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Inman Middle School Students Entertain at DAR Tea

Gioia Fazzini directing Amelia Hart, Jenson Gamlin, Faith Perry, and Phoebe Odom at the DAR Tea on Saturday.

Paris, tenn.- The John Babb Chapter of DAR held its Christmas tea at the historic home of Ray and Noragene Harding in Paris on Saturday, December 16. Attending the tea were members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Colonies, and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Tours of the home were available to the attendees. Entertainment was provided by four fine musicians of the Inman Middle School 8th Grade Strings Group, directed by Ms. Gioia Fazzini. The musicians were Amelia Hart, Jenson Gamlin, Faith Perry, and Phoebe Odom. The Inman MS strings group will also be providing entertainment at the Henry County Medical Center hospital café during the holiday season.

Several Arrested and Cited on Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Eric Long arrested Jennifer Hubbard, age 48 of Dresden, for simple possession of a schedule II substance. Hubbard was placed on $1,000 bond.

Captain Ricky Watson arrested Korey Ray, age 28 of Boaz, KY, for possession of drug paraphernalia. Ray was placed on $2,000 bond.

In another report, Sgt. Long also cited Josh Perritt, age 41 of Paris, for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Donate a Gift for the District Attorney's No Blue Christmas Event to Show Kindness to Those Less Fortunate

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County District Attorney’s Office is seeking donations of Christmas gifts for its second annual “No Blue Christmas” event that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 23rd.

The gifts will be provided to children from impoverished families in Henry County, who are the subject of pending cases in the District Attorney’s Henry County Child Support Office and otherwise would receive very little or perhaps nothing at all for Christmas.

Unwrapped donations for children between the ages of 2 and 16 can be dropped off at the downtown Paris DA’s office at 101 West Blythe Street between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday until Friday, December 22nd.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Griffey or Debbie Madden-Gray at 731-644-9191.

Two People Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Gina Williamson, age 52 of Paris, for theft under $1,000. Williamson was placed on $300 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Sgt. Tony Hutcherson arrested Stephanie Mitchell, age 29 of Paris, for shoplifting. Mitchell was placed on $1,000 bond.

Lakewood Has Good Turnout for Breakfast with Santa, as Kids Get to Shop at the Lakwood PTO's Holiday Gift Shop

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- This was the first time the Lakewood Elementary School PTO held Breakfast with Santa and a good crowd of kids and adults came out to eat pancakes, take pictures with Santa and shop at the Holiday Gift Shop.

Officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office came out and cooked the pancakes while Fifth Grade teacher Emily Townsend took pictures with Santa at the event. Lakewood’s Holiday Gift Shop was also open to the public during their Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday.

Officers with the HCSO cook up some pancakes for Lakewood's Breakfast with Santa. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Lakewood PTO also offered a Holiday Gift Shop at the school as a great way for students to come by with their class and do some holiday shopping by themselves to surprise their family members on Christmas Day. Most of the items in the gift shop were under $5 and all of the items were under $15.

Shopping at the Lakewood PTO Holiday Gift Shop. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Within four days the Lakewood PTO managed to raise $5,000 from the Holiday Gift Shop and they have had to reorder items every single day. The Lakewood PTO has made a small profit from the Holiday Gift Shop, but it was great to have the kids get involved and pick out what they want to give their families for Christmas.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

All of this could not have been made possible if it wasn’t for all of the volunteers at the PTO, including moms and teachers at Lakewood School.

The Lakewood School PTO has put on numerous fundraisers for the school that has helped pay for a new security system and paid for budget friendly landscaping. The money raised from the PTO fundraisers have also helped take care of playroom and waking area.

Two Men Arrested on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office two men were arrested on multiple charges, Paris Police Investigator Derrek Colley arrested Dustin Norwood, age 30 of Springville, for possession of stolen property, a warrant for escape and a warrant for violation of probation.

Investigator Colley also arrested Phillip Wyatt, age 32 of Kevil, KY, for simple possession of a schedule II substance and simple possession of a schedule III substance. Norwood was placed on$107,500 bond and Wyatt was placed on $2,500 bond.

Lady Pats Get Another District Win After Defeating Rossview

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated  the Rossview Lady Hawks in Clarksville on Friday 56 to 50. Gracie Osbron led the Lady Patriots with 17 points. The Lady Patriots are now 8-3 overall on the season and 4-1 in District 10AAA action.

The Henry County Patriots lost to the Rossview Hawks on Friday night 63 to 43. James King led the Patriots with 11 points. The Patriots are now 3-8 overall on the season and 1-4 in District 10AAA action.

Two People Arrested for Shoplifting

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Bryana Spirko, age 21 of  Springville, and Christopher Brewer, age 31 of Paris, for shoplifting. Spirko and Brewer were each placed on $2,500 bond.

Winner of Our Holiday Christmas Bucks Giveaway is Kathie Elkins

Paris, Tenn.- The winner of the WMUF/WLZK/WRQR/WHDM Holiday Christmas Bucks Giveaway was drawn on Friday afternoon and Kathie Elkins from Paris who registered at Furniture Exchange won the $1,000 Holiday Christmas Bucks Giveaway. Thanks to all of our sponsors and to everyone who entered the giveaway.

Don’t forget you can vote for the Most Festive Christas Tree now through Wednesday, December 22nd. Just head on over to wmufradio.com and vote for the Most Festive Christmas Tree.

Don't Forget to Get Your Christmas Wishes into Santa by Sunday

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Santa will be at his Gingerbread House in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 16th from 10am to 2pm and on Sunday, December 17th from 2pm to 4pm. So bring the kids down to Santa's Gingerbread House on the Court Square in Paris to meet with Santa this weekend.

