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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans

 

Rain Did Not Keep People Home During DPA Unwrapped Event

Paris, Tenn.- It was a huge success for the DPA Unrapped event this weekend, as crowds took advantage of the extended hours offered by downtown merchants. The event kicked off Friday with a performance by the Iman middle School Band then the lighting of the tree. All weekend vendors have been welcoming shoppers into their stores and offering refreshments while they shopped. The event ended with Henry County High School Madrigals and Bella Voice performed throughout the shops downtown.

Goodies Galore at Antioch UMC Bazaar and Bake Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Casseroles, baked goods, sweets, baskets, and much more are available while they last at the Antioch United Methodist Church Bazaar and Bake Sale, being held until 2pm at First United Methodist Church Friday. From 11am to 1:30pm they will also hold a soup and hotdog luncheon for $7 (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Deputies for the Hungry Accepting Deer

Paris, Tenn.- With the opening of deer muzzle loader season this weekend, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all hunters of our Deputies for the Hungry program.  If you would like to donate your deer to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for the Hungry program, they can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office any time of the day and any day of the week. 

The deer will then be processed and after the season we will donate all the meat to the citizens of Henry County. We do ask that the deer be field dressed before drop off and only whole deer are accepted.

Military Appreciation Day at MSU Nov. 3rd

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University and Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Center are collaborating to host a Purchase Area Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom on the University’s campus. 

During the event, veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces will learn how to file VA disability claims, speak to Murray State staff about VA benefits, learn about suicide prevention resources and have their résumés reviewed by Murray State Career Services staff. Refreshments, games and door prizes will be available during this event that is fun for the whole family.
 
“The western part of Kentucky has so much respect for and a desire to help military members both past and current,” said Jud Faust, coordinator for veteran military student success at Murray State. “This event provides that opportunity. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces will be able to learn about services offered by the local community.”
 
Funding for the Purchase Area Military Day event is made possible by a grant to Four Rivers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
 
“Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Center believes those who have served or are currently serving our country through military service deserve a huge thanks for the sacrifices they have made,” said Ellen Walsh, director of the prevention center.
 
In addition to co-sponsoring events like the Purchase Area Military Appreciation Day, Murray State offers a number of services for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including in-state tuition rates, a veteran’s lounge, the Veteran Student Organization and school certifying officials serving as liaisons to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
Notably, Murray State has also launched a new pricing model to support military students in earning their college degrees at little or no-out-of-pocket cost. Learn more about the new initiative at murraystate.edu/militaryrate.
 
Contact Faust at 270-809-5343 or jfaust@murraystate.edu for more information about Purchase Area Military Appreciation Day or about support services for military students at Murray State.

Pats Host Munford in Round 1 of Playoffs Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will open up the first round of the TSSAA playoffs at home Friday evening against Munford with a 7pm kickoff. Tickets are $8 to get into the game and only TSSAA and T.A.C.A. passes are accepted at the gate. It’s win or go home time for the rest of the way this season. If you can’t make it to Patriot Stadium for the game you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at our website, wmufradio.com or via your phones by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

Veterans Christmas Fundraiser Planned Sat. at Ann and Daves

Paris, Tenn.- A breakfast and bake sale fundraiser to raise money for Veterans’ Christmas will be held at Ann and Dave’s this Saturday November 3rd from 6-11am. Local business “celebrities” will be waiters and tips and proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the Veterans Christmas.

Coats To Be Distributed Saturday at Bass Realty

Paris, Tenn.- Coats collected from the Bethesda Church Coats for Kidz drive will be distributed this Saturday November 3rd at Bass Realty. Coats will be given out from 10am until noon any kids or even adults that need coats for the upcoming winter can come by and choose one from the collection.

West TN Quartet Convention at Carroll Co. Civic Center Fri., Sat.

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The West Tennessee Quartet Convention is set for Friday and Saturday at 7pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. There are several acts planned for both evenings with some of the best gospel singing around the region. Concessions will be available. Call 731-987-3203 for more information.

R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center Boston Butt Sale Ongoing, Pickup Nov. 9-10

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center Boston Butt Sale is set for Friday November 9th and Saturday November 10th and orders are being taken now. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center which is an after-school enrichment program in Henry County that serves grades 1-5, or for older kids looking to pick-up some service hours to help out.

These pork roasts are smoked for hours and will be ready for pickup outside Lakeway IGA Friday November 9th 5-8pm or Saturday November 10am to 3pm. There will be some cooked and hot off the grill and others cooked and cooled or frozen for a meal at a later time.

