From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh
HCHS Theatre Dept. Christmas Improv Jam Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Theatre Department will present its 3rd annual Christmas Improv Jam Friday December 2nd at 6pm at the Little Theatre at HCHS. Admission is free with a canned good for toy and all canned goods and toys will be donated to help families in our community. Donations will also be taken in support of the fires that ravaged Gatlinburg and East Tennessee. The money raised will go to the Dolly Parton foundation in support of those communities affected by the disaster. Many comedy acts will be performed.
Lady Pats Beat Dresden on the Hardwood
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated Dresden in basketball action at Gamlin Gym on Thursday night 56-41 and moved their season record to 4-1 so far. Emily Gilstrap was the high scorer with 13 points. Gracie Osbron and Natiya Jumper both had 10 points in the victory for the Lady Pats. There was no men’s game due to Dresden being in the state championship Friday for football.
Both the Lady Patriots and Patriots will play at McKenzie Friday and it will be broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting with the pregame show at 5:30pm. The Lady Pats tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. You can also listen online at wmufradio.com.
HCBOE Approves 2017-18 School Calendar
School board members look over the proposed calendar. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The 2017-18 School Calendar was approved by the Henry County Board of Education at their December meeting on Thursday night. Director of Schools for Henry County Dr. Brian Norton said the committee, made up of several teachers from the district, worked hard on creating this calendar for the next school year. Dr. Norton said the fall semester has 88 instructional days and the spring semester has 92. He said we put more in the Spring because winter weather usually occurs in months early in the Spring and can sometimes cause loss of instructional days.
Dr. Norton said the calendar is coming to the board earlier because we ran into some problems with professional development planning and the calendar is very similar to last year.
The proposed calendar has the following important dates: August 4th as an abbreviated first day; No school August 31 and September 1st for Parent Teacher Conference and Professional Development Days, No School for Labor Day September 4th of 2017. Fall break will once again be a full week next year October 9-13, school will be closed three days for Thanksgiving, and December 19th is the last day before Christmas break begins.
In 2018, school will start back on January 4th and holidays include January 15th, February 19th and 20th, Spring break is March 26-30, April 27th for Fish Fry, and the last day for students is May 24th. Graduation in 2018 will be May 18th.
Holland, Patriot Pride Recognitions at December Meeting
Becky Holland talks about her experience with the Seventh Day Church and being named Person of the Year.
Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Susan Burton introduced the Becky Holland, director of the Family Resource Center as she had received the West Tennessee District of the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s Person of the Year Thursday night. Holland said they recognized the FRC for the Weekend Backpack program and presented them with a check for $500. Holland said, “without our community and faith based organizations we couldn’t do programs like the Weekend Backpack program.”
Dr. Burton also presented a Patriot Pride recognition for the design of the District’s Christmas Card. Ms. Angela Yearry, teacher of Digital Art Design, recognized student Diamond Nored for her design work this year including the Christmas card. Caleb Orr came up with the message inside the Christmas card, but couldn’t attend the meeting Thursday night due to prior obligations. Nored said it was her first year being involved with the class and was excited about a possible future in this type of artwork.
Ms. Yearry showing off some of Diamond's work to the board.
Cross Country Team Recognized at Board Meeting
Coach Lance Winders with Scott Wallett of the Cross Country Team. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Coach Lance Winders and the Patriot Cross Country was on hand at the board meeting Thursday night. He said we just resurrected the team five years ago and in that time frame we have moved from 14th to tied for 2nd place in rankings. Winders said the team has gone to the State the last couple of years. He said the young men work hard and it shows as we are one of the top programs in the state. Zach Cutright, one of the members of the team also put together a video of pictures from the season that was shown to the board. Coach Winders said these guys are also great citizens, great students, and I’m very proud of them.
HCBOE Denies Request to Rename HCHS Baseball Field
Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton discussed a request about renaming the baseball field at HCHS to Thunder Field to honor the team that helped with lighting and taking care of the field on campus back in the 90s. He said after discussion and looking into the request he said he couldn’t recommend renaming the field at this time. Dr. Norton said it didn’t go in line with the policy on naming or renaming facilities that the board also passed Thursday evening on its 2nd reading. The board accepted Dr. Norton's recommendation to not rename the field.
Dr. Norton congratulated Grove Assistant Principal Tim Mason for finishing the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership. Mason will graduate on December 16th. Mason was the first group of assistant principals across the state to be part of this program. He spoke very highly of the program saying it’s been a great experience.
Dr. Norton said there was a large crowd for the artificial turf discussion earlier this week. He said in order to build a facility like we want that is multipurpose we have to take away the practice field and the turf must be artificial to get use out of it from several areas.
Man Charged After Huge Cattle Ring Busted In Puryear
Inmate photo of Travis Hale (HCSO)
Paris, Tenn.- A press conference held Thursday morning at the Henry County Sheriff’s office where a 23 year old Henry County man was charged with 21 counts of animal cruelty and theft of property over $10K on what Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew called the “largest cattle ring ever in Henry County.” Travis Hale, of Rose Lane, was placed on $125K and was due in court Thursday morning. This is a Class C felony.
