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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Thunder Baseball Tryouts Sat., Sun at McNeil Park

Paris, Tenn.- Thunder Baseball will hold its 2017-18 season tryouts Saturday and Sunday July 29th and 30th at McNeil Park in Paris. Registration fee is $20 for returning players and $30 for new players. Age classes are from 8U to 12U. For more information call 336-4938 or message the Paris Thunder Baseball Facebook page.

Bake Sale for Late Emily Webb Planned Sat. at Lakeway IGA

Paris, Tenn.- There will be bake sale for the late Emily Webb Saturday July 29th at Lakeway IGA from 10am-2pm or until sold out. Only homemade items are requested if you are interested in donating for the bake sale like casseroles, cakes, pies, fudge, bread, and canned foods. All money will be given to Webb’s grandmother for extra expenses.

Wi-Fi Hotspots Now Available at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library now has Wi-fi Hot spots available for checkout while you are at the Library. See the front desk for more information.

Downtown Farmer's Market Opens at 3pm Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market will open at 3pm Friday with plenty of fresh veggies and fruits, homemade items, canned items, and frozen meats. The Farmer’s Market is a t the corner of Ruff and Market St. and opens at 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

Budget Reduction Plans Underway for New Fiscal Year at HCMC

CEO of HCMC Tom Gee discusses Budget Reduction plans that are underway this fiscal year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, CEO and Administrator Tom Gee went over the budget reductions that the medical center is in the process of implementing for the current fiscal year. Gee said staff and management have identified several improvements and cost reductions as part of the process.

Gee said they are conducting a coding review and education of physicians to increase their documentation to improve reimbursement in the surgical services area.

By the end of August, the medical center will complete a charge master review which will increase revenues. Gee said reductions of 25 full time equivalent positions in various departments have been identified. These reductions have been communicated in most areas and the budgets have been adjusted to reflect these decreases in salary costs. Improvements and consolidations of practices are ongoing as well.

HCMC Addressing Issues After Very Stringent Joint Comm. Visit

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees learned that the three year unannounced survey by the Joint Commission was held last week and six surveyors looked at the hospital, home health, hospice, DME, and physical plants. Gee said the new survey process equated to many more findings, which they were warned it would ahead of time, most of the findings were small issues. Gee said they had recommendations for improvements in a number of areas for which the medical center must submit a plan of correction within the next 60 days.

Four areas need a correction plan in place within 45 days and Gee said teams are forming and fixing the issues as we speak. He said there will be some cost to come under the more stringent system used by the Joint Commission. The findings fall within Nursing Services, Infection Control, Physical Plant, and Surgical Services. The hospital remains accredited with the Joint Commission and they were very complimentary to HCMC.

Rural Hospitals Waiting on DC for Healthcare Plans

Paris, Tenn.- Gee reported that rural hospitals continue to wait to see what goes on in Washington with the Affordable Healthcare Act and its possible repeal and replace. Hospitals for the most part remained concern that any repeal will have a negative effect on hospitals in general and rural hospitals in particular.

He also informed the board that they are currently realigning the reporting relationships of the hospital departments to reflect the changes in administration that will occur over the next few months as a change in CEO and CFO are occurring.

Gee said the main physician recruitment priorities for the year will be to recruit a replacement OB/GYN for Dr. Crigler who is leaving in September, a second psychiatrist for Lakehaven, and hopefully a primary care physician for local clinic.

HCMC Sees Growth, Ends FY June 30th with Loss

Paris,Tenn.- In the financial report, COO Lisa Casteel gave the board explanations of variances for the medical center as the fiscal year ended June 30th. She said many of our practices have grown some over the year and the total profit margin for the hospital at the end of the year was a loss of 4.5%. The year ended with a loss of $3.9M. Casteel and Gee said we continue to look for ways to cut our losses and continue to provide all services we can.

HCMC BOT Chair Phil Wichlan Announces Plan to Retire

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to the annual reorganization of the board of trustees, chairman Phil Wichlan announced he would like to continue as chair until the end of the year and then retire. Wichlan said, "it's been an honor to serve as chair and I'd like to continue for 5 more months and then retire, that would give me 27 full years as Chairman."

