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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans


Athena Delphian Bake Sale Going On Friday

Paris, Tenn. - The Athena Delphian Fall Bake Sale fundraiser began at 8:30 a.m. and will run until all items are sold out. The Bake Sale is taking place on the Courthouse lawn.

There are pies, cakes, breads, among other goodies and proceeds go to college scholarships for Henry County graduates and to local charities throughout Henry County.

(Nicki Cronkright photos)

Bethel To Host NAIA Playoff Game Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will host the first round of the NAIA football playoffs at home this Saturday November 17th. The NAIA No. 3 ranked Bethel Wildcats closed out their regular season beating Cumberland University 56-7 at Wildcat Stadium in McKenzie this past Saturday. The Cats became the first team in program history to go undefeated during the regular season moving to 10-0. 

Coach Brent Dearmon and his team will face Baker University (Kansas) 8-2 here at Wildcat Stadium this Saturday, November 17th at 1pm for the first round of NAIA Playoffs.

President Walter Butler stated, “We are so excited for our perfect 10-0 regular season. What a great year! We are also so excited to host our 1st round playoff game this Saturday at Wildcat Stadium. Speaking for our team, coaches, student body, faculty, and staff, I hope you will join us this Saturday at 1:00 as we continue our #ReBUild18 against Baker University of Kansas. Let’s fill up Wildcat Stadium!”

Join the Wildcats and Renaissance Regiment at 11:15 for CatWalk. Tailgating at 11:00. Kick-off at 1PM.

NAIA Playoff Game Tickets are $20 for Adults, $10 for Students of all ages, Ages 6 and under Free. Tickets may be purchased at tps://buathletics.wixsite.com/athletics Sell-out is anticipated. Please get your tickets in advance.

Nov. 19 is Pre-registration deadline for Lady Patriot Softball Camp

Paris, Tenn.- The pre-registration deadline for the Henry County High School Lady Patriots Softball 1st Annual Winter Skills Camp, Team Fundraiser is November 19th. The day of the camp is December 15th. All those who pre-register will receive a t-shirt. Registration and check-in the day of the camp is 8:45am at E.W. Grove Gym in Paris.

The camp begins at 9am and will be outside if the weather is nice. The camp is for grades K-8th. Entry fee is $40 for 1st child, $35 for 2nd child, $30 for 3rd child. Checks can be made to HCHS Softball Boosters and mailed to 4215 Old Union Road, Paris, TN 38242 or dropped off in the office of your child’s school.

Patriots Travel to Memphis for Round 3 Against Kirby

Memphis- Henry County travels to Kirby High School in Memphis Friday night for Round 3 of the TSSAA State Football playoffs. Gametime is 7pm and if you can’t make the trip be sure and listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm. If you are away from the radio you can also listen on our website thru streaming at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates apply.

HCSO Warns of Scam Ticket Letter

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has received a “scam letter” sent to a local citizen stating that the citizen owed money for a past due traffic violation. Capt. Adam Jenkins said in a press release, "Although this is the first letter we have received we want the public to be aware that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office does NOT send letters in reference to traffic violations nor any other offense. If you happen to receive one of these letters please notify us at 731-642-1672."

TVA Delivers Strong Financial Results in FY 2018

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday reported $11.2 billion in operating revenues for the twelve-month period ended Sept. 30, 2018, a five percent increase from the same period a year ago.  

The higher revenues were driven by electricity sales of 160.3 billion kilowatt-hours, a five percent increase in sales from the prior year. This is the highest sales level in the past five years and was primarily due to more extreme weather conditions, including a colder than normal January and warmer than normal temperatures during the third and fourth quarters.

 “TVA had strong performance this year in delivering low-cost, reliable energy to the Tennessee Valley despite the challenges of extreme weather in both the winter and summer months,” said TVA’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson. “The recent investments TVA has made in its generation and transmission systems combined with the individual efforts of TVA employees has helped keep rates low even as we have supplied more than half of our power from carbon-free sources.”

