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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Two Men Charged With Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged two men with meth possession after finding some in the vehicle they were both sitting inside. The report stated Dep. Waldron went to a residence on Memorial Drive looking for a person with active warrants and noticed two males sitting in a vehicle next to the residence.

The males identified themselves at Christopher M. Evins, age 36, of 305 S. Highland and Tristen M. Teague, age 22, of 1002 Dunlap St., and Dep. Waldron smelled pot coming from the car and observed a burnt roach in the vehicle. Dep. Waldron asked the men to exit the vehicle and he searched it finding a backpack with bags of methamphetamine. The two were charged with possession of schedule two with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Evins was also charged with introduction of a contraband into a penal institution. Both men were placed on $10K bond.

Thefts Investigated Around the County

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Brian Davis of Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft at a residence on Hwy. 77 where over $4K worth of items were missing. The homeowner has been incarcerated for a few weeks and returned to find two smart phones, two laptops, a desktop, and rolex all missing. He did give Sgt. Davis a possible suspect.

Dep. Gary Garroll took a report of theft from a residence of Nobles Road were two TVs were stolen. The value of the TVs is around $900. There are no suspects at this time.

Farmer's Market Grand Opening Friday at 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will open for the first time this season at the Fairgrounds on Friday June 15th at 3pm with a Ribbon Cutting from the Chamber of Commerce. After outgrowing downtown, the Farmer’s Market will return to the pavilion at the fairgrounds. The Farmer’s Market has formed an association and any vendor can pay $35 per year to join.

The Farmer’s Market will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm until 6pm or sold out and Saturdays from 8am until 11am. The market will have vegetables and fruits that are in season such as squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and add more as the summer growing season continues. There will also be local honeys, jams, woodworks, meats, and more. For more information like the Henry County Farmer’s Market Facebook page.

HCMC EveryDay SummerCamp June 20th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital is offering the 85210 Everyday Summer Camp on Wednesday June 20th. The camp will be 9am to 3pm at Atkins Porter Gym. Lunch will be provided by the Summer Feeding program with the school system from Noon to 1pm. Appropriate clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes must be worn and kids are asked to bring a water bottle with them.

The camp is designed to teach children about the importance of nutrition, sleep, and exercise to their health with fun activities including exercises, games, interactive learning and handouts. The camp is free, but there are only 30 spots open and it is geared towards elementary and middle school students. To register call the HCMC Find Line at 644-3463 or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Paul Steele Johnny Johnson Memorial Bass Tourney Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paul Steele and Johnny Johnson Memorial Buddy Bass Tournament will be held this Saturday June 16th at Paris Landing State Park. It is presented by the Two River’s Bass Club, Village of Paris and Paris Landing, and Hulme’s Sporting Goods.

There is a $2000 First Place guaranteed minimum with 80 boats entered with a 80% payback to 20% of the field. Smallest 3 bass limit earns $100. Tournament proceeds are donated to scholarship and youth programs. For more information look for flyers in area tackle and marine stores and on the Two Rivers Bass Club Facebook page.

Sheriff Belew Speaks to Chamber Grub Club June 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Grub Club from Noon to 1pm on Tuesday June 19th and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew will be discussing active shooter training for businesses and how to prepare for unfortunate situations. Lunch will be provided by the Army National Guard. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited. To reserve your seat email, pariscoc@paristnchamber.com.

Antioch Methodist Church VBS June 18-22

Paris, Tenn.- Antioch United Methodist Church, located at 3116 West Antioch Road will hold Vacation Bible School June 18-22 from 9am to 11am each day. All children from kindergarten thru 6th grade are invited to come join the fun. The theme of this year’s program will be: God’s abundant, and often unexpected, welcome. They will learn about hunger throughout the world and what we can do to help. For more information call 644-1814 and leave a message.

Good Crowd Turns Out for Breakfast with Boyd

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd was on hand Wednesday morning at the Enoch Building as gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd's West TN Bus Tour stopped in Paris. Boyd is a former commissioner of Economic Development and is in favor of skills training to improve the workforce and their opportunities.

