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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

 

Multiple people arrested for DUI, BWI over the weekend

Henry County, Tenn.- TWRA Game Warden Nick Luper arrested Jacob Norris, 21, of 2260 Poplar Grove Road of Springville on Saturday for boating while intoxicated, simple possession of a schedule VI substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the vessel registration law. Norris’ bond was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Dakota Jordan arrested Timothy Overcast, 31, and Kelsey Light, 28, both of 184 McGehee Lane of Springville on Sunday. Overcast was charged with DUI, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Light was charged with DUI by consent, also known as DUI by proxy.

Overcast’s bond was set at $2,000 and Light’s bond was set at $1,500. They are each scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Wade arrested Glenn Stacey, 74, of 83 Tierra Del Sol of Springville on Saturday for DUI and violation of the implied consent law. Stacey’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

American Legion Post 89 holding Swap meet Show, Shine Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville, will hold a Swap Meet Show and Shine this Saturday, July 6th. The event was originally scheduled to take place back in June, but it had to be postponed due to weather.

Registration will be held from 10am to noon, blessing of the bikes will be at 1 p.m., people’s choice voting will run from noon to 1:30pm and winners will be announced at 2pm.

The entry fee is $10 and there will be four classes that will include Custom, Dresser, Trike, and Vintage. You can also bring items that are bike related to sell at the swap meet.

For more information on the bike show call 644-1675. For information on the Swap Meet or to save a booth space call 642-8785. For questions about general information you can email, ALRPost89@yahoo.com.

Rocking out to the jam at Froggyfest 2019


Confederate Railroad performs popular songs, "Move Over Madonna", "Trashy Women" and so many more.
By Cassie Walsh

Buchanan, Tenn.- Large crowds of people flocked to Paris Landing State Park as they got to rock out to music at Froggyfest 2019 on Saturday.


Henry County Sheriff's Sgt. Michelle Brewer gets a hug from Froggy at Froggyfest 2019. (Photos by Cassie Walsh)

American Idol alum Tristan McIntosh, Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks, and country award winning artists Confederate Railroad, the Kentucky Headhunters and Joe Diffie all performed at Froggyfest 2019.


The large crowd in attendance shows their love for Froggy at Froggyfest. (Photos by Cassie Walsh)

The pictures that are featured shows Confederate Railroad singing some of their most popular hits like "Move Over Madonna" and "Trashy Women." Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks also got the crowd in the mood to rock out at Froggyfest. The large crowd of people that attended Froggyfest 2019 also showed some love to Froggy.


Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks perform in front of a large crowd at Froggyfest. (Photos by Cassie Walsh)

Several arrested on charges from child abuse to driving offenses

Henry County, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Shana Floyd, 27, of 114 Lankford Road of Paris on Friday for three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect. Floyd’s bond was set at $75,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Tomaz Washam, 21, of 811 Gwen St. of Paris on Friday for possession of a scheduled VI substance with intent, violation of probation and domestic assault. Washam’s bond on the possession charge was set at $7,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski charged Kari Richardson, 50, of 120 Branch Road of Springville on Saturday at the Humphries County Jail for joyriding. Richardson’s bond was set at $1,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Russell arrested Tony Harris, 50, of Grenada, Miss. on Friday for driving on a suspended license. Harris’ bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee River Jam wrapping up on Sunday

Henry County, Tenn.- Tennessee River Jam concert festivities will wrap up with two more concerts Sunday. Beginning at 3 p.m. Olivia Fay, Johnny Mac and Randall French will be performing at the Breakers. Also at 7 p.m. on Sunday, 24 Seven will be rocking out at Blues Landing. Admission to both concerts is free.

Paris Tri Club's bike, hike rescheduled for Tuesday, July 2nd

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Tri Club will be hosting a Friends & Family Bike & Hike from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2nd. The event was originally scheduled for July 27, but it was postponed due to weather.

 Everyone is invited to join the club for a day of biking, hiking, sight seeing and more at the Britton Ford Visitor’s center at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville.

The Friends and Family Bike and Hike day will include a six-mile bike trip and two mile hike on the Britton Ford Trail. Helmets are required.

RSVPs not required, but appreciated. For more information please contact Jess Hart at 731-514-3896.

Lydia Shoemaker performing at Tennessee River Jam


By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.--A good-sized crowd was on hand to hear Lydia Shoemaker at Sweet Jordan's Ice Cream Shoppe in Paris Saturday morning. Her appearance was part of the three-day Tennessee River Jam ongoing this weekend. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

State Champs HC No Fly Zone heading to Nationals in July


The Henry County No Fly Zone was named the State Champions of 2019 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships that was held on June 18-23 in Nashville. (Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh
Nashville, Tenn.- The Henry County No Fly Zone team was named the 2019 State Champions as more than 1,250 youth athletes, ranging from middle school to college, competed at the 2019 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships that was held on June 18 through 23 in Nashville. 

Since the HC Zone Fly Zone team was named the state champions the team will now go to compete at the 2019 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships that will be held the week of July 15th in Columbus, Ohio.

“We are one of the top three shooting program in the state,” said Williams. “This is the most awards we have won in the history of the program.

The state tournament spanned six full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines: trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as doubles competitions. Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in more than 70 categories.

Around 227,000 targets were shot at the Nashville gun club during the competition. Henry County No Fly Zone Head Coach Drew Williams said that 54 kids from the team took part in the competition in the five various age groups that ranged from 4th-12th grade kids.

“It’s a great sport for kids to try,” said Williams. “Not every kids will be able to play basketball or another sport, but we can always teach any kid how to shoot. This is a sport that every kid can come out and play.”


The HC No Fly Zone trophies from all of their previous wins lline the walls at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 2019 Henry County No Fly Zone team had 59 kids participate in this year’s program. Williams said that many of the kids who graduate high school and leave the program oftentimes go on to compete at the collegiate level.

Williams said that he wanted to get the word out to kids who might be interested in joining the Henry County No Fly Zone, while also getting more sponsors for the program.

He said that kids who want to sign up for the shooting team can sign-up in February for the next season. The exact dates for the next sign-ups for the HC No Fly Zone will be announced in February 2020. The only things kids need to do in order to join the shooting team is to take a hunter safety course and pay a fee.

Williams said that the fee normally runs around $200 and it covers, state and national fees and other things like uniforms. He said that after kids have signed up, practices will be held once a week beginning in March. He said that the shooting season runs from March to the end of July.

“Half of the trophies we won this year came from shooting skeet,” said Williams. “Our shooting program is known nation wide for its skeet program. Most of the trophies we’ve won since 2012 have been from skeet. Bill Neese who was an assistant coach really got skeet going in our program and from then on that’s when our skeet program really stated to excel.”


The Henry County No Fly Zone team held a meet and greet at Holly Fork Shooting Complex on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Williams began working as a coach on the shooting team around nine years ago and this year will mark his sixth and final year as the head coach of the shooting program. Dustin Mackey is set to take over the head coaching position after this season.

