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Quinn Chapel Friends and Family Day is Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church is having their Family and Friends Day this Sunday July 9th beginning at 11am. The theme is “Love Ye One Another” and Minister LaKeith Washum of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville will be the guest. Everyone is invited the church is located at 216 E. Church St. in Paris. Call 642-8445 for more information.

Reminder: Farmer's Market Downtown at 3pm Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Downtown Farmer’s Market will be open on Friday at 3pm with plenty of choices of fruits and veggies along with canned jellies, handmade soaps and farm raised meats. The Farmer’s Market will be open at 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays the remainder of the summer and into the fall.

City Comm. Approves New Operation Policy on Patrol Cars

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo answers questions from commissioners Thurs. night in regards to the Patrol Car take home policy. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session Thursday evening, and in preparation of migrating to a take-home fleet for the Paris Police Department, approved a revised and much more extensive vehicle use and operation policy.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo took a model policy from the MTAS and combined it with the City’s existing policy. The policy states vehicles will be assigned in a manner which will insure maximum utilization toward achievement of the Police Department goals. Only officers living in Henry County will be allowed to drive police vehicles home, those living outside the county must park the vehicles at City Hall. The vehicle shall be assigned to each officer individually and shall not be utilized by any other officer unless approved by the Chief.

Driver’s responsibilities laid out in the ordinance includes having a valid Tennessee Driver’s license, wearing seat belts at all times, obeying traffic rules and signs, reporting any deficiencies with the vehicle to the Fleet Manager, and keeping a detailed maintenance log on their assigned vehicle.

Stormwater Fees Approved by City Commission

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners adopted an ordinance to enact stormwater fees on 2nd reading Thursday night. City Manager Kim Foster reminded commissioners at the time of adoption of the stormwater management ordinance in November 2013, there was no establishment of fees, but now the City is no longer able to avoid implementation of a fee schedule.

The unit rate for residential property is $2.50 per month. Other developed property rates will be based on total acreage of the property. Less than 1 acre is $5 per month, 1-10 acres is $7 per month, 10-50 is $10 per month, and over 50 acres is $25 per month.

Comm. Approves Ordinance to Allow PFD To Collect Insurance Fees

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission also approved an ordinance which allows the Paris Fire Department to collect service fee charges from insurance policies. City Manager Kim Foster explained this is allowed for fire departments to collect from insurance agencies and we wanted to get this in writing to allow us to collect the fees. City Attorney Fred McLean drew up the ordinance to allow the City to walk around continued collection of ESN 122 fees as well.

Retail Sales Show Increase in April

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow went over the April retail sales report for commissioners on Thursday and it showed the City had an increase of 4.3% in retail sales for the month. Retail sales are also ahead by 2.64% for the calendar year to date.

Pillow reported that expenditures exceeded revenues in May by over $165K and the City paid $372K on principal for bonded debt. She said this is a normal expense in May and she reported revenues are still ahead fiscal year to date by over $792K. Solid waste and landfill revenues exceeded expenses by $25,768 in May and revenues are also ahead by over $394K fiscal year to date.

Ten business licenses were issued in May including new businesses Paris Ice Cream Van, Emporium, Boyd Roofing Construction, Silverwood Cabinetry, and A Plus Auto Sales.

Signalization Project at Volunteer/Jim Adams Is Underway

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated the Commission on various projects at Thursday night’s Commission meeting as well including that the signalization project at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive is underway with construction beginning last week and completion is set for late August. She said they've been doing some work this week but the rain has hampered them.

The work on the alleyway next to BPU is basically finished. (Alsobrooks photos)

Foster reported that alley number 2 in the alley drainage project is nearly complete, just waiting on BPU to remove a pole so the last bit of concrete can be poured. The third alley construction will start at the end of July. Foster said BPU is wanting to do some work by lining sewer and other services in the alley before it is redone.

Issues with contractors have delayed the start of renovations at City Hall with the Police Department but in house labor should get the project going later this month.

Two demolitions were completed by property owners in June, one being the old Hungry Wolf restaurant on Wood St. The red roof inn on Jackson Street is set to be demolished this week or next as the City’s excavator is back in service. McCampbell Street has been cleaned up and long term projects will be underway soon.

The pouring of the concrete for the outdoor restrooms at the Downtown Park will be done this month. Hopes are to complete the project, which is funded by a Tourism Enhancement Grant by September in time for Eye Full of Paris weekend.

Foster reported the bond was issued with the Trane Energy Efficiency Project June 16th and the City received a significant discount for pre-paying the entire project. Work is set to begin later in July and completion is late April 2018.

Theft Arrests Made by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvis charged Delmar Tharpe, age 19 of the 507 Irvine St., with theft after he was spotted in a vehicle that was reported stolen. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Josh Frey took a report of theft on a truck being stolen from a home on West Wood St. Ptl. Beauvis later spotted the vehicle on Rison St. and pulled over the truck after dispatch matched the tag with the stolen one. Tharpe was placed on $5K bond.

