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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Reminder: KPAC Presenting Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity Dec. 1-2

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Players will be presenting Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd at 7pm at KPAC, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Admission to the show cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. You can buy tickets in person at the Paris Civic Center with cash or a check, you can purchase tickets by phone at 800-838-3006 with a credit or debit card or you can purchase tickets online at www.beautifulstar.brownpapertickets.com with a cash or check. If you have any questions please email kriderpac@gmail.com or call 731-644-2517.

So next weekend stop by KPAC for down-home laughter and toe-tapping mountain music as they set the stage for the joys and wonders of the Christmas season as it unfolds. Come hear this Gospel story with the KPAC Players, mountain style.

Jones Bend Road Closed for Culvert Replacement Tues. Dec. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Jones Bend Road will be closed Tuesday December 5th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 8 tenths of a mile southeast of Hwy 140 N. in the Cottage Grove area. Olive Road may be used as an alternate route. The road will be back open for afternoon traffic.

Santa is Coming to The Shed's Christmas Open House on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office wanted to announce that Santa will be stopping by The Shed for their Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am to 2pm.

At the event you can take free pictures with Santa,  you can take a tour of The Shed and enjoy yummy treats as well during the Open House.

Lee Academy's Christmas Bazaar Is Saturday 9-4

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar this Saturday December 2nd from 9am to 4pm. There will be several items for sale from different vendors and Lee will have soups and desserts available for purchase as well. Money raised benefits the scholarship fund.

Patriots Sweep Games at Home Against Springfield

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County swept a pair of games against Springfield Thursday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots won 63-42 with Gracie Osbron scoring 20 points in the victory. The Patriots defeated the Yellow Jackets as well by a final score of 70-62. James King had 20 points in the victory.

Casteel Oversees First Board Meeting as CEO of HCMC

HCMC Board of Trustees listen as CEO Lisa Casteel goes over administrative news. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular session for November Thursday night as CEO Lisa Casteel led her first board meeting.

She told the board the senate tax proposal repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by reducing the tax penalty to $0 beginning in 2019. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it will reduce healthcare spending, and some would lose coverage and premiums would increase because of the inability to balance risk pools.

Casteel also reported that a Senate version of a tax bill preserves tax-exempt municipal bond financing for capital projects undertaken by not-for-profit hospitals and other qualifying not-for-profit organizations. The House had previously voted to eliminate the tax exemption which would have caused financing rates to rise from a quarter to a half percent.

In administrative news, Casteel welcomed Billie McKee as the new Chief Human Resources Officer for HCMC. McKee has worked at the medical center since 2004 as Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services and Casteel said she has been instrumental in both Patient Satisfaction and Employee Engagement.

Two new physicians were recruited recently as Dr. Tucker, OB/GYN plans to join HCMC next summer and Dr. Russell will be joining Eastwood Clinic next summer as well.

HCMC Sees 100% Participation in Employee Engagement Survey

New HR Officer Billie McKee discusses the Employee Engagement Survey. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Human Resources Officer Billie McKee went over a summary of the recent employee engagement survey. McKee went over some of the results of the survey as they partnered with Press Gainey to do the surveys and there was 100% participation which was excellent.

McKee said the results are very thorough and Press Gainey will come back in December for more detailed data on how exactly the scores came back. She went over some of the preliminary results with the board at the meeting Thursday night.

She said there were many positive comments from the partners and some concerns such as communication between each other as they grow between work units. McKee said there was no big surprises in the concerns section.

HCMC Plans LED Lighting Project to Save Energy and Money

Paris, Tenn.- CFO Dale Guffey told the board of trustees during the capital requests report that the medical center will do an LED Lighting Savings Project at the first of the year in the amount of $430K where they will change out all the lights at the campus and the parking lot. Guffey said the savings on electrical bills would be seen in the coming years and it was something needed for awhile.

The board granted recently retired CEO Tom Gee a CEO Emeritus title as he has volunteered to continue to work with the Hospital on different issues. Casteel said with his knowledge and expertise it is a great benefit for our medical center.

At the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Phil Wichlan recognized James Travis after serving for many years on the Hospital Board. Travis recently resigned as 4th District County Commissioner for moving out of the district.

Commissioner David Webb was introduced as the newest member of the Hospital Board Thursday night as well. Commissioner Webb told the board he “was very blessed to serve Henry County and the community is blessed to have a county owned hospital.”

