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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Summer in Park Concert Series at PLSP to Feature Michael Holden Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park’s Summer in the Park Concert Series will continue on Saturday June 30th from 7-9pm at the amphitheater. The concert is free and the music of Michael Holden will entertain. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy while overlooking Kentucky Lake.

4000 Without Power as Another Round of Storms Pounds Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Another round of storms hit Paris and Henry County after 9pm Thursday night. Small hail, rain, lightning, and wind gusts reported earlier in squall line upwards of 70 mph blew down tree limbs all over the city and county. Tree limbs have been reported down in several areas again as well.

At the height of the storm, Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations at BPU, said around 4000 BPU customers were without power and crews had been out since the first round of storms went thru just before lunchtime Thursday. Crews are working diliegently to restore the power.

HCMC Planning 65th Anniversary Events for Sept.

HCMC Board of Trustees discuss business Thurs. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees held their June meeting Thursday night and CEO Lisa Casteel informed the board they are planning events for late September to celebrate HCMC’s 65th anniversary and the Healthcare Center’s 55th anniversary. The celebration will include a historical display at the Heritage Center, an event introducing new physicians to the community, as well as other events planned for the week.

The medical center has completed the contract affiliation amendment with St. Thomas, extending the Cardiology services. The medical center is now completing a work plan that includes an equipment assessment, training, and marketing plan.

The board learned major facilities projects at HCMC are coming to a close as the roof, HAC 7, and lighting projects are nearly finished or finished. The next set of projects that will be worked on include the Medical Arts Building and equipment assessment with the Cardiology program.

Casteel also addressed a letter written to her and in the paper to the editor in which the questions of growing the infrastructure and future plans of expansions was the topic.  Casteel explained the medical center does plan to address signage and beautification of the area facing Tyson Avenue. There are plans to maintain the Medical Arts Building, but those are the only current facilities building or expansion plans.

In regulatory news, Casteel said a bill passed should help Veterans find health care closer to home. The bill ends the arbitrary 30 day, 40 mile rule that prevented Vets from seeking medical care outside the VA. The bill provides $5.2B for the Veterans Choice Fund.

Legislation was also passed by the General Assembly to enhance and improve notice to patients regarding the potential for out-of-network services by physicians or from facilities. The law becomes effective July 1 and applies to commercial insurance assignment of benefits. The requirements include several public notices for categories such as facility based physicians, out-of-network facilities, inpatient admissions, scheduled procedures, and transfers to other facilities.

HCMC BOT Hears Annual Compliance Report

Paris, Tenn.- Judy Farris gave the annual compliance report Thursday night. She said over 1/5 of the Federal Budget is spent on programs concerning health care fraud. There are over 100M beneficiaries, covering 1 in 4 Americans. Farris said the DOJ helps to bring those who commit fraud to justice. She said for every $1 spent on investigation and enforcement activities, there is a return of $7 to $14 from repayments, assessed fines, and penalties.

Farris said she talks to new hires and tries to set a culture of compliance and hold each other accountable to help keep fraud down. She said we can never truly factor out human error, but we can try to always stay current and competent to decrease our errors.

The board approved capital requests for just over $100K at Thursday’s night’s meeting. The requests included new oscillating saws for the surgery center, technology upgrades, and a standalone freezer for Paris Pediatrics.

The board also kept Dr. Scott Whitby as its chairman and Troy Buttery was named as Vice Chairman.

Torrential Rains, Small Hail, Winds Batter Paris Thurs.

Tree brought down on Elkhorn Road.

Paris, Tenn.- A late morning thunderstorm came thru just before noon Thursday in Henry County and dropped torrential downpours causing some streets to pond up, hail was reported across many areas, and limbs and trees were downed as well.

About 2500 BPU customers were without power as of just after Noon and Cole Edwards, Director Electric Operations said the outages were widespread and scattered across the system. By about 20 minutes after Noon, that number of outages had dropped to only about 300. (Kay Houston photo)

TDOT Halting Construction Ahead of July 4th Holiday Travel

Nashville- Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29th through 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 5th to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.  

"Over 831,000 motorists are expected to travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “To help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays, we are suspending lane closures during this holiday travel time.”  

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.  

AAA projects a record breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Independence Day weekend, a 5% increase from last year. More than 927,000 Tennesseans will travel during the holiday, with over 831,000 driving to their destinations.  

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

HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop to Open on Weekends

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that beginning in July, the Pink Petal Gift Shop will be open on weekends. This change has been made to meet the needs of patients, families and visitors outside of normal weekday business hours.

Hours of operation for the Pink Petal Gift Shop will be as follows:  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“We have had many requests for the gift shop to be open on weekends,” Said Joyce Spinn, HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary President and Gift Shop Manager.  “Patients’ family members and nurses have expressed the need and we are happy and excited to be able to meet that need.”

