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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Comm. Sends Amendment on Beer Sales Restrictions to Beer Board For Recommendation

After several minutes of dicussion, commissioners send amendment on beer sales restrictions to Beer Board for recommendation. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session Thursday and discussed an amendment to a City Ordinance regarding restrictions on beer licenses for restaurants. The current ordinance placed restrictions in granting beer licenses for potential businesses in close proximity, 150 feet or less, to a church, school, public playground, or park. City Manager Kim Foster said this has been revisited before, especially when the possibility of a restaurant coming downtown is discussed.

Foster said downtown Paris is unique because it has retail, restaurants, a park, and several churches all within the downtown footprint. She said placing the restrictions on the beer licenses seem counterproductive for the desire to bring more restaurants downtown.

The amendment only applies to restaurants where 55% of its sales come from non-alcohol related items, or must be from food sales in the B-2 district. After several minutes of discussion, commissioners decided to send this to the beer board for them to look over and discuss. A public hearing will still be held prior to final approval and passage.

Retail Sales Continue Upward Trend

Finance Director Traci Pillow discusses retail sales. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow informed commissioners Thursday night that the City's audit was complete and there were no findings. She said the City has built cash and fund balance is up $2.5M now.

The City is continuing the upward trend with retail sales as the month of October showed an increase of 7.41% compared to October of last year and year to date the City has seen an increase of 6.07%.

General Fund and Solid Waste revenues were ahead of expenses in November and for the fiscal year to date. The City did spend $135K on a new Dump Truck for the Street Department and purchased 5 out of 7 new Police Vehicles, however that expense was off-set by the receipt of funds from the capital outlay note.

Property tax collections are up 28% compared to 2015 and 2016’s first two months. Pillow reminded commissioners that is partially due to the property tax increase back on July 1. She said overall, the City should receive about $180K more in tax revenue.

Commission Hears Updates on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster discussed the status of various projects at Thursday night’s commission meeting including announcing the City has been awarded a Tennessee Economic Development Façade Grant in the amount of $100K. She said the environmental portion of the grant has been completed and they will be meeting with downtown property and business owners later in January to explain the application process.

Foster said the City has been invited to apply for a Tennessee Access to Health Grant to construct a low ropes course at Eiffel Tower Park extended. She said they working with TLM to complete the grant process, winners won’t be announced until the summer of 2019.

Foster said renovations to City Hall are moving along since work began back on December 18th. She said they will continue to communicate with the public when closures or movement of meetings need to occur. Everything should be finished by the end of March. After Friday's Beer Board meeting, all meetings will move to the Chamber Office such as February and March's City Commission and Planning Commission meetings, because the courtroom will be used for other offices then renovated itself.

The City didn’t receive the Delta Regional Authority Grant to help continue with the Back Alley Paris project. Foster said the project will continue with the Arts Builds Communities grant and they are talking to TVA about partnering with the City to paint a history of Ky Lake in alley #2 on the BPU building wall.

The Energy Efficiency Project with Trane continues with all energy efficiency upgrades to city facilities complete minus a few minor things. The transition of all street lights being changed to LED is about 50% complete and they ran into a few problems with some of the lights. Foster said the overall experience with Trane on the project has been very positive.

Rezoning Requests Approved By City Comm.

Paris, Tenn.- In other action Thursday night, the Paris City Commission approved rezoning requests from Robert Swayne at 805 East Wood St. The planning commission approved the request to rezone from R-2M to B-1, along with three additional lots on the same block in December.

Another request to rezone a lot at 246 Memorial Drive from B-1 to TRB was discussed as well. The Commission followed the Planning Commission’s lead in rezoning the lot facing Memorial Drive to TRB, but left the back portion of the lot as R-1M. The request to rezone 600 Russell St. from M-2 to B-1 was also approved.

Henry County Travels to Kenwood For District Action Fri.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Kenwood for District 10-AAA action Friday night. The Lady Pats will tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the game you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 563-999-3949 just remember standard rates will apply.

Henry County will make up Wednesday’s game against Northwest at home on Thursday January 11th.

New Bathrooms at Downtown Park Officially Opened

Comm. Jackie Jones cuts the toliet paper to officially open the downtown restrooms. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 11am Thursday morning to officially open the public restrooms at the downtown Paris park. Several city officials, chamber members, and others were on hand at the event. The restrooms were mostly paid for thru a Tourism Enhancement Grant with the state of Tennessee and thru work by the Paris Parks staff and Paris Public Works.

City Manager Kim Foster said, “we’re really proud of these restrooms, most of the work was done by City employees and everything looks really great.”

Foster said the door locks to the restrooms are on a timer and will be open from 6am to 10pm. She said these restrooms were a great asset to have downtown at the park.

Heater Used to Thaw Pipes Causes Fire at Puryear Home

Paris, Tenn.- Puryear fire units extinguished a fire at a home on West Chestnutt St. in Puryear on Wednesday night. Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s office arrived on scene and spoke with the resident Jessica Duffy. Duffy said the water pipes had frozen so they put a heater under the house to attempt to thaw out the frozen pipes. It appears the heater caught the insulation on fire.

The fire was contained mostly to the back of the home and was put out quickly with only minor damage done.

Warrants Issued After Arguments

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Daniel Andres responded to fight on Mandalay road and after getting several statements has issued warrants on Tequeshia Waters, age 21, of Harrison St. and Alicia Dunlap, age 41 of Memorial Drive for assault.

West TN O Negative Blood Supply Drained; Urgent Need

Paris, Tenn.- There is a current urgent need for O negative blood in West Tennessee after a patient in a West Tennessee hospital used the remainder of the supply up early Thursday morning. The lifeline bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church in Paris Thursday from Noon to 6pm and all eligible donors, especially those with O negative blood, are encouraged to give blood Thursday. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when coming to give blood.

HCSO Still Looking for Steven Loines; $1K Reward Offered

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is still searching for Steven Loines. Loines was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person back in October. An active investigation has been ongoin the last few months with a few leads. Now a $1K reward is being offered to anyone with any information on where he may be or that knows his whereabouts and that he is safe.

While Loines does have active warrants, that is not the intent of the investigation. The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Loines' family and friends asks anyone with information to come forward. Tips can be called into the Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 or the Crime Tip Line at 642-0929.

City Comm. to Discuss Amending Beer License Restrictions

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meets in regular session for January at 5pm Thursday and will discuss making changes to amend and ordinance regarding restrictions with beer licenses.

