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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Great Pretenders Show at HCHS Little Theatre is Sat. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Barr’s Chapel Church Women of Faith will host a fun evening of the Great Pretenders Show on Saturday October 8th at 6pm. The show will be held at the Little Theatre at Henry County High School. Advanced tickets are $5 and admission at the door is $6.

Ladies of Swag-Sisters with a Goal Youth Center Opens Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Women of Distinction wants to invite everyone to the Grand Opening of the Ladies with Swag- Sisters with a Goal Youth Center. The Grand Opening will be Sunday, October 9th from 4-6 pm. The Ladies with Swag- Sisters with a Goal Youth Center is located in the Central Community Service Center at 55 Jones Bend Road, Room # 21. Refreshments will be served at the event.

The Ladies with Swag- Sisters with a Goal is a non-profit organization, founded by the late Paula Byars Stockdale, designed to empower girls ages 8-18 years old through mentorship, journaling, workshops and more.

Benton Co. Woman Arrested for Arson and Insurance Fraud


Wanda Hensley booking photo

Jackson, Tenn.- A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Tennessee Fire Investigative Services has resulted in the arrest of a Camden woman on charges of arson and insurance fraud.                                                             

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the TFIS in investigating an early morning fire Thursday at a residence at 201 South Point Drive in Camden.

The Benton County Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. During the course of the investigation, multiple points of origin of the fire were discovered within the structure. The investigation further revealed that the homeowner, Wanda Hensley, was the individual responsible for that fire.

On Thursday, Hensley, 67, was arrested and charged with one count of Arson and one count of False or Fraudulent Insurance Claim. She was booked into the Benton County Jail, where she is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Eiffel Tower Park Basketball Sign-ups Oct. 8th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- HC Basketball League will be having sign-ups at Eiffel Tower Park on Saturday, October 8th from 8am to noon. Player Evaluations will be at Atkins Porter ages 9 and above only. 

Players only need to attend one session either on Tuesday, Oct. 18th or Thursday Oct. 20th. The schedule for both days is 5 pm, for both girls and boys ages 9 and 10, for girls and boys ages 11 -13 the time is 6 pm and 7 pm is the time for girls and boys ages 14 -17.

Players must reach the age of 5 on or before November 1st. Players cannot turn 18 before November 1st. The players fee is $30 for the 1st child, $25 for the 2nd child and $20 for the 3rd child. Coaches, referees and sponsors are needed. If you want to sponsor a team it will cost $150 per team. For more information, call 731-644-7932 and leave message.

Hoof Beats of Hope is Saturday, October 8th

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope, the therapeutic horseback riding program, will hold their annual Fall Festival this Saturday October 8th at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove.

There will be a car show from 9am to noon, a cake walk at 10am, kids games throughout the day starting at 10am, agility dog demonstrations at Noon, a pet show at 1pm, results of the car show will be given at 2pm, and at 3pm there will bingo under the pavilion. Concessions will be sold all day as well, money raised benefits Hoof Beats of Hope. For more information call 731-782-6141.

Wildlife Awaits Photo Contest Reception is Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold the “Wildlife Awaits” Photography Contest Reception to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual contest this Saturday October 8th at the Refuge and Visitor’s Center from 11am to Noon. The Refuge is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville and the public is invited.

Church of the Living God Fall Festival Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God, located at 116 South Porter Street in Paris, will host a “Harvesting for Him” Fall Festival on Saturday October 8th from 11am-3pm. There will be food, fun, and games and everyone is invited.

Patriots Homecoming Game Against Dickson County

Paris, Tenn.- Tonight is Homecoming at Patriot's Stadium and the Henry County Patriots will take on rival Dickson County. Pregame starts at 6:30pm and the game will start at 7pm.

If you can’t make it listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 415-325-0723. If you listen via your phone, just remember standard rates do apply.

Chamber's 3rd Annual Farm Tour Draws Good Crowd


Attendees looking at the equipment used at Tri-Turf Sod Farm.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce had over 45 people attend their 3rd Annual Henry County Farm Tour on Thursday October 6th. Tours of several area farms will took place with lunch and transportation provided. Sulphur Wells Church of Christ provided the transportation and the Farm Tour was free and breakfast, lunch, and an ice cream break were included.


Looking for the chickens at the chicken houses located on the Yoder Farm.

The day began at 7:30am at the Co-op meeting room on Hwy. 69 with coffee and sausage and biscuits provided by the Henry Farmer’s Co-op. Attendees got to go on tours of Yoder Farms, Tri-Turf Sod Farm, Outback Romagnola Farm, where a burger and hot dog lunch will be provided by the Co-op, and the Norwood Farm where ice cream will be provided by Henry County Farm Bureau.


The crowd looking at the Romagnola bull at Dr. Chuck Lyons' Outback Romagnola Ranch.

Agriculture in Henry County is very diverse and one farmer feeds around 155 people on average according to statistics. Corn, soybeans, wheat, and tobacco, are the major crops in Henry County, but other fruits and vegetables are produced here. Dairy, beef, swine, poultry, and horse farm operations comprise the bulk of the animal industries.

Rhea's Salad Spectacular Happening Today from 11-1:30pm


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library will host the salad spectacular on Friday, October 7th from 11am to 1:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church’s Ketchum Hall, located at 103 South Poplar Street. Tickets cost $10 and will also be sold at the door.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Salad choices will be Chicken Salad, Pasta and vegetable salad, grape salad, honeymoon slaw, loaded baked potato salad, and broccoli salad. You choose one serving of four salads along with crackers, bread, butter, drink or cookie. You can eat in or take out. Tickets will also be sold at the door.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Proceeds at the event will benefit the W.G. Rhea Library. Maggie’s Boutique will host a Fall Fashion Show at the event and a drawing will be held for four new cookbooks, which features your favorite southern recipes.

MCU Makes 5 Drug Related Arrests After Searches

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit along with help from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, and Puryear Police Department conducted two search warrants on known meth houses Thursday. Lt. Ricky Watson said in a press release MCU officers have been watching both homes for months and developed enough probable cause to draw up warrants.

At 48 Liberty Avenue in Henry, Jermel Kinley, age 29, and Heather Andres, age 29 were both arrested after three grams of crystal meth were found along with scales and baggies. Andres was charged with facilitation of a felony and placed on $5K bond and Kinley was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, and drug paraphernalia possession. Kinley was placed on $50K.

The 2nd residence, 1312 N. Market Street, had 10 grams of crystal meth located along with other drug paraphernalia items. Arrested here were Shirley A. Webb, age 42, William Clayton, age 64, and Bruce Blakenship, age 38. All were charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was placed on $50K bond.

