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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Soybean Festival Continues in Martin Thru Sunday

Martin, Tenn.- The Tennessee Soybean Festival has been ongoing in Martin all week and Thursday night fans were treated to a free show from Country Music Legend Clint Black. Performers for the weekend include Air Supply on Friday night and Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday night. For tickets and more information on the festival visit the website, www.tnsoybeanfestival.org. (Amanda Allen photos)

HCHS Golf Does Well at Union City Tourney

Sydney Williams, Annie Veaze, and Leah Bell take 1st place as a team

Union City, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Golf team won first place in the Union City Golf Tournament with Leah Bell's 77 and a Sydney Williams 79 1st and 2nd place individually respectively. Annie Veazey also shot a 110 for the Lady Pats.

The Patriots finished 2nd place as a team and Eli Ridgeway shot a 72 for Individual 1st place. Jameson Robbins shot an 81, Cameron May 96, and Chase Wyrick 97.

Jameson Robbins on the green.

Fire Destroys Old School House on Rabbit Creek Road

Buchanan, Tenn.- An old house built in the 1920s, that was likely a former schoolhouse, was destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon. Chief Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Fire Department said crews were dispatched to 5340 Rabbit Creek Road before 1pm Thursday and found a white frame house with smoke coming from it. Owners of the home are Tommy and Vicki Watson.

Ms. Watson was outside working in the yard and saw smoke and flames coming from the patio door and Mr. Watson was not home at the time of the fire.

The fire was located in the kitchen and Paris Landing Fire Department members extinguished the flames, however there were numerous false ceilings and the fire managed to break out again in several places and the structure couldn’t be saved. Damage is estimated at $65K. Paris Landing had 5 trucks and 12 fire fighters on scene for several hours. Paris and Puryear Fire Departments also provided assistance. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental. (Reggie Coles photos)

TN Achieves Director Speaks at Rotary Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee Achieves Deputy Director Graham Charles spoke to the Paris Rotary Club in Paris on Thursday in an effort to inform members about the Tennessee Achieves program and very critical need for local involvement as mentors to Tennessee Promise Students in Henry County. 

TnAchieves is the partnering organization to the TN Promise Scholarship in 84 of the 95 counties in Tennessee. Our mission is to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance.  Typically a mentor must be a minimum of 21 years of age and must pass a back down check, give one hour a month to 3 to 10 students. 

According to Graham, “If you think education is important and if you think this is a way for them to better themselves, we want to work with you.”  A mentor becomes a task-master to help keep students on track by reminding them of requirements and deadlines, a trusted resource for students and families and an encourager, encouraging students to reach their full potential.  More information can be obtained by visiting tnAchieves.org, email Mentors@tnAchieves.org or call 615-604-1306.

Patriots Host Liberty on the Gridiron Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Liberty in High School football action Friday night at Patriot Stadium. The game is set for a 7pm kickoff. The Patriots come into the game with a 1-2 record on the season so far. If you can’t make it to the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember data and phone charges will apply.

Inman FB Team Greets, Eats Breakfast with Rhea Pre-K

Members of the IMS football team and coaches greet players at Rhea Pre-K (Rhea photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Inman Middle School Football team, along with coaches Bob Markum, Chris Hudgins, and Tom Cate, greeted Pre-K students at Rhea Elementary on Thursday as they arrived and then joined them for breakfast.

Allyson Palmer, Early Learning Coordinator at Rhea said, "the young students loved seeing the Inman football players in their uniforms and I am thankful the coaches and administrators allowed this to happen. We will plan more days like today and involve other teams in the district."

The coaching staff at Inman focus on more than athletics, emphazing respect, hard work, time management, teamwork, and responsibility.

Top photo: Sam Patterson, IMS FB, eats breakfast with Rhea Pre-K Students. Bottom photo: Cam Collins eats with students

Emergency Responders Invited to HCHS Sept. 11th for Program

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Criminal Justice Students invite all Emergency Responders to a program in their honor celebrating your dedication and service to the community on Monday September 11th beginning at 11am. There will be a flag presentation by the Sheriff’s Office honor guard and the madrigals will perform. Dr. Chester Harrison will be the guest speaker and refreshments will follow at 11:30am.

City Comm. Agrees to Match Funding if Transportation Grant Approved

City Manager Kim Foster discusses the Transportation Alternatives Grant. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, the Commission approved a resolution authorizing application and matching funds of 20% for a Transportation Alternatives grant for 2018. City Manager Kim Foster explained this is a formality and it would be used to put in sidewalks in the Wilson Street and Patriot Avenue. The sidewalks would be around the high school, Rhea, and those areas. Foster said if the City receives the grant, the project can straddle two different fiscal years and that will help the city in the future to have more in the budget for the Parks Department. Foster said she feels the money will be in the budget should the grant be awarded.

