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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr


Farmers Market Comes To Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn. - The City of Paris and the Downtown Paris Association are cooperating to bring the Farmers Market to downtown Paris. The location will be at the northwest corner of Ruff Street and Hwy 641 N.

The corner parking lot will be available for Farmers Market Vendors only, but the adjacent City lot to the immediate west will be available for customer parking.

The Market will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 3:00 p.m. until the produce is sold out. The opening date is Tuesday, July 7th and will operate through the current growing season.

Kathy Ray, Executive Director of Downtown Paris Association stated, “ We are very happy to be able to bring the Market to Downtown, and we appreciate the City’s assistance. This is the Downtown Paris Farmers Market. The DPA is the coordinating entity.”

Carl Holder, Farmers Market Project Coordinator for the DPA remarked, “We appreciate the assistance of the UT Extension Service in helping line up vendors, as well as advising us in general how to get the Market up and running with a good chance for success. We really hope the change of venue will improve opportunities for vendors and the buying public.”

Big Sandy Man Wanted On Evading Arrest And Other Charges

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a report came in of a maroon Buick driving reckless, heading inbound on Hwy 79 S.

Trooper Prince spotted the vehicle on Hwy 79 S and began to follow. Trooper Prince advised the driver was evading and had almost hit his patrol unit. Trooper Prince last reported that he had contact with the vehicle near Lee School.

Deputy Ramos was on Gate 3 Road traveling inbound on Hwy 54. Deputy Ramos met the maroon Buick traveling at a high rate of speed, heading outbound and passing cars in a reckless manner. The driver was dodging cars to avoid a collision. The driver then started slowing down and passed Cook Lane, slammed on the brakes and began to fish tail. The driver corrected and started to pull off the road. The driver exited the vehicle from the passenger side and took off running into the woods.

The driver, identified as Christopher Cutting, age 27, of 6345 Lower Big Sandy Road, is described as being a white male with medium, curly blonde hair.

A perimeter was set up and Deputy Fuqua and K-9 Cisco, along with Deputy Bostwick, entered the woods to track Cutting. The vehicle was towed to the HCSO impound lot and a hold placed on the vehicle.

Cutting is wanted on several charges, including evading arrest, driving on suspended, cancelled or revoked, reckless endangerment and vandalism. In addition to these charges, Cutting is wanted on an active VOP warrant.

If you have any information on Cutting’s whereabouts, please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Voice Of Tennessee Titans Speaks To Paris Rotary Club

Paris, Tenn. - Mike Keith, the voice of the Tennessee Titans, spoke to the Paris Rotary Club on Thursday.

Mike Keith, the Voice of the Tennessee Titans speaks to the Paris Rotary Club at noon on Thursday. (Linley White photo)

Rotarian David Hamilton has lunch with Mike Keith the voice of the Tennessee Titans. (Linley White photo)

City Commission Approves Ordinance and Wording for Helicopter Landing Pad

City Manager Kim Foster discusses the ordinance with helicopter landing zones at Thursday night's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday night and once again the discussion about the ordinance for helicopter landing zones dominated several minutes of the meeting.

City Manager Kim Foster said they had reworked the ordinance and removed helipad and added helistop, but there was one key word she wanted commissioners' direction on Thursday night. The last line dealt with tiedown facilities and allowing single choppers to be stored on the landing pad. The word may, left it open to allowing a chopper to be parked their in the future, while the words shall not, prohibited that from happening without going thru and reworking the entire ordinance again. Foster advised she needed to know how commissioners wanted to proceed with one of those wordings.

Discussion ensued and CEO and Administrator of the Henry County Medical Center Tom Gee, who was present at the meeting, said, “having the ability to land a helicopter on the pad reduces the response time and sometimes that can be crucial to a patient’s survival.” Gee said he would hate to see commissioners put in shall not and completely block the ability to land the chopper there in the future if only one air ambulance service is providing services.

Gee said while both Air Evac and Vanderbilt are providing services to the county, the hospital will not allow either to land and stay on the pad but if one company ever decides to not offer services in the county, they would like to be able to allow the company that stays to have that option.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said, “we have to remember the ordinance is not about the services but what is best for the community as a whole, and most everyone I’ve talked to have said they’d feel more comfortable with the helicopter having an option of staying on the pad, should one company be the sole provider of air ambulance services in Henry County for the future."

