From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Weekend News Director Blake Stevens
Theft at Quality Inn
Paris, Tenn. - A theft in excess of $13,500 was reported at the Quality Inn on Saturday. The victim parked a trailer as well as a recreational vehicle at the hotel. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, both were reported stolen. The trailer was unlocked and unhooked from the victim's truck. Both VIN numbers have been entered into the NCIC. The trailer is described as 6 x 10 in size and black in color with a fold down gate and wood floor. The RV is red and black in color and is a Polaris Razor.
Henry Teenager Charged with Simple Possession
Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department reports the arrest of Trey Cowans, age 19, of Roplogle Road in Henry. Cowans was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt by officer Roaten of the Paris Police Department. Upon stopping Cowans, Roaten detected an odor of marijuana. After searching the vehicle, a cigarillo with marijuana had been found. Cowans was charged with simple possession and given a seatbelt citation.
Clarksville Woman Driving on Suspended License
Paris, Tenn. - Coraindia Shakeenab, age 59, of Birch Road in Clarksville was charged with driving on a suspended license. Shakeenab was pulled over for speeding on Highway 79 South by Officer Haley Ramos.
D.U.I & Evading Police
Paris, Tenn. - Tina Flood, age 52, of River Oaks Drive in Springville, was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday. Flood was also charged for evading policy by Deputy Wayne Fuqua.
Multiple Arrests for FTA
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff's Department reports three arrests for failure to appear. Donald Ashby, age 33, of Elkhorn Nobles Road in Paris was arrested for failure to appear for jail time by Stacy Bostwick of the HCSO.
Matthew Pollock, age 30, of State Route 183 in Troy, was arrested for failure to appear in court and places on a $1,000 bond.
Also, Joshua Lowe, age 24, of Whiskey Ridge Road in Paris, was charged for failing to appear for a class E. Sgt. Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff's Office conducted the arrest.
Ribbon Cutting for Clean Air Systems
Paris, Tenn. - The Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Clean Air Systems, located at 212 North Poplar Street in Paris. The ceremony will be held on Friday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. You may RSVP for bus transportation at 731-642-3431.
Update on Early Voting
Paris, Tenn. - Early voting on Saturday totaled 76 votes. This brings the total early vote county to 865. Early voting will continue until October 30th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On October 30th, the Henry County Election Commission will be accepting votes from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Slight Improvement in Unemployment
Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a slightly lower unemployment rate for the month of September. In the month of August, Tennessee’s unemployment was 7.4 percent, while September’s preliminary number is 7.3. This is a result of 7,200 jobs being created in the month of August. This unemployment rate for the U.S. is at 6.1 percent for the month of August.
Upcoming Police Check Point
Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department will be conducting a check point in the back parking lot of the Henry County Health Department on October 22nd from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The checkpoint will check for infant and child car seats. The 911 fox and the Paris Fire Department’s Fire Safe House will be there for helpful information for children and their parents.
Public Intoxication on North Market Street
Paris, Tenn. - William Collins, age 39, of Highway 79 South in Paris, was charged with Public Intoxication on Friday. Collins was arrested on North Market Street and place on a $200 bond.
Another Case of Vandalism in Henry County
Paris, Tenn. - Stephen Hilt, age 33, of Cope Looney Road in Paris, was arrested for vandalism. Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department conducted the arrest and placed Hilt on a $500 bond.
Driving on Revoked License
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of Kenneth New, age 44, of Highway 436 in McKenzie. New was arrested for driving on a revoked license and placed on a $100 bond.
Vandalism Charge in Paris
Paris, Tenn. - Korey Rick, age 21, of Park Street in Paris was charged with Vandalism in excess of $1,000. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rick and placed him on a $5,000 bond.
Theft at Burkes Outlet
Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department reports the arrest of Amanda Reynolds, age 35, of Mill Creek Road in Puryear. Officer’s found a stolen blue dress from Burke’s outlet valued at $14.99 as well as a prescription drug in her ashtray. Reynolds was charged with simple possession and shoplifting.
"Spooktacular" coming to Downtown
Paris, Tenn. - The 9th annual downtown Spooktacular will be held at the Henry County Court House lawn on Saturday, October 25th. Free crafts, entertainment, contests, live music and concessions will take place from noon until 4:00 p.m. The Downtown Paris Association invites children to trick or treat at the downtown businesses along the square.
The Spooktacular also includes a Birds of Prey & Halloween Owl booth hosted by the Paris Landing State Park, a children’s theater with two spooky booths, a slide of terror, Putt-Putt hosted by the First Christian Church, and a tractor hunt hosted by the Henry County Young Farmers and Ranchers.
Food will include Perry’s BBQ and the Inman Band Boosters. Adults are encouraged to participate in the adult or pet costume contests. Broom races, Monster Mash Limbo, and a creaking door contest are also open for adults.
The fun continues with face painting, cookie decorating, a photo booth, and a chance to win $100 by guessing the weight of Pumpkin Patch Pete.
Early Voting Continues in Henry County
Paris, Tenn. - Early Voting continues in Henry County. A total of 789 votes have been cast, with 268 votes being cast on Friday. Early voting continues until October 30th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. On October 30th, the Henry County Election commission office will accept voting from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Breaking News: Gas Explosion Injures Cottage Grove Man
Extensive Damage Done to Home As Well
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A gas explosion at a home on Grainger Road in Cottage Grove Friday morning has sent one man to a hospital and caused extensive damage to the home. The man was airflighted to Vanderbilt with injuries and there is no word on how serious they are at this time.