Comm. Defers Action on Food Truck Ordinance Again

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission once again tabled an ordinance in regards to operation and permitting of food trucks within the Paris City limits. Discussion was held about the length of stay for food trucks in certain spots as some are staying put in one or two locations for weeks at a time. Mayor Carlton Gerrell questioned the difference in the food trucks and the Peddler Ordinance saying, “we didn’t let these Peddlers set up shop for weeks at a time, should we do that with food trucks.”

City Attorney Fred McLean said he would look into other city’s ordinances pertaining to food trucks and staying in one location for numerous days or weeks. The Commission will discuss the Food Truck Ordinance again in October.

The ordinance lays out when and where food trucks are allowed to operate including private and public property and no more than two can operate in one location area unless otherwise allowed by the City in a special event.

The ordinance says anyone wishing to operate a food truck in Paris is required to pay a one-time $50 application fee and a $50 permit that will be renewed each year in January.

Retail Sales See Increase for June, Last FY Year

Paris, Tenn.- City Finance Director Traci Pillow reported to Commissioners that retail sales for June had an increase of 4.97% compared to June of last year and the fiscal year, which ended June 30th, saw the City end with a retail sales increase of 2.93% from the previous year.

Pillow said this current fiscal year started with revenues exceeding expenditures in the General Fund by over $49K for July. She said that was surprising, because the City had several large expenses in July including $320K for the worker’s compensation and vehicle/liability insurance. Solid Waste revenues were over expenditures by $5,363 for the month of July.

The City hired three full-time employees in the Street Department in July and issued eight business licenses.

In other business, Commissioners approved a request to write-off delinquent property tax in the amount of just over $1800; approved for the Mayor to sign limitation of use agreement for McNeil Park addition where the City purchased a parcel of property adjacent to McNeil Park. The exact use for the extra acreage hasn’t been determined yet but the resolution will keep a limitation of use in mind for future Park uses and growth.

Foster Updates Commissioners on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on various projects including the Energy Efficiency Project with Trane. The demolition of the dehumidifier at the Civic Center Pool began this week and installation of the new one is set for later this month. The new unit will be commissioned in mid-October. The first phase of the street light renovations of changing them out to LED lights will start mid-September in the Foxfire subdivision area.

Work on the 3rd alley drainage project is over half complete and will be finished within few weeks if weather permits. The signalization project at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive continues but delays have occurred with receiving equipment needed.

Building modifications on City Hall to relocate Police Records to the front of the building are complete and new signage is up and the public can access records off the courtyard on Caldwell St. In addition to these renovations, Foster said money will be left over after work on the 3rd alley is complete and they are looking at other renovations at City Hall that could be completed with the leftover money.

Foster reminded Commissioners the next Preserve Paris event is set for September 30th at 9am on North Porter Street. HCMC will be partnering to assist with the clean-up day.

Work on the bathrooms at the Downtown Park continues to progress and hopes are to still have them complete by Eyefull of Paris weekend September 22-24.

The City did receive some bad news as the NRPA grant thru Disney the City applied for to install a pump track at Eiffel Tower Park Extended area was denied for 2017.

USDA-RD Gives City Certificate of Appreciation

The City Commission accepts a certificate of appreciation from the USDA-RD. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Joel Howard of USDA Rural Development was on hand at the City Commission and discussed some projects USDA-RD and the City worked on together. Some projects recently included a grant in the amount of $22K to get a response vehicle in the Pairs Fire Department and work with Atkins Porter Neighborhood and Preserve Paris. He later presented Commissioners with a certificate of appreciation from USDA-RD for its partnership with the City of Paris.

Over 6K Visit Moving Wall During Labor Day Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster said at Thursday night's City Commission meeting, 6000 people had signed the sheet at the Vietnam Veteran’s Moving Wall while it was set up at Eiffel Tower Park Labor Day weekend. Foster said many more actually probably visited the wall, including Paris Elementary students and some students from other counties.  Commissioners thanked everyone involved with helping make it a success and Foster said the Parks Department did an excellent job with the Wall.

12 People Indicted, Arrested Following Joint Investigation

Jackson, Tenn.- A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the McKenzie Police Department has resulted in the indictment of 12 people from across West and Middle Tennessee, each facing drug-related charges.

In January, TBI DID Agents and McKenzie Police Department investigators, with the assistance of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, began an investigation into the illegal sale and distribution of controlled substances in and around McKenzie, Tennessee. During the course of the investigation, Agents conducted multiple undercover purchases from 12 different individuals, including purchases of marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.

On September 5th, the Carroll County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging 12 people with various offenses of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.  Today, those individuals were arrested by TBI Agents and McKenzie Police investigators, with the support of multiple other law enforcement agencies: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Milan Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Puryear Police Department, and the Governor’s Task Force for Marijuana Eradication. The individuals below were arrested Thursday and booked into the Carroll County Jail.

