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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin


Bullock to Speak at Interracial Fellowship

Paris, Tenn.-Pastor Trent Bullock of the First Baptist Church in Paris will be guest speaker for the annual Interracial Fellowship celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Theme for the occasion is “We Are One In Christ” (John 17: 15-22)

The First Baptist choir will lead in the musical portion of the service, The Youth Of Mt. Zion will Offer a Special presentation of Famous Black History Figures. A Reception will be hosted immediately after Church.

The event is a part of Black History Month 2013.


Alliance Organizing Trip to Civil Rights Museum

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Ministerial Alliance is organizing a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for next Saturday, Feb. 23.

Alliance Spokesperson Brother Andre Richardson said the bus transportation will depart at 8 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. that day. There are 35 youth seats and 12 adult seats available, on a first come basis.

Each church sending youth is asked to provide at least one chaperone and all parents must sign a release liability waiver.

All children will need admission of $9 and food money of from $5 to $10.

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This will be an especially timely trip for the group since for the first time the museum is allowing people out on the balcony where Rev. King was shot.

Since the museum opened, the balcony has been off limits to tourists, but it was added to the museum tour while the museum’s main building is

closed for renovations. The balcony will remain open until renovations are complete in early 2014 and then will again be closed to the public.

For information and registration, please call Mrs. Shetiga Floyd at 644-0992. Everyone is asked to register and pay a $9 deposit by Monday, Feb. 18.

The event is in celebration of Black History Month.


Search Warrant Results in Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 42 Dudley St. and found the occupant in possession of four bags of marijuana in his jeans pocket and a blunt with marijuana in it in his room.

Arrested was James Meadows III, 24, of that address.

Passenger Arrested on Drug Charge

Paris, Tenn.-A passenger in a car was arrested for simple possession following a traffic stop early Thursday morning. Patrolman Amber Roaten observed a car with a headlight out at 1:30 a.m. on Jim Adams Dr.

The driver consented to a search of the vehicle and the passenger handed Roaten a cigarette pack which had a green leafy material believed to be marijuana in it.

Arrested was Danielle Gunasekara, 24 of 612 Depot St.


Lady Patriots Season Ends with Loss to Dickson County

Men Host West Creek at 7pm Friday night

Dickson, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots season came to a close last night with an opening round lost in the district tournament. The Lady Pats fell to Dickson County 65-23. Savannah Rose had 7 points in the loss. Congrats to the Lady Pats on the season and we wish all the seniors well in the future.

Henry County will host West Creek in men’s action tonight for the District 10-AAA tournament. It’s a must win situation for the Patriots’ season to continue. The tip is set for 7pm so wear your red and support the Pats. If you can’t make it listen to our broadcast at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM or online at wmufradio.com. Should they win, the Patriots would play Saturday night at Kenwood around 5:30pm in the semi-final round.

Joint Meeting With HC BOE, County Commission Set for Next Week

Information on Retrofitting Safe Spaces to Be Presented

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday night and director of schools Sam Miles updated the board on the storm safe shelter retrofit project. He said they had bid openings today and got several bids. The projected cost of retrofitting Harrelson, Henry and Lakewood with tornado safe spaces is coming in around $468K, but Miles said hopefully they can come under that budget amount.

He invited board members to a joint meeting with the county commission and architects next Thursday night at Lakewood at 6pm. He said they will go over plans, tour the area at Lakewood to be retrofitted and talk budget items as well concerning the project.

In his director’s report, Miles told board members that Governor Haslam is looking at putting more money into BEP funds which would be good for the system. Right now the governor wants to add about $33M for capital growth for schools and around $51M for technology upgrades.

Miles also told the board they’d get a rough draft of the calendar for the 2013-14 school year at March’s meeting. He said one issue is with a start date because the state has decided if you choose the 2nd TCAP testing window in early May, then you can’t start school before the 2nd Monday in August. They will discuss more at March’s meeting.

The board heard some TSBA policy changes on first reading. One dealt with emergency preparedness and Dr. Stacy Byrd informed board members it was basically the same, but added a provision for medical emergencies, like a flu epidemic. Another policy changed the compulsory attendance age for years after 2013. The state law required kids who were 5 on or before August 31st of a certain year to be enrolled in school, but will change that to August 15th after this year. The board will officially pass these on 2nd reading next month.

Department of Defense Awards HC BOE as Patriotic Employer

Resolution Recognizing Henry County School System as Patriot Employer

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools for Henry County, Sam Miles presented board members with a framed certificate and resolution from the Department of Justice at Thursday’s board meeting.

