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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr


Back To School Information For Henry County Grades 9 - 12

Paris, Tenn. - Registration for students that are NEW to the Henry County School System will be on Wednesday, August 5th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following items will need to be brought to the school you are attending: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Immunization Record, and Proof of Address.

E.W. Grove School, 9th Grade open house will be held in the Grove Gym at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th. Students will receive their schedules, meet school administrators and their teachers and take a tour of the building.

School supply lists will vary according to specific content courses. Students will receive supply lists from individual teachers on the first day of school.

Henry County High School students can access their schedules via the online StudentVue Portal beginning Monday, July 27th.

The counseling office will be open to distribute paper copies of schedules and complete requests for schedule changes on these days: Monday, July 27th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 28th, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. All requests for schedule changes must be completed during these times. Requests will not be processed once school starts.

Open house for 10th graders and any student new to HCHS will be held in the main gym at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 3rd. Students will meet teachers and administrators and be able to take a tour of the building.

Students are to be in their Homeroom by 8 a.m. on August 7th. Homerooms are listed on the student schedules and will be posted on both the main lobby doors and the E building doors on Monday, July 27th.

Paris PD Responds To Residence After Bullet Holes Found

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Christopher Page responded to a call at 717 Powell Street. The caller stated that a hole was in her front door, and appeared to be a bullet hole.

Upon arrival, the resident stated that her husband heard a few loud bangs around midnight, but he thought a transformer had blown.

When they awoke the next morning, drywall was all over the floor and an entry and exit hole found in the front door. Upon further investigation, 3 more points of entry were located on the front of the home.

In the front bedroom, a bullet had also entered a mattress. The residents stated they had no idea who would want to commit such an act.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Little General Patriot Corner Donates $1000 To School Program

Paris, Tenn. - Little General Patriot Corner made a $1000 donation to The Henry County School System Family Resource Center's Weekend Backpack Food Program.

The Backpack Food Program is a major initiative to ensure that children in need have balance, nutritious food they need to learn and grow. The concept is simple: children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, and east to prepare/eat.

Each backpack offers enough food that children can easily assemble into six healthy meals over the weekend, when schools are unable to provide breakfasts or lunches.

Henry County School System Family Resource Center Director, Becky Holland and Social Worker, Judy Goad (center) receive a $1000 donation from Little General Patriot Corner. (Henry County School System photo)

June Unemployment Rate Decreases for 5th Straight Month

Nashville- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for June was 5.7 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the May revised rate of 5.8 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 5.3 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the prior month.

Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 6.6% to 5.7 percent, while the national rate declined from 6.1 percent to 5.3 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment increased 5,500 jobs from May to June. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, health care/social assistance, and durable goods manufacturing.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 61,100 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.

Chamber's Water Run Planned for July 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Water Fun Run on Saturday July 18th. This year’s theme is “That’s the Way I Lake it.”

Registration packets and souvenir t-shirts are available at the Chamber Office, located at 2508 East Wood Street. T-shirts are $12.

Players pay $20 or $25 the day of the Water Run, to collect stamps at the area resorts. Five stops are required and cards will be dealt based on the number of stamps collected so players are encouraged to stop at all the stops and collect stamps. The best hand dealt at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm will each win $500.

Two “Fun Run Pontoons” will travel the waters of Kentucky Lake during the day and allow players to collect an extra stamp.

All watercraft are invited to participate. Players must be checked in the dock at the marina at Paris Landing State Park by 4pm on the day of the event, but the two extra playing times are available at 2pm and 3pm.

Sponsoring resorts this year include Fat Daddy’s, Mansard Island Resort, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Pairs Landing State Park, Leatherwood Resort, Breakers Marina, and Cypress Bay Resort.

For more information call the Chamber at 642-3431 or log onto the chamber’s website at www.paristnchamber.com.

Reminder: Farmer's Market Opens at 3pm Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Farmer’s Market opens at 3pm Friday in downtown Paris at the corner of Market and Ruff Street. Vendors will have corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, blueberries, peaches, and much more. Bringing the farmer’s market downtown has been a joint venture with the city of Paris and the Downtown Paris Association.

PSSD Releases Info About School Registration

Paris, Tenn.- The start of school is just around the corner and 2015-16 Paris Special School District Registration for anyone that has not registered or previously enrolled in grades K-8 in the PSSD will be Friday July 31st from 8-11am for grades K-2 at W.G. Rhea School, grades 3-5 at Paris Elementary, and grades 6-8 at Inman Middle School.

