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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans



Planners Approve New Convenience Store, Additions

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular session on Thursday night and approved a site plan for Kalpesh Patel has submitted a site plan for a convenience store on Tyson Avenue. The site is on the left side of the road if you are driving towards Henry. The proposed building is 5,865 square feet and includes plans for four fuel islands to the front of the building with an additional three islands to the side of the building specifically for diesel fuel. Parking spaces are shown to the side as well as to the rear of the building for tractor trailer parking.

Planners also recommended a site plan for an addition to a building located at 2945 East Wood St for David Hassel. The existing building is 4K sq. ft and the proposed addition is 4,620 sq. ft. Total sq. footage after the addition will be 10,500 sq. ft. Some relocation of utilities will need to occur. All MS4 drainage and utilities reviews have been met.

Another site plan was approved Thursday night for an addition to Campbell Therapy at 109 Commerce Street in the Jim Adams Industrial Park.

HCMC Partners Donate Over 1K items To HC Food Bank

Paris, Tenn.- People struggle with hunger in every county in Tennessee and Henry County is no exception.  One in seven people in Tennessee struggle with hunger, and one in five children go to bed hungry every night.  This year, the Christmas Committee at Henry County Medical Center decided to do an organizational wide canned food drive for the Food Bank in Henry County as our way to give back to the community we serve. 

This year, HCMC collected 1,076 items that were donated to the Henry County Food Bank this week.  Eleven different departments were represented in collective giving, with Administration winning the Food Drive Department Challenge, collecting an average of 36.5 items per partner in that department.

“We were very excited to be able to do a food drive as our community project this year,” said Sean Taylor, Christmas Committee Chair and Director of Social Services at HCHC.  “We love having the opportunity to give back to our community and this is the perfect way to do it.  We are so thankful to our partners for their generous donations and the Food Bank staff was so overwhelmed and appreciative of our donations.”

The Henry County Food Bank is always asking for donations with increasing needs in our community.  If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider giving to the food bank.  Items they collect include the following:

  • Canned and dry beans
  • Peanut butter or other nut butters
  • Shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
  • Canned vegetables with no or low-sodium
  • Low-sodium soups/pasta sauce
  • Chicken, beef, and vegetable broths & stocks
  • Brown rices, pasta or quinoa
  • Seeds and nuts, unsalted
  • Canned fruit in juice
  • Canned stews or tomatoes
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Canned tuna in water
  • Non-perishable staples for a Christmas Meal

Huntingdon Mayor, Police Dept. Present Safety Winners

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Wednesday December 12th, Mayor Dale Kelley and members of the Huntingdon Police Department went to the Huntingdon Primary School to present trophies to the winners of the recent Ollie Otter Seatbelt Safety "Make It Click" contest. A winner from each room was selected by Dr. Emily Ezell. Mayor Kelley presented each trophy individually and congratulated them on their efforts.  

pictured are L-R back row: Primary School Principal Christy Carey, School Resource Officer Jackie Allen, Officer Shelton Moon, Mayor Dale Kelley, Cmdr. Johnny Hill and Sgt. Rick Crossno 
Winners front row: Mia Villalobos, Hailey Foster, Harley Chandler, Marcie Mitecell and Joe Carter

Pats At Northwest Friday; Host Huntingdon Sat. in Basketball

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Northwest for District 10-AAA basketball action Friday night. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville listen to our broadcast beginning at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or on the sportsline via your phone by calling 605-781-3169 just remember standard rates apply. Henry County will host Huntingdon in a non-district matchup Saturday at home with a 6pm tip-off.  

PHC Chamber Music Society Christmas Concert is Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber Music Society will present its first Christmas Concert at 2pm this Sunday December 16th at the Krider Peforming Arts Center. The concert is free admission, sponsored by Lee Academy for the Arts.

