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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Cross Creeks NWR Hosting Hummingbird Banding Sat.

Dover, Tenn.-Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, located at 643 Wildlife Drive in Dover will host a hummingbird banding event this Saturday August 26th from 8am to Noon. Master Bander, Cynthia Routledge of Southeast Avian Research in Clarksville will lead the banding demonstrations.

A similar event was held earlier in the month at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville. The event is hosted by the Friends of Cross Creeks NWR and the banding will take place on the Center’s patio, when birds are available. The event is family friendly and includes fun arts and crafts for the kids. For more information call the Center at 931-232-7477.

HCMC Meet and Greet OB/GYN Set for Mon. Aug. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a OB/GYN meet and greet from Noon to 1:30pm Monday August 28th at the HCMC Atrium, between the hospital and Medical Arts Building. Come by and tour offices of Dr. Paul Locus and Dr. Dennis Wieck and wish Dr. Lakisha Crigler well as her last day is September 1st.

Reminder: MW Animal Clinic Sponsoring Pet Show Mon. At 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. Entry into the Pet Show is free. For more information call Mineral Wells Animal Clinic. The first 50 people competing will get a goody bag.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter will be on hand and have information about the shelter and be accepting donations that evening. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to help raise money for the shelter.

PHCPUD Wins Another Major Safety Award

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District has been awarded yet another major National Award for safety. The district just recently accepted the SOAR award and now has been awarded 1st place in the 2016-17 Safety Award for the American Public Gas Association.

At their meeting last week, General Manger Tae Eaton informed the board of the award from APGA and said, “the district has received some major safety awards and we’ve been getting lots of recognition for them. Several districts from all over the country have called us wanting us to share our model of how we do things and we’re glad to do it.”

Eaton reported the Tennessee Public Utility Commission inspection was held last week and they had a clean inspection. This is formerly the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

Eaton stated the district is still waiting on two easements to come thru for the 641 N. widening gas line relocation. He said one of the properties is tied up in probate court and the other hasn’t granted the easement. Eaton said bids on the relocation of utilities is set to be let this week or next.

Financials for the month and year to date were in the red to the tune of $213K year to date. That is comparable to the same time last year. Eaton said we will stay in the red in colder weather starts settling in. Eaton reported the district is at 63% storage right now in gas and continues to purchase it to build up to 95%. Eaton said the price of gas has actually dropped below $3 at the current time so they are stocking up on cheaper prices to save rate payers a little money in the winter months.

Eaton said service lines are in good shape and they are only about a week’s worth of work from catching up on all of them. In other business, the board approved participating as a buyer in the Jr. Livestock Sale at the Henry County Fair.

Pats Battle Beech At Austin Peay Friday Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Clarksville for football Friday night as the Patriots play the Beech Buccaneers at Austin Peay State University. The Patriots are 0-1 on the season after 14-12 loss at Haywood County last week. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville for the 7pm kickoff you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, or via your phones by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard data and phone charges apply. 

Vet Speaks to Rotary Club About Moving Wall

Paris, Tenn.- Leo Horn, local veteran, who has been involved with other moving wall exhibits in the past, spoke with the Paris Rotary Club on Thursday about the upcoming visit of the Vietnam Moving Wall at Eifel Tower Park August 31-.September 4. The half size replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been touring the country for thirty years.  In 1982 John Devitt attended the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington. 

The wall will be monitored around the clock with veterans in attendance and the local National Guard unit will guard during hours the display is not open. Each of the names on the wall will feature names of soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. Symbols also indicate MIA’s and POW’s as well as MIA’s whose remains have not been found.

The Opening ceremony will begin at 5:00 on Thursday and a closing ceremony will begin at 12 noon on September 4. There is no charge for attendance.

Man Apprehended in Soybean Field After Chase

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man in jail without bond after a pursuit, ramming patrol cars, and driving thru a soybean field Wednesday afternoon. Lt. Lance Perry got behind a 2004 blue Chevy Impala travelling toward the lake on Hwy 79 N and identified the driver as Steven Baker, 35, of Paris and knew he had active arrest warrants from multiple counties. Lt. Perry activated his blue lights and siren and the vehicle fled. A pursuit ensued involving several officers.