Susan Parker, who was a teacher at Lakewood Middle School, had been on military leave for some time and is still currently serving in Afghanistan for the National Guard.

Miles said she had nominated the school system for the Patriotic Employer Award, showing their dedication to her serving our country and keeping a job open for her as she has been serving. She has decided to stay in the guard full time.

Chamber Holds El Vallarta Ribbon-Cutting

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce gathered Wednesday morning at the new location of El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant for a ribbon-cutting. Its new, much-larger location is on Mineral Wells Ave. and has been open for about a week. (Chamber photo).


Donaldson, Cook Represented on All District Regular Season Team

Paris, Tenn.-Regular Season honors for the all district team were given out recently and Henry County had some players recognized. Amari Cook and Brandon Donaldson won regular season all district honors for the boys and Savannah Rose made all district for the ladies. Congrats to them all and good luck in the district tournament.

Paris Police Charge Two with Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Two men were arrested for multiple drug charges Wednesday by Paris Police after a tip led officers to Belmont Street on a strong smell coming from one of the apartments that they believed was meth related.

Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker and Ptl. Jamie James knocked on the door and were told to come into the home by a man later identified as Steven B. Trent, age 27, of 1118 Belmont. Once inside a strong odor was detected by officers and consent to search was given by Trent.

Found in the home was 9 pipes with marijuana residue, several pills with no prescription, a spoon with meth residue, marijuana, brass knuckles, switch blade knifes and other drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene were Steven B. Trent, and Joseph C. Loog, age 35, of 1220 Dunlap. They were charged with felony possession of schedule two, two counts of simple possession of schedule two, simple possession of schedule three, simple possession of schedule four, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prohibited weapons.

Thefts Reported, Officers busy with Arrests

Another report at the Paris Police department stated nearly two thousand dollars worth of items were stolen from a storage building on East Wood Street. The padlock was gone and items including a wool rug, coffee table, tent, and sleeping bags.

Other arrests from the past couple of days include Timothy M. Hastings, age 32, of 525 Guthrie for violation of sex offender registry, violation of community corrections and violations of community supervision; Adam R. Lampkins, age 33 of 1425 Lone Oak was arrested at Kinghts Inn and charged with escape and placed on $25K bond; and Danieele Gunasekara, 24, of 1202 Lone Oak for simple possession of schedule six.

Tour de Paris Landing Bike Race Logo Contest Announced


Buchanan, Tenn.-The Paris Landing Tourism League is announcing a contest to design a logo for its sponsorship of the upcoming Tour de Paris Landing bike race August 10-11.

This logo will be used on the League's website, posters, tshirts, and other forms of advertising for the event.

The winner will be awarded $50 and will receive recognition on the League's  website, Facebook page and "anywhere else we can find to let the world know you are a fabulous artist," according to League Spokesperson Lee Owenby.

Owenby, who is a recognized local artist herself, said the League would like the colors that it uses in its logo (shown above) incorporated into the artwork.

For more information on the race itself and the contest, visit the website at visitparislanding.com. You can submit as many logo ideas as you want, deadline is March 31.

For information on the race, you can call Johan Ismail, Buchanan, 786-973-5484.

Benton County School Bus Involved in Fatal Accident

Camden, Tenn.-The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash involving a school bus in Benton County this morning. According to WBBJ-TV in Jackson, the crash reportedly happened on Highway 70 between Camden and Bruceton.

The THP reported that one person who was in a pickup  involved in the wreck was killed. Another was flown by chopper to a local hospital.

One student reportedly was transported to an area hospital with what were described as minor injuries. No other were reported students were on the bus.


Class of 2013 Entrepreneurs Learns Business Basics

Paris, Tenn.-Smantha Parker and Lori Smith, above, are among the Small Business Basics Entrepreneur Classes at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Parker is the new publisher/editor of Paris! magazine and Smith is poised to be the second generation of her family to own the Parisian Theater. Brian Foster of Landmark Realty, below, teaches the class every year. For more information, call the Chamber at 642-3431.

New Paris Bethel Campus Hosts Degree Info Session

Paris, TN - Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies will host a free, no-obligation Information Session at the new Paris campus, 302B Tyson Ave., from 5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The meeting will be held in Room 205.

Attendees will learn more about Bethel’s accelerated bachelor’s degree-completion program, which allows adult learners with more than 30 hours of previous college credits to earn a degree in Management in about half the time of traditional programs. Students may choose to attend class one night per week at the new Paris campus starting Tuesday, March 26, or take classes completely online through Bethel’s Virtual Campus.

