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Man Arrested for Theft of Trailer from Carroll County

Paris, Tenn.- A trailer stolen in Carroll County was located in Henry County and the man who allegedly stole the trailer is currently in jail.

On December 15th 2017, the Carroll Co Sheriff’s Office reported that an enclosed trailer had been stolen from their county. The trailer was 53 feet long and loaded with over 43,000 pounds of aluminum valued over $66,000. The trailer itself was valued at just under $10,000.

During the late evening on December 21st, Metro Crime Unit officers were made aware of a possible location of the trailer. Officers with MCU, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris PD did end up at 355 Watson Lane Paris TN where the trailer was located along with all of its contents.  

Arrested was Jonathan L Blanton, age 32, of 355 Watson Lane Paris TN.  Blanton has been charged with theft of property over $60,000 but less than $250,000. He is set to appear in Henry County General Session court on 12/28/2017 and has a bond set at $20,000.  

The investigation is still ongoing, with officers from MCU, HCSO and Paris PD working hand in hand with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Additional persons are expected to be charged in this theft.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the tip line at 642-0929.

Man Charged With Meth Possession After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department has charged Chris Price, 2073 Van Dyke Road for possession of schedule 2 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license after observing him turning a corner and spinning tires Wednesday night. Inv. Colley gave dispatch the tags, which came back on a 2003 Gray Ford Truck, but Price was driving in a white SUV.

During the traffic stop, Inv. Colley observed Price appear to throw something out of the passenger side window as he walked up to the vehicle. Dispatch revealed Price’s license were revoked for theft of a vehicle in Tennessee. Inv. Jeramye Whitaker arrived on scene to assist and search found a black sunglasses case on the floorboard that contained 24.3 grams of meth, a glass pipe, digital scales, and several small plastic baggies. Price was also found with $1240 in cash. The SUV was seized due to transporting that much meth.

TDH Reminds Citizens There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health reminds citizens it’s not too late to get a flu shot as the flu vaccine remains the best protection against the flu. The holidays are a time to spend time with family and friends, but also a time when influenza and other viruses spread quickly.

TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH said in a press release, “we want to protect our family, friends, and community from illness during the holidays and throughout the winter months. The flu vaccine is still proven to be the best protection we have against the flu and I urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot now.”

Tennessee typically sees the highest number of seasonal flu cases in January and February each year. Flu vaccine is readily available in many locations across the state, including county health departments, medical clinics, and pharmacies.

After getting the vaccine, it’s still important to practice good health habits such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water for about 20 seconds each, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue, stay home from work, school, or gatherings when sick to help prevent the spread of illnesses. For more information visit www.cdc.gov/flu/index.html.

HCHD's Chipping of the Green Dec. 26-Jan 7

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is holding their “Chipping of the Green” December 26th thru January 7th. Bring you undecorated real Christmas Trees to 575 Cedar Street to be recycled into mulch. This is sponsored by TDOT and Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful, and the Henry County Litter Program. For more information call 642-3162.

State Unemployment Rate Remains Low

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the November statewide unemployment rate posted significantly lower than November 2016 and notably lower than the national average. The preliminary, seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November 2017 was 3.1 percent – two percentage points lower than it was one year ago and one percentage point below the national average of 4.1.

While the November statewide rate slightly increased 0.1 percent from the previous month, unemployment in Tennessee remains historically low. The state unemployment rate reached 3 percent in both September and October, its lowest level since the federal government began tracking the statistic in 1976.

“We’ve invested in our workforce through educational programs like Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Promise to help citizens prepare for the job demands of today’s employers. But we’ve also focused on creating an environment in Tennessee where businesses can thrive and want to invest in our communities and citizens,” Haslam said. “Jobs are created when companies put capital at risk, and our unemployment rate figures reflect that our policies are attracting companies to Tennessee.”

Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 1,800 jobs in November. The state’s leisure and hospitality industry saw the biggest gains between October and November.

