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City Contracts With Trane on LED Lighting Upgrades

The Commission hears from Trane reps on the Energy Conservation project Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night Paris City Commission meeting, the go ahead was given to allow the Mayor to sign a Letter of Commitment with Trane in a program that will see all the City’s Street Lights switched from high pressure sodium to LED and see a new dehumidifier for the Civic Center pool.

City Manager Kim Foster discussed the proposed energy conservation project deal with Trane, which has been in the works for a couple months. The idea is to use money from savings in energy costs from the replacement of street lights and other measures on City Buildings to pay for the dehumidifier.

Foster said the City’s existing pool dehumidifier is over 17 years old and is at the end of its useful life. The replacement unit would be $500K and it costs $20K per year to maintain. The current bill for streetlights in the City is $220,206, which includes an energy and investment charge from BPU. The average annual utility bill, electric, water, and sewer for city buildings is over $145K per year.

Trane recommends buying the existing streetlight assets back from BPU and upgrading them all to LED fixtures. Trane also recommends an energy audit of all City owned buildings to potentially provide additional savings. All savings determined will be combined to offset the cost of the existing pool dehumidifier replacement.

Foster said Trane says worst case scenario would have a cost of $350K over 20 years and best case scenario would see the City have $300K in positive cash flow over the next 20 years. The LED lights have a 10 year warranty and 20 year life expectancy, very low maintenance and associated operating costs. Foster said if we didn't do the project, we still have to replace the dehumidifier, so she recommended the City move forward with the project.

Foster said there are still pieces to be worked out but the City could apply for a grant to help with the cost as well.

Commissioner Sam Tharpe asked if the Paris Special School District would assist in costs since they get use out of the Civic Center pool. Foster said, "even though PSSD is not contractually obligated, in talks I've had with the Director, they may be willing to assist the City in some way."

If the City does back out after the audit, it would cost $80K, but Foster said, "I want to get to a place where there is a comfort level to make sure we go ahead with the project."

Trane will perform an Investment Grade Audit within the next month after receiving a signed contract. The development of Audit and results would take about 4 months to complete. BPU, who has studied the street lights in depth, will also be involved with the project. Foster asked Trane to use BPU's higher wattage projection on the LED lights, which is included in the projected cost over 20 years.

Foster reminded Commissioners, since Trane does the audit, they also guarantee the savings. She said, if years down the road, we aren't seeing the savings on energy they suggest, Trane will write us a check for the difference.

Retail Sales Dip in October, Still Ahead YTD

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow went over the financial report and the City saw a decrease in retail sales by 1.13% in October of 2016 but calendar year to date the city remains about 2.37% ahead of last year in retail sales.

Pillow reported that revenues, exceeded expenditures by over $129K in the month of November but remain behind year to date by just under $5K fiscal year to date.

Collections for property tax are steadily coming in and the City should see a significant increase for what was collected in December. Usually December and February are the months where the most property tax collections come in.

Water Rate Increases Approved By Comm. for 2018-19

BPU GM Terry Wimberley discusses the proposed water rate increases Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The City Commission approved an ordinance to increase water rates in 2018 and 2019 as the BPU prepares to fund the continuations of the construction of the Water Treatment Plant. The BPU Board approved the plan at their meeting in December and General Manager Terry Wimberley said this is year 4 and 5 of a 5 year plan to increase water rates to help pay for the new Water Treatment Plant. The average cost on customers will be $3.25 more per month after the second rate increase in 2019.

Commissioners also approved sewer easements to the Board of Public Utilities at Thursday night’s meeting. The easements will help allow BPU to make improvements to the sewer system at Johnson Park.

The Commission approved writing off $1,040 in delinquent property tax from a third set for properties that didn’t get purchased through the delinquent tax sale and were transferred to the County. The County’s redemption period expired and this allows the City to write off and clear the tax rolls for those properties.

In other business the City Commission approved the 2nd reading of a rezoning request on Memorial Drive for the Animal Doctor as they expand their building and services and also the 2nd reading of a table of uses revision in the zoning ordinance. These items have been discussed the last few months and approved by the planning commission as well prior to Thursday night.

Commission Makes KPAC Director into Full Time Position

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners also approved a resolution to make Rhonda Stanton’s part time position as KPAC director into a full time position. City Manager Kim Foster said Stanton has done a tremendous job of increasing programming and managing KPAC and enrollment in the Children’s Theatre Program has grown significantly. Due to growth already and anticipated growth in the next few years, the commission decided to make the position full time effective January 1, 2017.

