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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


Reminder: Softball, Baseball Play for District Titles Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will play at Clarksville High School at 6:45pm today against the winner of Northeast and Clarksville High which plays directly before that.

The Patriot baseball team will host Clarskville High at home at 6:30pm tonight for the winner take all District Championship. We will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6pm.

Henry Approves New Employee Savings Plan

Henry board members discuss the savings plan at their meeting. (Barron Robinson photo)

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman met on Thursday night and approved a retirement plan for City employees with a 401(k) and 457(b) option.

Representatives from the Department of the Treasury were on hand and discussed this new program that is available for all employees who work in the government. The program is administered by the state and doesn’t cost a penny for the City of Henry.

A team of state tax experts, retirement counselors, and state treasury members will come visit Henry and help facilitate the program. All employees have the option to opt in or out of the new savings plans for no cost. Savings will come straight out of the employees pay into one the new plans and it has higher rates than almost any other savings plan available.

Planning Commission Approves Lakeway Circle Storage Add.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular May session on Thursday night and approved a major site plan for Steve Hale Private Storage at 4565 Lakeway Circle. The plan proposed a 2K sq. foot addition to an existing building at the address. Planners discussed a couple of issues before agreeing to its approval.

On site review showed a water service line running across the property to access the property to the rear and needed to be noted on the plat. The water service line doesn’t appear to be affected by the proposed addition, but staff suggested it be noted to exist.

The plan also needed to be revised to show 9 parking spaces, based on requirements for warehouse found in the International Zoning Code and to show the width of the entrance to the property. Planners approved the plan contingent on these issues being addressed.

A minor subdivision plat for Mike and Regina Cosby was also approved at 1407 N. Market Street. The plat combines a 75 by 75 tract with a 60 by 60 tact. After some minor housekeeping issues the planning commission approved the request. The area is zoned R-3-M for medium density residential.

Planners also approved a minor site plan for Bridge of Hope Church to construct an accessory building at 1575 Hwy. 641 S. The building is 720 sq. feet to be located on the rear portion of the property. Setbacks and drainage are adequate and parking will not be affected. Bridge of Hope is formerly the First Assembly of God Church.

HCBOE Approves Construction of Walking Track at Harrelson

Dr. Susan Burton discusses the walking track at Harrelson at Thursday's BOE meeting. (Tim Alsorooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday’s Henry County Board of Education meeting, Dr. Susan Burton talked about goals and objectives of Project Diabetes in which the system will use $30K in grant money over the next two years to create a safe walking track for students and Puryear residents at Harrelson School. The primary goal is to increase physical activity in an around Harrelson School.

The system will pour a concrete track around the school that will serve as a track for residents, students during recess, and students who attend after school programs. The maintenance department will be responsible for the work and take bids for a sub-contractor to complete work.  Labor and supplies should cost around $14-15K.

Harrelson has 581 students in grades PreK-8th and every one of them as well as parents and community members, teachers, and others would benefit from the walking track. Once open, the track will be incorporated into PE lessons, after school clubs, and others.

To measure the success of the walking track, monthly walking logs for walking clubs, both school and community based will be kept. Dr. Burton said the system would use media resources found in the Texas Dept. of Health’s How to Build a Walking Trail guide to aid them in walking logs and other things. The board approved applying for the grant and building the walking track.

HCSS To Have Balanced Budget for FY 16-17

HC BOE members look over the budget presentation Thursday night. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton went over the budget for the 2016-17 school year. He said he was pleased to announce not only would the system’s budget be balance and use zero dollars from fund balance, but they will also grow the capital reserve. There will be an increase of $535K in BEP allocation for instructional salaries and benefits as compared to last year.

Proposals for the FY 16-17 include to add an additional step to the existing pay scale and increase in base salary by 3% across the board for teachers and staff. Dr. Norton said they expect a 6.1% increase in health insurance premiums starting in January 2017 which they propose to split increase with faculty and staff. Dr. Norton reminded board members that board contribution is still far greater than employee contribution. With these plans, it means all monies earmarked for increase in salary and insurance are being used.

Dr. Norton said the budget also increases Technology funding by $40K, which nearly doubles the current technology budget. He did relay some concerns for the future which include rising costs of health insurance, building renovations that will be needed soon at the high school and transportation facility, and the historical decline student enrollment in the system. The board approved the system’s budget as presented.

In his report, Dr. Norton passed out an evaluation form for the Director of Schools. Board Chairman Jim McCampbell said the board would use this form from the Tennessee School Boards Association and fill them out and discuss the evaluation next month. He also reminded the board about next Friday’s graduation ceremony at HCHS.

HCHS Releases Top 7 Seniors; Top Ten 

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School has released its top 7. Aubrey Buttery is the Valedictorian, Shan Patel is Salutatorian, and Andrew Minor is Honorable mention in the Class of 2016. Rounding out the top 7 include Tanner Beasley, Jackson Griffey, Ashley Martin, and Zach Word. The Top Ten included seniors Hayden Walker, Luke Reed, and Kendall Wimberley.

Top Ten Juniors for 2016 include Sydney Wyatt, Rudi Wimberley, Shannon Watson, Hailee Vaughn, Kyla Parker, Ethan Jackson, Calista Herrera, Colin Harris, William Brown, and Alexander Boyd.

Top Ten Sophomores: Sarah Tucker, Victoria Starks, Thomas Rose, Megan Richardson, Anna Pettit, Cameron May, Hannah Hughes, Emily Hudgins, Emily Harper, Robert Gardner, and Joshua Cutright.

