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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr


PLSP's Frosty Hike To Take Place On January 1st At 10 a.m.

Buchanan, Tenn. - Paris Landing State Park’s Frosty Hike will take place on Friday, January 1st at 10 a.m.

Participants will meet at the Paris Landing State Park Inn lobby and say goodbye to 2015 and say hello to 2016 with a brisk hike over to the Marina and back.

This approximate 2 mile hike is open to all ages. The Riverboat, a restaurant that is noted for casual dining and excellent Southern-style cuisine will be over for lunch afterward. A selection of domestic and imported alcoholic beverages and wines are available.

For additional information, contact Ranger Jeff Utley at 731-641-4465.

W.G. Rhea Public Library To Offer Classes On READS E-books

Paris, Tenn. - The 7th Annual Shiver on the River will be held Friday, January 1st at Paris Landing State Park Marina Boat Ramp. The event is held rain or snow!

Registration takes place at 12:30 p.m. and the plunge takes place at 1 p.m.

The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host classes on “How to use your Kindle device to enjoy READS e-books.”

As of December 1st, READS is also offering magazines as e-books to enjoy.

The library will be teaching how to download the free materials, all you need is a Kindle and a library card.

Classes are Wednesday, January 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, January 13th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library, which is located at 400 West Washington Street.

Registration is required. Call 731-642-1702 to register.

Henry Man Charged And Wanted In Numerous Other Counties

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Winberry observed a blue Chevy Blazer on Magnolia Avenue with expired tags.

The vehicle pulled into Little General parking lot and the driver exited the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Winberry advised the driver that his tags were expired and requested to see his driver’s license.

The driver then took off running and Officer Winberry took chase and advised the male to stop. It was later determined that the driver was identified as Dustin Scott St. Clair, of Macedonia Road, near Henry. It was also determined that St. Clair has active warrants out of Weakley and Carroll Counties.

St. Clair was also operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license, for failing to provide proof of insurance.

After the vehicle was towed and searched, a pipe used to smoke narcotics was located.

St. Clair will be charged with registration violation, driving on suspended, resist stop/frisk/halt/search arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Henry County Sheriff's Office Offers Sober Ride Home On NYE

Henry County, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is once again conducting the Sober Ride Home Program on New Year’s Eve. If you have too much to drink and cannot drive, call the Sheriff’s Department at 731-642-1672 for a sober ride home between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. No questions asked.

WMUF, WLZK, WRQR, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Paris Police Department, remind you to never drink and drive.

Flight Paramedic Celebrates Career Milestone

Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic Justin Burress, center, recently earned his 500th flight wings. Martin, Tenn., Air Evac Program Director Kent Martin is on the right, and flight nurse Jordan Dunaway is on the left. (Air Evac Lifeteam photo)

Martin, Tenn. - Flight paramedic Justin Burress recently celebrated a career milestone – his 500th patient flight. Burress, an Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic at the Martin, Tenn., base, has worked for the company since July 2012. He is also employed as a paramedic in the Emergency Room at Humboldt Medical Center. Prior to joining Air Evac Lifeteam, Burress was a paramedic with Gibson County EMS.

“I went into this career with the goal of becoming a flight paramedic,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Burress, a resident of Trenton, recently earned his Critical Care Paramedic certification from Vanderbilt Health.

Air Evac Lifeteam, headquartered in O’Fallon, Mo., is the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States, with more than 120 air medical bases across 15 states. Air Evac is the preeminent provider of helicopter emergency medical services to communities in need of rapid medical transport to advanced emergency healthcare.

Flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities. For more information, please visit www.lifeteam.net, or like them on Facebook.

Reservoir Levels Continue To Be Monitored

Kentucky - The TVA River Forecast Center announced that reservoir levels continue to be monitored.

Kentucky Reservoir is expected to reach 370’, 15 feet above current headwater, which is significant but not record breaking.

Reducing spill from Kentucky Dam will begin on December 31st and on January 2nd spill could be as low as zero.

Currently, Kentucky is discharging 52,000 cubic feet per second through the turbines and spilling 250,000 cubic feet per second.

The River Forecast Center is monitoring river conditions around the clock and will provide real-time updates.

Routine Traffic Stop For No Tail Lights Leads To Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Cpl. Eric Long and Ptl. Zachariah Carper performed a traffic stop on Mineral Wells Avenue on a black Nissan Maxima for no tail lights.

The driver, identified as Dakota Young, age 19, of 4800 Clayton Road, stated that he had a suspended driver’s license and failed to show proof of insurance.

Young was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Henry County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Young was also cited for the light law violation and violation of financial responsibility.

Two Arrested On Outstanding Warrants/Additional Charges

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Derrek Colley observed a four door car, with a headlight out, traveling west on East Wood Street.

Dispatch advised that the driver, identified as Everette Lamb, age 38, of 508 East Wood Street and the passenger, Holly Crosno, age 22, of 338 Beach Drive both had active warrants. Dispatch also advised that Lamb’s driver’s license status was suspended due to failure to maintain proof of financial responsibility.

Lamb was placed under arrest for an active warrant for theft of a motor vehicle and driving on suspended.

Crosno was arrested for an active violation of probation warrant.

Both Lamb and Crosno were transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and prior to booking, Crosno advised she had drugs on her person. Crosno turned over an orange container out of her pants that contained approximately 3.8 grams of methamphetamine.

Cronso was also charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent.

W.G. Rhea Public Library To Hold Semi-Annual Sale

Paris, Tenn. - The Semi-Annual Large Book Sale at the Book Store in the W.G. Rhea Public Library, located at 400 W. Washington Street, will run from January 19th to January 23rd. Tuesday – Friday the sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

25% off to non-members, 50% off and access to the newest arrival room to FOL members only.

Get your membership now and save an additional 5% year round on all sales events.

For more information, call the Library at 731-642-1702 ext. 106.

Turkey Bay At LBL Currently Closed Due To Soil Conditions

KY/TN - Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails, at Land Between the Lakes, is temporarily closed.

The area recently received several inches of rain and freeze/thaw conditions are forecasted.

To protect the resource, Turkey Bay will re-open when soil conditions improve.

Caution is recommended to anyone recreating in Land Between the Lakes, especially when hiking trails and driving back roads, due to saturated soil conditions.

Management recommends that visitors “Call Before You Haul,” at 1-800-525-7077 or 270-924-2000, then press 1 for alerts and notices. Updates will be posted to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us under the Alerts tab.

TVA Announces Reducing Flows Of Kentucky Dam Spillways

Buchanan, Tenn. - The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today it will be reducing flows of Kentucky Dam spillways to contain floodwater. As a result, water level in the KY Lake Reservoir is expected to rise quickly up to 373 ft mark or  as much as15 ft in some  KY Lake areas in the coming days.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer stated, " We want local marinas and residential dock owners to prepare now for the drastic rise in lake levels along the TN and Big Sandy Rivers".

