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Water Level May Continue To Rise With Rain In The Forecast

Buchanan, Tenn. - Water levels may continue to rise with more rain projected in the forecast.

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

HCMC Diagnostic Center Earns ACR Accredidtaion for Mammography

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center wants you to rest assured that it meets standards for radiation and image quality.  That is why they are proud to announce that the HCMC Diagnostic Center has again received the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation in mammography.

The Diagnostic Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as a result of a recent review by the ACR.  Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“HCMC is dedicated to providing the highest quality imaging services to our community and this ACR Mammography accreditation is just another way for us to show our commitment of excellence” said Billie Mckee, Director of Imaging.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The Henry County Diagnostic Center is a 10,000 square foot facility which integrates state-of-the-art technology with convenience, comfort and communication to ensure that patients have the best experience possible. This technically advanced Imaging facility is a place where our exceptional Radiologists read images from the most advanced digital imaging equipment available. This means that images are viewed electronically rather than on traditional film.

Digital imaging provides clearer, more detailed images. Patients are now able to have their outpatient exams done in a timely manner with easy access thanks to a patient drop off and close parking.

Services offered at the facility include:

• CT Scan


• Ultrasound

• Diagnostic X-Ray

• EKGs

• Laboratory

• Pre-admission Testing

• Specialized Women’s Imaging

• Diagnostic Mammography

• Screening Mammography

• Breast Ultrasound

• CAD: Computer-aided

• Bone Densitometry Detection

The Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, The Joint Commission, and certified by the FDA. All Radiologists are board certified by the American College of Radiology.

Patriots On the Road At Springfield Fri. Night

Springfield, Tenn.- Henry County is on the road again for District 10-AAA basketball action on Friday night at Springfield. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm with the Patriots to follow. Our broadcast will begin at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. The game can be streamed online via our website, wmufradio.com or listened to via phone by calling 415-325-0723.

Reminder Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Tour Cancelled for Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cancelled the Annual Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Tour that was scheduled for this coming Saturday January 9th at the Duck River Bottoms due to the high waters on Kentucky Lake. The area where the event was to be held has been completely flooded due to the lake levels. The event will not be rescheduled as the extent of the road damage is undetermined at this time.

Commission Hears from TN Rehab Center

David Parrish talks about the day to day operations of the TRC. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met on Thursday and David Parrish, manager of the TN Rehabilitation Center in Paris gave a presentation on the operation and services provided by the TRC since the City donates money to it every year.

He said normally we have 12-15 people in the shop during specific times and sometimes we have many more.

Parrish said we are here to help disabled people go to work. Processes vary based on the person and their disabilities and we help them develop a plan. He said many who come to our center goes on to an area college or tech school and we find ways to financially help them. He said we teach them how to dress, how to interview, and whatever help they need to get their own job.

City Receives Clean Audit for FY 2015

Paris, Tenn.- The commission heard and approved the annual Audit Report from a representative of Alexander Thompson Arnold for the 2015 fiscal year. The audit showed it was a clean audit and everything was in pretty good shape. The financial statements of the Board of Public Utilities were included in the audit also.

He went over parts of the audit in detail and gave some pointers to continue to have a clean audit in the future.

Parameters Set for USDA/City Partnership

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners passed a resolution which established parameters for collaboration with USDA to make available surplus residential lots to individuals who qualify for a rural home loan program administered by the USDA. The resolution says the City Manager is authorized to enter into agreements with USDA where suitable residential lots owned by the City of Paris or Paris Housing Corporation are made available or USDA rural home loan programs.

The resolution also says the Mayor be authorized to execute any necessary legal documents to effectuate conveyance of the lots. The City will take a second Deed of trust of any lot made available to the program and the deed will be released from the city when the program requirements are met. The resolution also gives the City Manager discretion to carry out the program.

Retail Sales Up Over 7% in October 2015

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow reported that the City saw an increase in retail sales for October 2015 of 7.65% compared to October 2014. The City shows a 4.5% increase for the calendar year to date in 2015 financials compared to the year before.