*Stephen Talley (DOB 5/22/1986), Antioch, TN – one count Sale or Delivery of Schedule I Controlled Substance, three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Anthony Haynes (DOB 7/11/1977), Murfreesboro, TN – three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance

*Maurice Gladney (DOB 3/07/1991), Memphis, TN – three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Demarcus Robinson (DOB 10/24/1988), McKenzie, TN – two counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance, three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance, one count Possession of a Firearm during a Dangerous Felony

*Destin Skinner (10/24/1988), McKenzie, TN – three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule I Controlled Substance, two counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Ezekiel Harris (6/04/1988), McKenzie, TN – three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance, one count Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Elijah Howard (DOB 3/15/1990), McKenzie, TN – two counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance, one count Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Jamarqus Steptoe (DOB 3/11/1997), Clarksville, TN – three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance, two counts Possession of a Firearm during a Dangerous Felony

*Darian Nash (DOB 2/28/1997), Big Sandy, TN – one count Facilitation of Sale of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Chauncie Sebree (DOB 3/30/1996), Clarksville, TN – three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

*Daniel Western (DOB 3/17/1989), Henry, TN –three counts Sale or Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

                *Jonathan Moore (DOB 9/30/1982), Atwood, TN – three counts sale of Schedule VI Controlled Substance

During the course of Thursday’s arrests, Agents and investigators seized an undetermined amount of cash, six vehicles, six weapons, amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and diverted prescription pills, and approximately 40 pounds of marijuana. The investigation remains ongoing, and additional charges are possible.

Ohio Man Charged; Parons Man Airlifted After Three Vehicle Accident

Paris, Tenn.- A man from Warren, Ohio is facing charges after his vehicle crossed the center line on Hwy. 641 and struck two other vehicle, one head on, causing injuries.

The report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Neil A. Kapadia, age 38 of Warren, Ohio, is being charged with DUI, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, and violation of financial responsibility law after his car crossed the center line. Kapadia was traveling northbound on Hwy. 641 and crossed the line and sideswiped one vehicle, then continued in the southbound lane and struck another car head-on.

Injured in the accident, were Mecheka Hubbard, 44, of Puryear and Chandrakant Patel, of Parsons. Patel was in the car that was hit head-on and was lifeflighted for the injuries but there is no word on the extent of them.

Other passengers in the two cars included two more women and an eight year old, but the report didn't say they were injured.

Tennesseans Can Now Register to Vote Online

Paris, Tenn.- Tennesseans can now register to vote online after Secretary of State Tre Hargett officially launched the new online voter registration system this week.

The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across the state can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registration.

Secretary Hargett said, “the system meets people where they already are, online. It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.”

The new system allows a U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to register to vote online. Each online submission is checked by the department’s database while securely obtaining an electronic signature already on file with the state.

The system will also help streamline the process of changing a voter’s address as it allows someone to update information instantly. Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said, “In addition to offering a convenient way to register to vote, I’m excited that online voter registration will allow currently registered voters the opportunity to update address changes instantly. This will eliminate paperwork and additional time spent at a polling place for voters who moved but didn’t notify the election commission before the election.”

Tennesseans must still register online or use a paper form at least 30 days before an election to participate. For more information on the state’s new online voter registration system, visit GoVoteTN.com.

Ducks Unlimited Recruitment Event Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Paris Henry County Ducks Unlimited Committee Recruitment event Tuesday September 12th from 6-8pm at Perrylodgic Brewing Company, located at 3465 Hwy. 79N. There is no cost to join the committee.

Phone Outage At Annex Likely to Last Until Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Courthouse Annex including the Election Commission Office, Register of Deeds Office, Trustee’s Office and more are currently experiencing a phone outage and no calls are going thru. The problem will likely not be fixed until Monday or Tuesday of next week. Citizens should come to those particular offices in person for any questions or business during regular hours until the phone issue is fixed. They apologize for any inconvenience.

11th Annual Disc Golf Tournament Set for Sunday at Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- The 11th Annual Paris Open Disc Golf Tournament is set for this weekend at the Disc Golf Course at Eiffel Tower Park. On-site registration is from 8-9am Sunday September 10th, with the tournament starting at 9:30am. To register online, visit www.bluegrassdiscgolf.org/ParisTN.html. Registration fees range from $10 to $70 depending on level of play.

Chamber's Farm Tour Set for Thurs. Oct. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host their 4th Annual Farm Tour on Thursday October 5th. The tour is free to the public and tours of several area farms will take place that day. Sulphur Wells Church of Christ and First Baptist Church will provide transportation for the Farm Tour.

The day begins at 7:30am with the Henry Farmer’s Coop providing breakfast and coffee at their meeting room on Hwy. 69. A program provided by Jamey Tosh will be presented as well.