Both programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
It is recommended that attendees park in the rear of the building and enter through the back door. To register for Bethel University’s Information Session, or to find out more, contact Toni Bowden at (731) 363.8322 or bowdent@bethelu.edu.


Rhea Pre-K Registration Days Set Feb. 26-28

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Pre-K Head Start will be accepting applications for enrolment of children for the 2013-14 school year. If your child will be 4 years old by September 30th of this year and you are interested in the Pre-K Head Start program you can complete an application during registration days later in February.

Registration will be held at Rhea School Pre-K located at 115 S. Wilson Street in Paris and they ask you to use the Harding Road and the back entrance to the school. Dates for registration are Tuesday February 26th, Wednesday the 27th, and Thursday the 28th. Times will be Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am to 6pm and on Wednesday from 8:30am to 4pm.

Parents must bring the following information: proof of child’s age, social security card for the enrolling child and each family member, name address, and phone number of at least three emergency contacts, TennCare or insurance card, and proof of income. For more information call Rhea School at 642-8011.

Trustee's Office to Be Open Next Two Saturdays

Extended Hours last week of February

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Trustee’s Office will lengthen the hours and days of operation to support February tax collection this month. Citizens should remember in order to avoid penalty, taxes must be paid by February 28th.

For the sixth year in a row, the Trustee’s office will be open the last two Saturdays in February, the 16th and 23rd from 9am to 1pm. Trustee David Stone said being open those last two Saturdays have worked out really well for us the past few years, as citizens who work out of town or working during regular business hours a chance to conduct business.

Stone also said the office will extend hours an extra half hour and stay open til 5pm Monday February 25th thru Thursday February 28th. For any questions call the trustees office at 642-6633 or stop by at 213 West Washington Street, inside the courthouse annex.

Paris Public Works Closed Monday for President's Day

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris Public Works Department will be closed Monday February 18th for President’s Day. Trash pickup for Monday and Tuesday will be picked up on Tuesday. The animal shelter and landfill will also be closed Monday. All government offices and banks will also observe the holiday.

HC Youth Baseball Association to Hold Sign Ups Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Baseball Association will hold sign ups Saturday February 16th from 8am to Noon at the Paris Civic Center. The fee per player is $35 and its open to all youth between the ages of 4 and 18 by May 1st of this year.

Other sign up and tryouts will be held Saturday February 23rd and March 2nd from 10am to 2pm at McNeil Park. You can also sign up online prior to February 22nd at http://hcyba.baberuthonline.com.

Players must try out only if they are moving up from rookie to minor league or are 9 plus years old and have never played in this league before. All games this season will be played at McNeil Park.

Cottage Grove To Begin Recycling Program, Start City Newsletter

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council approved a motion by Council member John Weiher to start a city-wide recycling program.

Weiher also made a motion to generate and send a quarterly newsletter for the city's activities. Hard copies will be mailed for $5. Subsequent newsletters will depend on cost and process.

In other new business, Weiher also reported the Fire Dept will fund lights and install more lights around the walking park. 

Visitor Dorothy Miller suggested tree removal for branches in the Hwy 140 section of town. She also asked about the tornado siren warning, absent for 2 months. Weiher reported that weather conditions prevented some service. John Holcomb asked about an enclosure or cover for siren. Weiher will check with Larry Niemi and Mayor Mike Waddey will check with TDOT.

TDOT has reported they will take care of road repairs, weather permitting. BPU has repaired street lights. Council member Matthew McClure gave a report on tax base info.

Mayor Waddey recognized former council members with a resolution and certificates of service.

Revenues of $1463.34 and expenses of $628.54 were reported for January 2013.

The council nominated a budget committee for 2012-2013 Proposed Budget. Mike Waddey, Melinda Thatcher, Sue Call and Carolyn Kaminski will serve.

An Evening of Chocolate Delights A Success, Raises $2,500

Chocolate Vendor Wendy Barnhart and her creations. (Becky Hedges photo).

Paris, Tenn.– Over 200 chocolate-lovers were on hand for the 2nd annual Evening of Chocolate Delight held last week at the Inman School gymnasium. The event was sponsored by the Henry County Medical Center Women’s Health Advisory Council and the Paris Quota Club. Some 18 vendors supplied chocolate desserts and drinks, raising approximately $2,500 for a new fund being established to assist those who cannot afford a mammogram and need one.