Wichlan begin serving in December of 1990 and the board approved him to remain as chairman until the end of the year. Dr. Scott Whitby will serve as Vice Chairman. In December, the board will look at reorganization again.

Dep. Receives Stitches After Altercation with Wanted Man

Rodney Avant

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office had to be taken to the Henry County Medical Center and received stitches after a laceration to his head following an altercation with man he was attempting to arrest on a warrant.

The press release stated Dep. Higgins responded to 115 Wynn St., attempting to serve a warrant on Rodney Avant. Once he arrived, Dep. Higgins found Avant hiding in a cabinet. Dep. Higgins got him out of the cabinet and Avant attempted to get away during a struggle with Dep. Higgins. A taser was finally deployed and Avant was taken into custody. Avant is currently being held on the previous charges but more charges will be added once Dep. Higgins recovers.

KSP Arrests Two Missouri Men on Drug Charges

Eddyville, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police have arrested two Missouri men for trafficking drugs following a traffic stop on I-24. On Thursday at 6:45 a.m., Troopers assigned to the Post 1 Interdiction Team stopped a passenger car for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop Troopers detected the odor of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. 

Located in the vehicle was approximately 4 ounces of high grade marijuana, numerous packages of Fentanyl, pills believed to be Adderall, numerous items of drug paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking, and over $3,000 in cash.  These items were seized and both occupants of the vehicle were arrested and lodged in Caldwell County Jail.  

The driver of the vehicle, Logan, W. Daugherty, age 21, of Blue Springs, Missouri, was charged with First Degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), Trafficking Marijuana, Second Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Amphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Seat Belt.

The passenger, Thomas A. Gouldsmith, age 21, of Blue Springs, Missouri, was charged with Trafficking Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ribbon Cutting Held at Merrison's

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at Merrison's additional location on Wednesday. The store is located at Hwy. 641 S. and Fairview St. (Chamber photos)

Thefts Investigated in County, City

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a break-in at Holley Fork Shooting Complex. The report stated the back window was broken into and $300 cash was stolen from the cash register inside. There are no suspects at this time.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a vehicle was stolen from a home on Woodfield Road after the victim had traded someone his vehicle for a truck. The victim stated he heard his dogs barking and looked outside to see the truck drive off. He knew the guys he traded still had a key and the registration. The victim also had his wallet and about $500 cash in the truck.

Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from a home on Irvine Street where a tool box, antique radio, three sleeping bags were stolen. The value of items taken is around $500. There are no suspects at this time.

Public Invited to Randall Norden Retirement Reception Aug. 2

Paris, Tenn.- The public is invited to a retirement reception for Randall Norden, who will be retiring from First Bank after 45 years serving as a Mortgage Banker. The reception will be held at First Bank’s downtown location, 101 West Wood St., from 11am-1pm on Wednesday August 2nd. .

MSU Racer Ready Event Planned for Aug. 3rd

Murray, Ky.- Individuals interested in enrolling for the Fall 2017 semester at Murray State University are encouraged to attend an informal open house event on Thursday, Aug. 3 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Curris Center at the Murray campus.   

Attendees will have the opportunity to apply and, pending necessary admission requirements, be admitted on site and enroll for the upcoming semester, which begins on August 15. Representatives from the offices of recruitment, financial aid, housing, dining and others will be available to answer any questions. Advisors will also be available to assist potential students in planning their upcoming semester of courses.
Murray State University offers 126 academic programs, ranging from agriculture to theater and business to chemistry. A 15:1 student-teacher ratio allows students to receive individualized attention from dedicated faculty and staff. With 180 student organizations, students can quickly become involved in a variety of activities that include sports, foreign languages, science fiction, Greek life and career development. 
Potential incoming freshmen must bring their high school transcript and ACT and/or SAT scores. Potential incoming transfer students must bring copies of their college transcripts. The standard application fee will be waived for those who attend on Aug. 3.
For questions on the Aug. 3 event, please call 270-809-3741 or email msu.admissions@murraystate.edu

Reminder: Farmer's Market at Paris Landing Thurs.-Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Farmer’s Market at the American Legion Post 89 at Paris Landing starting at 3pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Farmer’s Market will have plenty of fresh produce and other items and will be held rain or shine. The Post is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville. For more information call 642-3669.

