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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Boss Hoss Rally Roars Into Noon on the Square on Friday


Huge crowds show up to the 3rd Noon on the Square as the Boss Hoss Rally comes to Downtown Paris. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Boss Hoss Rally roared into Downtown Paris at Commercial Bank & Trust’s third Noon on the Square of the season as hundreds of people gathered to enjoy music, food and motorcycles.


The Tooth Throbs band featuring Riley Jenkins as Elvis performs at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Tooth Throbs band, featuring Riley Jenkins as Elvis, entertained the crowd with classic rock hits at Noon on the Square. The Paris Quota Club provided the food as the Henry County Sheriff’s Office grilled out burgers for all of the attendees at the event.


HC Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Damon Lowe flipping burgers at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Down Paris Association along help from the Peddler Advantage served drinks for a donation at Noon on the Square on Friday.


John Wambles and Amanda Allen along with Kevin Buie helping serve drinks for the DPA at Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris Landing State Park is hosting for the 18th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Midsouth Bikefest now through Saturday, September 23rd. There will be Boss Hoss factory Demo Rides each day and many vendors that are free and open to the public.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

On Saturday there are more demo rides, vendors, the Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off, and a $1500 Poker Run. There will be a Shriners Hospitals for Children drawing for a 2017 Boss Hoss Trike at 10pm Saturday night.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault After Pulling a Gun

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department,  Sgt. Eric Long arrested Jeffery Hudson, age 46 of Brown Street of Paris, for aggravated assault.

City Units were dispatched to Harrison Street in reference to a person pointing a gun at the victim. The victim stated that he was waiting for a friend when the subject identified as Hudson came out on the porch yelling and shouting profanity at the victim. The victim and Hudson started to argue and that’s when Hudson pulled a black handgun and pointed it at the victim.

Hudson then went back into his house and the victim then called police. When police spoke to Hudson he stated that he did have a gun with him, but he never pointed it at the victim. Hudson had made several conflicting statements and Hudson had also changed his clothes by the time police arrived. Sgt. Long also had knowledge that Hudson had an active shoplifting warrant.

Hudson was then arrested and placed on $7,500 bond.

Wine to Share Water for All is Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend kicks off on Friday, September 22nd and on Friday night join the First Christian Church in downtown Paris from 7pm to 10pm with Wine to Share, Water for All event.

The evening includes dancing, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, live entertainment featuring John Austin McDaniel, locally brewed Perrylodgic beer, and a silent auction including local artists.

The event is sponsored by the First Christian Church and all proceeds benefit the Showers of Blessing Trust which is an organization that helps provide clean water wells in rural areas near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 

Please help promote this very worthy cause for clean water in East Africa.  Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door and from any First Christian Church member.  For more information please call 731-642-3181.

Arts 'Round the Square Set for Saturday from 9am to 4pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend continues on Saturday, September 23rd with Arts Round the Square, which will be happening from 9 am to 4pm.  

Arts Round the Square is free and there will plenty of arts and crafts with over 30 artist creating and selling their creations at tomorrows event. Artists will be selling pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, mixed media, fiber art, photographs, sculptures and canvas art including paintings from members of the Tennessee River Fine Arts League.

There will also be musical acts at Arts Round the Square from 9am to 4pm.

The schedule includes: 9am to10am: “Jamaica Me Happy” Steel Drum Band, University of Tennessee Martin,10am to 10:30am: Dancing Generation Studio performs,10:30am to12pm Scott Myatt & Steve Short, 12pm to 1pm: Josh McKee will perform, 1pm to 2pm The Old 23rd District, 2pm to 2:30pm: "RATS! The Story of the Pied Piper" by KPAC Young Artists, 2:30pm to 3pm: Vocal Selections from "Singin' In the Rain" and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”, 3pm to 3:30pm: KPAC Young Artists Chorus sings music from "The Lion King", 3:30 to 4pm: KPAC Young Artists in Concert Solos present some of their favorite songs.

Children can also get in touch with their inner artist at Arts ‘Round the Square at the KidsZone Live! a special area for interactive children’s projects including  a rock painting session. 

The event is sponsored by Paris-Henry County Arts Council (PHCAC) and the Downtown Paris Association.

Bethel Physician's Assistant Program's Superheroes and Princesses Pancake Breakfast is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Bethel University Physician’s Assistant Program will be presenting Superheroes and Princesses Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:30am to 11am at Bethel University PA Program Building, which is located at 302B Tyson Avenue in Paris.

