From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Barron Robinson
Chief Elizondo: Thanks for Great Fish Fry Week
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo issued a public thank you to everyone for a great week during the 63rd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry. The crowds were up and crime was down and Chief Elizondo said that can be attributed to the professional law enforcement and emergency service presence.
Chief Elizondo thanked Capt. John Brewer and Paris Police Dept, Sheriff Monte Belew and Henry County Sheriff's Deputies and Reserves, Cap. Curtis Mansfield and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Maj. Larry Smith, Tennessee State Guard, Twila Rose, HC EMS Director, Capt. Danny Tucker, Paris Henry County Rescue Squad, Capt. Sammy Liles, Martin Police Department, Asst. Chief Reynard Buchanan, Humboldt Police Department.
Chief Elizondo also sent a big special thanks to Paris Public Works Director Phillip Jesse and his staff for all the work of closing streets, putting up barricades, making signs, and making Paris look clean and manicured before and after the parade.
Pistol Discharged During Argument Leads to Charges
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s charged a Henry woman with reckless endangerment, aggravated domestic assault, and aggravated assault after a gun went off when she and a man got into an argument.
The report stated that Paige M. Lusk, age 23, of 71 Peebles St., in Henry, appeared to pull a gun after arguing with a man in their kitchen. The man saw the pistol and tackled the woman to try to get it away from her. The pistol discharged and a single bullet hole went thru the kitchen sink and the outside wall of the home. Lusk was charged in the incident.
Woman Charged With Assault After Using Knife On Victim
Paris, Tenn.- Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Kristina P. Allen, age 25, of 1925 Hwy 641 N with aggravated domestic assault after an incident where she appeared to stab another woman after an argument. The report stated that Dep. Higgins arrived and found a female on the front porch with blood on her left arm and neck. Witnesses said that Allen used a knife to assault the woman after they got into an argument and the victim used a belt to defend herself. Higgins placed Allen on $20K bond.
Thefts Reported Throughout the County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. David Andrews responded to Shell Academy Road to an aggravated burglary. The back door was pried open and over $2K worth of items were missing. Items stolen include a .22 automatic pistol, several collector coins, set of engagement rings and other jewelry, two shotguns, and other items.
Another theft was reported from Crystal Ice Storage on Faigrounds Road. Locks were cut and $1200 worth of items were taken including a crosscut saw, croc pots, various tools, and some DVDs. There are no suspects at this time.
A man from Missouri called the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to report a theft of a black Dell Laptop and some loose change stolen from his vehicle when he was staying a few nights at the Buchanan Resort. Investigation is ongoing but there are no suspects at this time. The value of the items stolen is $500.
Silas Winders Takes 1st in Louisville Race
Louisville- Members of the Henry County running teams competed in the University of Louisville Eastern High Relays this past Friday.
Silas Winders finished 1st in the boys middle school mile with a time of 4:38. Silas now has a #1 National ranking for middle school boys mile. In the girls middle school mile, Dinah Winders came in 11th with a time of 5:43.
In the high school 3200 meters Javan Winders finished 10th out of 84 runners with a time of 9:14 and his brother Titus Winders came in ten seconds behind in in 17th place.
In the boys high school mile, Javan Winders finished 5th with a time of 4:20 and Titus came in 28th with a time of 4:31. There were 71 runners in the race.
BPU Crews Working Hard to Restore Power in Buchanan Area
Buchanan, Tenn.- Storms that rolled thru the area on Sunday afternoon left a mess in the Buchanan area and as of just before 9pm Sunday night about 250 people in the Swan Bay Road area remained without power.
Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations with BPU, said all lineman crews were working hard as 6 poles were broke, all on Swan Bay Road. Edwards said crews were first dispatched out around 2pm Sunday afternoon and would likely be working until around midnight Sunday night in order to restore power to everyone in the area.
Trees were also reported down in the Buchanan Road area as heavy rains and winds came thru Sunday afternoon.
Fish Tent Numbers Up as WBFF Wraps Up
The 63rd annual WBFF wrapped up as it was one of the biggest to date, with something great to do each day as plans for next year's event are likely to get underway soon.