The Henry County No Fly Zone coaching staff includes, head coach Drew Williams, Dustin Mackey, Doug Overton, Marty Visser, Jamie Orr, Caleb Orr and Steve Thomas. Funds from Helping Hand, the NRA and the MidwayUSA Endowment Fund are all used to help fund the shooting program.

For anyone who wants to follow the Henry County No Fly Zone team, please visit www.sssfonline.org to see their rankings.

Benton Co. teen arrested on multiple charges

Paris, Tenn.- A Benton County teen was arrested on numerous charges on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jim Sanders arrested Courtland Phifer, 19, of Big Sandy for driving on a suspended license, underage drinking, underage possession of a synthetic drug and theft of property under $1,000.          

Sanders was on routine patrol near Hwy. 79 North early on Friday morning when he observed a TV in the back of a truck that was driving away from a local donation store that had previously reported several thefts. Sanders conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle due to the recent amount of thefts that had been reported in the area.

When Sanders spoke to the driver identified as Phifer, he became very nervous. While speaking with Phifer, Sanders noticed that there were two cans of beer on the floorboard and Phifer also had a bottle of a synthetic drug called methcathinone in the truck.

Phifer was then charged with the following offenses. Phifer’s bond was set at $2,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee River Jam, Froggyfest jamming out on Saturday

 Henry County, Tenn.- Tennessee River Jam and Froggyfest 2019 will be in full swing on Saturday. Concerts will begin with Lydia Shoemaker who will be performing at Sweet Jordan’s beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Trick Pony’s Keith Burns and Will Dakota will be performing at the Breakers beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be no admission charge for either concert.

Then from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, stop by Paris Landing State Park for Froggyfest 2019. The Froggyfest 2019 lineup includes American Idol alum Tristan McIntosh, Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks, Confederate Railroad, the Kentucky Headhunters and award winning country artist, Joe Diffie. General admission to Froggyfest is $25 at the gate.

Later on Saturday, Tayla Lynn and the SoulShine Band will be performing at Blues Landing at 8 p.m. and admission to this event is free. River Dan will be performing at the Breakers beginning at 9 p.m. and there will be a $10 cover charge at the door.

Two arrested on drug charges on Thursday                            

Paris, Tenn.- Two people arrested on drug charges on Thursday.

Paris Police Ptl. Ashley Neumair arrested Bryan Jackson, 28, of 706 Mandalay Road of Paris for possession of a schedule II substance with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Neumair also arrested Carrie Peach, 48, of 50 Enterprise Ave. of Paris for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jackson’s bond was set at $20,000 and Peach’s bond was set at $1,000. They are each scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Jamming out at the Refuge

Springville, Tenn.--A good-sized crowd was on hand at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville Friday night to hear Cherry Avenue perform as part of the three-day Tennessee River Jam. Other Friday night performances were by Stronghold at Blues Landing and Nikki Bobo and the After Dark Band at LL's Bar and Grill. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Unemployment Rates Rise Slightly in 90 of 95 Counties

Paris, Tenn.-May 2019 unemployment rates for all 95 counties across the Volunteer State were released on Thursday and numbers show 91 out of 95 counties are coming in at below 5% unemployment for the month of May.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord said even though most counties are still under 5%, 90 of them did show a slight uptick in unemployment rate from April to May.

“It’s not unusual to see a minimal increase in local unemployment rates at the start of the summer season,” explained TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “May is a month of transition; many high school and college graduates enter the workforce for the first time during the month and most school personnel start their summer break in May.”

In our listening area, Henry County’s May 2019 unemployment rate was 3.6% up from 3.4% in April. The rate is still lower than May 2018 which was 3.7%. In means 530 people were looking for work in Henry County in May.

Carroll County saw an increase in unemployment rate from 3.9% in April to 4.6% in May. This May’s total in Carroll County is still down from last May when the rate was 4.9%. 560 of Carroll County’s estimated labor force were looking for work in May.

Benton County’s May unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.9%, which is up form 3.5% in April, still down from last May’s rate of 4.3%. Houston County’s May unemployment rate for 2019 came in at 4.0% which was an increase from April’s rate of 3.4%. That rate is still down from Houston County’s rate in May of 2018 which was 5.4%.

Weakley County saw an increase from April’s rate of 3.0% to May’s rate of 3,5%. In May of 2018, Weakley County’s rate was 3.5% as well. Stewart County’s May 2019 unemployment rate was 4.2%, up from 3.8% in April and down from last year in May when it came in at 4.5%.

Rison St. to Close Temporarily Beginning Monday July 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has been contacted by the contractor for the Hwy 641 North widening project regarding a temporary street closing. Beginning Monday morning, July 1, Rison Street between Market Street and Poplar Street will be closed to thru traffic for possibly two days. According to Hayes Construction the closure is expected to last no more than two days.

Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on multiple charges on Wednesday including child endangerment relating to an incident that occurred in Henry County.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski arrested Jordan Byrd, 29, of Mason at the Tipton County Jail for child endangerment and driving on a revoked license. Byrd’s bond was set at $20,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Murray woman was arrested on theft charges regarding a theft that occurred in Henry County.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Andrews charged Christina Ethier, 40, of Murray on Wednesday at the Calloway County Jail for theft of property. Ethier’s bond was set at $5,000. She was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A routine traffic stop by police resulted in one man being arrested on fugitive charges on Wednesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Clyde Sulcer charged Antonio Rulford, 21, of 145 Roberson Scott Road of Paris as a fugitive from justice out of Graves County, Kentucky. Rulford’s bond was set at $5,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

WMUF Wins Favorite Radio Station at Reader's Choice Awards

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF 104.7FM won the local Reader's Choice Award for favorite radio station at the PI's awards presentation Thursday night. Thank you to all our listeners for voting us their favorite station this year.

Hosp. Board Hears Compliance Review Updates; No Issues at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, IT Director Pam Ridley went over the Compliance Report annual Update. She explained that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is the federal agency with oversight on not only Medicare and Medicaid but also for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Ridley said about 19% of the Federal Budget or over $800M is spent on these programs each year. The programs cover about 1 in 4 Americans. In 2016, the Tennessee Assistant District Attorney Offices recovered over $180M in fraud from abuse activity.

The office of inspector General and Department of Justice provides oversight for healthcare organizations. Ridley reported HCMC had no issues or reports in the recently completed 2018 compliance review. She said many security measures have been put in place over the last several years. With internal checks, internet security, and other security measures it has helped stay in line with compliance reports.

During her administrative comments Thursday night CEO of Henry County Medical Center Lisa Casteel told of another rural hospital that closed recently. Fentress County’s Jamestown Regional Medical Center recently closed down and the community’s nearest hospital now is in Crossville, which is about 45 minutes away. The one that closed was an 85 bed hospital. Several have closed in the last 5 years across the state and region.

Casteel reported on the balance scorecard which showed 3 straight months of a positive bottom line and 6 of 11 months had positive numbers.