PHCPUD Fixes TOSHA Findings

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met last week and General Manager Tae Eaton informed board members that the response to the violations from the TOSHA inspection a couple of months of go were taken care of, documented, and sent back to TOSHA. The findings were very small, one included having no employee trained on blood born pathogen first aid. Since the findings, the Henry County Medical Center had sent someone to the district and trained the entire staff. TOSHA signed off on the corrections and considered the case closed according to a letter they sent the district.

The district also recently had their audit completed and Eaton reported it was a very clean audit with no findings. The full report should be available next month and the Eaton said the Auditors spent about a day and half at the office and were very impressed with the way everything was organized and ready to present.

Eaton reported that two easement request remain open in the Hwy. 641 project that must be obtained before work can begin. Eaton said one of the properties is currently tied up in probate court due to the original owner passing away. He told board members he wasn’t sure when it would all be taken care of but they are using all efforts to get the other two easements in to be able to start the project.

Gas Board Approves Purchase of Odorizer

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved a purchase of an odorizer machine to put the odor in the natural gas, which allows it to be detected. Eaton said the original one installed in 1958 was finally beginning to wear out completely and it was more cost effective to purchase a new one then to keep repairing the old one. The price of the odorizer is just under $26,700 and was budgeted for this fiscal year anyway.

Eaton reported a loss of $115K in June’s financials, comparable to $109K in June of last year. It is typical for losses during summer months. The District currently has 8 service lines on back order per customer and capacity of storage is just over 51%. The board also gave Eaton permission to approve the low bidder on pipe, wire, tape, valves, and other items once all bids were received in the next week.

MCU Arrests Two on Jones Bend Rd. Bust

Paris, Tenn.- Two men have been arrested on drug charges and nearly $3900 in cash seized after the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff's Office SRT Team and the Paris Police Department FAST team served a search warrant at 5830 Jones Bend Road Wednesday morning.

Inv. Jeramye Whitaker, Inv. Derrek Colley, and Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the MCU led the investigation where 1042 grams of marijuana, digital scales, two firearms, and $3,876.86 in cash were seized. Victor Garcia and Juan Andres Delgado were arrested on scene and charged with possession of schedule VI with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Taters, Taters Everywhere

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office took their taters on the road and were giving out more Wednesday afternoon at the Kroger Shopping Center. Earlier Wednesday, several people in the community lined up at the HCSO for free potatoes. The potatoes were donated from Alexander Farms who received an overage in their trucking department. (Janice Benton photos)

Back to School Blast, Safe Kids Day Brings Large Crowd

Students get school supplies and informational materials at the different booths. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Adults and kids alike walked all over Central School Wednesday to visit the many different vendors on hand at the first ever combined Family Resource Center Back to School Blast and HCMC Safe Kids Day.

The Paris Fire Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police, Henry County EMS, Youth Villages, BPU, LeBonhuer Children's Hospital, Air Evac, and NW TN Head Start among others had giveaways, brochures, and informaton on their services.

Back to school supplies were given away, kids learned about water, boating, fire, poison control, and much more. Some big hits with the youngsters included the Air Evac chopper, Fire Trucks, THP vehicles, and cop cars.

FOP Donates $500 to Inman for School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police donated $500 to Inman Middle School for school supplies recently. Pictured are Officer Amanda Forrest (left) Chief Chuck Elizondo (center) and Officer Jordan Klutts (right), present a check to Dr. Norma Gerrell, Guidance Counselor Amy Vance and Inman Middle School Principal Jason Scarbrough. The $500 donation will be used to buy school supplies for underprivileged children.

