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HCMC Learns Of Progress in Congress on Wage Index

Board of Trustees hear from CEO Tom Gee Thurs. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s held their July meeting Thursday evening and CEO and Hospital Administrator Tom Gee reported that efforts to change the area wage index for Tennessee and other southern states which have been disadvantaged by the low rates are moving forward in Congress. Gee said all of the delegation for Tennessee have signed on to a bill that has been filed to make the correction.

Gee also explained to the board that hospitals are evaluating the impact of the proposed phased implementation of Insure Tennessee. He said there is considerable doubt that CMS will even approve an expansion that doesn’t include all eligible recipients. The committee working on this also hopes that hospitals would fund the expansion at a 60/40 match out the hospital assessment each year. Hospitals have noted they don’t have enough funds to do this.

The medical center’s durable medical equipment company has passed all the licensure and Joint Commission surveys and is ready to begin operations. Services should begin next week.

Gee said the medical center has met with executives of West Tennessee Healthcare who visited Paris last week and they are struggling with their budgets also. Gee said they are looking for other ways to work with HCMC in a mutually beneficial way and several subjects related to shared services were discussed and specialty coverage where they might work together. The medical center will also meet with St. Thomas in August to see where they could strengthen their support programs for HCMC programs, particularly in cardiology.

The board learned that Harmony Healthcare, an outside consultant, has reviewed the medical center’s documentation and coding of services at the Healthcare Center. It appears the medical center could see substantial financial and quality benefits from increased occupational therapy services at the HCHC. Gee told trustees they have since hired an additional therapist and have increased those services and hope to see an impact in the next several months.

Board of Trustees Hear Year End Financials For HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- During the financial report Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel said some growth has occurred in surgeries to the tune of 700 more surgeries this year compared to last year. Growth has also been seen in the Emergency Room visits and hospitalist program as well, just not as much as they’d like to see. Psychiatric census for the year ran about 23% behind budget for the FY which ended June 30th. She said there was a loss of 1.2% in the total profit margin and overall for the year a loss in operating margin of $1.19M.

The hospital recognized bad debts in the amount of over $707K for the last quarter and approved $1.7M in capital requests including several items for the Imaging Department and a new ice machine for the medical center.

EMS Services Facing a Shortage of EMTs

Paris, Tenn.- EMS Director Twila Rose reported that three more paramedics for Henry County had received Critical Care licensure for HCEMS. Rose said there is a shortage with EMTs and paramedics and it is effecting rural areas the hardest. She said the state is trying to work on ideas to try to help with incentives for more people to come into the field. Rose said some Colleges are offering programs that allow paths to RNs and other medical fields that are taking the paramedics from us. She said we are going to have to be more competitive other than pay like helping with school, benefits, etc.

The ambulance service did over a quarter of a Million miles in service for the Fiscal Year that just ended June 30th. Casteel said the year ended with a loss of $210K in EMS. Bad debt expense is high and very difficult to collect at times.

Early Vote Totals Closing in on 2000

Paris, Tenn.- After Early Voting was over Thursday a total of 1995 Henry Countians have cast their votes during the period which will continue Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Election Commission Office and again from 9am to Noon on Saturday.

Thursday saw 207 vote, the highest day so far. Of that 207 the breakdown was, 150 Republican, 52 Democrat and 5 for the General ballot.

Update: Freeland Apprehended

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office, Metro Crime Unit, and US Marshals Office have tracked down and arrested George G. Freeland, age 43., who was wanted for reckless homicide and aggravated assault.

Freeland was located in the wooded area around Howell's Resort just after 2pm. He is being held on $200K bond and will be arraigned in court next week. Freeland has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault.

Sheriff Monte Belew thanked all the assisting agencies and support from the community in apprehending the suspect.

Warrants Issued on Freeland For Reckless Homicide And Agg. Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Warrants have been issued for George G. Freeland, age 43, of Paris, for reckless homicide and aggravated assault in an incident where his actions led to severe injuries and eventual death of Tracy Attaway, age 52 of Henry County.

The press release from Inv. Adam Jenkins said the Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the Henry County Emergency Room of a person that had been in an altercation and had severe injuries. Deputies spoke to the victim, Attaway, who was later transported to Vanderbilt and died because of his injuries.

Investigation is ongoing as Sheriff’s Deputies, the Metro Crime Unit, and US Marshals are actively searching for any information to Freeland’s whereabouts. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672. The HCSO is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to Freeland’s arrest.

Buchanan Couple Deceased From Apparent Murder/Suicide

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, on July 28th at approximately 12:34 a.m., Deputies were dispatched to 3835 Buchanan Road in regards to a male and female that were deceased inside the residence.