Inman Middle School Strings performed at the event and a silent auction was held with items donated by the vendors, WHAC members and other businesses in the community. HCMC’s partner in education is Inman Middle School and according to hospital officials, they again went above and beyond to assist the hospital and the foundation with the event.

Fancy cake maker and decorator, Wendy Barnhart, was a vendor who really enjoyed the evening. “I was really surprised at the huge turnout; both tickets and vendor numbers,” she said. “We had a really great time for a good cause and made some contacts with people who did not know about our business.”

Well known business partners, Shelby Freeman and Pam Rockwell with Sally Lane’s Candy Farm were pleased with this second event, too. “First of all,” Freeman said, “I want to complement those volunteers who helped us set up! They were fantastic. And secondly, we made lots of new friends and contacts and have already had Valentine’s business that stemmed from the event. We would certainly participate again.”

Hospital Public Relations Officer Tory Daughrity said, "We are so excited that we have raised money to assist the women in our community who can’t access a needed mammogram because of money.”

The vendors who were part of the event this year included:

A La Mode Sweet Shoppe
Albert Ross Tharpe Services, LLC
Dotta Sue
Ducks Dogs and Frogs Custom Cakes
Fidalgo Bay Coffee
Lakeway IGA
My Favorite Things
Pampered Chef
Paris Landing State Park
Paris Winery
Prater’s Taters
Quota International
Sally Lane’s Candy Farm
Youth Villages

A special thanks to Buchanan Resort, Sugar Salon, Paulette’s, Dr. Gene Gulish, Cindy’s Catering, and the Olive Pit for providing silent auction items in addition to those provided by the vendors and volunteers.


Walk With the Pro Set for Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Healthy Henry County group will hold a Walk with the Pro session Wednesday, February 12 with Loral Burke, Personal Trainer, discussing Exercising for a Healthy Heart, around noon at the Henry County Medical Center. It will be held inside the hospital, rain or shine.

Tickets on Sale for Hot Band Concert

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for a concert by Dan Knowles and his Hot Band, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Lee Academy for the Arts. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at Lee School, Leach's Music, Merison's, Jack Jones Flowers, and Knowles String Instruments. The concert benefits the Lee Academy.


Entries Accepted for 21st Annual Photo Showcase

Paris, Tenn.-The 21st annual Photo Showcase will be held from March 3-April 4 and entries are now being accepted for the event, which is sponsored by the Paris-Henry Co. Arts Council and Dr. and Mrs. Danny Kimberlin.

The opening reception for the showcase will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the W.G. Rhea Library in Paris. Photos in the showcase will be displayed at the library and is free to the public.

Entry forms are available outside the arts council office at city hall or on the web at www.phcarts. com. Amateur and professional photographers are eligible of any age. Entry forms must be received at the arts council office  or email to phcarts@gmail.com by Thursday, Feb. 28.


Paris Landing, Other Parks, Offer Valentine's Day Packages, Meals

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Paris Landing State Park and the other state parks in Tennessee will offer  Valentine’s Day packages. All eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Feb. 14, most serving a special Valentine’s Day meal. Special overnight packages also are available at Tennessee State Parks’ six incredible inns. 

A romantic dinner package for two is priced from $31.90 to $44.95, depending on the location. Prices do not include beverage, tax and gratuity. Dinner reservations are available from 4 p.m. until closing at many of the Tennessee State Park restaurants listed below. For dinner reservations or additional information, please contact the park directly at:

· Cumberland Mountain State Park (931) 484-7186

· David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg) (931) 762-9541

· Fall Creek Falls State Park (423) 881-5241

· Henry Horton State Park (931) 364-2222

· Montgomery Bell State Park (615) 797-3101

· Natchez Trace State Park (731) 968-8176

· Paris Landing State Park (731) 642-4311

· Pickwick Landing State Park (731) 689-3135

Lady Pats at Dickson, Pats Host West Creek to Open Tourney

Dickson, Tenn.-Satellite games of the District 10-AAA tournament have been set involving Henry County. The Lady Patriots will be on the road at Dickson County Thursday night. The Patriots will host West Creek at Gamlin Gym Friday night. Both tips are 7pm and our coverage begins on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com at 6:30 both nights. These satellite games are must wins to advance in the tournament. The remainder of the district tournament will move to Kenwood on Saturday.

Reserve Officers Sought by Henry Police Chief

Board Tables Decision to Check on Liability Insurance Issues

Henry, Tenn- Many items of business were discussed, then tabled, at Tuesday night’s city of Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting including some involving the Henry Police Department.

