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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans


Deputies for the Hungry Program Giveaways Planned

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Deputies for the Hungry Program is partnering with Joe Turner with Kroger along with Jamie Orr, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor, to give away $1,000 to one of the top 5 sportsmen that donate the most deer to the program.

County Commissioner Kreg Kyle has also donated a rifle to be given away to a hunter that has donated deer to the program. Sheriff Belew stated the deer process building at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be open everyday between now and the end of deer season. The drawing for the gift card and the rifle will be on Facebook live at the end of deer season. Good luck and safe hunting!

Pats Host Ridgeway in Round Two of State Playoffs

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hosts Ridgeway in Round 2 of the TSSAA Football playoffs Friday night at home. The game is at 7pm if you can’t make it to Patriot Stadium to cheer on the Big Red, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply. It’s win or go home and Henry County will have to play on the road in Round 3 of the playoffs no matter who wins the other game.   

School Board Learns About MS Soccer Coaches, New Technology for Safety Measures

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Board of Education meeting, Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton informed the board that Katie O’Brien, teacher at Lakewood has been named as head coach for the Middle School Soccer Team and Roy Ipatzi, Teacher assistant at Harrelson was named assistant Coach.

Dr. Norton also discussed how Henry County is going to pilot a security program called CopSync911. The technology allows every teacher in every classroom to send alerts to first responders if something is happening in their classroom. Dr. Norton said this will cut down on response time. The technology allows multiple agencies to speak to each other from courthouses, to schools, to law enforcement.

Livestock Association Field Day is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 Henry County Livestock Association Field Day is Saturday November 10th at Sunrise Farms, located at 12610 Hwy. 69 N in Cottage Grove from 9am to 3pm. There will be travel to Davis Farms for an afternoon session.

Speakers and contests are scheduled throughout the day. 60 spots are available and you are asked to RSVP as soon as possible by calling 642-2941 or email awils131@utk.edu. Follow the Henry County Livestock Association Facebook page for more information.

Paris Elks Lodge Offering Smoked Turkey Breasts for Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elks Lodge is once again doing smoked turkey breasts this year for $25. In addition to that, they’ve added orders for 9x13 pans of dressing from Cindy Snyder’s recipe and a pints of gravy. Dressing is $20 per pan, grave is $3.50 per pint. All orders may be picked up at the Lodge after 4pm on Wednesday November 21st. Orders can be called in to the Lodge at 642-0153 or email to pariselks816@gmail.com. All orders must be received by November 18th.

HCHD Closing Blood River Church Rd. Tuesday Nov. 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Blood River Church Road on Tuesday November 13th for culvert replacement. The closure will be two-tenths of a mile east of Mt. Pleasant-Freeland Rd. The road will be open by late afternoon traffic.

Large Crowd On Hand for $2 Movie Night

Paris, Tenn.- A huge crowd stood in line for the movies and brought food items to stock the First United Methodist Church's food pantry. The event was put on by the Parisian, WMUF/WLZK/WRQR radio stations,  and FUMC. Several containers of food were filled from the event. (Gary Benton photos)

City Commission Amends Parking Ordinance

City Manager Kim Foster discusses changes to the parking ordinance. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday evening and approved an ordinance amending the parking ordinance in regards to courtesy tickets for vehicles with out of town license plates. City Manager Kim Foster said the Paris Police Department has requested a revision in the ordinance which allowed anyone with an out of county license plate to receive a courtesy ticket for parking longer than two hours in one of the downtown parking spaces. It appears that the ordinance is being taken advantage of by someone who works downtown, but lives out of County.

The revision sets forth that someone who owns or is employed by a business in the Downtown Business District, or local, state, or federal agency, or who owns or is employed by the Court System is not eligible to receive courtesy tickets. Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department said there have been several complaints and the way the ordinance was written we couldn't do anything.

The ordinance will be passed on 2nd reading in December and the new ordinance would take effect on January 1, 2019.

Fiscal Year Retail Sales Ahead of Last Year so Far

Commissioners Sam Tharpe and Gayle Griffith listen as Financials are discussed Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon updated the commissioners on the City’s financial statement which showed retail sales revenue up 1.89% in August and up slight, .70% year to date so far.

