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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans

DUI, Public Intox, Drug Arrests Made by County, City Officers

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Zach Carper of the Paris Police Department was dispatched to Mineral Wells Avenue in reference to a reckless driver.  Once arriving, Carper observed Janet Middleton, 64 of 1013 Chickasaw, cut off another driver.  Carper then performed a traffic stop and noticed obvious intoxication.  After Middleton failed the sobriety test, Carper placed her under arrest for DUI and she was transported to the Henry County Jail without further incident.  Bond was set at $1,500.00.

Sgt. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to a call of a vehicle actively being stolen at 105 Chapel Hill Rd.  Jenkins made contact with Jonathon Blanton, 33, and Michael Owen, 50, both of Paris. The men claimed that they were there to perform a repo per the lienholder’s request. When the men failed to provide proper documentation, Jenkins advised that they had to leave the car there and that he would be pursuing charges if what they had told him was inaccurate. Jenkins then made contact with the lienholder, who said that while he had instructed the men to bring the car back if given permission, he had not instructed them repo the vehicle. Jenkins then made contact with the owner of the vehicle, who stated that she wanted to press charges.  Blanton and Owen are both being charged with criminal attempt to commit theft over $1,000 but under $10,000.

In other arrests, Brittany Fryhover, 28 of 2257 Herrondale West Road, was arrested for public intoxication and booked with a $350 bond.  Dominique Allen, 27 of Lavergne, was charged driving on a suspended license and simple possession.  Bond was set at $2,000. 

Christmas With the Madrigals Saturday at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Christmas with the Madrigals is set for Saturday December 8th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. They will perform all your favorite Christmas tunes along with songs from the Madrigal Pals, singers in grades 3-5 who will join in. The audience will also be treated to a number of solos and small ensemble pieces from these talented musicians. Tickets are available from any Madrigal, can be purchased at Lura Lee’s, or at the door. Its $10 for general admission, $5 for students. All money raised helps the group travel to compete at national competition this coming spring.

Lee Academy for the Arts Christmas Bazaar 9-4 Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar this Saturday December 8th from 9am to 4pm at the school, located at 402 Lee St. in Paris. All items for sale will make great Christmas gifts and are handmade artistic items such as paintings, pottery, spoon jewelry, leather crafts, soap, stained glass, and more items like those. There will also be quarts of homemade soups and baked goods for sale. A percentage of the sale goes to help fund scholarships at Lee Academy.

River Conference Basketball Tourney to Begin Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 River Conference Basketball Tournament is set to begin at 11am Saturday with four games scheduled at Henry County High School. Saturday’s schedule is Houston County vs. Henry girls at 11am; Houston County vs. Lakewood boys at 12:15pm; Stewart County vs. Harrelson girls at 1:30pm; and Harrelson vs. Henry Boys at 2:45pm. The River Conference tournament will continue with four games Monday evening beginning at 5pm at HCHS and the championship games will be played Thursday night December 13th at Lakewood beginning at 6pm.

Henry County Splits with Northeast on the Hardwood Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Northeast on Thursday night at home. The Lady Pats won 52-22, with Caroline Singleton scoring 14 points to the lead the way. The Patriots fell 61-53 with John Odoms scoring 24 points.

Henry County will host Montgomery Central in District 10-AAA basketball action on Friday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling the sports line at 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates will apply.

Historical Society Seeks City, County Help to Secure 1927 Fire Engine

Dr. David Webb discusses moving the 1927 Fire Engine from Oregon to Paris. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. David Webb, President of the Henry County Historical Society was on hand Thursday night and made a presentation to the City Commission regarding a project to transport and restore a 1927 LaFrance Fire Engine that was once owned by the City of Paris that had been sold and was found in Oregon.

Dr. Webb said the Tualtine Valley Fire and Rescue of Tigard, Oregon has agreed to donate the Fire Truck back to the City of Paris, TN and he is asking the City and County to jointly contribute to the cause of getting it back and restored. Dr. Webb had broken the cost estimates down and the total for transporting it back and fully restoring it and getting it running would be around $31K. Funding sources would be $5K from the City and $5K from the County for two straight fiscal years if money raised didn't equal enough, $2K from BPU Roundup, $1K from Helping Hand, and $7K from the Historical Society. The Historical Society would also maintain insurance, fuel, cleaning, and regular maintenance.

Dr. Webb told commissioners they hope to act quickly and have it here and restored in time for April’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry Parade. He said there are several uses for this type of antique vehicle like parades, fire fighter funerals, DPA events, events in other cities to promote downtown Paris, and more.

Dr. Webb said, "it has taken and will continue to take a community effort to make this work, we've already had donations thru a go fund me page and checks and cash donations, we hope that continues as well."

The Commission agreed to fund $5K this fiscal year to help fund the historical society project.

Commission Elects Gerrell Mayor, Jones Vice Mayor

Commissioners Carlton Gerrell, Sam Tharpe, and Gayle Griffith all sworn in after winning their seats in Nov. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday evening and held elections for Mayor and Vice Mayor after November's Elections, something they do every Election year, were certified. Finance Director Traci Shannon swore in Carlton Gerrell, Sam Tharpe, and Gayle Griffith after the election results were certified. Carlton Gerrell was nominated to continue to serve as Mayor of Paris. Jackie Jones was nominated to serve as Vice Mayor.

Mayor Gerrell thanked the commission for their service and wanted to recognized the longevity in service as Commissioners Griffith and Tharpe have served 26 and 28 years respectively. Commissioner Tharpe thanked the commission, City Manager Kim Foster, all employees, and staff for the work they do for the City of Paris.

City Commission Tables Amendment to Courtesy Ticket Ordinance

City Attorney Fred McLean discusses some of the history of Parking ordinances in the City. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners discussed the ordinance to amend the Parking Ordinance as it relates to courtesy tickets. Commissioners discussed issues with merchants parking in front of their buildings, in county residents being ticketed while out of county residents receive courtesy tickets, and other parking issues.

This was discussed last month and Paris Police had some issues where someone working downtown, who had out of county license plates were taking advantage of being able to park without being ticketed. Visitors would receive courtesy tickets.

The amended ordinance however says if the owner or operator of the vehicle owns or is employed by a business in the Downtown Business District, local, state, or federal agency, or who owns or provides goods or services with court shall not be eligible to receive a courtesy ticket. The ordinance will take effect January 1st.

In order to see how many people are affected with courtesy tickets, Commissioner Terry Fuller made a motion to table the ordinance to amend and look at this again next month.

Retail Sales Trend Downward for City of Paris

Finance Director Traci Shannon discusses the financials for the City.

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon reported that retail sales took a dip in September by the tune of nearly 5% and are down 1.16% overall fiscal year to date.

She said revenues were above expenditures for October in the General Fund and Sanitation and Landfill. The City remains behind Year to Date, but should catch up soon with more property tax coming in. Larger expenses in October were also an issue with $27K for the pole barn for Public Works, $40K for salt, and $82K for the first principal payment on the capital outlay note for Police Cars.

Around 6K property tax statements were mailed out and the City collected about 11% of the total amount billed so far. The majority of payments usually come in December and February.

Nine business licenses were issued in October including 4 to new businesses, 3 to ownership changes, and 2 for additional locations.

Various Projects Continue throughout Paris

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on various projects at the end of Thursday’s meeting. She said they plan on saving thousands of dollars on the Splash Pad project by purchasing some fixtures before they go up in price on January 1st. The meeting with contractors was held to nail designs down and get things in order and although they have yet to receive a contract, TDEC granted permission to buy the fixtures at lower prices.

Work continues on the property on South Market Street that will eventually be a maintenance garage for patrol cars. The storage tanks and lines were removed and the property has been cleaned up. They will now be deciding on painting the building and what sections of the fencing to be removed.

