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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off Set for Aug. 3 and 4

Paris, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off will be held Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Buchanan. Over 20 teams from 5 states have already entered and will competed for cash and trophies in chicken, ribs, brisket, and BBQ pork. Each category will pay out 3 places 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$150, and 3rd place-$100. The Grand Champion will receive $1000 and the Reserve Champion will win $500.

Friday night August 3rd there will be a pitmaster challenge where cookers will be given a special challenger and ingredients and be asked to create a dish that will be judged. Also on Friday there will be a corn hole tournament. The cost to enter the corn hole tournament is $40 and there will be 90% cash payouts to the winning team. Food will be available for purchase Friday night hot off the grill from Miss D’s Kitchen.  There will be a live DJ and other musical entertainment as well.

Saturday competition judging will be held 11am to 3pm and awards will be given out that afternoon. Miss D’s Kitchen will be selling food hot off the grill Saturday as well. For more information, or to enter call Donna Milam at 336-1966 or email dmilam64@yahoo.com. The event is hosted by the Henry County BBQ Association.

Lady Pats Makeup Softball Tryouts July 29th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriot Softball Head Coach Scarlett McSwain will hold makeup team tryouts from 6-8pm on Sunday July 29th at the HCHS Softball field. Interested players need to bring proof of a physical when they come to tryouts.

Beer Board Approves Permit for New Management at Famiy Fun Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday night and approved a beer permit for Linda James at Paris Family Fun Center, formerly Gary Center Bowl, located at 1118 N. Market St. Due to the new ownership and management a new application for a beer license was required.

First Christian Church Lemonade Stand to Benefit The Shed Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- First Christian Church in Paris will hold their Cups for a Cure Vacation Bible School Lemonade Stand this Saturday July 21st. From 12:30pm to 2:30pm the children of FCC will sell lemonade and cookies to raise money for The Shed.

Bethel Anglers Take Lead at Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship

Talequah, Okla.- A stingy Tenkiller Lake was just generous enough to put Garrett Enders and Cody Huff of Bethel University on top with 16 pounds, 10 ounces during Thursday’s opening round of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. 
 
“We only caught five keepers today,” said Enders, a biology major who was fighting a cold along with the 102-degree outside temperature at Thursday’s weigh-in. “We could zero tomorrow.”
 
“It’s being really stingy,” said Huff, a senior majoring in business management at the McKenzie, Tenn., school. “You really have to work.”
 
Their total gave them a lead of 12 ounces over Colby Bryant and Dillon Harrell. The team from Sam Houston State University placed second for the day with five bass that weighed 15-14.
 
A change from a final-day practice with overcast skies took the 136 teams in the contest out of the steam pot and onto a frying pan under bluebird skies in that 102-degree heat. An encore at 106 degrees is forecast for Friday, as the full field takes a second shot at making the Top 12 for Saturday’s finale.
 
Most teams said it was just tough, a grind or that fish were “just here and there.”
 
Only 88 of the teams weighed a fish, and Huff and Enders were the only ones to break the 16-pound mark. Twelfth place registered an even 10 pounds. Among that top echelon, three teams had only four bass and two teams had just three.
 
Huff and Enders caught their fish early, suspended off brushpiles, and they had their livewell filled at 9 a.m.
 
“We expected it to get better as the day went on, but it just stopped,” Huff said. “We were around a lot of people early, but you had to have the sweet spot.”
 
The tables turned in the afternoon and formed a knot in the stomachs of the leaders looking toward Friday.
 
“We watched a lot of other people catching fish, so that was tough,” Enders said. “Tomorrow, we’re going to start on what worked today and just see what happens.”
 
Bryant and Harrell had the opposite experience. They caught only one bass early and tried to force the issue with other shut-mouth fish before finally deciding to go junk fishing.
 
“We had a lot of rods out, we were tripping over them all day,” Harrell said.
 
“One of the things that helps us is we’re from Lake Conroe, and it’s junk fishing,” Bryant said. “It was junk fishing with a pan. It wasn’t just random stuff, but it definitely wasn’t our first plan.”
 
They had three fish at 12:30 p.m., caught one more after the noon hour and landed their final bass with seven minutes to go until check-in. “And it was a five-minute run,” Harrell said.
 
“Tomorrow, we’re just going to start over and see what happens,” Bryant said.
 
Another Bethel University team, Hunter Louden and Seth Roberts, is in third place with four bass that weighed 15-12 — a bag that included a 5-pounder.
 
Tenkiller’s 16-inch minimum played heavily into their showing. “We caught a largemouth that went 15 1/2,” Louden said. “That’s a pound a half right there.” 
 
The contest continues Friday with takeoff at 6 a.m. CT from Cherokee Landing State Park. Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. at the Northeastern State University Beta Field in Tahlequah. Fans are encouraged to come early and enjoy the Bassmaster Outdoors Expo, featuring interactive sponsor displays and free giveaways from 1-5 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
 
For more information, visit Bassmaster.com/college.

KSP Arrest Man on Sexual Assault Charges

Murray, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police arrested Mark A. Johnson, 39 of Murray, and charged him with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, a Class “D” Felony.  KSP received a complaint on July 18, 2018 of an incident involving a 24 year old female and began their investigation.  The investigation resulted in KSP obtaining an arrest warrant on Mr. Johnson.  Mr. Johnson was arrested without incident and lodged in the Calloway County Jail.  

