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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens


Last Regular Season Home Game for Patriots Friday

Band to Perform Blackout Show After Game

Paris, Tenn.- It’s Senior Night for our seniors on the Henry County Patriot Football team as the team hosts West Creek at Patriot Stadium. The kickoff is set for 7pm, with senior night festivities slated before the kickoff. It’s also the last game of the regular season, with the playoffs set to start next week. If you can’t make it to Friday night’s game you can listen on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates apply.

After the game, the Henry County Marching Patriots will perform their Blackout Show, with the uniforms and band instruments decked out in glow sticks as they perform with all the lights to the stadium turned off.

Retired National Guard Invited to Christmas Dinner

Paris, Tenn.- All retired members of the Paris National Guard are invited to this year’s Christmas dinner on December 7th in Paris. If you plan on going, RSVP by November 24th at 644-7370.  

Wilson Reminds Of DL Revocation for Unpaid Court Costs

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson issued a press release concerning the law passed in 2011 that revokes driver’s license of any Tennessee licensed driver with unpaid court cost, fees, fines, or litigation tax that aren’t paid within one year of the case being completed.

Wilson said those impacted by the law do not receive any warning from the Department of Safety prior to their license being revoked. The only notification comes after the revocation is placed, by mail to the last known address.

Wilson says the latest revocation list transmitted to the Department of Safety from Henry County had over 150 driver’s license listed to be revoked immediately. The amounts owed ranged from $22 to $5K.

Driving on a revoked license is an arrestable offense in most states. The law doesn’t apply to cases in Juvenile Court, traffic offenses, civil cases, or restitution but does apply to criminal cases in General Sessions or Circuit Court.

Wilson said anyone that thinks they may owe fees, fines, or court cost in Henry County to visit the Clerk office in the courthouse. Wilson said offenders can pay in full or be requested to be considered for a court approved payment plan in order to avoid your license being revoked.

USDA Announces Grant Aimed at Increasing Tourism To Area

LBL Regional Coalition Recipient of the Grant to Lure Tour Buses to Area

State USDA RD Director Bobby Goode (middle with check), Congressman Fincher, Jennifer Wheatley, chamber director, and other representatives from their offices were on hand for the presentation Thursday. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Congressman Stephen Fincher and USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode were part of a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce to announce the award of a Rural Business Enterprise Grant to the Land Between the Lakes Regional Coalition.

The grant is for $7500 and will assist the LBL Regional Coalition with marketing efforts to increase tourism in the 5 county area of Tennessee and Kentucky that borders LBL, including Henry and Stewart Counties.

Jennifer Wheatley, Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, said the Coalition was formed to help promote tourism in the area during the ‘shoulder season.’ She said with all the great assets we have already, getting tourists here in the summer isn’t too difficult, it's the fall and winter that we wanted to help add tourists to our area.

Wheatley said the coalition began going to small tour bus shows to try to attract tour buses to come to the area. She said “we started an effort that will take years to have a big financial impact, but it will be totally worth the time and effort in the long run.”

Goode (pictured above) said, “Rural Development is glad to put investments back in the state of Tennessee and especially ones that assist chambers of commerce since they are usually the first places visitors seek information.” Good said Rural Development invested over $1B back in the state in 2013.

Congressman Fincher (pictured above) said this grant that will have a big return on investment and infrastructure. He said, “although Washington DC needs to cut back and constituents let us know that, you can’t cut your way to prosperity and some investments like these are well worth it.” 

Wheatley said the grant will be used to fund the Coalition’s trip and participation in the American Bus Association Conference the next two years. It will be held in St. Louis in 2015 and Louisville in 2016. She said they have already attended the 2014 conference which was held in Nashville.

The American Bus Association Conference is the largest tour bus show in the country. Wheatley said, “our group goes to the event and tries to invite and convince these tour buses to come here to see all the sights and activities we have.” She said they have had some interest from previous tour bus conferences they have attended that are still working with them now.


Library to Host Cornucopia of Talent Nov. 8th

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a Cornucopia of Talent on Saturday November 8th from 1-4pm with several local and area wide authors. Everyone is invited to come and meet, greet, and book signing.

