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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr

Woman Cited for Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department cited Beaux Jordan Reynolds, 33, of 329 Head St, with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after finding syringes, glass pipes, and other paraphernalia inside the home. Kids were also present inside the home.

Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrest Larry L. Raines, age 49, of 245 Jones Bend Road for public intoxication and simple assault on an officer. Raines was placed on $2500 bond.

Joel Howard Named as USDA Area Director

Nashville- USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode has named Joel Howard Director of the agency’s Union City Area Office that serves the nine northwest Tennessee counties. Howard most recently served as Community Programs Specialist in the Jackson Office.

"Joel brings a wealth of hands-on experience to his new management role," said Goode. "Having worked in West Tennessee for a number of years, he has a good grasp of how to meet the needs of our customers and staff."

Joel’s professional career began with USDA-Rural Development over 10 years ago as a student trainee.  In 2007, he became employed full time as a Loan Specialist for Housing and Community Programs.  In 2010, he was appointed as the Business Programs Specialist working with lenders across a 12 county area in southwest TN.  Recently, he was reassigned in the same office as a Community Program Specialist TN in the agency's community programs that finance water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, first responder facilities and other key civic infrastructure for rural areas in the Jackson Area Office. He is a 2012-2013 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Leadership Institute. 

"There's no doubt his experience has helped develop his leadership abilities and his drive for excellence," Goode said. "Joel is a great asset to our USDA Rural Development management team in Tennessee."

Joel is a life-long native of Covington, TN where he currently resides with his wife McKenzie, daughters Hartley (6) and Chandler (2).  Joel attended the University of TN at Martin and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business while also obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Dyersburg State Community College.

USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $5.4 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

For more information on Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1497, or visit us online at www.rd.usda.gov/tn.

Patriots Soccer Win Double Overtime Thriller in District Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Soccer Team won a double overtime thriller on Monday night at home against West Creek in the first round of the District 10-AAA tournament by a final of 2-1. Clay McCord scored the winning goal for the Patriots. They play at 6pm tonight at Rossview in the 2nd round of the District Tournament.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Solid Waste and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will once again hold the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event this Saturday May 9th from 8am to 1pm at the Henry County Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive. The event is free and open to all households.

Henry County Solid Waste Manager Ron Watkins said the mobile collection program was established to provide a safe means of disposal for household hazardous wastes. Watkins said there are many reasons to properly dispose of household hazardous waste and one reason is that improperly stored hazardous waste in ordinary trash may injure sanitation workers because some products are chemically incompatible and may cause fires in dumpsters or garbage trucks.

Examples of items accepted are household cleaners, oil based paint, aerosols, pesticides, rechargeable batteries, used automotive fluids, pool chemicals, and many more household products that are no longer useable.

Old mercury thermometers, and thermostats, TVs, computer equipment and other household electronic equipment will be accepted. Antifreeze, aluminium, scrap metal, old appliances, cardboard, paper, and number 1 and 2 plastics will be accepted as well.

Medical and infectious wastes, ammunition and explosives, radioactive wastes, including smoke detectors, any empty containers, and wastes from non household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches will not be accepted on Saturday.

Watkins said “Henry County Solid Waste is very pleased to offer the event again this year and I encourage surrounding counties to bring items to the event as well. Past events have been very successful and recycling saves our natural resources and landfill space.”

For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event call the Henry County Recycling Center at 642-5170 or visit the website, henrycountytn.org.

Healthcare Foundation Geranium Sale This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Health Care Foundation will hold their Geranium Sale this Thursday and Friday and May 7th and 8th 8:30am to 3:30pm or until at plants are sold out. Locations to purchase the Geraniums are First Bank, 1068 Mineral Wells Avenue and the Henry County Medical Center patient parking lot at 301 Tyson Avenue. Plants are $7.50 each. You can pre-order by May 5th at 5pm by emailing tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org or fax order to 644-8360.

Former UTM Skyhawks Earn NFL Playing Chance

Martin, Tenn.- University of Tennessee at Martin football alumni Tony Bell, Charles Sweeton and Abou Toure have earned a shot to showcase their talents for a spot with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Bell agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals, Sweeton inked a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and Toure joined the Indianapolis Colts organization.

The Skyhawk football program has now produced nine players who have received NFL opportunities since 2013, including Derek Carr (New York Giants), Montori Hughes (Indianapolis Colts), Quentin Sims (Atlanta Falcons/New England Patriots), Jeremy Butler (Baltimore Ravens), Ben Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs) and DJ Roberts (Baltimore Ravens).

