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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Patriots Travel to West Creek For Region Game Fri. Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to West Creek Friday night for Region 7-5A football action. The kickoff is set for 7pm. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:30pm. You can also listen to streaming via our website, wmufradio.com or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates apply. The Patriots will be on bye next week then finish out the regular season with a home game on October 20th against Northeast, then a road game at Northwest on October 27th.

City Comm. Approves Cap. Note to Purchase Patrol Cars

City Manager Kim Foster explains the Cap. Note for the purchase of patrol cars. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular October session Thursday evening and officially began the process of moving forward with a take home vehicle policy for the Paris Police Department as was discussed over the summer prepping for the next budget year which started July 1st.

City Manager Kim Foster said the City plans to purchase 7 new patrol cars this budget year, and finance them with a three year capital outlay note that doesn’t exceed $245K. After a 3 year time period, they will pay this note off and purchase 7 more patrol cars. Officers who get the take home vehicles will be by seniority in the Paris Police Department.

Commissioners approved that resolution, then approved another resolution which is required by the Office of State and Local Finance that they have the chance to review the City’s Capital Outlay Note. The Office will look over the note and make sure is lies within the City’s Debt Obligation policy.

Food Truck Ordinance Still Under Discussion

Paris, Tenn.- The City Commission once again spent time discussing a Mobile Food Vendor Ordinance for food trucks. The commission has looked at this over the last couple of months and discussed on how long the food trucks are allowed to be in one spot and improved and unimproved areas.  City Attorney Fred McLean said after discussion and looking at other ordinances none addressed the issue of staying in one place for long period of times because they usually move around.

McLean said he would define the unimproved property and look at having the mobile vendors move at the end of the business day instead of staying for weeks at a time and add more language to the ordinance. He said, “we can keep tweaking this, it’s new and we have no deadline to deal with right now.” The commission will pick back up discussion next month.

Violations Defined in Peddler's Ordinance

Paris, Tenn.- The  Paris City Commission also approved an amendment to the Peddler’s ordinance that laid out definite penalties for not abiding by the current rules. Commissioners passed an amended ordnance which states any party violating the chapter shall be cited to City Court and if found guilty fined $50. The ordinance says each separate day a violation occurs shall be deemed a separate violation of the ordinance.

Retail Sales Up to Start New Fiscal Year

Paris, Tenn.- City Finance Director Traci Pillow reported that the new fiscal year which began July 1st is starting with retail sales up almost 7% to the same time last year. Pillow reminded commissioners they ended up about 3% at the end of last fiscal year and were out to a good start this year.

Pillow reported revenues are ahead of expenditures in both the General Fund and Solid Waste as no major expenses came out in July or August. ESN 122 fees have been coming in steadily and all are due by September 30th.

The City made one full-time hire and two part time hires. Eight part time seasonal employees were let go due to the summer season ending as well. Five business licenses were issued in August.

In other business, Commissioners approved a certificate of compliance for Mineral Wells Package Store, and referred two rezoning requests to the planning commission for recommendation.

Comm. Approves Applying for Safety Grant

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the City to participate in the “driver safety” matching grant for up to $2K. The grant is a 50/50 match and the Paris Fire Department submitted the application for this year’s grant.

In other business, Commissioners approved a certificate of compliance for Mineral Wells Package Store, and referred two rezoning requests to the planning commission for recommendation.

Foster Updates Commission on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster discussed the status of various projects at Thursday night’s Commission meeting including saying the signalization project at Jim Adams and Volunteer is nearly complete. The flashing signal began on Tuesday of this week and it will go operational next Thursday October 12th.

The work on the 3rd alley for the alley drainage project was completed this week. Foster said the project has turned out great in all three areas and added years to the infrastructure of the downtown buildings. Foster said this completes the Alley project for the City.

Foster explained brick work on the downtown bathrooms are nearly 2/3 complete and once that is done, the rest of the project will move along quickly. Plans are for it to be finished by the end of October.

The energy efficiency project with Trane continues as the demolition and replacement of the dehumidifier has been completed at the Civic Center Pool. The new dehumidifier will be commissioned later in October. The first phase of the street light replacement in the Foxfire subdivision is complete with the second area and City facilities next week.

