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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Unemployment Rate Remains Near Historic Lows for August

Nashville- Tennessee’s unemployment rate remained near historic low levels in August, despite a slight increase, according to the latest statistics released Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

The preliminary, seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 3.6 percent, just 0.1 of a percentage point higher than it was in July. Prior to August, Tennessee’s unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent for three consecutive months.

“Even with this very small fluctuation in August, Tennessee’s unemployment rate continues to be one of the lowest in the nation,” Haslam said. “The fact the rate has seen such little movement over the last year reflects the strength of our state’s economy and our work over the past eight years to develop Tennessee’s workforce to meet the needs of today’s employers.”

Tennessee has had unemployment levels at or near record levels for more than a year.

The seasonally adjusted statewide rate has been 4.0 percent or less since April 2017. The state achieved its all-time lowest unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in September 2017 and it remained at that level through January 2018.

The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate remained unchanged in August and came in at 3.9 percent for the second consecutive month.

Between July and August, nonfarm employment in Tennessee increased by 2,600 jobs. Comparing year-to-year statistics, Tennessee’s labor force added 56,000 jobs between August 2017 and August 2018, with the leisure and hospitality industry seeing the largest increase in adding 3,300 new jobs.

“While new jobs were added in certain sectors last month, some businesses did reduce their workforces,” Phillips said. “No matter how low the unemployment rate may be, the reality is, some Tennesseans are looking for work and the state has many resources available to help them find new employment.”

Tennesseans looking for new employment opportunities can access the latest job openings, update their resumes, and sharpen their job interview skills by visiting the state’s workforce development website.

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

Pats Travel to Kenwood for Football Friday Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Kenwood Friday night for football. The Patriots are 5-0 on the season so far. The kick-off is 7pm. If you can’t make it to the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm. You can also stream the game via our website, wmufradio.com or listen on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

Chamber's Golf Tournament to be Held Sept. 28th

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Golf tournament Friday September 28th at Paris Landing State Park Golf Course. Holes can be sponsored for $150 and will be accepted thru Tuesday September 25th. Check-in as at 10:30am Friday morning and the putting contest begins first. Lunch will be served at 11am, provided by Mockingbird Catering, and Shotgun Start is at 12 Noon.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 10th, and last place and prizes for Men’s longest drive, women’s longest drive, senior longest drive, putting contest, and closest to the pin. There will be a hole in one giveaway sponsored by the Paris Henry County Industrial Committee and Joe Mahan Ford for chances to win a 2018 Harley Davidson, 2018 Ford Escape, and two chances to win $5K.

For more information on the golf tournament or forms to participate email pariscoc@paristnchamber.com or call 642-3431. 

Preserve Paris Set for Saturday at AP Neighborhood

Paris, Tenn.- The next Preserve Paris clean-up event is planned for Saturday September 22nd at the Atkins Porter Neighborhood. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9am at the AP Recreation Center and the concentration this time will be in the alleys, specifically between Walnut and Jackson Streets and Highland and Ogburn Streets. For more information call City Hall at 641-1402. The rain date will be Saturday September 29th.

Missing Man Table Ceremony Planned Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The VFW Post 1889, located at 2512 East Wood St. in Paris will honor the POW’s and MIA’s this Saturday September 22nd at 2pm with a Missing Man Table Ceremony performed by Rolling Thunder TN-6. This is to help honor the 83K military and civilian missing in action or prisoners of war from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War. The event is sponsored by AmVets Post 45, American Legion Post 89, American Legion Legion 164, DAV Post 44, and VFW Post 1889.

Noon on the Square Features the Old Spirits Sept. 21st

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank sponsored Noon on the Square continues Friday from 11:30am to 1pm with the Old Spirits playing great music to entertain the crowd. Perry’s BBQ will be selling lunch on the 21st with BBQ sandwiches and other things. The DPA will sell drinks for a donation.

Lakewood Students Winners in 2018 Poetry Contest

Paris, Tenn.- Four students from Lakewood School were State winners in the 2018 Poetry contest sponsored by the National Garden Club. The students received certificates and gift cards from the Paris Garden Club. Pictured above front row: Alex Cervantes, Anna Jo Wardlae, Carrigan Tucker, and Brian Hollowell; back row: Principal Amy Veazey, Helen Wilson, President of Paris Garden Club. (Lakewood photo)

Fire Destroys Home on Cowell Road in Cottage Grove

The home was destroyed by fire Wed. night. (David Jackson photo)

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A home at 155 Cowell Road was destroyed in a fire Wednesday night and the cause seems to be electrical. The home was fully engulfed in flames when the Cottage Grove Fire Department arrived on scene first after 7pm Wednesday night. Mutual aid from other departments and the use of the Sheriff's Office water tanker was received by Cottage Grove. The fire rekindled early Thursday morning as members of the fire department were called back to the scene. No on was injured in the blaze as there was no one home when the fire broke out.