Some adjustments will be made among part-time employees to off-set the additional hours and the impact to the overall budget for the City will be minimal. In addition to making the position full time, commissioners approved a job description for the personnel rules and regulations.

Technicality Causes State to DQ Bids on Jim Adams Signalization

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated the commission on various projects at the end of Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting. She said a small technicality caused the low bid to be disqualified by the State for the Signalization project at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. They will rebid the project later this month.

The next community input meeting for Preserve Paris will be scheduled soon and the next clean sweep day will be in the Spring.

Four structures were demolished in the City during the month of December with one of those being with City resources. Four more demolitions are pending as the City continues to try to clean up dilapidated structures.

Foster said announcements on a Tourism Enhancement Grant should come later in January as the City has applied for a grant to construct public restrooms in the Downtown Park. The grant is for $50K, with a 70-30 match as the City’s portion would be around $15K.

Investigation Ongoing in Thurs. Shooting; Two Injured

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said investigation is continuing and the Criminal Investigation is processing scene at a shooting that occurred on Watson Lane about 12:11pm Thursday afternooon. Sheriff Belew said deputies responded to the scene and found one subject down with multiple gun shot wounds at Watson Lane. Another individual was found on Old Paris Murray Road with non-life threatening injuries.

Belew said, "it appears that an altercation occurred on Watson Lane involving three people sometime Thursday."

The individual with multiple gun shot wounds was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville and the individual with non-life threatening injuries was treated and released from Henry County Medical Center.

TWRA officer Scott Mansfield assisted the scene with a gun-powder sniffing dog and the dog did lcoated two different shell casings at Watson Lane.

Sheriff Belew said the case is open and investigation is continuing and they are close to arresting a suspect. More information will be released by Friday morning.

PHC Arts Council To Host Young Artists Showcase and Workshops

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will be introducing its first ever Young Artists Showcase in 2017 as Henry County is filled with talented youth and they are excited to offer the new event to showcase talent.

Artists from Kindergarten through High School are invited to participate and showcase their talent in the following categories: drawing, mixed media, oil & acrylic painting, photography, pottery, and watercolor painting.

Entry forms must be completed by January 30th and turned into the Arts Council Office at Lee School. Artwork should be delivered to Lee School on Saturday February 4th between 10am and Noon. An awards presentation and Public reception will be held at 2pm Sunday February 5th at Lee Academy. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the winners.

The Arts Council will also offer free workshops every Saturday in January, beginning January 7th, where students can learn more about a featured art from a local artist and create a piece to include in the Young Artists Showcase. Free workshop sessions are as follows: January 7th Pottery, January 14th Photography, January 21st Painting, and January 28th Painting. All workshops will be held from 10am to 10:50am for grades K-5 and from 11am to Noon for grades 6-12 at Lee Academy for the Arts.

More information on the workshops, the Young Artist Showcase, entry forms, and rules can be found on the Art’s Council’s website at www.phcarts.com.

UTM WestStar Opens Up 2017 Session

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program will welcome its 2017 class with a session on agriculture and transportation, Jan. 12-13, featuring Weakley and Obion counties.

The WestStar Leadership Program, founded in 1989, is the oldest and largest regional leadership program in Tennessee and boasts 768 program alumni to date. Dr. Keith Carver, newly-appointed UT Martin chancellor and a 2009 WestStar graduate, will welcome the incoming cohort during the first session.

Seven additional sessions will take class members across the region to discuss topics of economic importance to the area. Those sessions include:

  • Feb. 2-3: “Fundamentals of Economic Development: Building Communities from the Base Up”; Tipton and Haywood counties
  • Feb. 23-24: “Health, Welfare and Social Consequences: The Humanity of Leadership”; Madison County
  • March 14-15: “Public Policy Issues: What is Happening in Tennessee?”; Davidson County
  • April 6-7: “Energy, Environment and Technology”; Crockett and Gibson counties
  • May 18-19: “Building Partnerships for West Tennessee and Tourism”; Henry County
  • June 8-9: “Taking Your Community Strengths and Making Them an Asset”; McNairy and Hardin counties

A graduation ceremony will be held June 20 in Jackson to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017 class.

For more information on the WestStar Leadership Program, contact Virginia Grimes, coordinator, at 731-881-7298.

Fish Fry Pageants Set for Jan. 21-22 at KPAC

Paris Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants are scheduled for January 21st and 22nd at the Krider Performing Arts Center and deadline to enter all the pageants is Friday January 13th.

The Hostess Princess Pageant is open for ladies between the age of 16 and 20 who are residents of Henry County. Entry fee is $30 for the Hostess Princess Pageant and the pageant will be held Saturday January 21st at 7:30pm at KPAC.