Parents of any PSSD student that is returning to school this year will be contacted by classroom teachers between the dates of July 27 and 30th to register by phone. If you do not receive a phone call from your child’s teacher, you must register at the your child’s school on Friday July 31st.

Parent Orientation will be held on Monday August 3rd from 8-9am for Rhea Kindergarten and from 5-6pm for Rhea 1st and 2nd graders. Paris Elementary Parent Orientation will be Monday August 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm and for Inman it will be Tuesday August 4th from 5-6:30pm for grades 6-8th.

Friday August 7th will be an abbreviated day for all PSSD students. Schedule on that day is as follows: Rhea- 7:45am to 12:30pm, PES from 7:50am to 12:35pm, and Inman from 8am to 12:45pm and lunches will be served. The first full day of class is Monday August 10th.

Paris Man Arrested In HCMC Robbery

Paris, Tenn. - Devonte Davis, age 18, of Crestview Manor, was arrested for the robbery of an elderly female at the Henry County Medical Center. The robbery took place in the early morning hours of July 1st.

During the robbery,  the female victim was robbed of her purse and all of its contents. The victim suffered injuries to her arm and leg.

In this same case, there were also 2 male juveniles arrested. The case is still under investigation.

Davis was given a General Sesssions court date of July 21st, and is being held at the Henry County Jail on $50,000 bond. The juveniles in this case were given a Juvenile court date of August 12th and were released to a parent.

Additional arrests are pending.

Anyone with further information, or if you can identify the other participants in the picture, please contact Lt. Ricky Watson at 731-642-2424.

Man Arrested After Evading Paris Police Briefly

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department observed a 1990 blue Cadillac go thru the intersection of Ogburn and East Wood Street and not stop at the stop sign. Ptl. McClure then activated his blue lights and the car accelerated and Ptl. McClure followed the vehicle around Park and Walnut Street and then lost the vehicle into an alley way.

After circling around, Ptl. McClure came up several people in the roadway in the 600 block of Alexander Street. He then spotted the vehicle at 604 Walnut Street. He also saw Jesse James Youngblood, 22, of 605 Alexander Street sweating heavily with his shirt off. Ptl. McClure asked Youngblood if he had been driving the vehicle and he said he had been in a residence on Alexander Street. Another witness however did confirm that Youngblood was driving the vehicle.

Youngblood was placed on $5K bond and charged with felony evading and driving on a suspended license. He was also cited for violation of financial responsibility and failure to stop.

Library Now Has Eiffel Tower Replica

A new replica Eiffel Tower stands just outside the main entrace of the W.G. Rhea Library. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- Thanks to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie and the city of Paris public works department, there’s a new Eiffel Tower replica outside the front doors of the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Director of the Library Connie McSwain said TCAT agreed to take on the project of building an 8 foot tall Eiffel Tower for the Library. The students did hours of research on the real tower in France including the architecture and the history and during that research students realized in order to be better scale, they should build the tower 14 feet high instead of 8 feet. Public works crews from the city helped install the tower right outside the main entrance to the Library.

Those involved in the project included Dr. Brad White, TCAT director, John Penn Ridgeway, asst. director, and Jimmy Kee, welding instructor who spearheaded the project. Others included James Tucker, machine tool instructor, Kila Palmer, maintenance, and students Keeanu Cox, Donald Pitman, and Mike Ogden. Steve Franton helped the library procure the metal needed and Jason Martin provided the power coating to help better preserve the tower for many years to come.

The project required 25 sticks of ¼ HR round which equals 500 feet. Each piece was hand cut and TIG was used to join the pieces together. It took the students 180 man hour to build the tower and it stands 174 inches from base to top which is topped off with an American Flag donated by McEvoy Funeral home.

McSwain said the replica tower should be just another attraction for our community and visitors when they come to Paris. She said they are already planning a fundraiser around the tower called Locks of Love. Soon, locks will be made available to purchase at the Library to lock your love on the fence surrounding the tower. This is from a story and program in France where people purchase a lock then take a boat ride to the river lock on the Sein River and when the reach the water lock they place their lock on to symbolize locking their love and throw the key into the river.