Commissioners took a vote with Gee reiterating the fact the hospital wouldn’t allow either company to set there on the pad while both are in operation and it passed 4-1 to use the word may in the ordinance with Commissioner Gayle Griffith being the lone dissenting vote.

Tom Gee, CEO of HCMC, tells the commission why its important to have the option to land choppers on the pad. (Alsobrooks photo)

Commission Hears Update on Parks and Rec. Dept.

Parks Director Tony Lawrence gives Commissioners an update from June in the department. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners also heard a report from Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence. He said on most given nights this time of year McNeil Park is likely the busiest place in Paris. He gave totals for June’s tournaments held at McNeil at the four tourneys took up 7 days and used five or six fields at a time.

Lawrence said Vaxter Pate has volunteered to help with an upcoming Tennis Camp and participation seems to be good. He said 93 participants took part of the Tower Tri held on June 6th and it included 18 kids from Paris with the rest from all over middle and west Tennessee. Lawrence said the Tower Tri was the same weekend as Bassfest which caused many people to have to go to Murray, Camden, or other areas to spend the night or numbers could have been even better.

Civic Center numbers are very strong with attendance increasing. The Silver Sneakers program had 280 participants in June and Lawrence said it continues to be very vibrant. The Gerald Howard Pool has been rented several times and is constantly booked up and full during the summer months.

Lawrence said the Parks Department has discussed a Bike Greenway Trail with TDOT’s Community Transportation Planner and he feels like with grants available they will be able to make it happen soon. Numbers at KPAC are up as well with Rhonda Stanton doing an excellent job with the Youth Arts programs.

Retail Sales Up Again For City

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow gave the financial update saying this past April showed an increase of 8.55% in retail sales over April 2014. Retail sales are also up 3.11% from the same time frame last year thru April. Pillow said considering some pretty big snow and ice events in February and March that presents a very positive outlook for the city.

Pillow did say the city is in the red for the current month and for year to date in the General Fund but the city did receive funds from the bond issue for reimbursement of equipment purchased for the Public Works Department. She said that should show a positive outcome in next month’s financials.

Mayor Carlton Gerrell made appointments to boards at the commission meeting on Thursday. Those including reappointing John VanDyck to the BPU board of directors,  while deffering appointments to Housing Authority, and to the Volunteer Center.

Commissioners passed a rezoning request for property on East Blythe Street. Joe Mobley, Jr., requested the property be rezoned from H-1, Hospital Medical to R-2 Residential.

The property is adjacent to the underpass on Tyson Avenue and East Blythe Street and there is a significant difference in this property and the property fronting on Cornerstone that creates a natural division between the two properties. Commissioners passed it on first reading and sent it on to the city planning commission for their approval.

City manager Kim Foster gave the commission updates on various projects including saying the Landfill Transfer Station site prep should be complete by the end of next week. The project is about three weeks behind schedule. Once the dirt work at the transfer station is complete, work will begin on the Collinwood Drainage project.

Foster also reported that one alley of the Back Alley Paris project is around 90% complete and is continuing.

Hazelwood ECO to Host Spirit of America Boating Safety Program

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Hazelwood Every Child Outdoors program continues to take applications for the Spirit of America Youth Boating Program that will take place at the State Park in July. This will be the 4th year the SOA program has been available to Henry County youth.

The program is open to youth ages 12-14 and this year’s Program Coordinator Park Ranger Melissa Jones said “middle school students are at a great age to be introduced to safe boating. This is a great opportunity for young people to get supervised experience with canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and power boats.”

The Spirit of America Youth Boating Program will offer two Day Camps from July 6-11 and July 13-18 from 9am to 2:30pm at the Paris Landing State Park Marina with graduation exercises on Saturday each week at the U.S. Coast Guard Base.

The cost is $100 for the SOA program which includes the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency boating license that students receive once passing the test issued by the TWRA. Class size is limited to 27 students per session.

The SOA program is made possible through an agreement with Paris Landing State Park, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Henry County Alliance. Registration forms are available at the State Park office, Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and online at tnstateparks.com/about/paris-landing.

Restaurant Health Scores Now Available Via App

Nashville- The Tennessee departments of Health and Agriculture have partnered to develop a mobile app that allows users to check any Tennessee restaurant inspection score no matter where they are located.

The free app, available for both iOS and Android, lets users view health inspection scores from Tennessee restaurants and retail stores that prepare food, including grocery stores and convenience markets. The first screen of the app displays a map showing restaurants near the user and the most recent score for each location. It also includes scores for hotels, hospitals, schools and food trucks’ central kitchens. Users will have access to the last three inspection scores for each business and if any violations were cited, the app provides information about what was not in compliance with the Tennessee Retail Food Safety Act.