Upon arrival, Deputies found a white female, identified as Stephanie Boyd and a white male, identified as William Timothy Boyd, both deceased inside the residence from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division responded, along with a Crime Scene Technician and the Coroner.

Investigators later determined that following a domestic altercation between the two people inside the residence earlier in the evening, that William Timothy Boyd shot his wife Stephanie, before turning the weapon on himself.

Stephanie Boyd died from multiple gunshot wounds and Mr. Boyd died from one, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Paris Police Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating a string of thefts along Chickasaw Road. Patrolman Jordan Klutts responded to a theft of computer hardware and software stolen from a Chickasaw homeowner’s vehicle. Ptl. Dereck Greenhill responded the theft of $500 worth of firearms and ammunition at one residence. Greenhill also responded to another theft on Chickasaw responded to theft of power tools from a shed behind a house on Chickasaw. The suspect in all three thefts is still unknown.

Paris Police have recovered a stolen truck from a theft Wednesday. Paris Police Patrolman, Zachariah Carper arrested Brice Lockhart, age 18 of 111 Irvine Street, for theft of a stolen vehicle taken from a residence on Chickasaw Road.

Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police department has arrested Jessie Evans, age 35 of 1784 W Wood Street, on warrants for vandalism, aggravated burglary and theft under $500 with a $10,000 bond.

Paris's Dana Allen Named Co-Chair of Relay Leadership Team

Paris, Tenn.- Dana Allen, Henry County native, has been named as co-chair to the America Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division Relay Leadership Team. As co-chair Allen will provide strategic volunteer leadership for the Relay for Life program in six states. Allen had been involved in Relay for Life of Henry County since 2002 and became a team co-captain for her company team in 2006. In 2009, Allen’s team raised nearly $10,000.

Also in 2009, Allen received the Rosie Baker Award, a founder’s award named for the first chair of Relay for Life in the Community. Allen joined the committee in 2010 as activities chair then stepped up to co-chair in 2011 and 2012. Allen was the 2013 Henry County event chair and helped raise $136,000. Allen is also a 2013 recipient of the Mid-South Community Volunteer of the Year Award. Most recently, Allen has served as an area lead for Relay for Life in West, Tennessee, working closely with event lead to ensure success for nine events.

PSSD New Student Registration and Open Houses

Paris, Tenn.- Registration for students new to the PSSD will be held Friday July 29th between 8am and 11am at their respective school. All returning students should receive a call from their teachers this week. If parents do not receive a call for returning students they should come to the orientation for their child’s school.

Parent orientation and open houses for schools in the PSSD are as follows at Rhea 8-9am for Kindergarten. 5-6pm for 1st and 2nd graders and  will be held August 1st; Paris Elementary on August 1st 6:30pm to 7:30pm; and Inman on August 2nd from 5 to 6:30pm.

Rhea Principal Scott Owens wants to remind the public and parents also that Rhea’s new entrance will be at the gym because of the construction going and the stadium lot will be open for parking at Rhea during registration night.  August 5th is the first day of school for students in the PSSD and it is an abbreviated half day.

Reminder: Rhea and Harrelson Pre-K Sponsoring Free Movie

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea and Harrelson Pre-K Head Start are sponsoring a free show of The Secret Life of Pets for any child that will turn 3 or 4 by August 15. The showing will be July 28th at 10am at the Parisian Theatre Jim Adams Drive in Paris. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

172 Early Vote on Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- 172 Henry Countians voted at the Election Commission Office on Wednesday. 127 voted Republican, 38 Democrat, and 7 for General. The total number of Early Votes cast so far is 1788. Early Voting continues 8:30am to 4:30pm Thursday and Friday and from 9am to Noon this Saturday July 30th, the last day of Early Voting.

TBI Charges Two in Officer-Involved Shooting in Hickman Co.

Nashville- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation of an officer-involved shooting in Hickman County Tuesday night has resulted in the arrest of two men.

At the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents began investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred just before midnight in Centerville. During the course of the investigation, Agents learned an officer with the Centerville Police Department had initiated a traffic stop on Highway 100. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, and led police officers and a deputy with the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office on a pursuit. The pursuit ended when the vehicle wrecked in a wooded area behind a pawn shop near 1200 Highway 100. The initial investigation indicates one subject in the vehicle fired at the deputy, and the deputy returned fire. No one was struck. The two subjects ran into the woods. The investigation revealed one of the subjects, William Dennis Leidecker, 19, was found early Wednesday morning by a homeowner in a neighbor near the crash site, and was taken into custody. The other individual, Michael J. Shaffner, 34, was located several hours later and was also arrested.

