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Lions Club FB Banquet Held Thurs. Night

Tanner Beasley with his Most Outstading Player Trophy. (Callie Pierce photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building was the site of the 88th Annual Lion's Club-Henry County Patriot Football Banquet on Thursday night. Academic Award winners were Tanner Beasley (Senior) with a GPA of 100, Knox Davis (Junior) with a GPA of 98 and Grey Gardner (Sophomore) with a GPA of 99. 

Defensive Player of the Year Award went to Gunner Osborn (Senior) and Offensive Player of the Year went to Lucas Reynolds (Sophomore) who had an all-time single-game rushing record setting night against Dickson County with 305 yards on the ground.

Kicker of the Year award went to Haidar Zaidan, who set a school record this season by hitting a 52 yard field goal against Brentwood High. This year's Lion's Club Most Outstanding Player Award went to Senior Linebacker Tanner Beasley. Each senior player received a gold football from the Lion's Club and the coaching staff gave each senior their uniform jerseys.

The Patriots finished the 2015 campaign under first year Head Coach James Counce Jr. with a 10-3 record and advanced to the Quarter Final Round of the TSSAA State Football Playoffs.   

Patriots Hosts Rossview Friday Night, At Calloway Co. Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is at home against Rossview Friday evening for District 10-AAA basketball. Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm and the Patriots will follow. Our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen via your phones by calling 415-325-0723. Henry County will also be in action on Saturday evening at Calloway County, with the Lady Pat’s game tipping at 6pm and our broadcast starting at 5:30pm.

Reminder: Leo Club Food Drive Tonight at Rossview Game

Paris, Tenn.- The EW Grove and Henry County High School Leo Club is sponsoring a canned food drive all week to help stock the Henry County Food Bank. At Friday night’s home basketball game against Rossview, everyone is asked to help out the Leo Club and bring in canned food items. Tickets will be given for each canned food item and 15 names will be drawn during the boy’s halftime for a free ticket to any of the next home basketball games. The class that brings in the most canned food items will get to choose an administrator to “Pie in the Face” or have them “Kiss a Pig.”

Planning Commission Approves Convenience Store

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday and approved a major site plan for Wyatt Owens at Chickasaw and East Wood that was submitted back in November. The plan is for a Convenience Store Development located at the East Wood, Chickasaw, Fairgrounds Rd. intersection. The plan is for a 2480 sq. ft. building with five fuel islands and a canopy. It includes a drive thru window.

The plat was not approved in November because the state had not approved the curb cuts at that time but did so this week so commissioners approved the site plan.

Planners also approved a minor subdivision plat for property at the corner of Patriot and Lankford Streets.

The purpose of the plat is to add additional footage to three lots at Paris Place and divide the remaining acreage and lots owned by Dan and Misty Hassell. Lot 1 will be 3.84 acres and the tract is already developed with a house that is accessed from Patriot Avenue. Lot 2 will be 3.297 acres and will have access from Lankford Rd. that is the required 50 ft. width. Additionally three lots on Eiffel Tower Lane are adding additional footage to the rear of the their lots.

Planners approved the plat with some minor things addressed on the map.

Reminder: Schedule for MLK Events Sunday, Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Paris Henry County Ministerial Alliance has several events planned beginning Sunday evening for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The theme this year is Civil Rights to Silver Rights, celebrating 50 years of activities.

Sunday evening January 17th there will be a service a Progressive Baptist Church located at 1040 Rison Street at 6pm. Dr. Jerome Blakemore, sone of the late Mattie and JD Blakemore, will be the evening speaker. Also during the service the Drum Major for Justice Award will be presented.

Events begin Monday January 18th with the Prayer Breakfast at 7am at Central School. Members of local law enforcement will offer prayers during the breakfast. At 10am the March to the Courthouse will begin at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, at 304 Rison Street.

Guest speaker at the courthouse is Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and afterwards there will be a special program and unveiling of a portrait of Mordecai Johnson. A luncheon will be held at Noon at Ketchum Hall for all current and retired members of law enforcement. Winners of the essay contests will read their essays during each event as well. Everyone is invited to attend all activities.

