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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

River Conference Tournament Kicks off Saturday at Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.- The 2017 River Conference Basketball Tournament begins Saturday at 10am at Gamlin Gym. Harrelson vs. Lakewood Girls is the 1st game, Lakewood vs. Houston County boys will follow, then Henry vs. Houston County girls and Henry vs. Camden boys. Winners will ove on to Monday’s semifinals which begin at 4:30pm and the Championship games will be held Thursday December 14th.

We will broadcast all games of the tournament on WLZK 94.1FM beginning 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled game.

Henry County Hosts Montgomery Central Fri., Westview Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- 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 with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make it to support the teams listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 5:30pm with the pregame show. If you are away from your radios you can also listen online via our website at wmufradio.com or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349. Henry County will also host Martin Westview at home on Saturday with the Lady’s tip at 6pm.

MSU Fall Commencement Is Sat. Dec. 9th

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will celebrate the December 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. in the CFSB Center with 855 degrees being conferred, including associate, baccalaureate, master/specialist and doctoral programs. A total of 23 states and 16 countries will be represented in this semester’s graduating class. 

The ceremony is scheduled to begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) from Paducah Tilghman High School, while Distinguished Professor John Dressler, from the department of music, will serve as the ceremony’s mace-bearer.
Elaina Barnett and Caleb Brannon, the outstanding seniors for fall 2017, will lead the candidates for the conferral of degrees and will also provide the valedictions later in the ceremony. Barnett is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in studio art, while Brannon is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness. They are both graduating summa cum laude. 
Murray State faculty in attendance will be led into the arena by the recipients of the Regents Teaching Awards for Excellence: Mickey Miller, Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, Dr. Andrew Black, Matthew Crider, Dr. Traci Byrd, Dr. Christopher Trzepacz and Dr. Michelle Santiago. They will be joined by Presidential Research Fellow William R. Jones, Max Carman Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient John Fannin, University Distinguished Mentor Michael Flinn, Faculty Advisor of the Year Beverly Fort, Faculty Distinguished Service Recipient F. Gilland Welsch and University Emerging Scholars Vladyslav Krotov and Diane Nititham-Tunney.
Faculty marshals assisting with the overall ceremony include Dr. Susana Bloomdahl, Dr. Traci Byrd, Dr. Heath Keller, Dr. Michael Kemp, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Matt Shultz and F. Gilland Welsch. 
Dr. Robert Davies, president of the University, will preside over the Commencement Ceremony. Davies, along with  Provost Mark Arant, will administer the conferring of degrees.
The ceremony will also feature a welcoming address to the newest members of the Murray State alumni community from Jerry Penner III, president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors.
The doors to the CFSB Center will open at 8 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Admission tickets are required for all attendees but seating within the facility is general admission and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
General guest parking is available in the Stewart Stadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center and off U.S. Highway 641. Shuttles buses are available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors of the CFSB Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. The shuttle buses will also be available until 1 p.m. to return guests to the parking lot. 
Guests with accessibility needs may use the parking lot located off Gilbert Graves Drive. An accessible parking tag or relevant special permission will be required to park in the lot. Guests with limited mobility may also 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 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or to the CFSB Center at 270-809-5577.
For those unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live at murraystate.edu/streaming. Commencement moments can also be shared on social media with #RacerGraduation. More information about the event overall can be found at murraystate.edu/commencement

KSP Arrest Murray Man on TN Rape Warrant

Murray, Ky.- Kentucky State Police have arrested a Murray, Kentucky man in regards to a sexual assault investigation in Tennessee.  On December 6, 2017, KSP began efforts to locate Michael Foster in reference to a Gallatin, Tennessee warrant charging him with Rape.  

On December 7, 2017, at approximately 11:00 a.m., KSP located Michael Foster, age 45, of Murray, Kentucky.  He was arrested and charged with being a Fugitive from Another State.  He was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Donald Bowman. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

KSP Arrest Murray Woman for Helping Inmate Escape

Marshall County, Ky.- Kentucky State Police have arrested Tammy C. Lamb, age 44, of Murray, Kentucky.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., Troopers located the 1998 Chevy SUV seen on surveillance picking up Meadows soon after his escape.  The vehicle was located at a residence on Ledbetter Road in Calloway County. Ms. Lamb was also located at the residence and was taken into custody.  

Ms. Lamb has been charged with Second Degree Escape and has been lodged in the Marshall County Jail.  

Kentucky State Police were assisted at the residence by Calloway County Sheriff’s Department.  

KSP is again requesting anyone with information related to the whereabouts of Mr. Meadows to contact law enforcement immediately, using one of the ways listed below.  Again, Mr. Meadows should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.

KSP Attempting to Locate Escapee

Marshall County, Ky.- Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate an inmate from Marshall County Jail, after he left a work detail earlier today. Jeremy L. Meadows, age 27, with a last known address in Water Valley, Kentucky, left a work assignment at approximately 10:00 a.m.  

Mr. Meadows is a white male, weighing approximately 140 lbs., 6’00” tall, with blue eyes and short brown hair. He has numerous tattoos, to include visible horn tattoos on each facial temple.  Mr. Meadows is believed to still be in the Post 1 area.  He should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.  KSP is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Meadows to immediately report the information through one of the ways below.

Ongoing investigation has shown Mr. Meadows got into a vehicle soon after leaving the work detail.  A photo of the vehicle is attached to this news release.  It is described as a gold or silver, late 1990’s or early 2000’s Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.

City Approves New Local Match for CDBG Grant

Tony Brown, Director of Water and Wastewater at BPU, discusses the plans for the work at the plant. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for December on Thursday night and approved a resolution authorizing the provision of matching funds for the Community Development Block Grant for the BPU Wastewater project.

City Manager Kim Foster told commissioners Thursday night that in November the BPU held the bid opening for the planned facility improvements at the Wastewater plant but the bids came in higher than anticipated.

As a result, the state has asked the City to pass a new resolution guaranteeing a new matching amount for the CDBG. The BPU will still be paying the match for the grant, but because the City of Paris is the applicant the resolution must come from the City.