On Wednesday, Shaffner, of Clarksville, was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Felony Evading. He is currently being held in the Hickman County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Leidecker, of Lyles, was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and one count of Misdemeanor Evading. He was booked into the Hickman County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

Flight Paramedic Celebrates 100th Flight

Martin, Tenn., flight paramedic Dustin Kemp, right, recently earned his 100th flight wings. Presenting the wings is flight nurse Jamie Evans.

Martin, Tenn.- Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic Dustin Kemp recently celebrated a milestone – his 100th patient flight. Kemp, a flight paramedic for the Martin, Tenn., Air Evac base, started working for the company in September 2015. Prior to joining Air Evac, Kemp worked full-time with Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union City Ambulance Service. In addition to his job as a flight paramedic, Kemp also works part-time with Weakley county Ambulance Service.

“The best part of my job is helping people,” Kemp said. “That’s the reason I joined the fire service in 2006 and entered the medical field in 2008.”

Kemp and his wife, Stefanie, live in Dresden with their infant daughter, Ellie Kate.

Paris Police Investigating Theft of Truck

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating the theft of a 2000 GMC Sierra taken from a home on Chickasaw Road. Police were dispatched to the home where the victims said the suspect tore through a screen window on the porch, where they entered the home and stole the keys to the truck along with a camera and other items. No suspect information is available at this time.

Woman Charged with Drug Fraud

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Jeff Smith arrested Faith E. Lee, age 33 of East Washington Street, for prescription drug fraud for attempting to refill a prescription for hydrocodone for a man whom the owner of local pharmacy knew to be recently deceased. Lee was then sent to the Henry County Jail where a small baggie with a crystal like substance was found on her person. Lee has since been charged with prescription drug fraud and simple possession of a controlled substance.

City, County Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amanda Forrest arrested Brian M. Kuykendall, age 29 of Gutherie Road, for theft of items totalling $7000 from his place of employment in McKenzie. The owner said Mr. Kuykendall had stolen the items while he was away on vacation. Most of the items have since been retrieved from a local pawn shop.

Henry County Sheriff Dep. Blake Jenkins is still investigating a  theft of a $400 pistol taken from a home on Foundry Hill Road. No suspects at this time.

Henry County Sheriff Sgt. Lance Perry arrested Evertte Lamb, of 70 Bob White Lane, for driving on a suspended license fifth offense.

Bloodmobile Collection Event until 5pm Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Blood mobile be in Paris on Wednesday afternoon from 12-5 at Paris Rehab on Volunteer Drive. Donors will receive a t-shirt and tickets to Nashville Shores Water Park, and one of three Trollinger’s Gift Cards as well as a Summer Gift Basket. Be sure to bring a photo id with you when giving blood.

HCBOE Hears Updates on FRC

Becky Holland of the FRC talks about several programs at the board meeting. (Tim Alsobroks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education held their July board meeting and retreat at Paris Landing State Park on Tuesday and during the meeting they heard a presentation from Becky Holland of the Family Resource Center on the JumpStart Program, something new the FRC began this year

She said the program involves going out into the county daycares and it serves over 100 kids. The parents are excited about being involved and receiving their information and goodie bags.

Holland also gave some statistical information for the FRC to the board at the meeting on the Tuesday. She said during the last school year there were 318 total referrals of students to the FRC.

She said the community has extraordinarily supported the benevolence fund and weekend backpack program. Holland said it’s the first time in many years the FRC didn’t solicit for extra funds but several donors continued to give funds to the FRC anyway.

Holland informed the board that 461 children are registered for free school supplies and backpacks that will be given away at the FRC on Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.

HCSS Plans Surplus Equipment Auction for October

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved Technology Director Denton Jordan’s recommendation for holding a surplus equipment auction. Jordan said it’s been about 8 years since we’ve had a public auction. He said it’s giving back to the community to allow them to bid on these items that taxpayer money helped fund. Jordan said some of these items are basically going to be bid on then recycled for their metal or other materials.

The system receives the proceeds from the auction, and only has to bid out the auctioneer service. The plan is to hold the public auction sometime in October.

In his Director’s report, Director of HCSS Dr. Brian Norton said the August board meeting would be at the board office and then the board meetings could begin going around to the schools again each month after that.

172 Vote Early on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting is continuing this week and 172 people cast their votes on Tuesday at the Election Commission Office. Of that 172, 126 were Republican, 44 Democrat, and 2 General. Total Early Voting numbers as of Tuesday are now at 1616 with over 1200 of those voting Republican.

