From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Hundreds of Pancakes Served at Saturday's Show Hope Event
Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey's seven children organized, promoted, and operated Saturday's fundraiser (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey and his family held a pancake supper fundraiser for Show Hope Saturday night at the Western District Baptist Association.
The event was extremely well-attended and also featured a bake sale and silent auction featuring items donated from both individuals and local businesses.
Waddey said he and his wife Robin originally envisioned the event as a service learning project for their seven children, who he says put in the vast majority of the work organizing, promoting, and operating the fundraiser.
Show Hope is a charity organization founded by Christian singer-songwriter and Paducah native Steven Curtis Chapman that works to connect orphaned children with potential adoptive parents by offering monetary grants to help with the high costs of adoption.
Waddey said he initially became involved with the organization as he himself was adopted, and was very familiar with the high costs associated with the adoption process.
Several members of the Paris community volunteered to help out with the event, including Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to funds raised through the pancake supper and silent auction, individuals also had the opportunity to donate directly to Show Hope via a website link.
As of publication time, the Waddeys didn’t have an exact fundraising total, but it seems likely that they will surpass their $1,000 goal.
Due to the community interest and the success of the pancake supper, the Waddey family is considering making it an annual event.
Saturday evening's Pancake Supper packed the Western District Baptist Association for two and a half hours (Alex AuBuchon photo).
BPU to Flush Hydrants Week of March 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants from Monday, March 10th to Friday, March 14th. The BPU had planned to flush hydrants this past week, but inclement weather and cold temperatures forced them to postpone.
As a result of the flushing, Paris residents may notice air in their water lines or a discoloration of water. Make sure to check for water discoloration before doing laundry, and if any of these problems occur, just run water through a faucet for a few minutes. The water should return to normal in a short amount of time.
If you encounter continuing problems with your water, contact BPU Director of Water and Wastewater Operations, Terry Wimberley at 642-1322 ext. 149.
Spring Forward Saturday Night
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM Sunday morning, so be sure and set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.
It's a good time to check batteries in your smoke detectors as well.
Runway for a Cure Fights Cancer With Clothes
Honorary event co-chairs Barbara Roberts and Debrah Stoope show off the latest fashions from Boutique MariMac (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life organization held their annual Runway for a Cure fashion show and silent auction Friday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
Dozens of models of all ages, some of whom were cancer survivors themselves, showed off spring and summer looks from a variety of local boutiques, including Boutique MariMac, J’Adore, Jewelz and Strutt ‘n Stuff, Off the Square,
Sunshine Boutique, and prom and pageant dresses from Queens of Paris.
Hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction were also available in the Krider Performing Arts Center lobby.
Henry County Medical Center Director of Imaging Billie McKee emceed the event alongside Physician Liaison and Marketing Coordinator Leah Rogers.
Runway for a Cure also featured two honorary Relay for Life co-chairs, both with long histories battling cancer in Henry County.
Barbara Roberts was named honorary co-chair due to her work with the Ed Roberts Cancer Survivor Dinner in honor of her late husband Ed Roberts, who lost his battle with leukaemia, and for her own courageous battle with breast cancer.
Also an honorary co-chair of Runway for a Cure was Debra Stoope, who was instrumental in establishing Henry County’s Relay for Life organization alongside Rosie Martin Baker and Gary Powley.
Organizers were unsure of the exact amount of funds this year’s Runway for a Cure raised for Relay for Life, but the event has historically brought in over $1,000.
Queens of Paris showed off several prom and pageant gowns at this year's Runway for a Cure (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Daniel Powell Holds Meet the Candidate Fundraiser
Paris, Tenn.- Daniel Powell, one of the Democratic candidates in this year’s election for Henry County Circuit Court Clerk, held a Meet the Candidate dinner and fundraising event last night at the Greystone ballroom in Paris.
The event was well-attended by community members including Henry County Democratic Party chairman Wes Bradley, who delivered an invocation before dinner.
Bradley did not comment on Powell’s candidacy so as to remain impartial, but did say that there are some fantastic candidates on the Democratic ticket for the Circuit Court Clerk office this year.
Powell is a Cottage Grove native and currently a correctional officer with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He will contend with Lisa Wade and incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson in the May 6th county primary election.
Commission Plans Process to Hire Next City Manager
Foster Is A Candidate for the Job
Mayor Sam Tharpe listens while City Manager Carl Holder discusses ideas on his retirement and hiring of a new city manager. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe opened up Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting with discussion about the steps the commission needs to begin taking to have someone ready to take over as Paris City Manager when current city manager Carl Holder retires next year.
Holder officially announced he would be retiring July 1, 2015, but his actual last day he is planning to work is May 1, 2015, and use accrued vacation time for the rest of the time.
Holder spoke to the commission and informed them he felt that current Finance Director Kim Foster would be a great fit as the next city manager of Paris, and its time to start getting her trained in all aspects of city government.
Each commissioner than briefly spoke on the process and Terry Fuller stated he didn’t want the city to up end in a mess again and not have someone ready to take over as city manager. Fuller said,” I firmly believe we should hire and growth from within, so I think we should give Mr. Holder the latitude to be involved with the process of helping find the right city manager before he retires.” Fuller added, “Carl Holder is one of the best city manager’s in the state of Tennessee, and it would be a crime if we didn’t utilize his knowledge in this process.”
