From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
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PPD, HCSO To Offer Citizen's Police Academy
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s are now accepting applicatons for the 2015 Citizen’s Police Academy that will be held beginning March 24th.
Applications will be accepted until March 20th, or until the class is filled. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 9pm. The Citizen’s Police Academy offers a chance for citizens who live and work in Paris and Henry County to experience a firsthand view of the operations of our two departments. Graduates are not certified as police officers but will have a better understanding of what police officers face every day. Instruction will include topics on the use of force, undercover drug operations, K-9 units, patrol units and dispatching.
Applications may be picked up at the Paris Police Department, 100 North Caldwell St. or the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, 210 Forrest Heights Road in Paris. For more information contact Lt. Tom Lankford at 642-2424.
HC RFL to Hold Runway for Cure March 13th
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life’s annual Runway for a Cure Fashion Show will be held Friday March 13th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The event previews the latest spring fashions from local area boutiques such as Boutique Marimac, Queens of Paris, Off the Square, and Sunshine Boutique from Camden.
Local celebrities are featured as models and this year’s guest Emcee will be Michelle Atkins, of the UT Extension Office.
Also every year the Runway for a Cure Committee selects two cancer survivors as Honorary Co-Chairs to feature in the event. Amber Lacy and Elizabeth Cronin have be selected as Honorary Co-Chairs. These ladies will not only participate in the event but will be featured as well.
Event Co-chair Dana Allen said “Amber and Elizabeth each represent hope, strength, and courage. Although each are beautiful young ladies, each has faced and fought a battle greater than most can imagine. Our hope is to honor their courage and share their stories with our community.”
Tickets for Runway for a Cure are $10 each and will be available at the door the night of the event on Friday March 13th. Doors open at 6pm. Several area vendors will be featured and their will be a silent auction. All proceeds from Runway for a Cure benefit Relay for Life of Henry County. For more information contact Dana Allen at 642-0234 ex. 2144.
Paris Businessman Charged With Tax Evasion
Paris, Tenn.- The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Dharmesh Patel for tax evasion, theft over $10,000 and forgery. Patel, 36, surrendered to officials at the Henry County courthouse in Paris, Tenn. on Monday. Bond was set at $20,000.
Monday, Patel was indicted by a Henry County Grand Jury on 18 Class E felony counts of tax evasion, one Class C felony count of theft of property and one Class C felony count of forgery. The indictments charged Patel with failure to remit $16,482.67 in sales tax due to the state. The indictments also charge that Patel filed false sales tax returns from January 2012 through June 2013. It was a secret indictment at the time because no arrest had been made yet.
"The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said. "This investigation underscores the Department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws."
If convicted, Patel could be sentenced up to two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each count of sales tax evasion. He could also be sentenced up to six years and fined up to $10,000 for each count of theft over $10,000 and forgery.
The Department pursued this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Matt Stowe’s office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).
The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2014 fiscal year, it collected $11.8 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.3 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.TN.gov/revenue.
Henry County/Ky Lake to Be Featured on Krappie Kings TV
Paris, Tenn.- Kentucky Lake and Henry County will be featured on an episode of Krappie Kings TV this Saturday, March 7, 2015. The show, which features Extreme Angler Karl Kolonka, will air on the Sportsman Channel –DirecTV and Dish Networks - this Saturday at 7:30am.
The Host, Karl Kolonka, known for his brilliant, bigger than life persona on EXTREME ANGLER TV, which is celebrating 14 years on TV, came up with the idea for this exciting new television series entitled Krappie Kings TV.
In each episode we join Karl as he travels to a favorite fishing destination and hooks up with some of North America’s renowned crappie experts and characters who will share their secrets for catching bigger than life slaps.
In the Henry County/Kentucky Lake production, Karl teams up with area crappie and StrikeKing Pro Angler Tim Blackley from Hornbeak, Tennessee. A frequent visitor to Kentucky Lake, Blackley and his co-angler Jackie Vancleave, fish in many of the national crappie tournaments, finishing in fourth place out of 220 boats in the Crappie Master Classic held on Truman Lake.
