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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Rhea Tailgate Party 4-6pm Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea School will hold a tailgate party form 4-6pm prior to Friday night's Patriots Homecoming game vs. West Creek. The tailgate will be in the north parking lot of the school. There will be free hot dogs and drinks, the Inman Middle School Band and cheerleaders will make an appereance at 5pm, and there's games, a hay ride, and bounce house. Tickets will be sold for the activities at 50 cents per ticket. The activities will cost 1-4 tickets each.

29th Annual Hazel Day Celebration Fri., Sat.

Hazel, Ky.- The 29th Annual Hazel Day will have plenty of activities going on starting Friday evening with food and craft vendors setting up throughout town from 4-8pm and a free concert by the Sticky Sweet Sugar Beats from 5:30pm-8pm.

Saturday’s events include a pancake breakfast at the Hazel Methodist Church from 8-10am, the Hazel Women’s Club Car Show from 8-11am, with judging at 11:15am; a parade at 10am, music from 11am to 4pm, a cake walk from 11am to 1pm, a petting zoo, and kids’ area with bouncers. There will be food Saturday as well along with scavenger hunts, corn hole tournaments and more.

Pats to Host West Creek for Homecoming Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host West Creek Friday night at 7pm for a District game on the gridiron. The Patriots are coming off their first loss of the season against Germantown last week and look to rebound Friday night. If you can’t make the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply. Friday night is also homecoming, with festivities to be held prior to the game beginning at 6:30pm.

W.G. Rhea Library Has Events Planned for October

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

Reminder: Arts Round the Square is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will present Arts Round the Square from 9am to 4pm this Saturday October 6th. The event, centered around the Courthouse Square, features artists, craftspeople, live music, food vendors, and more and is being held in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week. Admission is free.

Van Dyke Church Gospel Meeting Set for Oct. 7-10

Paris, Tenn.- Van Dyke Church of Christ will hold their Gospel Meeting at the church located at 4935 Hwy. 77 October 7-10. Everyone is invited to come hear Bro. Bill Mitchusson, minister at Nance Church of Christ in Alamo, Tennesseee. Services will be Sunday 10am Bible Class, 11am Worship with fellowship and meal following, then 1:30pm worship. Monday thru Wednesday meetings will be 7pm.

Griffey to Meet Monday with Dep. Gov. About PLSP Inn

Bruce Griffey meets with PLSP Inn staff in August as the Inn prepared to shut down.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Since the start of his campaign back in April this year to become the next State House Representative for District 75, Bruce Griffey has been vocal about his opposition to the demolition of Paris Landing State Park Inn. 

Griffey has advocated for renovating the Inn to, among other things, (1) save taxpayer dollars that can be diverted to other needed projects such as addressing the Asian Carp issue and marketing the area for increased tourism; (2) save tax revenue generated from the operation of the Inn critical to the financial health of the surrounding counties; (3) prevent the loss of any further event attractions from the area due to closure and demolition of the Inn; (4) save the jobs of numerous Henry and Stewart County residents; (5) prevent losses to local businesses who rely heavily on tourism and (6) save a piece of history.  Griffey is not alone in his feeling about demolishing the Inn. 

Indeed, the Dover Board of Mayor and Alderman passed a resolution earlier this year on February 12, requesting that demolition be delayed until the next Governor has the opportunity to review the plans, and, the Stewart County Commission passed a similar resolution. Additionally, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer has expressed concern about the financial stress closure of the Inn will have on Henry County due to the loss of tax revenues generated from its operation as well as the loss of Tennessee River Resort Act funding.

In an effort to persuade the State of Tennessee to consider alternative options to demolishing the current Inn, Griffey has communicated with Deputy Commissioner of the TN Bureau of Parks and Conservation, Republican Nominee for Governor Bill Lee and his policy team and Governor Haslam. 

In response to a letter Griffey wrote on September 14, 2018 to Governor Haslam, Deputy Governor Jim Henry and a senior staff member of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have scheduled a meeting with Griffey on Monday, October 8, at the State Capitol.  With the demolition of the Inn looming, Griffey is hopeful to, at a minimum, convince the State to delay demolition until the next Governor is determined on November 6 and has the opportunity to provide input. 

