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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Wannabeatles at KPAC Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Wannabeatles, where fab meets fun, will be at the Krider Performing Arts Center Saturday September 15th at 7pm. General Admission is $15. VIP seating is $25 and begins at 6pm and includes a meet and greet. The Wannabeatles is America's premier Beatles Tribute band. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Planning Commission Approves Site Plan, Rezoning Request

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met Thursday evening and approved a rezoning request by Kenny Denton a 191 Russell Street. He submitted a request to rezone a parcel of property that was zoned residential when the City annexed it around ten years ago, even though there is a commercial building on the property, the former Barcroft Automotive building.

Denton requested the parcel be zoned commercial/industrial and the City Commission adopted an ordinance last week on first reading to rezone it to M-1 for light industrial. The planning commission may consider rezoning other properties around the area as M-1 as well.

A site plan for Advance Financial was approved by planners Thursday night as well at 105 Memorial Drive. Developers are proposing to demolish the existing building and the new building consists of 1500 sq. feet.

Planners deferred action on a site plan for Service Rental, on Lakeway circle.

Pats Hosts Old Rival Clarksville High in Big District Game Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host one of their oldest rivals Clarksville High Friday night for football. It’s a big district game as both teams are undefeated on the season and ranked in the top ten at this time. The kick-off is 7pm at Patriot Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm. You can also stream the game via our website, wmufradio.com or listen on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

Running with the Law 5K is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Captain Adam Jenkins and Sgt. Daniel Powell are warming up for the Run with the Law 5K that will be held this Saturday at the Henry County High School. All racers will receive a HCSO challenge coin. Entry fee is $20 with all proceeds being donated to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.
Registration is at 7:00 and the race starts at 8:00.

Inman Lady Bulldogs Win Patriot Classic

Paris, Tenn.- For the third consecutive year, the Inman Middle School’s Lady Bulldogs Cross Country Team was named champions at the eighth annual Patriot Classic Thursday evening at McNeil Park. 

The girls placed first out of five qualifying teams during the two-mile race, which consists of a terrain of grass, dirt, and gravel.  Three runners finished in the top 10, giving the girls the winning lowest score of 42.

Sara Mathis, eighth grader, finished third with a time of 14:44 while eighth graders Harlee Veazey and Avery Bryan finished eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 15:15 and 15:27.

Charlotte Coulston, eighth grader, finished 12th with a time of 16:09 and seventh grader Kylee Perry finished 17th with 16:59. Mia Arnold finished 20th with a time of 17:27.

Also running for the Lady Bulldogs were Disha Patel, Katie Grace Arnold, Pearl Davis, Maesyn Hart, and Ella French. Sixth graders running as independents were Amelia Northam, Ella Mathis, Sara Beth Patterson, and Marley Edwards.

Seventh grader Carter Thompson had the fastest time for the boys’ team with a 15:50, earning the 20th finishing spot. Also running for the Bulldogs were Jacob Brown, Bennett Cain, Grayson Garland, and Mauricio Henriquez. Matthew Parish ran as a sixth grade independent while Paris Elementary School fifth grader Slayden Hosford finished 18th as an independent with a time of 15:30.

The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs will compete next at the TMSAA West Sectionals meet in Martin as a qualifier for the state championship.  The Lady Bulldogs were the 2017 TMSAA State Champions for Division A schools.  This is the fifth year for cross country at Inman Middle with Kelley Lassiter serving as head coach since the program began in 2014. 

HCHS Students Are Enrolling in Dual Credit, Prepping for Life After HS

A large group of student ambassadors were on hand at Thursday's HCBOE meeting and several spoke on what their doing on a daily basis. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education held their September meeting at Henry County High School Thursday night and Principal Dr. Michele Webb and some student ambassadors gave an update on the high school’s year.

Dr. Webb goes over the school's improvement plan.

Dr. Webb went over the improvement plan with the focus area #1 in math hoping students increase their math content knowledge for the purpose of increasing the percentage of students meeting TN Ready proficiency levels and the percentage of students meeting the ACT math benchmarks. Dr. Webb said they plan to have math tasks in all subject areas, three times per semester, have math ACT practice problems in math classes, and increased math conversations in math classes each weekly.

The 2nd focus area is literacy as students plan to strengthen their literacy skills in the areas of grammar, reading, and writing for the purpose of increasing the percentage of students meeting ACT Reading and English Benchmarks. Dr. Webb said they will include writing pd for teachers; literacy tasks in all subject areas, partial and full-length ACT tests, and carbo power reading. For Tier 3 students.

Ethan Thompson discusses his dual credit with JSCC.