Cottage Grove Fire Chief John Weiher said the homeowner was attempting to light gas logs and it appears there was a gas leak and it caused an explosion.
The explosion caused a small fire which was extinguished. Chief Weiher said the blast rocked the home blowing off doors and windows and blew brick off the outside of the home.
The man’s wife was also in the home but was not injured in the blast.
Dispatcher Mike Chandler said the blast appeared to set off the alarm which alerted the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 6:54am Friday morning. Deputy Wayne Fuqua responded to the scene and found that the explosion had occurred.
Micah Fuqua Benefit is Friday Oct. 24th
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fund raiser for Micah Fuqua on Friday October 24th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 10am to 2pm and Ribeye or chicken sandwiches, chips, and drink will be $8. You can purchase your sandwich on site at the door and pay or you can pre-order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 and ask for Amy. Deliveries will be made on orders of 5 or more.
Micah is the 14 year old son of Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Fuqua is the handler of K9 Cisco.
Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently travelling to Maryland to see a specialist in the field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with medical and travel expenses.
Bethel "Taking Strides for a Cure" 5K is Sat.
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will host a ‘Taking Strides for a Cure’ 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on October 18th, during football homecoming, to benefit Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation.
Registration will begin at 7am and the race will start at 8am the press box of the Bethel University Baseball field. The fee is $20 and includes T-shirt and post race snacks.
Proceeds benefit NBIA Research. There will be medals for 1st and 2nd place in all age groups. To register early call Matt Roesner at 712-395-0194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Villages Seeks Foster Parents in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- Youth Villages of Paris will host orientation classes beginning Tuesday October 21rst for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent.
There is a current need for foster parents in Paris and the surrounding area and Donna Goodman, senior rural west Tennessee foster care recruit said, “Youth Villages needs caring adults in Paris and the surrounding area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect, and abandonment.”
Foster parents care for children until they can safely return to their biological families or an adoptive family can be found for them. Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups, and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt the child if he or she becomes available for adoption.
For more about the upcoming training classes call Donna Goodman at 731-660-6767 or email email@example.com.
Patriots On Bye Week; Two Regular Season Games Left
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County has a bye week this week but returns for the final two regular season games starting next Friday. The Patriots will be at Northeast on October 24th and at home for senior night against West Creek on Halloween, October 31st. The first round of the TSSAA State Football Playoffs will begin the following Friday night, November 7th.
Terror in the Woods Opens Up This Weekend
Portion of Proceeds Go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Puryear, Tenn.- With Halloween just around the corner, Henry County’s only Haunted attraction opens up this weekend in Puryear. Terror in the Woods 2014, will be held this year at 5390 Foundry Hill Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Dates and times for Terror in the Woods will run the following dates Friday and Saturday October 17th and 18th and 24th and 25th then Monday October 27th thru Saturday November 1st, nightly. Times will be from 6:30pm until midnight each night and concessions will be sold.
Also there will be free horror movies marathons shown on a projection screen each night that the haunted attraction is on. They will offer a nursery with bouncy houses for younger children while adults go thru the attraction.
Paris Predators Baseball Team Host Cornhole Tourney on Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- Predators Baseball 12U will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, October 18th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be a warm-up tournament beginning at 2:00 pm.
The cost to enter the warm-up tournament is $10 per team. There will be a 50% pay out to the first place team of the warm-up tournament. The main tournament will begin at approximately 5:30 pm. The cost to enter the main tournament will be $30 per team with a 50% pay out to the top three teams.
There will be food, drinks, and baked goods for sale during the day. This fund-raiser is to help the team raise money for the up-coming 2015 season. For more information please contact Gervis Gallimore at 731-336-6017.
MSU to Present 68th Quad State String Festival Oct. 24th
Murray, Ky.- The 68th annual Quad State String Festival, hosted by the string unit of Murray State University’s department of music, culminates in a concert featuring the Murray State orchestra and four school-age student orchestras on Friday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium.
A longstanding musical tradition in Murray, the festival will be attended by a 400 string students from five states for the all-day event. The students will gather to rehearse, attend a master class and perform.
This year’s guest conductors include Dr. Yeong Su Kim, conductor of The Washington Korean Symphony in Washington, D.C.; Pam Wilensky, chair of the fine arts department and director of orchestras at Central High School in Memphis, Tenn.; Steve Schaffner, conductor of the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra; and Dennis Johnson, associate professor of music and director of bands and orchestras at Murray State.
In addition to the concerts by Murray State’s and the four Quad State String Festival student orchestras on Friday, there will be a Showcase Concert featuring Murray State string faculty, Dr. Sue-Jean Park on violin and Jinhee Han on the cello.Vincent Frittelli, retired professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will also hold a master class.
The Showcase Concert will be held at Lovett Auditorium at 1 p.m. and the master class will be held in Farrell Hall in the Doyle Fine Arts Center at 1:40 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Two Arrested for Marijuana Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department charged two people with marijuana possession after a traffic stop Wednesday. The report stated that Sgt. Frey ran the tags and it came back suspended so he stopped the vehicle and then called for Sgt. Ricky Wade at K9 Striker to come an assist.
