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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Tory Daughrity Takes Over as First Female Paris Rotary Club President

Paris, Tenn.- Tory Daughrity became a third generation Rotarian following the footsteps established by her grandfather and father as Rotarians and Thursday set a new milestone for the local club by being sworn in as the first female to serve as their president. Rotary was originally an all male club and a few clubs world wide hold to that tradition today.

The late Barbara Muzzal was the first woman to become a member of the local Rotary Club. Operating on the motto, He Profits Most Who Serves Best, the Rotary Club contributed money to various groups locally as well as participating in an international effort to eradicate polio. Six major causes are championed by Rotarians: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean water, Supporting Education, Saving Mothers and Children, Growing Local Education.

The new President challenged local members to become more active in the efforts to recruit new members and especially more women. “If someone wants to be of service to others here at home and abroad, they don’t have to look further than the local Rotary Club.”

FCCLA Members Compte at Nationals

Paris, Tenn.- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members Nicole Long, Morgan Luker, and Madison Stone, along with their adviser Janet Pearce, recently attended the 2018 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Atlanta, GA from June 28th- July 2nd. NLC is a student leadership conference with an attendance of over 8,000 middle school and high school students and their Family and Consumer Sciences educators.  Over 4,500 of these attendees demonstrated their proficiency and achievement in career preparation projects and leadership skills.

Nicole and Morgan completed in the Chapter in Review Display event while at NLC. This event allowed our members to use their Family and Consumer Science related occupational skills to develop a display board and oral presentation to raise awareness and educate the school, parents, and members of the community about the importance of FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences education. Nicole and Morgan received a silver award in this event.

Any student at Grove or Henry County High School that is enrolled in a Family and Consumer Sciences class is eligible to join FCCLA!

Reminder: Farmer's Market Open Fri., Sat. at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Henry County Farmer’s Market will be at the Fairgrounds beginning at 3pm Friday and 8am Saturday. There are several vendors with a variety of fruits and veggies from watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, canned jams, jellies, homemade breads, frozen meats, and more.

Crews Busy Thursday Evening After Storm Hits Henry County Hard

Paris, Tenn.- Crews from the Paris Board of Public Utilities, Henry County Highway Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Fire Departments, Paris Police, and dispatchers have been busy Thursday evening after a supercell Thunderstorm barrelled thru the area after 8pm. EMA Director Ron Watins said wind was a big issue with some areas reporting 60mph or higher unofficially. Hail was also indicated on radar.

Several trees were reported down, especially in the northeastern part of the county between Puryear and Buchanan. Power lines were downed and some poles were broken as well. At the height of the storm, about 2400 BPU customers were without power, and shortly before 10pm that number was down under 700 as crews continued to work to restore the power on a hot summer night.

City Commission Adds Acreage to Spec Building; Approves PILOT for Revel

David Hamilton discusses the PILOT with Revel. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for July Thursday night and agreed to add 3.16 acres adjoining the spec building property after approving the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreement for Revel Enterprises. The PILOT is just like the agreement approved in late June by the County Commission and Industrial Development Board. CEO of the IDB David Hamilton was on hand and spoke about Revel’s continued growth and how adding this acreage will help with possible future expansion. The Spec building is located off Culley Drive and Clifty Road.

The PILOT lays out that Revel receives a tax abatement for 15 years on the property and 7 years on equipment and Revel agrees to add 50 additional employees over a 5 year period and eventually 65 brand new jobs. Revel will be operating a fulfillment center to service customers on Amazon.

City Manager Kim Foster informed the City Commission the City was awarded the Community Transportation Planning Grant. The grant will look at signalization throughout the entire city and some of the older mechanical sections of traffic signal lights will be replaced.

