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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

PHCYBL Signups Saturday at Eiffel Tower Park

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.

Rhea Tailgate Party Begins Fri at 4:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Elementary School will hold its yearly tailgate party on Friday in the field across from the school. The tailgate will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm with many activities such as bouncy houses, music, games, a bake sale, silent auction and free food and drinks. Tickets for raffles and games are 50 cents each. Everyone is invited.

Shady Grove Church Fall Festival is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Shady Grove Baptist Church, located at 4880 Shady Grove Road will hold their Fall Festival on Saturday October 21st from 5-8pm. There will be bouncy houses and fish pond, face painting, cake walk, and hot dogs and chili and more. Everyone is invited.

Gas Board Renews Insurance, Pays Legal Fees on Easement Work

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met in regular session on Tuesday and approved for General Manager Tae Eaton to renew the district’s general liability, umbrella, equipment, crime, workers compensation, and commercial property insurance. Eaton told commissioners the insurance is with White and Associates and would cost around $44K for the year which is down slightly from the year before.

The gas board also approved sending payment to Attorney Fred McLean for his legal work on obtaining easements for the PHCPUD in the Hwy. 641 N. road widening project. The amount for the work was $6509. Eaton said the overall completion of this project should be November 2020, with the gas relocation portion only taking 45-60 days when it gets started if the weather cooperates.

Eaton reported that the district saw a loss of $118K for the month of September and are currently at a loss of $465K for the year, which is right on pace with the last two years’ financials.

In other action the board approved giving all employees a cooked Turkey and getting them all flu shots for the season. Eaton reported the main extension projects are coming into play as the system has been working on service line installations and 15 service lines are currently on backlog. Eaton also told the commission that they are over 77% storage for gas and would be up over 90% when winter gets here to last for the heating season.

Region Title On the Line Fri. Night as Pats Host Northeast For Senior Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is back on the gridiron for Region 7-5A football action on Friday night. The Patriots are home for senior night against Northeast. The kickoff is set for 7pm and if you can’t make it to the game you can listen to our broadcast beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen on your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply. The Region Championship is on the line against the Eagles on Friday.

Friday is also senior night and festivities will begin at 6:25pm when senior football players, cheerleaders, and madrigals will be recognized. Parents of football players, cheerleaders, and madrigals need to be on the track at 6pm Friday to line up.

Senior Band members will be honored at halftime of the game Friday night. Parents of senior band members need to be on the track with 7 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.

Inman To Play for State Championship Saturday in Memphis

Memphis, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Bulldogs will be playing for the West Tennessee State Championship in football this Saturday in Memphis. Inman defeated Lake County in the semi-finals this week 28-24 to advance to the championship.

The Bulldogs will take on the Bellevue Middle School Bobcats at 2pm at Crump Stadium in Memphis. Admission is $5 and money will be split between the schools. The stadium is located at 306 S. Bellevue Blvd. in Memphis.

Fort Campbell Teaches Leadership HC the Value of History and Teamwork for a Successful Future

Looking on at all of the wars and missions like Haiti, Puerto Rico and others that the 101st Airborne have taken part in. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Clarksville, Tenn.- Members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Henry County started off their eight month community education program on Thursday with a group trip to Fort Campbell.

The Leadership Henry County holds a session each year with sessions on economic development, tourism, agriculture, arts and history, government, healthcare and education. This year Leadership Henry County included representatives from many local banks, BPU, TVCC, the Henry County School System, local industrial businesses, and members from the city and county government.

The Leadership Henry County learn about the history of Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe and what he and the 101st did during WWII around the city of Bastogne. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Chairman of the group, Sam McDaniel from Commercial Bank & Trust said that being  a representative for Leadership Henry County is an opportunity to incorporate different people from different backgrounds with different ideas in order to leave a positive mark in the community. This was the first year that Leadership Henry County took a trip to Fort Campbell and it was a great way for everyone to get to know each other, work together and learn about and experience Fort Campbell at the same time.

At Fort Campbell Sgt. Ochoa and Sgt. Kuchar gave a guided tour around Fort Campbell. During the tour the group learned about Fort Campbell and the 104,000 acres which is used mostly for training exercises. Sgt. Ochoa said that many people don’t realize that life on an army base is still very similar to life as a civilian.