The 3rd focus area is at-risk students and Dr. Webb said we want to make sure those students know they have a contact here at school to help them. Our plan is to identify at-risk students, develop a student support team, and match them with adult mentors. We also plan to implement special activities for the at-risk group such as guest speakers, field trips aligned to post-secondary enrollment and more.

The 4th focus area is instructional collaborative as the teaching staff will participate in an assigned Instructional Collaborative throughout this school year for the purpose of observing and sharing the best teaching practices. They are divided into ten groups and meet once a month and are studying the book, “Teach Like a Champion.

Natalie Clark, this year's student rep on the board, discusses some of the opportunities students have with dual enrollment and other college prep.

Students Representative of the board Natalie Clark led other students in discussing the Ready Graduate information and dual enrollment at the board meeting as well. HCHS students can dual enroll thru TCAT, Jackson State Community College at Central School, with a HCHS/JSCC teacher, or online. Statewide dual credit is also available for students who pass the state challenge exam. Students discussed their daily routines as at TCAT, JSCC, and other dual enrollment courses.

Dr. Webb said Early Post Secondary Opportunities have increased dramatically with over 1100 currently, up from 166 in 2012 and up from 741 just last year.

Board Approves Allowing Students to Participate in State Survey

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton discussed a TN Together Student Survey at the meeting Thursday night. Dr. Norton said when certain agencies request to survey our students, we get approval from the board, many are discarded before even coming to the board’s attention, but this one was for a drug and alcohol use and opioid epidemic to help this agency better meet the needs of students. It is a voluntary survey and parents have the option to let students opt out. Some of the questions include peer drug and alcohol use, exposure to prevention. This survey is from Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Substances.

Dr. Norton Updates Board on Soccer, HCHS Project, and More

Paris, Tenn.- In his director’s report, Dr. Norton updated the board on middle school soccer as it moves forward to hold a season this coming spring. Coaches will meet in January to set a schedule and we would be in a district with several regional schools in West Tennessee like Inman, Obion County, and Milan. They are continuing to work thru the process.

In an update on the high school construction project, Dr. Norton said the gym floor installation will be complete Friday and sanding will begin next week and HVAC is up and running. The front entrance and office demo is going along and sound system installation has been going well. Visitor’s bleachers are nearly complete as sod will be added in the area soon. The Spring Sports building bids have been received and the cost is up, but overall the cost of the project is down. The band building is the next phase of the project as they will seek bids soon.

A representative of some students who perform gymnastics was on hand at the meeting to request the board to release these students in 4th block to practice Airborne Gymnastics Academy to train and compete in artistic gymnastics at the state and National levels. Dr. Norton addressed this issue in his report saying there are policies that are in place to prevent these types of dismissals. He recommended leaving the policies in place.

Board Member Rod Frey Brings Up Several Issues to BOE

Paris, Tenn.- Board member Rod Frey discussed having medical personnel at the Middle School football games. He said a few kids have been hurt and no one has been there. Dr. Norton said we originally didn’t have a contract for middle school athletics only for high school athletics but we reached out to them and asked to start covering our middle school games. Dr. Norton said the medical personnel was supposed to be there at last week's game but was not. He said the only remedy we have is to cancel the games if there is no medical personnel there at the beginning of the games and that is what we will do for the next home game if no medical personnel show up.

Frey also brought up an issue where several ministerial pastors have asked about coming to say prayers at the beginning of football ballgames. Board attorney Rob Whifield said, student led prayer is very controversial. He said the school board is not allowed to have a policy, but spontaneous student led prayer is not unconstitutional. Whitfield said the board should not pass a policy allowing it and Dr. Norton said if we give the microphone to a group to lead prayer we are basically endorsing it. Whitfield said that would violate the U.S. Supreme court’s decision to allow a group to have a microphone and pray before a game, but students can pray on the field on their own before games.

Frey also questioned former chairman Doug Braden’s decision last month to appoint a special committee of two people to work on the Director’s next contract. He questioned the legality of that and why the entire board is not involved. Board attorney Whitfield said the committee can be set up, but a contract can’t be voted on without the entire board. Frey said TSBA legal representatives said that is not legal. Whitfield said he would continue to look into the issue.

New Board Members Sworn In, Board Reorganized

county Clerk Donna Craig swearing in Josh Frey and Jim McCampbell. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At the beginning of the meeting, Josh Frey, who was elected back in August for the 2nd District and Jim McCampbell, who was re-elected in the 4th district were sworn in by County Clerk Donna Craig. The board then elected Jill Coker to serve as board chairman and Rod Frey to serve as vice chairman.