General Fund expenditures exceeded revenues by over $77K for the month of November. The City did spend almost $146K in milling streets which completed paving projects except for filling potholes and making repairs.

Solid Waste revenues exceeded expenditures by $96,684, which is remarkable considering all the expenses for the Transfer Station construction. Pillow also told commissioners that over $190K in property tax payments during the first two months.

Commission Removes Docile Requirement on Owning Liquor Stores

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners voted on a request to remove the Domicile Requirement of the municipal code regarding Liquor Stores Thursday night at the meeting. The ordinance as established had a Domicile requirement that stated no person shall own or operate a retail store for the sale of alcoholic beverages unless they have lived in Henry County for 5 years. City Manager Kim Foster said the state has removed all residency requirements at that level.

A citizen is interested in purchasing a West Wood Wines & Liquors and had requested the 5 year residency requirement be removed. City Attorney Fred McLean told commissioners they are at liberty to pass an ordinance to the requested amendment to the code. A public hearing and second reading will take place at the February City commission meeting.

The Commission approved a request from the Paris Henry County Heritage Center and authorized the Mayor to sign their application for a grant. The Heritage Center is applying for a Tennessee Historic Preservation Grant to rehabilitate certain historic features. The wanted to apply thru the city in order to improve their chances on the grant.

Vice Chairman of the Heritage Center Carl Holder was on hand and said the center accepts full responsibility for the preparation of the application and administering everything should the grant be accepted.

Foster Updates Commission on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster reviewed the summary received from Henry County Medical Center after all city employees received checkups. She discussed the wellness incentive program as well.

Foster reported that the Transfer Station at the landfill was completed late in December and was in use as of Friday.

The City of Paris was not chosen as the top 2 in the Multi Modal Grant that would go towards the construction of a Bike and Pedestrian trail. Staff will meet with TDOT officials and reevaluate the project.

The Back Alley Paris Project continues slowly as well as local artists have shown designs for the Hessing wall side. The City is currently evaluating artists options.

City Hall Renovations are continuing and the work on the roof is complete. Foster said rains in December delayed the start of door and window replacement but hopes are al renovations will be complete by the end of March.

Part of the renovations at City Hall included making the entrance to Paris Police dispatch ADA compliant. (Alsobrooks photo)

Jacob Davis Honored at FOP Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 the FOP held it’s annual dinner and meeting to elect officers and report on recent events.

Also recognized was nine year old Jacob Davis, son of Chris and Amy Davis.  Jacob donated $380 to “Cops and Kids,” Christmas Shopping Trip.  Jacob collected the money for this program instead of birthday presents.  He was presented a keepsake box thanking him for his selfless donation.

Officers were re-elected to serve another term. 2016 Officers are; President, Chief Chuck Elizondo, Vice President, Chief Deputy Randy Gean and Secretary/Treasurer Sergeant Bruce Alexander.

Life Members Charlie Allen and Jim Hopper were recognized for their years of service.

Woman Charged With DUI After Accident

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department charged Janice J. Tyler, age 46, of 352 Rison Street with DUI, after city units were dispatched to a two vehicle accident at Tyson and Veterans Drive. Tyler was driving a 2000 Buick Park Avenue and left the scene and continued until stopped by Ptl. Derrek Colley at Casey’s on Mineral Wells Avenue.

Tyler was given a field sobriety test and failed and was charged with DUI.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Brian Davis observed Robert D. Helms, age 19, of 1109 East Wood St., driving a vehicle and he had prior knowledge of his license being revoked. Dep. Davis made a traffic stop and charged Helms with driving on a revoked license.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a resident of Peppers Drive reported an Xbox 1 game system with controller and a video game stolen. The total value of stolen items was over $560. There was no forced entry and the victim did tell officers of possible suspects.

Henry Invitational Basketball Tourney Gets Underway Sat.

