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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


85210 Camps to Be Held Next Week in Camden, Huntingdon

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will hold an 8-5-210 Day Camp in Camden on July 18th and in Huntingdon on July 19th from 9am to 3pm for students in 1st thru 5th grade. The camp encourages families to adopt the 85210 five-step healthy recipes to promote healthier, fit families.

The camp will be at Camden Elementary July 18th and First Baptist Church in Huntingdon on July 19th. The basis of the camp follows simple rules to help you work toward achieving a healthier active lifestyle.

Get 8 hours of sleep per night, consume 5 or more fruits or veggies each day, limit your family’s recreational screen time to 2 hours per day, engage in 1 hour or more of physical activity each day, and consume 0 sugary beverages and drink more water and low-fat milk.

The camp will serve free lunch to participants and is free for students. For more information or to sign up for the camp go online at www.hcmc-tn.org to learn more. You can also call 644-8215. Monday July 16th is the deadline to sign up for the camp.

Chamber's Water Fun Run Planned for July 21

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run is set for July 21st on Kentucky Lake. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Chamber Office, located at 2508 East Wood Street. Players will travel to area resorts including Pleasant View, Paris Landing, Buchanan, Cypress Springs, Leatherwood, The Breakers, and Fat Daddy’s. At each resort, players will collect stamps, which will be good for one card. Whoever builds the best poker hand at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm will each win $500.

There will also be party boats traveling the water where you can gain extra stamps. Bonus stamps can also be purchased at the Marina for $10. In all, up to 10 cards can be earned. Players with the best 5 card hand each hour will win. This year’s year is Pirate based.

HCHD Closing Monday for Couple Days for Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Henry Midway Road on Monday July 16th and will remain closed two or three days for culvert replacement. The closure will be 100 feet south of Herrondale Road East.

New Harmony VBS PLanned July 14th thru 19th

Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will have their VBS Kickoff Event Friday July 14th 4-6pm. There will be an inflatable Slide, face painting, science experienments, coke floats, and pre-registration for Vacation Bible School. VBS will be held each evening July 15th thru 19th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Meals will be provided and its open for ages 3 years to 6th grade.

Steady Crowd For Early Voting's First Hour

Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green (right) and Assistant Kim Jenkins (left) assist citizens coming into the office to vote Friday morning.

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting for the August 2nd Election began at 8:30am Friday morning and by just after 9:30am around 75 people had already cast their ballots. Early Voting will continue 8:30am to 4:30pm each weekday and 9am until Noon on Saturdays from now until July 28th. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

County Mayor Brent Greer and his wife were some of the early voters Friday morning.

Woman Claims to Have Been Drugged and Robbed

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible incident where a woman said someone broke into her home and drugged and robbed her. Details are not confirmed, but a bank statement does show about $6K appear to be missing from her account. The woman said her debit card was stolen along with keys to a car and a cell phone. Investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed on anyone at this time.

Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police department arrested Farrah D. Stewar, age 42, of 3703 Hwy 79 N. and charged her with possession of meth, drug paraphernalia possession, possession of schedule 4 with intent, and possession of a weapon during a felony.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charge Michelle A. Stevens, age 24, of Paris, with aggravated burglary and false imprisonment. She was placed on $10K bond.

Cool Critters Day at LBL Saturday

Golden Pond, Ky.- Animals from around the world will be present at Land Between the Lakes this Saturday for Cool Critters Day at the Woodlands Nature Station. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm. Event goers can get up-close and learn more about the cool critters and the places they call home. Touch a tarantula, visit domestic animals in a petting zoo, and attend live animal programs throughout the day.

Kid’s games, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear and other animal-inspired activities will also be featured. Program highlights include kid friendly live animal programs with an Eagle Owl, Sulcata Tortoise, and more. Molly’s Ark Mobile Petting Zoo, will feature goats, sheep, and bunnies. Animals of South America by the Nashville Zoo will be on hand at Noon and includes amazing mammals and colorful birds of South America.

Murray State University’s Herpetological Society will have native reptiles on display and the Hancock Biological Station will have some cool fish.

Admission to Cool Critters day is only $5 per person and ages 4 and under are free. All programs are included with admission price. On-site vendors will offer lunch and beverages for sale.

For more information log onto www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-525-7077.  

BZA Grants Variance for LL's Bar and Grill; Outdoor Pavilion Planned

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Zoning Appeals met Thursday evening and approved a request for variance for Luis Long at LLs Bar and Grill at 334 East Washington St. The variance was for the building’s front yard setback requirements as Long plans to add an outdoor pavilion next to the existing building. The structure will be 30 by 30 and will be located ten feet from the building and set back ten feet from the front of the building, not the required 50 feet as set for in the ordinance. The topography of the property wouldn’t allow the normal 50 feet, therefore the BZA granted the variance.  