Johnny Mac Featured at Noon on the Square Fri. Sept. 14th

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank sponsored Noon on the Square continues Friday from 11:30am to 1pm with Johnny Mac playing great music to entertain the crowd. The Paris Quota Club will be selling lunch on the 14th with cheeseburgers or brats and chips for $6. The DPA will sell drinks for a donation.

Homeplace 1850s Featuring Quilts this Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Homeplace 1850s Farm will feature “Quilts, Coverlets and Comforters: Keeping Warm in the 1850s” on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 10am-3pm, at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Programs included with general admission; ages 13 and up $5, ages 5-12 $3, and ages 4 and under free.

"We invite everyone to learn how a farm family would have made bed coverings to stay warm in the winter,” says Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls. “From quilting bees, weaving looms and knitting needles, farm women made a wide variety of bed coverings with homegrown fibers."

Treasured 1850 era and reproduced quilts and coverlets will be on display. Children can learn to weave a 'paper' blanket and the whole family can explore the fifteen historic buildings and meet the heritage breed farm animals.

The Friends of Land Between the Lakes is a membership organization and provides interpretive services at the 1850s Homeplace, Woodlands Nature Station, the Elk and Bison Prairie and the Golden Pond Visitor Center. For more information on membership, volunteer opportunities or sponsorship, contact Jennifer Wheatley at jwheatley@friendsoflbl.org or 270.924.2014.

Hamburger Night Planned at Post 89 Friday Night

Springville, Tenn.-  The American Legion Post 89 Ladies Auxiliary welcomes everyone to Hamburger night Friday September 14th at the post located at 4326 Antioch Road in Springville. Come get a made to order burger, with or without cheese and choice of toppings and French fries for only $6. Serving begins at 5pm and runs until 7:30pm. Like the Post 89 Facebook page for more information.

Quota Club Installs New Officers, Prepares for New Year

Quota President Kayla Nation discusses her "Mission Possible" theme at the meeting. (Martha McFadden photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club met on September 12th with Kayla Nation taking the reigns as President of the Club. Quota International has changed their fiscal year from October 1st thru September 30th.

Nation’s theme this year is “Mission Possible” and she presented each officer with a packet containing a magnifying glass, flashlight, notepads, and mints.

Pecans will be $12 for halves, pieces, and specialty bags and quota members signed up for the number of bags they want to sell at the meeting. The in house auction will take place at the Sept. 26th meeting with plants, home décor, cakes, casseroles, and more for sale. Proceeds go for club expenses. Quota is furnishing lunch for Noon on the Square this Friday and again on the 28th selling burgers, brats, and chips.

The Quota Club’s Hog Killing is set for Tuesday October 16th at 6pm at Lee Academy and Elvis Impersonator Riley Jenkins will be the entertainment.

Quota's Board of Directors for this fiscal year.

Cpl. Sanders, Lt. Wyrick Receive Governor's 3 Star Awards

Nashville- On Wednesday September 12th Lt. Scott Wyrick and Cpl. Jim Sanders were given the Governors 3 Stars Award. The 3 Stars Award is a life saving award that is given to recipients from across the state. Wyrick and Sanders were chosen from a large pool of first responders to receive this distinguished honor. The ceremony was held at the Governor’s residence in Nashville. This has become an annual event where heroes from all across the state are honored for their life saving efforts.

Patriot XL Offers Tutoring for 9-12 Graders Before and After School

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System offers free tutoring for students in grades 9-12 through the Patriot XL program located at Grove and HCHS. Both schools offer every student the opportunity to participate in the Patriot XL open library hours, academic assistance, recreational activities, and monthly programs before and after school extended learning programs.

Tutors are available for homework help and make-up work daily. Special programs will also be offered on a regular basis throughout the year. Free breakfast and afternoon snacks are provided daily. For questions call Holley Mason at 642-4586; David Huber at 644-3205; or Susan Burton at 642-9733. Applications are available now. Patriot XL is funded thru the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

Friends of TN NWR 5th Annual Photo Contest Underway

Springville, Tenn.- The Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) will be hosting their fifth annual Photography Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Friends, Dr. Danny Kimberlin and Dr. Gene Gulish to help raise awareness of the scenic beauty within the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and the many photo opportunities that it offers. 

Although there is no entry fee this year, donations are requested. Proceeds from any donations received from the entrants will be used by the Friends to assist with funding of projects and activities that take place on the refuge, such as trail projects, Discovery Series events and providing funding for field trip transportation to the refuge. Last year the Friends provided transportation for 3,600 field trip school children to visit the refuge Visitor Center cost free.

All entries must be digital and will be accepted from September 1, 2018 through October 10, 2018 until 4PM and can be hand delivered or mailed to the Visitor’s Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Dr., Springville, TN 38256. The digital files can also be emailed to refugereflections@gmail.com . Winners will be announced at a reception to be held at the Visitor’s Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at 2 pm.