The first stop of the Farm Tour is Don Jones’s tobacco farm. The Jones family farm encompasses over 1K acres around the Mill Creek area north of Puryear and they’ve farmed the land for 8 generations. The Jones’ no till about 60 acres of tobacco, plus 200 acres of row crops and have 100 head of cattle.

The next stop on the tour is Heritage Farms, which started in 1836 and it’s located in northern Henry County. Heritage Farms owns and operates a diversified farming operation which consists of corn, soybean, wheat, tobacco, and vegetables, as well as 150 head of Registered Polled Hereford Cattle. Heritage Farms is owned by Steve and Tina Paschall with help from children and seasonal employees.

The third stop is Sunbow Jerseys located in Cottage Grove and is an all registered Jersey herd owned by Charles and Carol Steer and managed by Veronica Steer. The farm is 190 acres and milking herd of 90 cows.

Henry County has 826 farms, and the average size is 258 acres. The market value of all farm products, crops, and livestock is $54.7M, $26.6M, and $28.1M respectively in Henry County.

For more information on the Farm Tour or to reserve our seat call Tara Wilson at 642-3431.

Kiwanis Club Arts and Crafts Festival Set for Sat., Sun

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club’s annual Arts and Crafts Festival is set for this weekend, September 9th and 10th from 10am to 5pm at Paris Landing State Park. A yearly attraction, several vendors are once again on hand for the event with items such as homemade jewelry, woodworking, metalworks, and other handcrafted items. The festival always has plenty of good food choices as well. Vendor booths are still available, visit the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club’s Arts and Crafts Festival Facebook page for more information. Admission and parking to the event is free.

McKenzie Man Arrested After Traffic Stop

Paris,Tenn.- Cpl. Sanders saw Moore was acting strange and nervous and asked for permission to do a search, which More granted. Cpl. Sanders found a pill bottle with several pills inside. Moore was charged with driving on suspended license, simple possession of schedule 4, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Applications Being Accepted for Next Chamber Director

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are being accepted until September 30th for the Executive Director position at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is searching for an accomplished and highly motivated professional to continue to advance the agenda developed by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall provide strategic leadership in areas of membership retention and recruitment, tourism development, and government relations.

The successful candidate shall have excellent communication skills, written and verbal, working knowledge of all Microsoft Word Suite, and management experience. Candidates must have a college degree or equivalent and at least 5 years in a similar role. Applicants must be a resident of Henry County or be willing to relocate to Henry County within 6 months of hire date.

The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer. For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume to dhamilton@paristnchamber.com. For more information about the Chamber visit the website, www.paristnchamber.com.

Pats Host Patriot Classic for Local Golf Teams

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County High School Golf hosted the Patriot Classic at Paris Landing State Park. Clarksville Academy came in first with a 315, followed by a tie for 2nd with Clarksville High and Houston County with a 326. The Patriots didn’t compete as a team but individually Eli Ridgeway shot an 81, Jameson Robbins a 90, Jack Foster 92, and Cameron May 94. For the Ladies, Clarksville High and Franklin Road Academy both tied with a 148. Individually for the Lady Pats Sydney Williams shot an 81 and Leah Bell an 84.

Noon on the Square Kicks off Friday With the Local Strangers

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank and Trust Company’s 2017 Noon on the Square events kick off this Friday September 8th in downtown Paris as entertainment will be provided from 11:30am to 1pm on the court square.

Lunch will be available for purchase each Friday the rest of the month as we well from Perry’s BBQ or the Quota Club and drinks will be available from the Downtown Paris Association.

The Local Strangers will headline the entertainment this Friday, playing hits from contemporary Christian to today’s variety of music. Friday September 15th the Ray Lewis Band will play great country and rock music.

On September 22nd, Dr. Jeff Fletcher and his friends will be the musical entertainment, and Riley Jenkins will perform sounds of Elvis. The Boss Hoss motorcycle show and parade will also be part of Noon on the Square on the 22nd as they ride into downtown for a Bike and Trike Show.

Johnny Mac, John Austin McDaniel, will play classic rock and country for the crowd as Noon on the Square concludes on Friday September 29th. Be sure and bring you lawn chair and join the crowds each Friday in September for this Paris tradition, Noon on the Square.

Wed. Is Deadline to Enter Tennis Championships

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is the deadline for players to enter the 8th Annual Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club Tennis Championships to be held September 15-17th at the Paris Tennis Facility at Henry County High School. The Northwest Racquet Club and the Paris Parks Department are pleased to present this event and all ages and skills are welcome.

Awards will be given to all Main Draw finalists and consolation winners. Entry fees are $20 for singles per person and $20 for each team for doubles. Entries must be accompanied by payments and mailed to 190 Rolling Oak Drive, Big Sandy, TN 38221. For more information on the upcoming Tennis Championships or to find out how to enter call Coach JF Kirk at 731-441-2946 or Linda Kirk at 731-441-2155.