Entry fees for all other Fish Fry pageants are $25 and the schedule is as follows: Tiny Tot, for ages 4 and 5, 10am January 21st; Little Miss, for ages 6 and 7, 11am January 21st; Little Prince and Princess, for ages Birth to 2, 1:30pm January 22nd; Jr. Queen, ages 8 and 9, 2pm January 21st; Miss Pre-Teen, ages 10-12, 4pm January 21st; and Miss Teen, ages 13-15, 5:30pm January 21st.

The World’s Biggest Fish Fry is scheduled for April 22-29th, with the Grand Parade set for Friday April 28th at 10am. For more information on the pageants and entry forms, log onto www.paristnchamber.com/fish-fry-information

Paris City Comm. To Discuss Contract with Trane for Energy Efficiency

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session for January Thursday at 5pm in the City Hall Courtroom. One of the main items on the agenda that the Commission will discuss is the idea of contracting with Trane to have them perform an energy audit and to replace all the City Street Lights with LED lights and get a new dehumidifier at the Civic Center Pool. The money saved in energy savings will help pay for the upgrades and new dehumidifier. The meeting begins at 5pm, the new start time for City Commission meetings from here on out, and is open to the public.

TVA Sets Public Meeting for Jan. 12th at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Authority will conduct public meetings throughout the area concerning proposed updates to current plans it uses to manage public land surrounding eight of its reservoirs, as well as changes to its comprehensive land plan used throughout the valley. One of the meetings is set for Thursday January 12th at Paris Landing State Park from 5-7:30pm. 

Critical Need for Blood as Bloodmobile Visits Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will make its first visit of the year on Thursday from Noon to 6pm at First United Methodist Church. All types of blood are needed but a there is a special request for O negative and B negative blood types. All donors will receive a t-shirt and a chance to register to win a Cruise. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when giving blood.

USDA RD State Director Bobby Goode To Retire

Nashville- Bobby Goode today announced he will retire from his position as USDA Rural Development State Director effective January 6, 2017.  

“It is my belief that a strong and independent America starts with a healthy, rural economy,” Goode said. “I am proud to work for an agency that employs folks who live and work in the communities we serve. We are your friends, neighbors and family and we strive to use our programs to strengthen the rural economy for the benefit of every Tennessean from Memphis to Mountain City and from Copper Hill to Tiptonville.”  

An employee with the agency for nearly 38 years, Goode was honored in 2009 when he was appointed to the position of Tennessee State Director for Rural Development by President Barack Obama. Under Goode’s leadership the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 233 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $7.6 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees, and grants.  

In the time before President-Elect Donald Trump appoints a successor, Harriet Cannon will serve as Acting State Director.  

USDA Rural Development is moving investments to rural America with housing, business and infrastructure loans and grants to create jobs and strengthen rural economies with an emphasis to assist areas of persistent poverty.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Tennessee contact the Nashville State Office at 615.783.1300.  Visit us online at www.rd.usda.gov/TN.

Paris Police Make Drug Arrests, Investigate Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged Zachary K. Pallay, age 58, of 55 Bucy Lane, with public intoxication, simple possession of schedule 6 and schedule 4, after responding to a call of an intoxicated man in the Tyson Avenue, Mineral Wells Avenue area. The report said that city units found a man matching the description at Jiffy Lube and Lt. Ramos recognized him as Pallay. Pallay was unsteady on his feet and after he couldn’t give a name of someone to come pick him up, Lt. Ramos arrested him for public intoxication. A search of his person found marijuana and pills.

In a separate incident, Lt. Ramos has issued warrants on Jaylan Floyd, age 23, of 1175 Hwy. 641 S., for theft. The report stated that Flyod stole a hard drive from Walmart. Video showed him and another man walk into the Electronics section, then showed Floyd carry the item into the bathroom with him and later exit without anything in his hand. The loss prevention officer at Walmart found the empty box in the bathroom.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department is investigating vandalism where someone spray painted a home and car at an East Wood Street address. The victim did give Ptl. Greenhill a possible suspect.

Arrests from the last few days include James Lonnie Patrum, age 51 of 3573 Shady Grove Road for DUI 2nd offense and violation of implied consent, Eric S. Adams, age 33 of 160 Brown Lane, with driving on revoked driver’s license, and Jenny L. Wilet, of Big Sandy, for leaving the scene of an accident.

Lady Pats Move to 3-0 With District Win Against Northwest

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Northwest at home on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Vikings 67-15 moving to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in District 10-AAA play. Natiya Jumper had 22 points to lead the Lady Patriots and Gracie Osborne had 17 points as well.