Holder told commissioners Foster was very eager to learn all aspects of the job and having her as an assistant city manager would be the way to get in trained on all aspects of city government.
Commissioners requested Holder come back at April’s meeting with a job description for an assistant city manager and a city manager to let them mull it over. Also commissioners wanted a timeline to follow, of how the training would go and the process of looking at hiring outside and what steps to follow in that situation.
Foster spoke and told the commission, “I understand and respect the commissions’ decisions to take this process slow and look at all possible issues. At the same time, I feel this is a tremendous opportunity for me and I am very interested. I’ve been fortunate to have a mentor like Carl, and it allowed me to be better at my job, more quickly. I would like to serve as assistant city manager and learn about more areas of government that I normally don’t get involved with and to be considered as a possible hire when the city manager position comes up.”
Retail Sales Set Records for December
Finance director Kim Foster discusses the retail sales in December while
Willete Ray, administrative assitant and city attorney Fred McLean listen. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- During the business portion of the Paris City Commission meeting, Foster informed the commission that the city finished 2013 on a high note with the largest retail sales number in history for Paris. She said we were almost 2% ahead of December 2012 and over $6M more in sales than November 2013.
Foster said overall, the city finished the year about 2% behind 2012, but made up considerable ground in the last quarter where they finished 1.35% ahead of fourth quarter sales in 2012.
The commission and Foster agreed that the chamber’s Shop Local campaign seemed to give citizens the mindset to try to keep Christmas shopping in Paris and Henry County and that may have lead to the big jump in sales. Foster said forecast for Tennessee for the remainder of 2014 show slight economic growth and she said hopefully Paris falls in line with that prediction.
City Election Will Be November 4th
Three Seats Up For Grabs
Paris, Tenn.-Commissioners voted to go ahead and set the city’s election along with the November 4th, general election. City Attorney Fred McLean advised that they have to officially get on the ballot by passing a resolution that they will hold their elections in November. He reminded commissioners they changed the date a few years back in order to have a bigger turnout on election because it coincided with the general election and to save the city money on election costs.
This November three seats will be up for grabs on the Paris City Commission, those currently belonging to Sam Tharpe, Pete Lackey, and Carlton Gerrell. The first day to pick up qualifying papers for the November Election is May 23, the last day to turn those papers back in is August 21st at noon.
Commission Approves Fee Charges for Police, Participation in Housing Rehab Grants
Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Thursday, commissioners approved a resolution regulating the fees charged for storing vehicles that are seized by Paris Police for DUI charges. Holder advised that while the state allows the city to recoup 100% of revenue for drug charges, only 50% of revenue is kept when vehicles are seized for DUI offences and the state gets the other half.
The state law does however allow the city to charge a fee for storing fees and for winterizing a vehicle that is seized. Commissioners passed a resolution to charge $25 per day for storage and $50 if the car is winterized while in the city’s possession.
Community Development Director Jennifer Morris also brought forth a resolution to adopt the policies and procedures for the Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation Programs. This part was a housekeeping issue basically allowing the city to be eligible to accept a $500K housing rehab grant.
Morris said the letters have been sent out to families that live in the targeted area for the grants this year and they are invited to meeting next Thursday at city hall. These Housing Rehab grants allow low income homeowners who qualify for the program to make needed repairs to their homes without it costing them anything. This round of grant will be targeted to homes in the Wood and Porter Street areas of the city.
Reminder: Waddey Kids to Sponsor Pancake Supper March 8th
Event is Fundraiser to Help Orphan Find Forever Homes
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A well known Cottage Grove family is sponsoring a pancake supper benefit to help raise awareness for orphans and help orphans find forever homes. Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey, his wife Robin, and all 7 of their children are involved in this event.
Mayor Waddey said his kids, Caleb, Andrew, Laura, Joshua, Lydia, Rebecca, and providing moral support, 10 month old Benjamin, wanted to work on this event and do it as a service project.
The Western District Baptist Association, located at 1160 Tyson Avenue, will be the site of the pancake supper, silent auction, and bake sale on Saturday March 8th to benefit Show Hope, an organization dedicated to helping orphans find forever homes. The event will run from 5pm to 7:30pm on March 8th.
Adult tickets for the pancake supper are $5, children under 10 can eat for only $3. A silent auction and bake sale will also be going on at the event. Donations for the silent auction are continuing to come in daily and already several area businesses have donated items that will be in the silent auction.
If you would like to donate, items, services, or money visit the website http://members.shaohannahshope.org/goto/waddey or call Mike Waddey for more information at 336-3655.
Henry County and PSSD Schools Closed Friday
Henry County School System officials have elected to cancel school Friday, March 7th due to continuing hazardous road conditions.
The Paris Special School District will be closed for students as well; however, teachers and faculty will have inservice from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Metro Crime Unit Finds Marijuana at Morningside
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Metro Crime Unit said the MCU, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Morningside Village. Officers recovered four large bags of marijuana. Police made no arrests and are still investigating the incident.