Great Turnout for the Chamber's Christmas Open House

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd of people came out to the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce on Friday afternoon as they got to meet with Chamber members at the Chamber's Christmas Open House. Attendees also got to meet  with Travis McLeese who took over as Executive Director on December 1st of this month.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Planning Commission Approves Site Plan for Euro Expansion

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning commission met in regular session and approved a site plan for Eurotranciatura at 2700 West Wood St. The plan is for an expansion of 51K sq. feet with a finished floor elevation of 543.1 The addition would immediately serve the facility with a 30 employee occupancy load.

The plan also calls for two concrete pads on each side of the addition to be used as employee break areas as well as 28 ft. by 100 ft. truck loading area. Additionally, there is a proposed concrete area to facilitate truck traffic of over 27K sq. feet. The setbacks have all been meet and the plan meets parking requirements, MS4 regulations, and has adequate ingress and egress and fire hydrants.

Planners also approved a site plan revision for Promethus Kamperman at 805 Memorial Drive. The plan was originally submitted back in October and was approved contingent on the property owner obtaining a permit from TDOT for the driveway connection. After negotiations with TDOT, the owner is submitting a revised site plan with the drive relocated more to the center of the road frontage.

The planning commission deferred discussion and action on the amendment to the zoning ordinance in regards to self-storage in a B-2 and study of zoning for a Downtown Business District to their January meeting so City Attorney Fred McLean could be present.

HC Travels to Rossview for District 10-AAA Basketball Fri.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Clarksville Friday night to battle Rossview in a District 10-AAA matchup on the hardwood. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the game, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply.

Lakewood Middle Band and Chorus Concert Set for Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood Middle School band and chorus will be holding their winter concert Monday December 18th at 6pm in the Lakewood Gym. The band is under the direction of Mr. Joey Sam and chorus is under the direction of Ms. Jenny Cooper.

Stewart County Sweeps River Conference Champ. Games

Paris, Tenn.- Stewart County swept the River Conference Championships on Thursday evening as the both the girls’ and boys’ teams won their games. In girl’s action, Stewart County beat Houston County 30-25. For boy’s action, the Stewart County Rebels beat Harrelson 36-26.

Members of the 2017 All River Conference Tournament team were announced Thursday night. For the girls: Stewart County’s Karlee Bramlett, Rylle Gafford, and Kaitlyn Bramlett were named to the All-tournament team along with Houston County’s Hannah McDonough, Allie Black, and Josey Gant.

Named to the boy’s All-tournament team were Stewart County’s Weston Wallace, Will Page, and Bradley Brainard along with Harrelson’s Ian Bradley, Tyson Hornbuckle, and Braiden Newell.

HCHD Closing Parkhill Rd. Monday Dec. 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Parkhill Road off Hwy. 641 N. on Monday December 18th for culvert replacement. The road will be back open for late afternoon traffic. In case of inclement weather Monday the road will be closed Tuesday.

HCBOE Approves 2018-19 School Calendar

HCBOE members approve the 2018-19 calendar Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular session for December Thursday evening and approved the 2018-19 school calendar.

The first day of school for students will be August 3rd for an abbreviated day in 2018. Students will be out September 3rd for Labor Day, September 20th and 21st for Parent Teacher Conference and Professional Development Day, October 8-12 for Fall break, and the normal Wednesday thru Friday of Thanksgiving week. Christmas break will be from December 20th thru January 2nd, 2019.

In 2019, Students will be out of school January 21st for MLK day, February 18th-20th for President’s Day, Parent Teacher Conference, and Professional Development Day. Spring Break will be March 25-29 in 2019, April 19th is a Good Friday Holiday and students will get Fish Fry Friday off which is April 26th. Graduation for the Class of 2019 is set for May 17th and the last day for the 2018-19 school year is May 24th.

Dr. Norton said 11 days are built in for weather closings such as snow and if they exceed that they will eliminate days off starting with April 19th, then February 19th, 20th, March 25th, and March 26th and so on thru Spring Break if necessary.

The board discussed policy on language in the policy of selecting a director with the language regards a super majority is needed, but Tennessee School Boards Association mandates only a simple majority be achieved by school boards for selecting a new director. The board agreed that needed to be changed to simple majority.

Board chairman Doug Braden also talked about the wording about what the board will do during the process. He asked that the words shall be changed to may to give the board of education in the future more flexibility as they go thru the process of selecting a new director. They will look at this in the January meeting for 2nd reading.

HCBOE Recognizes Several Students at Dec. Meeting

Billie Lassiter talks about her design for the System's Christmas Card. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In other action Thursday the school board recognized some students for outstanding achievements.

The Cross Country Team recently won the Regionals and finished with a State Champ and State Runner up at the State meet with Titus and Silas Winders taking those honors. Coach Lance Winders was at the meeting to introduce some of the team and show a video about the season. Titus Winders also competed in the Foot Locker National Championships.

Coach Lance Winders introduces the Cross Country team. (Alsobrooks photos)

Laura Moss introduced as the National FFA Winner Ryan Patrum. Ryan won the region and state and after a strenuous process won the National in the SAE competition about work he does on his family farm.

Dr. Susan Burton showed off the Patriot Pride Christmas Card and recognized the student who created the winning design for the System’s Christmas Card. Billy Lassiter is the winner and Mr. Chandler’s art class works on the Christmas card.

FFA National Winner Ryan Patrum tells the board the process he went thru that led to his National recognition

Field Trip Requests Approved as Madrigals Sing for HCBOE

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Madrigals sang some Christmas music for the Board of Education Thursday night. The board approved a field trip request for the Madrigals to Washington DC in April.

