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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

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UT Board Of Trustees Approve 1.8% Tuition Hike for UTM

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a 1.8 percent undergraduate tuition increase during its annual meeting June 22 at the UT Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville. The increase takes effect beginning with the 2017 fall semester at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin.

The 1.8 percent in-state tuition increase reflects the Higher Education Price Index, which is the rate used throughout the UT System. This rate is below the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 3 percent limitation.

UT Martin instate tuition and mandatory fees will now cost undergraduate students an additional $148 annually for students with fewer than 60 credit hours and an additional $140 annually for students with 60 or more credit hours.  New tuition and fees will be $4,309 - $4,618 per semester or $8,618 - $9,236 for a full academic year. Full-time undergraduate enrollment is a minimum of 12 credit hours.

The “Soar in Four” tuition model, designed to speed progress toward degree completion, was approved for the University of Tennessee at Martin in June 2016. “Soar in Four” encourages students to take 15 hours per semester and complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. The 2017-18 academic year will be the second year of the tuition model.

Tuition and mandatory fees for instate graduate students will increase $83 per semester for a total of $5,031 per semester. Graduate students will pay a total of $10,062 per academic year starting this fall. Full-time graduate enrollment is nine hours per semester.

The new tuition schedule is available at utm.edu/tuition.

For freshmen attending UT Martin this fall, a final Summer Orientation and Registration session is set for July 14, followed by Transfer and Adult Orientation on July 21, both at the main campus. Call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 for information.

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 28 at the main campus and UT Martin centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Somerville.

Scenes from Thursday's Chamber Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday's Chamber Banquet saw remarks from outgoing Chamber President Gary McEntire and the red jacket presentation as incoming President Kevin Buie is set to lead the Chamber.

Paschall Farms was given the Conservationists of the Year Award.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell presenting Bobby Milam with POY award.

Buchanan Resort was named as Business of the Year.

HCHD Closing Anderson Drive Mon. June 26th for Culvert Work

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Anderson Drive on Monday June 26th at 8am for culvert replacement. 9-1-1 numbers 900 and above on Anderson will not be accessible for the duration of the project as there is no thru street beyond this point. The road will be back open for evening traffic. The Henry County Highway Department is sorry for the inconvenience.

Elevated Severe Weather Threat Friday Postpones Day 2 of Bassmaster HS Fishing National Championship

Buchanan, Tenn.- Day 2 of the Costa Bassmaster High School Bass Fishing National Championship was scheduled to begin Friday morning, but after consulting with the National Weather Service, Bassmaster has decided to postpone Day 2 until Saturday. The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are expected to move into the area and severe weather is possible. The decision to postpone is due to elevated severe weather possibility Friday due to the Tropical Depression system moving into the area.

Day 2 of the Tournament will now start at 5:30am Saturday and a National Champion will be crowned Saturday from the entire field. Weigh-ins will take place Saturday afternoon at Paris Landing. No anglers are allowed on the lake at all Friday, even if the severe weather doesn’t hit the area.

Bobby Milam POY, Buchanan Resort, Paschall Farms Recognized at Chamber Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- Bobby Milam was named the Person of the Year at Thursday night's Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet. Milam is very active in the community including Farm Bureau, the Henry County Fair Board, Chairman of the Road Board, and much more.

Also Thursday night Buchanan Resort was named Business of the Year and Paschall Farms, Andy and Becky Paschall and Dan and Betty Paschall were named Conservationists of the Year.

Hosp. Board Approves Leasing New DaVinci Surgery Robot

Dr. John Beddies and Dr. Joe Mobley, III, Urology, speak about the advantages of the new DaVinci Robot. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Thursday night and approved the new DaVinci Robotic System as the current one’s life span will run out later this year. County Mayor Brent Greer was at the meeting and said the hospital didn’t need County Commission approval on the system as far as approving the operating lease on the robot. He said, if the hospital wants to look at leases and financing options, they can bring it to the county commission later.

Mayor Greer said, “I’ve had talks with Lisa about sitting down with the hospital about overall finances and see what can be done, we are already planning on sitting down with the school system and discuss the high school proejct and hopefully the County, School System, and HCMC can figure out some ways to possible find funding to help everybody.”

Dr. John Beddies, Urology,said, “this program with the DaVinci has been great and I think we need to keep it in the community if at all possible.”

Dr. Joe Mobley, III, Urology, also talked highly of the new robot as well, which has a price tag of $1.4M, but if the board acts this month, they get a discount of $400K, making it a $1M capital purchase.

Lisa Casteel said the yearly payment would be in the amount of $212K. She said we would also have a $100K write-off in depreciation on the old DaVinci robot. The board agreed to lease the DaVinci Robot at $1M.

