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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


Puryear Man, Juvenile Killed in Wreck in Calloway County Monday

Murray, Ky.- A single vehicle wreck in Calloway County near Murray resulted in the death of two Puryear residents Monday evening. Kentucky State Police say the wreck occurred just three miles south of Murray on highway 641, according to WPSD 6 in Paducah. The wreck occurred just after 7pm Monday.

Noah Rogers, 39, of Puryear, was ejected from his 2008 Ford Mustang after drifting to far off the roadway and then overcorrecting causing the car to overturn. Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also a 15 year old juvenile was wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated from the vehicle. The juvenile was airlifted to a hospital but later died due to injuries from the wreck.

BPU Looks into State Revolving Loan for Water Treatment Plant Funding

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors only had one item on their agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, but General manager John Etheridge discussed several things that are down the road involving BPU’s system infrastructure improvements.

Etheridge said himself and Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberley met with representatives from the State Revolving Loan Fund in regards to obtaining some of the funding for the building of a new Water Treatment Plant.

Etheridge told board members that they are not committed to going with the State Revolving Loan, but after meeting with them it was learned BPU could get a 20 year loan at .92% fixed interest. They also would forgive 25% of the principal of the $3.1M loan, which Etheridge said would save BPU a little over $300K.

Wimberley stated with the State Revolving Fund, it would allow BPU to began construction in June of 2015, instead of late 2015 or early 2016 because the money would be available sooner. He said if we also managed to get the $1M in Community Development Block Grants from the city and county, we could finish phase one of the project and move into the early stages of phase 2.

Both Wimberley and Etheridge told the board they seemed to have found some very advantageous financing on the first half of the $9M project. Etheridge said right now the average water bill for BPU customers is around $18, and with the state revolving loan, we may only have to increase rates about $2 or so, which wouldn’t hurt customers near as much.

No action was taken on the financing option, but the board agreed it seemed to be a viable option moving forward as they try to secure more financing for the remainder of the major infrastructure project. Etheridge assured board members that the impact on retail rates is a big priority and we are continuing to explore all options.

BPU Piloting with Demand Reduction Program

Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday’s BPU meeting saw director of metering and engineering Jeff Thompson discuss BPU’s involvement with the Demand Reduction Program.

Thompson told board members that TVA and Seven States Power Corporation are working to reduce electricity load during peak hours. They have piloted this program made up of local distributors and they are looking at aggregating systems with standby generators, such as the BPU has.

Thompson said they pay the systems to drop load at peak times during times of need such as extreme hot or cold days when more electricity is used or times of economic need for TVA. He said it could equal between $1000 and $1300 worth of extra revenue per month for BPU.

TVA monitors the load and when they realize they need more, they contact the systems in the Demand Reduction Program and give those systems 30 minutes to respond by dropping their loads and turning on their standby generators. Thompson said it seems to be a real good program for everyone in the valley and there were no upfront costs for BPU.

BPU Preparing to Launch Pay As You Go Electricity in December

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager John Etheridge said they are working towards a Pay as You Go option for customers. The go live date is set for December 17th, if no other issues arise between now and then. He said they will probably have some community meetings and public awareness campaign about the Pay as You Go Electricity coming up this fall. Customers will have options to pay a deposit and get a monthly bill, or pay weekly with no deposit on Electricity they use.

Etheridge also reminded the board that Public Power week is coming up October 5-11 and BPU will have some public awareness campaign to help showcase the benefits of public power corporations over investor owned operations.

The board did approve the one item on the agenda, which was amending the Dean Howd property transfer and easement agreement. Etheridge said Howd wanted a little more acreage to include the spring and creekbed, but grant BPU easement. Etheridge said we got everything we needed and he got the spring and creekbed included on his property.

Prior to starting the meeting on Tuesday the board held a moment of silence for Jimmy Huffman who served as General Manager of BPU from 1952-82.