In the Back Alley Paris Project, Foster said Dan Knowles will be painting another mural, identical to the size of the first one, in the West alley. The theme will be entertainment and include Bobby Jones, Cherry Jones, the Crete Opera House, and more. Millard Nichols has begun work on the first dumpster and TVA has approved concept ideas on the four mural panels that will go in the BPU alley.

Phillip Jessie, Public Works Director, gave the commission an update on the preparedness of the City to battle icy and snowy roads this winter. He said it takes 4K gallons of brine to cover 80 miles of City streets and more and more Cities are switching to brine and potato juice instead of just salt, because it is cheaper. Salt is $87 per ton and tater juice is around $2.48 per gallon. Jessie said the tater juice works at lower temperatures. The tater juice is better for the streets and not as corrosive on vehicles.

MSU Plans Commencement for Saturday Dec. 8th

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will celebrate December 2018 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the CFSB Center with a combined undergraduate and graduate ceremony at 10 a.m.

A total of 721 pending degrees will be conferred during the service — including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees — with 19 states and 15 countries represented among December 2018 graduates.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Color Guard from Paducah Tilghman High School, while Distinguished Professor Stephen Cobb will serve as the ceremony’s mace-bearer.

During the ceremony, Emma Cook and George Bittel, outstanding seniors for fall 2018, will lead the candidates for the conferral of degrees and provide the valedictions later in the service. Cook will graduate with a degree in human resource management, while Bittel is graduating with a degree in agricultural business. 

Murray State faculty in attendance will be led into the arena by the recipients of the Regents Teaching Award for Excellence: Frances Smith, Brian Bourke, Deborah Bell, Yoko Hatakeyama, Rebecca Williams, Elizabeth Donovan, Sterling Wright and Shea Porr. They will be joined by the Max Carman Teaching Excellence Recipient Amelia Dodd, Presidential Research Fellow Juyoung Song, University Distinguished Mentor Yoko Hatakeyama, Distinguished Researcher Randall Black, Faculty Advisor of the Year Bassam Atieh and University Emerging Scholars Urmi Willoughby and Gary Zeruth.

Faculty marshals assisting with the overall ceremony include Susana Bloomdahl, Heath Keller,  Michael Kemp, Robert Lyons, Melony Shemberger, Matthew Shultz and F. Gilland Welsch.

Murray State Interim President Robert L. Jackson will preside over the ceremony and deliver welcome messages. Jackson, along with Provost Mark Arant, will administer the presentation of candidates for degrees.

The doors to the CFSB Center will open Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. for the service. Admission tickets are not required but seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

General guest parking is available in the Roy Stewart Stadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center and off U.S. Highway 641. Shuttle buses will be available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors of the CFSB Center beginning at 8 a.m. The shuttle buses will also be available following the service to return guests to the parking lot. Lower Circle Drive (Entrance A) will be inaccessible. 

Guests with accessibility needs may use Parking Lot B located off Gilbert Graves Drive. An accessible parking tag or relevant special permission may be required to park in the lot. Guests with limited mobility may be dropped off at this location. Additionally, the top two rows of chair seating in the CFSB Center will be reserved for guests with limited mobility. Special seating areas will also be located on each side of the arena. Ushers will be available for assistance. Other special requests regarding accessibility needs can be directed to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access at 270-809-3155 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or to the CFSB Center at 270-809-5577.

For those unable to attend, the commencement ceremony will be streamed live at murraystate.edu/streaming. Use #RacerGraduation on social media to share and document the graduation experience. Visit murraystate.edu/commencement for more information.

Two Small Earthquakes Rattle New Madrid Region Thurs.

Dyersburg, Tenn.- Two small earthquakes occurred along the New Madrid Fault line Thursday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. A magnitude 2.3 earthquake happened in West Tennessee near Dyersburg around 1:52am Thursday morning. A second quake, registering 2.2 rattled the ground in southeast Missouri near Sikeston around 9:10am Thursday. The USGS says it is difficult to feel an earthquake that is less than 2.5, but some people may have been able to feel it. For more information log onto earthquakes.usgs.gov.

Industrial Trip to Mississippi Very Productive for 75th District Coalition

Columbus, Mississippi- State Representative Bruce Griffey along with Benton County Mayor Brett Lashlee and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer traveled to Mississippi last week to meet with Joe Maxx Higgins who is the Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Regional Industrial Development Authority and discussedIndustrial Development.

Griffey organized the trip and invited each County Mayor in his tri-county district to attend. Stewart County Mayor Robin Brandon had planned to go on the trip, but a business prospect visiting Stewart County that day prevented him from attending.

The “Golden Triangle” references a 3 county region in North Mississippi consisting of 3 principal cities – Columbus, Starkville and West Point.  A local West Point newspaper editor came up with the name “Golden Triangle” in an effort to brand a movement of prosperity among all three communities.  The residents of this tri-county region hoped their future would be “golden” and it certainly has been under the leadership of Joe Max Higgins.  “Higgins took one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest states and turned it into one of the most prosperous regions in the South, bringing in $5.9 billion investment dollars and 6,000 manufacturing jobs,” said Griffey who arranged the meeting with Higgins.  “Higgins is recognized nationally as perhaps the single most successful industrial developer in the United States and I wanted to go straight to the best to learn how we can make the 75th District – our own tri-county region consisting of Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties -- just as great and just as economically prosperous as the Golden Triangle,”  Griffey explained. 

“I wanted to talk Higgins into coming into our region himself and replicating his organization here to bring economic development to us.  I have not convinced him to expand his reach to our region yet, but I did get him to share information about what he did to successfully transform the Golden Triangle into a national hotspot for industrial development.  Fortunately, Higgins was very gracious with his time and happy to share his experiences and the challenges he overcame that catapulted the Golden Triangle Regional Industrial Development Authority as the premier job developer in the nation,”  said Griffey.   

“The trip was very productive. First and foremost, Higgins emphasized that it takes a commitment by those who are supposed to bring jobs to the area, and it also takes a commitment by the leaders in the regional community to do what it takes to make the endeavor a success.  The Golden Triangle Regional Link, also known as the GTRLink for short, initially formed a 3 county, private non-profit entity separate from direct government control and governed by established and recognized business leaders from the tri-county community.  GTRLink also formed a trust partner funded by local business interests to help with marketing and other costs separate from direct industrial development site costs,”  Griffey explained. 

“Higgins also underscored the importance of knowing the prospective business recruit and successfully negotiating to make your site and your incentive package more attractive than that of your competition.  In short, your package has to reflect and highlight that the prospective business can expect lower "costs" if they locate to your site compared to the costs they will face if they locate to a competing site,”  Griffey continued. 

“Another successful product of the meeting was that Higgins conducted a  free review and analysis of the tri-county 75th District region -- Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties -- and provided the opinion that he sees no reason why our region could not attract a major industrial development with a proper approach and plan and lots of hard work.  It sometime takes a winning attitude and not settling for just good enough,”  said Griffey.   

Griffey, Greer and Lashlee were all extremely impressed with Higgins and optimistic for future economic/industrial development and job growth for our area if the regional community will pull together and make the necessary commitments for success.

Santa's Night of Lights Planned for this Weekend at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will host Santa’s Night of Lights December 7th and 8th from 5-9pm each night, with rain dates December 14-15th. Santa will be on hand and $5 entry fee covers seeing Santa, crafts, Christmas movies, and unlimited hay rides. There will be giveaways as well.

The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League and there will be music and hot chocolate to keep you warm. Other activities planned include cake walks, face painting, rock painting, crafts, and birds of prey.

HC Hosts Northeast for District 10-AAA Basketball Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Northeast in District 10-AAA basketball action on Thursday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling the sports line at 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates will apply.

