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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Pats Host Munford Friday Night in Round Two of Playoffs

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Munford in Round 2 of the TSSAA State Football playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7pm Friday night. If you can’t make the game, you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates apply. Good luck to the Big Red!

HC UT Ext. and HCLA Hosting Cattle Day Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension and Henry County Livestock Association will be hosting a Beef Cattle Field Day on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The field day offers producers young and old multiple opportunities to gain and exhibit their farm knowledge. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.  

The field day will begin a 10:00 am with educational programs that will cover Genetics, Reproduction, Environmental Stewardship through NRCS, and Pasture Renovation/Weed Management. Field day presentations will also count as part of the 2017 Henry County Area Advanced Master Beef Producer Program class requirements.  

During the lunch break and following the presentations, producers and visitors can visit vendor booths and participate in the Pen of 3 Stocker Calf Show (Youth & Adult), Judging Contest, and Skillathon. Door prizes will also be presented during field day activities. All November 11th field day activities and events will be conducted at 8639 HWY 641 South, Paris, Tennessee.  

For more information please contact the Henry County UT Extension office at 731-642-2941. Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. Ag.tennessee.edu

HC UT Ext. Area Master Beef Producer Classes Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County UT Extension will offer a Multi-County Advanced Master Beef Producer Program starting, Saturday, November 11th.  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 begin Saturday, November 11th and conclude Thursday, November 30th. 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 session will be offered.  

The Advanced Master Beef Producer Program will offer five 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.  

Beef cattle topics being covered during the five sessions are marketing management, forage, nutrition, health, reproduction, genetics, and hot topics.  

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.  

For more information or to sign up for classes, please contact the Henry County UT Extension Office at 642-2941. 

Reminder: KPAC Offering Free Concert for Veterans Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will hold a free concert this Saturday November 11th for a Veteran’s Day Celebration. The concert will feature the Cumberland Winds Concert Band at 2pm on Saturday. This will be an excellent performance filled with inspiring and patriotic music, ending with a salute to men and women from each branch of service. The concert is free to the public.

HCBOE Approves Teachers for Tenure at Lengthy Nov. Meeting

Teachers approved for tenure Thurs. night by HC BOE. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met at Harrelson for their November meeting on Thursday and approved several teachers for tenure as recommended by Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton. Teachers must work for five years before being recommended for tenure and have achieved 4 or 5 in the TVAAS test scoring.

Those approved for tenure at Harrelson were Lindsay Crane, Amanda Albritten, and Melissa Chambers at Henry: Amy Williams, Angie Cook, Robin House, Jana Bruce, Valerie Guthrie; teachers approved for tenure at Lakewood were Carrie Burns, Ben Burkhart, and Dana Lamkin; Jamie Osbron was also approved for tenure at Grove. A small reception was held prior to the board meeting to honor teachers who achieved tenure. Each teacher received a small gift and will receive a $500 bonus at the end of the month.

Dr. Norton said, “this is an exciting night when we honor our tenures, they have ran the race and finished, getting tenure is a big deal for our teachers.”

Harrelson Tells HCBOE How They Are Trying to Improve School for Students

Members of the School Improvement team at Harrleson discuss their plans of action. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Harrelson Principal Maria Cox welcomed the board to Harrelson and introduced Lisa Hart to present the school improvement plan. She said the first task was to revisit the school’s vision and asked :Who are we when we are at our best?

Hart said we identified four focus areas: reading, math, chronic absenteeism, and school culture to help with improving our vision. Members of the improvement committee talked about some of the things they are doing which included incentives to students for reading more. Students have checked out 500 more books this past 9 weeks and they earned a glow dance with popcorn and cokes. About 200 students got to participate in the Glow Dance for meeting their goals in reading.

Students are using IXL as a computer program to help improve their math skills and close learning gaps. Students are awarded Hawk bucks for meeting goals and purchase items at the Hawk Shop like extra recess, snacks, and other things.

Harrelson is also tackling chronic absenteeism in their improvement plan and providing incentives such as extra recess time. 184 students recently got to participate for meeting goals and not having absences.

School Culture is another area that Harrelson is focusing on to improve as they help students with positive reinforcement to meet social and culture expectations. The acronym HAWK is used for the implementation as students must Have respect, Act responsibly, Work Together, and Keep Safe. This focus area also includes incentives students can meet.

Teacher Ruben Adams told the board of robotics and mobile app design courses in addition to their 90 minutes of PE. He said it has been incredible to see what the students are doing so far with these courses.

Also Thursday night, System Maintenance Director John Akers gave a facilities update Thursday night saying work is coming along on the Transportation building including some of the roof being on and it should be completed by just after Thanksgiving. They will then put in the roll in doors and enclose everything.

Akers said the order is placed for the maintenance building and that locks in the price. He said they are working with a couple of companies on hand rails for Patriot Stadium. The Softball bleachers are out for bid and due next week. The concrete pad for the bleachers have been poured. He said they should finish all that up next week or two.

Board Learns HCSS is Progressive, But Needs Improvement on State Accountability Tests

Mr. Armstrong discusses state scoring from most recent tests. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Daniel Armstrong Director of Professional Learning and Middle Grade Instruction, spoke on District Accountability data and how the state looks at four things participation, achievement data, growth, and subgroup performance.  

The System met all participation benchmarks which is 95%. The achievement data reports what percent of students are at or above grade level.

Armstrong said our brightest spots on achievement include our ACT score which put the district in top 20%. Other bright spots include middle school science and English.

Armstrong said Henry County showed growth in high school science, ACT, and 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts.

In the subgroup performance in students with disabilities, the district closed the gap in high school English and math and middle school English. The graduation rate in the minority subgroup scored really well also.

Armstrong said we are shown as progressive in several areas, but overall as a district it shows as needs improvement.

Director of Schools Dr. Norton said, “we were warned we would drop under the new standards and we’ve taken a punch after this 1st year of accountability.”

Dr. Norton said, “everyday we tried to provide a well enriched curriculum to our students that went beyond testing. He said we believe if we keep doing what we are doing we will get stronger and meet this standards.”

Dr. Norton said when our students graduate, they will be TN Ready, but also ready for life choices after high school because our teachers are doing the job to prepare our students. He said, “we know we need some improvement, but we are progressing and there is no one working harder than our teachers.”

Student Rep at HCBOE Discusses Speech Team, Student Gov.

Paris, Tenn.- Student Representative on the Board Pierce Rose discussed the high school speech and debate team and what they have done so far and will be doing in the coming weeks and months.

He also shared with the board what student government has been doing at HCHS. He said they pass out comment cards to give students a voice and cell phone policy was one of the topics students are concerned about.

Literacy Council Reorganizing, Planning 2nd Grade Reading Program

Paris, Tenn.- In his Director’s report, Dr. Norton said the literacy council is wanting to become active again and they are working to establish a reading program for 2nd graders that involves the council and community. He said the program is Team Read and they are looking for Volunteers to come and read one hour per week and help a couple of students with reading. He said we want to get this program running in January.

Henry County will be serving as a pilot program for 4th grade science as standards for science are skyrocketing in rigor. Also 6 teachers will be participating in micro-credentialing pilot program with the state.

