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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Wings of Winter Ky and Barkley Lake Birding Festival is Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- Despite the threat of a possible Federal Government shut down looming Friday, the Wings of Winter Birding Festival will go on as planned at Paris Landing State Park.

There are several guided trips and featured speakers that will encompass many areas including the TN National Wildlife Refuge, Kentucky Dam, LBL, Fort Donelson, the State Park, and Cross Creeks.

TN Added over 28K Jobs in 2017

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced Tennessee ended 2017 with more than 28,000 new jobs across the state in the last year and an unemployment rate nearly 2 percentage points lower than 2016.

In 2017 a total of 28,700 nonfarm jobs were created across the state. The largest increases occurred in the leisure and hospitality industry, followed by education and health services. Since 2011, 391,300 net new private sector jobs have been created in Tennessee.

“Jobs are created when businesses put capital at risk, and we’ve created an environment in Tennessee that encourages job growth and is attracting more companies to expand and locate here.” Haslam said. “But we’ve also invested in our citizens through Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect to prepare our workforce for the job demands of today’s employers.”

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Tennessee for December 2017 was 3.2 percent, 1.9 percentage points less than the rate in December 2016, but a 0.1 percentage point increase from November.

Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent. It hit a new historic low of 3 percent in both September and October. November’s rate inched up to 3.1 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate continues to post well below the national rate of 4.1 percent, which has remained unchanged since October.

“To have a six month stretch of such low unemployment is great for Tennesseans,” Phillips said. “But we know there are still citizens searching for a good job and the state is ready to help them find that job.”

Resources to help Tennesseans find employment, along with more information on the unemployment rate and labor force are available at Jobs4TN.gov.

Relay Meeting To Be Held Mon. Jan. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The first Relay for Life Team Meeting of 2018 is scheduled for Monday January 22nd at 6:30pm in the Skyvue Room at the Quality Inn. The meeting is open to all teams and team members or anyone who would like to form a team. It’s never too late to start a new team or host a Relay for Life Fundraiser.

This year is the 20th anniversary for Relay for Life in Henry County and organizers are hoping for the best year ever with a large community presence. For more information on how to get involved contact Tracey Beasley at 731-225-1729 and look at the Henry County Relay for Life Facebook page.

Arts Council to Hold Pancake Fundraiser Jan. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will have an all you can eat pancakes fundraiser on Thursday January 25th at First United Methodist Church from 11-1 for lunch and from 4-7pm for supper. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at the Arts Council Office, online at the Art’s Council’s website, phcarts.com, from any board member, or at the door. Money raised benefits the Arts Council and its programs. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office will be cooking the pancakes. It will be dine in or take out.

Beer Board Recommends Removing Proximity Restrictions on Beer Sales for Restaurants City-Wide

City Manager Kim Foster explains the proximity rules in place and how liquor is governed by the State ABC board. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday night and discussed the proposed ordinance to amend restrictions on beer licenses as sent to them for review by the Paris City Commission earlier this month.

City Manager Kim Foster explained, as she did to the City Commission, the discussion of granting beer licenses to downtown restaurants comes up every time a potential restaurant looks downtown. Foster said, “with our downtown footprint including so many churches, a park, playgrounds, etc., any restaurant wanting to have a beer license is blocked by the current restrictions.”

The restrictions won’t allow the sale of beer if within 150 feet of a church, playground, public park, etc. Restaurants can apply for and sale liquor because that is governed by the state of Tennessee. There is no proximity restrictions in regards to liquor license. So a business could serve mixed drinks downtown, but not beer.

The questions had popped up on whether or not the City was hurting future growth with keeping these regulations in place and discussion started months ago to allow restaurants to be exempt from this as long as 55% of their sales come from food sales.

Foster said this will be put into an ordinance form and presented to the City Commission at their February meeting where a public hearing will be held prior to the meeting.

City Attorney Fred McLean said this is only for the B-2 zone and the restriction would still be in place in other areas of Paris such as Tyson, Mineral Wells, and other.

Beer Board chairman Ricky Searcy suggested the ordinance be made city wide instead of just in the B-2 downtown district. Foster reminded the Beer board this restriction is for restaurants and the City would not allow a tavern to open up anywhere near these churches and parks.