There will be a Grand Opening Clearance Sale July 6-8, 2018 to celebrate the new hours.

The Pink Petal Gift Shop offers a variety of unique, hand-picked merchandise, gifts and personal items including baby gifts; home décor; children’s books and magazines for all ages; greeting cards; clothing; and jewelry. Orders can be taken over the phone and a gift shop employee will deliver the gift within the hospital, free of charge.

Ran and managed solely by volunteers of the HCMC Auxiliary, all funds raised through the Pink Petal Gift Shop go to purchase non-budgeted items requested by HCMC.  Resources also go to give scholarships to graduating seniors in Henry County or other applicants entering the medical or healthcare field.

HCMC Auxiliary volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to the community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings providing an extra dimension of care to our patients and families.  Volunteers are a vital part of HCMC with more than 50 volunteers currently serving across the organization.

The Pink Petal Gift Shop is located on the main floor of the hospital just past registration. If you would like more information or if you would like assistance selecting and ordering a gift, contact the Gift Shop at 731-644-8351.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities at HCMC, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Hailey Harrison, at 731-644-8267. 

Heritage Center to Honor Gerry and Randy Scholes Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will honor Gerry and Randy Scholes this Saturday June 30th beginning at 6:30pm with dinner at 7pm. The Scholes retired and returned to Paris and have restored, renovated, rejuvenated, and created a way forward through their designing efforts and by examples. The Heritage Center will remember and celebrate their contributions before they move away from the area. Tickets are $25 per person, RSVP in advance by email at director@phchc.com or call 642-1030.

Library's Summer Reading Program Continues with Movies Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continues this week with Friday being the last day to register for the program. At 10am Friday the Family Movie Moana will be shown and at 4pm a movie fit for teens, School of Rock will be shown. For more information call or visit the library.

New State Laws Go Into Effect Sunday July 1st

Nashville- Sunday is the start of a new month, being July 1st, the start of a new fiscal year for most government entities, and when 150 plus new public chapters, or state laws go into effect as passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in the past year. Here are a few of the highlights.

House Bill 1939, as enacted, allows county commissioner in the actual discharge of the commissioner’s duties who has a valid handgun carry permit to carry in buildings in which county commission meetings are held, but not in rooms in which judicial proceedings are in progress.

House Bill 2039, as enacted, requires bounty hunters to wear clothing that clearly identifies the person as a bounty hunter and prominently displays the words “bounty hunter” any time a bounty hunter is engaged in the functions of bounty hunting.

Senate Bill 1152, as enacted, designates the week of September 17th as “Celebrate Freedom Week” in public schools and requires the department of education to provide local education associations with grade appropriate internet resources and materials for instruction for use during the week.

House Bill 1683, as enacted, broadens the definitions of “all-terrain vehicle” and Class 1 off highway vehicle to include vehicles less than 2500 pounds instead of less than 1500 pounds.

Senate Bill 1914, as enacted, requires designation of free-use areas where residents may remove downed and dead timber from state forests for their personal use under certain circumstances.

Senate Bill, 1062, as enacted, imposes certain requirements on the operation of jet boats that carry passengers for hire.  

House Bill 0521, as enacted, requires all public high schools to place automated external defibrillators, or AEDs in schools and encourages public middle and elementary schools and private schools to place AEDs in schools as well.

Senate Bill 2662, as enacted, provides that any voluntary association that establishes and enforces bylaws or rules for interscholastic sports competitions for secondary schools in this state is subject to annual audit by the comptroller of the treasury.

Senate Bill 2359, as enacted, authorizes county or district health departments to operate a needle and hypodermic syringe exchange program on petition of the county legislative body and approval by department of health.

TN Valley Bass Club To Meet Thurs. 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley High Bass Club will hold a meeting Thursday June 28th at 6pm at the Paris Civic Center. They will discuss rules, schedules, what's expected and what you need to sign up. This is for current members and those wanting to join. Plan on attending if you would like to be part of our team. Also anyone interested in being a captain should also attend.

New Business Growth Continues Across Tennessee

Nashville- The number of new businesses grew more than 10 percent during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time last year, according to a new report released by the Secretary of State's office.

There were 11,480 new entity filings in the first quarter of 2018, representing a 10.7 percent increase compared to the same time the year before. Initial filings have now had positive year-over-year growth for 26 consecutive quarters. Domestic limited liability corporations (LLCs), which were up 13.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017, account for nearly two-thirds of all new entity filings.

“Quarter after quarter we continue to see the positive effects of having a business-friendly state,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Businesses big and small are choosing our great state because of the welcoming policies we have in place.”

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is created to provide a periodic snapshot of the state’s economy based on a variety of information, including new business data from the Division of Business Services.