$2 Movie Night Brings in Several Pounds of Food for FUMC Pantry

Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds of items worth of food were donated to the First United Methodist Church’s food pantry on Thursday night as the Parisian Theater and WMUF/WLZK/WRQR hosted two dollar movie night at the Parisian. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Rotary Learns About Friends of NWR

Paris, Tenn.- Kimi Fitzhugh secretary and president elect of Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge admonished Rotary members to become involved in the Friends program. Kimi quoted environmentalist Rachel Carson, “we are more concerned about what we are about to do than what we have already done.” She encouraged members to explore the website and find them on Facebook at www.friendstnwr.org.

Lady Pat Gracie Osbron Signs with UT Lady Vols

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Senior Gracie Osbron will trade in her big red uniforms at the end of this year and put on the big orange for the University of Tennessee next fall.

Gracie signed a National Letter of Intent Thursday morning to play softball with the Lady Vols beginning next year. She will have been a part of a historic run with for Henry County Lady Patriots Softball after winning a record number of games two years ago and making it to the state tournament last year.

Honor 58 Visits HCMC as they Pay it Forward

Paris, Tenn.- No simple act of kindness ever goes wasted, and on November 8, 2017, the simple act of buying lunch made a big impact on the ER team at Henry County Medical Center. The members of a group known as Honor58 visited Henry County Medical Center ER staff with a meal in memory of Sonny Melton.

Honor58 is a team of three individuals who want to make a difference with their actions. Tommy Maher, daughter Kelli Maher, and friend Aline McEntee, from Long Island, NY have set out on a cross country journey to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. They’ve made 58 bracelets, each with the name of a shooting victim. Leaving their homes on November 7, they plan to travel to 20 cities throughout the U.S., handing out the bracelets and performing a random act of kindness in honor of each one.

Sonny Melton, an RN at Henry County Medical Center, was killed during the Las Vegas Shooting. Honor58 gave DeAnn Berry, Emergency Room Director at Henry County Medical Center, a bracelet with Sonny’s name on it with the hope that the random acts of kindness will be continued by passing along the bracelet to the next recipient. They also bought and delivered lunch for the Emergency Room staff as a random act of kindness in Sonny’s honor. In return, DeAnn gave the group t-shirts made in Sonny’s honor. 

Honor58’s message is to pay it forward with random acts of kindness. As they travel the country, they hope to honor these victims with their actions and inspire others to pay it forward. They call others to perform random acts of kindness and post a picture or video using the hashtag, #Honor58, to honor the victims and to do good in their name.

Berry says, “I was left speechless when these inspiring folks showed up and presented our ER with these tokens of memorabilia in honor of Sonny.  I was presented with the bracelet with Sonny's name on it and I carry on the random acts of kindness to help honor those 58 victims.  One of the quotes that I keep telling myself everyday about this tragedy is that Love will Conquer hate and I feel in my heart that this is a perfect example of how we will accomplish this.  Tommy and those girls were here out of pure kindness and compassion just to be nice.  That is something Sonny would have done.  I am honored to meet such amazing people.  Tommy's friend was a victim in the Sept 11th tragedy and he is going above and beyond for people to remember him, as I plan to do for Sonny.”

R.E.A.L Hope Boston Butts Ready Friday, Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 6th Annual R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center Boston Butt Sale is going on to benefit the center. Reserve your cooked Boston Butt: hot, cold, or frozen by calling 731-333-1320. Pickup for the Boston Butts will be next to Lakeway IGA on East Wood Street in Paris Friday November 10th 5-8pm or Saturday November 11th 10am-3pm.

APSU Receives $1.3M Grant to Open Veterans Upward Bound Office

Clarksville, Tenn.- Military veterans looking to attend college will now have a strong advocate at Austin Peay State University thanks to the recent awarding of a five-year, $1.3 million U.S. Department of Education TRiO grant.

The new grant will allow the University to open a Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) office on campus to serve 125 veterans from Fort Campbell and Houston, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart counties. The VUB program assists low-income veterans and veterans who are first-generation college students in applying for a post-secondary education, finding and submitting financial aid applications, and enrolling in an institution of higher education.

“The purpose of Veteran’s Upward Bound is to assist veterans in reaching their academic goals. The program is designed so that they will be successful no matter where their higher education pursuits lead them,” Brandi Clements, director of research and sponsored grants at APSU, said.

The new federal award will provide APSU with $269,938 a year for the next five years to continue the program. The U.S. Department of Education received more than 200 applications, but it only awarded 55 grants.

“The program provides counselors and mentors to help get these individuals into school, help them with the financial aid process and with tutoring,” Kelly Pitts, APSU grants specialist, said. “They help them network with the campus community. It’s a connecting resource for everyone.”

The VUB is a free service for veterans, not active-duty military, and the University is in the process of hiring a director and staff for the program. Until that office is open, individuals should contact the APSU Office of Research and Sponsored Grants at grants@apsu.edu for more information.

Jim Tracy Appointed as State Director of USDA Rural Dev.

Nashville- The Trump Administration recently appointed Jim Tracy as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Tennessee. Tracy will begin his new role on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Tracy brings 13 years’ experience serving as Tennessee State Senator for the 14th Senatorial District where he was a strong advocate for rural and agriculture issues.  Jim’s ties to agriculture began in his youth when he was active in 4-H and on the family farm. He grew up in West Tennessee where his father was a county extension agent.

Tracy also has 24 years’ experience as a small business owner and early in his career, he taught Agricultural Education in high school. Jim and his family reside in Shelbyville, TN.

As State Director, Tracy will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Tennessee.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

HCMC Center for Wellness Holding Canned Food Drive in Nov.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Center for Wellness and Rehab is hosting a “We CAN Make a Difference” food drive throughout the month of November. The community is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to HCMC Center for Wellness during regular business hours and drop them in the receptacle located inside. All donations will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Items being collected include canned and dry beans, peanut butter and other nut butters, shelf stable milk and milk substitutes, canned vegetables, low-sodium soups and pasta sauce, broths and stocks, seeds and nuts, brown rices, pasta, canned fruit in juice, canned tuna in water, olive or canola oil, and non-perishable staples for a Thanksgiving meal.

Debbie Jelks, Director of Rehab Services at HCMC, said, “the therapists at the Center wanted to do something to support our community and the food drive seemed like a great opportunity to give back, your donations are much appreciated.”

The Center for Wellness and Rehab is located at Kelley Clinic, at 1015 Kelley Drive. For more information call 642-2411.

Bethel's Twinkle Ball Tickets on Sale Now

McKenzie, Tenn.- Tickets for the 6th Annual Twinkle Ball at Bethel University are on sale now and the ball is set for Wednesday November 29th from 6-8pm. It will be held at the Baker Fieldhouse Gymnasium on Bethel’s McKenzie campus.

The Twinkle Ball gives young ladies and their mothers or someone who is motherly to them, the chance to dress up and celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the girliest ways imaginable. This year’s theme is Twinkle has been Grinched.

Tickets for mother/daughter are $25. Mothers with more than one daughter can purchase additional tickets for $7 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore, but must be purchased in advance by Monday November 27th. For more information call 352-4090.

"Prince of Egypt" Sat. Night at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will present the “Prince of Egypt” presented by the Dancing Generation Studio this Saturday night at 7pm. Admission is $10 at the door with children ages 5 and under admitted for free. For more information call Lisa Davidson at 363-5682.

