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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr


Tomorrow's Hope Shoe Drive Continues Until May 29th

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic will continue their shoe drive until Friday May 29th. Tomorrow’s Hope will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit Tomorrow’s Hope PMC and anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at Tomorrow’s Hope, located on Brewer Street in downtown Paris.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners in developing nations. Wayne Clark, of Tomorrow’s Hope said, “We are excited about our shoe drive and know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It is a win win for everyone.”

Reminder: City Pool to be Dedicated to Gerald Howard on Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- A dedication ceremony will be held at 10am on Saturday May 23rd at the Paris Municipal Pool in Eiffel Tower Park where city officials will be unveiling a plaque to rename the city pool to the Gerald Howard Municipal Pool. City commissioners voted to rename the pool in honor of Mr. Howard who the city’s first pool manager. The pool was opened in 1977 with Howard as the manager, and was the only pool manager until 2011 when he retired. Everyone is welcome as the city recognizes him for his 34 years of dedicated service.

Reminder: 3rd Annual RFL Yard Sale To Be Held May 22nd & 23rd At VFW

Paris, Tenn. - The 3rd Annual Relay for Life yard sale will be held on Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd at the VFW on Hwy 79.

Lots of clothes (all sizes), figurines, pictures, glassware, jewelry, books, handbags, toys and many other items will be for sale.

Drinks will be available for purchase.

Relay for Life PR Chair Dana Allen stated “this event is hosted by the Dana Corporation Relay for Life Team and all proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Henry County. If you’ve never been to this yard sale, you really must go! It’s so organized and runs so efficiently. We appreciate Dana Corporation for their hard work and dedication. We hope everyone will support this HUGE event!”

TN Unemployment Rate Lowest in 7 Years

Nashville- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April was 6.0 percent, three-tenths of one percentage point lower than the March revised rate of 6.3 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.4 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the prior month. That is the lowest the state's rate has been in 7 years.

Economic Summary

  • Tennessee's April unemployment rate is the third consecutive monthly decline and is the lowest rate in seven years.
  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 6.5 percent to 6.0 percent, while the national rate declined from 6.2 percent to 5.4 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment increased 6,400 jobs from March to April. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, administrative/support/waste services, mining/logging/construction, and finance/insurance.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 47,000 jobs. The largest increases occurred intrade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and durable goods manufacturing.

Dr. Brian Norton Hired As Next HCSS Director

Dr. Brian Norton will be the next HCSS Director of Schools. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday evening and the board discussed the director of schools position after interviewing Assistant Director Dr. Brian Norton on Wednesday.

Board member Doug Braden said hiring the director is the only job as a board we have as far as actual hiring. He said" being around education as long as I have, talking with members of our systems and people from outside the system, I feel like Dr. Brian Norton would be an excellent director of schools." A motion and second to appoint Dr. Norton was made. Board member Rod Frey said, “by his interview, I feel like it would be hard for this board to find someone else with the classroom and leadership experience and I think we would be hard pressed to find anyone any better.”

The board voted unanimously to hire Dr. Brian Norton as the next director of the Henry County School System.

Doug Braden, School board member, talking about Dr. Norton prior to making a motion the board hire him as the next director. (Alsobrooks photo)

LOST Increase To Add Nearly $600K to HCSS Proposed Budget

Paris, Tenn.- The upcoming budget for 2015-16 year was discussed at the HCBOE meeting on Thursday night and the local option sales taxed passed by Henry County voters will increase the budget by $590K. Miles said without the additional revenue the system would have faced some huge obstacles.

The state has mandated that $225,923 additional funds be spent on certified teachers in the 2015-16 school year. BEP funds for Henry County will increase $178K.

The proposed budget appears to need $326,031 in reserve funds to balance the budget. Revenue from this current budget to next year’s proposed budget will increase by over $849K and expenses are expected to increase by over $513K. The board approved the 2015-16 budget.

Board Learns Grove TEMA/FEMA Grant Is Denied

Paris, Tenn.- Miles informed the board that the TEMA/FEMA grant that the system had applied for a grant for a dual use community safe room at E.W. Grove didn’t get approval by the state. A letter from TEMA stated the State received more applications than there was funding available and the project didn’t rank high enough on the list to get funding. The application will stay on file and can be looked at again in the future.

The board approved field trip requests for Harrelson FCA, HCHS FBLA, and HCHS FCCLA along with a bus request by 4-H to transport about 120 youth to 4-H camp the week of June 1-5.

HCBOE Honors Robert Sleadd for Service

Paris, Tenn.- The board also honored Robert Sleadd as it was his last official board meeting. Robert has taken a job in Texas and has already given up his seat on the Paris City Commission and PSSD Board. (Alsobrooks photo)

W.G. Rhea Library To Close Monday Thru Thurs. Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed to the public on Monday May 25th for Memorial Day. The library will also be closed Tuesday thru Thursday May 26th thru 28th for lighting installation.

Springville Woman Charged with 25 Counts of Forgery

Paris, Tenn.- Investigator David Doyle of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Springville woman with theft over $10K and 25 counts of forgery. Shelia Diane Basham, age 51, of 100 Blackhawk Lane Lot #5 was arrested on the charges and placed on $100K bond.

Cpl. Forrest Kemp of the Sheriff’s Office responded to Traywick Road to an aggravated burglary call. Pry marks were found on the door and broken glass from some windows. Missing from the home was a DVD player, around 100 DVDs, and $30 in loose change. There are suspects but no arrests have been made.

The Paris Police Department is investigating an incident where someone broke into the RC machine at Sav-A-Lot. Around $80 in change was taken from the machine.

Memorial Day Service Planned at 8am Mon. At HC Courthouse

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Memorial Day Service at the Henry County Courthouse at 8am on Monday May 25th. The service will include The Tennessee Color Guard with military honors presentation and various veterans organizations will lay wreaths at the veterans monument at the courthouse. The Henry County High School Madrigals will provide patriotic music and Tony Van Dyke will be the guest speaker for the service on Monday morning.