Striker alerted on the car and during a search marijuana was found in pint jar and in a purse. The driver Devin Pate, age 21 of 701 Powell Street was cited for driving without a license. Charged with possession of marijuana and placed on $1K bond were Andrew Stidum, 21, of 601 Johnson Street and Amber Boone, 26, of 705 West Blythe Street.
150th Ann. of Battle of Johnsonville To be Commemorated
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville Historic State Park will hold a series of events and activities from October 31st thru November 4th to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. All programs are free to the public.
Friday October 31st, from 9am to 3pm at both parks, area students and educators will participate in activities during school day that feature artillery, infantry, and civilian life. Bringing lunch is suggested call Johnsonville State Park to register at 931-535-2789 or Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park at 731-584-6356.
From 7-9pm on Halloween night Johnsonville State Historic Park will host Halloween in a Civil War camp, complete with campfire, storytelling, and fortune telling just as were enjoyed by soldiers stationed at Johnsonville Depot in 1864. At 7pm Halloween Night at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, enjoy a lantern lead walk through the dark of Eva Beach and listen to tales of Civil War era soldiers and civilians.
On Saturday and Sunday November 1st and 2nd, both parks will run a Confederate Living History Camp beginning at 10am both days. Activities at the Confederate Living History Camp include artillery firing demonstrations, cavalry tactics demonstrations, civilian living history activities and more. Festival food will be available at both parks as well.
Saturday night at 7pm, the Birdsong School of Music will present a concert featuring pieces from the 19th century at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and on Tuesday November 4th at 3pm, there will be a guided museum tour at the Pilot Knob Folk Life Museum to learn about the Battle of Johnsonville.
At Johnsonville State Historic Park on Tuesday November 4th at 11am, there will be a Battle of Johnsonville 150th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony. Elected officials and State Parks Management will speak on the Battle of Johnsonville historic site and remember the actions of those who fought the battle. Later, at 1pm, there will be a walking tour with Park Manager and historian Jerry Wooten to hear interesting stories about what life was like in Johnsonville’s Union supply depot on the day of the battle.
For more information like the friends of Johnsonville State Historic Park and friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park on Facebook or visit the website tnstateparks.com.
Over 200 Cast Ballot On EV First Day
Paris, Tenn.- The first day of Early Voting in Henry County was a good one considering damp weather. 201 people came to the Election Commission office and cast their ballot for the November Election. In addition, 60 absentee ballots were cast, bringing the total so far to 261. Early voting continues each weekday 8:30am to 4:30pm and will be held 9am to Noon on Saturdays.
Jaycees Golf Tournament Set For Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The 18th Annual Paris Henry County Jaycees Golf Tournament will be held Saturday October 18th at the Paris Country Club with a shotgun start at 10am.
The event is sponsored by State Representative Tim Wirgau.
The tournament is a four person scramble and fee is $300. The fee includes green fee, golf cart, goodie bag, and lunch. Mulligans will be available for $20 per team or $5 per person.
Joe Mahan Ford will sponsor the Hole in One vehicle giveaway once again and prizes up to four places will be given out. Other prizes include longest drive and closest to the pin.
The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser to benefit the Jaycees Children’s Shopping Tour. Rain date is set for Oct. 25th. For more information contact Chris Martin at 731-697-1585, Brian Ray French at 336-3117, Lisa Stone at 336-7807, or Loria Plunk at 225-1897.
Transportation available for Band Fans
Paris, Tenn.- The band boosters have reserved a charter bus for the Henry County Marching Patriots Bandmasters Competition on October 25th in Memphis. It’s the first time ever they have reserved a fan bus to take friends and family to the competition.
The BandMasters event will be held at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. The cost per seat on the fan bus is $30, paid by Monday October 20th. The bus will depart and return according to the band’s schedule. Fans are responsible for price of admission, but for an additional $5 you can eat dinner which consist of hamburger, chips, and drink with the band in the parking lot once the bus arrives in Memphis.
The bus seats 56 people to reserve seats call or text 707-8534.
UTM Volleyball "Dig Pink" Set for Friday Night
Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team kicks off a crucial four-match homestand this weekend when it hosts Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville. First serve against Eastern Illinois is set for Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. while the Skyhawks will clash with SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.
The “Dig Pink” promotion will be in effect on Friday against the Panthers, as the Skyhawks will raise awareness to fight the ongoing battle against cancer.
The Skyhawks enter the weekend with a 9-11 overall record and 2-4 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. UT Martin is coming off a road trip split at Morehead State (won 3-0) and Eastern Kentucky (lost 3-0).
Emily Keaton leads UT Martin in six statistical categories, including 232 kills and 25 service aces. She ranks second in OVC play in both kills (4.16 per set) and points (4.78 per set). Madison Bergren is hitting a team-high .346 to go along with 9.88 assists per set while Madison Wessling ranks second on the team with 175 kills (2.61 per set).
Defensively, Chelsea Bowles leads the Skyhawks with 229 digs (3.88 per set) while Keaton also has surpassed the 200-dig barrier (204, 2.79 per set). The trio of Alisha Erves (team-high 47 blocks), Julia Devinney (40 blocks) and Mandy Glon (OVC-best 1.38 blocks per set in league play) protect the net for UT Martin.