Security Bank Holds Fundrasier for HCHS Golf

Paris, Tenn.- Security Bank held a fundraiser on Saturday July 11th for the Henry County High School Golf Team. Golf Coach Brian Welp said it was another successful tournament thanks to so many who helped out and 15 teams participated in the tournament. Coach Welp said a special thanks goes to Traci Templeton, Steve Trask, Andy Collins, Security Bank and Trust, the Paris Country Club, and all the sponors and participants. Pictured are L to R: Steve Trask, Cameron May, Traci Templeton, Leah Bell, Adam Rogers, Callie Pierce, and Andy Collins. (Coach Welp photo)

Tammy Hinson Benefit Huge Success

Buchanan, Tenn.- The benefit fundraiser held at Matt's Pub this past Sunday July 12th for Paris Landing Assistant Fire Chief Tammy Hinson was a huge success. Chief Reggie Coles wanted to thank everyone for coming out and helping in any way they did. Around $15K was raised.

July 17th is Deadline to Enter HC BBQ Cookoff

Paris, Tenn.- The 5th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook will be held on July 31st and August 1 at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. Entry fee is $160 and covers any and all categories. Deadline to enter is this Friday July 17th.

Categories include Chicken, Ribs, Shoulder, and Chef’s Choice. There will be cash prizes 1st thru 4th place in all categories. The Grand Champion will win $1K and a trophy while the Reserve Champion takes home $500 and a trophy. 

The public is invited on Saturday August 1st to purchase food at the cook off and meet and greet with some of the cooking teams. For more information contact Donna Milam at 336-1966. Currently 18 teams are entered into the BBQ Cookoff including two local teams.

ADA Celebration and Fundraiser Is Saturday at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Americans With Disabilities Act Celebration and Fundraiser will be held Saturday July 18th at the Henry County Fairgrounds starting at 11am. Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA.

There will be indoor events that will be air conditioned and outdoor events as well. Door prizes will be given away and events include bingo, a cake walk, motorcycle ride and show, car show, vendor booths, displays, and games and family fun.

Proceeds benefit T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living.

In the Motorcycle and Car show, the registration will begin at 8am on Saturday and the ride starts at 9am and it will begin and end at the Fairgrounds. Entry fee is $10 with $10 fee for extra riders and the fees include lunch. There will be people’s choice trophies for best of show motorcycle and car. For more information on the event call Jackie at 336-0764 or Reese at 731-227-9070.

Cookout Fundrasier Set for Fri. To Help Send 10U All Stars to Virginia

Paris, Tenn.- The West Tennessee State Champion Henry County 10U baseball all star team will be holding a cookout fundraiser at Lakeway IGA on Friday July 17th from 11am to 2pm. It’s ribeye or chicken sandwich, chips, and drink for $8 and money raised will help send the team to Glen Allen, Virginia to compete in the next round. You can pre-order by calling 336-6876. Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more.

Paris Man Nabbed In Memphis on 2nd Degree Murder Charges


Mario Threatt                Israel Patton

Memphis, Tenn.- A press release from Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department, stated that Mario Threatt, age 34, with an address of 409 Wynn St., was arrested in Memphis by U.S. Marshalls on Wednesday on charges of criminal attempt to commit 2nd degree murder.

Lt. Watson had drawn up murder charges and arrest warrants and Threatt was taken into custody in Memphis by Agent Joe Frye and other U.S. Marshals for the warrants after a July 4th assault and stabbing on Wynn Street that left Marcus Long in critical condition.

During the assault, Long received 8 stab wounds to the back, chest, and ear that required him to be sent to Nashville for treatment.

Also arrested was Gloria Ann Patton, age 59, of 409 Wynn Street, was arrested July 9th for filing a false report after she made statements to law enforcement knowing the statements were false with the intent to hinder the apprehension of another suspected of the crime. Patton had an initial appearance July 14th.

A third suspect, Israel Patton, age 50, of 509 Wynn St., was arrested July 9th for Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder and also appeared in court July 14th as a possible suspect of Mr. Long.

Perkins Rd. Closed Thursday For Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- Perkins Road will be closed Thursday July 16th for culvert replacement. The road will be closed at the 1540 residence and will re-open later Thursday afternoon.

Cottage Grove Holds Routine July Session

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met on Tuesday night and learned that all new street lights have been added and repairs had been made with some minor work left such as painting and new signage for the building that will become city hall.

Citizen Dorothy Miller brought pictures of a drainage problem on her property and asked the board to consider doing something with the tree overgrowth on Cedar, Main, and Church Streets.

Miller and Larry Neimi were appointed to the new recycling committee at the meeting and June’s financial report was given with income reported at $4618 and expenses were $2775.

