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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

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The 212th Engineer Company To Hold Christmas Dinner For Retired Members

Paris, Tenn. - The Commander of the 212th Engineer Company in Paris, would like to invite all retired members to join them on December 6th at 11 a.m. for their Christmas Dinner.

All retired members and guests are asked to RSVP by November 30th by calling 731-644-7370.

Reminder: Benefit For Jennifer Andres To Be Held Dec 5th

Paris, Tenn. - A benefit for Jennifer Andres will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 101 East Blythe Street.

Jennifer is 33 years old and the fiancé of Chris Lee. She is the mother of five children, ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old. She is currently fighting cervical cancer for the second time since 2014. Jennifer has been through chemo and radiation and is now also experiencing kidney failure.

Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or hot dog with chips and a drink will be for sale for $6.

Events include bouncy houses, face painting, games for the kids, a cake walk and silent auction.

If you would like to donate any items for the silent auction or baked goods for the cake walk, please contact Lauren Wilson at 731-363-1610, Kelly Corbitt at 731-333-2551, or Carla Goodman at 731-336-9832.

Items can be picked up if need be and it is requested that all donated items for the auction or cake walk be done by December 3rd.

UT Martin Dept Of Music Presents Music Benefit Concert

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music presents HOLIDAY, a music benefit concert on Sunday, December 6th at 3 p.m.

The concert will take place at the Harriet Fulton Theatre Fine Arts Building. Adults are $10, Ages 6 - 11 are $5 and Children under 6 are Free.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by contacting Sherry Adams at 731-881-7402.

Advanced pricing is also available.

The performance will be recorded and broadcast on WLJT and other affiliate public television stations.

The concert features New Pacer Singers, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, University Singers, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble.

Single Vehicle Accident Leads To Discovery Of Stolen Car

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call of a vehicle accident (vehicle in a ditch) on Hwy 54, west of the 218 Bypass. No injuries were reported at the time of the initial call.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Prince arrived on scene and while questioning the driver, he fled the scene. The subject ran West onto Old McKenzie Highway and the subject was lost in the woods.

Deputy Bostwick and his K-9 partner were called to the scene, with no avail.

The owner of the vehicle, when contacted via telephone was unaware the vehicle was missing and advised that it was parked in the detached carport with the keys in the ignition.

The vehicle was towed to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and was impounded for processing. Police are still investigating.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, an arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Charles W. Carter III, of 5200 Hwy 79 S, in Big Sandy. Carter was charged with driving on revoked, possession of a schedule II drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carter was placed on $15,000 bond.

Downtown Christmas Festival Scheduled December 12th

Paris, Tenn. - Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 12th, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, as well as a visit from the jolly old elf.

“I’ll roll in with Mrs. Claus, my elves, and Rudolph.” said Santa. While they’re visiting with me, the youngsters can have their photos made by my Band Booster Elves, but that’s just the beginning of the fun,” he said.

For those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java and free hot chocolate will also be available for children at Jack’s Java.

Other tasty treats around the square that evening include s’mores, courtesy of the Paris Fire Department. The Festival will be followed by the Christmas Parade at 5 pm.

For more information on the Downtown Paris Association or Downtown Christmas Festival, contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or visit online at www.visitDowntownParis.com

Shelby County D.A. To Address Fall Graduating Class

Martin, Tenn. - Amy Weirich, Shelby County district attorney, will address the fall 2015 graduating class at the University of Tennessee at Martin during commencement exercises Dec. 12 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

Weirich, a Germantown native, earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Martin in 1987 and went on to complete a law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

She joined the district attorney’s office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor and handled many high-profile criminal cases. She was also chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and division leader for the Special Prosecution Unit in criminal court.

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Weirich as Shelby County district attorney in January 2011, after which she was officially elected in August 2012 to complete the final two years of her predecessor’s term. She was re-elected to a full eight-year term in August 2014 and is the first woman to hold this position in Shelby County.

She helped create the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, which is the first federal, state and local law enforcement organization designed to curb gang activity. Her office also sponsors the annual “Do the Write Thing” anti-violence essay contest for students, runs the Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program and created Lives Worth Saving, a prostitution-diversion program with Calvary Episcopal Church and other nonprofit organizations.

Weirich serves on a variety of boards and commissions, and her office has been listed among the top-50 workplaces in Shelby County by the Commercial Appeal.