On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 960 Rose Lane in Puryear on a request from the Kentucky State Police on theft of 48 Black Angus cattle from a farm in Kirksey, Kentucky. Puryear Police also assisted at Rose Lane.
Once on the property at Rose Lane, officers found several head of cattle with no food or water along with several dead cows and calves. Investigators were called to the scene and 21 dead cattle were found. The Puryear Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene and filled the troughs with fresh water, food was also brought to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Dr. Chuck Lyons of Mineral Wells Animal Clinic.
Inv. David Doyle and Scott Wyrick worked the scene and were able to locate about half of the stolen cattle on Tuesday evening. They also located tags that belonged on the cattle when stolen and those tags and since been removed. The tags were collected and verified that they belonged to the victim and proper owner.
The investigation into the cattle hustling continued Wednesday morning at the Rose Lane location with the assistance of State of Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Tom Bates. An additional 10 stolen animals were found on the property, which is about 200 acres.
Sheriff Belew said about 6 of the stolen cattle from Kirksey remain missing, but investigators believe they may be on the Rose Lane farm somewhere and just have not been found. The investigation is ongoing, and Hale does have other charges pending in the Henry County system.
Sheriff Belew said there is a possibility that other accomplices are involved in this cattle hustling and hopefully we can find those during more investigation. He said, “I am not sure I’ve ever seen this amount of abuse to any animal, they were starved to death and had nothing to drink and no way to get anything as they were pinned up. The cattle that were still alive would for sure not have made it much longer in the conditions they were attempting to live in.” The other cattle on scene is likely to belong to Hale, and they continued to be treated and hopes are they will live.
The total value of stolen cattle from the victim in Kirksey is over $33,600. Sheriff Belew thanked the Kentucky State Police and Puryear Police for their assistance in the cattle ring.
FBLA Students Visit A La Mode, WMUF
Photos by Andrea Fuller
Paris, Tenn.- Local business owner, David Jackson, talks with Future Business Leaders of America students in a visit to A La Mode Sweet Shoppe in downtown Paris about the joys and disappointments for small business owners. Students from Henry County High School and E. W. Grove were involved in the FBLA local leadership conference on Wednesday. Andrea Fuller and Angela Yearry are FBLA sponsors for Henry County and had arranged the visit to both A La Mode Sweet Shoppe and WLZK, WMUF, WRQR, WHDM radio stations in Paris.
Fuller said, “This is a great opportunity for us to impact young people through cooperation with local businesses to help them understand entrepreneurship and the issues that the small business owner has to face. We appreciate so much the opportunity to visit both the radio station and A La Mode Sweet Shoppe”. Jackson pointed out that employees are the biggest expense in business but quickly added that good, dependable employees are also the biggest asset. “I couldn’t run this business if it weren’t for the creative staff that I have on board.”
WLZK sports director Lance Pierce points out the towers for WLZK radio 94.1 FM in Paris. Pierce, who has been with WLZK radio for nearly 20 years, answered questions and gave students of the FBLA program a tour of the radio station. Pierce pointed out that two of the most critical skills needed for a job in radio were correct use of grammar in writing and speaking as well as being able to work well with the public.
Candlelight Advent Walk Draws Large Crowd
The crowd sings along at the courthouse during the Advent Walk. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The weather was cool, almost feeling like the end of November should, as the annual Candlelight Advent Walk brought out a large crowd Wednesday evening. The event had some changes and was shortened this year, which most event goers seemed to embrace.
The Advent Walk begin on the front steps of the Henry County Courthouse as Dr. Rob Martin, of First United Methodist Church talked about the meaning of Advent saying it was Latin for “coming.” Dr. Martin said “we as Christians celebrate the coming of Christ and we recognize December 25th as his birthday. The theme was following three simple rules and Dr. John Dandridge spoke on Rule No. 1, “Do Good,” from the courthouse steps.
Dr. Dandridge said, “regardless of what side of the street you are on, do good, wherever you come from, wherever you are going, just do good.” He said, “treat others as you want to be treated with respect, love, and give blessings.”
Rev. Cory Glover uses a ladder to depict the slope of evil thoughts. (Alsobrooks photo)
From the courthouse steps the Advent Walk proceeded to First Presbyterian Church where Rev. Cory Glover spoke on the 2nd Rule, Avoid Evil. Rev. Glover spoke on a Pslam 37 saying anger, fretting, and wrath can all lead to evil, even when we ourselves are not evil at all. Rev. Glover said, “Jesus says there is no slope, evil is evil, in our minds and actions. There are things to be angry about in our world, but we must be careful. Be the ones who sit still and let God open up those dark places in our lives.”