Sgt. Tony Hutcherson of the Paris Police Department charged Elizabeth Rae Scott, age 34, of McKenzie with theft over $1K after she admitted to taking money from the cash register where she worked.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Mansfield Road was burglarized with over $1K worth of items missing including a coin collection and three guns from a gun cabinet. There are no suspects at this time.

Other arrests from the past couple of days include Bobby J. Kelley, age 36, 4420 Hwy. 641 N. Puryear, for public intoxication and possession of methamphetamine; Jefferey L. Moore, 25, of Stewart, with three counts of theft of property. Moore was placed on $2K bond.

LBL Seeks Public Input on Imported Fire Ants Treatment

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes is currently seeking public input on the treatment of fire ants. An environmental assessment on treatment of imported fire ants is complete and ready for public comment, which must be received by July 31st. In 2015, the U.S. Forest Service at LBL proposed treating imported fire ants across the recreation area.

“Imported fire ants deliver painful stings that can injure or kill wildlife, domestic animals, and humans,” says John Westbrook, Environmental Stewardship Department Manager at LBL. “Their large mounds can cause damage to agricultural equipment, structures, and electrical equipment. We want to get input from the public on our proposed actions in dealing with fire ants across the recreation area.”

The public is asked to read the Imported Fire Ant Environmental Assessment at http://data.ecosystem-mangement.org. A summary of the project is available on LBL’s website at landbetweenthelakes.us/treatment-of-imported-fire-ants-environmental-assesment.

Written comments must be submitted by July 31st and can be mailed to Tina R. Tilley, Area Supervisor, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, Ky., 42211; sent email to comments-southern-land-between-lakes@fs.fed.us; or hand delivered to the LBL Administrative Offices Monday thru Friday 8am-4:30pm.  

Paris City Comm. July Meeting Set for 5pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meets in regular July session on Thursday night at 5pm in the City Hall Courtroom. Items on the agenda include a resolution regarding Police Department vehicle use and operation, a rezoning request on North Poplar Street, and various project updates. The meeting is open to the public.

NWTNEDC Signing Up for Food Commodity Distribution, Utility Assistance

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council is currently signing up citizens for commodity cards as the next commodity distribution will be July 18th and 19th at the Council’s office at 55 Jones Bend Road. Anyone interest in receiving a box of food during the July distribution must sign up for a commodity card by Tuesday July 11th. Sign-ups are at the office Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 1pm.

The July food distribution will be Tuesday July 18th, Senior Day, and other citizens with the last name beginning with the letters A-L. On Wednesday July 19th, anyone with last name beginning with M-Z will be able to come and pick up a commodity food box. For more information on the food distribution program call the office at 642-3132.

In addition to food commodity distribution, the NWTNEDC is also taking appointments now for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, to help with utility bills. Anyone interested in receiving assistance thru LIHEAP should schedule an appointment by calling 642-3132 or coming by the office. Those who don’t make an appointment may have a long waiting time.

Those applying for energy assistance must bring current utility company print outs showing last 12 months of usage, copies of social security cards for all household members, verification of income, and any social security, pension, VA, or wages statements. 1099s and bank statements will not be accepted as proof of income.

HC UT Extension Offering Diabetes Help Programs Next 6 Wks.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office is offering a Take Charge of Your Diabetes program from Thursday July 6th thru Thursday August 10th at their office on Tyson Avenue. This is a fun, skill-building program, designed for persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes. It helps individuals take day to day responsibility for their care and participants gain skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes and work effectively with their health care professionals.

Michele Atkins, UT Extension Agent and Barbara Kelly, Public Health Educator, will lead the program, which is free, thanks to the Tennessee Department of Health and UT Extension Service. The program will run 6 weeks and will offer two hour sessions from 10am-Noon each Thursday. Registration is required and space is limited. A waiting list will be maintained for future sessions. Call the UT Extension Office at 642-2941 to sign up.

Maggie Moo's Fundraiser for RFL Sat. at Clayton Homes

Paris, Tenn.- Clayton Homes, located at 2850 East Wood St., is holding a fundraiser for Relay for Life this Saturday July 8th as they welcome Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream Truck during their summer sale. A portion of ice cream sales will go to Henry County Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society from Noon to 7pm.

HC Felon Sentenced to 110 Months Federal Prison

Jackson, Tenn.- Another Henry County Felon will serve time in Federal Prison, according to a press release form the U.S. Department of Justice. Marvin Steinberg, 38, was sentenced to 110 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of firearms. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on November 6, 2015, members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Steinberg’s home in Paris, Tennessee, because of suspected methamphetamine and firearm possession.

