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Paris Man Sought After Search Warrant Executed On Monday

Cpl. Greg Underwood, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Sheriff Monte Belew and K-9 Si with the drugs, ammo, cash and guns seized on Monday. (Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

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WANTED: Aaron "Zach" Teague (HCSO booking photo)

Paris, Tenn. - A search warrant was executed at 6095 Reynoldsburg Road on Monday, August 31st, at 1:25 p.m. The search warrant was issued after a tip was received and after several years of ongoing surveillance and investigation.

The Metro Crime Unit is seeking Aaron Z. "Zach" Teague, age 30, on felony drug charges and weapons charges. Teague is a convicted felon, stemming from drug charges in Henry County, in 2007.

A search of a red pick up truck on the premises revealed a loaded, high point 9mm and a .25 caliber Beretta.

Boxes of .270 caliber shells, boxes of .25 caliber, .22 caliber, and shotgun shells were also located.

Located in the home were a 12 gauge shotgun and a .270 Winchester rifle.

Just under 1 pound of marijuana was located in a camo backpack, found by Cpl. Underwood, of the Paris Police Department.

K-9 Si alerted to a safe in the bedroom of the home, a separate search warrant was obtained for the safe and it was moved to secure location. The safe was then opened with assistance of the Paris Fire Department, by using the Jaws of Life.

Inside the safe were a water bong, a jar of gummy rings, which are essentially candy that contain THC, and a bottle of codiene cough syrup, which is mixed with various liquids and is classified as a Schedule V drug.

$5,000 in cash was also located and seized.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick stated that Teague is believed to be a high tier player in the drug chain in Henry county.

Sheriff Monte Belew also stated that this investigation is ongoing and additional arrests could be sought as the investigation unfolds.

Teague wasn't at the residence at the time the search warrant was executed. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Aaron "Zach" Teague, please contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 731-642-1672 or to remain anonymous, you may contact the hot line at 731-642-0929.

The search warrants issued by the Metro Crime Unit were assisted by the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Department, Puryear Police Department, Henry Police Department and the Paris Fire Department.

Buchanan Man Arrested For Manufacturing Marijuana

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Hall, age 51, of 350 Kirks Trading Post Road, in Buchanan, was arrested after a tip was received that marijuana plants were growing next to a utility pole.

Deputy Chad Lowery observed, in plain view, 4 plants near the reported utility pole and a path and garden hose leading up to the residence of Hall.

Upon making contact with Hall, he admitted that the plants were his and that he was growing them for personal use.

Hall was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent. Hall was placed on $2500 bond.

HCMC, Air Evac, St. Thomas to Hold STEMI Drill at 10am Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Continuously improving our care and response time for our patients is always a goal for Henry County Medical Center.  We want to ensure that we provide the best patient care and outcomes for our region.  One way to make sure that we are continuously improving is to practice.

So, on Friday, September 4 at 10 a.m., HCMC, AirEvac and Saint Thomas will be “practicing” with a drill to improve cardiac care and response times of our emergency responders, our emergency room, as well as our transfer capabilities. 

The STEMI drill will begin at the Temple Baptist Church at 419 N. Wilson St., with one of our own as the patient, Craig Peevyhouse, Director of the Emergency Department at HCMC.  STEMI is an acronym meaning "ST segment elevation myocardial infarction," which is a type of heart attack. Myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) occur when a coronary artery suddenly becomes at least partially blocked by a blood clot, causing at least some of the heart muscle being supplied by that artery to die.  Heart attacks are divided into two types, according to their severity. A STEMI is the more severe type. 

Staff from HCMC EMS and ER, AirEvac, and Saint Thomas will simulate an actual STEMI, going through all the steps from alerting 911 dispatch, having an ambulance transport to the Emergency Room, the Emergency Room stabilizing Peevyhouse, to actually flying him with AirEvac to Saint Thomas.  We will even have an EKG simulator to allow for transmission to the ER from the ambulance if needed to ensure the authenticity of the drill.

Almost 250,000 Americans experience STEMI, the deadliest form of heart attack, each year.  In a heart attack, time is of the essence and can mean the difference between life and death as well as saving heart muscle.  Practicing with a drill is the best way to make sure that we are doing our best for the community.

HCMC and AirEvac staff will be available at the church with information about heart attacks, what to do, and more during the drill. 

Holley Fork Shooting Complex Gets $25K from Longbeards

Paris, Tenn.- The Local Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Tennessee River Longbeards presents Jamie Orr (President) and Drew Williams (Board member and No Fly Zone coach) of Holly Fork Shooting Complex a check for $25,000. The money will be used for much needed improvements. The money was raised during local hunting heritage banquets. Members of Tennessee River Longbeards Committee were present. (Tim Pharr photo)

Pats Hit the Road for District Game at Northeast Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hits the road for the first time this season and travel to Clarksville Friday night. They will play at Northeast High School with the kickoff for this district game set for 7pm. The pregame show will air beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and can be streamed online at www.wmufradio.com. Also you can listen via your phone by calling 415-352-0723 just remember standard rates will apply. The Patriots look to keep momentum after last week’s come from behind win against Houston.

