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Reminder: Chamber's Water Run Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Water Fun Run, “Rollin on the River”  on Saturday July 15th as event goers use watercraft to visit Buchanan Resort, Breakers, Paris Landing State Park, Cypress Bay, Pleasant View, Cypress Springs, Fat Daddy’s Leatherwood, and Mansard Island.

At each stop, you get a stamp and the number of stamps equal the number of cards you get at the end as you try to build the best poker hand. $500 apice will be awarded to the person with the best Poker Hand at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm at the Water Run. Final check-ins are at Paris Landing State Park.

Entries are being accepted now and cost is $20 to play if you pre-register and $25 the day of the event. All watercraft are welcome and applications can be picked up now at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, located on East Wood Street, or online at paristnchamber.com. Call the Chamber for more information at 642-3431.

HCHD Closing Chandler Road Mon. July 17th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Chandler Road on Monday July 17th for culvert replacement. The closure will be ½ mile south of Jim Merrell Road. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Reminder: Downtown Farmers Market Opens 3pm Fri.

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.

Office Building Complex Plan Approved by Planning Commision

Planning Commission members discuss the business on the agenda. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Planning Commission met Thursday evening in regular session for July and discussed a site plan for Phillip Brown for property on Volunteer and Maurice Fields Drive. City Development Director Jennifer Morris explained LI Smith and Associates have submitted a site plan on behalf of Phillip Brown for a new development located at the corner of Maurice Fields Drive and Volunteer. The proposal is to construct a 4K sq. foot office building. The total site area is .64 acres with proposed 17 parking spaces.

The plan shows a two way 28 ft. ingress/egress on the Volunteer Drive side of the site. A 50 ft. setback is shown on both street sides with an 8 ft. side yard setback on the south interior lot line and 25 ft. on the east line.

The stormwater design is acceptable, but engineers did recommend the designer review the contributing area determination as regional contour data indicates a considerable larger drainage basin more consistent with downstream structure sizes.

 Water and wastewater connections seem to show no issues, according to Tony Brown, Director of Water and Wastewater at BPU, but they would like to meet with the contractor to discuss the elevation of the building to confirm no issues with gravity sewer flow.

Bihn Chau, of the Paris Henry County Public Utility District, said the proposed building will set on top of an existing Natural Gas Service line to DPC and that service line will have to be relocated. There is a note on the plat to make sure it will be moved.

Paris Public Works Director Phillip Jesse also expressed concern of the dumpster pad at the proposed building. Morris said even if they don’t won’t a dumpster pad, we need to make sure one is included for possible future occupants of the building.

Morris confirmed to Planners that all issues have been addressed and they approved it Thursday night.

Planners Approve Minor Site Plan for Perry's BBQ

Paris, Tenn.- A minor site plan for Perry’s BBQ was approved by the planning commission Thursday night as well. The request is for a 16 x 16 wood deck at the business at 107 Ruff St. The deck would be used for outdoor dining servicing his business. The deck will not be covered and be considered a long term temporary structure. The building is in the B-2 zone and setback and parking requirements are not considered. There are no utilities planned for the deck.

Zoning Ordinance Amendment Discussed

Paris, Tenn.- Planners discussed an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance in regards to self-storage in a B-2 District after this was referred by the City Commission. The request is to convert a brick warehouse on Ruff Street into a 4 unit storage warehouse and build an additional 12 x 100 ft. mini storage building.

Morris said these types of requests have been experienced with the regard to the scope of the B-2 District and the fact that outside the two blocks around the square, it is difficult to apply the zoning regulations when things like parking requirements don’t exist in B-2.

City Manager Kim Foster suggested perhaps a new zone that addresses storage units and such could help because there isn’t any specific zone that does that now. City Attorney Fred McLean said the City will probably need to look at the regulations for self storage units. The Planning Commission deferred action on this for now and will discuss it in more detail next month with some recommendations from staff.

A rezoning request for 504 North Poplar Street was approved by the Planning Commission Thursday night. The request from the owner originated out of his attempt to generate a minor subdivision plat for approval. The owner now plans to combine both the vacant lot and the lot which the house sits on. The lot with the house is zone B-2 and the vacant lot is zoned R-3. His request to to have the combined lot zoned R-3 for residential.

