From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
City Commission Hears Thoughts on Installing SROs in Schools
Commissioner Terry Fuller addressing the crowd
and commission at Thursday night's meeting as
Finance Director Kim Foster, Admisnistrative
Assisant Willete Ray and City Attorney
Fred McLean look on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, commissioners heard a presentation from city manager Carl Holder regarding starting a School Resource Officer, or SRO program in the Paris Special School District. Holder reminded the commissioners that the city is a secondary partner on the issue and the PSSD board will make the ultimate decision of whether or not to go ahead with SROs in schools.
Holder, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and PSSD director Mike Brown have met earlier this week and began discussions of long term solutions to the issue of having SROs. Holder echoed to the commission that there appears to be considerable public support for the concept and the city agreed to temporarily establish a patrol presence at Inman, while the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has placed an officer at Rhea and Paris Elementary.
Holder said the city is willing to partner with the PSSD and Sheriff's Department on long term solutions, and wants to emphasize the presence of an SRO should be like that of an educator, getting to know the kids, their parents, and being involved in day to day issues impacting children like bullying, peer pressure, bus discipline and more.
The commission gave its support to Holder and the PSSD to continue to find a long term solution to the idea of an SRO. Citizen Amy Davis was on hand and during the citizen’s forum, she thanked the city, Paris Police, and PSSD for looking into the issue and providing officers immediately when school started back Thursday.
The issue will more than likely be discussed at January’s PSSD board meeting which is set for 6:30pm on Tuesday January 15th at the board offices on highway 641 South. That meeting is also open to the public.
Central High Alumni Association Seeks Grant for Site Preservation
Commissioners Carlton Gerrell, Gayle Griffith, and Mayor Sam Tharpe listen as discussion of the possible grant for preservation of the Central High School and area go on. (Alsobrooks photo)
More from the city commission meeting saw Paulette Dunlap, representative of the Central High School historical preservation committee ask for the commission’s help in soliciting a grant for the restoration of Central High School on Rison Street and Johnson Park.
Dunlap explained that the Central High School Alumni Association is interested in renovations to the old school and perhaps putting up historical markers and construct a museum in the area to preserve the history of local African American Culture.
Community Development Director Jennifer Morris explained to the commission that current applications for Community Development Block Grants either livability grants or housing rehabs are coming up and due by the end of February. She said that a museum or historical preservation would require a survey of the entire city, whereas a housing rehab would be just one certain area. Morris said this grant would be very competitive.
The grant would be for $300,000 with an 18% local match of $54,000. Also the property would need to be owned by the city of Paris, and it currently is owned by the Central HS Alumni Association.
Dunlap told commissioners that their group would pay the local match on the grant and would deed the property to the city if need be.
Commissioner Carlton Gerrell asked for more time before making a decision in the form of a motion on the issue. He said we need to find out about maintenance of the area, preservation in the future, and have a more concrete plan in place.
Dunlap told commissioners the group would iron out all possibilities, issues, and get things in order to present to them by no later than February’s commission meeting, or a possible called meeting in late January.
Big Happenings At Henry County Medical Center
First Baby of 2013 Born, Twin Sisters Give Birth a Day Apart
First Baby of 2103 Announced
Pictured is the Millraney family: Luke, Jessica and baby Isabella Bryn. Isabella is the first baby born in 2013 at Henry County Medical Center. HCMC Photo.
Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center is happy to honor the first baby of 2012 and her parents. On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, little Isabella Bryn Millraney was born to parents Jessica and Luke. Delivered by Dr. Dennis Wieck, the baby girl weighed 6 lb. 8 oz. and was 19 ¼ inches long.
“I went to bed around ten in the evening on New Year’s Eve. I had not been asleep an hour when my water broke. I was really surprised because she was not due until January 21,” Millraney said.
“It was a very normal delivery,” Dr. Wieck said, “but it is always exciting to deliver the first baby of the new year.”
The Millraneys all live in Henry County. Isabella has an older sister, Chloe, age 5.