NASI Songwriter's Night Fri. at Jack's Pool Room

Paris, Tenn.- The Nashville Association of Songwriter’s International will hold their monthly Songwriter’s Night at Jack’s Pool Room at 7pm. Signups start at 6pm and all songwriters and singers are welcome to come and share their songs and perform.

First Noon on the Square Features The Barons, Perry's BBQ

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the Square kicks off at noon today on the front lawn of the courthouse in downtown Paris. The Barons will be the musical entertainment from 12-1pm. Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ sandwiches and the Downtown Paris Association will be providing drinks and taking donations. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this September tradition in downtown Paris.

Commission Recommends 911 Board Rename Hwy. 77 Portion

John Etheridge, chair of the 911 Board talks to Commissioners during the public hearing for the renaming of Hwy. 77 to Mineral Wells. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met on Thursday night in regular session and approved recommending to the 911 board to go ahead with the renaming of a portion of Hwy. 77 to Mineral Wells. City manager Kim Foster said that there has been past discussion about extending the name of Mineral Wells all the way to the Hwy. 218 bypass and Hwy. 77 intersection. Premier Nissan made an appeal to the 911 board to rename that section to be included with Mineral Wells Avenue but at the time the board did not feel that it was the appropriate time to make a change.

Foster said with the proposed development just past Walgreens along with an approved site plan across the street, we feel it is now a good time to consider the name change.

She said positive factors in renaming the street at this time include: with development moving further past the Mineral Wells/Memorial Drive Intersection, from a marketing standpoint in retail, it makes sense to attempt to capitalize on the desire that most retail would like to locate on Mineral Wells Avenue; it makes wayfinding much easier and avoids the situation streets changing names midway such as the Washington/Chickasaw and Fairground/County Home Road areas; fewer properties would now be affected since many have been removed in anticipation of future development.

Foster said the biggest negative would be some properties and businesses would be required to change their address. Commissioners felt it was in the best interest to change the name of that portion of Hwy. 77 to Mineral Wells Avenue.

John Etheridge, chairman of the 911 board, said the 911 board wouldn’t do it if there was much pushback from the community. He said years ago there was more pushback and now it seems to be more push towards the name change.

The 911 Board will make the final decision in the next couple of months and Foster said some minor issues like changing address and changing driver license will have to be done but there is a time window to allow businesses and residences to do that.

June Shows 7% Increase In Retail Sales, Bassfest Big Help

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow said that June was another month of positive growth in retail sales for the city of Paris. June 2015 showed an increase of nearly 7% in sales over June of 2014 and that puts the city 3.67% ahead of retail sales for the calendar year so far in 2015. Pillow said June is usually a strong month in retail sales and said Bassfest, which was held at Paris Landing in early June likely attributed to this year’s big jump in sales.

Revenues in the General Fun exceeded expenditures by almost $33K in the month of July and in the solid waste fund revenues were ahead of expenditures over $22K.

Pillow reminded the commission the revenue for the increased local option sales tax that went into effect July 1st will not be reflected until September financials as revenue for sales tax falls two months later than when the retail sales actually occur. She also said that ESN 122 Fire Fees were mailed out this week and totals would equal about $185K. Pillow said usually the city gets back at least 65% of those fees.

Commission Approves Conveying Alleyway Behind Walgreens

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a request and recommendation from the Planning Commission to convey the alley at Hwy. 77 and Fairview Street as BLP Development, LLC of Paducah is proposing a development on Hwy. 77 just past Walgreens. The property currently consists of four parcels, three of which front Hwy 77. The developer proposes to combine the lots and demolish the existing structures.

The total site is 1.02 acres and the contractor proposes to construct a 2K sq. ft. building on the property. Adjacent to this property there is an alley to the rear of the development and also adjacent to Walgreens and Fairview Church properties. The developers have submitted a request to the city to acquire a portion or the entire adjoining alley. The alley is developed by no longer used by the city to offer services to the properties and utility companies would only require an easement should the city convey the alley to the adjacent properties. Properties involved will be contacted before final approval is given.

Appointments to boards were made Thursday night including appointing Carl Holder to the Paris Housing Authority as David Taylor is retiring from serving on the board. Holder will serve until July of 2020. Elder James Travis was reappointed to serve on the Paris Housing Corporation, as well as Bill Williams and Aaron Dolberry. Dicky Routon was appointed with commission approval to serve on the Historic Zoning Board.

The commission approved a resolution authorizing the city of Paris to participate in the Driver Safety Grant Program thru the Pool and Tennessee Risk Management. The grant would be for the Paris Police Department for GPS Tracking System and computers to be used in Patrol Cars along with other things. The total of the grant is $2K and it is a 50/50 match so the local portion would be $1K.

Commission Hears Chamber Update Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s City Commission meeting saw Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley give a presentation on the chamber.

