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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Pats Host Germantown Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Two 6-0 teams will clash on the gridiron Friday night at Patriot Stadium as Henry County, ranked #1 in Class 5A and Germantown, ranked #6 in Class 6A are set to to battle in a non-district game. Germantown won at their place last year 29-26, so the Patriots are seeking some revenge at home Friday night. If you can't make it over to Patriot Stadium for the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show. You can also stream it online via our website at wmufradio.com or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates apply.


Murray, Ky.- For more than 50 years, Murray State University has enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership with nearby Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the U.S. Forest Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

That relationship was recently extended through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these entities that acknowledges the benefits that each provide to the region.
“It’s essential that our students and faculty are provided with plentiful opportunities for impactful learning and scholarly research,” said Murray State Interim President Bob Jackson. “Murray State’s proximity to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area aligns perfectly with our mission of fostering an environment of academic excellence. Academic disciplines and specialties — including biology, archeology, occupational safety and health, watershed science and many others — directly benefit from this incredible resource we have in our region. Further, the sheer amount of recreational and educational opportunities at Land Between the Lakes are deeply valued and utilized by many members of our campus community.”
“There are several lines of research and teaching that routinely utilize the resources of Land Between the Lakes,” said Dr. Michael Flinn, interim chair and associate professor in the biological sciences department. “Our students have tracked rattlesnakes, conducted owl counts, estimated deer densities and conducted bat surveys. Land Between the Lakes has an amazing set of resources and the close proximity to campus, along with the synergistic relationships we have built, help to strengthen Murray State University and many programs.”
Flinn also credits the nearby Hancock Biological Station as a critical resource for conducting research on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, including hands-on student learning opportunities in ecology, field botany, conservation biology, wildlife and fisheries.
“The academic disciplines at Murray State University complement our commitment to sustainable environmental education at Land Between the Lakes,” said Forest Supervisor Tina Tilley. “Our shared vision advances scientific understanding and supports the learning environment in our local communities. Murray State students and faculty are a critical element to our environmental stewardship and recreation opportunities. This MOU will ensure we continue our relationship and partner on new projects.”
As part of the MOU, both parties have agreed to work to continue existing relationships while developing new partnership opportunities to advance the region economically and educationally. 

Wheels for Wildlife Membership Drive for Friends of TNNWR is Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Wheels for Wildlife Membership Drive this Saturday September 29th from 10am to 2pm at the TN National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. Bring your classic cars, trucks, motorcylces, anything with wheels. There will be critter crafts for the kids to participate in and food for sale as well.

The event is open to Friends of Tennessee Wildlife members only. Membership comes with 10% discount at the Blue Heron Bookstore and special events open only to members. Proceeds raised help fund school field trips. To join, simply go to www.friendstnwr.org.  

Cottage Grove Community Revival Set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3rd

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Community Revival is set for September 30th thru October 3rd at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove. Speaker will be Long Heights Baptist Church pastor Kenny Carr and worship will be led by HCHS band director Blair Chadwick. The revival will be 6-7:30pm nightly and the theme is 30 days to a no regrets lifestyle.

Joint Commission Awards HCMC Center for Orthopedic Excellence

Surgeons, nurses, and staff at the Orhopedic clinics are recognized with the Center of Excellence award from Joint Commission. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO Lisa Casteel told the board the medical center had received Joint Commission Accreditation for the Orthopedic Center of Excellence. The Hyperbariac Oxygen Chambers are jointly owned between the hospital and two physicians under a joint venture, removing a management service. Dr. Cutright, Dr. Stephens, Dr. Chandler, and several of the members of the team at the Orthopedic Center were on hand and honored at the beginning of Thursday’s board meeting. Casteel said we have a fantastic team that our patients in this community absolutely love dealing with.

Casteel also explained the CDC has recommended the public get the flu shot before the end of October as some reports of flu have begun to circulate in the community and around the region. Casteel said people usually develop the antibodies about two weeks after vaccination so the sooner more people are vaccinated, the better chance the community has to quell the spread of it. She asked the board to get their flu shots and be advocates for folks in the community to get theirs as well.

CEO Lisa Casteel talks about the importance of getting flu shots this flu season as some cases are already ramping up.

Casteel reported New York University, NYU, has decided to cover tuition for all its medical students this year, regardless of their economic situation, in an effort to alleviate the nationwide shortage of medical researchers and primary care physicians. 72% of 2018 medical student grads had debts averaging $195K. NYU has already raised $600M to cover the tuition for its first year and existing students.