Benefit for Bobbie Watson Wade is Friday 10-2

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will have a benefit lunch fundraiser for Bobbie Watson Wade on Friday August 29th at the Jaycee Building located at 880 Industrial Road from 10am until 2pm.

They will sell Ribeye or Chicken Sandwiches with chips and drink for only $8. Free delivery is offered on orders of 5 or more and pre order deadline is Thursday August 28th at Noon. Call 693-9086 or 333-2551 for more information or to place orders.

Bobbie has been diagnosed with Lupus and a rare lung disorder, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. She is receiving continuous intravenous infusion through a venous catheter. She has monthly trips to both Vanderbilt and Jackson. All profit will go to the Wade family to help with medical and traveling expenses.

Informative Meeting for HCHS Seniors and Parents Tues. at 6:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- There will be an informative senior and parent meeting Tuesday August 26th at 6:30pm in the commons area at Henry County High School. The meeting will be to discuss what they need to know about their senior year including dates, deadlines, activities, trips, prom, and more. This is not a meeting that deals with project graduation but all seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.

Reminder: Boy Scout Informational Meeting Tuesday at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Any boys interested in joining the Boy Scouts should attend an informative meeting at 6pm Tuesday August 26th at Lakewood Elementary school with their parents. The Cub Scouts is open for 1st thru 5th grade and Boy Scouts welcomes boys 6th grade and up. For more information contact Jason and Tina Pooler at 336-8932.

August Cruise In Set for Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The monthly Downtown Cruise In will be held Tuesday from 5:30-7pm on the east side of the courthouse square. The band, Chill Tonics, will provide live entertainment and there will be food available for purchase. Perry’s BBQ will offer BBQ, Cajun Snoball will have their snocone treats, and A La Mode Sweet Shoppe will sell cupcakes. All classic cars are welcome and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Cruise In. Cruise Ins will be held again the last Tuesday in September and October.

TBI Charges Benton County Man with Murder, Abuse of Infant

JACKSON – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation yielded warrants that led to the arrest today of a 25-year old Benton County man, charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse of a seven-month-old child.


On August 22nd, 2014, at the request of 24th District Attorney Hansel McAdams, TBI Special Agents, with the assistance of deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children’s Services, investigated the death of Joseph Hilliard. On Friday, the infant’s mother called 911, saying her son was unresponsive. The child was transported from his home on Liberty Church Road in Holladay to Camden General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.


Today, arrest warrants were issued for Westlee Waylon Yates, the mother’s boyfriend, for the murder and abuse of the seven-month-old. With the assistance of Benton County Sheriff’s deputies, TBI Agents arrested Yates without incident at a residence at West Little Richland Road in Humphreys County. Yates was booked in the Benton County jail, where he is being held without bond.

Challenge Accepted: City, County Officials and Employees Get Wet for ALS

City Manager Carl Holder gives the go ahead and county and city employees and officals dump ice buckets on their heads. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- City and County Officials, commissioners, and employees were on hand at the courthouse Monday afternoon and cooled off from the over 110 degree heat index by taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

It's been sweeping the nation, and your Facebook feeds, as people everywhere are challenging friends, celebrities, athletes, and others to dump a bucket of ice water on there hand all to help raise awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. So far in the last few weeks, over $80M has been raised for ALS, according to their website.

Sometime last week, city employees and commissioners decided to do the ice bucket challenge for the wife of Paris Commissioner Gayle Griffith. His wife, Ginny, is currently battling ALS, and the city challeneged the county commissioners and officials to take part. Gayle Griffith thanked everyone for showing up and doing this for Ginny and he said she sent her heartfelt thanks as well.

Several were on hand Monday afternoon and Paris City Manager Carl Holder and City Commissioner Terry Fuller kicked off the dumping of ice buckets. Both men were doused by their grandchildren as Conner Samuels doused Commissioner Terry Fuller and Jacob and Aberie Brown doused their grandpa, Carl Holder.