Updated daily, the feature that makes the app different from Web-based inspection scores is the ability for users to personalize it to see what is most important to them. Locations can be saved to a Favorites list for quick access to scores, and search results can be filtered to show only locations that have scores within a certain range. The Restaurant Inspection Scores app was developed by NIC, Inc., Tennessee’s eGovernment Partner since 2000. To obtain the app, go to http://tn.gov/main/article/mobile-apps.

Tennessee’s more modern Food Safety Act goes into effect July 1, 2015. It allows the departments of Agriculture and Health to continue to partner closely with food service establishments. It also gives restaurant owners and staff more flexibility in addressing risks specific to their operations while assuring compliance with state law and delivery of safe foods. Among the new provisions of the strengthened Food Safety Act are additional education and certifications for those in the industry, eliminating bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods, guidance for working with those highly susceptible to food-related problems and more training with procedures and special processes.

“The implementation of these regulations aligns Tennessee more closely with national standards,” said Shanna Lively, TDA Food Administrator. “Food safety is our top priority. The changes to the food code will allow our inspectors to focus on areas that are considered high risk, and will reinforce stores’ efforts to prevent foodborne illnesses.”

“Inspectors with our department, as well as those representing the Department of Agriculture, have a common goal: to work cooperatively with those in the food service business to ensure every venue provides the safest food possible to every customer,” said Hugh Atkins, TDH director of Environmental Health. “We’ve been working one-on-one with staff in many restaurants, providing additional training to ensure all new standards are met.”

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture ensures safe and dependable food and fiber for the citizens of Tennessee, while promoting local produce and products and conserving our natural resources. For more information about the department and its food safety focus, visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/.

NIC, Tennessee Information Division helps Tennessee build and maintain the state’s official web portal TN.gov, and hundreds of online services that allow citizens and businesses to interact more efficiently with state government.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

PLSP Has Plenty of Activities for 4th of July Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park has several events planned around the upcoming 4th of July Holiday weekend that will culminate with the Fireworks Display at 9pm on Saturday. 

On Thursday July 2nd at 11am there will be a flower making station at the Campground Lower Bath House. All ages are invited to take part in the program that should last a couple of hours.

On Friday July 3rd, Paris Landing State Park’s bird rehabilitation program will present Birds of Prey at 6pm at the hotel. Bring your camera then enjoy a meal at the State Park Restaurant.

Saturday July 4th has several activities including allowing visitors to paint a canvas with signatures at the Campground Lower Bathhouse. Sign the canvas and allow the park to display it for years to come.

The summer in the park concert series will continue Saturday at 7pm with a DJ and various kinds of music performed at the Ampitheatre. The music will end around 9pm and then the fireworks display will begin. Fireworks are put on by the Paris Henry County Jaycees and can be seen via boat on the water or around the park on land or in car on the highway.

The holiday weekend will wrap up with making bird seed ornaments at the lower bathhouse on Sunday beginning at 11am. For more information on all the activities at Paris Landing this weekend call the park office at 641-4465 or like them on Facebook.

PHC Youth Football Signups July 11th and 18th at Civic Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Youth Football League is having sign-ups at the Paris Civic Center July 11th and 18th from 9:30am until Noon. Sign-ups will also be held at Barton Field on August 15th from 8:30-9:30am. Try outs will be held at Barton Field on August 15th at 9:45am. Cost is $40 per child and child must be 9-12 years old as of Sept. 1st of this year. 9 year olds must weigh 70 lbs. to be eligible to play. For more information call the Paris Civic Center at 644-2517.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm on Thursday July 2nd. All eligible donors are encouraged to come and give blood. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you come to give blood.

Peppers Supports Relay for Life

(Tracey Beasley photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Peppers Toyota, Chevrolet, and Dodge Automotive Groups collectively held a benefit for Relay for Life of Henry County.  Peppers donated $50 for each car sold during the month of May to Relay for Life.  On Tuesday, checks totaling $9,350.00 were presented in front of Peppers Toyota. 

“We cannot thank everyone at Peppers Automotive Group enough for their generous support.”, said Molly Jackson, Relay for Life Event Chair.