TVA’s results reflect a continued focus on reducing expenses from operating and maintenance activities and fuel and purchased power. Fuel and purchased power expense was down $138 million, or four percent below last year, due to the impact of lower effective fuel rates caused by lower market prices for natural gas, as well as changes in the mix of generation resources, including more nuclear, natural gas, and hydroelectric generation and less coal-fired generation. Operating and maintenance expenses for the fiscal year were down $508 million, or fifteen percent lower than last year, primarily driven by a one-time discretionary pension contribution in 2017, along with a decrease in nuclear planned outage days.  

Total operating expenses for fiscal year 2018 increased two percent as compared to the prior year, due to higher depreciation and amortization expense related to the accelerated amortization of certain regulatory assets. 

 “While the weather drove significant top line results in 2018, TVA also made significant progress in reducing operating costs to improve the bottom line,” said TVA’s Chief Financial Officer John Thomas. “TVA’s results also reflect lower interest expense, driven by consistent execution of our long-range financial plan, which has reduced TVA’s debt to the lowest level in more than 25 years.”

Additional highlights of TVA’s fiscal year 2018 include:

  • Net income for fiscal year 2018 was $1.1 billion, up 63 percent from net income of $685 million for fiscal year 2017.

  • TVA’s service territory experienced overall warmer than normal weather for much of 2018 and record-setting low temperatures during the month of January 2018, compared to milder weather experienced for much of 2017.

  • TVA's economic development efforts continue to attract and encourage the expansion of business in the Tennessee Valley, with over $11.3 billion in investments and approximately 65,400 jobs created or retained during fiscal year 2018.

  • The TVA Board approved a rate structure change to its wholesale electric power rates at its May 10, 2018 meeting to better align wholesale rates with the underlying cost to serve customers. TVA is continuing to work with local power companies to implement these changes, which became effective on Oct. 1, 2018.

  • The Allen Combined Cycle Plant – among the most efficient gas generating plants in the U.S. – officially entered commercial operation on April 30, 2018.

  • The first of three extended power uprates at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant was physically completed in April and achieved its full enhanced power output in July.

  • TVA continues to update its Integrated Resource Plan to determine how it can continue to provide low-cost, reliable energy, support environmental stewardship, and spur economic development in the Tennessee Valley over the next 20 years.

Paris Lioness Club Soup and Sandwich Luncheon is Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lioness Club is hosting their annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon with Country Store and Bake Shop this Friday November 16th at First United Methodist Church from 11am to 2pm.

Homemade vegetable beef soup with turkey salad or pimento cheese sandwich, drink, and dessert is available for $10 per person, eat-in or take-out. Tickets may be purchased in advance from a club member or at the door.

The Country Store and Bake Shop will have unique gifts and goodies available and all proceeds go towards sight conservation. For more information contact Lioness Club Secretary Melissa Worthey at 731-225-7655.

Local Citizen, Mom, Named as Perthes Global Ambassador

Amber Harris and son Gavin

Paris, Tenn.- Local resident and mom, Amber Harris of Paris, TN, was named Global Ambassador for the Perthes Kids Foundation.

The Perthes Kids Foundation is a 501C3 nonprofit established to raise global awareness and provide support to children and families dealing with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease. The Foundation also hosts annual camps around the world, (United States, Australia, England, and Spain) as a place for kids to get together and meet others just like them.

Perthes disease is a rare childhood condition (one in over 21,000 in kids ages 3 to 12) that affects the hip when the blood supply to the thighbone is disrupted, causing bone cells to die. There is no known cause and there is still no cure. Every case is complex and can be drastically different from child to child, so there are a variety of ways to treat the disease. The methods include hip surgeries, fixators, leg braces, Petri casts, wheelchairs, and walkers. This can be quite devastating to young children as it can cause much pain, both physically and emotionally, from not being able to run, jump or play like most "normal" kids.

Amber’s 11-year old son Gavin was diagnosed in 2014 with Perthes. As a mom who was saved by the network of parents and family members found in the Perthes Kids Foundation, Amber has made it her mission to help connect with and advocate for others affected by this disease, both kids and parents alike.  Perthes affects children not only in northwest TN and western KY, but all over the state, the country, and around the world.

