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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Good Turnout For Farmer's Market Friday

Paris, Tenn. - There are several vendors with a variety of fruits and vegetables from watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, canned jams, jellies, homemade breads, frozen meats, and more.


Local Officials Attends Hearing On Asian Carp

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Economic Director David Hamilton attended The Congressional hearing on Asian Carp on Friday, hosted by Kentucky Congressman James Comer.

Over 300 people attended the hearing in Eddyville, Kentucky.


Vehicle Runs Into Local Gun Shop

Paris, Tenn. - A vehicle struck JMC Firearms in downtown Paris on Friday afternoon.

More details will be released when the report from the Paris Police Department becomes available.


Office On Aging To Offer Free Tests For Seniors

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center, along with the Henry County Office on Aging will be conducting a free Health Screening for Seniors and the Elderly in the Paris-Henry County Community.

Tests that will be conducted will be A1C, Blood Sugar, Total Lipid Panel, Blood Pressure and Osteoporosis Foot Screening.

The costs of all the tests are free. Henry County Medical Center received a grant for these services and the time of testing will be on July 31st,  from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Central Community Building at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext. The testing will take place in the cafeteria.

Staff of HCMC is asking not to eat anything after midnight the night before and once the testing is done, the staff will provide peanut butter and crackers and juice.

The testing is open to the public and for more information, please call Director Reginald Caldwell at 731-642-2919 or Barbara Pearson-Senior Citizen Coordinator at 731-644-3193.


Traffic Stop Leads To Multiple Arrests

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Jamie James was on routine patrol and initiated a traffic stop on a 1998 Dodge Durango for having the passenger side headlight out.

Ptl. Lancaster made contact with the driver, identified as Jason Hedges, age 46 of Puryear and Sgt. James made contact with the passenger, identified as Donald Blaine Ashby, age 37 of Paris and a check through dispatch advised that Hedges was suspended and had a prior failure to appear.

Hedges was placed under arrest and when asked for permission to search the vehicle, he declined. Ashby was then asked to exit the vehicle and the back seat passenger was asked to exit as well.

Sgt. James’ K-9 partner, Drago was deployed and had a positive response on the driver’s side door. During a search of the vehicle, a cloth bag was located in the passenger side floor board that contained four bags of what field tested positive for methamphetamine with a total field weight of 51.6 grams. There were also two meth pipes, a digital scale and a marijuana pipe.

All were advised of their Miranda Rights and Ashby stated that the meth was his, along with all of the drug paraphernalia. Ashby was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ashby was placed on $2500 bond.

Hedges was also placed under arrest and charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. Hedges bond was set at $500. Hedges vehicle was picked up by a friend and all evidence logged.


KSP Charges A Paducah Pediatrician

Paducah, KY - The Kentucky State Police Post 1 have charged local pediatrician, Dr. John M. Roach, age 45 of Paducah with failure to report child abuse 1st offense. The charge is a Class B misdemeanor and failure to report child abuse 2nd offense, a Class A misdemeanor. The investigation into Dr. Roach stemmed from an ongoing criminal abuse case where KSP charged David Minks with criminal abuse 1st degree.

Dr. Roach was served a criminal summons for the two charges by Paducah Police Department on Thursday, July 26th. He was cited into court on August 23rd.

Kentucky State Police Detective Jody Cash is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentuck State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.


McKenzie Regional Hospital Announces Plans to Close

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Regional Hospital (MRH) today announced it will discontinue most patient services, including the emergency department, by September 15. The 45-bed hospital has notified the Tennessee Department of Health and will begin reducing new admissions in the coming weeks. Patients currently receiving care at MRH will not be affected.

An asset purchase agreement has been signed with Baptist Memorial Health Care, which operates Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon, to purchase the assets of MRH including the hospital’s real property and ambulance service. Baptist intends to operate the outpatient diagnostic imaging center and sleep center located on the MRH campus. They plan to transition ambulance services to Priority Ambulance, its 911 service partner.

“We are fortunate to live in a community with numerous quality health care providers,” said MRH Chief Executive Officer Michael Morrical. “We will coordinate with local providers to assist with a smooth transition for patients, and we’ll work closely with our dedicated team to help in their personal transitions as well.”

In addition to McKenzie Regional, residents of Carroll County and the surrounding areas are served by several larger health care providers. Located within 10 miles of the MRH campus, 70-bed Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon offers a range of services including general surgery, cardiology, pain management and radiology.

Additional services, including obstetrics, cancer care and orthopedics, are available at 142-bed Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, which is approximately 15 miles from MRH.

MRH leadership has been meeting throughout the day with staff and physicians to discuss transition plans with the roughly 200 employees who will be affected. Employees will be provided assistance to help them connect with other regional employers. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits through September 29.

“It has been our privilege to care for this community and we are extremely grateful to our dedicated team of employees, nurses, physicians, volunteers and board members for their tireless service to our patients and their families,” said Morrical. “Most of all, we are grateful to our neighbors and friends for allowing us to serve as your trusted health care resource for more than 40 years.”

The closure reflects a national trend as small rural hospitals feel the impacts of reductions in federal funding, lower reimbursements from government and commercial insurers, and rising numbers of uninsured patients. MRH has struggled with declining patient volumes in recent years and has maintained an average daily census of just eight patients.

If you are or have been a patient at McKenzie Regional Hospital or have questions about obtaining your medical records, please email MRH_MedicalRecords@QuorumHealth.com or call 615-221-3786.


Missing Murray Man Located

Henry County, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, July 25th, Investigators responded to a call of an abandoned, wrecked vehicle on the North end of the county.

Upon inspection of the vehicle, Investigators found it to be connected to a missing man from Murray, KY. The man, identified as Michael Eaves, who is in his mid-60’s had been missing since July 22nd, when he failed to return home after clocking out from work.

Officers began to search the area for Eaves, who was eventually found lying in a field, exhausted and dehydrated. Eaves was transported to Henry County Medical Center.


County Unemployment Rates Released Thursday

Nashville, Tenn. - The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties increased in June 2018, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

Unlike the statewide unemployment rate, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations, such as yearly school closings.

The county rates incorporate seasonal workers who are temporarily unemployed. Between May and June of this year, education service jobs were down by 38,000. These are custodians, bus drivers, and other school support staff who are not working during the summer months.

June is also typically the month when recent high school and college graduates enter the workforce and have yet to find employment, adding to the jobless count across the state.

Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment in June, with a rate of 3.0 percent. Carroll and Stewart County ranked in the highest county unemployment rates, ranking 86th and 87th, both with a rate of 5.8%.

Tennessee had a seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.5% in June, which mirrored the rate from the previous month.

Tennesseans who are searching for employment will find a variety of valuable resources on the state’s workforce website, Jobs4TN.gov.

 

Midway Road Will Be Closed Monday, July 30th

Paris, Tenn. - Midway Road will be closed Monday, July 30th for two culvert replacements, if weather permitted.

The first closure, during morning hours, will be one half mile East of Jim Hunt Road. The second closure, in the afternoon, will be nine tenths of a mile Southwest of Jones Bend Road.

Midway Road will be back open for evening traffic.


Hospital Board Meeting Held Thursday

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Medical Center board of directors met in their regularly scheduled meeting last night and heard hospital director Lisa Casteel report on future projects for the hospital including advancement with St. Thomas Hospital for future expansion of the cardiac program here in Henry County. The expansion could possibly have a positive effect on the EMS services in Henry County. Should the program continue as planned more cardiac services would be provided at Henry County that would limit the number of transfers the EMS has to provide for patients to Nashville or Jackson. Currently the full-time staff of 14 paramedics completed 6000 calls last year with a response time of under 2 minutes. The EMS ambulances average 250,000 miles in a years time. Three of the 14 full-time staff members recently completed their Critical Care Training and certification. All but two of the staff members are now certified in Critical Care. Director Twila Rose pointed out that the most dangerous part of ambulance service is driving through high traffic areas in an emergency response. “We’d much rather stabilize a patient before transferring them. With our EMS personnel trained in Critical Care we almost become a mobile ER on wheels.” Board Chairman Dr. Scott Whitbey spoke prior to Rose’s remarks expounding on the exceptional EMS group Henry County has. “We have a spectacular EMS program. They get their quickly and the quality of care is phenomenal.”

Casteel pointed out in her remarks that the Joint Commission Survey for the Orthopedic Center of Excellence was completed recently and the surveyor gave us comments, as being “innovative, comfortable in our setting and pointed out that what we are doing is excellent, with community involvement, good relationships, and display several measures of best practice methodologies.”
Casteel informed the board that both behavioral units are open and accepting patients. The board will meet for their Long Range Planning Meeting next month. She also pointed out that we have met every objective we have had set for the year.