Lady Pats Softball Game Postponed Until Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday's rain has caused the District 10-AAA Tournament to be postponed and it will resume Friday. The Lady Patriots are in the winner's bracket in the Championship game and will play Friday at 6:45pm against the winner of Northeast and Clarksville High who play at 5pm. The Lady Patriots have yet to lose in the District Tourney.

Biggs Sentenced On Perjury/Fabricating Evidence Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Guy Biggs, 38, who was convicted and sentenced on attempted second-degree murder charges in August of 2014, was sentenced to an additional four years on a perjury charge and five years on a fabricating evidence charge, to be served concurrent with one another. These sentences are to be served consecutively with Biggs’ original sentence of 12 years.

Charges of fabricating evidence and perjury stem from the discovery that Biggs falsified information regarding his military career and accomplishments.  This information was not discovered until after the trial had concluded.

It was believed that and argued by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing, that Biggs lied about his military service and made himself out to be a highly decorated war hero, who was discharged honorably due to an injury, in order to get sympathy from the jury.

Patriots Baseball Game Postponed until Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Due to field conditions being to wet, the District 10-AAA Tournament Championship game between Henry County and Clarksville High School has been postponed. The game was set for 6:30pm Thursday but will be moved to a 6:30pm Friday start. Gates will open at 5:45pm, admission is $5.

Warrants Issued For Local Woman Involved In Stabbing

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Blake Jenkins of the HCSO has issued warrants on Catherine Cashman age 34 of 8218 HWY 79S for aggravated assault.

Deputy Jenkins responded to 213 Pioneer Road where someone stated that a female, later identified as Pamela Bowden age 41, had knocked on their door stating that she had been stabbed. Upon arrival Deputy Jenkins found Bowden lying in the roadway covered in blood. Bowden and her boyfriend, identified as Tyler Hughes age 27 advised that they were at their father’s house and had been drinking throughout the night. Bowden and Hughes then advised that around 5am they decided to go into the kitchen to get something to eat. Bowden advised that her brother’s girlfriend, identified as Catherine Cashman came into the kitchen and advised Bowden and Hughes to be quite because children were trying to sleep.

It was then advised that Hughes and the brother of the victim, identified as Jason Lamb age 32 began fighting in the living room. Cashman broke a glass and cut Bowden in the stomach and the hand. Bowden and Hughes left the residence on foot and called 911 from a neighboring home. All units including, Deputy Jenkins, Sgt. Perry, Cpl. Kemp, and Deputy Davis arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with individuals at the residence but no one would answer the door. Sgt. Perry made contact with the home owner by telephone, the homeowner gave consent to search the house to make sure no children or any other individuals were injured inside.

While checking the residence deputies made contact with Lamb who had been in the residence the entire time but refused to answer the door. Lamb finally admitted that Cashman and the children were hiding in the pool house. After several attempts to open the pool house door, another subject finally answered the door, and Cashman and the children were inside.

Cashman was very uncooperative with deputies during investigation and statements were given to all involved at the time of the report, only Bowden’s had been completed.

Bowden was transported to HCMC and received several staples to her hand and stomach. Lamb, who also received an injury to the back of his head, refused medical treatment.

W.G. Rhea Library to Host Fancy Nancy Tea Party Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host their Fancy Nancy Tea Party Friday May 13th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for girls ages 4-8 years old. Registration is open and there is a $5 deposit per child at time of registration that will be refunded the day of the event.

Astronomy is the theme this year for the event. The girls will meet at the Library and take a limo ride to Lee Academy for tea and end the night with star gazing. Girls are asked to get glitzed up and wear their favorite “fancy” outfit. All children must be accompanied by one female adult. Call the W.G. Rhea Public Library for more information.

Paris Fire Department Responds To Electrical Fire

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Fire Department, a fire was reported at 349 Rison Street. The PFD responded to a shorted electrical equipment incident with a transformer on fire. Upon arrival the 230 crew investigated and waited for BPU to arrive.

Paris Police And Henry County Sheriff's Stay Busy

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated, Cpl. Whitaker received a tip that crack was being smoked in 1009 East Blythe Street. The caller stated that she lived at the residence and she would let the PPD in when they arrived.

Upon arrival, Cpl. Whitaker made contact with the owner of the house and she pointed Cpl. Whitaker towards the door stating “he’s in there,” where the crime was being committed.

Cpl. Whitaker opened the door and observed Eric Dailey age 59 of Paris sitting on a bed smoking crack. Cpl. Whitaker took the pipe from Dailey and placed him under arrest for drug paraphernalia. As Cpl. Whitaker was exiting the residence another crack pipe was found which was also brought in for evidence.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Kade Cullop age 22 of Murray was arrested at Crossland Road in Puryear by, Puryear Chief of Police Dale Paschall and Trooper Jeremey Byars. Cullop was charged with possession of schedule VI with intent, possession of paraphernalia, and DUI; Cullop has a $3000 bond.

The Paris Police Department reported that Ptl. McClure conducted a routine traffic stop on a white 2005 Nissan sedan traveling on Tyson Ave. that appeared to have illegal window tint.

After the stop and making contact with the driver, Andrew Mayhew age 23 of Paris and measuring the window tint which was 12%; Mayhew stated that he did not have a driver’s license just a identification card. Ptl. McClure did a check on Mayhew’s license and dispatch advised that it was revoked out of Weakley County for failure to satisfy fine/costs/taxes on criminal offense revocation.

Ptl. McClure placed Mayhew under arrest for driving on a revoked driver’s license; Mayhew also received a citation for the window tint violation and placed on a $500 bond.