HCBOE Votes to Dismiss Chadwick after Closed Executive Session

Board members vote to dismiss Chadwick after a lengthy executive session. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular December session on Thursday night and after meeting in closed executive session for several minutes with lawyers on a litigation issue, the board returned and approved the dismissal of Blair Chadwick from Henry County School System.

As reported earlier in the week, Chadwick had been suspended for alleged inappropriate contact with students made over the Thanksgiving Break. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is actively looking into allegations on Chadwick but there have been no charges brought forth as of yet.

Board Approves 2019-20 Calendar

Dr. Norton goes over the highlights of the proposed calendar. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The board also approved the 2019-20 School Calendar. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said the committee met in person and then discussed via email the calendar.

August 2nd will be the first day of school in 2019, Fall break has always fell with open date of Football season and will be again this coming year which is October 14-18. Christmas Break will run from December 23rd to January 3rd, which will be an administrative day. Students will return to school after Christmas break January 6th.

Spring break is set for March 23-27, 2019, graduation is set for May 15th and May 22nd is the last day for students.

Dr. Norton said we stockpile 13 days and will use two for staff development in 2019-20 so we will have 11 for inclement weather issues. He said if they go over they will make up President’s Day in February, then Parent Teacher Conference Day in March, then Good Friday. If they needed more they would take away day 1 and so on from Spring Break. Dr. Norton said they have shared the calendar with the Paris Special School District.

HCBOE Moves Forward With Field House Expansion

Facilities and Maintenance Director John Akers discusses updates.

Paris, Tenn.- The facilities and grounds committee recommended the field house expansion without replacing lost parking spots on the east side of the building. Board member Josh Frey said the parking lot never is full so we recommend going with the lower bid of $530K. This allows the board to stay on budget on keep the concession stand in mind and bathrooms at the football field. Board member Jim McCampbell said the prices were ridiculous and they’ve gone up over $175K. He said, “we as a board, need to remember we’ve asked the county to help fund this, and we don’t need to run out of a money for 20 extra foot on the side of an existing building.” After discussion the board voted to move forward with the field house expansion.

John Akers gave the facilities update to the board. The maintenance building project should be off the books shortly after the first of the year, minus coming back in the spring and doing some paving. Footers, water and sewer lines are in place for the spring sports building, but weather is delaying the project. Akers said they still plan to have it complete by the end of the spring sports season in 2019.

Ten HCSS Teachers Approved for Tenure

Paris, Tenn.- Several teachers were approved for tenure at Thursday night’s meeting as well. Dr. Norton said we love to recognize a group of faculty that has reached a milestone and show dedication and loyalty. Tenure is granted after 5 years of service in addition to test scores that are at or above average. The ten teachers the board granted tenure were Colby Prosser, John Thomas Hinson, Sandy Lambert, Katie Hernandez, Megan Cheek, Shay Armstrong, Alison Smith, Barry Baker, Jessica Bourns-Lemonds, and Mercedes Spencer. Each teacher received a momento form the board and a $500 stipend.

Katie Coffield was recognized as the Patriot Pride Christmas Card winner recognition. She created the design in Mr. Chandler’s Art class.

The board approved a couple policies on 2nd reading Thursday night. One was for District Water Testing and the outline of doing so. This is a model policy from TSBA. The board approved a policy which strengthened the consequences should someone breach test security in a maintaining test and data security policy.

Two policies were discussed on first reading as well. One dealt with school board meetings and allowing electric attendance for board members. The other was for Work-based learning program.

Dr. Norton said coaches are in place and tryouts occurred for Middle School Soccer and the boys season will be scheduled for the spring. The district is paying for the uniforms and equipment needed at a cost of just over $1500.

MSU Students Givve $3K to Murray-Calloway Co. Senior Center

Murray, Ky.- Nonprofit leadership studies students at Murray State University awarded a $3,000 grant to the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center in December as part of a student philanthropy course. 

