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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Planning Comm. OKs Site Plan for Dialysis Clinic

Planning Comm. members and staff discuss the site plan for Fresenius Clinic (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met Thursday and approved a site plan for a 6600 sq. foot building that will be a Fresenius Kidney Care Clinic, located at 57 Commerce Street, in the Jim Adams Commercial Subdivision.

The site plan has been submitted to all utilities for review as well as for MS4 requirements and no issues came up.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris informed planners the parking requirements for a medical clinic are three patient’s parking spaces per staff doctor, plus two per three employees, plus one per staff doctor. The proposed parking is 27 spaces, which is more than enough as they plan to have 1-2 physicians, plus 5 additional employees for calculation purposes.

Two drives for ingress/egress onto Commerce Street are proposed in the site plan. The south drive, adjacent to Tri-County Family Medicine, doesn’t provide the required amount of space between drive and property line. Engineers working on the project have talked with Tri-County on the amount of space at the drive and have no issues. Planners discussed that a wider drive would be more advantageous and would be suggested. The building does meet all setback requirements.

Planners Approve Office Building, Duplex Site Plans

Paris, Tenn.- Planners approved a site plan for property located next to 4000 Hwy. 218 bypass submitted by John and Lisa Childers. They are proposing to construct a 1600 square foot office building. The site plan has been forwarded to all utilities for review as well as for MS4 and drainage purposes. Comments from the drainage were noted about slopes and impervious material that will be addressed

The property is currently zoned Planned Business, or PB, and setbacks are noted on the plat, but need to be added to the drawing. The parking spaces are adequate for the proposal as well. The driveway measures 24 ft and is adequate, just needs TDOT approval on the permit.

Planners approved the plan contingent on the drainage issues being addresses and TDOT permit being approved.

Planners also approved a site plan for three residential duplexes at 805 Memorial Drive for Prometheus Kamperman at their October meeting on Thursday night. The site plan has been forwarded to all utilities for review as well as for MS4 and drainage purposes.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris informed the planning commission the property is zoned R-2-H which is single family and duplex high density. Setbacks are shown as required along with the 12 parking spaces. A 12 ft. drive is shown and TDOT should approve the driveway permit.

One Rezoning Request Approved, One Deferred By Planners

Paris, Tenn.- In other business, Planning Commission members approved one rezoning requests as sent to them from the City Commission. The request was from Robert Swayne at 807 East Wood Street which is currently zoned R-2 medium density which allows for single family and duplexes. Swayne is requesting the area to be rezoned to B-1 for business. Morris said the properties near the area should all be under the B-1, so planners approved four properties being rezoned to the same as the surrounding properties that face Wood Street.

Another request for rezoning was discussed by the planning commission by planners was for Scott Herman for a parcel at 1016 Memorial Drive being rezoned from R-1 to either R-2 or R-3 as he plans to build some single family dwellings or duplexes. City Manager Kim Foster told planners they need to decide how they want this area to develop for the future and if they want to see duplexes in the area. Several older homes and mobile homes are in the area and if the planning commission deferred this to the City Commission, a public hearing would be held and all neighbors would be notified. They decided to defer action on this request for another month and look at the area more closely.

Towards the end of the meeting, the discussion of a separate Downtown Business District came up after the request for self-storage in the area came up last month where self-storage is not allowed in B-2 zones. City Manager Kim Foster said, “to me, anytime we see a request in the downtown footprint, we need to take it on its own and really be careful with how we look at these things on their own merit and how it fits downtown.”

Planners said there is no real option as far as a separate downtown business zoning without disruption the zoning already in places. They discussed on possibly coming up with specific conditions when looking at the downtown footprint.