Friday Deadline to Enter Hostess Princess Pageant

Paris, Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Pageant is quickly approaching as it is set for 7pm on Saturday January 23rd at the Krider Performing Arts Center and the deadline to enter the pageant is by the end of the day Friday January 15th. The forms must be postmarked by the 15th.

Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and a primary resident of Henry County to enter. Home school students and college students may enter as long as they are a resident of Henry County. Contestants must not have children and have never been married. The entry fee is $30 and Commercial Bank and Trust Company will once again sponsor a $1K Scholarship for the winner of the Hostess Pageant.

UT Martin to Offer Aquafit Class

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies will offer an Aquafit class from 9:30-10:30am Mondays and Wednesday from January 20th thru April 27th. The registration fee is $35 per person and the class will be held on the UT Martin main campus.

Aquafit is low impact fitness to help build muscle, increase cardio fitness and improve flexibility. Students of all swimming levels are welcome. For more information or to register, visit www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/nondegree.php or call the Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082.

Theft of Bank Bag, Cash Investigated at West Wood Wines

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Sgt. Ean Reed was dispatched to West Wood Wines and Liquors where someone had jumped over the counter and grabbed the bank bag and ran off.

The report said that City and County units searched the area as Sgt. Reed gathered information from the employee. She said her back was turned when the subject entered the store and jumped over the counter and grabbed the bank bag and quickly exited the store. The bag contained around $450 in cash.

Sgt. Reed reviewed the security footage and noticed the suspect was small in stature. The face of the suspect was not seen by the camera and could have possibly been wearing a mask. Paris Police did receive a call advising the suspect was running between houses on Oliver Street.

Dep. Terry Williams and K9 Droid attempted to track the suspect but were unsuccessful. Police continue to investigate the theft.

TN Wildlife Refuge Receives Field Trip Grant

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville is one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks. The refuge will use the grant to aid in the transportation of all 4th grade classes from Henry County, Paris Special School District, Benton and Stewart Counties to the visitor center where they will engage in hands on environmental education. The grant will cover transportation costs for at least 820 students to visit the refuge.

This grant, part of the Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Program, supports the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park.

Transportation costs to and from the refuge visitor center will be covered with the grant as admission to the refuge is free to all visitors. The grant will be administered through Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

Students will learn about native wildlife through interactive exhibits, staff-led activities, interpretive hikes, and birding tours. Activities will incorporate specific subjects like adaptations, predator-prey relationships, habitats, migratory birds, and more. The field trip will provide students with an opportunity to become more connected with the natural world and wildlife with a hands-on approach to learning.

Wanted Man Considered Armed & Dangerous

Paris, Tenn - A press release from the Paris Police Department stated that on January 8th, 2016 there was an incident of shots fired that occurred at Crestview Manor Apartments in Paris TN. During this incident Mr. Stephen Fitzgerald was assaulted and also robbed of a large amount of cash.

Mr. Fitzgerald did receive injuries from the assault as well as an injury from the shooting. It does appear that the initial assault did occur in one of the Apartments and quickly moved to the outer court yard of the apartment complex.

Warrants were issued on January 13, 2016, for Storme Hilliard, 21 years old, of Crestview Manor Apartments. Warrants for Especially aggravated robbery and Attempted 1st Degree Murder have been issued for him and Bond has been Set at $500,000.

Investigators would like to thank the community for all of the cooperation that they have added to the investigation of the case. They would also like for anyone that has information and has not come forward to please do so or call 642-2424.

Mr. Hilliard should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

City of Paris Announces MLK Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for Monday January 18th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. City Hall, the Paris Public Works Department, the Landfill, and the Animal Shelter will all be closed on Monday and reopen Tuesday for regular services. Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will all be run on Tuesday January 19th and residents should have trash out by 7am.

HC Genealogical Society to Meet Mon. Jan. 18th

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Genealogical Society will hold their first meeting of the new year on Monday January 18th. The board meeting is at 4pm with the general meeting at 4:30pm in the new Genealogy Room at Weston Hall on Grove Blvd. Susan Stewart and Melissa Key will present a program about the “Old County Home Cemetery” and everyone who is interested is invited to attend. For more information call 642-1406.

