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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

Homestead Gardens To Hold Backyard Birding Seminar Friday

Springville, Tenn. -Join Homestead Gardens & Gifts located at 6003 East Antioch Road in Springville, for a Backyard Birding Seminar today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cathy Storey of Homestead Gardens and Joan Howe, Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Ranger to learn about backyard birding for all 4 seasons. Learn how to identify, attract and feed feathered friends with emphasis on the upcoming colder seasons.

Refreshments will be served and a drawing for a Droll Yankee bird feeder and Tennessee bird book will be held.

Please sign up via Facebook, text or by phone. The phone number to dial is 731-407-4454 and find Homestead Gardens and Gifts on Facebook.

Sonny Melton Fundraiser Planned at KPAC for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Sonny Melton Benefit Songwriters Round and Silent Auction will be held Saturday October 13th at 6pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The evening will consist of music from songwriters in an intimate setting to honor the memory of Sonny Melton. Bigg Vinnie Hickerson, from the “Biggest Loser” band and Trailer Choir will be the host for the evening.

Some of Nashville’s best songwriters including Clint Lagerberg, Matt Warren, and John Pierce will share songs, spin stories, and keep the crowd wanting more.

A silent auction will also take place with donated products and services from local businesses, signed guitars and memorabilia from country artists and special items from sports teams like the Titans. All proceeds go to Sonny Melton Endowment Funds. Admission is $15 for all and tickets can be purchased in advance at Merison’s Value Furniture, Melton’s Fillin Station in Big Sandy, online at remembersonny.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door the night of the event.

Burning Permits Needed Staring Mon. Oct. 15th

Paris, Tenn.- Jason Waddell, Henry County tech at the Department of Agriculture, division of forestry, reminds Henry Countians, they must obtain a burning permit from October 15th thru May 15th. Anyone starting an open air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland, must by law, secure a burning permit through the Division of Forestry. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the local office at 642-3808, which is located at 195 Macedonia Road in Henry. You may also obtain a permit online at www.burnsafetn.org.

HCHD, Keep PHC Beautiful Offering Halloween Coloring Contest

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department and Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful is holding a litter awareness Halloween Coloring Contest. One winner will be chosen from each age category: 4-5, 6-7, and 8-9. Pictures to color can be picked up at the Highway Department at 575 Cedar Street in Paris. Completed colored pictures should be returned to Henry County Litter Program, C/O Henry County Highway Department, P.O. Box 674, Paris, TN 38242. All entries must be in by October 24th. For more information call 642-3162.

Planners Approve Permits In Quick Oct. Session

City Building Inspector Mike Brown discusses the variance request on Lakeway Circle. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular session Thursday night and approved the site plan for 2375 East Wood Street for Service Rental for a 1600 Sq. ft. building on property that will be used as washing facility for heavy equipment.

Prior to the Planning Commission meeting, the board of zoning appeals approved a request for variance on Lakeway Circle to rear of property at 2375 East Wood St. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said Service Rental is seeking a variance to floodplain regulations for floor elevation of a proposed wash facility as an accessory use to the existing business. City Building Inspector Mike Brown said Lakeway Circle is a unique area and variance gives relief and can be granted on the basis of the wash area won’t be prone to flooding. Brown said they will have to have backflow prevention required during the building permit process.

Back in 2016, a similar variance was granted at the adjacent property and the BZA board did the same for Service Rental Thursday night. The

Planners also approved an amended site plan for Phillip Brown at Volunteer Drive and Maurice Fields Drive. The amended site plan shows four parking spaces added to the rear of the development and accessed by Maurice Fields Drive. The original plan is for a 4K sq. foot office building with a two way 28 ft. ingresss/egress proposed on Volunteer Drive, and a 50 ft. setback. The plan was approved with a waiver of detention requirement.

Helping Hand Radio Auction Has New Home on WRQR FM/AM

Paris, Tenn.- The Helping Hand Radio Auction will have a new broadcast home in 2019 as WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 will simulcast the auction from January 7th thru February 27th next year. Helping Hand is coming to the Benton Weatherford Broadcasting, Inc. Radio Stations which also include WMUF 104.7FM and WLZK 94.1FM in Paris and Henry and McKenzie’s 98.9FM and AM 1440.

Station Manager Gary Benton said, “we are excited to have Helping Hand air on WRQR FM and AM starting in January and look forward to doing what we can to only make this great organization better and stronger.”

Helping Hands had aired on WTPR previously. Applications for Helping Hands will be available at the Paris Post Intelligencer Office beginning Monday October 15th. They are due back by 5pm on November 16th and no late applications will be accepted. Applications must be received in hand by November 16th; no post-marked ones will be accepted. For questions call Susan Bell at 642-7519

Church of the Living God Cookout Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-  The Church of the Living God Temple 347 will have a cookout this Saturday October 13th at Save-A-Lot in Paris from 10am to 2pm. For $5 get 6 grilled for fried wings, carrots and celery and your choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing. For $3 get grilled hot dogs, chips, and drink. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy food and fellowship.