The butts are cooked by experts at Tosh Farms and sponsored by Imerys Minerals. To reserve your order call 731-333-1320. Costs for the butts are $35 each.

Battle of Johnsonville to be Commemorated at Two State Parks Saturday

Eva, Tenn.- Cannons will ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys Counties to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Johnsonville this Saturday. The free Civil War Days festival will feature living history presenters and more at both Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Historic Park on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

“All Tennessee State Park Rangers are Certified Interpretive Guides and have the skills and expertise to share Tennessee’s history in an engaging and contextual way with visitors,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Both parks will feature period encampments – a Federal encampment at Johnsonville and a Confederate encampment at Nathan Bedford Forrest – complete with artillery, infantry and civilian demonstrations. No battle reenacting will take place.

The Battle of Johnsonville occurred on Nov. 4, 1864 when troops under famed Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. This attack resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville. The Battle of Johnsonville is the only historical event in the country to have two state parks dedicated to its remembrance. 

For more information, contact the Nathan Bedford Forrest park office at (731) 584-6356 or the Johnsonville park office at (931) 535-2789 or visit www.tnstateparks.com.

Paris Woman Honored as Goodwill Achiever of the Year

Nashville- Keri Daugherty, a Goodwill donation attendant who works in Paris, was honored Thursday at the nonprofit organization's Impact Luncheon awards ceremony in Nashville.  She was one of a few achievers and partners honored at the annual luncheon Thursday.

When Keri Dougherty began working at the Donation Express Center in Paris, Tenn., in June of 2016, it was her first real job. Keri’s aunt and uncle hoped the job would help her mature and become more independent. But Keri has autism, and communication has not always been her strong suit. She initially struggled with some tasks, such as remembering where to put different donated items after sorting them, and she lacked confidence, particularly about interacting with donors. But, Keri’s supervisor helped her develop a “mental script” for those interactions — greeting the donor, collecting their items, handing them a donation receipt and thanking them. Keri's work experiences have improved her ability to navigate social situations, and her confidence has grown. Today, Keri loves her job and being part of Goodwill's mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. She recently bought a car with the pay she earned from Goodwill, and she is on a waiting list for her own apartment.

For 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items.  Goodwill's vision is that all people will have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential through the power of work. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

Over 6300 Vote Early in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- With 497 on the Thursday, the final day for Early Voting, the total number of votes cast Early, Absentee, and Nursing home ballots so far in Henry County is 6,366. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th all all precincts in the County will be open from 7am to 7pm.

Pancake Fundraiser Continues until 6pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Adam Jenkins and Sheriff Monte Belew take their turn on the griddle Thursday cooking pancakes for the Carl Perkins Center's Pancake Fundraiser, being held at First Baptist Church's Orr Hall. Glenda Boyd and Wanda Hutson were enjoying their pancakes around lunchtime Thursday. The event continues until 6pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for all you can eat pancakes, toppings bar, and sausage and drink.

104-year Old Minnie Bess Williams Casts Her Vote

Paris, Tenn.- After having to vote absentee the last couple of Election cycles because of being ill, Minnie Bess Williams, 104, voted in person Thursday morning at the Election Commission office. Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said, "she was thrilled to be able to vote in person this time as she has been feeling better and she said she has voted in every Election since she was old enough to do so."

MCU Charges Woman With Simple Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit charged Heather L. Lee, age 28 of 61 Lydia St., with simple possession of schedule 6. She was placed on $500 bond.

Stewart County Visitor Center HeArt Exhibition Planned Sat.

Dover, Tenn.- The 1st Annual Heart Exhibition for Stewart County will be held at the Stewart County Visitor’s Center this Saturday November 3rd from 10am to 4pm. Come and browse the array of artistic expressions from local Stewart County and Regional artists. You may also inquire about purchasing a piece from an artist during the exhibition. There will be photography, painting, metal works, handmade jewellery, stained glass, pottery, and more. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Masquerade Jewelry Sale Nov. 1 and 2 at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- The “Masquerade Experience the Frenzy Jewelry and Accessories Sale” will be back and better than ever just in time for Christmas. The two-day event is set for Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2 at Henry County Medical Center.

The company caters only to hospital auxiliary groups across the south and they are experts at showcasing large volumes of accessories, making a win-win proposal to all involved.  Masquerade will have many new items in stock this year including purses, wallets, jewelry, scarves, key chains, college sports memorabilia, and more.  