Henry Alderman Rescind DG Contribution

Mayor Gross leads discussion in the beginning of the meeting on Tues. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Henry, Tenn.- Things got heated early at the July meeting of the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman on Tuesday nightas citizens questioned why the board had allocated free water and sewer hookup for the Dollar General Store last month.

Alderman Carl Koch discussed the issue about the board allowing the Dollar General Store, which will be locating in Henry, free hookup for water and sewer as an incentive to build a store in town. He read a section of the city charter that said board members are in violation if they knowingly approve the allocation of taxpayer money for this type of purpose. Koch was absent at the June meeting when the board voted on the issue.

Citizens expressed their discontent to Mayor Michael Gross at the board’s approval for allowing the free hookup, and saying the board was in direct violation of state law and city ordinance saying they can’t make donations for corporations like Dollar General. Many spoke up arguing that if citizens have to pay for the hook-ups so should corporations.

After continued heated debates, Henry Police Chief David Andrews warned citizens that during Robert’s Rules of Order, citizens have two minutes to talk and once that is over it is the board's meeting and citizens can not keeping talking and asking questions during the meeting.

Alderman Cindy Rainey made a motion to rescind her motion to allow the Dollar General to receive free water and sewer hookup and Faye Lowery seconded the motion. City recorder Sonya Clayton said she would have to check with MTAS and see exactly what they need to do and what steps to take to completely erase this motion and ordinance off the books.

The board will ask the Industrial Board to see if they can allocate some funds to help with securing the Dollar General Store to locate in Henry. Mayor Gross did say that he hasn’t heard where the process is for the Dollar General Store locating in Henry.

Henry Votes to Opt Out Again of State Building Codes

Tim Planer, with State Fire Marshall's Office, discusses the advantages of having building codes in the city. (Alsobrooks photo)

Henry, Tenn.- Tim Planer, with the state of Tennessee Fire Marshall’s office, was on hand at the Henry meeting to discuss options of the latest building codes passed by the state. He said there are different options that cities and counties have to be in compliance with the building codes. After elections, Henry has to vote on whether or not to opt in or out and they hadn’t done so yet.

Planer said with a city the size of Henry it makes no sense to have their own building department so they can either opt out or approve the state’s building codes. By opting out structures built do not require any building codes with the state and no inspections will be in place. He said that means there is no one watching out for the future homeowner. Currently the city of Henry has opted out and has no building codes in force.

Planer discussed the option of approving and operating under the state’s building codes. It allows for the structures to be built to a higher standard which for example would allow citizens to have more time to get out in case of fire. He said it helps with the city’s insurance rating, or ISO, which improvement in the ISO leads to insurance rates can go down.

Fees would be charged for new buildings and adding on to existing buildings if the city chose to opt into the state’s building codes. The fee structure varies based on the size, amount, and other aspects. The city would charge fees and send the majority of the permit fee to the state, keeping a minimal handling fee.

Citizens on hand basically said they didn’t want to see the town of Henry opt into the state’s building codes. The board voted to approve the resolution to continue and opt out of the state building codes for the city of Henry.

The board approved the budget on 2nd and final reading Tuesday which included the reappraisal property tax of 81 cents per $100 of assessed property which is down from 84 cents.

Henry Board Could Hire Attorney Next Month

Henry, Tenn.- Mayor Gross told board members another attorney, James Bradberry, who is the city attorney for Dresden, had sent in a bid for his services at $150 per hour. The board wanted to meet Bradberry so they tabled any hiring decisions and will ask him to come to the August meeting to meet with the board.  The board did like the price and could hire Bradberry as the next city attorney after next month.

Ribbon Cutting Held at Carroll Bank and Trust in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Carroll Bank and Trust on Tuesday to officially welcome the business. Justin Oliver, branch manager cuts the ribbon. (David Jackson photo)

Bring the Heat July Enforcement Campaign in 2nd Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office released statistics for the second week of the “Heat is On” July Checkpoint Campaign. During the past week deputies made the following arrests, tickets or citations issued: 7 for violation of registration, 1 for financial responsibility, 1 for no license, and 1 for child restraint violation. The sheriff’s office reminds citizens the checkpoints will be conducted throughout the remainder of July.

COP Historical Zoning Comm. Meets Tuesday at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Historical Zoning Commission will meet for the first time in several years Tuesday night at 6pm. The board will start meeting more regularly now that the city is trying to get everything in line to be part of the Certified Local Government Program. Items on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting include setting the regular meeting day and time, overview of the CLGP, discussion of bylaws, discussion of design review guidelines, and resumes for members.  The meeting is open to the public.