BPU Linemen Recognized at Board Meeting

Cole Edwards, Director of Elec. Operations, presents Ben White with a plaque for his perfect score at the Lineman Rodeo. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Director’s held their July meeting at the Electric Warehouse on Tuesday and Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards introduced the board to the 12 BPU lineman that competed in the TVA Lineman Rodeo held a few weeks ago at Paris Landing State Park.

Edwards said “I couldn’t be prouder of our guys, we had the most compete of any utility and that practice this on weekends and time off to continue to improve. There were around 200 competitors from 5 different states.”

Two of the BPU lineman scored perfect in the Lineman Rodeo and Edwards presented them with plaques at the board meeting Tuesday. Ben White scored perfect and finished 2nd overall and Brian Horton scored perfect and finished 4th overall.

General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said he has heard al positive feedback from the Lineman Rodeo and that it had a great economic impact for Henry County.

12 BPU Lineman competed in the Lineman Rodeo held at PLSP. (Alsobrooks photo)

During the board meeting, Etheridge went over financials for the end of the Fiscal Year which ended June 30th. In the Electric Department, net incomes were higher and sales were down. Etheridge said sales were down 3.7% compared to last year and 4.2% compared to two years ago, but line losses of electricity were better.

Etheridge told the board that kilowatt hour sales were down and not just for the BPU but across the Valley. He said the combination of a moderate winter and the increase in use of energy efficient items has made a difference.

BPU Board members learned that sales in the Water Department were down slightly compared to last year while sales in Wastewater Department were up slightly.

In action on Tuesday, the BPU board approved write-offs for $12,542. Office Manager Beverly Underwood said this year’s numbers are down $10K in the electric department compared to last year’s write-offs. It represents 56 customers compared to 95, showing the Prepay and other things to control write offs are working.

Assistant GM of BPU Terry Wimberley informed the board the Water Plant project was moving along and by next month’s meeting they should be able to present bids for the major contracts. Plans are to have the project finished in the summer of 2017. Wimberley also explained that the sandblasting of the Volunteer Drive Water Tank should wrap up next month and it should be back in operation by the first of September.

Eurotranciatura USA To Expand Paris Operations

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Eurotranciatura USA officials today announced the manufacturer is investing $12.6 million to expand its operations in Paris over the next five years.

Eurotranciatura, a subsidiary of the world’s largest steel lamination company for electrical rotating machines, will create more than 170 new jobs as part of the expansion.

Eurotranciatura’s investment includes upgrades and new equipment for its existing manufacturing plant in Henry County. Eurotranciatura will also build a roughly 30,000 square foot distribution warehouse near its current plant to accommodate growth and reduce transportation costs.

“Advanced manufacturing runs deep in Tennessee. Time and time again, when manufacturers choose to locate in our state, Tennesseans are up to the task,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s highly-skilled workforce and dedication to innovation continue to attract leading manufacturers like Eurotranciatura. We thank them for choosing to expand in Paris and their commitment to create more than 170 new jobs for Henry County. This expansion pushes us closer to our goal of being the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Team Tennessee believes in the power of manufacturing, a sector that employs more than 332,000 Tennesseans and one that is continually evolving,” Boyd said “Eurotranciatura is a global leader in that evolution and is constantly bringing new technologies to the table. We’re excited Eurotranciatura is doing so right here in Paris and expanding operations in a major way. We welcome this new investment and Eurotranciatura’s commitment to bring meaningful, highly-skilled jobs that will have a lasting impact on Henry County residents.”

Eurotranciatura, a joint venture between Euro Group S.p.A and Kuroda Precision Industries Ltd., manufactures steel lamination products for electrical motors and generators. Eurotranciatura’s Paris facility supplies the U.S market for companies such as Stanley Black & Decker, Franklin Electric, ThyssenKrupp, Regal Beloit, Generac as well as Tecumseh Products.

“Over the last 30 months, we successfully introduced the latest technologies available in the market to provide cost effective solutions for our customers,” Eurotranciatura Chief Operations Officer Matteo Fassio said. “This was also achieved with the support of the local community and the state of Tennessee. This joint effort will secure the creation of additional jobs for Henry County in the near future.”

In 2014, Eurotranciatura acquired the lamination division of Tecumseh, based at 2700 W. Wood St. in Paris. The company recently completed its purchase of Tecumseh’s former building in Henry County.