Chief of Police for Henry, David Andrews, asked the board to consider approving the use of reserve officers for the police department. Chief Andrews said the reserve officer program would model the one operated by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Reserve officers would get 80 hours of training before going on the road and then receive continuous training bi-monthly. Andrews said once the initial training is complete, the reserve officers can work for free to the city.

Andrews asked the board to consider two reserve officer positions. Board members were in favor of the free help, but questioned whether the city’s liability insurance would increase for having reserve officers. Andrews agreed he didn’t want extra cost, so they tabled the decision till next month so they could check on liability insurance questions.

The board also tabled a request from chief Andrews regarding a ride-along program with the city’s police department. The chief said a couple of students in the criminal justice department at Bethel had asked if Henry participated in a ride along program. Andrews said anyone over the age of 18 that passes a background check could participate in the ride-along program. Participants would go on the roads with officers, go to court, the jail, and work with juvenile issues.

Andrews said he feels this is good for community connectivity and would help college students interested in making a career out of law enforcement. Mayor Joe Qualls said the city has a ordinance in place for a ride along program but some of the wording needed to be changed. The board tabled a decision on this until March’s meeting as well.

Henry Teachers Trying to Start Clothes Closet for Needy

Request Board to Waive Water Connection Fee at Bank Building

Henry, Tenn.- A couple of teachers from Henry were on hand at Tuesday night’s Mayor and board of alderman meeting to request the board to waive a water connection fee for a community service project they are wanting to start.

Missy Blount and Debbie Kennan presented the board with a letter that basically asked them to waive the connection fee to turn on the water at the old Commerical Bank building in Henry as they want to occupy the building and have a clothing closet for people in the community that need help. They have several teachers and some high school students willing to help run, they just need the building to stock donations and other things and wanted to water to be turned on. They asked if the $150 connection fee could be waived, since this was a community service project and they were non profit.

Mayor Joe Qualls said he’s all for what they are doing, but legally; he thought the city was tied to the ordinance that lays out fees. He explained if they do that, then it would break the ordinance. Alderman Faye Lowry suggested talking to MTAS and lawyers to see if there was a way to legally waive the fee for this group to allow them to use the building. Mayor Qualls said he would be glad to check on it and bring it back up next month.

Henry Board Approves Items on Agenda Tuesday night

In action on Tuesday night the Henry board passed a housekeeping issue involving the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Henry County Emergency Management has drafted the plan and updates it every few years.

The board also passed an ordinance on first reading Tuesday night involving the city’s garbage pickup rates. Residential pickup would be $13 while commercial pickup of garbage would be $16, both representing a slight decrease. The board must pass this on 2nd reading in March.

Public works director Ed Bush told board members one of the high service pumps had gone out at the pump station and estimates to fix it was over $1800. Bush also said that he was working on repairing and refurbishing hydrants as well and cost weren’t as much as originally anticipated.

Mayor Qualls commended Bush on work with the city’s water system after a state inspect spent time in Henry last week going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Henry scored a 99 out of 100 for their water system for the 2nd straight year. Bush said a sewer system survey and inspection will be done later this week, the first one since the new system has been in operation.

Arrests Made After Attempt to Run into Sheriff with Stolen Vehicle


          Brandon Gream                                                     Marvin Long

Paris, Tenn.-Two men were arrested on a variety of charges after the driver of a stolen vehicle attempted to run the vehicle into Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew. It was also a close call for two other deputies, Chief Deputy Randy Gean and Sgt. Dennis Vaughn.

Arrested were: Brandon Gream, 32, 3563 Old McKenzie Hwy., Paris; and Marvin Long, 30, 9325 Hwy. 77, Mansfield. Gream was charged with aggravated assault, theft of property, driving on suspended license and evading arrest. His bond has been set at $20,000 and he will appear in General Sessions Court today. Long was charged with facilitation of a felony to theft of property and he will appear in court today also.

The situation began when the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to the Petty John Creek Rd area, on a report of a possible location of a stolen vehicle.

Brockwell's Auto, Hwy 79 N in Paris had reported they had a vehicle stolen from their lot sometime over the weekend and they had a possible location of where the truck may be.

Officers responded to the area of Haglersville Rds and Petty John Creek Rds to look for the vehicle. Once in the area, officers were able to determine the vehicle had made its way down a logging road. Officers set up in attempts to stop the vehicle when it came out. Shortly after everyone was in place, the vehicle could be heard heading out of the woods.