The current ordinance restricts issuance of beer licenses to potential businesses in close proximity, 150 feet or less, to a church, school, public playground, or park.

With downtown Paris including restaurants, a park, and several churches, the City is looking at possibly amending the ordinance to allow restaurants only to be able to obtain a beer license.

Other items on the agenda Thursday night include rezoning requests, project updates, and financial updates. The Commission meeting will be held at 5pm at the City Hall courtroom and is open to the public.

Arts Council Young Artists Workshops Begin Sat.

Paris,Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will host Young Artists Workshops at Lee Academy beginning this Saturday January 6th and each Saturday in January. The workshops are free and students can learn about visual arts and create a piece of artwork to enter in the 2nd Annual Young Artists Showcase. The Tennessee Arts Commission and several sponsors have stepped up and allowed the workshop offerings to be expanded this year.

The workshops vary for grade levels and type of artwork and run each Saturday in January throughout the day. For a schedule and to register go online to the Arts Council’s website at www.phcarts.com/young-artists-workshops. The workshops are taught by professional artists and art educators from the region. Types of artwork includes pottery, printmaking, figure drawing, weaving, jewelry making, mixed media, painting, and more. You can also call the Arts Council for more information at 642-3955.

HCMC Health Screening Thurs. at Farm Bureau

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will hold a community health screening Thursday from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau office, located at 406 N. Poplar St. They will have free finger stick blood sugars, blood pressures, and osteoporosis screenings. Also finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and full lipid panel for $10. Fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results and results will be available at the time of the screening.

Henry Fire Dept. Extinguishes Field Fire

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Fire units were dispatched out to the area of 652 Mockingbird Ave in Henry on Wednesday to a report of a field on fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a quickly spreading field fire moving toward multiple structures. Henry units quickly contained the fire to prevent further damage. Units were on scene just over 30 minutes.

The Henry Fire Department would like to take the time to remind everyone that all outside fires require a burn permit this time of year. The ground is dry and just a simple cigarette being thrown from a window can start something that burns homes. So please check with forestry before burning regardless of what your burning to ensure its safe outside to burn. This fire along with our last wild-land fire have both been started by burning cardboard boxes.

Lakewood Teachers of the Year Announced

Paris, Tenn.- The faculty of Lakewood School has chosen their two representatives for Teacher of the Year. Chosen in PreK -4th grade was Mrs. Marcie Burkhart who teaches Kindergarten. Mr. Ben Burkhart was chosen in grades 4-8, and he teaches 8th grade Math/Algebra. They will go on to the district competition.

Youth Villages Holding Foster Parent Informational Session

Paris, Tenn.- Youth Villages of Paris will hold an informational session on becoming a foster parent at their office at 412 Tyson Avenue. The session is set for Tuesday January 9th at 5:30pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The event is free for anyone interested in fostering a child. For more information call Cathy Herrera at 641-4148.

Man Charged With Theft by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. David Beauvis responded to the Paris Inns and Suites in reference to a theft. He spoke with two occupants of one room who stated Garron Crafton, age 34, of 711 Gwen St., had stolen their jackets and one of their cell phones. Ptl. Beauvis found Crafton a couple of rooms away and noticed him wearing the jackets matching the description given by the victims. Also in one of the jackets was the cell phone. The items were returned and Crafton was charged with theft of property and placed on $500 bond.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Cpl. Amanda Forrest took a report of theft of property where several necklaces, some boots, and a VCR was stolen. The total value of the items is around $500 and an ex-roommate is a possible suspect.

Library Offering Free Computer Classes in January, February

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will have free computer classes in January starting this week. Classes are free to the public, just call the library at 642-1702 to sign up. Class schedules are as follows: Monday January 8th 3-4pm R.E.A.D.S. for iPad; Tuesday January 16th 6-7pm Computer Basics; Thursday January 18th 6-7pm Blogging Basics, and Monday January 22nd 11:30am-12:30pm T.E.L. The library will also hold more computer classes during the month of February.

KPAC Winter Theatre Auditions Set for this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center’s Winter Theatre Workshop Auditions for Young Artists will be Saturday January 6th at 10am or Sunday January 7th at 2pm. Rehearsals will be held Monday or Thursday evenings at 6pm starting January 15th. Call KPAC for more information.  

Henry County vs. Northwest Game Postponed Wed. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night between Henry County and Northwest has been postponed and will not be played Wednesday. The game will be made up at a later date.

Paris City Hall Business Office Closing at 11:30am Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Renovations are underway at Paris City Hall and due to that process the City Business Office will be closing at 11:30am on Friday January 5th while phone lines are moved and other renovations take place. The Police records office will remain open and City Hall’s Business Office will open back up for regular business on Monday January 8th. The City appreciates your understanding and should you need to contact City Hall the main phone number will still be working at 641-1402.

History Students Eligible for JPHS Essay Contest

Paris, Tenn.- High School history students in the Jackson Purchase Region of Kentucky and Tennessee are eligible to compete for awards and cash prizes by writing essays about national, regional, and family history in a contest sponsored by the Jackson Purchase Historical Society(JPHS) in conjunction with the Office of University Advancement and the Department of History of Murray State.

Dr. Bill Mulligan, president of the Jackson Purchase Society, said “2018 is the beginning of the bicentennial for the treaty that established the Jackson Purchase and its also the 60th year of the founding of the Historical Soceity, which promotes interest in the history of the 12 counties involved. We saw this as a great opportunity to extend our outreach to high school history teachers and their students.”

History students in all four grade levels at high schools in the 12 counties that make up the Jackson Purchase, including Henry County, may submit essays in three categories: U.S. history, Jackson Purchase Regional History, or family history. History teachers at participating schools have the details on the essays. The deadline for submission is February 1 and there is no cost to participate.

Judges will select winners in each category for each grade level with finalists receiving medallions and certificates. From those students, judges will then select the best overall essay in each category.

The three winners will receive $100 cash and will make a brief presentation on their essay at the April 2018 meeting of the JPHS. All three winning essays will also be published in the 2018 edition of Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society.

The JPHS was founded in 1958 to promote the interest, study, and preservation of regional history in the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. Meetings are held four times per year and membership is open to the public. For more information on the society go online at www.jacksonpurchasehistory.org.

Bloodmobile at FUMC Noon to 6pm Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The lifeline bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church Thursday January 4th from Noon to 6pm. All types of blood are currently needed with a special need for O-negative. Donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and can register for a free Gatlinburg vacation. All donors must bring photo ID with you when giving blood. For more information call 1-800-924-6572.