After some discussion, the Beer Board approved a motion to send a recommendation to the City Commission to remove the proximity restrictions on restaurants city wide as long as the establishment makes 55% of sales from food. The City Commission will discuss this at their February board meeting and a public hearing will be held prior.

Murray State Campus, Regional Sites Closed Fri.

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Murray campus, including all regional campus sites at Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, Henderson and Ft. Campbell, will be closed Friday, January 19, 2018 due to inclement weather.

The Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Curris Center, including the University Bookstore, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Winslow Dining Hall will have normal operating hours while other on-campus dining areas, such as the T'Room at the Curris Center, will be closed. The Racer One Stop, to be held at the Curris Center Stables, will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to assist students.

All key dates for financial aid and adding/dropping classes will remain Wednesday, January 24 at midnight. This cannot be extended due to state and national reporting deadlines. Students who are receiving Pell Grants must be registered for at least 12 credit hours by Monday, January 22 at midnight. Otherwise, students may not receive the full Pell award.

The Scholarship Application Deadline remains Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

At this time, Campus Lights is on as scheduled, with the first of three shows this weekend taking place Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Lovett Auditorium. Additonal details on the performance, including ticket information, is available at http://bit.ly/2BeRALU

Please visit murraystate.edu/weather for the most up-to-date information.

UTM Main Campus, Regional Sites Open Friday

Martin, Tenn.- The UT Martin main campus and all centers will be open Friday, Jan. 19. All locations are open on a regular operating schedule, except for the Ripley Center where classes will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Rotary Club Learns About Easton's Angels

Paris, Tenn.- Brittney Green, founder of Easton’s Angels speaks to the Paris Rotary Club about the Easton’s Angels program founded in August of 2015 to assist families of children who have fallen victim to a life-altering illness. The organization provides gas cards, restaurant voucher cards and other even greater services for families of Henry County. Since it’s beginning Easton’s Angels has raised and distributed over 40,000 dollars. Information can be found on Facebook at Easton’s Angels for more info.

TVA Sets Energy Record; BPU Meets Demands

Paris, Tenn.- In what's been a cold December and January, Wednesday and Thursday morning were some of the coldest with lows around zero both days throughout the Tennessee Valley region. The Board of Public Utilities saw high demands of energy on both days, but General Manager Terry Wimberley said they still didn't set a record of 115 megawatts, as a previous winter, but did come close both days. Wimberley said BPU had no issues carrying the load and TVA's transmission system remained stable throughout the extreme cold.

According to the TVA Facebook page, the valley as a whole did set a record Wednesday morning as they delivered 706M kilowatts of energy across the valley. That equates to enough energy to power Las Vegas for 88 days.

TN Enviornmental Council Wants 25K to Plant 250K Trees Feb. 24th

Nashville- Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on February 24, 2018, planting 250,000 trees with 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.  Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.  The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant one million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.  The organization has planted more than 360,000 trees since 2007 fulfilling the mission to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities, and public health. 

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are collaborating with the Council on this statewide event.  “We could not host this successful event without our collaborative partners and sponsors.  We are grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and distributors throughout all 95 counties,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.  
 
“Trees help protect our state’s most important natural resources,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “They are vital for maintaining water quality, healthy air, flood prevention, wildlife habitat and healthy communities,” said Martineau.
  • In 50 years one tree provides $130,750 in total benefits including oxygen, air pollution control and stormwater drainage.
  • The U.S. Forest Service found that more than two million acres of Tennessee’s native forests were cut and more than 500 thousand acres of forest were converted to other uses.
Visit the 250K Tree Day website (www.tectn.org/250ktreeday) for details, registration, and important updates.  

PSSD Closed for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Director of the Paris Special School District Dr. Norma Gerrell has cancelled schools for Friday January 19th due to the icy and snow covered roads. The Henry County School System had made the decision earlier in the week to cancel for the rest of this week. Temperatures will warm up over the weekend into the 50s and 60s, with rain moving into the area Sunday.

Friday Basketball Game at Springfield Postponed to Jan. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s scheduled basketball game at Springfield Friday evening has been postponed and will be made up Monday January 22nd with at 6pm start. Other games that have been postponed have also set new dates including Henry County vs. Northeast at home is rescheduled for Wednesday January 24th and Henry County vs. Clarksville High at home is rescheduled for Thursday February 8th, both at 6pm.