Tony Brown, Director of Water and Wastewater at the Board of Public Utilities, discussed the project saying it was a meticulous undertaking switching the way the chemicals are used and all plans have been approved.  

The grant is for $525K and the local match is $446K for a total project cost of $971K.

Rezoning Request for Duplexes at 1016 Memorial Dr. Denied by City Commission

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners denied a rezoning request for 1016 Memorial Drive from R-1 to an R-2 which would have allowed duplexes in the area. Several citizens were on hand at the meeting Thursday night and expressed concern with that type of dwelling because numerous single families with elderly parents live in the area and they want to keep it free for EMS to get around.

Commissioners discussed the item briefly and then voted to deny the request to rezone the property at this time.

Financial Report Shows Continued Retail Sales Growth

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow reported to the commission that retail sales were up for the 3rd straight month this fiscal year as the month of September showed an increase of almost 4% and an increase of nearly 6% for the fiscal year to date.

She reported expenditures exceeded revenues in the General Fund for October as the City spent $277K for asphalt and $34K for tree trimming service along City Streets. Solid Waste Revenues were ahead of expenses in October.

The City mailed over 6K property tax statements and collected around 11% of the total amount billed. The majority of payments come in during the months of December and again in February.

The City issued 7 new business licenses in October Sweet Vidalia’s, Steve’s New and Used Tire Shop, Clean Queens, Perdelwitz Photography, Heather’s Street Food, Paris Tire & Auto Service, and 54 Fuel Mart.

City Commission Recognizes KPAC, Rhonda Stanton

KPAC Director Rhonda Stanton with Parks Director Tony Lawrence showing off the reward from the State. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Parks Director Tony Lawrence along with the City Commission recognized KPAC Director Rhonda Stanton for winning a Four Star Award for the Arts for Excellence in Parks and Recreation for the KPAC Young Artists Summer Program. Lawrence said we won against several big cities with much bigger budgets.

Renovations at Paris City Hall Begins Next Week

Commissioners hear updates on City Hall renovations. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster discussed some ongoing projects at the end of Thursday’s City Commission meeting including the renovations to City Hall would start next week and we are going to have to live thru it. She said some staff will be temporarily relocated to other areas of the building while work in the area is going on. Foster said it will be a bit of a painful process, but the building will be very nice when all is said and done.

Cary Henson and Henson Construction of Jackson was awarded the job as contractor for renovations at City Hall. IT consultant, Shelton Maye will work on the technology part of the project, and Brown Sign will be adding some signage additions. Work on City Hall should run from now thru March if the weather cooperates.

She also gave updates on the HOME grant where a local contractor was awarded the bid in November and has started work on the first house. Foster said when work on the first house is 60% complete, the grant administrator will start the evaluation process on the next 6 or 7 houses on the priority list.

Foster also report the bathrooms at the Downtown Park are nearly complete and should be operation by Christmas and the change out of street lights in the energy efficiency project with Trane to LED is nearly 35% complete. Trane is working to resolve a few small issues with the support equipment for the dehumidifier.

The City has submitted a letter of intent to apply for a TN Access to Health Grant to construct a low ropes course at Eiffel Tower Park Extended. The low ropes course is part of the long range park improvement plan. The grant is 100% with no local match required and the City is working with TLM on the project.

Henry Elementary is Featured School for Christmas Parade

Alison Beecham of Henry School is ready for the Holly, Jolly Christmas Parade (DPA photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry Elementary School has been selected as the featured school of the 11th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade, and they are going to bring plenty of joy to the streets of Downtown Paris, according to Principal David Kibbler. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 9 at 5:00 pm, immediately following the Downtown Christmas Festival.

“We were so pleased to have been asked to be the 2017 featured school,” said Kibbler. “We have had a great semester and have seen an increase in student achievement, thanks to our dedicated parents, student, faculty and partners. That’s a great Christmas present, and now we can celebrate by helping lead the parade and spreading Christmas cheer.”

Those in charge of the school’s parade participation have been busy the last few months turning ideas into entries. “I love Christmas, so I was thrilled about working with the other teachers, parents and students to make this not only a special entry, but a meaningful one for our students,” said teacher Amy Williams. “Our goal is for them to remember this night of twinkling lights, school friends, Christmas music and the applauding crowd for the rest of their lives,” she said.

While the fifth-grade teacher was tight lipped about the school’s theme for the parade, Williams noted that their entries will be “filled with the Christmas spirit and will make spectators happy that they came downtown.”

“We are so glad to have the students of Henry Elementary helping to lead the parade,” said Vickey Roberts, parade chair. “I’ve always heard Henry described as a happy, enthusiastic school with a terrific faculty, staff and student body. I think the community will see that personified on Saturday as they help Henry County celebrate Christmas.”

The Board of Education will be joining Henry School in the parade, and they won’t be wearing their usual attire, according to Dr. Susan Burton of the central staff.  “We thought it would be fun to dress up as snow people and walk together on the parade route. This is a fun way to support everyone at Henry and have a great time together.”

“We’re tickled that the board will be here in support of us,” said Kibbler. “We have had Christmas concerts and Supper with Santa, so the parade will put the icing on our Christmas cake.”

Ed Roberts Dinner for Cancer Survivors is Thursday Dec. 7th

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 this year, Barbara is back in full force to help ensure the dinner is a big success.

 “No one knows more than Barbara Roberts how much this meal means to every survivor,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC.  “For some, it is the only time they get to dress up and go out to eat.  For others, it may be the only gift they receive for Christmas.  We are looking forward to a great meal at a new location with new energy!”

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 7 at 5 p.m.  A traditional turkey and dressing meal will be served along with entertainment by Keith Longbotham.

If you are interested in attending the meal or making a donation, contact Daughrity at 731-644-8266.  We are still taking reservations for the event. 

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.

225 Kids Participate in Cops and Kids Shopping Trip

Paris, Tenn.- 225 children in Paris and Henry County got to go Christmas Shopping this past Saturday thanks to the Fraternal Order of Police's Cops and Kid's Shopping program and funds raised from the community.