Stewart Co. Schools Closed the Remainder of the Week

Dover, Tenn.- Stewart County Schools will remain closed the rest of this week and open on Monday January 8th for the start of the new semester. Officials had originally planned to open two hours late on Wednesday, their first day back from Christmas break, but later decided to close the rest of the week to try and prevent the spread of the flu and because of the extreme cold.

Man Charged with Marijuana, Gun Possession After Vehicle Crash

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated a man has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent and possession of a gun during a felony after an incident that occurred Tuesday where he appeared to wreck his car.

The release from Capt. Adam Jenkins said officers responded to a vehicle crash and shots fired Tuesday afternoon in Cottage Grove. They found Jamison Hayes, age 20 of Hwy. 140N, who was complaining of a gunshot wound to the hand. Officers found his white sedan wrecked in a ditch down the road. Members of the Criminal Investigation Division arrived and had found other wreckage on Palestine Road where this incident began.

The incident is believed to be drug related as Hayes was discovered to flee the car with a backpack, which was later recovered and contained a large amount of marijuana. Hayes was taken to HCMC ER where it was determined he didn't have a gun shot, but must have injured his hand when running from the wrecked vehicle. Hayes was charged as noted and will appear in court Thursday.

HCMC Welcomes First Baby of 2018

Baby Miles Turner pictured with mom Jessie and dad Blake is the first baby born at HCMC in 2018. (HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce the arrival of the New Year Baby in Henry County, born on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:06 a.m.  Proud parents Blake and Jessie Turner of Paris, TN are excited for the debut of baby boy Louis Miles, weighing in at 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19 ½ inches long.

Each year, HCMC recognizes the first baby born in the hospital with a gift basket that includes baby items and a Wal-Mart gift card. 

“Thank you all so much,” said Jessie Turner, new mother to New Year’s Baby, Miles Turner. Jessie and Blake are so excited to add to their family. The addition of Miles expands their family from three to four. The Turner’s also have a two-year old son named Landyn.

Jessie Turner is also a partner at HCMC, working at Innovative Orthopedics.  Miles was delivered by Dennis Wieck, MD, OB/GYN of Paris Women’s Center. 

Man Arrested for Marijuana, Meth

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Kyle Waldron and Cpl. Blake Jenkins responded to a home on North Market St. in an attempt to locate Gabrielle Bustos who had active warrants. After they got to the residence, Ethan Evans, age 26, of 1503 N. Market, answered the door and let the officers in, Bustos was located and placed under arrest. Dep. Waldron then noticed a glass bong in plain sight and asked Evans about it and he admitted it was his. Evans also showed Dep. Waldron some marijuana and meth was later found. Evans was charged with simple possession of schedule 2, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $2K bond.

Warrants Issued After Man Flees

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Frankie Scott has issued a warrant for Ricky A. Hoskins, age 40, of 2576 Hidden Creek Road. Dep. Scott was on patrol over the New Year’s weekend and noticed two vehicles with their hoods up at the Macedonia and Henry Mansfield intersection. He pulled in to help and found them replacing a radiator hose. Dep. Scott thought one of the men looked familiar and as he got into his truck to get something, Dep. Scott had dispatch run the tags and it came back to Hoskins who was wanted for revoked license from a DUI charge.

Hoskins pulled away as Dep. Scott was getting information from dispatch and pulled off with a flat tire. Dep. Scott pursued, and found the flat tire had fell off on Perry Schoolhouse Road, but the truck had kept going. Dep. Scott issued warrant for Hoskins’s arrest.

BPU Having No Issues With Increased Demand

Paris, Tenn.- Bitterly cold weather continues across our area with forecast calling for temperatures to remain below freezing until Saturday afternoon. With the cold weather, energy usage is up around the Tennessee Valley and BPU saw a peak early Tuesday morning at 115 Megawatts. BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said the all-time peak was a winter peak of 122.5 Megawatts.

Wimberley said, “at this time BPU is having no issues with the increased load and TVA’s transmission system remains stable and secure.”

THP Releases Report on Wreck That Injured a Paris Police Officer on Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police Ptl. Jacob Howington was seriously injured in an accident involving Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Garrett Flanney late on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31st.

Ptl. Howington and Trooper Flannery were traveling north on US HWY 79 North near Volunteer Drive in Paris, when Ptl. Howington began to make a u turn to pursue a traffic violator. As Ptl. Howington’s vehicle crossed into Trooper Flanney’s travel lane, Trooper Flannery’s vehicle struck Ptl. Howington’s vehicle in the driver’s side door. 

Ptl. Howington was transported to the Henry County Medical Center, then to Vanderbilt for serious injuries he sustained in the accident. Trooper Flannery was treated and released at the Henry County Medical Center.

Paris Police Officer Seriously Injured in Wreck Involving THP Trooper

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Jacob Howington was seriously injured in an accident involving a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper late on New Year’s Eve.

Police said that Ptl. Howington suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and he is currently being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Information about what injuries the Trooper suffered were unavailable as of Monday afternoon.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.

TVCC Offering DivorceCare Beginning January 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Community Church in Paris will begin offering DivorceCare on Sunday evenings from 5pm to 7pm, beginning with the first meeting being held on Sunday, January 7th at the church located at 2500 East Wood Street in Paris.

TVCC offers DivorceCare to help heal the hurt of separation and divorce. DivorceCare is open to the community. For more information, please call 641-TVCC or email info@tvcc.us. TVCC reminds you, you don’t have to go through it alone.

Police Investigating Vandalism at Buchanan Cemetery

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Jim Sanders responded to a call about vandalism at the Beaver Dam Cemetery in Buchanan on Monday.

When Cpl. Sanders arrived at the scene he spoke to the caretaker who stated that someone had knocked over some four inch barrier pipes that were installed on the backside of the cemetery. An estimated value of the damage was unavailable at the time of this report. Police have no suspects in this case.

Recycle Your Christmas Trees at Chipping of the Green Now Through Jan. 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Litter Program and Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful, along with TDOT are sponsoring Chipping of the Green now through Sunday, January 7th. Just bring your undecorated Christmas tree to 575 Cedar Street in Paris. So this week do your part to recycle, by turning your Christmas tree into mulch. For more information, call 731-642-3162.

