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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

PSSD BOE Approves Gifted Teacher Position, Hears Rhea Const. Updates

Cary Henson gives updates on the Rhea project. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting, the board moved ahead with the creation of a new position of a Gifted Education Teacher for the system as discussed last month.

Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell said the system will do a 2 year pilot in grades 3-8 with the Gifted Individualized Education Plan. The position will be funded for the two years with federal dollars. Students who are in the Gifted plan will spend an extra 45 minute extension block per day with this type of curriculum.

Cary Henson of Henson Construction gave the board an update on the Rhea Elementary Construction project Tuesday night. He said the project is moving along and there should be no issues with getting it done before school starts in August. The safe room bid came in and the total budget for the phase of the project was just over $10M. FEMA/TEMA will reimburse the system for the safe room. Henson went over the costs to date with the board as well. Henson said they have run into several unanticipated things but they are still in budget as of this time. He said when tearing the building down there was some soft dirt we had to fix before we could build on top of.

Director of Facilities Jason Coffield also discussed an issue with a portion of the pavement that is flaking up and some painting that needed to be added to the construction budget. With the added work, the system will still remain under the total estimated cost of the projected.

Budget Amendments Approved, Continuation Budget Passed

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved some budget amendments at the meeting Tuesday night. It included a BEP increase of $54K which helped to pay for bus monitors and some other minor fluctuations between line items. The system lost $96K to the county due to the loss of 46 students in the weighted revenue. Dr. Gerrell said the next 3-4 years will see larger losses of students to the county with Inman classes graduating 8th grade.

The board voted to approve a continuation budget to continue to operate under the current budget until the new fiscal year’s budget is approved.

Dr. Gerrell said all faculty is hired for the coming year and support staff will hopefully be hired fully soon.

Chairman Richard Edwards told the board he plans to have a Superintendent Evaluation form ready for them in July to fill out. He also said there is a need for a student disciplinary authority board and they want to set one up in July. Edwards said we’ve never had to use one, but we need to have one in place under TSBA guidelines.

Read to Be Ready Serving 40 Students This June

Gina Brush gives an overview of what students in the Read to be Ready program have been doing this month. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Gina Brush gave the board a report on the Read to Be Ready program which provides enrichment reading to students. 40 students are currently being served and parent involvement has been very strong. She said they have had guest readers, musicians, artists, and more people coming to teach writing with the students. The students did a tour of downtown Paris and students wrote about each stop on the tour as pictures that were taken.

The program is four weeks in June and is jam packed with different activities to help students improve their reading and writing skills. The board looked over some of the completed books the students put together with stories they have written about the activities. The program can be found on Facebook at PSSD Read to Be Ready.

Chamber's Grub Club Learns About Active Shooter Training

Paris, Tenn.- A maximum capacity crowd was on hand today at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Grub Club", where Sheriff Monte Belew and several members of his staff led an active shooter training.

"The Chamber started hosting these in March with a workshop on Social Media," commented Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Chamber. "Our goal was to provide informative lunch sessions that would benefit our Chamber members. Sheriff Belew and his staff did an incredible job with this interactive presentation on a difficult topic."

Participants were informed of measures they can take to prepare for what ever situation may occur. Belew encouraged everyone to know their surroundings and have a plan place.

The July 26th Grub Club will be led by Richard Wilson with the State Comptroller's Office. To RSVP email pariscoc@paristnchamber.com.

HCHS Tennis Players Competeing This Summer

Nashville- Four members of the HCHS Varsity tennis team, currently training at the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club, are continuing their challenges throughout the Summer months.  Already competing in two USTA sanction tournaments, the first in Nahville at the Sequoia Tennis Club and this past weekend at Memorial Park in Hendersonville. Pictured are: William Wang, Anna Minor, Taylor Berry & Brison Wimberley.

Paris PD, CCSO Seeking Suspect In Vehicle Thefts

Paris and Hollow Rock, Tenn.- Paris Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office are both searching for a suspect that has stolen a truck from Clifty Farms in Paris and a motorcycle from a home in Hollow Rock over the weekend. The report from Cpl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department stated she responded to Clifty Farms in reference to a truck that belonged to the business being found at a residence in Hollow Rock. She was informed the truck was not supposed to be there, there was no forced entry inside the lot where the truck was supposed to be at Clifty Farms.