A 6-1, 230-pound linebacker, Bell joins a Bengals squad who advanced to the playoffs after posting a 10-5-1 record competing in the AFC North. Cincinnati had nine selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, using one on TCU inside linebacker Paul Dawson in the third round.

Bell earned All-American accolades by five different media outlets while also receiving votes for The Sports Network Buck Buchanan Award, awarded annually to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks. The Memphis native racked up 76 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception this past fall. For his career, he tallied 237 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, a UT Martin record 22.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.

Sweeton, a 6-5, 291-pound left tackle out of Lawrenceburg, heads to a Kansas City team that went 9-7 last year in the AFC West. The Chiefs drafted nine players this past weekend with just one selection on an offensive lineman (guard Mitch Morse out of Missouri in the second round).

Sweeton was a stalwart on the Skyhawk offensive line, starting in all 46 games of his collegiate career. He graded out at 88 percent or better in every game in his final two seasons and conceded only one sack during that span. He was a 2014 Preseason All-American and blocked for a dynamic UT Martin offense that averaged 30.2 points per game during his career (2011-14).

A 6-2, 230-pound running back, Toure joins a Colts team who won the AFC South title after an 11-5 regular season record before advancing to the AFC championship game. Indianapolis chose eight players in the NFL Draft, including Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson in the sixth round.

Toure, who hails from Framingham, Mass., rushed for 1,138 yards and eight touchdowns for the Skyhawks in 2014. That marked the third-highest single-season rushing total in UT Martin history while he also added three multi-touchdown performances on the ground in his first season as a full-time starter. In his two-year Skyhawk career, he rushed for 1,647 yards on 286 carries (5.8 yards per rush) and 10 touchdowns.

Barrow Graduates From TN Fire and Codes Academy

Paris, Tenn.- Craig Barrow of the Paris Fire Department graduated from the Recruit Firefighter 1 course at Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy on April 17.

The class of 19 career and volunteer fire fighter recruits from eight fire departments across Tennessee were the 33rd class to complete the 10 week course of basic firefighting training.

Firefighter Barrow was selected by classmates and instructors to receive the Garland King Award for Outstanding Performance.

He is the second Paris firefighter to receive this award at Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy. John Roaten was recognized in April 2014.

Craig is pictured with outgoing City Manager Carl Holder and City Manager Kim Foster. Congratulations to Craig on receiving this award! (Photo and story From City of Paris Facebook page)

Patriots Season Ends with Loss to WCHS in District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team's season came to a close Monday night with a 4-3 loss to West Creek in the District 10-AAA tournament. The lone senior on the team Josef Neumair had two hits for the Patriots in the loss as did teammates Cody McSwain and Hayden Walker. Hunter Bethune pitched six innings, giving up three runs in the first before settling down to only allow one more run to cross the plate. Congrats to the Patriots on a great season that saw them go 15-10.

HCSS Director Sam Miles To Retire at End of Current Contract

Paris, Tenn.- A special board meeting has been called for the Henry County Board of Education for this Thursday May 7th at 5pm where Director of Schools Sam Miles will officially announce his retirement to the board.

Miles told WMUF/WLZK News Director Tim Alsobrooks that he has decided to retire at the end of his current contract which is June 30th. Miles said, It's a hard decision to leave the people I've worked with and really done good things with in education here in Henry County, but after 42 years in education I am going to retire."

The board will discuss the transition plan for the selection of a new director of schools at the special called meeting Thursday night.

Zach Cutright Wins District Tennis Championship

Paris, Tenn.- Zach Cutright may be a newcomer to Henry County High School, but, he is definitely not a newcomer to the tennis court. 

Zach easily made it through the District Team Competition as well as the District Individual event by not dropping a set. 

In the Individual semi-finals, played on Saturday, Zach went up against Springfield High School's #1 singles player,  Zach Petit. 

The match went without a hitch in Henry County's favor with a 6-3, 6-0 win. 