Upon execution of the warrant, officers located six firearms, ammunition, and a loaded AK magazine. Officers also found methamphetamine along with digital scales, pipes, a“bong” and a gas mask. Steinburg, who was present, admitted to officers that the methamphetamine and some of the firearms were his.

On June 29, 2017, the Honorable J. Daniel Breen sentenced Steinberg to nearly 10 years’ confinement and received a total of 3 years supervised release to begin after his incarceration.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Henry County Sheriff’s Office; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who have all worked jointly to address gun-related crimes through aggressive investigation and prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor Eskridge prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Area Educators Prepare for School Year with UTM Workshops

Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Educational Studies sponsored 55 professional development workshops throughout the month of June to help area educators prepare not only for the coming academic year, but also for the new Tennessee standards scheduled for implementation in 2018.

The workshops, funded by a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, focused on a variety of subjects including classroom organization and management; the universal design for learning; elementary, middle and high school science; high school chemistry; robotics and more. More than 300 teachers from across West Tennessee attended the sessions.

Kim Crews, a ninth-grade biology teacher at Obion County Central High School, attended a session on high school STEM subjects taught by Dr. Ann Gathers, UT Martin associate professor of biology. The workshop included hands-on activities including the modeling of cell components and chromosomes to show cell division and the demonstration of osmosis and dehydration using laboratory conditions.

“The workshop gives us activities that are related to the Tennessee state standards – both the old standards we are currently testing on this year and the new standards that will go into effect in the 2018-19 school year,” said Crews. “They’re giving us some labs and activities that they do at the college level that we can also use in our classrooms to teach those standards and reinforce them so our students will hopefully do well on their end-of-course tests.”

Many of the workshops, including the high school STEM session Crews attended, sent participants home with kits of equipment to replicate the activities in their classrooms. Kits from this particular workshop included microscopes, beakers, scales, dissection kits, modeling materials and other equipment.

Educators are grateful for the extra supplies, particularly since many of these items would not otherwise be available at the grade-school level.

“We’re getting some good equipment today, so even if we can’t get the funding to have enough materials for groups of our students to use (themselves), at least we’ll be able to demonstrate the concepts to them,” said Crews.

“I’m just like a kid at Christmas,” said Tracy King, an educator at Carroll Academy who attended both the high school STEM and chemistry sessions. She is not alone, and many other workshop participants expressed excitement at finding new and creative ways to engage their students in topics that might otherwise be forgotten.

“The one thing they (school administrators) want us to get away from is just working out of the textbook,” said Valerie Guthrie, a middle school science teacher at Henry Elementary School. “I’ve done a social studies class, and this is my first year for science. I just want them (my students) up and busy and engaged and happy to be there.” Guthrie attended a workshop on incorporating the arts and dance into science-based courses and vice-versa, taught by Dr. Carol Eckert, UT Martin professor of art, and Sarah McCormick, associate professor of dance education.

Tracy Shankle, with Henry County High School, finds herself on the other side of the aisle as an art teacher for Pre-K through eighth grade.

“In the past years, there’s been very little offered for art, and I incorporate my art projects with standards from science, social studies and math,” she said. “There’s a big push to integrate the curriculum … and the new standards are pushing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).”

The TQP Grant provided approximately $225,000 worth of educational supplies to area educators through these workshops. Versions of some kits will be stored in the UT Martin STEM Center for check-out by teachers who were not able to attend the workshops in person.

For more information on the grant, the workshop schedule or the available materials, contact Tina Harrison, project coordinator, at 731-881-7201 or tharri70@utm.edu.

Fort Campbell Man Charged with Marijuana Possession

Paris, Tenn.-According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Rochan Raheem Lacaze, age 22, of Fort Campbell, for possession of schedule 6 with intent and driving on a suspended license. Raheem was placed on $3K bond.

Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a camper being stolen with a gun and several other items inside from a residence on Three Bridges Road. The value of the camper is $10K and the contents inside are valued at $5K. There are no suspects at this time.

Paris Downtown Boxing Earns Medals at Jr. Olympics

Charleston, West Virginia- Three boxers from Paris Downtown Boxing brought home medals from the Junior Olympics. Paris Downtown traveled to Charleston, West Virginia for the week- long tournament. Katie Crabtree and Cam’ron Patton brought home Silver and Demarccus Patton brought home the Gold. “I am really happy with the way the kids preformed and I am very happy with the support our community showed them”, said Coach Derik Moon. (Miranda Moon photo)

Grand Jury Issues True Bills on All 49 Cases Heard Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury heard 49 cases in a busy session on Monday and issued true bills on all 49 cases citing enough evidence in each to indict. The bulk of the indictments dealt with the usual drugs, thefts, and assault, but attempted murder indictments were also handed down in a couple cases.

Mario Threatt, 36, of Memphis, was indicted for attempted murder and tampering with evidence for stabbing a man several times with a knife at an incident that took place in May on Wynn St. in Paris.

