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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

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State Unemployment Rate Drops Again

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 4.0 percent for May, remarkably dropping nearly an entire percentage point from April’s revised rate of 4.7 percent. Declining one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month, the national preliminary rate now stands at 4.3 percent.

"May’s unemployment rate is notable for a couple of reasons," said Commissioner Phillips. "It's the lowest rate Tennessee has seen in about 20 years, which is outstanding, and the state figure is now lower than the national average."

 The last time Tennessee's seasonally adjusted rate was 4.0 percent or less was March 2001, after reaching 3.9 percent in February 2001. In a year’s span, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has decreased six-tenths of a percentage point from last year’s 4.6 percent. The nation’s rate fell less than half a percentage point from 4.7 to 4.3 percent. Over the year, 57,500 jobs have been added to nonfarm employment. The largest increases are credited to professional/business services, trade/transportation/utilities, and mining/logging/construction.

Barner Resigns at Patriots Baseball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- For the 2nd time in as many summers, the Henry County High School Baseball team is in need of a new head coach. After one season, Coach Doug Barner has resigned as the head coach, according to Athletic Director Mike Poteete. The search will begin immediately for a new coach.

Kuttawa Cannonball Run Stoping at Breakers Marina Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- Breakers Marina, located on Kentucky Lake, will be a stop for the 1st Annual Kuttawa Cannonball Run this Saturday, June 17th. The Kuttawa Cannonball Run is a 60 mile boat run beginning at Kuttawa Harbor Marina on Lake Barkley and continues to Breakers Marina in Henry County. Additional stops on the boat run will be Moors Marina, Malcolm Creek Resort, Big Bear Resort, KenLake Marina and Breakers Marina.

There will be approximately 40-50 off-shore power boats participating and they will be docked at Breakers Marina between 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some of these boats cost up to $1 million and can reach speeds up to 150 mph. Spectators are welcome to visit the Breakers to see these boats up close and personal.

Proceeds from the boat run will benefit Reboot Combat Recovery. Reboot Combat Recovery is a faith-based combat trauma healing course is designed to address the spiritual wounds of war. At REBOOT locations across the country, combat veterans are healing, divorce rates are dropping, medication abuse is decreasing and suicide numbers are being reduced.

To learn more about the Kuttawa Cannonball Run go to www.kuttawacannonballrun.comBreakers Marina is located at 357 Shamrock Rd in Buchanan.

Technology Updates Given at HCBOE Meeting

Board members discuss technology. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met Thursday and heard Denton Jordan give a Technology Summary to the board. Jordan said,” when I set in a room of my peers talking technology, Henry County is good shape compared to other districts, we started buying smartboards, and other equipment over a decade ago that some places are just getting around to.”

He said one of the technologies coming to the forefront are interactive displays which are replacing smartboards and projectors. One of the schools we installed one of these in has already bought more as students and teachers really seem to like it. Overvtime,  Jordan said we will phase out projectors and phase these interactive display boards into our classrooms.

Jordan told the board AT&T’s contract with the system is coming to an end and ENA, a company they used to use, will take over July 1. He said, “with this our internet capabilities will almost double and the cost will drop about $5K.”

While several other systems put thousands of dollars into outsourcing technology, we do most of it in house, according to Jordan. The system did spend some money on an upgraded website and it is very nice and according to Jordan, “it will help our system tell our story a little better.”

Dr. Norton said, “we have to make sure our teachers implement this technology and use it as a learning tool and we are working on that.”

HCBOE Hears Coordinated School Health Report

Stephanie Winders Gives the Yearly Coordinated School Health Report at Thurs. HCBOE meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard the coordinated school health report from Stephanie Winders discussed that student are screened at the beginning of the school year for height, weight, dental, hearing, vision, and more. Winders shared the stats and health conditions for all students in the system.

Winders said we have programs with the students in the fall to work with students on healthy choices and life skills. Other things Coordinated School Health helps coordinate include the Reality Store, Sav-A-Heart Day, and others. Coordinated School Health is also now on Facebook and Winders said we try to encourage parents to prepare healthy meals and get the family exercising because we want our kids to be healthy and in school.

Winders said our community is very supportive and we have lots of volunteers that help make Coordinated School Health be great in Henry County. She said over $66K worth of in-kind volunteering and donations were taken in this past school year.

Dr. Norton Gives Updates on Several Things Going on this Summer

Paris, Tenn.-Dr. Brian Norton gave his director’s report Thursday evening and said the work has finally began moving on dirt work at the bus garage and maintenance building.

He said the board will have a set down work session with the County Commission in August as they look to move forward with facilities upgrades at the high school. Dr. Norton said we are working on finding a solution to the issues with the softball field and should have more of a plan later this summer.

Dr. Norton reminded the board we have two high school anglers in next week’s High School Bass Fishing National Championship and weigh-ins were open to the public.

Dr. Norton also told the board that the Read to be Ready and STEAM camps have been going on this summer and are a huge part to the learning experience our students are receiving that they might not have ever had otherwise.

Chairman of the Board Doug Braden told board members the annual evaluation for Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton is coming up and he handed out evaluation forms, prepared by the Tennessee School Boards Association. Braden asked board members to fill out the forms and turn them back in and they would discuss the evaluations in July.