There will be no entry fee but any donations will be accepted. There will be an adult category and a youth category for photographers under 18. Cash prizes paid out are $50 for 1st Place in each category and $100 for Best of Show. 

Contest specifics, categories and entry forms may be picked up at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center or downloaded at: www.friendstnwr.org or at Facebook.com/TNrefuge/

In addition, you may have a copy sent to you by contacting Vickie Miller at 731-247-3288 or friendstnwr622@gmail.com.

Escaped Inmate Back in Custody After Tip

Paris, Tenn.- Freedom was short lived for an inmate who escaped work detail earlier in the day Wednesday is back in custody thanks to an anonymous tip. Capt. Adam Jenkins had sent a press release earlier Wednesday afternoon saying Craig Shanks, age 25 of Puryear, was on work detail at the Henry County Medical Center. He was released over to them at 7:30am and by shortly before noon, Shanks was reporting missing.

After issuing a press release asking for the public's help, Sgt. Blake Jenkins and Dep. Dalton Watson found Shanks hiding behind an outbuilding. Shanks attempted to flee but was apprehended by Sgt. Jenkins and Dep. Watson and is now back in jail.

Capt. Jenkins said Shanks will not be allowed back on work detail and they hope to see him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for escape. Capt. Jenkins said this situation sheds a bad light on all the good work done by inmates on work detail throughout the community.

HCHS Has Two Seniors as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Robbie and Kester are the two HCHS seniors who have qualified as NMSP Semifinalist. (HCHS photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Robbie Kenworthy, son of Rob and Nikki Kenworthy and Kester Nucum, son of Joseph and Theresa Nucum have been announced as two Henry County High School seniors that are Semi Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Robbie and Kester will be notified throughout the year as they continue in the competition and by July of 2019 they will know if they advance to National Merit Finalist standing.

Nationwide, 16K Semifinalists were announced in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. These students will continue in the competition with hopes of being part of 7500 Scholarships worth more than $31M that will be offered next summer.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the NMSP. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

To become a Finalists, semifinalists and the school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community events, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Semifinalists must also write an essay and earn high marks on the SAT.

Man Cited Into Court for Drug Paraphernalia; Trailer Stolen

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department cited Dakota Austin Young, age 22, of 55 Busy Lane, into court for drug paraphernalia possession after finding a meth pipe under his driver’s seat. The report stated Sgt. James was on routine patrol and noticed a truck parked in the Washington Court Park and noticed the driver, identified as Young, putting his hands under the seats when he pulled the patrol car up close to the truck.

He refused search, so Sgt. James ran K9 Drago around and once Drago alerted on the passenger side door, a search was done and a meth pipe was found under the driver’s seat.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department took a report of 5x8 utility trailer being stolen from a home on West Wood Street. The value of the trailer is around $400 and there are no suspects at this time.

Chamber Hosting Community Conversation on Voter Turnout Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Humanities Tennessee and Think Tennessee are launching a series of community conversations to address Tennessee’s consistently low voter registration and turnout and will be at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce from 12-1:30pm. Facilitator will be Dr. Chris Baxter, University of TN Martin.

The goal of the conversations is to encourage voter turnout in advance of the 2018 midterm elections and discuss ideas to strengthen the state’s democracy. Attendees will take part in discussion based on short readings of texts that focus on the First Amendment and the responsibilities of citizens, to be handed out at the event. Citizens will then engage in conversation about their news sources and how they affect voter participation. The event is free with no registration required and refreshments will be served.

The conversation model for the events are part of the Conversation Project, a program of Humanities Tennessee. Through this model, small groups of people are guided through a conversation around a central topic, allowing everyone to contribute, feel heard, and leave with insight into their own views and those of others.

For more information about this session to be held Thursday email serentiy@humanitiestennessee.org or call 615-770-0006 ext. 8012.

HCMC, Healthcare Center Decades of Service on Display at Heritage Center

CEO of HCMC Lisa Casteel welcomes everyone and talks about the exhibit and years of serving the community before introducing new physicians. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd was on hand the Heritage Center Tuesday evening to celebrate the anniversary kick-off reception and exhibit opening for celebrating Henry County Medical Center’s 65th Anniversary and the Healthcare Center’s 55th Anniversary of serving the community. The exhibit features many postcards, pictures, more from the past depicting the hospital’s role in the community. It will be on display until December. In the plumley center, a timeline of the medical center is on display complete with pictures, medical tools used in the past and more.

A very large crowd was on hand for the opening of the exhibit.

CEO of the Medical Center Lisa Casteel spoke to the large crowd thanking them for their support and inviting them to see all the displays. She then introduced the newest physicians and partners in care.