Critical Need for O Negative Blood When Bloodmobile Visits Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline blood mobile will be at the First United Methodist Church this Thursday September 7th from Noon to 6pm and there is a current special need for all types of blood, especially O negative. Blood donations will remain here to help patients in West Tennessee first, then be used to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when giving blood with Lifeline.

Inman Donates American Flag to Henry County Veterans

Pictured top row left to right: Principal of Inman Middle School, Jason Scarbrough, Nora Bass, Wesley Gurton, and 8th grade Teacher Allen Ashlock; Bottom row left to right: Randall Prince, Taylor Dunagan, Austin Dunagan, and Bobby Nolan

Paris, Tenn.- Representatives from Inman Middle School dedicate a flag - which flew over the school for seven years (1,260 school days) - to the veterans of Henry County. Bobby Nolan, Paris Henry County Veteran Service office and Randall Prince Administration Assistant received the flag on behalf of veterans, and will be displaying it in the Veterans Office at the Henry County Courthouse. Inman Middle School and Paris Special School District would like to thank all the Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country. “We can never repay you, thank you for your service.”   

APSU Honoring 9/11 With Community Art Exhibit

Clarksville, Tenn.- This September, Austin Peay State University will commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special community art project, Honoring 9/11 through Art and Art Therapy. The program, conceived by Ken Shipley, APSU professor of art, and Melody Shipley, ceramic artist, is designed to support and engage individuals reflecting on the sacrifices of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor those who rose in service and continue to serve as a result of that tragedy.

“After 9/11, the military saw numerous new enlistments,” Melody said. “All members of the military have fought valiantly since the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and many brave soldiers gave their lives in the line of duty. Our goal through this program is to honor Gold Star families, specifically children of fallen soldiers from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. We also plan to include veterans and families who have been adversely affected by the tragic consequences of war, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical disabilities.”

The Honoring 9/11 through Art and Art Therapy program consists of two phases. In the first phase, Gold Star families, veterans and families adversely affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with first responders and their families, are invited to create works of art to honor and remember their family members. The second phase of the program will be to display these works at various venues, including APSU’s Woodward Library.

Families are invited to room 101 of APSU’s Trahern Building, from 5-8 p.m., Sept. 5-7, to decorate clay and ceramic platters depicting their reflections and thoughts. Austin Peay artists, art students, mental health counselors and graduate students in APSU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program will be on hand for assistance.

At 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, the University will host an opening reception for the Honoring 9/11 through Art and Art Therapy art exhibit in the APSU Woodward Library. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Melody Shipley at shipleym@apsu.edu or 931-221-7833.

Several Henry County Racers Compete in Races Over Weekend

Dinah Winders heads towards the finish line. (Lance Winders photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Several Henry Countians were in races over the Labor Day Weekend. Javan Winders, of University of Southern Indiana and former HCHS track and cross country star. Javan ran the 8K course at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, North Carolina in 26:48 to place 21st overall. USI finished 2nd in the race.

In the Tater Town 5K Road Race in Gleason on Saturday, Lance Winders came in 1st overall at 18:10.

HCHS Middle and High School runners competed in the Brooks Twilight Classic in Memphis on Saturday as well. Dinah Winders came in 2nd overall in the Girls 2K with a time of 7:05 out of 210 runners. In the High School Girls 5K Madison Aiosa finished in 24:21, Madison Caldwell in 25:36.

Titus Winders came in 1st Overall in the Boys 5K with a time of 15:24, Silas Winders finished 2nd out of 453 runners with a time of 15:47. Other finishers for HCHS included Cole Davis, Cooper Smith, Hunter Lawrence, Devin Pritchett, and Jesse Evans. The team placed 6th out of 58.

Top photo: Titus Winders about to cross the finish line. Bottom photo: Team photo

Paris Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Sgt. David Powell arrested Adrienne Michael, age 37 of Shell Academy Road of Paris, on Monday for cruelty to animals.

Sgt. Powell received a call about seven dogs at a home on Shell Academy Road who did not have food or water and a few of the animals were malnourished. When Sgt. Powell arrived at the scene no one was home, but he did observed several dogs running around the property.

Sgt. Powell observed two dash hounds that had their ribs and backbones showing and he also saw a smaller sized dog who’s ribs were also showing. None of the dogs had access to food or water. A total of seven dogs were on the property and all of them were then taken to the Henry County Animal Shelter to be cared for.

Sgt. Powell spoke to the owner of the home identified as Michael who stated that she had left town on Friday and was headed back. Michael was later arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Lee Academy Mini Masters Class Begins Friday, Sept. 8th

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will be holding 5 one-hour classes  called Mini Masters for kids ages 6 through 12 once a week Mondays beginning on Monday, September 11th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The cost of the class is $190 per student and all of the supplies will be provided.