HCMC BOT Hears People Update from HR

Paris, Tenn.- HR Director Billie McKee gave an update on “people” or human resources at the medical center. She said since last November they’ve hired nearly 300 people. 17 were filled internally, over 2700 applications were received. She said the turnaround from application received to hire date is about 30 days as they’ve implemented another orientation date to fill position quicker.

McKee said currently there are about 38 positions open at HCMC, which is down from 70 just a couple months ago, but we encourage people to apply at all times. Turnover has also improved in the last year and is around 22%, which is down from 27% last year.

Ray Lewis Band Wraps Up Noon on the Square Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the Square will wrap up for the season this Friday from 11:30am to 1pm on the court square in downtown Paris. The Ray Lewis Band will play great music for the entertainment and the Paris Quota Club will sell lunches either burgers or brats along with chips. The DPA will sell drinks.

MSU Adopts Handshake as New Internship, Job Portal

Murray, Ky- Murray State University has joined Handshake, a career management platform that allows students and alumni from approximately 500 schools opportunities to network and explore prospective career paths. 

“It’s really a tool to help connect students to employers,” said Matthew Purdy, director of Career Services at Murray State. He explained that as a more extensive and inclusive system, Handshake puts Murray State on the radar for more companies across the nation.
Through this service, employers post internship opportunities as well as full-time, part-time and even on-campus job openings. From any smart phone or computer, students and alumni can create profiles, upload résumés, search for and apply to listed positions.
After prolonged use, Handshake will begin curating positions based on search history and users’ favorite positions. To favorite a position, users can select the star next to the title. The app can even issue reminders when application deadlines for those favorited positions are approaching.
Murray State Career Services also uses the program to manage meeting appointments for students or alumni seeking help with their career journeys. Users need only tap a time with their preferred Career Services team member to sync the appointment to everyone’s schedules. That feature is under the “Career Center” tab.
Additionally, Career Services keeps students updated on on-campus opportunities, such as interviews with visiting companies or educational seminars. 
“Whether you come into our office, you hear Career Services talk in a class, we do a workshop or you interact with us [through Handshake], we are very focused on student service,” Purdy said.
Visit murraystate.joinhandshake.com to begin exploring possible job opportunities.
In addition to the new career platform, Career Services offers a variety of free resources for students and alumni, such as career counseling, résumé reviews, graduate school advising, interview coaching, job consultations and much more. Peer advisers are also available to meet with students by appointment or during walk-in hours.
Career Services is located in suite 100 of the Oakley Applied Science Building. They can be reached at 270-809-3735 or msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu. For more information about available resources, please visit murraystate.edu/career.

Man Charged with Criminal Littering

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Zachary Dalton Evans, of 1008 Brown St., with aggravated criminal littering and criminal trespass. He was placed on $2K bond.

DPA Seeks Volunteers for Saturday to Decorate Downtown for Fall

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is seeking volunteers to help decorate the court square for fall with straw, pumpkins, and mums on Saturday at 8am. They will begin at 8am and anyone wishing to volunteer and help set up is welcome to do so and with a large group should only take 30 minutes.

Centralized Dispatching, County-Wide Radio Project Discussed by E-911 Board

911 board discusses Central Dispatching. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met Wednesday where many different topics were discussed concerning some major future projects involving 911 in the county. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo gave the board an update on the Centralized Dispatching Committee who has gone to a couple different counties that has all their dispatching under one roof and the board began the discussion of moving forward with that for Paris and Henry County.

Chairman of the Board John Etheridge said he thought it was a good idea to get the City and County at the table and discuss this further before the board moves too much further along and see what the budget looks like and where they need to go. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said he feels like they can get this worked out amongst each entity and City and County and doesn’t want to kick the can down the road.

The board agreed to set up meetings and move discussion along. Then decided on another piece of business that relates to Central Dispatching as Director Mark Archer brought up the idea of purchasing the building next door to the ECD building, which is current office of WTPR radio. Archer said it was for sale and would give them a place to put dispatch, but board member Richie Chilcutt said he felt like the age of the WTPR building would cost the ECD more in the long run. Discussion then shifted to housing the Central Dispatching at the ECD building, perhaps halfing the training room or moving the current board room to the very back and having it in there. This project is only in the beginning phases and will continue to progress.

