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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans


Pats Seek 3rd State Championship Since 2011 on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot football team will play for the Class 5A State Championship Saturday against Knoxville Central at 7pm Saturday at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The team will leave at 9:30am on Saturday from the High School fieldhouse and turn onto Wilson Street then Patriot Avenue. The team will then turn left on Volunteer, then Memorial and onto 641S. An escort from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will then take them to I-40 and onto Cookeville. Fans are welcome to line the route with signs and wave and cheer the team on as they head out Saturday morning.

If you can’t make the game, remember to listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:30pm. If you are away from your radios you can stream the game via our website, wmufradio.com or listen on your phone by calling 605-781-3169, just remember standard rates apply.

Henry County will travel to Springfield for District 10-AAA basketball action Friday evening. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm, followed by men’s action. We will broadcast those games also on WLZK 94.1FM.

Inman Mistletoe Market Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School will host its 4th Annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Crafts and Small Business Show this Saturday December 1st from 10am to 4pm. The event is hosted by Inman’s Parent Action Committee and several vendors will be set up selling their items to help you with your Christmas shopping. There are over 60 vendors signed up and you can register to win door prizes and giveaways. There is no admission charge to the event.

During the Market, the Inman Middle School Strings program will be hosting a silent auction to help raise money for their trip to Chicago in the Spring.

51st Annual Community Concert is 2pm Sunday at First Baptist Church

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will hold the 51st Annual Community Christmas Concert this Sunday December 2nd at 2pm at First Baptist Church, located at 313 N. Poplar St. in Paris. Mike Holden will direct the program which features the Paris Henry County Chamber Music Society Brass Quintet, The Paris Brass, Inman Middle School Strings, Joy Stubblefield, First United Methodist Church Handbell Choir, Carillon Praise, First Baptist Church Praise Band, Progressive Baptist Voice of Praise, HCHS Madrigals and Bella Voce. Everyone is invited to attend the free concert.

KSP Arrests McCracken County Man on Sexual Exploitation Charges

Paducah, Ky.-  On November 29, 2018, at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph Ashley, 45, on charges related to possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.  

Ashley was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing files of child sexual exploitation online.   

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Paducah on November 29, 2018. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.  

Ashley is currently charged with 23 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. He was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

HCMC BOT Hears Regulatory News, Plans on Wound Clinic

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, CEO of HCMC Lisa Casteel explained that much is going on in the pharmaceutical market as President Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have both introduced legislation that would require lower prices to possibly match prices from other countries or lose market exclusivity. Casteel said this would be a big benefit to the general public and hospitals alike.

Casteel said the medical center is participating in the State’s Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers Proposed Rules for reimbursement changes. The State has a current moratorium on Rural Health Clinics until rules are finalized. Casteel said currently, the medical center is not impacted but proposed changes would negatively impact HCMC.

Plans are in place for HCMC to have a Wound Clinic on campus and they have begun talks with Dr. Boyd concerning lease of a building. Casteel said more information would be coming in front of the board in the coming months.

Healthcare Center, Imaging Gain Awards, Accreditation

Paris, Tenn.- Sandra Ray, HC Healthcare Center Administrator, and her assistant Lori Moore has secured another Bronze Award for HCHC in Quality from the American Healthcare Association. The award represents the facility’s commitment to quality and is a three year award.

Joe Gwaltney, Director of Imaging Services, has been instrumental in securing continuing accreditation from the American College of Radiology for Mammography. This is a 3 year accreditation that provides for staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, assurance, image quality, and radiation dose.

Casteel told the board the medical center has begun the planning stages for planting trees on the property that fronts Tyson Avenue. Phase 1 will include around 20 trees starting at the bridge and ending at the Central Energy Plant.

The board approved capital equipment requests for $205,670 the majority of that was for a chiller piping to HACs. CFO Dale Guffey said in the long run this would save the medical center dollars down the road to help with heating and cooling issues at HCMC.

The board also agreed to submit a request to the County Commission for Troy Buttery and Peggy Beasley to be trustees for another four year term. Also Jamey Tosh was nominated to fill the vacant seat on the board of trustees.

HCMC BOT Hears Updates on Quality

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Nursing Officer Neely Ashby gave the board a report on Quality saying that the medical center is a current 4 star based on Hospital Compare’s website, which is very good. The hospital is also running above State and National averages for value-based purchasing which means there will be an incentive check written out to HCMC.