Eastern Illinois (8-11, 2-4 OVC) split a pair of home matches last weekend, falling in four sets to Murray State before downing Austin Peay in five sets.
The Panther offense has been led by Chelsea Lee (257 kills, 3.29 per set) and Abby Saalfrank (246 kills, 3.15 per set). Marah Bradbury’s 10.63 assists per set ranks second in the OVC, while that number jumps up to 11.15 assists per set in conference play.
Stephanie Wallace (353 digs, 4.53 per set) and Allie Hueston (66 blocks, 0.92 per set) have guided Eastern Illinois defensively.
SIU Edwardsville enters the weekend with a 9-12 overall record (1-5 OVC). Like Eastern Illinois, the Cougars defeated Austin Peay by a 3-2 margin while losing to Murray State 3-1 last weekend.
Kristen Torre leads the OVC with a .348 hitting percentage while accounting for a team-high 267 kills (3.18 per set). Ashley Witt is also averaging 3.33 kills per set in conference play while Mallory Mangun (9.01 assists per set) directs the offense for SIU Edwardsville, who lead the OVC with 1.68 service aces per set.
Chelsea Colclasure has accumulated 331 digs (3.94 per set) while Torre (61 blocks, 0.73 per set) and Carley Ramich (53 blocks, 0.72 per set) direct the Cougar defense.
Both of these matches will be featured live, free of charge on the OVC Digital Network at this link: http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/. Live stats for Friday’s Eastern Illinois match can be found here: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=58498. Live stats for Saturday’s SIU Edwardsville match can be found here: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=58499
Early Voting Underway In Henry County
Maddie Turner gets ready to cast her ballot. She works for the Election Commission office at Mansfield on Election Day. Behind the desk checking her information is HCHS senior and kicker for the Patriot Football team Gage Hainley, spending his first day of Fall Break working with the Election. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the November 4th Election started today and will continue until 4:30pm this afternoon. For the first couple of hours on Wednesday just over 50 Henry Countians had came and cast their ballot for the election at the Election Commission Office. Cool, wet, weather and the fact that county schools are on Fall Break starting today could have an impact on turnout today and this week.
Gage Hainley, senior at Henry County High School and kicker on the Patriots Football team (pictured above), was spending his first day of Fall Break working at the Election Commission office on Wednesday.
Early voting will continue each weekday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and 9am to Noon on Saturdays until October 30th.
HCSO, PPD Investigate Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at Highway 140 in Puryear where nearly $1500 worth of hunting weapons were stolen. The stolen items included a .22 pistol, shotgun, and a crossbow. There was no apparent forced entry.
The Paris Police Department is investigating a theft where $30K worth of arrowheads was stolen from a collection at a business on North Market Street. The report said the burglar left behind arrowheads that were not worth much money and took the ones that were worth more. The robber appeared to have pulled apart the metal on the back side of the building to enter.
HC Cross Country Team Wins at Best of the West Meet
Troy, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Cross Country team competed in the Best of the West Meet on Tuesday in Troy.
Out of 12 teams competing in the boys competition, Henry County’s team came in first place. Individually, brothers Javan and Titus Winders took two of the top three spots. Javan finished 1st out of 128 runners with a time of 16:35 and Titus came in 3rd with a time of 17:05.
Other top finishers for the Patriots included Austin Nance, placing 9th with a time of 18:09 and Harrison Robbins caming in 16th with a time of 18:33.
For the Lady Patriots, Kaity Beth James finished 3rd overall out of 89 runners with a time of 21:06. Henry County will run in the Regional next week.
CG Legislative Council Declares Bank items Surplus
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held its October meeting on Tuesday night and approved to declare the rest of the items from the former bank surplus property. Board member Matthew McClure will handle the details of the sale items.
AmVets Post 45 Chili and Hot Dog Supper is Saturday
Buchanan, Tenn.- AmVets Post 45 will have a chili and hot dog supper on Saturday October 18th at 6pm. Donations of $8 are requested and money raised will go towards the Humboldt Veterans Nursing Home. There will be Karaoke at 7pm with Ricky Gallimore. The AmVets Post 45 is located at 14365 Higway 79 North in Buchanan.
Henry Continuing to Explore All Options on Sewer Debt
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Mayor and Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night and Alderman Roger Graham said a letter has been delivered to Harriett Cannon, who is the with the USDA rural office in Union City. He said the letter was requesting the town of Henry to be relieved from the loans and debt from rural development in regards to the sewer system construction and lititgation, to help ease water and sewer payments for Henry residents. It also asked, if being relieved of the debt was not an option, maybe the city could set up payments and get out from the interest.
He said Cannon had already let them know that USDA Rural Development would not let Henry out from the loan, and they would continue to look at the payments and interest scenario and get back with the city later on.
Graham said he and Mayor Joe Qualls also went to State Representative Tim Wirgau's office to discuss ways and possibilities to lower or absolve the town for depreciation costs of the sewer system project from years back. He said Wirgau is working with the city to look at this depreciation issue closer on the next few weeks.
During staff reports, Henry Police Chief David Andrews reported over $5K in citations in the month had been collected, as the city continues to use the traffic cameras and mail tickets to offenders. Chief Andrews said we are getting checks from offenders when they get tickets and its running smooth.
After much discussion, the board approved the first reading of the customer responsibility ordinance. The ordinance basically lets the city charge some repair or replacement fees to citizens for loss or damages to water and sewer meters and other equipment related to water and sewer.