Free Flu Shot Clinic Well Attended

HCEMA Director Ron Watkins gets his flu shot Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- As part of the State of Tennessee's efforts to #FightFluTN all county health departments offered free flu shots on Wednesday. Rachel Matlock, Health Educator at the Henry County Health Department said 48 people came in to take advantage of free flu shots from 1-4pm Wednesday. (HCHD photos)

Paris resident Jack Spencer gets his flu shot.

12th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade 5pm Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- News Channel 5 award-winning anchor and reporter Amy Watson and her family will serve as the grand marshal of Saturday’s 12th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 5pm in downtown Paris.

Watson grew up in Murray, graduated from Murray State, and was a 2017 recipient of the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award. During the Christmas Festival she will be at White and Associates Insurance-Wimberley Agency to visit with fans and sell and sign her book Hairdresser’s Baby.

John and Jane Etheridge will serve as the DPA Ambassadors for this year’s parade. DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “John, retired GM of BPU, was incredibly supportive as the DPA worked to improve our Christmas lighting, free festivals, and other activities and has not been afraid to think outside the box.”

Jane retired from Murray State as an educator and now stays busy serving local non-profits. She is a CASA and Set-Free Ministries Board member, member of the FUMC Mission team, and dance teacher at Lee Academy. For more information on the parade log onto visitdowntownparis.com.

Bethel Commencement Planned for Saturday Dec. 8th

McKenzie, Tenn.- A total of 374 Bethel University degree candidates are slated to graduate during ceremonies this Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. Commencement activities begin at 10 a.m.

Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, will serve as commencement speaker. The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state arts agency dedicated to cultivating the arts in Tennessee for the benefit of all citizens and their communities. Over the past five years, more than 6,450 grants totaling more than $30 million have been invested in communities across Tennessee.

Ms. Pope formerly served as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, where she led a variety of economic and community development initiatives, including asset-based economic development; as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance; and as executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission. Immediately prior to joining the Tennessee Arts Commission, she was Vice-President of STEM Education, Oak Ridge National Lab and Executive Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

Established in 1842, Bethel University is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.Bethelu.edu.   

Downtown Christmas Festival Planned 3-5pm Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Christmas Festival will take over the Paris Court Square Saturday December 8th from 3-5pm as Santa rolls into town with Mrs. Claus, Christmas Mouse, elves, and Rudolph. There will be an array of live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories, and tasty treats.

4-H will make unique hand print Santa and pine cone Christmas trees, as well as Candy Cane ornaments and Reindeer hats. Reindeer goats will be on hand and Youth Villages will be host Christmas golf on the lawn and my Paris Magazine friends will make Christmas ornaments.

Monroe Robbins will be reading Christmas stories inside The Wimberley Agency at 200 West Washington St. as well as serving free hot chocolate from 3-5pm. The Community Band will also be performing during the Festival.

The Paris Fire Department will also be making s’mores during the Festival. And you can take pictures inside the gingerbread house with Santa for a donation to DPA. For more information on the event call DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or log onto www.visitdowntownparis.com.

Thefts, Drugs Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft on Hi En De Lo Road where a man had his work radio, work gloves, and a diabetic test kit stolen from his vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry and no suspects at this time.

Dep. Gary Carroll has charged Courtney N. Johnson, 26, of 705 Cypress Road, for delivery of schedule 3 and introduction of a contraband into a penal institution. She was placed on $15K bond.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department took a report of burglary from an automobile where $1300 worth of items were stolen. The items stolen included pool cues, jump cues, eyeglasses, and more. There are no suspects at this time.

O Negative Blood in Urgent Need as Lifeline Visits Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The lifeline blood mobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday December 6th from Noon to 6pm and there is a current urgent need for O negative blood and all supplies are low heading into the Christmas season. O negative patients can only receive O negative blood so any O negative donors are urged to step up and donate. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood as well.

Bethel Univ. Holding Information Session at Paris Campus Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University College of Professional Studies will hold an information session at the Paris Campus at 302B Tyson Avenue on Thursday December 6th from 11am to Noon and from 5-6pm. Discussions on Associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees will be held. For more information call Catherine Foster at 731-358-9260 or email fosterc@bethelu.edu.

HC Sweeps Martin Westview on the Hardwood

Martin, Tenn.- Henry County swept basketball games at Martin Westview Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won 45-43 and the Patriots won 55-52 with John Odoms scoring 15 points to lead the charge. The teams will be back in action on Thursday night at home against Northeast with game tip time at 6pm. They also will be at home Friday night against Montgomery Central.

TNStars Giving Away $1K Scholarship in December

Nashville- In the spirit of the season, the TNStars® College Savings 529 Program is giving a gift of a $1,000 scholarship to ten Tennessee kids. The scholarships will be awarded into a TNStars® account this December, just for entering online.

Tennessee residents age 21 and older can enter to win at TNStars.com/Scholarship now through December 28th on behalf of a child age 15 or younger. One entry is good for the entire contest period. The $1,000 prize, and any additional amounts contributed to the TNStars account, can be used by the winning beneficiary to cover future post-secondary education expenses ranging from tuition and housing to books, computers, and more.

“We are excited to offer scholarships to ten children this holiday season that will set them on a path to achieving their higher education goals,” said Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. "Tennessee is fortunate to have a program like TNStars which is helping make saving for college easy for all families.”

TNStars® is designed to give Tennessee families high quality investment options at a low cost to help them put aside money for higher education expenses. Families can invest directly with the program and money can be withdrawn tax-free from a TNStars® account as long as it is used for qualified post-secondary education expenses.

To enter the scholarship giveaway or to get more information on the program, visit TNStars.com.

Reminder: Free Flu Shot at HC Health Dept. Wed. Dec. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department will provide flu shots December 5 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the Henry County Health Department at 803 Joy Street in Paris, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Henry County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now.

The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, call the Henry County Health Department at 731-642-4025 or visit www.tn.gov/health/cedep/immunization-program/ip/fluin-tennessee/influenza-immunization.html.

TBI Arrests Houston County Man for Abuse of a Corpse

Tennessee Ridge, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Houston County man, after the body of his live-in girlfriend was found in their home.  

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on Monday, TBI Special Agents joined deputies with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the report of a body found in a home on Old Stewart Road in Houston County. Deputies had received a request to check on the welfare of Dorris Ann Braithwaite (DOB 07/02/1946), after family members indicated they hadn’t heard from her for some time. Deputies found her deceased and on the floor in the home. The investigation indicates that due to the condition of her body, she had been dead for several weeks or months. An autopsy will be performed to determine Ms. Braithwaite’s cause of death.  

Monday night, the woman’s live-in boyfriend, Robert Calvin Mark (DOB 04/08/1954), was arrested and charged with one count of Abuse of a Corpse. He was booked into the Houston County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

Healthier Henry County Named Finalist for Healthier TN Community of the Year

Nashville- Rachel Matlock, Public Health Educator with the Henry County Health Department has announced that Healthier Henry County has been nominated for Healthier TN Community of the Year. The nomination comes from the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness and it is the highest honor awarded to a community participating in the Healthier Tennessee Program. The winner will be announced at the program on Thursday February 21st.  

The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative takes a “where we live” approach to improving Tennesseans health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and college campuses across the state. The foundation launched the initiative in March 2015 with 9 pilot communities, now over 90 communities, neighborhoods, and college campuses are participating and 58 are currently designated.

More information about the program, resources, and list of participating cities is available at healthierTN.com.

