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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

Busy Weekend for Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are looking for suspects who broke into a salon on Hwy. 69 North over the weekend and stole over $1K worth of items. According to the report Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded to the scene where the suspect entered the shop thru a previously broken window. The owner said the window had been broken before and she had put a board up over it to secure it. The board was pushed out and entry was gained into the business. Items stolen include 100 bottles of nail polish, several hair styling tools, shampoos and conditioners, and a police scanner.

Paris Police are also investigating a theft of a blue pitbull and a JVC stereo from a home on Hardy Street over the weekend. The victim advised he believed his ex-girlfriend may have taken the items and she could be in Clarksville. The dog and stereo are valued at over $300.

 A car parked at Maverick was entered and several items were stolen according to another report at the Paris Police Department. The vehicle was unlocked and the victim found her purse open and all its contents strewn about. Missing items included a credit card, $60 in cash, and some medicine. There are no suspects.

Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic issue on Kirks Trading Post Road and ended up later arresting Steven Dykman, age 28, of 220 Payton Drive for domestic assault and aggravated burglary. When Dep. Jenkins arrived, a woman said Dykman had kicked in the door of her home then left the scene. A neighbor said the two had been arguing and Dykman had tried to forcefully enter the home in the early hours of the morning. Dykman was later found and arrested.

Dep. Jenkins also responded to a theft on Buchanan Road over the weekend where a mega force generator, stainless grill, and two man ladder stand were stolen. The house was not being lived in and items were being readied for auction. The garage was broken into and items were stolen from there. There are no suspects.

Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to two sets of storage units were the locks were cuts and some items were strewn about and missing. One unit at Hwy 641 N. had the lock cut and several pieces of furniture were taken along with other things. Another storage unit on Hwy. 119 had two units with the lock cuts, but it didn’t appear that any items were missing at the time. Investigation is continuing.

HCHS Cross Country Competes in Smyrna

Ryan Patrum runs during the race on Saturday.

Smyrna, Tenn.- The Henry County Cross Country Team competed at the Voyles Classic in Smyrna this weekend. In the Men’s Varsity, Henry County’s Titus Winders placed 5th out of 267 runners with a time of 16:11. Silas Winders came in 22nd at 17:08 and other finishers for Henry County included Cole Davis, Zach Cutright, Jarrett Hays, Cooper Smith, and Devin Pritchett. The team placed 7th out of 37 teams.

The Lady’s Varsity Team competed and Madison Aiosa and Madison Caldwell competed against 206 other runners. The Men’s JV squad also competed.

Madison Aiosa running in the event.

Puryear Man Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Brian Davis arrested Adam F. Kennedy, age 37 of 340 Morris Road of Puryear, on Saturday Aug. 27th for theft of property over $1,000. Kennedy was placed on $2,500 bond.

Rhea Library Closed Thursday Sept. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed to the public on Thursday, September 1st for the Annual Regional All Staff Day workshop.

September is Library Card month. Each adult and each child who sign up for their first free Rhea Library card will get a chance to win a Walmart gift card worth $25.

Arts 'Round the Square Entry Deadline Wed. Aug 31st

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline for the Paris Henry County Arts Council’s Arts ‘Round the Square is approaching fast. The event is Saturday, September 24th and the deadline to register is Wednesday, August 31st. Entry forms and rules can be found on the Paris Henry County Arts Council website, www.phcarts.com or at their office at city hall. There will be awards for winners in each category.

For more information about this event of the arts council visit www.phcarts.com or contact their office at 731-642-3955.

Whitlock Road Closure Monday Aug. 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Whitlock Road on Monday August 29th for culvert replacement. The closure will be two-tenths of a mile east of Birds Creek Road. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Great Turnout for Lee Academy Arts Jam Benefit Concert

Paris, Tenn.- There was a great turnout for the Lee Academy for the Arts 2nd Annual Art Jam benefit concert which ran from 4- 7pm on Saturday August 27th.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Live performances from local musicians Izzy Arthurs of Paris, Derek Fields of McKenzie and Brinn Black of Nashville all performed at the event. Derek Fields, a McKenzie singer songwriter also performed at the event. Fields a soul, blues, rock and country musician has been performing music for the past 20yrs is currently cutting his 1st album.


Izzy Arthurs of Paris Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

      
Derek Fields of McKenzie Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

The main headlining performance for the Art Jam benefit concert was a performance by the Bethel Bluegrass band from Bethel University's Renaissance program.

The event held booths that featured children's activities, which included a gymnastics course, face painting, a craft station, and a booth for kids to create pop art by throwing paint filled balloons at a canvas covered wall.

     
(Cassie Walsh photos)

 
(Cassie Walsh photos)                                      

Several other booths included a henna booth by Delia McDevitt who gave free henna tattoos and there was also a booth where free braids were offered by Jaspé salon. The Paris Landing group also had a booth where they showed live birds and animals.


Delia McDevitt giving a Henna tattoo (Cassie Walsh photos)

Perry's BBQ served the food for the event. And donations collected at Saturday’s 2nd Annual Art Jam went to the Lee Academy for ongoing programs and building projects.