Lt. Perry was able to get in front of Baker and attempted to slow him down, then Baker rammed into the rear of Lt. Perry’s patrol car knocking the bumper off. Baker then crossed over into the wrong lane travelling inbound into oncoming traffic.

Baker got to Lakewood School and fled the roadway into the soybean field driving back to the woodline doing extensive damage to the soybeans. During this time, the tire came off Baker’s car and Dep. Frankie Scott managed to pull up next door to him in the soybean field and attempted to keep Baker from fleeing the vehicle but he had already gotten out and ran.

Sheriff Monte Belew, Sgt. Terry Williams, and K9 Droid were able to track Baker into a very thick portion of the field where Droid bit Baker. While attempting to handcuff Baker, a struggle ensued and after an unsuccessful attempt to taze the suspect, an impact weapon was used to bring him under arrest.

Baker was taken to the Henry County Medical Center where he was treated and released. He is in jail without bond on charges from two counties. Lt. Perry will be filing additional charges as well and Baker will be responsible for restitution for damage to the soybean field.

During the event, Lakewood School was notified and additional officers were on the scene to ensure safety to the school and kids.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said another man was in the passenger side and fled the other direction during the pursuit. Stevie Loines does have outstanding warrants on him and attempts to find him have not been successful as of Thursday morning.  Sheriff Belew said, "we think Loines was picked up by a vehicle during all the activity. He is likely still in Henry County and is no danger to the public. We are actively pursuing him still."

HCMS Cross Country Competes in Murray

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County Middle School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed in the Calloway County 3K Opener this week. In the girls race, Dinah Winders came in 1st with a new course record of 5:45 in the 3K. Saddie Adams finished 15th at 7:11 and Kaitlyn Napier came in 16th at 7:12. Sydney Cooter also did well.

For the boys, the team placed 3rd overall and Hayden Bostick finished 6th at 5:53, Sam Bruce 7th at 6:01 Mason Elliott 16th at 6:27 and Will Wardlaw 22nd at 6:32. Aidan Swisher and Blaise Payne also competed.

TN Tourism Has Record Breaking Year

Memphis- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced this week Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time record high of $19.3 billion in 2016, up 4.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association.

For the 11th consecutive year, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.7 billion. That marks a 6.7 percent increase over 2015, higher than the national growth of travel related state tax revenues. Tourism generated 176,500 jobs for Tennesseans, a 3.3 percent growth year over year.

“More people from around the world continue to visit Tennessee each year,” Haslam said. “The $1.7 billion in sales tax revenue and job growth are good news for everyone in Tennessee. The hard work of the tourism industry, led by the Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Tourism Committee, continues to produce record results and dedication to boost Tennessee’s economy.”

Five counties exceeded one billion in travel expenditures including Davidson ($5.996 billion), Shelby ($3.335 billion), Sevier ($2.217 billion), Hamilton ($1.060 billion), and Knox ($1.056 billion). All 95 counties saw more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures in the economic impact of tourism and 19 counties saw more than $100 million.

“The economic impact growth of the tourism industry is a result of guests from around the world discovering everything that makes Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America,’” Commissioner Triplett said. “It starts with what we have; the music, history, culture and experiences. It is enhanced by how those things are managed. The authenticity and Southern hospitality from our communities and partners create an environment for our guests in a way not only that helps them enjoy their stay but motivates them to return. These numbers are a reflection of Tennessee becoming a destination of choice. But a critical component of this is they do not include the staggering capital investments being made by tourism partners across the state to enhance the experience.”

In another record previously announced during National Travel and Tourism Week, 110 million people visited the state in 2016, up 4.4 percent from 2015, as reported by D.K Shifflet & Associates. An increase in leisure travelers also led to a jump in overnight stays. Tennessee places among the Top 10 travel destinations in the U.S. for the third consecutive year and is considered a top retirement destination.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development doesn’t achieve these numbers alone. In 2011 Gov. Haslam appointed the Tennessee Tourism Committee, made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. The Committee is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. The department also works with local convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and city and county leaders in all 95 counties to draw people to the state.

Inman Cross Country Does Well at Area Meets

Abby Taylor heads for the finish line. (IMS photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Runners for Inman Middle School’s Cross Country Team recently competed in three meets.

