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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Pats Travel to Longtime Rival Clarksville High Fri. Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to long-time rival Clarksville High for football action Friday night in a Region contest. The game is set for a 7pm kickoff. The Patriots come into the game with a 2-2 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.

Granges to Expand in Huntingdon, Creating 100 New Jobs

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Gränges officials announced today that the company will invest $110 million to expand its aluminum rolling operations in Huntingdon.

Gränges, a global leader in aluminum engineering and manufacturing, will create approximately 100 new jobs as part of the expansion, solidifying the company’s commitment to its North American customers and the markets they serve.  

“In Tennessee, we take pride in the fact that our hardworking residents still make things,” Haslam said. “The Gränges facility is a vital part of the Carroll County community and employs around 350 Tennesseans. I’d like to thank Gränges for committing to create about 100 new jobs in Huntingdon and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” 

I’ve been able to tour Granges’ facility in Huntingdon and meet with the company’s leadership in Sweden,” Rolfe said. “Gränges is a strong, well-run company with a skilled and dedicated workforce in Northwest Tennessee. Huntingdon is fortunate that Gränges stepped in to keep the former Noranda facility open. It’s even better news that Gränges is making this significant investment and creating about 100 new jobs in Huntingdon.” 

Gränges’ expansion meets growing demand for light gauge foil, automotive heat exchanger materials as well as heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) applications. The expansion includes investment in buildings, casters, cold-rolling mills, annealing furnaces and slitters. The investment further positions Huntingdon as one of the most modern and efficient aluminum rolling mills in North America. 

“The expansion in Huntingdon marks the next step in our strategic growth plan for the North American market. Gränges has built a strong reputation in the aluminum rolling industry, and this expansion allows us to further support our customers’ growth,” Gränges CEO Johan Menckel said. 

The project is estimated to take approximately two years to complete. When completed, the capacity in Huntingdon will increase from about 160 metric kilotons to nearly 200 metric kilotons per year. This is the second major investment in the Huntingdon facility since 2000, strengthening Gränges’ focus on foil and automotive heat exchanger products. 

“The investment represents a long-term commitment to our customers, employees and shareholders as we grow in support of our strategic markets,” Gränges Americas President Patrick Lawlor said.  

Local Carroll County officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised Gränges for its $110 million investment in the Huntingdon facility. 

“Since 1967, Huntingdon has been home to an aluminum manufacturing plant, and today’s announcement of this $110 million investment by Gränges in Huntingdon is fantastic,” Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley said. “We are elated by the faith and confidence that Gränges has shown in the Huntingdon plant and look forward to working with Gränges over the next 50 years.” 

“We are delighted with Gränges’ decision to add approximately 100 jobs and invest $110 million in Huntingdon and Carroll County,” Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride said. “Gränges is the largest manufacturing plant in Carroll County and with the expansion it will move employment to around 500 jobs at the Huntingdon plant.” 

“Today’s decision is exciting and we continue our commitment to Gränges to be the best partners we can be,” Brad Hurley, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce president, said. 

“TVA and Carroll County Electric Department congratulate Gränges on its decision to expand operations in Huntingdon,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Serving the Valley by helping to facilitate job creation is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with TNECD, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntingdon and Carroll County to help further that mission.” 

Huntingdon and Carroll County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) and Rep. Andy Holt (R - Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly. 

HCHS Cross Country Does Well at Huntingdon HS Stampede

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Titus and Silas Winders came in 1st and 2nd respectively in the boys 5K race with 148 runners at the Huntingdon High School Stampede. Titus finished at 16:25 and Silas came in at 16:48. Cole Davis was right behind them in 3rd at 16:54, Cooper Smith 5th at 17:18, Devin Pritchett 6th at 18:05, and Hunter Lawrence 11th at 18:40. The men's team placed 1st overall out of 18 teams.

For the Lady Patriots, Madison Aiosa finished in 23:46 good for 15th in the Girls 5K against 123 other runners and Madison Caldwell came in 24th.

One Injured, Suspect At Large In Thurs. Evening Shooting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office was still searching for a suspect or suspects Thursday evening involved in a shooting in the Hwy. 69N area that sent the victim to the ER. More details will be released later.

Henry School Fulfilling Needs In and Out of Classroom

Henry Principal David Kibbler tells board members what Henry School is doing to fulfill needs it recognized in the school and community. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Henry, Tenn.- The September board meeting for the Henry County Board of Education was held at Henry School Thursday evening.

Principal David Kibbler welcomed the board and said some teachers were going to talk to the board about needs realized in our school and community and what we have done so far to help meet those needs.

Teacher Robin House discusses vision statements of the improvement plan.

Robin House shared ideas on Henry School’s improvement plan for 2017-18. She said we created a school improvement committee to identify needs we could address to help Henry School, teachers, and students. She said Henry school will focus on students, parents, and community and working to improve relationships with each other and the school.

House said they wanted to make goals for four areas: attendance, Tier 1 instruction, school climate, and parent involvement. She then discussed the issues and some action steps to help meet goals in each area.

The attendance area included awarding students and homerooms with perfect attendance with things like ice cream sundaes and getting names announced on the morning announcements. Also after so many absences, the truancy officer will meet with parents and see if there is an issue the school can help with.  

House also discussed improving the school climate. Plans include student, parent, and teacher surveys to get a benchmark of the current climate and how they can approve. They also improved aesthetics in the lounge and front office.