Briarpatch Road Closure Mon. Aug 29th & Tues. Aug 30th

Como, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Briarpatch Lake Road between Midway Road and Hwy 40 N in the Cottage Grove-Como area on Monday August 29th and Tuesday August 30th for culvert replacement. The road should be opened on Wednesday August 31st.

County Unemployment Rates Released

Paris, Tenn.- County Unemployment Rates for July 2016 were released on Thursday August 25th, and showed that rates decreased in 73 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in 11 counties.

Carroll, Weakley and Houston counties ranked among the highest with Carroll at 7.1 percent and Weakley at 7.9 percent and Houston at 7.5 percent. For the month of July, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.7 percent, decreasing from 3.8 percent the previous month. Knox County was 4.2 percent in July, decreasing from 4.3 percent the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month.  Shelby County was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent the previous month.

 Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, increasing two tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 4.9 percent, remaining unchanged from the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 4.1 percent, remaining the same from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 4.9 percent, up two tenths of a percentage point from May.

1st Quarter Highlights from the Patriots vs. Mustangs Game

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriots scored a touchdown in the 1st quarter, before the game was cancelled due to the weather conditions. The score at the end of the 1st Quarter was HCHS 7 and Houston 0. The game was cancelled, Houston declared no contest and the winner of the game will be decided by the TSSAA on Monday.

#2 Savon Stewart throws a pass during Friday nights game with Houston.
HCHS #2 Savon Stewart (Timothy Pharr photos)

#3 Lukas Reynolds cuts back on his way to a 17 yard touchdown run.

HCHS #3 Lukas Reynolds scores a TD (Timothy Pharr Photos)

A host of Patriot defenders smother a Houston back.
(Timothy Pharr Photos)

HCHS Patriots vs Houston Mustangs Football Game Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Patriots vs Houston Mustangs football game on Friday night was cancelled due to inclement weather. Germantown declared no contest and the game was cancelled and will not be made up.

The TSSAA will convene on Monday Aug. 29th to decide the outcome of the HCHS and Houston football game.

ESN122 Billing Notice for Fire Services to be Sent out Aug 31st

Paris, Tenn.- Property owners within the ESN122 area of Henry County, just outside the Paris city limits, should expect to receive their annual fire protection subscription billing from the City of Paris in the next few days.  The notices will be mailed on Wednesday, August 31st.  Payment is due by September 30th.

Fires in the ESN122 district, which is just outside the city limits, are covered by the Paris Fire Dept.  Unlike city property owners who pay city taxes, property owners in ESN122 pay no taxes for this service.  Annual fees have been established for residents in the ESN122 district based upon their appraised property values.  The amount charged for fire service is based on information from the Henry County Assessor of Property and from the State of TN Division of Property Assessments.

This year the billing amount will strictly follow the city ordinance as adopted in 2008.  A copy of the municipal code will be included with the billing or a copy can be picked up at the City business office at City Hall.

Property owners inside ESN122 who fail to get a notice from the city, or who get a notice and no longer own the property in question, are asked to contact the City of Paris business office at City Hall on 100 N. Caldwell St. or call the office at 731-641-1402.

Puryear Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy James Higgins arrested Kevin George, age 30 of Puryear, on Thursday Aug 25th for aggravated burglary. George was placed on $10,000 bond.

Good Turnout for Farmer's Market on Friday


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market started at 3pm on Friday even despite the cloudy afternoon skies. Items that are available at the Farmer’s Market include several varieties of corn, peppers, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, USDA Farm Raised meat and poultry, local honey, local canola, and more. The Farmer’s Market is downtown at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm until its sold out.

Teams Sought for Boss Hoss BBQ Burnout Sept. 15-17

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off is set for September 15th thru 17th at Paris Landing State Park and cooking teams are being accepted now. The Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off is in conjunction with the 17th Annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss Rally. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League.

There will be a $500 guaranteed payout, and that is subject to increase depending on the number of sponsors and teams entered. Teams will be judged in 3 categories: Chicken, Ribs, and Pulled Pork. 1st Place wins $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50 and $50 and trophy goes to Best Team Spirit.

For more information log onto www.visitparislanding.com or call Sara Jo Sutherland at 731-819-6362.

Paris Swim Team Tryouts August 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Swim Team will hold try-outs on Tuesday August 30th between 3-5pm at the Paris Civic Center. The try-outs are open for any swimmers ages 5-18.

For the try-outs, swimmers age 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke unassisted. Swimmers age 9 and up must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle and 50 yards backstroke unassisted.

The Paris Swim Team is part of the Mid-South Swim Conference and they compete against teams in the Memphis area. The competitive season runs September thru February. There is one swim meet per month on a Saturday or Sunday. Dues are $25 each month.

The first practice will be Tuesday September 6th. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Swimmers ages 5-8 practice from 3-4pm and age 9-18 practice 4-5pm.

For more information on the Paris Swim Team like the team’s Facebook page or call Coach Sarah Luffman 615-202-3670.

 

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