PLFD Extinguishes Car Fire Thurs. Morning

PLFD Firefigthers Rebecca Flood, Brian Hinson, and Joe Mancell at the scene Thurs. morning. (Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Dept. was dispatched to the intersection of Buchanan Road and Apartment Road just off Highway 79 for a report of a car on fire around 7:30am Thursday morning.

Arriving units found a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix fully engulfed in flames. The owner, Mr. Barry Jones of Buchanan, stated he was driving and saw smoke coming out from under the hood. He stopped and raised the hood and the entire engine compartment erupted in flames. The car was ruled a total loss. Loss is estimated at $2000 A possible fuel leak is the suspected cause. 9 Firefighters and 3 trucks were on the scene approximately 1 hour. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department County Tanker Truck also responded as a precaution. 

Rotary Visits Nobel Automotive

Paris, Tenn.- Chris Cobb, Plant Manager for Nobel Automotive a division of Orhan Automotive a family owned business in Turkey, greets members of the Paris Rotary Club. Nobel, with its early beginnings with Plumley Rubber Company, manufactures rubber products for the auto industry. With 8000 employees, world wide Paris is fortunate to be a part of this world wide operation. (David Jackson photo)

daVinci Robot Taken for Test Drive at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- The Jr. Volutneers at HCMC and community members had a chance to test drive the latest dVinci Robot at the hospital on Wednesday. The HCMC Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of the surgery robot and reviews have been very positive for all the things it can do. (HCMC photos)

HCMC, TN Men's Health Network Teaming Up for Men's Health Event Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center and the Tennessee Men’s Health Network are teaming up for a day’s worth of events focus on Men’s Health. The event called, “Man Up and Get Checked Out! And its set for this coming Monday June 19th.

The Men’s Health Report Card will be presented at 10:15am by the Executive Director of the TN Men’s Health Network. At Noon, there will be a Lunch to Learn Seminar on the Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer. From 11am to 2pm, there will be free screenings by appointment only in Classroom 1.

Pre-registration is required for both the PSA screenings and the Lunch to Learn.

Both are FREE. Men are encouraged to bring the lady in their lives with them to the Lunch to Learn event. To register call 731-644-3463.

Paris Thunder Fundrasier Planned for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Thunder 10U Baseball Team will be hosting a grilled lunch on Friday, June 16th. All proceeds will assist the players with travel expenses as they head to Dallas, Texas, on July 7th through the 12th to represent their hometown in a USSSA World Series event.

Lunches will be delivered at your choice of time, or they can be picked up at the Henry County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Enoch Building. Lunches can be picked up or delivered at 10:45am, 11am, 12pm or 1pm. The cost of the lunch is $8 and includes either a grilled ribeye sandwich or a chicken breast with chips and a drink.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Scheduled for Thurs. Evening

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Annual Cheeseburger in Paradise Event at the Breakers Marina is set for this evening from 6pm to 10pm to help benefit the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Entertainment will be provided by Olivia Faye and Don Rachford. Tickets for adults cost $10 at the door, $5 for children 12 years old to 6 and kids 5 and under get in for free. Reserved tables are $100 or Cabanas for $200. For more information on how to purchase tickets, tables or cabanas please call 731-642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org.

Christ Lutheran Church VBS June 19-23

Paris, Tenn.- Christ Lutheran Church is having Vacation Bible School June 19-23 from 8am to Noon. This year’s theme is “Barn Yard Round” and everyone is invited. There will be a bbq cookout the last day of the VBS. The Church is located at 3235 Hwy. 79 S. For more information call 642-6620.

Entries Being Accepted for Chamber's Water Run

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Water Fun Run, “Rollin on the River”  on Saturday July 15th as event goers use watercraft to visit Buchanan Resort, Breakers, Paris Landing State Park, Cypress Bay, Pleasant View, Cypress Springs, Fat Daddy’s Leatherwood, and Mansard Island.

At each stop, you get a stamp and the number of stamps equal the number of cards you get at the end as you try to build the best poker hand. $500 apiece will be awarded to the person with the best Poker Hand at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm at the Water Run. Final check-ins are at Paris Landing State Park.

Entries are being accepted now and cost is $20 to play if you pre-register and $25 the day of the event. All watercraft are welcome and applications can be picked up now at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, located on East Wood Street, or online at paristnchamber.com. Call the Chamber for more information at 642-3431.

BBQ For the Troops Saturday at AmVets Post 89

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, Ladies Auxiliary Post 89, Sons of the American Legion Post 89, and the “Home Team” are sponsoring a BBQ for our Troops this Saturday June 17th starting at Noon until everything is gone at the American Legion Post 89 on East Antioch Road in Springville.

There will be chicken, ribs, or pulled pork plates with all the fixings. Donations of $10 are requested. It is open to the public and there will also be a silent auction, raffle items, and a beer garden. All proceeds from the event goes to purchase and ship well need supplies to our deployed military and help local veterans in need. In the last four years, over 860 boxes have been sent to 624 soldiers in 10 different countries.

To pre-order and prepay for a whole side of ribs or a whole pork butt call 644-1922. The cost is $22 each for ribs or butts.

Sheba Chapter 109 Selling Fish Plates Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Sheba Chapter No. 109 Order of Eastern Stars will be selling Fish Plates Saturday at the Chapter Hall on North Brewer Street. The plates are $7 and include fried catfish and all the trimmings and the event begins at 11am. For more information call 641-4433.