BPU Public Power Week Celebration Cookout Held Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The public was treated to grilled hotdogs, chips, cookie and water from the Paris Board of Public Utilities on Thursday during their 2nd annual cookout to celebrate Public Power week. Some of the equipment used by the BPU was on hand. They also gave out LED light bulbs which last longer and give out a brighter white light than the older bulbs and fluroscent bulbs. BPU serves over 21K electric customers, 5K water customers, and 4K wastewater customers and have been vital partners in community projects, obtaining RUS loans, and other economic development plans in Paris and Henry County. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Zline Kitchen and Bath Locating Distribution Center in Carroll County

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ZLINE Kitchen and Bath officials announced today the company will locate its new distribution headquarters in Bruceton. The kitchen range and hood manufacturer and distributor will create 74 new jobs and invest $3 million in Carroll County.

“I want to thank ZLINE for creating more than 70 new jobs in Carroll County,” Rolfe said. “There are more than 16,000 Tennessee businesses in the transportation, distribution and logistics sector, and I appreciate ZLINE for choosing to locate its new distribution headquarters in Carroll County, a Tier-4 county, and for expanding this industry in Tennessee.”

Founded by Andy Zuro, ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is the industry leader in the manufacturing and distributing of range hoods and kitchen cooktops. ZLINE is a family-owned company with its corporate headquarters locations in Nevada and Ohio.

“ZLINE is incredibly proud to launch its new Bruceton facility. We have been thrilled with the level of support from the local community and the State of Tennessee. We are the industry-leader in range hoods, and our investment in this 205,000-square-foot facility affords us the opportunity to scale our operations in a way that we could only imagine previously,” ZLINE CMO Galen Bradford said. “We chose Tennessee because of its strategic location, exceptional quality of life, and the skilled labor pool. We eagerly look forward to making an influence on the Bruceton community by adding well-deserved, quality careers and creating a lasting, positive impact."

ZLINE’s new operations in Bruceton will function as its Southeast distribution hub and will be the company’s distribution headquarters.

“ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is the newest company to select Bruceton and Carroll County for its new operation,” Brad Hurley, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce president, said. “During the nine-month search process, we needed the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, along with numerous local agencies—Carroll County government, Town of Bruceton, Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District, Carroll County Highway Department—to come together to finalize this deal.”

“On behalf of the Town of Bruceton, I want to welcome ZLINE and think they will be very pleased with their decision to locate here,” Bruceton Mayor Robert T. Keeton III said. “I also want to thank the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Carroll County Industrial Development Board, and the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District for partnering with the Town to make new jobs a reality for Bruceton.”

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce also supported ZLINE’s new location in Bruceton.

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

No Injuries at Thursday Morning 2 Vehicle Crash

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department, Henry County EMS, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Highway Patrol all responded to a two vehicle accident at 12265 Hwy. 79 N. in Buchanan around 7:30am Thursday morning. Units found a maroon colored truck pulling a trailer stopped in a driveway with a gray Nissan Altima sitting in the highway. (Reggie Coles photos)

The Driver of the truck said he was turning into the driveway when he was struck in the rear by the Altima. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the THP, no injuries were reported. Paris Landing responded with one truck and 9 firefighters for 45 minutes.

McCartney Produce Dice Run Planned Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- A benefit dice run sponsored by McCartney Produce will be held this Saturday October 13th from JW Brewskies in Gleason to T-Bones in Paris. Signups are from 11am to 1pm and Kickstands up at 1pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing, live music, and burgers and hot dogs.

From 11am to 1pm at JW Brewskies there will be a knock out contest, cake walk, bike wash, and door prizes and from 2-5pm at T-Bones there’s Dog Pound jail, duck calling contest, and door prizes.

Proceeds raised benefit Tony Bartow who suffered a motorcycle accident August 26th resulting in a broken neck.

Astronomy Night at the Refuge Planned for Sat. at 6:30pm

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold “Astronomy Night on the Refuge” Saturday October 13th at 6:30pm. It is a refuge discovery series event and Astronomer Jim Phfistner and other members of the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers will bring their telescopes to lead an informative program about the night sky.

The night of family fun is free and will be held outdoors on the back patio of the visitor’s center. The bookstore and center will open at 6pm. You are encouraged to bring your own telescope.

BPU Crew Heading to Southeast Georgia to Aid in Hurricane Efforts

Paris, Tenn.- Eight Board of Public Utilities employees are heading to southeast Georgia Thursday to answer the TVPPA’s call for assistance after Hurricane Micheal ripped thru the area. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations for BPU, said “once I got the email from the TVPPA for a call out for help, I sent out a mass text and my guys responded quickly, we put together a team and they headed out at 6am Thursday morning.”

Edwards said they will head to Sylvester, Georgia for a minimum of ten days and then re-evaluate the situation. (BPU photos)

County Comm. Hears About WorkHouse Program at Jail

Sheriff Monte Belew holds up the GPS ankle monitor that inmates will wear who are released on the WorkHouse program. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission held a work session at the jail Wednesday afternoon where the possibility of having a Work House for State inmates was discussed. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Henry County wants to combine an educational component at Gibson County and a work component at Dyer County and include both for state inmates at Henry County.