Volunteer at LBL Saturday for National Public Lands Day

Golden Pond, Ky.- Celebrate National Public Lands Day with us at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on September 22. Volunteers can meet at the North/South Trail-head across from the South Welcome Station to help clean up the Fort Henry Trails from 8:30 – 11:30a.m. Volunteers need to sign up by calling 270-924-2007 or emailing volunteer@friendsoflbl.org.

“National Public Lands Day is the single largest volunteer event for public lands.” said Birdie Garrity, volunteer coordinator with Friends of Land Between the Lakes. “It’s a fun way to get outside, meet new people and help maintain one of our historic trails.” 

Volunteers will need to bring a water bottle. Bug spray, hand tools, garbage bags and lunch will be provided courtesy of a TVA grant to the Friends of Land Between the Lakes.

If you are looking to come out and enjoy your public lands for the day the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm will be open free to the public from 10am-5pm.

Woodlands Nature Station will be hosting their annual Wild Edibles Program 10am-4pm with a variety of hikes based around wild edibles. Pre-registration is required for the Mushroom Hikes at 1:30p.m. and 2:30p. Call 270-924-2020 to sign up for the hikes. 

KSP Warns of Multiple Counterfeit Bills Circulating Mayfield

Mayfield, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police are warning the public and area businesses of counterfeit money being circulated throughout the area.  On Wednesday, September 19th, Troopers responded to a bank who had reported a customer attempting to deposit multiple $100 dollar bills which were determined to be counterfeit.  After an investigation, it was determined the counterfeit bills had been obtained through multiple cash transaction at the Mayfield Trade Day earlier in the week. 

Due to the anonymous nature of the sale, Troopers are unable to determine from who the bills originated.  Businesses are cautioned to examine any suspicious currency and contact law enforcement if they determine the bills to be counterfeit.

Phone Lines Temporarily Down at Henry County Sheriff's Office

Paris, Tenn.- Due to a technical issue with AT & T at the HCSO phone lines are temporarily down. All 911 calls will be taken by the Paris Police Department until the issue is resolved. The HCSO apologizes for any inconvenience.

Lakewood PTO Fall Festival Planned Friday Sept. 21 5-8pm

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood School’s Parent Teacher Organization will be sponsoring a Fall Festival on Friday September 21st from 5-8pm. There will be a petting zoo, bake sale, wax museum, art gallery, popcorn bar, bouncy house, cake walk, face painting, balloon yo-yos, archery, a silent auction, and lots of games and concessions. Tickets are 25 cents each with each game or activity requiring a varying number of tickets. Everyone is invited.

Union Primitive Baptist Church Annual Meeting Sept. 21-23

Paris, Tenn.- Union Primitive Baptist Church will hold its annual meeting September 21st-23rd. Elder Josh Coker, pastor of Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama will be the guest. Services are Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 10:30am and 2pm, and Sunday at 10:30am. The Church is located on the corner of Hwy. 140 and Ross Road between McKenzie and Como.

Rest 4 the Sole Ladies Retreat Coming Back Oct. 26-27

Paris, Tenn.- Enough Grace Ministries will host the Rest for the Soul Ladies’ Retreat October 26-27th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Sheila Walsh, and joining her on the platform is Enough Grace Ministries founder Candise Farmer, along with Paris-native Betsy Craig Caswell leading in worship. Breakout session leaders include: Danielle Bell, Leeba Curlin, and Dr. Joy Greene. Spoken For, a mini-conference for teen girls ages 13 and up, will be led by Lydia Shoemaker.

The keynote speaker Walsh, has sold more than 5 million books and is known as the encourager. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again.

Farmer states, “we are anticipating much ministry as God uses Sheila during this weekend, we are hearing testimonies of women who have been impacted by Sheila’s ministry.”

The event again is set for October 26-27 at the Henry County Fairgrounds. All women are invited. More information can be found online at www.rest4thesoul.com.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Beginning Sept. 24th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of September 24th. Customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water. BPU asks that you check for discoloration of water prior to doing a load of laundry. If these conditions occur, run water through a faucet for several minutes. The water should return to normal in a short amount of time. If problems continue feel free to contact Tony Brown at 642-1322 ext. 115.