Shannon said General Fund and Solid Waste expenditures exceeded revenues in September and some of the higher expenses included a $30K remodel at Public Works Department, and $50K for two new vehicles for the Parks and Stormwater Management Departments. She reminded commissioners the first collection of property tax revenues will be realized in October’s financials.

Over 3600 ESN 122 Fire fee bills were mailed out and 50% has been collected so far which Shannon said is typical for September collection of those. She said they usually end the year with close to 65% of the amount billed that gets collected. The City also issued 5 new business licenses in September.

Commissioners also passed a resolution to update the Personnel Rules and Regulations to City of Paris Job Descriptions. City Manager Kim Foster said the job descriptions hadn’t been updated in some time and didn’t accurately reflect how the City’s departments and jobs have evolved over time.  

Comissioners Hear Various Project Updates

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated the commission on some ongoing projects as well Thursday night such as the property the City acquired on South Market Street that will eventually be used by the Police Department is still being worked on. The Storage tanks and lines from the old Fuel Distribution center have been emptied and are in the process of being moved now and hopefully will be done by mid November.

The Back Alley Paris Project will be receiving more grant money including a $8K placemaking grant and design development is underway for that part of the project. Millard Nichols has been selected as the artist to paint the dumpsters from the ABC grant the DPA received. The TVA grant for the alley on the BPU wall is now under design with four paintings sent to TVA for their approval.

Agencies Working Together to Combat Drug Issues in Stewart County

Sgt. Terry Williams and Droid searching the parking lot area of SCHS. (SCSO Photos)

Dover, Tenn.- Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray is taking a proactive approach at combating the county's drug problem and that began on Thursday as drug searches were done at Stewart County High School with help from SCSO, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Henry County Sheriff's Office, and Paris Police Department.

Sgt. Jamie James and Drago searching lockers at SCHS Thurs. morning.

A contingent of officers from Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff's Office and their K9s searched schools for drugs Thursday morning. According to PIO for Stewart County Paulette Redman, 5 dogs were used in the school and the parking lot on Thursday and Sheriff Gray promsied more searches as ongoing efforts to fight the drug problems continue.

Veterans Welcome to HCHS Salute to Veterans Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Veterans are welcome to a program Friday morning at Henry County High School sponsored by the Military Club. Due to construction going on at HCHS, the program will be held in the Testing Center in E Building across from the Football Field House. Veterans are asked to arrive by 10:45am. The program begins at 11am as the HCHS Madrigals open with singing the National Anthem and ends at 11:40 with deserts and coffee being served. Veterans can then eat lunch free with students if they wish.

Guest speaker for the event is Lt. Cl. Lowell E. Howard, Jr., LTC. Howard is the Commanding Officer of the Skyhawk ROTC Battalion and Professor of Military Science at UT Martin. Some of his deployments include two tours in Iraq with tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan. His awards include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

UTM Fall Preview Day Is Nov. 10th

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

The 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 visit academic departments of interest starting at 10:45. The day ends with a full campus tour at 11:30.

Fall Preview Day is the ideal place to have questions answered about academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, student activities and residence life. There is no charge to attend, and parents, siblings and other visitors are welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure each student is able to visit areas of personal interest.

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.

Paris Boxing Club's Havoc in Henry County Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Downtown Boxing once again presents Havoc in Henry County Saturday November 10th at Central School, located at 55 Jones Bend Road. Doors open at 5pm and fights begin at 6pm and admission is only $5 with children 4 and under getting in free. Commemorative gear can be purchased at project731.org. For more information call 731-336-1411 or 731-363-8313. This is a USA boxing sanctioned event.

HCMC Recognizes Volunteer Auxiliary for 65 Years of Giving Back

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Auxiliary at Henry County Medical Center is comprised of nearly 50 volunteers that serve across the organization. Auxiliary volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings. Our volunteers come from unique backgrounds and share the common interest in helping others.

The HCMC Auxiliary Volunteers not only give their time to the organization, they also participate in many special projects including making Christmas stockings for babies born in December, collecting items to donate to the Henry County Family Resource Center, and making surgery caps for children having outpatient surgeries.