In the finals, Cutright proved to be the better player against Clarksville High School's #1 player, Ben Murphy with a winning score of 6-3,6-2  taking home the Individual TSSAA District 10AAA Boys Singles District Championship trophy.  Zach has qualified to move into the Regional Championships scheduled for this week.  Zach is the son of Parents, Dr. Mark and Jill Cutright of Paris. (Photo submitted by Coach J.F. Kirk)

Ribbon Cutting Held at New K & B Supplies for Success Location

Paris, Tenn.- Kevin Buie (center with scissors), surrounded by Brenda Evans, Ann Buie and a large crowd, cut the ribbon at the new location of K and B Supplies for Success in downtown Paris. (Chamber Photo)

TWRA Continues Investigation of Boat Explosion

Marty Visser took this photo from nearby as the boat is up in flames and black smoke billows from it on Sunday.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Cpt. Bryan Elkins of the TWRA for District 12 said the investigation is ongoing of the boat explosion that caused one of its passengers, a Clarksville woman, to be airlifted to Vanderbilt on Sunday. Cpt. Elkins said the boat was a 1972 34 foot model and it did sink after burning for a short time on Sunday.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said both the sheriff's office and Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene along with EMS and other agencies.

Four people were on board and the woman was injured. The boat was refueling at the Marina and Cpt. Elkins said quick work by some staff there helped keep the damage contained to that boat. The boat will be raised sometime Monday and investigation into the cause of the explosion will be ongoing.

Local Law Enforcement Busy Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police charged Shantel Haynes, age 19, of 934 Riggins St., with child neglect and abuse after she let a 4 year old walk outside and down the street unattended. Police received a call about a four year old girl walking down the street in the Harrison Lane area and after investigation, the mother of the young girl said she left the girl with Haynes while she went and picked up her youngest son. Haynes said the girl got made and wanted her mother and left out of the house and began to walk down the street.

Cpl. Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department has charged Jackie Youngblood, age 63 of 940 Rison St., with aggravated rape according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department charged Jason M. Petko, age 33, of 202 Routon St. with public intoxication after city units responded to Dunlap St. where a male subject was asleep under a bush in the front yard. Sgt. Reed woke up the man, identified him as Petko and noticed he was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol.

Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged William L. McCutheon, age 37, of 419 Yates St., with theft after he was caught stealing a bottle of liquor at an area liquor store.

HCHS Track Team Does Well in Murray

Nathanial Owens throws the javelin. (Lance Winders photo)

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County High School Track teams competed at the Laker Relays at Calloway County High School on Friday. The seniors were involved in the senior banquet and didn’t make it, but the teams, both girls and boys, finished 4th and had some great individual finishes.

In the girl’s 1600 meters, Madison Aiosa came in 2nd overall with a time of 5:59.37 and Julie Shankle finished right behind her, 3rd overall, at 6:00.35.

In the 400 meter dash, Aiosa finished 2nd overall with a time of 1:08 and Shankle came in 4th in 1:11.

Titus Winders took 3rd overall in the boy’s 1600 meters with a time of 4:57.

Javan Winders won 1st in the 400 meters with a time of 54.18 seconds and Cayden Hernandez came in 4th overall with a time of just over 1 minute.

Other top finishes for the team included Hayden Hargett, 4th overall in the 200 meters with a time just under 26 seconds, Nathanial Owens took 4th in the shot put with a throw of over 36 feet, 3rd in the discus throw with a toss of over 121 feet, and 4th in the Javelin throw with a  throw of nearly 96 feet.

Four girls and five boys on the team will be competing in the TSSAA Section 3 North Sub Section meet Thursday and Friday of this week.

ATF: $5K Reward For Information on West TN Church Fire

Brownsville, Tenn.- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) Nashville Field Division, Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Lauderdale and Haywood County Sheriff’s Offices announced today the offering of a $5,000 reward for any information regarding the fires that occurred on January 7, 2015 at the Trinity Methodist Church and the Cowboy Non-Denominational Church that may lead to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons involved in the fire.

On January 7, 2015, fires occurred at the Trinity Methodist Church, 5659 Nunn
Road, Brownsville, Tennessee and the Cowboy Non-Denominational church, 5880 Henning Orysa Road, Henning, Tennessee. A thorough scene investigation was conducted by ATF and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office. In addition to the fires, an attempted break in occurred at the Springfield Baptist Church, 237 Springhill Road, Ripley, Lauderdale County.

The samples taken from the fire scenes were sent to the ATF laboratory for
analysis. The ATF Laboratory determined the presence of ignitable liquids from the samples taken from the church scene. The laboratory report combined with the scene examination concluded the fires were intentionally set.
ATF, Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, Lauderdale and Haywood County
Sheriff’s Offices are conducting this investigation. Anyone with the information about the incident should call ATF at 888/ATF-FIRE or the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office at 800/762-3017.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of
arson. For more information about ATF, go to www.atf.gov.