TVA is working to reduce flow into the Ohio River from heavy rains draining through that river system from throughout the Midwest and Southeast over the past week.

Several Local Men Arrested For Repeat Offenses

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Carper and Ptl. Colley performed a traffic stop on Mineral Wells Avenue. The vehicle, a 2000 Mercury Sable, driven by Corvez Nored, age 20, of 703 Mandalay Road, was heading Westbound when Ptl. Carper noticed the driver’s side headlight was out.

The stop was made at 1019 Mineral Wells Avenue and upon making contact with Nored, he advised he had been previously issued a citation for the same headlight that he had not satisfied.

An inquiry on his Tennessee driver’s license revealed that his license had been suspended due to a pending charge that was set for court on December 29th.

Nored was placed under arrest for driving on a suspended license and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident. His bond was set at $750 and a citation was issued for the light law violation.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, a report at the Paris Police Department stated that city units were dispatched to Crestview Manor Apartments in reference to a male causing a disturbance in the parking lot of the complex.

When Sgt. Ramos arrived, he made contact with Ronald Clint Parrish, age 37,  a check by dispatch revealed that Parrish had been banned from the property and was placed under arrest for criminal trespass.

Celebrate New Year's Eve At Paris Landing State Park

Buchanan, Tenn. - New Year festivities will be held at Paris Landing from 9 p.m.-1a.m. and are asking you to come and enjoy the festivities with the music of 24-Seven. The musical group plays a variety from new hits, old hits, pop, oldies, classic rock and soul. All proceeds for the event go to Friends of Paris Landing.

Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be bought at the door or in advance. For advance tickets, visit Foundation Bank, Downtown Paris or the branch of Foundation at the lake. Another option to purchase tickets can be made at Fish Tale Lodge on Hwy 79, near Paris Landing.

For more information on tickets you are asked to call 642-3130 or 642-7113.          

Paris Landing is also offering a special New Year’s Package, and for $134.00 (tax included) will get a One double-occupancy inn room for two guests, two New Year’s Eve dinner buffets (includes drink and tax, gratuity not included) two New Year’s Day breakfast buffets (includes drink and tax, gratuity not included) King rooms may be reserved, based on availability for an additional fee of $10 plus tax.

The New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet will be served Dec. 31st from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include Chef-carved Roast Beef, Fried Shrimp, Southern-Fried Catfish, Baked Potato Bar, Corn on the Cob, Homestyle Green Beans, Broccoli Casserole, Fried Okra, Homemade Rolls, Hushpuppies, Full Salad Bar, Assorted Pies, Cakes, Cobblers and Soft Serve Ice Cream. Buffet is open to the public for $15.95 per person plus drink and tax.                                                                                               

The New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet on Jan. 1st will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast Buffet Menu includes: Country Ham, Crispy Bacon and Sausage Patties, Hashbrown Casserole, Scrambled Eggs, White Gravy, Creamy Grits, Fresh Fruit, Waffles, Black-eyed Peas with Hog Jowl and Cooked Cabbage for Good Luck, Flaky Biscuits and Assorted Cereals.

Buffet is open to the public for $7.95 per person plus drink and tax.For reservations or additional information, please call 731-642-4311 or 800-250-8614.

Several New Year's Day Closings Announced

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Public Works Department will be closed on Friday, January 1st and will re-open on Monday, January 4th.

The Landfill will be closed on Friday, January 1st and Saturday, January 2nd. The Landfill will re-open on Monday, January 4th at 7 a.m.

The Animal Shelter will be closed on Friday, January 1st.

Paris City Hall will be closed on Friday, January 1st and re-open on Monday, January 4th at 7:30 a.m.

Paris Civic Center will be closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st and will be closed all day January 1st. The Civic Center will re-open on Saturday, January 2nd at 8 a.m.

PLSP's Frosty Hike To Take Place On January 1st At 10 a.m.

Buchanan, Tenn. - Paris Landing State Park’s Frosty Hike will take place on Friday, January 1st at 10 a.m.

Participants will meet at the Paris Landing State Park Inn lobby and say goodbye to 2015 and say hello to 2016 with a brisk hike over to the Marina and back.

This approximate 2 mile hike is open to all ages. The Riverboat, a restaurant that is noted for casual dining and excellent Southern-style cuisine will be over for lunch afterward. A selection of domestic and imported alcoholic beverages and wines are available.

For additional information, contact Ranger Jeff Utley at 731-641-4465.

Local Woman Arrested For Public Intoxication

Puryear, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Forrest Kemp responded to a call of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance.

Upon arrival, Cpl. Kemp found Angela Gruner, age 36, of 9245 641 N. in the parking lot of a convenience store in Puryear. When Cpl. Kemp approached Gruner, a strong odor of alcohol was detected, she was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech.

For her own safety, Gruner was placed under arrest for public intoxication and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

Gruner was placed on $400 bond.

Beware Of Flooded Roads Caused By Heavy Rainfall

Paris, Tenn. - According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, as of press time, only one confirmed road is closed due to flooding at this time. The gravel portion of Elkhorn Road is currently closed.

Floods, especially flash floods, kill more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, wind storms or lightning.

About 60% of all flood deaths are people in vehicles that drown or get swept away.  It only takes water that is two or three feet deep to float a car away. As little as six inches of moving water is enough to float away a small car.

Experts advise that you do not drive or wade in flood water at all, especially if you cannot see the bottom.

Water over a road, no matter how deep, can hide washed-out pavement. Water moving at only 4 mph, a brisk walking pace, exerts a force of about 66 pounds on each square foot of anything it encounters.

It is advised that as rain continues, be cautious of your surroundings and be alert while driving.

Reward Offered In Vandalism At Old Union Boat Ramp

Springville, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in regards to a vandalism that occurred on Christmas Day at the Old Union Loop Boat Ramp.

Major damage, in excess of $10,000 occurred to several vehicles parked at the ramp. The ramp is used mainly by duck hunters during this time of year.

The Springville Waterfowl Association has offered a $1500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

If you or anyone you know has any information, please call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672.

Over $8K Worth Of Items Stolen From Cottage Grove Home

Cottage Grove, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Matt Liotta responded to a call of theft at 13740 Hwy 69 N, in Cottage Grove.

The resident had received a call while he was working out of town from his father that his home had been broken into sometime between December 18th and December 23rd.

Entry into the home had been made via the carport entry door to the laundry room. There were extensive tool marks on the door. A large Stanley storage trunk that was in the laundry room had all of its contents emptied onto the floor. A U.S. Army issue equipment bag was emptied onto the floor in the bedroom. The suspects also took a blanket and covered the windows and blocked the kitchen door with a chair and cooler. A lamp from the living room had been moved to the bedroom and towels placed over the shade.