Boyd, as a small business owner, is a huge supporter of small businesses, and wants more deregulation for small businesses. Boyd wants Tennessee to become the state of opportunity. (David Jackson photos)

HCMC Diagnostic Center Celebrates 1 Year of  Being Designated a  Center of Excellence

Paris, Tenn.- HCMC Diagnostic Center will celebrate its first year of being designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in July. HCMC Diagnostic Center was one of the first in the nation and one of the first in the Southeastern United States to receive this designation. The accreditation process is on a 3 year cycle.

The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology and the policies and procedures the organization follows — and superior patient care.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide, and in which the ACR offers an accreditation program. Another requirement is to participate in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, as well as Image Wisely® and Image Gently®.

"I am so proud of our Imaging team for helping HCMC earn the DICOE designation," said Joe Gwaltney, Director of Imaging. "We strive to meet the needs of our community which include high quality care, minimal wait times and excellent personal touch for each patient; one patient at a time." 

The HCMC Diagnostic Center is a comprehensive, freestanding diagnostic imaging center that offers Pre Admission Testing services for surgery patients, including EKG and Lab services.  For patients and physicians, they deliver quality diagnostic imaging that’s convenient and simple.  Imaging services that are offered include a 20-slice CAT scanner, a 1.5T MRI Wide Bore (specifically for larger body types), two Ultrasound machines and Diagnostic Radiology.  The Diagnostic Center was recently accredited by the American College of Radiology in both CAT scan and MRI.

Conducting over 60,000 exams per year, they are also home to one of the premier women’s center for digital mammography as well as Bone Densitometry.  The Digital Mammography unit is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. Another feature of the diagnostic center is that ladies’ visiting the center will be offered individual dressing rooms located within the women’s center for privacy and comfort and given a warm robe to wear during their exam.  Offering this type of advanced technology and service is what made the HCMC Diagnostic Center stand out as one of the best in the nation.

The Diagnostic Center is conveniently located on Tyson Avenue directly across from the hospital. Providers can schedule outpatient exams for Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Bone Densitometry, CAT scan, MRI and some diagnostic procedures.  Contact our scheduling department with any questions or concerns regarding appointments by calling (731) 644-8486 option 1.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

Cottage Grove Council Approves Budget, Tax Rate

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- At their meeting Tuesday night, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council approved the proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year with a tax rate of .4851 per $100 of assessed property. The council also approved the public forum ordinance on 2nd reading.

The council learned two residents’ properties were listed on the 2016 delinquent property list and 6 were list for the 2017 list. The emergency siren is awaiting repairs from BPU.

The Council has set June 30th as the City-wide Clean-up day. Volunteers will meet at JT’s at 10am to clean-up the streets for the yearly Cottage Grove Freedom Festival.

BPU Crews Work Several Outages After Tues. Storms

Paris, Tenn.- BPU Crews had a busy evening Tuesday working several small scattered outages starting around 6:30pm when the thunderstorms first began and continuing until after 9pm Tuesday night. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations for BPU, said at most about 600 people were without power at one time.

Edwards said, "two larger outages occurred in the Ben Smith Road area, then in the 69N from Rison St. to Cottage Grove area." Spectacular lighting and winds associated with the storms caused the outages.

PLSP Hosting Jr. Ranger Day Camp June 18-22

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will host Junior Ranger Day Camp for campers ages 5-7 from 8am to Noon June 18-22. It will be a week of exciting nature activities and learning. The fee to the camp is $25 and applications can be picked up at the park office.

Themed days are Monday-Safety Day, Tuesday-Water Day, Wednesday-Hike/Scavenger Hunt Day, Thursday- Archery/Campfire Day, Friday- Birds of Prey and Graduation Day. Call the park for more information at 641-4465 or email bailey.kelso@tn.gov.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for HCOOA Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging will have a fundraiser this Saturday June 16th to support the hotel expenses for the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum trip in September. The fundraiser is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7am to 1pm. The event will be held at the Central Community Building Cafeteria on Jones Bend Road.

Menu will be 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. Donations will be accepted as well. There will be a bake sale going on and a $50 gas card will be given away also. You can purchase tickets at the door on Saturday.

W.G. Rhea Library's Summer Reading Program Underway

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold a Lip Sync and Karaoke Battle Thursday June 14th from 7-9pm at the Library. The event is for ages 13 and up and there is no registration or fee required to participate. This is part of the Summer Reading 2018 Program which kicked off this week. To register call or come by the library to register. Other events this week include the Family Movie Sing! At 10am Friday June 15th and teen movie The Greatest Showman at 4pm. For more information visit the library’s website at www.rheapubliclibrary.org.