Each year, HCMC recognizes the first baby born in the hospital with a gift basket with baby items and a Wal-Mart gift card.
Twin Sisters Give Birth to Babies One Day Apart
Pictured are the Schneider twin sisters who gave birth to their babies one day apart at HCMC Women’s Center. That's Michele on the left and Ashley on the right. (HCMC photo).
Paris, TN – A once in a lifetime event occurred at Henry County Medical Center with the delivery of cousins only a day apart. On December 27 and 28, 2012, twin sisters, Ashley and Michele Schneider, delivered their first babies at Henry County Medical Center. Their mother, Christine Schneider, works in Environmental Services in the hospital’s Surgery Department.
Ashley Schneider delivered her baby girl, Alice Serenity Crowell, at 7:52 p.m. on December 27 and Michele Schneider delivered her baby boy, Jacob Wayne Barrett, on December 28 at 2:48 p.m.
Dr. Dennis Wieck, who was serving as on-call physician for Dr. Pamela Evans, said, “They were both unplanned deliveries. Right after Ashley delivered her baby Michelle called to say that her water had broken. It is just unusual that twin sisters would deliver so closely together.”
Mothers, babies and grandmother are all doing well and happy.
The Women’s Center at HCMC is elated to be able to experience this once in a lifetime event with the families.
For more information on Dr. Wieck, call 731-644-8225. For more information on the HCMC Women’s Center, call 731-644-8521.
Girl Scout Cookie Sales Begin Saturday in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins Saturday January 5th in Henry County. You can choose from Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Dulce de Leche, Thank you berry munch, and Savannah Smiles all priced at $3.50 per box.
Girl Scout cookies are not sold in stores so place your order with a local girl scout by January 28th or find a cookie booth. The sale will end in March. For more information call County Cookie Chairman Michelle Craig at 731-571-1794 or Lesley Jones, local service unit director at 333-2960.
Mower Stolen from Maple Street Home
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still looking for a suspect in the theft of a push mower from a home on Maple Street in the past couple of days. The report said the mower was outside and they noticed it was gone recently. The valueof the mower is about $75.
In a separate incident Dakota L. Rowlette, age 20, of 3350 Highway 79 North was arrested by sheriffs deputies for domestic assault and simple possession of schedule six drug. Rowlette’s bond was placed at $10K.
Parts of I-40 West in Nashville Closed This Weekend
Nashville, Tenn.- A reminder that Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will close a short section of Interstate 40 Westbound at the I-40/I-24 split just east of downtown Nashville this weekend in order to make repairs to a bridge damaged when it was struck by an oversized vehicle.
Interstate 40 West will be closed at the I-40/I-24/I-65 junction from Saturday January 5 at 5:00 a.m. through Monday January 7 at 5:00 a.m.
Detours are listed as follows:
- Traffic will be routed onto I-24 West to I-65 South back to I-40 West. (Yellow detour on map)
- Motorists can also use I-440 West to I-65 North or I-40 West. (Green detour on map)
- Motorists can also use Briley Parkway North.
- Motorists traveling I-40 West from Knoxville to Memphis can also use SR 840.
In September, a tractor trailer hauling a large piece of equipment hit the I-24 East ramp bridge that crosses over the I-40 West ramp, cracking a bridge beam. During the closure, crews will straighten the damaged steel beam and bolt it to the bridge structure with new plates.
Information about the closure is posted on overhead Digital Message Signs throughout the city. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and avoid the area if at all possible. Law enforcement officers will be on site in the work zone to provide traffic control as the work is being completed. TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state.
Bloodmobile at FUMC 12-6 Thursday
Critical Need for O Neg. and B Pos. Blood Types
Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris from noon to 6pm Thursday so all eligible donors are encouraged to give blood. There is a current critical need for types O negative and B positive blood which are both rare types. Donated blood helps patients all over West Tennessee including Henry County. Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to give blood. Over 1900 donors gave blood in 2012 and they hope to increase on that number in 2013.