KSP Charges 4 Soliders in Sexual Assault Incident

      

Dennis                                              Tubolino

Murray, Ky.- Kentucky State Police have arrested four Kentucky National Guard soldiers following the investigation of a sexual assault in Calloway County. On June 3, 2017, KSP Post 1 responded to Murray-Calloway County Hospital at approximately 10:00 a.m. for a report of a sexual assault. KSP took all four suspects into custody later that same day.  Preliminary investigation has shown the four suspects were in Calloway County in preparation for weekend deployment.  It has also shown the victim was provided alcohol and was then sexually assaulted by these four suspects.  

Anthony R. Tubolino, age 25, of Auburn, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Rape, Second Degree Sodomy, and Third Degree Unlawful Transaction with a Minor.  

Tyler A. Hart, age 19, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse and Second Degree Sodomy.  

Austin L. Dennis, age 21, of Monfordville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Sodomy.  

Jacob F. Ruth, age 22, of Monfordville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Sodomy.  

All four suspects were lodged in Calloway County Jail.  

The Kentucky National Guard assisted KSP during the investigation and has remained cooperative through the investigation.  

The investigation is continuing by Detective Cory Hamby. 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.

       

Hart                                                    Ruth

City Of Paris Receives Municipal League Award

Nashville- When officials with the city of Paris found a flooding issue in its downtown, city leaders and members of the public works crews worked to not only address numerous infrastructure issues but also turn the space into a work of art.

Due to the efforts undertaken by city leaders and employees to not only repair but also revitalize an important piece of downtown infrastructure, the Tennessee Municipal League will present the city of Paris with a TML Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Works. The award will be presented on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 8 a.m. during TML’s 78th Annual Conference in the Mirabella Grand Ballroom of the Murfreesboro Conference Center at the Embassy Suites.

In 2015, the downtown buildings adjacent to alleyways in Paris were experiencing issues with flooding in basements. The city evaluated the situation and decided to take numerous steps to not only repair the flooding but also address other issues.

Dana Deem, a municipal management consultant with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), said the city found old clay drain pipes were collapsing underneath downtown, creating the flooding issues.

“As in most downtowns, some of these buildings are more than 100 years old,” Deem said. “In addition, Paris has a very active downtown with a vibrant retail trade as well as service oriented businesses.  This drainage problem could have seriously impacted both economic development as well as historic preservation in the city’s downtown if not addressed.”

Work began in 2016 after extensive planning and coordination for the project involving multiple stakeholders and working to make sure the project had as little impact as possible. In addition to repairing the pipes, the city addressed paving in the alleys, removed obsolete overhead wires, repaired utilities showing wear and tear, and installed an MS4 storm drain system in the city.

The Paris Public Works Department carefully removed the asphalt from the alley rather than using jackhammers for fear the vibration would cause grave damage to these very old structures. Once the asphalt was removed, a drainage feature was installed off-site in a vacant city-owned lot where the water was filtered by a chamber system.

The project also gave the opportunity to upgrade utilities beyond the water and sewer system, allowing for the repair or replacement of electric, gas, cable, and telephone systems. To ensure future repairs would be less time-consuming, a system of utilities was placed in buried conduit to allow easy access.

“Coordination between construction and business owners was paramount in order to minimize the disruption of retail business and offices affected,” Deem said. “Without the cooperation of all the utility providers, private sector, business and building owners, city leadership and city employees, this would have never come to fruition.”

With the infrastructure repairs complete, focus was turned to the aesthetics of the area. Prior to the alley construction, the city and the Downtown Paris Association were planning the third phase of the “Back Alley Paris Project” into the alley where repairs were needed. When the improvements were completed, the project resumed to feature murals depicting local history, culture, and art using buildings as a canvas. With the success of this west alley project, the city looks to repeat the work on two more downtown alleys in coming months.

Each year the Tennessee Municipal League honors cities throughout the state for overall excellence, improvement, specific outstanding programs, or department accomplishments.  Other award winners for 2017 include Bristol, for Excellence in Human Resources; Chapel Hill, for Small Town Progress; Chattanooga, for Excellence in Green Leadership; Collegedale, for Excellence in Community Planning and Development; Dyersburg, for Excellence in Police Services; Erwin, for Excellence in Economic and Community Development; Germantown, for Fire Services; Harriman, for Small City Progress; Livingston, for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization; Portland, for Excellence in Parks and Recreation; and Townsend, Progressive Leadership Award.

Man Charged in Theft

Paris, Tenn.- One man has been charged after a resident of a  home being worked on Henry Mansfield Road reported some items missing. The victim told Sgt. David Powell, of the Henry County Sheriff’s that over $10K worth of items were missing including a GPS, Stihl chainsaw, pop-up tent, watches, harness for climbing trees, diamond rings, gold neckless, and more.

The two men working on the house appeared and talked to officers and Mike Wofford, age 54, of 35 McClains Road, admitted to taking the GPS. He said another person had the other items. Some of the stolen items have since been recovered. Wofford was charged with theft, aggravated burglary and placed on $15K bond.

Another Charge Added to Perkins

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department has issued and served warrants on James Perkins, Jr., and added yet another charge to Perkins. The warrants came about after Inv. Whitaker took a report from Perkin’s mother about her son coercing an older man with some medical issues into signing over property to Perkins. Perkins was charged while in court hearings for other charges.

