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Weekend News Director Nicki Marr


Recruits Represent Eight TN Fire Depts Graduate From Fire Academy

Bell Buckle, Tenn. - Twenty firefighter recruits from eight fire departments across Tennessee will graduate at 9 a.m. April 17, 2015 from the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFSCEA).

Friday’s graduating class is the 33rd to complete the Recruit Firefighter class since TFSCEA opened in its Bedford County location in 2001. The students have performed a variety of training exercises such as victim rescue, hazardous fuel spills and multiple live fire simulations.

In addition to classroom training situations, the class faced weather challenges due to February’s winter storm. While the hazardous winter weather forced students to miss a week of classroom and drill field practice, they ultimately completed courses and homework assignments using online tools and monitoring from instructors. They later moved to the drill field to demonstrate to the instructors what they had learned while off campus.

Fire departments represented in the graduating class include:

Humboldt Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Loudon Fire Department, Manchester Fire Department, Martin Fire Department, Paris Fire Department, Smyrna Fire Department and Williamson County Rescue Squad.

The 20-person class contains one “open enrollee” student. This student is not presently affiliated with a fire department but is planning a career in the fire and emergency services field.

A representative from the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce will make a presentation of a “Challenge Coin” to each graduating student during the graduation ceremony.

LBL Nature Station To Host "Homeschoolers Day" On April 24th

Golden Pond, KY. - Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes hosts Homeschooler’s Day on Friday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home educators and their families are invited to spend a day getting up close and personal with Nature Station’s resident mammals.

All of the activities and programs are included in the Nature Station’s regular admission. $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 5 – 12) and children 4 and under are no cost. Everyone is welcome.

“Homeschoolers will learn what makes a mammal a mammal during the Marvelous Mammals program, which repeats throughout the day. Hands-on activities and crafts incorporate concepts of science, art, English, and math for a fun and exciting day of learning.

For more information contact the Nature Station at 270-924-2299.

HCMC To Offer Health Screenings On Wednesday, April 29th

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will be offering health screenings at Rhodes Insurance, located at 1055 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris, on Wednesday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The screening will take place inside Rhodes Insurance. Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis and Blood Pressures will be available.

Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Lipid Panel for $10 each.

Results will be available at the time of screening. Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

For any questions, please contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266 or Angie Dotson, RN at 731-644-8269.

19th Annual Gordon Taylor County Wide Track Meet Results

Paris, Tenn. - The 19th Annual Gordon Taylor County Wide Track Meet was held Wednesday at Henry County High School.

The meet is named after long time retired educator Gordon Taylor, who started this meet with Coach Lance Winders in 1997.

Competitors, Coaches and Helpers from the 19th Annual Gordon Taylor Track Meet (Coach Winders photo)