The shopping trip began at Henry County High School where the children were teamed with a shopping guide. They were bused to Wal-Mart Supercenter for their Christmas shopping spree. Each child was allowed to spend seventy five dollars, $75, on Christmas presents.  When the children returned to HCHS, they received a stuffed animal along with fruit, breakfast and other goodies.

F.O.P. President and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo stated, “Thank you Paris and Henry County for all your support. Your Generosity made it possible for over 200 children to have a better Christmas.”

Members of the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Knights of Columbus, the HCHS Criminal Justice Class, the HCHS DECA Class, and School Guidence Counselors assisted in the event.

Downtown Christmas Festival, Parade Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Santa will be rolling in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3pm to 5pm around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, as well as a visit from the jolly old elf.

R.E.A.L. Hope and Youth Villages will have games for children and members from the 4-H Club will help kids make unique hand print Christmas ornaments.

For those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside The Wimberley Agency at 124 W. Washington Street, who will also be serving free hot chocolate and the Paris Fire Department will also be providing s’mores at the holiday event.

The Inman Youth Orchestra will be performing during the Festival and the Christmas Sketch Crawl led by Ann Stapp will begin on the front steps of the Court House from 3 pm to 4 pm. So bring your sketch pad, chair, artistic eye, and have fun drawing the scenes of the Downtown Christmas Festival with the assistance of Henry County Artists.

For more information on the Downtown Christmas Festival or the DPA’s Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade which will immediately follow the Christmas Festival at 5pm, please contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com.

City Comm. December Meeting Thurs. at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meets in regular session at 5pm Thursday night with several rezoning requests up for public hearing and 2nd reading. In addition to those the commission will recognized Rhonda Stanton for recent awards at KPAC, approve the mayor to sign a letter to TDOT for compliance with ADA, and hear various projects updates from City Manager Kim Foster. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 5pm.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church in Paris this Thursday December 7th from Noon to 6pm. Donors will get a t-shirt and register to win prizes such as an Xbox One, 50 inch TV, Fit Bit Charge, Echo Speaker, and $200 Visa Card. The Grinch will also be there from 4-6pm for photos so bring your camera. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood and bring photo ID with you when giving blood.

Tosh Expansion to Add 122 New Jobs Over the Next 5 Years

Henry, Tenn.- Tosh Pork, LLC, a family farm since 1913, announced plans Wednesday to invest over $65 million into their operations and create 122 new jobs within the next five years. Immediate plans include construction of a 7,500 head sow farm near McKenzie, TN with an expected August 2018 completion date. With this addition, the sow herd will expand by 25%. This announcement comes on the heels of two major expansion projects during 2017:

$1 million investment in a new concrete plant creating 10 new jobs

$2.5 million investment in grain storage and elevator improvements bringing total grain storage capacity to 5.1 million bushels

The announcement came this morning at a press conference at Tosh's Henry Headquarters with announcements from owners Jimmy, Jamey, and Jonathon Tosh along with CFO Tom Hilton and Livestock Production Director Jay Oliver.

Of the company’s expansion, Tosh Pork CEO Jimmy Tosh said, “our intent is to provide greater opportunities for employees, contribute to the economic development of Henry and surrounding counties, and position the company for long term success. We are fortunate to have many hard-working partners in the area – contract growers on the hog side, and row crop farmers on the farm side along with many suppliers and vendors who work side-by-side with us. Our employees are extremely committed and I could not be more proud of them”. Tosh expects to add 35 employees at the new sow facility in 2018 along with 10 support staff such as truck drivers, swine technicians and office personnel.

So, where can you buy pork from these locally grown hogs? Pork products from Tosh grown hogs can be purchased from retailers such as Kroger, EW James & Sons Supermarkets and Costco across the country under the Swift brand, and several local BBQ restaurants in McKenzie and Paris, TN. Tosh does not sell pork directly to the public.


Consistent with our mission statement regarding growth and leading the industry, Tosh Pork is building a 7,500 head sow farm near McKenzie, TN. Our intent is to provide greater opportunities for employees, contribute to the economic development of Henry and the surrounding counties, and position the company for long term success. The Tosh family has farmed since 1913 in Henry county, TN and we see the Crutchfield expansion as a key element of building our future.

Facility investment by Tosh Pork: $15 million, Facility size: over 300,000 sq ft.under roof, Expected new hires during 2018 alone: 45

o Crutchfield farm management: 35 o Support staff: 10 (swine finishing techs, truck drivers, accounting)

 Expected new hires in 5 year plan: 122  Expected site completion date: August 2018

o ~80 local individuals employed during construction  First livestock will be placed in March 2018

 Number of sows at this facility: 7,500

 225,000 weaned pigs produced annually o Additional production partner farm families needed to raise pigs: 20

o Local investment in new barns: ~$20 million  11,000,000 lbs of feed needed per month for expansion

o Will require more grain being purchased by local farmers

 Total Henry and Carroll County investment by Tosh Pork before first hog goes to market in Jan 2019: ~$28 million

 On-going annual pork produced by Crutchfield sow farm: 58 million pounds

About Tosh Pork, LLC: Tosh Pork, LLC along with Tosh Farms, and Bacon by Gosh employ over 350 employees in the business of growing high quality hogs and crops, and transporting those commodities to packers and distribution sites. In 2017, Tosh Pork will deliver 720,000 hogs to market with the help of 90 local farmers who act as production partners in raising pigs. Additionally, Tosh Pork will purchase over 3 million bushels of corn and soybeans from local farmers in order to produce 286,000 tons of hog feed annually. All feed used to raise Tosh pigs is produced in their Henry, TN feed mill. See www.toshfarms.net for more information.

Stolen Items from Ky Located in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Kentucky State Police credit tips received from the public with the successful locating of the stolen motorcycle and trailer.  Overnight, KSP received numerous tips which led to the recovery of both stolen items in Henry County, Tennessee.  The motorcycle and trailer were located abandoned and undamaged.  Trooper Mike Ray is continuing to investigate the theft and requests anyone with information related to it contact him.  