BOT Sees Presentation on Patient Survey

Paris, Tenn.- Intern Gunner Elliott, who came to HCMC from Austin Peay State University, presented results of a research survey he did as part of his intern work at HCMC. He made calls to patients and asked questions on their experiences at the hospital and discussed topics with some physicians as well. (Alsobrooks photo)

Rotary Club Remembers Barbara Muzzall

Paris, Tenn.- A single rose sits on the Lee School piano in remembrance of long time Rotary Club member and pianist Barbara Muzzall who passed away recently. Ms Barbara was loved and appreciated by so many and was the first female member of Paris Rotary Club. She had been a member for nearly 26 years.

20 Year Old Paris Man Charged With First Degree Murder

Paris, Tenn.- A 20 year old Paris man is in the Henry County jail Thursday morning after admitting to shooting and killing his grandfather. The press release from Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department stated that Paris Police, with assistance from Henry County Sheriff's Office units, responded to a 911 call Wednesday night where the  caller said he had shot and killed his grandfather at 1108 Dunlap Street.

Upon arrival, the scene was secured and the suspect, Jeremy Anderson, age 20, was detained. The victim, Marlin Wallace, was lying on the kitchen floor deceased. Wallace had multiple gun shot wounds.

Inv. Whitaker and Capt. Ricky Watson responded to the scene. Anderson was interviewed and subsequently admitted to killing Wallace. Anderson is being held on $500K bond at the jail with a court date set for Thursday.

Bridge Demo  Work To close US 45 By-Pass in Jackson

Jackson, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close US 45 By-Pass at I-40 this weekend to work on bridge demolition.

Friday, December 1, 10:00 p.m. – Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 p.m. – Monday, December 4, 6:00 a.m.

  • US 45 By-Pass north and south will be closed at the interstate
  • I-40 traffic will run up and over the temporary ramps during the closure times.

Detour signs will be posted throughout the construction area.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or for West Tennessee follow https://twitter.com/NicLawrenceTDOT

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Fallen Tree Causes Power Outages Along Hwy. 641N

Paris, Tenn.- BPU Crews are on site repairing damages where a tree fell along some power lines on Hwy. 641N. A tree contractor caused the tree to fall on power lines and break several crossarms and several spans of wires and caused around 550 people in the area to lose power Thursday morning. The outages should all be repaired in a couple hours.

Henry School Supper With Santa Set for Friday Evening

Henry, Tenn.- Henry School will hold Supper with Santa Friday night December 1st from 5-7pm. They will have chili, hot dogs, chips, and drinks for $5 for ages 13 and up, $3.50 for ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under. Admission for a family of 5 will only be $20.

Several activities are planned including decorating sugar cookies, bake sale, silent auction, face painting, Christmas pictures, story time, making Christmas cards or ornaments, making food for reindeer, writing letters to Santa, and free games.

Bethel's Christmas With Renaissance Shows This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University invites everyone to Christmas with Renaissance, an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts Program.

All shows will be at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus at Bethel University. Show times are Friday December 1st at 7pm, Saturday December 2nd at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday December 3rd at 2pm. Reserved tickets are $15 and General Admission is $10.

To purchase tickets go online to www.bethelrenaissance.com/christmas or call 352-6980.

50th Annual Community Christmas Concert is Sun. at 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to the 50th Annual Community Christmas Concert this Sunday December 3rd at 3pm at First United Methodist Church. Kick off your Christmas season with a beautiful performance of Handel’s Messiah, directed by Scott Shepherd. The event is free to the public, with a love offering taken at the end of the show. For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955 or visit their website, www.phcarts.com.

Warm Night Brings Large Crowd Out for Advent Walk

A large crowd fills the front area at the courthouse for the Advent Walk. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- An unseasonably warm late November night helped draw out a large crowd for the annual Candlelight Advent Walk in Downtown Paris Wednesday evening.  Dr. Trent Bullock, First Baptist Church, welcomed the crowd at the steps of the courthouse where battery operated candles were given out. He said the gospels are all filled with the story of the birth of Christ and during the Advent season and all year we should refresh ourselves with this and celebrate.

Rev. Dorothy Hartzog, Grace Episcopal Church, spoke about the gift of hope during the Advent season. She said there is hope in Christianity that is sure and certain and that hope is that the promise of God will never fail us. She said in Jesus, God’s presence once again is realized and we know “He is with Us.” The crowd then sung the first verse of O Come, O Come Emmanuel and continued the verses at each stop Wednesday night.

