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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks



Beer Permit Approved for Moustos Pasta Grill

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday night and approved an on premise beer permit for George Karathanasis of Moustos Pasta Grill, which will be opening soon at 1305 E. Wood St.

Pats Travel to Northeast For District Showdown Fri. Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Clarksville Friday evening to play Northeast in a big District game on the gridiron. Northeast comes in 3-5 on the season, after having to forfeit their first 5 games due to an ineligible player and after the TSSAA ruled on the issue. They had been 6-0 prior to the forfeiture of games. The Patriots are 7-1 on the season. The kickoff is set for 7pm and if you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM at 6:30pm. You can also listen via streaming on our website, wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

HCHD Closing Country Club Road on Mon. Oct. 22

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Country Club Road on Monday October 22nd for culvert replacement. The closure will be one tenth of a mile south of Country Club Loop. Country Club Road to Shady Grove Road may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Lakewood Students Show Out for School Board

A mock student led conference is presented for the board Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood School was the host for the October Henry County School Board meeting and students were the spotlight as several different students representing different grades at Lakewood presented something to the board they had worked on this year. Principal of Lakewood Elementary Amy Veazey said, “we want our students to showcase the evening, cause we are doing a bunch of great things here.”

Veazey said every single middle schooler, 6-8th grade have participated in a student led conference and one student along with teacher Lindsay Craig and Lead teacher Denay Kibbler did a mock conference for the board. Ms. Craig said these have really helped our middle school aged kids.

Austin makes a windmill using what he learned in Science and Engineering class.

Other grades read out loud, did poetry, talked about their history and language arts integrated studies, and one showed how he made a windmill with paper plates in the science and engineering portion of class. The 5th graders also showed how they had learned sign language.

Veazey then went over the school improvement plan briefly which she said is being implemented and working well at both Lakewood Elementary and Lakewood Middle. Lakewood Elementary three focus areas are student wellness, improve math skills, and differentiating professional teacher learning. Lakewood Middle’s three focus areas are reading, math, and chronic absenteeism.

Board Assigns Chairman Duty of Negotiating Director's Contract

Paris, Tenn.- In business Thursday night, Board Chairman Jill Coker discussed the delegation of negotiating the Director of School’s contract after board member Rod Frey had questioned last month whether former board chairman Doug Braden did the right thing by putting a committee of two members on it. Coker said after board attorney Rob Whitfield checked with the Tennessee School Boards Association it was determined Braden did not properly delegate the duties of negotiating the Director’s contract. There was no standing tudy committee formed ahead of time, therefor Braden couldn’t put two people to negotiate legally. Coker said there were no issues though because the committee never met with Norton.

She said they had three choices, let the chairman negotiate, form a standing study committee, or let board attorney Whitfield negotiate the contract. In any scenario, the contract can’t be officially offered until brought back to the full board for their full consideration. The board voted unanimously to allow Coker as chairman to negotiate the contract with Dr. Norton and present it by the January board meeting.

Board Hears Updates on Maintenace Projects

Paris, Tenn.- Maintenance Director John Akers updated the board on the latest construction progress with the renovations going on at Henry County High School. He said the administration and front office is about 75% done, drainage is about 75% done ran from the road to the front of the building. The visitor bleachers are complete, the gym floor is being repainted next week but would be ready a few days after that. He said the spring sports building footers were in and they should be in that building by the time baseball, softball, and soccer season come around.

Akers said that since hurricanes hit the Carolinas and Florida, they decided to go ahead and bid the band building and all parts of the project except the concession stand because construction prices are beginning to rise. Dr. Norton said the band building costs just came in today and it was about $350K higher than originally anticipated. The good news is they saved money on other parts of the project and hope to continue to stay right at the budget and can cut some places later if need be.

Safety and Security Upgrades Planned for HCSS

Dr. Norton discusses security and safety at the schools.

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton gave his report to the board towards the end of the meeting, and talked about the safety and security aspect saying the task force met this week and so far upgrades and the implementation of the id system to get in the front doors at schools are going well and parents have adapted. Norton said Central Technologies won the bid for security cameras to be installed and they will begin that process in December at Grove and then continue to each school, minus the high school as they will wait until construction is complete to do security upgrades there.