Foster told commissioners the City has applied for a Transportation Alternatives grant to build sidewalks in the Wilson Street area to connect Paris Elementary to Henry County High School, Rhea Elementary, and TCAT. The grant is an 80/20 match for the City.

BPU Celebrates Public Power Week with Cookout Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Employees of the Board of Public Utilities welcomed customers to their office downtown Thursday for a cookout with grilled hotdogs, chips, waters, and popcorn. The BPU had some of their equipment on display and pamphlets and information for customers to take home on ways to save energy and other programs. This week has been Public Power Week. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Youth Programs Recognized at Rotary Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Club was awarded a check from the Paris Rotary Club at the weekly meeting Thursday at Lee Academy Lunchroom. Pictured L to R Miranda Moon, Derek Moon, Clinton Phifer, Jacob Crabtree, Brendon Steele and Rotary Member Brian Tusa at check presentation from Paris Rotary Club for $4000 for purchase of new regulation size boxing ring for the Downtown Paris Boxing Club.

42 grants were applied for by the District Rotary Clubs. For the second year in a row the Paris Rotary Club has been awarded a grant. Last years recipient was the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center that serves the needs of area schools with an after school tutoring and mentoring program. Grants for the programs are intended for short term application but as Secretary Jackie Jones said “ these short term grants end up having long term results.”

Also  at Thursday's Rotary meeting, Lindley White, REAL Hope leader and guest speaker youth Volunteer Destiny Wright 8th grader at Inman School speak of the value of REAL Hope Youth Center to our area students. Destiny started out as a participant in the program and now serves as a volunteer counselor. “I receive hours for community service with Beta Club but I get much more in helping younger students improve there grades.”

Ten Applications Received For Chamber Director Position

Paris, Tenn.- Ten people have sent in resumes and shown interest in being the next Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, according to Chamber President Kevin Buie.

Buie said, "the selection committee is currently going thru the vetting process and will narrow that field of ten down for a small group to conduct interviews with in the next few weeks."

Buie said the candidates range from a mix of local residents to a few from outside the Paris Henry County area. He said plans are to have someone in position by the first of the year.

TDEC Seeks Public Input on West TN State Parks

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is requesting input on state parks located in west Tennessee. Citizens can fill out surveys for individual parks at the following link: http://tnstateparks.com/about/surveys1. The surveys will be open through October 16, 2017, and take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.  

“We are interested in hear what park visitors think about the current condition of our parks, the amenities, recreation activities and the various other services we provide,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “This feedback will help us better understand our visitors’ needs and help us address those needs in the future.”

West Tennessee State Parks include:  

  • Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area
  • Big Hill Pond State Park
  • Chickasaw State Park
  • David Crockett State Park
  • Dunbar Cave State Park
  • Fort Pillow State Historic Park
  • Johnsonville State Historic Park
  • Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
  • Mousetail Landing State Park
  • Natchez Trace State Park
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
  • Paris Landing State Park
  • Pickwick Landing State Park
  • Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
  • Port Royal State Park
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park
  • T.O. Fuller State Park  

It is requested that only customers that visit a given park or use its various facilities complete the survey. For questions, please contact Jeni Lind Brinkman at JeniLind.Brinkman@tn.gov.

Hunter Safety Course at Hulmes Sporting Goods Oct. 16-19

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a Hunter Education Classroom Course beginning Monday October 16th at 6pm at Hulmes Sporting Goods, located on Hwy. 641 S. Class will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights that week from 6-9pm each night.

Students must attend each night to pass the course. The written test and live firing exercise will be held Saturday October 21st at 9am at Holly Fork Shooting Complex. Students must register online at www.tn.gov/twra. Click on “for hunters” and follow the links to find a class near you to sign up. For more information call TWRA Office Greg Barker at 336-9665 or Steve Brewer at 615-308-5775.

Bloodmobile at FUMC Noon to 6pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm Thursday. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood as all blood types are needed with a special need for O negative. Bring photo ID with you when giving blood.

HC 10U Patriots Win Local Wood Bat Tournament

Pictured L to R Front Row:  Luke Stephens, Brysen Whitaker, Braden Thompson, Noah Harber, Philip Myrick and Denzel Young.  Second Row:  Connor Fowlkes, Jack Todd, Carson Greene, Miles Allen, Evan Flood and Coach Neil Thompson.  Back Row:  Coaches Travis Todd and Clint Fowlkes.  (photo by Kim Fowlkes)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots 10U team won 1st place in the wood bat tournament sponsored by B.O.M.S.S. Bat Company this past weekend in Paris.  Each boy received a blue bracelet labeled Champions and the team will receive a wood bat from B.O.M.M.S. customized with the tournament name and team name.

