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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Scenes from the Livestock Auction Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Steer, goats, lambs, and hogs all were in full force Thursday during the Jr. Livestock Sale. Here are some of the scenes from the folks who raised the animals in the last year plus. We will have details of the winners on Friday. (Gary Benton photos)


Woolies Revue Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Emma Grace Dotson (bottom photo) wins in the jr. division of the Woolies Revue and Kara Barnhart (top photo) is champion of the sr. division. (Janice Benton photos)

HCBOE Hears Parents, Vows to Try Middle School Soccer Again

Parent Eric Stevens speaks in favor of keeping middle school soccer at Thursday's HCBOE meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular August session Thursday and Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton gave an update on the status of Middle School Soccer. Dr. Norton said the decision to eliminate the program for this upcoming year had nothing in reality to do with finances. He said it was discussed at the end of the 2016-17 year but he wanted to go one more year and see if the program could grow. At the end of this past school year, it was determined that rarely could the schools field 11 on 11.

The discussion to combine the three elementary teams into one County Middle School Soccer team was discussed at the time as well. He said moving to one team would require much more travel which we have tried to cut back on that at the middle school grades. Dr. Norton said, “it was not a financial decision, and we are not anti-soccer, but it was the question of whether we were actually teaching and playing soccer with what have now.”

Eric Stevens, parent of a soccer player who passed thru the middle school soccer program spoke at the beginning of the meeting in regards to doing away with the soccer program. He said middle soccer has made his son a kicker for the football team, a great teammate, and helped grow his love of sports.

Tass Smith, also spoke about the soccer program, saying she thought it was important to continue to program as well. She said there are college scholarships in soccer and combining the program is a great option.

Susanne Dunlap also spoke about her daughter having to play on travel teams and she hopes the board would reconsider.

Carla Klingenberg spoke as well, on behalf of her husband coach Klingenberg for HCHS soccer. She said we need feeder programs and there are scholarships available and she would hate to see the middle school program being abandoned.

The board then discussed the issue some more. Board member Rod Frey said “we have to give these kids opportunity who play this sport, I’m all for trying to combine this into one team and making it work at least for a couple of seasons.”

Frey then made a motion to have a combined county team at the Middle School level and start with boys’ soccer this spring and girls’ soccer next fall. He suggested playing in the same district with Inman. Frey said we should at least try it out for a couple years and he said he would even buy the uniforms.

Dr. Norton said “if this board agrees to allow for the travel, we are completely behind trying to make a soccer team work. Mr. Bell and I will proceed with having boys soccer at the Middle School level this Spring.”

The board unanimously approved to move forward with soccer at the middle school level. Plans will move forward with trying to field a boy’s team this Spring.

TN Higher Education Commission Data Shows HCHS Exceeding State Averages

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton went over some data from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission involving student statistics. Henry County High School saw its college going rate increase from 57.2% in the 2014-15 school year to 64.0% in the 2016-17 year. Statewide in 2016-17 the college going rate for high school seniors was under that at 63.4%.

The stats showed the average ACT score at HCHS was 20.8, for the state it was 20.1; the graduation rate was 92.2%, statewide it was 89.1%; the cohort dropout rate at HCHS was 3.6% and statewide it was 5.5%. The high school is also above state averages in percent of students filling out FASAs and TN Promise applications.

When choosing colleges and post-secondary education, HCHS students enrolled at Martin 33 times, Jackson State 23 times, Murray State 20 times, TCAT Paris 13 times, and Bethel 12 times.

The report also showed Henry County Board of Education had 500 employees, 2nd highest in the county only to Henry County Medical Center’s 575.

In his report towards the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Norton said the enrollment is basically around the 2900 mark as it was last year. He went over some goals to try to improve relationships with he and the board as based on board evaluations from last month. He said they will be closely monitoring the contracted company to clean the schools and they have been put on notice to make sure they meet the standards of cleanliness in the buildings this year.

Facilities Update, Bullying Report Given at HCBOE Meeting

John Akers goes over mainteance and project updates. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Maintenance Supervisor John Akers gave a facilities update to the board Thursday. He said the concrete pad is completed at the maintenance building and steel is ready to go up whenever it doesn’t rain. Demo of the front entrance of HCHS is set to begin Friday and front office demo will begin next week if all goes well. The gym HVAC is about 80% complete and going along well. Electrical is 99% done. The wood floor contractor is set to begin August 20th once the humidity is correct in the gym.

Akers said the visitor’s bleachers are being constructed and should be done soon. The Spring Sports building will bid in couple weeks.

Dr. Susan Burton presented the annual bullying report to the board Thursday as required for federal funding for anti-bullying materials. Dr. Burton said we always notify all stakeholders of the no discrimination policies thru advertising and billboards. She said there were no complains on civil rights issues last year. There were 8 harassment complaints were brought forth and 5 were determined that bullying occurred. No cases involved electric technology. All cases were closed before the report was filed.  

Natalie Clark Introduced at Student Rep. for this School Year

Paris, Tenn.- Natalie Clark was introduced as this year’s student representative on the board. The student representative has no voting power, but is there to bring up issues important to students. Last year was the first year of a student representative being present and Pierce Rose served the position until he graduated this past May. Natalie is a senior at HCHS and very active in many programs including the Speech and Debate team.

HCBOE Bids Doug Braden Adeu, Thanks Him for Service

Doug Braden presides over his final board meeting Thurs. night. Josh Frey was elected earlier this month to serve the 2nd district in that seat. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton also presented Board Chairman Doug Braden with a gavel plaque for his dedication and service to the school system and serving on the board for the last 8 years and last 2 as a chairman. Braden thanked the board, the principals, and teachers for all they do. In his last act as chairman Braden also appointed Jill Coker and Jim McCampbell to work on preparing a new contract for the director to come before the board in their January meeting.

Friday at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Activities Friday at the Henry County Fair include the Retiree Afternoon at 2pm, Commercial Beef Cattle Show at 5pm, Carnival opens at 5:30pm, the DPA Fashion Show is at 6pm, the Master Gardners Kids Planting event has been moved from 7pm to 6pm.

The USA Pullers Tractor Pull begins at 7pm with $10 admission, a clown circus is planned at the Pavilion at 7pm, and there’s another cash giveaway at the arena at 8:30pm Friday night. 

Ag Comm. Templeton Speaks to Rotary Club

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton continued his visit to Henry County Thurs. speaking at the Paris Rotary Club meeting. The commissioner addressed issues concerning the number one revenue source in the state of Tennessee, agriculture. (David Jackson photo)

Henry County has 9 licensed dairy farms of a little over 200 in the state. Madison County only has 1. The economic impact to Henry County alone by agriculture was nearly half billion dollars in 2012 and it hasn’t gone down even though recent tariff proposals could have a tremendous effect.

Technology is the future of agriculture, for example, a 4.5 acre plot of barley that was planted tended and harvested without a human footprint on it. Another example was a robotic cotton picker that picks the cotton bough as it opens.

“The farmer of today is not the farmer of tomorrow!” Farmers of thousands of acres and also like the “farmer” supplying products for 25 Nashville restaurants from the lot next to his house in the suburb beside his home. Templeton pointed out that 67,000 families of the residents in the state of Tennessee or about 2% are involved in agriculture. He closed by urging the Rotary Club and residents recognize what agriculture does for their lives providing food , clothing, and shelter for the world.

$10.5M in Workplace Safety Grants Available

Nashville- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making $10.5 million in workplace safety training grants available to nonprofit organizations across the country.  This opportunity to educate workers comes at a critical time as Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) has investigated more than 30 workplace fatalities across the state during the first eight months of 2018.
Three Susan Harwood Training Grants are available to fund Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants. Several types of nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for these grants, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.
“These grants and the training they can provide could have a tremendous impact on the Tennessee workplace,” said TOSHA Assistant Commissioner Steve Hawkins.“I encourage any of the eligible nonprofit organizations in Tennessee to take advantage of this opportunity by applying for these grants.”

The Susan Harwood Training Grant program supports the creation of in-person, hands-on training and educational programs including the development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers, who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers.

Targeted Topic Training grants support the development of quality training and educational programs that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards.

Training and Educational Materials Development grants support the development of quality classroom-ready training and educational materials that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards.

Capacity Building grants support organizations in developing a new ability for conducting occupational safety and health training programs.

Through August 7, TOSHA has investigated 31 workplace fatalities that come under the agency’s jurisdiction.  Those fatalities have occurred in every corner of Tennessee and involve many different industries. TOSHA investigated a total of 35 workplace fatalities during 2017.

“While the number of workplace fatalities has slowed, compared to the frequency at the beginning of the year, Tennessee is still on pace to have a record number of workplace deaths in 2018,” said Hawkins.  “The safety and health training covered by these grants is critical in keeping Tennessee’s workplaces safe, so employees can go home at the end of the day.”

Nonprofit organizations in Tennessee have less than a month to apply for the three available OSHA grants.  Harwood applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.  Grant writers can register to apply at Grants.gov and they can send questions about the application process to harwoodgrants@dol.gov.

Theft of Pistol from Truck Being Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of vandalism and theft from a truck at a Travis Lane residence. The victim told Dep. French he heard his dogs barking the night before and then found someone busted out a window in the truck, causing $500 in damage. Stolen from the truck was a Taurus pistol and holster with a total value of $600. There are no suspects at this time.

Ptl. Ashely Neumair of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop for expired tags and ended up arresting the passenger for active warrants. The driver didn’t have a license, just an ID and the passenger, identified as Angel Warren, 47, of 5200 Hwy. 79 S. She had active warrants for prescription drug fraud. Warren was arrested and placed on $5K bond.