Anyone with information can contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Drug Arrests Made by PPD, HCSO Officers

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department went to Mandalay Road to serve a trespass warrant on Christina M. Barker, age 30 of 706 Mandalay, and ended up arresting two for meth possession. Inv. Whitaker thought Barker was under the influence and received consent to search. 6 used syringes and crystal meth residue was found. Charged were Barker and Jessica Barnette, of 701 Reynoldsburg Road, with simple possession of schedule two and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people for marijuana possession after responding to Camp Tyson Road on a dispute call. Dep. Bostwick observed marijuana in plain sight laying on the dresser and after consent to search was given, found 6 more grams. Jason T. Johnson, age 34, of 499 Camp Tyson Road, and Candice Shandor, age 29 of Illinois were both charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In another incident, Dep. Bostwick charged Christopher Kyle Tatum, age 26, of 200 Woodland Drive, with DUI, driving on suspended license, simple possession of schedule two and simple possession of schedule 6. The report stated Dep. Bostwick found Tatum passed out with the truck running and his foot on the brake and it in drive gear on Trading Post Road. Dep. Bostwick could smell beer and search proved a bottle of pills and some container with hydrocodone. Tatum was duly charged.

Man Charged With DUI After Tuesday Morning Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged a man with DUI after a wreck at the intersection of Wood and Irvine St. on Tuesday. Lt. Ramos arrived on scene and found the vehicle of Richard W. Arnold, age 57 of McEwen, on its side next to a utility pole and it was determined he had failed to yield. Lt. Ramos noticed that Arnold appeared to be under the influence of something and he did admit to Lt. Ramos that he took some Ambien earlier in the day.

Arnold refused a sobriety test and Lt. Ramos then stated he was placing him under arrest. Arnold did agree to go to the hospital for injuries and have them draw blood for DUI. The bloodwork will be sent for testing.

TBI Charges Waverly Man For Theft from Humphreys Co. Fire Dept.

Waverly, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Waverly man, who faces a theft charge for stealing from Humphreys County.  

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on July 11, 2016, TBI Agents joined investigators with the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller in investigating a theft allegation.

At that time, Michael Simpson was the Humphreys County District 2 Fire Chief. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between January 2014 and August 2016, Simpson stole approximately $75,691 from the Humphreys County Fire Department and Humphreys County. The investigation revealed that Simpson used two banks account of which he had sole control to disperse some of the funds to his personal credit cards, and to make personal purchases.  

On December 4th, the Humphreys County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Michael Simpson (DOB 1/04/1972) with one count of Theft over $60,000. He was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Humphreys County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Unique Project Allows Partners Business With Students

Paris, Tenn.- A project in Ms. Meagan Hart's Introduction to Business and Marketing Class at EW. Grove provided local physician, Blake Chandler, MD with a chance to give back and E.W. Grove student, Sarah Thornton, the opportunity to collaborate with someone who has been a part of her life for the past 6 years.

“When Sarah and Ms. Hart contacted me about the collaboration, I was eager to help in any way I could,” said Blake Chandler, MD, West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic. “I grew up in this community and all three of my children attended E.W. Grove so it was very rewarding for me to be able to give back.”

As part of their Business Organization Unit, students in Ms. Hart’s class were asked to profile a local business. These profiles were to include everything from their mission and vision, their history, strength and weaknesses, competition, growth opportunities and more. Students gathered the research by traditional outlets like newspapers, magazines and the Internet, but Ms. Hart also had them interview either the owner or an employee from the business to gather additional information.

“When Ms. Hart asked us to select a local business for this project, she told us that she wanted it to be a business that had impacted us in some way or one that we had significant dealings with,” said Thornton, 9th Grader at E.W. Grove School. “I’ve broken a lot of bones and Dr. Chandler has always taken great care of me so choosing West Tennessee Bone & Joint was easy!”

Not only did the interviews allow the students an opportunity to learn more about the business itself but it also gave the students a chance to learn interview etiquette, professionalism and even how to write thank you notes. Additionally, it provided students the opportunity to get to know members of the community and members of the community to get to know the students. The kind of collaboration that you would struggle to find in a large city.

“Our community has blown me away with their willingness to help out with this assignment,” said Hart, Business and Marketing Teacher at E.W. Grove. “It is the support and generosity of community members like Dr. Chandler that allow me to provide my students with real world, hands on opportunities instead of just your typical, textbook education.”

Grove Librarian Amanda Mason Recognized by State Library and Archives

Nashville- E.W. Grove Librarian Amanda Mason was recently recognized in the monthly letter from the Tennessee Library and Archives. Here is the excerpt:

Meet Amanda Mason, librarian at E.W. Grove School in Paris, Tennessee.

Amanda Mason is a dynamic school librarian who nurtures the education of 350 freshmen during the year they attend E.W. Grove School. The W.G. Rhea Public Library has issued library cards to all the students at E.W. Grove School. Amanda encourages students to take advantage of free digital books in addition to the books in the library.

Below Amanda describes how she blends R.E.A.D.S., TEL, the school catalog, the library website and other digital resources into a single resource for students and teachers.

“I am more than happy to share how I ensure that all my 350 students have multiple encounters with digital resources. Essentially, I embed the Public Library, R.E.A.D.S,, TEL and Follett Shelf throughout the entire school building. It is part of our school culture.

Upon opening the library in August, I set up student accounts with the ability to access my digital resources from one location. This includes importing MARC records from TEL, linking R.E.A.D.S and other digital platforms to my OPAC and website. Once this is complete, I then construct a blended learning model of instruction. With this model, the students participate in several activities outside of the library that prepares them for their initial visit. These activities include watching a screencast of an OPAC search lesson, which of course includes R.E.A.D.S.