Dr. Mobley said the equipment would come in next week and there is a training period for all of us to learn everything. The first procedure is set for July 11th, if there are any issues the next one is set for July 18th. Dr. Mobley said whenever the first procedure is done on the new Robot, it will likely be the very first kind of surgery on this equipment in the Country.

Gee Informs BOT About ACA, Physician Recruitment

Paris, Tenn.- Gee said the Senate is working on legislation related to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander being very involved in the process. Gee said Sen. Alexander seems to be sympathetic to keeping people on their insurance and not throwing them off coverage. Gee said the plan is to have something proposed in July or August. Gee said polls show no state has more than 35% of the electorate in favor of the bill from the House of Representatives.

Gee said that Dr. Hamm has been placed on leave for the remainder of his contract this month after he was arrested for firing his handgun in his backyard earlier in the month. Dr. Monnette and Stephanie Allen, N.P., are maintaining the psych program and Gee said the census remains healthy. Gee also said the medical center hasn’t give up on Dr. Crigler and seeing if she will change her mind about leaving the community, but in the meantime they have met with a  potential female OB who is willing to provide some coverage with the possibility of coming to the community fulltime later on. He said Dr. Locus and Wieck have both been supportive and are willing to cover the program if Dr. Crigler leaves to allow the medical center to find a replacement.

Proposed ByLaw Changes on Physician's Age Being Discussed

Paris, Tenn.- Board members learned that the medical staff is working on a proposed bylaw change regarding physicians over the age of 70. If the law is passed, it would require a formal assessment of the physician’s physical ability to perform his/her duties each time they applied for reappointment with the medical staff. There was no quorum at the last meeting to vote on this, it will be discussed at the next meeting.

Newest Members of Healthcare Foundation Announced to Board

Paris, Tenn.- The newest members of the Healthcare Foundation were announced to the board, Christine Garcia and Rachel Steedley. Also reappointed for another term were Michele Atkins, Lindsay Driscoll, Tony Lawrence, and Bill Neese.

Gee told the board the Men’s Health Conference held this past Monday at HCMC was one of only two rural community hospitals to host along with Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. The conference had state officials promoting men’s health and was very well attended.

The board of trustees also learned a new Health Information Management Director has been hired to replace Trannie Woodson who is retiring. Marcus Rickman was hired from the National Healthcare Corp., and will start at HCMC on July 10th. Dale Guffy, the new Chief Financial Officer began his duties on June 5th and Kelly Winston is the new Executive Assistant, taking Nancy Moore’s place after she retired.

HCHS Fishing Team Sits in 2nd Place at HS Nat. Champ.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County High School's Anglers, Shawn Burkhart and Gavin Gordon, are currently in 2nd place in the Costa Bassmaster High School Bass Fishing National Championship, which is being held on Kentucky Lake. They turned in a maximum of 5 fish and they weighed in at 22 pounds 11 ounces, just under a pound off of first place.

Day 2 of the Tournament starts at 5:30am Friday and the entire field of 220 High School teams will again be on the water. At the end of the day Friday, the field will be narrowed to the top 12 anglers who will fish on Saturday for the Championship finale. Weigh-ins are open to the public and will be at Paris Landing Marina Friday starting at 1:45pm and in downtown Paris Saturday for the top 12 starting at 2:30pm.

City Comm. Approves Budget, Tax Rate

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in special called session Thursday afternoon and approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and a the new property tax rate which is .73 cents per $100 of assessed property. The tax rate represents a 10 cent hike on Paris residents which takes effect July 1st.

In addition to the budget and tax rate, commissioners also approved the first reading of the revised home occupation ordinance as discussed numerous times over the last couple of months. The ordinance states no article shall be sold or offered for sale on premise, retail items must be delivered or sold off-site, and commercial delivery trucks are not allowed to service a home occupation since it is in a residential zone.

Flash Flood Watch Issued As Remnants of Cindy Impact Area

Memphis- The National Weather Service has placed our area under a Flash Flood Watch from 7pm Thursday evening until midnight Friday night as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy start to move into the lower Tennessee Valley.

Bands of moderate and heavy rainfall are possible Thursday night and most of the day Friday as the system moves through the area. Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches, with some localized heavier amounts are possible before the system moves out of the area early Saturday morning.

Low lying areas and areas prone to flooding will likely do so and motorists should remember to not drive thru flooded roads as the roads could have washed away beneath the water. Some strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes are also possible as the remnants of Cindy move into and out of the area. Stay abreast of the weather the next several hours.

Walnut Grove Church Holding VBS

Dover, Tenn.- Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Dover is hosting a Vacation Bible School Kickoff event Saturday June 24th at 3pm at Paris Landing State Park and families are invited to join for a picnic fellowship prior to our group having private access to the pool from 5-7pm. Parents or sponsoring adults will be given an opportunity to register your child for the VBS program during the picnic.