Middle School Boys 4x400 Meter Relay           

1 Henry Middle School                         5:24.3  

      1) Ethan Tones           2) Semaj King           

      3) Austin Kinkead        4) Nelson Denman        

2 Harrelson Middle School                     5:33.3    

      1) Chase Wyrick          2) Eli Bona             

      3) Nathan Reed           4) Matthew Joyner       

3 Lakewood Middle School                      5:54.5   

      1) Will Singleton         2) Taylor Wardon        

      3) Thomas Wilkerson      4) Collin Smith         

Middle School Girls 4x400 Meter Relay           

1 Lakewood Middle School                      5:39.8   

      1) Emily Raines          2) Hailey Maddox        

      3) Traci Willis          4) Lexi Daniels         

2 Henry Middle School                         6:15.2    

      1) Danni West            2) Mercedes Ellis       

      3) Katey Holder          4) Kristen Weakley      

3 Harrelson Middle School                     6:18.2    

      1) Courtney Hall         2) Jalee Boane          

      3) Courtney Webb         4) Avery Cox            

Middle School Boys 100 Meter Dash                  

  1 Donte Davis              Henry Middle School       12.6 

  2 Fernando Corrales        Henry Middle School       12.8 

  3 Semaj King               Henry Middle School       15.3 

Middle School Girls 100 Meter Dash                  

  1 Alisha Haynes            Harrelson Middle School      15.1 

  2 Caroline Singleton       Lakewood Middle School    15.5 

  3 Danni West               Henry Middle School       16.2 

Middle School Boys 200 Meter Dash                  

  1 Fernando Corrales        Henry Middle School       29.0 

  2 Mason Price              Henry Middle School       29.7 

  3 Ashton Ridley            Lakewood Middle School      36.4 

Middle School Girls 200 Meter Dash                  

  1 Kelly Chipman            Lakewood Middle School     34.8 

  2 Alexis Gant              Henry Middle School       36.5 

  3 Alisha Haynes            Harrelson Middle School      37

Middle School Boys 400 Meter Dash               

  1 Semaj King               Henry Middle School     1:13.9   

  2 Matthew Joyner           Harrelson Middle School    1:14.5   

  3 Eli Bona                 Harrelson Middle School    1:18.1   

Middle School Girls 400 Meter Dash               

  1 Courtney Webb            Harrelson Middle School    1:21.3   

  2 Traci Willis             Lakewood Middle School    1:23.2   

  3 Hailey Maddox            Lakewood Middle School    1:23.5    

Middle School Boys 800 Meter Run                

  1 Silas Winders           Lakewood Middle School     2:35.4   

  2 Will Singleton            Lakewood Middle School    2:57.2   

  3 Sanchez Aldridge         Henry Middle School     3:27.1   

Middle School Girls 800 Meter Run               

  1 Lexi Daniels             Lakewood Middle School    2:59.8   

  2 Jalee Boane              Harrelson Middle School    3:39.6   

  3 Avery Cox                Harrelson Middle School    3:47.7   

Middle School Boys 4x100 Meter Relay            

1 Henry Middle School                           59.7   

      1) Fernando Corrales     2) Mason Price          

      3) Ricardo Hernandez     4) Donte Davis          

2 Lakewood Middle School                      1:10.5   

      1) Ashton Ridley         2) Taylor Wardon        

       3) Thomas Wilkerson      4) Will Singleton        

Middle School Girls 4x100 Meter Relay           

1 Lakewood Middle School                     1:07.3   

      1) Caroline Singleton    2) Elaina Wood          

      3) Kelly Chipman         4) Emily Raines         

2 Henry Middle School                        1:09.1

      1) Alexis Gant           2) Danni West           

      3) Brooklyn Frensley     4) Alexis Houston       

Middle School Boys One Mile Run                

  1 Silas Winders          Lakewood Middle School    5:50.6  

  2 Chase Wyrick             Harrelson Middle School    6:29.2   

  3 Eric Wallett             Lakewood Middle School    6:37.4   

Middle School Girls One Mile Run                

  1 Courtney Webb            Harrelson Middle School    7:40.1  

  2 Katey Holder             Henry Middle School     8:57.4  

Middle School Boys 4x200 Meter Relay           

1 Henry Middle School                         2:16.1  

      1) Ricardo Hernandez     2) Saul Hernandez       

      3) Xylon Harris                 4)Fernando Corrales

2 Lakewood Middle School                      2:26.4   

      1) Will Singleton         2) Taylor Wardon        

      3) Thomas Wilkerson      4) Collin Smith         

Middle School Girls 4x200 Meter Relay           

1 Lakewood Middle School                      2:25.3  

      1) Delaney Thomas        2) Morgan Perritt       

      3) Brooklyn McClain      4) Traci Willis         

2 Harrelson Middle School                     2:29.2  

      1) Courtney Hall         2) Abbie Buie           

      3) Avery Cox             4) Jalee Boane          

3 Henry Middle School                         2:29.4   

      1) Hailey Mallory        2) Mercedes Ellis       

      3) Ashley Koch           4) Kristen Weakley       

Paris Downtown Boxing Gym Honored At Banquet

Paris, Tenn. - Paris Downtown Boxing Gym has been very busy as of late. Easter weekend Paris Downtown participated in the Golden Gloves Tournament held in Jackson, TN.

They had eight fights over the two day tournament and came away with seven wins. Several of our fighters also won individual awards for bout of the night and fighter of the night. The gym also received the Team Trophy for having the most wins during the tournament.

Top photo from left to right: Dillon French, Cam’ron Patton, Katie Crabtree, Jacob Crabtree, Cortavious Patton, Peyton King

Bottom Photo: Members of Bethesda United Methodist Church & Members of Paris Downtown Boxing Club (Miranda Moon photo)

The club was also honored at a banquet hosted by Bethesda United Methodist Church. Our fighters were presented with individual trophies and wonderful words of praise and encouragement from the members of Bethesda.

For more information on the Paris Downtown Boxing Gym, contact Miranda Moon at 731-641-9368.

Canary Adds Power Arm To 2015 Softball Signing Class

Martin, Tenn. - Head coach Donley Canary has announced the addition of Rachel Rhode to the University of Tennessee at Martin softball program after signing her national letter of intent in the late signing period.

Rhode is a 5-9 sophomore pitcher who comes from Lake Land Community College where she has produced an outstanding career. While playing for the Lakers and head coach Nic Nelson she has posted a 17-1 record along with a 1.02 earned run average this season. In 109.2 innings of work, Rhode has allowed just 16 earned runs while striking out 102. She averages just over 6.5 strikeouts per game while also leading the squad with five saves. In conference play alone she has posted a 9-0 mark while allowing just nine earned runs.

A native of Stillwater, Minn., Rhodes appeared in 16 games as a freshman while posting a 7-1 record and a miniscule 1.76 ERA. She tossed 47.2 innings of work before seeing her season cut short due to an illness.

“Rachel provides us an arm that we believe can come in and compete to be a No. 1 starter right out of the gates,” said Canary. “Anytime that we bring in a player from the JUCO ranks, we believe that player can provide an immediate impact. We certainly think that Rachel can provide us the depth to make a push in the OVC.”

Rhode is the latest player to commit to the UT Martin program, joining the team’s nine early signees back in November. Rhode will join a decorated class of 2015 which includes Kelsi Dickey from Mt. Juliet; Alli Fulcher from Hendersonville; Lauren Myers from Brentwood; Taylor Saxon from Dewy Rose, Ga.; Katie Warrick from Chapel Hill; Brooke Graham from Lyles; Alexa Combs from Crossville, Ill.; Gracyn McBride from Metropolis, Ill.; and Jessie Douglas from Brookport, Ill.

62nd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Kicks Off Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 62nd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry officially kicks off with activities on Saturday. The 5K Hushpuppy Dash will be held at Henry County High School beginning at 8am on Saturday, with registration at 7am. Entry fee is $20. The demolition derby is Saturday night at 7pm and gate admission is $10.

Activities around the fish fry continue all week with the carnival beginning on Tuesday and the Fish Tent opening Wednesday and Thursday from 5-9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.

With all the rain this week, it has caused the cancellation of one of Saturday’s events with the World’s Biggest Fish Fry. The Horse and Mule Pull will not be held on Saturday because the arena is to wet to have the pull.

For more information on entry forms, schedules, or events visit the website at www.worldsbiggestfishfry.com or the Chamber’s website at www.paristnchamer.com. For continuing coverage of this year’s fish fry visit our website at www.wmufradio.com and look for stories on the main page and on the Fish Fry 2015 link on the left side.

Am Vets Post 45 to Hold Poker Run May 2

Paris, Tenn.- Am Vets Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy. 79N and Sons of Amvets will hold a Poker Run on Saturday May 2nd. The cost is $10 per hand, and you can collect all the hands you want and sign ups will begin at 10:30am at the AmVets Post.

The first bike leaves at noon and stops on the Poker Run include 641 Club, Sandy’s Saloon, Hidden Creek, and T Bones Tavern and back to AmVets by 4pm.

There will be door prizes and raffles and 100% of the proceeds go to the Unforgotten MC’s Adopt A Vet Program helping local area veterans in need. Also that evening there will be a Cinco De Mayo Dinner with Mexican food at the AmVets Post 45 beginning at 6pm and the cost is $8 per plate. The Michael Anthony Band will perform at 7pm. For more information call 644-0425 or 336-4123.

TN Unemployment Decreases for March

Nashville- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, three-tenths of one percentage point lower than the February revised rate of 6.6 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for March was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the prior month.

Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate declined from 6.4 percent to 6.3 percent while the national rate declined from 6.6 percent to 5.5 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment decreased 4,400 jobs from February to March. The largest decreases occurred in accommodation/food services, trade/transportation/utilities, and mining/logging/construction.

  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 49,300 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.

UT President Discuss Martin Chancellor Pos. At Forum Thurs.

Martin, Tenn.- University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro told an audience Thursday that an interim UT Martin chancellor could be named before the university’s May 2 commencement. Members of his staff joined DiPietro as he discussed the current and future status of the chancellor’s position during a 1 p.m. open forum in UT Martin’s Watkins Auditorium. The forum was open to the university and community. 

Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor since 2007, announced Monday that he is stepping down from the position and will return to teaching effective May 31.  DiPietro thanked Rakes and his wife, Dr. Glenda Rakes (education professor), for their service and acknowledged the uncertainly that comes with leadership change. “This wasn’t something that came to light in an immediate sense from the standpoint of process, but instead it was a decision Tom made,” he said.

The president said talks are underway with several individuals about the interim appointment. He reported “significant interest” in the position but has conditions under which candidates will be considered. “One, I feel it’s very important, whoever takes the interim role, that they do not want to pursue the job permanently,” he said, adding, “I need somebody in this role who’s not a caretaker but instead who’s going to actively be engaged in managing this university.