Renovations to Eurotranciatura’s existing plant are scheduled to be completed by the first or second quarter 2017. Construction of the new warehouse is expected to begin in August 2017.

“We are extremely pleased that one of our great local industries has decided to expand its footprint in our community,” Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said. “They have been and will continue to be excellent corporate citizens for Paris and Henry County.”

“The city of Paris is excited to partner with a great company like Eurotranciatura,” city of Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said. “On behalf of the citizens of Paris, Tennessee, we want to thank Eurotranciatura for its investment and commitment to our community and look forward to its continued growth for years to come.”

“TVA and Paris Board of Public Utilities congratulate Eurotranciatura USA on its announcement to create job opportunities in Henry County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “It’s always an exciting day when a company commits to growth in our rural communities, and we are pleased to partner with Paris-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, the city of Paris, Henry County and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate this announcement and help further economic growth in the Valley.”


K9 Cisco Tracks Escaped Inmate in Carroll County

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Henry County’s top tracking K9 has just added another find under his belt. A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Carroll Count had called in reference to an escaped inmate who had walked away from work detail earlier on Monday afternoon.

Cpl. Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco responded to the scene and Cisco was able to establish a scent and tracked the inmate through a cornfield and then through a wooded area for approximately one mile where he was found hiding in some brush. The inmate was apprehended and taken into custody without incident. The find was Cisco’s 51st.

Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual All you can eat Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show is set for Saturday July 30th from 4-7pm and registration is open now. Money raised at the event will benefit the Downtown Paris Association and their partner this year, the Henry County Young Professionals. The Young Professionals group will donate a portion of their share of the money raised to the Henry County Imagination Library, which is currently funded 50% by state match and 50% by local contributions.

Several booth partners are already involved but more are welcome. Entry forms for the ice cream social or cars are available online at www.visitdowntownparis.com or at the DPA office at 203 N. Fentress Street, Paris City Hall, or the Chamber of Commerce. Arm bands are being sold for $10 for the all you can eat ice cream, contact any DPA member or Henry County Young Professional for more information.  Call the DPA office at 731-653-7274 for more information. In addition to the All You Can Eat Ice Cream there will be inflatables for the kids, a Frozen T-shirt contest, ice cream eating contests and much more.

Reminder: HCHS Baseball Tryouts Tues., Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- New Henry County High School Patriot Head Baseball Coach Doug Barner will hold baseball tryouts for current HCHS baseball team members Tuesday at 6pm at the HCHS baseball field. Tryouts for incoming freshman and all others interested in playing baseball will be held Wednesday at 6pm.

No Need to Declare Party for County Ballot

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green wants voters to understand that if you do not want to declare a party, you can still come and vote for all the offices on the County General Election ballot. The only time you must declare which political party is if you wish to vote in the state primary which is also being held in conjunction with this election. Voters can get the full county ballot without having to declare a political party affiliation.

So far voting totals for the upcoming August 4th General Election have been low with totals at 1444 at the end of the day on Monday. Early Voting continues this week at the Election Commission Office, 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am to Noon this Saturday July 30th, which is the last day of Early Voting.

HCSS Registration and Open Houses This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will be starting school next week. Students will go Monday August 1st for a half day and then return for a full day on Tuesday August 2nd.

Registration for students new to the system will be held this week. For elementary and Middle School students the registration is Friday July 29th 9am to 3pm. For new students to the system that will go to E.W. Grove or Henry County High School, registration will be Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday July 27th from 8am to 2pm. All new students to the system should attend the registration and be sure to bring student’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, and proof of address.

In addition to registration, the system has planned several open houses for the various schools.

Henry County High School will hold an open house on Tuesday July 26th. All 10th grade students and parents, as well as any transfer-in students are asked to attend an information session to be held in the Little Theatre. HCHS staff will be introduced and school policies and procedures will be reviewed.

Sophomores with last names A-E can report at 5pm, last names F-J at 5:45pm, last names K-O at 6:30pm, last names P-T at 7:15pm, and last names U-Z at 8pm.

Attendees are invited to attend their assigned session, walk around the school and meet teachers.

Juniors and seniors and their parents are welcome to attend a session if desired and/or come tour the school that evening as well.

Harrelson School will host an open house at 5pm on Thursday July 28th, Henry Elementary will have their open house at the same time as well. Lakewood Elementary and Middle will host a meet and greet on Thursday July 28th from 4pm-5:30pm. E.W. Grove will hold their open house on Thursday July 28th at 6pm.