Music and singing were led by Rhonda Stanton at the courthouse then event goers walked to First Baptist Church and then on to Quinn Chapel for the conclusion and refreshments. The Advent Walk is a great Christmas tradition and the event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and area churches.

Man Arrested After Posting Threats to Sheriff Belew, Former Prosecutor

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated Brian R. Neu, age 49of 2235 Winsett Rd has been charged with 5 counts of assault, retaliation for past actions, and failure to appear.

These charges stem from Neu publicly posting death threats to Sheriff Monte Belew. Neu stated in the posts that Belew “would be put to death for treason against America”. Neu also stated that the Gods had spoken to him and Sheriff Belew was to be “put to death by hanging” Neu goes on to mention the grim reaper.

Neu also threatened the life of a former prosecuting attorney that was responsible for prosecuting former cases against Neu. He is currently being held on $21,000 bond and will appear in General Sessions on 11-30-17.

Man on Roof Arrested for Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department responded to a residence on West Washington Street to a man being on the roof who had earlier tried to get in via a window. The resident said, Justin W. Carpenter, 37, of 305 Cedar St., was his ex-roommate and was just kicked out recently for not paying his share of rent.

The resident heard some noises and then saw Carpenter trying to enter thru the window. Carpenter then fled and ran along the top of the roof.

Lt. Frey and responding units found Carpenter on Fentress said and he said he was in pain from falling off the roof. He was taken to the ER and asked Lt. Frey to grab his backpack from behind the building. At the ER, Lt. Frey asked permission to search the bag and Carpenter consented to the search where baggies of meth, a meth pipe, and a marijuana pipe were all found. Carpenter was charged with simple possession of schedule two and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. David Powell responded to a report of theft on Reynoldsburg Road. The basement door was kicked in and entry was gained to the upstairs when that door was kicked in. Items missing included $4500 cash, two pistols, 5 boxes of ammo, and a cell phone, total value of items was over $7500 . There was also several hundred dollars in damage to the doors. There are no suspects at this time.

HC Swept in Tough Losses at Clarksville High Tuesday Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County lost a pair of tough games on the road at District 10-AAA rival Clarksville High on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots fell by one, 53-52 to Clarksville and the Patriots lost by three, 68-65. James King had 22 points in the Pats loss.

Henry County will host Springfield in District play this Thursday night with the Lady Pats tip set for 6pm, with men’s action to follow. This game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but moved up because Springfield’s football team is playing for the State Championship.

Advent Walk Begins at Courthouse Steps Wed. Night at 6:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Candlelight Advent Walk will help usher in the Christmas season in downtown Paris Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 7:30pm as worshippers hear the message of Advent. The event will start on the front steps of the Henry County Courthouse at 6:30pm and then proceed by family friendly candlelight thru downtown.

Dr. Trent Bullock will welcome everyone and Rev. Dorothy Hartzog of Grace Episcopal will speak on “The Gift of Hope” and music will be led by Rhonda Stanton.

From the courthouse, the Advent Walk will head to First Baptist Church where Joe Hansen of First United Methodist Church speaks about the “Gift of Peace.”

The final destination of this year’s Advent Walk is Quinn Chapel and Rev. Carol Wade of First Presbyterian Church will speak on the “Gift of Joy” and Dr. Trent Bullock will conclude with the words about the “Gift of Love. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service at Quinn Chapel.

For more information on events this Christmas season in downtown Paris go online to www.visitdowntownparis.com.

Lunch to Learn Seminar on Arthritis Care is Friday Dec. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will present a Lunch to Learn Seminar this Friday December 1st at Noon in classrooms 2 & 3 at HCMC. Lunch is provided and starts at 11:30am and the topic will be led by Dr. Mark Cutright on advances in Arthritis Care. Dr. Cutright will address non-operative care, operative care, and rehab involving shoulder, hip, and knee.

The event is free but you are asked to bring canned food items for the Wellness Center’s canned food drive. Seating is limited so RSVP by calling 644-3463 to reserve a spot.

New Harmony's Live Nativity to be Held This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will hold their Live Nativity December 1st thru 3rd from 6-9pm each night at the church located at 7050 Hwy. 69 South. This is a Drive through trail of luminaries and allows you to view the living scenes depicting the birth of Christ. Admission is free. Call 593-5276 for more information.