State Fire Marshal: Arson Detecting Canines Valuable Tool in Detecting Arson

Nashville- Every year, the U.S. Fire Administration and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office dedicate the first full week of May to raising awareness about arson and its impact on our communities. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 3-9 and focuses on the role that accelerant detection canines (ADC) play in sniffing out arson.

“Arson destroys more than buildings. It can devastate a community through the decline of the neighborhood with increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue and a decrease in property values,” said Tennessee Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is proud to have accelerant detection canines working to make Tennessee safer by bringing down arsonists.”

“An accelerant detection canine saves time and money,” said Bomb and Arson Section Director Glenn “Andy” Anderson. “Their sense of smell is 100,000 times more acute than a human being’s sense of smell. An ADC can cover an average fire scene in 30 minutes. It can take humans days to do what a dog does in minutes.”

Combating arson is a key priority for fire departments and law enforcement agencies across Tennessee. In 2013, the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System reported that arson was responsible for $7.7 million in damage, seven deaths and 18 injuries, including three firefighter injuries.

Residents can support the efforts of state and local officials by taking the following steps to help protect their homes against arson:

• Illuminate exterior and entrances. Install lights covering all sides of the home. Motion-activated lighting should be placed near the entrances. Interior lights on timers give the illusion that a residence is occupied.

• Install smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system. Using operable smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 82 percent.

• Keep doors and windows locked. All external doors should be equipped with deadbolts. A locked door could be the deterrent that saves a house from arson. The best windows have spring-loaded bolts that insert through the window frame into the wall frame.

• Clean house. Remove excess vegetation and piles of leaves. Trim shrubbery that blocks the view of the house from the street. Clean around your house and garage, removing unused and unneeded paper, trash, cleaning supplies, partial cans of paint and other materials that could become kindling and fuel a fire.

• Clean up vacant homes. Work with local authorities to secure abandoned and vacant homes, which are potential arson targets. This may include boarding up broken windows or other openings with plywood and removing abandoned vehicles. Encourage Neighborhood Watch members to patrol these areas and write down descriptions and the license plates of suspicious vehicles, as well as descriptions of suspicious strangers.

To learn more about 2015 Arson Awareness Week, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website here: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/canine/

To report a suspected arson, call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at (1-800-762-3017). The Arson Hot Line is a phone line dedicated to receiving information about suspicious and incendiary

Boat Explodes At Paris Landing On Sunday

(Hannah Robinson photo)

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to the Henry County’s Sheriff’s Office, a boat exploded at Paris Landing on Sunday morning.

The boat had 3 passengers, one of which was injured and taken to the emergency room.

The boat was fueled up and the blower was not left running a sufficient amount of time to clear fumes and prep the engine. When the engine was started, it clicked and the boat went up in flames.

All emergency and law enforcement personnel worked quickly to evacuate all passengers and then pushed the boat the next empty dock.

The boat continued to burn, then became submerged in the water and was a total loss.

Three Arrested On Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker and Sgt. Ramos followed a tip that a wanted fugitive was staying at the Knights Inn, in Paris.

Upon arrival, Cpl. Whitaker observed the subject in question entering room 207. The officers knocked and the subject answered the door. She allowed officers to enter the room. Two males also occupied the room. All three subjects advised they were staying in the room.

While speaking with the subject, Cpl. Whitaker observed a set of digital scales with white residue on them, sitting on the dresser.

The subjects gave permission to search the room and a small amount of crystal meth, a “loaded” syringe, 2 glass pipes with residue, 5 whole pills and 2 half pills in a metal container, along with a bag of marijuana, a marijuana joint, rolling papers, and a small straw with residue were found.

All three individuals stated those items did not belong to them. Rikkiann Allen, age 23, of 140 Jack Younger Lane, in Paris, was arrested on her active warrant, Simple Possession of a Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule VI drug and drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Jessie Palanki, age 33, of 1116 Belmont Street, in Paris, was arrested and charged with Simple Possession of a Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule VI drug and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5000.

Joshua Johnson, age 29, was also arrested and charged with Simple Possession of a Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule VI drug and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $10,000.

Holly Fork Shooting Complex Hosts TN Junior Olympic State Championships Competition

Paris, Tenn. - Holly Fork Shooting Complex, located at 6133 Hwy 79 N, in Paris, is hosting the 2015 Tennessee Junior Olympic State Championships Competition.