Commission Hires A&E Firm for TA Grant; Approves Housekeeping Measures

Commissioners approve housekeeping measures Thurs. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session Thursday for October and selected a TLM Associates as the chosen Architect and Engineering Firm for the Wilson Street Pedestrian Access sidewalk work that will be done under the City’s Transportation Alternatives Grant. After advertising for letters of interest for firms, the City chose TLM for the project based on price and working with them before.

The commission also approved a resolution for Commerical Façade Grant Improvements after the City received the Tennessee Mainstreet Façade Grant for façade improvements downtown. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris and City Attorney Fred McLean explained the process has been a little daunting for some technical difficulties

One of the housekeeping measures was to adopt a policies and procedures manual for the Paris Police Department. Mayor Carlton Gerrell said that at the time in 2007, Chief Tommy Cooper outlined a policy for training and travel time, but it was never formally adopted. Action by the commission formally adopted it Thursday night and placed it in the policies and procedures manual for the department. Chief Elizondo said this basically trims the fat off the policy.

After discussion during their long range planning meeting this summer, the City has decided to add Christmas Eve as a formal paid holiday for employees. Commissioners approved Christmas Eve as a holiday for the City of Paris.

The commission also tabled a resolution amending personnel rules and regulations updating job descriptions in all departments. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris told commissioners they noticed several of the descriptions haven’t been updated in years, so changes were made to more adequately describe the current position.

A certificate of compliance for Patricia Steele at Mineral Wells Package Store was approved by the Commission Thursday night. This was a renewal certificate.

Retail Sales Dip Slightly

Traci Shannon gives the financial update as commissioners Tharpe and Griffith listen. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon gave the commission updates on financials as retail sales tax received in July was down .51%, compared to July of last year. Revenues were behind expenditures in the General Fund and in Solid Waste for the month. The City did have several large expenses in August including $294K for street paving and it was a three pay period month as well.

Shannon reported the City should see revenues steadily come in next month with ESN 122 fees being due by September 30th and property tax revenue begins October 1st. The City did issue 12 business licenses in August.

After sending the rezoning request for 191 Russell Street to the Planning Commission last month, the Commission reaffirmed their decision to rezone it along with three other parcels to the North and one to South of Russell St. as M-2 for heavy industrial.

City Moving Along With Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- Some updates on various projects the city is involved with including ADA compliance work. She said the group working with the City has drug their feet somewhat on getting work done, but they have assured her they’d be on site in mid-October to begin assessments.

The City also continues to hope for the multi-modal grant for signalization and safety upgrades to older traffic signals at intersections downtown. Paris’s application was scored in the top 3 and was forwarded to TDOT for consideration. TDOT is expected to announce grant winners later this fall.

In regards to the LPRF grant for the Splash pad, Parks Director Tony Lawrence, Kim Foster, and Community Development Director Jennifer Morris attended a workshop this week. Some work has been done with gravel added for new parking areas and as that settles over the winter, they will pave it in the Spring. The contract is anticipated in December and groundwork probably won’t happen to weather breaks in the Spring.

$3K Reward Offered in Security Bank Bomb Hoax

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Security Bank and Trust Company are now offering a $3K reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing the hoax explosive device at Security Bank's Lake Branch on September 27th.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Inv. Gary Vandiver at 642-1672 or the crime tip line at 642-0929.

Drug Arrest Made; Attempted Burglary Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop on prior knowledge of the owner of the vehicle and current passenger, Brittany Walters, age 24, of 303 Harrison St., having active warrants. During the stop, K9 Drago, alerted and search was conducted and a mirror and straw tested positive for meth. Walters was duly charged.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department took a report of attempted break-in at Swiss Villa Motel. The report stated there was extreme damage to one of the doors of the rooms and glass broken in the fire extinguisher box next to the room. There are no suspects at this time.

Homeplace Celebrating 40 Years Oct. 6-8

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will celebrate its 40th anniversary October 6 - 8, 2018. Admission is $5 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.

“For the past 40 years, generations of historical interpreters, volunteers and invited artists have created a unique experience at the Homeplace, where visitors become immersed in the past, allowed to be a part of the daily work on the farm and make friends with the farm animals," says Cindy Earls, Lead Interpreter at the Homeplace, Friends of Land Between the Lakes.

 "The Homeplace has promoted environmental awareness through our heritage breeds and heirloom vegetable crops program. Daily farm work, traditional techniques in farming, fiber arts, wood working, animal husbandry and reproduction of period correct items are all part of the Homeplace experience."