JSCC Holding TN Reconnect Info Session June 21st

Paris, Tenn.- Jackson State Community College will hold a Tennessee Reconnect Free tuition information session on Thursday June 21st from 3-6pm at Henry County High School at 315 South Wilson St. Staff will be on hand to assist potential students with information about Tennessee Reconnect, completing your JSCC application for admission, completing the TN Reconnect grant application, financial aid requirements and help to complete your FAFSA, and information about programs of study and career paths. Fall classes at Jackson State Community College begin August 27th.

Cruise-In to Help Local Family Planned at PES Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- A Cruise-in to help raise money for a local family will be held Saturday June 16th from 8am to 3pm at Paris Elementary School. The event is rain or shine and donations will be accepted. In addition to the car show there will be a silent auction and raffle.

Warrants Issued After Man Doesn't Return to Military Training

McKenzie, Tenn.- Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for the arrest of Charles J. Hill, age 22 of Franklin who has been absent without leave from basic training. Hill is assigned to the 190th Engineering Company of McKenzie.

Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel L. Carter, age 38, of 2248 Hershel Sykes Road, for two counts of sale of controlled substance schedule two, violation of probation, and criminal trespass.

HCMC Hosting Alzheimers Support Group Training Planned Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- When someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, it can be confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming not only for the person, but also for the entire family. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, as the sixth leading cause of death for American adults.

Two of the main risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are genetics and age. If you have a family history of this disease, it is important to share this information with your physician. It is also important to watch for symptoms as we age. For most people, symptoms begin after age 60, and the risk for Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after age 65.

Early Alzheimer’s disease warning signs include:

•             Memory loss that disrupts normal daily activities

•             Taking longer to complete daily tasks

•             Confusion with time and location

•             Recent issues with speech or writing

•             Repeating questions

•             Poor judgment

•             Losing things

•             Being unable to retrace steps

•             Changes in mood and personality

1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer's. Between 2017 and 2025 every state is expected to see at least a 14% rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer's. There has been an 89% increase in deaths due to Alzheimer's between 2000 and 2014. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.  Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in TN and ranks as the 7th highest state for such deaths.  In TN, there are approximately 435,000 caregivers caring with their loved ones with this disease. 

With these statistics, it confirms our need for a support group in Henry County to help those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.  June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and with that, HCMC is working with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a support group facilitators training on Wednesday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3. 

The training is free and open to anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer support group facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association provides all the resources for the training with coffee and snacks provided.  The first hour includes an educational program on what Alzheimer's is, the different types of behaviors that patients can exhibit as well as effective ways to communicate with the patients. The second half of the training participants will discuss different dynamics of support groups as well as services that the Alzheimer's Association provides free for the community and volunteer facilitators. The participants will explore different vignettes and experiences of actual West Tennesseans and how each caregiver handled the situation.

If you are interested in attending this training, please call 731-644-3463 to hold your spot or e-mail Laura Pate at lpate@alz.org for more information.  You can also register online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Breakfast with Boyd Planned for Wed. Morning at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The public is invited to Breakfast with Boyd, as gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd makes a stop in Henry County on his West Tennessee Bus Tour Wednesday morning. The event begins at 8am on Wednesday at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch Building and free breakfast will be provided so come out and meet the candidate.  

Rescheduled May Cruise-In Set for Tuesday Afternoon If No Rain

Paris, Tenn.- The make-up DPA Cruise-In for May is scheduled Tuesday afternoon from 5:30pm-7pm if weather permits. Rockin Randall French will perform, Perry’s BBQ will sell BBQ sandwiches, and all classic cars are welcome. Door prizes will be given away to car owners every 15-20 minutes. The Cruise-in will be rescheduled again to July 10th if it rains Tuesday afternoon.

Travis Rd. to Be Closed for Culvert Repair Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Travis Road for culvert replacement on Wednesday June 13th weather permitting. The closure will be at the Travis and Hill Road intersection. The road will be open for early evening traffic. 