Fairview Baptist Church VBS Begins Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- Fairview Baptist Church will hold their Vacation Bible School July 15th thru 18th 6-8:30pm each night. The VBS Family night and All church pool party is planned for Thursday July 19th from 6-8pm. VBS is open for preK-12th grade and the theme is the Word is Alive. Fairview Baptist Church is located at 114 Memorial Drive Across from Lowe’s in Paris.

Palestine Methodist Church Holding Revival Beginning Sun.

Paris, Tenn.- Palestine United Methodist Church, located at 4059 Palestine Road, will hold their Revival starting this Sunday July 15th thru Wednesday July 18th. Sunday night will start at 5:30pm with a pot luck meal followed by a message and music. Monday thru Wednesday messages and music begins at 7pm each night. For more information call 243-3326.

HC Office on Aging To Hold Monthly Saturday Meeting this Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging will hold their Saturday meeting this Saturday July 14th at 10am. They will discuss their upcoming trip to the Ark Encounter Creation Museum in September. They will discuss the next fundraiser which will be a fish fry dinner in August. For more information call the Office on Aging at 642-2919.

Budget Committee Sends Budget To County Comm; No Property Tax Increase Required

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session for July on Thursday evening and approved presenting the proposed 2018-19 Budget to the County Commission when they meet in regular session this coming Monday night.

County Mayor Brent Greer went over the main highlights summary saying, “this was a challenging budget, because we really don’t know the impact losing Paris Landing Inn is going to have on us right now.”

The state has given Henry County a $200K impact payment for the upcoming budget year to try to offset revenue lost from the closing of the Inn, as it is demolished and a new one built. That process should take at least to the spring of 2020 to complete.

At first discussion a few weeks back, Mayor Greer said they were looking at having to use close to $359K from fund balance to balance the budget and there was no Cost of Living Adjustment included at the time. He then met with all department heads and asked them to help trim their budgets. He said, “thanks to the cooperative effort, we managed to include a 2% COLA for all county employees, which they deserve, and now our projected use from fund balance is only around $218K.”

The property tax rate will remain the same, $2.09 per $100 of assessed property for Henry County residents, of course new revenue from an increase in the wheel tax is included to help pay for the High School project.

The budget includes $2.3M in pass thru grants, $105K in capital outlay notes for capital projects, sees the value of a penny bringing just over $57K. The funding is broken down as such: General Fund receives .55, Highway Fund .24, General Purpose School Fund .79, Debt Service .04, and Solid Waste fund .06. The Paris Special School District receives .40.

The total budget, including the Henry County Medical Center, is $149M, which Mayor Greer said is the largest ever, but he said total use of fund balance to cover everything is only $737K and everyone is in good position to do that at this time.

Mayor Greer said it also looks like the County would once again exceed $1M in revenue from the Tennessee River Resort Act, which has been blessing to the county. The full commission will receive the budget Monday night, and reconvene July 30th to officially approve it and send it to the comptroller.

Early Voting for Aug. 2nd Election Begins Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting for the August 2nd Election begins Friday and runs until July 28th at the Henry County Election Commission Office, located inside the Courthouse Annex. Early Voting will be 8:30am to 4:30pm each weekday and 9am until Noon on Saturdays during the period.

TDEC Releases New Renderings for Paris Landing Inn

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today released renderings for the new inn, restaurant and conference center at Paris Landing State Park.

“This design maintains the signature feel of Paris Landing and its home on the shores of Kentucky Lake,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “This investment into our park is part of a broader revitalization of Tennessee’s state park system and will provide an overall superior visitor experience for tourists and locals alike.”

The early design phase was approved by the State Building Commission on July 12. Highlights include gathering space in the oversized lobby for guests, visitors and local residents; larger meeting and conference space; and a diversified room mix including suites and family rooms to meet customer demands.

“The new facility will create a space that the people of Henry and Stewart Counties, and to a greater extent Tennessee, will be proud of for years to come,” said Goodwyn Mills Cawood’s Architect Patrick Neuber. “Our goal for this project is to create something that speaks to the unique nature of Paris Landing State Park and showcases the special views of Kentucky Lake. Creating a sense of place will help this facility meet the needs of locals and draw tourists to continue to allow the park to have a positive influence on the local economy.”

The building design accentuates the picturesque waterfront views of Kentucky Lake while supporting the park’s marina activities. Its proximity and central location to other park features will allow guests to maximize their stay and take advantage of all the amenities the park has to offer.