“With Krappie Kings TV being filmed on Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing, this show will promote our beautiful area and Kentucky Lake to millions of household subscribers on the Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network,” according to David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance. Fishtale Lodge and Meo Mios will also be featured on the show.
Partial funding of the Krappie Kings TV show was provided by The Henry County Tourism Authority.
Horseshoes for Hope Postponed Until March 19th
Paris, Tenn.- The Horseshoes for Hope fundraiser scheduled for this coming Thursday March 5th has been postponed until Thursday March 19th due to the expected winter weather. If you have already purchased a ticket they will be good for the 19th, just hold onto the ticket until then.
Grand Jury Indicts 25 in 26 Cases Heard Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury handed down true bills on 25 of the 26 cases heard during an all day session on Monday.
Some of the high profile true bills included the indictment of Toby Carter, age 38, of Buchanan on first degree murder. This stems from the murder of an 80 year old Clarksville man in September of 2014. The grand jury found that Carter killed Bobby Dozier with intent and with premeditation. Carter continues to be held at the Henry County jail.
Donald Terry Sanders, age 53, of Mansfield was indicted by the Grand Jury on charges of rape of a child and two counts of sexual battery. The child was between the ages of 3 and 13 at the time of the incident, according to the true bill handed down.
The one no true bill that was handed down by the Grand Jury was for Carey Parker for filing a false report. A no true bill means the Grand Jury did not agree that there was enough evidence to indict on those charges. Arraignments will be held beginning next Monday.
Parks Department Working on McNeil Baseball Fields
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks Board met on Monday evening and Parks Director Tony Lawrence updated the board on some work being done at the baseball fields at McNeil Park getting ready for the upcoming season. He said the Parks Department has poured some footers and done a few other things in the past couple of weeks. Also the Henry County Youth Baseball Association is rehabbing the T-ball fields and will use some money from Helping Hands to put in a new fence.
Lawerence also updated the board on the upcoming Triathlons. The adult tri will be held July 11th and the youth tri will be held June 6th. He also informed the board that practices for the Paris Youth Tri team will begin Tuesday and anyone that has a child interested in trying out for the team can call him at the Paris Civic Center at 644-2517.
Houston County Moves on to State Finals in Girls BB
Martin Westview Girls Also Earn Spot to Mufreesboro
Erin, Tenn.- The Houston County High School Lady Irish Basketball team won their Sectional, or Sub-state game, on Monday night at home against Loretto 53-43. The win puts the Lady Irish back into the TSSAA Class A state finals for the 2nd year in a row. Houston County will play Clarkrange at 11am on Thursday at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
The Martin Westview Lady Chargers also earned a spot in the final 8 in Mufreesboro. They will play Elizabethton on Thursday at 2:45pm in the AA quarterfinals. Dickson County will take on Bearden in the AAA quarterfinals Wednesday at 10am.
Paris NG to Host Recruitment Event Sat. March 7th
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris National Guard Armory will hold an Open House Recruitment Day this Saturday March 7th from 1-3:30pm at the National Guard Office on County Home Road.
Potential recruits are invited to come check out the building and equipment that will be on site including a back hole loader, skid steer, generators, welder trailer, dump truck, hippo boxes, and chain saw, items that can be frequently used by the National Guard.
There will be free drinks and free food along with give aways. For more information contact SFC Melissa Walker at 731-435-9220 or SFC James Dougherty at 644-7370. Benefits of joining the National Guard include drill pay, monthly active duty pay, annual training pay, student loan repayment, $400K life insurance, health and dental insurance, federal tuition assistance, and more.