Ag Commissioner Addresses Local Farmers

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioner of agriculture Jai Templeton addressed a group of about 70 farmers and family members at the Henry County Fairgrounds Thursday morning at a farmer appreciation breakfast put on by the fair board.

While in Paris, he will be speaking to the Paris Rotary club at Noon today. The former mayor of McNairy County, served as assistant Commissioner before becoming commissioner of agriculture 2014. (David Jackson photos)

Animals Lead the Activities Thurs. at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Animals take center stage Thursday at the Henry County Fair with the hog, lamb, steer and goat shows all going on beginning at 9am and continuing thru the day. Commercial exhibits are open again 5-9pm at the Commercial Building, the carnival starts at 5:30pm, the Old Country Store opens at 11am Thursday, and there is a Moon Pie eating contest at 6:45pm at the Commercial Building.

The Woolies Revue begins at 6pm and jr. livestock sale starts at 7pm. We will broadcast coverage of those on WLZK 94.1FM. The Madrigals will perform at 7:15pm on the Commercial Building Stage and the clown circus will once again be held at the pavilion at 7:15pm.

Grants Being Accepted for VFA by TN Forestry Division

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting grant applications for the 2018-19 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program from now until Sept. 14, 2018.Volunteer fire departments (VFDs) serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible for this 50% reimbursement grant. Grants will be awarded for qualifying purchases up to $6,000.

Last year, 115 VFDs received grants for a total amount of $264,368.Examples of qualifying purchases include personal protective equipment, firefighting hand tools, communications equipment, parts and supplies for engines, and training materials.“

All areas in Tennessee are susceptible to wildland fire,” State Forester David Arnold said. “We are proud to be able to support these firefighters who serve the rural areas that rely on volunteers for fire assistance.”

Applications must be submitted to the area’s Assistant District Forester. To qualify to apply, volunteer fire departments must have a current memorandum of understanding with the Division of Forestry.

In addition to this grant, 575 VFD firefighters received wildland fire training through the VFA program in 2017. For more information about the program and examples of items that can be purchased using VFA grant funds, please visit www.burnsafetn.org/vfa.html or contact Robin Bible at 865-837-5537.

Events Planned at Quinn Chapel Sat., Sun

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church’s Women’s Day Committee will sponsor an evening of music with various choirs both locally and from around the region. The event is Saturday at 6pm at the Church, located at 216 East Church Street.

On Sunday August 12th, Quinn Chapel will celebrate its homecoming and Church anniversary Dr. Janie Dowdy Dandridge and her congregation from Brown Chapel Chuch in Union City will be the guest. Services begin at 11:30am and everyone is invited.

Jones Mill Crossland Rd. Closed Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Jones Mill Crossland Road this Thursday August 9th for culvert replacement if weather permits. The closure will be between Terrapin Creek Road and Highway 140 West. Old Caldwell Road and Terrapin Creek Road may be used as alternate routes. The road should be open by late afternoon traffic.

Bethel Cemetery Meeting Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Bethel Cemetery meeting will be held this Saturday August 11th at 10am at the cemetery. Bids for mowing will be opened and donations will be accepted. If you can’t attend but would like to donate, mail donations to 1051 Forsythe Road, Buchanan, TN 38222.

Century Farms Honored at HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Nearly 50 people were able to attend the Henry County Century Farm luncheon at the Henry County Fair grounds on Wednesday and enjoyed barbeque pork and all the fixings from "Miss D's" Kitchen.  Fair board member Bobby Milam and his wife Donna prepared the entire meal and served the group in attendance. The group represents approximately 30, Century farms still in existence in Henry County. Chairman of the board, John Perkins, welcomed everyone to the event.

Dorothy "Dottie" Kendall wife of Joe Baker Kendall J., shared a history of the Kendall farms that originally was started in the 1820's by Baker's, as he is known to many in attendance, grandfather from five generations back. Peter Kendall lived from 1778-1862, moved to Henry County and married and raised his family in the 1800's. Dottie specifically pointed out the contributions that the "Kendall" wives had made in carrying on the Kendall Farm.  Baker and Dottie live today on the farm in the Sulphur Well area of Henry County.

Ag Commissioner Templeton to Address Farmers Thurs. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday morning the Henry County Fair Association will host Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton as he addresses farmers at a "Farmers Recognition Breakfast". Jai Templeton was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam and sworn in as Tennessee's 37th Commissioner of Agriculture in May 2016. Prior to joining the department as Deputy Commissioner in June 2011, he served as mayor of McNairy County, leading that county's successful efforts to reduce debt and increase fund balances without raising taxes during the economic recession. He is a sixth generation farmer producing grain, cotton, hay, timber and cattle. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 in the morning at the fair grounds.

Former Humphreys County Jailer Charged by TBI

Nashville- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a former jailer of the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office who stands accused of misconduct related to inmates.  

In June, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents began investigating Chrystal Michelle Krasinski (DOB 4-15-77). During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that, on occasions in March and April of this year, while working at the Humphreys County Jail, Krasinski brought several cellular phones into the jail for inmates and, on at least one occasion, had inappropriate sexual contact with an inmate while on duty. The county terminated Krasinski’s employment when the allegations surfaced.  

On Monday, the Humphreys County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging the New Johnsonville woman with one count of Official Misconduct, one count of Sexual Contact with Inmates, and two counts of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility. Authorities arrested her today and booked her into the Humphreys County Jail on $15,000 bond.

Charges Pending in SUV vs. Motorcycle Wreck from Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department responded to N. Market St. to an accident with injuries. Lt. Elkins arrived to find an SUV vs. a motorcycle and the driver of the motorcycle had pulled in front of the SUV and was down on the pavement with some injuries. During the investigation Lt. Elkins noticed the motorcycle had expired tags, and the driver Paul M. Wilson was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Wilson was taken to the hospital for injuries and when he gets out charges for suspended driver’s license, violation of registration, and violation of financial responsibility law are pending.

Stolen Car Found, Man Charged for Warrants

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol and found a 2017 Nissan Altima parked at a home on Memorial Drive. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day and Trey Cowans, was said to have stolen it and Dep. Watson thought Cowans might be at the address.

Dep. Watson went to the residence and didn’t find Cowans, but did find Davonte D. Davis, age 21, of Puryear, who had active warrants on him. During questioning, Davis later admitted he and Cowans were in the vehicle and some marijuana was in there as well. Davis was charged with aggravated robbery and violation of probation. Cowans is still at large at this time.

Fair Hosts August Chamber Coffee Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of Chamber members came to the Enoch Building to see all the displays of entries at the Henry County Fair Tuesday morning. The Fair was the host of the monthly Chamber Coffee. (David Jackson photos)

Dr. Robert Jackson Appointed as Interim President of MSU

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Board of Regents has named Dr. Robert Jackson interim president, effective August 16. A 1985 graduate of Murray State University, Jackson currently serves as the president of the MSU Foundation. 

“We are grateful that Bob has agreed to step in as the interim president. We are confident that his leadership experience and passion for Murray State will help us develop a renewed sense of momentum as we begin the process of a national search,” said Board of Regents Chairwoman Susan Guess. 
Jackson has served Murray State University in several capacities over the last decade including as co-chair of the University’s 2015-22 Strategic Plan and assumed the role of President of the MSU Foundation in 2013. Prior to that he was the associate vice president for institutional advancement and government relations where he successfully led the University’s “Hold Thy Banner High” Capital Campaign which raised more than $70 million. 
He thanked the Board for their confidence in his leadership. “This University has been here for nearly 100 years. I know that our entire campus community will rally in support of this fine institution. This is a special place,” he said. “Our best days are in front of us.”
He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Murray State University, a master’s degree in higher education from Antioch University and a doctoral degree in higher education from Western Kentucky University. 
In announcing the interim appointment, Guess once again thanked President Bob Davies for his leadership. “I want to express the Board’s sincere appreciation for Dr. Davies’ hard work and dedication. He has positioned us well for the future.” Davies, who announced last week that he had accepted the presidency at Central Michigan University, has served as the president of Murray State University since July 2014. 

25 Participants in Pet Show; Money raised for HCSO Animal Shelter

Paris, Tenn.- Over $300 was raised for the HCSD Animal Shelter with the 50/50 drawing at the Pet Show on Tuesday at the Fair. Over 25 participants were involved in the show. County Commissioner Marty Visser agreed to jump through a hoop to help raise money for the Animal Shelter and provided extra entertainment to the large crowd that packed the barn. Best in show at the pet show Best In Show Adult was Ozzy owned by Brent Jones and Best in Show age 12 and under was Duke owner by Sarah Beth Smith. (Michelle Hopkins photos)

Pets, Cornhole, Talent Show Highlight Tuesday at Fair

Paris, Tenn.- It was hot and humid all around Tuesday evening, but a huge crowd packed the livestock barn for the Pet Show. Several pets including dogs, a goat, and others were entered into many categories. Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson served as the Emcee once again. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

16 teams competed in the corn hole tournament Tuesday night in a d double elimination format. In first place was Russell Tabers and Stanley Hale from Murray who won $320, Justin Bruce and Jerry Stallions of Paris won $150, and in third place winning $50 was Paris's Randy McClain and Chris Hudson.

The Talent show had three competitors in the under 12 year old category and two in the 12 to 19 year old category. There were singers and a tap dancer to entertain the crowd.

Top photo Dallas Craig sings during the Talent Show. Bottom photo lots on dispaly in the Enoch Building as entries have been judged.