The WBFF GM Loria Plunk had a brief statement to wrap up the fish fry, "Overall great year despite the some bouts with rain. Thankful to live in a community filled with people with volunteer spirit which helps makes the WBFF a success. Saturday night rodeo had 601 adult tickets and 71 children, the fish tent had 6925 adults and 411 children. The fish tent was up 891 tickets overall. The rodeo ticket sales were about the same overall. I am very pleased with the attendance of this year event and very thankful for sponsors who help make this event possible.
Call Before You Dig Dinner
Over 120 individuals from different counties and communities attended the Tennessee811 Interactive program and dinner at Paris Landing State Park.
Jason Frier directed the program which included information about pipelines across the country and specifically in Tennessee. Frier said, “This is the fourth of over 20 meetings we will be conducting across the state of Tennessee.” Kathy Quartermaine, marketing specialist for Tennessee811, helped with registration of the participants for the event. Historically the first oil well production was in Titusville, PA. in 1859.
Today 2.6 million miles of pipelines our found across our country reaching to all corners of our country and also includes the Alaskan transcontinental pipeline. Early pipelines were made of wood much like whiskey barrels that were held together with metal straps. The program PIPE, Partners In Protecting Everyone, emphasizes the “Call Before You Dig”. Designed for excavators, contractors, emergency response personnel, and private citizens, the program increased awareness of the need to “call before you dig”.
According to Frier, “Every minute of every day someone inadvertently cuts and utility line of some sort.” Costly as the result may be the greatest emphasis is the safety of all citizens. Even if you think you know where lines are located you should call 811 and get lines marked before you start to dig. The program was sponsored locally by ANR pipeline at Cottage Grove and Paris Henry County Utility District.
Drug Arrest In Paris
Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Paris Police Department Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker received information that Tracy Walter was driving a white Pontiac car with Kentucky tags and a yellow sticker on the back bumper. Whitaker was also told that the vehicle was going to Walmart.
Cpl. Whitaker with a warrant in hand for the arrest of Walter, the warrant was a Mittimus from Carroll County. Walters’s vehicle was stopped in Lone Oak Mobile Home Park. Cpl Whitaker then placed Walter under arrest for the warrant. Walter then gave consent to search his vehicle. During the search Cpl. Whitaker found a small bag of crystal meth in the center cup holder. Walter was charged with possession of schedule II drug.
WBFF Saturday Events
Paris, Tenn.-The wet damp weather didn’t deter a crowd from showing up to the Small Fry Parade at the court square, followed by the Jr. Fishing Rodeo at Williams Lake.
The winners of the Jr. Fishing Rodeo are:
4 and under Biggest Fish: boy /Graham Bruce girl/ Larissa Jones
4 and under Most Fish: boy/ Reese Gooden girl/ Emily Hillard
5-8 Biggest Fish: boy/ Nate Goan girl/ Lila Caho
5-8 Most Fish: boy/ Brayden Martin girl/Courtney Rhodes
9-12 Biggest Fish: boy/ Noah Millraney girl/ Eva Hatcher
9-12 Most Fish: boy/ Nate Case girl/Eva Hatcher
Smallest Fish: Samuel Bruce
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Paris, Tenn.-This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in partnership with clinicians and practitioners across the state, are excited about the future for our children. We are working hard every day for the children in our state. Our children have more hope than ever before to reach their full potential which includes proper mental health.
Some children are born with mental health challenges. It is part of their DNA. While for others their condition may be the result of a lack of proper nurturing or perhaps the consequences of being exposed to traumatic experiences.
We see far too many young Tennesseans put themselves at risk of injury, arrest and even death, often times due to an undiagnosed behavioral health condition. It’s our duty to offer them a chance to succeed, as early in life as possible, to help ensure they lead a life with boundless opportunities.
When mental health issues are not dealt with, children can easily become depressed, have anxiety issues, and stop performing well in school, or have little or no interest in activities. They tend to have low self-esteem and struggle in the educational environment.