There were large amounts of items taken from the home, however, there were some electronics that were left in the home. The resident stated that these items were in non-working condition and it seemed that the suspects knew which items to take and which to leave.

The resident stated that he received a call from someone stating that on Sunday, December 20th, a Dodge Stratus in the driveway.

Items stolen from the home were surround sound speakers, camera lens, an LED 42” television, a Cannon camera, another LED television, two surround sound systems, an Xbox 360, a Toshiba laptop, approximately 300 assorted DVDs, Nintendo 3DS, a Sony Play Station, Men’s Guess watch, Harley Davidson leather jacket, DVD player, Sony CD player, Beats head phones, U.S. Army equipment bag, and a Stanley Pro Mobile Job Chest.

The value of the items stolen was listed at $8450.

Although several persons of interest were named in the report, no arrests have been made at this time.

Benefit For Susan Cross To Be Held January 2nd

Paris, Tenn. - A benefit for Susan Cross will be held on January 2nd, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 101 East Blythe Street in Paris.

Susan, a single mother, was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. Susan has spent her career caring for others as a caretaker and now needs help in her time of need.

Chili or Vegetable Soup with crackers, a drink and dessert will be available for $6.

Other activities include a cake walk, baked goods for sale, a silent and live auction, raffles and games.

HCMC To Offer Community Health Screenings January 7th

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris, on Thursday, January 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary.

Free finger stick Blood Sugars and Blood Pressures will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Lipid Panel for $10 each.

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

For more information, contact Tory at 731-644-8266 or Lori at 731-644-8269.

7th Annual Shiver On The River To Be Held January 1st

Buchanan, Tenn. - The 7th Annual Shiver on the River, Chillin’ for the Children will be held Friday, January 1st at Paris Landing State Park Marina Boat Ramp. The event is held rain or snow!

“I was a giver without the shiver” t-shirts will be available for $25. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd individual and group contributions and most outrageous outfit.

12:30 p.m. is registration and the plunge will take place at 1 p.m.

Call 712-540-8764 or 731-333-1320 for more information.

All proceeds benefit the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center and is sponsored by Hulmes Sporting Goods, Paris Landing State Park, Tennessee Valley Community Church and All Temp Heating and Cooling.

Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic December 28th - 30th

Murray, Ky. - The Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 28th – December 30th. The Lady Patriots will play at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, as they take on Livingston Central.

Springville Man Arrested With $5K Worth Of "Ice"

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Clyde Sulcer observed a vehicle pulling out of a church parking lot on Manleyville Road. This occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Christmas Day. When Deputy Sulcer turned around to further observe the vehicle, the driver accelerated and lost control and drove into a ditch.

The driver, identified as Jonathan Green, age 34, of Springville, was in possession of a silver box containing drug paraphernalia. The box contained scales, plastic bags, a spoon, as well as 53 grams of a white rock. The white rock tested field positive for "ice," which is a pure form of meth. The drugs have a street value of $5,000.

Green advised he was transporting the drugs for another individual.

Green was transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on $25,000 bond. Green was able to post bail and was released later that day.

Fire Caused By Heater Destroys Home On Christmas Day

Paris, Tenn. - At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Paris Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1316 North Maket Street.

The fire destroyed a back bedroom and left extensive smoke damage throughout the home. A woman and child were home when the fire began, but were unharmed.

The family has been left looking for temporary shelter and in need of items.

The home is owned by Steven Papaleo and the cause of the fire was determined to be a 110 space heater.

The members of the Paris Fire Department took up a collection and presented it to the family and are also taking additional donations.

Should you wish to donate, contact the Paris Fire Department.

Six Confirmed Deaths During Recent Storms In Tennessee

State of Tennessee - The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency have reported six confirmed deaths during recent severe storms in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health indicated three fatalities in Maury County, including a 19 year-old female, a 22 year-old male, and another 22 year-old female.

Previously reported fatalities include a 70 year-old male and a 69 year-old female in Perry County, along with a 22 year-old male in Rhea County.

No further details were available at press time.

Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct And Resisting Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Elkins responded to a call at 1103 Dunlap Street where a man stated that his son had been drinking and was out of control.

While speaking with the complainant, the son stepped out onto the front porch of the home and began to yell and then went back in the house. The son then came back out of the house and yelled again when his father began talking again. The male was advised to watch his language and he stated that he was on his property and no children were around.

The complainant gave permission for officer to enter the home to speak with his son, who was identified as Trevor Phillips, age 24. Phillips began backing into the living room when officers entered and Phillips went into a boxing stance and Sgt. Elkins advised him to put his hands down. Phillips lowered his hands slightly, but then began “dancing” back and forth, as a boxer would.

Lt. Watson then stated that he would deploy his taser if necessary and advised Phillips to put his hands behind his back, he continued to remain in a boxing stance and when Phillips wouldn’t comply, Lt. Watson did deploy his taser and Phillips went to the floor, where he was hand cuffed. He was escorted to the patrol car where the prongs were removed.

Phillips was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

While transporting Phillips to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Phillips removed the hand cuffs from behind his back to the front of him and the patrol car was stopped on Norman Drive and the hand cuffs placed back behind him with the assistance of Lt. Watson and Ptl. Smith.

Phillips refused medical treatment and was placed on $1500 bond.

Single Vehicle Accident Leads To DUI Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that city units were dispatched to a single car accident at 411 East Ridge Drive.

Upon arrival, Patrolman Zachariah Carper observed the driver of the vehicle, identified as Brandon Jones, age 29, had driven through the yard of 411 East Ridge Drive, striking a tree and a telephone pole.

At the time of the arrival of officers, Jones was still attempting to rev the motor of the vehicle to drive off. Upon contact with Jones, a strong odor of alcohol was detected, along with slurred speech. EMS was dispatched due to the presence of blood on his face from the accident.

Jones was transported to the Emergency Room at Henry County Medical Center and charged with DUI.

Local Woman Arrested For Theft And Criminal Impersonation

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, city units were dispatched to the area of Grove Blvd. on a report of a possible fight. Dispatch advised the fight was reportedly between a blond female and a white male wearing a white t-shirt.

Upon arrival in the area, Ptl. Jeffrey Smith made contact with the female walking down Dunlap Street. The female identified herself as Lindsey Winston and stated she was having a disagreement with her boyfriend and was walking back to her vehicle at a bar uptown. Ptl. Smith escorted the female to her vehicle.

When Ptl. Smith pulled up to the vehicle, he was met by man who stated that the female was at his residence and stole money from his son’s wallet.

Ptl. Smith asked the female again what her name was and she stated Lindsey Winston, from Illinois. Ptl. Smith asked and was granted permission to search her purse. Inside Ptl. Smith located two $5 bills and thirty-six $1 bills.