Archer gave an update on the County-wide radio project, saying 911 has committed $250K and the first Community Development Block Grant from the County was received for $315K and they feel good about the one from the City being accepted as well. Archer said they will send out requests for proposals to companies by November and the first phase of infrastructure improvements will begin in February. Archer said, “it’s a huge project with this new digital system to help with dead spots in the county, but its greatly needed.”

 The board also learned that the 911 controller, CAD, and Radio Console projects were up and running good so far. They learned Archer was appointed to the State 911 board and was being a candidate for chairman of the State 911 board that will be revealed in November.

IT Director Chad Howard told the board they have repurposed a couple computers and became the state’s first QGIS Server and have sent information online to the state and it is working. Howard said it allows intra-agency shared data between agencies such as police, fire, highway department, etc. to pinpoint locations, properties, etc. Henry County is the first QGIS in the state. Howard also said the revamped website was coming along and he hopes to go live with it in November.

More Investigation Reveals Bomb An Elaborate Hoax

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office has sent an updated press release on the day's events at Security Bank at Paris Landing. In an update to the previous press release regarding the explosive device, it was confirmed, after further investigation that instead of being an explosive device this was an elaborate hoax with components that are used in actual explosive devices.

The investigation is ongoing In a joint effort including the Henry County Sheriff’s Office CID along with the FBI and ATF. Security footage will be reviewed.

At this time there are no suspects however, the Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s). Anyone with any information can call the Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the crime tip line at 731-642-0929

Security Bank said they will be open at their regular time for business tomorrow at that branch.

KSP Searching for Individual After Foot Pursuit

Eddyville, Ky.- On September 26, 2018, at approximately 11:49 AM Troopers from the Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield initiated a traffic stop on a blue 2003 Toyota Avalon around the 46 MM on I-24.

The vehicle was being operated by Yusif Khalil Jackson, age 35, of Olympia, WA. Aaliyah Ray’shun Bowman, age 19, of Tacoma, WA, was a passenger in the vehicle. During the traffic stop, both Jackson and Bowman fled from the scene on foot. Troopers were able to apprehend Jackson, but are still searching the area for Bowman. Bowman is a black female, approximately 4’9” tall, 106 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing black shorts and a red shirt.

If anyone has information on the location of Bowman, please contact KSP Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or via the Kentucky State Police App. Callers may remain anonymous.

Explosive Device Found in Package at Sec. Bank Wednesday

Buchanan, Tenn.- Investigation is continuing after Jackson Police Department's bomb squad disarmed an explosive device found inside a package found at the front door of Security Bank in Buchanan on Wednesday morning.

The Jackson PD Bomb Squad was called to the scene and eventually called the bomb robot to investigate the package further. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew was the first to respond and looking at the package did believe he saw an explosive device. He along with Sgt. Terry Williams and Dep. Frankie Scott set up a safey perimeter around the area and called for help with the Bomb Squad from Jackson PD. An initial Xray of the package revealed an possible explosive device, then the highway was shut down and a safety perimeter was made as they worked to disarm the device, which took around half an hour.

An employee found the suspicious package upon arriving for work at the bank Wednesday morning and called police. Authorities secured the entire area, including spectators across the highway asking them to leave the scene.

Several local law enforcement officers were on scene along with other first responders and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, ATF, FBI, TBI, FEMA, TEMA, TDOT, EMS, and Paris Landing Fire Department.

There are no suspects at this time, but investigation will continue with the ATF, FBI, HCSO CID, working jointly on the case.

Man's Car Stolen Again, Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron took a report of a stolen car from a Cottage Grove man who had the same car stolen and recovered in Weakley County earlier in the year. He left the car at a buddy’s house on India Road and Dep. Waldron’s report said the buddy called him saying the car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, valued at $1K, was missing.

Inv. Derrek Colley of the Metro Crime Unit arrested Taylor L. Mianoway, age 25, of 4120 Foundry Hill Road for simple possession of schedule 6, simple possession of schedule 4, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department charged Jordan S. Goodman, age 22, for possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal simulation, and possession of schedule 2. He was placed on $2500 bond.  

Suspicious Package Found at Paris Landing Sec. Bank Branch

Buchanan, Tenn.- A suspicious package was found on the door of the Paris Landing branch of Security Bank and Trust Wednesday morning and the area has since been secured by authorities and the bomb squad is coming from Jackson to investigate the package.