There are things that need to be done.” Declining enrollment is among DiPietro’s concerns for UT Martin, and he expects the interim chancellor to find ways to reverse this trend.  “We’re looking for somebody in the interim role, as well as the permanent role, who really believes in shared governance,” he said. “Martin has an incredible track record of (shared governance).” He gave the example of the faculty senate’s having “a seat at the chancellor’s cabinet,” which is rare at other universities, and the interim chancellor needs to respect this Martin tradition.“We need an individual who has plenty of experience … and has managed hopefully through some of the issues you all face,” he said.

The person selected for the interim position could expect to serve for up to a year as the search for a permanent chancellor proceeds. DiPietro said a national search will be conducted, and he is not opposed to internal candidates applying for the permanent position. He plans an inclusive search committee that involves faculty, staff, students, a UT Board of Trustees member and a community representative.

 “It will be an open process when we get to the campus phase of the search, and it’ll occur in two steps,” he explained. Hotel or fly-in interviews will be the first step to determine which persons will be brought to campus for public interviews, which could begin in the fall.

However, DiPietro would not commit to a search timetable, wanting first to have the interim chancellor in place and the campus functioning smoothly before campus interviews begin.A decision on whether to use a search firm has not been made. He invited nominations for both the interim and permanent positions and asked that nominations for the interim position be made within the next week.

DiPietro then answered questions from the audience, one asking about student involvement in the search process. He said that student representation on the search committee could come either from the Student Government Association or a student member of the UT Board of Trustees, but either way, students will have a voice in the search.He was also asked about the selection process and the UT board’s role in the final selection.

DiPietro explained that both the interim and permanent chancellor appointments must be elected by the board, “So I make a recommendation to them, and they will hopefully approve it.”He closed by saying that he has personally experienced considerable change at other institutions, and UT Martin will be fine because the university is not dependent on one person to succeed. “The place will go on, and it’s because of the people,” he said. “It’s because of the people who serve the institution and move it forward, and it’s really all of you. “So we will be in really good shape.” 

The open forum is archived and can be viewed at the following link: http://webcast.utm.edu/UTMms01/Viewer/?peid=017c558878994096aaafa344fb45e8971d.

Wet Weather Causes Cancellation of Saturday's Mule Pull

Paris, Tenn.- It's no secret that it has been a very wet spring so far for our area and it has caused the cancellation of the Horse and Mule Pull Saturday morning, which had been planned for the first day of activities in the 62nd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry. The rains that have fell over the last couple of weeks, especially this week, have caused the arena to be to muddy for the pull.

Patriots Jump Out Early, Hold On to Beat Calloway Co. 11-8

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning Thursday night against Calloway County and 10 of them scored to jump ahead of the Lakers 10-0.

Evan Harrison and Josef Neumair had two hits apiece in the first inning alone and RBIs went to several batters in the first inning.

Calloway County chipped away and by the end of the top of the fourth inning it was 10-8. Henry County scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to go up 11-8. Hunter Bethune came in and silenced the rally, getting the Lakers to go quietly with only a couple of hits in the next few innings.

The Patriots are on the road at Camden on Friday and back home against Rossview on Monday.

Kaity Beth James Signs With Union Cross Country

Paris, Tenn.- Kaity Beth James signs to run cross country at Union University. She is pictured above with her parents Rod and Angela along with coaches Lance and Stephanie Winders and Assistant Principal Tim Mason. (photo submitted by Lance Winders)

Paris Police Investigate Thefts of Items, Electricity

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Nicholas Oatsvall has filed warrants for thefts on Jesse Collins, age 24, of 927 Caldedonia. The report said that a resident of Byrd Road noticed that Collins was driving her son’s truck and loaded on the back was an air conditioner, wheels, and kerosene heaters on the back that were around the residence.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that $40 worth of electricity had been stolen since last week as a home on East Wood Street had broken the protective seal on the meter. A BPU employee noticed and notified police.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that some pain medication had been stolen from VanDyck Road in the last few days. Police continue to investigate.

Sanders Senior Citizen Center To Hold Open House Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Sanders Senior Citizen Center will be holding an open house from 1-3pm on Sunday April 19th. The center is located at 715 S. Market Street and everyone is invited to come for friendship and activities.

Jammin For a Cure Moved Inside to Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.- The Jammin For Cure event scheduled for Saturday at Memorial Park will be moved to Henry County High School’s Gamlin Gym because of chances of rain on Saturday. There’s no admission charge and relay team vendors will be selling concessions and a donation bucket will be passed around.

Friday is Deadline to Enter Carl Perkins Fishing Tournament

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Tosh Farms will once again hold the 2nd Annual Crappie Tournament on Saturday April 25th at Paris Landing.

Entry fee is $55 per person and 100% of the fee goes to fight child abuse and aid in the healing process. Applications can be found at local stores and online at www.carlperkinscenter.org, the tournament Facebook page, or at the Center, located inside the Henry County Communications Building at 204 N. Brewer Street. Application must be postmarked by April 17th or you will be charged a $10 late fee.

The center is partnering with Tosh Farms and various sponsors to host this year’s crappie tournament to raise money to benefit the prevention of child abuse in the community. Fishermen in the tournament will have their hooks in the water at 6:30am on Saturday April 25th and be allowed to fish until 3pm. Weigh ins will take place at Paris Landing.

Entry fee includes the Big Fish Contest for a prize of $250. There will be payout total of $1000 payable to 1st, 5th, 8th, 10th, and last place. There will be other prizes from Southern Pro, Minn-Kota, Hummingbird, Kroger, and the Crappie Wizard.

County Director Cathy Herrera said, “Last year the fisherman and the community were awesome and we had 35 teams participate and we raised over $8500 to work with out county’s abused children and their families.”

Reminder: Free Dumping Day on Saturday April 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Landfill will hold a free dumping day on Saturday April 18th. Brush, demolition debris, and yard trimmings must be separated from solid waste. No construction waste, household garbage or tires will be accepted. The Landfill will be open from 7am to 3:30pm with no admittance after 3pm. All vehicles must have the contents securely covered, tarped, chained, roped, or secured and confined. For questions call the Landfill at 644-1737.

Jammin For Cure to Be Held April 18th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s Junior Committee of Relay for Life and the Henry County High School Music Department will present Jammin for Cure on Saturday April 18th at Memorial Park in Paris from 2-4pm.

Music will be proviced by the Henry County High School Concert Band, the Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble, the HCHS Madrigals, the Paris Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble, and the Henry County High School Chamber Ensembles.

The event was started a couple of years ago by Chelsea Allen and Johnathon Beasley and was a service project where the bands could give back to the community thru helping Relay.

There will be some Relay Team vendors on hand selling concessions and donation buckets as well. Admission to the concert is free.

33rd Annual Paris-Henry County Special Olympics Held Wednesday

Paris, Tenn. - The 33rd Annual Paris-Henry County Special Olympics was Held Wednesday, in the Henry County High School Gym.

Participants and Volunteers gathered to recite the Special Olympic Oath, "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Participants and Helpers join together to recite the Special Olympic Oath. (Nicki Marr photo)

The events are usually held at the football field, however, due to the weather, the events were moved inside to the gym.