Auction for Slain DCSO Sgt. Baker Planned at PLSP on Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- An auction to benefit the family of slain Dickson County Police Officer Sgt. Daniel Baker will be held at Paris Landing State Park on Saturday September 22nd. Several auctioneers, have donated their time and several items have been donated with money raised benefiting Sgt. Baker’s family.

The auction will be held at the Marina beginning at 3pm and items include guns, Yeti coolers, Predators gear, Titans tickets, tools, Gatlinburg packages, and 100s of items on silent auction. Everyone is invited to attend.

AmVets Post 45 Hosting Paws for a Cause Fundraiser Friday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The AmVets Post 45, located on Hwy. 79 in Buchanan will have a Paws for a Cause Fundraiser this Friday September 21st beginning at 6pm. It’s a pajama party with breakfast for supper all you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, hashbrown casserole, fresh fruit and more, for only $8. There will be door prizes and karaoke at 7pm. Paws for a Cause take dogs and train them to become rehab dogs for Veterans.

Randy Boyd to Be Considered as Interim UT President

Knoxville- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will meet Sept. 25 in Knoxville to consider appointment of an interim system president to serve upon UT President Joe DiPietro’s retirement, which was announced on Monday. 
The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT/10:45 a.m. CDT in the Visitors Center at 2712 Neyland Drive on the UT Knoxville campus. Board members unable to be present in Knoxville may participate by telephone. The meeting will be webcast live and archived for later viewing; a link to the webcast will be available at tennessee.edu.
The board will consider appointing UT Knoxville alumnus and Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd to serve as interim system president for up to 24 months or until the effective date of appointment of a new president following an external search.
Requests to address the board regarding the proposed appointment may be submitted using the online form or the pdf at trustees.tennessee.edu/requests-to-address-the-board. Requests will be accepted until noon EDT on Monday, Sept. 24. Persons who have preregistered to speak will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will be limited to five minutes each, and the total time available for speakers will be 30 minutes.
The agenda will also include action to waive the requirement that DiPietro provide 180 days’ written notice of his retirement. The meeting agenda and materials are available by contacting Jennifer Sicking, assistant director of media relations for the UT System, at jsicking@tennessee.edu.
Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend this meeting may contact Sicking to request auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by email, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Monday, Sept. 24.

The University of Tennessee System distributes this notice to all faculty and staff as part of its compliance with the adequate public notice requirement of state open meetings law.

TN Stars Giving Away 3 Scholarships in Sept.

Nashville- Governor Haslam has issued a proclamation declaring September as College Savings Month in Tennessee. To celebrate, State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and the TNStars College Savings 529 Program are giving away three $529 scholarships this month.

The College Savings Month Proclamation states that the national student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion. One way families can help avoid this student loan debt is by opening a 529 college savings account. The TNStars College Savings 529 Program was created to encourage Tennessee families to save and invest for the future cost of higher education in a tax-advantaged way. Families can open an account with as little as $25 to start.

Research shows that students with dedicated savings for college are approximately seven times more likely to attend college than children with no dedicated account. TNStars offers quality investment options at a low cost, so families can save more, so they can save more money for college. Even small, consistent contributions to a 529 account can make a big impact over time.

"It's important to start saving early, so that compounding interest works for you rather than against you with student loans," said Treasurer Lillard. Money invested in a TNStars account grows tax-free when used for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, room and board, books, computers and more.

Tennessee residents age 21 and older can enter the scholarship giveaway online at TNStars.com/scholarship on behalf of a child 15 or under, now through September 30, 2018. Winners will be announced on October 1st, and scholarship money will be deposited to a TNStars account.

TNStars is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury. To learn more about TNStars or to open an account, visit TNStars.com.

Thefts Reported In the County

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. John Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s took a report of theft Tuesday from a home on Sulphur Academy Road where a pressure tank for a well valued at $400 was stolen along with the items from the victim’s shop. The victim stated the shop door was opened and someone had entered and stolen a combo bow and arrow, leather work boots, cordless drills, batteries, and other tools and things. The total value of the items were well over $1K.

Dep. Andrews also took a report of theft from a home on Ratteree Drive where a ring valued at $6K had gone missing. Investigation is ongoing in this incident with a possible suspect.

Tommy Wilson, age 33, of 410 Bull Durham Road, was charged with theft of property over $10K, burglary, and theft. He was placed on $50K bond according to the arrest sheet.

HCSS Holding Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will hold their Parent-Teacher conferences this Thursday September 20th for all students. Henry County High and E.W. Grove will conference from 1-7pm at each school and Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood Schools will conference from Noon to 6pm at their schools. Parent-teacher conferences provide families a time to meet with their student’s teacher and administration to discuss student work, school climate, and other topics important to the family and school.