The chamber was created in 1950 and currently has over 400 members. Wheatley reminded commissioners that the Henry County Alliance is a partnership between the chamber and the Industrial Committee. Missions are aligned so staff and community and financial resources can be maximized.

Wheatley went over the chamber staff and all the officers and reminded commissioners the chamber is here for the city and is thankful for the city’s support especially in the Be Local campaign. The chamber’s ongoing events were listed from the Small Business Expo to the Water Run and more with the newest venture the Young Professionals club.

The chamber responds to over 2000 inquiries for information each year on tourism outreach. The chamber is a member of the Tennessee River Trails Association and the Lakes Region Coalition and attending travel shows is something they are continuing to focus on for possible bus tours thru the area in the future.

City Applying For Multiple Grants; Pedestrian/Bike Trail Wanted

City Manager Kim Foster discusses possible grants the city is applying for. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on the status of various projects and discussed grant opportunities that staff is going to try to focus on. Foster said there has been talk for a number of years for a bike and pedestrian trail in the city and they are currently working on a multimodal grant that could possibly help that come to fruition. Foster said the state set aside monies in the multimodal grants a couple of years ago to put in walking trails and bike trails and this year is the last year they will be available. She said they are working hard to apply and get all the necessary info into the state. The grant is only a 5% local match.

There are Community Transport Planning Grants as well the city is applying for that could be used for the trails and also to work towards the master plan of the Manley Street extension. In other grant news, Foster did report that the city was turned down for the 2nd year in row for the Our Town Grant to help fund the next phase of the Back Alley Paris Project so its back to the drawing board on that for right now.

Commissioner Fuller Issues Challenge, Miss America Watch Party Set

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioner Terry Fuller challenged all city commissioners along with County Mayor Brent Greer and the entire county commission to give $100 to go towards the Arthritis Awareness Foundation in honor of Miss Tennessee, Paris’s own Hannah Robinson.

Also at the meeting on Thursday, City Manager Kim Foster said a community watch party is being organized for citizens to come and watch the Miss America Pageant together at the Enoch Building at the Fairgrounds. Foster said it’s a way to show our support of Hannah and we are trying to get a cable feed and TVs set up. Foster said we will probably have a few refreshments and it will be away for us to show her we appreciate her for showcasing her community. Hannah’s video which showcases Paris and Henry County is ranked as the 3rd best of the 52 videos from the contestants. The Miss America pageant will air on ABC on Sunday September 13th.

HCSO Offer's Reward for Mailbox Vandalism Information

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $250 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who committed the latest round of mailbox vandalism that has occurred recently. The Sheriff’s Office is pursuing any and all leads to who may have committed these acts of vandalism.

The sheriff’s office is pursuing other avenues of investigation but they need help from the public. If anyone seen or heard anything call the sheriff’s office at 642-1672.

Paris Police Make Revoked DL Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated the Cpl. Eric Long and Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr., observed a woman driving a green van and the tags, when check thru dispatch came back to a Toyota. Contact with the driver was made as Cpl. Long knew that Christy Dianne Ward, age 34, had prior convictions for driving on a revoked license. Ward was charged with driving on revoked, violation financial responsibility, and violation of registration law.

Arrests from the past couple of days include Tommy A. Wilson, 30, 100 Rowe School, for theft of property, aggravated burglary, and theft. Wilson was placed on $30K bond.

Gabriel Allen Hillsman, age 39, of 9615 Hwy. 77, was arrested for theft of property and burglary and placed on $15K bond.

HCHS Golf Competes at Swan Lake in District Action

Callie Rose Pierce puts on the green

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Golf Team played at Swan Lake against Rossview and Clarksville. The Lady Patriots shot a 92. Rossview won the match with a 77, Clarksville High shot an 82. Individually Leah Bell shot a 45 and Sydney Williams a 47.

The Patriots shot a 187, besting Rossview’s 202, and Clarksville High won the match with a 159. Eli Ridgeway shot a 45, Jacob Watkins a 46, Cole Culpepper 47, and Eli Todd a 49.

Eli Ridgeway takes a shot towards the green. (Brad Ridgeway photo)

Bowfishing Tourney Draws Competitors From 7 States

Tournament director Brodie Swisher (left) stands with Team Night Prowler who caught the big fish, a Big Head Carp weighing 76.45 pounds.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Bowfishing teams from 7 states gathered at Paris Landing this past weekend for the Battle on the River Bowfishing Tour. The event quickly became Tennessee’s biggest bowfishing tournament competition.

Tournament director, Brodie Swisher said, “This tournament is good for local business here in Paris and Henry County, as well as good for our lake and river system as over 11K pounds of rough fish were brought to the scales for weigh-in during the tournament.”

All fish were caught with a bow and special bowfishing arrow attached to a bow-mounted reel.

Many of these fish are invasive species to our lakes and rivers and are a huge threat to our local game fish. For more information on the Bowfishing Tour visit www.bowfishingtour.com or like Bowfishing Tour on Facebook.