Henry, Tenn.- The 2016 Henry 6th and 7th grade Invitation Basketball Tournament will get underway this Saturday and it is a fundraiser for the Henry Basketball booster club. All games will be played at Henry Elementary.

The schedule is as follows for the boys: Greenfield vs. Houston County at 10:30am Saturday January 9th, winner to play Huntingdon on Monday January 11th at 6:45; Lakewood vs. Stewart County January 9th at 1pm; Camden vs. Dresden January 9th at 3:30pm; and Harrelson vs. Big Sandy January 9th at 6pm, with the winner to play Henry boys at 5:30pm on Tuesday January 12th. Semifinals of the boys tournament will be January 14th at 5:30pm and 8pm and the Championship game is January 16th at 1:15pm.

The schedule for the girls is as follows: Houston County vs. Stewart County on Saturday January 9th at 11:45am, winner to play Dresden at 5:30pm on Monday January 11th; McKenzie vs. Lakewood at 2:15pm Saturday January 9th; Harrelson vs. Camden at 4:45pm on January 9th, with the winner to play Greenfield girls at 8pm on Monday January 11th; and Henry vs. Big Sandy on January 9th at 7:15pm with the winner playing Huntingdon on January 12th at 6:45pm. The girls semifinals will be played at 8pm on January 12th and 6:45pm on January 14th with the championship game on January 16th at Noon.

City Commission Jan. Meeting Set for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session Thursday night at the city hall courtroom. Items on the agenda include approving a resolution setting the parameters in the cooperative effort between the city and USDA to make city owned lots not in use available for low income individuals to build houses on, a report from the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, presentation of the audit report, and more. The meeting is open to the public.

Fish Fry Pageants Set for Jan. 23rd, 30th

Paris, Tenn.-The 2016 World’s Biggest Fish Fry will run from April 23 thru 30th but January is the month when pageants are held for yearly event and the schedule of those will be held over the last two Saturdays of this month, January 23rd and 30th.

The 2016 Hostess Princess Pageant will be held Saturday night January 23rd at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 7pm. Hostess Princes contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 20 by April 1st of this year and be a Henry County resident. It is also open to college students and Home school students who have a primary Henry County residence. Contestants for the Hostess Princess must have never been married nor have any children.

Contestants in the Hostess Princess pageant will be judged in sportswear and evening gown. Sportswear will consist of denim bottom and a white top of your choice with accessories and is meant to be dressy casual. Entry fee for the Hostess Princess Pageant is $30. Commercial Bank is once again sponsoring a $1K scholarship to be given to the young lady crowned as Hostess Princess.

Also on January 23rd, the Little Prince and Princess Pageant will be held at KPAC beginning at 1pm. It is open for boys ages Birth to 2 years and girls ages Birth to 3 years and age groups are Birth to 6 months, 7-11 months, 1 year, 2 year, and 3 year. Entry fee is $25.

The remainder of the Fish Fry Pageants will be held the following Saturday, January 30th all at KPAC. The first one is the Tiny Tot scheduled at 10am. It is for girls ages 4 and 5.

At 11am on January 30th, the Little Miss pageant is scheduled. It is open for young girls ages 6 and 7. The Jr. Queen Pageant is scheduled for 2pm, open to girls ages 8 and 9, the Miss Pre-Teen is for ages 10-12 and will be held at 4pm and the Miss Teen Pageant will finish up the night at 6pm and it is open for girls ages 13-15. All entry fees for pageants on January 30th are $25 and deadline to enter is January 26th.

Pageant entry forms can be printed from the link at the top of the page on our website, wmufradio.com.

MCU Gets $50K In Marijuana Off The Streets

From L to R: Dep. David Andrews, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Lt. Ricky Watson, Sheriff Belew, and K9 Si along with all the findings of Tuesday morning's drug bust. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit has taken $50K more in drugs off the streets after executing a search warrant at 637 Hagler Ridge Road around 4am on Tuesday morning.

