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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Marching Patriots Car Wash Fundraiser Sat. at Advanced Auto

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots will hold a Car Wash Fundraiser this Saturday from 10am-2pm. The car wash will be at Advanced Auto Parts and donations are accepted.

Mobile Food Vendors' Regulations Discussed By City Comm.

Comm. Jackie Jones questions some wording in the mobile food vendors ordinance during discussion Thurs. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for August on Thursday and discussed the mobile food vendors ordinance as a way to regulate the way food trucks operate in Paris. City Manager Kim Foster explained we’ve seen an uptick in food trucks around town and its time to put some governing policies in place.

The ordinance lays out some general regulations for food trucks including location and hours of operation on City Right of Way, Public Property, and Private Property. If operating on Private Property, the Food Truck must have written permission of the property owner, and may not take up more than 15% of the parking spaces located on the property.

For Ice Cream Trucks, they may not operate on the same or adjoining property more than two days per week and hours allowed to operate are 10am to sunset unless a special event or City sponsored event.

Prior to discussion, City Manager Kim Foster asked the resolution be written to exclude McNeil Park from allowing Food and Ice Cream Trucks. Foster said, “we learned that McNeil already has an exclusive food vendor that services it, so we wanted to make everyone aware of it.”

Commissioner Jackie Jones questioned about the allowance of outdoor grills as a cooking apparatus and City Attorney Fred McLean said as long as the proper documentation from the Fire Marshall is obtained they are allowed.

Questions on insurance, fees, and other topics were raised by commissioners in regards to the ordinance and City Attorney Fred McLean made notes to change a few pieces of wording to become clearer.

The ordinance requires a one time $50 application fee and an annual $50 for a permit that will be renewed each January for mobile food vendors.

Foster said, “this issue is probably going to be like some others in the past where it takes two or three stabs to get all the wording in ordinances right. We’ve looked at bigger cities regulations as they’ve dealt with food trucks for a longer period of times, but also tried to make it work for our community to allow these types of businesses to be successful.”

Commissioners agreed saying the intent of the regulations laid out in the ordinance is to be fair and safe to everyone involved.

Commissioners passed the mobile food service ordinance on caption Thursday night and will look at it again with some changes in wording next month.  

Retail Sales Increase Again

Finance Director Traci Pillow goes over financials as City Recorder MJ Stancook and Commissioners Tharpe and Griffith look on. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow informed the  city commission retail sales increased 5.61% for May compared to last year and are ahead fiscal year to date by 2.73%. General Fund expenditures were over revenues by $96,649 in June as the City paid out $27K for the Traffic Signal Project, $31K for the Alley Project, and $31K for repair to a fire truck. Pillow said the City ended the fiscal year with revenues over expenditures by nearly $696K.

Solid waste and landfill revenues exceeded expenses by $16,103 in June and revenues are also ahead $410,351 for the fiscal year to date.

The City issued 8 new business licenses in June to: Rags to Riches Cleaning Service, Angels Sinis, Patriot Auto Mall, Funky Blue Owl, Comcast Cable Communication, S & A Heating and Air, Lundberg & Thomas Interiors, and ICU Tee Shirts.

City To Get $22K from USDA RD; Approve New PACT with Trane

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission approved participating in the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant for $22K. The money will be used for the purchase of an emergency response vehicle for the Paris Fire Department.

Commissioners also approved an amendment to authorize the Mayor to sign the PACT agreement with Trane on the Energy Efficiency Project. The agreement states Trane will add additional project scope and retrofit the existing exterior fixtures to LED at the City owned building at 1108 Tyson Avenue. In exchange for the additional work, the City will accept a change order bill in the amount of $3,589, which makes the amended total project price $2,400,976.

Foster Updates Commissioners on Ongoing Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over some ongoing projects at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting including an update on the Signalization project at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. Foster said quite a bit of work has gone on the last couple weeks. Work was done to the pedestals for the poles but the contractor is waiting on some equipment. Sidewalk and curb work is complete as well.

Foster said work has now begun on alley #3 in the alley drainage project as the sewer has been lined and lining of the services along the main should be done in the next couple weeks. Public Works will begin to remove asphalt and pour concrete where needed. Target completion for this is still by the end of summer.

Renovations are nearly complete at City Hall as they await new cabinets and countertops in the records office as well as signage on the outside of the building designating the new entrance for the Police Department.

Work on the outdoor bathrooms at the downtown park thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Grant is underway with preparation on the site and installation of sewer and electrical hookups complete. Curb work is underway and the foundation will be poured soon. Target completion is set for early fall.