Man Charged With Evading, VOP

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven Dean Jr., charged Storme Hilliard, 23, of Lexington with evading arrest and violation of probation after he ran from a traffic stop. Lt. Josh Frey advised Ptl. Dean Jr. that he saw Hilliard heading his direction and Ptl. Dean, Jr. did turn and activate his lights and got the vehicle to pull over. While trying to cuff Hilliard for his violation of probation charges, he got away from officers and ran down the alleyways and was finally stopped by Lt. Frey pulling his patrol car to block him from continuing to run.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Elkhorn Road had over $1000 worth of items including a Johnson Boat Motor, misc. tools, a machete, tackle box, and a bicycle. The victim did give police a possible suspect as to someone who was working on things at the house. Investigation is continuing.

HCSO Animal Shelter Holding Facebook Auction for Grill

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter will be holding a Facebook auction for a grill to raise money beginning on Monday October 16th. Recently, a Primo 773 all in one ceramic Kamado Round Grill was donated to the Sheriff’s Office and it will be auctioned off on the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter’s Facebook page from October 16th thru 20th, with the last bid taken at 5:30pm on Oct. 20th. All proceeds will go to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter. The grill is a $1000 value and pictures are on the Facebook page.

PHCHF Casino Night Set for Oct. 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will host its 4th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser at the Paris Convention Center on Saturday October 21st. The event gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy an evening filled with the lights and excitement of Las Vegas while supporting a great cause in their own backyard.

Foundation Board members are planning an event to give party-goers the chance to use “Fun Money” to play a variety of casino games including Black Jack, Slots, craps, roulette, and more. Guests will also have a chance to bid on prizes in a silent auction.

Money raised from the Casino Night will be used to purchase a flex coil for the MRI at the HCMC Diagnostic Center. The new flex coil would allow for more detailed image quality on small body parts. It would also allow patients to be placed in a more comfortable position for certain exams such as elbow or wrist. Patient comfort cuts down on having repeat images, which in turn makes the entire exam quicker for the patient. It also allows the orthopedic surgeon to more precisely pinpoint issues that need treatment and surgery.

Cocktail attire is recommended for all guests. Tickets are $40 or $75 per couple with all proceeds going to the Healthcare Foundation. Tickets for Casino Night can be purchased from the Marketing Department, Pink Petal Gift Shop, My Favorite Things, the Law Office of Shon Johnson, the Iron Place, or from any Foundation Board member, or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Week of Oct. 16th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of October 16th. BPU Customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water. They ask customers to check for discoloration of water prior to doing laundry. If discoloration conditions occur, run water through the facet for several minutes. The water should return to normal color in a short amount of time. If problems continue call Tony Brown at BPU at 642-1322 ext. 115.

HC Relay for Life Fall Kickoff Tues. Oct. 17th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life will host a community wide Fall Kick Off event Tuesday October 17th at the Paris Convention Center. The evening of entertainment, food, and fun begins at 6:30pm and everyone is invited. For more information call Tracey Beasley at 731-225-1729.

PHC Jaycees Golf Tournament Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 21st Annual Paris Henry County Jaycees Golf Tournament is set for this Saturday October 14th. The golf tournament is a 4 person scramble at the Paris County Club with a shotgun start at 10am. Registration begins at 9am, entry fee is $300 and only $280 if paid by Wednesday October 11th.

Fee includes green fees, golf cart, goodie bag and lunch. Mulligans will be available for $20 per team and $5 per person. Joe Mahan Ford will once again sponsor a hole in one vehicle give-away. Prizes up to 4 places and pay based on number of teams that enter. There are also prizes for closet to the pin and longest drive.

All proceeds benefit the Paris Henry County Jaycees Children’s Shopping Tour held in December. For more information call Josh “Smokey” Taylor at 336-1328. Rain date will be October 28th.

Arrests Made for Drug Paraphernalia, Pub. Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol and saw a vehicle run a stop sign. He made a traffic stop and talked with the Tyee Hart, age 21, of 475 Sproul Heights. Hart wouldn’t follow instructions when told to step out of the car after a pipe was found on his person. Hart was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after finally being forced to the ground and arrested.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to a possible DUI call and made a traffic stop on vehicle in question. The passenger, identified as Aunel Perez, was outside the car and Lt. Ean Reed was about to pat him down for weapons. Perez then urinated on the side of the road. He was charged with public intoxication and placed on $500 bond.