Last Thursday 24 boys and girls represented Inman Middle School during the Dresden Jamboree, running a one-mile race based on grade level.

Eight runners earned top 20 medals.

Saturday the team ran a track-style meet at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, with seven runners placing in the top 10 in their respective heats. This race was 1.5 mile.

Abby Taylor was 2nd in her heat with a time of 9:02 while Taylor Dunagan placed 8th for Inman with a 10:18, followed by Sara Mathis placing 9th.

Connor Cox was fifth in his heat with a 10:23 while Charlie Davis ran a 10:52, followed by Caleb Cain with a 10:55.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs traveled to Murray Tuesday for the Calloway Opener. Taylor was 2nd in the girls’ one-mile race with a 6:02 finish, followed by Roberta Henriquez with a 6:29 fourth-place finish.

The top finisher for the Bulldogs was Cox with a 6:19 mile.

Sara Mathis and Harlee Veazey sprint to the finish at the Calloway Opener one-mile race in Murray Tuesday night.

Luke Nichols finishes one of six laps at the Siegel Under the Stars track meet in Murfreesboro Saturday night.

Man Arrested After Barricading Himself In His Home

Puryear, Tenn.- A Puryear man is now in custody after he threatened his family and barricaded himself in his home around 7pm Tuesday night. A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a call from 3895 Mill Creed Road came in where a woman stated her son, Tab Green, 29, of Wilson Road in Puryear, had become extremely intoxicated and threatened her. The incident escalated and she said sprayed Green with wasp spray due to his threats and he took his shirt off and set in on fire and threw it at his mother.

Green threatened to return later and burn the house down and as he left, he rammed his vehicle into his father’s truck doing damage to the rear bumper.

The Sheriff’s Office soon located Green’s vehicle at his house, but couldn’t get anyone to answer the door and his mother told officers Tab said he would be armed if anyone came after him and would shoot someone who came to his house.

The HCSO Special Response Team was called out to assist at the scene. Several attempts were made to contact Green by phone, PA system, and running sirens, but he remained barricaded inside the home. Sheriff Monte Belew then shot 4 40mm rounds of tear gas into the back bedroom. Moments later Green did come to the window and exited the home and surrendered without further conflict.

An AR15 was recovered from inside his bedroom. He was charged with aggravated assault, domestic assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, and vandalism. Green will appear in court August 29th.

Possible Stolen Cows Incident Being Probed

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Steven McClure is investigating two cows missing from Jim Hunt Road. There are 47 heads of cattle owned between two parties and two of them were not found Tuesday evening. There is a possible suspect, the value of the missing cows are $3800.

Warrants Issued for Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for schedule 3 drug, legend drug, and drug paraphernalia possession on Ryann N. Sutton, age 30 of 706 Mandalay Road. The warrant stems from items found at a former apartment Sutton had been in including pills, syringes, and grinders with marijuana residue.

HCHD To Close Portion of Shady Grove Rd. Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Shady Grove Road on Thursday August 24th for culvert replacement. The closure will be one tenth of a mile north of India Road. Country Club Road may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

City of Paris Awarded over $2M in SRF Water Construction Loans

Nashville- The City of Paris has been awarded over $2M in low interest loans thru the State Revolving Fund Loan Program to help with improvements at the Water Treatment Plant and Volunteer Drive Water Tank Rehabilitation.

Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced over $22M in water and wastewater construction loans that were awarded state-wide last week. 

The City of Paris will receive $1M for Water Treatment Plant Improvements (Phase I) which will be funded with a 20-year $800K loan with an interest rate of 1.18% and $200K in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid.

The City also receives $750K for Water Treatment Plant Improvements and Volunteer Drive Water Tank Rehab. This project will be funded with a 20-year loan at 1.18%.

Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant construction was also awarded a $500K 20 year loan with 1.18% Interest.

Tennessee’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has awarded more than $1.8 billion in low-interest loans since its inception in 1987. Tennessee’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has awarded over $300M in loans since 1996.

Commissioner Martineau said, “Clean water is the lifeblood of communities. Investments in our drinking water are essential to maintaining environmental and public health.”