Norton also thanked the Food Service department, since this week is National School Lunch Week. He said we serve about 3900 meals per day across our system and our team does a fantastic job at it. He also told the board no soccer coach for middle school soccer has been found yet.

705 Vote Early on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- A total of 705 votes were counted for the November 6th Election on Thursday during Early Voting. Added to Wednesday's totals, the number of votes cast in two days is close to 1400.

City Employees Enjoy Fun on Appreciation Day

Paris, Tenn.- City of Paris employees enjoyed played corn hole and other activities and had lunch provided for them Thursday to show their appreciation for dedication and hard work throughout the year.

HCMC Growing Forward with Dr. Russell at Eastwood Clinic

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Bethany Russell, MD, Family Practice, is now seeing patients at East Wood Clinic.

Dr. Russell is originally from Bruceton, TN. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, TN. Dr. Russell completed her residency at the University of Tennessee Family Practice in Jackson, TN.

“I enjoy being a family practitioner because I get to see the whole gamut from newborns to elderly patients,” said Dr. Russell. “I love all age groups and being able to figure out what is going on and how to take care of it to make the patient better.”

Dr. Russell resides in McKenzie with her husband and daughter. She enjoys horses, spending time outside, gardening, and loves to read.

For more information about Dr. Russell visit www.hcmc-tn.org. Dr. Russell is now accepting patients of all ages. To book your appointment with Dr. Russell at East Wood Clinic, call 731-642-2011.

Dr. Richardson Joins Transitions and Eagle Creek

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Bo Richardson, MD, Internal Medicine is now seeing patients at Transitions Health and Eagle Creek Clinic, providing primary care to patients at both locations.

Dr. Richardson was born in Memphis, TN. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Vertebrate Zoology at the University of Memphis, and completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, TN. Dr. Richardson fulfilled his internship and two years of residency at the University of Tennessee Affiliated Hospitals Internal Medicine in Memphis, TN. He was Chief Medical Resident at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine for his last year in residency.

Dr. Richardson has been serving HCMC as a hospitalist since 2009, and this month made the move back to primary care.  He will serve primarily at Transitions Health, but will also be at Eagle Creek Clinic on Thursday afternoons.  Dr. Richardson will also be providing Pre-Admission Testing for surgery patients at the Transitions Health Clinic located in the HCMC Medical Arts Building.

Dr. Richardson joins provider Tammie Holcomb, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Transitions Health and Tonya Nash, PA-C, at Eagle Creek Clinic to provide primary care in the community. 

To book your appointment with Dr. Richardson at Transitions Health call 731-641-2707 or to book an appointment with him at Eagle Creek Clinic call 731-407-7013 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org and click on the Book Provider Appointments tab to secure your appointment. 

Thefts Reported in County

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Hayley French took a report of theft from a resident of VanDyke Road where a backpack valued at $200 containing a U.S. Passport and some computer hardware was stolen. The total value of items stolen is around $600 and there are no suspects at this time.

A resident of Cottage Grove reported a break-in to their home on Hwy. 140 where the window was broken out, items were messed with but they hadn't determined what all if anything was stolen. Investigation is continuing.

Inv. Jermaye Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit charged Dawson M. Charles, age 19, of 6040 Shady Grove Road for possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $2500 bond.

UTM Listed as America's Best Buys for 13th Year in A Row

Martin, Tenn.- Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., of Rome, Georgia, has listed the University of Tennessee at Martin among “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the 13th consecutive year. UT Martin is one of only three Tennessee institutions to make the 2019 list alongside the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Tennessee Technological University.

“For the last 13 years, UT Martin has proven that it provides a superior educational environmental at less than half the price of an average college education. The facts speak for themselves,” said Lewis Lindsey, IRE president. “It is easy for us to identify colleges and universities that offer superior educational opportunities, and it is easy to identify institutions that are less expensive than the national average cost of attendance, but it is very, very difficult to identify those few institutions across America that offer both high quality and low cost. For 13 years, UT Martin has consistently proven it does both.”

An institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees and full residential facilities, including residence halls and dining services, to be considered. The institution must also have had an entering freshman class in the fall of 2017 with a high school grade point average and SAT or ACT score at or above the national average for entering college freshmen and have an out-of-state cost of attendance in 2018-19 not exceeding the national average cost by 10 percent.

IRE conducted its 28th Annual National College Survey from April 1-July 31 of this year. Survey forms were submitted to 1,455 U.S. colleges and universities meeting evaluation criteria, and 1,117 of those responded.

UT Martin is also ranked third in a list of the best online colleges in Tennessee recently published by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. The university is listed behind Johnson University in Knoxville and Union University in Jackson in first and second place, respectively.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently ranked UT Martin in several additional areas. The university’s online master’s degree for school counseling is ranked ninth in the nation. UT Martin is also in the top 20 MBA degree programs and the top 30 online programs for a master’s degree in counseling nationwide. The university is also listed among the top 50 online master’s programs in educational administration and the top 50 online RN-to-BSN bridge programs in the nation.

For more information on UT Martin academic programs or admission standards, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020.

Scholarship Info Session at HCHS Thurs. at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a scholarship information session held at 6pm at Henry County High School Thursday night in the Testing Center in E Building. Juniors and seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend as information about scholarships and obtaining them will be presented.  

Reminder: American Legion Post 89 Steak Night is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville, invites everyone to Steak Night Friday October 19th beginning at 5pm. You can get a steak, baked potato, salad, dessert, and drink for $15. 50 tickets are available and must be purchased in advance Purchase them at the post or by calling 731-333-0060. Like the Post on Facebook for more information as well.

HCHS Theatre Dept. Presents "Nooses Off" This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Theatre Department and Thespian Society will present the play Nooses Off, by Don Zolidis, a comedy about an amateur theatre company were the whodunit hurtles towards opening night, but the key will be whether the cast and crew can get the show on the stage.

Shows will be at the Little Theatre at HCHS and tickets are sold at the door for $8 for students and $10 for adults. For advanced tickets call 731-363-0986. Showtimes will be Friday October 19th and Saturday October 20th at 7pm and a matinee show Sunday October 21st at 2:30pm.  

JT's General Store Trade Day Planned Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- JT’s General Store, located at 7030 Main St. in Cottage Grove will hold its 3rd Trade Day Saturday October 20th from 10am to 2pm. There will be burgers or hot dogs, chips, drink, and dessert available for purchase. Dessert donations are being accepted up until Saturday morning.

There will be pumpkins for sale, face and pumpkin painting, and vendors set up. Anyone with something to sell is welcome to come and setup in the parking lot and everyone is invited to come and browse and shop. Like JT’s Country Store on Facebook for more information or call 731-782-3337.

Cottage Grove and Whitlock VFD Halloween Fundraiser is Sat.

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove and Whitlock Volunteer Fire Departments will hold a Halloween Fundraiser this Saturday October 20th at the Whitlock Community Center, located at 1885 Whitlock Road beginning at 5pm. There will be a hot dog and chili supper, costume contests for kids and adults, face painting, bouncy house, pumpkin and rock painting, and kids games for only 25 cents. All donations are appreciated and proceeds go to the Whitlock Community Center and Volunteer Fire Departments.

HC RFL Love Lights a Tree Planned for Nov. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay For Life Love Lights a Tree Ceremony is coming up on Friday evening November 2nd at 6pm as the Christmas Tree on the North Side of the Courthouse is lit. You can purchase a light for someone currently battling cancer or to remember someone for a minimum of $5. Names will be publicly read at the Tree lighting ceremony donations will continue thru the end of the year. Like the Henry County Relay for Life Facebook page for more information.

Youth Leadership Visits Covenant Ranch

Students work together in different character building exercises. (Chamber photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Leadership, presented by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, kicked off their 2018-2019 program today at the Covenant Ranch in Paris. 20 Juniors from Henry County High School were selected through an application process to participate in the 8-month leadership development program. 

“Today we took the students to Covenant Ranch where they participated in a wide variety of character building exercises,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Throughout this process our committee hopes to expose the students to opportunities and experiences that will motivate them to be leaders.  It was an inspiring experience for me to see the light bulb turn on during some of these exercises.”