TBI, HCSO, Puryear PD Bring in Two Charged With Abuse to Corpse


Paris, Tenn.- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working in cooperation with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Puryear Police Department, have obtained indictments for three individuals accused of abusing a corpse.

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, TBI Agents joined the investigation into the death of a woman identified as 20-year-old Emily Webb, found in her car July 10th along Blood River Church Road. Though Webb’s death was determined to be the result of a drug overdose, during the course of the investigation, authorities developed information that Delena Kerr (DOB 9-29-76), John Bradley Tharpe III (DOB 9-27-78), and Charles Delk (DOB 7-8-79) rendered no aid and transported her remains to the rural location.  

On Monday, the Henry County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging each individual with one count of Abuse of a Corpse. On Tuesday, authorities located Kerr at her residence in McKenzie, while officers from the Paris Police Department arrested Tharpe. Authorities subsequently booked both into the Henry County Jail, each on $20,000 bond. At the time of this release, Delk remained in the custody of authorities in Kentucky on unrelated charges, and his current booking photograph was not available.

Air Evac Experiences Hard Landing In Union City, Crew With Minor Injuries

Union City, Tenn.- According to a media release from Shelley Schneider, PR Manager for Air Evac, Air Evac 143 in Obion Co., Tenn., experienced a hard landing in Union City, Tenn., at 11:40am Wednesday morning. There was not a patient on board. The crew was transported to the local hospital and are reported to have minor injuries and are in stable condition.

Man Evades Police Briefly, Multiple Charges Brought Forth

Paris, Tenn.- A man is in jail on $30K bond and several charges after he ran from Paris Police overnight and eventually had to be tased to comply with officers.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated Sgt. Jamie James responded to McDonald’s to a reckless driver and found the vehicle in the drive thru. Sgt. James parked his patrol car and walked to the vehicle and noticed Akito Marquies Hutcherson driving and two open beer bottles in the front console. Sgt. James told Hutcherson to pull out of the drive thru and by his patrol car.

 As Sgt. James turned towards his car, Hutcherson pulled out of the drive thru and headed down Mineral Wells Avenue. Sgt. James quickly pursued and called for back up Hutcherson eventually was tracked to Pocket’s and was blocked in by Sgt. James.

Hutcherson refused to comply and was warned and eventually tased for his refusal. Ptl. David Beauvis told Sgt. James that Hutcherson was throwing items out the window going down the road from McDonald’s. Officers then searched and found some baggies of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia scattered along the highway.

Hutcherson was charged with evading arrest, tampering with evidence, simple possession of schedule 6, possession of schedule 2, with intent, and placed on $30K bond. Sgt. James’s dash cam does show Hutcherson throwing the items out of the window during the pursuit.

Hwy. 54 Home Burglarized

Paris,Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a residence on Hwy. 54 was broken into recently with several items missing. The items stolen included a LED TV, Playstation 4 console and games, Wii Game System, a laptop, and tablet. The total value of items is over $2100. Police do have possible suspects and are continuing to investigate.

Two arrests sheets at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were related to abuse of a corpse. John Bradley Tharpe, 3rd, age 39 of 112 N. Porter and Delena B. Kerr, age 41, of 136 Gaston Driver were both charged with abuse of a corpse and placed on $20K bond each.

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

Paris, Tenn.- The Parisian Theatre and WMUF/WLZK/WRQR invites everyone to $2 movie night at the Parisian Theatre this Thursday November 9th. Bring two non-perishable food items and get into the movie for only $2 and help stock the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry. Items accepted are in-date canned soups, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, grape or strawberry jam or jelly, and other items. Doors open at 6:30pm Thursday, movies are regular price without donation of food items.

Marching Patriots Blackout Show Will be Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots will have their annual Blackout Show at Patriot Stadium Thursday November 9th at 6:30pm. Donations are $1 and money raised helps with their trip to Orlando. The show is performed in the dark with special lights on their uniforms and instruments. Tickets are available at the gate or from any band member.

UTM Plans Veterans Day Celebrations

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold a combination Veterans Day Ceremony and Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration Pinning from 3-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the university, the UT Martin Skyhawk Veteran’s Association and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 55.

In addition to honoring veterans at the event, Nov. 10 marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps, and a reception honoring the U.S. Marines will follow in the Welcome Center located near the Watkins Auditorium lobby. Retired Lt. Gen. John “Glad” Castellaw, U.S. Marine Corps and UT Martin alumnus, will attend the event.

Timothy McClain, Skyhawk Veteran’s Association president, will emcee the event; Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, will welcome veterans and guests; and Dr. Rich Helgeson, UT Martin interim provost and Vietnam War veteran, will be the featured speaker. Participating in the pinning ceremony will be Molly Morel and Tammy Hall, representing American Legion Auxiliary Unit 55, and Matt Van Epps, assistant commissioner, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services.

Any living veteran who served at any time on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services, regardless of location, from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, is eligible to receive one Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin during the pinning ceremony. “This is our chance to honor these Vietnam veterans and show them the honor and recognition they deserve,” said Tammy Hall, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 55 member and a UT Martin administrative assistant. “Many weren’t given the option to serve, and we need them to know that we support and appreciate them.”

RSVPs are not necessary, and surviving spouses or family members who attend can provide information at the event to order their special pins and certificates. Additional information is available by contacting Tammy Hall by email at thall19@utm.edu, or call her at 731-881-7380.

The university will continue to honor active military and veterans Saturday, Nov. 11, at Graham Stadium as UT Martin welcomes Jacksonville State University for the annual Veterans Day football game. All active military and veterans will be admitted free to the game, and the ROTC Skyhawk Battalion will provide free lunch for active military and veterans before the game in the north end zone tailgating area under the Tennessee Army National Guard spider tent. A special military induction ceremony and Skyhawk Marching Band patriotic music presentation will be offered at halftime. Several military vehicles will be available at the game for fans to view.

MSU History Dept. Presents ROOTS Concert

Murray, Ky.- On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the department of history at Murray State will host its eighth annual ROOTS Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. There is no admission charge but attendees are asked to bring canned goods for Need Line, a local non-profit organization that distributes food to the community throughout the year. 

“Our community has been generous in response to our food drive for Need Line,” said Dr. Kathy Callahan, chair for the department of history. “The department of history provides music to warm us while our guests provide food to care for people in our community. It’s a win-win situation.” 
The ROOTS Music Concert is an annual event that highlights some of the world’s great musical traditions. It is also one of the many ways Murray State gives back to the community of west Kentucky.
“We’ve got three acts for one of the strongest lineups ever,” said Ted Franklin Belue, senior lecturer of history and the event’s organizer. “The artists are seasoned pros, and their music is refreshingly different — informed by tradition but not limited to it. Plus, the concert is free and offers great family entertainment.” 
This year’s ROOTS Music Concert will include performances by John Hurst, a virtuoso guitarist and singer from Nashville who is a nominee for best guitarist by the International Bluegrass Music Association; Corrina Rose Logston and Jeremy Stephens, a married duo who have performed bluegrass and early-country music at the Grand Ole Opry; and the Wheelhouse Rousters, a group out of Paducah whose hybrid music celebrates west Kentucky’s cultural heritage, industry, people and river history.
“I do hope folks will come out and support live music,” Belue said. “Murray State’s ROOTS Music Concerts are free and open to the public. The music is great and, best of all, every Thanksgiving we’re able to help feed lots of folks through Need Line.” 
The doors to Lovett Auditorium will open Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Belue at 270-809-5455 or tbelue@murraystate.edu

Georg Todd Grand Marshall of 10th Annual HC Veterans Day Parade

Paris, Tenn.- The 10th Annual Henry County Veterans Day Parade will be held this Saturday on Veteran’s Day November 11th. Ann Smith, President and Chairman of the Veteran Service Committee for Henry County, said “this year’s parade is extra special as we are moving the start time to 11am, so we will be right in line with the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, when Veteran’s Day originated.”