Casteel said the medical center is currently recruiting in cardiology, pediatrics, OB/GYN, General Surgery, and Psychiatry. There have been discussions with a Pediatrician and OB/GYN coming to the area.

In other action Thursday night, the board of trustees approved write-offs in the amount of over $818K. The total number of accounts was 660 with an average amount of over $1200 apiece.

The board also approved $166K for capital project purchases for the month. The big item was 5 fetal monitor for the women’s center. Another purchase for $50K was for security upgrades at the Healthcare Center.

City Comm. Approves Budget, Property Tax Increase

Paris, Tenn.- At a short and sweet special meeting Thursday night, the Paris City Commission unanimously approved the Fiscal 2020 budget which will include a three percent Cost of Living raise for all employees, a 9.5 percent increase in health care premiums and includes funds for eight different grant projects for the city including the planned Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park, sidewalks on Wilson Street near the high school and Rhea Elementary, new signalization downtown, replacement of the Rison Street bridge and upgrades and ADA accessibility around the Eiffel Tower Park.

Total expenditures in the budget are $13,749,157.

The commission also approved the property tax rate of $.77 per hundred dollars of assessed valuation on all taxable property, real and personal within the city.

Because of the 4th of July holiday being on a Thursday, the July city commission meeting will be held July 11, with the planning commission on July 18.

Seeing how long we can dance, limbo at PSSD R2BR celebration


Paris Special School District teachers Darlene Russell (left) and Krystal Watkins hold the stick as students and even a couple of teachers do the limbo at the end of the program celebration on Thursday at Rhea School. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Forty-two students and their families came out and had dance party fun at the last day of the Paris Special School District Read to Be Ready (R2BR) program at Rhea Elementary School on Thursday. Students enrolled in the PSSD Read to Be Ready program not only get to improve their reading skills, but they also get to have fun while learning.

Gina Brush the curriculum instruction and assessment coordinator for the PSSD emphasized how the Read to Be Ready program has had a lasting impact on the students enrolled in the summer reading program. Rising kindergartners, first and second grade students from the Rhea Elementary School participated in this year’s PSSD R2BR program. The students got the chance to explore new topics, visit new places they might not have seen before and express themselves in their writing and artwork.

Brush said that students had a writing room, a book room and a creative art room where teachers encouraged students to express themselves and have fun with learning. She said students got to go to the book room where they picked out on book to take home each day so that they could add to their personal library to use after the program ended. Students also got the chance to express themselves by writing stories and poems and even creating artwork by using literature.


Students and their teachers from the Paris Special School District Read to Be Ready program show off their dancing skills to the "Cupid Shuffle" at the end of the program celebration on Thursday at Rhea School. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Brush said the purpose of the program was to not just help improve their students reading and writing levels, but they also focused on helping students become more confident in themselves while also showing students that they could have fun with learning.

Brush said the PSSD R2BR program not only included trying to incorporate learning in the traditional sense through reading and writing, but it also helped show students that reading and learning can be as fun as you make it. Students also got to take several field trips throughout the summer reading program, which included taking trips to the Nashville Science Center, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and they also visited the W.G. Rhea Public Library where they got to see Safari Greg.

At the last day of the R2BR students got to spend time with their families and have fun dancing, participate in dancing games, seeing who can limbo the best, play with balls, hula hoop and so much more. DJ Dallas Jackson also played music at the R2BR end of the program celebration. Several of the PSSD R2BR teachers were also not afraid to get in on the fun including showing off their dance moves to "Cupid Shuffle" and seeing who could go low while doing the limbo.


Singing, dancing and playing along with new friends at the PSSD Read to Be Ready program celebration on Thursday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Brush said in an earlier interview that this will be the last year for the Read to Be Ready program now that the state has cut funding for the program. She said that she wishes that the program could continue and grow even more than what it already has, since the program has helped so many students. Brush said the program allows teachers to have a more individual approached to teaching since the student-teacher ratio is about one teacher for every 6-7 kids.

“Students reading levels have improved and the program has helped motivate the kids to get excited about learning,” said Brush.

Brush along with her other fellow teachers said that the changes they have seen in their students from the beginning of the summer reading program to the end of the program is remarkable. She said that students are more motivated to learn and read, because the program isn’t just about reading a book it’s also about incorporating interactive activities into reading that helps get them excited.

Even though Thursday was the final day of the PSSD Read to Be Ready program, students got to have fun and show off all of their hard work to their families, teachers and new found friends.

Two Arrested on Driving Offenses; Theft Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on various driving-related offenses over the past few days. Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele arrested Jessica Rowlett, 29, of 344 Charlie Wynn Road of Buchanan on Wednesday for DUI. Rowlett’s bond was set at $1,500. She was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Shannon Hammock, 49, of 25 Crutchfield Lane of Paris on Tuesday for driving on a suspended license. Hammock’s bond was set at $500. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, police are investigating the theft of more than $600 in cash that was stolen from a vehicle that was parked near Memorial Drive in Paris on Tuesday.

Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele spoke to the owner of the vehicle who stated that when she was picking someone up. The owner said that when she was inside the home another man came in and told the owner that a female had gotten into her car. The man told the owner that after the woman jumped into the owner’s car she then left in either a red Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon. The owner went out to her car and found that $600 in cash and several medications that were in her car had been stolen from the vehicle. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been made.

Rotary Club Challenges All Civic Groups to Give Blood Mon. Jul. 1

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club challenges you to save a life and give blood at the Civic Club Challenge on Monday July 1st from 1-6pm when Lifeline Blood visits Joe Mahan Ford. Paris Rotary Club is challenging all Civic Clubs in Paris and Henry County to get out and give blood. The Civic Club with the most donors will receive a plaque from Lifeline and more importantly, bragging rights.

Also remember thru August, if you give blood with Lifeline, you can register to win a Ford Fiesta from Joe Mahan that will be given away the first week of September.

Dan Paschall Grand Marshal at 44th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Fest

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The 44th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival is set for Thursday July 4th in Cottage Grove. The turkey/trap shoot will run from 9am to 1pm. At 10am the parade with prizes for best of parade, best float, and most patriotic will start.

Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Dan Paschall and the Color Guard will be presented by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

At 10:30am game booths open, the Firehouse International Kitchen opens. New games include monster paint ball, there are plenty of outdoor concessions, a cake walk, fire truck photo shoot, children’s entertainment, and more. The Country Store opens at 11am with a dollar a spin for homemade, homegrown, and canned farm goods.

An auction will run from 1-2pm, a Karaoke Contest from 2-4pm, Bingo from 3-5pm, Live music and dancing and from 6-9pm. A corn hole tournament will start at 6pm and the drawing for a shotgun, and 50/50 cash drawing is at 8:45pm. The night culminates with a fantastic fireworks show put on by the Cottage Grove Fire Department. Like the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department Facebook for more information and call John Weiher at 782-3657 or Shannon Bomar at 642-8270.