Sheriff Monte Belew was at one location of the trail and as the truck was coming out he flagged and identified himself and told the driver to stop. As these directions were given, the driver accelerated and headed the vehicle straight toward Sheriff Belew.

Sgt Dennis Vaughn and Chief Deputy Randy Gean were able to step out of the way just as the vehicle passed while Sheriff Belew had to jump to the side of the trail to avoid being ran over.

Belew was able to fire a round at the vehicle and struck the rear tire. The vehicle and occupants did continue down the road trying to avoid other officers and were taking other side roads and trails until the vehicle came to rest with the rear tire deflated.

Both occupants did exit the vehicle in an attempt to flee, but shortly thereafter both occupants were apprehended.


Forestry Department to Issue Citation for Illegal Burn

Paris, Tenn.-A reported 'controlled burn' actually turned out to be an illegal burning of a house trailer at 3165 Reynoldsburg Rd. and the Forestry Department will be issuing a citation, a possibly more, as its investigation warrants.

The Paris Fire Department and Forestry Departments were called to a fire that was reported as a controlled fire that had gotten out of control. When Forestry Aide 2 Darren Webb arrived on the scene, he said he found a young man had started a house trailer on fire and the fire had gotten out into the surrounding grass. "Actually, the boy that had started the fire was the one who called 911when it started getting out of control. I was actually the first on the scene and after I put the grass fire out, I asked the boy if he had a permit to burn the trailer."

State law declares it illegal to burn anything except woody products without a permit, Webb said.

Webb's investigation determined there was no permit for the trailer burn and Webb said the young man who was setting fire to it didn't own it. "He said he was doing it for someone else," Webb said. When the Paris Fire Departmentand Webb arrived, the house trailer already had been burned up.

Webb said Forestry is in the process of trying to contact the owner of the trailer and that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been contacted and will be arriving to conduct an investigation today.

"For our part, we definitely will be writing a citation for setting the fire without a permit," Webb said, with other citations possible pending the outcome of the investigation.


School Bus Involved in Minor Accident

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County Schools bus was involved in a minor accident this morning on Hwy. 79N near Covenant Ranch. According to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew there were no injuries reported and all the children were taken to school on another bus.


County 4-H Members Do Well in Public Speaking Contest

Lexington, Tenn.-Three senior high Henry County 4-H members competed in the Western Region's Public Speaking contest on February 7. The competition took place in Lexington and featured approximately 40 speakers from across West Tennessee. Hannah Barnhill, left, competed in the ninth grade division and earned fourth place. Nick Smetak, center, competed in the sophomore division. Brigitte Passman, right, spoke in the senior division and placed third. The county program was very well represented and we are extremely proud of these three. The public speaking contest consists of both a prepared and extemporaneous speech. For more information about 4-H, contact UT Extension at 642-2941. (Staci Foy photo).


Spelling Bee Winners Announced


                      Hannah Hughes

Paris, Tenn.-Winners of Spelling Bees held in the Henry County Schools have been announced. At Harrelson School in Puryear, winner was Hannah Hughes, 13 years old and in 7th grade. Her parents are Carey Parker Judy and Justin Hughes. The winning word was "emotional" and the alternate is Wade McClure.

At Henry, Jasmine Morse, 14, was winner. She is an eighth grader and daughter of Jeremiah and Nettie Morse. Winning word was "appetite" . The alternate is Tristan Shomette.

At Lakewood, the winner was Garrett Burns, 12, son of Patrici and Melisha Burns. The winning word was "sporadic" and alternate is Calista Herrera.


    Garrett Burns                                            Jasmine Morse


Road Board Seeks to Tar and Chip Remainder of Gravel Roads

Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy Henry County Road board meeting on Monday night commissioners didn’t exactly approve the road  of hot mixing as they’ve been planning on doing since December, but instead, made a motion to begin the process of tar and chipping the remainder of the county’s gravel roads.

Board member Marty Allison began discussion on the issue saying he wasn’t for paving any roads, unless they are really bad, before tar and chipping all roads and getting rid of the gravel ones. Road board chairman Bobby Milam said this board committed to doing just that about ten years ago and they’ve slowly made progress and now only about 15-20 miles of gravel roads are left in Henry County.

After more discussion Allison made a motion, Cody Craig seconded it, to start tar and chipping roads when weather permits and the materials are in. The board wants to tar and chip everything before beginning hot mixing of roads. Milam asked the board to look over the road list and let the department know if there are any gravel roads that they didn’t feel warranted tar and chipping because of only one house being down that road, if any.