“Heading into the holidays, more Tennesseans have jobs this year, compared to last year,” Phillips said. “That’s good, not only for each individual family, but also for Tennessee’s economy as a whole.”

Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent. It hit a new historic low of 3 percent in both September and October. November’s rate is the third lowest in the last six months.

More information on the unemployment rate, labor force and resources to help Tennesseans find jobs is available on Jobs4TN.gov.

TDOT Halts Construction for Christmas Holiday Travel

Nashville- Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018.   

“With over two million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “As always, please wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and never drink and drive.”  

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.  Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.  Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.   

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase 3.1% in Tennessee this year, with over 2.4 million motorists expected to travel by automobile in the volunteer state between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. According to AAA, 107.3 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more, with a record 97.4 million expected to drive to their holiday destinations.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.  

PHCPUD Seeking New Contract with TDOT on Hwy. 641 Project

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of commissioners met in regular session this week and General Manager Tae Eaton explained that he was about to submit documentation to TDOT showing how the PHCPUD was about $12K in work over the contract amount with TDOT already on the Hwy. 641 N. widening project.

Eaton said he has been in talks with the proper people and he is able to show all the documentation on where the contract prices first negotiated has been exceeded. He told the board of commissioners all of this is reimbursable and TDOT will basically amend the amounts and sign a new contract which will allow the district to receive all reimbursements back from the relocation of the gas lines.

Eaton said they’ve been meeting every couple of weeks on the project at Paris City Hall and things are moving along pretty good with it now.

In other business, Eaton informed the board that MuniGas, out of Houston, Texas, where the district gets its gas from, has offered PHCPUD a 30 cent discount on getting all of their volume of gas from MuniGas, starting with a load delivered Dec. 1.

Eaton said the district been getting 55% of their volume from MuniGas and the other 45% from Atmos Energy. After talking with MuniGas, the PHCPUD and Parsons were offered the discount for moving their load completely to MuniGas. Eaton said this is very good for the district and to our rate payers. Eaton said he managed to get winter load for January thru March locked in around $2.40.

Legislative Changes May Allow Utilities to Work Across State Lines

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton told gas board members that there is movement at the state level that could likely change provisions for how utility districts can search for acquisition companies across state lines. Eaton said currently gas companies work with three state acquisition companies, but legislative members are seeking a plan from PEAK in Kentucky and will likely get that thru in January, which would allow utility districts to work with companies across state lines.

Eaton reported that 147 new service lines were added to the main extensions this year with 11 more on backlog currently. He said the main line extensions have really helped as more and more people in these areas are changing out from propane to Natural Gas. Eaton said right now the PHCPUD has over 6800 customers and he has a goal to get that number to 9000 by the end of 2018.

Two Young Men Killed in Early Morning Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- Two young men were killed after a one vehicle accident on Anderson Road just after 6am Thursday morning. Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol released the fatality report Thursday afternoon which says Chase Arnold, age 21 and Joshua Hoppers, age 18, were both thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The report said the vehicle, driven by Arnold, crossed the center line and veered off the left side of the roadway on Anderson Road. The vehicle then struck a tree and ejected both men.

BPU Board Holds Very Quick December Session

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met in quick regular session for December Thursday morning and approved a couple of actions regarding wire transferring and checking accounts with Commercial Bank. General Manager Terry Wimberley said the wire transferring was a routine agreement and Commercial Bank needed information on file that authorizes who can initiate wire transfers and sets limits on the amount.

Commercial Bank was also the winner of the bid on the Electric General Fund checking account. Wimberley said two bids were received after a request was sent out by BPU and Commercial Bank gave the best rate so BPU went with them again.

During financial reports Wimberley told the board cash was being eroded slowly in the Electric Department but they are constantly watching it and may have to look at potential rate increases later in 2018. He said consumption is down across the nation and expenses are up, so it’s driving the cash to be eroded, but we will keep an eye on it and overall we are still in pretty good shape.

Financials with the Water and Wastewater department were also discussed with both having routine months in November and overall in good shape.