In a separate incident, an arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office stated that Micheal Lonnie Burton, age 57 and Phyllis Jane Burton, age 41, both of Highway 77, were arrested for fraudulently obtaining and operating Tenn Care Insurance. No incident report was available.
Early Morning Fire Damages Ben Smith Road Home
Henry, Tenn.- An early morning fire broke out at a residence at 1080 Ben Smith road south of Henry Thursday morning. The Henry Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 911 call about 4:30am and called for assistance from the McKenzie Fire Department.
The home was able to be saved with one room in the house deemed a total loss. The remainder of the home suffered smoke damage, according to Henry Fire Department Chief Keith Qualls. Qualls stated that with combined efforts and quick response of both the Henry and McKenzie Fire department the loss was a minimum. Both departments were on the scene for approximately two hours and the home owner refused medical treatment. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Candidates Choosen Via Caucuses For 24th Judicial Offices
Paris, Tenn.- Local republican and democratic caucuses were held recently to determine candidates for the offices of District Attorney, Chancery Judge, or Chancellor, and Circuit Court Judge for the upcoming August election.
Republicans have nominated Matt Stowe, of Benton County, to run for office of District Attorney General for the 24th Judicial District, which serves Henry, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, and Hardin Counties. He will face off against incumbent Hansel McCadams for the seat.
Vicky Hoover was named as the republican candidate for Circuit Court Judge Division II. She will vie for the seat against incumbent, and democrat nominee, Donald Parrish.
For the Chancellor, or Chancery Judge seat, republicans have named Carma McGee of Hardin County and Democrats have picked Micheal King of Carroll County. The seat was held by the late Ron Harmon, of Hardin County.
Democrats also nominated C. Creed McGinley for Circuit Court Division One and Guy Wilkinson as candidate for Public Defender.
August Election Shaping Up to Be a Big One
Paris, Tenn.- The August Election will be a big one in the area with these offices mentioned above and several other local races on tap. The deadline to turn in qualifying papers for the races is Thursday April 3rd at noon.
All 15 spots on the Henry County Commission are up for grabs in August. Picking up papers for district one include Don Jones and Wes Bradley, both incumbents; Randy Gean, chief deputy at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremie Schultz, Micheal White, and Tommy Kesterson. Jones is the only one so far to turn the qualifying papers back in. Dan Paschall, who currently holds one of the three seats on the commission for district one has not picked up papers yet.
For district 2 county commission: incumbents Kreg Kyle, Bobby Freeman, and Paul Neal have all picked up papers, Freeman and Kyle have already turned them back in to qualify.
All three incumbents in district 3 have picked up papers: Marty Visser, Paul Mathenia, and Monte Starks. Starks and Mathenia have turned papers back in already.
For district 4 county commission incumbents Kenneth Humphries and James Travis have both picked up papers, with Travis turning those papers back in already. Also picking up papers for county commissioner district 4 is Bryan Carter. Incumbent Dell Carter has not picked up papers yet.
All three incumbents for the seats in district 5 on the county commission have picked up papers. Connie McSwain, David Webb, and Greg Carter have all picked up papers but no one has turned those papers back in yet however.
Other offices up for grabs in the August Election include seats on the Road Board, Paris Special School District Board of Education, constables for all five districts, a seat on the 75th district House of Representatives, currently held by Tim Wirgau, and a seat on the 8th district United States House of Representatives.
Decatur County Grand Jury Indicts Adams for Felony Murder
Decaturville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments and an arrest in the case of the
disappearance of Holly Bobo.
On April 13, 2011, Holly Bobo disappeared from her home on Swan Johnson Road between 7:40 AM and 8:00 AM. TBI
along with local and federal authorities, have spent several hundreds of manpower hours on this investigation. There
have also been hundreds of ground and warrant searches conducted. There was a $25,000 reward offered from the
community, an $85,000 reward offered from a government and private citizen reward fund, a $100,000 reward offered
from a Memphis private citizen for a self-surrender and lastly a $250,000 reward offered for Holly’s safe return.
After receiving credible information which led to obtain search warrants for various locations last week, enough
evidence and information was collected to prompt the District Attorney to solicit a special grand jury.
This afternoon at
2:00 PM, a special Decatur County Grand Jury convened to hear case presentation from a TBI Special Agent. After the
session, the grand jury returned indictments on Zachary Rye Adams, age 29 of Parsons, TN. He was charged with Felony
First Degree Murder and Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. He is currently being held in the Chester County Jail with no
bond for these charges. Adams was officially served this afternoon at the jail. The District Attorney General, Hansel
McAdams will prosecute this case.
This investigation is still very active and ongoing. Evidence collected and leads developed from recent search warrant
executions are still being examined. The possibility of additional suspects in this case exists. The motive and circumstances surrounding Holly’s disappearance are still being investigated. Information from the public is still
welcomed and encouraged. Anyone with information on this case, please call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-
Murray State Will Be Open Thursday
Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University main campus and all regional locations WILL open tomorrow (Thursday), March 6, with normal business hours. We understand that not all roads in and surrounding our campus locations are completely clear. We urge students to plan plenty of time to travel and use your own judgement as to whether you can safely navigate the roads in your area.
Students are encouraged to communicate directly with professors if they are unable to attend class.