CG Council Discusses Metal Pick Up Day, Freedom Festival

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in quick session for June Tuesday night and discussed the City-wide Metals pick up day which is this Saturday June 17th. Cottage Grove citizens can move any unwanted metals such as scrap, old air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, and other appliances to the curb by Friday evening and the City of Cottage Grove will pick them up Saturday.

In other business the Council discussed and finalized plans for the upcoming Cottage Grove Freedom Festival, set for Tuesday July 4th and approved the final budget for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1st. The tornado siren is also being repaired according to Councilman Weiher.

First Creek Baptist Church Youth Group Car Wash Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- First Creek Baptist Church Youth Group will be holding a Car Wash at Advance Auto Parts on Saturday June 17th from 10am-3pm. Money raised will go towards Youth Church Camp and donations are accepted.

Costa Bassmaster HS Fishing Championship On Ky Lake Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Costa Bassmaster High School Series National Championship and Junior Championship will be held June 20-24 in Henry and Carroll Counties. Sponsored by B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, the Costa High School Series National Championship will be June 22-24 on Kentucky Lake and the Junior Bassmaster Championship will be June 20-21 on Carroll County’s 1000-acre Recreational Lake in Huntingdon.

More than 250 boats are expected to compete in the High School and Jr. Championships next week including a couple anglers from Henry County High School who placed in the Southern Open in April as the high school’s first ever Fishing Team event.

In the High School series event, two person teams will try to catch the 5 heaviest bass on each of three days of completion. The full field will compete the 1st and 2nd days and the Top 12 the final day.

The Junior Bassmaster Championship event includes teams of youngsters ages 7-13 representing state organizations within the B.A.S.S. nation.

Both events will kick-off with a welcome party for all contenders hosted by Bethel University on Monday June 19th.

All activities are free to the public to watch from launches at 6am to weighs ins. The event is hosted by the Henry County Tourism Authority, Carroll County, and Bethel University.

The schedule of events include Junior Bassmasters launch on Carroll County’s 1000 acre lake on Tuesday and Wednesday June 20-21 at 6am. Weigh-ins will be in downtown Huntingdon at 1:45pm both days.

For the Bassmaster High School Series event, the full field of anglers will compete Thursday June 22nd and Friday June 23rd, taking off from Paris Landing State Park Marina at 5:30am. Weigh-ins will take place at 1:45pm Thursday and Friday at Paris Landing State Park, then final weigh-in for the Top 12 teams will be at 2:30pm Saturday in downtown Paris.

Fans can also follow along with the events thru B.A.S.S. on their website, Facebook, or Twitter.

HCMC Offering Health Screenings at Flex Fitness Thurs. 4-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Flex Fitness, located at 601 Spruce Street from 4-6pm Thursday June 15th. There will be free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressure checks. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a $3 fee and full lipid panel for $10. Results will be available at the time of the screening, fasting for 8 hours is best for accurate result.

HCHD Closing New Bethel Rd. Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close New Bethel Road in the Henry area on Wednesday at the Hwy. 140 South intersection for culvert replacement. The road will be reopened for afternoon traffic.

Paris Downtown Boxing Brings Home Two Title National Belts

Hot Springs, Ark.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Gym has two Title National Belts after a trip to the Title Nationals in Hot Springs, Arkansas last week. Cam’ron Patton and Isaiah Hutcherson both won Title National Belts and the team had eight fights over the three day tournament. (Miranda Moon photo)

DQ Grill and Chill Opens and Holds Ribbon Cutting

Paris, Tenn.- Several people lined Mineral Wells Avenue Tuesday morning as the brand new DQ Grill and Chill opened for the first time around 6am. The first 100 people in line who bought a breakfast combo got a coupon for two free blizzards per month for one year. At 10am Tuesday, the Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at DQ Grill and Chill. (David Jackson photo)

Paris Landing Hosting Triathlon July 8th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon will be held at Paris Landing State Park beginning at 7am on Saturday July 8th. The event consists of a 500 meter swim, a 14 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run in and around Paris Landing State Park.

All participants will receive finisher medals and the course is great for beginners and veterans alike. The event is sponsored in part by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, The Henry County Alliance, and Tennessee State Parks.

Registration is $70 until July 2nd, $75 from July 3-7, and $100 on Race Day July 8th. Registration is available online at www.paristntri.racesonline.com. Or in person on race day at a packet pickup location.

 Awards will be presented at 10am for top 5 Male, top 5 Female, Overall Male and Female Masters, Top 3 Male and Female in different age categories, and Top Relay Team for Men, Women, and Mixed.

More Charges Added to Perkins

Paris, Tenn.- More charges have been filed on James D. Perkins, Jr., once he was extradited from Houston County to Henry County. Charges include aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, rape, and reckless endangerment. Perkins was placed on $150K bond.

Highway Dept. to Close Herrondale East Rd. Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Herrondale East Road on Tuesday for culvert replacement. The closure will be 9/10 of a mile East of Henry Midway Road. The Road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Three Cent Tax Hike Proposed for County Budgets

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the budget Mon. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County budget committee meeting, after hearing from County Mayor Brent Greer and discussing the budget, committee members approved to send the proposed budget for the next fiscal year ahead to the County Commission with a suggested 3 cent property tax increase.

County Mayor Greer told budget committee members that the very first draft of the budget he and budget director Pat Hollingsworth looked at needed around $592K to balance. Then the one he handed out to the budget committee at May’s meeting, had been trimmed by over $120K and needed around $471K to balance.