The parade route will run from the corner of Fairgrounds and East Wood and turn right onto Pennsylvania Avenue to the Catholic Church and circle back to the Fairgrounds. Smith said this year the parade has 48 or 49 participants so far and over 20 veterans will be recognized in individual cars this year.

This year’s Grand Marshall of the Henry County Veteran’s Day Parade will be Georg Todd. Mr. Todd was born and raised in Henry County and graduated from Central School in 1965. Shortly after graduation from Vocational Tech in McKenzie, Todd was drafted into the United States Marine Corps.

He trained at Paris Island, South Carolina and received orders to Vietnam. While serving with 1st Marine Division Golf Company 2nd Battalion 7th regiment, Todd observed the unit come under heavy fire and noticed a mortally wounded tank commander. Todd jumped into the tank and fired back at hostile forces until he was wounded and knocked from the tank. Ignoring his injuries, Cpl. Todd continued to direct his squad’s fire upon the hostile emplacement.

Todd has been awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 stars, Vietnam Campaign medal, Combat Action ribbon and Presidential unit citation, and awards in the Marines and Navy.

Georg Todd served over 22 years to the Corps and our nation and returned to Paris in 1998. Since then he has served his community as a member of Henry County School Board, and assisted with the Chamber of Commerce, Helping Hands, Heritage Center, Arts Council, and many others.

Patriot Pickers At E Building Saturday 7am to 1pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 2019 invites everyone to Patriot Pickers this Saturday November 11th to be held in the E Building from 7am to 1pm. Come and shop for new and used items such as crafts, collectibles, and much more. In addition to all these items, Pam Harris, West Tennessee author, will be there for a book signing. If you are purchasing anything for Christmas gifts, the Patriot Pickers will offer gift wrapping and Chick-Fil-A will be available for purchase.

TBI, Benton County Arrest Derek Grooms

Camden, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Benton County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of Derek Grooms.  

On November 3rd, TBI began an investigation into the death of Ashley Grooms, DOB 10/27/1996, that occurred at the residence located at 60 Jayson Street in Camden, TN.  

At this point in the investigation the deceased individual’s husband, Derek Grooms, DOB 9/19/1993, has been arrested on charges of Aggravated Child Endangerment, Unlawful Possession of Weapon, and Possession of Methamphetamine.  

Derek Grooms is currently being held in the Benton County Jail on a $250,000 bond. This death investigation remains active and ongoing.

Three Pats XC Runners Win Awards at State Banquet

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- The Mid State Cross Country Association held their awards banquet and three Henry County Patriot runners were recognized. Titus Winders was named as Runner of the Year and was named to the All Mid State Gold Team along with brother Silas. Cole Davis was named to the All Mid State Bronze Team.

Warrants Await Man Injured in Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for Arnold Sharbow, age 45, of 1575 Hwy. 77 for domestic assault stemming from an incident where he apparently pushed a woman down. The report stated Cpl. Jenkins was headed out to Hwy. 77 on the domestic assault call when a head on collision occurred on Hwy. 77 so he stopped at it first and found that Sharbow was involved in the crash. Sharbow was injured and eventually flown out and will be facing charges once he is released from the hospital.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated Sgt. Eric Long was dispatched to John Lee Drive in reference to a woman smelling marijuana coming from her vents. Sgt. Long went to inside and then went next door and located the source at a neighbor’s apartment. Shaun Hancock, age 39, of 916 John Lee Drive was cited into court for simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

HAVOC in Henry County Set for Saturday at Central School

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Downtown Boxing presents HAVOC in Henry County this Saturday November 11th at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road. This is a USA boxing sanctioned event and several bouts are planned. Admission is $5. The doors open at 5pm, fights start at 6pm. Admission is free for children age 4 and under. Concessions will be sold at the event.

T.A.R.P. Chili Cook-Off, Voter Registration Event Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- The T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living will host their 1st ever Voting on Beans and Things Chili Cook-off and Voting Registration Drive this Wednesday November 8th from 11am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to enter a crockpot of chili into the cook-off and win the Golden Spoon. T.A.R.P. is located at 1027 Mineral Wells Avenue Suite 3. Call 644-0026 for more information. All proceeds will go to the Bridge the Gap Program.

W.G. Rhea Library To Hold Several Comp. Classes in Nov.

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold Computer Classes in November covering different topics. A computer basics class will take place Tuesday November 7th 6-7pm, an open lab Thursday November 9th 11:30am-12:30pm, Word 2016: Creating a Christmas Letter will be held 3-4pm on Monday November 13th; there will be a R.E.A.D.S. Lab from 6-7pm Monday November 27th, and a course on online shopping safety will be held Wednesday November 29th from 11:30am-12:30pm. All classes are free, call the library to sign up.

Grand Jury Returns 33 True Bills, Including Indictments for Murder and Rape

Shaquille Hayes indicted on 1st degree murder. (HCSO booking photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury heard 34 cases in a busy session on Monday and issued true bills on 33 cases citing enough evidence in each to indict and one no true bill citing not enough evidence to indict. The bulk of the indictments dealt with the usual drugs,DUI,  thefts, and assault, but first degree murder, rape, solicitation of minor indictments were also handed down in a few cases.

The Grand Jury indicted Shaquille Hayes,23, Lincoln Street of Paris, for first degree murder of 15 month old Naryiah Sparks.Naryiah passed away on February 13th at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital from injuries that she sustained on February 6th, at a home on Hwy 641 South in Paris.

Also indicted was Jennifer Lynn Hisey, 32, Kennon Road of Camden, for accessory after the fact and possession of a controlled substance. Hisey was arrested for accessory after the fact in connection to hinder, harbor and conceal police in arresting James Paul Hill, who was believed to have committed a felony attempted first degree murder.

The Grand Jury indicted  Daniel Korey Hall, 40, S. Poplar Street, for rape of a child and incest. Paris Police began working a case of unlawful sexual contact with a minor on March 6th. The incident allegedly occurred March 3rd at the home of Hall. The 9 year old victim was staying at Hall's home and is a relative.

Daniel Korey Hall (HCSO booking photo)

The Grand Jury also indicted Mark Edward Accomazzo, 50, Courtney Circle of Springville, was indicted for 2 counts solicitation of a minor.

Mark Edward Accomazzo (HCSO booking photo)

Indicted on assault charges were: Axel Javier Rivera, 19, Rolling Mills Rd Buena Vista, 2 counts aggravated assault; Dexter Haynes, 26, Spuce Street, aggravated assault; Matthew Hamilton,35, Campbell St., Henry, domestic assault, aggravated assault and possession of a meth with intent to deliver; and Cody Darling, 20, Mays Bridge Road of Springville, aggravated assault.

