From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Weekend News Director Nicki Marr
BPU Approves Annual Audit At Nov. Meeting
(Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday and approved the audit for fiscal year 2015. Alexander Thompson Arnold prepared the audit again and General Manager John Etheridge explained there were no findings to report as the BPU had a clean audit for the 8th time in 9 years. Etheridge went over the 5 year audit history of each department. The audit was clean and all looked good with the BPU.
The annual audit for the BPU trust, or Project Round Up, was also presented and approved by the BPU board Tuesday morning. Roundup was started in 2002 by the BPU board and customers can choose to have their bill rounded up to the nearest whole dollar amount with the money generated going to Non profit groups in Paris and Henry County. Since May of 2002 over $1.125M has been given out to over 100 recipients during that time frame. The board approved ATA to do next years audit at a price of $700 more than this year's audit.
Etheridge went over the financial reports for all the departments for the month of October. In the Electric Department shows the cash position is slightly better than at the same time last year. He said we have spent quite a bit of money on capital projects so overall things are in good shape. Etheridge said he didn't see any income erosion in The Electric Department and BPU has experienced slight customer growth.
Water Department numbers showed an erosion in cash position but it was expected as money has been spent on the initial stages of the new water plant construction. That money is on the state revolving loan and will come back to the BPU. Net income was in good shape as well.
In the Wastewater Department, cash position has eroded but $300K was spent on the Johnson Park Sewer Basin Rehab work. The wastewater department showed a positive net income for the month.
Etheridge told the board 413 customers are now on the prepay system. He said it shows that prepay customers do a good job of monitoring their usage and TVA is looking into the program to see how to help more customers manager their power usage as well.
The BPU Facebook page now has over 1600 likes and Etheridge said the page is utilized to let customers now about power outages and if water in certain areas needs to be shut off for periods of times. He told the board that by mid December the BPU website should be able to support software that will allow customers to see footprints of outages during larger outage times. He said this will let customers see if a larger outage is affecting them and their neighbors without having to call and report it.
Carroll Bank And Trust Warns of Text Scam
Paris, Tenn.- Individuals throughout Carroll, Benton, Gibson, and Henry Counties have received text messages that appear to be from Carroll Bank and Trust which reads your Carroll Bank and Trust debit card has been locked and then links you to a log in page.
Carroll Bank and Trust released a statement saying this is a scam and is an attempt to gain your personal information. The text is not from CB &T and even people who are not CB & T customers have received the text. Citizens are urged to be cautious and never click any suspicious links or enter any of your personal or banking information into a site that has requested your information.
First Bank Hosts Nov. Chamber Coffee
Scott Morrison, left, FirstBank, presented gift baskets to Michele Atkins, Henry County Extension, and Marie Berryman during the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Coffee at FirstBank on Mineral Wells.
HCHS Golf Banquet Held Monday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot and Lady Patriot golf team held its annual banquet Monday night at the Paris Country Club. The team honored graduating seniors with plaques recognizing their years of service. Seniors who were honored were Hunter Bethune, Brady Mustin, Jacob Watkins, Madison Dillard and Callie Pierce.
Other awards given out were to Sydney Williams for the Girls Newcomer of the Year and Girls Lowest Golf Score Average of the Year, Ely Ridgeway for Boys Newcomer of the Year, Jacob Watkins for the Boys Lowest Golf Score Average for the Year and the Academic Awards went to Cameron May with a GPA of 101 and Leah Bell with a GPA of 98.2. Both Boys and Girls golf teams advanced to the District and Regional tournaments this year.
TDOT to Halt Lane Closures for Busy Thanksgiving Travel
Nashville- Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2015.
“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destination this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.”
While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
“The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and TDOT are partnering with law enforcement across the state for the I-40 Challenge, with the goal of having zero fatalities on the 455 miles of I-40 in Tennessee,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways. We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit, and don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink.”
Some long-term lane closures will remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.
AAA predicts 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 0.6 percent over last year and the most in eight years. An estimated 1,025,217 people are expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee. Nationwide, 89.3% of all travelers will drive to their destination. Motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008.
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
North Pole Family Fun Day Begins at 10am Fri.