Sgt. Kuchar said, “Think of Fort Campbell as its own little city. We have seven churches, shopping centers similar to Wal-Mart and Publix, police/ fire departments, a hospital, attorneys and many restaurants including Taco Bell, Burger King and others.”

Sgt. Ochoa telling the group about all of the different aircrafts and military weapons that the 101st have used in the past and some they continue to use. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Fort Campbell also has its own k-12 education system on base which is a rarity to have all twelve grades on a military base. Over 1700 contractors on average help support the day to day life at Fort Campbell and over 3 billion dollars is spent in payroll alone at the base.

During the tour the Leadership Henry County team attended a presentation at the Wings of Liberty Military Museum presented by the Fort Cambell Historical Foundation about the history of Fort Campbell, which recently celebrated their 75th anniversary. Tom Hara, a retired major from the 101st Airborne, told the group about how the101st  Fort Campbell participated in their first combat jump on D-Day in 1942.

During that time the soldiers used what was called a cricket, otherwise known as a clicker, to communicate with soldiers who were allies. Hara said, “They would use the cricket and click once to talk and if you were a friendly then you would click twice, which let the other soldier know that they could team up and fight together.”

Tom Hara explaining the new additions that will be made to the Wings of Liberty Military Museum to remember those lost in war while continuing to remember the history of Fort Campbell. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The 101st Airborne also took part in the largest paratrooper jump in the Netherlands in 1944 when they and the 82nd Airborne were supposed to meet up with the 1st British Airborne, but they were unable to meet up with the British. One of the most iconic parts in Fort Campbell history was when the 101st held out against the Germans in Battle of the Bulge around the city Bastogne. The 101st were outnumbered, out gunned and they had to survive one of the toughest and harshest winters.

Reading over the early accomplishments of the 101st Airborne in the late 1930s early 1940s. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Hara told the representatives from Leadership Henry County, “The 101st motto is a rendezvous with destiny and about nuts.” The nuts refers to the story about the Germans sending a note for surrender during the battle around Bastogne in 1944. The Germans sent a note for surrender with a hour expiration date in the letter and Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe of the 101st Airborne crumpled the paper and threw it to the side. Before the deadline was up Brigadier General McAuliffe read the letter and he responded to the Germans with the words “Aww nuts. “

Throughout the years, Fort Campbell helped President Eisenhower in 1957 open the schools up to kids of all races in Little Rock Arkansas after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling came down saying that separate was not equal. During that time while the National Guard was there the doors were closed and when the 101st were there the doors to schools were open.

The 101st Airborne opens the school doors for children of all races, while the National Guard stand watch on the street. (Cassie Walsh photos)

During this time President Eisenhower officially federalized the 101st. The 101st Airborne was the first unit to transition from only using paratroopers to now using helicopters since they own their own helicopters. Since 9/11/01, the 3rd Brigade of Fort Campbell has been on 8 deployments to the Middle East fighting the war on terrorism.

Looking at names of those who died in past wars like in the Vietnam War. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Leadership Henry County members also learned that each brigade has their own barracks, medical center, fitness and etc. Fort Campbell also provides various activities such as paint ball, an 18 hole golf course, fishing, hunting, horse back riding and more to help give soldiers options for things to do when they aren’t working.

Sgt. Ochoa said,  “At Fort Campbell we give tours of the base in order to continue good relations with the community, since they have supported us through everything including the possible closure of the base which had been stopped a few years ago. “

Representatives of Leadership Henry County look at artifacts from soldiers that served in past wars. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Our soldiers continue to serve our country fighting for our freedom including those at the 101st Airborne and the community needs to continue showing their support for our brave men and women fighting overseas each and every day and the tours not only provide information about the history of Fort Campbell, but it also provides a better understanding of what military life is like for our soldiers.

If you would like to tour Fort Campbell you visit Fort Campbell’s website and search for tours for more information.

AP Neighborhood Holding Ribbon Cutting for Little Library Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association invites everyone to a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and grand opening of their new Little Free Library this Saturday October 21st at 11am at the Rec Center, located on the corner of Walnut and South Highland Streets.