Road Board Purchases Dump Truck; Approves Material Bids

Road board members look over material bids Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, the board approved the purchase of a new dump truck for $93,165 from TAG Truck Center in Jackson. Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt explained to the board that 3 of the bids were very close but he gave reasons of going with TAG, even though it was slightly higher than the lowest bid.

The TAG bid was for a Freightliner model Dump Truck, one similar to what the department already has been using with the same bed and mechanisms. The lowest bid was from Volunteer International of Jackson for an International model. Chilcutt said that the issue with this was it was the newest model for International and Henry County would be like a guinea pig on the new trucks. “I can’t find anyone near us that has one and has been using it, I just feel more comfortable going with the Freightliner model, especially since the price is so close.”

The Freightliner should be delivered in about 120 days, sometime in October, after originally taking over 200 days because of backorders. The board approved the bid.

Chilcutt also told the board the department purchased a 2012 model boom/bucket chipper truck from the Board of Public Utilities for $30K. He said the BPU purchased a newer model and they didn’t need this one so they offered it to the highway department. These type of trucks usually run $175K so it saved the department several dollars.

The board approved material bids for the upcoming fiscal year running thru June of 2019. For pipe, the board approved Dixie Culverts, of Camden, for the metal portions and G and C Supply of Atwood for the plastic portions. Wright Gravel in Camden won the bid for the Chert Gravel, JR Hayes Construction of Paris won the Red Gravel bid, Brehm of Eddyville, Ky won the painted pavement markings bid, Marathon for the Liquid Asphalt bid, and H & H Mowing for right of way mowing at a price of $67 per mile for 150 miles.

The board also approved both bids they received for patching materials from Delta Contracting in Paris and Murray Paving because they have to go and get the materials themselves so they will go to whichever is closer depending on what part of the county they are working in at the time.

HCMC Auxiliary Awards Scholarships

Pictured from left to right: Patsy Thompson, HCMC Auxiliary; Sarah Grace Tucker; Sarah Luna; Leah Bell; Barbara Skelley, HCMC Auxiliary; and Carnell Browning, HCMC Auxiliary. These three students received this year’s HCMC Auxiliary scholarships to pursue medical degrees at the university or college of their choice in the fall.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary awarded three, $2,000 scholarships to Henry County High School students during their May meeting, where the recipients and their parents were special guests.

The three recipients are Sarah Grace Tucker, Sarah Luna, and Leah Carol Bell. The three students are graduating seniors from Henry County High School and will be attending a college or university in the fall, studying a medical field. The students will be pursuing the following:

  • Tucker, daughter of Jeff and Angie Tucker, will be attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, pursuing a degree in occupational therapy.
  • Luna, daughter of Peggy Bennett, will be attending Baptist College of Health and Science in Memphis, pursuing a degree in nursing.
  • Bell, daughter of Jerry and Tamara Bell, will be attending Murray State University, pursuing a degree in nursing.

“We are always pleased to recognize three outstanding seniors from Henry County High School with scholarships so that they may continue their education,” said Barbara Skelley, HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary member. “Each young lady is very deserving of this recognition and we wish them the best.”

Man Charged With Underage Consumption

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police charged Anthony M. Cervantes, age 18, of 1022 Depot St., with underage possession and consumption after finding him intoxicated in the yard. Sgt. James responded to the scene after someone called about an intoxicated person at the residence. Cervantes was placed on $1K bond.

Ptl. Ashley Neumair took a report of theft from a home on Cooper St. over the weekend. A cell phone and $100 in cash was taken. There is a possible suspect and investigation is continuing.

HC 11-12 Year Old All Stars Finish 2nd in Trenton Tourney

Trenton, Tenn.- The Henry County 11/12 Year old All stars played in a all star warm up tournament in Trenton over the weekend. They finished in 2nd. we had wins over Bradford, North Gibson, Milan, Lake Co. and Bradford. We suffered two losses to McKenzie. The team will begin district play against Huntingdon on Monday, June 18 at 6pm in Huntingdon.

Paris Thunder Win Murray Tournament

Murray, Ky.- Paris Thunder Baseball 11UAAA went 4-0 this weekend in the Kentucky Select Showcase Global State tournament held in Murray, clinching the win in championship play 6-4.  Pictured first row L - R are Prestin Dalton, Martez Rack, Peyten Littleton, Tatum Crosser, Noah McClure; second row L - R are Dalton Raymer, Ayden Smith, Carson Ballard, Chase Cameron, Ryan Mitchell.