Festival of Trees Opening Draws Large Crowd

Paris, Tenn.- An annual tradition in Downtown Paris, the DPA’s Festival of Trees, a Christmas tree showcase, opened to the public for the first time Tuesday morning during the Chamber Coffee at 8am as the Downtown Paris Association hosted. As many as 28 beautifully decorated trees are on display in the Old Paris 5 and 10 Event Center, located at 110 W. Washington St, directly across from the courthouse.

At Tuesday’s opening awards were given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Most Traditional and Most Creative. A People’s Choice award will be presented at the conclusion of the event on December 19th.

Award winners were: Most Creative 1st place W.G. Rhea Library, 2nd Place First Bank, 3rd Place Foundation Bank. Most Traditional: 1st Place Security Bank, 2nd Place Henry County Officials, 3rd Place Carl Perkins Center.

Out of the Box award went to Sweet Jordans, Best Theme to Paris Photography Club, Best of Show to Friends of TN National Wildlife Refuge and Honorable mention to Tennessee Valley Community Church.

Festival of Trees hours are Tuesday thru Friday 11am to 4pm; Saturdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays 1-4pm. A one dollar donation is requested from each visitor. For more information call 653-7274.

Burger Bash Planned Tues. 4-7pm for Madrigals

Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s of Paris will hold a Burger Bash from 4-7pm Tuesday December 4th to benefit the Henry County High School Madrigals. A percentage of sales during this time will go towards the Madrigals either in restaurant or thru the drive-thru.

Officers of the Year Announced at HCSO Mon. Night

Lt. Clyde Sulcer receiving the Patrol Officer of the Year award. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A great year was celebrated Monday night at the Enoch building at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office annual Christmas party. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew thanked everyone in attendance for all the hard work they do all year on a daily basis.

Sheriff Belew also thanked Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and his cookers for frying the fish for the meal on Monday night. Mayor Greer said it was his honor to be able to cook for all the wonderful law enforcement personnel in our community and thanked them for what they do.

Awards were given out for several things including Patrol Officer of the Year to Lt. Clyde Sulcer and Corrections Officer of the year Cpl. Brent Coffman. Dave Holtgrew received the Reserve Officer of the Year Award and Sgt. Eddie Crosser was named as the Student Resource Officer of the Year.

Sgt Daniel Powell was promoted to Lt. Monday evening as has taken over the new workhouse program that was implemented back in late October.

All deputies that helped during the Kirby Wallace manhunt in Stewart and Montgomery Counties were also brought forth and honored and Dep. Stacey Bostwick was given a special proclamation as he and Sheriff Belew were the ones to nab Wallace at the end of the manhunt.

Sgt. Blake Jenkins recieves a life saving award Mon. night.

Awards were given to Sgt. Blake Jenkins and Sgt. Brian Davis who worked feverishly after responding to a young girl that attempted suicide. Other life saving awards were given to Cpl. Jim Sanders for saving a life during the Blues Landing Fire, Lt. Scott Wyrick, who found a man who had been missing from Murray, and Dep. John Andrews, Cpl. Brent Coffman, and Doc Phillip McCain for saving lives with Narcan.

Cpl. Jim Sanders receiving a life saving award.

Lakewood Middle School Speech Team Does Well at Murray

Paris, Tenn.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team placed 2nd overall in the Murray Middle School Tiger Invitational this past weekend in Murray, KY. The team had 26 finalists and the following students placed in their individual events: In Poetry McKenna White 7th, Jack Kibber 6th, Skylar Wilson 5th, Ethan Frederick 4th, Taylor Boase 3rd, Suzie Chau 2nd, and Ella Seaton 1st.

 In Prose Skylar Wilson 5th, Ethan Frederick 4th, Suzie Chau 3rd, Jack Kibbler 2nd, Ella Seaton 1st.  In Storytelling Travion Smith 6th, and Nicci Parsons 3rd. In Improvisational Duo Mason Elliott and Preston Pooler 4th, Olivia Nalley and Addison Williams 3rd and David Hill and Blaise Payne 2nd

 In Impromptu Speaking Issac Tyler 7th, Taylor Boase 3rd, and Jack Kibbler 2nd. In Humorous Interp Trinity Boase 3rd; In Duo Acting Layla Briley and Ella Seaton 1st; In Dramatic Interp Layla Briley 4th, Taylor Boase 2nd and Ella Seaton 1st.

In Declamation David Hill 5th and Jack Kibbler 4th; And in Radio Broadcasting Mason Elliott 7th Kaylee Jordan 6th and Taylor Boase 1st.

The team will be traveling back to Murray this weekend to compete at Calloway County’s Laker Invitational. They are coached by David Weatherly.

Large Crowd Sees "It's a Wonderful Life" on the Big Screen

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd come out Monday night to the free showing of It's a Wonderful Life at the Parisian Theatre. The popular Christmas movie was shown free of charge one time only thanks to the Parisian Theatre and WMUF/WLZK/WHDM/WRQR Radio Stations. (Gary Benton Photos)

240 Kids Take Part in Cops and Kids Shopping Trip Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Kentucky Lake Lodge 17 held their Cops and Kids Shopping Trip on Saturday morning and 240 underpriviledged children in the County were given $75 apiece to spend on Christmas presents. They left Paris Elementary at 6am Saturday morning by bus and went to Wal-mart for their shopping spree. When they returned to PES they received a bag of fruit, breakfast items, and other goodies.

Retired chief Deputy Randy Gean, and F.O.P. Vice President said, "Thank you Paris and Henry County for all your support, your generosity made it possible for over 200 children to have a better Christmas. What a Great, Giving, community we have."

Agencies assisting were the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, First Baptist Church and The Gideons, HCHS Deca Class, HCHS Criminal Justice Class, Knights of Columbus, HCHS Guidance Counselors, and the Rescue Squad. (Chief Chuck Elizondo photos)

Busy Weekend for Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated three batteries valued at $102 apiece were stolen off a School bus from the Henry County School System that was parked at Henry School. The bus was parked there on Friday and when the driver went to start it Monday morning it wouldn’t start and he realized the batteries had been removed. There are no suspects at this time.

Dep. William Whitaker of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Blake Joyner, 21, of 43 Kenwood Drive in Springville, for DUI after observing him and pulling over the vehicle. Joyner failed the sobriety tests given by Dep. Whitaker and was arrested and charged.

Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department responded to a call on West Wood Street in reference to a concern for safety.  Upon arriving, Sgt. James observed Desman Howard, 24, of 706 Cooper Street, move from the front porch to the back of the house as he tossed a bag onto the roof. The Fire Department was then called in to retrieve the bag. The bag was found to have 2 large bags of marijuana inside of it, totaling 594.5 grams. 

In addition, two pistols were located on the front porch.  Howard was charged with possession of schedule VI with intent to sell, manufacture, and/or deliver as well as possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.  Bond was set at $5,000.

Ptl. David Beauvais of the Paris Police Department responded to an apartment at 817 Glisson Road regarding a domestic assault. Upon arrival, Beauvais made contact with Lonzie W Dunlap III, 27, of the same address. After detaining Dunlap, Beauvais then spoke to the victim, who stated that Dunlap had taken her phone, cornered her into the back bedroom, and was attempting to break into the bedroom when she was able to call 911 from another phone.  Dunlap was placed under arrest for domestic assault, but became unruly once placed inside the back seat of the patrol car.  After numerous warnings to calm down, Dunlap was sprayed with a chemical agent to the head and chest area and transported to the jail without further incident.

Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the MCU charged Trey D. Cowans, age 23, with possession of a controlled substance with intent, two counts of evading, and two counts of driving on suspended licnese, theft over $10K, and possession of schedule 6 with intent.

Relay for Life Meeting Mon. 5:30pm Quality Inn

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Relay for Life meeting at the Sky Vue room Monday night at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited to come and share ideas and directions for Relay as they head into a new year.  