Carroll County informed Cpl. Forrest that once the suspect parked the truck at the residence, he stole the motorcycle, leaving a note apologizing saying he just had to get to his kids. Investigation is continuing into this incident.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Old McKenzie Highway had over $1K worth of items stolen including a 32 inch TV, xbox one, two controllers, a xbox headset, and 3 xbox games. There are no suspects in the theft at this time and there were no signs of forced entry.

Reminder: Shepherd's Table Offering Meal Tues.

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Shepherd's Table, the Community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, will be having a cookout, on Tuesday, June 19th, in front of their building 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. They will be grilling hamburgers or offering taco salads.

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.

HCHD Closing Pickard Rd. Wed. for Culvert Replacement

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is closing Pickard Road in the Cottage Grove area will be closed Wednesday June 20th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile west of Fenceline Road. Access to Weakley County will not be available thru Pickard Road nor will access to Henry County be available thru Hunt Road. The road should be open for late evening traffic.

UT Ext. Office Offering Canning Class June 20th, July 12th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office will hold Canning classes on Wednesday June 20th from 10am to 2pm or Thursday July 12th from 4:30-8pm. Cost is $50 and space is limited. Call 642-2941 for more information or to sign up.

Murray Perkins Named State Star Farmer

Cookeville, Tenn.- Murray Perkins of the Paris Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is Tennessee FFA’s 2018 Star Farmer sponsored by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Bureau Health Plans and Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee.

The Star Farmer is considered the highest recognition in the state for an aspiring young farmer. Star recognition is awarded to the top students in five areas who best demonstrate superior Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, a requirement for all FFA members. His SAE project is beef and sheep production.

Murray’s beef production currently consists of 38 registered cattle . His primary goal is to increase the size of his herd and market the offspring as show prospects, freezer beef, or at the local market. Murray was an active FFA member throughout his high school career, serving as his chapter president, Western Region Treasurer, and competed in three national contests.

Murray plans to attend Lake Land College in Mattoon pursuing a degree in Animal Science. He plans to attend pharmacy school and pursue a career in the animal pharmaceuticals industry. For his achievement, Murray was selected to participate in the weeklong 4th Annual Tennessee FFA Star Tour presented by Farm Credit Mid-America.

The Tennessee FFA Star Tour offers the Stars a platform to share the work from their agricultural projects with supporters across Tennessee. The tour began in Doyle where the stars planned their presentation for the week.

Finishing off the first night, the Stars made a stop at Tennessee FFA Leadership Training Camp in Doyle to make their presentation before fellow FFA members. Day two includes a breakfast with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (TFBF) in Columbia where the Stars met with several TFBF leaders, as well as the Tennessee Farm Bureau President. Next, they visited the Ellington Agricultural Center and round out their time at the Tennessee Department of
Agriculture with a presentation in Nashville. Later that day, the Stars visited Tosh Farms in Henry to conclude day two.

Day three was spent in West Tennessee as the Stars toured Tyson in Union City, presented at a luncheon with Farm Credit Mid-America in Dresden, and stopped at Star Farmer Murray Perkin’s hometown Paris for a Star Farmer Reception. The night was concluded with a tour of Mr. Charlie Hancock’s farm in Bumpus Mills. Day four kicked off with canoeing in Kingston Springs.

The Stars then met with former American Star Farmer and past Tennessee FFA State President, Joe Moore at his farm in Granville to conclude the tour.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Nationally, there are 653,359 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of 14,084 members from 214 high school chapters, 7 middle school chapters, and 8 collegiate chapters
across the state of Tennessee. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.

Ulman Cancer Fund Cyclist Group Rides Thru Area

Henry, Tenn.- 16 college students from KY, TN, LA, TX and MD stopped for lunch and a rest at New Bethel Church of Christ Monday on day 16 of a 70 day trek from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco, California in an effort to raise funds for cancer victims with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Cyclists.

Each individual has raised an average of 4500 dollars per person. Sunday night the group stayed in Erin, TN where they stayed in Erin City hall for the night as guest of Mayor Paul Bailey who also fed the group pizza from his pizza business in downtown Erin, Paul's Pizza. The group cycles an average of 65 miles per day staying nights in churches before beginning the next days ride. (David Jackson photos)

County Commission Approves PILOT for Revel Enterprises

David Hamilton, CEO of the Industrial Committee, dicusses the PILOT with Revel. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday night for June and approved a PILOT or Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement for Revel Enterprises as they plan to expand operations through acquisition of an existing industrial spec building on Hwy. 641. CEO of the Industrial Development Committee David Hamilton informed the county commission revel will lease the building. The overall investment price for Revel is around $2M and they will not only maintain their current 45 jobs, but look to create 65 new full-time jobs within 5 years.