He said, “last year I explained we really needed about 3-5 cents to be in good shape, but we could make it without a tax increase, this year I feel like the responsible thing to do is propose a 3 cent tax hike.”

The 3 cents would bring nearly an additional $175K to the revenue and allow the County to finish the end of the next fiscal year with about $3M in fund balance. The three cents would all go to the General Fund as the other departments seem to be in good shape.

Greer said, “the highway department is getting funds from the Improve Act, which in turn is costing some grocery tax funds to decrease in the County’s General Fund and also sales tax revenue in the education budget.”

The budget includes a 5% Cost of Living Adjustment for county officials, as mandated by the state increases and a 2% COLA for county employees. The budget also shows no increase in healthcare costs for this next budget year.

The proposed 3 cent tax hike would take the property tax rate up to $2.09 per $100 of assessed property. Mayor Greer said on $100K home that’s about $8 of an increase.

The County’s Property Tax rate has fluctuated since 2009, mostly due to certified reappraisals with the state twice. The County’s rate was $2.35 in 2009-10 and was decreased to $2.04 the next year due to certified reappraisal. In 2011-12, the County increased the tax rate 15 cents, pushing it back up to $2.19 and it stayed there until another reappraisal from the state brought it back down to $2.06 in 2015-16’s fiscal year. Last year, the County didn’t increase the property tax.

Each penny means about $56,945 in worth based on 94% property tax collection, according to Mayor Greer.

The entire county commission will receive the budget at next Monday night’s meeting and decide which direction to go on it. It could be passed before June 30th, or in July.

Budget Committee Approves Budget Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday night, the Budget Committee approved some transfers to sure up line items as the current fiscal year comes to a close on June 30th.

Money was moved around in the Highway Department budget to purchase a dump truck. The Motor Vehicles line item was increased by $65,938 and decreased in the Construction and Diesel Fuel line items to match.

In the General Purpose School fund, over $9600 was transferred to help show insurance recovery funds received after wind damaged some places at Henry County High School. Other moneys to the tune of $70K were moved around to true up line items with money coming from Teacher's salary as the system didn't need to hire a position this year and Natural Gas which was much cheaper due to a warm winter.

Several different transfers were approved in the General Fund as well for travel for commissioners, new furniture in the County Clerk's Office, removal of dead and dying trees at the Courthouse, salaries and repairs on a tractor at the Airport, and increase fees to the County Coroner and Medical Examiner to finish out the fiscal year.

More Details Released in Perkins Arrest in Houston Co.

               

Perkins                                 Jackson

McKinnon, Tenn.- Another Paris man has been charged with helping James Perkins, Jr., evade authorities as more details have been released in the incident that kept several law enforcement agencies busy over the weekend.

Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department notified authorities on Friday in Houston County of Phillip Jackson and James Perkins, Jr., being at a residence in Houston County after a ping of one of their cell phones. By the time Houston County arrived, the homeowners said the two had travled back to Paris.

Inv. Whitaker then pinged the phones again and showed them to be on East Wood Street. Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Lt. Ean Reed went and noticed the Jackson's truck was there and the hood was warm. The owner of the property gave them consent to search, but Jackson or Perkins was not found.

On Sunday, Inv. Whitaker was informed the two men were back at the residence in Houston County and Houston County Deputies and Erin Police went to the scene and managed to detain Jackson. Perkins evaded on a backhoe for a short time, then jumped off and went deep into the wooded areas. Several other agencies assisted in a search but Perkins couldn't be found Sunday. Monday morning, Perkins was spotted in the Danville Boat Dock area and an unmarked car went to the scene and arrested hime.

Jackson was charged with accessory after the fact. Perkins was charged with evading in Houston County. More charges are pending in Paris.

Man Charged With Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department responded to Sonic to a possible drug deal with a white Mustang. Sgt. James made contact with the driver, Jimmy Horton, Jr., age 49, of 169 Cook St. Horton had active warrants in Weakley and Henry Counties and was found with a pipe on his person. He was arrested on scene and placed on $1500 bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Cowell Road was burglarized with several Kerosene Lamps, wine chalices, and a flat screen TV stolen. Value of the stole items is over $3300 and there are no suspects at this time.

W.G. Rhea Library Summer Reading Program Has Events Planned All Week

Paris, Tenn.- Monday was the first day to checkout books for this year’s W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Tuesday is the first day to record books. Activities later this week include a STEAM event Wednesday at 1pm, and Picasso Painting Party at 2pm, LEGO Batman as a family movie shown at 10am Friday, and Teen Movie Beauty and the Beast Friday night at 6pm. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, open for all kids and adults, call the Library at 642-1702.

Houston County Sheriff's Office Has Perkins, Jr. in Custody

Erin, Tenn.- As of 9am Monday morning, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office has captured James Perkins, Jr., age 29 of Paris, who was wanted for kidnapping, rape, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment by a motor vehicle, according numerous sources.

Perkins was spotted in the Hwy. 232 area on Saturday and Sunday, but managed to evade authorities. Stewart County, Montgomery County K9 units, and the Tennessee Hwy. Patrol helicopter was used to search the areas. An officer in an unmarked patrol car spotted and arrested Perkins Monday morning.

Perkins Jr. Wanted for Rape, Assault and Other Charges


James Perkins Jr.