TN Wildlife Refuge Hosting Concert Fri. as TN River Jam Continues

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Refuge, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, will be one of the man sites hosting music this coming weekend as part of the TN River Jam Musical Festival. The concert at the Refuge will be free and feature Cherry Avenue performing Friday night June 28th from 5-7pm. They will perform with Kentucky lake as their backdrop.

Based out of Nashville, Cherry Avenue is a country music group as classic as cherry pie with modern precision of a 747. With ties to Bethel University, Adam Catt and Erika Blake’s blend of music promises for a great evening.

The refuge will open at 8am and concert attendees for the evening should bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to set on and some insect repellent. For dinner that evening, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be grilling marinated Ribeye and chicken sandwich meals from 4-7pm. For a donation of $10 get a sandwich, chips, drik and cookies. All money raised benefits Environmental Education programs at the refuge which brings in over 3K school children to the refuge each year.

Events will go on at the refuge all day Friday including ranger guided hikes at 1pm and 3pm, the archery range will be open and there will be children’s games from 1-4:30pm.

For more information on Friday’s event call 642-2091. For more information on this weekend’s TN River Jam Festival which features artists of all genres performing in several areas all over Paris and Henry County, log onto www.tnriverjam.com.

BPU Crews Working to Fix Power Outage on Reynoldsburg Rd.

Paris, Tenn.- BPU Crews were out around 4pm Wednesday afternoon after a tree fell and damaged a main line and pole around Reynoldsburg Road. The outage affected 200 customers and the work to fix the line was about 3 hours.

Crews will have the Reynoldsburg Road area between Travis Boyd and Vale Road.

Hands Free TN Law Goes Into Effect Mon. July 1st

Nashville- Several new laws are set to take effect Monday July 1st including the new Hands Free Tennessee law, which makes it illegal for any driver to hold a cell phone or any mobile device with any part of their body. The law also prohibits the driver from writing, reading, or sending any text while driving; reaching for a cell phone or mobile device in a manner in which the driver is no longer seated; watch a video or movie on a cell phone or mobile device; and record or broadcast video on a cell phone or mobile device.

The law is known as public chapter 412 and will go into effect at midnight on July 1st in effort to reduce crashes and deaths from distracted driving in the Volunteer State. In 2018, there were over 24,600 crashes involving distracted drivers. Statistics show that there were 59 of those distracted driving cases in Henry County in 2018 and already 10 in 2019.

Violations of the law will be a class C misdemeanor with a $50 fine on first and second offense. Third or higher offense or any that cause a crash will result in a $100 fine. The fine will be $200 if the violation occurs in a work zone where workers are present or a school zone.

For more information on the law visit www.handsfreetn.com

MSU Town and Gown Band to Present 4th of July Concert

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band will present its Freedom Fest Concert of American Music at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 in Lovett Auditorium. The band is in its eighth season under the direction of Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor of music at Murray State. 

The program is free, and the public is cordially invited. The sixty-minute program will dismiss in time for attendees to get to favorite viewing locations for the Freedom Fest Fireworks display in Murray following the concert.

The program will open with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “My Old Kentucky Home,” followed by a rousing march, “The Circus Bee,” by Henry Fillmore. There will be a tribute to members and veterans of the Armed Forces with a special medley recognizing each branch of the service. A medley of highlights from the Broadway Musical “South Pacific” will be presented, and vocalist Kate Tombaugh will be featured on George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me.” 

Other compositions include an outstanding march by late Murray State University Director of Bands Paul W. Shahan, “The Lincoln Heritage Trail,” and guest conductor Dr. Derek Jones will direct the 80-member band on James Curnow’s composition “Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew,” based upon the poem “Flight” by John Gillespie MaGee, Jr. 

A medley of compositions entitled “Songs from the Great War,” “Seventy-Six Trombones” from “The Music Man,” a “Patriotic Sing-Along” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” will close out the program.

“This concert is one of my favorite events every year,” Hill said. “It’s a wonderful thing to see so many members of the community come together for a special evening of American music.”

“It’s a privilege to sponsor this very talented group of community musicians with the support of our Town & Gown partners,” said Carol Brunn, special projects coordinator for the Town & Gown program. “We have 40 businesses that comprise the partnership that help make concerts like this a reality. We couldn’t do it without them. This concert is a true piece of Americana and a great way to celebrate the July 4 holiday and all that it represents.”

Cruise-In Well Attended on Warm Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The June Cruise-In was packed with several classic cars on scene on the court square despite a warm, humid evening Tuesday. Rockin' Randall French performed a variety of music, Perry's BBQ had delicious food, and car owners won door prizes every 15 minutes. The DPA Cruise-Ins occur the 4th Tuesday of April, May, June, August, and September. The July Cruise-in is in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor show which will be the last Saturday in July. (Brian Harris photos)

City of Paris Fire Department Reminds Citizens of Firework Safety

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Fire Department reminds citizens that fireworks safety is a big issue on and around the 4th of July. Last year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 11 people were killed and more than 10K injured due to fireworks. In addition, Tennessee fire departments responded to 859 fires that were caused by fireworks which caused $1.78M in property damage from 2010-2014, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Report System.

The Paris Fire Department encourages citizens to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate with fireworks. Fireworks in the hands of amateurs can be dangerous, even sparklers can reach temperatures of 1000 degrees.

The City of Paris ordinance makes shooting fireworks illegal within the city limits. The fire department recommends if you live outside of the city and decide to set them off remember to: never allow children to handle fireworks; be sure other people are out of range of the fireworks; never throw or point fireworks at people or animals; only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves, and flammable materials; never try to relight fireworks that didn’t fully function; keep water supply nearby in case of malfunctions; wear eye protection.

HC UT Extension Offering Adventures in Kitchen Classes

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office, located 1120 Tyson Avenue, will host an adventures in the kitchen July 1st and 2nd from 8:30am to Noon. Adventures in the kitchen is a series of six hands-on cooking lessons created by the University of Tennessee Extension.

The classes are for youth ages 10-12 and cost is $20 for supplies. Snacks will be provided. The class size is limited to 20 and the deadline to pre-register is Wednesday June 26th. Call 642-2941 for questions.  

HC CASA Boston Butt Sale Continues Thru June 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is holding their Boston Butts Fundraiser just in time for the 4th of July. The ordering window is until June 30th. Price is $40 and pickup date is Tuesday July 2nd from 3-6pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Butts will be prepared by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Call 363-7940 to purchase tickets or message the Henry County CASA Facebook page.

Van Dyck Honored by BPU Board for Yrs. of Service

Paris, Tenn.- At the June board meeting of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), board member John Van Dyck was honored for his years of service to the board. The board approved a special resolution presented by Chairman David Flowers to show appreciation to Van Dyck for his nine and a half years of service and dedication to the board as he has chosen to retire from the board when his term expires June 30.