Daron Harrison with Peppers stated, “Peppers is pleased to support Relay for Life of Henry County.  We hope to continue and grow this event

next year.”  On hand for the check presentation were (L-R) Dana Allen, Relay for Life of Henry County’s Publicity Chair, Donna Stines, American Cancer Society, Daron Harrison representative of Peppers Automotive Group, Molly Jackson, Relay for Life of Henry County’s Event Chair, andArielle White, American Cancer Society.

Sheriff's Office Brings More Charges on Guy Biggs

Paris, Tenn.- More charges have been brought forth on Guy L. Biggs, stemming from a criminal trial in March against Biggs for Attempted First Degree Murder and Filing a False Report. After an extensive four day trial, Biggs was found guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder by the jury.

A press release from Inv. David Doyle and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday the Sheriff’s Office and 24th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges on Biggs for aggravated perjury and tampering or fabricating evidence.

During the trial, Biggs testified under oath to having an extensive military history with extraordinary training, experience, and commendations. After Biggs was found guilty of the lesser charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder, it was determined his trial testimony was materially false and he in fact did not have the military credentials to which he had testified.

Guy Biggs also filed with the court a falsified military document to support the experience, training, and commendations to which he falsely testified. Sentencing for the crime of Attempted Second Degree Murder originally scheduled for May 8 has been reset for July 13th at which time the prosecution will present evidence to the court regarding Guy Bigg’ss testimony at trial.

On July 13th Biggs will be served the two warrants for aggravated perjury and tampering or fabricating evidence and will be arraigned at a later date. This is an example of Stolen Valor claims that occur throughout this country and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with the District Attorney’s office intend on prosecuting Guy Biggs for his actions to the fullest extent of the law.

Chief Elizondo Reminds Citizens About Fireworks

Paris, Tenn.- With the 4th of July Holiday approaching this weekend, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has issued a reminder to citizens that Paris Municipal Code 7-401 states the manufacture, distribution, sale, storage, possession, use, or discharge of any fireworks is expressly prohibited within the corporate limits of the City of Paris. Violators will be cited and fireworks will be seized.

HCMC Offers Health Screenings On Thursday, July 2nd

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center once again offers Care Van Community Screens on Thursday, July 2nd, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street, in Paris.

The screenings will take place inside the building.

Free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressures will be available. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a lipid panel for $10 each.

Results will be available at the time of screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

10U All Stars Win District and Advance to State

Martin, Tenn.- The Henry County 10U girls softball allstar team won the district in Martin this past weekend and will be advancing to the state tournament in Gallatin July 17-19. Pictured are players: Karleigh Wooten, Emma Thompson, Saiylor Beecham, Sophie Plumley, Angelina Overcast, and Mia Osbron. Second Row L to R: Kya Elkins, Jordan Nance, Emma Jane Murphy, Alyson Bizeau, Ava Kate Bomar, Cheyenne Thornton, and Ivy Plumley. Back Row L to R: Coaches Brian Beecham, Matt Plumley, Josh Wooten, and Katy Scammerhorn.

New State Laws Take Effect July 1

Nashville- With Wednesday being July 1st, several new state laws go into effect for the first time as passed in the past session by the legislature. Senate Bill 1403, as approved at local level, will increase the hotel and motel tax from 5 to 7% and requires that any type of revenue generated from the increase on the motel tax to be used to promote tourism in the county.

Senate Bill 651 pertains to allowing the Department of Safety to develop an electronic driver license system which licensees may participate. The law permits the development of a mobile application system to display images driver’s license on cell phones and to allow those mobile images to be accepted in lieu of a physical driver’s license.

House Bill 0126 allows a child of a military to be eligible for a HOPE scholarship if the child is classified as an in-state student at the time of application.

Senate Bill 0010 now requires a Tennessee High School student to take a United States Civic Exam during their high school career.

House Bill 1291, known as Aron’s Law, makes the knowing killing of a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, or a police horse a Class E felony unless the offense would be a higher classification based on the animal’s value, in which case, knowingly killing the animal will be punished as theft of property.

House Bill 1341 prohibits the use of public funds, personnel, or property to enforce any federal law or regulation that regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories, if the expenditure or use of the personnel or property would result in the violation of another Tennessee statute, Tennessee common law, or the Constitution of Tennessee.

To see all the bills that take effect July 1st, visit the website, legiscan.com/Tennessee.