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Investigator Jeramye Whitaker have issued warrants for the arrest of James Perkins Jr.  Perkins, age 29 of Clifty Village Street of Paris, for kidnapping, rape, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment by a motor vehicle.

Police have been looking for Perkins since Thursday and they were able to ping Perkins phone, but Perkins Jr. was able to evade police. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and THP assisted in the search.

 Police are still looking for Perkins and they are asking for the public's help in finding him. Do not approach Perkins Jr. if you spot him. Please call the Paris Police Department and ask for Investigator Whitaker (731) 641-1437 or Captain Watson (731) 641-1478 for any information that will lead police to Perkins' whereabouts.

Paris Thunder 10U Fundraiser is Friday, June 16th

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Thunder 10U Baseball Team will be hosting a grilled lunch on Friday, June 16th. All proceeds will assist the players with travel expenses as they head to Dallas, Texas, on July 7th through the 12th to represent their hometown in a USSSA World Series event.

Lunches will be delivered at your choice of time, or they can be picked up at the Henry County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Enoch Building. Lunches can be picked up or delivered at 10:45am, 11am, 12pm or 1pm. The cost of the lunch is $8 and includes either a grilled ribeye sandwich or a chicken breast with chips and a drink.

KY Man Arrested After Four Wheeler Chase With Police

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy John Andrews arrested Darren Englert, age 33 of Scott Road of Ledbetter, KY, on Saturday for evading arrest, driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.

Officers received a call about a four wheeler driving  down 641 going towards Paris from Murray. Deputy Andrews saw the four wheeler and activated his blue lights, but the driver took off. Once in Paris, HCSO Sgt. Terry Williams and Paris PD made attempts to stop the driver identified as Englert, but they were unsuccessful.

Sgt. Williams managed to pull in front of Englert and Deputy Andrews pulled up behind the him where he managed to pin the suspect up against Sgt. Williams truck. Englert wouldn’t comply with orders from police so Sgt. Williams tased him. Englert was then arrested and placed on $5,000 bond.

Relay for Life Raises Over $61,000


(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The total amount raised at the 2017 Henry County Relay for Life was around $61,300, although fundraising is still going on. There was a fundraiser on Saturday, and Pepper’s Automotive is doing a fundraising event for Relay all throughout the month of June, and Clayton Homes will be holding one July 8th. The Henry County Relay for Life Relay season for 2017 does not end until August 31st.

In 1st place for the most amount of money raised was First United Methodist Church. Most luminarias were in 1st place First United Methodist and 2nd place Team Awesome. Rookie Team was  Ladies With Swag.

Best Food in 1st Lawnmasters, 2nd Bass/Lipford and 3rd First United Methodist. Best Campsite: 1st Henry County Medical Center, 2nd Henry School.There are some other awards to be given out but the people were not there to receive them, so those will be announced later.

Illinois Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Kaiden Martell, age 22 of Birch Court of Manteno, Illinois, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault and aggravated burglary. Martell was placed on $10,000 bond.

Cheeseburger in Paradise is Thurs. June 15th

Buchanan, Tenn.- Need a Break from all the fun in the Sun? Come cool down at  the Annual Cheeseburger in Paradise Event at the Breakers Marina on Thursday, June 15th from 6pm to 10pm to help benefit the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Entertainment will be provided by Olivia Faye and Don Rachford. Tickets for adults cost $10 at the door, $5 for children 12 years old to 6 and kids 5 and under get in for free. Reserved tables are $100 or Cabanas for $200. For more information on how to purchase tickets, tables or cabanas please call 731-642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org.

Three Arrested on DUI Charges on Saturday

Henry County, Tenn- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Caleb Richards, age 31 of Manley Street of Paris, was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Richards was placed on $1,500 bond.

Heather Lee, age 26 of Manley Street of Paris, was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Lee was placed on $1,500 bond.

James Glass, age 71 of Hwy. 79 N of Paris, was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Glass was placed on $1,500 bond.

K9 Demo, Air Evac, Extrication and More at the Rescue Squad to Serve the Community


Monte Starks of the Paris-HC Rescue Squad showing the crowd what the Rescue Squad does during an extrication. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At the Paris- HC Rescue Squad Open House, Sgt. Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with his K9 partner, Nitro came to the Open House to perform a drug search demonstration. Sgt. Wade told the crowd that Nitro is two years old and he is trained to hit on marijuana, cocaine, heroin and meth, all of which were involved in the demonstration on Saturday.


HCSO Sgt. Ricky Wade and his K9 Nitro giving the crowd an overview of how K9s are trained to alert to drugs. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Sgt. Wade also told the crowd that when Nitro alerts to drugs he  will do a passive alert, which means that he will either sit or lay down. Sgt. Wade said that there are two types of alerts for drug dogs, passive and aggressive. In the aggressive alert, the K9 will scratch or bite, so Sgt. Wade said that Nitro is taught the passive alert because it’s easier on the vehicle and better for control of the K9.


HCSO K9 Nitro alerting to drugs at demonstration at te Rescue Squad on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Air Evac team was on hand to give people a tour of their helicopter.  


Taking a look inside the Air Evac helicopter. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Gina Lowery from Paris Landing State Park also brought some of the animals she handles.