Theft, Vandalism Investigated by Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a 2006 Harley motorcycle valued at $25K from a home on West Antioch Road. The woman told Dep. Scott her son took the motorcycle around the 4th of July.

Another report at the HCSO, stated the Big Apple on Hwy. 641 N. in Puryear had been vandalized. The report stated someone cut and removed a large kitchen exhaust vent and broke one of the large windows on the building. There are no suspects.

Woman Wanted for Criminal Simulation Arrested

Paris, Tenn.- One of the two people wanted for passing counterfeit $100 bills at Casey's and McDonald's this week has been arrested. Abigail Andrews, of 1608 Lone Oak was picked up Wednesday evening and charged with criminal simulation. She was placed on $2500 bond. The man with her that also used counterfeit money, Joshua Langford, remains at large as of Thursday morning.

Paris Thunder 10U Win USSSA World Series

Dallas, Tx.- The 2017 USSSA World Series started July 7 with opening ceremonies held at the Texas Rangers stadium where the kids participated in a presentation of the banners on the baseball field and watched the game against the Angels. July 8th and 9th is when pool play began against 37 10U teams with the Thunder coming into the event seeded 1st based on USSSA ranking points.  Thunder 10U played 3 games in pool play going undefeated. 

July 10th started bracket play  where Thunder was seeded 3rd. The winning streak continued for the Thunder in games 4, 5, 6, and 7. 

In the semifinals held at the Big League Dreams fields in Mansfield, Texas the Thunder was the only team that had gone undefeated. The Thunders second match up with the South Texas Slam proved to be more of a challenge than the first, giving the Thunder its first loss and forcing them into a 3rd game against the big hitting Texas team. The championship game started off with dramatic flair and ended  the same way.  The game was tied at 9 with Thunder batting in the bottom of the 6th when Martez Rack laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Austin Gasper for the walk off run. The Thunder boys were swinging their bats collecting 12 hits in the final game.   

The awards ceremony was held immediately after the game where the boys were presented with their banner, trophies and gold rings. By a vote amongst all the coaches from both teams and the officials, two Thunder players received special recognition for their efforts and performance. Martez Rack was awarded the 2017 USSSA World Series Offense Award and Brock Archie was named the 2017 USSSA World Series MVP.  

The Thunder Baseball Organization would like to thank every individual and business who supported us this year.  Without the communities support our World Series dreams would not have come to fruition.   

Roster:  

#6 Brock Archie - C

#8 Chase Cameron – 1B,P

#16 Austin Gasper – OF, 2B

#34 Aiden Hilliard – P, 3B

#7 Noah McClure – OF, C, PR

#22 Ryan Mitchell – P, 3B

#5 Jackson Mosley – SS, 2B, P

#4 Jesse Pugh – 2B, OF

#27 Martez Rack – P, SS, 2B

#1 Carter Thompson – OF, P

#2 Jeremiah Townsend – P,OF

#42 Maddux Urssery – OF, PR  

Head Coach – Gervis Gallimore

Assistant Coach – Tracy Tharpe

Assistant Coach – Caleb Townsend

HCHS and Grove Back to School Information Released

Paris, Tenn.- Back to school information for Henry County High School and E.W. Grove has been released from Principals Michele Webb and Tim Mason.

Grove will hold their open house Thursday August 3rd at 6pm. All incoming freshmen and their parents are encouraged to attend. Open House will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session with Principal Mason.

Henry County High School will release student schedules for 12th graders Thursday July 27th from 8:30am-2pm; for 11th graders Friday July 28th from 8:30am-2pm; and for 10th graders at the HCHS Open House.

HCHS Open House for incoming 10th graders and transfer students will be Thursday, August 3rd, between 4:30pm-6:30pm. Information sessions with HCHS Administration will be held at 5pm, 5:45pm, and 6:30pm in the Little Theatre. Specific information can be found on the school’s website, http://hchs.henryk12.net

For more information contact your child’s school, Grove at 642-4586 or HCHS at 642-5232.