Foster reported that the Energy Efficiency upgrades with Trane will begin this month with street light replacement in the Foxfire Subdivision started by the end of the August. The Dehumidifier for the Pool at the Civic Center has been ordered and installation should begin in late August.

Commission Approves Participating in Safety Partners Grant

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a resolution to authorize the City to participate in the “safety partners” grant program. The City applies every year for the grant which is a 50/50 match with a value up to $2K. The Street Department submitted the application this year.

In other business, Commissioners approved a rezoning request at 504 N. Market St., as it was approved by the planning commission in July. The request was to rezone the lots from B-2 to R-3 and combine the two lots to create one larger residential lot.

The City Commission also approved an ordinance to allow the Paris Fire Department to collect charges from the insurance companies after fires on 2nd reading.

Appointments to committees and boards were made Thursday night and included Traci Wilson and Sue Quinn to continue to serve on the Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board, and Troy Barrow and Jack Spencer to serve as new members on the Library Board.

Lakewood Speech Team Competed in MS National Tourmanment This Summer

Birmingham- This past summer during the break from school, the Lakewood Middle School Speech Team participated in the National Speech and Debate Association’s Middle School National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. Over 100 schools participated in the event with over 700 students competing.  

Lakewood took 6 students and advanced one student into the Quarterfinal round of Poetry. Ella Seaton placed in the top 24 in the nation in the event, which had almost 100 students participating. The other Lakewood students competing in the tournament were Taylor Boase, Zoe Pouliot, Lynn Chau, James Weatherly, and Faith Hutson. The team is currently gearing up for the 2017-18 season. They are coached by David Weatherly.

August Declared Plus Endowment Month in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer declared August as Plus Endowment month in Paris and Henry County after the Plus Endowment Board meeting this morning. The proclamation states Plus Endowment was established 18 years ago and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to teachers for special projects.

The Plus Endowment Board is made up of Brenda Evans, Vicki Boyd, Stephanie Dunagan, Monte Belew, Pasty Blount, Steve Blount, Susan Hayes, Rita Paschall, Randall Perkins, Randy Stephens, Andy Clark and Scarlett Orr. (Photo by Chief Damon Lowe)

Drug Arrest Made at Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Michael McClellan, age 29, of Howell Resort Road, with simple possession of schedule two, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on suspended license after a traffic stop Wednesday. The report stated Lt. Perry saw the jeep McClellan was driving swerving and finally stop, so he initiated a traffic stop. Dispatch revealed his license were suspended and he admitted to having some meth in the vehicle. Lt. Perry searched a black pouch and found some ice meth, test strips, and other paraphernalia.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a report was filed on theft from a storage unit that happened several weeks ago. The victim had hired a man to move the items from one unit to another and he has not since returned the items to the new unit so she filed a report. Items missing include a bedroom suite, pushmower, riding mower, air conditioner, fridge, and a small trailer. The value of the items is $3500.

Ptl. Steve Dean, Jr. of the Paris Police Department charged Joe Thomas, 30, of Sulpher Wells Academy Road, with DUI after he failed a field sobriety test given at a traffic stop.

Reminder: Grove, HCHS Open Houses Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will hold an open house for incoming 10th graders Thursday from 4:30pm-6:30pm and all students and parents are encouraged to attend. Last names A-I should arrive at 4:30pm, last names J-R arrive between 5-5:15pm, and last names S-Z arrive between 5:45pm-6pm.

Open house for E.W. Grove is set for 6pm Thursday as well. If you have a student at both HCHS and Grove, you may attend the early session at HCHS.

Friday will be an abbreviated day and attendance does count. The first full day of school is Monday August 7th.  

Chamber Seeks Applicants for Next Leadership Class

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Henry County committee is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 class. All applications must be received at the Chamber office by 2pm Monday August 14th.

Applications are available on the chamber’s website, www.paristnchamber.com. From the home page follow the links, chamber-applications-Leadership Henry County, or you can pick up an application at the Chamber Office. Monthly sessions begin in October and conclude in May 2018. For more information call the Chamber at 642-3431.

Burger Bash Aug. 8th to Benefit Carl Perkins Center

Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s in Paris, Huntingdon, McKenzie and Martin will hold a Burger Bash for the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse on Tuesday August 8th from 4-7pm. 20% of sales during that time in the store or thru the drive-thru will be donated to the Carl Perkins Center which serves all of those communities in west Tennessee.