Everyone sings along at First Presbyterian Church. (Alsobrooks photo)
The Advent Walk then concluded at First United Methodist Church were Dr. Trent Bullock talked about Rule No. 3, Stay in Love with God. A reception was held after the ceremony.
DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray said, each year at the Advent Walk we will visit different churches on a rotation basis.
49th Annual Christmas Concert Set for Sunday at 3pm
Paris, Tenn.- The 49th Annual Community Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday December 4th at 3pm. The concert is free to the public and will be held at First Baptist Church. The event is hosted by the Paris Henry County Arts Council. Paris piano teacher Peggy Williams will direct the concert which is titled, Christmas Praise.
MSU Dept. of Public Safety Connects With Campus Community
Murray, Ky.- Murray State University, like many other universities, has its own police department. The Murray State Police Department is part of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management and is responsible for the enforcement of laws and the protection of the people and property related to Murray State. Parking and Emergency Management are the other parts of Public Safety and Emergency Management.
The officers of Public Safety work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help keep the campus community secure. They are also considered to be campus mentors, counselors and partners to the University. These officers do more than just patrol campus; they are here to connect with faculty, staff and students to help build a safe community for Murray State.
On Oct. 21, Public Safety held a Fun Day that allowed the Murray community to come out and get to know officers and staff in a fun, non-police-oriented way on campus. The day featured free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and a variety of sweet treats along with games and prizes.
“I have found that students at Murray State seem to have a greater sense of community than other schools with which I've been exposed. We at the Murray State Police Department can take advantage of that sense of community to emphasize the role that each of us as individuals play in the safety of everyone else. At the same time, it is often more difficult in the university environment than it is with a local police department. The local police can establish relationships with citizens and depend on those relationships for years. On campus, relationship development is constant, because our population is mostly new every four years,” said Chief James Herring.
In addition to their everyday duties, they are involved in the education process at Murray State. Officers have been known to help resident advisors with alcohol awareness and sexual assault prevention programs. They provide fraternities and sororities with risk management classes and can be seen on campus visiting in office buildings or in the residence halls.
“Every day, working for the Murray State University Police is a rewarding experience,” said Officer Chris Fike. “However, there is one moment that stands out for me. I was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle for several violations.
During the stop, I spoke to the individual at length to determine what exactly was going on. While interacting with him, I learned that he was going through a difficult time in his life. Money was short, he did not have a place to stay and he did not know if he was going to be able to continue his education at Murray State. I made some phone calls to various people who are part of the Murray State community and also outside of the community, attempting to find a way to help the person.
Our dispatch, along with other officers, were able to help point us in the right direction. Student affairs, dining services and housing were able to help find a way for the individual to continue his education. Although the individual could have been cited, I was able to find a way to help a member of the community, and that is what being an officer at Murray State is truly about.”
For more information about Public Safety, visit murraystate.edu/publicsafety or contact Chief and Director James C. Herring Jr. by phone at 270-809-4810 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In emergency situations, call (270) 809-2222.
Coloring Contest to Celebrate 10th Holly Jolly Christmas Parade
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association and K & B Supplies for success invites students to take part in the coloring contest to celebrate the 10th annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade which will roll thru downtown Paris December 10th. Coloring sheets are available at K & B Supplies, the Toggery, Jack’s Java, the DPA Facebook page, and the DPA website, visitdowntownparis.com.
Brenda Evans of K & B said, “the winner in each age group will receive a huge basket of fun art supplies from our store including colored markers, crayons, drawing pads, construction paper, paints, modeling clay, and more. There will also be candy and other Christmas goodies in the basket, making the retail value about $75.”
The contest is divided into two age groups with at coloring page for K-2 and a different page for grades 3-5. Coloring sheets should be returned to the locations that had the sheets before 4pm on Saturday December 10th, the day of the Downtown Christmas Festival and Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade. Winners will be contacted by DPA the following week.
Henry County High School art students created and submitted a number of coloring sheets and Brianna Belew’s sketches were chosen for both age groups. Many of the coloring sheets will be posted on the windows of K & B and other businesses downtown. For more information call Brenda Evans at 731-540-1222 or the DPA office at 731-653-7274.
PLSP Hosting Ornament Making Event Saturday 2-5pm
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park welcomes everyone to the hotel lobby this Saturday December 3rd from 2-5pm to make their own Christmas ornaments. Every one of all ages is welcome to come and participate in making Christmas decorations. For more information on upcoming events at Paris Landing State Park visit www.tnstateparks.com/ParisLandingStatePark.
Dyer County Sweeps HC in Basketball
Newbern, Tenn.- Henry County was swept by Dyer County in non-district basketball action on Tuesday night on the road. The Lady Patriots lost 78-62. Gracie Osbron had 29 points to lead Henry County. The Patriots fought hard and lost by a bucket to Dyer County 56-54. Ty Cook had 17 points to pace the Patriots.
