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Gee Tells BOT Issues Persist with TennCare and Medicare

The Oct. HCMC Board of Trustees meeting was held at EMS. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s met at EMS on Thursday for their regular October meeting and CEO and Administrator Tom Gee updated the board on issues with Medicare and Tenncare. Gee said due to the state’s failure to expand the Medicaid population, CMS was threatening to stop allowing the state to use matching funds for disproportionate care and essential access payments along with other special payments for the uninsured populations in Tennessee.

Fortunately for the medical center, after much negotiation with the state, CMS has delayed the elimination of these payments for at least one year. Gee did inform the board this will continue to be a problem for the state until it can do something to reduce its dependence on these types of payments.

Gee told trustees the other major concern is the continuing problems insurers are having with profitability around the health exchanges set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Blue Cross has decided to drop its coverage in the major urban centers and seek large increases, some up to 60%, in premiums, for other parts of the state. Gee told the board the upcoming election outcome will be critical as to whether the ACA is modified or repealed in the coming year.

Physician Recruitment Going Well for HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Gee discussed that physician recruitment continues and the medical center identified a general surgeon candidate who visited with HCMC during the past couple weeks. The candidate is very interested in establishing a practice in Paris. Gee said the medical center and Paris Surgical Specialists have coordinated and they also support the candidate.

The medical center has also recruited a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who will help increase coverage of the Lake Haven program. Dr. Gerard Monette has been used in part time coverage. Monette served as medical director back in the 90s. Dr. Monette was well liked and he did have a positive impact on the census and hopefully he can be utilized some more in the future. Gee said the 4th floor renovations should be finished in November.

New Chronic Disease Management to be Offered to HCMC Employees

Paris, Tenn.- Human Resources Director Ed Ledden went over the annual HR report for HCMC at Thursday's board meeting. He said we continue to do wellness screenings for all employees and spouses. He said it is a benefit for us and our partners because it helps catch issues early they might not have known about. Ledden said we will offer a new program of chronic disease management this year where employees can participate and earn savings on their health insurance after meeting goals of the program.

Ledden said 139 new partners were hired and 149 left the medical center. He said we have a significant number of partners that leave within the first year of employment and we are going to dive deep into this and try to find out what issues are causing the high turnover in the first year.

HCSO Turnip Green Away at 9am Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold a turnip green giveaway in the Kroger Parking lot on Mineral Wells Avenue. The turnip green giveaway begins at 9am and lasts until turnip greens are gone.

Wheatley Resigns As Chamber Director

Paris, Tenn.- After serving as executive director for the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce for 16 years, Jennifer Wheatley submitted a letter of resignation late Wednesday afternoon. The Chamber’s Executive Board officially accepted the letter Thursday morning at their meeting.

CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton said, “Jennifer did a great job for this Chamber and she will be missed. We will now begin the process of finding a new Chamber Director.”

Hamilton said Wheatley was given a severance package and they hope to have a new Chamber Director in place by the first of the year.

Local 11U Players Win USSSA Fall State Tournament

Clarksville- While playing with the Clarksville Orioles, some Henry County 11U players celebrated by showing off their championship rings after winning the USSSA Fall State Tournament. Ben Puckett, Javion Boyd, Truitt Webb, and Carter Hedges are all from Henry County playing with Clarksville's team. (Jess Hedges photo)

Henry Fire Department To Hold Haunted House Sat.-Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department will hold its 1st Annual Haunted House at the Henry Civic Center, located at 95 Park Avenue, Saturday October 29th thru Halloween, Monday October 31st. The Haunted House will be 6-10pm each night and admission is $5 which includes a Hay Ride. There will also be music, games, and food each night so be sure and bring money for food and games. Money raised benefits the Henry Fire Department.

Paris First Church of the Nazarene Family Fun Fest Is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris First Church of the Nazarene, located at 4220 Hwy. 218 bypass, will hold its 2nd Annual Family Fest this Saturday October 29th from 10am to 2pm. There will be fun and games, free hotdogs and popcorn, inflatables, and prizes given away. Admission is free. There will be a food drive so bring canned food items to help support the local food pantry by filling the pickup truck.