Participants Brave North Pole Like Temperatures to Take a Dip at Shiver on the River to Raise More Than $8400


Taking a dip in Kentucky Lake at Shiver on the River with temperatures in the teens. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Eighteen people took the plunge as they braced for below freezing temperatures with wind chill values into the negatives to come out and support a good cause at the 9th Annual Shiver on the River.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, County Clerk Donna Craig and Henry County Trustee Randi French among other city and Chamber Officials showed up to take a dip in Kentucky Lake for Shiver on the River. A total of $8462 was raised at the 9th Annual Shiver on the River beating last year’s total of $7500.


Steve and Barbara Matlock of McKenzie take a dip in Kentucky Lake at Shiver on the River with temperatures in the teens. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Best Costume:1st Place was Dawn Hurney who was an Ice Cube, 2nd Place was Donna Craig and Randi French who were Hunters and 3rd Place was Barbara and Steve Matlock who were Penguins.


County Clerk Donna Craig and Henry County Trustee Randi French take a dip in Kentucky Lake at Shiver on the River with temperatures in the teens. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Group Awards for Money Raised: 1st Place was Alpha and Omega with $250 and 2nd Place was the CCHS with $222. Individual Awards for Money Raised: 1st Place was Dawn Hurney with $2455, 2nd Place was Donna Craig with $1385 and 3rd Place was Randi French with $425.

Murray Man Arrested for Possession With Intent

Puryear, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Stanjuan Lee, age 38 of Murray, for violation of the light law, simple possession of a schedule VI substance, marijuana, and possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver cocaine.

Deputy Watson was patrolling when he observed a vehicle traveling with a non-functioning headlight. Deputy Watson then tried to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, when the driver leaned over towards the passenger seat and threw a baggie containing a white substance out the window. Deputy Watson stopped the vehicle and when he approached the vehicle he smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

Lee then opened the door and handed Deputy Watson two bags of marijuana which weighed 3.2 grams. Deputy Watson then waited for Sgt. Fuqua to arrive at the scene to take custody of Lee. Deputy Watson was able to recover the baggie Lee threw out the window which contained  6.6 grams of cocaine.

Lee admitted to that it belonged to him and he was on his way to Murray from Jackson, where he had purchased a quarter ounce of cocaine for $400. Lee was placed on $20,000 bond.

HCMC Offering Community Health Screening on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will be offering Community Health Screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau on Thursday, January 4th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau, which is located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Blood Pressures, and Osteoporosis Screenings 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 screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Paris Woman Arrested for Driving Offense

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Jessica Flipping, age 28 of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Flipping was placed on $500 bond.

Two Paris Men Arrested for DUI Over the Holiday Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Orlando Webb, age 26 of Paris, for driving under the influence first offense, possession of a schedule II substance, cocaine, and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Webb was placed on $20,000 bond.

Trooper Tyler Milam arrested Dylan Overcast, age 18 of Paris, for driving under the influence first offense. Overcast was placed on $1,500 bond.

HCSO Offering Sober Ride Home Program on New Year's Eve

Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office will once again be offering the Sober Ride Home Program on New Year's Eve. Between the hours of 11pm and 2am on New Year's Eve, you can call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 and they will come to your location and provide you with a sober ride home, no questions asked.

The program is sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Henry County Prevention Coalition and the project is funded under a grant contract between the Tennessee Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services.

Holiday Closings for the New Year's Holiday

Henry County, Tenn.- There are several closings for the New Year’s holiday. The Public Works Department will be closed on January 1st. Monday and Tuesday trash routes will be picked up on Tuesday, January 2nd, so all trash should be out by 7am on Tuesday. The Landfill will  be closed on Monday and they will reopen at 7am on January 2nd.

The Animal Shelter will be closed on Monday and  they will reopen at 11:30am on Tuesday.  Paris City Hall will be closed on Monday and they will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. The Civic Center will also be closed Monday, January 1st and reopen Tuesday at 6am.

The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed  on January 1st and they will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will also be closed on New Year’s Day and they will reopen for normal hours from 8am to 4pm on Tuesday.

Paris Man Arrested for FTA, Another Arrested for Failure to Report

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. David Powell arrested Robert Jarvis, age 63 of Trading Post Road of Paris, for failure to appear. Jarvis was placed on $2,500 bond.   

In another report, Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Casey Garrison, age 36 of HWY 54 of Como, for failure to report. Garrison was placed on $3,500 bond.

Going to Be Chilly at 9th Annual Shiver on the River on New Year's Day


Picture of the 8th Annual Shiver on the River. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th annual Shiver on the River, Chillin for the Children event will be happening on Monday, January 1st at the Paris Landing Marina’s Boat Launch Ramp with registration beginning at noon. 

Registration costs $25 per person and the goal is to raise as much money as possible through contributions, sponsorships, and donations. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for individuals and groups who raise the most money.

Participants will receive a free t-shirt and a meal at the Paris Landing Inn. T-shirts will be also be available for sale during the event. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. For more information visit or like the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center’s Facebook page or visit shiverontheriver.com.

KPAC Holding Open Auditions for Young Artists Winter Workshop on Jan. 6th-7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center will be holding Open Auditions for the KPAC Young Artists Winter Workshop on Saturday, January 6th at 10am and Sunday, January 7th at 2pm at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Children and youth ages 8-18 are encouraged to audition. The participation fee is $35 and rehearsals will be on Monday and Thursday beginning the week of January 15th.  The younger group will rehearse at 5pm and the older group will rehearse at 6:30pm with the performance being held on Friday, February 23rd.

Registration forms will be available at the audition. If you have any questions feel free to email KPAC at kriderpac@gmail.com.

HCMC Information Systems Department Recognized as One of The “Best Hospital IT Departments 2017”

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Information Systems Department was selected as one of the winners of Healthcare IT News’ 2017 Best Hospital IT Department Awards. This year, they were first in the top five of the small hospital IT Department category.

Each year, Healthcare IT News accepts nominations from around the country of outstanding IT departments in the healthcare industry. The winners are chosen based on a points system awarded from an employee participation survey. High scores from that survey influence the chosen winners.

A total of 91 hospitals nominated their IT departments, and 20 were chosen as winners.  Categories include Super Hospitals, Large Hospitals, Medium Hospitals, and Small Hospitals.

HCMC Information Systems Department just completed a nine-month Allscripts Paragon EHR upgrade project including moving to a remote hosting environment and just completed implementing a secure messaging application in November. 

Pam Ridley, IS Department Director at Henry County Medical Center says, “I am so proud of my team for all of the work they do to implement, support and optimize our systems at HCMC, HCHC and all of our physician practices!”

