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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

Identity Theft Reported in Paris

Paris, Tenn - Deputy Tyler Norris of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from the East Wood Street area in regards to identity theft. Upon arrival, Norris spoke with the victim whom stated that someone had activated a Verizon Wireless account using his name and social security number. The victim stated that he has never had an account with Verizon an this case is still under investigation.

 

Kiwanis Club Arts & Crafts Festival

Buchanan, Tenn - This coming weekend September 6th and 7th the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club will be having their Arts & Crafts festival at Paris Landing State Park. There will be vendors of all kinds from arts n crafts, food, to air brush t shirt designers, and that special novelty you may have been looking for. So be sure to come out the Arts & Crafts show this coming weekend September 6th &7th at Paris Landing State park.

 

Tennessee Department of Revenue to Hold Free Tax Workshops for New Businesses in September

Nashville, Tenn - The Tennessee Department of Revenue announces its next series of free bimonthly tax workshops to be held in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville in September.

Chattanooga:  September 10, from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Department's Chattanooga regional office, located at 540 McCallie Avenue. The workshop will be held in conference room 607.

Johnson City:September 11, from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Department's Johnson City regional office, located at 204 High Point Drive.

Knoxville: September 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Department's Knoxville regional office, located at 7175 Strawberry Plains Pike, Suite 300.

Memphis:  September 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Renaissance Business Center, located at 555 Beale Street. The workshop will be held in the Memphis Training Room.

Nashville: September 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Department's Metro Center office location at 44 Vantage Way.

These free workshops are designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to these tax specialists, ask questions and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures.

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, please call (800) 342-1003 (toll-free inside Tennessee) or (615) 253-0600 (local Nashville-area and outside Tennessee), or visit http://www.tn.gov/revenue/education/newbustaxworkshops.shtml.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of the state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2013 fiscal year, it collected $11.7 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.2 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visitwww.TN.gov/revenue.

 

Santiation Pickup Rescheduled for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn -  A reminder, due to the Labor Day Holiday, Sanitation pick up for Monday and Tuesday routes will be collected on Tuesday September 2nd . Also, all non emergency offices and departments will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

 

 

Patriots Defeat Beech Buccaneers

#5 Shontel Thompson returns a punt during the Patriots 31-21 Victory over Hendersonville Beech.

(Tim Pharr photo)

Paris, Tenn - Friday evening the Henry County Patriots hosted the Henderson Buccaneers at the Patriot Stadium with a game that kept one on the edge of their seats. With the Patriots falling behind Beech Buccaneers’, with a score of 14 to 10, that was nowhere near how the game ended. Beech after a fumble on the snap went for a 56 yard touchdown run, but that did not deter the Patriots.

#6 R’Tario Perkins attempts to break a Beech tackle.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

The next play, Henry County Patriots Chase Henderson ran for a 70 yard touchdown run placing the Patriots in the lead with a score of 24-21 and never looking back. 

With 4 minutes left in the game, Henry County held the drive by Beech and with another touchdown by R'Tario Perkins, the final score of the game was Henry County 31 Beech Buccaneers 21.

Next week the Patriots will go up against Clarksville Northwest.

 

Tennessee Treasury Department to Host Series of Webinars on Saving for College

 

Nashville, Tenn - With all the pressing issues people face in their everyday lives, it is often easy to forget about long-term planning needs such as saving money for children’s college expenses. However, in celebration of College Savings Month, the Tennessee Treasury Department wants to help making college planning easier.

Beginning Sept. 10, the department will host a series of free web-based seminars - or webinars - on topics related to college savings. These webinars will include information about the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan, which allows people to save money for children’s college expenses with tax advantages.

Money earned on investments in TNStars is tax-free, provided it is used for qualified higher education expenses.

The TNStars program offers participants a number of different investment options ranging from conservative to aggressive. One of them is an age-based option that features more aggressive investments when children are younger and progressively more conservative investments as children approach college age.

“I hope as many Tennesseans as possible will take advantage of these free webinars,” State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. said. “September is College Savings Month, so it is very appropriate to begin having these webinars during that time. Saving money for college can seem like a daunting task. But people who regularly set aside even small amounts and invest that money wisely will build up substantial nest eggs over time.”

Registration for the webinars is open to anyone who would like participate. To register, visit www.tnstars.com.

Each webinar will begin at 11:30 a.m. Central time and last approximately 30 minutes.

The schedule of webinars, with topics, is:

Sept. 10 – History of 529 college savings plans and the merits of those plans compared with other education savings accounts

Sept. 24 – Overview of the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan and how to enroll

Oct. 1 – Information on the Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars program

Oct. 8 – Background on the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission

 

Henry County Tees Off Against McKenzie, Camden

Jamison Hayes shot a 40 on the day. (Coach Whelp photo)

Camden, Tenn.- Henry County played McKenzie and Camden on the Golf Course Thursday. In boys action, McKenzie won the match with a 164 and Henry County shot a 174. Camden didn't qualify for team play.

Individually for Henry County Jamison Hayes shot a 40, Chase Hill a 42, Will Sleadd shot a 45, and Cole Culpepper and Brady Mustain both shot a 47.

The Lady Patriots shot a 102 on the day and McKenzie finished with a 92. Individual scores for Henry County were Madison Dillard with a 50 and Callie Pierce with a 52.

Rate Variations for Medicare Continue to Dwindle

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center board of trustees met Thursday night and hospital administrator Tom Gee informed the board that the rate variation for Medicare/Tenncare has continued to deteriorate.

