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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Cause of Death in Fatality on Old Union Loop Released

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a motor vehicle accident on Old Union Loop Rd in Henry County that occurred on Thursday, July 20th.

When officers arrived, Jonathan R Barron of 324 Old Union Loop, was found deceased inside the vehicle. The Sheriff's Office,THP, and the Medical Examiners' Office did determine Jonathan Barron's death to be the result of head trauma that Barron received during the course of the accident where Barron's 2013 Black Hyundai car left the roadway and struck a tree.

Wilson Remains in Critial Condition

Paris, Tenn.- The man injured Thursday when his head touched an electric wire while he was working on the roof of a barn on Antioch Harber Road remains in critical condition. Tony Wilson was life-flighted to Vanderbilt's Regional Burn Center Thursday after the incident.

Wranglers Campground Hosting Rodeo Fri., Sat.

Golden Pond, Ky.- Wranglers Campground at Land Between the Lakes will host the 21st Annual Primitive Rodeo, presented by Crossland Rodeo Company, Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, from 7:30-10pm.

“This is a great opportunity for families to get outside and enjoy some unique fun and see local cowboys and cowgirls compete in one of our country’s oldest sports. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the show,” says Wranglers Campground manager Jamey Thweatt.

This is an International Pro Rodeo Association sanctioned show with $300 added to each event. The rodeo is open to the public. Admission is $10 ages 13 and older, $7 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. No coolers permitted.

Enjoy half-price camping on Friday and Saturday at Wranglers. Children’s activities available earlier in the day at the Pavilion from 1-2:30pm, as well as mutton busting, a new event from 6:30-7:15pm.

Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, break away roping, tie-down roping, saddle Bronc riding, team roping, cowgirls’ barrel racing, bull riding and an IPRA showcase clown. More information is available at https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/wranglers-primitive-rodeo-2017/2017-07-21/

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1.800.525.7077 or 270.924.2000. Photos available on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/albums.

Reminder: Yard Sale for Caleb's Adoption at FBC Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- First Baptist Church will hold a Yard Sale for Caleb’s Adoption this Saturday July 22nd beginning at 6:30am in the FBC Gym. Caleb is the adoptive child of Zach and Rachel Van Gieson, Larry and Debbie Simmons’ son-in-law and daughter. There will be several items for sale and bake sale at the event as well.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the yard sale may do so by bringing you items to the church between Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 4pm each day.

Paris Soccer Club Signups Saturday at Hulmes

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Soccer Club will hold soccer sign ups at Hulmes Sporting Goods on Hwy. 641 S. this Saturday July 22nd from 10am to 1pm. Players must be age 4-17 by August 31st. Price is $45, checks can be made to Paris Soccer Club.

Reminder: HCHS Baseball Tryouts Fri., Sat.

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.

Dr. Norton Receives High Marks from Board Evaluation

Chairman Doug Braden goes over board evaluation of Director Dr. Brian Norton. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met Thursday afternoon and chairman Doug Braden discussed the Director’s Evaluation for Director Dr. Brian Norton.

Chairman Braden said Dr. Norton scored very well on all the categories in the evaluation such as board relationship, community relationship and being the spokesman for the school system, staff and personnel relationships, finances, vision and long range plans, and student achievement. Braden said, “overall Dr. Norton scored very well in each category cumulatively.” He added, “we have full confidence in your leadership and ability.”

Dr. Norton thanked the board for their kind words, friendships, and evaluation. He said, “its very nice to see your confidence in me, but those high marks are because of all the people in our system.”

Board Approves Adding Student Represenative to the Board

Board members discuss the addition of a student rep to the board. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton introduced on first reading, the student representative of the school board policy on Thursday. He reminded the board that some of the students who went to the SCOPE conference met students in other systems that actually sat on the school board and they would like to see Henry County have a student representative.

The TSBA has a policy that allows the board to select a student representative that has no vote, but represents the student body. The policy says the student must be a senior, in good standing, attend all board members, and be recommended by the high school principal.

BOE Gives Beasley Authorization to Conduct Early Childhood Study

Paris, Tenn.- Board member Tom Beasley made a motion to authorize him to conduct a study in the areas of early childhood development and education. Beasley said the idea is to see if there are any gaps in those areas and see if we can come up with ideas to improve those things with help from the school system.

Beasley said, “Ive always wanted the board to do something like lead a 6-8 month study in regards to early childhood education and development with new moms.” He said I’m not sure what we will find and if there are ways we can help with gaps in this development.

