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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

HCHD Opens Barnett Road After Bridge Repairs Completed

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has opened Barnett Road after bridge repairs were completed on Thursday. The road has been closed since December.

Planning Commission Tables Co-op Request

Planning Commission members discuss the subdivision request. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met in regular session on Thursday evening and discussed a site plan for the Henry Farmer’s Coop on Hwy. 69S in the old Holley Carburetor building. The proposal is to locate a retail space on the south end of the existing building. The board discussed whether or not retail is allowed under the zoning ordinance in a M-2 zone. The Co-op is planning to sell feed, seed, and grain in the location.

The proposed parking area is located in an area that once was a portion of the building that has since been demolished.

The site plan proposes a 456 sq. ft. of retail space in the southwestern corner of the building. The need for the site plan is due to additional parking space to be created. The building is located in M-2, heavy industrial zone and 32 parking spaces are provided on the site plan. Asphalt is not required.

In order to avoid other issues, the planning commission voted to table the request and find out if retail is allowed in the zone. If its not, the Co-op will have to request a zoning change.

Planners also approved a preliminary plat for Hunters Pointe 4 subdivision. It is set to be the final phase of the project and extends main street, Winding Way, from Foxfire Subdivision to Harding Road as originally proposed. The phase includes lots 53 to 90 for a total of 38 lots.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the construction plans haven’t been submitted yet. The visionary plan and go-ahead to proceed was given with a construction plat to come at a later date.

Planning Commission Discusses Storage Units in B-2 Zones

Paris, Tenn.- Towards the end of the meeting, planning commission members discussed the request to amend zoning ordinances to allow self-storage in a B-2 District. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris talked about the request for storage around downtown and planners worried that would affect the look of downtown in the future if they go this route.

City manager Kim Foster said we need to think very carefully about this and its possible effect on the downtown footprint. City attorney Fred McLean suggested if you allow storage inside the B-2 it should be enclosed and inside, like the shirt factory has done.

The board decided that splitting up the downtown footprint and other B-2 areas would be a good start after inventorying what is all in the current zones.

BZA Board Grants Variance

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, the board approved a request for variance of a side yard setback for Barbara Roberts at 52 Mallard Lane. The house is 4 ft. 2 in. from the property line and due to an error on the part of the home builder, 10 inches closer to the property line than required by the Zoning Ordinance. The board granted the variance based on the hardship on the owner section under the purpose and intent of grant variances in the City’s Ordinance.

HCBOE Hears FRC Update

FRC Director Becky Holland discusses the year-end report. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met Thursday afternoon heard from Becky Holland on the Family Resource Center’s Year End Report. The Center served 325 children with case management, served 190 per week with the Weekend Backpack program, and over achieved the goal of the state with social behavior.

Holland said the Center spent over $14K from the benevolence fund on children’s needs from rent, electric, graduation materials, vision, dental, and health needs.

Last July, 521 children were given school supplies and the number dropped some this year, but Holland said Trinity United Methodist Church and the Shed have increased efforts in giving school supplies so some may have gotten them there instead of the FRC.

Holland said one new thing in the year-end report asked how the community helped the FRC and she said putting a dollar figure to that showed the FRC took in $156K in donations and in-kind work this past year.

The FRC was contacted by the Department of Education to meet with the commissioner and Henry County was one of only three Centers across the state to come and meet. Holland said she asked for increased funding for all FRCs. The grant received from the state is just over $29K. Holland said our school system and community are great to the FRC.

Board Hears Updates on Bullying Report, Grant Received

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Susan Burton presented the annual bullying report of reported cases of bullying in the system. This is a guideline to report the stats each year to the board because the system receives federal funds. Dr. Burton said we do annually train on civil rights compliance, and one complaint was received in 2016-17. The system doesn’t offer single sex classes, but offer male and female athletes similar schedules, facilities, and other things to comply with Title IX.