Programming for the anniversary weekend includes:

40 years of handmade quilts display

40 years of Made on the Farm - reproductions made by Homeplace interpreters. There are events planned Saturday, Sunday, and into Monday.

Interpretive services for the Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes are provided by the Friends of Land Between the Lakes, a non-profit membership organization. You can support our mission and programming by becoming a member, serving as a volunteer or sponsoring an activity. For more information, contact Jennifer Wheatley at jwheatley@friendsoflbl.org or 270.924.2014.

Antioch Church Blessing of the Pets Set for Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- Antioch United Methodist Church, located at 3116 Antioch Road in Springville, will have a service of blessing of the pets this Sunday October 7th at 12:30pm. All pets and their people are invited. If your pet can’t come but you would like to bring a picture of your pet to be blessed you may do that. The service will be under the direction of Pastor Linda Hilliard. For more information call or text 731-707-0919.

Authorities Believe to be Closing in on Wallace

Montgomery County, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew told WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks Wednesday night that authorities are closing in on Kirby Gene Wallace and came very close to him earlier in the day Wednesday. Sheriff Belew and 7 other officers and K9s from Henry County have been aiding in the search the last several days and will head back across the river on Thursday morning to continue. They join the TBI, FBI, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Stewart County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and TWRA officers in the search for Wallace, wanted for two murders, violent attacks, and arson since last week.

Sheriff Belew said, "we came real close Wednesday and we believe he crossed the paved road into another section of woods, so now the perimeter has been moved a bit. We are dealing with very, very thick foliage and brush in these areas its hard to walk around and there are plenty of places to hide, but all agencies will continue to push on and hope to get him into custody overnight or tomorrow."

Sheriff Belew said night vision technology would be used again Wednesday night and the full search would continue Thursday morning first thing. He said Wallace appeared to have a pistol in his hand when spotted on Wednesday morning.

Homecoming Court Set; Queen to be Crowned Friday Night

(Pictured from left to right: Junior Rachel Mitchell, Junior Allie Thompson, Senior Courtney Binkley, Senior Ansley Cate, Senior Londyn Lampkins, Sophomore Shaliyah Shields, and Sophomore Claire Burns)  

Story by Delia McDevitt, photo by Caroline Gurton

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 HCHS Football Homecoming Court includes three seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores. The queen will be crowned Friday night at 6:30pm.

Seniors: (Class of 2019): (Only a senior is eligible to be queen)

Courtney Binkley, daughter of Lesley Jones and Travis Binkley, is a senior involved in FCA and Rock On. Her plans for the future include attending Murray State University, where she will begin her career in the medical field. Courtney is escorted by Dakoda Morris, son of Debby and Larry Owens.

Ansley Cate, daughter of Tom and Becky Cate, is also a senior involved in FCA and Rock On, as well as National Honor Society, HOSA, and Artists in Training. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University, where she will play soccer and pursue a career as a physical therapist. Ansley is escorted by Harrison Cook, son of Kenny and DeDe Cook.

Londyn Lampkins, daughter of Chaunda and Matt Michael, is a senior involved in National Honor Society, HOSA, FCA, and Student Ambassadors. Londyn is also a captain of the HCHS cheer squad. She has plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and major in business administration. She is escorted by Avery McKee, son of Billee and Keith McKee.

Juniors (Class of 2020)

Rachel Mitchell, daughter of Robb and Maurie Ann Mitchell, is a junior, and a member of FFA, FCA, Leo Club, and cheer. She plans to attend Union University. Rachel is escorted by Paul Atkins, son of Jeff and Teri Lynn Atkins.

Allie Thompson, daughter of Christy and Reggie Thompson, is also a junior involved in Rock On, Art Club, and the Criminal Justice Club. Her plans for the future include attending the University of Memphis to study law. Allie is escorted by Jayln Foster, son of Tae and Shantay Foster.

Sophomores: (Class of 2021)

Claire Burns, daughter of Melisha and Patrick Burns, is a sophomore member of the HCHS Marching Band, FCA, French Club, and Rock On. She plans to attend college and major in music therapy. Claire is escorted by Nick Metzinger, son of Melinda and Ron Metzinger.