In other action, board members approved a field trip request for the HCHS Band to Orlando next March for a workshop and learning experience at Walt Disney World.

During and update on facilities, Maintenance Supervisor John Akers said the softball field project is basically completed and work continues on the maintenance garage with lots of work done. Akers said the design of the gym, concession area, and field house have been looked at very heavily and he said they have found a floor system that will work.

Litter Program Recycled Ornament Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Five youngsters from Lakewood School were all recently recognized for having the best Christmas ornaments made out of recycled materials at the Henry County Highway Department.

Madelyn Swaby, Madely Norris, Lyla O'Donnel, Drew Purdon, and Calvin Brown had the top five entries of recycled ornaments. The contest was open to all 1st and 2nd grade students in Henry County and is sponsored by the Litter Program and Keep Paris and Henry County and Keep TN Beautiful.

In the picture, Event coordinator Patricia Byars is presenting the winners with the book Nancy and Sluggo Love Tennessee, A Story About Keeping Tennessee Beautiful,  written by famous cartoonist Guy Gilchrist, a Crayola basket, and a food bucket. (HCHD photo)

Barn and Farm Equipment Destroyed in Fire

Puryear, Tenn.- A storage barn and several pieces of farm equipment were totally destroyed by a fire at 1300 Kuykendall Road in Puryear on Wednesday night.

Cottage Grove Fire Chief John Weiher said his department got the initial call around 6:20pm Wednesday evening and by the time they got to the scene the barn was fully involved.

Mutual aid assistance was requested by Puryear, Hazel, and Paris for water and manpower and the U.S. Forestry Service brought their dozer to help contain the fire.

Chief Weiher said some of the ground near the barn also burnt up, but luckily the wind had died down and was not a major factor. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

Inman's Winter Concert and Bake Sale is Thurs. Night at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will host the Inman Middle School Winter Concert Thursday night. The 6th grade concert starts at 6pm followed by a joint 7th and 8th grade at 7pm. There will also be a bake sale going on during the concerts as well in the cafeteria benefiting the chorus program.

HCMC Helps Out Rhea Backpack Program

Partners at HCMC deliver a check to Allyson Palmer, Director of the Rhea Elementary School Backpack Program. (HCMC Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center collected a total of $1,296.65 for the Rhea Elementary School Backpack Program during the first full week of December. The hospital encouraged each partner to donate to our Dollar Campaign with the tagline, “What if one dollar could feed a child this holiday season?” The money was then given to the Rhea Elementary School Backpack program to help purchase food to assist over the holiday season.

In America, 1 in 6 children may not know where their next meal may come from. The Rhea Elementary School Backpack Program helps to ensure that this statistic is reduced in Henry County by providing food for children who may not have access to regular, nutritious food during the weekends. Food is put into bags and discreetly placed into students’ backpacks for those needing extra food once they leave school. Every weekend, students in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade which is over 250 students receive food from this program at $2.85 per meal. Over Christmas break, the program will send home roughly 600 bags of food.  HCMC decided to try and raise funds so that the second graders could have the same food available to them as well.

“We appreciate the support from the community and HCMC,” says Allyson Palmer, Director of the Rhea Elementary School Backpack Program, “and we know the kids will benefit from the food that we send home this next week over Christmas break. We just enjoy knowing that such a simple thing that we can do each week makes such a big difference. ”

A family of four facing hunger may be in need of 34 additional meals a month simply because they don’t have money to buy enough food. Henry County Medical Center is proud of our partners and their willingness to donate dollars that go towards supplying meals to help children and families in need within the community. The money collected from the hospital will fund about 450 meals for students. At HCMC, we believe no child should go hungry during the holidays.

Paris Landing FD Receives FEMA Grant for Equipment

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing Fire Department is pleased to announce that they are the recent recipient of an Assistance To Firefighters Grant from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $192,000.00.  The Grant is specifically designated for Firefighter Safety. 

All of the Department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus packs were 20 years old and have now been replaced with brand new modern gear.  The new SCBA’s are state of the art design with such features as high pressure air cylinders allowing firefighters to remain in toxic environments for longer periods of time.  Heads up display in the facemasks allow firefighters to quickly see how much air they have remaining. 

Built in Thermal Imaging Cameras allowing firefighters to quickly locate victims in heavy smoke and low visibility conditions as well as locate hidden fire inside walls and ceilings.  The firefighters also received brand new Turnout Gear consisting of Helmets, Boots, Pants and Coat. The new Turnout Gear offers a higher heat rating and much better protection for the Firefighters.  

Today’s cost to outfit just one Firefighter with the proper gear needed is approximately $8000.00. Our Thanks to FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security for making this possible.

BPU Water Receives High Marks from State Inspection

Paris, Tenn.- The State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recently conducted an unannounced inspection of the BPU water treatment plant and water distribution system.  The rigorous audit consisted of a records review to document the operational performance of the entire water system.  Record keeping, water treatment processes, water quality testing and reporting, safety, source water protection, and facility maintenance are among the numerous areas covered by the inspection. 

BPU earned 596 points out of a possible 599 total points for a numerical score of 99%.  BPU is proud of this outstanding score knowing that the water system has been surveyed by the state in such great detail. 

In his report, Division of Water Resources Environmental Consultant Daniel Pillow made the following statement:  “I would like to thank BPU for their courtesy, willingness to work with the Division, and timely responses provided to Division requests.  Your water system continues to excel in the program areas of operations and maintenance which directly affect the quality of water produced for your customers.  Your staff is to be commended for their on-going efforts to provide safe, clean drinking water for your customers.” 