Participants took part in the 25 Meter Dash, 50 Meter Dash (modified for space), 25 Meter Wheelchair, 25 Meter Walk, 50 Meter Walk, Softball Throw and Standing Long Jump.

Several young ladies participated in the Softball Throw at the 33rd Annual Special Olympics.

(Nicki Marr photo)

Lt. Steve Dean of the Henry County Sheriff's Office led the opening ceremony. Also present for the festivities were Sheriff Monte Belew and his partner, Si.

Lt. Steve Dean of the Henry County Sheriff's Office led the opening ceremony. (Nicki Marr photo)

Only A Few Tickets Remain for April in Paris Event

Paris, Tenn.- Only a few tickets remain for the “April in Paris” luncheon and fashion show that will be held at the Paris Country Club Friday beginning at noon. The show and luncheon will feature local models in popular spring fashions from downtown stores including Maggies, Off the Square, Boutique Mari Mac, and the Toggery. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

Many DPA members will have booths set up including The Iron Place, Jack Jones, The Travel Agency, Jaspe Salon, The Felix and more. Ten door prizes will be awarded during the event as well.

Lunch options include choosing two of the following: a cup of soup, wedge salad, house salad, Caesar salad, grilled chicken sandwich, chicken quesadilla, or hot ham and cheese sandwich. The Paris County Club will offer wine and bar selections at additional costs.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Maggie’s and the DPA office downtown. Only a few tickets remain for the event so get yours today.

Henry County Track Competes in Murray Event

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County Track Team competed in the Murray All Comers Track Meet on Tuesday. Some individual results are as follows:

In the Girl’s 800 meters Kaity Beth James finished 1st with a time of 2:46, Julie Shankle was a second behind her finishing 2nd. Madison Aiosa came in 4th with a  time of 2:52.

In the Girl’s 1600 meters Kaity Beth James came in 4th with a time of 5:56, Julie Shankle 7th with a time of 6:15, and Madison Aiosa finished 9th with at time of 6:19.

Some results for the boys included Jared Adkisson and Joemarri Ray finishing with times of 11.78 and 12.96 respectively in the 100 meters; Cayden Hernandez finished the 400 meters in a time of 1:07; Ryan Patrum, Artavius Richardson, and Dylan Patrum all finished the 800 meters at 2:49 or better and the three finished the 1600 meters with times less than 6:53.

Jared Adkisson had a leap of 17’8” in the long jump, Nathaniel Owens threw the shotput 30’9”, and the discus 99’1”.

UTM to Hold Open Forum to Disucss Chancellor Position

Martin, Tenn.- An open forum to discuss the current and future status of the chancellor’s position at the University of Tennessee at Martin will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in Watkins Auditorium located in the Boling University Center. University officials will join UT President Joe DiPietro as he offers an update and answers questions about the position’s status in the coming weeks and months.

Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor since 2007, announced Monday that he will step down from the position and return to teaching effective May 31. 

The open forum is expected to last about an hour. University students, faculty and staff and the public are invited to attend.

Cottage Grove Seeks to Relocate City Hall, Have Tailgate and Movie

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday night and councilman John Weiher reported that paperwork for the Henry County Tourism Authority on the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival has been completed and the Great River Road Band will perform at the event which is held on July 4th in Cottage Grove.

The board learned that City of Cottage Grove T-shirts are on sale now at the Cottage Grove Boyd’s store.

In other business, the moving of Cottage Grove city hall was discussed as they prepare to try to relocate to the classroom of the school building. Councilmen Matthew McClure and David Jackson will be working on the remodeling details for the move. Jackson said the security alarm cost would be about $250. McClure also said he is still working with updating the street lights in the city.

Councilman Weiher suggested that a tail gate party and movie event could be held from the recycling revenue the city has generated. The council like the idea and set the tentative date for May 23rd. The board also discussed a tail gate decorating contest and they will look at that at May’s meeting.

The city will also look at getting bids on sidewalk repairs for the Ball residence and estimates on the city hall roof leak.

Inman, Lakewood To Present One Act Plays Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Inman and Lakewood Middle School Students will showcase an evening of one act plays on Thursday night at KPAC. The event dubbed, “Fair Tales and Frogs,” will feature students from each school in two one act plays beginning at 6:30pm Thursday night.

Admission is free as Inman will present the “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” which complies many of the brothers’ most famous works into a 30 minute one act production. Lakewood will present the classic Mark Twain work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” There will be a ten minute intermission between shows.

Pats Use Great Pitching, Defense to Beat Northeast 5-1

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County had a great win against Northeast at home Tuesday night by a final score of 5-1, splitting the series against the Eagles after dropping one on the road Monday to them. Hayden Walker pitched out of an early jam in the 1st inning, allowing only 1 run. He threw another 4 and 2/3 of scoreless baseball to get the win. Hunter Bethune came on for the final four outs to save the game for the Patriots.

The Patriots played great defense all around the diamond including great plays by Cody McSwain at third and Tyler Bomar at 2nd. They turned a 4-6-3 double play in the fourth inning to get out of a bases loaded one out jam without allowing Northeast to score a run.

McSwain had three hits and scored a run. RBIs came from Jared Pugh, two from Josef Neumair, and one from Parker Piskos. The Patriots will play at home again on Thursday against Dresden.

No Quorum in Henry

Henry, Tenn.- The regular monthly meeting for the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman didn’t happen as scheduled on Tuesday night due to a lack of quorum. The meeting has been rescheduled for next Tuesday night April 21st at 6pm.

Plea Bargain Reached in Walter Davis Jury Trial

Paris, Tenn.- Circuit Judge Donald Parish dismissed a Jury on Tuesday morning following a long session Monday as they heard opening statements in the Walter Davis aggravated assault trial.

On Monday evening, Davis entered a plea of No Contest to the charge of aggravated assault. He accepted an agreed upon sentence of three years to be served on supervised probation.

According to the press release from Circuit Court Mike Wilson, proceedings came to a halt Monday afternoon when episodes of potential misconduct involving inappropriate witness behavior in violation of court rules came to light.

Following hearings to determine the extend of the violations District Attorney General Matt Stowe and Neil Thompson, lawyer for Davis, reached a plea bargain.

Davis and another man were involved in an altercation in 2012 where Davis apparently stabbed the victim and thus was on trial for aggravated assault.

Road Board To Bid Out Another Patching Machine

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met on Monday night after discussion, decided to go ahead with bidding out another patching machine. Board members figured with the impacts of the snow and ice this winter, they would have no problem keeping another machine busy. Board members also decided to bid out a 6K gallon storage tank for the emulsion products used in the patching. They will open the bids at May’s board meeting.

The board also approved for Lee Barclay of Herbisystem to come and spray weeds along the county roads. Barclay said he would do three sprayings of ten miles of roadway for free. The board then agreed to pay him to do another twenty miles three times at $60 per mile to see how it works.