The entire commencement program, including Weirich’s addess, can be seen via a live webcast starting at 11 a.m. at www.utm.edu. For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.

Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney (UT Martin photo)

Puryear Man Arrested After Witnesses Observe Burglary

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jeffrey Smith responded to a vehicle burglary at 311 East Wood Street.

Ptl. Smith made contact with a witness who stated that the suspect, a black male with a striped shirt, opened  the front door to the vehicle, grabbed something and started walking with another male.

Patrolman Amanda Forrest made contact with the two subjects in front of the church on Blythe Street, while Ptl. Smith inventoried the car with the owner, who advised her purse was missing.

Ptl. Forrest located the purse near the steps of the funeral home and a pill bottle next to a tree where she made contact with the males.

Davonte Davis, age 18, of 209 N Cherry Street was taken into custody, transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on $3500 bond. The other male subject was listed as a juvenile.

Yes, Virginia The Musical Presented December 4th and 5th

Paris, Tenn. - Yes, Virginia the Musical will be presented Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th at 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.

Developed by Macy’s, this musical is based on the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter in 1897 to The New York Sun asking if Santa Claus is real.

This is a must-see to start the holiday season. Tickets are available at the Paris Civic Center. Adults are $10 and children/students are $5.

Eiffel Tower Re-dedication To Be Held December 12th

Paris, Tenn. - The Eiffel Tower Re-dedication will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 2 p.m. at Eiffel Tower Park, located at 1020 Maurice Fields Drive.

Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison will unveil the plaque honoring Lowe’s of Paris for re-bricking the tower and making a photo platform for pictures.

TN Wildlife Refuge To Host Woodlands Nature Station

Springville, Tenn. - The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge hosts Woodlands Nature Station from Land Between the Lakes on Saturday, December 5th, beginning at 1 p.m.

The Refuge is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive.

Woodlands Nature Station from LBL will do a live animal program at the new visitor center. Local animals will be up close, such as opossum, snakes, owls, turtles and more.

As always, the programs and entrance to the new visitors center are free to all guests.

Santa And All His Helpers Have Arrived In Paris


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W.G. Rhea Public Library To Host Gingerbread House Class

Paris, Tenn. - The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a gingerbread house class on Tuesday, December 1st, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 400 West Washington Street, in Paris.

For more information call 731-642-1702.

Rhea Elementary School's Supper With Santa Scheduled

Paris, Tenn. - Rhea Elementary School’s Supper with Santa will be held on Friday, December 11th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enter at the front doors of Rhea School, 115 South Wilson Street and activity tickets are available at the door, for 50 cents each, or you can trade 5 General Mills Box Top Logos per child for 5 activity tickets.

Activities and Concessions include games, where every child wins a prize, inflatable bouncers, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, cakewalk, hair salon, nail painting, special memories auction, pizza, soda, cotton candy, popcorn, bake sale, mohawks, face painting and photo booth.

Santa and his Elf will arrive at Rhea School at 5 p.m. Any questions can be directed to Jenny Hutson, Publicity for Supper With Santa at jennyhutson@charter.net or 731-363-2467, or Emily Daniel at mammaem725@gmail.com or 731-363-0013.

Paris, Tenn. - Rhea Elementary School’s 2nd Grade Program presents “A Broadway Christmas” on Tuesday, December 1st, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The program will take place at Krider Performing Arts, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.

This event is free to everyone.

Paris-Henry County Youth Orchestra Presents Winter Concert

Paris, Tenn. - Enjoy and evening of music as the Paris-Henry County Youth Orchestra presents their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 1st, at 7 p.m.

The concert will be held at First Baptist Church in Paris.

Admission is a $5 donation that will be used to help fund scholarships. Attendees will be treated to a night of festive music while helping support the arts of Paris-Henry County.

Bethel's "Christmas With Renaissance" Tickets On Sale Now

McKenzie, Tenn. - Bethel University “Christmas with Renaissance” tickets are on sale now for shows December 4th at 7pm, December 5th at 2pm and 7pm, and December 6th at 2pm.

Christmas with Renaissance is an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showcasing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts program, including the Renaissance Choir, Quartet, Vocal Authority, Theatre, Bluegrass band, and Regiment.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. You can also purchase “Christmas with Renaissance” CDs and DVDs. For more information call 731-352-6980 or email renaissance@bethelu.edu.