County Mayor Brent Greer spoke briefly at the beginning telling commissioners this program was going to pay for itself because there was no need to build a separate facility for workhouse as the Henry County Correctional Facility already had a pod that could serve as the workhouse pod, where those inmates could be kept separated from the rest of the inmates at the jail.

The idea is to allow state inmates that have been properly vetted by a Workhouse Committee including County Mayor Brent Greer, Sheriff Belew, and others who do not have escape history, no felony harassment, violent, or assault convictions, active warrants, etc.

The inmate agrees to pay $20 to Henry County, $4 goes for their GPS monitored ankle bracelet that they wear to track them in case they run off and $16 goes into the General Fund for transportation, food, clothes, etc. The inmate must also pass random drug tests on the Work House Program. 25% of the pay they make also goes to pay off their court fines and fees while their still in jail as well.

The employer, must be in Henry County, must allow one day off per week, and provide workman’s compensation insurance. As of now, PML is ready to take 10 inmates on as employees by the end of October. Sheriff Belew also said Tosh Farms is interested in the Work House program.

The inmate would go out and work and then come back to the jail at the end of the day. The newest pod at the jail, finished in 2008, would become the Workhouse, only for these type of inmates.

Commissioners here from Dyer County representatives.

Representative of Dyer County, Dep. Kenny Chessor and inmate Ricky spoke to the commission on how their program worked. Chessor said, “the inmates have a job when they get out of jail, their court fines and fees are paid, and they have money in their pocket to start a new life. The main goal is to cut the recidivism rate and we think it’s working already. “

In addition to the Work Release component, Henry County is using a room in the jail and partnering with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology to teach some basic votech education to inmates that will be going thru the Workhouse. Paris TCAT Director Dr. Brad White said, “this is funded by the Tennessee Workforce Board and we provide laptops and education stations teaching them some basic soft life skills and things to help them in the workforce.”

Sgt. Daniel Powell and Commissioner Jerry Berry stand near the educational station set up by TCAT in one of the training rooms at the HCSO. Sgt. Powell will be the coordinator of the program.

The plan is to start with 10 male inmates at PML October 29th. Then the next group would go thru the educational component, then to the Workhouse program. Sheriff Belew said the plans are to include female inmates as well, but they will just have to be housed in a separate facility. He said, “we may start with 5 or 6 females after the first 10 males.”

If the inmate violates the program in any way, they are quickly removed and sent back to the Department of Corrections to Finish out their sentence. Sheriff Belew said 10 inmates on the Workhouse would generate $42K for the General Fund if they worked 5 days a week. If the maximum number, which would be 32, all the pod could hold, where working thru the program, around $133K could be generated to the general fund.

Commissioners view the pod that will become the Workhouse section at the jail.

The County Commission will likely vote on this program and direction to go next Monday night at the County Commission meeting.

East Wood Church Fall Gospel Meeting Begins Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- East Wood Church of Christ will hold their Fall Gospel Meeting October 14-17 at the Church located at 800 East Wood Street. Sunday is Friends and Family Day with speaker Wayne Burger, instructor and campaign coordinator at Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver, Colorado, and the theme is “The Names of God”.

Sunday’s schedule is 9:30am Bible class, 10:30am worship, 6pm Worship. Monday thru Wednesday events begin at 7pm. For more information call Aaron Hutson at 731-336-3640.

Warrants Drawn on Man for Attempted Car Jacking

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department has drawn warrants on Rodriquez A. Arnold, age 27, of 411 Harrison Lane, for attempted carjacking based on him matching the description of the suspect and being picked out of a photo lineup.

The report stated that the victim had a man pull a gun on her while she was stopped at the stop sign at Lois and Curtis St. he told her to get out of the vehicle and she was scared for her life and sped away to Patriot Mart and called police. The victim told Lt. Reed the man was a black man, around 5’6 to 5’8 with slender build and dreadlocks in his hair.

City Units followed up and investigated leads on where Arnold has been spotted. Lt. Reed put together a photo line-up of suspects including Arnold based on description and the victim picked him out of the lineup. Investigation is continuing and no arrests have been made yet.

County, City Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department took a report of burglary from Wanna Deal Thrift Shop on N. Caldwell St. Over $400 worth of items were missing such as Xbox games and there was no forced entry. One of the key holders said his key had been stolen from his vehicle over the weekend.

Ptl. David Beauvis took a report of theft from a vehicle from a car parked at Walmart. The report at the Paris Police Department stated a backpack with a rain jacket, Nintendo Switch, and two games were all missing. The victim couldn’t remember if he locked his vehicle or not.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a theft report from a shop on Hwy. 140 North in Cottage Grove where a chainsaw and leaf blower were missing. The value of the items is $600 and there is a possible suspect.

