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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens

2014 Good Year for Community Development in Paris

CVS/pharmacy is just one of the many projects that have been ongoing in Paris in 2014. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Community Development Director Jennifer Morris sent the media an email about ongoing status reports for building department and community development for the city and one thing stands out, 2014 has been a very busy year for new building permits issued and Morris agreeing stating its been of the best. She said “more building permits have been issued this year than the city has seen in at least 6-7 years and maybe even longer back than that.”

This year alone, citizens were treated to the opening of Casey’s General Store, Steak N Shake, and the remodelling of a new Twice Daily’s Convenience store located at 2504 East Wood Street, which recently held their grand opening. Flex Fitness also recently opened on Spruce Street.

CVS/Pharmacy is set to open on January 18th and the major site plan for a Hardee’s was approved by the planning commission in the last few weeks. According to the status for Hardee’s BPU is in the midst of reviewing the building plans to determine the grease trap size and plans have been reviewed and are awaiting permit. Construction on the new Hardee’s is scheduled to begin in the early spring.

Some construction updates include BPU’s Electric Warehouse, located on Highway 218 bypass which is nearing completion this month, the Carroll Bank and Trust at the corner of Mineral Wells and Tyson Avenue, which is approximately 75% complete, and the third phase of major site plan for Chris Pitts Mini Storage on highway 641 S, which the grading permit has been issued and the building plans have been submitted.

Morris said there are two to three things in the works that could come to light right after the first of the year, giving 2015 a decent jumpstart as well.

The status report also shows that three structures on South Porter Street have been demolished, part of the Community Development Block Grant program where funding was received by the city.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Announces Holiday Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its closures for the Refuge Office and Visitor’s center for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. The center will close Christmas Eve at 1pm and remain closed Christmas Day and the day after, Friday December 26th. The center will also close December 31st at 1pm and remain closed New Year’s Day and reopen Friday January 2nd.

TBI Severs Ties With 24th Judicial District at DA's Request

Nashville- Until further notice, and at the request of District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has discontinued its investigation into the Holly Bobo case and severed ties with the 24th Judicial District.

“We certainly regret these unprecedented circumstances playing out in the media,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “But in a meeting last week, which included 30th District Attorney General Amy Weirich, 28th District Attorney and President of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference Garry Brown, and Wally Kirby, Executive Director of the Conference, Stowe made allegations of misconduct by TBI and other law enforcement agencies, both local and federal.

He also repeatedly stated he wanted our Agency to suspend all activities in his district, after which Weirich removed her office’s resources from the Holly Bobo case. Stowe may characterize this as a misunderstanding, but his requests were clear and I wasn’t the only one who heard it.”

Since Holly Bobo’s disappearance in 2011, TBI Special Agents have devoted thousands of hours of casework and forensic analysis. The investigative records and the results from a vast majority of the evidence submitted in the Bobo case have already been turned over to the District Attorney General’s office for his further investigation, review, and prosecution. The results of pending forensic analysis in the case will be provided in a timely manner. As of this date and until further notice, TBI personnel will no longer offer comment or information about the Bobo case or any other case originating in the 24th Judicial District.

“For years, we pursued the Bobo case with the utmost diligence and dedication for the sake of Holly’s family and friends,” said Gwyn. “We are proud of our investigative efforts and remain hopeful that justice will eventually be served.”

As a result of Stowe’s request, TBI Agents will no longer investigate new cases in the 24th District. Local law enforcement agencies will be responsible for investigating the incidents in their jurisdictions, and will also be responsible for securing and funding forensic analysis for all future cases.

In a letter to Stowe today, Director Gwyn proposed a meeting, to be facilitated by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, to discuss TBI’s role in the 24th Judicial District.

“We have proudly served the 24th Judicial District – and its residents – for decades,” said Gwyn. “We hope Stowe will help us resolve these issues quickly, so we can get back to the important work of pursuing our core values of truth, bravery, and integrity in his district as the state’s lead law enforcement agency.”