Farmer's Market Opens Downtown at 3pm Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris and the Downtown Paris Association will have the Farmer’s Market again today at 3pm at the corner of Ruff and Market Street in downtown Paris. The Farmer’s Market is open at 3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and several vegetables will be available including sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and much more.

Bethel U. Dual Enrollment Program Nears 3rd Year

Photo Cutline: Incoming Bethel freshmen MaddieKate Coffey of South Fulton, Ashley Mitchell of Greenfield and Mitchell Lunn of McKenzie. Both Mitchell and Lunn have taken advantage of dual enrollment courses at Bethel and are entering with completed college coursework.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Dual Enrollment Program where high school juniors and seniors earn both high school and college credit for the same course, is approaching its third year, according to Tina Hodges, Dean of Enrollment for Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“It’s hard to believe that our projected enrollment for dual enrollment this fall will be triple what it was last fall,” Hodges said.

According to Craig Lunn, Director of Dual Enrollment and Operations for the School of Education, the focus of academic success is starting earlier and earlier for high schoolers.

“Dual enrollment exposes students to rigorous classes that prepare them for college success,” Lunn said. “It also builds their confidence for moving on to the college level.”

Lunn also pointed out that dual enrollment speeds a student’s way to an affordable degree.

“The costs for taking a dual enrollment class are significantly lower than a traditional college level class,” Lunn said. “The cost for our courses is $498, but the end total is determined by grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship. With grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship, the student may not have any out of pocket costs for tuition – only a book fee if applicable.”

According to Lunn, even though some courses may require a book charge, the book is included with online courses at no additional charge.

Lunn encourages parents and students to contact the dual enrollment staff to help determine the final cost of tuition.

Lunn said that Bethel offers both online and in the classroom classes at participating high schools.

“Some of the courses we offer include English, Algebra, Public Speaking, History and Psychology,” he said.

 “I encourage students exploring ways to get the best college value to contact Bethel to inquire about dual enrollment and to let us help you determine your dual enrollment grant eligibility.”

Road Board Approves Bid For Mowing County ROWs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met on Monday and approved a contract with H & H Farms in Greenfield to mow the county's right of ways at a price of $67 per mile.

The board had sought bids last month but rejected all bids because of the requirement of having a boom mower. The board rebid the contract and took out the boom mower requirement specs.

H & H Farms was one of two bids, the other coming from a company in Robinsonville, North Carolina and their price was $350 per mile. The county has 150 miles of right of way. H & H Farms will do a minimum of 5 cutting cycles for the year.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood brought up the issue of striping roads at Monday night's Road Board meeting, saying that every ten years the state will award a $50K grant for highway departments to use towards striping roads. Norwood said he has tried to contact the state to see if Henry County was eligible for that grant this year. He said the state hasn't gotten back to him yet but he will keep trying to get an answer.

Norwood asked board members if they were, did they want to allocate some money in the budget and go ahead and get some striping done. Board chairman Bobby Milam said, "the short answer is yes, striping is something I get several calls about." Other board members echoed his statement.

After the discussion, the board agreed to allocate $50K this year to do striping on county roads, which cost about $350 per mile per stripe. Norwood said if we can get that grant, with another $50K allocated we can knock out a good chunk of striping. The board continued to discuss the issue and decided come budget time next year they planned to set aside $100K per year to do striping on the county roads.

Each board member will give Norwood a list of roads that need striping the most and they will tackle the most traveled roads in the county first.

2nd Woman Charged With Agg. Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Dept. charged Ashely Jones, age 24, of 418 Harrison Lane, for "Haley's Law" or Aggravated Child Abuse after she turned herself into the Henry County Jail Monday.

On May 2nd, Jones did give birth to a baby boy that tested positive for amphetamines and cannabinoids by a Meconium test. It is a Class A felony due to the age of the child and violates TCA 39-15-402. Jones was placed on $25K bond and has a court date of August 11th.

Hot Temps, High Humidity Expected All Week

Paris, Tenn.- Dangerously hot and humid weather will encompass our area most of this week with highs ranging in the low 90s to maybe upper 90s by the end of the week and heat index values ranging from 100 to 108 Monday and Tuesday. We are under a heat advisory until Tuesday evening and temperatures at night will not cool off much, only to around 80 or the upper 70s.