Gina Lowery from Paris Landing State Park showing off some the animals she deals with. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris- HC Rescue Squad also showed the crowd an extrication demonstration. The first thing the Rescue Squad does in extrication is to stabilize the car then the patient and make sure that there is a level of safety that is maintained for all involved.


The Paris-HC Rescue Squad doing an extrication demonstration. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Monte Starks from the Rescue Squad told the crowd that one of the problems with new vehicles is that there are airbags everywhere in the car and this makes their job difficult when they are trying to extricate someone from a wreck.

Starks also told everyone that because of the money donated by the community to support the Rescue Squad, they were able to get a new hydraulic system to use for the cutter and the Jaws of Life. And in an emergency if the hydraulic system fails, the Rescue Squad has backup hand tools in their truck that they use in extrication.


The Paris-HC Rescue Squad doing an extrication demonstration. (Cassie Walsh photos)

But none of this would be possible without the donations and support from the community for the Paris-HC Rescue Squad in continuing to protect and serve Paris and Henry County.

Honoring Past Captains at Rescue Squad Open House


Current Paris-HC Rescue Squad Captain Danny Tucker giving a plaque to former Rescue Squad Captain Monte Starks, who served as captain from 1994-1995. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Saturday’s Paris- HC Rescue Squad Open House, past Rescue Squad captains were honored on Saturday. Current Captain Danny Tucker awarded plaques to M.L. Bailey, Monte Starks, Randy Canady and Tucker was also recognized at the event.


Current Paris-HC Rescue Squad Captain Danny Tucker giving a plaque to former Rescue Squad Captain M.L. Bailey, who served as captain from 1978-1982. (Cassie Walsh photos)

There was also a special recognition for Dale Evans who given a plaque in 2016 for his 40 years of service in the Paris-HC Rescue Squad. Current Rescue Squad Captain Danny Tucker has served as captain from 1998-1999, 2001-2010, and from 2012-2017.


Current Paris-HC Rescue Squad Captain Danny Tucker giving a plaque to former Rescue Squad Captain Randy Canady, who served as captain in 2011. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris-HC Rescue Squad also remembered all of their former captains, since they opened in 1955. The Paris-HC Rescue Squad has been serving the community since 1955 and they hope to continue serving the community.

Cumberland K9 Intrigues the Crowd at Rescue Squad Event


Robin Moore talking to the crowd about how K9s Millie and River  find cadavers. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd came out to support the Paris- HC Rescue Squad at their Open House on Saturday.

Attendees got to visit with Robin Moore and Teresa Dabbs from Cumberland K9, who also brought along three of their K9’s River, Millie and Tucker. Cumberland K9 had a cadaver dog demonstration for the crowd and they also had a question and answer session.


Robin Moore and other members of the Cumberland K9 Search and Recovery Team along with K9s Millie, River and Tucker. (Cassie Walsh photos)

 Moore said that one of the hardest things to do is get the K9s certified on water, because currents, depths and the constant movement of the water make it difficult for the K9s to get a positive hit on where the body is located. Most of the time in water recovery, the K9s will hit on three areas so that it creates a triangle for the search team to look for the body.

The Cumberland K9 search and recovery team also provides their service free of charge and they only work with law enforcement who call them in to find a cadaver. One of the questions answered at the Open House was that the K9s are trained to only hit on human cadavers, the K9s will not hit on animal remains.

History Meets Mystery at Tales from the Crypt


One of the storytellers from Tales from the Crypt. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- On last day of Downtown Paris Week, crowds of people came out to visit Tales from the Crypt at the Paris City Cemetery on Saturday. Attendees got to here stories of mystery, murder and history.


WMUF's own David Jackson got in on Tales from the Crypt as he told the crowd stories about Judge Clinton Aden. (Cassie Walsh photos)

People got to walk the cemetery and here stories about 20 graves where they learned about the founders of Paris and Henry County at Tales From the Crypt. The famous and infamous are on the tour including Governors, Congressmen, Mayors, and murderers. The DPA and the Henry County Cemetery Committee sponsored the walking tour of the Paris City Cemetery on Saturday.

We Stand Together to Defeat Cancer at Relay for Life


Survivors taking their lap at the Relay for Life. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Crowds of people came to show their support for the fight against cancer at the Relay for Life on Friday. This night was to show all of the work the volunteers, survivors and their family members go through in order to find a cure for cancer in order to have more survivors and birthdays. Thousands of dollars was raised for cancer research, education and advocacy.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Relay track was lit up throughout the night with hundreds of  luminaries, each honoring or memorializing an area individual who either survived, is currently fighting, or lost their battle with cancer.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

There was something for everyone at this year's Relay,  in addition to a wide variety of music, food provided by the Relay for Life teams, games, a silent auction and kids were able to play on several inflatables provided by Party Bounce and Jump.


Two volunteers filling up luminaries for Friday's Relay for Life Event Night. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The AirEvac team was also at the event giving attendees a tour of their airplane. The Effel Tower was also lit on Friday night in honor of the Relay for Life and all those who are affected by cancer.Cancer doesn’t just affect the patient it also affects their family members and those around them, but we all need to stand together in order to find a cure for cancer.


The Effel Tower was lit on Friday night in honor of the Relay for Life and all those affected by cancer. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Police Investigate Identity Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Lt. Lance Perry took a report of identity theft on Thursday from the victim who stated that she had received a letter from a debt collector stating that she owed over $900 to her satellite provider, claiming that the money owed was for unreturned equipment.