Other sessions will include touring manufacturing facilities, learning about the arts and history in our community, learning about healthcare, and meeting with community and government leaders. 

The committee is chaired by Betsy Allison with the Henry County School System. Other committee members include Jennifer Starks and Jennifer Patterson.  In addition to numerous sponsors, this program is possible through a partnership with The Inspector, a locally owned residential and commercial inspection company.

671 Have Voted So Far

Paris, Tenn.- Adminstrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said at the end of the first day of Early Voting 671 have voted in Henry County so far. That includes those who Early Voted, absentee ballots received by mail, and votes from the nursing home. Early Voting continues until Novembe 1st.

Three Arrested on Drugs, Warrant Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office from Dep. Dalton Watson detailed the arrest of three people on drugs and warrants. Dep. Watson was on patrol and saw a Ford Explorer on Manley St, with Parrish J. Wilkins, age 31 of 721 Spruce St., and knew he was wanted for active theft warrants.

Dep. Watson along with Paris Patrolman Steven Dean, Jr. were beginning to investigate and Dep. Watson had handcuffed Wilkins and as Ptl. Dean, Jr. began to help put him in the patrol car, Wilkins pulled away and took off. Dep. William Whitaker had come to the scene to assist and pursued Wilkins on foot and apprehended him. Wilkins was charged with simple possession of schedule 2, evading arrest, and original theft warrants.

Other occupants of the car included Dale M. Teague, 31, of 409 Tyson, and as he was attempting to get out, he was fooling around with things on the floor board and Dep. Watson came to search and found a loaded weapon. 2.4g of ice meth was also found on Teague’s person. Teague was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, unlawful possession of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and attempting to alter the serial number.

The driver, Brianna A. Howard, age 28, of McKenzie was charged with driving on suspended license, and simple possession of schedule 6.

Theft from Vehicle on Logan Rd. Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders took a report of theft from an automobile from a Logan Road resident. A Beretta .380, valued at $650 was stolen from the front console. There are no suspects at this time.

Good Start to Early Voting In Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Around 10am Wednesday morning, 118 people had came thru the Election Commission office in Henry County to vote. Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said the flow was steady so far Wednesday morning. Early Voting continues until November 1st. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Inman to Host Chickasaw Middle Saturday at 1pm

Paris, Tenn.- Inman will play Chickasaw Middle School out of Memphis in the West Tennessee State Championship football game at Barton Field on Saturday. The game time, originally slated for 2pm, has been moved up to 1pm.

5th Annual BFPL Civil War Living History and Chili Cookoff Set Oct. 19-21

Buchanan, Tenn.-  The 5th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History event and Chili Cook-off is set for this weekend October 19-21 at Paris Landing. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League.

Friday beginning at 10am there will be Children’s programs, Civil War demonstrations, local historians on site, and vendors will be set up selling crafts and materials from the era.

Saturday will be full of activities starting at 9am with Civil War re-enactments, firing of cannons every hour, the Chili Cookoff, and vendors will have food for sale, relics, and much more. There will be a night firing of the cannons at dusk on Saturday evening.

Sunday will include a morning church service at the large pavilion, the demonstrations, vendors, hay rides, period music, and cannon firing every hour.

Entry fee for the Chili Cook-off is $25 and you can enter one or both categories, chili with beans or chili without beans. The entry form can be found at www.visitparislanding.com.

For more information on the Civil War re-enactments or to enter the Chili Cook-off log on to visitparislanding.com, like the Paris Landing Tourism League’s Facebook event or Facebook page, or call Tamara Edwards at 731-363-4214 or 731-333-9572. The event and parking are free all weekend.

Inman Edges Martin 8-6 With Late TD in 4th Quarter

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle defeated Martin Middle 8-6 Tuesday night in the semi-final round of the TMSAA playoffs. The game was scoreless until Martin scored and lead 6-0 in the 3rd quarter. Inman scored a touchdown and got the two point conversion under a minute to go in the game and held on to win, 8-6. Inman will host the winner of the Memphis bracket in the West TN Championship game at 2pm on Saturday.