Joanne Mayoza discussed the 21st century coach’s position as the school realized their need to meet needs in utilizing technology. She discussed all the technology the system has and how great it is, but teachers are constantly trying to prioritize with the needs of the classroom and learning the new technology. She said there has been a gap of implementation and utilization. She told the board they realized the need to fill a coach’s position to help with the 21st century classroom to help with technology.

Katie Hernandez and Val Guthrie also talked about a need they saw a need in the community with the adult Hispanic population in Henry needing some English Language classes so they began the program last year.

Last year the class had 22 different adults and this year is the 2nd year to do the class. It is held on Thursday nights. Any adult that has children can bring their children with them to the classes and childcare is provided. Many different activities with the group occurred last year and are planned for this year as well.

Mr. Kibbler closed by telling the board, “as you can see we’ve identified some needs in our school, with students and teachers, and in our community here in Henry and we are doing our best to set goals and meet those needs.”  

Akers Gives Facilities Updates

Paris, Tenn.- Facilities manager John Akers gave the board an update on facilities and ongoing projects Thursday night as well. He said the maintenance garage work continues and they hope to be pouring concrete after it dries out some. Things are going well but the wet weather has put them behind some.

Akers said the softball field is sodded and dirt work is done. They have received a price on the fence. He said it looks amazing and the total job is around 85-90% complete.

School Board Welcomes Student Representative Pierce Rose

Student Rep. to the HCBOE Pierce Rose attends his first meeting, sitting beside Board member Jill Coker. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At the beginning of the meeting, the board welcomed student representative Pierce Rose to his first board meeting. The board approved a student representative earlier this summer. The student can voice concerns of students but has no voting power in board meetings.

The Board also elected Doug Braden and Tom Beasley to continue to serve as Chairman and Vice chairman of the school board.

HCBOE Approves Resolution In Support of Public Ed; Wheel Tax

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved a resolution in support of public education at the meeting. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said at the end of July a program dedicated to the continued success of public education sprung up at the National level. Dr. Norton said I think it’s a good idea to join that at the local level. He said, “at the end of the day, we educate all students, we are very inclusive, and we try our very best every day.”

Stephanie Winders went over the Family Life Education curriculum and report and how it is taught in various grade levels. She said the state and local rate for teen pregnancy has dropped. It stays two years behind but the latest report has Henry County low but there are still issues in the community with it.

Board Attorney Rob Whitfield presented the school board with a mirror image of a resolution the county commission is likely to pass Monday night in support of the General Assembly enacting a $25 wheel tax to help fund the capital note of $9.1M for the high school project. Whitfield said it would be a good idea for the school board to approve the resolution as well standing in solidarity with the county commission.

Ray Lewis Band to Perform Friday at Noon on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank sponsored Noon on the Square continues this Friday with musical entertainment from 11:30am to 1pm. The Ray Lewis Band will be performing a great variety of hits on the court square. Perry’s BBQ will sell lunch.

Grand Tour of Italy Trip Set for June 2019; Info Session Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- David Webb, local historian and teacher at Henry County High School, is organizing a 12-day educational tour to Italy in June of 2019. Although the pacing of the trip is designed with students in mind, Webb has opened up the enrolment to anyone in the community.

Webb said, “I’m very excited to return to Italy to lead this journey. We will have room for 40 travellers on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Webb has organized tour groups to England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales since 1998. He took 35 people from Henry County on a tour of London and Paris this past summer.

For those interested in learning more about the Grand Tour of Italy, Webb will hold an information session at the HCHS testing center beginning at 6pm Monday September 18th.

The base cost for the 12-day trip will be approximately $4283 for students and $4883 for adults and includes a $200 early enrolment discount. For those who sign up soon, monthly payments will be around $210.

The tour group will explore St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, the Forum, and the Catacombs in Rome, ride gondolas down the Grand Canal and visit the Doge’s Palace in Venice, view works by Michelangelo in Florence, tour the once buried city of Pompeii, and journey to Capri, Pisa, and Assisi.

More information is available at the group’s Facebook page, Henry County Travelers. Online registration is available at www.eftours.com with tour number 2026251DJ. Webb can be reached at 336-8920 or webbdw@hotmail.com.

MSU Ranked High in U.S. News and World Report College Rankings

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top schools in the country. The rankings list, now in its 33rd year, includes Murray State as one of the best regional universities for 2018, marking the University’s 27th consecutive year of top-tier rankings by the reputable college guide. 

The U.S. News rankings, which include a total of 1,389 colleges and universities, are based on several key measures of quality, such as graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. 
Murray State was ranked 32nd in the Regional Universities (South) category and 11th in the Top Public Schools – Regional Universities (South) category, moving up in both categories from last fall’s rankings.
“For 27 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized the great importance of a Murray State University education and experience,” said President Bob Davies. “Our commitment holds student learning and success, combined with a supportive and effective teaching environment, in the absolute highest regard. Murray State students will continue to impact our society within our local communities and region, while also extending outward on a global scale.” 
Earlier this year, Murray State University was recognized as a 2017 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly and one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes. 

UTM in Top 50 in U.S. News Rankings of Regional Univ.

Martin, Tenn.- U.S. News & World Report released its 2018 college rankings Sept. 12, and the University of Tennessee at Martin appears on several lists.

UT Martin is tied for 46th-place among the best regional universities in the South, moving up from 47 in the 2017 listing. This is the second consecutive year where UT Martin appears as the top-ranked public institution from Tennessee, and the university is ranked 17th among public regional universities across the South.