Stowe Issues Press Release Refuting Media Claims

Huntingdon, Tenn.- District Attorney General for the 24th Judicial District Matt Stowe issued a press released strongly refuting the media's claim that he initiated the suspension of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's support with all ongoing and future cases in the 24th Judicial District.

The press release said Stowe fully expects the TBI to continue to work in cooperative partnership with law enforcement agencies across the district in all facets of criminal investigation as requested by individual agencies.

Stowe reiterated those expectations in communication with the TBI on December 16th, following a private meeting with TBI Director Mark Gwyn and others on December 12th when professional differences were expressed.

In response, Director Gwyn formally commuicated his to suspend TBI involvement in any cases in the 24th Judicial District until a time in which all parties can meet with the Attorney General and to discuss and resolve matters at hand.

Stowe intends on ensuring his district receives all of the investigative support they are entitled to as taxpayers and will do so thru the proper channels, not the media.

The press release concluded with the statement that in the meantime, DA Stowe will continue to focus his attention in pursing justice in all the criminal cases within the district including the Holly Bobo case.

Update: Stowe Denies Telling TBI to Halt Services; TBI Making No Comment

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been silent on the claims that 24th Judicial District Attorney General Matt Stowe had told them the 24th Judicial District didn't need their assistance. An email from TBI Media spokesman Josh DeVine said the TBI is neither confirming or denying the reports of TBI services being halted in the 24th Judicial District. There was a meeting on Tuesday with representatives and local law enforcement agencies within the district, but we are referring inquiries as to these issues to the District Attorney General.

Debra Stoope, from the DA's office in Huntingdon, said that DA Stowe said that he did not ask the TBI to halt its services to the district and he is working to clear up any misunderstandings that have come from this issue.

UT Martin to Offer Hybrid MBA Program

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will launch a new format for those seeking master’s degrees in business administration, beginning with the fall 2015 semester.

The new “hybrid” option features online coursework combined with face-to-face contact with faculty members on five Saturday meetings a semester. This format gives students the flexibility to begin any semester and work at their own pace with limited trips to campus.

The hybrid program, like the online option, consists of 38 credit hours with only six hours of undergraduate prerequisites. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Full-time students should expect to finish in a year and half, with some courses offered completely online and others in the hybrid format. Part-time students should finish in two to six years.

This option will not replace the totally online MBA currently offered for financial services professionals. Enrollment is open now and students can choose to begin in any semester.

For more information, call 731-881-7208 or email bagrad@utm.edu.

Murray State Receives "B" for its General Studies Program

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University is once again one of only two public universities in Kentucky receiving a “B” for its general studies program. Nationally, only 23 public and private schools scored an “A.” The University of Kentucky tied with Murray State on this rating by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

Asbury University and Georgetown College were the only private schools in Kentucky to rate a “B.” The other public universities earned a “C” or “D” grade.

The 2014-15 edition of What Will They Learn? compiled by ACTA peels away reputation to assess what value students are actually getting from college.

“Too many college rating systems rely on largely extraneous measures like alumni giving or selectivity to determine which colleges top their lists,” said Anne D. Neal, ACTA president. “What Will They Learn? looks at the most important data — the strength of a college’s education — to find out which institutions are delivering the tools students will need to succeed in career and community.”

The study graded 1,098 four-year colleges and universities on the basis of, simply put, what students will learn by attending those schools. Questions researchers asked themselves included whether or not students would find a coherent core curriculum that guides them through the fundamentals for success in career and community, and could employers be confident that newly-hired college graduates have postsecondary training in writing, math, scientific reasoning, economics, foreign language, literature, and American history and government?

According to the survey, schools earning lower grades are sending their graduates out without exposure to those fundamental courses in American history, basic economics or literature. Among public institutions, only 28 percent require American history, eight percent include foreign language as a must and just three percent insist upon study in economics.

Murray State University has a robust University Studies component in its undergraduate program that provides students with a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences education as a foundation for their academic specialty. These courses actively develop many of the fundamentals outlined in ACTA’s What Will They Learn? ratings.