 

Gee said four hospitals have decided to not sign contracts with MCOs agreeing to rate reduction so that rate increases can be passed on to low rate providers like HCMC. He said it will now be up to the state to either decide another option or to punish those hospitals by making them out of network providers. Gee told trustees this puts the medical center's rate increase they had planned on hold.

 

The board was updated on physician recruitment at the meeting Thursday night. Dr. Cutwright has moved into his office and is now seeing patients. Dr. Wieck has taken over Dr. Kimberlin's old office and Dr. Richards now has a full time office where Dr. Wieck was previously.

 

Gee said Dr. Hamm has signed his contract and will start around September 22. Two part time clinics from Jackson have been notified that they will need to move to another office which will leave the medical center out of hospital owned office space at that time.

Lake Haven Expansion Coming for HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Gee told trustees they are resurfacing the idea of expanding Lake Haven. He said once recruitment of a second psychiatrist is complete they feel expanding Lake Haven into two separate units is a good idea. The plan would be to have an adult unit and a geriatric unit because the age gap would be better suited to be separate from each other.

 

The cost of expansion of Lake Haven isn't shown in the current budget so they would have to discuss later. In the long run Gee told trustees the expansion would be a greater asset to the hospital for revenue. He said they would bring back recommendations in  September or October.

 

The operating room construction is moving along and Waddlington Construction out of Jackson will be the construction manager. They plan to send full construction plans to the state in September and then bid the project out.


Hospital Board Hears IT Updates

Paris, Tenn.- Information Technology director Pam Ridley was at the board of trustee meeting and gave updates on the medical center's information technology systems. CFO Lisa Casteel said IT changes have been a big part of our budget and nearly all areas are trained and using the upgrades.

 

Ridley went over the meaningful use report saying HCMC is meeting all requirements so far with some coming up they will have to meet measures later this fall.

 

She said the in September they will pass their 90 day mark for the latest upgrades from McKesson. The process of these IT upgrades started in 2006 and thru 2016 they will have spent around $9.2M in capital expenses and will be reimbursed about half of that amount

 

Gee said this cost has been a burden to rural hospitals and he hopes that is considered when they are looking at reimbursements. Software and hardware costs and labor cost also have been impacted.

 

Ridley said they will stop printing forms and save on printing costs beginning next week. The conversion to electronic signings will eliminate the need for documents to be printed. The process will continue with more upgrades and phases over the next couple years.


Third Person Charged in August 9th Marathon Armed Robbery

Sgt. Watson Makes Arrest Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Paris Police Department stated that Sgt. Ricky Watson arrested a third person in connection with the armed robbery of the Marathon Convenience Store located at 1111 North Market Street in Paris which occurred back on August 9th.

Sgt. Watson charged Victor O. Atkins, age 21, of Walnut Street, with aggravated robbery. Atkins along with two juveniles has now been charged in the robbery which occurred at 9:52pm Saturday August 9th. Atkins was placed on $7500 bond and has an initial court date of September 25th.

The Metro Crime Unit charged Bryana M. Spirko, age 18, of 602 Walnut Street, with possession of schedule 6, and two counts of possession of schedule 3 with intent. Spirko was placed on $5K bond.

A report at the Paris Police department stated that a Gateway Laptop computer valued at $350 was stolen from a home on Curtis Street. The report said that forced entry was used to gain access inside the home. There are no suspects in the theft and police continue to investigate.

Henry County Golf Competes In District Action

Chase Hill walks between holes at the match. (Brian Whelp photo)

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County competed on the golf course at Swan Lake in Clarksville in district action against Rossview and Clarksville High Wednesday. In boys action, Henry County shot a 173, which was ahead of Rossview’s 182 but just behind Clarksville High’s 168. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jamison Hayes 39, Chase Hill 41, Will Sleadd 45, and Hunter Bethune 48.

The Lady Patriots golf team finished with a 97 on the day. Rossview won the match with a 71 and Clarksville High shot a 74. Individually for the Lady Patriots Leah Bell shot a 48 and Madison Dillard shot a 49.

Leah Bell gets ready for her next shot.

TDOT Halts Road Construction For Labor Day Weekend

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 29, through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

“AAA predicts Friday and Monday to be the busiest travel times during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “We want to ensure that the thousands of travelers using Tennessee’s roadways during this period arrive at their destinations quickly and safely without being impeded by road construction delays.”

While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Drivers can expect to see an increased number of law enforcement personnel on the roads this Labor Day weekend,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink or are impaired in any way.”


Nationwide travel is expected to see a 1.4 percent increase from last year’s numbers.  The summer travel season is expected to close with an estimated 35 million travelers taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home.  AAA Auto Club South projects that 590,037 Tennesseans will travel by car this Labor Day holiday, a slight decrease in travel through the state compared to last year’s numbers. Nationwide, 86 percent of holiday travelers will choose to drive to their destinations.


For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. 


8th Annual Open Disc Golf Tournament Will Be Sept. 7th

Paris, Tenn.-The 8th annual Paris Tennessee Open Disc Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday September 7th at Memorial Park Disc Golf Course.

The tournament will start at 9:30am with a players meeting set for 9:15am. You can register online at bluegrassdiscgolf.org or register on the day of the event from 8-9am.

Cost to enter is as follows: Pro Division: $70, with 100% cash payback; Advanced Division $50, Intermediate Division $30, and Recreational Division, $30. Non PDGA members pay an additional $10 to their division’s cost and will receive PDGA number, rules book, and mini from the PDGA.