The Giving, Philanthropy & Grants course, which is taught by Dr. Peter Weber, aims to provide students with hands-on experience with grant-making and philanthropy by working with real money and organizations to create positive change in the community.
“The course is an incredible learning experience for students because they develop best practices in both grant-making and grant writing as well as program evaluation and development,” Weber said. “Furthermore, they grow professionally by networking with local nonprofit leaders and refining their communication skills.”
Funding for the class comes from a portion of the Giving Back Endowment established by Dr. Bob and Patricia Long in 2008. Bob, who previously served as a distinguished visiting professor at the University, and Patricia envisioned a part of the endowment as a way for students to become key decision-makers in the distribution of grants.
“I think that what students take away [from the class] is that their involvement in the community is worth something,” Patricia said, according to an article in the University’s alumni magazine.
Over the course of the semester, participating students developed vision and mission statements that included the guiding principles and goals the class collectively wanted to prioritize. The students then used the statements to create a Request for Proposals and to evaluate all grant submissions they received.
In fall 2018, a total of 13 local nonprofit agencies submitted grant proposals for consideration. After a careful review of the applications and several on-site visits, the students awarded the $3,000 grant to the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center on Dec. 4 during an award ceremony.
“One of the crucial factors in selecting the Senior Citizen Center was clearly seeing how the grant would make a direct impact on the organization by improving its capacity and increasing its ability to deliver crucial services aimed at improving the lives of the elderly in our community,” Weber said.  
Previous recipients of the grant include Soup for the Soul, Merryman House, CASA by the Lakes and Lotus (formerly Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center).
If you are interested in learning more about the Giving Back Endowment and how you can make a gift that will impact the lives of many, please visit murraystate.edu/givingback or contact Melanie Brooks in the Office of Development at 270-809-3026.

Thefts Investigated by Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Forrest Kemp of the Henry County Sheriffs Office took a report of a stolen camper in Buchanan.  The camper, valued at $7,000, is mostly white with black and silver stripes.  Vehicle information was entered into NCIC and the investigation continues. 

Deputy John Andrews of the HCSO responded to the theft of a rifle on Copper Springs Road.  The owner of the rifle estimated that the 30-06 had been taken sometime in the last week.  The serial number was entered into the NCIC and the investigation continues.

Deputy Kyle Waldron of the HCSO responded to an Old Paris Murray Road residence in reference to an intoxicated subject.  Upon arrival, Waldron made contact with Crystal Watkins, 45 of Puryear.  Waldron determined that Watkins severely intoxicated and placed her under arrest for public intoxication due to concerns about her safety.

Heritage Center Lunch and Learn Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center invites the public to a Spice of Life Holiday Lunch and Learn this Friday December 14th at Noon. There will be a festive spread of savory, sweet, and picante dishes. You will learn about spices and their aid in cooking certain dishes. Contributions and donations are requested to help with the ongoing veranda repair. Call 642-1030 or email director@phchc.com for more information. Table reservations are available.

River Conf. Championship Games at Lakewood Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Championship games of the River Conference Basketball Tournament are set for Thursday night at Lakewood’s gym. The girls game will tip at 6pm, followed by the boys. If you can’t make it to the games, listen to our broadcast on at 5:30pm WLZK 94.1FM, streaming via our website at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates apply.

No Blue Christmas Event Needs Donations

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Child Support Office will host their annual “No Blue Christmas” event to supply toys and other items to local children. Many of the children have cases within the local child support office and are also being raised by grandparents and other family members with limited means.

The event is planned for Saturday December 15th from 1:30pm-3:30pm at First United Methodist Church Gym, at 101 E. Blythe St. The office has been tremendously helped by surplus donations from other Toy Drives in the past three years, but this year due to some unforeseen circumstances they will not receive any surplus donations. That makes them about 200 toys/gifts short for their event on Saturday.

The offices are asking for the public’s help and any person or business that can donate toys, gift cards, money, or gifts to do so by this coming Friday.