Paris, Tenn.- After the turkey and dressing are enjoyed on Thursday, Friday will usher the Christmas season into downtown Paris as Santa, Rudolph, and the elves roll into downtown via the Paris Fire Department Fire Truck starting at 10am as the North Pole Family Fun Day kicks off. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and will run until 2pm.
In addition to all the downtown merchants being open for Christmas shopping, there will be several activities for the youngsters to do on Friday at the North Pole Family Fun Day, including visiting Santa in his house on the court square as the Band Boosters will take and sell photos with Santa. Mrs. Clause will also be downtown Friday.
Activities at the North Pole Family Fun Day include free craft tables with make and take holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club. Commercial Bank will do face painting from 10am to Noon, and every half hour beginning at 10:30am, the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express inside the Old Depot on Fentress Street, know Vicky Muzzal’s Tax Service. All youngsters will get a free train whistle.
There are trackless train rides, a four pony carousel ride, a petting zoo, and several other games and activities. The North Pole Family Fun day is part of the Downtown Unwrapped Series of events for the Christmas season and a full schedule of events can be found at visitdowntownparis.com.
Christmas By the Lake To Be Fri.-Sun
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will present Christmas by the Lake this weekend. There will be lots of Arts and Crafts for sell, several with Christmas themes. The event will be held inside the Paris Landing State Park Inn and will run 3-8pm Friday and 8-5 Saturday and Sunday. Parking and Admission is free.
City of Paris Announces Thanksgiving Closings
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Paris City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday Nov. 26 and 27 and will reopen on Monday Nov. 30th. The Landfill will close Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the city Animal Shelter will close Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Paris Public Works Department will be closed Thursday and Friday this week.
On Wednesday of this week, the Public Works Department will pickup trash for Wednesday and Thursday so have trash out by 7am Wednesday morning.
Drug Arrests Made After Traffic Stop
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Derrek Colley and Ptl. Steve Dean, Jr. conducted a traffic stop for failure to maintain lanes and ended up arresting occupants on drug charges.
Sgt. Michael Ramos and K9 Kenzie were called to the scene and Kenzie alerted on the vehicle. A search was done and three baggies of powder substance believed to be methamphetamine were found along with some digital scales and a glass pipe.
Charged were Richard B. Carpenter, of Big Sandy for possession of schedule two with intent, simple possession of schedule two, simple possession of schedule 6, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Carpenter was placed on $2500 bond. Also charged was Amanda L. Ballard, of Camden, for possession of legend drug and she was placed on $3K bond.
In a separate incident, Dep. David Andrews of the Metro Crime Unit charged a Big Sandy man with unlawful possession of a weapon over the weekend. Steven E. Scott, age 44, of 409 Rollin Oak Drive in Big Sandy was charged and placed on $10K bond.
Thefts, Vandalism Keep Officers Busy over the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that several items were stolen out of a storage unit including two night stands, a microwave, HDMI cables, cordless drills, a vacuum, and an antique picture. The value of the items were over $1K and police have no suspects at this time.
A report at the Paris Police Department stated that vandalism was done to Ogburn Park over the weekend. City employees found writing on the picnic tables and men’s and women’s restrooms. There was also damage done to the showers in the women’s restroom. Police continue to investigate with no suspects at this time.
HCHS Speech Team Finishes 4th in Dickson Tourney
Dickson, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech Team also did well this weekend in competitions at Dickson County High School, finishing 4th out of 19 schools. Thirteen students entered and 8 trophies were won for the following: Tia Mikeska, 1st place poetry, Jayna Nance, 3rd place Humorous Interpretation, Natalie Clark, 3rd place in Informative Speaking and 5th in Original Oratory, Davis Caperton, 5th place in Humorous Interpretation, and Charlie Raymer, 6th in Humorous Interpretation. The speech team advisor is Linda Miller.
Lakewood Speech Team Does Well in Competition
Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Tiger Invitational hosted by Murray High School over the weekend and placed 7th out of 13 schools from across the state of KY and TN. The competition consisted of primarily high schools and several students placed individually. Abigail Littrell placed 3rd in Original Oratory, Faith Hutson placed 6th in Humorous Interpretation and Nadia McFadden placed 5th in Declamation. The team will next compete in the Marshall County High School Invitational on December 5th. They are coached by David Weatherly.