UT Martin is also ranked 27th in the “best college for veterans” category among southern institutions. Universities considered for this ranking not only participate in federal initiatives to help veterans and service members pay for college degrees, they also make an effort to provide support for student-veterans as they transition into college life.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a variety of both quantitative and qualitative factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Data for the 2018 rankings was collected during the first half of 2017 from a variety of sources, including self-reported data from the institution and statistical data from the Council for Aid to Education and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

Scarecrows on the Square to Invade Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association once again is sponsoring Scarecrows on the Square this fall as businesses, individuals, groups are invited to decorate and build their own scarecrow to show off around the court square.

Applications are now available at the DPA office, 203 N. Fentress St. Entry fee is $15 and proceeds benefit the DPA. You are encouraged to used recyclable items to build your scarecrow.

Set up days will be September 27th thru 29th between 10am and 3pm. You need to call the DPA office at 731-653-7274 to schedule a set up time for your scarecrow. All scarecrows must be removed by October 27th. They will be judged the first week of October and announced at Spooktacular on October 21st. For more information go online to the DPA’s website, www.visitdowntownparis.com.

Roots of Rhythm coming to KPAC Sept. 25th

UT Martin World Percussion Ensemble presents, “the Roots of Rhythm,” on Monday September 25th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. This is a unique musical performance featuring authentic world percussion instruments including steel drums and tamboo bamboo instruments from Guinea, Brazilian Samba instruments, and much more.

The concert focuses on the cultures of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, and the Carribean. Audience members can listen to amazing music and learn how different cultures interact musically. Admission is only $5 at the door and children age 10 and under are free.

DNA Kits on Tap at Heritage Center' s Lunch and Learn Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will hold a Lunch and Learn event this Friday September 15th as retired City Manager Carl Holder will discuss the value of using commercial DNA test for genealogical and ethnicity purposes. Enjoy a wonderful authentic cuisine and learn about DNA kits. Reserve your seat by calling 642-1030 or email director@phchc.com. Donations will be taken and go towards developing the next exhibit at the Heritage Center.

TUMC Community Social Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church will have a community social this Saturday September 16th beginning at 5:30pm at their church located at 409 North Wilson Street. There will be burgers, hot dogs, chips, brownies, and cookies available and the community is invited.

Henry County Cemetery Committee Having Cleaning Day Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Cemetery Committee will be having a cleaning day at Paris City Cemetery this Saturday from 1-3pm. The American Heritage Girls have volunteered to help with the cleaning. Anyone else who wishes to help can bring a bucket and stiff nylon bristle brush.

Thefts Reported in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. James Higgins responded to a home on Wilson Road in Puryear were a trailer and some 4x4 posts on it were stolen. There are no suspects and the value is estimated around $5K.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill took a report of theft from TN Tractor on Hwy. 641 S. where $1200 worth of items were stolen from a toolbox on a trailer in the parking lot. There are no suspects in this incident either.

DA Stowe Publicly Censured by Board of Prof. Responsibility

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Board of Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee has issued a release stating 24th Judicial District Attorney Matt Stowe has been publicly censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

A public censure is a rebuke and warning to the lawyer but does not affect the lawyer’s ability to practice law, according to a release from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a petition for discipline against Stowe back in February of 2016 and the release states that “the complaint alleged that Stowe acted with multiple accounts of harassment with no other intent other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a witness.”

At the time, Stowe was working a witness in a murder trial. The release says the witness informed Stowe’s office of a potential scheduling conflict but was told she must attend the trial and he would prosecute her if she failed to appear. The public censure again doesn’t affect his ability to practice law. Stowe must pay costs to the Board of Professional Responsibility.

HCMC BOT, County Comm. Hold Joint Session on Borrowing Funds

Members of the HCMC BOT and County Commission listen to discussion about borrowing money for future capital expenses. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met with the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees for an educational session regarding borrowing $9.2M for some upcoming capital projects in 2018.

CEO of the Medical Center Tom Gee said the medical center has been challenged with many issues as all hospitals have been challenged in healthcare. Gee said, “we have our challenges, but we have been well run and our board has been good stewards of our funds, we will be here running operations for the long term.”

Gee went over the state of healthcare in the country saying rural hospitals like HCMC are losing money and the state of Tennessee is losing hospitals at a rate second only to Texas. Gee said in areas where hospitals are surviving, they are eliminating services such as obstetrics and inpatient care.

Gee talked about hospitals in our region that have gone out of business just in the last 5 years and how volume at all hospitals in the region have dropped. HCMC is staying strong with an average of over 600 patients per day and it employs 878 people in Henry County.

Gee said we looked at the fallout from Obamacare and what we are going to have to face over the next few years when deciding on this capital note. Doctors are going to urban areas, where they can make more money and it has impacted HCMC.

Gee said we wanted to come up with additional funds to restore our capital funds to bridge the next few years and keep things up to date while the healthcare reform debate continues.

Chief Operating Office Lisa Casteel went over the borrowing timeline as they look to purchase equipment over the next three years that will help generate revenue. After the commission passes a resolution allowing the medical center to move forward next Monday night, the loan pool will be looked at and the medical center will be ready to get the money in January of 2018.

The total spending plan is $9.2M and includes capital equipment and facilities maintenance. Casteel showed some pictures of some of the equipment needed over the next few years and some maintenance work like chillers and purchasing an ambulance each year.