Shaliyah Shields, daughter of Thomas and Carlene Shields, is a sophomore and a member of the HCHS student ambassadors. She plans to attend college and later become a pediatrician. Shaliyah is escorted by Jemarcus Johnson, son of Alicia Watkins.  

County Home Cemetery Memorial Stone Dedication Sun. at 2:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- A dedication ceremony for the Memorial Stone for County Home Cemetery will be held this Sunday October 7th at 2pm. County Mayor Brent Greer, County Commissioners, and the Henry County Cemetery Committee will dedicate a monument listing names of 58 known County Home residents that are buried in the adjoining cemetery located on County Home Road off the 218 bypass near the National Guard Armory.

Mayor Greer credits former City of Paris Fire Chief John McClure for his efforts over the years to perform maintenance on County Home Cemetery and Reed Shepherd and Dillard Castelberry were instrumental in bringing attention to the forgotten burials at the cemetery. Research shows that no death records were kept in Tennessee until 1908, so all those that died and were buried there before then couldn’t be found.

Almost all graves are unmarked without headstones and to honor those residents, it has been proposed that 100 PVC pipe crosses be made and installed around the perimeter of County Home Cemetery, a project that the County hopes a Civic group, school club, boy scouts, etc will undertake. The Genealogy library has also worked closely with the Cemetery Committee to locate information on this ongoing project.  

For more information call Stephanie Tayloe, Genealogy Library at 642-3638. Anyone coming to the dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon can park in the National Guard Armory Parking Lot on the far right, located at 285 County Home Road. 

Oct. 9th Last Day to Register to Vote in Upcoming Election

Paris, Tenn.- The last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 6th Election is Tuesday October 9th. For information on how to register go by the Henry County Election Commission Office, located inside the Courthouse Annex during regular business hours. Early voting for the November 6th Election will be Wednesday October 17th thru Thursday November 1st. Henry Countians will be voting for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, TN House of Representative, along with Paris City Commission, Henry, and Puryear.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris from Noon to 6pm on Thursday October 4th. All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood to help patients in West Tennessee hospitals, including Henry County. Donors must bring photo ID with them when giving blood.

Overnight Fire Destroys Porter Switch Rd. Home

A fire completely leveled this house on Porter Switch Rd early Wednesday morning. (Tim Hudgins photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to yet another fire before midnight Wednesday on Porter Switch Road. A resident of Porter Switch had gotten home and smelled smoked and looked around his home, then noticed the house down the road was on fire. It was not occupied at the time and according to Dep. Dalton Watson’s report, the owner was in the process of selling it and moving out.

The total value of the home is around $60K according to the owner in Dep. Watson’s report, plus contents. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

HCHS XC Does Well at Louisville Race

Louisville, Ky.- Henry County Cross Country competed in the Greater Louisville Classic over the weekend. Dinah Winders finished the Girls Varsity race 2nd overall out of 365 competitors with a time of 18:37 in the 5K.

The men’s 5K race had 418 competitors with Silas Winders finishing 1st overall with a time of 15:31, Cole Davis came in 9th overall at 16:19, Cooper Smith finished 10th overall at 17:02. Other finishers for the boys were Jesse Evans, Hunter Lawrence, Devin Pritchett, and Sam Bruce. The team placed 7th out of 56 teams.

Smithsonian Exhibit About Sports Opening Up in Murray

Murray, Ky.- A new interactive museum exhibit about the role sports play in American society will open Oct. 6 at Wrather West Kentucky Museum on Murray State University’s campus. 