Public Hearing On Tap for Thurs. City Comm. Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- A public hearing to allow the public to make comments on a proposal to change the name of Hwy. 77 to Mineral Wells will be held on Thursday Sept. 3rd at 5:30pm in the city hall courtroom prior to the Paris City Commission meeting which begins at 6pm.

The proposal is to rename a portion of road from Mineral Wells and Memorial Drive Intersection to the intersection of 218.

Other items on the agenda when the commission convenes Thursday night include a request to convey the alley at Hwy. 77 and Fairview Street, and a resolution for driver safety grant program.

LIfeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday September 3rd from Noon to 6pm. There is a current critical need for O negative, B negative, and A negative blood. Be sure and bring a photo ID when you come to give blood and all eligible blood donors are welcome.

Kiwanis Club Arts and Crafts Festival Set for Sept. 12-13

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Kiwanis Club’s annual Arts and Crafts Festival will be held September 12th and 13th from 10am to 5pm both days at Paris Landing State Park. There are over 90 vendors this year and plenty of food including funnel cakes, burgers, and much more. Parking and admission is free at the park. Vendors have handmade jewellery, arts and crafts, woodworking, metal working, wind chimes, and more. For more information contact Crissy McCutheon at 363-5948.

Man Wanted by Navy For Going AWOL in 1989 Turns Himself In

Paris, Tenn.- A man wanted by the United States Department of the Navy for being a military deserter since 1989 turned himself into the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday at 7pm. Richard P. Scherer, aka Richard P. Lucas, turned himself in on outstanding felony theft warrants. Sgt. David Powell processed Scherer into the facility. Cpl. Gary Carroll took Scherer’s fingerprints that are electronically submitted to the TBI and FBI and at 9:12pm Officer Tena Hale received a hit confirmation response. It contained his correct identity and confirmed he was a military deserter since 1989.

A hold was placed on Scherer for the Navy and he was charged with theft for property and AWOL and put on $35K bond.

Lexington Woman Charged With DUI, Drug Para. Poss.

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department responded to Walmart in reference to a reckless driver in a gray Chevy Impala. Ptl. Jamie James made contact with Brandy Lee Dale, 35, of Lexington and noticed she was nervous and he asked her if she was on medication or had been drinking. She did admit to being on some meds and drinking six beers. Dale was charged with DUI 3rd offense and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after a search of the vehicle found glass pipe and crack pipe.

All TN Counties Meet August 31st Budget Deadline

Nashville- For the first time in decades all 95 Tennessee counties have adopted their annual budget resolutions by August 31. This extraordinary achievement means that Tennessee counties are now operating under a locally adopted budget for the current fiscal year.

Tennessee counties are also in full compliance with Public Chapter 170, Acts of 2015. This new law allows counties that do not adopt a budget resolution prior to June 30 to operate under a continuation budget through August 31. Counties with extraordinary circumstances preventing the adoption of a budget resolution by August 31 may request approval from the Comptroller of the Treasury to operate until September 30.

The Tennessee County Services Association requested Public Chapter 170 from the State Legislature, and its members should be commended for adhering to its requirements.

In the past, it was not uncommon for some Tennessee counties to operate without a current budget into October.

“This achievement is a result of the tremendous effort by county executives, mayors, commissioners, and school board members to better manage their counties by adopting a budget in a timely manner,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “This is a significant step toward making government work better for all Tennesseans.”

Follow the Comptroller’s Office on twitter: @TNCOT

TDOT to Halt Construction for Labor Day Weekend

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, September 4 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

“AAA predicts Friday and Monday to be the busiest travel times during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “We want to ensure the thousands of travelers using Tennessee’s roadways during this period arrive at their destinations quickly and safely without being impeded by road construction delays.”

While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Drivers can expect to see an increased number of law enforcement personnel on the roads this Labor Day weekend,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink or are impaired in any way.”

Nationwide travel is expected to see a 1 percent increase from last year’s numbers.  The summer travel season is expected to close with an estimated 35.5 million travelers taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home.  AAA Auto Club South projects that 604,260 Tennesseans will travel by car this Labor Day holiday, a .6 percent increase in travel through the state compared to last year’s numbers. Nationwide, 85.8 percent of holiday travelers will choose to drive to their destinations.

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.

Extended Learning Opportunities Offered Thru Patriot XL

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School’s extended learning program, Patriot XL, is looking for high school students who like to have fun while they learn. After school extended learning opportunities are available at the high school from 3:15-5pm and before school tutoring is available at Grove and the high school from 7am-7:45 Monday thru Friday when school is in session. All activities are supervised by certified teaching staff.

Students may sign up for tutoring in any subject, ACT preparation, guitar, orchestra, fitness activities, arts and crafts cooking, robotics, Anime, Latin, sign language, Deputy Dogs, and many more interesting groups like the Stock Market Club and the Healthy School Team. It’s free for students and the system provides a snack. Patriot XL is open to any student who attends Grove or HCHS. The Patriot XL calendar can be found in the School’s library, parent newsletter, and Planet HS.