The authors will sell copies of their books and share stories, many coming from the Paris and Henry County area and the genres vary from children’s books, historic romance, local history, science fiction, and more.

The 11 authors that have confirmed the invitation so far are: Ben Jobe, Natalie Wade, Sandra Robbins, Michael Freeland, Doug Blunt, Camille Kendall, Connie Breitbeil representing Frank Lee Moody, Barry Hart, Aiden James, Tory Mason, and Lisa Smartt.

The Cornucopia of Talent is free and you can call the library for more information.

RFL Love Lights a Tree Set for Nov. 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Bass Lipford Relay for Life Team will host their annual Love Lights A Tree Friday November 7th at the courthouse lawn. A brief presentation and reading of names will take place at dusk as part of the tree lighting ceremony.

Lights may be purchased in honor or in memory of someone touched by cancer for a $5 donation. For more information contact Joyce Bass at 707-0506, 644-9680, or via email at jbass50@hotmail.com.

Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-Off and Civil War Living History Set Nov. 15-16

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Tourism League invites everyone to the Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cookoff and Civil War Living History Event November 15-16 at Paris Landing State Park. There is lots of activities going on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday November 15th from 8am to 1pm and all competitors must be set up by 9am. The cost to enter the chili cookoff is $25. Sara Sutherland, of the Paris Landing Tourism League said 5 entries have already been confirmed for the Chili Cookoff.

Chili can be entered in two categories, with beans or without beans and the rules are as follows: no pre-packaged seasoning, meat must be cooked on site, canned beans are allowed, but can not be seasoned, competitors can use any heat source but open fires are not allowed, you must cook a minimum of one gallon of chili and you must name your chili.

Turn in for the chili cookoff is 12 Noon and competitors must turn it in six portion cups for judges that will be provided. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

In addition to the Chili Cookoff, there are several events planned both Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History Event.

On Saturday November 15th there will be hayrides from Noon to 3pm. From 8am to 4pm there will be Civil War Re-enactment Demonstrations with infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and several vendors will be on hand as well. The Paris Landing Tourism League Chili Tent will sell chili dogs, chili pies, and more.

On Sunday November 16th, there will be a church service held at the Large Pavilion with music by Amanda Spraggs at 8:30am. Also on Sunday from 9am to 2pm event goers can watch more Civil War Re-enactment Demonstrations, the vendor area will be open, and at 10am on Sunday there will be a story telling by local Civil War historian Larry Ray.  There will also be a $100 giveaway at 1pm and you can register to win raffles including a Muzzle Loader. The event and parking is free.

For more information on the Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cookoff and Civil War Living History set for November 15th and 16th like the event on Facebook or go the website www.visitparislanding.com.

Paris Airborne Gymnastics Compete at Nashville

Nashville- Paris Airborne Gymnastics had 3 different levels of girls compete in the Intrigue Invitational in Nashville on October 25th. Two of the girls from Level 4 are pictured above (DeLania Green photo).

From left to right gymnasts and final scores: Ella Crichton Senior A - 6th on Vault (8.65), 5th on Bars (8.875), 9th on Beam (8.35), 9th on Floor (8.475), 7th in the All-Around (34.35)Callie Green Senior B - 9th on Vault (8.625), 13th on Bars (7.5), 7th on Beam (8.325), 10th on Floor (7.8),10th in the All-Around (32.25)

State Fire Marshall Reminds Tennesseans to Change Clocks, Batteries Saturday Night

Nashville- The Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West is reminding Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they set back their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time.

“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they’re providing the proper protection,” West says. “Use the extra hour we gain this weekend to make sure your home and family are fire-safe.”

The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire. The early warning of a smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by  increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.

70 percent of the fire fatalities in Tennessee last year occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. It is critical to install smoke alarms and replace batteries regularly. Twice a year is recommended. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries. All too often, a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home’s occupants at risk. There’s no way to predict when a fire will occur, so even one night without an operational smoke alarm can be dangerous.

Here are some helpful tips on the importance of smoke alarms:

    • Smoke alarms should be installed in every room where an occupant sleeps, outside every sleeping area and on each level of the home, including the basement. Make sure everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like.

    • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.

    • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms whenever the battery is changed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.

    • Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a common outside meeting place. Be sure to practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children.

    • When a smoke alarm sounds, get out of the home immediately, closing doors behind you. Go to your pre-planned meeting place and call 9-1-1.

    • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are available. These are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps in these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

    • Test alarms once a month using the test button. Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested. 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee. Visit our website at www.tn.gov/fire for more fire prevention tips.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Marching Patriots Chili Supper is Nov. 4th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots will hold their Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction on Tuesday November 4th at First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $8 and include all you can eat chili, pimento cheese sandwich or hotdog, and all the fixings, with drink and dessert.

The Chili Supper will go on for lunch from 11am to 2pm and again for supper from 4pm to 6:30pm. Delivery is available during lunch hours for orders of 8 or more. Pre-orders for deliveries are required by Friday October 31st. Tickets can be purchased from any band student or at the door on November 4th. Make checks payable to Henry County Band Boosters.

Reminder: Hoof Beats of Hope Fall Festival is Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope’s Fall Festival and Car Show will be held this Saturday November 1st, after being rescheduled from October 11th because of heavy rainfall. The event will be held at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove.

Events include the car and motorcycle show with registration from 9am to Noon.

There is a Cake Walk at 10am, kid’s games from 10-Noon, a Corn Hold Tournament at Noon, Live music, a pet show at 1pm, bingo at 2pm, and a chilli and chilli dog supper at 5pm. Concessions will be sold all day as well. For more information call 782-6141.

Man Charged with Possession of Drugs, Weapon

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriffs Office and Metro Crime Unit charged Jacob Fitzgerald, 38, of 602 Memorial Drive, with simple possession of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felon in possession of a weapon. Fitzgerald was placed on $5K bond.

186 Graduate from D.A.R.E on Tuesday

Pictured are front row: Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker, Contest winners Taylor and Austin Dunagan, Brenna Smith back row: PSSD Director of Schools Mike Brown, D.A.R.E. Mascot, and Ptl. Jordan Klutts. (Chief Elizondo photo)

Paris, Tenn.- D.A.R.E. Graduation for 186 5th graders in Henry County was held at the Krider Performing Arts Center Tuesday afternoon. Brenna Smith, D.A.R.E. Officers Youth Advisory Board member was the guest speaker and the D.A.R.E. essay contests winners were announced. Taylor Dunagan and Austin Dunagan were the essay winners. Paris Police Officers Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker and Ptl. Jordan Klutts serve as the D.A.R.E. officers for Henry County.

HCSO Inmate Garden to Hold Turnip Green Giveaway Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriffs Department Inmate Garden will have a free turnip green giveaway Friday October 31st starting at 8am at the sheriffs office. Anyone is welcome to come and get free turnip greens while supplies last that have been grown in the inmate garden this summer.

Wednesday and Thursday Last Days to Early Vote

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting on Tuesday saw 274 people cast their ballot for Tuesdays upcoming Election, bringing the total so far up to 2693. Early Voting continues Wednesday 8:30am to 4:30pm and again on Thursday until 7pm with extended hours. Election Day is Tuesday and precincts across the county will be open from 7am to 7pm.

Annual Jakes Day Big Hit With Youth Hunters

Balin Horton with his prize winning buck at Jakes Day Saturday. (Inv. Adam Jenkins photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Jakes Day was held this past Saturday and several young hunters took part. The winner of the big buck contest was Balin Horton, son of Brian Horton. Balin brought in a 10 point, 217 pound buck. He won $150 gift certificate to Hulmes Sporting Goods, courtesy of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation and a mount courtesy of Head and Shoulders Taxidermy. 75 kids participated in the event which is sponsored by the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and Henry County Sheriffs Office.

BPU Board Approves Moving Ahead With Johnson Park Basin Rehab

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board pf Public Utilities met on Tuesday morning and approved going ahead with sewer inspections at Johnson Park basin. General Manager John Etheridge said the Johnson Park basin is the next phase of sewer rehab they would like to do after doing some work on the Lone Oak basin three to four years ago.