Pickle Ball Coming to Atkins Porter

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department will offer Pickle Ball at Atkins Porter Gym on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11am. Pickle ball is a sport similar to Tennis, but on a smaller scale. Any questions about playing contact Tony Lawrence at 644-2517 or email Mary Barr at parispickleball@gmail.com. Pickle ball begins on April 21st.

HCHS Band Does Well at All State

Memphis- Henry County High School band members competed at All State in Memphis last week and Dakota Noble won the First Chair Trumpet for the State of Tennessee and Nic Hawkins is Tenth Chair Clarinet for the State of Tennessee. Congrats to these and all band members who participated.

HCMC Care Van To Offer Health Screenings Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Paris Landing Community Center, located at 15616, Suite A, Highway 79, on Tuesday from 8:30am and 10:30am.

The screening will take place inside the Community Center. There will be free finger stick blood sugar and blood pressure checks. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and full lipid panels will be offered for $10. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

UT Martin Chancellor to Step Down

Martin,  Tenn.- Dr. Tom Rakes, University of Tennessee at Martin chancellor since 2007, will step down from his position and return to teaching, effective May 31 of this year.

Rakes held various administrative positions during his 23-year tenure at the University of Memphis through 1995. He came to UT Martin in 2002 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he was provost and vice president for academic affairs and interim president. Rakes came to UT Martin to serve as vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of educational studies. He was named provost in 2005, followed by his election as chancellor two years later by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

The university has registered notable growth during his administration in online enrollment and the completion of over $100 million in capital and maintenance projects. Academic successes by students and student-athletes both in competition and in the classroom also marked his time at UT Martin.

“The university is solid financially, and the main campus infrastructure and extended-campus centers are in excellent condition,” said Rakes. “I am proud to have been a part of this university. I believe this is an exciting time for UT Martin and look forward to seeing the campus move forward under new leadership.”

UT System President Joe DiPietro described Rakes’ service as chancellor as a time of major milestones.

“UT Martin is a unique and important part of the UT System, and Chancellor Rakes has led, nurtured and guided UT Martin in distinguished fashion through a strategic effort to expand the campus’ reach into West Tennessee to better serve the needs of non-traditional and working students in surrounding communities with satellite centers at Parsons, Selmer, Ripley and Jackson. In addition, under Chancellor Rakes’ leadership, the campus has built and opened state-of-the-art new facilities, including a fine arts building, student housing, and the student-driven and student-funded recreation center.    


“His leadership was key to the outstanding success UT Martin had in the system-wide, $1 billion Campaign for Tennessee, in which UT Martin became the first UT campus to meet its campaign goal, $43 million, and continued its fundraising success until the campaign’s official conclusion in 2011 with a total of $57,254,633 raised for UT Martin.

“Chancellor Rakes has served UT Martin both in his current capacity and for five years as provost, and I am glad he has chosen to continue to serve in the classroom as he enters this new chapter. He is a strong advocate for the needs of students, and he has a great understanding of both the student population and its needs that UT Martin serves.”

Specific milestones during Dr. Rakes’ administration include the university’s highest-ever enrollment of 8,469 students in the fall of 2010, the opening of a new Student Recreation Center during that same year, the expanded Fine Arts Building in 2013, and a major renovation and remodeling of the university’s dining facilities and bookstore that reopened in the fall of 2014 in the Boling University Center. Expansions were also completed at UT Martin centers in Parsons, Ripley, and Selmer. A new Jackson Center location opened in the fall of 2011.

Rakes is a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Performance Funding Standards Review Committee, the Complete College Act Funding Formula Committee, and a founding member of the Tennessee Campus Compact Board of Directors. He is past chair and currently serves on the Ohio Valley Conference Council of Presidents. Rakes is also a member of the executive committee of the Tennessee College Association.

Active in public service, Rakes serves on the Weakley County United Way Board of Directors and the Weakley County Economic Development Board where he serves as chair of the WCED Committee on Professional Services, Health, and Education.

“I look forward to returning to the faculty and working more directly with UTM students,” said Rakes, who during his university teaching career has over 160 refereed presentations and publications along with 24 books to his credit. “The University of Tennessee at Martin has a bright future, and I look forward to my new role within the institution.”

Budget Committee Hears HCMC Loan Request

CFO of the HCMC Lisa Casteel presents the budget committee with information on the loan the medical center plans to pursue. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County budget committee members listened to a presentation from Chief Financial Officer of the Henry County Medical Center Lisa Casteel regarding the medical center borrowing $5M for the expansion of the operating room and the purchase of the Henry County Orthopedics building.

Casteel discussed how the medical center is growing and the purpose of the loan, which the county would basically be pledging full faith of credit on behalf of the medical center, is to help the medical center increase revenues with expanded services over the next several years.

Casteel told the budget committee that on average the Henry County Medical Center sees about 466 patients per day overall in their health system counting all the clinics and specialty offices.

The loan would go towards the purchase of the Henry County Orthopedics office, which is 20,500 sq. feet. The price of the real estate would be $3.2M and includes all the equipment, furniture, and fixtures in the building. The medical center already leases spaces in the building and would use the amount of the lease, which is around $160K, to make the loan payment.

By purchasing the building, Casteel said it provides the medical center with additional space as they are fully occupied in the Medical Arts Building and it provides the ability to expand with shelled space of almost 3K sq. feet.

The loan of $5M would also cover the costs associated with expanding the operating room. The plan is for a larger suite with new automation, a new recovery room, and a new supply room. Upgrades in equipment would also be added with the additional space. Casteel said the medical center has already added one surgeon and plans to add two more before the end of 2015.

Casteel said the private act requires the county commission to approve the purchase of real estate by the medical center. She also said the reason of presenting the information to the budget committee was to show the critical need of these improvements to help the medical center continue to grow and increase revenue during tough economic times for hospitals across the country.

Casteel told the budget committee that within 5 years with more surgeries as the main catalyst, the medical center could see over $7.62M in additional revenues which would be 52% return on investment in that short time alone.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer advised the budget committee they didn’t need to take any action as the entire county commission will be presented with the information next Monday night. He said when the commission votes they will be voting on full faith in a general obligation bond on behalf of the medical center.

Mayor Greer said the county itself doesn’t have any major debt obligations to be added the next few years. Casteel said the medical center would like be adding to their psychiatric unit, but they would handle that in their own budget.

Transfers Made as Fiscal Year End Draws Near

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday night the budget committee approved several budget transfers as many departments are beginning the process of truing up their budget as the fiscal year end draws closer.

In the county general fund, monies were moved around in several line items. Under general administration, the budget committee approved over $12K from insurance proceeds to increase the revenue account. Mayor Greer said that was insurance money from the ice damage at the Courthouse Annex back in February.