Retail Sales Dip in April; Still Ahead Year to Date for Fiscal Year

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon reported to the Commission the City saw retail sales dip in April by 2.31% compared to last April but fiscal year to date, retail sales are still ahead by 2.65%. She explained that just as they had predicted they would, the expenditures exceeded revenues in the month of May. Some large expendituers came out in May including payments for the Energy efficiency project, renovations at city Hall, and construction for the new basketball courts at Ogburn Park. The revenues are still ahead year to date for the fiscal year.

Solid Waste Landfill expenditures also exceeded revenues in May and for the fiscal year to date. The City paid off the principal balance owed one the bonded debt for the Transfer Station Construction.

In other action Thursday night, Commissioners approved the following people to serve on various committees: Vickey Roberts to replace Brad St. John on the planning commission; Rachel Terrell to remain on the planning commission; James Smith replacing Christy Minor on the Paris city Beer Board; Tom Hilton to replace Mark Johnson on the Industrial Development Board; Troy Buttery to remain on the IDB; Michael Murphy replacing Tae Eaton on the IDB, and Charlie Atkinson will remain on the Paris Housing Authority.

Commissioners Updated on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated Commissioners on various projects at the meeting Thursday night. The City received $8K Placemaking Grant and DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray is looking at a possible iron silhouette of the Eiffel Tower and attach it next the newest mural. Another ABC grant is being applied for and if it is awarded, dumpsters will be painted in the area.

Foster discussed the City’s acquisition of property on South Market St, the former fuel distribution center. The City is working to get a salvage company on site to remove the storage tanks, fuel lines and fueling station. Once that is complete a more complete clean-up of the area will begin. Eventually the Paris Police Department will use it for vehicle maintenance and storage.

The Citizen Government Academy will be held in the fall and Commissioner Jackie Jones was a catalyst in getting this together. The purpose of the academy is to better educate citizens, not only about the services provided by the City, but how they are provided and why things are done in a certain way. The City will take 20 people and hopefully train them to become ambassadors to help describe how things work in City government.  

Visitor Injured Inside Bison Enclosure at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- A man was injured by a bison inside the restricted area of the South Bison Range on July 4 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The 37 year old male was treated by Stewart County Emergency Medical Services and transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.

“We continue to stress to the public that bison and elk are wild animals," said Curtis Fowler, wildlife technician at Land Between the Lakes. “Bison will aggressively protect their calves by confronting any perceived threat. Their sharp horns and hooves are unforgiving and they can react surprisingly fast.” Fowler encourages the public to use this very unfortunate incident as a reminder to never enter restricted wildlife enclosures. 

There are two bison enclosures at Land Between the Lakes. The South Bison Range offers limited viewing from the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway. The Elk and Bison Prairie offers an opportunity to drive through and observe animals in their native habitat from the safety of their vehicle. 

Bugle Corps volunteers are frequently available at the Elk and Bison Prairie for additional information about elk and bison and their habitat.  

Man With Active Warrants Nabbed for Drugs

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office noticed Justin R. Moore, 36, of 509 Walnut, as a passenger in a vehicle sitting near Pocket’s. Dep. Watson knew of Moore having active warrants and casually went up to him and reminded him about the warrants. Moore admitted to having a baggie of meth. A search of the vehicle proved a syringe, spoon and morphine, and other drug items. Moore was charged with violation of probation on the original warrant, simple possession of schedule two, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Inv. Derrek Colley of the Metro Crime Unit charged Sean M. Barnett, age 31 of 5 Whitfield Road in Buchanan with DUI 2nd offence, aggravated child abuse and neglect, and violation of implied consent. He was placed on $110K bond.

A McKenzie man was charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault over the holiday. William Chapman, Jr., 74 of McKenzie, was charged and placed on $35K according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Meadows Road. The shop door had been opened and the lock was cut from the cable gates. Missing from the home was over $5K worth of items including a chain saw, lawn mower, dog kennel, tool box, and military equipment. There are not suspects at this time.

Groups Raise Funds for CG Fire Dept.