For more information on the Patriot XL opportunities contact HCHS Lisa Fitzsimmons at 644-3205 or email fitzsimmonsl@henryk12.net and at Grove call Holly Mason at 642-4586 or email masonh@henryk12.net. You can also call the Central Office and talk to Susan Burton at 642-3101 or email burtons@henryk12.net.

BPU to Turn off Water in Northeastern Paris on Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will have water shut off in the northeastern section of town Thursday morning in order to install a new valve in the distribution system. Areas affected include Hwy. 79 northeast of the Hwy. 218 Bypass, Elkhorn Road, Alman Cemetery Road, Old Orchard Road, Jackson Forest, Willow Oaks, Harold Drive, Woodland Acres, and South Paris Water Co-op customers along Hwy. 79 N. and Country Club Estates. The water will be off approximately two hours beginning at 8:30am Thursday morning.

Sept. Is Library Card Month At W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library reminds you that September is Library Card month and you can be a winner in two ways. An adult may bring in a child under the age of 18 for their first library card or a child, under 18, can bring in an adult to get their first library card and put their names in the hat for a chance to win a $20 Walmart Gift Card for the adult and a beautiful new book for the children’s winner. The drawing will be held September 30th.

UTM Offers ACT Prep Course Saturdays in Sept., Oct.

Martin, Tenn.- Students hoping to raise their ACT scores are invited to register for an ACT Prep course held from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 17, on the University of Tennessee at Martin main campus. This course is available just in time for the Oct. 24 national exam.

Students will learn to complete test problems based on question frequency, difficulty, substantive knowledge, curriculum and alternative test-taking strategies. Participants will also learn how to maximize their scores in the allotted time.

Ron Ramage, a UT Martin adjunct instructor and teacher at Obion County High School, will direct the course. Students will take an official off-record ACT exam at the beginning of the course to determine areas of need. Students will then take another official off-record exam at the end of the program to evaluate progress. Instructors will arrange one-on-one meetings Oct. 15 to provide final study plans in preparation for the real exam.

The registration fee is $225 per person, which includes two textbooks, one ACT pre-test, one post-test and two sets of diagnostic reports. Students should bring two #2 pencils and paper for taking notes. If a student chooses to use a calculator, it must be ACT approved. For a list of approved calculators, visit http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html.

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082 or visit the course website at http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/nondegree.php.

Public Hearing Set For Renaming Portion of Hwy. 77

Paris, Tenn.- A public hearing to allow the public to make comments on a proposal to change the name of Hwy. 77 to Mineral Wells will be held on Thursday Sept. 3rd at 5:30pm in the city hall courtroom prior to the Paris City Commission meeting which begins at 6pm.

The proposal is to rename a portion of road from Mineral Wells and Memorial Drive Intersection to the intersection of 218.

Paris Police Nab Man for Warrants, Drugs

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Mareka K. Kendall, age 38, of 620 Cooper Street, with simple possession of schedule 6 and two counts of contempt of court. The report said that Cpl. Whitaker observed Kendall walking down Greer Streer and knew he had active warrants for the contempt of court charges. He noticed Kendall was holding a cigar in his hand then threw it on the ground. When Cpl. Whitaker asked about the cigar, Kendall replied, “it’s just a little joint.” Kendall was arrested and then a search of his person showed two bags of marijuana located in his front pockets.

Ptl. Christopher Page of the Paris Police Department cited a McKenzie man into court for drug paraphernalia possession. The report stated that Ptl. Page spotted a car parked at Eiffel Tower Park and made contact with the driver John W. Walker, age 34 of McKenzie. Dispatch revealed that his license was suspended and consent to search was given and glass pipes were found in the backseat.

Deputies Investigate More Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Several reports of theft came into the Henry County Sheriff’s Office over the last couple of days. An Easy Go Golf Cart was reported stolen from a home on Hwy. 77 in Mansfield. It was stolen from an open barn and the value is $4K.

A truck parked on Hwy 140 East in Buchanan has checkbooks and about 15 to 20 sets of keys stolen out of its console.

A resident of Hobby Road had two computers stolen valued at $500 and a GPS unit was stolen from a pickup truck on Forsythe Road. Deputies are continuing to investigate all the thefts and there seems to be no relation to them at this time.

Highway Dept. to Close Portion of Old State Route 76 Wed.

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Old State Route 76, south of Henry, on Wednesday September 2nd for culvert replacement. The closure will be two tenths of a mile east of the south entrance. The alternate route is the northern end of Old State Route 76 and the road should be open for evening traffic.

Patriots Golf Team Competes Against Stewart, Calloway Co.

Murray, Ky. - Henry County faced Stewart County and Calloway County in golf action on Monday at The Oaks in Murray. The Lady Patriots won their match shooting an 81 with Calloway County shooting an 86 and Stewart County a 102. Leah Bell had a 40 and Sydney Williams a 41 for the Lady Patriots.