County Comm. Approves Tax Rate, Passes Budget

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the certified tax rate at the county commission meeting Tuesday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in recessed session on Tuesday evening and approved the tax rate for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year which starts July 1st. After reappraisal from the state, the tax rate went from $2.17 to $2.06 per $100 of assessed property. Of the $2.06, Education gets the most at $1.19, County General fund receives .51 cents, the Highway Department receives .24  cents, Solid Waste gets .06 cents and Debt Service gets .04 cents.

Commissioners also approved the budget which included a 2.5% Cost of Living Adjustment for county employees and also approved the non profit appropriations of $97K for the fiscal year.

Paris Hardee's Will Open at 7am July 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Hardee's Restaurant will open for the first time at 7am on Wednesday July 1st. After that 7am opening, Hardee's plans to stay open 24 hours in both the drive thru and the lobby.

Hardee's will make their famous made from scratch biscuits and serve breakfast from 4am to 10:45am. Lunch and Dinner menu will be served the rest of the day and all night until 4am. In addition to the biscuits, Hardee's also makes their hamburger buns fresh as well.

Hardee's is located on Mineral Wells Avenue and has the seating capacity for 64 inside the lobby. For a full menu visit hardees.com. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Fees for Birth, Death Certificates to Increase July 1

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates. Effective July 1, 2015, each type of certificate will cost $15 per copy for both first and additional copies.

Birth and death certificates may be obtained by visiting a county health department in Tennessee, in person at the TDH Office of Vital Records at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville, online at http://tn.gov/health/article/vr-certificate or by mail. Additional fees apply when ordering the certificates online.

“Our county health departments and the TDH central office in Nashville welcome visitors seeking copies of the various certificates and records we maintain,” said Lori Ferranti, PhD, TDH assistant commissioner of Policy, Planning and Assessment. “We recommend visiting the TDH website, tn.gov/health, to learn about each certificate and record and what is required to obtain these documents.”

The Tennessee Office of Vital Records reviews, registers, amends, issues and maintains the original certificates of births, deaths, marriages and divorces that occur in Tennessee, in accordance with Tennessee state law. Certificates of births for newborn children may not be available to issue for approximately 45 days after the child’s birth.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

Henry County 6U All Stars Win West TN Substate

Martin, Tenn.- The Henry County 6U All Star softball team won the West Tennessee sub state championship this last weekend in Martin. They will travel to Gallatin Tn July 17,18,19 to the state tournament. Players: Reed Jackson, Piper Miles, Carrigan Tucker, Irelynn Beecham, Aubrey Fortner, Myla Mitchell, Maddie Henson, Emily Kate Puckett, Allie Paschall, Makray Brown, Shea Crockarell, Kenzie Nance, Kinslee Knott, Katilyn Farris. Coaches: Jamie Miles, Stephanie Beecham, Jeremy Farris, Megan Hollingsworth.

June Chamber Coffee Host: Joe Mahan Ford

Paris, Tenn.- Jeff Mahan, Joe Mahan Ford, recognized Andy Cox and his twenty-five years of service to the company during Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce coffee at the facility, which was recently recognized as Business of the Year by the Chamber. (Chamber Photo)

Paris Police Seek More Info in Cooper St. Shooting

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating and incident where a Memphis man was shot at on Cooper St Monday night. The report stated that Ptl. Derrek Colley was the first to respond to the scene and before he got to 812 Cooper Street a black car and a brown car has just left 808 Cooper Street.

The resident at 812 Cooper Street said he heard several gun shots and then noticed the two cars leaving from the neighbors. Sgt. Josh Frey soon arrived on scene and the home at 808 Cooper was cleared and searched. Officers found several shell casings on the floor and drew up a search warrant. Some witnesses gave their accounts but no suspects were identified.

Dispatch then let Ptl. Colley know that McKenzie Hospital had received a patient in their ER with a gun shot to the leg. The man was found to be Jerry Clark, Jr., of Memphis. He said he was shot in Paris but wouldn’t go into any detail into the shooting. Paris Police continue to investigate.

Temporary Closings at Duck River Bottoms

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for road improvement projects at the Duck River Bottoms area beginning on Monday July 6th and continuing until this fall. During this time Haul Road leading to the Duck River sub-headquarters will be temporarily closed to public traffic. This includes the temporary closing of Pintail Point Observation Deck and public access to the sub-headquarters office.

The refuge regrets the inconvenience to visitors and will strive to keep road closures brief. Please call the refuge at 642-2091 for updated information on these area road closures.

