Shawna Clary, Steve McFarland, Becky Holland, Wes Throm and Judy Goad)

MSU Town and Gown Concert is June 5th

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band will host a free concert June 5 at 7 p.m. outside Lovett Auditorium on the campus quad. The 90-member band is under the direction of Murray State’s Todd E. Hill and is comprised of various community members, including Murray State students and alumni.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside Lovett Auditorium. 
Musical selections that evening will include “The Klaxon” by Henry Fillmore; the theme from “Schindler’s List” with associate professor Dr. Sue-Jean Park featured as violin soloist; “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz Von Suppe; “The War Correspondent” by G.E. Holmes; selections from "The Music Man" by Meredith Willson; “Rough Riders” by Karl King; “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar, arr. Custer; and “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster, arr. Ron Cowherd. 
“This concert is an event that the community has continued to embrace and make part of their annual summer plans,” said Carol Brunn, coordinator for Murray State Town & Gown. “We are extremely grateful for our Town & Gown partners. It is through their support that we can provide these fantastic cultural offerings.” 
This is the seventh season of Town & Gown’s sponsorship of the band, which is led by Todd E. Hill, associate professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. In addition to directing numerous bands, orchestras and ensembles, Hill has backed diverse entertainers and jazz artists, such as Bob Hope, The Moody Blues, Doc Severinsen and Gary Morris. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music education from Murray State as well as a Doctor of Education from Boise State University. 
For more information or to become involved with the Town & Gown program, please contact Carol Brunn at 270-809-3023 or cbrunn@murraystate.edu. Town & Gown partnership benefits include complimentary tickets and passes for various University events as well as networking opportunities with community and University leaders. 

Two Charged With Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders charged two people with drug paraphernalia after responding to a Jackson St. residence attempting to serve warrants on Steven Pendlebury, age 56, of 85 CedarSt. The report stated that Dep. Dalton Watson had arrived on scene and noticed Latosha Dees, age 40, of 805 Joy St. run across the porch as other officers arrived to secure the back area.

Cpl. Sanders entered the home and Dees met him there. He found Pendlebury hiding in a bedroom. While in the bedroom he observed a torch glass pipe with drug residue and Pendlebury said it was his. Search of the home proved three syringes, digital scales, and other items of drug paraphernalia. Both Dees and Pendlebury were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reminder: Health Screening Tuesday at PL Sr. Center

Buchanan, Tenn.- A community health screening is scheduled for Tuesday June 5th from 8:30a.m. to 10:30a.m. at the Paris Landing Senior Center, located at 15616 Hwy 79 N Suite A in Buchanan. All screenings will be performed on-site, using point-of-care fingerstick machines. Results will be reviewed by a nurse and made available immediately. A pharmacist will be available to answer medication questions.

The health screening includes Blood Sugar, Osteoporosis, Blood Pressure, and Total Cholesterol for $3 or Full Lipid Panel for $10. To ensure accuracy of results, all participants are encouraged to begin fasting at least 6 hours prior to testing.

Titus Winders Chosen as Cross Country Runner of the Year

Nashville- Henry County's Titus Winders has been named as the Tennessean's Sports Awards Cross Country Runner of the Year and was recognized at an event this weekend. Titus and his brother Silas were one of five finalists selected and Titus won the award. The Sports Awards recognizes the best athletes from all school sports in the Middle Tennessee.

Burglary at Local Business Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, on Saturday, June 2, city units were dispatched to Volunteer Lending at 1026 Mineral Wells Avenue in reference to a burglary. The back and side doors of the business had been vandalized along with multiple office desks, a television was pushed onto the floor and a Sentry safe was stolen.

A rough estimate of $1,500.00 was given for damages of the office desks, and an estimate of $700.00 was given for damages of the doors. The Sentry safe valued at $150.00 and contained approximately $600.00.

A splitting axe, which was found on the floor of a back office, and pair of black rimmed glasses were recovered from the scene. The business did not have any suspects at the time.

Events for Downtown Paris Week Continue Through Saturday June 9th

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday, June 5th, you can have some fun with Music on the Square featuring the The Old Spirits Band. The Old Spirits will play from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.