In his Director’s report, Dr. Norton, thanked each board member for their time on Thursday during the annual board retreat which was held earlier in the day.

The board also approved the sick-leave support personnel policy on 2nd reading. Dr. Norton said this is showing our support personnel we appreciate them. The changes removes the maximum limitation on sick leave for support personnel and allows it to be added to retirement as well.

Man Life-Flighted to Vanderbilt After Being Electrocuted Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry County man has been life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after he was electrocuted Thursday morning on Antioch Harbor Road. Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated in  press release the victim, identified as Tony A. Wilson, of Paris, was on the roof of a barn working on something Thursday morning. His brother informed authorities they were working on the barn when Wilson stood up and his head touched an electric line hanging near the barn. The electric shock caused severe injuries and he was life-flighted from the scene. EMS, BPU, HCSO, and Paris Landing Fire responded to the scene. His condition is not available at this time. Wilson is listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt's Regional Burn Center.

Henry County Flight Nurse Celebrates Milestone

Paris, Tenn.- Crystal Peck, a flight nurse with the Henry County, Tenn., Air Evac Lifeteam base, recently celebrated a milestone in her career – her 250th patient flight wings. Peck joined Air Evac Lifeteam in November 2014. Prior to joining Air Evac, she worked at Baptist Health in Paducah, Ky.

Peck has a BSN through the University of Kentucky and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Murray State University.

“When I came here I had been a nurse for 21 or 22 years,” Peck said. “Of those, 13 years were in the ICU and eight were in the ER. I felt that God built my career to prepare me for this job. I love my job! I love working for a company that strives to be the best in the industry and provides me the opportunity to grow as a nurse and help save the lives of the people in the communities we serve.”

Peck and her husband, Joey, reside in Murray, Ky. She has four children, one stepson and three grandchildren. (Air Evac photo)

Fatality on Old Union Loop Investigated by THP, HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Investigation is continuing into the death of a Henry County man after his body was found in a crashed vehicle on Old Union Loop Road Wednesday night. Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WMUF no details are being released at this time because the wreck remains under investigation. The Henry County Sheriff's Office found the deceased man in his vehicle and are investigating the incident as well. The man's name has been released, Johnathan Barron, age 31 of Paris.

MSU Helps Students in Need After JH Richmond Explosion

Murray, Ky.- Student-centered institutions are defined in many ways. A recent incident continued to emphasize Murray State University’s commitment to putting students first, even in difficult and unplanned circumstances. 

An explosion at J.H. Richmond Hall on Wednesday afternoon, June 28 caused structural damage to the residential facility as well as other surrounding campus buildings. In the aftermath of the incident, the Murray State community calmly assessed, rallied and responded to the needs of both Murray State students as well as visitors to campus.
 
All Murray State students living on campus this summer to take classes, as well as camp visitors, were quickly accounted for following the incident. Approximately 45 University staff helped move nearly 70 University students who were residing this summer at Hester Hall, located alongside Richmond Hall. Beginning Friday evening, June 30 and continuing late that night into the weekend, staff entered Hester Hall to remove belongings individually by room. These items were loaded by truck and delivered to alternate on-campus housing at White Hall. From there, staff assisted students in bringing belongings into their new rooms to make the transition as seamless as possible.
 
In the interim period while students could not access their rooms, University staff purchased toiletries, bedding, towels and other essentials for students who were displaced.
 
“I was in awe with how the University responded to the incident. It was really bad for me to see all that happened, especially since Hester was my home for the past three years,” said Matthew Allen, a Murray State student and resident assistant at Hester Hall. “Personally, I really felt like the University was concerned for my well-being and tried to lessen the impact of a very devastating accident.”
 
Stephanie C. is the mother of a Murray State senior who was attending a two-week summer class and studying in her Hester Hall room at the time of the incident.
 
“From Wednesday evening until Friday evening I reached out to the Murray State staff trying to help navigate the situation with my daughter,” said Stephanie. “Once Wednesday night was settled, we waited for word when the students could get their things from their dorm rooms. My daughter's class was over at noon on Friday and she had planned to drive back home that day. I contacted the Student Affairs office and spoke with (Vice President of Student Affairs) Don Robertson about our situation. Don made sure my daughter's items were one of the first done so she could get on the road for home. I can't say enough about how great Don handled the situation over the 48 hours. He was always professional and went way above and beyond.”
 
