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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

State Museum Employee Steals over $61K in Taxpayer Money




Nashville- A new investigative report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury reveals that a former administrative services assistant with the Tennessee State Museum took $61,892.04 in taxpayer money. The Comptroller’s Office worked with the chief investigator from the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General to complete its investigation.

In February 2014 investigators began to identify a cash shortage created by the former administrative services assistant. Investigators discovered the employee used a scheme to falsify 26 invoices and submit them for payment to her personal account. The employee used her role as a processor of purchase orders and requisitions to create phony invoices for historical artifacts. The employee admitted to creating the false invoices and submitting them for payment with photocopies of her supervisor’s signature. These payments totaled $49,476.97.

Investigators also discovered the employee used a rental car for 15 months, and billed $12,415.97 to the Tennessee State Museum. The employee admitted she improperly charged the rental fees to the museum after her personal car broke down. Her employment has been terminated.

Investigators determined the administrative services assistant was a convicted felon on parole for a theft of property over $60,000. Museum officials were not aware of her conviction at the time she was hired in April 2011. The former employee was originally hired by Adecco USA in November 2008 to provide temporary and contract employment to other state agencies. The employee disclosed three prior convictions on her Adecco USA application. The Museum Commission is taking steps to require background checks on all future employees.

Investigators recommend the Tennessee State Museum reconcile purchases with inventory records on a monthly basis. Errors can remain undiscovered without proper review.

“The Tennessee State Museum helps preserve, protect and share our state’s fascinating history,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “We must also protect taxpayer dollars to ensure the continued success of this institution.”

To view the investigation online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/ia/.

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-4343, or file a report online at: www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline. Follow the Comptroller’s Office on twitter: @TNCOT


HC Cross Country Competes at Dresden

Kaity Beth James runs during the meet at Dresden. (Lance Winders photos)

Dresden, Tenn.- Henry County Cross Country competed at the Dresden High School Cross Country Meet in Dresden on Tuesday.

In the girls 5K race Kaity Beth James came in 3rd out of 106 runners with a time of 23:13.

In the boys 5K race there were 119 runners and Henry County finished 7th out of 14 teams. Individual finishes included Harrison Robbins, 10th with a time of 19:30; Austin Nance, 14th with a time a time of 20:26, Garrett Robbins 27th, Michaeal St. Clair 52nd, and Scott Wallett 58th.

Harrison Robbins competes in 5K race.

Chamber to Host Employment Law Seminar Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a 2014 Employment Law Update Seminar on Thursday August 21st from 9am to 12:45pm. The seminar will be presented by Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC and the Chamber at no cost.

Participants are required to pre-register via email at pariscoc@paristnchamber.com or call 642-3431. Topics to be discussed include Work Comp Reform, Emerging ADAAA trends at the EEOC and in the courts and an EEOC overview.  

PSSD Approves 14-15 Budget

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and approved the 2014-15 budget. Superintendent Mike Brown told board members some of the highlights of the budget, which have been discussed the last few months.

The budget included a 1.5% bonus for teachers, a $500 bonus for full time support staff, and a $250 bonus for part time staff. These bonuses are budgeted from fund balance and along with some additional technology that will be budgeted from fund balance will total just under $284K from fund balance.

Other aspects of the budget include the purchase of a new school bus for the system at a cost of $106K, $88K in additional monies for Health Insurance which comes from a 10% increase in premiums, increases in administrative and teaching staff positions, and $5K in additional BEP funds from the state. Brown said the PSSD has shown no real growth in enrollment so the BEP funds didn’t increase very much.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards said “most systems around our area have not been able to give any raises or bonuses and its great that our budget and those who handle our budget allows and has found ways for us to give these bonuses that are well deserved.”


PSSD Shows Improvement in State Testing Data

Each School and System Clear from Focus School Groups

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Mike Brown gave some good news to the board towards the end of the meeting. He said after data from state testing has been release, the PSSD as a system and all schools have cleared the priority or focus list. Last year the PSSD were listed in the need of subgroup improvements, but they cleared those focus group lists this year and showed improvements on their data. Brown said they will discuss some of the data in more detail in September but he wanted to publicly recognize and thank the teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. .

Brown also told board members that enrollment for the PSSD for the current school year was down about 19 students from the final numbers when school let out in May. He said the combination of a large 8th grade in May and a smaller Kindergarten class coming in this month, numbers were down. He also said overall its been a great start to the school year.