The Grand Jury also indicted Luke P. Williamson, 20, of Mansfield Road for attempt to commit second degree murder and aggravated assault for an incident in April where he allegedly tried to kill a man by running him over with a truck.

Jermel R. Kinley, 30, of Liberty Avenue was indicted on 16 charges associated with a high speed chase while he had a pregnant woman riding in the car with him back in January. The indictments included reckless endangerment, evading arrest, failure to exercise due care, possession of meth, evading arrest, possession of cocaine, and many more from other incidents Kinely was involved in.

The two people involved in the assault of local demonstrator James Hart back in February were indicted by the Grand Jury as well Monday. Eleanor Pitts, 29, and Dallas Hoffman, both of Shelby County, were indicted for assault.

Indicted on aggravated child neglect by the Grand Jury Monday were Heather Andres, 28, of Liberty Avenue and Tara Steinberg, 39, of Blackberry Lane.

Other indictments included Michael Littleton, 40, Vance St., rape; Marvin Gaston, 39, of Old McKenzie Hwy., violation of the sex offender registry; Jeffrey Wilson, 28, of N. Poplar St., sexual battery by an authority figure; Billy Sommerville, 41, Hidden Acres Rd., aggravated sexual battery, Laquice Newbill, 38, for kidnapping.

Several indictments as usual were also handed down for drugs, DUI, assault, and theft charges. Arraignments are set for this coming Monday July 12th.

Celebrating 4th of July Cottage Grove Style as Fireworks Light Up the Sky

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The 42nd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival ended with a bang as the fireworks lit up the sky throuhgout Cottage Grove as crowds and crowds of people gathered to see the fireworks show.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got to play with sparklers as the adults got to catch up with friends from the community, while the crowd enjoyed a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show in Cottage Grove.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris Man Arrested for Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Michael Tharpe, age 46 of Depot Street of Paris, on Monday for escape and for warrants for violation of probation, failure to appear and theft over $1,000.

At around 9:30am on Monday, Investigator Jeramye Whitaker received information about the whereabouts of Michael Tharpe, who had three outstanding warrants.  Investigator Whitaker and Lt. Ramos went to a home on Depot Street where Tharpe was believed to be. Police knocked on the door and Tharpe tried to escape through the rear exit and Lt. Ramos managed to arrest Tharpe. Tharpe was placed on a total of $8,000 bond.

Community Health Screening Event on Thurs. July 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will be holding a community health screening event on Thursday, July 6th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

No appointments are necessary as HCMC staff members will be offering health screenings and educational materials at the event. Free health screenings offered at the event include:blood pressure and blood sugar tests, a total cholesterol test costs $3 and a lipid panel will cost $10. Fasting is required for the blood sugar, total cholesterol and lipid panel screenings.

For more information about the event contact, Lori Laser, RN, BSN Community Educator, at 731-644-8269.

Several People Arrested on Driving Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Ptl Tyrail Jackson arrested Calvert Johnson, age 23 of Caledonia Street of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Johnson was placed on $500 bond.

Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Michael Allred, age 25 of Brown Street of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Allred was placed on $1,000 bond.

Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Kevin Porter, age 28 of Lone Oak Road of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Porter was placed on $300 bond.

Fun, Fireworks and Dunking the Mayor at CG Freedom Festival

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- After the 42nd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival parade the crowd got to enjoy games, plenty of food, hay rides, bounce houses, a dunking booth and plenty of games for the kids. Cottage Grove Mayor David Jackson even got in on the fun when he took the hot seat in the dunking booth, as lines of people gathered to take their shot at dunking the mayor.

Cottage Grove Mayor David Jackson getting dunked. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Cottage Grove Freedom Festival will hold games and activities throughout the day. The Firehouse International Kitchen was also on hand to serve European food near the pavilion and the concession stand served  burgers and ice cream all day. 

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The afternoon includes live musical entertainment, auction, Bingo, shotgun drawing and for the grand finale the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Fireworks display at 9pm. The annual Freedom Festival is a fundraiser for the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Darrell Bigham and Cottage Grove Fire Department board member Brent Ugley also gave an update about the motorcycle run at Tuesday's Freedom Festival. Bigham won a cash prize of $100 and he donated the winnings back to the Cottage Grove Fire Department.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Marching Into Independence Day Celebrations at Cottage Grove

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The community came out to celebrate the 4th of July at the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival, which was kicked off with the 42nd Annual Forth of July Parade. World War II veteran Maurice Jones served as Grand Marshal of the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Parade. 

42nd Annual CG Freedom Festival Grand Marshal Maurice Jones. (Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Festivities for the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival will continue throughout the day with the fireworks display happening at 9pm on Tuesday.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

TN, Cross Creeks NWR To Offer Canoeing/Kayaking Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge invites the public for two different opportunities for a free Canoeing and Kayaking event held on successive weekends at two different locations.

