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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Springville Man Arrested for 3rd DUI, Two Paris People Arrested for Public Intoxication

Springville, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Garrett Flanney arrested Kenneth Smith, age 67 of Buchanan Resort Road of Springville, on Sunday for his third driving under the influence offense.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Michael Ramos arrested George Freeman, age 57, and Elizabeth Ford, age 44, both of Head Street of Paris on Sunday for public intoxication. Freeman and Ford were each placed on $250 bond.

Rhea's Salad Spectacular is Friday, October 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding their Annual Salad Spectacular on Friday, October 6th from 11am to 1:30pm in Ketchum Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, which is  located at 103 South Poplar Street.

Tickets cost $10 and you can purchase tickets at the Rhea Library Circulation Desk, the Rhea Library Bookstore, Maggie’s and Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts.

The Salad Spectacular is dine in or take out and you will have a choice of four salads from chicken salad, pasta salad, honeymoon coleslaw, broccoli salad, loaded baked potato salad and grape salad. Drinks, french bread or crackers and a cookie for dessert will also be included.

At the Salad Spectacular there will be a Fall Fashion Show presented by Maggie’s and there will be a drawing for three cookbooks. Rhea Library will also selling used cookbooks at the event. All of the proceeds from the Salad Spectacular will benefit the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Police Arrest Two People on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Tammy Freeland, age 49 of Guthrie Road of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Freeland was placed on $1,000 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden also arrested Dustin Norwood, age 30 of County Club Road of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Norwood was placed on $750 bond.

City of Paris Paving and Milling Roads on Monday, October 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Street Department will begin milling and paving the following streets on Monday, October 2nd. The Street Department will be milling and paving on Volunteer  from Patriot to Blythe, on Whitehall Circle, and Daniel Cove from Lone Oak to Dead End.

There will be paving on Avalon from Jane to the Dead End, Whiskey Ridge from Whiskey Ridge to the Dead End, Jean Street from Wood to the Dead End, Mockingbird from Skyview to #265 and Mockingbird  from #265 to Hwy 218.

Police Arrest Several People on Possession and Alcohol Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Andrew Tharpe, age 35 of Depot Street of Paris, on Saturday for aggravated burglary and simple possession of a schedule II substance. Tharpe was placed on $7,500 bond.

Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Trey Cowan, age 22 of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent, driving on a suspended license and violation of the move over law. Cowan was placed on $5,000 bond.

Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Lucy McDowell, age 57 of Hwy 54 of Paris, on Friday for public intoxication. McDowell was placed on $250 bond.

HWY Department Closing Lampkins Road on Monday

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will be closing Lampkins Road in the Osage and Cottage Grove area on Monday, October 2nd for two culvert replacements. Both culverts are located just west of Cowell Road. Highway 140 North may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Police Investigate Burglary at a Springville Business

Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Steven McClure investigated a burglary at a business on Pleasant Grove Road in Springville on Saturday.

When Deputy McClure arrived at the scene he spoke to the complainant who stated that that on Thursday at 9pm she counted down the register and $150 was placed into a bank bag and left inside the business. When she arrived on Saturday morning she saw that the money had been stolen.

Deputy McClure spoke to a neighboring business and they stated that they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Police have no suspects in this case.

Springville Church Holding Pet Blessing Service on October 8th


A previous pet blessing shows Sadie with her human Carol Peppler waiting to be blessed by Pastor Hilliard.

Springville, Tenn.- The Antioch United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, October 8th at noon in the church parking lot, which is located at 3116 West Antioch Road in Springville.  All pets and their owners are invited.  The service will be conducted and the pets blessed by Pastor Linda Hilliard. 

KY State Police Investigating Tractor Collisions on Interstate 24

Calvert City, Tenn.- On Saturday, September 30th at approximately 1:50am, the Marshall County Dispatch received a report of a two vehicle collision on Interstate 24 near the 21 mile marker.  Upon the arrival of deputies and other first responders, the Kentucky State Police were called to conduct the investigation.

Preliminary investigation has shown Lindy W. Duhon, age 62, of Erath, Louisiana was driving a 2016 Kenworth tractor trailer westbound on Interstate 24 near the 21 mile marker when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle dropped off the left shoulder.  Mr. Duhon then steered the tractor trailer back onto the roadway, where it turned onto its side and slid to a stop across both lanes of westbound traffic.  Shortly thereafter, a 2017 Kenworth tractor trailer being driven westbound by JB Burrell Jr., age 63, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, struck the first tractor trailer.

Mr. Burrell was airlifted to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for treatment of life threatening injuries.  A passenger in the second tractor trailer, Marie S. Burrell, age 70, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Ms. Burrell was later flown to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Kentucky State Police were assisted by Marshall County Sheriff Department, Calvert City Police Department, Marshall County Rescue Squad, Calvert City Fire Department, Palma-Briensburg Fire Department, Gilbertsville Fire Department, Possom Trot Sharpe Fire Department, Marshall County Ambulance, Air Evac, Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, and the State Highway Department.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 24 remain closed and are expected to re-open at approximately 2pm.

The investigation is continuing by Officer Mark Townsend. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Van Dyke Church of Christ Holding Fall Gospel Meeting Oct 1st Through Oct 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Van Dyke Church of Christ will hold their Fall Gospel Meeting on Sunday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 4th at the church, which is located at 4935 Highway 77 West in Paris.

The meeting theme is Christ and Him Crucified. Sunday serviced will begin at 10am with bible study, at 11am morning service starts, the fellowship meal will be at 12pm and the afternoon service will begin at 1:30pm.

The guest speaker will be Bill Mitchusson who is the minister of the Nance Church of Christ in Alamo, TN and he has worked in this ministry for 43 years. Mitchusson attended Freed-Hardeman University when it was just a two year old school. Mitchusson continued his education at Harding University where he met Brenda who was from the Paris area and they were wed at Van Dyke Church of Christ.

Bill and Brenda have  four daughter, one of whom attended college at Freed-Hardeman University while the other three attended college at Harding University. Bill and Brenda’s family now includes the blessing of fourteen grand-children. Mitchusson has also served two terms on the board of directors for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center in Jackson, Tennessee.

Quinn Chapel Holding "A Call to Service" Event on Sun. Oct. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Members and Friends of Quinn Chapel AME Church will be holding “A Call to Service” celebration on Sunday, October 1st at 11:15am at the church, as the church will celebrating their 5th year anniversary. Quinn Chapel AME Church will also be showing their appreciation for their Pastor John Dandridge and Quinn’s First Lady Rev. Jamie Dandridge.

The guest speaker will be Rev. Richard Adkisson and the members of the Progressive Baptist Church in Paris. Everyone in the community is invited to come and join Quinn Chapel’s fellowship on Sunday.

Volunteers Come Together to Clean Up the Community One Block at a Time


Volunteers working to clean up yards in the North Porter Street area of town at the Clean Sweep Day. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a lot of dirt, sweat and laughs as volunteers helped residents of North Porter Street help clean up their yards at the City of Paris Preserve Paris Clean Sweep Day on Saturday.


City Manager Kim Foster along with other volunteers working on cleaning up a yard. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Clean Sweep Day was an event where community volunteers and neighbors will converge on the neighborhood  to assist residents with trash removal and some yard work. The City partnered up  with the Henry County Medical Center on Saturdays Clean Sweep Day.

