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Weekend News Director Nicki Marr


TNWR to Hold Kid's Fishing Rodeo on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, in conjunction with Friends of the Tennessee NWR, will host a Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday May 30th from 9:30am to 12 noon at 3815 Foundry Hill Road near Puryear. The event will be held at a private pond brimming with largemouth bass and bluegill to insure a full stringer of fish. Derby registration begins at 9:30am with fishing from 10am to Noon and prizes will be awarded at noon.

The event is for kids ages 12 and under, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Refuge staff and friends members will host a free fishing clinic on the walk to the pond where kids will learn to cast, best knots for tying on hooks, and more.

Participants should bring their own fishing gear and tackle, however there will be some available for those who don’t have any. Bait will also be provided by the Friends group. If you want to keep the fish you catch, bring a stringer or bucket to take the fish home, or you can donate the fish to help feed critters at the LBL Nature Station.

Directions to the Kids Fishing Derby from Paris, take Highway 641N. At mile marker 19 turn left onto Park Hill Road and at the end of that road turn left onto Foundry Hill. At the fork on Foundry Hill, bear left and the derby location will be half mile past the fork on the right. Directional signs will be available.

For more information or to RSVP call the TNWR at 642-2091.

Drug Take Back Event To Be Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition and Henry County Sheriff’s Office are partnering with McDonald’s to provide citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of your unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs at the community Drug Take Back Day Saturday May 30th from 9am to 1pm.

They will be set up in the rear parking lot of McDonald’s and the first 50 people to bring their prescription drugs for safe disposal in Henry County’s Mobile drop box will receive a personal prescription lock box to take home. For more information contact Erica Rawls at 336-2250 or Sheriff Monte Belew.

HC Historical Society to Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will meet on Thursday May 28th at 6pm at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. Susan Pemberton will lead a tour of the 2015 Quilt Show that is currently on display and give a presentation entitled “Our Grandmothers’ Quilts: 1854-1930s.” Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Library To Remain Closed Until June 1st for Lighting Installation

Paris, Tenn.- Lighting installation work is continuing this week at the W.G. Rhea Public Library and Director Connie McSwain the Library will need to remain closed until Monday June 1st in order to complete the installation work. The library is sorry for any inconvenience.

Crabtree Advances to National Jr. Olympic Tournament

New Orleans- Jacob Crabtree Paris Downtown Boxing competed in the Regional Jr. Olympics this past weekend. He won his bout against Deadrian Lee, an undefeated firghter from Gulfport Boxing Gym. Crabtree won by unanimous decision and now advances to the National Jr. Olympic Tournament to be held in West Virginia in June. (Miranda Moon photo)

Paris BPU Receives National Award for Reliable Power

BPU General Manager John Etheridge and Director of Engineering Jeff Thompson are pictured with Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Mass., (L) and Mike Hyland, APPA senior vice president of engineering services (R).

Arlington, Va.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Mass., and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, CA.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.  Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.  The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 97 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 94 that received it last year for a total of 191.

“Utilities that have earned APPA’s RP3 designation are implementing best practices for the industry, and are a testament to public power’s commitment to serving their community,” said Stone.

“We’re honored to receive the RP3 designation,” said John Etheridge, General Manager of Paris Board of Public Utilities. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community.  RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work.”

This is the tenth year that RP3 recognition has been offered.  APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Arlington, VA.

Houston County Woman Nabbed In TBI Prescription Drug Case

Erin, Tenn.- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Houston County woman accused of fraudulently obtaining prescription medication.

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents began investigating Sherry Paffrath on July 31, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents, working alongside authorities from the Drug Enforcement Administration, developed information that, between January and June of 2014, Paffrath ordered large quantities of prescription drugs from a pharmaceutical company using the DEA license number of her co-worker, who was at the time a dentist at Hilcrest Dental Clinic. The purchases occurred without the dentist’s knowledge.

On May 18th, the Houston County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 47-year-old Stewart woman, charging her with 15 counts of Fraudulently Obtaining Prescription Drugs. On Sunday, authorities booked her into the Houston County Jail on $75,000 bond.