The cost is $5 per person or $10 maximum per family. The pancake breakfast will also be all you can eat. Costume and dress-up for the pancake breakfast are encouraged. For more information please contact Jennifer Green at 508-213-9771 or email her at jgreen39@bethelu.edu. All of the proceeds will benefit Kasinina’s Hope.

Gas Board Learns of Issues with Sales Tax on Collection Fees

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met this week and General Manger Tae Eaton explained that there are issues regarding collection of sales taxes on connection fees, transfer fees, and reconnection fees.

Eaton explained that recently the City of Lebanon had an audit and it was found they were not collecting sales taxes on these types of fees. Eaton said, “I’ve been in this business for 27 years, I never know of a utility like ours charging sales taxes.”

Eaton said the City of Lebanon is now in the courts dealing with the legality of this and he got some information from the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts who advised all districts should continue to do what they’ve been doing in regards to not charging sales tax on connection fees and such. Eaton said the TAUD is working with the state and should be able to get some clarification on the law during after the first of the year to say the fees are not taxable.

The Gas Board voted to give Eaton the ability to purchase some inventory if it is available instead of waiting until the next board meeting. Eaton said Hurricane Harvey has caused some major issues with some of the materials the District uses as places in Texas and Louisiana were hit hard and flooded. In the City of Houston alone, Eaton said they’re going to have to replace thousands of gas meters. Eaton asked the board to consider giving him more buying power over the next few months to be able to purchase equipment they might need 6-8 months while it’s in stock instead of waiting for the next board meeting and taking the chance the material is still there.

Eaton also reported Natural Gas prices did increase right after Hurricane Harvey hit, but since then it has slowly started to come back down.

PHCPUD Wins State Safety Award

Paris, Tenn.- The gas board learned that the District received another award in regards to safety. After receiving another National Award last month from the American Public Gas Association, the Tennessee Gas Association awarded the PHCPUD with the Safety Brilliance Award for 2016-17.

Eaton said the Tennessee Public Utility Commission’s annual inspection was recently completed and there were no findings. He said the employees did a great job helping get documentation ready for this inspection and a usual tedious long process with the inspectors went much smoother this go around.

Patriots Hosting Kenwood for Homecoming Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Kenwood Friday night on the gridiron for Homecoming at Patriot Stadium. Homecoming activities will begin around 6:30pm with kickoff of the game set for 7pm. If you can’t make it to the stadium listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:30pm. If you are away from the radio you can listen via our website at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349 just remember phone carrier charges will apply.

HC Republican Party To Elect Chairman at Meeting Sept. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will hold a meeting and special election on Thursday September 28, 2017, 7pm at the Paris Civic Center Meeting Room. They will be electing a Chairman and Co-Chairman to fill out the two-year term.For more information call Christine Garcia at 731-414-7760 or Ann McLeese at 731-343-0870. 

Man with Stewart County Warrants Arrested in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department responded to Walmart on call from a man where three subjects were threatening him. Lt. Reed had dispatch check the man who called, Jamie Dennis, 37, of Tennessee Ridge, and found he had active warrants for Rape out of Stewart County. Stewart County did advise they wanted Dennis.

Lt. Reed arrived and arrested Dennis on the warrants and on the way to the jail, he complained of chest pains and Lt. Reed took him to the Emergency Room. Three hours later he was cleared and Dennis admitted to saying he had the pains to avoid jail. Dennis was booked into Henry County and Stewart County will pick up.

Trooper Jason Mounts charged Joseph Andres Goodhue, age 20, of 103 Hidden Acres, with evading arrest overnight. Other arrests from the night, Chris K. Tatum, 26, of Springville, for unlawful disposal of sewage and Carol Thurmond, 54, of Murray, for driving on suspended, simple possession of schedule 6, and drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Justin Harden of the Paris Police Department responded to a report of theft on Grove St. A 4-ton floor jack, toolbox, and hedge trimmer were stolen according to the report. There are no suspects at this time.

AmVets Post 45 Hosting Pancake Breakfast for St. Jude's

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Ladies Auxiliary of AmVets Post 45 will host an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Auxiliary Hospital Programs. The Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday September 23rd from 8-11am and includes pancake, eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, juice, milk, and coffee. Cost is $8 for ages 12 and up, $4 for under 12. The AmVets Post is located at 14365 Hwy. 79 N. in Buchanan. For more information call 642-8690.

Friday's Noon on Square To Feature Bike and Trike Show

Paris, Tenn.- The Boss Hoss Motorcycles will invade the court square Friday as part of Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the Square. The bikes and trikes will ride into downtown from the Lake area prior to 11am and a bike and trike show will be held with judging at 11:45am by People’s Choice voting. The bikes will leave out for a Dice Run at 1pm.