Indicted on drug charges were: Christopher Shane Crosser, 24, Powell Street, for 2 counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver; Edricco Patton, 41, Wynn Street, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities; Jessica Cavera,21, Clearview Drive, for delivery of meth; Bruce Blankenship, 39, N. Market St., possession of meth with intent to deliver; Alyssa Carter, 18, HWY. 79 N., possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; Jamarque Steptoe, 20, Glisson Road, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and driving on the right side of the roadway; Jermaine E. Crawford, 37, Joy St., possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; James W. Wood, 31, Lumber Street Camden, possession of a meth with intent to deliver; Alvin Hassell the 4th, 21, HWY. 79 N., possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; and Rock A. Foster, 37, Hagler Ridge Rd. of Springville, possession of a meth with intent to deliver.

Indicted on alcohol charges were: Tammy Lee Banks, 45, Sammons Circle of Trenton, aggravated vehicular assault and DUI 5th offense; John Jason Madden, 40, Clifty Road, for DUI 3rd offense; Brandy Gafford, 30, Crestview Dr., DUI, violation of the implied consent law, and 3 counts of reckless endangerment; Charles Edward Teague, 29, Mill Creek Road, theft of property, public intoxication, criminal simulation and resisting arrest; Miranda Sutter, 27, HWY 641 N., filing a false report and DUI.

Indictments for burglary, theft  and driving offenses were:Sonya Woods, 35, Whiskey Ridge, aggravated burglary;Jesse Palanki, 36, Hollywood Drive of Jackson, burglary; Kaelin Willis,21, Arlie Neely Road of Hollow Rock, 2 counts of theft of property; Ricky Newell, 38, E. Main Street in Cottage Grove, 2 counts aggravated burglary; and Marquis Hilliard, 25, HWY 641 N., evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

Parks Board Hears Updates on Dehumidifier, Restrooms

Parks Director Tony Lawrence discusses the dehumidifer at the Civic Center. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met in regular session on Monday evening and Parks Director Tony Lawrence explained the pool dehumidifier has been installed and is up and running and we are happy to have drier air in the building. Lawrence said it was a much needed piece of equipment and we are grateful the City was able to get this thru the Trane project.

Lawrence said the energy efficient lights have also been installed at Atkins Porter and Civic Center which in the long run will save money on the electric bill. He said they are much brighter and they come on basically instantly, whereas the older lights took a while to warm up.

The Paris Swim Team hosted a meet this past Saturday. The Paris Swim Team has 80 kids and about 65 participated. Teams from around the region came in and the next meet will be the first Saturday in December.

Lawrence told the board the disc golf tournaments at Eiffel Tower and McNeil Park that were held this fall were both well attended. He reminded the board that we purchased several disc golf baskets for McNeil this budget year and they are part of a very heavily utilized park at McNeil.

The board learned workers started bricking the archway at the downtown restrooms and if the weather cooperates the brickwork should be complete by the end of the week. The new target date of completion for the downtown restrooms is by Thanksgiving. Lawrence said they are widening the road which leads to the mailboxes in the area which will be nice.

The Ogburn Basketball Court renovation is the next project the Parks Department plans to work on. Lawrence said we have a great plan for some long overdue upgrades that will be really nice by the time we finish up.

Lawrence reported the Tabernacle Experience that just wrapped up at the end of October at Eiffel Tower Park was a big success with an estimated over 3K people who came to visit.

The Henry County Youth Basketball league will be drafting this week. Lawrence said around 450 kids ages 5-17 are competing in the program so we are expecting another big year. Lawrence said that 450 number is about the same as the last couple of years. He also reported that soccer and flag football have just winded down or will be doing so in the near future and it was a great season overall for them.

Reminder: HCHS Marching Patriots Chili Supper is Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band will hold their annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction on Tuesday November 7th. The chili supper will be from 11am to 2pm for lunch and 4:30pm to 7pm for supper and will be held at the First United Methodist Church.

The Marching Patriots are selling tickets in advance or at the door for $10 each. The ticket includes chili with all the fixings, pimento cheese sandwich or hot dog, homemade dessert, and drink. Many local merchants have donated items for the silent auction which ends at 7pm that night. See any Marching Patriot for tickets or purchase at the door. Money raised benefits the program.

UTM To Host Final Fall Preview Day Sat. Nov. 11th

Martin, Tenn.- High school students and their families are invited to find out what it’s like to be a Skyhawk on Nov. 11 during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s final Fall Preview Day.

Attendees will learn about financial aid and scholarships, student organizations and housing options, as well as speak to faculty members and ask questions about potential areas of study. Families can also speak with current students and tour UT Martin’s campus, which is a Level I Certified Arboretum.

The day will begin with registration and an administrative fair from 9-9:30 a.m. in the Boling University Center. An official welcome will start at 9:30, followed by a student panel discussion at 10. Departmental visits will begin at 10:45, and campus tours will start at 11:30. Students will also receive complimentary tickets to the UT Martin football game against Jacksonville State at 2 p.m. in Hardy M. Graham Stadium.

Visit utm.edu/preview to register. There is no fee to attend.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or by email at admitme@utm.edu.

MSU to Host Annual Holiday Art Auction Nov. 10th

Murray, Ky.- The 2017 Annual Art Auction at Murray State University will take place Friday, Nov. 10, in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on Murray State’s campus as the primary scholarship fundraiser for the department of art & design.

This year’s featured artist is Dale Leys, professor of drawing, who has taught at Murray State since 1977 and will be retiring next year. The event will also feature artwork up for auction from faculty, students, alumni and local artists. 
Located in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, the silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., while the live auction starts at 7 p.m. There will be live music throughout the evening as well as hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is free and open to the public. 
For more information about the auction or upcoming events and exhibits, please email msu.art@murraystate.edu or call the office at 270-809-3784.

Bethel Universty Division of Music To Hold Concerts This Week

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Division of Music will present several concerts this week. Each of these concerts is free and open to the public.

First, a Jazz Band Concert will be Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. It will be held in Odom Recital and Lecture Hall on Bethel’s McKenzie campus.

Second, student Erica Cuevas will present her Senior Clarinet Recital on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Odom Recital and Lecture Hall.

On Friday, Nov. 10, there will be a Recital Hour at noon which will showcase a variety of musical acts. This event will also be held in Odom Recital and Lecture Hall.

For more information, contact Keith Herris at herrisk@bethelu.edu.

Burglary Probed by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Inv. Greg Underwood responded to a burglary at Crestview Apartments where the front door was kicked in and several thousand dollars worth of items were stolen. Two flat screen TVs, a 55 inch and 41 inch, two laptops, a Playstation 4, an Xbox 360, and over 20 games were reported missing. The apartment was ransacked and other items might have been missing as well. Investigation is continuing.

Clarksville Woman Initially Arrested on Driving Offense Also Charged With Contraband

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested Monica Smith, age 30 of Powers Street of Clarksville, for driving on a revoked license. Smith was placed on $1,000 bond for the driving charge.