Wimberley also informed the board that BPU was recognized for Healthier TN workplace by the hospital for efforts in highlighting healthier lifestyles for employees.

Camper Trailer Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

Photo by Reggie Coles

Buchanan, Tenn.- A camper trailer was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Arriving units from the Paris Landing Fire Department found a 35 ft. campuer fully engulfed in flames at 100 Eagle Nest Road when they arrived around 4:30am. No one was inside the trailer, nor hurt in the blaze and the estimated damage was a total loss at $15K.

Paris Landing used three trucks and 8 firefighters and were on scene for two hours this morning. The trailer was owned by Robert Turney of Ohio and he hadn't been reached as of this morning.

Inman Holds Christmas Chorus Concert

Chorus members 'sneeze' during the performance of "Cold Snap" (Kim Patterson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Chorus Group recently performed their annual Christmas concert at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, Tennessee.  This group is led by Chorus teacher Mrs. Jessica McLeese who is assisted by Ms. Valerie Combs who was also the accompanist for the concert.  

The Inman Sixth grade choral group started the performance with a medley titled, Christmas…In About Three Minutes, which included pieces of twenty-one different Christmas songs.  Six different holiday and winter themed songs were performed by this group.  The finale was a song titled, Cold Snap, that cleverly places the sounds of coughing and sneezing within the lyrics. 

The Inman Seventh and Eighth grade students performed a variety of songs which started with a beautiful rendition of Ring the Bells.  A trio of singers, Paige Craig, Braden Clare Denman, and Amelia Hart joined voices for There’s Still My Joy, which tells the story of finding joy amid sadness at Christmas.  Grinch! A Christmas Choral Medley, started with a Bass solo from Sam Patterson, and featured soloists Teresa Palmer, Hudson Cepparulo, Becky Bray, and Ella Crighton.    

The Inman Middle School Choir has had a successful school year with seven students being chosen for the All-Northwest Honor Choir.  Those students include Katie Grace Arnold, Noah Barnhart, Braden Clare Denman, Amelia Hart, Wyatt Jones, Hunter Miller, and Caris Roberson.     

Soloist Sam Patterson during the performance of the Grinch.

City of Paris Announces Christmas and New Year's Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Public Works Department will close at Noon this Friday December 22nd and will be closed all day on Christmas and reopen the day after Christmas. Next week’s Monday and Tuesday trash pickup will be on Tuesday so all trash should be out by 7am on December 26th.

The Public Works Department will also be closed Monday January 1st and will reopen Tuesday January 2nd with Monday and Tuesday trash pickup that week on Tuesday as well.

The Landfill will be closing at Noon Friday December 22nd and be closed Saturday December 23rd thru Monday December 25th and reopen Tuesday December 26th at 7am. The Landfill will also be closed New Year’s Day and reopen at 7am on January 2nd.

The Animal Shelter will be closing at noon this Friday December 22nd and be closed December 23rd-25th, reopening at 11:30am on Tuesday December 26th. The Animal Shelter will also close New Year’s Day.

Paris City Hall will be closing at Noon Friday December 22nd and be closed Christmas Day. City Hall will reopen Tuesday December 26th at 7:30am. City Hall will also be closed Monday January 1st for New Year’s Day and reopen on Tuesday January 2nd.

The Paris Civic Center will close at 3:30pm Sunday December 24th and will remain closed all day Christmas Day. The Civic Center will reopen Tuesday December 26th at 6am. The Civic Center will also be closed Monday January 1st and reopen January 2nd at 6am.

9th Annual Shiver on the River Set for New Year's Day

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th annual Shiver on the River, Chillin for the Children event is set for Monday January 1st 2018 at Paris Landing Marina’s Boat Ramp as individuals and groups take a dip into the water all for a good cause. Registration fee is $25 per person and the goal is to raise as much money as possible thru contributions, sponsorships, and donations. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place individual and group for those who raise the most. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope youth Center.