Custodial Services Improving for PSSD After Rough Start

Paris, Tenn.- Maintenance Supervisor for the PSSD, Richie Chilcutt told the board that after a rocky start with Service Solutions, the custodial services the system hired, things have progressed and are now going very well. The board approved hiring a company to come and clean and provide custodial services for the system and Chilcutt said it was a very rocky start and they had a meeting with heads of the company at the end of the school year.

Chilcutt told board members that they decided to give it until Christmas and if things didn’t improve they would bid the service out again. Since then, he said it was like a different company and the buildings look cleaner and better than they have in years. The company brought in a new supervisor and things have been great since the first of summer.

PSSD Board Welcomes New Teachers

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Tuesday night, the PSSD board welcomed new teachers to the system for the 2014-15 School Year. Each Principal introduced their new staff.

At Rhea, principal Scott Owens introduced his assistant principal Sandra Paschall,  and teachers Holley Lamer, Ginger Oliver, Lacy Scherer, and Jordan Shelton.

PES Principal Chip Gray introduced new fourth grade teachers: Jessica Homesly, Rickilynn Brown, Donna Thompson, and new 5th grade teacher Angela Winstead. Also PES will have a new nurse, Keisha Guilish, and new guidance counsellor, Melissa Ridgeway.

Inman principal Jason Scarbrough had several new teachers as well including Roddey Atkinson, Teresa Baker, Ed Nienaber, who will also be the new head basketball coach for the Inman Bulldogs, Shawna Watkins, Amy Whitaker, Kyla Parker, and Chris Hudgins as Inman’s new assistant principal.


Man Charged with Theft After Investigation by HCSO

Deputy Wayne Fuqua, K9 Cisco helped recover the stolen weapons from the theft. (HCSO photo)


Buchanan, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that investigation into the theft of firearms and other items from a metal barn on Forsythe Road has led to the arrest of Matthew Lee Ricker, age 19, of 5340 Buchanan Road and also has led to the recovery of the property.

Back on August 12th, property owners reported the theft of five firearms, bows, and other items taken from the barn within the last week. Two days later, the property owner and a friend found two of the firearms and some other stolen items in the woods behind the barn they were stolen from.

Deputy Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco were used to track the suspect. This led to other evidence being uncovered and along with information from area residents, led police to the residence of Ricker.

The remaining firearms and bows were found at Ricker’s residence. Ricker was charged with burglary and theft of property of $1K and he was placed on $12,500 bond pending arraignment in General Sessions court Tuesday.


Wade Promoted to Assistant Fire Chief

Chuck Wade and Son Owen

Paris, Tenn.- Chuck Wade has been promoted to fill the position of Assistant Fire Chief for the city of Paris Fire Department. Wade has been with the Paris Fire Department for 14 years and has served the last two years as Fire Marshal.

Paris City Manager Carl Holder said, “Chuck has served the city for the last 14 years and we are glad to promote him to Assistant Fire Chief to replace the late Jeff Hamlin.”

Hamlin was killed in a car wreck in July. As of Tuesday morning, the position left vacant by Wade’s promotion, Fire Marshal, has not been filled yet.

BPU's McCaslin Receives PDE Designation

Josh McCaslin of Paris, TN, BPU (second from right), was one of five individuals who received Power Distribution Engineer certificates at TVPPA’s Aug. 6-8 Engineering& Operations Conference. Certificate recipients were from left, Ken McGee of Joe Wheeler EMC, Trinity, AL; Eric Phillips of Bowling Green, KY, MU; McCaslin and Brandon Hesson of Gallatin, TN, DE. (Photo Submitted by BPU)

Paris Board of Public Utilities's employee Josh McCaslin was recently awarded the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association’s Power Distribution Engineer (PDE) designation.

 

McCaslin received his PDE certificate in Murfreesboro, TN, at TVPPA’s Aug. 6-8 Engineering & Operations Conference. The presentation was made by TVPPA Chief Financial Officer and Director of Training John Cooke, who put the achievement into perspective.

 

“Owing to the unique nature of this program, a significantly greater level of commitment from participants, and their utilities, is required than is usually the case in other TVPPA certificate programs,” Cooke said.

 

The PDE is comprised of four courses and is designed to significantly enhance the skills and abilities of entry-level engineers working in a distribution utility. The program is intended to provide participants with formal power-engineering courses they may not have had in their undergraduate studies, but is also an ideal refresher for those seeking to “brush-up” their day-to-day engineering skills.