Through the SRF Program, communities, utility districts, and water and wastewater authorities can obtain loans with lower interest rates than most can obtain through private financing. The funding order of projects is determined by SRF Program’s Priority rankings that rank potential projects according to severity of their pollution and/or compliance problems or for public health protection.

Hunter Education Course Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Hunter Education Field Day at Holly Fork Shooting Complex this Saturday August 26th at 9am. Students 9 years of age and older can attend after successfully completing an online course. Students need to bring printed voucher showing completion of online course. The field day consists of a review, two videos, a written test, and a live firing exercise.

Students must register online at www.tn.gov/twra and click on “for Hunters” and follow the links to “Find a Class Near You” and sign up.

Thunderstorm Knocks off Power to over 900 in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- A late afternoon thunderstorm packing a punch came thru Henry County Tuesday and dumped over two inches of rain in some areas in about an hour and knocked 920 people out of power around 5:15pm. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations at BPU said many of the 920 outages were in the Paris Landing area where a major feeder was out at the substation. There were also scattered outages everywhere else and crews were working and had restored some power within an hour. Several areas around downtown flooded during the heavy rain.

BPU To Purchase One Acre Lot in Water Treatment Plant Area

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Board of Public Utilities met in regular session Tuesday morning and approved allowing General Manager Terry Wimberley to go forward in purchasing a one acre lot at 305 W. Blythe St. for the water department. The land is adjacent to a larger tract that the BPU already owns where the new Water Treatment Plant is being constructed. The land has a building on it that used to be Old John’s Liquor store.

Wimberley said BPU has no current plans for the land and would likely demolish the building and use the land for something in the future.

Wimberley reported on financials as well Tuesday morning saying cash is down slightly in the Electric Department and they had a negative net income for July because of the hot weather. He said we purchased more electricity and that will reverse itself in cooler weather months. Wimberley reported financials in the Water and Wastewater departments were strong with nothing unusual in the first month of the new fiscal year.

Tests Prove No Lead or Copper Issues in BPU Water Lines

Paris, Tenn.- Wimberley also reported to the board that the state mandates utilities to test for lead and copper in water every three years and the BPU just recently had their tests and there were no issues. 30 sites prone to lead and copper contamination around Paris were tested and most sampled below a detectional level on lead and copper. Director of Water and Wastewater Tony Brown said about 5 sites did come back with a very small, insignificant amount of lead but nothing that violates any standards or poses any risk.

Wimberley said, “we’ve never seen or expected trouble with lead or copper and these tests proved that and we are good for three more years now on the testings.”

BPU Board Holds Discussion on Future of Electric Rates

Paris, Tenn.- Discussion was had at the board meeting concerning Electric Rates and where the future is heading for them. Wimberley showed board members that BPU customers pay $1,229 per year per $1K kw/hrs which is 23rd lowest. He said we haven’t had a rate increase in the Electric Department since October of 2013. The plan for now is to have another rate increase in October of 2018 and there will be lots of conversation between then.

Wimberley spent some time telling board members we will have a favorable launching point when we go to raise electric rates in the future. Also there is discussion on how TVA will change their rate structure in the next 14 months as well. More discussion on this issue will come at future board meetings.

HC Golf Competes at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County shot a 184 in a match against Houston County and Camden at Paris Landing State Park on Monday. Houston County won the match with a 168, and Camden shot a 218.

Individual scores for the Patriots were Jameson Robbins, 44, Eli Ridgeway 45, Jack Foster 47, Trent Nichols and Adam Rogers both shot a 48.

One Killed, Two Injured in Monday Wreck on Hwy 79

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has released information on the fatality accident that occurred Monday afternoon on Hwy. 79 near the Old State Hwy. 76 intersection.

Stacey L. Couturier, age 37 of McKenzie, was killed in the accident as a passenger in a 2001 Chevy SUV when the SUV attempted to pass on the right emergency lane as a tractor trailer was making a right turn onto a field road. The vehicles collided.

The driver of the SUV, Matthew A. Griffin, age 33 of Martin, was also injured as was the driver of the tractor trailer Billy E. Osburn, age 42 of Paris.

Trooper Caleb Cooper worked the accident scene with assistance from Henry County Deputies and other emergency responders. Attempts to find information on the injured persons have been unsuccessful so far.