CFO Dale Guffey presented the budget report to the board showing that the hospital total admissions were below budget and below prior year. Payer mix is trending close to historical trends while out patient services were below budget and below prior year and surgeries were below budget and below the prior year.

The auditor for the hospital LBMC found a discrepancy of 400,000 dollars from Medicare payments from 2016 that was not caught until this year. The self disclosure for the discrepancy will probably have no fees or penalties and the hospital will see that they are paid back.

The hospital continues to prepare for future growth with capital projects of $465,928 which in part will ad a 3d Mammography Performance System. The hospital will then have two units to serve patients.


Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest For Escape

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Ashley Neumair initiated a traffic stop on East Washington Street, on a white, 1996 Ford Crown Victoria.

Upon making contact and identifying the driver, the passenger, identified as Kayla Smothers, age 27 of Paris had an active warrant out of Henry County for escape.

Smothers was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident. Smothers was placed on $15,000 bond.


Paris Man Charged With Altering License Plate

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. David Beauvais responded to 1210 Mineral Wells Avenue in regards to a man with a warrant.

Upon arrival, Ptl. Beauvais located the suspect’s motorcycle and found that the suspect had a registration sticker that didn’t match the plate.

Ptl. Beauvais was able to located the suspect, identified as Charles E. Pruett, age 34 of Paris and placed him under arrest. Pruett had an active warrant for theft of property out of Henry County.

Pruett was also charged with altering a license plate, cited for financial responsibility and for wearing a non-DOT approved helmet while riding his motorcycle.

The motorcycle was towed and the altered plate seized. Pruett was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.


Warrant Issued For Local Man For Theft/Vandalism

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy James Higgins was dispatched to 8740 Hwy 54 to take a report of a break-in.

Upon arrival and speaking with the complainant, who did advise that just prior to making the call, he observed a subject, identified as Christopher R. Howard, age 22 of Paris pulling out of the driveway and the front door of the residence had been kicked open.

The complainant advised that Howard was told to vacate the home approximately 4 days prior, after the complainant had found out items had been stolen. Items listed as stolen were two speakers valued at $275 each. Howard had attempted to pawn the speakers, but couldn’t.

At the time of the report, nothing else in the house had appeared to be taken. The complainant also advised the Howard still had some personal belongings at the residence.

The front door was dusted for latent shoe prints and two prints lifted. Warrants have been taken out for Howard for vandalism and theft of property.


E.W. Grove School Open House Scheduled

Paris, Tenn. - E.W. Grove School would like to invite all incoming freshman and parents to a Back to School Open House on Tuesday, July 31st at 6 p.m.

Open House will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session on policies, procedures, and how to prepare for the first day of school. Attendees can then take a tour and become familiar with E. W. Grove School. Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents.

For more information, call E.W. Grove School at 642-4586.


HCMC Announces Girl's Night Out Bus Trip

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center has planned a series of fall events and activities that are unique and dedicated to discovering and celebrating style.

HCMC’s Spirit of Women program wants you to be your own kind of beautiful and is kicking off its series of fall events with a Girl’s Night Out Bus Trip to see Rachel Hollis present Made for More on Thursday, August 2nd.

The trip includes dinner at Olive Garden and the 7:30 p.m. show of Made for More by Rachel Hollis at the Cinemark Theater in Paducah. Dr. Katherine Whitfield and Kristian Elliott, FNP with Paris Women’s Center will be on the trip to discuss women’s health and answer any questions. There will be several surprises on the trip including refreshments, games, prizes and some serious swag. The bus will depart from HCMC at 3 p.m. and return when the movie is over.

Admission fee is $20 per woman and includes the bus trip, dinner and movie admission, along with some surprises!

To register, call the FindLine at 731-644-3463 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org. Seating is limited to the first 40 women who register and pay. Payment for the event must be made no later than July 30th to secure your spot.

HCMC will continue with the theme when it hosts its Women’s Health Advisory Council Little Black Dress event on September 20th at the Paris Convention Center, as well as the month of October with its Annual Mammothon and Breast Cancer Awareness Event.


Paris Tri Club Participated In Sprint Tri Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - Cole Davis of the Paris Tri Club participated in the Music City Sprint Tri on Saturday. Cole placed 4th overall in the race that had 448 participants.

This race was also the Tennessee High School Championship, where Cole placed 1st. The race consisted of a 300 meter swim in the Cumberland River, 22K bike in downtown Nashville and a 5L run in downtown Nashville.


Paris Awarded Transportation Alternative Grant

Paris, Tenn. - Tennessee Deputy Governor Jim Henry announced Tuesday the award of a $832,960 Transportation Alternative Grant to the city of Paris for Wilson Street Pedestrian Address.

This project includes construction of sidewalks along Wilson Street from Patriot Avenue to Lone Oak Road, along Patriot Avenue from S. Wilson Street to Lankford Road, and along Lankford Road. The project also includes curb and gutter, signage, pavement markings and ADA upgrades.

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

 A variety of activities, such as restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects, are eligible for grants under the federal program.


HCHS Open House To Be Held August 2nd

Paris, Tenn. - Open House for Henry County High School will be held on Thursday, August 2nd from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The E Building entrance should be used. Rising 10th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend. Parent information sessions, especially for rising 10th grade students and transfer parents and students, will be available in the Little Theater at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Due to construction and teacher in-service, this is the only time available between now and the time school starts that students will have access to the hallways.

The first day of school will be Friday, August 3rd from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Attendance does count and all classes will be attended on an abbreviated schedule. All students are to report to their homeroom classes upon arrival.

Beginning this year, students who arrive at school prior to 7:30 a.m. will be required to report to Patriot XL in the HCHS Library. Busses will not arrive before 7:30 a.m. and students arriving between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. will report to the cafeteria, as the gym is currently closed due to construction. Students arriving between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. may report to the cafeteria or may enter at E Building. Breakfast will continued to be served at no cost to students in the cafeteria each morning.

2nd Annual Safe Kids Day Held Wednesday

(David Jackson photos)

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Resource Center and Henry County Medical Center co-sponsored the annual “Back to School Bash” today at the Resource Center on Jones Bend Road in Paris. 

Students in attendance enjoyed hot dogs, snow cones, demonstrations on “roll over” and why to wear seat belts by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  

Others involved in the event were the Henry County Sheriff’s office, Paris City Police, Paris Fire Department and Safe Kids of West Tennessee. 

According to Becky Holland,  Henry County Resource Center director, the center serves 440 students from grade K-8 with new back packs and school supplies for the coming year and it wouldn’t be possible were it not for the tremendous support given by 41 church groups, civic groups  and organizations along with 48 volunteers who assist with the program.


Oak Grove Road North Will Be Closed Friday

Paris, Tenn. - Oak Grove Road North, .6 miles North of Hwy 79, will be closed Friday, July 27th for installation of a cell phone tower by Fent Power Services. Alternate routes are Hwy 79 and Hwy 218. Roadway will be open for early evening traffic.


BPU Sends Loan Resolution To City Commission

Paris, Tenn. - The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met Tuesday morning and approved a motion to send a USDA Rural Development Loan Resolution to the Paris City Commission. The loan will fund Phase 2 construction of the water treatment facility.

Design for Phase 2 has been finished for a few months however bidding and construction have been on hold while funding is being secured. The board believes that USDA funding will provide positive financial results for the water department.

Debt service on the loan will be supported by previous water rate structures. The resolution will be presented to the City Commission at their meeting on August 2nd.

The board approved the acquisition of a new Bucket truck to replace an existing unit. The truck would be used daily by a 2-man crew on nights and weekends for smaller jobs. The proposed purchase would be completed via a cooperative purchasing contract as a member of the National Joint Powers Alliance. In addition, the board approved a motion to declare an old truck from the Water Department and one from the Wastewater Department for surplus. The items will be sold on the GovDeals website.

In other matters, the Board approved to write-off delinquent accounts in the amount of $19,160.36. That number was up $5,300 from this quarter last year due to the incredibly cold winter. The board also approved a business insurance package with Tennessee Municipal League, and a motion to participate in the Safety Partners Loss Control Matching Grant Program.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23rd.


Three Charged In Old Buchanan School Burglary

(Mobile Patrol HCSO booking photos)

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the old Buchanan School. Upon arrival, deputies observed two trucks parked beside the building.

While approaching and entering the building, deputies encountered a male, identified as Jarrid Sterling, age 32 of Hollow Rock who was immediately detained. A search of the building with Sgt. Terry Williams and his K-9 partner, Droid found the second suspect, identified as Edward Ellis, age 40 of Camden, who surrendered. Deputies located a white male in the floor area of one of the trucks that was unresponsive and was taken to the medical center. A fourth suspect fled from the building into heavy vegetation in an attempt to get away and was apprehended by K-9 Droid. That suspect was identified as Jamie Trinkle of Dover.