The first 50 registered amateur players will get premium players package. New players and families are also welcomed to play in the non-PDGA sanctioned Novice Division for $15. This includes 9 holes at noon with two discs, mini, and play for fun.

Hole sponsorships cost $100 and includes entry and tee sign with your logo. For more information on the 8th Annual Open Disc Golf Tournament visit the website, bluegrassdiscgolf.org.


HC Archives Seeks Public's Help for Memorial Hall

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Archives is preparing a Memorial Hall for the military from this area who died while serving their country. Each one will be given a frame with a plaque and will include information and pictures of the men and women.

The Archives needs your help and are asking any citizen who might have any information on friends or family members who were military that died while serving their country. If you have pictures, letters, or information on that person or persons and would like to share it with the Henry County Archives call Charlene Carter at 731-3334248 or Linda Dunlap at 731-593-5592.

The Henry County Archives is located in Weston Hall on the Grove School Campus. It is currently under renovation, but citizens are welcome to come and see the Memorial Hall as it progresses.


City of Paris to Mail ESN 122 Fees On Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris will mail out the ESN 122 Fire fees this Friday to citizens in the ESN 122 district. ESN122 is the area just outside the city limits which the Paris Fire Department is assigned to protect.

Assistant City Manager Kim Foster said in a press release, “We use data from the State of TN Division of Property Assessments as well as the office of the Henry Co. Assessor of Property to identify property owners within ESN122 and determine the amount they will be assessed for fire service.”

The press release also stated any citizen that owns property located within ESN122 and faisl to get a letter from the City, or if you receive a letter and no longer own the property referenced, please contact the City of Paris Business office so we can correct our records.

Citizens may contact the office if they are not certain if their property is located in the ESN122 area. You may reach the city business office by calling 731-641-1402, or by coming by our office at 100 N. Caldwell.

Henry County Competes with Stewart, Houston County Golf

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County played Stewart and Houston County in golf on Tuesday afternoon at Paris Landing State Park. The Patriots men’s team finished with a 167 while Stewart County shot a 157 and Houston County came in with a 217.

Individually for the Patriots, Jamison Hayes finished with a 39, Chase Hill shot a 40, Will Sleadd a 43, and Hunter Bethune shot a 45.

The Lady Patriots Golf team shot a 94 and won the match against Stewart and Houston County. Stewart County shot a 103 and Houston County shot a 128. For the Lady Patriots, Leah Bell shot a 46 and Madison Dillard shot a 48.

Murray State Named "Best Bang for the Buck" in College Guide

Murray, Ky. — Looking for a college with more bang for the buck? According to the 2014 Washington Monthly college guide and rankings released on Monday, Murray State University offers just that. MSU took its place at 17th in the “Best Bang for the Buck” category among all schools.

The rankings by Washington Monthly also were broken down into five sections — national universities, liberal arts colleges, master’s universities, baccalaureate colleges and affordable elite colleges. Murray State came in at 9th place on the “Master’s Universities” list of “Best Bang for the Buck” schools.Murray was the only public college in Kentucky to be recognized on the “Best Bang for the Buck” list.“This ranking speaks to our university mission that exemplifies our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience at a tuition level, along with scholarships, that is affordable,” noted Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University president.

“Murray State offers a great value based on our excellent academic reputation, enabling a Murray State graduate to compete in the job market or attend the best graduate programs, all at a tuition that will not lead to a burdensome student debt level.” Simply put, “Best Bang for the Buck” recognizes the economic value students receive per dollar spent on their educations and salutes colleges that score well on measures of access, affordability and student outcomes.

Overall, the Washington Monthly examined colleges across the nation that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Only 386 made the cut as “Best Bang for the Buck” schools.

The editors of the college guide and rankings noted that schools had to meet four criteria. First, at least 20 percent of their students must be receiving Pell Grants. Second, the graduation rate must be at least 50 percent. Third, each school’s actual graduation rate must meet or exceed the rate that would be statistically predicted for that school given the number of lower-income students admitted. And, finally, schools must have a student loan default rate of 10 percent or less. These are all areas in which Murray State is typically strong.

Once Washington Monthly compiled the list, the “buck” part of the measure was applied by ranking schools based on the net price of attendance. Net price is defined as the average tuition that first-time, full-time students from families with an annual income of $75,000 or less actually pay after subtracting the need-based financial aid received.

“We work hard to ensure we are the best value for our students and their families,” Davies continued. “The ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ ranking verifies that we are successful in this effort.”

PPD Sobriety Checkpoints To Be Held Thru Labor Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will be conducting safety and sobriety checks starting today through Labor Day weekend, Monday September 1st. The safety checks will target impaired drivers and to ensure vehicle safety laws are met.  All safety and impaired driver violations will be strictly enforced.   

  

The Paris Police Department is a partner with the GHSO in our efforts to reduce D.U.I.’s, injury accidents and fatal traffic accidents through extra traffic enforcement. The funds received from the GHSO program allow us to put extra officers in the field with the specific goal of saving lives by focused traffic enforcement programs set by the Chief of Police.  


HC Republican Party to Meet 7pm Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will have its monthly meeting this Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Henry County Courthouse Chancery Courtroom. Julie West, of Franklin, will be the guest speaker and she will speak on Common Core.

Julie West, President of Parents for Truth in Education, has become recognized as one of the leading experts on Common Core and other educational issues. Mrs. West has emerged as a familiar fixture on many news outlets and has been featured on national media shows, including Fox & Friends, Fox Weekend, The Michael Del Gornio Show, and Ralph Bristol. She was the advocate for local control and parent’s rights selected to debate Common Core proponents on televised debates in both Nashville and Chattanooga, and she received an award from Freedom PAC as Grass Roots Activist of the year.