The Henry County High School Baseball team chili supper has been rescheduled for Tuesday January 30th from 5-7pm at the home basketball game with Rossview.

HC Relay Hosting Coffee House this Sunday 21st

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life will hold its Coffee House this coming Sunday January 21st 6-8pm at First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Donations will be accepted to help raise money for Relay. There will be music by the Chill Tonics, food, dancing, and fellowship. Everyone is invited to attend.

JPHS Meeting Set for this Saturday in Paducah

Paducah, Ky.- The Jackson Purchase Historical Society will start its 60th anniversary year with a presentation by Nathan Blake Lynn on “Mary Wheeler and African American Folk Songs of the Ohio River Valley.”

A brief business meeting will precede the program, beginning at 10:30am at the Hotel Metropolitan, at 724 Oscar Cross Boulevard in Paducah this Saturday January 20th.

JPHS President Bill Mulligan said, “Mary Wheeler was one of the many people from the Jackson Purchase who made major contributions to American society and culture, in her case, music. Nathan Blake Lynn has done a great deal, as a scholar and as a performer, to preserve the music of the Jackson Purchase. This will be a very special program and a great start to our 60th Anniversary.”

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society includes Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee and new members are always welcome. Membership is $15 per year and includes a copy of the annual journal. For more information call Mulligan at 270-519-0038 or email billmulligan@murray-ky.net.

HCMC Heartsaver, AED/CPR, First Aid Training Course Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a heartsaver, CPR, AED, and First Aid training course this Friday January 19th from 8am to 1:30pm in classrooms 2 and 3. Fee to attend is $60 and includes training CPR/AED and First Aid Books, Training Materials, and Certification from the American Heart Association. For more information or to register call the HCMC Find Line at 644-3463 or register online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Patriot Community Kitchen Cancelled Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriot Community Kitchen’s weekly meal served at Grace Episcopal Church is cancelled for Thursday January 18th because of the snow and ice covered roads. For the latest in closings and cancellations visit our website wmufradio.com and like us on Facebook.

Murray State Main Campus and Regional Sites Closed Thurs.

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Murray campus, including all regional campus sites at Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, Henderson and Ft. Campbell, will be closed Thursday, January 18, 2018 due to inclement weather.

The Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Curris Center, including the University Bookstore, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Winslow Dining Hall will have normal operating hours while other on-campus dining areas, such as the T'Room at the Curris Center, will be closed. The Racer One Stop, to be held at the Curris Center Stables, will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to assist students.

All key dates for financial aid and adding/dropping classes will remain Wednesday, January 24 at midnight. This cannot be extended due to state and national reporting deadlines. Students who are receiving Pell Grants must be registered for at least 12 credit hours by Monday, January 22 at midnight. Otherwise, students may not receive the full Pell award.

The Scholarship Application Deadline remains Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

Please visit murraystate.edu/weather for the most up-to-date information.

UTM Martin Main Campus Open Thursday

Martin, Tenn.- UT Martin main campus administrative offices will open at 8 a.m., and classes will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Classes at all UT Martin centers are cancelled Thursday, Jan. 18. 

Brothers Advance to National Silver Gloves

From Left to right: Cam’ron Patton, Demarccus Patton Howard (Coach Derik Moon photo)

Paris, Tenn.- January 11th through the13th two brothers from Paris Downtown Boxing competed in the Regional Silver Gloves Tournament held in Little Rock, Arkansas. Both are advancing to the National Silver Gloves Tournament to be held in Independence, Missouri the last week of January. Silver Gloves is an advancing tournament for fighters age 8-14. To reach Nationals you must first qualify at the State and Regional level.  

Demarccus Patton Howard was unopposed at the Regional level in his age and weight class. Coach Derik Moon said “ He is excited to go to Nationals but he had rather fight for his spot than go unopposed. He is ready to fight and bring home a belt.”  

Cam’ron Patton had to win two bouts to qualify. Cam’ron defeated his first opponent with a Technical Knock- out. His opponent’s coach threw in the towel during the second round. Cam’ron won his second bout by a unanimous decision. Coach Moon is very proud of Cam’ron’s performance.  

Paris Downtown Boxing is fund raising to send these boys to Nationals at the end of the month. Please contact Coach Moon at 731-336-1411 or visit the gym’s Facebook Page: Paris Downtown Boxing Gym, to reach our Non-profit Paypal account link. Paris Downtown Boxing is a 501(c)(3) Non- Profit Organization.