Doctors tools and a timeline of construction at HCMC.

The newest physicians were introduced Katherine Whitfield, DO, OB/GYN Paris Women’s Center; Pamela Evans MD, OB/GYN Paris Women’s Center; Amanda Finley, MD, Hospitalist; Bethany Russell, MD Family Practice, East Wood Clinic; Sylvester Nwedo, MD, Psychiatry, Lake Haven Behavioral Center; and Bo Richardson, MD Internal Medicine, Transitions Health.The newest partners in Cancer Care Services and Cardiology Services which are the West Clinic and St. Thomas.

Some of the previous tools used in medical procedures.

Health Dept. Uses $5K Grant to Install 5 New Little Libraries

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department has recently completed a project for the community thanks in part of a $5000 grant they received from the state office of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination. The health department had applied for the grant in February and it was used to purchase, paint, build, and stock 5 little libraries for areas of the county to help serve more underprivelidged and minority children. The Little Libraries are at McNeil Park, Ogburn Park, Church in Paris, the Health Department, and Henry Baptist Church in Henry.

The little libraries are stocked with books and extra books have been purchased to continue to stock the libraries in the future. Rachel Matlock, Public Health Educator, said, “everyone is invited to get a book, read it, and bring it back, then get another, and we have focused on children’s books so far. Anyone is welcomed to donate books to the Little Libraries by bringing them to any of the Little Library Locations or to the Health Departments.

Pig Wrestle Part of Events at Saturday's Pioneer Day in Henry

Henry, Tenn.- Pioneer Day in Henry is set for this Saturday September 15th with a parade at 10am, cake walk at 10:30am, fish dinner at 11am, bingo at 11:30am, appearance of Air Evac at Noon, Rescue Squad Jaws of Life Demonstration at 12:30pm, hog wrestling competition at 1pm, SWAG Wrestling at 7pm Saturday evening, and the night ends with a firework display at dark.

There will be AR-15/shotgun drawing at dark and raffle tickets are $10 each. In addition to all this there will be BBQ, bouncy houses, rock and face paintings for the kids, pony rides, and games. All events take place around the Civic Center in Henry.

Sign-ups for the Pig Wrestle will begin at 12 noon and it is $30 entry fee for teams of 3. Winning team will receive 50% payback of entry fees up to $300. To pre-register go online to www.henryfd.com/pig

UTM, JSCC Sign Dual Admission Partnership Agreement

Martin, Tenn.- Dr. Keith Carver, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, and Dr. Allana Hamilton, president of Jackson State Community College, signed a Dual Admission Partnership Agreement on Sept. 10 to give students a clear transition path between the two institutions.

“This is another step in solidifying a great, long-standing relationship with Jackson State,” said Carver. “Let me tell you what we know at UT Martin when we get a Jackson State student who has finished an associate degree. … They are ready to study. They are ready to continue on, and they are going to take a clear path to graduation from UT Martin. They are mature, and they are prepared, so we really appreciate the great work that happens here (at JSCC).”

According to the partnership agreement, students who enroll at JSCC with fewer than 15 college-level semester hours, major in an eligible Tennessee Transfer Pathway baccalaureate program and meet current UT Martin admission criteria can complete an intent-to-enroll application with UT Martin. Doing so will guarantee the student a position at UT Martin after completion of their JSCC associate degree, provided the student maintains at least a 2.0 grade point average at the end of their second year.

Students who participate in the dual admission partnership will be considered students of both institutions and be assigned to both JSCC and UT Martin academic advisors to ensure they stay on track to complete both two-year and four-year degrees in their chosen fields. Students will also have full access to the UT Martin library, computer labs and student affairs offices during their time at JSCC. Those who elect to pay applicable student fees will be able to attend UT Martin sporting events and participate in campus activities as well.

The UT Martin Jackson Center is now located in the Ned R. McWherter Center on the JSCC campus and offers upper-division courses in a variety of degree fields. Dual-admission students can choose whether to continue coursework at the Jackson Center or transfer to the UT Martin main campus to complete their four-year degrees.

UT Martin established a similar partnership with Dyersburg State Community College in 2015 under the leadership of then-chancellor Dr. Bob Smith.

For more information about the agreement, contact Dr. Larry Bailey, vice president of academic affairs at JSCC, at lbailey@jscc.edu or Destin Tucker, director of undergraduate admissions at UT Martin, at dtucker@utm.edu.

Trailer Stolen; MCU Makes Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a 5 x 8 utility trailer from a home on Mt. Pleasant Road. The value of the trailer is around $500 and there are no suspects at this time.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested Bobby Marti Ward, age 44, of 340 Tanglewood Lane for driving on suspended driver’s license, simple possession of schedule 6, and  failure to appear.