The Little Free Library was suggested by HAPNA Board member Sara Simonis, who loved the idea of neighbors having access to books 24/7. She said, “with the gym, dog park, and all the children, it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

The structure was built and filled with books and Simonis suggest anyone coming to the ribbon cutting to bring books for all ages to keep the library stocked. The Library is free to use and the point is when you take a book out, to put another one back in for someone else to enjoy. The structure is being registered at www.FreeLittleLibrary.org and will join more than 50K little libraries across the globe. For more information on the Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association, visit www.HAPNA.org.

Reminder: Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Event, Chili Cookoff This Weekend

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. Individuals, businesses, organizations, or groups are encouraged to compete in the chili cook-off.

UTM Hosting West TN Band Championships on Saturday

Martin, Tenn.- Eighteen high school bands are scheduled to compete in the 16th annual West Tennessee Marching Band Championships this Saturday, Oct. 21, at UT Martin’s Hardy M. Graham Stadium. The gates open at noon with the first band stepping off at 1:10 p.m. and the first band in the finals competition stepping off at 8:25 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and children four and under are admitted free of charge.

The bands range from small classes fielding under 30 performers to large classes with more than 120 performers. More than 1,400 students are expected to perform in bands from Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee and will compete for 45 separate trophies between preliminary and finals competition. UT Martin’s Skyhawk Marching Band will also perform at 5:55 p.m. before the preliminary awards ceremony.

For information, contact Dr. Bill Waterman, director of athletic bands, at 731-881-7401, or email him at wwaterma@utm.edu.

Bake Sale Friday at First Presbyterian Church

Paris, Tenn.- First Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of South Market and Blythe Street, will hold a bake sale this Friday October 20th from 9am to 1pm. There will be homemade cookies, cakes, pies, cup cakes, fudge, and other baked goods for sale.

HC EMA Hosting Skywarn Spotter Course Mon. Oct. 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- The National Weather Service in Memphis will hold a Skywarn storm spotter training program on Monday October 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Henry County Emergency Operation Center at 204 N. Brewer St.

Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins wants to invite anyone wishing to learn more about severe weather and how to best protect yourself to come and enjoy the informative course. Watkins said, “I’m pleased to have a meteorologist from the Memphis NOAA Weather Service here to present potentially life-saving information. Local warning capabilities such as the Sheriff’s Department/EMA text alert system and the role of social media to push out warning information will be discussed.”

The program will discuss thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms. The presentation will also review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety tips to keep in mind when thunderstorms threaten. The program will discuss recommended reporting procedures and interpretation of weather radar images. It will be multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.

The program is free and open to the public whether you want to become an active storm spotter or just to learn about storms. This event will better prepare yourself and your family for threats that storms pose. For more information call the Henry County EMA office at 644-2678.

Eiffel Tower Park Hosting Tabernacle Exp. Oct. 21-29th

Paris, Tenn.- Eiffel Tower Park in Paris will host the Tabernacle Experience October 21-29th which allows you to take a life transforming Journey thru a full scale replica of the Tabernacle of the Wilderness.

One step inside the Tabernacle Courtyard will translate you into Old Testament times. You will experience the day in the life of an Old Testament priest as you engage in the duties and rituals within the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle Experience is a tangible, multi-sensory experience that will stir your emotions and faith in the person of Jesus Christ.

Tickets are free, but required for a set time. The experience lasts about 45 minutes and it is a self-guided walking tour thru the Tabernacle. Tickets are available online at www.tabernacleexperienceparistn.com. For more information call 641-8822 or email cgerrell@tvcc.us.

Holley Carburetor Reunion Set for Saturday at Civic Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Holly Carburetor Reunion will be held this Saturday October 21st from 11am to 1pm at the Paris Civic Center. It’s a pot luck so everyone can bring a dish and memories to catch up on. The reunion is open to all former Holly Carburetor employees and their immediate family. For more information call Gloria Barnhill at 642-7266.

MCU Charges Man With Meth, Weapon Possession

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Metro Crime Unit stated officers arrested Trent M. Townes on felony drug and weapons charges on Tuesday. The MCU did conduct a search of Townes’ home on Eli Brown Road and found a felony amount of ice methamphetamine along with two loaded shotguns and a loaded pistol. Officers also located digital scales, baggies, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia during the search of the home.