Registration begins at 12 Noon and participants will receive a free t-shirt and meal at the Inn. T-shirts will be available for sale as well during the event. For more information like the Center’s Facebook page or visit shiverontheriver.com.

McDonald's Renovation Will Offer Better Guest Experience

Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s in Paris is currently undergoing a major renovation.  The restaurant. located at 1019 Mineral Wells Avenue, will invite guests to experience updates to the restaurant, in an effort to showcase a new level of choice, engagement, and service. This new restaurant model has been successfully rolled out in more than 2,800 restaurants globally and, as of December 2017, 1,200 McDonald’s restaurants nationally.

McDonald’s is placing a strong emphasis on hospitality by focusing on greeting customers, assisting with the new technology, and ensuring a clean, welcoming environment.

Through this technology, McDonald’s is putting more choice and control in the hands of guests by improving how they order, what they order, how they pay and how they are served. The restaurant will feature five Customer Kiosks where customers can place their order at their own pace, sit down after they order and then have their order served to them directly at their table. 

“We will be hiring more people because when you look at it, this is not just about the technology. We will have people to assist you with the kiosk but also to deliver your order to the table.  It’s table service.” explained Chris Grant, Executive Vice President of Operations. McDonald’s of Paris TN is owned and operated by Kristine Kenworthy who operates nine restaurants in Henry and surrounding counties.

Guests can be the first to experience new in-restaurant features, including:

• Five New digital self-order kiosks for those looking to browse the menu and order at their own pace 

• Table service where the restaurant staff brings your order directly to your table 

• Mobile Ordering and Payment which allows customers to order and pay directly from their smart phone. 

• A newly renovated Play Place and modern décor throughout the restaurant

The McDonald’s renovations should be completed by Mid-January.  Meanwhile, the restaurant’s Drive Thru will remain open 24 hours a day to continue to serve our customers during the renovations. 

TVCC Win's People Choice at Festival Of Trees

Paris, Tenn.- The votes from Festival of Trees have been tallied and Tennessee Valley Community Church's tree wins the people's choice award for best tree. Homestead Gardens and Gifts provided a gift certificate that was presented to the People's Choice winner.

D.A.R.E. Graduation Held for 205 PES Students

Front L to R. Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker, Ayvah Norwood, Andrew Green, and Sgt. Scott Staggs State DARE Coordinator.

Second L to R. P.E.S. Principal Chip Grey, Paris City Manager Kim Foster, Daren the DARE mascot, Chief Chuck Elizondo, Nia Russell and Officer Jordan Klutts.(Amber Roaten photo)

Paris, Tenn.- 205 5th graders from Paris Elementary graduated from the Drug Assistance Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. program on Tuesday at KPAC. The Paris Police Department's Sgt. Jermay Whitaker and Ptl. Jordan Klutts are instructors in the program.

Henry County senior Nia Russell was the guest speaker. Essay winers were Avyeah Norwood and Andrew Green.

After seven years as DARE instructor, Sergeant Whitaker is stepping down. He will be replaced by Ptl. Amber Roaten who completed the intensive D.A.R.E. training this month.

Kiwanis Club Donates $8500 to Hope Center Ministries

Photo by Chief Chuck Elizondo

Paris, Tenn.- On Monday, December 18th, 2017, the Paris-Lakeway Kiwanis Club presented the Henry County Hope Center Ministries a check for $8,500. Hope Center Ministries is a non-profit organization that operates a Christ-centered recovery program for alcoholics and addicts.

The funds will go toward opening a women's center in Henry County.

Pictured is Jamie Orr, Kiwanis Past President, presenting the check to Ashley Charlton right, and Dana Bowden Hope Center employees.                                   

The funds were raised from the clubs annual Mexican Dinner held each October.

KSP Charges Two with Sexual Exploitation

Murray, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch has charged two men with sexual exploitation.

On December 19, 2017, at approximately 8:37 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Ronald C. Dieck, 22, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  

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

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Murray on December 19, 2017. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.  

Dieck is currently charged with five counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.  

He was lodged in the Calloway County Detention Center.