“In years past, we have made over $4,000 at each sale, which helps us when we are ready to give our scholarships to those seeking a career in health care,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  “This is a primary fundraiser each year and with the help of these sales, the HCMC Auxiliary is able to give more than one scholarship each academic year.”

The sale will be held in HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3.  Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 2.  Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted and 20% of all sales go to the hospital’s Auxiliary.  

“This event is something the community looks forward to each year,” said Hailey Harrison, Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator.  “Not only are people getting to buy great jewelry at a low price, they are contributing toward the future of one Henry County’s youth through the scholarship given by the HCMC Auxiliary.”

BPU Changing out Pole Near AP School

Paris, Tenn.- Citizens around the Atkins Porter School area including Walnut and Blakemore Streets will be without power around 9:30am as BPU crews change out a pole that was broken during a wreck early Thursday morning. The outage should last around 90 minutes.

Student Mock Election Results Show Lee, Blackburn as Winners

Nashville- For the second time, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office has sponsored the Student Mock Election.  Students from all three grand divisions of the state have cast their votes in the statewide races for Governor and U.S. Senate.  These votes reflect who students would have elected as the next Governor and United States Senator of Tennessee if they were old enough to vote in the real election. Over 56,000 students from across the state participated in the 2018 Student Mock Election.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett, along with Senator Brian Kelsey, and Representative Mark White participated in announcing the winners of the statewide Student Mock Election at an event hosted by Germantown Middle School in Shelby County, Tennessee.

In the race for Governor, Bill Lee received 36,458 (65%) votes.  Karl Dean received 20,012 (35%) votes.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Marsha Blackburn received 31,507 (57%) votes.  Phil Bredesen received 23,819 (43%) votes.  

“The Student Mock Election is a fun and engaging exercise for students to participate in the election process,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  “This is part of a larger effort to encourage civic involvement by students so it will be a natural progression for them to be involved when they become adults.  I am very pleased with the participation from across the state and appreciate the teachers who worked hard to make this possible in the schools.”

The Mock Election is open to students in preschool through high school in public and private schools, as well as home school associations. Mock ballots allow students to choose between candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties for the Gubernatorial and United States Senate races. Schools are also provided with “I Voted” stickers for students that cast a vote in their mock election. 

Students may also enter an essay contest that encourages them to think about topics that are important to being an actively engaged citizen. Essay topics are focused on leadership but vary by grade. Schools may submit two essays per grade category. Winner of the essay contest receive a TNStars 529 College Saving Program scholarship worth $100, $250, or $500 in addition to a trip to the State Capitol. The deadline for essay submissions is November 16, 2018.

Downtown Unwrapped Begins with Open Houses this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hosts Christmas Open Houses Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to kick-off the Downtown Unwrapped 2018, a festive slate of activities running now thru Christmas Eve.

DPA executive director Kathy Ray said, “there’s no better place for holiday shopping than downtown Paris with personal service and helpful perks such as gift-wrapping and delivery, downtown offers everything from clothing to coffee, flowers to furniture, and home décor to delicious food. Downtown Merchants also offer gift certificates for items ranging from manicures to diamond rings.”

Festivities begin Friday with the Love Lights a Tree Ceremony at 6pm on the Courthouse lawn. The Inman Middle School Band performs holiday tunes at 5:30pm and shoppers can browse extended hours by candlelight from 6-8pm Friday.

Saturday shops will be open all day, including extended hours by candlelight 6-8pm. Also Saturday stop by the W.G. Rhea Library from 1-3pm and see Magical Creatures up close and personal as they have events planned including wand making and an animal exhibition after showings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Sunday from 1-5pm, shoppers can enjoy open houses downtown and the Henry County High School Madrigals and Bella Voce will perform throughout the shops downtown.

For more information on the Downtown Unwrapped series of events planned for this holiday season in Paris log onto www.visitdowntownparis.com.

HCHS Basketball Season Tix on Sale Now

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Basketball season tickets are now on sale at the High School. Cost is $60 per seat and will be good for all high school home games this season. See Velvet Arnold or call the High School at 642-5232 for more information.

American Legion Fish Fry Planned for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- American Legion Post #89 will hold a Fish Fry this Friday November 2nd from 5pm until sold out. The public is invited and cost is $10 per plate which includes fried catfish, hushpuppies, fries, slaw, white beans, tea, coffee, and lemonade.

Large Crowd Turns Out Early at Peppers Trunk or Treat

Paris, Tenn.- The first pieces of candy were handed out at 5pm Wednesday at Pepper's Automotive's Trunk or Treat and a large crowd already was packing into the three offices at the Paris dealership. Maci Mae Archie was one of the first in line in her costuem to participate. The Trunk or Treat was continuing until 8pm Wed. evening.