Walnut Grove will then hold VBS June 25th thru June 29th. There will be plenty of activities, crafts, music, and more each night 6-9pm. On the last evening, Thursday June 29th, families will join in fellowship at 6pm and the program will conclude with a light meal. The Church is located at 700 Walnut Grove Road.

Summer in the Park Series Continues Sat. at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- Saturday June 24th the Summer in the Park Concert Series will continue at Paris Landing State Park as David and ‘Lil Ricky perform. The group will play a variety of tunes including country, blues, gospel and more ranging from the 50s to the 90s. The concert is free to the public and will be Saturday 7-9pm, just bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

Bethel's Jr. Physician Assistant Day Set for Sat. June 24th

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University and the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program presents Junior Physician Assistant Day this Saturday June 24th from 9am to Noon at the Bethel University PA Program Building, located at 302B Tyson Avenue in Paris.

The price is $10 per child at the door and $20 maximum for families with multiple children. There will be demonstrations of ambulance, fire truck, and medical helicopters. The children will learn 911 Education and CPR lessons.

There will be pictures with Doc McStuffins, a Teddy Bear Clinic, and each child who attends will receive a stethoscope and other goodies. Money raised benefits St. Jude’s Children’s hospital and donations are accepted. For more information call Jennifer Green at 508-243-9771.

Costa Bassmaster High School Bass Fishing Nat. Champ. Begins Thurs. on Ky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- Remember the Costa Bassmaster High School Bass Fishing National Championship kicks off Thursday morning at Paris Landing State Park with a launch around 5:30am and 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 are invited to the weigh-ins and launches and Henry County High School has two anglers, Gavin Gordon and Shawn Burkhart, competing this year in the National Championship.

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

Paris City Comm. to Pass Tax Rate, Budget at Thurs. Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in a special called session Thursday at 1pm to adopt the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and to pass the property tax increase of 10 cents. At their regular June meeting, commissioners discussed both items in more detail and after discussing a 15 cent property tax hike, eventually passed a 10 cent increase which takes the property tax for Paris residents to .73 cents per $100 of assessed property. Commissioners will also pass the revised Home Occupation Ordinance on first reading at the special called meeting. Thursday afternoon’s meeting is open to the public.

PLSP Showing "A Dog's Purpose" For Movies in the Park Fri.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will offer movies in the Park at dark this Friday June 23rd and the entire family and your fur babies are invited to see “A Dog’s Purpose.” Bring your lawn chairs or blankets or even watch from your car, drive-in style. Arrive early for a good seat. Popcorn, drinks, and candy will be available for purchase throughout the movie. Event goers should meet at the Conference Center Parking Lot.

Also Friday evening at Paris Landing State Park join Park Creator Gina for a Birds of Prey program at the Inn from 6-8pm while waiting for the movie to start.

Details Released in Joy St. Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department issued a press release in regards to the arrest of Jermaine Crawford from Tuesday. The press release stated that around 9pm Tuesday evening, members of the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department F.A.S.T. Team and Henry County Sheriff's Office SRT team executed a search warrant at 709 Joy St. Officers found 89 grams of high grade marijuana, 30 Alprazolam pills, and a set of digital scales. Crawford was charged with possession of schedule four, possession of schedule six with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Crystal Riter was also issued a citation for simple possession of schedule six. $185 in possible drug proceeds was also seized by officers.

Tickets Still Available for Thursday's Chamber Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their membership banquet Thursday June 22nd at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be reception from 6-6:30 followed by the program at 6:45pm.

This year’s theme is “Setting Sail on a New Adventure” and tickets are $25 or $140 for a table of 6. There will be a catered meal included and the Person of the Year and Business of the Year will be recognized. Call the Chamber at 642-3431 to reserve your seats.

Paris Police Make Drug, Warrants Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker has charged Jermaine Elvey Crawford, age 36 of 709 Joy St., with possession of schedule four with intent and possession of schedule six with intent, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Crawford was placed on $20K bond.

Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department observed Keith E. Young, age 59, of 519 Pitt St., walking down Powell St. and knew there were active warrants out of Carroll County. Lt. Ramos arrested Young without incident at booked him at the Henry County jail.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Woods Road reported an attempted break-in. The report said a shoeprint was on the back door where someone tried to kick it in, but were unsuccessful. Nothing appeared to be missing from the porch or yard area.

Covenant Ranch Hosting Youth Sportsman Camp Next Week

Buchanan, Tenn.- Covenant Ranch will host the SonRise Adventures Youth Sportsman Day Camp Monday June 26th thru Wednesday June 28th for boys and girls ages 10-14.

The camp will be 9am to 2pm each day and lunch will be provided. Cost is $100 for all 3 days or $40 per day. Activities include gun safety, marksmanship, trap shooting, 3D archery, fishing trips, survival skills, zip line, challenge course, canoeing, and much more.