Public works director Ed Bush said we continue to have some customers who run over their lids on sewer equipment with lawnmowers and other things. He said its not fair for everyone in town have to pay more fees when some customers are not being responsible and are repeatedly tearing it up. Bush said it cost the city $75 per lid. Bush said many times its a selected few of the same residents tearing up the lids multiple times.
Alderman Faye Lowery said some the issues go back to the original contractors on the sewer system not putting the lids deep enough in the ground. She argued it wasn't fair to ask citizens to pay for damaged lids and other sewer equipment when it wasn't installed to allow them to mow their yards easily to begin with.
The board passed the first reading of the ordinance by a 3-1 margin with Lowery voting no. They will have to pass it on 2nd reading in November for it to take effect.
Road Board Decides to Seek Bids for Automatic Dump Truck
The Road Board discusses the bidding out of a dump truck on Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
At Tuesday night's Henry County Highway Commission meeting, the board looked over and discussed specs for a dump truck. Board member Marty Allison said, after talking with them, some of the employees of the highway department didn't feel they needed a tandem triaxle large dump truck.
Road supervisor Ray Norwood said the main issue with these bigger trucks is maneuverability and they would rather have an automatic like they just purchased last year. He said we are in need of a truck of some kind because some of the ones we currently have on the road are showing their age.
Norwood said the department has some trucks that could be surplussed and sold or kept and used for parts. He said we do need another truck, but its just a question of what type of truck to bid out.
The board decided since it has been a year since the purchase of the automatic dump truck they bought last time they had to rebid it out. They agreed the automatic truck was the way to go and bid out that type of truck to keep the fleet the same.
The road board also briefly discussed the new patcher they purchased recently. Everyone seemed to be pleased and the idea of getting another patcher was talked about. The board decided to see how this one handled the work load for now and discuss purchasing another patcher later on.
A citizen was on hand at the beginning of the meeting asking why his road hasn't been tar and chipped in about a year and a half though he has requested it. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said we really haven't tar and chipped and are trying to repair roads first.
Board chairman Bobby Milam said we will tar and chip roads on the list as soon as we get a chance but other issues have to come first.
Zombie Fun Run Postponed; To be Rescheduled in Spring
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School School Resource Office Buford Taylor, organizer of the HCHS Class of 2015 Zombie Fun Run that was planned for this month, has decided to cancel the event and reschedule it for the Spring.
The event was originally scheduled for October 25th, but due to wet weather the Powder Puff football game has now been rescheduled for October 25th. Also on that day the ACT test will be going on along with Screen on the Green.
If you have already mailed or turned in your registration for the Zombie Fun Run the money will be refunded. For more information contact SRO Taylor at 642-5232.
John Dylan Adams Indicted on Rape In Bobo Case
Jackson, Tenn.- Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment in the ongoing investigation of the murder of Holly Bobo, charging a Decatur County man with Rape.
Since Holly disappeared from her home on April 13, 2011, TBI Special Agents, collaborating with the 24th District Attorney General’s office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, have been investigating the disappearance of the 20-year old nursing student.
Through information developed over the course of the investigation, TBI agents learned last month that 26-year old John Dylan Adams of Holladay disposed of items he knew to be of evidentiary value to the case. Adams was arrested and charged with Tampering with Evidence. Additionally, on September 17, 2014, Adams admitted to TBI agents that he was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo on April 13, 2011, at the address of 235 Adams Lane in Holladay, TN, in Decatur County.
This morning, the 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe convened a special Grand Jury in Decatur County. The panel returned indictments against Adams on two counts of Rape. Adams was served with a capias in the Robertson County jail, where he has been held since being transported from the Madison County jail. He is currently being held without bond.
UT Martin Receives U.S. DOE Grant for over $1.9M
Grant to Enhance Vet Program at UTM
Martin, Tenn.- The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,972,725 to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The grant was awarded through the Title III Strengthening Institutions program and represents the second such award that UT Martin has received in the past 10 years. Funding for the program begins this month and continues through September 2019.
The university’s “Soaring Toward Success Project” will enhance students’ post-secondary success and improve productivity. Both goals align with two of the five UT System Strategic Plan goals of enhancing educational excellence and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness. “
Sponsored funding increasingly provides essential financial resources to campuses in the UT System as costs continue to increase and state appropriations continue to flatten or decrease,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This Title III program is especially helpful in that it enables us to think innovatively and to implement new initiatives without fear of undercutting resources from existing programs and services.”
One of the grant’s intended outcomes is to create a “culture of evidence” that results in data-driven decision making on issues of resource allocation and student success. Other activities funded through the program will include developing a comprehensive, student-centered advising system, leadership development, and Faculty Teaching and Learning Communities, as well as the enhancement of the university’s veterinary science program.
Program implementation objectives will benefit from collaboration between the divisions of academic and student affairs. Sociology professor Michelle Horton will serve as project director, and Dr. George Daniel, coordinator of student affairs program evaluation, will serve as project co-directors.
“This grant will provide dollars to strengthen UT Martin’s infrastructure in terms of data-driven decision making in our academic programs,” Horton said. “As a faculty member, I also value the resources that will assist our advising process and those that will provide mentoring for our new faculty.” Horton said that current advising software is outdated for both student and faculty use. The software purchased through the grant will enable students to forecast multiple academic pathways to achieving their academic goals.