“John Van Dye has been a pleasure to work with in his tenure on our Board,” said Terry Wimberley, BPU General Manger. “I am grateful for his vision to help BPU address our aging infrastructure over the last decade.  His service to our utility and our community is much appreciated.”

In other general business, the board approved the list of professional service providers the utility will use for the 2020 fiscal year. Additionally, the board voted to approve the fiscal year 2020 budgets for all departments as they were presented at the May meeting of the board.

Communications Specialist, Meagan Hart, reported to the board on how the utility fared during the storms this past weekend. Over 3,000 phone calls were answered by office staff on Friday night from 6:00 pm to midnight. Crews replaced over 25 poles, several miles of wire and over 2,200 manhours were logged in the complete restoration of power from the storm.

The board also approved a motion to renew the employment agreement with BPU General Manager, Terry Wimberley. The renewal will extend Wimberley’s contract as General Manager to June 30, 2022. Wimberley’s contract was not up for renewal until December, but the board voted to extend it early to align Wimberley’s contract with the fiscal year.  

Local Athletes Excel in State Shooting Competition

members of the Henry County No Fly Zone come in 1st place JV Sporting Clays. (TWF photo)

Paris, Tenn.- More than 1,250 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2019 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships on June 18 through 23 in Nashville.  

State Championships spanned six full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines: trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as doubles competitions. Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in more than 70 categories. 

“The dedication of our student athletes—and the parents and coaches who support them—is truly incredible,” said Andrew Peercy, Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program manager. “These youth are setting the bar for the shooting sports and what it means to pursue an outdoor lifestyle from a young age.”

The governing body of the sport in Tennessee is the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program, an initiative of Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Tennessee Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources. Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program recruits youth into an outdoor lifestyle by introducing them to the shooting sports.

“Our athletes embody commitment and discipline. We’re looking forward to seeing many progress to Nationals the week of July 13,” said Peercy. “From middle school to college seniors, our competitors represent the future of outdoorsmen in Tennessee and ultimately the future of our state’s wildlife and natural resources.” 

Hunters and anglers are leading advocates for policies that promote good stewardship of our natural resources and are the main source of funding wildlife conservation in Tennessee. But for every ten sportsmen today, only seven are growing up to take their place.  

SKEET 

Rookie/Intermediate Grand Champion 

Single highest individual score. 

Dalton Berry on Harpeth Crush team (Williamson Co.)


Junior Varsity/Varsity Grand Champion 

Single highest individual score. 

Seth Ratliff on Clarksville Clay Target Association – No Option (Montgomery Co.) 

 

Rookie Team

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

2. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

3. N2Dust Shotgun Sports (Knox Co.) 

 

Intermediate Entry Level Team

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

2. Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.) 

3. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.) 

 

Intermediate Advanced Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.)

2. Harpeth Crush (Williamson Co.)

3. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.)

 

Junior Varsity Team 

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

2. Webb Feet (Bedford Co.)

3. Haywood Young Guns (Haywood Co.)

 

Varsity Team 

1. Clarksville Clay Target Association – No Option (Montgomery Co.)  

2. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.)

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

 

Collegiate Team 

1. Clay Target Team of APSU (Montgomery Co.)

2. Bethel University (Carroll Co.) 

3. University of TN at Martin (Weakley Co.) 


DOUBLES  SKEET


Rookie Team

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.)

2. Lewis County (Lewis Co.)


Intermediate Entry Level Team

1. Hardin County (Hardin Co.)

2. South Gibson Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.)

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.)


Intermediate Advanced Team 

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

2. Franklin High School Rebels (Williamson Co.)

3. South Gibson Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.)


Junior Varsity Team

1. Clarksville Academy (Montgomery Co.)

2. Clarksville Clay Target Association – No Option (Montgomery Co.)

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 


Varsity Team 

1. Southern Shooting Sports (Montgomery Co.) 

2. South Gibson Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.)

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 


Collegiate Team

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

2. Bethel University (Caroll Co.)

3. Clay Target Team of APSU (Montgomery Co.)

 

SPORTING CLAYS 

Rookie/Intermediate Grand Champion 

Single highest individual score. 

Jacob Sullivan on Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.) 

 

Junior Varsity/Varsity Grand Champion 

Single highest individual score. 

Blythe Booker on Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.)

 

Rookie Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.)  

2. McKenzie Shooting Sports (Carroll Co.) 

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.)

 

Intermediate Entry Level Team 

1. Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.) 

2. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.) 

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.)

 

Intermediate Advanced Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.)  

2. Franklin High School Rebels (Williamson Co.)

3. Harpeth Crush (Williamson Co.)

 

Junior Varsity Team 

1. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.)

2. Clarksville Clay Target Association – No Option (Montgomery Co.) 

3. Webb Feet (Bedford Co.)

 

Varsity Team 

1. Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.) 

2. Southern Shooting Sports (Montgomery Co.) 

3. Monroe County (Monore Co.)

 

Collegiate Team 

1. Clay Target Team of APSU (Montgomery Co.)

2. Bethel University (Caroll Co.)

3. University of Tennessee – Martin (Weakley Co.) 

 

TRAP 

Rookie/Intermediate Grand Champion 

Single highest individual score. 

Jedidiah Baggett on Houston County Lucky Shots (Houston Co.) 

 

Junior Varsity/Varsity Grand Champion 

Single highest individual score. 

William Rice on T-County Clay Busters team (Tipton Co.) 

 

Rookie Team 

1. Zion Christian Academy 4-H Shooting Sports (Maury Co.) 

2. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

3. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

 

Intermediate Entry Level Team 

1. Collierville High School Trap Team (Shelby Co.) 

2. Hardin County Hitmen (Hardin Co.)  

3. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.) 

 

Intermediate Advanced Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

2. Coffee County Middle Claybusters (Coffee Co.)

3. Hardin County Hitmen (Hardin Co.) 

 

Junior Varsity Team 

1. Coffee County Claybusters (Coffee Co.) 

2. T-County Clay Busters (Tipton Co.)

3. Cocke County Claybusters (Cocke Co.) 

 

Varsity Team 

1. Cumberland County Clay Crushers (Cumberland Co.) 

2. Jefferson County 4-H Shooting Sports (Jefferson Co.)

3. Columbia Academy GunDawgs (Maury Co.) 

 

Collegiate Team 

1. Bethel University (Carroll Co.) 

2. University of Tennessee – Martin (Weakley Co.) 

3. Clay Target Team of APSU (Montgomery Co.)

 

DOUBLES TRAP


Rookie Team

1. Lewis County


Intermediate Entry Level Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

2. Cumberland County Clay Crushers (Cumberland Co.) 

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 


Intermediate Advanced Team 

1. McKenzie Shooting Sports (Carroll Co.) 

2. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

3. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 


Junior Varsity Team 

1. Page High School (Williamson Co.)

2. Cumberland County Clay Crushers (Cumberland Co.) 

3. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 


Varsity Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

2. Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

3. Bartlett Trap Team (Shelby Co.)


Collegiate Team 

1.Henry County No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

2. Giles County Clay Dusters (Giles Co.)

3. Clay Target Team of APSU (Montgomery Co.)


COMBINED HIGHEST OVERALL 

Awarded to the individuals and teams who shoot the highest score totaled from all three disciplines. 