As of April 1, 2018, there were 273,437 active entities in Tennessee representing a 5.5 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

Among the state’s four largest counties, Davidson County has the largest initial filings year-over-year growth at 13.7 percent. Shelby County came in second at 8.5 percent with Knox County trailing just behind at 8.3 percent. Hamilton County saw a 3.3 percent increase. The four counties account for 6,618 new entity filings during the first quarter of 2018, which is a 9.8 percent increase compared to the same time in 2017.

In April, the state’s tax revenues for the current fiscal year were up 3.8 percent overall. The national economy is showing mixed, but positive signs with solid gains in employment and housing.

Blues Landing Damaged in Early Morning Fire

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department responded to smoke coming from the area of 130 Tate Drive in Buchanan after a Sheriff’s Deputy reported smoke in the area around 2am Wednesday morning. Units arrived to find that the rear of Blues Landing Restaurant was on fire, including a storage building and vehicle parked near the building.

Owner Mark Burg said he had come home and everything was ok around 11:30pm and he was awakened by the Deputy to find the restaurant on fire. The fire was extinguished but the building suffered heavy fire, smoke, and water damage estimated at around $50K. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. Paris Landing units were on scene for 3 hours with 6 trucks and 12 personnel. Mutual aid was received from Paris Fire who sent 1 truck and 2 personnel and Puryear Fire with 1 truck and 3 personnel. (Reggie Coles photos)

PFD Testing Fire Hydrants, Urge Citizens to Check Water Flow

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department continues its annual testing and flowing of fire hydrants and reminds citizens to take a moment and let their water run before doing laundry, drinking, or cooking with water as the results of the flowing of hydrants can sometimes cause a muddy or “rusty” color for the first few seconds of flowing.

Not everyone will experience this, however it is a good rule just to turn it on and let the water flow for a few seconds before using it. The Fire Department is a few weeks away from completion of testing. If you continue to experience prolonged discoloration of your water, or have other issues or concerns call the Paris Fire Department at 642-1413.  

Storms, Winds Knock off Power Briefly to over 500 BPU Customers

Paris, Tenn.- Rain, spectacular lighting, and heavy winds hit Henry County Tuesday night causing tree limbs to fall and downing some power lines. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations with the Board of Public Utilities said at one point during the storm over 500 BPU customers were without power and as of about 10pm Tuesday that number was down to around 230. There were no major issues or areas hit hard, just scattered smaller outages. Extra crews have been called in and will monitor the weather throughout the evening on Tuesday.

Local Youth Excel at Scholastic Clay Target State Championships

Nashville- Henry County and Carroll County Youth excelled in the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships held in Nashville last week and winners will be moving on to compete for Nationals in Ohio in July. The youth and their supporters put up with extreme heat and pop up thunderstorms to showcase their skill and passion for the shooting sports.

Over 1400 youngsters competed in the athletes from middle school to college age. Here are some of the highlights from local competitors.

Dalton Dodd, of the Henry County No Fly Zone Team had the highest individual score as a rookie intermediate Grand Champion in Skeet Shooting.

McKenzie Shooting Sports of Weakley County finished 2nd in the Intermediate Entry Level Team Skeet competition. Henry County No Fly Zone finished 2nd in the Intermediate Advanced Team Skeet and 2nd in the JV Team Skeet. Henry County No Fly Zone also finished 1st in the Varsity Team Skeet.

In the Sporting Clays Competition, McKenzie Shooting Sports came in 2nd in the Intermediate Entry Level Team; Henry County No Fly Zone finished 1st in Intermediate Advanced Team.

The Henry County No Fly Zone Team won 1st place in Rookie Trap Shooting and Intermediate Advanced Team Shooting for Trap.

In combined highest overall scoring, Dalton Dodd, for Henry County placed 1st on Intermediate Entry Level and Advanced Individual, and Henry County No Fly Zone and the McKenzie Shooting Sports teams finished 1st and 2nd respectively in overall Entry level and Advanced Team.

HC Democratic Party Revitalizes Itself

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Party has announced it is excited to be experiencing a year of renewed growth and progressive changes in 2018. Revitalization plans for the local party include new headquarters and officers, a change in monthly meeting day to the 2nd Tuesday of the month, contacts with the Democratic Party outreach and marketing teams in Nashville, updated Facebook page, and much more aimed at encouraging and supporting local residents to get involved and make a difference.

This all comes from a press release from the party’s media contact Sara Simonis. The meeting reorganized itself on June 7th and newly elected officers are Chair River Byrd, Vice Chair Ronnie Herman, Secretary Carole Walsh, and Treasuer Mark Duncan.