"After viewing the rendering drawings, I was convinced that the citizens of the 75th district will be pleased with the new inn,” said Rep. Tim Wirgau, R-Buchanan. “One of my top priorities is having the inn finished on time. I believe that the stakeholders involved realize the importance of this, including Doster Construction. They’ll give local contractors every opportunity to have a fair shot at working on this project, ensuring it’s done right and giving the inn a local look and feel."

“I am very excited to be a part of the Paris Landing inn project,” said Dustin Crouch with Doster. “I grew up just down the highway from the inn and spent many summer days out on the lake and around the park. It means so much to me to be able to come back home and build something at the lake for everyone to enjoy for years to come. Paris Landing State Park and the surrounding areas are important to me, my family and the community, and I will be reaching out to local contractors to get as many local companies involved in the project as possible.”

The $26 million facility is expected to generate approximately 35% more annually than the previous structure in sales and occupancy taxes, serving as a catalyst for regional economic growth and prosperity.

The current inn will close in August 2018 with the new facility expected to open in the summer of 2020. Doster will host an outreach event for subcontractors interested in the project at the park on July 24 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Paris Police Seek Suspect in Walmart Theft

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who stole some fishing equipment from Walmart back on June 20th. Investigator Jeramye Whitaker said they've been trying to id this man since the theft and have had some issues and are hoping the public can help id him. Anyone with any information on the man seen in this survelliance shot can call Inv. Whitaker at 641-1437.

Henry County Awarded $315K CDBG for Emergency Communication Improvements

Nashville- Henry County has been awarded $315K for Emergency Communication System Improvements in the latest rounds of Community Development Block Grants, announced by Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Devevlopment Commissioner Bob Rolfe Wednesday. That is part of the $28M awarded state-wide which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.  

Several months ago, the Henry County E-911 Board applied for the CDBG for in order to make communication upgrades to help with dropping signals out in the county for our emergency responders, law enforcement, and fire fighters when they are out on calls. They are seeking the City of Paris's round of grants as well to help with the project.

“Congratulations to the 70 Community Development Block Grant recipients,” Haslam said. “It’s always great to see Tennessee communities taking the initiative to invest in themselves to create better environments for their residents to live and work. With the assistance of these grants, each community will be better equipped for success in our state and will continue to help Tennessee lead in economic development and job growth.”  

Other cities in our listening area that were awarded CDBG money this round included Huntingdon awarded $336K for Sewer System work and Big Sandy awarded over $314K for Fire Protection improvements.

“The Community Development Block Grants are a huge asset to communities across the state and Tennessee as a whole,” Rolfe said. “The 70 communities receiving CDBG funding will be better prepared for economic growth, which will in turn help Tennessee continue to succeed. I look forward to the future success each community will see in the years to come.”  

The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process held each year with local representatives from across the state. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by TNECD. Funds are available for water and sewer improvements and extensions, housing rehabilitation, health and safety projects as well as commercial façade improvements in Main Street and Tennessee Downtown communities. Commercial façade grants will be awarded this fall.

Quinn Chapel To Hold BBQ Fundraiser Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church’s Women’s Day Committee will hold a BBQ lunch fundraiser this Friday July 13th beginning at 11am. The menu includes choice of smoked chicken leg quarter or smoked bbq ribs with coleslaw, baked beans, bread, drink, and dessert. Chicken plates are $8 and rib plates are $10. Pre-order for large groups. Delivery for large groups is available. Call the church for more information at 642-8445.

Two Chances for Kayak Views of Refuge Coming Next 2 Saturdays

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge invites the public for two different opportunities for a free Canoeing and Kayaking event to be held the next couple of weekends. Limited spaces is available so please reserve your spot by calling the Refuge office at 642-2091.

Saturday July 14th at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge from 9am to Noon, a guided ranger paddle will be offered on Grassy Lake in the Duck River Bottom area of the refuge in Humphreys County. Packed with wildlife and interesting features, this large impoundment is a favorite with small boaters due to its natural beauty. Birds are plentiful in the area and a limited number of free kayaks and canoes are available along with paddles and adult life preservers. All participants are encouraged to meet at 550 Refuge Lane in News Johnsonville at 9am Saturday.

The second chance to explore a refuge by canoe or kayak is Saturday July 21st in the Elk Reservoir at Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Dover from 9am to Noon. This area is nestled in the hills of Cumberland River and is filled with wildlife, peace, and tranquility. All participants should meet at the refuge office and Visitor Center at 643 Wildlife Drive in Dover at 9am on the 21st.

Reminder: HCMC Screenings at Farm Bureau Thurs. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings Thursday morning from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 N. Poplar Street. There will be free finger stick blood sugar tests, blood pressure checks, and osteoporosis screenings. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a $3 fee or full lipid panel for $10. Results will be available the time of the screenings, fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results.