HCHS Falls to Knoxville Central in Cookville

The Tennessee State 5A runner-up

#14 Darrius Stephens with a hold by #18 Brandon Stephenson connects on a 24 yard field goal during 1st half action.

Cookville, Tenn.- It was a hard fought battle but Henry County falls to Knoxville Central 14-9. The Patriots did score first on a field goal by Darrius Stephens making thre score 3-0 Henry County at the end of one. Knoxville Central scored in the 2 quarter making the score 7-3 at the half.  Knoxville Central scored once more and the score was 14-3 at the end of 3rd quarter.  Henry County started to rally in the 4th with a touchdown by Jaylan Foster, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots just couldn’t get back into the end zone the rest of the game. The Patriots had 5 penalties on the day with 65 Rushing yards and 65 passing yards with a total of 130 yard.  The Patriots do bring home the silver ball and has had an outstanding year with a record of 13-2 on the season after the loss to Knoxville Central.


#99 Davy Harrod tackles a Central runner for a loss. Harrod had 3 tackles in the half with two for losses.

#11 Will Parrish looks for a receiver

#24 Donyah Teague, #34 Camran Long, and #99 Davy Harrod tackle a Central runner for a loss

#16 Ethan Thompson carries the ball during 4th quarter action

Paris Woman Arrested for Violation of Probation Passing Fraudulent Check

Paris, Tenn.- Patrolman Jeff Smith responded to Commercial Bank and Trust for a fraudulent check complaint on friday. According to the report, a bank employee stated that Ashley Jones deposited a check on in the amount of 29 hundred dollars from Stanford Credit Union. She then made two withdrawals one in the amount of 500 dollars and the other for 24 hundred dollars. When Stanford Credit Union was contacted they informed the employee that it was a fraudulent check. A warrant was issued for Ashley Jones. On Saturday, Jones was reported to be staying at Super 8 Motel. She was arrested for Violation of Probation and transported to Henry County Jail.

HCMC’s Partner of the Month of November, Alicia Watkins, Paris Women’s Center

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is proud to announce the partner of the month for November in the Stars of Excellence program is Alicia Watkins, Paris Women’s Center. Twenty others were also nominated for the Stars of Excellence program.

Watkins was nominated by her office manager for going above and beyond to show kindness to a patient. She developed a relationship with an OB patient with no family in the area. After the baby was born, Watkins offered to take care of the newborn while the mother was in the hospital and father was at work. Watkins has continued to show kindness to the family by watching the baby so the mother could get some additional rest. She embodies compassion and adds so much value to the organization.

HCMC partners are nominated by patients and coworkers for their hard work and dedication towards this hospital. Their work does not go unnoticed here at HCMC and the hospital is glad to be able to honor them with the Stars of Excellence program.

51st Annual Christmas Concert Presented by Paris Henry County Arts Council


Flute trio plays some christmas classics for the crowd at First Baptist Church

Paris Henry County Chamber Music Society Brass Quintent opened the program.

Paris, Tenn.- The Holiday season was celebrated at First Baptist Church in Paris Sunday as local talent preformed for the community. It was the 51st Annual Christmas Concert presented by the Paris Henry County Arts Council. Mike Holden directed the program which features the Paris Henry County Chamber Music Society Brass Quintet, The Paris Brass, Inman Middle School Strings, Joy Stubblefield, First United Methodist Church Handbell Choir, and much more.

Inman Middle School Strings Student lead by Gioia Fazzini wowed those in attendance

Iman Middle School Mistletoe Market Had Something for Everyone

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School hosted its 4th Annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Crafts and Small Business Show Saturday December 1st. The event was sponsored by Inman’s Parent Action Committee and several vendors. Over 60 vendors were at the event.

HCHS Playing in the 5A Championship Game with Lots of Fan Support

Cookville, Tenn.- After weather postponed the TSSAA  5A football Championship game in Cookville Patriots fans showed back up today to show their support. HCHS is taking on Knoxville Central in Cookville.

Henry County Madrigals perform the national anthem before the championship game

Championship Game Postponed till Sunday at 2pm

Cookville, Tenn. The TSSAA 5A State Championship game has been postponed due to weather. The game will be played tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm. Listen to the game on 94.1 FM, wmufradio.com and on the WLZK Sports Line at 605-781-3168. The Little Caesar's Pregame Show starts at 1:30 p.m.

Blue Cross Bowl 5 A State Championship in Weather Delay

Cookeville, Tenn.-The 5A State Championship game is in a weather delay. Thy had to get the players off the field due to lightning. The  delay until has been set to last until 8:40. That is when a decision will be made. The teams were on the field for about 5 to 10 minutes before the delay.Rules state that when there is lightning in the area, the game will be delayed for 30mins. They are sending HCHS to the student center. I will keep you updated as we find out more.

Local Law Enforcement Responding to Several Cases Around the Area

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department responded to a call on West Wood Street in reference to a concern for safety.  Upon arriving, Sgt. James observed Desman Howard, 24, of 706 Cooper Street, move from the front porch to the back of the house as he tossed a bag onto the roof.  The Fire Department was then called in to retrieve the bag.  The bag was found to have 2 large bags of marijuana inside of it, totaling 594.5 grams.  In addition, two pistols were located on the front porch.  Howard was charged with possession of schedule VI with intent to sell, manufacture, and/or deliver as well as possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.  Bond was set at $5,000.

Ptl. David Beauvais of the Paris Police Department responded to an apartment at 817 Glisson Road regarding a domestic assault.  Upon arrival, Beauvais made contact with Lonzie W Dunlap III, 27, of the same address.  After detaining Dunlap, Beauvais then spoke to the victim, who stated that Dunlap had taken her phone, cornered her into the back bedroom, and was attempting to break into the bedroom when she was able to call 911 from another phone.  Dunlap was placed under arrest for domestic assault, but became unruly once placed inside the back seat of the patrol car.  After numerous warnings to calm down, Dunlap was sprayed with a chemical agent to the head and chest area and transported to the jail without further incident.

Deputy Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 238 Antioch Harbor Road in reference to a subject that had been struck by a car.  Waldron made contact with Edwin Wagster, 56, of the same address. Wagster stated that he and his girlfriend had been in a verbal argument and that she had attempted to run over some of his belongings.  Wagster then jumped onto the hood and tried to kick the windshield in, but lost his balance when the driver accelerated and was thrown from the hood.  The girlfriend stated that she had been in an argument with Wagster on the way home when he slapped and struck her on the left side of the face.  She tried to leave once arriving at Wagster’s house, but he jumped on the hood in an attempt to prevent her from doing so.  Wagster was seen by EMS and transported to HCMC. A warrant was filed against Wagner for domestic assault.

In other arrests, Joseph L Bradberry, 61, of 1308 Matheny Grove Road was cited for simple possession of schedule VI, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.  Cassandra Fisher, 40, of 1503 N Market Street was charged with domestic assault. 

Patriots Blue Cross Bowl Bound

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Patriots load up and head out to Cookeville. Listen to the game on 94.1 FM, wmufradio.com and on the WLZK Sports Line at 605-781-3168. The Little Caesar's Pregame Show starts at 6:30 p.m.

HCHS Patriots Win One and Loses One Aginst Springfield

Springfield, TN .- Henry County split the contests against Springfield Friday night.

The Lady Patriots won their game 57-37. Caroline Singleton was the top scorer of the night with 16 points on the evening. That makes the Lady Patriots 1 and 1 in district play.

Boy’s action the Patriots fell to Springfield 73-52. John Odoms was the lead scorer for the patriots with 13 on the evening. The loss takes HCHS boys to 2 and 3 on the season and 0 and 1 in district play.

They will face-off against Westview in Martin Tuesday night.