The men’s team shot a 188. Stewart County had a 161 to win the match and Calloway County a 170. Individually for the Patriots, Hunter Bethune led the charge with a 45, Jacob Watkins a 46, Eli Ridgeway a 47, and Eli Todd a 50.

UTM Skyhawks Open Season on SEC Network in Oxford

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin football team will open the regular season on Saturday, Sept. 5 when they travel to Southeastern Conference foe and nationally ranked No. 15 Ole Miss. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The Skyhawks are 1-18 all-time against FBS squads, with their lone win coming over Memphis (20-17) on Sept. 1, 2012. All-time, UT Martin is 0-5 against opponents from the Southeastern Conference, with all five games being played during head coach Jason Simpson’s tenure. The Skyhawks played Auburn in 2008, Tennessee in 2010, Mississippi State in 2011 and 2014 while also lining up against Kentucky in the 2014 season opener. In addition, the Skyhawks are slated to play Arkansas later this season on Oct. 31.

The Skyhawks are looking to build not only off last season’s late success – winning five of the team’s final six contests – but turn to their wealth of established players within a system which boasts 24 seniors on this year’s squad. The team returns 13 starters – six on offense and seven on defense – from a team which finished 6-6 overall while winning the coveted Sgt. York Trophy and finishing league play with five consecutive victories.

Returning at the helm of the Skyhawks will be Simpson who enters his 10th season, while ranking as the Ohio Valley Conference’s longest tenured head coach. Simpson enters the season as the league’s 10th all-time wins leader while his 45 conference wins rank him ninth in league history.

Fifth-year quarterback Jarod Neal will man the duties under center. Despite splitting snaps the past two years, Neal still managed to complete 286-of-472 pass attempts for 3,409 yards and 23 touchdowns. His 63.5 percent completion percentage ranked 19th nationally while finishing 25th with a 140.6 pass efficiency in 2014.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Skyhawks will turn to USA College Football Preseason All-American Nick Dance to man the middle of a stingy defense. Dance made the most of his debut season with the Skyhawks after transferring from Western Michigan. He appeared in all 12 games while compiling 56 tackles, five tackles for loss and three forced turnovers en route to OVC All-Newcomer honors.

No. 15 Ole Miss comes into the season ranked in both preseason polls after finishing a 2014 campaign which saw the Rebels finish in the top-25 all season while sitting in the top-5 in four consecutive weeks. The Rebels finished last season with a 9-4 record, with three of their four losses coming against teams from the rigorous SEC West division.

Ole Miss bring an experienced attack on both sides of the ball as defensive back Tony Conner, tight end Evan Engram, defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil have all earned preseason first team All-America selections. In addition to the All-America nods, the core has appeared on several of the nation’s top award lists including the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Rotary Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award to name a few.

Saturday’s game will mark the first meeting between the two schools in program history.

Welcome Relief at the Gas Pumps


Paris, Tenn.- For the first time in awhile, most gas stations in Paris have gone under the $2 mark per gallon of gas. Experts seem to suggest the price of gas will continue to stay in that range or even go lower into the fall and winter. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Sept. Tradition of Noon on the Square Starts Friday

Paris, Tenn- With the turn of the calendar to September an annual event will return each Friday this month with Commercial Bank sponsored Noon on the Square. Noon on the Square started in September of 1981 and has been a mainstay each Friday in September since.

Everyone is invited to come out to the beautiful court square in downtown Paris and enjoy their lunches and hear live music from Noon to 1pm. Perry’s BBQ will be there each Friday selling lunch. The Downtown Paris Association will be providing drinks and they will accept donations to help with DPA activities and events.

This Friday September 4th, the Henry County Medical Center will be on hand giving blood pressure checks for free. The musical entertainment will be the Barons, who will awe the crowd with 60s and 70s music.

Friday September 11th, John Austin McDaniel will be on hand for great country and rock music.

Friday September 18th the Ray Lewis Band will perform a variety of country, classic rock and blues. Also on the 18th, the Boss Hoss Motorcyle show and parade will be part of the Noon on the Square festivities as the bikes and trikes make their way from the rally at Paris Landing State park and parade around the square before setting up for everyone to see.

Friday September 25th, Noon on the Square will kick off the Eye Full of Paris Weekend and Reedy Creek will perform great country music. Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and set around the court square and enjoy this Paris tradition.

Member of HC No Fly Zone Wins TNSCTP Scholarship

Nashville- The Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program Announced 2015 Scholarship winners and one of the members of the Henry County No Fly Zone shooting team won $750. Jake Scott, of Camden Central High School was awarded the generic scholarship.

The program is operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and awarded six total scholarships in the amount of $5250 for expenses related to post secondary education.

TNSCTP manager Andrew Pearcy said, “We’ve had an excellent participation in our scholarship program this season and these young people all submitted great essays.” Pearcy also reminded current and upcoming TNSCTP shooters to keep abreast of information related to scholarships at www.tnsctp.org.

