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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Pats End Regular Season with Road Game at Northwest

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Clarksville Friday night to battle Northwest on the gridiron with a kick-off set for 7pm. It’s the last regular season game of the year and the playoffs are set to begin next week. If you can’t make the game you can listen to our broadcast beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and online streaming via our website at wmufradio.com. You can also listen on your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply.

Morningside to Hold Resident Art Exhibit Sale on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Morningside of Paris will hold its annual resident Art exhibit and sale this Saturday October 28th from 9am to 11am, at 350 Volunteer Drive in Paris. There will be a silent auction, paintings, crafts, and coloring pages. Coffee and Refreshments will be served. For more information call Denise Glover, Activity Director, at 644-9680. The residents earn their auction dollars by attending activities and Doug Taylor donates his time and holds the auction for Morningside.

Reminder: Inman Escape Room Fundraiser is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman PAC will be presenting their Escape the Mad Scientist (Escape Room) Fundraiser​ on Saturday, October 28th from 12pm to 10pm at the Inman Middle School Cafeteria Entrance.

Tickets cost $15 per person and you pay online by accessing their Square Store at https://squareup.com/market/inman-middle-school-pac/item/escape-room-mad-scientist.

It is highly suggested that teams book time slots in advance to ensure that they will be able to participate in Inman’s fundraiser. Teams should consist of 6-12 people per team as the team will use their shared talents, logic skills, and wits together in order to figure out the clues in the 30-minute Escape Room.

At Inman’s Escape Room participants and their friends will find themselves at an abandoned research facility, years after a tragic epidemic killed thousands...The scientist in charge of saving humanity went mad and started performing wild experiments.

Forced to hide his evil experiments by the government, the doctor fled to his secret lab. You and your friends will find yourselves unwilling assistants to a mad man. To escape the lab, you must discover the secrets hidden within. Will you be able to escape the Mad Scientist?

HCMC Board of Trustees Honors Tom Gee at his Last Meeting

Lisa Casteel hugs retiring CEO Tom Gee after reading him a poem and thanking him for this friendship and leadership. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees had a bittersweet meeting on Thursday night as they wished outgoing CEO and Administrator Tom Gee well as he goes into retirement. Gee has served the medical center for over 25 years.

Board members Troy Buttery and Dr. Scott Whitby presented Gee with a gag gift for his bike, as he is an avid bicyclist, for serving the medical center and thanked him for his friendship and leadership with the medical center and the community.

Gee reminisced about this first interview and first few days on the job. He said, “bringing good quality doctors to the community is what has turned this medical center around, as right before I came they had talked about selling the hospital. The support of the board and the community has been instrumental in the resurgence of HCMC and hopefully this hospital stays strong in the community for years and years to come.”

Board Chairman Phil Wichlan discussed all of Tom’s accomplishments in and out of the Medical arena. He thanked Tom for all his hard work, dedication, friendship, and leadership and presented him with a plaque and gifts. The board also showed off a plaque with Tom’s picture that will hang outside the boardroom naming it the Thomas H. Gee Boardroom.

Gee said the transition of the CEO position has been moving pretty smoothly as he has stepped back and transferred longer range duties to Lisa (Casteel).

Tom expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have served as CEO for over 25 years and said, “much of our success is due to the vision of the Board and its support of me as its leader, I will cherish my time here and will miss each one of you.” Gee said if he could ever be of service in any way to the center or a board member just to let him know.

HCMC, Bethel Tying Up Loose Ends With Diagnostic Center

Paris, Tenn.- In his last administrative report, Gee reported that they met with Bethel University officials to discuss the working relationship with them on the Diagnostic Center. The medical center and Bethel never formalized some things around managing the property and who is responsible for which costs and which should be shared. One of those issues centers around the Verizon cell tower on the property and the revenues associated with the lease of the tower on the property. Gee said we hope the funds can be used for some shared costs and they will be trying to put a contract together.

Physician recruitment has continued as they had a visit with a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the Lakehaven Unit. Gee said if he is willing to relocate to Paris, it would give HCMC good professional coverage of the unit. The hospital is still looking for long term replacement for Dr. Monette who will be retiring down the road.

Partner Engagement Surveys Nearly 100% Complete at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Gee reported that that the partner engagement survey process has gotten off to a great start and within the first three days they were at approximately 67% of the surveys completed. The goal was 85% and now the hospital was at 97%. The National Rate of completed surveys with staff is usually around 74% so we are glad our staff is filling them out.

Customer Services scores for the June-September were completed and the hospital shows some impressive scores including 90th percentile in inpatients, 98th percentile in behavioral health, 98th percentile in home health, and 74th percentile in the healthcare center.

Gee was also recently awarded the Tennessee Hospital Association President’s Award at a recent meeting this month.

EMS to Get Some Extra Money on TennCare Reimbursements

Paris, Tenn.- EMS Director Twila Rose gave a report during the EMS portion of the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night. She said they are still waiting on official word about getting extra money from TennCare reimbursements. She sid it’s a little less than originally thought this first year, but should increase in the next year.

Rose said I’ve hired some new people and some have been in training over the past few weeks. She said this should help with a lot of the overtime as she was understaffed for some time. Rose said most of the turnover has come from retirement. EMS runs are up, but out of town runs are down. She said the plan is to purchase a new ambulance after the first of the year.

Boil Water Order Issued for Murray, Hazel

Murray, Ky.- The City of Murray has issued a boil water order for all Murray Water System customers and all districts including Hazel. Customers should immediately start boiling all drinking water taken from the public water system. This includes water for drinking, making ice cubs, washing clothes or dishes, brushing your teeth, and other things involving water consumption.