In addition, Amber wrote a story that landed the Perthes Kids Foundation and its founder, Earl Cole (winner of Survivor: Fiji and once a Perthes kid) as a finalist for a $50,000 grant and the prestigious Eagle Rare Life Award. The story was chosen out of thousands of entries and currently sits in the Top 25 in voting.

Of the foundation, Amber says, “Their goal is to make every kid realize that no matter this disease they are superheroes and will have the opportunity to connect with kids globally thanks to this Foundation. Their mission is to grow and help families connect all around the world! When my son was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease I was handed a piece of paper from the doctor and was told to Google it. The experience of trying to cope was difficult and other families were few and far between. After 8 months of searching and not receiving support locally, I found the Perthes Kids Foundation. The Foundation literally saved our lives!”

Amber has been contacted recently by other local families with kids diagnosed with Perthes and works tirelessly to connect with them in an effort to give them the hope that she received when connecting with the Perthes Kids Foundation.

For more information on the Perthes Kids Foundation and Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease, visit pertheskids.org. For any questions regarding the foundation, or if you’re the parent of a Perthes kid looking to connect, email Amber at perthesmomonamission@gmail.com.

To vote for the Eagle Rare Life Award please visit https://eaglerarelife.com/stories/earl-cole.

Athena Delphian Fall Bake Sale Planned Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Athena Delphian Fall Bake Sale fundraiser is planned for this Friday November 16th from 8:30am until sold out on the Courthouse Lawn. There will be pies, cakes, breads, and all kinds of goodies. Proceeds goes to college scholarships for Henry County graduates and to local charities throughout Henry County. For more information call Lindsey Dooms at 363-3518 or email lindseydooms06@yahoo.com.

HCSS Closed for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Due to Winter Weather, the Henry County School System will also be closed on Thursday Nov. 15th.

PSSD Cancels School for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Snow is continuing to fall in Henry County and Dr. Norma Gerrell has decided to go ahead and cancel school for Thursday in the Paris Special School District. She wanted to do so as early as possible to allow parents to make plans if need be for Thursday and with snow already covering city streets and expected to worsen overnight, she made the decision to cancel for Thursday.

Area Churches Cancel Wed. Evening Services

Paris, Tenn.- Winter weather is causing some area churches to cancel their Wednesday evening church services. Here is who has cancelled at this time: New Harmony, Maplewood.

Family Night Activities at First Baptist Church Cancelled Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Due to impending winter weather in the area, Family night activities originally scheduled at First Baptist Church in Paris for Wednesday evening have been cancelled.

Paris Special School District Dismissing Early Wed. Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- PSSD Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell announced that schools in the PSSD will disimss early Wednesday afternoon. Rhea Elementary will dismiss at 2pm, Paris Elementary at 2:10pm, and Inman Middle School at 2:30pm.

Paris Landing KOA Campgrounds Win Awards

Buchanan, Tenn.- Kampgrounds of America, the world’s largest family of family-friendly, open-to-the-public campgrounds, is pleased to announce that the Paris Landing/Kentucky Lake KOA Campground has earned the 2019 KOA President’s Award and KOA Founder’s Award. These prestigious awards were presented Wednesday, November 14th at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience.

The KOA Founder’s Award, named in honor of Dave Drum, who founded KOA on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962, is KOA’s highest service award. It is awarded exclusively to those KOA campground owners and managers who attain world-class scores in both customer service and the KOA Quality Review.

The KOA President’s Award is presented to those campgrounds meeting exceptional quality standards and who receive high customer service scores from their camping guests

“Our KOA owners have a well-deserved reputation for creating quality camping experiences for their guests,” said KOA President Toby O’Rourke. “Their hard work and continued investment in their camping guests are evident in the feedback shared with us by campers who come not only from North America, but from around the world. It is a privilege to be able to recognize these owners for all that they do.”

KOA will be celebrating its 57th anniversary in 2019. To find out more about this KOA, any of the other 500 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to www.KOA.com.

Henry County Sweeps Stewart County in Basketball Tues.