Additionally, the Auxiliary Volunteers raise funds through the Pink Petal Gift Shop, jewelry sales, and other special projects to purchase non-budgeted items requested by HCMC and HCHC as funds allow. Since 2008, the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary has made contributions and donations totaling over $144,000. Below is a list of contributions or projects they have been a part over the years:

  • Donations to the HCMC Healthcare Foundation
  • HCMC Emergency Room renovations & equipment
  • HCMC Transcart
  • HCMC Community Education Osteoporosis Scanner
  • Games for Lake Haven patients
  • Television for Plumley Rehabilitation Center
  • Bears for HCMC Pediatric patients
  • Hearing screening equipment for newborns
  • Supplies for EMS lake station
  • Pagers for the Diagnostic Center
  • Treadmill for Cardiac Rehab
  • Curtains for the Surgery Center
  • Christmas Stockings for newborns
  • Table and chairs for HCMC Atrium area
  • Desk for HCMC surgery waiting area
  • Furniture for Lake Haven
  • Donation towards the Caring Hearts Cancer Survivor Dinner
  • New freezer for HCMC Food & Nutrition Services
  • New ATP Monitoring System for HCMC Surgery Department
  • Weighted blankets for HCHC patients in Plumley Rehab
  • Scholarships to graduating Henry County High School Seniors entering the healthcare profession

The HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary just finished a jewelry sale in November and raised over $4,100 to support projects like these as well as scholarships.  Their support over their 65 years both financially and physically are what keep HCMC growing forward.

“We are so very proud of our volunteers at HCMC,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing & PR at HCMC.  “For 65 years they have been a driving force for our organization through their time and commitment.  We couldn’t do it without our volunteers and I am so glad that they are a part of our department and organization.  If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, you really should consider becoming an HCMC volunteer.”

The HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary is always looking for additional volunteers. Applications are located in the Pink Petal Gift Shop and the HCMC Marketing office.

For more information about the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org, or give our volunteer coordinator a call at 731-644-8267.

Henry County Veterans Day Parade Begins at 11am Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Veterans Day Parade is set Saturday November 10th and this year’s Grand Marshall is WWII Veteran Glen T. Hastings. Henry County Veteran Service Director Bob Nolan said the parade will begin line up inside the fairgrounds at 9:45am and roll out starting at 11am Saturday.

The parade route is the same leaving Fairgrounds Road turning left on Hwy. 79 and turning on Pennsylvania Avenue. Several entries are already signed up and more will be accepted right on up until the parade Saturday morning. All veterans are welcome and vehicles are to be decorated in patriotic themes. Applications can be picked up this week at the Veteran Services Office in the Basement of the courthouse or call 642-5055. Last year’s parade had 62 entries and Nolan said he’d love to see even more this year.  

Salute to Veterans Concert Planned Sat at KPAC as Vietnam Vet Barry Hart Gets Bronze Star Valor Award

Paris, Tenn.- A special Salute to Veterans concert is planned Saturday November 10th at 2pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center and the event is free to the public. The main attraction of the event will be a Bronze Star with the V device for Valor will be presented to Barry Hart after he served in Vietnam 48 years ago. At Saturday’s event you will hear the story of how paperwork fell between the cracks had been rectified and the honor is being given where it is due. Barry will be presented the honor by his son Lt. Col. Matt Hart who will make the presentation to his dad.

Lt. Col. Hart, USAF 386th Expeditionary Support Squadron is the guest speaker and both the Paris Henry County Chamber Music Society’s Concert Band and Paris Brass will be performing selections of Patriotic and Americana music.

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Set Sat. Night

Paris, Tenn.- 11 of the best chili cooking teams in Henry County will compete for Grand Champion of the Red Hot Chili Preppers this Saturday at First United Methodist Church from 5-7:30pm.

Tickets are $10 in advance and include chili tastings, a full bowl of your favorite chili with all the fixings, plus dessert, and beverages. Children under 3 will eat free and tickets for children ages 3-12 are only $5. Tickets are available in the church office, Lura Lee’s, Merison’s, Paris Family Chiropractic, Campbell Therapy, and Lakeway Animal Clinic. Ticket at the door Saturday will be $15 or $7.50 for kids ages 3-12.