“Everyone wants to do their best in whatever role they serve at HCMC,” says Ridley “Our leadership team is dedicated to seeing that this hospital remains a community hospital. Our new brand, ‘We Believe HOME is HCMC,’ reflects the culture of our organization. And we have a lot of technology, from advanced MRI machines to robotic surgeries to room service for meals. But you will overwhelmingly hear that the people are what makes HCMC a great place to work.”

Ridley offers this advice for those wanting to run a winning IT department:

“Communicate,” she said. “Not only about projects and things in IT – but every facet of the organization. Set expectations and goals and celebrate when they are achieved.”

Buchanan Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Leading Police on a Car Chase


Jeff Buchanan (HCSO booking photo)

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Officers arrested Jeff Buchanan, age 43 of Buchanan,  who led Deputies and Paris Police Officers on a car and foot chase on Thursday.

Buchanan was charged with evading arrest, possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent, possession of a schedule VI substance and driving on a revoked license.  Buchanan was placed on $5,000 bond.

Shining Star Theatre Presenting "Fabulous Folk Tales" on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Shining Star Theatre will be presenting "Fabulous Folk Tales" on Saturday, December 30th at 4pm at KPAC, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris. The show is free to the public, but donations to the program are always accepted.

Shining Star Theatre is KPAC's newest community theatre program and is designed for children and adults with differing abilities. 

Paris Man Arrested for Driving Offense

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Eric Long arrested Bryan Lindley, age 28 of Mineral Wells Avenue of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Lindley was placed on $1,000 bond.

Donna Barrett Winner of the Most Festive Christmas Tree Contest Receives Her Prize Package

Paris, Tenn.- The Winner of WMUF Most Festive Christmas Tree Contest is Donna Barrett who picked up her prize package on Friday morning. Thanks to all who entered and especially to all of our listeners who voted, and our sponsors who made the contest possible.

HCMC and the Community Honors Phil Wichlan for His 27 Years of Service


County Mayor Brent Greer and the Henry County Commission presenting Phil Wichlan with the Loyal Patriot Award. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday as the board, members of the administrative staff and friends of Phil Wichlan gathered to honor Phil Wichlan as he retired from the board after 27 years of service to the Henry County Medical Center.

Retired CEO Tom Gee said that Wichlan led the board through the greatest period of growths the HCMC has seen and that the work of the board and Wichlan helped keep HCMC locally owned. County Mayor Brent Greer along with members of the Henry County Commission presented Wichlan with an award stating that December 28,2017 will officially be known as Phil Wichlan Day.


The HCMC Board of Trustees thanking Phil Wichlan for his services to the HCMC. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Mayor Greer also stated that he was proud to serve with Wichlan who is man who shows as much integrity now as he did when he joined the board in 1991.

Wichlan was presented with the Loyal Patriot Award not just for his 27 years of service on the HCMC Board of Trustees, but for his work throughout the community which includes being a member of the PSSD for 10 years, being a member of the Knights of Columbus for 35 years and countless other organizations Wichlan has been a part of.

“Change is inevitable except from a vending machine,” Wichlan said. “It always seems impossible till it’s done and it’s not accomplished by superheroes, but by ordinary people who do extraordinary things.”


Lisa Casteel, Phil Wichlan and the HCMC Administrative Staff thanking Wichlan for his services to the HCMC. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Lisa Casteel, CEO of the HCMC, said that the board will be honoring Wichlan with a bust next to his chair to honor Wichlan for his 27 years of service to the HCMC. Casteel also presented Wichlan with a proclamation of all of the things he accomplished while serving on the HCMC Board of Trustees.

Thursday night’s meeting was Wichlan’s 325th meeting with a 100% attendance record. Wichlan thanked everyone for their cooperation and assistance over the years as HCMC continues to grows and he hoped to see HCMC continue to be one of the best rural hospitals not just in the state, but in the country.

Dr. Whitby and Troy Buttrey Elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of HCMC Board of Trustees

Paris, Tenn.- With the retirement of Wichlan at Thursday’s meeting, the board elected Dr. Scott Whitby as the new Chairman of the Board and Troy Buttrey was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board. Buttrey was also elected to serve on the Board of Governors at the Cancer Center.

HCMC Discuss Medicare Dependent Status and Cardiology Services from St. Thomas


Phil Wichlan conducting his final HCMC Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday night. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At the HCMC Board of Trustees meeting, the board discussed the Medicare Dependent Status set to expire as of September 30, 2017 unless it was extended by Congress. This is an approximate $400 million program to hospitals serving a high percentage of Medicare patients.

The Medicare Dependent Status approximates $450,000 to Henry County Medical Center. This program was NOT included in recent legislation. Lisa Casteel, CEO of the HCMC, told the board that this would impact the hospital for the next 9 months, but there is a hope that they will address this issue in January.

Casteel updated the board about the Cardiology Service Line research which is just starting. They have had several discussions with both St.Thomas and the St. Thomas Heart Group requesting their plans for involvement. Our plans are to build educational information for The Board of Trustees, the Long-Range Planning Committee, our Primary Care Physicians, as well as our management team.

This information should educate the HCMC on the disease of Cardiology, its prevalence in our community, our outreach programs, the out-migration of services, and an estimated impact of providing full time services here.

Casteel also updated the board about the ER Physician Management proposals were received. A committee has been established to review the proposals as well as visit with the groups during December. However, one group asked to meet after the holidays in early January. The established time line is to select a group by mid-January. This should give the new group time for medical staff and insurance credentialing and be on board by March.

HCMC Rated 4 Star Hospital and Wins Best Hospital IT Dept. 2017

Paris, Tenn.- At the HCMC Board of Trustees, the board was made aware that on the CMS scale of 1 to 5 star ratings for hospitals, the HCMC moved from a 3 star to a 4 star in quality rating. Three star is the most common overall rating so it was great to find out the HCMC is now a 4 star rated hospital.

HCMC also has won the distinguished recognition of "Best Hospital IT Department 2017". This is an award that is a recognition from the staff as well as for the staff and how they see their role in the organization. They cite Electronic Health Record usability and secure messaging as leading projects.

In financials the HCMC started off strong in November 2017, but that number fell the week before Thanksgiving due to the lack of admissions. The HCMC Board of Trustees approved the Bad Debts for November 2017 which totaled $829,786.

The HCMC Board of Trustees also approved the capital requests for December 2017 for the amount of $21,435. The money would be used for equipment that is needed in the surgery center, plant operations and EMS along with a contingency for physician practice management.

Police Cite Murray Man on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos cited George Cassity, age 44 of West Grove Street of Murray, for simple possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license.