Sgt. Michael Ramos and K9 Kinzie and Dep. Terry Williams and K9 Droid assisted in the search.

Lakewood Students Learn About Fire Safety

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department spent Thursday at Lakewood School talking to the students about Fire Safety and Prevention. Students learned about Fire Safety, the importance of working smoke alarms, how to call 911, and other topics as well as being given a tour of a Fire Truck. Pictured are a group of 1st graders and PLVFD firefighters Rebecca Flood, Richard Mortorelli, and David Alsup. (Reggie Coles photo)

Pats Host Dickson County for Homecoming Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Dickson County in Region game on Friday night for homecoming at Patriot Stadium. Kickoff for the game is at 7pm and Homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30pm so everyone is encouraged to get out to the stadium early for the festivities. If you can’t make the game you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:30pm. You can also listen online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates will apply.

HCSS Going to HC Commission to Fund HCHS Facilities Project


Henry County School System Board (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System, approved go ahead with the High School Facilities Project and the next step will be when the Henry County School System goes to the Henry County Commissioners to seek funding for the project.

Rod Frey of the board said,” The facilities are 50 years old and this plan will be the best plan to address the security issues at the entrance, doors and on the grounds of HCHS.” The High School Facilities Project affects all high school students and all students who participate in sporting events.

The board has spent a year on the proposed High School Facilities Project and they feel that now is the best time to make the upgrades to HCHS with interest rates being at one of their lowest cost in a long time. The Henry County School System board will now go to the next Henry County Commissioners meeting to get funding for the High School Facilities Project.

Technology Helping Grove Students Learn


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.-At the Henry County School System meeting, technology was one of the main nights topics. At Grove, the Chromebooks that students in the English department has helped students advance not only in English, but it has also improved their reading abilities. This technology is helping prepare students for future careers by showing students diversity through different learning styles.

The use of the Chromebooks along with the teaching tools of Google Classroom, Pickers, and Kaboot! are helping teachers teach the curriculum in a shorter amount of time by also maximizing the teacher’s time and it allows students to access to digital textbook copies and other online reading material.

Most of the students in the English Department have Chromebooks, but those that currently don’t have Chromebooks can use the learning lab. The technology that using these Chromebooks help students and teachers interact in an instant, which is beneficial for everyone involved.

Technology is helping students become better typers, while also helping prepare students for the writing assessment. Students are now able to collaborate on writing assignments, while gaining new perspectives.

Using this technology not only helps students learn, but it also saves the school money since teachers no longer have to print out paper copies of the material the students needs to learn.

HCHS Student Receives Mulitple Awards


Craig Harris, Colin Harris, Alison Harris & Dr. Michele Webb (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Regional TSBA Student Recognition Award Winner is HCHS student, Colin Harris. He started the process in May and went through several essays and interviews to win the district award and he is still waiting to see if he won the statewide scholarship.

Harris was the recipient for the National Merit Scholarship program, where 1.6 million students last year took a test and Harris won the award and is in the top 5% of the 1.6 million students who applied.

Henry County School System is the Recipient of AdviseTN

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System was the recipient of the state’s AdviseTN. AdviseTN is a program that helps schools, who are below the state average of high school students who attend college, get more students to attend college whether it is a two-year school, four- year college, or a vocational school.

 The state college going rate is 62.5% and HCHS has a college going rate of 54%, which is below the state average. HCHS was a recipient of the program because they were below the state average. HCHS was one of thirty schools that were recipients of the AdviseTN program.   

City Agrees to Take Ownership of Hillcrest Memorial Park

Commissioners listen as City Manager Kim Foster discusses the City taking ownership of Hillcrest. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting commissioners discussed the idea of taking ownership of Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery per request from a majority of shareholders. Over the past several months, shareholders can’t overcome a stalemate about the future of the cemetery as to who will own it and how the association will operate. The conflicts have led the majority shareholders to see the cemetery conveyed to the City.

City Manager Kim Foster discussed the topic in length Thursday night. The land encompasses about 24 acres fronting on East Wood Street. About 2/3 of that area is developed. Foster said staff has determined that the cemetery is in pretty good shape and adding the cemetery upkeep to current workload wouldn’t require additional staff.

Jack Veazy, one of the shareholders, said our concern is taking care of the families of the 4000 souls that rest out there. He said for development there is room there to expand in the future. Veazy explained to the commission that he has met with other heirs of the cemetery about interest in selling to the city.

City Attorney Fred McLean said we would have to work with shareholders and the bank to clear up any debt that has occurred and we would have to go thru proper channels to get all the legal issues dealt with but he didn’t see any problems with the City of Paris taking ownership. He said we just need to make sure the City doesn’t end up in the red, but it appears the majority of conveying this to the City, should the City want it. McLean said that the Department of Commerce and Insurance is watching this and in favor of the City taking over the cemetery.

Foster said there are currently five financial accounts associated with the cemetery and a road in the cemetery currently under construction would cost about $10K to complete. Foster said her and Finance Director Traci Pillow will work with auditors to make sure everything is done probably Commissioners finally decided to proceed with taking ownership of Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Lawrence Updates Commission on Cemetery Maintenance

Paris Parks Director Tony Lawrence goes over cemetery maintainence with the commission. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Earlier in the meeting, Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence spoke to the commission Thursday in regards to maintaining cemeteries. Lawrence said two employees currently handle the cemetery work and they probably handle about 100 calls a year from selling a plot, marking a grave, and upkeep.

Over the last few years they’ve mapped out the cemeteries on a CAD system on the computer. Lawrence said we do contract out the mowing because we have so much other mowing in the city we do. Major improvements are done in the off season such as culvert work, adding some bridges over ditches and creek bed areas. He said most of the roads in the cemeteries are paved and in pretty good shape, but it is something that could be done.

Financial Show Slight Decrease for July, Still Ahead YTD

Paris, Tenn.- Financial Director Traci Pillow went over the latest financials Thursday night showing that retail sales this July were about 1% lower than July of 2015. Pillow told commissioners however year to date the City is still over 3% ahead of last year’s retail sales.

General Fund expenditures exceeded revenues by over $105K in August and expenditures were also ahead fiscal year to date by $143K+. Pillow told the commission that a large expense of asphalt for street paving in August cost over $161K. Solid Waste revenues were over expenses by $19,476 and revenues are also ahead year to date by just under $37K.

Pillow reported the City made no new hires in August and 15 seasonal employees in the Parks Department were placed as inactive for the season. The City issued nine business licenses in August. Two of those were due to new ownership at West Wood Wines and West Wood Warehouse. The other 7 were BS Pet Step, AT &T, Hello Gorgeous, Quality Plumbing, Cadillac Jack Interiors, Stellar Fleet Transporter, Odd Job Home Repair.