Water should be brought to a full, rolling boil for 5 minutes. Boiled water may be stored in containers until needed.

Grove Awards Prizes for Chocolate Sales Winners

Left to right is Rafe Howard, Rebecca Varneke, Caramiah Hernandez with checks.

Paris, Tenn.- Grove students recently completed sales of the World's Finest Chocolate bars and broke previous records by reaching $23K sold. Winners for most sales were 1st place Caramiah Hernandez, 2nd place Rebecca Varnecke, and 3rd place Rafe Howard.

The Grove Parent Action Committee sponsored the event and presented the students with checks for most sold.

Henry Fire Department Extinguishes Fire on Lumber Rd.

Damage was extensive to the shop. (Dustin Odom photo)

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department, with mutual assistance from the Paris Fire Department and BPU, extinguished a fire at Replogle Enterprises’s machine shop late Wednesday night. Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene where it appears the fire started in a wood stove and grew in the walls before it could be put out according to the report. The shop is on Lumber road and the wood stove was in a lean-to building. The machine shop was destroyed but fire-fighters were able to save some of the additions on the building. The first units arrived on scene before midnight.

Warrants Issued After Gun Reported Stolen

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants on Mark Fisher, 42, of Perkins Road in Puryear, after taking a report from a residence of a gun being stolen and Fisher admitting to taking it to Michigan. The gun is a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun valued at $450.

In a separate report, Dep. Andrews did go to the Knights Inn in search of Fisher and found Sarina Roush, 37, of Michigan in one of the rooms. He had received a tip Fisher was there with her. She said Fisher wasn’t there and gave consent to search her things. Dep. Andrews found 3 grams of marijuana and a grinder box. Roush was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. David Powell of the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen Welding Kit from a residence of Brannon Lane. The kit was on a cart and valued at $800. Investigation is continuing.

Prank Call of Cut Wrist Leads to Charges by PPD

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jacob Howington of the Paris Police Department charged Kyle Harris, 23, of 1175 Hwy. 641 S. Apt. B4, with filing a false report after he called saying he had cut his wrist. Once Ptl. Howington arrived on scene, a man named Chris began to tell different stories. Chris finally admitted he was Kyle and he had made a prank call to be funny. He was charged and placed on $10K bond.

Grove Students Participating in Breast Cancer Awareness and Seat Belt Safety Events Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Grove students will be participating in several events at school on Friday. They have been asked to wear pink to create a Pinkout for Breast Cancer Awareness. Also thru SADD and in conjunction with National Seat Belt Safety Week, they will form a human seat belt, locking arms with each other, around Grove Tower Friday morning at 8am.

Tom Gee Retirement Reception Set for Friday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center and Board of Trustees invites everyone to a community retirement reception for CEO of HCMC Tom Gee. Gee will be retiring at the end of October after serving HCMC for over 25 years.

The retirement reception for Gee will be held Friday October 27th at the HCMC Cafeteria from 2:30pm-4pm. Stop by and wish him well in his retirement and enjoy some refreshments at a reception in his honor. Gee will preside over his last board meeting Thursday night. Lisa Casteel will assume the role of CEO upon Gee’s official retirement.

UTM One of Top 100 College Buys for 12th Straight Year

Martin, Tenn.- – The University of Tennessee at Martin is listed among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., of Rome, Ga., for the 12th consecutive year. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and Union University in Jackson join UT Martin as the only Tennessee universities listed.

“Offering students a high-quality education at an affordable cost is critical in today’s higher education marketplace,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor. “We will work to maintain UT Martin as a value leader for those seeking a four-year college experience.”

To be considered for the designation “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” an institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees. The institution must also offer full residential facilities, including residence halls and dining services.

Additionally, the institution must have had an entering freshman class in fall 2016 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen. Also, the out-of-state cost of attendance in 2017-18 for three quarters or two semesters must either be below the national average cost of attendance or not exceed the national average cost by more than 10 percent.

Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., conducted its 27th Annual National College Survey between April 1 and July 31, 2017. The survey form was submitted to the offices of admissions directors of 1,469 accredited U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year undergraduate degree programs and providing facilities for both room and board. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,088 schools responded.

“Each year UT Martin secures its place among those institutions offering the very finest educational opportunities based solely upon objective, measurable criteria by which all the colleges and universities in America can be compared,” said Lewis Lindsey Jr., IRE president. “Students at UT Martin enjoy and benefit from the opportunity of attending one of a very select group of institutions providing high-quality educations at low cost.”

The recognition follows two listings announced in recent months. In August, The Princeton Review named the university among the “2018 Best Regional Colleges.” The list is part of the company’s website feature “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region” posted at PrincetonReview.com. UT Martin has been included in this listing for 15 consecutive years.

UT Martin also continued among the top southern master’s level universities in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released in September. The university tied for 46th place among both public and private universities and ranked 17th for southern public universities.

MSU Recognized by Schools.com as Top College in Ky

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University was recently recognized by Schools.com as the top four-year college in the state of Kentucky. Rankings by Schools.com were based on a mathematical analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics and other sources within the U.S. Department of Education that included metrics of affordability, flexibility and distance education opportunities. 

 “Our No. 1 school (Murray State) delivered a one-two punch of top affordability rankings that should stand out to students seeking a reasonably priced education,” said Schools.com in the published rankings. “Not only did Murray State University students have the No. 1 most affordable tuition and fees cost in Kentucky in 2015–16, they also had a higher percentage of their tuition and fees covered by institutional grant aid than students of any other school in the state.”
 