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Fire Chief John Weiher and Cottage Grove Fire Department chairman Richard Ball accepted a 1200 dollar check from local Weekend Warriors motorcycle club fun run and cookout benefiting the fire department at the Freedom Festival Wednesday. In addition a check was also presented from the American Legion Post at Paris Landing.

Tennesseans Can Honor Military With Vote in 2018

Nashville- Tennesseans will head to the polls in 2018 with an updated way to proudly honor someone who is serving or has served our country.

The Honor Vote program allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member, both online and with a commemorative button, to thank them for protecting our country.

Once enrolled, dedications are posted on the official Honor Vote List as well as the Honor Vote Twitter account @tnhonorvote. Voters can also share their dedication on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GoVoteTN.

The Division of Elections will send a packet to each participant with an official Honor Vote button. Voters are encouraged to wear their button while going to the polls in honor of the veteran or service member they are recognizing.

“The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day. It’s important we honor those who protect that right,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I’m proud we are able to offer customized buttons to honor the specific branch each honoree represents.”

The program returns this election season with the ability to honor military service members by branch, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Tennessee National Guard. Each branch now has its own button branded with its unique camouflage pattern.

To learn more, visit GoVoteTN.com/honor.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday from Noon to 6pm. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood if they can. The bloodmobile will also be at the Fred’s Dollar Store in McKenzie on Friday from Noon to 6pm. During their summer promotion, everyone who gives blood can sign up to win a Polaris Ranger from Bob’s House of Honda in Jackson. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood.  

Cottage Grove Home Engulfed By Flames On July 4th

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- During the Fourth of July festivities in Cottage Grove, the Cottage Grove Fire Department was called to respond to a residence engulfed in flames on Briarpatch Lake Road in Cottage Grove. Ore Fire Department, Henry Co Sheriff's Office, and ambulance services also responded to the house fire.

The fire started on the back porch of the residence after an ignited barbecue grill was momentarily left unattended.

(Photos by David Jackson.)

43rd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival

The 43rd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival began its events early this morning. A crowd gathered to see the creative floats entered into this year's parade.

Best of Parade was awarded to the Cottage Grove Junior Firefighters.

Best Float was awarded to Ables Family.

Included among the fun activities was a dunking booth with Sheriff Monte Belew inside.

(David Jackson Photos.)

Benton Man Charged With Felony For Crystal Meth

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, “On July 3rd, at approximately 1:21 am, officers from the Metro Crime Unit did arrest a Benton County man on felony drug charges on Gooch Lane in Henry County. Metro Crime Unit officers conducted a traffic stop on Gooch Lane and during the stop, Paris Police Department’s K9 “Drago” was deployed to conduct a sniff on the vehicle. K9 “Drago” did alert “Positive” on the vehicle and a search was conducted. During the search, the passenger, Jon A. Solberg, age 58 of Sulpher Wells Road in Big Sandy, was found to be in possession of approximately 1 ounce of crystal methamphetamine “ice.” Baggies used for packaging methamphetamine for re-sale were also located in the car. Solberg was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver and his bond was set at $15,000. The Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department, along with K9 “Drago” assisted in the arrest."

Henry Fire Units Extinguish Car In Flames On Tuesday

Henry, Tenn.- According to a Call Log provided to WMUF/WLZK by Dustin Odom, Training Officer of the Henry Volunteer Fire Department, just after 1:30pm on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018, Fire Units from the Henry Fire Department were dispatched out to the area of 2030 Henry Midway Rd in Henry due to a report of a vehicle on fire. The vehicle reported to have caught fire was a car which was atop a trailer being hauled by a truck. Henry Fire Units responded with Engine 1 and Engine 2 to the scene with 11 Firefighters. When Units arrived on the scene, the owners of the vehicles had already disconnected the trailer to prevent the fire spreading to the truck. The trailer, with car in flames still attached, rolled into a ditch. The firefighters worked quickly and were able to successfully save the trailer from further damage, however, the car was a total loss.

(Photos provided by Dustin Odom.)