Inman Receives Blue Cross Shape the State Grant

Chattanooga, Tenn.- Twenty Tennessee schools, including Inman in Paris and Big Sandy School, serving middle grade students have been awarded Shape the State grants from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation to upgrade their physical education programs.

The grants, valued at $10,000 each, provide the nationally acclaimed SPARK physical education (PE) curriculum, teacher training and equipment for each recipient school. In addition, each school will receive $1,000 to spend on PE, nutrition and wellness efforts.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help transform PE at these schools,” said Dawn Abel, BlueCross director of community relations and foundations. “Since 2011 we’ve seen nothing but positive results from the 100 schools that have received Shape the State grants.”

SPARK focuses less on traditional team sports, and more on fun, active games that all students can enjoy together, regardless of their level of athleticism.

This fall, faculty and staff from the latest Shape the State schools will gather for training from SPARK professionals to learn how to use the program with their students. In addition, they will receive complete SPARK curriculum materials, as well as 800 pieces of accompanying equipment, ranging from the odd – rubber chickens – to more traditional items, such as soccer balls.

SPARK was launched in 1989 after being developed by researchers at San Diego State University. Since then, its evidence-based curriculum has been used in public schools, YMCAs and other settings across the nation.

The schools awarded 2016 Shape the State grants are:

  • Big Sandy School, Camden
  • Christian Academy of Campbell County, LaFollette
  • Clinton Middle School, Clinton
  • Collinwood Middle School, Collinwood
  • East End Elementary School, Humboldt
  • F.H. Jenkins Preparatory School, Nashville
  • Grace Christian Academy, Knoxville
  • Harding Academy of Memphis
  • Heritage Christian Academy, New Tazewell
  • Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge
  • Lakeview Elementary School, New Johnsonville
  • Lara Kendall Elementary School, Ridgely
  • Lexington Middle School, Lexington
  • McKenzie Middle School, McKenzie
  • Midway Middle School, Ten Mile
  • William James Middle School, White Bluff
  • Wilson Elementary School, Crawford
  • W.O. Inman Middle School, Paris
  • V.G. Hawkins Middle School, Hendersonville
  • Yorkville School, Yorkville

Murray State Commencement Set for Saturday

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s May 2016 Commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the CFSB Center with 1,565 pending degrees being conferred, inclusive of associate, baccalaureate, master/specialist and doctoral programs.

The ceremony will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Murray State University Army ROTC Color Guard. The Mace Bearer is Dr. Daniel Wann, Murray State’s 2016 Distinguished Professor recipient and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Outstanding Seniors Madison Embry and Landon Gibbs will lead the candidates for degrees and also give the valedictions. Embry will receive a Bachelor of Arts

in accounting while Gibbs, who will graduate from the Honors College, will receive the Honors Diploma with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture with an emphasis in horticulture/agronomy, along with a minor in photography. 
Faculty Marshals assisting with the ceremony are Dr. Reika Ebert, Dr. Susana Bloomdahl, Dr. Michael Kemp, Dr. Robert Lyons, Matt Shultz and Gill Welsch.
The faculty will be led in by the recipients of The Regents Teaching Awards for Excellence: Dr. Heath Keller, Jeffrey Wylie, Dr. Jana Hackathorn, Dr. Danielle Nielsen, Dr. David Fender, Dr. Christopher Mecklin and Elizabeth Price.

They will be joined by Presidential Research Fellows Dr. James Duane Bolin and Dr. Bommanna Loganathan. Distinguished Researcher Dr. Howard Whiteman, University Distinguished Mentor Dr. David Pizzo, University Emerging Scholars Dr. Randall Bunker and Dr. Joshua Ridley, Faculty Advisor of the Year Dr. Michelle Santiago and the recipient of the Faculty Distinguished Service award, Dr. Dina Byers.

Murray State President Dr. Robert Davies will preside over the ceremony with a welcome message and a Residential College Investiture. Dr. Davies, along with Acting Provost Dr. Renae Duncan, will administer the Awarding of Degrees.

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus will deliver the Commencement Address and receive an honorary doctorate from the University. Bumphus holds two prior degrees from Murray State, including a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications and a Master of Arts in guidance and counseling, and he received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Bumphus began his career as Murray State’s Director of Minority Affairs in 1972 and has worked in higher education for three decades. Currently, he serves as president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. 

CFSB Center doors open at 8:30 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Saving of multiple seats is prohibited. Some standing-room-only spots will be available, and a limited area of overflow seating will be available outside of the main arena, where guests will be able to view a live video stream of the ceremony in its entirety. 

Ample general guest parking is available in the Stewart Stadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center, off of U.S. Highway 641. Shuttle buses are available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors of the CFSB Center beginning at 8 a.m. Buses are also available until 1:30 p.m. to return guests to the parking lot.

Guests with disabilities who require special assistance should note the parking lot located off of Gilbert Graves Drive is available for a drop-off zone. A handicapped parking tag or special permission will be required to park there.

Guests with limited mobility may also be dropped off at this location.
Local motorists should prepare for heavy traffic around the Murray State campus on Saturday and are urged to take alternate routes to avoid Chestnut Street, State Highway 121 near campus, and Waldrop Drive. A portion of 16th Street between State Highway 121 extending south past Valentine Street will remain closed due to construction. Waldrop Drive will be open. State Route 121 near the CFSB Center is constrained to two lanes due to ongoing construction. The event will be streamed live at murraystate.edu/streaming for those who are unable to attend. Complete information on the May 2016 Commencement ceremony, as well as #RacerGraduation stories, can be found at murraystate.edu/commencement

Patriots Lose 1st, Win 2nd Game vs. NE; Will Host District Tourney Champ. Game Thurs.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team is now in the District 10-AAA Tournament Championship game after hanging on against Northeast in the 2nd game of the evening Wednesday night by a final of 5-4.

