From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Sheriff's Office Offers Reward in ATV Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office announced today that a $500 reward will be offered for information related to ATV thefts near the Halfway Market on Highway 641 South.
The reward will be issued for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Officers are currently investigating two separate incidents of ATV theft, at 11760 Highway 641 South and at 95 Pleasant Hill Road.
Anyone with any information on these thefts is invited to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672.
Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday
Nashville- Tennessee's annual Sales Tax Holiday for back-to-school shopping will run from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3.
State sales taxes (and local sales taxes where applicable) will be suspended on clothing $100 or less per item, school and art supplies $100 or less per item, and computers priced at $1500 or less.
While geared toward back-to-school shoppers, anyone in Tennessee can take advantage of the tax breaks.
For more specific information on what is and isn't tax exempt this coming weekend, head to www.tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday
THP Accepting Applications for New Cadet Class
Nashville- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recently announced that it will soon open the application process for a new trooper cadet class slated to begin February 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted online only from Wednesday, July 30 through Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
All applicants must apply online through the Tennessee Department of Human Resources at agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee. Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be notified of their qualification status. There is no longer an examination portion to qualify for the State Trooper position.
Individuals interested in applying for the position of state trooper must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Two years of college or military or previous law enforcement experience is preferred. Applicants with felony convictions will not be considered.
Following the passage of the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act, the hiring method for becoming a state trooper has been revised to incorporate an interview process that tests the applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies. As a result, selected applicants will be required to successfully pass the physical agility test prior to being admitted for an interview. THP anticipates the agility test and interview appointments to begin September 3, 2014.
If hired, individuals must obtain a valid Tennessee driver license and are required to successfully complete a level II background investigation, which includes a credit check and polygraph test. Recruits must also pass a psychological and medical examination, including a drug screening.
There are currently 884 authorized commissioned officer positions within the THP. Trooper recruits will be assigned to vacant positions across the state upon graduation. The starting salary for a cadet during training is $2,679 per month. Upon graduation and commissioning as a Tennessee state trooper, the salary will increase to $2,965 per month and includes other benefits such as a paid pension plan, low cost health insurance, and paid holidays. Uniforms, equipment and patrol vehicles are also provided by the THP. With regular pay increases, a trooper can earn $52,872 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure. Trooper cadet training will last 20 weeks.
For additional information on becoming a Tennessee state trooper, visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security website at www.tn.gov/safety/thp/school.shtml.
HCSO, Henry Police Arrest Two for Aggravated Stalking
Jason Raspberry (L) and Angela Fourman (R) were arrested for aggravated stalking recently after making nearly two dozen death threats toward a Henry man (Photos provided by HCSO).
Paris, Tenn.- Officers with both the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Henry Police Department arrested two Paris individuals for aggravated stalking recently, according to reports.
Officer Gertch of the Henry Police Department was contacted by a man who said there were two people coming to his Henry residence to shoot him.
Over the course of an hour, the complainant received 22 calls from Jason Raspberry, age 39 of Highway 69S in Paris and Angela Fourman, age 39 of Walnut Street making various threats on his life, including that they would "blow [his] head off and bury [him] where no one will find [him]." During one of these calls, Officer Gertch spoke to Raspberry and identified himself as a police officer; Raspberry said he would kill him also.
Both the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department issued BOLO alerts for Raspberry and Fourman; they were found in a vehicle behind Huddle House and arrested.
Both were charged with aggravated stalking and Raspberry was also charged with simple possession of a schedule VI substance.
Officers are currently searching Raspberry's phone for additional evidence.
Paris Police Investigate Multiple Thefts at Same Residence
Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Paris Police Department are currently investigating multiple thefts from a home on Chickasaw Road, according to reports.
The complainant initially contacted the PPD Friday, June 25 after a push mower, gas cans, and various tools were stolen from his carport.
The very next day, he called officers saying "They got me again". A shed in the home's backyard was broken into, with the latch and lock pried off, and a 4500 watt McCollough generator valued at $700 was stolen. The complainant had written his name on the generator in permanent marker.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and has no suspects at this time.
Paris Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a recent press release, officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Paris man on felony drug and evading arrest charges.
While on patrol, Metro Crime Unit officers observed Charles Dustin Williams, a.k.a "Paul Wall" in a vehicle at a Paris hotel. Officers had active warrants on Williams and attempted to make contact with the man in order to arrest him.