On December 19, 2017, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Daniel R. Knoll, 28, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  

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

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Hopkinsville on December 19, 2017. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.  

Knoll is currently charged with 19 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.  

He was lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

Man Charged with Resisting, Drug Para. Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins charged Brandon Sowers, age 26, for drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after he, Sgt. Terry Williams, and Dep. Stacey Bostwick responded to Belmont St. looking for a subject wanted on outstanding warrants and ended up finding Sowers hiding in a bedroom. Sowers refused to show his hands after the officers asked him to multiple times. Sgt. Williams used the taser and Sowers was arrested. A pipe was found on his person.

Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Rabbit Creek Road residence in reference to a trailer the owner had listed for sale for $2K. The man told Dep. Waldron after listing the trailer he had several texts from someone interested who said he would buy it and was going to send him a check for $3500 and for him to use $1500 of that to pay someone who was picking the trailer up. The man said the check looked fake. Investigation is continuing.

Paris Police Investigate Thefts, Shoplifting

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Tyrail Jackson responded to East Washington to a home where the side door was kicked in and the house was completely ransacked. Stolen was a 50 inch smart LED 4K TV valued at $500. Investigation is continuing with no suspects at this time.

Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged Laura Damico, 42, of Springville, with shoplifting as she tried to push a buggy full of items out of the store without paying. When the loss prevention officer at Walmart stopped her she said she was going to get her debit card and coming back in. Due to previous attempts at shoplifting and some of the items in the cart spoiling, Sgt. James charged her.

TBI Releases Study on Firearm-related Violence in TN

Nashville-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a report last week detailing the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state over a 4-year period.

The report, titled, “Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016,” utilizes data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, or TIBRS.

Some of the findings from the report include: from 2013 to 2016, firearm-related criminal offenses increased by 24.8%; the number of reported murders involving a firearm increased by 54.7%, aggravated assaults accounted for the largest portion of reported firearms-related crime, and increased by 30.5% during the four year period, and males were 9 times more likely to engage in firearm-related criminal offenses than females.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said, “I am deeply concerned with the findings of the report reflecting a substantial increase in firearm-related crimes in our state. This increase puts an additional strain on Tennessee’s law enforcement resources and poses a serious threat to public safety.”

The TBI embarked on this study, the first of its kind in Tennessee, to support efforts by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to development a number of national statistical studies to better understand a variety of crimes including those involving firearms.

The full report can be reviewed on the TBI’s website at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tbi/documents/tibrs/Firearm%20Report-2013-2016_Final.pdf.

DA's Office Collecting Gifts for No Blue Christmas

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.

CG Recycling Schedule Changed Christmas Week

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove recycling schedule for the week of Christmas will change a little. Residents should know that recycling will not be picked up on Tuesday December 26th, but instead be picked up on Thursday December 28th.

Henry Teachers of the Year Announced

Henry, Tenn.- Henry School faculty and staff have voted and Ms. Valerie Guthrie was voted teacher of the year for grades 5-8 and Ms. Chari Fleener was voted teacher of the year for grades Pre K through 4th.

Both will advance to district level teacher of the year competition to be held at the first of the new year.

Inman Food Drive Brings in over 4K Food Items

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School collected over 4060 food items the their annual food drive for the Paris Henry County Food Bank. Pictured are Inman sixth grade students with Carlton Gerrell and Amber Roaton, food bank representatives. Food items were collected from Thanksgiving until Christmas break. (Todd Latta photo)

Chamber's New Marketing Initiative Kicks Off Jan. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new marketing initiative entitled “#paristn365.”  

“Through this project we will be posting an image every day for one year on our social media that promotes our community,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director. “The images can be anything from a kid eating an ice cream cone on the court square, to a tractor out in a field.  We are looking for a little bit of everything that promotes our community in a positive way.”  

The images will be posted on the organizations Facebook and Instagram accounts.   