Parks Board Learns of Timeline for Work on Splash Pad

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department met in regular session Monday afternoon and Parks Director Tony Lawrence updated the board on the LPRF grant involving the Splash pad that will eventually go at Eiffel Tower Park. He said they will attend some grant workshops in October and no official contract will come from the state until around the first of December, so not much work can actually be done until then. Lawrence said, “of course the issue then will be the winter weather and how that impacts the work, but we will do what we can.”

Work has begun on parking lot improvements however with the Public Works Department and Parks staff as they have more than doubled the size of the lower parking lot on the other side of the Gerald Howard Municipal Pool at Eiffel Tower Park. Lawrence said we went towards the woods and there will be around 92 spaces now. We will also have more fluidity as far as striping and direction of where to pull into the parking lot and travel once you are in that area as the engineers have a concept in mind to put in place.

Lawrence told the Parks Board a new roller mower is set to be here Tuesday that was ordered and budgeted that will be 11 and a half feet and be a flex cut and better cut on the soccer fields and outfields for the softball and baseball fields.

The board learned there are new chairs for the Civic Center meeting room, basketball sign-ups will be coming in the next three weeks and they will be condensed to save employee time, and a new swing set has been installed at McNeil Park.

Over the winter some of the projects the Parks Department hopes to tackle include new backstops at McNeil for baseball and softball with the new netting system, dirt work on the softball fields, paint the perimeter fence at McNeil, and prep work at Eiffel Tower Park for the Splash Pad.

Hamilton Resigns As CEO of Industrial Committee

Paris, Tenn.- CEO of the Paris Henry County Industrial Committee David Hamilton has resigned from his position effective September 6th, according to a letter of resignation WMUF received from Hamilton addressing Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, who serves as the chairman of the PHCIC, and the Industrial Committee.

Hamilton told WMUF he has really enjoyed the last 5 years serving as CEO of the Alliance and then the PHCIC and is now looking forward to a different opportunity. Hamilton thanked the board and all for their support during his time in Henry County. He thanked Tara Wilson for her hard work as well and dedication to the PHCIC and Hamilton said he knew she could handle running the office until another CEO is in place.

Mayor Gerrell said, “David has done a lot of good for Paris and Henry County and he is a good friend and I wish him the very best in the future.”

When asked about filing the position, Mayor Gerrell said the PHCIC will use a long, slow process to determine the next CEO. “We don’t really have a lot of big issues here in the last quarter of the year, so Mayor Greer and I will work thru those and then continue to work towards a replacement and find the best fit for Henry County for the position.”

Applications for the next CEO of the Industrial Committee will likely be taken closer to the first of the year as the process goes forward.

Peden Hill CrimeWatch to Meet Tuesday at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Peden Hill Neighborhood Crime Watch will meet at 5pm Tuesday September 11th at the Church of Christ at 109 Sparks Street. The guest speaker will be Catherine Foster, recruiter and faculty for Bethel University College of Professional Studies. She will discuss recruiting for non-traditional students that want to return and get their associate, bachelor, or master degree in business. The program is designed for working adults to obtain their degree while working and taking care of their busy lifestyle. For more information call 644-1758.

HCHS Golf Advances to Regionals

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Men’s and Ladies Golf Teams advance to the Regional Tournaments after top finishes in the District tournament Monday. They will play in the regionals in Gallatin next week. Eli Ridgeway finished 2nd overall and Syndey Williams finished 5th overall individually.

Dairy Queen Holding Fundraiser for HCHS Fishing Team Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Dairy Queen of Paris will be doing a fundraiser for the Henry County High School Fishing Team from 5-8pm Tuesday September 11th. 10% of sales during this time will be donated to the HCHS Fishing Team.

KSP Arrests Man on Felony Charges After Child Found Alone in Field

Mayfield, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police Post 1 received a call about a young boy in a field with no one around on Sunday September 9, 2018 at approximately 4:54 p.m. The caller was driving on Old Dublin Road, when they noticed a young boy, approximately 1 year old alone.  KSP arrived on scene and a neighbor showed KSP the house where the child lives and KSP found a door wide open. 

KSP entered the house to conduct a welfare check after no one would come to the door and found Nathan Taylor, 29, from Mayfield, asleep in the residence. Taylor was hard to wake, but once he awoke, he said the child was his.  Taylor gave consent to KSP to search his residence.

KSP found small amounts of methamphetamine, Marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

Taylor was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense –meth, possession of Marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Taylor was lodged in the Graves County Jail.  The child was placed with a relative by the Cabinet for Community Based Services.  