The carnvial was also up and running Tuesday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Hummingbird Banding Event at TN NWR This Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host their annual Hummingbird Banding event this Saturday August 11st from 9am to 3pm. The event will be held at the Visitor Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

Cynthia Routledge, federally licensed Master Bander from Southeast Avian Research in Clarksville, will return to lead the banding demonstrations. Using specifically designed tools, Routledge will band each captured hummingbird with a band that has a unique number, like a bird social security number. She then takes a series of measurements to determine age and sex and then releases the bird.

All information is carefully recorded and turned into the Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. These banding events help give information about the lives and habits of hummingbirds, migration routes, population trends and more.

Banding will take place on the Visitors Center’s Back Porch and a program on the birds will be presented 11am to 1pm. The day includes fun for the whole family with arts and crafts, coloring activities, and more.

Friends of the TN NWR will have lunch meals and drinks for sale on the patio and all proceeds will benefit hosting future education programs. The event is free, call 642-2091 for more information.

Full Day Wednesday at HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Things begin early Wednesday at the Henry County Fair with Jr. Market Hog entries accepted at 6am, the Chamber Coffee is at 8am, flower basket entries accepted from 9-11am, a children’s garden event at 4pm, the Old Country Store is open 11am-8pm, Commercial Exhibits open from 5-9pm.

Wednesday is Family Night with discount armbands at the Carnival when it starts at 5:30pm. The Omega Force Strength Team will be at the arena at 7pm, and the Clown Circus is at the Pavilion at 7pm.

McDonald's FB Challenge Set for Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 McDonald’s High School Football Challenge is set for Patriot Stadium this Friday night August 10th as a precursor to the regular season which begins next week. Team will play two quarters apiece admission is $7 and concessions will be sold. Here is the lineup: 5:30pm Murray High vs. West Carroll; 6:30pm Martin Westview vs. Stewart County; 7:30pm Dresden vs. Hickman County; 8:30pm Waverly vs. Henry County; 9:30pm Milan vs. McKenzie.

Henry County's Betsy Allison Up for Supervisor of the Year

Nashville- Henry County's Betsy Allison, Director of Grades 9-12 Curriculum and Instruction Career and Technical Education, has been named as one of nine finalist for Tennessee Supervisor of the Year.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the nine finalists for the 2018-19 Tennessee Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards today. The finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division (West, Middle, and East).  

“We know that strong leadership plays a key role in the ultimate success of our students, schools, and state, and these 18 finalists represent some of the best leaders in Tennessee,” McQueen said. “It is an honor to recognize them for their years of dedication to our students and their track records of success.” 

The Tennessee Principal of the Year award is given annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives overall improvements in his or her school. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of three years' experience as a principal and a minimum of five years' experience in Tennessee public schools. In addition, all nominees must have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

Each year an outstanding public school supervisor earns distinction as the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate a record of implementing innovative programs and managing and motivating students and faculties. Additionally, the nominees must have a minimum of three years' experience as an administrator and a minimum of five years' experience in Tennessee public schools.

Principal and Supervisor of the Year finalists will proceed to an in-person interview that will be held in in the coming months where each will meet with a panel of interviewers made up of department staff and other education leaders. Winners for each Grand Division and the Tennessee Principal and Supervisor of the Year will be selected from this group and announced at a banquet on Oct. 4, during the department’s LEAD Conference in Nashville.

UTM, Under Armour Announce Partnership

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin and Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA, UAA) announced a new partnership agreement. The Baltimore-based global leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment will become the official outfitter of UT Martin beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.   

As part of the multi-year agreement, Under Armour will provide on-field and training gear for 21 varsity sports. Additionally, Under Armour will outfit members of the athletic department including coaches and staff.           

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Under Armour,” Skyhawk athletic director Kurt McGuffin said. “Our branding and visibility is very important here at UT Martin and we are proud that Under Armour will be representing our athletic department for many years to come.”            

The new official outfitter agreement includes marketing entitlement that will complement Under Armour’s brand marketing campaigns through print and venue presence at the University.            

UT Martin competes in the Ohio Valley Conference in the NCAA Division I ranks while the Skyhawk equestrian program is a member of the United Equestrian Conference in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and the UT Martin rodeo program competes in the Ozark Region in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.            

UT Martin joins the growing Under Armour roster of NCAA partners that includes the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, University of Wisconsin, University of Notre Dame, Naval Academy Athletic Association, University of Maryland, Texas Tech University, Northwestern University, University of Cincinnati, Boston College, University of Utah, University of South Carolina and Auburn University.

New TBI Dep. Director Announced

Nashville- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch announced his choice today for the agency’s next Deputy Director, selecting a respected and experienced law enforcement leader from among the agency’s ranks.  

Rausch has selected Brad Nealon, who currently serves as Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division in TBI’s East Region. Nealon has been with the TBI for 14 years and has a total of more than 27 years of law enforcement experience. Before he joined TBI in 2004, Nealon served with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, working as the agency’s Chief Deputy from 1998 to 2004.

“From my first encounter with Brad, and each subsequent time I was around him, Brad impressed me with his demeanor and specifically in the manner in which he treated others and their obvious care and respect for him,” said Rausch. “He loves the Bureau and it has been clear to me the Bureau family loves him.”  

Nealon will begin his new duties at TBI Headquarters in Nashville on August 20th.

HCHS Golf Splits with Dickson County

Dickson, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots and Patriots Golf Team played at the Greystone in Dickson on Monday. The Lady Patriots shot a 94 and Dickson County’s ladies a 112. Bentley Irby had a 46 and Annie Veazey 48.

For the boys Henry County shot a 178 but was bested by Dickson’s 150. Individually for Henry County Eli Ridgeway had a 35, Jameson Robbins a 41, Jack Foster a 47, and Chase Wyrick a 55.

Queens, Cars, and Cash at the Fair Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair was a happening place Monday with pageants, the classic car cruise-in, and a cash giveaway all part of the fun activities. Greg Scott (above photo) was the big winner in the cash giveaway as he grabbed $278. Other cash winners were Jennifer Wright who grabbed $143, and Jennifer Cary who grabbed $165. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

In the Little Miss Pageant, Farrah Kate Espinosa, daughter of Danny Espinosa, was crowned Queen; 1st Maid Landry Kate Flowers, daugther of Lydia Flowers, and 2nd Maid Mia Kate Scott, daughter of Haley Clary.

Queen in the Jr. Miss was Farrah Jolee McDurmon, daughter of Patrick and Shawna McDurmon. 1st Maid was Kinsley Grace Wilson, daughter of Sara Wilson and Kelsey Robinson. 2nd Maid was Madelin Gottshall, daughter of Todd and Megan Gottshall.

In the Miss Pre-Teen, Halle Ann Casey, daughter of John and CeCilia Casey was crowned Queen. 1st Maid was Laney King, daughter of Derek King and Tabitha Cole. 2nd Maid was Lily Morris, daughter of Brad and Pam Hosford.

The Classic Car Cruise-in was well attended also Monday night as 21 cars jam packed the pavilion. A large crowed purused the cars and enjoyed music from the Barons.

(Kathy Ray Photos)

HCHF and HCMC Smoking Cessation Classes Begin Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the Henry County Medical Center will offer the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program starting Tuesday August 7th from 4:30-6pm. This is the beginning of a 7 week class to help you learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so you can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in your pocket, and healthier relationships. Classes will be held Tuesdays August 7th thru September 11th and one Thursday class on August 23rd. Classes will meet at 4:30pm in the HCMC Private Dining room.

Stopping cutting can cut your risk for heart disease in half just one year after quitting. Each year 8.6M people in the U.S. smoke with tobacco use being the leading preventable cause of death. Cigarettes contain more than 7K chemicals, at least 69 are known to cause cancer. Smoking raises blood pressure and stresses the heart, increasing your risk for heart disease.

To sign up for the class, call the HCMC Findline at 644-3463 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Tues. at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday’s fair activities include viewing of all exhibits from 1-8pm in the Community building, the carnival opens at 5:30pm, guess the weight of watermelons and pumpkins, a pet show at the livestock barn starts at 6pm, a cornhole tournament at 6:30pm, and a talent contest at 7pm.

HCMC to Host Health Screening at Sparks St. Church of Christ Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will host a health screening at Sparks Street Church of Christ, located at 109 Sparks Street on Tuesday August 7th from 8:30am to 10:30am.

All screenings will be performed on-site, using point of care fingerstick machines. Results will be available immediately. Checks for blood sugar, osteoporosis, and blood pressure checks will be free. Total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and full lipid panel will be offered for $10. Fasting for 6 hours is encouraged for accurate results. For questions call 644-8269.

Farmer's Market Moving to FUMC Due to Fair Week

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the Henry County Fair being at the Fairgrounds this week the Farmer’s Market will move from that location and set up in the parking lot of First United Methodist. The Farmer’s Market will be held Tuesday and Friday at 3pm until about 6pm or sold out. The Market will return to the fairgrounds next week.

Thefts Reported, Soybeans Destroyed Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a resident of Oak Hill Drive. Someone appeared to have broken into the home and knocked mounts off the wall and ransacked the home. Food was stolen from the fridge inside the home. A Hummingbird depth finder was stolen from the boat outside in the shed. Also three batteries were stolen and the boat’s fuel line was cut along with cuts in the seats on the boat. There is a possible suspect but no arrests have been made.

Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of two window air conditioner units from a home on Chandler Road. The value of the items is $700 and there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report for a gun stolen in a truck on Country Club Road. There are no suspects and the value of the gun is $220.

Sgt. Blake Jenkins of the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a home on Mockingbird Avenue being trashed and broken into. Nothing appeared to be missing from the home and investigation is continuing.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated Dep. Phillip Barton took a report where someone drove thru a Soybean field and ruined 300 bushels of Soybeans. The value of the damage is around $3K.