Winders Competes in Brooks PR Invitational

Seattle- Henry County's Titus Winders finished 10th in the Brooks PR Invitational this past weekend with a time of 9:06 for the 2 mile race. 15 of the top runners across the country competed in event.

Bruceton Man Killed in Graves County Accident

Sedalia, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police worked a single vehicle fatality on Kentucky Highway 97 near Burnetts Chapel Road on Sunday June 10, 2018. KSP was notified of the collision at approximately 12:53 P.M.  Preliminary investigation shows William R. Morton, 90 of Bruceton, TN., was traveling north on KY 97, operating a 2002 Ford Ranger.   For an unknown reason, Mr. Morton lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway striking a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn. Mr. Morton was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  Mr. Morton was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Graves County Coroner.

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Jay Dunn.  KSP was assisted on the scene by the Mayfield Fire Department and EMS, Graves County Coroner’s Office, Sedalia Fire Department.

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned for Tues. June 19th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table, the Community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, will be having a cookout, on Tuesday, June 19th, in front of their building at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Jason Vandiver, Chairman of The Shepherd's Table Executive Committee, says they will be grilling hamburgers on the lawn in front of the church. Mary Lodge, a volunteer in the kitchen, said they will also serve Taco Salads, Watermelon, and for dessert, Cookies and Ice Cream.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. After you come in and have a seat, a volunteer brings you your drink and your supper. They also do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve at least one person in need a hot meal. The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Jake Lawrence of Paris Wins FLW Event on Lake Barkley

Cadiz, Ky.- Boater Jake Lawrence of Paris, won the Costa FLW Series at Lake Barkley presented by T-H Marine on Saturday after bringing a limit of bass weighing 19 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale. Lawrence’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 72-4 gave him the win by a 7-pound, 5-ounce margin and earned him the top prize of $48,300.

Lawrence said that he knew most of the bass would be located offshore on the deeper ledges, where they would be easy to locate but challenging to catch. He also knew the early combination of heavy rain and high water coupled with the strong current would send some fish seeking shallower cover. That’s where he trained his efforts; specifically an area near the mouth of a small creek south of the Highway 79 bridge.

Lawrence was targeting fish in the 8-12 foot zone. He primarily threw a 10-inch V&M J-Mag Worm in red bug (either on a Neko Rig or a swing head), but he says he also caught fish on a Scrounger with a Castaic Jerky J, as well as a custom-made hair jig, a football jig and a spoon.

Most of Lawrence’s fish came each morning from the same area following a nearly 90-minute run from the Lake Barkley State Park launch site. The day one morning result was a fantastic 28-pound 15-ounce limit. He collected a 21-10 limit on day two. On day three he had a winning limit in the boat by 7:30 and caught his last fish around 11 o’clock.

“Conditions are changing,” he said. “This was about the last day of it. I’m glad it lasted as long as it did.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Barkley finished:

              1st:          Jake Lawrence, Paris, Tenn., 15 bass, 72-4, $48,300

              2nd:         Garrett Paquette, Canton, Mich., 15 bass, 64-15, $18,500

              3rd:         Mike Roller, Purdy, Mo., 15 bass, 58-10, $13,500

              4th:         Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, Mo., 15 bass, 57-7, $11,600

              5th:         Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 15 bass, 55-9, $10,500

              6th:         Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 55-8, $8,750

              7th:         Brandon Hunter, Benton, Ky., 14 bass, 54-13, $7,600

              8th:         Cody Harrison, Tuscumbia, Ala., 13 bass, 52-11, $6,600

              9th:         Adam Craig, Buchanan, Tenn., 12 bass, 44-6, $5,600

              10th:       Stacey King, Reeds Spring, Mo., 12 bass, 41-10, $4,300

Full results for the entire field can be found at flwfishing.com.

Lawrence caught an 8-pound, 8-ounce bass Thursday – the biggest of the tournament – and also earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300.

Hunter Fillmore of Waynesville, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower outboard motor with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 37 pounds, 8 ounces. Brian Peterson of Clarksville, Tennessee, finished runner-up with 11 bass weighing 37-1, good for $5,750.