Dover, Tenn.- Henry County started the high school basketball season with a hall of fame game at Stewart County Tuesday night and swept the Rebels and Lady Rebels. The Lady Patriots won 43-18 and Caroline Hudson scored 18 points to lead the way. In men’s action, Henry County won 73-64 and John Odoms scored 19 points to pace the Patriots.

Entrance Changes for HCHS Home Basketball Games Due to Construction

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will be at home for the first time this year on Saturday against Obion County in a Hall of Fame Game with gametime at 6pm, our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming on our website at wmufradio.com at wmufradio.com begins at 5:30pm.

Due to construction, a few adjustments have been made for parking and entrance to HCHS basketball games this season. The entrance by the tennis courts parking lot will remain in use. This entrance has lettering that says Henry County High School and is marked as the C2 entrance. This entrance does have a small set of stairs.

The second basketball entrance will be located at the back of cafeteria, at the back patio. Handicapped access should park in this area, but anyone may use the entrance for basketball games.

Cottage Grove Council Approves New Em. Siren, Parking Lot Repairs

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held its regular November meeting Tuesday and accepted the bid from Sirens for Cities to replace the emergency siren and install and complete the project with warranty. The bid was for a Century model siren in the amount of $24,168.79 and Sirens for Cities was the only bid submitted.

TRW’s bid was accepted for $8150 to do parking lot repair at the former bank building. TRW was the cheaper of two bids received and the paving will be done when weather allows.

The council learned that the Poplar Street lighting issue was completed with updated LED lights, McClure was re-elected as Vice Mayor for two years, and Mayor David Jackson, Councilwoman Machelle Operia, and City Recorder Carolyn Kaminski were appointed to a review committee to study wording on charters and look at possible chances on some.

$8.2M in Funding Awarded to BPU for Water Treatment Project

Area Director for USDA-RD Joel Howard speaks on the regulation changes in population that allowed them to work with the City of Paris. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held at Paris City Hall on Tuesday afternoon where USDA Rural Development State Director Jim Tracy was on hand to announce a water system improvement project totalling $8.2M. Tracy and USDA RD Area director Joel Howard said thanks to chances in agency regulations, the USDA RD office was now able to work with the Board of Public Utilities and the City of Paris to assist in meeting its water needs.

Local elected officials, USDA-RD workers helped make this possible.

The City will receive $7.2M in loans and $1M in grant money for the construction of a new water treatment plant. BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley, who was on hand at Tuesday’s press conference, said “this regulation change really worked in our favour and allowed us to work with USDA-Rural Development to get funding for phase two of our project, which is the actual building of the water treatment plant.” Wimberley said they’re having issues at the old plant and are ready to get the new one up and running soon.

The new plant will replace the one built in the 1950s and will serve all nearly 5100 BPU customers. In FY 2018, congress provided a historic level of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure. The 2018 omnibus spending bill includes $5.2B in loans for water and waste water issues, that is up from $1.8B in FY 2017.

City Manager Kim Foster said the City, County, and now BPU’s partnership with the USDA-Rural Development has been a great one from working with Mary Hickman on Housing projects, to working on other things.

State Director Jim Tracy discusses working with rural comunities.

State Director Jim Tracy told the crowd on hand Tuesday working with rural communities is vital and one of the most vital parts of improving rural communities deals with provided fresh, clean drinking water. Tracy also said broadband internet is going to be the next biggest thing for rural communities to expand into in the next few years and USDA-RD will be there to help find funding opportunities for that.

Ribbon Cutting for 2nd Harvest Food Bank in Camden Held Tues.

Camden, Tenn.-Chamber executives, state and elected officials, donors, volunteers and community members from across the region gathered at the Western Branch of Second Harvest Food Bank in Camden, Tennessee today for a Ribbon Cutting. By expanding their capacity and restructuring distribution patterns, the new 25,800 square foot facility will allow Second Harvest to better serve over 44,000 food insecure individuals located in the 14-county service area. 