The exhibit, titled “Hometown Teams,” is a collaborative effort between University Libraries, Kentucky Humanities and the Smithsonian Institute Travel Exhibition Service’s Museum on Main Street program.
“The general motivation behind this partnership was to bring high-quality traveling museum exhibits to rural places like Murray,” said Dr. Jeff McLaughlin, director of special collections and exhibits at Murray State. “You know what you’re getting in terms of quality from the Smithsonian, but this particular exhibit is going to be a blast for sports fans of any age.”
“Hometown Teams” will consist of three main components, including a Smithsonian exhibit, a tribute hall featuring local athletes and a playable art exhibit called “Foul Shot” by Nashville artist Brandon Donahue.
Altogether, McLaughlin describes “Hometown Teams” as a six-week celebration of local sports and fandom that will run through much of the fall semester. In addition to the museum displays, “Hometown Teams” will feature guest speakers, films and community events that share sports-related stories.
“This exhibit and our accompanying programming will appeal to families, students and scholars,” said Ashley Ireland, dean of University Libraries. “Our visitors will leave with a better understanding of the role sports may have in our culture and our sense of community. Murray State and University Libraries are proud to be a part of that and to facilitate that conversation.”  
The exhibit’s grand opening and celebration will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the University’s quad with fun for the whole family. An opening reception for “Hometown Teams” sponsored by the Murray State Town & Gown Partnership will then take place Monday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event’s keynote speaker will be Jeff Bidwell, sports director at WPSD Local 6 in Paducah and author of “Extending the Stay to San Jose,” an oral history of the Racer men’s basketball team’s 2010 March Madness run.
Additional events will take place at the museum throughout the course of the exhibit’s tenure at Murray State. One such event is the Pioneers Panel on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. that will feature founder of Murray State women’s track Margaret Simmons and Murray State’s first African-American athlete Dennis Jackson. Nashville artist and Tennessee State University professor Brandon Donahue will then pay a visit to campus Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while Murray State psychology professor Dr. Daniel Wann will give a public lecture Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. about “The Psychological Well-being of Local Sport Fans.” A sports memorabilia showcase will be open Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while Major League Baseball Coach Mark Riggins will visit Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The final event of the semester is a sports trivia fundraiser with more details to come.
Wrather West Kentucky Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  as well as Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the exhibit’s run. There is no entry fee.
For more information about “Hometown Teams” and any of its corresponding events, visit facebook.com/WratherWestKentuckyMuseum or call 270-809-4771.

Dump Truck With Load of Clay Overturns in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A dump truck carrying a heavy load of clay came off the pavement Tuesday afternoon in Cottage Grove and the weight shifted causing the truck to flip over. The Cottage Grove Fire Department assisted the situation. (David Jackson photos)

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

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

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

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

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

HCMC Health Screening Thurs. Morning at Farm Bureau

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will conduct a community health screening at Farm Bureau, located at 406 N. Poplar St. in Paris on Thursday October 4th from 8:30am to 10:30am. All screenings will be performed on site, using point of care fingerstick machines. Tests include blood sugar, osteoporosis, blood pressure for free. Total cholesterol tests are $3 and full lipid panel tests are $10. All results will be available at the time of the screening. Fasting for at least 6 hours is required for accurate results. For more information call Lori Stambaugh at 644-8269.

Bethel Univ. Hosting College Fair Thurs. Oct. 4th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will be hosting a College Fair on Thursday October 4th from 5-7pm in the Vera Low Center on the campus in McKenzie. There will be over 25 college and post-secondary representatives there for students to visit with. For more information call Bethel at 1-844-BETHEL 1.

36th Annual Oktoberfest Set for Sat. at HC Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church will host its 36th Annual Oktoberfest this Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 11am to 6pm. $10 meal tickets will buy you a German meal or authentic Mexican Meal in the Commercial Building or can be used for a steak sandwich, hot dog, or burger on the midway. There will be games, pony and camel rides, live entertainment, silent auctions, and more. Visit www.holycrossparis.org for details.

Last DPA Cruise-In Held Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The last cruise-in of the season was held Tuesday evening on the court square and a good crowd came out despite the afternoon heat and humidity. Several classic cars were on hand. DPA cruise-ins are held the last Tuesday of the month in downtown April thru September.

Blanton St. Home Destroyed by Fire Early Tues. Morning

The aftermath of the fire shows the roof completely destroyed. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 610 Blanton Street is unknown and still under investigation Tuesday according to the Paris Fire Department. Dispatch received the first call between 5:30am and 6am Tuesday morning and units arrived to find the house fully involved. The resident smelled smoked and managed to escape without injuries.

Still on scene trying to extinguish fire Tues. morning. (David Jackson photo)

PSSD Schools On Soft Lockdown

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Special School District schools have been on soft lockdown, meaning no students are being let outside Tuesday as a precautionary measure only. Dr. Norma Gerrell, Superintendent, said this was just a precaution due to the manhunt going on in our neighboring county and nothing more.

Henry County Officers Assisting in Wallace Manhunt

Woodlawn, Tenn.- A total of 8 officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with 3 K9s- Cisco, Droid, and Adora are once again assisting authorities in the manhunt for wanted fugitive Kirby Gene Wallace on Tuesday. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Tuesday morning, “we’re over here again today around Montgomery and Stewart County seeing what we can do to help with the search.”