Community and Patriots Come Together Before State Championship

HCHS Patriots set to meet with the community during the send-off party Friday Night (Photo by Dylan Powley)

Meeting with the community before the big game Saturday (Photo by Dylan Powley)

Paris, Tenn.- A large contingent of fans came out to the Henry County Fairgrounds for the Patriots’ championship send-off. Fans were able to meet coaches and players, as well as wish the team luck as they attempt to win the third state championship in school history. With a win on Saturday, the Patriots will have won all three championships within the past 8 years (2011 & 2013).

Patriot fans were treated to a meal courtesy of the Henry County Quarterback Club. Head Coach James Counce Jr. spoke to the crowd about the opportunity ahead, saying that the one singular thing on his team’s mind is bringing the gold ball back home.

Senior OT Nick Metzinger had this to say about the game: “It’s exciting. For everyone on this team, it’s our first time to do it. We dreamt about it in middle school. We all saw Henry County win state while we were growing up, and being able to do the same while we wear the red has always been something we’ve talked about.”

The Patriots take on the Knoxville Central Bobcats for the TSSAA Class 5A Championship Saturday night at 7 PM. WMUF will be bringing you the call live from Tucker Stadium in Cookeville on 94.1 FM. The game will also be televised on WUXP MyTV 30.

Picture of #70 is Nick Metzinge (Photo by Dylan Powley)

Free Flu Shots During Statewide Flu Vaccine Clinic Dec. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event December 5.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Henry County Health Director, Tracy Byrd. ”The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Henry County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

The Henry County Health Department will provide flu shots December 5 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the Henry County Health Department at 803 Joy Street in Paris, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Henry County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, call the Henry County Health Department at 731-642-4025 or visit www.tn.gov/health/cedep/immunization-program/ip/fluin-tennessee/influenza-immunization.html.

Reminder: Phone Number to Listen to Ballgames has Changed

Paris, Tenn.- For listeners of ballgames that call in on your phones we want to let you know our phone number to call in has changed. Google made wmufradio.com get a new number and that number to hear ballgames on your phone is now 605-781-3169 and is listed on the top of our website. If you had the old number saved in your contacts, be sure to remove it and replace with this one before Saturday’s State Championship game. Remember if you listen to any broadcast over your phone standard rates do apply.

Area Youth Groups Holding Food Drive Fri. at Kroger

Paris, Tenn.- An annual food drive to benefit area families sponsored by Olive Branch, Cottage Grove Methodist, and Trinity United Methodist Youth Groups will be held this Friday November 30th. The group will be collecting non-perishable food items like canned goods at Kroger on November 30th at 4pm. The project has really grown and helps many families this time of year.

BPU Moves Ahead with Water Plant Construction, Approves Audit

Winston Truitt of ATA gives the annual Audit report for the BPU board. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met Tuesday morning and approved to move ahead with the actual construction of the Water Treatment plant as they approved the low bid and alternate bid for the clearwell. Both bids were from W & O Construction Company, of Livingston, Tennessee. The base bid came in for $6,769,343 and the alternate bid on just the clearwell came in at $556K, both the lowest of four total bids received.

General Manager Terry Wimberley said that left about $250K in the construction budget as they had budgeted $7M total for the project. Once they begin construction work on the plant it should take about 400 calendar days to complete.

In other business on Tuesday, the BPU board approved the Audit from Alexander Thompson Arnold. Winston Truitt, of ATA was on hand and discussed the audit in some detail saying it was a clean audit with no findings. Truitt did discuss the cash position of the departments saying all were “thin” compared to TVA and other utility standards, but income was still good. In the Electric Department alone, the cash position was 3.7% of the annual TVA utility bill and TVA likes to see that at 10-20%.

Truitt also discussed the Project Round-Up Audit or BPU Trust where customers have the option of rounding their bills up to the nearest whole dollar with the money going back into the community.

At the beginning of the meeting, Wimberley and Director of Water and Wastewater Tony Brown talked to the board about some water and wastewater issues going on this week at Mineral Wells and Tyson where City of Paris crews will be helping fix and over at Grove Park Apartments as well. Wimberley said rehab work is ongoing with the wastewater system, but things get dumped in these pipes and constant maintenance is needed. Brown said they found a baseball lodged in one earlier this month.

Grove Park and some other neighborhoods continue to be some problems where flushing out or maintenance on the system is needed. The board talked about doing a public education campaign, which Wimberley said would help, but could be expensive. Educating the public about what can and can’t go in the system, what to do with bacon grease, etc. is much needed and could be looked at in the future.

Wimberley said they are in the final days of renovation at the BPU office downtown and they hope to be moved back in and open for business by Monday December 17th. He said there will still be some work going on after they open back up, but nothing major. He also read the board a letter from the Mayor of Sylvester, Georgia, thanking the 8 BPU crewmembers that came down during the hurricane relief efforts a couple months ago to help with recovery.

HCHS Hosts Clarksville High Tues. Night at Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Clarksville High School in a district matchup at 6pm for girls tip-off, followed by the boys Tuesday night on the hardwood in basketball. If you can't make it to Gamlin Gym, you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 605-781-3169 with the pregame show beginning at 5:30pm.

Rick Arrested on Warrants, Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailed the arrest of Korey Rick, 25, who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Dep. Dalton Watson, Dep. William Whitaker, and Sgt. Blake Jenkins along with Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres all went to the Red Oak Dr. residence around 11:30pm Monday evening to serve the warrants on Rick for violation of probation.

Once taking him into custody, they could smell an odor of marijuana coming from Rick and the residence. A search was conducted and 10 pounds of marijuana, several jars of THC wax, THC pens and misc. drug paraphernalia were found. Deputies also seized $3K in cash believed to be drug proceeds. Rick was charged with violation of probation, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is set to appear in court December 3rd and 4th. Bond is set at $30K. (HCSO photos)

Ed Frazier, the Home Inspector Hosts Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- Ed Frazier and his wife were the hosts and Sweet Jordans provided the space and goodies for November's Chamber Coffee. A large crowd was on hand Tuesday morning. (David Jackson photos)

DPA's Candlelight Advent Walk Set for Wed. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Downtown Paris Candlelight Advent Walk is planned for Wednesday November 28th beginning at the front steps of the Henry County Courthouse at 6:30pm. Come hear the good news of Christmas and visit the historic downtown churches by Candlelight. From the courthouse, Advent goers will head to First Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, and ends with a reception at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church.

Pastor Joe Hansen, FUMC, says “this is a very unique way to usher in the Advent season and we are focusing on A Micah 6:8 Christmas…Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly. The walk will end at 7:30pm.

For those who need it, bus transportation is available. For more information contact the DPA office at 731-653-7274.

20th Annual Live Nativity at New Harmony This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will have their Live Nativity this coming weekend Friday November 30th thru Sunday December 2nd from 6-9pm each night. Come out and drive thru a trail of luminaries and view the living scenes depicting the birth of Christ.

The Church is located at 7050 Hwy. 69S, five miles from the Hwy. 218 bypass. Call 593-5276 for more information. This will be the 20th anniversary of the Live Nativity.

Gingerbread House Building Highlights Dec. Events at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a free gingerbread house building event next Tuesday December 4th from 5-7pm. You don’t have to have a current library card to come to the event, but you must sign up for the free event at the registration desk in person at the Library, at 400 W. Washington St. or by calling 642-1702. Items will be provided and the event again is free to the public.

More December events at the W.G. Rhea Public Library include Make your own Christmas Centerpiece on December 20th. Cost is $10 supply fee and sign up is required as you make a piece to take home with Vicky Hunt from Paris Florist. You are asked to bring garden clippers if you have them.