On Saturday July 8th at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge from 9am to Noon a guided ranger paddle will be offered on the Swamp Creek area of the refuge. All children must be accompanied by an adult and participants are asked to meet at Antioch Boat Ramp at the end of Antioch Harbor Road in Springville at 9am Saturday.

Another chance to explore the refuge by canoe or kayak will be held at Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday July 15th from 9am to Noon. Participants are asked to meet at 9am on the 15th at the refuge office visitor center at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover.

A limited number of free canoes and kayaks will be available for both events, along with paddles and adult life preservers. No prior experience is necessary, but participants need to be prepared for sun exposure and wear shoes that can get wet. Please bring water, sun screen, and wear a hat. All participants may bring their own equipment to each event as well.

Limited space is available, to reserve your spot RSVP by calling the refuge office at 642-2091.

Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Set for Sat. July 8th

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

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

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

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

Bethel Univ. Wins Case Against State Board of Edu.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University has won its petition against the Tennessee State Board of Education with the final order of the Davidson County Court case being delivered in late June. Bethel University filed the petition against the state board after the board denied approval for Bethel to continue to license teachers – something the school had been doing for decades. The board’s move took place in July 2016 just shortly after Bethel had received word that it had been given continued accreditation from NCATE, the predecessor to what is now known as CAEP (The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

“The action by the Tennessee State Board of Education hit us very hard,” said President Walter Butler. “We had a thriving teacher education program. In fact, this program was among our largest.”

Butler said after the board denied approval for Bethel to continue to license teachers that they had to temporarily begin to close the program down.

“We knew we could not offer such a program to students if we could not help them attain licensure as well,” he said. “We had to work with students who were in the program to ensure that they would indeed be in a place to receive licensure when they completed their teacher education program. We lost a great deal of revenue, and we felt like we were letting down a lot of students who had put their educational futures in our hands.”

Butler said he is very pleased with the outcome of the case.

“To know that the court felt like the State Board’s revocation of our ability to license was invalid is gratifying,” he said. “We know that we have a strong teacher education program. We have always received a lot of anecdotal feedback from school systems who praise the kinds of teachers we have educated. And we’ve had a 100 percent pass rate for our students taking the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching examination in three of the last five years with a 93 percent and 98 percent pass rate the other two years. This clearly shows that Bethel’s teacher candidates have been prepared to teach.”

Butler said the final order of the case was that Bethel’s status would be restored to the approved status it possessed before the Board invalidly attempted to deny Bethel’s EPP approval. The final order also said that all costs involved with the case would be taxed to the Tennessee State Board of Education.

“This is what we had been hoping for,” said Butler. “We are so excited to be back in the business of preparing teachers for the classroom. With the court’s final order of putting us back at the approved status we were at before, we can hit the ground running to enroll students interested in teacher education programs.”

Bethel University is one of Tennessee's oldest 4-year institutions. In 2017, it is celebrating its 175th birthday. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.

Page Pleads Guilty to Amended Charge in Court Monday

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson, Christopher Page appeared in Henry County Circuit Court at 1:00 p.m. today with his attorney, Mark Donohoe. Mr. Page withdrew his plea of not guilty to certain criminal charges and changed his plea to guilty as to an amended charge of second degree murder pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement. Page was originally charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse stemming from an incident in September 2015 in which an infant was not breathing when EMS arrived and died 5 days later at the hospital.

The plea of guilty, with the resulting sentence, was agreed to by special district attorneys Kyle Anderson and Pamela Anderson of Nashville and Mr. Donohoe on behalf of Mr. Page.

Judge Donald Parish imposed the prison sentence agreed to by the parties: fifteen (15) years to be served at 100% in confinement. Mr. Page has been in custody since his arrest in early September 2015. He has been housed at the Carroll County jail previously.

The case was set to go to trial on Monday, July 17th in Paris. No trial will take place.

Paris Fire Dept. Reminds of 4th of July Fire Safety

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Fire Marshal Greg Andrews issued a press release about Fourth of July Fire Safety reminding citizens 11 people were killed and over 10K injured by fireworks last year.

Also, Tennessee fire departments responded to 859 fires caused by fireworks, resulting in over $1.78M in damage from 2010-2014, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System.

The Paris Fire Department encourages everyone to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals where compliance and state of the art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate with fireworks. They also remind citizens shooting fireworks in the City of Paris is not only dangerous but illegal by City Ordinance.

If you live outside the City Limits please follow these tips when setting off fireworks: 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 them outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves, and flammable materials, never try to relight a firework that didn’t go off, wear eye protection, and keep water nearby in case of malfunction or fire.

