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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens

 

Bizarre Report of Vehicle Theft

Paris, Tenn. - Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported a vehicle theft on Friday. The victim reported that between 2-3 months ago, her car broke down somewhere in the county. She reportedly is unsure about where she was or who picked her up after she was stranded. The victim indicated that she and her boyfriend noticed her car that she abandoned at Brockwell Auto this week. She noticed on Friday that the car was missing and went to the court house and was advised that someone picked the car up and signed her name to apply for a new title. The victim is unsure as to why she is just now reporting the theft.

Social Security Identity Theft

Paris, Tenn. - Paris Police were dispatched to Blanton Street in Paris on Friday for an identity theft report. The victim attempted to retrieve money from his Social Security debit card and was informed that the card had been cancelled. The Social Security Office indicated that a replacement card was sent to Miami, Florida. Someone has the victim’s personal information. No money had been taken off of the card at the time the victim reported it stolen. The card which was sent to Florida was cancelled.

Fugitive from Justice and Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn. - A Missouri man was arrested at the Murphy gas station next to Wal-Mart in Paris on Thursday. A concerned citizen contacted Paris Police when they noticed Christopher Fieldler, age 39, yelling at people in the parking lot to get a ride home. Police made contact with Fieldler at the gas station and asked him for identification. Fieldler told police that he should not have to provide ID. Police then arrested him for public intoxication because they detected a strong smell of alcohol. When they ran his identification, they learned he was wanted in Missouri for assault. Fieldler was arrested on a $5,000 bond.

Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals Hear Updates

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals met on Thursday night and Building Inspector Mike Brown introduced the board to new staff member Darren Webb. Webb has been with the city since mid July of last year, but the board hadn’t met since October 30, 2012. Brown said Webb will work closely with him and take the lead on many of the structures that are condemned and are being considered for demolition.

The board also welcomed new members Bob Safin and Jamison Townsend at Thursday night’s meeting. Other members of the board are Terry Fuller, Regina Robinson, and George Bass, Jr.

Brown gave the board an update on twelve properties that have been demolished since they last met including properties on Depot, Garland, North Poplar, Manley, East Washington, Smith, Morton, Wynn, and McCampbell Streets. He also updated the board on properties that have been condemned and their status and told them that two properties one on Wynn Street and one on Jones Bend Road were being evaluated currently.


HCHS Hosts Rossview Fri; At Springfield Sat. in Hoops Action

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County has back to back District 10-AAA games this weekend. The Lady Patriots and Patriots will host Rossview tonight at Gamlin Gym. Tipoff for the ladies game is set for 6pm, with men’s action to follow. Our broadcast will begin at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.

Henry County travels to Springfield on Saturday for another district game. The Lady Patriots will tip at 2pm Saturday afternoon with the Patriots action to follow. Our broadcast starts at 1:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming on our website. After this weekend, a game against Northwest at home Tuesday and a road game at Clarksville High next Friday will finish out the regular season.


Air Evac Seeks to Place Base at HCMC

Representatives from Air Evac discuss the benefits of having a base at HCMC. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center board of trustees met Thursday night and heard a presentation from representatives of Air Evac on making Henry County Medical Center one of their helicopter bases. A couple of the representatives are former employees of HCMC EMS and said working here taught them about partnerships.

Air Evac and EMS director Twila Rose have been in discussion and they want to be a partner with the medical center in patient care. Air Evac has over 18K members in Henry and the surrounding counties, making a base in Paris even more crucial to their services. Air Evac works with insurances and would work with the medical center to increase membership. Memberships with Air Evac run around $65 a year for everyone in the household and cover the majority of the costs related with a flight. A non member of Air Evac could expect a bill around $30K on average if they ever need the service.

On average, nurses and paramedics have over 12 years of experience and would be able to assist the staff at HCMC. Air Evac has been in operation for over 30 years. They have bases currently in Mayfield, Ky., Martin, and Waverly and they transport to all major medical centers like Centennial, St. Thomas, and Vanderbilt to name a few.