A press conference was held Wednesday at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Monte Belew said the Metro Crime Unit immediately detained two individuals, Jeffery D. Whitehead, age 28, and Emilee A. James, age 24, both of 637 Hagler Ridge Road. A child was also in the residence at the time of the search.

Over 40 pounds of marijuana was found inside and around the outside of the home including in a 2011 Chevy Malibu that was seized, inside of special made cans to hide the pot, inside boots, and more places. K9s Si and Droid assisted in finding the marijuana.


Also seized in the search were 5 shotguns and a rifle, along with $4,280 in drug proceeds. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are very possible in this incident.

Sheriff Belew said Whitehead has four prior drug convictions and they have been on the phone with the United States Attorney Office pursuing more options on sentencing. Whitehead was placed on $50K bond and James was placed on $5K bond and both bonded out of jail on Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Belew said this is just another example of hard work and combined efforts from the Metro Crime Unit. He said, “if you deal drugs in Henry County, it is not if, but when the Metro Crime Unit will come knocking on your door.”

Officers involved in this search were Dale Paschall, David Andrews, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, and Lt. Ricky Watson.


Emilee James                                          Jeffery Whitehead

Conservation Reserve Program to Meet Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a meeting of the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, on Thursday January 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Event Center.

Anyone with interest in the CRP that has cropping history from 2008 to 2013, any four of those six years, can come to the workshop and learn more about the program.

Tennessee NRCS and Quail Forever Wildlife Biologists will have a short presentation regarding General CRP, Continuous CRP, Mid-Contract Management, and other CRP/Wildlife management related topics. There will be representatives on hand to answer any questions you may have about the program along with program enrollment assistance.

A meal will be provided but you must RSVP before 5pm Wednesday January 6th by calling USDA Service Center at 642-0761.

Henry County Sweeps Northwest on the Hardwood

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots swept a pair of games at Northwest in District 10-AAA basketball on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won 70-35 and the Patriots won 51-43. Henry County is back on the road Friday night at Springfield.

Several Events Planned For MLK Day Celebration In Henry Co.

Paris, Tenn.- Plans are underway for several events in Henry County to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday later in January. The theme of this year’s events is Civil Rights to Silver Rights, celebrating the 50th year of the celebration.

On Sunday January 17th, Guest Speaker Dr. Jerome Blakemore will speak at services at Progressive Baptist Church at 6pm. He is the Social Studies teacher at Lewis University, and formerly at the University of Memphis. Jerome Blakemore is the son of J.D. and Maddie Blakemore, formerly of Paris.

MLK Day, Monday January 18th, will have several events starting with the annual Prayer Breakfast beginning at 7am at Central School.

The March to the Courthouse will begin on January 18th at Mt. Zion at 10am and will include community leaders, law enforcement, and all citizens are invited to attend as well. The keynote speaker there will be Lt. Colonel Dereck Stewart, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, son of James Stewart, former pastor at McKenzie Baptist Church.

While at the courthouse, there will be an unveiling of a portrait of Mordecai Johnson, who was born in Paris on January 4th, 1861, and served as the first African American President of Howard University from 1926, until 1960. During the portrait unveiling, guest speakers will include George Bass and Tony Lawerence, Chamber President, and Paris Parks and Recreation Director.

Other events surrounding the MLK Day will include a luncheon, honoring Paris and Henry County’s very own local law enforcement officers at noon at Ketchum Hall.

The annual essay contest will also be included and winners of the essays will read them throughout the events planned Sunday and Monday January 17th and 18th. For more information on events surrounding this year’s Martin Luther King Holiday celebration, contact Henry County Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys. All citizens are welcome to attend and take part in any of the events.

Weekend Backpack Program Awarded With Three Star Grant

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Alliance Administrative Coordinator Tara Wilson recently presented a check for $5,000 to the Family Resource Center’s Director Becky Holland on behalf of the Weekend Backpack Program. The check represented a grant awarded as part of Governor Haslam’s ThreeStar Program. 