At the jail, Sgt. Kris Belote charged Smith with  two counts of possession of a schedule II contraband substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and contraband in a penal institution. Smith was placed on $10,000 bond. 

HCHS XC Teams Finishes 6th in State and Winders Brothers Take Home Top Prizes

Nashville, Tenn.- Twenty-four teams competed in the TSSAA Cross Country Championship at Percy Warner Park in Nashville on Saturday as the Henry County Patriots Cross Country team finished in 6th place and Titius and Silas Winders finished in the top two in the state tournament.

In the D1 Large School, formally Class AAA, Boy’s 5K 197 runners competed in the race. For the third time, Titus Winders won first place with a time of 15:21 and  for the 2nd time Silas Winders finished in 2nd place with a time of 15:42. Both Winders  brothers made the All State Team.

Cole Davis finished in 49th place with a time of 17:19, Cooper Smith finished in 78th place with a time of 17:43, Jesse Evans finished in 137th place with a time of 18:35, Hunter Lawrence finished in 141st place with a time of 18:38 and Devin Pritchett finished in 170th place with a time of 19:27. Henry County finished with 209 points, only three points out of third place.

Paris Teen Arrested for Evading Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Steven Lindsey, age 19 of Hwy 54 West of Paris, for evading arrest. Lindsey was placed on $3,000 bond.

Shooting Hoops to Raise Money for Easton's Angels

A group photo of Lady Patriots from past and the present team. (Travis Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The stands were full as the community came out to support the Henry County Lady Patriots Hoops for Halos, charity alumni game, on Saturday.

The Lady Patriots Varsity team playing in the annual Hoops for Halos charity game. (John Moseley photo)

(Cassie Walsh photo)

All of the proceeds from Hoops for Halos will benefit Easton’s Angels, which is an organization that lends aid to families in Henry County that have fallen victim to life-altering illness.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Beavers Wins FLW Costa Championship

Buchanan, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Boater Bradford Beavers of Ridgeville, South Carolina, caught five bass weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday – the only limit of the day – to win the Costa FLW Series Championship on Kentucky Lake with a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 12 ounces. Beaver’s efforts earned him $50,200 and a slot in the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup - the world championship of professional bass fishing.

Tournament anglers faced incredibly difficult conditions on Kentucky Lake this week. Bites were scarce, and the weather wasn’t very cooperative. The final 10 anglers and co-anglers were met with a fog delay at Saturday morning’s takeoff that lasted nearly 2 hours. Despite the setbacks, Beavers was able to bring in consistent limits of around 15 pounds each day and vault to the top of the standings after the third and final day of competition.

“I’m speechless. I can’t believe I won one of these events,” said Beavers, who will return to the Forrest Wood Cup for the second-consecutive year after qualifying through the FLW Series Championship. “I’ve been in the top 10 in four of these, and my fish have always fallen off on the last day. It’s unbelievable.”

Beavers spent his week fishing shallow bars on the main lake, just north of New Johnsonville. He said he worked through three areas, with two producing the bulk of his weight.

“I wanted to fish down there because I saw it had more shallow water and that’s where the grass used to be, from what I’ve read,” said Beavers. “I think they were community holes because a lot of people were fishing them. I tried to slow down and get on stretches where people fished for like five minutes before moving on.

“The sweet spots were about 35 yards long and had deep water nearby,” continued Beavers. “I don’t think I caught a fish in more than 1½ to 2 feet of water all week. I had to run my trolling motor on 25 (slow) just to keep from spooking them. It’s hard to be that stealthy in shallow water, but I tried to take advantage of the wind and let it push me.”

Beavers said he caught 90-percent of his fish this week on one lure – a bone- and chrome-colored Heddon Zara Spook. He also caught some key fish on a River2Sea Whopper Plopper, a Cotton Cordell Red Fin and a Pearl White-colored Zoom Magnum Fluke.

“The ticket for me today was adding a treble hook to the fluke,” said Beavers. “I caught one and lost three, but after I attached the treble hook it was on.”

The top finishing boater from each of the six Costa FLW Series divisions that qualified for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup were:
1st:          Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., 15 bass, 45-12, $50,200
6th:         John Soukup, Agra, Okla., 11 bass, 31-5, $8,000
2nd:        Todd Hollowell, Fishers, Ind., 11 bass, 37-7, $25,000 + $5,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
10th:        Bill Chapman, Salt Rock, W. Va., 10 bass, 26-13, $4,500
14th:        Brent Shores, Boise, Idaho, nine bass, 24-10, $4,000
9th:        Michael Matthee, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, nine bass, 28-10, $5,000

Additionally, the overall top five finishers that were not already selected as the highest finisher in their division also qualify for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup. Those five anglers were:

3rd:          Larry Stoafer, Leavenworth, Kan., 11 bass, 34-13, $20,000 + $3,500 Ranger Cup Bonus
4th:          Tim Fox, Meridian, Miss., 10 bass, 34-0, $15,100 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
5th:          Chad Foster, Pequot Lakes, Minn., nine bass, 33-6, $10,000
8th:          Jason Abram, Piney Flats, Tenn., 11 bass, 30-1, $6,000
11th:        Sheldon Collings, Grove, Okla., nine bass, 26-0, $4,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup will be held Aug. 10-12 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Justin Hicks of Roanoke, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $30,000, including a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day total of eight bass weighing 30 pounds, 11 ounces. Gabriel Scott of Stanardsville, Virginia, finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 3 ounces, good for $12,700.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., eight bass, 30-11, $30,000
2nd:         Gabriel Scott, Stanardsville, Va., 10 bass, 26-3, $12,700
3rd:          Robbie Bartoszek , Hampshire, Tenn., nine bass, 22-6, $10,050
4th:          Casey O'Donnell, Langston, Ala., seven bass, 20-1, $7,500
5th:          Andy Greek, Joplin, Mo., six bass, 17-11, $5,000
6th:          Chuck Laslie, Quincy, Fla., six bass, 16-5, $4,000
7th:          Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 15-1, $3,500
8th:          Austin Baskette, Leesburg, Fla., four bass, 14-10, $3,000
9th:          Gary Haraguchi, Redding, Calif., five bass, 13-4, $2,500
10th:        Michael Allbright, Athens, Texas, six bass, 12-7, $2,000

The Costa FLW Series Championship on Kentucky Lake was hosted by the Henry County Tourism Authority.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession With Intent Among Other Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Jeramye Whitaker along with Officers from the Metro Crime Unit arrested Marcus McClain, age 33 of Gwen Street of Paris, for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm. McClain was placed on $65,000 bond.

Get Ready for Brews, Blues and BBQ on Saturday

 Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their Brews, Blues & BBQ on Saturday, November 11th  from 6pm to 10pm at the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The Brews include draft beer and a full bar. Entertainment will be provided by the band 24 Seven with Rockin’ Randall French and BBQ will be provided by Perry’s BBQ.

There will also be other fun happenings throughout the evening including chances to win a beautiful Paris queen-sized quilt, a Yeti cooler, a vintage Paris Monopoly Game, and other Paris items. There are also fun photo opportunities.

Tickets costs $25 for dinner and music. Tickets are available at the Downtown Paris Association Office located at 203 North Fentress Street in Paris and you can contact Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA, at 731-653-7274, for more information.

