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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Relay for Life Events Being Held at Kroger on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Beginning at 8am the Relay for Life will be collecting canned goods to go in the luminaria bags for the night of Relay. The Kroger Relay For Life team will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 2pm at the Kroger Shopping Center in Paris.  All of the proceeds will be going towards the Henry County Relay for Life.

Young Eagles Flight Rally Saturday at Airport

Paris, Tenn.- A Young Eagles Flight Rally is scheduled for Saturday May 13th at the Paris Henry County Airport. The event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association Paris Chapter 714 and youngsters ages 8-17 will have a chance for a free airplane flight.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Flight Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 18 million young people who reside in over 90 countries.

Free airplane rides are just part of the flight rally as the EAA hopes to build relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display in the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oskkosh, Wisconsin. They will also receive a Pilot’s Flight Log book, and for those 13 and older, a Free Coupon for a Complete On-line Flight Training Course.

Flights begin at 9am at the Airport on Saturday and registration closes at Noon. Parents or legal guardians need to be present to register their child. Additional information about the EAA and EAA Young Eagles program is available at www.eaa.org or www.youngeagles.org.

Reminder: Relay for Life Survivor Dinner is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will be held on May 13th at 6pm at First United Methodist Church. The dinner is free to every survivor and one guest and is hosted by the Paris Elks Lodge. Invitations will be mailed out but any survivor who doesn’t receive one can contact Debra Stoope at 642-8329 or email dkstoope@yahoo.com.

Also on May 13th, RFL will be holding a canned food drive at Kroger in Paris beginning at 8am.

Church of Christ Ladies Inspiration Day is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of Christ, located at 109 Sparks St., will hold a Ladies Inspiration Day this Saturday May 13th. Guest speaker will be Sister Alethea McClain from East Jackson Church of Christ. The theme is Christ is My Anchor and registration starts at 8:30am with juice, donuts, and coffee and the program begins at 9am. Lunch will follow.

Planners Approve Multi-Family Dwelling at N. Market St.

Planning Commission members discuss items on Thursday's agenda. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission meeting, a new site plan for Harber Multi Family Residential unit was approved. Paul Harber’s plan is for a multi-family development located at the corner of North Market Street and Mimosa Drive. It includes two buildings of over 2700 sq. feet, consisting of 4 units each and located on a .63 acre site.

A minor site plan for Trinity United Methodist Church, located at North Wilson Street, was approved by the planning commission as well. The plan is to construct a pavilion on an existing concrete slab. The slab was originally shown on plat approved prior to the construction of the new church. The slab will not affect parking, drainage, and such.

The planning commission approved an ordinance referred to them from the Paris City Commission in regard to allowance of more than one principal business on a commercial lot. The ordinance allows more than one business and the businesses must be all housed in permanent buildings. Any such buildings and accessories are subject to certain conditions such as setbacks, building codes, and other regulations. City Manager Kim Foster said the purpose of this is to keep the intent of the business district intact and not allow makeshift businesses.

This ordinance also dealt with principal uses without a permanent building saying it will be considered temporary and only be allowed for a maximum two week period twice per calendar year. 

Staff did inform the Planning Commission the idea of Food Trucks are an anomaly and they are working on an ordinance regarding regulation of food trucks at this time and will speed up that process. City Manager Kim Foster said, "we have sort of delayed Food Truck issues on purpose, to let bigger cities govern and regulate, and then we can use their ideas for our ordinances but we are working on that as well."

Planners approved the ordinance form revision to the Zoning Ordinance with regard to Home Occupations at the start of the Planning Commission meeting Thursday night. The ordinance laid out in theory the follow are considered retail as a home occupation: no article shall be sold or offered for sale on premise; any retail items must be delivered or sold off-site; and laid out which types of businesses were allowed in the Home Occupations.

BZA Approves Variance on Hooper Street

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Zoning Appeals met prior to the Planning Commission meeting Thursday night and granted a variance for a resident at 410 Hooper Street. Matthew Goetz submitted the request for variance and the lot in question measured 50 x 256 ft. Goetz wants to locate a double wide manufactured home on that lot.

The property was zoned R-2-L and does allow these types of homes, but the zoning ordinance states the unit must be oriented on the lot so that its long axis is parallel with the street. The width of the lot however makes it difficult to site a double wide.

Community development director Jennifer Morris told the BZA that there were some options which included either variance for sitting of the double wide, or variance of the side yard setbacks. Language in the variance section of the ordinance backs up the basis of the BZA’s decision. 

Lakewood Evacuation Drill Canceled for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The school-wide evacuation drill planned at Lakewood for Friday at 11:30am has been canceled due to the forecast of rain and thunderstorms.

7 Awarded With Rotary Club Scholarships

Left to right back row Landon Roberson, Scott Gerrell, Ethan Jackson. Front row Gracie Clayton, Olivia Boyd, Rudi Elizabeth Wimberly, Sydney Wyatt. (David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary club presented scholarships Thursday to seven different students from Henry County high school. W. G. Rhea scholarships were presented to Scott Gerrell, Ruby Elizabeth Wimberly, and Sydney Wyatt ranging from $300-$1000. The WO Inman scholarship for $3000 went to Ethan Jackson.