PSSD Moves Money in Budget for Roof Repair, Rhea Project

The PSSD board looks over budget transfers. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met Tuesday evening and approved some resolutions and budget transfers to put some finishing touches on the final phase of the Rhea Construction project. Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell said after putting $250K into the budget in July for the construction project, they needed to add another $165K for some contingency issues and issues to repair a portion of the roof over the Pre-K area that is having issues.

Director of Facilities for the PSSD, Jason Coffield, said the nails in the roof over the original Pre-K portion are backing up thru the shingles. He said things are under warranty and we might be able to recoup some money but it’s a problem that has to be fixed. Coffield said the company that originally did the work and the subcontractor is no longer in business.

Dr. Gerrell said the $165K additional dollars added to the construction budget is well within the range for the overall price of the project and the total from fund balance from the PSSD budget.

Coffield also updated the board on the Rhea Project saying by the end of the month, the project should be completely wrapped up. They are doing some minor work now including putting in a sidewalk and installing a new door and clean-up efforts. All else is very minor work.

PSSD BOE Adds Extra Legal Counsel for Special Issues

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved a request from Dr. Gerrell to add additional legal counsel. Attorney Steve Greer is the attorney for the board and system, but he suggested having an additional attorney with more education background for things that come up with TSBA and other issues is a good idea. The board accepted a contract from Attorney Michael King, who serves as counsel for four other special school districts in West Tennessee. The contract basically keeps him on retainer and the system only pays when they use his services.

In her report, Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell said the state will release the embargo on the testing results and accountability tests. She said the PSSD will be very pleased and excited with our scores.

Board to Discuss Inclement Weather Policy in October

Paris, Tenn.- In his report, board chairman Richard Edwards said he received all the Superintendent evaluations from the board and met with Dr. Gerrell and went over them. He said on average the rating was 4.3 out of 5 on 45 questions for her 1st year which Edwards said was great and she was doing a great job.

Edwards also told board members to be thinking about inclement weather and what the board wants to do as far as handling missing school. He said, “we are going to talk about this at October’s meeting, instead of waiting until we’ve had snow in January or February so everybody keep that on your mind and be ready to discuss it next month.”

Griffey Hands out Constitutions to 8th Graders

Paris, Tenn.- Monday was Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution 231 years ago on September 17, 1787. In fact, the State of Tennessee has designated this week as Celebrate Freedom Week in recognition of Constitution Day. 

The 917 Society is a TN non-partisan, non-profit educational organization with the goal of empowering every 8th grader in TN with the knowledge of their individual freedoms by providing them with their very own lasting copy of the U.S. Constitution as a "rite of passage" into American Citizenship. 

In order to help the 917 Society reach its goal this year and ensure students in Henry County understood and could celebrate Constitution Day, local attorney Bruce Griffey. who is seeking the TN House of Representatives seat in the 75th District this November after defeating incumbent Tim Wirgau in the Republican primary in August, purchased a sufficient number of Constitutions from the 917 Society to be able to provide one to every 8th Grade student in Henry County and distributed them on Monday.

HCMC WHAC Hosting Little Black Dress Event Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- HCMC’s Women’s Health Advisory Council will be hosting its annual Spirit of Women Little Black Dress event this Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Paris Convention Center to a completely packed crowed.  Tickets for the event are free and became available about two weeks ago. Every ticket is now spoken for to this highly anticipated event.

As in past years, HCMC is bringing in a national speaker to grace the stage and help each of us learn to embrace our uniqueness and focus on our own health.  The night will begin with appetizers and drinks with featured beverages provided by Pepsi MidAmerica and food provided by Miss D’s. During the social hour, participants can mingle and enjoy the educational booths available at the event.  Each woman will receive a special charm to add to the bracelets that were distributed last year and Spirit of Women members will receive an additional special charm while supplies last. Other goodies will also be available.

Again this year, we will be offering many door prizes and hosting the Sassiest Black Dress contest.  Women can take selfies and enjoy our backdrop for fun photos at the event. Women can also pick up a comprehensive guide on recommended screenings and tests for the best health yet.

The event will be emceed by our featured guests, Joey Fortman, Reality Moms and Sandy O’Brien, Creative Juice Group, as they focus on you:  If the Shoe Fits: How to bedazzle, be true, be mindful and be you one foot at a time!

Joey Fortman, 20+ year on-air radio/tv vet, turned MOM, took her career to a whole different dimension when she left the full-time radio business in 2008 to bring her story to life online.