Money raised at the event will benefit the Downtown Paris Association.

Murray Man Arrested for 2nd DUI After Wreck

Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested William Prescott, age 58 of Ridgewood Drive of Murray, for his second driving under the influence offense.

Ptl. Howington was on patrol when he saw a vehicle sitting sideways in the west bound lane at East Wood Street and Fairgrounds Road. Ptl. Howington learned that two vehicles had been involved in a wreck, but no one was injured.

When Ptl. Howington spoke to Prescott he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Presott admitted that he didn’t slow down for the red light and the wreck was his fault. Prescott admitted that he had been drinking and Ptl. Howington also found an empty bottle of whiskey on the floor. Prescott then performed field sobriety test which he failed. Prescott was placed on $15,000 bond.

KPAC Presenting A Veteran's Day Celebration on November 11th

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will be presenting A Veteran’s Day Celebration, featuring the Cumberland Winds Concert Band, on Saturday, November 11th at 2pm at KPAC.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting the colors and the event is free and open to the public.

Donated House to PLUS Endowment Sold on Saturday

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The PLUS Endowment held a public auction on Saturday for the house that was donated to them, which is located at 117 North Blakemore Street in Paris. The house on North Blakemare was the largest donation that the PLUS Endowment program has received.

The house was sold for $30,000 to the Charles P. Wilson Foundation, so the sale of the house went from one non-profit organization to another non-profit organization.

PLUS Endowment President Steve Blount said Landmark Realty conducted the absolute auction as all of the proceeds from the sale went to the PLUS Endowment.

PLUS Endowment was started in 1999 by former Henry County Schools Director William Atchison as the organization provides grants to teachers in both the county schools and Paris Special Schools programs for innovative projects for students.

Hundreds Came Out to the Paris-HC Industrial Job Fair on Saturday

Sports Director Lance Pierce along with help from Leslie Barrows talking to a group about the various types of jobs offered at WMUF Radio. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Industrial Committee held a Job Fair on Saturday at the Conference Center at the Quality Inn in Paris as hundreds of people came out to put in their applications at more than 30 employers who were on hand looking to hire employees.

HCMC taking to applicants about the various jobs they are hiring for. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Hundreds of people attended the Paris-HC Industrial Board Job Fair. (Cassie Walsh photos)

David Hamilton, CEO of the Alliance, said that as of Noon more than 250 people had come out to the Job Fair. Employers from various companies like WMUF Radio, HCMC, Eurotranciatura and Dana were on hand looking at applicants to hire to fill various job openings from radio, sales, industrial, medical and office jobs.

Filling out a job application for WMUF Radio. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Everyone who attended the Job Fair will be entered into a drawing for $500 cash. The Paris-HC Industrial Board Job Fair will run until 3pm on Saturday, November 4th at the Paris Convention Center.

Learning about the jobs Dana Corp. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Good Turnout at Ann and Dave's Breakfast Fundraiser for Veterans Christmas

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Ann and Dave's held a breakfast and bake sale fundraiser to benefit Veterans Christmas on Saturday as local business celebrities will be waiters and tips and money raised at the bake sale will go towards the cause.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Patriots Advance to 2nd Round of Playoffs After Defeating Ridgeway

#32 Austin Watkins, #99 Davy Harrod and #96 Isiah Johnson crush a Ridgeway running back. (Timothy Pharr Photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In the first round of the playoffs  the Henry County Patriots defeated the Ridgeway Roadrunners on Friday winning 42-24. The Henry County  Patriots advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs to play Munford at home at 7pm on Friday, November 10th.

The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm and on WMUF 104.7fm. You can also listen to the game online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

 At the 10:54 mark in the 1st quarter, Ridgeway scored a touchdown but the point after attempt was blocked as the Roadrunners led the Patriots 6-0. With 9:47 left in the 1st quarter, Henry County QB Will Parrish took it in for the Patriot touchdown and the point after attempt was good. Henry County led Ridgeway 7-6. At the 2:26 mark, Will Parrish threw a 22yd touchdown pass to Sam Murphey and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the 1st quarter the Patriots led the Roadrunners 14-6.

#2 Savon Stewart carries the ball on a speed sweep during Friday nights game with Ridgeway. (Timothy Pharr Photos)

With 11:09 left in the 2nd quarter the Roadrunners scored a touchdown and the 2 point conversion was no good as the Patriots led the Roadrunners 14-12. At the 7:10 mark Will Parrish threw a 7yd touchdown pass to Savon Stewart and GrayGardner took it in for the 2 pt conversion. Henry County led  Ridgeway 22-12. With 2:20 left in the 2nd quarter, Will Parrish threw a 56yd touchdown pass to Ethan Thompson and the point after attempt was good. At halftime Henry County led Ridgeway 29-12.

In the 3rd quarter the Roadrunners scored a touchdown, but the 2 point conversion failed. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Henry County led Ridgeway 29-18.

#16 Ethan Thompson catches a pass for a 53 yard touchdown. (Timothy Pharr Photos)

At the 8:54 mark in the 4th quarter, Lukas Reynolds had a 5yd rushing touchdown, but the point after attempt was no good. The Patriots led the Roadrunners 35-18. With 4:14 left in the 4th quarter, Savon Stewart had a 3yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. At the 1:34 mark Ridgeway scored a final touchdown and the 2 point conversion was no good.

The final score was the Henry County Patriots 42, Ridgeway Roadrunners 24.The Henry County Patriots are now 8-3 on the season and 6-0 in Region 7-5A action.

Foster Leads Day 2 of FLW Costa Championship

Buchanan, Tenn. (Nov. 3, 2017) – Boater Chad Foster of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, brought four bass weighing 13 pounds, 9 ounces, to the scale Friday to jump from third into the lead after Day Two of a very tough Costa FLW Series Championship on Kentucky Lake. Foster’s two-day total of nine bass weighing 33-6 gives him a slim 1-pound, 13-ounce, advantage over second-place boater Larry Stoafer of Leavenworth, Kansas, heading into the third and final day of competition. Reigning FLW Tour Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift, who led the event on Day One, weighed just two bass totaling 3-9 and fell to third place.

This week’s tournament features anglers from six countries casting for a $95,000 prize package in the Pro Division, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic qualification to the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup – the world championship of professional bass fishing.

Foster was able to overcome the stingy conditions and follow up his 19-pound Day One limit with four solid keepers. Foster is fishing south, near New Johnsonville, and said he has multiple shallow areas with a lot of potential.

“There’s a bunch of fish in my area. I’m getting the bites, but they were biting weird today,” said Foster, who recently moved to Minnesota after qualifying for the championship through the FLW Series Southeastern Division. “There were five or six fish that didn’t eat really eat the bait. I feel fortunate to have four today.”

Foster said his areas range from 6 inches to 3 feet in depth and that the wind played a key role in his success today.

 “I caught my two biggest fish in three casts as soon as the wind switched and started blowing,” said Foster. “It was slick calm this morning. I think the fish were getting too good of look at the bait.”