Dumpster buggies were placed throughout the neighborhood for use this day as well as throughout the weekend.  Beginning Saturday at noon through Sunday will be Reuse Days where any unwanted items can be placed at the curb and can be taken by anyone that wants them.  Only items on the curb may be taken, anyone picking up reuse items must not pick up anything past the curb.


 (Cassie Walsh photos)

On Monday, October 2th the City of Paris Public Works will be working through the neighborhood  to collect the buggies and remove anything left on the curbs. 

It's Raining Cats and Dogs at Grace's Blessing of the Animals Ceremony


Berry Zeigler with his dog Kugo getting a little wrapped up in Grace Episcopal's Reverend Dorothy Hartzog ceremony. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A small crowd attended Grace Episcopal Church’s  Ceremony to Bless the Animals on Saturday as pets and their owners came to the ceremony.

The Blessing of the Animals Ceremony was in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who saw God’s love in all creatures.


Berry Zeigler with his dog Kugo getting a little wrapped up in Grace Episcopal's Reverend Dorothy Hartzog ceremony. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Grace also held remembrance portion of their ceremony where they honored the lives of pets who have shared our lives. A few people couldn’t bring their pets with them so they brought pictures and stuffed animals to represent their animals.  


Yancy Smith watches on as Rev. Dorothy Hartzog blesses stuffed animals representing Pauline Steadman's pets who couldn't attend the ceremony. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The ceremony even included a special prayer for those who  rescue, shelter and adopt animals and for veterinarians and farmers who work with animals.


Rev. Dorothy Hartzog blesses Kugo as his owner Wilma Zeigler looks on. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Highlights from the Patriots vs Germantown Game

Germantown, Tenn.- Caleb McCutheon scores a 2 pt conversion during Henry County’s game against Germantown.


#7 Caleb McCutheon scores a 2 pt conversion during Henry County’s game against Germantown. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Henry County's Lukas Reynolds breaks free for the 48yd touchdown run.


 #3 Lukas Reynolds breaks free for the 48yd touchdown run. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Patriots Ethan Thompson hauls in a touchdown pass.


#16 Ethan Thompson hauls in a touchdown pass. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Patriots Suffer Overtime Loss to Germantown

Germantown, Tenn.- In overtime, the Henry County Patriots fell to the Germantown Red Devils in Germantown on Friday 29-26.

At the end of the 1st quarter the scored was Henry County 0, Germantown 0. With 3:52 left in the 2nd quarter, Germantown got a safety to lead the Patriots 2-0. At the 3:52 mark in the 2nd quarter, the Red Devils scored a touchdown as they led Henry County 9-0. With 5 seconds left in the 1st half Patriots QB Will Parrish threw a 21yd touchdown pass to Ethan Thompson and the two point conversion was good. The score at halftime was the Henry County Patriots 8, Germantown Red Devils 9.

With 45 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds had a 48yd rushing touchdown. At the end of the 3rd quarter,  the Patriots led the Red Devils 15-9.  

With 11:30 left in the 4th quarter, Germantown scored a 21yd touchdown as the Red Devils led the Patriots 16-15. At the 6:10 mark the Red Devils scored a touchdown as Germantown led Henry County 23-15. With 47 second left in the game, Patriots QB Will Parrish threw a 15yd touchdown pass to Ethan Thompson and the two point conversion was good as the Patriots tied up the game 23-23.

In overtime, the Patriots scored a field goal as Henry County led Germantown 26-23. The final score was the Henry County Patriots 26, Germantown Red Devils 29.

The Henry County Patriots are now 4-3 on the season and 3-0 in Region 7 Class 5A action. The Henry County Patriots will return to Region 7-5A action when they face the West Creek Coyotes action in Clarksville on Friday, October 5th at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Alex Beidler, age 25 of North Highland Street of Paris, on Friday for aggravated burlgary.

In another report filed by Ptl. Jeff Smith, Ptl. Smith was dispatched on Thursday to investigate a robbery at an apartment which occurred on Wednesday. Ptl. Smith spoke to the victim who stated that  Alex Beidler came to her residence on Wednesday demanding to speak to her daughter.

The victim stated that Beidler went outside then came back to her residence and pulled a 9mm handgun and asked if she wanted to buy the gun or use it as collateral. Beidler then pointed to the gun at the victim and told her to give him the oxycodone medication and money.

Another witness told police that she observed Beidler holding a gun on the victim and Beidler was demanding the pills. Beidler took the pills and fled from the scene.  Ptl Roaten then arrested Beidler on Friday for the following offense and Beidler was placed on$25,000 bond. 

Moonlight Madness at the Old 23rd is Saturday, Sept. 30th

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be holding a fundraising dinner called Moonlight Madness at the Old 23rd on Saturday,September 30th at the historical family cabin at The Old 23rd District Restaurant at Christopher Manor, located at 10030 Lick Creek Road in Big Sandy.

 This dinner was organized to help promote the historical importance of the Old 23rd District and to support their efforts in repairing and restoring the Mount Zion Church, which is located on the “Old 23rd” section of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge’s Big Sandy Unit.

Tickets cost $55 each or $100 for two. There is a limit of 60 seats and the evening includes a guided hay ride tour by Larry Perry. There will also be pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres, a dinner and dessert. There will also be family stories told by Linda Zanaty, Larry Perry and Chris Evans author of “South of the Mouth of Sandy.” Music will be provided by the Old 23rd District Band and there will also be a silent auction.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to help fund the development of an auto tour through the roads of the Old 23rd district, highlighting the 126 families that once lived there but who were displaced by the construction of the Kentucky Dam.

Informational placards will be placed at 20 homesteads, businesses and farms, to mark where they were once located in the community. These placards will be accompanied by a brochure with corresponding information about each family or owner, relaying a story about them and their time on the Old 23rd.

The second project to benefit from this fundraiser will be the continuing of the restoration of the Mount Zion Church, which is the only structure left standing from the community. Following the first phase of this project, which included foundation and roof repair and replacement; this phase will begin with the replacement of the rotting and broken windows. Although this project can’t be done in one event, it can be done one window at a time and friends of refuge are determined to complete this project.

For any questions please contact Vickie Miller at 731-336-270 or Kimi Fitzhugh at 731-336-1074.

Puryear Man Charged with Violation of Sex Offender Registry

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Sgt. Bryan Hall charged Christopher Bell, age 27 of North Adams Street of Puryear, on Friday for violation of the sex offender registry and intentional tampering with GPS device.  Bell was placed on $6,000 bond.

Grace Episcopal Church Holding Blessing of the Animals on Saturday at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- The public is invited to Grace Episcopal Church’s  Ceremony to Bless the Animals on Saturday, September 30th at 10am on Court Square in downtown Paris.

The Blessing of the Animals Ceremony is in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who saw God’s love in all creatures. If there is rain the ceremony will be moved to Grace Church’s parish hall.

Bring you pet, properly leashed or contained, or a picture, stuffed animal or other representation of your pet. Grace’s brief gathering will include a remembrance portion, where they will honor the lives of pets who have shared our lives. So you can bring some object or picture of your pet to share in the remembrance portion of the ceremony.