New Harmony Baptist Church Presents 18th Annual Live Nativity

Paris, Tenn. - New Harmony Baptist Church in Paris will host the 18th Annual Live Nativity on December 4th – 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Drive through a trail of luminaries and view the living scenes depicting the birth of Christ.

New Harmony Baptist Church is located at 7050 Hwy. 69 South, 5 miles from Hwy. 218 Bypass.

Call 731-593-5276 for more information.

W.G. Rhea Public Library To Host Job Skill Computer Classes

Paris, Tenn. - The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a free Excel II computer class on Wednesday, December 9th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library computer lab.

Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 731-642-1702.

The W.G. Rhea Public Library will also host a free computer class for job and workplace skills among other career research to be held Wednesday, December 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library computer lab.

Registration is required and limited space is also available for this class. Call the library to register for this class as well, at 731-642-1702.

Theft And Vandalism Reported Throughout The Area

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brian Davis, responded to a call of theft at 5900 Old Paris Murray Road.

A yellow, Polaris Sportsman was stolen from the shed. The ATV has a yellow Michigan sticker on the rear end and a 2500lb. winch on the front.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy David Andrews responded to a call of vehicle vandalism at 317 Guthrie Drive.

Upon returning from work at approximately 11:30 p.m. the back window of the truck was busted out. No other damage to the truck was reported and no items were stolen.

Police are still investigating.

Local Man Arrested On Outstanding Warrants

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker made a contact attempt on an active warrant at 711 Gwen Street.

Cpl. Whitaker was invited inside to search for Garron D. Crafton, age 32, of 1590 Spring Hill Road, and located him hiding beside a bed.

Crafton was taken into custody on pick up mittimus and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

Trim a Tree for Wildlife at Refuge Set for Sat.

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will host “Trim a Tree for Wildlife” on Saturday November 28th from 11am to 3pm at their facility at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

This popular event is free and will keep the entire family having fun as they make Christmas ornaments out of things from nature as well as suggestions on how to trim your outdoor tree for wildlife.

The entire center will be filled with kid friendly craft tables and the Blue Heron Bookstore will be open with plenty of newly stocked items for the unique Christmas gifts.

Trim a Tree for Wildlife is part of the Refuge Center’s Discovery Series programs that are held each month. They are offered free to the public that attempts to connect people and nature. For more information call 642-2091 or like the Refuge’s Facebook page.

HCYP Sponsoring Back Pack Program Food Drive

The Henry County Young Professionals Group is sponsoring a food drive for the Weekend Back Pack programs of Henry County. These programs help make sure children in the community have food over the weekend and when school isn’t going on.

The HCYP is asking for any donation to help get extra food to send home with students during the long Christmas break that is coming in December. The group will set up several drop off locations throughout Paris including Joe Mahan Ford, Williams Insurance Group, Paris PI Office, Chamber of Commerce, Flex Fitness, and Boyd’s until December 7th and they will donate items on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Items such as individual cereal boxes, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, raisin boxes, applesauce cups, diced peach cups, pop top raviolis, and other items.

Elf on the Shelf Sat. Noon to 2pm

The Downtown Paris Association and Bethel University presents Elf on a Shelf on Saturday November 28th from Noon to 2pm at Jack’s Java on the court square. Elizabeth Cook Photography will provide families opportunities to have their picture taken with the Elf.

You can later access your complementary photos on the DPA Facebook page. The event is sponsored by Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, the Iron Place and Perkins Drugs.

State Fire Marshal Urges Thanksgiving Safety

Nashville- The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to avoid being careless or distracted when it comes to kitchen safety as families gather to give thanks for a prosperous year.

National and state statistics show Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment. The results in Tennessee were devastating. In 2014, Tennessee residents sustained over $8.8 million in property losses due to fires involving cooking materials. Nationally, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss.

“Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor in all cooking fires,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “I urge Tennesseans to celebrate Thanksgiving safely in 2015 by remembering some simple but important rules when they’re in the kitchen.”

The SFMO offers these safety tips (and this helpful graphic) as a reminder to cook smart this year.

  • Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself when you are cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling.
  •         Never leave the fryer unattended. Most fryer units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.
  •         To prevent spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter. The National Turkey Foundation recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease or oil fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department by dialing 911.