Secondary Education Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Betsy Allison went over an Equipment grant the system has been awarded for career technical grant in the amount of $106K. The grant was to focus on health science, computer programing, or advanced technology. Allison said the equipment money will be used to purchase computers at HCHS and Grove and get some medical equipment for the health science program.

Dr. Norton Tells of Clean Audits; Enrollment Down Some

Maintenance Supervisor John Akers gives a facilities update. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton gave his director’s report Thursday at the board meeting as well saying our school level audit came back with zero findings. The truancy audit also went well. Dr. Norton reminded the board that the county commission work session dealing with the high school building project is set for Monday night at 5:15pm.

Enrollment is down a little as the HCSS year has begun. Dr. Norton said the enrollment is down about 75-80 students. 19 new teachers were welcomed this year as well.

In other action Thursday, the board of education approved adding a student representative on the board of education in policy form on second reading. The student has no vote in actual policy making but can voice the concerns of fellow students. The student will be picked the high school principal, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and attend all board meetings. Also on first reading, the board approved a policy regarding students in foster care. Dr. Norton said this comes as a recommendation to add the policy to aid students who receive foster care and this is important to serving those students.

The board heard from John Akers on facilities in the system with the softball field behind the fence is complete and they are working on the first base side. They also plan to pour concrete for sidewalk and bleachers at the softball field. Akers said the maintenance bids have come in and were very competitive and things should start moving more quickly next few days and weeks.

DA Stowe Issues Alert to the Public on Fentanyl Mixed with Marijuana

Huntingdon, Tenn.- District Attorney Matthew Stowe has issued an alert to the citizens of the 24th Judicial District regarding new information from Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security. 

According to an announcement by David Purkey, who will take the role of Commissioner for Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security on September 1st, the deadly drug Fentanyl has been found mixed into marijuana which agents have recovered from busts throughout Tennessee. 

“This drug is highly addictive and that is one of the reasons that it is laced into other drugs, such as marijuana,” Stowe states. “Fentanyl is a Class A Controlled Substance which is so powerful that, unless it is administered by medical professionals in a hospital setting, it is very deadly.”

“Our Drug Task Force Agents know that marijuana laced with fentanyl has already been found in neighboring counties,” says Stowe.  “This news provides yet another reason to say NO to drugs.

“I urge parents and teachers to talk about this new development with children and explain how deadly one toke from a marijuana cigarette may now be.”

Rotary Club Hears Presentation on Alzheimers

Paris, Tenn.- Retired program director for Lakehaven Behavioral Health at Henry County Medical Center, Cathy Gniewek addresses the Paris Rotary club with an informative presentation concerning dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  

Often as we age we joke about "going senile" but dementia and Alzheimer's are not the norm. Dementia is an umbrella term. Many dementia patients are affected due to thyroid, stroke or even alcohol problems.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia affecting between 60 and 80 percent of Americans with dementia. Gniewek pointed out that though there is no known cure, dementia can be managed by treating symptoms or even slowing the progression of the disorder. She also pointed out that there are tests that your doctor can perform that can gauge the patient's language abilities, orientation to time and place, and even even slowing the progression of the disorder. (Photo by David Jackson)

Chamber Prepping for "The Moving Wall" At Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will be bringing “The Moving Wall” a Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Paris for Labor Day Weekend.

The Moving Wall will be on display at Eiffel Tower Park, available 24 hours a day from 1pm Thursday August 31st until 1pm Monday September 4th. There is an opening ceremony at 5pm August 31st and a closing ceremony at Noon September 4th. The exhibit and ceremonies are open to the public.

Local Veterans organizations, National Guard Members, and community members will serve as volunteers.

Chamber Executive Director Mark Johnson said, “this will be a very moving and fulfilling event which will offer our community an experience that many otherwise would never have. We’re excited about the educational value it will bring to our youth.”

The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce has helped to organize and fund the event, but couldn’t do it without help from volunteers from our veterans and military organizations in the community and region. Johnson said it takes a large volunteer effort and anyone interested in volunteering can call the Chamber at 642-3431 no later than August 15th.

