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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens


Amendment 3: Preventing A State Income Tax

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF/WLZK News continues its series at looking at the Constitutional Amendments that will be on the ballot for the November 4th Election. Amendment 3 deals with Income Tax Prohibition.

The measure, upon voter approval, would prohibit the legislature from levying, authorizing, or permitting any state or local tax upon payroll or earned personal income. Basically it prevents the state from developing a state income tax in the future.

The state of Tennessee currently has no income tax on wages, salaries, and so on. There is an income tax on dividends from stocks and interest on certain bonds known as the “Hall Income Tax.”

The amendment has had lots of support including from U.S. Senator and former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, and organizations like the Beacon Center for Tennessee. Arguments in favor of the amendment say many businesses, such as Amazon, have taken advantage of Tennessee’s tax climate and open up business which creates jobs.

Opponents of Amendment 3, such as Jim Von Bramer from the Tennesseans for Fair Taxation group say “that permanently blocking an income tax lets the wealthiest Tennesseans walk away from paying a fair share of state and local taxes forever while the rest of us pay much more of our income on food taxes and basic necessities we buy from local retailers.

Its path to the ballot included passing the Senate with a 27-4 vote and the state House with an 80-8 vote. On this afternoon’s newscast we will look at Amendment 4, dealing with gambling and lotteries.

Notary Publics Now Required to Keep Records

Nashville- Beginning October 1, Notary Publics are required to keep a record in a well bound book, or keep records electronically under the authority of Tennessee Code Annotated. Notary Publics are required to keep a record whether they receive fees or not for their service. For more information contact County Clerk Donna Craig at the courthouse.

Benefit for Jennifer Andres Sat. 11-2 at Kroger

Paris, Tenn.- A cervical cancer benefit cookout will be held for Jennifer Andres Saturday October 4th from 11am to 2pm at Kroger in Paris. An auction will start at 2pm with several items donated from local businesses and individuals in Henry County. Money raised will help the family of Jennifer Andres, Chris Lee and five children with medical expenses. For more information call Lauren Wilson at 363-1610 or Summer Allison at 336-2648.

Marijuana Grow Operation Found on Vaughn Road

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested a Paris woman on Tuesday in general sessions court after finding a marijuana grow operation at her home. Tammy Freeland, 46, of 289 Vaughn Road has been charged with possession of schedule VI with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The press release from Sgt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated that officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department, and Puryear Police Department executed a search warrant at 289 Vaughn Road and found 7 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Officers also found processed marijuana, digital scales, unknown pills, and drug paraphernalia.

The press release states the drugs have an approximate street value of $5600 once processed. Freeland was not at home when the search was conducted but was picked up by authorities at the Henry County courthouse during general sessions court. Other charges are pending on Freeland.

Amendment 2: Judicial Selections

Paris, Tenn.- Amendment 2 on the ballot for this upcoming November 4th Election deals with Judicial Selection for the state of Tennessee.

Upon voter approval, the amendment would empower the governor to appoint judges to the Supreme Court or any other state appellate courts subject to confirmation by the general assembly. The appointed judge would serve an eight year term and could serve another term via a retention election by voters.

If approved, the measure would constitutionalize the state’s current system. It would dismantle the Judicial Nominating Commission and empower the legislature to confirm or reject appointments made by the governor. This is a process in which federal judges are selected, so approval of the amendment would align the state’s procedure to mirror the federal way judges come to their seats.

The amendment has garnered much support from legislators, former governors, and others including the Tennessee Bar Association. Opponents of the amendment include the group Tennesseans for Independent Courts. Campaign contributions as of June 30th are $403,501 in support of Amendment 2 and $0 in opposition of it. On Wednesday we will look deeper into Amendment 3, which deals with state Income Tax.

Grove, HCHS To Begin Patriot XL Tutoring Sessions Oct. 1

Paris, Tenn.- Starting on October 1st, Patriot XL, which stands for Patriot eXtra Learning, will begin in the libraries at E.W. Grove and Henry County High School. This is a tutoring program that is free to all students grades 9-12 and was made available thru a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

Morning tutoring will be offered from 7am to 7:45am each weekday at HCHS and from 7am to 7:30am at Grove. After school extended learning activities will be available from 3:15pm to 5pm at HCHS for students in grades 9-12.