VFW Post 1889 will host a fun run followed by a three bell ceremony and lunch. For more information contact the post.

Also remember all government offices, banks, the post office, and some businesses will be closed on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Road Construction Won't Delay Memorial Day Travelers

Nashville- Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 22 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.

“Over 600-thousand drivers are predicted to travel on Tennessee’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Suspending construction-related lane closures during this busy time will reduce congestion and delays on our major highways and help travelers reach their destinations safely.”

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects.  Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Memorial Day marks the unofficial kick-off to the summer driving season, and this year there will be an increased number of drivers on Tennessee’s roadways,” added Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “To help make our roadways safer, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will join together during the Click It or Ticket campaign to crack down on those individuals not wearing their seat belt.”

AAA estimates 37.2 million people will travel more than 50 miles this Memorial Day holiday, a 4.7% increase over last year’s numbers.  This marks the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years and includes a 5.3% increase in car travel over last Memorial Day.  In Tennessee, AAA predicts that 668,866 will travel by automobile and 55,177 by air.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. 

HCMC Physician Clinics Offer Patient Portal

Paris, Tenn.- Healthcare is about building relationships and at Henry County Medical Center we want to build a relationship that helps you and your family stay healthy and have the education you need to make informed decisions to guide you on your healthcare journey.  Part of that relationship means providing you with convenient access to your personal health information and support care between your visits so you can manage your health.

Henry County Medical Center Physician Practices is excited to announce the installation of our new Patient Portal where you can take care of many of your office visit needs in between visits all online and in one place. HCMC Physician Practices has partnered with Greenway Health to save you time and hassle as you navigate the healthcare system.

Through the Greenway Health Patient Portal, patients are able to:

•             Pay bills online

•             Access medical records in a timely manner

•             Ask for prescription refills

•             Request appointments

•             E-mail staff and providers with questions

•             Update personal information

•             View test results

To do this, you must give your email address when checking in at the front desk.  You will receive an invitation from “Greenway_internal” by email (be sure to check your spam folder) to access the patient portal account. There will be a link titled “Create My Patient Portal Account” that will take you to your PATIENT account. You will also be given a unique user name (usually your LastName.FirstName) and temporary password by email. Once you receive your user name and password by email, you can use that to start your patient portal account. All information is secure. Once you access your PATIENT account, you will have 24/7 computer and smartphone access to your patient information.

“Maybe a parent realizes they need something at 8 p.m. for a child for school the next day,” said Joshua Roberts, Director of Physician Practice Management at HCMC.  “There’s no way to get that from a practice after hours. Now that we have a portal, all that information is sitting there at the patient’s fingertips — like, ‘Oh, I can just log on, get it, print it, and take it to school.’”

By providing around-the-clock accessibility, we hope to provide a convenient, easy benefit to our patients. All it takes is an email address and a request from our patients to set them up.

HCMC Physician Practices offering this service include the following:

•             Eagle Creek Clinic – Tonya Nash, PA-C

•             Innovative Orthopedics – Mark Cutright, MD and Jill Cutright, PA

•             Kentucky Lake Urologic Associates – Joe Mobley, III, MD and John Beddies, MD

•             Paris Mental Health Clinic – Robert Hamm, MD

•             Paris Women’s Center – Dennis Wieck, MD

•             Signature OB/GYN – Lakisha Crigler, MD

•             Transitions Health – Tammie Holcomb, DNP-ACNP

•             West TN OB/GYN – Paul Locus, MD

“Our goal is to provide you the best patient experience possible when you utilize one of the Henry County Medical Center Physician Practices,” said Roberts.  “Additionally, all our clinics can share and utilize one common medical record, for the best continuity of care, if you are seeing multiple physicians under our umbrella.  It is a great asset to our patients and our practices.”

End of the Year School Schedules

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will have an abbreviated day on Thursday with the following dismissal times. Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood will dismiss at 10:45am, Grove at 11:15am, and Henry County High School at 11:30am.

This year’s graduation ceremonies will be held at Patriot Stadium at 7:30pm Friday night. Parking and seating is on a first come first served basis and there are handicap accessible parking and seating at the stadium. It is advised to get there early for a good seat.

The Paris Special School District will hold class for a full day on Thursday and there is no school on Friday. Report cards will be mailed out on Saturday.

HCBOE Interviews Dr. Brian Norton for Director's Position

Dr. Brian Norton interviews with board members for HCSS Director. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Assistant Director for the Henry County School System Dr. Brian Norton was interviewed for the director position on Wednesday afternoon by the Henry County Board of Education.

He said during the last two years with the system, he has been involved in curriculum and instruction but also had a great opportunity to learn things like the truancy system, Professional Learning Communities, and more. He said I never want to stop learning even if I am in the director’s position.

A series of questions were then asked by board members as the interview continued with Dr. Norton answering and discussing each.

Dr. Norton said some of the strengths include a strong focus in our system to learning, not just how well our teachers teach. He went back to the implementation of the professional learning community, which make us answer what are we teaching, how did they learn it, and how can we get them to learn if they didn’t. Other strengths of the system include professional development that is second to none, district leadership team which is very collaborative, among others.

Dr. Norton said some challenges for the district include the standards aligned with the assessment and being patient to allow teachers to learn and adapt to those standards as they have now changed. Response to Intervention work in K thru 5 is also a bit of challenge, according to Dr. Norton simply because there is just not enough time in the school day.


Many of the teachers and staff stayed for the board interview portion.

In response to the number one priority in developing a budget question that was asked by the board, Dr. Norton said since student success is the number one priority of the system, then you have to make decisions that don’t hinder that number one priority.

Dr. Norton said" a successful school district or any organization begins with leadership. What are the visions of the director and the focus of the district and where we want to move towards. A good director also must have great staff around them, just like in finance which is my weakness, but we have great staff that knows budgets." He reiterated a statement he had made earlier in the interview with the staff saying the most important job he has is to hire principals.