JPHS To Hear About Camp Tyson Book at Saturday Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- Historian and Journalist Shannon McFarlin will speak to members and guests of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society at their quarterly meeting on Saturday January 16th at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. McFarlin will speak on her book, As if They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson, America’s Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge, but seating is limited. Signed copies of books will be available for purchase at the meeting.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. The Society is especially interested in the history of all Kentucky Counties west of the Tennessee River as well as Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Henry counties in Tennessee. Meetings are held four times per year and membership is open to the public. For more information about the Jackson Purchase Historical Society like their Facebook page or visit their website at jacksonpurchasehistory.org.

Highway Dept. To Fix Drainage Issue for Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove held their monthly council meeting on Tuesday night and discussed the drainage issue again. Councilman Matthew McClure reported the Henry County Highway Department is going to take care of the issue and the council approved the funds to take care of the problem.

The council also announced that the Fire Department Pavilion was open for election activities for anyone who wanted to use it. The council also approved the contract for Boyd’s and the insurance certificate Tuesday night.

MSU Rifle Team Opens 2nd Half of Season at Ole Miss Sat.

Puryear Native Alathea Sellars Is Member of the Team

Oxford, Miss.- After a historic fall portion of the 2015-16 season, the second ranked Murray State rifle team returns to action Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi to take on No. 8 Nebraska and hosts No. 16 Ole Miss in a tri-match.

After shooting a respectable 4676 in each of their two matches, it was a home performance against Kentucky that began the hot start for the Racers. Despite the loss to the Wildcats, the Racers shot program records of 2341 in smallbore and 4693 in overall score, breaking the 4690 plateau for the first time in program history.

However, just one week later, both records would fall again at home as Murray State notched a 2348 in smallbore and 4714 in overall score, marking the first time any Racer team had ever shot 4700 or better as a team. The score is also the highest shot by any team this season, with only West Virginia matching the mark.

The following weekend, the Racers would travel to Columbus, Ohio where they shot a 4699 and a 4692, with each score including a school-record 2368 performance in air rifle. Over its final two matches of the fall, Murray State shot a 4699 against top-ranked West Virginia in Akron, before topping 4700 once against with a 4705 in Jacksonville, Alabama in its last match of 2015. After having never eclipsed the 4690 mark before this season, the Racers have now posted six consecutive 4690-plus performances.

Individually, Ivan Roe leads the Racers in all categories with a 585.9 average in smallbore, a 591.1 in air rifle for an 1177.0 overall average. Roe, who is currently in the mix for a spot on the Olympic rifle team, shot a 591 a season-high in smallbore at Jacksonville State, a score that ranks as second-best in the nation this season.

Roe, along with freshmen MacKenzie Martin and Barbara Schläpfer, have all shot a team-high 595 in air rifle, just three shots off the nation’s best score this season. In overall score, both Roe and Schläpfer have turned in an 1185, the second-best overall individual score in the country.

Next weekend, the Racers return home to host the 2016 Withrow Invitational, one of the largest and most prestigious collegiate and juniors tournament in the nation.

HC Splits With Clarksville High on the Road Tues.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County split games with rival and district foe Clarksville High on Tuesday night on the road. The Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Wildcats 68-62. Celie Hudson had 24 points in the victory. The Patriots lost 63-43 to the Wildcats. Joey King had 13 points.

Three Charged With Meth Possession in Two Separate Incidents

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Paris couple in a Tyson Avenue parking lot in what appeared to be the middle of a drug transaction.

MCU officers observed Johnathan Green, Lanes End Road, and Haley Lowe, of Old Union Rd., sitting in the parking lot and began to approach because of prior knowledge of Green having active felony warrants. Green was arrested and Sheriff Monte Belew and K9 Si were called to assist at the scene.

Si alerted positive and a search of the vehicle the two individuals were in found one half an ounce of “ice” methamphetamine along with digital scales and baggies. Green was also carrying a loaded caliber pistol. Green was charged with possession of schedule II with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Green’s bond was set at $125K.

After searching Haley Lowe’s person, officers found a felony amount of marijuana and digital scales. Lowe was charged with possession of schedule II and possession of schedule VI with intent to sell manufacture or deliver. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and $3K in cash was seized. Lowe’s bond was set at $100K.