Once all the blended learning activities are complete, teachers schedule their classes to visit the library. There are 24 classes in all, during the first semester. Throughout this lesson students receive a quick review of the OPAC search tips, and I demonstrate R.E.A.D.S. and Follett Shelf. The students leave with a handout containing instructions to download digital resources. I save extensive TEL lessons for later, as I tie them directly to the curriculum.

I provide the teachers with posters to display in their classrooms that contain instructions to R.E.A.D.S, TEL and Follett Shelf. These same posters are hung around the school in common areas. Parents receive email information via our parent Listserv. There is always a table of pamphlets and fliers available during parent-teacher conference nights and open house.”

The students and faculty at E.W. Grove are fortunate to have a librarian with the technical skills and the desire to teach and serve the entire school community.

Bethel's Fall Commencement Is Saturday Dec. 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s fall 2017 Commencement is this Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus. Bethel University Professor, Dr. Robin Salyers, will be the Commencement Speaker.

Graduate lineup and guest seating will each begin at 9 a.m. For more information, graduates should contact the Registrars from their given programs. All other questions may be directed to Myra Carlock, Director of University and Alumni Events, at carlockm@bethelu.edu or at 731-352-4090.

HC Splits on the Road at Milan Tues. Night

Milan, Tenn.- Henry County split games on the road at Milan Tuesday night in non-district basketball action. The Lady Patriots won 45-37, with Gracie Osbron scoring 16 points to lead the way. The Patriots lost another close one, 72-69 to Milan. James King had 25 points to lead Henry County. The teams will host Montgomery Central Friday night and host Martin Westview on Saturday night, both tips are 6pm.

Gas Board Gets TDOT Approval on Piece for 641N. Widening

Paris, Tenn.- At the November meeting of the Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners, General Manager Tae Eaton updated the board on the widening of Hwy. 641 between Rison Street and Smith Street. He said meetings were held mid month and a couple issues came up regarding using materials that are made in America in the construction process.

Eaton said one particular valve used by the PHCPUD is not made in America and only made in Germany. He said waivers are available and the district filled out waivers but were denied, but another waiver to allow them to use the material if the price of the project is below a certain amount was approved by TDOT.

Eaton said materials have been ordered and gas relocation on the widening project should start in the next two weeks. He said the widening would last until 2020, but the district’s work on gas relocation would only last 45-50 days once it got started if the weather cooperates.

Eaton reported back to the board on the purchase of their liability, workers comp, commercial property, and automobile insurance. TML came back with a price of around $2000 cheaper than anyone else, but they also wanted to add the systems automobile insurance. Eaton said that was just recently renewed by Auto-owners and wouldn’t run out until January. Eaton said TML agreed to insure everything else for now and when the current policy runs out, they would be granted the automobile policy as well. Eaton said overall having all their insurance with TML will save the district over $2600 per year.

The gas board also approved renewing the district’s health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield. The rate is expected to increase 15.4%, most of that a base increase.

Gas Board Approves Turning Over Service Contracts

Paris, Tenn.- The board also approved a recommendation from Eaton to allow Rinnai Water Heaters to take over the service on the warranties of the Rinnai Water heaters that customers in the district had purchased back when the PHCPUD was in the service business. Only one technician in the area is certified to work on the water heaters and they carry a 12 year warrant on the heat exchanger piece. One man had been working the PHCPUD customers who needed warranty work. Eaton talked with Rinnai and they will take over and contract the warranty work so the district doesn’t have to deal with it anymore.

W.G. Rhea Library's Gingerbread House Workshop Big Hit

Paris, Tenn.- Several kids from ages ranging around 5 to 17 gathered at the W.G. Rhea Public Library Tuesday evening for their Gingerbread House Workshop. The library provided the Gingerbread House kits, candy, and other tools to build the houses. (Photos by Tim Alsobrooks)

PLFP Extinguishes Car Fire Tuesday Afternoon

(Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- At 12:45 today, the Paris Landing Fire Dept. was dispatched to Lakeview Grocery on Highway 79 for a report of a car on fire. Arriving units found a red Dodge Magnum in the parking lot with flames coming from the engine compartment. The Owner Mr. Ronald Teague of Paris stated he was driving when the car began acting like it was going to quit.  He pulled into the parking lot to check and flames began coming from the engine compartment.

Damage to the engine and dash was extensive and it is believed to be a total loss. Damage is estimated at 10,000.00.  Exact cause is undetermined but is believed to be accidental.  One truck and 5 firefighters were on the scene for 30 minutes.

KSP Seeking Public's Help In Stolen Motorcycle

(KSP photo)

Murray, Ky.- On December 4, 2017, Kentucky State Police began an investigation into the theft of a custom motorcycle and trailer which were taken from a residence on Almo-Shiloh Road in Calloway County.  

The custom built motorcycle is black, has three wheels, and has custom luggage bags.  At the time of the theft, the motorcycle had Kentucky registration of “CP504”.  The trailer is black-plated and enclosed.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Mike Ray. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

TDEC, PHC Officials Coordinate Paris Landing Inn Closure for Next Aug.

Paris, Tenn.- Officials from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recently met with Paris and Henry County officials to coordinate the timing of the $26 million Paris Landing State Park inn project around the region’s key tourism events in the spring and summer.  

Paris is scheduled to have several bass fishing tournaments and other tourist-attracting water recreation events in March, May and again in July. The current inn will be closed in August.   

“We felt it was important to make sure the inn would stay open during those events,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “I appreciate Mayor Gerrell and Mayor Greer’s leadership throughout this process and for working with us to make sure the timing worked for the city, the county and the state.”  

The new inn is projected to increase revenues and occupancy rates while reducing operating expenses.  

“The new inn at Paris Landing State Park will have a lasting legacy of economic growth and development in the region,” state Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Paris) said. “This is an investment that will pay dividends long into the future for the residents of Paris, Dover and the surrounding communities.”  

In 2009, a University of Tennessee study estimated the economic impact of state parks at more than $725 million in direct expenditures by park visitors. The study also found that every dollar spent generates an additional $1.11 of economic activity and that every general fund dollar spent on state parks created $17 of direct expenditures and more than $37 of combined direct, indirect and induced expenditures.