UT Martin Equestrian Team Wins Sportsmanship Award

McKenzie, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team was awarded this year’s National Collegiate Equestrian Association Sportsmanship Award. The Skyhawks were selected by the NCEA head coaches at the NCEA meetings in Fort Worth, Texas earlier this month. 

This is the first time for UT Martin to receive the NCEA Sportsmanship Award, which is in its third year. Past winners include South Dakota State (2014) and Delaware State (2013).

The Skyhawks have demonstrated excellence while participating in the NCEA both on and off the field. The team logged more than 1,000 hours of community service during the 2014-15 academic year while boasting a 3.15 team GPA for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. It was announced in November that because of upcoming changes within the NCAA that the 2015-16 season will be the final year of varsity equestrian competition at UT Martin. The student-athletes and their coaching staff continued to compete both home and away with a winning attitude.

“This year proved to be challenging for our team but, as always, the Skyhawks rose up,” said Meghan Corvin, UT Martin head equestrian coach. “I am honored that UT Martin was recognized for the 2015 NCEA Sportsmanship Award. We are blessed to be surrounded by a great staff and student-athletes.”

The NCEA Sportsmanship Trophy was donated by Carly Anthony, Pot Creek Farm, and Champions Choice Trophies in 2012. 

“I wanted to bring this award to the NCEA because great sportsmanship from a team aspect should not only be the norm, but should be held at the forefront of the team’s mission,” Anthony said.

Paris Man Among 14 Arrested During TBI Human Trafficking Operation

Nashville- A Paris man was one of 14 people arrested and charged with prositution related charges on Friday afternoon after a weeklong Tennessee Buruea of Investigation operation centered around Human Trafficking.

A press release from the TBI states that with the partnership of the Brentwood Police Department, the Clarksville Police Department, and End Slavery Tennessee, TBI Agents embarked on an undercover operation to identify potential victims of trafficking, arrest those seeking to purchase illicit sex, and learn more about the specific nuances of this type of crime. The fact-finding operation will eventually be duplicated in other parts of the state as the TBI works to better equip law enforcement departments to investigate human trafficking and help victims.

Last week, authorities arrested about a dozen men on prostitution-related offenses and also identified several young women who may be victims of human trafficking. One young woman was referred to services provided through End Slavery Tennessee. The men included a pastor, an Army lieutenant, a farmer, and a small business owner.

“This will be an uphill battle, because what we’re really doing in Tennessee is changing the conversation about human trafficking,” said TBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Margie Quin. “It’s like domestic violence or drunk driving decades ago. What was once never discussed in public is now a worthwhile cause. And we’re determined to get there with the issue of human trafficking, too.”

Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation into law giving TBI original jurisdiction over investigations of human trafficking. Additionally, the state legislature approved funding for four Special Agents, who will exclusively investigate human trafficking cases and train law enforcement statewide on recognizing and combatting this type of crime. State Representative Charles Sargent and Senator Bill Ketron sponsored the legislation and made this legislation a top priority in the most recent session, which will enable TBI to dedicate resources to this issue for years to come.

“The time is now,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Lives are at stake at this very moment. We will be the agency – and the state – to do everything possible to make a difference.”

In recent years, the TBI and Vanderbilt University partnered on in-depth studies to better understand the scope of human trafficking in Tennessee. Both studies are available for review on the TBI’s website.

Last year, as part of its commitment to address this issue, the TBI unveiled a public awareness campaign, entitled “IT Has To Stop,” which includes online resources, public service announcements, and contact information for nonprofits who work with survivors of human trafficking. Visit www.ITHasToStop.com for more information.