Allegro Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Eclipse Party 

Paris, Tenn.- Since 1977 Allegro has inspired with products that make food better and bring people together. What better way for Allegro to thank their dedicated employees and celebrate 40 years of business than with a once in a life time event like the Eclipse! 

Allegro celebrated 40 years of marinades by hosting a “Let’s get Mooned” party for their employees. The Allegro Cooking team was on handing serving “Rocket Dogs” & pulled pork to go alongside the eclipse theme food items such as Sun Drop, Sun Chips and Moon Pies! In addition to lunch, each employee received a 40th anniversary T-Shirt and glasses for eclipse viewing!     

At 1pm the plant shut down all lines and everyone could go outside and view the Eclipse during the path of totality.   “Dave and Betsy Wilcox, Allegro Founders, gave us a foundation of family-oriented growth,” says, Allegro President John Fuqua, “they prized their people that helped them succeed and that is where we find ourselves 40 years later--following in their footsteps celebrating our Allegro family and making products that make life taste better”. 

Allegro released a 40th Anniversary commemorative bottle of their Original Marinade in July and it has been noticed on store shelves  all across the country.      

Neither Local Party Calls for Primary for 2018 Elections

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said that neither the Henry County Republican nor Democratic Party have called a primary for the upcoming 2018 Election Year. Monday was the deadline for parties to call for a primary.

WRQR AM 1000 Down While Transmitter Work Continues

Paris, Tenn.- WRQR AM 1000 will be off-air the next couple of days while we complete work on the transmitter. You can still hear the music and news on the FM dial at 97.5FM WRQR. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to have it all fixed with the AM in a couple days.

Commissioners Agree Wheel Tax Primary Source for Funding High School Project

Commissioners discuss funding options for the high school project Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Just a month into a new budget year, County Commissioners are already looking at next year’s budget concerning funding the high school project and a request by Henry County Medical Center to seek capital outlay notes for the next three years.

County Mayor Brent Greer asked commissioners to give him some direction on what they wanted to do as far as funding options for the high school project, which was discussed in great detail last week at the joint work session. The total cost of the project should not exceed $9.1M

Also Monday night, Commissioners learned that HCMC is seeking to move forward with a three year capital outlay note of just under $10M. The medical center is not seeking any revenue generated from any tax increase, but just a nod to move forward.

CEO of HCMC Tom Gee said, “We’re looking to bridge a gap over the next three years while the healthcare reform debates continue. We are trying to be proactive and take the necessary steps to take of capital projects.”

County Mayor Greer advised commissioners that the state will not allow a county to seek bonds on more than $10M in one calendar year. So the commission, “is facing a daunting task, just like when we started the process of paying for the jail, and we need to know all the pieces before we make decisions and keep this transparent for our citizens,” Mayor Greer said.

Questions arose on the high school project concerning the possibility of a turf field and building at the football field where private investors and the Quarterback Club has raised funds for moving forward. That part of the high school project is not in the plans that were presented last week at the work session. When asked by commissioners if the total amount of money raised didn’t cover the complete cost of the turf field, would the school system be funding the rest, HCSS Director Dr. Brian Norton said, “I’m not sure that would be something I would recommend for our board to do going forward.”

Other School board members were on hand and Tom Beasley spoke up saying, “with what we’ve learned are associated costs with replacing the turf field every 8-10 years, I’m not so sure the current school board would vote for that even if all funds were raised. A gift the first time, still means future boards and citizens will have to fund repairs and replacements in the future.”

Director of HCSS Dr. Norton answers commissioner's questions Monday night as Chairman Doug Braden listens. (Alsobrooks photos)

HCMC Board of Trustees were on hand at the meeting as well and told commissioners they wanted to move forward with their project, but would be completely ok with waiting until January or February as to not exceed the $10M cap this calendar year.

At the end of the discussion, all commissioners gave Mayor Greer a nod they would consider a wheel tax as a primary or partial source of funding the high school project. Next month, the commission will vote on a final direction to go with funding for the project.

James Copeland Voted to Fill Vacant 4th District Seat on Comm.