Dispatch could not find an ID for the female out of Illinois, however, Cpl. Hutcherson located papers inside the purse that stated her name was Lindsey Ricketts, with her TN driver’s license number.

Inside the cash was a receipt from Holley Credit Union with the signature of the man’s son. The man also stated that his son’s debit card was missing. Dispatch also advised that they had a pickup mittimus on Lindsey Ricketts.

Ricketts was arrested for theft and criminal impersonation. Upon transport to the Henry County Jail, while exiting the vehicle, Ricketts had a debit card in her hand belonging to the son. The money and car were released to the owner.

Ricketts was placed on $1500 bond.

HCMC Announces December Stars

Carman Wright, HCMC December Partner of the Month (HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Partner of the Month for December in the Stars of Excellence Program is Carman Wright, HCMC Home Health and Hospice. 

Wright has the duty of being the sole social worker for the Home Health and Hospice department.  She does not take those duties lightly.  She has a broad knowledge base of community program (i.e. choices, veterans) that can aid patients in their everyday needs.  She is patient and kind, always listening (not doing all the talking) to the needs of each individual and most times having to read between the lines.  On many occasions, Wright has taken the time to go that extra mile as in the following example:  a spouse of one of our deceased Hospice patients was out of food and her check would not be here for another week.  All family members had returned to their regular life and visited/assisted less frequently.  She took this person to the grocery store and bought her enough groceries to last until the check came, no hesitation, she is just that way. 

HCMC also awards Star Partners each month. The Star Partners for December are Kim Dempsey, Food and Nutrition; Meagan Hart, Marketing and Public Relations; Tina Umstead, Healthcare Foundation; and Chasity Tharpe, Food and Nutrition.  They were nominated for the following:

  • Dempsey was nominated her manager for the extensive additional work she took on beyond her clinical dietitian duties to help build the program for the new food and nutrition software as well as assist with the go live of Room Service.
  • Hart was nominated by her manager for taking on the Little Black Dress event in October as well as handling and coordinating the March of Dimes fundraising activities for the hospital and assisting with tailgates, Lunch to Learns, and the Small Business Expo.
  • Umstead was nominated by her manager for stepping up and filling in when the Community Educator left.  She was familiar enough with the programs to handle the screenings, including two Industrial Wellness screenings, and she organized all of our Flu Shot clinics.  She made sure we were compliant with forms and information, supplies, and much more. And she has helped to train the new Community Educator.
  • Tharpe was nominated by her supervisor for her positive attitude, her leadership abilities, her willingness to make the evening shift the best it can be and for making wonderful steaks for the new moms and dads in our Women’s Center.

To nominate a Henry County Medical Center partner for the Stars of Excellence program, send a note of appreciation to Tom Gee or utilize the Dear Tom or WOW cards located in the Partners in Your Care bags given upon inpatient admission to HCMC.  Additionally, the Star Partner forms are available on our website under quick tabs – Healthcare Hero.

Merry Christmas From WMUF/WLZK/WRQR

From all of us at WMUF/WLZK/WRQR we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas this year. Thank you for listening throughout the year and take time to remember the reason for the season and spend time with friends and family.

Paris and Camden National Guard To Head to Guatemala in 2016

Paris, Tenn - More than 80 soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard’s Paris-based 212th and Camden based Det. 1 212th Engineer companies are deploying in the spring of 2016 to Guatemala. The soldiers will be participating in the Beyond the Horizon 2016, which is a joint, interagency combined field training exercise consisting of humanitarian and civil assistance construction projects, medical readiness, training exercises, and other construction projects.

During the month long mission, Soldiers will train on engineer skills such as masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and excavating. They will be building schools and medical clinics for the local communities in Guatemala, honing their skills in real world missions.

The construction of new clinics in impoverished towns will allow for much better health care on a local level while the construction of schools will help children obtain a much needed and better quality education.

The Tennessee Soldiers will work to learn new skills while helping the Guatemalan communities by construction several much needed buildings and infrastructure. During the exercise many Soldiers will be able to cross train in other skills to keep projects on schedule. Cooks or mechanics will lay block or build foundations while experience block layers supervise.

The mission will allow Soldiers to improve their skills in a real world environment while providing necessary infrastructure improvements for people in need in our partner countries. The Engineering Companies just completed two consecutive training deployments to Bulgaria in 2014 and 2015.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party To Be Held at Old Central School

Paris, Tenn - A New Year’s Eve Dance Party will be held on Thursday December 31st from 6pm to Midnight at the Old Central School Building, located at 55 Jones Bend Road. Admission is $5 and live entertainment will be provided by Johnny B. featuring 50’s music to music of today. For more information call 644-2222.

Warrant for Agg. Assault Drawn

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department has filed warrants for aggravated assault on Shontel Thompson, age 19, of 1106 Travis Road, after an incident where he allegedly pulled a gun on someone at Pocket’s. The report said that Ptl. Forrest arrived and spoke with the victim who said he and his baby’s mother were getting gas and Thompson came over and pulled a gun. The report said the victim and Thompson has had some issues before.

Ptl. Forrest asked to see the store’s video tape, but that angle of the parking lot wasn’t working properly. Ptl. Forrest got different accounts of what happened and looked around the area for a gun but didn’t find one.

Drug Arrest Made; Theft Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Zachariah Carper and Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department observed a vehicle parked near the football field house at Henry County High School. Ptl. Carper went to the vehicle and the driver rolled down the window to speak with him and Ptl. Carper noticed a green leafy substance in the passenger’s seat.

The driver, Corvez Nored, age 20, of 703 Mandalay Road was detained and search of the car found more marijuana under the driver’s seat. Nored was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and Failure to Appear and placed on $2500 bond.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded to Pleasant Hill Road in response some stolen property. The victim said a 5x9 Homestead Box Trailer that contained a 26” cut Craftsman lawn mower were stolen. The value of the stolen items is around $3200.

Henry County Escapes Storm Damage

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County once again seemed to escape the brunt of severe weather on Wednesday. Heavy rains and winds came late Wednesday afternoon but overall no major damage was reported. There were some scattered debris such as limbs down but nothing major. BPU did have some minor scattered outages, one caused by a broken pole in the Puryear area.

Lady Patriots Win Murray Bank Christmas Classic

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County Lady Patriots basketball team defeated Edmonston County 52-36 on Wednesday to win the Murray Bank Calloway County Lady Lakers Christmas Classic held at Calloway County High School. Celie Hudson had 14 points in the championship game Natiya Jumper chipped in 11. Gracie Osbron had 9 points and was named player of the game.

The Lady Patriots will take a few days off before competing in the 2015 Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic at Murray High School Monday December 28th against Livingston Central. They will also play Tuesday December 29th against Hopkins Central.