In the crowd on the courthouse steps, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew doused each other, Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe was waiting for a dousing from County Mayor Brent Greer, but Mayor Tharpe's wife, beat Mayor Greer to the punch, dumping the bucket on her husband's head from behind.

County and city employees and commissioners dumped buckets on their own head and some great attire was worn. Library Director and District 5 County Commissioner Connie McSwain had on a shower cap while CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton was decked out in a tuxedo, goggles, snorkle, and flippers.


CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton and WG Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain

came prepared. (Alsobrooks photo)

City Finance Director and Assitant City Manager Kim Foster, who also took the challenge, said they raised $450 Monday afternoon with the Ice Bucket Challenge event.

CIty Commissioner Terry Fuller is doused with ice water by his grandson Conner as City Manager Carl Holder anxiously awaits the dumping from his grandchildren Jacob and Aberie (Alsobrooks photos)

Old Radio Shack Building--She Gone!

Paris, Tenn.- The preparations for the CVS Pharmacy in Paris continue and on Monday the last building to be demolished on the property that CVS will be built on was torn down. The Radio Shack building lies in rubble in the picture above. Radio Shack has opened a new concept store in the Wal-mart Shopping Center and had already vacated the old building.

Sheriff's Office Plans Produce Giveaways


Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office has scheduled three produce giveaways in the next several days from their Inmate Gardens. On Wednesday August 27th at 3pm produce will be available at the 4-Way Grill on East Antioch Road; another produce giveaway will be on Friday August 29th at 3pm at Henry City Hall; they will also hold a produce giveaway on Wednesday September 3rd at 3pm at the Puryear Community Center.

Sheriff Monte Belew said each produce giveaway will begin at 3pm and last until all the produce is gone. Belew said produce includes bell peppers, zucchini, cayenne peppers, tomatoes, and a few watermelons. The Henry County Sheriff's Office had two big inmate gardens this year one at the Sheriff's Office and one on the Highway 218 bypass.

Paris Tri Club Competes at Tryboro Race in Murfreesboro

Photo submitted by Tony Lawrence

Murfreesboro- Members of the Paris Tri Club traveled to Murfreesboro and competed in the 6th Annual Tryboro kids triathlon on Saturday. The event drew over 250 racers and 16 members of the Paris Tri Club participated.

Racers had to swim 200 yards, rode bikes 5 miles, and ran 1 mile in the 11-14 age group. In the 7-10 age group, racers had to swim 100 yards, bike 2.5 miles, and run a half mile.

Front Row Bennett Cain, Kylee Perry, Amelia Hart,Olivia Hart, Sara Mathis, Audrey Hill, Briley Medlin and Garrett Cagle Second Row Caleb Cain, Rylan Perry, Hunter Lawrence, Craig Anderson, Fisher Lawrence and Emma Hill Not Pictured Charlie and Cole Davis

Top Finishers: Cole Davis 1st 13 yr boys; Rylan Perry 2nd 12 yr boys; Emma Hill 3rd 12 yr girls; Hunter Lawrence 2nd 11 boys; Kylee Perry 2nd 8 yr boys; Audrey Hill 1st 7 yr girls; Garret Cagle 2nd 8 yr boys beginners; Briley Medlin 1st 8 yr girl beginners.

Airborne Gymnastics Academy Competes in Hendersonvile

Hendersonville, Tenn.- Henry County’s Airborne Gymnastics Academy completed this past weekend in Hendersonville at the Tennessee Judges Cup. Competition included levels 3, 4, and 5. The girls all did a great job. Pictured above are (left to right); Gracie Webb (level 3), Alayna Fuson (level 3), Callie Green (level 4), Ella Crichton (level 4), Noe Wilkerson (level 3), Lauren Swisher (level 3), Eowyn Gesler (level 3), Lauren Dodd (level 3), Abbey Watkins (level 3).