Lt. Ramos conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle traveling in reverse on Greer Street. When Lt. Ramos spoke to the driver he could smell marijuana coming from the car. Lt. Ramos then asked if Cassity had anything illegal in the car and that’s when Cassity handed police two marijuana roaches and a pill bottle containing 3.77 grams of marijuana.

Cassity gave police permission to search the vehicle and that’s when Lt. Ramos found a marijuana pipe in the car. Dispatch also advised that Cassity was driving on a revoked license. Cassity  was then cited for the following offenses.

HCMC Issues Precautions on Preventing the Spread of the Flu

Paris, Tenn.- Out of concern for the health and well-being of its patients, visitors and hospital staff, Henry County Medical Center are taking some basic precautions due to the outbreak of the flu virus throughout the community and region.

HCMC is asking the community to follow these precautions: limit visitation to the hospital if you have a fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea, visitors may be asked to wear a protective mask while in the hospital, children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times in public waiting areas and cafeterias and please wash or sanitize your hands frequently while at the hospital.

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. While most people recover within a few days of contracting symptoms, serious complications can arise from the flu, such as
pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.

The HCMC asks the Henry County Community to respect these precautions to help stop the spread of the flu within Henry County Medical Center.

Paris Man Arrested for Driving Offense

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Brady Bumpus, age 24 of Skyview Drive of Paris, for theft of property under $1,000. Bumpus was placed on $500 bond.

PPD Increasing Impaired-Driving Enforcement During the Holiday Season

Paris, Tenn.-  Paris Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from December 28th, 2017 thru January 2nd, 2018 surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.

 As the holidays approach the City of Paris Police Department is committed to making this the happiest and safest time of the year. The Police Department will be out in full force in an attempt to lower the amount of DUI’s during this special time of the year.

Extra attention will be made for DUI and distractive driving as this is the two highest causes of crash involved injuries and death.

Police Investigating Thefts Across the County

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Gary Caroll investigated theft of a truck and trailer from a business on HWY 54 in Paris.

Deputy Carroll spoke to the victim who stated that a White 2004 Ford valued at $8,500 and a trailer valued at $5,000 were stolen from his  business. In the report, the victim stated that the truck and trailer were last seen by an employee on December 22nd.  Police are still looking for the suspects.

In another report, Sgt. David Powell investigated a burglary at a home on Meadows Road in Henry earlier this week.

Sgt. Powell spoke to the victim who stated that someone had gone into the residence he was remodeling to move into and had stolen tools valued at $80. Police have no suspects in this case.

Chilling for a Good Cause at 9th Annual Shiver on the River on Monday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th annual Shiver on the River, Chillin for the Children event will be happening on Monday, January 1st at the Paris Landing Marina’s Boat Launch Ramp with registration beginning at noon. 

Registration costs $25 per person and the goal is to raise as much money as possible through contributions, sponsorships, and donations. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for individuals and groups who raise the most money.

Participants will receive a free t-shirt and a meal at the Paris Landing Inn. T-shirts will be also be available for sale during the event. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. For more information visit or like the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center’s Facebook page or visit shiverontheriver.com.

Police Charge Paris Man With Driving Offense

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Tony Elkins charged Larenzo Higgs, age 26 of Browning Drive of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. 

Police Arrest Paris Man for VOP and Springville Man for FTA

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Benjamin Fields, age 20 of Old Paris Murray Road of Paris, for violation of probation and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Fields was held without bond for the violation of probation charge.

In another report, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Henry Fisher, age 25 of Copper Springs Road of Springville, for failure to appear to do a jail sentence. Fisher was placed on $1,000 bond.

BPU Warns of Frozen Pipes During the Winter Season

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities wanted to let everyone know that with extreme cold temperatures for the next several days with highs that are below freezing and lows in the single digits comes the possibility of frozen water pipes.

Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home: make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed, disconnect garden hoses, leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit) and make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve.

 If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage. These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired. 

Paris Woman Arrested for Driving Offense

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Rowan Coe, age 21 of Cook Street of Paris, for driving on a revoked license after a routine traffic stop. Coe was placed on $200 bond.

Reminder Cottage Grove Recycling Pickup Will Be Thursday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove recycling schedule for the week of Christmas was changed. Recycling that would have normally been picked up on Tuesday, December 26th will be picked up on Thursday, December 28th.

HCSO To Once Again Offer Sober Ride Home Program

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff's Office will once again be offering the Sober Ride Home Program on New Year's Eve.

Between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 and they will come to your location and provide you with a sober ride home, no questions asked.

The program is sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Henry County Prevention Coalition and the project is funded under a grant contract between the Tennessee Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services.

Lifeline Blood Services In Need Of Type O Negative

Paris, Tenn. - Lifeline Blood Services will be holding a Blood Drive on Thursday, January 4th at the First United Methodist Church in Paris, from Noon to 6 p.m.

All blood types are needed, especially O Negative.

Puryear Man Arrested For Driving On Revoked 2nd Offense

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, on Thursday, December 21st, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on Swor Road.

The owner of the property saw someone pull onto the property and went to further investigate. When the owner pulled up, the driver, identified as Bobby J. Kelley, age 36, of 2195 Poplar Avenue in Puryear, became stuck in the mud.

Sgt. Fuqua arrived on scene and spoke to the property owner and the driver of the vehicle. Kelley advised that he had pulled off the road to clear his head.

A status check through dispatch revealed Kelley's license to be revoked for DUI. Kelley was placed under arrest for Driving on Revoked 2nd Offense and a wrecker was called to tow the vehicle.

Fire Destroys Home On Christmas Eve

Paris, Tenn. - A fire on Christmas Eve destroyed a trailer, located at 1485 Bob White Lane, in Paris. The trailer is owned by Mary Sue Boyd of Antioch.

The report came in around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and when firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows and front door of the home.

The resident, Kenneth Boyd, was outside, unharmed and stated that no one else was in the residence.

Upon entry to the home, firefighters found the heaviest part of the fire to be located in the living room and hallway, continuing in the kitchen.

Mr. Boyd advised firefighters he woke up to a popping sound coming from the hallway and when he opened the bedroom door, the hallway was on fire.

According to the official report, several extension cords were in the hallway with splitters, powering two space heaters, electronics and a fan.

Losses from the fire are estimated at $30,000, which includes the home and the contents.

Paris Man Cited For Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Stacey Bostwick conducted a traffic stop on Travis Boyd Road.