There is a slight chance of severe weather developing Monday afternoon, evening, and Tuesday, though at this time it appears Middle Tennessee will see greater risks of that.

As always with hot weather make sure to stay hydrated drinking plenty of water if at all possible if you are outside. If working outside, take plenty of breaks and be sure to check on your neighbors and watch for kids playing outside to make sure they stay hydrated and don’t get to hot. Also if your pets must be outside, be sure give them plenty of cool water to drink and provide them a place to get in the shade.

Paris Woman Charged with Agg. Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman turned herself in to Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department Monday and she was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, “Haley’s Law” at the jail.

Sara Woodard, age 30, of 6840 Hwy 54 West in Paris, turned herself in Monday for an active warrant that Lt. Watson had issued on her. Around May 26th, Woodard’s 5 month old daughter was given a drug test by the Department of Children’s Services and the child tested positive for cocaine.

This is in violation of TCA 39-15-402 which states any person that knowingly, other than by accident means, treats a child under the age of 18 in such a manner as to inflict injury to that child and that act of abuse results in serious bodily injury to the child with a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, controlled substance, or a controlled substance analogue, is used to accomplish the act of abuse. This is a Class A felony due to the age of the child.

Woodard is in jail on $20K bond and will have arraignment in court on Tuesday.

Drug Charges Brought on Paris Man

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Steven McClure charged Jeremy Jovan Teague, age 27, of 6125 Reynoldsburg Road with possession of schedule 6 with intent, resisting arrest, and simple possession after pulling into McClain’s Trailer park over the week and finding Teague in his vehicle.

The report said that Ptl. McClure noticed an odor of marijuana and as he got closer to a gold 2001 Ford Ranger, it got stronger. He pulled beside the vehicle and Teague was inside. During a search of his person, Ptl. McClure noticed a bulge in Teague’s pants in the groin area and told him to remove it. Teague acted like he was going to and then spun to attempt to flee. Ptl. McClure grabbed Teague’s shirt and Ptl. Jamie James, who had arrived as backup, managed to use the taser and subdue Teague.

Ptl. McClure retrieved the item in his pants and it was two baggies with marijuana and hyrdocodone. A large bag of marijuana was found in the floor board of the vehicle. That along with $929 cash was seized. Teague was placed on $5K bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to a theft on Jack Younger Lane where 11 loritab pills, a jug of coins, and two gallon gas can was stolen. There are no suspects in the theft at this time.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a motorcycle valued at $4K was stolen from Shell Academy Road.

Paris Man Charged With Assault After Threatening Clinic Staff

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Lt. John Brewer responded to a call at East Wood Clinic for a disorderly male.

Upon arrival, Lt. Brewer made contact with the subject in the parking lot, identified as Bradley D. Scott, age 43, of 822 Lois Street. Scott advised that the clinic refused to give him pain medication for his back. He stated that he did threaten to sue the clinic, but denied that he also stated he would come back and shoot everyone in the head.

A witness and three employees all gave similar stories that Scott stated that he would sue and come back and shoot everyone in the head.

A No Trespass directive was signed and warrants were filed for assault against Scott.

Springville Man Arrested On FTA Warrant After Disorderly Call

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker responded to a call at Knights Inn for a disorderly subject.

Upon arrival, a staff member advised the male was in room 117 and requested he leave the property.

Cpl. Whitaker made contact with the male, identified as Blake Swayne, age 27, of 175 Cadenhead Drive, in Springville, and observed him packing. While waiting for Swayne to finish gathering his belongings, Cpl. Whitaker ran a check which revealed Swayne had an active warrant on file at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department for FTA.

Swayne was placed under arrest for the FTA warrant and transported to the HCSO without incident. Swayne’s girlfriend took possession of his belongings on scene.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, according to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jordan Klutts, responded to a break-in at 26 Hillcrest Drive, in Paris.

The resident noticed the window in the back door broken and the back door open. It did not appear that the subject made entry to the home, as nothing was missing or moved.

Ptl. Klutts also observed two window screens had been removed or damaged on the back side of the house as well. The resident stated that all were in good condition and unbroken when she and her roommate left for vacation on June 26th.

Huntingdon, Tenn. - In another unrelated incident, Mr. Theodore Chapman III  of Ross Sawmill Road in Paris was cited into General Sessions Court of Carroll County  for Vandalism under $500, when Sgt. Chris Cole of the Huntingdon police department answered a call from Walmart in Huntingdon, in regards to vandalism.