Commission Approves ROW Acquition, Rezoning Request

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris discusses the right of way and rezoning requests. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners referred a request to acquire a portion of the right of way past the paved portion of Edwards Street to the Planning Commission on Thursday night. A resident of Hooper Street made the request and he told commissioners that he regularly experiences people entering their wooded property adjacent to the railroad property at the end of the undeveloped right of way on Edwards Street.

The Commission also approved a rezoning request for Dr. Michael Boley on 1st reading Thursday night. The request was for property at 224 Memorial Drive as Dr. Boley seeks to expand the services of his Veterinary Clinic. He has acquired parcels at 226 and 228 Memorial Drive which is currently zoned B-3. The Commission voted to rezone the properties as B-1 for planned business and sent this request to the Planning Commission for approval.  

City, County, State Park Agree to Promote Each Other

Paris, Tenn.- The commission also approved a resolution that recognized an agreement between the City of Paris, Henry County, and Paris Landing State Park to work collaboratively and provide support to each other in promoting enhancement of lives of residents through promoting healthy lifestyles, environmental education, job creation, and economic growth.

Mayor Carlton Gerrell went over the agreement which basically laid out with the state park being a great place to interact with nature and practice interpretation and education of Tennessee’s natural and cultural assets and it was vital to the success of our area for the City, County, and State Park to work together to get residents to enjoy our natural treasure. The City and County agree to promote the State Park to help with improving the knowledge of natural resources and promoting healthy living and economic development.

Foster Updates Commissioners on Ongoing Projects

Paris, Tenn.- Foster updated commissioners on the City’s ongoing projects at the end of the City Commission meeting on Thursday night. She said the ribbon cutting and turnout to officially open the alleyway was a big hit and several complements have been received. Work is planned for the 2nd alleyway on the East Side of the court square in the Spring.

Demolitions of dilapidated structures are continuing as four more were done in September within the City. Three of the four where done with City resources and two more demolitions are pending later this month.

Foster reported that the DPA received the ABC grant for the continuation of the Back Alley Paris Project and “Windows of the West Alley” will start in the next couple of weeks where paintings on the newer brick will be completed.

Plans are to hold another community input meeting in late October concerning the Preserve Paris initiative and plans are for the next clean-up day to be held sometime in the early Spring of 2017.

Due to upcoming conflicts the commission voted to change the time of the November meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday November 1st at 5pm. Also the date of the December meeting was changed to Monday night December 5th at 6pm.

City Hall Packed for HOME Grant Public Meeting

The meeting room at Paris City Hall was packed with residents seeking more information on the HOME grant application process. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Nearly fifty citizens were on hand Thursday afternoon for the public meeting concerning the $350K HOME Rehabilitation grant that the City of Paris was granted to help low income citizens, disabled citizens, and senior citizens with repairs to their home. The types of work that can be covered with the grant include plumbing and electrical repairs, foundations, sub-flooring replacement/repair, handicap accessibility, and window and door repair.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency sets a limit of $40K per unit that can be used and only one application per household is allowed.

City Manager Kim Foster goes over some of the processes of how the application process works.

City Manager Kim Foster explained that even though $350K sounds like a lot of money, in reality, it can’t do everything they’d like to see done for residents. She said, “we will more than likely be able to do repair work on about ten homes in the City, we wish we could do everyone, but we are glad to be able to help as many as possible. We will do what we can and hopefully in a few years we can get awarded another grant like this and do more.”

Foster said repairs won't likely start on any homes until at least 6 months, maybe even next summer. "When you're dealing with Federal money, it can be a long process."

The residents will be responsible for $500 to go towards the repairs, and their property taxes must be current to be considered. They must meet low income guidelines, reside within the City of Paris, have been a resident of the property to be rehabbed for at least one year and occupy it as their primary residence.

Other application criteria include that the property owner must sign a Grant Note and Deed of Trust, meaning that cannot sell or refinance your home for 5 years. The applicant must also acknowledge that resources of other family and friends are available if temporary relocation is necessary during the rehabilitation period.

The income limits for the program range from $28,100 for one person living at the home to $46,550 for six people at the residence.

Administrator Tim Belton, of the Northwest Tennessee Development District and City Manager Kim Foster answered a few questions from the crowd. Belton advised that anyone needed help filling out the application can let him know and he will set up an appointment with them to come back to Paris and help them with it.

Any citizen that didn’t make the meeting on Thursday may still pick up applications for the grant at Paris City Hall during regular business hours. To be considered for a portion of the funds, all applications must be turned back into Paris City Hall by 4:30pm on Monday October 31st.

Tim Melton, with NWTNDD, discusses some of the guidelines.

Tuesday is Deadline to Register to Vote in November Election

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November Election is quickly approaching. Tuesday October 11th is the last day to register to vote. You can register in person at the Henry County Election Commission Office, located inside the Courthouse Annex on Washington Street during their regular business hours. You may also fill out a voter registration application or check your registration status by going online to govoteTN.com.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a press release, “we had tremendous success getting Tennesseans to register to or check their status during National Voter Registration month in September, and now the deadline is approaching. If you plan to vote in this presidential election your voter registration application must be received or postmarked by Tuesday.”

Early Voting will run Wednesday October 19th thru Thursday November 3rd and Election Day is Tuesday November 8th. Voters should bring valid photo identification with them for registration purposes and to vote.

Burn Permits Required Oct. 15th- May 15th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Forestry Tech Jason Waddell reminds citizens that burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire and from October 15th thru May 15th anyone starting an open-air fire must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by call your local forestry office 642-3808 or by going online at www.burnsafetn.org.

Salad Spectacular Fundraiser Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library will host the salad spectacular on Friday from 11am to 1:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church’s Ketchum Hall, located at 103 South Poplar Street. Tickets are $10 and money raised helps support the W.G. Rhea Library and its programs.

Salad choices will be Chicken Salad, Pasta and vegetable salad, grape salad, honeymoon slaw, loaded baked potato salad, and broccoli salad. You choose one serving of four salads along with crackers, bread, butter, drink or cookie. You can eat in or take out.

Tickets are available at the W.G. Rhea Library Front desk, bookstore, Maggies Boutique, Commercial Bank, and Security Bank and will be sold at the door.

Madrigals and Alumni Will Sing Friday at Homecoming

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Madrigals will be performing at Friday night’s football with Dickson County. Madrigal Alumni are invited to join them in singing Friday night. All current and alumni Madrigals are to meet at the HCHS chorus room at 5pm Friday night.