CG Council Purchases new Computer for City Business

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held their October meeting Tuesday evening and approved the purchase of a new computer. The city has been having some issues with the current one they use that is 9 years old. The council decided to purchase a new computer with a 3 year warranty.

The Council is also searching for repair options for the emergency siren which has been down this summer and entry hall and lighting issues. The council learned tax notices were mailed out this week as well and Mayor David Jackson and Matthew McClure will represent Cottage Grove at the Emergency Management meeting.

West Herrondale Road Closed Thurs. for Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close West Herrondale Road in the Henry area on Thursday October 12th for two culvert replacements. The 1st closure will be two tenths of a mile southwest of Henry Midway Road and the 2nd closure will be six tenths of a mile northwest of Hardy Road at the Blueberry Farm. The road should be open for late afternoon traffic.

Man Injured in Explosion Succumbs to Injuries

Paris, Tenn.- The man who was injured in the Camper Trailer explosion on Howell Loop Road Monday has died due to the injuries, according to Chief Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Coles received a call from the State Medical Examiner saying the man, Jim Hart, passed away Tuesday evening from the burns and injuries.

Investigation revealed there was a propane leak and when Hart unplugged his cell phone charger, the spark caused an explosion and burned him severely.

Budget Committee Hears HCSO Plan on New Vehicle Purchases

Budget Committee members hear about the plan for new vehicle purcahses at HCSO. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Damon Lowe presented a plan to the Henry County Budget Committee on Tuesday night to purchase new patrol cars this year and save money in the long run on repairs.

Sheriff Belew said usually they request $115K per year for used cars, which doesn’t include the equipment costs for each used vehicle they purchase. They would purchase around 5 used cars with those funds.

He and Chief Lowe presented a plan to combining four years of vehicle purchases into one year, helping the Sheriff’s Office save money in the long run on car costs, equipment costs, maintenance costs, fuel costs, and getting warranties. Depending on the State Contract and what local companies can do, Chief Lowe said they should be able to purchase 12 or 13 new patrol cars. The new cars would go to the patrol division and the older cars with more miles would be spread out for school resource officers, court house officers, and those who aren’t putting as many miles on the vehicles each day.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting a capital outlay note of $350K for the purchase of new vehicles and another $50K for equipment for the patrol cars. There will be a four year payoff with the $400K and the Sheriff’s Office will handle the first year’s debt service of $100K by selling some surplus equipment received from the Military and state inmate revenues.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer told the budget committee he wanted them to see the plan before presenting it to the full County Commission when they meet next Monday night. Mayor Greer said even with the board of education set to take out an over $9.1M note, this extra $400K would still keep the county under the $10M mark in capital outlay notes this calendar year.

Mayor Greer also said they might include an extra $100-125K for the final section of roof repair at Central School with this note as well. He told the budget committee, “there are lots of good things going on each day at Central School, with Jackson State and more. We’ve been replacing the roof in sections and one more section will completely put a new roof on the building.”

In other business, budget committee members approved transfers in the General Fund increasing donations at “The Shed” at the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $13,290 and approved the annual wet land mitigation plan at the airport. Transfers in the General Purpose School Fund were also approved.

Road Board Approves Surplus Equipment For Auction

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt discusses surplus equipment. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department Commission met in regular session Tuesday night and declared several items surplus property to sell in the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Auction coming up next month. The items range from a Ford F250 Truck, International Dump Truck, two air compressors, old mosquito spraying machines, a grader, excavator, and more.

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said some of the items run, some need repair, some are just for parting out but we are no longer using them so hopefully we can make some money back on them.

During his report, Chilcutt told board members that he has advertised for a mechanic for the Highway Department and only received two applications so far. He said he will continue to look and they hope to hire one soon. He said crews are working to repair and patch roads before winter sets in, they are replacing some culverts, and will work to improve what they can before the weather turns.