 

“All of us at Paris BPU congratulate Josh on his having earned his PDE,” said John Etheridge, the utility’s general manager. “Josh plays a key role in helping us serve our customers to the best of our ability every day, and we appreciate that service.”

 

The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) is the non-profit, regional service organization representing the interests of the 155 consumer-owned electric utilities that purchase wholesale power from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and distribute it to 9 million customers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina.

 

TVPPA’s Education & Training Services maintains a comprehensive selection of utility-specific professional management and technical training programs for utility employees.  The mission of the TVPPA Education & Training Committee is to aid TVPPA in the development and delivery of nationally recognized education and training opportunities to meet current and future electric utility workforce needs.

Bruceton Man Charged with Marijuana Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged a Bruceton man with marijuana possession after a routine traffic stop. The report said Cpl. Whitaker stopped the car because the driver, Michael Aldridge, of Bruceton, wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

When asked for consent to search the car, Aldridge refused. Sgt. Michael Ramos, who was backing up Cpl. Whitaker, then ran K9 Kenzee around the car and Kenzee alerted on the driver’s side door. A search revealed a bag of marijuana under the driver’s seat.

Aldridge was charged with possession of schedule six drug.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a woman living at the Grove Park Apartments had been gone since mid May and returned to find several items broken or missing in her residence. There was no forced entry and over $500 worth of damage was done and items were missing. Police have no suspects and continue to investigate.

An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Betty J. Ricketts, 44. of 290 Jim Hunt Road in Cottage Grove, was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Travis Loop had three guns stolen from the shop on the property. The report said a neighbor saw a light colored Cadillac parked next door. The victim advised he had some family that drove that kind of car. The value of the guns is around $600 and police continue to investigate.

Henry County Bested by Calloway on Golf Course

Henry County's Callie Pierce in action.

(Coach Brian Whelp photo)

Murray, Ky.- Calloway County (Ky) High School hosted Henry County High School in golf at The Oaks Country Club in Murray, Ky on Monday afternoon. In girl’s action, Calloway County won the match shooting a 71 while the Lady Patriots shot a 92. Individual scores for Henry County were Callie Pierce with a 44 and Leah Bell with a 48.

Calloway County won the men’s matchup as well edging out Henry County 169 to 175. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jamison Hayes with a  38, Chase Hill with a 44, Will Sleadd shot a 46, and Ryan Mahan finished with a 47.

UT Martin Will Welcome Freshman Class Thursday

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Martin will welcome its 2014 Freshman class on Thursday August 21st with more than 1100 freshman students expected to move into residence halls on the campus. The new students will participate in the First Year Initiative Welcome Weekend, an orientation program that prepares students for fall classes which begin Monday August 25th.

After Welcome Weekend, freshman at UTM will participate in the semester long General Studies 101 class that prepares and positions first year students to achieve academic and social success.

Following Thursday’s move in, First Year Initiatives activities include a 5pm opening ceremony Friday in the Elam Center, orientation sessions all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon and a combination organization fair and city of Martin merchants fair at 5pm Monday in the Elam Center.  


Dan Paschall Honored For Years of Service by Commission

County Mayor Brent Greer Reads a Proclamation Honoring Dan Paschall for Years of Service to Henry County. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday night and honored longtime commissioner Dan Paschall for his years of service to the commission and various other boards and committees in Henry County.

Commissioner Paschall didn’t seek re-election this year after serving as county commissioner for District 1 for many years. Paschall has served on the commission, Henry County School Board, Budget Committee, and other boards.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer read a couple of resolutions, one honor Paschall for his years of service and another to present him with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honor a citizen in Henry County can receive from the commission. Randy Gean, chief deputy with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, won the seat in district 1 that Paschall will be vacating.

No Fly Zone Recognized By County Commission

Members of the No Fly Zone Shooting team are honored by the Commission. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The commission also recognized members of the Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting team and its coaches. Mayor Greer read a resolution that honored the team for competiting in the National Scholastic Shooting Championships in Sparta Illinois this summer with some of the team members winning the National Championship.

The team is coached by Drew Williams and Bill Neese and is comprised of 75 kids ranging in age from 4th grade to 12th grade.

French Sworn in As County Trustee

Randi Allen French is sworn into office by County Clerk Donna Craig Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday night’s Henry County Commission saw the appointment of the new county trustee. After accepting the resignation of former Henry County Trustee David Stone, later in the meeting they appointed newly elected Trustee Randi Allen French to fill the remainder of the term, which would last until September 1st.