Back to School Bash at TUMC Saturday With "The Shed"

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church and “The Shed” at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will host a Back to School Bash this Saturday August 5th from 5-7pm at the church located at 409 S. Wilson St. There will be food, car seat safety checks, live music, inflatables, and much more. Transportation to the Back to School Bash is available by calling 642-3427. If you want transportation to the event please call prior to August 5th. School supplies and backpacks will be available.

Plus Endowment Benefit Set for Sat. at Ann and Dave's

Paris, Tenn.- A breakfast and bake sale to raise funds for Henry County’s Plus Endowment Program will be held at Ann & Dave’s Restaurant, located at 2613 East Wood St. Breakfast will be served 6-11am and 10% of all sales go to Plus Endowment. The bake sale will be held outside on the front porch of the restaurant. Plus Endowment funds projects for teachers in both the Paris Special School District and the Henry County School System. Plus Endowment Board members will serve as waiters and waitresses.

Henry School Open House Visitors Learn Importance of Attendance

Henry, Tenn.- Yvette Littleton, Henry County Truancy Prevention Officer, talks with Henry parents and students about the importance of school attendance at Henry Elementary School's open house."Improving attendance is an important goal this year as we work together to reduce chronic absenteeism," said Littleton. Henry County Schools will be in session on August 4, 2017 for an abbreviated day and attendance will be taken on this day. Students in Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood Schools will report at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 10:45 a.m. Grove students will report at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 11:15 a.m. and Henry County High School students will report at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

Attendance Director, Dr. Renea Wade, was also on hand to share information.  Wade said, "Every day that a student misses school, whether it is excused or unexcused, is a missed opportunity to learn. Too many missed learning opportunities may lead to a lack of math or reading proficiency in 3rd grade students or a decreased likelihood that a high school student will earn an on-time diploma."

BPU Honored With Community Service Award

BPU GM Terry Wimberley accepts the plaque from TMEPA President, Jim Ferrell (also President/CEO of Jackson Energy Authority). 

Paris, Tenn.- On July 13, 2017 at the annual Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) meeting in Memphis, Board of Public Utilities was presented with the Community Service Award for the mid-size utility category.  Twenty-six utilities fall into the mid-size group that is defined as having between 10,000 and 30,000 electric meters. The mid-size utility has moved beyond the “small system size,” but typically has not reached the large system comfort of employee and financial resources. Wearing multiple hats is common place to the mid-size manager and his employees.

The winner of this year’s mid-size system community service award places a high priority on being a good community citizen both through their day to day work providing electric, water and wastewater services, and their involvement in both city and county activities.

BPU is a proud provider of public power and takes every opportunity to share its benefits through public presentations, customer newsletters, social media posts, booth displays, and with legislators in Nashville and Washington. The utility focuses on customer service as evidenced by a self-funded HVAC loan program, an employee dedicated full time to energy efficiency, offering surge protectors to customers, multiple bill payment options and locations including pre-pay, a mobile app for customers to see usage and pay bills, and robust social media efforts.

To continue delivering service at the lowest possible cost, BPU constantly strives to gain new efficiencies such as cross-training numerous employees and positions, sharing equipment and employees between utility services, and coordinating with city and county street and highway departments on various projects.  

BPU’s seventy-three dedicated employees are the driving force in numerous volunteer endeavors during after-hours at local high school basketball games, attending and presenting information to various service and civic organizations, holiday activities such as the Christmas parade and tree decoration, and donating a large number of items to the Helping Hand auction which raised over $300,000 for local non-profit groups. BPU places a high priority on education of the community.  Employees regularly conduct educational and safety programs for students in the local school systems as well as day cares and pre-schools.  BPU participates in career days at local schools to share job opportunities.

BPU is heavily involved in economic development through the Chamber of Commerce and the Paris/Henry County Industrial Corporation.  No doubt, BPU is an active and vital part of the Paris and Henry County community and deserves to be honored for their efforts.  Dedication to community is obvious. It is with great pleasure that TMEPA presents the mid-size system Community Service Award to Paris Board of Public Utilities. 

In response to receiving the Community Service Award, BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley released the following statement: 

Over the last few months, we have launched a number of efforts in the community to give back, educate, and get involved. To be recognized for those efforts is quite an honor. I want to express my gratitude to the BPU employees for making a difference outside of our everyday work. Their extra effort has shed a positive light on the BPU and I am thankful.  We are striving to earn the trust of our customers and truly become their trusted public power provider. 