In other action Tuesday night, the Road Board approved sending a quitclaim for legality purposes to the county commission for approval. The area is a road off of Shady Grove for a Mr. Roach who owns property. Chilcutt said the Highway Department has no claim to it now and it won’t affect anyone to quit claim it since it just leads to an old shed anyway.

Warrants Issued for Theft, Woman Charged With Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Amanda Forrest of The Paris Police Department has issued warrants on Tanner R. Carter, age 28, of 285 Old Union Road, for theft. The report stated that Carter was seen on video coming into Pot of Gold Pawn and taking cash, totaling $737, from the safe. During the incident, Carter walked back to the back of the business and removed the cords cutting off the recording equipment. The owner stated he thought Carter stole the keys to the business to enter the store and take the cash.

Cpl. Forrest also took a report of a stolen rental car from a resident on Washington Courts. They were renting a car because theirs was in the shop and had let a man from Big Sandy, later identified as Charles W. Carter, age 44, spend the night. When they awoke, the key, rental car, and Carter were all gone. The victim did tell Cpl. Forrest Carter might be heading for South Carolina. The car, a 2017 Nissan Altima with Texas tags, has been entered as stolen and Enterprise was advised of the incident.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Dalton Watson observed a Red Dodge driven by Larenzo D. Higgs, age 26, of Paris, while on patrol. Dep. Watson knew of Higgs having a revoked driver’s license and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. Higgs sped up and passed several vehicles in the no passing zone on West Wood Street near Irvine Street. Dep. Watson had to give up pursuit due to heavy traffic in the area.

Cpl. Forrest of the Paris Police Department charged Misty Dawn Mayberry, age 37 of 410 Harrison St., with aggravated assault. The incident occurred in the Pocket’s parking lot where she allegedly pulled a knife as her and a man got into an argument. Mayberry admitted to having the knife in her hand but no aggressive movements were used. Paris Police will review the video from the store to investigate the incident further.

4th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Event Oct. 20-22

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Tourism League will sponsor the 4th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History and Reenactment October 20-22 with the Chili Cook Off on Saturday October 21st.

The event is free admission and free parking and begins Friday October 20th with Civil War Demonstrations, vendors, and local historians on site to tell about the battle. Saturday October 21st the vendor camp will be open at 9am with food, arts and relics, and more. Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery demonstrations will go on every hour with a night firing of the cannons at dusk Saturday evening. Sunday there will be a church service under the large pavilion, hay rides, and cannon firings every hour as well.

The chili cook-off will be held Saturday and categories include chili with beans and chili without beans. Entry fee is $25 and no prepackaged seasonings or seasoned beans can be used. Participants must name their chili and cook 1 gallon of it for judging purposes. Heat sources may be used, but no open fires are permitted. Meat must be cooked on site.

1st place in the chili cook-off wins $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, and best name wins $25. For more information like the Paris Landing Tourism Facebook page or their website, www.visitparislading.com.

Burn Permits Required Oct. 15 thru May 15th

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, reminds citizens anyone starting an open-air fire must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry between the dates of October 15th and May 15th. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the Henry County Division of Forestry Office of 642-3808 or by going online to www.burnsafetn.org.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Interviews Set for Oct. 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Salvation Army Angel Tree interviews will be held Wednesday October 18th from 10am to Noon on a first come, first served basis at the Family Resources Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended. To be eligible, you must provide proof of income and eligibility. Call 642-2938 or 642-4105 for questions or more information.

Man Burned in Accidental Fire in Springville

Photos by Reggie Coles

Springville, Tenn.- A propane gas leak and cell phone charger seem to be the catalyst for an explosion and fire to spark on a man causing burns on his body. Chief Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department stated units along with Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 182 Howell Loop in Springville after 8:15am Monday morning. They arrived to find a male subject, identified as Jim Hart with moderate to severe burns on his body.