Pool play ended with the Patriots in second place after tying Legends Baseball 3-3 in the first game and beating Stewart County 10-2 in the second game.  Another win against Stewart County 5-1 put the Patriots in the championship game where they shut out Legends Baseball 8-0.

Coach Neil Thompson stated that the championship was a complete team win.  Every single player contributed to the team’s success and played a pivotal role at some point during the tournament.       

Office on Aging Taking Trip to National Corvette Museum

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging will be going to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday November 17th. The trip will leave from the Central Community Building at 7am and stop along for breakfast along the way to the museum.

The trip includes a tour of the museum and eating lunch in Bowling Green and a few stops for some Christmas shopping and the holiday seasons. Plans are to be back to Paris between 4-8pm Friday evening. The cost of the trip is $32 per person which includes the bus and entry to the Corvette Museum. Extra money is needed for food and shopping. For more information call 644-3193.  

City Comm. To Pursue Cap. Outlay Note for Patrol Cars

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session on Thursday at 5pm in the City Hall Courtroom. Items on the agenda include a resolution for a capital outlay note to purchase 7 patrol cars this budget year to begin the process of allowing officers to take patrol cars home as was discussed during the budget process. Commissioners will also look at the food truck ordinance again and pass the peddler’s ordinance with some laid out penalties for violations. The meeting is open to the public.

PES Fall Bake Sale Fri., Accepting Baked Goods Fri. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary School’s Fall Bake Sale will be held Friday October 6th from 10:30am to 1pm and coincides with the PES fall cookout for families of PES students. Anyone wishing to donate to the PES Bake Sale can do so by bringing it to Paris Elementary from 7am to 9am Friday morning. For more information like the event on Facebook or call Paris Elementary.

BPU Holding Cookout Thurs. From 11am to 2pm

Paris, Tenn.- The public is invited to a cookout from the Board of Public Utilities from 11am to 2pm on Thursday at their main office downtown. BPU will be grilling hot dogs and they invite everyone to come get a free hotdog while supplies last as they celebrate Public Power week this week.

Antioch United Methodist Holding Pet Blessing Service on October 8th

A previous pet blessing shows Sadie with her human Carol Peppler waiting to be blessed by Pastor Hilliard.

Springville, Tenn.- The Antioch United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, October 8th at noon in the church parking lot, which is located at 3116 West Antioch Road in Springville.  All pets and their owners are invited.  The service will be conducted and the pets blessed by Pastor Linda Hilliard. 

Two Underage Consumption Arrests Made on Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department made two underage consumption and possession of alcohol arrests overnight. The report stated Lt. Frey clocked a vehicle speeding and then made a traffic stop. He could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, which had four occupants inside. Search was done and some marijuana was found along with a handgun.

Zane Samples, age 18, of Briarpatch Lake Road was charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence, simple possession of schedule 6, and underage possession and consumption of alcohol. Samples was placed on $3500 bond.

Hallie Drummond, age 18, of Old Union Road was charged with underage consumption. The driver and another passenger were released with no charges.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a motorcycle, valued at $1700, was reported stolen from a home on Macedonia Road. There are no suspects and investigation is continuing.

PHC Industrial Comm. To Host Job Fair Nov. 4th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Industrial Committee will host a Job Fair on Saturday November 4th from 10am to 3pm at the Conference Center at the Quality Inn in Paris. The event is free for any employer looking to fill open positions at their business.

David Hamilton, CEO of the Alliance, said they expect 300-400 people to attend the job fair looking for employment and the Job Fair is free to any local business who would like a table at the Job Fair.

The Industrial Committee will advertise the Job Fair in local media and in surrounding counties and everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for $500 cash. For more information on the Job Fair call 642-3431 and talk with Tara.

PHCYBL Ready for Signups, Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Youth Basketball League will hold signups on Saturdays October 7th and 21st from 8am until Noon at Eiffel Tower Park or Monday thru Friday at Atkins Porter from 5:30-7:30pm until October 20th.