Among those arrested and cited for various offenses as part of this week’s operation in Clarksville:

  • ·         Sergio Baltazar, 29, Clarksville
  • ·         Devereaux Fields, 24, Clarksville
  • ·         Christopher Kendrick, 24, Clarksville
  • ·         Devin McLean, 21, Fort Campbell, KY
  • ·         Daniel Peters, 29, Clarksville
  • ·         Michael Reid, 46, Clarksville
  • ·         KeRalos Sanders, 32, Oak Grove, KY
  • ·         Stephen Shaw, 56, Paducah, KY
  • ·         Paul Wengerd, 47, Paris
  • ·         Rodney Wilson, 29, Clarksville
  • ·         Mariah Miller, 24, Clarksville

Among those arrested and cited during the operation in Brentwood:

  • ·         Cheng Hao Tung, 25*
  • ·         Marisa Diane Thomas, 20*
  • ·         Kiersten Renee Napodano, 21*

*Hometowns for these individuals were unavailable at the time of this release.

HC EMA to Conduct Mock Drill on Wednesday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a mock emergency incident exercise on Wednesday morning and EMA Director Ron Watkins said several agencies will be participating. Watkins said the drill will test our local response capabilities to perform rescue and protect the public for a hazardous material type incident. The drill is part of requirements for a $16K Hazardous Materials Response Grant the EMA office was awarded for a West Tennessee Hazardous Materials Training Conference to be held at Paris Landing State Park this August.

The scenario will consist of a Rail Road Tanker Car accident with a bus loaded with 45 passengers. A mock release of Anhydrous Ammonia into the air at the accident scene will create an urgent rescue situation for fire fighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel. Passengers will suffer pretend injuries from inhalation of the chemical product along with physical injuries from the collision. Playing the part of the passengers will be nursing students from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Paris and Bethel University Campus.

A ‘mock’ cloud of the chemical will travel over parts of the city of Paris possibly affecting residential areas and businesses. Emergency response personnel will have the task of performing rescue and providing medical care care while taking their own personal safety into account.

Watkins said Henry County Medical Center will participate in treating mass causalities from the incident scene.

In additional to all of our local emergency responders, officials with state agencies such as TEMA, the Tennessee Department of Health, and other local EMA’s will be here and play along and observe the mock drill.

Watkins said he prefers not to reveal where the incident will take place for sake of public safety but asks the general public “if you come upon emergency response personnel on Wednesday morning to be patient and use caution when approaching any emergency incident scene. We don’t want to create a real emergency and are taking precautions not to endanger or inconvenience the public in any way.”

For more information on the mock drill contact the HC EMA office at 644-2678.

Budgets For 2015-16 Discussed at May BPU Meeting

Board members look around the Water and Waste Water Maintenance building prior to the meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met on Tuesday at the Water and Wastewater Maintenance building and water lab on Washington Street. and the board discussed the budget for the upcoming year.

General Manager John Etheridge went over the electric department and said there will be no rate increase. He said about $500K has been cut from the budget compared to this current year. Some points on the electric department budget includes no cost of living raise for employees for 2015-16 year. But another budget was prepared with a 1% merit raise which would add around $26K to the proposed budget.

A new fork lift, splicing trailer, and new truck purchase is included in the budget. Also rehab work to the Lone Oak substation is included in the proposed budget. Etheridge said it is a basic managerial budget for the year.

The proposed budget for the water department does reflect revenue increases of $120K from the first phase of the water rate structure increase which takes effect in July. The budget is basically flat with a projected positive net income of around $47K. The budget also includes some added interest expense on the SRF loan should it come thru.

For the wastewater, the proposed budget is similar to the current year budget. The budget calls for a loss of $70K but could end up better. Etheridge said its been since 2010 the last increase in wastewater and while no rate increase is in the budget but by this time next year an increase for wastewater rates is likely. He said they will have to do something to increase revenue and get out of the red before next year's budget or the state will come in and set rates.

Board members asked for the 1% increase for employees to be included in all departments and they will look over budgets again and approve them at June's meeting.

This gage is from 1895 with the original water system.

BPU Board Approves Eng. Contract for Phase 1 of Water Plant

Paris, Tenn.- After much discussion, the board approved an engineering agreement with Jacobs Engineering in the amount of over $742K for phase 1 of the water treatment plan design and Volunteer Drive Tank Rehab.

Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Terry Wimberley, said the overall project cost is $4.1M, and this engineering study does lots of work that will get them ready for phase two. He said he feels like Jacobs will save money when and where they can and the engineering will likely come in less than the projected amount of $742K. The agreement also includes studies on changing the way the water is treated which will happen once the new water treatment plant is completed. The help from Jacobs Engineering on grants and funding is included in the cost as well.