Wildlife Awaits Photo Contest Reception Is Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold the “Wildlife Awaits” Photography Contest Reception to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual contest this Saturday October 8th at the Refuge and Visitor’s Center from 11am to Noon. The Refuge is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville and the public is invited.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage Benefit Concert Friday at Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Bethel University Renaissance program will welcome the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and the Rage to campus Friday October 7th for a benefit concert at 7pm at Crisp Arena. In addition to Rhonda and her band, the Renaissance Bluegrass students will also be performing.

Rhonda recently recorded her live DVD and CD on Bethel’s campus and has been an avid supporter of the Renaissance program for many years.

The event is a fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the program. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for the VIP Purple Pass, $100 for the VIP Gold Pass. With the VIP Purple Pass, audience members will have access to meet and greet with Rhonda before the show as well as have reserved seating. The VIP Gold Pass gives access to the Meet and Greet, reserved floor seating, access to the VIP Box in Crisp Arena, and an autographed poster.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 352-6980 or in person at the Renaissance Office located at 28 Lee Avenue in McKenzie. Tickets are available from 9am to Noon and 1-4pm.

PES Fall Bake Sale is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary School will hold its Fall Bake Sale on Friday October 7th in the gym from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Everyone is invited to come and purchase from the Bake Sale.

To donate items to the bake sale, bring them by the PES office by 7:30am Friday morning. PES PTO will hold the family cookout Friday and spirit wear will be for sale and it will also be the last chance to contribute to the PTO membership drive.

Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival Set for Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope, the therapeutic horseback riding program, will hold their annual Fall Festival this Saturday October 8th at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove.

There will be a car show from 9am to noon, a cake walk at 10am, kids games throughout the day starting at 10am, agility dog demonstrations at Noon, a pet show at 1pm, results of the car show will be given at 2pm, and at 3pm there will bingo under the pavilion. Concessions will be sold all day as well, money raised benefits Hoofbeats of Hope. For more information call 731-782-6141.

TCAT McKenzie to Hold Open House 3-6pm Thurs.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie will hold their 3rd annual Open House on Thursday from 3-6pm. There will be guided tours, financial information, meet with teachers and staff, and light refreshments will be served.

At the same time, the TCAT Financial Aid staff will host a TN FAFSA Frenzy to help students fill out their FAFSAs. You do not have to be a current student at TCAT to receive help on the FAFSA. The McKenzie TCAT is located at 16940 Highlang Avenue. To receive help on the FAFSA students should bring social security numbers and all pertinent financial information such as 2015 taxes and assets for parents and students.

UTM To Host Energy Conservation Forum Oct. 13th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin and the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council will co-host a forum from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 13, on the topic of conserving West Tennessee’s energy footprint.

The forum, held in Watkins Auditorium of UT Martin’s Boling University Center, is free and open to the public. Brian Stone, of NORESCO, LLC, will address energy contracting for community facilities, and James Talley, of Hannah Solar in Atlanta, Ga., will discuss case studies in solar power from Hawkins County, Tenn., and Tybee Island, Ga.

Rat Riley, director of Gibson County Utilities, will later present on using compressed natural gas for university fleets, and Warren Nevad, of the UT Martin Municipal Technical Advisory Service, will discuss the Port of Cates Landing municipal waste-to-energy project. Dr. Doug Sterrett, professor of engineering at UT Martin, will also explain the solar energy art project recently constructed outside UT Martin’s Boling University Center.

UT Martin’s mobile energy classroom, financed through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, will also be on display. The project, led by John Cole and co-authored by Drs. Paula Gale and Rachna Tewari, all from the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources, includes both static and hands-on demonstrations of current energy production, conservation and renewable technology.

Pre-registration is not required to attend. For more information, contact Gale at 731-881-7326 or pgale@utm.edu, or Cole at 731-881-7264 or jcole42@utm.edu.

Officers Take Theft Reports From Home, Business

Paris, Tenn.- A home on Caledonia Street Extended was burglarized with nearly $4K worth of items stolen including two horse saddles, a television, and two trail cameras along with several other items. Police continue to look for suspects.

Lt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department cited a man into General Sessions Court after he stole the Coca Cola Pepper shaker at Take Me Back Café. The owner called police saying the man, later identified as Billy William Cole, age 61 of 50 Hill Road, had stolen one of the shakers and he thought he was about to steal another. Police advised him not to approach Cole until he actually left with the shaker, which he eventually did. Lt. Elkins arrived with the owner and Cole outside and Cole did have the shaker.

Paris Fire Dept. Puts Out Combine Fire Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to a Combine on fire on Alman Cemetery Road on Tuesday afternoon. Once units arrived the combine was engulfed in flames. The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and Tennessee Forestry responded to assist at the scene. Foam was used to extinguish the Combine fire and the beans on fire in the back of the bin. The estimated losses were around $225K but no one was hurt in the blaze.

City of Paris To Hold Meeting On HOME Grant Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will hold an informational meeting at 4:30pm Thursday October 6th in the meeting room at City Hall to discuss the details and qualifications of the HOME grant that has been awarded to the City of Paris by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

The funding is specifically for families of low income, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities who can’t afford to bring their homes up to code. City Officials anticipate helping with issues such as leaking plumbing, unsafe flooring, faulty wiring, damaged roofs, and more.

Applications will be available and representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

Marching Patriots Do Well at Gibson County Invitational

Gibson Co., Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots competed in the 31st Annual Gibson County Marching Invitational this past weekend. The band had their best performances yet by placing 2nd in their class overall, 2nd in color guard, and 1st in percussion during preliminary competition. Their afternoon performance earned them a spot in the finals among elite competition and they placed 5th overall that evening out of 18 bands and received 3rd place in percussion.

3rd Annual Battle of PL Chili Cook-Off, Civil War Event Oct. 14-16

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-off and Civil War Living History Event is set for October 14-16 at Paris Landing State Park. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism league and 5 chilis are already entered into the chili cook-off which will be held on Saturday October 15th near the pool area.

Entry fee for the Chili Cook-off is $25 and you may enter the chili with beans or chili without beans. Chili cookers must be set up by 9am Saturday and no pre-packaged seasoning is allowed. Meat must be cooked on site, canned beans are allowed, but must not be seasoned. Participants must provide one gallon of chili for judging purposes. Any heat source can be used except for open fires. Chili must have a name. Winners will be awarded a trophy and cash prizes.

In addition to the Chili Cook-off, the Battle of Paris Landing Event will start Friday October 14th at 10am with children’s programs, civil war demonstrations, and a program from local historian Larry Ray.