French won the democratic primary in May and then won the August General Election for county trustee. French was sworn in Monday night. She will fill the unexpired term of Stone until August 31st and then start her own term of four years on September 1st.

Commission Approves Housekeeping Issues

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday night, commissioners approved a resolution to authorize capital outlay notes not to exceed $142,969 for various capital improvements during this fiscal year. This is more or less a housekeeping issue that is usually handled each August. Some of the capital projects include county building improvements, more improvements at the Henry County airport, new patrol cars for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and some new HVAC units around county buildings.

Another housekeeping issue the commission took care of Monday night is to pass a resolution approving statutory bonds for all the elected officials. State law requires these bonds for elected officials for faithful performance of his or her duty.

Mayor Greer reminded all the newly elected commissioners they will hold a swearing in ceremony on Thursday August 28th at 7pm at the Circuit Court room where all elected officials will be sworn in to their respective offices.

Arts Council Seeks Artists for Arts Round the Square

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is seeking artists in a variety of mediums of fine arts and crafts for the Annual Arts Round the Square which will be held on Saturday September 27th from 9am to 4pm. Food vendors are also encouraged to apply for vendor space. Applications and rules can be found at the Arts Council Office at Paris City Hall or via the website phcarts.com. Call 642-3955 for more information. Deadline to enter is September 1st.

TBI Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officially launched a new outreach to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee on Monday.

The campaign, titled “IT Has To Stop,” hopes to increase awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee and beyond.

The centerpiece of the campaign, ITHasToStop.com, features information, current research and statistics, video, important contacts, and links for visitors to join nonprofits and other groups in the efforts to curb trafficking in Tennessee. Visitors can also connect with the campaign on designated Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, it’s unacceptable, and it’s a crime in Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We hope TBI’s new public awareness campaign sheds some much-needed light on the issue, so we can increase the number of people who insist it has to stop in our state and beyond.”

Research by The Polaris Project, a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, indicates it to be one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimate the number of children bought and sold in the country for the purpose of sexual exploitation to number at least 100,000. The average age of a trafficking victim is 13.

“Tennessee has recently been recognized for great strides in enacting laws to protect survivors of trafficking,” said Gwyn. “We also have trusted nonprofits on the frontlines of this troubling fight. Now, we hope this new effort is our state’s next step to rally public support and increase awareness of this kind of crime and the way out for those trapped.”

The site is available for review at www.ITHasToStop.com.

Wheatley Having a Hoot as LBLA President

Paris, Tenn.- Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley is currently serving as the Land Between the Lakes Association President. At a recent member meeting at the Nature Station, she was hanging around some furry friends. (Chamber photo)

Camden Man Charge with DUI, Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to JB’s Express Mart where a man appeared to be impaired sitting at the gas pumps, The report said that officers arrived and found Donald Prince, of Camden sitting in the car asleep and there was several pieces of plastic and other stuff around the outside of the car.

Officers couldn’t smell alcohol, but when they asked Prince about taking pills or medication he admitted to doing so. The video inside the store showed that Prince had been there for awhile.

Prince was arrested and charge with DUI 1st Offence, violation of implied consent, and driving on a revoked license.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a vehicle was broke into on Hill Road and the stereo system was stolen from it. Deputies have no suspects at this time.

In a separate incident, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office report stated that a resident on Elkhorn Nobles Road had several pills of prescription medication stolen over the weekend. Police have no suspects in this incident either.

Other arrests from the weekend include Markia D. Patton, 1010 McSwain Street, for evading arrest.

HC Historical Society To Meet Thursday at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will meet at 6pm on Thursday August 21st at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center, located at 614 N. Poplar Street.

President David Webb will give a presentation of the Trail of Tears through Henry County known as Benge’s Route. Webb has worked closely with National Park Service staff to plot, as closely as possible, the original Trail of Tears route through Henry County.

The Trail came through the county along Reynoldsburg Road, to Market Street, turning west onto Rison Street, then westward on Jones Bend Road.

The officers for the 2014-15 year will be elected at the Historical Society’s meeting on August 21st. Annual dues of $5 are due by September 1st and you may mail your dues to Donna Winchester, treasurer, at 715 Old Union Road, Paris, or bring the dues to the meeting.