With real life recovery of Postpartum Depression, Joey started blogging through her loneliness, depression & real life identity crisis.  Watching the digital destiny of women fade away because of the behavior of other women online, Joey started Real Mom Media & Reality Moms to give women a real place to be themselves. Reality Moms share stories of motherhood through all walks of life. Joey is a contributor to many digital outlets including Quirky Momma & Kids Activities Blog where she hosts a travel/tech & toy show to over 3.2 million fans.  Aside from Reality Moms, Joey has taken her voice to Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Oz, NickMom, The Talk, Dr. Phil, Fox & Friends and so many more. When not laughing with her kids, Joey can be found face first in her Swear Word Coloring Book.

Sandy O, was born and raised in Philadelphia, this U of Delaware and Drexel educated gypsy bounced from Hawaii to California, where she worked as a scenic artist in Hollywood, then back to her roots in Philly. Never one to “color in the lines”, or accept satisfaction from the status quo, Sandy always pushes to make each creation more interactive, more sparkly, more over the top than the last one.

Additionally, Morgan Stone, FNP at KY Lake Urologic Associates will provide health tips for women on how to feel and be beautiful with good health.

Though the event is free, the Women’s Health Advisory Council is requesting donations to go to the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation’s newest project, the ER renovation. 

“I am extremely excited about this event on Thursday evening,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC.  “It is always a great event but it is extra special because I will get a chance to see Joey Fortman, an alumnus of MSU and a prior radio DJ at Froggy 103.7 FM and Electric 96.9 FM.  I worked with Joey years ago and it will be a pleasure to hear her speak.  She is a live wire and everyone is going to have an absolute blast!”

Though this event is currently full, there will be opportunities to watch videos from the event on social media and later on our YouTube channel.  Additionally, if you missed out on this event, you can be sure to join us in October for our annual Mammothon and Breast Cancer Awareness Event activities.  Be sure to watch for upcoming dates and registration on our website. 

Watch a segment of Joey and Sandy together:


Thefts Investigated By Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. Terry Williams responded to the Dollar Store on Hwy. 79 N. in Buchanan where money was stolen from the safe. It appears entry was made into the building during the early morning hours by cutting a hole in the southwest corner of the building. The investigation is continuing with no arrests at this time.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Blake Jenkins responded to Red Hill Top Road where around $16K worth of items were stolen including a 5 x 8 trailer, Yamaha 4 x 4, and Toro Zero Turn Mower. Deputies had located the stolen items before mid-morning on Tuesday.

Golf Teams Season Ends at Regionals

Gallatin, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot and Patriot Golf teams saw their season come to an end at Long Hollow Golf Course in Gallatin. Coach Brian Welp said it was a great year and he was really proud of his seniors Eli Ridgeway, Chase Wyrick, Syndey Williams, and Jameson Robbins.

HCHD Closing Martin Mill Rd. Wednesday, Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Martin Mill Road Wednesday and Thursday September 19th and 20th for culvert replacement. The closure will be four tenths of a mile east to northeast of Osage Crossland Road. The expected reopening is Thursday the 20th in the afternoon.

County Comm. Tables 300-ft. Rule Pertaining to Beer Permits

County Attorney Rob Whitfield discusses the 300-ft. rule in regards to beer permits. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for September on Monday evening and took up discussion on possibly repealing the 300-foot rule pertaining to issuance of beer permits in the county. The Tennessee Code Annotated set forth the resolution that legislative bodies may forbid the sale of beer within 300 feet of a residential dwelling, measured from building to building; provided the owner of the residential dwelling appears in person before the county beer board and objects to the issuance of such permit or license.

County Attorney Rob Whitfield gave background for his reasoning to repeal the 300 ft rule after the County Beer Board recently nearly met litigation when they turned down a beer permit because a homeowner within 300 feet wanted to object the permit. The permit was denied, then the next month, the permit holder, as allowed in the appeal process, appealed and brought legal counsel arguing the building had been a bar off and on for years. The beer board then approved the permit.

Whitfield said the inconsistent efforts of enforcing the 300-ft. rule and the need for clarity on the issue is a main reason in behind seeking to repeal it. Commissioners then asked if they do that what stops a tavern from going next door to any citizens’ home. Attorney Whitfield said citizens always have the right to show up to meetings and object to permits being issued and the board can always deny those.

After more discussion the issue was tabled, meaning no official action was taken at this time. The issue can be brought back up at future commission meetings.

Rules Set for Constable and Road Board Election In Oct.