Metro Crime Unit Inv. Jeramye Whitaker arrested Dwayne Jones, age 48, of 818 Curtis St., for suspended driver’s license, simple possession of schedule 2, drug paraphernalia possession, and id theft. He was placed on $15K bond.

CG Council Seeks Repairs to Tornado Warning Siren

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held its regular business meeting Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Weiher brought info from emergency siren companies for the council to discuss as the siren has been damaged and isn't working property. McClure made a motion to place an advertisement in the newspaper for bids for emergency siren services.

The Council also learned five properties are listed on the delinquent tax list. Two thousand eight city taxes were mailed this week. Weiher reported a successful Freedom Fest for 2018. McClure suggested an inspection of the retail building parking lot. Mayor David Jackson will contact paving companies for more info. Weiher made the motion to adjourn and Operia seconded the motion.

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Information in Theft of Grave Markers

Golden Pond, Ky.- U.S. Forest Service Officials seek information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the theft of bronze US Veteran grave markers and other historic placards at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The theft was first reported on Oct. 3.

"We are outraged," said Area Forest Supervisor, Tina Tilley. "The cemeteries at Land Between the Lakes represent a vital connection to the past. The destruction of grave markers does not reflect our western Kentucky and Tennessee values and this behavior needs to stop immediately." Tilley says those responsible could face fines, felony charges, and years in a federal prison. "When we find those responsible, they will be prosecuted."

Federal Law Enforcement Officers began investigating when a historic marker was discovered stolen on Oct. 1. Three bronze veteran markers were reported missing on Oct. 3. Investigators believe metal salvage may be a possible motive.

Please call (877)861-2457 select option #1 if you have information regarding this crime.

Inman Wins First Round Game in TMSAA Playoffs

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Bulldogs won their first round game in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association West Tennessee playoffs Tuesday night over Northview Middle 60-38. Inman moves to the semi-finals and will host Martin Middle at home Tuesday October 16th at 6:30pm. A win Tuesday night, would put them in the Championship game on Saturday October 20th.

Road Board Approves Dump Truck Purchases; Looks at 5 Year Road Plan

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met in regular session on Monday night and approved the purchase of two dump trucks, a regular cab and a crew cab. Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt explained bids had been taken last week and Volunteer International out of Jackson had the lower bids over Tri State of Murray and Tag Truck Center in Jackson. The board approved the purchase of the regular cab, Rogers bed dump truck for $85,251 and the crew cab, Rogers bed dump truck for $91,261. They saved around $2500 in going with Volunteer International.

Chilcutt told board members about 70% of the budget for tar and chipping had been used up in the first 3 months of the fiscal year. He said, “we’ve been tar and chipping like crazy, trying to get as much as we can done before winter sets in, we are about to pull the reins in the next few weeks on it now.”

Chilcutt said they got some hot mixing to do in areas that need in and the state-aid paving should begin in the next week or so and be done by the end of November.

Also Monday night, Chilcutt asked Road Board members to look over the 5 year road plan so it can be updated. He asked them to look at roads in their districts and see if any need tar and chipped, paved, etc. so they can put the plan together and tackle it in the next few years.

Authorities Seek Public Assistance in Weakley County Death Investigation

Jackson, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in the ongoing investigation into the death of a woman from the Sharon part of Weakley County.

On Monday, authorities found the body of 43-year-old Dallas Chantel Bennett in a field along Mount Vernon Road, approximately three miles from her home. She had been reported missing on Friday. Ongoing investigative efforts have determined Bennett was last seen alive, walking along Mount Vernon Road, at approximately 10:00 AM on October 1st.

Authorities are asking anyone who saw Dallas Bennett in recent days, or anyone with information that may benefit the ongoing investigation, to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office at 731-364-5454.

Henry School Adds Another Lending Library in Henry County

Henry, Tenn.- Henry School has added another lending library to Henry County.  The new "Pirate Lending Library" is located at the front entrance of Henry School.  This new lending library was made possible by a recently received Plus Endowment grant.

Henry Principal David Kibbler said, " I am excited that Henry School will have books available to the children of Henry after school hours and on the weekends. Books may be borrowed and returned once they are read. We will do our best to ensure that we offer a variety of book choices and that we rotate the books on a regular basis so that the community has access to fresh choices.

On behalf of Henry School and the Henry community, I would like to thank the Plus Endowment for their continued support of projects such as this."

Thefts Reported, Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Derrek Colley of the Metro Crime Unit has arrested two people for drug charges. Jessica W. Pitts, age 47, of 311 Beech Chapel Rd, was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent and placed on $10K bond and Christopher Ferguson, age 43, of 575 Reynoldsburg Rd., was also charged with schedule 2 possession with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia and placed on $10K bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Terry Williams investigated a theft that occurred on Jim Merrell Road where someone dummied the lock on the shed on the property and entered the shed. Several items were strewn about and a weed eater valued at $50 was missing. There are no suspects in the incident and investigation is continuing.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department charged Dex. D. Haynes, age 28, of 105 Hidden Acres, with theft of property over $1000. Haynes was placed on $2500 bond.

Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Steven Davenport, age 27 of Clarksville, with being a fugitive from justice. He was placed on $3K bond.

BPU Moving Cookout from Wed. to Thurs. Because of Rain

Paris, Tenn.- With the weather forecast calling for rain, the Board of Public Utilities has decided to move their 2nd annual Public Utility Public Power Week Cookout from Wednesday to Thursday. The cookout will now be held Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm at the parking lot behind the BPU office on East Wood Street next to Commercial Bank. There will be grilled hot dogs for a free lunch and check out the equipment used to serve BPU’s more than 21K electric customers, 5K water customers, and 4K wastewater customers.

Former Patriot XC Runner Does Well at USI Race

Evansville- Former Henry County standout and current freshman for the University of Southern Indiana Titus Winders finished in 7th place of 282 runners with a time of 24:54 at the Conference Crossover this weekend. This put Titus as 20th on the all-time bests list at USI. Junior, Javan Winders was hampered by a bad back and struggled to just finish the race. USI finished 10th of 27 teams.

HAPNA in the Park Fall Festival This Sat. Oct. 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association, or HAPNA, will hold a Fantastic Fall Festival this Saturday October 13th on the grounds of the AP Rec Center at the corner of Walnut and Highland Streets. The free event is sponsored by HAPNA and runs from 11am to 3pn rain or shine.

The “Touch a Truck” area features all sorts of emergency vehicles, construction vehicles, and even the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter. Kids of all ages can get up close to these machines and see what they look like on the inside and out.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be grilling lunch, from 11am-1pm, and includes hot dogs, chips, water, and cookies while they last. Donations for lunch are accepted to help the Association fund its many neighborhood activities.

Another way to help the association is by downloading the Kroger App, which offers savings plus an opportunity to donate to HAPNA through the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Store employees will be on site during the festival to help attendees work the app.

The festival will also feature local arts and crafts vendors, activity booths, Birds of Prey from Paris Landing, and  K-9 demonstration from Sheriff Monte Belew and his K9 Si.

There’s also a cake walk, photo booth, pumpkins and other grown fall décor for sell, and more. For more information on HAPNA In the Park email Vickey Roberts at vicekyroberts@msn.com or call Mary Hickman at 336-3373. Be sure and like their Facebook page as well.

Reminder: Tuesday Last Day to Register to Vote

Paris, Tenn.- The last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 6th Election is Tuesday October 9th. For information on how to register go by the Henry County Election Commission Office, located inside the Courthouse Annex during regular business hours or call at 642-041.

Early voting for the November 6th Election will be Wednesday October 17th thru Thursday November 1st. Henry Countians will be voting for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, TN House of Representative, along with Paris City Commission, Henry, and Puryear.

HCHS Jrs. Selling Bedsheets as Fundraisers

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School juniors are currently selling bed sheet sets for their class fundraisers. Twin and Twin XL is $25; Full, queen, and King sets are $30; California King are $35. Each junior is encouraged to sell two sets and checks should be made payable to HCHS.

Oktoberfest Grocery Giveaway Winner Announced

Paris, Tenn. - WMUF/WLZK/WRQR, along with Lakeway IGA were registering listeners for a chance to win $100 worth of free groceries at Oktoberfest on Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Of the hundreds of entries, the winner of the $100 Lakeway IGA gift card was Emily Butler of Buchanan.

We would like to thank all those who stopped by the tent and registered. Stay tuned for more giveaways!


Officers Busy with Thefts Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for suspects in the theft of a motorcycle from the weekend. According to the report from Sgt. Blake Jenkins, a resident of Hwy. 140 had his 2014 Blue Harley Davidson stolen, and Sgt. Terry Williams had just reported seeing one matching a similar description on the 218 bypass.

Investigation revealed it was the stolen bike and the seat had been taken off and the battery messed with to hot wire the bike. The side panel was missing and it was scratched as well. Investigation is continuing into the incident.

Dep. Frankie Scott took a report of vandalism to the Old Tennessean Golf Course building where someone cut the lock on the building and entered and took the fire extinguisher and sprayed it all over the place. There are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Scott also took a theft report from a home on Bayview Court were someone entered the home and stole several items including a lamp, pictures, tables, glassware, and other things. The value of the items is over $600 and there are suspects in this theft either.

Sgt. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen dog on Hwy. 140 E. this weekend. The victim said they saw a maroon 4 door F-150 truck pass by and stop briefly, then they noticed their dog, Border collie, valued at $100 was gone. Investigation is still ongoing.

Ptl. Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department has cited Cory Capps, age 28, of Lone Oak Road, for simple possession of schedule 6, simple possession of schedule 2, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop over the weekend. Capps gave consent to search and Ptl. Andres found 1.6g of marijuana, and .2g of meth, along with a glass pipe on Capps’s person.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from a resident of Dunlap Street. The report stated several pieces of jewelry including a ladies cluster diamond ring, 10K yellow Gold ring, and a chain were all stolen. The total value of the items stolen is around $3400, there are no suspects at this time.