Henry VFD Hosting Haunted House Starting This Weeknd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department is holding a Haunted House Friday and Saturday October 19th and 20th and 26th and 27th then again from October 29-31st. The Haunted House will be from 6-9pm each night and cost is $5 and is for anyone ages 5 and up who aren’t scared. You are to park at the Henry Civic Center at 55 Park Avenue and you will be taken to the secret location of the Haunted House via Hay Ride. Money raised benefits the Henry Volunteer Fire Department.

Early Voting for Nov. 6th Election Starts Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting for the November 6th Election begins Wednesday and runs thru November 1st. You can vote at the Henry County Election Commission office only during the Early Voting period, not at the precincts. Times for Early Voting are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday and 9am to Noon on Saturdays. On Thursday November 1st, the last day, there will be extended hours until 5:30pm.

New Design Spotlights Breast Cancer Awareness on Patrol Car

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Michelle Brewer and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew look over the new graphic design on the hood of Sgt. Brewer's patrol car, spotlighting Breast Cancer Awareness. Other designs are planned for other Student Resource Officer Patrol cars over the next few months. (HCSO photo)

Man Arrested for Domestic Assault after Tense Confrontation

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Blake Jenkins responded to Spirit Lane where a man threatened to kill himself. Sgt. Jenkins confronted Steve W. Nichols, 47, of 140 Spirit Lane, who was combative and defensive. Sgt. Jenkins couldn’t see any weapons and as Cpl. Jim Sanders and Puryear Police Chief Paschall arrived to assist they had contacted the man’s mother who said he had hit her earlier and she was afraid to deal with him. Nichols was arrested for domestic assault.

Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department charged Bruce Robinson, age 56, of 306 Routon St. with DUI after responding to the Civic Center where a Nissan Altima was said to be driving on the sidewalk, nearly striking a pedestrian. Lt. Frey found the vehicle running with lights on and the driver, Robinson, slumped over. Robinson finally woke up to Lt. Frey’s knocking on the window, but had issues getting the window down and once he did Lt. Frey could smell alcohol. Robinson was placed on $1K bond.

Holley Carburator Reunion Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Holley Carburator Reunion will be held at the Paris Civic Center on Volunteer Drive this Saturday October 20th from 11am to 1pm. The dinner is pot luck and all former Holley Carburator employees and immediate family members are welcome. Call Gloria Barnhill at 642-7266 for more information.

Demolition Work Begins Tues. on Tyson Avenue

(City of Paris Facebook photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris is beginning demolition work to change the landscape at Tyson and Manley Tuesday morning. Public Works crews began working Tuesday and will be tearing down the Tri-State Upholstery building. Tyson Avenue will be down to one lanes for the next 3 days while demolition takes places so motorist should use caution.

HCXC Competes at Dickson Meet

Madison Caldwell runs during the meet on Saturday.

Dickson, Tenn.- Henry County competed in the Mid State Cross Country Association Championship over the weekend. Dinah Winders placed 3rd in the girls Varsity 5K race out of 282 competitors with a time of 18:26. Also finishing for Henry County girls were Taylor Dunagan, Roberta Henriquez, Madison Caldwell, and Morgan Nichols.

The boys team placed 6th overall out of 47 teams in the 5K. Silas Winders placed 1st overall with a time of 15:08, Cole Davis came in 6th overall with a time of 16:24 out of 369 runners. Others finishers for the boy’s team include Hunter Lawerence, Sam Bruce, Jesse Evans, Devin Pritchett, and Copper Smith.

Plus Endowment Banquet Held Honoring Educators

PSSD Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell, Inman teachers Allen Ashlock and Carrie Jones, and Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough (Plus Endowment photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Large grants were dispersed and food and fellowship was part of the evening Monday at the Fairgrounds as the Annual Plus Endowment Benefit was held, honor Henry County School System and Paris Special School District educators with grants to help them complete projects this school year. In all, over $72K in grants were awarded, with the largest amounts annoounced on Monday night.

The largest grant of the evening, went to Inman's 6th-8th grade teachers Carrie Jones and Allen Ashlock for $5K. Their project was titled, "Growing Students and Community Greenhouse." The students are learning to grown their own food.