Top 6 Competitors (Nicki Marr photo)

Trap Match was scheduled for Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd. Skeet match and awards will be held Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th.

The match will begin promptly at 9 a.m. both days. At the end of day 2 of competition, the Finals Top 6 Men & Women compete in Shoot Off.

For more information, visit the tnsctp.org or call the complex at 731-333-2057.

Skyhawk Baseball 16-7 Victory Over Austin Peay

Martin, Tenn. - For the second time in five days, the University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team established a new season-high in runs scored as the Skyhawks used five home runs to blow past Ohio Valley Conference rival Austin Peay, 16-7 at Skyhawk Field.

Andrew Castillo and Taylor Douglas each went deep twice while Austin Taylor hit the first home run of the game for the Skyhawks, who slammed five round trippers for the first time since April 23, 2013 against Central Arkansas.

Douglas drove in a career-best six RBI’s – four of which came from a grand slam in the seventh inning. Castillo added three hits and career-highs of four runs scored and four RBI’s while Taylor registered a career-high four hits to go along with two RBI’s and two runs scored for UT Martin, who improved to 14-30 (6-17 OVC).

On the mound, Carter Smith gutted his way through six innings for a quality start – improving to 3-8 on the season. Smith allowed three runs in the first inning but settled down to shut down the Governors over his final five innings, allowing six hits in all while fanning four. Patrick Bernard tossed the final three frames and in the process earned his seventh save of the season – tying the all-time record for single-season saves in UT Martin history, set by Wes Alsup in 2010.

“It was a really good win tonight – we put everything together,” Skyhawk head coach Rick Robinson said. “Carter got off to a slow start but he battled through it and did a great job. It was a good day swinging the bats and to cap it all off, we played great defense and didn’t make any errors so it was a good night.”

Austin Peay (23-22, 14-12 OVC) scored three runs in the first inning but Smith found his groove in the top of the second, getting three groundouts in a scoreless inning.

UT Martin then struck loudly in the second inning, scratching out five runs. Nico Zych walked on four pitches to begin the frame and Taylor launched a two-run homer to right center to make the score 3-2. Nick Pribble followed with a double and after Fletcher Johnson was issued a two-out walk, Castillo crushed the first pitch he saw for a towering three-run shot over the scoreboard to give the Skyhawks a 5-3 advantage – a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Smith carved up Austin Peay for another shutout frame in the third and UT Martin tacked on another run in the third. Taylor led off with a double down the left field line and eventually came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Luis Paublini.

Smith got the first two outs on seven pitches in the fourth but the next three Austin Peay batters reached base safely. Smith responded by inducing a flyout to right field to strand the bases loaded to keep the Skyhawks ahead.

Castillo and Douglas both connected on solo homers in the bottom of the fourth to extend UT Martin’s lead out to 8-3.

Austin Peay was retired in order by Smith in the fifth, as the senior from St. Louis, Mo. needed just 12 pitches to get through the frame.

The Skyhawks built up an 11-3 advantage after scoring three runs in the fifth. Andrew Massey singled and advanced to second on an error to lead off the inning. Paublini singled to put men on the corners for Johnson, who sacrificed Paublini to second. After an intentional walk to Castillo loaded the bases, Matt Hirsch singled to center to plate both Massey and Paublini. Douglas then reached on a fielding error but was credited with an RBI after Castillo scampered in to score.

Smith pitched around a two-out walk to post yet another shutout frame in the sixth, his final inning of work. Bernard then took over and accounted for a scoreless seventh inning.

UT Martin concluded its highest-scoring game of the season with a five-run seventh inning. Douglas provided the big blow with an opposite-field grand slam, scoring himself, Johnson (reached on error), Castillo (single) and Hirsch (hit by pitch). Zych would later draw a walk and score on a wild pitch to make the score 16-3 after seven innings of play.

The Governors added two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth but Bernard dialed up a pair of strikeouts in the ninth to close out the win.

UT Martin has a chance to win the series in the rubber game on Sunday, May 3. First pitch from Skyhawk Field is set for 1 p.m.

Town Of Henry City Wide Yard Sale On Saturday, May 16th

Henry, Tenn. - Get ready, get set, and go to the 3rd Annual Town of Henry City Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 16th, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. There will be something for everyone and food and drinks will be available.

Spaces are available at City Hall parking lot for set ups. First come basis. For more information, call 336-5792, 243-4100 or 243-4091.

Henry Woman Charged With DUI

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Haley Ramos was on patrol, headed West on Wood Street.