Monday's HC Fair Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- Monday’s activities at the Henry County Fair include adult and youth department entries accepted until 6pm. There will be a cruise-in with classic cars and trucks and music featured by the Barons beginning at 5:30pm at the Pavilion. The carnival opens with armbands or tickets at 5:30pm, and the Little Miss, Jr. Miss, and Miss Pre-Teen pageants will be held at 6:30pm at the Commercial Building. A cash giveaway will also be held after the pageants.

Youth Grilling Competition Part of Sunday's Fair Activities

Paris, Tenn.- 12 youngsters competed in a youth grilling competition at the Henry County Fair on  Sunday afternoon. They were judged in beef, lamb, poultry, and pork. Here are the winners.

In beef division: Evan Martin, 1st place Jr High; Shylamar Haley, 1st Senior High and overall high score; Jonathan Hawbaker, 2nd jr high; Colby Duke, 2nd sr high.

For lamb: Dixie Bennett, 1st place jr high and overall high score; Christian Hawbaker, 1st place sr high.

Poultry finishers: Hansford Scott, 1st place sr high and overall high score; Ayla Gooch, 2nd place jr high; Ella Seaton, 1st place jr high.

Pork: Taylor Hall, 2nd place jr high; Sadie Duke, 1st place jr high; Daisy Bennett, 1st place sr high and overall high score.

Baby Barnyard Revues Held Sunday at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Baby Barnyard Revues were held at the Fair on Sunday afternoon. Here are the winners. For Girls 0-6 months Queen Sophie Cutherbertson, daughter of Luke and Kristin Cuthbertson; 1st Maid Eden Elizabeth Porter, daughter of Miles Porter and Caylee Hall; 2nd Maid Evelyn Van Dyke, daughter of Gabrielle Vandyke. Boys 0-6 months: King Jamison O’Neal Long, son of Malcolm and Brittany Long; 1st Paige Jamary James Pinkston, son of Jasmyn Pinkston and Larry Kendall; 2nd Paige Eli Graham Boyd, son of Adam and McKenzie Boyd. (Mechelle Robbins photos)

7-11 Month Girls: Queen Avery Kate Butler, daughter of Valerie and Griffin Butler; 1st Maid Karis Laine Stutzman, daughter of Justin and Cortney Stutzman; and 2nd Maid Gionna Godbott, daughter of Jeremiah Godbott and Lacey Wilson. 7-11 month boys: King Augustus Anthony Young, son of Chance and Gretchen Young; 1st Paige Brayden Malone, son of Ben and April Malone; 2nd Paige Mazi Williams, son of Stanon Williams.

12-17 month Girls: Queen Saige Paxton Foust, daughter of Sarah and Derrick Foust; 1st Maid Clara Ann Allen, daughter of Shelby Beechum and Tyler Allen; 2nd Maid Vivian Mattingly, daughter of Haley Mattingly and Byron Johnson. 12-17 month Boys: King Benjamin Scanlan, son of Chris and Amber Scanlan; 1st Paige Cash Causey, son of Brittany Causey; 2nd Paige Jackson Ray Williams, son of Michael and Amy Williams.

18-23 month Girls: Queen Andi Leigh Wade, daughter of Hunter and Amber Wade; 1st Maid Isabella Grace Poteete, daughter of Nolan and Shonna Poteete, 2nd Maid Nellie Liinsey, daughter of Ryan and Candice Lindsey. 18-23 month Boys: King Kaison Armas, son of Josh and Kristina Armas.

2 year old Girls: Queen Emery Lynn Brown, daughter of Phillip and Rickkilynn Brown; 1st Maid Emerson Ellie Lee, daughter of Ethan and Emily Lee; 2nd Maid Arayana Skinner, daughter of Wendy Ramsey and Trae Skinner. 2 year old Boys: King Khaza McKinnie, son of Stannon Williams; 1st Paige Chase Michael Gafford, son of Amanda and Stephen Gafford; 2nd Paige Connor Darrin Sipes, son of Jillian Barnes and Daniel Sipes.

3 year old Girls: Queen Paislee Jane Young, daughter of Chance and Gretchen Young; 1st Maid Londyn Kate Rice, daughter of Dillon and Olivia Rice; 2nd Maid Adalynn Grace Anderson, daughter of Leah and Stephen Anderson. 3 year old Boys: King Bradley Scanlan, son of Chris and Amber Scanlan; 1st Paige Liam Causey, son of Brittany Causey.

HCHD Closing Ben Smith Road on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Ben Smith Road on Tuesday August 7th for culvert replacement. The closure will be one tenth of a mile southwest of Melton Road. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Alyssa Kaye Wade Named 2018 Fairest of the Fair

The fairest of the fair court 1st Maid Roezanna Godbot, Fairest of the Fair Alyssa Wade, 2nd Maid Elizabeth Hope Hutson, and 3rd Maid Elizabeth Paige Alexander.

Paris, Tenn.- Alyssa Kaye Wade was crowned Fairest of the Fair Saturday night in front a of large crowd at the Commercial Building. Her court included 1st Maid Roezanna Godbott, 2nd Maid Elizabeth Hope Hutson, and 3rd Maid Elizabeth Paige Alexander. 8 ladies competed for the crown Saturday night. More pageants will be held Sunday and Monday at the Fair. (Tracey Beasley photos)

11 Young Ladies Compete in Miss Teen Pageant at Fair

Paris, Tenn.- 11 young ladies competed in the Miss Teen Pageant at the Henry County Fair as it kicked off Saturday night. In the Miss Teen pageant McKenna thrower was crowned queen, 1st Maid was Jessica Whalen, and 2nd Maid was Avery Cox. (Photos Tracey Bealsey)

Top photo: Queen McKenna Thower. Bottom photo: The entire group of contestants.

21 Teams Compete in 8th Annual HC BBQ Cook Off

Swine Crue took Grand Champion at Saturdays HC BBQ Cook Off. (Donna Milam photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Mule Barn hosted the 8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off Friday night and Saturday and a great time was had in the hot weather for teams from 5 states that came to compete. The Grand Champions of the HC BBQ Cook Off this year was Swine Crue with a total score of 767.5. The team won a huge trophy and $1000 in cash. Reserve Champion with a score of 762.04 was Big Orange Smokers. Que-n-Brew finished 3rd overall in the cookoff with just over 760 points.

In the category of Brisket, DC Backyard Smokers won 1st, Honey Fire BBQ won 2nd, and Heavenly Manna BBQ took 3rd.

For Ribs, Swine Crue grabbed 1st, Big Orange Smokers took 2nd, and Big B's BBQ grabbed 3rd place.

In Shoulder, or pulled pork, Big Orange Smokers were 1st, Big B's BBQ took 2nd, and Smelly Butts BBQ grabbed 3rd.

Taking 1st in Chicken was Que N Brew, Smelly Butts BBQ took 2nd, and finishing 3rd in Chicken was Swine Crue.

Reserve Champion Big Orange Smokers took home $500.

Alabama High Schools Take 1st, 2nd in National Bass Fishing Championships

A team from Briarwood Christian School wins the National championship in High School Bass fishing. (Gary Benton photos)

Paris, Tenn.- After the field at the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series was narrowed to 12 teams late Friday, the 12 teams took to the waters of Kentucky lake on a hot day Saturday to try to grab the National championship. Weigh-ins Saturday were held in front of a large crowd in downtown Paris and a team from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama grabbed the National title. In 3 days of fishing, anglers, Grayson Morris and Mason Smith caught 50 lb. 2 oz. of bass including 18 pounds 9 oz on Saturday. They each took $2K in scholarship money, Abu Garcia rods and reels, and were offered $28K scholarships by Bethel University.

A team from Headland, Alabama finished 2nd in the tournament with total weight of 40 pounds 10 ounces. Headland's anglers of Gracie Herbold and Aaron Cherry also won scholarship money and offered a Bethel University scholarship as well.

A couple of Tennessee teams finished in the top 12. Henry County High School sent two teams this year and they competed but fell short of the top 12. Thousands of dollars in scholarship money and prizes were awarded during the event.

A huge crowd was on hand Saturday for the weigh-ins downtown. (Gary Benton photos)

Two Separate Incidents Net Arrests for Driving on Revoked

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Blake Jenkins and Dep. Kyle Waldron both arrested men on driving on revoked charges over the weekend. Sgt. Jenkins charged Justin B. Kennedy, age 36, of Brownsville, for driving on revoked. Dep. Waldron charged Ryan A. Hargrove, age 22, of Hwy. 69 S. for driving on revoked and placed him on $1500 bond.

Good Crowd at Friday's Farmer's Market; Will Move Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- Friday afternoon there was a large crowd visit the Farmer's Market at the Fairgrounds. Next week, because of the Fair, the farmer's market will move to First United Methodist Church. (Janice Benton photo)

HC Fair Gets Underway This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The 2018 Henry County Fair gets rocking on Saturday with the Miss Teen and Fairest of the Fair pageants at the Commercial Building Stage starting at 6:30pm. Admission is $5 for the pageants. On Sunday the Baby Barnyard Pageants will be held starting at 1:30pm with $5 admission. Also Sunday from 2-4pm there will be a Youth Grilling Competition at the Pavilion.

The fair will continue all next week and this year’s theme is Home Grown Memories. There will be more pageants, cash giveaways, the carnival, clown circuses, and much more.

UTM Final Orientation for Fall is Aug. 10th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host a final orientation and registration session Aug. 10 for any students who have not yet attended an on-campus orientation. Attendance at an orientation session is mandatory for all incoming freshman.

Students must have received an official acceptance letter from UT Martin to attend orientation. Registration is $45 per student and $20 per additional guest, including parents, guardians, siblings and friends. No tuition or fee payments are due until Aug. 22.