According to the 2016-2017 Second Harvest Food Bank Annual Report, the company served 283,077 meals in Henry County through their five partner agencies.  Of the 6,420 individuals that benefited from the services, 4,820 were adults and 1,600 were children. 

“We are very fortunate to have this facility in our region,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “Second Harvest plays a major role in serving the hungry in our community and has for years.”

For more information on how you can contribute or volunteer call 615-329-3491. 

Tennessee's Economy Continues Strong Growth

Nashville- Tennessee’s economy continues to show significant growth in 2018, according to a report released Monday by the Secretary of State’s office.

There were 10,709 new entity filings in the third quarter of 2018, which represents a 14.8 percent increase over the same time period last year.  This denotes the 28th consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth.  The current 14.8% growth rate is the fastest of the last ten years.  As of September 1, there were 267,952 active entities in Tennessee, representing a 5.7 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2017.

“Quarter after quarter we continue to see the positive effects of having a business-friendly state," said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  "This record growth shows that Tennessee’s economy is continuing to flourish."

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is created to provide a periodic snapshot of the state’s economy based on a variety of information, including new business data from the Division of Business Services.

Domestic Limited liability corporations (LLCs) account for nearly two-thirds of all new filings, increasing by 14.7 percent.  New filings of foreign entities saw the strongest growth, increasing by 23.3 percent.

Hamilton County led the way among the state’s four largest counties with 13.4 percent growth in initial filings.  Davidson County came in second at 10.4 percent with Shelby County trailing just behind at 10.0 percent.  Knox County saw an 8.5 percent increase.  The four counties accounted for 6,083 new entity filings during the third quarter of 2018, which is a 10.3 percent increase compared to the same time in 2017.

The state's unemployment rate remained unchanged from August to September at 3.6 percent.  The state's unemployment rate remains slighlty below the U.S. rate of 3.7 percent.

The national economy saw strong growth due to increases in both consumer and government spending.  Personal income grew 4.2 percent over the previous quarter.

Homemakers Holiday Set for Wednesday, Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County FCE Annual Homemaker’s Holiday event will be held at the Enoch Building at the Fairgrounds this Wednesday and Thursday November 14th and 15th. Doors open at 3pm Wednesday and stay open until 6pm. On Thursday doors open 9am to 1pm, with lunch served from 11am to 1pm.

Lunch menu includes homemade soups and chilis, pimento cheese or chicken salad sandwich, dessert, and drink for only $5. Both Wednesday and Thursday clubs will be selling homemade cakes, pies, casseroles, chicken and dumplings, soups, fried pies, homemade crafts, soaps, Christmas décor, and other items. Money raised from the event is given to local charities.

Applicants Sought for Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Entrants are now being sought for the 12th annual Holly, Jolly Electric Christmas Parade so round up those Christmas lights, trees, extension cords, and anything with wheels. The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and will be held on Saturday December 8th at 5pm following the Downtown Christmas Festival.

Entry fee is $10 and you can light up golf carts, ATVs, small tractors, commercial vehicles, and marching units for the spectacle.

Trophies are awarded for: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Religious Theme, Best Decorated Theme, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Decorated Float, Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor, Best Marching Unit, and the coveted Clark Griswold Award for best, most lit up entry.

Applications and guidelines are available at the DPA office at 203 Fentress St., Paris City Hall, or online at visitdowntownParis.com. For more information call the DPA office at 731-653-Paris.

KSP Offering LEAP Track for Future State Troopers

Frankfort, Ky.- Kentucky State Police has announced they are accepting applications for a Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP) class designed for current law enforcement officers aspiring to become state police troopers.

A unique aspect of this LEAP class is that graduates will be guaranteed to work in their home post area upon completion of academy training. KSP's fifth LEAP Class is scheduled to begin August of 2019 and will include a 12-week training academy.

Applicants must have two (2) years of service in Kentucky, completed their DOCJT training and graduated no later than May 1, 2017. All application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch by November 16, 2018. Applications must include a recommendation from a state police trooper and a KSP post commander.

More information about salary, benefits, etc. can be found on the agency website at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/recruitment/leap/ or call the Recruitment Branch at 502.782.1861.