HC Tourism Authority Has Organizational Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority, formerly the Tennessee River Resort Act Committee, met Monday morning and it was the committee’s first after the name change, and served largely as an organizational meeting in order to define policies for the board to use going forward.

The change in identity also comes with some significant changes in power – the Tourism Authority now has its own independent bank account rather than operating out of the County’s General Fund and, while still answerable to the County Commission, is free to act independently to fund and hold events and build tourism-related infrastructure among other activities.

County Mayor Brent Greer opened to the meeting by stressing the economic importance of tourism in Henry County and the northwest Tennessee region.

Greer shared data from the state of Tennessee that in 2012, the 9 counties in northwest Tennessee made $272 million in tourism-related revenue. Henry County was the lead county in the region, with $56 million in tourism revenue in 2012.

Greer estimated that the tourism industry employed over 350 people in Henry County with a payroll of nearly $9 million, and identified tourism as the third-largest economic driver in the area behind agriculture and the medical industry.

David Hamilton of the Henry County Alliance shared a variety of policies he prepared and hopes the board will adopt as they review funding applications.

Hamilton said he wants events to engage more with the area business community rather than relying on the Tourism Authority for the majority of funds, and that outside of large marquee events, no event should be funded more than 50% by the HCTA.

Hamilton also suggested urging events to strive for sustainability rather than continuing to rely on the board for funding, by reducing funds by 25% each subsequent year the event is funded. Hamilton told board members that, if an event isn’t sustainable after 4 or 5 years, it likely isn’t providing much economic impact to the community either.

He also wanted to maximize economic impact by refusing to fund one-day fishing tournaments, saying that these tournaments don’t give participants enough opportunity to frequent local businesses (staying in hotels, dining in restaurants, etc.)

In order to ensure return on investment, Hamilton suggested that the board tie an event’s funding to its turnout. For example, if a fishing tournament promised 300 anglers in its funding application and only 150 participated, the board would reserve the right to reduce the event’s funding by 50%.

Hamilton also stressed that the Tourism Authority needed a firm deadline in place to receive applications for funding, suggesting a 90-day window to provide ample time to review applicants.

He also informed board members that he was currently in talks with two large national events which may be coming to Kentucky Lake; Hamilton wasn’t at liberty to provide details but said one of the events may draw as many as 50,000 people to Henry County.

The Henry County Tourism Authority will meet again on Monday, September 22; the board plans to adopt various standardized forms that will be used for funding applications.

Thefts Reported Around County; Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls for thefts around the county this weekend. One report stated a Seadoo Watercraft was stolen from in front of the Paris Landing Trading Post. Someone had chained the watercraft to the post it was near and had a for sale sign on it. The report said someone cut the chain and stole the Seadoo. Deputies have no suspects of the theft and continue to investigate. The value of the watercraft is $5K.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick charged Justin M. Simmons, 31, of 308 Peachtree Street for possession of schedule three with intent, possession of schedule six with intent, seat belt violation and financial responsibility violation.

Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department stopped a whit Nissan for a seatbelt violation. Once speaking with the occupants, he noticed the passenger; later identified as Troy Iverson, age 50 of Calloway, Kentucky, to be shaking and nervous. He asked Iverson to step out of the car and then proceeded to search his person. Cpl. Whitaker asked Iverson to remove his boots and when he did, a crack pipe fell out. Another crack pipe was also found and Iverson was charged with drug paraphernalia.

Man Crawls Under House to Avoid Police, Arrested for Drugs


Paris, Tenn.- A man was arrested Friday on drug charges after attempting to evade police by crawling under a house, according to Paris Police Department reports.


Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department was on patrol when he observed a black male carrying a red backpack standing near a bicycle and speaking to a man inside a vehicle on Powell St.


When the man saw Whitaker, he quickly left, walking to Crestview Manor Apartments. Whitaker went to follow him and initially was unable to find him; upon leaving, he saw the man walking back down Powell Street. The man then took off running, hopping a fence and crawling underneath a Powell Street residence.