In financials, General Manager John Etheridge said the electric department had a great April and in good shape overall.

Sales are down in the water department and the negative net income was around $27K. Etheridge said they still expect to be in the black at the end of the year.

The wastewater department also saw negative net income for the month and sewer backups have been a big contributor to that. Etheridge said the wastewater department will finish in the red more than likely which will prompt a letter from the water and wastewater finance board. Etheridge reminded board members there is no issue until a municipality is in the red for two years in a row and the BPU has plans to get back in the black.

Etheridge said the BPU has a 2008 bond that they are in negotiations about trying to refinance the bonds and save around $68K over the next four years. The board passed a resolution asking the city to allow the BPU to go about refinancing the bond.

Chamber Coffee Held at Wimberley Agency's New Location

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd gathered this morning to assist Tommy Wimberley, White and Associates Wimberley Agency, with the ribbon-cutting for their new offices on Washington Street in downtown Paris. (Chamber photo)

First Downtown Cruise In Scheduled for Tuesday 5:30-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- The first Downtown Cruise In of the year is scheduled for Tuesday May 26th around the court square in downtown Paris. All classic cars are welcome and the band the Chill Tonics will perform. Perry’s BBQ will be on hand selling BBQ Tuesday and the Cruise In will last from 5:30-7pm.

BPU To Shut Off Water on Glisson Road Wed. 8am to 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will have the water off in the Glisson Road area Wednesday May 27th from 8am to 3pm to install a new valve. Areas affected by the outage will be Glisson Road, Cooper Drive, Gary Street, Vaught Street, Salem Circle, and a small portion of Carter Road. The BPU apologizes for any inconvenience and ask for customer’s understanding as they work to improve the water distribution system.

Police Investigating Burglary At Puryear Home

Puryear, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brian Davis responded to a burglary call at 730 Farmer Road, in Puryear.

The former resident of the home was deceased, but the children noticed the kitchen door window had been broken and the door unlocked.

All of the cabinets and drawers had been gone through and the items thrown about.

Items stolen were a flat screen tv, antique spoons, brass 4 season of Vietnam set, the items were valued at $520.

Other items were removed from the home and placed in the carport of the residence. Additional items had been packed into the backseat of the car that was parked under the carport.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Springville Man Cited For No Helmet/Possession Of Weapon

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that while on routine patrol, Deputy Blake Jenkins was flagged down due to a motorcycle almost running a car off the road and the driver not wearing a helmet.

Reserve Deputy Kenworthy was asked to be on the look out,  and the driver located on Hwy 79N. The driver advised he was mad and that’s why he was driving recklessly, but had no excuse for the lack of helmet.

The motorcycle was not registered. The driver, identified as David M. Mathis, age 37, of 25 Lakeview Drive, in Springville, was cited for helmet law and no registration.

Due to not having another vehicle, Mathis asked for a ride home. Deputy Jenkins was happy to oblige, but advised before he entered the vehicle he needed to check for weapons. Mathis advised he had a gun in his pocket.

A check revealed the gun permit to be expired and Mathis was also cited for being in possession of the weapon.

Holiday Weekend Leads To Several DUI Arrests

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Frankie Scott was on routine patrol and following a vehicle weaving from the center line to fog line. When the driver went over the fog line, Deputy Scott initiated a traffic stop.

Upon approach of the vehicle, a strong odor of alcohol was detected. When the driver was asked about alcohol consumption, the driver stated he had and was coming from a local pub.

The driver had extremely bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. When asked for driver’s license he stated he didn’t have one on him. A check of his social security number revealed a revoked license.

When Deputy Scott asked the driver to step out to perform a field sobriety test, the driver stated he had difficulty with his ankles. He did step out of the vehicle and hold onto it until he reached the back of his car.

After attempts and failure of field testing, the driver, identified as Brian T. Roberts, of 135 Minosa Drive, in Henry, was taken into custody and charged with DUI.