Thunder Baseball Organization Growing Quickly

Paris, Tenn.- Sunday, 23 October 2016 Paris Thunder 10U AA held their inaugural game with a double header scrimmage against Terror Baseball 10u AAA at Paris’ McNeil Park.  The bleachers were full and the fence rows were lined with proud parents and fans from Paris and the surrounding counties.   The Thunder 10U team has 4 coaches and trainers dedicated to the team.  The coaches used the scrimmage format to assess the teams in game abilities and the individual players baseball instincts.  The laid back format allowed the coaches to coach certain skill sets and situations.   Head Coach, Gervis Gallimore said, “It was a great start for a young team. We are teaching kids new positions and fundamental baseball. I expect big things from them next year and for the years to come. We will begin offseason training next week in preparation for the Spring season.”  Coach Gervis brings to the table over a decade of travel baseball coaching experience. 

Thunder Baseball Organization began 2 months ago holding meetings with community leaders, former Henry County baseball standouts, and current baseball parents and city and county faculty baseball coaches.  It is the goal of Thunder Baseball Organization to create a travel baseball organization so as to coop coaching and player talent here in Henry County. We will host coaching clinics, seminars and participate in community service projects in Henry County to give back to the community that has given us so much.  The concept is not new but has never been employed in Henry County.  There are other well-known programs in larger cities that have proven this system works and have done so time and time again. We are excited about the opportunities that are ahead of us.  As with any new entity here in town, we have been met with skepticism, doubt, and have endured the challenges that folks spreading misinformation presents.  We as a collective group are determined to make this work and in turn keep talented, hardworking, challenge seeking kids and coaches here in Henry County.    

Shane Kemp, former Henry County Baseball stand out, collegiate player, and semi pro baseball and current HCHS baseball assistant is working closely with coaches and teams on the development of team rosters and is providing training drills and instructional methods to Organization coaches and staff. Every week for the last 28 months, Shane has been working with the existing 11U team both indoors and outdoors.  Throughout that time he has developed players that have never touched a baseball and also improved the skills of players that did not have the confidence and skill sets to participate in travel ball, but simply wanted to improve on fundamentals of the game.

Thunder Baseball Organization will continue to have weekly workouts throughout the winter.  We use this time to hone and sharpen basic skill sets and work on agility and conditioning. Anyone that would be interested in more information or to schedule a player or group evaluation please feel free to reach out to us www.facebook.com/paristhunderbaseball

APSU To Take Over PHCPUD GIS Mapping

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met this week and approved a contract with Austin Peay State University to take over the GIS mapping program at the district.

General Manager Tae Eaton told the board that currently the district uses Geojobe out of Nashville at a cost of $5K. The company is the interface for software upgrades with the EZRI mapping system. Eaton said Austin Peay is willing to take over those functions and do training for our employees on the GIS mapping system. APSU also would charge $500 less per year. The board agreed to let APSU take over the job and provide resources to PHCPUD.

The Gas board also approved awarding the next phase of the Gas Main Extension Project to Revell Construction in the amount of $387,364. Revell was the lowest of two bidders on the project. Eaton said the project is about 21 miles of gas line.

The board approved a bid for $91,141 on 4 inch pipe, wire, tape, tees, caps, and valves from Consolidated Pipe and also approved a payment to James Plus and Associates in the amount of $37,594 for engineering services on the main line extension project.

In other action at their meeting on Tuesday, the Gas Board decided to sell their 2007 Ranger Truck as surplus on govdeals.com. Eaton said the new truck the district purchased has arrived and has been wrapped. It is made of 100% aluminium.

Eaton updated the financials for the PHCPUD to the board at their October meeting. The district saw financials in the red for the month to the tune of $162K and year to date since July 1, the district is in the red $545K. Eaton said that is in line with last year to date numbers and they will start to see more volume of sales in colder weather.

The board also approved to offer employees a cooked turkey breast for Thanksgiving and to hold a Christmas party and awards ceremony in December. Eaton said some utility companies have done away with Christmas parties, but he felt it was good for morale.

Early Voting Totals From Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- 548 more Henry Countians voted in person on Wednesday at the Election Commission Office during Early Voting. 5 absentee ballots were also received in the mail. The total so far for Early Voting is 4760 ballots cast. Early Voting for the November 8th Election continues Thursday at the Henry County Election Commission Office with extended hours. The Election Commission will have Early Voting from 8:30am to 7pm. Early Voting continues until November 3rd.

Updated: Missing Woman Found Safe

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said the missing woman from Como, Madison Fayeth-Ann Roberts, has been found safe and is ok.

HCSO Seeks Help on Missing Como Woman

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help is locating a missing person that has been missing since Wednesday October 18th.

Madison Fayeth-Ann Roberts, age 20, 5'3 whte female, blue eyes, strawberry blonde, left her home in Como on the 18th and has not been seen or heard from since. The press release said it is very possible that someone picked her up at her home. It is also possible that Madison could be in the Mayfield, Ky, or South Fulton, Tenn., areas.