William Atchinson grants awarded Monday evening included: Fingers of the Future, Karen Goodman, Inman 7th-8th Grade Gifted teacher for $2K; Better Serving Students via Mobile Counseling, Inman Guidance Counselor Amy Vance for $1,534 to increase awareness and communication school-wide; $1400 went to 8th Grade Reality Day, the Guidance Staff at Lakewood, Brandi Besand, Carrie Burns, Harrleson-Jennifer Petronico, Henry- Jodi Bell, and Inman- Amy vance.

Other William Atchison grants went to Lakewood Kindergarten teachers Riley Nance and Katie O'Brien for $2K for Little Hand, Big Learning, STEM through learning; and Special Listeners Learning Center- Heather Kingery; Harrelson 1-8th Special Education Reading, for $1967.

Several other smaller grants were announced earlier in the month and all are listed on the Plus Endowment Facebook page. Plus Endowment has been going strong since being started back in 1999 by former HCSS Director William Atchinson.

Commission Learns of Grant Money To Help Workhouse, Moves Forward with Creation

Sheriff Monte Belew speaks about the Workhouse program (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for October Monday night and moved a step closer to creating a Workhouse Program at the Henry County Jail. After holding the work session last week, commissioners were very excited about the opportunity to provide this for the community. There will be a Workhouse Commission board to review the inmate’s history and makes decisions on whether or not to let them go thru the Workhouse program.

Bruce Griffey, currently seeking the TN House of Representatives 75th District seat in the upcoming election, spoke to the commission about a grant from the Department of Probation and Corrections for $250K. Griffey said, if he gets elected he will work hard to try to make sure Henry County gets a fair shake on this.

Bruce Griffey speaks to commissioners on the grant available for Workhouse projects in the state.

Griffey said that there are four of these grants available and there will be one each for each division of Tennessee East, Middle, West and then one more handed out. The major metropolitan areas: Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville will not be considered. The grant is a 75-25 match, with the County needing to fund $62,500 to get the other $187,500. Griffey said, “they want to identify candidates and then track results, I think this is going to produce positive results.”

As announced last week at the work session, this allows inmates to go to places of employment in Henry County and earn a wage. They pay the county $20 per day for food, travel, and their GPS ankle monitor. 25% of the wages goes towards paying off the inmates court fines and fees and the rest is kept for them to have once they get out on their own from their sentence.

The commission voted unanimously to move forward with the creation of the Workhouse and working on obtaining the grant money to help with purchasing a van to use for travel among other items. County Mayor Brent Greer said, “we all need to buy in, we need to the community to buy in as well and hope this works, this program will be a great way to reduce recidivism and give some folks a new lease on life.”

County Comm. Elects New Constable, Road Comm. for District 4

Lee Roy Morris speaks to commissioners on his interest in being on the Road Board. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The commission also held elections for 4th District Constable and Road Board commissioners as neither seat was filled during this past August’s election. The commission elected Roy Henry as the Constable for the 4th District. He spoke to the commission saying he was doing this to give back to his community and it was about public service and not prestige of office. Henry has previously worked in the Veterans’ Service Office and some in the Tax Assessor’s office. Commissioners elected Lee Roy Morris to serve as Road Board Commissioner, he also spoke briefly saying his work history and education should be a good fit on the board and he was ready to serve the community in that capacity. Both of these positions are considered filled until the next general election, which is August 2020.

Henry County Declares Itself Broadband Ready Community

Paris, Tenn.- In other action on Monday night, Commissioners approved a resolution to declare Henry County as a Broadband Ready Community. County Mayor Greer said this is to help WK & T apply for some grant money thru the Federal Government as they look to expand internet service in the Springville and Buchanan areas. Mayor Greer said, this resolution will allow other companies like Charter and AT& T to also apply, but WK&T is the only one that has shown interest at this time. There is no cost to the county.

Commissioners also appointed Lisa Fitzsimmons to the Library Board for an unexpired term ending June 2019.