Based on the University’s most recent reports, Murray State provides more than $126 million in yearly financial aid while awarding an average of $5,573 per student in scholarships and waivers. 
 
Schools.com also recognized the University for its flexibility in course offerings as well as its assistance shown towards students who are returning to school in order to complete their degree.
 
Earlier this year, Murray State University was recognized as a 2017 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly, one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes and one of the best regional universities for the 27th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.  

Two Ky Teens Killed in Lyon County Crash Wed. Night

Lyon Co., Ky.- A collision on Highway 453 (also known as The Trace) in Lyon County has claimed the lives of two teenagers and sent two more teenagers to a local hospital, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.  At approximately 10:00 p.m., on October 25th, KSP Post 1 received a report of a single vehicle collision on The Trace.

Preliminary investigation has shown Kaitlyn Bowers was driving a 2013 Ford Mustang southbound on Highway 453 and, upon entering a left curve, the vehicle exited the roadway and struck a tree.

Kaitlyn C. Bowers, age 18, of Owensboro, Kentucky was transported by ambulance to Murray-Calloway County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

Joseph L. Phillips, age 18, of Lewisburg, Kentucky was a passenger in the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Murray-Calloway County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

Aaron C. Adams, age 19, of Cadiz, Kentucky, was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner.  

Robert M. Clayton Jr., age 18, of Murray, Kentucky, was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner.

The Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Kuttawa Fire Department, Lyon County Fire-Rescue, and Lyon County Ambulance Service.

Crappie USA Classic on Ky, Barkley Lakes Fri., Sat.

Kids Fishing Rodeo To be Held Sat. 9-11am

Paris, Tenn.- Kentucky and Barkley Lakes will host the Crappie USA Classic Thursday thru Saturday and hundreds of anglers will be in town fishing for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to be given away.

Registration events will be held Thursday afternoon at the Henry County Fairgrounds and anglers will first launch at 6:30am Friday morning and again at 6:30am Saturday morning. Weigh-ins will be held each day at 4pm at Paris Landing Marina beginning and the public is invited to attend the weigh-ins. You can also follow along via social media and Crappie USA’s website, www.crappieusa.com.

Crappie USA and Cabela’s King Kat Trail will also host a Kid’s Fishing Rodeo on Saturday from 9am to 11am at Paris Landing Marina. Kids ages 12 and under, with an accompanying parent or guardian, are eligible to compete for one of six $1000 scholarships to be drawn at the Crappie USA Classic. Sign-up is from 8-9am Saturday morning.

Youth Hunters Invited to Jakes Day at Holley Fork on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office invites all Youth Hunters out to the Annual Jakes Day at Holley Fork Shooting Complex this Saturday October 28th. This is in conjunction with the Youth Hunt held on the same day. Jakes Day will be held from 8am to 1pm and youth hunters can enter the big Buck and big Doe contest and win $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd place in each category.

Events begin at 10am and include BB gun shooting, archery, still target, calling contest, 5 Stand Shoot, and 22 Rifle Balloon Shoot for a Gun Giveaway. Trophies will be awarded to each category top finishers at 1pm.

Jakes Day participants will be eligible for part of over $1200 of door prizes to be given away. All juvenile hunters will also receive a free framed picture of their deer. Participants will also get free lunch and a free T-shirt. Call Sheriff Monte Belew at 336-4699 for more information.  

Paris First Church of the Nazarene Family Fun Fest is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris First Church of the Nazarene, located at 4220 Hwy. 218 Bypass, will hold their Family Fun Fest on Saturday October 28th from 10am to 2pm. There will be free games with prizes, inflatables, and free hot dogs and popcorn. All ages are invited and admission is free. The church is asking for canned food items to help support the local food pantry.

Woman Arrested on Warrants Admits to Cocaine Possession

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Justin Harden of the Paris Police Department stopped a car for speeding on Tyson Avenue and the driver, Alexis Singleton, age 24, of 3071 Old Union Road, had active warrants for her arrest in Henry County for illegal use of a credit card. Ptl. Harden took Singleton into custody and once at the jail, she admitted to having cocaine on her person. She was charged with simple possession of schedule two, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Lt. Ean Reed charged Kenneth Lee O’Daniel, of 15 Casey Lane, for being a habitual motor vehicle offender after seeing him driving in the Wal-mart parking lot. Lt. Reed knew of O’Daniel’s previous arrests and being named habitual in Henry County. He was placed on $5K bond.

Ptl. Harden also arrested Jessica F. Varnekce, age 32 of Henry, for driving on revoked license, and resisting stop, halt, and frisk. She was placed on $5K bond.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department investigated a theft at a residence on Mt. Pleasant Freeland Road where several pieces of jewelry had been stolen. The value is $500 and there are no suspects according to the report.

7th and 8th District Coalition Event Planned for Thurs. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th and 8th District Coalition of Tennessee will hold an event Thursday at the Krider Performing Arts Center from 6:30-8pm. Tickets are $25 and includes an opportunity to win either an AR 15 or an approximate 500 lb. steer. Additional chances to win the rifle or steer can be purchased for $10 each.

Tickets will be available at the door or call to purchase in advance at 931-237-1026. Proceeds will be used by the 7th and 8th District Coalitions in support of true constitutional conservative candidates and issues.