The night will be “A Hot Time in the Ole Town” with great food and live entertainment and games for children. The event is a fundraiser for the mission trip to Kenya coming up in the Spring of 2019 when members of four area churches will travel to assist an infant rescue center and at children’s homes in Kenya. Call 642-4764 or 707-0930 for more information.

Donna Craig Named Clerk of the Year

Nashville- Henry County Clerk Donna Craig was named the Outstanding Clerk of the Year this week at the 50th Annual County Official Association of Tennessee (COAT) Conference. The event was held at Opryland Hotel with Country Music Singer Pam Tillis announcing the award winner(top photo) . Donna's husband Tuffy and boys Paige and Dallas surprised her at the event as she received the award. (bottom photo)

KSP Arrests Trimble Co. Man on Sexual Exploitation Charges

Bedford, Ky.- On November 2, 2018, the Trimble County Grand Jury indicted Ricky A. Hutchason, 61, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Hutchason was served and arrested this date as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing files of child sexual exploitation online. 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Bedford on September 6, 2018. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Hutchason is currently charged with 10 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense and 10 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. He was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Man Evades Briefly, Charged With Evading, Felony Weapon Poss.

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Rodney Wilson, age 23, of Caledonia St. with evading arrest, felony weapon possession, and theft to go along with the warrants he was wanted for after a brief chase Tuesday. The report stated that Sgt. Jamie Myrick radioed that Wilson, who they knew had active warrants for vandalism and domestic assault, was a passenger in a Chevy Trailblazer heading towards Paris and

Dep. Carroll made the traffic stop. Wilson got out and began to run and Dep. Carroll gave chase. Wilson threw up his arms and Dep. Carroll could see a black object in his hands with a light on it, so he deployed his taser to subdue Wilson. A .223 caliber bullet was found in Wilson’s pocket and a search of the vehicle found an AR-15 rifle and ammunition. Wilson is a convicted felon out of Henderson County

Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Point Pleasant Road where a woman had been in jail and said several items were missing while she was incarcerated. Dep. Waldron went to the residence and the woman, who had three other people staying with her, accused them of stealing items such as a flat screen TV, Samsung S5 phone, an Xbox, paint, and more items.

Dep. Waldron spoke to the accused, who said they didn’t take any of the items, but someone who would come and go might have. Over $2500 worth of items were reported missing, but no one was charged with theft as the investigation continues.

Sparks St. Church of Christ "Surviving the Holidays" Ministry Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Sparks Street Church of Christ will hold a “Surviving the Holidays” Grief Share ministry on Thursday November 8th at 10am at the church located at 109 Sparks St.

The ministry is designed to meet the needs of those who will be experiencing the holidays without their loved ones. It is a CD presentation done by professional couples with people who have navigated the holidays alone due to loss of loved ones. Refreshments will be served during the two hour program. Call 407-4857 or 644-1758 to register.

HC UT Ext. Offering Advanced Master Beef Producer Classes

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County UT Extension will offer a Multi-County Advanced Master Beef Producer Program starting November 10th. The Advanced Master Beef Producer Program is an educational program designed to provide information to Tennessee cow-calf producers to help them be the very best in the country, improve their profitability and position the industry to be competitive with other states. 

The Advanced Master Beef Producer Program will offer five educational sessions, which will take place in November. The first session will begin on November 10th and the final session will conclude on November 29th. November dates include: Saturday the 10th, Monday the 12th, Thursday the 15th, Monday the 19th, and Thursday the 29th. Classes will be held at the Henry County UT Extension Office and begin promptly each night at 6:00 pm, except for the November 10th Class. On November 10th field day activities will begin at 9:00 am and be held at 12610 HWY 69 North, Cottage Grove, Tennessee. The Advanced Master Beef Producer Program will be led by a team of University of Tennessee Extension agents and specialists.  The cost of the program is $100. For those producers that are not BQA certified, a certification training session with an additional fee will be offered, so all producers will be able to complete their certification requirements.

The Advanced Master Beef Producer Program will offer 5 educational sessions that focus on cow-calf production and issues facing the beef industry.  Producers will be able to interact with trained facilitators and are encouraged to share ideas with other producers.  Producers will be able to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of their operations by having access to essential, technical information.