The game scheduled for Thursday against Dresden will be girls only starting at 6pm at Gamlin Gym. The boys game against Dresdent has been cancelled due to the Dresden football team being in the TSSAA state championship this upcoming weekend. The Lady Pats and Pats will both be back in action Friday night at McKenzie.
Bethel's "Christmas With Renaissance" Fri.-Sun
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s “Christmas with Renaissance” is set for December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Bethel’s McKenzie campus. Shows will be held at 7pm on Friday December 2nd, at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday December 3rd, and at 2pm on Sunday December 4th. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under.
“Christmas with Renaissance” showcases all aspects of the Performing Arts Program including the Renaissance Choir, the Quartet, Vocal Authority, Theatre, Bluegrass Band, and the Regiment.
Executive Director of Renaissance, Matthew Holt, said, “we strive to enhance this production with fresh and dynamic material each year that tells the life-changing story of the glorious birth of our Savoir, Jesus Christ.”
Complimentary tickets are available for Bethel Faculty, staff, and students but must be reserved through the Renaissance office. To purchase tickets call 352-6980 or email email@example.com.
Jaycees Jammin 4 the Kids Set for Saturday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will present the annual Jammin 4 the Kids event this Saturday December 3rd at the Paris Moose Lodge from 7pm until the party’s over. Entertainment for this year’s event includes Vince Dodd, the Drunken Poets, Risky Business and 4 Play, and the Old Spirits.
There will be a 50/50 drawing and auction as well. Tickets are $10 for Jammin 4 the Kids. All money raised will benefit the Jaycees Christmas Shopping tour which will be held later in December. For more information call 731-693-9086.
Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The lifeline bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday December 1st from Noon to 6pm. All donors receive a t-shirt and can register to win a Keurig Coffemaker, Kindle Fire, or a $50 gift card. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when giving blood. All blood types are currently needed.
Reminder: Candlelight Advent Walk Wednesday Night
Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Candlelight Advent Walk will begin at 6:30pm Wednesday night at the front steps of the Henry County Courthouse. From there the Advent Walk will go to First Presbyterian Church and end at First United Methodist Church where a reception will be held following the service.
Loog Pleads Guilty to Drug Paraphernalia Possession Charge
Paris, Tenn.- After preparing to see a jury trial last a couple days, Judge Donald Parish accepted a guilty plea from Joseph Loog, age 38, of Paris in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Loog plead guilty to unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia on Tuesday after being on trail for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
The negotiated plea agreement was entered by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing and Attorney Chad Cox on behalf of Loog, following testimony of witness which revealed a potential problem identifying the controlled substance allegedly involved in the case, according to a press release from Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson.
The criminal justice class from Henry County High School and teacher Diane McCord was present in court for the entire case.
3rd Annual UTM Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1-3
Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s League of Striving Artists will host the third annual holiday art bazaar Dec. 1-3 in the UT Martin Fine Arts Building’s Fine Arts Gallery.
The bazaar will feature handmade holiday cards, scarves and wraps, ceramics and glass ornaments, original paintings and more, all created by UT Martin art students, faculty and alumni. The gallery will be open to the public from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 1; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 2; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3.
A special preview for Support the Arts contributors will be held from 5-7 p.m., Dec. 1. STARTS members will be able to view available inventory and have first selection of the items for sale. Prices are determined by individual sellers, and many artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. Cash, check and charge will be accepted.
The UT Martin League of Striving Artists includes students with backgrounds in studio art, graphic design and art education, as well as non-art majors who enjoy creating work. The organization is active to promote the development of artists through academics, community-service learning and leadership, both on campus and in the surrounding community.
For more information on how to become a STARTS contributor, visit utm.edu/starts or call the UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at 731-881-7400.
Motorcycle Stolen from Hwy. 79 Residence
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen motorcycle from a resident of Hwy. 79S. There was no forced entry at the home or garage and the value of the motorcycle is $8K. There are no suspects at this time.
Ky Lake to Host Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Championship
As a Bassmaster Elite Series angler, Mark Menendez fishes all over the United States, crisscrossing the continent in search of winning limits of bass.
But when Menendez fishes for fun, he heads home to Paducah, Ky., and nearby Kentucky Lake. At a sprawling 160,000 acres, it’s a great place to wet a line and enjoy time alone, with family, or a few friends. Ranked No. 12 on Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list this year, it’s also a popular fishery for tournament anglers.
On Nov. 30-Dec. 3, amateur anglers from around the U.S. will get to experience Kentucky Lake during a competition of their own — the 2016 Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship.
The first two days of the tournament will attract around 200 two-person teams to the fishery. Teams are composed of anglers from various independently operated team trails sanctioned by B.A.S.S.
After the Toyota Bonus Bucks Team champions are crowned at the end of the second day, members of the top three teams will then fish individually in the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off, with the winning angler earning a spot in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas.
Menendez predicts that Kentucky Lake will provide a thrilling — and challenging — test for the team anglers in late November and early December.