In the 2nd game, Hayden Walker pitched 6 plus innings giving up 3 runs as he didn't retire a batter in the bottom of the 7th. Perry Atkins then came in for a couple outs and Jared Pugh retired the last batter of the game after Northeast scored 4 runs and left the tying run on 3rd base. The loss eliminates Northeast from the tournament, with the Patriots giving them both their losses. Cody McSwain had 3 hits and 2 RBIs, Knox Davis also chipped in 2 hits.

In the first game, which started in the top of the 4th tied 1-1 after being suspended for thunderstorms and tornado warnings Tuesday night, Northeast scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win 4-2. The Patriots grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning, but surrended it in the 6th. Hunter Updyke pitched 6 strong innings striking out 4. Cody McSwain had two hits and 1 RBI and Knox Davis added 2 hits in the loss.

Henry County is scheduled to play for the District Tournament Championship on Thursday. Since Clarksville High eliminated the #1 seed Rossview, the Patriots will host Clarksville High at Patriot Park in a winner take all game for the championship. The game is set to begin at 6:30pm and admission is $5, with TACA and TSSAA passes accepted.

Lady Patriots Move Into District Tournament Championship

Clarksville, Tenn.- It took two evenings to complete, but the Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team defeated Clarksville High Wednesday evening 5-2. The win moves the Lady Patriots into Thursday night's championship game.

Celie Hudson pitched the entire game Wednesday, which picked up in the top of the 4th after being suspended Tuesday night when storms hit Clarksville and both teams and fans were moved inside Clarksville High School to try to wait out the storm. The Lady Patriots led 2-1 when play was suspended Tuesday night. Hudson struck out 7 batters. Big hits in the game came from Hudson, Caroline Hudson, and Darby Underwood.

Henry County will await the winner of Clarksville High and Northeast, who will play prior to the championship game at CHS. The Lady Pats will play around 6:45pm and even with a loss would be alive for another game Friday since the tournament is double elimination.

Chamber to Host Bike/Pedestrian Trail Input Meeting May 19

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a bike and pedestrian trail input meeting on Thursday May 19th at 2pm. Design consultants Lose & Associates, Inc., in partnership with RPM Transportation Consultants, have been contracted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee River Trails Association to conduct a Bike and Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan for the nine county region bordering the Tennessee River.

Community input is vitally important to this process and all citizens are invited to the discussion on the Master Plan which could provide great opportunities for Henry County and the entire TRTA region.

Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “Bike and Pedestrian trail use is growing and we are eager to make these opportunities available locally.”

The input meeting is at 2pm Thursday May 19th at the Chamber Office, located at 2508 East Wood Street.

Rotary Club Country Ham Breakfast This Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 43rd Annual Paris Rotary Club Country Ham Breakfast will be held this Saturday May 14th at Paris Elementary School from 6am to 11am. It’s all you can eat Clifty Farms Country Ham, grits, eggs, and biscuits and gravy. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Rotary Club Member, the Chamber of Commerce, or at the door Saturday morning. All proceeds go to Rotary Club Charities.

Maplewood Baptist Honduras Mission Golf Scramble May 21

Paris, Tenn.- Maplewood Baptist Church’s Honduras Mission Team will hold their 8th annual Golf Scramble on Saturday May 21st at 8:30am at the Paris Country Club. They are raising money as they partner with a ministry to the children and under privileged in Honduras, Central America. Maplewood Baptist will take a team to Honduras June 18-25 to work with people there and try to make a difference. The team will be working with schools and installing bio-sand water filters in homes that will provide clean water for at least 10 years. For more information contact Maplewood Baptist Church at 642-2022.

HCHS Class of 1990 To Hold Mini Reunion June 4 at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1990 will hold a mini reunion June 4th at 6pm at Paris Landing Inn Restaurant. No advance reservations required adults and children welcome. Email hchs1990@yahoo.com the number who plan to attend to give the restaurant an estimate to the number of people. It’s pay at the door for the all you can eat buffet which is $12.95 per person with children ages 6-12 half price. The class of 1990 will hold mini reunion’s each year the first Saturday in June until the 30th reunion in 2020.

Henry Elementary Students Line Halls to Cheer on Pre-K Grads

Henry, Tenn.- Students at Henry School lined the hallways to cheer on Henry Pre-K students as they prepare to graduate on Monday evening. Students cheered and celebrated the Pre-K student's year and wished them encouraging words letting the youngsters see that they would be in the halls of Henry Elementary soon. (David Kibbler photos)

Man Arrested After Car Stolen From Benton County

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department responded to Knights Inn after Benton County Sheriff’s Office called to report a stolen car was parked there. The driver was identified as Gregory Panos, age 21, of 518 Harrison Lane, and the owner of the car advised he let Panos borrow the car, but Panos never returned it. Panos was arrested and charged with drug paraphernalia possession as well.

A resident of Jones Bend Road received a text from a neighbor that her barn door was open and she asked the neighbor to investigate because she was out of town. According to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the door had been pried open and several items were strewn about. Another door was forced open in another barn area as well. Due to her being out of town at the time, there is no report of what all if anything is missing. Investigation will continue.