Patriot XL offers the following learning opportunities: computer and internet access, make up work, make up tests, study hall, book check-out, database research, TutorTN, Compass Learning, and ACT preparation. Teachers from subject areas will be available to help students master any concepts and complete homework.

Patriot XL directors Lisa Fitzsimmons and Amanda Mason said, “It is our goal to make school an inviting and enriching part of your student’s life. We will be starting October 1st and expanding our program throughout the year. For more information on Patriot XL call HCHS at 642-5232 or Grove at 642-4586.

Voters Will Have 4 Constitutional Amendments On Nov. Ballot

Tennessee 1 Deals with Abortion

Paris, Tenn.- Henry Countians will be heading to the polls for a third time in 2014 in just a few weeks as the November 4th General Election is approaching. In addition to municipal elections in Paris, Henry, and Puryear, state offices up for grabs, four constitutional amendments will be on the ballot as well. The amendments will center on big topics including abortion, state judiciary appointments, taxes, and gambling.

Over the next few newscasts and on our website, wmufradio.com, WMUF/WLZK news will look at these constitutional amendments to give our listeners and readers information on what awaits them on the ballot. Citizens are still encouraged to do research on their own before heading to the polls on Election Day.

Amendment 1 deals with abortion and upon voter approval, would insert constitutional language empowering the state legislature to enact, amend, or repeal state statutes regarding abortion, including for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to protect a mothers life.

The background of this amendment goes back to 2000, when the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist that the Tennessee Constitution contained a stronger right to privacy and abortion than even the U.S. Constitution.

Proponents of Tennessee 1, what the amendment is commonly referred to, say this will allow the legislature to enact whatever regulations and restrictions are permitted by the United States Supreme Court. Opponents of Tennessee 1 argue that the state constitution should go back to neutral on the issue of abortion, and passing this amendment would give the legislature to much control on abortion issues.

As of June 30th, 2014 campaign contributions in support of voting Yes on Tennessee 1 totalled $278,209, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance. Contributions in opposition of Tennessee 1 totalled $359,305 as of June 30th.

According to ballotpedia.org the top donor as of June 30th in support of Tennessee 1 was Wiley Russell, Jr. with a contribution of $25K and the top donor in opposition to Tennessee 1 was Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee with a contribution of $189,500.

Any constitutional amendment must earn a majority of those voting on the amendment and a majority of all the citizens of the state voting for governor. That basically means if 100 people voted in the governor’s race on this upcoming ballot, the amendment would need 51 votes, a majority, in order to pass.

On this afternoon’s newscast and later today on our website, we will look at Tennessee 2, which deals with state judiciary appointments.

Reminder: Roots of Rhythm at 7pm Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to Roots of Rhythm on Tuesday September 30th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show will start at 7pm and tickets are currently on sale.

Roots of Rhythm tells the history and geography of where our musical heritage came from. The concert is performed by UT Martin Percussion Group and along with the Henry County High School Madrigals and promises to be a body moving, hand clapping, fun filled learning event for all ages.

Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council Office at Paris City Hall, from any Council Member, any Friends of the Arts Member, Leaches Music, or Merisons.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. For more information call the Arts Council office at 642-3955 or visit the website, www.phcarts.com.

Numerous Thefts Reported Across County Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to EZ Quick Storage in reference to the victim finding all the items in their storage unit on Highway 79N gone. The report said that they went to check on some things and found the unit completely empty, with their contents, almost $10,300 worth of items missing.

The complainant said she talked to the owner of the storage units and he told her a man that he thought was the women’s husband came and said he no longer needed the storage unit and wanted to get all the stuff out. Items inside the storage unit that were taken included remote control cars, fishing poles and equipment, games, a desktop computer, and more. Investigation is continuing into the theft with no leading suspects at this time.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a string of burglaries at Cypress Trail over the weekend as thousands of dollars worth of items appear to have been stolen off of some boats in recent days.

One boat had over $3K worth of items stolen from it, including life fishing poles and tackle, depth finders, lures, and more. Another boat had over $6K worth of items stolen including fishing poles and fishing equipment, depth finders, life jackets, and more. Investigation is continuing into the thefts and there is no word on whether or not they are related.

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated a 4 X 4 utility vehicle was stolen from 54 Lawn and Garden. There are no suspects and investigation is continuing.