The Tooth Throbs band, featuring Riley Jenkins as Elvis, will be the entertainment at Noon on the Square. There will be food and drinks for purchase as well.

Roots of Rhythm coming to KPAC Sept. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- UT Martin World Percussion Ensemble presents, “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 is only $5 at the door and children age 10 and under are free.

HC Democratic Party Picnic Set for Sept. 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Party will hold their summer picnic at Central School, located on Jones Bend Road, Saturday September 30th. There is a $10 donation for BBQ plate dinner. There will be guest speakers, a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing. Everyone is invited to attend.

Paris Army National Guard To Celebrate 100th Year Tues.

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. The Armory 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 Capt. 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.

PLSP Hosting 18th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park is once again the host for the 18th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Midsouth Bikefest Thursday September 21st thru Saturday September 23rd.

There will be Boss Hoss factory Demo Rides each day and many vendors that are free and open to the public. Friday at 10:30am, the bikes and trikes will depart the lake area and cruise into downtown Paris for Noon on the Square, a Bike and Trike Show, and a $1000 Dice Run at 1pm. Saturday there are more demo rides, vendors, the Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off, and a $1500 Poker Run. There will be a Shriners Hospitals for Children drawing for a 2017 Boss Hoss Trike at 10pm Saturday night.

For more information on the Boss Hoss Rally go online to www.midsouthbikefest.com.

Voter Registration Drive Tues. at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green reminds citizens September is National Voter Registration month. There will be a voter registration drive Tuesday September 26th at the W.G. Rhea Public Library from 10am to 1pm. In addition, there will be upcoming voter registration drives for students at Henry County High School October 2nd and 5th. For any questions call the Election Commission office at 642-0411.

5 HCHS Golfers Advance to Regional Tournament

Eli Ridgeway finished 2nd overall in Tuesday's Golf District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Golf Team and three members of the Men's team advanced to Regionals for placing in the District Tournament Tuesday.

The Lady Patriots team, comprised of Leah Bell and Sydney Williams, finished 3rd overall as a team with a 170 behind Clarksville's 146 and Rossview's 153. Bell Shot an 84 and Williams an 86. The top 3 teams advance to Regionals.

The Patriots team missed advancing by three strokes after placing 4th with a 347. Advancing as an individual were Eli Ridgeway with a 76, finishing 2nd place in the District Tourney overall; Cameron May shot an 87 to advance, and Jameson Robbins an 89.

Leah Bell lines up a shot in District Tourney golf action.

Cameron May Announced as National Merit Semi-Finalist

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is pleased to announce Cameron May as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Cameron is a senior at Henry County High School, where he plays on the Golf and Basketball teams, is a member of National Honor Society, ​​is a member of the Science Club, participant in Boys State, and is a member of the 30+ ACT Club and the ACT Benchmark Club. Outside of school, Cameron participates in activities with his church and serves on the Commercial Bank Teen Advisory Board. 

Cameron is one of 16K students Nationwide that will continue in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for 7500 scholarships worth more than $32M that will be awarded next Spring.

Traffic Stops Lead to Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated units responded to the Fairgrounds Road area in reference to a possible intoxicated driver. Ptl. Jacob Howington pulled the vehicle over and ended up arresting Jack Veazey, Jr., 73, of 207 S. Brewer for DUI 1st Offense, and possession of a handgun while intoxicated. He was placed on $1500 bond.

Another traffic stop by Sgt. Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department for a light law violation led to the arrest of Dalexis Love, age 30, of 813 Morton St. Love was wanted on warrants in the county for aggravated burglary.

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.  

Auditions for You're Good A Man Charlie Brown Are Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will hold auditions on Saturday September 23rd for, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Audition requirements are a 1-2 minute monologue theatrical vocal selection. The cast list that will be filled for the play include Sally Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Snoopy, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, and Linus Van Pelt. The show will be performed Saturday November 18th at 7pm at KPAC with school shows set the week of Monday November 20th. For more information call 731-707-3374 or email kriderpac@gmal.com.

Mum-A-Palooza This Saturday at HCHS Greenhouse

Paris, Tenn.- Mum-a-palooza 2017 will be Saturday September 23rd at the Henry County High School Greenhouse, off Harding Road, from 9am to 1pm. The FFA is putting on the fundraiser and they have single color mums, red, orange, yellow, and purple for $15 and tri color mums for $40. They also have straw for $5, assorted sizes and colors of pumpkins from $2-25, and ornamental cabbage and pansy bowls for $10 each. Call FFA Advisor Laura Moss at 336-8304 for more information.