“Not only does Murray State have one of the strongest general studies program in the country, our program is also unique in that it has a more global and cultural focus than that of most universities. Our goal is to give students a strong core liberal arts education, while at the same time exposing them to the world as a whole,” Dr. Renae Duncan, associate provost for undergraduate education at Murray State, said. “We are very proud of our general studies program and I am glad to see that its strength is reflected in the high rating it received from ACTA.”

DPA's Elf on the Shelf Will Be Held Sat. Noon-2pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s new event, Elf on the Shelf, is set for Saturday December 20th from Noon to 2pm at Jack’s Java. The DPA and Bethel University are partnering to bring Elf on the shelf and Elizabeth Cook Photography will provide families the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Elf.

Families can access complimentary photos on the Downtown Paris Association Facebook page. The event is sponsored by The Iron Place, Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, and Perkins Drugs, all who have the Elf on the Shelf in their stores for purchase this Christmas. For more information contact Kathy Ray, DPA Executive Director at 731-653-7274.

Henry County Splits with Stewart County in Basketball

Dover, Tenn.- Henry County split with Stewart County on the hardwood Tuesday night in Dover. The Lady Patriots came from behind and won their game 60-42 holding Stewart County without a point in the fourth quarter. Gracie Osbron scored 19 points to the lead the Lady Patriots and Natiya Jumper chipped in 16.

The Patriots battled for most of the game but fell to Stewart County 51-42. Jamison Hayes scored 10 points in the loss. The Lady Patriots will compete in some Christmas tournaments and the Patriots will take the Christmas break off. Our next broadcast of Henry County basketball will Saturday January 3rd against Murray High.

DA Stowe Tells TBI the 24th District Doesn't Need its Assistance

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew told WMUF/WLZK Wednesday morning he hopes the issues with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Matt Stowe are resolved quickly to better serve the 24th Judicial District.

This comes after multiple agencies and news outlets in the area have reported that Stowe told the TBI the 24th Judicial District no longer needed its services.

Sheriff Belew said agencies of the 24th Judicial District, which includes Henry, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, met with the TBI Tuesday afternoon where they were informed that DA Stowe had told the TBI that there services were not needed in the 24th District, effective immediately.

Sheriff Belew said this morning, “DA Stowe has since issued an apology letter, stating that it had been a misunderstanding and he didn’t want to block the TBI from assisting with cases in the 24th Judicial District.

The TBI’s Crime Lab has been a partner with Henry County in recent cases to help bring justice to some cases already, and if the stalemate does persist, law enforcement agencies wouldn’t have access to the crime lab, forensics, and many other of TBI’s sources and would cost local agencies more money. The TBI Crime lab is funded thru taxpayer dollars. We will have more on this story as it develops this morning.

Chamber to Once Again Offer Small Business Basics

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Northwest Tennessee Regional Entrepreneur Center, will once again offer “Small Business Basics,” six classes designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship. The classes will be open to anyone interested in small business and entrepreneurship, including startup and existing businesses.

Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker, and Kevin Buie, K and B Supplies for Success, will once again serve as co-chairs and facilitators for the sessions. Hayden said, “We will continue to have excellent local speakers and are pleased to have the additional support of Elizabeth Pritchett and the Entrepreneur Center.”

Buie added, “The Chamber is pleased to offer these classes, which will serve both start up and existing businesses.”

Cost is $50 and classes will meet at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, at 2508 East Wood Street, from 6-8pm on Tuesday nights January 6th, 13th, 27th, February 3rd, 17th, and 24th. All materials will be provided.

For an application, visit www.paristnchamber.com or call the chamber at 642-3431.

W.G. Rhea Library to Host Polar Express Event Fri. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library invites everyone to come aboard the Polar Express on Friday December 19th from 5:30-7:30pm. The event is free to everyone and there will be train rides, the showing of the Polar Express Movie, crafts, Polar Photos, hot cocoa and snacks, Christmas cookie decorating stations, and Santa will be on hand as well.

Visit Santa Downtown this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Santa will be in his house on the court square this weekend for the last time before heading back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas next week. Visit Santa in downtown Paris from 10am to 2pm Saturday and 2-4pm on Sunday.