 

Rookie Individual 

1. Cylas Prince on Monroe County team  (Monroe Co.) 

2. Connor Webb on Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.) 

 

Rookie Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

2. Henry Co. No Fly Zone (Henry Co.) 

 

Intermediate (Entry Level and Advanced) Individual 

1. Kade Forsythe on South Gibson Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

2. Dalton Berry on Harpeth Crush (Williamson Co.)

 

Intermediate (Entry Level and Advanced) Team 

1. South Gibson County Shooting Sports (Gibson Co.) 

2. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.)

 

Varsity (Junior Varsity and Varsity) Individual 

1. Blythe Brooker on Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.) 

2. Isac VanWormer on Southern Shooting Sports team (Montgomery Co.) 

 

Varsity (Junior Varsity and Varsity) Team 

1. Str8 Shooters Clay Team (Hamilton Co.) 

2. Cumberland County Youth Shooting Sports (Cumberland Co.)

GANM Hosts Chamber Coffee for June

Paris, Tenn.- GANM Footbar Walker creators Gary and Ann Morris Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held this morning at their location near the Henry Farmers co-op in Paris. The Morris’s both retired before beginning this new business. The Footbar Walker is an improvement to a common walker and assists families and caregivers in assisting their loved ones.

911 Board Revises Local Agreement, City Handling All 911 Calls

(Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy and busy meeting Monday evening, the Henry County 911 board revised its interlocal agreement with the city of Paris to reflect that the city of Paris Police Department dispatch is now serving as the county’s central dispatch system.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo explained after the meeting that at a session between city and county officials it was decided “this was the simplest way to handle it” and that the Paris PD is now handling all 911 calls.

Elizondo said it is being handled on a trial basis, which will be revisited in 2020.

The 911 board had been working toward moving a central dispatch to the 911 building on Brewer Street, but Elizondo said, “We just decided to keep it simple.”

“The city has more staff—we have nine dispatch staff and they are highly trained,” Elizondo said. “We have everything we need at City Hall and we felt we didn’t really need to move to another location.” The sheriff’s office has a dispatch staff of four.

“We’re doing this on a trial basis to see if we can do it best this way and if we can, we’ll continue,” Elizondo said. “Our staff is highly trained and have a lot of expertise and we’re efficient. We’ve been doing it a long time.”

In other business:

--The board voted unanimously to not support a resolution from the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board which seeks to restore 911 surcharge rates to $1.50 per line.

Board Chairman John Etheridge noted that the Henry Co. 911 system has been lucky “because we’ve never raised rates here. We’ve managed our money well. We’re in good shape, but not all systems in the state are in this situation. I don’t think we need to raise rates for the sake of raising rates, but there is momentum statewide for this.”

911 Director Mark Archer—who sits on the state board—agreed, saying, “I don’t think this is the time for it, but I believe we’re going to be in the minority.”

 After much discussion, Board Member Richie Chilcutt moved that that local board not endorse the resolution. Chilcutt said, “We need to be a steward of the taxpayers’ money and I would say no.” In seconding the motion, Norma Gerrell said, “I want to be a good neighbor, but I also want to take care of our own.”

--Archer said the 911 program will begin publicizing that the “Text to 911” system is here in radio ads and in newspapers. The problem with texting to 911, however, is that the texts often do not arrive at 911. “This was put out there for the hearing impaired, but the technology is just not where it needs to be,” Archer said.

--IT Director Chad Howard demonstrated the 911’s new website and online GIS map project.

Rockin' Randall To Entertain Tuesday at June's Cruise-In

Paris, Tenn.- The June Cruise-In is set for Tuesday, sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. June’s Cruise-In will feature the sounds of Rockin Randall French performing on the square. All classic cars are welcome and Perry’s BBQ will be selling sandwiches, drinks, and more. Classic car owners can register to win free door prizes, given out every 15 minutes. Cruise-Ins continue in August and September on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm at 7pm.

This Week's Schedule for W.G. Rhea Summer Reading Program

Paris, Tenn.- Events this week at the W.G. Rhea Summer Reading Program include 11am Story Hour at Eiffel Tower Park on Tuesday along with TechTuesdays from 2:30pm-4:30pm. On Wednesday at 10am, The Nashville Adventure Science Show will happen. Friday June 28th the family movie at 10am is Lilo and Stich and the Teen movie is The Right Stuff. Saturday July 29th is the last day to register for the summer reading program. Call the Library at 642-1702 for more information.

BPU Crews Work Overtime After Storms Hit Friday, Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- As storms rolled through Henry County early Friday evening, Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) crews rolled out to begin repairs.

With over 9,000 customers out of power in the initial aftermath, crews were able to get over half of the customers restored in the first few hours. Crews worked tirelessly with little sleep to get power full restored to all customers.

Damage from the storm was widespread with over 129 outages at the peak of the outage and a total of 350 outages over the weekend across Henry County to repair. Crews repaired or replaced 25 poles and several miles of downed wire due to trees and wind. Between office staff, water/wastewater staff and electric department staff along with outside crews called in, over 2,200 manhours were logged in the restoration of the storm.

“We really appreciate McKenzie Tree Service, Covington Electric and Service Electric Crews coming in to assist with restoration,” said Cole Edwards, BPU Director of Engineering. “Complete restoration for all of Henry County would have taken significantly longer without the help of these crews.”

Saturday midday brought another storm into the area, creating additional outages and forcing BPU crews to work in less than favorable conditions. Sunday afternoon a smaller storm passed through Henry County while, crews worked to repair the initial outages and new outages caused by the first two storms. By Sunday, June 23 at 11:00 pm., restoration to all customers had taken place.

“I cannot say enough good things about our employees and their dedication to this community,” said BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley. “This is just one of the advantages of having a public power provider like BPU in Henry County. You have local crews working to restore power in their community-something you don’t often see with private power providers.”

Now that the power restoration is complete, crews will begin the cleanup process. BPU is aware that there are poles, wire and other items that may have been left behind during the storm: at that time, BPU’s priority was getting power restored. Due to the widespread nature of the outage, the cleanup process may take several weeks but crews will be working diligently to complete the process.

BPU officials said, “We are blessed with an outstanding group of employees; from the 16 office staff who came in Friday night to answer phone calls and assist customers with reporting outages to the eight water and wastewater department staff who came in Saturday and Sunday to assist with restoration efforts, to last but not least, our 34 linemen and electric department employees who worked tirelessly to restore power to Henry County. A special thank you to our local restaurants who assisted in getting meals prepared for the crews. And finally, thank you to our customers! Your patience, kind words, and support of our crews was truly remarkable, we are lucky to serve such an amazing community.”

City, County Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.-Police are investigating the theft of a sign valued at several hundred dollars that was stolen from business’ parking lot located near Golf Drive in Paris.