The truck that was in front of Deputy Ramos proceeded through the intersection and a white Pontiac car traveling South on Market Street came through the middle of the intersection and abruptly stopped. The pickup truck swerved to avoid an accident.

When the pickup truck cleared, the car proceeded Southbound, in the Northbound lane. Deputy Ramos initiated a traffic stop at Market and Blythe Streets. Patrolman Dereck Greenhill advised on arrival that Paris PD had received a call in regards to this driver.

Upon making contact with the driver, she advised she left the court annex building and must’ve fallen asleep. Deputy Ramos observed the driver to be sluggish and uncoordinated. While attempting to locate her appropriate documentation, the driver stated she shouldn’t have taken her medication. At which time, Patrolman Greenhill observed 2 pill bottles in plain site.

The driver was asked to exit the vehicle and stated she could not perform the necessary tests, that she had failed them in the past.

The driver, Kathy M. French, age 61, of 29 Rolling Meadows South, in Henry, was taken into custody and charged with DUI. French’s husband arrived on scene to take possession of the vehicle. French’s bond was set at $600.

Paris-Henry County Heritage Center Host Quilt Show

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center is hosting a Quilt Show of quilts owned and created by Henry County quilters.

The exhibit will feature antique quilts, as well as contemporary creations. One section will spotlight “Our Grandmother’s Quilts” – some sewn from 1850, 1917, and the 1920’s.

The exhibit runs from May 12th – May 30th. Admission is free.

The Heritage Center parking area is located off Highway 641 North of the Paris Courthouse Square.

The Heritage Center’s hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Paris-Henry County Arts Council Has TPAC Seats Available

Paris, Tenn. - Paris/Henry County Arts Council is pleased to announce that they have some of the best seats for fantastic shows at TPAC for 2015/2016.

They will have a season of romantic classics such as, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Check the shows at www.tpac.org

The seats are Orchestra section, middle section, middle row, and dead center. Pricing does include the ride to and from Nashville on a charted bus.

For more information, contact the office at 731-642-3955.

Paris Rotary Club 42nd Annual Country Ham Breakfast Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Rotary Club’s 42nd Annual Country Ham Breakfast was held Saturday morning at Paris Elementary School. As of 8:30 a.m. 250 had been served.

Members of the City of Paris Fire Department enjoying their breakfast on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

The Paris Rotary Club began in 1921 and has raised over $36,000 since the 2011 Ham Breakfast.

The crowd at 8 a.m. for the 42nd Annual Country Ham Breakfast. (Nicki Marr photo)

These funds support the following charities, organizations and scholarships: Paris Henry County Boxing Association, Carl Perkins for the Prevention of Child Abuse, William R. Manier Scholarship, Tomorrow’s Hope, Family Resource Center, Helping Hands, Henry County Relay for Life, WG Rhea Scholarship, Imagination Library, Hoof Beats of Hope, Paris-Henry County Arts Council, First Baptist Upwards Program, Henry County Youth Basketball, Krider Speech Tournament, REAL Hope Youth Center, Henry County High School Baseball, PSSD Back Pack Program, Literacy Council, Paul Harris Foundation, Jaycee’s Christmas for Kids, HCHS Criminal Justice Program and WG Rhea Library Adult Reading Program.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please ask a current member for more information. www.parisrotary.org

58 Riders Participated In Am Vets Poker Run On Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - Am Vets Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy 79N and Sons of Am Vets held a Poker Run on Saturday.

The crowd at Am Vets Post 45 before the Poker Run. (Nicki Marr photo)

58 Riders Participated in this year's event.

The bikes were lined up outside the Am Vets Post 45 before the Poker Run. (Nicki Marr photo)

The first bike left out promptly at Noon and stops were made on the run were 641 Club, Sandy's Saloon, Hidden Creek, T Bones Tavern and back to the Am Vets.

All proceeds from the event went to the Adopt-A-Vet program, which helps local area Veterans in need.

9th Annual Adopt-A-Vet To Be Held May 15th, 16th and 17th

Paris, Tenn. - The 9th Annual Adopt-A-Vet will be held May 15th, 16th and 17th.

The event will be held on 11 acres located at 3030 Mays Bridge Road in Paris. All Veterans are free of charge. All others $10 per person at the gate. Gates open at 8 a.m., Friday, May 15th.

 No Food Vendors, all others welcome, including cars and trucks. Primitive camp sites only $15 for the weekend. A paved area is available for large RV’s.