Man Evades Briefly, Arrested for Domestic Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hwy. 79N. in reference to a domestic assault where a woman was bleeding from her head and had several bruises. It was learned that Justin Hughes, age 26, of 224 Woodland Drive in Springville, and the woman had gotten into an argument and he stabbed her with some medical bandage scissors in the head and hand. Cpl. Sanders checked and found a warrant already on Hughes for something else and officers went to his residence to attempt to arrest him. Hughes attempted to flee and did evade for a short time before being arrested. He will be charged with assault among other things.

A Master Grill, valued at $300 was stolen from a home on Hwy. 54. There are no suspects according to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and investigation continues.

Javan Winders Named to All Academic Team at USI

Evansville, Ind.- University of Southern Indiana runner Javan Winders, former Henry County High standout, has been named the 2016-17 GLVC Academic All-Conference Team for Cross Country and Track. Javan just completed his Freshman year at USI.

Activities This Week at W.G. Rhea Library's Summer Reading

Paris, Tenn.- Activities this week for the W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Summer Reading Program include Tomorrow’s World Mr. Bond The Science Guy at 10am on Wednesday July 5th as kids will learn about pulleys, defy gravity, and launch a catapult. On Friday July 7th at 10am there will be a family movie and at 6pm a Teen movie. The Last Day to check out books is July 10th and the Summer Reading Program wraps up July 14th.

Partnership Will Help Bring Down Derelict Building for Green Space

Paris, Tenn.- In a first-of-its-kind Paris partnership, a neighborhood association and a neighborhood revitalization program have joined together to demolish a neighborhood eyesore. Work to raze the apartment building at 311 Jackson Street will begin on July 5.

A group of neighbors stepped forward this spring to purchase the non-conforming, derelict building, according to Ed Roberts, president of the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association (HAPNA). Before closing on the building, the group met with the HAPNA board, who agreed to take ownership of the property.

“Because the neighborhood association was not interested in owning the structure,” said Roberts, “we reached out to the City to see if Preserve Paris could help us turn the property into a neighborhood community space that would be owned by HAPNA.”

Preserve Paris agreed to demolish the building, creating the chance for HAPNA to move forward in designing a neighborhood green space.

The property was a longstanding problem for the City and the neighborhood, according to Paris City Manager Kim Foster, who saw the partnership as an unusual opportunity. “It’s a rare day when a program, in this case, Preserve Paris and a neighborhood association can quickly achieve such outstanding results,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association’s exciting plans for this property come to fruition.”

Three People Arrested on Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Jeffery McNeal, age 52 of Washington Court of Paris, on Saturday for driving under the influence first offense and driving on a suspended license. McNeal was placed on $1,500 bond.

According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Greg Underwood arrested Jason Bennett, age 27 of Morning Side Village of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Bennett was placed on $500 bond.

In another report, Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Sara Woodard, age 31 of Adams Street of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license.

Forth of July Closings Announced

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris announced closings for the Forth of July holiday. The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Tuesday and Wednesday trash routes will run on Wednesday, so be sure to have your trash out by 7am on Wednesday.

The Landfill will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th and they will reopen at 7am on Wednesday. The Animal shelter will be closed on Tuesday and they will reopen at 11:30am on Wednesday. City Hall will be closed on Tuesday and they will reopen at 7:30am on Wednesday. The Civic Center will be closed on Tuesday and they will reopen at 6am on Wednesday.

Buchanan Man Arrested on Theft Charges

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Andrews arrested Kyle Jensen, age 26 of Hwy 119 of Buchanan, on Sunday for failure to appear, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of property. Jensen was placed on $3,500 bond.

Fire Causes Significant Damage to Trailer in Buchanan

Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Cole photos

Buchanan, Tenn.- At approximately 2:30am on Sunday morning, Paris Landing Fire Dept. was dispatched to 690 Rogers Road for a report of a trailer on fire.

 Arriving units found a single wide mobile home with fire underneath the floor and near the front door.  The owner Jessica Underwood stated she had come home earlier and had put her five kids to bed and had just laid down herself when some of the children ran to her saying they smelled smoke. At the same time the smoke alarms started going off and she and all her children were able to escape out the back door of the residence unharmed. 

Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Cole photos

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, but it appears to be accidental. The residence suffered heavy smoke and some water damage. The damage is estimated at $10,000.

The owner stated she had no insurance. The Red Cross has been notified.Three trucks and eight firefighters were on the scene for 2 hours.

Paris Man and Martin Woman Arrested for DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Jared Payton, age 28 of Hwy. 69S of Paris, on Saturday for his 2nd driving under the influence offense. Payton was placed on $5,000 bond.

In another report, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Rachel Ruby, age 22 of Old Fulton Road of Martin, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license and for her second driving under the influence offense. Ruby was placed on $4,000 bond. 

Buchanan Woman Arrested on Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Lacey Day, age 18 of Rabbit Creek Road of Buchanan, on Friday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Day was placed on $20,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Evading Police

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Cory Capps, age 27 of Morningside Apartment of Paris, on Thursday for evading arrest, failure to appear, theft of property, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Ptl. Jackson was patrolling on Chickasaw when when observed a vehicle with a taillight out. When Ptl. Jackson tried to conduct a traffic stop, Capps jumped out of the car and took off on foot. Ptl. Jackson was able to apprehend Capps who was laying in a creek in the woods.