HC Splits with Stewart County on the Hardwood

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split a pair of games with Stewart County on the hardwood Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won 81-40 over the Lady Rebels and Celie Hudson has 19 points to lead the Lady Pats. The Patriots lost to the Rebels in a close one 51-50. James Milliken had 16 points in the loss for Henry County. Henry County is off for Thanksgiving weekend and plays again Tuesday December 1st against Dyer County at home.

EMV Card Technology Arrives In Time for Black Friday

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division reminds Tennesseans to be aware of changes in credit card technology as this holiday season will be the first year retail stores will be required to become compliant with EMV credit card technology.

EMV (which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa) is a new global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions. In the wake of numerous large-scale data breaches and increasing counterfeit card fraud, U.S. card issuers have migrated to EMV technology which is harder to counterfeit than the magnetic stripes on traditional credit cards. Thus far, approximately 120 million Americans have already received an EMV credit card, according to Smart Card Alliance.

EMV cards are becoming more prevalent. Major chain retailers such as Walmart and Kroger have already installed EMV chip-card readers to accommodate the new cards. After Oct. 1, 2015 (the deadline created by major U.S. credit card issuers MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express), the liability for card-present fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in a fraudulent transaction. This means fraud liability will fall back on the merchant in the event of a large data breach.

Many small businesses are still in the process of implementing the new chip-card reader; some may not implement the chip-card reader at all. Keep this in mind as holiday shopping gets underway on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. To learn more about EMV chip cards and how to use them, visit www.gochipcard.com or www.emv-connection.com/consumers.

For more consumer resources, visit www.tn.gov/consumer

Paris FFA Chapter Participates in National FFA Dairy Event

Louisville- Members of the Paris FFA Chapter in Tennessee were one of  43 teams participating in the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Laura Moss, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 166 other participants. Allie Jo Shankle received a Gold emblem, Kasey Pickle received a Silver emblem, Tiffany Clark received a Bronze emblem, and Courtland Hester received a Silver emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the dairy cattle evaluation and management event are sponsored by Allflex U.S.A. Inc.

The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management CDE is a competitive event that tests the student's ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include six classes of dairy cattle, herd record evaluation and dairy management team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Hosp. Board Approves Clean Audit

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meet on Tuesday night and accepted the annual Audit Report for the Medical Center from LBMC. Representatives were on hand and discussed some of the key points of the audit which was a clean, qualified audit with no findings.

Andrew Bissonnette, of LBMC, discussed in detail the audit and process eventually saying they gave a clean opinion of the audit for HCMC for the past fiscal year. He went over many points including the fact assets are up to just under $4M for the medical center and it was consistent year over year. Revenues for the medical center are up about 3.7% and it is due to volume increases. The addition of physicians for the medical center has caused the salaries to be up from last year as well.

During his administrative reports, CEO and Administrator Tom Gee told the board of trustees that there was not much to report on the Medicare and Tenncare front. He said there is some interest in getting the Insure Tennessee running, but it appears the conservative legislature is not interested in giving the topic much time in the 2016 legislature due to it being an election year. He said they are expecting quarterly payments foe essential access funds for the hospital and new quality payment funds for the nursing home they are eligible for.

Healthcare Center Gets Deficiency Free Licensure Survey

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees recognized the Henry County Healthcare Center for receiving a deficiency free annual licensure survey. Gee explained to the board that the feat is very hard to accomplish, but HCHC has managed to do it two of the last three years.

Gee said the staff deserves a big congratulations because less than 5% of facilities in the state are able to accomplish a deficiency free survey. Gee said we have to make sure and educate the community that even though our facility may be older, the quality of care is excellent and head and shoulders above the rest. Earlier in the year the Healthcare Center won a Bronze Award for its quality of care.

The board learned that Dr. Lindsay Foust is accepting patients and working out of the HC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Office. Dr. Foust is a podiatrist and has interest in wound care as well.

Gee said the medical center continues to search for psychiatry coverage for the Lake Haven unit. He said at this time they are looking for a physician and certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for the unit.

Gee reported that construction is essentially complete on the operating room project as the PACU and room 7 are currently in operation. He said we can’t yet use the storeroom because final inspection has yet to be completed there and due to shortages in the state’s inspection office, that may be delayed for a while. Construction on 3 West is ongoing for the Lake Haven expansion and hopes are to be complete in February or March.