The medical center has averaged over 300 flights annually the last few years and last week delegates from HCMC visited the Air Evac facilities and began the discussion of making Paris a base.

Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee said they believe making HCMC a base would improve helicopter response times,help relieve out of town transfer pressure on EMS ambulance service, and provide additional crews to assist our crews in emergency situations.

The base would be placed on campus and Air Evac would lease land from HCMC. The medical center wouldn't have any cost in providing the service. It would be a $4M investment with one helicopter and 10-12 Air Evac employees.

Gee also said down the road, there would be opportunities to joint venture ambulance and Air Evac sleeping quarters and support space should EMS leave their current building.

Once the presentation was over, Gee informed the board Vanderbilt Life Flight had also recently showed interest in also making Paris a base. Gee said the company Vandy uses does offer bigger helicopter.

The board discussed the pros of both companies and Gee said with several residents of Henry County already being members of Air Evac, how quickly they could get operations going, they feel like the better choice. Board members decided to hear from representatives from Vanderbilt Life Flight either in a couple of weeks at a special called meeting or at February's meeting and make a decision of which company to lease land.

Mark Perry, with Air Evac in Martin, discusses Air Evac putting a base in Paris.

HCMC Staff, Trustees to Help Sell Insure TN to Legislature

Paris, Tenn.- In his administrative comments, Gee said that the Tennesser Hospital Association will host a legislative day on Feb. 3rd and push and help sell Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan. Gee said they plan on taking five staff members and board of trustees to the legislative day.

 

Physician recruitment is continuing and two offers have been put out to hospitalists candidates and expect a decision in a couple of weeks. Gee said they continue to prospect OB, psych, and radiology candidates as well.


ER Physician Provide Seeks Subsidy From HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Gee reported to board members that the ER physician provider, TeamHealth, has submitted a request for the medical center to subsidize their program due to increasing cost in physician salaries and volumes. Gee said we have informed them the medical center can not afford to subsidize the program and asked for a contract with no subsidy. Gee said we will have to monitor this situation and may have to bid out the services to another provider or consider taking over ourselves if a satisfactory financial agreement can't be reached.


Business Burglarized; Theft of Motorcycle Reported

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Bon Ton Cleaners was broken into this week and $50 was stolen from the cash register. The burglar entered thru the front door causing around $100 worth of damage to the lock. Police have no suspects.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Briarpatch Lake Road reported a motorcycle was stolen from the yard next to the house. The motorcycle was a 1992 maroon Harley Davidson and was valued at $2500.

Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Laquan McFerran, of 502 Lankford Road, with driving on a revoked license, failure to stop at a sign, and reckless driving.


15 Beautiful Ladies to Compete for Hostess Princess Sat. Night

Addi Cate             Alex Reagor                 Alliyona Arredondo

 

         

Ashlyn Brooke Johnson   Grace Hassell             Hailey Birmingham

Paris, Tenn.- 15 Beautiful young ladies from Henry County will compete on Saturday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center for the title of the 2015 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess.

The annual pageant which starts at 7pm is the first event for the 2015 Fish Fry which is held the last full week in April each year. Admission to the event is $5.00 and children under the age of 6 are free. Commercial Bank & Trust Company will again award the Hostess Princess this year with a $1,000.00 scholarship to be used towards her collegiate studies.

The Hostess Princess and her court will also receive gifts from 4 Seasons Sales & Service, Express Tan, Queens of Paris, Butler & Harber, Kelly’s Kloset, and have a memorable photo shoot with the talented B Photography. Jack Jones will be providing flowers for the Hostess Princess and Court and the Paris PI Hostess Princess Scepter.

Other sponsor’s include, Nu Look Cleaners and Sign and Trophy. We are also very excited this year to present an award for the highest score in sportswear.

This is a category where the girls are required to wear a white top with denim bottom and are able to express their own personality and style in accessorizing and choosing their outfit.