Stubb's Cooking Team Visits Allegro

John Fuqua, Allegro President with Rocky Stubblefield and Reggie Stubblefield. (Allegro pics)

Paris, Tenn.- It’s been 50 years since C.B. Stubblefield, known simply as “Stubb”, started serving up his legendary flavor.  Allegro has been a part of that Stubb’s history for over 15 years bottling those flavorful Stubb’s sauces right here in Paris, Tennessee.  During Allegro’s partnership with Stubb’s, Allegro has been honored by winning Stubb’s “Copacker of the Year” award in 2012 and the “Key Team Member” award in 2017.  

The legacy continues with Stubb’s grandsons, Rocky and Reggie Stubblefield, who brought the Stubb’s cooking trailer to Allegro last week and served up that Stubb’s flavor to the entire Allegro team to thank everyone and celebrate the continued partnership between Stubb’s and Allegro.  

Flavors shared generation to generation:  C. B. “Stubb” Stubblefield’s grandsons, Rocky and Reggie, serve up lunch to Allegro’s President, John Fuqua, and his granddaughter, Allegro employee Elysse Gandy.  

Monument Dedication at County Home Cemetery

(Photos: Benita Evans)

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County Mayor Brent Greer along with Henry County Commissioners, joined with the Henry County Cemetery Committee in dedicating a monument listing the names of the 58 known people buried in County Home cemetery.  

The cemetery on County Home Road has no headstones or grave markers to identify those buried there. There were no death records kept in Tennessee before 1908, which means many of the names of those buried in that area may never be known. It was with the help of McEvoy Funeral home and their records that helped member of the committee identify the 58 names on the monument. The Monument and Cross are prominently displayed on top of the hill where all those driving down County home road can see it.

This was a joint effort by so many people who wanted to see those buried there remembered for future generations. Plans for adding 100 PVC crosses around the grave yard are currently in the works.   

Missing Motorcycle Stolen from Hwy 140 Found On 218

Paris, Tenn.-  A stolen Motorcycle was found damaged on Hwy 218. The 2014 Blue Harley Davidson was taken from a home on Highway 140. When the owner called to report the bike stolen, he was informed it had been spotted on 218 by Sgt Williams. After locating the vehicle, the owner confirmed it was the missing bike. He also reported that the battery area had been damaged, the seat was missing, a panel was taken off the bike, and it had several scratches. No suspects have been identified.

APSU Offering Adults Computer Coding Class

APSU grad students Farjana Anwerbasha and Gary Larson look over coding projects at APSU.

Clarksville, Tenn.-Austin Peay State University will offer its first community coding classes for adults Introduction to Building Webpages and Introduction to Java Language Basics on October 24

In addition to developing vital computer skills, participants will actually earn one hour of college credit. Because these are college-level classes, a special scholarship was set up to cover the cost of tuition for community members, and the University is waiving application fees for anyone not currently enrolled at Austin Peay who wants to sign up for these classes. Individuals need to apply by Oct. 22 to be eligible for the scholarship, and if they’re over the age of 21, they’ll need to submit transcripts from the last educational institution they attended.

The eight-week, online classes, will begin Oct. 24 and run through Dec. 14. For additional information or to apply, visit http://www.apsu.edu/csci/community-coding.php.   

Astronomy Night on the Refuge

Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee Nation Wildlife Refuge is set to present the Refuge Discovery Series focusing on Astronomy.  Astronomer Jim Phfistner and other amateur Astronomers around the area will setup their Telescopes and lead an informational program about the night sky. The event is free and will be held outside on the patio of the visitor center located off 79 north of Paris. Turn on Oak Grove Road and follow the signs. You can bring your own telescopes if you wish. 

Veterans Mobile Center coming to TCAT in Paris

Paris, Tenn.-The Department of Veterans Affairs will have their mobile Vet Center at Paris Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) at 312 Wilson Street on October 17 from 10 to 2. If you are a Veteran, drop in and find out what services are available to you. A representative will help you navigate the waters of health benefits, education, disability, and VA Loans. You can also inquire with TCAT staff about program offered by the institution. For more information contact Paris TCAT.

Sandee Green Stained Glass featured During Heritage Center Lunch

Stained Glass feature at Cavitt Place (Photo By Paris Henry County Heritage Center)

Paris, Tenn.- The Heritage Center will host a Lunch and Learn on October 12 at Noon. The Artistry of Sandee Green will be a feature during lunch at Cavitt Place. Green’s Stained Glass art is displayed in the building and can be seen during the event. This is a fundraising event for the Arts and to help maintain Cavitt Place which is located at 614N. Popular Street. For reservation, or more information, email the director at director@phchc.com.

KSP Hunting for Escapee

Mayfield, Kenn.-The Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield are actively searching for an escapee.

On October 5, 2018, at approximately 9 PM, KSP received a call stating William P. Jones, age 43, of Lexington, KY, left his work detail at Starfish Orphan’s Ministry. He was last seen at approximately 8:48 PM, running across the street from 1000 Broadway Street in Paducah, KY, and getting into an unknown vehicle. The vehicle left in an unknown direction of travel.