Special guest speakers Thursday night include Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart Contributor; Gubernatorial Candidate Senator Mae Beavers, Senator Mark Green, and Richard Archie, director of the West Tennessee Firearms Association.

HCSO Turnip Green Give-A-Away Fri. at 9am

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office will have a turnip green give-a-away this Friday October 27th beginning at 9am. The give-a-away will be in the sheriff's office parking lot, with the line-up starting at the back-gate entrance.

All turnip greens will be cut and sacked for each person. The turnip greens will be given away on first come first served basis.

Christmas Themed Tea Time At W.G. Rhea Library Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be hosting Tea Time on Thursday, October 26th at 4pm at the Library which is located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris.

This Tea Time will  feature a holiday table decor demo, a shell wreath demo and how to make a Christmas bow by hand which will be  taught by Vicki Hunt of Paris Florist & Gifts. If you'd like to come to this free event, please call the library at 731-642-1702 ext. 0 to register. Registration is required since space is limited.

Bethel Renaissance Presents the Addams Family

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will present the highly acclaimed musical production, “The Addams Family” at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie with a show on Halloween night and the first two weekends in November.

The hilarious musical comedy will have you laughing, singing, and snapping thru the show as you see your favorite characters like Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and more.

The Halloween night show will be at 9pm with a Costume contest during intermission so wear your best costume. Other shows are November 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th at 7pm with a 2pm Matinee on November 11th.

To purchase tickets visit, www.bethelrenaissance.com or call 352-6980. Tickets are also available for purchase at the office at 28 Lee Avenue in McKenzie during regular hours Monday thru Friday 9am to 4pm. The Bethel Performing Arts Center is located at 625 Stonewall Street North, across the street from the McKenzie Police and Fire Station.

Indoor Yard Sale at FUMC Fri. and Sat. for Relay

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a huge indoor Yard Sale to benefit Henry County Relay for Life this Friday and Saturday October 27th and 28th in the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church, located at 101 East Blythe St. The sale will start at 7am both days and ends at 2pm Friday and Noon Saturday. There are all kinds of great items and since its inside the yard sale will be held rain or shine. To donate to the yard sale email Dana Allen at dana8386@gmail.com.

KPAC Hosting Fundraiser for Melton Fund Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Krider Performing Arts Center will host the Sonny Melton Fund Songwriter’s Round and Silent Auction on Wednesday October 25th beginning at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm. All proceeds will benefit the Sonny Melton Memorial Fund. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Melton’s in Big Sandy, The Kelley Clinic, and Merison’s Value Furniture. For more information contact Chris Dowdy at dowdy1974@mac.com.

Trinity United Holding Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Trinity United Methodist Church will be holding a Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon with drink and dessert on Friday, October 27th from 11am to 2pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church, which is located at 409 North Wilson Street in Paris.

Tickets for the Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon are available at The Toggery and Paris Florist. For more information please call 731-363-3371. 

BPU Board Sends Wastewater Rate Increases to City Comm.

BPU GM Terry Wimberley discusses Wastewater Rate Increases (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met Tuesday morning and approved sending a request for wastewater rate increases for Fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to the Paris City Commission as part of the plan to fund renovations at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and get in line with regulations handed down in the agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley told the board they were currently in year 2 of a 3 year plan of wastewater rate increases for the consent order from TDEC and making necessary improvements at the plant. He said “we’re now at the point where we need to plan out year 4 and 5 and schedule these increases. The average wastewater bill will see an increase of $7.80 in the first three year rate increase phase. Year 4 and 5 of increases will see the average customer pay another $4.75 per month on their wastewater bills.

Wimberley said this group of rate increases will finish out the needed work at the plant to get in line with the TDEC consent order. Board members said the amount of work done both with water and wastewater plant projects has been extensive with rate increases not having to be too large.

Wimberley said the plan after the 5 years is to give customers relief in rate increases in the Water and Wastewater for a while. He said, “working with the City and County getting their Community Development Block Grants, and getting State Revolving Funds Low interest loans have managed to help aid these projects. After the work is complete over the 5 year period, we fully plan on giving our customers a break in rate increases.”

The board also approved a motion to accept the bid of $793K from Haren Construction Company in Etowah for Phase 1 of the wastewater treatment plant project. Eight bids were requested and Haren is the only company to come back with the bid. Wimberley said it was specific work, which could have been too much for other bidders and three of the eight were already tied up with other jobs at the moment.

BPU Approves Architect for Office Renovations, Write-offs

Paris, Tenn.- The Board approved an agreement with TLM Associates, Inc. for the architect agreement for the BPU office renovation project. The board discussed the project last month to add more security, space, and add to the customer service experience they wanted to do work mainly at the front office area. TLM’s price was 9% if construction cost at $47,962. The overall construction should run in the $532K range and construction will begin in the spring of 2018 and be finished by the end of summer.

The board also approved write-offs of delinquent accounts for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year in the amount of $9622.02. Office Manager Beverly Underwood said the water and waste water write-offs are on the rise since the BPU went to PrePay for Electric. She said in the next couple of months, we will bring some things to the board to try to help address this including changes in guidelines for cutting off water and wastewater and policy changes and increasing deposits.

Two items were declared surplus by the BPU board Tuesday morning including a 2010 International Model Bucket Truck and a Ford 1997 Dump Truck. They will sell the items on govdeals.com.

The board heard from Winston Truitt and Brandon Crosby with Alexander, Thompson, Arnold on this year’s Audit for the BPU and Project Round Up. Both were clean and had no issues.