Festival of Trees Continues Until Dec. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Festival of Trees continues at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center each day. You can view the Trees from now until December 22nd. Hours are 11-5 weekdays, 10am-2pm on Saturday, and Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm.

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at AT &T to Launch UVerse

Paris, Tenn.- State Representative Tim Wirgau joined Lanie Johnson and other AT & T and Chamber representatives at a Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of Uverse in the Paris Market.

Beer Board Approves Permit for CVS/Pharmacy

Store to Open Jan. 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Monday afternoon and approved an off premise beer permit for Trish Sutton, store manager for the CVS/Pharmacy at 1119 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris.

Sutton said CVS plans to open on Sunday January 18th and they will begin working to get the store stocked and ready the Sunday after Christmas. She said they’ve hired 9 people locally to work at the store. Hours for CVS will be 7am to 10pm.

Paris Airborne Academy Competes at State Meet

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Paris Airborne Gymnastic Team competed earlier this month in the 2014 Tennessee Compulsory State Championship, which was held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, and came away with several top finishes.

The team also sported orange ribbons on their team uniform and it represented the team dedicating the competitive season to Margeaux Ridley, age 5, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Lymphoma in April of this year. Margeaux’s two older sisters were both part of the team but moved to Louisiana to be closer to family after Margeaux was diagnosed. The ribbon was added to the leotards as a reminder to themselves the battle Margeaux faces everyday.

In the photo (submitted by DeLania Green) are Gracie Webb, Level 3, Callie Green, Level 4, Alayna Fuson, Level 3, Noe Wilkerson, Level 3, Lauren Swisher, Level 3, and Lauren Dodd, Level 3. Not pictured are Ella Crichton, Level 4 and Abbey Watkins, Level 3.

Library to Hold Snowflake Class Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will hold a Snowflake Class Tuesday night from 6-7pm. It is free for ages 12 and up and allows anyone who attends to design their own snowflake with animals, musical instruments, and other things in the design. You will get to cut out your snowflake and take it home.

No Citizen Complaints; County Commission Moves Ahead on Sales Tax Referendum

HC Adminstrator of Elections Darrin Thompson discusses the steps to get the referendum on a ballot at Monday's County Commission meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met on Monday and passed a resolution on first reading to hold a voter referendum in the spring to increase the local option sales tax from 2.25% to 2.75%. The resolution must pass again in January on 2nd reading before a voter referendum can be called for. The first reading passed on an 11-3 vote with commissioners Greg Carter, Wes Bradley, and Bobby Freeman voting against it.

 

Prior to the meeting a public hearing was held on the local option sales tax. A crowd of about 15 was on hand with all being memebers of the Paris City Commission, Henry County School board and system, HCMC board of trustees, and other local elected officials.

Lots of discussion was held prior to the vote including, County Election Administrator Darrin Thompson who said if the resolution passed on 2nd reading at January's county commission the special election would need to be declared before 60 days after the meeting. He said the election commission has a meeting scheduled for the Thursday after January's meeting to set an election date for the spring.

 

County Mayor Brent Greer said there has been talk amongst the entities like the city and school system to share the cost of a special election, which Thompson estimated at $18K. Mayor Greer advised commissioners that there are some budget issues facing the county this year that will need to be addressed this spring and summer before next year's budget is passed.

 

Paris City Manager Carl Holder spoke on the issue saying depletion of revenue from loss of beer sales have hurt the city and they have already tightened their belts and cut some programs to keep budget spending under control. He said the $18K is a good investment to keep services running and budgets balanced.

 

City Manger Carl Holder talks in favor of the Sales Tax referendum. (Alsobrooks photo)

County commissioner Wes Bradley asked why we didn't put the issue on one of the three elections held in 2014. Mayor Greer said the issue was discussed but they felt it would have been a disservice to the community to put the referendum on the November ballot because it was already a bit confusing with four constitutional amendments.

 

County Mayor Brent Greer said the city wanted to bring the issue to all voters, instead of trying to institute the local option sale tax in the city only. When mayor Greer opened the citizens forum no one spoke on the issue.