Toys such as baby dolls, barbies, playsets, racecars, sporting, board games and gifts like manicure sets, bath and body sets, etc be new and unwrapped and appropriate for boys and girls ages 2-16. Items and donations can be dropped off at the local child support office at 101 Blythe St. or at the front desk of Paris City Hall at 100 North Caldwell St. For more information call 644-9191.

Another Convenience Store Site Plan On Planning Comm. Agenda Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Planning Commission will look at possibly approving a site plan for another convenience store when they meet Thursday night at 6pm. Kalpesh Patel has submitted a site plan for a convenience store at the Tyson Avenue Hwy. 79 intersection. The proposed building is 5,865 square feet and includes plans for four fuel islands to the front of the building with an additional three islands to the side of the building specifically for diesel fuel. Parking spaces are shown to the side as well as to the rear of the building for tractor trailer parking.

Other items on Thursday night’s planning commission agenda include an addition to a site plan on East Wood St. and an addition to Campbell Therapy on Commerce St. The meeting is open to the public.

HCHS Winter Concert Thurs. at 7pm at Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School band will hold their Winter Concert Thursday night at 7pm at Henry County High School’s Gamlin Gymnasium. The concert is free and the band will be performing great Christmas music.

Another High Speed Chase Ends With Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated Sgt. Blake Jenkins was running radar on Highway 69 S when he observed a vehicle speed past him. When he pulled out to follow, the vehicle accelerated to a top speed of 103 mph. Once Jenkins activated his lights, the car turned down Mays Bridge Road and then Manleyville Road. It then made a u-turn at Highway 641 S, almost colliding with Jenkins’ patrol car. 

Lt. Clyde Sulcer then took lead on the pursuit, performing a maneuver that ended the chase without any injuries. The driver, Tony Reed, 22 of Big Sandy, was removed from the car and placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle revealed a container of marijuana shake and several small baggies. Reed was charged with driving on a revoked license, felony evading, felony reckless endangerment, drug paraphernalia, and his active felony warrant for failure to appear. 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-Patrolmen Daniel Andres and Steven Dean Jr. of the Paris Police Department performed a traffic stop after observing a blue Saturn Vue fail to stop at a stoplight. Andres then made contact with driver Erin Fuqua, 26 of Corinth, Mississippi. Dean recognized the passenger, Dustin Norwood, 31 of Springville, and knew that he had 3 active warrants. Fuqua was then removed from the vehicle as well due to an active warrant. 

After Fuqua handed a small bag of marijuana to Andres, a search of the vehicle turned up an additional joint. Fuqua was charged with driving without a license, simple possession of schedule VI, violation of probation, and received a citation for the stoplight violation with a $2,000 bond. Norwood’s bond was set at $20,000 per his warrants with an additional charge of introduction to a penal institution that carried a $10,000 bond. 

Deputy Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to a residence on Whitlock Road in reference to a burglary that had happened during the day. The victim stated that he had been gone most of the day for work and had arrived home to find his back door wide open. He discovered that many collector’s knives were missing, as well as a gallon jug and metal can of pocket change. Fingerprints were taken from the scene, and a list of suspects was compiled. Investigation continues as of this publication.

Rossview Sweeps HC in Basketball Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County was swept by Rossview in District 10-AAA basketball Tuesday night at home. The Lady Patriots lost 52-47 and the Patriots lost 81-61. Henry County is back in action Friday on the road at Northwest.

Applications Available Now for Citizens Police Academy

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are being sought as the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to bring the Citizens Police Academy back to Henry County. The Academy will begin in February and continue thru May for 10 weeks of bringing together the community and law enforcement. The Academy will be 10 weeks of intense training, excitement, and fun.