When asked about what he would do to continue the work the system does in certain areas even if federal or state monies go away, he said we have a great staff and experts in different fields. Professional Development includes finding opportunities that are free. He cited as twitter as his number one professional development tool saying educational topics on twitter can help aid learning and it doesn’t cost a dime. He said we must be creative if the funds dry up or take a hit.

Dr. Norton said "living in Paris has been a great experience and this is the most benevolent community I have ever lived in." He said every civic organization does great things and this community embraces it. He said my wife and family love the facilities such as the parks, KPAC, the emphasis on fine arts is something not every community has.

As far as communicating with the community about the school systems, Dr. Norton said we probably have room to grow. He said we need to be telling our story to the news media to get it out to the public. He said we don’t utilize our phone system like we should to communicate to the community. Some ideas to make that better could include a monthly newsletter, according to Dr. Norton and he said speaking at civic organizations is very important.

When asked about retention of good teachers, Dr. Norton said he used to think it was the paycheck, but after serving as a principal he realized that alone is not the case. Teachers like a community and familial climate and that along with creating an appealing culture and climate need to be used to keep people from leaving. You must involve teachers in decision making and get their feedback.

Dr. Norton spoke highly of the Family Resource Center, saying it’s the best in the state and he would be fully committed to do whatever it took to try to secure funding for it. Dr. Norton also stated he would definitely hire and promote from within the system whenever possible if that person is qualified. He said it’s a win win situation to hire your people, but at the same time we want the very best in every position.

Dr. Norton closed his interview saying he knew this was a big decision for the board and he committed to work hard to make this system even better than it already is. He thanked them for the opportunity to interview for the director’s position.

Some of Norton’s professional experience includes serving as Assistant Director of Henry County School System since July 2013. Prior to that he served as principal and Lead Learner at Scotts Hill High School and he also served as an adjunct instructor of biology at the UT Martin Parsons Center campus from August 2010 to May 2012.

The board will meet for the regular May meeting on Thursday night and they could vote on whether or not to offer the director’s job to Norton. The school board meeting is at 5pm on Thursday and is open to the public.

HCBOE members Tom Beasley and Doug Braden listen as Dr. Norton answers questions.

Dr. Norton Answers Questions from Crowd at Interview Session

Asst. Director Brian Norton talks with several school staff on hand at his interview session on Wed. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The first hour of the interview session saw Asst. Director of HCSS Dr. Norton spoke on his back ground and training and then answered questions from staff and citizens that were on hand. He spoke on his family being the most important part of his life. He has been married to his wife Vicky of nearly 26 years. They have three children Jordan, age 24, Blake, age 22, and Carly, who is a current student at Henry County High School.

He discussed his years at Scott’s Hill serving as principal and said it was his favorite job so far to work as principal and see the growth of teachers and students and it was the best growth personally for him. Dr. Norton said, “number grades aren’t as important to me as the mastery of content.”

He credited Director of Schools Sam Miles with being a great mentor and he has learned a lot. He also shared his educational philosophy saying the “role of our schools is to enlarge the vision and mindset of students, no matter what their background is during an 8 hour day.”

He went on to say we need to change the mindset of kids so they want to learn. Norton believes the role of the teacher means continuing to set high expectations and improve my skills and do the best instruction possible. Teacher’s roles also should be to create an environment to asks questions and the role of the leader of the system should be the lead learner in that building, sitting down with teachers on how to make it better for our students.

When asked about who’s responsibility it is to raise the student into a good person, Dr. Norton replied that our relationship with the student is very important and in fact makes the curriculum and testing all second nature.

Dr. Norton said the number one task for superintendent is hiring building principals. He said I would look at the culture, climate, student success, and other things, which all comes back to the principal. He said “don’t need followers in that position, we need lead learners.”

Speaking on Professional Learning Communities, Dr. Norton said at Henry County this was a first to my career and when I was at Henderson County, we came to visit because of the strong model of PLC’s and data mining. He said when I took the job as assistant director I was excited to be a part of the model and anybody would be foolish to forgo those. No person would come into this position and try to make wholesale changes because it would be ridiculous.

Dr. Norton mixed several humorous comments with many answers as the process continued with staff and citizens. He praised the coordinated school health program saying he wasn’t sure how we made it without nurses in schools before.

He discussed special education and the need to always have good teachers in those spots. He said we are improving with education special education children and there is a lot to be proud of. The lack of funding from state and federal governments is a concern that we have to continue to deal with.

Norton said his biggest weakness is that he comes with no experience in dealing with a $26M budget, but he has no worries because we have great people that know their budget and I will continue to learn about them.

Many teachers, staff, and some citizens came to the interview session and listening to Dr. Norton's responses. (Alsobrooks photo)

Former Patriot Barrow Having Excellent Sr. Season at Memphis

Memphis- Former HCHS Patriot Baseball player Kane Barrow has had an excellent senior season as part of the University of Memphis baseball team. Kane is a 2nd Team American Athletic All Conference team selection for 2015. He's the Memphis Tigers' left fielder, leads the team in hitting for a second straight season with a .329 batting average. The senior has 12 doubles, two triples and three home runs. Barrow has started every game this year and driven in 40 runs and has scored 31.

HCHS Baseball Banquet Held Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The 2015 HCHS Baseball banquet was held on Tuesday night at the Breakers Pool House. Pictured left to right are Patriot baseball players and their awards. L to R: Knox Davis (JV Academic Award), Hayden Walker (Varsity Academic), Jared Pugh (Pitching Award), Josef Neumair (Hitting Award, Team MVP, Patriot Award), Evan Harrison (Gold Glove Outfield), Cody McSwain (Gold Glove Infield, Most Improved), Hunter Updyke (Rookie of the Year)

Two Charged With Marijuana Possession After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle for a busted taillight on West Wood Street and when talking to the driver, James L. Dumas, age 24, of 706 Caldeonia St, could smell an odor of marijuana.

Dumas refused search and Sgt. Wade brought in K-9 Nitro and while Nitro was going around the car, Dumas admitted to smoking pot a little earlier and that’s why it smelled.