LBL Cool Critters Day Set for Saturday

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes Woodlands Nature Center will host their Cool Critters Day on Saturday July 15th from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 per person and ages 4 and under are free. On-site vendors will sell lunch and beverages.

“Cool Critters Day is a great chance for children and adults to learn and get an up-close look at big bats, beautiful birds, snakes, mammals, turtles, and more,” says Nature Station Lead Naturalists John Pollpeter.

There will be a variety of live animal programs and exhibits, along with kids’ games, crafts, a puppet show, Smokey the Bear visits, and other activities. For more information on the Cool Critters Day go online to www.landbetweenthelakes.us and find the link for Cool Critters Day 2017. You can also call 1-800-525-7077.

KPAC Young Artist Chorus Concert is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists Summer Chorus Concert featuring selections from “The Lion King” will be held Friday July 14th at 6pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The concert is free to the public and will feature great solos, chorus, and great music. For more information on KPAC Young Artists visit www.kridercenter.com.

7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-Off Coming Aug. 4-5

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off is set for Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Paris. Teams are still being accepted until July 21st and will compete for $200 payouts for 1st place, $150 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place payouts in each category: Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Shoulder. The Grand Champion wins $1000 and the Reserve Champion wins $500. BBQ Team Entry fee is $160 and covers all categories.

The Public is invited Friday Night August 4th for the Pitmaster Challenge event as teams are given specific ingredients and must cook something for the judges. Also Friday night there will be Corn Hole Tournaments, with $40 entry fee per team, Washer Pitching and Horse Shoe tournaments with $20 entry per team. Payouts in the tournaments are 70% cash payouts. The public can also purchase food Friday night. There will be a DJ and live music Friday night as well.

On Saturday, competition judging will run from 11am-3pm. For more information on the 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off call Donna Milam at 731-336-1966 or email dmilam64@yahoo.com.

T.A.R.P. ADA Celebration Fundraiser Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living will host the Annual ADA Celebration and Fundraiser to commemorate the 27th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act on Friday July 14th from 11am to 3pm. There will be food, games, and prizes. Tickets to play games are 50 cents. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be grilling food and plates are $4. There will be a door prize given away at 3pm and you must be present to win. All money raised helps with programs at T.A.R.P. The Center is located at 1027 Mineral Wells Avenue.

Autopsy Shows No Obvious or Visual Cause in Webb Death

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has released the following update on the suspicious death of Emily Webb, a 20-year-old female found deceased Tuesday on Blood River Rd in Buchanan TN.  

The body was sent to the TBI Crime Lab in Nashville TN on Tuesday afternoon and the preliminary results have now been received.  

At this time, it has been determined that there is no obvious or visual cause for the death of Webb. Further results are expected once the toxicology samples are returned, however those results will not be known for approx. 6-8 weeks.  

This case is still open and is pending the results of her blood work and further investigation by the sheriff’s office CID.  

It is still asked that if anyone has any information on Emily Webb or any information about her death, they are asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the Tip Line 731-642-0929.

HCSO, TBI Investigating Suspicious Death on Blood River Church Rd.

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a suspicious death from a call on Blood River Church Road where a woman was found deceased in her car. The victim, Emily Webb, age 20 of Paris, was found Tuesday deceased in her vehicle.

HCSO Capt. Adam Jenkins said, “this is believed to be an isolated incident and an autopsy has been ordered and more information will be coming soon as the investigation continues.”

Anyone that has seen any suspicious activity in the Blood River Church Road area in the past 48 hours needs to call the Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND, or the HCSO Hotline at 642-0929.

Warrants Issued as Counterfeit Bills Passed in City

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on Abigail Andrews, age 22, of 1608 Lone Oak and Joshua Langford, age 21, of 7090 Shady Grove Road, for criminal simulation after the two passed counterfeit $100 bills at Casey’s and McDonald’s.

The report stated Cpl. Forrest responded to Casey’s where a $100 bill found to be counterfeit had been passed and she knew that Ptl. Jeff Smith and Sgt. Tony Hutcherson had stopped a vehicle at Super 8 Motel asking two subjects about passing counterfeit $100s at McDonald’s. The two subjects in the vehicle were Andrews and Langford. The employee at McDonald’s identified the man Langford as one who passed the fake money. Warrants have been filed, but they have not been arrested yet.