When asked about the favorable inspection, BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley offered the following comments:  “I want consumers of BPU water to have great confidence in the high quality of water that BPU delivers to the tap.  The inspection results confirm that the BPU water department is performing well.  As Director of Water/Wastewater Operations, Tony Brown is managing our staff in an effective manner.  Operators at the water treatment facility (led by Damon Dowdy) and our water distribution personnel (led by Ray Lewis and Matt Evans) are competent and are committed to ensuring that safe and reliable drinking water is delivered to the citizens of Paris and Henry County.”

TN State Parks Offering New Year's Day Hikes

Paris, Tenn.- Make a New Year’s resolution to hike at a Tennessee State Park on Jan. 1. Fifty-five state parks will offer a free, guided hike as part of the annual nationwide ‘First Day Hikes’ event.

“From midnight hikes to historical tours to kayak paddles, Tennessee State Parks offer a unique activity for every outdoor enthusiast,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of parks and conservation at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Our First Day Hikes can be the beginning of a New Year’s resolution for better health and wellness in 2018.”

Hikes will be offered at some parks on Dec. 31 and throughout the day on Jan. 1. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and will be more strenuous.

Tennessee State Parks’ First Day Hikes are part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. Last January, more than 60,000 people took part in a First Day Hike across the country. Tennessee State Park visitors are encouraged to share photos from their hike on social media with the hashtag #resolutiontohike.

For more information, including a list of every hike statewide, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/first-day-hikes.

This Weekend Last Chance to See Santa, Festival of Trees

Paris, Tenn.- Santa will be in his Gingerbread House on the court square for the last time this weekend before heading to the North Pole. Come by and see Santa and get a picture Saturday 10am to 2pm or Sunday 2-4pm. Also remember the DPA’s Festival of Trees continues until December 17th at 110 West Washington St.

Lakewood School PTO Breakfast with Santa This Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood School PTO will sponsor Breakfast With Santa this Saturday December 16th from 7-10am in the Lakewood Cafeteria. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, and drink for $5. Pictures with Santa are also available for $5. For more information contact Lakewood School.

Chamber Christmas Open House is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Christmas Open house this Friday December 15th from 2-4pm at the Chamber Office at 2508 East Wood St. Come by and meet new executive director Travis McLeese and enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

UTM Chancellor Releases Statement on SGA Resolution

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Student Government Association has debated the issue of concealed carry of firearms on campus. A group of SGA senators introduced a resolution supporting this issue, which moved through the proper channels of being reviewed by the student senate.

Another group of students filed a petition calling for a student referendum vote on the issue. That vote was held Dec. 5, and more than 1,400 students voiced their opinion. Nearly 55 percent of the students disagreed with concealed carry for students on campus, and nearly 90 percent of the students indicated that they feel safe on the UT Martin campus.

The resolution on campus carry was brought to a vote at the Dec. 7 senate meeting and passed by a measure of 17-10. The referendum vote and the legislation are independent actions.

On Dec. 12, the SGA president signed the legislation, which now goes to UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver for consideration.

The following is a response from Dr. Carver related to these events:

“I will not sign the non-binding UT Martin Student Government Association resolution supporting students on our campus to carry concealed weapons.

“My response is not to challenge the actions of the SGA. Tennessee law does not permit students to carry guns on any public college campus. We, as a university, will abide by the law. In addition, I personally do not believe that having more guns on our campus is in line with our focus on safety and student success.

“In the recent referendum, during which more than 20 percent of our students voted, the majority felt that our campus today is safe and is opposed to having concealed guns being carried on campus. A majority of our SGA decided to move ahead with a resolution in support of concealed carry.

“Through recent events, I am hopeful that our students and campus community have a better understanding of the democratic process that is the foundation of our nation. We have seen it in practice: the right to express an opinion in a referendum, the right of those in elected office to choose a different course of action, and the right for those in opposition to speak out. I encourage all members of the university community to respect the rights and opinions of others in regard to this conversation. This is democracy in action and on display.”

FCE Clubs Donate Stuffed Animals to Law Enforcement

Pictured is Chief Deputy Damon Lowe along with members of the FCE Club and several stuffed animals the club donated. (HCSO photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's FCE Clubs have created a program to help comfort small children during incidents of emergency or crime situations.

The program FCE has created is called (TAC) Take Along Comfort.
Theses stuffed animals were donated so officers could have one in their
vehicle should deputies be at an incident involving small children, in hopes
the animals would offer some comfort during their time of stress.

Lowe said, "it's always heart breaking when children are involved at no fault
of their own. With these stuffed animals, maybe it will reduce their fear
level during the incident. We want to thank FCE for their donation and each
officer will have at least one or two stuffed animals in their vehicles."

APSU Fall Commencement Set for Friday Dec. 15th

Clarksville, Tenn.- On Dec. 15, Dr. Steven Ryan, Austin Peay State University professor of languages and literature, will deliver the keynote address at the APSU Winter Commencement. He will speak at both ceremonies, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the University’s Dunn Center.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Northern Iowa, his Master of Arts in English from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah. Ryan taught at Iowa State and the University of Utah, before arriving at Austin Peay as an assistant professor in 1977.

Over his 40 years at Austin Peay, Ryan has developed a reputation as a serious and gifted scholar, publishing numerous works in prestigious academic journals across the country. In the late 1980s, he turned his attention to Clarksville and the modern writers who once lived here, including Evelyn Scott and Caroline Gordon. He also developed a graduate level class, Clarksville and the Southern Renascence, which spotlighted this community’s rich literary heritage while providing Austin Peay students with a tangible way of connecting with literary works.

In 2017, Ryan received the University’s top faculty honor, the APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award.