Perseverance award presented by Dan And Betty Paschal from Cottage Grove for $500 what to Olivia.

The Bill Caldwell good citizenship awards went to Ethan Jackson and Gracie Clayton.

Man Arrested For Several Cottage Grove Buglaries

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has arrested and charged Ricky Lee Newell with 7 counts of aggravated burglary and 7 counts of theft of property.

During a lengthy investigation Newell was developed as a suspect in the recent rash of burglaries in the Cottage Grove area. Throughout the investigation it was learned that Newell had been mainly targeting vacant homes and elderly people’s homes, some of whom were deceased. As Newell continued his crime spree he began entering people’s everyday homes disregarding age or whether or not the house appeared to be vacant.

Newell stole large amounts of property which included lots of jewelry, musical equipment, guns and many other items. While he is currently charged with 7 counts of each more charges are anticipated. Sheriff Belew said, “The Cottage Grove area is a small tight knit community where things like this don’t happen every day. Today is an especially great day for us to have put an end to this crime wave and have the guy responsible behind bars! Hopefully the good people of Cottage Grove can rest a little easier!”

Newell is currently being held on a $75,000 bond and will appear today, May 11 in General Sessions court for arraignment.

Bulldogs on Broadway Fri., Sat. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School will present “Bulldogs on Broadway” at the Krider Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday. Featuring a cast of nearly 50 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, the show highlights some of the most popular songs of The Great White Way from the 1940s to the present. Tickets are $5 for adults, student admission is free. Show starts at 7pm both nights.

Murray State Spring Commencement Set for Saturday

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Spring 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. in the CFSB Center with 1,629 pending degrees being conferred to May and August 2017 candidates, inclusive of associate, baccalaureate, master/specialist and doctoral programs. A total of 28 different states and 16 countries will be represented in this year’s graduating class.

The event is scheduled to begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Murray State University Army ROTC Color Guard. 

The Mace Bearer is Dr. John Dressler, Murray State’s Distinguished Professor and a faculty member in the department of music through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Outstanding Seniors Jaime Staengel and Jason Matthews will lead the candidates for degrees and will also give the valedictions. Staengel will receive a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in German, along with minors in mathematics and business administration. Matthews will receive a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. They are both recipients of the Honors Medallion and are graduating summa cum laude. 

Faculty Marshals assisting with the ceremony are Professors Susana Bloomdahl, Traci Byrd, Heath Keller, Michael Kemp, Robert Lyons, Matt Shultz and Gill Welsch.

The faculty will be led in by the recipients of The Regents Teaching Awards for Excellence: Mickey Miller, Rebecca Pender Baum, Andrew Black, Matthew Crider, Traci Byrd, Christopher Trzepacz and Michelle Santiago. 

They will be joined by Presidential Research Fellow William R. Jones, Distinguished Researcher L. Murphy Smith, University Distinguished Mentor Michael Flinn, University Emerging Scholars Vladyslav Krotov and Diana Nitiham-Tunney, Faculty Advisor of the Year Beverly Fort and the recipient of the Faculty Distinguished Service Award, F. Gilland Welsch.

Murray State President Dr. Robert Davies will preside over the ceremony with a welcome message as well as a Residential College Investiture. Davies, along with Acting Provost Dr. Renae Duncan, will administer the Awarding of Degrees.

Mr. John A. Williams, Sr. will deliver the Commencement Address and will receive an honorary doctorate from the University. Williams is chairman of the Computer Services, Inc. Board of Directors. Williams graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science with majors in accounting and economics. 

CFSB Center doors open at 8 a.m. as attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enter through gates B and upper level gate A. Tickets are required of all attendees; seating within the facility is general admission and on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited area of overflow seating will be available outside of the main arena, where guests can view a live video stream of the ceremony in its entirety.

General guest parking is available in the Stewart Stadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center, off of U.S. Highway 641. Shuttle buses are available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors of the CFSB Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. Buses are also available until 1:30 p.m. to return guests to the parking lot.

Guests with accessibility needs may use the parking lot located off of Gilbert Graves Drive as a drop-off zone. An accessible parking tag or special permission will be required to park in the lot. Guests with limited mobility may also be dropped off at this location.

The top two rows of chair seating in the arena are 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.

Special requests regarding accessibility needs can be directed to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access at 270-809-3155 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or the CFSB Center at 270-809-5577 or TDD 270-809-3361.

For those who are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at murraystate.edu/streaming. Commencement moments can be shared on social media with #RacerGraduation. More information about the event can be found at murraystate.edu/commencement

Other commencement-related events that will take place on Friday, May 12 include the Honors Day ceremony at 3 p.m. at Lovett Auditorium, a commencement reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Pogue Library and a baccalaureate service from 7 to 8 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium. 

TBI Releases Crime in TN Report for 2016

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2016 “Crime in Tennessee” report last month, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, or TIBRS. The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place for more than 15 years, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across the state.

Some of the highlights of the report include that reported incidents of murder in Tennessee increased from 2015 to 2016 by 11.6%. Forcible rape offenses decreased by 2.8% in the same time period.