Faculty advisers will see where students have gaps in meeting degree requirements and where they can pursue minors and other options. “UT Martin takes great pride in our teaching mission, and we anticipate that the impact of this funding will improve on that legacy of excellence in the classroom,” she added.
Daniel will assist Horton in grant management and also coordinate the Student Leadership Challenge, an established and well-researched program, into the university’s current Peer Enabling Program. Student PEP leaders assist freshmen with the transition to college life through the university’s First-Year Initiative program. The funding will also help to expand the veterinary health technology option in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Capacity is currently 80 total students, but demand has run as high as 200 students applying to pursue the option.
“UT Martin offers the only four-year public (veterinary health technology) program of its kind in Tennessee, and we have already met our enrollment capacity based on our existing facilities,” said Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and UT Martin assistant professor of animal science, who also oversees the newly accredited option. “This grant will fund the expansion of our enrollment through necessary renovations to expand classrooms, laboratories, office space and companion animal kennels.”
Man Charged With Aggravated Assault; Thefts Reported
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Dossie R. Melton, age 53, of 1390 Lumber Road in Henry, with aggravated assault after an incident where Melton had a knife and threatened another man.
A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a hunting tower on Green Valley Drive had two camo folding chairs, binoculars, and a shooting stick stolen from it in the past few weeks. The value of the items is over $200.
Another report of theft came from a resident of Old Paris Murray Road as they were in the process of moving and came back for their last load of items and found some items missing. Items that appear to have been taken include memorial items from the loss of a loved one, baseball card collection, Batman and Kiss figures all valued at over $600. Police have no suspects.
Marching Patriots Bring Home 11 Trophies
Photo by Sherry Hutchinson
Paragould, Ark.- The Henry County Marching Patriot band traveled to Paragould, Arkansas to compete in the 32nd Annual Paragould Marching Invitational this past weekend. Henry County brought home 11 trophies as they competed against 17 other bands.
The Marching Patriots won Superior Field Commander, Percussion, Guard, and Band. They won 1st place Field Commander, Percussion, and Guard and were crowned as the Class 4-A Grand Champion.
Other awards included 2nd place High Visual and 2nd place High Effects and 4th place overall band in their respective division. The Marching Patriots will compete this Saturday October 18th in Murray.
Awards brought home from the event. (Tracy Coleman photo)
Over 500K Tennesseans Have Registered for Shakeout
Self Led Earthquake Drill Scheduled for Thursday at 10:16am
Nashville- Tennesseans are signing up for participation for the 2014 Central U.S. Shakeout, an annual event to educate people on how they can prepare and protect themselves in a major earthquake, in huge numbers.
Over 512K citizens of the Volunteer state have signed up for this year’s Shakeout, which will be held Thursday October 16 at 10:16am. That number represents 274K individuals from daycares and K-12 schools, 141K from colleges and universities, and 33K from businesses in the state. Last year, Tennessee only registered 332,509 Shakeout participants.
During the self led drill participants are suppose to “drop, cover, and hold on,” meaning you drop to the ground, take cover under a steady desk or table, or cover your head and neck with your arms, and hold on until the shaking stops.
Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Dave Purkey, said “many Tennesseans are surprised to learn that a major earthquake is the number one catastrophic threat to our state. They might think earthquakes only happen in California, but the threat is real and the time is now to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your community.”
Scientists estimate there is a 25 to 40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the Central U.S. within a 50 year window of time. The New Madrid Fault Line is just to the west of the Mississippi River and a series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 from that fault line caused the formation of Reelfoot Lake.
Anyone interested in the Shakeout can visit shakeout.org/centralus and register to participate in the drill.
HCHS Seniors To Have Zombie Fun Run Oct. 25th
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School class of 2015 is sponsoring a Zombie Fun Run on Saturday October 25th 9am at Henry County High School in Paris. You can either be a runner or be a Zombie. Price is $35 for runners, $25 for zombies with the first 75 runners and 25 zombies receiving a free long sleeve T-shirt. Additional lives can be purchased for $5 in case zombies catch you during the run. Registration forms are available at Henry County High School in the front office or via the HCHS Class of 2015 Zombie Fun Run Facebook page.
Early Voting Begins Wednesday Runs Thru Oct. 30th
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the November 4th Election starts on Wednesday and runs thru October 30th. Early voting is done at the Election Commission Office, located in the courthouse annex on Washington Street. Times for early voting are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday and 9am to Noon on Saturdays. On October 30th, the Henry County Election Commission Office will offer extended hours and be open until 7pm for early voting.
Fundraiser for Melody Long is Saturday at Shine Your Ride
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fundraiser for Randy and Melody Long on Saturday October 18th. It will be a car wash and bake sale at Shine Your Ride in downtown Paris and it begins at 8am. For more information or to donate items for the bake sale call Terrey at 731-227-1246. Melody is battling cancer and money raised will go towards medical bills and needs.
Paris Police, BPU Warn of Phone Scam
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Paris Board of Public Utilities is wanting the public to be aware of a phone scam that has been going around the area.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said a male with a foreign accent has been calling area businesses and advising them to call the phone number 1-888-610-4445 Ext. #1 in order to pay their overdue utility bills over the phone.
