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Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Henry County Travels to Rossview Fri., Springfield Sat.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Rossview on Friday night for a District 10-AAA matchup. The Lady Pats tip at 6pm, followed by the Patriots. Our broadcast will begin at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM.

In a makeup game from last week, Henry County will travel to Springfield on Saturday for a 2pm tipoff. This game was scheduled for last Friday but was cancelled due to snow that fell that day. The Gibson County game originally scheduled for Saturday will not be made up. Our broadcast on Saturday begins at 1:30pm. You can always listen online to our streaming at wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates apply.

Woman Charged for Filing False Report After Lying About Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews has charged April N. Porter, 27, of 1105 East Blythe Street with filing a false report after she called in a false rollover accident on Hwy. 641 N., where sheriff’s deputies and EMS responded. The report stated that dispatch received a call from a man who said his girlfriend called him to report she had wrecked and was trapped inside the car somewhere on Hwy. 641 N.

Emergency personnel responded to the area and weren’t able to find a vehicle that had rolled over. The man later contacted dispatch and said the woman was at home fine. Porter told Dep. Andrews said had made the report because she was made at her boyfriend. She was charged with filing a false report and placed on $2500 bond.

Dairy Queen Site Plan Approved by Planning Commission

Planners hear from Community Development Director Jennifer Morris at Thursday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission meeting, the site plan for Fourteen Foods and what will be an eventual Dairy Queen was approved. The building is over 2200 sq. feet and the building will be constructed on property between Taco Bell and Murphy Oil. At a preliminary plan approval, it was approved by planners and TDOT that Murphy Oil and Dairy Queen will share a drive.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said all information required is available and satisfactory. Drainage and MS4 requirements are still under review. Morris said even though the total area of development is only .69 acres, MS4 will still be required because the restaurant is considered a “hotspot”.

Planners also approved a site plan for a 3600 square foot building that will become a Fast Pace Medical Clinic at the corner of Mineral Wells and Fairview Street next to the AT&T Store. The residential structures that are currently in the area will be demolished to prepare the property for redevelopment.

Morris explained to planning commission members that when the AT&T store received approval from TDOT, only one entrance/exit was required between Walgreens exit and Fairview Street. Based on that, Fast Pace Medical Clinic developers are required to utilize an easement from AT&T developers for shared access from Mineral Wells. There is also proposed ingress/egress from Fairview Street as well. Setbacks, proper parking spaces, and a landscaping area were provided on the plat. Morris said the only thing missing from the plat is that there is no dumpster pad shown, but developers with Fast Pace are working with AT&T to possibly share their dumpster.

The only change the site plan needed would be zoning as it was noted as B-3 instead of B-1, however requirements under B-1 and the noted zone could be amended.

An accessory building located at the corner of West Blythe Street and Fentress Street for the Paris Board of Public Utilities was approved by the planning commission Thursday night. The accessory building would be located at the corner of the property were the new Water Treatment plant is going to be built. The proposed structure for the accessory building is 4K sq. ft. and it would be used for storage and loading and unloading of dirt and gravel. The east side of the structure will be open for trucks to back into and load and unload.

HCBOE Learns of HCHS Report Card Data

Betsy Allison reviews the 9-12 report card at Thursday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday and Supervisor of Curriculum for grades 9-12 Betsy Allison went over the School Report Card for high school data as testing was only done at that level.

Allison said the attendance, graduation rate, ACT composite average across the school was all very good. She said Literacy was significantly above the state average on the ACT composite and right at average in the Math section of the test.

Allison said our English Language Arts achievement ranked #6 in the state in the scores which is very impressive. In English I, Henry County had 39% of students on track or mastered, compared to the state average of 27.5. Henry County also scored above the state average in English II and III, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology I, Chemistry I, and U.S. History. Algebra I was the lone subject area that HCHS scored slightly below the state average.

All 11th graders will have ACT tests in school in April to try to make progress in the overall composite average and get the number of students to meet the HOPE Scholarship level increased.

Nine Teachers Granted Tenure As Test Scores Finally Arrive

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved tenure recommendations at Thursday night HCBOE meeting. Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton said, “it’s a big deal to earn tenure and a big deal to recognize those who earn tenure.” Tenure is granted after serving as a teacher for five years and during the last two years earning a 4 or 5 in being above or significantly above expectations on the state report card. Approved for tenure were the following: at Lakewood: Lindsay Craig, Lora McCampbell, and Joey Sam; at Harrelson, Chris Watson and Julie Jackson; and at Henry County High School: Kim Bynum, John Harrison, Laura Moss, and Steve Summers.