The ThreeStar Program focuses on five foundational pieces of community development; Jobs & Economic Development, Fiscal Strength and Efficient Government, Public Safety, Health and Wellness, and Education & Workforce Development. These five areas are identified as being critical to ensuring the success of Tennessee communities.

The Weekend Backpack Program, through the Family Resource Center, provides approximately 160 children in three Henry County schools — Harrelson, Henry and Lakewood — with food for the weekend. The Family Resource Center provides the bags for children who primarily rely on the school cafeterias for their most nutritious meal of the day; the bags ensure they have something to eat throughout the weekend.

The Henry County Alliance is a private, non-profit joint co-operative effort between the City of Paris, Henry County and the Chamber of Commerce with the responsibility of fostering economic growth within Henry County.

Additional Charge Brought on Payton

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has added new charges to Jared Payton, age 26, of 1480 Hwy. 69 S. after an incident that occurred this past weekend. He was previously charged with public intoxication after he was reported staggering down Hwy. 79.

Dep. Andrews reviewed the security tape of a business that reported him banging on the door and it showed Payton enter a vehicle in the parking lot and beat on the door and a new charge of burglary was added to him.

An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Steven E. Moses, age 18 of Dover, was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and shoplifting. He was placed at $12K bond.

Dep. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Oak Grove South Road. The caretaker of the home went to check on things and found a pistol, gold nugget ring with diamonds, gold bracelet, and $1400 cash missing from the home. Neighbors reported seeing a tan colored car in the driveway the day before, but Dep. Williams found no forced entry into the home. Investigation is continuing.

Henry County At Northwest for Basketball Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball teams will be back in action at Northwest Tuesday night for District play. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. Our broadcast will begin at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online via our website at wmufradio.com, and you can even listen on your phone by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates to apply.

Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Tour Cancelled Due to Flooding

Springville, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cancelled the Annual Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Tour that was scheduled for this coming Saturday January 9th at the Duck River Bottoms due to the high waters on Kentucky Lake. The area where the event was to be held has been completely flooded due to the lake levels. The event will not be rescheduled as the extent of the road damage is undetermined at this time.  

Some areas of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge are temporarily closed due to flood waters. Those areas include the entire Duck River Bottoms area, Big Sandy Peninsula areas of Pace Point Road and the Road beyond Chickasaw National Recreation Trail. The Swamp Creek Road and Bobcat Den Road areas of Britton Ford and Sulphur Wells are also closed due to flood waters.

The Refuge Visitor Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville is not affected by flooding and remains open.

Judge Snyder Appointed to Domestic Violence Council

Nashville- Henry County’s own General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder was recently appointed to serve as the West Tennessee judge on the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence announced the appointment las week.

The Council works to increase the awareness and understanding of domestic violence and family violence and its consequences and to reduce the incidence of domestic and family violence within the state. As a member of the Council, Judge Snyder will assist in the creation and dissemination of model policies and training curricula for law enforcement and the courts and certification and monitoring of court ordered batterer’s intervention programs.

Domestic violence is a significant problem in Tennessee. In 2013, there were over 77,500 reported cases of domestic violence. The Volunteer State was ranked 6th in the nation that year for the rate at which women were killed by men.

Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking requested more than 8K orders of protection from Tennessee’s circuit and chancery courts in fiscal year 13-14. No records are kept statewide on the number of orders of protection requested in Tennessee’s general sessions courts, but judges and victim advocates report that at least as many are filed there as well.

Established in 1995 the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council includes members from the courts, law enforcement, victim advocacy programs, and state agencies. The Council meets quarterly in Nashville. For more information on the Council visit tncoalition.org.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm this Thursday January 7th. There is a current critical need for O negative and B negative blood types as there is only one day of supply for each right now. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood and be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you come to give blood.

Benefit in Memory of Ronnie Cole Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a benefit concert and bake sale in loving memory of Ronnie Cole at JR’s Silver Dollar, located at 125 N. Brewer St. in downtown Paris this Friday January 8th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. There will be live music by Brian McCadams and all proceeds go to the Cole Family for funeral expenses.