Anyone interested and can pass a background check, may pick up applications at Paris City Hall in the Records Division. The Applications must be filled out and returned to either the Paris Police Department or Henry County Sheriff’s Office by January 10th, 2019. The Academy is just a small part of bringing together law enforcement and citizens and will be a learning experience for everyone. For questions contact Capt. Ricky Watson at the Paris Police Department or Sgt. Eddie Crosser at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Mentors Still Needed for TN Achieves Program

Paris, Tenn.- The 2019 Mentor Recruitment season is winding down and TN Achieves program still has 16 counties state wide that are short of the needed volunteers to serve as mentors to students headed into the TN Achieves program.

Henry County and Stewart County both are short by 9 and 5 mentors respectively. The mentor application is still open thru the end of this week. The application can be found online at tnAchieves.org/mentors/apply. Mentoring involves a one hour training session and then less than an hour your time each week to assist students headed off to college or college of applied technology. You may be the only encouragement to a young student to continue their educational work beyond high school.

Rhea's Supper With Santa Planned for Friday Dec. 14th

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Elementary’s Supper with Santa is set for this Friday December 14th from 6-8pm. Santa will arrive on the Big Red Fire Truck promptly at 6pm. Admission is free, but students should bring money for pizza, photos with Santa, and tickets. Tickets are 50 cents each and can be redeemed for cocoa, popcorn, cotton candy, and games. There will be bounce houses, a bake sale, ornament decorating, a braid/Mohawk spa, face painting, and tattoos. There will also be carnival games where prizes will be awarded.

Man in Custody After High Speed Chase Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- A high speed chase Monday night landed a man with warrants in jail with extra charges. According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Blake Jenkins and Deputy Dalton Watson went to a Cook Street residence in an attempt to locate Tommy Wilson, 33 of Springville, who had active felony warrants.  While at the residence, Jenkins and Watson received information that Wilson was driving a silver Lincoln car.  As they left the residence, they observed Wilson driving on 641 North. 

As they were about to stop the vehicle, Wilson did a u-turn and began trying to evade the police.  After nearly hitting two cars, Wilson turned down Old Paris Murray Road, Guthrie Road, Edgar Cemetery Road, and then onto Shady Grove Road where he drove into a spike strip.  Wilson was able to continue evading, turning onto India Road and nearly striking Sheriff Monte Belew’s car in the process.  Wilson then turned onto Hwy 79 North and pulled over near Country Club Road due to his tires going flat from spike strips.

Jenkins and Belew blocked the vehicle and were able to pull Wilson out of the passenger side without further incident.  Wilson was transported to the Henry County Jail where field sobriety tests were performed.  After failing the tests, Wilson admitted that he had done meth about 30 minutes prior to the chase.  Wilson was charged with felony evading, felony reckless endangerment, DUI, and his 2 active warrants for paraphernalia and felony possession of Schedule II with intent to sale.

River Conference Finals Set for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Results from Monday’s River Conference games were Lakewood 28, Stewart County 7 in girls action; Harrelson 47, Stewart Co. 25 in boys action; Camden 27, Houston County 14 in girls action; and Camden 50, Houston County 31 in boys action. Thursday night the championship games will pit Lakewood vs. Camden in girls action and Camden vs. Harrelson in boys action. The championship games will be played at Lakewood beginning at 6pm.

Henry County Hosting Rossview in District Basketball Action Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Rossview in District 10-AAA basketball action Tuesday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the men. If you can’t make it over to cheer on the teams listen to our coverage on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via the sportsline on your phone by calling 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates do apply.

Cottage Grove Legislative Council Dec. Meeting Cancelled

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council’s regular scheduled December meeting set for Tuesday December 11th has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and not having a quorum. The Council will not make up the December meeting and just meet in January.

Man Apprehended within Minutes After Robbing Fred's

Paris, Tenn.- A man armed with an air soft pistol who took cash from a cash drawer at Fred’s Monday afternoon was apprehended by Ptl. Zach Carper of the Paris Police Department a short few minutes later in a field near the store.