Law Enforcement Makes Drug Arrests; Investigates Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Johnathan Baxter was driving down Green Acres Drive and observed a car with no headlights on turn into a driveway. Ptl. Baxter made contact with Jeanne Renee Willis, age 46, of 80 Oakhill Drive, who at first said she was not driving the vehicle without headlights, but later admitted to doing so.

During their conversation, Sgt. Jamie James located a baggie of methamphetamine, some Adderall, and marijuana. Willis was charged with simple possession of schedule two, simple possession of meth, possession of schedule four, and possession of schedule six. Willis was placed on $1K.

Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Oaklawn Estates Road. The report stated someone entered the property and stole two Yamaha Wave runners and the trailer. The value of the stolen items is $15K. There are no suspects at this time and investigation is continuing.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department observed Dennis Newberry, age 65 of 707 Hardy St, standing around the area and knew he had a warrant for violation of probation. Ptl. Greenhill went up to Newberry and he jumped off the porch and began to run. Ptl. Greenhill then deployed his taser. Newberry was charged with felony evading, violation of order of protection and he was placed on $3K bond.

Dep. Haley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a possible stolen Husky puppy from a county resident. The victim said the puppy was on a chain last night, but was not on the chain or in the yard this morning. The value of the puppy is $50.

Beasley Antenna Receives 'DISH' "Premier Local Retailer" Status

Paris, Tenn.- DISH recently designated Beasley Antenna and Satellite as a “Premier Local Retailer,” the company’s highest honor for businesses that demonstrate excellence in performance and customer experience.

Following a highly selective process, Beasley Antenna and Satellite joins the top five percent of authorized DISH retailers in the Premier program. As a result, customers in Paris, TN have a front row seat to experience the latest products, announcements and offers available from DISH.

“Beasley Antenna and Satellite is truly tuned in to the needs and preferences of customers in Paris, TN, and we are proud to have them join our Premier program,” said Amir Ahmed, DISH senior vice president for Indirect Sales. “Premier Local Retailers are a crucial part of our business, serving as trusted partners who help us better serve our customers, together.”

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best entertainment and home technology experience at the greatest value,” said David Beasley. “We could not have reached Premier Local Retailer status without the support and loyalty of our customers, and your voice will continue to be the most important as we partner with DISH to deliver the best experience possible.”

To learn more about Beasley Antenna and Satellite or to demo the latest offerings from DISH and Sling TV, visit 3000 East Wood St., Paris, TN 38242.

Winders Family Runs at USI Fundraiser

Evansville, Ind..- The Winders family competed in the University of Southern Indiana Night Flight Road Race this past weekend. It was a four mile race and Titus Winders came in 5th overall with a time of 20:10; Silas finished 1st in the 15 and under age group at 21:40; and Lance came in 1st in the 50-54 age group with a time of 24:11. Proceeds went to the USI Cross Country and Track Program.

Plus Endowment Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- A breakfast and bake sale to raise funds for Henry County’s Plus Endowment Program will be held at Ann & Dave’s Restaurant, located at 2613 East Wood St. Breakfast will be served 6-11am and 10% of all sales go to Plus Endowment. The bake sale will be held outside on the front porch of the restaurant. Plus Endowment funds projects for teachers in both the Paris Special School District and the Henry County School System. Plus Endowment Board members will serve as waiters and waitresses.

Paris Danger Soccer Holding Car Wash Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Danger 08 Soccer team will be having a car wash at Carroll Bank and Trust from 10am to 2pm Saturday August 5th. The bank is located at the corner of Tyson Avenue and Mineral Wells. Donations are accepted so come out and support the 8-9 years olds and leave with a clean car.

Ordinance Governing Mobile Food Vendors on City Comm. Agenda Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- An ordinance to regulate mobile food vendors is on tap for discussion Thursday night when the Paris City Commission meets for their regular August session.

In recent months, the City Commission has tackled other issues that are similar but realized that food trucks are becoming more prevalent in the area and some regulations need to be dealt with.

Some of description in the ordinance says Food Trucks may operate on City Right of Way, only at the times and at the locations listed on the City’s website for authorized special events or City sponsored events. The Food Trucks may operate on public property, such as City property and City Parks, only at times at locations listed on the City’s website.

The ordinance allows food trucks to operate on private property where there is commercial, office, educational, church, or industrial use allowed, subject to some provisions set forth in the ordinance.

The mobile food vendors ordinance that will be discussed on Thursday night also has regulations for ice cream trucks, mobile food service permits, mobile food service vendors, and vehicles.