Austin Peay began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates in 2008. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of STEM and the College of Graduate Studies, will begin at 9 a.m. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business, the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education and the College of Graduate Studies, will begin at 2 p.m. The doors to the Dunn Center will open for graduates and guests one hour prior to the beginning of each ceremony.

Two shuttles will be available to transport students, families and friends to and from the Dunn Center during the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please visit www.apsu.edu/commencement for route information.

Austin Peay offers a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the Austin Peay Department of Communication.

Theft Arrest Made, More Thefts Being Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Anthony Wallace, age 33 of 208 Jack Younger Lane for aggravated burglary. Wallace was placed on $10K bond.

Dep. Watson also investigated a theft of stolen jewellery from a home on Hwy. 140. Around $3K worth of items were stolen and there is a possible suspect.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a woman had 3 rings valued at over $4K stolen from her workstation.

Henry County Swept By Dyer County

Newbern, Tenn.- Henry County was swept on the road at Dyer County Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots lost a close one 74-69 to Dyer County. Singleton finished with 27 points. The Patriots lost 93-68 to the Choctaws and James King finished with 20 points. Henry County is back on the road for District 10-AAA action at Rossview Friday night.

Renovations to Paris City Hall to Begin Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will begin a renovation of City Hall, to include the business office, the Police Department and the Fire Department, on Monday, December 18. 

City Manager Kim Foster said, "the work is planned in phases so as to minimize disruption to regular business, this being said, there will be some necessary inconveniences that will occur."

One of the largest inconveniences will be the inability of the public to use the meeting room. As of Monday this room will be unavailable for use until the renovation project is complete. Another potential inconvenience will be access to the difference offices throughout the building. The lobby is planned to be under construction beginning January 8, 2018. During this portion of the project, which should last until the end of January, access to the business offices will be through the Police Department via the door off of the courtyard facing Caldwell St. 

The court room is also planned to be completely gutted and rebuilt.  During this time we will have to find an alternate location for the meetings and court proceedings that would normally take place in this room. Our preliminary plan is to relocate to the meeting room, but this room may also be needed for relocation of offices. 

Foster said, "We will make definitive decisions as the project progresses and do our best to communicate this to the community via the local media and our Facebook and web pages. We know this project is going to be trying to everyone’s patience, especially to our employees who work in City Hall, but the upgrade is needed and I think everyone will love the end result. We will do our best to minimize inconveniences and ask the public for their understanding as we progress through this project.”  

Paris City Hall is located at 100 N. Caldwell St.  The project is scheduled to run from December 18, 2017 until March 30, 2018.

Cottage Grove Holds Routine December Meeting

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session for December Tuesday night and made a motion to paint the lines on Main Street. John Weiher requested they be painted and the board agreed to fund the project.

PPD, HCSO Partnering with State for Booze it or Lose It

Paris, Tenn.- Both the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office from December 13th thru 31st in a statewide Booze It and Lose it campaign to increase impaired driving enforcement. The Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Nationwide Mobilization.

Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Office officers will be out in full force in an attempt to lower the amount of DUI’s during this holiday season. Extra attention will be made for DUI and distractive driving as this is the two highest causes of crash involved injuries and death.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “the hardest part of our job is making that house call and telling a family their loved one is gone because someone chose to drink and drive, that’s why leading up to Christmas and New Year’s we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road, anyone who drinks we ask you please find a sober ride home.”

There will be increased patrol and increased sobriety checkpoints throughout the City and County during this enforcement campaign. The THSO provides grant funding to support the increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It Holiday Campaign. For more information visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

Library's Polar Express Set for Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold their Polar Express event this Friday December 15th from 5:30-7:30pm. The event always draws a large crowd and the Library will have train rides around town, the movie showing the Polar Express, crafts, polar photos, chocolate milk and snacks, Christmas Cookie decorating, and of course Santa. Everyone is invited to attend. Call the Library at 642-1702 for more information.

HCHD To Close Crossland Rd. Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Crossland Road in the Puryear area on Thursday December 14th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 400 ft. west of the Puryear Crossland Road and Crossland Road Intersection. The alternate routes are Old Whitlock Road and Rice Humphreys Road. Crossland Road will be back open Thursday for afternoon traffic.

Q.U.I.L.T. Guild of Paris Donates Quilts to HCMC

Paris, Tenn- Lily Brown, new mother to Gabriel Marcelles, (pictured above) was the first at Henry County Medical Center to receive a quilt for her baby from the Paris Q.U.I.L.T guild. The guild’s new initiative is to make quilts and hats for the babies that are born at Henry County Medical Center. The guild delivers the quilts to the hospital and then the nurses and staff distribute the quilts to the new babies and their families.

“It feels really great to get something like this,” says Brown as the quilt was placed over her newborn son, Gabriel.

The Quilters Uniting in Lasting Traditions Guild is a “group of talented quilters that love to share our creations.” The guild meets once a month to share their projects and has a membership of both beginners and experienced quilters.

HCMC is excited and honored to be receiving these quilts from the guild and can’t wait to give them to many more newborn babies.

Quick Work by Paris Police Stop Attempted Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- Quick work by Sgt. Greg Underwood and Ptl. Jacob Howington of the Paris Police Department thwarted a robbery from an apartment at the Greystone Monday. A call came in that someone was climbing out of a 2nd story window at the Greystone and Sgt. Underwood and Ptl. Howington arrived and found the man on the 2nd floor balcony.

He said he was the maintenance man and was out checking for a leak. He gave Ptl. Howington consent to search his person and two gold necklaces were found in his pockets. After more questioning the man, identified as Chase Bradford, age 32 of 301 W. Washington, admitted to breaking into an apartment in the building and stealing the necklaces. Bradford was charged with aggravated burglary and placed on $2500 bond.