“The fish are going to be super scattered,” Menendez said. “They’ll be in the backs of bays and off the points and in the river channels. It’s all dependent on the shad.”
Shad locations are the keys to success on Kentucky Lake year-round, but when the water level is dropped during the colder months, it makes bass act in ways you might not expect, Menendez said.
There are other variables on Kentucky Lake that Menendez said could come into play during the Bassmaster Team Championship. Recent warm weather in the area is chief among them.
“The water the first week of December typically is about 52 degrees, and it could be 48 degrees if you get a couple of really nice cold days,” Menendez said. “But the water temperature as of early November was about 68 to 70 degrees. It’s been unseasonably warm.”
While that is sure to change somewhat by tournament time, the sheer magnitude of Kentucky Lake and its more than 2,000 miles of shoreline could send anglers scrambling to find the biggest fish. There’s hydrilla on the south end of the lake to consider for spinnerbaits, and the “smallmouth factor” could come into play, as well, according to Menendez.
“There are ample smallmouth bass in the lake that are in the 4- to 6-pound range,” he said. “And at this time of year, they’re a heck of a lot easier to catch than a largemouth. Now, will the tournament be won with smallmouth? I don’t think so, unless it gets really overcast and bumpy [windy] out there. If it does, someone can take a spinnerbait or a jerkbait and do well.”
He also recommends lipless crankbaits fished in 6 to 12 feet of water.
“Everyone should be able to catch 2-pounders, but of course, it’s the 4-pounders you’re looking for,” he says. “To make the Top 3, it should take somewhere around 32 to 35 pounds [for two days]. Someone is going to catch 20, then 12 and be left out. But if you can get 17 and then 17 again, you’re probably in.”
Menendez also urged competitors in the upcoming Team Championship to exercise caution while boating on Kentucky Lake.
“Everyone’s going to be excited with a shot at the Classic on the line, but you have to be extremely careful,” he said. “On the west side of the lake, stay in between the channel markers. It gets really low in there with the winter pull, and there could be some lower units torn up beyond repair if you go full speed in there. On the east side of Kentucky Lake, the bays are fine, but be careful getting in and out of them. It’s shallow at the entrances.”
This will be the third year for the Toyota Bonus Bucks Team Championship, and the 12th time B.A.S.S. will hold a professional tournament on Kentucky Lake — a giant impoundment of the Tennessee River straddling the border between Kentucky and Tennessee. Last year’s team championship was held on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, and approximately 400 anglers participated.
Chris Risner and Timothy Eaton of Michigan won the team championship, but Thomas Martens of Lago Vista, Texas, won the fish-off and qualified for the Classic on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Oklahoma.
The event will be hosted by the Henry County Alliance.
“The Henry County Alliance is happy to partner with B.A.S.S. as we showcase Kentucky Lake, one of the top fisheries in the country, at the Toyota Bonus Bucks Team Championship,” said David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance. “Previous Bassmaster anglers have brought in total weights of more than 95 pounds, and we are looking forward to seeing the big bass anglers will weigh-in at this tournament, as well.”
Paris Landing State Park will be the location for takeoffs at 6:30 a.m. CT, with daily weigh-ins following at 2:30 p.m. CT.
12 Resumes Received So Far for Chamber Director Position
Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday November 30th is the deadline for applications to be accepted as the search for the next Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce continues.
All candidates must have a college degree or equivalent and at least five years’ experience in a similar leadership role. The applicant must be a Henry County resident or be willing to relocate to Henry County within 6 months of hire date. The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.
For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume electronically to the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, attention David Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply is November 30. For more information about the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, visit the website at www.paristnchamber.com.
CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton said so far about 12 resumes have been received for the position. He said plans are to meet at the end of the week with the Executive Committee and began planning interviews for top candidates. Hamilton said a new Chamber Director should be in place by mid January if not earlier.
HCHD Ornament Contest Deadline is Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is hosting a Christmas ornament contest for 4th and 5th graders in Henry County. Ornaments should not be larger than 6” x 6” except a star, which can be 12” x 12”. Ornaments must be made out of recycled materials.
Ornaments are to be dropped off by Wednesday November 30th at the Henry County Highway Department office. The ornaments will be displayed on the Christmas Tree at the Highway Department and viewed December 5th thru 16th.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for best recycled decorations. Items will be judged by the Henry County litter program. For more information on the contest call 642-3162.
Reminder: HCBOE Facilities Committee to Hold Public Info Session Tuesday at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education Facilities and Grounds Committee will host a community-wide public discussion meeting related to the use of artificial turf. Two expert consultants will be on hand to answer questions.
The discussion will be on Tuesday November 29th at 6pm at the HCHS Testing Center across from the Field House.
BPU Crews Working in Rain, Wind to Restore Power
Paris, Tenn.- Strong winds on Monday have caused issues with Henry Countians losing power at different points of the day. Just after 5pm, Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations for BPU, said crews are currently working three outages: Jones Mill from Hwy. 140 to Cottage Grove affecting about 900 people; a pole was broke on Elkhorn Road; and outages were reported at Old Union Road as well. BPU crews are responding to each of these areas.