Tyson Avenue Closed to Traffic Beginning Monday Jan. 7th
Road to be closed about 4 weeks for installation of Sky Walk
Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris will close Tyson Avenue to traffic starting on Monday January 7th for approximately four weeks for the installation of the Sky Walk from the new Bethel/HCMC facility to the main part of the hospital. The closing will allow regular vehicle traffic to use Hospital Circle, Lake Street, or Ogburn Street as a detour route.
Truck rerouting should occur at the 218 bypass and intersections of 79 North and 79 South. If truck traffic must enter town, then Southbound on highway 79 should use 352 or East Wood to 641 South to 79 South. Trucks headed northbound on 79 should use 641 North to 352 East or East Wood Street to 79 North.
PSSD to Start New Year with Officer at Each School
Paris Police, Henry County Sheriffs Office to Provide Officer
Paris, Tenn.- A press release Wednesday Morning from Superintendant of the Paris Special School District Mike Brown outlined what steps the PSSD has taken and will continue to take in regards for school safety.
Brown said that with the tragic event that happened last month in Connecticut, schools all over the country have re-evaluated their school safety. Brown said the PSSD has been heavily involved in reviewing local plans and over the past two weeks Brown has met with school administrators, system level supervisors, and local law enforcement to evaluate and begin to formulate a long term upgrade to the current safety plans and procedures.
In the release, Brown stated that the PSSD has taken or will take the following steps: review and update current safety and crisis management plans; share updates and reviews via principal led staff meetings held today; seek input from school safety expert/consultant; participate in a local forum on school safety January 11th; participate in a state wide forum on school safety sponsored by the department of education on January 29th in Franklin.
Brown also stated that a full time officer in each school in the system may or may not be part of the long term plans. In the short term however, Brown asked the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office to collaborate to provide increased school security for each school in the PSSD. When classes resume Thursday, the Paris Police Department will provide an officer for both Paris Elementary and Inman Middle, while the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will provide an officer at Rhea Elementary.
Brown concluded that the safety of our students is the number one priority and he was pleased that our local law enforcement agencies have agreed to work with us to increase school security to each of our schools. This allows time to develop a more thoughtful long term plan, while providing an immediate increase in the security an safety of students and staff.
Paris City Commission to Hear Presentation on SRO at PSSD
Holder to request commission to amend agenda
Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Manager Carl Holder will request the Paris City Commission to amend Thursday night’s meeting agenda to address the city’s possible participation in developing a permanent School Resource Officer presence in the Paris Special School District.
The city issued a press release that stated that Holder and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo were scheduled to meet with PSSD superintendant Mike Brown and Sheriff Monte Belew to develop parameters for an interagency discussion. Holder state the city had agreed to provide temporary patrol assistance in the PSSD to allow for a calming of public concern before addressing the issue permanently.
Holder said we all realize the issue, locally and nationally, is being driven by the emotional reaction to the horrific event in Connecticut last month. Holder also stated that if the community consensus is that we want SRO’s in our school then the permanent decisions as to how that occurs and its costs need to be the product of careful deliberations.
Shiver on the River: Making a Splash Into the New Year
Donna Craig, left, and Jamie Miles, right, won Most Outrageous Outfit at Tuesday's Shiver on the River. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-It's become a New Year's Day tradition locally--jumping into the Tennessee River to raise funds for the REAL Hope Youth Center.
Some 50 people of all ages made the plunge Tuesday, with many more watching from the sidelines, at Paris Landing State Park.
REAL Hope Director Becki White said the event was a real success, with $3,353 raised Tuesday. But the real story has been the amount of donations raised over the past two weeks for the program. " In the past couple of weeks, we have had two Platinum Level donations ($5000+) from individuals that totaled $12,000, and with today's take the Annual Shiver on the River of $3,353, we head into the new year with $15,353 for REAL Hope Youth Center!" White said.