Brett Bell of Alabama Wins Big Bass Splash

Several Local Anglers Take Home Cash and Prizes

Brett Bell of Scottsboro, Ala. shows off his massive 8.72lb largemouth bass that won him this year's Kentucky Lake Big Bass Splash (Photo provided by Sealy Outdoors).

Buchanan, Tenn.- After two days of fishing, no one could top Brett Bell of Scottsboro, Ala.'s massive 8.72lb bass, turned in during the second hour of the first day of competition.

Bell's huge catch earned him a brand-new 2014 Triton 18XS bass boat with a Mercury motor and fully equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics, Power Pole, HydroWave and Tournament Saver Pro gear, as well as $2,000 in cash for his hourly payout.

Two local fishermen finished just behind Bell; Brad Jones of McKenzie, Tenn. and Brian Horton of Buchanan, Tenn. finished in second and third place overall and earned $2500 and $2000 respectively for their bass, each weighing in just shy of 7 pounds.

Several other local anglers won some cash in the tournament's hourly payouts; a full list of results is available at sealyoutdoors.com/Results/2014/results_ky-14.htm

Chainsaw Stolen from Paris Home Sunday

 

Paris, Tenn.- A chainsaw was stolen from the garage of a home on Dortch Lane in Paris Sunday, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

 

The homeowner was out of town over the weekend and returned to find that his detached garage had been entered with the door left standing open.

 

He noticed a Stihl chainsaw had been taken from the garage.

 

The building requires a PIN code in order to enter; the burglar or burglars are believed to have forced a window open and removed a fan from the structure in order to gain access.

 

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft and has no suspects at this time.

 

Man Arrested for DUI Early Saturday Morning

 

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

 

Deputy Frankie Scott observed a vehicle driving on N. Market Street in Paris and repeatedly crossing over the center line into the opposing lane of traffic.

 

Scott initiated a traffic stop and, upon identifying the driver as Joseph A. Cunningham, age 49 of Springhill Road in Paris, noticed a strong odor of alcohol.

 

Scott asked Cunningham if he had been drinking; the driver replied that he hadn’t and added that he had been around several cats, to which he is allergic, which was why his eyes were red.

 

Scott asked Cunningham to perform a variety of field sobriety tests, which Cunningham failed, at which point he admitted to having some shots of whiskey earlier in the evening.

 

Cunningham was arrested for driving under the influence and consented to a non-mandatory blood draw.

 

He was booked under $1500 bond and will appear in General Sessions Court Tuesday, August 19.

 

Latest Report Shows Tennessee Unemployment Increase

 

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released preliminary unemployment data for the state of Tennessee, which shows a moderate uptick in unemployment from June to July.

 

The July unemployment rate for Tennessee averaged at 7.1%, half a percent higher than June’s rate of 6.6%.

 

The national unemployment average did increase as well, but not nearly to the same extent: US averages show 6.2% unemployment in July compared with 6.1% in June.

 

Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has dropped 1.3%, from 8.4% in July 2013 to 7.1% last month.

 

Nationally, unemployment has fallen 1.1% over the same period, from 7.3% to 6.2%.

 

Tennessee has consistently remained approximately one percentage point above the national average for unemployment.

 

The Tennessee job sectors seeing the largest growth in the past year were leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and trade / transportation / utilities.

 

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development will release more detailed figures as well as a county-by-county unemployment breakdown on Thursday, August 21.

W.G. Rhea Computer Lab to Close Wednesday Morning

 

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Computer Lab will be closed Wednesday, August 20 from 9 AM to noon for computer maintenance. Computer access will be limited during those hours.

 

The computer lab will be open Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 and will be open normally after noon Wednesday, August 20.

Patriots Win Hard-Fought Jamboree Game

Friday's football preview for the Edward Jones Football Challenge was extremely well-attended (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots football team was one of 7 teams in competition at Friday night’s Edward Jones Football Challenge held at Patriot Stadium.

The Patriots defeated the Mustangs of McCracken County, Ky. by a final score of 21 to 14 in one half of play.

Running backs R’Tario Perkins and Jeremiah Godbott each added a touchdown for Henry County, but the biggest impact player of the night was defensive back Cody Hunter. Hunter had two interceptions in Friday night’s game, both of which were returned for touchdowns. However, one of those touchdowns was negated by a blocking penalty on the return.

The final game of the evening, pitting the Dresden Lions against the Tigers of Murray High, provided a dramatic finish for the event.