Mr. Hart said he didn't know what happened other than when he unplugged his cell phone charger everything was suddenly on fire. Investigation determined that a propane gas leak was present and when the cell phone charger was unplugged, the spark created an explosion.

Hart was transported to HCMC ER and his condition is not known at this time. The camper trailer suffered damage from the explosion including walls bulged out and windows blown out. Damage is estimated at $15K. Two trucks and five firefighters were on scene for over an hour.

Traffic Stops Leads to Arrests for City, County Officers

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department has charged Abigail Hope Andrews, age 22, of Henry, with two counts of criminal simulation stemming from incidents that occurred several weeks ago.

Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Leesa D. Lax, age 56, of 1802 Vaughn Road, for DUI, driving without a license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Robert Lee, age 46, of 706 Mandalay Road, with DUI and driving on revoked license 2nd offense. The charges stem from a traffic stop for a broken taillight over the weekend on Hwy. 79S.

IMS Lady Bulldogs State Champs in Cross Country

Pictured left to right: Taylor Dunagan, Roberta De Le Garza Henriquez, Amelia Hart, Abby Taylor, Sara Mathis, Harlee Veazey, Head Coach Kelley Lassiter

Clarksville, Tenn.- For the first time in the school's history, Inman Middle School now has a state championship.

Saturday the Lady Bulldogs dominated the 2017 TMSAA State Cross Country Class A Championship in Clarksville, winning first out of ten qualifying teams.

Eighth grader Abby Taylor finished fifth out of 84 runners with a time of 13:23 for the two-mile course. Seventh grader Sara Mathis finished 13th with a time of 14:21 while eighth grader Roberta De Le Garza Henriquez placed 14th with 14:24. Taylor Dunagan, eighth grade, finished 21st with 14:51 and seventh grader Harlee Veazey earned the 27th place finish with 14:57. Amelia Hart, eighth grade, finished the race in 17:23.

The girls team has won first place in the last four meets, including the recent TMSAA West Sectional meet in Martin.

Also racing in Saturday's state championship for the Bulldogs were eighth graders Connor Cox and Luke Nichols. The boys earned two of the five spots to qualify for state during the recent West Sectionals meet. Cox finished 32nd out of 84 boys with a time of 13:23 while Nichols finished 38th in 13:35.

"I'm extremely proud of this team - both the girls and boys," said Head Coach Kelley Lassiter. "Not only do they work hard but they work well together. We're a family and it shows when they race. Most of them play other sports, too, so they have to find balance as well as maintain their academics. I have a great respect for that."

This is the fourth year for Inman's Cross Country program. Last year the girls were also champions of the West Sectional meet with Taylor placing first.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession with Intent

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested John Tharpe III, age 39 of North Porter Street of Paris, for criminal trespass and possession of a schedule II substance with intent. Tharpe was placed on $2,500 bond.

Dinah Winders Becomes Three Time State Middle School XC Champion

Sam Bruce earns an 8th place finish in the TMSAA State Cross Country Championship.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Middle School Cross Country teams competed at the TMSAA State Cross Country Championship in Clarksville on Saturday.

In the Girls 2 mile race, 84 runners competed in the race and Dinah Winders won 1st overall with a time of 12:35. Dinah is now the three time State Middle School Cross Country Champion and this year she won by 28 seconds.

In the Boys 2 mile race, 84 runners representing 8 teams competed in the race and the Patriots Middle School Cross Country team placed 5th.

Hayden Bostwick earns a 12th place finish in the TMSAA State Cross Country Championship.

For Henry County Sam Bruce finished 8th with a time 12:09, Hayden Bostick finished 12th with a time of 12:20, Will Wardlaw finished 46th with a time of 13:43, Masson Elliott finished 49th with a time of 13:46, Aidan Swisher finished 62nd with a time 14:07, and Blaise Payne  finished 67th with a time of 14:18.