Reminder: Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Mexican Dinner is Tues.

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 CASA of Henry County. The event is dine in or carry out and tickets are sold at the door.

KSP Arrests Calloway Co. Attorney for Theft

Murray, Ky.- Detective Michael Robichaud arrested Joseph W. Bolin, 72 of Murray, KY today on an indictment warrant, for  two counts of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition Over $10,000 (Class “C” Felony).  Bolin was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

The investigation began in the spring of 2018, when a victim contacted the KSP alleging that Bolin had not made all the required disbursement payments relating to a probate case he was overseeing.  The 7 month long investigation revealed that Bolin failed to disperse over $900,000 on multiple probate cases.  The investigation was presented to the Calloway County Grand Jury on November 6, 2018. 

Additional charges could be presented at a later date as the investigation continues by Detective Robichaud.  If anyone feels that they may have been a victim, contact Detective Robichaud at 270-856-3721.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Investigation Ongoing into Classic Car Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the theft of 3 classic cars and a chassis from another classic after a man who was working on them apparently left the state and cleared out everything in his shop. The report stated that the victim met the suspect, Todd Darling, 52, of 11835 Hwy. 140 E. in Buchanan over the summer in Clarksville and they were talking classic cars and Darling told the victim he worked on them in his shop near the lake. The victim then took a 1928 Model A, 1937 Ford Truck, and a 1939 Ford Convertible plus a chassis to him to get some work done back in the summer.

Darling had gotten into it with a girlfriend and been arrested in Henry County over the summer and into the fall and the victim hadn’t heard from him so he decided to go to the shop and check on things and he arrived to find all the vehicles cleared out and gone. Sgt. Fuqua checked and Darling has warrants in Henry County currently for failure to appear. Darling has possibly moved to Texas and also has mentioned some ties to Houston County. Investigation is continuing. The value of the classic cars is over $20K.  

In another incident, Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from dispatch where a vehicle was stopped on Railroad Avenue in Henry with the lights off. He headed that direction and found the vehicle on Pioneer Road and smelled alcohol when the driver rolled down the window. The driver, Andrew J. Schaffer, did admit to drinking beer earlier and was also charged with violation of implied consent.

Thefts Reported Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Forrest Kemp of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Payton Drive where theft occurred from a house trailer being remodeled. Several items were reported missing including a pancake air compressor, tool bag, 12 volt drill, hammer, and several other pieces of tools. Over $1300 worth of items were stolen and entry seems to have been made by using a broken window on the back door to gain entry.

A man reported the lock was cut off the cable of his deer blind and two hunting backpacks with hunting equipment worth over $200 was missing. Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s office took the report but has no suspects at this time and is still investigating.

Havoc in Henry County Draws Large Crowd

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Boxing Club's Havoc in Henry County event drew a large crowd Saturday night. The fundraiser was a a success as fighters from 5 different states were on hand showcase their skill. In the picture, Paris's Cam'ron Patton goes toe to toe against his oppenent from Nashville. (Miranda Moon photo)

The Dixie Partners with DAART

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Friends Life Community has partnered with The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center to pilot the program Disability Arts Access in Rural Tennessee (DAART). DAART focuses on teaching participants self-advocacy, confidence, and self-expression skills through the arts, while also training local Teaching Artists and arts professionals to work with individuals with disabilities, in order to ensure that those in the local community can create and support opportunities for individuals with disabilities. This program, funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and generous support from Bethel University, also allows for student interns to become trained in evidence-based practices for those with disabilities, while learning to use their talents to teach foundational life and social skills to the program participants.

Throughout DAART, participants explore art modalities such as visual art, pottery, music, theatre, photography, and dance. The program kicked off July 2018 and will run through May 2019.  Participants learn about poetry, music, photography, art, and theatre from professional artists and creators, including Joel Washburn, Joanna Turner, Lizz Gonzalez, and Glynda Rich.