Free Taters Given Away at HCSO Wed. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Cars were backed up well out near Hwy. 54 and 69 Wednesday morning to take advantage of the free Russett Potato giveway at the Henry County Sheriff's Office. The potatoes were donated to the Sheriff's Office from Alexander Farms in Henry County after they received an overage from their trucking company. (Capt. Adam Jenkins photos)

Canned Food Drive at LBL Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Land Between the Lakes ask the public to participate in a food drive this Saturday July 29th. Visitors can bring 2 cans of food or boxes of non-perishable food items per person to numerous facilities and receive a discount. Donations will go to the Stewart County Food Bank, Helping Hands in Trigg County, and Hope Food Bank in Lyon County.

The public can donate the food when visiting the following: Hillman Ferry Campground, Energy Campground, Wranglers Campground, Piney, Woodlands Nature Station, Homeplace 1850s, Turkey Bay, Golden Pond Planetarium, or the Elk and Bison Prarie.

UTM Hosting Final Freshman Orientation Aug. 4th

Martin, Tenn.- Students who intend to join the University of Tennessee at Martin’s freshman class in the fall 2017 semester have one remaining opportunity to attend Summer Orientation and Registration, a mandatory event for all incoming students. The final session will be held Aug. 4.  

The Aug. 4 SOAR session will begin at 8 a.m. and include an administrative fair and informational sessions on academic options, financial aid and scholarships, housing, student life and other important topics. Students will begin registering for classes at 1:30 p.m.

If extenuating circumstances or late acceptance prevent a student from attending this final on-campus session, contact Mary Wiggins, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at 731-881-7740 or munger@utm.edu as soon as possible to arrange alternate registration plans.

The registration fee for SOAR is $45 per student and $20 for each additional guest. No tuition will be due until the start of the fall semester. SOAR registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Students must have received a tentative or final acceptance letter to register. Visit utm.edu/soar for more information and for registration instructions.

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

Quinn Chapel AME Church Homecoming Set for Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church will hold their Homecoming 2017 this Sunday July 30th beginning at 11am. The theme this year is “A Place Called Home” and Acts 14: 27-28 will be the discussion. Dr. Janie Dowdy Dandridge, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Herman AME Church in Millington will be the guest. Everyone is invited. Call 642-8445 for more information.

Fundraiser for Luke's Inn Shelter Planned Sat. at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- A fundraiser for “Luke’s Inn”, a shelter for women, men, and families will be held this Saturday July 29th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be inside arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, vendors, a silent auction and more.

There is also a car, truck, and motorcycle show with entry fee being $10 and two cans of food per vehicle. Top 3 awards will be given out for each class and there are 25 speciality awards. The awards ceremony will be held at 4pm.

A motorcycle “ride for a change” begins at 9:30am and cost to enter is $5. All proceeds help fund “Luke’s Inn.” For more information call Gloria at 731-407-9075.

Back to School Blast, Safe Kids Day Wed. at Central School

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center, Henry County Medical Center, and Safe Kids of West TN are holding a Back to School Blast, Safe Kids Day at the Central Community Service Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road on Wednesday from 10am-1pm. School supplies will be given away to income eligible students, there will be lots of giveaways and prizes.

Kids will learn about water safety, fire safety, child seat safety, and much more. Exhibits include fire trucks, ambulances, boats, helicopters, and more.

HCMC Heartsaver, AED, CPR, First Aid Training Course Is Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a Heartsaver CPR, AED, and First Aid training on Friday July 28th from 8am to 1:30pm in classrooms 2 & 3. The program is presented by Community Health Educator Lori Laser and HCMC CPR, AED, and First Aid training staff and cost to attend is $55. The program includes training, CPR/AED and First Aid books, training materials, and Certification Cards. Certification will be from the American Heart Association. For more information or to register call HCMC Find Line at 644-3463 or register online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Rhea Elementary Addition Open House Welcomes Huge Crowd

Retiring PSSD Director Mike Brown and Current Director Dr. Norma Gerrell cut the ribbon Tuesday to officially open the new addition at Rhea Elementary.(Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of educators, chamber members, elected officials, parents of students, and the general public got to tour the new addition at W.G. Rhea Elementary on Tuesday evening. The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to open the building.

The new addition will house 22 new classrooms, the front office area, principal and vice principal offices, Student Resource Officer's office, teacher work areas, conference rooms, and restrooms. Henson Construction and RossWitt, LLC have been the design and construction on the building.