Topics covered during the five sessions will include forage/rotational grazing/fencing management, facilities, nutrition, health, reproduction, genetics, and budgets/marketing.

Producers must complete all five sessions in order to receive their Advanced Master Beef Producer certificate.  In addition, those completing the course will receive an Advanced Master Beef Producer cap and a farm sign.  The Advanced Master Beef Producer program, like all UT Extension programs, provides equal opportunity to all persons.

In addition, those completing the Advanced Master Beef Producer program will be eligible for increased cost share funds through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Enhancement Program Cattle Initiative and Feed Storage Program.

For additional information, please contact the Henry County UT Extension Office at 642-2941.  Please register and pay your class fee by Thursday, November 8th (P.O. Box 188 / Paris, TN 38242).

Parisian Theatre, WMUF/WLZK/WRQR Team Up for $2 Movie Night Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Parisian Theatre along with WMUF/WLZK/WRQR are teaming up to help stock the 1st United Methodist Church Foody Pantry this Thursday November 8th with $2 movie night. You can get into any of the movies for only $2 Thursday when you bring two in-date food items per person. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seats are first come first served.

Foods must be in-date and include boxed macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned soups, vegetables, strawberry or grape jam or jelly, peanut butter, powdered milk, canned fruit, and cereals. Movie tickets will be normal price without two food items.

Reminder: R.E.A.L. Hope Boston Butt Sale This Fri.-Sat.

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.

Henry County Votes Republican in Tues. Midterm

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County overwhelmingly supported the republican ticket in Tuesday’s election as almost 11K voters voted in this mid-term election. Bill Lee won the governor’s race and won Henry County by a 70 to 27 percent margin as Lee took 7,694 votes compared to Democratic Candidate Karl Dean’s 3,031 votes.

In the U.S. Senate Race, the seat vacated by Bob Corker, Marsha Blackburn won Henry County by a 66% to 32% margin over former Tennessee Governor Democrat Phil Bredesen. Blackburn had 7,186 votes while Bredesen had 3,497.

Republican David Kustoff kept the U.S. House of Representative Seat in the 8th District and won Henry County with 6,807 or nearly 69% of the vote while Democrat Erika Pearson received 2,326 or 23% of the vote.

Bruce Griffey will represent Henry, Benton, and Stewart County in the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 75th District as he overwhelmingly defeated Democrat Richard Carl Tuesday night. Griffey had defeated incumbent Tim Wirgau in the August state primary. Griffey received nearly 69% of the vote with 7,324 votes.

Griffey told WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks Tuesday night he was excited to go to work for the 75th District. He said, “I’m humbled and thankful that I’ve been elected and I’m ready to get started, I’ve got some ideas on welfare reform, we need to work on economic growth and getting more and better paying jobs to our state and area.”

Griffey said he was excited Bill Lee has been elected as Tennessee’s next governor because he has excellent education development ideas and we need those to improve our workforce and add more jobs. Griffey said skilled labor is something we need to focus on growing.”

In local races Tuesday night, Sam Tharpe took the most votes in the Paris City Commission with 1,703 votes followed by Carlton Gerrell’s 1,613 votes, and Gayle Griffith’s 1,606. All three were incumbents with no opposition so they all keep their seats.

Vote totals in Henry saw Mayor Michael Gross received 100 votes, or 93.46% and in the Alderman race two seats were up and Cindy Rainy received 97 votes and Dane Allen got 79 votes. In the unexpired term for Alderman TJ Milam received 109 or 99% of the vote.

In Puryear’s Alderman race Mackie Gallimore was the leading vote getter with 128 votes while Mitch Sykes grabbed 126 votes. Two seats were open, both incumbents retain the seats.

Henry County Voter turnout this mid-term was almost 56%. The number of votes that came Absentee and Early vote was more than Election Day votes by 6417 to 4559 margin.