Assistant General Manager of BPU, Terry Wimberley said customers are being asked to wire payment in the next thirty minutes or their power will be cut off. He said the BPU has and will never ask customers to wire payments.
If any BPU customers receive this call they should advise the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.
HCSO Opening Up Storm Shelters Monday Afternoon
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office has decided to open up storm shelters this afternoon for the public for anyone who wishes to come to the shelter if severe weather strikes our area. Deputies will be on hand at the Inman, Lakewood, and Harrelson storm shelters from 4-8pm. Any citizen that wants to come to the shelters can do so from 4-8pm on Monday. Severe weather is in the forecast with heavy rains and damaging winds the main threat.
HC, Inman Compete in West TN CC Regionals
Henry County's Silas Winders sprinting towards the finish. (Lance Winders photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County and Inman competed in the West Tennessee Middle School Cross Country Regionals this weekend.
Henry County’s Silas Winders claimed another win coming in 1st place overall in the Boys Middle School Two Mile Race with a time of 11:20. Silas is in 7th grade and this was his 5th race win this year. Collin Smith, 6th grader for Henry County Middle finished the race in 18:12. Inman 8th graders Cole Davis and Jarrett Hayes and Hunter Lawerence, 6th grade, all competed and earned spots along with Silas in the Middle School State Championships. Davis finished 6th, Hayes came in 12th and Lawerence came in 16th out of 152 runners.
In the Girls Middle School Two Mile Race, 8th grader Lexi Daniels competed against 130 other runners and completed the run in 13:37, which was good for 9th place overall. Brooklyn McClain, 6th grader, finished 43rd overall with a time of 15:21. For Inman, sixth grader Emma Hill finished the course in a time of 14:31. All three girls qualified for the Middle School State Championship in Knoxville.
Also competing in the Elementary School Cross Country Regional Championship was Dinah Winders who placed 1st overall in the girls elementary one mile race. Dinah is a 5th grader and finished the one mile in a time of 6:26.
HCSO Investigates Theft
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Deputy Jim Sanders responded to a report of burglary on Porter Norwood Road. There was damage to the front door of the camper and several items were stolen. Items stolen included four wheeler ramps, binoculars, shotgun shells, hunting supplies, boots, tools, DVDs, and move all valued at around $2K. Police have no suspects at this time.
Severe Weather Possible This Afternoon and Evening
Flood Watch Until Tuesday Morning, 2-3 Inches of Rain Possible
Memphis- Severe Thunderstorms and heavy rain are in the forecast this afternoon and overnight for our area. The National Weather Service in Memphis has placed us under a Flash Flood Watch until Tuesday morning.
The best chances for severe weather this afternoon will be between 4-10pm. The thunderstorms could contain heavy rainfall and wind gust up to 75mph. 2-3 inches of rain is possible this afternoon and tonight with locally heavier amounts during these thunderstorms. Please pay attention to the weather conditions this afternoon and tonight.
UTM Rodeo Team Receives National Championship Spurs
Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s rodeo team was awarded its 2014 national championship spurs during halftime of the Skyhawk football game against Tennessee Tech on Thursday evening.
Head coach John Luthi was amongst the group of 23 UT Martin cowboys who were on hand to receive the commemorative customized spurs, which were donated by Allegro Fine Foods.
“I want to personally thank Allegro and the Betsy Ross Foundation for their generous contribution,” Luthi said. “Not only did they help provide these spurs but they also donate $20,000 annually for scholarships which benefit our program immensely. We are fortunate to have a great partnership with Allegro.”
Last June, UT Martin became the first team located on the east of the Mississippi River to capture a men’s rodeo national championship. UT Martin tallied 755 points at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., topping 125 other National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association teams for the right to be called national champions.
DUI on Tyson Avenue
Paris, Tenn. - Derrick Elliot, age 25, of Meadow Brook Drive in Martin was arrested for driving under the influence. Sgt. Josh Fry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office pulled Elliot over on Tyson Avenue. Elliot was placed under arrest on a $1,500 bond. This was his first DUI.
Burglary at Holy Cross Catholic Church Under Investigation
Paris, Tenn. - The Holy Cross Catholic Church reported a theft on Saturday. Paris Police report that two broken windows and a broken down door was used to gain access into the locked church. A Hewlett Packard laptop as well as a 32’’ LCD TV was the only stolen items reported. The burglary occurred between 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. The crime is still under investigation.
Workshop to Grow Leadership Skills
Paris, Tenn. - Applications are available for Leadership Henry County, a community awareness and skill building program. The sessions are sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The LHC consists of one-day classes for people with leadership potential. Sessions include team building, education, government, healthcare, arts and history, tourism, agriculture and economic development. The cost for the program is $325. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 731-642-3431 or go to their website at www.paristnchamber.com
National Wildlife Refuge Week October 14-18
Springville, Tenn. - Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge has announced their National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-18. The Wildlife Refuge group is a network of U.S. public lands set aside to conserve and protect wildlife. The districts offer fishing opportunities, hunting, hiking, and the ability to photograph iconic wildlife. Throughout the week, visitors are invited to visit the new refuge center and take in the sites. The refuge visitor center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. It is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and special events are free to the public. For more information go towww.fws.gov/TennesseeRefuge or for volunteering information call 731-642-2091.