KPAC Young Artists Presenting Elf the Musical, Jr. Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- KPAC Young Artists will present Elf the Musical, Jr., this Friday and Saturday Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at 7pm both evening. Come with the family and experience maximum Christmas jolliness and mayhem as Buddy the Elf takes the stage. The show is based on the cherished New Line Cinema Hit.

Tickets are $5 for children and students, $8 for adults for general admission and $10 for reserved seats. Tickets may be purchased from cast members, at the Paris Civic Center or online via KPAC’s website at www.kridercenter.com.  

One Fan Bus Heading to Cookeville Sat. for State Championship Game

Paris, Tenn.- One 56 passenger bus is available for Henry County Patriot fans to take to Cookeville for the 5A State Championship Game in the Blue Cross Bowl where the Patriots will take on Knoxville Central. Tickets are $35 to ride the bus and that does not include ticket to the game, which are $12. Interested fans can book their seat on the bus by calling West Tennessee Motorcoach at 642-0860 starting Tuesday morning at 7:30am. Seats are first come, first served basis. Departure times and location of departure will be determined later in the week.

Car Fire Extinguished Monday by PLVFD

Buchanan, Tenn.- Around 12:30pm Monday afternoon the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to a vehicle on fire at the Dollar General Store on Hwy. 79 N. in Buchanan. Arriving units found a 2000 Maroon Ford Crown Victoria in the parking lot with the engine compartment engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire appears accidental at this time, but the driver wasn't found at the scene but was supposedly walking down East Antioch Road. Deputies were looking for the man. Damage is estimated at $1500, three fire trucks and 8 firefighters were on the scene for 45 minutes.

Thefts, Drugs Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- A report of theft was taken from Dep. John Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office from a home on Kentucky Lake Drive. A caretaker of the property arrived to find the padlocks cut on the garage door and the door pried open. A Yamaha Big Bear 4 Wheeler was stolen along with a generator, compressor, and TV all valued at around $2300. There are no suspects.

Sgt. Brian Davis, Dep. Gary Carroll, and Cpl. Stacey Bostwick went to Cole Fairway Drive to attempt to find a man wanted with warrants and as they arrived Dep. Carroll observed someone look out the window then run across the trailer. During a search of the home Dep. Carroll found Justin Hughes, age 27, of Woodlawn, and charged him on the  four active warrants along with possession of schedule two and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after finding some meth and drug paraphernalia in the room with him.

Cpl. David Andrews was on patrol with U.S. Fish and Wildlife on the Federal Refuge and noticed a man in a car parked on the lookout. Investigation revealed 5g of meth. Matt K. Thornton, of Mississippi, was charged with possession of meth with intent and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

State Championship Game Information

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will play Knoxville Central in the Class 5A Blue Cross Bowl this Saturday December 1st at 7pm in Cookeville at Tennessee Tech University. Tickets are $12 and good for all games that day and tickets are on sale all week at Henry County High School from 9am-2pm Monday thru Thursday, 9am to Noon on Friday, in the HCHS Main Office, located in the E building across from the Field House, and Tuesday night from 5:30-8:30pm at the Cafeteria during the HCHS basketball games.

By buying the tickets locally, Henry County has a chance to win $1000 if the most are sold here. In 2011, Henry County did have the biggest crowd in Cookeville and still holds the records for most pre-sold tickets. Henry County will be the home team Saturday and will be the west side of the stadium. You can also purchase tickets online with Henry County receiving the same percentage by going to the following link https://gofan.co/app/events/43735

The Henry County Quarterback Club has set up ways to donate to the team’s efforts in getting to Cookeville. Donations can be made at Security Bank and Trust or electronically thru paypal at paypal.me.hcqbclub. Donations go to help pay for travel, food, and other experiences with the trip to the State Championship. The HCHS Cheerleaders and Band is also seeking donations to make the trip. Contact the high school for more information.

Tourism Authority Board Approves Requests Mon. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority board approved both items that came before them Monday morning. The board chose to fully fund the request of $25,015 from The Bass Federation as they bring their National Championship to Kentucky Lake in April of 2019.

The board also agreed to put $2500 towards the Women’s Conference for the Church of God. The event will be held in the Spring of next year as well, exact dates have yet to be determined.

Unemployment Still Good Despite Slight Increase in October

Nashville, Tenn.-The majority of Tennessee’s counties experienced a drop in unemployment, or their rates remained the same, according to the October 2018 statistics released Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Unemployment rates dropped in 26 Tennessee counties and remained the same in 36 counties when compared to September statistics. Thirty-three counties across the state experienced an increase in unemployment during October.

Williamson County continued to have the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.7 percent, which was the same rate as the previous month

Locally, Henry County’s unemployment rate went up by 0.4% from September’s rate of 4.3% to 4.7%.

Carroll County increased 0.3% from 5.1 to 5.4%

Two local counties stayed the same in the area.

Weakley County remained the same at 4.3%, as well as, Stewart County at 4.9%.

Lauderdale County had Tennessee’s highest unemployment rate in October at 6.8 percent, up from 6.5 percent in September.  

Statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment inched up in Tennessee last month. At 3.7 percent, the rate increased by 0.1 of a percentage point. Nationally, the unemployment rate held steady for the second consecutive month at 3.7 percent.

HCSO Respond to Dog Attack on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sherriff Officers put down an aggressive dog over the weekend after the owners asked them to do so. Officers responded to the home where the three occupants had already been bitten. The owners had locked the dog in a closet to protect them from its aggression. When officers tried to restrain the animal, it tried to attack both of them. Once it was restrained the officers moved the dog outside the home where the owner asked them to put it down for the safety of everyone involved.

PHC Jaycees Host Event for Underprivileged Children

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Henry County Jaycees will host the Jammin 4 the Kids event on Dec. 1 starting at 8pm at the Paris Moose Lodge. Music, Auction, and more. All proceeds benefit the Christmas Shopping event for underprivileged kids. For more information call 731-693-9086. You must be 21 and over to attend this event.

Christmas Events Still Going On in Downtown Paris

Elf on the Shelf event at Lura Lees. Elf Emma Grace Dotson smiled at the youngsters coming to visit her.

The Elf -Emma Grace Dotson- hold  baby Oakliegh Mae Gregson during the 3rd Annual Elf on the Shelf event.

Paris, Tenn.- Christmas in Paris is in full swing as children line up to see Santa and the Elf on the Shelf. The 3rd Annual Elf on the Shelf was hosted by Lura Lee’s in downtown Paris. Elf, Emma Grace Dotson-a student at Iman Middle School- was poised as she welcomed children of all ages to talk with the her in hopes she gives Santa a good report.

Kiddos then moved downtown to Santa’s Gingerbread house where they met all Santa’s helpers including Rudolph, Christmas Mouse, a few of the workshop elves before meeting St. Nick himself. Santa will be visiting with kids every weekend from now until December 16. Hours are Saturdays 10a.m. till 2 p.m. and Sundays 2pm-4pm.

Patiently waiting for their turn to see Santa, sisters Madeline and Emily Riggins pose with Rudolph, Christmas Mouse , and Elf.

Jeremiah Johnson brought the whole family to meet Santa

HCSO Make Arrest for Active Warrants and Drugs in Paris

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested for drug possession after officers went to his home on a warrant check. 27-year old Justin Hughes was arrested on 4-active warrants and possession of Schedule II (Meth), as well as unlawful drug paraphernalia. According to the report, Sgt. Rudy Davis, Officer Gary Carroll, and Cpl. Stacey Bostwick went to the home on 80 Cole Fairway because of active warrants on Hughes. When they arrived, they observed someone running across the trailer towards the back door. Cpl. Bostwick and Sgt. Davis was already at the backdoor and when the subject opened it. Two males ran back into the home when they spotted the officers. They found Justin Hughes hiding in a bedroom. Officers noticed a pipe lying on the bed and a white chrystal like substance in a baggie hidden in a clothes basket. Justin Hughes was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail.  