Lori Neal Nolen, Executive Director at The Dixie, is thrilled to partner with Friend’s Life and support this pilot program and the team involved. “Friend’s Life Performing Arts Specialist, Sarah Edwards, grew up in Carroll County and was very involved as a student in our Dixie Youth Theatre classes. Seeing her return and partner with our center, has been amazing to observe. It truly is the impact The Dixie's programs can have on a child, to inspire them to do what they love and change the world with it.”

Adults with intellectual and developmental require additional assistance and support outside their immediate family. Friends Life gives them the opportunities and support they require and deserve. Through our day program, social club, career coaching, and life coaching, adults with developmental disabilities have a place to belong and the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Friends Life Community was founded in 2007 and is a registered 501(c)3 organization based in Nashville, TN. To find out more about Friends Life Community and the DAART program at The Dixie please visit www.friendslife.org or contact The Dixie Box Office at (731)986-2100.

Chili Cook-Off Huge Success For Mission Trip To Kenya

Paris, Tenn.-

Many in the community proved they are connoisseurs of chili and cornbread Saturday Night at First United Methodist Church

Camp Blaze was just one of the many teams vying for the title Grand Champion of the Red Hot Chili Preppers

Steer Roping was just one of the many activities enjoyed during the cook-off. All money rasied by the event goes to fund a mission trip to Kenya

A Double Fatality Car Accident Claims the Life of Clarksville Man

Cadez, Kenn.-  A double fatality car accident claims the life of a Clarksville man in Cadez KY on Saturday. According to a release from KSP Post one, Roger Marlow of Cadiz, was traveling west on US 68/80.  Marlow was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, and for an unknown reason left the roadway and crossed the median into the east bound lanes.  Marlow struck a 2012 Toyota Rav4 driven by Patrick. Maillet of Clarksville. Marlow was pronounced deceased at the scene by Trigg County Coroner.  Maillet transported to the Trigg County Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

The accident is still under investigation.

Sergeant Barry Noble Hart Receives the Bronze Star Medal of Valor

Lt. Col. Jon "Matt" Hart spoke to the attendees of the Vetran's Salute at the Krider Performance Arts Center

Reading of the Commission from the Secretary of State before the presentation of the Bronze Star Medal of Valor to Sergeant Barry Hart

Paris, Tenn.-It was 48 years in the making, but on Saturday, Sergeant Berry Noble Hart received the Bronze Star Medal of Valor during a ceremony at the Krider Preforming Arts Center. Sergeant Hart told the crowd of fellow soldiers and community members, “I just did what Marines are taught to do.”

In April 1970, a man ran into the sleeping area where Sergeant Hart and his company were sleeping. Sergeant Hart was awakened by the intruder, who dropped a bag and ran. Hart threw himself on the bag suspecting, and later confirming, a bomb. When the device did not detonate, Hart removed it and gave chase to the intruder.

Years Later, Sergeant Hart reconnected with Captain Greenwald who asked him if he had ever received the recognition for the act of Bravery. Hart replied no, and Captain Greenwald made sure before his death in September, Hart would receive the honor.

Sergeant Hart’s Son, Lt. Col Jon “Matt” Hart was the keynote speaker and presented the honor to his father. Speaking to the group before the presentation.  Lt. Col Hart asked the crowd what was their idea of a hero? Lt. Col Hart says, “Heroes don’t typically wear capes but wear ordinary cloths, they have ordinary names, work ordinary jobs, they probably drive ordinary cars. And most have extra ordinary scars seen and unseen. Some have paid the ultimate sacrifice, some have not.” He continued, “Very few of them would ever see themselves as heroes, and that is the true mark of a heroism, selflessness.”  

He said, his father wouldn’t say he was a hero. He would say what he did that day is what all Marines are taught to do. But that he always knew his father was a hero now he has evidence.

Sergeant Hart thanked everyone who had worked to get this done. He said he was “Humbled” at the honor. He recognized several of his fellow Marines and thanked to crowd once again.
A proclamation presented by  Randy Prince on behalf of County Mayor Brent Greer and the Henry County Commissioners declaring November 10, 2018 Sergeant Berry Hart day in Henry County.