Madison suffers from mental and emotional issues. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672.

Thefts Reported Across the County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Henry Midway Road had the door kicked in and some items stolen from it in the last couple of days. The house was completely ransacked with a curio cabinet turned over and a 42 inch flat screen TV, Xbox and several games stolen. The estimated value of the missing items was around $600, the value of damaged is over $2500. There are no suspects.

A home on Beach Lane in Springville had the water line broken off on the back of the home and others items around it missing, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office. There are no suspects at this time.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to an altercation at Pocket’s gas station and ended up making an arrest after investigation. Ptl. Jackson charged Nathan Gene Whittier, age 32, of 105 Rison Street, with aggravated assault. Whittier was placed on $10K bond.

Jakes Day Saturday At Holly Fork

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Jakes Day will be held this Saturday October 29th from 8am to 1pm at Holly Fork Shooting Complex on Hwy. 79 N. The Jakes Day event is sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

There is a big buck and big doe contest with 1st place taking $150, 2nd $100, and 3rd $50. Each winner will also get a free framed picture of their deer and free mount donated by Head & Shoulders Taxidermy.

Events include BB gun shoot, archery, still target, calling contest, trap shoot, duck flush shoot with trophies being awarded in each category.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold K9 demonstrations and TWRA will also have demonstrations. There will be over $1200 of door prizes and free lunch as well. For more information contact Sheriff Monte Belew at 336-4699.

Dinah Winders Makes All State Team

Knoxville- Henry County Middle School Cross Country competed at the Knoxville Youth Athletics Tennessee State Middle School Cross Country Championships this past weekend.

In the girl’s 2 mile varsity race, Henry County’s Dinah Winders came in 13th overall out of 308 runners with a time of 13:03. Dinah made the All State team.

In the boy’s 2 mile race, there were 325 runners. Hayden Bostick finished 43rd at 12:32, Sam Bruce 93rd at 13:02 and Lance Adams finished the race in 14:14.

Trinity United Methodist Church Potato Bar is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon Drink and Dessert this Friday October 28th. The Lunch will be held at First United Methodist Church from 11am to 2pm. There will be homemade cakes and pies as well.  Tickets are $10 and are available at Paris Florist and the Toggery. For more information call 363-3371. Money raised benefits Trinity United Methodist Church.

Patriots Up for Titans Game of the Week

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County finishes up the regular season Friday night at home for Senior Night against Centennial. It’s already a huge game with the Patriots controlling their own destiny, meaning a win gets them 1st place in the Region and a better seed and placement in the TSSAA playoffs, which start next Friday.

In addition, the game has been nominated to possibly be the Tennessee Titans High School Game of the week. Each week throughout the season, a panel of media members select the top matchups from around the state, according to www.titansonline.com. These nominations are then eligible to be selected as the Titans High School Game of the Week.

Fans can vote for their matchup at www.titansonline.com, with the game receiving the most votes named as the Titans High School game of the week. The head coach of the winning team of that Friday’s Titan’s High School game of the week, will be the Coach of the week and will receive a grant from the Titans in the amount of $1K to benefit their school’s football program.

Voting ends at 11:59pm Wednesday night, again visit www.titansonline.com to vote in the high school game of the week.

Inman Zombie Glow Run Will Be Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School will hold a Zombie Glow Run 5K and 1 mile fun run this Saturday October 29th at the school, located a 400 Harrison St. in Paris. Registration begins at 5:30pm and the race starts at 6pm. Entry fee is $25 for the Glow Run, $20 for the 1 mile fun run. Ages 10 and under may have a parent join them on the run for free. T-shirts are available for registrants, while supplies last.

All money raised from the event benefit the Inman Parent Action Committee. Come dressed as a zombie. For more information call Inman School at 642-8131.

HCJLA Annual Trail Ride Set For Nov. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Junior Livestock Association’s annual Trail Ride will be held November 5th at the Sutton Farm in Henry, located at 590 Perry School House Road. First ride is at 10am and lunch is at noon. There will be door prizes given away and then the 2nd ride is at 1:30pm. Since it is a the first day of muzzle loader season, riders should wear bright clothes and all coggins should be up to date and will be checked at the gate. Cost is $10 per person or $30 per car load.