For more information or to register call Covenant Ranch at 642-2099.

HC UT Extension Office Offering Canning Classes June 26-27

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office will offer Canning Class Monday and Tuesday June 26-27th from 4:30-7:30pm. Come and learn the canning process to preserve your fruits and vegetables. Space is limited and cost is $50 per person. Call the office at 642-2941 to sign up or for more information.

Maplewood Baptist Church Ice Cream Fundraiser is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Maplewood Baptist Church will hold an ice cream fundraiser for their Church Youth Camp this Saturday June 24th from Noon to 7pm at Commercial Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. The Maggie Moo Ice Cream Truck will be parked there and money raised helps benefit the Maplewood Baptist Church Youth Camp.

Brown Attends Last Meeting as PSSD Director

Board Chairman Richard Edwards gives Brown a gift from the PSSD Board. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting could be described as a changing of the guard, bittersweet, or an end of an era as the board recognized Superintendent Mike Brown who is retiring effective June 30th after serving as Director for over 10 years and in the education field for over 39 years as a teacher, coach, principal, and director.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards spoke first saying, “everyday Mr. Brown came to work, there was never any doubt he had the best interest of the students and staff in mind.” Edwards said here tonight you’ve got many friends that really appreciated the work you’ve done.

Board members spoke highly of Brown’s dedication and leadership over the years. They all told some stories of his interactions with the board, students, and staff and said his professionalism was 2nd to none and he truly cared about our students and teachers.

Brown said it was a bittersweet moment as he prepares for life away from education. He said, “its been a privilege and a pleasure, and thank you all for your support.” A large crowd enjoyed refreshments after the meeting and congratulated Brown on his retirement.

Brown to Stay in Advisory Role for 120 Days

Paris, Tenn.- Board member Bill Jelks said that Brown, at the request of the board, has agreed to stay on in an advisory role for 120 days as a transition for Dr. Norma Gerrell, especially with the construction going on at W.G. Rhea. Dr. Gerrell spoke and said, “I’m so appreciative of Mr. Brown agreeing to having this role the next 120 days and I appreciate the board for allowing this as well.

PSSD Board Hears Updates on Rhea Project

Ben Witt and Cary Henson discuss the Rhea Project. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Tuesday night, the PSSD board heard updates on the Rhea Construction project. Ben Witt, of RossWitt and Cary Henson of Henson Construction discussed the project. Witt said the furniture is on site and the building is taking shape more and more each day. Henson said the paving is supposed to begin next week and some floor tile still needs to be finished in some parts of the renovation.

Five classrooms have already been waxed and polished and all ceiling tiles and lights are in and working properly. Henson said there will be some exterior work that still needs to be started and completed. All interior and colors look great on the new addition.

Board chairman Richard Edwards thanked both men for all the work they’ve done so far and reminded the board the demolition phase of the old structure is still to come and Henson said that should begin next week and would last 20-30 days.

Brown said tentative plans are to have an open house and ribbon cutting at 5pm at the new addition at Rhea on July 18th prior to the regular scheduled July Board meeting.

Budget Amendments, Continuation Budget Approved for PSSD

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board approved budget amendments to transfer money to the appropriate funds to finish out the fiscal year. The adjustments included taking out $65K in funding due to a drop in enrollment. The figures were moved around to sure up the budget before the year ended. They also approved a continuation budget which allows the system to operate passed July 1st until they pass a complete budget later on.

Plenty of Choices at Downtown Farmer's Market

Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and more at this vendor.

Paris, Tenn.- People shuffled in and out Tuesday afternoon at the Downtown Farmer's Market and a few vendors on hand had a great selection of items for sale.

Natalie Wade, of Natalie's Kitchen had samples of her dandelion and clover jelly.

From dandelion and clover jelly, farm raised meats, homemade soaps, cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes, red and green tomatoes, beans, peppers, and more, people found plenty of what they were looking for. The Farmer's Market is a cooperation between the Downtown Paris Association, the City of Paris, and the Henry County Fair Association. The Farmer's Market is at the Market and Ruff St. corner Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 3pm. Throughout the summer and into the fall, more vendors and produce will be available. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Canine Flu Reported in Four East Tennessee Dogs

Nashville- The state veterinarian is advising dog owners to monitor their pets due to reports of canine influenza in Tennessee.

The UT College of Veterinary Medicine recently confirmed detection of canine influenza (CI) in four dogs in East Tennessee. The illness in three of the dogs is believed to have originated at a dog show in Perry, Georgia.

Canine influenza—or dog flu—is a highly contagious viral infection. It is spread among dogs via direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), and contaminated objects. People who handle infected dogs may also transmit the virus to healthy dogs.