Winter Storm Warning Issued by NWS for Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- Temperatures are expected to warm into the mid 60s Tuesday with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Winter weather is expected to come back by Wednesday as temperatures fall throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday. Our area is under a Winter Storm Watch from 6am Wednesday to 6am Thursday. Our area is under a Winter Storm Warning from 6am Wednesday to 6am Thursday. Forecasts call for 4-6 inches of snow along with 1 inch of sleet and a tenth to quarter inch of freezing rain. Precipitation will begin as rain Wednesday, but is expected to transition to a period of sleet and freezing rain, then to all snow by Wednesday afternoon and accumulations of snow are likely.
The Henry County School System has just gotten back in session this week after missing 9 days for winter weather. 11 days are built into the calendar for weather. The PSSD missed 7 days during the last winter storm event. TEMA and FEMA declared a State of Emergency for Tennessee the week of February 16th because of the winter weather.
Temporary Fixes In Place for Street in Front of City Hall
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Public Works crews were out Monday morning putting a temporary fix on section of Caldwell Street, right in front of Paris City Hall. There were several small pot holes so crews cut out a square section of the road and filled it with gravel. It's a temporary solution to the potholes in the road and will be completely finished when warmer weather sets in. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris Man Killed In Car Accident Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- A Henry County man lost his life in a car accident Sunday afternoon on Highway 69 S. The fatality report at the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office in Jackson said Benjamin C. Colley, age 49 of Paris, was killed when his vehicle, a 2001 Mercury, was traveling southbound on state route 69 and traveled off the right side of a the road when trying to negotiate a curve to the left. The vehicle then re-entered the roadway, rotated clockwise and ran off the right side of the roadway and stuck a tree. The report said he was not wearning his seat belt.
Thefts Reported In County, Drug Arrest Made in City
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a lock was cut off a door of a shed on Old Springville Road and around $500 worth of items were stolen. The items included electric heaters, cast iron skillets, and an air compressor. Police have no suspects.
Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police department cited Sharon Dunlap, age 42, of 210 N. Wilson, with possession of marijuana. The report said Sgt. Frey pulled over her vehicle for expired tags and could smell alcohol. Dunlap was then given a field sobriety tests and Sgt. Frey determined she was intoxicated. Dunalp refused consent to search but a K9 was called to the scene and alerted on the marijuana in her purse.
Tennis Camp Rescheduled for April Instead of March
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ten and under Tennis Camp under the direction of USTA certified coach J.F. Kirk. The camp was originally scheduled to be held in March, but it has been rescheduled for April and May.
The camp will be held at Atkins Porter Recreation Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights form 6:30-7:30pm. Dates will be April 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and May 5th and 7th. Registration fee is $25 made to Paris Parks and Recreation Department. Sign up at the Paris Civic Center or call 644-2517.
OVC Tournament Set; Murray State Earns #1 Seed
Nashville- The field for the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship has been set after the final day of the regular season.
Murray State will be the No. 1 seed after winning the OVC regular season championship for the 24th time overall and first time since 2012. The Racers completed a perfect 16-0 season, becoming just the fifth team in OVC history to accomplish that feat and first since 2003-04 (Austin Peay). After a tiebreaker Eastern Kentucky took first place in the East Division and is the No. 2 seed. Under the league's merit-based bracketing system both teams will receive double byes to Friday's semifinals.
The No. 3 seed is Belmont (who lost the tiebreaker with EKU) while the No. 4 seed is UT Martin. Both of those teams receive a single bye to Thursday's quarterfinals.
The field is rounded out No. 5 seed Morehead State, No. 6 seed Eastern Illinois, No. 7 seed SIUE and No. 8 seed Southeast Missouri.
The Skyhawks (18-11, 10-6 OVC) defeated Morehead State by a 75-72 margin in overtime at home on Jan. 10. UT Martin split the season series against Southeast Missouri, with each team winning on their own home floor (70-53 Skyhawk win in Martin on Jan. 24, 98-76 UT Martin loss in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 12).