Paris Police Ptl. Dereck Greenhill took a report of theft of a portable letter sign that was taken from the parking lot of a local business near Golf Lane in Paris on Saturday. Greenhill spoke to the owner of the sign who stated someone had stolen his portable letter sign valued at $600. Police are still investigating the case.

Police are investigating a theft that occurred at a home on Keck Lane in Buchanan on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua spoke to the owner who stated that someone who stolen several hundreds of dollars in cash and some medications from her home. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been.

Severe Weather Prompts Closures at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- The U.S. Forest Service continues to assist visitors and address hazards created by downed trees and power lines blown over at Land Between the Lakes in a Friday storm.

Forest Service crews began accessing damages at 7 p.m. Friday as a southeast moving storm brought high winds, lightening and heavy rains Friday evening. Land Between the Lakes staff ask people to postpone visits to the area while crews locate and clear hazards.

"We have crews working all across Land Between the Lakes that continue to find new hazards and we need the public to avoid the area while we locate and address safety concerns," said Tina Tilly, U.S. Forest Service area manager. "We know people want to come out and enjoy this beautiful place. Right now, we need time to find and address hazards. Safety is our priority."

The most extensive damage is in the northern portions of Land Between the Lakes. Most of the Kentucky portion is without power and could remain without power for an extended time. Many campgrounds are without power and are now closed until further notice while crews secure downed power lines and remove trees. The Forest Service continues to find structures damaged in the storm.

Forest Service crews are highly trained at felling hazardous trees and ask the public to avoid trees snagged and ready to fall. The Forest Service reminds the public that it is extremely dangerous to approach downed or damaged power lines. Do not attempt to clear debris from any power line. All power lines should be treated as energized and deadly.
 
For more information call Chris Joyner, public affairs officer, at 270-350-3693.

HCTA Board Approves Requested Funds for Two Crappie Events in 2020

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority board met Monday morning and approved items on their agenda including a Crappie USA Super Event and Crappie USA Mega Bucks event. The Crappie USA Super Event, which includes high school teams fishing to win scholarships will be held in March of 2020 at Paris Landing. The program will include two days of high school teams and two days of crappie tournaments where anglers from 13 states vie for the championship.

Funds requested for the Crappie USA Super Event was $25K which the HCTA funded in full.

Another Crappie USA Mega Bucks Event requested and was approved for $35K. The original dates requested where for March of 2020, but they may move it further into the summer months. It is a two day crappie tournament with anglers from several states.

The Kiwanis Arts and Crafts festival, planned for September, requested and received $1500 from the HCTA, an amount that was comparable with the last several years.

The Committee heard a report from Chamber Director Travis McLeese on the upcoming TN River Jam Music Festival coming up this Friday-Sunday. He said it has grown and exceeded expectations with tickets purchased online from 10 states as far away as Texas and Wisconsin. The festival will include 22 artists, 12 events, and 7 venues across the City and County. For more information about the Festival go online at tnriverjam.com.

The Committee heard from City Manager Kim Foster told the HCTA of the Tourism Enhancement Grant for $43K the city had just received. County Commissioner Drew Williams also spoke about how well the Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting team had done in Nashville bringing back 40 trophies, which is the most ever.

Closure of Rabbit Creek Road Moved to Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department was set to close Rabbit Creek Road Monday for culvert replacement but due to the rainy weather they have rescheduled the work for Tuesday June 25th.

Man arrested for vehicular assault

Paris, Tenn.- A Springville man was arrested on multiple charges including vehicular assault on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Cronkright charged Bruce L. Robinson, 56, of 845 Broadview Road of Springville for vehicular assault and four counts of reckless endangerment. Robinson’s bond set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Sept. 3, 2019, in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Several people arrested on alcohol related offenses

Henry County, Tenn.- Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Mounts arrested James Fanning Jr., 62, of 1107 Guthrie Road of Paris on Saturday for DUI and violation of the implied consent law. Fanning’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Seth Cole, 21, of 5285 East Antioch Road of Springville on Saturday for public intoxication. Cole’s bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Ashley Neumair arrested Eric Zikmund, 38, of 407 Irvine St. of Paris on Saturday for public intoxication. Zikmund’s bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Finding the deals and treasures at lee Academy yard sale

Paris, Tenn.- Even with the storm that moved through Paris Saturday morning, the Lee Academy for the Arts Yard and Bake Sale was a success. In fact, organizers said a large crowd was on hand when the doors opened at 8 a.m., which was at the height of the storm. There were bargains galore, with a variety of goods such as books, clothing, furniture, baked goods and canned goods for sale, as well as sandwiches provided by Perry’s BBQ. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Palestine UMC VBS will be Wednesday-Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Palestine United Methodist Church, 4059 Palestine Road in Paris, will hold vacation bible school from Wednesday, June 26- Saturday, June 29. Bible school will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. On Saturday, vacation bible school will be held from 3-5 p.m. with a luau cookout to follow.

All ages are encouraged to attend vacation bible school and this year’s theme will be surf shack “Catching the wave of God’s amazing love.” The mission of vacation bible school 2019 will be to support Project Bridge, through the donation of school supplies.

If you are able, you are encouraged to bring a few school supplies during one night of vacation bible school. If the church reaches its goal, the kids will be able to throw water balloons at selected staff members.

For more information please contact, Nikki Klopfenstein at 363-1663 to pre-register for a free t-shirt. The church will provide transportation as needed.

Bystanders intervene in assault, results in Paris man arrested for attempted 2nd degree murder

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on an attempted second-degree murder charge after he stabbed another man at a local bar and grill on Saturday morning.

Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Jason Raspberry, 43, of 502 Harrison Lane of Paris for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and domestic assault.

Beauvais was dispatched to a local bar and grill early on Saturday morning in regards to an assault with a knife. When he arrived at the scene, several witnesses pointed to the car that Raspberry had gotten into and the vehicle was attempting to leave when Beauvais pulled up behind it.

While speaking with the passengers in the vehicle, the suspect involved in the incident later identified as Raspberry, became uncooperative. Police detained Raspberry so that they could talk with witnesses. Officers also smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Raspberry.

Witnesses told officers that Raspberry became confrontational with a woman and another man outside the bar and grill. The victim got in his truck with the woman and he was attempting to leave when his truck stalled. One of the female passengers inside of the victim’s truck told officers that when the victim's truck stalled she saw Raspberry run towards the truck with a knife, where he began to stab the victim multiple times. The victim held up his hand to protect himself from the attack.

Two bystanders observed the assault and they were able to pull Raspberry off of the other man and they were able to get Raspberry to drop the knife. Beauvais’ report stated that the victim did sustain several lacerations on his hand. Raspberry was taken into custody and charged with the following offenses.

Raspberry’s bond was set at $150,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Inspiring future doctors and nurses at Bethel's Jr. Physician Day


Bethel Physician Assistant student Ryan Volk (right) helps Briley House (left) listen to his heart at Bethel's Jr. Assistant Day on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Despite a rainy start to Saturday, kids and their families came out and enjoyed the festivities as Bethel University Physician Assistant program held its Junior Physician Day on Saturday.