For more information, people are invited to visit HenryCountyTNRepublicans.com.


Puryear Man, Juvenile Killed in Wreck in Calloway County Monday

Murray, Ky.- A single vehicle wreck in Calloway County near Murray resulted in the death of two Puryear residents Monday evening. Kentucky State Police say the wreck occurred just three miles south of Murray on highway 641, according to WPSD 6 in Paducah. The wreck occurred just after 7pm Monday.

Noah Rogers, 39, of Puryear, was ejected from his 2008 Ford Mustang after drifting to far off the roadway and then overcorrecting causing the car to overturn. Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also a 15 year old juvenile was wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated from the vehicle. The juvenile was airlifted to a hospital but later died due to injuries from the wreck.

BPU Looks into State Revolving Loan for Water Treatment Plant Funding

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors only had one item on their agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, but General manager John Etheridge discussed several things that are down the road involving BPU’s system infrastructure improvements.

Etheridge said himself and Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberley met with representatives from the State Revolving Loan Fund in regards to obtaining some of the funding for the building of a new Water Treatment Plant.

Etheridge told board members that they are not committed to going with the State Revolving Loan, but after meeting with them it was learned BPU could get a 20 year loan at .92% fixed interest. They also would forgive 25% of the principal of the $3.1M loan, which Etheridge said would save BPU a little over $300K.

Wimberley stated with the State Revolving Fund, it would allow BPU to began construction in June of 2015, instead of late 2015 or early 2016 because the money would be available sooner. He said if we also managed to get the $1M in Community Development Block Grants from the city and county, we could finish phase one of the project and move into the early stages of phase 2.

Both Wimberley and Etheridge told the board they seemed to have found some very advantageous financing on the first half of the $9M project. Etheridge said right now the average water bill for BPU customers is around $18, and with the state revolving loan, we may only have to increase rates about $2 or so, which wouldn’t hurt customers near as much.

No action was taken on the financing option, but the board agreed it seemed to be a viable option moving forward as they try to secure more financing for the remainder of the major infrastructure project. Etheridge assured board members that the impact on retail rates is a big priority and we are continuing to explore all options.

BPU Piloting with Demand Reduction Program

Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday’s BPU meeting saw director of metering and engineering Jeff Thompson discuss BPU’s involvement with the Demand Reduction Program.

Thompson told board members that TVA and Seven States Power Corporation are working to reduce electricity load during peak hours. They have piloted this program made up of local distributors and they are looking at aggregating systems with standby generators, such as the BPU has.

Thompson said they pay the systems to drop load at peak times during times of need such as extreme hot or cold days when more electricity is used or times of economic need for TVA. He said it could equal between $1000 and $1300 worth of extra revenue per month for BPU.

TVA monitors the load and when they realize they need more, they contact the systems in the Demand Reduction Program and give those systems 30 minutes to respond by dropping their loads and turning on their standby generators. Thompson said it seems to be a real good program for everyone in the valley and there were no upfront costs for BPU.

BPU Preparing to Launch Pay As You Go Electricity in December

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager John Etheridge said they are working towards a Pay as You Go option for customers. The go live date is set for December 17th, if no other issues arise between now and then. He said they will probably have some community meetings and public awareness campaign about the Pay as You Go Electricity coming up this fall. Customers will have options to pay a deposit and get a monthly bill, or pay weekly with no deposit on Electricity they use.

Etheridge also reminded the board that Public Power week is coming up October 5-11 and BPU will have some public awareness campaign to help showcase the benefits of public power corporations over investor owned operations.

The board did approve the one item on the agenda, which was amending the Dean Howd property transfer and easement agreement. Etheridge said Howd wanted a little more acreage to include the spring and creekbed, but grant BPU easement. Etheridge said we got everything we needed and he got the spring and creekbed included on his property.

Prior to starting the meeting on Tuesday the board held a moment of silence for Jimmy Huffman who served as General Manager of BPU from 1952-82.

Benefit for Bobbie Watson Wade is Friday 10-2

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will have a benefit lunch fundraiser for Bobbie Watson Wade on Friday August 29th at the Jaycee Building located at 880 Industrial Road from 10am until 2pm.

They will sell Ribeye or Chicken Sandwiches with chips and drink for only $8. Free delivery is offered on orders of 5 or more and pre order deadline is Thursday August 28th at Noon. Call 693-9086 or 333-2551 for more information or to place orders.

Bobbie has been diagnosed with Lupus and a rare lung disorder, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. She is receiving continuous intravenous infusion through a venous catheter. She has monthly trips to both Vanderbilt and Jackson. All profit will go to the Wade family to help with medical and traveling expenses.

Informative Meeting for HCHS Seniors and Parents Tues. at 6:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- There will be an informative senior and parent meeting Tuesday August 26th at 6:30pm in the commons area at Henry County High School. The meeting will be to discuss what they need to know about their senior year including dates, deadlines, activities, trips, prom, and more. This is not a meeting that deals with project graduation but all seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.

Reminder: Boy Scout Informational Meeting Tuesday at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Any boys interested in joining the Boy Scouts should attend an informative meeting at 6pm Tuesday August 26th at Lakewood Elementary school with their parents. The Cub Scouts is open for 1st thru 5th grade and Boy Scouts welcomes boys 6th grade and up. For more information contact Jason and Tina Pooler at 336-8932.