MCU Nets Drug Arrest; Kidnapper Charged

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit has arrested Jason A. Mobley, age 36, of 3703 Hwy. 79N. for possession of meth, morphine, marijuana, and other drugs. Mobley was placed on $25K bond.

Other arrest include Jeffery Louis McNeal, age 52, of Washington Courts for especially aggravated kidnapping and criminal impersonation, stemming from an incident over the weekend after a nine year old boy was found by his mother in McNeal’s car at the corner of West Wood and Irvine St. McNeal was placed on $250K bond.

Jason Lamb, 33, of Pioneer Road in Henry, was arrested for aggravated assault, domestic assault, and aggravated criminal trespass. He was placed on $25K bond.

HCHS Baseball Tryouts Set for July 21 and 22

Paris, Tenn.- Newly hired Henry County High School Baseball Coach Benji Bona has announced that high school baseball tryouts will be held Friday July 21st and Saturday July 22nd beginning at 6pm each night at the HCHS baseball field. The tryouts are open to anyone in grades 9-12 and anyone trying out should bring gloves, bat, and other baseball equipment.

Teams Sought for 8th Annual DPA Ice Cream Social

Paris, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Downtown Paris Association’s Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show will take place on the downtown Paris court square Saturday July 29th 4pm-6:30pm. The event is a fundraiser for the DPA and their partner this year, the Paris Henry County Arts Council.

Vendors are currently being sought and preselling 25, 10 dollar wristbands, is a minimum commitment to be a part of the event. Teams must make homemade ice cream or buy ice cream at the store and serve to event goers with wristbands. Prizes will be awarded for Best Ice Cream, best decorated booth with Best Theme an Best of Show, and People’s Choice for best Car and Tractor in the Car and Tractor Show. Teams are responsible for 10 gallons of ice cream.

Event goers can purchase the wristbands, $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. Along with the all you can eat ice cream, there will be kid’s and adult’s ice cream eating contests and frozen t-shirt contests.

Entry fee for the car and tractor show is $10 per vehicle which includes one free wristband. Voting on People’s choice will be 25 cents per vote. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

For more information call the DPA office at 653-7274 or go online to visitdowntownparis.com. You can also like the DPA’s Facebook page or download their free app.

HCJLA Rib Sale is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association will hold their Rib Sale this Friday July 14th from 10:30am to 4pm at Commercial Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. Rib Dinner Boxes are $10 and include ribs, slaw, beans, roll, drink and dessert. You can also order a half slab for $10 or whole slab for $20. Pre-orders must be in no later than 3:30pm July 13th. Email orders to feedorders.toshfarms@gmail.com or fax to 1-866-955-8674. Deliveries will be made to businesses for lunch. There will be some orders for pickup available who didn’t pre-order but only while supplies last.

Proceeds of the sale go to the Henry County Jr. Livestock Association and all their programs as they raise, show, and sell a variety of livestock in our community. For more information call Edwin Ables at 731-782-3244 or John Sutton at 731-571-5890.

Man Apprehended After Burglarizing Business

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police tracked down a man on Monday evening that was observed earlier on surveillance breaking into a business and walking around near the ER. According to one report, Lt. Tony Elkins responded to a Paris Surgical Specialists on Tyson Avenue where a Cannon Digital Camera and $200 in cash was stolen from the receptionist’s desk area. After investigating, Lt. Elkins noticed entry was made on the north side of the building when the suspect removed the window air conditioner unit and came in thru the window.

Capt. Ricky Watson viewed the surveillance video and identified the man entering the building as Jesse Palanki. Another video of a man acting suspicious at the Emergency room that evening was also of Palanki.

Later in the evening, Ptl. Zachariah Carper and Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr., found Palanki, age 35, of 14 Vandyke Road, walking down Volunteer Drive and knew he had active warrants on him. Ptl. Carper pulled over and approached Palank and searched his backpack and found several tools like screwdrivers, hammers, and other things. Palanki was charged with warrants and possession of burglary tools. He was placed on $17K bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Harmon Cemetery Road had several items missing from the garage area including a stick welder, cordless drills, wrenches, sockets, and frozen meat from a freezer. The garage was unlocked at the time of entry and there are no suspects at this time.