As officers approached, Williams ran through the parking lot and began evading arrest. Officers chased Williams on foot and eventually apprehended the man.
During the pursuit, officers observed Williams drop a plastic bag containing a felony amount of methamphetamine. After he was placed under arrest, officers located another bag on Williams' person, also containing a felony amount of methamphetamine along with a digital scale, believed to be used to weigh narcotics for resale.
Williams was transported to the Henry County Correctional Facility without incident and is being held under $125,000 bond.
Huge Turnout for DPA Ice Cream Social
The Comer Farms adult ice cream eating contest drew a huge crowd Saturday (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Warm weather and sunny skies Saturday afternoon provided the perfect environment for the Downtown Paris Association’s Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show.
Over a thousand eventgoers packed the Paris Court Square along with 18 booths dispensing all-you-can-eat ice cream and 74 entries in the antique car show and competition.
Car entries ranged from 1940’s trucks to ‘70s and ‘80s muscle cars and everything in between.
This 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster coupe named "Sweet Pea" and owned by Bob Milam of Buchanan, Tenn. won the People's Choice Award of the antique car show (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Other activities at the Ice Cream Social included a kids’ and an adults’ ice cream eating contest sponsored by Comer Farms, in which participants tried to eat a half-gallon of ice cream as quickly as possible.
WMUF / WLZK / WRQR also sponsored a frozen T-shirt contest for both kids and adults where participants raced to thaw out a rolled-up and frozen solid T-shirt and put it on. Cash prizes, as well as the unfrozen T-shirts, were awarded to the top three finishers in each contest.
Countless gallons of homemade ice cream were dispensed by the booths at the Ice Cream Social – booth sponsors included the Henry County Medical Center, Paris – Henry County Arts Council, REAL Hope Youth Center, Paris Police Department, and several others.
There were also inflatables for the kids, a DARE mascot and 911 Fox mascot roaming around, and tons of other activities to keep everyone occupied throughout the three-hour event.
Winners of the various contests held at Saturday's Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show are as follows:
Best In Show
City of Paris booth -- "Frozen"
Best Ice Cream
R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center -- homemade watermelon sorbet
Best Booth Theme
Henry County Medical Center -- Monkeyin' Around with banana ice cream
People's Choice Antique Car
1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Coupe, "Sweet Pea", owned by Bob Milam of Buchanan, Tenn.
Runner-up: 1962 Chevrolet pickup owned by Eddie Wilson
Youth Ice Cream Eating Contest
Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest
Youth Frozen T-Shirt Contest
1st: William Bailey
2nd: John McConnell
3rd: Will Walker
Adult Frozen T-Shirt Contest
1st: Angel Schnepper
2nd: Samantha Daciolas
3rd: Meagan Hart
R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center's homemade watermelon sorbet was voted Best Ice Cream at Saturday's Ice Cream Social (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Dr. T.D. Stubblefield Holds Book Signing at Jack’s Java
Dr. Thomas D. Stubblefield signs a copy of his book, Sacred Seed and Daily Bread, at Saturday's event (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Native Henry Countian and renowned pastor Dr. Thomas D. Stubblefield held a book signing for the release of Sacred Seed, Living Bread Saturday at Jack’s Java in Paris.
Turnout for the two-hour signing event was impressive; Stubblefield joked that he was getting writer’s cramp after signing so many copies.
Sacred Seed, Living Bread is Stubblefield’s first book, and is a collection of articles relating passages in scripture to everyday life events and personal challenges. Stubblefield said that he has heard several readers of the book use it as a daily devotional, and some pastors use articles in the book as jumping-off points for their own sermons.
He said that his second book, another reflection on scripture, is already in the works and should be finished by the end of the year.
Stubblefield was born and raised in Henry County and attended Central High School for three years; when schools consolidated in 1969, he was elected president of the inaugural graduating class of Henry County High School. He received a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Theological Seminary and has served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Mo. for 14 years.
During his brief stay in Paris, Stubblefield was invited by Pastor Kenneth Humphreys to deliver guest sermons at Cedar Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Cottage Grove, Tenn.
Copies of Sacred Seed, Living Bread are available for purchase through Amazon or Mira Digital Publishing.
News from past weeks here.