The unresponsive male, has not been charged at this time and the investigation is still ongoing.


2nd Annual Safe Kids Day To Be Held Wednesday

Paris, Tenn. - As students prepare to go back to school, Henry County Medical Center along with the Henry County Family Resource Center are giving you the perfect opportunity to celebrate children, prevent injuries and save lives, at the 2nd Annual Safe Kids Day and Back to School Blast on Wednesday, July 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 55 Jones Bend Road in Paris.

The event will feature door prizes including bicycles with helmets and pads, car seats, smoke detectors and more. Enjoy shaved ice, popcorn and water, all provided by Michael and Kylee Jo Lam and Moody Realty. Stop by and see the Air Evac helicopter, HCMC ambulance, fire trucks and a TWRA boat. Learn safety tips and how to keep your kids safe during the summer and school year.

Participants include HCMC, Paris Police and Fire, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Prevention Coalition, Air Evac, Henry County Health Department, Paris Pediatrics, Tennessee Highway Patrol, LeBonheur, TWRA, Peppers Automotive, BPU, Henry County Carl Perkins Center, and Henry County Emergency Communications/911.

The event is brought to you by Safe Kids West TN, Henry County Medical Center, the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, and the Henry County Family Resource Center, along with all participants.


Early Voting Totals

Henry County, Tenn. - In the last week for early voting, Monday’s total number of voters was 257, 55 of those being Democrat, 198 Republican and 4 general ballot, bringing the early voting total overall to 2291, with 514 being Democrat, 1761 Republican and 16 for general ballot.


Henry County E-911 Board Approves Budget Items

(David Jackson Photo)

Paris, Tenn. - At their July monthly meeting Monday afternoon, the Henry County E-911 Board quickly dispatched its business as the board only had a few items on the agenda. The board approved line item adjustments for utilities and cable/internet charges. The board also approved the final figures for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and and the new budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Board Chairman John Etheridge then made a suggestion for the formation of a study group to look into how E-911 Dispatch could streamline and improve its operation by observing other communities dispatch throughout the area. The study group members will be Henry County E-911 Director Mark Archer, Henry County E-911 IT Director Chad Howard, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Paris Fire Department Chief Michael Williams, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and EMS Director Twila Rose.


Improper Use Of 911 Leads To Arrest On Warrant

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Alexis Lancaster, along with Ptl. David Beauvais, responded to a 911 call at 1297 East Wood Street, regarding a man who dialed 911 to find out if Paris Inn & Suites had any rooms available.

Upon arrival, Ptl. Lancaster and Ptl. Beauvais made contact with the caller, identified as Timothy Teague, age 51 of Fulton, who stated he was in town visiting family and thought that 911 applied to non-emergency as well.

Teague was advised that 911 is for emergency use only. A check through dispatch revealed that Teague had an active warrant out of Henry County Juvenile Court and Teague was placed under arrest.

Teague was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $11,475 bond.


Police Investigating Break-In On Hardy Street

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Ashley Neumair responded to 715 Hardy Street in regards to a burglary alarm.

Upon arrival, Lt. Reed and Ptl. Neumair observed a window to be broken on the West side of the house and an extension ladder lying on the ground beside the house.

Officers made an entry through the unlocked back door and proceeded to clear the house. The tenant arrived on the scene and advised he had been home approximately 30 minutes prior to the activation of the alarm.

The tenant further advised nothing seemed to be out of place or stolen. The tenant also advised he would make contact with the alarm company and attempt to retrieve video footage.

The value of the damaged window was listed at $200 and the investigation is still going with no suspects at the time.


Reminder: HC Youth Football Sign-Ups Sat

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

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

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


Several Public Intox Arrests Made Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, at approximately 11:40 a.m. city units were dispatched to Victory Lane Garage on Tyson Avenue in reference to a male passed out on the sidewalk.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Eric Long observed said male, later identified as Eric Zikmund, age 38 of Williams Street lying on the sidewalk near a park bench near the building. As Sgt. Long got closer to Zikmund, he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person and noticed an open quart of beer on the bench.

After waking Zikmund up and advising him to get off the ground, Zikmund was very unsteady on his feet and spoke with slurred speech. Zikmund advised he had been there for several minutes and due to his level of intoxication, unsteadiness and closeness to a main highway, he was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication.

Zikmund was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $500 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, an arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, stated that Ptl. Lancaster arrested Derrick Tyler of Short Road for Public Intoxication.

Tyler was placed on $1500 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In another unrelated incident, according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Mariah Harden arrested Patrick Tharpe for DUI 1st Offense on Saturday. Tharpe was placed on $1000 bond.


Distracted Driving Leads To Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, that while on routine patrol, Deputy Gary Carroll observed a maroon, four-door car traveling south bound on Hwy 79 and observed the driver looking into his lap while failing to maintain lanes of travel. Dispatch ran the Tennessee tag and the vehicle description came back to a blue, Chevrolet pick-up.

Upon initiating a traffic stop, Deputy Carroll made contact with the driver, identified as Michael B. Atkins, age 42 of Paris, Atkins advised he did not have a driver’s license. Dispatch ran Atkins by his social security number and a status check revealed revoked out of Houston County.

Atkins was placed under arrest for driving on a revoked driver’s license and transported to the Henry County Jail.


Annual Coaches In-Service Held

Paris, Tenn. - Coach Steve Springer of Rhea Elementary School has organized an In-Service Program for area coaches. Coaches are required to attend 5 days each year.

For the past 3 years, Coach Kirk has been a speaker, demonstrating equipment and programs offered by the USTA. This year, he introduced the new Net Generations School Program and how it can benefit all ages of kids, ranging from 5 to 18 years of age.

Several ATV'S Stolen From Local Business

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Cpl. Forrest Kemp responded to 3485 Hwy 79 N, Polaris Landing, to a report of theft.

Upon arrival, the complainant stated that two ATV type vehicles were taken from the fence in the back lot. The complainant also stated that the gate that was locked with a chain was open and also stated that the gate was rarely used, so that is why it went unnoticed. Cpl. Forrest observed marks on the lock shaft where it appeared someone tried to cut it and tracks in the grass where the machines were pushed or ridden to the road. The complainant also stated that both machines were owned by customers and were in the fence for repairs.

The first is described as a 2014 Polaris RZR, orange and white in color. The transmission cable is broken and stuck in drive. It will not go in reverse or park and the machine is valued at $10,000. The second is a 2014 Polaris four-wheeler, white in color. That particular vehicle had been repaired and is in fine working order. The four-wheeler is valued at $5,000.

The complainant advised the keys were in both the RZR and the four-wheeler and the investigation into this incident is still ongoing.


MCU Continues To Make Drug Arrests Throughout Area

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit charged James T. Binkley with FTA, simple possession of a schedule II, simple possession of a schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Local Woman Charged With Child Abuse/Neglect

Paris, Tenn. - An arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Sgt. Brian Davis arrested and charged Hailey L. Clark with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Clark was placed on $50,000 bond.


Murray Woman Charged With Several Offenses

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Josh Frey initiated a traffic stop on a black, Dodge Avenger on Market Street for speeding. Lt. Frey clocked the vehicle traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Christina Ann Crumble, age 26 of Murray, dispatch advised Crumble was suspended for failure to satisfy a citation.

Crumble was then placed under arrest for driving on suspended and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident. Crumble was placed on $350 bond and her vehicle turned over to her spouse. Upon arrival at the jail, Crumble was cited for speeding and expired registration.


Saturday Early Voting Totals

Paris, Tenn. - Early voting continues and as of Saturday, 2034 have cast their votes for the upcoming August 2nd Election, with 459 being Democrat and 1563 Republican, and 12 general ballot.


Chamber Water Fun Run Held Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn. - The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Water Fun Run was held on Saturday, on Kentucky Lake.

Players traveled to area resorts, including Pleasant View, Paris Landing, Buchanan, Cypress Springs, Leatherwood, The Breakers, and Fat Daddy's. At each resort, please collected stamps, which were good for one card and whomever had the best poker hand at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. won $500.

The theme of this year's Water Run was pirate based.

(Janice Benton photos)


Grade A Car Giveaway Held Saturday At Peppers

Paris, Tenn. - The Grade A Car Giveaway was held Saturday at Peppers Automotive Group in Paris. Each year, Peppers gives away cash prizes and one lucky Senior wins a new car. Seniors get one entry for every "A" on their report card and the winner can choose from several cars and this year's winner, Sunshine Coombs from Stewart County High School chose a new Toyota Corolla.

The winner of the $1000 cash prize was Dakota Bruashe from Hollow-Rock Bruceton High School.

The winner of the $500 cash prize was Sam Wells from Homelife Homeschool in Paris.