Jaycee's Jammin 4 the Kids Set for Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will present Jammin 4 the Kids this Saturday December 2nd at the Paris Moose Lodge beginning at 8pm. Entertainment will be provided by Haleigh Martin, Vince Dodd, Risky Business, 4-Play, and the Old Spirits. Admission is $10. There will be a 50/50 drawing, auction, and many other surprises. All money raised benefits the Jaycees Children’s Christmas Shopping tour to be held later in December. To donate or for more information call Cathey Williams at 731-693-9086.

BPU Board Approves Land Purchase for Future Substation

BPU board members look at the tracts of land for the future substation. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met in regular session for November Tuesday morning and approved the purchase of two tracts of land along Hwy. 140 E. for what will eventually be the new Eagle Creek Substation.

General Manager Terry Wimberley told board members this discussion started around 6 years ago when BPU approached TVA about a 2nd delivery point of power from TVA. TVA has some investment in this project as they have to build a transmission line from Murray to feed this new substation along Hwy. 140E. and he said this part of the process to make sure BPU was invested as well and purchasing property is a big step in that process.

Wimberley said originally they decided they needed around 4 acres and the first tract they found along Hwy 140 E. was 3.86 which was fine, but the owner is landlocked and wanted to sell two tracts, the 2nd nearly 14 acres. Wimberley said the price was good and even though the BPU didn’t need that much land, the extra tract would be used to build their circuit path on to get to Hwy. 140 to run the transmission. This saves BPU from having to purchase easements from other property owners.

The cost of the land is $52,860 and Wimberley said having the 2nd delivery point will address load issues at the lake area and backup the primary substation. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations explained TVA has a timeline of events they will be following as this project goes forward starting with the land acquisition by BPU by January 1st. Edwards said the plan is to go live with this substation in August of 2021.

In other action Tuesday morning, BPU board members approved retaining Alexander Thompson Arnold, PLLC, to prepare the audit for Fiscal Year 2018 at a cost of $30,135, a slight increase from this year’s audit cost. The board also approved some changes to employee contribution rules for Health Savings Accounts and approved Tracey Tharpe as a new member of the BPU Project Roundup Board replacing Harry Cowan who resigned and moved to Florida to be near family.

HCHD Closing Swor Rd. Wednesday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Swor Road on Wednesday November 29th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 9 tenths of a mile north of Hwy. 641 S. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Old West Steakhouse Hosts Chamber Coffee Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Owners of the Old West Steak House Vickie Noles and father Jimmy Sinis greet Chamber members Tuesday morning at their location on East Wood St. in Paris. Old West is open Sunday through Thursday 11 till 9. Friday Sat 11-10. They have Steaks, Italian, Gyros as well as take out orders and a buffet during week.

Unemployment Rates Up Slightly, Still Below 5.0% in 93 Counties

Nashville- County unemployment rates were released last week and nearly all 95 counties have rates below 5.0% for October, following a record-breaking September when, for the first time ever, all experienced the rate below 5.0%. Rhea and Lauderdale County were the only two to come in with rates higher than 5.0% for October, but both remain below 5.5%.

In our listening area, Henry County’s rate came in a 4.0% for October, up from the 3.5% in September, but down from the rate last October at 5.9%. Numbers mean of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 13,800 around 560 were looking for a job in October.

Carroll County’s rate for October was 4.4%, up from 4.0% in September, but still down from 6.8% last October. 520 of Carroll County’s estimated labor force of 11,870 were seeking employment in October.

Benton County’s October 2017 rate came in at 4.7%, which is up from 4.2% in September, but down from October 2016’s rate of 7.1%. Houston County’s rate for this October was 4.7%, up from 4.4% in September but still down from a year ago when it was 6.8%. Stewart County’s unemployment rate for this October came in at 4.5%, up from 4.0% in September and down from a year ago when the rate was 6.8%. Weakley County’s rate actually dropped from September’s 4.8% to 4.6% in October. Last October Weakley County’s unemployment rate was 6.1%.

HCHS Travels to Clarksville High for District Basketball Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hits the road Tuesday night for District 10-AAA basketball action at Clarksville High School. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm followed by men’s action. If you can’t make the trip you can listen to our broadcast at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply.

Game Vs. Springfield Moved Up to Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s scheduled basketball game with Springfield at home Friday night December 1st has been moved to Thursday night November 30th because Springfield’s football team is playing in the TSSAA State Football championship game on Friday. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm Thursday night followed by the men.