Wed. Deadline for Office on Aging Trip to General Jackson

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is the last day for sign up for the Henry County Office on Aging trip this Friday to take a cruise on the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River in Nashville.

The cost of the trip is $61 per person and includes an afternoon cruise, lunch, and afternoon show on board the General Jackson. Plans are to leave from Central Community Building at 7:30am on Friday morning. For more information on the trip contact the Office on Aging at 642-2919.

Thunderstorms Win Out at Baseball, Softball District Tourneys

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team and Patriot Baseball team were playing just a few miles apart Tuesday evening when lightning and tornado sirens begin to go off all over Clarksville.

During the 3rd inning of the softball game, the Lady Patriots held a slight edge over Clarksville High on their home field 2-1. After attempting to wait out a lightning delay, teams and fans were moved inside to Clarksville High School as tornado watches and warnings were issued in Montgomery County.

Across town at Northeast High School, the Patriots baseball team were playing the home team Eagles and were tied 1-1, when the first lightning delay was called. The baseball teams and fans were also moved inside to Northeast High School to seek shelter in the thunderstorms and tornado watches.

After waiting for some time, both teams headed back to Paris and games will resume on Wednesday. The Lady Patriots will play at 5:30pm at Clarksville High School and will resume from the point they left off, with a 2-1 lead in the top of the 4th. The Patriot baseball team will play at 4:30pm at Northeast Wednesday afternoon and will pick up exactly where they left off when play was suspended. The Patriots are tied with Northeast in the top of the 4th inning and Henry County has a runner on third base with one out. If Northeast wins the game, the two teams will play an elimination game immediately after the suspended game is finished.

TN Economy Continues to Grow in FQ 2016

Nashville- An economic report released by the Secretary of State’s office this week shows Tennessee’s economy continues to grow in 2016 with no signs of stopping any time soon.

There were 9,546 new entity filings during the first quarter of 2016, representing a 9.9 percent increase of the same time last year. New entity filings have now grown for 18 consecutive quarters.

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is created to provide a periodic snapshot of the state’s economy based on a variety of information, including new business data from the Division of Business Services. It’s published through a partnership with Secretary of State Tre Hargett and the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

"Our data shows just how strong Tennessee’s economy is today and gives us an idea of how much stronger we will be moving forward," Secretary Hargett said.

Davidson County led the way with the most initial filings among the state’s four largest counties with 2,265. Shelby County had 1,716. Knox and Hamilton Counties rounded out the top four with 756 and 595 respectively.

Domestic limited liability corporations (LLCs) showed the largest year-over-years gains with a 16.1 percent increase, when tracking annual report submissions. Foreign entities followed (11.2 percent) along with domestic nonprofit corporations (8.3 percent).

Tennessee's March unemployment rate of 4.5 percent fell 0.4 percentage points compared to February. This marks the first time the state's unemployment rate fell below the national rate since February 2014. It's the lowest unemployment rate that the state has recorded since June 2007.

Cottage Grove School Recitation and Open House Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Cottage Grove School will have its annual recitation and open house Thursday May 12th at 6:30pm in the school’s chapel. Recitation will include presentations of students’ learning including poetry, scripture, and skits. Headmaster Jacque Jackson said, “We are pleased to celebrate our students’ achievements for the year.” The public is invited to attend and the period of refreshments will follow in the main classroom.

HCHD To Close Elkhorn Rd. For Culvert Replacement Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department plans to close Elkhorn Road on Wednesday May 11th for culvert replacement if weather permits. The closure will be 7 tenths of a mile west of Oak Grove Road South. The road will be open for evening traffic.

Air Evac Hosts Luncheon and Ribbon Cutting

Paris, Tenn.- Air Evac 123 hosted a luncheon for their partners in the field including EMS, EMTs, Law Enforcement, Dispatch, Hospital personnel, nurses, fire fighters, and other medical representatives and emergency personnel as part of National Hospital Week.

Throughout the month of May, each of these entities have a Nationally recognized week. Bruce Herrin was named EMT of the Year (pictured below) at the luncheon and a ribbon cutting was held as Air Evac celebrated their presence in Henry County. (Angie Case photos)

Career Coach at W.G. Library Until 2pm Tues.

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris on Tuesday May 10th from 10am to 2pm. Career Coach Staff will be on site helping people to create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov where there are more than 90K jobs available.

The Career Coach serves a mobile one-stop career center to deliver workforce services across the State of Tennessee. It is a resource to deliver services to areas that may lack access to workforce related services. For more information contact 615-741-8892.

MSU Dept. of JMC Receives Extended Accreditation

Photo: Murray State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications recently received good news as the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications extended the department’s accreditation for the next six years. In addition to a strong curriculum and committed faculty, students are given opportunities to grow professionally including involvement with the Public Relations Society of America, the Murray State News student newspaper and the Murray State Ads Club.

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications through the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business recently received good news as the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications extended the department’s accreditation for the next six years. Numerous positive qualities were attributed to the JMC department including enthusiastic faculty, engaged students, a strong curriculum and an excellent internship program. 

During the council’s visit in October, undergraduate programs in Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Television Production at Murray State were reviewed across topics regarding faculty, students and program offerings. 
Preparation for the visit began more than a year in advance when the department split its professors into teams of three to begin writing a self-study, which was edited by Dr. Marcie Hinton, Associate Professor of Public Relations.

“Every time Murray State JMC is evaluated and successfully recommended for reaccreditation, we immediately begin to look for what we can do better for the next round. The accreditation is a very above-average accomplishment, and we want to continue to go above and beyond expectations as a department,” said Hinton.