575 Vote Tuesday During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- 575 Henry Countians cast their ballot on Tuesday during Early Voting at the Election Commission Office and 7 more came in the mail for a total of 582. So far the total during Early Voting is 4,203. Early Voting continues Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Fire Destroys Storage Barn on Herman Rogers Road

Paris, Tenn.- As of 1:45pm Tuesday the Paris Fire Department was still on the scene of a barn fire on Herman Rogers Road. Neighbors said the barn was used for storage. Firefighters had been on scene for over half an hour and were continuing to battle hot spots that were coming up. The fire did spread on the grass near it as well but Fire Fighters put it out quickly. More information will be available later, the cause of the barn fire is not known at this time. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

BPU Board Approves Audit Contract, Write-offs

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities board of directors met Tuesday morning, the first meeting with new General Manager Terry Wimberley at the helm.

The BPU board approved a contract with Alexander Thompson Arnold to perform next year’s 2017 fiscal year audit for a contract price of $21K. Wimberley explained that is the same price as this year, but included was an extra single audit for the price of $3995. Wimberley explained to the board that due to the State Revolving Fund monies BPU has obtained while finding funding for the Water Treatment Plan, the BPU might be required to do a single audit as well.

The BPU Board approved a motion to authorize BPU to participate in the TML Property Conservation Matching Grant Program. Wimberley explained the grant was for $5K and a 50% match, and could be used to help prevent liability, loss of property, etc, such as lightning protection, or fences around the substation. Wimberley said BPU has already spent $10K for a fence around the new substation, so they would use the grant money for that.

In other business, BPU board members approved the write-off for the first quarter of the 2017 Fiscal Year in the amount of $8,518.58. There were 7 more customers but it was about $1K less than the same quarter last year. Wimberley explained to the board that they actively seek to gain collections, and write-offs are in better shape now than they used to be.

Wimberley announced at the end of the meeting there will be a public input meeting on Thursday November 10th at City Hall at 5:45 as a formality for the BPU to apply for $5.1M State Revolving Fund money. This is prior to November’s Planning Commission meeting at 6pm.

Wimberley also told the board he appreciated the working relationship they have always had with him and he hopes to continue to build on it and have a strong utility for years to come. Wimberley took over as GM on October 1st.

Ribbon Cutting Held At HCMC in Home Equipment

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at Henry County Medical Center's in Home Equipment and Supplies Store. The business sells medical equipment and supplies and is located on East Wood Street. (Monica Smith Photo)

Walmart Evacuated After Bomb Threat Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Walmart was evacuated Monday evening for around 40 minutes when two bomb threats were called in, according to a report at the Paris Police. The first caller said there was a bomb in the store and everyone had 20 minutes to get out and the 2nd caller basically reiterated the same thing moments later on a call to a different department. Ptl. Jamie James went to investigate and along with management nothing was found and business resumed.

5th Graders Welcome to Participate in TBI Poster Contest

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling all 5th graders from across the state to participate in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) 2017 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest by entering at the state level for a chance to be selected as the national winner and awarded a free trip to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate America’s united effort to bring missing children home safely, while highlighting the importance of proactive education programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Child Protection Division, sponsors an annual Missing Children’s Poster Contest for 5th grade students to develop artwork that represents America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely.

The poster contest provides teachers and parents with tools to educate children about safety and the prevention of child abductions. It also allows for peer education and students can explore the importance of the contest’s theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” The National Missing Children’s Day ceremony will be held on or around May 25, 2017. The ceremony will be a time to recognize people who work to bring missing children home safely and remember the children who remain missing.

Fifth graders in Tennessee can enter the poster contest by submitting them to TBI, where a panel of staff members will select a state winner to enter into the national contest. The winner of the Tennessee’s 2016 contest was Henry Zenor, a student at Christ the King School in Nashville.

Additional details, rules, and resources are available online: http://www.tn.gov/tbi. TBI must receive entries by January 13, 2017 for consideration. The state winner will be notified soon after and the entry will be submitted to the national contest. The national winner will be selected and notified in April 2017. Mail entries to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation C/O Catherine Levins, Criminal Intelligence Unit, 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37216.

Last Downtown Cruise-In of the Season Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will sponsor the last Downtown Cruise-In of the season on Tuesday October 25th from 5:30pm to 7pm on the East Side of the Court Square. All classic cars are welcome and door prizes will be given to classic car owners. Perry’s BBQ will sell food. Entertainment will be provided by Rockin Randall French, Brooke and Leslie Cooper from the Band 24/7 and a special appearance from Ally Nichole French.