Chief Deputy Damon Lowe said, “the first employee to arrive at the bank this morning noticed the package at the front door and called us and we have secured the area. That bank branch is closed at this time and we are waiting for the bomb squad to come and see if there is anything inside the package.”

More details will be released later.

Vote for Patriots vs. Germantown as Titans Game of the Week

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Germantown this week in high school football and the matchup is one of four that can be voted on for the Titans Football Game of the week. Fans can vote at titansonline.com and the matchup receiving the most votes will win and the winning head coach will be the Coach of the Week. Each coach of the week will receive a grant from the Tennessee Titans for $1000 to use for his football program.

The matchup Friday night will pit Henry County, ranked #1 in Class 5A in the state’s AP poll against Germantown, ranked #6 in Class 6A. Both schools are 6-0 on the season.  

Gas Board Approves New Fast Fill Natural Gas Filling Station

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met in regular session last week and approved the purchase of a Natural Gas Fast Filling station from Phoenix Energy for $188,900. General Manager Tae Eaton said the station will be built at the operations center and they will do some of the work in house such as pouring the concrete slab. Phoenix Energy will come in and do the rest of the work and turnaround time will be about 6 weeks.

Currently the district has a slow fill station, where their 6 Natural Gas powered trucks are filled and that will remain, but Eaton said the fast fill station will greatly help as 30 gallons can be filled in about an hour. Eaton said he has talked with the City of Paris who has expressed interest in purchasing a Natural Gas dump truck. Eaton also said there is some grant money that is about to become available for schools, city and county governments to seek to purchase Natural Gas Vehicles. Eaton told the board the district hopes more and more entities go the NGV route and can utilize the fill station. 

The district recently had their Tennessee Public Utility Commission annual inspection and it went really well. The inspectors were on site for four days and checked everything and the district had no violations and were only given a couple small recommendations which they already implemented.

The board of directors voted to allow the General Manager to accept the lowest bid on a 5-ton unit for the rooftop HVAC unit as it is starting to give them issues and they need to get it fixed. They also approved paying for employee flu shots this fall.

Eaton updated the board on service lines saying they currently had 31 applications for service lines and actually added 15 more this week. Eaton said they have started a two man crew for this and plan on hiring some temporary workers to help with general labor to get caught up on the service lines. Eaton said the main extension line projects we’ve done have really paid off and increased business and customers.

American Legion Post 89 Tenderloin Meal Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- American Legion Post 89 will have a tenderloin meal this Friday September 28th form 5pm to sold out at the post located at 4325 East Antioch Road. Everyone is invited and the meal is fried pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, roll, desert, and drink for $10.

Boyd Appointed Interim UT President

Knoxville- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees appointed alumnus Randy Boyd as interim system president in a specially called meeting Sept. 25.
Boyd will begin his new role Nov. 22. Dr. Joe DiPietro, the system’s 25th president, recently announced he will retire from active service Nov. 21. He has led the university since January 2011.
“I have confidence in Randy and will do everything I can to make sure he gets a good start,” DiPietro said after the vote. “He will take the momentum we have achieved and will make the university even bigger, better and greater.”
Boyd, a Knoxville businessman, will serve for up to 24 months or until a new president is appointed following an external search. He has declined to be paid a salary. He will receive a stipend of $10,000 per year to cover costs related to enrollment in the state group health insurance plan.
“I am committed to the success of the University of Tennessee and will dedicate my full focus to continuing the momentum achieved by Dr. DiPietro and leaders throughout the system,” Boyd said after trustees voted to approved his appointment. “Thank you for this honor and for putting your trust in me.”
John Compton, UT Board of Trustees chairman, nominated Boyd for the interim position, stating that an interim would allow trustees time to plan for the university’s future. He said Boyd’s unique set of experiences made him the ideal candidate.
“He’s a true public servant, and he will work every day to make sure the University of Tennessee System is meeting the needs of our state,” Compton said.
As part of the decision, Compton said he and the other trustees reviewed emails and social media