HCHS Swim Team Qualifies for State

Brentwood, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Swim Team competed in Division 4 swim meet, on October 30th. The Host Team was Independence from Brentwood TN. Team top performances were:

Emma Hill 2nd place Girls 50 Yd 26.76 Freestyle which qualified her for the state meet and 1st place finish in the 100 yd back stroke where she earned a qualifying time for regionals.

Shelby Summers had a 4th place finish in the 50 Free and 4th in the 100 Breaststoke which she earned a regional qualifying time for both.

Ameilia Hart had a 4th place finish in the 100 Free and also qualified for the 200 Indivial Medley

Caleb Cain had a 4th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke and also qualified for regionals in the 50 Freestyle.

Pictured above is the girls 200 Medley Relay Shelby Summers, Emma Hill on the blocks and Amelia Hart swimming Butterfly. (Jennifer Hill photo)

Others participating for the team

Riley French, Sophie Harrison, Peyton King, David Richardson, Hunter Miller and Austin Dunagan.

The team had several personal best and are looking to get more swimmers qualified for the State and Regional meets in January.

Early Vote Numbers Nearing 6K

Paris, Tenn.- 389 more Henry Countians cast their ballots on Wednesday during Early Voting bringing the total of Early Votes, Nursing Home votes, and absentee ballot votes up to 5,869. Thursday is the last day for Early Voting and the office will be open one extra hour, until 5:30pm to allow more voters the chance to come in and vote. Election Day is Tuesday which polls at all precincts open from 7am to 7pm.

TN/KY Partnership to Help Soldiers Transition Into New Careers

Fort Campbell, Ky.- A proposed program to assist soldiers at Fort Campbell transition into new careers after leaving the Army recently received federal funding that will allow the program to move forward.  The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded a $7.76 million grant to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) to fund the Fort Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership (FCSWP).
 
In conjunction with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the new program headed by the TDLWD will focus on sector strategies in the high growth areas of advanced manufacturing, business and technology information, construction, healthcare, and logistics.  The FCSWP is aligned in both Tennessee and Kentucky with the USDOL Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
 
“These are currently the most in-demand occupations, not only in the southeast but across the nation,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips.  “If we can find ways to train our servicemen and woman after they leave Fort Campbell, we not only help them find a pathway to a new career, but we also create a pipeline of talented professionals for Tennessee employers.”
 
The program will focus on adding innovation and capacity to existing workforce programs in both Tennessee and Kentucky. 

A local Fort Campbell Strong Work Coin will be developed and given to each transitioning soldier as part of the Soldier for Life Transition Program.  The Work Coin will be redeemable for up to $5,000 in training services in Tennessee or Kentucky. 
 
“This federal funding will truly make a difference for these soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country,” Phillips said.  “They can use the Work Coin several different ways to receive the training they need to make a smooth transition into civilian life.”
 
Employers looking to hire veterans will be able to sign on as a partner and redeem Work Coins to fund on-the-job training for eligible veterans on their payroll.
 
The Fort Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership will use a recruitment strategy designed and coordinated with the HireVets Medallion program.
 
The planning phase of this project starts this month and the Fort Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership is expected to begin training veterans in the Fort Campbell area by the end of 2018.

Three Safely Escape Mobile Home Fire in Henry

Henry, Tenn.- A fire Wednesday morning damaged a mobile home at a trailer park in the 5200 block of Hwy. 79 South towards Henry. The Henry Volunteer Fire Department responded and were assisted by the Paris Fire Department. Two adults and a three year old were asleep in the trailer when the fire started but managed to get out safely. The three year old was taken to the hospital for a routine check-up. Another child lived in the home as well but had already gone to school and was not there at the time of the fire.

The fire call came in around the 9:30am timeframe Wednesday morning and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. (David Jackson photos)

Arrghhh: County Clerk's Office Show off Halloween Costumes

Paris, Tenn.- Anyone going into the Henry County Clerk's Office Wednesday will be greeted by Pirates guarding a treasure of gold coin chocolate candies. Also Jordan St. John, their parrott, is handing out Sweet Jordan's cookies while they last. (Clerk's Office photos)

Far Out: Election Office Hippies Welcome Early Voters

Paris, Tenn.- The crew at the Henry County Election Commission office is decked out for Halloween, choicing peace, love, and country in their Hippie outfits. Early voting continues Wednesday until 4:30pm and an extended hour until 5:30pm on Thursday, the last day to Early Vote.