The team was particularly impressed with a number of aspects in the department including, but not limited to, the strategic and student-focused plan in both curriculum and career preparation, the robust and well-functioning record of the department with regard to assessment of student learning and the enthusiasm and diversity of the students and faculty.

The University has been accredited since 1986 and has been reaffirmed four times since. This year, Murray State was again found in compliance with all nine standards that make up the basis for the accreditation review.

“We at Murray State have been found in compliance with all nine of the standards for accreditation, and even looking back over the other evaluations in the eighties, they’re always impressed with the fact that our students know how to do things. … The report this year was 100 percent positive and very favorable of the department, and I’m very happy about that,” said Dr. Bob Lochte, JMC Department Chair.

Members of the accreditation team included committee chair Ford Risley from Pennsylvania State University, Shirley Staples Carter from the University of South Carolina, Dale Cressman from Brigham Young University, and retired newspaper publisher and executive with the Gannett Company, Charles Wanninger.

Man Arrested and Charged With Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Tyrail Jackson responded to an unwanted person at a White Street residence and found Jesse Applebee, age 24, of 11820 Old Paris Murray Road. Sgt. Reed and Cagle also came to the scene and during pat down, noticed something in a baggie on Applebee’s person. It turned out to be methamphetamine. Applebee was placed on $1K bond and charged with simple possession of schedule two and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a heating and air unit was stolen on Bunn School Road. Piping and wiring had been cut and a piece of the sawblade was left at the scene. There are no suspects and the value of the unit is $3K.

Cause of Cottage Grove Fire Unknown

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home in Cottage Grove is still being investigated by the Cottage Grove Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Michael Stewart said units arrived around 10pm and the mobile home, located on Hwy. 69N was fully engulfed in flames. Manpower from the Paris Fire Department and Water from the Puryear Fire Department aided Cottage Grove as they battled the blaze.

Stewart said units left around midnight, staying on scene for around two hours Monday evening. Witnesses appeared to have heard a vehicle drive off from the area and then the fire started. Sheriff’s Deputies asked firefighters to rope off the scene as they look into the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Reminder: Lady Pats Play at CHS Tues. 6:45pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots softball team will be back in action Tuesday night at Clarksville High in the District 10-AAA. The Lady Pats will play CHS at 6:45 in the winner’s bracket of the tournament.

Inman Middle School Chorus Concert Tues. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Chorus Concert will be held Tuesday May 10th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The 6th grade chorus concert will begin at 6pm, the 7th grade and 8th grade concert starts at 7pm. The event is free to the public.

Patriots Win Extra Inning Thriller Over Northeast 1-0

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot baseball team continued towards a shot at a District Tournament Championship by defeating #2 seed Northeast in a thriller 1-0 in 9 innings Monday night. The game was played at Northeast and Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh pitched all 9 innings, only giving up one hit against the Eagles. Pugh struck out 13 batters in a dominating performance Monday evening. The lone RBI came off the bat of Hunter Updyke in the top of the 9th inning.

Henry County will play in the winner's bracket at 7pm at Northeast on Tuesday night. The Patriots will play the winner of Tuesday's 4:30pm game in the loser's bracket, Northeast vs. West Creek, both teams they've already beaten in this tournament.

Budget Committee Receives First Draft of Proposed Budget

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the proposed budget as Budget Director Pat Hollingsworth and Commissioner Connie McSwain look it over. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session on Monday evening and were given a proposed budget for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year for the first time as the end of this fiscal year draws near.

County Mayor Brent Greer informed budget committee members that these are only a first, rough draft of the budget and includes a two and a half percent cost of living adjustment, or COLA, for county employees. Mayor Greer said they also estimated a 10% increase in Healthcare cost, but that could be a little higher in the long run.

As it stands currently, the need to balance the budget would require around $420K, although Mayor Greer said that is not too far off from what we projected this year to balance. The amount they planned to balance this fiscal year’s budget was in the $310-20K range, but they weren’t going to even need that much. The new budget does include the loss of revenue from housing Stewart County prisoners at the Henry County jail. Stewart County has completed their new jail and will no longer need to house any in Henry County, which will equal about $100K in loss of revenue in the next budget.

Mayor Greer said the county is going to end this fiscal year with an approximate $3.6M General Fund Balance and he sees no real major concerns with next year’s budget at this time.

Budget Director Pat Hollingsworth asked budget committee members to look over the proposed budgets and get back with her on any concerns or questions. Plans are to hold an afternoon of budget hearings with the major departments prior to June’s budget committee meeting if there are no major questions for other department budgets.

Mayor Greer: Tax Sale Went Well Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Greer discussed the tax sale that was held this past Friday as a significant number of properties were sold or bought by the county, bringing in over $604K. The county itself bought about $452K in parcels of properties and they will sit down with each municipality in the county to gage interest in whether they want the property or not. Mayor Greer said this was a great event and will clean up the tax rolls, getting old parcels off the books. Mayor Greer said a substantial number of delinquent taxes were collected as well and will benefit the county in the long run.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday night’s Budget Committee saw the committee approve transfers in the General Fund including moving $10K in unappropriated fund balance to pay fees to an outside consultant who was brought in to help the county save in their communications spending.

County Mayor Brent Greer told budget committee members the consultants found over $38K in savings for the county on fees they were paying with communication devices such as AT &T and others. The deal in the contract however, was that the firm received 50% of the savings as a payment in the first year, hence the transfer from unappropriated fund balance.