Parents are welcomed to audit the class as long as they bring their own supplies and sit in the back. Your child will learn art history while creating pieces of their own that reflect the Masterpieces: Franz Marc, Monet, Winslow Homer, Matisse, DaVinci.

There is a maximum of 20 students. For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Paris Man Arrested for Vandalism, Theft and Joyriding

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Zachary Evans, age 26 of West Wood Street of Paris, on Sunday for joyriding, theft and vandalism. Evans was placed on $15,000 bond.

HCHS College and Career Fair is Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual HCHS College and Career Fair will be held on Thursday, September 7th from 6pm to 8 pm in E Building at HCHS. Students in the 11th and 12th grade along with their parents are encouraged to attend the event.

New to the Fair this year is the use of technology in the sharing of your student's contact information. You sign up anytime by using a computer at home or using a computer lab at home by registering at www.gotocollegefairs.com. Once registered, you will receive a barcode on your phone two days prior to the fair.

The barcode can then be scanned by some of the representatives to share your student's contact information so that it will help eliminate having to write your students contact information multiple times.

Registering early for the fair will maximize your time at the fair by helping eliminate having to provide your information multiple times and it will ensure you’re your personal data is accurately and securely shared with colleges and universities of your choosing.

Their Battle May Be Over, But Those Who Died Will Never Be Forgotten

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Thousands of people from all over came to Paris to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall over the Labor Day weekend. On Monday, hundreds of people came out to the Moving Wall's closing ceremony as everyone at the event came to honor and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom in order to protect our country.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Speaker Bobby Nolan, the Veterans Service Officer at the Henry County Courthouse, said, “There are two things I want to leave you with today. Think about your freedom and think about the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom and the second is an understanding that we’re not taking what they fought for granted.”

Nolan went on to say that we have freedom in this country: the freedom of speech, religion and we have freedom beyond freedom, which is something many countries cannot say.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

The closing ceremony started with the Posting of the Colors presented by the Tennessee State Guard. The closing prayer was given by Randy Odom of the American Legion Post 89. The Soldier’s Cross also called the Battlefield Cross was performed by Veterans Honor Guard Art Henley. The Soldier’s Cross consists of the rifle, boots, dog tags and the helmet to honor those who died in battle.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

The Soldier’s Cross began with the rifle being thrust into the ground to remember and honor  those who died on the battlefield. The boots are then placed at the bottom of the rifle to remind us of their final march into the soldier’s last battle. The dog tags are hung from the rifle so that the name of the soldier will never be forgotten.

The Soldier's Cross. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The helmet is placed on top of the rifle and it symbolizes that the battle is over and that a great sacrifice has been made. The Soldier’s Cross or Battlefield Cross stands in tribute and in memory as we remember, honor and never forget our fallen veterans.

The three round volley was performed by the Tennessee State Guard and Libby Caldwell a student at HCHS performed the taps. And the folding of the burial flag presented by the Tennessee State Guard escorted by the American Legion, AMVETS, VFW, the Legion Riders and Combat Vets.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Many businesses including McDonald’s, Kroger, Wendy’s and Walmart brought food over to the Moving Wall and the Tennessee State Guard along with local volunteers and veterans have been at the Moving Wall since it arrived on Thursday.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris Police Arrest Two People on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Sgt. Jamie James arrested Kenneth O’Daniel, age 50 of Casey Lane of Paris, on Friday as a habitual motor vehicle offender for driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. James cited the passenger identified as Jackie Youngblood, age 66 of Rison Street of Paris, for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II substance.

On Friday night, Sgt. James was patrolling down East Wood Street when he saw a vehicle driving down the road without headlights on. Sgt. James then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and spoke to the driver identified as O’Daniel. Dispatch advised Sgt. James that O’Daniel was a habitual motor vehicle offender for driving on a revoked license.

Sgt. James then asked the passenger identified as Youngblood step out of the vehicle. Upon a search of Youngblood, Sgt. James found two syringes and three morphine pills. Sgt. James also found a metal spoon used for previous drug use.

Youngblood was then cited for the following offenses and O’Daniel was arrested and placed on $2,500 bond.

Paris Elementary School's Fall Festival is Friday, Sept. 8th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elementary School Fall Festival will kick off on Friday,September 8th from 4:30 pm to 7pm at the school which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Games, activities and food can be purchased with tickets and you can purchase tickets at the door for 50  cents each so don’t miss out on this great deal. Each child under the age of 15 can trade 5 Boxtops for Education for 5 tickets, which is a $2 value. There is a limit 5 Boxtops per child.

There will plenty of food to choose from like pizza and drinks, cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn. There will also be inflatable jumpers, games with prizes, a cake walk, PES Spirit Wear, a book swap for participating PES Students, and so much more.