Thefts Reported; Drugs Found

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary on Mason Lane where entry was made thru the rear bedroom window. Several pieces of fishing equipment was stolen along with a box of clothes, toaster oven, and framed painting of the Last Supper. The value of the stolen items is around $300.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department responded to 1008 Memorial Drive where drugs were found. The landlord entered to find the tenant sleeping and pills and other things in baggies on the table. Ptl. Carper investigated and the tenant denied the drugs, which turned out to be some cocaine as well as pills belonged to someone else. Investigation is continuing no warrants have been drawn for arrests yet.

Paris Fire Department Extinguishes Fire in Crawl Space

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to a fire that started in the crawl space of a home at 15 Bob White Lane on Sunday. The call came in around 11am and units arrived to find lots of smoke. They managed to clear the area out and extinguish the fire.

Library to Host Several Programs in Sept.

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding many programs in September. Monday September 10th at 3:30pm Lego League will meet, Wednesday September 12th at 10:30am its STEM Pre-school Story Hour; Thursday September 13th 5:30-6:45pm will be Kids Kano Coding. On Tuesday September 18th, Computer basics will be held at 11:30am and Pinterest Craft: String Art will start at 6pm; Wednesday September 19th its STEM Pre-School Story Hour at 10:30am and Thursday September 20th at 1pm its Teen Mug Meal: Cupcakes. For more information call the library at 642-1702.

Inman Lady Bulldogs Place 3rd at Callway Co. Meet

Inman eighth grader Harlee Veazey finishes seventh out of 106 middle school girls during the Calloway County Invitational in Murray.

Murray, Ky.- The Lady Bulldogs placed third out of 10 cross country teams during yesterday’s Calloway County Invitational in Murray. Sara Mathis finished fourth with a time of 11:05 for the 1.55-mile course while Harlee Veazey was 7th with a time of 11:16 and Avery Bryan was 8th with an 11:21 finish. Also running for the Lady Bulldogs were Charlotte Coulston, Disha Patel, Kylee Perry, Katie Grace Arnold, Pearl Davis, and Rylee Counce.

The boys team also competed in the meet with Carter Thompson earning the fastest finish time for the Bulldogs with an 11:25. Also running for the boys were Bennett Cain, Jacob Brown, Grayson Garland, and Mauricio Henriquez.
Sixth graders competing as managers were Sara Beth Patterson, Ella Mathis, Marley Edwards, and Matthew Parish.

The Lady Bulldogs also placed fifth out of 16 teams during the recent Brooks Twilight Classic in Memphis.

The Cross Country team will race this Thursday at McNeil Park for the annual Patriot Classic.

Rainy End to the Tennessee Soybean Festival

Martin, Tenn,- Concert goers were disappoint Saturday night as Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, and Cowboy Troy’s performance was cancelled due to the remnants of Hurricane Gordon. According to the website those who purchased tickets with a credit card will receive a refund and will receive an email confirmation of the refund. They are working through that process right now, and ask patrons to be patient. They hope to have all refunds completed and processed by Wednesday, September 12.

If you made a cash purchase, you will need to come to Martin City Hall Sept. 10  through Sept.14 during regular office hours(9am to 4pm) with a photo ID and your ticket(s), and you will be refunded your cash purchase.

Former Chancellor to Speak About Memoirs

Martin, Tenn.- Dr. Charles Smith, former chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, will discuss his recently published memoir, “Journal of a Fast Track Life,” On Sept 13th in the Paul Meek Library.

Smith served as the university’s fifth chancellor from 1980 to1985 and is a former Tennessee commissioner of education as well as a previous chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents. He served in President George W. Bush’s administration as executive director of the Nation’s Report Card and has held leadership roles in education, journalism, and both state and federal government.

His book focuses on lessons learned from a number of high-level mentors and professional guides across three industries. Some research for the book was conducted at the Paul Meek Library. Smith will discuss his experiences and sign copies of his book during the event. He will also be available to take questions from the audience.

For more information, contact the Paul Meek Library at 731-881-7060.

Bethel Ready to Wow Potential Students

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will roll out the red carpet for potential students and their family members on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. 

It all starts at the Vera Low Student Enrichment Center, attendees will have a chance to ask questions and meet with faculty, staff, financial aid, and student organizations. A campus tour – including classroom visits and stops at the library and Campbell Hall – will be followed by a free lunch for all in attendance.

The day’s events conclude with free admission to the afternoon football game where the Wildcats will face Keiser University.

To find out more, email admissions@bethelu.edu, or RSVP by going to www.bethelu.edu/visit and selecting 9/15 as the date to visit.