TARP Center Ice Cream Social Celebrating ADA Signing Planned Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living in Paris will celebrate the Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with disabilities Act in 1990 with an ice cream social and silent auction this Saturday July 14th from 2-4pm at the Center next to Sav-A-Lot. The public is invited to enjoy great ice cream in the cool AC, and bid on lot’s of great donated silent auction items. Find T.A.R.P. on Facebook and see pictures of the auction items. T.A.R.P. is a non-profit organization and offers supportive services to our disabled citizens and families in over 8 counties in West Tennessee.

Hamilton: Henry County Has Many Job Openings

Paris, Tenn.- In an effort to quell negative claims heard during the campaign season concerning lack of jobs in Henry County, CEO of the Industrial Committee David Hamilton, released a statement detailing the many job openings that have came to and will be coming to Henry County in the near future.

"All in all, I would have to say the job outlook for our county is strong, " Hamilton said, after hearing much talk during the campaign season for the need for industry and more jobs in the county.

"Presently, there are over 160 unfilled positions available at local industries and Henry County Medical Center, and these are good paying jobs with benefits like health insurance, dental, retirement, etc....but yet these companies cannot find people to fill these positions, it is difficult to attract new industry to your community when you don't have the skilled and available labor force to support existing companies," added Hamilton.

He said those figures do not include the open positions at the local retail stores, hotels, restaurants, medical businesses, which have “help wanted” signs around town. Being conservative, he said there are in excess of 200 unfilled positions currently available in Henry County.

And new jobs are coming to Henry County, according to Hamilton.

“Tosh Farms is adding 120 jobs over the next five years and investing $65 million into their operations in Henry,” he said. “Revel Enterprises is going to occupy the spec building, adding 65 jobs and a $3 million investment. Eurotranciatura is looking to expand their operations and create about 65 new jobs and an investment of $5 million. 

“We are currently working with an unnamed company out of Kentucky that plans to build a new facility in Henry County and create about 60 new jobs. Another unnamed local company is looking to build a new facility and add 35 new jobs. Add all of these up and we have over 280 new jobs coming to Henry County over the next few years.”

He said that does not include the jobs created due to new retail and service businesses locating in Henry County. Adding the open/unfilled positions and potential new jobs coming, he said the county is looking at well over 500 new jobs over the next few years.

“While we continue our efforts to locate new industries in Henry County, our most pressing need is to develop and train a labor force to fill the jobs we currently have and will be available in the future,“ Hamilton said. “To that end, our local elected leadership was successful in locating a branch of Jackson State Community College to Henry County, providing higher education opportunities to citizens. 

“And we are also working with local businesses and the Henry County School System to develop a new Work Ethic Certificate at Henry County High School.”

Man With Warrants Charged With Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff's Office noticed a vehicle parked behind some storage buildings on Hwy. 79N and went to investigated. Cpl. Sanders made contact with the driver, Bobby Madding, 38, of Jack Younger Lane, and knew Madding had active warrants on him. As Cpl. Sanders asked Madding, to get out of the vehicle, a black case that was in his lap fell to the ground and Madding tried to kick it under the vehicle. Cpl. Sanders told him to leave it alone and arrested him on the active warrants. A search of the case revealed crystalized meth in baggies. He was charged with possession of schedule two with intent.

In a separate incident, Joyce A. Biggs, age 28, of McKenzie, was arrested and charged with violation of probation.

HCHS FB Season Tix Now on Sale

Paris, Tenn.- 2018 Henry County High School Football Season Tickets are now on sale at the front office of HCHS. Cost of the tickets is $45 and is good for 5 home games in the 2018 season plus the game played at Austin Peay against Beech. For more information call Velvet Arnold at HCHS at 642-5232.

HCHD to Close Dale Cemetery Rd. Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Dale Cemetery Road in the Buchanan area on Thursday July 12th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 6 tenths of a mile south of Blood River Road. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Hot Afternoon for Rescheduled Cruise-in

Paris, Tenn.- The May DPA Cruise-in finally managed to be held Tuesday as Rockin Randall French entertained the crowd that braved the hot and humid afternoon. Several classic cars were on display and Perry's BBQ was sold as well. The next Cruise-in is in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social July 28th. (David Jackson photos)

Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Set for Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 125 participants are already registered for the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon, scheduled for this coming Saturday July 14th at Paris Landing State Park, which includes a 500 meter swim in Kentucky Lake, a 14 mile bike race over and around the Paris Landing Bridge, and 3 mile run in Paris Landing State Park. Registration continues up until the event begins Saturday morning. Race day registration is $100.

Online registration is available at www.paristntri.racesonline.com and ends at 11:59 Friday night July 12th. If you register online before race day, the cost is only $75.