ER Wait Times Improving at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- In the quality report, Chief Nursing Officer James Caldwell reported that wait times in the ER are average about 47 minutes. He said that is down and they continue to work on improving that. Caldwell also said that patient experience score average for the ER is at 99%, so the quality of care is top notch.

HCMC BOT Welcomes New Members

Paris, Tenn.- The board also welcomed new board members Sabra Fuller and Peggy Beasley (pictured above talking with Ed Ledden prior to the meeting) to their first board meeting. The medical center board recently changed its bylaws and expanded its board from 5 to 7 members. Board chairman Phil Wichlan said it was the first time in history that two members of the board are female since the hospital started 62 years ago. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

BPU Approves Annual Audit At Nov. Meeting

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Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday and approved the audit for fiscal year 2015. Alexander Thompson Arnold prepared the audit again and General Manager John Etheridge explained there were no findings to report as the BPU had a clean audit for the 8th time in 9 years. Etheridge went over the 5 year audit history of each department. The audit was clean and all looked good with the BPU.

The annual audit for the BPU trust, or Project Round Up, was also presented and approved by the BPU board Tuesday morning. Roundup was started in 2002 by the BPU board and customers can choose to have their bill rounded up to the nearest whole dollar amount with the money generated going to Non profit groups in Paris and Henry County. Since May of 2002 over $1.125M has been given out to over 100 recipients during that time frame. The board approved ATA to do next years audit at a price of $700 more than this year's audit.

Etheridge went over the financial reports for all the departments for the month of October. In the Electric Department shows the cash position is slightly better than at the same time last year. He said we have spent quite a bit of money on capital projects so overall things are in good shape. Etheridge said he didn't see any income erosion in The Electric Department and BPU has experienced slight customer growth.

Water Department numbers showed an erosion in cash position but it was expected as money has been spent on the initial stages of the new water plant construction. That money is on the state revolving loan and will come back to the BPU. Net income was in good shape as well.

In the Wastewater Department, cash position has eroded but $300K was spent on the Johnson Park Sewer Basin Rehab work. The wastewater department showed a positive net income for the month.

Etheridge told the board 413 customers are now on the prepay system. He said it shows that prepay customers do a good job of monitoring their usage and TVA is looking into the program to see how to help more customers manager their power usage as well.

The BPU Facebook page now has over 1600 likes and Etheridge said the page is utilized to let customers now about power outages and if water in certain areas needs to be shut off for periods of times. He told the board that by mid December the BPU website should be able to support software that will allow customers to see footprints of outages during larger outage times. He said this will let customers see if a larger outage is affecting them and their neighbors without having to call and report it.

Carroll Bank And Trust Warns of Text Scam

Paris, Tenn.- Individuals throughout Carroll, Benton, Gibson, and Henry Counties have received text messages that appear to be from Carroll Bank and Trust which reads your Carroll Bank and Trust debit card has been locked and then links you to a log in page.

Carroll Bank and Trust released a statement saying this is a scam and is an attempt to gain your personal information. The text is not from CB &T and even people who are not CB & T customers have received the text. Citizens are urged to be cautious and never click any suspicious links or enter any of your personal or banking information into a site that has requested your information.

First Bank Hosts Nov. Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- Scott Morrison, left, FirstBank, presented gift baskets to Michele Atkins, Henry County Extension, and Marie Berryman during the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Coffee at FirstBank on Mineral Wells.

HCHS Golf Banquet Held Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot and Lady Patriot golf team held its annual banquet Monday night at the Paris Country Club. The team honored graduating seniors with plaques recognizing their years of service. Seniors who were honored were Hunter Bethune, Brady Mustin, Jacob Watkins, Madison Dillard and Callie Pierce. 

Other awards given out were to Sydney Williams for the Girls Newcomer of the Year and Girls Lowest Golf Score Average of the Year, Ely Ridgeway for Boys Newcomer of the Year, Jacob Watkins for the Boys Lowest Golf Score Average for the Year and the Academic Awards went to Cameron May with a GPA of 101 and Leah Bell with a GPA of 98.2. Both Boys and Girls golf teams advanced to the District and Regional tournaments this year.

TDOT to Halt Lane Closures for Busy Thanksgiving Travel

Nashville- Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2015.

“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destination this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.”

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones.  Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and TDOT are partnering with law enforcement across the state for the I-40 Challenge, with the goal of having zero fatalities on the 455 miles of I-40 in Tennessee,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways. We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit, and don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink.”