Outgoing Director of the Paris Special School District Mike Brown, who has retired but continues to work with the system on a 120 day contract in an advisory role, said the board saw this vision to help with Rhea Elementary's future. Dr. Norma Gerrell, current Director, thanked everyone for coming and said this new addition is wonderful for teachers and students. School will start next week.

BPU Pre-Pay System Helping Some Customers

Board members look over financials as GM Terry Wimberley discusses Pre-Pay (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors of the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday morning and General Manager Terry Wimberley discussed the impact the Pre-Pay program is having on financials in the Electric Department. Wimberley said 1,038 customers take advantage of the BPU Pre-Pay system, where you pre-pay for the Electricity you use, and the number increases weekly.

He said the increase of pre-pay has caused a decrease in forfeit penalties, or late charges and reconnect fees to the tune of $13K. Wimberley said even though it’s a decrease in revenue for BPU it is a good thing for customers to see the decrease. In contrast, Water and Sewer reconnect fees and uncollected accounts is up around $2500 compared to this time last year. With, pre-pay, customers can turn their electricity right back on within about 3-5 minutes of adding money to their account, thus avoiding reconnect fees.

Wimberley reported that BPU did pay about $1M down on their debt at the end of the fiscal year June 30th. The new debt total for BPU is now $9.28M. He also said financials in all systems are doing well and building some cash.

The Board also approved the purchase of three pieces of equipment Tuesday morning, all coming in slightly under budget. Purchases included a Right of Way Bucket Truck from Altec Industries in Birmingham, Alabama for over $195K, a dump truck for the water department from Tri-State Industries for just under $80K, and a backhoe for the wastewater department from McKeel Equipment in Murray for just under $79K.

The BPU board also approved write-offs for $7,956, approved going with TML again on the workers comp, liability, and property coverage insurance with an 8.2% increase from last year, and approved a motion to participate in the TML Safety Partners Loss Control Grant which allows up to $2K to be reimbursed to BPU from purchases of safety equipment.

HCSO Giving Away Potatoes Wed. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be giving away about 39K pounds of russet potatoes starting at 8am on Wednesday July 26th at the rear parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office. Alexander Farms of Henry County received a shipment overage through their trucking company and donated the potatoes. Some will be used at the Correctional Facility but a large majority will be given to the community.

Arrests from Overnight

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff's Office charged Jessica Anne Cartiet, age 35, of 70 Bob White Lane, with violation of probation, identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and criminal simulation.

Ptl. Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department charged Jacob Fowler, age 19, of 50 Enterprise Drive, with two counts of possession of schedule 6 and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department arrested Kaelin Willis, of Bruceton, for two counts of shoplifting, simple possession of schedule 6 and simple possession of schedule 4.

2nd Annual Splash and Dash Set for Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department will host the 2nd Annual Paris Splash and Dash on Saturday August 12th for kids ages 7 to 15 years old. The event will be held at Eiffel Tower Park and begins at 8am.

Children ages 7-10 will swim 100 meters and run 1K and children ages 11-15 will swim 200 meters and run 2K. The cost to enter is $15 with a USAT Membership or $25 without USAT Membership. Each participant will receive a USAT Splash and Dash T-shirt and finisher medals. Awards will be given to the top 5 in each age division.

Registration is available online at racesonline.com/events/paris-splash-and-dash. For more information call 644-2517.

HCHS FB Season Tickets on Sale Now

Paris, Tenn.- Season Tickets for Henry County High School Football are currently on sale at the front office at HCHS for $35. For more information see Ms. Velvet Arnold at the front desk. The Patriots have four home games scheduled for the 2017 regular season including Dyer County on September 1st, Liberty Tech on September 8th, Kenwood on September 22nd, and Northeast on October 20th.

The Patriots begin the season on the road at Haywood County in Brownsville on August 18th, play Beech at Austin Peay State University on August 25th, travel to Clarksville High on September 15th, Germantown High School on September 29th, West Creek High School in Clarksville on October 6th, and to Northwest High School in Clarksville on October 27th. All kick off times are scheduled for 7pm for the regular season games.