Sgt. Wade advised Dumas and the passenger, Cassie Del Rosario, age 25, of 307 N. Porter St, to exit the car. While speaking with Dumas, Del Rosario began to walk away. Sgt. Wade advised her to come back and she did but she laid her purse on the ground. Dumas then grabbed the purse and took off running. Sgt. Wade chased as Dumas began to go behind West Wood Wines and then up Depot Street. Ptl. Derreck Colley of the Paris Police Department was in the area and Dumas was arrested by him. A search of the purse did prove to have marijuana.

Dumas was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent and evading arrest and Del Rosario was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated officers responded to South Highland to a break in call. Someone forced their way into the home by pushing the window A/C unit inside and climbing thru the window. A bag of clothes from the closet and an Xbox game system was stolen. Police have no suspects.

Living Land and Waters A Success at Paris Landing

Paris, Tenn.- The Living Lands and Waters Barge will head to Paducah on Wednesday after being docked at Paris Landing since Friday of last week. The effort to clean up the Tennessee River and educate about its resources was well received as city and county officials were invited on the barge to tour it Tuesday. Henry County Mayor Brent Greer discusses tourism's impact and the importance of keeping the river and lands around it clean and viable during the stop. (Chamber photo)

UT Martin Hosting Kids College at Paris Elementary

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Kid College summer program, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, is scheduled for June 15-19 at Paris Elementary School. Courses are enrolling now on a first-come, first-served basis and will fill up, so early registration is encouraged.

Kid College is open to children who will be in kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2015. Children may enroll in up to five courses of their choosing, based on grade level.

The first course is $30 per child; additional courses are $25 each. Many of the individual courses have additional supply fees. The registration fee includes a Kid College T-shirt.

Courses for students in kindergarten through second grade include space camp: mission to the moon, trash to treasure, hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), LinguaKidz Spanish, LEGOs, science adventures and superheroes of summer.

Courses for children in third through fifth grade include sketch studio, discover the night sky, dazzling divas, fitness is fun, karate and hands-on STEAM.

Registration is now open and parents are encouraged to register early. For more information or to register, visit www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/courses/children/kidcollege.php.

Office on Aging To Host Medicare Event

Paris, Tenn- The Henry County Office on Aging will host a Medicare Information and Assistance Event at their office on Jones Bend Road Thursday May 21st from 10am to 2pm. A representative will be on hand to answer your questions concerning Medicare and Medicare Fraud and Abuse. For more information call the Senior Center at 642-2919.

Murray State Ranks 2nd in Cabela's School of the Year Comp.

San Antonio- Murray State University sits in 2nd place in the Cabela’s School of the Year standings as the Collegiate fishing season is coming to a close. The University of North Alabama currently is in 1st place and Tennessee Tech University is 3rd. The top ten is rounded out by the University of Louisiana Monroe, Bethel University, Clemson, Mississippi State, UT Chattanooga, University of Wisconsin, and McKendree University respectively.

The race is close in the top three and there is just over a month left in collegiate fishing competition. "Our season has gone great, just as we planned it as far as completing our goal of winning the Cabela's School of the Year title," said Murray State University Junior and now Bass Team President, Ryan Kirkpatrick. "The team is really excited on how it has been going and how it's looking for the future."Kirkpatrick is excited about the race to the title, but he is also pleased with how his team's performance has grown stronger throughout the season."As always the competition is stiff throughout each school, but they're challenging us to do better. It's also great to see this year that all of the guys on our team have stepped up and fished many tournaments to give us that extra edge for the School of the Year title."

To the Murray State Racer Bass Team, the Cabela's School of the Year Title is not just another trophy to show to their friends, family and school, but it is much more than that. Kirkpatrick explained the depth of the title and how it not only goes off of one person's hard work, but how hard you work together as a team.

"This is the coveted title," Kirkpatrick added. "Just like in the pros that want to win angler of the year, this title shows that you're the most consistent team in the entire nation. It's something special to say that everywhere you go, you and you're team have been able to catch 'em and it really shows the hard work that your team needs to put in to win the title."

Kirkpatrick and the Murray State Team have high hopes looking forward and expect to gain valuable points next week at the 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's.

"Our goal is to have two boats in the top fifteen in the BoatUS Championship next week to give us that extra push in the rankings," stated Kirkpatrick. "We fish a lot on Kentucky Lake throughout the year and while each Tennessee River lake is different, they have something that's the same so even though Pickwick Lake is UNA's home lake, it's going to be game on!"

Special Called Meeting in Henry: Motion Dies for Water/Sewer Increases on 2nd Reading

Henry, Tenn - A special called meeting of the Henry Mayor and Board of Aldermen met Tuesday evening for a lengthy discussion regarding the increase on the water and sewer rates in Henry on the second reading.

Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman discuss rate increase at Special Called Meeting (C. Allen photo)

At the beginning of the meeting Henry citizen Nancy Holliday stated during Citizen Comments that she has a real big problem with the rates as they are now, not to say how they will be if the ordinance is raised.

Henry Citizen Nancy Holliday explains her disagreement on the cost of the rates. (C Allen photo)

Holliday went on to explain that her water bills over the past 6 months where she is being charged for 16,000 gallons and is being charged for 8,000 gallons which she does not use and wants it to be adjusted on her bill if those who fill swimming pools can have an adjustment as well.

Alderman Carl Koch stated that those with swimming pools are not paying for sewer, Holliday’s reply was, "why does she have too”? Holliday stated that “ yall are over charging me and stealing from me, and not only am I not using the minimum, so why cannot I get a repreve”?

Koch stated that the Mayor is not being partial as to who gets repreved and used himself as an example. Koch stated that he moved his business from one location to a location on his property and after having all the proper paperwork in hand, and opened for business, he was informed by the Mayor that the business had to be closed due to the property being a zoned commercialized property.

(R) Alderman Qualls and (L) Koch wait for reply from Mayor about budget before voting. (CAllen photo)

During the lengthy discussion, Alderman Joe Qualls stated that the board needed to have more facts and figures to look at the situation before raising rates, and that they should exhaust more avenues before raising the rates. Alderman Carl Koch agreed with Qualls stating that a budget is needed to look at to first.