The complainant called the satellite company about the issue since she was still using the satelite company and this was an issue from 2014. After talking with the company they told her that the account and social security matched the complainant’s, but the address for the unpaid debt was located in West Virginia. The victim stated that she has never resided in West Virginia.

The victim then advised the satellite company’s fraud department and filed a report with the HCSO.

Beauty and the Beast Coming to Rhea Library on Mon. June 12

Paris, Tenn.- The Hampstead Stage Company, a theater group from New Hampshire, will be presenting  a free showing of their rendition of Beauty and the Beast on Monday, June 12th at 4pm at the W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris. 

The show will be in the parking lot, so bring your blanket or lawn chair. In case of rain the show will be held indoors.

Police Investigate a Case of Fraud

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Lt. Lance Perry took a report of fraud from a homeowner on HWY. 79N on Thursday. The complainant stated to police that on June 3rd she called a man in Dallas, TX who was selling Yorkie Tea Cup puppies online at the website sunshineyorkiepupshome.com.

The seller and the complainant agreed that she would buy a puppy for $600. The victim then wired $646 to the seller and the seller asked for an additional $1,000 in order to ship the puppy by a crate and for airline costs.

On June 6th, the seller contacted the complainant and asked her to send an additional $300 for keeping the puppy overnight and for feeding it. The victim contacted police because she felt the website may possibly be a scam. The victim also contacted Dallas PD who stated that they will work with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on the matter.

Best Dressed Shop in Town Celebrates 100 Years


Charles and Edna Hopkins celebrating the Toggery's 100th year anniversary. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- The community came out during Downtown Paris Week on Friday to honor and celebrate TheToggery’s 100th year Anniversary. Charles and Edna Hopkins took over TheToggery in 1989 and they have been running The Toggery ever since.

Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, presented Charles and Edna Hopkins with a plaque commemorating The Toggery's involvement and contributions they have made in the community.


Kathy Ray presenting Charles and Edna Hopkins with a plaque for all of the contributions the Toggery has made to the community. (Cassie Walsh photos)

County Mayor Brent Greer presented Charles and Edna Hopkins with an award stating that in commemoration of The Toggery’s 100 year anniversary, June 9th will be declared in honor of The Toggery.


County Mayor Brent Greer presenting Charles and Edna Hopkins with an award to commemorate June 9th as the 100th Anniversary of The Toggery. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Mark Johnson also wrote and sang a special song about The Toggery at Friday's event.


Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Director, Mark Johnson singing a special song about The Toggery in Downtown Paris. (Cassie Walsh photo)

In 2012, The Toggery was named business of the year and the participation from The Toggery to be a part of the community continues to be a tradition of Paris.For 100 years The Toggery have been dressing the community since 1917 and they hope to continue dressing the community for the next 100 years. The Toggery is located at 120 West Washington Street in Downtown Paris.

Farmer's Market Opens Up on Friday


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Farmer's Market in Downtown Paris opened at 3pm on Friday at their location at the corner of Ruff and Market Street.

Many vendors will be on hand with several different items of produce, baked goods, jellies, and more. The Farmer’s Market will be open Tuesdays and Fridays all summer long beginning at 3pm.

PPD Ask for Help in Locating Suspect Involved in Rape, Kidnapping and Assault


James Perkins Jr.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in locating James Perkins Jr.  Perkins is wanted for questioning in relation to a kidnapping, rape, and aggravated assault. He has made statements that he will not go to the police.

Perkins is thought to be driving a Maroon 1999 Ford F-150, single cab with a toolbox in the back.

Do not approach Perkins Jr. if you spot him. Please call the Paris Police Department and ask for Investigator Whitaker (731) 641-1437 or Captain Watson (731) 641-1478 with any tips on his location.

Judge Snyder Appointed to Task Force on Juvenile Justice

Nashville, Tenn.- Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) this week announced the formation of the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice and Henry County Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder has been appointed to the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice.

The task force will be co-chaired by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville).

“I am pleased to appoint this outstanding group of people to work on such a crucial issue,” said Lieutenant Governor McNally. “I am confident this esteemed task force will make great strides on the issue of juvenile justice reform which will improve rehabilitation of offenders, achieve justice for victims and benefit our society as a whole.”

The task force members are charged with developing evidence-based policy recommendations that will lead to potential legislative action to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and contain costs.

Members of the task force include Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Brian Kelsey, Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael, Deborah Tate, Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and other representatives of county courts and state agencies.

PHCPUD Will be Checking for Leaks in Lake Area Next Few Weeks

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District, your Natural Gas Distributor, will be in the lake area, including Elkhorn Road, for the next few weeks conducting safety and leak surveys. The District will be utilizing their ATV John Deere Gator and a company truck with the logo on the side.

This is part of the District’s annual safety leak survey to ensure public safety and the system’s integrity. If anyone has any concerns or questions, call the office at 642-5635, during regular business hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm. You can also visit the website, www.parisnaturalgas.com.

City of Paris Changing Signalization at Wood & Porter St.

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris is currently in the process of a change in signalization at the West Wood Street and Porter Street intersection. The intersection is currently served by a red, yellow, and green traffic light and it will be converted to a flashing yellow caution light. Signs will be placed at the intersection for a period of time to warn motorists of the change. The light will begin flashing on Monday June 12th. Please use caution when traveling in that area.

 

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