 

William Jones is a black male, 6’2” tall, approximately 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Jones has tattoos on the inside of both his left and right forearms. Jones’ was in custody for Trafficking in Controlled Substance- 1st Degree- 1st Offense and Assault-3rd Degree- Assault on Corrections Employee.

 

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

Arts Around the Square in Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.

Kids being craftsy on the square

A local discussing the art this artist has presented in her booth

Jewelry Displayed during the Arts and Crafts Celebration

Live music preformed on the Main Stage

36th Annual Oktoberfest at Henry County Fair Grounds

Paris,Tenn.

Andrew and Donna Craven with John Lennon from Ecuador Baptist missionary will be visiting Grace Baptist Church at 11:00 tomorrow on Reynoldsburg Road

Lots of Vendors and good food

29th Annual Hazel Day Celebration

Hazel, Ky.-

Local Politicans campaign and pass out candy during Hazel Day

Several Floats and cars celebrated the fall theme and threw candy to the kidos

Calloway County Humane Society was encouraging pet adoptions

Patriots Win one at Home Aginst West Creek

#16 Ethan Thompson scores his 2nd touchdown of the first half

#3 Tavion Kendley breaks free for a touchdown against Westcreek.

#23 Paxton Pierpoint returns an interception 75 yards during Fridays game against Westcreek.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County dominated West Creek with a final score of 56 to 19. It was homecoming at HCHS and the crowd was ready to see their team come back from their heart wrenching loss last Friday.  The Patriots opened the game with an 81 yard touchdown return on the Kickoff by Tavion Kendley. The Pats continued to score throughout the first half, leaving the Coyotes of West Creek going into halftime with a 42 point deficit.  

Coming into the second half, West Creek scored a touchdown and the point after making the score 42 to 7. But Jermarcus Johnson ran for in for a 2 yard touchdown making the score 49 to 7. The Coyotes scored once more in the 3rd making the score 49 13 going into the final quarter. Henry County started the 4th quarter with a 23 yard touchdown by Jermarcus Johnson making the score 56-13. West Creek squeezed out one more touchdown to making the final score 56-19.

Henry County High School Homecoming Court Announced

Paris, Tenn.-

Homecoming Court

Front Row L-R: Shaliyah Shields, Allie Thompson, Ansley Cate, Courtney Binkley, Londyn Lampkins, Rachel Mitchell, Claire Burns

Back Row L-R: Jemarcus Johnson, Jayln Foster, Harrison Cook, Dakoda Morris, Avery McKee, Paul Atkins, Nick Metzinger

Cortney Binkley is announced as homecoming Queen

 

Courtney Binkley is crowned Queen. The Queen is escorted by Dakoda Morris.

Score From Around the Area:

Huntingdon beat Wayne County 46-22

Camden dominated Westview 42-0

Obion County defeated Dresden 37-22

McKenzie Beat Adamsville 26-14

Humboldt beat Gleason 68-42

BPU Giveaway During Public Power Week

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Board of Public Utilities wants to give you a chance to win 80 dollars credit on your bill in celebration of Public Power Week October 7- October 13.

The company will be displaying a banner on some of their equipment around town during this week. If you see it, take a picture with it and post it on Facebook using #BPUsince1938 to enter. They will have other events to celebrate. There have been hundreds of entries in the coloring contest and they are hanging on the walls of their temporary offices. On the 10th of October, BPU will host a cookout in the parking lot on East Wood Street. They will handout free food and have some of their equipment on display for the public to see. Every year public utilities companies celebrate Public Power Week the first full week of October.

Sheriff Belew, Cpl. Bostwick Provide Details on Wallace's Capture to Local Media

Cpl. Bostwick and Sheriff Belew gave details of Wallace's capture to local media Friday. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Going on very little sleep the past couple days, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Cpl. Stacey Bostwick held a press conference for local media at the Henry County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon and discussed the details of #1 on the TBI's most wanted list Kirby Gene Wallace's capture Friday morning.

Henry County has sent a combination of deputies across the river since Monday to aid in the search with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Stewart County Sheriff's Office, Houston County Sheriff's Office, TBI, FBI, TWRA, THP, and even a group from Quantico who had joined the search today right before Wallace was caught.

Belew said, "Cpl. Bostwick, Rowdy, and I and another group of deputies had returned home about 10pm last night and the command center called us after midnight thinking they had picked up Wallace's trek again and wanted one of our dogs to come so we headed back over and Rowdy did pick up the scent, but lost it in the overnight hours."

Rowdy was deployed into the "hot zone" which was the wooded and field area between Bartree Road and Kirkland Road in Stewart County, but again lost the scent. A large swath of law enforcement was going to "flush" the hot zone aand try to flush him out or find him in there. Belew and Bostwick decided to go up the road a piece and flank to the north west of the hot zone hoping Wallace would come out after helicopters died down.