Boutique Mari Mac is sponsoring the award and this will be announced during the
intermission while the ladies are changing into their gowns. The contestants for this year are (in alphabetical order):

Lillie Katherine Akers, 18 year old daughter of John and Julie Akers of Cottage Grove. She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Betty’s Bridal Cottage.

Alliyona Arredondo, 16 year old daughter of Tiffany Arredondo of Paris. A junior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Allure Beauty & Nails.

Haley Birmingham, 17 year old daughter of Dana Scott and Tony Birmingham of Paris. A senior at HCHS she is sponsored by Abbronzatura Tanning.

Mary Peyton Boyd, 17 year old daughter of Amy and Russell Boyd of Paris. She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Paris Surgical Specialists.

Addi Cate, 17 year old daughter of Tom and Becky Cate of Paris. A senior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Queens of Paris.

Phoenix Morgan Ellison, 17 year old daughter of Lisa and Elbert Ellison of Paris. She is a junior at HCHS and is sponsored by Ellison Construction Company.

Grace Hassell, 17 year old daughter of Misty and Dan Hassell of Paris, She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Paris Civic Center.

Madeline Hosford, 18 year old daughter of Pam and Brad Hosford of Paris. She is a senior at Gateway Christian School and is sponsored by Tosh Farms.

Mari Howe, 19 year old daughter of Lisa Woods and Steve Howe. She is sponsored by Peppers Automotive.

Ashlyn Brooke Johnson, 17 year old daughter of April Kelly and Michael Johnson. She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Grace Wound Clinic.

Madison Lovelace, 17 year old daughter of Teresa and Heath Lovelace of Paris. She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Wade Dortch Roofing..

Sydney Luna, 18 year old daughter of Marla and Rudy Luna of Paris. A senior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Paris Pool Supply.

Jayna Nance, 16 year old daughter of Tami and Jerry Nance of Puryear. She is a junior at HCHS and is sponsored by Clark and Cox Law Firm.

Alex Reagor, 17 year old daughter of Susan Reagor and Eddie Reagor of Paris. She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Joe Mahan Ford.

Rachel Louise Wilson, 18 year old daughter of Amy and Tony Wilson of Paris. She is a senior at HCHS and is sponsored by Paris Building Supply.

     

Janya Nance                      Lillie Akers                    Madeline Hosford

 

      

Madison Lovelace   Mari Howe                  Mary Peyton Boyd

   

Rachel Wilson           Sydney Luna                 Phoenix Morgan Ellison


23rd Annual Photo Showcase Begins March 7th

Entry Deadline is Feb. 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The 23rd annual Photo Showcase will once again be at the WG Rhea Library March 7th thru April 2nd and all photographers are invited to participate.

Photographers may enter up to three framed photographs which must include a hanging wire rather than a saw tooth hanger. Gallery wrapped photos with hanging wires will be accepted. Hanging devices must be secure enough to support the piece throughout the month long exhibit. Minimum size is 8 by 10 and maximum size is 24 x 24.

Each photograph must have the photographer’s name, address, and phone number and all photos must be suitable for public viewing. No previous winning photos will be accepted.

Entry forms must be turned into the Paris Henry County Arts Council Office inside of city hall by Friday February 27th. Entries will be received at the W.G. Rhea Library Saturday March 7th between the hours of 9am to 11am. Entries must be picked up on April 2nd between 10am and 5pm. All entries remaining after April 2nd may be property of the Arts Council and will be donated to the Paris Henry County Youth Orchestra Silent Auction. The awards presentation will be held at 2pm on Sunday March 9th with a public reception to follow.


HCHS Theatre Dept. Presents "A Night of Improv" on Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Department of Theatre presents, “A night of Improv” featuring Unscripted on Friday night January 30th from 7-8pm at the Little Theatre at HCHS.

The HCHS improvisation troupe made up of Josh Todd, Julianna Culley, Scott Gerrell, Laynee Thornton, Hannah Barnhill, Allison Tate, Chelsea Smith, Charlie Raymer, and Kassidy Hudgins will entertain people of all ages.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted and money raised benefits the department of theatre.