Hamilton said, “the Industrial Committee will meet next week to approve this PILOT and the City Commission will decide on it at their meeting July 5th. Revel is a great local growing company that continues to add jobs here in Henry County.”

The PILOT agreement is good for 15 years on the property. Revel agrees to maintain their 45 current jobs and creates at least a minimum of 30 full-time jobs during the initial two years of the lease and maintains all of those for the balance of the lease. If in any way Revel fails to keep up their end of the agreement the PILOT is null and void. Hamilton said the PILOT can be pulled if they don’t keep the number of jobs they say they are going to and they would have to pay the taxes, or a portion of the taxes.

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “this is the beginning stages to get some business in that spec building on Hwy. 641, it has been in the works for some time and we are excited about the possibilities to create jobs.”

The Commission approved appointments to committees Monday night at their meeting as well. Carol Hutson was appointed to the Civil Service board for a three year term, Kenneth Humphreys to the Library Board, and Mary Kate Ridgeway to the Volunteer Committee.

County Mayor Brent Greer also discussed the need to appoint three new assistant county coroners. Mayor Greer said the new requirements for state medical examiners includes certain training including having them be EMTs, RNs, or paramedics. The three people chosen to serve as assistant county coroners are Debbie Traver, Diann McGuire, and Bruce Herrin. Mayor Greer said, “we wanted to make sure with all these folks have emergency services jobs that the county coroner job was covered.”

Randi Allen French Named West TN Trustee of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night's Henry County Commission meeting, County Mayor Brent Greer recognized Henry County Trustee Randi Allen French for being named the West TN Trustee of the Year at the annual Trustee's Conference in May.

911 Board Approves 2018-19 FY Budget

The 911 board discusses the budget Mon. afternoon. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The E-911 Board met in regular session Monday and approved the 2018-19 budget. Director Mark Archer went over the budget which included a salary increase for IT Manager Chad Howard getting his salary even line with dispatchers. Archer said, “Chad has been here 4 years and the workload continues to increase with technology and I think he deserves a bump in salary and I’m willing to do 1% for myself.”

The board thought the increase for Chad was justifiable but also thought the 2.4% increase for Director Archer was also justifiable and voted to give them both a salary increase starting July 1st. The board also discussed implementing cost of living raises and step schedule raises like other departments get.

Archer gave the board a list of goals and projects he hopes to accomplish under this budget. He plans to drive the roads and do addresses checking and updating and checking colors of houses and such. They plan on doing more school education about 911 this upcoming year.

Archer said they will create a new Henry County 911 website at a cost of $3K. He said it will be a better statistical setup and more user friendly.

Other projects include a split unit at the Sheriff’s Office, power phone training for the quality assurance program, and software programming. The total cost of these projects is around $17,000.

911 Board Hears Updates, Welcomes Back Mike Shankle to Board

Director Mark Archer and IT Manager Chad Howard show off the newest maps. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In other business the board heard progress reports on the 911 controller, CAD, and Radio Console. The 911 Controller at the Sheriff’s Officer is running well and should be installed at the Paris PD later this month. The CAD project will bleed over into July, but all the intricate parts are going smoothly and it should be up and running by the end of July. The radio console project should be finished at the Paris Police Department by the end of this week and that will complete this project.

Director Mark Archer informed the board he was elected to serve on the financial study committee. He is also being considered for the State 911 Board by Governor Haslam at this time and that should be decided by the end of the June.

The board learned about new maps Monday afternoon at the 911 meeting. Archer said they will be available for all our departments and are really nice.

Changes on Winding Way and Sycamore Lane were discussed Monday. Sycamore Lane will be done away with and Winding Way will take over the entire area. Residents were sent letters on the issue in the past few months.

Archer also explained some building repairs that have been ongoing recently with issues in the basement and some water damage. He said there was some mold in the basement and some pvc piping was repaired after freezing over the winter.

At the beginning of the meeting, the board welcomed newest member and former EMS director Mike Shankle who was appointed by the County Commission to serve after a resignation from another member.

Former EMS Director Mike Shankle joins the board as a member.

Man Jailed After Late Night Pursuit with PPD, HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- A man is in the Henry County jail Monday morning on $100K bond with multiple charges after a late night chase involving multiple agencies and where damage was done to three patrol vehicles.