Earlier Monday afternoon scattered outages had occurred in Henry, Buchanan, and other parts of the county. One of the largest outages was caused by issues at the Industrial Substation behind Walmart, which caused power outages for about 30 minutes in a large area.
Edwards said crews will continue to monitor the county until the wind dies down, which is supposed to happen later on Monday night.
Motions Heard, Trial Date Set for Christopher Page
Paris, Tenn.- Former Paris Police Officer Christopher Page appeared in Henry County Circuit Court for a status hearing on Monday morning and a trial date is now set for the week of July 17, 2017, according to a press release from Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson.
Page, who is charged in connection with the death of his infant son in September of 2015, requested through his attorney, Mark Donahoe, that the medical examiner's office be required to supply additional information arising from the autopsy of the child. Judge Donald Parish granted the request.
Page testified that he had no assets to pay for the production of that information and Judge Parish found Page to be indigent and ordered that the information be produced without cost to Page.
Special prosecutor Kyle Anderson was present for the state. The case will go to trial the week of July 17th, 2017.
Warrants Issued for Illegal Burning
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Wayne Fuqua has filed warrants on Cody Dowdy, age 24, of 2619 Hwy. 140 N., for reckless endangerment, after he was burning debris on Leisure Acres in the Cypress area. Cpl. Fuqua and the Paris Landing Fire Department had already been called to the area earlier in the day to put out the fire that had gotten a bit out of control. Dowdy was informed of the current state burn ban because of drought conditions.
Later in the day, Cpl. Fuqua and the Paris Landing Fire Department arrived on the scene again and instructed someone using a backhoe to cover up the burn pile.
Woman Charged with Meth, Marijuana, and Criminal Impersonation
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvais of the Paris Police Department charged Dorothy Marie Mazza, age 27, of 522 Harrison Lane, with possession of schedule two with intent, simple possession of schedule 6, and criminal impersonation after responding to the Paris Inns and Suites over the weekend. The report stated that the manager informed Ptl. Beauvais of possible drug activity in room 125 and when he went to the room and knocked on the door, a man opened it and marijuana odor was detected. There were two males and one female in the room.
The female told officers she was Sherrie O’Conner and Ptl. Jamie James later found a license that showed it was Dorothy Mazza. Mazza was found to have meth and admitted the marijuana was also hers. She was charged and placed on $12,500 bond for these charges and other previous charges.
Louisiana Men Charged with Illegal Hunting
Paris, Tenn.- Two Louisiana men were found to be hunting illegally in the Little Benton Road area over the holiday weekend. TWRA officer Greg Barker arrested William Hunter Benton and Ryan Slade Moe and charged both with hunting without a license, and hunting deer without wearing blaze orange vests. Officer Barker also found deer meat and an antlered deer head in coolers and charged Benton with five counts of illegal possession of wildlife.
HC Runners Do Well in Thanksgiving Weekend Races
Charlotte- Titus and Silas Winders competed in the 38th Annual Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the boy’s freshman race, Silas Winders won the 5K with a time of 16:21, finishing 1st out of 153 runners. In the seeded race, Titus Winders finished 15th overall out of 283 runners with a time of 15:29.
Several local runners competed in the Camden Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day. The overall female winner was Dinah Winders with a time of 20:15. In the 15-19 group for the ladies, Sakura Horiuchi finished 1st with a time of 23:21 and Madison Aiosa came in 2nd at 24:51. In the age 20-24 group, Megan Aiosa came in 3rd with a time of 34:51.
For the men’s side, Javan Winders was the overall male winner with a time of 17:07. In the 11-14 age group Devin Pritchett finished 1st with a time of 20:04 and Hayden Bostick came in 2nd at 20:08. For the age 15-19 runners Zach Cutright came in 1st at 18:50, Ryan Patrum 2nd at 20:31, and Dylan Patrum 3rd at 23:16.
$5000 Worth of Tools Stolen from Storage Unit
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews investigated vandalism, burglary and theft under $10,000 at a storage unit on Highland Street in Paris on Saturday.
When Deputy Andrews arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim who stated that the last time he visited his storage unit on November 14th everything was fine. Deputy Andrews looked at the storage unit and saw that the lock had been cut off the door, but the lock was not at the scene. Over $5,000 worth of tools along with two toolboxes valued at $2,000 were stolen from the unit.
Police are still looking for the suspects.
Rhea Second Graders Presenting Elflandia on Dec. 1st
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Elementary Second Grade Christmas Program will be held on Thursday, December 1st with shows at 6pm and 7pm at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive.
The Rhea Elementary second graders will be presenting the musical, "Elflandia" for this year’s Christmas program. This event is free to the public.
West TN Cornhole Tourny is Saturday, December 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The West Tennessee’s Cream of the Crop Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Henry County Fairgrounds beginning at 11am.