Murray led Dresden 7 to 0 for much of the game; Dresden managed to score a touchdown in the final minutes and attempted to take the lead with a 2-point conversion. Murray stopped the conversion attempt and held on to win 7 to 6.

Most of the teams in competition Friday night will kick off their regular season next week. On Aug. 22, Stewart County will host Clarksville Northwest, Milan will travel to Lexington, and the Henry County Patriots will head to Jackson to face off against the Crusaders of Liberty Tech Magnet High School.

The Kentucky schools will kick off their schedules next Saturday, with McCracken County in a cross-town match against Paducah Tilghman and Murray travelling to play Richmond Central.

Dresden and Martin-Westview won’t begin their regular-season play until August 29, with Dresden hosting Trenton-Peabody and Martin-Westview hosting Huntingdon.

Be sure and tune in to WLZK 94.1 FM Friday, August 22 for live coverage of the Patriots’ season opener from Liberty Tech starting at 6:30 PM with the Papa John’s Pregame Show. Kickoff will be at 7 PM.

We will also provide streaming coverage online through our website. A Windows Media-enabled device is required for playback.

Full results from the Edward Jones Football Challenge are as follows:

Martin-Westview 17 – Stewart County 0

Henry County 21 – McCracken County 14

Milan 14 – McCracken County 0

Murray 7 – Dresden 6

The Milan Bulldogs line up to run a play against the McCracken County Mustangs at Friday's jamboree (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Henry County FFA Members Receive High Honors

Henry County's Jim Young receives his State Championship FFA honors from National FFA Secretary Mitch Baker (Photo provided by Laura Moss).

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County FFA member Jim Young will be competing for a national championship after winning the State Beef Production Placement Proficiency in March at the Tennessee FFA Convention.

Young was not only named state champion but was one of the top 4 in the region, earning him a berth to compete at the National FFA Convention to be held in Louisville, Ky. in late October of this year.

Young along with three other HCHS FFA members were also honored with American FFA degrees recently. Said FFA advisor and HCHS agriculture teacher Laura Moss, "Melinda Perkins, Brooke Rose, Savannah Rose and Jim Young have attained the highest degree that an FFA member can receive. Only 0.6% of the National FFA membership qualify for this honor”. Qualifications for the degree are extremely stringent and only 3,500 are awarded nationally each year.

The entire Henry County FFA chapter will appear at this year’s National Convention as well; it was recently designated a National 3 Star Chapter and selected as one of the top 19 chapters in Tennessee that will be recognized nationally.

Live streaming video of the National FFA Convention will be available online via www.ihigh.com/ffa

Chamber of Commerce Adds New Staff Member

Monica Smith will be joining the staff at the Paris - Henry County Chamber of Commerce as Executive Assistant (Photo provided by Jennifer Wheatley)

Paris, Tenn.- Monica Armstrong Smith has joined the staff of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce as Executive Assistant. Mrs. Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in business administration and a minor in marketing. Chamber President Chip Anderson, Bone and Joint Specialists, said, “Monica has experience in office management and is a welcome addition to our team.”

Ms. Smith will work directly with Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley in membership services and event planning and as part of the Henry County Alliance with CEO David Hamilton and Administrative Coordinator Kayla Simpson.

According to Anderson, “Monica’s maturity and professionalism stood out and she will contribute to the services we provide to our 400 members and the Paris-Henry County community.”

The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is located at 2508 East Wood Street in Paris. More information on Chamber membership is available at www.paristnchamber.com or by calling 731.642.3431.

UTM Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate

Erica Glisson of Dresden is a member of UT-Martin's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Class of 2014 that achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exams (Photo provided by UT-Martin).

Martin, Tenn.- University of Tennessee at Martin nursing graduates in the class of 2014 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The NCLEX-RN measures the competencies needed for individuals to perform safely and effectively as newly licensed, entry-level nurses.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing implemented a test plan and increased the passing standards of the NCLEX-RN in 2013, making the test significantly more difficult. With this change, the passing rate for first-time, U.S.-educated nurses decreased nationally by nearly 10 percent.

“This (100 percent pass rate) is especially exciting considering the difficulty of the exam,” said Dr. Mary Radford, UT Martin nursing department chair. “We’ve taken significant steps to better prepare students for the test, and it has paid off. This result is a direct reflection of the hard work and effort of these graduates.”