Some long-term lane closures will remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

AAA predicts 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 0.6 percent over last year and the most in eight years.  An estimated 1,025,217 people are expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee. Nationwide, 89.3% of all travelers will drive to their destination.  Motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity 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.

North Pole Family Fun Day Begins at 10am Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- After the turkey and dressing are enjoyed on Thursday, Friday will usher the Christmas season into downtown Paris as Santa, Rudolph, and the elves roll into downtown via the Paris Fire Department Fire Truck starting at 10am as the North Pole Family Fun Day kicks off. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and will run until 2pm.

In addition to all the downtown merchants being open for Christmas shopping, there will be several activities for the youngsters to do on Friday at the North Pole Family Fun Day, including visiting Santa in his house on the court square as the Band Boosters will take and sell photos with Santa. Mrs. Clause will also be downtown Friday.

Activities at the North Pole Family Fun Day include free craft tables with make and take holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club. Commercial Bank will do face painting from 10am to Noon, and every half hour beginning at 10:30am, the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express inside the Old Depot on Fentress Street, know Vicky Muzzal’s Tax Service. All youngsters will get a free train whistle.

There are trackless train rides, a four pony carousel ride, a petting zoo, and several other games and activities. The North Pole Family Fun day is part of the Downtown Unwrapped Series of events for the Christmas season and a full schedule of events can be found at visitdowntownparis.com.

Christmas By the Lake To Be Fri.-Sun

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will present Christmas by the Lake this weekend. There will be lots of Arts and Crafts for sell, several with Christmas themes. The event will be held inside the Paris Landing State Park Inn and will run 3-8pm Friday and 8-5 Saturday and Sunday. Parking and Admission is free.

City of Paris Announces Thanksgiving Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Paris City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday Nov. 26 and 27 and will reopen on Monday Nov. 30th. The Landfill will close Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the city Animal Shelter will close Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Paris Public Works Department will be closed Thursday and Friday this week.

On Wednesday of this week, the Public Works Department will pickup trash for Wednesday and Thursday so have trash out by 7am Wednesday morning.

Drug Arrests Made After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Derrek Colley and Ptl. Steve Dean, Jr. conducted a traffic stop for failure to maintain lanes and ended up arresting occupants on drug charges.

Sgt. Michael Ramos and K9 Kenzie were called to the scene and Kenzie alerted on the vehicle. A search was done and three baggies of powder substance believed to be methamphetamine were found along with some digital scales and a glass pipe.

Charged were Richard B. Carpenter, of Big Sandy for possession of schedule two with intent, simple possession of schedule two, simple possession of schedule 6, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Carpenter was placed on $2500 bond. Also charged was Amanda L. Ballard, of Camden, for possession of legend drug and she was placed on $3K bond.

In a separate incident, Dep. David Andrews of the Metro Crime Unit charged a Big Sandy man with unlawful possession of a weapon over the weekend. Steven E. Scott, age 44, of 409 Rollin Oak Drive in Big Sandy was charged and placed on $10K bond.

Thefts, Vandalism Keep Officers Busy over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that several items were stolen out of a storage unit including two night stands, a microwave, HDMI cables, cordless drills, a vacuum, and an antique picture. The value of the items were over $1K and police have no suspects at this time.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that vandalism was done to Ogburn Park over the weekend. City employees found writing on the picnic tables and men’s and women’s restrooms. There was also damage done to the showers in the women’s restroom. Police continue to investigate with no suspects at this time.

HCHS Speech Team Finishes 4th in Dickson Tourney

Dickson, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech Team also did well this weekend in competitions at Dickson County High School, finishing 4th out of 19 schools. Thirteen students entered and 8 trophies were won for the following: Tia Mikeska, 1st place poetry, Jayna Nance, 3rd place Humorous Interpretation, Natalie Clark, 3rd place in Informative Speaking and 5th in Original Oratory, Davis Caperton, 5th place in Humorous Interpretation, and Charlie Raymer, 6th in Humorous Interpretation. The speech team advisor is Linda Miller.

Lakewood Speech Team Does Well in Competition

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Tiger Invitational hosted by Murray High School over the weekend and placed 7th out of 13 schools from across the state of KY and TN. The competition consisted of primarily high schools and several students placed individually. Abigail Littrell placed 3rd in Original Oratory, Faith Hutson placed 6th in Humorous Interpretation and Nadia McFadden placed 5th in Declamation. The team will next compete in the Marshall County High School Invitational on December 5th. They are coached by David Weatherly.