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned for Oct. 16th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table will be having their next supper on Tuesday, October 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

The Shepherd's Table is a Community Kitchen created by the members, volunteers and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon. Lead by Co-chairmen and church members, David Ray Carter and his wife, Suzanne, the group achieves its mission each month of feeding all that come through the door.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Guests are taken to a table and seated by a volunteer that takes their order for supper and their drink. The October meal will be a delicious home-cooked entree with various side items and iced tea or water. A special addition to supper this month will be pies and cobblers furnished by the The Pie Lady, Nicki Cronkright. The volunteers do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible.  The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The next supper has already been planned for November 20th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Man Evades Officers, Still on the Loose

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to be on the lookout for a man who fled from them over the weekend. Brandon Fisher, age 29, of 1635 Copper Springs Road, was wanted on previous charges and Sgt. Brian Davis, Lt. Clyde Sulcer, and Deputies Gary Carroll and Kyle Waldron went to the home to apprehend Fisher after learning he was there. Just before arrival, Fisher ran out the front door and into the woods. Officers went after him on foot, but he managed to flee. A vest with over $1750 in cash was found in the woods that Fisher appeared to have dropped. It was kept as evidence, authorities continue to look for Fisher.

Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a Kent Road resident where a 2009 Harley Davidson Motorcycle was stolen from the carport. There are no suspects at this time.

Library October Class Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will have the following classes this month. On Wednesday October 17th from 10:30am to 11:30am and again on October 24th and 31st its Preschool Story Hour with STEM. On October 25th from 6-7pm its Grave Search with Susan Stewart. Monday October 29th its open lab from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

DPA Spooktacular set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The 13th Annual Downtown Spooktacular is set for October 20th sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Organizations and Businesses will be providing free crafts, entertainment, contests, and live music. The event begins at noon and local merchants invite children to Trick-or-Treat during the event.

Besides local restaurants offering a bevy of delicious foods, Perry’s Bar-B-Q and the Inman Band Boosters will be onsite selling their goodies. Don’t have a costume to Trick-or-Treat in, that’s ok... come anyway for a Howling Good Time.

If you need more information, contact Rick Conger at 731.642.7425 or Kathy Ray 731.653.7274. If it rains, the event will be cancelled.  

UT Martin Homecoming Week Set for Oct 22-28

Photo by UT Martin

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin is set to  host its 2018 homecoming festivities Oct. 22-28 on the main campus. The annual Quad City tent festival will begin at 10 a.m., Oct. 27, with the homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri starting at 2 p.m.at Hardy Graham Stadium.

Attendees can reserve tickets for the Quad City food tent and football game, online at utmforever.com. Meal tickets are $10 per person, and football tickets are $15 online.  Remaining football tickets will be available for purchase at the stadium ticket office prior to the game.

Visitors can also attend a womanless beauty revue at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, in Watkins Auditorium. This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the university student chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and tickets will be available at the door.

Officers investigate Thefts around the Area

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s office has investigated a number of issues over the weekend including property and Identity Theft. On Friday October 12, a complainant came to the Henry County Sherriff Office to report stolen Items from a job site. Stolen were Topco Brand Metal benders valued at 24-hundred dollars and Two Colbalt Sawhorses valued at 40-dollars each. The owner of the home could not be reached at the time of the report. Officers also investigated a possible case of Identity theft. According to the report, the complainant told CPL Forrest Kemp that he received an email from Amazon stating his order had shipped. The victim said he had not ordered anything from Amazon and the address it was being shipped to is in Fort Worth Texas. The complainant said he was not sure how anyone got his personal information, but will report it and send the emails to CID today

HCHS Student Died in a Vehicle Accident Friday Afternoon

Photo From Ridgeway Funeral Home

Paris,Tenn.- A Henry County High School student was killed in a motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon. 16-year old Allyson Melton was traveling on the old Paris-Murray road around 4pm on Friday when the  single car accident occured.

Melton was a junior at HCHS and played flute in the marching band. Principal Michele Webb released a statement today stating, “Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Allyson's family and friends.  We know that she will be missed by many.” She continued to say, “On Monday, our counseling department will be available for any students who need a place to talk, gather with friends, or just a place to sit quietly. An administrator or counselor will visit each of the classes that Allyson was in this semester to touch base and check in on students.

Services for Allyson Melton are set for Tuesday October 16, at 2PM in the Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.