Another Big Turnout Mon. for Early Voting in HC

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green reported that 695 people showed up in person to vote Monday at the Election Commission office and 19 ballots were recieved in the mail for a total of 714 votes cast Monday. The total so far is 3621 for Early Voting. Early Voting continues Tuesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Drive Thru Flu Clinic Held At HC Fairgrounds

Health department workers and volunters administer flu shots to citizens Monday. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Henry County Health Department, Henry County EMA, TEMA, RNs, and other volunteers helped get nearly 70 people vaccinated for the Flu on Monday at the first ever Drive-thru Flu Clinic by 12:30pm, with another 30 minutes to go before closing down.

Different stations were set up were citizens would fill out paperwork, be questioned on current illnesses, receive the flu shot in the arm, and given a goody bag as they waited to make sure no allergic reactions took place.

Dr. Dan Davis, Henry County Health Officer of the health department, served as the Public Information Officer at the event. He said, "it's great to offer the flu vaccine in this drive thru event, but in reality our main goal is to test and practice how we would do a major vaccination to a large group of people if ever required."

Dr. Davis explained that in the case of a large outbreak of disease if all of the county had to be vaccinated, this type of event would be the only way to do it effectively.

"You couldn't really get a large number of people thru the Health Deptartment, or Hospital at once. A drive thru event would be our most effective way to handle it," Dr. Davis said.

The vaccine was offered for free to all who came thru and fights off both of the strains of flu viruses that are around this fall. Dr. Davis said," in the US each year three thousand to up to 40K people die from the flu; I encourage everyone to get a flu shot."

20th Annual Jaycees Golf Tournament A Success

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees held their 20th Annual Golf Tournament this past Saturday and raised money for their under privilege children's shopping tour to be held December 10th.

The tournament had 12 teams and good bags donated by the community were provided along with door prizes given. Everything that was won at the tournament was donated back to the cause. Prize money won and then donated back was $1700. Exact totals of money raised are not known at this time.

The Jaycees want to thank the community again for their support for playing and donating and to all the businesses that donated as well. The next benefit for the Children's Shopping Tour will be Jammin 4 the Kids held on December 3rd at the Paris Moose Lodge.

Warrants to Be Issued After Two County Pursuit

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be issuing warrants on man upon positive identification that led him and other agencies thru a two county pursuit after the suspect allegedly stole money from a woman in the Paris Walmart parking lot.

The report at the Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Sanders was on Tyson Avenue when he heard Paris Police dispatch say a woman was yelling a man stole her money at Walmart and he headed over to assist. By the time he got to the area, the suspect had left Walmart and was headed down Hwy. 77 in a black car with a white sticker on the back.

Cpl. Sanders headed down and met the vehicle matching the description at the 79, 218 intersection. The car sped up when Cpl. Sanders turned his patrol car around and activated blue lights. The chase continued into Carroll County, thru McKenzie, and into Trezevant, where police were ready to deploy stop stakes. Carrol County deputies had joined in on the pursuit. Eventually officers lost the vehicle for a few minutes and later found it in a yard in Atwood still running with no one inside.

Dispatch revealed who owned the car, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, and she was called but said she sold the car to a Glen Edward Johnson, age 28, who was driving on a revoked driver’s license. Cpl. Sanders will draw warrants on Johnson if positive identification can be made.

Pizza, Money Stolen From Delivery Driver

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Zachariah Carper responded to Inman School Parking lot to meet a Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver who just had someone steal a pizza and $15. The report said that the driver pulled into 917 John Lee Drive and a black male subject wearing blue jeans and a hoodie with the hood pulled over his face met the driver at the car for the pizza.

The male then said he only had a $50 bill in the house, as the pizza total was $35, and if the delivery guy gave him the $15 change he’d being the $50 back to him. The delivery guy handed $15 in change and the pizza and the man walked back into the house, but never returned with the change. Attempts to call the number were unsuccessful and once units arrived, no one was in the house. Investigation is continuing.

Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department charged Maria Hart, age 37, of 2335 Swor Road in Springville, for public intoxication, simple possession of schedule four and five drug, possession of legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The call came in that the woman was causing disturbances at Mavericks and Pt. Forrest arrived on scene and took her into custody. Several pills were found on her person.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Eric Long arrested Gary Lee Tharpe, age 46 of 220 Warren Street of Paris, on Friday for aggravated burglary.

City units were dispatched to a house on South College Street about someone entering the home through a window. Sgt. Long arrived at the scene along with Officer Derrick Colley and Steven Dean Jr.

Due to the fact that the home was locked, Officer Colley entered the home through the same window that the suspect had entered the home through. When Colley was inside he unlocked the front door so that Officer Dean could enter the home and Sgt. Long stayed outside so he could watch the back door.

The house was currently vacant, because it was being remodeled. While clearing the house, Dean came across the suspect identified as Tharpe hiding inside a closet.