Carl Perkins Center Pancake Day Thurs. Nov. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold their 6th annual Pancake Fundraiser this Thursday November 1st from 10am to 6pm. The event includes all you can eat Pancakes with the toppings bar and sausage along with drink and will be held at First Baptist Church’s Orr Hall. Tickets are $8 in advance and can be purchased from any board member, at the Center at 204 N. Brewer St or tickets will be $10 at the door the day of the event.

The Carl Perkins Center inherited the fundraiser from the Paris Kiwanis Club who ran it for many years to benefit the community. The Kiwanis Club event donated their special pancake griddle and secret pancake recipe to the Center. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department, and Board members will take turns cooking pancakes on the griddle Thursday.

County Director Carly Wheat said, “We are excited to continue this yearly tradition in Henry County to raise funds for the many children and families impacted by trauma and abuse. The money raised stays in Henry County to ensure the continuance of our needed services such as victim advocacy, trauma focused cognitive Behavioral therapy, stewards of children training, and relative caregiver program. The center provides these services free of charge to survivors and their families.”

For more information on the services offered by the Carl Perkins Center or the Pancake Fundraiser call 642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org. The center is located inside the Emergency Communications Building at 204 N. Brewer St.

Antioch UMC Bazaar and Bake Sale Fri. Nov. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- Antioch United Methodist Church will hold their 13th Annual Bazaar, Bake, chili, soup, hotdog luncheon this Friday November 2nd from 10am to 2pm. The bazaar and bake sale goes from 10am to 2pm while chili or soup plus hot dogs drinks and dessert will be served for lunch for $7 from 11am to 1:30pm. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church at 101 East Blythe St. in Paris.

McKenzie Rotary Club Breakfast N Bid Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rotary Club’s Breakfast n bid Pancake breakfast and annual charity auction is set for Saturday November 3rd from 7-10am. The event is for the benefit of local community projects and will be held at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie. The silent, buy it now auction is from 7-9am and large item live auction starts at 9:30am. Breakfast tickets will be $6 each.

Early Voting Totals from Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- 385 voters cast their ballots during Early Voting on Tuesday bringing the total up to 5,480 votes cast since Early Voting began. Early Voting continues Wednesday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Thursday until 5:30pm.

Woman Charged After Stealing Electricity

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. John Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Shauna M. Foster, age 39, of 105 Howells Road with theft of services after stealing electricity from BPU. The report said Dep. Andrews was dispatched to the residence after BPU noticed the power, which had been shut off there, was back on. Dep. Andrews arrived and found someone had cut the wire lock off the meter and replaced it to get power into the residence. The amount of electricity stolen was around $130. Foster was placed on $500 fine.

Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Andrew T. Busbee, of Springville, with DUI, violation of implied consent, simple possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop recently. Busbee was placed on $5K bond.

Heritage Center Served as Oct. Chamber Coffee Host

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center hosted the Chamber Coffee Tuesday morning. Director Suzy Herron gave a description and history of the center and welcomed everyone to the coffee. (David Jackson photos)

Halloween Activities Planned at HCMC, Diagnostic Center

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center wants to sweeten this Halloween for you and your family by offering several opportunities to dress in your spooktacular best and visit our HCMC Services and Clinics this Halloween. 

HCMC festivities begin on Tuesday, October 30, with HCMC Eagle Creek Clinic decking out for the day with trick or treating from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Bring your kids by the HCMC Diagnostic Center on Wednesday, October 31 to participate in the fun of trick or treating.  The partners at the Diagnostic Center will be dressed up as animals with the theme “Welcome to the Zoo” and passing out candy.  Feel free to stop by during normal business hours to participate in the fun, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, you can visit several of our HCMC Clinics and enjoy trick or treating in a safe environment.  The HCMC Kelley Clinic with the Center for Wellness & Rehab, Innovative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and HCMC Surgical Specialists are welcoming visitors from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Paris Women’s Center, Transitions Health, and St. Thomas Cardiology will be welcoming the little goblins from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Arts Building, Suites 101 – 104, Suite 201, and Suite 204.  KY Lake Urologic Associates and Paris Pediatrics are also participating from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Stop by and enjoy the festivities at EMS, HCHC Food & Nutrition, and HCMC Departments including Materials Management, Human Resources/Education, Women’s Center, Marketing/Public Relations, 2nd and 3rd Floors, ER Registration, Central Registration, and the Business Office from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well.