August Cruise In Set for Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The monthly Downtown Cruise In will be held Tuesday from 5:30-7pm on the east side of the courthouse square. The band, Chill Tonics, will provide live entertainment and there will be food available for purchase. Perry’s BBQ will offer BBQ, Cajun Snoball will have their snocone treats, and A La Mode Sweet Shoppe will sell cupcakes. All classic cars are welcome and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Cruise In. Cruise Ins will be held again the last Tuesday in September and October.


TBI Charges Benton County Man with Murder, Abuse of Infant

JACKSON – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation yielded warrants that led to the arrest today of a 25-year old Benton County man, charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse of a seven-month-old child.

 

On August 22nd, 2014, at the request of 24th District Attorney Hansel McAdams, TBI Special Agents, with the assistance of deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children’s Services, investigated the death of Joseph Hilliard. On Friday, the infant’s mother called 911, saying her son was unresponsive. The child was transported from his home on Liberty Church Road in Holladay to Camden General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

 

Today, arrest warrants were issued for Westlee Waylon Yates, the mother’s boyfriend, for the murder and abuse of the seven-month-old. With the assistance of Benton County Sheriff’s deputies, TBI Agents arrested Yates without incident at a residence at West Little Richland Road in Humphreys County. Yates was booked in the Benton County jail, where he is being held without bond.

 
Challenge Accepted: City, County Officials and Employees Get Wet for ALS

City Manager Carl Holder gives the go ahead and county and city employees and officals dump ice
buckets on their heads. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- City and County Officials, commissioners, and employees were on hand at the courthouse Monday afternoon and cooled off from the over 110 degree heat index by taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

It's been sweeping the nation, and your Facebook feeds, as people everywhere are challenging friends, celebrities, athletes, and others to dump a bucket of ice water on there hand all to help raise awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. So far in the last few weeks, over $80M has been raised for ALS, according to their website.

Sometime last week, city employees and commissioners decided to do the ice bucket challenge for the wife of Paris Commissioner Gayle Griffith. His wife, Ginny, is currently battling ALS, and the city challeneged the county commissioners and officials to take part. Gayle Griffith thanked everyone for showing up and doing this for Ginny and he said she sent her heartfelt thanks as well.

Several were on hand Monday afternoon and Paris City Manager Carl Holder and City Commissioner Terry Fuller kicked off the dumping of ice buckets. Both men were doused by their grandchildren as Conner Samuels doused Commissioner Terry Fuller and Jacob and Aberie Brown doused their grandpa, Carl Holder.

In the crowd on the courthouse steps, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew doused each other, Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe was waiting for a dousing from County Mayor Brent Greer, but Mayor Tharpe's wife, beat Mayor Greer to the punch, dumping the bucket on her husband's head from behind.

County and city employees and commissioners dumped buckets on their own head and some great attire was worn. Library Director and District 5 County Commissioner Connie McSwain had on a shower cap while CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton was decked out in a tuxedo, goggles, snorkle, and flippers.

   

CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton and WG Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain

came prepared. (Alsobrooks photo)

City Finance Director and Assitant City Manager Kim Foster, who also took the challenge, said they raised $450 Monday afternoon with the Ice Bucket Challenge event.

CIty Commissioner Terry Fuller is doused with ice water by his grandson Conner as City Manager
Carl Holder anxiously awaits the dumping from his grandchildren Jacob and Aberie (Alsobrooks photos)

Old Radio Shack Building--She Gone!

Paris, Tenn.- The preparations for the CVS Pharmacy in Paris continue and on Monday the last building to be demolished on the property that CVS will be built on was torn down. The Radio Shack building lies in rubble in the picture above. Radio Shack has opened a new concept store in the Wal-mart Shopping Center and had already vacated the old building.


Sheriff's Office Plans Produce Giveaways

 

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office has scheduled three produce giveaways in the next several days from their Inmate Gardens. On Wednesday August 27th at 3pm produce will be available at the 4-Way Grill on East Antioch Road; another produce giveaway will be on Friday August 29th at 3pm at Henry City Hall; they will also hold a produce giveaway on Wednesday September 3rd at 3pm at the Puryear Community Center.

Sheriff Monte Belew said each produce giveaway will begin at 3pm and last until all the produce is gone. Belew said produce includes bell peppers, zucchini, cayenne peppers, tomatoes, and a few watermelons. The Henry County Sheriff's Office had two big inmate gardens this year one at the Sheriff's Office and one on the Highway 218 bypass.


Paris Tri Club Competes at Tryboro Race in Murfreesboro

Photo submitted by Tony Lawrence

Murfreesboro- Members of the Paris Tri Club traveled to Murfreesboro and competed in the 6th Annual Tryboro kids triathlon on Saturday. The event drew over 250 racers and 16 members of the Paris Tri Club participated.

Racers had to swim 200 yards, rode bikes 5 miles, and ran 1 mile in the 11-14 age group. In the 7-10 age group, racers had to swim 100 yards, bike 2.5 miles, and run a half mile.

Front Row Bennett Cain, Kylee Perry, Amelia Hart,Olivia Hart, Sara Mathis, Audrey Hill, Briley Medlin and Garrett Cagle Second Row Caleb Cain, Rylan Perry, Hunter Lawrence, Craig Anderson, Fisher Lawrence and Emma Hill Not Pictured Charlie and Cole Davis

Top Finishers: Cole Davis 1st 13 yr boys; Rylan Perry 2nd 12 yr boys; Emma Hill 3rd 12 yr girls; Hunter Lawrence 2nd 11 boys; Kylee Perry 2nd 8 yr boys; Audrey Hill 1st 7 yr girls; Garret Cagle 2nd 8 yr boys beginners; Briley Medlin 1st 8 yr girl beginners.