WMUF/WLZK Hosting Candidate Forum July 10th

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday July 10th, WMUF/WLZK will be airing a candidate forum, where candidates with opposition in the Aug 2nd Election have been invited to come and be a part of it. WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks has sent out letters to all candidates in races that are contested for the August 2nd election including County Mayor, County Commission District 3, Circuit Court Clerk, Henry County School Board District 2, and 75th District on the Republican side. Due to time restraints, candidates who were running unopposed were not invited to the forum.

Each candidate will have a two minute opening statement. Then questions prepared by our WMUF/WLZK staff will be asked with each candidate having a chance to answer in a timed manner. Each candidate will then have a two minute closing statement. News Director Tim Alsobrooks will moderate the event, which will be held at the WMUF studios on India Road beginning at 5:30pm airtime on WLZK 94.1FM, and streaming online at wmufradio.com.

Fireworks, Other Activities Planned at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will have activities throughout the day Wednesday around the amphitheatre and pavilion including vendors, music, and food. The Jaycees will put on the fireworks show at 9pm Wednesday night. All events are free and open to the public, seating, parking, and viewing is available on first come, first served basis.

Paris Landing will also have more events continue after the 4th of July with a guided hike on Thursday July 5th, featuring a 1.5 mile hike starting at 8:30am. Also Thursday night there will be a family friendly outdoor movie shown beginning at 8pm. For more information on the events go to tnstateparks.com and search for Paris Landing.

Habitat for Humanity Accepting Applications for House to Be Built 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.

Paris City Commission To Approve PILOT for Revel Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session for July on Thursday. Items on the agenda include approval of a PILOT agreement for Revel Enterprises, just as the County and Industrial Board has done the last couple weeks, approving a request for adding additional acres at the Spec Building, and more. The meeting is open to the public.  

Stewart Co. Sheriff's Detective Indicted, Charged With Official Misconduct

Nashville- An investigation by Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in an indictment for a former sheriff’s detective in Stewart County in connection to the December suicide of his acquaintance.  

On December 2nd, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Special Agents began investigating the shooting death of a man at a home on Lower Cross Creek Road in Indian Mound. During the course of the investigation, Agents determined the shooting was self-inflicted and involved the service weapon of off-duty Stewart County Sheriff’s Deputy David Evans (DOB 2-27-69). The investigation further revealed that, before the man’s death, Evans permitted him to ride in his patrol unit while the man drank alcohol and used the lights and siren inappropriately. After the two returned to the man’s home, and while the deputy was inside the house, the man retrieved the deputy’s service weapon from his patrol unit and shot himself.  

On Monday, the Stewart County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Evans (who resigned his position with Stewart County) with one count of Official Misconduct. Today, authorities booked him into the Stewart County Jail on $1,000 bond.

HC Grand Jury Indicts 49 in Busy Monday Session

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury had a busy session on Monday and handed down 49 true bills, meaning they found enough evidence to indict. Of the 49 indicted, were two men accused of burning down a rental home in Springville back in December of 2017. Cody Brundige and Troy Batts were indicted for aggravated burglary, theft of property, and aggravated arson. The two stole guns, hunting equipment, and Tennessee Vols memorabilia from the home which burned to the ground in December.

Others indicted included D’Shon Dunlap, aggravated rape, Brice William Ray Lockhard, for rape of a child, Malcolm Cirilo Benau, aggravated rape, Nazih Nored, two counts of aggravated robbery, stemming from when he stopped and robbed two women who were walking on their lunch break. Also indicted was Shontel Thompson for rape, William Vance, for setting fire to personal property, and Daniel Lee Carter, for selling meth and selling a controlled substance.

Most of the other indictments were for thefts, drugs, and other crimes. Arraignments are scheduled for next Monday.

PPD Stepping Up Seatbelt Enforcement During July 4th Holiday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to step up seat belt enforcement around the July 4th holiday period. From June 30th until July 8th, the increase in saturation patrols will specifically target those that are not wearing a seat belt.