UT Martin’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program includes one year of academic prerequisites and three years of nursing courses. The university’s BSN program is distinctive in offering three years of clinical nursing courses in a variety of health-care settings. This experience prepares graduates for entry-level registered nurse positions in primary, secondary and other health-care settings and for entry into advanced-degree nursing programs.

The BSN degree is offered at the Martin campus and the UT Martin Parsons Center. An RN-to-BSN completion program is offered both online and at the UT Martin Ripley Center for students who have an associate degree or a diploma in nursing.

Qualifying Deadline Approaching for November Election

Paris, Tenn.- The qualifying deadline for the November General Election is approaching, and several local candidates have filed papers to run.

 

For the Paris City Commission, Catherine Herrera, current mayor Samuel Tharpe, and incumbent city commissioner Carlton Gerrell have all filed papers and will be on the ballot in November. Galia Greer, Terry Knott, and current PSSD board and Henry County School System board member Robert Sleadd have picked up papers, but have not yet filed.

 

Cindy Rainey has filed papers for the alderman race in Henry. Carl Koch and Faye Lowery have each picked up papers, but have not yet filed to run.

 

For the Henry mayoral race, both incumbent mayor Joe Qualls and Michael Gross have picked up papers; neither has filed as of Friday, August 15.

 

Two candidates have filed in the Puryear alderman race; Tellus Gallimore and Bryan Hall will both appear on the ballot. Robert Hughes has picked up papers, but has yet to file.

 

James Hart has filed papers to run against incumbent state representative Tim Wirgau for the 75th District seat in Tennessee’s House of Representatives; Hart has also picked up papers to run against incumbent representative Stephen Fincher for Tennessee’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

The deadline for candidates to file papers is Thursday, August 21 at noon.

HCHS Golf Team Squares Off Against Calloway County

(L) Chase Hill prepared to tee up a drive. His round of 41 helped Henry County's boys' team knock off Calloway County.

(R) Madison Dillard lines up a putt. She shot 52 in the Henry County girls' team's defeat to the state runner-up Calloway County duo. (Photos provided by Brian Welp)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School golf team was in action Thursday at Paris Landing State Park.

 

The boys’ team defeated Calloway County by a total team score of 165 to 169 strokes. Jamison Hayes led the way with an even-par 36, Chase Hill shot a 41, Will Sleadd shot a 43, and Ryan Mahan and Brady Mustain both shot 45.

 

The girls’ team was defeated by Calloway County, last year’s Kentucky state runners-up, 71 to 98.

 

Callie Pierce shot a 46 and Madison Dillard shot a 52 Thursday.

 

The Henry County High School golf team will face off against Calloway County once again on Monday, August 18 at The Oaks in Murray, Ky.

Cross-Country Athletes Compete in Huntingdon 5K

(From L) Austin Nance, Scott Wallett, and coach Lance Winders all competed in a 5K race in Huntingdon Thursday evening (Photo provided by Lance Winders)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Henry County High School cross-country and track and field coach Lance Winders and two of his cross-country athletes competed Thursday night in Huntingdon’s Fitness Five 5K race.

 

Winders placed first overall with a time of 17 minutes, 54 seconds.

 

Austin Nance placed third overall and first in the 15 to 18 age group with a time of 19 minutes, 3 seconds.

 

Scott Wallett placed ninth overall and third in the 15 to 18 age group with a time of 22 minutes, 9 seconds.

Planning Commission Approves Kroger Fuel Addition

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday night and approved requests from the Kroger Company to develop a Fuel Center on a .861 acre tract in the Paris Shopping Center.

Planners first approved the minor subdivision plat which created almost 180 feet of frontage on Mineral Wells Avenue, then approved the site plan for the new Kroger Fuel Center.

The development proposes 7 fuel islands along with a 159 square foot kiosk to include cashier’s space and restroom. The fuel center will eliminate 114 parking spaces but it will still meet the requirement of 324 spaces as set forth in the ordinance. After the development, 332 parking spaces will still remain.

Planners also approved a minor site plan for East Wood Church of Christ. They want to place an 18 by 31 ft. accessory building at the northwest corner of their existing parking lot. The only effect the new building would have on the existing property is the elimination of three parking spaces. Drainage will not be affected and the building will meet the required setbacks.

The planning commission also approved a revised Minor Subdivision plat for the Board of Public Utilities and Dean Howd. Planners had approved a subdivision plat in June but the new revised plat includes a 100 foot wide strip along the south side of the proposed Howd tract that will be included in Tract 2 as a utility easement.


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