HCHS Senior Garners National Recognition

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry County High School Senior has earned a seat in the 2018 All- National Honor Ensemble set to perform at Walt Disney World Florida in November. Meredith Robertson, senior at Henry County High School, will be one of 551 students representing 49 states at this year’s event. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical ensemble; it is a comprehensive, musical and educational experience. The 2018 ensembles will meet at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida under the baton of leaders in the field of music education.

Roberson will represent Henry County in the Mixed Choir group for which she is a soprano. The event will take place November 27 to 28.

TBI Most Wanted Updated with Hardaman County Man

Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Johnathon Shaquille Genes of Hardeman County.

Johnathon Genes is wanted by the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for Attempted First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Employing a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony.

Genes is a 24-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes. He’s 5’05” and weighs 120 pounds.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnathon Shaquille Genes is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a reward of up to $2,500 being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Murray Icream Festival Ends on a Musical Note

Murray, Ky.-The Murray Ice cream Festival wrapped up today with games for kids, I Scream Karaoke, Free Ice Cream, Live music and the naming of the Grand Prize winner  of Kroger Brand Ice Cream for a year! The two day event took place on the court square in downtown Murray.

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair has Good Turnout

Paris, Tenn.- A nice turnout for the first day of the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club Arts and Crafts fair at Paris Landing State Park despite the weather.  With over 80 vendors the event there is something for everyone. The vendor are set up next to the lake and concessions are also available. Proceeds benefit annual club, charities and organizations. Though rain is expected again in the forecast for Sunday, the event will continue from 10 am to 5pm.

Patriots Win Big over Liberty

#28 Jayden Kendall cuts back against Liberty

#3 Tavion Kendley breaks free for a 88 yard kick-off return during Fridays game against Liberty

#23 Paxton Pierpoint brings down a Liberty receiver during the Patriots 44-16 victory

Jackson Tenn.- The Patriots gets another win on the road as they beat Liberty 44 to 16.  Henry County dominated the first half racking up 24 points on Liberty with big plays by Jaylin Foster and Joseph Travis. The Crusaders open the second half of play with an 80-yard kickoff return touch down but the Pats' Tavion Kendley returned one for 88-yards.  Henry County ended the evening with a total 180 running yards, 120 passing yards with a game total of 300 yards. This makes the Patriots 4 and 0 on the season as they gear up to take on Clarksville at home next Friday.

Landfill Closed Due to Repairs

Paris, Tenn.-Due to road repair inside the Paris Henry County Landfill, it will be closed Saturday, September 8, but officials plan to reopen it Monday for regular hours. City crews have been replacing a culvert that collapsed at the site. However, the job has been more involved and a greater task than workers originally expected.  Normal hours are: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Breakfast for First Responders Set for Sept. 11

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School Criminal Justice students will host a breakfast to honor all first responders on September 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 in the Henry County High School Testing Center. For more information contact Diane McCord at 642-5232.  All First Responders are invited to attend.

HCSO Respond to Minor Tractor Accident in Como

Como, Tenn.- Henry County Sherriff Department responded to downed utility pole on Highway 54 in Como. According to the report, Ben Moore, 41 of Dresden was bush hogging the edge of a corn field when he caught a guide wire that was covered by high grass. Corporal David Andrews responded to the scene and reported the pole was broken in half. The report also stated the power lines made contact with the tractor causing it to ground out starting a small fire. No injuries were reported and damages could not be estimated at the time of the report.  

Heritage Center Exhibit Celebrating 65 Years of HCMC to Open Tues. Sept. 11

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will host on opening reception and launch for Henry County Medical Center’s exhibit, 65 years of serving the community on Tuesday September 11th from 5:30-7:30pm. Pictures and more from 65 years of HCMC and the Healthcare Center history will be on display.

HC Rep. Party Hosting BBQ Dinner for First Responders on Patriot Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will host a BBQ dinner this coming Tuesday September 11th to honor the Paris Henry County First Responders on Patriot Day. The dinner will be held 5-8pm at the Paris Convention Center, located at 1510 East Wood St. U.S. Congressman David Kustoff will be the guest speaker and first responders from around the county will be recognized during the dinner.

Ticket cost is $20 or a table for 8 for $150; with half of the money from the dinner donated to Helping Hand in honor of First Responders. For tickets or more information email hcrppatriotdaydinner@gmail.com or call 336-4090.

Paris Elementary’s Fall Kickoff and Book Swap

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary’s Fall Kickoff and Book Swap is set for Friday, September 14 from 4:30pm to 7pm. Kids can enjoy Games, inflatables, snow cones, prizes, cotton candy, and more. Students of Paris Elementary will also have the chance to participate in the "Book Swap". Everyone is welcome to come out and have fun with the students and staff of Paris Elementary School.


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