In a separate press release, Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, observed Ralph Baker, of Wright Street, while on patrol in the Van Dyke Rd. area. Dep. Davis knew that Baker was a wanted fugitive, wanted on felony weapons charges from operation “breaking ice,” along with several other warrants charges.

Dep. Davis attempted to stop Baker, but Baker accelerated and began to evade in his vehicle. Dep. Davis and other deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office pursued Baker for several miles in the southern portion of Henry County and along the way, Baker threw several baggies of methamphetamine out the window. They were recovered after the pursuit.

K9 Si and officers searched along the roadway and found 7 baggies of “ice” methamphetamine, all packaged for resale.

Baker was charged with felony evading, felony reckless endangerment, possession of schedule II with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, and was served with several active warrants. Baker is currently being held without bond. Assisting in the pursuit was the Paris Police Department, Henry Police Dept., and Puryear Police Dept.

More Charges Brought Against Smothers in Court Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested former Henry County High School teacher, Kevin Smothers, age 26 of McKenzie, at his appearance in General Sessions Court on Tuesday morning and brought two additional charges on him.

The press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that the two additional charges of solicitation of a minor to commit statutory rape by an authority figure and the solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor-exploitation of a minor by electronic means were brought against Smothers and it was involving a fourth person.

Smothers was released on his prior $100K bond which he had made on prior charges. At this time a total of 10 charges have been brought on Smothers involving four students.

Henry Meeting Cancelled for Tues.

Henry, Tenn.- The regular scheduled January meeting for the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman was cancelled for Tuesday evening. The board has not yet determined a date to hold the meeting for this month.

Green Passes State Certification Exam

Coordinator Goins congratulates DeLaina Green on passing the state certification exam. (State of TN photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLania Green was one of 7 other Administrators to be recognized by Secretary of State Tre Hargett for passing the state certification exam back in December.

Green along with Alex Britt of Weakley County, and six others had to first complete a training process that covers 40 different topics related to election law.

The Exam, administered by Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, is a rigorous closed book, written assessment that can last up to three and a half hours. Questions, based on statutory requirements, range from voter registration to Election Day Guidelines. Administrators who pass the exam gain a financial incentive, meaning they cannot be paid less than the certified pay rate for their respective county.

The Division of Elections graded the exams, which were certified by the State Election Commission on Monday January 11th. Secretary Hargett said “certification gives voters even more confidence that administrators across Tennessee are running sound elections according to state law.”

Fire Destroys Mobile Home in Henry

Henry, Tenn.- Investigation is continuing into a fire that completely destroyed a mobile home and carport at 696 Atlantic Avenue in Henry in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. David Andrews responded to scene around Midnight and the fire had started in the carport area, but the wind carried it to the back of the home as well. The home has been vacant for 3 years and had no electricity running to it currently. The home was deemed a total loss and sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze. More investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Rear Window Shot out of Vehicle

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Reynoldsburg and Manleyville Roads in reference to a vehicle being shot. Dep. Davis spoke to the victim who said he and his brother were surveying some property and heard shots fired from what sounded like a pistol. When they came back to where the vehicle was parked the rear window had been shot out along with there being a bullet hole in the tailgate. Police have no suspects at this time and continue to investigate.

Henry County Travels to Clarksville High Tues. Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Reynoldsburg and Manleyville Roads in reference to a vehicle being shot. Dep. Davis spoke to the victim who said he and his brother were surveying some property and heard shots fired from what sounded like a pistol. When they came back to where the vehicle was parked the rear window had been shot out along with there being a bullet hole in the tailgate. Police have no suspects at this time and continue to investigate.

Road Board Purchases New Tractor, Surplus Paver

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met in regular session on Monday evening and approved B & G Equipment’s bid of $61,350 for a Massey Ferguson Tractor for the department. Four bids came in on the tractor including Coleman Tractor at $61,707 for  a Kubota; Dickson County Equipment at $61,500 for a New Holland Tractor; and McKeel Equipment out of Murray for $72,835.

The tractor has 92 horsepower and is basically like the tractor the department bought last from B & G, just being a newer series model.