Chief Financial Officer Dale Guffey discussed the past few years of capital funds and why they wanted to build up the funds over the next three years and over the major points of the loan.

Guffey said the average annual debt service on the fixed rate loan is $368K. The loan resets its rate every 5 years and it would be paid in 25 years. He showed the commission the plan to pay the debt down as well.

County Mayor Brent Greer thanked the medical center with the process of going over these numbers very early on. Greer reminded commissioners in order to keep our interest rates from going up we needed to get the school system and hospital ready and do one borrowing this calendar year and one in the 2018 calendar year. Greer said if something did come up with the school system and their borrowing needed to be pushed back a few months, the medical center will be ready to move forward before January.

Mayor Greer said in order to keep up with challenges and stay ready to serve the community, the medical center is going to have to do upkeep on the facility. He said “our hospital serves a region and brings more economic impact into the community and outside of farming, the medical center generates more revenue opportunity than anything else. “

Phone Outage Continuing At Courthouse Annex

Paris, Tenn.- A phone outage that began last week is continuing at the Henry County Courthouse Annex affecting all offices including the Trustee's Office, Election Commission, Register of Deeds, and others. The issue was supposed to be fixed by today, but it appears that phones will remain down until late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. Any citizen needing business at any Annex office will need to go by during regular business hours.

Two Arrested, More Charges Possible After Series of Incidents

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins, Dep. Stacey Bostwick, and Dep. Hayley French all responded to an Antioch Harbor residence to an unwanted person and ended making two different arrests and are investigating possible other charges.

In one report, Cpl. Jenkins and Dep. Bostwick responded to 410 Antioch Harbor in reference to someone being there that was unwanted and who had allegedly shot the resident in the leg a few days ago. The resident, Christian Runyon, 23, told officers that Jamison Hayes, age 20, of Buchanan Resort Road, had left in red a truck. Dep. Bostwick spotted the red truck and pulled it over with Hayes driving and two others inside. Search of the truck found a baggie of marijuana in a Costa Sunglasses case.

Hayes admitted to the marijuana being his along with some drug paraphernalia as well. Hayes then told Dep. Bostwick that Runyon and one of his passengers had been having some arguments and they were over there earlier and that the other individual had shot Runyon in the leg several days ago.

Runyon said he chose not to report the gunshot nor go to the hospital because he was scared time. As Hayes was being taken into the jail, he admitted to having some Xanax bars in his sock. He was charged with simple possession of schedule 6, schedule 4, and drug paraphernalia.

Cpl. Jenkins’ report stated the incident involving the alleged shooting has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.

In another report by Dep. Bostwick, he and Dep. French had come to 410 Antioch Harbor Road to arrest Christian Runyon on warrants out of Calloway County, Kentucky. They put Runyon in handcuffs and placed him in the back of the patrol car, but he managed to slip the cuffs off and escape. After a brief chase, he was apprehended again and charged with escape, fugitive from another state, violation of probation.

KSP Arrest Trigg County Man After Pursuit and Collision

Cadiz, Ky.- Kentucky State Police arrested a Trigg County man following a vehicle pursuit and collision.  At approximately 11:00 p.m. Monday, Trooper Aaron Acree attempted to stop a Ford SUV for speeding and no registration on Main Street in Cadiz. The driver did not stop, and instead accelerated to speeds of over 100 mph while traveling on Highway 68/80 and then on Kings Chapel Road.  While on Kings Chapel Road, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn numerous times.  

A passenger in the vehicle, Leslie A. Sisco, age 22, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries received during the collision.  

The driver, Preston S. Hightower, age 22, of Cadiz, Kentucky, was treated at the scene of the collision for minor injuries.  He was then arrested and charged with Speeding, No Registration Plates, First Degree Fleeing or Evading Police in a Motor Vehicle, First Degree Wanton Endangerment, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence 2nd Offense, Operating on a Suspended License, No Insurance, and Possession of Marijuana.  He was lodged in the Christian County Jail.  

KSP was assisted by Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County Sheriff Department, Trigg County Rescue Squad, and Trigg County Ambulance Service.

Grove vs. Lexington Game Postponed for Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Grove vs. Lexington football game scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed due to the weather. The game will be played this Thursday September 14th at Lexington at 6:45pm.

HC Youth Leadership Class Chosen

(Kim Patterson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- – Thirteen Henry County High School students have been chosen to participate in this year’s Henry County Youth Leadership Development (HCYLD) program.  Those students include: Charles Backer, Seth Bucy, Cassalynn Callahan, Ansley Kate, Savanah Hunt, Logan Lacy, Nick Metzinger, Sabrina Odom, Kelsey Peoples, Abigail St. Clair, William Wang, Laura Whitby, and Mae Whitby The students recently attended a team building day at Covenant Ranch where they participated in the Challenge Course which includes different elements designed to improve teamwork, communication and trust within the group.  

During the 2017-2018 school year, the students will participate in activities aimed at building their leadership skills and awareness of the issues and needs of our community. The Youth Leadership sessions include topics such as agriculture, arts and history, healthcare, local government, economic development and tourism.  The goal of the HCYLD program is to provide potential future leaders with a stronger knowledge of the many facets of our community.   A few examples of this include, the opportunities for volunteering or employment, how their educational focus could prepare them for service to our community, and how they can participate in activities that could improve our community in the future.     