Hwy. Dept. Closing Timberlake Road Wednesday 

Springville, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Timberlake Road in the Old Springville area on Wednesday October 25th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile north of Old Springville Road. There is no alternate route, the road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

HCMC Auxiliary Holding Volunteer Luncheon Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a monthly luncheon on Wednesday October 25th at 10:45am in the HCMC Cafeteria. Come and learn about volunteer opportunities and all the Auxiliary has to offer. RSVP to Tory Daughrity by calling 644-8266. For more information on the Auxiliary visit the medical center’s website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Large Crowd Takes Part in Skywarn Storm Spotter Course

The training room at the EOC was packed with interested citizens wanting to learn more about storm spotting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd filled with interested citizens, fire fighters, first responders, and a few students packed the training room at the Henry County Emergency Operation Center for the Skywarn Storm Spotter Course Monday evening.

Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins thanked the large crowd at the beginning of the program and introduced Gary Woodall of the National Weather Service in Memphis. Woodall showed several pictures and videos of storms across the country as he educated the class on ways to spot severe weather and tornadoes.

Most of the people on hand Monday night were attending their first ever Storm Spotter Course. Woodall reminded them a trained Storm Spotter is major part of team to alert the public about severe storms. Trained Storm Spotters provide observation and first hand reports of what clouds are doing, hail sizes, flash flooding and more. In addition to the trained storm spotters, the National Weather Service, News Media, and EMA are the team that helps get watches and warnings out to the public.

Video of the 2005 Tornado that hit Mohon International and Hwy. Dept. on Hwy. 641 N.

Woodall said May in the most active month for tornadoes and severe weather in the mid-south. April is 2nd most active and January is actually 3rd most. He said, “we actually rarely get a break from the possibility of severe weather in our region, with the lowest chances in the middle of the summer.”

Woodall told the crowd that in our area, we unfortunately lead the nation in killer tornadoes. The three primary reasons for that is because more people live in mobile homes, which are very likely to be destroyed in tornadoes. He said, “nothing wrong with living in the mobile home, you just need to get out in case of severe weather and seek alternate places to ride the storm out.”

Other reasons we have more killer tornadoes in our region is because homes built with basements are limited, and we get a large number of tornadoes during late night hours.

The course taught those attending flash flooding is the #1 killer in storms followed by lighting at #2. Different types of clouds, supercells, and always being safe as a storm spotter were other topics discussed.

Gary Woodall, of NOAA, discusses different cloud formations.

Grove Students Participating in "Rock the Belt" Activities

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, will hold “Rock the Belt” events this week to promote seat belt safety and use. Students will celebrate the nationwide effort to educate schools, parents, and communities about the importance of wearing a seat belt.

As part of local activities, HCHS Patriots in Action at Grove is leading the “Chalk the Walk, sidewalk chalk art to remind the school and community how important it is to buckle up; Living Seat Belt, a human chain around Grove Tower to raise awareness for the importance of wearing seat belts; and a Seat Belt Pledge Drive to motivate students and staff to commit to always wear a seat belt.

The Chalk the Walk chalk art will be viewable starting at 8am on Tuesday and the Living Seat Belt will be held at Friday morning at 8am around Grove Tower.

“Rock the Belt” Week is a nation-wide effort of all SADD chapters to bring awareness about teen traffic safety issues. Car crashes remain the leading cause of death among teens today and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies seat belt use as the most effect strategy in preventing death and minimizing injuries. SADD and HCHS encourage youth and adults to buckle up in every vehicle, every seat, every time.

For more information on SADD, go to their website at www.sadd.org or follow SADD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Youtube. For more information on the Henry County champter call 644-3916 or email SADD Advisor Jennifer McFarland at mcfarlandj@henryk12.net.

UTM to Offer Mobile Veterans Affairs Clinic Thurs. Oct. 26

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Martin Office of Veterans Services will host a Mobile Veteran Affairs Clinic from 10am to 2pm on Thursday October 26th in rooms 230 and 232 of the Boling University Center.

All campus veterans and veterans in the surrounding counties are invited to attend. Services provided include assistance with disability claims and medical insurance; setting up an eBenefits account; educational benefits; and receiving a “veteran” stamp on a Tennessee Driver’s License.

There is no cost to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their discharge papers to assist in determining eligibility for services. For more information call 901-522-3950.

700 Attend MSU Career Fair

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University Career Services hosted a two-day career fair Oct. 10–11 that provided students, faculty and alumni the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential employers.  

“The fairs give students the opportunity to come in direct contact with employers in their field of study,” said Ray Karraker, employer relations coordinator at Murray State. “This allows students to learn types of questions they will face during the interview process and gives them valuable experience in dealing with employers.” 
 
The first fair hosted organizations and businesses for all majors and skills, while the second day of the fair was specific to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or occupational safety and health (OSH) fields.
 
“The fairs led to more than 70 students being interviewed in the Career Services Office by companies with positions available,” Karraker said. “There were additional companies that held interviews in the OSH department the following week as well.”
 
Nearly 700 students and 130 organizations were in attendance over the course of the two-day event. 
 
“More than 90 percent of attendees said they felt that they made progress in their career search by attending the fairs,” said Matt Purdy, director of Career Services. “Multiple employers complimented us on the quality of the students they interacted with.”
 
Planning this large-scale event begins roughly one year in advance. Data from employers and student surveys are used to make adjustments for the following year’s fair. A few aspects that go into the event’s preparation consist of booking the facility, organizing catering, promoting the event, putting out parking/yard signs and organizing check-in procedures. Contributions from departments and faculty include informing students about the career fair and gathering student volunteers. 
 