Farmer's Market Fresh Program Begins Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Starting this week, thanks to a grant obtained thru the UT Extension Office, the Downtown Farmer’s Market will be able to give away healthy and fresh samples of recipes made from products that can be purchased at the market. The “Farmers Market Fresh” program includes samples and recipes and fun giveaways as well. Tuesday July 11th the recipe will be corn relish salad; Tuesday July 18th Cantaloupe and Watermelon Salad; Friday July 21st Peach Caprese; Tuesday July 25th Fresh Salsa, Tuesday August 1st will be Cantaloupe and Red Pepper Salsa; Friday August 4th is Cabbage and Pea Salad; and Tuesday August 8th is Fresh Tomato Bruschetta. Farmers Market Fresh samples will be from 3-4pm on the days listed.

The Farmer’s Market is open every Tuesday and Friday at 3pm at the corner of Ruff and North Market Street. For more information on the Farmer’s Market contact the Downtown Paris Association office at 731-653-7274.

Hwy Dept. Offices Upgrading Security System

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt discusses the new security system Mon. Night (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met Monday evening and Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt told the board members they have taken a look at installing a new security system out at the offices, yard, shop, and parking lot at the Henry County Highway Department. Chilcutt said they got a quote with 11 to 13 cameras installed to record digitally day and night. The system can be watched anytime from a smartphone from anywhere. The plan is to also install a new front door keypad system where visitors will have to be buzzed in by the ladies at the front office.

Chilcutt said the cost was $7300 for the security system and $1700 more for the front door locking system. The board has discussed this previously and the money was in the budget for the project and actually came in lower than expected. The Highway Department will do away with their 24/7 security watch system once this new system is installed.

Chilcutt asked board members to look over a new policy and procedures manual for the Highway Department and bring it back with questions next month before they approve it. County Attorney Rob Whitfield had told Chilcutt that the current policy was very outdated. Whitfield suggested the board adopt a model policy after the county’s policy and procedure manual with changes where needed to reflect the type of work done at the Highway Department.

Some of the sections changed from the county’s policy included vacation time, sick leave, weather related work, and seasonal employee policies were added. The Highway Department also has a 90 day orientation for employees compared to the County’s 6 month orientation. The board will pass this policy and procedure manual next month.

Road Board members also approved the low bid on a new dump truck Monday evening as well. The bid from TAG Truck Center in Jackson for a Freightliner Truck came in at $90,740.56. Chilcutt said it met all the specs and is four door, Rodgers Dump bucket, and will be the first dump truck purchased in 3 years. He told the board the truck came in about $5K less than he budgeted for.

Chilcutt reported they will use some state-aid striping money next week and they added about 28 more miles to their spraying for weeds which brings the total number of miles to around 110.

MCU Arrests Man on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit charged Jason A. Mobley, age 36, of Hwy. 79N, with possession of methamphetamine ice with intent to sell, possession of morphine with intent to sell, possesion of Xanan with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from an earlier arrest of Mobley when he was picked up on warrants for violation of a sentence and evading arrest. Nearly $7900 was seized which are believed to be drug proceeds.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, "this was a great effort from all involved and over the past six months over $16K has been seized from Mobley along with other drug arrests. We look forward to a very aggressive prosecution in this case."

Agencies involved included the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Puryear Police Department, Paris Police Department, as well as K9s Droid and Drago.

Fire Destroys Home on Briarpatch Lane on Monday


Firefighters extinguishing the fire on Briarpatch Lane Road. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A fire destroyed a home at 2105 Briarpatch Lane Road in Paris on Monday afternoon after the fire spread from the house and caught two adjacent trailers on fire destroying all three structures.

Firefighters from the Ore Springs-Como,  Henry, City of Paris, Cottage Grove and Whitlock Fire Departments along with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Fire Support Truck responded to the home at 2105 Briarpatch Lane Road in Paris on Monday afternoon.