“Our Mission is to improve the economy and quality of life in our community and promote the collective interest of the Membership,” added Kevin Buie, Chamber President. “We believe that marketing projects like this one will help our outreach effort and drive people to shop, eat, and live in Henry County.”   

To submit photos please email the images to tmcleese@paristnchamber.com or to submit multiple images feel free to bring a thumb drive to the Chamber Office. Please title the pictures and put the photographer credits in the description so that the information can be included in the post.  

The Chamber of Commerce office is located at 2508 East Wood Street in Paris, TN.

Several Arrested for Traffic Violations and Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit charged Eric Chapman, 27, of 4070 Guthrie Road with felony evading, violation of registration, and driving on a revoked license. He was placed on$15K bond. The MCU also charged Landon Chapman, age 64, of 4720 Guthrie Road with simple possession of schedule two and placed him on $2K bond.

Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop after a vehicle disobeyed the traffic signals on Lake and Wood St. After some investigation and searching, he charged Randy Lester May, of Dresden, with simple possession of drug paraphernalia and fugitive from justice.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a 14 ft. dump trailer was stolen off a jobsite on Hwy 77 in the past few days. The victim told officers he was working on a house and had two trailers and came back to notice one missing. The trailer was loaded down with old carpet and gutters. Total value of items stolen is around $7500. There are no suspects at this time.

In a separate incident, Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Shailyn M. Arneberg, of 1136 N. Market for theft under $1K.

HCHD Closing Red Top Hill Rd.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has closed Red Top Hill Road on the Blood River Church Road end until further notice due to bridge closure. Perry Cemetery Road and Red Top Hill Road can be used as alternate routes.

HAPNA Lighting Contest Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.- The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association invites the community to drive through their festive streets and view the winners and contenders of their First Annual Lighting Contest. Displays will be up through New Year’s Day.

“It was an exciting first year,” said Susan Jones, contest chair. “We wanted to do something special for the community to enjoy, and neighbors responded by hanging thousands of lights. Some hung one strand, some hung hundreds, but the message is the same, ‘We wish all who stroll or drive through our neighborhood a wonderful Christmas.’”

Four trophies were awarded to winning neighbors.

Best Decorated House - John and Leigh Watkins at 509 Dunlap Street

Best Yard - Sara Daily and Pat Boone at 407 Jackson Street

Best Front Porch - Heather and James Painter, along with children Blake Andrews, Brandon Chapman and Leighann Painter, and nephews Drake Tharpe and Ashton Chase at 206 Blakemore Street.

Judges’ Choice – Dr. Dennis and Leigh Wieck and daughter Libby Wieck at 316 Head Street

“We also created a special award for Best Decorated Street, which went to Head Street,” said HAPNA President Ed Roberts. “They went all out. From lighted bottle trees to lighted roosters to traditional displays, they have it all, including music.”

Judging was Friday night, and on Saturday night, several HAPNA members walked the neighborhood to award trophies and visit with the winners, according to Jones, who said that visiting with the winners was a real treat.

“Dr. Wieck began decorating with lights while in residency in West Virginia. He begins prepping in September and starts hanging lights and programming them in October,” she said.

“Our neighbors on Blakemore had a touching story. Heather Painter is a sitter, and noticed her client’s neighbor putting Halloween and Christmas decorations out onto the street in boxes. The man’s girlfriend had died, and he didn’t have the heart to decorate anymore. Heather brought the lights and blow up decorations home and put them up. When she received the trophy, she said that it was ‘a tribute to that gentleman and his girlfriend who loved Christmas so much.’”

“This was a fun contest because it was so simple,” explained Roberts. “Three out-of-town judges, a neighborhood full of lights and four trophies.”

The lighting contest was such a success that the board plans to add several more categories for 2018, according to Jones. “We are considering including Most Whimsical, Most Traditional, Less Is More and the Clark Griswold Award for Excessive Lighting.