For more information on the moving wall, visit www.themovingwall.org. For more information on the local event visit the chamber’s website at www.paristnchamber.com

Pats Play Dresden at McDonald's Football Challenge Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The McDonald’s Football Challenge will be held Friday at Patriot Stadium featuring some of our area’s high school teams. The admission is $7 and concessions will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

The schedule is Stewart County vs. West Carroll at 6pm, Milan vs. Murray High at 7pm, Henry County vs. Dresden at 8pm, and McKenzie vs. Martin Westview at 9pm. Teams will play two quarters in each contest. Henry County will open the regular season next Friday night August 18th on the road at Haywood County.

Poll Worker Drive Planned for August 22nd at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Elections Office will hold a Poll-worker drive on Tuesday August 22nd at 5pm at the Krider Peforming Arts Center. Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said all citizens interested in working the election process need to attend the poll worker drive. In order to work the elections, you must be a registered Henry County voter. Applications to register to vote will be available at the drive and the election process and job responsibilities will be explained. The Poll-worker position is a paid position. For more information call the Elections Office at 642-0411.

MSU Hopkinsvile Campus Prime Viewing Spot for Solar Eclipse

Hopkinsville, Ky.- Murray State University will host passenger vehicles on Monday, August 21 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Hopkinsville campus for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Hopkinsville, Ky. will provide the world’s longest solar eclipse viewing opportunity at 2 minutes and 41 seconds. 

Participants can purchase a paved parking lot space in the lot off of MSU Drive to the northwest of the Murray State Hopkinsville campus and east of the Breathitt Veterinary Center. Spaces are sold by the vehicle-load so the number of visitors per vehicle does not impact price. Only four-wheel passenger vehicles will be permitted. Campus facilities will not be open to the public; however, onsite portable toilets will be available for participants. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/2uC2OuO. 

Murray State’s campus offers easy access to the Pennyrile Parkway. With travel on Fort Campbell Blvd. (41-A), vehicles are strongly encouraged to enter from Fort Campbell Blvd. (41-A) and to move to the parking location off of MSU Drive.

“Murray State University is proud to be a part of an awe-inspiring moment of history with the opportunity to view the Solar Eclipse. Our campus at Hopkinsville grants people a venue to live the moment and to create a memory for a lifetime,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. 

Pet Show Planned Again for HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Mineral Wells Animal Clinic will sponsor a pet show once again this year at the Henry County Fair. The pet show will be held Monday night August 28th at the livestock barn. Registration is 5:30pm that night, show begins at 6pm. The pet show is open to all animals. Categories are as follows: Beginning and Advanced Obedience, Best Tail Wag, Best Smile, Best Owner Pet Look A Like (no costume), Biggest and Smallest Pet, Best Trick or Talent, and Best Costume.

There will also be a Best in Show, Jr. Handler for owners 10 and under and a Best in Show for adults as well. Goody bags will be available for the first few people who come and register. Entry into the Pet Show is free. For more information call Mineral Wells Animal Clinic.

Reminder: Youth FB Signups Sat. at Barton Field

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.

Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Malnourished Horse Found

Mansfield, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Jamie L. Page, age 37, of Mansfield, with cruelty to animals after finding a horse at her home severely malnourished. The report stated Sgt. Powell went out to residence on Mansfield Road at the request of Sheriff Belew to check on the horse. Sgt. Powell’s report said the ribs on the horse could be seen as it was in pretty bad shape. There was no food sources nearby for the horse. A vet was called to the scene and came and checked on the horse which he stated was very malnourished. Warrants were drawn on Page and she was later arrested and placed on $500 bond.

MCU Arrests Two on Drugs, Weapons Charges

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested two men for drug and weapons possession overnight. Dylan Oakley, age 20, of 102 Chickasaw and Joshua David Langford, age 22, of 7090 Shady Grove were charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Both were placed on $8K bond.

Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating possible theft of $3K from a truck’s console on State Line Road in South Hazel. There are possible suspects but no one has been arrested.