Be sure to set boundaries on an amount of candy to be eaten over a period of many days. You can easily reach 100 calories with just one or two snack size treats.  Most candy has a long shelf-life, so put the sweets out of reach and limit candy to two pieces per day. Larger treats, such as full chocolate bars, can be cut into smaller pieces and frozen.  For more tips on Halloween safety, check out our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/HCMCParisTN

Playoff Tickets Will be $8, Only TACA and TSSAA Passes Allowed

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Football Playoff tickets are $8 for students and adults and No passes are accepted for Henry County Teachers, season tickets or reserved seats. Only T.A.C.A. and TSSAA championship event passes will be accepted. Games begin at 7pm during the playoffs.  

Gas Board to Look Deeper at Rates, Cost Allocation Study

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met earlier this month and briefly looked over some of the results of the Kan Hutson Associates Natural Gas Allocation Study. General Manager Tae Eaton said there are several parts to the study and some he agreed with and others he didn’t. Eaton said the study showed the district’s minimum bill was lower than the national average and they should take a look at possibly increasing that some. The study also suggested a more detailed report that costs over $30K to show how gas allocation costs are divided out at the PHCPUD. Eaton said, “I really don’t think there is a need for spending that kind of money to see how costs are allocated.”

Board members suggested looking over the study for the next month and bringing it back next month and maybe moving forward with some suggestions of what direction they want to go involving the rates and allocation of costs.

The board learned that the district was $141K in the red for September and about $548K in the red year to date. Eaton said this is all in line with previous years because of the time of year and warm weather. Eaton did say during this spell of cooler weather the last few days over 100 gas turn ons have been called in to the District.

The board approved to sell a 2008 Ford Truck with nearly 250K miles as surplus property using govdeals.com. The district’s new truck has arrived and been put to use with all equipment.

The gas board also approved renewing the district’s general liability, umbrella, equipment, crime, workers compensation, and commercial property with White and Associates. The price dropped over $7K from last year’s totals.

The board approved being a sponsor in the in 2019 PIPE 8-1-1 program which will be held at the Paris convention center next year. It has been held at Paris Landing for the last several years, but this year it will be moved into the Paris.

Eaton said wet weather has them behind in installing service lines and they have around 30 on backlog at the current time. He also told the board that three chicken barns in the County have shown interest in running gas to their barns for operational purposes and plan on either using the District or hiring some company thru the District to get the process started.

Early Voting Totals Near 5100 in Henry Co.

Paris, Tenn.- At the end of the day Monday, 382 more Henry Countians had cast their ballot in the Nov. 6th Election. The total so far is now 5,095. Early Voting continues this week until Thursday November 1st. Election Day is November 6th.

Trunk or Treat at Peppers Automotive Wed. 5-8pm

Paris, Tenn.- Peppers Automotive will be having a trunk or treat from 5-8pm Wednesday night, October 31st and everyone is invited to come in their Halloween costumes for free candy. All 3 Peppers stores in Paris and store in McKenzie will be participating.

Thefts Reported in County

Paris, Tenn.- Investigation is continuing into a string of thefts from boats at Cypress Resort Loop in Buchanan over the weekend. At least three reports from Dep. Phillip Barton of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailed several items being stolen from their boats including items such as rods and reels, depth finders, and more. The value of the items stolen ranged from just under $1800 to just under $2300. There are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft on Hwy. 79 S. where someone broke into the shed and stole several torches, acetylene tanks, folding saw horses, and a radial saw. The total value of items stolen is around $2800 and there are no suspects at this time.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report from Sproul Heights Road where a home that a bank was the executor of the estate had several guns stolen from the residence. There are no suspects at this time.

FUMC, First Christian to Host 7th Annual Trunk or Treat Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church together with First Christian Church will present the 7th annual Trunk or Treat on Halloween, Wednesday October 31st from 5:30-7:30pm.  Dress up the kids in the costumes and decorate your vehicle. The event will be held in the First United Methodist parking lot, but in case of rain or inclement weather, will be moved inside to the Christian Life Center. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs, your trunk, and candy or other goodies to share. Hotdogs will be served. To donate candy or for more information call one of the churches.

Chief Elizondo Releases Tips from Paris Police Dept. on Halloween Safety

Paris, Tenn.- This year Halloween will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31st 2018.  Trick Or Treating will begin at dusk.  The Paris Police Department will be out in full force to help make this event as safe as possible and remind drivers to be slow and careful.