MSU's Oustanding Seniors for Fall 2017 Announced

Murray, Ky.- Caleb Brannon and Elaina Barnett have been named Murray State University’s Outstanding Seniors for fall 2017. 

Caleb Brannon is the son of Dr. Tony and Lisa Brannon from Puryear, Tennessee. He will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness with a crop production emphasis. The Dean’s List student holds a 3.95 cumulative grade point average and will graduate summa cum laude.
 
Brannon currently serves as a student ambassador for the University and the Hutson School of Agriculture, where he helps recruit future Racers. Brannon is also a member of the Student Government Association, acting as the current director of government relations and previously holding the position of senator for the Hutson School of Agriculture. 
 
As a member of the Agriculture Leadership Council, Brannon is a representative for the Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honors Fraternity, fulfilling the role of the organization’s chancellor. He was also a 2016 finalist for Homecoming King and serves as president of the Agribusiness Club. Additionally, Brannon serves on the Agriculture Appreciation Week Planning Committee, is a student representative for the Academic Appeals Committee and was a national champion in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Competition. He is also involved with the Ag Business Club Toy Drive, Agronomy Club, Baptist Campus Ministry and Puryear Baptist Church.
 
Brannon’s academic honors include being on the Dean’s List for each of his previous six semesters enrolled at the University and being selected for Who’s Who Among Students at Murray State. He was selected to participate in the Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Program, the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference and was a Farm Credit Fresh Perspective Top 100 National Honoree. He also participated in the National FFA New Century Farmer Conference, received the American FFA Degree and was named the 2014 Kentucky FFA State Star Farmer.
 
His published work includes research regarding industrial hemp and biomass crops, and he has presented at Posters at the Capitol and various other conferences. Brannon has international experiences in Australia with the Hutson School of Agriculture and in Costa Rica with the FFA Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar. 
 
Brannon currently assists with the operation of Brannon Farms, a fourth-generation family farm, and has completed internships with Tennessee Farmers Co-op, River Valley Ag Credit and Beck’s Superior Hybrids.
 
After graduation, Brannon will pursue his master’s degree at Murray State in the Hutson School of Agriculture.
 
Elaina Barnett is a graduating senior from Shelbyville and is the daughter of Sondi and Jeff Barnett. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in December with an honors focus in studio art with enhanced art history and an emphasis in drawing and sculpture. The Honors College student holds a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and will graduate summa cum laude.
 
Previously, Barnett was the president of the Organization of Murray Art Students (OMAS) from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2016. She continues her engagement with the art student community as a tour guide for the department of art and design, her prior work as a student ambassador and through organizing two student exhibitions and assisting in the KyAEA Regional High School Art Exhibition at Murray State. In the spring of 2016, Barnett assisted in organizing the involvement of OMAS in the March for Education in Frankfort and, in the spring of 2017, the Murray Sister March to the Women’s March on Washington: the March for Equality and Social Justice. 
 
Barnett’s honors include being awarded a solo show at the Murray Art Guild, titled “Notes to Self,” exhibiting work in her senior thesis exhibition, “Yours,” having work accepted in the International Juried Exhibition “Fantastic Fibers” and work in various other exhibits and auctions. Her work has earned her recognition as a featured student of the week for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and through her induction into the Murray State chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi national academic honor society in fall 2016.
 
Her professional experience includes being a gallery worker at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, where she initially began working voluntarily, and a worker in the department of art and design’s main office. Previously, Barnett was an assistant to a professor of art education, an assistant at a visiting artist’s printmaking workshop and a live-in educational assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 
 
After graduation, Barnett plans to pursue gallery work and other jobs within the realm of art or teaching while continuing to build her own personal body of work as a means of attending a graduate program with the intention of teaching studio art at a university level.

Argument Leads to Broken TV and Yard Fire

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Clayton Town Road after a verbal argument led a man to punch his TV, then throw it out in the yard. The TV then managed to burst into flames and catch the yard on fire. When Dep. Bostwick arrived, members of the fire department had extinguished the fire in the yard. No charges were filed.

Paris Ptl. Justin Harden charged Deandre R. James, age 31, of Memphis with simple possession of schedule 6, public intoxication, and possession of a handgun while intoxicated after responding to a domestic disturbance over the weekend. James was placed on $2500 bond.