Reports at the Paris Police Department at Henry County Sheriff’s Office tell of how Nathan DeWalt, age 30, of 1310 East Wood St., was eventually charged with three counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, possession with intent, reckless driving, Driving Under the Influence, and leaving the scene of an accident.

It started when Ptl. Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department had him pulled over on a traffic stop in his Blue Ford Focus on Chickasaw Road. Ptl. Andres could smell marijuana and asked DeWalt to exit the vehicle. DeWalt repeatedly refused to exit the car and eventually drove into and thru Sgt. Jamie James’s patrol car after he had arrived on scene to assist Ptl. Andres.

Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were alerted that Dewalt was headed on Wood St. and Dep. Frankie Scott managed to throw out some stop sticks around thTwice Daily area but he continued to evade. Dep. John Andrews had joined the pursuit and the two attempted to block off DeWalt, but he rammed Dep. Andrews, sending him into Dep. Scott’s vehicle disabling it. Dep. Andrews continued to pursue briefly, but eventually his tire went flat from the collision with Dep. Scott’s vehicle.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick and other Paris Police officers picked the chase back up which continued down Hwy. 79 and onto E. Antioch Road. DeWalt turned into Howell’s Resort, crashed into a mobile home after pulling into a drive and then exited the vehicle. After a brief foot chase, the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office managed to apprehend DeWalt. He was charged as mentioned with three counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, possession with intent, reckless driving, DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident. None of the officers were hurt in the pursuit.

House Ransacked, Items Stolen on Pleasant Pt. Rd.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Pleasant Point Road was broken into over the weekend. The A/C had been turned off, the dogs were acting overheated. Someone had entered the home and took a pack of hotdogs from the freezer and gave the dogs to keep them occupied. The place was ransacked and stolen items included oil paintings and lamps, and a vase. There are no suspects.

Kentucky State Police Searching For Missing 15 Year-Old Girl

Update: Hannah Shafer was located in Webster County yesterday evening and has been re-united with her parents.  KSP post 1 was assisted by KSP Post 2 and the Webster County Sheriff’s Office.

Ledbetter, Kentucky- According to a News Release from Kentucky State Police, KSP is currently looking for a missing Juvenile from Livingston County in Kentucky.

"The Kentucky State Police Post 1 was contacted on June 15, 2018 about a missing juvenile from Livingston County.  Hannah Shafer, 15 years old, was last seen on Wednesday June 13, 2018 around noon.  She was last seen wearing blue/white tank top, blue jean shorts and flip flops.  She has a camo bag packed full of clothes and is possibly traveling in a red Dodge Neon.  KSP believes she may by in the Madisonville, KY area, according to a friend Hannah spoke with on Friday June 15th. Hannah is described as a white female, 5’6”, 130 lbs., long brown hair and brown eyes. 

KSP Trooper Derek Scott is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or 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."

(Photos of Hannah Shafer were provided by Kentucky State Police)

HCHS Volleyball And Softball Tryouts For Upcoming School Year

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Volleyball and Softball Tryouts for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year are coming up. The following tryout information was provided by Principal, Michele  Webb.

Tryout Information for HCHS Volleyball and Softball:

VOLLEYBALL

Head Coach: Savannah Benson; Assistant Coach: Mendi Lassiter

Open Gym: June 18th (Monday), 19th (Tuesday), and 21st (Thursday) from 5-6:30 p.m. at E.W. Grove School Gym

Tryouts: Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th at 5:30 pm at E.W. Grove School Gym

A current physical must be brought to tryouts. Forms will be available during Open Gym and are in the HCHS Main Office.

Questions? email Assistant Coach Mendi Lassiter at lassiterm@henryk12.net

SOFTBALL

Head Coach: Scarlett McSwain

Tryouts: TBA (will be held after the TSSAA Dead Period)

A current physical must be brought to tryouts. Forms are available in the HCHS Main Office.

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting For Farmer’s Market at the Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday afternoon, at the Henry County Fairgrounds, the Henry County Farmer’s Market opened for the first time this season. The Grand Opening began with a crowd gathering for the Ribbon Cutting from the Chamber of Commerce. When the ribbon fell, the crowd split up to hit up the stands. Vendors are offering items such as local honey, grass fed beef, breads, desserts, an array of produce, jams and jellies and much, much more.

(Bri Solowey Hudson Photos.)