Maintenance Supervisor John Akers updated the board on the construction progress at the new bus garage by Barton Field. He said the bids were let today and bid opening will be in a couple weeks. Once bids are open he said work would start in 4-6 weeks. Akers said there were several local contractors that picked up bid sheets.

Dr. Norton Tells HCBOE Busy Legislative Session Awaits

Dr. Norton discusses items that could come before the state legislature. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- In his Director’s Report, Dr. Norton said he wanted to brag on a few people who applied to be on the state assessment committee. He said it was a lengthy application process. Dr. Norton said, “we always encourage our teachers to serve in these capacities and if they get chosen it will be great for them and our system."

Dr. Norton also said a number of things are set to come before the state legislature that could impact our work. The Every Child Succeeds program will be looked at, formerly No Child Left Behind. He suggested the accountability section that could be used by proponents of school vouchers to push that and hurt funding for public education. He just asked everyone to pay attention to the legislative session this year and dig deeper and research if the accountability factor is pushed because giving a school a letter grade, doesn’t always tell the whole story.

Dr. Candice McQueen, Comm. of Education, Visits Paris

Dr. Candice McQueen, Comm. of Education, asks students to tell her about Paris Elementary. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner of Education for the State of Tennessee, visited Paris and Henry County on Thursday as part of her initative to visit 10K classrooms in the state during her Classroom Chronicles Tour.

Dr. McQueen toured Paris Elementary on Thursday morning and went into a few classrooms to see what was going on. Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray, PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown, and PSSD Curriculum of Instruction Supervisor Dr. Norma Gerrell, led her around the classrooms and school.

In Lynette Smith's class, Dr. McQueen witnessed how PES students were using Skype to video chat with a classroom in another state. Students take turns giving clues to the other classroom about their state, and see which classroom can guess what state their counterparts are located in. Thursday, PES students were talking with a class from the State of Massachussetts.

PES Principal Chip Gray said, "we wanted to implement technology and let our students explore and learn things outside the State of Tennessee so we use Skype."

Dr. McQueen discusses learning the Spanish language via the software program with a student.

Dr. McQueen interacted with students and learned about the foreign language program that PSSD students are involved with as she visited Ms. Shellie Plumley's Spanish II class. PSSD students learn different foreign languages at their own pace thru a software program with Middlebury College.

Dr. McQueen toured the school and was impressed at the joint venture the City and PSSD implemented with Civic Center and School being built and sharing space. She said, "I've been to over 300 schools and classrooms, this is the first one that has had a pool, so students be sure and consider yourselves luck to have that."

Dr. McQueen was set to speak to the Paris Rotary Club on Thursday as well.

PES Principal Chip Gray, PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown and Dr. McQueen discuss the joint venture that occurred when PES and the Civic Center were built. (Alsobrooks photos)

City of Paris Announces Closings for MLK Day

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for this coming Monday January 16th to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. City Hall will be closed, all emergency services will be on regular schedule. The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed and Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will be run on Tuesday. The Landfill and Animal Shelter will be closed on Monday also.

All government offices will be closed Monday at the County and State level as well and the mail will not run.

HCHS Cheerleaders to Host Jr. Cheerleading Clinic

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School cheerleaders and Coach Velvet Arnold will host a junior cheer clinic at HCHS January 17, 18, and 19th. Any youngsters ages 2-8 are invited to participate in the clinic. There will be two groups, Group 1 is for ages 2-4 and practice will be January 17th and 19th at the gym in E Building at HCHS. Group 2 is for ages 5-8 and practice will be January 18th and 19th. Practice each day will begin at 3:45pm. Both of the groups will perform at the home basketball game against Kenwood on January 20th.

Cost of the junior cheerleading clinic is $45 and includes a t-shirt, pom poms and a snack. Registration forms are available at the office at the high school and are needed by this Friday so T-shirts can be ordered for the performance on the 20th.

Reminder: Arts Council Offering Free Workshops in January

Paris, Tenn.- The Arts Council will offer free workshops every Saturday in January where students can learn more about a featured art from a local artist and create a piece to include in the Young Artists Showcase, which is set to open February 5th at Lee Academy. Free workshop sessions are as follows: 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.