Paris Man Arrested for DUI and Multiple Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Mark Johnson arrested  Francisco Lopez, age 31 of Reynoldsburg Road of Paris, on Saturday for driving under the influence first offense, lack of financial responsibility, violation of the seatbelt and due car law.

According to the report, Lopez was involved in a motor vehicle accident which occurred in Hwy. 641 South. Lopez told police that he had consumed alcohol which contributed to Lopez crashing on Hwy. 641 South. Lopez was placed on $1,500.

Lee Academy's Poetic Painting Classes Begin Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will be holding Creative Events and Workshops for Adults called Poetic Painting that will be offered on the second Fridays of each month beginning on Friday, September 8th from 7pm to 9pm.

Other upcoming evening painting class dates are: on the Fridays of October 13th, November 10th and December 8th from 7pm to 9pm. All supplies provided except the snacks and drinks. 

You will get to 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.

The cost of the class is $35 per person and all supplies provided except the snacks and drinks. The class is open to adults ages 18 and older and there is a maximum of 20 people for the class. For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Traffic Being Diverted on Mineral Wells Avenue on Sunday Following Wreck

(Janice Benton Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Traffic is being diverted on Mineral Wells Avenue on Sunday morning following a one vehicle accident where an SUV hit a power line pole. Paris Police and the Paris Fire Department are on the scene diverting traffic while BPU works on repairing the power line pole.

A complete police report will be released later this evening.

The Fun Comes to an End at the Henry County Fair

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a pretty good turnout on Saturday at the last night of the Henry County Fair as people got to enjoy plenty of carnival rides, entertainment, food and even the Air Evac Team came by the fair.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

There was plenty of exhibits for everyone to enjoy including one from the Tennessee National Wildlife Resources Agency where they even had a few animal friends stop by.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

There was also plenty of craft and jewelry booths and entertainment for the evening was provided by Elvis Impersonator Riley Jenkins.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Two Arrested on Drug, Burglary and Theft Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Cpl. Brian Davis arrested Eric Pack, age 37 of Hwy 77 of Paris, on Friday for aggravated burglary, theft of property, possession of a schedule IV substance with intent, possession of a schedule II substance with intent and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. 

Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Sonya Woods, age 35 of Whiskey Ridge Road of Paris, on Friday two counts of simple possession, aggravated burglary and theft of property. Pack was placed on $35,000 bond and Woods was placed on $11,500 bond.

Over $29,000 Sold at the 2017 HC Fair Country Ham Auction

Bobby Milam speaking at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair continued to impress as almost $30,000 worth of country ham was sold at the 2017 Country Ham Auction on Saturday afternoon. Bobby Milam said, “ I think this will be a record for the country ham auction.”

A total of $29,325 of country ham was sold at the 2017 Henry County Fair’s Country Ham Auction on Saturday.The Overall Grand Champion was Clay Durham, who is the son of Steve and Leigh Ann Durham, who sold his ham for $525 to Security Bank and Claytus Wilson gave another $625 to the Grand Champion for a grand total of $1,150.

Overall Grand Champion Clay Durham at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Overall Reserve Champion was Alyssa Mellon, the daughter of Carrie Mellon, who sold her ham to Martin Construction for $650.

Overall Reserve Champion Alyssa Mellon at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Junior Champion was Bennett Cain, the son of Corey and Melody Cain, who sold his ham to Carol and Scott Berryman for $325, but Leon Rogers gave $75 to raise the hams price to $400.

Junior Champion Bennett Cain at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Junior Reserve Champion was Ava Harrison, the daughter of John and Xanne Harrison, who sold her ham to Dr. Terry Harrison for $500.

Junior Reserve Champion Ava Harrison at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Junior High Champion was Jack Kibbler, the son of David and Denay Kibbler, who sold his ham to Larry Nichols for $450.

Junior High Champion Jack Kibbler at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Junior High Reserve Champion was Samuel Bruce, the son of Brandon and Jenny Bruce, who sold his ham to the Henry County School Board for $425.

Junior High Reserve Champion Samuel Bruce at the Country Ham Auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The 47 hams sold for $26,875 and State Representative Tim Wirgau made the announcement that all of the 47 exhibitors who sold hams at the auction would receive a $50 check from him. The exhibitors can pick up their $50 check from Abbott’s Print Shop beginning on Tuesday, September 5th.

Leon Rogers also said that he raise the price of any ham that sold below $400 to $400. Rogers raised the price of two hams to $400 with his $100 contribution and Claytus Wilson also added $625 to the Overall Grand Champion which helped bring the grand total of the 2017 Henry County Fair Country Ham Auction to $29,325.