The Patriots lost to Northwest 62-52 and fell to 1-2 in District play and 6-6 overall. John Odom had 12 points.

Henry County will travel to Springfield on Friday night for another district game with the Lady Patriots tipping off at 6pm.

Health Screening at Farm Bureau Set for Jan. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Community Health Screening on Thursday, January 5th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

 

Free health screening tests include finger stick blood sugars, osteoporosis screening and blood pressure tests will be available. A finger stick total cholesterol test will be offered for a minimum fee of $3 and a lipid panel will cost $10.

 

Fasting for 8 hours is required for the most accurate results, which will be available at the time of the screening. So, make plans today to attend this Community Health Screening from Henry County Medical Center at the Henry County Farm Bureau on January 5th.

New System to Help Reduce Number of TN Uninsured Drivers

Nashville- Henry County Clerk Donna Craig wants citizens to know the Tennessee Department of Revenue is launching a new insurance verification system early in 2017 to promote compliance with the State’s Financial Responsibility Law.

Ahead of the program’s launch later this month, the Department of Revenue is encouraging motorists to ensure that proper insurance coverage or other financial responsibility is in effect for their vehicles. In particular, motorists should make sure their Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, is correct on registration and insurance documents.

Revenue Commissioner David Gerrango said, “the goal of this new system is to effectively and efficiently check compliance in order to reduce the number of motorist who lack insurance or another form of financial responsibility.”

The James Lee Atwood, Jr, Law was passed during the 2015 Legislative session in order to help reduce the overall number of uninsured drivers on Tennessee Roadways. As part of the new law, the Tennessee Department of Revenue developed an insurance verification program which will be implemented this month.

Under the program, all insurance carriers registered to write personal automobile liability policies in Tennessee must register with the Department and provide required policy information. The State’s new system will check the policies provided by the insurance companies against all currently registered VINs in Tennessee. The system will verify insurance coverage on a continual basis throughout the year.

If the system is unable to confirm insurance coverage for a vehicle a notice will be sent to that owner directing him or her to a website where they can provide proof of minimum liability insurance or other means of financial responsibility. If a customer doesn’t respond to the initial notice, subsequent notices will follow and failure to comply could result in fines and eventual vehicle registration suspension.

For more information about the new program visit www.DriveInsuredTN.com.

Thursday Last Day for Christmas Tree Recycling

Paris, Tenn.- Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful and the Henry County Litter Program will be recycling Christmas Trees into Mulch until this Thursday January 5th. Trees, without decorations, should be brought to 575 Cedar Street in Paris. Mulch availability will be based on volume. There is no cost to recycling your Christmas tree.

Wild, Wild West in East Paris

Paris, Tenn.- A calf on the run gave some scanner entertainment and kept members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office busy Tuesday around lunchtime. The calf showed up on Highway 79 on the east side of town and was wandering in the roadway causing some issues with traffic flow. Sheriff Monte Belew drove with David Bevill on his hood, towards the calf as he attempted to lasso it. After several minutes, with deputies flanking the calf, they managed to secure it and get it out of the highway. (Sheriff Belew photo)

TN NWR to Host Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Tour on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will once again host the annual Bald Eagle Waterfowl Tour Saturday January 7th from Noon to 5pm. The refuge will offer a free event for the public to enjoy an afternoon to view waterfowl and wildlife on the refuge at the Duck River Bottoms, just south of New Johnsonville.

The refuge will open up several roads and areas that are seasonally closed during the winter to limit disturbance to the visiting waterfowl. There will be a two mile self guided tour at the Blue Goose Blvd wildlife drive area and guided bus tours with refuge staff will once again be available this year.

The public will meet buses and get information at the refuge sub-headquarters area, and it can be accessed by following the paved road past Pintail Point Observation Deck and turning right at the intersection.

Typically each year about 400 people attend the tours and get to see all kinds of waterfowl and bald eagles. It is highly recommended you bring a pair of binoculars to enhance your viewing opportunities. For more information call 642-2091.

Thefts Investigated by PPD, HCSO from the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from a home on North Highland. The report said someone entered thru the bedroom door and stole an LG TV, a laptop, and several Playstation 4 Video games. There are no suspects at this time and police are continuing to investigate.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Haley Nanney investigated a stolen pistol from a home on Normal Avenue. There is a possible suspect in the incident but no arrests have been made yet.

Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department has a possible suspect in a theft for some Beats Headphones from a home in Paris. The value of the headphones is $399.

Henry School Hosting Benefit for Barbara Wallace on Sat.