This is the second year of the Henry County Youth Leadership Development Program. The program is a joint effort between the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Henry County School System and is funded through monetary donations from local businesses and civic organizations.    

Pats, Lady Pats Defeat Clarksville High in Golf

Jameson Robbins ready to swing at Monday's match. (Biran Welp photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Clarksville High in men’s and women’s district golf at Paris Landing on Monday. The Patriots won their match 175 to 179 and individually Eli Ridgeway shot a 41, Chase Wyrick 42, Cameron May 45, and Jack Foster 47.

For the Lady Patriots, they beat the Lady Wildcats by two strokes 81 to 83. Syndey Williams shot a 39 and Leah Bell a 42.

Jack Foster swings for the green.

Parks Board Learns of Land Purchase At McNeil Park

Parks Board members discuss land acquisition at McNeil. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday evening and Parks Director Tony Lawrence updated board members on the purchase of land adjacent to McNeil Park. The acreage is 5.38 acres and the City Commission approved the acquisition at their meeting last week and approved a limits of use on the land for parks purposes.

Lawrence said there are no particular plans right now with the extra land but will be discussed in future meetings about what they want to do with it. He said in the shorter term it could be used for parking for ball tournaments and other events. He said, “anytime you have a park and can buy some land around it for a good price, it’s a great idea to go ahead and do so.”

Work on the restrooms at the Downtown Park is underway and blocks were laid on Monday and the brickwork should be finished this week or next depending on the rain. The project is finally moving along and should be finished in a few weeks.

The Parks board heard of the purchase of a Toro Ballfield Groomer Turf machine. Lawerence said this will eventually take the place of the four wheeler that has been used to smooth the fields and grooming work at the ballparks. The turf groomer is a three wheeler and there are attachments that can make cuts on the grass infield and make the fields look really nice and save some physical demands of the jobs.

Dehumidifier to Be Complete in Civic Center by Early Oct.

Paris, Tenn.- Lawrence told the Parks board the Trane project to replace the dehumidifier is underway and should complete at the end of the month or first of October. They have opened the walking track for now, after shutting it down while tests were run on the equipment, and will shut it back down on the September 22nd for a few days to complete install the new unit.

Lawrence said Tennis Coach JF Kirk has cleaned up the tree line around the tennis court, added an ice machine and water at the end of the court. The tennis tournament held recently had 78 entries and it is really going well.

Fall sports are going on at McNeil Park including buddy ball for special needs, soccer, fall softball and baseball, football, and cross country. Lawrence said it's nearly as busy this time of year as it is during the middle of the summer.

Eiffel Tower Park Set to Host Tabernacle Experience in Oct.

Paris, Tenn.- The board learned the Moving Wall was an excellent event hosted at Eiffel Tower Park as over 6K signed the visitor’s log and many more than that likely visited during Labor Day weekend. Lawrence commended the staff for all the work they did before and during the Moving Wall event to get it ready for the public. City Manager Kim Foster praised the work of the Parks Department staff and how hard they work every day being a very lean staff and the Moving Wall wouldn’t have been pulled off without the Parks Department staff.

Eiffel Tower Park will host the Tabernacle Experience October 22nd-28th. Lawrence said this will be a reliving of the religious experience back in time and it will be held across from the Eiffel Tower.

Road Board Approves Truck Bid

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met Monday evening and approved the purchase of a new pickup truck for the department. Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said four bids came in and all were relatively close together price range wise.

He suggested the board go with Serra of Jackson for a 2018 Chevrolet with a steel bed, 5.3V8 engine, and a 100K mile warranty. The other vehicles included one 2017 model, and others with aluminum beds instead of steel, and warranties for only 60K miles instead of 100K. The purchase price of the truck is $29,350. The truck is a four wheel drive.

Chilcutt also talked about the work done by the department a couple weeks ago when the remnants of Hurricane Harvey came thru the area. He said, "we ended up with about 5 inches of rain, but it came slowly over a couple days and we didn't have any washouts or major flooding issues on roadways, we did clear away 55-60 trees that came down during the wind part of the storm."

In other business, the Road Board approved the policy and procedure manual for the Highway Department. Chilcutt said its just like the County's policy with some added language to adhere to the Highway Department workday.

Heart of a Warrior Lives on in Our First Responders in Honor of Patriot Day

The Tennessee State Guard presents the colors as the HCHS Madrigals get ready to perform at the Patriot Day First Responder ceremony. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Students and teachers at Henry County High School came together on Monday to honor all of the First Responders in honor of Patriot Day. Our first responders serve and put their lives on the line each and every day to help and protect all of us.

Dr. Chester Harrison from Booneville, Mississippi was the guest speaker at the 9/11 ceremony. Dr. Harrison served in the Vietnam War and also he served as a first responder. Dr. Harrison said, “A warrior is someone who goes towards the danger and all of our first responders go toward the danger and challenge. They are the ones who have the heart of a warrior.”

Dr. Chester Harrison speaking at the Patriot Day First Responders ceremony. (Cassie Walsh photos)

At the Patriot Day First Responders ceremony, Dr. Harrison told the biblical story about David and Goliath and how David ran towards the danger and eliminated the threat forever. Harrison went on to say that our first responders try to eliminate the danger in order to help victims which is something they do everyday.

 “In the 9/11 attacks, 343 first responders lost their lives and 60 of those first responders were off duty, but they rushed in anyways without hesitation to help those who were hurting,” Harrison said. “They are ready to rush forward and meet the challenge to help and protect all of us.They have the heart of a warrior.”