Dairy Queen Site Plan on Thurs. Planning Comm. Agenda

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Planning Commission will meet in regular session Thursday night and likely approve a site plan for what will be a Dairy Queen to go on Mineral Wells Avenue between Taco Bell and Murphy Oil. The preliminary plan for Fourteen Foods, of Minneapolis, the parent company of Dairy Queen, was approved a couple of months ago with regard to a shared drive between Murphy Oil and Dairy Queen. That plan was approved by the Planning Commission and TDOT.

Planners will also look at a site plan for a Fast Paced Medical Clinic at the corner of Mineral Wells and Fairview Street and site plan for BPU to build an accessory building at the corner of West Blythe and Fentress Streets. The meeting begins at 6pm in the City Hall Courtroom and is open to the public.

RFL Gospel Showcase Set for Jan. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- Elizabeth’s Cancer Crushers Relay for Life Team will present a Relay for Life Gospel Showcase on Friday January 20th at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door, but can be purchased in advance from any team member or at Merison’s Furniture on Memorial Drive or the Iron Place on Poplar Street.

Tickets are $8 per person and children under 12 get in for free. Elizabeth Cronin is an 8th grader at Inman Middle School and a cancer survivor.

The showcase will feature local talent: Angela and Terry Alton, Chuck Haney, Ervin and Andrea Dutton and friends with Marley Trosper, Michael Holden, Rhonda Stanton, the Shepherd Family, and Wire and Wood.

East Wood Church to Host Men's Day Event Jan. 21st

Paris, Tenn.- East Wood Church of Christ will hold a Men’s Day Leadership event on Saturday January 21st at the church located at 800 East Wood Street. Events will start with registration at 7:30am and continue throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Lunch is provided.

Featured speakers include Randy Duke, Elder at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ; Bob Turner, Co-Minister at Bastrop Church of Christ in Louisiana; and Adam Currence, graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and Youth minister at East Wood Church of Christ.

RSVP an approximate number of attendees to EastWoodPreacher@icloud.com or call 642-2861.

Another Person Charged in Last Week's Watson Lane Shooting

Paris, Tenn.- Another person has been charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, stemming from the shooting incident on Watson Lane last week. Dep. David Andrews charged Horace H. McNeary, age 31, of 2190 Old Paris Murray Road with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder for his involvement in the incident where a man was shot and flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The other person involved, Brianna Northsworthy, age 19, remains in jail after being charged with criminal attempt to commit 2nd degree murder and aggravated child abuse. The original story is near the bottom of our website news section.

Home Invasion Suspect Sought by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a home invasion that occurred on Hwy. 69 South Tuesday and are actively looking for the suspect. The report stated that Dep. Chad Lowery responded to the scene where a woman said a male subject kicked in the front door and came in with a gun and yelled for “her to give me everything you got.”

The woman noticed the male who kicked in the door was wearing a black mask and black gloves and another man wearing a masking was standing behind him on the porch. The report said the kids that were inside the home ran to another room and locked the door, then the woman’s husband came from the other side of the house and attempted to grab the shotgun. The struggle caused the shotgun to fire a hole in the ceiling.

The husband was finally able to push the male and shotgun out on the porch and then both men fled. The Criminal Investigation Division took over the scene and continue to investigate. The man was about 6’1 and weighed around 180 pounds.

Lady Pats Move to 4-0 in District Play with Win Over CHS

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Clarksville High on Tuesday night at home. The Lady Patriots move to 4-0 in District 10-AAA play after a 46-41 win against the Lady Wildcats. Gracie Osborne had 16 points and Natiya Jumper had 15 points in the win. The Lady Pats are now 10-4 on the season.

The Patriots lost to the Wildcats 47-39. Cole Culepepper and James King each had 7 points apiece in the loss. Henry County will travel to Rossview Friday night and travel to Springfield on Saturday afternoon at 2pm to make up the game missed last week because of snow.

Titus Winders Named to 2016 All State CC Team

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Junior Titus Winders has been named to the 2016 Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Cross Country All-State Team for the Class AAA boys. He was also recently named to the 2016 Nashville Tennessean All-Mid State Cross Country Team. Titus won the Louisville Classic and Brooks Invitational race in Memphis in 2016 and finished 3rd overall in the state cross country meet. Titus also finished 15th in the Foot Locker South Region Race held in November in North Carolina.

Music's Role On Civil Rights Focus of 2017 MLK Events

Paris, Tenn.- Several events are planned for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrations in Paris and Henry County. The theme for this year’s MLK Day is “Sing to the Power and the Lord Comes Down,” to show the impact of music on the Civil Rights movement.