Everyone is invited to attend this free event, including agencies for the rescue, sheltering and adoption of animals, veterinarians and farmers.

Murray State Student from Puryear is Accepted to Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship Program

Murray, Ky. - Two Murray State University students were accepted to the Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship Program. This program provides professional development opportunities to students pursuing careers in agriculture.

Caleb Brannon of Puryear, Tennessee and Benjamin Hornback of Slaughters, Kentucky are participating in the two-year program that awards twenty students with $5,000 scholarships and learning sessions in professional growth and financial education. Both Brannon and Hornback were chosen based on academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement. 

"Ben and Caleb represent the quality and dedication that cause students in the Hutson School of Agriculture to shine among their peers locally, nationally and internationally. Both gentlemen are hard-working and dedicated students who will undoubtedly be successful in the field of agriculture. I am proud that these gentlemen were accepted into this prestigious leadership development program and feel confident that they will represent themselves, the Hutson School of Agriculture and Murray State University with the highest degree of professionalism,” said Brian Parr, Murray State agriculture sciences department chair.

"We are thrilled that Ben and Caleb are taking advantage of such great leadership opportunities from one of the nation's premier agricultural financial intermediaries. From day one, these two students have shown their commitment to their degree program, agriculture, their peers and their communities. We appreciate Farm Credit Mid-America for opening up this opportunity to agricultural students at universities across their entire four-state region. Both Ben and Caleb have gained so much from this competitive networking and professional development program," said Michelle Santiago, Murray State agribusiness economics associate professor.

“Scholarships are a direct example of our investment in the future of agriculture,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Farm Credit Mid-America. “We’re proud to support students with career aspirations in agriculture. These students, their skills and their passion for the industry inspire optimism for the future of rural communities and agriculture.” 

Good Crowd Comes Out to Final Noon on the Square


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.-There was a good crowd at Commercial Bank & Trust’s final  Noon on the Square on Friday. John Austin McDaniel entertained the crowd with classic country and rock and roll.


John Austin McDaniel performing at the final Noon on the Square of the season. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Perry’s BBQ served lunch and the  Downtown Paris Association provided drinks.


Perry's BBQ providing food at the final Noon on the Square of the season. (Cassie Walsh photos)


DPA serving drinks at the final Noon on the Square of the season. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Patriots Face the Red Devils in Friday Night Football Action at 7pm

Germantown, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots will face the Germantown Red Devils in Germantown on Friday, September 29th at 7pm.

The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm and you can listen to the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com, or you can listen to the game by calling 563-999-3349. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Warrant Issued for Man Wanted for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jeff Smith was dispatched on Thursday to investigated a robbery at an apartment which occurred on Wednesday. Ptl. Smith spoke to the victim who stated that  Alex Beidler came to her residence on Wednesday demanding to speak to her daughter.

The victim stated that Beidler went outside then came back to her residence and pulled a 9mm handgun and asked if she wanted to buy the gun or use it as collateral. Beidler then pointed to the gun at the victim and told her to give him the oxycodone medication and money.

Another witness told police that she observed Beidler holding a gun on the victim and Beidler was demanding the pills. Beidler took the pills and fled from the scene.  Ptl. Smith filed a warrant on Alex Beidler for aggravated burglary.

Quinn Chapel's Free Breathe Again Women's Conference is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Quinn Chapel AME Church will holding a Women’s Conference called Sip, Chat, Chew, Laugh and Breathe Again on Saturday, September 30th  from 10am to 2pm at the church, located at 218 Church Street in Paris.

The conference is free to attend. Presenters will be Janie Dowdy-Dandridge of Mount Herman AME Church in Millington and the Rev. Sonja Deloatch of Winters Chapel AME Church in Lebanon.

McKenzie Woman Arrested for Violation of Protection

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Brianna Howard, age 27 of West Walnut Street of McKenzie, on Thursday for violation of an order of protection. Howard was placed on $1,000 bond.

HCMC Looks at Improvements in Providing Better Cardiology Services Locally


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday night to discuss improvements to cardiology, physician recruitment and increase admissions. One way the hospital can increase admissions is that they are looking to recruite and  improve their cardiology services to help provide better healthcare services locally for Henry Countians.        

Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee told the board that the hospital has been meeting with St. Thomas officials this week to discuss their affiliation agreement  around cardiology coverage. The hospital continues to lose too many patients out of the community related to cardiology and the hospital had hoped to have sufficient  coverage in the hospital’s affiliation with St. Thomas to keep more of these patients here locally. 

Gee said, “That this hasn't materialized, we are at a point  of reassessing our program to determine, how we can get full-time cardiology coverage in the community.”

HCMC transfers about 6% of their patients out of the emergency room to other hospitals. This percentage is higher than other rural hospitals and HCMC is working to improve their cardiology services so they can provide more services locally for patients.

HCMC Looks at Primary Care Clinic Services and How to Serve the Community Better


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.-The Hospital is also continuing to recruit psychiatrist coverage for Lakehaven and the improvements to Lakehaven should be nearing completion in October of this year. 

The Hospital also showed that they are supportive of the primary care recruitment at Eastwood Clinic.  HCMC has also begun development work on a Federally Qualified  Health Clinic designation  for our OB and other primary care clinics.

Gee said,”We want to roll all of our primary care physicians into one position so that we can provide better healthcare through our primary care clinics in one location.”

This is a fairly long process as we found  with the Rural Health Clinic process, but it should greatly improve the Hospital’s reimbursement in these clinics.  One of the biggest complicating factors is setting up the governance structure which is supposed to be made up of 51% patients  from the community.

HCMC Discusses New Legislation Which Could Benefit Local Rural Hospitals in the Southeast


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee updated the HCMC Board of Trustees about the work that Marsha Blackburn has been successful at getting hearings scheduled on legislation related to creating a rural floor for the Area Wage Index in the Medicare reimbursement calculation.

This would positively affect the Southeastern states which are now being disadvantaged under the current calculations and budget neutrality. If this plan passed this would provide significant  help to the hospital.

The Public Hospital coalition to expand the Medicaid  match and certified public expenditures for charity care for next year will be meeting  with Tenncare officials this month  to get their support  to take it to CMS for final approval. 

THA was also successful in suing CMS over the way they calculate disproportionate care funds for Tennessee hospitals which will take pressure off the use of the CPE funding cap which is holding  up the movement of this project. The state is appealing this verdict  which may further complicate things however.

Noon on the Square Will Wrap Up With Country and Rock 'N' Roll on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Bring your lawn chair and join your friends for the final Commercial Bank & Trust’s  Noon on the Square on Friday, September 29th from 11:30am to 1pm. Entertainment will be provided by local legend John Austin McDaniel, who will perform classic country and rock and roll for the crowd.

Perry’s BBQ will be serving lunch and the  Downtown Paris Association will be providing drinks for a donation to the DPA.

Huntingdon Police are Still Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect


Huntingdon armed robbery suspect.

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department is still searching for the armed robbery suspect who robbed a convenience store in Huntingdon on Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Huntingdon Police Department, on Wednesday, September 27th a white male subject robbed the Little General Convenience Store that is located on East Main Street in Huntingdon.

