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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


County Clerk Appreciation Week Celebrated This Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fixed Wireless Internet Becoming Available in Benton, Henry Counties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warrants Issued for Man Accussed of Stealing Motorcycle in McKenzie

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

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

Henry Fire Dept. Extinguishes Field Fire Friday Aft.

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

Bethel's New Dining Partner Hosting Job Fair Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chamber Hosts Educators Day at the Lake

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

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

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

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

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

Scenes from the Triathlon

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

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

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

Troopers Make Several DUI Arrests Saturday

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

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

Saturday Early Voting Totals

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

PLSP Triathlon Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Voting Totals

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

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

Chamber's Water Fun Run Planned for July 21

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

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

HCHD Closing Monday for Couple Days for Culvert Replacement

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

New Harmony VBS PLanned July 14th thru 19th

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

City of Paris To Begin Milling and Paving Streets Soon

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

Pop Warner Cheerleading Signups Planned Next 2 Saturdays

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

HC Youth Football League Sign-Ups Coming Up

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

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

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


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