The number of individuals arrested in connection to reported crimes decreased by 1.9% from 2015 to 2016. Juveniles accounted for 6.6% of all arrests, which was down from 7.0% in the previous year. The study showed that slightly more than half, 51.3% of all reported offenses in the category of ‘Crimes against Persons’ were domestic violence related.

Drug and narcotic violations increased 9.5% from the previous year and the number of DUI arrests continued to trend downward in the past year as well.

The TBI strongly discourages the ranking and comparison of jurisdiction and their crime rates by data in the 2016 report as factors outside of law enforcements control can impact the nature of crimes committed. There are 532 reporting agencies in the state of Tennessee and for the first time in four years all are compliant with TIBRS reporting, making Tennessee only one of 16 states reporting 100% compliance.

The full Crime in Tennessee report is available for review at the TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi

Lady Patriots Softball Advance to District Championship Game

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team defeated Clarksville High on the road Wednesday night 7-6 and advance to the District Championship game on Friday at Clarksville High. Henry County has yet to lose in the District Tourney and would have to be defeated twice in the Championship Round. The Lady Patriots play the CHS vs. Springfield winner at 5:30pm Friday.

Family Fun Day Planned at Cardinal Park in CG Sat.

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department and Party, Bounce, and Jump will have a Family Fun Day at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove Saturday May 13th starting at 10am. There will be a field full of bounce houses and a concessions with food and drink for purchase. Money raised benefits the Volunteer Fire Departments.

Lowe's To Hold Pro Customer Event Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Lowe’s In Paris will have a Pro Customer Appreciation Event Friday May 12th from 10am to 2pm. Everyone is invited and all veterans especially will be shown our appreciation. There is a classic car and bike show planed and lunch is available.

Thefts Reported in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff's Office took a report from a Henry resident as she reported a pistol missing from home on Cemetery Lane. The woman did say a couple of men were there during the last few days gathering some personal items.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department took a report from the Grace Crossing Apartments on Enterprise Avenue about a missing echo back pack leaf blower and DeWalt Drill. The items were missing from the shed that stores the maintenance equipment and are valued at $350.

HCHS Track Athletes Advance to Sectional Championship

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Track team competed in the Sub-Sectionals at West Creek this week and several athletes finished well enough to advance to next week’s Section 3 Championship.

Madison Aiosa, finished 3rd in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:50, Titus Winders came in 2nd in the 3200 meter run with at time of 9:42, Silas Winders finished 3rd in the 3200 meter run with at time of 9:52, Jordan Harrod, 3rd Discus 131’ 9.5” and Nathaniel Owens, 4th Discus 130’ 9.5”.

Cottage Grove Holds Routine May Meeting

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session for May on Tuesday night and Councilman Matthew McClure updated the board on the drainage issue on Poplar and Elm Streets. McClure said he would contact the County Road Supervisor for further assistance.

Councilwoman Machelle Operia gave the council an update on the pageant project. The pageant is set for December 16.

The Cottage Grove City wide metal pick-up day will be held on Saturday June 17th with an alternate date for rain being June 24. All pieces of metal must be in the front yard or at curbside.

In discussion with a new contract with TJ General Store, the council decide to waive the monthly rental amount requested in the proposed new contract.

The proposed budget was also presented and approved for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year. Income and expenses were estimated at $55,708 and State Street Aid is just over $1800.

Tennis Team Holds Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Varsity Tennis Team brought its season to a close at the Annual awards banquet dinner hosted by the Volunteers and Coaching Staff. 44 varsity tennis players were recognized and all forty- four received a Varsity Letter having met the requirements set aside by the TSSAA.

In addition to lettering, other individual awards included Isabel Harrison and Holden Beauregard, Most Improved Players; Jaden Wimberley and Calista Herrera Sportsmanship Awards; and Players of the Year were Lexi Daniels and Alex Boyd.

Gospel Singing at Quinn Chapel Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church presents Praising The Lord In Christ, “An Afternoon of Gospel Music” on Saturday May 13 at 5pm. Donations are accepted for the Church at the door but admission is free and everyone is invited.

Harrelson Plans Apex Fun Run May 19th

Puryear, Tenn.- Apex Fun Run representatives are on the campus of Harrelson Elementary this week as they begin the two week fundraiser promoting fitness and leadership. The culmination will be a fundraiser on May Day Friday May 19th at Harrelson Elementary from 8am to 11:45am.

Well trained teams of Apex Fun Run athletes spend time on campus for the full length of the program to teach students valuable leadership lessons, raise pledges, and serve the teachers.

Students will accept pledges as a fundraiser for the school and during May Day on the 19th students get to run laps around the Apex Raceway set-up around the school. Middle School students will participate in a color run.

“Apex Fun Run empowers schools to host fundraisers that raise more money than most over conventional fundraisers have in the past. All while developing student leaders and inspiring athleticism- it’s a win-win,” said Cathy Robinson, Clarksville Apex Fun Run Franchisee.