The Farmer’s Market will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm until 6pm or until sold out and Saturdays from 8am until 11am.

Suicidal Woman Arrested Thursday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, June 14th at approximately 6:33 pm, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a call on a subject who was making threats to commit suicide. The caller advised that the suicidal person also wanted to kill her husband and warned she would do the same to any law enforcement officers who showed up to her house.

Upon their arrival at 4311 Highway 69 South, deputies of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office made contact by phone with the suicidal person, Josette Mrkota, who was present at the residence. After deputies made several attempts by phone, P.A. System and verbal command, Mrs. Mrkota refused to comply with deputies to come out of the house.

A friend and a family member were called to the scene with hope they would be able to talk Mrs. Mrkota into coming out of the house to talk with deputies in order to get her the medical treatment she was seeking, but the attempts for Mrkota to comply were unsuccessful.

At this time, the SRT Team with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene. With Mrs. Mrkota’s continued refusal to comply after several more attempts were made by phone, P.A. System and verbal command, Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Wayne Fuqua took action and deployed o.c. canisters into the home through the bedroom windows where Mrs. Mrkota had advised deputies she had barricaded herself.

Sheriff Monte Belew was attempting  verbal command through the broken window of the bedroom for Mrs. Mrkota to come  outside to deputies when he heard what sounded like a semi automatic weapon being loaded in the same room Mrs. Mrkota was located in. Several more o.c. canisters were then deployed through the bedroom windows by Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Wayne Fuqua.

After the o.c. canisters were deployed, and after several more verbal commands were issued, Mrs. Mrkota finally surrendered to deputies and to troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

A loaded hi-point .40 cal pistol was found on the floor next to the window where Mrs. Mrkota was located at the time. Also found at the scene was a small amount of marijuana along with three glass pipes which are commonly used to smoke marijuana.

On the scene, EMS checked Mrs. Mrkota since several o.c. canisters were deployed into the residence while she was inside. After EMS cleared Mrs. Mrkota, she was transported to the Henry County Correctional Facility where she was charged with aggravated assault, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Deputies of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Henry County EMS, the Oakland Fire Department and the Henry County Rescue Squad.

Planning Commission Approves HCHS Plans Contingent on Drainage Review

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular session on Thursday night as well and approved a more sets of plans for Henry County High School contingent on further review of drainage as the renovation project is underway this summer. Four site plans were submitted for the campus, three of them back at the May meeting, when a site plan for a new restroom and concession building adjacent to the football field was approved.

The site plan this month included fire hydrant flow data, improvement additions, aerial views, and more. The plans included a 4,130 sq. ft. front entrance addition to HCHS. The existing canopy will be removed and the entire area will be renovated. The review on drainage was included this time.

The site plan for the Spring Sports locker room, about 2,581 sq. ft., was approved. It will be erected between the existing baseball and softball fields and additional parking is proposed for the structure.

A site plan was approved for Dr. James Neal for addition to his vet clinic at 2101 East Wood St. The proposal is a 2,490 sq. ft. addition to the existing building. A total of 22 parking spaces which include some extra proposed and some already there. Ingress and egress will not be affected by the proposed plan.

Planners approved a site plan for Brian Foster for a self-storage building at 1095 South Bell Avenue. The property was presented to the Board of Zoning Appeals in May to address setback requirements. The BZA board granted a variance and it was determined the side yard setbacks could use the same requirements. The proposed building will be a total sq. footage of 5400 sq. ft. and proposed ingress/egress is 44 ft. wide. There is a one way traffic pattern around the structure and it is noted the driveway will be asphalt. Three parking spaces are required and noted on the plan. An 8 ft. tall opaque wooden fence is proposed along the adjacent residential property which satisfies the screening requirement.

HC BOE Hears FRC Annual Report

Becky Hollan gives the annual FRC report to the HC BOE Thurs. (Bri Hudson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education held their June meeting Thursday night and Mrs. Becky Holland discussed the Family Resource Center Annual Report and provided a brief fact sheet.

In the 2017-2018 school year, the Family Resource Center served 365 students under Case Management who were referred by school guidance couselors, nurses and principals that had needs related to school. Of its Benevolence fund, for children under Case Management, the Family Resource Center spent $17,734. For its Case Managment program, and its other programs which provide  for children and families in need of resources, the Family Resource Center received $185,696.39 of In-Kind and Donations in the past year. The upcoming school year will mark the 25th anniversary for the Family Resource Center.