American Legion Post #89 Steak Night

Springville, Tenn.- American Legion Post #89 at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville will host Steak Night Friday October 19 beginning at 5pm. Steak, Salad, Baked Potato, Desert and a drink all for 15-dollars. There are 50-tickets available to be purchased in advance. You can get those at the post. You can also call them for more information 731.333.0060.

HAPNA Fantastic Fall Festival a Success

Photos by Benita Evans

Paris, Tenn.- The community came out for the annual Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association, or HAPNA, Fantastic Fall Festival Saturday.

Games for all ages, arts and crafts, food, and much more were featured during the event.  The Henry County Sheriff’s Office grilled lunch that included hot dogs, chips, water, and cookies. Donations for lunch were accepted to help the Association fund its many neighborhood activities.  HAPNA organization is dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood. If you want to know more about HAPNA, how you can help, and future activities, check out their website /www.hapna.org.

Astronomy Program at TN Wildlife Refuge Cancelled

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge's “Astronomy Night on the Refuge” set for tonight, has been cancelled due to weather. According to a release from the Refuge, the event cannot take place due to overcast skys. The statement also says the event can not be reschedule but will take place October 5th 2019.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Interviews Set for Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Salvation Army Angel Tree Interviews are set for Wednesday October 17 from 10 till noon. Families in need wishing to be part of this year’s tree need to be at the Family Resource Center at 55 Jones Bend Road. You must bring proof of eligibility and it is on a first come first serve basis. For more information about the program call 642-2938 or 642-4105.

Some Scores from Friday Night Action

By Breezy.com

McKenzie, Tenn.- Scores around the Area:

Trenton beat McKenzie 55-7

Greenfield blanked Gleason 41-0

Henry County and Dresden had the week off.

Henry Fire Department Responds To Broken Gas Main

Photos By Henry Fire

Henry, Tenn.-Henry Fire Units were dispatched out about 3 pm on Friday afternoon to Hwy 79 S for a report of a high pressure gas line that had been struck by a contractor with the state during bush hogging. Engines 1 & Brush 1 responded with 3 firefighters to the scene. Once units arrived they disabled the gas line and waited for the gas company to arrive. No damage was reported to any other property.

UTM's Alumni Award Winners Announced

Martin, Tenn.- Alex Bynum, of Dresden; William Latimer III, of Union City; and Tonya Parson, of Memphis, will be honored with University of Tennessee at Martin Alumni Awards during homecoming festivities Oct. 27.

The awards will be presented during the annual Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards Program beginning at 9 a.m. in the Paul Meek Library. This event is open by invitation only. Award-winners will also be recognized during halftime of the homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri beginning at 2 p.m. in Hardy Graham Stadium.

Alex Bynum, of Dresden; William Latimer III, of Union City; and Tonya Parson, of Memphis, will be honored with University of Tennessee at Martin Alumni Awards during homecoming festivities Oct. 27.

The awards will be presented during the annual Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards Program beginning at 9 a.m. in the Paul Meek Library. This event is open by invitation only. Award-winners will also be recognized during halftime of the homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri beginning at 2 p.m. in Hardy Graham Stadium.

HCMC Womens Health Center Baby Fest

McKenzie, Tenn.- Sunday is all about the babies during the Henry County Medical Centers Baby Fest. Join HCMC Women’s Center staff and Paris Women’s Center staff for the area’s first semi-annual baby fest featuring swag bags, give-aways, mocktails, door prizes, and more. Medical staff will be on hand providing information on programs and services. There will also be a red carpet photo contest for moms to be to take a picture of their baby bumps. The event will be at The Venue at Waddell Place 940 Joy Sparks Road, McKenzie, TN, Sunday, October 14 from 1-5.

Chili Throwdown at AM Vets Post 45

Bucannan, Tenn.- Amvets Post 45 in Buchanan, TN is having a Chili Throw Down on October 19 at the post. There will be prizes! This event is family friendly and open to the public. For only $7.00 you get to taste test and judge all the chili submitted then fix a bowl or two of your favorite. Drinks and condiments included. you have any questions, feel free to call the post at 642.8690. Ask for Kathi Duncan or Max Beilder.

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.

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

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.


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Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


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Patriots Football

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