“The entire Career Services team pulled together and did an incredible job,” Purdy said. “We are also very grateful for our student volunteers who assisted in different areas around the Curris Center, as well as faculty and staff who helped us get the word out about the fairs.”
 
The next career fair at Murray State will be held March 6–7, 2018. 

Thefts Investigated in County, City

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating a break-in and possible burglary to Jackson Construction, located on Hwy. 79N. Two pieces of tin were pulled away from the wall on the back of the building, but it was believed entry was made at the front as someone cut a hole near the locked door and reached in with their arm to undo the lock.

Several things were moved around inside the business. Two lighters were found inside as well. Deputies are continuing to investigate and aren’t sure what, if anything, is missing from the business just yet. They are going to view security footage to see what else they can find.

A home on Chandler Road was also burglarized over the weekend with two knives and two small bars of silver stolen. The value of items missing is over $200.

The Paris Police Department is searching for a suspect in the theft of a 22-24 ft. trailer from Fresh Market Produce at 1335 East Wood Street. The theft occurred over the weekend where someone pulled into the parking lot and left with the trailer, which was valued at $5K. Ptl. Jeff Smith investigated and has no suspects at this time.

Paris Police are also still investigating a break-in on N. Porter St. where forced entry was found. Ptl. Dean, Jr., took the report and the victim said a black glass jewelry box with over $2K worth of jewelry was missing and other things had been turned over or moved inside the home. There are no suspects at this time.

Dinah Winders Takes 2nd at MS XC Championships

Knoxville- The 2017 Tennessee Middle School Cross Country Championships were held in Knoxville over the weekend and Henry County’s Dinah Winders finished 2nd overall. Winders placed 2nd out of 308 runners in the two mile race with a time of 12:33. She was named to the all-state team. Sadie Adams and Kaitlyn Napier also competed for the girls and Hayden Bostick and Sam Bruce competed for the boys in the two mile race.

Two Paris Anglers Take 4th Place in Crappie Trail Nat. Champ.

Photo by Troy Basso

Laurie, Mo..- Two anglers from Paris grabbed 4th place in the 2017 American Crappie Trail National Championship, held this past weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks in Laurie, Missouri. Doug Muench and Scott Watson of Paris traveled thousands of miles this year to earn their spot in the Championship event.

They competed on a lake they’ve never fish on before against 86 elite anglers from across the country. The men took home a check for over $4500 for their top 10 finish.

The American Crappie Trail is a Crappie fishing trail started in 2017. They have the largest payouts of any Crappie Trail in America and give away a Ranger Boat at every tournament. For more information about the 2017 American Crappie Trail Classic visit www.americancrappietrail.com.

Paris Woman Arrested for Child Abuse and Neglect

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy David Andrews arrested Marissa Spicer, age 23 of County Home Road of Paris, for two counts of child abuse and neglect.

Deputy Andrews was investigating an assault on County Home Road and the complainant stated that tge living condition Spicer and two children were living in was awful. With consent, Deputy Andrews observed the garage that Spicer was living in and found broken glass all around the garage, dirty diapers, tools, and cigarette butts.

The baby crib had soiled sheets and blankets. There was also food particles and a gun holster in the crib. There was also no running water, no food present, no bathroom and no bedding on the child’s bed.

Spicer was then arrested for two counts of child abuse and she was placed on $10,000 bond.

Several Arrested for Drug Possession Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Caitlin Davis, age 22, and Jeron Hedges, age 22, both of Boyd Lane of Paris, for simple possession of a schedule VI. Davis was also charged with failure to appear. Davis was placed on $5,500 bond and Hedges was placed on $1,000 bond.

According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Lt. Josh Frey arrested Dean Smith, age 56 of Joy Street of Paris, for possession of a schedule II substance with intent. Smith was placed on $25,000 bond.

Lt. Frey received information from Inv. Jeramye Whitaker that an unknown male was  walking from a trailer park to the gas station on North Market Street and the subject was in possession of meth. Lt. Frey was able to locate the suspect who was later identified to be Smith. Lt. Frey asked Smith and the female he was with if either of them had any illegal drugs on them.

While emptying his pockets Smith had a knife in his pocket and two bags of meth were also found on him. Smith was then arrested for the following offense and Smith was placed on $25,000 bond.

Mixing Chili and the Civil War at the 4th Annual Battle of Paris Landing


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Hundreds of people from all over came out to Paris Landing over the weekend to experience the 4th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History and Reenactment weekend.

Attendees of the  4th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History and Reenactment got to enjoy a chili cook-off, Civil War demonstrations which included infantry, cavalry and artillery, hay rides and ask questions about the Civil War with local historians.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The 2017 Battle of Paris Landing Chili cook off winners presented by PLTL president, Sara Jo Sutherland were as follows: Ashton Knowles for Malone's Marine  won1st place in both with and without beans categories,  David Sutherland for Paris Landing Motel and Lakeview Grocery won 2nd place in both categories, and  3rd place winner for both categories went to Izzy and Vicki Boyd. Izzy also won the "Its all in a name" category with her festive chili named "Rebel Yell.”


(Cassie Walsh photos)


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Playing Their Cards Right at the Paris-HC Healthcare Foundation's Casino Night Fundraiser


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Healthcare Foundation hosted their 4th Annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Paris Convention Center on Saturday as dozens of people came out to enjoy a night of music, casino games, a silent auction and good food for a good case.