W.G. Rhea Open House Tuesday at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- An open house will be held at the new addition of Rhea Elementary on Tuesday from 5-6pm. The public is invited to come and see the new completion and should enter the front part of the building off of Lone Oak Road. You can also wish Mr. Mike Brown well on his retirement during the open house.

Fresh Salsa Samples at Farmer's Market Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market will open at 3pm on Tuesday at its usual location at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets. There will be several vendors on hands with different types of fruits, veggies, homemade items, and more. The Farmer’s Market Fresh program will run from 3-4pm Tuesday afternoon thanks to a grant from the UT Extension Office. Recipes and samples of Fresh Salsa will be given out. The Farmer’s Market is downtown at 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

Two Men Arrested for Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged two men with drug possession after a traffic stop over the weekend. The report stated Sgt. Williams observed a car on fairgrounds road turn onto East Wood Street and drive over the center of both lanes. As Sgt. Williams activated his blue lights the car sped up and pulled quickly into Paris Inns and Suites and pulled behind the building.

Sgt. Williams could see the passenger squirming and smelled marijuana once coming up on the vehicle. The passenger, Shontel Thompson, age 20 of 1106 Travis St., was found to have 10 white bars, a pill, and other items in the crotch of his pants. The driver, LaQuan D. McFerren, age 23, of 502 Lankford Rd., admitted to the drugs being his.

McFerren was charged with possession of schedule I, II, and IV with intent and possession of schedule VI along with evading arrest and driving on revoked license. He was placed on $25K bond.

Thompson was charged with possession of schedule I, II, and IV with intent and possession of scheduled VI. Thompson was placed on $15K bond. Over $1283 in cash was seized from the incident as well.

Busy Weekend for Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Terry Williams charged Jamie R. Russell, age 37 of 1232 Caledonia Extended with domestic assault and aggravated assault. The report state he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument after he came in intoxicated and he threw a laptop and was found to have a gun in his possession as well.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronnie E. Marcus, age 64, of 290 Tharpe Lane, for driving on revoked license, felon in possession of weapon, and placed him on $7500 bond. The arrest came after Cpl. Jenkins responded to where Marcus almost ran another vehicle off the road on Hwy. 218.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate theft from a rental house where someone moved out and several items were reported missing. Items missing include several tools, air compressors, metal racks, fishing poles, and more. No arrests have been made as of yet.

Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department is searching for suspects in an incident where a vehicle parked at Huddle House was vandalized. The passenger side window was busted out and items in the glove box had been scattered all over the seat. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle at this time.

Tennessee Will Celebrate National Hire a Vet Day Tuesday

Nashville-  Every day in Tennessee, dozens of  members of our nation's military leave service and start their search for civilian employment. July 25, 2017 is the inaugural National Hire a Veteran Day in the United States. It is a day when employer's are encouraged to consider the benefits a veteran can bring to the workplace.

Former military leave service qualified in a range of fields from information technology, engineering and cyber security, to sales, marketing, management, finance, healthcare, skilled trades, along with many others.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), along with its workforce partners across the state, offers a variety of services to help connect veterans with employers willing to hire them.

The Department's local staff at the state's American Job Centers assist more than 39,000 veterans annually. Additionally, the Department works with employers to match their needs with the unique qualifications a veteran has to offer.

Veterans are provided priority on service on the state's employment database website, Jobs4TN.gov. They receive access to all new jobs 24-hours before the postings are available to the general public.This also applies to all programs funded by the U.S Department of Labor.

Programs such as skills assessment, resume assistance and coaching on how to conduct a successful interview, to help veterans smoothly transition the civilian workforce, are available. 

Man Flown to Vanderbilt After Sunday Morning Crash

Buchanan, Tenn.- A unidentified 30 year old man was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center Sunday morning after he was extricated from his truck by the Paris Landing Fire Department, and treated by Henry County EMS, and Henry County Sheriff's Office deputies. The wreck occurred on East Antioch Road and responders found the truck had crashed head on into a tree and the driver was trapped inside. The man's condition is unknown at this time. (Reggie Coles photos)

MCU Arrest Paris Man for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Jenson McGarity, age 20 of Peachtree Street of Paris, on Sunday for possession of drug paraphernalia. McGarity was placed on $2,500 bond.