On Saturday October 15th, several vendors selling food, arts, relics, and more will be on hand. The Paris Landing Tourism league will sell chili, chili frito pies, and chili dogs. There will be Civil War re-enactor demonstrations for infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and period music throughout the day. There will be cannon firing every hour on the hour and a night firing of the cannons Saturday at dusk.

On Sunday, a Church Service will be held at the large pavilion with a message by Porters Battery’s Chaplin. From 9am to 4pm Sunday there will be more demonstrations as well, hay rides, and cannons fired every hour.

For more information log onto www.visitparislanding.com or call 731-363-4214. The event and parking is free to the public.

Great Pretenders Show Set for Saturday at HCHS Little Theatre

Paris, Tenn.- Barr’s Chapel Chuch Women of Faith will host a fun evening of the Great Pretenders Show on Saturday October 8th at 6pm. The show will be held at the Little Theatre at Henry County High School. Advanced tickets are $5 and admission at the door is $6. For more information or if you are interested in performing call Betty Cowan at 336-8823 or Barbara Bufford at 731-267-2611.

Lady Pats Soccer Season Comes to End with 1-0 Loss

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Soccer team saw their season come to an end Tuesday night against Rossview by a 1-0 margin in the District 10-AAA tournament. The Ladies had an excellent season.

Lady Patriots Beat Westcreek In 1st Round of District Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Lady Patriots defeated Westcreek in the first round of the District 10-AAA Tournament at home Tuesday night. Westcreek won the 1st set 25-20, but the Lady Patriots rebounded to win the next three sets and take the match 3-1. The Lady Pats won the sets 25-22, 25-16, and 25-13 to win the match. Henry County will travel to Clarksville High School on Wednesday night for the next round of the tournament.

Golf Teams Compete at Regional Tournament

Cole Culpepper, senior, chipping on the green at Country Hills golf course. (Brad Ridgeway photos)

Hendersonville, Tenn.- The Henry County High School men's and women's golf teams compted in the Region 5-AAA Tournament on Monday. The Lady Patriots finished in a tie for third place with a score of 190 just like Wilson Central. Clarksville won the the match with a 149 and Rossview came in 2nd at 150. Individuall for the Lady Pats Sydney Williams shot an 89 and Leah Bell a 101.

For the men, Henry County finished with a 357. Wilson Central won the tourney with a 303 and Hendersonville was a stroke behind at 304. Eli Ridgeway shot an 88, Eli Todd an 89, Cameron May a 90, and Cole Culpepper a 100.

Senior Eli Todd driving the ball at the Region Tourney.

Grove to Play Dresden Thursday at HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- The football game between Grove and Trenton Peabody scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. Instead, Grove will host Dresden on Thursday at 6pm at HCHS.

HCHS Homecoming Court Announced

Paris, Tenn.- The 2016 Henry County High School Homecoming Court has been announced. Pictured are front row: Seniors: Olivia Boyd, Calista Herrera, and Ka'Lyn Williams; back row: Sophomores: Tatina Duffy and Ansley Cate and Juniors: Nia Russell and Samantha Wynn.

The Homecoming Court will presented at 6:30pm this Friday night October 7th at Patriot Stadium prior to the game against Dickson County. The 2016 queen will be crowned at that time.

Other events during Homecoming week included dress up days, class banner contests, door decorating contests, car bash, scavenger hunt, pep rally, and a Homecoming dance. Both staff and studnets are in competitions this week to see who can earn the most points, earned by participation in various events this week. (HCHS photo)

Weed Eater Reported Stolen from Walnut Street

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department responded to a stolen weed eater complaint Monday. The report stated that a man was working on mowing a yard and his work van was parked on the street and when he got finished and went to get the weed eater, it was missing. The value of the weed eater is $150 and there is a possible suspect.

Cpl. Forrest Kemp and Inv. Gary Vandiver of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Hwy. 641 N where a possible prowler was reported. The victim said she and her son stopped by a friend’s house on Hwy. 641 N. and went around to the back of the home and noticed a man in the woods nearby staring at her. She grabbed her son and went to go inside and the man ran off. Deputies combed the area but found no one.

Parks Board Hears Updates on McNeil Park Work

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday evening and Paris Director Tony Lawrence updated the board on the restroom and upgrades and expansion at McNeil Park.

Lawrence said staff has been really busy as the street department moved over 100 truckloads of dirt from the back. The two T-ball fields are about 50% done and they are all graded off. The sod has been donated along with irrigation for the boys T-ball field by Jacob Pooler and Tri-Turf Sod to help with his son’s Boy Scout project.

The concrete backstop has been installed on the Babe Ruth and Lawrence said this project is about 70% done and will look fabulous when its completed. McNeil staff is going to go ahead and paint concession stands and other things at the Babe Ruth field.

The bathrooms will be expanded and upgraded as well and will be much better than it currently is including getting the restrooms being ADA compliant.

Friends of McNeil Park have been meeting and are moving forward o lighting the new t-ball field. He said this is the first in a series of projects the group wants to take care of and BPU is going to install the lights.

The Parks Department is also working on the renovations at Ogburn Park’s basketball courts. He said we are going to look to bid that out at the first of the year and hopefully get it done in March or April. The plan is to take away the court closest to the pavilion and add some green space there. The two existing courts will be upgraded and be much nicer than now. The estimated cost is around $65K-$70K. He said this has really needed to be done for several years and it will be really nice once complete.

Lawrence told board members the Civic Center two new treadmills have been installed and are being used. He also told the Parks board that the Disc Golf tournament held on September 11th had 36 participants. He also reminded the board that youth basketball sign-ups are ongoing thru October 14th at Atkins Porter from 5-7:30pm Monday thru Friday. Already 65 kids have signed up for youth basketball.

Lawrence said the city and county really want to do something with Camp Hazelwood and on Tuesday he said they will meet with the Regional manager for West Tennessee and they will form a proposal to add mountain bike trails at the Camp. Lawrence said the state park owns the property and everyone is wanting to see the property used more. Lawrence said we are going to put a plan together to revitalize it and try to move forward. Approval has to be given from the state park first.

Paris Thunder Baseball Tryouts Wed. at 5:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Thunder Baseball will hold its final tryout for age class 10U and 11U on Wednesday at 5:30pm at McNeil Park. Paris Thunder Baseball is a non-profit organization that will field 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13U teams for 2017 Spring baseball.

The organization is comprised of seasoned coaching and hardworking men and parents. Thunder's coaching staff includes current high school coaches, former collegiate level players and 25 year youth baseball coaching veterans. The team has an indoor training facility and access to multiple outdoor fields for the twice per week practice and training sessions. In the Thunder organization, character counts and coaches strive to develop principled, mentally and physically disciplined, and determined young men thru the game of baseball.