Mayor Gross stated that if not raised the city will be held in contempt of court, and could be more litigation if its not raised. Gross stated, “we are in the eleventh hour due to meters being read on the 20th of this month for July”. The rate increase will be in effect on the July bill if passed.

Gross informed the board that himself along with City Recorder Sonya Clayton are working on the budget and will have it done as soon as possible. Alderman Faye Lowery stated that they would be better off to let the state come in and set the rates.

Gross stated that there were two options when it came to that, the first, they could raise the rates a little or double the proposed rate now. Lowery asked “can you just ask them and see because no real estate will ever be sold with rates as they are now”.

Mayor Gross stated that the $15,000 needed to pay the litigation fee agreement for next year is the reason for the increase.

Alderman Koch stated that they need to sit down and look at what “necessities” can be cut in the town; this is what is needed and not the rate increase”. Alderman Lowery stated that “in the past we had factories to help us and now its on the backs of the people of Henry”.

A motion was made to vote on the increase of the water/sewer rates. Alderman Cindy Rainey voted Yes, but was very reluctant, Alderman Joe Qualls, Faye Lowery, and Carl Koch voted Abstain, and Mayor Gross voted Yes.

The motion to raise the water/sewer rates died at the second reading.


PSSD Approves Federal Programs for 2015-16 School Year

Dr. Leah Watkins discusses the Federal Programs at the PSSD Board meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education held a quick May meeting on Tuesday night and approved the federal programs for the 2015-16 school year.

Dr. Leah Watkins, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction explained to the board that they had decided to follow much of what they had done during the current school year when it comes to Federal programs with a few minor changes. Some of the programs that will be funded with Federal money include educational assistants, reading intervention, parent involvement programs, two class size reduction teachers, and the summer academy in which they target some students heading into Kindergarten to help prepare them for the school year.

PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown told the board that a special education voucher bill did pass in the state legislature and it was a “scary thing” that the system would have to deal with at least for one school year. Brown said the voucher will allow parents of special education children to waive federal funds from school systems but apply for a voucher from the state to get that federal money sent to them for their special needs children.

Brown said “this has the potential to see lots of money flow away from public education.” He said systems and advocates of public education are already trying to have the voucher bill repealed, but they will have to at least put up with it for the coming school year.

Reminder: Dr. Brian Norton To Interview for Director of HCSS on Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Assistant Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton will be formally interviewed by the Henry County Board of Education on Wednesday May 20th. Dr. Norton will be interviewing for the position of Director of Schools as current Director Sam Miles is set to retire June 30th.

Any school employee or member of the community is encouraged to be present to hear from Dr. Norton at 3:30pm on Wednesday May 20th at the Henry County Board of Education Office on Grove Blvd. At 4:30pm on May 20th, the Henry County School board members will conduct their formal interview with Dr. Norton which is also open to the public.

Guns Stolen from Area Residences

Paris, Tenn.- Two separate reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office state that a hand gun and .22 rifle, respectively, appeared to have been stolen from two different residences. The hand gun was stolen from a home on Long Lane in Mansfield and the rifle was taken from Elkhorn Rd. in Springville. Investigation is continuing with no suspects at this time.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated that a woman had been banging on doors of homes and businesses on East Antioch Road and  when officers arrived they found the woman, Kathy Lubben, age 41, of 5338 East Antioch Road intoxicated. She was arrested for public intoxication.

Ptl. Derreck Colley of the Paris Police Department pulled over a green Dodge truck for expired tags and ended up charging both the driver and passenger with violations. The driver, Joshua Melter, age 28, of 6370 Hwy. 641 N. in Puryear, was charged with driving on revoked license and the passenger April Kennedy, age 31, of the same address was charged with driving on a suspended license.

HCHS Speech Team to Sponsor Speech and Acting Workshops

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech Team is sponsoring a speech and acting workshop June 1-5th from 9am until 12pm in room 8 at the high school. Next year’s 5th thru 8th grade students interested in building their oral communication skills are invited to take advantage of the three hour long sessions each day.

Students may choose from the following: Improv, Duet Acting, Monologues, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Public Speaking and Debate, or Broadcasting. Choices must be mixed between the acting and the speaking categories. The cost is $25 for the entire week and a performance for parents and friends will be held on Friday evening to showcase what the students have learned. Registration deadline is May 25th. Email millerl@henryk12.net or toddh@henryk12.net.

Sheriff's Shootout Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Henry County 4-H Youth Shooting Program held the first ever Sheriff Shootout this past Saturday at the Holley Fork Shooting Complex. The following youth were awarded medals for their division.

In trap, Male Division III, Will Overton and Division II Briar Ray. For Female Trap Division III Sarah Orr, Division II Kenzie Williams, and Division I Tiffany Clark won medals.

For skeet, Male, Division III Dalton Dodd, Division II Briar Ray, and Division I Hunter Fletcher. High Overall Winners were Division III Will Overton and Division II Briar Ray.

Rhonda Vincent Set to Record DVD at Bethel Univ.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Six time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be on the Campus of Bethel University Monday, May 25th and Tuesday, May 26th filming her new LIVE DVD. With over 100 Awards, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning group in Bluegrass Music.   The concerts will take place in the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 652 Stonewall St North in McKenzie, TN.  Seating will begin at 6:00 and the taping will start at 7:00.  Admission is free. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

“Stephen Mougin, our Director of Renaissance Bluegrass, has a working relationship with Rhonda and has been able to build a connection between her and our program,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “The Bethel Performing Arts Center will be a great backdrop for her video, and we look forward to working with an artist of her caliber.”

In September 2014, The Renaissance College Drive Bluegrass Band played at the Dailey and Vincent Bluegrass Festival.  After that concert, Rhonda extended an invitation to the group to travel with her to the Dumplin Valley Festival the next day, and play during her set. 

“Having Rhonda Vincent choose a facility at Bethel University for her live DVD is a tremendous honor,” added Walter Butler, President of Bethel University.  “We look forward to welcoming her, and two incredible nights of music.”