2018 Fair Book Dedicated to Paris FFA Chapter

(Photos taken by FFA photographer.)

Paris, Tenn.- On May 15, 2018 John Perkins, Henry County Fair Board President, dedicated the 2018 Fair Book to the Paris FFA Chapter.Receiving the award was Laura Moss and Ryan Inman. The Paris FFA Chapter has had an exceptional year.

The dedication page for Paris FFA Chapter explains the many accomplishments and states, "2018 has been a historic year for the Paris FFA Chapter.  In April the Chapter was awarded the coveted “Big Cup” after they were announced as the West Tennessee FFA Overall Champions. This is the first time in the 69 years of the West Tennessee Awards Banquet that the Paris Chapter has been named as the Overall Regional Champions.    

This has been a year of many successes for the 235 members of the chapter. Forty Five members celebrated Regional successes, fifteen were honored as Regional Proficiency winners, four Career Development teams were Regional Champions, four members were Regional Agriscience Fair champions, three members were honored as West Tennessee Stars, 3 members were Regional Leadership Development Event winners, one team was regional runner ups and six sets of team members were in the top 6 of the region.

The Chapter was announced as 2nd in the Leadership Division, then the Instructional Division was named 1st, and the Supervised Agriculture Experience Program Division was 2nd.  Then the Paris Chapter was announced as the District 2 Champion, a title held since 1977, and then the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT- 2018 Overall Champion. 

The Paris FFA Chapter is led by Laura Moss and the Co-advisor is Ryan Inman. 

The Henry County Fair Board is proud of each member of this organization, both present and past.  But especially proud of the 2017-2018 members that have been dedicated to their program this year in bringing home the “BIG CUP” to Henry County.   

The 2018 Henry County Fair Book is proudly dedicated to the Paris FFA Chapter."

Updated Totals; Henry Co Relay For LIfe Raised $56,500.24

Paris, Tenn.- More Totals For Relay For Life From Tracey Beasley Relay for Life Chair

“There were approximately 1000 luminarias lining the track Friday night. Top sellers were the Bass Lipford team (305), First United Methodist Church (116), and Four Seasons (94).

Relay for Life of Henry County in 2018 raised $56,500.24.

Top teams raising money were First United Methodist Church ($10,366), Bass/Lipford ($5,039), Dana Corp ($4689.75), Harrelson School ($2800), Four Seasons ($2570).

Relay for Life of Henry County has been going strong for 20 years and this year we came together to celebrate hope - Hope for a cure and a world with more birthdays.
Thank you to the community who supported the teams in their fundraising efforts to raise money for lifesaving research and patient support programs.”

Paris Man Charged with Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to an incident report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, at approximately 8:00 pm, while Deputy Kyle Waldron was performing routine patrol, he spotted Frankie Walker, age 50, of 537 East Washington Street in the front yard of his residence. Having prior knowledge of an active warrant for the arrest of Frankie Walker, Deputy Waldron continued with his obligated duties.

As Deputy Waldron approached the residence, Walker left the front yard and headed toward the backside of the residence. Walker came to a hault on the back porch after Deputy Waldron ordered Walker to stop and to not enter the house.When informed of the warrant and that he was under arrest, Walker became irate and began yelling at Deputy Waldron while demanding to see the warrant. Deputy Waldron drew his taser and Walker was given warning that the taser would be used if he continued refusal when repeatedly ordered off of the back porch.

During this time, Frankie Walker’s, daughter, Chelsey Walker, and wife, Angela Pheifer, both informed a week earlier of the warrant for his arrest , stood in the yard and yelled obsenities toward Deputy Kyle Waldron. After refusal upon refusal to follow order of coming down from the porch, Deputy Waldron decided to go on the porch and attempt to apprehend Walker.

At that time, Walker lifted a large wooden chair from the porch with possible intent to use it as a weapon against the deputy. After Walker refused to drop the chair, Deputy Waldron fired his taser but both prongs hit only the chair. With the chair still held up, Walker became very aggressive. As Walker made aggressive movement toward him, Deputy Waldron backed off of the porch, drew his pistol and ordered Walker to drop the chair and get on the ground.