Tharpe was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Henry County Jail. Tharpe was placed on $10,000 bond.

Darkhorse Lodge Trek for Troops is Nov 4th - Nov 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Darkhorse Lodge Trek for Troops fundraising event will be Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th. The Darkhorse Lodge of Paris is a nonprofit organization that will be a future retreat for combat veterans and their families to come and relax at no cost to them.

 The Darkhorse Lodge is asking everyone to come out during the weekend of November 4th-6th and support their the Trek for Troops fundraising event by walking 100 miles to raise money for the Darkhorse Lodge and the veterans they serve.

You can find all the necessary paperwork for you or your team on the Darkhorse Lodge trek website, www.darkhorselodge.wix.com/trekfortroops. Every participant will get pledges ahead of time and collect the money once the walk is complete. Sponsors may pledge a set amount or an amount per mile, in increments of 25 cents.

On the weekend of the trek, they ask that participants of the Trek for Troops take a photo of you or your team and a sign showing what city and state you are walking in. You can send your photos to darkhorsetrek@gmail.com or you can post them on the Darkhorse Lodge Facebook page.

At last year’s Trek for Troops, the lodge had trekkers in 14 states (more than 20 teams in Illinois) and raised a total of $49,745.70 for the Darkhorse Lodge. Money raised at the Trek for Troops fundraiser weekend will be used for building the Darkhorse Lodge.

Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Derrick Colley arrested Eric S. Adams, age 33 of 160 Brown Lane of Paris, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license, simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Adams was placed on $3,000 bond.

Cancer Benefit for Jenny Hastings on Saturday, October 29th

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Cancer Benefit for Jenny Hastings and family on Saturday, October 29th from 10am to 2pm at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.  

There will be a silent auction at the benefit and a bake sale with lots of homemade goodies to choose from. BBQ sandwiches, chips and a drink cost $5. The car shoe entry fee is $25 with registration starting at 9am and judging will begin at 1pm.There will also be jump houses, face painting and more fall fun activities for children of all ages.

All of the money raised at the event will go to the family to help with medical expenses.  All of the money raised at the event will go to the family to help with medical expenses. For more information or any questions, you can call Derrick Foust at 731-227-3288 or you can call Sarah Foust at 731-227-3289.

304 Votes Cast Saturday During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said 294 people came into the Elections Commission Office to vote on Saturday. 10 more ballots arrived via the mail in the form of absentee ballots, making Saturday's total of 304 votes cast. So far in Early Voting, 2,907 votes have been cast.

Early Voting runs Wednesday October 19th thru Thursday November 3rd. Early Voting hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm on Saturday 29th. In addition, extended hours will be offered on Thursday October 27th until 7pm. For any questions stop by the Election Commission Office at 213 West Washington Street inside the courthouse annex or call 642-0411.

11th Annual Spooktacular Comes to an End

Costume Contestants (Cassie Walsh photos)

At the 11th Annual Downtown Paris Association’s Spooktacular, kids got to enjoy trick or treating around downtown Paris, playing games, entering costume contests and dancing in the flash mob to Thriller event.

Thriller Flash Mob (Cassie Walsh photos)

And everyone enjoyed the Scarecrows Around the Square and visiting all of the booths at the Spooktacular. There were 17 booth partners at this year’s Spooktacular, which is the most they have ever had. The Inman Band and the Lakewood Band performed at the Spooktacular. And Perry's BBQ and the Inman Boosters provided food at Saturday's event.

Play tic tac toe at the Spooktacular (Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The DPA members that helped sponsor the event included: Carroll Bank, Commercial Bank, FirstBank, and Security Bank.  And the DPA also wanted to give a special thanks to The Lions Club for being their partner at this year’s Spooktacular.

Guessing the weight of Pumpkin Patch Pete (Cassie Walsh photos)

The DPA Scarecrow on the Square Winners

Paris,Tenn.- At the 2016 Downtown Paris Association’s Spooktacular, the winners of the Scarecrows on the Square were announced and Tammy Walker won People’s Choice Scarecrow, with her officer scarecrow.

Tammy Walker (Cassie Walsh photos)

Doreen Bates won the Most Original Scarecrow, with her alien abduction scarecrow.

Doreen Bates (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Henry School Kids Corner won Best in Show, with their “peace pirate”.

Henry School Kids Corner (Cassie Walsh photos)

Tosh Farms won Best Constructed Scarecrow, with their wolf and three little pigs scarecrow.