The Paris City Commission meets at 5pm the first Thursday of the month in the city hall courtroom and is always open to the public.

Expungement Clinic Planned for Sat. Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- A free Expungement Clinic is planned for Saturday August 12th from 9am to Noon at the Henry County Courthouse where citizens can come get their non-conviction misdemeanor record cleared. In order to attend the expungement clinic, you must pick up and drop off an application no later than Monday August 7th at the General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office, W.G. Rhea Public Library, or First United Methodist Church.

The clinic will begin at 9am at the Henry County Courthouse and General Sessions Judge Vicky Snyder will be present to sign expungement orders for people who qualify, and free lawyers will be available to answer questions. Again all of this is presented at no cost to citizens.

Space is limited to the first 75 people who pre-apply. For questions call Rebecca Griffey at 644-9191. The event is brought to you by Judge Snyder, Henry County Circuit Court, Court Clerk Mike Wilson and staff, Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, and First United Methodist Church of Paris.

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.

Traffic Stop Monday Nets Two Arrests for Drugs, Weapons

Ptl. Roaten, K9 Kenzee, and Sgt. Ramos show the cash, weapons, and drugs from the traffic stop Monday (Paris Police Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A traffic stop led to the arrest of two convicted felons on Monday after drugs, weapons, and over $30K in cash was seized. The press release from Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Amber Roaten conducted a traffic stop on Curtis St. with a 2010 Black Chevy Pick-up Truck for a window violation.

Ptl. Roaten made contact with John Adam Hoskins and Chris Love and was granted permission to search the vehicle. Sgt. Michael Ramos and K-9 Kenzee, who arrived on scene, alerted to the area behind the driver’s seat. A back pack was found that contained over $30K in cash, along with multiple pills and drug paraphernalia.

A felony amount of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine was also found and a felony amount of cocaine was located as well. Marijuana was also found in the truck along with a shotgun and a revolver. Dispatch revealed that Hoskins and Love were both convicted felons. Both men were charged with felon in possession of a weapon, possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule 6, possession with intent of schedule 4, possession with intent of schedule 2, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The truck and money were seized as possible drug proceeds.

Farmer's Market Fresh Continues at Farmer's Market Tues., Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Farmer’s Market will be downtown at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets at 3pm Tuesday and Friday of this week. Both days from 3-4pm there will be free samples and recipes thanks to the Farmer’s Market Fresh Program with a grant from the UT Extension Office.

Tuesday, the sample and recipe will be Cantaloupe and Red Pepper Salsa and Friday it will be Cabbage and Pea Salad. There will be other fun giveaways as well.

The Farmer’s Market is downtown Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm until sold out and there is always a large selection of fruits and vegetables among other items for sale.

Reminder: Season Tickets for HC FB on Sale Now

Paris, Tenn.- 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.

TVA Financial Position Continues to Be Strong

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority today reported $7.7 billion in operating revenues through the nine months ended June 30, 2017. This reflects a 5 percent increase from the same period a year ago, on slightly lower electricity sales. The higher revenues were primarily driven by higher fuel cost recovery revenues. Power sales were down to the local power companies due to milder weather and increasing energy efficiencies in the first half of the year.

Total operating expenses increased slightly during the nine months as compared to the same period last year due to higher fuel and purchased power expense, which was up by about 9 percent. 

“We continue to focus on executing to our long-term financial plan and this, along with our diverse generation portfolio, has been instrumental in keeping rates lower for our customers despite challenging operating conditions this year,” said TVA Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson. “While conditions improved in the third quarter, our financials continue to reflect the warm, dry conditions and lower hydroelectric output in the first half of the fiscal year, along with higher average natural gas prices.”

Operating and maintenance expense was up $73 million for the first nine months of this fiscal year, or 4 percent higher, compared to the same period last year, driven by higher planned nuclear and other outage expenses, partially offset by labor and other cost reductions.

“The efficiencies we gained through the past several years reduced our annual operating expenses by over $800 million. This is especially important in a year like 2017 when we have more challenging operating conditions,” said TVA Chief Financial Officer John Thomas. “We are committed to maintaining low rates and managing debt prudently, and our year-to-date financial results reflect that.”

Additional highlights of TVA’s third quarter fiscal year 2017 results include:

  • Net income for the nine months ended June 30, 2017 was $546 million, down 5 percent from net income of $572 million for the same period of fiscal year 2016.