Campus visitors who were impacted also included camp participants in Adventures in Math and Science, Governor Scholars Program and Commonwealth Honors Academy, who were staying in areas of campus which were affected.
 
Soon after the incident, the University helped relocate campers to other residential halls on campus. The Curris Center became a central hub for campers. A call station was set up for parents to communicate with their children. Programs continued within the Curris Center, and on-site food service was offered in the Thoroughbred Room as Winslow Dining Hall was unavailable. 
 
University staff continued to keep the campus and external community informed through  regular updates at murraystate.edu, including a letter from Murray State President Bob Davies. 
 
In a letter distributed on July 3, Davies said, “I am extremely grateful to all of the members of the Murray State family who demonstrated compassion in the efforts to maintain services, answer questions, ease minds and provide a sincere caring spirit among all individuals who have been impacted. I am also appreciative to all of the community members who responded with aid, action and words of encouragement.”
 

Murray State alumni throughout the world showed their support through social media and email, including alumna Carla Hill, ’91 and ’93, who was appreciative of the University’s response following the incident. Hill empathized with those who were impacted, particularly the students on campus who held leadership positions within the residential halls. Hill also has a son who currently attends Murray State and will be returning to campus in the fall.

 
“I worked the summers in the residence halls, so I knew what a challenging situation those students found themselves in,” said Hill. “The timeliness of the University’s communication really set me at ease. You place tremendous trust in the leadership of an organization when you send your child to college. The way to judge true leadership is how the organization reacts in the face of difficulty. The swift action and the communication of that action by Murray State was impressive.” 
 
Another Murray State alumnus, William Swatzell, ’71 and ’78, was particularly impressed by the web notifications and timely updates posted at murraystate.edu. Swatzell has a daughter who is currently taking summer classes on the Murray campus.
 
“I thought it was a very quick response by the University, and I thought the honesty came through quickly,” said Swatzell. “Overall, I was pleased and very proud as an alumnus.” 
 
Preparations continue to be made for the first day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester, which will be Tuesday, August 15. 

Paris Police Investigating Break-in at LL's

Paris,Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Tony Elkins responded to LL’s Bar and Grill on a break-in at the business where someone had forced open the door and taken money from the register and a bank bag behind the counter. The owner had checked next door with the Public Works Department and there was a surveillance video that showed a pickup truck arrive around 12:35am and pull into the storage units near the business.

The report says the pickup then pulled off and headed towards Cooper Street and a male, who appeared to be wearing something over his head, a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, and black tennis, walked from the storage units and forced his way into the building thru the door. The pickup drove back by and picked up the man and left out on Blakemore St. Investigation is continuing.

Convited Felon Arrested After Officers Respond to Alleged Shooting Incident

Paris, Tenn.- One arrest was made Wednesday night after Dep. Dalton Watson responded to the 7000 block of Elkhorn Road in reference to a female that had been shot in the back allegedly.

According to the report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office once Dep. Watson arrived, the female victim advised she had not been shot in the back but had fallen and injured her back. The victim also told Dep. Watson that a neighbor drove beside her truck in a white car and began to shoot at their vehicle. Her fiancé, Mark Fisher, 42 of Perkins Road, begin to shoot back at the vehicle with her handgun. She said she had also fired one round into the air out of the passenger side window and the vehicle that had shot at them then fled the scene.

Dep. Watson then spoke with Fisher, who advised he had issues with his neighbor, nicknamed “Firepole” earlier in the day and he drove a white caprice. Dep. Watson was advised by dispatch that Fisher was a convicted felon and attempted to arrest Fisher for unlawful possession of a weapon. Fisher refused to turn around and said he was not riding in the back of a police car.

Dep. Chad Lowery, who arrived to assist, told Fisher two more times to comply, which Fisher didn’t and Dep. Lowery deployed his taser and Fisher was taken into custody.

Dep. Watson noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the bed of the truck where household items were contained and noticed a box of things and two pill bottles containing marijuana, two vacuum sealed bags of marijuana, a glass pipe, and a grinder. The total marijuana was 101 grams. Fisher was officially charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of schedule 6 with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony, and resisting arrest.

During the booking process, it was determined Fisher had over $1500 on his person. The money was seized and taken as evidence. No contact was ever made with a white Caprice in reference to the initial complaint.