Henry, Tenn.- Henry School will host a BBQ supper benefiting Barbara Hamlin Wallace on Saturday January 7th from 4-8pm at the school cafeteria. Price is $8 per plate for adults, with children under 12 costing $5 per plate. It will be BBQ and all the trimmings plus a Live Auction. For more information call 336-5792, 676-3845, or 336-8639. Auction items will be accepted the day of the benefit.

Police Investigate Criminal Simulation Across the County

Henry County Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department have been busy investigating criminal simulation throughout the county over the holiday weekend.

In one report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews investigated a case of criminal simulation at a business in Buchanan on Friday.

Deputy Andrews spoke to the victim who stated to police that a white female came into the store on Thursday, where she purchased a pack of cigarettes with a fake $100 bill. This investigation is still ongoing.

Another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Deputy David Andrews arrested Johnnie M. Lee, age 58 of 122 Howell Loop Road of Springville, on Sunday for criminal simulation. Lee was placed on $2,500 bond.  

Patriots Play Vikings on Jan 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots will play the Clarksville Northwest Vikings and Lady Vikings at home on Tuesday, January 3rd. The pregame show will begin at 5:30pm and the girls tipoff at 6pm.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the Patriots and Lady Patriots play on WLZK 94.1fm, or online at wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone standard rates will apply.  

Paris Woman Arrested for Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Jim Sanders arrested Kathleen Myrya Rogers, age 32 of 90 Whispering Pines of Paris, on Monday for public intoxication. Rogers was placed on $250 bond.

Springville Man Arrested for Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Joseph Carson Loog, age 39 of 208 Barbour Street of Springville, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license second offense, violation of financial responsibility law, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of a schedule II substance with intent.

Loog was also charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, simple possession of a schedule II substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an item with the serial number removed. 

Loog was placed on $20,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews arrested Everette Danny Lamb, age 39 of 200 Hobby Road of Paris, on Friday for theft of property and a capias warrant out of Weakley County. Lamb was placed on $2,500 bond.

Too Cold for Polar Bears at the Shiver on the River


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th Annual Shiver on the River at the Paris Landing Marina’s boat launch ramp held on Sunday, January was a huge success.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Over two dozen people took the plunge at this year’s Shiver on the River. People from Henry County and Carroll County took the plunge in 40-degree water for a good cause at the 9th Annual Shiver on the River. 


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Proceeds from the event benefited the REAL Hope Youth Center in Paris, which was able to raise over $7,000 at this year’s Shiver on the River. Thanks to everyone who donated and volunteered to help make the 2017 Shiver on the River a success and supporting the REAL Hope Youth Center.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Kennedy Arrested and Awaits Extradition to Kentucky

Puryear, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall arrested Adam F. Kennedy, age 38 of 340 Morris Road of Puryear, on Friday for driving on a suspended license, theft under $10,000 and as a fugitive from justice in Kentucky. Kennedy was placed on $30,000 bond.

On Saturday Deputy Jim Sanders was notified that officers from Kentucky wanted to place a hold on Kennedy until they can extradite him to Kentucky to face auto theft charges, after Kennedy stole a UTV from a business in Murray in December.  Kennedy is currently in the Henry County Jail awaiting extradition back to Kentucky.  

98 People Use the HC Sheriff's Sober Rides on NYE

Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department offered sober rides for people as a safe way to get home after celebrating the New Year’s holiday. This year deputies gave a total of 98 people a safe ride home.

The sober rides helped drivers find a safe route home after drinking and prevented alcohol related driving offenses and wrecks. A special thanks goes out to the deputies of Henry County Sheriff’s Department who helped provide people with a safe way home after the New Year’s celebrations.

Memphis Man Arrested for DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Bobby J. Kelley, age 36 of 2195 Poplar Avenue of Memphis, on Saturday for driving under the influence first offense and violation of implied consent. Kelley was placed on $1,500 bond.

City of Paris New Year's Closures

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the New Year’s Holiday. The City of Paris City Hall, the Landfill, the Animal Shelter and the Public Works Department will all be closed on Monday January 2nd for New Years. 

The Public Works Department wants everyone to know that trash routes for Monday and Tuesday will run on Tuesday, January 3rd so be sure and have trash out by 7am.

Paris Woman Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Sheila Joy Sirabella, age 48 of 24 Bevill Lane of Paris, on Thursday for theft over $500. Sirabella was placed on $1,000 bond.

Lady Patriots Lose to Mustangs in Huntingdton Tourney

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots lost to the Huntingdon Lady Mustangs 63 to 49 at the Point Guard Classic in Huntingdon on Friday. Elizabeth Wood led the Lady Patriots with 17 points followed by Emily Gilstrap who had 16 points. The Lady Patriots are now 8-4 on the season.