PSSD Cancels School for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Special School District Director Dr. Norma Gerrell has decided to close schools for Thursday January 18th due to the icy and snow covered roads. A decision on Friday will be made sometime Thursday.

Winter Wonderland Scenes From Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- Snow covers the area and the deep freeze has set in as temperatures will barely climb to the 20s on Wednesday and may not reach above freezing until Friday. Here are some scenes from around the county. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

81st Annual Campus Lights at MSU Set for Jan. 19-21

Murray, Ky.- The 81st Annual Campus Lights, a long-standing Murray State University tradition, will take place Jan. 19–20 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south. 

This year’s musical, “Into the Woods,” begins with a baker and his wife wishing for a child when a witch appears with an offer to reverse a curse that was once set upon the baker’s family. In order to lift the curse, the Baker and his wife go into the woods, meeting fairytale characters, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, princes, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack, while looking for a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper pure as gold. Everyone's wishes are granted but not without disastrous consequences for their actions. “Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is a classic with something for everyone to enjoy.

Adult tickets are $15, student tickets (with ID) are $10 and tickets for children (ages 12 and under) are $7. Ticket reservations can be made on the Campus Lights Facebook page or at campuslights.org. Tickets can be picked up in advance inside Lovett Auditorium beginning Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the musical directly benefit music scholarships at Murray State. 

Also new in 2018 is a Prince and Princess Party that will take place at 6 p.m. after the Sunday performance. The party will include a variety of activities, including snack time, stories with Cinderella and craft time to make tiaras and crowns in addition to a photo opportunity with Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle and their respective princes. Invitations for the Prince and Princess Party are $20 per child, which includes admission to one performance of “Into the Woods” and admission for one child and one adult to the party.

UTM To Interview Four Candidates for Provost Next Week

Martin, Tenn.- A search committee from the University of Tennessee at Martin has identified four finalists from a national candidate pool in the search for a new university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Each candidate will participate in an open forum session during which members of the campus and area communities can discuss topics of interest.

All open forums will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium on the first floor of the Boling University Center. All sessions are open to the public. A schedule of appearances is below:

  • Dr. James Brown, Jan. 22
  • Dr. Steven Ralston, Jan. 23
  • Dr. Philip Cavalier, Jan. 25
  • Dr. Norma Burgess, Jan. 29

Brown is currently dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. In this position, he is responsible for supervising more than 150 faculty and staff members, promoting teaching and scholarly activities, and overseeing the university’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Center for Community Research and Consulting, and Institute for Culture and Society. Brown holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Slippery Rock University and The Ohio State University.

Ralston is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he oversees four academic colleges, several success and development centers, the honors program, college library and other areas relating to the academic success of university students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Tennessee and a doctoral degree in communication theory and research from Indiana University.

Cavalier most recently served as provost of Lyon College in Arkansas, where he was responsible for working with areas such as curriculum and program development; faculty support and shared governance; student support and persistence initiatives; accreditation; and assessment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree in English from Northeastern University and a doctoral degree, also in English, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Burgess is the founding dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University in Nashville. She is also a professor of sociology and family studies. In this position she has helped develop three new graduate programs; establish a student and faculty exchange program with Hong Kong Baptist University; launch an annual Student Scholars Research Symposium; and improve Peer-to-Peer faculty development programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT Martin and both master’s and doctoral degrees from North Carolina State University in public affairs and sociology, respectively.

UT Martin launched a national search for a new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in spring 2017 after Dr. Jerald Ogg, who first accepted the position in 2011, decided to return to the faculty in the UT Martin Department of Communications. Dr. Richard Helgeson, formerly dean of the UT Martin College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, was selected to fill the position for a one-year interim term when the original search ended without a candidate being hired.

The vice chancellor for academic affairs is UT Martin’s chief academic officer. This position articulates a vision for academic affairs, provides leadership for the academic planning process and is responsible for the university’s core academic mission. The university provost directs the institution in the chancellor’s absence.

The search committee, chaired by Dr. Philip Smartt, professor of park management in the UT Martin Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources, includes UT Martin faculty, staff and student representation.