Halloween is a time of fun for parents and their children as they dress up in costumes and circulate through the neighborhoods in search of candy and the opportunity to scare an unsuspecting homeowner with their ghoulish and frightening costumes or to gather for a Halloween party for fun and games.

Others see other activities as fun. Halloween is also time for vandalism and hurtful pranks that are never funny and often illegal. The Paris Police Department will be out in support of the safe and fun side of Halloween and will be looking for those that have the wrong idea.

We wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween. Below are some tips to help make it safe

Trick or Treaters

  • Young children should always be in the company of a responsible adult
  • Older children should be in a group of 2 or more. Don’t trick or treat alone
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • If there are no sidewalks walk on the left side of the street facing traffic
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for traffic
  • Cross the street only at corners.
  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
  • Make sure costumes fit properly and not dragging the ground or have shoes too big to walk in. You should be able to walk without tripping or falling.
  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Carry a cell phone if possible or a quarter to call home if needed.
  • Select only flame retardant costumes
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. 
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
  • If mask are used be sure the eye holes are large enough to see well and if possible remove mask while walking between houses
  • Be cautious of animals. Even the best pets are easily frightened on Halloween. If you have one at your house put them up for their protection.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Homeowners

    • Make sure your animals are put up and out of harms way.
    • Make your yard clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes, flower pots or anything else that might trip the young ones
    • Use battery powered outdoor lights rather than open flames

Drivers

  • Avoid known congested residential areas if possible
  • Drive slow and watch for children running across the streets
  • When dropping off trick or treaters be sure to park in a location that will allow continued traffic flow
  • Keep your lights on dim so not to blind pedestrians or other drivers
  • Be courteous of other drivers and pedestrians
  • Use common sense on how to proceed

Jake Day Hosted by HCSO Supporting the Youth Hunt

HCS Monte Belew Congratulates one of the winners of the annual Jake Day

Winner of the Biggest Doe

Biggest Buck Winner

Paris, Tenn. -The Annual Jake Day event was held on Saturday with a full house of youth hunters kicking off the 2018 season.

The event is hosted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and offered fun and prizes to the young hunters.

The all morning events took place at Holly Fork Shooting range on Highway79 and offered events including a BB gun shoot, archery, still target, turkey calling contest, duck flush, 22 rifle balloon shoot for prizes and more. Trophies were awarded in each category

Awards were given for biggest Doe and Buck from the hunt.

Biggest doe: Ashley Polk

Biggest Buck: McCreig Winchester

Also 3-22 rifles and over 2-thousand dollars’ worth of door prizes were given away.

Early Voting Still going Strong

Paris, Tenn.-Early voting is going strong in Henry County as citizens cast their vote before the November 6th election day. While on Saturday 172 cast their vote making the grand total of votes cast in the county 4713. Last day to early vote in Tennessee is November first.  Early voting hours are 8:30 am until 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am until Noon on Saturdays.

Henry School Host Chili Supper For Local Kids Charity

Henry, Tenn.-A chili Supper will be held at Henry School to benefit Mary’s Christmas Program tonight at 4:15 till tip –off of the Henry-Lakewood Basketball game.

Mary’s Christmas Program is a local charity that provides Christmas for underprivileged children in the area. This is the 16th year of the charity providing for these children.

The event will be held in the school cafeteria. For 5-dollars you will get a bowl of chili, grilled cheese sandwich and a drink. Everyone is invited to attend.

Casino Night a Success for Henry County Healthcare Foundation

Paris, Tenn.-It was a big turnout last night for The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation’s fifth annual Casino Night fundraiser. The event raises money for much needed improvements in the Emergency Department at Henry County Medical Center.

Last year’s Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation raised over 13- thousand dollars to improve their growing cardiology services with upgraded processing software capabilities for the Nuclear Medicine machine.

Guest enjoyed Las Vegas style games, including Black Jack, Slots, Craps and

National Geographic picks Austin Peay Professor as State’s Geography Steward

Clarksville, Tenn.- National Geographic recently picked Austin Peay State University professor  Dr. Chris Gentry to be Tennessee’s steward in a new national program “doubling down on (the National Geographic Society’s) commitment” to improve K-12 geography education in the United States.

“It’s cool to be involved with the National Geographic Society because I do think they probably prompted me to think about the world spatially early on,” Gentry said.

The National Geographic State Geography Steward Program, which launched in 2017, assigns a top geographer in each state to connect with state officials, educators and stakeholders to improve K-12 geography education.

The stewards also participate in outreach efforts in their states, such as participating in the National Geographic GeoBee.