Dakota Bruashe, Darren Harrison, Sunshine Coombs and Sam Wells (Gary Benton photo)


Drug Arrests Continue Throughout Area

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Colley of the Metro Crime Unit arrested and charged Kevin L. Melton, of Lakeview Court with simple possession of a schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest took place on Mineral Wells Avenue.

Another arrest sheet obtained from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that in the same incident, Hailey B. Lowe was arrested and charged with possession of schedule I with intent, two counts, simple possession of a schedule VI, simple possession of a schedule IV and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Murray State University Police Officer Arrested

Murray, KY. - A Murray State University Police Officer has been arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse, by the Kentucky State Police.

The KSP advised that Mark A. Johnson, age 39 of Murray, was taken into custody without incident and held in the Calloway County Jail.

Johnson has been placed on administrative leave by the Murray State University Police.

The Kentucky State Police received a complaint on June 28th and began the investigation, the complaint involves a 24-year-old female.

Sgt. Brett Miller in overseeing the investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1, at

270-856-3721. Call anonymously by dialing 1-800-222-5555.


THP Needs Assistance In Locating Person Of Interest

Big Sandy, Tenn. - The Tennessee Highway Patrol are attempting to locate and interview the driver of a maroon, Chevrolet Aveo that was near the intersection of Able Street and S.R. 69 A in Big Sandy, on Wednesday, July 18th at approximately 1:50 p.m.

If you know who this person is or might be, please contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol Jackson District Headquarters at 731-423-6630 ext. 8109 or email Brad.wilbanks@tn.gov.


Farmers Market Opens At 8 A.M. On Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - Remember the Henry County Farmer’s Market will be at the Fairgrounds beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. There are several vendors with a variety of fruits and vegetables from watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, canned jams, jellies, homemade breads, frozen meats, and more.

(Janice Benton photos)


DPA 9th Annual Ice Cream Social Coming July 28th

Paris, Tenn. - The 9th Annual Downtown Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show will be held next Saturday, July 28th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Donations are $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids 12 & Under and tickets are available at the DPA Office, located at 203 N. Fentress Street and participating booth partners. Tickets are also available the day of the event.

For more information, please visit www.visitdowntownparis.com or call 731-653-7274.


Jr. Livestock Barn Cleanup Cancelled

Paris, Tenn. - The Jr. Livestock Fair barn cleanup that was scheduled for this evening has been cancelled.


UPDATE: Storm Shelters Will Not Open Until 9 P.M.

Paris, Tenn. - With the likelihood that severe weather will arise in the Henry County area later in the evening, Sheriff Monte Belew has advised that the Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency are monitoring the situation and shelters will be opening at 9 p.m.

The shelters at Inman, Henry, Lakewood and Harrelson schools will be open and a deputy will be at each location.

Check wmufradio.com for further information regarding updates on inclement weather in our area.


Henry County Middle School Football Practice Cancelled

Paris, Tenn. - Practice for the Henry County Middle School Football has been cancelled today, due to the threat of severe weather. Practice will take place on Monday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as scheduled.


Meet The Patriots Tailgate Party Postponed

Paris, Tenn. - Due to forecasted inclement weather, the Meet the Patriots Tailgate has been postponed until next Thursday, July 26th.

Family, friends and fans are encouraged to show up and support their favorite Patriot players, cheerleaders and coaches.

The timeline for events is as follows: Tailgating begins at 5 p.m. Meet the Patriots at 6 p.m. and Patriot football practice at 7 p.m.


Storm Shelters Will Open This Afternoon

Henry County, Tenn. - With the likelihood of severe weather arising, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Management Agency will be opening storm shelters this afternoon at 4 p.m.

The shelters at Inman, Lakewood and Harrelson schools will be open at that time and a deputy will be at each location.

New Bethel Road To Be Closed Monday

Henry, Tenn. - New Bethel Road in the Henry area will be closed Monday, July 23rd for culvert replacement. The road may be closed for two days in order to complete the project.

Rotary Members Donate To Family Resource Center

David Hamilton, Donna Craig, Allie Clary, Sean Holland, Becky Holland, Randi French, Beth Adkins and Mark Archer.

Paris, Tenn. - Rotary Club Members donated over $700 to the Henry County School System’s Family Resource Center, after volunteering to help the center pack school supplies for the Back to School Blast event scheduled for July 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The last day to register is July 23rd from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road.


MCU Makes Drug Arrest During Execution Of Search Warrant

Paris, Tenn. - An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. Myrick and the Metro Crime Unit served a search warrant at 303 Powell Street.

Hunn Lee “Pee Wee” Hadley, of said address was arrested and charged with Sale of a Schedule II (methamphetamine) and placed on $100,000 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident and according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Hayley French arrested Joanne Grayson of 5200 Hwy 79 South, on a warrant for violation of probation.

Grayson was placed on $9650 bond.


TWRA To Offer Hunter Safety Class

Paris, Tenn. - TWRA will be offering a Hunter Safety Class on July 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st. The class will take place at Springhill Baptist Church, located at 1301 Springhill Road in Paris.

The class will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night and children must be 9 years old to attend and participants must attend each night.

To register, visit Tnwildlife.org and click on the hunting link.


8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off Set for Aug. 3 and 4

Paris, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off will be held Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Buchanan. Over 20 teams from 5 states have already entered and will competed for cash and trophies in chicken, ribs, brisket, and BBQ pork. Each category will pay out 3 places 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$150, and 3rd place-$100. The Grand Champion will receive $1000 and the Reserve Champion will win $500.

Friday night August 3rd there will be a pitmaster challenge where cookers will be given a special challenger and ingredients and be asked to create a dish that will be judged. Also on Friday there will be a corn hole tournament. The cost to enter the corn hole tournament is $40 and there will be 90% cash payouts to the winning team. Food will be available for purchase Friday night hot off the grill from Miss D’s Kitchen.  There will be a live DJ and other musical entertainment as well.

Saturday competition judging will be held 11am to 3pm and awards will be given out that afternoon. Miss D’s Kitchen will be selling food hot off the grill Saturday as well. For more information, or to enter call Donna Milam at 336-1966 or email dmilam64@yahoo.com. The event is hosted by the Henry County BBQ Association.

Lady Pats Makeup Softball Tryouts July 29th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriot Softball Head Coach Scarlett McSwain will hold makeup team tryouts from 6-8pm on Sunday July 29th at the HCHS Softball field. Interested players need to bring proof of a physical when they come to tryouts.

Beer Board Approves Permit for New Management at Famiy Fun Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday night and approved a beer permit for Linda James at Paris Family Fun Center, formerly Gary Center Bowl, located at 1118 N. Market St. Due to the new ownership and management a new application for a beer license was required.

First Christian Church Lemonade Stand to Benefit The Shed Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- First Christian Church in Paris will hold their Cups for a Cure Vacation Bible School Lemonade Stand this Saturday July 21st. From 12:30pm to 2:30pm the children of FCC will sell lemonade and cookies to raise money for The Shed.

Bethel Anglers Take Lead at Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship

Talequah, Okla.- A stingy Tenkiller Lake was just generous enough to put Garrett Enders and Cody Huff of Bethel University on top with 16 pounds, 10 ounces during Thursday’s opening round of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. 
 
“We only caught five keepers today,” said Enders, a biology major who was fighting a cold along with the 102-degree outside temperature at Thursday’s weigh-in. “We could zero tomorrow.”
 
“It’s being really stingy,” said Huff, a senior majoring in business management at the McKenzie, Tenn., school. “You really have to work.”
 
Their total gave them a lead of 12 ounces over Colby Bryant and Dillon Harrell. The team from Sam Houston State University placed second for the day with five bass that weighed 15-14.
 
A change from a final-day practice with overcast skies took the 136 teams in the contest out of the steam pot and onto a frying pan under bluebird skies in that 102-degree heat. An encore at 106 degrees is forecast for Friday, as the full field takes a second shot at making the Top 12 for Saturday’s finale.
 
Most teams said it was just tough, a grind or that fish were “just here and there.”
 
Only 88 of the teams weighed a fish, and Huff and Enders were the only ones to break the 16-pound mark. Twelfth place registered an even 10 pounds. Among that top echelon, three teams had only four bass and two teams had just three.
 
Huff and Enders caught their fish early, suspended off brushpiles, and they had their livewell filled at 9 a.m.
 
“We expected it to get better as the day went on, but it just stopped,” Huff said. “We were around a lot of people early, but you had to have the sweet spot.”
 
The tables turned in the afternoon and formed a knot in the stomachs of the leaders looking toward Friday.
 
“We watched a lot of other people catching fish, so that was tough,” Enders said. “Tomorrow, we’re going to start on what worked today and just see what happens.”
 
Bryant and Harrell had the opposite experience. They caught only one bass early and tried to force the issue with other shut-mouth fish before finally deciding to go junk fishing.
 