James Copeland speaks to the commission before they vote on filling the vacant seat in the 4th district Monday night. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners also voted James Copeland to fill the seat on the commission left vacant by Commissioner James Travis in the 4th district. Commissioner Travis resigned his seat earlier this summer after he moved outside of the district after a tree fell on his home during a storm and deemed it irreparable.

County Mayor Greer said Mr. Copeland is the only person that had submitted a letter of interest in the vacant seat in the 4th District. With no other nominations from the commission or public Monday evening, commissioners voted unanimously on Copeland to fill the vacant seat. He will serve until the next election in August of 2018 where he can choose to run for the position. Copeland thanked commissioners and said, “I’m excited to serve and put my best foot forward and give back to the community.”

County Commissioners approved a bond not to exceed $113K for the county’s capital projects for this fiscal year ending June 30th, 2018. The money includes the purchase of a new Sheriff’s Patrol Car for $25K, Building Improvements at County owned buildings for $31,700, Airport Improvements for $10K, law enforcement equipment for $10K, and other various capital projects. 

Commissioners approved various transfers in the budget as approved by the Henry County Budget Committee last week

Commissioners also ratified action of the nominating committing in appointing the following commissioners to the Health and Safety Standards Board: Wes Bradley, Paul Neal, Paul Mathenia, Dell Carter, and Greg Carter. County Mayor Brent Greer said this board will work with litter, refuse, personal property matters, and hear violation hearings on the such.

Wreck on Hwy. 79 Between Henry and McKenzie Causes Major Traffic Jam

(Janice Benton photo)

Henry, Tenn.-A severe wreck on Hwy. 79 between Henry and McKenzie has caused a backup in traffic. If you are taking Hwy. 79 South going towards McKenzie you will need to take an alternate route. No information about injuries from the wreck is available at this time.

HCSO Investigating Criminal Littering at Bevill Cemetery

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of criminal littering after the caretaker of Bevill Cemetery, located on Old McKenzie Hwy., came to report someone had illegally dumped on the back side of the cemetery. The dumping included regular household garbage, lumber, piping, plumbing, and other materials. Officers have no suspects but continue to investigate the incident.

PPD Makes Drug, DUI Arrests Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged Zane Samples, age 18, of 955 Martin Mill Road in Puryear, with simple possession of schedule 6 after finding some marijuana in the vehicle of a traffic stop. Sgt. James noticed the silver Toyota Samples was driving had no headlights and once he conducted a traffic stop could smell a strong odor of marijuana thru the window. A bag of marijuana was found during search.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department charged Billy G. McCutcheon, age 75, of 404 N. College Street for DUI, violation of the move over law, and violation of open container after a traffic stop Friday night. Officers were at another traffic stop on veterans drive and Ptl. Jackson observed a vehicle fail to move over as it went thru the traffic stop, nearly striking Sgt. Jamie James patrol car.

Ptl. Jackson stopped the vehicle and McCutcheon was asked if he knew about the move over law and he stated he did move over. His speech was slurred and he admitted to having some Evan Williams earlier. Ptl. Jackson conducted field sobriety tests, which McCutcheon failed and then Ptl. Jackson found one empty bottle of Evan Williams and one with about ¼ of the bottle gone in the back seat area. McCutcheon was placed on $1500 bond.

Other arrests include Misty D. Wolfe, age 37, of 8270 Hwy. 140 E., fugitive from justice, Colton W. Thompson, age 25, of 1513 Kendall Road, for simple possession of meth and simple possession of schedule 6, Thompson was placed on $2K bond, and Larry Ryan Parrish, age 33, Henry Midway Road, for public intoxication.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious vehicle hidden in a brush field off of Hwy. 218 and found the vehicle to be stolen out of Waverly. Dep. Higgins responded and found the blue Ford F-150 off the road and hidden in brush. The vehicle’s console area and steering had been stripped. Contact was made with Humphreys County who said it was stolen back in July and someone would come and get the vehicle.

Henry County Courthouse Closing Noon to 2pm Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Courthouse will close Monday from Noon to 2pm to allow employees to see the Solar eclipse.