After speaking with the  store Loss Prevention officer whom stated, that Mr. Chapman cut open three Bushnell flashlight packages, removed the flashlights and then concealed them in a diaper bag. Mr. Chapman gave permission to search his vehicle  and person but officers were unable to locate the flashlights.

According to the report, Chapman stated that he got nervous when he noticed the loss prevention officer, and laid the flashlights down in the store and left. 

Loss prevention was able to locate the missing items but the items were unable to be placed  back on the shelf for sale due to the packaging being vandalized. 

Henry County Saddle Club Hosts Fun Horse Show July 18th

Paris, Tenn. - A Fun Horse Show will be held Saturday, July 18th, at the Henry County Saddle Club, beginning at 6 p.m. Game on foot and horseback.

This fund raiser is to help Henry Countians who qualified and will be attending The Southern Regional Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia.

There will be lots of fun for all and concessions will be available.

Wranglers Campground At LBL Hosts 19th Annual Rodeo

TN/KY - Wranglers Campground at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, will host the 19th Annual Primitive Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, July 17th and 18th.

The rodeo is open to the public. Ages 13-59 admission is $10, $8 for ages 60 and older and $6 for ages 7 – 12. Children 6 and under are free. A family pack option is also available for $25, which includes admission for 2 adults and 2 children.

Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Food vendors will be available; coolers are not allowed.

Enjoy half-price camping on Friday and Saturday at Wranglers. Woodlands Nature Station Staff will present an animal program at 11 a.m. on Saturday, in the campground pavilion. Additionally, kids of all ages can play games and make crafts from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“The rodeo is a family friendly event that allows folks to watch local cowboys and cowgirls compete in one of our nation’s oldest sports,” says Jamie Thweatt, Manager at Wranglers Campground. “Crossland Rodeo Company from Eddyville, Kentucky brings the rodeo to visitors at LBL. Kids get to meet the rodeo bullfighters and clowns beginning at 6 p.m.”

Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, ranch bronc riding, calf scramble (8 years and under no entry fee) steer wrestling, cowgirls barrel race, team roping, youth barrel racing, bull riding, Jr. bull riding, and ribbon roping. Competitors may register on Monday, July 13th from 6 – 9 p.m. only.

For rough stock call 270-625-6532. All others call 270-227-4400 or 217-972-2207.

Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Held Saturday Morning

Buchanan, Tenn. - The sun was shining and humidity high, as well as spirits for the Start 2 Finish Paris Landing Sprint Tri on Saturday morning.

The race began promptly at 7 a.m. as the participants took to the water to complete the 500 meter distance.

The triathlon had 278 participants in total, with 264 finishers.

The award for Male Overall went to Fred Hatler with a time of 1:02:17.36. Dale Sanford took 2nd place and David Piercey took 3rd place.

First place for Female Overall went to Kirsten Sass, with a time of 1:01:17.76. Robyn Winkler took 2nd place and Andrea Miller took 3rd.

Male Master was awarded to Justin Schroeder. Female Master was awarded to Jeanine Watts.

Clydesdale (Male 220 lbs.) to Kyle Lock, 2nd place to John Varnick and 3rd to Cliff Marion. Athena (Female 220 lbs.) to Sarah Burlee, 2nd place to Robyn Sharp, and 3rd place to Lisa Piercey.

The Male Relay 1st Place went to Harrison Ewing, Jon Ewing and James Meyers. Female Relay, Amy Ferguson and Donna Hahs. Mixed Relay to Rachel Wheaton, Lawrence Mize, and Claire Hollis.

In the Male age group 10-14, Cole Davis took first place. In the Female age group 10-14, Emma Hill took first place.

Male age group 15-19, 1st Place went to Gabriel Fuhrman, 2nd to Kyle McClain and 3rd to Jack Nichols. Female age group 15-19, 1st place was awarded to Rachel Northcutt, 2nd place to Natalie Stookey, and 3rd place to Jodi Capps.

In the Male age group 20-24, Bryce Thompson took 1st place, Zachary Allen took 2nd and Evan Curran took 3rd. In the Female age group 20-24, Rachel Ness took 1st place, Allison Wade, 2nd and Taylor Schomp, 3rd.

In the Male age group 25-29, Michael Farrar took first place. Cody West was awarded 2nd and Jed Henry, 3rd. In the Female age group 25-29, Kary Lucas took 1st place, Brooklyn Goodell took 2nd and Ismayra Santiago took 3rd.