During this time, as Paris Unit 122 arrived to the scene, Walker threw the chair down and ran inside the house. While Walker used his body weight to hold the door shut, the door was forcefully opened wide enough for Paris Unit 122 to deploy a taser striking Walker in his back and below his left armpit. Entry into the residence was gained and after a brief struggle, Walker was taken to the ground.

Walker continued to be combative and rolled over onto his stomach tucking his hands beneath him. With a warning he would be tased again if he did not remove his hands from under him, Walker refused to follow orders again and Paris Unit 122 cycled the taser again.

Walker continued refusal to give his hands to officers and after a lengthy struggle, which included Walker being struck in his side by Deputy Waldron, he finally removed his hands from under him and officers were able to take him into custody.

Due to the events which occurred, once in custody, EMS was called to the scene to look Frankie Walker over and concluded he was not in need of medical attention and was cleared to go on to the jail.

BBQ For Our Troops Had Good Turnout on Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89 opened its doors to the public Saturday for its BBQ For Our Troops.  In previous years, the event has raised more funds than the year prior and the conductors hope for the pattern to continue. With the funds raised at last year's event alone, The American Legion Post 89 was able to ship and provide packages for 457 active soldiers stationed overseas. Each of the 457 soldiers received two care packages. The cost of shipping each box/package is $17, which explains why the main purpose and goal of this event is to raise funds to cover the shipping costs for the care packages shipped overseas.

9 Year Old Boy Accidentally Shot On Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- Shortly after noon on Saturday, Henry County Deputies and EMS responded to a home at 300 Eagle Creek Drive in Buchanan in regards to a child receiving a gun shot to the abdomen. The child was transported from the scene of the accident to Paris Landing State Park and then airlifted by Vanderbilt Life Flight to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

No foul play is suspected at this time and the shooting is still under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Department of Childrens' Services.
(Bri Solowey Hudson Photo.)

Cottage Grove Man Arrested After Test Drive

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office, on June 7th, a call was received for theft of a vehicle from the Dwain Taylor car dealership in Murray, Ky. A male, identified as Bradley Green, age 32 of Cottage Grove, visited the dealership and expressed his intent to purchase a vehicle. Dwain Taylor allowed Green to test drive a 2018 GMC Denali. After the allowed time given for a test drive, Dwain Taylor reported the vehicle as stolen due to refusal by Green to return the vehicle. The stolen vehicle was recovered at 190 Nobles Rd, after the On Star service was used to track its location.  Green was taken into custody and charged with theft of property.

Relay For Life's Preliminary Totals And Awards

Paris, Tenn.- According to an update from Dana Allen, Relay for Life PR Chair, "Funds are still coming in and final tallies have yet to be made, however, Relay for Life has raised $53,933.40.  

Top 3 Fundraising Teams were:
1. First United Methodist Church
2. Bass Lipford Team 
3. Dana Corp

Most Luminarias Sold
1. Bass Lipford
2. First United Methodist Church
3. Four Seasons 

Best Food:  Lawnmasters (BBQ Ribs)
Best Dessert:First United Methodist Church(Blackberry Cobbler) 

Best Overall Campsite:  Ladies with Swag 

Rookie Team of the Year:  Glo Team

The Perserverance Award was presented to The Ladies with Swag Team as they have continued on and Relay in memory of their former team leader who lost her battle with cancer.  

The Gary Powley Voice of Relay Award was presented to Shannon McFarland for her coverage and support of Relay for Life news and happenings.  

The Chris Steigleiter Team Spirit Award was presented to Team Glo for their great attitude and constant encouragement.

The Rosie Baker Spirit of Relay Award was presented to The Kroger Team.  They truly embodied the spirit of Relay this year and the spirit of Rosie who started Relay for Life in Henry County in 1999."  

Celebrating The 20th Year of Henry County Relay For Life

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd gathered Friday evening at the Henry County Fairgrounds to join in on the celebration for Henry County Relay For Life's 20th year. The Lifeline Bloodmobile join in on the fun and stayed on site until 10:00 pm.

There was an array of yummy foods being offered, great entertainment and a number of activities which continued until midnight. The silent auction was set for 5:00pm and ended at 9:00 pm when the lighting of the luminarias began. At 10:00 pm, there was a reading of the lumiarias and Remember Ceremony. Then at 11:00 pm more fun was added with a musical chair scavenger hunt. A closing ceremony concluded the celebration at midnight.

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.

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.



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