For more information contact the Renaissance Office, (731) 352-6980 or email us at renaissance@bethelu.edu

GHSO Announces Click it Or Ticket for 2015

Nashville- Just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, cops will be cracking down on seat belt violators. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is partnering with law enforcement statewide May 18 – 31 for the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. The campaign kickoff took place on Monday, May 18th at Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin.

“Tennessee reached its highest seat belt use rate last year at 87.71%. However, we are still considered a ‘low use’ state on a national level,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “More than half of our traffic fatalities are unrestrained at the time of the crash. Imagine what even a small increase in our usage rate could do to the number of deaths and injuries each year.”

A new initiative taking place during Click It or Ticket is the “Border to Border Operation”, beginning at 6:00 p.m on May 18th. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state. This additional overnight enforcement is a result of the national research indicating that unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night.

Among those speaking at the kickoff included four middle Tennessee traffic crash survivors. In December, the McMurtry family was traveling eastbound on SR 840 when they lost control of their vehicle. After running off the road and striking a large natural stone wall, their vehicle overturned several times. “Because we were wearing our seatbelts, we all walked out of that car with just scrapes and bruises.  Not a single broken bone,” said Kayla, daughter.  “My point here is this:  we like to think that it won’t happen to us.  That just one time won’t hurt.  But my story proves that you never know.”

“Members of the Franklin Police Department enforce the seat belt law because we know they save lives,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will use every opportunity to get this message out, especially as it relates to protecting our children.” Last month, Governor Haslam signed a new law that will raise the fine for seat belt violations. Beginning January 2016, the fine for not wearing your seat belt will more than double.

Tennesseans can expect to see more law enforcement out on the road during the remainder of the month, looking specifically for seat belt violators. "Today, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office is joining other law enforcement agencies to urge the public to use their seat belts and make it a habit.  We want the number of traffic fatalities to go down in Williamson County and across the state," said Sheriff Jeff Long.

Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui, Trauma Medical Director at Vanderbilt Medical Center, detailed the devastating consequences he has observed when people choose not to buckle up. "Seat belts prevent 50% of deaths associated with motor vehicle crashes compared to those who do not use restraints. They also reduce lower extremity injury by one third. I would rather not see you on my operating table – make the smart choice to keep yourself, and those around you, safe."

Another regional kickoff for the Click It or Ticket campaign will be taking place in East Tennessee on Wednesday, May 20, in Lenoir City.

For more information about seat belt safety, visit the Governor’s Highway Safety Office website at www.tntrafficsafety.org.

County Commission Approves Changes in Private Act for HCMC

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the changes in the private act as County Clerk Donna Craig listens. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday evening and quickly approved a resolution to amend the private acts in order for the hospital board of trustees to increase the number of board members from five to seven. The resolution now goes back to the state and once the private act is changed, the medical center board of trustees can come to the commission with two people to be nominated for the board.

Commissioners also approved allowing county employees to take part in the state’s retirement 457 and 401K plans. County Mayor Brent Greer said these are companion resolutions that give our employees other investment options. There is no cost to the county, because the employee voluntarily contributes. By going with the state’s plan, county employees will save money on fees and get to meet with representatives from the state once a year to discuss the options.

County Mayor Brent Greer also recognized County Attorney Rob Whitfield for being appointed to serve on the State Attorney Association.

City of Paris To Recognize National Public Works Week

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will present a proclamation this week to the Paris Public Works Department in observance of National Public Works Week. Those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services are recognized this week. The American Public Works Association, sponsor of National Public Works Week, says we value our communities and the role public works professionals play in keeping them safe and functioning smoothly. The objective is designed to increase awareness of their contributions as well as to enlighten the public about the duties, practices, and goals of public works professionals.

Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and refuse removal systems as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. They are, in short, the people, who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety, and comfort.  The proclamation will be held on Wednesday at noon at the city garage.

CGSCC School Graduation To Be Held On Thursday, May 21st

Cottage Grove, Tenn. - Cottage Grove Southern Classical Christian School will have their annual recitation and graduation on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the school chapel.

Founded 11 years ago, CGS had its first graduation last year. The school originally closed its doors in 1969, with the consolidation with other county schools and establishment of HCHS.

The school remained a K-8 program, until Cottage Grove and Puryear merged to form Harrelson School. Owner and founder of CGS is Mark Atkins.

Current headmaster Jacque Jackson said, “We hope to have a lot of former Cottage Grove students and current residents to come and attend. We are proud of our school and its role in the community and hope that parents will look into the educational program we offer.”

Refreshments will be served following the recitation.

Nearly 115 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Largest Bust Ever

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and PPD and MCU Sgt. Ricky Watson look at the different flavors and packages of the seized marijuana. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn- The Metro Crime Unit, with help from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department, and Puryear Police Department netted the largest marijuana bust in Henry County history this past Thursday night, taking just shy of 115 pounds of marijuana off the streets, valued at over $300K.

A press conference was held at Paris City Hall Monday morning, where the details of the drug bust were released. Sgt. Ricky Watson of Metro Crime Unit and Paris Police Dept. said “we stopped Isaac Conger, age 30, with several addresses including Brown St. in Paris, for a busted headlight on Thursday night. Conger had an Arizona driver’s license and said he was coming from Texas. Watson said Conger is a Paris native.” The van was stopped on Hwy. 79S. just past the 218 bypass.

Pictured in front of the seized marijuana are from L to R: Ptl. Jamie James and K9 Herrum, Chief Chuck Elizondo, Sheriff Belew, Sgt. Watson, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, HCSO and MCU, and Henry Police Chief David Andrews. (Alsobrooks photo)

The van was registered in Henry County and Ptl. Jamie James brought his K-9 Herrum who alerted on the van and then officers from the different agencies found 95 bags of marijuana, all weighing 1.2 pounds.