In the last 6 years, Apex has served over 1M students at 1500 schools Nationwide, resulting in over $25M raised for schools. The program is set up to promote fitness and leadership traits to students. Apex has transformed the traditional idea of product sale into a fun, fitness-centered event that students and teachers enjoy.

For more information, visit www.apexfunrun.com, or contact Cathy Robinson, 931-320-9823 or email cathy@apexfunrun.com.

Henry FD Ride to Fire Fundraiser Set for Saturday

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Ride to the Fire Fundraiser this Saturday May 13th with the ride starting at New Life Baptist Church parking at 7362 Henry Mansfield Road. The ride begins at 9am and will end at the church as well.

The entry fee is $20 and each rider can pick up fire cards to enter for prizes at different locations. The more cards you pick up, the more chances you have to win prizes. Cars, trucks, 4x4s, Jeeps, buses, and motorcycles are all welcome to enter. There will also be arm wrestling competitions and a free spaghetti dinner after the ride.

For more information call Joe Collins at 336-1726 or John Foskey at 478-230-0835. All proceeds go to the Henry Volunteer Fire Department.

Lakewood To Hold Evacuation Drill Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood School students and teachers will participate in a full scale evacuation of Lakewood on Friday May 12th at 11:30am. The drill will allow the school to practice evacuating all students and staff to safe locations in emergency situations. Students and staff will return to the Lakewood campus when the drill is over.

KSP Seizes 33 Pounds of Heroin

Eddyville, Ky.- On Monday, May 8, 2017, at 7:22 p.m., Kentucky State Police Troopers with Post 1 stopped a tractor trailer on Interstate 24 in Lyon County for commercial vehicle inspection purposes.  During the stop, a small amount of heroin was located on one of the two occupants of the vehicle. Further search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 15 kilos (33 pounds) of heroin. The heroin has an estimated street value of $1.5 million.  

The driver, Roberto Orozco, age 29, of West Valley, Utah was arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin (Class B Felony).  He was lodged in the Caldwell County Jail.  

The passenger, Alberto Leal-Martinez, age 50, of Magna, Utah, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin (Class B Felony). He was also lodged in the Caldwell County Jail.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper T. J. Williams and Trooper Lewie Dodd. 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.

HCMS Track Competes in Sectionals

Mufreesboro, Tenn.- Henry County Middle School Track competed i nthe TMSAA Middle Sectional on Monday. Dinah Winders came in 1st overall in the 1600 meter race with a time of 5:43 and the 800 meter race with a time of 2:32. The top place finishes qualifies Dinah for the State Meet at Austin Peay May 20th. Hayden Bostick did well in the Sectionals finishing 7th overall in the 1600 meter at 5:36 and 6th overall in the 800 meter at 2:38.

Missouri Valley Conference Doesn't Extend Invite to MSU

Murray, KY.- Murray State University, for the foreseeable future, will remain in the Ohio Valley Conference. MSU was not invited to join the Missouri Valley Conference in a decision handed down on Tuesday. Director of Athletics for Murray State Allen Ward released the following statement:

"Today I was notified that Murray State will not be receiving an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference.  I am in no way disappointed by the news or have any regrets being involved in the process.  Our goals and objectives to graduate our student-athletes, win championships, promote this great university, and be a player on the national scene have not changed and were never reliant on the outcome today.

We’re a proud program with a rich history that I’ll compare to anyone.  Our passionate fans are fully engaged with our program and provide a solid foundation for our success. We’ve won four conference championships this year alone and there are many more championship banners in our exceptionally bright future.

We’re founding members of a league that we have represented proudly since 1948.  We have the highest regard for the many friends, collegues and rivals we have in the OVC.  I want to convey my sincerest gratitude for the manner in which they handled the past few weeks.  I’m grateful for their professionalism and friendship.

The upcoming season provides Racer fans with some incredible opportunities to follow their team, impact the success of the conference, and again prove why Murray State is one of the finest mid-major programs in the country.  There are so many good things happening here, I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming year and the future of this program."

US Marshall's Apprehend Springville Man

Springville, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of Henry County Sheriff’s Office assisted US Marshall’s at 1635 Copper Springs Road to serve felony warrants on Brandon Fisher, age 27. Fisher was apprehended and search found crystal methamphetamine on his person and syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the home so possession of drug paraphernalia was added to the charges.

Also at the home, Patricia Forrest, age 25, of Sylvis Road, was charged with accessory after the fact for giving Fisher a ride in her vehicle.

Thefts Reported Again in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a resident of Pled Wade Road had several pieces of jewelry missing from the jewelry box. She didn’t notice any forced entry or anything else missing. Several homes in the Cottage Grove and Hico areas have reported burglaries over the last few weeks. Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate the area.

Tourism Thriving In Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- A report generated by the U.S. Travel Association shows tourist visiting Henry County generated $55.55M in direct tourism spending in Henry County in 2015, up .07% over 2014. The report stated Henry County ranked 27th out of 95 counties in the State of Tennessee for direct tourist spending.

There are over 300 jobs related to the tourism industry in Henry County, generating $8.93 million in worker income and paychecks. “The tourism industry is a vital part of our economy and saves every household in Henry County $616 in state and local taxes,” according to David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance.