The Budget Forum, facilitated by Dr. Tim Miller, has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), March 6, at 3 p.m. in the Curris Center Theater.
Special appreciation is extended to facility crews who, over the past three days, have worked to clear the snow and ice from parking lots and sidewalks. Additionally, thank you to staff working in housing and dining for taking such great care of our students during the closure. We appreciate all of you.
Both HCSS and PSSD Closed Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Icy roads have prompted both the Henry County School System and the Paris Special School District to close for Thursday.
2014 Irish Day Golf Scramble is This Saturday
Buchanan, Tenn.- The 2014 Irish Day Golf Scramble will be held this Saturday March 8th at the Paris Landing State Park Golf Course. Money raised will benefit the Erin Rotary Club. It’s a 8am shotgun start and the format is a 4-man scramble and you bring your own team.
Entry fee is $260 per team and includes green fees, cart, rangeballs, lunch, and two mulligans. The deadline to enter is Thursday March 6th. The field is limited to the first 32 teams.
There will be cash prizes to the 1st, 5th, 10th, and next to last place teams. There will also be longest drive and closest to the pin prizes. There will be a $10K hole in one contest, sponsored by Heritage Bank in Erin, a grand prize drawing for a set of Callaway Irons will also be given away, sponsored by Mitchell Electric. Lunch will be provided by Traditions First Bank, of Erin.
For more information or to enter, contact Ray Fussell at 931-289-1551 or 931-721-6447.
The city of Erin will celebrate its annual Irish Day Festival on Saturday March 15th. The theme of this year’s Irish Day is “Luck Dynasty.” The event includes a week long carnival, 5K run, and grand parade that begins from Houston County Middle School Saturday morning at 10am. The Kickoff Breakfast and announcement of the 2014 Lord High Mayor will be held Friday Morning at 9am at Erin City Hall.
Wheatley Attends Tourism Day on the Hill
Nashville- Executive director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley, in cooperation with the Northwest Tennessee Tourism Development Agency, attended the Tourism Day on the Hill sponsored by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association.
The day was designed to highlight the economic impact of tourism as an industry to Tennessee legislators, the day included addresses from Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, and Governor Bill Haslam. Wheatley also went to lobbying workshops and visited with legislators, including State Representative Tim Wirgau.
Chamber president Andrea Lamb said, “We are committed to achieving effective partnerships with other agencies and supporting our local investment in tourism development.” Chamber staff representation at this event is both beneficial to us for ongoing education and as a method of outreach. We are grateful to NW TN Tourism for their support.
Urgent Need for O Negative and O Positive Blood
Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs.
Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm on Thursday March 5th. Due to several recent blood mobile visits being cancelled, there is a current urgent need for O negative and O positive blood donors. Remember donating blood with lifeline helps patients in West Tennessee and Henry County. Bring a photo ID with you when you come to give blood and all eligible donors are encouraged to donate blood.
TBI To Hold Press Conference Wed. at 4pm on Holly Bobo Investigation
Decaturville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will be holding a news conference at 4pm Wednesday afternoon at the Decatur County Courthouse in regards to the Holly Bobo investigation. Officials say they will be discussing current developments in the investigation.
Bobo disappeared from her family’s home in Parsons. She was last seen on the morning of April 13, 2011, when she was seen by her brother being led away from her home.
County Home Road Destroyed by Fire Tuesday Night
WMUF Listener Tim Hudgins sent this photo to us of the home of Mike
Ainley which was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. The home is located
on County Home Road and was deemed a total loss.
Paris, Tenn.- A home on County Home Road was completely destroyed by fire late Tuesday night. The Paris Fire Department was called to the scene just before 11pm where it appears a space heater started the fire.
Paris Fire fighters left the scene just after 4am and it was determined the home was a total loss in the blaze, but thankfully no one was hurt. The Paris Fire Department also received assistance from Oakland and Springville. The home belonged to Mike Ainley.
Here is the scene this morning, showing the house completely burned down. (John Etheridge sent this photo)
Kindergarten Pre-Registration for HCSS is March 12-14
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will hold Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 2014-15 school year next week March 12-14 at Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood Elementary schools.
Parents should contact their child’s school to make an appointment to pre-register your child for kindergarten for the next school year. Parents can call Harrelson at 247-3152, Henry at 243-7114, or Lakewood at 644-1600.
Packets are available at each school containing pre-registration information and other informative materials. These packets may be picked up prior to your child’s pre-registration appointment or at the time of your appointment.
Children who will be five years of age on or before August 15th are eligible to attend kindergarten. For any questions call the Henry County School System Instructional Office at 642-9551.
Horseshoes For Hope Fundraiser Thursday 10:30-7
Paris, Tenn.- The R.E.A.L Hope Youth Center will have a Horseshoes for Hope fundraiser on Thursday March 6th from 10:30am-7pm at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, located at 101 East Blythe Street.
It’s Horseshoe sandwiches, which consist of hamburger, fries, melted cheese, all over slices of bread. The cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit Hoof Beats of Hope and the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center.
RFL Runway for A Cure is Friday Night at KPAC
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life will once again hold Runway for a Cure Fashion Show and Silent Auction on Friday March 7th at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
The Silent Auction with hors d’oeuvres will start at 6pm, the fashion show will begin at 7pm. The fashion show will have the latest spring fashions from area merchants with local celebrity models.