The report stated a man had just left the store on foot and had taken money from the cash register after pointing a gun at the employees. Ptl. Carper was the first on scene and pulled behind the store and observed the man, later identified as Cameron Humphreys, 22, of 1514 Patriot Ave, walking in a field behind Paris Healthcare. Ptl. Carper quickly confronted Humphreys and used his weapon to force Humphreys to the ground. Ptl. John Baxter and Capt. Ricky Watson had then arrived on scene for backup as had Sgt. Eddie Crosser and other deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

While being taken to Ptl. Carper’s patrol car, Humphreys admitted the weapon used was a black air soft pistol and he had thrown it against the wall at Paris Healthcare. Officers did locate the weapon and logged it as evidence.

Further investigation revealed that Humphreys went up to the register with a soda and as the cashier was about to check him out, he brandished his gun from his waistline and told her to keep the drawer open. She called the manager and he did open the cash drawer but refused to hand over any cash. Humphreys then walked around to the cash drawer and took some bills and a ten-dollar roll of quarters. $130 total was missing from the drawer. Humphreys was placed on $25K bond.

HC Coordinated School Health to Host Adolescent Wellness Event Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Coordinated School Health will host an Adolescent Wellness event at 6pm Thursday December 13th in the Henry County High School Little Theatre. The seminar, hosted by licensed social worker Sean Jones will help parents, grandparents, youth leaders and guardians understand today’s teens and some of the issues and pressures they face.

The event is free and open to the entire community. For more information call Brandi Besand, Lakewood Middle School Counselor at 644-3324 or Misha Adams, HCHS Counselor at 642-5232. Door prizes will be made available from Coordinated School Health and the HC Prevention Coalition.

Inman Middle School Chorus Christmas Concert is Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Chorus Christmas Concerts will be held at KPAC Tuesday night December 11th. The 6th grade will perform at 6pm, the 7th and 8th grades at 7pm. Concerts are free to the public.

Jaycees Annual Kids Shopping Trip Brings Smiles to Kids, Adults Alike

Jaycee members all smiles after shopping for the Kids Saturday at Paris Walmart (Lisa Stone photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees held their annual Kids Shopping trip this past Saturday as 141 kids were brought to the Paris Walmart. Each kid was given $75 apiece to spend, as money was raised from the Golf Tourney and Jammin 4 the Kids events. A great time was had by everyone and the smiles on the youngsters faces brought smiles to the adults too.

Fire Blocks Traffic on Tyson Avenue Monday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A fire has crews responding and is blocking traffic on Tyson Avenue as of around 10:40am Monday morning. More information on the fire will be released later. Emergency crews had blocked traffic from going in one direction on Tyson for awhile Monday morning. (Mechelle Robbins photo)

Drug Arrest Made; Thefts Probed

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvais of the Paris Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle on Mineral Wells Avenue. Upon arrival, Beauvais made contact with Rock Foster, 38 of Springville. After running Foster’s tags, Beauvais was advised that the vehicle had been reported stolen of out Benton County. Foster initially resisted a search of the vehicle, so Sgt. Jamie James arrived on the scene to run his canine on the vehicle.  After the canine gave a positive alert on the vehicle, a revolver and 0.3 grams of crystal meth was located.  Foster was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of methamphetamine.  Bond was set at $10,000.

Deputy Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriffs Office responded to a residence on Whispering Pines in regards to vandalism and theft.  The complainant had recently gotten out of jail and noticed damage to his truck and items stolen.  Damage was estimated at $90 and items at $530. 

Ptl. Chad Andrews of the Paris Police Department responded to a narcotics call on Skyview Street.  Upon arrival, Andrews made contact with the individual who had placed the call.  The individual stated that they had found Brandon Jones, 32 of Paris, incoherent on the couch.  A search of the residence turned up 1.8 grams of methamphetamine and .2 grams of marijuana.  Jones was placed under arrest and charged with simple possession of schedule II and VI.  His bond was set at $10,000.

KPAC Hosting PSSD Strings Concert Mon. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Strings Christmas Concert will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Monday evening. Paris Elementary will perform at 6pm, Inman Middle School will perform at 7:30pm. The concerts are free.