posts and listened to opinions from faculty, students and the general public before and during the meeting.
“All of the feedback we’ve been given electronically has been shared with trustees,” Compton said. He added that a majority of the feedback received was positive.
Trustee Lang Wiseman said they heard the concerns of those who responded.
“Diversity and tolerance are important characteristics of the university that each one of us shares and upholds,” he said. “I feel certain and confident that (Boyd) will uphold the characteristics and traits we want in our university.”
Boyd graduated from UT Knoxville in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 with a master degree in liberal studies focused on foreign policy. He is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corp., which has more than 700 employees, offices in six countries and the brands PetSafe, Invisible Fence and SportDOG.
He was the architect for “Drive to 55” with the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect scholarship programs to help 55 percent of Tennesseans earn a post-secondary degree by 2025. He led Tennessee Achieves as chairman and acted as Gov. Bill Haslam’s adviser for higher education. He also served as chair of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Through his philanthropy, Boyd also supports the UT Knoxville Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research and the UT Institute of Agriculture College of Veterinary Medicine’s Boyd Venture Challenge seed grant program for student entrepreneurs. He has funded Boyd Scholarships for Tennessee Promise students and supported the UT Knoxville Boyd Family Track and Field Center.

Trustees also approved waiving the requirement that DiPietro provide 180 days’ written notice of his retirement.

Tuesday Cruise-in Postponed Due to Rain

Paris, Tenn.- Wet weather Tuesday has caused the postponement of the last scheduled DPA Cruise-in of the Season. The Chill Tonics were set to perform. The event has been rescheduled for next Tuesday October 2nd.

BPU Board Meets in Quick Sept. Session

BPU board members look over financials (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met in regular session on Tuesday and General Manager Terry Wimberley explained financials for August were all in pretty good shape. He said net income in electric was down some as we purchased more than we sold as for as power goes and it was a 3 pay period month. Overall financials were in good shape in all departments for the first couple months of the fiscal year.

Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations, told the board the Eagle Creek Substation work is coming along nicely as they’ve had good weather until this week. He said it’s a 1.3 mile project and about 75% of the wires are in the air and all the poles are set. Edwards said if all goes well, we should have all that part done by November 1st or sooner. Wimberley reminded the board the BPU took some guys off other crews and formed an extra crew to work on the substation to get it completed before winter weather set in.

The board approved surplusing an older bucket truck on govdeals.com as a new one had been received and was in operations. Wimberley also reported the office renovations are going well and plans are to be moved back in by Thanksgiving or December 1st.

TN State Parks Receive National Accreditation

Nashville- Tennessee State Parks has been named one of only two state park systems in the country to receive accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The announcement was made official at the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference in Indianapolis this week.

“Achieving this independent accreditation means Tennessee State Parks meets national standards of best practice,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “It also acknowledges that visitors can expect the best in terms of recreation, programming and amenities when they visit any one of our 56 state parks.”

CAPRA accreditation assures park visitors, policy makers, department staff and taxpayers that a parks system has the operational capacity to deliver high-quality programs, services and facilities. There are just over 160 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States. Only one other parks system in Tennessee has received accreditation – the City of Germantown in Shelby County.

“To receive this accreditation is truly an honor,” said Anne Marshall, senior advisor to Deputy Commissioner Hill. “It reflects the commitment and dedication of our parks’ staff and the benefits available to visitors. We hope this accomplishment will set the bar for other state parks systems and encourage them to seek accreditation as well.”

Scoring is based on the adoption of efficient and effective processes, such as having an environmental sustainability policy that includes protections for natural resources; soliciting employee and visitor feedback on park management plans; proper utilization of volunteers; and the availability of high-quality programming to all visitors, including historically underserved populations.

The accreditation process includes self-evaluation, a peer review and a site visit. The CAPRA standards were developed by a special committee initiated in 1989 by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association.

For more information about CAPRA, visit https://www.nrpa.org/certification/accreditation/capra/.

HCHD Closing Hill Rd. For Emergency Repairs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has closed Hill Road 3/4 mile south of the Hwy. 218 bypass for emergency culvert repairs. The road will be closed most of the day Tuesday.

"Teachers' Appreciation" Weekend at LBL this Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes will hold a “Teacher’s Appreciation” weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. All teachers will receive free admission for themselves and immediate family members to the Homeplace and Nature Station. This is for all current teachers, retired teachers, and home educators.

The Homeplace’s events including Children’s Chores from 11am to 1pm Saturday, Walk with the Animals from 1-3pm and on Sunday Spinning Wheels, Thread on the Farm from 11am to 1pm, and Woodworking from 1-3pm.