The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots will play the Clarksville Northwest Vikings and Lady Vikings at home on Tuesday, January 3rd. The pregame show will begin at 5:30pm and the girls tipoff at 6pm.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the Patriots and Lady Patriots play on WLZK 94.1fm, or online at wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates will apply.  

Puryear Man Arrested for Possession

Puryear, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Adam Franklin Kennedy, age 38 of 340 Morris Road of Puryear, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license and simple possession.

While on routine patrol, Cpl. Jenkins observed Adam Kennedy driving on Hwy. 140. Cpl. Jenkins had prior knowledge that Kennedy was driving on a suspended license. Cpl. Jenkins conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and Kennedy gave him consent to search the vehicle. Cpl. Jenkins found .7 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Kennedy was then placed under arrest for driving on a revoked license and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

NYE Celebration at Paris Landing is Dec. 31st

Buchanan,Tenn.- Friends of Paris Landing will host their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Ridgeway Center at Paris Landing State Park starting tonight at 8pm. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve dance featuring the band 24-Seven will cost $25 per person. 

And the New Year’s Eve buffet will cost $16.95 per person which will be from 4:30pm to 8:30pm and the New Year’s Day buffet costs $8.95 per person which will be from 8am to 3pm. A New Year’s Eve Package will cost $149 plus tax. For more information or to make a reservation you can call 731-642-4311.

Wilson Arrested for Simple Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Cpt. John Brewer arrested Kiswana S. Wilson, age 23 of 816 Williams Street of Paris, on Thursday for simple assault. Wilson was placed on $750 bond.

Police Investigating Theft of a Meter at Home in Springville

Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Bryan Hall investigated theft of property and theft of services at Jones Loop on Thursday.

Sgt. Hall responded to a call from a BPU employee who stated that the meter at the house on Jones Loop had been shut off on December 21st for failing to pay the bill. On Thursday morning, a BPU employee checked the meter at the house on Jones Loop and they found that the meter had been replaced.

Further investigation revealed that the meter in the box had been stolen from a vacant house on Graceland.  BPU recovered the stolen meter from Graceland, but the meter from the home on Jones Loop is still missing. A suspect was named in the report but no arrests have been made.

11th Annual Red Legs Poker Run and Auction is Jan. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The 11th Annual New Year’s Day Ride of the Red Legs Poker Run and Auction will be Sunday, January 1st.  The event is sponsored by T-Bones Tavern and the Unforgotten MC. There will be a $100 pay out and it costs $10 per hand.

All bikes, cars and trucks are welcome on the poker run. Sign-ups are from 10:30am to 11am at T-Bones Tavern, which is located at 3485 Hwy 641 South in Paris, and all bikes, car and trucks involve in the poker run will go out at noon. 

Stops along the poker run are T Bones Tavern, Castaways Bar, Unforgotten MC Clubhouse, American Legion in Big Sandy, 3 Oaks Lounge in Springville and Back to T Bones Tavern.

There will also be a silent auction at the event and quality auction items and cooked goods are still needed. Food will also be served following the ride. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Adopt-A-Vet Program.

Donations may also be mailed to Bank of Camden, PO Box 99, Big Sandy, TN 38221.  For more information, you can contact T Bones Tavern at 731-407-7370 or call at 731-336-7813.

Civic Center Closings Announced for New Year's

Paris, Tenn.- The Civic Center will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, December 31st, and they will be closed all day on Sunday, January 1st for New Years. The Civic Center will reopen on Monday, January 2nd for normal hours of operation.

Police Make Theft and Robbery Arrests

Camden, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy John Krezinski arrested John B. Tharpe, age 38 of 112 N. Porter Street of Paris, on Wednesday for robbery. Tharpe was placed on $10,000 bond.

Paris, Tenn.- A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Lynn R. Warren, age 47 of 3705 Hwy 79 South in Paris, on Thursday for theft of property over $500. Warren was placed on $2,000 bond.

Chilling for a Good Cause at Shiver on the River on Jan. 1st

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th Annual Shiver on the River at the Paris Landing Marina’s boat launch ramp will be held on Sunday, January 1st starting at 1:30pm and registration will begin at 12:30pm.

A donation of $25 includes the official plunge, lunch at the Inn’s restaurant and the official t-shirt. They will also have nonparticipant t-shirts for a donation of $25 or more. Trophies will be awarded for the individual and the group that raises the most sponsorship money. And a trophy will be awarded for the most outrageous costume.