Lt. Col. Jon Hart pins the Bronze Star Medal of Valor on his father's Lapel

Sergeant Barry Hart thanked the crowd and his fellow soldiers. He said he was "Humbled" by this honor

Randy Prince present a Proclamation from the county mayor and Commissioners naming Nov. 11, 2018 Berry Hart Day

Henry County Veteran's Parade Honored All Our Local Heros

HCHS Marching Patriots Entertained the crowd with Patroitic Music

Pepsi Created this float to honor Vets over the past 100 years

Paris, Tenn.- The crowd showed up to honor the men and wome who have served in the miltary during the Annual Veterans Day Parade. The tempature was around 32 degrees with a windchill of 17 during the event. But the crowd endured the bitter conditions to pay homage to local Veterans. Several floats featured local vets and the HCHS Marching Patriots played patroitic music to thank those who served so bravely.

The Paris Chapter of the American Heritage Girls Troop 3130

Dressed to impress this Veterans Day all decked out in Red White and Blue as part of the American Heritage Troop 3130

The Pats Continue Their Winning Streak Beating Ridgeway Friday Night

#35 Alex Coffield brings down a Ridgeway runner during 1st half auction

#3 Tavion Kendley strips the ball from the Ridgeway Quarterback. Henry County recovered the ball and led to a field goal for the Patriots.

#16 Ethan Thompson leaps over a Ridgeway defender to haul in a pass during Friday nights game

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriots are heading to Memphis for the next round of play-off action after beating Ridgeway 31 to 8.

Henry County opened scoring with a 29 yard touchdown by Jaylin Foster making it 7 to 0 with 7 mins left in the first quarter. Henry County added to their first quarter scoring with a 25 yard field goal by Darrius Stephens making it 10-0 going into the 2nd quarter.

Will Parrish makes a great pass to Samari Rack who took it into the end zone making the half time score 17-0 Henry County.

It wasn’t till the 4th quarter before Ridgeway got on the scoreboard. The final score Henry County 31, Ridgeway 8.

The Pats  will travel to Memphis to face off with Kirby next Friday. We will have that game on the air beginning at 6:30.

Three Weakley County Men Arrested for Kidnapping and Assault

Cody Brown

Trever Bradberry

Christian Allen

Dresden, Tenn.- Three Weakley County men were arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and evading arrest after a man escaped a shed where he had been tied to a chair and beaten.

Arrested, were 18 year old Christian James Allen of Dresden, Trever James Bradberry 18 of Sharon, and Cody Wayne Brown 18 of Dresden.

Friday morning, a motorist was flagged down by the 19 year old man who was later transported to the hospital with head trauma. According to a press release from the Weakley County Sheriff’s office, the unnamed victim had escaped from a shed on Hwy 89 where the three had bound him to a chair with zip ties, taped his eyes, and put a bag on his head. He was then hit in the head with what was believed to be a wooden table leg.

While WCSO executed a search warrant at the property, the three returned to the residence where they saw what was happening and fled in a silver Honda Civic. Deputies chased the three down several backroads before they finally surrendered.

Bradberry was also charged with Possession of Marijuana with intent to sell after deputies found marijuana, baggies, and digital scales at the residence.

Christian Allan was out on bond for an incident in September where he fired a gun at someone in Dresden. ( Photos By WCSO via Facebook) 

Huntingdon Native Receives Promotion in Nashville

Baker’s wife Camille and his son, 1st Lieut. Cody Baker, pinned Baker’s new rank insignia on his uniform.

Nashville, Tenn.- Huntingdon native Tommy H. Baker, was promoted to Major General in a ceremony held at the Tennessee National Guard Headquarters on Friday. Baker, the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Tennessee National Guard, is responsible for the training and supervision of the more than 9,000 Soldiers in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Terry “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General says “Maj. Gen. Baker has a long and accomplished career with the Tennessee National Guard and it was an honor to get to the opportunity to promote an officer as deserving as him. He is a gifted leader and an invaluable member of my team.”

Baker’s wife, son and hundreds of family members, friends, and fellow Soldiers and Airmen attended the ceremony.

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.


News from past weeks here.


HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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