Players should arrive 30 minutes early so parents can complete required documentation and bring all position required equipment.

Church of the Living God Fall Festival Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God, located at 116 South Porter Street in Paris, will host a “Harvesting for Him” Fall Festival on Saturday October 8th from 11am-3pm. There will be food, fun, and games and everyone is invited.

MSU Telecommunications Receives Contract from NIHS

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Program of Distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management is the recipient of a $95,290 contract issued by the Department of Homeland Security through the National Institute of Hometown Security focusing on the identification of precision timing requirements in the U.S. mobile and cellular communications space. 

“Murray State continues to be one of the first choices for DHS when selecting a contractor for projects, based on the University’s history of delivering work on time and on budget,” said Michael Ramage, primary investigator for the contract and Center for TSM director. “The result of this work could impact our nation for decades to come.” 

The project is part of a larger effort by the DHS, which is interested in understanding how the various critical infrastructure sectors depend on GPS for positioning, navigation and timing. As part of a wider effort, DHS is developing a set of requirements that define the needs for precision timing that exist in all 16 of the critical infrastructure sectors.

Through NIHS, DHS has asked TSM to develop requirements for precision timing in the mobile communication sector by working with private industry, mobile providers and technology vendors to elicit a set of precision timing requirements for the U.S. mobile communications sector. The information gathered will have an impact in improving the resilience of the sector to interruptions in GPS service.

In addition to CTSM Director Michael Ramage, TSM faculty members Dr. Mike Bowman, Dr. Abdul Yarali and John Hart, along with researchers Dr. James Gantt, Robert Harder and Randall Winchester, will be working together to complete the contract work. 

For more information on TSM visit murraystate.edu/tsm or follow on Twitter @murraystatetsm.

Lady Pats Soccer Beats NE 5-1 to Open District Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Soccer team defeated Northeast 5-1 at home Monday night in the opening round of the District 10-AAA tournament. Scoring goals for the Lady Pats were Sophie Carter with 3, Phoebe Harrison and Gracie Clayton both with a goal apiece. Henry County travels to Rossview on Tuesday night at 6pm for their next game.

DPA Plans New Event with Scarecrows on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association invites businesses, civic organizations, school clubs, and individuals to participate in Scarecrows on the Square and help spruce up Downtown Paris with fall decorations of scarecrows.

Application forms are available now at the DPA Office, located at 203 N. Fentress Street and set up days will be Saturday October 8th thru Tuesday October 11th between 10am and 3pm. Call the DPA office at 731-653-7274 to schedule a time the DPA can assist you in setting up your scarecrow in its designated location on the court square. The DPA will provide stakes for the standing scarecrows and it is family friendly so scarecrows can’t include political, religious, promotional, or commercial subject matter.

The Scarecrows may be seated on hay bales or standing and materials used to build the scarecrows are up to the builder but you are encouraged to be environmentally conscious and recycle items to fit with the theme of your scarecrow. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners in the People’s Choice, Most Original, Best Constructed, and Best of Show.

Scarecrows will be judged the 3rd week of October and winners will be announced on October 22nd at Spooktacular. The deadline to enter Scarecrows on the Square is this Friday October 7th.

HC UT Extension Office Hosting Master Goat and Sheep Class

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office is hosting Master Meat Goat and Sheep Producer classes October 10th, 11th, 24th, and 27th and again November 1st. The classes will be held from 6-9:30pm at the UT Extension Office located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. The class on October 10th will be from 5:30-9:30pm. 

The cost for the class is $100 and training meets the requirements of the TN AG Enhancement Program. Topics covered will be management and marketing, reproduction and health, genetics and nutrition, forages and fencing, carcass quality, and predators and predation. This is a multi-county offered course so anyone in Henry, Houston, Stewart, Weakley, and Benton Counties may attend.

For questions or to register call 642-2941 or 931-232-5682. Graduates that meet the minimum Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Enhancement Program requirements will qualify for 50% cost share on designated TAEP Grants. Space is limited to the first 40 people who sign up.

Murray Man Wanted for Agg. Assault, Felony Vandalism, Leaving the Scene

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on a Murray man for aggravated assault, felony vandalism, and leaving the scene of an accident where he allegedly dragged another man who was hanging on the door of his truck and damaged the City’s fence.

The report stated that Ptl. Jackson first responded to L & L’s Bar to a man being struck by a vehicle. Ptl. Jackson arrived to find Derell T. Ward, age 31, of 1450 N. Market laying in the street and witnesses said the suspect left a white Chevy pickup and was staying at the Knight’s Inn. Ptl. Jackson found some cash, pills, and meth residue in the road near Ward and also noticed the City’s fence in that area had heavy damage as black tire marks were on the street heading to the fence.

Ptl. Jackson alerted other deputies to check the Knight’s Inn as he went to the ER with Ward. Ward told Ptl. Jackson that he had been robbed and the suspect, identified at Knight’s Inn as Everett Maxell Jarrell, age 25 of Murray, and Ward got into an argument and fight when Ward reached into Jarrell’s truck to get a lighter. Ward said the two had been smoking a marijuana blunt at the time.

Ward advised that Jarrell punched him, then grabbed a handgun that was in his truck, then Jarrell got into the truck and put it in reverse as Ward was hanging on the driver’s side door. While in reverse, Jarrell backed into the City’s fence causing damage. Ward was eventually transported to Vanderbilt with serious head injuries.

Officers that went to Knight’s Inn meanwhile went to Jarrell’s room, 223, and found the door partially open and the items cleaned out. Video footage showed Jarrell clean out his truck and room and get into another vehicle with a woman.

Jarrell called the Paris Police Department two hours after the incident and said Ward tried to rob him and pistol whipped him. Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker advised Ptl. Jackson that Jarrell had check into the Murray Calloway County Hospital saying he had been pistol whipped. Ptl. Jackson talked with Jarrell and advised him to come to Paris and talk to him and Jarrell refused eventually saying an officer from Tipton County advised him not to come.

Ptl. Jackson has drawn warrants on Jarrell for aggravated assault, felony vandalism, and leaving the scene of an accident. As of this morning, no arrest has been made.

JV Game Moved to Barton Field Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Junior Varsity football game against Murray High scheduled for Patriot Stadium Monday evening will be played at Barton Field instead. The game starts at 6pm.

Lady Patriots Volleyball Open District Tourney at Home Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Lady Patriots Volleyball team opens up play in the District 10-AAA tournament at Grove Tuesday night at 6pm. The Lady Pats will play West Creek.