7th Annual Shiver on the River Set for New Year's Day

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Shiver on the River, Chillin for the Children event will be held New Year’s Day, Friday January 1st, 2016, at Paris Landing State Park boat ramp. Money raised for the annual event will benefit the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center and you can sign up yourself or a team to jump into the water and raise money at the same time for a good cause.

Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place individual and Group contributions and most outrageous outfit. T-Shirts will be sold for $25 at the event as well so you can contribute with shivering in the river. Registration will begin at 12:30pm and the event is sponsored by Hulme’s Sporting Goods, Paris Landing State Park, TVCC, and All Temp Heating and Cooling.

For more information visit shiverontheriver.com or call 712-540-8764 or 731-333-1320.

Christmas Closing Schedule for City of Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris announced closings for the Christmas holiday. The Public Works Department will close at noon on Christmas Eve and will be closed all day Christmas to reopen Monday December 28th.

The Landfill will be closing at Noon Christmas Even and be closed all day Christmas and the day after Christmas. The Animal Shelter will be closed Christmas Eve thru December 26th and city Hall will close at Noon on Christmas Eve and be closed all day Christmas Day.

The Paris Civic Center will close at 4pm Christmas Eve and be closed all Day for Christmas, but will reopen on Saturday December 26th.

TN Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center Closings for Holidays

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor’s Center will be closed starting at noon Christmas Eve thru Saturday December 26th and reopen on Monday December 28th for normal hours. The Refuge will also be closed Thursday December 31st at 1pm and remain closed on New Year’s Day. They will reopen on Saturday January 2nd. Normal hours for the Refuge is Monday thru Saturday 8-4.

TX Man Charged With Marijuana Poss., Fugitive From Justice

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a fugitive from Texas with marijuana possession after a traffic stop Tuesday.

The report said that Dep. Fuqua was observing traffic and noticed a white car speed past and clocked the vehicle at 83 mph. He conducted a traffic stop and the driver, Dominic D. Propst, age 21 of TX, gave a Texas ID only card for identification purpose. Dep. Fuqua called for Paris Police Sgt. Michael Ramos and K9 Kenzee to come check the car and Kenzee alerted on the driver’ side door.

Two prescription bottles were filled with marijuana, one the marijuana was in a plastic bag, the other it was in some cigarillos. Dispatch alerted that Propst wsa wanted out of Texas and they would extradite. He was charged with possession of schedule 6, and fugitive from justice, in addition to be cited for speeding and other violations. Bond was placed at $20K.

Insure TN Sees Support, But Not From Legislature

Paris, Tenn.- During his Administrative comments at Tuesday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO and Administrator Tom Gee said Insure Tennessee continues to get a great amount of support from the public and media but is not gaining traction in the legislature.

Gee said there will be a push to get it considered in the upcoming session but conventional wisdom says nothing will happen until after the Presidential Election. Gee said the irony is failure of the state to act on Medicaid Expansion is probably costing the state millions of dollars in the Medicaid program to say nothing of the billions of dollars available to improve the health of our citizens and infuse the general economy.

Gee said it appears there seems to be movement towards a solution to the declining reimbursement to Tennessee hospitals because of the low area wage index. Tennessee has one of the lowest area wage index’s in the country with a rural rate of .73. The AWI is used in part to calculate Medicare payment based upon the cost of the average.

A consortium of southern states which are being underpaid on the AWI has identified a potential source of sequestration funds to help bring the rate up. Gee said if this came to pass it could equate to around $800K per year to HCMC so he urged board members to talk to representatives of the legislature to see this come to pass.

Gee informed the board that final inspections have been made on the operating room project and this is now complete and fully operational. He said it comes at an opportune time as our surgery numbers have increased consistently during the current year.

Work continues on the Lake Haven expansion as the project was delayed about one month due to asbestos abatement required due to the old flooring found on 3 West unit. The asbestos has been removed and the project is fully underway.

Gee has been appointed by Governor Haslam to the State Board for Licensing Healthcare Facilities. The board promulgates rules and regulations regarding the operations of healthcare facilities in the state. Board chairman Phil Wichlan said it is a great advantage for us to have our Administrator appointed to such as position to keep us in line with any changes that come down the pike.  

HCMC BOT See Presentation on Physician

Paris, Tenn.- CFO Lisa Casteel and Joshua Roberts gave a presentation on Physician Practice Management. Casteel said we started these several years ago and now we have several Physician Practices under the medical center’s umbrella from Orthopedics, Urology, OB-GYN, Mental Health, and Primary Care. She said we had to find a model on how to manage this in house to save money from hiring an outside source to manage the practices.

Casteel also gave the projected growth for the 2016 Fiscal Year as growth has been rapid in the Physician Clinics. She said we are new in growing these practices and the goal is lofty, showing a growth rate of 6% per year. With this model, Casteel said we should break even in our investments in 2019 and show profit in 2020. Gee said our key specialty services are OB-GYN, Orthopedics, and Urology. He said the investment has been large, but the revenue potential is the greatest in these three practices.

Roberts spoke on payment reform which deals with looking over time at episodes of care for these practices. It begins with the initial encounter with the physician and ends at the end of any related follow up services including rehab. Roberts said the facility is at risk for any services provided by providers. He said hospitals must review data and determine efficiency.

After looking at episodes over a time frame, the service is costed out by what the average cost for services should be. Roberts said the data shows how we deliver the care and where we rank among other hospitals across the state.

TDOT Halts Construction for Christmas, New Year's Holidays

Nashville- Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  

No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 through 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016.  

“We expect over two million drivers to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  We will do everything possible to keep traffic moving and minimize congestion,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We also want to keep our roadways safe. Our law enforcement partners will be out in full force, so wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and don’t drink and drive.”

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.  Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.  Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase about 1.6% in Tennessee this year, with over two million expected to travel by automobile in the volunteer state between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Across the U.S., 91.3 million people are expected to drive to their holiday destinations. AAA predicts the lowest New Year’s gas prices in seven years.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Lady Patriots Win; Play Wed. For Tourney Championship

Murray, Ky.- The Lady Patriots defeated Meade County 53-51 in the Murray Bank Hardwood Classic on Tuesday at Calloway County High School. Natiya Jumper had 25 points and Celie Hudson chipped in 18 points in the victory. The Lady Patriots will play at 2:30pm on Wednesday against Edmonson County for the Tournament Championship.

HCSO to Open Storm Shelters Wed. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the forecast of impending severe weather on Wednesday, the Henry County Sheriff's Ofice and Henry County Emergency Management Agency will open storm shelters across the county at 8am Wednesday.

The Henry County Emergency Operations Center wil activate at 8am Wednesday morning to track storms which are expected to develop in waves starting at 8am with more severe weather likely to be around Noon and after.

The storm shelters wil remain open until Wednesday afternoon when the threat of severe weather has passed.