Commission Approves Changes to Private Act to Increase Size of the Hosp. Board

HCMC CEO and Administrator Tom Gee discusses the need to change the private act and add more board members Monday night.

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Monday night, commissioners approved a resolution to make changes to the private acts of 1953 in regards to the Henry County Medical Center. Hospital Adminstrator Tom Gee spoke on increasing the hospital board from 5 to 7 members to better reflect the community with two spots always being county commissioners. The county commission will continue to make the decision on who sets on the board of trustees.

 

The commission approved reforming the Paris Henry County Landfill Committee to help oversee the landfill.

 

The commission approved appointments to boards Monday night. Tom Beasley, Bobby Milam, and Kenneth Humphreys were approved to serve on the Audit Committee until the end of 2017.

 

The commission also approved budget transfers recommended by the budget committee.

Commission to Reconvene Dec. 29th

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Greer asked the Commission to recess Monday night and reconvene on December 29th to consider one item of business. He said an issue was brought to them during the day Monday that a business has shown great interest in locating a facility in the City Industrial Park on Highway 641.

Mayor Greer said the Industrial Board will meet on Thursday of this week to consider offering the business a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement to locate here and bring jobs to the community.

CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton, said if the company agrees and offers to locate here, we are asking the commission to pass this resolution to allow the Industrial board to offer these incentives, but it must be done before the end of the year.

Mayor Greer said this is a great opportunity for the community and it will be nice to hopefully end the year with some good news. The Commission will reconvene this recessed meeting at 5pm Dec. 29th and only have this item on the agenda.

Adjusted Rates for 911 Fees to Go Into Effect Jan. 1st

Mark Archer, 911 Director, (head of table) discusses the 911 surcharge rate Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 board met Monday evening and director Mark Archer discussed the new 911 adjusted rates that will go into effect January 1st, 2015. Archer reminded the board that back in April the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation to institute a uniform 911 surcharge rate. He said changes in technology, continual decrease in landline use, and other factors contributed to the decision to charge the surcharge rate.

 

Henry County residential and buisness lines, currently cjarged .65 and $2 respectively, will go to a rate of $1.16 per month. The cellular 911 surcharge will increase 16 cents per month to $1.16.

 

The legislation also supports the state's Next Generation 911 program which will provide better information and data to first responders in turn which allows local 911 operators to more quickly assess an emergency and ensure necessary equipment and personnel can promptly respond to the scene.

Smart 911 To Be Looked at Further By HC E-911 Board

Paris, Tenn.- In his staff report, Archer updated the board on Smart 911 where the public can call in and give more up to date information on their residences from number of children or pets to cars in the driveway to any health complications anyone in the family has.

 

Citizens will be able to input their data via their computer at home or come to the 911 center and receive help with inputting data. The company, Smart 911, will manage the database and there will be no cost for the public. Archer estimated the cost to the system to be about $15K per year. Archer plans to have a presentation on Smart 911 at a future board meeting. He said several larger districts have already implemented the program. The system can also issue weather alerts to those individuals who have signed up for Smart 911.

Archer updated the board on the ESN 150 fire area in the McKenzie and said he was going to meet with McKenzie mayor Jill Holland about their fire department calls and more.

 

The board approved the purchase of new telephone cabinets to store and operate phones that could be pulled out and used in emergencies if other units go down at 911. The cost is $1,127 for the cabinets.

 

The board then discussed the property on the highway 218 bypass it owns. The board doesn't have to pay taxes on it and someone bushhogs the land for the hay so there is no cost there either. The board decided just to hold onto the land for now since the only cost is liability insurance on the property.

 

Archer told the board there continues to be flooding issues in the communication building from runoff coming off the top of a neighboring building. He said they are working with the neighbor and hope to have the issue fixed in the future.

 

Board chairman John Etheridge informed the board the annual audit had been completed and was once again a clean audit.

 

Archer told the board the phone in the boardroom can be used for conference call purposes in case a board member can not make it to a meeting. He said he hopes to eventually have it where multiple people can call on the same line.