Farmer's Market at American Legion Post 89 is July 27-29

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Farmer’s Market will be held on Thursday, July 27th, Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th beginning at 3pm at the American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.

Stop by the Paris Landing Farmer’s Market for fresh produce and more at the American Legion on Thursday through Saturday this week.

Springville Man Arrested for Theft

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Casey Hilliard, age 29 of Atchison Lane of Springville, on Saturday for theft of property. Hilliard was placed on $2,500 bond.

Safe Kids Day is Set for Wednesday, July 26th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center and the Paris and the Henry County Healthcare Foundation will be partnering with the Family Resource Center's Back to School Blast and the Henry County Coordinate School Health Program to offer a Safe Kids Day presented by Children's Tylenol on Wednesday, July 26th from 10am to 1pm at the Central Community Service Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road in Paris.

The Safe Kids Day will help to provide information, resources and materials to eliminate child injury and death.

There will be lots of prizes given away at the event. The Safe Kids Day events include: water safety for boats and pools, fire safety for a fire escape plan, pedestrian safety for crosswalk activity, child seat safety and temperature safety for car seat checks.

Other events include: liquid laundry and poison control, medication safety, electrical outlet safety and sport safety regarding concussion and bike safety. Exhibits include: fire truck, helicopter, fire house trailer, boat and ambulance.

To learn more, call Lori Laser, RN BSN, Community Educator at 731-644-8269.

Paris-HC Jaycees Swear in New Officers and Present Awards

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Jaycees held their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday for Jaycee awards for the 2016-2017 year and they also handed out awards for work done on the 64th Annual WBFF. Lisa Stone and Jessica Damesworth gave a plaque to outgoing General Manager of Fish Fry Lisa Josh “Smokey” Taylor for his contributions serving as the 64th Annual WBFF General Manager.

Lisa Stone and Jessica Damesworth present Josh Taylor will an award for his time as GM of the 64th Annual WBFF. (Cassie Walsh photos)

There were also special awards given to the sponsors of the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry that include: Paris Inn and Suites, the Paris- HC Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi, US Foods, Hulmes Sporting Goods, Indoor Comfort, Holley Credit Union, AT&T, TWRA, Air Evac and Charter Communications.

Josh “Smokey” Taylor presented special awards to the Jaycees who went above and beyond to help with put on the 64th Annual WBFF that include: Chris Martin, Loria Plunk, Jessica Damesworth, Brent Casey, Kathy Williams, Cecilia Casey, Lisa Stone and Michelle Vassar.

The 64th Annual WBFF Board included: Josh “Smokey” Taylor served as General Manager, Lisa Stone served as Assistant GM, Cecilia Casey served as Secretary, Cathey Williams served as Treasurer, Loria Plunk served as Assistant Treasurer and Brent Casey served as Member at Large.

The 65th Annual WBFF Board will include: Lisa Stone will serve as General Manager, Cecilia Casey will serve as Assistant GM, Jamie Fairbanks will serve as Secretary, Cathey Williams will serve as Treasurer, Jessica Damesworth will serve as Assistant Treasurer and Brent Casey will serve as Member at Large.

The 2016-2017 Jaycee of the Year Award went to Lisa Stone.

Josh "Smokey Taylor" thanking Lisa Stone for all of her hard work on the Jaycees and at the 64th Annual WBFF. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The 2016-2017 Jaycee Officers were also thanked for their time serving as officers. The 2016-2017 Officers include: Jessica Damesworth served as President,  Jamie Fairbanks served as Chapter Management VP,  Josh Christiansen served as Community VP, Patrick Cooper served as Individual VP, Kelly Biggs Corbitt served as Membership VP, Jason Corbitt served as Secretary and Stephanie Cooper served as Treasurer.