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes and as we enter the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash-buckling up,” said Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo.

Tennessee reached its highest seat belt usage percentage  last year at 88.95%, but it is still considered a “low-use” state on a national level. According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, over half of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities were not restrained at the time of the crash.

It is vitally important all drivers and passengers buckle up every trip, every time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds at less than 40 miles per hour.

Tuesday Last Day to Register to Vote for Aug. 2nd Election

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming August 2nd State primary and County General Election. You can register to vote at the Election Commission office at the Courthouse Annex, located at 213 W. Washington St. in Paris. You may also register to vote online at govotetn.com but it must all be done by the end of the day on Tuesday to be able to vote in August.

The last day to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming August Election is Thursday July 26th. Contact the Henry County Election Office for information on obtaining an absentee ballot. The office number is 642-0411. Early Voting for the August 2nd Election will run Friday July 13th thru Saturday July 28th.

Henry County residents will be voting in the State primary for Governor, U.S. senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Tennessee House of Representatives. In the County General races, Henry Countians will vote for County Mayor, County Commissioners in all 5 districts, County Trustee, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, Road Board for Districts 1, 3, and 4, Constables, and School Board members.

43rd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Planned for Wed.

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The 43rd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival is set for Wednesday July 4th in Cottage Grove with a day full of fun activities for everyone. The Turkey and Trap Shoot will start at 9am, the Parade, with Memory of Freddy Wade as Grand Marshall, will begin at 10am. Game Booths, concessions, hay rides, cake walks, water slides, and bounce castles open at 10:30am. The Country Store begins at 11am where a dollar spin can win you homemade, homegrown and canned farm goods.

There will be an auction from 1-2pm, music entertainment starts at 2pm and continues thru the afternoon and evening. Bingo will be held from 3-5pm. A Corn Hole Tournament starts at 6pm, and the drawing for the shotgun and 50/50 drawing is at 8:45pm. The Cottage Grove Fired Department will wrap up the event with a spectacular fireworks show at 9pm. Events happen rain or shine, like the Cottage Grove Fire Department Facebook page for more information and updates.

Summer Reading Events for July at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library’s Summer Reading program continues in July with events. Tuesday July 3rd from 2-4pm is Crafternoon from 2-4pm, Thursday July 5th Riley Jenkins will perform as Elvis at 10am. Monday July 9th from 10am to 2pm there will be an open lego freeplay session. Tuesday July 10th at 6pm there is Teen Belly Dancing with Jane Etheridge and Friday July 13th Magician Mr. Nick performs a show at 2pm at the Library and again at 7pm at KPAC. Call the Library at 642-1702 for more information.

Chief Elizondo: Reminder: Fireworks Banned in Paris City Limits

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has issued a public reminder to remind citizens of Paris that fireworks are prohibited in the City of Paris. The manufacture, distribution, sale, storage, possession, use, or discharge of any fireworks is expressly prohibited within the corporate limits of the City of Paris, according to the Paris municipal code. Violators will be cited and fireworks will be seized. Fireworks can be bought and discharged out in the county however and there are no worries with drought issues this year as there has been in the past.

Drug Possession Arrest Made Behind Old Buchanan School

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrived first to the Old Buchanan School on a call of suspicious vehicles behind the school and found two parked there with a total of four occupants. He advised the occupants they weren’t allowed to be at the location. In one of the vehicles Sgt. Fuqua located a 22 rifle and then a search found a small pouch of meth. Arrested was Edward Koebel, 38, of Hollow Rock, for simple possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a Zero Turn Mower valued at $3K, a weed eater valued at $1K, and a chain saw valued at $200 being stolen from a home in Henry. There are no suspects at this time.