The driver of the vehicle gave police permission to search the vehicle. Lt. Ean Reed found a marijuana pipe inside the car and he also found a meth pipe in the woods where Capps had been laying.Capps was placed on a total of $16,500 bond.

Lee Academy Sketching Class is July 10-13

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold a Sketching Camp taught by Kimberly Kinsland on Monday, July 10th through Thursday, July 13th from 9am to 11am at Lee Academy. On Friday, July 14th the class will take a field trip to Safari Park in Alamo. 

There is a limit of 15 students for the Sketching Camp and students must be in the 3rd through 5th grade having completed the 3rd grade by summer 2017. This 5-day camp costs $100 per student which includes a sketchbook, sketching pencils, Summer Series t-shirt, park admission, and transportation to the park.

Your child will spend 4 days learning techniques and sketching animals at Lee Academy. On the fifth day, the group will take a field trip to Safari Park to sketch the animals there.

To register and for more information just visit the Lee Academy website.

Springville Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Corey Morgan, age 25 of Howells Resort of Springville, on Wednesday for evading arrest, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license. Morgan was placed on $7,500 bond.

Plenty of Choices at Downtown Farmer's Market on Friday

(Cassie Walsh photos)     

Paris, Tenn.- People shuffled in and out Friday afternoon at the Downtown Farmer's Market beginning at 3pm. The Downtown Farmer's Market will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of the Forth of July holiday. The Farmer's Market will reopen next Friday,July 7th at 3pm. So stop by today and stock up for the holiday.

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 located on the corner of Market Street and Ruff Street on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 3pm. Throughout the summer and into the fall, more vendors and produce will be available.

Campbell Arms Manufacturing Bringing 50 Jobs to McKenzie

McKenzie Industrial Board Executive Director Frank Tate with owners Blaine Campbell and Melissa Kelso. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC. (CAM), a veteran‐owned manufacturer of small arms components in the weapons industry will locate a new facility in McKenzie with a nearly $850 thousand investment expected to create 50 full‐time jobs, announced on Friday, June 30th.

"Carroll County is pleased to welcome CAM to our community and are happy to support and encourage their continued growth." County Mayor, Kenny McBride said. “CAM has identified itself as being a good fit for our community, and we are excited they are locating here. This new facility will help the company continue to succeed, thanks to Tennessee’s manufacturing expertise, availability of skilled workforce and logistics advantages.”


The company’s investment will cover its move into an existing facility in the Industrial Air Park, as well as manufacturing, fleet and office equipment, hardware and wiring, yard paving and additional renovations and improvements.

One of the skydivers at the Campbell Arms Manufacturing announcement on Friday. (David Jackson photos)

The McKenzie plant relocation will allow CAM to better serve its customers. As well, the new location will also allow the company to explore business possibilities in other regions.


“We are very excited to be able to invest in the Carroll County community. The exponential growth opportunity in our industry is immeasurable, and we have new innovative ideas and designs to implement as well as a large market to supply,” said Blaine Campbell, owner of the company. “This relocation is instrumental in the growth of our company as well as for the City of McKenzie. We are proud to be able to work with McKenzie Industrial Development and the State of Tennessee to further grow our manufacturing operations.”

Mayor Jill Holland, City of McKenzie, said the arrival of CAM will benefit the local economy.


“We are pleased to welcome Campbell Arms Manufacturing to the McKenzie community,” Holland said. “This new investment of nearly $850 Thousand and additional 50 jobs it aims to create will be a huge boost for our local economy. We are very grateful to CAM for this investment, and we appreciate the Tennessee Economic and Community Development team for all their hard work, as well.”


McKenzie Industrial Development Director, Frank Tate greeted the company and wished them success. “It is companies like CAM that will help boost our economy and show that Carroll County provides a strong and available skilled workforce. We are thankful they considered McKenzie as their new home and look forward to being a continued partner in their future growth.”


“Congratulations, and thank you to Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC. In the global economy, a business can locate almost anywhere in the world, but Blaine & his crew decided to create their new location in West Tennessee! In my humble opinion, that's something we should all appreciate.” State Representative Andy Holt said. “There are many advantages to doing business in our region and locating to Carroll County is just one of them. On behalf of the State, I wish them a prosperous future and look forward to working with them in the future.”


TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe provided remarks, “I’d like to welcome Campbell Arms Manufacturing to McKenzie,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s skilled workforce has positioned our local communities for continued growth in advanced manufacturing. This investment will result in 50 well‐paying jobs, and I look forward to the long‐term boost Campbell’s presence will have for the citizens of Carroll County.”