Awards were handed out after the plunge in the warmth of the Paris Landing Inn, where participants were treated to a hot breakfast buffet.
This year's winners:
1st place - Alpha Omega Counseling - $520
2nd place - Paris! Magazine - $360
3rd place - Catch of the Day (Donna Craig and Jamie Miles)- $110
1st place - Dennis Inman - $675
2nd place - Missy Hamiltion - $400
3rd place - Emily Potts - $281
The Most Outrageous Outfit was won by "Catch of the Day" - Donna Craig and Jamie Miles.
Erica Williams of WBBJ-TV in Jackson interviews (from left, with backs to camera) Susan Jones, Kayla Woods and Steve Gallimore. (McFarlin photo).
Dawn Hurney of Paris gets ready for her first plunge. (McFarlin photo).
Red Tail Hawk Almost Ready for Release
Buchanan, Tenn.-Jack Foddrill nurses a red tail hawk suffering from a concussion at the Paris Landing State Park raptor rehabilitation facility. The hawk is the newest animal to be brought in and Foddrill said he hopes to have him ready to go back into the wild soon.
Paris Woman Arrested for DUI
Henry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Paris woman for DUI
following a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Sgt. David
Powell spotted a black Dodge traveling across the fog line on the
right side of the roadway and when he pulled behind it, the car slowed
to almost 20 mph, then began to cross over the white dotted line,
according to the report.
The driver failed field sobriety tests and agreed to blow into the
breathalyer, registering a .199 percent.
Arrested was Cassie Taylor, age 29, of 716 Memorial Dr.
Puryear Man Arrested For Theft
Puryear, Tenn.-Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall arrested a Puryear man for
aggravated burglary and theft of property under $500. Arrested was Roy
Pierce, age 65 of 225 McDonald St. Bond of $10,000 was set. There were
no further details on the arrest report.
Law Enforcement Busy with Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Wade arrested William
Denham, age 54 of 365 Belview Rd., Springville for DUI and leaving the
scene of a crash with property damage. No other details were available on the arrest sheet. Bond of $1,000 was set.
In another incident, Paris Police arrested a Paris man following a
traffic stop. Patrolman Jamie James stopped Keenan Kendall, age 36, of
525 White St., for driving without a brake light on Tyson Ave. In the
course of the stop, James determined that Kendall was driving with a
suspended license for failure to pay child support. During a search of
the vehicle, James found a small bag of marijuana.
Kendall was charged with driving on a suspended license and simple possession.
Double Image in Downtown Window
Paris, Tenn.-You can see two, two, two images in one. Downtown Paris is reflected in the window of Jack's Flowers and Gifts on a recent day. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Multiple Charges Filed Against Murray Man
Paris Patrol Car Wrecked in Pursuit
Paris, Tenn.- A Murray man was arrested on multiple charges, including felony
evading arrest, after he led Paris Police officers on a chase by car
and on foot which caused a Paris patrolman to wreck a patrol car on
Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker saw James Underhill, age 24, of Murray run
a stop sign on Greer St. and during the stop, Underhill took off at a
high rate of speed, which caused rocks and mud to spray on Patrolman
Underhill drove off toward N. Poplar St. and Whitaker took off in
pursuit. When Whitaker reached Guthrie Rd., he saw motorists pointing
to North Market and he drove in that direction, where he saw more
motorists pointing and found Underhill had crashed into a power pole.
At that point, Underhill ran from the scene on foot and when Whitaker
was trying to turn around, his car started sliding in the mud and he
hit a tree at 1214 N. Market St., causing damage to the front of the
Underhill was captured on N. Market by Patrolman Jordan Klutts and he
was first transported to the hospital and then released. He was
arrested for felony evading, failure to obey a traffic signal and lack
of financial responsibility.
Paris Man Arrested During Foot Chase
Paris, Tenn.-In another incident involving a foot chase, Paris Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker saw Jermel Kinley, age 25 of 495 Draper Rd., Paris, standing by the entrance of the hospital. Whitaker knew he was wanted on a felony parole violation and he told him to put his hands on the patrol car. Kinley took off running and Whitaker fired a Taser at his back, but the prongs got
stuck in his jacket.