Thefts Investigated by HCSO; Man Arrested for Drugs by MCU

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of the theft of two handguns from a home on Hwy. 79S. The value of the guns was around $350 and there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Carroll also took a report of theft from a home on Melissa Drive in Puryear. Some coins, tools, and pills were stolen and witnesses saw the suspects loading items from the bushes into a vehicle. The value of items stolen is over $1600 and investigation is ongoing.

Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit arrested Tylerick L. Greer, age 44, of 716 Memorial Drive for sale and delivery of schedule two. He was placed on $25K bond.

Henry County Has Road Games Tues., Fri in Basketball

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Dyer County for non-district basketball action Tuesday night. The Lady Pats tip is set for 6pm with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply. Henry County travels to Rossview for a District 10-AAA matchup on Friday night.

TN State Archives Breaks Ground on New Building

Nashville- Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, along with Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, officially broke ground on the new home of the Tennessee State Library and Archives Monday.

The new 165,000 square foot facility will include a climate-controlled chamber for safely storing historic books and manuscripts as well as a state-of-the-art robotic retrieval system. There will also be classrooms for teaching students and meeting space for training librarians and archivists.

“Tennessee has a strong and rich history and it is important to preserve our past to pass on to future generations,” Gov. Haslam said. “We have significantly outgrown the space that currently houses Tennessee’s most significant and historic documents and vital records, so I thank the General Assembly for working with us to make this much-needed new Library and Archives facility a reality.”

The site is on Bicentennial Mall at the intersection of Sixth Avenue N and Jefferson Street. The facility will be a major upgrade in capacity, preservation and public access from the current 1950s era building which sits directly west of the State Capitol.

The $123.8 million project, which started in 2005, received substantial funding this year after being included in the governor’s budget and approved by the General Assembly. To date, roughly half of the project is funded and the remainder will be recommended in the upcoming budget.

“The new building ensures Tennessee’s history will be preserved for generations while making it more accessible. This world-class facility will blend the necessity of historic preservation with the ever-increasing demand for digital access. I applaud Gov. Haslam and the entire General Assembly for making this a reality so we can better serve Tennesseans,” Secretary Hargett said.

The new building will also feature a conservation lab for the treatment and restoration of books, photographs and documents. There will also be dedicated exhibit spaces for Tennessee’s founding documents and rotating exhibits, as well as a grand reading room with seating for 100 readers and scholars.

Other features include a vault for storing photographic negatives, an early literacy center designed specifically for children with a visual disability and a recording lab to produce oral histories and audio books on Tennessee history.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

River Conf. Championship Games Set for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The championship games for the 2017 River Conference Basketball Tournament are set after Monday’s semi-final action. In girls action, Stewart County defeated Lakewood 46-21 and Houston County beat Camden 36-30. For boys action, Stewart County knocked off Houston County 45-27 and Harrelson beat Camden 37-27.

Thursday night at 6pm Stewart County will play Houston County for the girls’ championship and Stewart County will play Harrelson in boys’ action for the championship after that. We will broadcast both games on WLZK 94.1FM beginning with at 5:30pm pregame show.

Harrelson STEAM Night Set for Tues at 5pm

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson Elementary school invites the public to their S.T.E.A.M. Night Tuesday December 12th beginning at 5pm. There will be displays and demos from 5-6pm followed by Band and Chorus Christmas Concerts from 6:30-7:30pm. It will be fun for the whole family with robotics, computer science, mobile apps, band and choral music classes all highlighted. Artwork from all grades in paint, sketch, and chalk will be available for viewing as well. For more information contact Harrelson School.

Henry County HWY Department Pays off $2.5 Million Loan Early

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Road Board meeting Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt gave an update about the road work that has been going on across the county. One of the biggest items at Monday’s meeting was the fact that the Henry County Highway Department recently paid off a loan of about $2.5 million that was put in place more than 5 years ago.

The money was used for tar and chipping roads which helped eliminate the majority of gravel road for residents living on those roads. The Highway Department paid interest on the loan and paid an annual principal payment of $190,000 that was able to be paid off ahead of schedule.

Road Board Doing a Lot of Ditch Work and Has a Good Sale from Auctioned Off Equipment

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday's Road Board meeting, the Road Board approved the November minutes which included a budget admentment to the 2017-2018 budget to better project revenues reflected in the 5-year average. The amendment included: an increase to both the wheel tax and the business tax by $5,000 each and a decrease in the undesignated fund balance of $10,000.

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt gave his Supervisor's reported on the Whitney Branch culvert replacement and water ponding on India Road which were both completed this past month. Chilcutt said,”We are currently doing a lot of ditch work right now and everything is on schedule.”

Chilcutt also talked about the new Dump Truck, which the board accepted the bid of $90,295 for the 2018 Freightliner with a Teebo bed from Tag Truck Center, which was driven in the 11th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade that was held this past Saturday.

The brand new Henry County Highway Department Dump Truck makes it debut at the 11th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade held this past Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Road Board approved the November wages and expenses. The wages were $154,728.53 and the expenses were $285,560.69 for a total of $440,289.22. At November’s meeting Chilcutt informed the board about the auction of surplus items that were expected to sell for $37,000 actually sold for $41,200.

Items that were auctioned off were: a 1997 Ford F250 for $1,400, 1992 Int’l Dump Truck for $9,000, a 2000 Ford Flatbed was sold for $850, 1984 Caterpillar Grader sold for $13,000, 1991 Case 1085C Excavator sold for $7,500, 1998 Agco tractor sold for $2,100, 1981 tanker sold for $6,200, 1989 and a 1998 air compressors were each sold for $475 and two mosquito spray machines were sold for $200.