Terry Wimberley, director of water and wastewater operations, said even during dry weather they are getting flow issues at the Johnson Park basin. He said $300K was budgeted on sewer rehab work.

Wimberley said we want to get all the preliminary work done this fiscal year and identify the major problem areas at the Johnson Park basin and be ready next fiscal year to move ahead with actual rehab work. The preliminary work includes moving roots, using cameras to get into sewer lines to see where the rehab is needed most. They will bring back findings to the board later this year and decide what direction to go in from there.

BPU Testing Out Pay As You Go Electricity With Some Employees

Paris, Tenn.- BPU is testing out the Pay as you Go Electricity with some employees and should be ready to roll it out live for customers in mid December or by the first of the year. This allows customers to have no deposit and pay for electricity as they need it. Options include paying weekly and receiving an email or text message to alert them when they are close to their limits on what they have paid for. Customers can then come to the office or the kiosk outside the BPU building and purchase electricity thru the pay as you go system.

Etheridge said BPU is not the first system to offer pay as you go but its something that customers in other districts seem to enjoy as an option. He said from what other systems who already use pay as you go it makes customers more aware of energy usage and they seem to conserve it better.

BPU Board Approves Write-Offs, Declares Surplus

Paris, Tenn.- More action from Tuesdays BPU board meeting saw the board approve write offs in the amount of $20K for the last quarter. Etheridge said overall BPU writeoffs stays around and below a quarter percent of revenue which is below the benchmark.

The board also approved declaring the 2000 International 480 Digger derrick truck as surplus equipment.

Jeff Thompson told the board concrete work has begun at North Paris substation and things should start moving along quicker if the weather cooperates. He said the transmission lines have been put up. He said they expect to energize the North Paris Substation by late December or the first of the year.

Cole Edwards, director of Electric Operations, said the work is going well at the electric warehouse as well and they are watching the budget as the process continues trying to save money when and where they can but have a top of the line building in the end.

General Manager John Etheridge went over the monthly financials and said overall things are going well In all departments. In the Electric Department Cash position Is up $500K and they had a huge net income for the month. Year to date they are down about $300k down from the same time last year. Etheridge said closing out work orders and weed and tree spraying costs help contribute to that total. He said the BPU has had flat sales and no real increase in customers but he is fine with that as some systems are losing customers.

Water Department numbers looked good as well with sales comparable to last year and cash position was at $17K.

Wastewater sales are about $5K less than last year but cash position is up $75K and sales are doing ok.

Highway Dept. To Close Hobby Road Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hobby Road in the Clifty Community on Wednesday October 29th for culvert replacement. The closure will be three tenths of a mile south of Vandyke Grove Road. Alternate route will be Reynoldsburg Road to the south end of Hobby Road and the road should be back open for Wednesday evening traffic.

TN Wildlife Refuge Presents Fireside Tunes and Tales on Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to a new event called “Fireside Tunes and Tales” to be held Saturday November 1st from 1-4pm at the new visitor center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

The event features roaring fires, gorgeous views of Kentucky Lake, live music, storytellers, hot apple cider, and s’mores and its all free to the public.

Families are invited to come and enjoy the new visitor center exhibits and stay for this unique event. The Shepherd Family will play a variety of folk music and bluegrass on the back patio at the refuge.

Tall tales and great stories will be told by Mark Johnson, Bill Williams, and Bob Valentine while you enjoy hot apple cider and s’mores. The Blue Heron

Bookstore will be open for business as you enjoy the “Fireside Tunes and Tales” and in case of rain, all activities will be held inside.

The Refuge Visitor Center is open Monday thru Saturday from 8am to 4pm, expect on government holidays.

PHCPUD Locks in Winter Gas Load at Lower Prices

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and General Manager Tae Eaton said they had managed to lock in a good portion of their winter gas load at the price of $3.78 for November, December, and January. Eaton said this will help keep the rate payers from being impacted by higher prices during colder months. He said if the price continues to drop like he thinks it will, they will lock in more load and get the capacity to over 95% with gas priced in the $3.60 range in the next two or three weeks.