Friday and Saturday Night Bonfires, with special guests The Ray Lewis Band on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Along with whole hog on Saturday.

Saturday, May 16th, is Armed Forces Day and the Poker Run begins at 11 a.m. and will make stops at local area Veterans clubs.  Proceeds for this three day event go to help local area veterans in need.

For more information, contact Dr. T and 336-3822 or 641-9015.

Cyber Academy Scheduled At Murray State

Murray, KY - It’s time again for Murray State University’s Summer Cyber Academy. Cyber Academy, a telecommunications technology camp for high school students, will begin its first session on June 7. The mission of Cyber Academy is to expose high school students to computer technologies through hands-on, interactive activities.

The camp is sponsored by Murray State University’s Program of Distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM). It gives high school students the opportunity to learn about a variety of technologies while introducing them to the college atmosphere through residential housing, campus dining and other on-campus functions.

Each summer there are two levels of the camp offered. The introductory camp is designed for students at any experience level. During the introductory camp, students will learn everything from building networks to installing and configuring network applications. The advanced camp is aimed at returning campers or students who have taken multiple high school networking courses, and focuses on network and host security. Throughout the advanced camp, campers will learn network defense techniques, network traffic analysis, how to bridge firewalls and much more.

Students attending camp stay on Murray State’s campus for four days and are supervised by TSM student counselors as well as TSM staff. Although the majority of the time is spent in the lab, several other activities are planned for the students to enjoy during the week. These activities include movie nights, scavenger hunts around campus, and time at the Bauernfeind Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

The 2015 Cyber Academy dates are June 7-10 (introductory) and July 12-15 (advanced). Spots are limited so interested students are encouraged to visit the website soon for more information, the academy application and other important details about Cyber Academy at www.murraystate.edu/tsm/cybercave.

For questions or comments, contact Annie Vandiver at the Center for TSM at 270.809.3987.

Robert M. Smith Returns To UT Martin As Interim Chancellor

Martin, Tenn. - University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro introduced Dr. Robert M. Smith to the campus and community today as interim UT Martin chancellor during a Friday morning reception in the Boling University Center. Smith is president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and former dean of UT Martin’s School of Arts and Sciences from 1987 to 1999.

Dr. Bob Smith is pictured during Friday’s introduction event and reception at UT Martin’s Boling University Center. (UT Martin photo)

Smith follows Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor since 2007, who announced April 13 that he is stepping down as chancellor and will return to teaching effective May 31.

Smith first went to Slippery Rock in 1999 as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He was named interim president in 2002 before becoming the university’s 15th president in 2004. Smith retired from Slippery Rock in January 2012 and moved to Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Ramona.

DiPietro welcomed the large crowd and acknowledged Tom and Glenda Rakes for their work on behalf of UT Martin. He noted the university’s highest enrollment of almost 8,500 students and the completion of more than $100 million in capital and maintenance projects during Rakes’ administration. He also recalled unveiling the university’s newly completed campus lighting project in 2012 and seeing the lights from the airplane as he flew back to Knoxville. “So, lots of great things have happened on your watch, and we really deeply appreciate all you’ve done for the institution,” he said.

DiPietro described the event as a re-introduction of the Smiths to the university and the area. He said many names surfaced as possible choices for the position, but he quickly became interested in Smith’s background and credentials. His extensive experience and reputation in the local community stood out, plus his leadership record at Slippery Rock University. “ … I thought that for an interim person, he was just a really good fit for UT Martin,” said DiPietro. He described Smith as a servant leader who readily accepted the position.

DiPietro invited Smith to the podium, who immediately surveyed the room packed with faculty, staff and community members, and joked, “Why aren’t you grading papers? We’ve got finals to finish up here.” Smith proceeded to thank Rakes for his support and friendship. “I consider it a real privilege and an honor to follow in your steps, and I hope that I’m going to be worthy for the things that have happened here,” he said. “And as we move forward, it’s as the president (DiPietro) said: ‘it’s an interesting time in all of higher education.’”

Smith also thanked Ramona for supporting his accepting the position and said both looked forward to returning to Martin. “UT Martin has always been a place that has a culture of family and of community, and for the two of us to come back and to rejoin that community is very emotional for us,” he said. He acknowledged that some tough decisions were ahead for the institution, and said, “ … This is something that collectively, and I want to emphasize that collectively, we’ll do together.”