“Our state parks are vital tourist attractions and proven rural economic development engines,” state Sen. John Stevens (R- Huntingdon) said. “I’m grateful to have been a part of securing the funding needed to make sure the park continues to maintain its status as a tourist destination that brings jobs and revenue to the region.”  

The new inn will feature a mix of larger guestrooms and suites, restaurant, conference and meeting space, and other amenities including a pool, fitness center, game room, and indoor and outdoor gathering areas. It will also feature a secured parking lot for boats and trailers.  

According to Patrick Neuber of Tennessee-based Goodwin Mills and Cawood, the architect for the project, the new inn design will create an experience based on the park’s focal point, Kentucky Lake.  

“The primary feature of the park is the lake and the activities that it supports,” Neuber said. “Balancing the creation of views and vistas while meeting the functional needs of guests will be the driving force for our design processes.”

Festival of Trees Opens at Chamber Coffee

First Bank took Most Traditional 1st Place. (Mechelle Robbins and David Jackson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Festival of Trees opened up for the first time this year at Tuesday morning’s Chamber Coffee. Winners were announced by Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy Ray.

Most Traditional 1st Place First Bank, 2nd Place Henry County Officials, and 3rd Place Commercial Bank. Most Creative 1st Place TVCC, 2nd Place BPU, and 3rd Place, Henry County Board of Education.

KPAC was awarded Best out of the Box Tree, the W.G. Rhea Public Library won Best Theme, and Sweet Jordan’s won Best of Show. Everyone who goes to view Festival of Trees can vote for the People’s choice award which will be announced after the event is over.

The Festival of Trees is open Tuesday thru Friday 11am-4pm, Saturdays 10am to 2pm, and Sundays 1-4pm now thru December 17th. A $1 donation is requested at the door. The Festival of Trees is located at 110 West Washington St. on the court square in Paris.

MCU Executes Search Warrant on Guthrie Rd.

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Metro Crime Unit along with other officers executed a search warrant at 149 Guthrie Road and charged Jeffery Maurice Patton, age 37 of 509 Wynn Street with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule 6. Shannon R. Cadet, age 37, of 149 Guthrie, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Sgt. Myrick found two grinders and six baggies of marijuana at the home.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department received a tip that a woman staying at Terrace Woods Travel Lodge might be back on narcotics. Cpl. Forrest went to investigate and found marijuana in the woman’s purse, some pills, and a crystal substance in a baggie and in folded $1 bill. The woman Christine Rought, age 25 of Hazel, was charged with possession of meth and placed on $7500 bond.

Lady Pats Win, Pats Lose in Overtime Against Dyer Co.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Dyer County at Gamlin Gym on Monday evening. The Lady Patriots defeated Dyer County 71-53 and Gracie Osbron scored 21 points in the victory. The Patriots lost in overtime 82-78 and James King paced Henry County with 23. Henry County travels to Milan Tuesday night for a pair of non-district games and then will be back home Friday and Saturday night against Montgomery Central and Westview respectively.

Henry Man Succumbs to Injuries After Wrecking Motorcycle Mon.

The motorcycle came to rest after striking a pole. (Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- A 54 year old Henry man succumbed to injuries sustained Monday afternoon when he wrecked his motorcycle on Rabbit Creek Road. Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office issued the media release late Monday night identifying the man on the motorcycle as Richard Byrns, age 54 of Henry.

The report stated that Byrns was traveling south on Rabbit Creek Road on his 2017 Harley Davidson when he entered a left hand curve and left the right side of the highway. The motorcycle hit a utility pole and came to rest in the yard. Trooper Phillip Steele investigated the accident which occurred around 2pm Monday afternoon.

The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene as well EMS, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department at 1955 Rabbit Creek Road. At the time, Byrns was taken by ambulance to meet a helicopter for transport with several critical injuries.

Coloring Contest for Holly, Jolly Parade Runs This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Coloring Contest celebrating the 11th Annual Holly Jolly, Electric Christmas Parade is ongoing now and is sponsored by K & B Supplies for Success and the Downtown Paris Association. Coloring sheets are now available at K & B Supplies, The Toggery, Jack’s Java, and the DPA Facebook page and online at www.visitdowntownparis.com.

“The winner in each age group will receive an enormous basket of super cool art supplies from our store, as in year’s past it includes colored markers, crayons, drawing pads, construction paper, paints, modeling clay, and more,” said Brenda Evans of K & B Supplies. “It also has candy and other Christmas goodies and retails for $75.”

The contest is divided into two age groups, K-2nd grade and 3-5th grade. Coloring sheets must be returned before 5pm Saturday December 9th, the day of the Downtown Christmas Festival and Holly Jolly, Electric Christmas Parade. Winners will be contacted by the DPA the following week.

Local Henry County High School art students created and submitted a selection of coloring sheets. A panel of judges choose two sketches, one for each age group. HCHS art instructor Greg Chandler said, “I’m so proud of our student artists, both of whom are seniors. Julia Hendrix and Breanna Hogan created the sketches that were chosen and it was a terrific learning experience for them and we always look forward to partnering with the DPA and giving back to the community.”

Evans said K & B Supplies will post as many pages from young artist that submit theirs as possible in the front window. For more information on the coloring contest call Evans at 731-540-1222 or the DPA Office at 731-653-Paris.

Reminder: Salvation Army Angel Tree Up Until Dec. 6th

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

Rhea Elementary 2nd Grade Musical Set for Tuesday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The Rhea Elementary 2nd Grade Christmas Musical “The Mice Before Christmas” will be held Tuesday December 5th at KPAC. There will be a show at 5:30 and again at 7pm. Admission is free to the public.

Warrants Issued After Man Evades Sgt. Fuqua

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry county Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants on Johnathan W. Green, age 36, of 79 Lanes End Road for felony evading and felony reckless endangerment charges. Green was wanted and Sgt. Fuqua received a tip he was in a vehicle driving on Reynoldsburg Road. Sgt. Fuqua did confirm that and activated his blue lights but Green sped off at a reckless rate and Sgt. Fuqua lost sight of him.