"With these hotter than normal temperatures and full foliage, the heat seeking technology works better at night as the temperature drops, and its not been dropping that much then, so we figure he's moving in the daytime after he sees choppers fly by and law enforcement comb over areas," Belew said.

They managed to find two deer stands on the edge of the woodline and got into them about dawn Friday morning. "About 10:15 this morning, I spotted him coming towards us, he had worked his way away from the hot zone up towards Bartree Road and was actually heading back," Belew said.

The Sheriff said he waited until he was about 30 yards from him and knew it was for sure Wallace and aimed his AR-15 at him and told him to surrender. About 15 yards away, Wallace made an evasive action and jumped behind a large tree.

"We knew he had a 44 pistol for sure on him, so I thought we were about to be into gunfire, "Cpl. Bostwick said.

After a tense situation, Wallace came out from the tree with his hands up partially, but near the pockets on his hoodie, and they could tell something was in there. The confrontation continued until Wallace gave in and went to his knees as Sheriff Belew held him at custody while Cpl. Bostwick climbed down, and then Cpl. Bostwick closed in and held him while Sheriff Belew climbed down. Both then cuffed Wallace.

The Sheriff said, "we were extremely lucky and grateful to not end up in a gunfire situation, we surprised him being up in the deer stands, he never thought to look up, he even told me he thought about firing, but figured we had him out manned so he gave up."

Belew thanked the Henry County community who brought food, waters, dog food to the Sheriff's Office to take over to the command center, thanked the Stewart and Montgomery County Communities for their hospitality and said it was a complete team effort from brothers and sisters in law enforcement. "Everyone has been so supportive of us as always and we can't thank them enough," Belew said.

Cpl. Bostwick added, "you could get a feel of relief from the whole community once they knew he was in custody, its been a very tense ordeal for everyone the last few days.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office also sends out prayers to the victims and their families, one of the victims did have some Henry County ties, which brought it a little closer to home as well.

Kustoff at Gleason' s Mineral Days Celebration

Gleason, Tenn.- Congressman David Kustoff visits with guests of Emery ceramics in the Gleason downtown revitalization project in today’s mineral days celebration. The fourth annual event was begun four years ago when Imery’s ceramics displayed what the ball clay industry does for Weakley and other counties.



Students from area schools including Weakley and Henry County and Caroll County received free lunch, ice cream and were able to enjoy displays set up by vendors for the ball clay industry.

Weeklong Manhunt Ends With Wallace Arrested By Henry County Law Enforcement

Sheriff Monte Belew, Cpl. Bostwick and other officers apprehend Wallace Fri. morning. (THP photo)

Stewart County, Tenn.- The weeklong manhunt for Kirby Wallace came to a close Friday morning around 10:30am when Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Cpl. Stacey Bostwick, K9 Rowdy, and other officers from other agencies spotted Wallace along the treeline off Bartee and Hayes Ridge Road in Stewart County.

Sheriff Belew and Cpl. Bostwick and Rowdy were called back over to the scene around 1am Friday morning after Wallace was spotted after midnight in Stewart County attempting to break-in another house. 

W.G. Rhea Library Has Events Planned for October

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library has several events planned for October. Lego Freeplay is set for Monday October 8th at 3:30pm; Candy tasting is at 4pm on October 9th and there will be testing and education in the resource center on the 9th at 5:30pm. Candy Tasting is also set for October 11th at 4pm and Kid’s Kano Coding freplay is at 5:30pm on October 11th. For more information on the Library’s events, like the Facebook page, visit their website, or call 642-1702.

Chili Cook-off Teams Sought to Help Raise Money for Mission Trip

Paris, Tenn.- Chili Cook off teams are wanted for a great cause to help support the First United Methodist Church mission trip to Kenya in the Spring of 2019. Teams of 4-5 people are sought to enter a Chili-Cook off set for Saturday November 10th from 5-7:30pm in the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church.

Awards given include Grand Chili Champion and the People’s Choice Award. In addition, a Team Spirit award will be given to best theme, costumes, and decorated booth. The theme is “A hot time in the Ole Town Tonight,” and there will be great food, live music, and games for children along with door prizes and fellowship.

Entry fee for the Chili Cook-off is $25 and deadline for entries is Friday October 12th. Team registration forms and rules and guidelines are available at the FUMC front office, emailing lez.burden@gmail.com or jetheridge@murraystate.edu, by calling or texting 694-1329 or 707-0930 or online at jetheridgeblog.wordpress.com.

Those who don’t wish to compete can come to the event on Saturday November 10th and eat. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and you can vote for your favorite chili. Tickets are available at FUMC, Paris Family Chiropractic, and Lakeway Animal Clinic.

Coats For Kids Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Bethesda Church is sponsoring a Coats for Kids Drive through the Month of October. You can bring new or gently used coats of all sizes to Bass Reality at 104 Tyson Ave. You are asked to put the coats in a trash bag so they can be cleaned by Royal Cleaners.  Distribution of the coats will be at Bass Reality from 10 to Noon on November 3rd.

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from past weeks here.

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HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church

Peppers

Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club

 

Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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