The current price is comparable to last year, just a couple cents higher this time of year. Eaton said five years ago gas was between $5 and $7. He said back in 2001 it hit an all-time high in the $14 range.

The board approved the final payment for the completed highway 218 bypass gas line relocation project. The board approved paying Natural Gas Piping in the amount of $81,472 for the completion of the project.

The Gas Board also approved payments to Dale Murphy Construction in the amount of just over $54,500 for the fourth section of the main line extension projects and approved two sets of payments to James Plus and Associates for engineering services on both the main line and relocation projects for a total of over $225.

The board approved selling the 1999 Ford F150 Truck as surplus at their meeting. Eaton said they have a new truck that they purchased on the way and they rarely drive this 1999 model anyway. He said they will put the truck on govdeals.com and sell it.

Eaton said the crews continue to work on installing gas service lines and they are getting new requests every day. He said in the month of September they installed 32 new service lines off the main line extensions.

Reminder: A Toast to Paris Realty To Be Held 4-6pm Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- A Toast to Paris Realty will be held today from 4-6pm at their office at 503 Tyson Avenue. Paris Realty will be closing its doors in November after being in business since 1959. Owner and principal broker Mark Johnson said, “after 30 years at Paris Realty, we’ve made a lot of friends and had some great stories, this will allow us to share those and give it the proper send off it deserves.” The Toast to Paris Realty is a come and go event with refreshments served.

W.G. Rhea Library to Hold Computer Class Wed. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold another beginners computer class on Wednesday October 29th from 5 to 7pm. You can bring your own laptop or use the computers at the library. The class is free but seating is limited so call the library at 642-1702 to register.

Monday Shows Good Early Vote Turnout

Paris Tenn.- Early voting totals for Monday saw 260 people cast their ballot at the Election Commission Office. That brings the total during Early Voting so far to 2419. Early Voting continues until Thursday of this week from 8:30am to 4:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday and with extended hours on Thursday until 7pm. The Election is next week, Tuesday November 4th with precincts open from 7am to 7pm.

Flu Shots Available at Henry County Health Dept.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department has received all varieties of Flu shots and they are now available for all patients from ages 6 months and up. They have the regular Flu shot and the Flu Mist Spray. The Mist can be used for patients who meet certain criteria. The costs for Flu Shots are $30 and fees are based on a sliding scale for income. Insurance can also be billed. To schedule your flu shot, call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025. The Health Department is open weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm.

DPA's Last Cruise In Set for Tues. Evening Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s last cruise in of the year will be held on Tuesday October 28th from 5:30pm-7pm. Perry’s BBQ will be selling food as well as Cajun Snoball around the court square. All classic and muscle cars are invited and there will be musical entertainment provided by the Chill Tonics as well. Cruise ins will begin again in May of next year. 

Paris Landing FD Responds to Structure Fire on Dinkins

Photo by Reggie Coles

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 195 Dinkins Road around 12:30pm Monday afternoon. When they arrived on scene, smoke and flames was coming from the rear of a 24 x 30 storage building. The owner was not at home at the time of the fire and is unknown at this time, but appears to be accidental according to Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles.

Paris Landing used three trucks and 6 men to battle the blaze. The Paris Fire Department was called as mutual aid, but were cancelled en route when Paris Landing got the fire under control. Damage estimates of the storage building are $15K.

Marching Patriots Do Well At BandMasters

Blackout Show will Be Fri. After FB Game at Patriot Stadium

Sherry Hutchinson photo

Memphis- The HCHS Marching Patriots competed in front of a large crowd, including several from Henry County that rode the fan bus, at Bandmasters in Memphis on Saturday. They were one of 30 bands from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi competing.

The Marching Patriots took 1st place Percussion in Class 3-A and 6th overall in Percussion. They also brought home 5th place in their division in both Color Guard and Band, placing 9th and 15th overall in those categories.

This Friday Night, Halloween, after the game between Henry County and West Creek at Patriot Stadium, the Marching Patriots will perform their Blackout Show. They will perform "Dark Side of the Moon" and all the lights to the Stadium will be turned off and the band instruments and uniforms will be lit up with glow sticks.