Deputies Responding to Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Around $1100 worth of items were stolen from a home on Hwy. 79N., according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The home had been damaged by fire several weeks back and the homeowner was in the process of repairing and moving some things. The window A/C unit, a dryer, padlocks, jewelry box, tools, and a propane space heater were all stolen. There are no suspects in the incident and investigation continues.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s stated a resident on Rabbit Creek Road said a 2000 Buick Lasabre that hadn’t ran in several years was missing from his property. The man said there were several problems with the vehicle and he didn’t know exactly when it had been taken from the property as he hadn’t been there in a few weeks. The value of the vehicle is $2500 and there are no suspects at this time.

Wheatley Joins Friends of LBL Staff

Golden Pond, Ky.- Jennifer Wheatley has joined the staff of the Friends of Land Between the Lakes as Director of Outreach and Sustainability. The position will focus on “fund raising and sharing the impact of the work of the Friends of Land Between the Lakes,” according to Friends Executive Director John Rufli.

Wheatley has previously worked in Communications at Land Between the Lakes and as the executive director of the Paris-Henry County, Tennessee, Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Friends group for over ten years, including a term as chairperson.

Wheatley said “Land Between the Lakes welcomes 1.7 million visitors annually. The Friends provide interpretation, information services and volunteer opportunities, enhancing visitor experiences and contributing to the economic impact of this facility. It is exciting to share these stories and let people know how they can become a part of our organization.”

Lakewood Middle School Speech Team Excels in Murray

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team travelled to Murray over the weekend for the Tiger Invitational at Murray High School. They took 8 students to the high school contest and placed 5 speaking entries in finals.

Taylor Boase placed 6th in Impromptu Speaking and 1st in Original Oratory, Ella Seaton placed 2nd in Poetry and 3rd in Prose Reading, and McKenna White placed 6th in Original Oratory. Placing just outside of the final round were Trinity Boase who received 7th place in Storytelling, Abigail George placing 9th in Dramatic Interpretation, and Ella Seaton who placed 9th in Broadcasting.

The team will return to Murray next weekend to compete in the “Tiger Speak in Lakerville” at Calloway County Middle School. The team is coached by David Weatherly.

Police Investigated Threats Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Andrews took a report of threats against a Paris man on Saturday. In the report the victim stated that he received a threatening email stating that someone close to him wanted him dead.

The email advised that the victim was being watched and the person who sent the email stated that they would be willing to negotiate a price to spare the victim’s life. The incident is still under investigation and police have no suspects in this case, which has since been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.

In separate incident, Deputy Gary Carroll investigated another case of threats against a Paris man on Saturday. In the report, the victim stated that he had been receiving threatening messages from his ex-wife’s boyfriend who threatened to beat the victim up. The victim did file a no trespassing warrant against the suspect.  

Sugar, Spice and Everything Sweet at Rhea's Gingerbread House Workshop on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library is hosting a free Sugar and Spice Family Gingerbread House Workshop on Tuesday, December 5th from 5pm to 7pm at the Library. You can register at the Library’s circulation desk or by calling them at 642-1702. The library will provide all the materials for building the gingerbread houses.

Police Arrest Two People on Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Jim Sanders arrested Eugenia Meyers, age 38 of Buchanan, for driving on a revoked license. Meyers was placed on $500 bond.

Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Bryan Roberts, age 33 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Roberts was placed on $500 bond.

PSSD Strings Concerts Set for Thursday at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD Strings Christmas Concerts  will be held at KPAC on Thursday, December 7th. Paris Elementary School will perform at 6pm and Inman Middle School performs at 7:15pm. The event is free to the public, so Thursday stop by and enjoy the music of the strings students from Paris Special School District as they perform their annual Christmas program.

50th Annual Community Christmas Concert Brings Angelic Music to Life

Members of the orchestra performing at the 50th Annual Community Christmas Concert at FUMC. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- More than 150 people came to the Paris Henry County Arts Council presentation of the 50th Annual Community Christmas Concert featuring Handel’s Messiah directed by Scott Shepherd at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday.

Sopranos included: Claire Burns; Veronica Davis,Overflow; Lynne Green, FBC; Winifred Jones, FUMC; Cee Koenig, Antioch UMC; Lucy Presson, Sulphur Well COC; Meridith Roberson, Sulphur Well COC; Rhonda Smith, The Journey; JoAnn Steedly, FBC and Amanda Visser, Point Pleasant BC.

 Tenors included: Chuck Haney, FUMC; Michael Holden, FUMC; David John Roberts, Maplewood; Frank Smith, FBC and Matthew Smith, The Journey.

Tenor Chuck Haney singing his solo during Every Valley Shall Be Exalted. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Altos included:Kim Allen, Springhill BC; Elizabeth Bratton, Glendale COC; Alex Cox, FCC; Christy Roberson, Sulphur Well COC; Connie Garrett, FUMC; Veda Haney, FUMC; Karen Hehn, FUMC; Patsy Henry, FUMC; Carol Holden, FUMC; Kim Lee, FBC; Linda Miller, New Hope; Tori Starks, FUMC; Donna Shepherd; Julie Smith; Winona Smith, Maplewood; Carla Stepp, Church of God Prophesy and Peggy Williams, FBC.

Bass included: Dale Aston; Blair Chadwick,  FBC; Philip Craig, FUMC; J.A. Davis, Overflow and Tim Williams, FBC.

Tenor Cameron Smith singing his solo during Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye, My People. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Orchestra included: Terry McRoberts, Continuo; Kester Nucum, Concertmaster; Lydia Michelle Cronk, Violin; Madeleine Griffey, Violin II; Margot Weslee Cronk, Violin II; Amber Upton, Viola; Harrison Cook, Viola; Sunhaeng Lee, Cello; Scott Thile, Bass; Alec Watkins, Bass; Douglas Owens, Oboe; Natalie King, Oboe; Dakota Noble, Trumpet I; Brian Stubblefield,  Trumpet II; Dale Aston, Tympani and Amy Martin, Rehearsal Accompanist.