Roberts was transported to HCMC for blood work and then transported to the Henry County Jail without incident. Roberts bond was set at $1500.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Higgins assisted Deputy Nichols as back up on a traffic stop. The stop occurred in the driveway of 1051 Poplar Grove Road.

Deputy Nichols advised Deputy Higgins of a strong odor of alcohol. Upon approach Deputy Higgins could smell the alcohol and observed the eyes of the driver to be bloodshot and glassy. The driver was speaking clearly when asked a series of questions, but was speaking rapidly.

The driver admitted to having several mixed drinks over a two hour time period and had eaten approximately 6 hours prior.

A check of the driver’s license revealed the driver to be under 21 years of age. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle for field sobriety testing, but could not pass, after attempting.

The driver, identified as Jams S. Dupree, age 20, of 860 Highlander Drive, in Camden, was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense. His bond was set at $500.

Local Disc Golf Club Hosts Vibram Birdie Bash At Eiffel Tower Park Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - Disc golf, also known as Frolf, Folf, Frisbee Disc or Frisbee Golf, is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target.

Members of the Mulligans and Melarkey Disc Golf Club, based in Paris, hosted a Vibram Birdie Bash at Eiffel Tower Park on Saturday.

Participants in Saturday's tournament include Mercer Bradley, Joshua Terry, Jason Russell, Jamie Russell, Morris Chandler, Chad Turnbow, Rob Bradley, John Hall, Kent Fothergill, Bill Bradley and Gary Haws. (Susan Thurman photo)

The Vibram Birdie Bash is a fun day of disc golf with great people, prizes and spirit. The event is perfect for both beginners and seasoned players. For $30, players get two Vibram discs, a shirt,  mini & sticker ($60 value) as well as two rounds of the unique birdie bash format.

Tournament Director Jason Russell tees off at the tournament Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Eagles are 5 points, Birdies are 2 points, and metal hits are 1 point.
Players must use only the two discs they got in their player pack.
Players throw one less shot than par (eg. twice on a par 3).
If no one scores, the closest to the pin, after all throws, gets a point.

Jamie Russell tees off at the disc golf tournament at Eiffel Tower Park. (Nicki Marr photo)

The local club meets on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Eiffel Tower Park for club meetings and club play. Members also travels to various sites across Tennessee, and often to other states to compete in tournaments.

Vibram Birdee Bash Tournament held on Saturday at Eiffel Tower Park. (Nicki Marr photo)

For more information, visit Memorial Park Disc Golf Paris TN on facebook.

HCHS Track Meet Results

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Henry County High School competed in the TSSAA State Track Meet on Friday, May 22nd at the MTSU campus.

In the Boys AAA 3200 Meter Race, Javan Winders too 3rd place overall, with a time of 9:21.

This is the highest finish ever at the state meet for a HCHS track athlete.

(Silas Winders photo)

Memorial Day Service Held Monday Morning At Courthouse

Paris, Tenn. - A Memorial Day Service was held Monday morning at the Henry County Courthouse. Weather conditions prevented the ceremony from being held on the lawn, and the ceremony was moved inside to the 2nd floor courtroom. The courtroom was standing room only when the ceremony began.

Opening remarks were given by Ann Smith. Dale Routon was the Master of Ceremony. Opening prayer was given by Kenny Wells.

Ann Smith gives opening remarks at the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Bob Nolan said a few words, followed by The Pledge of Allegiance. Beautiful patriotic music was presented by the Henry County High School Madrigals.

Bob Nolan spoke at the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Post Commanders salute the American Flag during The Pledge of Allegiance. (Nicki Marr photo)

The welcome and introduction of Post Commanders followed the pledge. Disabled American Veterans Post Commander, David Holt. Commander of VFW Post 1889, Dale Routon. Commander of AmVets Post 45, Glenn Fowler, and Commander of American Legion Post 89, David Meketi.

The guest speaker, Tony VanDyke gave a moving account of his experiences while in the line of duty. He recalled the number of men, women, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, who never came home.