Hitting a Hole in One at the Jeff Hamlin Golf Tournament

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Country Club played host to the 2nd Annual Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday as more than 90 golfers participated in the event as thousands of dollars were raised for the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

Fourteen teams played in the morning flight and 16 teams participated in the afternoon flight in the 3 person team tournament and golfers who placed in 1st, 2nd and 5th won prizes. Prizes were also awarded to golfers who had the longest drive and the longest putt.

This was the 2nd year for the tournament, which was created in memory of Jeff Hamlin who 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.

Dan Jackson explaining the rules of the tournament and thanking all of the sponsors for this year's tournament. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Dan Jackson from the Jeff Hamlin Golf Tournament Committee said that last year the tournament raised $8,000 for the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial and they also gave some money to the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center for Christmas presents. Jackson said, “ We plan on raising the same amount or more money from this year’s tournament so that we can give more to the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial.”

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Committee for the Jeff Hamlin Golf Tournament included Dan Jackson, Chris Martin, Jordan Beddles, Adam Steedly, David Carroll and Ryan Hamlin.

A big thanks goes out to the Paris Country Club,  Lakeway IGA, Peppers Automotive Group, Kroger, Tim Wirgau, Martin Construction and JC Educational and Office Supply who sponsored the event. A special thanks to Andrea Lamb for handling t-shirt sales, Kathy Williams and Katelyn Hamlin for helping the tournament with door prizes and to everyone else who volunteered to help make the tournament happen.

Paris Man Arrested for Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Michael Chapman, age 29 of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a suspended license, simple possession of a schedule 6 substance and simple possession of a schedule 2 substance. Chapman was placed on $2,500 bond.

Poll-Worker Drive Set for Tuesday at 5pm 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 and applications to register to vote will be available at the drive. The election process and job responsibilities will also be explained at the poll-worker drive . The Poll-worker position is a paid position. For more information call the Elections Office at 642-0411.

Warrants Issued for Dover Man's Arrest for Criminal Impersonation and Resisting Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Amber Roaten issued warrants for the arrest of Keith Story, age 30 of Daliah Street of Dover, on Friday for criminal impersonation and resisting arrest.

On Friday, Ptl. Roaten responded to Mineral Wells Avenue regarding a reckless driver. Dispatch then advised that the vehicle drove into a fast food restaurant parking lot. When Ptl. Roaten pulled up she observed the vehicle and two white males around the car.  Ptl. Roaten spoke to the driver and the other subject, later identified as Story, who stated to Police that his name was Randy Dell, but Dispatch was unable to confirm that name and birthday.

Ptl. Greenhill was called to the scene but when he pulled up Story took off running. Officers told Story that to stop, but Story was able to get away. The driver of the car then told police that the subject who ran from police was identified as Keith Story. Dispatch came back that Story had a warrant out for violation of probation.

Two Arrested for Driving Offenses Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Marquis Hilliard, age 25 of Paris, on Friday for felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

While patrolling Cpl. Jenkins observed Hilliard driving inbound on Hwy. 641 North and Cpl. Jenkins did have prior knowledge that Hilliard was driving on a revoked license. Cpl. Jenkins then turned around to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle and Hilliard sped up and passed several cars.

Cpl. Jenkins was able to see that Hilliard was pulling into his residence and when Cpl. Jenkins turned into the driveway he observed Hilliard drive his vehicle into the woods at which point Hilliard stopped the vehicle and then took off on foot. Deputy Bostwick and K9 Rowdy were called to the scene and they were able to find Hilliard in the woods where he then was placed under arrest for the following offenses. Hilliard was placed on $1,500 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Kyle Jensen, age 27 of Buchanan, on Saturday for driving on a suspended license 2nd offense. Jensen was placed on $2,000 bond.

Lunch & Learn at Cavitt Place is Friday, August 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center will be holding a Lunch & Learn on Friday, August 25th at Noon at Cavitt Place, located at 614 North Poplar Street in Paris.

At the Lunch & Learn you will discover the fascinating story of how French Couture launched a spirited comeback after WWII to help revitalize war torn Europe. You will also enjoy “Haute cuisine and haute couture” from Paris, France to Paris, Tennessee a golden age in fashion was born with fashions for the event being presented by Maggie’s.        

Luncheon donations will go to their on-going building restoration efforts. To reserve your seat at the table you can call 731-642-1030 or email director@phchc.com.