2015 Fair Books are Out

Paris, Tenn.- The 2015 Henry County Fair is about a month away and will be held August 3 thru 8 in and around the Henry County Fairgrounds. Fair books are out around the county and are free to pick up. The fair books has information about the fair. This year’s theme is Sew It, Grow It, Show It, and the book is dedicated to the late Jerry Lemonds, who lost his battle with cancer in May.

Cooking Teams Sought for 5th Annual HC BBQ Cook

Paris, Tenn.- The 5th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off will be held Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st and its will be moving back to its original location at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. All cooking teams are welcome to enter and entry fee is $160 and that covers any and all categories.

Event organizer Donna Milam said “11 teams have paid and secured their spot in the Henry County BBQ Cook Off already for this year and no local teams have registered as of Monday. Milam said teams from East Tennessee, Memphis, and Paducah will make the trip to be part of the cook off.”

Teams must be pre-registered by Friday July 17th and the entry fee must be paid in full prior to the event date. Entries are accepted on a first come first serve basis. The maximum number of teams allowed is 25. Checks or money orders can be made payable to Henry County BBQ.

Categories include: pork ribs, pork shoulder or Boston Butts, Chicken, and Chef’s Choice, which is defined as any variety of meat except ribs, shoulder, and chicken. Bacon wrapped items are acceptable for Chef’s Choice.

Judging of categories begins at 11am on Saturday August 1st and prizes will be awarded for the following: Grand Champion $1K and trophy, Reserve Champion $500 and trophy; 1st thru 4th in each category chicken, ribs, shoulder, and chef’s choice with 1st place paying $200, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $100, and 4th place $75.

The public is invited to come and meet and greet the BBQ teams and purchase some food Saturday August 1st. Any profits from the BBQ cookoff will be donated to the Henry County Food Bank. Along with monetary donation being given, all teams have been asked to bring canned food items to donate to the Food Bank.

For more information contact Donna Milam at 336-1966 or mail applications and payments to Henry County BBQ Attn: Donna Milam, 1615 Oak Grove Road South Springville, TN 38256.

County Commission Meets Tuesday at 5pm to Pass Budget

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet Tuesday at 5pm in recessed session from their June 15th meeting. The commission will pass the tax rate  after receiving the state’s reappraisal rate last week and pass the budget for the upcoming 2015-16 year which starts July 1. The meeting is open to the public.

Law Enforcment Busy on Water, Highways Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- TWRA Officer Clay Riley charged Johnny Ray Rushing, age 32, of 455 Country Club Lane with Boating Under the Influence, violation of certificate of registration, and violation of noise.

Ptl. Derrek Colley charged William Michael Blackard, age 44 of Gleason, with driving on a revoked license and habitual motor vehicle offender. He was placed on $15K bond.

In a separate incident, Ptl. Colley arrested a Knoxville man after a traffic stop. Jared M. Medlock, age 27, was charged with DUI, simple possession of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm while under the influence.

Christinia G. Denton, age 36, of 1485 Guthrie Road was charged with possession of schedule two with intent and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed on $25K bond.

The Metro Crime Unit charged Brian M. Long, age 32, of 525 Rison Street with possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a back door to a home on Foster Street was pried open over the weekend and items were stolen from the home. The power to the home was shut off and an oak bed frame valued at $600 and $70 worth of cleaning supplies was stolen. Police have no suspects.

Library Closed July 3-4 for Independence Day

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday.

Upcoming Events At W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- Mr. Bond the Science Guy will be this week’s attraction during the W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The Science Guy will be on hand from 10-11am Wednesday July 1st. There will be plenty of activities for the entire family to participate on. Thursday July 2nd is the last day to check out books for the summer reading program and the last day to record books is Monday July 6th. Lego League will also meet at 3:30pm on Monday July 6th so come read a story and build a lego creation. For more information about the W.G. Rhea Library’s Summer Reading program or anything going on at your library call 642-1702.


Construction Won't Slow 4th of July Travelers on TN Roads

Nashville- Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at midnight on Thursday, July 2, 2015 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

“We always anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes during the July 4th holiday,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We will be suspending lane closures for this holiday travel period to help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

"Drivers can expect increased law enforcement patrols surrounding the 4th of July weekend," said Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. "If you've been celebrating with alcohol, don't make the decision to get behind the wheel. Each time you travel, remember that buckling up is your best defense in the event of a crash. We want everyone to arrive at their destinations safely."

According to AAA projections, 41.9 million Americans, that’s 0.7 percent more than last year, will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. Nearly 85 percent of them will drive. AAA estimates more than 844,000 Tennesseans will hit the roadways.