Players must be the age of 5 on or before November 1st to play in the league and they can’t turn 18 before November 1st. Player evaluations for ages 9 and above will be held Monday October 23rd and Tuesday October 24th. Players only need to attend evaluations one day and times are 5pm-ages 9 and 10, 6pm- ages 11-13, and 7pm- ages 14-17.

Fee to play is $40 for one child ages 14-17, $30 for ages 5-13, with 2nd child $25, and 3rd child $20. The deadline to enter is November 10th. Coaches and referees are also need for the league, call 644-7932 for more information.

Rhea's Salad Spectacular is Friday, October 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding their Annual Salad Spectacular on Friday, October 6th from 11am to 1:30pm in Ketchum Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, which is  located at 103 South Poplar Street.

Tickets cost $10 and you can purchase tickets at the Rhea Library Circulation Desk, the Rhea Library Bookstore, Maggie’s and Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts.

The Salad Spectacular is dine in or take out and you will have a choice of four salads from chicken salad, pasta salad, honeymoon coleslaw, broccoli salad, loaded baked potato salad and grape salad. Drinks, french bread or crackers and a cookie for dessert will also be included.

At the Salad Spectacular there will be a Fall Fashion Show presented by Maggie’s and there will be a drawing for three cookbooks. Rhea Library will also selling used cookbooks at the event. All of the proceeds from the Salad Spectacular will benefit the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale is Thurs., Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Christ Lutheran Church, located at 3235 Hwy. 79 S. in Paris, will host a Rummage Sale and Crafts Bazaar Thursday 3-6pm and Friday 8am to 5pm. There will be crafts, household items, seasonal items, furniture, tools, books, clothing, and more items available for purchase. For more information call 731-616-5269.

City to Contiinue Milling, Paving Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Street Department will continue milling the following streets Monday October 9th and paving the same streets Wednesday or Thursday of next week: Volunteer-Patriot to Blythe, Whitehall Circle, Avalon-Jane St. to dead end, Daniel Cove- Lone Oak to dead end, Whiskey Ridge, Jean Street-Wood St. to dead end, Mockingbird-Skyview to #265, and Mockingbird from #265 to Hwy. 218.

Quota Club Holds Auction, Sets Date for Hog Killing

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club held an in-house auction at their meeting last week with Geraldine Sykes as club auctioneer. There were many items sold from chrysanthemums to baked goods and more. The money raised will go towards future Quota Club operations.

The Quota Club Hog Killing will be held Tuesday October 17th at Lee Academy Lunchroom. Guests are welcome and should dress like they’re going to an old fashioned hog killing. Members are asked to bring a dish, serving utensils, and items for the country store.

President Donna Winders told the club they had successful days selling lunch at Noon on the Square in September and money goes into their Scholarship funds.

Benefit for Demetri Burnette to be Held Saturday in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- A benefit for Demtiri Burnette will be held Saturday October 7th from 11am to 2pm at Sav-A-Lot in McKenzie. Demitri is a 9 year old with leukemia and there will be a ribeye sandwich, chips, and drink meal for $7. Money raised benefits the family to help with medical and travel cost.

HCHS Hosting Volleyball, Soccer District Tourney Games Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will be hosting District Tournament games for soccer and volleyball Tuesday evening. Volleyball will play at E.W. Grove Gym at 6pm and Soccer will be at the field on the HCHS campus at 6pm. Please come out and support the teams if you can.

Full Scale Evacuation Drill of Lakewood to Be Conducted Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A full scale evacuation drill of Lakewood School is scheduled for this Thursday October 5th at 11:15am. The drill will allow the safe evacuation of all students and staff to a different location. All students will return to Lakewood for normal dismissal before the end of the day.

Paris Man Arrested for Fourth DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy David Andrews arrested Stephen Hilt, age 36 of Gore Road of Paris, on Monday for driving on a revoked license and his 4th driving under the influence offense. Hilt was placed on $20,000 bond.

Atwood Man Arrested for Felony and Simple Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Dakota Jordan arrested Marcus Glenn, age 36 of Peggy Lane of Atwood, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license, simple possession of a schedule 2 substance and felony possession of a schedule 4 substance with intent. Glenn was placed on $7,500 bond.