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners also dealt with vacancies from the last election in the fourth district on the Road Board and constable and set the rules for a special election. At October’s meeting, nominations will be taken from the commission and the public and those nominated will have a chance to speak to the commission. To be elected a candidate must receive the vote of the majority of the full commission, which is 8 commissioners. If there is not a full majority after one vote, the candidate with the least votes will be eliminated and the process will continue until someone receives 8 votes.

The commission approved a resolution opting out of the statewide building code standards for one family and two family dwellings from the Tennessee Clean Energy Act of 2009. Mayor Greer said this is basically a housekeeping issue that must be done before 90 days pass each time a new commission is elected.

Also approved Monday night were bonds for road board commissioners and constables bonds and several appointments to boards.

Whitfield Elected President of Tax Association

Paris, Tenn.- County Attorney Rob Whitfield was recognized by the Commission on Monday night for being elected to serve as President of the Tennessee Association of Property Tax Professionals. He served as vice president in the past and told the commission they are trying to tackle some issues and clean up the way the 95 counties deal with property tax regulations and issues.

Wednesday's Session of Juvenile Court Rescheduled

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the passing of Judge Snyder's mother-in-law, Katie S. Hart, fondly remembered as “Mama Jean,” Juvenile Court scheduled for this Wednesday, September 19, 2018, will be canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018.   Regular cases will be heard at 9:00 a.m. Department of Children Services (DCS) cases will be heard at 10:00 a.m.  

The Juvenile Court Office will be closed on Wednesday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. - noon so staff may attend the visitation.

Anyone with questions or court matters that may have a scheduling conflict due to this change should contact their attorney or if they are not represented by an attorney, they should call the Juvenile Court Office at (731) 642-5271.

Tentative plans are for visitation from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, September 19, at McEvoy Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery on E. Wood Street in Paris. Ms. Hart is the mother of Judge Snyder’s husband, Mark.

FEMA Postpones Nationwide Tests Until Oct. 3rd due to Hurricane Response Efforts

Washington, D.C.- FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until Oct. 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, Sept. 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occuring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

UT President DiPietrio Announces Retirement Feb. 2019

Knoxville- University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced today that he will retire Feb. 14, 2019.

He will step down from active service Nov. 21 to use his remaining vacation time.

DiPietro has led the University of Tennessee System as UT’s 25th president since January 2011. He serves as the chief executive officer of UT and its campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis, the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Institute of Public Service.

“I am very proud of all we have accomplished together, which would not have been possible without the important efforts of our talented faculty, students, staff and administrators and the steadfast support of the Board of Trustees,” DiPietro said. “The university is well positioned for success—we are coming off a record-breaking year in research funding as well as private fundraising, and we have a committed group of chancellors and system administrators to move the university forward.”

John Compton, chair of the UT Board of Trustees, praised DiPietro. “We should all be thankful for Joe’s leadership. He and the former Board of Trustees accomplished a great deal together. All stakeholders in the university system have been well-served by his tireless commitment to continual improvement across all of our campuses. Our new board will convene soon to discuss next steps in selecting a new leader for the University of Tennessee System,” he said.

During DiPietro’s tenure, he oversaw a record four years of low tuition increases, including a zero percent tuition increase this year for UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga. In 2017, UT research achieved a record-high, system-wide $481 million in sponsored-program expenditures. The UT Foundation experienced a record fundraising year of more than $397 million given

during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The record year of giving included the naming of two colleges at the UT Institute of Agriculture and UT Chattanooga, which join two other colleges named at UT Knoxville since 2014. The UT Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service made more than five million contacts with Tennesseans statewide.

DiPietro also oversaw the construction of the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and its growth to two buildings that provide laboratory and work space for private industry, researchers and scientists affiliated with the university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. UT was also chosen to lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, a $259 million public-private partnership, during DiPietro’s tenure. Under his leadership, more than 240 projects totaling more than 11.5 million square feet were constructed or renovated across the system. Those projects reflect investments of more than $727 million by the state and more than $1.25 billion by the university.

When notified of an impending $377 million shortfall by 2025, DiPietro established the Budget Advisory Group. Through cost cutting, reallocated funds and unexpected increases in state allocations, the projected shortfall has been erased.

“I did not want to kick dealing with this problem down the road,” DiPietro said. “It was important for me to leave the university in good financial shape, and now, thanks to hard work by faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees as well as increases in state appropriations for the last seven consecutive years by the governor and legislature, we are.”

Funding has rebounded since a 25 percent budget cut of state appropriations in 2012 following the Great Recession. Compared to 2013, UT’s funding has grown by almost $164 million, a 38 percent increase in fiscal year 2019.