The driver, identified as Ernest Christman, age 32 of 212 Owens Drive in Paris, gave consent to search the vehicle. Deputy Bostwick then asked Christman to exit the vehicle, and upon doing so, Christman dropped a glass meth pipe in his seat. During a search of his person, another glass pipe was located in his pocket.

Christman was sited into court for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Arrest Camden Man in Double Homicide

Camden, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of a Camden Man on two counts of First Degree Murder.

On Sunday, December 24th, at the request of District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, TBI Special Agents began an investigation into the death of two individuals that occurred at 4520 Highway 70 East in Camden, TN.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that Jerry Wayne Dabbs, age 63 of Camden, was responsible for the death of Wayna Ruth Hedrick, age 47 of Camden, and Bonnie Sue Hedrick, age 26 of Camden.

Dabbs has been arrested and is being held in the Benton County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Book Signing at Rhea Library Will be Held on Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- Martha Paschall-Boykin, author of Whitlock Population 613: A Memoir of Life in a Small Unicorporated Tennessee Town, will be holding a Book Signing at the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Wednesday, December 27th from 11am to 2pm at the Library located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris.

Martha is a resident of Fort Worth, TX, having grown ip near Memphis, TN. She began writing Whilock Population 613 adter spending some time in Whitlock in 2016 with her father Fred Paschall, who grew up in Whitlock. Through research and correspondence with those who lived in Whitlock beginning in the early 1900s, she discovered the rich history of Whitlock reaching all the way back to the 1700s.

Copies Whitlock Population 613: A Memoir of Life in a Small Unicorporated Tennessee Town will be available for purchase at the book signing.

Police Cited Several People on Theft and Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Stacey Bostwick cited Ernest Christman, age 32 of Owens Drive of Paris, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos cited Amanda Sablan, age 31 of Belmont Avenue of Paris, for shoplifting.

Sgt. Eric Long cited Shaunna Crawford, age 37 of West Blythe Street of Paris, for shoplifting. 

Police Are Investigating the Death of Two People Near Camden

Benton County, Tenn.- Police are conducting a death investigation of two people in a home near Camden investigating that occurred on Sunday.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are currently working the scene and no details of the deaths have been released. The investigation is still ongoing.  

Several People Arrested on Alcohol Charges

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Landing State Park Ranger Tim Caldwell arrested Herbert Clark, age 63 of Springville, for driving under the influence and evading arrest. Clark was placed on $3,000 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. David  Beauvais arrested Joe Thomas, age 30 of Springville, for driving under the influence. Thomas was placed on $1,500 bond.

Ptl. Beauvais also arrested Michael Southard, age 47 of Big Sandy, for public intoxication and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Bill Anderson Performing at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Jan 20th



Huntingdon, Tenn. - Bill Anderson will be performing at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Saturday, January 20th. The show will begin at 2pm with the box office opening 2 hours before showtime. 

Tickets cost $25 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.DixiePac.net or from The Dixie’s Box Office  located at 191 Court Square, Huntingdon, open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by calling 731-986-2100.

Bill Anderson will return to The Dixie stage for a memorable afternoon, performing his greatest hits and telling his best stories as a part of The FirstBank “Dixie Live” Series for the 2017-2018 season with Friends of The Dixie as the event sponsor. Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis will be joining Whisperin’ Bill as a Special Guest.

A country music staple, Anderson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a 56 year member of The Grand Ole Opry, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Making a lasting mark as both an entertainer and a songwriter, Bill Anderson has had a long and more than just slightly successful career.

"I'm thinking, 'I don't want to get up off of this sofa and go answer that phone. I'm trying to watch this ball game!'" Bill recalls. But aren’t we glad he did!

Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis competed in Miss American in Atlantic City, NJ and placed in the Top 12.

In addition to being an amazing vocalist, Caty serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 80,000 miles speaking to 50,000 school children about Character Education. She also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the state.

So on Saturday, January 20th, spend an afternoon with “Whispering Bill,” a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry and one of the most popular entertainers of our time.

Police Investigate Theft From a Paris Business

Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. David Powell took a report of theft  from a business on Hwy 54 in Paris. When Sgt. Powell arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim who stated that a hydraulic cylinder, valued at more than $760, was taken from a front end loader on a tractor. Police looked at the scene, but no further evidence was found at the scene.

Lifeline Blood Services Holding Blood Drive at HCMC on Wed

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood Services will be holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 27th from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris. All donors will receive a t shirt and may register to win a Kindle Fire HD 6.  All blood types are needed, especially O negative.

DGS Brings The Nutcracker to Life in Amazing Presentation of the Holiday Classic


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of people came out to the Dancing Generation Studios production of The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday at KPAC.

The Dancing Generation Studios commended their dancers who learning the show in 6 weeks. This was also the first time the Dancing Generation Studios have presented a matinee show. Dancing Generation Studios will be celebrating 10 year’s this year and they are located in Camden and in Paris which was opened  this past year.


Nicole Beal as the Rat King battles the Nutcracker played by Joshua Randle at Saturday's DGS presentation of The Nutcracker. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The DGS presentation was a classic ballet in two acts based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Music was by P.I Tschaikovsky. Choreography and Directing by Lissa Marie Davidson. Props and Scenery were by Kristy Odom and Ro Evans, lighting was by Landon Davidson,  Nate Miller was in charge of the sound and Amy Jones and Tas Smith were the stage managers.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The DGS presentation of The Nutcracker was presented by the cast which included: Ariana Saybe as Clara at the Saturday performance and Olivia Harper as Clara on Friday night, Nicole Beal as the Rat King and Joshua Randle as the Nutcracker. Taryn Jones was the Sugar Plum Fairy, Brody Huff was Fritz, Maleah Austin was Chelsea, Ro Evans and Cara Johnson were the grandparents, Daniel Burrows was Drosselmeyer, Wyatt Jones was the Toy Soldier.


Ariana Saybe as Clara and Joshua Randle as the Nutcracker performing a dance during the DGS presentation of The Nutcracker. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Savannah Walker was the Wind Up Doll, Reagan Daniel was the Harlequin Clown, Savanna Martin was the Ballerina Teddy Bear. Savanna Martin was the Snow Queen, Cade Veazey was the Snow Prince, Joshua Randle was Cavalier, Cara Johnson was the Mother Ginger, Winnie Jones  was the Arabian Queen and Cade Veazey was the Arabian King. Chinese: Reagan Daniel, Olivia Harper (Friday)/ Ariana Saybe(Saturday). Russian: Emily Ann Smith and Ro Evans Marzipan: Winnie Jones and Reagan Daniel Dew Drop Fairy (Flowers): Emily Ann Smith.