The top 10 boaters that will advance to the final day of competition on Kentucky Lake are:

1st:          Chad Foster, Pequot Lakes, Minn., nine bass, 33-6
2nd:         Larry Stoafer, Leavenworth, Kan., 10 bass, 31-9
3rd:          Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., seven bass, 31-1
4th:          Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., 10 bass, 30-13
5th:          Tim Fox, Meridian, Miss., eight bass, 28-13
6th:          Jason Abram, Piney Flats, Tenn., 10 bass, 28-8
7th:          Todd Hollowell, Fishers, Ind., nine bass, 28-7
8th:          John Soukup, Agra, Okla., 10 bass, 27-7
9th:          Michael Matthee, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, eight bass, 27-1
10th:        Bill Chapman, Salt Rock, W. Va., 10 bass, 26-13

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Competitors qualified for the Costa FLW Series Championship through five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – and an International division that features anglers from Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. The highest finishing pro from each U.S. division and the International division will qualify for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, along with the overall top five finishers not already selected as the highest finisher of a division. A total of 11 FLW Series boaters will advance to the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup.

The International, Southwestern and Northern division Cup qualifiers have now been decided after two days of competition, and the rest will be determined Saturday. The Day Two leaders from each division are:

Southeastern Division leader – Chad Foster, nine bass, 33-6, (1st)

Central Division leader – Larry Stoafer, Leavenworth, Kan., 10 bass, 31-9, (2nd)

*Southwestern Division qualifier – John Soukup, Agra, Okla., 10 bass, 27-7, (8th)

*Northern Division qualifier – Bill Chapman, Salt Rock, W. Va., 10 bass, 26-13, (10th)

Western Division leader – Brent Shores, Boise, Idaho, nine bass, 24-10, (14th)

*International Division qualifier – Michael Matthee, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, eight bass, 27-1, (9th)

Day One co-angler leader Justin Hicks of Roanoke, Virginia, held the lead on Day Two with a two-day total of seven bass weighing 27 pounds, 13 ounces, followed by Robbie Bartoszek of Hampshire, Tennessee, in second place with eight bass weighing 20-6.

The top 10 co-anglers that will advance to the final day of competition on Kentucky Lake are:

1st:          Justin Hicks, Roanoke, Va., seven bass, 27-13
2nd:         Robbie Bartoszek, Hampshire, Tenn., eight bass, 20-6
3rd:          Casey O'Donnell, Langston, Ala., six bass, 18-0
4th:          Gabriel Scott, Stanardsville, Va., seven bass, 17-7
5th:          Chuck Laslie, Quincy, Fla., six bass, 16-5
6th:          Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 15-1
7th:          Andy Greek, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 14-1
8th:          Gary Haraguchi, Redding, Calif., five bass, 13-4
9th:          Austin Baskette, Leesburg, Fla., three bass, 13-3          
10th:        Michael Allbright, Athens, Texas, six bass, 12-7

Co-anglers are casting this week for a top award of a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.

The final 10 boaters and co-anglers will take off from Paris Landing State Park, located at 16055 Highway 79 N. in Buchanan, Tennessee, at 7:30 a.m. CDT Saturday. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at the state park beginning at 3:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

The Costa FLW Series Championship on Kentucky Lake is being hosted by the Henry County Tourism Authority.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

The Lights Were Hung and the Christmas Tree Bright as Paris Unwrapped the Holiday Season on Friday

Lighting the Christmas tree at the DPA's Holiday Open House. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is hosting Christmas Open Houses in Historic Downtown Paris at the 2017 Downtown Unwrapped celebrations will be ringing in the holiday season from Friday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 5th.

 The moving Love Lights a Tree ceremony lit up the Town Square on Friday night as Downtown Paris rang in the holiday season with the Inman Middle School Band performing some holiday tunes at the event.

The Inman Middle School band performing some holiday songs at the DPA's Holiday Open House on Friday night. (Cassie Walsh photos)

On Saturday, Candlelight Open House festivities run from 6pm to 8pm as Downtown shops will be open throughout the day.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

“There’s no better place for holiday shopping than in downtown Paris. It’s a lovely, leisurely place to browse with personal service and helpful perks, including gift-wrapping and delivery. Downtown offers everything from clothing to coffee, flowers to furniture, and home decor to delicious food. Downtown merchants also offer gift certificates for items ranging from manicures to diamond rings,” said Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA.

Looking to see if Santa is at the DPA Holiday Open House. (Cassie Walsh photos)

On Sunday from 1pm to 5pm as shoppers can continue to enjoy Christmas Open Houses in stores throughout Downtown. The Henry County High School Madrigals will welcome the season by performing in various shops strolling and singing holiday favorites from 1pm to 3pm and Michael Holden’s Community Band will be playing tunes from 4pm to 5pm.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

A host of other holiday activities are coming up as part of Downtown Unwrapped 2017, according to Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA. Many are sponsored or co-sponsored by the DPA; others are hosted by organizations that appreciate the lovely, Victorian backdrop of downtown Paris for their events. Most events are free. Visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com for more information.

Police Charge Puryear Man in Connection With 7 Burglaries and Thefts

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division has been actively working an investigation involving several burglaries and thefts throughout the northern part of the county.

During the course of the investigation Adam Kennedy, age 38 of Puryear, was looked at as a suspect. After gaining more evidence and learning that Kennedy had been arrested in Nashville on drug charges, Investigators Scott Wyrick and David Doyle went to Nashville to further the investigation. As a result 7 different burglaries and thefts have been solved.

Kennedy has been charged with 5 counts of burglary, 5 counts of theft over $2,500, one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of theft under $1,000. Kennedy’s  bond was set at $100,000. Kennedy is currently being held in Nashville on other charges and will be transported back to Henry County once they release him.

HCHS Marching Patriots Chili Supper Will Be Tues. Nov. 7

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band will hold their annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction on Tuesday November 7th. The chili supper will be from 11am to 2pm for lunch and 4:30pm to 7pm for supper and will be held at the First United Methodist Church.

The Marching Patriots are selling tickets in advance or at the door for $10 each. The ticket includes chili with all the fixings, pimento cheese sandwich or hot dog, homemade dessert, and drink. Many local merchants have donated items for the silent auction which ends at 7pm that night. See any Marching Patriot for tickets or purchase at the door. Money raised benefits the program.

USFWS Seeking Public Comment on Cross Creeks NWR

Dover, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment through November 27th on a draft Sport Hunting plan, environmental assessment, and compatibility determination for Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Dover.

The purpose of the draft Sport Hunting Plan is to update the 1984 Cross Creeks Sport Hunting Plan. The updated plan clarifies the inclusion of spring squirrel season, muzzleloader deer season, and the incidental take of coyote and beaver during any regularly sanctioned hunt on the Refuge.

The Service wants to know want the public thinks of the proposed refuge use. All comments received within 30 days following the date of this notice will be considered in finalizing the documents. For more information call 931-232-7477. To view a copy of the draft go to the refuge office located at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover. Draft documents can also be viewed at the Stewart County Public Library and Stewart County visitor’s center.

Arts Council Seeking Singers for Community Christmas Concert

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is seeking singers to join the choir for the 50th annual Community Christmas Concert that will be held Sunday December 3rd at 3pm at First United Methodist Church. This year’s concert will feature Handel’s Messiah and is being directed by Scott Shepherd. The first rehearsal will be this Thursday November 2nd from 7-8:30pm at First United Methodist Church. All singers in the community are invited to come to the rehearsal and join in. For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955.


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