Events will begin Sunday evening January 15th at 6pm at Quinn Chapel AME Church. Various local choirs and church and other music groups will perform music.

On Monday January 16th, the MLK Prayer Breakfast will start at the Community Service Center on Jones Bend Road at 8am. There will be songs of the Civil Rights era performed during the breakfast.

Activities will continue at 10am, as the March to the Courthouse starts at Mt. Zion at 304 Rison Street. At the courthouse Rowland Atkinson will be the keynote speaker. Following activities at the courthouse, a Luncheon honoring local church choral directors and musicians will be held at Grace Episcopal Church’s Ketchum Hall at Noon.

LBL Offering Eagle Viewing Cruises, Van Tours This Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes is offering Kentucky Lake Eagle Viewing Cruises January 14-16. The cost is $65 per person and if interested you need to meet at Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. Cruise times are Saturday January 14th 8:30am to 11:30am and again 1-4pm; Sunday January 15th 11am to 2pm; and Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 16th from 11am to 2pm. Reservations are required for all tours, call 270-924-2020 to reserve your seat or for more information.

LBL also will offer Eagle Viewing Van Tours from the Golden Pond Visitor Center Saturday and Sunday as well. Cost is $10 per person on Saturday and $7 per person on Sunday.

Reminder: Friday is Deadline to Enter WBFF Pageants

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the deadline to enter this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants is quickly approaching. All entries must be received by this coming Friday January 13th for all pageants. Pageants will be held January 21st and 22nd at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Entry fee for the Hostess Princess Pageant is $30 and all other pageants is $25. For more information and pageant entry forms visit the Chamber’s website at www.paristnchamber.com/fish-fry-information.

TN Issues Record Number of Tax Credits in 2016

Nashville- The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) issued a record number of Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to Tennessee employers during 2016.

From January 1 through December 31, 2016 TDLWD issued 85,448 WOTC certifications, which accounts for $225,395,200 in employers’ potential tax savings, the largest amount in the program’s history. 

The number of certifications has grown steadily since the Department simplified the WOTC program process for employers in 2016 by transitioning to a more efficient and user-friendly online application. Not only did this expedite the process, it also eliminated the use of more than 700,000 pieces of paper each year.

“This tax credit is a benefit many business owners are unaware of and may forsake thousands of dollars in tax bill savings each year,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit program is designed to assist Tennesseans of select targeted groups who have consistently faced significant employment barriers with re/entering the workforce.  The program provides federal tax credit incentives, ranging from $1,200 - $9,600, to employers for hiring these individuals.

Targeted groups include: long-term unemployed, veterans, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, ex-felons, vocational rehabilitation participants, Social Security Insurance recipients, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, as well as several other groups.  

SNAP recipients garnered the largest number of certifications in 2016.  The state issued 74,155 WOTC certifications on behalf of this group with $177,972,000 in potential tax savings for Tennessee employers.  The second largest group is TANF recipients with 2,702 certifications, valued at $24,318,000.  Ex-felons made up the third largest group with 2,570 WOTC certifications and a potential tax savings of $6,168,000.  Another critical target group is comprised of Tennessee veterans.  2,000 veterans went to work in 2016 because of the WOTC and employers saved $7,326,400.

“This program is a win-win situation for Tennessee employers and workers.  It puts folks having a difficult time finding work into new jobs and reduces the business owners’ tax liability,” Commissioner Phillips said.  “We hope more employers take advantage of the WOTC program, surpassing last year’s numbers.”

The WOTC is a federally funded program and Congress designates which targeted groups are eligible for the credit.

Trooper Mounts Arrests Florida Fugitive

Paris, Tenn.- Trooper Jason Mounts has charged a woman with being a fugitive from Miami Beach, Florida. Rebecca Elizabeth Hanzl, age 46, with listed address on Country Club Road, is wanted in Florida for theft of a high priced automobile. Hanzl was placed on $10K bond and will be transported to Florida.

Road Board Holds Quick January Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met in a quick routine session for January on Monday evening. After being shut down for the last half of December and first part of the New Year, Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt informed the board not a whole lot has been going on. He said we did clear some trees and fixed washouts from some storm damage in December and also cleaned out a few culverts that beavers had damned up. Chilcutt said the crews would get cranking again full force next week.

Clarksville High Comes to Gamlin Gym Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is at home on Tuesday night as old rival and District 10-AAA foe Clarksville High comes to Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots 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, listen to streaming at wmufradio.com, or listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates will apply.