Estimates on tar and chipping the gravel roads is around $750K, which equals about $52K per mile of tar and chip. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood also explained hot mixing cost about $71K per mile. He also said Mill Creek Road is on the list to be hot mixed, but it is state aid money, which only requires a small match in local money. Norwood did say however the work on that road must be completed by June 30th.

Milam also told board members the road plan is a working list and he would like to see them double check it again and place any roads on there that need some patching or paving. He said we may not get to it this year, but we can work off the list the next few years and prioritize as to which roads need the attention the quickest.

In discussion of the road plan, board member Kyle Norwood asked if some of the roads listed could be abandoned by the county if there is no more than one home on them. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said the board could get a list of these roads together and they could bring it to the county commission at a later date.

Highway Department Needs New Equipment; Set to Auction Old

Paris, Tenn- Henry County Road Supervisor Ray Norwood told board members at the regular monthly meeting on Monday night that the department needed to purchase one dump truck and one pickup truck as their fleet continues to rack up age and miles.

Norwood said they have about $100K on the two items and they plan on going over specs for both at March’s meeting. Norwood said diesel prices are continuing to eat their budget and said going back to gas engines is cheaper in the fleet. The board discussed briefly options of automatic instead of shift on the dump truck, four door truck vs. extended cab prices and more.

Norwood also told the board they had some equipment that could be auctioned off in the spring and money gained from the auction could go towards new purchases as well. Board chairman Bobby Milam asked Norwood to gather a list of items that could be auctioned off and bring it to March’s board meeting. Plans are currently to hold the auction in April on a weekday to allow more industries to be able to come down and participate.

Norwood told board members he has and will continue to look for a paver/grader for the department as they had talked about last month. He said they are very expensive, but some used ones that are newer than the current the department has are out there. He said if the auction of older items brings more money it could be used towards the purchase of one as well.

Union University Closing for Sickness

Jackson, Tenn- Union University will be closing at noon on Monday and will remain closed until 8am on Wednesday February 13th. Officials report a outbreak of sickness and hopes are cancelling classes will help stop the spread of it.

Two Arrested for Drug Violations After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department arrested two people after stopping the vehicle they were in for a window tint violation over the weekend. The report stated that the car was pulled over for window tint and a check of the vehicle and occupant’s person revealed marijuana and crack cocaine present.

Arrested on scene were Jessica L. Lemonds, age 22, of 5200 Hwy. 79 S. for schedule two with intent and simple possession of schedule six drug. Also arrested was Bobby J. Patton, age 46, of 407 Irvine Street for drug paraphernalia possession.

Warrants Issued for Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for the arrest of Melody A. Lovell, age 29 of 158 Morgan Loop after she sprayed pepper spray on several people at Matt’s Pub over the weekend. The report said witness saw her get irritated at someone and began to spray pepper spray at different people, including some that were no where near her.

County Deputies Busy over the Weekend with incidents

Paris, Tenn- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to highway 140 N. on vandalism call were the victim’s wheat fields were torn up. When Sgt. Powell arrived he spotted two vehicles in the field. He talked with two young men and after noticing their tires covered with mud and wheat strands in the field, charged Robert B. Dowdy, 18, of Elkhorn Road and Daniel Wilson, age 19, of Dale Street with felony vandalism. The damage to the field was over three thousand dollars.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated that over $500 worth of items were stolen from a home on Country Club Road in the past few days. The victim said he noticed stuff missing late last week and found one of the windows unlocked. Items missing included medicine, jewelry, and gold coins and nuggets. Police have no suspects so far in the incident.

Movie Night at Library Cancelled Monday due to Illneess

Paris, Tenn- There was a scheduled movie at WG Rhea Public Library tonight commemorating Black History Month but it has been cancelled due to illness. Several staff members are out sick Monday.

Tayloe Continuing to Recover at Vandy After Friday Night Incident

No Pending Charges in the Incident

Paris, Tenn.- As reported over the weekend, longtime businessman Ed Tayloe is continuing to recover at Vanderbilt Medical Center after being struck by a moving vehicle Friday night on the court square in Paris. The Paris Police Department released the incident report this morning which states a vehicle driving southbound on North Market Street Friday evening didn’t see Tayloe crossing the street and struck him.

The report stated a vehicle in the northbound lane did stop to allow Tayloe to cross, but the southbound vehicle didn’t see him and couldn’t stop in time. There are no pending charges at this time.