The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association is dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood. The group holds monthly meetings at the Bethel Building on Lake Street on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

County Commission Approves to Resolution to Apply for CBDG Grant for a New County-Wide Radio Network

The Henry County Commission approves the resolution to apply for CBDG Grant for a New County-Wide Radio Network. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met Monday night where the commission approved a resolution authorizing the commission to submit an application to the TN Department of Economic and Community Development Block Grant for $315,000.

The Grant request is for the Henry County Emergency Communications Board who has committed $250,000 in funds toward a new county-wide radio network. The board determined that the project to purchase equipment for a new county  two-way radio network would greatly improve the safety of the county’s emergency responders and will enhance safety and emergency services for the citizens of Henry County.

The new county-wide radio network will be done in two phases, with the county applying for their grant in 2018 and the City of Paris will use their application for the grant in 2019. The two grants will total $880,000 for the project. County Mayor Brent Greer stated that they should know in October or November 2018, whether or not the county is awarded the grant.

At Monday's County Commission meeting, the commission also recognized Commissioner Bobby Freeman who recently passed away and they wanted to let the Freeman family know that they are thinking about them and their thoughts and prayers are with them.

Henry County Republic Party Holding Info Meeting Jan. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday's County Commission meeting, the Henry County Republic Party announced that they will be conducting a caucus on February 10th to elect Republican candidates for the election on August 2nd. The Henry County Republican Party has participated in primaries before but they have not participated in caucuses. The Henry County Republican Party will hold an information meeting open to the public on Thursday, January 25th at 7pm at the Paris Convention Center.

County Commission Hears About Courthouse Upgrades

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday's County Commission meeting, the commission was given an update from the Courthouse Security Committee. The Juvenile Court System applied for five grants and they were awarded three of the grants. The first item that was approved was a panic button alarm system in the Annex. The second item they received was a video arraignment system that can be used for adults and juveniles who are not able to make it to court and the final item that the Courthouse received was a programmable smart locking system, which will help control access to who comes in and when to the courthouse.

Paris, Tenn.- The County Commission also approved to adopt the Henry County Title VI Management Plan, that states that no person in the USA shall on the ground of race, color or national origin, should be excluded from participation, denied the benefits, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

911 Board Looks to Make Major Upgrades in the Coming Year

The HC 911 Board hears about the different types of upgrades they need to make to their system. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 911 Board met on Monday where they approved to make several equipment and system upgrades. The 911 Board approved the radio console upgrade project that will cost the board $232,000 and the board also approved the Computer Aided Dispatch Project (CAD) that will run about $200,000. The board also approved the county radio project which will run around $250,000.

 Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer said that it was a necessity that the board make these three major purchases even though it will cost them around $682,000. Archer said that these improvements and equipment purchases are necessary to upgrading our system so that we have a system that will be safe and reliable in case of an emergency.

The 911 Board also approved Zetron 911 Controller Evergreen Service. The product is to replace the outdated system and Zetron will handle all maintenance and software upgrades to the system. The cost of the Zetron 911 Controller will cost the 911 Board $32,500 a year with this 5 year contract.

911 Board Presents Plaque to Retired Dispatcher Cynthia Edwards

911 Chairman John Etheridge presents Cynthia Edwards with a plaque in recognition of her service to the Paris Police Department. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 911 Board met on Monday  where the board presented a plaque to retired dispatcher Cynthia Edwards, who worked at the Paris Police Department for the past 10 years. Edwards said, “I loved the job, I loved what I did and I miss the job.”

911 Board Discusses Road Name Extension on Winding Way

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 911 Board discussed a road name extension and change to Winding Way near Foxfire. Winding Way will start off Harding Road and will continue down to Lone Oak Road, so Sycamore Lane will be changed to Winding Way. The board is waiting for the contractor to complete the project before the name change is completed. Residents in the area will receive a letter in the mail stating the road change.

Parkhill Road in Puryear Open on Monday, December 18th

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has now opened Parkhill Road in Puryear on Monday afternoon. The road was closed for culvert replacement on December 18th.