The board also approved a surplus purchase of a paver from Carroll County Highway Department. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said it was more expensive for Carroll County to haul material than it was to contract their paving work out. The paver had only 300 hours on it and was sold to Henry County for $20K. Norwood said it was a good deal for us and many parts on our old paver are interchangeable with this model.

Norwood said crews did work a little around Christmas due to heavy rains washing out some roads. They’ve done a little patching in the past few weeks as well but will pick back up on the 30 day work plan later this month.

HC Office on Aging Welcomes Dr. Ming Wang Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is bringing renowned Nashville Eye Surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang, to Paris and the Senior Citizens Center on Thursdays January 14th at 9am.

Dr. Wang will speak on the new United States FDA clinical procedure to reverse aging, a new development in laser vision treatment, Forever Young Lens cataract Surgery and sight restoration for the blind.

As the lead author of a paper that was published in the world respected journal, Nature, Dr. Wang has written 5 major textbooks in the eye surgery field. He has performed over 55K cataract and LASIK procedures, including more than 4K on fellow doctors.

Dr. Wang will be at the Central Community Building at 9am and give a speech and discuss his practice. Prizes will be given away and the office encourages all seniors and the public to come out for the event. 

School Garden Pilot Program Aimed at TN K-5 Students

Brentwood, Tenn.- Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, is now accepting applications for Dig It, a school garden pilot program targeted toward students in kindergarten through fifth grade across Tennessee. Tractor Supply is partnering with the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization to offer $500 grants and is accepting applications through Friday, January 15.

The grants are designed to help schools either start or sustain a school garden program. In partnering with the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, Tractor Supply has created a curriculum using hands-on learning that reinforces responsibility and teamwork, while deepening the students’ connection to where food comes from.

“We are incredibly excited to offer this unique opportunity to schools in Tennessee and our own backyard,” said Tractor Supply’s Director of Store Marketing Lisa White. “Gardening gives students hands-on learning opportunities, which gets them out of the traditional classroom setting. We see gardening as a gateway for students’ growing curiosity about what is on their own dinner tables, while nurturing a budding curiosity for how the world around them works.”

Dig It is designed around the upcoming growing season, beginning in February and lasting through the end of the school year. Each student will receive a kid-friendly garden tool set and a Master Gardener Certificate from Tractor Supply upon completion of the program curriculum.

Tractor Supply is launching the Dig It program in Tennessee and New York in 2016 and hopes to eventually expand the program nationwide.

To apply for the Dig It grant in Tennessee, please visit http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/tscgrant.htm.

New State Maps Now Available

Nashville- The official 2016 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers.

There are some new additions to the 2016 map.  State Route 222 in Haywood County is being rerouted and improved in the Mega site area.  I-269 is open to traffic in Tennessee and will be designated as an interstate when Mississippi completes their section.  There is also a new exit to access the solar panel farm off I-40 in Haywood County.

“The state map is a valuable tool for motorists, and can assist them in planning their route through Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The map is free and is also available at welcome centers and rest areas across the state.” 

The 2016 state map can also be downloaded from the TDOT web site at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/maps-state.

Pre-printed maps may be ordered from TDOT online at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/map-ordering or by mailing a request to: 

Tennessee Department of Transportation

505 Deaderick Street

James K. Polk Building, Suite 900

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1402

Individuals may request up to five free maps. Organizations and schools may order up to one hundred maps for their use. 

The Official 2016 Tennessee Transportation Map is a joint effort between TDOT and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

Thefts Investigated Throughout County

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on N. Cherry Street in Puryear over the weekend that was burglarized. The report said the home was ransacked and several items were missing as someone appeared to have entered the home by prying open the back door.

Dep. Fuqua noticed footprints in the snow and tracked them to the neighbor’s home. The neighbors let Dep. Fuqua search but nothing missing from the victim’s home was found. The theft is still being investigated with no suspects as this time. Over $3K worth of items were stolen including a wedding ring engagement set, two TVs, a laptop, a bottle of vodka, and some bratwurst and hamburger meat.

A home on 140 E. reported a Yamaha Big Bear 4 wheeler ATV stolen over the weekend. The value of the 4 wheeler was $1500 and police currently have no suspects but continue to investigate.  