Whitaker, Deputy Sgt. Jamie Myrick chased him and Kinley ran into the
basement of the hospital where officers tried to put handcuffs on him.
He was drive stunned by Sgt. Michael Ramos. A small bag of marijuana
was found in Kinley’s pocket and he was charged with evading arrest
and simple possession.
Woman Charged With Evading, Reckless Endangerment
Paris, Tenn.-An 18-year-old Paris woman was arrested and charged with evading arrest and reckless endangerment following an incident Saturday. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Williams clocked her vehicle driving 89
miles an hour on Hwy 79N near the 218 bypass and turned his emergency
lights on for her to stop.
Instead, the driver kept going at a high rate of speed, passing other
cars on the highway and tried to make a right turn at the Tennessee
Valley Community Church driveway and drove into Pepper’s Automotive
parking lot instead, finally stopping.
Williams ordered all four people in the vehicle to exit and lie on the
ground. He asked the driver why she was driving so fast and she said
she was afraid of the police, according to the report.
Arrested was Jenny Lynn Clark, age 18 of 1555 Birds Creek Rd. Bond of
$2500 was set.
Driver Passes Out With Car on Guy Wire; Is Arrested
Paris, Tenn.-In another incident, Paris Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker saw a 2007 Chevy Impala stuck on a guy wire on Gwen Street and the driver was passed out. Whitaker called EMS to the scene and the driver woke up, smelling strongly of alcohol. According to the police report, she refused
medical attention and Whitaker was unable to give her field sobriety
tests due to the degree of intoxication.
Arrested was Latasha Carter, age 22 of 280 Travis Rd. and charged with
DUI and driving without a license. While Whitaker was booking her into
jail, a woman came to city hall to report that the car that Carter was
driving was stolen. Whitaker added theft of over $1,000 to the charges.
Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter Open New Year's Day
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal shelter will be open New
Year’s Day at its regular hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. dog. The shelter
is located at 622 Jones Bend Rd. Phone number 641-8090.
Please consider giving a homeless dog a new home for the new year.
New Interlibrary Loan Service Set to Debut
Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee's public libraries will soon have more books available - cheaper and faster than before - thanks to a new interlibrary loan service set to debut next year.
The new Firefly Courier service, developed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will link rural, suburban and urban public libraries throughout the state, as well as libraries at colleges and universities.
The new courier service will allow libraries to request and receive books on loan from other libraries more quickly and more efficiently. Interlibrary loans, which previously were handled through the postal service, account for about 125,000 books checked out from Tennessee libraries each year.
The State Library and Archives, part of the Office of the Secretary of State, provides support and training for regional library systems across Tennessee.
“For many years, we have tried to reimburse libraries for their postage costs to support the interlibrary loan program,” State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill said. "We have been spending about $200,000 per year, but even that only covers about half the postage costs.”
The new courier service was developed in conjunction with Tenn-Share, an organization that helps Tennessee libraries take advantage of group purchasing power and innovative resource-sharing projects. The courier will visit each of the state's 177 public libraries twice weekly, at no cost to the local libraries.
“Moving these materials by road is far cheaper than by mail," Sherrill said. "Because of the large volume of loans, we benefit from economies of scale."
The State Library and Archives is responsible for serving rural and suburban library systems, but the addition of the college and metro libraries is an advantage made possible through Tenn-Share's involvement.
"Just lending among our public libraries is a big business, but adding Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee and all the other private libraries in Firefly will make many more titles available to Tennesseans,” Sherrill said.
“This new courier system will allow public libraries to provide improved service to their patrons,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “A book in Union City can be shared with a reader in Bristol at no cost to either of those libraries. And the amount the state will be paying to provide this service is about the same as it was before. This system will also give citizens throughout the state better access to the resources available at our institutions of higher learning.”