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.

40th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Schedule

Cottage Grove, Tenn. - The 40th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival will take place on Saturday, July 4th.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Turkey/Trap Shoot will take place and Archery will follow at 1 p.m.

10 a.m. The sounding of the tornado siren will start the parade, which will also be used as the July siren test. The parade will have prizes for Best of Parade, Best Float and Most Patriotic. The Grand Marshall is in Memory of Firefighter David Lampkins. Color Guard – Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

10:30 a.m. Game booths and outside concessions open. Hay rides begin, cake walk begins and Arts & Crafts booths open. The county store also opens at 10:30 and a dollar a spin for homemade, homegrown and canned farm goods.

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is quarter pitching game, $5 pitching fee for all day fun.

Noon to 2 p.m. is the auction. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. bingo will be played.

6 p.m. will be the country ham giveaway drawing (two hams provided by Landmark Realty and Randall Bowden) Live music from the Great River Road Band will also begin at 6 p.m.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the quarter pitching game that began earlier in the day will continue and at 8:45 p.m. the 50/50 drawing will take place. The minimum win will be $50.

9 p.m. begins the fireworks display.

For further information, contact John at 782-3657, Shannon at 642-8270, Larry at 782-3559, or Tammy at 336-4163.

Over $3000 Worth Of Tools Stolen From Springville Home

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Hayley Ramos responded to a burglary call at 89 Timberlake Drive, in Springville.

The homeowner stated that the shed door was open and someone had taken a ladder from the side of the shed and climbed through an opening, took a nut off of a screw that held the door shut. An attempt was made to cut the lock on the door, but was unsuccessful.

The resident went in the house and noticed items had been misplaced. The screen door had been cut and the latch on the front porch released, and the front door had been forced open and made entry.

Items stolen were a chainsaw, craftsman socket and wrench set, 24” aluminum pipe wrench, 18” aluminum pipe wrench, 14” aluminum pipe wrench, splitting maul, digital scale and black case, battery charger, tool pouch with tools, Harrison Richardson 410 shotgun, fluke meter, 18v Dewalt drill with charger and black maglite, valued at $3,030. The screen door damage was valued at $50.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Record Number Of UT Martin Students To Attend Vet School

Martin, Tenn.- Eighteen students from the University of Tennessee at Martin have been accepted into veterinary school programs beginning this fall. This number breaks the previous record of 10 students, set in 2013.

“The large number of students accepted to veterinary school exemplifies the quality of instruction through experiential learning from our animal and veterinary science faculty,” said Dr. Todd Winters, professor and dean, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. “Great students result from great faculty, and with this success our student numbers in this area should continue to grow.”

Seven students have been accepted into the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students attending at the flagship campus are Andrew Jordan, of Lewisburg; Brandon Newton, of Greenbrier; Kaylee Penick, of Martin; Zachary Ragland, of Whitehouse; Leslie Serrano, of Drummonds; Kelley Wigington, of Adams; and Jason Wolf, of Sevierville. Four students will attend Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. Those students are Kathleen Alford, of Dyersburg; Mallory Martin, of Union City; Jamie Franks, of Hohenwald; and Emma Sanders, of Chattanooga.

Lauren Cain, of Thompson’s Station, and Katherine Sanders, of Franklin, will both attend Mississippi State University. Laura Croom, of Greenfield, will begin her studies at Auburn University, and Crystal Climer will study at the University of Missouri. Danielle Fuller, of Pocahontas, has accepted a position at Kansas State University. Trey Drinkard, of Old Hickory, and Justin Goodrum, of Hornsby, will both travel to the island nation of St. Christopher and Nevis to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Goodrum graduated from UT Martin with a bachelor’s degree in 2010 before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“I am proud of these students and how hard they worked, both in the classroom and in experiential learning opportunities, to accomplish their goal of attending veterinary school,” said Dr. Jason Roberts, associate professor of animal science. “I know they are well prepared for the challenges they will face while in veterinary school.”

The UT Martin pre-veterinary curriculum is a concentration under the animal science major, housed in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources. For more information on this degree program, contact the department at 731-881-7211.

Family of Late Jimmy Conger Presented PLVFD With Bench

Paris, Tenn.- The family of Jimmy Conger presented the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department with a concrete commemorative bench on Saturday, to honor Jimmy's memory.

Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles began the ceremony, followed by a moving speech to the family by the Chaplain of HCMC, Craig Peevyhouse.