Judge Snyder Speaks at Rotary

Paris, Tenn.- Judge Vicki Snyder presents to the Paris Rotary Club last Thursday on the importance of our children's early lives. The formative years, ages 1 through 5, are an extremely important time in a child's upbringing that lays the foundation for future learning.(Linley White photo)

Injuries Reported in Buchanan Accident

Buchanan, Tenn - According to a report at the the Henry County Sheriff's Office, a one vehicle accident was reported in the 4600 block area of Buchanan Road on Saturday evening.

The report stated the vehicle left the roadway striking a tree trapping two subjects inside the vehicle with injuries.  Cpl. Terry Williams and Deputy Jim Higgins responded to the call.  Jaws of life were used to free the subjects and no names of the victims were released.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, along with the Henry County Sheriffs Department worked the scene.

Burglary Reported at Local Business

Paris, Tenn - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Patrolman Amber Roaten responded to a report of a burglary at 102 Ellis Drive in Paris.

Upon speaking with an employee, he advised Ptl. Roaton that everything was locked up when he left the previous evening.

Upon returning the next morning, he found the door rolled up, with a hole cut in it, and tools missing out of the cabinets and some  tools were found lying on the ground. It was noted in the report that a cart and truck had been moved and a welder was reported missing.

The value of the missing welder was placed at $ 5000.

Driver Arrested After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at theHenry County Sheriff’s Office, after a traffic stop on Hwy 69 Trp. Jeremy Byars arrested Mr. Thomas Thorton of Whitlock Road for DUI 2nd offense, Due Care, and Financial Responsibility law.

Health Marketplace "Open Enrollment" Deadline Approaching

McKenzie, Tenn - Consumers who have not yet signed up for health insurance through the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace still have time—but two important deadlines are fast approaching. 

A plan must be selected and the premium paid by January 15 to obtain coverage by February 1; for coverage effective March 1, the plan and premium must be finalized by January 31.

McKenzie Regional Hospital continues to offer free application assistance to help individuals evaluate insurance option on the Marketplace and complete their application forms.

However, the certified assistors are encouraging those needing help to reserve appointments early, as schedules typically book quickly this month. Call us today at 731-352-6635 to make and appointment.  

Increased penalties for 2016 are driving many newcomers to the Marketplace, as most individuals must choose between purchasing insurance and paying a fine. Fines are $695 per adult, $347.50 per child, and up to $2,085 per family or 2.5% of family income—whichever is higher. The fines will be assessed when 2016 federal tax returns are filed.

 According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the great majority of consumers purchasing plans on the Marketplace are qualifying for financial assistance; this reduces their premium cost—which is the monthly fee charged for coverage. Most are expected to pay less than $75 per month.

 All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and coverage cannot be denied for individuals with a pre-existing health condition. 

Some of the mandatory health benefits include free preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services and pediatric services.

Meeting Set for Jan. 21st for Info on USDA Home Loans with City Lots

Paris, Tenn.- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) and the City of Paris announced a public meeting that will take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Paris City Hall at 6 p.m. in the meeting room. The meeting will provide information for anyone interested in obtaining a loan through USDA-RD to construct a home on designated empty city lots.

USDA-RD Area Specialist Mary Hickman recently met with the City of Paris and Paris Housing Corporation to discuss final plans on a project that will help local residents have an opportunity to build a new home on empty city lots through USDA RD’s Single Family Housing Direct Home Loan program.

“Mary approached me with an idea to collaborate with USDA to offer vacant lots owned by the City to qualified individuals or families for new home construction.  This would provide housing for applicants who might not otherwise be able to afford to build,” said Paris City Manager Kim Foster.  “It’s a win/win for the City and we are excited to be working with USDA on this project.”

The partnership is a way for the City of Paris to liquidate some of its empty city lots while building a stronger community and increasing the tax base.  The lots will be offered to qualified USDA RD loan holders for $1 to $10.   

USDA RD’s Single Family Housing Direct program provides low-interest rate loans for low-income families and individuals.  In partnership with the City and the Paris Housing Corporation, those who qualify for a Single Family Housing Direct loan may be able to find an affordable place to build a new home.  Excited by the potential to help the community, they are considering the possibility of researching other agencies to bring into the partnership to enhance the program.