Mr. Johnson is a police officer with the Murray State University Public Safety Department and has been placed on administrative leave, by their policy.  

The investigation is continuing by Sergeant Brett Miller. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Early Voting Totals for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- 232 people voted on Thursday in Henry County with 182 Republican votes cast and 49 Democratic votes with one voting in the County General. Totals so far for early voting is 1703.

AT &T Annouces Fixed Wireless Internet

Dennis Wagner of AT&T shows off the antenna that will be connected to the house to receive the signal. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dennis Wagner, of AT&T, held a press conference at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning detailing the rollout of fixed wireless internet in underserved areas of Henry and Benton Counties.

Wagner said the FCC identified census blocks where the lack of internet service was an issue and provided funds to help began to resolve those issues. Wagner said the state of Tennessee, being a business friendly state, has really helped push this iniative along as well.

State Rep. Tim Wirgau said, "this is so important, to find and serve the underserved areas of our district, we will continue to work on the whole district getting this type of service, but it has to come slowly one piece at a time and this is a start."

The Fixed Wireless Internet Service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10MBPs and upload speeds of at leas 1MBPs. The connection comes from a tower to a fixed antenna on a customer's home or small business.

Farmers, small business owners, and residents all gathered at the Chamber Thursday for the announcement. The four towers that will be served in Henry County are on Oak Grove Road, West Wood Street, Lumber Road, and Hwy 641N.

To learn more about the Fixed Wireless Internet and to find out if your residence or small business may be able to get the antenna go online to att.com/internet/fixedwireless.html.

Man Evades Briefly, Caught and Charged by PPD

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Daniel Andres and Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department received a report of meth being cooked in an apartment at 706 Mandalay Road and upon arrival noticed an unknown man standing outside near the apartment in questions. The man gave officers the consent to search and once they began to go inside, Terrell Cowan, age 42, of 634 Bolin St., jumped off the couch and ran out the front door.

Ptl. Andres pursued on foot and observed Cowan throw two knives out as he ran. Andres caught Cowan who attempted to escape again, but Lt. Frey deployed the taser. Cowan was charged with criminal trespass, evading arrest, and violation of the sex offender registry. He was placed on $2500 bond. No meth or evidence of cooking meth was found at the apartment.

Three Charged With Drugs After Domestic Situation Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible domestic situation on Jackson Drive and ended up making three arrest for drugs.

Jacob Bradley Henson, age 26, of 148 Jackson Drive, was charged with possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, and accessory after the fact after giving false information and meth being found.

Also charged was Jeffery D. Mitchell, age 32, of Huntingdon, for active warrants and possession of schedule 6 and 2 and Keisa D. Henderson, 195 Whiskey Ridge Road, for  possession of schedule 2 and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Another report at the sheriff’s office stated two craftsman tool sets valued at a total of $100 were stolen from a home on Hwy. 140 E. There are no suspects.

Warrants have been issued on an individual after a total of $700 has come up missing from two separate business which the individual works for. There have been no arrests as of yet.

The Metro Crime Unit conducted a search warrant at 303 Powell Street and ending up charging Hunn Lee Hadley, age 46, of the address with sale of schedule two. Hadley was placed on $100K bond.

Charter Joins Henry County Leaders to Discuss Internet Options for Senior Citizens

Paris, Tenn.- Charter Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: CHTR) will be joined by Henry County leaders for a roundtable discussion and luncheon to discuss internet resources for seniors and the Spectrum Internet Assist program on Friday, July 20.

The roundtable and luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conger Senior Citizens Center located at 55 Jones Bend Rd. Ext. in Paris.

Charter Communications representatives will lead the discussion, which will and include: Henry County Mayor, Brent Greer; City of Paris Mayor, Carlton Gerrell; State Representative, Tim Wiragu of District 75; Paris Special School District Director, Norma Gerrell;, Dr. Gregory Britt, Henry County School System Superintendent; and Conger Senior Center Director, Reggie Caldwell.

Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA) is the low-cost, high-speed broadband service offered by Charter for qualifying families and seniors. The service delivers industry-leading 30/4 Mbps broadband speeds for $14.99 per month, up to three times faster than comparable services offered by competitors, and exceeds the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) definition of “high-speed.” Users can expect standard features like email boxes, internet security software and a modem at no additional charge.

“There is an ever-growing need for internet access in the home,” said Rep. Tim Wiragu. “I applaud Charter Communications for making it more affordable for seniors and families in our community to access the wealth of information and resources provided online.”

“Charter is excited to bring a whole new world of digital access and opportunity to low-income families and seniors. Spectrum Internet Assist is an important next step in providing true high-speed connections to those who would otherwise continue to face a digital inequality in this country,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter Communications.

“It’s crucial for cable and broadband providers like us to play a role in bridging the digital divide so that everyone has access to the information and tools they need to succeed in today’s economy,” Rutledge said.