Two-person team entries cost $100 and a minimum of $1000 will be awarded to the winner. The prize money will based off of entries in the tournament, but the minimum prize is $1,000. You can sign up today at www.westtncornhole.com or at the West Tennessee Cornhole Facebook page.
Sponsors of the event will get your company name on cornhole boards, radio or print advertisement, or free team entry for events and meal tickets.
Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested James D. Long, age 36 of 1008 Grove Street of Paris, on Friday for two counts of shoplifting, criminal trespass and simple possession of a schedule II substance. Long was placed on $4,250 bond.
Downtown Christmas Festival Set for Saturday, Dec. 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Christmas Festival is Saturday, December 10 from 3pm to 5pm on the Court Square in Paris. At the Downtown Christmas Festival, there will be live animals, trackless train rides, face painting, crafts, stories and tasty treats, as well as a visit from the jolly old elf. Adults can enjoy shopping local in downtown Paris, while the kids enjoy games sponsored by R.E.A.L. Hope and Youth Villages.
Paris! Magazine will be helping kids make Christmas ornaments and bookmarks and the Henry County 4-H club will also help you make a unique hand print Santa, icicle, angel or star shaped Christmas ornaments.
Santa will also be on hand along with his friends to see all the little girls and boys of Henry County at the festival. And if you want a picture taken with Santa
the Band Booster Elves will be on hand to take your photo.
From 3pm to 4pm Jack’s Java will provide free hot chocolate, while you enjoy Christmas stories read by Monroe Robbins. The Paris Fire Department will also be providing s’mores for everyone to enjoy. At 5pm the festival will wrap up as the Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade will begin.
For more information on the Downtown Christmas Festival or the Downtown Paris Association contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com.
Police Investigate Trailer Taken Off of a Truck on Elkhorn Road
Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Terry Williams investigated a theft at a home on Elkhorn Road in Springville on Saturday.
Deputy Williams spoke to the victim who stated that he was deer hunting near Elkhorn Road and when he returned from hunting someone had taken his trailer off his truck that was parked in his yard. The trailer was valued at $1,200. Police are still looking for the suspects.
Elf on the Shelf Draws Crowds of All Ages
Erin Bratton, Myles Bratton and Elf on the Shelf Briley Medlin (Cassie Walsh pic)
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association and Bethel University once again presented Elf on the Shelf today on Saturday, November 26th from Noon until to 2pm at the Iron Place in Paris. There was a great crowd at the Iron Place as kids and adults from all ages wanted to snap a picture with the real life Elf on the Shelf.
Gina Trapani and Jill Rubbholz
from Indiana found Paris' real life Elf on the Shelf, Briley Medlin. (Cassie Walsh pic)
Jenny Baldwin found Briley Medlin the real life Elf on the Shelf at the Iron Place. (Cassie Walsh pics)
Paris Man Arrested for DUI After Wreck
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacy Bostwick arrested Lane Welsh, age 32 of 318 Lewis Lane of Henry on Friday for driving under the influence and failure to maintain control.
Deputy Bostwick arrived at the scene and found Welsh passed out in the driver’s seat after his vehicle had wrecked after hitting a fence on Whitlock Road. Deputy Bostwick noticed that the headlights were still on, the key was in the ignition and the car appeared to still be in the drive gear.
Deputy Bostwick could detect a strong odor of alcohol from Welsh and then asked Welsh to perform sobriety tests which he failed. Welsh was placed on $700 bond.
Come and Visit Santa Downtown on Saturday and Sunday
(Cassie Walsh pic)
Paris, Tenn.- Santa will be at his gingerbread house on the court square on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm throughout the holiday season. And the Henry County High School Band Boosters will be on hand to take photos. So, come by and get your picture taken with Santa, while you tell him what you want for Christmas.
2016 Paris Elks Lodge 816 Hoop Shoot Winners
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elks Lodge 816 held there annual Hoop Shoot at the Henry County High School
on Saturday, November 19th.
The age brackets were 12-13 year old boys and girls; 10-11 boys and girls and the 8-9 boys and girls
Fifty plus young ladies and gentlemen showed up to show off their skills with the basketballs. The First winners will shoot again, at the District Shoot in Trenton on December 10th, 2016 at 10 am.
If our first place winner, win in the District Shoot in Trenton, they will go to the State Shoot in Franklin the beginning of February, date not sat as of this time. From there if they win they will be back in Paris for the Four State Shoot Off. This is held in Paris annually and brings shooters from TN, KY, AR and MO.
The winner from the Four State Shoot Off will then be going to Chicago, IL in the Spring for the National Shoot Off.
In the girls 8-9 age group Rhianaa McDougal won 1st place. Shaniya Fayth England won 2nd and Marley Edwards won 3rd place.
Rhianaa McDougal, Shaniya England and Marley Edwards.
In the boy 8-9 age group Carson Curd won 1st place, Martez Rack won 2nd place and
won 3rd place.