Other city units quickly responded for backup and managed to coax the man from under the house. The suspect, identified as Leon Foster, 36 of Jenkins Street, emerged from the house’s crawl space without the backpack he had been carrying.


Foster reportedly told officers that he had left the backpack behind because it contained an ounce of marijuana.


Officers recovered and searched the backpack, finding two large bags of marijuana, a digital scale, and a large pill bottle containing multiple smaller bags of marijuana.


Foster was arrested for possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to manufacture / sell / deliver.

Paris Police Investigate Multiple Shoplifting Incidents


Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Paris Police Department have investigated several instances of shoplifting recently, according to PPD reports.


Officers were dispatched to the Dollar General on N. Market Street Friday in relation to a shoplifting suspect. Sgt. Mike Ramos arrived to observe the store’s manager following a black male out of the store. She informed Ramos that she had seen the man conceal merchandise on his person and leave the store.


Ramos continued to follow the man as he approached a white Ford SUV, where one woman was seated in the driver’s seat and another woman was in front of the vehicle, taking items from a shopping cart and throwing them into a box.


Ramos asked the male suspect for identification; he replied that he didn’t have any and identified himself as Jarvis Taylor. Ramos then asked for permission to pat Taylor down. He consented, and Ramos found a bag containing half an ounce of marijuana in Taylor’s pants.


Ramos then searched the vehicle and the box outside; both contained merchandise confirmed to have been stolen from the Dollar General location.


Both the driver, identified as Jolie Butler, 39 of Memorial Drive, and the other woman, Micaela Jackson, 29 of Cooper Street, were cited for shoplifting.


Taylor was arrested and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for processing, where he told officers he had falsely identified himself. The man was in fact Monte C. Taylor, age 33 of Cooper Street. Taylor was charged with shoplifting and simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.


Paris Police Department officers also worked alongside loss prevention employees at Wal-Mart Friday to identify a man observed stealing a set of speakers and a car charger totaling nearly $225 in value. Warrants will be filed on William McCutcheon, age 36 of Yates Street, for shoplifting.


Bicycle Stolen from Dudley Street Home


Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Paris Police Department are currently investigating the theft of a bicycle from a home on Dudley Street recently, according to reports.


The complainant informed officers that his son’s 20” Mongoose bicycle was stolen from their home sometime between 9:30 Thursday evening and 4:40 Friday afternoon.


The bike is valued at $120 and is black and white in color with BMX foot pegs.


Police were provided with the serial number for the bicycle and have no suspects at this time.


Tennessee Highway Patrol Prepares for Labor Day Weekend


Nashville- With Labor Day approaching Monday, September 1, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is gearing up to ensure highway safety and combat impaired driving with a “No Refusal” campaign throughout the state.

The special “No Refusal” enforcement effort will run from midnight Friday, August 29 to 11:59 PM Monday, September 1 and allows law enforcement officers to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases of suspected impaired drivers. 

THP officers will establish No Refusal checkpoints in several Tennessee counties: Union (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Marion (Chattanooga District); Montgomery (Nashville District); Shelby (Memphis District); Hawkins (Fall Branch District); Smith (Cookeville); Maury (Lawrenceburg); and Hardin County (Jackson District). 

THP officers will also establish several driver’s license, seatbelt, and sobriety checkpoints throughout Tennessee over the Labor Day weekend; the nearest checkpoint will be on U.S. Highway 70 in Carroll County near the Madison County line on Friday, August 29.   

“Our district captains have created enforcement plans specific to their regions. So, there will be a variety of specialized enforcement during Labor Day, including distracted driving, commercial vehicle safety, and Move Over enforcement, for example. However, the priority is always on impaired driving and seat belt enforcement,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott.  