The subject came into the store at approximately 1:57am and asked to use the restroom. The suspect then left the store and came back in a few minutes later and he asked to use the restroom again. As he left the restroom, he pulled what appears to be a sawed off shotgun and ordered both clerks to open their cash registers and remove the cash drawer.


Huntingdon armed robbery suspect.

The clerks complied and the man took the cash from both drawers while holding the clerks at gunpoint. According to Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, during the robbery the suspect pointed the weapon at the clerks from time to time in a menacing and aggressive manner.

The amount of cash taken in the robbery is undetermined. The Huntingdon Police Department has followed up on several leads, none of which have been productive.

This matter remains an ongoing investigation and if anyone has any information on this armed robbery please contact the police at 731-986-5310.

HCMS Boys Cross Country Team and Dinah WInders Qualify for TMSAA State Meet


Sadie Adams, Dinah Winders and Kaitlyn Napier competing in the TMSAA West Section Championship.

Martin, Tenn.- On Wednesday, September 27th the Henry County Middle School Lady Patriots and Patriots Cross Country teams competed in the TMSAA West Section Championship in Martin.

In the Girl’s 2 mile race, Dinah Winders was the Champion after finishing with a time 12:18, Sadie Adams finished in 14th place with a time of 14:48 and Kaitlyn Napier finished in 17th place with a time of 15:13.

Dinah Winders qualified for the TMSAA State meet which will be held in Clarksville, TN.


Hayden Bostick  competing in the TMSAA West Section Championship.

In the Boy’s 2 mile race, Hayden Bostick was the Champion with a time of 12:07, Sam Bruce won 2nd place with a time of 12:20 and Will Wardlaw finished in 17th place with a time of 13:33. Mason Elliott finished in 21st with a time of 13:55, Aidan Swisher finished in 22nd place with a time of13:58 and Blaise Payne finished in 27th place with a time of 14:10.

The boy’s team finished 2nd overall and qualified for the state meet.

Police Investigate Vandalism of an Automobile

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jeff Smith investigated a case of vandalism of an automobile parked in the parking lot of a local healthcare facility on Wednesday.

When Ptl. Smith arrived at the scene he found that the rear drivers side window had been shattered. Ptl. Smith spoke to the victim who stated to police that when he checked on the vehicle the the day before and the window was fine. The vehicle appeared to have been ransacked but nothing was taken from the vehicle. Police have no suspects in this case.

Inman Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs Cross Country Advance to TMSAA Cross Country Championship


Abby Taylor takes off at the start of the TMSAA West Sectionals Championship Wednesday evening at Martin Middle School.

Martin, Tenn.- For the second year in a row, the Inman Middle School Lady Bulldogs won the TMSAA West Sectionals Cross Country Championship. The Lady Bulldogs will advance to the TMSAA Cross Country Championship in Clarksville on Saturday, October 7th.

The girls team were named champions on Wednesday evening at Martin Middle School after having four runners finish in the top ten, including second place finisher, eighth grader Abby Taylor who finished with a time of 12:49 for the two-mile race.

Eighth grader Roberta De Le Garza Henriquez finished third with a time of 13:44; seventh graders Harlee Veazey and Sara Mathis finished fifth and seventh, respectively; and eighth grader Taylor Dunagan finished 12th. Also running for the Lady Bulldogs was eighth grader Amelia Hart.

Eighth graders Connor Cox and Luke Nichols earned two of the five individual spots qualifying for the boys race at the state tournament. Cox finished in 6th place with a time of 12:51 and Nichols finished 10th with a time of 13:08.

Also racing for the Bulldogs on Wednesday were eighth graders Charlie Davis, Austin Dunagan, Hunter Miller, Luke Safin, Caleb Cain, and Ethan Cronin.

The team is coached by Kelley Lassiter and is in its fourth year at Inman.  

McKenzie Middle vs Camden Middle Football Broadcast is Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn.- In County Wide football the McKenzie Middle School Rebels will play the Camden Middle School Lions on Thursday, September 28th in McKenzie at 6:30pm.

The pregame show will start at 6:15pm and you can listen to the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com, or you listen to the game by calling 563-999-3349. The game will also be simulcast on our sister station WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am.  

One Arrested as a Fugitive, Another Arrested for Public Intoxication

Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy David Andrews arrested Ashley Rich, age 31, and Joshua Kamin, age 26, both of East Blythe Street of Paris, on Wednesday. Rich was arrested as a fugitive from justice and Kamin was arrested for public intoxication

Deputy Andrews was investigating a crash on Hwy 119 when Park Rangers spotted a female and male subject sitting in the front parking lot of a  local country store on Hwy 79 North.

The female subject later identified as Rich had a backpack and was recognized by Park Rangers as the subject they dealt with the night prior at the state park. Rich was found to have an active warrant out of Florida and she was taken into custody.

Kamin was also arrested for being under the influence of drugs. Rich was held at the HCSO until she could extradited back  to Florida.

Deadline to Register for Chamber's Farm Tour is Thursday at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to register for the Chamber’s Farm Tour is Thursday, September 28th at 12pm.

 This is a venture of the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee, whose major goal is to showcase agriculture in Henry County. The date of the tour is set for Thursday, October 5th the event is free to the public.

The Chamber’s Farm Tour includes several tours of our area farms, with lunch and transportation. Transportation will be provided by Sulphur Wells Church of Christ and First Baptist Church.

 Participants will meet at 7:30am in the Co-Op meeting room at the former Holley Carburetor Plant on Highway 69. The Henry Farmers Co-op will provide coffee, sausage and biscuits at the meeting room. Jamey Tosh will provide a program as Tosh Farms kicks off the Farm Tours. Attendees will get tours of Don Jones’ tobacco farm, Steer dairy farm and Heritage Farm.

To make your reservation, please call Tara Wilson at 642-3431. 

Patriots and Lady Patriots Golf Teams Come Up Short in Advancing to State Tourney


Sydney Williams golfing in the Region 5-AAA tournament.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Lady Patriots and Patriots at competed in the Region 5-AAA Tournament on Monday in Clarksville, but the season ended with both teams coming up short from making it to the state tournament.

“The kids have played with respect, etiquette, and humbleness throughout the season, and today was no exception.  When it would have been easy to hang their heads or lose their composure, they persevered and have represented Henry County the right way. That example starts with our senior class of Trent Nichols, Adam Rogers, Cameron May, and Leah Bell, “ said Patriots Golf Coach Brian Welp.


Senior Leah Bell golfing in the Region tournament.

Regional Results for the Girls Teams were: Clarksville shot a 151 thereby winning the tournament. Rossview 155, Station Camp 155, Henry County 163 , Mt. Juliet 172 and Lebanon 188. For Henry County Sydney Williams shot 80, which was two strokes from advancing to a playoff for State tournament berth, and Leah Bell shot an 83.


Eli Ridgeway putting in the Region 5-AAA tournament.

Regional results for the Boys Teams: Hendersonville was the1st place team. Henry County Individual Scores: Eli Ridgeway shot an 80, Jameson Robbins shot an 88 and Cameron May shot an 94.


Senior Cameron May golfing in the Region tournament.