Members of the Paris Police Department, Paris Fire Department, the HC Rescue Squad, Air Evac team and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office all attended the ceremony. Our first responders put their lives on the line to help the victims of floods, fires, shootings, terrorist attacks and everyday dangers that can happen.

Henry County First Responders, which include the PFD, PPD, HCSO, Air Evac and the HC Rescue Squad. (Cassie Walsh photos) 

Thank you goes out to all of first responders who run towards the danger to help and protect us all and  may we all remember our first responders who have lost their lives protecting and helping us especially today on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks.

Cpl. Jenkins, Dep. Bostwick Recognized for Life Saving Awards

Chief Damon Lowe, Dep. Stacey Bostwick, Cpl. Blake Jenkins, Sheriff Monte Belew, and Capt. Adam Jenkins after the ceremony where Dep. Bostwick and Cpl. Jenkins were honored.

Nashville.- Two Henry County Deputies were recognized and honored for their efforts in saving a woman from a burning car back in late May of this year by the State of Tennessee.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins and Dep. Stacey Bostwick were recognized Monday at the Governor's Residence in Nashville at the First Responders Ceremony. They received the Three Stars of Tennessee Award for their efforts. The awards are given annually on 9/11 to first responders who go above and beyond in the line of duty while sacrificing their own safety to help others. Sheriff Monte Belew said “we are very proud that Blake and Stacey were chosen for this distinguished award, they exemplify what it means to be a deputy in Henry County. ”

Paris Police Investigating Incident Where Man Was Shot

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department is continuing to investigate an incident where a man was shot in the leg over the weekend. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Steven Dean Jr., and Ptl. Jacob Howington responded to the Emergency room to a man coming in with a gunshot wound and noticed the victim had one around his knee.

The victim stated he went to a friend’s house and had several hundred dollars in pocket. The friend, Javaro McNeal, age 30, of Harrison Street then met him at the door and tried to get the money after the victim had stepped outside and came back. The two got into an altercation and McNeal showed a silver handgun and then during the struggle it went off and the victim was shot in the leg.

The report said the victim was driven home by his friend and then his girlfriend brought him to the ER. Investigation is continuing, no arrests have been made and no charges filed at this time.

Paris Police Make Alcohol, Drug Related Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jacob Howington and Pt. Steven Dean Jr., went to Pocket’s on Mineral Wells Avenue in reference to a possible drunk driver. The officers found Hunter Thomas Lee, age 20 of Dresden, in the vehicle that was in question and noticed he was intoxicated. Lee failed some field sobriety test and had active warrants in Weakley County so he was arrested. He was placed on $1K bond.

Ptl. Howington and Dean, Jr also responded to a suspicious person shining a flashlight into people’s homes on Blythe St. over the weekend. They found Joshua K. Kamin, 26, of 4079 East Guthrie Road, who had no trespass warrants for the property. He was arrested on scene.

Deputies Investigate Burglaries in County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Dalton Watson responded to a burglary on Hwy 77 were someone broke into a residence and stole over $1K worth of items including a Dell monitor, HP tower, older model laptop, iPhone 6, and a gold watch. There are some possible suspects and investigation is continuing.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen generator from a Hwy. 119 residence. The value of the generator is $200 and there are no suspects at this time.

Grove Students Selling Chocolates

Paris, Tenn.- Grove students will be selling the World’s Finest Chocolates in a fundraiser which the biggest part of the money raised goes back to the kids for their senior year. The fundraiser runs from September 14th thru October 4th. The Grove Parent Action Committee, or GPAC, is heading up the fundraiser for the students.

GPAC does several things throughout the year including providing meals for teachers during Parent Teacher conferences, provides treats to teachers throughout the year, recognizes the class graduates with a banner all students sign, and sponsors Grove events like Sav-A-Heart Day.

Two Newest Paris Police Officers Sworn In

Paris, Tenn.- Friday, September 8th, 2017, two of Paris Police newest officers took the Oath of Office. Left to Right, Patrolman Jacob Howington and Patrolman Justin Harden are sworn in by Finance Director Traci Pillow.

Howington comes to us from the Benton County Sheriffs Office with one year of service and Harden comes from the Madison County Sheriffs Office with five years of service. Chief Elizondo stated the two were selected from a pool of twenty six highly qualified applicants and will be an asset to the department. (Chief Elizondo photo)

Inman Cross Country Competes in Different Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Lady Bulldogs Cross Country team was named overall winner at the Calloway County Invitation meet Saturday in Murray.

The girls’ team had five runners place in the top 10, including overall winner Abby Taylor, Inman eighth grader.  Taylor ran a time of 9:31 for the 1.5-mile race to claim the top spot out of 74 girls from 9 teams. Eighth grader Roberta De Le Garza Henriquez finished third with a time of 10:12, seventh grader Harlee Veazey finished fourth with 10:16, Sara Mathis, seventh grader, finished fifth with 10:20, and eighth grader Taylor Dunagan was sixth with a time of 10:23.

Also competing for the Lady Bulldogs was eighth grader Amelia Hart and sixth grade manager Pearl Davis ran as a independent.

Luke Nichols, eighth grader for the Bulldogs, finished seventh out of 96 in the boys race with a time of 9:27. Also running for the Bulldogs were Connor Cox, Austin Dunagan, Charlie Davis, Hunter Miller, Caleb Cain, and Ethan Cronin. Sixth grade managers Carter Thompson, Grayson Garland, Bennett Cain, and Mauricio De Le Garza Henriquez competed as independents.