HCHS Baseball Booster Chili Supper is Fri at Rossview Game

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Baseball Booster Club will hold their annual Chili Supper at the home basketball game Friday January 30th when Henry County plays Rossview. The cost is $7 for chili, sandwich, drink, and dessert, and take out is available. The chili supper will be held at the commons area starting at 5:30pm. Money raised benefits the HCHS Baseball team.


TN National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Hosts Chamber Coffee

Springville, Tenn.- The January Chamber Coffee was held at the Visitor Center at the TN National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday morning. Manager Barron Crawford welcomed the crowd and also offered tours of the facility and a video showcasing its history. The center has been open since July of 2014 and already exceeded 5K visitors.


Paprika Recall from TN Dept. of Agriculture

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is issuing a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5 oz. containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika, distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J. 

On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland, Tenn. area. The department’s test results for one product—5 oz. containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika, no. 091617PAHU05PS —showed positive for the presence of a peanut allergen not disclosed on the product label.   


The department reported these findings to the Federal Drug Administration and the distributor, Spice Co.

Spice Co. indicated that it will initiate a voluntary recall through the FDA, but to date has not provided the department with a distribution list of Tennessee retailers. 

If the product is found in additional Tennessee stores, the department will embargo this product and lot number as adulterated and/or misbranded pursuant to the Tennessee Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. 

As a precaution, the department is alerting consumers with peanut allergies as to the possible presence of peanut allergens in this product.  The department is requesting that retail locations remove this product from their shelves and contact the distributor. Additional recall instructions will be announced.


BPU Board Welcomes Fuller, Powers to the Board

Butch Powers and Terry Fuller take their seats on the BPU Board Tuesday. Also pictured is longtime board member Ralph Anderson. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met Tuesday and welcomed two new members and ratified the city commission appointment of new board members. City Commissioner Terry Fuller joined the BPU board as the city commission appointee. Mayor Carlton Gerrell appointed Fuller to the board to fill the seat left vacant by Pete Lackey after he chose not to seek re-election. Fuller has served on the BPU board in the past.

Wayne "Butch" Powers, of Foundation Bank, also joined the BPU board on Tuesday. Powers was appointed by the city commission to fill the seat left vacant by the late Bill Culley.

Reorganization of the board was also handled Tuesday. David Flowers was re-elected as chairman, Ralph Anderson was elected vice chairman, and Gini Roberts was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.

The board approved participation with Gibson EMC to furnish dark fiber to that area. Gibson will be contracting with Verizon and no money will come out of BPU’s pocket.

BPU Financials Look Good Heading into Last Half of FY 2015

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager John Etheridge went over the financials and noted that things were in good shape for the electric department and they have managed to build some cash. Over 39M kilowatt hours were sold for the month of December and customer base remains similar to previous years.

In the water department, Etheridge said they currently have a positive net revenue so far for the fiscal year by over $45K and he said the expect to have a slight loss by the end of the year June 30th.

The wastewater department financials looked good as well and with capital projects going on, they do expect a loss by June 30th in wastewater.

The board approved write-offs for second quarter of fiscal year 2015 in the amount of $11,137.89. Etheridge reminded the board they continue to pursue these and have collected some. The write-off for the same timeframe last year was about $600 higher.


BPU Prepay System Gets Positive Feedback from Customers

Paris, Tenn.- Etheridge said that 49 customers have signed up for the prepay program at BPU. There is no write-offs with this program and should help decrease write-offs in the future as more customers sign up. Customers have had all positive comments on the prepay program. Office manager Beverly Underwood said the return time is very quick to turn someone off for not paying or back on once they pay as well. She tried it at her house and once she submitted payment, the electricity was turned back on within a short time.


North Paris Substation, Electric Warehouse Nearing Completion

Paris, Tenn.- Etheridge said control panels are being put in at the newly built North Paris substation and they are on target with the budget. It should be energized in the next 30 days and that will allow BPU to deenergize the District Substation for a short time and make some much needed upgrades and repairs. Upgrades at the District Substation will help ease the load on the India Substation in the summer months.