Townes was charged with possession of schedule two with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture, possession of a firearms during the commission of a felony, felon in possession of a weapon, simple possession of schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $50K.

Theft, Break-in Investigated By Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a resident of Odom Road reported his Smith and Wesson .357 revolver missing from the console of his tractor. Police have no suspects.

Dep. David Andrews is investigating a break-in and possible burglary at a home on Radford Lake Road. Forced entry was made thru the basement door and the homeowner is not sure if anything was taken or not.

Two Men Charged With Rape by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department charged two men with rape on Tuesday after arresting them on warrants. Deundre Webb, age 20, of 407 N. Caldwell was charged with aggravated rape and simple possession of schedule 6. Webb was placed on $25K bond.

Shantel Thompson, age 21, of 1106 Travis St. was charged with aggravated rape. He is being held on $300K bond. The investigation is ongoing and more possible charges are pending.

USDA Food Commodities to Be Distributed Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities October 24th and October 25th. The food will be distributed at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road between the hours of 9am and 2pm.

Seniors age 60 and older will come Tuesday October 24th. If your last name begins with the letters M-Z you will also come Tuesday October 24th for your commodities. Last names that begin with letters A-L you will come Wednesday October 25th.

All applicants should have a Purple Commodity Card and if you don’t have one, you must sign up for one by this Friday October 20th.

When coming to get the commodities, don’t line up cars before 8:30am. There is no need to come inside for the distribution either as boxes of food will be ready to load in your vehicle.

Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. Anyone receiving aid from SNAP, SSI, or Low Income Home Energy Assistance is eligible for USDA commodities.

For more information call 642-3132 or come by the NWTN Economic Development office at the Central Community Building on Jones Bend Road.

Tennessee One of 14 States Participating in Great Shakeout Event

Nashville- Tennessee will be among 14 states in the central and southern portion of the country that will participate in drills during the Great Central U.S. Shakeout on Thursday. The drill is to raise awareness about the importance of catastrophic earthquake preparedness.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is currently working to register businesses, communities, individuals, organizations, and schools for the Shakeout Drill so they can learn how to prevent damage and injuries in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.

During the drill, participants will DROP to the ground, take COVER under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head and neck with your arms, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

TEMA will broadcast is Shakeout Event live on their Facebook page beginning at 10:15am Central Time Thursday morning.

To date, over 245K Tennessee participants are registered for the Shakeout. It is free and open to the public for businesses, schools, and individuals just register at www.shakeout.org/centralus. TEMA Director Patrick Sheenan said, “a major earthquake is Tennessee’s top catastrophic threat and can happen at any time, so these drills are very important to practice.”

TDOT Closing Lanes on Hwy 45 in Jackson Thurs.

Jackson, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close south and northbound lanes on the US 45 By-Pass Thursday to set concrete barrier rail for utility work.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Work will begin in the southbound lanes of the US 45 By-Pass by closing one inside lane, with two lanes remaining open. This work is to permanently close the turning lane and U-turn between Carriage House Drive and Old Hickory Boulevard.  

Crews will then move and close the two outside northbound lanes between Old Hickory Boulevard and Carriage House Drive, one lane will remain open. This closure will result in a long term closure with two northbound lanes remaining open.  

Detour signs will be posted throughout the construction area.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or for West Tennessee follow https://twitter.com/NicLawrenceTDOT  

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

71st Annual MSU Quad State String Festival Set for Friday

Murray, Ky.- On Friday, Oct. 20, the string unit of Murray State’s department of music will host the 71st Annual Quad State String Festival, a long-standing musical tradition in Murray, under the supervision of Dr. Sue-Jean Park, associate professor of violin and viola at Murray State. 

Guest conductors for the festival include J. Andrew Miller, Gioia Fazzini, Doug Van Fleet and Patricia O’Rourke in addition to a teacher’s clinic led by Vincent Frittelli, a retired professor from the University of Texas at Austin. The festival will conclude with a concert in Lovett Auditorium at 5 p.m. featuring the Murray State University Orchestra, directed by Dennis L. Johnson, and four student-orchestras from the festival.
This year’s festival will be attended by 377 string students from four states, 20 participating schools and eight private studios. 
All events are free and open to the public.