HWY Department Reopens Lampkins Road on Monday Afternoon

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department reopened Lampkins Road in the Osage and Cottage Grove area on Monday afternoon. Lampkins Road was closed on Monday, October for two culvert replacements that were located just west of Cowell Road.

HCHS Cross Country Does Well at Frank Horton Invitational

Madison Aiosa competing in the Girl's 5K race.

Memphis, Tenn.- The HCHS Cross Country competed in the 29th Frank Horton Invitational on Saturday, September 30th in Memphis.

A total of 155 runners representing 22 teams competed in the Boy’s 5K. For Henry County: Titus Winders won 1st finishing with a time of 15:11, Silas Winders came in 2nd place with a time of 16:01, Cole Davis came in 15th place with a time of 16:48, Devin Pritchett came in 57th place with a time of 18:18, Hunter Lawrence came in 76th place with a time of 18:45, Cooper Smith came in 82nd with a time of 18:53 and Jesse Evans came in 92nd with a time of 19:12.

Hunter Lawrence competing in the Boy's 5K at the Frank Horton Invitational over the weekend.

The boy’s team placed fifth overall. A total of 204 runners  competed in the Boy's JV 5K Race: Ryan Patrum finished with a time of 20:40, Dylan Patrum finished with a time of 22:35

A total of 130 runners competed in the Girl’s 5K. Madison Aiosa finished in 57th place with a time of  23:16 and Madison Caldwell finished in 79th place with a time of 24:28.

Thunder 11U AAA Baseball Team Wins Wood Bat Tournament

Front Row:Brock Archie, Jesse Pugh, Jerimiah Townsend, Austin Gasper, Jackson Mosely. Middle Row:Martez Rack, Tatum Crosser, Carson Ballard, Chase Cameron, Aiden Hilliard. Back Row:Assistant Coach Tracy Tharpe, Assistant Coach Caleb Townsend and Head Coach Gervis Gallimore. (photo by Eileen Cameron)

Paris, Tenn.- Congrats goes out to the Thunder 11U AAA Baseball who won 1st place in the Wood Bat Tournament sponsored by BOMSS Bat Company this past weekend in Paris.

 Since the boys won the tournament they received a blue bracelet labeled Champions and the team received an engraved wood bat from BOMMS. In pool play the Thunder 11U AAA played up and defeated a 12U team named Bearkats 5-3 and they also defeated Huntington Mustangs 11U AAA 10-0.

Carson Ballard pitched a no-hitter in the championship game. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over five innings, striking out six. The Thunder 11U AAA scored four runs in the fifth inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Jackson Mosely and Martez Rack, by Brock Archie, and a double by Jesse Pugh. Grey Eubanks got the start for the Huntington Mustangs AAA.

Thunder 11U AAA totaled 11 hits in the game. Brock Archie, Martez Rack, and Jackson Mosely all managed multiple hits for Thunder 11U AAA. Mosely, Rack, and Archie each collected two hits to lead Thunder 11U AAA. Thunder 11U AAA stole nine bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Martez Rack led the way with three.

Big Sandy Man Killed in Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas, NV- A local man was among those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas Massacre on Sunday night.  

Sonny Melton of Big Sandy was a registered nurse at Jackson- Madison County General Hospital and  he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his wife, a local physician Dr. Heather Guilish Melton, before he was killed in the shooting.

At least 50 are reported dead and hundreds more were injured in the shooting.

HCMC Grieves with Staff and Families as National Tragedy Affects Our Community

Paris, Tenn.- Every day our physicians, partners, and families at Henry County Medical Center realize how precious every second is and how one act can change the course of your life.  As a care community, we understand that every second matters in each of our lives and we always strive to make those seconds count. 

The events that occurred on Sunday, October 1 in Las Vegas hit close to home for our care community.  Henry County Medical Center is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life that occurred.  This event hits close to home for all of us in Paris and Henry County. 

Two employees of Henry County Medical Center were involved in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. Unfortunately, one of those employees, Sonny Melton, R.N., was killed in the attack.  His wife, Heather Melton, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon at Innovative Orthopedics survived the mass shooting. 

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heather’s families,” said Thomas Gee, CEO at Henry County Medical Center.  “We ask that all staff, friends, and patients of the couple respect their privacy at this time and refrain from contacting the family and the HCMC Kelley Clinic if they do not have a reason to do so.”