On Wednesday, June 6th, join others in the community for the Heritage Day Downtown Walking Tours. Walking tours will be provided by Ray Harding from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and then at 4:00 pm there will be a Ribbon Cutting in the West Alley for the latest mural created by artist Dan Knowles.. 

On Thursday, June 7th, enjoy Songwriter’s Night in Downtown Plaza Park from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, June 9th,  the Downtown Paris Art Walk will be held from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the West Alley.

Track Meet Results For Music City Distance Carnival Held Saturday

Nashville, Tenn.- The 16th Annual Music City Distance Carnival was held on Saturday, June 2nd at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Music City Distance Carnival is one of the largest post season meets in the south and annually sees the greatest collection of distance and middle distance runners to gather in the Southeastern United States. They have elite high school races as well as pro races with prize money. Runners must meet stringent qualifying standards to enter the meet.

Coming in 10th place, Silas Winders, finished the Elite boy’s high school mile in 4:18.

Silas recently finished his sophomore year at Henry County High School.

20th Annual Pickin' Party and Old-Time Music Festival

Land Between the Lakes , Ky./Tenn. - The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm is hosting the 20th Annual Pickin’ Party and Old-Time Music Festival June 9-10, 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, ground blankets and relax under the cool shade trees while enjoying old-time music as it is played off the porch of the double pen house. The festival offers open mic opportunities for local musicians and attendees. Festival food will be available for purchase. Visitors may bring instruments for jamming sessions on both days at the Homeplace.

This year’s lineup includes:

    Mark Dvorak

    J.D. Wilkes (Saturday Only)

    Jack Martin and Good Company (Sunday Only)

    Wheelhouse Rousters

    Dixie Volunteers String Band

    Common Thread

Festival and farm admission is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Land Between the Lakes provides several options for overnight accommodations for those wishing to stay on the national recreation area.

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1.800.525.7077 or 270.924.2000.

Ribbon Cutting in Down Town on June 6th

Paris, Tenn.- In conjunction with other events during Downtown Paris Week which is scheduled for June 3rd-9th, the Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them on Wednesday, June 6th in Downtown Paris at 4:00 PM in the "West Alley" for a Ribbon Cutting for the latest mural "Voyage Diachronique." Artist, Dan Knowles will be there.

For more photos of the project, visit the Back Alley Paris Facebook Page:


2018 Triton Boat Owners Tournament at Kentucky Lake

Paris Landing, Tenn.- On Saturday, June 2nd, the final weigh-ins of the 2018 Triton Boat Owners Tournament at Kentucky Lake brought a huge crowd to Paris Landing. Over 380 teams competed in the fishing tournament. The Champion anglers of the tournament, Joe Leonard and Allen Leonard, with their total combined catch of 32.73, won two trophies and $10,000.

Runner ups, Matthew Robertson and Sherbert VanMeter, won $5,000 with a total weight of 31.72. Winning $4,500 with a score of 31.42, Kevin Meunier and Kenneth Heckel came in third place. Brian Grigsby and David Grigsby were the Big Fish winners with one fish weighing in at 8.88.

Partnering up with Triton Boats during the tournament, Bethel University awarded high school senior Nicholas Dotson the $5,000 per year Tom Moody Memorial Scholarship and a position on the Bethel University Fishing Team.

Tomorrow's Hope Run/Walk 5K and Duathlon Results on Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow's Hope Run/walk 5K and Duathlon was held on Saturday morning at Eiffel Tower Park.

5K Run/Walk
Overall Male: Scotty Winston 23:45
Overall Female: Karen Boase 25:42
Master Male: Jeremy Owen 27:55
Master Female: Jennifer McFarland 34:32
Grand Masters Female:Darlene Worrell 45:05
10 & Under Male: Owen Wade 31:59
11 to 19 Male: Grayson Garland 28:42
40 to 49 Male: Jason Corbitt 46:44
50 to 59 Female: 1st Tonya Travis 42:19, 2nd Kimberly Hamlin 50:10, 3rd Rhonda Slead 50:12

1st Dr. Lindsay Worrell

Steven Wiggins Charged With First Degree Murder Without Bond

TBI News Release - Dickson County - Steven Wiggins

"NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working jointly with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and multiple other local, state and federal agencies, has resulted in the arrest of a man who was the subject of a two-day manhunt in Dickson County.