Orientation begins with check-in and an administrative fair at 8 a.m. An official welcome will begin at 8:45. Break-out sessions discussing Greek life, student organizations, travel-study opportunities and the transition to college will be held later in the morning.

Additional sessions in housing, dining options, academic success, choosing a major and purchasing textbooks will follow lunch in the Skyhawk Dining Hall. Students will then meet with a faculty adviser to register for classes beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Special sessions for parents will help families learn more about college life at UT Martin and the expectations students will experience both from the campus community and the academic faculty. A departmental panel will host representatives from the offices of public safety, student life, disability services, student success, First-Year Initiative, and career planning and development to discuss their respective areas.

Visit utm.edu/soar to register. If you have not yet attended an orientation session and cannot participate on Aug. 10, contact Mary Wiggins, assistant director of admissions, at 731-881-7740 or munger@utm.edu as soon as possible to discuss alternate accommodations.

For more information or assistance, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020.

Murray State to Host 11 Racer One Stops for Current Students

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will host 11 Racer One Stop dates for current students throughout the month of August in addition to providing on-site admissions staff and resources for prospective students who are interested in attending the University for the fall 2018 semester.

Racer One Stop, which began in 2017, provides one convenient location inside the Curris Center Stables for students to receive information and have questions answered for a variety of resources, including billing, financial aid, registration, scholarships, veteran’s affairs and housing.

Fall 2018 dates for Racer One Stop are as follows: Aug. 7–10, 13, 16–17 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug.14–15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prospective students can also be admitted and enrolled for the fall 2018 semester on these dates, pending University admission requirements. Individuals seeking admission for the fall 2018 semester must bring their high school transcript.

University advisors will be on site to assist individuals with planning their upcoming semester of courses. The standard application fee will be waived for those who apply for on-site admission during Racer One Stop dates. Prospective students may also apply online at murraystate.edu/apply or call the Office of Admissions at 800-272-4678.

Classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Murray campus and all regional campus sites.

Benton, Ky Man Dies in Wreck

Benton, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police Post 1 received a call from Marshall County Dispatch of a motorcycle collision at the intersection of KY 348 and Cone Road in Benton at approximately 6:15 P.M. Thursday

Preliminary investigation shows Jack R. Clark Jr, 54 of Benton, Ky. was traveling west on KY 348 operating a Kawasaki Motorcycle. Robin M Caruso, 39 of Benton, KY was operating a Dodge Magnum traveling west bound on KY 348 and had stopped to turn left onto Cone Road. For an unknown reason Mr. Clark failed to stop and ran into the stopped car, after striking the rear end of the car, Mr. Clark, and his motorcycle crossed into the east bound lane and was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe, being operated by Todd A. Whitis, 43 of Mayfield, KY. Who was travelling east bound on KY 348. Clark was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Clark was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Marshall County Coroner.

KSP Collision Reconstructionist Detective Michael Robichaud and KSP Trooper Aaron Jestes was assisted on the scene by the Marshall County EMS, Marshall County Coroner, Benton Police Department, Benton Fire Department, and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

MSU President Bob Davies Submits Resignation

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University President Bob Davies has announced his resignation, effective September 1. The University’s Board of Regents is expected to move quickly to name an interim president to ensure a seamless transition as the University prepares for a national presidential search. 

Known for his student-centered philosophy, commitment to the community, unyielding advocacy for higher education and inclusive leadership style, Dr. Robert O. Davies has served as the president of Murray State University since July 2014.
“On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to thank President Davies for his leadership, service and commitment to our student-centered vision at Murray State University over the past four years,” said Susan Guess, board chairwoman. “Together, we have celebrated many accomplishments and faced challenges head on. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
During Davies’ tenure, the University developed the 2015-22 Strategic Plan that focuses on four pillars: 1) academic quality; 2) student success; 3) research, scholarship and creative activities; and 4) community engagement. The University created an Honors College, introduced and invested in a progressive new scholarship model, broke ground for two new academic buildings, opened Franklin Residential Hall and launched a new strategic marketing plan.
Davies thanked Murray State’s outstanding Board of Regents, faculty, staff, students and alumni for their dedication and support during his presidency. “I have learned greatly from each of you and I know Murray State will continue to be a premiere University well into the future,” said Davies.  “My family and I will always remember the tremendous friendships and memories that are based in Murray and west Kentucky. We are extremely grateful.”

HCHS Golf Team Competes in First Match of Season

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Golf competed in their first match of the year Thursday at Paris Landing State Park. In boys action, Houston County won the match with a 164, Henry County finished with a 178, and Stewart County finished with a 183. Individually for Henry County Eli Ridgeway shot a 37, Dalton Dodd a 46, Jameson Robbins a 47, and Jack Foster, a 48.

For the ladies, Henry County shot a 106, but were bested by Stewart County’s 102. Individually Bentley Irby shot a 47 for the Lady Pats and Annie Veazey had a 59.

Ann and Dave's Hosting Plus Endowment Breakfast and Bake Sale on Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Ann & Dave’s Kitchen, located at 2613 East Wood Street, will host the annual Plus Endowment Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser this Saturday August 4th from 6am to 11am. Tips from celebrity waiters and waitress and a portion of breakfast sales will go towards Plus Endowment.  

Coach Counce Speaks to Rotary About Upcoming Season

Paris, Tenn.- James Counce, Jr., HCHS head football coach, spoke to the Rotary Club about the upcoming season on Thursday. Friday night the Patriots will be playing Montgomery Bell Academy varsity at 5:30 and JV at 6:30. MBA has two players who’ve already signed with Nebraska and Tennessee.

Counce emphasized that the off season has seen a good growth period for the Patriots. The Patriots will bring 23 seniors to the season including two senior managers. Counce also talked about new staff and volunteers that will be assisting this year including Andrew Jelks who returns from the NFL as an assistant to the line coach. (David Jackson photo)

Henry County Votes Griffey, Boyd, Blackburn

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County voters thought it was a time for change at the 75 District House of Representatives as they voted for challenger Bruce Griffey over incumbent Tim Wirgau by a 55.87% to 44.0% margin. Griffey took 3,039 votes in Henry County and Wirgau grabbed 2,393 votes. Griffey also won Benton County with 1,802 votes compared to Wirgau’s 1,062 votes. Stewart County voters choose Griffey by a 1,539 to 1,092 margin. Griffey will face off against Democractic winner Richard Carl in November.  

Henry County supported Randy Boyd in the republican primary Governor’s race as he grabbed 42.36% or 2,309 votes. Bill Lee finished 2nd in Henry County with 1,264 votes and Diane Black grabbed 1,184 votes for 3rd. Lee won the race across the state and will face off against Karl Dean for Governor who won the democratic nomination, in November’s election.

The race for U.S. Senate will pit Marsha Blackburn on the republican side and former Governor Phil Bredesen on the democratic side, both who took the state totals and Henry County.

Greer Wins County Mayor; Wilson Circuit Court; New 3rd District Commissioner Elected

Paris, Tenn.- In local races, County Mayor Brent Greer will keep his seat as Henry County overwhelmingly supported his re-election bid as he grabbed 4298 votes to Garry Phillips 2,337 votes.

A new county commissioner will take over in the 3rd district as incumbent Paul Mathenia was beaten by 3 votes. The race had 6 people running for the 3 seats. Incumbent Monte Starks led the way with 967 votes, challenger Jerry Berry had 823 votes, incumbent Marty Visser took 624 votes for the top three. Paul Mathenia finished with 621 votes, Dennis Garcia had 437, and Bill Bailey came in with 295.

Incumbent Mike Wilson retained his seat on the Circuit Court Clerk defeating challenger Eddie Forrest by a 62% to 38% margin. Wilson took 4,023 votes and Forrest 2,483 votes.

Josh Frey will be the new Henry County School Board member in the 2nd district after he challenged and defeated incumbent Doug Braden 687 to 505 votes respectively.

Thomas Bell took the most votes in the 3rd District Constable Race with 965, followed by Adam Gursoy at 297, and Charles Jacques, Jr. with 125.

County Commissioner race totals for incumbents with opposition are as follows in District 1 Randy Gean 835, Wes Bradley 735, and Don Jones 689; District 2 Paul Neal, 798, Kreg Kyle 741, and Drew Williams 605; District 4 Kenneth Humphreys had 502 votes, James Copeland 418, and Dell Carter 389; and in District 5 David Webb grabbed 1127 votes, James Travis 913, and Greg Carter 861.

Out of Henry County’s registered voters of 19,225, 6,949 voted in the August Election. More voted Early Voting or Absentee with 3,897 and 3,052 voting on Election Day Thursday. Voter turnout for this election was 36.15%.

City Comm. Gives BPU OK on Moving Forward with USDA-RD Loan

BPU GM Terry Wimberley discusses the USDA-RD loan BPU is trying to obtain. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, the City heard from Terry Wimberley, General Manager  of BPU, for the Board of Public Utilities to pursue a USDA Rural Development loan to fund phase two of the Water Treatment plant construction. Wimberley had said the State Revolving Fund process has become arduous as they have awaited approval for 9 months and still haven’t received it. The design for Phase 2 has been completed for nearly a year now.

Thru USDA-RD, BPU could get a $7.2M loan, with a $1M grant added at a 2.3% interest rate for 38 years. This allows local banks a two year loan opportunity for the construction phase of the project which cost around $180K. Debt service on the USDA-RD is supported by previous BPU action in a series of water rate increases.

Wimberley said the State Comptroller wants to review the loan since it will be used to pay off previous debt to debt service the project. The City approved the USDA-RD portion of the resolution, the remainder of the loan resolutions will need to come back to the Commission at their September meeting.