Memorial Drive Car Burglary

Paris, Tenn- There have been several possable car burglries in the area. One such incident happened on Memorial Drive. Paris Police investigated the possible car burglary on Friday night. Police were dispatched out to Memorial Drive for a report by a couple who reported a white male with short blonde hair and wearing a plaid shirt was in their car. Once the suspect realized he was seen, he ran before officers arrived.. The couple said nothing seemed to be missing at the time of the report.

Patriots Head into Post Season Action after Win

#48 Jermarcus Johnson slips a tackle during Friday nights action

 

#35 Alex Coffield dives in for a 9 yard touchdown against Northwest

#16 Ethan Thompson hauls in a 26 yard touchdown catch.

Paris. Tenn.- Henry County clinched their spot in post season action with a win over Northwest 55-9 at Patriot Stadium.

Three Patriot players had over 1000 yards of running, passing and receiving on the season. Wide Receiver and Center Back Ethan Thompson was one of those players garnering most yards honors for the season and the year. Quarter Back Will Parish and Running Back Jaylin Foster also had over 1000 yards. This is the first time Henry County has had 3 players with that distinction.

The Patriots kick off playoff action against Munford at Patriot Stadium next Friday. Kickoff at 7pm. We will start our coverage at 6:30.

Games Around the Area

South Fulton beat Gleason 52-8

Greenfield beat West Carroll 27-15

Dresden Blanked Humboldt 62-0

McEwen beat Hollow Rock-Bruceton 28-12

McKenzie beat Union City 31-14

Murrray State University's Shoe Tree In Music Video

Zack and Brittnye Boyken married in March 2016 after meeting in a Murray State class.(Photo MSU)

Cinematographer Will Sampson (right) films parts of the music video on Kentucky Lake with Murray State alumna Sam Rogers (middle) and “Love Someone” director Paul Brown (left). (Photo MSU)
 

Murray, Kenn.- For more than 50 years, the Shoe Tree at Murray State University has been a symbol of love throughout the campus community. Now, with the help of past and present Racers, the beloved Shoe Tree has spread its roots to encourage people across the globe to “Love Someone.” 

Calloway County native and cinematographer Will Sampson recently filmed the Shoe Tree to appear in “Love Someone,” a music video for the Danish pop music group A tradition since the late 1960s, Racer “sole” mates who meet on campus hang their shoes on the Shoe Tree, which is said to bring them a lifetime of good luck.

 While his director considered possible filming locations for “Love Someone,” Sampson suggested incorporating his family and friends in Murray into the video.

“The director really liked the idea,” Sampson said. “I then began reaching out to old classmates and friends. It all fell into place.”

Amid the excitement of sharing the Shoe Tree with the world, Sampson wanted the music video’s worldwide viewers to be just as captivated with Murray State’s unique tradition as members of the Racer family already familiar with its roots.

Early Voting Continues in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting in Henry County is still under way and over 4 thousand residents have cast their ballot.

On Friday, 450 Henry Countians voted bringing the overall total to 4541. You can early vote until November 1st with the election set for November 6.

County Unemployment Rates Remain Relatively Low

Nashville- County unemployment rates for September came out Thursday and 70 of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw a decrease in unemployment rates. The rates remained the same from August to September in 15 counties and 10 counties saw a slight increase in unemployment. 16 of the 95 counties came in with a rate above 5% in September.

In our listening area, Houston County continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates, actually one of the 10 highest in the state. Houston County’s rate for September came in at 5.2%, which is a decrease from August’s rate of 5.6% and up from 5.0% from September of last year. Numbers mean that Houston County had approximately 160 of its estimated labor force looking for work in September.

Henry County’s unemployment rate for September was 4.3%, unchanged from August and up from 3.9% in September of 2017. Of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,100 around 600 were seeking a job in September.

Carroll County’s unemployment rate for September was 5.1%, down from 5.5% from August and up from 4.5% in September of last year. Around 620 of Carroll County’s work force were seeking a job last month.

Benton County’s September unemployment rate came in at 5.0%, down from 5.3% in August and up from 4.6% last September. Stewart County had a rate of 5.0%, down from August, but up from last September. Weakley County’s September 2018 unemployment rate came in at 4.3%, down from 5.0% in August and down from last year’s rate of 5.3% as well.

As always Tennesseans searching for jobs or better career opportunities can visit the states’ workforce development website and use many useful resources to help with their job search.

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

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

 

News from past weeks here.

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HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church

Peppers

Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club

 

Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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