  • The summer of 2016 was hotter and drier than normal in the Tennessee Valley — a trend that continued into the first six months of 2017. Rainfall returned to normal levels in the third quarter; however, runoff during the first nine months of 2017 was 23 percent below normal, resulting in conventional hydroelectric generation being 22 percent lower during the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period of the prior year.

  • TVA’s power generating portfolio continues to become cleaner and more diverse with two new generating sources declared commercially operational during the fiscal year to date – Watts Bar Nuclear Unit 2 in October 2016, and Paradise natural gas combined-cycle in April 2017.  

  • Work on the selective catalytic reduction system (“SCR”) at Gallatin Fossil Plant continues. The first SCR was placed in service in June 2017 and the second in July 2017. 

  • Work on emissions reduction equipment for Units 1 and 4 at the Shawnee Fossil Plant is underway, and these scrubbers and SCRs are expected to be operational in the fall of 2017.  

  • TVA has been able to fund capital projects in 2017 primarily from operating funds rather than additional debt, and anticipates continuing to generate sufficient operating funds to avoid additional debt or even reduce debt in coming periods.

  • TVA executive management will host a conference call to discuss third quarter fiscal year 2017 results at 9:30 a.m. EDT, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The conference call can be accessed from TVA’s website via webcast, at http://www.tva.com, on the Investor Relations home page. For quicker access to the live conference call, please pre-register through TVA’s website before the scheduled start time, and follow the instructions provided. Once pre-registered, the dial-in number will be provided via an email. If you are unable to pre-register, you may access the conference call by dialing toll free (866) 777-2509 in the United States, or (412) 317-5413 outside the United States.

    A replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call until 9:30 a.m. EDT, August 1, 2018, by calling toll free (877) 344-7529 in the United States or (412) 317-0088 outside the United States and using the conference number 10095234. A webcast replay and transcript will also be available for one year on TVA’s website at http://www.tva.com/investors.

    TVA’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q provides additional financial, operational and descriptive information, including unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. TVA’s quarterly report and other SEC reports are available without charge on TVA’s website at  http://www.tva.com/investors, on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov or by calling TVA toll free at (888) 882-4975.    

Several People Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Ronnie Marcus, age 64 of Tharpe Lane of Paris, for driving on a revoked license second offense. Marcus was placed on $1,000 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Corvez Nored, age 21 of Mandalay Road of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Nored was placed on $750 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Christopher Gomez-Cornejo, age 29 of Jackson Drive, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Gomez-Cornejo was placed on $300 bond.

Oakland Fire Dept. Hosts Vet Unite and Vet Task Force Vet Visits Event on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting Vet Unite and Task Force Vet Visits will be held this Friday, August 4th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Community Center, which is located at 4435 Highway 69S in Paris.

These two organization have identified two points lacking in the veteran community and Vet Unite centers on connecting vets to available resources, how to contact these resources and help, with the help of fellow veterans, in applying for and receiving these benefits.

Task Force Vet Visits focuses on vets who may feel as though no one is out there for them, since they feel that they are alone. Task Force Vet Visits, a Project of VetUnite.org, will begin a cross-country trek to visit Veterans across the country in hopes of raising awareness.

On Wednesday, August 2nd, the group will begin its trek from Bellingham, MA, with visits in Allentown, PA, Shepherdsville, KY, Bowling Green, KY before stopping in Paris, to meet up with a group of veterans in our area. There are 24 visits lined up for the 18 day journey.

Task Force Vet Visits and Vet Unite have teamed up with many other organizations in an effort to better serve veterans and their families. Thus far these organizations taken part in many projects that have brought attention to our veterans  which include: Check on a Veteran, 22Kill, TheyFoughtWeRide.com, Warrior Thunder Foundation and Victory for Veterans just to name a few.

The visits include Veterans, Veteran Advocates and Gold Star Family members. The group encourages any Veteran, Veteran Advocate, Gold or Blue Star families to join them.

For more information about the event you can call Chuck Asher at 707-1436 or email him at chuck@taskforcevetvisits.org.  You can also contact Mike Damon at 774-481-1679 or email him at michaelwdamon@gmail.com or Rocco Bortone at 508-353-3044 or email him at rocco@taskforcevetvisits.org. You can also check them out on Facebook @facebook.com/TaskForceVetVisits.

Man in Critical Condition After Sunday Shooting in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a press release from the McKenzie Police Department, on Sunday, July 30th a thirty-one year old male was shot multiple times and was critically injured in Walnut Circle.