To assist consumers with the eligibility process and enrollment, Charter has launched a dedicated Spectrum Internet Assist website: www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com. Prospective enrollees may also call the Spectrum Internet Assist toll-free helpline at 1-844-525-1574 for assistance.

Spectrum Internet Assist Eligibility

  •    Families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  • Seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.
  • Additional Criteria:
  • Current phone and video customers who meet one of the two criteria above can enroll
  • Prospective SIA enrollees cannot have had a Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Network broadband subscription within 30 days of signing up
  • Eligible participants will not need to undergo a credit check but they must clear any outstanding debt with Charter, Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks.

2nd Annual Summerfest in Paris Planned Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Summer Fest in Paris will be held Saturday July 21st at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit Luke’s Inn Transitional Living Shelter. Over 30 vendors will be featured with several items for sell. There will be a car, truck, and motorcycle show as well with Top 3 awarded in each class. For more information call 731-407-9075.

Tosh Farms Responds to Animal Cruelty Video

Henry, Tenn.- In response to a video released by an Animal Rights group, Mercy for Animals, Tosh Farms has responded.

A press release posted on their Facebook page stated: Several actions were identified today that were outside of our written company policy and on-farm training. Immediate intervention has occurred this morning via a third-party veterinarian who specializes in animal care training.

During the complete examination of all animals on-site today, the veterinarian observed no on-going animal care issues. In response to advice from this audit, we are immediately -
1. Addressing animal care and handling issues via re-training of our staff.
2. Implementing short and long-term plans to ensure animal welfare policy re-training and compliance.

Tosh Pork takes seriously our ethical responsibility for the proper care of pigs. As a U.S. pork producer, we are committed to producing safe, wholesome pork in a socially responsible way, and no one cares more than our family about taking care of our animals, natural resources, and contributing to local communities.

Our goal is to always find ways to improve our practices and provide the best possible care for our animals.

The undercover video was showed mother hogs kept in tight cages, kicking of animals, teeth and testicles removed without anethesia. Mercy for Animals posted the video from a farm owned by Tosh Farms in Franklin, Ky.

Food Commodities to Be Distributed Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will help distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Commodities to eligible area residents on July 23rd and 24th. The food will be distributed at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended in Paris. Distribution will be between the hours of 9am and 2pm.

Eligible residents should have commodity cards with an X or O on the back. X’s will pick up their food on Monday July 23rd and O’s will pick up theirs on Tuesday July 24th. There is not a senior day this time. Do not line up cars before 9am and there is no need to come inside.

Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. For more information call 642-3132 or visit the Northwest office Henry County Service Center at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended.

Subcontractor Outreach Event Planned July 24th for New Inn

Buchanan, Tenn.- The New Inn at Paris Landing State Park will hold a subcontractor outreach event, hosted by Doster Construction Company. All subcontractors are welcome to come on Tuesday July 24th between 4:30 and 6pm at the Paris Landing Community Center, located at 400 Lodge Road in Buchanan. Subcontractors can meet and greet with Doster, and see prequalifications for work on the Inn.

JPHS To Meet in Mayfield Saturday as 60th Anniversary Continues

Mayfield, Ky.- The Jackson Purchase Historical Society continues its 60th Anniversary Year Observance this Saturday July 21st with a presentation by Thomas Jones at the Purchase Area Development District Office, in Mayfield, Kentucky. For more information about the JPHS, which comprises western Kentucky and Tennessee contact Bill Mulligan at 270-519-0038 or email billmulligan@murray-ky.net.

Habitat For Humanity Accepting Applications for House to Be Built in Fall

Paris, Tenn.- Habitat for Humanity of Paris-Henry County is accepting applications for a house to be built this fall. Applications may be obtained at the Henry County Office on Aging or Family Resource Center at the Central School Building on Jones Bend Road Extended. For more information call 642-2919.

Sons of American Legion Fish Fry Planned for Friday

Springville, Tenn.- The Sons of the American Legion Post 89 will host a Fish Fry this Friday July 20th from 5pm until their sold out. The meal is $10 and includes catfish, fries, white beans, hushpuppies, slaw, dessert, and drink. The post is located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville.

275 Vote on Wednesday for Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- 275 Henry Countians cast their ballots on Wednesday for Early Voting with 216 Republican and 59 Democrat. The overall total for Early Voting is up to 1471. Early Voting continues each weekday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon until July 28th.

Chamber Grub Club Welcomes OSBA Richard Wilson July 26

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next Grub Club Event next Thursday July 26th from Noon to 1pm at the Chamber office, located at 2508 East Wood Street.

The speaker will be Richard Wilson, Tennessee’s Small Business Advocate. The Tennessee General Assembly created a resource to assist small business owners in manoeuvring through government bureaucracy and the bureaucratic red tape, and Wilson serves as the advocate in that position. He serves as a point of contact to state government and is here to help resolve any issues concerning current or future small business owners and state agencies.

During his presentation to the Grub Club on July 26th Wilson will discuss the history of the Office of Small Business Advocate, how the office can help small business owners navigate thru state government and the role he plays in accomplishing this goal. Being a part of the Chamber’s Grub Club is free, but seating each month is limited. Email tmcleese@paristnchamber.com to reserve your seat for next week’s presentation.