In the Circuit Court Clerk office, the budget committee approved $28K from unappropriated fund balance to go towards the purchase of the digital recording and public address system for the upstairs courtroom. Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson estimated the cost and was going to take bids on the project. Mayor Greer said Wilson would bring back a request on the purchase of the equipment if the costs are higher.

Other changes in the county general fund included increases the revenue account in the amount of over $24,800 for county’s portion of the tobacco settlement program, $3500 for maintenance and repair to some older patrol cars at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and a pass thru grant of over $366K for the HUD grant for Carey Counseling Center.

Monies Moved In Highway Dept. Budget

Budget transfers were approved in the Highway Department fund on Monday night by the budget committee as well and over $65K was increased in revenue from a Federal Disaster Relief line item that stems from flooding in 2014. Other transfers in the highway department fund included the $31K in hardware and software upgrades in data processing equipment as the highway department moves to the local government software to line up with other county offices.

Man Wins Car on Hole in One at Chamber Golf Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- Kevin Watkins poses with a car from Joe Mahan Ford, which he won by hitting a hole in one during the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce's golf tournament at the Tennessean Golf Club on Friday April 10th. (Chamber photo)

Thefts Reported Throughout the County

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 100 Lawrence Cemetery Road in reference to a burglary. The report said that someone broke into the home by prying the window open in one of the back bedrooms. Several items were stolen including a lock box with around $3K in cash, miscellaneous coins, prescription medications, jewelry, and other things totaling around $3600. There are no suspects in the theft at this time.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that another theft was noticed at R&R Storage and RV Park on Point Pleasant Road. A 9mm and a VCR was taken from one of the lots and it was the same day that the front office was broken into and items were missing. The report said that Brian Tolley already had two warrants for theft from last week’s burglary and he could have stolen the gun and VCR from this lot as well.

A home on Pineview Road had a Craftsman Generator, Briggs and Straton push lawn mower, and 80 ft. of aluminum gutter stolen over the weekend. The report said the items were valued at over $1K and there are no suspects at this time.

Ptl. Derreck Colley of the Paris Police Department responded to the scene of an accident on South Highland Street and ended up making an arrest for DUI. Ptl. Colley spoke with Tanner Boley, age 21, of 4575 Van Dyke, and could smell alcohol on him. Boley was asked to perform several sobriety tests which he failed. Boley was charged with DUI 1st offense and violation of implied consent.

Ptl. Colley also arrested Thomas E. Toler, age 28, of 135 Hidden Acres, for two counts of simple possession of schedule two over the weekend in an unrelated incident.

Professional Solicitor Faces Civil Penalties

Nashville- Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to announce civil penalties totaling $57,500 have been imposed on an Arkansas-based solicitor who wrongly represented multiple Tennessee law enforcement organizations.

An anonymous tip sparked a year-long investigation showing, Gaylon Boshears of Little Rock, Ark., illegally operated the soliciting organization “Southern Sports & Events Marketing” across Tennessee. Boshears is also tied to “Arkansas Sports & Events Marketing” and “East Coast Marketing Group.” The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming found that Boshears, his organizations or agents working on his behalf, violated the Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Act by not registering as a solicitor, failing to file proper notices or financial reports and not producing documents requested by the Division.

“It is crucial that professional solicitors follow the law when raising money for non-profits in Tennessee. Proper disclosure ensures transparency,” said Secretary Tre Hargett. “Failure to abide by these rules means donations from hardworking Tennesseans may not end up where they were intended.”

Investigators found Southern Sports & Events Marketing engaged in at least seven unapproved charitable solicitation campaigns. Boshears conducted two solicitations for the Hendon-McClanahan Lodge #54 of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) based in Murfreesboro, Tenn. One was to promote and produce a basketball game between FOP members and Tennessee Titans Alumni at Siegel High School on November 8, 2014. The other event, “Titans Alumni Flag Football,” happened in 2013.

Boshears’ organizations held fundraising campaigns for the Columbia Police Explorers of Columbia, Tenn. between 2011 and 2014 called “Titans Flag Football,” “Comedy Magic Show” and “Comedy Hypnotic Show.” Southern Sports & Events Marketing also held an event called “Titans Alumni Basketball” for the LaVergne Fraternal Order of Police of LaVergne, Tenn. in 2014. It is important to note the Hendon-McClanahan Lodge #54 of the Fraternal Order of Police, Columbia Police Explorers and LaVergne Fraternal Order of Police did nothing wrong in the hiring of Boshears or his organizations as professional fundraisers.

Boshears has previously paid a civil penalty assessed for similar practices, and could have represented other law enforcement organizations across the state.

Anyone with information about this or other cases should contact the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming at (615) 741-2555 or 1-800-861-7393.

Bethel U. Holds Events for Sexual Assualt Month


(Bethel Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University has been holding several events during April that commemorate Sexual Assault Month.

One thing that students and organizations have taken part in is the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women.

It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. Students and organizations painted t-shirts for the school’s own project.    

The students also made banners with handprints of participating students as part of a domestic violence campaign known as “These Hands Aren’t Made for Hurting.”     

One of the biggest events of the month took place on Wednesday, April 8, when Katie Koestner, a national expert on student safety and wellness issues, spoke. Ms. Koestner, who has presented to more than one million students in the U.S., was the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally about her experience at The College of William and Mary.

After Ms. Koestner’s presentation, students were invited to take part in a “Take Back the Night” event, Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual violence in all forms. Hundreds of events are held in over 30 countries annually.  

30th Artists Showcase Winners Announced On Sunday

Paris, Tenn. - A reception and award ceremony was held Sunday for the 30th Artists Showcase, which was held at the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Best in Show winner was Martin Paschall, for his piece entitled “Donut Vase.” 1st Place in Pottery/3D went to Justin Pierpoint, for his piece entitled “Crotalus Horridus.” 1st in Drawing went to Michael McClure, for his piece entitled “Elephant.” Mixed Media 1st Place went to Doreen Bates, for her piece entitled
“Holly Sew Lightly.” Oil/Acrylic 1st Place winner was Ann Stapp, with her work entitled “Till Cows Come Home.” Water Color 1st Place went to Becky Hedges, for her work entitled “Grandma Saved The Buttons.” 1st Place in Fiber Arts was presented to Doreen Bates for her work entitled “For Quilting Out Loud.” And finally, 1st Place in the Youth category went to Jesse Wells, for his piece entitled, “Winter Scene.”

Best In Show Winner "Donut Vase" by Martin Paschall. (Nicki Marr photo)

In the category of Pottery/3D, 2nd Place was awarded to Robyn Neubauer for her work entitled "Serving Tray." Honorable Mention to Justin Pierpoint, for his work entitled "Garden Explorer."

Pottery/3D 1st Place Winner "Crotalus Horridus" by Justin Pierpoint. (Nicki Marr photo)

1st and 2nd Place in Drawing were both won by Michael McClure. His 2nd Place piece entitled "Dog."

1st Place Drawing Winner "Elephant" by Michael McClure. (Nicki Marr photo)

The category of Mixed Media had only one entry this year.