Welp said, “They are the student-athletes we want representing Henry County and all four will be successful at whatever they choose to do in life.  The players and I are very fortunate to have been a part of their lives and we will really miss them next year. We have a good core returning and hopefully today's Regional scores will give them the motivation to start working as soon as possible to get us over the hump and to the state tournament in 2018!”

Paris Man Arrested as a Fugitive After Incident in the ER

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Parrish Wilkins, age 29 of Spruce Street of Paris, on Wednesday as a fugitive from justice.

In the report filed by Lt. Ean Reed, City Units were dispatched to the Henry County Medical Center Emergency room on call about a black male with dread locks that had come into the waiting room and the suspect had a gun.

Reports were that Wilkins was there to speak to a woman with whom he had an alleged altercation with earlier. Police were unable to determine that Wilkins was the aggressor in the earlier incident, but they did find that Wilkins had an active warrant for violation of parole out of Kentucky.

The caller advised that Wilkins had left prior to police arriving at the scene.  As police were searching for Wilkins, they spoke to witnesses at the scene who stated that while Wilkins was in the ER he called another woman and made threats. Police were unable to find Wilkins at the ER, but when the Plant Operations supervisor arrived at the scene police were able to view video surveillance which confirmed that Wilkins had been in the ER causing a scene.

A short time later, Ptl. David Beauvais observed Wilkins walking down Spruce Street and Wilkins was taken into custody without incident. Police did search Wilkins person to see if he had the gun on him, but police were unable to find a gun. Wilkins then made the statement if police didn’t find a gun on him then he couldn’t be charged with it. Wilkins was placed on $50,000 bond.

Beautiful Star: Appalachian Nativity Open Auditions are Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- There will be Open Auditions for KPAC Players Community Theatre’s presentation of  "Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity" on Saturday, September 30th from 10am to 5pm at KPAC.

KPAC will be holding audition for  actors, singers, and music-pickers. There are roles for adults of all ages including older teens and 3 roles for children.  It is not necessary to read music. There are no dance requirements.

In this family-favorite musical, Reverend Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship gather for their rendition of the Christmas story. Down-home laughter and toe-tapping mountain music will set the stage as the joy and wonder of the Christmas season unfold.

To audition for a role please prepare a 1 - 2 minute monologue and a vocal selection within the bluegrass/country gospel/mountain music genres.  Vocal selections may be performed without music or you may bring an accompanist or accompany yourself. If you need help to find a monologue you can download the a monologue from http://www.kridercenter.com/programs-for-you.html.

​To audition as a musician please bring your instrument and be ready to play a couple of short selections within the genre.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning in October. The show dates are December 1st and 2nd.There will be a call schedule, and not all characters will be called to all rehearsals until nearer to the performances.  Child characters will be called less frequently.

If you have any questions please call (731) 644-2517 or email kriderpac@gmail.com.

McKenzie Teen Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder in July Shooting

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a press release from the McKenzie Police Department on Tuesday, September 26th a seventeen year old juvenile from McKenzie was taken into custody and charged with the shooting of Bryan Michael Townes.

Townes, age 31, was shot multiple times in the face and upper body, as he sat in his vehicle on Walnut Circle on July 30th. Townes was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville,where he remained in critical condition for several days. Townes has since been released from the hospital.

Investigators with the McKenzie Police Department determined that a seventeen year old male juvenile was responsible for the shooting of Townes. The juvenile was charged with "Attempted First Degree Murder'' and ordered by the Juvenile Court to be held, pending a hearing on the charges.

Puryear Man Cited for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Amber Roaten cited Clay Stallings, age 34 of Conyersville Road of Puryear, for simple possession of a schedule II substance, seat belt violation and child restraint violation.

Ptl. Roaten observed a truck with a brake light so she conducted a traffis stop of the vehicle. Ptl. Roaten then spoke to Stallings and after talking with him Ptl. Roaten asked Stallings to step out of the vehicle. Stallings then complied and stepped out of the vehicle.

Captain Brewer observed some pocket knives on Stallings and he asked if he could remove them. Stallings allowed police to remove the knives, but he denied them permission to search his person.

Police talked with Stallings for a while and after talking with police Stallings handed police a small container containing methamphetamine. Stallings was then cited for the following offenses.

Volunteers Welcomed at Preserve Paris Event on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris announced that the next Preserve Paris Clean Sweep Day in the North Porter Street Neighborhood will be held on Saturday, September 30th.  Volunteers will meet at 9am on Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Lee Academy for the Arts, which is located at 402 Lee Street.

The Clean Sweep Day is an event where community volunteers and neighbors will converge on the neighborhood  to assist residents with trash removal and some yard work. The City will be partnering with Henry County Medical Center on this event however, volunteers are still encouraged to participate.   

Lunch will be served immediately following the clean sweep and the sweep will be completed by no later later than noon.

Dumpster buggies will be placed throughout the neighborhood for use this day as well as throughout the weekend.  Beginning Saturday at noon through Sunday will be Reuse Days where any unwanted items can be placed at the curb and can be taken by anyone that wants them.  Only items on the curb may be taken, anyone picking up reuse items must not pick up anything past the curb. 

On Monday, October 2th the City of Paris Public Works will be working through the neighborhood  to collect the buggies and remove anything left on the curbs.  Please note that a rain date has been scheduled for Saturday, October 14th.

If you have any questions please contact City Hall at 641-1402 or email mstancook@cityofparistn.gov.

Police Investigate Theft of a Trailer at a Local Church

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to a church on Hwy. 641 South in Paris to take a report of theft of property.

When Ptl. Roaten arrived at the scene she spoke to the victim who stated that he has been doing work on the church and he left his trailer in the parking lot. When the victim arrived at the church the next day he saw that the trailer had been stolen. The trailer was estimated at $3,000.

The victim told police he would look for the title on the trailer so that the serial number can be entered into NCIC. Police have no suspects in this case.

Good Turnout at DPA Cruise-In on Tuesday Night


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association held a Cruise-In on Tuesday on the Court Square as the crowd got to enjoy music by “The Chill Tonics” and Perry’s BBQ was on hand selling food.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

There was also plenty of cars, trucks and other vehicles at the cruise-in.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

HCHD Re-Opens Barnett Road on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department closed Barnett Road for bridge repair on the south end of Barnett Road off Henry Midway Road at the bridge last week. The Henry County Highway Department re-opened Barnett Road on Tuesday, September 26th.

Two Arrests Have Been Made in Saturday's Murder in Puryear


HCSO booking photo Phillip Nelson

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, two arrests have been made in conjunction with the shooting homicide at Mini Mart In Puryear last Saturday night. Phillip Nelson, age 19 of Paris, and Ralph Vulpitta, age 30 of Cottage Grove, have been charged in the death of Joshua Hadra, age 22 of Murray, KY.


HCSO booking photo Ralph Vulpitta

Nelson has been charged with First Degree Murder and he is being held on $500,000 bond. Vulpitta has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder and he is being held on $400,000 bond. Both men will appear in General Sessions Court on 9-26-17.

Sheriff Monte Belew was quoted as saying "We are extremely happy to have made these arrests so early in the investigation and hope that this provides some kind of relief to the victim's family, to which our thoughts and prayers remain. This would not have been possible had it not been for the joint effort between the HCSO Criminal Investigation Division, the T.B.I., the Puryear Police Department. and Investigators with the District Attorney's Office. Many, many man hours have been put in by all."