The Nature Station will have a Puppet Show Saturday, Fall Crawl: Reptile and Amphibian Search; and then a program on Eagle Recovery. On Sunday, discussions include cold blooded animals and backyard safari: Secrets of Survival.

Darkhorse Lodge Fundraiser Planned Sat. at Friendship Baptist

Paris, Tenn.- Friendship Baptist Church is holding a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser for the Darkhorse Lodge this Saturday September 29th. The church is located at 1385 Friendship Road in Buchanan.

The spaghetti dinner will begin at 4pm and donations are accepted and the silent auction begins at 4pm. Music will start at 6pm featuring The McEwens, The King’s Crusaders, and The Mistonaires. A love offering will also be taken up for Darkhorse Lodge during the event.

Darkhorse Lodge is a lodge for combat veterans of all branches to come relax, fish, and enjoy area activities and communicate with others. To follow along with the progress of the Lodge log onto the website at darkhorselodge.org. For more information on this event call Russell Ragsdale at 731-707-0668. All donations are welcome.

Preserve Paris Rescheduled For this Sat. Sept. 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The Preserve Paris Event that was set for last Saturday September 22nd in the alleys of the Atkins Porter neighborhood was postponed due to the wet and stormy weather. The City of Paris has rescheduled the event for this coming Saturday September 29th. All volunteers are asked to meet at Atkins Porter Recreation Center at 9am. For more information call Paris City Hall at 641-1402.

Chill Tonics Set to Perform at DPA's Last Cruise-in of Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s last scheduled Cruise-In of the season is planned for Tuesday from 5:30pm-7pm around the court square in downtown Paris. The Chill Tonics will be performing and Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ sandwiches. Door prizes will be given away to classic car owners every 15 to 20 minutes. All classic cars are welcome. The rain date for Tuesday’s Cruise-In is Tuesday October 2nd.  

HCMC Donates to Inman's Clothes Closet

Paris, Tenn.- The mission of Henry County Medical Center can be summed up in two words, “to provide.”  And, during the celebrations of HCMC’s 65th Anniversary and HCHC’s 55th Anniversary, the organization came together to provide a service project providing shoes, socks, jeans, khakis, Wal-Mart gift cards, and haircut certificates to its Partner in Education, Inman Middle School.

Henry County Medical Center Collected almost $1,200 from partners and donated almost $100 in Wal-Mart gift certificates to help purchase needed clothing for the Inman Clothes Closet.  Pam Ridley, Director of Information Systems, and Lawanna Johnson, Director of HCHC Food and Nutrition, chaired the service week celebration committee and both knew that part of the celebration would be about giving back to the community that has supported us for 65 years.

“I reached out to Inman Middle School to see if there were any needs that were unmet,” said Ridley.  “I wanted to start there since they are our Partner in Education.  They suggested several different projects, but this one seemed to embody our mission, to provide, to the children in need at the school.  The committee agreed and we held a week long campaign to collect at least a $1 from every partner to go towards this great project.”

With the funds, HCMC was able to purchase over 40 pairs of shoes, several pairs of jeans and socks as well as provide gift cards for unforeseen needs for the children. 

“We are proud of our partners at HCMC and HCHC for contributing to such a great cause,” said Johnson.  “It is a blessing to be able to make an impact on the community we serve.”

Henry County Medical Center contributes to many organizations and causes collectively as well as departmentally throughout the year including Relay for Life, Helping Hand, Rhea After School Backpack Program, Patriot Kitchen, the Food Pantry, and much more.

Grove's Quinn Brewer Wins Poetry Competition

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Brewer, student at E.W. Grove, entered the 2017-2018 National Garden Club Youth Poetry Contest.  The theme was "Let It Grow". Quinn won 1st place in the 8th Grade competition in the state of Tennessee. She also won 1st place in the Deep South Region, which represents the southeastern United States. 

Man Arrested by Paris Police After Burgrlary

Paris, Tenn.- After responding to a possible burglary at a home on Walnut St. over the weekend, Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department drew warrants on the possible suspect, James Ridgeway, age 28, of 206 Peachtree St. The original report stated that Lt. Frey found the door broken in half and mail belonging to Ridgeway scattered about. The victim said he might be the one who broke in. Attempts to locate Ridgeway at first were unsuccessful, but an arrest sheet Monday morning at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr, did indeed arrest James Ridgeway and charged him with aggravated burglary, evading arrest, and drug paraphernalia possession. He was placed on $15K bond.