Participants finishing in the top 50 will receive medals and finisher medals go to all those who finish. The races starts at 7am Saturday morning and the awards ceremony is at 10am. All participants must have a photo ID with them and USAT card, or purchase USAT insurance.

City of Paris To Begin Milling and Paving Streets Soon

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Street Department will begin milling and paving streets sometime between Monday July 16th and Monday July 23rd and will continue until all on this year’s list is finished. Roads to be completed include Thompson Street, Volunteer Drive, Boundbrook Drive, Grandiew Drive, Valleywood Drive, McSwain Drive, Manley Street from Tyson to the dead end, Salem Circle, and Lone Oak from Volunteer to Valleywood.

Shady Grove Cemetery Assoc. Holding Ice Cream Social Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Shady Grove Cemetery Association will hold an Ice Cream Social fundraiser this Saturday July 14th from 6-8pm at the church fellowship hall to help with mowing expenses and upkeep at the cemetery. Due to the flue and bad weather in February, the group was unable to hold their annual Chili Supper and are in need of funds.

The annual meeting will be at 8pm following the social. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. If you can’t attend donations can be sent to Carolyn Nored, 975 Jim Merrell Road, Paris, TN 38242. For more information call 642-4000 or 642-4675.

Pop Warner Cheerleading Signups Planned Next 3 Saturdays

Paris, Tenn.- Pop Warner Cheerleading will hold signups on the following days: Saturday July 14th, 21st, and 28th. The signups will be held at the Paris Civic Center by the pool from 10am until Noon. For any questions find the Pop Warner Cheerleading page on Facebook or call 363-9774.  

TUMC VBS Planned for July 14th

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 409 N. Wilson St., will hold vacation Bible School this Saturday July 14th from 9am to 3pm for ages 3 years thru 6th grade. There will be classes, food, and water fun in the afternoon. For more information call 642-3427.

MSU Announces Expansion in Nutrition Degree Program

Murray, Ky.- The Master of Science in Nutrition degree program at Murray State University is expanding to include two different concentrations: an internship concentration and a non-internship concentration.  

The program’s internship concentration will continue to provide students with supervised training in preparation for the nationally recognized credentialing examination to become a registered dietitian, while the non-internship concentration is designed for those students wanting graduate-level training in nutrition but who are not seeking the registered dietitian credential. The two concentrations have different degree requirements to help students become more competitive and meet the changing needs of the credentialing body.

Graduate students accepted to the master’s program in nutrition with the internship concentration will pursue 24 graduate-credit hours while completing their supervised practice training. Upon completion of their supervised practice training, individuals will complete additional coursework in statistics, nutrition-related topics and nutrition research. The students in this concentration will also complete the registered dietitian certificate program. Due to the fact that the certificate program will now be integrated into the internship concentration of the Master of Science in Nutrition, the standalone registered dietitian certificate program has been deleted.

Graduate students enrolled in the master’s program’s non-internship concentration will complete a 38-credit hour program that includes courses in nutrient metabolism, lifecycle nutrition, pathophysiology, nutrition for the aging adult, performance nutrition, trends in the food supply, statistics and nutrition research.  

With the expansion of the Master of Science in Nutrition, the nutrition and dietetics program at Murray State will be adding several new graduate courses with all graduate-level courses taught online. Courses will be taught by full-time faculty as well as content experts from around the world.  

“We are extremely excited to have registered dietitians in a variety of specialties teaching for us,” said Dr. Kathy Stanczyk, assistant professor and director of Murray State’s didactic program. “With registered dietitians from agriculture, sports nutrition and clinical practice joining us, we are assured to deliver a curriculum that is unparalleled.”

By 2024, a master’s degree will be the minimum education requirement to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The changes to the Master of Science in Nutrition will therefore prepare students for future changes to the discipline and assist graduates in being marketable in the field.

“The Master of Science in Nutrition prepares completers of the internship concentration to effectively compete in a growing job market in which four out of 10 entry-level dietitians nationally have earned a master's degree,” Stanczyk said. “These expansions are exciting opportunities for all of our graduate students as aging demographics, obesity, accelerated rates of nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes and advances in nutrition and genetic research are fueling the demand for highly trained nutrition professionals.”

Caprisse Johnson and Jessica Orscheln graduated in May 2018 from the undergraduate dietetics program at Murray State. Both have recently embarked on their graduate school journey to pursue the Master of Science in Nutrition program at Murray State in the internship concentration.

"The program gave me amazing hands-on experiences, such as preparing my own meal and performing nutrition-focused physical exams on my classmates,” Johnson said about her experience in the program. “I was also able to have outside classroom experiences like presenting research at Posters at the Capitol. I would not have been able to have these great experiences without being a part of this great program."