Two local heroes that cancer survivors, Debra Stoope and Barbara Roberts will participate in the Runway for Cure as Honorary Co-Chairs. Leah Rogers, Physician Liason and Marketing Representative for Henry County Medical Center and Billie McKee, with Diagnostic Department, will serve as Emcees at the event.
Admission to Runway for a Cure is $15 and all money raised goes toward Henry County Relay for Life. For more information, tickets, or how to help or be a part of Runway for a Cure call Tracey Beasley at 731-225-1729 or Dana Allen at 731-336-3719.
Soil Conservation District Arbor Day Tree Giveaway is Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Soil Conservation District will be giving away trees on Arbor Day, this Friday March 7th at the USDA Service Center, located at 408 N. Market Street. They will give away Sawtooth Oak, Virginia Pine, Southern Crabapple, and White Flowering Dogwood will be given away beginning at 9am and continue while supplies last.
Henry County Schools and PSSD Closed Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County School System and the Paris Special School District schools will be closed again Wednesday because of the winter weather.
City of Paris Turned Down For ArtPlace America Grant
Will Hamper, but Not Kill, Back Alley Paris Project
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder announced Tuesday morning the city of Paris has failed in its efforts to obtain a $200K grant from the private Foundation known as ArtPlace America.
The grant was a vital component of the funding plan for the city’s proposed Back Alley Paris public art project. Holder said, “Our lack of success with ArtPlace will definitely hamper our efforts, but it will not kill the project. We will adjust our scope of work, our schedule, and keep moving forward. We may re-apply next year if ArtPlace carries through with their stated commitment to rural areas in the next round of funding.”
DPA Director Kathy Ray added, “We will have to be more resourceful now, we have applied to other corporate sponsorships, and will move forward.”
Paris Public Works Trying to Clear Streets of Ice, Snow
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the City of Paris stated that public works street crews continue to work overtime to clear streets of heavy accumulation of ice and snow. Public Works Director Phillip Jessie reported that they have concentrated on the main streets and are now moving onto secondary routes.
Jessie said, “We do get complaints about snow and ice being plowed into intersections, but I believe most people understand that attempting to clear as many streets as possible is the first priority. If we stopped to clear every intersection, we would clear very few streets. Jessie added, “problems will not be necessarily resolved by slight warming on Tuesday, often a limited melt results in the streets glazing back over during the evening hours.”
City Manager Carl Holder noted the brining process had no impact on the latest event, due to rain which fell in advance of the icing, washing the brine mix off. Holder noted almost all Public Works personnel are tied up with snow and ice removal so no attempt will be made to catch up on missed sanitation collections. Hopefully, we can resume normal collection Wednesday, weather permitting.
Grand Jury Issues 29 True Bills in Monday Session
Paris, Tenn.- During its session on Monday, the Henry County Grand Jury handed down 29 true bills in all 29 cases that were heard. It was a light session, and a few of the jurors didn’t make it in because of the icy roads.
The majority of the cases involved drugs and drug activity. Indictments will be handled next week.
A couple of prominent cases are coming up to be heard in March. The John Eric Childress case, in which he is charged for the murder of his father will be March 10th and the Jiles Yarbrough case, one of the two charged with the murder of a man in a Paris Nightclub in August of 2012, will be heard on March 24th.
Carports Taking a Beating Under Heavy Ice
Paris, Tenn.- The accumulated ice is continuing to bring down some structures including every single one of the carports at the Jackson Creek Moblie Home park as pictured. Luckliy no cars were under the carports at the time of their collapse. (Tammie Garner photos)
VITA Tax Site Cancels Tuesday Appointments
Paris, Tenn.- The VITA Tax site will be closed Tuesday because of the icy conditions that are not only on the roadways, but on the sidewalks and parking lot at Atkins Porter. VITA is open every Tuesday in March to help prepare taxes, but site director Carole Walsh said its just to slick around the building and she was concerned for citizens safety.
Walsh said citizens who were scheduled today can call her at 642-4178 to reschedule an appointment.
Ice Brings Down Bon Ton Awning
The awning of Bon Ton Clearners Collapsed because of ice. (Gary Benton photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The weight of ice is causing problems and creating interesting pictures the past couple of days. In the photo at the top, the ice collected on the awning at Bon Ton Cleaners and caused it to collapse. In the bottom photo, one of our listeners took a picture of the ice that formed on the tops of trees causing them to bend and split.
(Kaylee Clark photo)
Heritage Center to Close Tuesday Because of Weather
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will be closed Tuesday because of the icy roads.
Wine In Grocery Stores Bill Headed for Gov. Haslam's Desk
Nashville- It appears Tennesseans are one step closer to being able to purchase wine in grocery stores and supermarkets after the Senate approved the changes made by the House on the bill, which would allow wine sales outside of Tennessee liquor stores.
The Senate approved the changes on the bill by a vote of 22-5, and now the bill is on its way to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk for him to sign. The bill has been a long time coming and was approved by the Senate in January by a vote of 23-8, then approved in the House with some changes, 71-15 in February.