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on May 30th, TBI Special Agents, along with these partner agencies, responded to investigate the on-duty homicide of Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker. Initial information indicates that shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday, a resident reported a suspicious vehicle on Sam Vineyard Road. Sergeant Baker responded to that call. After a period of time, when the deputy failed to check in, attempts were made to track him and his vehicle via GPS. The deputy’s vehicle was ultimately located in a wooded area off Bear Creek Valley Road, about two miles away from the location of the initial call. Sergeant Baker was found inside the vehicle, deceased. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Steven Wiggins was responsible for the deputy’s death. On that same day, Wiggins was added to the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, and remained on the run for two days.

Around 7:15 a.m. Friday, a trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol was patrolling an area along the Hickman/ Dickson County line when he spotted Wiggins on Stinson Road near a tree line. The trooper took Wiggins into custody without incident. He was transported to a Dickson County hospital for a medical evaluation.

On Friday evening, Steven Joshua Wiggins (DOB 12/19/86) was charged with one count of First Degree Murder. He was booked into the Dickson County Jail before being transported to the Davidson County Jail. Wiggins is being held without bond."

Portion of County Home Road to Be Closed Tues. June 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close a portion of County Home Road on Tuesday June 5th for culvert replacement weather permitting. The closure will be at 9-1-1 address 2420 and the road will be back open by late afternoon traffic.

Downtown Paris Week Planned June 3-9; Celebrating 195 Years of Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will celebrate Downtown Paris starting this Sunday June 3rd thru Saturday June 9th with a week full of activities. Starting on Sunday, it’s Downtown Worship Day and everyone is invited to visit one of the six downtown historic churches.

DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “some of these churches have been in downtown since the mid-1800s and the perfect place to start Downtown Paris Week.”

Monday June 4th is Dine Downtown Day which celebrates the eateries in downtown Paris. Come by and enjoy a delicious meal at Take Me Back Café, Perry’s BBQ, Uncle Billy’s Downtown Eatery, El Antojo Mexican Grill, or LL’s Bar and Grill, or coffee and snacks at Jack’s Java. Register at each place to win prizes from the DPA. After lunch, get some exercise with the Downtown Art Walk, as a number of local artists will display their art in shops and stores all week long.

Tuesday June 5th is Music on the Square night from 5:30-7pm with the Old Spirits playing on the east side of the court square. Perry’s BBQ will sell sandwiches. Be sure and bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and food on the court square.

Wednesday June 6th is Heritage Day during Downtown Paris Week. Ray Harding will lead two free 30 minute walking tours of downtown Paris at 11am and Noon. The tours depart from near Jack’s Java on the corner. Also on Wednesday at 4pm there will be a ribbon cutting for the new mural which was finished by local artist Dan Knowles.

Songwriters on the Square is Thursday June 7th’s showcase event with Vince Dodd chairing a night of round robin music from 6-8pm. Local songwriters and musicians will gather at the downtown park and fountain for the event and Perry’s BBQ will sell food. Paris Fire and Industrial Safety sponsors Songwriters on the Square.

Friday June 8th is Government Day, a tip of the hat to all the local government workers in Paris and Henry County.

Saturday June 9th wraps up Downtown Paris Week with the West Alley Art Walk and Extra Value Days. The West Alley Art Walk will run from 10am to 2pm on the west side of the court square with local artists displaying their arts for sale. Perry’s BBQ will sell food.

“This is our Sixth Annual Downtown Paris Week and we feel it encompasses everything that is wonderful about our downtown,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “We invite everyone to enjoy the fun of our historical downtown and to become a member of the Downtown Paris Association, where we champion Downtown Paris and our community.”   For more information, LIKE the Downtown Paris Association Facebook page, visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com, download the FREE Downtown Paris App, or call (731) 653-7274.


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