Paris Man Arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct

Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested Gary Tharpe, age 66 of Riggins Street of Paris, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Police were dispatched to a residence on Riggins Street in reference to a neighbor issue. When police arrived at the scene they spoke to the victim who stated that Tharpe had been yelling and cursing at him and everyone in the neighborhood said that this had been going on for a while.

Police then went to speak with Tharpe who was walking around outside. When police spoke with Tharpe they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Police asked Tharpe if he had been drinking and he told police that he had been drinking. Tharpe then started yelling and cursing at the victim and police warned Tharpe to stop.

Tharpe was then placed under arrest for the following offenses and as he was placed into the back of the cruiser he continued yelling and cursing all the way to the jail. Tharpe was placed on $500 bond.

Astronomy on the Refuge is Saturday, October 14th

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is hosting "Astronomy on the Refuge" night on Saturday, October 14th at the Refuge which is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. The Visitor Center will open at 6pm with the pre-program to be held in the auditorium. Stargazing will be held from 7pm to 8pm on the back patio.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Tennessee NWR and is open to the public. The Refuge is a prime spot for stargazing because of its lack of light pollution. Amateur astronomer Bob Vickers will present a program, and will help you identify constellations and heavenly bodies. You can bring your own binoculars or view the night skies through a telescope.   

So Saturday bring a lawn chair and enjoy stargazing at Astronomy on the Refuge.

Paying Respects and Showing Support as Sonny Melton Returns Home

A crowd of people lined the street of Paris to pay their respects and show their support as Sonny Melton's body was returned home. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Emotions were high as crowds of people lined the streets of Big Sandy and Paris as Sonny Melton’s body came home. Sonny Melton lost his life on Sunday night in the Las Vegas Shooting.

Sonny Melton’s body was greeted at the Nashville Airport by the Benton and Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Ridgeway Funeral Home and family members. The police escort made its way through Big Sandy and through Paris as the procession came past the Henry County Medical Center where Melton was an RN before going  to Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Members of local sheriff, police, fire departments and the HCMC were honored as they helped escort Sonny Melton's body home. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Visitation will be Monday, October 9, 2017 at Big Sandy School in Big Sandy, TN from 2 to 8 pm and Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 11 am to 1pm with the funeral service at 1:00 pm at Big Sandy School with Bro. Greg Brewer officiating.  A nurses final farewell will be held as part of the service.

A private burial is to be held. Memorials may be made to at: sonnymeltonfund.com. Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  

Several People Arrested on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Robert Lee, age 46 of Mandalay Road of Paris, for driving on a revoked license second offense. Lee was placed on $1,000 bond.

Trooper Josh Wade arrested Reginald Kendall, age 61 of Calloway Street of Hazel, for driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.

In other reports from the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Ashley McNeil, age 30 of Harrison Street of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. McNeil was placed on $750 bond.

Ptl. David Beauvais also arrested Danny Windsor, age 37 of North Market Street of Paris, for driving on a revoked license and lack of financial responsibility. Windsor was placed on $250 bond.

Lee Academy's Poetic Painting Classes Continue on October 13th

Paris, Tenn.- Poetic Painting with Instructor Dani Poe continue on Friday, October 13th from 7pm to 9pm at Lee Academy.

The cost of the class is $35 per person and all supplies provided except the snacks and drinks. The class is open to adults ages 18 and older and there is a maximum of 20 people for the class.

You will get to paint alongside your friends with guided encouragement from the instructor. Beginners will gain confidence  and skill while experienced painters will enjoy a fun evening of art, laughs, and friends.

Evening painting sessions are offered the first, second, and third Fridays of each month. The next poetic painting class will be on Friday, October 20th from 7pm to 9pm.

For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Paris Man Arrested for Simple Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Dalton Gober, age 24 of Harrison Lane of Paris, for simple assault. Gober was placed on $750 bond.

Even Rain Can't Dampen the Large Crowds at Oktoberfest

Serving up German food at the 35th Annual Oktoberfest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Large crowds of people braced the occasion rain as they came out for food, music and fun at the Holy Cross Catholic Church’s 35th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th. Oktoberfest will continue until 7pm on Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds, which is located at 517 Royal Oak Drive in Paris.