Mixed Media 1st Place "Holly Sew Lightly" by Doreen Bates. (Nicki Marr photo)

In Oil/Acrylic, 2nd Place was awarded to Donna Revelee, for her work entitled "Rocky's Perch." Honorable Mention to Dan Knowles, for "Puppet Master."

1st Place Winner in Oil/Acrylic "Till Cows Come Home" by Ann Stapp. (Nicki Marr photo)

In Water Color, 2nd Place was awarded to Filiz Griffin, who also received the Honorable Mention, for works entitled, "The San Blas Maiden" and "Reinactment at New Johnsville."

2nd Place in Fiber Arts was awarded to Elaine Conger, for "Smokey Mountain Dreams." Honorable Mention to Jane Baars, for "Painted Desert."

1st Place Fiber Arts "For Quilting Out Loud" by Doreen Bates. (Nicki Marr photo)

Youth 2nd Place, as well as 1st Place, was awarded to Jesse Wells, for "Winter Scene" and "Elbow Tree." Honorable Mention to Julia Hendricks, for "Creative Mess."

1st Place in Youth "Winter Scene" by Jesse Wells. (Nicki Marr photo)

Winners Announced In Heritage Center's History Essay Arts Contest On Sunday

Paris, Tenn. - The winners were announced at a reception and awards presentation for the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center’s History Essay Arts Contest on Sunday.

The art winner from grades 3 - 5 was Seth Allen Battoe, a 5th grader at Paris Elementary School, for his piece entitled “Broke Down Porter.” The art winner from grades 6 – 8 was Meg Claire Gardner, a 7th grader at Lakewood, for her piece entitled “Henry County Courthouse.” Art winner from grades 9 – 12 was Dylan Patrum, a 9th grader at E.W. Grove, with his sculpture entitled “The First Court House.”

"Broke Down Porter" by Seth Allen Battoe, 5th Grader at Paris Elementary School (Nicki Marr photo)

In the art winners, grades 3-5, 2nd place was awarded to Jessica Elizabeth Knott, a 3rd grader at Paris Elementary School, for her work entitled "Yellow Stone." 3rd Place was Allyson Claire Morton, a 3rd grader at Paris Elementary School, for her work entitled "The Resting Place."

Honorable Mention to Shane Austin Rogers, 5th grade, Hannah Lorene Wofford, 5th grade, Emma Mae Caldwell, 4th grade, Allison Skye Williams, 3rd grade, Neely Clay Clendenin, 3rd grade, Avery Grace Bean, 5th grade, Roman Allen Pierce, 5th grade, Emma Jane Murphy, 4th grade, and Dre Hepner, 4th grade.

Meg Claire Gardner, a 7th grader at Lakewood's 1st Place Art Winner "Henry County Courthouse" (Nicki Marr photo)

Art Winners grades 6-8, 2nd Place was presented to Hannah Nicole Hutson, an 8th grader at Lakewood, for her piece entitled "Old Train Depot." 3rd Place tie went to Billie R. Lassiter, an 8th grader at Lakewood and Pamela Breanne Lowe, an 8th grader at Henry.

Honorable Mention to Katelyn Rose Buie, 6th grade at Lakewood, Trevor Alexander Frisch, 7th grade at Inman, Alexis Jordon Bostick, 6th grade at Inman, Natalie Hope Clark, 8th grade at Lakewood, Graci Beth Ellis, 8th grade at Lakewood, Wesley Papaleo, grade 7 at Inman, Ivy Wang, grade 6 at Inman, and Adam Millete, 7th grade at Lakewood.

Art Winner Grade 9 - 12 "The First Court House" by Dylan R. Patrum, 9th grade at E.W. Grove

(Nicki Marr photo)

Essay Winners grade 6 - 8 2nd place was presented to Drew Culbrath, grade 7 at Lakewood. 3rd place was awarded to Kashaina Nucum, grade 6 at Inman.

Essays at The Heritage Center's History Essay Arts Contest (Nicki Marr photo)

Honorable Mention to Callie Hart, grade 6 at Inman.

HCHS Lady Patriots Win Murray High School Spring Break Bash

Front Row: Celie Hudson, Kaylee Marr, Abigail Wilson, Emily Gilstrap, Olivia Cate Brogdon, Hannah Gwaltney, Darby Underwood, Gracie Osbron, Elizabeth Hope Hutson. Back Row: Maddie DeMorato, Allie Jo Shankle, Jacey Hayes Guarino, Lelia Summers, Courtland Hester, Julie Medlock, Olivia Boyd, Ashely Underwood, Kyla Parker, Macy Vermillion and Leah Bell.

Murray, KY. - A one day tourney and 4 big sluggers equaled 8 total home runs and many RBI’s. Celie Hudson with 2 big hits, 2 each for Courtland Hester and Gracie Osbron and 1 for Darby Underwood, which led to the Lady Patriots winning the championship at  Murray High School Spring Break Bash.

Lady Patriots had 4 big sluggers which equaled 8 total home runs and many RBI's.

(HCHS photo)

Paris Man Arrested For Driving On Suspended

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that while on routine patrol on Hwy 54, Deputy James Higgins observed a vehicle with the license plate not properly affixed. The vehicle turned North on Trading Post Road. Deputy Higgins initiated a traffic stop in the 100 block and made contact with the driver, identified as Michael S. Trent, age 24, of 575 Clearview Drive, in Paris.

Deputy Higgins requested all the proper documentation, and Trent stated he did not have a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance. A check revealed Trent did in fact, have a suspended license and a prior record for the same offense.

He was arrested without incident and transported to the Henry County Jail. Trent’s vehicle was towed to the impound lot.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Sgt. Josh Frey, initiated a routine traffic stop for a non-working tail light, on North Wilson Street.

Upon making contact with the driver, Sgt. Frey observed a pack of rolling papers in plain sight. Sgt. Frey then asked for the driver, identified as Russell D. Lee, age 26, of 420 Bethesda Road, in Paris, to hand him any drugs he might have on his persons or in his vehicle.

Lee then cooperated and handed Sgt. Frey a baggie of marijuana from his pocket.

Lee was sighted for Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug.

Paris, Tenn. - In another unrelated incident, a report at the Paris Police Department stated that Sgt. Tony Elkins responded to a vandalism call at 318 North Porter Street, in Paris.

The resident heard a noise and noticed that two glass windows had been broken out. A screen in another window had also been damaged.

No items were stolen and estimated repair to the damages were listed at $130.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Electronic Key And Back Up Drives Stolen In Vehicle Theft

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Tony Elkins, responded to a vehicle break in at 305 Jackson Street in Paris.

The 2006 red Mazda van was parked in the carport around 8:30 p.m. and when the owner went out the next morning, noticed some items missing. The owner stated the vehicle did remain unlocked overnight.

The items stolen included 2 lunch boxes, FM transmitter, those items valued at $22. Other items included an electronic key to a pre-school center and back up drives from the owner’s workplace, to which values were not listed.