Retail Sales See Increase in May, Remain Ahead FY to Date

Commissioners Sam Tharpe and Gayle Griffith listen as the financial report is given.

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon reported to the Commission that the City’s Retail sales had increased 5.54% this May compared to last May and year to date the City of Paris is up 2.92% in retail sales.

General Fund revenues for the City were over expenditures in June with no out of the ordinary expenses. Shannon told commissioners that they City ended the fiscal year June 30th on a high note with unaudited numbers showing revenues very close to the amount budgeted and expenditures were significantly lower than expected. The majority of departments were underspent this past fiscal year which made an overall difference of around 7.5% of the amount budgeted.

Broken down in percentages of total revenues the City received 37.10% came from local option sales tax, 11.88% came from state shared taxes, and 10.82% from property taxes.

Solid Waste revenues for June exceeded expenditures, but were behind fiscal year to date. The City issued 6 new business license in June to Bo & Company, Riley Adeline Designs, Golden Circle Construction, Georgia Louise Boutique, and GANM LLC.

City Approves Parcel Purchases Near Public Works Complex

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission approved a request from Public Works Director Phillip Jesse to purchase some property adjacent to the Public Works Complex on Washington St. City Manager Kim Foster told commissioners that the City needs some room to construct a pole barn to store equipment in. There are currently 10 parcels of property located in the block within Blakemore, Haynes, East Wood, and Washington Streets. Of those 10 parcels, four are already owned by the City but are not all contiguous. Foster said the City has already reached out to the property owners and all are willing to sell the City their parcels. The total cost to the city for purchasing the parcels is $5600.

Commissioners Hear Updates on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over the status of various projects at the end of Thursday’s City Commission meeting and said the first Citizen’s Government Academy session was held this past Tuesday night with 17 individuals taking part.

The City has been awarded a $8K placemaking grant for continued work in the Back Alley Paris project. DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray is working on a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower to be created and attached next to the newest mural.

Foster said the City has officially taken control the property on South Market Street which will eventually be used for Paris Police vehicle maintenance and storage. She said they are working to get a salvage company on site to remove the storage tanks, fuel lines, and fueling station at the old fuel distribution center. After that, they will clear out the overgrown vegetation and repair the fencing.

Appointments to Boards Approved, Certificate of Compliances Approved

Several residents of Glisson Road and Memorial Drive were on hand to voice concern on a neighbor who isn't keeping their yard mowed and cleaned up Thurs. night. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The commission made the following appointments to boards Thursday night: kept Pat Terrell on Historic Zoning Board, kept Regina Robison on Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals, placed Jack Spencer on the American’s with Disabilities Advisory Board, and placed Jack Veazey on the Paris Housing Authority.

In other business Thursday night, the City Commission approved a certificate of compliance for Piyush Patel at West Wood Wines and Liquors; approved a certificate of compliance for Charlie Cuthbertson, at VFW Post 1889; approved a certificate of compliance for Kalpesh Patel at Beer Liquor Wine, LLC; and authorized the City to participate in the TML’s Safety Partners grant for $2K for the Street Department.

Some residents of Glisson Road and Memorial Drive were at the City Commission meeting Thursday night and voiced their concern on a particular resident of Glisson that is not keeping their yard mowed and cleaned. They asked the commission to do something about the issue.

MCU Seizes Largest Cocaine Bust in History Wednesday


Items seized from the executed search warrant. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held Thursday morning at Paris City Hall where the details of a drug bust by the Metro Crime Unit were released.

The Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Puryear Police Department executed a search warrant on Wednesday at 349 Rison Street after Inv. Derrek Colley received a tip that drugs were present at the residence.

Officers found just under a pound of cocaine, which Sgt. Jamie Myrick said, “is the most substantial cocaine bust in the history of the Metro Crime Unit.”

Also found was nearly $5K in cash, two pounds of marijuana, cell phones, and other drug paraphernalia items. Arrested were Mareka Curtis, age 34, and Brittany Jackson, age 29, at the home. Sgt. Myrick said the home was within a drug free zone near Johnson Park which will add to the charges.

Three children were present and were turned over to relatives. The Department of Children Services is investigating and more charges are pending in the case.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, “this is another successful search for the Metro Crime Unit and one of the largest cocaine busts ever. We hope to prosecute thru the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

K9 Drago assisted in the search and helped find the marijuana and cocaine some which was bagged for resale. Curtis and Jackson were charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were placed on $125K bond.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Inv. Derrek Colley, Sheriff Monte Belew, and Sgt. Jamie James with K9 Drago discuss the bust.

Senator Stevens To Speak at Bethel Aug. Commencement Sat.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall 2018 Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus.  The Honorable John Stevens, Senator of Tennessee’s 24th District, will serve as commencement speaker.

Senator Stevens’ roots run deep in Northwest Tennessee. A resident of Huntingdon, he was elected to the State Senate in 2012 as the first Republican to ever represent Obion and Weakley counties. While in Nashville, Mr. Stevens serves on the Finance, Ways & Means, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees. This year, he was named First Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, which reviews and approves or rejects all Senate amendments to the proposed budget.

Stevens is a practicing attorney with Thomas Walters, PLLC, which is a multi-state Estate Planning law firm. He is a 1992 graduate of Gallatin High School. He graduated cum laude from Tennessee-Martin in 1996, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2002 and worked for the Honorable Judge Don A. Ash before entering private practice.

Governor Bill Haslam appointed Sen. Stevens to the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, in addition to the Indigent Representation Task Force. He has also been appointed to numerous leadership programs, including the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, the Henry Toll Fellows program, and the Emerging Leaders program GOPA.

Among Sen. Stevens’ honors are being named Mothers Against Drunk Driving 2016 Legislator of the Year; National Federation of Independent Business 2016 Guardian of Small Business; 2014 Champion of Commerce by the Tennessee Chambers of Commerce; and Legislator of the Year in 2013 by the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers. He was named Taxpayer Hero from Americans for Prospering after receiving a 104% rating.  He received a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union in 2015, and received a 96% rating from the ACU last year – making him the most conservative Tennessee State Senator for 2016.

A total of 268 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and College of Health Sciences are slated to receive diplomas during the ceremony. Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar. For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

Paris City Comm. To Meet Thurs. at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular August session on Thursday at 5pm at the City Hall Courtroom. Items on the agenda include purchasing some parcels of property around the Public Works building on Washington Street, appointments to board, and updates on various projects. The meeting is open to the public.

800 Young Anglers to Compete for HS National Championship

Buchanan, Tenn.- Nearly 800 high school anglers from around the country are on the waters of Kentucky Lake this week competing for cash and prizes in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Henry County High School will have two teams in the event again this year as well.

Anglers in teams of two will launch Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 5:45am at Paris Landing State Park. They are allowed to keep up to 5 bass for their weigh-ins. Weigh-ins will be at 1:45pm Thursday and Friday at Paris Landing State Park and at 2:30pm Saturday afternoon in downtown Paris. After Friday’s competition, the field is cut to the top 12 teams, who will battle it out on Saturday.

The public is invited to the weigh-ins each day and they will also be streamed at www.bassmaster.com and via their twitter and Facebook pages. In addition to the High School National Championship, Carroll County’s 1000 Acre Lake was the host the past couple of days to the Jr. High teams.

Polls Open 7a-7p in Henry County Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm Thursday across Henry County for this State Primary and County General Election. Voters need to vote at their voting precinct on Election Day, not at the Election Commission office. If you have any questions on where your precinct is call the Election Commission office.

We will broadcast live on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. beginning at 6:30pm from the Election Commission Office with commentary in studio giving you live local returns and keeping you up to date on state races.

Quinn Chapel AME Church Holding Yard Sale Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church will hold their Women’s Day Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday August 3rd and 4th beginning at 7am each day. There will be a variety of items such as furniture, electronics, infant and children’s clothes, adult clothes, shoes, and big and tall men clothing. The church is located at 216 East Church St. in Paris.

Illinois Youngsters With Jr. High Bass Fishing Championship

Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco win the Jr. High National Championship. (Bassmaster.com photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- By the smallest of margins, Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco of the Bluegrass Jr. Bassmasters outlasted the 54-team field to win the 2018 Bassmaster Junior Championship on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake. Their two-day total of 17 pounds, 6 ounces, gave them a 1-ounce advantage over first-round leaders Jeremy Monda and Will Boyd of Florida.
On what was a tougher day on the Tennessee reservoir, the duo scrounged up a five-bass limit weighing 8 pounds, but that was enough to win the championship title. With water temperatures in the 80s, the offshore bite was the primary pattern for most of the teams, including McKinney and Wijangco.
“We were a bit nervous because the Florida team of Monda and Boyd were the leaders, and we had heard they caught another limit today,” McKinney, 13, said. “It was so nerve-racking on the ‘hot seat.’”
McKinney and Wijangco fished numerous baits this week and throughout practice, but their best lure was a Bizz Baits Dizzy Diamond stickbait rigged on a shaky head jig. They fished it slow on the bottom of numerous offshore spots. They learned from their experience in the 2017 Bassmaster Junior Championship, also held on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake, and used that knowledge to their benefit to win on their second try.
“I finished 27th last year, and Trey finished 13th with a different partner,” Wijangco, 14, said. “We fished offshore with the shaky head yesterday, but today we also used a jig and Carolina rig. Keeping our head up and staying positive was important.”
The team stayed patient as they only had three fish before 11 a.m. each day. In the final two hours, they were able to visit enough spots to find active fish. 
“It seemed that most of the field was fishing the same 10 spots offshore, so we went to the vacant areas,” said Rick Cheatem, who served as boat captain for the pair. “Fishing spots by ourselves was important, and I’m proud of how Trey and Carter stayed in the game. In 15 minutes or so, they caught four or five fish and culled to their winning weight.”
After leading Tuesday with a 10-3 catch, Monda and Boyd only managed to catch a small limit weighing 7-2 and fell short of the title. 
Representing Florida’s Quincy Junior Bassmasters, the duo concentrated on the mid-depth region of the lake and caught most of their fish with swim jigs, a bait that wasn’t a factor in the practice rounds but paid off when competition began.
“We used drop shots and other baits throughout practice,” Monda said. “We saw a pocket that looked great for a swim jig, so we threw it and caught a bunch of bass, and we kept using that in the tournament.”
Rochester Junior Bassmasters Rein Golubjatnikov and Matthew Pitcher placed third with a two-day total of 16-14. Golubjatnikov finished in the runner-up position in 2017 when he fished solo. This year the New York duo took home more hardware for their third-place finish.
The Big Bass of the tournament was caught by Terrance Wiseman and Isaac Shock of the Southern West Virginia Junior Bassmasters who brought a 7-1 lunker to the weigh-in stage on Day 2. The Big Bass of the tournament also vaulted them from 38th on Day 1 to 4th place overall.
The win netted McKinney and Wijangco $2,000 in scholarship money along with Abu Garcia rods and reels. Second place took home $1,000 in scholarship prizes along with Abu Garcia Veritas rods.