On an average day, Tourist spending in Henry County generated $28,712 in combined state and local taxes and $24,466 in worker paychecks.

Since 2010, tourist spending in Henry County has increased from $46.44 million to $55.55 million in 2015, the most recent figures provided by the U.S. Travel Association. “It is obvious the impact the Tennessee River Resort Act funds has had on our ability to attract more tourism to our County,” Hamilton added.

Over 7,000 overnight stays will be generated this year by the various events supported by the revenues generated thru the Tennessee River Resort Act. These overnight stays are a result of us attracting events on Kentucky Lake, such as the Costa Bassmaster High School Championship, Cabella’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, Kayak Bass Fishing, Triton Owners Tournament and Boss Hoss Motorcycle Rally.

“Our most recent event attracted 569 kayak anglers for the Kayak Bass Fishing tournament, an event that will return again in 2018 with a $100,000 first place payout,” Hamilton said. It is believed this event could grow to over 700 kayak anglers next year, making it the largest kayak event in the country.

First Draft Budget Passed Out to Budget Comm. Members

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Budget Committee members received the first draft of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget at their May meeting on Monday night. Henry County Mayor Brent Greer gave a snapshot idea of what the early draft looked like.

Mayor Greer explained the budget had a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment for County Employees in it with County Officials getting the state approved raises.

Mayor Greer said, “to have a solid budget moving forward, I think we need about 3 cents on the property tax, we’re in pretty good shape and could possibly make the budget support itself without one, but that wouldn’t be fiscally responsible for the county.”

Mayor Greer reminded budget committee members the highway department and School System hadn’t officially submitted their budgets just yet. Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, who was on hand at the Budget Committee meeting reported that the school system is ready to present a budget that doesn’t require any tax increase to balance.

The current tax rate is $2.06 per $100 of assessed property and Mayor Greer told the committee things can change between the final passing of the budget and he suggested they be prepared to pass it in July on final reading, that way they can see June’s final numbers. The last two years, the County managed to pass the budget by July 1st, without operating on a continuation budget.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers As Fiscal Year End Nears

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday night, budget committee members approved several transfers in different budgets as departments begin the process of filling needs before the budget year ends June 30th.

No money was moved from unappropriated fund balance as all requested funds came from within department budgets. The transfers included moving money around for new furniture in the Trustee’s office, adding more money for postal charges in the County Clerk’s Office, moving money around in the Sheriff’s Department for increased medical and dental services, and overtime pay in the newly formed C.A.R.E. program where they are focusing on traffic stops on Hwy 69 this summer.

HCSO Budget Director Amy Davis explained as of this past Friday the Operation C.A.R.E. efforts on Hwy 69 resulted in 84 tickets and two DUI charges.

The Health Department also added $12,420 in their budget from the tobacco funds distributed by the state and the School System added the BEP Revenue, Project Diabetes Grant for sidewalks at Harrelson, Mini U Trust Grants, and Read to Be Ready Grants at all elementary schools.

HCHD Changing Way it Does Payroll

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Highway Department Commission Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt explained that they have decided to change up the way they do payroll with letting the highway department employees get a paycheck 52 weeks a year instead of 48.

The plan will start July 1 with the new fiscal year where the highway department will shut down the week of the 4th of July and again the week between Christmas and New Year’s the employees will use vacation days and holiday pay during these times. They will still get a paycheck, even when shut downs occur. Employees with more than 8 years who have more vacation time available, can take their other time whenever they want.

The change also allows the employees to build up sick time of two hours per week and allows it to carry over year to year. Chilcutt said we will cap the sick time at 200 hours, so they would have to use it to add more once they reach 200.

Chilcutt said one of the biggest issues with how things were being done dealt with the employees trying to draw unemployment. “It was a nightmare for them to draw unemployment during off weeks, some even had to call State Representatives office to get it, this way, everyone gets a paycheck every week,” Chilcutt said.

Chilcutt said, “we’ve got a good crew I want to take care of them, so I think this will work out better for everyone.” The Highway Department does have someone on call even during shutdowns and crews come in if weather causes issues as well.

Chilcutt informed board members that State Aid paving would start the week of May 22nd and they would be finished by June 10th. He said they are going to probably work on about 10 miles of road. He also explained that the gas tax did pass and more State Aid money to the tune of about $600K was put into the budget. Henry County will get a portion of that as it will be divided among the counties. With that extra State Aid money, and money from the gas tax, Chilcutt said the county will have a chance to do some good work on county roads next fiscal year.

Henry FD Responds to Vehicle Crash and Fire Mon. Morning

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle fire just after 5am Monday morning at 3575 Henry Midway Road. The car had wrecked and hit a tree and caught fire. Henry FD sent two engines and 8 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the fire and cleared the scene in about 45 minutes. The occupants of the vehicle managed to walk away without any major injuries. (Dustin Odom photos)

Thefts, Traffic Stops Keep Law Enforcement Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Tony Elkins and Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department witnessed John P. Leach, age 65, of 708 Cooper Street, driving and had prior knowledge of his license being suspended. They pulled the vehicle over and arrested Leach for driving on suspended. During search a small zipper bag of marijuana was also found. Leach was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and violation of the financial responsibility law. The passenger, Ashley L. Garrison, age 35, of 11143 Hwy. 54, was charged with failure to appear.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department charged Shannon Stracener, 37, of 450 Kirks Trading Post Road with active warrants from Henry County for felony theft after responding to the back of McDonald’s Parking lot for a call. Stracener was also found to have active warrants from Virginia and they wanted to extradite, so fugitive from justice charges were added as well.

Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Brandon E. Fisher, age 27, of 1635 Copper Springs Road with evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. Fisher was placed on $5K bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a vacant house on Whitlock Road was entered when someone pryed their way into one of the windows. Four boxes of CDs and four boxes of DVDs appeared to have been stolen and the front door was left unlocked when the suspect left the scene.

A resident of Main St. in Cottage Grove reported a lock box and some assorted jewelry missing from the residence. There was no sign of forced entry at the home and there are no suspects at this time.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’ office stated two red max weed eaters valued at $450 apiece were stolen from a trailer while parked on Old McKenzie Hwy. There are no suspects at this time.

59th Annual Top Ten Program Held Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The 59th annual Top Ten Scholarship Program was held Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Paris honoring the top academic students in the Paris Special School District and the Henry County School System.

Guest speaker for the program was retiring E. W. Grove School principal, Sam Tharpe. Tharpe grew up in Henry County graduated from Henry County High School before attending Union University where he received his B.S. in business and proceeded to later receive his master's degree in education at the University of Tennessee at Martin.Tharpe had worked with Dana Corporation, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and the Henry County School system as an assistant principal at Lakewood, principal at Henry before becoming the principal at Grove school. Tharpe challenged the students to value the lessons they had learned from their parents as well as the teachers who have loved them for years.

The program sponsored by Carroll Bank and Trust, Commercial Bank, First Bank, Foundation Bank, Paris Post-Intelligencer, Security Bank, and WMUF/WLZK/WRQR Radio was emceed by Sam McDaniel. 

Following Tharpe's address to the students, each principal presented the top 7th and 8th grade students in each system and school followed by the announcement of the top ten high school graduates.  Named as the Valedictorian of this year graduating class was Alexander Douglas Boyd son of Drs. Russel and Amy Boyd, Salutatorian was Ethan Allen Jackson son of Lawrence and the late Sheila Jackson, honorable mention 3rd in the class was Collin Harris son of Craig and Allison Harris.  Boyd, Jackson, and Harris have been top ten recipients for all six years.   

Over 150 students were invited to the program in recognition of their academic achievements.  

KSP Arrests Benton Man on Drug Charges

Murray, Ky.- Kentucky State Police stopped a vehicle on Highway 94 West in Calloway County on May 5, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m. for a traffic violation. During the stop, the Trooper located methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.

Lee M. Farmer Jr., age 47, of Benton, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with the traffic violation as well as First Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), First Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Opiate), Second Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Farmer was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Jody Cash. 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.

Springville Man Arrested After Shooting His Own Car

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chad Lowery arrested Larry W. Cease, age 68 of East Antioch Road of Springville, on Saturday for reckless endangerment.

Deputies were dispatched to a bar on Cypress Road in Buchanan on Saturday in reference to a man in the parking lot shooting his own car. The complainant told police that Cease became very angry inside the bar and Cease went out to his car to retrieve his pistol. Cease then began firing rounds into the side of his own car.

 By the time deputies arrived at the scene Cease was gone, but police were able to take him into custody a short time after the incident. Cease was placed on $1,000 bond.

Get Your Pre-Orders in for HCMC Geranium Sale on May 11, 12

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris & Henry County Health Care Foundation will hold their Geranium Sale on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th from 8:30am to 3:30pm or until gone.

It costs $7 per plant and sale locations include: First Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue and the Henry County Medical Center Patient Parking Lot.

Colors include Patriots bright red, white, Patriot papaya and Patriot Salmon Chic.  To secure your order please place your pre-order by Monday, May 8th at 5pm.

Pre-orders should arrive on Tuesday and they can be picked up at the Henry County Medical Center Cafeteria. You can email your orders to tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org or you can fax your order form to 731-644-8360.

For questions please call Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266. All of the proceeds benefit the Paris & Henry County Health Care Foundation.

Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Trooper Jeremy Byers arrested Chris B. Miller, age 28 of North Market Street of Paris, on Friday for DUI, violation of due care, registration law and financial responsibility law. Miller was placed on $1,500 bond.

HCHS Announces Valedictorian and Top 10 in Grades 10-12

Salutatorian is Ethan Jackson, Valedictorian is Alex Boyd and the Honorable Mention is Colin Harris.

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS 12th grade Salutatorian is Ethan Jackson, Valedictorian is Alex Boyd and the Honorable Mention is Colin Harris.

The Top 10 students are determined based on current year grades and are in alphabetical order and the Top 7 students are determined based on high school cumulative grades. These students were recognized on Sunday, May 7th, during the community Top Ten Recognition First United Methodist Church.