“We had a lot of rods out, we were tripping over them all day,” Harrell said.
 
“One of the things that helps us is we’re from Lake Conroe, and it’s junk fishing,” Bryant said. “It was junk fishing with a pan. It wasn’t just random stuff, but it definitely wasn’t our first plan.”
 
They had three fish at 12:30 p.m., caught one more after the noon hour and landed their final bass with seven minutes to go until check-in. “And it was a five-minute run,” Harrell said.
 
“Tomorrow, we’re just going to start over and see what happens,” Bryant said.
 
Another Bethel University team, Hunter Louden and Seth Roberts, is in third place with four bass that weighed 15-12 — a bag that included a 5-pounder.
 
Tenkiller’s 16-inch minimum played heavily into their showing. “We caught a largemouth that went 15 1/2,” Louden said. “That’s a pound a half right there.” 
 
The contest continues Friday with takeoff at 6 a.m. CT from Cherokee Landing State Park. Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. at the Northeastern State University Beta Field in Tahlequah. Fans are encouraged to come early and enjoy the Bassmaster Outdoors Expo, featuring interactive sponsor displays and free giveaways from 1-5 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
 
For more information, visit Bassmaster.com/college.

KSP Arrest Man on Sexual Assault Charges

Murray, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police arrested Mark A. Johnson, 39 of Murray, and charged him with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, a Class “D” Felony.  KSP received a complaint on July 18, 2018 of an incident involving a 24 year old female and began their investigation.  The investigation resulted in KSP obtaining an arrest warrant on Mr. Johnson.  Mr. Johnson was arrested without incident and lodged in the Calloway County Jail.  

Mr. Johnson is a police officer with the Murray State University Public Safety Department and has been placed on administrative leave, by their policy.  

The investigation is continuing by Sergeant Brett Miller. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Early Voting Totals for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- 232 people voted on Thursday in Henry County with 182 Republican votes cast and 49 Democratic votes with one voting in the County General. Totals so far for early voting is 1703.

AT &T Annouces Fixed Wireless Internet

Dennis Wagner of AT&T shows off the antenna that will be connected to the house to receive the signal. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dennis Wagner, of AT&T, held a press conference at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning detailing the rollout of fixed wireless internet in underserved areas of Henry and Benton Counties.

Wagner said the FCC identified census blocks where the lack of internet service was an issue and provided funds to help began to resolve those issues. Wagner said the state of Tennessee, being a business friendly state, has really helped push this iniative along as well.

State Rep. Tim Wirgau said, "this is so important, to find and serve the underserved areas of our district, we will continue to work on the whole district getting this type of service, but it has to come slowly one piece at a time and this is a start."

The Fixed Wireless Internet Service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10MBPs and upload speeds of at leas 1MBPs. The connection comes from a tower to a fixed antenna on a customer's home or small business.

Farmers, small business owners, and residents all gathered at the Chamber Thursday for the announcement. The four towers that will be served in Henry County are on Oak Grove Road, West Wood Street, Lumber Road, and Hwy 641N.

To learn more about the Fixed Wireless Internet and to find out if your residence or small business may be able to get the antenna go online to att.com/internet/fixedwireless.html.

Man Evades Briefly, Caught and Charged by PPD

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Daniel Andres and Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department received a report of meth being cooked in an apartment at 706 Mandalay Road and upon arrival noticed an unknown man standing outside near the apartment in questions. The man gave officers the consent to search and once they began to go inside, Terrell Cowan, age 42, of 634 Bolin St., jumped off the couch and ran out the front door.

Ptl. Andres pursued on foot and observed Cowan throw two knives out as he ran. Andres caught Cowan who attempted to escape again, but Lt. Frey deployed the taser. Cowan was charged with criminal trespass, evading arrest, and violation of the sex offender registry. He was placed on $2500 bond. No meth or evidence of cooking meth was found at the apartment.

Three Charged With Drugs After Domestic Situation Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible domestic situation on Jackson Drive and ended up making three arrest for drugs.

Jacob Bradley Henson, age 26, of 148 Jackson Drive, was charged with possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, and accessory after the fact after giving false information and meth being found.

Also charged was Jeffery D. Mitchell, age 32, of Huntingdon, for active warrants and possession of schedule 6 and 2 and Keisa D. Henderson, 195 Whiskey Ridge Road, for  possession of schedule 2 and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Another report at the sheriff’s office stated two craftsman tool sets valued at a total of $100 were stolen from a home on Hwy. 140 E. There are no suspects.

Warrants have been issued on an individual after a total of $700 has come up missing from two separate business which the individual works for. There have been no arrests as of yet.

The Metro Crime Unit conducted a search warrant at 303 Powell Street and ending up charging Hunn Lee Hadley, age 46, of the address with sale of schedule two. Hadley was placed on $100K bond.

Charter Joins Henry County Leaders to Discuss Internet Options for Senior Citizens

Paris, Tenn.- Charter Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: CHTR) will be joined by Henry County leaders for a roundtable discussion and luncheon to discuss internet resources for seniors and the Spectrum Internet Assist program on Friday, July 20.

The roundtable and luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conger Senior Citizens Center located at 55 Jones Bend Rd. Ext. in Paris.

Charter Communications representatives will lead the discussion, which will and include: Henry County Mayor, Brent Greer; City of Paris Mayor, Carlton Gerrell; State Representative, Tim Wiragu of District 75; Paris Special School District Director, Norma Gerrell;, Dr. Gregory Britt, Henry County School System Superintendent; and Conger Senior Center Director, Reggie Caldwell.

Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA) is the low-cost, high-speed broadband service offered by Charter for qualifying families and seniors. The service delivers industry-leading 30/4 Mbps broadband speeds for $14.99 per month, up to three times faster than comparable services offered by competitors, and exceeds the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) definition of “high-speed.” Users can expect standard features like email boxes, internet security software and a modem at no additional charge.

“There is an ever-growing need for internet access in the home,” said Rep. Tim Wiragu. “I applaud Charter Communications for making it more affordable for seniors and families in our community to access the wealth of information and resources provided online.”

“Charter is excited to bring a whole new world of digital access and opportunity to low-income families and seniors. Spectrum Internet Assist is an important next step in providing true high-speed connections to those who would otherwise continue to face a digital inequality in this country,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter Communications.

“It’s crucial for cable and broadband providers like us to play a role in bridging the digital divide so that everyone has access to the information and tools they need to succeed in today’s economy,” Rutledge said.

To assist consumers with the eligibility process and enrollment, Charter has launched a dedicated Spectrum Internet Assist website: www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com. Prospective enrollees may also call the Spectrum Internet Assist toll-free helpline at 1-844-525-1574 for assistance.

Spectrum Internet Assist Eligibility

  •    Families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  • Seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.
  • Additional Criteria:
  • Current phone and video customers who meet one of the two criteria above can enroll
  • Prospective SIA enrollees cannot have had a Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Network broadband subscription within 30 days of signing up
  • Eligible participants will not need to undergo a credit check but they must clear any outstanding debt with Charter, Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks.

2nd Annual Summerfest in Paris Planned Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Summer Fest in Paris will be held Saturday July 21st at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit Luke’s Inn Transitional Living Shelter. Over 30 vendors will be featured with several items for sell. There will be a car, truck, and motorcycle show as well with Top 3 awarded in each class. For more information call 731-407-9075.

Tosh Farms Responds to Animal Cruelty Video

Henry, Tenn.- In response to a video released by an Animal Rights group, Mercy for Animals, Tosh Farms has responded.

A press release posted on their Facebook page stated: Several actions were identified today that were outside of our written company policy and on-farm training. Immediate intervention has occurred this morning via a third-party veterinarian who specializes in animal care training.

During the complete examination of all animals on-site today, the veterinarian observed no on-going animal care issues. In response to advice from this audit, we are immediately -
1. Addressing animal care and handling issues via re-training of our staff.
2. Implementing short and long-term plans to ensure animal welfare policy re-training and compliance.

Tosh Pork takes seriously our ethical responsibility for the proper care of pigs. As a U.S. pork producer, we are committed to producing safe, wholesome pork in a socially responsible way, and no one cares more than our family about taking care of our animals, natural resources, and contributing to local communities.

Our goal is to always find ways to improve our practices and provide the best possible care for our animals.

The undercover video was showed mother hogs kept in tight cages, kicking of animals, teeth and testicles removed without anethesia. Mercy for Animals posted the video from a farm owned by Tosh Farms in Franklin, Ky.

Food Commodities to Be Distributed Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will help distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Commodities to eligible area residents on July 23rd and 24th. The food will be distributed at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended in Paris. Distribution will be between the hours of 9am and 2pm.

Eligible residents should have commodity cards with an X or O on the back. X’s will pick up their food on Monday July 23rd and O’s will pick up theirs on Tuesday July 24th. There is not a senior day this time. Do not line up cars before 9am and there is no need to come inside.

Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. For more information call 642-3132 or visit the Northwest office Henry County Service Center at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended.

Subcontractor Outreach Event Planned July 24th for New Inn

Buchanan, Tenn.- The New Inn at Paris Landing State Park will hold a subcontractor outreach event, hosted by Doster Construction Company. All subcontractors are welcome to come on Tuesday July 24th between 4:30 and 6pm at the Paris Landing Community Center, located at 400 Lodge Road in Buchanan. Subcontractors can meet and greet with Doster, and see prequalifications for work on the Inn.

JPHS To Meet in Mayfield Saturday as 60th Anniversary Continues

Mayfield, Ky.- The Jackson Purchase Historical Society continues its 60th Anniversary Year Observance this Saturday July 21st with a presentation by Thomas Jones at the Purchase Area Development District Office, in Mayfield, Kentucky. For more information about the JPHS, which comprises western Kentucky and Tennessee contact Bill Mulligan at 270-519-0038 or email billmulligan@murray-ky.net.

Habitat For Humanity Accepting Applications for House to Be Built in Fall

Paris, Tenn.- Habitat for Humanity of Paris-Henry County is accepting applications for a house to be built this fall. Applications may be obtained at the Henry County Office on Aging or Family Resource Center at the Central School Building on Jones Bend Road Extended. For more information call 642-2919.

Sons of American Legion Fish Fry Planned for Friday

Springville, Tenn.- The Sons of the American Legion Post 89 will host a Fish Fry this Friday July 20th from 5pm until their sold out. The meal is $10 and includes catfish, fries, white beans, hushpuppies, slaw, dessert, and drink. The post is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.

275 Vote on Wednesday for Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- 275 Henry Countians cast their ballots on Wednesday for Early Voting with 216 Republican and 59 Democrat. The overall total for Early Voting is up to 1471. Early Voting continues each weekday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon until July 28th.

Chamber Grub Club Welcomes OSBA Richard Wilson July 26

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next Grub Club Event next Thursday July 26th from Noon to 1pm at the Chamber office, located at 2508 East Wood Street.

The speaker will be Richard Wilson, Tennessee’s Small Business Advocate. The Tennessee General Assembly created a resource to assist small business owners in manoeuvring through government bureaucracy and the bureaucratic red tape, and Wilson serves as the advocate in that position. He serves as a point of contact to state government and is here to help resolve any issues concerning current or future small business owners and state agencies.

During his presentation to the Grub Club on July 26th Wilson will discuss the history of the Office of Small Business Advocate, how the office can help small business owners navigate thru state government and the role he plays in accomplishing this goal. Being a part of the Chamber’s Grub Club is free, but seating each month is limited. Email tmcleese@paristnchamber.com to reserve your seat for next week’s presentation.

Meet the Patriots Tailgate Event Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- High School Football season is just around the corner and there will be a Meet the Patriots Tailgate party this coming Friday July 20th at Henry County High School. Fans are encouraged to show up and meet their favorite Patriot players, cheerleaders, and coaches. Several business and fans have already committed to tailgating at the event.

Fans of all ages are encouraged to bring a jersey or shirt, hat or football, or grab a free poster featuring this year’s seniors and a football schedule, to get autographs and take photos with their favorite Patriot. Tailgaing begins at 5pm, Meet the Pats at 6pm, and Patriot Football practice will be held at 7pm.

Reminder HCHS Football Season Tix on Sale

Paris, Tenn.- 2018 Henry County High School Patriot Football Season Tickets are currently on sale. The price is $45 which is good for all 5 home games this season and plus the game played at Austin Peay State University against Beech. For questions call Velvet Arnold at 642-5232.

Olivia Rice Joins Exec. Board of DPA

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association welcomes Olivia Rice to the Executive Board.  “We are excited to have Olivia join us as we continue to promote Paris and Henry County,” said John Etheridge, Chairman of the DPA Executive Board.

Olivia Rice has been with Commercial Bank & Trust Company for the past eight years and currently serves as a Consumer Loan Officer.  She is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Olivia was named the 2018 Young Professional of the Year by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 Lion of the Year by the Paris Lions Club. She serves on the boards of the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for Child Abuse and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board as well as many other civic committees in our community.

“Olivia has a real interest in this community and that passion is what the Downtown Paris Association is all about”, said Kathy Ray, DPA Executive Director. “Olivia has worked on DPA committees and understands the DPA mission.   She is an asset to our Executive Board.”

Olivia is married to Dillon Rice and they have one daughter, Londyn Kate Rice.

Jon Dyer Named Partner of White and Assoc. Wimberley Agency

Paris, Tenn.- White & Associates Insurance (https://whiteandassociates.net) has announced that Jon Dyer has joined Tommy Wimberley as a partner of the W&A Wimberley Insurance Agency in Paris, Tennessee.

Dyer joined the agency in 2015 and quickly advanced his insurance acumen with designations as both an Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) and a Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation (CAWC). He is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie communication and leadership program. Prior to his current role, Jon spent nearly five years with the Paris Henry County Public Utility Department – Natural Gas Company.

“After spending more than three years with our team, Jon has proven that he is committed to our standard of customer service and is dedicated to maintaining a positive culture for the current agency team,” said Larry White, chief executive officer of White & Associates Insurance. “I am confident in Jon’s ability to continue the level of excellence our clients have come to expect.”

“We are excited for Jon to take on this new role within the agency,” said Tommy Wimberley, partner of the Wimberley Agency. “Jon’s innovative thinking and vision will allow our business to continue to grow and serve the Paris area for years to come.”

“I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people of my hometown,” said Dyer. “I have enjoyed learning this business over the last several years and I am dedicated to providing customized insurance solutions for individuals and businesses in this community.”

Dyer is a Henry County High School graduate and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Bethel University. He resides in Paris with his wife, Savanna, and their daughter, Demi Jo.

Entry Forms Due Friday for DPA's Ice Cream Social

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association’s 2018 Downtown All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show is set for Saturday July 28th from 4 to 6:30pm with money raised benefitting the DPA and the Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association.

Entry forms are due by this Friday July 20th and teams must provide their own table and shelter if desired in their 10 by 10 space provided. Ice Cream containers will be provided by the DPA.

Bracelets will be sold by the teams for a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Each team must presell 25 bracelets, a $250 commitment.

Each team must bring a minimum of 10 gallons of ice cream. A freezer truck will be available to store the ice cream. Homemade ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, and sherbert are encouraged but not required. Homemade ice cream must not be made with raw eggs. Teams must check on July 28th between 3pm and 3:45pm. In case of rain, the event will move to the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center on Blythe Street.

Prizes are awarded for Best Ice Cream, Best Theme, and Best of Show. Booths may also hold bake sales with proceeds benefited to the beneficiaries.

The entry fee is $10 for the Antique Car and Tractor Show which includes one free ticket/wristband for the ice cream social. Additional bands can be purchased as well. The East and North side of the court square will be designated for the car and tractor show. Voting will be 25 cents per vote for the People’s Choice Award for best car and best tractor. For more information call Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or email downtownparis@outlook.com.

KPAC Young Artists Present Disney's Little Mermaid Jr. This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists will present their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., with special lighting, costuming, and make-up in a glow-in the dark theatre experience you won’t forget this weekend. Show times are Friday July 20th and Saturday July 21st at 7pm and Sunday July 22nd at 3pm. Ticket prices are $5 for children and students and general seating age 3 to high school, $8 for general adult seating, and $10 for all reserved seating.

Come and journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends in this show adapted from Disney’s Broadway Production and the motion picture. It will feature the enormously popular music and charming lyrics. The students have worked hard since mid-May to be able to present this show this weekend.

18 Year Old Killed in Tues. Afternoon Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- A one vehicle accident resulted in the loss of life for an 18 year old Paris man Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred on Hwy. 79 S. between Paris and Henry before 1pm. The report from Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Brad Wilbanks, which was released Tuesday evening, stated J.C. Kennedy, age 18, was killed after his 2004 Toyota Highlander appeared to have left the left side of the roadway and he overcorrected and then causing the vehicle to go off the right side of the roadway.

The vehicle struck and embankment, which caused it to roll and eject the driver. Air Evac was called to the scene, but was not used and Kennedy was taken to HCMC by ambulance. Kennedy is a 2018 graduate of Henry County High School.

308 Vote on Tuesday During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- 308 Henry Countians voted during Early Voting on Tuesday with 239 voting in the Republican primary and 66 in the Democratic primary. The total so far during early voting is now 1196.

JT's General Store in CG Hosting Trade Day This Sat.

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- JT’s General store, located at 7030 Main Street Cottage Grove, is hosting its first Trade Day this Saturday July 21st from 10am to 2pm. They will have burgers and hot dogs, chips, drink and desserts available for purchase. They are asking for dessert donations from any member of the community.