HCSO Seeks Public's Help in Recent Church Break-ins

Paris, Tenn.- After several recent Church break-ins and burglaries, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has requested the public’s help to track to track down the burglars. Capt. Adam Jenkins said the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating thefts and break-ins at Manley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Spring Creek Baptist Church, and New Bethel Baptist Church and are asking the community’s assistance and offering a $500 reward to information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

Capt. Jenkins said the Sheriff’s Office also wants all churches to beware of the active investigations and to always report any suspicious activity in the area. If you see something, say something. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 with tips or information.

Woman Charged After Robbing, Pepper Spraying Victim

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed has charged Anglea Marie Youngblood, age 38, of 940 Rison Street, with robbery and placed her on $20K bond after she robbed and pepper sprayed a man this weekend. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Units were dispatched to Terrace Woods Travel Lodge, on Hwy. 641 N., after a man said he was robbed and pepper sprayed.

The victim told Lt. Reed that Youngblood had come to visit and then left but said she’d be back. A short time later, she burst thru the door and pepper sprayed him. He told Lt. Reed he thought she was looking for drugs and that some man was with her, but he couldn’t see enough at the time to determine who it was. The report said the victim then was forced to give all the money on his person and his cell phone to Youngblood and she threatened to kill him if he called police.

Ptl. Jamie James located Youngblood on Rison Street and detained her until Lt. Reed could get there. Garron Crafton admitted to being with her and said she did pepper spray the man and later found the phone she stole and turned it over to police.

HCSO Investigating Church Theft, Attempted Theft

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break in and an attempted theft at a couple of churches that occurred over the weekend. One report stated that audio sound equipment and other items valued at over $2600 was stolen from Spring Creek Baptist Church on Manleyville Road. The report said there was forced entry in the incident.

Another report said someone attempted to steal the A/C unit from New Bethel Baptist Church on Old Paris Murray Road. The breaker switch was removed from the breaker box and electric wires were cut. Damage was estimated at around $500. Deputies are investigating both incidents with no suspects at this time.

Man Charged With Burglary After Being Shot in Back

Puryear, Tenn.- Dep. Stacey Bostwick responded to a home on North Cherry Street where a man said he shot his brother in the back. The report at the Sheriff’s Office said that the brothers had gotten into an argument and fight and one ran inside as his brother, Trever Ray Trull, age 32, of 516 N. Cherry, attempted to gain entry into the home. The brother shot 9 times thru the door, striking Trull in the back. Deputies found 9 spent rounds and 9 bullet holes in the door. Trull was later arrested for felony burglary charges after he was treated and released from HCMC by Dep. Haley Nanney. Trull was placed on $75K bond.

Man Wanted on Theft Charges From Walmart Picked Up

Paris, Tenn.- A man who was wanted on warrants after a theft from Walmart last week, was picked up by law enforcement this weekend. Jaylan M. Floyd, age 23, of 1175 Hwy. 641 S. was charged with aggravated burglary and placed on $10K by Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department. Last week, Floyd took electronics into the bathroom at Walmart and left without paying for them.

Police Make 4 Drug Related Arrests in Henry on Saturday

Henry, Tenn.- Officers from the Metro Crime Unit and the Paris Police Department made four drug related arrests at 75 Routon Truck Stop Road in Henry after executing a search warrant on Saturday.

According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker arrested Jason A. Mobley, age 36 of 230 Old Paris Murray Road of Paris, and Lisa M. Ventrice, age 32 of 75 Routon Truck Stop Road of Henry, for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule VI substance.

Sgt. Whitaker also arrested Kyle J. Nelson, age 36 of 1680 County Home Road of Paris, for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule VI substance.

And Sgt. Whitaker arrested Kevin Melton, age 40 of 1800 Holland Road of Big Sandy, for possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule VI substance.

 Nelson and Melton were each placed on $75,000 bond. Mobley and Ventrice were each placed on $100,000 bond. Nelson, Melton, Mobley and Ventrice are due in court date on Tuesday, January 10th.

Paris Woman Arrested for Shoplifting and Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the HC Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Taylor Reni Kendall, age 22 of 3205 Foundry Hill Road of Puryear on Thursday for two active shoplifting warrants and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Ptl. McClure was dispatched to a Paris motel in reference to an open 911 line. When Ptl. McClure arrived at the scene, he spoke to the two people who rented the room that the 911 call originated from.