Airborne Gymnastics Academy Competes in Hendersonvile

Hendersonville, Tenn.- Henry County’s Airborne Gymnastics Academy completed this past weekend in Hendersonville at the Tennessee Judges Cup. Competition included levels 3, 4, and 5. The girls all did a great job. Pictured above are (left to right); Gracie Webb (level 3), Alayna Fuson (level 3), Callie Green (level 4), Ella Crichton (level 4), Noe Wilkerson (level 3), Lauren Swisher (level 3), Eowyn Gesler (level 3), Lauren Dodd (level 3), Abbey Watkins (level 3).


HC Tourism Authority Has Organizational Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority, formerly the Tennessee River Resort Act Committee, met Monday morning and it was the committee’s first after the name change, and served largely as an organizational meeting in order to define policies for the board to use going forward.

The change in identity also comes with some significant changes in power – the Tourism Authority now has its own independent bank account rather than operating out of the County’s General Fund and, while still answerable to the County Commission, is free to act independently to fund and hold events and build tourism-related infrastructure among other activities.

County Mayor Brent Greer opened to the meeting by stressing the economic importance of tourism in Henry County and the northwest Tennessee region.

Greer shared data from the state of Tennessee that in 2012, the 9 counties in northwest Tennessee made $272 million in tourism-related revenue. Henry County was the lead county in the region, with $56 million in tourism revenue in 2012.

Greer estimated that the tourism industry employed over 350 people in Henry County with a payroll of nearly $9 million, and identified tourism as the third-largest economic driver in the area behind agriculture and the medical industry.

David Hamilton of the Henry County Alliance shared a variety of policies he prepared and hopes the board will adopt as they review funding applications.

Hamilton said he wants events to engage more with the area business community rather than relying on the Tourism Authority for the majority of funds, and that outside of large marquee events, no event should be funded more than 50% by the HCTA.

Hamilton also suggested urging events to strive for sustainability rather than continuing to rely on the board for funding, by reducing funds by 25% each subsequent year the event is funded. Hamilton told board members that, if an event isn’t sustainable after 4 or 5 years, it likely isn’t providing much economic impact to the community either.

He also wanted to maximize economic impact by refusing to fund one-day fishing tournaments, saying that these tournaments don’t give participants enough opportunity to frequent local businesses (staying in hotels, dining in restaurants, etc.)

In order to ensure return on investment, Hamilton suggested that the board tie an event’s funding to its turnout. For example, if a fishing tournament promised 300 anglers in its funding application and only 150 participated, the board would reserve the right to reduce the event’s funding by 50%.

Hamilton also stressed that the Tourism Authority needed a firm deadline in place to receive applications for funding, suggesting a 90-day window to provide ample time to review applicants.

He also informed board members that he was currently in talks with two large national events which may be coming to Kentucky Lake; Hamilton wasn’t at liberty to provide details but said one of the events may draw as many as 50,000 people to Henry County.

The Henry County Tourism Authority will meet again on Monday, September 22; the board plans to adopt various standardized forms that will be used for funding applications.

Thefts Reported Around County; Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls for thefts around the county this weekend. One report stated a Seadoo Watercraft was stolen from in front of the Paris Landing Trading Post. Someone had chained the watercraft to the post it was near and had a for sale sign on it. The report said someone cut the chain and stole the Seadoo. Deputies have no suspects of the theft and continue to investigate. The value of the watercraft is $5K.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick charged Justin M. Simmons, 31, of 308 Peachtree Street for possession of schedule three with intent, possession of schedule six with intent, seat belt violation and financial responsibility violation.

Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department stopped a whit Nissan for a seatbelt violation. Once speaking with the occupants, he noticed the passenger; later identified as Troy Iverson, age 50 of Calloway, Kentucky, to be shaking and nervous. He asked Iverson to step out of the car and then proceeded to search his person. Cpl. Whitaker asked Iverson to remove his boots and when he did, a crack pipe fell out. Another crack pipe was also found and Iverson was charged with drug paraphernalia.

Man Crawls Under House to Avoid Police, Arrested for Drugs

 

Paris, Tenn.- A man was arrested Friday on drug charges after attempting to evade police by crawling under a house, according to Paris Police Department reports.

 

Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department was on patrol when he observed a black male carrying a red backpack standing near a bicycle and speaking to a man inside a vehicle on Powell St.

 

When the man saw Whitaker, he quickly left, walking to Crestview Manor Apartments. Whitaker went to follow him and initially was unable to find him; upon leaving, he saw the man walking back down Powell Street. The man then took off running, hopping a fence and crawling underneath a Powell Street residence.

 

Other city units quickly responded for backup and managed to coax the man from under the house. The suspect, identified as Leon Foster, 36 of Jenkins Street, emerged from the house’s crawl space without the backpack he had been carrying.

 

Foster reportedly told officers that he had left the backpack behind because it contained an ounce of marijuana.

 

Officers recovered and searched the backpack, finding two large bags of marijuana, a digital scale, and a large pill bottle containing multiple smaller bags of marijuana.

 

Foster was arrested for possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to manufacture / sell / deliver.

Paris Police Investigate Multiple Shoplifting Incidents

 

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Paris Police Department have investigated several instances of shoplifting recently, according to PPD reports.