Other transfers approved by the budget committee on Monday night included moving money around to the tune of $3200 in the Sheriff’s Office budget for a new correctional officer and decreasing the unappropriated fund balance by $2400 in the airport budget due to a clerical error that caused an overage in payment. Airport manager Don Davenport will file a corrected report and the state will show the county a credit into the next fiscal year. The budget committee also approved a transfer in the EMA budget increasing it by over $15K for a homeland security grant.

HealthCare from the Heart Screening and Health Fair Kicks off National Hosp. Week

(Photos by Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- To kick off a week long celebration of National Hospital Week, Henry County Medical Center is hosting a Healthcare from the Heart Community Screening and Health Fair in the front lobby of HCMC until 2pm Monday.

Screenings offered include pulmonary function testing, sleep assessment, blood pressure checks and dex heel scans. There are several booths set up with information on many services that HCMC provides to our community including HCH and Plumley Rehab, Cardiac Rehab, Diabetes and Nutrition, Center for Orthopedic Wellness, Lake Haven, Center for Wellness and Rehab, Sleep Disorders Center, Paris Women's Center, Diagnostic Center, and the PHC Healthcare Foundation. There are also door prizes to register for and items that will be given away.

More Planned for National Hospital Week

Paris, Tenn.- The week long celebration of National Hospital will continue with a Chocolate Fountain and popcorn in the HCMC cafeteria from 2-4 and 9-11pm Monday evening.

On Tuesday, there will be a pancake breakfast in the cafeteria from 6:30am to 10am. Also Tuesday it's Ladies Night Out Women's Sip and Paint Conversation Party. This event is sponsored by Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN and HCMC and is open to the community. The Sip and Paint Party will be at Lee Academy for the Arts from 6-8pm Tuesday. You can pre-register by calling the Find Line at 644-3463.

Wednesday at 2:30pm, there will be a Service Awards Dessert Reception at the Cafeteria.

Thursday there will be a cookout in the Courtyard from 10:30am to 1:30pm and again from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and at 10pm.

Friday cakes provided by Inman Middle School, Partner's in Education will be at the Cafeteria and HCMC will be part of Grove's Career Day Friday.

Man Nabbed After Chase

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr. of the Paris Police Department observed a car with a broken tail light traveling on South Market St and identified the driver as Shamar Samuel, age 34, of 702 Mandalay Road. The vehicle began to evade Ptl. Dean, Jr. as he tried to initiate a traffic stop, according to the report at the Paris Police Department.

Ptl. Derrek Colley joined the pursuit and the car eventually crashed into a tree on Mandalay Road. Samuel then evaded on foot, running into his residence at 702 Mandalay. Ptl. Dean, Jr. and Colley went to the residence and noticed three children were in the home, Samuel was found inside. He was charged with evading arrest, three counts of child neglect, and driving without a license.

In another report, Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department noticed a passenger not wearing a seat belt in a blue and silver 87 Blazer and began to activate his blue lights. The passenger, identified as Ronald S. Webb, was shaking and nervous, and Ptl. McClure asked him to exit the vehicle and place his hands on the hood while a pat down was down. Webb began to pull out things out of his pocket and Ptl. McClure grabbed his arm as he was pulling out a gun. The gun fell to the ground, and Ptl. McClure immediately placed Webb into handcuffs.

A check of the gun revealed it to be loaded and more investigation revealed that Webb had prior felony convictions in Arkansas and the gun came back stolen. Webb said he took it from his brother and was going to turn it over to authorities. Webb will be charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Thefts Investigated by Cpl. Kemp

Paris, Tenn.- A couple of reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Forrest Kemp investigated a couple of burglaries over the weekend. One report stated a desktop computer was missing from Bird’s Creek Baptist Church and several drawers in the church were gone thru. It appeared someone entered the church thru the back door as pry marks were found.

Another report stated Cpl. Kemp responded to a theft on Clifty Road were several coins were missing, a watch, medicine, clothes, food items, and musical instruments. There are no suspects in either theft.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested April Marise, age 27, of Jackson and Thomas Roggers, age 37, of Lexington with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule two this weekend during a traffic stop. Both were placed on $1K bond.

Ptl. Zach Carper of the Paris Police Department charged JoePaul Hayes, age 25 of 109 S. Porter, with DUI after finding two open beers and Hayes not passing field sobriety tests.

Pats Play Northeast in District Tourney Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team will compete in the next round of the District 10-AAA Tournament Monday evening at 7pm against Northeast at their field in Clarksville. The Patriots beat West Creek 9-0 Friday night in their first District Tournament game. The tournament is double elimination so win or lose, the Patriots will play again Tuesday.

Lady Pats Travel to Clarksville High Tues. for District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Softball team won their first game of the District Tournament 11-0 Friday Night against Northeast. They will play Tuesday night at Clarksville High against Clarksville High at 6:45pm.

Paris Landing Fire Department Responds To Fire

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Fire Department, at approximately 2:30 am Sunday morning, Paris Landing Fire Dept. was dispatched to a report of a possible forest fire in the vicinity of Port Road at Russwood Shores.  A female subject had called 911 advising she could smell smoke and see flames from her house in that vicinity. 

Arriving units discovered a 2 story log home at 263 Port Road fully engulfed in flames with the roof falling in.  The house could not be saved and was a total loss with damage estimated at 250,000.00.  No one was at home at the time of the incident.

 The house is owned by Mrs. Ann Harris of Springfield, TN.  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.   4 trucks and 9 fire fighters were on the scene for 3 hours. 