Meet the Patriots Tailgate Event Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- High School Football season is just around the corner and there will be a Meet the Patriots Tailgate party this coming Friday July 20th at Henry County High School. Fans are encouraged to show up and meet their favorite Patriot players, cheerleaders, and coaches. Several business and fans have already committed to tailgating at the event.

Fans of all ages are encouraged to bring a jersey or shirt, hat or football, or grab a free poster featuring this year’s seniors and a football schedule, to get autographs and take photos with their favorite Patriot. Tailgaing begins at 5pm, Meet the Pats at 6pm, and Patriot Football practice will be held at 7pm.

Reminder HCHS Football Season Tix on Sale

Paris, Tenn.- 2018 Henry County High School Patriot Football Season Tickets are currently on sale. The price is $45 which is good for all 5 home games this season and plus the game played at Austin Peay State University against Beech. For questions call Velvet Arnold at 642-5232.

Olivia Rice Joins Exec. Board of DPA

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association welcomes Olivia Rice to the Executive Board.  “We are excited to have Olivia join us as we continue to promote Paris and Henry County,” said John Etheridge, Chairman of the DPA Executive Board.

Olivia Rice has been with Commercial Bank & Trust Company for the past eight years and currently serves as a Consumer Loan Officer.  She is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Olivia was named the 2018 Young Professional of the Year by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 Lion of the Year by the Paris Lions Club. She serves on the boards of the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for Child Abuse and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board as well as many other civic committees in our community.

“Olivia has a real interest in this community and that passion is what the Downtown Paris Association is all about”, said Kathy Ray, DPA Executive Director. “Olivia has worked on DPA committees and understands the DPA mission.   She is an asset to our Executive Board.”

Olivia is married to Dillon Rice and they have one daughter, Londyn Kate Rice.

Jon Dyer Named Partner of White and Assoc. Wimberley Agency

Paris, Tenn.- White & Associates Insurance (https://whiteandassociates.net) has announced that Jon Dyer has joined Tommy Wimberley as a partner of the W&A Wimberley Insurance Agency in Paris, Tennessee.

Dyer joined the agency in 2015 and quickly advanced his insurance acumen with designations as both an Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) and a Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation (CAWC). He is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie communication and leadership program. Prior to his current role, Jon spent nearly five years with the Paris Henry County Public Utility Department – Natural Gas Company.

“After spending more than three years with our team, Jon has proven that he is committed to our standard of customer service and is dedicated to maintaining a positive culture for the current agency team,” said Larry White, chief executive officer of White & Associates Insurance. “I am confident in Jon’s ability to continue the level of excellence our clients have come to expect.”

“We are excited for Jon to take on this new role within the agency,” said Tommy Wimberley, partner of the Wimberley Agency. “Jon’s innovative thinking and vision will allow our business to continue to grow and serve the Paris area for years to come.”

“I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people of my hometown,” said Dyer. “I have enjoyed learning this business over the last several years and I am dedicated to providing customized insurance solutions for individuals and businesses in this community.”

Dyer is a Henry County High School graduate and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Bethel University. He resides in Paris with his wife, Savanna, and their daughter, Demi Jo.

Entry Forms Due Friday for DPA's Ice Cream Social

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association’s 2018 Downtown All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show is set for Saturday July 28th from 4 to 6:30pm with money raised benefitting the DPA and the Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association.

Entry forms are due by this Friday July 20th and teams must provide their own table and shelter if desired in their 10 by 10 space provided. Ice Cream containers will be provided by the DPA.

Bracelets will be sold by the teams for a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Each team must presell 25 bracelets, a $250 commitment.

Each team must bring a minimum of 10 gallons of ice cream. A freezer truck will be available to store the ice cream. Homemade ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, and sherbert are encouraged but not required. Homemade ice cream must not be made with raw eggs. Teams must check on July 28th between 3pm and 3:45pm. In case of rain, the event will move to the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center on Blythe Street.

Prizes are awarded for Best Ice Cream, Best Theme, and Best of Show. Booths may also hold bake sales with proceeds benefited to the beneficiaries.

The entry fee is $10 for the Antique Car and Tractor Show which includes one free ticket/wristband for the ice cream social. Additional bands can be purchased as well. The East and North side of the court square will be designated for the car and tractor show. Voting will be 25 cents per vote for the People’s Choice Award for best car and best tractor. For more information call Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or email downtownparis@outlook.com.

KPAC Young Artists Present Disney's Little Mermaid Jr. This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists will present their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., with special lighting, costuming, and make-up in a glow-in the dark theatre experience you won’t forget this weekend. Show times are Friday July 20th and Saturday July 21st at 7pm and Sunday July 22nd at 3pm. Ticket prices are $5 for children and students and general seating age 3 to high school, $8 for general adult seating, and $10 for all reserved seating.

Come and journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends in this show adapted from Disney’s Broadway Production and the motion picture. It will feature the enormously popular music and charming lyrics. The students have worked hard since mid-May to be able to present this show this weekend.

18 Year Old Killed in Tues. Afternoon Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- A one vehicle accident resulted in the loss of life for an 18 year old Paris man Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred on Hwy. 79 S. between Paris and Henry before 1pm. The report from Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Brad Wilbanks, which was released Tuesday evening, stated J.C. Kennedy, age 18, was killed after his 2004 Toyota Highlander appeared to have left the left side of the roadway and he overcorrected and then causing the vehicle to go off the right side of the roadway.