Police Investigating Theft After Man Opens His Home To Couple

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Lance Perry responded to a call at 3500 Hwy 79 N in regards to a theft.

The resident of the home was asked by a friend at church to house a male and female that had nowhere to stay. The man allowed the couple to stay in his home, while he stayed at his ministry.

Upon the couple leaving the next day, items missing were a Toshiba laptop, valued at $459, a CB radio and antenna, valued at $50, $300 in cash, Citalopram, quantity unknown, Military paperwork and vehicle paperwork.

The couple left in a white SUV with a ladder rack. Although, the suspects names were unclear and/or unknown initially, both persons of interest were named on the report, but no arrests have been made at this time.

W.G. Rhea Public Library To Offer Free Excel Classes

Paris, Tenn. - The W. G. Rhea Public Library will offer a free computer class for Excel I on Monday, December 7th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library computer lab. Registration is required. Limited space is available.

For any questions, or to register, call 731-642-1702.

Ed Roberts Dinner For Cancer Survivors Set For December 4th

Paris, Tenn. - The event will be held this year at the Fairview Baptist Church (across from Lowe's) in Paris, on Friday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment at the event will be Wire and Wood.

This event was established by the late Ed Roberts in the basement of the HCMC Cancer Center in 1989 with only a few dollars and 20 guests. The event was then taken over by his wife Barbara after his passing, until it merged with the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. Having now grown to over 300 guests, the event has been hosted at numerous locations throughout Henry County.

The Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is a local fund that provides financial assistance for co-pays, insurance premiums, medications and transportation to those cancer patients whom are undergoing cancer treatment at the local Cancer Care Center Henry County and Outpatient Chemotherapy Department and Henry County Medical Center.

If you are interested in attending the meal or making a donation, please contact the Cancer Care Center at 731-644-3522.

Missing Henry County Woman Found Alive And At Home Safe

Henry, Tenn. - Brooke Walker, the missing woman from Henry County has been found alive and is at home with her family.

Brooke was found off Hwy 77 on Henry Mansfield Road by a deer hunter on Saturday morning. Brooke was located sitting in a lawn chair hiding under a tarp in a deer tent.

Brooke refused medical treatment on scene and according to a statement issued by Sheriff Monte Belew, the incident where she walked away from the home on Henry Mansfield Road, is currently under investigation.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the deer hunter who located Brooke, the THP Helicopter and all of those who have volunteered during the search on Friday and Saturday.

Paris-Henry County Arts Council Presents Holiday Concert

Paris, Tenn. - Every year, the Paris Henry County Arts Council produces a wonderful holiday concert utilizing the wealth of musical talent available in Paris and Henry County and 2015 will be no different.

This year’s concert presents Vivaldi’s Gloria under the direction of Blair Chadwick, Director of Choral Activities for Henry County High School, will be on December 6th at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Candlelight Advent Walk Heralds The Season

Paris, Tenn. - The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season on Wednesday evening, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Worshipers will hear the message of Advent in beautifully decorated churches then proceed by candlelight through the historic downtown area.

The service begins at First Presbyterian Church (South Market Street). Then proceed to First United Methodist Church (East Blythe Street), then on to First Christian Church (South Poplar Street), and then staying on Poplar Street to Grace Episcopal and Ketchum Hall.

Worshipers will then head through sparkling downtown Paris to First Baptist Church at 313 North Poplar Street, and finally arriving at Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street, who will also host a reception after the service. A van is available for those who are unable or who do not wish to walk.

Participating churches and the DPA sponsor the annual event. For more information on Christmas Events downtown, log on to www.VisitDowntownParis.com

Highlights From Round 3 TSSAA Playoff Game Friday Night

#28 Evan Harrison tackles the Centennial Back. (Tim Pharr photo)

#56 Cody Bates brings down the Centennial RB for a loss. (Tim Pharr photo)

#7 Caleb Mccutcheon runs behinds blocks from #52 Nathaniel Owens, #33 Nathan Scott & #31 Brevin Odom. (Tim Pharr photo)

"Be Local" Shirts On Sale Now At The Chamber

Paris, Tenn. - The staff of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Henry County Alliance, Jennifer Wheatley, Monica Smith, Tara Wilson and David Hamilton show off the new "Be Local" shirts. Shirts are now available at the Chamber for $15 each.