JT’s parking lot will be available for setup if you have something to sell and they encourage you to arrive early All animals must be properly confined or leashed and proof of coggins is required for applicable livestock. For more information call 782-3337. If you don’t have anything to sell just come by and browse and buy.

MTD Expanding in Martin; To Add 200 Jobs

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and MTD Consumer Group Inc officials announced today that the manufacturer will invest $10 million in its Martin operations over the next five years.   

MTD is Weakley County’s largest private employer and a leading global manufacturer and distributor of residential and commercial outdoor power equipment under brands such as Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt. The company plans to create 200 jobs in Weakley County as it adds production at the Martin facility. 

 

“I’m very pleased to see MTD move ahead with this investment in Weakley County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s existing companies like MTD are the primary drivers of our state’s economic growth. MTD’s expansion is a strong vote of confidence in the people of Martin and another sign that Tennessee will lead in attracting quality jobs to our rural communities.” 

 

“MTD has played a valuable role in Weakley County for more than 30 years and employs more than 900 residents in West Tennessee,” Rolfe said. “The creation of 200 jobs will have a tremendous impact on the local economy and people of Weakley County. This investment underscores that Tennessee is a place where leading businesses can grow and provide quality jobs for our citizens. I’d like to thank MTD for its continued commitment to Martin and Weakley County.”

 

“We’ve operated here in Martin since 1985,” said Steve Baker, MTD’s general manager for the facility. “This is home for us and we’re blessed to be able to provide meaningful jobs for our community. We want to thank everyone who has helped, and will continue to help us, bring this expansion to fruition.” 

 

MTD’s $20 million expansion in 2014 created a foundation for future growth. Now, with the additional $10 million investment for facility updates and new equipment, as well as 200 new jobs, MTD will be able to offer year-round employment for associates and production of innovative, quality products for customers. 

Local officials applauded MTD for its investment in Martin and Weakley County. 

 

“We are excited to celebrate with MTD in its recent decision to add an additional 200 jobs to their full-time workforce,” Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum said. “As Weakley County’s largest private employer, MTD continues to prove that it is committed to the success of the community and its workforce. We want to thank Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe and TNECD for the support they have given Weakley County. Our recent success is evidence of the good work being done by Weakley County, the city of Martin and the Weakley County Economic Development Board.”

 

“MTD has been an outstanding community partner over the years,” Martin Mayor Randy Brundige said. “We appreciate MTD’s further commitment to Martin on this expansion project, and are thankful for the new job creation. We look forward to many more years of partnership with the leadership and workforce of MTD.”

 

“On behalf of the Weakley County Economic Development Board, we are pleased that MTD is investing more capital and creating 200 full time jobs in Martin and Weakley County,” Ronnie Price, president of the Weakley County Economic Development Board, said. “This investment shows MTD's long-term commitment to our community and this expansion would not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the company's local management team and associates.”

 

“TVA and Weakley County Municipal Electric System congratulate MTD on its decision to expand operations in Weakley County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to facilitate new job creation in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Weakley County Economic Development Board and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.”

 

Martin and Weakley County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly. 

Erin, McKenzie Awarded USDA-RD Money for Water, Wastewater Improvements

Nashville- The USDA-Rural Development office announced Monday they are investing $267M in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. Included in the announcement, Tennessee State Director Jim Tracy announces 7 projects in Tennessee with an investment of over $511M in loans and $6.1M in grants and two area communities will benefit.

The City of Erin, in Houston County will use a $2.1M loan and $1.4M grant to improve its wastewater treatment plant, nearly doubling its capacity. This will help recruit more industry into the City and County. The plant serves Erin and Tennessee Ridge as well as businesses in the Houston County Industrial Park, but it is very obsolete and expense to operate. USDA’s investment will benefit 625 commercial nad residential customers.

The City of McKenzie in Carroll County will receive a $1M loan and $250K grant to replace equipment and make minor facility improvements at the wastewater treatment plant including replacing pump stations at the Keko, Como, and Booker locations, repair of the Manley Pump Station electrical system, and rehab of the 11,600 feet of line among other things. The work done will meet a consent order by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and will benefit all 5300 plus residents of McKenzie.  

BPU Having Vital System Updgrade 5-7pm; No Payment Options Available

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will be preparing for a vital system upgrade Tuesday between the hours of 5 and 6pm. During that time period, all payment activity will be unavailable, including the payment kiosk, pay by phone system, and all web payments. BPU apologizes for the inconvenience but the upgrade is part of the plan to ensure consistent payment service into the future.

Judge Snyder Updates County Comm. on CASA, New Funding for Foster Children

Judge Snyder discusses CASA and new ways funding can help establish a voice for foster children. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for July on Monday evening and General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder spoke to the commission about an opportunity to fund helping foster children in the county thru the CASA program, Carl Perkins Center, and Women’s and men’s Rape Assistance Program or WRAP.

Judge Snyder talked about how the State of Tennessee has put in $20K, even up to $22K recurring funds for Henry County’s newest CASA program, which recently raised over $6500 during a Boston Butt Sale prior to the 4th of July.

Judge Snyder said a line item thru the Circuit Court budget will allow part of the collected fees in certain cases to go towards an established victim assessment program that will be used thru CASA, WRAP, and Carl Perkins Center to help foster kids have a consistent voice thru their foster care.

Judge Snyder said, “I’m very excited about this and how it will help our children, I see the need for it every week in our courtroom and its money that will be well spent and could make a huge difference in a child’s life choices.”

The commission will look at a resolution establishing the program next month.

County Commission Receives Budget; Looks to Approve July 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The County Commission also accepted the proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year as presented by the budget committee after their review and approval last Monday night.

The budget keeps the tax rate the same at $2.09 per $100 of assessed property and includes a 2% COLA for all county employees. The budget requires $218K from fund balance to balance which County Mayor Brent Greer said is of no concern for the upcoming year and they could possibly not need that total amount.

Commissioners will look over the budget and approve it when they meet again on Monday July 30th in special session at 5pm.

Non Profits Approved at $95K for FY 2019

Paris, Tenn.- In other action on Monday night the County Commission approved the non-profit appropriations for the Fiscal year 2018-19 on first reading. The amount has been steady the last several years hovering around that $100K mark, give or take a few thousand and County Mayor Brent Greer said, “we get much more bang for our buck here with all the great work our non-profits do. This year the total for non-profits is $95,685 as 22 different organizations are served. The Volunteer Fire Departments receive over $31K, the Heritage Center receives $10K, and Lee School will receive $5K just to name a few.

The commission also authorized the County Medical Examiner to appoint medical investigators at Monday’s meeting.  Bruce Herrin, Diann McGuire, and Debbie Traver were named as medical investigators. The commission also approved the nominating committee’s decision to appoint Matthew McClure as Deputy County Coroner.

Early Voting Totals Nearing 900 in First 3 days

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting totals for the first three days have reached 888 so far after Monday's voting. On Monday, 313 people cast their votes at the Henry County Election Commission office. Of those, 79 voted on the Democratic Primary and 232 voted Republican, while two voted in County General only.

County Clerk Appreciation Week Celebrated This Week

Nashville- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has designated July 15-21, 2018 as Tennessee County Clerk Appreciation Week recognizing the 95 county clerks and employees for their support of the Tennessee County Clerk Organ Donor Awareness Foundation (TCCODAF).  The foundation provides resources to help educate Tennesseans on the importance of organ and tissue donation; and asking individuals to register as organ and tissue donors. Donate Life Tennessee staff, donor families and transplant recipients will be visiting county clerk offices across the state to express their appreciation to clerks and staff.

“I am proud of our employees and county residents for the support of the Donate A Dollar campaign.  The donations made when someone receives or renews their vehicle tags are essentially helping to save and improve lives. The funds raised are key to Donate Life Tennessee’s efforts to educate Tennesseans on the importance of registering to be an organ and tissue donor.” County Clerk, Donna Craig stated.

Ninety-eight percent of the Tennesseans who have registered as organ and tissue donors have done so when receiving or renewing their driver licenses or state IDs at Driver Services Centers or at the 41 county clerk offices providing the service. Currently, over 2.2 million Tennesseans are registered on the state registry.

In 2017, Tennesseans saved 1,156 lives through organ transplantation and thousands more received life improving tissue transplants. Presently, over 2,900 Tennesseans are listed on the national organ transplant list.  

Donate Life Tennessee is maintained by the state’s two organ procurement organizations, Tennessee Donor Services and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. A critical part of their mission is to ensure Tennessee residents understand the importance of organ and tissue donation.

 “We cannot overstate the impact our county clerks and their employees have on saving the lives of people in Tennessee and across our nation,” said Jill Grandas, Executive Director of Tennessee Donor Services. “We are extremely grateful to each of them and the Tennessee County Clerk Organ Donor Awareness Foundation.” 