The vehicle struck and embankment, which caused it to roll and eject the driver. Air Evac was called to the scene, but was not used and Kennedy was taken to HCMC by ambulance. Kennedy is a 2018 graduate of Henry County High School.

308 Vote on Tuesday During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- 308 Henry Countians voted during Early Voting on Tuesday with 239 voting in the Republican primary and 66 in the Democratic primary. The total so far during early voting is now 1196.

JT's General Store in CG Hosting Trade Day This Sat.

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- JT’s General store, located at 7030 Main Street Cottage Grove, is hosting its first Trade Day this Saturday July 21st from 10am to 2pm. They will have burgers and hot dogs, chips, drink and desserts available for purchase. They are asking for dessert donations from any member of the community.

JT’s parking lot will be available for setup if you have something to sell and they encourage you to arrive early All animals must be properly confined or leashed and proof of coggins is required for applicable livestock. For more information call 782-3337. If you don’t have anything to sell just come by and browse and buy.

MTD Expanding in Martin; To Add 200 Jobs

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and MTD Consumer Group Inc officials announced today that the manufacturer will invest $10 million in its Martin operations over the next five years.   

MTD is Weakley County’s largest private employer and a leading global manufacturer and distributor of residential and commercial outdoor power equipment under brands such as Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt. The company plans to create 200 jobs in Weakley County as it adds production at the Martin facility. 

 

“I’m very pleased to see MTD move ahead with this investment in Weakley County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s existing companies like MTD are the primary drivers of our state’s economic growth. MTD’s expansion is a strong vote of confidence in the people of Martin and another sign that Tennessee will lead in attracting quality jobs to our rural communities.” 

 

“MTD has played a valuable role in Weakley County for more than 30 years and employs more than 900 residents in West Tennessee,” Rolfe said. “The creation of 200 jobs will have a tremendous impact on the local economy and people of Weakley County. This investment underscores that Tennessee is a place where leading businesses can grow and provide quality jobs for our citizens. I’d like to thank MTD for its continued commitment to Martin and Weakley County.”

 

“We’ve operated here in Martin since 1985,” said Steve Baker, MTD’s general manager for the facility. “This is home for us and we’re blessed to be able to provide meaningful jobs for our community. We want to thank everyone who has helped, and will continue to help us, bring this expansion to fruition.” 

 

MTD’s $20 million expansion in 2014 created a foundation for future growth. Now, with the additional $10 million investment for facility updates and new equipment, as well as 200 new jobs, MTD will be able to offer year-round employment for associates and production of innovative, quality products for customers. 

Local officials applauded MTD for its investment in Martin and Weakley County. 

 

“We are excited to celebrate with MTD in its recent decision to add an additional 200 jobs to their full-time workforce,” Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum said. “As Weakley County’s largest private employer, MTD continues to prove that it is committed to the success of the community and its workforce. We want to thank Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe and TNECD for the support they have given Weakley County. Our recent success is evidence of the good work being done by Weakley County, the city of Martin and the Weakley County Economic Development Board.”

 

“MTD has been an outstanding community partner over the years,” Martin Mayor Randy Brundige said. “We appreciate MTD’s further commitment to Martin on this expansion project, and are thankful for the new job creation. We look forward to many more years of partnership with the leadership and workforce of MTD.”

 

“On behalf of the Weakley County Economic Development Board, we are pleased that MTD is investing more capital and creating 200 full time jobs in Martin and Weakley County,” Ronnie Price, president of the Weakley County Economic Development Board, said. “This investment shows MTD's long-term commitment to our community and this expansion would not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the company's local management team and associates.”

 

“TVA and Weakley County Municipal Electric System congratulate MTD on its decision to expand operations in Weakley County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to facilitate new job creation in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Weakley County Economic Development Board and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.”

 

Martin and Weakley County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly. 

Erin, McKenzie Awarded USDA-RD Money for Water, Wastewater Improvements

Nashville- The USDA-Rural Development office announced Monday they are investing $267M in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. Included in the announcement, Tennessee State Director Jim Tracy announces 7 projects in Tennessee with an investment of over $511M in loans and $6.1M in grants and two area communities will benefit.

The City of Erin, in Houston County will use a $2.1M loan and $1.4M grant to improve its wastewater treatment plant, nearly doubling its capacity. This will help recruit more industry into the City and County. The plant serves Erin and Tennessee Ridge as well as businesses in the Houston County Industrial Park, but it is very obsolete and expense to operate. USDA’s investment will benefit 625 commercial nad residential customers.

The City of McKenzie in Carroll County will receive a $1M loan and $250K grant to replace equipment and make minor facility improvements at the wastewater treatment plant including replacing pump stations at the Keko, Como, and Booker locations, repair of the Manley Pump Station electrical system, and rehab of the 11,600 feet of line among other things. The work done will meet a consent order by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and will benefit all 5300 plus residents of McKenzie.  