Storm Clouds Move in to Make Cemetery a Spooky Place

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Cemetery appeared to be a very spooky place Sunday morning as clouds began to form for the afternoon's possible thunderstorms. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Eagle Tours Set at Reelfoot Through February

Reelfoot Lake, Tenn.-Reelfoot Lake State Park will continue to offer its daily Eagle Tours through Feb. 24. The return of the American Bald Eagle to Reelfoot Lake is one of the most exciting winter events in Tennessee and the staff at Reelfoot is providing unique opportunities for guests to see the national symbol in its natural habitat through the end of February.

During the winter months, Reelfoot Lake is home to approximately 200 American Bald Eagles and great numbers of waterfowl. The winter pilgrimage annually brings these them back to northwest Tennessee from their summer homes in the upper Great Lakes and Canada.

The American Bald Eagle has been returning to the open water, marshes and cypress-laden sloughs of Reelfoot Lake for generations and they are a sight to see, with wingspans of six to eight feet and weights up to 16 pounds.

Through the end of February, experienced state naturalists will lead daily bald eagle and waterfowl tours. Tour guides equipped with binoculars, telescopes and more importantly – extensive knowledge of the eagles – rarely have difficulty locating the birds, which can be seen perching, flying or soaring.

In addition to providing information about the eagles, the guides also provide information about Reelfoot Lake and other waterfowl. Buses leave the visitor center at 10 a.m. daily and 1:30 p.m. on weekends. There is a $5 charge for the tour and reservations are required by calling the visitor center at

(731) 253-9652.

Closer to home you can also see Bald Eagles at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan and at Fort Donelson Battlefield in Dover. At Paris Landing, the eagles are likely to be perching in the trees by the park by the marina. At Fort Donelson, there is a spot designated for people to watch their nests and take photos.

Tayloe in Stable Condition After Hit by Car

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man is in stable condition Saturday at Vanderbilt Medical Center after he was struck by a car on the courtsquare Friday evening.

Retired Businessman Ed Tayloe was crossing the street near Jack Jones' Flowers and Gifts when he was hit by the car. He was first transported to Henry County Medical Center and then airlifted to Vanderbilt.

His wife, Treva, said Saturday morning from the hospital that Tayloe suffered multiple injuries, including broken shoulder, broken hip, broken ankle and other injuries. "There are just a lot of bones in his body broken," she said.

Tayloe had surgery Saturday to replace his hip.

Details about the accident itself are sketchy. WMUF will have more information when the police report is released by the Paris Police Department.


Carly Johnson Signs with Bethel

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School Senior Carly Johnson signed a volleyball scholarship to Bethel University in McKenzie during a signing ceremony Friday at the high school. In photo with her are her parents, Bart Johnson and Teresa Bruce, who are seated at the table with her. Standing behind her is Bethel Volleyball Coach Starla Cupples, left, and Becky Chambers, who was a coach for the Patriots' girls volleyball team. (Pam McCord photo).


Patriots' Basketball Scores

Paris, Tenn.-Scores from Friday night's Henry County High School basketball games against Northwest:

HCHS Boys 65, Northwest 47.

HCHC Girls 39, Northwest 56


Parole Violations Land Offender in Jail

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man who was already on the state sex offender registry was arrested for parole violations this week. Dallas Myers, 46, 312 N. Wilson St., was arrested on an aggravated stalking charge and arrested again on a charge of violating a restraining order. His bond was set at $5,000.


Passenger Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police stopped a car for not having a functioning tail light and ended up arresting the passenger for simple possession.

Officers spotted a car driving without a tail light and stopped it on Tyson Ave. Upon consent to search, a passenger in the back seat was found with two tablets of hydrocodone in his pockets. The man said he had no prescription for them.

Arrested was Myron Montgomery, 26, 103 Hidden Acres, Paris.


Health Screening Set for Feb. 12

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will be at the Paris Landing Community Center, 15590 Highway 79N from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressures will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and a lipid panel for $10 each. Results are available at time of screening. Fasting for eight hours is required for an accurate result.

Pedestrian Bridge Set for Completion Around March 1

Crews are shown pouring concrete for the walkway. (Becky Hedges photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Now that work has resumed on the pedestrian bridge that will connect the Henry County Medical Center with the new Diagnostic Center/Bethel University Paris Campus on Tyson Ave., the new timeline projects completion around March 1.

Work had been stalled due to last week’s cold snap, but workers were able to begin pouring the concrete floor for the walkway. Becky Hedges, assistant public relations director for the hospital said when the concrete sets, railings and the canopy roof will be installed “They also need to weld the top and the sides and put in a lift for wheelchairs,“ she said. “It will be handicapped accessible.


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