For item number two, PECCA: Memorandum of Understanding, president of the Henry County Education Association, Lisa Hart was called upon to discuss. The Henry County Education Association represents the teachers of Henry County and has entered in collaborative conferencing with representatives from the board. A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding was emailed to each member of the board with highlighted areas which were either added, or changed for the upcoming school year. The first addressed were afterschool meetings where a set of guidelines were agreed upon for building level coordinators or administrators when to follow when planning afterschool professional development meetings or information gathering meetings. The second addressed was a salary schedule that reflects a 1.25% pay increase, raising the base salary for a Bachelor’s degree to $39,277.25, and then each year  a step inscrease of 1.35%. Putting Henry County’s salary schedule at 21 years of service,  another year was added, allowing all currently employed to receive the same percentage increase  in salary pay. Also discussed was health insurance with anticipation of the possibility of a 3% premium increase. The board agreed to take care of the entire increase under current circumstance at this point. Action was required and all members of the board did approve.

The next item addressed was the Director’s Evaluation. Entering into the final year of his contract, evaluation of Dr. Brian Norton, School Director, will be conducted by the school board. March  15th, 2019 is the final day of notification for whether the director will be rehired or not, and the decision will be made at date closer to then.

A facility update was given by Maintenance Supervisor, John Akers. For the maintencne building, dirt work is complete and the project will continue as planned. Dirt Work for the visitor bleachers will begin on Monday. The spring sports building has been redrawn and was to be submitted for acceptance on Thursday night to the planning commission. Due to several questions and concerns about the front entrance and commons area, bids may delayed about a week.

The fifth item discussed was “Policy:5.3021-Sick Leave Support Personnel.”  The basis of the policy allows support personnel to receive one sick day per month while employed and are allowed to accumulate those days and use them toward retirement. Cafeteria personnel is currently excluded from this policy, but this year, the director of food service would like for cafeteria to be included in this policy. Action was required by the board and the motion to adopt was accepted and is to take place immediately.

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton reported that although there are still some positions to be filled for food service and bus,  at this time, hiring for certified positions for 2018-2019 seems to be in good shape with only one certified position still being open. The open position is for a Special Education Consulting Teacher for the high school.

Michele Atkins Named Person of the Year at Chamber Banquet

The 2018 Person of the Year Michele Atkins accepts a plaque from last year's person of the year Bobby Milam and Chamber Board member Donna Craig. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 68th Annual Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Thursday night at the Paris Convention Center where several awards were given out in celebration of Paris and Henry County. The theme for this year was “Let’s Celebrate.”

Michele Atkins of the Henry County UT Extension office was recognized as the Chamber’s Person of the year. She has been at the UT Extension office for 20 years and has served on many boards and committees including the Carl Perkins Center, Chamber, Coordinated School Health, Hospital Foundation, Rotary Club, and more. Due to her dedicated service to the agriculture communities, numerous organizations, and the youth of Henry County, Michele Atkins was chosen as the Person of the year. Last year’s person of the year Bobby Milam presented Michele with the honor.

Michele was very emotional and said, “the people in this room do so much for our community and I am so overwhelmed with this, the previous award winners are all people who I love dearly.”

Lakeway IGA Honored as Business of the Year

Jeremy Lindsey, owner of Lakeway IGA, accepts the award for Business of the year. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 Business of the Year was awarded to Lakeway IGA. The stories about Lakeway IGA when reviewed by the committee were centered on a manager and employees willingness to go above and beyond to give back to the community. Jeremy and his employees strive to always provide a warm welcome from friendly, knowledgeable associates, great service with quick response to special requests, remain locally-owned by people you know and trust, and have heart for the community.

Sarah Brewer and Brewer Farms were honored as the 2018 Conservationists of the year Thursday night. Emory Bradley presented them the award. Sarah and family are the owner and operators of a 2nd and 3rd generation family owned farm that started from an 80 acre sharecroppers farming arrangement 76 years ago. Today, the Brewer Farms encompass around 4K acres spread equally across southeast and northwest sections of Henry County. The farming operation grows yellow corn, soybeans, forage wheat, and hay for their 500 head of beef cattle. Sarah has maintained and grown Brewer farms since her husband’s death in 2013 and served on multiple boards.