PSSD BOE Holds Retreat; Looks to Add Bus Monitors on AM Routes

Dr. Gerrell discusses the need to retain bus drivers and AM bus monitors. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education held their yearly retreat Tuesday night to discuss their 5 year strategic plan. One of the topics the board talked about was making sure to maintain safe and healthy learning environments in all the schools and system as a whole for teachers, staff, and students.

Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell said there is an urgent need for bus monitors on morning routes. She said we need some way to attract more bus drivers and one way to help is by having a monitor on both AM and PM routes to allow the driver to concentrate on the driving and not taking care of kids.

Dr. Gerrell said there are no violent issues with kids on PSSD buses, but they are wound up, they get sick, and it’s a lot for one driver to deal. “I feel like putting monitors on the routes will help us get more bus drivers because the job is very tough without the monitors.”

The projected cost to the system to add AM route monitors is an extra $72K per year. Dr. Gerrell said most of their afternoon monitors would be willing to also take a morning bus route as a monitor.

Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray said 80% of their discipline referrals from buses come from the morning routes, where there are no monitors.

Dr. Gerrell said the retention of bus drivers is a big issue because beginning in January, the rules are become more stringent. She said they will look over the budget and see where some money can be shifted to possibly provide monitors for AM routes.

Other topics discussed included value added assesment. Dr. Gerrell said the achievement scores from the TVAAS tests have been released and the PSSD was in good shape as compared to National Averages. She told the board she would bring the full results to them at November’s board meeting. Dr. Gerrell said we have identified some issues and one is that in Reading, we have no set curriculum for K-8. She said over the next year we will look at this deeper and see how we can possibly improve with a more philosophical approach to a curriculum and resources that will help our teachers.

Dr. Gerrell said Science Standards are about to change and the next textbook will be aligned to the new curriculum. She said it will be changing to a very hands on approach at science. She said we have the lab space and that is a great jumpstart on these new standards. Dr. Gerrell said the equipment in the science departments is in good shape as well, but they will do more training for our science teachers.

Dr. Gerrell said the PSSD has tried to increase our presence on social media to help communicate and connections with families and we feel good about how it has worked so far. Parents are saying it’s good to see what my kids are doing on Facebook thru the team Facebook pages for the schools and system.

PSSD Seeking Ways to Fight Chronic Absenteeism

Paris, Tenn.- Another topic discussed at the retreat dealt with chronic absenteeism as Dr. Gerrell said we are going to have to try to address chronic absenteeism in the system. She said thru the Federal Government starting this year, the system is held accountable for chronic absenteeism. She said after meeting with Judge Vicki Snyder it may be time to have parents of some students who are chronically absent come and set in front of an attendance team to help make sure children get to school. Dr. Gerrel said “we should try to approach from a way to help, not punitive, to see what we can do.”

Dr. Gerrell said, “we don’t normally retain children at the end of the year due to absences, but we might have to look at doing that to help curb the chronic absenteeism we are seeing.”

The board agreed it was time to address the issues and start looking for ways to help get students to school more often. Principals said getting doctor’s notes is very easy to obtain for children who go to walk in clinics and such and then they are considered excused. Dr. Gerrell said a large portion of the students who had chronic absences were in the higher poverty homes in the system.

After discussion, the board suggested looking at making changes to the attendance policy and putting together an attendance committee to look at some individual cases and invite parents in to help with the problem. Dr. Gerrell said this is a problem for many systems in the state and across the nation.

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at Castle Car Wash

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Castle Car Wash on Tuesday. The business, owned by Keith and Denise Hudson and Amber and Douglas Allan, recently upgraded and added new options on their car wash tunnel. They are located on Mineral Wells Avenue and will offer free car washes thru Friday night as a thank you to the community. (Hope Marr photos)

Alarm Stops Break-in at Vape Hut

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is searching for two suspects who attempted to break into the Vape Hut on Tyson Avenue overnight. Ptl. David Beauvis’s report stated he arrived to the scene after the alarm had sounded and found the glass in the front door busted out. Paris Police cleared the scene and found no one inside. They did view the video and it showed two white males hanging around the building and then bust the door with a hammer type object. The suspects flew the scene once the alarm sounded. Investigation is continuing into the incident.

Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr. charged Alexander K. Beidler, age 25, of N. Highland Road with criminal trespass and public intoxication after responding to Brookfield Apartments to a unwanted subject call. Ptl. Dean Jr. found Beidler on the property and could smell alcohol on his person. Beidler was arrested and duly charged.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Terry Williams responded to McKenzie Highway for an accident and found a pickup in ditch and a man standing next to the pickup. Sgt. Williams ended up charging Logan H. Harvey, age 25, of 1030 Old Paris Murray Road, with DUI and possession after some marijuana was found in a pill bottle in the vehicle.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ralph Vulpitta, age 30, of 640 Lampkins Road, for being a fugitive from justice, violation of probation, and evading.

Angel Tree Interviews To Take Place Wed. at FRC

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 Resource 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.

Reminder: Relay For Life Fall Kickoff Meeting Tues. Night

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.

County Comm. Approves Cap. Notes For Patrol Cars, Roof Repair

HC Sheriff Monte Belew describes the plan to purchase and equip 12-13 new patrol cars with the capital note. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday evening for October and approved the issuance of more capital outlay notes, not to exceed $525K to purchase new patrol cars for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and roof repair work at Central School.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew presented his plan for purchasing new patrol cars with a capital outlay note of $400K as he and Chief Damon Lowe did to the budget committee last Monday night. The plan includes the Sheriff’s Office using surplus sales and state inmate money to pay off the first payment of $100K in debt service. The note will be paid in four years and the Sheriff’s office should be able to purchase 12 to 13 new patrol cars and equipment to put on them. This replaces the plan of purchasing used cars they have been doing.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer informed commissioners the other part of the note is for repairs to the last portion of the roof at Central School. He said “we’ve been repairing it in phases and this will completely put a new roof on the whole building, and it’s a building that a lot of good things are going on in for our community.”

Mayor Greer said this note, along with the note for the school system on the high school project, still keeps the county under the $10M borrowing mark for this calendar year.

HC Comm. Requests State to Rename Hwy. 69 for Sonny Melton

Comm. David Webb (middle) requests the commission to consider the resoltuion asking the State to rename Hwy. 69 in honor of Sonny Melton. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The commission also approved a resolution to support the renaming and dedication of state highway 69A South as the “Sonny Melton Memorial Highway.” The resolution states “The Henry County and Big Sandy Communities mourn the loss of Sonny Melton and wish to honor and preserve his memory…recommends the portion of State Hwy. 69A South between Hwy. 218and Big Sandy be renamed.”  

Comm. David Webb requested the resolution of the Commission saying, "Sonny Melton's compelling story of heroism has grabbed people's attention from Melton's Filling Station in Big Sandy to Buckingham Palace in London."

County Mayor Brent Greer said the Benton County Commission was set to pass a similar non-binding resolution at their meeting Monday night.

The resolution now goes to the State and TDOT for approval and proper signage will be erected in the future. Melton was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting that occurred on October 1st.

County Commission Approves Appointments to Boards

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission also ratified action from the Nominating Committee Monday night on some appointments to boards. They include to Commissioner James Copeland be appointed to the Delinquent Tax Committee, replacing Commissioner Dell Carter, for a term ending Jan. 2018. Commissioners also appointed Dell Carter to the Tourism Authority Board, replacing former commissioner James Travis.

Jack Veazey was appointed to the Budget Committee to fill the unexpired term of Terry Evans which is ending January 2020. County Mayor Brent Greer said, “Mr. Evans’ s health has continued to decline and he hasn’t been able to come to our budget committee meetings so we decided to appoint Mr. Veazey to fill the term. I will, on behalf of the Commission send a letter to Terry and his family expressing our gratitude for his many years of service to this commission.”

County Attorney Rob Whitfield informed the commission a notice was being sent out to announce the next Delinquent Tax Sale would be tentatively set for Monday November 20th.

HCPC Learns of Student Experiences at Teen Institute

Paris, Tenn.- Faith Umstead and Emilee Smith, two of the six HCHS students to attend TTI (TN Teen Institute) over the summer break, shared some of their experiences with members of the Henry County Prevention Coalition members.  HCPC covered the cost of attending the week long leadership camp at UT Martin. The students told advisory board members about the workshops and lectures that focused on topics related to teen issues such as driver safety, suicide prevention, tobacco, alcohol and drug use. 