UT Martin Hosts Holiday Bazaar

Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin’s League of Striving Artists will host the fifth-annual Holiday Art Bazaar, Dec. 6-8, in the Fine Arts Building’s art gallery.

Co-sponsored by the UT Martin League of Striving Artists and the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts, the Holiday Art Bazaar displays items handcrafted by UT Martin students, faculty and alumni. These items, which include holiday cards, paintings, scarves, ceramics, glass ornaments and more, will be available for purchase during the event.

This event is open to the public from 7-8 p.m., Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 7; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 8.

For more information, contact Jason Stout, UT Martin assistant professor of art and faculty adviser for the League of Striving Artists, at 731-881-3402 or email jstout@utm.edu.

Patroits Beat Beech and Heads to Cookeville for the State Championship Game

#5 Jaylon Foster carries the ball against Beech

#16 Ethan Thompson hauls in a 35 yard pass completion during 1st half action.

  #8 Joseph Travis breaks free for a 23 yard touchdown run

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriots head to back to Cookeville for the State Championship game after a 13-7 win over Beech.

It was a nail biter up to the very last second for Henry County fans as the Beech kept the Patriots within a touchdown throughout the game.

The first half of the game Henry County opened scoring on a 23 yard touchdown by Joseph Travis making it 7-0. Beech came back and tied it at 7 to end the first quarter.

Henry County took the lead on a 33 yard touchdown by Ethan Thomas with the point after no good , the score was 13-7 going into halftime.

The 2nd half was scoreless but with just 42 seconds left on the clock Beech threatened. Henry County managed to hold them off on downs and now heads to Tennessee Tech Saturday to face Knoxville Central.  Kickoff is set for 7:00p.m. We wil have that game on the radio beginning at 6:30 on WLZK 94.1FM.

Paris Man Arrested After Incident on Tyson Avenue

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man is facing charges of Reckless Endangerment after Paris police responded to a report of a vehicle running intentionally into another vehicle on Tyson Avenue. According to the report, Zachary Evans was arrested on Thursday for reportedly running into the car of Cheyenne Price. Price told Lt. Josh Frey she was stopped at the red light on Tyson Avenue when a Ford Pickup truck, Driven by Evans, rear ended her. She stated that she held the breaks while he continued to bump her. He then drove into the driver side of her car. There was damage to the driver side front fender, mirror, and rear bumper. Two other people in the car with Price backed her account of the incident. No injuries were reported.

LBL Offering Permits to Cut Cider Christmas Trees

Buchanan, Tenn.- Free cedar Christmas tree permits will be available online November 26-December 23, from Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Members of the public may also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative Office, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, November 26 through December 21.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 26 and December 23. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between the Lakes with a few exceptions.  

Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online anytime at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations

Santa Comes To Downtown Paris

(David Jackson photos)

Suspicion of DUI Leads To Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, city units were dispatched to the area of Irvine Street in regards to a possible DUI driver, in a tan Chevrolet.

Ptl. Daniel Andres made contact with the vehicle on Riggins Street and conducted a traffic stop for a driver’s side brake light out. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Jarvis Bowen, age 19, who didn’t appear to be under the influence but did notice a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Bowen was then asked to exit the vehicle and a search was conducted. During the search, a child’s lunch box was found in the back floor board and contained approximately 124.6 grams of a green, leafy substance and digital scales. Bowen had $381 on his person.

Bowen was placed under arrest for possession of a schedule VI with intent and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident. Bowen also received a citation for the driver side brake light and was placed on $2500 bond.

Armed Resident Wards Off Burglary

Buchanan, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Jim Sanders responded to an aggravated burglary call on Swan Loop in Buchanan.

Upon arrival, Cpl. Sanders spoke with the victim who stated that he was in bed and heard someone at his back door. He also stated that it sounded as if someone kicking the door with the intent to gain entrance to the residence.

The victim stated that he armed himself and turned on a hall light and when doing so, observed a subject run down the driveway and get into a dark colored car that sped away.

When Cpl. Sanders examined the back door, it was severely damaged. Damages to the door were estimated at $1400.

License Plate Violation Leads To Outstanding Warrant Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy William Whitaker was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle on East Blythe Street without the license plate illuminated.

Dispatch advised that the vehicle was registered to a subject identified as Robert Gallimore, age 28 and that Gallimore had active warrants out of Carroll County. Deputy Whitaker then turned his patrol car around and located it at 1044 Manley Street and then observed Gallimore exit the vehicle.

Upon making contact with Gallimore, he became very uncooperative and began yelling. Deputy Whitaker detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and Gallimore was placed under arrest for public intoxication, as well as the active warrant.

Gallimore was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

First Baptist Church Welcomed Community to  Thanksgiving Dinner

Paris, Tenn.- First Baptist Church hosted their Community Thanksgiving Meal today, providing meals for anyone in the community who wanted to partake. Sponsored by the Paris Ministerial Association and catered by Jerry Joyner, workers estimated that approximately 300 to 350 plates would be served by the end of the day.



Santa's Village Set for December 6-9 at UT Martin

Martin, Tenn-The city of Martin and the University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 34th-annual Santa’s Village holiday celebration Dec. 6-9 in the university’s Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. There is no admission charge; however, visitors are encouraged to donate $5-worth of canned food items or an unopened children’s toy to benefit needy families in the area. The 2017 Santa’s Village set a new attendance record with more than 19,000 visitors. More than 18,300 cans of food were donated, and toy donations filled 23 55-gallon bags.

Santa’s Village will include the traditional forest of lights and MTD model train as well as a petting zoo from Hooker Farms and amusement rides from Pope’s Amusement Rides. Live entertainment will perform throughout the event, and Santa will make his annual appearance to speak with local children. An arts and crafts vendor fair will also be conducted during the event.

The pavilion will be open to the public from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 6-7; from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 8; and from 1-5 p.m., Dec. 9.

Ed Roberts Cancer Survivor  Dinner Planned for Dec. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- Cancer patients have to go through so much from diagnosis to treatment, the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is happy to offer something to help put a smile on their faces. The Caring Hearts Fund hopes that its Annual Ed Roberts Caring Hearts Fund Cancer Survivor Dinner will do just that for cancer survivors and their special guests.

This event was established by the late Ed Roberts in the basement of the HCMC Cancer Center in 1989 with only a few dollars and 20 guests. The event was then taken over by his wife Barbara after his passing. Barbara gave the dinner over to the Caring Hearts Fund and the Cancer Care Center, but stepped into the organizer role again last year. She and the HCMC staff are back again this year in to help ensure the dinner is a big success.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Ed Roberts Annual Cancer Survivors Dinner again this year,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at HCMC. “For many of our survivors, this is the only time during the holidays they are able to enjoy a nice meal or even receive a gift. We are excited that the Caring Hearts Fund through the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation can be involved. With the help of Barbara Roberts and many volunteers, this year will again be a treat for our cancer survivors.”

The Caring Hearts Fund continues to need your support to help make this meal a special evening for cancer survivors. This year the event will be held at Maplewood Baptist Church in Paris, TN, on Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m. A traditional turkey and dressing meal will be served along with entertainment by Bo Caldwell & the Chill Tonics.

If you are interested in making a donation or volunteering, contact Daughrity at 731-644-8266. Reservations can be made by calling the HCMC Find Line at 731-644-3463. The RSVP Deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018.

The Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is a local fund that provides financial assistance for co-pays, insurance premiums, medications and transportation to those cancer patients whom are undergoing cancer treatment at the local Cancer Care Center Henry County and outpatient Chemotherapy Department at Henry County Medical Center.



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