Police are still investigating.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas E. Toler, age 29, of 135 Hidden Acres, in Paris, was arrested on Tyson Avenue by Patrolman Derrek Colley and charged with 2 counts of Simple Possession of a Schedule II drug and drug paraphernalia. Toler’s bond was set at $5000.

Paris Henry-County Landfill To Hold Free Dumping Day

Paris, Tenn. - On Saturday, April 18th, the Paris-Henry County Landfill will hold a free dumping day.

Brush, demolition debris and yard trimmings must be separated from solid waste. No construction waste, tires or household garbage.

The landfill will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be no admittance into the landfill after 3 p.m.

All vehicles shall have the contents securely covered, tarped, chained, roped, or otherwise secured or confined.

If you have any questions, please call the Landfill at 644-1731.

HCHS Senior Conner Boley Signed With Bethel University

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County High School Senior Conner Boley signed with Bethel University late Friday afternoon.

HCHS Senior Conner Boley signed with Bethel University late Friday afternoon.

Boley was the Patriots only All-District 10-AAA selection for the basketball season. He received awards at the HCHS banquet in March, including Top Rebounder with an average of 8 a game, Top 3-point shooter at 49 percent and top free throw percentage at 75 percent. Boley also received an award from head coach Pete Angelos for Most Valuable Player.

UTM Baseball Falls In First Game Of Morehead State Series

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team fought this evening but ultimately fell 9-5 to the Morehead State Eagles in Ohio Valley Conference contest at Skyhawk Field.


The Skyhawks (10-21, 5-11 OVC) were led offensively by Taylor Douglas, who roped two doubles while scoring a run and driving in a run as well. Nico Zych collected two RBI’s while Austin Taylor homered for UT Martin, who also saw Andrew Castillo, Matt Hirsch and Fletcher Johnson score runs while Mikey Nantze drove in a run.


On the mound, Alex Martin (1-5) gutted his way through five innings, fanning seven batters while allowing five earned runs. The bullpen duo of Dillon Symon and Chris Flores did not allow a hit while combining for three scoreless innings to conclude the game.


Martin registered a pair of strikeouts in a shutout first inning but Morehead State (19-13, 6-7 OVC) scored four runs in the top of the second.


UT Martin got on the scoreboard in the second thanks to some two-out magic. Hirsch singled and advanced to second on a throwing error before scoring on an RBI single off the bat of Nantze.


Martin tallied two more strikeouts while pitching out of a jam in the third, swinging the momentum to the Skyhawk dugout. In the bottom of the third, Douglas lined a two-out double into the gap in right center and came around to make score 4-2 when Zych ripped a double on the next at-bat.


The Eagles scored once in the fourth, added an unearned run in the fifth and registered three runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead 9-2.


The Skyhawks kept battling, as Taylor led the bottom of the sixth with an opposite-field round tripper for his third homer of the season.


Symon then breezed through a scoreless seventh inning, allowing UT Martin to cut in to its deficit in the bottom half of the frame. Johnson drew a leadoff walk and later advanced 90 feet on a Castillo single. Douglas then split the gap in right center with a double to plate Johnson and make the score 9-4. Zych followed with an RBI groundout that scored Castillo to get the Skyhawks within four runs.


Symon once again put up a zero in the top of the eighth and UT Martin sent the tying run to the on-deck circle in the bottom half before Morehead State closer Tyler Keele escaped the jam without allowing a run.


Flores worked a clean ninth but the Skyhawks couldn’t get a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth off Keele.


These two teams will play the second of their three-game series on Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Carter Smith (2-4, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for UT Martin, opposing Morehead State’s Craig Pearcy (0-3, 6.00 ERA).

Rhea Staff/Volunteers To Hold "Taking It To The Streets" Grand Finale

Paris, Tenn. -  Rhea School Staff and Volunteers present the Grand Finale of “Taking It To The Streets” on Tuesday, April 14th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Harrison Meadows/Vernon Place, located at 430 Harrison Lane in Paris.

This is a community outreach to build relationships and encourage reading for all ages.

A mobile book van will be available for children and reading tips for parents.

Parents and children of all ages are welcome. Food and drinks will be served. There will be door prizes and giveaways and several surprise guests that you won’t want to miss!

The event is free and guaranteed fun for all!

World's Biggest Fish Fry Car Show To Be Held April 25th

Paris, Tenn. - The City of Paris Parks and Recreation present the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Car Show, on Saturday, April 25th at Paris Elementary School, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.

The show will go on rain or shine. Registration is 8 a.m. to Noon. Judging begins at 9 a.m. Awards presentation at 2 p.m.

Registration Fee for the 1st Entry is $20, 2nd Entry is $10. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies awarded in each class.

Best of Show (Stock & Modified). Fish Fry Hostess Princess Award and People’s Choice Award (25 cent donation per vote)

The following are a list of each class: Chevy Car 1955 to 1957 Stock, Chevy Car 1955 to 1957 Modified, Chevy Car 1958 to 1975 All, Corvette 1953 to 1996 All, Corvette 1997 to 2004 All, Corvette 2005 to 2015 All, Camaro & Firebird Pre 1989 Antique, Camaro & Firebird Late Model, Mustang 1964 to 1989 All, Mustang 1990 to 2015 All, Ford Car 1900 to 1959 All, Ford Car 1960 to 1975 All, Mopar Car 1960 to 1989 All, Mopar Car 1990 to 2015 All, Trucks 1900 to 1989 Stock, Trucks 1990 to 2015 Stock, Trucks Modified All, 4x4 Trucks All, Street Rod Car 1900 to 1949, Street Rod Open Top 1900 to 1949, Street Rod Truck 1900 to 1949, Open Class 1900 to 2015 (Anything with no specific class), Under Construction (Less than 75% complete), Rat Rods 1900 to 1954, Motorcycles Stock All, Motorcycles Modified All

Free spectator admission and parking. Food vendors will be available.

For more information, contact Steve French at 731-644-2777, Bill Bussey at 731-363-8214 or Donnie Banks at 731-333-2320. Or email at SRFRENCH67@hotmail.com

Puryear Crossland Rd. Closed Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Puryear Crossland Road will be closed Monday April 13th for culvert replacement. The closure will be two tenths of a mile North of Hwy. 140 West. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Kevin York Memorial Bike Ride Set for April 25th

Camden, Tenn.- The Kevin York Memorial Bike Ride will be held on Saturday April 25th, with a rain date of May 2nd. The event is sponsored by the Haven of Hope Church in Camden and the ride will start at the Jera Building on Dupont Road. They are asking for donations and its $10 for a Dice Roll. They will sell shirts for $15, Patches for $5, Rocker Patchers for $2, and Last Year’s Shirts for $10. It is a family event and money raised goes towards St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For more information call 731-441-1373 or like the Kevin York Memorial Bike Ride on Facebook.

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