Two People Arrested on Theft Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Robin Kincaid, age 58 of Columbia, TN, for theft of property over $1,000. Kincaid was placed on $2,500 bond.

Deputy Krezinski also arrested Jennifer Dennison, age 37 of Humboldt, for theft of services. Dennison was placed on $1,000 bond.

Plenty of Christmas Cheer Will Be Coming to Paris on Dec. 9th as Clifford the Big Red Dog Will Ride in the Parade

Paris, Tenn.- After the Christmas Festival you will get to enjoy the Christmas Spirit as this year’s Grand Marshall Clifford the Big Red Dog from WLJT-TV and  Parade Ambassador Dale O’Daniel  will help Paris celebrate the DPA’s 11th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade starting at 5pm.

Grand Marshal Clifford the Big Red Dog from WLJT will bring plenty of joy to the little ones. “Clifford is the star of movies, television and books,” said Kathy Ray DPA executive director. “If you have children, you won’t want to miss Clifford and Rocky T – The Reading Ranger, from our region’s great Public Broadcasting Station, WLJT.”

“One of the biggest honors our organization can offer an individual is the invitation to join us for this event as the DPA Ambassador,” said Kathy Ray. “Dale is recently retired from the City of Paris, where he worked so hard to make Christmas and dozens of downtown events really shine. He is one of the individuals who make Paris stand out as a special place and we are thrilled that he will be riding in the parade on this festive night.”

The grand marshal and DPA ambassador will have lots of company on the parade route. “We are so excited to be getting applications from folks who are lighting up floats, golf carts, ATVs, small tractors and even marching units for this spectacular event,” said Vickey Roberts, event chairman. “With a minimal entry fee of only $10, folks can join the fun.”

Trophies are awarded in the following categories: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Religious Theme, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Decorated Float, Best Decorated Golf Cart of Small Tractor, Best Marching Unit and the coveted Clark Griswold Award for the best, knock-your-socks entry.

“Folks enjoy participating in this parade because the decorating is minimal; the focus is on the lights, not little details,” said Vickey Roberts, committee chairperson. “It’s one of the most popular events of the Christmas season.”

Applications and guidelines are available at the DPA office at 203 North Fentress Street or online at VisitDowntownParis.com.

For more information on the DPA’s Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade, please contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or visit www.VisitDowntownParis.com.

Santa Brings Christmas Cheer to The Shed's Christmas Open House

(The Shed photos by Sgt. Michelle Brewer)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and The Shed held their First Christmas Open House on Saturday as large crowds of kids and adults stopped by to take free pictures with Santa,  tour of The Shed and enjoy yummy treats and face painting at the event.Sulpher Wells Church of Christ was on hand giving out blankets and Trinity United Methodist Church was there for the prayer board.

Sheriff Monte Belew and his mom Jackie Belew visit with Santa. (The Shed photos by Sgt. Michelle Brewer)

The Shed is a local storage facility that is located at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, that houses a variety of items from clothing in various sizes to hygiene and household products to help assist local families in need. The Shed runs strictly off of items that are donated. Anyone needing assistance may contact Sgt. Michelle Brewer at the HCSO at 731-642-1672 or message Sgt. Brewer on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Shed-1075786025876434/.

(The Shed photos by Sgt. Michelle Brewer)

Items that The Shed needs include: shoes for kids and adults, winter clothes for all ages, underwear, socks, plastic storage totes and hygiene products like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and hair brushes, shaving cream, combs, feminine products and more. Remember that during this holiday season there are families throughout the community who are less fortunate and The Shed is a local organization that helps local families in need.

Checking Off Items on Your Christmas List at the IMS Holiday Market

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Large crowds of people stopped by to do some holiday shopping as Inman Middle School held their 3rd Annual Holiday Market in the gym on Saturday.

Adults and kids got to shop at a variety of booths at the Holiday Market including Queens of Paris, Man-Made Jewelry and others. Shoppers got to look at clothing, candles, jewelry, various baked goods and other gift ideas at the market. Also at the Holiday Market.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Mrs. Jessica McLeese's "Inman Singers” sang holiday tunes throughout the day. Inman’s 3rd Annual Holiday Market runs until 4pm on Saturday.

Creativity Comes to Lee Academy's Christmas Bazaar

Looking at the various items at Doreen Bates booth at Lee's Christmas Bazaar. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a great turnout as members of the community came out to Lee Academy’s Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. Attendees got the chance to shop at various vendors from paintings to pottery from quilts and homemade goods to writing supplies.  

Getting into the holiday spirit at Lee's Christmas Bazaar. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Lee Academy’s Christmas Bazaar runs until 4pm on Saturday.

Two People Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Corey Teague, age 42 of Paris, for contempt of court, simple possession of a schedule II substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Teague was placed on $3,000 bond and held without bond for the contempt of court charge.

Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden also arrested Kenny List, age 49 of Paris, for possession of meth and driving on a revoked license. List was placed on $3,000 bond.

Several Arrested on Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy John Krezinski arrested Joshua Johnson, age 32 of Clarksville, for felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and violation of probation. Johnson was placed on $8,000 bond for the felony evading and reckless endangerment charges.

Paris Ptl. Jeff Smith arrested Katie Brown, age 31 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Brown was placed on $3,000 bond.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Michael Chapman, age 29 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Chapman was placed on $500 bond.    

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill arrested Katherine Colgate, age 23 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Colgate was placed on $500 bond.

East Wood Church Hosting Surviving An Active Shooter Seminar Tuesday Dec. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Eastwood Church of Christ, located at 800 E. Wood St. in Paris, will host a seminar on Surviving an Active Shooter. The seminar is set for 6pm Tuesday December 5th.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Office of Homeland Security will offer a 1-hour presentation at no charge which provides vital information about mitigating the threat posed by individuals who carry out acts of violence, along with information that addresses intervention, clarifies the role of those involved, and how to effectively respond to the problem.

The event is open to the public, call 642-2861 for more information.

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

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


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