Also at the awards banquet the new 2017-2018 Jaycees Officers were sworn in and they include: Jessica Damesworth who will serve as President,  Josh”Smokey” Taylor will serve as Chapter Management VP,  Jamie Fairbanks will serve as Community VP, Loren Paschall will serve as Individual VP, Kelly Biggs Corbitt will serve as Membership VP, Stephanie Cooper will serve as Secretary and Cecilia Casey will serve as Treasurer.

Treasurer: Cecilia Casey, Secretary: Stephanie Cooper, Individual VP: Lauren Paschall, Membership VP: Kelly Biggs Corbitt, Community VP: Jamie Fairbanks and Chapter Management VP: Josh”Smokey” Taylor. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Springville Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper M. Harden arrested Joe Thomas, age 29 of Antioch Harbor Road of Springville, on Friday for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Thomas was placed on $500 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Dericko Patton, age 29 of Jenkins Street of Paris, on Friday for driving on a suspended license. Patton was placed on $500 bond.

Camden Student Wins Peppers Automotive Grade A Car Giveaway

The crowd eagerly awaiting to see which student will win a new car from the Pepper's Automotive Grade A Giveaway(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Peppers Automotive Grade A Car Giveaway took place on Saturday afternoon. All graduating seniors were given the chance to enter, with one entry per "A" they received. With the audience of 2017 Seniors, some with their parents and friends, all eagerly awaited for the drawing to begin. Elizabeth Owens of Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, CPA drew the winning name and Daniel Burrows from Camden Central High School won the car giveaway.

Elizabeth Owens of Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, CPA , Bobbie Sue Kildebeck, Comptroller for all three Peppers Automotive dealerships Peppers Automotive, Daron Harrison from Peppers Automotive, and Daniel Burrows from Camden Central High School who won the 2017 Peppers Automotive car giveaway. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The winner is responsible for all fees and taxes, and Burrow got  to choose from a 2017 Jeep Renegade, 2017 Toyota Corolla or a 2017 Chevy Sonic.  Burrows will taking home a 2017 Toyota Corolla.  Burrows will be going to college soon and he plans on attending Belmont University in Nashville.

Daniel Burrows from Camden Central High School in front of his new Toyota Corolla after he won the 2017 Peppers Automotive Grade A Car Giveaway. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Two consolation prizes were also given away at the event a $1,000 prize and a $500 prize which will come in handy with college expenses.  Jordan Bell from Dresden High School was the $1,000 winner.

Elizabeth Owens of Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, CPA , Bobbie Sue Kildebeck, Comptroller for all three Peppers Automotive dealerships Peppers Automotive, Daron Harrison from Peppers Automotive, and Jordan Bell from Dresden High School who was the $1,000 winner. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Darren Russell from Henry County High School won the $500 prize.

Elizabeth Owens of Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, CPA , Bobbie Sue Kildebeck, Comptroller for all three Peppers Automotive dealerships Peppers Automotive, Daron Harrison from Peppers Automotive, and Darren Russell from Henry County High School who was the $500 winner. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Thousands of Dollars Raised for Caleb's Adoption

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- First Baptist Church is holding a Yard Sale for Caleb’s Adoption on Saturday, July 22nd until 4pm in the FBC Gym. Caleb is the adoptive child of Zach and Rachel Van Gieson, Larry and Debbie Simmons’ son-in-law and daughter.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

There will be several items for sale and bake sale at the event as well. And so far First Baptist has raised thousands of dollars for the adoption of Caleb.

Paris Man Killed in One Vehicle Accident on 641N

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from Trooper Josh Wade of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Thomas H. Merrell, age 82 of Paris,  was killed in a one vehicle accident on Highway 641N  just before 11:45pm on Thursday.

Trooper Wade stated that Merrell was heading north in his pickup when the truck left and went off the right side of the road just north of Smith Road. The pickup then hit an embankment and a tree before it overturned coming to a stop.

Trooper Wade said that wearing a seat belt would have made a difference in the outcome of the crash.

Pop Warner Cheer Signups July 29th, Aug. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Signups for Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be held at the Paris Civic Center from 10am to Noon July 29th, and August 5th at the Paris Civic Center for ages K-6th grade. For more information visit the Pop Warner Cheerleading Facebook page.

Henry County Youth Football Signups Aug. 12th

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


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