Paris Police Seek Public Help in Locating Darren Sturdivant

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Darren Sturdivant, who has two theft of property warrants currently active on himself. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424 or 653-0446.

HCSO Investigating Well Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate some vandalism to water wells in the county from the weekend. A report stated that Birds Creek Missionary Baptist Church had been having problems with someone stealing well water so they had turned the water off. Sometime over the weekend, one of the church members found the well had been vandalized with over $500 in damage done.

Another report said a well was destroyed at the Springville Fire Station Number 2 on highway 69. The damage is estimated at $2K. Deputies are still searching for suspects in both cases. 

Winners in Spooktacular Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Winners from various contests at Saturday’s Downtown Spooktacular have been released. Latrell Brown won the broom races, Amelia Northam took 1st in the Monster Mash Limbo, Case Wimberly won the Pumpkin Putt Putt.

Costume contest winners were as follows Britain and Brevin Hutson won as Pac Man it he Group Theme contest, Cathy Bullington’s dog Vadele won the pet contest dressed as a spider. (Photos Courtesy of DPA)

Winners in the Birth to age 5 costume contest were: 1st Haden Hughes, 2nd, Eva Coleman, and 3rd Ford Carter.

Costume Contest winners 6 to 12 years: 1st Place Thomas Holcomb, 2nd place Jamie Arnold, and 3rd place Townes Boyd.


Winners in the Teen and Adults costume contest were: 1st place April McGahey, 2nd place Duke Adams, and 3rd place Kate Shannon.

Homecoming Victory for UTM over Austin Peay

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Homecoming Week came to a close on Saturday with a victory over Austin Peay 37-7 at Hardy Graham Stadium. This is the skyhawk’s third straight win for the series. The UTM football team received the Sgt. York Trophy for its third time in the programs history as a result. UTM’s winning streak places them 4-5 overall and 3-3 in league play. Saturday was also senior day for UTM football. The crowd honored the 21 graduating seniors at the pregame ceremony preluding the ballgame. UTM continues its OVC play next Saturday against Murray state. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

12 @ 12 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce announces remaining spots for the 12 @ 12 membership lunch on Wednesday, October 29th. The purpose of the casual lunch is to discuss the chamber’s program of work. If you would like to join, you may e-mail Jennifer Wheatley at jenniferwheatley@paristnchamber.com.  

Two Arrests for Driving on Revoked Licenses

Paris, Tenn. - Donald Garner, age 49, of Highway 77 in Paris, was arrested for driving on a revoked license and cited for seatbelt usage, reports the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Garner was arrested on East Wood Street in Paris.

Lorenzo Higgs, age 23, of Jean Street in Paris was arrested for driving on a suspended license on Friday by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Weekend D.U.I. Arrests

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of Marcus Brown, age 37, of Williams Street in Paris. Brown was charged with a 3rd time of Driving under the influence as well as driving on a revoked license and joyriding. Cpl. Sanders of the HCSO arrested Brown on Highway 79 North and placed him on a $12,500 bond.

Jessica Frizzell, age 21, of Old Springville Road in Springville was arrested for driving under the influence. The police report confirms that this is Frizzell’s first D.U.I. Frizzell was placed on a $500 bond by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Record Breaking Attendance at Downtown Spooktacular

Paris, Tenn. - A great time was had by all at this year’s Spooktacular, hosted by the Downtown Paris Association. Awesome weather, ranging around 80 degrees lead to record-breaking attendance on the square. Kathy Ray, President of the Downtown Paris Association, confirmed 374 entrees in the children’s costume contest alone. Ray says this is the largest crowd to attend the event. Throughout the day, local businesses along the square hosted trick-or-treating for the kids.

A very spooky Mary Alison (left) trick-or-treating with Madeleine Griffey (right) along the square.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Among the 17 vendors was Kroger, who provided free face painting and cookie decorating at the Spooktacular. Lakeisha Stone, a Kroger employee, says that she noticed an increase at the booth from last year and that the weather was perfect.

Children decorating halloween cookies, hosted by Kroger of Paris.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The Henry County High School Madrigals hosted a putt-putt golf venue for the children as well.