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 16 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s up from the 13 vehicular fatalities in 2012. Last year, alcohol was involved in six (38%) of the fatal incidents, and six of the ten (60%) vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints. Four motorcyclists, one all-terrain vehicle rider and one pedestrian were also killed.  

Preliminary figures indicate there have been 3,981 crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in Tennessee from January 1 through August 15, 2014. That is 339 fewer (7.8% decrease) than the 4,320 crashes during those same dates in 2013. Seat belt usage is another contributing factor in crashes across the state. To date this year, 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety restraints.  

Colonel Trott also noted the number of DUI arrests made by State Troopers in 2014. Troopers have arrested 5,310 individuals for impaired driving from January 1 through August 15, 2014. In 2013, the number of arrests made during that time was 3,973. That’s a 34 percent increase during the same dates.

City Commission Takes Up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will undergo the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and has challenged the Henry County Commission to join them in the fundraiser.

All Paris City Commissioners will gather on the steps of the Henry County Courthouse Monday, August 25 at 5:30 PM and will produce a video of their challenge. The public is invited to attend.

City Commissioner Gayle Griffith's wife, Jenny, suffers from ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease. The Paris City Commission has dedicated their participation in her honor.

Tennessee Dept of Health Issues Extreme Heat Warning


Nashville– The Tennessee Department of Health is working to reduce deaths and life-threatening conditions caused by summer heat. With temperatures reaching into the 90s in much of the state, Tennessee residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution and take preventive steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“While the elderly, children and those with existing health issues are most at risk, extreme heat can affect anyone,” said TDH Commissioner John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We want to remind everyone about ways to prevent heat-related illnesses and how to address them if they do occur.”

TDH and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency remind first responders such paramedics, police and fire crews to take appropriate steps to protect themselves and to be e observant for signs of heat-related illnesses. TDH also urges doctors and hospital staff members to be vigilant for signs of heat-related illnesses among patients, and for residents to look out for one another.

“It’s important for Tennesseans to take action to help protect others who may be especially vulnerable to heat-related health problems, such as checking on neighbors who may be alone or reluctant to ask for help,” said TEMA Interim Director and Assistant Commissioner/Homeland Security Advisor David Purkey. “This simple measure can help prevent an emergency and save someone’s life.”

“Check regularly and often during hot weather with friends, relatives and others who are elderly and/or take medications,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Some medications can alter the body’s ability to regulate body temperature, and some can cause impaired thinking, causing people to not take appropriate actions to leave an area that’s too hot.”

Here are some ways to stay safe and healthy in extreme heat:

•    Drink plenty of fluids. Pay attention to your thirst and drink cool liquids before you become very thirsty. Water is good, and sugar-free sports drinks can help replace lost salt and minerals. Avoid drinks with caffeine, which can cause the body to lose water. Avoid alcohol, which can dehydrate the body and impair your ability to think clearly, preventing recognition of heat distress signals.

•    Do not leave people or pets in cars for any length of time. Cars can heat to life-threatening temperatures in just a few minutes.

•    Stay cool indoors. If your home has more than one level, the lowest level will usually be cooler. Turn off unnecessary heat-generating items such as televisions and lights, and use fans if you have them. Consider cooking with a microwave instead of heating up the kitchen with the stove or oven. Take cool showers or baths. If your home does not have air conditioning, take advantage of air conditioned facilities such as shopping venues, restaurants, senior centers, libraries, churches and synagogues and recreation centers.

•    Limit time outside when possible. If you must be outside, wear light colored clothing, a hat and sunscreen, and seek shade whenever possible. Try to run errands early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. Drink water and sports drinks often; hydration will help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

•    Pace yourself if working or exercising outdoors. Try to work during early morning or evening hours to avoid being outside in the hottest part of the day. If you are not used to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and gradually increase effort. If your heart is pounding or you gasp for breath, stop the activity and rest in a cool, shady area.