Deputies Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a resident of Main St. in Cottage Grove. There was no forced entry into the home, but several pieces and rolls of loose change were missing, around $100 or so. There are no suspects at this time.

Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen 16 ft. trailer valued at $2K from resident of Guthrie Road. There are no suspects in this incident either.

Another report at the Sheriff’s office stated Cpl. David Andrews is investigating a theft of Uhaul from West TN Movers. A man rented the Uhaul, valued at $60K back in late August and has yet to return it. He has not responded to numerous attempts at correspondence from the company including phone calls, emails, and letters.

HC XC Does Well in Benton

Benton, Ky.- The Henry County Cross Country Teams competed in the 39th Marshall County Invitational in Benton. Dinah Winders finished 1st overall in the Girls Varsity 5K with a time of 18:44. She came in 1st out of 151 competitors. Taylor Dunagan came in 13th at 21:10 and Roberta Henriquez and Madison Caldwell also finished well in the race.

The men’s team placed 1st out of 19 teams and Silas Winders took 1st out of 216 male competitors with a time of 15:52 in the 5K. Cole Davis finished 3rd overall at 16:16 and Cooper Smith came in 10th overall at 17:24. Also doing well in the race for Henry County’s men were Hunter Lawrence, Sam Bruce, Jesse Evans, Devin Pritchett, Tyler Johns, Hayden Bostick, Luke Nichols, Conner Cox.

KSP Investigating Attempted Abduction

Mayfield, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the attempted abduction of a Mayfield teen late Sunday night. Troopers and Detectives are gathering any surveillance footage that may have captured the incident. The Kentucky State Police Intelligence Branch is working closely with investigators to try and determine the registered owner of the vehicle described. Anyone who has seen a white Kia Soul acting in a suspicious manner are urged to contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or dial 911.

On September 23, 2018, at approximately 10:30 PM the Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield received a complaint of an attempted, random abduction. Through investigation it was discovered a white male in his mid 30’s with black hair and a black goatee was operating a white Kia Soul near Mayfield. The male attempted to abduct a random female juvenile, but the juvenile was able to fight her attacker and get away.

Traffic Accident Results in DUI Charge

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police arrested a man for DUI Saturday evening after he flipped his car on Veterans Drive. Police arrest 40 year old Daniel Rios after units were dispatched to the site where they found the vehicle upside down and Rios still in the vehicle. According to the report, Patrolman Daniel Andres spoke with the driver who refused medical attention. As Rios exited the vehicle, Patrolman Andres noticed a strong odor of alcohol, as well as Rios eyes were bloodshot and glossy. The driver did state he had drank a few beers earlier and agreed to a field sobriety test, which he failed. Two beer bottles and an empty 6-pack box was found in the 1992 Chevy Blazer. Rios was arrested and charged with DUI 1st.His bond was set at 15 hundred dollars.

3rd Annual Scare Crow on the Square

Paris, Tenn.-  This is the 3rd year for Scarecrows on the Square and a great way to let your creativity take hold and have some fun in an environmentally friendly way. The event is open to all groups, schools, or businesses.  Use a theme and name that fits your group’s personality or celebrate Paris history with a historic Paris figure!

Application forms are available at the Downtown Paris Association office, 203 N. Fentress Street or on line at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.Bring the completed form to the DPA office, fax it to 731-642-6222, or email it to downtownparis@outlook.com by October 1st.  Set up days will be Tuesday, October 2nd through Friday, October 5th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by appointment only.  For more information call the DPA office at 731-653-7274 or Carly Wheat at 901-493-4065

UT Selmer Celebrates 20-Years With Open House

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin McNairy County Center/Selmer will celebrate 20 years with an open house event from 3-6 p.m on September 27th, at the center on Tennessee Avenue. Selmer became UT Martin’s first educational outreach location in 1998.

The location has more than 100 students currently enrolled and has served several thousand students over the past two decades. Students in this area can select undergraduate courses supporting bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 specialized programs as well as several graduate-level course options.

For more information, contact Alan Youngerman, at 731-646-1636 or email ayounge3@utm.edu.

TDOE Announces 2018 Reward Schools

Nashville, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Education announced Friday the 2018 Reward and Priority schools for the state. Among the schools named Reward Schools include W.O. Inman Middle School in Paris, and Henry Elementary School. Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Reward schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups, and they are identified annually.