This virus can affect cats, however there is no evidence that the strains of CI detected in the U.S. have caused illness in humans.

“At this time, reports of canine influenza have been limited to East Tennessee,” State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “But we encourage dog owners across the state to keep a close eye on their pets’ health, especially if they have co-mingled with other dogs or participated in dog shows.”

Symptoms of CI may include a persistent cough, discharge from the nose or eyes, sneezing, lethargy, loss of appetite and/or fever. Nearly all dogs exposed to CI become infected. Although it will result in a mild illness in most dogs, in some cases it can lead to pneumonia and even death, particularly for puppies, elderly dogs and dogs with pre-existing health conditions. If you suspect your dog may be ill, contact your veterinarian immediately.

There is a vaccine for the H3N2 strain of CI. Ask your veterinarian if the vaccine would benefit your dog.

The state veterinarian offers these tips:

  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all appropriate vaccinations.
  • Wash your hands after contact with any dogs.
  • Avoid co-mingling dogs.
  • Do not share equipment or toys between dogs.
  • Immediately isolate any dog that shows signs of illness and contact your veterinarian.

The Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab provides low-cost animal testing and diagnostic services to promote animal health within the state of Tennessee.

Warrants Issued After Order of Protection Violated

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for violation of order of protection on Terry L. Duncan, age 43, of 421 Melissa drive after he violated the order according to a report at the Paris Police Department.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated an off brand four wheeler and tools from a tractor shed were stolen from an Andrews Road residence over the weekend. Investigation is continuing with no suspects at this time.

Arrests include Mike D. Edwards, age 45, of 75 Routon Truck Stop Road, for driving on revoked license and Christopher Michael Evans, age 35, of 305 S. Highland, for violation of probation, simple possession of schedule 2 and simple possession of schedule 6.

City of Paris Addresses Reason for Signalization Change

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris issued a press release concerning the Signalization Change to the traffic light at the Porter and Wood Street intersection. The City recently changed it from a traffic light to a flashing light.

The press release stated the City’s lights that were all installed downtown and in the surrounding area were looped together, but since that time these traffic lights have become obsolete. Due to the fact they are all connected, all lights must be replaced at the same time. To replace all the lights, would have been a costly project and one the City must plan for over a period of time.

The press release continued that in the short term, they made a tough decision to remove one or more lights to use as parts to keep the downtown system working as necessary. The City said this is not an ideal situation and not an easy decision.

The City is now in the process of changing the timing on the traffic light at Irvine and Wood Streets to help alleviate the issues and delays experienced when attempting to access Wood Street.

County Comm. Receives 2017-18 Budget

Will Reconvene June 29th to Approve

County Commissioners look over the proposed budget for 2017-18. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday evening and received the budget and the budget committee’s recommendation on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year with a proposed 3 cent property tax increase.

The budget committee looked at the budget in detail last week and approved it with the proposed 3 cent tax hike which would take the property tax from $2.06 to $2.09. The three cents would be devoted entirely to the County’s General Fund. As he told budget committee members last night, County Mayor Brent Greer said, “our other departments seem to be in pretty good shape, it’s the General Fund that needs the extra revenue this time.”

Mayor Greer went over some highlights of the budget just as he did with the budget committee last Monday night. He said on a $100K assessed property this 3 cent tax increase would be an increase of $7.51 per year for taxpayers.

The $2.09 property tax rate breaks down to 54.6 cents to the General Fund, 24.4 cents for the Highway Fund, 78.7 cents for the General Purpose School fund, 4.2 cents for debt service, and 6.5 cents for Solid Waste. The budget does include a 2% COLA for employees.

Mayor Greer said the budget would be published in the newspaper on Tuesday, so after ten days, the commission could reconvene and pass the budget. The Commission agreed to recess Monday’s meeting and reconvene on Thursday June 29th at 7pm to approve the budget and property tax rate, it is possible they could propose changes to it at that time, or pass as presented with a 3 cent tax hike.

The budget included funding to the non-profit organizations in the county at $95,185 with over $31K going to County Volunteer Fire Departments, $10K to the Heritage Center, $5K to the Rescue Squad, and over $5200 to the Henry County Fair Association and HC Youth Baseball association. That amount is an increase of $1,185 over last year’s non-profit funding. Mayor Greer said Plus Endowment did make their first request to the Non-profit committee for funding this year, but as standard rule, first year requests are not considered, but it puts Plus Endowment in-line to be considered for some non-profit funds from the County next year.

In other business Monday evening, the commission approved budget transfers as approved by the County Budget Committee last week, and approved a resolution to repeal and replace the County’s public records policy, adopting the Office of Open records Council’s model policy.