The bill allows cities and counties that currently have package liquor stores, or liquor by the drink, to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Proposals set forth allow votes in referendums to come as early as this fall for city and county elections, but the first wine sales in supermarkets wouldn’t be allowed until July of 2016.
Wilson Releases Statement for Jurors of This Term
Paris, Tenn.- Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson released another statement regarding jurors for the current term of jury duty.
Wilson said in his statement, " Because of the inclement weather many of the jurors set for the March -
June 2014 term of jury duty were unable to attend today's meeting of the
Henry County grand jury. As a result of today's court, here is what
each juror should know.
All jurors serving during the March – June 2014 term of Henry County
Circuit Court Jury Duty are assigned to panel 1 and are to call (731)
642-0461 on Friday, March 21 after 5:30 p.m. to hear about their next
If jurors have other questions regarding jury duty service please call
during the business day using the same phone number, (731) 642-0461.
Jurors previously excused for this term by the court and the fourteen
(14) jurors that served today on the grand jury panel are exempt from
any further service this term unless they are contacted by the Circuit
Court Clerk's Office and told otherwise."
TN Technology Center Paris, McKenzie Closed Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in both Paris and McKenzie has closed for Tuesday due to icy roads.
Ice Brings Down Carport in Puryear
Puryear, Tenn.- This picture was sent to our WMUF/WLZK Facebook page by Darcy Searles-Bond of a carport that collapsed due to ice in Puryear.
PSSD, HCSS Cancel School Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- Officials from both the Paris Special School District and Henry County School Systems have agreed that road conditions are likely to remain extremely hazardous Monday night and Tuesday morning, and have elected to cancel school Tuesday at all Paris and Henry County locations.
HCMC Diagnostic Center To Close Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center's Diagnostic Center will be closed on Tuesday due to the icy weather and will reopen Wednesday March 5th. If you are scheduled for a test on Tuesday, please call the scheduling line at 644-8486, option 1, to reschedule your appointment.
Murray State Campus Closed Tuesday
Murray, Ky.- Murray State University's main campus and all regional campus locations will remain closed on Tuesday, March 4. There is still a mass of ice/sleet/snow on most of the campus surfaces and temperatures are expected to remain in the teens tonight. Closure for Tuesday includes night classes at all locations.
Officials are urging motorists to stay off the roads as crews work to clear them.
Winslow will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fast Tracks will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Midterm grade submission (by instructors) has been extended until Friday, March 7. As soon as instructors submit midterm grades, students can view them on myGate. Second-half semester courses begin Thursday, March 6. Summer Orientation registration will be rescheduled for Wednesday.
Scenes From Monday's Winter Wonderland
The corner of Mineral Wells and Memorial Drive Mon. Morning
Even after snow plows came thru, piles of ice caused difficulty for any vehicle that
didn't have taller tires or 4 wheel drive.
Paris, Tenn.- Monday's blast of winter caused headaches, closings, but also brought out smiles and helping hands all over the city and county. Several people helped out their neighbors when vehicles were stuck, and everyone tried to make the best of the situation on a rare March snow day for both school kids and adults as many businesses closed, or employees heeded warnings not to travel. We could see more images like this Tuesday, as temperatures aren't going to get above freezing until at least Tuesday afternoon. Keep visiting our website and Facebook page for closings and cancellations. Feel free to email us your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Tim Alsobrooks photos, Tammie Garner driver)
Folks were seen all over trying to help each other out of messes Monday morning.
Making the best out of icy mess.
PML Shuts Down Operations for Midnight Mon.; Resumes Tues.
Paris Tenn.- PML has announced they will close for the midnight shift Monday night and all normal operations will resume at the business at 6:30am Tuesday.
HCMC Reschedules Events That Were Planned for Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- Due to the icy roads, a couple of events scheduled for Tuesday at Henry County Medical Center have been postponed. The Living Well with Chronic Conditions event that was set for March 4th will now be held Tuesday March 11th. The screening will be 8-9am at the UT Extension Office with class from 9-11am. Remember an 8 hour fasting is required for the screening.
Also Dr. Gulish’s Lunch to Learn Seminar that was scheduled for March 4th will be on Tuesday March 18th at Noon. If you are already signed up, you do not have to resign up, but if you can’t come to the event, please let them know so they can remove your name and open a spot for someone else.
General Sessions Court Still On Schedule; Parties Travel at Their Discretion
Paris, Tenn.- Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson has sent out the following statements regarding court this week in Henry County.
There is no further Circuit Court scheduled after Monday for this week, but all Henry County General Sessions & Juvenile Court proceedings scheduled for this week are still being held as planned or scheduled previously, however, Judge Vicki Snyder has issued the following statement:
"Parties involved in any General Sessions or Juvenile Court proceedings should travel at their own discretion and use their own personal judgment as to the safety to do so. Litigants should also contact their attorneys to coordinate any changes and discuss the circumstances at hand."
"Those who do miss their court proceeding are responsible for calling the appropriate court to ask when their case was rescheduled. It is best to attend court as scheduled, when possible, but we understand today's weather does present a unique challenge."
"Again, travel at your own discretion and judgment of personal safety, but if you are able to attend, please do so as scheduled. Please remember it is the responsibility of the parties to follow-up with the appropriate court office and/or your attorney when you miss court due to this specific weather related event - not doing so could result in unnecessary confusion about your absence."