Ptl. David Beauvis arrested Thomas E. Johnson, age 37, of 317 Thompson St. on active warrants after responding to 318 Thompson on a reported car fire. The car belonged to Johnson and dispatch revealed he had warrants on him. The reports at the Paris Fire Department stated he had been restoring the vehicle and the estimated value of the car was $1500.  

Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Hwy. 69S. where a 1994 Ford Explorer was stolen. The victim stated the keys were stolen and on the key was her wedding band. Police do have a suspect and the total value is around $8K worth of items missing.

A report at the Sheriff’s Office said several things were strewn about and some items were missing from a break-in on Mt. Sinai Road. The investigation is still ongoing as to what all is missing and there are no suspects at this time.

Another report stated a pistol left in the console of a pickup truck parked at a residence on Hwy. 641N. was reported missing. There are no suspects in this incident either.

Team Mansfield Runners Do Well at Foot Locker Race

Charlotte- Team Mansfield runners competed at the Foot Locker South Regional Championship this weekend and Javan Winders came in 1st in the men’s open 5K race with a time of 15:16. In the Men’s Masters age 40 plus 5K race Lance Winders came in 10th at 18:47.

In the boy’s 5K Titus Winders finished 6th with a time of 15:06 and Silas Winders came in 16th at 15:27. Titus’s finish qualified him for the Foot Locker National Championship in San Diego in December. Dinah Winders came in 13th in the girls 13-14 year old 5K race with a time of 19:36.

Police Arrested Several People on Alcohol Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Tyler Milam arrested Justin Sutterwhite, age 60 of Paris, for DUI, driving on a revoked license and violation of the implied consent law. Sutterwhite was placed on $1,500 bond.

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Hugo Sanchez, age 29, and Luis Gomez-Perez, age 28, both of McKenzie for public intoxication. Sanchez and Gomez-Perez were each placed on $500 bond.

Give the Gift of Giving at the Fill the Police Cruiser Event on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Cash Express is hosting the First Fill the Police Cruiser Event on Friday, December 1st from 9:30am to 5:30pm at Cash Express, which is located at 414 Tyson Avenue in Paris.

Cash Express is asking for the community to help fill the police cruiser with items for Christmas. They will be accepting coats, toys and non-perishable food items that are in date. Everything collected at the event will be donated to local families in need.

Cash Express also wanted to thank the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for letting them use one of their cruisers for the event. So on Friday, bring some items for Christmas to the Cash Express in Paris to help local families in need during the Christmas season.

Police Arrested Several People on Driving Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department,  Sgt. Eric Long arrested Jakob Mallory, age 19 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Mallory was placed on $1,500 bond.

Lt. Josh Frey arrested Johnny Taylor, age 52 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Taylor was placed on $500 bond.

Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Paul Howard, age 57 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Howard was placed on $500 bond.

Burning of Cardboard Box Causes Five Acre Field Fire

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a field fire at 1585 Macedonia Road on Saturday.

The Henry Fire Department dispatched Brush 1 and Engine 2 along with 12 firefighters to the scene to find a field and some wooded area on fire. The fire appeared to have been started when the home owner was burning a cardboard box in windy conditions.

The fire was around 20ft from a structure when  units arrived on scene. The Henry County Forestry and the Henry Fire Department Tanker 1 Engine were dispatched to the scene in the event that the fire ignited the structure next to it. Henry Fire Units were on the scene just over an hour and it was estimated that a total of five acres were burned.

Get Ready for Christmas Shopping at IMS Holiday Market on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Inman will be holding their 3rd Annual Inman Middle School Holiday Market on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am to 4pm  in the Inman Middle School gym, located at 400 Harrison Street in Paris.

There will be plenty of booths to shop at Inman’s Holiday Market including Queens of Paris, Man-Made Jewelry and many others. Inman has even more this year that will have the whole family entertained. Also at the Holiday Market there will be holiday performances throughout the day from Mrs. Jessica McLeese's "Inman Singers” and other children's activities will be available.

Will You Freeze or Escape from Inman's Elf on the Shelf Escape Room on Saturday?

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman PAC will be presenting their wildly anticipated  "Frozen Elf on a Shelf" Escape Room Fundraiser during Holiday Market in the Inman Middle School cafeteria entrance from 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost $15 per person and team should consist of 6 to 10 people. You can pay online by accessing Inman’s Square Store: https://squareup.com/market/inman-middle-school-pac/item/escape-room-frozen-elf-on-a-shelf

Teams can book time slots in advance to ensure that they will be able to use their shared talents, logic skills, and wits to figure out the clues in our 30-minute Escape Room together.