Students are challenged to implement activities in their community which target issues they feel are a concern among their peers. To date, they have formed a Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter called Patriots In Action S.A.D.D. and have promoted National Suicide Prevention month with a poster campaign and a video shown during high school classes. In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Patriots in Action S.A.D.D. chapter will be participating in the S.A.D.D. Rock the Belt campaign, October 23-27 on both HCHS and Grove campuses. 

Some of the activities are Chalk the Walk, morning announcements, TV factoids, Seat Belt "Fasten" Show, Living Seat Belt around Grove Tower, and Seat Belt Pledge Drives. They are also hosting a district wide poster contest for all elementary students. 

Future events include presenting TN Teens Talk Tobacco to 6th grade students on November 9 and promoting the Great American Smokeout on November 16. For more information contact Coordinated School Health, Stephanie Winders or Jennifer McFarland at 642-9733.

Deceased Man Found in Waters of Ky Lake Monday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from  the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that officers with the Sheriff's Office and TWRA responded to a call of a man in the water near the power lines on Kentucky Lake Monday morning. Arriving officers found Dale Ross, 78 of Pineview Drive of Henry County, had been fishing with a friend. Ross fell out of the boat while they were out fishing.

After further investigation, it is believed Mr. Ross passed from natural causes before falling into the water and at this time it is not being classified as a drowning. Capt. Adam Jenkins said the HCSO sends thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Ross.

Thefts Keep Deputies Busy Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Several reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s dealt with officers investigating thefts throughout the county. One of the reports stated a Yamaha 400 Four-Wheeler and a Snapper Riding 52 Inch Cut Lawnmower were stolen from some property on Osage Crossland Road. The items were valued at a total of $7K and were outside on the property when stolen. The victim did give Deputies a possible suspect in the incident and investigation is ongoing.

Over $5K worth of items were stolen from a home on Vaughn Road over the weekend as someone made entry thru the front door. Items reported stolen include an Avalon Mountain Bike, a Rack Stereo with a CD Player, and several assorted DVDs and CDs. Police do have a possible suspect in this incident as well.

A Honda motorcycle valued at $2K was reported stolen from a home on Railroad Avenue in Henry this weekend according to another report at the Sheriff’s Office. There are no suspects in this incident and investigation continues.

Winders Brothers Dominate In Dickson Meet

HCHS gathers prerace for instructions.

Dickson, Tenn.- The Winders Brothers finished 1st and 2nd in the Mid State Cross Country Association Championships held in Dickson this weekend. Titus came in 1st in the boy’s 5K race against 250 other runners with a time of 15:41. Silas finished 7 seconds behind his brother, good for 2nd place. Both broke the old course record which was 15:51.

Other Patriots that finished well include Cole Davis, Cooper Smith, Hunter Lawrence, Devin Pritchett, and Jesse Evans.

In the girls 5K Madison Aiosa and Madison Caldwell both did well in the 5K course with 199 runners.

Dinah Winders Finishes 1st In Middle School Race, Four Qualify for State

Dinah Winders (far right) receives her 1st place medal.

Memphis, Tenn.- Dinah Winders came in 1st overall in the girl’s two mile race at the West TN Middle School Regional Cross Country Championships in Memphis on Saturday. Winders finished the race at 12:39, winning 1st out of 154 runners. Sadie Adams and Kaitlyn Napier also did well. All three ladies qualified for the Knoxville Youth Athletics Middle School Cross Country State Championships held next week.

For the boy’s two mile race Hadyen Bostick finished 19th at 12:27 and qualified for the race in Knoxville as well. 246 runners ran in the boy’s race and other middle school runners for Henry County were Mason Elliot, Aidan Swisher, Will Wardlaw, and Blaise Payne.

Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Including Rape

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Dereck Greenhill arrested Brice Lockhart, age 19 of Irvine Street of Paris, for shoplifting, a warrant for rape of a child and a pickup mittimus charge.  Lockhart was placed on $50,000 bond.

Several Arrested on Driving Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Amy Younger, age 43 of Lone Oak Road of Paris, for driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. Younger was placed on $2,000 bond. 