For the fifth year in a row all eight men's and eight women's team will play every game of the Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The men's bracket is a merit-based system that gives the No. 1 and 2 seeds a double bye to the semifinals while the No. 3 and 4 seeds get a single bye to the quarterfinals. The first round will match up the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds.
This year marks the 21st time in the past 22 years that the tournament has been held in Nashville.
This year is the 10th time the combined men's and women's championship has been held at Municipal Auditorium; the men also held tournaments at Municipal in 1967 and 1989.
This year marks the 52nd time the OVC Men's Basketball Championship has been held; the event is the fourth-oldest Division I basketball championship tournament.
This year's first round and quarterfinals can be seen for free exclusively on the OVC Digital Network (http://www.OVCDigitalNetwork.com), the league's web streaming platform. The games are available on any computer, tablet or smart phone without needing any special downloads, apps or registration.
The semifinals will air live on ESPNU while the championship game will air live on ESPN2 and on the Westwood One Radio Network.
2015 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship (Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.)
First Round - Wednesday, March 4
Game 1 - #5 Morehead State vs. #8 Southeast Missouri - 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 - #6 Eastern Illinois vs. #7 SIUE - 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 5
Game 3 - #4 UT Martin vs. Game 1 Winner - 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 - #3 Belmont vs. Game 2 Winner - 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Semifinals - Friday, March 6
Game 5 - #1 Murray State vs. Game 3 winner, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 - #2 Eastern Kentucky vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Championship - Saturday, March 7
Game 7 - Semifinal Winners - 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Henry County And PSSD WILL Be Open On Monday
Paris, Tenn. - Both Henry County Schools and Paris Special School District WILL be open on Monday.
Retail Therapy Scavenger Hunt In Downtown Paris On Tuesday, March 3rd
Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center Women’s Health Advisory Council and the Downtown Paris Association will be hosting a scavenger hunt for health and wellness in downtown Paris. Add a little “sparkle” to your health with an afternoon of shopping, health education, food, fun and entertainment.
On Tuesday, March 3rd from 4 to 5 p.m. visit local DPA retailers with your “X Marks the Spot” scavenger hunt card and you will be eligible for prizes including gifts from six of the local retailers and a $100 VISA gift card from Henry County Medical Center. Seek out medical advice of professionals at each location. Then, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Johnson Agency will be the site of entertainment, a reception by Cindy’s Catering, goodie bags and prizes.
The event is free, but scavenger hunt cards are limited, so pick yours up in advance at the following locations: Boutique Mari Mac, Butler & Harbor, Jack’s Java, Maggies, My Favorite Things, Off the Square and Henry County Medical Center Pink Petal Gift Shop. For more information, you may contact Kathy Ray at 653 – 7274.
Team Mansfield Competes In Tennessee State High School Indoor Track Championships
Javan Winders Competes In The Tennessee State High School Indoor Track Championships
Johnson City, Tenn. - Team Mansfield competed at the Tennessee State High School Indoor Track Championships, held at East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee.
In the 2 mile race, Javan Winders, finished 2nd overall, with a time of 9:31. Just 4 seconds behind the winner. Titus Winders, finished 4th overall, with a time a 9:55.
Both Javan and Titus made the All State Team by placing in the Top Six.
In the 1 mile race, Javan Winders, placed 8th overall, with a time of 4:31.
Titus Winders (#4) of Team Mansfield, competes in The Tennessee State High School Indoor Track Championships
Competitors had to qualify for the meet. Javan was one of the only two runners who doubled in the 2 mile and 1 mile races. There was only an hour break between the two races.
Both were highly praised for their ability to adapt to training adjustments that had to be made over the last few weeks with all the snow and ice on the roads.
Driver Hits And Destroys Several Mailboxes On Hwy 69 S
Paris, Tenn. - Deputy Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 3820 Hwy 69 S, in regards to damage to several mailboxes on the highway. Damage was also done at 3835 Hwy 69 S.