HCMC has provided counselors for any staff affected by this horrible incident.  Any appointments that need to be rescheduled with Dr. Melton will be contacted by the office, so please do not contact Innovative Orthopedics or the HCMC Kelley Clinic until you hear from staff at the office.

This event is a traumatic life experience for those there and those that are a part of the HCMC caring community.  If you are struggling to understand this event or other types of losses, HCMC has staff available at Lake Haven Behavioral Center. 

HCMC will be offering information and mental health tips to our partners, families and our community throughout this month as we all begin to cope with this tragedy.  If you feel you need to speak with someone, please contact our Lake Haven Behavioral Center at 731-644-8420.

HCMC Community Health Screening is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will be holding a Community Health Screening this Thursday, October 5th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau, which is located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

At the Community Health Screening they will be offering free finger stick blood sugar and blood pressure tests. A  total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and a lipid panel test will cost $10 each.

Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Paris Woman Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Brian Davis arrested Tiffany Clingan, age 22 of Volunteer Drive of Paris, on Sunday for theft of property. Clingan was placed on $1,000 bond.

W.G. Rhea Library Offering Kids Coding Club Classes

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding a free Kids Coding Club class this Thursday, October 5th at 4pm.

Coding is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading, but too few kids have the opportunity to learn to how to program because it is rarely taught in school.

The W.G. Rhea Public Library Coding Class is open to kids ages 8-12 and the class is limited to the first 10 children. To register your child for the class please call 731-642-1702 ext. 0.

Springville Man Arrested for 3rd DUI, Two Paris People Arrested for Public Intoxication

Springville, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Kenneth Smith, age 67 of Buchanan Resort Road of Springville, on Sunday for his third driving under the influence offense.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Michael Ramos arrested George Freeman, age 57, and Elizabeth Ford, age 44, both of Head Street of Paris on Sunday for public intoxication. Freeman and Ford were each placed on $250 bond.

Police Arrest Two People on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Tammy Freeland, age 49 of Guthrie Road of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Freeland was placed on $1,000 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden also arrested Dustin Norwood, age 30 of County Club Road of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Norwood was placed on $750 bond.

City of Paris Paving and Milling Roads on Monday, October 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Street Department will begin milling and paving the following streets on Monday, October 2nd. The Street Department will be milling and paving on Volunteer  from Patriot to Blythe, on Whitehall Circle, and Daniel Cove from Lone Oak to Dead End.

There will be paving on Avalon from Jane to the Dead End, Whiskey Ridge from Whiskey Ridge to the Dead End, Jean Street from Wood to the Dead End, Mockingbird from Skyview to #265 and Mockingbird  from #265 to Hwy 218.

Police Arrest Several People on Possession and Alcohol Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Andrew Tharpe, age 35 of Depot Street of Paris, on Saturday for aggravated burglary and simple possession of a schedule II substance. Tharpe was placed on $7,500 bond.

Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Trey Cowan, age 22 of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent, driving on a suspended license and violation of the move over law. Cowan was placed on $5,000 bond.

Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Lucy McDowell, age 57 of Hwy 54 of Paris, on Friday for public intoxication. McDowell was placed on $250 bond.

HWY Department Closing Lampkins Road on Monday

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will be closing Lampkins Road in the Osage and Cottage Grove area on Monday, October 2nd for two culvert replacements. Both culverts are located just west of Cowell Road. Highway 140 North may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Police Investigate Burglary at a Springville Business

Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Steven McClure investigated a burglary at a business on Pleasant Grove Road in Springville on Saturday.

When Deputy McClure arrived at the scene he spoke to the complainant who stated that that on Thursday at 9pm she counted down the register and $150 was placed into a bank bag and left inside the business. When she arrived on Saturday morning she saw that the money had been stolen.

Deputy McClure spoke to a neighboring business and they stated that they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Police have no suspects in this case.

KY State Police Investigating Tractor Collisions on Interstate 24

Calvert City, Tenn.- On Saturday, September 30th at approximately 1:50am, the Marshall County Dispatch received a report of a two vehicle collision on Interstate 24 near the 21 mile marker.  Upon the arrival of deputies and other first responders, the Kentucky State Police were called to conduct the investigation.