Research into the science of the mind is revealing so much hope. For instance, we now know that early intervention and seeing a mental health professional as soon as symptoms present themselves can go a long way to ensure the health and wellbeing of a young person later in life.
If given the opportunity, and with a support system in place, we can diagnose and treat their underlying mental health condition and improve their chances of staying in school, finding meaningful work and leading the most productive and fullest life possible.
Join with us this month to help ensure our children don’t slip through the cracks. Our children deserve a life full of love, harmony, and all the hope and possibility we can imagine, no matter the obstacles or impediments.
B&G Equipment Awards Scholarships To Deserving FFA Students
Paris, Tenn.- The McKenzie and Paris FFA Chapters has five students that received a $1000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 FFA scholarship year. B&G Equipment in cooperation with AGCO will officially present scholarships to Kendall Allen, Kasey Pickle, Katie Plowman, Emily Rose, and Brady Cheatham.
These scholarships mark the fifth year of the AGCO Dealer FFA Scholarship and Grant Program, which has provided over $290,000 in scholarships and grants over that five-year period. In 2016 nearly 50 dealers provided over 100 scholarships or grants to local FFA members chapters.
Scholarship selection considered FFA involvement, work experience, community service, leadership skills and academic records. Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs and future goals were considered in the selection process as well.
These dealership and AGCO cooperatively funded scholarships are a continued part of a 70-year-old relationship between FFA, AGCO and its heritage companies. A proud supporter of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program, AGCO and AGCO Finance sponsors 18 additional scholarships to outstanding FFA members in 2015-2016.
Marijuana Bust In Paris
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Patrolman David Beauvais and Patrolman Jamie James observed a Chevrolet truck on East Wood Street with a tail light that was not working. The truck was stopped in front of Arrowhead Homes and Ptl. James made contact with the driver, William Bomar age 19 of Buchanan.
As Ptl. James was talking with Bomar a marijuana grinder was visible in the seat next to him. Bomar was asked to exit the vehicle and if he had anything else in the vehicle. Bomar complied and stated that there was some marijuana under the seat.
Ptl. Beauvais and Ptl. James found 5.4 grams of marijuana along with the grinder and a set of scales in the vehicle. Bomar was issued misdemeanor citations for simple possession of Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Beautiful Day for 63rd Annual WBFF in Paris
Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson Grand Marshall of the 63rd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry in Paris (Cheryl Allen photo)
Paris, Tenn - One could not ask for a better weather than what was for the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry parade held Friday morning in Paris. A very large crowd lined the parade route with anticipation of a great parade. The event began at Ogburn Park making the way down Eastwood Street ending at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
WBBFF Hostess Court (Cheryl Allen photo)
Everyone knew the parade was on the way with the lights and sirens of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Paris Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol. Honor guards from both the Henry County Sheriff’s Department as well as National Guard also led the parade. Paris Fire Departments as well as other fire departments within the county were represented during the parade.
The marching Patriots of Henry County and the Henry County Wide Band showed their pride today, putting on a show that was pleasing to all.
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Henry County’s very own Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson served as Grand Marshall of the parade. Local dignitaries such as Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell, were in attendance, among other elected officials who packed the grandstands.
Best Out of Town Float 'Get Your Shamrock On' Houston County (Cheryl Allen)
With several bands from surrounding counties, all played for the judges at the grandstand in hopes to win the Grand Champion of the parade. Floats of all varieties and beauty queens made for an even more beautiful day.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo estimated the crowd at this years Grand Parade was well over 52,000.
Winners of the floats were:
General Manager's Choice
Cheryl Allen photo)
Cub Scout Pack 222
Most Original Float
Cheryl Allen photo)
LIttle Prince & Princess
Best Club or Church
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Hands of Praise
Fisher of Men
Most Beautiful Float
Cheryl Allen photo)
50's Jr Queen
Miss Tiny Tot
Best Out of Town Float
Cheryl Allen photo)
Little Mr & Miss McKenzie
Band Winners of the 2016 WBFF Grand Parade
Cheryl Allen photo)
McKenzie High School
Glencliff High School
Camden High School
News from past weeks here.