 

Officers were dispatched to the Dollar General on N. Market Street Friday in relation to a shoplifting suspect. Sgt. Mike Ramos arrived to observe the store’s manager following a black male out of the store. She informed Ramos that she had seen the man conceal merchandise on his person and leave the store.

 

Ramos continued to follow the man as he approached a white Ford SUV, where one woman was seated in the driver’s seat and another woman was in front of the vehicle, taking items from a shopping cart and throwing them into a box.

 

Ramos asked the male suspect for identification; he replied that he didn’t have any and identified himself as Jarvis Taylor. Ramos then asked for permission to pat Taylor down. He consented, and Ramos found a bag containing half an ounce of marijuana in Taylor’s pants.

 

Ramos then searched the vehicle and the box outside; both contained merchandise confirmed to have been stolen from the Dollar General location.

 

Both the driver, identified as Jolie Butler, 39 of Memorial Drive, and the other woman, Micaela Jackson, 29 of Cooper Street, were cited for shoplifting.

 

Taylor was arrested and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for processing, where he told officers he had falsely identified himself. The man was in fact Monte C. Taylor, age 33 of Cooper Street. Taylor was charged with shoplifting and simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

 

Paris Police Department officers also worked alongside loss prevention employees at Wal-Mart Friday to identify a man observed stealing a set of speakers and a car charger totaling nearly $225 in value. Warrants will be filed on William McCutcheon, age 36 of Yates Street, for shoplifting.

 

Bicycle Stolen from Dudley Street Home

 

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Paris Police Department are currently investigating the theft of a bicycle from a home on Dudley Street recently, according to reports.

 

The complainant informed officers that his son’s 20” Mongoose bicycle was stolen from their home sometime between 9:30 Thursday evening and 4:40 Friday afternoon.

 

The bike is valued at $120 and is black and white in color with BMX foot pegs.

 

Police were provided with the serial number for the bicycle and have no suspects at this time.

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol Prepares for Labor Day Weekend

 

Nashville- With Labor Day approaching Monday, September 1, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is gearing up to ensure highway safety and combat impaired driving with a “No Refusal” campaign throughout the state.

The special “No Refusal” enforcement effort will run from midnight Friday, August 29 to 11:59 PM Monday, September 1 and allows law enforcement officers to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases of suspected impaired drivers. 

THP officers will establish No Refusal checkpoints in several Tennessee counties: Union (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Marion (Chattanooga District); Montgomery (Nashville District); Shelby (Memphis District); Hawkins (Fall Branch District); Smith (Cookeville); Maury (Lawrenceburg); and Hardin County (Jackson District). 

THP officers will also establish several driver’s license, seatbelt, and sobriety checkpoints throughout Tennessee over the Labor Day weekend; the nearest checkpoint will be on U.S. Highway 70 in Carroll County near the Madison County line on Friday, August 29.   

“Our district captains have created enforcement plans specific to their regions. So, there will be a variety of specialized enforcement during Labor Day, including distracted driving, commercial vehicle safety, and Move Over enforcement, for example. However, the priority is always on impaired driving and seat belt enforcement,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott.  

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 16 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s up from the 13 vehicular fatalities in 2012. Last year, alcohol was involved in six (38%) of the fatal incidents, and six of the ten (60%) vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints. Four motorcyclists, one all-terrain vehicle rider and one pedestrian were also killed.  

Preliminary figures indicate there have been 3,981 crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in Tennessee from January 1 through August 15, 2014. That is 339 fewer (7.8% decrease) than the 4,320 crashes during those same dates in 2013. Seat belt usage is another contributing factor in crashes across the state. To date this year, 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety restraints.  

Colonel Trott also noted the number of DUI arrests made by State Troopers in 2014. Troopers have arrested 5,310 individuals for impaired driving from January 1 through August 15, 2014. In 2013, the number of arrests made during that time was 3,973. That’s a 34 percent increase during the same dates.

City Commission Takes Up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will undergo the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and has challenged the Henry County Commission to join them in the fundraiser.

All Paris City Commissioners will gather on the steps of the Henry County Courthouse Monday, August 25 at 5:30 PM and will produce a video of their challenge. The public is invited to attend.

City Commissioner Gayle Griffith's wife, Jenny, suffers from ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease. The Paris City Commission has dedicated their participation in her honor.

Tennessee Dept of Health Issues Extreme Heat Warning

 

Nashville– The Tennessee Department of Health is working to reduce deaths and life-threatening conditions caused by summer heat. With temperatures reaching into the 90s in much of the state, Tennessee residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution and take preventive steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“While the elderly, children and those with existing health issues are most at risk, extreme heat can affect anyone,” said TDH Commissioner John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We want to remind everyone about ways to prevent heat-related illnesses and how to address them if they do occur.”

TDH and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency remind first responders such paramedics, police and fire crews to take appropriate steps to protect themselves and to be e observant for signs of heat-related illnesses. TDH also urges doctors and hospital staff members to be vigilant for signs of heat-related illnesses among patients, and for residents to look out for one another.

“It’s important for Tennesseans to take action to help protect others who may be especially vulnerable to heat-related health problems, such as checking on neighbors who may be alone or reluctant to ask for help,” said TEMA Interim Director and Assistant Commissioner/Homeland Security Advisor David Purkey. “This simple measure can help prevent an emergency and save someone’s life.”