The McKenzie Police Department received a 911 call at 12:39am stating that shots had been fired in Walnut Circle in McKenzie. While officers were responding to the call, the Dispatcher received a second 911call stating that someone had been shot at that location.

Responding officers arrived at the scene and found Bryan Michael Townes, age 31, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. Townes was conscious, but he had difficulty speaking,due to gunshot wounds to his face. The victim was transported by ambulance to the McKenzie Regional Hospital. Townes was then LifeFlighted to a Nashville hospital,where he was admitted in critical condition.

If anyone has any information about this shooting, please call the McKenzie Police Department at 352-2264 or 352-2265.

Paris Man Arrested for Assault, Another Arrested for Resisting and Evading Police

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Adam Kennon arrested Michael Allred, age 25 of Brown Street of Paris, on Sunday for assault. Allred was placed on $2,500 bond.

In another report, Deputy James Higgins arrested Rodney Avant, age 39 of Wynn Street of Paris, for evading arrest and resisting arrest. Avant was placed on $3,000 bond.

Police Investigating a Case of Vandalism Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Greg Underwood took a report of vandalism of a vehicle on Saturday.

When Sgt. Underwood arrived at the scene he spoke to the driver of the vehicle who stated that when he was coming out of work he saw that the vehicle he had been driving had been vandalized. When the driver came outside he saw that both back tires had been cut and both taillights was broken.

Another employee showed police video surveillance, which showed a blue Jeep Wrangler with big rims pull up behind the vandalized vehicle into the parking lot at 9:08pm, but the video quit recording and it didn’t show anyone get out the vehicle when the vandalism actually took place. Over $5,000 worth of damage was done to the vehicle and no further information is available at this time.

One Injured in Rollover Wreck on Veterans Drive

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- On Monday morning, Officers with the Paris Police Department and EMS responded to a wreck on Veterans Drive, between Dunlap Street and Sonic, where one person was injured in the rollover.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

According to reports, the truck left the roadway and then flipped over before coming to a stop. Paris Police Department Officers at the scene said that EMS responded to the scene and the driver was transported to Henry County Medical Center for injuries he sustained in the wreck. The Paris Fire Department was also called to the scene after the truck caught fire after being up-righted, but the flames were quickly extinguished. No further information is available at this time.

Two Teens Arrested for Underage Drinking Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. and Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Lidia Williams, age 19, on Friday for driving under the influence first offense, underage possession and simple possession. Williams was placed on $500 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Jesse Wells, age 18 of Henry, on Saturday for underage drinking and theft under $1,000. Wells was placed on $750 bond.

7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-Off is Friday and Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off will be held this Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Paris.

Teams who place in each of the categories which include ribs, chicken, brisket, and shoulder will win $200 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place. The Grand Champion of the BBQ Cook-off will win $1,000 and the Reserve Champion will win $500.

Teams scheduled to compete in the 7th Annual BBQ Cookoff include: Ash Kickers, Big Orange Smokers, BOARder Line BBQ, Bubba’s BBQ out of Trenton, DC Backyard Smokers, Bubba’s BBQ out of Franklin, Double A'S BBQ, Gilling and Chilling, Honey Fire, Phillip’s BBQ, Pig Our BBQ, Smoke'm If U Got'm. Team Q Smoke, The Spice Is Right, Big B'S BBQ, Swine Crue, I Like Pig Butts & I Cannot Lie, Blue Springs BBQ, Smelly Butts BBQ, Hawg County Cookers and Backwoods Grilling.

The public is invited to attend Friday Night, August 4th for the Pitmaster Challenge event as teams are given specific ingredients and must cook something for the judges. Other events on Friday night include: Corn Hole Tournaments, with $40 entry fee per team, Washer Pitching and Horse Shoe tournaments with $20 entry per team.

Payouts in the tournaments are 70% cash payouts. The public can also purchase food on Friday, while listening to a DJ and live music at the event. 

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

Mansfield Man Arrested on Multiple Theft Charges

Benton County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Harry McNeal, age 36 of Mansfield, for theft of property over $10,000, theft of property under $1,000, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading arrest. McNeal was placed on $9,500 bond.

Serving Up Ice Cream, Winners, Cars and More at the DPA Ice Cream Social

Kids lined up to see who could eat the most ice cream at the kids ice cream eating contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds of people from the community came out to socialize, eat ice cream, look at antique cars and tractors and watch a few contest 8th Annual Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show on Saturday. Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, said, “It was a record breaking day and we even ran out of parking downtown which was a great sign.”