TBI Study Shows Stats on Campus Crimes, Domestic Violence

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two studies last month detailing the volume and nature of crime on school campuses and crimes identified as being domestic violence in nature. The studies compile crime data submitted to the TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System or TIBRS.

Some of the findings in the Domestic Violence 2016 study show a total of over 78K domestic violence offenses were reported in 2016, which represents a .4% increase from 2015. Simple assault accounted for nearly 67% of all reported domestic violence offenses.

The study showed females were three times as likely to be victimized as males and accounted for 71.5% of reported victims. Juveniles accounted for nearly 10% of reported domestic violence victims.

In the School Crime 2014-2016 study, the overall number of offenses reported as having occurred in school decreased 8.8% from 2014 to 2016. Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense. The largest percentage of reported offenses occurred between Noon and 3pm. The month of September had the highest frequency of reported school crimes.

The TBI cautions against using data provided in these type of reports to compare one jurisdiction to another because the factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate. Full reports are available at the TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi.

Warner Cheer Signups July 22nd, 29th, Aug. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Signups for Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be held at the Paris Civic Center from 10am to Noon July 22nd, 29th, and August 5th at the Paris Civic Center. For more information visit the Pop Warner Cheerleading Facebook page.

Henry County Youth Football Signups July 22nd, Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Football signups will be held Saturday July 22nd at Paris Civic Center from 9-11am and then again on August 12th at Barton Field. Players must be 9 years old as of September 1st and weigh at least 70 pounds. First year players must present birth certificate. For more information call Bernie Sleadd at 336-0313.

FRC Accepting Applications for Free School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center will be accepting applications for free school supplies and backpacks. The deadline is July 24th at Noon. Proof of income is required. For more information call the Family Resource Center at 642-2938.

KPAC Young Artists Present Singing in Rain, Jr. This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists Theatre presents Singing in the Rain, Jr., this Friday and Saturday July 21 and 22 at 7pm each night. The golden age musical features the story and music of the timeless 1952 movie and will be a hit with all ages. General admission is $10 for adult and $5 for children and students. All reserved seating is $10. Tickets are now available at the Paris Civic Center, any cast member, and will be sold at the door. For more information call 644-2517.

Huge Crowd Sees Contents of Time Capsule at First Bank

Some of the contents from the capsule included many papers, documents, and a Collier's Encylopedia. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A huge crowd was on hand Wednesday to hear stories and see contents that were in a time bronze meta box and sealed into the wall at the downtown branch of First Bank.

First Bank President Troy Buttery welcomed everyone and local historian Ray Harding told a little of the history of how the time capsule was placed into the wall at what was then the First Savings and Trust Bank. Harding said the capsule came from a cornerstone of the old Paris City Hall when it was built in 1902 and then torn down in 1964. First Savings and Trust was built in 1967 and the time capsule was moved and installed in the wall when the original building for the bank was built.

Ray Harding discusses the capsule and its history.

The capsule contained many old newspapers, church bulletins, city documents, and other items from 1902 that depicted life in Paris at the time. Collier's Encyclopedia from 1884 was included in the capsule, former Paris Papers including the Parisian, Post-Intelligencer, and Paris Press, letters from some businesses, a report from Paris High School, later renamed Lee Academy, and a copy of a speech from Governor Porter.

More contents will be put back in the capsule and it will be sealed in the wall again to be open in another 50 years.

Investigation Continues into Stolen Vehicle from Dealership

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department continues to investigate a situation where an employee of Peppers Automotive let another man drive a vehicle for several days. The report stated that manager at Peppers informed Sgt. James that a friend of his in the Tennessee Highway Patrol had contacted him asking if a vehicle had been stolen off their lot. After searching, it was found that a 2017 GMC Acadia was indeed missing. The value of the vehicle is over $47K.

The Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle in Carroll County but the driver evaded. Sgt. James’s investigation continued as he learned Michael Case, 38, of Enon Church Road was working at the dealership and had possibly let Anthony Haynes, Jr., age 40 of McKenzie, drive the vehicle.

On Star found the vehicle on Gibson Lane and Enon Church Road in Carroll County and Sgt. James notified the THP for assistance. Sgt. James made contact with Case, who admitted to letting Haynes drive the vehicle and having him remove the dealer tag. Troopers has Haynes in custody, who said he paid $150 per day and marijuana to drive the car. Case denied accepting cash for the vehicle. The Assistant District Attorney has been contact and the case is still under investigation.

 

 

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