Proceeds from the event benefit the REAL Hope Youth Center. REAL Hope Youth Center is chilling for the children, so bring your family and friends and plan on joining them at the 9th Annual Shiver on the River on January 1st. For more information, you can call 731-333-1320.

Teen Arrested for Underage Drinking

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Jacob Quentin Fowler, age 18 of Paris Harbor Drive of Paris, on Wednesday for underage drinking. Fowler was placed on $1,000 bond.

Two People Arrested for Simple Possession of Meth

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Shaundreka Shaw, age 31 of 824 Williams Street of Paris, on Wednesday for simple assault and simple possession of a schedule II substance.

And Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Rodriguez Akeem Arnold, age 25 of 911 Minor Street of Paris, on Wednesday for simple possession of a schedule II substance.  

While on patrol, Cpl. Jenkins and Ptl. Jackson came into contact with Shaw and Arnold sitting in Shaw’s vehicle. Both officers had knowledge that Shaw had an active warrant out for assault and Cpl. Jenkins and Ptl. Jackson asked to perform a search of the vehicle, which Shaw consented to. While searching the vehicle, the officers found a baggie filled with .6 grams of meth.

Shaw and Arnold were then charged with simple possession of a schedule II substance. Shaw was placed on $1,000 bond and Arnold was placed on $2,000 bond.

Vistior Center and W.G. Rhea Library Announce Closures

Springville and Paris, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced New Year’s closures for the refuge office and Visitor Center which is normally open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 4pm. The refuge office and Visitor Center will be closing Friday, December 30th at 2:00 pm and will remain closed through New Year’s Day, January 2nd.

 The office and Visitor Center will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd for normal hours. For more information, please contact the refuge office at 731-642-2091.

And the W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed Friday, December 30th thru Monday, January 2nd for New Years.

Jackson Man Arrested for Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Tamarius McKinnie, age 24 of 135 Ridgemont Drive of Jackson, on Tuesday for driving on a revoked license, failure to appear, violation of parole and simple possession.

 

While on patrol, Ptl. McClure observed McKinnie driving down Chickasaw Road and Ptl. McClure had previous knowledge that McKinnie was driving on a revoked license, which dispatch confirmed.  Ptl. McClure turned around to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the vehicle was gone.

 

Ptl. McClure then went to the residence of the vehicle McKinnie was driving at the time. Ptl. McClure made contact with McKinnie where he placed McKinnie under arrest for violation of parole, failure to appear and driving on a revoked license.

 

Ptl. McClure then asked McKinnie and the owner of the vehicle if he could search the vehicle. Ptl. McClure was then granted permission to search the vehicle where he found 1 gram of marijuana under the passenger’s seat in the car. McKinnie admitted to police that the marijuana was his and he was then charged with simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

 

McKinnie was placed on a total of $7,000 bond.

 

Police Searching for Robbery and Home Invasion Suspects

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. David Beauvais investigated an aggravated robbery and home invasion at a home on Rison Street on Saturday.

Ptl. Beauvais spoke to the victim who stated that she was asleep on her couch when she heard her back door being kicked in and two men entered the residence. The complainant told police that she was unable to see their faces because the lights were off, but she did say that both men had handguns, and one of the guns was possibly a bb gun due to the fact that there was an orange cap on the front of it.

The two men ordered the victim to lay on the ground face first and they took the victim’s cellphone, several other electronics and credit card. Police have no suspects in the case but police are still looking for the suspects in this case.

Hike Your Way into the New Year at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will hold a New Year’s Day Hike on January 1st at 7am and 9am. Kids of all ages are welcomed on this easy to moderate 3.2-mile hike.  

Everyone interested in going on one of the hikes should meet up at the Conference Center Parking Lot before the hike begins. No matter what hike you choose to go on you should wear the appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes on the hike.

After you work up your appetite with the first day’s hike, you can head over to the park restaurant for a tasty meal. So, stop by Paris Landing State Park on New Year’s Day and start the New Year off to a great start by hiking their newly reconstructed trail at Paris Landing.

For more information, about the New Year’s Day hike you can call the Paris Landing State Park at 731-641-4465.

Three Teens Cited for Marijuana Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua cited Cody O. Morton, age 18 of 203 Haymont Circle of Paris, on Tuesday for simple possession.

While on patrol, Sgt. Fuqua saw a vehicle sitting at the end of the road on Recycling Drive in Paris. Sgt. Fuqua made contact with the vehicle and when he spoke to the driver identified as Morton and two juveniles in the car, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Sgt. Fuqua then asked if he could search the vehicle and they consented to the search. Sgt. Fuqua then asked Morton and the two other occupants to exit the vehicle so he could perform the search. The driver of the vehicle identified as Morton, fainted when he exited the vehicle so EMS was called to the scene to check Morton out. While searching the vehicle Sgt. Fuqua found several burnt cigars that had been cut in half and filled with marijuana.