According to the report, witnesses heard a loud noise and went to inquire where the noise was coming from. A vehicle, possibly dark gray in color, had crashed into the mailbox pole, then veered to the other side of the road and also crashed into another mailbox pole. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, however, several pieces of the automobile were left at the scene, which appeared to have significant front end damage. No arrests have been made at this time.
McKenzie Man Charged With DUI
Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports that Antonio Alvarez Perez, age 22, of McKenzie, was apprehended on East Wood Street and charged with DUI 1st Offense and driving without a license. Bond was set at $1500.
Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. Josh Frey arrested Michael D. Fitch, of 407 Lankford Road, in Paris. Fitch was charged with Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug, driving without a license, and assault. Bond was set at $1000.
Burglaries Continue To Plague The Area
Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Higgins responded to a burglary call at 9655 Hwy 79 N. Witnesses stated that sometime between February 14th and February 28th, the home was entered through the back door.
The witness said that the owners of the home were out of town and the home was being watched over by a relative. Items stolen were valued at $1700 and include a 26” Samsung LED television, Dell desktop computer, Toshiba all-in-one printer and a Samsung dvd player. Police are still investigating.
Tennessee Dept Of Agriculture Celebrates Weights And Measures Week
State of Tennessee - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will celebrate Weights and Measures week, March 1st through the 7th. Weights and measures inspectors keep pace with rapidly advancing technologies to ensure fairness in the marketplace.
Commissioner Julius Johnson said, “You should get what you are paying for, and inspectors play an essential role in the health of the economy. We value our weights and measures system as a crucial service to the citizens and businesses of Tennessee.”
Weights and measures inspectors oversee approximately 94,000 fuel pumps and 16,000 scales in Tennessee. The Tennessee Weights and Measures laboratory maintains and houses the primary standards of mass, volume and length for the state.
Tennessee is a member of the National Conference on Weights and Measures, which was formed in 1905, to develop model standards for uniform enforcement from city to city and state to state.
Computer And Prescription Meds Stolen From Home
Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Ricky Wade responded to a burglary at 114 Willow Oaks Drive.
The residents left the home to run a few errands and when they returned, the front door of the home was open. A Dell Venue 8 Pro Computer and two prescription medications were stolen. The value of the items stolen was listed at $655. No arrests have been made at this time.
Horseshoes For Hope Dinner On March 5th
Paris, Tenn. - Horseshoes for Hope will be on Thursday, March 5th, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Christian Life Center at the First United Methodist Church in Paris.
The $10 ticket includes the open-faced horseshoe sandwich, dessert and drink. This dinner will raise funds for Hoof Beats of Hope and R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. For more information, call 731-333-1320.
UT Martin To Offer Aquafit Classes Beginning March 9th
Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online studies will offer an Aquafit class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, March 9th through April 22nd on the UT Martin main campus. The registration fee is $35 per person.
Aquafit is a low-impact fitness class to help build muscle, increase cardio fitness and improve flexibility. Students of all swimming levels are welcome. For more information, call the Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082.
Donors Needed For LIFELINE Blood Drive On March 5th
Paris, Tenn. - Supplies of all blood types are low and LIFELINE Blood Services is experiencing a critical need for blood types. O Negative, A Negative, B Negative and O Positive are desperately needed.
Recent weather conditions with ice and snow have forced multiple blood drive cancellations and LIFELINE Blood Services wasn’t able to collect the amount of blood needed during the last few weeks.
To prevent a significant shortage and possible delay in surgical procedures, they must collect enough blood this week to supply West Tennessee hospital patients. All eligible donors are urged to give blood this week when the LIFELINE Bloodmobile visits on Thursday, March 5th, from Noon to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 101 East Blythe Street in Paris.
Baseball Youth Sign Ups March 7th
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Baseball Sign-ups will be heldand March 7th at the Paris Civic Center from 8am until Noon. The cost is $50 per player. Henry County Youth Baseball is an affiliate of Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken League. For more information or to sign-up online go to hcyba.baberuthonline.com or send an email to email@example.com.
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