The dealers getting ready to start the games at Casino night. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Attendees got to use fun money to play games like blackjack, slots, craps and roulette. Money raised at this year’s event will be used to purchase a flex coil for the MRI at the Henry County Medical Center Diagnostic Center.


Looking at the items in the silent auction. (Cassie Walsh photos)

One of Tuscaloosa's Top Ten Most Wanted Arrested in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Michael Boyd, age 25 of Harrison Street of Paris, on Friday as a fugitive from justice for a felony warrant for criminal negligence homicide.

Col. Jenkins was on routine patrol when he stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic offense on East Wood Street. When Cpl. Jenkins spoke to the driver identified as Boyd he found that Boyd had an outstanding felony warrant for criminal negligence homicide out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Boyd was also on the Tuscaloosa top ten most wanted list.

Boyd was then charged with a fugitive from justice here in Henry County and he was placed on $100,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Rape

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Gary Carroll arrested D’shon Dunlap, age 20 of Colony Square of Paris, on Saturday for aggravated rape. Dunlap was placed on $300,000 bond.

Sparks Street Holds 2nd Surviving the Holidays Class on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Sparks Street Church of Christ will be presenting their second Surviving the Holidays a Grief Share Ministry on Thursday, October 26th 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 is welcome to attend this bible based non denominational seminar.

The Sparks Street Church of Christ will be offering two other seminars on the Thursdays November 2nd and November 9th at 10am.

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

Having a Spooky Good Time at the Spooktacular


Meeting up with the girls from Hocus Pocus at the Spooktacular. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It was a spooky, ghoulishly good time at the 12th Annual Sppoktacular in Downtown Paris on Saturday as kids and adults got to enjoy costume contests, eating food and candy, trick-or-treating and giveaways from various booths including giveaways from the WMUF/WLZK and Peddler Advantage booth.


John Wambles, Amanda Allen, Nicki Cronkright and Brooke Williams help kids and adults win prizes at the WMUF/WLZK and Peddler Advantage booth. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Trying to get a strike at ghost bowling. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Ring Toss at the WMUF/WLZK and Peddler Advantage booth. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Attendees also got to enjoy music from the  Inman Band and Friends and the Lions Club held Spooky Games and a Cornhole Tournament at the Spooktacular, which was sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.


The Inman Band and Friends perform some Halloween classics at the Spooktacular. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Playing some corn hole at the Spooktacular Sponsored by the Lion's Club. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Costume contest started off the day as kids and adults dressed up in their best Halloween attire in order to see who would place in each of the age groups. In the birth to 3 year old costume contest, Maryn Morgan won 1st place,  Addilynn McKinney won 2nd place and Dylan Esch won 3rd place.


Birth to 3 year old costume contest winners: Maryn Morgan won 1st place,  Addilynn McKinney won 2nd place and Dylan Esch won 3rd place. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the 4 to 7 year old costume contest, Charlie Arnold won 1st place,  Ford Carter won 2nd place and Daisy Brockwell won 3rd place.


4-7costume contest winners: Charlie Arnold won 1st place,  Ford Carter won 2nd place and Daisy Brockwell won 3rd place. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the 8 to 11 year old costume contest, Jamie Arnold won 1st place,  Cole Berryman won 2nd place and Colin Smith won 3rd place.


8-11 costume contest winners: Jamie Arnold won 1st place, Cole Berryman won 2nd place and Colin Smith won 3rd place. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the 12 to 14 year old costume contest, Geri Koumoullou won 1st place, Ashleigh Burg won 2nd place and  Nevaeh Miles won 3rd place.


12-14 costume contest winners: Geri Koumoullou won 1st place, Ashleigh Burg won 2nd place and  Nevaeh Miles. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the family and group costume contest, Madeleine and Mary Alison Griffey won 1st place, Maddisyn and Jacksyn Gates won 2nd place and the Riordan family won 3rd place.


Family/Group costume contest winners: The Riordans won 3rd place, Maddisyn and Jackyon Gates won 2nd place and Madeleine and Mary Alison Griffey won 1st place. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Everyone also got the chance to win $100 in DPA bucks if you correctly guess the weight of Pumpkin Patch Pete at the Downtown Paris Association's booth. The winner of the Pumpkin Patch Pete contest will be announced on Halloween.


Trying to correctly guess Pumpkin Patch Pete's weight. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Pumpkin rolling races are tons of fun at the Spooktacular. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Paris-HC Chamber President Kevin Buie spins up some cotton candy at the Spooktacular. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The People's Choice Scarecrow Award was the Paris PI. Executive Director of the DPA Kathy Ray said, "It was the largest crowd in several years."

With First Place in Region 7-5A on the Line the Patriots Defeated the Northeast 27-13


#2 Savon Stewart leaps over a Northeast defender.(Timothy Pharr photos)

Clarksville, Tenn.- In a battle for first place in Region 7-5A,  the Henry County Patriots defeated the Clarksville Northeast Eagles at home on Friday winning 27-13.

With 5:25 left in the 1st quarter, the Patriots Lukas Reynolds had a 2yd rushing touchdown and the point after was good. At the end of the 1st quarter, Henry County led Clarksville Northeast 7-0.

With 11:47 left in the 2nd quarter, Patriots Lukas Reynolds had a 4yd rushing touchdown as the Patriots led the Eagles 14-0. At the 11:34 mark in the 2nd quarter the Eagles scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was blocked as Henry County led Clarksville Northeast 14-6.