She went over several certification and accreditation programs the medical center offers and how the standards and benchmarks are met. Ashby also said they have implemented or will begin at the first of the year: leader rounding, environmental safety rounds, nurse safety rounds, and daily rounding to help improve patient outcomes and ensure high quality, safe, and compassionate environment for all of our patients and their families.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Ashely Neumair of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop after a vehicle didn’t stop a stop sign and ended up making an arrest. Marcus Q. Brown, age 41, of 724 Williams St., was charged with being a habitual motor vehicle offender and driving on a revoked license. He was placed on $1K bond.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest took a report of theft from a storage shed on Ashli Lane. According to the Paris Police Department report, the items belonged to the victim’s deceased mother and it was a whole household full of furniture that was missing, a dining room set, and other items. There are no suspects at this time.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Wayne Fuqua responded to a house that had been broken into with several items stolen. The victim showed Sgt. Fuqua that some of the items stolen had ended up on Facebook trying to sell those items. Investigation is continuing with no arrests made as of yet.

Capt. John Brewer of the Paris Police Department arrested Bradley D. Scott, age 47, of 822 Lois. St. for resisting arrest, public intoxication, and drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $1500 bond.

Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Leslie H. Holcomb, age 42, of 4525 Shady Grove Road for DUI 1st offence, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident. He was placed on $1000 bond.

TVA Asks for Public Comments on Transmission Line

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input about upgrades to its transmission system, which involves building about nine miles of new 161-kilovolt transmission line to provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Kenlake area of Calloway and Marshall Counties.

The new line would begin at a point on TVA’s existing Marshall-Murray 161-kV transmission line and extend southeast to a new substation planned by West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. The new line would be built on steel pole structures on new 100-foot-wide right of way. Alternative tap points and line segments are under consideration for the route of the new line. 

TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders during the course of the project and encourages public input. Members of the public are encouraged to attend an open house from 3-7 p.m. CST on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the Springhill Suites Marriott - Chestnut Room, 1512 North 12th Street, Murray, Kentucky. 

Detailed maps showing the different locations being considered for the proposed transmission line will be available. TVA staff will answer questions, discuss concerns and receive comments. More information is available at https://www.tva.com/transmissionprojects.

The public may also submit comments by contacting TVA’s Todd Moore toll free at 800-362-4355, by email at newtransline@tva.gov or by mail to: Todd Moore, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., MR 4G, Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2801. The deadline for comments is Jan. 7, 2019.          

TVA is investing $2.2 billion Valley-wide in transmission system improvements over the next five years to continue our mission of providing low cost, reliable power.

Cold Night, Large Crowd as Advent Walk Lights up Downtown

A large crowd showed up for the Advent Walk Wed. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A tradition for the holiday season in downtown Paris, the Candleligh Advent walk was well attended on Wednesday night even in the colder weather. Over the years, there has been cool nights, warm nights, and stormy nights, this year's Advent Walk might have been held in one of the colder nights in recent memories.

The event started at the front steps of the Henry County Courthouse with a welcome from First United Methodist Church Pastor Joe Hansen who commented we've seen an early Thanksgiving and we are doing an early advent walk this year, since advent doesn't offically start until Sunday. He led the crowd in song, "O come O come Emmanuel," then prayer as he discussed A Micah 6:8 and the message of Christmas.

Dr. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church then spoke on the passage and what it meant to Act Justly at Christmas and throughout the year. The crowd then proceeded to First Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, and ended with a reception at First United Methodist Church. The Advent Walk is sponsored by the DPA and downtown Churches.

Gas Board Continues to Mull Cost Allocation Study

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of directors met last week in regular session for November and once again looked at the Kan Hutson Associates study on Natural Gas cost allocation and discussed it further before tabling it again to look more at the study.

General Manager Tae Eaton said one possible way to rearrange the payment load allocation would be to create a new rate class and call it the high load factor for the biggest industrial customers. It would be for customers that use 80K mcfs or more annually, those who use natural gas more than just for heating during the winter.

In return to alter the cost allocation, the base rate for residential and commercial customers would increase .50 cents to $5 and there was another plan discuss to increase it to $6 over three years of .50 cent increases per year on the base price. Eaton gave some costs of other utility base charges and the PHCPUD was much cheaper and still would be even with rate increases. Eaton said by doing that however, it would only increase the system’s total yearly revenue by $9K.

Board members looked over the options and then decided to table the issue again to look at cost allocation and decide how to make changes and what to do with rates at their December board meeting. 

 The gas board approved renewal of their health insurance with only a slight increase of less than 1%. Eaton said it was expected to jump 10 to 20% but due to not many claims the insurance stayed lower.

The board approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford Explorer from Joe Mahan Ford, with the lowest bid price of $37,127, which even beat the state contract price. Eaton said we try our best to shop local whenever possible and it usually helps.

The gas board also approved payment to Revell Construction for $213K for main line extensions. They also learned that weather had the gas service lines backed up to 47 on backlog. Eaton said they were going to pull off work on the Chicken Barns and put more effort in getting caught up on the service lines. He said with the main line extensions in place they will end up with over 200 service lines this year.