Lady Bulldogs Cross Country win TMSAA West Sectionals

Lady Bulldogs and Coach Kelley Lassiter celebrate their overall win. (Lassiter photos)

Martin, Tenn.- Inman Middle School’s Lady Bulldogs Cross Country Team were crowned champions at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association West Sectionals meet this past Saturday at Martin Middle School. The Lady Bulldogs now advance to the state to be held October 8th in Clarksville.

7th grader Abby Taylor won the Single A division two mile race with a time of 13:37 and three teammates placed in the top ten. Roberta Henriquez, 7th grader, finished 7th at 15:09, Mary Smith, 7th grader, came in 8th at 15:18, and Emma Hill, 8th grader, placed 9th at 15:19. Amelia Hart, Raven Page, and Kailey Killen rounded out the girls that competed.

For the Inman Bulldogs, 8th grader Hunter Lawrence won overall in the Single A division with a time of 12:10 and 8th grader Tucker Jones came in 11th at 13:54. Both will advance to the state.

HCHS Cross Country Competes in Louisville

Louisvillle, Ky.- Henry County High School Cross Country competed in the Greater Louisville Classic this past Saturday and Titus Winders finished 1st overall, beating 306 other runners. Titus’s time was 15:56. Brother Silas Winders came in 10th with a time of 16:33. Other runners from HCHS included Cole Davis, Zach Cutright, Cooper Smith, Jarrett Hayes, and Devin Prichett. The Patriots placed 8th out of 45 teams in the race.

Two former Patriots standouts also competed in College races. Javan Winders ran for Southern Indiana in the 8K Gold Race and Jack Nichols ran fro Rhodes College in the 8K Silver Race.

Community Health Screening Event Oct. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a community health screening event on Thursday, October 6th from 8:30am to 11am at the Henry County Farm Bureau located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

No appointments are necessary. HCMC staff members will be offering health screenings and educational materials at the event. Screenings offered at the event include: blood pressure, dexa heel scan and blood sugar tests are free. A total cholesterol test costs $3 and a lipid panel will cost $10. Fasting is required for the blood sugar, total cholesterol and lipid panel.

For more information about the event contact, Lori Laser, RN, BSN Community Educator, at 731-644-8269.

Buchanan Man Arrested for Criminal Trespass

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Mark A. McIllwain, age 58 of 80 Bream Drive of Buchanan, on Saturday for criminal trespass.

Powell responded to a complaint of a man who had been evicted from a residence and by court order McIllwan had removed by the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. When Powell came to talk to McIllwan on Saturday he saw that McIllwan had been living in a tent in the driveway.

Powell saw that McIllwan had hooked up an extension cord to the electric outlet below the meter outside the residence and McIllwan was using the electric from the house. McIllwan also had hooked a water hose to the water from the property for his use.

McIllwan was charged with criminal trespass and transported to the Henry County Jail. At the jail, McIllwan was found to have an active warrant out of Bradley County, Tennessee and a hold was placed on him until he was served with the paper.

McIllwan was placed on $2,000 bond.

Police Make Two DUI Arrests Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, several driving related arrests were made over the weekend.

From a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday Trooper Josh t. Wade arrested David H. Wallace Jr., age 55 of 1241 Rabbit Creek Road of Buchanan, for driving under the influence 1st attempt and violation of implied consent. Greer was placed on $1,500 bond.

A report from the HC Sheriff’s Department stated that Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Larry Andrew WIlliams, age 39 of 319 Aden Street of Paris, on Saturday for driving under the influence 1st attempt. Williams was placed on $1,500 bond.

Eat Your Greens at Rhea's Salad Spectacular on October 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The friends of Rhea Library in Paris are sponsoring a Salad Spectacular on Friday, October 7th in Ketchum Hall at Grace Episcopal Church located at 103 South Poplar Street. Lunch will be served from 11am to 1:30pm and you can eat in or take out.

Tickets for the event cost $10 and you can get your tickets at the Rhea Public Library, Maggie’s Boutique, Commercial Bank located in downtown Paris or at Security Bank located in downtown Paris.

Lunch goers will have a choice of salads which include: chicken salad, pasta salad, coleslaw with crushed pineapple and nuts, grape salad, loaded baked potato salad and broccoli salad. French bread with butter or crackers, a drink and a cookie for dessert is offered with each salad.

Proceeds at the event will benefit the W.G. Rhea Library. Maggie’s Boutique will host a Fall Fashion Show at the event and a drawing will be held for four new cookbooks, which features your favorite southern recipes.

Police Make Crystal Meth Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker arrested Michael A. Evans, age 57 of 1109 East Wood Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent to sell manufacture and deliver.

Whitaker went to Evans home to look for a wanted person and Whitaker talked to Evans who gave Whitaker consent to search the apartment. During Whitaker’s search he saw a bag of crystal meth laying on the table in the basement, in plain view.  The drugs had a field weight of 4 grams.

Whitaker asked everyone in the apartment if the drugs belonged to them and they all stated no, so Whitaker placed Evans under arrest for possession of a schedule II substance with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver.

Evans was then transported to the HCSO and was placed on $15,000 bond.

Fun, Food and Animals at Holy Cross's Oktoberfest


Cassie Walsh photos

Paris, Tenn.- Large crowds along with a few exotic animals made their way to the Holy Cross Catholic Church's 34th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday October 1st at the Henry County Fairgrounds. People enjoyed good food eating German meals, authentic Mexican meals, steak sandwichs, hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy and more.


Cassie Walsh photos

Everyone enjoyed live entertainment, a silent auction, bake sale, and several vendors were selling different items from comic books, to arts and crafts, jewelry and more.


Cassie Walsh photos

Kids also enjoyed a petting zoo, camel and pony rides were offered by Hooker Farms of Milan. Kids also got to play games, paint pumpkins and get their faces painted.


Cassie Walsh photos


Cassie Walsh photos

Highlights from Patriots 31-6 Victory Over the Hawks

#33 Donovan Teague scores a touchdown on a 13 yard pass reception.


Donovan Teague (Timothy Pharr photos)

#18 Travis Northington brings down a Rossview receiver.


Travis Northington (Timothy Pharr photos)

#57 Samari Rack and a host of Patriots sack the Rossview QB.


Samari Rack (Timothy Pharr photos)

Jimmy Church Band Performs Oct. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life events for the 2016-17 year kick off today. The Jimmy Church Band will be performing at the Quality Inn and Paris Convention Center from 8pm to midnight today. The PML Relay for Life team is sponsoring the event. Tickets are $20 each and reservations will be accepted for 8 or more people in advance.