Josh Todd rooting the kids playing putt-putt golf.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Two bouncy-houses were available for children to play on throughout the day. Head Start and (TARP) training, advocacy, referral, and peer support sponsored the houses. TARP’s mission is to provide services for individuals with disabilities and help them live independently.

Jennifer Barker helping children on and off the bouncy house, hosted by TARP.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Angel Smikle, age 5, sliding down Head Start's bouncy-house.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The Krider Performing Arts Center hosted a chuck-a-duck booth and an eyeball soup station for kids of all ages.

Mason Stickler, age 6, playing chuck-a-duck hosted by KPAC.

(Blake Stevens Photo)


Rhonda Stanton facilitating the eyeball soup station.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

This year’s Spooktacular had fun for all ages. Kate Shannon, 31, of Paris says “you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween.” Shannon took home 3rd place with a costume she put together herself.

Kate Shannon's 3rd place batman costume.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The First Christian Church of Paris sponsored free coffee and putt-putt golf on the courthouse lawn.

Minister Cory Glover helping out with putt-putt golf.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The Paris Police Department hosted a booth to distribute free bags and FOP memorabilia to children. The booth also accepted donations for the Cops & Kids program, which serves nearly 200 children at Paris Elementary at Christmas.

Locals were also able to get up close and personal with an owl at the birds of prey and Halloween owl booth sponsored by Paris Landing State Park.

Kathy Ray, President of the Downtown Paris Association making friends with the Halloween owl.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Drop in Unemployment Rate for Henry County

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Deparment of Labor and Workforce Development reports that Henry County's unemployment rate is at 8.3% for the month of September. This is almost an entire percentage point lower from August, which was at 9.1%. This is a significant improvement over September 2013, when the unemployment rate was at 10.2%. Weakley County, which was the 2nd most unemployed county in the state for the month of August, is now 7th at 9.5%. Carroll county holds the 8th highest unemployment rate at 9.3%.

Early Voting Continues in Henry County

Paris, Tenn. - 2,159 early votes have been cast in Henry County, with Saturday totalling 64. Early voting will continue next week Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On October 30th, the Henry County Election Commission Office will have extended hours until 7 p.m.

Patriots Continue Winning Streak Over District

Paris, Tenn. - After a week off, the Patriots were able to pull off another district win against Northeast High. Gage Hainley put Henry County on the scoreboard in the first quarter by kicking a 20-yard field goal.

Leading up to half-time, Bransen Singleton caught a 43-yard touchdown pass, with a good extra point. Northeast High scores a 4-yard touchdown pass later in the second quarter without an extra point. The patriots lead the eagles 7-6 at halftime.

#81 Bransen Singleton breaks away for a touchdown after a pass reception.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

Jeremiah Godbott received a 20-yard touchdown pass with a good extra point, putting the score at 17-6 early in the third quarter.

Northeast High was unable to score in the fourth as Hainley kicked a 20-yard field goal at the start of the quarter. More highlights of the end of the ballgame include Singleton catching a 46-yard touchdown pass, Tanner Beasley intercepting the ball, putting in on the 12th yard line and Gage Hainley scoring a 9-yard field goal. The final score was 30-6.

#47 Tanner Beasley returns an interception against Northeast.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

Big Red is 6-0 in the district and 7-2 for the season overall.

Don’t Miss more football action next week against West Creek at Patriot Stadium. Kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m.

Theft Leads to Arrest of 18 Year Old Female

Paris, Tenn. - Kelsey Underwood, age 18, of Powell Street in Paris was arrested on Thursday for theft of property. The theft is reported to be greater than $500. The judge placed Underwood on a $5,000 bond.

21 Year Old Arrested for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn. - Shaquille Hayes, age 21, of Lincoln Street in Paris, was arrested for aggravated burglary on Thursday. Hayes turned himself in after entering a home on Harrison Street and stealing $150. The home owner assumed that Hayes was allowed in the home by her brother. Once Hayes left the residence, the victim noticed that the back gate had been tampered with and that cash was missing. Hayes was arrested and placed on a $10,000 bond.