Man Charged for Passing Counterfeit Bill

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police charged a man for criminal simulation for passing a counterfeit $100 bill over the weekend. City units went to E.W. James and Sons after a $100 bill was found to be counterfeit. Eric Lee Milliken, age 21, of 245 Jones Bend Road was asked about the bill and he told officers he did give it to the cashier but didn’t know it wasn’t real. He said he received the bill at a party he was at overseas. Officers charged him with criminal simulation.

Cross Country Competes in Smyrna


Scott Wallett running during the meet. (Larry Evans photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Cross Country team competed this past weekend at the Voyles Classic Cross Country meet in Smyrna. The HCHS boy’s team finished 8th out of 61 teams where 459 runners competed. Individually, Javan Winders came in 3rd place with a time of 15:24. Titus Winders finished 12th with a time of 16:17, Cole Davis 77th with a time of 18:06. Other finishers included Jack Nichols, Zach Cutright, Jarrett Hayes, and Cooper Smith.

The JV finishers included Ryan Patrum with a time of 21:52, Scott Wallett, Jacob Savage, Ethan French, and Sam Gearin. Madison Caldwell ran well for the Lady Patriots finishing with a time of 27:25.

Numerous Firearm Thefts Being Investigated

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to a reported theft at 36 Stone Lane, in Springville.

Both vehicles at the address had items stolen from them. The report did not advise any damage to vehicles, or if they were unlocked at the time of the thefts.

Items stolen from the vehicles were a CPAP machine, 380 stainless semi automatic, 1,500 rounds of 22 ammo, 4 boxes of 357 ammo, model 23 Glock 40, with several extra magazines, North American Arms 22 mag revolver, Ruger model 22/45 lite, Ruger 22/45, HNR model 922 9 shot single action revolver and a red leather pouch, which contained $25.

The value of items stolen listed at $4,820 and no arrests have been made at this time.

Buchanan, Tenn. - Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a gun was stolen from 8162 Hwy 140 E. in Buchanan.

An Arminius 22, 8 shot revolver and a compact disc were stolen from a vehicle at the residence.

The value of the items stolen listed at $250 and police are still investigating.

Police Investigate Theft In Puryear

Puryear, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brian Davis was stopped while on McDonald street and the resident of 116 S. McDonald Street advised that a theft had occurred.

The resident stated that a subject had entered the home and stolen a 19” Vizio television, a 50” Vizio television, a dvd player and 75 dvds. The resident also advised that the same day the window of the home was also broken.

The value of items stolen listed at $2,120. No arrests have been made at this time. 

UT Martin To Offer Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Program

Martin, Tenn. - A clinical medical assistant training program is available through the University of Tennessee at Martin. The 140-hour course will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 12-Feb. 27. The enrollment fee is $2,599 per person and includes all laboratory supplies and textbooks.

Students will be instructed in patient preparation, routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic testing. Participants will also cover the cardiac life cycle, technical aspects of phlebotomy and pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, documentation of vital signs, the legal aspects of health care, and workplace behavior and ethics.

The program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands-on laboratory experience, as well as a clinical externship opportunity with a local health-care provider. Students must successfully complete the program and submit a background check and drug screening to qualify for clinical rotations.

Students who complete this program will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association certified clinical medical assistant national examination.

There will be no class on Nov. 28th, Dec. 19th and 26th, or Jan. 2nd and 16th.

Reward Offered For Information In Shooting Death Of Local Man

Buchanan, Tenn. - The investigation into the shooting death of 65 year old Buchanan man, Jacky Ford, is still ongoing. Sheriff Monte Belew urges anyone who has any information that could lead to an arrest to please come forward.

The department is offering a $1,000 reward and asking for the public’s help in solving this murder that was committed so senselessly in front of a child, which was the victim’s 11 year old grandson.

Should you have any information, please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or you may also call the Henry County Sheriff’s hot line and leave any information anonymously at 731-642-0929.

WMUF/WLZK will continue to provide updates as released.

Deputies Arrest North Carolina Man For Disorderly Conduct

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Lowery and Deputy Andrews responded to a call of a suspicious person at Lakeview Grocery, located at 15555 79 N.

Deputies made contact with a white male, carrying a backpack on his back and was advised numerous times to put his hands in the air. The subject, identified as Rosie Lee Crews, age 65, of 1310 Roanoke Avenue, in Roanoke, NC, would not comply to verbal commands.

Deputy Lowery and Deputy Andrews both drew their tasers and when Crews began shouting vulgarities and remained uncompliant, both tasers were deployed simultaneously.

Crews was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, treated on scene by EMS for removal of taser prongs and transported to the Henry County Jail without further incident.