Henry County Defeats Dyer County 55-7 and Move to 1-0 in the Region 7-5A

Air Force Brigadier General David Hicks receives an autographed football and  HCHS helmet from Athletic Director Mike Poote.General Hicks is a Henry County Graduate and a Graduate of the US Air Force Academy. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In Region 7 Class 5A action, the Patriots defeated the Dyer County Choctaws at home 55-7 on Friday. And with the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Paris during the Labor Day Weekend, Henry County wanted to honor veterans and at Friday night’s game Athletic Director Mike Poote gave Air Force Brigadier General David Hicks an autographed football and HCHS helmet. General Hicks is a Henry County Graduate and a Graduate of the US Air Force Academy.  

 #7 Caleb McCutcheon stiff arms a Dyer County defender. (Timothy Pharr photos)

In the 1st quarter, Patriots Lukas Reynolds had a 50yd rushing touchdown to put the Patriots up 7-0 with 10:08 left in the quarter. With 6:25 left in the 1st quarter, Henry County’s Caleb McCutcheon took it in for the 4yd touchdown as the Patriots led the Choctaws 14-0. With 42 seconds left in the 1st quarter, Patriots’ Caleb McCutcheon had another 19yd rushing touchdown as HCHS led Dyer County 21-0. Dyer County scored a 41yd touchdown with 22 seconds left in the quarter. At the end of the 1st quarter the Patriots led the Choctaws 21-7.

#3 Lukas Reynolds dives in for his 2nd TD of the half. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 8:56 left in the 2nd quarter, Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds rushed for another 5yd touchdown as the Patriots led the Choctaws 28-7. At the 7:27 mark HCHS’ Caleb McCutcheon ran for a 13yd Patriot touchdown as Henry County led Dyer County 35-7. The Patriots’ Savon Stewart ran it in for the 5yd Patriot touchdown with 6:02 left in the quarter. Henry County led Dyer County 42-7 at halftime.

#43 Dustin Warman brings down a Dyer County Runner (Timothy Pharr photos)

In the 3rd quarter, Henry County’s Gray Gardner threw a 31yd touchdown pass to Savon Stewart for the Patriot touchdown, but the point after was no good. At the end of the 3rd the Patriots led the Choctaws 48-7.

In the 4th quarter, the Patriots scored another touchdown and the final score was Henry County 55 Dyer County 7.

The Henry County Patriots are now 1-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Region 7 Class 5A action. The Henry County Patriots will play the Liberty Crusaders at home on Friday, September 8th at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Alcohol or Drugs May Have Contributed to Thursday's Wreck on E. Antioch Road

Springville, Tenn.- Alcohol and drugs may have played a possible role in Thursday’s one vehicle accident that occurred on the 5800 block of East Antioch Road in Springville.

According to a report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of the vehicle identified as Nakendra Pack, age 27 of Union City, and one of the passengers identified as Tianisha D. Brown, age 37 of Springville, was taken to Henry County Medical Center for treatment before being transferred to Vanderbilt. Another passenger in the car identified as Alexis Williams, age 25, also received treatment at the Henry County Medical Center.

Lt. Wilbanks said Pack’s vehicle was heading north on East Antioch Rd. when the vehicle left the east edge of the roadway, entered a private yard, struck a phone box, continued across the yard before it struck a tree.

Lt. Wilbanks said alcohol appeared present in the driver and a small bag of marijuana was recovered from the vehicle after the accident. Charges against Williams, Brown and Pack are pending until the investigation reveals more evidence.

Paris Man Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Calvert Johnson, age 23 of Caledonia Street of Paris, on Friday for driving on a suspended license. Johnson was placed on $1,000 bond.

PES Students Visit Moving Wall

Paris, Tenn.- Students at Paris Elementary School lined the streets yesterday waving flags and honoring the motorcade including the trailer hauling the Vietnam Veteran’s Moving Wall exhibit. Later in the day, PES students from several classes were allowed to visit the wall. In this photo, PES student Thomas Palmer, kneels to say a prayer at a section of the wall. PES teacher, Sanna Anderson, captured the touching photograph as she fought back tears and marveled at the respect her young students had for the wall and those it memorialized. It seems that the “Moving Wall” has earned its name in more ways than one.    

Items Being Collected for Hurrican Harvey Victims

Paris, Tenn.- An effort that started with a couple people wanting to help has turned into a larger community effort to help our neighbors in Texas. Donations are being accepted at the Parisian Theatre, Paris Pharmacy, Studio K, and here at the WMUF Studios for supplies to go towards helping victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

A couple of volunteers have decided to take items to the Houston and Galveston areas in the next couple of weeks. Victims from Hurricane Harvey are needing tolietries, diapers, baby formula, canned food, bottled water, shoes, socks, clothing, and bedding. Monetary donations are being accepted also and the money will be used to purchase items victims need. Donations will be accepted at drop-off locations during regular business hours until September 14th.

For more information contact Lori Smith at 336-8918, Beth Blake at 363-4845, or Ashley Jackson at 336-3161.  


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