Supervisor of Electric Operations Cole Edwards said the Electric Warehouse is nearing completion. He said the look to be moving stuff over to the new building in the next 30 days.

Supervisor of Water and Wastewater operations Terry Wimberley said they continue to fact find on collection issues with sewer system in areas that need rehab. Wimberley said by March we should be able to put together a detailed plan on what areas to begin rehab and fixing issues.


Fire Claims Life of 61 Year Old Man in Cottage Grove

Paris, Tenn.- A fire on Wagner Road in Cottage Grove claimed the life of a 61 year old man Monday evening. A press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that units responded to 445 Wagner Road in Cottage Grove to a house fire along with units from the Paris Fire Department and Cottage Grove Fire Department.

Units were informed upon arrival that Darrell Crocker, age 61, of the address was still inside the home. Firefighters did enter the home in a rescue attempt but were unable to save Mr. Crocker. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Corner Danny Tucker.

Inv. David Doyle of the Henry County Sheriff's Office is working the fire and at this point of the investigation it appears to be accidental. Crocker was on oxygen and there was a space heater near him and this is being looked at as the possible cause of the fire, but exact cause is still undetermined at this time as the investigation continues.

Due to the heat and smoke, a full investigation was unable to be conducted last night and officials will return to the home Tuesday to continue working the accident.


Benefit for Edwards' Family Set for Feb. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- A fundraiser for Cole and Bethany Edwards and family will be held on Friday February 6th from 11am to 1pm behind Moody Realty in Paris. Cole and Bethany’s son Bryce Lee Edwards was born prematurely and is currently at Vanderbilt. Money raised will benefit medical and travel expenses for the family.

Lunch sold will be choice of ribeye or chicken sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink available for $10. Deliveries will be available for orders of 10 or more and drop in orders will be taken while supplies last.

For more information or to pre-order contact Andrea Norwood at 642-1322 ext. 111 or email anorwood@parisbpu.org. All pre-orders are required by Tues. Feb. 3rd.

Lady Patriots Win, Pats Lose in OT at McKenzie Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split a pair of games at McKenzie on Monday evening. The Lady Patriots won 47-21 with Celie Hudson scoring 20 points to lead the way. The Rebels beat the Patriots in overtime Monday night 63-58. Conner Boley scored 12 points in the loss. Henry County is at home against Rossview Friday night.  

WG Rhea Library Has 1040EZ, 1040A Forms

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library now has tax forms 1040EZ and 1040 A only. Booklets and other forms have not yet arrived. Keep checking with the Library in the coming weeks to see if more forms and booklets have arrived.


WK & T To Hold Cyber Security Workshop at Chamber Jan. 30

Paris, Tenn.- WK & T will hold a workshop on Cyber Security for Small Businesses this Friday January 30th at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The program will be free and run from 10am to 11am Friday morning.

WK & T Customer Service Supervisor Brandon Johnson will offer expert advice on identifying virus causing programs like malware and spyware, what to do if your computer has been infected and tips on increasing tech security for small businesses. He has certifications in both Comp TIA A+ and Network+ and will be able to answer specific questions attendees have if time permits. RSVP at 615-428-8618 or email Jennifer Brake at Jennifer@reedpublicrelations.com to reserve your seat.


Applications Now Available for Industrial Hemp Production

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from farmers and producers interested in growing industrial hemp. 

In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 tasking the department with development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee. As provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project.

Industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa L., the same plant species as marijuana. However, industrial hemp has significantly lower tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) content and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. You will find industrial hemp in a variety of products, including fabric, textiles, fibers, and foods. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity.

You can download an application and Memorandum of Understanding at http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/regulatory/industrialhemp.shtml.

Please complete the application, sign the MOU and include the particular cultivar you wish to use and the quantity requested. If your application is approved, the department will assist in obtaining your seed in compliance with requirements of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Individuals are not permitted to import their own seed.