Male age group 30-34, Christopher Weber took 1st place and for Female age group 30-34, Jennifer Deluzio took 1st. 2nd places went to Justin Menees and Angela Clark.

First place for Male and Female age group 35-39, were awarded to Steven Gill and Tami Winston. Jeremy Skinner and Casey Jenkins took 2nd place and Nathan Hale and Paula Chilton took 3rd.

Male age group 40-44 1st place went to Jon Tate. 2nd to Wesley Medlin, and third to Dusty Gibson. Lisa Boysen took 1st place in the Female age group 40-44, Weslee Hill took 2nd and Katie Coffman, third.

Male age group 50-54 winner was David Hatler, 2nd place Neel Gammill and 3rd place, Bill McCord. Female age group 50-54 1st place winner was awarded to Kirsten Ness, 2nd place to Tonia Jackson, and 3rd place to Kelly Knott.

Male age group 55-59 winner was awarded to Murray Scott, 2nd place to Jimmy Crossett and 3rd place to Greg Clark. Female age group 55-59 winner was Pam Routh. Suzanne McLemore took 2nd place and Gerry Wartenberg took 3rd place.

Stephen Schmidt took 1st place in the Male age group 60-64, Gwin Anderson took 2nd place and Bruce Coleman took 3rd. Ruth Johnson took 1st place in the Female agegroup 60-64, Faye Austin took 2nd place and Stephanie Haake, 3rd.

In the Male age group 65-98, Tomas De Paulis took 1st place. Wayne Conley took 2nd and Ronald Wright took 3rd.

The Paris Landing Sprint Tri began promptly at 7 a.m. with competitors taking to the water. (Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

Paris-Henry County Chamber Water Fun Run Shirts Available

Paris, Tenn. - The 2015 Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Water Fun Run, "That's the Way I Like It" t-shirts and tanks, sponsored by the Tennessee State Parks, The Loft, Lakeway IGA, and Blues Landing, are available.

Shirts and tanks are $12 each. The Water Fun Run will be July 18th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kentucky Lake.

Cost to play is $20, $25 day of the event, with three $500 prizes given away. Participating resorts are The Breakers, Buchanan Resort, Fat Daddy's, Leatherwood, Cypress Bay, Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park, Mansard Island, and Pleasant View.

For more information, contact the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 731-642-3431, or stop by 2508 East Wood Street. You can also visit www.paristnchamber.com

Chamber Executive Assistant Monica Smith and Henry County Alliance Administrative Coordinator Kayla Simpson show off the 2015 Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Water Fun Run "That's the Way I Lake It!" t-shirts and tanks. (Chamber photo)

Henry County Medical Center Wins Aster Awards

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center’s Marketing and Public Relations Department has been awarded two Gold Awards from the Aster Awards, recognizing them for excellence in medical marketing for the Health in Focus Magazine Publication – Series as well as for the 8-5-2-1-0 Direct Mailer with Magnet – Single Direct Mail Piece.

The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognized outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2014.

The 2015 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as several foreign countries. All entries are judged by industry experts and are scored on multiple criteria with a possibility of 100 total points. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.

Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

“The creativity of this year’s participating healthcare marketing professionals exceeded our expectations. The 2015 Aster Awards program contained some of the best and most creative advertising in the world,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards Program Coordinator.

All winners are posted on the Aster Awards website (www.AsterAwards.com), as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today, a national healthcare marketing magazine.  Below denotes the distribution of awards:

  • Best of Show – Only 1 issued in 2015
  • Judges Choice – Score of 100% (only 8 issued in 2015 – top 1%)
  • Gold Awards – Score of 95 to 99 (top 5% in the nation)
  • Silver Awards – Score of 90 to 94 (top 12% in the nation)
  • Bronze Awards – Score of 85 to 89 (top 16% in the nation)

“I am very proud of the work we do at Henry County Medical Center,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  “Henry County Medical Center is a wonderful healthcare facility and being able to showcase the efforts of all our partners and services through our marketing efforts and to be recognized for those efforts is very exciting.”

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.

Reminder: Paris Youth Football Signups This Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Youth Football League is having sign-ups at the Paris Civic Center July 18th from 9:30am until Noon. Sign-ups will also be held at Barton Field on August 15th from 8:30-9:30am. Try outs will be held at Barton Field on August 15th at 9:45am. Cost is $40 per child and child must be 9-12 years old as of Sept. 1st of this year. 9 year olds must weigh 70 lbs. to be eligible to play. For more information call the Paris Civic Center at 644-2517.


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