Water Continues to Rise at Paris Landing; Forecast Not as High As Originally Predicted

Late Sunday afternoon, water had risen to almost 364 ft. at the Marina at Paris Landing (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Water continues to rise at Paris Landing as a result of the reduced flow at Kentucky Dam Spillways to help with flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, but luckily it will not rise as much as originally projected.

TVA and the National Weather Service have both reduced their projections on rising waters of the Tennessee River and Cumberland River. At one time, it was projected the Tennessee River could reach 373 feet, or about 13 feet above summer pool of 359 ft. As of Sunday evening at Paris Landing, the water level was around 364.5ft. and predictions say it should crest at 367.5 feet on Thursday.

Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins said a cabin in the Hidden Creek Campground area on West Antioch Road has requested sandbags bags as water is closing in on it. The EMA office does have around 3000 sandbags for anyone who needs them.

The Cumberland River should crest Wednesday around 367 feet as well. Roads near the rivers in Henry, Houston, and Stewart Counties have and will continue to be affected during this rise of the water. More rain is in the forecast Thursday thru Saturday of this week after several days of dry weather to end 2015 and start the new year.

Man Charged With Drug Possession After Warrants Served

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Lance Perry and Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Hwy. 79N to attempt to serve warrants on Shontel M. Thompson, age 19, of 1106 Travis Road after getting a tip he was at the residence on 79N.

A search of the home was done and Thompson was found in a back bedroom of the home. Also the area smelled of marijuana and a search found a plastic bag with marijuana and digital scales. Thompson was charged with simple possession of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of aggravated assault.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that some items were stolen from a barn on Shady Grove Road. Stolen items included a toy four wheeler, a push mower, and a circular saw. There are no suspects at this time and officers are still investigating.

Some arrests over the weekend included James Edward Entreka, 59, of 810 Curtis Street for two counts of trespassing and Courtney N. Johnson, 705 Cypress Road, for DUI, open container, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on revoked.

Buchanan Woman Arrested For Child Abuse And Neglect

Kathy Ferguson (HCSO booking photo)

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Stacey Bostwick responded to 315 Point Pleasant Road in reference to a runaway.

Upon arrival Deputy Chad Howard and Sgt. Lance Perry had found that a 16 year old female had run away after an altercation with her mother.

The altercation had happened at approximately 9:45 a.m. and the mother did not call for assistance in looking for her child until 3:20 p.m. stating that she thought she would come back.

The child left with no shoes, clothed in nothing but a t-shirt and jogging pants.

At 7:04 p.m. Deputy Bostwick did locate the run away on Hwy 79 near Eagle Creek. The child was transported to the Henry County Medical Center Emergency Room to be checked out, due to the temperature being so low and the length of time that she was exposed to the elements.

The child advised deputies that she left the residence because during the fight her mother had hit her in the face several times, placed her hands around her throat and held her by the neck. She stated that her mother also raised her shirt, exposing her during the fight.

The Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner did make deputies aware of dried blood in the nasal cavity and in the ear.

Deputy Bostwick was aware of past neglect, in which the mother allowed a known sex offender to be in the residence.

It was determined that child abuse and neglect was the reason the child ran from the home and refused to return. Neglect was also apparent in the amount of time that passed from the time the child left the home, until the time the mother called for assistance in locating the child.

Department of Child and Family Services were called in to speak to the child and the mother, identified as Kathy M. Ferguson, was placed under arrested for child abuse and neglect.

Ferguson was placed on $3000 bond and was released later that evening.

Auction Items Needed For Benefit To Be Held In February

Springville, Tenn. - Three Oaks Restaurant, located at 11755 Highway 69 South in Springville is holding a benefit for Paul “PD” Clendenin on Sunday, February 21st.

PD has recently been diagnosed with cancer and donations and auction items are requested.

The benefit will include BBQ plates, a live auction, raffles, 50/50 drawing and a bake sale.