DPA Cruise-In is Tuesday Beginning at 5:30pm


(DPA photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their next  Cruise-In on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30pm to 7pm on the Court Square. “The Chill Tonics” will provide music and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. Some vendors will also be on site. You will also enjoy craft vendors, giveaways and of course lots of fun.

All classic cars are welcomes and if you bring one to the Cruise-In, you will  be eligible to win door prizes. For more information, contact the Downtown Paris Association at 731-653-7274 or visit the DPA website at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.

BPU Directors Discuss Proposed Downtown Office Renovation


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met Tuesday where General Manager Terry Wimberley proposed a plan for the renovation of its downtown office building.

The cost of the renovation would be around $580,000 and BPU would use money  from the 2013 bonds to pay for the project. Wimberley said that this was the best option, because BPU will not increase debt and they will not trigger rate action which are two positives.


General Manager Terry Wimberley discussing the renovation plan for the downtown office. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The proposed renovation plan would help provide better security, better customer service, increase office space and improve internal efficiency. The board will look at taking action on this plan at their October meeting.

BPU Directors Approve Public Power Week, Easement Condemnation and Engineering Services


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.-  The BPU Board of Directors passed a proclamation recognizing next week October 1st through October 7th  as Public Power Week. The BPU will be promoting Public Power week with radio ads, a video spotlighting the work done by BPU, social media posts, a community cook-out on Thursday from 11am to 2 and more.

The board approved to file suit to condemn any necessary easements for electric, water, or wastewater line relocations associated with the TDOT expansion project of Hwy. 641 North. Wimberley said that they have gotten over 100 easements for the project to continue, but they are working well with a property owner who has concerns about the easement.

The condemnation of easements for electric, water or wastewater line relocations associated with the TDOT expansion project of Hwy. 641 North are only if BPU needs to file suit.

The board also approved an engineering agreement with Jacobs Engineering in Nashville to perform services contained in the Consent Order discussed at previous meetings.

Engineering services are not to exceed $557,000 and Jacobs Engineering will provide the following services: inspection of the Johnson Park basin rehab project and the anticipated duration for the project is 12 months of construction, they will also provide design services and agency submissions for the Clifty Creek Sewer Rehabilitation project and for the Jones Ben Creek sewer replacement.

Celebrating 100 Years of Service at the 212th Engineer Company

 
A large crowd of chamber members, TCAT students, members of the community and veterans come out to 100th anniversary of the 212th Engineer Company celebration on Tuesday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Army National Guard's Paris-based 212th Engineer Company are celebrating their 100 year anniversary.  On Tuesday a large crowd, including a group of TCAT students,  came out to the monthly Chamber Coffee at the Armory to support the 212th Engineer Company and their  service to our country.  


Captain Nathan Browning speaking at the 100th anniversary of the 212th Engineer Company celebration on Tuesday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The guest speaker will be Captain Nathan Browning, the current commander of the 212th Engineer Company, spoke about how the 212th Engineer Company has changed and how they will continue to change, but they know that even if the job or the name changes the 212th Engineer Company will remain and they will celebrate another 100 years of service. Brigadier General Tommy Baker and Lieutenant Colonel Trent Scates both spoke about the work the 212th Engineer Company has been apart of and they will continue working on serving our country.


County Mayor Brent Greer speaking at the 212th Engineer Company. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Chamber President Kevin Buie spoke at the event and both men thanked the Tennessee Army National Guard's Paris-based 212th Engineer Company for their service and they expressed their gratitude for all of the work they have accomplished and continue to accomplish.


Paris-HC Chamber President Kevin Buie speaking at the 212th Engineer Company. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Paris Army National Guard has a long and illustrious history. First formed in September 1917 as Battery D, 114th 1st Tennessee Field Artillery, this unit deployed to WWI. In January 1918 the Paris unit was reorganized into Company H Infantry and Battery A Field Artillery. These units deployed to WWII in September 1940. In 1947 the Paris unit was again reorganized into Company E, 117th Infantry Regiment and Company B, 105th Engineer Company.

 In 1954 the unit changed to Company B and Company E 230th Engineer Battalion. In 1973 the unit was restructured into the 890th Engineer Company. In 1999, the unit became Company C, 46th Engineer Battalion and deployed to Iraq in 2002. On October 16, 2004 the unit reorganized and was re-designated as the 212th Engineer Company.

The 212th deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013. The unit has also deployed on numerous training missions at home and abroad.  The unit participated in the California border wall construction in 2005, Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, Arizona border wall construction in 2007, and a humanitarian mission to Dominican Republic 2009. The unit also deployed to Bulgaria in 2014, 2015, and 2016 to perform various construction missions and participated in another humanitarian mission to Guatemala in 2016.

During the unit's approximately month long missions, Soldiers trained on their engineer skills, including; masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and excavating. While participating in humanitarian missions, the unit built schools and clinics for impoverished communities.

These missions allowed Soldiers to improve on their skills in a real-world environment while providing necessary infrastructure improvements for people in need in partner countries.

Four Arrested for Possession and Tampering

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police arrested four people on Monday for possession and tampering charges.

Sgt. Eric Long arrested Trey Cowan, age 22 of North Porter Street of Paris, Malcom Benau, age 21 of Jones Bend Road Extension of Paris, Zaria Nored, age 19, and Kelsey Snider, age 18, both of Manley Street of Paris, for tampering with evidence and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Cowan was placed on $6,500 bond. Benau, Nored and Snider were each placed on $5,000 bond.

HCHS Cross Country Team Does Well at Marshall Co. Invitational


Cole Davis competing in the Boys 5K.

Benton, KY- On Saturday, September 23rd the HCHS Cross Country team competed in the 38th Annual Marshall County Cross Country Invitational in Benton, KY. At this weekend’s event the Patriots got their third win of the season.

Twenty-five teams and 312 runners competed in the Boy’s 5K. Finishing for Henry County in the top 15 were: Titus Winders  who won 1st place with a time 16:10, Silas Winders came in 2nd with a time of 16:20 and Cole Davis came in 15th place with a time of 17:32.  Cooper Smith came in 21st place with a time of 18:05, Hunter Lawrence came in 62nd  with a time of 19:19, Devin Pritchett came in 84th with a time of 19:48, Ryan Patrum finished with a time of 23:15 and  Dylan Patrum finished with a time of 28:18.


Madison Aiosa and Madison Caldwell competing in the Girls 5K.

One hundred and ninety-five runners competed in the Girls 5K.  For Henry County, Madison Caldwell came in 95th place with a time of 26:02 and Madison Aiosa came in 106th with a time of 26:30.

Puryear Man Arrested for Sexual Battery

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Jerry Thrower, age 40 of Osage Crossland Road of Puryear, on Monday for sexual battery by an authority figure. Thrower was placed on $15,000 bond.

Paris Man Cited for Possession and Multiple Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. cited Joseph Stevens, age 22 of Whitlock Road of Paris, for simple possession of a schedule VI substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Daniel Andres and Ptl. Dean were patrolling on Ogburn Street when they observed a vehicle driving with a headlight and a brake light out. Police then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and they spoke to the driver identified as Stevens. Police then asked Stevens to step out of the vehicle to show him the headlights were out and that’s when Police noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from Stevens.