Email the completed application and MOU to industrial.hemp@tn.gov

Or send it by mail to:
Industrial Hemp Program, Consumer and Industry Services Division
TN Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN  37204


PHCPUD Rates Among Lowest In the Region

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners met last week and General Manager Tae Eaton showed them the results of a residential rate survey that ranked Paris Henry County PUD as the second lowest rates in the area.

Only the Clarksville Gas and Water System came in with cheaper prices, having a rate at 74 cents per ccf. PHCPUD came in at 79 cents per ccf. Other utilities in the area included West Tennessee Public Utility District which serves Huntingdon and Dresden at 84 cents per ccf, Gibson County Utility District at 93 cents per ccf, Greater Dickson Gas Authority which serves Dickson and parts of other counties at 95 cents per ccf, and Humphreys County Utility District which was the most expensive in the region coming in with prices at $1.04 per ccf.

Eaton said this is a testament to sound decisions and shows we are doing things right in Paris and Henry County.

Eaton reported that 2015 has started off on the right foot for adding more customers to the gas line extensions. He said they have 25 service lines on backlog and four more on hold per customer request. The district set a record in 2014 with over 250 new customers added thanks to extensions from the main line.


The Gas Board approved payments of $27,469 to Dale Murphy Construction for the main extensions projects. Eaton said the work is complete and only cleanup remains. The board also approved payment to Natural Gas Piping for retainage on the relocation of a line going towards Murray for just over $4200.


Dr. Wood Reappointed to Gas Board

Paris, Tenn.- The board congratulated Dr. Tom Wood for being reappointed by County Mayor Brent Greer to serve as commissioner on the board another 4 years. New officers for 2015 were then elected and the board remained the same with Terry Pierce as president, Dr. Wood as vice president, and Steve Greer as Secretary/Treasurer.


PHCPUD Sees Improving Financials With Colder Weather

Pairs, Tenn.- Eaton reported that December financials show a profit of over $236K for the system as they are beginning to turn things around with the winter months. Year to date the district is still over $580K in the red, but that number is similar to the last few years. Eaton said we are in good shape overall and weather depending should be fine come the end of the fiscal year. November was colder, December was warmer, and after a cold start, Eaton said January is forecasted to be a little warmer than normal over the next couple of weeks, which could impact sales.


PLSP to Host National Narcotic Drug Detector Assoc. Convention in April

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing will once again be host to the National Narcotic Drug Detector Association this spring and Terry Uetrecht, representative of the Assocaition, and Sgt. Ricky Wade, with the Henry County Sheriff's Office recently worked out some of the details with others about the convention. The group will bring over 150 police officers and their canines to Paris Landing in April. (Photo provided by the Chamber)

Warrants Lead to Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department went to an apartment at 706 Mandaylay Rd. in an attempt to serve a warrant and ending arresting a man on drug charges.

Once Deputy Bostwick arrived he saw a small amount of marijuana on the table along with some electronic scales. Further search of the home revealed more marijuana. Paul Robert O’Donnell, age 24, was arrested on the active warrant and charged with possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution, possession of schedule six with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. O’Donnell was placed on $2500 bond.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Rabbit Creek Road had several items stolen that were behind some storage sheds. The report said no one lived in the home anymore at the address, but two storage buildings were on the property and several items that were behind the sheds were taken including wagon wheels, stainless steel shelves, and more. The locks on the storage shed were not messed with. The total value of items taken is over $1K.

Space Heater Likely Cause of Paris Landing Fire Sunday

Firefighters Brian Hinson (back to camera) and Johnathan Flood work the scene at the homeon Lakeview Cove Sunday afternoon. (Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department responded to a fire call at 25 Lakeview Cove for a structure fire on Sunday afternoon around 2:45. Once on scene, firefighters found the house was fully involved. They managed to extinguish the fire eventually, but it was ruled a total loss, with damage estimated at $50K.

Chief Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Fire Department said the owner was outside working on his truck and a neighbor came up to him saying he saw smoke. The suspected cause of the fire was a space heater. Four trucks and nine firefighters were on scene for around two hours Sunday afternoon.