The boys’ team finished fourth out of nine teams in Saturday’s meet at Calloway.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs also competed at the Brooks Twilight Classic in Memphis on Sept. 2nd.  The girls’ team ranked fourth out of 19 teams in the middle school division.

Taylor claimed the third finishing spot out of 210 girls in the 1.2-mile race with a time of 7:17.  Also running for the Lady Bulldogs were Henriquez, Mathis, Veazey, Dunagan, and Mary Raye Smith.  Davis competed as an independent.

The boys’ team ranked 13th out of 21 teams in the Memphis Meet.

Lance Winders Wins Soybean Festival 5K

Martin, Tenn.- Lance Winders finished 1st overall this past weekend in the West Tennessee Soybean Festival 5K held in Martin. Winders time was 18:05.

Several Arrested for Drug Possession Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Cpl. Jim Sanders arrested Benny Parker, age 56 of Pleasant Hill Lane of Braselton, GA, on Saturday for simple possession of a schedule II substance, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft, failure to appear and violation of probation. Parker was placed on $9,000 bond.

Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker arrested Javaro McNeil, age 30 of Harrison Street of Paris, on Saturday for aggravated assault and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. McNeil was placed on $20,000 bond.

Cpl. Forrest Kemp of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office  arrested Jessica Breaux, age 25 of Jewell Store Road of Dresden, on Sunday for possession of a schedule II substance.

Wildlife Refuge Gets Their Bow and Arrows Ready for Archery Day on Saturday

Sprinvillle, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be holding an Archery Day on Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 3pm at the Refuge, which is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

Archery has been a form of hunting for hundreds of years. Come out to the refuge to learn about this primitive skill that is easy to learn but hard to master.Several staff and volunteers will be here to educate and guide all participants in proper handling and use of equipment.

Following the classroom program, there will be a field exercise where participants will be able to practice on a range, then they can  try their hand on a 3-D course on the Discovery Nature Trail.  All ages are encouraged to come and no prior experience is necessary. The Refuge suggests that everyone wear good walking shoes and all participants must use the refuge’s equipment. 

Shopping for Creativity at Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Festival Which Continues on Sunday

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Hundreds of people came out to the Paris Landing State Park to do some shopping and eating at the  Paris Lakeway Kiwanis 2017 Arts and Crafts Festival. With dozens and dozens of booths of arts and crafts along with different food to choose from, people came out to see what hidden treasures they could find.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Among the booths there was plenty of jewelry, woodworking, popcorn, BBQ, face painting, lemonade stand and clothing to choose from. There was even a few booths that were offering decorations that you might need for the upcoming holidays including decorations for Halloween and Christmas.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris Lakeway Kiwanis 2017 Arts and Crafts Festival will continue on Sunday, September 10th and it will run from 10am to 5pm at the Paris Landing State Park.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Smash and Crash to Win at the Demolition Derby

Heat 3 of the Demolition Derby (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds of people came out on Saturday night to watch the Demolition Derby which was cancelled at last weekend's Henry County Fair due to the weather.

Heat 3 of the Demolition Derby (Cassie Walsh photos)

Spectators got to see eighteen competitors smash and crash their cars at the Demolition Derby to find out which one of them would have the last car running. Also at the Demolition Derby the Henry County Fair had a cash drawing at Saturday night's event.

Heat 2 of the Demolition Derby (Cassie Walsh photos)

Two Arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Tedrick Hughes, age 20 of Danville Road of Big Sandy, on Friday for possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. Hughes was placed on $12,000 bond.

Henry County Sheriff Deputy David Andrews arrested Joan Braswell, age 52 of The Trace of Dover, on Friday for unlawful possession of a firearm. Braswell was placed on $250 bond for that charge.

At the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Andrews also charged Braswell for carrying weapons on public property. Braswell was placed on $400 bond for the second firearms charge. 

Lee Academy's Paint With Picasso Begins Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will be holding five two hour classes called Paint with Picasso  part 1 for ages 14 through 18 years old once a week on Thursdays beginning on Thursday, September 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The cost of the class is $200 per student and there is a maximum of 20 students. Picasso was a painter that stole many styles from many different artists. Examine the life of Picasso and the artists that influenced him by replicating their work just like Picasso did all those years ago. All 5 canvases will be provided.

For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or you can visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Paris Man Arrested for Failing to Do a Jail Sentence

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Stephen Page arrested Earl Bates, age 22 of Memorial Drive of Paris, on Thursday for failure to do a jail sentence. Bates was placed on $1,000 bond.

Rhea Library's Rock Painting Party is Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding a Rock Painting Party on Tuesday, September 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the library, which is located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris. All of the supplies will be provided for the Rock Painting Party.

Falling for Fun and Games at PES Fall Festival

PES teacher Lynette Smith watches as children try their luck at the ladder golf game. (Kim Patterson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a great crowd as the PTO hosted  the Paris Elementary School Fall Festival on Friday. Students and parents enjoyed food, games, activities and interacting with PES teaching staff who generously volunteered their time to make the event a success.