Additionally, CAM can receive resources from the American Job Center. Through the American Job Center, companies can receive no‐cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced‐cost customized training and on the job training incentives. In fiscal 2016, the American Job Center provided training and services for over 65,000 Tennesseans and 2500 employers from a variety of industry sectors within the local workforce delivery area.


For more information on Campbell Arms Manufacturing, visit www.campbellarmsmfg.com.

One Killed, one Injured in Guthrie Road Wreck Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- One man was killed and another man injured in a one vehicle accident on Guthrie Road after 10pm Thursday evening according to the fatality report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Joshua A. Hubbard, age 36 of Buchanan was killed and his passenger Ronnie Ward, age 35, of Paris was injured when the vehicle went off the left side of the road and overcorrected as it traveled Westbound and then went off the right side of the road and hit a tree. The extent of Ward’s injuries are not known at this time. Trooper Caleb Cooper worked the accident.

Rhea School Demolition Nearly Complete

Paris, Tenn.- Here are some of the scenes of the demolition that has been going on this week as the old structure of Rhea Elementary School comes down. Work continues on Rhea Elementary and an open house is planned prior to July's PSSD board meeting on July 18th at 5pm. (David Hayes photos)

Henry Fire Dept. Extinguishes Backhoe Fire

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department responded to a backhoe on fire Thursday afternoon just after 4pm on Meadows Road. Two trucks and 7 firefighters responded to the scene and found the backhoe fully involved. Henry Fire Department members put the fire out but the backhoe was a total loss. (Dustin Odom photos)

Emily West Shoots Music Video in Paris

West at Eiffel Tower Park. (Photo from her Facebook page)

Paris, Tenn.- Musician Emily West was in Paris with a video film crew recently and shot her newest video “Don’t Ever Go to Paris When You’re Lonely” and visited Eiffel Tower Park, Take Me Back Café, and several areas in downtown Paris. A link to the video can be found on Emily West’s Facebook page or the Downtown Paris Association’s Facebook page.

Renovations Ongoing at Cottage Grove Christian School

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Carpet installers from Carpet World USA install carpet at the Cottage Grove Christian School in Cottage Grove.  Growth in the school has caused a renovation to be necessary, according to school director and instructor Mark Atkins.  We are expecting several new students to be enrolled this fall and have been working all summer long to update the upper level of the school.  Until this last year most of the classes were in the old shop room that was later a kindergarten room."

In conjunction with the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival, those in attendance as well as former students, teachers and staff are invited to an open house and tour of the facility on July 4th from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Atkins said, "I think everyone whose ever been involved with the school will certainly appreciate the changes we've made."

PLSP Has Plenty of Activities for Fourth of July

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will once again hold their fireworks display on Tuesday July 4th around 9pm. Events begin a at 4pm with music acts, food, vendors, and free arts and crafts. Everyone is invited to attend.

Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Set for Tues. July 4th

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The 42nd Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival is set for Tuesday July 4th and the City of Cottage Grove welcomes everyone to come and attend a day full of fun activities.

Maurice Jones, World War II Vet, is the Grand Marshall of the parade which begins at 10am on July 4th. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will present the Colors in the parade as well. The sounding of the Tornado Siren will signal the start of the Parade.

The Motorcycle Run begins at 10:30am, with registration starting at 9am. The Turkey and Trap shoot will go from 9am to 1pm. There is also game booths opening after the parade, a Firehouse International Kitchen, concessions, hay rides, cake walks, bounce castles, water slides, Zip Lines, a Zombie Paintball Target Shoot and more.

The Country store opens at 11am that day with a dollar a spin for homegrown and canned farm goods. There will be an auction from 1-2pm, an acoustic band from 2-4pm, bingo from 3-5pm, and live music from 6-9pm. At 8:45pm, there will be a drawing for a 12 gauge shotgun and a 50/50 drawing. The evening will culminate with fireworks at 9pm. For more information on the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival call 782-3657 or 782-3559.

Quota Deer Hunt Applications at LBL Available July 1-31

Golden Pond, Ky.- Deer season may be a little ways off but hunters can apply for Quota Deer Hunts at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area from July 1-31st. Potential applications will find the application link and additional information at https://landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/outdoor-rec/hunting/.

Hunters may call 270-924-2065 to apply by phone as well Monday thru Friday from 8am-4pm. Application fees are $5 online and $7 by phone. Quota deer hunt dates for the season at LBL are in Kentucky: Youth Quota Hunt October 28-29, for age 15 and younger, and the Adult Quota Hunt: November 18-19. The Tennessee Youth Quota Hunt at LBL is set for October 21-22 for ages 6-16 and the Adult Quota Hunts are November 10-11 and 25-26.

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

All hunters must carry on their person the following items: LBL Quota Hunt permit, LBL Hunter Use permit, appropriate state hunting licenses, deer permit, and hunters safety card.


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