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Daniel Carter, age 38 of Tanyard Hill Road of Puryear, for driving on a revoked license and shoplifting. Carter was placed on $2,000 bond.

Investigator Derrek Colley arrested Jeff Buchanan, age 42 of East Wood Street of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Buchanan was placed on $5,000 bond.

Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Michael Reinherd, age 27 of Hwy 69 North of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Reinherd was placed on $500 bond.

Several Arrested on Drug Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Phillip Wyatt, age 31 of Rice Springs Road of Kevil, KY, on Saturday for simple possession of a schedule II substance. Wyatt was placed on $1,500 bond.

Sgt. James also arrested Cory Clayton, age 36 of Bridge Street of Big Sandy, on Saturday for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. Clayton was placed on $2,500 bond for the drug paraphernalia charge and he was placed on $10,950 bond for the VOP charge.

Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Karmen Hatfield, age 19 of State Route 132 of KY, on Friday for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hatfield was placed on $1,500 bond.

Sparks Street First Surviving the Holidays Seminar is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Sparks Street Church of Christ will be presenting the first of four Surviving the Holidays a Grief Share Ministry Seminars beginning on Thursday, October 19th at 10am at 109 Sparks Street in Paris.

The Sparks Street Church of Christ wants to help the grieving in the community navigate the holiday season which will be flooded with memories of happier past celebrations. They will be offering the Surviving the Holidays seminar to help provide practical holiday coping strategies and hope for brighter days ahead.

Everyone welcome to attend this bible based non denominational seminar. The Sparks Street Church of Christ will be offering three other seminars on Thursdays of October 26th, November 2nd and November 9th each at 10am.

For more information and to register for the event please call Edward Howard at 731-407-4857.

Newbern Man Arrested for Theft

Caruthersville, MO.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Bradley Hawks, age 39 of Lexie Cobb Road of Newbern, on Friday for theft of property above $10,000 and under $60,000. Hawks was placed on $30,000 bond.            

It's a Hole in One Success for the PHC Jaycees Golf Tourney

Judge Vicki Synder putting. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a great turnout for the 21st Annual Paris-Henry County Jaycees Golf Scramble on Saturday at the Paris Country Club.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Eleven teams competed in the four person team golf scramble. The Paris Country Club gave the event a deal on using the facilities for the event.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

All of the proceeds from the 21st Annual Paris-Henry County Jaycees Golf Scramble will benefit the Paris-Henry County Jaycees Children’s Shopping Tour that will be held in December.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The golf scramble was sponsored by the 75th District and Representative Tim Wirgau. Joe Mahan Ford also sponsored a hole in one vehicle giveaway at Saturday’s event and the Paris Country Club hosted the event for the Paris-Henry County Jaycees.

One golfer trying to get a hole in one to win a Ford Escape from Joe Mahan Ford. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Missing Paris Man Located on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- A local man that had been reported by family members as missing was located on Saturday.

Family members reported that William Allen, age 56 of Paris,had gone missing and they had not seen him in approximately 2 weeks ago. However, there was an officer from the Paris Police Department who had seen Allen on October 5th.

Allen was located on Saturday and he is safe.

Patriots Return to Region Action on Friday, October 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots are 5-3 on the season and 4-0 in Region 7-5A action. The Henry County Patriots will have a bye week on October 13th 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. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Paris Woman Arrested for Possession

 Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Zaria Nored, age 20 of Manley Street of Paris, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Nored was placed on $2,000 bond.

Paris Teen Arrested for Underage DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Roger Cain, age 19 of India Road of Paris, on Friday underage driving under the influence. Cain was placed on $1,000 bond.

Next Poetic Painting Class With Dani Poe is Friday, Oct. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- Poetic Painting with Instructor Dani Poe continue on Friday, October 20th 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.

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

Reminder: Hunter's Safety Course Starts Monday at Hulmes

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.

HCHD Closing Mt. Sinai Road Monday for Culvert Replacement

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Mt. Sinai Road in the Buchanan-Clayton Town area on Monday October 16th for two culvert replacements. The 1st closure will be two tenths of a mile west of Clayton Town Road. The 2nd closure will be one mile west of Clayton Town Road. If both jobs are not completed on Monday, the road will be closed again Tuesday October 17th. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic on either day.

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.

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.

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.


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