The party will hold their next meeting on Tuesday July 10th at 6pm at the Greystone in Paris. Dr. John Boatner, candidate for U.S. Congress District 8 will be in attendance as guest speaker as will Rascoe Dean, Karl Dean’s on and Nashville attorney. Karl Dean is running for Governor this fall.

The party can be found on Facebook under Henry County TN Democrats and contacted thru email at henrycountydp@gmail.com or called at 363-8812, or visited at 301 W. Washington St.

Hot Night for June Cruise-In

Paris, Tenn.- It was hot and humid, but the rain held off Tuesday for the June DPA Cruise-In. There was a good crowd and several folks drove their classic cars on the court square for the evening. Olivia Faye and Dirty Don Rachford performed music on the square, Perry's BBQ sold BBQ sandwiches. The next Cruise-in is scheduled for July 10th, which is the May Cruise-In that has been postponed a couple of times because of rain. (Gary Benton photos)

IDB Approves PILOT for Revel

Paris, Tenn.- Just as the County Commission did last week, the Paris Henry County Industrial Development Board approved a Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILOT agreement for Revel Enterprises at a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon. CEO of the Industrial Committee David Hamilton said the agreement is for 15 years for the the occupation of the spec building in the industrial park, with tax abatement and 7 years on equipment. Revel plans to add 65 or more jobs over a 5 year period. There are specifics in the agreement that allow the agreement to become null should Revel not add jobs. The City Commisssion will approve the same type of agreement at their July meeting next week.

HCSO Investigating Prowler Shooting

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday evening, Officers responded to a call at 285 Shell Academy Road. The resident of that address called the Sheriff’s Office stating that there were prowlers on his property and he believed that he had shot one of them.

The resident advised that he had initially seen the prowlers and when he located them at the rear of his property, a black male, approximately 6 foot tall did appear to have a handgun and was aiming it in the resident’s direction. The resident of the address fired a shot at the black male, believing to have hit him. The prowlers then fled the area.

They are described as a black male, 6 foot tall in his 30’s, wearing jeans and a black hoodie and a white male with tattoos on his neck, also in his 30’s who was wearing a t-shirt and jeans.

Officers did locate a very small amount of blood on the property. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office tracking dog, Adora, was deployed in attempt to track the suspects and a drone was used to assist as well. Neither suspect was located.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or contact the Henry County Crime Tip Hotline at 642-0929.

BPU Board Approves Budgets, Hears Updates on Office Renovations

BPU board members look over financials Tues. morning. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met Tuesday morning and approved the budgets for the upcoming 2019 Fiscal year. General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley had went over the budgets in greater detail at the May meeting and highlighted them again Tuesday morning.

The Electric Department budget includes $903K positive net income projections and $863K planned capital expenses, $200K of that for materials to do work on the transmission line project on Hwy. 140.

The Water Department budget includes a $310K net income and backing way down on capital projects. Wimberley said they will continue to watch the decline of water consumption this next fiscal year as well.

The Wastewater Department budget showed projected $210K net income and included $14M in capital projects to continue to work on the consent order from TDEC to fix issues at the treatment plant and in the collection system.

Wimberley reported to the board in other business that the BPU office renovation is moving along nicely is on target to be complete by November. He discussed a meeting held in Murray last week with property owners regarding the TVA transmission line from Murray to the delivery point and how it went well. The go live with that project is set for 2021.

At the beginning of the meeting, the board ratified the action of the City Commission and approved David Flowers to serve on the BPU board. They also kept all the officers the same.

City Hall Hosts June Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- After being completely renovated for the first time in its 60 plus year history, Paris City Hall hosted June's Chamber Coffee Tuesday morning. (David Jackson photo)

Local Team Competes in Martin Tourney

Martin, Tenn.- The Henry County 10U All Stars competed in a tournament in Martin over the weekend. Players front row: Kenzie Nance, Aubrey Fortner, Piper Miles, Emily Puckett, Irelynn Beecham, Eva Lemonds, Kierra Foust. Back row: Aubrey Chambers, Kyleah Miller, Lauren Chandler, Elle Sanders and Dakota Brandon. Coaches Kelly Puckett and Ricco Cook.

Paris Police Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department took a report of three tires being stolen from a 317 Thompson St. Apt. B. the value of the tires is around $160 and there are no suspects.

Another report from the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Alexis Lancaster investigated theft from a vehicle on Harrison Lane. Someone broke into the vehicle and stole a taser valued at $50 and a $20 bill. The victim did give officers a possible suspect.

HCHD to Close Hayes Store Road Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hayes Store Road west of Hwy. 69 North on Wednesday June 27th for culvert replacement, weather permitting. The closure will be between Cold Corner Road and Wiggins Road. The two roads may be used as an alternate route to bypass the job site. Hayes Store Road will be open by late afternoon traffic.  