PSSD Schools Attain Value Added Scores of 5

Dr. Gerrell presents Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough with a banner.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education held their September meeting at Rhea Elementary on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell said all schools in the system received a 5 on the Value Added Test scores from TVAAS testing which students participate in each Spring. The valued added scores were made available to the public on Tuesday, the achievement scores have yet to be released. Dr. Gerrell presented each principal with a banner celebrating the success. She said they didn’t score 5s on everything, but we should be very proud that we are growing our students on a 5 level overall. “She said it’s one small piece of the whole child we teach everyday.”

Top photo: PES Principal Chip Gray receives a banner recognizing the Valued Added composite score. Bottom photo: Rhea Principal Sandra Paschall with Dr. Gerrell and the banner.

PSSD Workers Recognzied for Service and Dedication

Finis Bell was recognized by Chairman Richard Edwards for his years of service. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Chairman Richard Edwards recognized maintenance worker Finis Bell for his dedication and service to the PSSD. He is retiring after over 20 years of service.

Edwards also recognized educational assistant Elizabeth Covington for serving with the PSSD for almost 50 years. She will continue to work with the system.

Elizabeth Covington hugs PSSD board chairman Richard Edwards.

PSSD Approves Several Board Policies

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board approved several board policies Tuesday night and one dealt with the emergency preparedness plan which requires fire drills every 30 days including two during the first 30 days of school each fall. The plan also says the schools must conduct one armed intruder drill conducted in conjunction with local law enforcement.

Another policy dealt with interscholastic athletics, and stated students shall not be required to attend a school athletic event if the event is on an official school holiday, observed day of worship, or religious holiday. The student’s parent or guardian shall notify the coach in writing 3 full school days prior to the event.

Dr. Gerrell said the system will remain with the State Plan on Health Insurance and open enrollment will be in late October. She said they will post information on their website for staff and there will be some youtube videos and other materials will be accessible to learn more about the options.

Dr. Gerrell said Parent Teacher Conferences at Rhea are going on this week and will be held Friday at Inman and Paris Elementary.

August Rains Slows Rhea Construction Project Somewhat

Paris, Tenn.- Cary Henson of Henson Construction gave an update of the Rhea Construction project. He said the 14 inches of rain during a two week stretch slowed down the project, but they have picked back up since then. He said we are working on the next phase of the project and finishing up some loose ends here at Rhea.

2017 HCHS Homecoming Court Announced

From Left to Right the 2017 Homecoming court: Emily Raines, Junior, Rachel Mitchell, Sophomore, Gigi Mitchell, Senior, Nia Russell, Senior, Tori Starks, Senior, Roezona Godbot, Sophomore, and Katie Harper, Junior.(Michael Lane photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Its Homecoming week at Henry County High School and the homecoming court was announced today.

Henry County High School Homecoming Night is Friday, September 22nd. Throughout this week, HCHS students are enjoying dress up spirit days, a car smash, chalk art, a door decorating contest, a pep rally, and more. The 2017 Homecoming Court includes Seniors Gigi Mitchell, Nia Russell, and Tori Starks; Juniors Katie Harper and Emily Raines; Sophomores Roezona Godbott and Rachel Mitchell.

The Homecoming Court will be recognized and Homecoming Queen crowned beginning at 6:30 pm Friday evening at Patriot Stadium. Immediately after royalty recognition, the HCHS Marching Patriots will perform a patriotic prelude, followed by the HCHS Madrigals and Madrigal Alumni singing the National Anthem. As the National Anthem is being performed, a professional skydiving team from Team Fastrax of Ohio will enter the stadium, bringing in the American Flag. Patriot Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy pre-game festivities.

One Killed, Six Injured In Early Morning Two Vehicle Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- A two vehicle accident on Hwy. 140 left one young man dead and injured 6 more people. The report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated Phillip Frazee, age 18, of Buchanan, was killed when another vehicle hit the vehicle he was a passenger in around 1am Tuesday morning at the Old Paris Murray Road, Hwy. 140 intersection.

Trooper Tyler Milam worked the scene along with other emergency responders and three helicopters were called to the scene for flying out injured occupants.

The report stated a 2000 Mercury Van was traveling on Hwy 140 and the 2nd vehicle, a 2017 Kia was traveling on Old Paris Murray Road. The Kia entered onto Hwy. 140 and was impacted by the Van and both vehicles came to rest on the side of Hwy. 140.

Injured in the Kia were Patrick Teague, age 22, of Puryear, Kevin Lizon, 23, of Paris, and Jared Ashby, age 18 of Puryear. Injured in the Van were Alyssa Carter, age 19 of Paris, Stacey Guerrero, age 40 of Paris, and Chloe Oshea, age 11 of Paris.