New to the chamber banquet this year was a group of awards including young professional, small business of the year, and you made it happen. Olivia Rice, Consumer Loan Officer at Commercial Bank and Trust Company was named as the Young Professional of the year. She is a member of the Lions Club, and was named Lion of the year in 2017. Rice also has served on several boards.

Perry’s BBQ and Catering was named as the Small Business of the Year. Perry’s opened in June of 2013 and was established because of dreamers April and Patrick Perry, who stood on their faith in God to move forward on their next journey in life. The vision for business was cast over a lunch date Patrick had with Mr. Huffman, who shared he was relocating and his spot and it would be a great location to start a BBQ business. 5 years later the business is going strong.

A special award created to honor someone who has made an impact on others by taking an initiative to address a need in the community was presented as the “You Made it Happen” award Thursday night. The award was given to Michelle Brewer with “The Shed.”

As School Resource Office at Rhea Elementary, Sgt. Brewer quickly realized a need for many children. They didn’t have clothes, shoes, and basic necessities like soap and toothbrushes. In April of 2016, her wish to have a storage shed to store a growing amount of donations became a reality as it was built at the Sheriff’s Department. Today “The Shed” takes in several donations for children in Henry County. Sheriff Monte Belew and Department Budget Director Amy Davis accepted the award in Sgt. Brewer’s honor.

Other awards Thursday night went to Tory Daughrity for Chamber Board Member of the Year, and the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center for Community Engagement spotlight.

Outgoing President Kevin Buie honored some board members and turned over the red jacket to current president Scott Morrison.

Judge Snyder Tells Rotary Club About CASA Program

Paris, Tenn.- Judge Vickie Snyder speaks to the Paris Rotary Club concerning the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program implemented in Henry County to be an advocate for abused and neglected children.

Presently 57 children are being served through the program. The CASA volunteer becomes a voice for the child through the legal system. They don’t become a care giver but an advocate for the child. The theme”Be for the child” is a guiding point. CASA is a nationwide program of which Henry County is a part of 29 programs in Tennessee.

1600 volunteers state wide contribute over 2 million volunteer hours every year. One year of CASA Advocacy costs much less than one year of foster care.

CASA is in need of two types of volunteers. Advocates- who take cases and Community Champions -who serve as boosters, cheerleaders and fundraisers

CASA Volunteer board member Tad Smith emotionally tells people of her own experience as a volunteer. The CASA volunteers are raising funds through a “BOSTON BUTT” bbq sale for the Fourth of July. Henry County Sherriff department will be preparing the Boston Butt for pickup at the Henry County fairgrounds at a cost of $40.00. (David Jackson photos)

Cybersecurity Program Will Help Protect HC Elections

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections, DeLaina Green, and the Henry County Election Commission are pleased to announce Henry County elections are now better protected thanks to a new partnership with the Elections Infrastructure information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC).

EI-ISAC, which is a part of Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS), offers elections-focused cyber defense tools, including threat and vulnerability monitoring, incident response and remediation and tools for implementing security best practices. 

“This new way to quickly share information with our local, state and national counterparts offers us the latest information about known or potential threats,” Green said. “I’m proud this new layer of protection doesn’t cost our county one penny.”

Henry County election officials made the decision after a recommendation from the Division of Elections which is a part of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.

“Government entities are targeted by cyber threats every day.  Disrupting elections is certainly a goal of people who want to threaten the very foundation of our form of government.  This level of information sharing will help ensure threats are not only contained but quickly thwarted.” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

EI-ISAC offers routine threat alerts while also allowing various entities to share best practices on cybersecurity and cyber hygiene with other jurisdictions nationally across every branch of government. 

More information is available online at cisecurity.org/ei-isac/.

Sheriff Belew Speaks to Chamber Grub Club June 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Grub Club from Noon to 1pm on Tuesday June 19th and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew will be discussing active shooter training for businesses and how to prepare for unfortunate situations. Lunch will be provided by the Army National Guard. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited. To reserve your seat email, pariscoc@paristnchamber.com.

JSCC Holding TN Reconnect Info Session June 21st

Paris, Tenn.- Jackson State Community College will hold a Tennessee Reconnect Free tuition information session on Thursday June 21st from 3-6pm at Henry County High School at 315 South Wilson St. Staff will be on hand to assist potential students with information about Tennessee Reconnect, completing your JSCC application for admission, completing the TN Reconnect grant application, financial aid requirements and help to complete your FAFSA, and information about programs of study and career paths. Fall classes at Jackson State Community College begin August 27th.

 

 

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