Inman Middle School Speech Does Well at Laker Invitational

Murray, Ky.- The Inman Middle School speech team had an excellent showing this past Saturday at the Calloway County Middle School tournament.

Taylor Ashlock and Eve Henry each placed 6th in their events; Amelia Northam placed 5th.

Lakewood Middle School Speech Team Places 1st at Laker Invitational

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team placed 1st this past weekend at the Laker Middle School Invitational at Calloway County Middle School. Lakewood advanced 19 of their entries to the final round and won with 160 points. Bardstown Middle finished 2nd with 148, and Murray Middle finished with 90 points and 3rd place.

Ella Seaton came in 1st in Prose, Poetry, and Dramatic Intrepetation and 2nd in Duo Acting with Layla Briley. Taylor Boase came in 1st in Extemporaneous speaking, 2nd in Radio Broadcasting, 2nd in Dramatic Int., and 6th in Improv Duo with Trinity Boase.

Suzie Chau finished 2nd in Poetry, 3rd in Prose; Jack Kibbler 3rd in Poetry, 3rd in Declamation, and 4th in Impromptu Speaking; Skylar Wilson 6th in Poetry; Ethan Frederick 6th in Prose; Trinity Boase 5th in Poetry and Humorous Interp.; Layla Briley 4th in Dramatic Interp.; Abbie George 3rd in Dramatic Int.; Mason Elliott/Blaise Payne 3rd in Improv Duo.

Lakewood will host its own speech competition at Lakewood on January 26th. The team is coached by David Weatherly.

Rain and Cold Tempatures Did Not Stop the DPA Parade

Paris, Tenn.-Rain, Sleet, and a little snow didn’t stop the Paris community from celebrating the holiday season. The Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade did not disappoint. With Santa and his elves, Iman Football Champs, and Lots of candy for the kids. I was a fun and exciting time for all. Award winners were announced at Paris 5and 10 after the parade:  

Best Marching- Tomorrow’s Hope

Best Decorated Float :Cash Express

Most Christmas Spirit: Inman Middle School

Best Decorated Golfcart/ Small Tractor: Keep Paris Beautiful

Best Religious Theme: New Harmony Baptist Church

The Clark Griswold Award: Rhea School Float

Power has Been Restored After a 12 hour Outage

Paris, Tenn.- Freezing temperatures and rain caused power outages all over Henry County. Power outages started in the early morning hours with tree limbs falling and power poles breaking due to the amount of ice that collected on them. According to a post by Board of Public Utilities, all power was restored around 2pm. There could still be spots of outages throughout the day. If so, contact BPU so they can be addressed.

Cancellations for Sunday, December 9th

All cancellations will be posted upon WMUF getting notification. The following have been reported:

Point Pleasant Baptist Church services cancelled for today.

2018 River Conference Championship Day 1 Results

Paris, Tenn.-

After one day of the River Conference Championship the bracket is set for Monday. In the girls bracket:

Houston County beat Henry 39 -12

Stewart county beat Harrelson 24-7

That matches Lakewood up with Stewart County for the first game at 5pm

 And Houston County against Camden at 7:30

In boys action:

Harrelson beat Henry 51-20. Which pits Harrelson with Stewart County at 6:15.

Houston beat Lakewood 39-27 matching them with Camden at 8:45

The Tournament is being played at Henry County High School. Tip-off is set for 5Pm Monday. We will have those games beginning at 4:30.

HCHS Choral Teacher Reportedly Suspended After Students Report Inappropriate SNAPCHAT Conversation

Paris, Tenn.-  A  HCHS Teacher was reportedly suspended three days for inappropriate conversations with female students over the Thanksgiving break.

A report from the Murray State Student radio station, WKMS, states Blair Chadwick was suspended on November 28th after having inappropriate conversations on Snapchat with three female students.