It’s a sentiment Orscheln echoed: “During my undergraduate [career] with the Murray State dietetic program, I always felt my professors were providing not only the best education but experiences in the field,” Orscheln said. “I was challenged and encouraged to put my best self forward every day in the classroom, community, my jobs, volunteer experiences and with my peers and colleagues. I am now more than excited to be continuing my education and training to be an RDN with the Murray State dietetic internship, and I am confident to begin knowing I am prepared to take on the new and great experiences ahead of me.”

Visit https://bit.ly/2yGzNBf or contact Stanczyk at kstanczyk@murraystate.edu for more information about the Master of Science in Nutrition at Murray State University.

Deputies Investigate Theft of Solar Battery

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft of a solar battery charger valued at $500 from a home on Shell Academy Road. There are no suspects at this time

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department arrested Michael McClellan, age 30, of Boyce St, of simple possession of schedule 6, and violation of probation.

Rescheduled May Cruise-In Set for Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is set to hold the rescheduled May cruise-in Tuesday at 5:30pm on the court square. Rockin Randall French will be the musical entertainment and Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ sandwiches. All classic cars are welcome and door prizes will be given away to car owners every 15 minutes.

Parks Board Hears Updates on Various Projects/Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met in regular session Monday night and Parks Director Tony Lawrence explained the new rims, courts, new LED lights, at Ogburn Park look really nice and have already started being utilized more. He said they’ve have already taken down the fencing around the where the old courts were and may take down some around the skateboard park area too to make it more appealing. The courts opened with a community event in June and drew a large crowd on hot afternoon.

Lawrence said the Gerald Howard Municipal Pool has been rocking and rolling especially when it first opened. As it got really hot in late June and July it has slowed some. The water slides continue to be a major attraction and the payback on those are right on scheduled thanks to increased crowds at the pool the last two summers.

The board learned that the Parks Department is working on installing new signage for informational purposes and trash receptacles have been added to area cemeteries. Lawrence informed the board that once the City obtained the latest cemetery they decided to start cleaning the ordinances up and doing a little more work in the cemeteries.

Lawrence said the Parks Department did not get approved for the Dog Park Grant from Boyd Foundation but will apply for it again when it comes up. He also reported that Tri-Turf installed sod on the soccer fields at McNeil Park on completely donated time and materials on one of the fields after doing the other one. He also reported the Children’s Theatre at KPAC is having a great summer as Wonka was well attended and Little Mermaid is set for next weekend showing lots of our local talent.

Reminder: Candidate Forum at 5:30pm Tues. on WLZK 94.1FM

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF/WLZK will host a candidate forum Tuesday night, beginning at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. Candidates that have opposition for the upcoming August 2nd Election have been invited to take part of the forum, which will be moderated by News Director Tim Alsobrooks. Each candidate will be given a two minute opening statement, then questions will be asked with each candidate having a chance to answer. Candidates will then be given a two minute closing statements. Candidates have not been given access to the questions.

HCHS Soph. Working Hard to Bring New Era to Tennis Team

Paris, Tenn.- Three Sophomores are working to bring a new era to Henry County Tennis.  Anna Minor, Brison Wimberley and Taylor Berry are all taking advantage of Summer programs offered throughout Tennessee. 

This week all 3 Players traveled to Brentwood to compete in another USTA Sanctioned Junior Tournament at the Maryland Farms YMCA. This is their 3rd tournament this Summer. Their progression has been escalated by attending Summer Camps, such as Sewannee Tennis Camp and the U T Martin Tennis Camps.  In addition, they are among a group of Players who are training with a private Coach.  They are all looking forward to, again, participating in the upcoming season of the HCHS Tennis Team.  It has been said that "Tennis Trams are made during the Summer". These three are certainly doing their part.

Pictured are Anna Minor, Brison Wimberley and Taylor Berry (Coach JF Kirk photo)

Man Assaults Officer, Tased Twice, Sprayed with Chemical Weapon Before Apprehended

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Michael Ramos and Ptl. Amber Roaten were on patrol over the weekend and noticed a man not wearing his seat belt in a GMC pickup truck. They activated their blue lights and pulled into NAPA behind the vehicle and the man got out and went into the store ignoring their orders to stop.

Once he came back outside, the man was identified as Tommy L. Baurlien, 66, of Jim Hunt Rd., become belligerent with Lt. Ramos and Ptl. Roaten. Finally Ptl. Roaten told him she would deploy her taser, and she did, he then pulled the charges out of his chest and struck Ptl. Roaten with his fist in her face.

Lt. Ramos then deployed his taser and Baurlien pulled out those charges and refused to comply. After repeated warnings, Lt. Ramos used a chemical agent and subdued him and arrested him. Ptl. Roaten was treated for her injuries and Baurlien was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He was placed on $25K bond.