House Turned Hunting Lodge Destroyed by Fire Sun. Night

Springville, Tenn.- The Springville Fire Department responded to a hunting lodge on fire at 5600 Elkhorn Road after 9pm Sunday where a nearly 100 year old structure was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire, but the structure was completely destroyed.

Springville called for mutual aid from the Oakland and Paris Landing Fire Departments and several fire fighters remained on scene until well after midnight and into Monday morning.

James Martin, Oakland Fire Chief, said, “there wasn’t much we could do to help once we arrived on scene around 9:30pm because the structure was fully involved. The owner told me it was probably a 100 year old building.”

Investigation is still going into the cause of the fire at this time.

Trooper Jordan Arrests Man for Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Trooper Dakota Jordan arrested Ryan Shone Sims, 27, of 123 Dudley St. for drug possession during a traffic stop. Sims was charged possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of schedule 4 with intent, and two counts of possession of schedule 2 with intent. He was placed on $60K bond.

Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department took a report of a theft of a freezer. The victim stated she was moving from her home on Rison St. to Clarksville and stored the freezer at another person’s house to let it unthaw until she could get everything else moved and into her home in Clarksville. The freezer is no longer there and its value is $300. The victim said this happened back in September and she has tried to get the suspect to get her a freezer or give her $300 but they haven’t done so yet so she wanted it on file.

Lakewood SpeechTeam Does Well in Murray Tourney

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed at the Tigerspeak in Lakerville in Murray over the weekend and placed 2nd overall with the following students placing in their individual events:

Ella Seaton 1st in Poetry, Prose and Solo Acting; Taylor Boase 2nd in Prose, Oratory and Impromptu Speaking; Trinity Boase 6th in Storytelling; Haven Dunlap 4th in Prose; Jack Kibbler 5th in Poetry and 6th in Broadcasting; Isaac Tyler 5th in Declamation; Abigail George 4th in Solo Acting; McKenna White 4th in Oratory; Will Edgil and Preston Pooler 3rd in Improvisational Duo.

The team will compete next after the holidays at the Big Blue Invitational at Paducah Middle school. The team is coached by David Weatherly.

Cottage Grove Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Tipton County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Bradley Green, age 31 of Cottage Grove, for intentional tampering with a GPS device, fugitive from justice and vandalism. Green was placed on $101,000 bond.

Titus Winders Places 35th in National XC Championships

San Diego, CA.- Titus Winders competed in the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. Titus came in 35th place with a time of 16:36 and the South team finished sixth overall.

The Nutcracker Dances into KPAC on Dec. 22nd and 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- The  Dancing Generation Studio will be presenting "The Nutcracker" on Friday, December 22nd at 6pm and Saturday, December 23rd at 2pm at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Admission to the costs $10 for adults and children ages 6 and up, admission for children ages 2-5 will cost $5 and kids under the age of 2 get in for free. You can call 363-5682 to reserve your tickets or for more information.

At the presentation of The Nutcracker you will get  to have a meet and greet with Nutcracker, the Rat King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Flower Queen, Arabian Queen and Clara at KPAC on Dec. 22nd from 5pm to 5:30pm and Dec. 23rd from 1pm to 1:30pm, which is included in your ticket price.

The KPAC Box Office will open 1.25 hours before show time and kids special events will begin 45 minutes before show time.

Police Investigate Thefts Across the County

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Police investigated a few theft across the county over the weekend. Sgt. Terry Williams investigated a theft from a home on HWY 69 North in Paris. The victim told Sgt. Williams that her .22 caliber revolver along with $210 were stolen from her house. Police are still investigating the case.

In another report, Cpl. Brian Davis investigated a theft of vehicle from a home on Hackberry Lane. The victim told police that someone had taken his Jeep Cherokee from his driveway at night. Police have no suspects in this case.

Inman Chorus Students Sing Christmas Joy

Chorus director Jessica McLeese leads Inman’s chorus group as they entertain at Eiffel Gardens. (Photos by Chorus Assistant Valerie Combs)

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Chorus students entertained at two nursing homes this week.

Inman 8th grade students sing for the residents. (Photos by Chorus Assistant Valerie Combs)

Students from Inman Middle School’s chorus classes visited two nursing home facilities this week to spread Christmas cheer. Led by their teacher, Mrs. Jessica McLeese, the students sang a medley of Christmas songs for residents of  Eiffel Gardens and Henry County Healthcare.

Lady Eagles and Hawks to Play in the 2nd Round of River Conference on Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The River Conference Middle School Basketball Tournament kicked off at Gamlin Gym on Saturday as two Henry County teams advanced to the second round of the tournament.              

The Lakewood Lady Eagles defeated the Harrelson Lady Hawks 41 to 23. Charity Hutson led the Lady Eagles with 13 points followed by Amber Duncan who had 7 points and Averie O’Daniel led the Lady Hawks with 15 points. The Lady Eagles advance to play the Stewart County Lady Rebels on Monday, December 11th at 5pm.

The Lakewood Eagles lost to the Houston County Fighting Irish 41 to 35. Tyler Nelson led the Lakewood Eagles with 24 points. The Houston County Fighting Irish will take on the Stewart County Rebels on Monday, December 11th at 6:15pm

The Henry Lady Pirates lost to the Houston County Lady Fighting Irish 42 to 23. Kahlan Foster led the Lady Pirates with 13 points. The Houston County Lady Fighting Irish will take on the Camden Lady Lions on Monday, December 11th at 7:30pm.

The Henry Pirates lost to the Camden Lions 46-41. Hunter McElroy led the Pirates with 16 points followed by Kaden Story and Caden Hall who each had 12 points. The Camden Lions will face the Harrelson Hawks on Monday, December 11th at 8:45pm.