Tosh Farms scarecrow (Cassie Walsh photos)

Spooktacular Costume Contest Winners

Paris, Tenn.- At the 2016 Downtown Paris Association’s Spooktacular, in the ages birth to 3 years old costume contest, Zikeria Darcus, who dressed as an owl, won 3rd place. Paxton McClain, who was dressed as a gnome, won 2nd place. And the 1st place winners were twins Calvin and Xavier Conner, who were dressed as a Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Zikeria Darcus, Calvin and Xavier Conner, and Paxton McClain (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the ages 4 to 7 years old costume contest, Adalyn Wade, dressed as a mermaid, won 3rd place. Ford Carter, dressed as popcorn, won 2nd place. And Eva Coleman, dressed as a snail, won 1st place.

Ford Carter , Eva Coleman, and Adalyn Wade (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the ages 8 to 11 years old costume contest, Serenity Day, dressed as a doll, won 3rd place. Slayden Hosford, dress from Star Wars, won 2nd place. And Jake Smith, dressed as Jake from State Farm, won 1st place.

Serenity Day , Jake Smith, and Slayden Hosford (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the ages 12 to 14 years old costume contest, Emma Millard, dressed as a hippie, won 3rd place. Madeline Griffey, dressed as a zombie, won 2nd place. And Alexis Gough, dressed as a lady bug, won 1st place.

Madeline Griffey, Alexis Gough, and Emma Millard (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the family and group theme contest, Katherine York and family, dressed in Mario theme, won 3rd place. Shannon Jones and family, dressed in Peanuts theme, won 2nd place. And the Pillow family, dressed as dinosaurs, won 1st place.

Katherine York & family, the Pillow family, and Shannon Jones & family (Cassie Walsh pics)

Spooktacular's Schedule of Saturday's Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Spooktacular today, October 22nd will run from 12 to 4pm.

12:00 Begin Registration for Costume Contests
12:15 – 12:45 Inman Band and Lakewood Band performance
12:45 – 1:00 Flash mob to Thriller
1:00 – 1:30 Spooky games by the Lions Club
1:30 Ages Birth to 3 years old Costume Contest
2:00 Ages 4 to 7 years old Costume Contest
2:30 Ages 8 to 11 years old Costume Contest
3:00 Ages 12 to 14 years old Costume Contest
3:30 Family/Group Theme Contest
3:50 Winners of Scarecrows on the Square announced

At Saturday's Spooktacular, organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, entertainment, contests with prizes, live music and concessions as downtown merchants invite children into their stores for trick or treating.

You can visit the many vendor booths, have your face painted, play all kinds of games, and guess the weight of pumpkin patch Pete for a chance to win $100 in DPA bucks.

Security and Reelfoot Bank $350 Million Merger Announced

Paris and Union City, Tenn.- On Friday, Security Bank and Trust Company of Paris and Reelfoot Bank with headquarters in Union City, announced the two banks will be merging. Reelfoot Bank also has branch offices in Martin,Hornbeak and Fulton. The merger is expected to close before the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The combined bank will have approximately $350 million in assets and eleven branches in all. The corporate offices will be located in Paris and Reelfoot Bank Branches will continue to operate under the Reelfoot name. There are no closures of branch banks.

Barry P. McIntosh, Jr. will continue to serve as CEO, President and Board Chairman. Steven Trask will continue as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Laurie Ragsdale, Interim President of Reelfoot Bank, will become Chief Accounting Officer. Lee Fry of Union City and David Hogan of Lakeland will join Security Bank’s board of directors.

Highlights from Patriots- Bruins Game

#3 Lukas Reynolds carries the ball during Friday nights game.

Lukas Reynolds (Timothy Pharr photos)

A host of patriots led by #5 Joe'Marri Ray bring down a Brentwood runner.

Timothy Pharr photos

#2 Savon Stewart attempts a pass against Brentwood.

Savon Stewart (Timothy Pharr photos)

Bruins Defeat Patriots in Regional Game

Brentwood, Tenn.- The Brentwood Bruins defeated the Henry County Patriots in Friday night’s game 38 to 13.

In the 1st quarter, Brentwood scored a touchdown with 10:34 left in the first quarter. With 6:25 left in the 1st quarter, Patriots Lukas Reynolds rushed for the 2yd touchdown. And the score at the end of the 1st quarter was Patriots 7 Bruins 7.

With 10:39 left in the 2nd quarter, Patriots Savon Stewart rushed for the 1yd touchdown, but the extra point attempt was no good. The Bruins scored a 34yd and a 39yd touchdown in the 2nd quarter. And the score at the end of the 2nd quarter, was Brentwood leading Henry County 21-13.