Storm Shelters to open in Henry County are Inman Middle School, Harrelson School, Henry School, and Lakewood School. Any citizens planning to use the shelter should bring a lawn chair, snacks, water, and a charged cell phone for their use if they want to.

BPU Board Learns of Upcoming TDEC Mandates With Sewer Rehab

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met on Tuesday and Terry Wimberley, Director of Water and Wastewater Services, told the board preliminary discussions with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have been held regarding the 10 year plan for rehabbing the aging sewer system.

Wimberley said they would have more information in January about what the plan would be as TDEC is tightening up on Wastewater Systems across the state to begin a process of fixing issues. Wimberley said we are a little bit ahead of pace but we are going to have to step it up and the first few months of 2016 will see us discuss sewer rehab much more to prepare the budget for work later in the year.

Wimberley said even though the mandates are coming from the state, it will be up to the systems to pay for the upgrades which will lead to some rate hikes for our customers. Wimberley said they have already asked for the City of Paris’s Community Development Block Grant for 2016 and will continue to pursue other funding options.

BPU spent around $300K in the past year regarding engineering and rehab on the Johnson Park Sewer Basin and Wimberley said completing those plans along with rehab at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to help when heavy rains fall will be two top priorities in the 10 year plan with TDEC once it is finalized.

BPU Board Approves Transformer, Bucket Truck Purchase

Paris, Tenn.- The Board also approved the purchase of a 18kv substation transformer from GE in the amount of $648K over 30 years with a 5 year full warranty.

Jeff Thompson, Director of Metering and Engineering, said the original plan was to purchase a transformer for as a backup for the District Substation, but after watching the seasonal loads at the Industrial Substation the last couple of years, they decided to purchase a bigger transformer and add to the Industrial Substation.

The BPU Board also approved the purchase of a new bucket truck. Cole Edwards, Electric Operations Supervisor, said we put the purchases of new trucks on a 9-10 year rotation and even though this purchase will be in next year’s budget they need to order it in January. Edwards said it takes roughly 210 days to build and deliver the truck so even though they order it in January it would be August before it’s paid for and put to use. The cost of the truck is $127K. Edwards said the last two years they have spent over $20K in repairs to the old truck.

BPU Website Now Has Outage Map

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager John Etheridge said the BPU website now has an outage map button to show citizens where outages are affecting large areas. He said this will help during large outages for citizens to see who all is impacted with the outage and how long it may take before service is restored. BPU’s website is www.parisbpu.com.

Etheridge reported that 439 people have now signed up for the PrePay system and it has dropped the number of write-offs the board will deal with in at the end of the quarter.

Etheridge reported financials were in pretty good shape in all departments. Cash was up about $40K and net income was up in the Electric Department due to a drop in purchase power cost of around 3%. Sales were up in water about 8%, while cash was down due to money being spent at the Water Treatment Plant. Cash was down in the Wastewater Department as well to the tune of around $300K, but that comes mostly from  the Johnson Park Basin work.

Man Killed in Work Related Accident at Replogle Monday

Paris, Tenn.- A work related accident claimed the life of a Paris man on Monday. Keith McGehee, age 57, was killed in an accident at Replogle in Henry. EMS received the call around 11:45am Monday and McGehee died from the injuries. Investigation is ongoing. Rawls Funeral home will be handling the arrangements for McGehee.

State Fire Marshal Reminds You to Deck the Halls With Care

Nashville- The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries associated with decorating are all too common and can put a damper on holiday celebrations.

“December is the peak month for home candle fires,” Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said. “Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. To decrease your risk for a home fire, keep safety in mind as you deck the halls this season.”

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages Tennesseans to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12” away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid using candles in the bedroom where one-third of U.S. candle fires begin or other areas where people may fall asleep.

According to the state’s fire incident reporting system, candle-related fires in Tennessee during 2015 have already caused 3 fire deaths, 62 house fires, and over $3.7 million in property loss.

Consider the tips below when you bring out the holiday decorations this year. And remember, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Don’t forget to practice your home escape plan.

Maintain Your Holiday Lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Not all holiday lights are made equal so be sure that you know whether yours are for indoor or outdoor use and use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights to keep cords from getting damaged.

  Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch.

  Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended. Turn them off when you leave the house or go to bed.

Use Only Nonflammable Decorations. All decorations should be flame resistant or flame retardant and placed away from heat vents and other heat sources.

Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace. It can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers and may result in a chimney fire.

  Take Care with Christmas Trees. Do not let live trees dry out. Keep them watered and recycle them promptly after the holiday. If you are using a metallic or artificial tree make sure it is flame retardant.

Avoid Using Lit Candles to Decorate. If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never put lit candles on a tree. Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle.

Keep Escape Routes Clear. Do not block exit routes with trees or decorations.

Lady Patriots Win First Game at Murray Tourney

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated Paducah Tilghman 66-29 at the first game of the Murray Bank Hardwood Classic at Calloway County High School Monday afternoon. Celie Hudson had 26 points and Gracie Osbron chipped in 15 in the victory. Henry County will play Meade County at 6pm on Tuesday night.

County Looking Into Requested Use of Courtroom

David Alsup speaks to the County Commission on Monday Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday evening and heard from David Alsup, the Executive Director of Court Watch!, about allowing the group to hold meetings in the Chancery Courtroom of the Henry County Courthouse.

Alsup said since taxpayer money funds public spaces and many political groups and activities are held in the venue, he just wanted equal access for his group to meet.

Court Watch! is a non profit group that allows an individual to get an education and practice on how to address a courtroom setting and defend themselves if they couldn’t afford a lawyer.

Alsup also apparently sent a letter to County Attorney Rob Whitfield about the matter and according to Whitfield’s response said Alsup wanted to meet with Whitfield regarding a matter that Alsup said could potentially result in litigation involving county government. Whitfield’s letter said in the end that his office doesn’t respond to political matters, only legal matters and Alsup should consult an elected official for his issue.

County Mayor Brent Greer said the Security Committee has met and are drafting a policy regarding the issue. Mayor Greer said the Courthouse Committee will discuss the issue and then it will go back to the Security Committee before coming to the full commission in February. Mayor Greer advised everyone that times have changed when it comes to what is allowed in the courtroom and they will look into all aspects of the matter before making a decision.

County Commission Quickly Handles Agenda Mon. Night

Paris, Tenn.- In business Monday night, Commissioners approved a recommendation from the Nominating Committee on appointing Melanie Dodd and Steve Greer to serve as citizens on the Audit Committee for three more years.

The commission also approved a housekeeping measure to get in line with the Affordable Care Act. It’s a resolution defining Full Time Employees and that the County has more than 50 full time employees and must comply with the ACA. Mayor Greer said the paperwork must be filed with the Government in January.