Sgt. Watson said Conger was traveling from Arizona to New York and it is very likely he has been doing this for several years with the marijuana packaged for resale.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick, of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and MCU said this is the pay off from all the training we go thru and the hard work we put in as a team to get the drugs off the streets.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said our Metro Crime Unit was working criminal interdiction stops and that helped lead to the largest drug bust ever in Henry County history. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said without the work of the Metro Crime Unit, and pooling all of our agencies resources together, this wouldn’t be possible. Chief Elizondo said this is outstanding teamwork to get the job done.

Sheriff Belew said the investigation is ongoing and this is a great collaboration of our resources to take drugs off the streets.

Conger is currently being held on $150K at the jail and is charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver. He will be arraigned in Henry County General Sessions Court on Tuesday.

Cash seized from the bust.

Sgt. Watson said this unit and all of our officers miss lots of times with our families and work all hours of the day and night and this sort of bust helps to make all that hard work and extra time worth it.

Seized in the bust was nearly 115 pounds of marijuana, which was U.S.A. grown with different flavors, nearly $2500 in cash, a 2007 Dodge Caravan, and two pelican cases which the marijuana was in with color coordinated locks.

City Manager Kim Foster pets Herrum after the press conference Monday Morning.

Paris Man Arrested After Pulling Knife On Gas Delivery Man

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Ean Reed responded to a call at Pocket’s on a call of a white male, in a green Ford Explorer, had pulled a knife on the gas delivery man.

The gas man stated that the white male was blocking his way and he went over to kindly ask the man to move his vehicle, and that’s when he pulled a knife.

While Sgt. Reed was speaking to the victim, the vehicle rounded the corner at Mineral Wells and Tyson Avenue and pulled into the car wash next to the station.

Upon approach of the vehicle, the driver seemed hyperactive and had trouble following simple commands given by Sgt. Reed. The male stated he felt threatened and that was his reason for pulling a knife.

Sgt. Reed asked the driver for his identification and while he was searching for it, Sgt. Reed observed a syringe in plain sight, in the console where the man was searching for his identification. The male was removed from near the vehicle and placed into custody due to his behavior and the contraband.

Upon continued search of the console, along with the syringe was a baggie filled with blue and pink pills.

The male, identified as Joshua Bryan Johnson, age 29, of 319 Jackson Street, was also driving on a revoked license. He was charged with Simple possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on revoked.

Dover Man Arrested For DUI After Driving Truck Off Road

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Hayley Ramos responded to Log Cabin Road, where a man reported a truck off the road, approximately 75 yards in a creek. The caller advised the man was in his vehicle and unresponsive.

Upon arrival, Deputy Ramos observed the man to be asleep at the wheel of his vehicle with a cigarette in his mouth and the heater in the truck running.

Deputy Ramos asked the driver if he was okay and informed him EMS was en route to assist with medical treatment, if needed. Deputy Ramos noted a strong smell of alcohol.

The man was advised that he would be given a series of tests, he acknowledged and stated he would not pass them. He insisted he wasn’t refusing to attempt them, but knew he wouldn’t pass them. He did advise that he had been out drinking with a friend all evening and just wanted to go to sleep.

The man, identified as Christopher Palazzo, age 25, of 4496 Cottrell Ridge Road, in Dover, was transported to HCMC for blood work and then transported to Henry County Jail, both transports without incident. Palazzo was charged with DUI and placed on $1500 bond.

Paris Man Arrested For Felony Evading, Driving On Revoked

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Ramos was traveling East Bound on Washington Street, near Brown Signs, when he observed a gold color Ford pickup, traveling West Bound at a high rate of speed.

Sgt. Ramos activated the blue lights and the driver sped up, taking a left and eventually driving into the back parking lot of East Wood Church of Christ, and then pulled onto Wood Street.

The driver turned onto Highland Street, then took a left on Blythe Street, all while driving at a high rate of speed. The driver took an alleyway between Blythe and Alexander, and stopped at a residence.

Due to tinted windows, Sgt. Ramos couldn’t be certain of the number of subjects in the vehicle or as to the activity inside. Sgt. Ramos advised the driver to throw the keys outside the window and place his hands outside as well.

When backup arrived, Sgt. Ramos instructed the driver to exit the vehicle and the man taken into custody. The man, identified as Austin B. Goodrum, age 18, of 125 Henderson, in Paris, was charged with Driving on revoked and Felony Evading Arrest.

The HSCO advised a warrant was active on Goodrum for FTA. The vehicle was seized and taken to the city impound lot and Goodrum transported to the Henry County Jail.

Living Lands and Waters Barge Docks at PLSP Sun. Afternoon

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Living Lands and Water Barge will dock at Paris Landing for three days beginning on Sunday and the public is invited to come and take part in some interactive events to help clean the land and waters around Paris Landing State park.

Voluteers for the first group to tour and participate in clean up, load the boat to travel to the barge on Sunday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Chad Pregracke, recognized as CNN’s “Hero of the Year” in 2013 for his work in cleaning up the Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers, will bring his barge to Paris Landing Sunday May 17th thru Tuesday May 19th. The event is sponsored by TVA and will include educational workshops, river cleanups, open houses, and other conservation based activities, designed to make people aware of the value and importance of the Tennessee River.

Volunteers for the first "cleanup crew" take instruction before loading the boat to travel to the barge on Sunday. Most of the first group were employees of Lowe's in Paris. (Nicki Marr photo)

The group has worked with over 60K volunteers to collect over 6M pounds of debris and the Tennessee River Tour has already made stops in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Decatur and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

During the Paris Landing stop, there will be an Open House on the barge from 1-4pm Sunday, as well as river cleanup. On Monday, workshops will run from 9am to 2pm and the TN River Tour Speaker Series will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Tuesday there will be more workshops from 9am to 2pm. For more information or to volunteer go to livinglandsandwaters.org or for more information about the Paris Landing stop log onto www.tennesseerivertour.org.

Henry County Track Team Results

Clarksville, Tenn. - The TSSAA AAA Region 3 Sectional was held Friday, May 15th at Rossview High School, in Clarksville, TN.

In the Girls 1600 Meter Run, Kaity Beth James placed 7th overall, with a time of 6:11.