Police Investigating Theft After Man Opens His Home To Couple
Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Lance Perry responded to a call at 3500 Hwy 79 N in regards to a theft.
The resident of the home was asked by a friend at church to house a male and female that had nowhere to stay. The man allowed the couple to stay in his home, while he stayed at his ministry.
Upon the couple leaving the next day, items missing were a Toshiba laptop, valued at $459, a CB radio and antenna, valued at $50, $300 in cash, Citalopram, quantity unknown, Military paperwork and vehicle paperwork.
The couple left in a white SUV with a ladder rack. Although, the suspects names were unclear and/or unknown initially, both persons of interest were named on the report, but no arrests have been made at this time.
W.G. Rhea Public Library To Offer Free Excel Classes
Paris, Tenn. - The W. G. Rhea Public Library will offer a free computer class for Excel I on Monday, December 7th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library computer lab. Registration is required. Limited space is available.
For any questions, or to register, call 731-642-1702.
Ed Roberts Dinner For Cancer Survivors Set For December 4th
Paris, Tenn. - The event will be held this year at the Fairview Baptist Church (across from Lowe's) in Paris, on Friday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment at the event will be Wire and Wood.
This event was established by the late Ed Roberts in the basement of the HCMC Cancer Center in 1989 with only a few dollars and 20 guests. The event was then taken over by his wife Barbara after his passing, until it merged with the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. Having now grown to over 300 guests, the event has been hosted at numerous locations throughout Henry County.
The Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is a local fund that provides financial assistance for co-pays, insurance premiums, medications and transportation to those cancer patients whom are undergoing cancer treatment at the local Cancer Care Center Henry County and Outpatient Chemotherapy Department and Henry County Medical Center.
If you are interested in attending the meal or making a donation, please contact the Cancer Care Center at 731-644-3522.
Missing Henry County Woman Found Alive And At Home Safe
Henry, Tenn. - Brooke Walker, the missing woman from Henry County has been found alive and is at home with her family.
Brooke was found off Hwy 77 on Henry Mansfield Road by a deer hunter on Saturday morning. Brooke was located sitting in a lawn chair hiding under a tarp in a deer tent.
Brooke refused medical treatment on scene and according to a statement issued by Sheriff Monte Belew, the incident where she walked away from the home on Henry Mansfield Road, is currently under investigation.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the deer hunter who located Brooke, the THP Helicopter and all of those who have volunteered during the search on Friday and Saturday.
Paris-Henry County Arts Council Presents Holiday Concert
Paris, Tenn. - Every year, the Paris Henry County Arts Council produces a wonderful holiday concert utilizing the wealth of musical talent available in Paris and Henry County and 2015 will be no different.
This year’s concert presents Vivaldi’s Gloria under the direction of Blair Chadwick, Director of Choral Activities for Henry County High School, will be on December 6th at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
Candlelight Advent Walk Heralds The Season
Paris, Tenn. - The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season on Wednesday evening, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Worshipers will hear the message of Advent in beautifully decorated churches then proceed by candlelight through the historic downtown area.
The service begins at First Presbyterian Church (South Market Street). Then proceed to First United Methodist Church (East Blythe Street), then on to First Christian Church (South Poplar Street), and then staying on Poplar Street to Grace Episcopal and Ketchum Hall.
Worshipers will then head through sparkling downtown Paris to First Baptist Church at 313 North Poplar Street, and finally arriving at Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street, who will also host a reception after the service. A van is available for those who are unable or who do not wish to walk.
Participating churches and the DPA sponsor the annual event. For more information on Christmas Events downtown, log on to www.VisitDowntownParis.com
Highlights From Round 3 TSSAA Playoff Game Friday Night
#28 Evan Harrison tackles the Centennial Back. (Tim Pharr photo)
#56 Cody Bates brings down the Centennial RB for a loss. (Tim Pharr photo)
#7 Caleb Mccutcheon runs behinds blocks from #52 Nathaniel Owens, #33 Nathan Scott & #31 Brevin Odom. (Tim Pharr photo)
"Be Local" Shirts On Sale Now At The Chamber
Paris, Tenn. - The staff of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Henry County Alliance, Jennifer Wheatley, Monica Smith, Tara Wilson and David Hamilton show off the new "Be Local" shirts. Shirts are now available at the Chamber for $15 each.