Firefighters trying to extinguish the fire on Briarpatch Lane Road. (Cassie Walsh photos)

According to reports, the homeowner left at around 9:30am on Monday morning and when he returned home he found his home engulfed. Fire crews have been able to get the fire under control, but not before the fire spread from the house to the two adjacent trailers causing all three structures to be destroyed in the fire.

No one was injured in the fire, but three dogs and several ducks that were inside the house died in the fire. The house was a complete loss. The home belongs to Richard and Rhonda Conger.


Firefighters trying to extinguish the fire on Briarpatch Lane Road. (Cassie Walsh photos)

No further information is available at this time as firefighters were still on the scene as of 2pm on Monday.

Benji Bona Hired as Next Patriot Baseball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete announced Benji Bona as the next head coach of the Henry County Patriot Baseball team. Bona has coached sports at Lakewood in the past. The position became open when Coach Doug Barner resigned after one season to be closer to family.

MSU Housing Assignments To Be Completed July 22nd

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Housing Department is currently working on housing assignments for students for the upcoming fall semester following last month’s explosion at JH Richmond Hall. The rates for housing will not be affected and will remain the same as what was approved by the University Board of Regents back in early June.

Students who were scheduled to move into JH Richmond this semester can relocate to the original Richmond Hall or contact the MSU Housing Office by the end of the day on Monday to give their preferred housing option. All housing assignments will be available to students by July 22nd on the MSU website thru the student’s MyGate account.

To follow along with the latest from the JH Richmond Hall explosion visit www.murraystate.edu/emergency.aspx.

UTM SOAR Sessions Set for July 15, Aug. 4th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host Summer Orientation and Registration sessions for incoming freshmen July 15 and Aug. 4. Any students planning to begin in the fall 2017 semester who have not yet registered for classes must attend one of these two dates. SOAR is required for all incoming freshmen.

There is no charge to attend SOAR, and no tuition will be due until the start of the fall semester. SOAR registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Students must have received a tentative or final acceptance letter to register. Visit utm.edu/soar for more information and for registration instructions.

Each SOAR session begins with check-in and an administrative fair from 8-8:45 a.m., with an official welcome to follow. At 9:15 a.m., students will meet with their orientation leaders and begin a rotation of informational sessions on academic options, financial aid and scholarships, housing, student life and other important topics.

Students will begin registering for classes at 1:30 p.m., at which point parents and families can attend a parent panel session.

If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from attending an on-campus session, contact Mary Wiggins, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at 731-881-7740 as soon as possible to arrange alternate registration plans.

A specialized session for transfer and adult students will be held July 21, also in the Boling University Center. Activities begin with registration from 8-8:30 a.m. and a variety of informational sessions begin at 9. Topics covered include career planning and development, campus technology, financial aid and veteran affairs issues.

For information on the admissions or registration process, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or by email at admitme@utm.edu.

Stolen Vehicles in City, County Probed by Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to Jean St. on a stolen vehicle call. Ptl. Jackson arrived and the victim told him he was outside and two males approached him asking him to look up something on Google maps for them. The victim turned to get something out of a car, and had left his mother’s 2005 Maroon Mercury Mountaineer running. The two men jumped in the Mountaineer and drove off.

Ptl. Jackson also responded to a stolen vehicle report at a home on Powell St. The report said a 1999 Maroon Ford Ranger was stolen from the residence. There are no suspects in this incident.

Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of a 1999 Ford pickup from some storage units on Mansfield Road over the weekend. The report said the truck didn’t run so someone had to tow it or haul it off on a trailer.

Paris Woman Arrested on Multiple Driving Charges Including Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Miranda Suter, age 27 of Highway 641 N. of Paris, on Saturday for DUI, child abuse or neglect, filing false police reports and leaving the scene of an accident. Suter was placed on $10,000 bond.

Three People Arrested on Alcohol Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Joshua Kellum, age 29 of Magnolia Street of Tiptonville, on Saturday for DUI first offense. Kellum was placed on $1,500 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Jim Simpson, age 49 of North Market Street of Paris, on Saturday for public intoxication. Simpson was placed on $250 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Mason Farris, age 22 of Mason Lane of Paris, on Sunday for public intoxication and criminal impersonation.

Two Arrested on Driving Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Timothy Massey, age 23 of Cold Springs Road of Paducah, on Friday for driving on a revoked license. Massey was placed on $450 bond.