Ashlie Czyz, director of human resources programs and executive recruiter for the University of Tennessee System, is serving as executive recruiter for this position. For more information on the search process, contact Czyz at aczyz@tennessee.edu.

Fish Fry Pageant Registration Session Planned Fri. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- 2018 World’s Biggest Fish Fry General Manager Lisa Stone wants the public to know that due to the winter weather we’ve had the WBFF will be holding a pageant registration session this Friday night January 19th at KPAC from 5:30-7pm for anyone that failed to meet Tuesday’s deadline to enter the pageants which are set for Saturday and Sunday. Those who register Friday night just need to be aware that their name won’t appear in the program which will already be printed.

Bison Auction Planned at LBL Jan. 27th

Golden Pond, Ky.- A public auction to reduce the size of bison herds in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will be held on Saturday, January 27. The sale will begin at 9am Central Standard Time at the South Bison Range corral. Bidder registration, and viewing begin at 8am. Bison purchases may be made with cash, credit card or personal check at time of bid acceptance.

The South Bison Range corral is located on the west side of the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway (TN461) just south of the KY/TN state line. This location is across the Scenic Byway from the Homeplace 1850 historic farm.

The Forest Service will sell approximately 48 bison, each separately to the highest bidder(s), including: 7 cows born between 2004 and 2005, 3 cows born 2009, 2010, and 2015, 2 large young bulls born 2015, 10 yearling heifers born in 2016, 8 yearling bulls, a mix of 18 bull and heifer calves born in 2017.

All animals will be tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis by a licensed veterinarian before the auction. Preliminary details regarding age, sex, and weights of all animals to be sold will be available after Tuesday, January 23, 2018 with the final list available at 8am on auction day. For a preliminary list or any questions, call Curtis Fowler at 270.924.2061 or email ffowler@fs.fed.us.

An on-site veterinarian will issue Certificates of Veterinary Inspection as required for interstate transport immediately after the auction. Import permits will be on hand for Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, and North Carolina. Buyers are responsible for knowing import regulations of the home state before purchasing bison. If additional state inspection certificates are required, contact 270.924.2061 on or before Monday, January 22.

Some states have specific requirements as to age and vaccinations. Buyers are responsible for knowing what vaccinations are required for the home state. Additional services may be purchased from the on-site veterinarian by cash or check to include vaccinations at time of bid acceptance.

Because of size and temperament, closed-topped trailers or vehicles are required to transport bison. Once bison step off the loading chute and into a buyer’s trailer, the animal becomes the property and responsibility of the buyer. Buyers must load animals immediately following the auction. For an additional $30 per animal fee, arrangements can be made at time of payment to load bison Monday, January 29, 2018 between 8am and 10am only.

Land Between the Lakes manages two herds of American Bison. All bison bloodlines originated from three sources—in 1969 from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, in 1988 and 2012 from Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska, and in 1996 from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

County, City Offices Opening Regular Times Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- County and City Government offices plan on opening regular schedule on Wednesday January 17th after closing Friday and Tuesday for the winter weather.

UTM Main Campus and Regional Campuses Closed Wed.

Martin, Tenn.- The UT Martin main campus and all centers will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 17, because of inclement weather and poor travel conditions. All classes are cancelled, and all administrative offices are closed.   

Murray State and All Regional Campuses Will be Closed on Wednesday

Murray, KY- Murray State University’s Murray campus, including all regional campus sites at Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, Henderson and Ft. Campbell, will be closed Wednesday, January 17, 2018 due to inclement weather.

The Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Curris Center, including the University Bookstore, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Winslow Dining Hall will have normal operating hours while other on-campus dining areas, such as the T'Room at the Curris Center, will be closed. The Racer One Stop, to be held at the Curris Center Stables, will not be open on Wednesday but is scheduled to open on Thursday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

As was the case with Tuesday’s campus closure, all key dates and deadlines for financial aid, as well as adding/dropping classes, have been extended by a second day. The Scholarship Application Deadline remains Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit murraystate.edu/weather. 

Carroll County Schools Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Carroll County, Tenn.- Due to weather and road conditions the Carroll County School System will be closed on Wednesday, January 17th and Thursday, January 18th.