Some arrests over the weekend include Amanda Twitchell, age 42, of 1315 Hayes Road, for DUI and Leaving the Scene of an accident by Trooper Josh Wade. Other arrests Jared Ashby, age 18, 530 Harrison, Lane for DUI, DWI, vehicular homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault. Ashby’s bond was set at $25K, there was no report to go along with this arrest sheet. James S. Lane, age 32, of Jackson, was charged with violation of probation, aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of property. He was placed on $15K bond.

Paris Fire Department Firework Safety Public Service Announcement

Paris, Tenn.- “Fourth of July is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends, celebrating our nation’s independence. Unfortunately, fireworks-related fatalities and injuries happen frequently. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, 11 people were killed and more than 10,000 were injured last year by fireworks. In addition to injuries, fireworks can devastate homes and property. Tennessee fire departments responded to 859 fires that were caused by fireworks which caused $1.78 million in property damage from 2010-2014, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System.

Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, fires, and even death.  When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond. Fireworks are one of the biggest highlights of this holiday celebration, and we all enjoy watching the show, however, fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F.

The Paris Fire Department encourages our citizens to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate with fireworks. Shooting fireworks inside the city limits of Paris is not only dangerous, but illegal. Our city ordinances and fire code prohibit the use of fireworks and for good reason. If you do live outside of the city of Paris, and decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important tips:

•Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks.

•Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

•Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.

•Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.

•Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.

•Keep a form of water supply nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

•Wear eye protection.

Following these guidelines, educating yourself on the dangers, and a bit of common sense will go a long way to ensuring a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration!”

Family Resource Center's Back to School Blast

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center will be accepting applications July 9th through July 23rd for free school supplies and backpacks to be distributed at the “Back to School Blast” which is scheduled for July 25th. To register for the free school supplies, an application can be filled out at the Family Resource Center Office in the Central Community Service Building located at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext. from 8:00am to 2:00pm, July 9th through July 23rd. For more information, call 731-642-2938.

Upcoming HC Fair Booth Space Is Available

Paris, Tenn.- Booth Space is available again this year during the Henry County Fair which has been set for the week of August 4th to11th. 

Booth space will be in the Commercial Building for Wednesday through Saturday of that week from 5 to 9 PM.  This is a great marketing opportunity as thousands of people that attend the Fair will walk through this building to learn about the vendors’ products and services. The Fair is also adding many new events on the stage to help attract even more people into the building.

The Booth space sells out every year, so anyone interested should contact Larry Ray at 731-642-1833 as soon as possible to reserve a space.

Apply In July For LBL Quota Deer Hunts

Golden Pond, KY- Hunters can apply for firearm quota deer hunts at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area July 1-31. Potential applicants can apply at https://lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/ or call 270.924.2065 to apply by phone, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Application fees are $5 online and $7 by phone.

Quota deer hunt dates for 2018-19 season at Land Between the Lakes:


Youth Quota Hunt | Oct 27-28 | Age 15 and younger

Adult Quota Hunt | Nov 17-18


Youth Quota Hunt | Oct 20-21 | Age 6-16

Adult Quota Hunts | Nov 9-10 and Nov 24-25

Quota hunts provide unique recreational opportunities within the region and help maintain a healthy deer population. Land Between the Lakes features both adult and youth quota deer hunts. All quota hunt permits will be for one deer, either-sex permits. There is a one (1) antlered buck limit on Land Between the Lakes.

All hunters, must carry on their person the following items: Land Between the Lakes Quota Hunt Permit, Land Between the Lakes Hunter Use Permit, appropriate state hunting license, deer permit, and hunter safety card as required by state regulations.

Youth hunters must possess a state-approved hunter safety card. Youth not required to have a hunter safety card must carry a signed safety verification form available on the Land Between the Lakes website. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany and supervise each youth.

Paris Citizens Government Academy Application Deadline July 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Citizens Government Academy is a new and free 7 week program held and conducted by the City of Paris. The program is open to residents and business owners age 18 or older.
This will be an interactive and hands on experience for those who attend.