Allyson Atkins (left, in the purple shirt) and Briley House (right, in the pink shirt) race against each other at the physician assistant relay course as they try to help their PA get dressed the fastest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got the chance to make their own ID badges, learn CPR and first aid, go on a scavenger hunt, compete in physician assistant relays to see who can dress the physician assistant faster and get creative by tracing their bodies and placing where they think their organs are located.

Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon set for July 13

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon will be held on Saturday, July 13th at Paris Landing State Park with the race set to begin at 7 a.m.

To register, go online to paristntri.racesonline.com/register. Prices are $90 for Olympic, $75 for Sprint and other prices for teams and combos. Prices will increase after Sunday, July 7th and again on race day. Mail-in registration will close on Thursday, July 4th and online registration closes on Thursday, July 11th.

Triathletes can pick up their race packets on Friday, July 12th from 4-6 p.m. at the Park Office or they can pick them up on the day of the race on Saturday, July 13th from 5-6:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Finisher medals will be awarded to all participants. It is an excellent course for beginners and veteran triathletes and there will be souvenir t-shirts available.

No major injuries reported in Henry County after Friday night storm

Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office reported that there was some minor damage due to Friday night's storm. The Sheriff's Office reported that damage from last night's storm included downed power lines, downed trees and tree limbs.

The Sheriff's Office reported that there were a couple of wrecks caused by Friday night's storm, but no major injuries were reported due to the storm.

BPU crews are still working on restoring all power to the rest of their customers as of 10:30 a.m. there are still more than 2600 customers that are without power.

Crowds come out to get fresh produce, local honey and more at Farmer's market


A line of people browse a selection of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and more at the Kennedy Farms booth at the Henry County Farmer's Market on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Crowds of people came out and supported local farmers while they shopped for produce, local honey and more at the Henry County Farmer’s Market on Friday. The Henry County Farmer's Market will be open at 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Multiple people arrested for DUI since Thursday

Henry County, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick arrested Jeremy Villarreal, 42, of 6705 Church St. of Paris on Thursday for DUI and violation of the open container law. Villarreal’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Amber Nelson, 30, of 304 Lake St. of Paris on Thursday for DUI and driving on a suspended license. Nelson’s bond was set at $2,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.          

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Mason Pyrdom, 18, of Martin for DUI on Friday. Pyrdom was also given a warning citation for expired registration. Pyrdom’s bond was set at $1,200. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Getting ready for fun at Back to School Bash on July 20

Paris, Tenn.- The Trinity United Methodist Church and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office “The Shed” along with many other churches and groups will be holding its third annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m.- noon at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Backpacks and school supplies will be available while supplies last. Families can enjoy hotdogs, live music, games, haircuts and much more at the Back to School Bash.

Two people arrested on driving related offenses

Henry County, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on driving offenses on Friday.

Paris Police Capt. John Brewer arrested Justin Tharpe, 32, of 426 Harrison Lane of Paris for driving on a suspended license third offense. Tharpe’s bond was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Camden man was arrested for joyriding on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Thomas Troutt, 23, of Camden for joyriding. Troutt’s bond was set at $2,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Motorcycle accident victim identified as missing Paris man

Weakley County, Tenn.–A Paris man who was missing since Saturday, June 15 was found deceased in a deep ditch in Weakley County on Thursday. He had wrecked his motorcycle and was discovered by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.

David Shipton, Jr., age 50, of 5192 Hwy. 190 of Paris, was found near the 11 mile marker on State Highway 89 between Dresden and Sharon.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Captain Randall McGowan said the wreck was discovered shortly after noon on Thursday, June 20 when the pilot in the THP helicopter thought he observed a motorcycle in a deep ditch.

The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office had been notified that Shipley was missing on Tuesday and had asked for the THP helicopter’s assistance after cell phone records showed the last time the victim’s cell phone hit a phone tower was somewhere southwest of Dresden.

McGowan said it is believed the accident happened sometime in the early morning of Saturday, June 15, and is being investigated by the THP.

Police looking for Huntingdon man

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Law Enforcement from the northwest Tennessee area is asking for help from the public in locating 32 year old Billy Andrew Smothers from the Huntingdon Tennessee area.

Smothers has active arrest warrants from Carroll County Tennessee for stealing a vehicle and an active federal arrest warrant. Smothers is a person of interest in cases in Weakley County Tennessee involving a residential break in and gun theft, the theft of a vehicle from a car dealership in Martin Tennessee and the theft of a goose-neck trailer from Dresden Tennessee.

Smothers is also a person of interest in Henry County Tennessee for the theft of a vehicle and a cattle trailer.

Anyone with information about Smothers location is asked to call the Weakley County Sheriff's office at 731-364-5454 , the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 731-986-8947 or the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 731-642-1672

HC CASA Boston Butt Sale Ongoing; Pickup is July 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is holding their Boston Butts Fundraiser just in time for the 4th of July. The ordering window is until June 30th. Price is $40 and pickup date is Tuesday July 2nd from 3-6pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Butts will be prepared by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Call 363-7940 to purchase tickets or message the Henry County CASA Facebook page.

Man Charged With Fugitive of Justice

Paris, Tenn.- A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. John Andrews charged Jonathan L. Blanton, 34, of 1490 Hwy. 69 South of Paris as a fugitive from justice. Blanton’s bond was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, a Puryear man was arrested on burglary charges on Wednesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested James T. Binkley, 42, of 970 Wyninger Road of Puryear for burglary. He was also charged with harassment relating to a text message he sent to a woman stating that if she did not continue paying for the storage locker that had his belongings in it, Binkley said that he would burn her house down. Binkley’s bond was set at $10,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In a separate incident, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Wade arrested Logan James, 19, of 120 Bobby Lane of Paris for felony evading, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license. James’ bond was set at $2,500. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Healthcare Foundation Hosting DrumFIT Camp June 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will host a DrumFIT Day Camp on Friday June 28th at Atkins Porter Gym from 11am to 3pm. The camp is a health initiative that encourages children to find fun in exercising to promote healthier, fit families. DrumFIT is a high energy exercise routine featuring yoga balls drum sticks and music.

Students ages 1st thru 5th grade are invited to rock out at the camp which will serve free lunch to participants. The lunch is provided by the Summer Feeding program.

The camp will teach you and your family five simple steps to work towards achieving a healthier, active lifestyle:

Get 8 hours of sleep each night, consume 5 or more fruits and veggies per day, limit the family’s recreational screen time to two hours per day, engage in one hour of physical activity per day, and consume 0 sugary beverages, drink more water and low-fat milk.

To learn more about DrumFIT go the medical center’s website at www.hcmc-tn.org. You can also sign up for the camp there. You can also call to learn more about opportunities at 644-8215. Deadline to sign up for the camp is June 27th.

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