•    Use the buddy system. Partner with a friend and watch each other for signs of heat-related illness. Senior citizens are more susceptible, so if you know someone over age 65, check on him or her over the phone twice a day.

Heat exhaustion is caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes and usually occurs in extreme heat or when a person is unable to adapt to heat. Signs include weakness, nausea, cramps and sometimes loss of consciousness. Heat stroke is a more serious condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature rises to dangerous levels; the body’s cooling system and sweating stop and can damage the brain and other organs. Signs of heat stroke include short, rapid breathing; fast pulse; lack of sweating and confusion. These indicate immediate medical treatment is required, so call 911 if you or someone else has these symptoms and take steps right away to get the person to a cooler area until more help arrives.

For more information on staying safe and healthy during extremely hot weather, click here.

Henry County Loses Heartbreaker in Season Opener

Chase Henderson breaks away from a Liberty defender to score on a 63 yard TD run. Henderson provided the entirety of Henry County's offensive production (Tim Pharr photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot football team dropped their season opener, losing on the road to Liberty High School in Jackson, Tenn. by a final score of 21 to 14.


The Patriots carried a 14 to 7 lead into the locker room at halftime, but were unable to capitalize on any of multiple opportunities to score during the second half.


Meanwhile, junior Crusader running back Devin Bush put on a show, breaking open multiple plays for touchdowns both from the line of scrimmage and on special teams. Bush ran 85 yards for a touchdown to put Liberty on the board in the second quarter, then on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, he sprinted for 65 yards and another touchdown, followed by a successful 2-point conversion.


Bush added to his offensive production with a 52 yard punt return for touchdown in the fourth quarter. The subsequent two point conversion attempt, however, was unsuccessful.


#95 Jaylen Kendall and #47 Tanner Beasley team up to tackle Liberty's Devin Bush while other Patriot defenders swarm to the ball (Tim Pharr photo).

Chase Henderson provided two touchdowns for the Patriots; a 63 yard run late in the first quarter followed by a 45 yard scramble near the end of the first half.

Henry County came up short on multiple scoring opportunities in the second half. An interception by Shontel Thompson late in the third quarter set up a strong offensive drive that unfortunately fizzled out at the Liberty 10 yard line. Gage Hainley attempted a 30 yard field goal to earn what would have been a 2 point lead, but the kick sailed wide left.


The Patriots managed to mount a final drive that covered nearly 80 yards in the final two minutes of Friday night's contest; quarterback Jake Croasmun converted several 4th down plays and led a disciplined drive into the Liberty red zone, but as time expired in Jackson, Henry County wound up five yards short of the Liberty goal line.


Chase Henderson totaled 158 rushing yards Friday, averaging over 9 yards per carry and providing more than half of Henry County's total offensive production.


The Patriots will start a four-game home stand Friday, August 29 as they host the Buccaneers of Hendersonville Beech High School, who defeated Station Camp 26-14 Friday.

In other football action around the region, the McKenzie Rebels were handily defeated by Trenton-Peabody High School, 56 to 20.

Huntingdon defeated Obion County 49 to 7.

Martin-Westview High School beat Dresden 45 to 18.

For more football results, head to www.tssaa.org.

#28 Evan Harrison, #67 Scotty Howard, and several other Patriot defenders bring down a Liberty runner (Tim Pharr photo).

Roots of Rhythm Tickets Go On Sale Aug. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to Roots of Rhythm on Tuesday September 30th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The show will start at 7pm and tickets will go on sale the week of August 25th.

Roots of Rhythm tells the history and geography of where our musical heritage came from. The concert is performed by UT Martin Percussion Group and along with the Henry County High School Madrigals and promises to be a body moving, hand clapping, fun filled learning event for all ages.

Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council Office at Paris City Hall, from any Council Member, any Friends of the Arts Member, Leaches Music, or Merisons.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. For more information call the Arts Council office at 642-3955 or visit the website, www.phcarts.com.

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