Former EMS Director Shankle Doing Well

Paris, Tenn.- EMS director Twila Rose gave an update on Mike Shankle, former EMS director who recently received a bone marrow transplant, to the 911 board Monday night. She said he was doing well and was able to leave Vanderbilt Hospital for a short trip to a nearby Sam's this past week. So far of the three test to see if the transplant all have registered high so they are very cautiously optimistic it will take. Rose said he may get to come home a couple days for Christmas and then go back to Vanderbilt.

Good Turnout for Over the River Run on Saturday

Runners stretch and get ready to start the race on Saturday. (Chamber photos)

Paris Landing, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce once again sponsored the Over the River 8 mile race at Paris Landing State Park as part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour, where 123 athletes competed on the certified course.

Shayne Fawcett, 47, of Bolivar, was the overall winner with a time of 48 minutes and 22 seconds. The overall female winner was Ashley Zimmerman of Clarksville, with a time of 59.42.

Lakewood School Principal Mike Bell, who serves as director of the state tour, has been director of the local race since its inception.

Chamber Vice President of Tourism Development, Michele Atkins, Henry County Extension, said "We are proud to be part of the tour and grateful to our sponsors, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic and the Friends of Paris Landing State Park."

We are also thankful for all of the volunteers who come out every year to make sure the course is safe and easy to follow, including Susan Jones, Merisons; Henry County Clerk Donna Craig; Chamber President Chip Anderson, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic; Rich Eckenrode, Friends of Paris Landing State Park; Gene Fish, Friends of Paris Landing State Park; Chamber Vice President of Membership Development Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker, and her family; Kathy Ray, Downtown Paris Association; Waynea Branham, Bill Branham and Ben Branham; Kelly Puckett and Mary Beth Puckett, My Favorite Things; Chamber Treasurer Gary McEntire, Paris Landing State Park; Lisa Bell, Anna Bell and Ally Bell; Lance Winders, Lakewood School; Titus Winders; Silas Winders; Joan Williams, Paris Landing State Park; Tim Caldwell, Paris Landing State Park; Reggie Coles, Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department; the Henry County Sheriff's Department; Tennessee Department of Transportation; and our special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department gave Santa a ride to the race starting point.

Public Hearing for Sales Tax Referendum is 6:30pm Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission meets in regular session tonight at 7pm and will discuss increasing the local option sales tax via a voter referendum in the spring among other things.

A public hearing will be held at the Chancery Courtroom at the Henry County Courthouse beginning at 6:30pm to address the sale tax increase issue.

Other items on the agenda include a resolution to change the private act to increase the size of the board of trustees for the Henry County Medical Center among other things. The meeting is open to the public.

Warrants Issued for Aggravated Assault

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants on Andrew Brant, age 32, of White Creek Tennessee for aggravated assault and Teri Priddy, age 44, of 235 Guthrie Road, for accessory after the fact following an incident involving a pistol at 300 Eagle Creek Drive this weekend.

The report at the Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies responded to the residence to someone being shot as the call came into dispatch. They arrived and found no one was shot, but Andrew Brant had broke the front glass door and forced his way into the home and pulled a pistol threatening to kill one of the men inside.

The man then wrestled with Brant after Brant pulled out the gun and two shots were fired into the air, going thru the roof. Deputies found the casings for two bullets in the area.

Brant and Priddy then left the scene in a 2001 Maroon Cougar and haven’t been seen since. If you have any information on their whereabouts call the Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672.

Thefts Reported from Home, Storage Unit

Paris, Tenn.- A home on Rickman Ridge in Springville several items stolen from inside after a car or truck appeared to have ran over the garage door to the home and thieves made entry thru the garage. The victim said she didn’t have a full list of items that were stolen as of yet.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated that several thousands of dollars worth of items were stolen from a storage unit at Smith Mini Storage on highway 69 S. Police have no suspects in either incident.