Cheeseburger In Paradise to Benefit Carl Perkins Center

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will have a fundraiser, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Thursday July 28th at The Breakers Marina, located at 526 Shamrock Road in Buchanan. Tickets are on sale for $8 now or $10 at the door. Kids eat for $6. There will be entertainment provided by Rockin Randall French. The event will run from 6-10pm and money raised helps the Center and its programs. For more information or to purchase and advance ticket call 642-8455.

Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tourney Huge Success

(Andrea Lamb photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The first ever Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Paris Country Club this past Saturday and it was a huge success. 35 teams competed to in honor of former Paris Fire Fighter Jeff Hamlin, who died in a car accident in July of 2014. Money benefited the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter's Memorial.

Dan Jackson, one of the organizers of the event, said there isn’t an idea of the total amount of money raised yet as some money is still being accounted for, but he thought they anticipate enough to fund a major portion of the Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial annual budget for the year which is $8K.

Winners for the Championship flight were 1st place: McWorth Team, 2nd Place G & B Motors, 3rd Place Joe Turner’s Team. Winners for the First Flight were Skeeter Ayer Team 1st Place, Rick Holt’s Team 2nd, and Dustin Smith’s team 3rd.

HC 10 Year Old All-Stars go 2-2 at SE Regionals

Franklin, Tenn.- Henry County’s 10 year old All-Star team finished 2-2 in the Southeast Regionals last week. The team lost to Fort Caroline, Florida 7-6 in their first game, and 12-5 to Northview, North Carolina in their 2nd game. They defeated West Nashville, TN 8-7 and Charleston Daniel Island, South Carolina 11-4 to go 2-2.

Vandalism Charges Filed After Man Breaks Out Patrol Unit Window

Paris, Tenn.- Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed and Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to W. Blythe Street over the weekend to assist Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies with a domestic assault. Cpl. Wayne Fuqua of the Sheriff’s Office had arrested Jermain E. Fowler, age 26, of 716 W. Blythe, for aggravated assault and child abuse and neglect.

The report stated Lt. Reed told Ptl. Jackson to put Fowler in Lt. Reed’s patrol unit since it had a cage in the back and Fowler was being very combative. Ptl. Jackson and Cpl. Fuqua were escorting Fowler to the patrol unit when he pretended to hyperventilate and they paused near the rear bumper of the vehicle and then Fowler smashed his head into the back windshield of the patrol unit, causing the back glass to shatter and Fowler to bleed. Lt. Reed added two counts of vandalism to Fowler’s charges.

Items Stolen While Man Served Jail Time

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Cpl. Wayne Fuqua responded to a home on Old Paris Murray Road where the victim said since he had been serving time in jail items had been disappearing from his house and property. Items appearing to have been stolen include several rifles, shotguns, and pistols, cattle vaccine worth $3500, a knife collection, and much more. The total value of items reported missing is over $5K. There are no suspects and investigation is continuing.

Burglary On Old Paris Murray Road Being Investigated

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Bryan Hall responded to a call at 11825 Old Paris Murray Road.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Hall was met by the caretaker, as the owner of the home is an over the road truck driver and hasn’t been home in approximately a year.

Entry was made through the front door. The door had visible pry marks and other obvious damage to the door.

Taken from the living room was a big screen television and a portable air conditioner. Value of the items stolen was listed at $1500.

Also removed from the home was a board with nails that the caretaker had placed in the driveway.

Police are still investigating.

Paris PD Investigating Theft Of Pickup Truck

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jordan Klutts responded to a vehicle theft call at 307 Glenhaven Road.

The victim stated that someone had stolen his 1998 Dodge pickup truck. It was parked on the back of the property by the shop, with the keys in it.

The victim’s father stated that he saw the truck drive by that afternoon, but had assumed it was his son leaving.

The truck is described as a red, Dodge pickup truck with primer on the hood and tailgate. The rear bumper has been removed and L.E.D. tail and break lights mounted in the roll pan. The vehicle has 20 inch chrome rims.

There are no suspects at this time.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered In Kentucky Lake

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the previously reported, 2005 Chrysler 300C that was reported missing from 114 Stephanie Lane in Springville, has been located in Kentucky Lake.

A boater, while fishing, located the vehile in approximately 8 feet of water, near Sandy Beach. The vehicle was recovered and transported to the Henry County Sheriff's Office for futher investigation.

The original license plate is still unrecovered. Another plate was reported on the vehicle at the time of recovery, the license plate belongs to another individual who was identified in the report, however, it is still unclear if that individual is involved in the theft.

Investigation is ongoing.

Grade "A" Peppers Automotive Group Giveaway Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - The Grade "A" Giveaway held at Peppers Automotive Group in Paris, was held on Saturday.