Henry County joins Stewart County, Montgomery County, the THP, TBI, and FBI in the search. The staging area is the Needmore Church of Christ in Montgomery County in the Woodlawn and Indian Mound area.

HCHS at Home for Soccer; Road for Volleyball District Tourneys Tues.

Paris and Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County is at home against Rossview Tuesday night in ladies’ soccer for the District Tournament at 6pm. The Ladies Volleyball team is at West Creek in the District Tournament at 6pm.

National Emergency Alert Test Set for Wed. Oct. 3rd

Nashville- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is reminding Tennesseans to be aware of the planned national emergency alert test the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The test was originally scheduled for September, but was rescheduled due to the hurricane that hit the Carolinas.  

On Wednesday, FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).  

“This is an important test of our nation’s public alerting capabilities,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said.  “We don’t want Tennesseans to be surprised when they see, or hear, the alert on television or radio, and also receive it on their mobile devices.  This is also a preparedness opportunity to remind citizens how important it is to have multiple options for receiving emergency alerts and warnings at home, on the road, and at work.”

The national IPAWS test will include both a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) message, sent to mobile devices, at 2:18 p.m., Eastern, and an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message, to be broadcast on radio and television, at 2:20 p.m., Eastern. 

The WEA message will display on mobile devices as a Presidential Alert and will read:  THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed. 

FEMA will send only one WEA message to mobile devices and because the WEA message is a Presidential Alert, users will not be able to opt out of receiving the message, even if users have deactivated alert notifications in their mobile devices.

Only wireless providers who have chosen to participate in the national WEA test will deliver the WEA message to their customers’ mobile devices.

The EAS portion of the test is expected to last one minute and will allow FEMA to verify the delivery and broadcast of a national test message and assess the infrastructure for its distribution.

This is the fourth time FEMA has conducted a national EAS test and is the first time for a national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in September 2011, 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

Manhunt for Wallace Continues Overnight

Indian Mound, Tenn.- Agents with the Stewart County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue their search for Kirby Gene Wallace. The search Monday afternoon and evening has been concentrated around Indian Mound up and down the Cumberland River near the borders of Montgomery, Stewart, and close to Houston County at times.

The Stewart County Standard newspaper reported that Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray said Deputies will be following school buses in the area Tuesday morning to ensure the safety of school children.

The area is heavily wooded with caves as well, plenty of places for someone to hide. K9 units, air searches, and more have and will continue to be used. Citizens in the area are encouraged to stay vigilant at all times, keep doors locked, and call 9-1-1 if they see anything suspicious.

Covenant Ranch's Ironman Fellowship Night is Thurs. Oct. 4

Paris, Tenn.- The 10th Annual Ironman Fellowship Family Night at Covenant Ranch will be held Thursday October 4th with the doors opening at 5pm. Come out for a free meal and listen to special guest speaker JJ Jasper, from American Family Radio. The event is fun and free for the entire family and activities include inflatables, horse shoes, corn hole, climbing tower, zip line, and more.

Bethel University’s Renaissance Bluegrass band will perform great music throughout the evening as well. Covenant Ranch is located at 8759 Hwy 79 N. in Buchanan. For more information call 642-2099.

DPA's Last Scheduled Cruise-in Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s last scheduled Cruise-In of the season is planned for Tuesday from 5:30pm-7pm around the court square in downtown Paris. This is rescheduled from last week when rain postponed the event. The Chill Tonics will be performing and Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ sandwiches. Door prizes will be given away to classic car owners every 15 to 20 minutes. All classic cars are welcome.

Healthier Henry County Crew Represents at Regional Conf.

Martin, Tenn.- Healthier Tennessee Communities, the grassroots initiative of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, conducted three regional conferences in September for community leaders who are participating in the program. The series began with the East Tennessee conference in Knoxville, followed by one in Arrington in Middle Tennessee, and ended at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Upper West Tennessee.

More than 300 community leaders with varied backgrounds in business, education, local and state government, and health care participated in the 2018 conference series. Attendees represented communities that have earned or are working towards “Healthier Tennessee Community” designation and also neighborhoods and college campuses now participating in the program.
“We are grateful for the passion these wonderful, hard-working volunteers have for making their communities healthier,” said Richard Johnson, CEO of the Governor’s Foundation. “Their level of knowledge and diverse backgrounds are invaluable as work is done to engage more citizens locally in the effort to improve the health of Tennesseans.”