Cottage Grove Holds Routine August Session

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session Tuesday evening and John Weiher reported that the 2017 Cottage Grove Fire Department Freedom Festival was a huge success and exceeded numbers from last year.

Discussions were held on a property owner’s request to purchase land from the city but no action was taken. The Council heard the street report and learned TDOT has been contacted for tree trimming and drain inspection. The proposed beauty pageant plans were also discussed.

HCHS Sweeps Stewart County in Golf

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County swept Stewart County in high school golf action on Tuesday at the Paris Country Club. In men’s action, Henry County shot a 179, besting Stewart County’s 206. Individual scores for the Patriots were Eli Ridgeway 37, Trent Nichols 45, Chase Wyrick 47, and Jack Foster 50.

In ladies’ action, Henry County beat Stewart County 86 to 106. Leah Bell had a 40 and Sydney Williams shot a 46 on the day.

Hummingbird Banding Event Saturday at TNWR

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host the annual hummingbird banding event this Saturday August 12th from 9am to 3pm. The visitor center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

Federally licensed Master Bander, Cynthia Routledge of Southeast Avian Research in Clarksville, will return to lead the banding demonstrations. Using specific tools, she will band each captured hummingbird with a band that has a number that will be unique to that individual bird, much like a bird social security number. Routledge will then take a series of measurements to determine the age and sex of the hummingbird and then the bird will be released.

All measurements will be recorded and all information will be turned into the Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, the central database for all North American bird banding information. The research helps gain information about the lives and habits of hummingbirds such as migration routes, longevity, nesting habits, and more.

The banding will take place on the back patio and a presentation on hummingbirds will be held at 11am and 1pm. The day also includes fun for the whole family such as arts and crafts, coloring tables, and other activities.

During lunch, Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will grill hotdogs and have meals for sale on the patio. All proceeds benefit hosting future program. For more information on this event or any others call 642-2091.

Chamber to Host Employment Law Seminar

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a No Cost Employment Law Update Seminar on Tuesday August 15th at the Chamber Office, located at 2508 East Wood Street. The seminar will run from 9am to 12:45pm and topics covered include EEOC Updates: What’s Trending; Worker’s Compensation: How the New System Really Works; Employment Litigation, and Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make with Employees.

The seminar is presented at no cost by Wimberly Lawson Write Daves and Jones, PLLC and the Chamber. Pre-register via email pariscoc@paristnchamber.com or call 642-3431. There is only a limited number of spots available for the seminar.

Southern Belles Bowling League to Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Southern Belles ladies bowling league will meet Thursday August 10th at 6:30pm at Gary Center Bowl, located on Hwy. 641 N. Anyone interested in bowling should attend or call Wanda Hutson to sign up or for more information at 642-5814.

Traffic Stops Lead to Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Three men were arrested after a traffic stop Monday by Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department. The vehicle had a non-working headlight and Lt. Frey made the traffic stop. Garron Crafton, age 33, of 711 Gwen St. was found to be driving on a revoked license and was apprehended. Crafton also had other warrants.

Lt. Frey did a search of the car and found a backpack with meth and some pills. Matthew Phillip Dickerson, age 34, of 605 Russell St., admitted to the drugs being his. He was cited for simple possession of schedule two and schedule four. Also arrested on warrants and fugitive of justice charges was Robert Rick, age 48, of 403 Park St.

Sgt. Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department observed a man who was wanted in Mississippi and conducted a traffic stop. Steven Dewayne Goodwin, age 27, of 185 Hidden Acres, is a fugitive from justice out of Mississippi and Sgt. Underwood had prior knowledge of this before conducting a traffic stop. Goodwin was apprehended and Mississippi will extradite.

Lt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department is continuing to investigate an incident where a motorcycle was hot wired and driven without the owner’s permission and damage was done to the motorcycle. There is a suspect but no arrests have been made at this time.

Reminder: Burger Bash 4-7pm at McDonald's

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.