Getting up close to the animals at Oktoberfest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Meal tickets cost $10 each and you will get your choice of one German or Authentic Mexican Meal. Tickets can also be used at the steak and brat and hamburger and hot dog booths for a sandwich, chips and drink.Tamales were handmade by Hispanic parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Each meal ticket includes a chance to win a cash door prize. Cash prizes include $500 for 1st prize, $300 for 2nd prize and $200 for 3rd prize. The winning tickets will be drawn at 7pm and you do not have to be present to win.

Kids got to enjoy games and pumpkin painting.

Painting pumpkins at Oktoberfest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Hooker Farms in Milan provided pony rides, camel rides and a petting zoo at the event. Kids and adults got to shop at the arts and crafts and business exhibitors under the pavilion.

Taking a ride on the camel side. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris Landing State Park  even brought a few of their friends from a screech owl to America's National Bird the Bald Eagle.

Paris Landing State Park Ranger Tim Caldwell showing a group of kids America's National bird the Bald Eagle at Oktoberfest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Attendees got to enjoy live music and entertainment in the Commercial building which included music by Michael Holden, Hands of Praise Puppets, Kaley Pearson, Rockin’ Randall, the Old 23rd District Band and Banda Vencedores en Cristo (Victors in Christ).

Rockin' Randall performing at Oktoberfest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Ghosts and Scarecrows Spook and Scare Around the Court Square

KPAC Nixx Madcap Best in Show Scarecrow. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The winners of the Scarecrows On The Square contest were announced on Friday and Best in Show was awarded to the Krider Performing Arts Center for their scarecrow Nixx Madcap.

Commercial Bank won Most Original with their scarecrow Mo-Money-Crow. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Commercial Bank won Most Original with their scarecrow Mo-Money-Crow, the Paris Police Department won Best Constructed scarecrow with their Officer Jackson Scarecrow and Doreen Bates won the Honorable Mention with her Ghosts of Mardi Gras Display.

Paris Police Department wins Best Constructed scarecrow with their Officer Jackson Scarecrow. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Scarecrows will be on display around the court square throughout the month of October and the People’s Choice will be voted on and announced at the downtown Spooktacular on Saturday, October 21st.

Scarecrows On The Square is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Scarecrows:Paris Police Department-Officer Jackson, Doreen Bates- Ghosts of Mardi Gras, KPAC- Nixx Madcap, The Peddler- Bubba (sitting on hay bale with the Peddler), Commercial Bank-Piggy Bank and Henry County High School- Mr. Patriot Pride.

The Peddler's Bubba sitting on hay bale with the Peddler scarecrow. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Patriots Remain Undefeated in Region 7-5A Play

#2 Savon Stewart behind a block from #7 Caleb McCutcheon goes in for an 8 yard touchdown run. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Clarksville, Tenn.- The  Henry County Patriots defeated the West Creek Coyotes in Region 7-5A action on Friday 36-20.

In the 1st quarter West Creek scored a 15yd touchdown and with 4:54 left in the 1st quarter the Coyotes led the Patriots 7-0. At the 1:34 mark the Coyotes scored a 61yd touchdown. At the end of the 1st quarter West Creek led Henry County 14-0.

#3 Lukas Reynolds breaks for a 33 yard touchdown run during Henry County’s 36-20 victory over West Creek. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 43 seconds left in the 2nd quarter Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds had a 10yd rushing touchdown and the 2 point conversion was good. At the halftime  the West Creek Coyotes led the Henry County Patriots 14-8.

With 5:11 left in the 3rd quarter the Patriots’ Savon Stewart had an 8yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The Patriots led the Coyotes 15-14. With 3:11 left in the 3rd quarter West Creek scored a touchdown, but the point after attempt was no good. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Coyotes led the Patriots 20-15.