HCSS Closed Rest of Week, PSSD Closed Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School system will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday because of snow and ice covered roads. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said, "we really need temperatures to warm up before any melting occurrs on our county roads and that isnt going to happen until Friday afternoon. "

Director of Schools Dr. Norma Gerrell of the Paris Special School District has made the decision to close school Wednesday. She said, "we are going day by day on school closings since the City roads could clear up before county roads."

Little Caesars in Paris and Martin Closed on Tuesday

Little Caesars in Paris and Martin will be closed on Tuesday, January 16th due to road conditions.

Lion's Club FB Banquet Postponed; Makeup Dates for Basketball Set

The Lion’s Club / Henry County High School Football banquet scheduled for Thursday night January 18th has been postponed due to the severe weather.  The banquet has been rescheduled for Monday night January 29th at 6pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots basketball game against Clarksville High scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to the bad weather.  The makeup date for the game will be on Thursday February 8th at 6pm at Gamlin Gym.  

HCMC Closures for Jan. 16th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center wants to ensure the safety of all its patients and partners.  Due to the inclement weather, the following closures have been announced at HCMC:

The HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation along with HCMC Cardiac Rehab have announced they will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16.  All the HCMC Medical Practices are closed today and include:

  • Eagle Creek Clinic
  • Kelley Clinic – Innovative Orthopedics and HCMC Surgical Specialists
  • Kentucky Lake Urologic Associates
  • Paris Pediatrics
  • Paris Women’s Center
  • Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN
  • Transitions Health

If you are scheduled for an appointment at one of these clinics, please call them to reschedule. We apologize for the inconvenience but want everyone to be safe during this inclement weather.

Additionally, the Pink Petal Gift Shop is also closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16.  The Pre-operative Joint Replacement Class scheduled for today at HCMC at 1 p.m. has been cancelled.

HCMC Diagnostic Center and HCMC Surgery Center are both open today.  If for some reason you are unable to make your appointments at these locations, please call our scheduling line at 731-644-8486 option 1 to reschedule. 

Please check out our Facebook Pages for additional information and updated closures.  You can also check out our other social media outlets and our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Several Arrests Made In County, City

Paris, Tenn.- . David Beauvis of the Paris Police Department arrested Charles Pruitt, 33, of Cowan St., for driving on a revoked and he was placed on $500 bond.

Ptl. Amber Roaten charged Linda Morris, 48, of Dresden for identity theft. Morris was placed on $5K bond.

Other arrests include Tedrick Hughes, age 20 of Big Sandy for contraband into a penal institution; Rachel Tuturow, 26 of Big Sandy, for forgery; Joseph Coleman, 42, of Hwy 69A Paris for vandalism and violation of probation and he is currently being held without bond.

Chief Elizondo to Citizens: Stay Home

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo is urging residents to stay home and off the roads if at all possible Tuesday. He said, "We received 3 to 4 more inches of snow last night. The roads are extremely slick and hazardous. Please stay home. Road crews will be working dilligently to clear the streets. Because of the low temperatures, salt and brine will have little or no effect. Do not attempt travel. We are seeing motorist getting stuck on snow piles that accumulate at entrances and driveways caused by snow plows."

PSSD BOE, County Comm. Meetings Rescheduled; HCHS Basketball, Chili Supper Moved Again

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD Board Meeting originally scheduled for 6:30pm Tuesday night has been postponed and will be held next Tuesday night January 23rd at 6:30pm at the Central Office on Hwy 641 S. The Henry County Commission meeting scheduled for 5pm Tuesday night has been postponed and moved to Monday January 22nd at 5pm at the courthouse.

Tuesday night’s Basketball game against Clarksville High has been postponed and will be made up Thursday February 8th at Gamlin Gym. Tuesday night’s HCHS Baseball Team Chili Supper has been postponed Tuesday night and will be tentatively scheduled for Tuesday January 30th during the home basketball game with Rossview.

Closed For Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Closed for Tuesday are the Henry County Courthouse, Annex, Central Community Services, Health Department, and Recycling Center.

Paris City Hall, the Landfill, Animal Shelter, and Civic Center are all closed Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday trash routes will be run Tuesday.

Security Bank and Trust Main Offices downtown, Mineral Wells, and Lakeway IGA Center will delay opening until 10am-3pm Tuesday because of the weather. The offices at the Lake and Puryear will be closed Tuesday.

New Harmony Baptist Church 2nd Harvest food distribution canclled for Tuesday. Dr. McClain's Office is closed Tuesday.