PES teacher Greg Lassiter gave festival attendees tips on the best grip and stroke to use in the Putt Putt Golf game. (Kim Patterson photo)

“I cannot say enough about the parent, teacher and staff support we enjoy in the PSSD,” said Kim Patterson the PTO Secretary. “For the third year parent volunteer, Mandy Parish, served as coordinator of the Festival. We are fortunate to have volunteers like her. We are also thankful for the support of our teachers and staff who continually go above and beyond to nurture our students both inside and outside of the classroom.”

No Injuries Reported in Two Tanker Collision in Henry on Friday

The Henry Fire Department helping to upright the tanker truck that flipped in the crash. (Dustin Odom photos)

Henry, Tenn.- Shortly after 4:24pm on Friday the Henry Fire Department was dispatched to a crash at 590 Eli Brown Road in Henry after two tanker trucks collided.

The Henry Fire Department responding to the two tanker crash on Friday afternoon in Henry. (Dustin Odom photos)

Nine firefighters along with Engine 2 and Brush 1 from the Henry Fire Department responded to the scene where they found two tanker trucks carrying manure had collided on a curve and one of the tankers had flipped on its side. Fire Units remained on the scene for a little less than three hours until the truck was placed back on its wheels. No one was injured in the wreck.

Patriots Take Down the Crusaders Winning 60-25

Patriots’ #7 Caleb McCutcheon carries the ball against Liberty. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots defeated the Liberty Crusaders at home on Friday 60-25.

In the with 8:51 left in the 1st quarter, the Crusaders scored a touchdown to lead the Patriots 7-0. Liberty then scored another touchdown, but the point after was no good. Liberty  the led Henry County 13-0. With 5:46 left in the 1st quarter the Patriots Caleb McCutcheon scored a 6yd rushing touchdown  after big return of the kick-off by Seven Stewart. Liberty still led the Patriots 13-7. Liberty scored another touchdown and with 3:54 left in the 1st quarter the Crusaders increased their lead on the Patriots 19-7.

A  host of Patriot defenders led by #57 Samari Rack and #56 Donyah Teague brings down a Liberty back. (Timothy Pharr photos)

In the 2nd quarter, Henry County’s Bailey Armas kicked a 26yd field goal which was good. With 10:39 left in the 2nd quarter the score was Henry County 10, Liberty 19. At the 2:50 mark in the 2nd quarter, HCHS’ Lukas Reynolds ran it in for the 1yd Patriots touchdown as Liberty still led Henry County 19-17. With 39 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, Liberty scored a touchdown, but the point after was no good. At halftime the Crusaders led the Patriots 25-17.

Henry County’s #3 Lukas Reynolds turns the corner. (Timothy Pharr photos)

In the 3rd quarter, the Patriots Caleb McCutcheon had a 7yd rushing touchdown and McCutcheon took it in for the Patriot 2 point conversion as the Patriots tie the Crusaders 25-25 with 8:24 left in the quarter. With 5:01 left in the quarter, HCHS’ Gray Gardner took it in for the 4yd touchdown as the Patriots took their first lead of the game. Henry County led Liberty 32-25. At the 3:09 mark in the 3rd quarter, Patriots Caleb McCutcheon had a 61yd rushing touchdown. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Henry County led Liberty 39-25.

With 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Patriots’ Savon Stewart ran it in for the 2yd touchdown as Henry County led Liberty 45-25. With 7 minutes left in the game HCHS’ QB Will Parrish threw a 24yd touchdown pass to Ethan Thompson as  Henry County led 53-25. At the 3 minute mark Lukas Reynolds scored a 2yd rushing touchdown. The Henry County Patriots defeated the Liberty Crusaders 60-25.

The Henry County Patriots are now 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in Region 7 Class 5A action. The Henry County Patriots will return to Region 7 Class 5A action next week when they face the Clarksville Wildcats in Clarksville on Friday, September 15th at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Mud and Fun Expected at the Demolition Derby at 6pm on Saturday

The 2016 Henry County Fair Demolition Derby. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- The Demolition Derby that was cancelled at last weekends Henry County Fair will be held on Saturday, September 9th at 6pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. So on Saturday night make plans to enjoy watching cars smash and crash at the Demolition Derby.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Captain John Brewer arrested Charles Wade, age 23 of Travis Road of Paris, on Thursday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Wade was placed on $2,000 bond.

Police Investigate Burglary from a Car at Wal-Mart

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Tyrail Jackson was dispatched to take a report of burglary of an automobile at a business on Hwy. 69 North on Thursday.  When Ptl. Jackson arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim who stated that she went inside to Wal-Mart and when she was getting ready to pay the victim forgot that she left her wallet out in her car.

The victim then went out to her vehicle to get her wallet and that’s when discovered that someone had stolen her wallet. The wallet contained a total of $50 in cash, a bank card with a balance of $60 and a child support card. Police have no suspects in this case.

Large Crowd Comes Out to the First Noon on the Square of the Season

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Court Square saw a huge crowd come out for the Commercial Bank and Trust Company’s 2017 first Noon on the Square event on Friday as entertainment  was provided by the the Local Strangers Band.

Local Strangers Band performing at the 1st Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department grilled out hot dogs and hamburgers for the first Noon on the Square as the Paris Quota Club provided the burgers, brats, chips and desserts.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew supervises as HCSO Chief Deputy Damon Lowe flips some burgers at the first Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris Quota Club serving lunch at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Downtown Paris Association also was on hand to serve beverages at the event. The Commercial Bank & Trust’s Noon on the Square will be held each Friday during the month of September.

The Downtown Paris Association provides drinks at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

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.

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.

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.


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