Henry County Now Home to Regional Champion

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County High School Cross Country team gave their all at the region 5 AAA Championship on Thursday. Javan Winders was named region champion after completing a 5k in just 15:48. Winders claimed first place by 20 seconds. He is the first to win the regional title in cross country for Henry County. Winders’s epic win qualifies him for the state meet on November 1st in Nashville.

Javan Winders crossing the finish line at 15:48

(Silas Winders Photo)

Titus Winders will also be joining Javan at the state meet at Percy Warner Park Steeple Chase Course by grabbing the 6th spot out of 101 runners.

Winders takes 6th place at 16:39

(Silas Winders Photo)

Senior Austin Nance closed out his cross country career with an 18:00 5k. Harrison Robbins, Garrett Robbins, Scott Wallet, and Michael StClair all broke personal records on Thursday. The boys were only 27 points away from qualifying for the state meet.

Austin Nance has been running cross country for Henry County for three years.

(Silas Winders Photo)

Kaity Beth, of the girl’s team, was only 10 seconds short of qualifying for state. This is the second consecutive year the Beth only missed state competition by one placement.

Springville Utilty District New Water Tank Is Complete

Springville, Tenn.- The Springville Utility District has a new 150,000 gallon elevated water tank on Poplar Grove Road that will serve over 450 customers.  Construction was funded in part by a CDBG grant to Henry County and was done by Caldwell Tanks out of Kentucky. In the photo are BPU General Manager John Etheridge, CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton,  Denise Evans, and State Rep. Tim Wirgau. (photos provided by BPU)

Carl Perkins Flapjack Fundraiser Set for Nov. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold their 2nd annual Flapjack Fundraiser Thursday November 6th at First Baptist Church Hall. The event, held at different venue this year, will run from 6am to 7pm and will include pancakes, sausage, and drink.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any board member, Jack’s Java, Merisons, Leach’s Music, the Chamber of Commerce, and from the Center, located inside the Henry County communications building at 204 N. Brewer Street.

The Center inherited the fundraiser from the Paris Kiwanis last year and the Kiwanis donated their special pancake grill and secret recipe and will help that day as well.

Exceptional learners from both school systems will be served in addition to the community. Also during the event Acenith Luker’s living skills class from Henry County High School will be working as a service learning and job shadowing program during the morning.

Area musicians will peform while everyone enjoys their meal. Entertainment will include the High School Concert Singers, Madrigals, and the Shepard Family during the lunch hour. Later in the afternoon, Krider Idol finalists Noah Smith and Emily Melton will perform along with Progressive Baptist Church Choir and Irvin Dutton.

County Director Cahterine Herrera said they are excited about the fundraiser again. She said, “since January our office has served 150 reported cases of abuse and we are currently working with several in our victim advocate program and give support to over 40 children in our Relative Caregriver program.”

Herrera said the budget comes from Henry County so money raised during this Flapjack Fundraiser does stay here at home. She said First Baptist Church is the Sausage Sponsor for the event and they are currently looking for food sponsors. For information on being a food sponsor or helping in anyway with the Flapjack Fundraiser on November 6th, call 731-513-0574 or email henry@carlperkinscneter.org. The mission of the Carl Perkins Center is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee.

Rhea Elementary Pre-K Open House Is Oct. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Elementary School and Northwest Tennessee Head Start is looking for 4 year olds for the 2015-16 school year for the Rhea Pre-K Head Start Center. Children must be 4 years old by August 15th, 2015. They invite parents of youngsters who might be entering Pre-K to come tour the school and find out about the program on Tuesday October 28th from 10-11am at Rhea School, 115 S. Wilson Street. They are currently accepting applications for children to be wait-listed for the school year. For more information call 642-8011 ext. 2463.

County, City, School Boards to Hold Work Session Nov. 6th

Discussions of Special Election for Sales Tax Referendum in 2015 To Be Held

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Greer also informed commissioners on Monday night, the county commission, city commission, Paris Special School District, and Henry County Board of Education are going to hold a join work session Thursday November 6th at 7pm at Paris City Hall to discuss the possibility of considering a sales tax referendum through a special called election for the spring of 2015. Greer said they would be discussing funding issues and our combined approach in addressing the matters.

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