Our coverage of the River Conference Middle School Basketball Tournament will continue on on Monday, December 11th beginning with the pregame show at 4:30pm. And the finals will be played on Thursday, December 14th. If you can make it to the game you can listen to our coverage of the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Patriots Defeat Westview While Lady Patriots Come Up Short

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots lost to the Westview Lady Chargers at home on Saturday 63 to 51. Caroline Singleton led the Lady Patriots with 15 points. The Lady Patriots are now 7-2 overall on the season and 3-1 in District 10AAA action.

The Henry County Patriots defeated the Westview Chargers at home winning 80 to 50. James King led the Patriots with 28 points. The Patriots are now 3-6 overall and 1-3 in District 10AAA action.

 The Patriots and Lady Patriots will play at Dyer County on Tuesday, December 12th. The pregame show will begin at 5:30pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. You can listen to our coverage of the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349.

Two Paris Men Arrested for Assault, Another Arrested for Resisting Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department,  Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Austin Ainscough, age 21 of Puryear, for assault. Ainscough was placed on $750 bond

Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Shawn Nieves, age 26 of Paris, for aggravated assault, domestic assault and aggravated burglary.

Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested Charles Felts, age 43 of Paris, for resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license. Felts was also given three citations for violation of the light law, a registration violation and lack of financial responsibility.  Felts was placed on $1,500 bond.         

Clifford and Santa Bring Christmas Magic to the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade

Clifford the Big Red Dog from WLJT-TV greeting the crowd. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Santa, Rudolph and Santa's Elf waving to the kids at the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd braced the cold to enjoy the 11th Annual DPA’s Holly Jolly Christmas Parade on Saturday. There was a variety of floats and designs. The HCHS Marching Patriots greeted the crowd with Christmas tunes during the parade. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Grand Marshall Clifford the Big Red Dog from WLJT-TV along with Parade Ambassador Dale O’Daniel greeted the crowd of kids and adults who came out to see the parade.

Parade Ambassador Dale O'Daniel. (Cassie Walsh photos)

HCMC won Most Spirit, Mary L. Ruth won the Best Religious Theme, Sandra and Kaley’s Dance Studio won Best Decorated Float, the Board of Public Utility won the Clark Griswald Award, Paris Danger won Best Walking Unit and Tim Wirgau won the Best Decorated Golf Cart/ Small Tractor category in the parade.

HCMC won Most Spirit (Cassie Walsh photos)

Mary L. Ruth won the Best Religious Theme (Cassie Walsh photos)

Sandra and Kaley’s Dance Studio won Best Decorated Float (Cassie Walsh photos)

Board of Public Utility won the Clark Griswald Award (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris Danger won Best Walking Unit (Cassie Walsh photos)

Tim Wirgau won the Best Decorated Golf Cart/ Small Tractor category in the parade.(Cassie Walsh photos)

Bracing the Cold to See Santa and More at the DPA Christmas Festival

Santa talks with a little boy about what he wants for Christmas. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd came out to the Downtown Paris Association’s Christmas Festival on Saturday. Kids got to enjoy making crafts and handmade ornaments with the help of the 4-H Club and they also got to enjoy trackless train rides and play games courtesy of R.E.A.L. Hope and Youth Villages.

Making homemade Christmas crafts with help from the 4-H Club. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids and adults got to enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas stories and songs from Monroe Robbins at The Wimberley Agency.

Monroe Robbins reading Frosty the Snowman. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris Fire Department served up s’mores at the Christmas Festival and attendees also got to enjoy music from the Inman Youth Orchestra will be performing.

Firefighters from the Paris Fire Department cooks up s'mores for the public. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Inman Youth Orchestra performing. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Santa also listened to all of the wishes from all of the girls and boys in Henry County.

Meeting with Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Santa's elves. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Lady Patriots Defeat Montgomery Central, While the Patriots Fall to the Indians

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Montgomery Central Lady Indians in District 10-AAA basketball action 71 to 42. Gracie Osbron led the Lady Patriots with 21 points. The Lady Patriots are now 7-1 overall on the season and 3-1 in District 10AAA action.

The Henry County Patriots lost to the Montgomery Central Indians in District 10-AAA action at home on Friday 75 to 71. James King led the Patriots with 22 points. The Patriots are now 2-6 overall  and 1-3 in District 10AAA action.

The Patriots and Lady Patriots will face the Westview Lady Chargers and Chargers at home on Saturday, December 9th. The pregame show will begin at 5:30pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. You can listen to our coverage of the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349.

Juvenile Charged With School Shooting Threats

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release stating that a juvenile attending an alternate school has been charged in reference to another school shooting threat in Henry County. The juvenile made statements to other classmates that he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot a student as well as others.

Once the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received the call, Deputies as well as School Resource Officer Sgt. Buford Taylor responded to the school and spoke with the juvenile. A subsequent search was done, but no gun found. The juvenile will be charged with committing a delinquent act and will appear in juvenile court.

Paris Rotary Club Presents $1,200 Check for the Weekend Back Pack Program

Pictured from left to right:Randi French, Allyson Palmer, David Hamilton.( Linley White photos)

Randi French, David Hamilton and members of the Paris Rotary Club, presented a $1,200 check to Allyson Palmer, Early Learning Coordinator for W.G. Rhea Elementary School to support the Weekend Back Pack program. 

The Weekend Back Pack program provides approximately 250 children at W.G. Rhea Elementary School with food for the weekend.  The Weekend Back Pack Program provides the bags for children who primarily rely on the school cafeterias for their most nutritious meal of the day; the bags ensure they have something to eat throughout the weekend.


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