Donations in honor of DiPietro can be made to the newly established Joe and Deb DiPietro Endowment for Leadership Development. The endowment will provide support to assist UT employees in developing their leadership skills and understanding leadership’s role in higher education.

The endowment will be used to provide funding for the Executive Leadership Institute, which DiPietro established to help with succession planning for the university. It also will provide scholarships for participants. The institute will host its first cohort this fall, and DiPietro plans to teach part-time in the program.

Before serving as system president, DiPietro led the Institute of Agriculture for five years from 2006-2011. He previously served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and was a tenured professor and associate dean for research at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where he conducted research on the biology and control of parasites in horses and other domestic animals.

DiPietro plans to retire to Illinois and spend time with his wife, Deb, and their three children and six grandchildren.

Shepherds Table Meal Set for Tuesday Sept. 18th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table will be having their next supper on Tuesday, September 18th, at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

The Shepherd's Table is a Community Kitchen created by the members, volunteers and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. Lead by Co-chairmen and church members, David Ray Carter and his wife, Suzanne, the group achieves its mission each month of feeding all that come through the door.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Guests are taken to a table and seated by a volunteer that takes their order for supper and their drink. The meal for September will include pork tenderloin, green beans, sweet potatoes and rolls. Supper also includes a delicious dessert. The volunteers do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible.  The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The next supper has already been planned for October 16th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Public Intoxication Arrests Made; Bike Stolen in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Joel Glidewell, age 59 with public intoxication after a call came into dispatch where he was walking down Hwy. 79. Dep. Waldron stopped and asked him what he was doing and he said heading towards his hotel, which he was nowhere close to. Dep. Waldron noticed he was staggering. For his safety and safety of others Glidewill was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

Dep. Gary Carroll charged Christopher D. Minnis, age 31, of 900 Elkhorn Road, for public intoxication over the weekend as well.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department took a report of a bicycle stolen from a home on Curtis St. The value of the bicycle is $800 and investigation is ongoing.

KSP Makes Burglary Arrests

Mayfield, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police has been investigating a burglary of a residence in Water Valley since September 6, 2018. During the investigation, KSP learned some of the stolen firearms were at a residence in Hickman County.  On September 14, 2018 KSP was able to obtain a search warrant for the residence and recovered one of the stolen firearms. KSP Trooper Brian Luckett arrested Brandon R. Davis, 35 of Fulton, KY and charged him with; Receiving Stolen Property-firearm, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree greater than 2 grams Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   Davis was lodged in the Fulton County Jail. KSP also conducted a search warrant in Mayfield, KY in relation to the burglary investigation.  Trooper Aaron Jestes arrested Ashley D. Dixon, 22 of Mayfield, KY and charged her with; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree greater than 2 grams Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Trooper Brian Luckett also arrested Derek F. Brown, 35 of Mayfield, KY and charged him with; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree greater than 2 grams Methamphetamine, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   Both Brown and Dixon were lodged in the Graves County Jail.  

KSP was assisted by the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, Mayfield Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Trooper Luckett is continuing his investigation.  Several firearms are still missing from the burglary.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555.

Former Patriots Do Well for USI

Evansville, In.- Former Patriot Cross Country runners Titus and Javan Winders competed for the University of Southern Indiana in the Stegemoller Classic on Friday in Evansville. Titus, a freshman, finished the 7K race with a time of 22:01, good for 4th place and Javan, junior, finished 12th with a time of 22:46.

DPA Scarecrows on the Square Applications Due Oct. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Scarecrow on the Square is gearing up and applications for the event is rapidly approaching. Applications will be ready for pick-up at the Downtown Paris Association office on September 21. Applications must be completed and the registration of 15-dollars must be submitted to DPA no later than October 1st. Set-up day is on October 2nd. Participants must contact DPA for setup time. All proceeds will benefit the DPA

Tennessee National Guard Assist in South Carolina

Jackson, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Guard sent a military police company to South Carolina Sunday to assist residents of that state in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  More than 100 personnel of the 117th Military Police Battalion departed Athens, Tenn. with the necessary equipment and supplies to operate for approximately two weeks.

Once processed through reception, their mission will be to augment the local authorities by conducting door to door health and welfare checks, assisting with the manning of traffic control points designed to avoid impassable roads due to flooding and providing for the overall safety of those most affected by the storm.

South Carolina requested the assets through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact process whereby states can ask for help in time of crisis, or other natural disasters.  The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is the mitigating agency for such requests and works regularly with other state emergency management agencies to facilitate these cooperative agreements.

Running with  the Law Suicide Prevention 5-K

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Law Enforcement teamed up with Suicide Prevention and Awareness of Paris for the Run with the Law 5K on Saturday. The event raised over 13 hundred dollars for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention network.