Carson Curd, Martez Rack and Tshun Davis.
In the girls 10-11 age group Akeylah Diggs won 1st place, Capreecc Long won 2nd place and Brooke Blandenship won 3rd place.
Akeylah Diggs, Capreecc Long and Brooke Blandenship.
In the boys 10-11 age group Aidan Harris won 1st place, Carter Hedges won 2nd place and Benjamin Davis won 3rd place.
In the Girls 12-13 Ava Kate Bomar won 1st place.
Ava Kate Bomar.
Santa Arrives in Time for North Pole Family Fun Day on Friday
Santa, Mrs. Clause, Rudolf and the elves arriving in Paris for North Pole Family Fun Day. (Cassie Walsh pics)
Paris, Tenn.- The North Pole Family Fun Day is Friday, November 25th from 10am to 2pm and Santa opened the day by arriving at 10am in downtown Paris.
Don't miss out on any fun at North Pole Family Fun Day. Stop by the Peddler booth to received your North Pole Family Fun Day Checklist. And don’t forget to register to win a toy stuffed Christmas stocking at the Peddler booth. The winners of the toy stuffed Christmas stockings will be available in next Thursday, December 1st Peddler Advantage.
Signing up to win a toy stuffed Christmas stocking from the Peddler. (Cassie Walsh pics)
There will be lots of activities that include Members of the HCHS Speech Team reading The Polar Express at the Vicky Muzzall Tax Service. The Henry County 4-H Club will have craft centers for everyone to create their own crafts. The Downtown Paris Association will have trackless train rides for adults and children, a petting zoo, and other games on the courthouse lawn.
Taking a train ride around downtown Paris. (Cassie Walsh pics)
Commercial Bank will have face painting from 10 to Noon.
Kristan Cuthbertson painting Santa on Josh Rabey's face as Serenity Conner looks on. (Cassie Walsh pic)
If you are hungry for a snack, FirstBank downtown will be serving popcorn with fun photo opportunities from 10am to 2pm.
(Cassie Walsh pics)
Santa brought Mrs. Clause, Rudolph and the elves to his gingerbread house on the Court Square. You can visit Santa each Saturday from 10am to 2pm and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm throughout the holiday season. And the Henry County High School Band Boosters will be on hand to take photos.
Abagail Jones telling Santa what she wants for Christmas. (Cassie Walsh pics)
Paris Man Arrested for Four Counts of Reckless Endangerment
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Clyde Sulcer arrested John P. Allen, age 31 of 90 Laurel Lane of Paris, on Friday for four counts of felony reckless endangerment. Allen was placed on $7,500 bond.
Paris Police Investigate Theft of $2,000 Bicycle
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Zachariah Carper investigated a theft on Rison Street on Thursday.
Ptl Carper spoke to the victim who stated that he left his bicycle on Rison Street and when he returned the next day to get the bike, the bicycle was gone. The victim also stated that the bicycle was chained up with a bike lock and he was the only person who knew the code. The bicycle was valued at $2,000. Police have no suspects in the case.
Paris Police Arrest Paris Man for Aggravated Rape
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson arrested Shaquille Williams, age 23 of 185 Fairgrounds Road of Paris, on Wednesday for aggravated rape. Williams was placed $200,000 bond.
HC Sheriff's Department Apprehend Paris and Union City Man
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department was busy on Thanksgiving day as a Paris man and a Union City man were both arrested as fugitives from justice.
According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Brian Davis arrested David L. Tyler, age 19 of 117 Byrd Road of Paris, on Thursday as a fugitive from justice. Tyler was placed on $150,000 bond.
Another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Deputy Brian Davis also arrested Brandon S. Simpson, age 35 of 1417 High Street of Union City, on Thursday as a fugitive from justice. Simpson was placed on $25,000 bond.
Candlelight Advent Walk to Begin at Courthouse Entrance
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association and participating downtown churches will once again sponsor the Candlelight Advent Walk on Wednesday November 30th beginning at 6:30pm.
This year there is a change to shorten the event and try to keep it at one hour. The event will also begin in a different location, the main steps of the Henry County Courthouse in downtown Paris. Dr. Rob Martin will discuss the meaning of Advent from the top of the courthouse steps and this year the focus is on Preparing for Advent with Three Simple Rules with each station discussing one of the rules.
At the courthouse steps, Dr. John Dandrige will speak on Rule Number One, “Do Good,” then the program will move south on Market Street to First Presbyterian Church. At First Presbyterian, Rev. Cory Glover will speak on Rule number 2, “Avoid Evil.” From First Presbyterian, the Advent Walk will move to First United Methodist Church, as Dr. Trent Bullock talks about Simple Rule Number 3, “Stay in love with God.” First United Methodist Church will be the final stop and a reception will be held after the service.
Different churches will be involved in future years as this change in the Advent Walk takes place. For more information log onto www.visitdowntownparis.com.
News from past weeks here.