For more information, please contact Three Oaks at 731-593-1000.

Skyhawk Extend Winning Streak After 122-60 Victory

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to six games after a 122-60 triumph over Boyce College at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center tonight.

With the victory, the Skyhawks (8-7) improve to above .500 for the first time this season. UT Martin also tied its second-longest win streak in its Division-I history, trailing only the 2008-09 Ohio Valley Conference championship team that won a school-record 11 consecutive games.

The Skyhawks equaled a school record this evening with 16 three-pointers made. UT Martin also dialed up 16 treys during last season’s 104-79 victory at Northwestern State in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Overall, UT Martin shot 56.4 percent (44-for-78) with a season-best 26 assists tonight.

Boyce College (3-11), a National Christian College Athletic Association school based out of Louisville, Ky., was led by Drew McKay’s 12 points. Maxx Katzbeck and Mike Jones also recorded 11 points apiece but UT Martin amassed 19 steals on 21 Bulldog turnovers.

UT Martin went on a 10-0 run early, the last eight points coming via Anderson. The senior out of Memphis drained a pair of three-pointers in the span of 19 seconds before capping off the run with a fast break layup at the 16:25 mark.

Four straight points by Rowe extended the Skyhawk lead to double-digits (19-9) with 12:49 to play in the first half. Moments later, UT Martin used a 22-0 run over a stretch of 6:11 to open up a 33-point lead. Six different Skyhawks pitched in with a bucket during the spurt, including a pair of treys by both Anderson and Lee.

The frontcourt tandem of Rowe (six points) and Lewis (five) combined for 11 of UT Martin’s final 17 points of the first half, allowing the Skyhawks to take a 65-20 lead at the break.

Anderson’s 14 points led all scorers at halftime while Edwards (12) and Rowe (10) also cracked double-digits in the scoring column in the first half. UT Martin shot 53.5 percent (23-for-43) while the Bulldogs combined to make 25.9 percent (7-for-27) of their attempts in the first 20 minutes.

Taylor was responsible for seven of the Skyhawks’ first 14 points to open the second half. UT Martin hit triple-digits on the scoreboard at the 8:52 mark after Malik London stuffed home a putback dunk off an offensive rebound.

Later in the second half, Harrison put on a show offensively – knocking down three trifectas in the span of 2:15 to open up a 114-55 Skyhawk lead. The 16th and final three-pointer of the game – a deep jumper from the left wing by Lewis with 47 seconds left to play – gave UT Martin its biggest lead of the night and provided the final scoring margin of 122-60.

The Skyhawks begin their 24th season of OVC play next week, traveling to Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 7th before visiting Morehead State on Jan. 9th.

Man Arrested For Public Intoxication After Staggering On Hwy

Jared Payton (HCSO booking photo)

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to Hwy 79 North in reference to a male subject staggering down the side of the road, upon arrival of Deputy David Andrews, reserve officers had the subject detained. When Deputy Andrews opened the rear door of the vehicle to speak with the subject, the male cursed and was attempting to use his cell phone. A strong odor of alcohol was detected and he spoke with slurred speech. The subject also had trouble standing without swaying.

The subject, identified as Jared Payton, age 26, of 1450 Hwy 69 South was removed from the patrol unit, patted down, re-cuffed from front to rear after he slid them from behind his back to the front, and Payton refused to get into Deputy Andrews patrol unit. Some moderate force was used to aid in placing Payton in the back of the unit.

Payton once again slipped his handcuffs from behind him to in front of him, but was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

The owners of a business on the highway advised that prior to Officers arriving on scene that Payton was banging on the front and back door of the business. Payton also gained access to the owner’s parked truck, got inside and then as he exited went over and got on the motorcycle that was also on the premises, but neither had keys. Payton began banging on the doors again, but when confronted by the owner he ran back to the highway and was intercepted by Deputies.