Wilson added, "a message will be left each evening this week on our phone (731-642-0461) outlining any changes. And we will contact the media should the situation require a change.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time."
Zach Adams' Bond Set at One Million Dollars
Decaturville, Tenn.- Zach Adams, the 29 year old Holladay man whose property has been searched for three days by TBI and FBI officials in relation to the disappearance of Holly Bobo, had bond set at $1 million on an unrelated aggravated assault charge.
According to reports from WSMV, the Jackson Sun and other media outlets, Decatur County General Sessions Court judge Rick Woods raised Adams’s bond during his Monday court appearance to $1 million, up from the $250,000 bond the county judicial commissioner had approved Friday.
Adams is charged with aggravated assault and is accused of holding a pistol to a young woman’s head and threatening to kill her, as well as brandishing and threatening her with a knife.
Neither the TBI nor Decatur County authorities have confirmed if this charge is related to the Holly Bobo disappearance, and the Holly Bobo case was not mentioned at Adams’s court appearance Monday.
Adams is currently being held at the Chester County Jail due to overcrowding at the Decatur County facility.
Monday Closures, Cancellations
Paris, Tenn.- Several local businesses, offices and services have elected to close Monday due to severe winter weather conditions.
After first deciding to open at 10am, Commercial Bank has now decided to close for the entire day Monday.
McKenzie Banking Company, Foundation Bank, Security Bank and Holley Credit Union are also closed Monday.
Several city offices and services have closed as well.
The County Clerk's office and Register of Deeds office have elected to close, as well as the County Mayor's office and Paris City Hall.
Circuit court is still in session for the grand jury, but jurors have been advised to use their discretion as to whether it would be safe to attend.
Other government closures include the Paris Civic Center, Henry County Airport, Recycling Center, Paris Housing Authority, and more.
Keep an eye on the WMUF / WLZK Facebook page for up-to-the-minute closings and cancellations.
Road Conditions Make Travel Extremely Hazardous
Even major thoroughfares such as Tyson Avenue are slick with ice (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Significant sleet, ice and snow accumulation on Henry County's roadways has made motor travel an extremely hazardous proposition Monday.
The Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol have responded to dozens of incidents involving stuck motor vehicles, both in ditches and in the middle of the road.
The Tennessee Deparment of Transportation utilized snowplows to clear major roadways; however, this has created deep banks of ice in connecting roads, driveways and intersections.
Please avoid travel if at all possible; if you must travel, use extreme caution.
An SUV gets stuck in deep sleet attempting to turn into the McDonald's parking lot (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Henry County Under a Blanket of Sleet
Paris, Tenn.- Reports of three, four, even close to five inches of sleet and ice have been reported throughout parts of Henry County as winter weather did not pass the area over this time. Roads are hazardous this moring, and cars that are low to the ground are getting stuck in the deep sleet and ice. Please stay home if at all possible. Share your photos with us on our WMUF/WLZK Facebook Page or email them to email@example.com. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Grand Jury Still Meets Monday; Jurors Use Discretion
Paris, Tenn.- The March 2014 term of the Henry County Grand Jury scheduled for
Monday, March 3, 2014 will still meet and jurors are
encouraged to attend, however Judge Donald Parish has issued the
“Jurors should travel at their own discretion and use their own
personal judgment as to the safety to do so. There will be no penalty
if you are absent due to inclement weather. All jurors who do not
attend on Monday should call the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office on
Wednesday, March 5th after 5:30 p.m. to hear a recording that will
explain what action to take next."
There is still be a need for jurors to attend tomorrow, Monday, and
those who can make it safely, the court asks that you do with caution
and arrive by 8:30 a.m.
Again, travel at your own discretion and judgment of personal safety
but if you are able to attend, please do so by 8:30 a.m. tomorrow,
Monday, March 3.
You do not have to call the Clerk's office if you are absent due to
weather but please do call back after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5th
to hear what action to take next.
BREAKING: Several School Cancellations Monday
Paris, Tenn.- Due to severe winter weather, Henry County School System and PSSD officials have cancelled school Monday at all locations.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in both Paris and McKenzie has cancelled all classes Monday.
classes have been cancelled at Murray State University as well as satellite campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Henderson.
Monday's closure also includes evening classes at all locations.
Euro Group Acquires Portion of Tecumseh Plant
Location will serve as company's US headquarters
Euro Group CEO Marco Arduini articulates his vision of the new Paris operation (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Euro Tranciatura USA, the North American base of operations for Euro Group, celebrated their acquisition of a portion of the Tecumseh motor plant Sunday.
Tecumseh personnel as well as dozens of local officials, business representatives and even members of the Henry County High School band were on hand for the celebration, which included presentations from a variety of executives.
Marco Arduini, CEO of EuroGroup, introduced the Italian-based company and its global operations, which include five Milan-based companies as well as Euro Tranciatura operations in China, Russia, Tunisia and Mexico. Arduini stressed that his company was independently and 100% family-owned, and operated on a strong system of values as well as nearly 50 years of industry experience.