Tickets may be purchased at PML’s Front Office on County Home Road or by calling 642-7398 ext. 221. After 4pm call 731-336-0314. The kick-off for Relay will Tuesday October 4th at 6pm at the Convention Center. There will be food and drink provided.

Patriots Take Down the Hawks 31-6

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots defeated the Rossview Hawks 31-6. With 10:59 into the 1st quarter, the Patriots take it to the 3yd line off of the opening kickoff and Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds takes it in for the Patriots touchdown. The point after was good. And the Patriot’s Bailey Armas kicked a 29yd field goal with 1:01 left in the 1st quarter. The score at the end of the 1st quarter was HC 10 Rossview 0.

With 34 seconds left in the 2n d quarter, Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds takes it in for the 7yd touchdown. And the extra point is good. And the score at halftime is the Henry County Patriots leading the Rossview Hawks 17-0.

In the 3rd the Patriots Lukas Reynolds rushed for the 42yd touchdown and the extra point kick was good. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was the Patriots 24 Hawks 0.

 At the 4:01 mark in the 4th quarter, Patriots Lukas Reynolds score his fourth touchdown of the night when he scored the 17yd touchdown and the point after was good. With 2:44 left in the game, Rossview scored a touchdown and the point after was no good. The final score for the game the Patriots 31 Rossview 6.

The Patriots will play their rival the Dickson County Cougars at home at 7pm on Friday, October 7th.

Sept. 30th Declared Randy Gean Day


Randy Gean (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer at Chief Deputy Randy Gean retirement party on Friday announced that September 30th will now officially be Randy Gean Day, in recognition and thanks for Gean’s 27 years of service at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Greer also awarded Gean with the Loyal Patriot award, which is the highest honor you can receive in Henry County.


County Court Clerk Donna Craig gives Randy Gean the Loyal Patriot award. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Greer said, “Henry County recognizes Randy for his commitment and dedication to his church, his family, the community and for all his years of service at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.”


(Cassie Walsh pics)

Gean spoke to the crowd of officers, family, friends and people from the community who came out to honor Gean for all of the work he has done over the years at the Henry County Sheriff's Department. "In my 27 years in law enforcement you see a lot of things. But the things that mean the most are seeing the text and messages from people who would say, I know you had a rough day, and that's what I appreciated most," Gean said."I've made a lot of friends over the years and it show here today, thank you all for everything."


Randy Gean thanking everyone for coming to support him. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Gean thanked God, his wife, children, and grandchildren for all of their support and love over these years. " Every morning when I get up I will say a prayer for law enforcement for everyone to please be careful," Gean said. "And I love each and every one of you."

Randy Gean Honored for 27 years of Service at HCSD


Sheriff Monte Belew awarding Randy Gean with his service weapon. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew thanked Gean for his years of service and awarded Gean with his service weapon, which was made possible after a change from the Henry County Commission stated that deputies who have served 20 years or more at the HC Sheriff’s Department can now be awarded their service weapons when they retire.


Sheriff Monte Belew awarding Randy Gean for his service. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Belew also presented Gean with a plaque for his work as Chief Deputy at the Henry County Sheriff's Department. Gean has worked at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department since July 26, 1989, where he worked his way up from jailer to Chief Deputy at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

Gean has been Chief Deputy since 2001 and has been with four sheriffs in his time at Chief Deputy at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

Farmer's Market Comes to a Close for the Season


Cassie Walsh photos

Paris, Tenn.- The last Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market was held Sept. 30th and has now closed for the season.

Basketball Sign-ups at Eiffel Tower Park on October 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Basketball league will begin having sign-ups at Eiffel Tower Park on the Saturdays of Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th from 8am to noon. Player Evaluations will be at Atkins Porter ages 9 and above only. 

Players only need to attend one session either on Tuesday, Oct. 18th or Thursday Oct. 20th. The schedule for both days is 5 pm, for both girls and boys ages 9 and 10, for girls and boys ages 11 -13 the time is 6 pm and 7 pm is the time for girls and boys ages 14 -17.

Players must reach the age of 5 on or before November 1st. Players cannot turn 18 before November 1st. The players fee is $30 for the 1st child, $25 for the 2nd child and $20 for the 3rd child. Coaches, referees and sponsors are needed. If you want to sponsor a team it will cost $150 per team. For more information, call 731-644-7932 and leave message.

The Velveteen Rabbit Auditions at Krider on Oct. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a theatre opportunity for adults and children to audition for roles in “The Velveteen Rabbit”, which is a straight play and not a musical. The feature roles for the play will have adults and some children and parts include: there will be 11+ roles for adults and older teens, 1 lead role for a child age 8-11yrs old, and 5+ roles for children.

Auditions will be Saturday, October 1st at the Krider Performing Arts located at 650 Volunteer Drive. Auditions will be held on Saturday afternoon and kids ages 10 to 16yrs old should arrive between noon and 1pm and ages 17 and older should arrive between 2pm and 3pm.

“The Velveteen Rabbit” will give audiences a beautiful view of love as relationships change over time, yet love never fails to endure those changes.

Salvation Army Interviews to Be Held October 6th

Paris, Tenn.- Salvation Army Angel Tree interviews will be held on Thursday October 6th from 10am to Noon on a first come, first serve basis at the Family Resource Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road. You must provide proof of eligibility. For questions call 642-2938 or 342-4105.  

Chamber's 3rd Annual Farm Tour Set for October 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their 3rd Annual Henry County Farm Tour on Thursday October 6th. Tours of several area farms will take place with lunch and transportation provided. Sulphur Wells Church of Christ is providing the transportation. The Farm Tour is free and breakfast, lunch, and an ice cream break are included.

The day begins at 7:30am at the Co-op meeting room on Hwy. 69 with coffee and sausage and biscuits provided by the Henry Farmer’s Co-op. Attendees will be provided tours of Yoder Farms, Tri-Turf Sod Farm, Outback Romagnola Farm, where a burger and hot dog lunch will be provided by the Co-op, and the Norwood Farm where ice cream will be provided by Henry County Farm Bureau.

Agriculture in Henry County is very diverse and one farmer feeds around 155 people on average according to statistics. Corn, soybeans, wheat, and tobacco, are the major crops in Henry County, but other fruits and vegetables are produced here. Dairy, beef, swine, poultry, and horse farm operations comprise the bulk of the animal industries.

To reserve your seat on the Farm Tour, call the Chamber at 642-3431. The event is free but space is limited.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Week of Oct. 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Tony Brown advises citizens that the Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of October 3rd. BPU customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water.

Customers should check for water discoloration prior to doing a load of laundry next week. If these conditions occur, run water through a faucet for several minutes. The water should return to normal in a short time, but if problems continue contact Brown at 642-1322 ext. 142.

 

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