BPU Having Vital System Updgrade 5-7pm; No Payment Options Available

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will be preparing for a vital system upgrade Tuesday between the hours of 5 and 6pm. During that time period, all payment activity will be unavailable, including the payment kiosk, pay by phone system, and all web payments. BPU apologizes for the inconvenience but the upgrade is part of the plan to ensure consistent payment service into the future.

Judge Snyder Updates County Comm. on CASA, New Funding for Foster Children

Judge Snyder discusses CASA and new ways funding can help establish a voice for foster children. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for July on Monday evening and General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder spoke to the commission about an opportunity to fund helping foster children in the county thru the CASA program, Carl Perkins Center, and Women’s and men’s Rape Assistance Program or WRAP.

Judge Snyder talked about how the State of Tennessee has put in $20K, even up to $22K recurring funds for Henry County’s newest CASA program, which recently raised over $6500 during a Boston Butt Sale prior to the 4th of July.

Judge Snyder said a line item thru the Circuit Court budget will allow part of the collected fees in certain cases to go towards an established victim assessment program that will be used thru CASA, WRAP, and Carl Perkins Center to help foster kids have a consistent voice thru their foster care.

Judge Snyder said, “I’m very excited about this and how it will help our children, I see the need for it every week in our courtroom and its money that will be well spent and could make a huge difference in a child’s life choices.”

The commission will look at a resolution establishing the program next month.

County Commission Receives Budget; Looks to Approve July 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The County Commission also accepted the proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year as presented by the budget committee after their review and approval last Monday night.

The budget keeps the tax rate the same at $2.09 per $100 of assessed property and includes a 2% COLA for all county employees. The budget requires $218K from fund balance to balance which County Mayor Brent Greer said is of no concern for the upcoming year and they could possibly not need that total amount.

Commissioners will look over the budget and approve it when they meet again on Monday July 30th in special session at 5pm.

Non Profits Approved at $95K for FY 2019

Paris, Tenn.- In other action on Monday night the County Commission approved the non-profit appropriations for the Fiscal year 2018-19 on first reading. The amount has been steady the last several years hovering around that $100K mark, give or take a few thousand and County Mayor Brent Greer said, “we get much more bang for our buck here with all the great work our non-profits do. This year the total for non-profits is $95,685 as 22 different organizations are served. The Volunteer Fire Departments receive over $31K, the Heritage Center receives $10K, and Lee School will receive $5K just to name a few.

The commission also authorized the County Medical Examiner to appoint medical investigators at Monday’s meeting.  Bruce Herrin, Diann McGuire, and Debbie Traver were named as medical investigators. The commission also approved the nominating committee’s decision to appoint Matthew McClure as Deputy County Coroner.

Early Voting Totals Nearing 900 in First 3 days

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting totals for the first three days have reached 888 so far after Monday's voting. On Monday, 313 people cast their votes at the Henry County Election Commission office. Of those, 79 voted on the Democratic Primary and 232 voted Republican, while two voted in County General only.

County Clerk Appreciation Week Celebrated This Week

Nashville- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has designated July 15-21, 2018 as Tennessee County Clerk Appreciation Week recognizing the 95 county clerks and employees for their support of the Tennessee County Clerk Organ Donor Awareness Foundation (TCCODAF).  The foundation provides resources to help educate Tennesseans on the importance of organ and tissue donation; and asking individuals to register as organ and tissue donors. Donate Life Tennessee staff, donor families and transplant recipients will be visiting county clerk offices across the state to express their appreciation to clerks and staff.

“I am proud of our employees and county residents for the support of the Donate A Dollar campaign.  The donations made when someone receives or renews their vehicle tags are essentially helping to save and improve lives. The funds raised are key to Donate Life Tennessee’s efforts to educate Tennesseans on the importance of registering to be an organ and tissue donor.” County Clerk, Donna Craig stated.

Ninety-eight percent of the Tennesseans who have registered as organ and tissue donors have done so when receiving or renewing their driver licenses or state IDs at Driver Services Centers or at the 41 county clerk offices providing the service. Currently, over 2.2 million Tennesseans are registered on the state registry.

In 2017, Tennesseans saved 1,156 lives through organ transplantation and thousands more received life improving tissue transplants. Presently, over 2,900 Tennesseans are listed on the national organ transplant list.  

Donate Life Tennessee is maintained by the state’s two organ procurement organizations, Tennessee Donor Services and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. A critical part of their mission is to ensure Tennessee residents understand the importance of organ and tissue donation.

 “We cannot overstate the impact our county clerks and their employees have on saving the lives of people in Tennessee and across our nation,” said Jill Grandas, Executive Director of Tennessee Donor Services. “We are extremely grateful to each of them and the Tennessee County Clerk Organ Donor Awareness Foundation.” 

Fixed Wireless Internet Becoming Available in Benton, Henry Counties

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference is planned Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce at 11am to discuss the rollout of high speed internet in Benton and Henry County and other rural areas.

AT &T Fixed Wireless Internet for rural and underserved locations will now be available to residents and small businesses in parts of Benton and Henry Counties including Big Sandy, Camden, Holladay, and Paris.

According to the press release, the rollout, now in 18 states, begin in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to 440K locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1M locations by the end of 2020.