The report doesn’t state which injured individuals were airlifted and to where they were sent.

9th Annual Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ Cook Off Is Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th Annual Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off is set for this weekend at Paris Landing State Park. Sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League and held in conjunction with the Boss Hoss Rally, the Grand Champion can win $500. Also 1st place wins $100, 2nd Place $75, and 3rd Place $50 in each category: Chicken, Ribs, and Pulled Pork. Best Team spirit wins $50 and a trophy as well. To enter your team log onto www.visitparislanding.com or call Sara at 731-819-6362.

W.G. Rhea Library Offering Kids Coding Club Classes

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library is offering a Code Club for kids ages 8-12. There is no experience necessary and classes are free. Classes will be held from 4-6pm on Thursdays beginning this week, Sept. 21st. Other dates for classes are October 5, October 19th, and November 2nd. To register call the library at 642-1702.

HCHD Closing Barnett Road for Bridge Repair

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Barnett Road until further notice for bridge repair. Closure will be on the south end of Barnett Road off Henry Midway Road at the bridge. Alternate route will be the north end of Barnett Road. This is a new closure at the same place where the road was closed back in December 2015.

County Comm. Moves Forward on HCSS, HCMC Debt, Preps for $25 Wheel Tax Increase

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the capital notes sought by the HCSS and HCMC at Monday's County Comm. Meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting, lots of action was taken pertaining to projects that are happening with the Henry County School System and Henry County Medical Center.

Throughout the summer, workshops, joints sessions, and multiple meetings have been held concerning a $9.1M note for the School System as they seek to make improvements at Henry County High School and a $9.2M note for HCMC, as they seek to be proactive in capital purchases and maintenance needs for the facility over the next few years while the healthcare debate rages on in Washington, D.C.

The commission approved different resolutions getting the ball rolling on both issues as they plan to incur one debt this calendar year and one the next. County Mayor Brent Greer said, “we wanted to have both ready in case the school system had some issues and couldn’t borrow money until the spring or something but if they are good then the Hospital can wait till after the first of the year.”

Commissioners also approved, with all present voting aye, adopting a local wheel tax of $25 for the school bond that would sunset July 1st 2025 to service $750K per year for the school system’s debt. For the rest of the amortization of the loan until 2029, the school system will handle the payments.  This will go to the general assembly for approval in Nashville and would take effect in July of 2018 once approved by 2/3 of the Henry County Commission.

County Mayor Brent Greer thanked commissioners for their work over the summer on the issue and deciding to go with the wheel tax so it can be sunset for citizens and come off in 2025.

In regards to the Medical Center’s $9.2M loan, it doesn’t require any tax increases from the commission. The board of trustee decided to go with a fixed rate for 5 years of the 25 year note. After 5 years, a 6-month notice will be sent saying the rate would either go up, down, or be called and then other funding sources could be sought for better rates if need be. The medical center will be set to borrow the money after the first of the year.

Money from 911 Fees Distributed Unevenly

911 Board members discuss distribution of fees. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E911 Board met on Monday afternoon Director Mark Archer reported to the board about issues where money is being lost in counties regarding 911 fees. A few years ago, the state legislature pushed for more fees and taxes on 911 surcharges and Henry County residents began to pay $1.16, up from 65 cents, while some counties fees dropped and they paid less. Archer said counties that are funding dispatch, something Paris and Henry County doesn’t do, are getting more of the money from the fee collection and counties like Henry are losing some money.

Archer said MTAS and CTAS has said the costs should be split, not going to salaries of other counties dispatchers. Overall, the counties not funding dispatchers are losing around $10M per year in these fees. Board members told Mark to continue to look for ways to make this more fair for rate payers in Henry County. Archer said if other counties with bigger populations and pull that are losing money like Madison, Williamson, and Wilson need to get on board as well or this will likely not go anywhere.

Archer informed the board about the Zetron Max 911 controller equipment that was purchased for the system. He said this is about a $96K project and we are in the process of adding to our backups and other upgrades.

Archer discussed upcoming equipment installation that will help 911 be able to take in texts, picture messages, videos, and more from 911 calls. He said $100K currently sits in the budget ready for the work, but it may not finish the job and they may ask the state for some more help.

Archer also went over the first two months of the current fiscal year budget and said they system is in good shape financially and nothing out of the ordinary is showing up.

Archer said several dispatchers, board members, and supervisors are going to the TENA conference starting this weekend in Mufreesboro. Archer said its nice to have some dispatchers and board members making the trip to the conference.