Paris Special School District was named as advancing which means the system is improving overall in key areas such as English learner proficiency assessment data, chronic absenteeism, Ready Graduate data, science data, and the requirement of a 95% ACT or SAT participation rate, since taking either exam is required by state law to graduate from a Tennessee high school.

Tennessee’s new school accountability system was developed through a 16-month process of gathering feedback and hearing input from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Tennessee has designated Reward and Priority schools since 2012, but this was the first year with an updated methodology as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of federal requirements, the plan was submitted to and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Enrollment up at the University of Tennessee at Martin

Photo by UT Martin

Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin reports a total enrollment of a little over 7k students for the fall 2018 semester, showing a 4 percent increase from fall 2017. This is the highest total enrollment UT Martin has seen since fall 2013.

First-time freshmen enrolled this semester account for around 11 hundred students, showing an 8.7 percent increase over the first-time freshman class enrolled last fall. This is the university’s largest freshman class since fall 2014. UT Martin has seen a 21 percent increase in the size of its freshman class over the past two years.

Auction for Slain DCSO Sgt. Baker A Huge Success

Photos by Benita Evans

Buchanan, Tenn.- There was standing room only at the auction to benefit the family of slain Dickson County Police Officer Sgt. Daniel Baker. The event was held at Paris Landing State Park on Saturday. It was a community effort with several auctioneers donating their time. Items auctioned off included guns, Yeti coolers, Predators gear, Titans tickets, tools, Gatlinburg packages, and much more. No word on how much was raised for the family.

VFW Presented the Missing Man Ceremony

Photos by Benita Evans

Paris, Tenn.- Veterans and community members came to together to honor those soldiers that  did not make it home and are still missing. Every year, more of America's  MIA remains are returned from foreign lands. This year, over 200 MIA bodies have been returned to their loved ones

Patriots Continue an Undefeated Season

#5 Jayln Foster scores the Patriots first touchdown in a 38-8 victory over Kenwood

#21 Samari Rack and a host of Patriots defenders bring down a Kenwood back


group of Henry County defenders destroy a Kenwood receiver

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County continues their winning streak as they beat Kenwood 38-8 making the Patriots 6-0 on the season. Jaylin Foster scored the first touchdown for the Pats, giving them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Darrius Stephens scored again in the 2nd quarter on a 25-yard field goal widening the gap 17-0 going into half time. Henry County came out strong in the second half with a 44-yard touchdown by Ethan Thomas giving them a 31 point lead over the Knights. The Patriots would score again in the 4th increasing their lead to 38 -0. But the Knights of Kenwood did not give-up as they scored an 18- yard touchdown with one minute left on the clock. The final score 38-8.

Football Scores From Around the Region

Gibson County Beat West Carroll 24-0

Camden Beat Decatur County Riverside 20-7

Trenton defeated Dresden 48-0

Obion County defeated Westview 26-14

Huntingdon over Milan 44-29

Waverly beat McKenzie 54-13

Pottery Direct to Setup Shop in McKenzie Industrial Park

McKenzie, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Pottery Direct International, Inc. officials announced Friday that the ceramic flowerpot manufacturer will invest 8-million dollars to establish production operations in McKenzie.

Pottery Direct will locate in a vacant industrial building on Airport Road. The ceramics company will invest in facility upgrades and plans to be operational in McKenzie next year. The international company plans to create approximately 40 new jobs in Carroll County during the next three years.

Lakewood Elementary Fall Festival

Buchanan, Tenn.- Students and their families enjoyed lots of fun games and activities at the Lakwood Elementary Fall Festival held Friday night outside the school. Fortunately, the rain held off long enough for everyone to enjoy the fun.

Early Morning Car Fire Still under Investigation

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing Fire Department responded at approximately 10 am this morning to a report of a vehicle on fire in a field behind a residence on Rabbit Creek Road. Upon arrival, respondents found a Chevrolet Cobalt fully engulfed in flames at the end of a dirt lane in the woods. It appeared the driver lost control and hit a tree causing the battery to short out and ignite the vehicle. The car was a total loss, damage is estimated at 5k dollars. The driver could not be located at the time of the event.  It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the flames.  The incident is being investigation by the Henry County Sheriff's Office. 

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. 

Rest 4 the Soul 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.


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Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

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Joe Mahan Ford

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