At the escape room you and your fellow Christmas elves are on a quest to rescue Ellie the Elf, who is frozen because she lost her Holiday magic. You must use your your shared talents, logic skills, and wits as you journey across the snowy realms in search of answers to the clues and riddles to solve the mystery of why Ellie lost her Holiday Magic! Get Ellie back her Holiday Magic before she is frozen forever! Will you freeze or can you escape the room in time?

The Elf on the Shelf Brings Christmas Fun to Lura Lee's of Paris


Getting to take a picture with Lucy the Elf on the Shelf. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A great crowd of people stopped by Lura Lee’s of Paris on Saturday as the Elf on the Shelf, Lucy Jackson, stopped by to meet with everyone.


Lucy the Elf on the Shelf sneaks a peek at all of the Elf on the Shelf merchandise at Lura Lee's of Paris. (Cassie Walsh photos)

There were plenty of deals for adults to take advantage of at Lura Lee’s, while kids and even some adults got to take a picture with Lucy the Elf on the Shelf. Kids also let Lucy the Elf on the Shelf know that they have been good and asked her if she knew their own Elf on the Shelf. And of course Lucy the Elf on the Shelf nodded her head that every individual Elf on the Shelf knows the other and of course they all know Santa.


Meeting with Lucy Jackson the Elf on the Shelf on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA, said that people lined up outside of Lura Lee's a quarter till noon to get their picture taken with the Elf on the Shelf.

Making Christmas Cheer Wildlife Friendly


Making a Christmas ornament that can also feed the birds. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Springville, Tenn.- A large crowd of people came out to the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge’s Trim a Tree for Wildlife event on Saturday as attendees got to listen to music from the Chilltonics, while kids got to make homemade Christmas ornaments.


Making a traditional homemade Christmas ornament at the Refuge. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The “Trim a Tree for Wildlife” focused on  making Christmas ornaments out of things from nature so that kids could not only decorate their indoor tree, but also trim an outdoor tree at home that was wildlife friendly.


All of the different homemade Christmas ornaments that the Wildlife Refuge taught kids how to make. (Cassie Walsh photos)

One creative outdoor Christmas ornament idea that was wildlife friendly was to make a bird feeder ornament. Kids took a pine cone and wrapped a piece of yarn around the top and tied a knot so that they could hang the ornament on the tree. Next you would take the pine cone and spread vegetable shortening around the pine cone and dip the pine cone in bird seed. Then the ornament was ready to be hung outdoors to be a decoration and feed the birds at the same time.

The Trim a Tree for Wildlife event focused on making traditional Christmas ornaments and learning new ways to bring Christmas decorating to the outdoors, by making it wildlife friendly.

Paducah Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Derrek Colley arrested Kez Graff, age 23 of Paducah, as a fugitive from justice, a capias warrant out of Benton County and a warrant for violation of parole out of Kentucky. Graff was placed on $10,000 bond.

Dover Woman Arrested for Possession and Police Investigate Burglary

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Investigator Derrek Colley arrested Katie Tolley, age 29 of Dover, for three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Tolley was placed on $1,000 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Forrest Kemp investigated a burglary at a home on Mt. Sinai Road. The victim told police that when he went to check on the house he saw that the back door was kicked in. The victim wasn’t sure if anything was taken from inside the house, but the well tank valued at $300 was missing. Police are still looking for the suspect.

Getting in the Christmas Spirit at the North Pole Family Fun Day as Santa Rolls into Paris


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Kids and adults line the street to be the first in line to see Santa as he, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the elves rolled into Downtown Paris on Friday kicking off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.


Can't wait to see Santa. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got to enjoy trackless train ride, a petting zoo, crafts hosted by the 4-H Club and get their faces painted at Commercial Bank and Trust.


Meeting with an emu at the North Pole Family Fun Day. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Getting your face painted at Commercial Bank. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids also got to listen to Holly Todd, a theater teacher at Henry County High School, as she read The Polar Express at Vicky Muzzall's Tax Service and Miss Vicky also gave away train whistles at the reading.