Three prizes were given away, the largest being a choice of a Jeep Patriot, a Chevrolet Spark or a Toyota Yaris. Another prize in the amount of $1000 and one in the amount of $500 were also given away.

Seniors from Henry County and surrounding areas have the opportunity to be entered in the drawing one time, for each "A" they received on their Fall and Spring report cards.

This year the winner was Clara Arnold, from Calloway County High School. Clara chose the Jeep Patriot.

Jessica Free, also of Calloway County High School, was drawn for the $1000 prize.

Katherine Wynn, of Henry County High School won the $500 prize.

Names were drawn by Elizabeth Russell, a representative from Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs.

Elizabeth Russell from ATA draws out the names for prizes. (Nicki Cronkright photo)

Clara Arnold winner of her choice of Jeep Patriot. (Nicki Cronkright photo)

Jessica Free winner of $1000 prize. (Nicki Cronkright photo)

Katherine Wynn winner of $500 prize. (Nicki Cronkright photo)

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

Early Voting Continued On Saturday With 72 Votes

Paris, Tenn. - Saturday’s numbers for early voting included 58 Republican, 6 Democrat and 8 General, for a total of 72 Voters.

The total of number Early Voters to date is 1275.

Early Voting continues each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays, until July 30th.

Election day is Thursday, August 4th.

Police Investigating Vehicle Theft From Springville Home

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle theft occurred at 114 Stephanie Lane, in Springville.

The victim arrived at a relative’s home around 10 p.m. and awoke to his vehicle missing. The keys were left in the vehicle overnight. The other car in the driveway had been gone through, but no items were found to be missing.

The missing vehicle is a 2005 Chrysler 300C, valued at $7500. The tag of the missing vehicle is TN 865QJP.

Contents in the stolen vehicle included $150 in cash, a $100 gas card, Costa sunglasses valued at $200, basketball shoes valued at $250, a wire sunglass holder valued at $40 and a First Bank Credit Card.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Several Drug Arrests Made Early Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn. - According to a list of arrest sheets at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Daniel Cheek, age 36 of 44 Barbour Drive in Springville, was arrested and charged with DUI, Violation of Implied Consent, Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug, Violation of the Open Container Law. Cheek was placed on $3500.

Jessica Muncy, age 21, of 825 Ben Smith Road in Henry, was charged with Simple Possession/Casual Exchange and placed on $1000 bond.

Luis Gamlin, age 24, of 4530 Hwy 69 South in Paris, was charged with Simple Possession/Casual Exchange and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and placed on $1000 bond.

Benefit Held For Izzy Bolin Saturday

Puryear, Tenn. - A Benefit was held on Saturday at the Puryear United Methodist Church for Izzy Polin.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office was on hand preparing grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ bologna or Boston butts, along with chips, dessert, and a drink.

Donations were accepted. Events included a cake walk, games, live music and a silent auction.

Izzy is a 7 year old cancer patient at St. Judes and 100% of the proceeds help Izzy and her family.

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

(Nicki Cronkright photo)

Silent Auction items (Nicki Cronkright photo)

1,203 Total Votes Cast Thus Far During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn. - Friday's Early Voting turned out 166 at the Election Commission Office. Of that, 130 were Republican, 31 Democrat and 5 General. Voting on Friday brought the total number of voters thus far to 1203.

Early Voting continues each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays, until July 30th.

Election Day is Thursday, August 4th.

Carroll County Man Arrested On Multiple Drug Related Charges

Tanner Scott Workman (TBI photo)

Jackson, Tenn. - An investigation by Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other West Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies, has resulted in the arrest of a Mckenzie man on drug-related charges.

Special Agents began investigating a complaint against Tanner Scott Workman, following a tip. Agents and detectives with the Paris/Henry County Metro Narcotics Unit and the McKenzie Police Department obtained and executed a search warrant at Workman’s residence at 530 Paw Paw Lane. During the course of the investigation, Agents seized marijuana, hashish oil, diverted prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm from the residence.

On Wednesday, Workman, 18, was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, one count of Theft over $500, and Underage Possession of Alcohol. Workman was booked into the Carroll County Jail on a $6,750 bond.

Good Turnout For Farmer's Market Despite Afternoon Showers

Paris, Tenn. - Despite the afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Friday, the Downtown Farmer's Market had a great turnout. Samples of Corn Relish Salad were handed out.

Items at the Farmer’s Market include tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, squash, cucumbers, onions, green beans, local honey, local canola, and USDA packaged meat that is grass fed. The Farmer’s Market is downtown Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm until items are sold out.