County, City Officers Respond to Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Gary Carroll of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Reynoldsburg Road home for theft. $400 in cash, a $50 prepaid card, and $500 worth of jewellery, and a beanie baby collection valued at $10K was stolen. There is a possible suspect in the theft.

Several items were reported missing at a home on Hwy. 641 N. according to another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The back door had been kicked in, a window A/C unit was stolen along with several items from the storage building at the back of the property including an electric wheel chair, sewing machine, and items totalling nearly $4500. There are no suspects at this time.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Jordan M. Dumas, age 19, of 1030 Reynoldsburg road with simple possession of schedule two after he had methamphetamine in his pockets.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a home on North Porter was broken into and over $2K worth of items were missing including a couple of televisions, ipad, ipod, a PS2 and some guns. There are no suspects in this theft at this time with police still investigating.

Paris Danger Soccer Team Holding Car Wash Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Danger ’10 travel soccer team will be holding a car wash fundraiser at Carroll Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue this Saturday August 4th. Come out and support these girls as they raise money for travel and expenses.

HCSS Pre-K Screenings Begin Friday Aug. 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- Beginning Friday August 3rd the preschool program of the Henry County School System will conduct screenings for the 2018-19 school year. Pre-schoolers will be screened to detect difficulties in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive skills.

Parents of children ages 3, 4, and 5 living in the Harrelson, Henry, or Lakewood School District are asked to call the school to schedule an appointment for their pre-schooler to be screened. For Harrelson call 247-3152, Henry call 243-7114, and Lakewood call 644-1600. These services are provided free of charge by the HCSS.

All MSU Offices Closing Friday at 3pm

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University anticipates a large number of visitors on campus Friday, August 3, attending and/or participating in an event sponsored by a non-University affiliated organization. In order to accommodate the increased number of visitors on campus, the University will be closing all offices from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. this Friday. This closure includes all regional campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Henderson and Fort Campbell. The University will resume normal operating hours at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 6.  

PSSD BOE Tours New Areas at Rhea Elem.

Retired PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown, who stayed on as a liason with the construction at Rhea, shows off the new addition. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of Education met at Rhea Elementary Tuesday night for their July meeting as the new construction is nearly complete.

Cary Henson of Henson Construction Ben Witt architect with the project gave an update on the Rhea Construction Project. Everyone has worked really hard to get the building ready for school to start. Henson said there is some dirt work and concrete work left to do on site so they will be on site a few more weeks to finish everything. The project adds a new cafeteria, new kitchen, and new tornado safe space and extra rooms.

Chairman Richard Edwards thanked Cary and Ben for all they’ve done to help with the project and getting things ready for the start of school. Edwards also thanked Director of Facilities Jason Coffield and former PSSD superintendent Mike Brown who stayed on with the system after retirement to help with the project.  The board toured the new construction area during the meeting Tuesday night.

PSSD Board Approves Budget

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved the 2018-19 budget which included a 1% raise for everyone and 1% bonus. The budget also includes increases in the retirement for teachers and nurses. Insurance will increase 2.5%, the budget also includes new roofing for parts of Inman. One new bus and new science adoption textbooks are in the budget. Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell said we haven’t bought new text books in several years and this year is a year to do that.

The budget includes up to $523K from fund balance to help meet the needs of the year. Budget Director Mandy Hudgins said it was a challenging budget, but one that should help us get thru the year.

The board approved a disciplinary hearing board as mandated by the Tennessee School Boards Association for possible hearings. Chairman Edwards said we’ve never needed one and hopefully never need one, but since its mandated we have to put one together. The disciplinary hearing board is made up of the three principals and three teachers along with Dr. Gerrell.

The board also approved a policy regarding testing programs. Dr. Gerrell suggested for grades 3-5 that 0% and 6-8 is 10%, and 15% algebra I at the 9th grade level be included in students final grades. The former policy was 15% for all grades 3-8. Dr. Gerrell said they’ve never gotten the scores back in time for them to count, but we must adopt a policy. She said if the system don’t receive the scores within 5 days of the end of the year, they will not be included in a student’s final grade.

Annual Bullying Report Given; Number Drops

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard that there was 7 incidents of bullying during the last school year, down from 22 the year before. Dr. Gerrell commended the principals for staying on top of the issues and reporting these for the annual bullying report to meet federal guidelines. Dr. Gerrell said engaging our parents at the earliest stage possible has been a great thing we have added to help with some of these issues.

Dr. Gerrell Recognizes Eli Palmer for Summer Reading

Dr. Gerrell recognizes Eli Palmer, standing with Principal of Rhea Chris Hudgins for his summer reading. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In her report, Dr. Gerrell said buses have all passed inspection and are ready to roll Friday morning when school starts back in session. At the end of May the PSSD had 1628 and as of the meeting, 1620 had enrolled. Inman has the largest student population at 609. Rhea has 475 students, the Kindergarten class is up to 162. Paris Elementary has 536 students.

Dr. Gerrell also recognized Eli Palmer for his reading over the summer and he has been invited to the Governor’s Mansion. First Lady Crissy Haslam has pushed the Summer reading program all summer and Eli logged over 2K reading hours.

The board also recognized Dr. Chip Gray as he recently received his doctorate from Murray State.

Smoking Ban in Public Housing Starts Tuesday in TN

Nashville- Smoking will be prohibited in public housing units across Tennessee and the U.S. effective July 31, 2018. The smoke-free rule is part of a larger plan to decrease building maintenance and smoke-related damage costs, reduce the risk of accidental fires and create healthier environments by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. The Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans who smoke that free help to quit smoking is available through the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine.

"Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but it can be done, and studies show those who use counseling services to help them kick the habit are twice as likely to succeed as those who try to quit alone,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “Most smokers want to quit, and most people who quit have to try multiple times before they are successful. We want to do everything we can to make it easier for people to quit for their own health and the health of their loved ones.”

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669 is available for all Tennesseans who would like support in their efforts to quit tobacco use. The call and all program services are provided at no cost to participants and kept confidential. The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine connects tobacco users to a trained quit counselor who helps each caller develop a personalized quit plan and provides ongoing one-on-one support and guidance to help them quit. Callers may also qualify for up to a two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy patches at no charge.

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine is available seven days a week, with services offered in both English and Spanish. A language line is also available to accommodate callers who speak a language other than English or Spanish. Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST. Enrollment can also be completed online at www.tnQuitLine.org.

TDH also offers the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program to help pregnant women quit smoking. This program offers incentives including vouchers for diapers for each month a participating woman is smoke-free up to one year after her baby’s birth. Supporting family members such as dads can also participate. Contact your local health department for enrollment information or visit www.babyandmetobaccofree.org/find-a-location/tennessee/.

The public housing smoking ban prohibits smoking tobacco products in all indoor common areas, administrative offices, living units and outdoor areas within 25 feet of the buildings. All current and incoming leaseholders will be required to sign a lease agreeing to the policy.

Man Charged With Drug Possession, Criminal Impersonation on Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged Justin D. Rich, age 30, of 50 Rolling Meadows with simple possession of a schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, and driving on a suspended driver’s license 3rd offense. Rich was placed on $5K bond.

The charges stem from a traffic stop where Sgt. James smelled and found the marijuana and Rich gave another name during the question process. He was later identified and found to be driving on suspended license.

Lakewood PTO Holding Bake Sale Benefit Thurs. for Teacher

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood PTO will hold a bake sale to benefit Rae Taylor this coming Thursday August 2nd starting at 5pm. Rae is a 1st grade teacher at Lakewood, and has been dealing with some medical issues that have caused her to be hospitalized. Money from the bake and casserole sale will help to cover medical expenses. The sale will be held in conjunction with the back to school meet and greet. Anyone interested in donating baked goods can do so by 5pm Thursday at Lakewood School.

Jr. High Bass Anglers Competing on 1000 Acre Lake

Carroll County, Tenn.- The parking lot at Billy Carroll park was empty Monday, but it won’t stay that way for long as 50 teams of junior bass fisherman will kick off this week for the national bass masters championship on Carroll Counties 1000 acre lake. Monday nearly 400 teams registered at Bethel University for the Junior tournament and high school tournament that will have two man teams of fishermen competing this week. The High School teams will be competing on Kentucky Lake beginning Thursday. (David Jackson photos)

County Commission Approves Budget Monday night in Quick Session

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission approved the budget Monday night meeting in quick recessed session. The budget includes the same tax rate at $2.09 per $100 of assessed property and over $95K in contributions for non-profits.