The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative takes a “where we live” approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods and college campuses across the state.

The Foundation launched the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative in March 2015 with nine pilot communities. Today, more than 90 communities, neighborhoods, and college campuses are participating in the program, and 58 are currently designated.

More information about the program, including a list of participating cities and counties and access to other Healthier Tennessee resources, is available at healthierTN.com.

Massive Manhunt Underway for Wallace After Another Murder

Indian Mound, Tenn.- Authorities from several agencies were conducting a massive manhunt Monday morning for Kirby Gene Wallace, the suspect now wanted for two murders, violent home invasions, and arson. Wallace has been hiding out for days and sometime over the early hours Monday appears to have shot and killed a man in his yard in Montgomery County and stole his truck. The truck was identified as Gray Ford F-350 and was later found by the TBI abandoned near Indian Mound around Hwy. 233. Wallace is now believed to be wearing camouflage clothing.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco have aided in the manhunt this past weekend which involved the TBI, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Stewart County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens in the area of Indian Mound, Dover, and nearby are encouraged to be on the lookout, keep doors locked, and be mindful this man is armed and dangerous.

HCSO, PPD Investigate Thefts, Break-ins

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Replogle Road in Henry where 30 Playstation 3 games and the system were stolen. The value of all items taken was around $1300 and there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the HCSO is investigating the theft of 4 guns, valued at around $2K, from a gun safe on Hwy. 140 N. The theft occurred over the weekend and there was no forced entry into the home. The safe was locked, but the key was hanging on the wall next to the safe. There are no suspects.

Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a residence of Sulphur Wells Road where an acoustic speaker, DeWalt Drill, and plant valued at $900 were stolen.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. David Beauvis took a report of vandalism at a home on Jacob Cove were someone attempted to break-in. Damage was done to the back door and a window, totaling $1100.

FAFSA Frenzy at HCHS Monday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School welcomes students to the FAFSA Frenzy Monday October 1st from 6-8pm. Professionals from post-secondary institutions will be on hand to help students complete their FAFSA, which is a must for all seniors. The sooner you complete the FAFSA, the better chance you have to receive the maximum funding amount you are eligible for.

Students need to bring parents 2017 tax information and one parent and the student will need a FSA ID to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. For more information call the high school.  

Unemployment Down in Henry, Carroll, and Other Counties

Nashville, Tenn.- Unemployment rates improved across Tennessee in August.  Eighty-six of the state’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment according to new data released from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

With an August rate of 5.0 percent, Weakley County experienced the state’s largest drop in unemployment, down 2.6 percent from its July’s rate of 7.6 percent. Henry County saw a slight drop in the rate from 4.8 in July to 4.3 in August. Carroll County also saw a marginal change from 6.1 in July to 5.0 in August.

Tennessee had a seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in August, which was a slight increase from July’s statistic.  Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent for the second consecutive month.

4th Annual Minerals Day in Gleason

Photo form Gleason online

Gleason, Tenn.-Gleason is gearing up for the 4th Annual Minerals Day on October 5 from 10 until 2. The event is focuses on educating the community on mining and products produced by ball clay.

Everyone is invited, but School groups and organizations are asked to RSVP no later than October 1st before coming due to the large turnout in past years. There will be vendor displays, presentations, several pieces of mining equipment, and Gleason Downtown Revitalization and local businesses will serve Hamburger, hotdogs chips and Ice-cream.  

The event will be held in Mike Snider Park and is sponsored by Old Hickory Clay, Gleason clay Company, IMERYS Ceramics, Lhoist/ Spinks, and Gleason Downtown Revitalization.

Fall Preview Day Set at UT Martin

Photo by: UTM

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host Fall Preview Days for high school students and their families on Oct. 6 and Nov. 10. This event provide students an opportunity to speak with academic advisers, financial counselors and other campus resources in a low-stress environment.

Each day will begin with check-in at 9 a.m., followed by an official welcome at 9:30. A panel of current UT Martin students will answer questions and discuss the expectations of college life at 10, and participants will be able to visit academic departments starting at 10:45. The day will end with a full campus tour at 11:30.