Preliminary investigation has shown Lindy W. Duhon, age 62, of Erath, Louisiana was driving a 2016 Kenworth tractor trailer westbound on Interstate 24 near the 21 mile marker when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle dropped off the left shoulder.  Mr. Duhon then steered the tractor trailer back onto the roadway, where it turned onto its side and slid to a stop across both lanes of westbound traffic.  Shortly thereafter, a 2017 Kenworth tractor trailer being driven westbound by JB Burrell Jr., age 63, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, struck the first tractor trailer.

Mr. Burrell was airlifted to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for treatment of life threatening injuries.  A passenger in the second tractor trailer, Marie S. Burrell, age 70, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Ms. Burrell was later flown to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Kentucky State Police were assisted by Marshall County Sheriff Department, Calvert City Police Department, Marshall County Rescue Squad, Calvert City Fire Department, Palma-Briensburg Fire Department, Gilbertsville Fire Department, Possom Trot Sharpe Fire Department, Marshall County Ambulance, Air Evac, Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, and the State Highway Department.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 24 remain closed and are expected to re-open at approximately 2pm.

The investigation is continuing by Officer Mark Townsend. 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 stores.

Van Dyke Church of Christ Holding Fall Gospel Meeting Oct 1st Through Oct 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Van Dyke Church of Christ will hold their Fall Gospel Meeting on Sunday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 4th at the church, which is located at 4935 Highway 77 West in Paris.

The meeting theme is Christ and Him Crucified. Sunday serviced will begin at 10am with bible study, at 11am morning service starts, the fellowship meal will be at 12pm and the afternoon service will begin at 1:30pm.

The guest speaker will be Bill Mitchusson who is the minister of the Nance Church of Christ in Alamo, TN and he has worked in this ministry for 43 years. Mitchusson attended Freed-Hardeman University when it was just a two year old school. Mitchusson continued his education at Harding University where he met Brenda who was from the Paris area and they were wed at Van Dyke Church of Christ.

Bill and Brenda have  four daughter, one of whom attended college at Freed-Hardeman University while the other three attended college at Harding University. Bill and Brenda’s family now includes the blessing of fourteen grand-children. Mitchusson has also served two terms on the board of directors for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center in Jackson, Tennessee.

Quinn Chapel Holding "A Call to Service" Event on Sun. Oct. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Members and Friends of Quinn Chapel AME Church will be holding “A Call to Service” celebration on Sunday, October 1st at 11:15am at the church, as the church will celebrating their 5th year anniversary. Quinn Chapel AME Church will also be showing their appreciation for their Pastor John Dandridge and Quinn’s First Lady Rev. Jamie Dandridge.

The guest speaker will be Rev. Richard Adkisson and the members of the Progressive Baptist Church in Paris. Everyone in the community is invited to come and join Quinn Chapel’s fellowship on Sunday.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Alex Beidler, age 25 of North Highland Street of Paris, on Friday for aggravated burlgary.

In another report filed by Ptl. Jeff Smith, Ptl. Smith was dispatched on Thursday to investigate a robbery at an apartment which occurred on Wednesday. Ptl. Smith spoke to the victim who stated that  Alex Beidler came to her residence on Wednesday demanding to speak to her daughter.

The victim stated that Beidler went outside then came back to her residence and pulled a 9mm handgun and asked if she wanted to buy the gun or use it as collateral. Beidler then pointed to the gun at the victim and told her to give him the oxycodone medication and money.

Another witness told police that she observed Beidler holding a gun on the victim and Beidler was demanding the pills. Beidler took the pills and fled from the scene.  Ptl Roaten then arrested Beidler on Friday for the following offense and Beidler was placed on$25,000 bond. 

Moonlight Madness at the Old 23rd is Saturday, Sept. 30th

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be holding a fundraising dinner called Moonlight Madness at the Old 23rd on Saturday,September 30th at the historical family cabin at The Old 23rd District Restaurant at Christopher Manor, located at 10030 Lick Creek Road in Big Sandy.

 This dinner was organized to help promote the historical importance of the Old 23rd District and to support their efforts in repairing and restoring the Mount Zion Church, which is located on the “Old 23rd” section of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge’s Big Sandy Unit.