Ptl. McClure then asked if he could search the room to make sure everything was fine and the two people gave him permission to search the room. While searching the room, Ptl. McClure heard two people in the bathroom he then asked both Kendall and the other subject to exit the bathroom while he performed a search.

Ptl. McClure then found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue under a towel in the bathroom. Kendall then told police that the pipe belonged to her. Kendall was placed on $3,000 bond.

Journey Tribute Concert is Jan 14th at the Dixie in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Resurrection a Journey Tribute will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 7:30pm at The Dixie, which is located at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon.

Resurrection a Journey Tribute features one brilliant hit single after another to enthrall all levels of Journey fans. The show is presented by musicians who have performed, written, or recorded with both the original band and Steve Perry which will take you back to the band’s most prolific period. 

The show is sponsored by Dr. Lee Carter, Carroll Bank and Trust and the West Tennessee Public Utilities District.

Tickets cost $25 per person and you can purchase your tickets in person at the Dixie Box Office or online at dixiepac.net or by calling 731-986-2100.

Paris Man Arrested For Parole Violation and Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Jaylan Floyd, age 23 of 1175 Hwy 641 South of Paris, on Thursday for theft and violation of parole. Floyd was placed on $9,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Burglary and Theft After Shots Fired

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chad Lowery arrested Eric Scott Adams, age 33 of 160 Brown Lane of Paris, on Friday for aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

Deputy Lowery responded to a call from a neighbor of Adams who stated to police that he saw Adams pull up in a black Cadillac and then Adams parked the car in that neighbor’s driveway. The neighbor then went outside to speak to Adams and that when he saw that Adams had a spool of wire, a bow and a rifle in the trunk of the car, which the neighbor said Adams had stolen.

Adams jumped in the Cadillac to leave and that’s when the neighbor fired shots at the driver’s side of Adams vehicle to prevent Adams from leaving, but Adams managed to flee the scene .

The neighbor stated to police that after he reviewed his security camera footage, the videos clearly showed Adams taking things from his house and yard on three separate occasions.

 Police later found and arrested Adams for theft and aggravated burglary. Adams was placed on $25,000 bond.

First Relay for Life Meeting Set for Jan 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life will hold its first monthly meeting at 6pm on Tuesday, January 10th at the Sky Vue meeting Room at the Paris Quality Inn. The meeting room is located behind the office in the main building.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the Henry County Relay for Life should bring their ideas, thoughts and questions as the Henry County Relay for Life starts planning this year’s Relay events. Ace’s Pizza will be providing dinner at the meeting.

If you have any questions you can call Greg Pierce at 731-642-2876 or you can call Joyce Bass at 731-707-0506.

Charges Filed In Watson Lane Shooting

Brianna Norsworthy (HCSO Booking Photo)

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, just after the Noon hour on January 5th, a 911 call was received in regards to a man being shot at 355 Watson Lane. Deputies arrived to find Michael Owen, age 48 of that address, laying outside and was unresponsive. It appeared that Owen had been shot in the hand and thigh area and was bleeding profusely.

Owen was transported to Henry County Medical Center, where he was later flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

While en route to the Watson Lane location, a second 911 call was received from 2190 Old Paris Murray Road. The caller stated that they had been to the Watson Lane location and had been assaulted prior to the shooting. Deputies arrived at Old Paris Murray Road and did locate a 9mm pistol and speak with the individuals involved in the incident.

Criminal Investigators with the Sheriff's Office did respond and after just a few hours, charged Brianna Norsworthy, a 19 year old female, with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse.

Investigators believe that a confrontation occurred earlier in the morning at Owen's residence and that Owen had "got the best" of Norsworthy's boyfriend. Just after Noon, Norsworthy, her boyfriend and Norsworthy's 6 month old infant, did return to the Owen residence. Norsworthy then fired the 9mm handgun three times, striking Owen with two of those three rounds.

Norsworthy's bond has been set at $100,000 and she will appear in court next Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

Basketball Game at Springfield for Friday night Postponed

Springfield, Tenn.- Friday night’s basketball game scheduled between Henry County and Springfield at Springfield has been postponed because of winter weather and Springfield dismissing school around 9am Friday morning. Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete said the coaches will look at possible make up dates and make an announcement later on.

Henry School 6-7th Grade Basketball Tournament Postponed

Henry, Tenn.- The 6th and 7th grade Basketball Tournament scheduled at Henry School this weekend has been postponed because of winter weather. Revised dates are January 14, 17, 19, and 21st.

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.

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

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. 


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