WMUF/WLZK's own David Jackson explains to Mary Jones about what prize she could win after spinning the wheel at the WMUF/WLZK booth on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Ice Cream Social and Car Show was a great chance for kids and adults to socialize with friends and neighbors, play games, look at antique cars and tractors and most importantly eat ice cream all for a good cause. Many of the kids enjoyed bouncing and sliding down the inflatables along with eating lots of ice cream.

Spectators looking at the newest addition to the DPA Ice Cream Social and Antique Car,which was opening the car show to include tractors. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Ice Cream Eating Contests started off with the youth followed by the adults. Each youth contestants had to eat as many individual ice cream cups as they could within the three minute time limit and each adult contestant had to be the fastest at eating 1.5 quarts of ice cream. And the winner of the Kids Ice Cream Eating Contest was Wyatt Jones, who managed to eat 7 cups of ice cream in three minutes.

Molly Jackson along with her parents from Comer Farms presented Wyatt Jones with the A La Mode Gift Certificate after he won the Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

And for the third time the winner of the Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest was Brian Tower who was the fastest at eating 1.5 quarts of ice cream. The ice cream eating contests were sponsored by Comer Farms.

Molly Jackson along with her parents from Comer Farms presented Brian Tower with the A La Mode Gift Certificate after he won the Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Seventeen kids competed in the Youth Frozen T-shirt Contest as the contest became a race to the finish to see which kid could get their frozen T-shirt on first. The Kids Frozen T-Shirt Contest winner in 1st place was Drea Lovett, 2nd place Nate Case and 3rd place was Mary Allison Griffey.  Drea Lovett won the $25 prize, Nate Case won the $15 prize and Mary Allison Griffey won the $10 prize.

David Jackson and Janice Benton of WMUF/WLZK Radio presented the awards to Nate Case, Drea Lovett and Mary Allison Griffey who were the winners of the Kids Frozen T-Shirt Contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Adult Frozen T-shirt Contest provided lots of entertainment as well for the crowd. Richard Sullivan came in 1st place and won the $25 prize. Jonathon Tull came in 2nd place winning the $15 prize and Scott Henderson came in 3rd place winning the $10 prize.

Scott Henderson, Richard Sullivan and Jonathon Tull winners of the WMUF/WLZK Adult Frozen T-Shirt Contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Also City Manager Kim Foster competed in the frozen t-shirt contest after five gracious people donated a dollar to see her compete in the contest. T-Shirts for the contest were donated by Hulmes Sporting Goods and were sponsored by WMUF/WLZK/WRQR.

City Manager Kim Foster gets in on the adult frozen t-shirt contest at the Ice Cream Social. (Cassie Walsh photos)

All of the proceeds from the event benefited the Henry County Arts Council and the Downtown Paris Association.

Child Airlifted to Vanderbilt After Being Struck by a Vehicle

(Reggie Coles photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- A two-year-old child was airlifted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital on Saturday after the child had been struck by a vehicle near Piney Campground in Land Between the Lakes.

At approximately 1pm on Saturday Henry County EMS, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies, Paris Landing State Park Rangers, Paris Landing Fire Department and the TN Highway Patrol responded to a call about a red jeep on Highway 79 coming from Piney Campground in Land Between the Lakes area and a two-year-old child had been struck by a vehicle.

The red jeep was met at the Emergency Services Complex at Paris Landing, where the patient was treated by EMS.

(Reggie Coles photos)

A LifeFlight helicopter was called to the scene and officers closed Highway 79 to allow the helicopter to land directly on the scene.The patient was then flown by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where his condition is unknown at this time. All agencies were on the scene for approximately 1 hour.

Henry Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Sgt. David Powell arrested Joshua Wilson, age 33 of Ben Smith Road of Henry, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule II substance, simple possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation out of Dyer County. Wilson was placed on a total $5,000 bond.

HCSS Conducting PreSchool Screenings Starting Aug. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will conduct screenings for the 2017-18 school year beginning Tuesday August 1st for the preschool program. Preschoolers will be screened to detect difficulties in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive skills.

Parents of children ages 3, 4, and 5 living in the Harrelson, Henry, or Lakewood school district are asked to call their child’s school to schedule an appointment for their pre-schooler to be screened beginning Tuesday August 1st.

Harrelson’s phone number is 247-3152, Henry’s is 243-7114, and Lakewood’s is 644-1600. The services are provided free of charge by the Henry County School System.

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.

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

Pop Warner Cheer Signups Aug. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Signups for Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be held at the Paris Civic Center from 10am to Noon 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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