Historic Low Number of Fire-Related Deaths in the State

Nashville, Tenn. - Fewer accidental fire-related deaths occurred in 2014 than any other year in Tennessee history. Fire records indicate 72 accidental fire deaths in the state throughout 2014, compared to 98 in 2013. That is a 27% decrease from the year before and a 51% decrease from 2003.

Tennessee has had one of the highest fire mortality rates in the United States. The cause of the positive change in fire fatalities is believed to be more awareness of fires, fewer structure fires, more smoke alarms, and outreach from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.      

                                                      

The main cause of fires in Tennessee is cooking-related. THE SFMO encourages all Tennesseans to practice safe cooking habits. Based on reports from more than 700 fire departments across the state, there were over 400 less structure fires in 2014 than the previous year. Compared to 2011, there were over 1,200 fewer fires.

Final fire fatality figures for 2014 are still pending.

SIMA Sends Winter Weather Tips to West Tennessee

Milwaukee, Wisc. - The Snow and Ice Management Association have revealed a few tips for surviving winter weather this season.

The first of four tips is to wear the right shoes. It is best if the shoe has a flat bottom and visible heavy tread.

Next, be prepared. You are encourages to have an ice scraper as well as a brush inside your vehicle. Being prepared also means having a full tank of gas and checking tire pressure, battery levels, and oil. It is also important to charge your mobile phone before leaving your home. A winter car kit including kitty litter, a blanket, water, and a shovel could be helpful.

Tip #3 is to slow down. The chance of sliding increases when you have less time to stop.

Lastly, be informed on the weather conditions. Know local road hazards before heading out. These tips were released due to the two back-to-back snow and ice storms that hit the East Coast and Mid-West regions of the country affecting winter weather in our area.

For more information on how to stay safe during sleet, ice, and snow you can log onto SIMA.org.

175 Families Benefit from Local Food Bank

Paris, Tenn. - The Second Harvest Food Bank along with the Antioch United Methodist Church, the Paris Landing Fire Department, and the Paris Landing Senior Citizens Center distributed food to 175 families on Saturday.

(PLFD Photo)

(PLFD Photo)

It is estimated that the food weighed around 28,000 pounds.

Six UTM Students to Attend Super Bowl

Martin, Tenn. - Six lucky students from the University of Tennessee at Martin have been chosen to work hospitality events at both the Pro and Super Bowls at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The group will be the 10th group selected out of UT Martin’s sport business program.

Pictured (l-r) are Courtney Caton, a sophomore from Huntingdon; Ross Landreth, a senior from Selmer; Ian McGrew, a senior from Troy; Davis; Dakota Shanes, a sophomore from Bon Aqua; Jamison Matney, a senior from Bon Aqua; and Rachel Robison, a senior from Springville. Caton, Robison and Shanes are marketing majors, while Landreth, Matney and McGrew are sport business majors.

(UTM Photo)

The students will facilitate pre-game events, fan activity, and post-game hospitality. They will also work with the leader of the event, Dexter Davis, a UTM professor with managing player appearances at the Super Bowl. This job includes helping out with the arrival and departure and coordinating autograph signings and escorting of the players around the venue.

The six were required to submit a resume and cover letter to Davis and they conducted a formal interview with him. Davis says he treats the application like a real job because of the opportunity that the NFL will bring.

Computer Workshop on January 30th

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an educational workshop from West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications next Friday, January 30th. The workshop will offer expert advice on virus-causing programs including malware and spyware and what to do if your computer becomes infected. The group will also discuss ways to increase technical security for small businesses. If interested in attending, you are asked to RSVP with Jennifer Brake at 615-428-8618 or by email at Jennifer@reedpublicrelations.com.

Unemployment Continues to Drop in Tennessee


Nashville, Tenn. - Burns Phillips, the Commissioner of Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development reports a third consecutive decrease in the unemployment percentage for the state. The unemployment rate for December is at 6.6%, compared to November which was 6.8%. Nationally, the unemployment percentage is at 5.6, which has also decreased from last month.