Special Thanks goes to Amy Jones, the DGS Family, Krider Performing Arts Center and Lee Academy for the Arts. The Owners of DGS Lissa Marie Davidson and Jene' Rutledge. And a thank you goes out to the DGS Staff that included: Joshua Randle and Savanna Martin.

Police Arrest Paris Man for Burglary and Investigate Stolen Truck

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Cpl. Amanda Forrest arrested Michael Tharpe, age 46 of Depot Street of Paris, for burglary. Tharpe was placed on $50,000 bond.

In another report, Deputy Dalton Watson investigated vandalism and theft less than $10,000 from a business on the 218 Bypass in Paris. In the report, the victim told police that someone had stolen one of his work trucks. Deputy Watson looked around the area, where he found that the suspect had cut part of a fence on the property. The suspect then took the vehicle and drove up a hillside and then left on a back roadway. Police are still looking for the suspect.

City of Paris and Rhea Library Announce Christmas Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris announced several Christmas closings. The Public Works Department will be closed on Monday and  Monday and Tuesday trash pickup will be on Tuesday, December 26th, so all trash should be out by 7am.The Landfill be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday, December 26th at 7am.

The Animal Shelter will also be closed on December 25th and they will be reopening at 11:30am on Tuesday. Paris City Hall is closed on Monday and they will reopen on Tuesday at 7:30am. The Paris Civic Center will close at 3:30pm on Sunday, December 24th and will remain closed all day Christmas Day. The Civic Center will reopen on Tuesday at 6am. The W.G. Rhea Public Library will also be closed Monday and Tuesday and they will reopen on Wednesday, December 27th.

Paris Woman Cited for Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Josh Frey cited Alyssa Smith, age 21 of Joy Street of Paris, for simple possession of a schedule IV substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired tags and lack of financial responsibility.

Police Arrest Several People on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Bobby Kelley, age 37 of 641 North of Paris, for driving on a revoked license 2nd offense. Kelley was placed on $1,000 bond.

Sgt. Fuqua also arrested Bruce Klein, age 37 of Water Street of  Big Sandy, for driving on a revoked license. Klein was placed on $500 bond.

In another report, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Joe Hayes, age 26 of South Porter Street of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Hayes was placed on $500 bond.

Shining Star Theatre Presenting Fabulous Folk Tales on Dec. 30th

Paris, Tenn.- A new program is coming to KPAC called The Shining Star Theatre which is a program to celebrate those with differing disabilities and there is no cost to participate.

The Shining Star Theatre’s first production is called "Fabulous Folk Tales" and the show will be happening on  Saturday, December 30th at 4pm at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris. Rehearsals will be held on Thursday, December 28th through Saturday, December 30th from 1pm to 4pm on each day.

The Shining Star Theatre is for performers, age 8 to adult, with physical or developmental disabilities. KPAC is also in need of volunteers, age 12 and up (unless cleared in advance by KPAC), who can help on-stage or backstage. Performers and Volunteers should register now as space is very limited.​ Performers and volunteers must be able to attend all rehearsals and the performance.

To get information for performers or volunteers just go to KPAC’s website at kridercenter.com and click on the Programs for You tab to download the registration forms. Forms are also available at Paris Civic Center. If you have any questions pleases email KPAC at kriderpac@gmail.com.

Paris Police Investigate Burglary on E. Washington Street

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Tyrail Jackson investigated a burglary at a home on East Washington Street in Paris earlier this week.

Ptl. Jackson spoke to the victim who stated that someone had ransacked her home and had stolen a TV valued at $500. Ptl. Jackson looked around the house where he noticed that the door had been kicked in and the door lock mechanism was off the door and on the floor. Police have no suspects in this case.

Local Paris Police Patrolmen Graduate from Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy


From Left to Right: Patrolman Johnathan Baxter and Patrolman Daniel Andres. (Chief Elizondo photos)

On Thursday, December 21st, Johnathan Baxter and Daniel Andres graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (T.L.E.T.A.) was authorized by the 1963 General Assembly for the purpose of training state, county and city law enforcement officers. The Academy was brought under the Department of Safety in 1983.

In 1999, the Academy was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation Inc., (CALEA), along with other Department of Safety law enforcement divisions. We were brought under the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in 2006.  This year, T.L.E.T.A. expects to train more law enforcement officers than ever before through its Basic Police Recruit and specialized training courses.


From Left to Right: Lt. Josh Frey, Ptl. Johnathan Baxter, Ptl. Daniel Andres and Captain John Brewer. (Chief Elizondo photos)

T.L.E.T.A. also offers Community Policing, Anti-Gang training courses and other training at various sites around the state. This method of training allows officers to receive in-service and advanced training near their duty stations. Goals:

To provide excellent instruction in basic, advanced and technical subjects for the Tennessee law enforcement community. To employ teaching methods best suited for the subject taught and the student's particular learning needs. To continually upgrade course content with the latest research and recommended professional practices. To stimulate inquiry and provide fresh perspectives on the law enforcement career.

There are four 12-week Basic Police Schools held each year at the Academy.   From 1966 to 2015, there have been 284 Basic Police Schools that have trained 19,780 cadets, as well as 1,701 specialized schools that have trained 53,859 students.

TDH Reminds Citizens There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health reminds citizens it’s not too late to get a flu shot as the flu vaccine remains the best protection against the flu. The holidays are a time to spend time with family and friends, but also a time when influenza and other viruses spread quickly.

TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH said in a press release, “we want to protect our family, friends, and community from illness during the holidays and throughout the winter months. The flu vaccine is still proven to be the best protection we have against the flu and I urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot now.”

Tennessee typically sees the highest number of seasonal flu cases in January and February each year. Flu vaccine is readily available in many locations across the state, including county health departments, medical clinics, and pharmacies.

After getting the vaccine, it’s still important to practice good health habits such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water for about 20 seconds each, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue, stay home from work, school, or gatherings when sick to help prevent the spread of illnesses. For more information visit www.cdc.gov/flu/index.html.

TDOT Halts Construction for New Year's Holiday Travel

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 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018.   

“With over two million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “As always, please wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and never 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 3.1% in Tennessee this year, with over 2.4 million motorists expected to travel by automobile in the volunteer state between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. According to AAA, 107.3 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more, with a record 97.4 million expected to drive to their holiday destinations.  

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.  

 

 

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