Marching Patriots Chili Supper Continues This Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Lunch has been busy for the Marching Patriots Chili Supper at First United Methodist Church and supper will run from 4:30pm to 7pm. Tickets are $10 and benefits the Marching Patriots. (David Jackson photos)

Woman Charged With Misuse of 911

Paris, Tenn.- A woman was charged with misuse of 911 and filing false reports after she called in two people being shot on Megan Lane. According to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Dep. Gary Carroll and Sgt. Brian Davis responded to Megan Lane and checked a couple of houses and everyone was ok and no one had heard any gunshots.

The officers then went to the home of Tammy Freeland, age 50, of 4080 Guthrie Road, as she called in the incident, but didn’t find her at the house. Cpl. Jim Sanders, who had heard the call, spotted Freeland at Twice Daily and told Dep. Carroll he would hold her there until he could arrive. Freeland finally told officers someone came over the TV and told her to call 911 about the two people being shot. She was charged as noted with misuse of 911 and filing false reports.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Brian Davis took a report of theft from a company van where over $10K worth of items had been stolen sometime since September. The report stated the company wasn’t sure exactly when or where the van was parked but items such as a thermal camera, tools, and other items were missing. There are no suspects.

Henry County Grand Jury Hands Down 56 True Bills Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury met in a lengthy session on Monday and handed down 56 indictments, all true bills including some for 1st degree murder, vehicular homicides, and arson.

Jeremy Anderson was indicted for 1st Degree murder; Jarod Ashby indicted for 31 charges, stemming from vehicular homicide. Other indictments against Ashby included DUI, and underage drinking.

Other indictments handed down by Monday’s Grand Jury included Josh Carter, aggravated and domestic assault, Timothy Crabtree, attempt to commit 2nd degree murder and aggravated assault stemming from charges when he beat the owner of Country Junction back in August.

Rodney Avant was indicted on aggravated assault charges as was Sandra Bobo and Robert Clendenin was indicted on sexual battery of minor charges, and Charity Ferguson was indicted for four counts of arson and one count of aggravated animal cruelty.

The majority of other indictments involved drug charges and burglaries.

Storms Knock Out Power, Flood Some Roads Mon. Night

BPU crews high in the air working on repairing power lines, restoring power on Monday night. (BPU photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Storms that came thru Henry County Monday evening dropped heavy rains, strong winds and even prompted a Tornado Warning for the southern end of the County until 9pm. Trees and power lines were knocked down and roads like Hwy. 140E. were flooded into the night.

BPU crews were out in full force working to restore power as power outages were widespread according to Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards. He said the most out was about 150 and one pole was changed out and everyone was back up and running by about 2:30am Tuesday morning.

Parks Dept. Learns About Bike Trails at Camp Hazelwood

Parks Director Tony Lawrence discusses the Camp Hazelwood trails. (Tim Alsobroks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met in regular session Monday evening and Parks Director Tony Lawrence explained that plans are in the works for some mountain bike trails at Camp Hazelwood. He said the County, with retired City Manager Carl Holder as the liaison, has been working with officials at the State Park to work thru getting trails at Camp Hazelwood.

There are two trails that are currently there, 3 miles, staff will work when weather is good to clear these trails and get them ready for the Spring, In Phase 2 of the project, they will have the representative from the State Park come back out and flag out another course, which will be an 8-mile course for mountain bikes. He said there are some hoops to jump thru for staff to get some extra certification to work with equipment and the public at State Parks. Lawrence said the County has taken the lead on the project, but the Parks Department and City is helping and eager to assist to get the trails ready.

Lawrence also gave an update on the renovations going on at Eiffel Tower Park. Lawrence said the restrooms are getting completely redone and have been gutted already with new dividers, tile, lighting, toilets, etc. Most of the brick used in the bathroom renovations landscape area is brick left over from when Lowe’s did the base of the Eiffel Tower façade.

Lawrence said parking has been expanded in the area with gravel and would be paved later in the Spring to add more for the Splash Pad at the Park. He said they’ve had the first of three meetings with the state about the LPRF grant at the park for the Splash Pad and hope the money will be released in December.

The board learned a new storage building had been installed at Eiffel Tower Park as well. They will store the lawnmower and other tools and equipment in there and have run power to the building. The storage building can be moved if need be as well.

Lawrence also updated the board that new handicapped lift and basketball goal had been installed at the Civic Center Pool, three, 5 row bleachers with back fence have arrived and are being put together on rainy days to be ready for next sports season, and the new roller mower has been cutting mowing time down and working well.