Patriots Championship Send Off Party Fri. at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- Everyone is invited to a Patriots Championship Send-off at the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday night November 30th at 6pm. Come send the Pats to the 5a Blue Cross Bowl in style and enjoy burgers and hot dogs. Meet the players, coaches, get autographed posters, and purchase tickets for Saturday’s State Championship game. The Henry County Quarterback Club will be taking donations at the event as well to help with expenses.

Warrants Drawn for Assault; Counterfeit Bills Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department responded to a call on Minor Street advising that a man was making threats with a baseball bat.  Upon arrival, Frey observed the suspect’s vehicle leaving the scene.  Frey then pulled the vehicle over and made contact with Derell Ward, 33, of 813 Curtis St. Ward stated that he had a personal issue with the victim wanted to “straighten things out”. Frey then made contact with the victim, who stated that Ward had followed him and approached his car with the baseball bat at a red light on Dunlap Street. After collecting all information, Frey drew warrants for aggravated assault on Ward.

Deputy Phillip Barton of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of counterfeit money. The victim stated that he had sold a cell phone to man named Maliko for $200. Maliko paid with two $100 bills. The victim then went to the bank to deposit the money, but was advised by tellers that the bills were counterfeit and that a police report should be filed. The money was stored as evidence and investigation continues.

Theft Probed, Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Phillip Barton of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the theft of an advertising sign that was in the ground in the intersection of Elkhorn and Old Springville Road. The owner of the sign said he put it up about a year or so ago and just recently noticed it was missing. The value of the sign is around $120.

Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit arrested Tommy Allen Wilson, of 410 Buchanan Road. Wilson was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $100K bond.

Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rebecca L. Small, age 34, of 665 Seymore Road for simple possession of schedule 2, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Corn Check-Off Vote Wed., Thurs.

Nashville- Tennessee Corn Farmers and landowners are able to vote on a statewide checkoff referendum to consider a 1 cent per bushel assessment of corn on Wednesday and Thursday. If the referendum passes, the funds will be used to finance a program of research, education, market development, marketing, advertising, and other methods designed to promote the increased production, consumption, use and sale of Tennessee corn products.

Tennessee corn producers and landowners who share in the production costs or proceeds of the sale of all varieties of corn, with exception of popcorn, sweet corn, and ornamental corn, are eligible to vote in the referendum. Corn producers may only cast one vote regardless of the number of counties in which they produce or market corn.

By law the polling places are the UT Extension Offices in each county, and in Henry County that is located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. Hours are 8am to 4:30pm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will announced the results of the referendum on December 7th. More information can be found on the State’s Department of Agriculture website.

Clarksville High Swept HC in Basketball Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County was swept at home by Clarksville High in basketball on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots lost a tough one to the Lady Wildcats 59-57. Caroline Singleton scored 15 points in the loss. The Patriots lost 51-43 to Clarksville High. John Odoms scored 25 in the effort. Henry County is back in District action Friday night on the road at Springfield.

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

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

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

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

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

Reminder: Phone Number to Listen to Ballgames has Changed

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

Area Youth Groups Holding Food Drive Fri. at Kroger

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

BPU Moves Ahead with Water Plant Construction, Approves Audit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HCHS Hosts Clarksville High Tues. Night at Gamlin Gym

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

Rick Arrested on Warrants, Drug Charges

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

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

Ed Frazier, the Home Inspector Hosts Chamber Coffee

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

DPA's Candlelight Advent Walk Set for Wed. Night

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

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

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

20th Annual Live Nativity at New Harmony This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Car Fire Extinguished Monday by PLVFD

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

Thefts, Drugs Keep Officers Busy

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

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

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

State Championship Game Information

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

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

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

Tourism Authority Board Approves Requests Mon. Morning

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

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

Unemployment Still Good Despite Slight Increase in October

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

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

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

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

Carroll County increased 0.3% from 5.1 to 5.4%

Two local counties stayed the same in the area.

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

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

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

HCSO Respond to Dog Attack on Saturday

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

PHC Jaycees Host Event for Underprivileged Children

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

Christmas Events Still Going On in Downtown Paris

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

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

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

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

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

Jeremiah Johnson brought the whole family to meet Santa

HCSO Make Arrest for Active Warrants and Drugs in Paris

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

UT Martin Hosts Holiday Bazaar

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

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

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

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

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

#5 Jaylon Foster carries the ball against Beech

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paris Man Arrested After Incident on Tyson Avenue

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

LBL Offering Permits to Cut Cider Christmas Trees

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

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

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

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

Santa Comes To Downtown Paris

(David Jackson photos)

Suspicion of DUI Leads To Drug Arrest

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

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

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

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

Armed Resident Wards Off Burglary

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

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

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

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

License Plate Violation Leads To Outstanding Warrant Arrest

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

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

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

Gallimore was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

First Baptist Church Welcomed Community to  Thanksgiving Dinner

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Ed Roberts Cancer Survivor  Dinner Planned for Dec. 6th

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

News from past weeks here.

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HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church

Peppers

Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club

 

Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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