In the 3rd quarter, the Bruins scored a 50yd field goal and the score at the end of the 3rd quarter was Bruins 24 Patriots 13.

And in the 4th quarter, the Brentwood Bruins scored two touchdowns and the Patriots were shut out in the second half of the game. The final score was Patriots 13 Bruins 38.

The Henry County Patriots are now 5-3 overall and 5-1 in their region. The Patriots will face the Centennial Cougars in the last game of the regular season, on Friday October 28 at home.

764 Votes Cast Friday During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said 754 people came into the Elections Commission Office to vote on Friday. Ten more ballots arrived via the mail in the form of absentee ballots, making Friday's total of 764 votes cast. So far in just three days of Early Voting, 2,603 votes have been cast.

Early Voting on Saturday will be from 9am to 2pm.

Carter Pleads Guilty and Gets 24 Year Sentence

Toby Carter booking photo

Paris, Tenn. – Toby Carter, age 40 of Springville, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder of Bobby Dozier. Carter and the Office of the District Attorney reached an agreement today, resolving the criminal case that charged Carter with the 2014 killing of Bobby Dozier. 

Carter pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder before Circuit Judge Donald Parish on Friday and Judge Parish imposed the agreed sentence of 24 years to be served at 100% in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

According to Court Clerk Mike Wilson, members of the Dozier family as well as Carter's family were present as Carter's guilty plea was entered into court late Friday afternoon.

The case was set to go to trial on Monday, October 24, 2016. Carter's trial was anticipated to take between 5 to 7 days to complete.

3rd Annual Carl Perkins Pancake Fundraiser Set for Nov. 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Henry County Carl Perkins Center Pancake Fundraiser for the Prevention of Child Abuse will be at First Baptist Church from 6 am-7pm on Thursday, November 3rd. 

Advanced tickets are $8 each, tickets at the door on the day of the event will cost $10 each and children under 5 eat for free. You can purchase tickets from any board member or from the center which is located at 204 North Brewer Street in Paris.

Additional Drug Related Arrest at Paris Home

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Paris Police Department, Christopher S. Crosser, age 23, was arrested on Thursday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, possession of a schedule VI substance with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

On October 21st, officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Puryear Police Department conducted a search warrant at 622 Powell Street. During the search officers found a significant amount of crystal methamphetamines, a large amount of Percocet, and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Crosser was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II and schedule VI substances with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Crosser was transported to the jail and he was placed on $20,000 bond.

Officers cited two other individuals at the home for possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers had conducted surveillance on the home after having several complaints over the past two weeks. Officers conducted another search at this same house approximately 1 ½ months ago, where several people had been arrested in that incident.

Man Charged With Rape in Jail on $250K Bond

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office has charged Billy Michael Somerville, age 40, with rape, incest, aggravated sexual battery, and rape of a child after the Criminal Investigation Division and Tennessee Department of Children's Service began an investigation where he allegedly touch a minor female inappropriately.

The press release said the Sheriff's Office and DCS began the investigation and were assisted by the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and the utilization of a polygraph administered by Inv. David Doyle.

Investigation revealed that Somerville had unlawful sexual contact with a minor female at different times and locations in Henry County from 2010 thru the summer of 2016.

He was arrested at the Henry County Sheriff's Office after the administration of the polygraph and questioning on Thursday afternoon. His arraignment in General Sessions Court will be Tuesday and he currently is being held on $250K bond.

Chamber to Host Seminar on Surviving Active Shooter Oct. 28

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s “Sudden Violence-Surviving an Active Shooter” training at 10am on Friday October 28th at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology's meeting room, located at 312 South Wilson Street.

The seminar, not a tactical training course but rather designed for businesses, organizations, and individuals, is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Chamber at 642-3431, or by email, monicasmith@paristnchamber.com

The 90 minute presentation will provide vital information about mitigating the threat posed by individuals who carry out acts of violence, along with information that addresses intervention, and clarifies the role of those involved and effective responses.

PHC Rescue Squad Offering Boating Safety Course Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Rescue Squad will host a boating safety course on Tuesday October 25th at their building, located on the Hwy. 218 bypass. The course will be taught by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Officer Joe Campbell. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic To be Offered Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department, Henry County EMA, TEMA, the Tennessee Department of Health, and other community partners are sponsoring a Drive thru free Flu Vaccination Clinic on Monday October 24th at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Vaccine quantities are limited and it will be first come first served and the event will be held rain or shine. Times of the drive thru free Flu Vaccination Clinic are from 11am to 1pm on Monday at the fairgrounds. For more information call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025.


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