Chadwick served as their director of The Madrigals singing ensemble at HCHS and is listed as a teacher on their website.

According to the WKMS news site, Director of Schools Brain Norton wrote in a statement to the Tennessee School Board, in which WKMS obtained documents from, Chadwick reportedly contacted female students, provided his Snapchat username and told them to keep it a secret. He then asked one of them to play 20 questions. During the game, he asked their preference for “blondes or brown-haired boys” and whether they like “tall or short boys.” The girls stated it made them uncomfortable because if his position at the high school.

The Director Norton told WMUF this is a personnel matter. Allegations were made to me about an employee and investigations are ongoing. I can't discuss any more on investigation of an employee.

Henry County Sherriff Monte Blew told WMUF that this is an ongoing investigation and no charges have been issued against Chadwick.

The school station says the preliminary report was given to them by a former student of HCHS who is currently attending MSU.

WMUF is actively looking into this incident and will keep you posted as information becomes available.

Patriots Win at Home Against Montgomery Central

Paris, Tenn.- Lady Patriots continued their winning streak over Montgomery Central 85-22 Friday night. Caroline Hudson led the scoring for Henry County with 19 points on the evening.

The Patriots beat Montgomery Central 60-54. Making them 1-3 in district action. John Odoms led in scoring with 20 on the night.

They will play again Tuesday night at home against Rossview airtime for those 5:30 on 94.1 WLZK. Tipoff at 6pm.

2018 River Conferance Championship Starts Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 River Conference Junior High Championship games will be played today at HCHS. The tournament kicks off at 11 with Houston County facing Henry in girls action, then at 12:15 Houston and Lakewood face off in boys action, at 1:30, Stewart County battles Harrelson in girls play. Wrapping up the first day of play, Harrelson against Henry at 2:45. We will have those games on the air beginning at 10:30 on WLZK 94.1.

Joe Mahan Named Tennessee Representative for the Time Auto Dealer of the Year Award

Joe Mahan and his wife Diane after Joe accepts the TN nomination for TIME Dealer of the Year from Ally Financial. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Ally, TIME Magazine, and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) team up each year to recognize the finest automobile dealers in the industry who not only do a great job in their industry, but give back to the community as well.

Joe Mahan, owner of Joe Mahan Ford, was nominated by the Tennessee Automotive Association and on Friday Ally, presenting sponsor of the TIME magazine dealer of the year recognzied Joe Mahan as Tennessee's representatiave. Joe will join representatives from 47 other states at the NADA Convention in San Francisco early in 2019 to win the overall award of Dealer of the Year.

Paul Vandercamp of Ally Financial presented Joe with a plaque and thanked him for his service and dedication to the industry and community. Joe thannked his employees and staff, who gathered around for the presentation and lunch provided by Ally.

"This award is all about us, not just me, it's a big deal for Paris, Tennessee, and I appreciate all of you who help make this dealership what it is." Joe continued saying, its pretty exciting because Diane and I get to travel to San Francisco for the National Convention, which is where we first met."

Joe first opened the doors at Joe Mahan Ford in Paris on January 1st, 1974. Prior to that he served in the United States Army and worked at a dealership in Arkansas.

Joe Mahan Ford employees gather as Paul Vandercamp from Ally presents Joe Mahan with the plaque.

U.S. Marshals Arrest McKenzie Man After Pursuit

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a press release from the McKenzie Police Department, on Tuesday, December 4th, members of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Orlando Olive, age 18 who was observed by Marshals leaving a residence in McKenzie. Olive attempted to flee and was apprehended after a brief vehicle pursuit.

Olive was wanted on attempted second degree murder, five counts of reckless endangerment and violation of probation. Charges stemmed from a shooting that occurred on October 14th. Olive did fire several shots at a group of individuals standing outside of a residence, injuring one of the individuals.

The incident was investigated by the investigators of the McKenzie Police Department. Warrants were signed at the completion of the investigation.



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