Equestrian Search and Rescue Team Conducts Training

The HCSO Equestrian Search and Rescue team sets out to find the mannequin hid by deputies in the 250 acre plot. (Capt. Steve Page photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Equestrian Search and Rescue unit conducted some training exercises at Cherokee Hills Ranch this weekend and managed to find a mannequin deputies had hid in the wooded area twice.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the Sheriff’s Office Equestrian Search and Rescue team is made up strictly of volunteers who not only volunteer their time but also their horses. Sheriff Belew said the Equine team helps during missing person cases and other incidents when needed and have been extremely successful in the past.

Members of the search and rescue team look

in the wooded areas for the body.

Sheriff Belew said deputies hid the mannequin in a 250 acre plot and the teams broke into two parts and found the mannequin after deputies said dogs tracked the “scent” to a certain point.

Sheriff Belew said the Equestrian Search and Rescue team can usually cover larger areas were humans and four wheelers can’t and it also gives the rider a better height angle when searching thick wooded areas. After the training exercise the sheriff’s department treated the volunteer equine team to some grilled burgers and hot dogs.

Sheriff Belew and Si watch the equine team.

Javan Winders Wins 3rd Straight Meet

Henry County's Javan Winders running on Saturday as he wins his third straight race. Photo courtesy of tnmilesplit.com.

Memphis- Henry County High School Cross Country runners competed in the Frank Horton Invitational on Saturday and Henry County’s Javan Winders continues to impress taking 1st place out of 193 runners with a time of 15:55. It was his third straight win at a cross country meet.

Javan’s brother Titus Winders came in 12th with a time of 17:02. Also finishing well for Henry County was Austin Nance, Harrison Robbins, Garrett Robbins, Michael Sinclair, and Scott Wallett. For the Lady Patriots, Kaity Beth James came in 29th out of 179 runners with a time of under 22 minutes.

Luncheon to Benefit W.G. Rhea Public Library

Paris, Tenn. - The friends of the W.G. Rhea Public Library are hosting a luncheon with proceeds going to the library with programs and other necessities. Meal options include pasta, chicken, tossed, fruit, and other salads. Drink and cookies will be included. The Friends Salad Spectacular will be held on October 3rd at Ketchum Hall of the Grace Episcopal Church on 103 South Poplar Street in Paris. The event begins at 11 a.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Enrollment down 5.1 percent at UT Martin

Martin, Tenn. - Enrollment is down 5.1 percent at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Contributing factors to the decrease in attendance include higher admission standards which began this fall as well as many high school students opting for community college for dual enrollment instead of UTM. There is a silver lining for the small four year institution, though; these higher admission standards contributed to the incoming freshman 22.8 ACT score average. This is the highest average score in the University’s history. UTM’s full-time online enrollment increased by 16.5 percent and it’s off-campus enrollment increased by 10.1 percent.

(UTM.EDU Photo)

DUI with Possession

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department reports the arrest of Tony Adkisson, age 49, of North Highland Street in Paris. Adkisson was arrested for driving under the influence as well as possession of schedule VI. Paris police stopped the car because the tail lights were out. Once police made contact with Adkisson, they detected the smell of alcohol and spotted a bag of marijuana. Adkisson failed the field sobriety tests and consented to a blood test and was transported to the Henry County Medical Center. Adkisson was later booked at the Henry County Jail and placed on a $400 bond.

Eye Full of Paris Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - Locals in Henry County got an eye full of Paris on Saturday! Performances included the Henry County High School marching band, Scott Myatt & Steve Short of Jackson, Jamaica Me Happy Steel Drum Band from UT Martin, the Renaissance Theatre Hour from Bethel University, the Sheperd Family, and the Bethel University Bluegrass Band. The Tennessee River Fine Arts League hosted vendors from across the region that specialized in woodworking, woodturning, jewelry, painting, photography, and stained glass.

The Renaissance Theatre Hour from Bethel University.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Among the vendors was Norman Peiffer, of Murray, Kentucky. Peiffer took home first place in wood from the Tennessee River Fine Arts League on Saturday. Peiffer began wood turning in 2005. Peiffer says this is much more fun than banking, which he retired from in 1996.

Norman Peiffer holding his first place certificate, with his wife Jorae.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Ken Alexander, treasurer of the Tennessee River Fine Arts League, showcased his paintings on the courthouse lawn on Saturday as well. He says he has only been in the business for 10 years after retiring as the manager of the Krider performing arts center.