“Check regularly and often during hot weather with friends, relatives and others who are elderly and/or take medications,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Some medications can alter the body’s ability to regulate body temperature, and some can cause impaired thinking, causing people to not take appropriate actions to leave an area that’s too hot.”

Here are some ways to stay safe and healthy in extreme heat:

•    Drink plenty of fluids. Pay attention to your thirst and drink cool liquids before you become very thirsty. Water is good, and sugar-free sports drinks can help replace lost salt and minerals. Avoid drinks with caffeine, which can cause the body to lose water. Avoid alcohol, which can dehydrate the body and impair your ability to think clearly, preventing recognition of heat distress signals.

•    Do not leave people or pets in cars for any length of time. Cars can heat to life-threatening temperatures in just a few minutes.

•    Stay cool indoors. If your home has more than one level, the lowest level will usually be cooler. Turn off unnecessary heat-generating items such as televisions and lights, and use fans if you have them. Consider cooking with a microwave instead of heating up the kitchen with the stove or oven. Take cool showers or baths. If your home does not have air conditioning, take advantage of air conditioned facilities such as shopping venues, restaurants, senior centers, libraries, churches and synagogues and recreation centers.

•    Limit time outside when possible. If you must be outside, wear light colored clothing, a hat and sunscreen, and seek shade whenever possible. Try to run errands early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. Drink water and sports drinks often; hydration will help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

•    Pace yourself if working or exercising outdoors. Try to work during early morning or evening hours to avoid being outside in the hottest part of the day. If you are not used to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and gradually increase effort. If your heart is pounding or you gasp for breath, stop the activity and rest in a cool, shady area.

•    Use the buddy system. Partner with a friend and watch each other for signs of heat-related illness. Senior citizens are more susceptible, so if you know someone over age 65, check on him or her over the phone twice a day.

Heat exhaustion is caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes and usually occurs in extreme heat or when a person is unable to adapt to heat. Signs include weakness, nausea, cramps and sometimes loss of consciousness. Heat stroke is a more serious condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature rises to dangerous levels; the body’s cooling system and sweating stop and can damage the brain and other organs. Signs of heat stroke include short, rapid breathing; fast pulse; lack of sweating and confusion. These indicate immediate medical treatment is required, so call 911 if you or someone else has these symptoms and take steps right away to get the person to a cooler area until more help arrives.

For more information on staying safe and healthy during extremely hot weather, click here.

Henry County Loses Heartbreaker in Season Opener

Chase Henderson breaks away from a Liberty defender to score on a 63 yard TD run. Henderson provided the entirety of Henry County's offensive production (Tim Pharr photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot football team dropped their season opener, losing on the road to Liberty High School in Jackson, Tenn. by a final score of 21 to 14.

 

The Patriots carried a 14 to 7 lead into the locker room at halftime, but were unable to capitalize on any of multiple opportunities to score during the second half.

 

Meanwhile, junior Crusader running back Devin Bush put on a show, breaking open multiple plays for touchdowns both from the line of scrimmage and on special teams. Bush ran 85 yards for a touchdown to put Liberty on the board in the second quarter, then on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, he sprinted for 65 yards and another touchdown, followed by a successful 2-point conversion.

 

Bush added to his offensive production with a 52 yard punt return for touchdown in the fourth quarter. The subsequent two point conversion attempt, however, was unsuccessful.

 

#95 Jaylen Kendall and #47 Tanner Beasley team up to tackle Liberty's Devin Bush while other Patriot defenders swarm to the ball (Tim Pharr photo).

Chase Henderson provided two touchdowns for the Patriots; a 63 yard run late in the first quarter followed by a 45 yard scramble near the end of the first half.

Henry County came up short on multiple scoring opportunities in the second half. An interception by Shontel Thompson late in the third quarter set up a strong offensive drive that unfortunately fizzled out at the Liberty 10 yard line. Gage Hainley attempted a 30 yard field goal to earn what would have been a 2 point lead, but the kick sailed wide left.

 

The Patriots managed to mount a final drive that covered nearly 80 yards in the final two minutes of Friday night's contest; quarterback Jake Croasmun converted several 4th down plays and led a disciplined drive into the Liberty red zone, but as time expired in Jackson, Henry County wound up five yards short of the Liberty goal line.

 

Chase Henderson totaled 158 rushing yards Friday, averaging over 9 yards per carry and providing more than half of Henry County's total offensive production.

 

The Patriots will start a four-game home stand Friday, August 29 as they host the Buccaneers of Hendersonville Beech High School, who defeated Station Camp 26-14 Friday.

In other football action around the region, the McKenzie Rebels were handily defeated by Trenton-Peabody High School, 56 to 20.

Huntingdon defeated Obion County 49 to 7.

Martin-Westview High School beat Dresden 45 to 18.

For more football results, head to www.tssaa.org.

#28 Evan Harrison, #67 Scotty Howard, and several other Patriot defenders bring down a Liberty runner (Tim Pharr photo).

Roots of Rhythm Tickets Go On Sale Aug. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to Roots of Rhythm on Tuesday September 30th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show will start at 7pm and tickets will go on sale the week of August 25th.

Roots of Rhythm tells the history and geography of where our musical heritage came from. The concert is performed by UT Martin Percussion Group and along with the Henry County High School Madrigals and promises to be a body moving, hand clapping, fun filled learning event for all ages.

Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council Office at Paris City Hall, from any Council Member, any Friends of the Arts Member, Leaches Music, or Merisons.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. For more information call the Arts Council office at 642-3955 or visit the website, www.phcarts.com.


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