According to company president Sergio Iori, Euro Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of electrical steel motor laminations, and purchased the portion of Tecumseh capable of producing those components.
Keith Dietle of Tecumseh explained the companies’ transaction by saying Tecumseh wanted to focus on the compressor industry rather than motors, and the Paris plant needed more resources for motor components than Tecumseh was capable of providing. Tecumseh will continue to produce compressor components in the Paris plant.
The Euro Tranciatura operation in Paris will be the company’s first location in the United States and will serve as the base of operations for the entire North American market.
Euro Group is partnering with a Japanese company, Kuroda Precision Industries, in the Euro Tranciatura USA venture. Kuroda Precision Industries president Hiroshi Kuroda said his company holds a 10% share in the new operation and is extremely optimistic about the company’s growth potential.
Newly appointed Managing Director of Euro Tranciatura USA, Matteo Fassio, made the companies’ optimism more concrete with a 5-year goal to triple the plant’s current volume and increase annual revenue to $60 million.
This growth will potentially allow for 200 new jobs in Henry County within the next two years, according to Fassio.
In addition, all current Tecumseh employees in that portion of the plant have been retained and are already transitioned to the new employer.
Euro Group Tranciatura USA plans to begin manufacturing at the Paris location immediately.
Euro Tranciatura USA Managing Director Matteo Fassio (R) chats with Tecumseh's Keith Dietle after the conclusion of Sunday's presentations (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Arts Council Debuts 22nd Annual Photo Showcase
Cendi Hrachovina is pictured next to her Best in Show photograph, "My Turn" (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s 22nd annual Photo Showcase debuted today at the W.G. Rhea Public Library.
125 entries were submitted to this year’s showcase from 48 different photographers.
Entries were judged by prominent area photographer and president of the Paris Photography Club, Jeff Roush.
At Sunday’s reception and awards presentation, Roush described his judging method and gave the photographers present several insights on what photography judges are often looking for.
Roush also encouraged anyone interested in photography to join the Paris Photography Club, which meets the third Thursday of every month at Lee Academy.
This year’s Best in Show award for the Photo Showcase was given to “My Turn” by Cendi Hrachovina, an image captured at the Bull Blowout in Murray that depicts a bull in midair attempting to leap atop its former rider.
Additional awards are as follows:
People / Events
1st Place - Cendi Hrachovina “My Turn”
2nd Place - Robin Waddey “Take Another Step”
Hon. Mention – Jeff McNutt “Katelyn”
Nature / Scenic
1st Place – Jeff McNutt “Rock at Bethsheba”
2nd Place – Joy Stubblefield “Midnight Sunset”
Hon. Mention – Dottie Anderson "Serenity"
Wildlife / Animals
1st Place – Jean Owen “Bo Willie”
2nd Place – Richard Graves “Missed”
Hon. Mention – Ken Anderson “On the Lookout”
1st Place – Jeff McNutt “Nashville Nights”
2nd Place – Mary Lodge “Garden Window”
Hon. Mention – Jonathan Briley “I will never leave or forsake you”
Computer Compositing / Enhancement
1st Place – Donnie Carson “Long Road”
2nd Place – Beverly Hicks “Growing Beings”
Hon. Mention – Cendi Hrachovina “Moment in Time”
1st Place – Marie Berryman “Paris in Fall”
2nd Place – Judith Putnam “Morning Light”
Hon. Mention – Vicky Grissom “Touch of Ice"
1st Place – Elaina Leuci “Mirror, Mirror”
2nd Place – Allie Barrow “Kick back and relax”
Hon. Mention – Danni Stafford “It’s a long trip alone”
These and all 125 entries to this year’s Showcase will be visible from March 2nd to April 3rd at the W.G. Rhea Public Library.
Dozens of photography enthusiasts mill through the Photo Showcase at Sunday's debut (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Winders Places Second in Fall Creek Thaw, Wins Tour Division
Lance Winders crosses the line 2nd overall in the final race of the State Parks Running Tour (Dinah Winders photo).
Pikeville, Tenn.- Henry County track and cross-country coach Lance Winders competed Saturday in the Fall Creek Thaw 15K race, the final race of this year's Tennessee State Parks Running Tour.
Winders finished 2nd overall in the race, with a time of 56:50, only 21 seconds behind the race winner.
His second-place finish earned Winders enough points to win the Grand Masters (50+) division of the Running Tour, with a perfect 300 points through ten races.
TBI Executes Search Warrants in Holly Bobo Disappearance
Holladay, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office has executed several search warrants since Friday near Holladay, Tenn. in relation to the 2011 disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Much of the search efforts have been concentrated on a rural property on Adams Lane. The owner of that property, Zach Adams, age 29, is currently booked into jail on what the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office has said is an unrelated charge of aggravated assault. Adams was also arrested earlier in the week on drug charges in Benton County.
TBI director Mark Gwyn has declined to say at this point if Adams is connected to the investigation.
TBI spokeswoman Illana Tate added, “To say that we have a suspect in this case would be premature”.
TBI agents have searched the property on Adams Lane and other properties in Decatur County, utilizing cadaver dogs.
However, the TBI has not yet stated how many properties have been searched or released any details on the execution of those search warrants.
We will provide more information on this story as it develops.
News from past weeks here.