In the Boys 3200 Meter Run, Javan Winders placed 2nd overall, with a time of 9:30 and Titus Winders placed 8th overall, with a time of 10:40.

(HCHS photo)

Javan will advance to the state meet on Friday for the second year in a row. Last year he placed 8th in the 1600 meter race at state. He will be one of 16 runners across the state competing in the 3200 meter race. He is the #2 seed going in.

Swipe More Than 90,000 Jobs With New App

Tennessee - Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips is announcing a new iPhone and Android mobile app that makes finding available Tennessee jobs even easier.

The free mobile application brings thousands of employment opportunities to smart phones with advance location and sharing features.

The new app's functionality will allow users to access the entire Jobs4TN Online Services database on an iPhone or Android device, search for a job based on current location using the unique "jobs nearby" function and pinpoint jobs on a map for easy reference.

Users may also save and share their favorite jobs via email, Facebook and Twitter, as well as log into their account so that all job search activity is recorded.

Features of the Jobs4TN app: The phone's location is used to display jobs, Keyword searches list the 100 most recently posted jobs in the user's area, Icons indicate educational requirements, salary amounts and length of jobs. Job seekers can also "star" or "favorite" jobs.

The app is compatible with the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad. The app does require iOS 6.0 or later. Employers and jobseekers can download the "Jobs4TN" app at the Apple Store or Google Play at no charge.

Yates Pleads Guilty In Benton County Court To Infant Death

Camden, Tenn. - On Monday, May 11th, in the Benton County Courthouse, Westlee Yates stood before Judge C. Creed McGinley and pled guilty to second degree murder, which carries a sentence of 48 years in prison.

The 24th Judicial District Attorney Matt Stowe, confirmed Monday that his office has been working diligently to see that justice was served for 7 month old Joseph Hilliard.

Stowe said, "Even though this crime was eligible for the death penalty, we feel that the outcome is going to spare the community trauma of having to relive this incident through trial. 48 years is a very long time for him to think about what he has done."

Yates, age 25, was charged on August 22, 2014, in the death of his then girlfriend, Tiffany Hilliard's infant son.

In a preliminary hearing on October 8th, Steve Cantrel, an investigator with the county Medical Examiner's Office, paused periodically while testifying of the baby's injuries.

Cantrell said the child had a hand print on the left side of the face, and a "pretty good sized" bruise near his right eye. He also had bruises on his arm and stomach, scratches and what appeared to be cigarette burns on his toes.

The preliminary autopsy report cited that Joseph Hilliard died of blunt-force trauma to the head, Cantrell said.

According to Hilliard's testimony, that Yates regularly took care of Joseph and  his own two children, who also lived with them.

Yates was charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse initially, he was scheduled to go before the grand jury later this year, before pleading guilty on Monday.

"Drug Take Back" Destruction Held Thursday By Paris PD

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department had evidence and “Drug Take Back” destruction on Thursday, May 14th. Invited were General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder and Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing, to observe the mass quantity of drugs and medications taken off the street by the Paris Police Department.

Paris Police Officer Tony Hutcherson shows confiscated marijuana to Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing and General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder. (Paris PD photo)

Each year thousands of dollars from the drug fund are used to finance many of law enforcements programs in the city. The funds come from cash seizures and vehicle seizures. These are important, but do not add up to the income that comes from ordered drug fines. The drug fines save taxpayers thousands of dollars in taxes, because drug fund money can only be used for law enforcement programs, such as education, training and equipment.

Drug funds pay for body armor, AFIX Fingerprint System (split with the HCSO) Patrol, CID and undercover vehicles and their maintenance, department issued handguns and tasers, the entire D.A.R.E. program, K-9’s, training and maintenance, drug training for all 26 officers on staff, office and undercover equipment, money used to pay undercover informants, and service contract and smart phones for CID and administration.

Chief Elizondo said, “I cannot express how important these drug fines are. I ask that these drug charges and fines not be used to reduce or settle cases. We ask that the charges not be dropped unless the person has paid in full both their court costs and the fine related to even a small drug charge. We have no issue with the charge being dismissed at that time if need be to settle the case. It is just that these cases are so important to the overall operation of the entire police department.”

 On Thursday, 128 pounds of pills from the Paris Police Departments “Drug Take Back” program and 82 pounds of sized drugs and paraphernalia were destroyed.

3rd Annual RFL Yard Sale To Be Held May 22nd & 23rd At VFW

Paris, Tenn. - The 3rd Annual Relay for Life yard sale will be held on Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd at the VFW on Hwy 79.

Lots of clothes (all sizes), figurines, pictures, glassware, jewelry, books, handbags, toys and many other items will be for sale.

Drnks will be available for purchase.

Relay for Life PR Chair Dana Allen stated “this event is hosted by the Dana Corporation Relay for Life Team and all proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Henry County. If you’ve never been to this yard sale, you really must go! It’s so organized and runs so efficiently. We appreciate Dana Corporation for their hard work and dedication. We hope everyone will support this HUGE event!”

Thursday, May 21st HCSS Will Have Early Dismissal Times

Paris, Tenn. - Thursday, May 21st is an abbreviated day for the Henry County School System with the following dismissal times:

Harrelson 10:45 a.m.     Henry 10:45 a.m.    Lakewood  10:45 a.m.

Grove 11:15 a.m.    Henry County High School  11:30 a.m.

40th Annual Big Sandy Spring Festival Will Held May 21st-23rd

Big Sandy, Tenn. - The 40th Annual Big Sandy Spring Festival will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Thursday evening, local restaurants will be offering dinner specials.

Almost everything is free of charge to the public and you’re invited to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy all events.

Karaoke will be held at the gazebo in downtown Big Sandy on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. TR Crooks will perform, followed by local band Hidden Creek.

Saturday morning the car show and “Back to the 70’s” parade will begin at 10 a.m. Ms. Tennessee Hailey Lewis will be signing autographs. Gospel music with the Henson Family will fill the afternoon.

The Tennessee River Band will wrap things up right before the annual fireworks show at dark on Saturday evening.


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