HCHC Plumley Scholarship Awarded

(Cynthia Whitaker, Morgan Nance: Scholarship winner, and Jonathan Bell)

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation awarded the 2018 Harold and Opal Plumley Scholarship to Morgan Nance, daughter of Gary and Deena Nance of Paris. Nance and her family attended the June board meeting where they enjoyed lunch and Nance received recognition for her accomplishments.

The Harold and Opal Plumley Scholarship is given annually to a student who plans to pursue a healthcare career. The scholarship is a four year, $6000 scholarship awarded to a graduating Senior from Henry County.

Nance hopes to become a Registered Nurse and graduate from Baptist Memorial College of Health Science. She has already begun working in the medical field as a nursing assistant at Paris Healthcare. She has prepared herself for a future career by taking multiple healthcare classes while in high school, such as Medical Terminology, Medical Therapeutics, Rehab Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology. Nance is also a member of multiple organizations and is an active member in her church and community.

Nance performed in the 99th percentile in the 2018 Henry County High School graduating class. She participated in HOSA, FCA, NHS, Second Harvest food bank helper, and on the Commercial Bank student advisory board. Nance placed top ten in the state during the HOSA competition making her the first student in the program at HCHS to do so.

Road Closures For Tuesday And Wednesday

Paris, Tenn. - County Home Road will be closed Wednesday, August 1st for culvert replacement, weather permitting. This closure will be near 911 address 2030. Jerry Drive and Carmen Drive may be used as alternate routes. Detour signs will be in place. The road will be back open for afternoon traffic.

Oak Grove Road North, .6 miles North of Hwy 79 will be closed Tuesday, July 31st for installation of cell tower by Fent Power Services. Alternate routes are Hwy 79 and Hwy 218. The road will be open for early evening traffic.

This road closure was scheduled for last Friday, but had to be rescheduled.

PLSP To Open Waterfront Bar and Grille

Buchanan, Tenn. - On Aug. 10, Paris Landing State Park will host the grand opening of Marker 66 Marina & Grille – a new waterfront restaurant housed at the park’s marina. The restaurant will serve local guests and park visitors while the park inn undergoes a major improvement project.

“Marker 66 will continue the tradition of lake view dining at Paris Landing State Park during construction of the new park inn,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Having a dining presence at the park to serve our guests and the local community will add to the overall park experience as we transition from the old inn to a vibrant new inn on the shores of Kentucky Lake.”

The name Marker 66 refers to the marina’s address on the water – Tennessee/Kentucky Lake marker 66.2. The full-service restaurant and bar, with seating both indoors and outdoors on the marina dock, will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy a varied menu of local classics and healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located in the former marina store location, the marina will continue to offer goods and services to visitors and boaters as well as Paris Landing State Park t-shirts and other souvenir clothing.

“We are excited that the administration has answered our request to have a restaurant located on the State Park grounds for folks to enjoy while we are in the process of rebuilding the Paris Landing inn,” said State Rep. Tim Wirgau, R-Buchanan. “Be sure to take advantage of Marker 66 and its beautiful setting.”

The grand opening will kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting presided over by Hill, followed by door prizes and State Park merchandise giveaways, live music by Step N Tyme and sampling by Tennessee Brew Works of their State Park Blonde Ale from 5-7 p.m. Marker 66 is located at 41 Paris Landing Marina Dr., Buchanan TN 38222.

Special Needs Sports Offered In Henry County

Paris, Tenn. - Buddy Ball is a division of Progressive Directions, Inc., which is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization located in Henry County and provides individuals with intellectual and/or physical disability the opportunity to play sports.

Buddy Ball is aware that sometimes extra expenses are incurred by the families of individuals who have special needs and for this reason there is NO COST to participate. Buddy Ball relies entirely on private donations and generosity of area business to operate.

Buddy Ball manipulates the sports so no matter what the abilities of the athletes are, they will be able to participate and have fun. At the end of each season, the athletes receive trophies to celebrate their dedication to their teams and to honor their participation in the sports.

Teams are grouped primarily by age and then by level of ability. Sports Leagues and Special Events offered in Henry County are Basketball at Atkins Porter School, Baseball at McNeil Park, Bowling at Gary Bowl Center and Cheerleading at Atkins Porter School.

For more information, call or email Jean Painter, Henry County Coordinator at 731-333-4389 or email jeannie2035@gmail.com. Find Buddy Ball on Facebook by searching Buddy Ball Sports League or online at BuddyBall.net

Huntingdon Man Charged With Several Offenses

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Ptl Daniel Andres arrested and charged Charles Jackson of Huntingdon with possession of a schedule II drug, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and contraband in a penal institution. Jackson was placed on $15,000 bond.

SUV Vandalized Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Lt. Elkins responded to 50 Enterprise, in front of the E Building where an SUV had been egged.

The complainant advised that he was over at his parent’s apartment helping them and while out walking the dog, noticed that his mother’s SUV had been egged. The parents of the complainant advised they traveled to the store around 6 p.m. and the vehicle was fine at that time.

A week prior, an unknown person had attempted to gain entry to the apartment by kicking the front door.

The investigation into these incidents is still ongoing.

HCMC To Host Health Care Career Day In McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will be conducting a Health Care Career Day on Tuesday, July 31st at the McKenzie Regional Hospital.  HCMC officials will be on site to help assist in online job applications as well as conducting on site job interviews.  The Career day will run from 7:00 AM till 2:00 PM.  Job opportunities will be available in the areas of the Business Office, Registration, Food & Nutrition, all Nursing areas, Materials Management, Environmental Services, Home Health & Hospice, EMS, Durable Medical Equipment, Respiratory, Case Management, Wound Care and Laboratory.

Further information can be obtained by calling Human Resources at 731-644-8472 or by visiting the Henry County Medical Center website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Gas Stolen From Lake House

Springville, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. David Andrews responded to Beach Lane in Springville in regards to a call of burglary, theft and vandalism.

The victim came to the lake house to find the garage door open. Upon entry, the victim saw the gas caps removed from 2 wave runners. The gas had also been taken from a pontoon boat.

The suspects used a ladder to gain access to the pontoon boat and left behind a gas can, hose and crow bar. Cpl. Andrews confiscated a door knob that had been knocked off for finger printing.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Several Arrests Made Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Joseph Delk was charged with abuse of a corpse and placed on $20,000 per warrant and held without bond on an aggravated burglary charge.

In an unrelated incident and another arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Joe Lewis Olive of Murray, KY was charged with selling a controlled substance and placed on a $20,000 bond.

Another arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Torrey James McAlpin was charged with violation of the sex offender registry and placed on $12,500 bond.

Winners Of The Ice Cream Social Frozen T-Shirt Contest

(Brian Freed photos)

Paris, Tenn. - The 9th Annual Downtown Paris Association Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show was held Saturday afternoon.

Each year WMUF, WLZK and WRQR, sponsors the Frozen T-Shirt Contest for kids and another contest for adults and winners were awarded $25 for 1st place, $15 for 2nd place and $10 for 3rd place.

This year’s winners in the Youth Contest were Mary Alison Griffey, who won 1st place. Trey Buie won 2nd place and Nate Case took third place.

In the adult contest, Josh McCaslin took 1st place, Jordan Gillum won 2nd place and Kyle Thompson won 3rd place.

Several Drug/DUI Arrests Made Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - According to an arrest sheet from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Jason Mounts arrested and charged Elizabeth Harper with DUI 1St offense. Harper was placed on $1500 bond.

In an unrelated incident, an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Investigator Colley of the Metro Crime Unit charged Denzel Fuller of Harrison Lane with possession of a schedule VI with intent. Fuller was placed on $2500 bond.

Another arrest sheet stated that Investigator Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit charged Tyler Reeves of Elizabeth Street with simple possession of a schedule VI and driving on a suspended license. Reeves was placed on a $2500 bond.

Heritage Center To Host Lunch & Learn

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center will host a Summer Lunch & Learn on Noon on Friday, August 3rd. The Lunch & Learn will be presented by Martin Paschall, who is a Potter’s Potter and master of his craft, with a passion for clay, especially West Tennessee clay.

Martin will entertain and mesmerize while you enjoy a bountiful and delicious summer spread with scrumptious desserts.

Call 642-1030 or email director@phchc.com to R.S.V.P. Instead of a price for the event, you will be invited to tip the cup at your table and profit will be used to purchase paint for the restoration of the up and down stairs in the back wing of the house.

8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off Set for Aug. 3 and 4

Paris, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off will be held Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane in Buchanan. Over 20 teams from 5 states have already entered and will competed for cash and trophies in chicken, ribs, brisket, and BBQ pork. Each category will pay out 3 places 1st place-$200, 2nd place-$150, and 3rd place-$100. The Grand Champion will receive $1000 and the Reserve Champion will win $500.

Friday night August 3rd there will be a pitmaster challenge where cookers will be given a special challenger and ingredients and be asked to create a dish that will be judged. Also on Friday there will be a corn hole tournament. The cost to enter the corn hole tournament is $40 and there will be 90% cash payouts to the winning team. Food will be available for purchase Friday night hot off the grill from Miss D’s Kitchen.  There will be a live DJ and other musical entertainment as well.

Saturday competition judging will be held 11am to 3pm and awards will be given out that afternoon. Miss D’s Kitchen will be selling food hot off the grill Saturday as well. For more information, or to enter call Donna Milam at 336-1966 or email dmilam64@yahoo.com. The event is hosted by the Henry County BBQ Association.


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