Tickets cost $55 each or $100 for two. There is a limit of 60 seats and the evening includes a guided hay ride tour by Larry Perry. There will also be pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres, a dinner and dessert. There will also be family stories told by Linda Zanaty, Larry Perry and Chris Evans author of “South of the Mouth of Sandy.” Music will be provided by the Old 23rd District Band and there will also be a silent auction.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to help fund the development of an auto tour through the roads of the Old 23rd district, highlighting the 126 families that once lived there but who were displaced by the construction of the Kentucky Dam.

Informational placards will be placed at 20 homesteads, businesses and farms, to mark where they were once located in the community. These placards will be accompanied by a brochure with corresponding information about each family or owner, relaying a story about them and their time on the Old 23rd.

The second project to benefit from this fundraiser will be the continuing of the restoration of the Mount Zion Church, which is the only structure left standing from the community. Following the first phase of this project, which included foundation and roof repair and replacement; this phase will begin with the replacement of the rotting and broken windows. Although this project can’t be done in one event, it can be done one window at a time and friends of refuge are determined to complete this project.

For any questions please contact Vickie Miller at 731-336-270 or Kimi Fitzhugh at 731-336-1074.

Puryear Man Charged with Violation of Sex Offender Registry

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Sgt. Bryan Hall charged Christopher Bell, age 27 of North Adams Street of Puryear, on Friday for violation of the sex offender registry and intentional tampering with GPS device.  Bell was placed on $6,000 bond.

Murray State Student from Puryear is Accepted to Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship Program

Murray, Ky. - Two Murray State University students were accepted to the Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship Program. This program provides professional development opportunities to students pursuing careers in agriculture.

Caleb Brannon of Puryear, Tennessee and Benjamin Hornback of Slaughters, Kentucky are participating in the two-year program that awards twenty students with $5,000 scholarships and learning sessions in professional growth and financial education. Both Brannon and Hornback were chosen based on academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement. 

"Ben and Caleb represent the quality and dedication that cause students in the Hutson School of Agriculture to shine among their peers locally, nationally and internationally. Both gentlemen are hard-working and dedicated students who will undoubtedly be successful in the field of agriculture. I am proud that these gentlemen were accepted into this prestigious leadership development program and feel confident that they will represent themselves, the Hutson School of Agriculture and Murray State University with the highest degree of professionalism,” said Brian Parr, Murray State agriculture sciences department chair.

"We are thrilled that Ben and Caleb are taking advantage of such great leadership opportunities from one of the nation's premier agricultural financial intermediaries. From day one, these two students have shown their commitment to their degree program, agriculture, their peers and their communities. We appreciate Farm Credit Mid-America for opening up this opportunity to agricultural students at universities across their entire four-state region. Both Ben and Caleb have gained so much from this competitive networking and professional development program," said Michelle Santiago, Murray State agribusiness economics associate professor.

“Scholarships are a direct example of our investment in the future of agriculture,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Farm Credit Mid-America. “We’re proud to support students with career aspirations in agriculture. These students, their skills and their passion for the industry inspire optimism for the future of rural communities and agriculture.” 

Warrant Issued for Man Wanted for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jeff Smith was dispatched on Thursday to investigated a robbery at an apartment which occurred on Wednesday. Ptl. Smith spoke to the victim who stated that  Alex Beidler came to her residence on Wednesday demanding to speak to her daughter.

The victim stated that Beidler went outside then came back to her residence and pulled a 9mm handgun and asked if she wanted to buy the gun or use it as collateral. Beidler then pointed to the gun at the victim and told her to give him the oxycodone medication and money.

Another witness told police that she observed Beidler holding a gun on the victim and Beidler was demanding the pills. Beidler took the pills and fled from the scene.  Ptl. Smith filed a warrant on Alex Beidler for aggravated burglary.

HCHS Offering Student Passes for Athletic Events for $40

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is offering new Student Athletic Passes for HCHS students this year. The cost is $40 and the pass allows the student into any HCHS athletic event, except play-off games and fundraisers, such as Hall of Fame Games, and jamborees.

To gain access, students must present their valid ID and the Athletic Pass at the entry gate. Principal Dr. Michele Webb stated, “we have great student crowds at events and we wanted to give students a “perk” for being a HCHS student.” There are tremendous savings if students goes to several sporting events throughout the year such as football, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, etc. Students should see the front office to purchase the pass. 






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