Payton was charged with public intoxication and the case is still under investigation with additional charges pending.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Make Several DUI Arrests

Henry County, Tenn. - According to arrest sheets at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Tiffany Clement and charged her with DUI 1st offense and violation of implied consent. Clement was placed on $1500 bond.

Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Ricky Lee Goodman for DUI. Goodman was placed on $1500 bond.

Trooper Josh Wade arrested Courtney Johnson of 705 Cypress Road and charged her with DUI, open container, leaving the scene and driving on revoked.

2016 Shiver On The River Winners Announced $6000 Raised

Buchanan, Tenn. - Best Costume - Hooked on REAL Hope group

Honorable Mention - Jane Garrett as Olaf the Snowman

Group Awards for Money Raised:

1st Place - Hooked on REAL Hope $1361 (Donna Craig's Group)                         

2nd Place - 2015 is Dead to US $100                                                                          

3rd Place - Alpha and Omega $75

Individual Awards for Money Raised:

1st Place - Dawn Hurney - $1292

2nd Place - Dennis Inman - $1190

3rd Place - Randi French - $100

Number of Plungers - 35

Total Raised - Over $6000 profit, with donations still coming in.

Items Stolen From A Barn On Shady Grove Road

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to a call at 8085 Shady Grove Road in regards to a theft of property.

The owner of the home stated that several items had been stolen from the barn over the last few days.

The items included a toy four wheeler, a push mower and a circular saw. No value of the items was listed.

No arrests have been made at this time.

7th Annual Shiver On The River Held New Year's Day

Buchanan, Tenn. - The 7th Annual Shiver on the River was held Friday afternoon at the Paris Landing Marina Boat Ramp.

The brisk wind and 30 degree temperature didn't stop those who participated. Spectators gathered as 35 took the plunge into the icy water, while some jumped in and swam around a bit, others waded in and right back out.

Costumes included pirates, zombies, Olaf, minions and Batman.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Real Hope Youth Center.

Steve and Barbara Matlock participate in the Shiver on the River (Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

Local Man Arrested On DUI 2nd Offense Following Accident

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jamie James responded to an accident at the intersection of East Wood Street and North Market Street.

Upon making contact with the driver at fault, James Bourque, age 60, of 408 Wynn Street, he advised that he had ran the red light and hit another car.

Bourque advised that he had been drinking, but didn’t know how many drinks he had actually consumed. A strong odor of alcohol was detected and Bourque did have bloodshot eyes.

Although Bourque was compliant and attempted several field sobriety tests, due to his level of inebriation, the tests could not be successfully completed.

Bourque was charged with DUI 2nd Offense and was transported to Henry County Medical Center, after consenting to a blood draw. Bourque was then transported to the Henry County Jail, without incident. He was placed on $5500 bond.

Driving On Suspended Arrests Made After Routine Traffic Stops

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Blake Jenkins performed a routine traffic stop on Irvine Street for failure to use a turn signal.

The driver, Jaylan Floyd, of 125 Hidden Acres Road, in Cottage Grove, was found to be operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.

Floyd was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, according to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jamie James conducted a traffic stop on a blue Cadillac on East Wood Street for no headlights.

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Robert Helms, age 19, of 1109 East Wood Street, Ptl. James had prior knowledge of Helms’ license being suspended. Upon confirmation from dispatch, Helms was placed under arrest, transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on $300 bond.


HCSO Requesting Help In Attempted Break-In

Driver or owner of this vehicle sought for questioning in attempted break-in (HCSO photo)

Buchanan, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the community in regards to an attempted break-in that occurred just before 6 a.m.

The attempted break-in occurred at Eagle Creek Armory in Buchanan.

The person and/or persons involved were driving a small red vehicle and drove through the fenced area and rammed into the building in an attempt to gain entry to the business.

The vehicle was left at the scene and has a non-valid tag from Wisconsin on it.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone that may have seen this vehicle or knows who may have been driving it, to please call the Sheriff's Office at 731-642-1672 or you may also call the Henry County Tip Line at 731-642-0929 if you would like to remain anonymous.


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