Holly Todd reads The Polar Express to a family at the North Pole Family Fun Day. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Making homemade crafts with help from the 4-H Club. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Santa will be at his Gingerbread House in Downtown Paris from Friday, November 25th through Sunday, December 17th. Santa will be at his house on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire Early Fri. Morning Ruled Accidental

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department responded to 160 Loving Drive in Springville around 1:30am Friday morning on the report of a structure fire. Arriving units found a single wide mobile home actually located at Gracy Drive fully engulfed in flames. No one was at home at the time of the fire and the owner, Victoria Davidson of Trenton couldn’t be reached.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and it was determined a total loss with damage estimated at $20K. A second mobile home next door also received some damage to the siding due to the heat of the flames. Five trucks and 12 firefighters were on scene for two hours Friday morning.

Friday morning’s trailer fire on Gracy Drive has been ruled accidental due to an electrical short with a refrigerator on the back porch. (Reggie Coles photos)

LBL Offering Free Cedar Trees for Christmas Trees

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes will once again offer free cedar trees this year. Permits are available online from November 25 thru December 24th from LBL at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations. You can also obtain area maps and cutting guidelines there as well.

Members of the public can also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative office 8am-4pm Monday thru Friday November 28th thru December 23rd. A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree during these dates. The trees may be cut anywhere at LBL except: within sight of US 68/Ky80 Highway, Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, Cemeteries, Nature Watch Areas, Campgrounds, and mowed areas.

The trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than four inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited.

Families should choose a fresh tree, needles fall off easily the tree is dry and can catch fire more easily. When setting up the tree, cut the base off two inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb water. Place the tree in a stable, tip-proof container and water it daily and place it away from heating sources like fires. 

HCHS Juniors Eligible for Calvin Coolidge Scholarships

Paris, Tenn.- Juniors at Henry County High School are eligible for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Scholarship that is a full-ride covering a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge is academic merit and more information can be found at coolidgescholars.org.

Any junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2019 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident can apply. Applications are due by 5pm on January 24th, 2018.

DPA Seeks Volunteers for Holly, Jolly Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is seeking volunteers to help with the Holly, Jolly Electric Christmas Parade, which is set for December 9th at 5pm in downtown Paris. The DPA wants 10 volunteers to help with guiding entries where to park after dropping off participants and where to line up for the parade.

Volunteers are asked to be at the First United Methodist church parking lot by 4pm December 9th and plan on being there until at least 5:30pm. For more information or to sign up to help call Vickey Roberts at 336-0278 or email vickeyroberts@msn.com.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Up at Walmart; Taking Gifts Until Dec. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program is in full swing with over 200 children in Henry County signed up to receive a gift this Christmas. The tree is set up at Walmart in the customer service area for those who want to sponsor a child. To sponsor, select an angel from the tree and shop for gifts and return them to Walmart by December 6th. For more information on the program call Misty Hassell at 336-3617.

HCSO Seeks Public's Help in Locating Steven Loines

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Steven E. Loines as they ask for any leads or tips to his whereabouts.

A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins stated Loines was involved in a vehicle pursuit in which he was a passenger several months ago. After the driver was apprehended, Loines fled the scene and was aware at the time that there were active warrants for his arrest.

Since that incident, Loines has missed several important events in which the Sheriff’s Office believe he would have made an attempt to contact family members about. Loines has been entered into NCIC as a missing person and the main goal of the investigation has shifted to trying to locate him and confirm his safety. As of yet, the HCSO has not been able to come up with any information on where he may be located.

Any tips or leads can be call into the Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Crime Tips Line at 642-0929.

Entrants Needed for 11th Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- The 11th Annual Holly, Jolly Electric Christmas Parade is set for Saturday December 9th at 5pm in Downtown Paris and entrants are now being sought for the event. The parade will immediately follow the Downtown Christmas Festival.

Vickey Roberts, event chairman, said, “we’re so excited to be getting applications from folks who are lighting up floats, golf carts, ATVs, small tractors, commercial vehicles, and even marching units for this event. With minimal entry fee of only $10, everyone can join in on the fun!”

The DPA is encouraging businesses to enter floats this year to the parade and then park the float at their business if possible until the season is over.

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Religious Theme, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Decorated Float, Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor, Best Marching Unit, and coveted Clark Griswold Award for best knock your socks off lit up entry.

Applications and guidelines are available at the DPA office at 203 N. Fentress Street, at Paris City Hall, or online at www.visitdowntownparis.com. For more information call 731-653-PARIS.

 

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