The agenda for this academy will provide a comprehensive review on how our municipal government is structured, what city services are available and how those available services are delivered, how the city is governed overall, as well as the city’s budget and how your tax dollars are spent.

There is no charge to attend the Paris Citizens Government Academy program but applications are required.Participants will be expected to commit to attending every session during the seven week duration.

The City of Paris has provided an application for the new program on it's website, www.paristn.gov.
To submit an application online, send by email to mstancook@cityofparistn.gov.
Applications can also be acquired and dropped off at the City of Paris Business Office which is located at 100 North Caldwell Street in Downtown Paris. Applications will be accepted no later than Friday, July 20. Candidates will be notified by Tuesday, July 24.

The City of Paris Citizens Government Academy will be held for the first time beginning in July, 2018.
The class will meet every Tuesday evening for 7 straight weeks, beginning July 31st.
The class will begin at 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (some nights the class may only last 2 hours).
Classes will be held in the Meeting Room at City Hall, however, there will be nights that the class will meet in other City facilities depending on which department is highlighted.

July 31 – Orientation / General Admin / Finance / Community Development
August 7 – Building Inspection / Storm Water / Codes Enforcement / Planning & Zoning
August 14 – Parks / Civic Center / KPAC
August 21 – Fire & Animal Control
August 28 – Public Works & Landfill
September 4 – Police & Dispatch
September 6 -Graduation –This will be the September Commission meeting night.

Division of Forestry New Rates Start July

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry offers a variety of services for landowners to assist with management of Tennessee’s forest resources. Beginning July 1, new rates will take effect.  

The division’s vendor services include prescribed burning, firebreak installation, timber marking and tree planting and are available to private and public forestland owners statewide.  

“We’re proud to offer these services to families and businesses who can benefit,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Keeping our forests healthy and productive will result in environmental, economic, and ecological benefits for future generations.”  

New rates for some of these services are necessary to cover the costs associated with delivering the services.

The division always encourages landowners to contact private vendors and consulting foresters for implementation of forestry practices, where possible.

“With more than half of Tennessee’s land being forested, proper forest care and management is essential,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “We are proud to have a close relationship with industry leaders and private vendors to work towards strengthening our forest resources throughout the state.”  

In addition to these fee-based vendor services, professional area foresters within the Division of Forestry provide forest planning and technical assistance to landowners free of charge. Through the Forest Stewardship Program, foresters conduct on-the-ground assessments to determine the condition of timber resources, forest health, wildlife habitat, water quality, and cultural resources, such as historic sites or cemeteries.  

Other forestry practices, such as non-commercial thinning, cull tree removal, and timber stand improvement including vine control, site preparation for natural regeneration of hardwoods, and mid-story removal, are not offered as a vendor service. Division personnel can demonstrate these types of practices by flagging or marking the trees or vegetation to remove on up to one acre of the client’s property, free of charge. Road closure and rehabilitation services are also not offered as a vendor service.  

Contact your local area forester to request services offered through the Tennessee Division of Forestry. You will find more information about these forestry services at www.tn.gov/agriculture/forests/landowners/services.html.

City of Paris Announces July 4th Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the 4th of July Holiday next week. The Public Works Department will be closed on Wednesday July 4th. Wednesday and Thursday sanitation routes will be run on Thursday July 5th. The Landfill will be closed Wednesday July 4th, as will the Animal Shelter, City Hall, and Civic Center. All will reopen for regular business on Thursday. The Eiffel Tower Pool will be open Wednesday July 4th from 10am to 3pm.  

Lady Patriots Softball Tryouts July 9th and 10th

Paris, Tenn.- Newly hired Henry County Softball Coach Scarlet McSwain has announced tryouts for next year’s team for 9-12 graders. They will be held Monday and Tuesday July 9th and 10th form 9am to 11am at the HCHS Softball field on campus. Players should wear cleats and bring gloves and other equipment. Players must also have a copy of their results from their latest physical.

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. 


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