July 2015 County Unemployment Rates Released Wednesday


State of Tennesee - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the July 2015 County Unemployment Rates on Wednesday. The statistics show rates increased in 53 counties, decreased in 21, and remained the same in 21 counties.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in July, at 4.9%, unchanged from June. Knox County was 5.4% in July, up from 5.3% the previous month. The Hamilton County July rate was 6.2%, up from 6.1% in June. Shelby County was 7.4%, up from 7.3% the previous month.

Obion County was listed at 9.6%, Houston County at 9.5% and Carroll County at 9.1%.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was 5.7%, unchanged from the previous month. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 5.3%, also unchanged from the previous month.

Suspect Sought In Shooting Death Of Buchanan Man

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a press release, the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to a call on Friday evening, at 7:32 p.m. on a report of a person that had been shot. The location of the shooting was 13851 Hwy 79 North in Buchanan.

Officers arrived to find a white male, identified as Jacky Ford, age 65, of 13875 Hwy 79 N, in Buchanan, to be deceased with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

The release stated that Mr. Ford, and his 11 year old grandson were inside of Ford's place of residence when at approximately 7:30 p.m., a white male wearing a ski mask walked up to where the two were playing a card game and called Jacky by name. As Jacky looked back to see who had called out, the gunman raised up what appeared to be a black, semi automatic handgun and fired two shots. At least one of the shots fired did strike Mr. Ford in the head, and was a fatal shot.

Mr. Ford's 11 year old grandson was a witness to the event and gave the following description of the shooter: a white male with a sleeveless grey shirt, with some type of white writing on the back and wearing a blue ski mask. He appeared to be of slender build, and may be in his late 30's by the sound of his voice. The shooter also may be in between 5'9" to 6 foot tall. The child said that he thought he heard a car speed out of the area shortly after the incident.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office is asking for any help in this case and if anyone was in the area of Point Pleasant Church, on Hwy 79 N on Friday evening, around the time of 7:15 p.m. through 7:45 p.m., and saw a vehicle on the side of the road in that area, or anyone out of the ordinary, to please give them a call at 731-642-1672. You can also call the Sheriff's Office hot line and leave any information anonymously, at 731-642-0929.

The crime scene was worked by the Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Technicians (CST) and members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division.

As of this time, there is no clear motive for the murder and the investigation is a top priority.

Sheriff Monte Belew said that his department is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case and is asking for the public's help to solve this murder, that was committed in front of a child.

Henry County Highlights From Patriot Stadium


#3 Lukas Reynolds carries a 25 yard touchdown pass Friday night. (Tim Pharr photo)


#95 Jaylen Kendall tackles Houston QB for a loss on Friday night. (Tim Pharr photo)


#8 Knox Davis carries the ball on Friday night as the Patriots take on the Houston Mustangs. (Tim Pharr photo)

Henry County Victorious Over Houston Mustangs Friday Night

Paris, Tenn. - In the second home game of the season, the Henry County Patriots took on the Houston Mustangs on Friday night.

The Patriots were victorious with a final score of 22 - 20.

Henry County had a total of 61 passing yards, 233 running yards, for a total of 294 yards.

The Patriots take the road next Friday to Clarksville, to take on the Northeast Eagles, at 7 p.m.

Metro Crime Unit Arrests Couple For "Rolling Meth Lab"


John F. Bates (HCSO booking photo)


Melanie Smith (HCSO booking photo)

Henry, Tenn. - According to a press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a couple were arrested on Felony charges, after Metro Crime Unit Officers stopped a Chevy pickup truck for a traffic violation on Meadow Road, in Henry.

Metro Officers arrested the driver, identified as John F. Bates, age 33, of 90 Herrondale West Road, for driving on a revoked license and violation of registration.

The passenger, identified as Melanie Smith, age 43, of 75 Spruce Street, in McKenzie, was also arrested after officers located a small amount of methamphetamine and pipes used for smoking narcotics in her purse. Smith was charged with simple possession of a schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and two backpacks were located that contained several items and ingredients used in the meth manufacturing process.

Metro Officers located liquid fire, salt, ammonia nitrate granules, drain cleaner, a pill grinder with residue, funnels, lithium batteries and other tools, all of which are used to “cook” methamphetamine.

Both suspects were also charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, and Bates bond was set at $10,000. Smith’s bond was set at $15,000.

Officers from the Henry Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the stop.

Capt. Page Awarded TN Correctional Training Officer Of Year


Paris, Tenn. - Members of the Henry County Office congratulate Captain Stephen Page for his recent award of Tennessee Correctional Training Officer of the year.

Captain Page is over the jail at the Sheriff's Office and was awarded as the top training officer of the year at a recent correctional meeting in Gatlinburg, TN.

He won this award over all other Correctional Training Officers.

HC Genealogical Society To Host Annual Membership Dinner

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Genealogical Society will have their annual membership drive and dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 15th, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at Fresh Market on Hwy 79 N.

The program will be presented by local historian, Larry Ray. He will give a power point presentation on the Robert Davis Caldwell's home and family.

The Society urges all members and anyone interested in the county's history to attend.

For more information, contact Jamie Weatherly, at 731-642-1406.

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