Commissioners also set the meetings for January and February because of some conflicts. The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Day and the third Monday in February is President’s Day. Usually the commission meeting is held on the following Tuesday, but Mayor Greer said there is a conflict in February with that 3rd Tuesday. Commissioners voted to meet the 3rd Tuesday of January and the 4th Monday in February for the regular commission meeting.

Paris! Magazine Wins Festival of Trees People's Choice

Paris, Tenn.- The votes were tallied on Monday in the People's Choice voting for the best tree at Festival of Trees and Paris! Magazine won the award. DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray said Festival of Trees is as beautiful as ever this year and thanked everyone for their participation.

911 Board Learns New IP Phone System Installed

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County E911 Board met on Monday afternoon and learned the IP Phone System has been installed and Chad Howard said they are used in the training room and in the Emergency Operations environment. They are completely wireless and can work anywhere inside the 911 Communication Center. Each of the four phones installed has a different extension. Howard said the phones allow up to 30 lines of communication and can do video conferencing as well.

 Director Mark Archer said the name changing from Hwy. 77 to Mineral is completed. He discussed radio communications in Henry County and how some areas don’t always have great reception or sometimes not any all. Archer said we have been looking at grants to try to get around these radio issues and help our agencies facilitate how to communicate with each other.

Archer reported that mobile laptops seem to be working well with just a few issues that should be fixed soon.

Interactive Map Being Tweaked

911 Director Mark Archer shows the Interactive Map that is being developed. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board learned that the website and Interactive Map were inside the conference room are being finished up with some things left to clean out of it. The Interactive Map allows you to see the roads and areas on the Henry County map. It will allow you to zoom on parcels of land, who a house belongs to on specific property and more. Archer said this is what we are trying to do for the community to allow citizens to search and be interactive with points of interest in the county and more. Archer said it is a work in progress but should be a great asset when its finished.

Leah Watkins Takes Seat on 911 Board

Paris, Tenn.- The board welcomed newest board member Leah Watkins to the E911 board replacing Betty Carter who resigned. The board reorganized and elected John Etheridge chairman and Chief Chuck Elizondo as Vice Chairman of the board. Board member Twila Rose was elected as secretary.

MCU Nets Arrests in Executed Search of Home

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 1109 E. Wood St. at a residence occupied by Michael Evans. Officers recovered meth related paraphernalia including pipes with residue, digital scales, and needles.

Brenda Helms, 42, of 109 Iris St. was cited into General Sessions Court for drug paraphernalia. Holly R. Crosno, age 22, 388 Beach Lane, was found to have marijuana, morphine, and a needle on her person and also claimed ownership of two meth pipes. She was charged with simple possession of schedule two, schedule 6, and drug paraphernalia. Investigation is continuing and more arrests may follow.

DUI, Assault, Theft Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office observed a pick up truck leave Matt’s Pub in a high rate of speed in reverse. Cpl. Sanders watched the truck cross the median and then he made a traffic stop. Once he go to the door, he detected a strong odor of alcohol and eventually ended up charging Brent L. Young, age 38 of 716 Memorial Drive for DUI 3rd offense and violation of implied consent.

Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department was dispatched to a fight in the front yard of 907 Riggins Street over the weekend. After arriving on scene he found one woman, the victim, laying on the ground with blood coming from her head and another woman was very irate and still trying to fight everyone. He took the irate woman, identified as Natasha Smith, age 32, of 907 Riggins, into custody.

Sgt. Frey continued to work the scene and found that Smith attacked the other woman who was flown to Vanderbilt due to injuries. Smith was charged with aggravated assault and placed on $20K bond.

Paris Police continue to investigate a theft of a TV from the Church of the Living God on Gwen St. The report said it looked like someone entered the church in the rear thru a window. The value of the TV is $700.

TBI Seeking Info in 1980 Stewart Co. Homicide Case

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance to identify a subject wanted for questioning in connection to an ongoing homicide investigation from 1980.

On September 17, 1980, Carla Atkins and Vickie Stout left their home in Dover, Stewart County to walk approximately one mile to a store. They were last seen about 3:30 PM on that date as they were walking back home on State Route 79. Witnesses reported seeing a blue truck in the area and also reported seeing Carla and Vickie approaching the truck and its driver. Authorities found their bodies three weeks later by hikers in what is now known as Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. During the course of the investigation, witnesses described the man driving the truck to TBI Forensic Scientists, who age-progressed the subject’s picture most recently in 2014.

The TBI would like the assistance of the public in locating the individual believed to have been driving the truck. Anyone with information about the case or believing they may have information about the man pictured in the composite sketches should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Accident On Highway 218 Claims Life Of Local Woman

Paris, Tenn. - According to a Tennessee Motor Vehicle Fatality Report issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Trooper Jason Mounts investigated a two vehicle accident that occurred on Saturday afternoon on State Highway 218, approximately 1 mile East of Paris.

The first vehicle, a 1995 Jeep Cherokee was traveling Eastbound on 218 and crossed the center line and collided head on with the second vehicle, a 2015 Peterbuilt tractor trailer. The truck was hauling logs at the time of the accident.

The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, George Bell Jr., age 70, of Buchanan, was injured and airlifted from the scene. The driver was wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident. At press time, no report of the condition of the driver was available.

The passenger, Teresa K. Douglas, age 51 of Cottage Grove, was also wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, but was killed on impact.

The driver of the second vehicle, Terry Crouch, of Paris, was not injured.

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

Incumbent Worker Training Grants Now Available

Murray State SMACS Chapter Achieves Commendable Status

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) has been selected as a Commendable chapter for its activities conducted during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Nationally, there were over 400 chapter activity reports submitted to the Society Committee on Education. Presented were 55 outstanding, 99 commendable, and 160 honorable mention awards. Award winning chapters will be honored at the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in San Diego, Calif. On Sunday, March 13, 2016, and a list of award winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News as well as the November/December issue of in Chemistry.

Kevin Miller, faculty adviser of the chapter, is also being recognized with special commendation by the ACS for his great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires.

“It's certainly an honor to be recognized by the national ACS for our chapter's activities, but the bulk of the work falls on the student officers and members. This award is really a reflection of the many hours that so many of our members, in particular our President Abbey Adler, committed towards the various meetings and outreach activities that we organized and/or participated in.  The Commendable Award itself is significant in that only a small number of student ACS groups earn this award,” said Miller. “Overall, I hope, as an advisor, that I give students in our chapter the opportunity to make new friends and participate in a wide variety of service activities to promote chemistry beyond Jones Hall and the Department of Chemistry.”

“We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professor Miller for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!” said Diane Grob Schmidt, 2015 President of the ACS.

The SMACS group at Murray State is always looking for additional ideas and projects in an effort to promote education and outreach in chemistry.

The chapter has most recently been involved in activities such as performing chemistry demonstrations to a local Girl Scout troop and has also been looking to become involved in the local Kentucky Lakes ACS section which would give the students the opportunity to make professional connections in the area.