MSU To Offer Master's Degree in Public Relations This Fall

Paducah, Ky.- Murray State University will offer a master’s degree in public relations beginning in October 2018. Faculty from Murray State’s journalism and mass communications department and the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business will present the courses over an 18-month period at the University’s regional campus in Paducah.

“This inaugural program will refresh seasoned public relations professionals and provide an edge for those who have just found themselves in a public relations or communications job,” said Dr. Bellarmine Ezumah, program director. “We are proud of the experience and scholarship our faculty will bring to the area in social media, analytics and communication strategy.”

Students will attend “hybrid” classes with each class held for five weekends. Three weekends will feature face-to-face meetings on the Paducah campus and two weekends will be set aside for online instruction and the completion of projects and written work. Students will graduate together in 18 months.

“The program is especially tailored to meet the needs of individuals who are interested in gaining an advanced degree in public relations within an accelerated time frame,” said Dr. Debbie Owens, interim chair of journalism and mass communications.

The program’s schedule and content is intended to help working professionals attain the credentials they require to advance their careers without leaving a job for two or more years of traditional study.

“Paducah is a perfect choice for this first accelerated program because of all of the television and radio professionals in the area — not to mention public relations professionals in all Paducah-area hospitals, businesses of varying sizes and many more entities,” said Dr. Joy Humphreys, assistant dean for the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.

It is not necessary for a student to have an undergraduate degree in public relations, journalism or mass media in order to be enrolled, according to Ezumah. The first class will be an introduction to media history and culture that will help orient students who have not studied public relations or media before in addition to bringing media professionals up to date in the latest theory and practice.

Information about the new program is available from Ezumah at bezumah@murraystate.edu or the MSU-Paducah Regional Campus at 270-442-4753, murraystate.edu/masterspr or murraystate.edu/paducah.

DPA June Cruise-In Scheduled for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s June Cruise-In will be held Tuesday June 26th, weather permitting, from 5:30-7pm on the Court Square. Entertainment will be Olivia Fay and Dirty Don Rachford. Perry’s BBQ will sell BBQ sandwiches and prizes for classic car owners will be given away every 15-20 minutes. The event is sponsored by Blues Landing.

New Charges Added to Ferguson

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's office said Charity Leigh Ferguson, 26, of 103 Hidden Acres, had charges of aggravated cruelty to animals added to the fire in which was was charged for Arson that occurred on January 30th on Hwy. 79 S. The investigation revealed Ferguson had left the families pet dog in the residence and it perished in the fire that night.

The charges stem from continued investigation from the State Bomb and Arson Squad and Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff's Office. Ferguson is in jail on $100K bond and will appear in court on Tuesday.

HCTA Funds 3 Straight Years of KBF Events

Members of the HCTA discuss business Mon. morning. (David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority Board met at the Chamber office Monday morning and approved a three year contract with the Kayak Bass Fishing group to hold three different trail tournaments, one each in 2019, 2020, 2021.

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “this kayak bass fishing format is very exciting and unique and has become one of the quickest growing tournaments in the country.”

Kentucky Lake has hosted the National Championship the last 3 years and David Hamilton, CEO of the Industrial Committee, said they want to move that around, but are willing to put other trails at Kentucky Lake each year. The committee agreed to fully fund the requested amounts of $5K, $10K, and $18K respectively over the next three years for three different events with KBF. The National Championship event is funded at a discount of $18K in year 3.

The HCTA also approved funding $10K for the Ranger Owners Tournament to be held in the Spring of 2019 and the Fall of 2020. C & O Marine is putting the tournament on and had requested $18,750. Hamilton said it would bring in about 200 boats.

The Authority did turn down a request of funding from the American Bass Anglers for the Ray Scott National Championship event in 2019. They had requested $28K in funding, plus meals for 500 people, lunch for another 200 a different day, and some rooms. The committee voted against funding it, but did allow ABA to resubmit a request.

Thefts Investigated, Drug and Alcohol Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of three trail cameras and a headlight stolen from property on Camp Tyson Road over the last few days. The value of the items is over $500 and there are no suspects at this time.

Sgt. Powell also arrested a man for public intoxication and simple possession of a controlled substance over the weekend. The report stated that Christopher Charles Davidson, age 25, of 951 Muff Rd., was found lying in the road on near Lakeview Grocery. Sgt. Powell could smell alcohol on Davidson and after he failed sobriety test, he was arrested for public intoxication. During the search, a baggie of green leafy substance was found.

TWRA Officer Greg Barker charged Ronnie Dale Lowery, of Brentwood, with Boating Under the Influence and reckless operation of a vessel on Kentucky Lake this weekend. Officer Barker’s report said the boat Lowery was operating nearly struck his boat and then as Officer Barker came back to his boat, Lowery was pouring a Bud Light into the water.