HCHS Golf Splits With Clarksville High at Swan Lake

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Golf teams competed in their first match of the year Monday at Swan Lake against Clarksville High. The Lady Patriots shot an 84, but were barely edging out Clarksville High’s 85 for the match victory. Sydney Williams shot a 41 and Leah Bell a 43 for HCHS.

The Men shot a 184, while CHS shot a 161 Monday afternoon. Individual scores for Henry County were Eli Ridgeway with a 40, Jameson Robbins 45, Cameron May 49, and Trent Nichols shot a 50.

Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament August 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday August 19th at the Paris Country Club with proceeds set to benefit the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

The format is a three man scramble with both morning and afternoon flights. Entry Fee is $300 per team prior to August 16th and $350 after that date. Morning flights begin at 7:30am, afternoon flights start at 1pm, or immediately following the morning. Lunch will be served, sponsored by Kroger. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 5th place in both flights.

JC Educational and Office Supply will sponsor music during the day and the lineup includes Arista Manning Band from 2-4pm, Ray Lewis Band, from 5-8pm, and Rockin Randall French starting at 8pm. Each golfer at the tournament will receive a free pool pass to use themselves or for a guest.

Hole sponsorships are $100 each. Event t-shirts are $12 each. For more information or to sign up contact the Paris County Club at 642-0591. To make a donation, or become a sponsor call Chris Martin at 697-1585 or Dan Jackson at 336-3620.

Jeff Hamlin was a longtime member of the Paris Fire Department and was serving as assistant chief when he was killed in a vehicle accident in July of 2014.

Last Farmer's Market Fresh of Summer 3-4pm Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmer’s Market will begin at 3pm Tuesday at its location at the corner of Ruff and North Market Street. In addition to the normal fruits, veggies, homemade jams, jellies, soaps, breads, and farm raised meats, the last Farmer’s Market Fresh event of the summer will take place from 3-4pm. The recipe and sample Tuesday will be Fresh Tomato Bruschetta and other giveaways will be available as well. The Farmer’s Market Fresh program has been available thanks to a grant from the UT Extension Office.

No Quorum for Parks Board Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board didn't have a quorum Monday evening at their scheduled meeting. The meeting was cancelled and planned for the 2nd Monday in September.

Reminder: HCMC Health Screening at Sparks St. Church Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will be offering health screenings at Sparks Street Church of Christ, located at 109 Sparks Street in Paris on Tuesday, August 8th from 8:30am to 10:30am.

The Henry County Medical Center will be on hand for this community health fair to provide blood pressure checks, blood glucose, total cholesterol, full lipid panel cholesterol, dexa heel scan and more. Blood sugar and blood pressure will be available for free and finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a full lipid panel test will cost $10 each.

For the most accurate results you must fast for at least 8 hours to have the blood glucose, total cholesterol and full lipid panel. Results will be available at the time of the screening.

For more information, call the Find Line at 644-3463 or to learn what other activities will be at the health fair, contact the church at 642-2521.

Paris Tri Club Busy Competing this Past Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Tri Club competed in two different events this past weekend. At Hendersonville (top photo), Wade Hayes came in 3rd place in the 7 yr. male category, James Coulston, 2nd place 8 yr. male, and Hunter Miller finished 1st in the 13 yr. male.

For the ladies in Hendersonville, Charlotte Coulston finished 1st,12 yr. female, Amelia Hart 2nd, 13 yr. female, Olivia Hart 2nd, 9 yr. female, and Kayleigh Miller, 4th, 10 yr. female. Not pictured is Slayden Hosford who finished 2nd in 9 yr. male category.

At the USAT Triathlon Youth National Championships held Sunday in West Chester, Ohio, John Evan McSwain for the Paris Tri Club came in 4th in the 7 yr. male, Turner McSwain 15th, 9 yr male, Slayden Hosford 21st, 9 yr. male, Fisher Lawrence 44th, 12 yr. male, and Hunter Lawrence 9th, 14 yr. male. (bottom pic)

Paris Police Searching for Two Suspects in Attempted Armed Robbery

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating an alleged aggravated robbery with two suspects that occurred over the weekend. The report stated that Ptl. Tyrail Jackson and other officers arrived at a McCampbell St. home on a call of a man with a gun inside the home. Once units arrived, they cleared the house and the resident said two black men wearing all black and masks had left out the back door.