The laying of the wreaths followed, while Ed Smith played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Several Veterans organizations participated in the Laying of the Wreaths. (Nicki Marr photo)

Military Honors were conducted by the TN State Color Guard, as Kenny Wells led the closing prayer. Followed by the Retiring of Colors.

Dale Routon gave closing remarks and reminded everyone that VFW Post 1889 will host a fun run followed by a three bell ceremony and lunch. For more information contact the post.

Members of the TN State Color Guard conduct the Retiring of Colors. (Nicki Marr photo)

$6000 In Cash Stolen From Home On Cooper Street

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jeff Smith responded to a burglary call at 808 Cooper Street.

The resident stated that sometime between 11 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. the residence was entered by removing the air conditioner unit from the window. The window unit was observed to have been placed on the back porch.

The resident stated that the money, totaling $6000 was in a trash bag on the bedroom floor. The resident also stated that shoes were kept in the bag with the cash and found it alarming when the shoes were removed from the bag and placed throughout the bedroom on the floor.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Almost $4000 In Items Stolen From Paris Home

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Matt Liotta responded to 4465 Hwy 69 S, in regards to a theft.

Three residents were all wishing to file complaints on the same subject, a fourth temporary occupant of the home.

One resident noticed the subject, handling items on their nightstand. The subject was told to leave the items alone. The resident then fell asleep and the subject stayed awake to clean.

The same resident woke up and the subject was not in the house, he then checked his wallet and found $124 to be missing, along with a 14kt gold chain, his grandfather’s 10kt gold wedding ring, a silver freedom motorcycle ring and two 7.5mg Hydrocodone tablets.

During the night, another resident stated that the subject entered her bedroom and due to a medical condition acted as though she was taking her pulse and fell back asleep. When she awoke, she noticed Xanax and Lithium prescription medications missing, two antique rings, a necklace, pendant, a Bulova watch, gold chain with hummingbird charm and miscellaneous costume jewelry. She noted the scripts were missing from the living room where her purse was located, not the bedroom.

The residents also stated that they let the subject borrow their car to make a quick trip to the gas station. They stated the subject was gone for several hours and upon return was confronted. They stated the subject denied the allegations and replied that she had taken six Xanax and doesn’t remember the evening. The subject then left the residence on foot.

Deputy Liotta reports no forced entry to the home and noted that the subject has been in the house approximately 3 or 4 times prior to this incident.

The value of the items stolen was listed at the time of report at approximately $3950

Police are still actively investigating and no arrests have been made at this time.

Summer Youth Camps To Be Held At Murray State

Murray, KY. - Murray State University is again offering Summer Youth programs for interested students. The office of non-credit and youth programs is currently registering campers for the Young Authors Camp and the Purchase Area Writers Workshop.

The Young Authors Camp is a day camp only for ages 8-12. It is scheduled for June 8-12.

The Purchase Area Writers Workshop is set for June 14-19 and accepts students ages 14-18. It is open to both residential and day campers.

A Summer Art Workshop is also being offered June 14-19 for students ages 14-18. It is currently full, however, interested individuals are encouraged to call and have their names put on a waiting list.

To obtain additional information on any of these three camps, go online at www.murraystate.edu/noncredit or call 270.809.3659.

UT Martin ROTC Program To Remain Open

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, known as Skyhawk Battalion, will remain open, following recent notification from the United States Army. The UT Martin ROTC program was one of 13 student programs notified in fall 2013 of possible closure in 2015.

“UT Martin has a storied history of graduating outstanding Army officers, and with a current enrollment of 80-plus Army ROTC cadets, UT Martin will continue to be a training ground for talented, well-prepared officers,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. “We are grateful to all of our servicemen and women and particularly those from the ranks of our long-standing Skyhawk Army ROTC cadre.”

An ROTC unit was first established at the university in 1952, followed by the start of a four-year ROTC program in 1964. The program has commissioned 671 cadets as second lieutenants in the regular Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Tennessee Army National Guard since its beginnings.

The UT Martin military science program, of which ROTC is a part, includes Bethel University in McKenzie; Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson; and Jackson State Community College, Lane College and Union University in Jackson. A recent agreement also adds Murray State University in Murray, Ky., to the program, strengthening the relationship between these institutions and allowing Skyhawk Battalion to recruit the best and brightest cadets from these areas.