Lt. Lance Perry of the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Hwy 140S. There was a $50 bill, some medication, and other items stolen and several people were in and out of the home. There are no suspects at this time.  

Tory Daughrity Named Top Hosp. Marketer of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- Hospital Marketing National Perspectives, Inc. (HMN Perspectives), the leading conference, training and publishing company for the consumer marketing of hospitals, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare products named Tory Daughrity, Henry County Medical Center Director of Marketing and Public Relations, a Top Hospital Marketer of the Year at the 2018 Hospital Marketing National Conference in Atlanta.

The Top Hospital Marketers of the Year Award recognizes extraordinary hospital marketers driving innovation, spearheading great creative, and working toward better branding for their hospital, health system, or facility. Honorees were judged based on industry reputation, accomplishments, innovation, and notoriety among their peers, partners, and media.

“We’re proud to honor the accomplishments and creativity of each Top Marketer,” says Bob Ehrlich, CEO, HMN Perspectives. “These individuals drive the industry forward, providing consumers with vital information on hospital services.”

Daughrity has been the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC since 2008, and worked at the American Red Cross and Murray-Calloway County Hospital before coming to Paris.  She is President Elect of the Rotary Club of Paris and serves on the Henry County Chamber Board of Directors as Vice President of Tourism and the Carl Perkins Center Board. She is also a TSHMPR Board Member, a member of SHSMD and is on the HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council. Daughrity has received several awards and recognitions including the TSHMPR President’s Award, TSHMPR Lamar Jackson Distinguished Service Award, and Henry County Medical Center Department Director of the Year in 2009 and 2016. She is also a Paul Harris Fellow in the Paris Rotary Club.

“HCMC knows it is Growing Forward, especially with talented and experienced management like its Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tory Daughrity,” Said Lisa Casteel, HCMC CEO. “Tory is essential to our management team and is the driving arm of incorporating our vision.”

Daughrity is married to Tim Daughrity, an analytical engineer at Dana, Corp. They live in Murray, Kentucky with their daughter Alyssa. She attended Murray State University earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Public Relations. Additionally, she obtained her Masters in Mass Communication at Murray State University.

Paris Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, on Saturday June 23rd at 12:35pm, Patrolman Amber Roaten responded to Powell Street regarding a subject that was running around naked. When she arrived on the scene, Patrolman Roaten observed a white male, identified as Jacob Duke, age 27, of 1013 Cowan Street, standing in the middle of the road trying to hold up a towel to cover his self, but not wearing any clothes. Jacob Duke explained to Patrolman Roaten that someone was after him in his house and he had to run out of the house before he could put on any clothing. Patrolman Roaten had already cleared the house for the subject earlier that morning. Duke admitted to using some cocaine and stated he wanted to go to jail to be safe. Witnesses stated Duke was running down the street naked, and they gave him a towel to cover up. Duke was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident and charged with public intoxication along with indecent exposure. Bond was set at $1000.00.

Potomac Horse Fever Case Confirmed In Tennessee

Nashville– The State Veterinarian is advising all horse owners to be alert as Potomac horse fever has been confirmed in a horse in Davidson County, Tenn.

Freshwater snails are the source of the bacteria that causes Potomac horse fever. Horses may be exposed when drinking from creeks or rivers, and can then suffer from colic, fever, and diarrhea. Potomac horse fever has not been found to directly transmit from horse to horse.

Another potentially deadly disease, strangles, was confirmed in four horses at a private facility in Shelby County last month. This disease is a contagious upper respiratory tract infection that causes lymph nodes to swell around the head and neck, possibly leading to coughing, difficulty swallowing, airway obstruction, or death. Other symptoms can include nasal discharge, fever, and depression. According to the veterinarian treating the Shelby County horses, all are improving and are under voluntary quarantine until they fully recover.

Neither strangles nor Potomac horse fever are a threat to human health.

“Potomac horse fever and strangles are serious infections, and if you notice any signs of illness in your horses, you should contact your veterinarian immediately,” State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “With these confirmed cases in Tennessee, we urge horse owners to be sure their horses are protected by using best management practices, which includes consulting with your local veterinarian for appropriate vaccination needs and schedules.”

Dr. Hatcher also suggests the following recommendations for horse owners to prevent disease:

  · Regularly disinfect stalls, water buckets, feed troughs, and other equipment

  · Eliminate standing water sources where disease-carrying insects may gather and breed

  · Avoid co-mingling your horses with other, unfamiliar horses

The State Veterinarian and the staff at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory are strongly committed to supporting horse health. The laboratory offers veterinarians advanced testing to confirm several equine diseases, including influenza, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, clostridiosis, herpesvirus, West Nile virus, and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. For more information, contact your local veterinarian or the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120.