The father of the victim had pulled up at the home and one of the men yelled they had a gun and as he called police they left out the back door. The report said the woman was sleeping and heard someone coming in the back door and she thought it was her dad at first, then one man held her at gunpoint and the other began to go thru some items at the house. There was no report of what was stolen if anything and police searched the area for the suspects but couldn’t find anyone. Investigation is continuing.

Possible Burglary Thwarted on 69N

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Terry Williams, Cpl. Blake Jenkins, and Dep. Stacey Bostwick responded to a possible burglary at Hoppers Rides and Customs on Hwy. 69 N. The owner had blocked in a white truck when Dep. Bostwick spoke with the driver of the white truck, Dustin Hoppers, 19, of Paris, and could smell marijuana. After first denying there was some marijuana in the vehicle, Hoppers admitted to having Xanax bars and marijuana in the glove box when Dep. Bostwick called for a K9.

Hoppers also admitted to dropping off another man, Noah Maxwell, 21, of McKenzie and they were looking to make some quick money. Hoppers was arrested on scene and charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and simple possession of schedule 4; Maxwell later turned himself in and was charged with criminal trespass.

Runaway ATV Possible Cause for Knocked Over Mailboxes

Paris, Tenn.-Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an area of Hwy. 641 N. where several mailboxes and a street sign was run down. The man who called in the noise thought it was an accident at first and by the time he got outside he noticed two vehicles pulling ATVs. One of the ATVs appeared to have fallen off a trailer and the people got it loaded back on and quickly left the scene. Investigation is continuing.

Paris Woman Arrested for Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Kristie Freeman, age 46 of Hi En De Lo Road of Paris, on Saturday for simple assault. Freeman was placed on $800 bond.

NWTN Racquet Club Holding Free One Week Tennis Camp

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club will hold a free after school Tennis Training Camp for Henry County kids on Thursday, August 10th through Friday, August 18th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the newly upgraded Paris Tennis Facility, located at the Henry County High School.

The 7 day program is for kids ages 14 to 18 years old and who wish to play high school tennis or simply want to learn the game of tennis.  All of the equipment is provided and everyone is encouraged to learn the sport. The camp will be headed by Coach J.F. Kirk, United States Professional Tennis Association certified teaching pro, who has more than 34 years of tennis experience and he will be beginning his 3rd year as Head Coach for the HCHS Varsity Tennis Team.

For more information about this year’s HCHS tennis team, such as physicals, TSSAA requirements, schedules, etc. you can call the Assistant Coach, Ms. Linda, at 731-441-2155. 

Two Henry County Drivers Arrested on Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Thomas Johnson, age 37 of Thompson Street of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Johnson was placed on $500 bond.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Catanya Price, age 40 of North Market Street of Paris, on Friday for driving on a revoked license second offense.

Poetic Painting Classes at Lee Begin Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Poetic Painting classes with Dani Poe will be held at Lee Academy for the Arts beginning on Friday, August 11th from 7pm to 9pm. The cost of the class is $35. There is a maximum of 20 people per class and the class is open to adults age 18 and older.

The evening painting sessions are offered the second Friday of each month as you will paint along with friends with guided encouragement from the instructor. Beginners will gain confidence & skill and the experienced painter will enjoy a fun evening of art, laughs, and friends. All of the supplies provided except for the snacks and drinks. 

For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642-3411.

Henry County Runners Take Top Prizes at 38th Annual Picnic 5K


Pictured: Front row left to right: Jesse Evans, Devin Pritchett, Cole Davis, Dinah Winders and Lance Winders. Back row left to right: Cooper Smith, Silas Winders, Hunter Lawrence, Titus Winders and Javan Winders.