Officers Busy with Thefts and Burglaries

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Eric Long took a report of burglary from a home on West Wood St. were a .40 caliber pistol valued at $400, over $1700 in cash, a bucket of loose change, and other items were stolen. There are possible suspects and investigation is continuing at this time.

Dep. Kyle Waldron has charged Bryan K. Jackson, age 27, of 357 Myatt Road with aggravated burglary, false imprisonment and placed him on $10K bond. There was no incident report to go along with the arrest sheet.

Also arrested over the weekend was Jeffery Lynn Mobley, age 55, of 711 Quinn St., for shoplifting, driving on revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Cpl. Forrest Kemp responded to a theft from a home on Browning Drive. Some video games, equipment, xBox, two external harddrives, and other items had been stolen. The total value of items missing was over $1K and the victim did give names of possible suspects.

W.G. Rhea Library's Summer Reading Program Concludes This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Summer Reading Program at the W.G. Rhea Public Library is closing down this week with a few activities. Monday is the last day to check out books and Tuesday is the last day to record books. At 6pm Tuesday there is a Teen Belly dancing class, and Friday July 13th at 2pm there is a Magic Show with Mr. Nick.

TBI Arrests Carroll County Man for Neighbor's Death

Nashville- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested and charged a Yuma man in connection to the death of his neighbor.

On Friday, at the request of 24th District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, TBI Agents joined the investigation into the apparent shooting death of Ben Cole Birdwell, shortly after authorities found the body of the 64-year-old on a railroad easement near his School House Road property. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to Birdwell’s neighbor, David Anderson (DOB 11-17-58), as the individual responsible for the crime.

On Saturday evening, Agents arrested Anderson and charged him with one count of Second Degree Murder and one count of Tampering with Evidence. Authorities subsequently booked Anderson into the Carroll County Jail on $150,000 bond.

UT Martin Adds Agriculture Business Degree

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees met June 22 in Knoxville and approved plans for UT Martin to offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business. This program is the 18th bachelor’s degree program offered at UT Martin.

The program is an expansion of UT Martin’s existing concentration where students earning a degree in general agriculture could take select courses in agricultural business. Now, students will be able to earn a specialized bachelor’s degree in agricultural business with concentrations in areas such as agricultural marketing or agricultural finance.

“There is a large demand for agribusiness professionals. Approximately 47 percent of all agriculture jobs are directly related to agribusiness,” said Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, professor of agricultural economics. “New students who enter the program will benefit from a specialized degree which will allow them to compete with existing agribusiness programs. They will be able to market their degree as an agricultural business degree as opposed to a traditional agriculture degree.”

Mehlhorn said current students pursuing the existing agricultural business concentration can choose whether to move to the new catalog requirements for the independent degree program or continue on their current course of study. Incoming students will be automatically enrolled in the new degree program beginning with the fall 2018 semester.

This new degree program has been in the planning stages for the past two years, and Mehlhorn says all new courses will be taught by existing faculty members with no new hires anticipated.

With the addition of this new bachelor’s degree, UT Martin now offers 18 bachelor’s degree programs with more than 100 specialized concentrations as well as five graduate-level programs. The new Bachelor of Science in agricultural business will be offered through the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

For more information, contact the department at 731-881-7260.

Busy Time for Paris Landing Fire Dept

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department responded to three separate incidents which all occurred within just over a 24 hour period.

According to a report provided by Reggie Coles, Fire Chief and Paramedic of the Paris Landing Fire Department, “On Friday morning July 6th, at 4:45 am Paris Landing Fire Dept and Henry County Sheriff's Officers were dispatched to 75 Kirk's Trading Post Road in Buchanan for a report by a passerby of a vehicle on fire in a driveway near a residence. Arriving units found a 2001 Nissan Xterra with the engine compartment ablaze. The owner Mrs. Brandy Goforth was attempting to pour water on the fire. The engine compartment was destroyed and the vehicle was deemed a total loss. The owner stated the vehicle had been parked in her driveway since 6pm the previous evening. Cause of the fire is under investigation. 3 trucks and 7 personnel were on the scene for 1 hour. 

On Friday evening July 6th, at 5:00 pm Paris Landing Fire Dept along with  Henry County EMS, Henry County Sheriff's officers and THP were dispatched to Highway 119 at the TN/KY state line for a report of a motorcycle accident.  Arriving units located the incident just across the state line on Billy Branch Road just off Highway 119. A motorcycle appeared to have left the road and impacted a barb wire fence. The unidentified driver was transported to Henry County Medical Center with moderate to severe injuries, his condition is unknown. Calloway County Fire Rescue and Calloway County Sheriff's officers also responded to the scene. Paris Landing units were on the scene for 1 hour with 1 truck and 8 personnel.