E911 Board Approves 2017-18 Budget

E911 board discusses the budget Mon. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met Monday evening and approved the 2017-2018 budget and Director Mark Archer discussed what Board Chairman John Etheridge called a flat revenue budget as Archer said he doesn’t count in any extra monies from the state until he actually gets those types of funds as to not use them for the regular budget. The budget includes a 2.5% Cost of Living Adjustment for the employees.

The budget includes purchase of a new CAD system with the City purchasing the system and thru an interlocal agreement, 911 will pay the City back. Archer said it’s a win-win as the City counts it as depreciation, and 911 keeps it of their books.

The budget points to finishing in the red due to large capital purchases, but Archer said we knew this was coming. He said, “this is like a one time pop and with our depreciation improving we should be back in the black the next year with newer equipment and we can start saving money for the next big expenditure.”

Chairman John Etheridge said, “we’ve never been in debt and are not debt this year, because we’ve handled things on a cash basis, but the next two to three years should let us see more positive cash flows and replenish our reserves.”

In the new budget are some capital purchases including a Zetron Max 911 Controller Equipment System for over $96K.  Archer said, Zetron controllers point to the Paris Police Department and HCSO, this upgrade will help point all recordings to the PPD and save in maintenance cost of $50K. He said if 911 was to go down we can still reroute things to other places.

Other capital purchases included a new 911 vehicle for $30K. Other items in the budget include a projector system worth nearly $20K, and an electric door system for $6500.

E911 Board Approves Electronic Attendance to Meetings

Paris, Tenn.- Board Attorney Chip McLean discussed the bill passed by the State Legislature which allows board members to attend the meeting via electronic means by phone, video calls, skype, etc. as long as the local board approves. McLean suggested the board approve the measure to allow board members to attend electronically. The law says the person participating electronically can legal vote and is part of a desired quorum. The board approved the measure allowing electronic participation.

HCMC Declares June as Men's Health Awareness Month


Henry County Medical Center administrator Tom Gee, Derrek M. Griffth, PhD, Vice Mayor Gayle Griffth and Mike Leventhal, Executive Director of TN Men’s Health Network. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Derrek M. Griffth PhD,  from the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University, and Mike Leventhal, Executive Director of TN Men’s Health Network, held a conference about the 2017 Tennessee Men’s Health Report and the importance of men’s health on Monday. Also Vice Mayor Griffth presented a proclamation claiming June as Men’s Health Awareness Month in Henry County, which is in conjunction with June being National Men’s Health Awareness Month.

Dr. Griffth said,” Men will not get out of their own way in order to take care of their health. We always see men as doing the masculine thing, but when it comes to their health men don’t take the time to take preventative measures in being healthy.”

The Men’s Health Report Card is used to see how environment and lifestyles can change across the state when it comes to men’s health and it also determines what each regions needs to focus on in men’s health.


Derrek M. Griffth, PhD, speaking about the 2017 Men's Health Report Card. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The report card is done every four years and the report card showed that men have the highest mortality rate. In West Tennessee the leading cause of death in men 18-34 is alarming with assault (homicide) being the top cause of death and this is the highest among the state, while in Middle and East Tennessee the leading cause of death 18-34  is suicide and accidents not caused by motor vehicles.

On a good note, smoking among men has decreased from 27.2% in 2012 to 22.8% in 2015, but the use of smokeless tobacco in men has increased from 9.2% in 2012 to 11% in 2015. Also the top causes of death of men in Tennessee ages 35 and older is heart disease and cancer, while the leading causes of death in men age 18-34 are caused by suicide and accidents not caused by motor vehicles.

What men can do to improve their health is to take preventative measures and see their doctor regularly, reduce tobacco and alcohol use, reduce sedentary time and increase physical activity.

The 2017 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Overview was presented by Derrek M. Griffth PhD, Jennifer A. Hartfield PhD, MPH,MCHES, and Bobby R. Wells, MPH from the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University.

At noon on Monday, June 19th there will be a Lunch to learn on Men’s Health Movement and Prostate Cancer presented by Mike Leventhal, Executive Director, TN Men’s Health Network in HCMC Classrooms 2 and 3. And from now till 2pm there will be free PSA Screenings by appointment only in the HCMC Classroom 1.

Warrants Issued After McKenzie Man Evades Police

Paris, Tenn.- ep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hwy. 77 and 3 Bridges Road to assist Carroll County who was in pursuit of a crotch rocket motorcycle. According to the report, Dep. Watson observed a male in a black t-shirt standing near a garage on a residence on Hwy. 77 and pulled back into the driveway. The man had disappeared but Carroll County informed the suspect they were looking for was Joseph M. Joyner, age 37, of McKenzie.

Dep. Watson found a Yeti Cup with 78g of crystal meth inside laying near a motorcycle that was parked in the driveway. The homeowner, who was a cousin of the suspect, gave authorities permission to search the home but Joyner could not be found. Warrants will be issued for his arrest.