Ken Alexander drawing a portrait of he and his wife, Jackie. Alexander says it takes about 20 hours to complete a canvas.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Eye Full of Paris Weekend will wrap up on Sunday with Downtown Churches Rejoice and the Bethel Renaissance Choir will perform at 6pm at First Baptist Church. For a full schedule of events, go to visitdowntownparis.com.

Free Flight for Youth at Henry County Airport

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be giving free airplane rides for youth ages 8 to 17 on Saturday, October 4th. Young Eagles will take place at the Henry County Airport, weather permitting, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Food and beverages will be sold by the chapter. A parent or legal guardian must be present to ride.

Bad Night for the Kenwood Knights

#34 Kyle Mckee #72 Donovan Owens and #97 Gunner Osbron smother the Kenwood QB during the Patriots 70-21 victory Friday (Tim Pharr photo)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Patriots traveled to Clarksville on Friday to face-off against the Kenwood Knights. Henry County swept the field with a final score of 70-21.

Kenwood was first to light up the scoreboard with 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter as A.J. Richardson scored an 82-yard touchdown. Henry County takes the board with 9 minutes left in the first quarter with a touchdown by Art Perkins. Kenwood scores another touchdown as well as the Patriots, leaving the score tied at 14-14.

Chase Henderson scored an 82-yard touchdown with 7 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The patriots continue to lead when Art Perkins runs a 9-yard touchdown, bring the score to 28-14. With nearly 3 minutes left in the second quarter, Kenwood scores an 85-yard touchdown. Only 47 seconds left before halftime, Chase Henderson scores two consecutive touchdowns in the last minute of the second quarter. The patriots lead halftime by 35-21.

# 2 Chase Henderson rushed for over 200 yards against Kenwood. This was his sixth straight game rushing for more than 100 yards. (Tim Pharr photo)

Kenwood fails to score throughout the second half of the night’s ball game. Henry County’s Art Perkins scores a 35-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

#80 Nate Kendall about to catch a 47 yard TD pass. (Tim Pharr photo)

Going into the fourth, Nate Kendall scores another 49-yard touchdown pass. Miles Crichton scores a 33-yard touchdown with 9 minutes remaining. With only 2 minutes left, Henry County’s Ty Thompson makes the final 15-yard run, leaving the field 70-21 Patriots.

Henry County will face-off Spingfield away next Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Unemployment Rates Making Progress

Paris, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released unemployment data during from the month of August for each county in the state. Weakley County holds the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the Tennessee at 11.3 percent. Henry County has made progress from July, going from 9.9 percent to 9.1 percent in the month of August. Benton County is making significant improvement from August of 2013, going from 10.9 percent to 9.7 percent unemployment. Carroll County is also seeing more job growth, going from 11.1 percent unemployed to 10.4 percent in August.  

Driving on Revoked License

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s office reports an arrest of Ashley Porter, age 26, of Wynn Street in Paris. Porter was charged with driving on a revoked license on Volunteer Drive. Jeff Smith arrested Porter and she was placed on a $500 bond.

Probation Violations in Henry County

Paris, Tenn. - Shannon Russell, age 29, of Irvine Street in Paris is charged with violating probation and booked at the Henry County jail. Larry Raymer, age 30, of Macedonia Road in Henry was also arrested for violating probation. They were both placed on a $5,000 bond. A third arrest was made to Christopher Evins, age 32, of Highland Street in Paris for probation violation. Deputy Wayne Fuqua made the arrests.

HC Office on Aging Taking Bus to Memphis Zoo Oct. 1

Anyone 55 and Older Gets Free Zoo Admission

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is going to the Memphis Zoo Wednesday October 1. The Memphis Zoo, in conjunction with the professional Network of Aging, is excited to host Senior Safari to the zoo.

Any senior citizens age 55 and older will be allowed to be admitted inside the Memphis Zoo for Free. Henry County Office On Aging is providing a bus to the zoo and the cost to ride the bus is $20. Anyone that is not a senior can also ride the Office on Aging bus to the zoo by paying the bus ride fare and cost to get in the zoo is $15.

The bus will leave from Central Community Building at 55 Jones Bend Road at 7am Wednesday October 1 and will be returning late afternoon or evening. Anyone that wants to go to the zoo with Office on Aging should call to reserve your seat on the bus by no later than Monday September 29th at 642-2919 or 644-3193.

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