On Saturday morning, July 7th at 5:45 am, Paris Landing Fire Dept along with Henry County Sheriff's Officers were dispatched to Highway 79 N in Buchanan approximately 8 miles from Paris for a report of a vehicle on fire. The incident was found to be near the intersection of Highway 79 and East Antioch Road. Arriving units found a semi tanker truck fully loaded with liquid oxygen. The driver was using a fire extinguisher on the left rear wheel area of the truck. The driver stated one of his brakes had locked up and caught fire. The fire was extinguished with only minor damage to the vehicle. The truck is owned by AirGas USA in Clarksville. Damage is estimated at 2500.00. One truck and 8 firefighters were on the scene for 1 hour.”

(Reggie Coles photos.)

Snyder Elected to Position of Honor as Fellow

Paris, Tenn.– According to a Media Release from Circuit Court Clerk, Mike Wilson, "Henry County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Some 855 attorneys across the state make up this association. The invitation is a position of honor and has been extended to thirty-two attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. Earlier in May 2018, Judge Snyder was introduced as a new Fellow during the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville.

The Bar Foundation’s purpose is two-fold. They honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their professional community and to administer a grant making program. The grants are awarded in excess of $21,000,000 to law-related projects with an emphasis on public interest."

Woman Charged After Laying In Roadway

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy John Andrews responded to Old Union Road in reference to a woman laying partially in the roadway.

Upon arrival, Deputy Andrews found the woman walking down the road and very unsteady on her feet. When asked what she was doing laying in the road, she advised she was talking to her son. When then asked where her son was, she advised standing next to her. There, in fact, was no one at the scene standing next to her.

The woman, identified as Tracy M. Watson, age 32 of Old Union Road, was incoherent and had pen point pupils.

Watson was placed under arrest for public intoxication for her safety and the safety of others.

HC Youth Football League Sign-Ups Coming Up

Paris, Tenn. - The 2018 Henry County Youth Football League will hold Football Sign-Ups on Saturday, July 14th and Saturday, July 28th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Paris Civic Center.

Players must be 9 years old as of September 1st and weigh at least 70 pounds. All 9-year olds and 1st year players must present a copy of their birth certificate at the time of sign-up.

For information, call Bernie Sleadd at 731-336-0313.

Local Woman Charged With Driving On Revoked

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Patrolman Baxter observed the driver of a white, 2000 Chevrolet Impala not wearing a seat belt. The driver was stopped at a red light on Dunlap Street and Veterans Drive.

Ptl. Baxter initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Bridget Cox, age 40 of Paris, who presented an Alabama driver's license upon request. Dispatch advised that Cox was suspended out of Alabama.

Cox was then placed under arrest for driving on a suspended license. The vehicle, per Cox's request, was turned over to a licensed passenger.

Cox was placed on $500 bond.

HCMC To Once Again Offer Health Screenings

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris on Thursday, July 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Free finger stick blood sugars, blood pressures, and osteoporosis screenings will be available. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a lipid panel for $10 each.

Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

HCMC, HCHF to Provide Opiod Disposal Solutions 

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (PHCHF) and Henry County Medical Center (HCMC) recently obtained access to free DisposeRx packets to distribute throughout Henry County and the surrounding region in an effort to help address unused narcotic medications in homes.

The DisposeRx product was obtained through an Opioid Reduction grant provided by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. DisposeRx packets contain a biodegradable powder that, when mixed with water in the prescription vial, dissolve drugs, forming a viscous gel which can be safely discarded in the trash.

“DisposeRx packets are an innovative and easy-to-use drug disposal solution that can be used to help decrease access to unused prescription medications in our community,” says Allison Castleman, RN, MSN, Project Director with the PHCHF. “While there’s no single solution to the opioid crisis, practicing safe medication disposal is an important step we can all take.”

DisposeRx packets contain a blend of patented and proprietary solidifying materials that provide a safe and permanent solution for the disposal of unwanted, unused, or expired medications, including pills, tablets and capsules. When water and the DisposeRx powder are added to drugs in the prescription vial and shaken, the drugs are dissolved and then both chemically and physically sequestered in a biodegradable, viscous gel from which they cannot be extracted. The vial can then be discarded in household trash.

Packets will be distributed in a variety of ways throughout Henry and the surrounding counties over the next year. Opportunities for disbursement include health fairs, screenings, group education classes, and others. The packets will be distributed free of charge to any citizen who wishes to have access to this resource. Every effort will be made to provide access to these resources in a variety of community settings for all citizens of Henry County and the surrounding region.

For more information about the DisposeRx program or to have these available at your next event or activity, call Castleman at 731-644-8300.

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.

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.

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.

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.


News from past weeks here.


HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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