#28 Tavion Kendley blocks a Northeast punt during Friday nights game. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 9:53 left in the 2nd quarter, Henry County’s QB Grey Gardner threw a 17yd touchdown pass to Sam Murphy but the point after attempt was no good. At halftime the Patriots led the Eagles 20-6.

At the 4:03 mark in the 3rd quarter the Eagles scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Patriots still led the Eagles 20-13.


#13 Gray Gardner with a block from #45 Caleb Orr carries the ball against Northeast.(Timothy Pharr photos)

With 1:07 left in the 4th quarter, Caleb McCutcheon had a 4yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The final score was the Henry County Patriots 27 the Clarksville Northeast Eagles 13.

The Henry County Patriots are now 6-3 on the season and 5-0 in Region 7-5A action. In the final regular season game the  Henry County Patriots will face the Clarksville Northwest Vikings in Region 7-5A action in Clarksville on Friday, October 27th at 7pm with the pregame show beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Murray Man Found Guilty on Rape and Sodomy Charges

Murray, KY- On Friday, October 20th Ray W. Powers, age 49, of Murray, Kentucky has been found guilty of First Degree Rape and First Degree Sodomy in the Kentucky State Police investigation of a 2016 encounter he had with a female in Calloway County.  The Kentucky State Police began their investigation in September of 2016, which led to Mr. Powers’ arrest on weapon, drug, and sex related charges.

The jury trial, which began Tuesday and ended today, was solely for the sex related offenses.  The drug and weapons related charges are still pending in Calloway Circuit Court.

Formal sentencing will be conducted January 18, 2018 in Calloway Circuit Court by Judge James T. Jameson.

Paris Woman Arrested After Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Alyssa Thompson, age 23 of Reynolds Street of Paris, for leaving the scene of an accident.

Ptl. Harden was advised by dispatch that a hit and run had occurred on East Blythe Street and dispatch gave Ptl. Harden a description and tag for the vehicle.  Ptl. Harden located the vehicle with the matching tag and he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. Ptl. Harden spoke to Thompson who admitted that she had driven off after the accident. Thompson was then placed on $500 bond.

Murray Man Arrested as a Fugitive from Justice

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Marcus Olive, age 34 of South 10th Street of Murray, as a fugitive from justice. Olive was placed on $25,000 bond.

UAV Equipment to Help Aid the HCSO in Finding Suspects and Missing Persons


Sheriff Monte Belew and Cpl. Jim Sanders talk about the uses of the UAV equipment the department recently purchased. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office unveiled their newest police equipment on Friday afternoon with their new UAV equipment that will help aid the police department in locating suspects and missing people.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We have seen it work in other places in police departments. If someone goes missing we can put the drone up and help the k9 tracking team locating missing people or suspects.”

Sheriff Belew said that they have already had one recovery using the drone when they were able to find a runaway teenager who had gotten lost in a corn field. And Cpl. Jim Sanders is the only one currently FAA qualified to operate the UAV. Cpl. Sanders traveled to Union City where he had to pass an FAA test on how to properly use and the UAV.


Cpl. Jim Sanders using the UAV equipment in operating the UAV. (Cassie Walsh photos)

According to Sheriff Belew, the drone cost $1,469, the thermal camera on the drone cost $1,763 and the practice drone cost $681. Cpl. Sanders said, “The UAV is cost effective and very efficient .” The equipment is expensive in one sense, but it is ready for the Sheriff’s Office to operate it at anytime and operating the UAV is a lot cheaper than using a helicopter to locate a suspect or a missing person when time is of the essence.

Sheriff Belew said, “It is pretty rare for agencies to use drones in West Tennessee, but we are fortunate enough that we get to have one to use whenever we need to. The drone will be used in conjunction with the k9 tracking team so that the handler can focus on the dog and integrate the use of the UAV into our everyday activities.”


Sheriff Monte Belew watches on as Cpl. Jim Sanders lands the UAV in a demonstration on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Sheriff Belew said, “We will eventually train more operators, but at this point we are easing into it with Cpl. Sanders.”

The UAV system has ability to record video and snap photos, but police must delete photos and videos stored on the UAV within 24 hours if the video or photos are not going to be used in an active investigation.

Cpl. Sanders said that there are FAA regulations that he has to follow when he using  there are limitations on what the UAV can do in stormy weather, but the equipment will help make their job quicker at finding missing people when time is the main factor.  Belew also stated that they have used the drone a few times since they have gotten it, but now they will be using a lot more frequently.

TN Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Tracking Began in 1976

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January of 1976.  

Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent.

 

“Since June, the state’s unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline. Behind these history making figures are real working Tennesseans – people who get up and go to work each day to provide for their families,” Haslam said. “As a state, we have invested in our workforce through education programs like Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Promise, creating a workforce prepared to fill jobs and increasing the number of high-skilled Tennesseans.”

 

While Tennessee’s latest unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percentage points, the rate for the United States dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2 percent. The national rate is down 0.7 percentage points from September 2016 while Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted rate for September 2017 is down 1.9 percentage points from the previous year.

 

“The fact the unemployment rate is down nearly 2 percentage points from a year ago is great news,” Phillips said. “But if you look back to January of 2010, when the rate was above 10 percent, you can clearly see the progress Tennessee has made since then.”

 

Total nonfarm employment increased by 800 from August to September, with the largest increases in the trade/transportation/utilities sectors. Between September 2016 and September 2017, nonfarm employment increased by more than 44,000 jobs.

 

More information on the unemployment rate, labor force and resources to help Tennesseans find jobs is available onJobs4TN.gov.

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.

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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