Fixed Wireless Internet Becoming Available in Benton, Henry Counties

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference is planned Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce at 11am to discuss the rollout of high speed internet in Benton and Henry County and other rural areas.

AT &T Fixed Wireless Internet for rural and underserved locations will now be available to residents and small businesses in parts of Benton and Henry Counties including Big Sandy, Camden, Holladay, and Paris.

According to the press release, the rollout, now in 18 states, begin in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to 440K locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1M locations by the end of 2020.

State Senator John Stevens said, “it’s a good day for residents in Benton and Henry Counties as this innovative new service brings high-speed connectivity to more  rural families and small businesses. We have work that remains to be done, and I will continue to work with my colleagues and private industry to continue bringing access to high speed internet to rural Tennessee.”

“Our residents and business owners have made their voices heard and my colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment where we will see more announcements like this-more announcements that infrastructure is being deployed to extend access to high speed internet to families across our community,” said State Representative Tim Wirgau.

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers and internet connection with download speeds of at least 10mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

The towers used to provide the service are connected to AT &T’s network using fiber optics. AT &T has more than 2.3M strand miles of AT &T fiber optics covering Tennessee, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Tennessee businesses and residents need.

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.  

Warrants Issued for Man Accussed of Stealing Motorcycle in McKenzie

Henry, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s received information of a reckless driver on a motorcycle with a female on back driving down Hwy 79S. and had previously received information of a couple on a black and orange motorcycle causing some trouble on Macedonia Road. Cpl. Sanders went down Macedonia and found a motorcycle matching that description. He stopped and began to go towards the residence and noticed a white male, he later identified as Larry D. Raymer, III, age 33, of 1225 Macedonia Road, walking behind the residence. When Cpl. Sanders asked the man to stop, Raymer took off in the woods.

Cpl. Sanders then found the woman that was riding with Raymer on the motorcycle, which had came back stolen from McKenzie. She talked with Cpl. Sanders and said she didn’t know it was stolen and that Raymer had the motorcycle several days. Reinforcements arrived and a search of the area couldn’t find Raymer. McKenzie Police have issued warrants on him now for theft.

Henry Fire Dept. Extinguishes Field Fire Friday Aft.

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Volunteer Fire Units responded to a field on fire on Lumber Road in Henry Friday afternoon. The Brush truck and five firefighters responded to find a section ditch on fire next to a field in two different locations. The fires were extinguished with minimal areas burnt. (Henry FD photos)

Bethel's New Dining Partner Hosting Job Fair Wednesday

McKenzie, Tenn.- MMI Dining is joining Bethel University as their dining partner on campus this year and will be hosting a Job fair this Wednesday July 18th from 2-6pm at the Vera Lowe Center, 101 Wildcat Lane in McKenzie.

Positions available include cooks, line servers, cashiers, dishwashers, catering positions, baristas, and more. Interested applicants should bring a resume and fill out an application and be prepared for a brief interview. For more information visit www.mmidining.com and like them on Facebook.

Next Shepherd's Table Meal Planned for Tues. July 17th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table, the Community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church, will be having their next supper on Tuesday, July 17th, at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Mary Lodge, a volunteer in the kitchen, said they will home-cooked chicken, corn on the cob, beans and delicious fruit cobbler for dessert.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Volunteer John Wambles says, “all you have to do is get there! Just come on in and have a seat, a volunteer brings you your drink and your supper.” The volunteers also do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible. The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The next two suppers have already been planned for August 21st and September 18th at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Chamber Hosts Educators Day at the Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce welcomed administrators from surrounding educational institutions Saturday to Kentucky Lake.  Invitations were sent to the Presidents of Austin Peay State University, Bethel University, Union University, Tennessee State University, Jackson State Community College, Lane University, The University of Tennessee at Martin, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  

Both Dr. Brian Norton of the Henry County School System and Dr. Norma Gerrell of the Paris Special School District were present.  

“This was an incredible opportunity for our community to network with these institutions,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “Not only were we able to build relationships, we had in-depth conversations regarding Workforce Development, preparing our students for their schools, and of course, bringing their Marching Bands to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry!”  

McLeese added, “This was not the first time an event like this has happened. The goal was to create a casual setting where these leaders could come to the lake and enjoy our hospitality. Our geographical location for education opportunities is major asset to our community. I look forward to following up on these conversations.”   

The event was hosted by City Commissioner Sam Tharpe, and his wife Gail. 

Scenes from the Triathlon

Buchanan, Tenn.- 182 participants from across the region competed in the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Saturday at Paris Landing State Park. The competition course included a 500 Meter Swim, a 14 Mile Bike and a 3 Mile Run.   (Travis McLeese photos)

“This competition diversifies the events that our community produces to attract people to our area,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “It took a collaborative effort to make this event happen, Tony Lawrence and his team put in many hours and I am thankful for all of those involved.”  

Race results can be found by visiting https://paristntri.racesonline.com/home. This event was Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, The Henry County Tourism Authority, Tennessee State Parks, Barry’s Coaching, Edwards Jones-Brian Tusa, and the City of Paris Parks and Recreation.

Troopers Make Several DUI Arrests Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Trooper Cooper arrested Clint R. McCoy of 1556 Cypress Road for DUI 1st Offense. McCoy was placed on $1500 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Trooper Harden arrested Angela Ellis of 441 Welshwood Drive for DUI 1st Offense. Ellis was placed on $1500 bond.

Saturday Early Voting Totals

Paris, Tenn. - A total of 94 voters cast their votes on Saturday, 24 of those votes Democrat and 70 Republican bringing the total number of early voters to 575, of which 150 are Democrat and 420 Republican.

PLSP Triathlon Results

Buchanan, Tenn. - The Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon was held on Saturday. The Triathlon included a 500 meter swim in Kentucky Lake, a 14 mile bike race over and around the Paris Landing Bridge, and a 3 mile run in Paris Landing State Park.

The winner for Male Overall was Jordan Green from Morgantown, Kentucky. Female Overall winner was Kelsey Erlenbaugh from Clarksville, Tennessee.

Male Master Award went to Jon Tate from Nashville. Female Master was awarded to Kirsten Ness from Germantown.

The Athena Award went to Catherine Hook from Rosemark, Tennessee. Wayne Ogorzalek took 1st in the Clydesdale Award.

In the Male Relay, 1st place was awarded to Wayne Ogorzalek, Lynn Ness and David Childe. Female Relay, 1st place winners were Ella Mathis, Jessica Mathis and Sara Mathis. In the Coed Relay, Slayden Hosford, Charlotte Coulston and Ryan Delaney took 1st place.

In the Male 1-14 age group, Shannon Sawyer won first place. In the Male Age Group 15-19, Ben Dixon took 1st place. Male Age Group 20-24, Sean Lafferty won 1st Place. In the Male Age Group 25-29, the winner was Joseph Wheatley. In the Male Division ages 30-34, Doug Earthman won 1st place. Age Group 35-39 for Males, the winner was Steven Gill. 40-44 Male Age Group winner was Chris Flint. Male 45-49 Age Group winner was Wesley Medlin. 50-54 Male Age Group Winner was John Mayer. The Male Age Group 55-59 1st place winner was Tommy Nettleton. Ages 60-64 in the Male Age Group winner was Murray Scott and the Male Age Group 65-98 winner was Gwin Anderson.

In the Female Age Group 20-24, Susan Bailey won 1st Place. Female Age Group 25-29 winner was Aly Beaird. Age Group 30-34 for Female winner was Megan Clegg. Heather Perkins was the Female Age Group 35-39 and Age Group 40-44 for Female winner was Paula Chilton. Female Age Group 45-49 winner was Renee Sutton. The winner for Female Age Group 50-54 was Betsy Pierpaoli. Female Age Group 55-59 winner was Jeanine Watts. Age Group 60-64 for Female winner was Ruth E. Johnson. Carlene Miller won for Female Age Group 65-98.

For a list of all finishers and winners, please visit paristntri.racesonline.com/results.

Early Voting Totals

Paris, Tenn. - Early Voting for the August 2nd Election began Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. and by the end of day Friday, there were 397 early votes (401
total with absentee) with 88 voting Democrat, 310 Republican and 3 general ballot only.

The current voting total is 481. 126 of those voting Democrat, 350 Republican and 5 general ballot only.

Chamber's Water Fun Run Planned for July 21

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

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

HCHD Closing Monday for Couple Days for Culvert Replacement

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

New Harmony VBS PLanned July 14th thru 19th

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

City of Paris To Begin Milling and Paving Streets Soon

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

Pop Warner Cheerleading Signups Planned Next 2 Saturdays

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

HC Youth Football League Sign-Ups Coming Up

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

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

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

 

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