Highlights from the Henry County vs Haywood County Game

Brownsville, Tenn.- HCHS Patriot Lukas Reynolds gets a block from Hunter Goodman in the Patriots loss 14 to 12 in the game against Haywood County on Friday night.

HCHS Patriots #3 Lukas Reynolds gets a block from #61 Hunter Goodman. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Henry County Patriots Dalton Dyer, Alex Coffield and Isaiah Johnson brings down a Haywood County runningback.

HCHS Patriots #10 Dalton Dyer, #35 Alex Coffield and #96 Isaiah Johnson brings down a Haywood County runningback. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Henry County Patriot Ethan Thompson returning a kickoff.

#16 Ethan Thompson returning a kickoff. (Timothy Pharr photos)

HCHS Patriots Fall to Haywood Tomcats in First Game of the Season

Brownsville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots lost to the Haywood County Tomcats in Brownsville on Friday night 14-12.

In the 1st quarter, the Tomcats scored a touchdown to lead the Patriots 7-0 at the end of the quarter. To open the 2nd quarter Patriots Bailey Armas kicked 33yd field goal, which was good. The score was Haywood 7, Henry County 3 with 11:58 left to go in the 2nd quarter. With 8:02 left in the 2nd Haywood scored another touchdown to lead the Patriots 14-3.  Both teams were unable to score in the 3rd quarter with Haywood still leading HCHS 14-3.

In the 4th quarter, Henry County’s Bailey Armas kicked a 22yd field goal and with 11:04 left in the quarter Henry County closed in on Haywood lead 14-6. The Henry County Patriots scored another touchdown in the 4th, but the 2pt conversion was no good. The final score was Henry County 12, Haywood County 14. The HCHS Patriots are now 0-1 on the season.

The Patriots will play the Beech Buccaneers at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on Friday, August 25th at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Several People Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Ashley Fenstermaker, age 18 of Secluded Cove of Dover, on Thursday for driving under the influence, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fenstermaker was placed on $500 bond.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Ronda Dotts, age 32 of Belmont Street of Paris, on Thursday for driving on a suspended license and simple possession of a schedule IV substance. Dotts was placed on $1,500 bond.

Sgt. Jamie James arrested Kendra Bomar, age 30 of Cherry Street of Paris, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule III substance. Bomar was placed on $500 bond. 

DPA Cruise-in is Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:30pm

Downtown Paris Association photo

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their next  Cruise-In on Tuesday August 22nd from 5:30pm to 7pm on the Court Square. “The 23rd District” will provide music and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. You will also enjoy craft vendors, giveaways and of course lots of fun.

All classic cars are welcomes and if you bring one to the Cruise-In, you’re eligible to win door prizes. Cruise-Ins are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month in August and September.

For more information, contact the Downtown Paris Association at 731-653-7274 or visit the DPA website at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.

Wanted Paris Man Arrested on Thursday for Escape

Houston County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. William Whitaker arrested Phillip M. Jackson, age 45 of 190 Jackson Estates of Paris, on Thursday for escape.

Earlier this week, Jackson had escape a rehab center in Dickson after he was about to be expelled from the center for failing a drug test. Before Henry County deputies could get to Dickson and bring him back to Henry County per the judge’s orders, Jackson had left the facility. Deputies were able to arrest Jackson. Jackson was then transported to the Henry County Jail where he was placed on $2,000 bond.

HCOOA Taking Trip to Patti's Aug. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is going to Patti’s Settlement Restaurant in Grand Rivers, Kentucky on Friday August 25th. They will leave from the Central Community Service Building at 55 Jones Bend Road around 10am and eating around 1:30pm at Patti’s. The bus will return between 4-8pm. The cost of the trip is $17 per person and doesn’t include lunch or spending money. 50 people are needed to make the trip if you need more information or want to secure your spot call 642-2919 or 644-3193.

HCHD To Close Old Paris Murray Road Section Monday

South Hazel, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Old Paris Murray Road Monday August 21st for culvert replacement. The closure will be 250 feet North of Perkins Road in the Hazel area. This portion of the road is north of Hwy. 140 East. The road will be open for evening traffic on Monday.

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

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.


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