Fancy Farm, KY- On Friday, August 4th, 365 runners competed in the 38th Annual Picnic 5K in Fancy Farm, Kentucky.

Javan Winders  won 1st overall with a time of 15:43. Titus Winders was 2nd overall with a time of 15:48 and he was 1st in the 16-19 age group. Silas Winders won 3rd overall with a time of 16:35 and 1st in 13-15 age group. And Cole Davis was 7th overall with a time of 17:18 and he came in 4th in the 16-19 age group. Cooper Smith was 9th overall with a time of 17:28 and he was 5th in the 16-19 age group.

Lance Winders was 17th overall with a time of 18:37 and finished 2nd in the 50-54 age group. Hunter Lawrence was  25th overall with a time of 19:16 and he was 2nd in the13-15 age group. Devin Pritchett was 30th overall with a time of 19:34 and was 4th in the 13-15 age group. Jesse Evans was 34th overall with a time of 19:52 and was 17th in the 13-15 age group.

Dinah Winders was 3rd overall with a time of 19:59 and she was 1st in the 13-15 age group.

Two Arrested on Driving Offenses Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Earl Bates, age 22 of Memorial Drive of Paris, on Friday for driving on a revoked license second offense. Bates was placed on $2,000 bond.

In another report, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Melinda Longwell, age 39 of Willis Creek Road of Albany, KY, on Friday for driving on a revoked license. Longwell was placed on $1,000 bond. 

Get Your Jazz Hands Ready for Broadway at Lee, Aug. 19-20

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will be hosting Broadway at Lee on Saturday, August 19th at 6pm and on Sunday, August 20th at 3pm in the beautifully restored Lunchroom at Lee Academy.

 You won’t want to miss this evening of entertainment featuring fantastic local talent, directed by Peggy Williams. On Saturday you will get to enjoy a lovely dinner theater at 6pm and on Sunday you can enjoy a delightful dessert matinee at 3pm. The show will include many of your favorite tunes from years gone by as well as a few new numbers from the hottest shows on Broadway.

Tickets for the August 19th  Dinner Theater show cost $25 and tickets for tickets for the August 20th  Dessert  Matinee show cost $15. You can now purchase tickets for the shows at The Iron Place, Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, or by contacting the Arts Council Office.

For more information about this event just visit the Arts Council website at  www.phcarts.com or you can call their office at 642-3955.

Paris Man Arrested for Assault and Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Phillip Jackson, age 45 of Jackson Estates Drive of Paris, on Friday for vandalism, assault and violation of probation. Jackson was placed on $7,500 bond.

Good Turnout for "The Shed" and TUMC Back to School Bash


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Crowds of kids and parents came out to the Trinity United Methodist Church and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office “The Shed”  Back to School Bash on Saturday at TUMC.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

There was plenty of food, live music and inflatables for the entire family to enjoy at the event. Also at the event parents got information on keeping your child safe, such as using car seat safety and so much more. Kids also got to take advantage of the event by getting school supplies and backpacks that were provided at the event.

7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-off Grand Champion is Phillip's BBQ


Grand Champion winner Phillip's BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- On Saturday, twenty-one teams representing five states cooked their hearts out as the competed to be crowned the 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off Grand Champion and Phillip’s BBQ out of Lake County was named Grand Champion as he took home the $1,000 grand prize and the trophy sponsored by First Bank.

Donna and Bobby Milam both said that when after the 20 judges judged the food it turned out that Phillip's BBQ had the most consistent scores which helped them win the cook-off even though Phillip's BBQ didn't win 1st place in any of the categories. Pig Out BBQ was the Reserve Champion and they took home a plaque and a $500 prize.


Reserve Champion Pig Out BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the chicken category, DC Backyard Smokers won 1st place, $200 and a trophy,  Smoke’m If U Got’m won 2nd place and $150 and Bubba’s BBQ out of Trenton won 3rd place and $100.