Attempted Break-In Of Local Business Being Investigated

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Lance Perry responded to Dollar General on Hwy 79 N.

The store manager advised that a subject attempted to break in to the store, by cutting a large section of the metal building and folding it back. The cut metal was located in the rear of the store. The subject also attempted to cut a hole in the interior wall, but did not gain entry to the business.

Investigation into the attempt are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.


Henry Man Arrested For Violation Of Sex Offender Registry

Freeman Green Jr. (Mobile Patrol photo)

Henry, Tenn. - According to an arrest record at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Jim Sanders, arrested Freeman Green Jr., of 149 Derrington Avenue in Henry.

Green was charged with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry and placed on $15,000 bond.

Registration For DPA Ice Cream Social/Car Show Has Begun

Paris, Tenn. - Registration has begun for the 7th Annual All-You-Can-Eat, Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show, which fills the Henry County Courthouse lawn annually on the last Saturday in July.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The beneficiaries are the Henry County Young Professionals and the Downtown Paris Association.

The event already has several confirmed ice cream booth sponsors, plus a number of classic car entries. Crazy ice cream contests are sponsored by Comer Farms and WMUF/WLZK/WRQR will sponsor a frozen t-shirt contest.

Entry forms for the ice cream social or car show are available online at www.VisitDowntownParis.com, at the DPA Office, located at 203 N. Fentress, City Hall, or Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on ice cream booths call Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274, or email DowntownParis@outlook.com Car enthusiasts may call Vicky Muzzall at 731-642-8900.

TN Homeland Security/McKenzie PD To Offer Seminar Tuesday

McKenzie, Tenn. - Tennessee Homeland Security and the McKenzie Police Department are conducting a seminar, on Tuesday, July 26th, beginning at 8 a.m. The seminar is entitled “Sudden Violence – Surviving an Active Shooter” and will be held at the Park Theatre in Downtown McKenzie.

The seminar will provide vital information about mitigating the threat posed by individuals who carry out acts of violence. The informational session will address intervention and how to respond to the situation. This is not a tactical course.

The 1.5 hour session is open to the public and free of charge. There will be time allotted for questions and answers with Homeland Security personnel.

For more information, contact Sgt. Andy Weaver at 731-352-2265.

UTM End of Summer Bash Set for July 29th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin is throwing a party July 29, and high school students from all areas are invited.

The 2016 End of Summer Bash will begin with check-in at 1 p.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by an official welcome at 1:30 and campus tours at 2. Students who have already taken a campus tour are still invited to Recreation Rampage from 3-5 p.m. in the UT Martin Student Recreation Center.

Students and their families are invited to learn more about UT Martin programs of study; meet faculty, staff and current students; and participate in a variety of recreation activities.

Join in the fun by registering at utm.edu/summerbash. There is no charge to attend.

For more information about UT Martin or the admissions process, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admitme@utm.edu.

Registration and Important Dates for HCSS

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will be starting school soon and registration for students new to the system will be held this week. For elementary and Middle School students the registration is Friday July 29th 9am to 3pm. For new students to the system that will go to E.W. Grove or Henry County High School, registration will be Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday July 27th from 8am to 2pm. All new students to the system should attend the registration and be sure to bring student’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, and proof of address.

In addition to registration, the system has planned several open houses for the various schools.

Henry County High School will hold an open house on Tuesday July 26th. All 10th grade students and parents, as well as any transfer-in students are asked to attend an information session to be held in the Little Theatre. HCHS staff will be introduced and school policies and procedures will be reviewed.

Sophomores with last names A-E can report at 5pm, last names F-J at 5:45pm, last names K-O at 6:30pm, last names P-T at 7:15pm, and last names U-Z at 8pm.

Attendees are invited to attend their assigned session, walk around the school and meet teachers.

Juniors and seniors and their parents are welcome to attend a session if desired and/or come tour the school that evening as well.

Additionally, student schedules are available for pickup for HCHS students as follows: seniors Thursday July 21st from 9am to 1pm, Juniors Friday July 22nd from 9am to 1pm. Sophomores can pick up their schedules at the open house. For more information call the office at 642-5232.

Grove's open house is set for Thursday July 28th at 6pm for all incoming freshmen and their parents.

Harrelson School will host an open house at 5pm on Thursday July 28th, Henry Elementary will have their open house at the same time as well. Lakewood Elementary and Middle will host a meet and greet on Thursday July 28th from 4pm-5:30pm.

School supply lists for elementary and middle school students is available on the district website and at local businesses who sell school supplies.

 

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