In another report, a home on Swor Road was burglarized with three DVDs, and a safe stolen. The safe had several prescription medications inside. There are no suspects at this time. Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a 50 inch flat screen TV and an automobile battery charger was stolen from a home on Hwy. 69S over the weekend. There are no suspects in this theft either.

W.G. Rhea Library's Summer Reading Schedule This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library continues its “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program this week with events Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday from 2-4pm its Giant Jenga in the Teen Room and Animal Tales at 6pm. Tuesday at 6pm, come by and building a family reading fort and enjoy snacks and reading fun. On Wednesday at 10am there will be a Recycling Magic Show, then at 1pm it’s Wacky Wednesday with various events going on during the afternoon. Call the library at 642-1702 for more information on this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Palestine Methodist Church Holding VBS This Week

Paris, Tenn.- Palestine United Methodist Church will hold Cokesbury’s Hero Central Vacation Bible School, Discover Your Strength in God, from June 21-24. All ages are invited and there will be an adult group as well. The church will offer free transportation to those who need it during VBS. The event will run each evening 6-8pm except Saturday June 24th it will be 2:30-5pm with a cookout at 5pm. For more information go online at www.cokesburyvbs.com/palestineherocentral.

Paris Man Arrested for Violation of Sex Offender Registry

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Sgt. David Powell arrested Ryan Satterfield, age 20 of Hwy 140 West of Paris, on Saturday for three counts of violation of the sex offender registry. Satterfield was placed on $10,000 bond.

Camden Man Arrested for Possession and Indecent Exposure

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Jeff Smith arrested Bobby Kelley, age 36 of Hwy 641 South of Camden, on Saturday for simple possession of a schedule II substance and indecent exposure. Kelley was placed on $2,500 bond.

Two Arrested on Theft Charges Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. David Powell arrested Andre Tharpe, age 31 of Cooper Street of Paris, on Sunday for theft of merchandise. Tharpe was placed on $1,000 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Matthew Allen, age 41 of Railroad Avenue of Mansfield, on Friday for two counts of theft of property. Allen was placed on a total of $3,500 bond.

Rhea Library's Family Fort Night is Tues. June 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding Family Fort Night tomorrow at 6pm. Participants should arrive at the library no later than 6:15pm at which time the doors will be locked.

Participants should bring 2 or 3 light weight blankets, a flashlight and you can bring a pillow, but you don’t have to. So jump in your pj's and head on over to Rhea Library for the Family Fort Night on Tuesday. For more information call 642-1702 or just visit the W.G. Rhea Public Library’s website.

Robert Chaney Located and Reunited With His Family

Paris, Tenn.- Robert Chaney, age 15, of 1131 Osage-Rushing Road has been located and he was returned to his family late on Saturday night, after he left his home on Saturday morning after becoming agitated.

Deputy Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco were able to track Chaney a few times. Eventually family members spotted Chaney, but he ran off and Sgt. Fuqua was able to find Chaney and take him safely home.

A thanks goes out to all of those who assisted in the safe return of Chaney.

Police Looking for Springville Man Wanted on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Police are looking for Corey Morgan, age 25 of Howells Resort of Springville, who is wanted on warrants for driving on a revoked license, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins was on routine patrol on Thursday when he saw Morgan driving around town. Cpl. Jenkins  had prior knowledge that Morgan had felony warrants on him.  Cpl. Jenkins turned around to stop the vehicle, but Morgan speed away. Morgan then turned onto Peppers Drive when he lost control of his car and it turned sideways causing Cpl. Jenkins vehicle to strike Morgan’s.

Chief Paschall of the Metro Crime Unit tried to cut Morgan off, but he was unsuccessful. Police had to discontinue the pursuit due to the reckless driving of Morgan. Police are still looking for Morgan.

Swor Families Reunion is Thurs. June 22nd Through Sun. June 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The National Association of Swor families will be holding their 42nd Annual Reunion in Paris on Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th.

Hosts of the Swor Families Reunion are David and Jacque Jackson and Tommy and Jan Swor who want to invite all of the Swor Kin in Henry and the surrounding area to come and enjoy all of the activities.

On Thursday, June 22nd they will have an ice cream social at the Nazarene Church on the 218 bypass. Other events include  a caravan to LBL Old Homeplace and the Dover Museum. More information can be found on the National Association of Swor Families Facebook page or you can call them at 731-336-8744.

Hazel Man Arrested for Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy David Andrews arrested Terry Stubblefield, age 52 of Osbourne Road of Hazel, on Friday for aggravated assault and domestic assault. Stubblefield was placed on $10,000 bond.