State Senator John Stevens said, “it’s a good day for residents in Benton and Henry Counties as this innovative new service brings high-speed connectivity to more  rural families and small businesses. We have work that remains to be done, and I will continue to work with my colleagues and private industry to continue bringing access to high speed internet to rural Tennessee.”

“Our residents and business owners have made their voices heard and my colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment where we will see more announcements like this-more announcements that infrastructure is being deployed to extend access to high speed internet to families across our community,” said State Representative Tim Wirgau.

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers and internet connection with download speeds of at least 10mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

The towers used to provide the service are connected to AT &T’s network using fiber optics. AT &T has more than 2.3M strand miles of AT &T fiber optics covering Tennessee, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Tennessee businesses and residents need.

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.  

Warrants Issued for Man Accussed of Stealing Motorcycle in McKenzie

Henry, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s received information of a reckless driver on a motorcycle with a female on back driving down Hwy 79S. and had previously received information of a couple on a black and orange motorcycle causing some trouble on Macedonia Road. Cpl. Sanders went down Macedonia and found a motorcycle matching that description. He stopped and began to go towards the residence and noticed a white male, he later identified as Larry D. Raymer, III, age 33, of 1225 Macedonia Road, walking behind the residence. When Cpl. Sanders asked the man to stop, Raymer took off in the woods.

Cpl. Sanders then found the woman that was riding with Raymer on the motorcycle, which had came back stolen from McKenzie. She talked with Cpl. Sanders and said she didn’t know it was stolen and that Raymer had the motorcycle several days. Reinforcements arrived and a search of the area couldn’t find Raymer. McKenzie Police have issued warrants on him now for theft.

Henry Fire Dept. Extinguishes Field Fire Friday Aft.

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Volunteer Fire Units responded to a field on fire on Lumber Road in Henry Friday afternoon. The Brush truck and five firefighters responded to find a section ditch on fire next to a field in two different locations. The fires were extinguished with minimal areas burnt. (Henry FD photos)

Bethel's New Dining Partner Hosting Job Fair Wednesday

McKenzie, Tenn.- MMI Dining is joining Bethel University as their dining partner on campus this year and will be hosting a Job fair this Wednesday July 18th from 2-6pm at the Vera Lowe Center, 101 Wildcat Lane in McKenzie.

Positions available include cooks, line servers, cashiers, dishwashers, catering positions, baristas, and more. Interested applicants should bring a resume and fill out an application and be prepared for a brief interview. For more information visit www.mmidining.com and like them on Facebook.

Next Shepherd's Table Meal Planned for Tues. July 17th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table, the Community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church, will be having their next supper on Tuesday, July 17th, at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Mary Lodge, a volunteer in the kitchen, said they will home-cooked chicken, corn on the cob, beans and delicious fruit cobbler for dessert.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. Volunteer John Wambles says, “all you have to do is get there! Just come on in and have a seat, a volunteer brings you your drink and your supper.” The volunteers also do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve as many people in need of a hot meal as possible. The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests attending, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The next two suppers have already been planned for August 21st and September 18th at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Chamber Hosts Educators Day at the Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce welcomed administrators from surrounding educational institutions Saturday to Kentucky Lake.  Invitations were sent to the Presidents of Austin Peay State University, Bethel University, Union University, Tennessee State University, Jackson State Community College, Lane University, The University of Tennessee at Martin, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  

Both Dr. Brian Norton of the Henry County School System and Dr. Norma Gerrell of the Paris Special School District were present.  

“This was an incredible opportunity for our community to network with these institutions,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “Not only were we able to build relationships, we had in-depth conversations regarding Workforce Development, preparing our students for their schools, and of course, bringing their Marching Bands to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry!”  

McLeese added, “This was not the first time an event like this has happened. The goal was to create a casual setting where these leaders could come to the lake and enjoy our hospitality. Our geographical location for education opportunities is major asset to our community. I look forward to following up on these conversations.”   

The event was hosted by City Commissioner Sam Tharpe, and his wife Gail. 

Scenes from the Triathlon

Buchanan, Tenn.- 182 participants from across the region competed in the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Saturday at Paris Landing State Park. The competition course included a 500 Meter Swim, a 14 Mile Bike and a 3 Mile Run.   (Travis McLeese photos)

“This competition diversifies the events that our community produces to attract people to our area,” commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “It took a collaborative effort to make this event happen, Tony Lawrence and his team put in many hours and I am thankful for all of those involved.”  

Race results can be found by visiting https://paristntri.racesonline.com/home. This event was Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, The Henry County Tourism Authority, Tennessee State Parks, Barry’s Coaching, Edwards Jones-Brian Tusa, and the City of Paris Parks and Recreation.

Troopers Make Several DUI Arrests Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Trooper Cooper arrested Clint R. McCoy of 1556 Cypress Road for DUI 1st Offense. McCoy was placed on $1500 bond.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Trooper Harden arrested Angela Ellis of 441 Welshwood Drive for DUI 1st Offense. Ellis was placed on $1500 bond.

Saturday Early Voting Totals

Paris, Tenn. - A total of 94 voters cast their votes on Saturday, 24 of those votes Democrat and 70 Republican bringing the total number of early voters to 575, of which 150 are Democrat and 420 Republican.