Register online at utm.edu/preview. For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admitme@utm.edu.

Arts Around the Square Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris-Henry County Arts Council in conjunction  with Tennessee Craft Week presents Arts Round the Square. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts, and food. It’s set for Saturday October 6 from 9-4 on the courthouse lawn in downtown Paris. Admission is free.

A Couple was Threaten if They Did Not Leave Their Home

Paris, Tenn.- A couple was threatened with death if they did not vacate the home they were renting. The home on Highway 77 had been rented for a few months before the owner asked the couple to move out. The police responded and all parties were advised of their civil rights in the matter. According to the report, on Wednesday a man rode up to the house on a bike and told the couple if they had not vacated the home by Thursday, he would physically harm them and left the property. He came back on Friday in a White Impala to which he told the couple they were given plenty of time to move if they didn't get out or he would shoot everyone there. Deputy Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff Department responded and took the report. The man left before the Deputy arrived. The couple told the Deputy Carroll they had already started to move and that the house would be empty by the following week. The location was put on extra patrol until they were out of the home.  

Darkhorse Lodge Fundraiser at Friendship Baptist Church

Photos by: Benita Evans

Buchanan, Tenn.- The community turned out last night to support the Dark Horse Lounge. A Spaghetti Dinner and live music highlighted the event. A love offering was also taken to go towards the cause. Darkhorse Lounge will be a place Veterans of all branches can come and relax and enjoy all that Kentucky Lake has to offer. They already have purchased the land. Now they are raising the funds to build the building. The event was hosted by Friendship Baptist Church.  

Fall Decoration in Dowtown Paris

Photo by: Benita Evans

Paris, Tenn.- Fall is in full swing and Paris Downtown Association is welcoming it in with beautiful displays . They have decorated the court square in an array of fall colors and themes. Next week local businesses and organizations will start setting up their Scarecrows on the square bring even more fall festive fun to downtown Paris

Paris Firefighters Battle an Early Morning Blaze on Wood Street

Photo by: Benita Evans

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Volunteer Firefighters battled a blaze twice at the same home just hours apart. The fire first started in a corner room and the front porch of the home on West Wood Street around 7PM Friday evening. That blaze was extinguished but reignited in the attic early in the morning with Paris firefighters responding back to the home just a few feet from the department. Damage estimates are around 25-thousand dollars. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. No one was injured in the fire.  

Pats Fall to GermanTown

#8 Joseph Travis out of the Wildcat  runs for a 21 yard touchdown

#1 Jawon Odoms tackles a Germantown receiver

#99 Davy Harrod slams the Germantown Quarterback

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County fell to Germantown 31-21Friday night. Both teams were undefeated coming into this game.  Jaylin Foster scored the first touchdown of the game for the Pats, giving them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second, Germantown scored a 14-yard touchdown but missed the point after making the score 7-6. Henry County’s Joseph Travis ran in a 21 yard touchdown making it 14-6. Germantown managed to tie it up at 14 going into halftime. Gremantown took the lead with a 34-yard field goal in the 3rd making it 17-14. Germantown continued to score through the 3rd. It wasn’t until the 4th with 9-minutes left on the clock that Joseph Travis ran in a 7-yard touchdown making the final score 31-21.

TBI Top 10 Most Wanted

Stewart County, Tenn,- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its Top Ten Most Wanted List: Kirby Gene Wallace.

Wallace is wanted by TBI and the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office to face one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Felony Murder, one count of Attempted Murder, one count of Aggravated Arson, two counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, two counts of Especially Aggravated Robbery, and one count of Especially Aggravated Burglary in connection to an incident in Indian Mound last weekend. He is additionally wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to face charges of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary, and Theft in connection to an incident earlier Friday.

Wallace is a white man who stands 5’10” and weighs approximately 157 pounds. He has brown and gray hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information about Wallace’s whereabouts should call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of up to 25-hundred dollars for information leading to his arrest.

Coats For Kids Drive

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

Cottage Grove Community Revival Set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3rd

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Community Revival is set for September 30th thru October 3rd at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove. Speaker will be Long Heights Baptist Church pastor Kenny Carr and worship will be led by HCHS band director Blair Chadwick. The revival will be 6-7:30pm nightly and the theme is 30 days to a no regrets lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

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


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