Archive to Commemorate Fallen Soliders
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Archive is preparing a Memorial Hall for the fallen men and women of the military in the area. Each person will be given a frame and a plaque that will include more information. Memorial Hall is requesting that anyone come forward with any information that will help with the project. If you're interested, contact Charlene Carter at 731-333-4248 or Linda Dunlap at 731-593-5592.
UT Martin: "America's 100 Best College Buys"
Martin, Tenn. - UT Martin has been awarded "America’s 100 Best College Buys” by the Institutional Research & Evaluation, inc for a 9th consecutive year. To be considered a “Best College Buy,” the institution must be accredited, offering four-year bachelor’s degrees. The school must also offer dining and residence halls. Incoming freshmen of UT Martin had to have an average ACT score equal or above national average. And the out-of-state tuition is required to be below the national average by at least 10 percent to win this award.
This comes after two prestigious awards already received by UTM this year. UTM was recognized in August by the Princeton Review as the “Best in the Southeast” for 2015. This is a title that the university has held for 12 consecutive years. In September, UTM placed in the top tier by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 for its masters programs.
Chancellor Tom Rakes says “UT Martin continues to earn and receive recognition for educational value. High-quality academic programs offered at a reasonable cost make UT Martin stand out in a competitive higher education marketplace.”
UT Martin is listed for the ninth consecutive year among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. The university is one of three public Tennessee higher education institutions listed. Students are pictured in front of the University Village Apartments.
Fender Bender Leads to Arrest
Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department responded to a fender bender at the Sonic Drive-In on Friday. Amanda Qualls, age 27, of Reynoldsburg Road in Springville backed into Deputy Haley Ramos’s patrol car. Minor damage was reported of both vehicles. Officers discovered that Qualls was driving on a suspended license for failure to satisfy a citation. Qualls was also cited for expired tags and proof of insurance. Qualls was arrested and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.
Theft in Mansfield Under Investigation
Paris, Tenn. - A theft was reported on Porter Norwood Road in Mansfield. The owner of a camper commutes to this property from his primary residence of Louisiana frequently. He was informed in August that it looked like someone has been inside of his camper. The owner discovered damage to the door and several missing items. The items included household and hunting supplies as well as many other miscellaneous items. The theft is estimated at $2,300.
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Patriots swept the field at their homecoming game against Clarksville last night. Within the first quarter, the Patriots scored three touchdowns. Chase Henderson and Brevin Odom put Henry County on the board while Jeremiah Godbott ties up the 1st quarter by scoring a 52-yard touchdown. This put the Patriots on top 21-0.
#9 Jeremiah Godbott’s TD run. Godbott had 109 yards rushing & 2 TDs during the Patriots 44-14 victory over Clarksville.
(Tim Pharr Photo)
By the end of the second quarter, Henry County had rushed 307 yards, while Clarksville had only run 20. Clarksville was able to score a touchdown towards the end of the 2nd quarter due to a fumble. Two touchdowns by Bransen Singleton and Jeremiah Godbott left the halftime score at 35-7.
Two Henry County defenders hit the Clarksville QB. The pass fell incomplete.
(Tim Pharr Photo)
R’tario Perkins scores a 44-yard running touchdown with a good extra point in the 3rd quarter, beating Clarksville 42-7.
#72 Donovan Owens tackles a Clarksville back for a loss during Henry County win over Clarksville.
(Tim Pharr Photo)
In the 4th quarter, Clarksville runs a 17-yard touchdown with an extra point, bringing them up to 14 on the scoreboard. 2 safety points are retrieved by Henry County with only a minute and half remaining in the game. Henry County took a knee as the clock ran out of time. The patriots won homecoming 44-14.
Patriot football will continue against the Northeast High eagles in Clarksville on October 24th. Kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m.
Cate named HCHS Homecoming Queen
Paris, Tenn. - Addi Cate, daughter of Tom and Becky Cate was named Henry County High School’s 2014 homecoming queen. Cate is a soccer and basketball player at HCHS and a member of student council and the National Honor Society. The senior homecoming court also included Hailey Frizzell and Bria Woodruff. Congratulations to Cate and everyone on HCHS’s homecoming court.
Addi Cate crowned as the 2014 Henry County homecoming queen by Shelby Beloate. Ms Cate was escorted by Cody Hunter.
(Tim Pharr Photo)
Driving on Suspended License Charge
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests for driving on suspended licenses. David Corbitt, age 30, of Lick Creek in Big Sandy was arrested and placed on a $250 bond. Randy Burton, age 38, of South McDonald Street in Puryear was also arrested for a suspended license and placed on a $1,500 bond.
Hoof Beats of Hope Fall Festival Rescheduled
Paris, Tenn. - This year’s Hoof Beats of Hope Fall Festival at Cardinal Park has been cancelled due to weather conditions. As of now, the event will be rescheduled for November 1st.
Jamey Tosh Receives Horizon Award
Paris, Tenn. - Henry County’s very own Jamey Tosh of Tosh Farms received the Horizon award at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s “Ag Day” celebration last Saturday. The award was given to Tosh for career accomplishments and leadership. Tosh is a partner of Tosh Farms, which encompasses Tosh Pork and Bacon by Gosh. Tosh’s facility markets over 600,000 hogs annually. In addition to swine production, Tosh Farms is home to 13,000 acres of crops.
Tosh (far right) receiving award at "Brag about Ag" event in Knoxville.
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