For more information about the new courier service, contact your local public library or explore the statewide library catalog tn.gov/tsla (select “Catalogs” in the red menu bar).
Henry County Still Festive
Paris, Tenn.-The holiday season is not over, with plenty of holiday lights still aglow, including Grove Tower. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
End to All Federal Extensions of Unemployment Benefits Looms
Estimated 30,000 Tennesseans Will See Immediate Stop in Assistance
Nashville– The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning the approximately 30,000 unemployment claimants who are receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that they are facing the abrupt end of those benefits when the program expires January 2, 2013.
Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program in 2008 to provide unemployment benefits to workers who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum). The original legislation has been amended 10 times since it became effective July 6, 2008.
“We want to alert claimants that they are fast approaching the end of federal extended benefits,” according to Labor Commissioner Karla Davis. “EUC08 assistance was created as a stopgap measure for the long-term jobless until they could get work. With that ending in a couple weeks, we encourage claimants to use Jobs4TN.gov and to visit one of our Career Centers across the state for help in finding jobs.”
The last payable week for all claimants receiving EUC08 federal benefits will be the week ending December 29, 2012, meaning claimants will certify for that week and receive their last payment the first week of January. All claimants in the EUC08 program — no matter how many weeks they were initially notified they would receive, what tier of EUC they are in, or the amount of balance in that tier — will receive their last EUC08 payment during the first week of January.
After January 2nd Tennessee will return to the system in which an approved new claim could have a maximum of up to 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.
Additional updates will be provided on the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd.
Jobs4TN.gov is a database of more than 90,000 jobs from job orders placed directly by Tennessee employers as well as job from major job search engines corporate sites. Once registered, jobseekers can easily connect with employers and be notified when jobs for which they are qualified are posted.
The Tennessee Career Centers are a network of offices across the state where job seekers can get assistance and career information. Each center offers Internet access, workshops, job placement, recruitment, and training referrals.
Paris Man Ordered Away From Family and Their Pets
Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was ordered to stay away from a neighbor's family and his pets following an incident Friday at Lone Oak Trailer Park. John Santulli, age 47 of 1202 Lone Oak Rd. was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Paris Police were called to the park on a dispute call. The victim said his neighbor had taken his orange cat and that he would have a problem if he tried to get it away from him.
Sgt. John Brewer saw the cat on Santulli's porch. Santulli told him the cat was not his and when Brewer told him of the complaint, he picked up the cat and threw it 30-40 feet. Brewer said the cat rolled on the pavement but was not injured.
In the process, Santulli reportedly used extremely profane language while throwing the cat and to officers.
A bond of $2500 was set and a no contact order was issued stating that Santulli is to have no contact with the victim, his family or his animals. Judge Vicki Snyder also issued a temporary order of protection because of past stalking incidents by Santulli, according to the police report.
Another Intoxicated Man at ER
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were again called to the Henry County Medical Center emergency room Saturday at 3 a.m. on a call of another intoxicated man causing problems.
The man, who lives on Jones Bend Rd., reportedly walked to the ER. When officers found him, he was walking on Lone Oak Rd. and said he needed help and wanted to die.
Officers took him back to the ER, but they said he was too intoxicated to be evaluated. He was arrested for public intoxication and taken to jail.
Reminder: Shiver on River is New Year's Day
Buchanan, Tenn.-The 3rd annual Shiver on the River will be held at Paris Landing, with proceeds going toward the REAL Hope Youth Center.
This year, the event will begin at noon Tuesday, January 1 at the Paris Landing marina boat ramp, rain or shine. For $25 you can get yourself a dip in the lake, a t-shirt and a meal that will warm you up at Paris Landing State Park restaurant, as well as the satisfaction that your money will go toward a good cause.
Becki White, the new director at REAL Hope Youth Center said registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the marina. For more information call 815-499-1221. Also feel free to check out the REAL Hope website and the Shiver on the River website for more information. www.realhopeyouthcenter.com or www.shiverontheriver.com.