Henry County Blanketed With 3-4 Inches of Fresh Snow

Paris, Tenn.- Henry Countians are waking up to another winter postcard scene Tuesday morning as a fresh 3-4 inch snow has blanketed the area. All roads, even ones that have been cleared from Friday's snowfall are completely covered again and travel is not recommended. This snow is a light, fluffy snow and not mixed with any sleet or freezing rain this time. If you must get out, give yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going, drive slowly, and give plenty of distance for stopping and behind other vehicles. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

UTM Main Campus and All Regional Campuses Closed

Martin, Tenn.- The UT Martin main campus and all locations will be closed  Tuesday, Jan. 16, because of inclement weather. 

NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning for Henry County

Memphis- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Henry and surrounding counties effective until Noon on Tuesday January 16th. A strong upper level disturbance is bringing snow currently and at times throughout the evening heavier bands of snow will fall. New snow acculumations from 2-4 inches are possible in Henry County until the system moves out Tuesday morning. Wind Chill values will also be at or below zero. Travel will likely be difficult on Tuesday morning.

USDA Food Commodities to Be Distributed Jan. 23-24

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities to eligible area residents on January 23rd and 24th. The food will be distributed at Central School, located at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext. in Paris, between the hours of 9am and 2pm.

Seniors age 60 and older will come Tuesday January 23rd. Other eligible residents with last names beginning with A-L will come Tuesday January 23rd. Those with last names beginning with M-Z will come on Wednesday January 24th.

Applicants should have a Purple Commodity Card and if you do not you must sign up by no later than Thursday January 18th. Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size.

Cars should not be lined up for food distribution before 8:30am at Central School. They ask to not leave cars on the highway, if the line is backed up come back when it shortens. There will be no need to exit your vehicle either as the commodities will be placed in your vehicle.

For more information call 642-3132 or visit the office at 55 Jones Bend Rd Extended.

County Comm. To Discuss Vacant Seat at Tues. Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet at 5pm Tuesday for their January meeting. One of the items on the agenda is to establish the rules for the procedure for conducting a special election to fill the office of County Commissioner for the 2nd District. The seat has been vacant since the death of longtime commissioner Bobby Freeman in December. The meeting is open to the public.

PSSD Board to Discuss School Calendars for 2018-19

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education will also meet in regular session for January on Tuesday night. The meeting is at the Central Office on Hwy. 641 S. at 6:30pm. One item on the agenda of interest is the approval of the 2018-19 School calendars and updates on the Rhea Construction process. The meeting is also open to the public.

UTM Regional Centers Closed Tues.; Main Campus Decision Not Made Yet

Martin, Tenn.- UT Martin centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Somerville have all cancelled classes for Tuesday, Jan. 16. A decision about the main campus has not been made at this time.

HC Courthouse Opens at 9am Tues.; Criminal Court Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- County Mayor Brent Greer has made the decision to delay the opening of the Henry County Courthouse, Annex, Central School Community Building and Health Department until 9:00 a.m. in the morning, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. A decision about any further closure of the Courthouse and others will be made if necessary and announced in the morning as well.

The Henry County Recycling Center will open at 8:00 a.m.

General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder has also announced she will reschedule all criminal court cases set for tomorrow, January 16, 2018 to next Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in order to give those attending Court the ability to travel safely.

Current forecasts include more accumulation of snow tonight and tomorrow morning with temperatures well below freezing. That combined with the current ice, snow and slush on the roadways could make driving very difficult and unsafe.

There is no court currently scheduled for tomorrow in Circuit, Juvenile, Chancery or Probate.Those courts will not be affected by this announcement.

Paris City Hall Opening at 9am Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster said Paris City Hall will open late Tuesday morning, at 9am. She said if we get more snow overnight, they may decide in the morning to close altogether and they will get the word out as soon as possible Tuesday morning if that is the case.

Bethel University and Carroll Co. Schools Closed on Tuesday

 

McKenzie, Tenn.- Due to the inclement weather conditions on campus and the surrounding areas, all classes for the College of Arts and Sciences on the McKenzie campus have been canceled for Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Administrative offices on the McKenzie campus will also be closed on January 16, 2018.

The cafeteria will continue operating on its inclement weather schedule. Brunch serving hours are from 11am-1:30pm and supper will be served from 4pm-5:30pm.