Theft Reported on Conyersville Road

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary on Conyersville Road in Puryear on Saturday. The glass in the back door of the victim’s home had been knocked out to gain entry. Items reported stolen include a 50’’ Samsung television, a 9mm pistol, four rifles, a computer monitor, two crossbows, and an Xbox 360. The victim had been in Michigan for a week prior to the theft.

Santa's Friends Visit Downtown to Celebrate Christmas

Paris, Tenn. - The Downtown Paris Association hosted their annual Sleigh Load of Friends with Santa on Saturday from 2 until 4:30 p.m. The day included a chance to sit with Santa starting at 10 a.m. and meet his elves, Mrs. Claus, and even the one who stole Christmas, the Grinch!

Among Santa's friends was the not always friendly Grinch posing for a photo.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Children also got to enjoy Christmas story telling by Monroe Robbins at Jack’s Java with free hot chocolate.

Robbins reading to Danielle Braddock, age 6, and Emily Stoddard, age 3.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Vendors included the Paris Fire Department who offered s’mores to everyone who came out to see Santa and his pals.

Paris Fire Department making s'mores for the community.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The Henry County 4-H group sponsored a crafts table that was very popular with the kids before and after they spent time with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. The R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center hosted a bean bag toss for the kids while promoting their facility and upcoming fundraiser “Shiver on the River.”

The DPA also provided horse-drawn carriage rides free of charge as well as live reindeer goats brought by Leslie Sensing.

The reindeer goats were very popular with the kids!

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Christmas music was played throughout the day by the Henry County Patriot Clarinet Quartet, with the company of Santa’s number one reindeer, Rudolph.

The Henry County Clarinet Quartet with Rudolph. From left to right, Hannah Hughes, Rudolph, Becca Dean, and Nick Hawkins.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association, Kathy Ray, says she was very pleased with the turnout of the festival as well as all of the recent Christmas events. Out of the 44 days between the open house and the last Christmas event, the DPA has events planned for 35. The day was wrapped up with the annual Christmas parade at 4:30. 21 entries participated in the parade.

The next event hosted by the DPA will be “Elf on the Shelf” at Jack’s Java from 12 p.m. until 2 on Saturday, December 20th.

Good Night for Patriot Basketball

Paris, Tenn. - Patriot Basketball had a great night on Friday as both the men and women’s teams defeated the Springfield Yellow Jackets. The Henry County Men’s Basketball Team won over Springfield 44-23. The women’s final score was 53-32.

Santa Stops by Rhea Elementary for Night of Fun

Paris, Tenn. - A huge crowd gathered around Rhea Elementary School at 5 p.m. on Friday to see Santa Claus ride in on a fire truck! Rhea Elementary hosted their annual Supper with Santa from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Fifteen minutes before Santa arrived at Rhea Elementary.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Events included Christmas games, a bake sale, and a Christmas Salon.

Santa greeted on his way into the school for Supper with Santa.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Leslie Lovins traveled from Nashville to be with her son as he visited with Jolly Ol' St. Nick.

Lovins' son, Drew Weiher, age 7, patiently waits for Santa to arrive.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Paris Police Prepare for Holidays

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department has schedule an enforcement initiative from Friday, December 12th until Saturday, January 4th. This is in conjunction with a Law Enforcement Challenge aimed at saving lives hosted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association. The program will seek out occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding.

"Elf On The Shelf" Coming to Jack's Java

 Paris, Tenn - The Downtown Paris Association and Bethel University are partnering to bring Elf on the Shelf to downtown Paris.  Pictures can be made Saturday December 20th from noon to 2:00 pm at Jack's Java in Downtown Paris with Santa's special helper "Elf of the Shelf". Elizabeth Cook Photography will provide families the opportunity to have their picture taken with the "Elf".

You will be able to access your complementary photos on the Downtown Paris Association Facebook Page.   "The elf on the shelf visited our Christmas with Renaissance and it was exciting to see the kid’s reaction," commented Travis McLeese, Associate Director of Renaissance and DPA Executive Board Member. "Santa's mischievous helper provides him with reports on the children's behavior, which in return helps determine the Naughty and Nice List." 

 

For more information, contact Kathy Ray, DPA President, at 731-653-7274.


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