Polls Open 7am to 7pm Tuesday for Election Day

Paris, Tenn.- Polls will be open 7am to 7pm Tuesday across the county for Election Day. All precincts will be open with poll workers ready to assist you in voting if you need to do so. Henry Countians will be voting in races in the Paris City Commission, Mayor and Alderman seats in Henry and Alderman in Puryear, although none of these have opposition. Races with opposition are all state level including 75th district TN House, U.S. Senate, and Governor of Tennessee.

No Injuries When Car Crashes into Kroger

Paris, Tenn.- There were no injuries reported to the people in the vehicle or inside or around the store when this car crashed thru the front window of Kroger just after 4pm Monday afternoon. Paris Police and Fire both responded to the scene. The full report was not available at this time. (Garry Ann Smith photos)

HCHS Golf Banquet Honors Team

Nashville- The Henry County High School Golf Team held their annual banquet at Top Golf in Nashville over the weekend. Honors were given to team members as follows:

Senior Awards:Eli Ridgeway, Sydney Williams, Chase Wyrick, Jameson Robbins
Lowest Average:Eli Ridgeway, Sydney Williams
Newcomer of the Year:Dalton Dodd, Annie Veazey
Academic Awards:Jack Foster, Annie Veazey

Suspect Thought in Attempted Robbery From Sat. Night

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are still seeking information about a man who attempted to rob another man making a late night deposit over the weekend. Lt. Josh Frey took the report from the manager of Domino’s before 3am Saturday who had closed the store and went to make a deposit at the bank, when another man tried to rob him. The report said a black male, between 5’10” and 6 ft. tall was wearing a hockey mask and green jacket and walked up to the car and demanded the bank bag as he pointed a gun at him. The restaurant manager escaped and drove straight to City Hall and talked with Lt. Frey, who then escorted him back to the bank to make the deposit. Anyone with information should call Paris Police at 642-2424.

Paris Police Arrest Woman for Warrants, Drugs

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Tony Elkins and Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker received a report that Brandy M. Hudspeth, age 45, of 29 Rolling Meadows in Henry, was at Crestview Manor. According to the Paris Police Department report, they knew Hudspeth had active warrants so they went to investigate and found her and she agreed to a search. The search found several pills in which no prescription could be produced. Hudspeth was charged for the original warrants and additionally charged for simple possession of schedule 4 drug.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Elkins responded to a report of theft from N. Poplar St. where 6 antique dolls have been stolen from 2015 until the present. The dolls belonged to the victim’s deceased mother and were up under the bed in the master bedroom and hadn’t been all seen together since 2015. While moving some things from there this weekend, the victim went to get them and noticed 6 of them missing. The value of the 6 missing antique dolls is estimated at $10K and there are a few possible suspects.

Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged Melissa D. Shumate, age 40, of 603 N. Poplar with fugitive from justice and simple possession of schedule 2. She was placed on $10K bond.

Sheriff's Office Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.-  report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. William Whitaker responded to a Guthrie Road residence where the neighbor was stealing Electricity and water. Dep. Whitaker arrived to find that Tammy Freeland, age 50, of 4050 Guthrie, had ran extension cords from her house to the neighbors and dented in some siding at the home. Dep. Whitaker went to the door and Freeland slammed it on him at first, then eventually was charged with theft of services and vandalism.

Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft on Williams Lane were a wedding ring had been stolen from a nightstand. The victim said two men who were there working on a water unit could have taken the ring, value at $7200, because it was near the area they were working and after they left is when she noticed it missing. Investigation is continuing.

Winter Coat Giveaway Saturday at East Wood Church

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a winter coat give-away on Saturday November 10th at East Wood Church of Christ from 9am to Noon. Anyone looking for a winter coat come to the back of the building downstairs.

Vandalism and Property Damage Reported to HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sherriff’s Office responded to a number of incidents this weekend including a report of a male pigmy goat being shot and another missing on Clifty Road. The owner said the goats run loose in her backyard during the day and is put away at sunset.The goat was found with two bullets in its hind area and one in its neck. The complainant said they did not hear any gun fire. The case is still under investigation.