The 12th grade Top 10 are Alex Boyd, Sophie Carter, Gracie Clayton, Beck Cox, Colin Harris, Calista Herrera, Ethan Jackson, Landon Roberson, Hailee Vaughn, Shannon Watson and Elizabeth Wood.

Pictured: Alex Boyd, Sophie Carter, Gracie Clayton, Beck Cox, Colin Harris, Calista Herrera, Ethan Jackson, Landon Roberson, Hailee Vaughn, Shannon Watson and Elizabeth Wood.

The 12th grade Top 7, based on cumulative high school grades and are listed in rank order: 1. Alex Boyd, 2. Ethan Jackson, 3. Colin Harris, 4. Gracie Clayton, 5. Sydney Wyatt and tied in 6th was Calista Herrera and Shannon Watson.

Pictured: Alex Boyd, Ethan Jackson, Colin Harris, Gracie Clayton, Sydney Wyatt and Calista Herrera and Shannon Watson.

The 11th grade Top 10 are: Samantha Carpenter, Josh Cutright, Gray Gardner, Hunter Goodman, Hannah Hopkins, Emily Hudgins, Cameron May, Murray Perkins, Anna Pettit and Tori Starks.

Pictured: Samantha Carpenter, Josh Cutright, Gray Gardner, Hunter Goodman, Hannah Hopkins, Emily Hudgins, Cameron May, Murray Perkins, Anna Pettit and Tori Starks.

The 10th grade Top 10 are: Natalie Clark, Clay Durham, Graci Ellis, Ryan Gladwell, Caroline Gurton, Logan Lacy, Delia McDevitt, Kester Nucum, Jaret Rushing and Audrey Sinclair.

Pictured: Natalie Clark, Clay Durham, Graci Ellis, Ryan Gladwell, Caroline Gurton, Logan Lacy, Delia McDevitt, Kester Nucum, Jaret Rushing and Audrey Sinclair.

Two Men Arrested On Drug Charges After One Flees Police

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Lt. Lance Perry arrested Eddie Bryant, age 25 of Sloan Road of Springville, on Saturday for assault, evading arrest, simple possession of a schedule II substance and violation of probation.

Sgt. David Powell also arrested Michael D. Owen, age 23 of Lone Oak Village of Paris, for accessory after the fact and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Perry along with Sgt. Powell and Deputy David Andrews Sr. went to Upchurch Drive to try and serve warrants on Bryant, who was known to hang out there. When Sgt. Powell pulled up Bryant took off running into the woods and Lt. Perry managed to catch and arrest Bryant.

Police were then given permission to search the home and Officers found  several items at the scene that contained drug paraphernalia which tested positive for meth. Bryant was placed on $7,500 bond and Owen was placed on $4,000 bond.

Ladies Inspiration Day at Church of Christ is May 13th

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Ladies Inspiration Day  on Saturday, May 13th at the Church of Christ located at 109 Sparks Street in Paris. Registration will be from 8:30am to 9am and coffee, juice and donuts will be served.

The program will begin at 9am with lunch to follow and Sister Alethea McClain from East Jackson Church of Christ will be the guest speaker for the event. Colors for the event are blue and white and this year’s theme is Christ is my Anchor.

Mansfield Man Arrested for 2nd Driving on Revoked

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Curtis W. Barker, age 58 of Hastings Drive of Mansfield, on Friday for driving on a revoked license second offense. Barker was placed on $1,500 bond.

Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 Helps Sell Lots of Books for W.G. Rhea Public Library's Book Sale

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a good turnout as people came to the Kroger Shopping Center to see the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and purchase books at The Friends of the Rhea Public Library 50% off Children’s Book Sale on Saturday, May 6th from 10am to 3pm.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 were both there to meet and greet with children who attended the event while selling books at a bargain.

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Good Turnout for Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Getting rid of an old airconditioner and a fan at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Lots of people look advantage of the Henry County Solid Waste Department and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday at the Henry County Recycling Center.

People got the chance to dispose of all those leftover household chemicals, lawn and garden products, and automotive materials.

The center took  “dead” appliances, household electronics, junk mail, newspapers, number 1 or 2 plastics, aluminum cans, magazines, and old telephone books.

Miss TN Serves Ham at the Rotary Club Ham Breakfast

Miss Tennessee Allee-Sutton Hethcoat helping serve up some country ham at the Rotary Club's Ham Breakfast. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club held its 44th Annual Country Ham Breakfast at Paris Elementary on Saturday morning and the cafeteria was packed as Rotary members served the huge crowd. The Paris Rotary Club also had a special guest help them in serving the breakfast when the 2017 Miss Tennessee Allee-Sutton Hethcoat stopped by to serve up some of the famous ham at Saturday’s breakfast.

Paris Rotary CLub members getting the ham ready to be served. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Inman Middle School Beta Club was also on hand to help serving beverages and taking up plates.

One of the Beta Club members serving orange juice. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris Rotary Club member and WMUF's own David Jackson was also on hand to help serve breakfast while talking up old friends and new faces at the breakfast.