Henry County Patriots End Season With 10 - 3 Record
Franklin, Tenn. - The Henry County Patriots traveled to Franklin, Tennessee Friday night to take on Centennial, for round 3 of the TSSAA Playoffs.
Unfortunately, the Patriots were unable to score and finished the season with a loss to Centennial 25 - 0.
Henry County ends this football season with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses. One of those losses being to Centennial in the regular season.
PHC Arts Council To Hold Gingerbread House Building Contest
Paris, Tenn. - Together with the Lee Academy, the PHC Arts Council will be hosting a Gingerbread House Building Competition on Saturday, December 5th.
There are five categories to compete in and a provided kit can be used or build your own from scratch.
On site construction will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until Noon. You also have the option to bring family and friends or build solely by yourself.
Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.
For more information, contact the Paris Henry County Arts Council at 731-642-3955.
Benefit For Jennifer Andres To Be Held December 5th
Paris, Tenn. - A benefit for Jennifer Andres will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 101 East Blythe Street.
Jennifer is 33 years old and the fiancé of Chris Lee. She is the mother of five children, ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old. She is currently fighting cervical cancer for the second time since 2014. Jennifer has been through chemo and radiation and is now also experiencing kidney failure.
Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or hot dog with chips and a drink will be for sale for $6.
Events include bouncy houses, face painting, games for the kids, a cake walk and silent auction.
If you would like to donate any items for the silent auction or baked goods for the cake walk, please contact Lauren Wilson at 731-363-1610, Kelly Corbitt at 731-333-2551, or Carla Goodman at 731-336-9832.
Items can be picked up if need be and it is requested that all donated items for the auction or cake walk be done by December 3rd.
Local FOP Chapter Seeks Contributions for Cops and Kids
Paris, Tenn.- The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is planning their 2015 FOP Cops and Kids Shopping Trip which will be held on Saturday December 5th for underprivileged children in Paris and Henry County.
The FOP is seeking donations from the community to help conduct the program as 100% of donations help kids here in Henry County. Contributions can be mailed to Fraternal Order of Police, P.O. Box 755, Paris, TN 38242. Contributions can also be dropped off in person at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office or Paris Police Department. For more information contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Paris Police Department at 642-1413.
212th Engineer Company Christmas Dinner Dec. 6
Paris, Tenn.- The Commander of the 212th Engineer Company in Paris invites all retired members to join the company for their annual Christmas Dinner at 11am on Sunday December 6th. If you are interested please RSVP by November 30th by calling 644-7370.
Over the River Race Planned for Dec. 12th
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will once again be featured in the State Parks Running Tour with the 8 mile “Over the River” race planned for 11am on Saturday December 12th.
Special awards will be given for top overall male and female in the race that spans the park and a trek across the Ned McWherter Bridge.
Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “featuring our beautiful Paris Landing on the State Park Running Tour is a cooperative effort of the tour, Race Director Mike Bell, Paris Landing State Park, Friends of Paris Landing, and the Chamber of Commerce. We are especially grateful for the volunteers who help with the race.
For more information or to volunteer to help work the race call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.
HC Historical Society Quarterly Meeting Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will have its regular quarterly meeting at 6pm on Monday November 23rd at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center, located at 614 N. Poplar Street. Society president David Webb will give a program on Howell E. Jackson, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, who was born in Paris in 1832. A portrait of Jackson by an unsigned artists will be unveiled and the oil painting will later be hung in the main lobby of the Henry County Courthouse.
Also Monday evening at the meeting, Shannon McFarlin will speak and take orders for her upcoming book about CampTyson entitled, As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson—America’s Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility.
The Heritage Center currently has Camp Tyson artifacts on display that have been donated by the family of Elliott Moody, who served at the camp along with items recently purchased by the historical society from the James and Emily Cox Estate.
Annual society dues of $5 are payable at the meeting or can be mailed to Donna Winchester, treasurer, 715 Old Union Road, Paris, Tennessee 38242.
County Clerk Office To Close For Remodeling, Thanksgiving
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Clerk Donna Craig wants the public to know that the Henry County Clerk's Office will be closing at Noon on Wednesday November 25th for remodeling and be closed on Thursday and Friday November 26-27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Clerk's Office will reopen on Monday November 30th.
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