#7 Caleb McCutcheon carries the ball against West Creek. (Timothy Pharr photos)

At 6:39 mark in the 4th quarter Patriots Lukas Reynolds had a 39yd rushing touchdown and Caleb McCutcheon took it in for the 2 point conversion. The Patriots led the Coyotes 23-20. Patriots QB Will Parrish threw a 39yd touchdown pass to Savon Stewart as Henry County led West Creek 30-20 with 6:20 left in the 4th quarter. With 1:13 left in the game Henry County’s Caleb McCutcheon scored a 13yd touchdown. The final score was the Henry County Patriots 36, West Creek Coyotes 20.

The Henry County Patriots are now 5-3 on the season and 4-0 in Region 7-5A action. The Henry County Patriots will have a bye week next week and the Patriots will return to Region 7-5A action when they face the Clarksville Northeast Eagles at home on Friday, October 20th at 7pm with the pregame show beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Two People Arrested for Possession with Intent

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Jensen McGarity, age 20 of Peachtree Street of Paris, for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent inside of a drug free school zone.

Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested a Paris man on Friday for felony drug charges in a drug free zone. Metro Crime Unit Officers were conducting an investigation of drug activity and following up on an ongoing investigation of drug distribution on Harrison Lane when Officers made contact with McGarity.

McGarity and another suspect were in a vehicle in the parking lot area when officers arrived at the scene. Officers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and they found that McGarity had 9 baggies of marijuana believed to be packaged for re-sale. McGarity was then arrested for the following offense.

McGarity was placed on $10,000 bond. Officers with the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the arrest.

In another report, Lt. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested Justin Campbell, age 29 of Jolly Springs Road of Dresden, for possession of a schedule II substance with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Campbell was placed on $7,500 bond.

Eating Up All of the Good Stories at Rhea's Salad Spectacular

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library held their Annual Salad Spectacular at Ketchum Hall in Grace Episcopal Church on Friday as a great crowd came out to support the library at their annual fundraiser.

At the Salad Spectacular people got to choose from chicken salad, pasta salad, honeymoon coleslaw, broccoli salad, loaded baked potato salad and grape salad.

Preparing the salads for the Salad Spectacular. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Maggie’s also presented a Fall Fashion Show at the event and all of the money raised at the Salad Spectacular benefited the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

HCHS Lady Patriot Golfer Places First in Girl's High School Division at US Jr. Golf Tourney

Sydney Williams

Memphis, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriot golfer Sydney Williams placed first in the Girls’ High School Division at the United States Junior Golf Tournament held on Sept. 16th and 17th at the Audubon in Memphis. Williams shot 75-72-147 for the two-day tournament.

Henry Farmer's Coop Closing Doors at the Y After 49 Years

Paris, Tenn.- After over 49 years at their present location at the “Y” on West Wood St. in Paris, the Henry Farmers Co-Op will be closing their doors but opening new ones in the old Holley Carburetor plant at 225 69 N. of Paris. 

For a couple of months now the Co-Op has been renovating the Holley building in order to refocus its goods and service offerings. The Co-Op is not going out of business as officials assure its membership but that the move is designed to stream line and make services more efficient. The long and stoic history of the Co-Op has provided huge benefits for local farmers in Henry and surrounding counties. 

Saturday will be the last day of service at the present location but doors will open on Monday in the new location and everyone is invited to come out and see the new changes. 

According to one official of the local Co-Op, “We are proud to be farmer owned and farmer operated and we’re getting back to our original roots.  We look forward to continuing to be an important agri-business in our area providing feed, seed, fertilizer, bulk fuel, along with many other products. We have been servicing the community since 1949 and are looking forward to a great future together!”  The Co-Op has over 800 members and services an area as far north as Salem, KY and south below I-40.

TDEC Seeks Public Input on West TN State Parks

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

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

West Tennessee State Parks include:  

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

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

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

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

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

Office on Aging Taking Trip to National Corvette Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHCYBL Ready for Signups, Season

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

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

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


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