1st place winner chicken category: DC Backyard Smoker and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


2nd place winner chicken category: Smoke’m If U Got’m and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


3rd place winner chicken category: Bubba’s BBQ out of Trenton and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the ribs category, Smelly Butts BBQ won 1st place, $200 and a trophy,  Bubba’s BBQ out of Franklin won 2nd place and $150 and I Like Pig Butts & Cannot Lie won 3rd place and $100.


1st place winner ribs category: Smelly Butts BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


2nd place winner ribs category: Bubba's BBQ out of Franklin and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


3rd place winner ribs category: I Like Pig Butts & Cannot Lie and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the pulled pork category: Swine Cue won 1st place, $200 and a trophy,  Big B’s BBQ won 2nd place and $150 and Bubba’s BBQ out of Trenton won 3rd place and $100.


1st place winner pulled pork category: Swine Cue and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


2nd place winner pulled pork category: Big B's BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


3rd place winner pulled pork category: Bubba’s BBQ out of Trenton and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the brisket category: Smelly Butts BBQ won 1st place, $200 and a trophy,  Pig Out BBQ won 2nd place and $150 and Double A’s BBQ won 3rd place and $100.


1st place winner brisket category: Smelly Butts BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


2nd place winner brisket category: Pig Out BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)


3rd place winner brisket category: Double A's BBQ and Bobby Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Teams that competed in the 7th Annual BBQ Cookoff included: 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, Grillin’and Chillin’,  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 Big Orange Smokers Competition BBQ Team from Springfield, TN slicing up some BBQ for the 7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-off. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Milam Farms, First Bank, Lakeway IGA, Backwoods Grillin’ Sauce, Peppers Automotive, The Tackle Box, Elliott Tool Company, INC. Machining-Welding and Snow’s Alternator & Starter Service all helped sponsor the 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off.

Grilling and Chilling Wins Pitmaster's Challenge at the 7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-Off


Bobby Milam presenting Eddie Havidson of Grilling and Chilling the Dwayne Byard Memorial Pitmaster's Challenge Plaque. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-off kicked off on Friday as competition continues on Saturday, August 5th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Paris.

Ten out of the 21 teams competed in the 3rd Annual Pitmaster's Challenge on Friday night. This years secret ingredients that the participants had to use in their dish included: a tomato, a mini Hershey bar and a lime.

Participants had one hour to make a dish with these ingredients and the Pitmaster's Challenge dishes were judged on taste, originality and presentation. And Eddie Havidson of Grilling and Chilling won the Dwayne Byard Memorial Pitmaster's Challenge and he will take home $150 and bragging rights. The Pitmaster's Challenge was created in honor of Dwayne Byard.

There are 21 teams representing 5 states, including pit masters, that will be competing in the 7th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook-Off as this year's event was more family oriented with washer pitching, corn hole and horse shoe tournaments. On Saturday, August 5th competition judging will run from 11am to 3pm.


Playing cornhole at the 7th Annual HC BBQ Cook-off. (Cassie Walsh photos)

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, Grilling 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.

MCU Arrest Two on Drug Charges on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Myrick, Chief Paschall and Inv. Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Reginald Wiseman, age 45 of Sparks Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent and possession of a schedule VI substance with intent. Wiseman was placed on $25,000 bond.

Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall with the Metro Crime Unit also arrested Anthony Williams, age 57 of Sparks Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was placed on $1,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested Twice in One Day on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the  Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Larry Thomas, age 54 of Reynolds Street of Paris, on Friday for driving under the influence, criminal trespass and unlawful possession.

Ptl. Daniel Andres and Ptl. Dean Jr. responded to a call about a man, later identified as Thomas, going through a carport at a home on McFadden Street. When Officers located Thomas he stated that he turned into the driveway to turn around, but he was having brake trouble. Thomas then gave Police consent to search the vehicle where they found a pipe.

Thomas then admitted to police that he had been drinking and he admitted that he had smoked crack earlier that night. Thomas was then arrested for the following charges. Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos also charged Thomas with theft under $1,000. Thomas was placed on $1,000 bond for the theft charge.

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.

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.

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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