Rotary member and WMUF's own David Jackson was on hand to serve up some grits and good conversation at the Paris Rotary Club Breakfast. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Springville Man Arrested for Possession and Dickson Woman Arrested for Accessory

Springville, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Sgt. Jamie Myrick arrested Patricia M. Forrest, age 25 of Sylvis Road of Dickson, on Thursday for accessory after the fact. Forrest was placed on $5,000 bond.

Sgt. Clyde Sulcer also arrested Brandon Edward Fisher, age 27 of Copper Springs Road of Springville, on Thursday for violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fisher was placed on $1,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson arrested Christopher M. Evins, age 34 of South Highland Street of Paris, on Thursday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Evins was placed on $1,000 bond.

Tea Cup Ready for Rhea's Fancy Nancy Tea Party on May 12th

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Fancy Nancy Tea Party for girls ages 4 to 6 years old will be held on Friday, May 12th from 6pm to 8pm.

Registration is happening now and will be limited to the first 30 girls who register for the event. A $5 deposit per child is required to reserve your spot and you will get your deposit back at the event. You can register by going to the library located at 400 W Washington Street in Paris.

All kids must be accompanied by a female adult. On the day of the event attendees will meet at the library to get all glammed up and then they will take a limo ride to Lee School for the tea party. So head on over to Rhea Library to reserve your spot for the Fancy Nancy Tea Party on May 12th.

Paris Man Arrested for Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Danny Cowan, age 25 of Yates Street of Paris, on Friday for aggravated assault and domestic assault. Cowan was placed on $10,000 bond.

Paris Fire Dept. Wins Battle of the Badges

David Jackson photo

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department won this year’s Battle of the Badges for the Lifeline Bloodmobile on Thursday.

Tammy Hurst of Lifeline released the results and the Paris Fire Department had 39, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department had 36 and Paris Police Department had 20.

Members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Police Department  will have pies thrown in their faces and the time and place for the pie-throwing will be announced at a later time.

K-9 Teams From Across the South Compete in Drug Dog Competition at Paris Landing

One of the K-9 teams alerting to drugs hidden in a metal storage unit. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department are the hosting agencies for the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association Conference this week and approximately 130 Officer and K9 teams have spent the week getting training in detecting narcotics, explosives, tracking, and patrol work.

K-9 Units from Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and other Southern states competed in the K-9 law enforcement drug dog competition on Friday morning at Paris Landing State Park in the Don Ridgeway Center. Spectators got to see how different dogs and their handlers conduct drug searches. Some of the dogs will sit or lay down , while others stand and some dogs will paw, scratch or bark to alert their handler to  where the drugs are located.

Each K-9 team got three minutes to search through all of the different locations for drugs. The K-9’s had to search through each location before the three minutes were up and some of the things the dogs searched through included: suitcases, boxes, metal desks, automobiles, plastic totes and even electronics like printers where drugs could possibly hidden.

May Busy Month for Relay for Life Events

Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life is scheduled for June 9th in Henry County and several events are planned over the next few weeks leading up to the main night.

The monthly meeting will be held at Quality Inn at 6pm on Tuesday May 9th. Everyone is invited to attend and is encouraged to bring updated information on their fundraisers and campsites.

Tuesday May 9th is the Cuts, etc. for A Cure where 4 hair salons will be donating 20% of their business that day to Relay. The participating salons are Hello Gorgeous, located in the Kroger Shopping Center, Shear Connections, Cornerstone Drive, Attitudes, Volunteer Drive, and Three Jeans, Three Jeans Drive off Hwy. 54.

The Henry County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will be held on May 13th at 6pm at First United Methodist Church. The dinner is free to every survivor and one guest and is hosted by the Paris Elks Lodge. Invitations will be mailed out but any survivor who doesn’t receive one can contact Debra Stoope at 642-8329 or email dkstoope@yahoo.com.

Also on May 13th, RFL will be holding a canned food drive at Kroger in Paris beginning at 8am.

W.G. Rhea Public Library Offering Computer Classes in May

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will offer Computer Classes in May. They are free to the public and cover basic computer skills. You must sign-up for the classes by calling the Library at 642-1702. Classes will be held Monday May 8th 6-7pm, Wednesday May 10th 11:30am to 12:30pm, Tuesday May 23rd 6-7pm, and Thursday May 25th 11:30am-12:30pm, for Computer Basics II.

Summer Tennis Camp Enrollment Now Open

Paris, Tenn.- Sign-ups are now being accepted for the 2017 Summer Tennis programs for kids and adults in Paris. Beginning classes for kids ages 6-8 years of age are designed to have fun while learning the basics of the game. For more experienced players, ages 14-18 there are the Junior Team Tennis events which include high performance training and team competitive events.

For adults who have always wanted to learn the game, or reinforce skills once required, there is Cardio Tennis. This will teach the basics of the game and burn off calories.

All classes will be held at the Paris Parks Tennis facility located on the campus of Henry County High School. To assure your spot call Linda at 731-441-2155 or email kirkscourt@gmail.com. Programs are sponsored by the United States Tennis Association, the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club and the City of Paris Parks and Recreation Department.

Dates for the Summer Tennis program begin June 5th and costs ranges from $60 for youth to $90 for Adult Cardio Tennis. U.S. Professional Teaching Pro J.F. Kirk will teach the classes.


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