The UT Martin program will also welcome a new professor of military science in the coming months. Lt. Col. Lowell E. Howard Jr. will join the university faculty this summer. He follows Lt. Col. Michael W. Johnson, who has led the battalion since 2012.

“ROTC has a long tradition at UT Martin, and we're proud have them as part of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences,” said Dr. Todd Winters, dean. “Military training and agriculture education were original parts of the land-grant mission, therefore it makes sense that (the Department of Military Science and Leadership) is part of the College (of Agriculture and Applied Sciences). The addition of Murray State as one of our affiliates will ensure that ROTC at UT Martin will remain a fixture on campus for a long time.”

The UT Office of Government Relations and Advocacy facilitated interactions through the military command structure to appeal the original closure decision. This assistance, combined with the support and encouragement of high-ranking program alumni, played a valuable role in safeguarding the future of the Skyhawk Battalion. Among those were retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Castellaw and retired Army Lt. Gen. Dennis Cavin, both UT Martin graduates.

“Having served for 30 years as a regular and reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force, I could not be more pleased with the confirmation we will retain our military leadership program,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, UT Martin provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Our ROTC battalion has a long history of training outstanding officers, and continuing that tradition of leadership preparation is good for both our students and the nation they wish to serve.”

“UT Martin is fortunate to have extended support from the Department of the Army to ensure the Skyhawk pipeline of outstanding officers is not only flowing but expanding,” said Rakes. The program will be re-evaluated in January 2016, but university officials believe the program’s annual mission level can be met or exceeded.

For more information on the military science program or the Skyhawk ROTC Battalion, contact the Department of Military Science and Leadership at 731-881-7682 or by email at armyrotc@utm.edu.

City Pool Dedicated To Gerald Howard On Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - A dedication ceremony was held Saturday, at the Paris Municipal Pool in Eiffel Tower Park. City officials unveiled a plaque and officially renamed the city pool to Gerald Howard Municipal Pool.

City commissioners voted to rename the pool in honor of Mr. Howard, who was the city's first pool manager. He retired in 2011, with 34 dedicated years of service.

Gerald Howard is presented a plaque by the Mayor on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Mr. Howard said "He hadn't been this nerous since he married his wife, almost 49 years ago." He went on to say that they will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary next month.

The city pool was officially renamed Gerald Howard Municipal Pool on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Mr. Howard was proud to announce, while taking a photo with the past and present lifeguards of the pool, that in all the years the pool has been open, there have only been 2 major accidents, both of which were broken arms.

Gerald Howard posed with past and present lifeguards at the ceremony on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

He thanked the past and present city managers. Mr. Howard thanked everyone that came to the ceremony, including all of his family members. He gave a special thanks to his son Chad, who is a Deputy with the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Richard Edwards, a long time friend.

292 Students Make Up The HCHS Class Of 2015

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County High School held the 2015 graduation ceremony on Friday night at Patriot Stadium. The weather couldn't have been better for the evening ceremony.

The HCHS Class of 2015 (Shannon Daigle photo)

292 students walked the line, as the graduating class of 2015.

HCMC Offers Community Health Screens On Wed., May 27th

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Behavioral Health Group, located at 2555 East Wood Street in Paris, on Wednesday, May 27th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The screening will take place inside the Behavioral Health Group clinic.

Free finger stick Blood Sugar, Osteoporosis and Blood Pressures will be available.  Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3.00 for a Lipid Panel for $10.00 each.

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

TN KY Lake Lodge 17 Fraternal Order Of Police Announces Winners Of 2015 College Scholarships

Paris, Tenn. - The Tennessee Kentucky Lake Lodge 17 Fraternal Order of Police announced the six winners of the 2015 college scholarships on Friday.

Bottom row; left to right are Ashton Thompson and Jessica Alexander. Top Row; left to right are James Wyatt and Justin Ramos.

From left to right are Coltin Wyrick and Trevor Wallace.

Tomorrow's Hope Shoe Drive Continues Until May 29th

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

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


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