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.  Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $5.4 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees, and grants.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee, contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x 4, or 800-342-3149 x 1497.  Visit us online at www.rd.usda.gov/TN.

Man Shot At Crestview Manor Apartments Friday Night

Paris, Tenn - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Sgt Gerry Cagle responded to shots fired at Crestview Manor Apts

Upon arriving on the scene  Sgt.Cagle observed a black male identified as Stephan A. Fitzgerald age 30 of 700 Cooper Street lying on the ground in front of building 200. Accordng to the report, Fitzgerald appeared to have head trauma and a bullet wound to the leg.

The scene was taped off and turned over to investigators and the victim was transported to the Henry County Medical Center ER and then airlifted to Nashville.

HCHS Teacher To Appear In Court Tuesday

Paris,Tenn. - Kevin Smothers of McKenzie is scheduled to appear in Henry County Court Tuesday morning at 9 am from charges involving having unlawful sexual contact with a student at Henry County High School where he was an English teacher. Smothers was arrested in October 2015. Charges are sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of solicitation of a minor to commit statutory rape by an authority figure and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means.

W.G. Rhea Public Library To Hold Semi-Annual Book Sale

Paris,Tenn - The Semi-Annual Large Book Sale at the Book Store in the W.G. Rhea Public Library, located at 400 W. Washington Street, will run from January 19th to January 23rd. Tuesday – Friday the sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

25% off to non-members, 50% off and access to the newest arrival room to FOL members only.

Get your membership now and save an additional 5% year round on all sales events.

For more information, call the Library at 731-642-1702 ext. 106.

Local Man Cited For Possession

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jamie James conducted a routine traffic stop on East Wood Street for no headlights.

The driver of the gold Chevy truck identified as Steven Pendlebury, age 54, of 716 Memorial Drive of Paris, appeared to be shaking and had noticeable            slurred speech.

Ptl. James requested and was granted consent to search the vehicle.

His K-9 partner Herrum  was deployed and alerted positive to the passenger side of the vehicle. A search revealed a small container with white residue that field tested positive for meth.

Pendlebury was cited into court for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Investigating Another Vehicle Break-In

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Patrolman Jeff Smith responded to a burglary of a motor vehicle at 1112 East Blythe Street.

An earlier break-in where $130 in cash was stolen, prompted the owner to purchase a camera. The camera recently revealed an additional break-in where no items were stolen, but did show a subject in a hoodie enter the vehicle.

Police are still investigating.

HCHS Tennis Team Holding Player/Parent Meeting January 12th

Paris, Tenn. - Students interested in joining this year’s Henry County High School Tennis Team are invited to attend a Player/Parent meeting on Tuesday, January 12th, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Henry County High Testing Room, on the second floor of the E building.

First year and returning players are welcome to attend.

HCHS LEO Club To Hold Canned Food Drive

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County High School LEO Club is holding a canned food drive for the Paris Henry County Food Bank with two opportunities to donate, once January 10th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeway IGA and January 11th – 15th at Henry County High School.

The pantry is in need of items such as fruit, peanut butter, applesauce, pork ‘n beans, green beans, peas, corn, hominy, carrots, mixed vegetables, vegetable, tomato and chicken noodle soups, tuna, turnip greens, spaghetti o’s and ravioli, oatmeal, crackers, macaroni and cheese, rice and dry beans.

Former Jailer Indicted For Sexual Contact With Inmate

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Carroll County, Tenn. - An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a former jailer who is charged with having consensual sexual contact with an inmate.                                                                   

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, on November 19, 2015, TBI Special Agents and officials with the Carroll County Jail began investigating a report that a jail employee had inappropriate contact with one of the female inmates. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Patrick Sean Cary, who at that time was a correctional officer at the jail, had consensual sexual contact with a female inmate in November 2015.

On Monday, the Carroll County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Patrick Cary, 22, with one count of Sexual Contact with Inmates. On Thursday, the McKenzie man turned himself in at the Carroll County Jail and was booked. Cary was released after posting a $5,000 bond. 

 

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