Police asked Stevens what the smell was and that’s when Stevens pulled out a baggie which contained 8.5 grams of marijuana. Stevens also had a wooden dugout used to smoke marijuana. Stevens was then cited for the following offenses. Stevens was also cited for driving on an expired license, expired registration and lack of financial responsibility.

TN National Guard 212th Engineer Company Celebrates 100th Year on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Army National Guard’s Paris based 212th Engineer Company is celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Tuesday, September 26th from 8am to 10am at the Armory, which is located at 285 County Home Road.

The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce monthly coffee will be held at the armory with free coffee, drinks, and donuts for everyone. Guest speaker will be Captain Nathan Browning, current commander of the 212th Engineering Company.

First formed in September 1917, the Paris Army National Guard was known then as Battery D, 114th 1st Tennessee Field Artillery. The unit deployed to Europe for WWI. In January 1918, the Paris unit was reorganized into Company H Infantry and Battery A Field Artillery. These units deployed to WWII in 1940. After a few more reorganizations, the unit finally become the 212 in October of 2004.

Since then, the unit has deployed to Kuwait in 2013, participated in border wall construction in California in 2005, Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005, Arizona border wall construction in 2007, and humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic in 2009 and Bulgaria in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

All present and former members of the Paris Army National Guard units are encouraged to attend the 100th year celebration September 26th. The general public is also invited.

Springville Man Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested James Pio Jr., age 53 of Hwy 79 North of Springville, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Pio Jr. was placed on $500 bond.

Three Big Sandy People Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the HCSO,  Ptl. Jacob Howington arrested Roger Bratschi, age 42 of Hill Chapel Road of Big Sandy, Erica Bradford, age 33 of Old Springville Road of Big Sandy, and Ronald Dodd, age 55 of Sandy’s Camp Road of Big Sandy, on Saturday for possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule 2 and 6 substance.

Ptl. Howington also charged  Bratschi for driving on a revoked license and on the active warrants for failure to exercise due car, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to carry registration and violation of the financial responsibility law. Bratschi was also cited for the headlight violation.

Ptl. Howington also charged Bradford with simple possession of a schedule 3 and schedule 4 substance, criminal impersonation and a warrant for esacpe. At the jail Cpl. Jordan Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Bradford with failure to appear.

In the report, Ptl. Howington was patrolling when he conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for having a headlight out. While speaking with the driver identified as Bratschi, Ptl. Howington found that Bratschi and Bradford each had active warrants out of Benton County. Ptl. Howington asked Dodd if he could search the vehicle, since the vehicle belonged to a family member of Dodd.

Dodd gave him permission to search the vehicle and police found syringes, 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, a baggie of 1.4 grams of marijuana, rolling papers and other pills and drug paraphernalia items in the car.

Bratschi was placed on a total of $6,000 bond, Bradford was placed on $21,000 bond and Dodd was placed on $1,000 bond.

UTM's Roots of Rhythm is Monday, Sept. 25th at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- UT Martin World Percussion Ensemble will be presenting, “the Roots of Rhythm,” on Monday September 25th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. This is a unique musical performance featuring authentic world percussion instruments including steel drums and tamboo bamboo instruments from Guinea, Brazilian Samba instruments, and much more.

The concert focuses on the cultures of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, and the Carribean. Audience members can listen to amazing music and learn how different cultures interact musically. Admission $5 at the door and children ages 10 and under get in for free.

Homicide Investigation Continues in the Death of a Hazel Man Killed in Puryear on Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Puryear Police Department and Investigators with the District Attorney's Office are currently  working an active homicide investigation in which the victim, Joshua Hadra age 22 of Hazel, Kentucky, was murdered at the Mini Mart in Puryear on Saturday, September 23rd.

More details will be released as the investigation unfolds. At this time police do not  believed this was a random act and there is no reason for the general public to be alarmed.

Police are asking anyone with any information in this case to please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Another Eye Full of Paris Weekend Comes to an End


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of people attended the final day of the Eye Full of Paris Weekend which wrapped up on Sunday, with the Downtown Churches Rejoice.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Downtown Churches Rejoiced which featured music from the gospel group “Unbroken Faith” from Russwood Baptist Church.

Good Music and Wine Pairs Well at Concert in the Vineyards


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend continued on Saturday night with Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery as almost 100 people attended the concert.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The concert featured music from Scott Myatt, Steve Short along with Rita McCaslin on vocals and Bill Criss on drums. Music featured classic hits from Elvis all the way to country music. Concert attendees also got to visit the winery and have free wine tastings.  

Downtown Churches Rejoice Wraps Up Eye Full of Paris Weekend on Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend wraps up on Sunday, September 24th with the Downtown Churches Rejoice and the historic downtown churches welcome visitors for Sunday services.

The Eye Full of Paris Weekend finale, Downtown Churches Rejoice! takes on a new sound this year as the gospel group “Unbroken Faith” from Russwood Baptist Church takes the stage Sunday afternoon on the courthouse lawn from 2pm to 3pm in downtown Paris.

"We are thrilled to bring this group to Paris to partner with the DPA and downtown churches during Eye Full of Paris" said Kathy Ray, DPA Executive Director.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of “Unbroken Faith”.  In case of rain the concert will be moved to the First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

Clarksville Woman Arrested for Burglary and Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Steven McClure arrested Heather McClain, age 30 of Dunbar Cave Road of Clarksville, on Saturday for aggravated burglary and vandalism. McClain was placed on $2,500 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Introduction of Drugs into a Jail

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Stephen Page charged Jeff Buchanan, age 42 of East Wood Street of Paris, on Friday for introduction of a controlled substance into a penal institution. Buchanan was placed on $2,500 bond.

See You at the Pole Set for Wednesday, September 27th

Paris, Tenn.-The youth event “See You At The Pole” sponsored by the Western District Baptist Association will be held on Wednesday, September 27th at KPAC beginning with pizza being served at 5:30pm and worship will follow at 6pm.  

All students ages 12 and up are invited to meet at KPAC for an inspiring youth worship event  featuring a dynamic speaker and live music. 

Lee Academy's Hand Lettering Class is Oct. 7th

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy will be holding a Hand Lettering Class on Saturday, October 7th from 10am to 12pm. Emily Rhoads will be the instructor and there is a maximum of 12 people for the class. The cost to register for the class is $35 and you can register for the class online at schoolforthearts.org.

Paint, Music and More at Arts 'Round the Square


A crowd of shoppers looking at the unique jewelry by Mary Buck at Arts 'Round the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good steady crowd came out to enjoy arts, crafts and music at the annual Arts ‘Round the Square as the Eye Full of Paris Weekend swings into full force.


The Old 23rd District performing at Arts Round the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Arts ‘Round the Square will be on the court square from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd. There will be musical acts throughout the rest of day.Adults got the chance to look at beautifully crafted paintings, jewelry, pottery and more as more than 30 vendors are on site selling their creations.


Browsing through jewelry at the Man Made booth. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got to paint their own rock at the rock painting booth from Paris Rocks, which is free of cost.


Kids enjoying free rock painting at the Paris Rocks booth. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids also got the chance to take part in helping put their own spin on a masterpiece as Dani Poe from Poetic Painting sessions at Lee Academy came down to Arts Round the Square to encourage everyone to take part in painting their interpretation of the painting they chose.