PLSP Triathlon Results

Buchanan, Tenn. - The Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon was held on Saturday. The Triathlon included a 500 meter swim in Kentucky Lake, a 14 mile bike race over and around the Paris Landing Bridge, and a 3 mile run in Paris Landing State Park.

The winner for Male Overall was Jordan Green from Morgantown, Kentucky. Female Overall winner was Kelsey Erlenbaugh from Clarksville, Tennessee.

Male Master Award went to Jon Tate from Nashville. Female Master was awarded to Kirsten Ness from Germantown.

The Athena Award went to Catherine Hook from Rosemark, Tennessee. Wayne Ogorzalek took 1st in the Clydesdale Award.

In the Male Relay, 1st place was awarded to Wayne Ogorzalek, Lynn Ness and David Childe. Female Relay, 1st place winners were Ella Mathis, Jessica Mathis and Sara Mathis. In the Coed Relay, Slayden Hosford, Charlotte Coulston and Ryan Delaney took 1st place.

In the Male 1-14 age group, Shannon Sawyer won first place. In the Male Age Group 15-19, Ben Dixon took 1st place. Male Age Group 20-24, Sean Lafferty won 1st Place. In the Male Age Group 25-29, the winner was Joseph Wheatley. In the Male Division ages 30-34, Doug Earthman won 1st place. Age Group 35-39 for Males, the winner was Steven Gill. 40-44 Male Age Group winner was Chris Flint. Male 45-49 Age Group winner was Wesley Medlin. 50-54 Male Age Group Winner was John Mayer. The Male Age Group 55-59 1st place winner was Tommy Nettleton. Ages 60-64 in the Male Age Group winner was Murray Scott and the Male Age Group 65-98 winner was Gwin Anderson.

In the Female Age Group 20-24, Susan Bailey won 1st Place. Female Age Group 25-29 winner was Aly Beaird. Age Group 30-34 for Female winner was Megan Clegg. Heather Perkins was the Female Age Group 35-39 and Age Group 40-44 for Female winner was Paula Chilton. Female Age Group 45-49 winner was Renee Sutton. The winner for Female Age Group 50-54 was Betsy Pierpaoli. Female Age Group 55-59 winner was Jeanine Watts. Age Group 60-64 for Female winner was Ruth E. Johnson. Carlene Miller won for Female Age Group 65-98.

For a list of all finishers and winners, please visit paristntri.racesonline.com/results.

Early Voting Totals

Paris, Tenn. - Early Voting for the August 2nd Election began Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. and by the end of day Friday, there were 397 early votes (401
total with absentee) with 88 voting Democrat, 310 Republican and 3 general ballot only.

The current voting total is 481. 126 of those voting Democrat, 350 Republican and 5 general ballot only.

Chamber's Water Fun Run Planned for July 21

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run is set for July 21st on Kentucky Lake. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Chamber Office, located at 2508 East Wood Street. Players will travel to area resorts including Pleasant View, Paris Landing, Buchanan, Cypress Springs, Leatherwood, The Breakers, and Fat Daddy’s. At each resort, players will collect stamps, which will be good for one card. Whoever builds the best poker hand at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm will each win $500.

There will also be party boats traveling the water where you can gain extra stamps. Bonus stamps can also be purchased at the Marina for $10. In all, up to 10 cards can be earned. Players with the best 5 card hand each hour will win. This year’s year is Pirate based.

HCHD Closing Monday for Couple Days for Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Henry Midway Road on Monday July 16th and will remain closed two or three days for culvert replacement. The closure will be 100 feet south of Herrondale Road East.

New Harmony VBS PLanned July 14th thru 19th

Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will have their VBS Kickoff Event Friday July 14th 4-6pm. There will be an inflatable Slide, face painting, science experienments, coke floats, and pre-registration for Vacation Bible School. VBS will be held each evening July 15th thru 19th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Meals will be provided and its open for ages 3 years to 6th grade.

City of Paris To Begin Milling and Paving Streets Soon

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Street Department will begin milling and paving streets sometime between Monday July 16th and Monday July 23rd and will continue until all on this year’s list is finished. Roads to be completed include Thompson Street, Volunteer Drive, Boundbrook Drive, Grandiew Drive, Valleywood Drive, McSwain Drive, Manley Street from Tyson to the dead end, Salem Circle, and Lone Oak from Volunteer to Valleywood.

Pop Warner Cheerleading Signups Planned Next 2 Saturdays

Paris, Tenn.- Pop Warner Cheerleading will hold signups on the following days: Saturday July 21st and 28th. The signups will be held at the Paris Civic Center by the pool from 10am until Noon. For any questions find the Pop Warner Cheerleading page on Facebook or call 363-9774.  

HC Youth Football League Sign-Ups Coming Up

Paris, Tenn. - The 2018 Henry County Youth Football League will hold Football Sign-Ups on Saturday, July 28th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Paris Civic Center.

Players must be 9 years old as of September 1st and weigh at least 70 pounds. All 9-year olds and 1st year players must present a copy of their birth certificate at the time of sign-up.

For information, call Bernie Sleadd at 731-336-0313.

 

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