Former State Representative Don Ridgeway, of Paris, attended the event and described Smith’s accepting the interim chancellor’s position as “a wonderful day for the University of Tennessee at Martin.” He called Smith “a true leader who’s known all over Northwest Tennessee and Tennessee.” Ridgeway previously served on the WestStar Leadership Program Board of Trustees and also arranged through his office annual legislative visits for Smith and each WestStar class.

Smith is credited as a co-founder of the university’s WestStar Leadership Program and served as WestStar’s first executive director. WestStar is in its 26th year and is Tennessee’s oldest and largest regional leadership program.

 “Personally I think the community and the university – everyone is thrilled for Dr. Smith coming back to this area,” said Dee Fields Pritchett, broker and owner, Fuller Partners Real Estate, Inc., in Martin. “He’ll be great for both the community and the university. He’s a great leader, and he knows UTM and what it needs and how we can move forward.”

The Smiths will return to Martin closer to June 1 as he prepares to officially assume the interim chancellor’s position on that date.

Carl Holder Retirement Luncheon Held Friday

Paris, Tenn. - Carl Holder officially retired Friday as the city manager of Paris and a reception to honor him was held Friday at Lee Academy Lunchroom.

Carl Holder receiving the Loyal Patriot Award from the County Mayor's Office. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Commissioner Fuller presents Carl with a resolution from the City Commission honoring his dedication and years of service. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

The luncheon had a large turnout. Carl received the Loyal Patriot Award and County Mayor Brent Greer declared May 1st, Carl Holder Day in Henry County.

A large crowd showed their thanks to Carl Holder for his years of dedicated service. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Cake in celebration of Carl Holder's retirement on Friday. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Chamber To Honor Business Of The Year

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Business of the Year, which will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual membership banquet in June. Chamber members are encouraged to nominate themselves or another business. The form is available online at www.paristnchamber.com.

Chamber President Chip Anderson, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic, said “We are happy to have any business nominated for their contributions to our community, extraordinary customer service, dedication, innovation or entrepreneurial spirit.”

The deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015.

Business of the Year

Must be a member in good standing of Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Must have been in business in Henry County for at least three years.

Must demonstrate a commitment to good and ethical business practices.

Must demonstrate innovation in products or services.

Must demonstrate community leadership and involvement.

Must maintain a responsible and rewarding workplace environment, reflecting training and motivation of employees.

Must demonstrate extraordinary customer service.

The judges will consider:

What has made the difference between success and failure for this company?

What differentiates this company’s products and services from its competitors?

Potential for growth.

Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business, including number of years in business, sustained expansion, steady growth in net worth, growth in number of employees, increased sales


A nomination letter

Biography of the manager or owner

News clips, recognition within specific industry

Testimonials/Reference letters

For more information, contact the Chamber office at 731-642-3431.

Laser Light Shows Return To LBL Golden Pond Planetarium

LBL KY/TN. - Laser Light Music Shows at Golden Pond Planetarium begin Saturday, May 23, at 5:30pm on a brand new, multi-million color laser projector. People can see laser lights synchronized to popular music fill the 40-foot dome every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 5:30pm and 7pm through September 4. Additional Saturday shows are at 8pm May 23, June 6 and 20, July 18, and August 1 and 15. Laser shows continue to be offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at 5:30pm and 7pm through October 31, at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. All seats are $7.

“We have a new laser projector this year,” explains Jim Taylor, Director of Operations for Friends of Land Between The Lakes. “Even if you have seen some of our laser shows in the past, you have never seen them like this before. This new laser projector will blow your mind!”

Laser Light Show (Flickr photo)

 The season kicks off May 23 with Laser Zeppelin at 5:30pm, Pink Floyd: The Wall at 7pm, and Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 8pm, followed by a Star Party at the Golden Pond Observatory, weather permitting. Members of the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers (www.wkaa.net) host free star parties where guests can view the night sky through a number of different telescopes.

Laser Light Show (Flickr photo)

The Planetarium projector beams laser light designs and animations on the dome, bringing music to life. Featured artists include U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait, The Beach Boys, Shania Twain, The Beatles, and many more. Doors open 30 minutes before show times. Due to safety concerns, no one is admitted after the show begins. Discount and Fun Cards are not accepted for laser shows.

For a complete schedule of evening laser shows, go to http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Laser-Light-Shows-2015.1-2.pdf.

The Golden Pond Planetarium is located just off Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway (KY Highway 453) near the junction with US68/KY80 in Land Between The Lakes.


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