Morton and the two juveniles were cited for simple possession of a schedule VI substance.                

Retirement Party for Kenneth Charles is Dec. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a retirement party for Kenneth Charles is on Wednesday, December 28th from 2pm to 4pm in the Henry County Chancery Room. So, take the bait and join them as they celebrate all of Kenneth Charles’ hard work over the years.

Police Investigate Vandalism at a Home on Williams Street

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Tyrail Jackson investigated a case of vandalism at a home on Williams Street in Paris on Sunday.

Ptl. Jackson arrived at the scene where he spoke to the victim who stated to police that when she arrived home she found that her door had been kicked in, but nothing appeared to be missing from the house. There is no further information at this time.

Police Investigate Stolen Truck in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Terry Williams investigated a theft over $1,000 and under $10,000 at a home in Cottage Grove on Sunday.

Cpl. Williams spoke to the victim who stated to police that he loaned his 2009 pickup truck to a neighbor from Cottage Grove on Thursday, December 23rd, but since that day the victim has not seen his truck or the woman he loaned his truck to. Police entered the vehicle into NCIC. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been made.

DPA Announces Christmas Coloring Contest Winners

Paris, Tenn.- Winners of the coloring contest celebrating the Holly Jolly, Electric Christmas Parade were recently announced by The Downtown Paris Association, where young artists shined in the contest. The coloring contest was sponsored by K & B Supplies for Success, who donated two baskets of art supplies for the winning artists.


Kaylen Thompson winner of the Kindergarten to 2nd grade Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade coloring contest.

Kaylen Thompson was the top artist of the Kindergarten to 2nd grade age group and Anniston Allen was the top artist in the 3rd to 5th grade group. “Both of these young ladies did an excellent job,” said Brenda Evans, of K & B. “There’s nothing sweeter than a beautiful Christmas drawing from a youngster.”


Anniston Allen winner of the 3rd to 5th grade Holly Jolly Electric Chirstmas Parade coloring contest.

And Brianna Belew, a student from Henry County High School, designed both coloring pages. Henry County High School Art Instructor Greg Chandler said, Belew created one drawing featuring Santa for the K- 2 contest and a more challenging sketch of Santa’s house with a snowman and Christmas tree for the older artists to color. Congratulations to both winners of the Holly Jolly, Electric Christmas Parade coloring contest.

Police Busy With Drug Related Calls Over the Holiday Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Daniel Michael Pollen-Huegel, age 30 of 180 Jackson Drive of Paris, on Friday for unlawful drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. Pollen-Huegel was placed on $750 bond.

A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Cpl. Blake Jenkins cited Randy J. Mobley Jr., age 30, and Melissa Crawford, age 32, both of 1524 Old McKenzie Hwy. of Paris on Friday for unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Cpl. Jenkins responded to a call about a possible domestic assault and when Cpl. Jenkins arrived at the scene he spoke to Crawford who stated that everything was fine she and Mobley Jr. had just been arguing. Cpl. Jenkins then spoke to Mobley Jr. who confirmed Crawford’s story.

While talking to Mobley Jr., Cpl. Jenkins saw a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in plain view. Crawford then gave Cpl. Jenkins to search the property where he found several other pipes and a grinder. Mobley Jr. and Crawford were then cited for unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Paris Man Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Joshua E. Peiffer, age 43 of 2020 Whitlock Road of Paris, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license. Peiffer was placed on $1,500 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Criminal Impersonation

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Jeffie G. Simmons Jr., age 24 of 3340 Hwy 79S of Paris, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license and criminal impersonation.

Ptl. Colley responded to an accident at the intersection of Blythe Street and Market Street. When Ptl. Colley spoke to one of the drivers identified as Jeffie Simmons, he said he did not have his license with him and Simmons stated to Ptl. Colley that his name was Steven Simmons. 

Dispatch advised that there wasn’t a driver’s license issued for a Steven Simmons, so Ptl. Colley asked to see Simmons wallet for any other identification. After looking in Simmons wallet Ptl. Colley found that Simmons real name was Jeffie Simmons.

Ptl. Colley then arrested Simmons for criminal impersonation and driving on a revoked license. Simmons was then placed on $2,000 bond.

Kennedy Arrested for Theft and Auto Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews arrested Jason C. Kennedy, age 39 of 300 Morris Road of Puryear, on Wednesday for theft over $500 and burglary of an automobile. Kennedy was placed on $10,000 bond.

 

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