In another report, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Dericko Patton, age 29 of Jenkins Street of Paris, on Friday for driving on a revoked license. Patton was placed on $500 bond.

Two Arrested on Theft Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Antonio Rulford, age 19 of Roberson Scott Road of Paris, on Friday for evading arrest, theft of property and violation of probation. Rulford was placed on $3,000 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Ptl. Jeff Smith arrested Skylar Helms, age 23 of East Main Street of Puryear, on Thursday for shoplifting. Helms was placed on $2,500 bond.

Let the Race Begin as More than 200 Compete in the Paris Landing Triathlon


Kirsten Fernandes beating Ajit Korgakar to the finishline. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon took place early on Saturday morning and it was a picture perfect morning for the race as 209 participants competed in the 2017 Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon.


Jess Hart from Paris running as she finishes in 1st place in the female individual 35-39 age group with a time of 1:22:20.14. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon consisted of completing a 500 meter swim, a 14 mile ride ride and a 3 mile run around the park. Out of the 209 participants for this year’s race, 194racers completed the race. The race consisted of people who came from all over Kentucky and Tennessee and even a few racers came all the way from Texas and North Carolina to compete in the race.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

In the  Male Overall    category: in 1st place was Timothy Linn from Germantown, TN with a time of  58:47.36, in 2nd place was Jordan Green from Morgantown, KY with a time of 1:02:01.08, in 3rd place was Phillip Young from Memphis with a time of 1:03:33.63, 4th place was Matt Joiner from Milan with a time of 1:03:54.92 and in 5th place was James Slaba from Germantown, TN with a time of 1:05:00.90.

Relay Top Finishers: 1st: Mark Tomlin and Dan Hassell with a time of 1:11:50.76, 2nd:  Tony Lawrence, Tom Gee and Tory Daughrity with a time of 1:13:09.80, 3rd: Kelley Lassiter and Bobby Baker with a time of 1:15:45.37, 4th:  Connor Tyler, Zachary Lowe and Kaleb Lyle with a time of 1:18:38.84 and 5th: Woody Winchester, Will Ryan and Thomas Harrison with a time of 1:19:26.30


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Female Overall: 1st:  Kirsten Sass from McKenzie with a time of 1:03:32.97, 2nd: Robyn Hatler from McKenzie with a time of 1:13:20.52, 3rd: Tami Winston from Dresden with a time of 1:16:53.61, 4th place: Criscilla Tyler from Dover with a time of 1:20:29.36 and in 5th Sarah Deneve from Collierville with a time of 1:20:29.97.

For a complete list of the winners in each of the categories just visit http://paristntri.racesonline.com/results.

Three Arrested on Drug Charges

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy David Andrews Jr. arrested Donald Hughes, age 49 of Woodland Drive of Springville, on Thursday for driving under the influence, simple possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm while driving under the influence. Hughes was placed on $2,000 bond.

Deputy David Andrews Jr. arrested Erica Bradford, age 33 of Old Springville Road of Springville, on Thursday for simple possession of schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradford was placed on $2,000 bond.

Paris, Tenn.- In another report, Investigator Whitaker, Sgt. Myrick, and Chief Paschall with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Richard Lowe, age 30 of Whiskey Ridge Road of Paris, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Lowe was placed on $1,000 bond.

Lee Academy's Writing Camp is July 17-21

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold a one week Writing Camp on Monday, July 17th through Friday July 21st from 9am to 12pm at Lee Academy with a reception for the parents to be scheduled after the books are published.

The class will be taught by Melanie Hendon and Denise Outen and the class is for students who are in the 3rd grade, completed by summer 2017, through 5th grade.  In this one-week session, your child will write and illustrate their own book which will then be published through Studentreasures Publishing.

This class costs $100 per child and includes includes book publishing kit and Summer Series t-shirt. To register, go to the Lee Academy website at  schoolforthearts.org, click on the classes tab and click on the 2017 summer series then complete and download the entry form.

Please direct any questions about the Summer Series Classes to morgan.leeschoolforthearts@gmail.com.

LBL Seeks Public Input on 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.  

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.

 

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