Overall winners for the Males: Rick Horiachu and the Females: Kelley Lassiter. WMUF’s own Nicki Cronkright participated in the event and finished 2nd in her age division.

HCMC On Lockdown Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department responded to a report of a terroristic threat at Henry County Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. According to the report, Lieutenant Mike Ramos of Paris PD responded to the call in which a member of a patient’s family had called to receive information on the individual.  The caller was told medical information could not be given over the phone due to HIPPA regulations, and was told he could contact family members that were with the patient. The caller became angry and threatened to shoot everyone and hung up the phone.  At that point HCMC was on lockdown and Paris PD was called. According to the report, Lieutenant Ramos was advised by the Assistant District Attorney to issue a warrant for the suspect. No one was injured during this event.

TVA Prepared for Florence's Impact

Photo by TVA

Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Authority is gearing up for the impact of Hurricane Florence on the Tennessee River system. According to a press release, TVA has pre-positioned line crews and helicopters in North Carolina to support restoration efforts following Hurricane Florence. TVA’s River Forecast Center is also managing the increased water flows that will impact the Tennessee River system from Florence’s rainfall.

According to TVA Officials, the Ohio River is already nearing flood stage near Paducah, Kentucky because of heavy rainfall over the past few weeks, and the utility is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate releases from the Kentucky Dam, so that Florence does not negatively impact the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

 TVA has mutual assistance agreements with other utilities to provide skilled personnel and equipment support in response to severe weather or other significant events. TVA is also part of the Regional Equipment Sharing for Transmission Outage Restoration or RESTORE, which supports other utilities in the Southeast.

A Hog Wild Good Time at Henry's Pioneer Day

Kids playing in a bouncy house during the annual Pioneer Day in Henry TN.

Patrons chase a hog for a chance to win the $300 cash prize.

A great turn out for the annual Pioneer Days in Henry Tenn.

Pats Improve to 5-0 After Defeating Clarksville High

#8 Joseph Travis dives in for a touchdown against Clarksville

#16 Ethan Thompson hauls in a 28 touchdown pass during Friday nights action

#32 Sanchez Aldridge and #99 Davy Harrod bring down the Clarksville QB

Paris, Tenn.- The Pats claims victory at home as they beat district rival Clarksville 42 to 14. Ethan Thompson led in scoring with a 28-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Jaylen Foster had 19 yards on the night, followed by Joseph Travis with a total 14. Henry County ended the evening with 286 Rushing yard and 176 passing yards with 462 total yards for the game. This make Henry County 5 and 0 on the season as they travel to Clarksville to take on the Knights of Kenwood High School. You can tune into to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm.

Paris Landing to Participate in National Public Lands Day

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Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will participate in the National Public Lands Day on September 22. Help make the park beautiful during the Land beatification event set from 7 am-4pm. Volunteers will help with landscaping, flower beds, park signs, trimming bushes, placement of bird houses, and so much more. You can also learn more about the Tennessee River by attending the Modern Day Huck Finn event. Patrons will get a guided boat ride from Paris Landing State Park to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park with an overnight camping adventure on the bank of the Tennessee River. The event is 65- dollars for Adult and 45-dollars for Kids 7-12.  All food is provided. That event begins at 10am at the Paris Landing Marina. If you need more information about any of these event contact Gina Lowery at regina.lowry@tn.gov or Tim Caldwell at tim.caldwell@tn.gov.

Murray State Recognized As Top School

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 34th year, includes Murray State as one of the best regional universities for 2019, marking the University’s 28th consecutive year in top-tier rankings

The U.S. News rankings, which include nearly 1,400 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.

Autopsy Reveals Body Found in Lake is Melissa Crane

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department issued a press release Friday morning stating an autopsy has confirmed that the body found in a car that was submerged in Kentucky Lake back in April was determined to be Melissa Crane, a Paris woman reported missing since early March of 2016.

Capt. Watson said the Paris Police Department was hoping she would be found safe, but th autopsy does show her body is the one removed from the car found near Gray's Landing on April 11th about 40 feet from the shoreline in 9-10 feet of water.

Stewart County Sheriff's Office was originally called to the scene as a fisherman found the car in the water and divers from Montgomery County located the vehicle and a body inside it. They pulled the vehicle out and it came back to Melissa Crane, missing from Paris since March 3rd, 2016 and Paris Police were contacted to the scene.

Capt. Watson said in the press release now that the autopsy confirms it was Crane and there was no foul play noted on the report, the case is closed.


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Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

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