Overall, the state has dropped an entire point in unemployment from last year. This is due to the creation of 66,200 non-farming jobs in the sectors of business, trade, mining, utilities and construction.

Henry Man Arrested on $20,000 Bond

Paris, Tenn. - On Friday, officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dossie Melton, age 53, of Lumber Road in Henry. Melton was reportedly arrested on Deer Haven Lane for criminal trespassing as well as driving on a revoked license. His bond was placed at $20,000 and his court date is scheduled for January 27th.

Wirgau, Stevens See Insure TN as First Big Issue to Tackle

Rep. Wirgau and Sen. Stevens answer questions during the Chamber's Legislative Luncheon. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- State Representative Tim Wirgau and State Senator John Stevens were guest speakers at a Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon on Friday and both thought Governor Haslam's plan to expand insurance options for Tennesseans was a very important issue that would be tackled first when they go back in session.

Rep. Wirgau, who is staring his 5th year as a representative serving Henry, Benton, and Stewart Counties, handed out slips for the large crowd that was on hand at Lee Academy for the Luncheon. The slips asked if the person thought the state should vote for or against the Insure Tennessee plan.

This is the slip Rep. Wirgau passed out to the crowd to gather their thoughts on the Insure TN plan and take back with him with the session starts up. (Alsobrooks photo)

Wirgau said,"my job is to represent you, it's not about Tim Wirgau, it's about the constituents and what is best for the people I serve."

Rep. Tim Wirgau discusses the Insure TN Plan. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Wirgau said the Governor's health plan is a chance for the state to capture some money that is leaving Tennessee and to help those who will meet the federal poverty guidelines for vouchers to purchase health insurance. Wirgau said the governor has called a special session for February 2nd to begin discussion on the Insure Tennessee plan.

Wirgau also talked about the committees he serves on which include being newly elected to the chairman of the local government committee. He said it was an honor to be elected chairman of that because local government means so much to him. Wirgau will also serve on the health committee, fiscal review committee, and business and utilities committee.

Senator John Stevens, (R-Huntingdon), also felt that the Governor's Health plan was key issue going forward. He said he has some questions that he has raised as they go forward to make sure the longterm financial health of the state is considered as well as the health of our citizens.

Sen. John Stevens speaks on the need to reduce state prisoners in our local jails. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Stevens said, "it seems like when we as state legislators negotiate with the Federal Government, they change their minds and leave us out to dry on things."

In addition to Insure Tennessee, Stevens said he'd like to see the state crack down on our crime and drug addiction issues that are effecting our local jails. Stevens said, "we need to seek longer sentences and when it comes to drug addictions, get these people help and assistance they need to kick the habits." He added, "we have to try to reduce the state prison populations in our local jails."

Stevens serves on the 24th district in the State Senate, representing Henry, Carroll, Benton, Weakley, Obion, and Gibson counties. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Both Stevens and Wirgau then talked and answered some questions from the crowd. They said that a gas tax bill has not come before them yet after U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-TN), had brought up the issue a few weeks ago. Wirgau said, "it has not come before us yet, but I'd rather see it happen at a state level than a federal level so we can control the dollars and we know there are road projects that need to be done."

CEO of the Henry County Alliance told Chamber members on hand the chamber plans to hold another legislative session at the end of the term.

Some of those in the crowd included Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Jamey Tosh, of Tosh Farms, County Commissioner Kreg Kyle, and Chief Randy Gean. (Alsobrooks photo)


PHC Arts Councils Presents Love and Laughs Feb. 14

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents an evening of “Love and Laughs” with comedian Larry Weaver at the Paris Landing Conference Center on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th. Tickets are $15 each and they do offer some package deals with Paris Landing State Park for dinner and an overnight stay.

Any business or individual that is interested in being a sponsor may do so as well and get a VIP table for 8, special VIP up front seating, and acknowledgement in printed and radio ads for the event for only $400. It is tax deductible for personal or business. For more information on the night of “Love and Laughs” call the Arts Council at 642-3955 or visit the website at www.phcarts.com.

 

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