(Chamber photo)

Henry County Patriots End Season With 10 - 3 Record

Franklin, Tenn. - The Henry County Patriots traveled to Franklin, Tennessee Friday night to take on Centennial, for round 3 of the TSSAA Playoffs.

Unfortunately, the Patriots were unable to score and finished the season with a loss to Centennial 25 - 0.

Henry County ends this football season with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses. One of those losses being to Centennial in the regular season.

PHC Arts Council To Hold Gingerbread House Building Contest

Paris, Tenn. - Together with the Lee Academy, the PHC Arts Council will be hosting a Gingerbread House Building Competition on Saturday, December 5th.

There are five categories to compete in and a provided kit can be used or build your own from scratch.

On site construction will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until Noon. You also have the option to bring family and friends or build solely by yourself.

Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.

For more information, contact the Paris Henry County Arts Council at 731-642-3955.

Benefit For Jennifer Andres To Be Held December 5th

Paris, Tenn. - A benefit for Jennifer Andres will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 101 East Blythe Street.

Jennifer is 33 years old and the fiancé of Chris Lee. She is the mother of five children, ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old. She is currently fighting cervical cancer for the second time since 2014. Jennifer has been through chemo and radiation and is now also experiencing kidney failure.

Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or hot dog with chips and a drink will be for sale for $6.

Events include bouncy houses, face painting, games for the kids, a cake walk and silent auction.

If you would like to donate any items for the silent auction or baked goods for the cake walk, please contact Lauren Wilson at 731-363-1610, Kelly Corbitt at 731-333-2551, or Carla Goodman at 731-336-9832.

Items can be picked up if need be and it is requested that all donated items for the auction or cake walk be done by December 3rd.

Local FOP Chapter Seeks Contributions for Cops and Kids

Paris, Tenn.- The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is planning their 2015 FOP Cops and Kids Shopping Trip which will be held on Saturday December 5th for underprivileged children in Paris and Henry County.

The FOP is seeking donations from the community to help conduct the program as 100% of donations help kids here in Henry County. Contributions can be mailed to Fraternal Order of Police, P.O. Box 755, Paris, TN 38242. Contributions can also be dropped off in person at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office or Paris Police Department. For more information contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Paris Police Department at 642-1413.

212th Engineer Company Christmas Dinner Dec. 6

Paris, Tenn.- The Commander of the 212th Engineer Company in Paris invites all retired members to join the company for their annual Christmas Dinner at 11am on Sunday December 6th. If you are interested please RSVP by November 30th by calling 644-7370.

Over the River Race Planned for Dec. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will once again be featured in the State Parks Running Tour with the 8 mile “Over the River” race planned for 11am on Saturday December 12th.

Special awards will be given for top overall male and female in the race that spans the park and a trek across the Ned McWherter Bridge.

Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “featuring our beautiful Paris Landing on the State Park Running Tour is a cooperative effort of the tour, Race Director Mike Bell, Paris Landing State Park, Friends of Paris Landing, and the Chamber of Commerce. We are especially grateful for the volunteers who help with the race.

For more information or to volunteer to help work the race call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.

HC Historical Society Quarterly Meeting Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will have its regular quarterly meeting at 6pm on Monday November 23rd at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center, located at 614 N. Poplar Street. Society president David Webb will give a program on Howell E. Jackson, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, who was born in Paris in 1832. A portrait of Jackson by an unsigned artists will be unveiled and the oil painting will later be hung in the main lobby of the Henry County Courthouse.

Also Monday evening at the meeting, Shannon McFarlin will speak and take orders for her upcoming book about CampTyson entitled, As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson—America’s Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility.

The Heritage Center currently has Camp Tyson artifacts on display that have been donated by the family of Elliott Moody, who served at the camp along with items recently purchased by the historical society from the James and Emily Cox Estate.

Annual society dues of $5 are payable at the meeting or can be mailed to Donna Winchester, treasurer, 715 Old Union Road, Paris, Tennessee 38242.

County Clerk Office To Close For Remodeling, Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Clerk Donna Craig wants the public to know that the Henry County Clerk's Office will be closing at Noon on Wednesday November 25th for remodeling and be closed on Thursday and Friday November 26-27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Clerk's Office will reopen on Monday November 30th.


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