Steven Cobb, Dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology, claims that Murray State places great value on active and experiential learning. Academic clubs give students the opportunity to work together to expand and apply their knowledge.

“This recognition of the MSU SMACS chapter is external validation that our students are learning both inside and outside the classroom and laboratory, and it reflects very positively on their dedication to their discipline,” said Cobb. “I have noted the high level of organizational skills that the students develop by working as part of the SMACS chapter. I’ve also been impressed by the students’ commitment to serving others through their work on the regional high school chemistry tournament that they help conduct each year. They are terrific ambassadors for our chemistry department.”

Local Man Arrested On Multiple Charges Following Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, while on patrol, Deputy Blake Jenkins stopped a vehicle on Old McKenzie Highway for expired tags.

Upon approach of the vehicle, Deputy Jenkins recognized the driver and had prior knowledge of an active felony warrant for failure to appear for this individual.

The driver, identified as Michael Trent, age 24, of 575 Clearview Drive, was placed under arrest and while being handcuffed, advised that he had two pipes, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine in his pocket. A check of Trent’s license revealed it to be suspended.

Trent was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and charged on the active warrant, driving on suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, and was also charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, due to the fact that the vehicle had a 2016 sticker belonging to another license plate.

The vehicle was towed, with a hold placed on it, until someone can prove ownership.

Trent was placed on $10,000 bond.

Police Investigating Another Burglary In The Area

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Patrolman Jamie James responded to 204 Forrest Heights Road in reference to an aggravated burglary.

The resident of the home stated that she had been out of town for a few days and when she returned her home had been broken into.

The back door of the home had been kicked in. There were foot prints on the front and back door. Several things in the home were missing and the home had clearly been gone through.

Items stolen from the home were a 55 inch Vizio television, valued at $350, a five gallon water jug that was half full of change, approximately $1200, two boxes of baseball cards, and a computer. Other items had been taken and the resident advised she would follow up with a list of additional items.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Sheriff Belew And Si Among Guests At Chamber Open House

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Si were among the guests at the Chamber's Christmas Open House on Friday. (Chamber photo)

TARP Center Director Denise Wordle chats with Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell at the Chamber's Open House. (Chamber photo)

Refuge Center Holiday Closures Announced

Springville, Tenn. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announces holiday closures for the refuge office and Visitor Center, which is normally open Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The center will be closed the following days: Thursday, December 24th at Noon through Saturday, December 26th. The Visitor Center will re-open Monday, December 28th for normal hours.

The refuge office and Visitor Center will also be closed Thursday, December 31st at 1 p.m. and will remain closed though New Year's Day, Friday, January 1st.

The office and Visitor Center will re-open on Saturday, January 2nd for normal hours.

For more information, please call the refuge at 731-642-2091.

Local Couple Arrested By Metro Crime Unit For Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Paris Police Department, on December 12th, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, along with officers from the Paris, Puryear, and Henry Police Departments, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Caldwell Street on Destiny and Marquis Hilliard, who both reside at 238 Smith Street in Puryear.

Both had active warrants for aggravated child abuse and neglect. Destiny Hilliard had given birth to a new born that tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamines, and the other children in the home were ages 3 and 5. Both of those children also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Marquis and Destiny Hilliard also tested positive for the narcotics as well.

During the stop, officers called for K-9 after consent to search was requested and denied. Sheriff Monte Belew and his K-9 partner Si did conduct a sweep and Si did alert positive to the vehicle.

A search was conducted on the vehicle and a loaded .38 special was located on the driver’s side of the vehicle, along with narcotics.

Marquis Hilliard has a prior conviction for domestic violence and is prohibited from being in possession of a firearm. Marquis was charged with 2 counts of child abuse and neglect and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was placed on $60,000 bond.

Destiny Hilliard was charged with 3 counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect and placed on $50,000 bond.

Both will appear in court on December 22nd.

Murray Bank Hardwood Classic Tournament Dec. 21st - 23rd

Murray, KY. - The Murray Bank Hardwood Classic Tournament will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

The first game will take place on December 21st at 3 p.m. when the Lady Patriots take on Paducah Tilghman.

Newly Certified Law Enforcement Officers Graduated Friday

Zachariah Carper and Tyrail Jackson, both Paris Police Department Officers, graduated Friday. (City of Paris photo)

Nashville, Tenn. - Over 90 newly certified officers graduated Friday morning from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt delivered the commencement address.

Basic Police School Class 1782’s graduation marks the conclusion of the 10-week Basic Police School course which provides technical and tactical expertise as well as the ethical and professional standards of law enforcement necessary for success. This is the final Basic Police School offered by TLETA in 2015. The course began Oct. 11th.  

“Serving as a law enforcement officer is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers someone can choose,” said TLETA Director Brian Grisham. “TLETA gives its graduates the training needed to make good choices in the midst of high-pressure situations. I commend the students of Basic Police School Class 1782 for their commitment, dedication, and accomplishments.”

Upon completion of their classwork and graduation, the newly certified officers will join the ranks of thousands of law enforcement officers across Tennessee who studied at TLETA and went on to be commissioned by state and local law-enforcement agencies. More than 400 students will have graduated from TELTA’s Basic Police School in 2015 and more than 1,900 students will have completed training both at the Academy and at off-site training.

Basic Police School Class 1782’s members will serve the following law-enforcement agencies including police departments (PD), sheriffs’ offices (SO) and state agencies:

Algood PD, Athens PD, Brownsville PD, Carter County SO, Celina PD, Clarksville PD, Clay County SO, Columbia PD, Crockett County SO, Fayetteville PD, Fentriss County SO, Gallatin PD, Hardeman County SO, Henderson County SO, Hickman County SO, Humboldt County SO, Lauderdale County SO, LaVergne PD, Lawrence County SO, Macon County SO, Madison

County SO, Madisonville PD, Mt. Juliet PD, Murfreesboro PD, Paris PD, Putnam County SO, Robertson County SO, Rutherford County SO, Smith County SO, Springfield PD, Sullivan County SO, Sumner County SO, TN State Parks, Tullahoma PD, Warren County SO, White County SO, and Williamson County SO.

The next Basic Police School class begins Jan. 10, 2016 with graduation set for April 1st.

TN Unemployment Rate Remains at 5.6%

Nashville- Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced the state’s unemployment rate for November was 5.6%, unchanged from the October rate. The National rate was 5.0% for November, also unchanged from October.

In summary over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.6% to 5.6% while the National rate dropped from 5.8% to 5.0%. The largest increases in jobs in Tennessee occurred in financial activities, manufacturing, and transportation, warehousing, and utilities.

Over the year nonfarm employment increased by 48,600 jobs with the largest increase in the trade/transportation area. County unemployment numbers should be released next week.


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