P-Town Showdown Car Show Set for May 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The P-Town Showdown Car Show is set for May 21st at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The entry cost for a car, truck, or motorcycle is $25, $5 for the kids show, and $10 for vendors. All kids and vendors must pre-register before May 21st. Dash plates for the first 50 the pre-register for cars, trucks, and motorcycles before May 21st.

Mine Rescue Teams Held Competetion In Tennessee

Caryville, Tenn.- Thursday some of the most skilled metal/non-metal mine rescue teams from Tennessee, and surrounding areas, competed in a regional mine rescue contest at the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (TDLWD) Mine Safety Division office in Caryville, TN.

The TDLWD sponsored the regional contest that brought in four teams, and 40 mine rescuers, from Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee for the day long competition. Teams from Nyrstar in Strawberry Plains, TN, Carmeuse in Luttrell, TN, Carmeuse in Macon, GA, and the Eastern Kentucky Firedogs took part in the contest.

Mine rescue contests are designed to sharpen the skills and test the knowledge of teams who respond to underground emergencies.  Each team member was required to solve hypothetical problems during a field, first aid, and technical test, while being timed and observed by judges from the United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).  Each task is evaluated by complex rules set by the organization.

2nd Annual Sheriff's Shootout Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Sheriff's Shootout was held today at Holly Fork Shooting Complex. Sponsors of this event are HCSO, Tosh Farms and Edwards Farms. Shooters were awarded trophies in 3 different age groups in both trap and skeet. Lunch was provided for everyone & free tshirts. The following were winners:
Rookie Skeet:
1st, Braydon Tosh
Rookie Trap:
1st, Braydon Tosh; 2nd, Hudson Ceparulo; 3rd, Lane Parrish
Intermediate Skeet:
1st, Kyle Leuci; 2nd, Will Overton; 3rd, Wade Tucker
Intermediate Trap:
1st, Chasden Wade; 2nd, Parker Dyche; 3rd, Will Overton
Varsity Skeet:
1st, Drew James; 2nd, Stuart Archer; 3rd, Gray Gardner
Varsity Trap:
1st, Brandon Umstead; 2nd, Jesse Conrad; 3rd, Aaron Conrad

HCSO and HCPC Hosted Drug Take Back Day at McDonald's

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Prevention Coalition hosted a “drug take back” day from 9am to 1pm at McDonald’s in Paris this Saturday May 7th.

Citizens brought unused, unwanted, or expired medications for safe disposal. The first 50 participants received a personal medication lock box. The project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The drug take back day brought out a lot of people with their unused drugs and they said that the box was all but full of expired and old prescriptions.

Paris Fire Department Extinguish Fire

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Fire Department, at approximately 7:30 pm Friday May 6, Paris Landing Fire Department was dispatched to 360 Elkhorn Nobles Road for a report of a house on fire.  Arriving units found a double wide mobile home with heavy smoke coming from the structure. 

The fire was contained to a rear bedroom.  The occupants Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byars were home at the time and were able to get out safely.    They stated their son had been using the bedroom earlier and left.  A short time later Mrs.Byars found the bed on fire.  A dropped cigarette is the suspected cause.  Damage is estimated at 15,000.00, 3 trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene for 2 hours.

Chalk Crawl Brought Out The Artists

Paris, Tenn.- The Chalk Crawl that had been rescheduled brought just a small crowd as of all the sports going on this Saturday. The people that were out drawing were very enthusiastic and great artists at that. Hopefully enough next year the rain won’t drudge up the last few days of the Fish Fry and it’ll be a great turnout.

HCHS Softball To Move To Next Round

Paris, Tenn.- Friday evening the Henry County Patriot softball team won over Northeast 11-0. With Gracie Osbron hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the 5th to put the Lady Patriots over the 10 run rule to win the game.

The HC Patriot boys baseball will play Monday night againt Northeast at Northeast.

TCAT And Bethel University Enter Articulation Agreement

Paris, Tenn.- In a meeting Friday morning at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Bethel University and TCAT at McKenzie and Paris have entered into an articulation agreement. This articulation agreement formally recognizes Bethel University, TCAT McKenzie and TCAT Paris as educational institutions working together to provide educational opportunities for currently enrolled and potential students of their respective institutions.

The new agreement allows and Administrative Office Technology graduate to receive up to 30 hours of credit toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Bethel University. Available Bachelor Degree programs at Bethel include an on campus option in Management and Organizational Development or an online degree in Organizational Leadership.

Students transferring between the institutions must be in good standing at the TCAT and also meet Bethel University requirements (grade point average, etc.). Credit gained for transfer courses will be based on an evaluation of official transcripts issued directly by the credit-gaining institution.

TN Colleges of Applied Technology at McKenzie and Paris are delighted to partner with Bethel University in providing a focused pathway for TCAT graduates to continue their higher educational studies.

Road Closure For Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Copper Springs Road will be closed May 9th for culvert replacement (weather permitting). The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile southwest of Black Lane. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Teen Pregnancy Month Awareness

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Health is observing National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in communities across the state this May to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy as well as education and prevention efforts.

For more information about teen pregnancy programs and services, visit www.tn.gov/health.

Fire At The Fish Tank Extinguished By PFD

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report the Paris Fire Department responded to a structure fire at The Fish Tank. Upon arrival, Firefighter crews found heavy smoke visible and a fire at the rear of the building.

photos- Barron Robinson

Crews then forced entry into building and made an interior attack on the fire in the portion of building occupied by The Fish Tank. Paris Fire Department crew extinguished the fire and assisted the maintenance personnel to remove several animals and snakes from the building.

Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.


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