Man Charged With Meth, Drug Para Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department has charged Brandon Allen Cherry, age 29, of Big Sandy with possession of meth, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and placed him on $10K bond. The charges stem from a traffic stop where Sgt. James and Ptl. Justin Harden were on patrol and noticed a vehicle with one headlight out. They turned around and began to make the traffic stop, but the vehicle attempted to allude them and was finally found hidden off the roadway.

The driver Stacey Bratschi, 36, of Big Sandy, and Cherry were detained while K-9 Drago alerted on the vehicle. 10 clear plastic baggies with methamphetamine were found along with glass pipes, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia. Cherry admitted to the items being his and he was charged.

Paris Police Investigate Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from a home on Harrison Lane. The window was open when the victim returned home and she found over $1300 worth of items missing including a Playstation 3, Nintendo DS systems, diamond earrings, gold watches, and more. There are no suspects at this time.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol over the weekend and observed Thomas Toler, age 30, of 56 Herman Roger Road driving and knew Toler had prior revoked license charges. Cpl. Jenkins began to pull Toler over and he refused to stop. After a brief chase, Cpl. Jenkins halted the pursuit because of heavy traffic and safety concerns of others, but notified Stewart County Toler was coming across the Paris Landing Bridge. Toler managed to evade Stewart County and Montgomery County deputies for a short time and was finally apprehended in Montgomery County.

Patriot Classic Held at McNeil Park Last Thurs.

Henry County's Sam Bruce finishes 1st at the Patriot Classic last week.

Paris, Tenn.- Several local runners competed at the Patriot Classic held at McNeil Park last week. For Henry County Middle Sam Bruce finished 1st overall with a time of 12:31, followed by Hayden Bostick at 12:46, good for 2nd place. Connor Cox, of Inman Middle School came in 6th overall, Lucke Nichols finished 8th.

In team events, Calloway County won the meet with a time of 1:08:59, Henry County Middle finished 2nd, and Inman Middle came in 3rd.

For the girls, Dinah Winders finished 1st at 12:40, Inman's Abby Taylor came in 2nd at 13:44 followed by Inman's Sara Mathis and Roberta Henriquez and Harley Veazey in 4th, 5th, and 6th place. Inman Middle finished 1st in the team portion of the race.

County Comm. To Look at Capital Notes, Wheel Tax Mon. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session Monday night at 5pm at the Chancery Courtroom at the Courthouse and a full agenda of capital projects and how to pay for them will await commissioners. Commissioners are set to approve plans for both the Henry County School System and Henry County Medical Center to seek capital notes for their projects as have been discussed at numerous meetings this summer. The commission will also likely seek approval in resolution form from the General Assembly to increase the County Wheel Tax by $25 starting next July to service the school system debt. The meeting is open to the public.

California Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Including Possession With Intent

Paris, Tenn.- According a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Martin Babb, age 54 of Hermes Street of San Diego, CA, on Friday for violation of protection, possession of meth with intent and speeding. Babb was placed on $30,000 bond.

Plenty of Activities at Eye Full of Paris Weekend on Sept. 22nd-24th

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend kicks off on Friday, September 22nd with Noon on the Square sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust from 11:30am to 1pm on the court square.  

Entertainment for Noon on the Square will provided by The Tooth Throb Band who will be performing  a variety of classics. Riley Jenkins will also make an appearance as he will entertain the crowd with the sounds of Elvis Presley. 

The Boss Hoss motorcycle show and parade will also be a part of the Noon on Square this Friday. The Paris Quota Club will serve lunch and the DPA will be serving drinks for a donation.  So bring a lawn chair and enjoy a great time at Noon on the Square. Also on Friday night stop by the First Christian Church in Downtown Paris for the Wine to Share Water for All service, which will be held from 7pm to 10pm.

On Saturday, September 23rd, Arts Round the Square will be happening from 9am to 4pm. On Saturday night enjoy an evening of free music and wine tasting at Concert in the Vineyards which will be held at the Paris Winery from 6pm to 10pm. And the Eye Full of Paris Weekend wraps up on Sunday, September 24th  with the Downtown Churches Rejoice service, which will begin at 2pm on the courthouse lawn.

Paris Man Arrested on Driving Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Charles Pruett, age 32 of Cowan Street of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license. Pruett was placed on $2,000 bond.

Metro Crime Unit Arrest Three Buchanan People on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Charges

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested three people on drug possession charges on Friday.

Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Jeff Mancell, age 46 of Hwy. 140 East of Buchanan, for possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. David Charnock, age 38 of Gwen Street of Buchanan, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. Misty Wolfe, age 37 of Hwy 140 East of Buchanan, was arrested for failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the report filed by Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Officers from the Metro Crime Unit and the SRT team executed a search warrant at 8270 Hwy. 140 East of Buchanan on Friday. Mancell, Charnock and Wolfe were all at the residence and they were detained as the home was searched.

After searching the home Officers found several syringes and burnt spoons commonly used to inject narcotics. All three were then arrested at the scene. Three other people at the scene were detained before they were released by police.  A small baggie of meth was also found in Mancell’s pants.

Mancell was placed on $1,000 bond, Wolfe was placed on $2,500 bond and Charnock was held without bond on the violation of probation charge.

Food, Fun, Fireworks, Games and More at Henry's Pioneer Day on Saturday


The Henry Volunteer Fire Department in the 2017 Henry Pioneer Day Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry, Tenn.- A good crowd came out on Saturday morning to watch the Henry Pioneer Day parade as the parade kicked off events for Pioneer Day.


The 2017 Henry Pioneer Day Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department, Henry County Sheriff Office, the Henry Police Department, the Henry County Rescue Squad, the Henry School Pirates,  sponsor Tosh Farms, the Tennessee Forestry along with Smokey the Bear, the Henry County Honor Guard, and the Cottage Grove, Mansfield and Whitlock Volunteer Fire Departments participated in the parade.


The Henry Pirates in the 2017 Henry Pioneer Day Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department is hosting Pioneer Day all day on Saturday, September 16th around the Civic Center, located at 95 Park Avenue  in Henry.


HC Sheriff Monte Belew and his k-9 Si were on hand at the Henry Pioneer Day Parade, as Si enjoyed some scratches on this hot day from a little boy who was attending Pioneer Day. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Concessions, games and a fish dinner will be happening throughout the day.  Fish Dinners cost $11 and includes a drink, fish, hush puppies, and all the fixings. Chief Keith Qualls will be cooking the fish at Pioneer Day.  


The Henry Volunteer Fire Department and Chief Keith Qualls cooked up some fish for Saturday's Pioneer Day in Henry. (Cassie Walsh photos)

At 12pm the Henry County Rescue Squad will cut cars and the Air Evac team will fly in. A live band will begin performing at 4pm, at 7pm SWAG Wrestling will begin, fireworks begin at 8pm and then SWAG Wrestling will resume.


Smokey the Bear taking part in the 2017 Henry Pioneer Day Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

There will also be a drawing for an AR-15 and tickets cost $10. Tickets can be purchased on the day of Pioneer Day. So on Saturday make plans to come out and enjoy Henry’s Pioneer Day.

Patriots Move to 2-0 in Region 7-5A Action After Defeating the Wildcats


#45 Caleb Orr scores on an 8 yard catch and run during the Patriots 49-27 victory over Clarksville High. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots defeated the Clarksville Wildcats  in Clarksville on Friday winning 49-27.

With 4:50 left in the 1st quarter, Henry County’s Caleb McCutcheon had an 11yd rushing touchdown as Henry County led Clarksville 7-0. At the 4:37 mark Clarksville answers with their own touchdown as Clarksville tied the game 7-7. With 58.5 seconds left in the 1st quarter, Henry County QB Will Parrish threw a 26yd touchdown to to Ethan Thompson. At the end of the 1st quarter, Henry County led Clarksville 14-7.


#13 Gray Gardner attempts to break free from a Clarksville defender. (Timothy Pharr photos)

In the 2nd quarter, Clarksville scored a touchdown to tie the game 14-14 with 7:28 left in the quarter. With 36 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, HCHS’ Caleb Orr scored an 8yd touchdown. At halftime the Patriots led the Wildcats 21-14.


#11 Will Parrish breaks into the open field for a long run during Friday nights game with Clarksville. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 10:55 left in the 3rd quarter, Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds rushes for a 13yd Patriot touchdown as the Patriots led the Wildcats 28-14. At the 1:45 mark, Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds rushed for the 1yd touchdown. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Henry County led Clarksville 35-14.

In the 4th quarter, the Patriots’ Jalen Foster had a 30yd touchdown as  the Patriots led the Wildcats 42-14 with 10:22 left in the game. With 10:01 left in the 4th quarter, Clarksville had a kick-off return for a Wildcat touchdown, as Henry County led Clarksville 42-21. With 4:25 left in the game the Wildcats scored a touchdown, but the Patriots blocked the point after attempt. Henry County still led Clarksville 42-27. With 1:35 left in the game Henry County scored another touchdown. The final score was the Henry County Patriots 49, Clarksville Wildcats  27.