Good Turnout at Fundraiser For Sons of Amvets Post 45 on Sunday

Buchanan, Tenn.- There was a good turnout for the Hog Roast on Sunday at Amvets Post 45. The event was held from 12pm to 4pm and many enjoyed karaoke during their meal. The cost was $10 per BBQ plate and included all the fixings. The funds raised are to benefit the Sons Community Service Projects.

Paris Woman Charged With Four Counts of Arson

(Mobile Patrol photo.)

Paris, Tenn.- After setting four separate fires in homes she and her family occupied, Charity Ferguson, age 25, of 103 Hidden Acres Road, has been arrested and charged on four counts of arson, class C felony. Brant Freeland, age 26, also of 103 Hidden Acres Road, was arrested and charged with one count of arson.

Henry Co. Sheriff, Monte Belew, informed WMUF/WLZK that Mr. Freeland’s charges will probably be dropped on Tuesday since Ms. Ferguson confessed to the crime and accepted full responsibility and the case is still currently under investigation and there is the possibility of additional charges to be applied.

Ms. Ferguson’s first fire was set in February 2017 and the last fire set was in June of 2018. 

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by State Bomb and Arson.

Bethel's PA Program Raises Funds for St. Jude

Children toured an ambulance and an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter, had personal ID badges made, and learned lessons in 911 education and hands-only CPR. (Bri Solowey Hudson photo.)

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program held its annual Junior Physician Assistant Day on Saturday at Bethel University’s Paris Campus Building across from Henry County Medical Center.

The money raised from the event benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Produce and More at Fair Grounds Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer's Market continues to bring a crowd as several ventured out this weekend for produce and other goodies. Items offered will vary throughout the summer, depending on the vendors and what is made, baked, cooked, grown or picked at that time. Vendors offer a large assortment of vegetables, fruits, local honey, jellies and jams, and so much more.

(Bri Solowey Hudson photos.)

The Farmer's Market is located at the Henry County Fair Grounds under the pavilion and is open on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm and Saturdays at 8am.

Murray State Racers Honored at Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

Lexington, KY- On Friday, June 22nd, Shuler Bentley, Silas Owens, Marquez Sanford and Kenney Wooten were honored as part of the 2018 All-Commonwealth Team presented by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday night at The Lexington Opera House, as part of the organization’s annual induction ceremony.

The evening began with Bentley and Wooten, the Racers’ representatives for the evening, taking to the red carpet and answering questions on Facebook live. After the red carpet arrivals, the ceremony began with the presentation of the All-Commonwealth team on the stage that included members from every four-collegiate football team in the state of Kentucky.

After Bentley, Owens and Wooten got their stage time, induction ceremony itself began with Eastern Kentucky’ (Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys) Tim Lester, Louisville’s Ernest Givens (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars), Kentucky’s Wesley Woodyard (Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans), as well as former NFL referee Tommy Bell (Kentucky) and former Kentucky head coach Guy Morriss (Philadelphia Eagles) all entering the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of the Fame. Kentucky is the only state to have its own pro football hall of fame and all players that played high school or college football in the Commonwealth then went on to play, coach or referee in the NFL for five or more years are eligible.

Following the inductions, the evening ended when the Blanton Collier Award for Integrity award was presented to former Steeler, Super Bowl Champion and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Jerome Bettis.

Pre-K Head Start Is Currently Accepting Applications

Paris, Tenn.- Pre-K Head Start is currently accepting applications for Lakewood, Harrelson and Rhea Schools

The following documents are necessary to complete an application: Birth certificate, social security card, insurance card, proof of income, and three emergency contacts.

Children must be 4 on or before August 15,2018. Head Start welcomes children with disabilities and special needs.

For more information please contact Family Advocate Christy Belong at (731) 418-1954

Eye Surgeon Dr. Ming Wang Will Visit Paris Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Nashville based eye surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang, will soon visit Paris as guest speaker at the Conger Senior Citizens Center. He will present an interesting, informative and educational “Vision Care” program for the center’s members and guests. This important seminar is scheduled for 9 AM on Thursday, June 28. The doctor will offer suggestions on how to take care of your vision. He will also discuss individual vision care concerns from the audience. Further, he will explain the most updated state-of-the-art LASIK technology available should vision corrective procedures become necessary. Additionally, attendees will receive a special gift certificate good for discounts toward the enhancement procedures that he performs.

The doctor’s remarkable real life story inspired a character in the nationally acclaimed book, ‘God’s Not Dead. In 2014 the interesting book became a blockbuster movie and Dr. Wang’s character was also included in the film version. An autobiography about his interesting life has also just been released and he will have a supply of the books on hand to autograph for the attendees of this seminar.

The Middle Tennessee FiftyForward organization has selected Dr. Wang to receive their 2017 “Crowning Achievement Award” for his work with senior citizens. Likewise, the Nashville Kiwanis Club recently named him “Nashvillian of the Year” in recognition of his special work with children from all over the world.