CARE VAN at Farm Bureau Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will be at the Henry County Farm Bureau at 406 N. Poplar St. from 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.
Health screenings will be available inside the van. free finger stick Blood Sugars and Blood Pressures will be available. Finger stick cost $3 and lipid panels $10 each. Results available at time of screening. Fasting for 8 hours is required.
New Year's Closings
Paris, Tenn.-Most public offices and many private businesses will be closed on Tuesday, New Year's Day. But several others are closed other days next week.
Monday and Tuesday Closings: Henry County Health Department; Henry City Hall; Puryear City Hall.
Tuesday Closings: County Courthouse and annex, Paris City Hall, County Office on Aging; Social Security Office, W.G. Rhea Public Library, Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce, Postal Service, Tennessee Driver Service Center, Paris Public Works Departments, plus landfill and Paris-Henry County animal shelter.
The Paris Civic Center will close at 5 p.m. Monday and stay closed Tuesday.
County Unemployment Continues Drop
Nashville, Tenn.-Unemployment continued to drop in Henry County over November, with the nonseasonally adjusted rate now at 9.5 percent. October's rate was 10.1 and September's rate was 9.9.
However, Henry County's rate is higher than the state unemployment rate of 6.6 percent and the national rate of 7.4 percent.
In the counties surrounding Henry County, unemployment also dropped in Benton, Carroll, Stewart and Weakley Counties. Benton's rate of 8.8 is down from the October rate of 9.4 percent; Carroll's rate of 10.2 percent is down from 11.1 in October; Stewart's rate of 8.8 is down from 9.5 and Weakley's rate of 10.9 is down from 12.5.
However, Weakley County remains one of the top five counties in the state in terms of highest unemployment.
Ring in New Year at Paris Landing State Park
Buchanan, Tenn.-You can ring in the New Year at Paris Landing State Park with a New Year’s Eve 2013 Celebration. The Tennessee State Parks issued a press release reminding everyone they can spend Dec. 31 enjoying the beauty of Paris Landing State Park.
Later that evening, guests can put on their dancing shoes and enjoy
the Syndicate of Soul band. Event tickets are $25 per person or $200
a table, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Paris Landing.
Tickets can be purchased at the downtown and Lake-area branches of the
Foundation Bank, Fish Tale Lodge and the Paris Winery.
To make the evening even more special, take advantage of Paris
Landing’s New Year’s Eve Dinner and Room Package. The $129 package
includes one double-occupancy inn room for two, two New Year’s Eve
dinner buffets and two New Year’s Day breakfast buffets. The New
Year’s Eve dinner buffet will be served Dec. 31 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
and will include chef-carved beef brisket, sliced stuffed pork loin,
fried shrimp, Southern-fried catfish, assorted vegetables, salads and
desserts. The New Year’s Day breakfast buffet on Jan. 1 will be from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both buffets are open to the public. For the dinner
buffet, the price is $15.95 per person plus drink and tax; for the
breakfast buffet, the price is $7.95 per person plus drink and tax.
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve dance can also be purchased separately.
Please contact (800) 250-8614 or (731) 642-4311 for reservations or
PD Makes Public Intox Arrest at ER
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Kentucky man for public intoxication at the emergency room of Henry County Medical Center. Police were called to
the emergency room on a report of a man who was belligerent and
According to the police report, he was reportedly being loud and
threatening to hospital staff to the point that they could not carry
out their duties. The report also indicated he came to the ER with a
partially consumed bottle of vodka in his pocket.
Arrested was : Marty Underwood, age 35 of New Concord.
Blind Boys of Alabama to Appear at The Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn.-There will be a foot-stomping, hand-clapping gospel music celebration with Grammy Award winning living legends of gospel music, The Blind Boys of Alabama, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19 at The Dixie.
Inductees of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, they have earned praises for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince, and Tom Waits.
Ticket price: $25/person (plus tax)
News from past weeks here.