Kathie Elkins Receives Her $1,000 Holiday Christmas Bucks

Gary Benton,General Manager and Owner of WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and WHDM, presents Kathie Elkins with the $1,000 Holiday Christmas Bucks. (Cassie Walsh photos)

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. General Manager and Owner of WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and WHDM Gary Benton presented Kathie Elkins with the $1,000 Holiday Christmas Bucks on Monday afternoon.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. Thank you goes out to all of sponsors: Lakeway IGA, Fantastic Sam’s, Joe Mahan Ford, Lura Lee’s of Paris, Sears, West’s Wheel and Tire, Butler & Harber Shoes, Furniture Exchange, Merison’s Value Furniture, Holley Credit Union, Street Dynamics, The Toggery, Peppers Automotive Group, Volunteer Lenders, Moon’s Jewelry and Repair and Queens of Paris. 

City of Paris is a Recipient of Commercial Facade Improvement Grant for Downtown Improvements

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris announced on Monday that they received word the town is one of the recipients of a Commercial Facade Improvement Grant for downtown improvements.

This grant comes to them from the State of Tennessee’s Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and will be used to improve commercial buildings in the downtown district.

The City of Paris' Tennessee Main Street designation made the town eligible for this grant and we received the grant through a competitive application process.  The grant can be used for improvements including new awnings and signs, painting, windows and doors, brick repair and other upgrades.

Individual grants will be available to qualifying downtown properties with a 25% match. The application process will begin with a property owner’s meeting on January 16th at 5pm in the Courtroom of City Hall.  At this meeting we will inform property owners of the process for application as well as the construction process.

Property owners in the district will be receiving a notification separately by mail that should answer any questions prior to the meeting.

The City of Paris appreciates this opportunity provided to them by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and look forward to the improvements to our downtown.

Several Cited for Underage Consumption and Possession of Alcohol

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. cited Josh Flowers, age 19 of Paris, and Griffin McCord, age 20 of Paris, for underage drinking. McCord was also cited for underage possession of alcohol. Ptl. Dean also cited Shania Teague, age 18 of Paris, for underage possession of alcohol.

Deputy Dalton Watson was transporting an individual to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, when he observed a vehicle driving all over the road. Deputy Watson then contacted the Paris Police Department in reference to the vehicle. Ptl. Dean  then made contact with the vehicle where he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. 

Ptl. Dean spoke to the driver identified as Teague who stated that she had not been drinking. Teague then gave police consent to search the vehicle. Police did find beer and vodka in the car. McCord and Flowers admitted to drinking several beers.

McCord admitted that the beer in the car was his and Teague admitted that the vodka in the car belonged to her. McCord, Teague and Flowers were then cited for the following offenses.

TCAT-Paris Graduation is Monday, Decemebr 18th at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- TCAT in Paris will be having their Fall 2017 Graduation on Monday, December 18th at 6:30pm at KPAC. The TCAT Paris Graduation is free to the public, so on Monday join the December graduates of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology as they celebrate their achievements.

Two Charged With Driving Offenses Over the Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Josh Wade arrested Albert Beecham, age 79 of McKenzie, for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Paris, Tenn.- In another report, Trooper Dakota Jordan arrested Amy Ledford, age 40 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Ledford was placed on $1,000 bond.

Buchanan Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Including Evading, Reckless Endangerment

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Chad Evans, age 37 of Buchanan, for evading arrest, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license and contempt.  Evans was placed on $26,000 bond.

Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to See The Nutcracker Dance into KPAC This Weekend

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 show cost $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 Friday from 5pm to 5:30pm and Saturday from 1pm to 1:30pm, which is included in your ticket price.

Generations have been inspired by this holiday classic.  Bring the kids early for special dance activities and demonstrations, pictures with the cast, and a chance to tell Santa their last-minute Christmas wishes.  The KPAC Box Office will open 1.25 hours before show time and kids special events will begin 45 minutes before show time.          

Paris Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested Cody North, age 32 of Paris,  for simple possession of a schedule VI substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting and violation of probation. North was placed on $1,500 bond for the drug possession charges.

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.

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)


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