Community seniors are invited and encouraged to come out, meet Dr. Wang and see what the Conger Center is all about.

For additional information or to RSVP please contact: Conger Senior Citizens Center, 55 Jones Bend Road, Paris, TN 38242 731-644-3193

County Unemployment Numbers Released; Houston County Has State's 2nd Highest

Nashville- County Unemployment rates for May were released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday and numbers show that 93 of the state’s 95 counties remain below 5% unemployment, with only Lauderdale and Houston County being above 5%.

Houston County continues to have some of the highest unemployment rates, currently 2nd in the state behind Lauderdale County. The rate for May was 5.2% which is up from 5.0% in April. That is also up from 4.8% last year in May.

Henry County’s May unemployment rate came in at 3.6%, up from 3.5% in April but down from 3.8% in May of 2017. Numbers show that of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,150 about 510 people were looking for work in May.

Benton County’s May unemployment rate was 4.2%, the same as April, down from 4.6% in May of last year. Carroll County’s rate came in at 4.2%, down from 4.1% in April and down from 4.5% last May.

Stewart County’s May unemployment rate increased slightly from 4.3% in April to 4.4% in May. Last year in May the rate was at 4.4% as well. Weakley County’s May 2018 unemployment rate came in at 3.5%, up from 3.3% in April, but down from 3.8% last year in May.

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate has been at 3.5% or lower for 11 consecutive months and nationally the unemployment rate dropped in May for the 2nd straight month.

Habitat For Humanity Seeks Applicants for Home this Fall

Paris, Tenn.- Habitat for Humanity of Paris-Henry County is accepting applications for a house to be built this fall. Applications may be obtained at the Henry County Office on Aging or Family Resource Center at the Central School Building on Jones Bend Road Extended. For more information call 642-2919.

PLSP Water Aerobics Classes Start Tues. June 26

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will offer water aerobics classes from June 26th thru July 19th. The classes will be on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm. Cost is $32 per person and $16 per person with a PLSP pool pass. To register for the event call 641-4465. The classes will be staring this coming Tuesday June 26th at the public pool.

Randi Allen French Named Trustee of the Year for West TN

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Trustee’s Conference held their annual banquet in Chattanooga, Tennessee, recently and awarded Randi French, Henry County Trustee, the prestigious Trustee of the Year designation for the Western District.

Bill Hullander, President of the Tennessee Trustee’s Association, says “He is proud of the great job that Randi is doing in Henry County. “

French has attended several classes such as Internal Controls & How to Conduct a Risk Assessment, ACH Fraud and Security Trends and Tax Relief. “The classes are instrumental in equipping the trustees with vital information to implement in their office in their home county,” says Hullander.

“This is truly an honor to have been chosen by my fellow Trustees as West Tennessee Trustee of the year.  I love serving and will always work hard for the people of Henry County’” says French.

After being elected Trustee in 2014, French has served as Vice President of West Tennessee Trustee Association for two terms, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. She currently serves as President of the West Tennessee Trustee Association for 2017-2018.  She is also a member of Tennessee Association of Property Tax Property Tax Professional’s, Tennessee County Trustee Association, County Officials Association of Tennessee and National Association of County Collections Treasures and Finance Officers.

She has completed several leadership programs since taking office in 2014 such as Leadership Henry County, WestStar, and the Local Government Leadership Program.  She also achieved the Certified Public Administrator accreditation during her tenure as Trustee.

Randi is also involved in several programs and civic clubs in the community. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Pairs Rotary Club, Henry County Carl Perkins Center, Real Hope Youth Center, WestStar and the Family Resource Center.

Man Charged With Two Counts of Attempted Murder Thurs. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A man was arrested early Thursday morning by Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of attempted murder, six counts of felony reckless endangerment, possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, and possession of schedule 6 with intent.

Phillip A. Kiner the 2nd, of 250 Bates Road, was arrested around 7am Thursday morning after Sgt. Terry Williams and Cpl. Andrews arrived on the scene to a shots fired called from the residence. Sgt. Williams observed Kiner with the gun and ordered him to put it down and Cpl. Andrews arrested him immediately.

Cpl. Andrews said Kiner had gotten into some arguments with two people on the porch and fired the gun, hence the two counts of attempted murder charge. There were also three children and one adult female inside the house when the gun shots went off. Kiner was placed on $150K bond.

In a separate report, Cpl. Andrews observed Brian Braeback, age 45, of 4785 Old Paris Murray Road standing in the roadway on McIntosh Road during routine patrol. Cpl. Andrews asked Braeback if he was intoxicated to which Braeback replied “yep”, but refused sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI and suspended driver’s license.


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