They also investigated a case of vandalism Sunday when a driver for A&R transport reported the cab of his truck had been spray painted with vulgar language. The truck and trailer were parked in an empty lot on Highway 77 on Friday night. The case is being investigated.

Murray State Presenting “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Murray Kenn.-The Murray State University Department of Global Languages & Theatre Arts presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with performances Nov. 15–18.

The show will be presented in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Shows run Nov. 15–17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $21 (plus tax) per ticket for general admission seating and $19 (plus tax) for Murray State employees, non-Murray State students and AARP members. Murray State students are free with their student IDs.

Mexican Fiesta Dinner Set for Nov. 13

Paris, Tenn.- The 19th annual Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Mexican Dinner Fiesta by Senor Gayle Griffith is set for November 13 at the Paris Convention center. The event will be from 10:30 to 1:30 for lunch and 4:00 to 7:00 for dinner. Tickets for the event are on sale now. You can purchase those from a member of the club or you can call 642-3273. All proceeds benefit local Organizations ion Henry County.

"Empty Bowl" Fundraiser set For Nov. 17 at UTM]

Randy Brundige, mayor of the city of Martin, visited the UT Martin ceramics studio Oct. 30 to present a proclamation naming Nov. 17, 2018, as “Martin Empty Bowls Day.” Pictured (l-r) are David McBeth, UT Martin professor of art; Brundige; and Doug Cook, professor and chair, UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts.

(Photo By UTM)

Martin, Tenn- 15th-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 17, in the Student Life Center on the Campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Empty Bowls, an international project to fight hunger, started locally in 2003 to support relief efforts by We Care Ministries.

David McBeth, event director and UT Martin associate professor of art, along with student and alumni volunteers will hand-craft 1,500 ceramic bowls to celebrate the event’s 15th year. Attendees will receive a standard-sized bowl to take home after donating $15 to the cause. Larger bowls will also be available for suggested donation amounts. Guests can then enjoy an all-you-can-eat soup lunch provided by community members and organizations.

This year’s event will also include a silent auction of specialty bowls featuring unique designs and colors. The auction will continue for the duration of the event, and directors will contact auction winners in the weeks following.

Attendees can make donations by cash, check or charge. All donations go to We Care Ministries Inc.

The Student Life Center is located at 199 Moody Ave. in Martin. For more information, contact McBeth at 731-881-7416.

HCHS Marchin Patriots Host Fundraisers This Week

HCHS Marching Patriots from their 2017 Blackout Show

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots have two big events coming up this week. The annual Chili Supper fundraiser on Tuesday, November 6th!  Both lunch (11am-2pm) and dinner (4:30pm-7pm) will be served with tickets only $10.  You will get a bowl of hearty chili with all the ‘fixins’, sandwich or chips, dessert, and a drink.  This is the band’s largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds help to provide instruments, music, transportation, and food for band members year round!

The second is the Blackout Show Thursday, November 8th at Patriot Stadium. Ttickets are only $1.00.  The concert will start at 7:00pm.

For more information, contact Barbra Cave at 731-642-5281.

Pats Keep Play-off Hopes Alive with Win over Munford

#8 Joseph Travis leaps over the Munford defense during 1st half action.

#5 Jayln Foster scores his 3rd touchdown of the first half along with 211 yards rushing for the half.

#37 Colton Wiser brings down a Munford kickoff returner

#3 Tavion Kendley returns a kickoff during Friday nights game with Munford.

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County moves on in playoff action as they defeated Munford 42-14. The Patriots dominated in scoring in the first half of the game. Scoring all their 42 points before the half. But could not score again in the 2nd half.

Henry County will faceoff with the  Memphis Ridgeway Roadrunners at Patriot Stadium next Friday.

UT Martin Suspends  Fraternity Due to Hazing Alligations

Martin, Tenn- UT Martin Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity has been placed on an interim suspension pending an investigation by The University's Office of Student Conduct after claims of possible hazing. According to a report from UTM, The violations and misconduct reportedly started in September. The university was not made aware of these events until this week.

The national chapter has also suspended the UTM chapter so they can pursue their own investigation into the claims.

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.

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.

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.


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