Dani Poe encouraging people to participate in helping create a masterpiece. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Poetic Painting classes with Dani Poe is offered on the second Fridays of each month and upcoming class dates are on the Fridays of October 13th, November 10th and December 8th from 7pm to 9pm. All supplies provided except the snacks and drinks.

You will get to paint along with friends with guided encouragement from the instructor. Beginners will gain confidence & skill and the experienced painter will enjoy a fun evening of art, laughs, and friends.


One girl putting her own spin on the Poetic Painting at Arts 'Round the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The cost of the class is $35 per person and all supplies provided except the snacks and drinks. The class is open to adults ages 18 and older and there is a maximum of 20 people for the class. For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Arts 'Round the Square sponsored by Paris-Henry County Arts Council (PHCAC) and the Downtown Paris Association.

Mums, Pumpkins and Corn, Oh My! At Mum-A-Palooza


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There’s still plenty of mums and pumpkins at the HCHS FFA fundraiser Mum-a-palooza, which is going at the Henry County High School Greenhouse, off Harding Road, on Saturday, September 23rd from 9am to 1pm.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

At the FFA’s  Mum-a-palooza they have single color mums, red, orange, yellow, and purple for $15 and tri color mums cost $40. They also have straw for $5, assorted sizes and colors of pumpkins from $2 to $25, a bundle of three Indian corn costs $5, a bundle of 5-6 corn stalks will cost $6 and ornamental cabbage and pansy bowls costs $10 each.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

If all of the items at Mum-a-palooza are not sold on Saturday the FFA will have another sale at a later date in October. So on Saturday, come out to Mum-a-palooza and purchase a mum or two in order to show your support  to the HCHS FFA Chapter and all of their hard work in putting on Mum-a-palooza.

Superheroes and Princesses Invade Bethel's PA Program


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of superheroes and princesses along with their parents and friends came out to the Bethel University’s Physician’s Assistant Program Superheroes and Princesses Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kasinina’s Hope.

Patriots Get the Homecoming Victory After Defeating Region 7-5A Rivals the Kenwood Knights


Henry County crowns Nia Russell as the 2017 Homecoming Queen who was escorted by Lukas Reynolds. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It was a good night for the Patriots as they played and defeated Region 7- 5A rival the Kenwood Knights at Homecoming on Friday. Nia Russell was crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen and the 2017 homecoming court included seniors: Roezona Godbot, Rachel Mitchell, Gigi Mitchell,  Nia Russell the 2017 Homecoming Queen, Tori Starks, Emily Raines and Katie Harper.


The 2017 Homecoming Queen and her court. Front row from left to right: Roezona Godbot, Rachel Mitchell, Gigi Mitchell,  the 2017 HC Queen Nia Russell, Tori Starks, Emily Raines, Katie Harper. Back row from left to right: Ben Murphy, Dylan Irwin, Timmy Whalen, Lukas Reynolds, Trent Nichols, Caleb Orr, Blake Morton. (Timothy Pharr photos)

 In Region 7 Class 5A action, the Henry County Patriots defeated the Kenwood Knights at homecoming on Friday winning 33-14.

In the 1st quarter, Henry County’s Parrish threw a 6yd touchdown pass to Caleb Orr. Henry County led Kenwood 7-0 with 10:16 left in the 1st quarter. With 3:47 left in the 1st quarter,  Lukas Reynolds had a 6yd rushing touchdown for the Patriots. At the end of the 1st quarter Henry County led Kenwood 14-0.


#7 Caleb McCutheon cuts back on a run during Friday nights game. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 1:02 left to go in the half, Bailey Armas kicked a 25yd field goal as the Patriots led the Knights 17-7. With 4 seconds left in the 2nd quarter Kenwood scored a 65yd touchdown. At halftime the Patriots led the Knights 17-7.


#37 Colton Wiser and #23 Paxton Pierpoint wrap a Kenwood runner. (Timothy Pharr photos)

At the 4:49 mark in the 3rd quarter Kenwood scored a touchdown. At the end of the 3rd quarter,  the Patriots still led the Knights 17-14.


#2 Savon Stewart goes up high for an attempt at a pass reception. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 10:31 left in the 4th quarter, the Patriots got a safety as Henry County led Kenwood 19-14.  At the 8:05 mark Savon Stewart scored a 7yd rushing touchdown. Henry County led Kenwood  26 to 14. With 59 seconds left in the game Caleb McCutcheon had a 1yd Patriot touchdown. On homecoming night the Henry County Patriots walk away with the victory after defeating the Kenwood Knights 33-14.  

The Henry County Patriots are now 4-2 on the season and 3-0 in Region 7 Class 5A action. The Henry County Patriots will face the Germantown Red Devils in Germantown on Friday, September 29th at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Police Arrest Two People on Weapons Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Joe Ray, age 59 of Whiskey Ridge Road of Paris, on Friday for unlawful possession or carrying of a weapon. Ray was placed on $5,000 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Crystal Shaw, age 34 of Paris Street of McKenzie, on Thursday for possession of a handgun while under the influence and possession of a weapon on a posted property. Shaw was placed on $1,500 bond.

Concert in the Vineyards at Eye Full of Paris Weekend is Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend continues on Saturday, September 23rd with Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery  from 6pm to 10pm.

The concert will be featuring local favorites Scott Myatt, Steve Short and Friends on vocals. Admission to Concert in the Vineyards is free and there will be raffle prizes and other concert specials at the event. The raffle prize will be a Special September Picnic Basket which is $150 value. Raffle tickets will cost $5 for 3 tickets.

So on Saturday night make plans to enjoy Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery and bring your favorite chair, snacks and friends.  For any questions please call Paris Winery at 731-644-9500.

Kentucky Man Arrested as a Fugitive from Justice

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Ricardo Alatorre, age 39 of State Route of Symsonia KY, as a fugitive from justice. Alatorre was placed on $5,000 bond.

Paris PD Receives $5,000 in Federal Grant Funds to Support Highway Safety Efforts in Paris

Paris Henry County, Tenn.- On Monday, September 18, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) announced that $5,000.00 in federal grant funds will be awarded to the Paris Police Department  for the 2017-2018 Federal Fiscal Year.

Approximately 400 grants exceeding $18 million will be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the THSO to support local highway safety initiatives.

Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by the THSO. Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The THSO grant funding provides essential highway safety training and equipment for law enforcement agencies, sophisticated crash data collection analysis technology, specialized DUI prosecutors, resources for emergency response personnel, and educational tools to help improve driver behavior.

For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

HCHS Offering Student Passes for Athletic Events for $40

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is offering new Student Athletic Passes for HCHS students this year. The cost is $40 and the pass allows the student into any HCHS athletic event, except play-off games and fundraisers, such as Hall of Fame Games, and jamborees.

To gain access, students must present their valid ID and the Athletic Pass at the entry gate. Principal Dr. Michele Webb stated, “we have great student crowds at events and we wanted to give students a “perk” for being a HCHS student.” There are tremendous savings if students goes to several sporting events throughout the year such as football, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, etc. Students should see the front office to purchase the pass. 

 

 

 

 

 

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