Great Pretenders Show is Sat. June 24th

Paris, Tenn.- The Great Pretenders Show sponsored by Barrs Chapel Church Women of Faith will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 6pm at the Henry County
High School in the Little Theater. Admission to the show is $5.

Nearly 200 People Attended the Buchanan School Reunion


Gary Mason at the Buchanan School Reunion. (David Jackson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Nearly two hundred graduates and family members attended the Buchanan School reunion Saturday at the Paris convention center. Gary Mason professional guide and attendee reads an article he had written about the school and community of Buchanan. Mason was one of several members who attended Buchanan in the late 60's before consolidation and then graduated from Henry County High School.

Police are Searching for Missing 15yr. Old Robert Chaney

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Forrest Kemp responded to 1131 Osage Rushing Road to a call about a missing teen. Robert Chaney, age 15 of 1131 Osage Road of Paris, was last seen at 9am on Saturday morning on June 17th. 

Robert is a 15yr. old white male, 5’1” 115lbs with brown hair, hazel eyes and a small build. Robert was last seen in a yellow/orange shirt, gray sweatpants with an orange stripe and camouflage crocs.

At around 9:40am on Saturday, June 17th,   Robert Chaney’s mother noticed that Robert was missing. Family members and neighbors did drive around to try and locate Robert but they were unsuccessful. At 10:11am, Sgt. Powell, Lt. Perry and Deputy Andrews responded to the scene and Sheriff Monte Belew was also notified at that time.

Sgt. Fuque and K9 Cisco responded to the scene and Cisco did track from the house North to HWY. 60. The trail then stopped around the intersection of 69N. and Birds Creek Road.

Police believe Robert may have possibly gotten a ride. Officers did continue the search but Robert was not located. If you have any information on Robert Chaney please notify the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 or local police immediately.

Supporting Our Troops at BBQ for the Troops


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, Ladies Auxiliary Post 89, Sons of the American Legion Post 89, and the “Home Team” sponsored their Annual BBQ for our Troops on 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. The cost is $22 each for ribs or butts.

They cooked 36 ribs, 24 butts and 70 chickens to help raise money to purchase and ship 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.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The American Legion Post 89 is asking for people in the community to send in names and addresses of deployed service men and women so that they can send boxes to soldiers who are from our community. If you want the American Legion Post 89 to send a care package to a soldier you know then you can call them at 644-1922 or you can stop by the American Legion Post 89 at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.

They send two boxes per soldier, one for toiletries and one for snacks, but the boxes include various items that are donated to them. The most popular and helpful items that soldiers receive in the care packages are Gold Bond Powder, sanitation wipes, brown boot laces and eye glass repair kits.

Without the community's support and donations the American Legion Post 89 would not be able to send so many soldiers a touch of home when they are serving in our armed forces overseas.

Kuttawa Cannonball Run Stops by Breakers Marina


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Breakers Marina, located on Kentucky Lake, was the stop for the Annual Kuttawa Cannonball Run on 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.

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.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

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.com.

Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Christopher Crosser, age 23 of Powell Street of Paris, on Thursday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, two counts of possession of a schedule IV substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Crosser was placed on $125,000 bond.

Two Paris Men Cited on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- In a report from the Paris Police Department, Investigator Whitaker cited James Henderson, age 62 of Porter Switch Road of Paris, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule IV and VI substance. Also cited was Theodore Schaefer, age 55 of Jackson Drive of Paris, on for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Members of the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department (F.A.S.T. team), the Henry County Sheriff’s Office (SRT team) and the Puryear Police Department served a search warrant at a home on Porter Switch Road in Paris on Thursday. Officers found marijuana, a glass pipe and several other drug paraphernalia items. Both men were then cited in the incident.

Lee Academy 2D Art Camp is June 19th Through June 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will be holding a 2D Art Camp with Brook Ray on Monday, June 19th through Friday June 23rd from 9am to 12pm.

The class costs $100 per child and includes all art materials and the summer series t-shirt. In the 2D Art Camp kids will learn drawing, painting, collage work, and more. They will also learn about several different elements of art, famous artists who used that technique, and practice the skills they learn. Children also must have completed kindergarten by June 1st, 2017 to attend the class.

The 2D Art Camp ceremony for parents and loved ones to view the artwork will be held on Friday, June 23rd at 12pm. For any questions regarding the class please email leeacademyartcamp@gmail.com.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault After Shotgun Incident

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Javaro McNeil, age 30 of Harrison Street of Paris, on Thursday for aggravated assault.

When Lt. Ramos arrived at the scene he observed McNeil running with a shotgun in his hand stating he would kill the other man he was chasing. Lt. Ramos ordered McNeil to drop the weapon and McNeil eventually complied with police. McNeil was then arrested and placed on $10,000 bond.

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.

Costa Bassmaster HS Fishing Championship On Ky Lake This 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.

 

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