#16 Ethan Thompson carries the ball on a jet sweep. (Timothy Pharr photos)

The Henry County Patriots are now 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in Region 7 Class 5A action. The Henry County Patriots will face the Kenwood Knights in Region 7 Class 5A action at home on Friday, September 22nd at 7pm. The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm.

Police Arrest Two People for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Joshua Perritt, age 40 of Greenacres Drive of Paris, on Thursday for filing a false report and theft of property.             

Ptl. Roaten also arrested Jeanne Willis, age 47 of Greenacres Drive of Paris, on Thursday for theft of property under $500. Perritt and Willis were each placed on $1,500 bond.

Police Arrest Paris Man for Evading and on Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Danny Trotter, age 42 of Harmon Cemetery Road of Paris, on Thursday for felony evading and driving on a revoked license. Trotter was placed on $12,500 bond.

Learning Lourve Class Begins Wed. September 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Learning Lourve evening painting sessions with Instructor Dani Poe will be offered the third Wednesdays of each month, beginning on Wednesday, September 20th from 7pm to 9pm at Lee Academy. Other Learning Lourve classes will be held on the Wednesdays of October 18th, November 15h and December 20th from 7pm to 9pm.

Are you curious about the history of your favorite paintings? Paint along with Poe as she guides you through the story of some of your favorite paintings and their creators. As you listen and ask questions about the art work, you will also create your own replica of that masterpiece.If your favorite Masterpiece isn’t scheduled yet, please send Lee Academy an email so they can plan for it.

The cost of the class is $35. There is a maximum of 20 people for the class and the class is open to adults ages 16 and older. All supplies of the will be provided except for the snacks and drinks.

For more information on how to register you can call Lee Academy at 642- 3411 or you can visit their website at schoolforthearts.org.

Rockin' Out to Music from the Ray Lewis Band at the 2nd Noon on the Square


The Ray Lewis Band performing at the 2nd Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Another good crowd came out to the 2nd Commercial Bank and Trust’s Noon on the Square on Friday as the Ray Lewis Band performed some of the top hits from today along with a mix of old time favorites.


The crowd enjoying music and food at the 2nd Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Lunch for Noon on the Square was provided by Perry’s BBQ. The Downtown Paris Association was also on hand to provide drinks at Noon on the Square.


Food provided by Perry's BBQ at the 2nd Noon on the Square. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Entertainment for Noon on the Square on Friday, September 22nd will be provided by Dr. Jeff Fletcher and a few of his friends. Music will include a variety of classics including a special guest performance by Riley Jenkins who will entertain the crowd with Elvis Presley songs. Also at Noon on the Square on Friday, September 22nd, the Boss Hoss motorcycle show and parade will be happening on the court square. Noon on the Square is sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust each year.

More Details Released in Thurs. Shooting Incident

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued a press release with details on Thursday’s shooting at 1525 Hwy 69N. Officers arrived and found Allan Andrews, age 40, with a gunshot wound to the ankle. Allan was transported to the HCMC ER where he was treated and released.

According to Andrews, he was outside when three unknown men approached him and an exchange of gunshots occurred. Andrews believes the men are from Nashville and are not local due to a previous incident he had in Nashville. Investigation is ongoing and no one has been arrested as of yet.

Grand Tour of Italy Trip Set for June 2019; Info Session Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- David Webb, local historian and teacher at Henry County High School, is organizing a 12-day educational tour to Italy in June of 2019. Although the pacing of the trip is designed with students in mind, Webb has opened up the enrolment to anyone in the community.

Webb said, “I’m very excited to return to Italy to lead this journey. We will have room for 40 travellers on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Webb has organized tour groups to England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales since 1998. He took 35 people from Henry County on a tour of London and Paris this past summer.

For those interested in learning more about the Grand Tour of Italy, Webb will hold an information session at the HCHS testing center beginning at 6pm Monday September 18th.

The base cost for the 12-day trip will be approximately $4283 for students and $4883 for adults and includes a $200 early enrolment discount. For those who sign up soon, monthly payments will be around $210.

The tour group will explore St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, the Forum, and the Catacombs in Rome, ride gondolas down the Grand Canal and visit the Doge’s Palace in Venice, view works by Michelangelo in Florence, tour the once buried city of Pompeii, and journey to Capri, Pisa, and Assisi.

More information is available at the group’s Facebook page, Henry County Travelers. Online registration is available at www.eftours.com with tour number 2026251DJ. Webb can be reached at 336-8920 or webbdw@hotmail.com.

 

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