Craig noted that since records began, 230 fire fighters have lost their lives in the line of duty in Tennessee.

Brother Tony Chester, Chaplain for Stewart County Fire Department also spoke and address the family of Jimmy and assured the family that every time the tone drops, every time a truck rolls and every time a fire fighter goes on a call, that Jimmy is with them.

In attendance were Jimmy's mother, daughter, brother and sister-in-law.

Jimmy Conger was fighting a fire on September 8, 1976 and was killed.

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

Bench dedicated in memory of Jimmy Conger. (Nicki Marr photo)

Craig Peevyhouse addressed the family of Jimmy Conger on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Agents Of Nature Mobile Game Now Available At LBL

Office of LBL, TN/KY. - Families visiting Woodlands Nature Station now have a new way to discover the forest. Agents of Nature is a free, mobile game that kids play at the Nature Station and surrounding trails to trigger nature-based challenges, using a tablet or smartphone.

You’ll need to download the app and the Land Between The Lakes “mission site” at home or on a Wi-Fi hotspot. There are more than 20 mission sites across the United States and Canada, including the National Mall in Washington, DC.

To download the app and get more information, visit www.agentsofdiscovery.net        

Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Collided With Car In Henry

The accident scene at Hwy 79 and Pioneer Road on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Henry, Tenn. - This accident marks the third on the stretch of highway between Routon and Henry, in just a matter of days.

The accident happened Saturday morning at the intersection of Hwy 79 and Pioneer Road in Henry.

This was a two vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a Ford station wagon. The driver of the station wagon was on scene and checked out by EMS, but was not transported to the hospital. The male operating the motorcycle was airlifted by the Air Evac Lifeteam.

Details are undocumented at this time, however, WMUF will continue to follow the condition of the driver of the motorcycle and the details of how this accident occurred.

Paris PD Arrests Knoxville Man On Several Charges

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, while on patrol, Patrolman Derrek Colley observed a white truck traveling on East Wood Street and cross the white line several times. Ptl. Colley initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Jared M. Metlock, of 2107 McClung Avenue, in Knoxville, had slurred speech and blood shot eyes. Ptl. Colley also detected a strong odor of alcohol. Metlock stated that he drank two and should not be driving. At that time, he also refused a field sobriety test. When asked to step from the vehicle, Metlock handed Ptl. Colley a small grey bag that contained a pill bottle with marijuana in it and a smoking pipe. Metlock also advised that there was a gun in the vehicle.

Ptl. Colley then requested consent for a blood test, to which Metlock denied and advised he refused to consent to any testing.

Metlock was placed under arrest and a search of his vehicle revealed a loaded Kel-Tech 380 in the center arm rest of the truck. 5 rifles and a shotgun were found in the tool box.

Metlock was charged with DUI 1st offense, simple possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm while under the influence.

Metlock's vehicle was towed and his bond set at $1500.

McKenzie Man Suffers Fatal Heart Attack Before Accident

The F-150 belonging to Leegan is loaded onto the flatbed after the accident on Thursday. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Henry, Tenn. - John Leegan, age 67, of McKenzie, suffered a heart attack while traveling on Hwy. 79, near Henry.

The accident happened around 6 a.m. on Thursday morning. When the truck began to roll, Leegan was thrown from the vehicle.

The fatality was the second in Henry County over a span of two days.

May 2015 County Unemployment Rates

Nashville, Tenn.  - County unemployment rates for May 2015, released Thursday, show the rates increased in 92 counties, decreased in one county and remained the same in two. Specific county information for May is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/labor/attachments/LaborMAY2015.pdf

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in May at 4.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in April. Knox County was 4.7 percent in May, up from 4.3 the previous month. The Hamilton County May rate was 5.5 percent, up from 4.9 in April. Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, up from 6.1 percent the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 5.8 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the April revised rate of 6.0 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for May was 5.5 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point higher than the prior month.

Members Of Paris Downtown Boxing Bring Home Belts

Left to right: Coach Derik Moon, Jacob Crabtree, Cam’ron Patton, Clinton Phifer, Cortavious Patton, Chase Webb, and Katie Crabtree (Paris Downtown Boxing Photo)

Hot Springs, AR. - Paris Downtown Boxing recently returned from the Title National Tournament held in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In the three day tournament, the team fought in 10 bouts. Clinton Phifer and Katie Crabtree both won their age and weight divisions and brought home the belts.

Cortavious Patton received an unopposed belt for his age and weight division.

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