Carroll County Schools also announced that they will be closed on Tuesday, January 16th due to weather and road conditions.

HCHS Basketball Game, Baseball Chili Supper Postponed for Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Icy roads and the threat of more winter weather on the way has prompted the postponement of Tuesday night's basketball game at home against Clarksville High and the Baseball Team's chili supper. The Chili Supper for the HCHS Baseball team is tentatively rescheduled for January 30th. The basketball game with Clarksville High has not been rescheduled yet.

Murray State Univ. Closed for Tues. Jan. 16th

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Murray campus, including all regional campus sites at Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, Henderson and Ft. Campbell, will be closed Tuesday, January 16, 2018 due to inclement weather. 

The Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center will be open from 12-5 p.m. The Curris Center, including the University Bookstore, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dining Services will be open during normal operating hours. The Racer One Stop, to be held at the Curris Center Stables, will not be open on Tuesday but is scheduled to open on Wednesday, January 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

As a result of tomorrow’s closure, all key dates and deadlines for financial aid, as well as adding/dropping classes, has been extended by one day.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit murraystate.edu/weather.  

PSSD and HC Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 16th

Henry County, Tenn.- Due to weather and road conditions the Paris Special School District and the Henry County School System will be closed on Tuesday, January 16th.

Joey Hampton is HCHS Teacher of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is pleased to announce Joey Hampton as the 2017-18 HCHS Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hampton teaches mathematics at HCHS, currently teaching geometry and pre-calculus. Mr. Hampton has taught for 15 years, all at Henry County High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and masters degree in secondary education with an emphasis in instructional technology, both from Murray State University. (HCHS photo)

Roads Still Slick, More Snow on the Way Monday Night

Mineral Wells towards Hwy 77 late Sun. afternoon (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Roads across Paris and Henry County are still slick in many places as a layer of ice formed before snow fell this past Friday which has made it very difficult for road crews to scrape off and clear. The City of Paris Public Works with help from BPU cleaned many of the streets around the court square so they are in pretty good shape as of Monday morning.

Other roads like 641 S., Hwy 218 bypass, Hwy 77 and the tail end of Mineral Wells Avenue past Wal-mart are still solid sheets of ice and very slick. Authorities caution travel Monday as all side roads and roads in the county that aren’t treated regularly are definitely slick.

Crews clearing Hwy. 218 near Hwy 79

The National Weather Service has placed our area under a Winter Weather Advisory from Noon Monday until 6am Tuesday as another system will come thru and possibly drop another 1-3 inches of snow Monday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will also plummet as this system comes thru with highs not reaching above freezing again until Thursday afternoon. Anything that melts Monday morning, will refreeze Monday night and any snow that falls will likely accumulate.

Stay tuned to our website, wmufradio.com and our Facebook pages for the latest in closings and cancellations for our area.

East Wood St past Fairgrounds Rd. Intersection

Tues. Is Deadline to Enter This Weekend's Fish Fry Pageants

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris/Henry County Jaycees will be presenting the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants on Saturday, January 20th and Sunday, January 21st at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris and Tuesday January 16th is the deadline to enter the pageants.

Starting on Saturday the Tiny Tot Pageant for kids ages 4 and 5 will be held at 10am, the Little Miss Pageant for kids ages 6 and 7 will be held at 11am and the Junior Queen Pageant for kids ages 8 and 9 will be held at 2pm. The Miss Pre-Teen Pageant for kids ages 10 to 12 will be held at 4pm, the Miss Teen pageant for contestants ages 13 to 15 will be held at 5:30pm and the Hostess Princess Pageant for contestants ages 16 to 20 will begin at 7:30pm.

On Sunday the Tiny Tot Pageants will start off with the boys and girls ages birth to 6 months pageant which will begin at 1:30pm, the boys and girls ages 7 to 11 months pageant will be held at 2pm, boys and girls aged 1 year pageant will be held at 2:30pm, boys and girls aged 2 years pageant will be held at 3pm and the Tiny Tots pageant will wrap up with the girls aged 3 years old pageant which will be held at 3:30pm.

Entry Fees on all pageants are $25, with Hostess Princess being $30. Entry forms are on the Chamber’s website and by clicking on the link that says Fish Fry forms in the top corner of our website, wmufradio.com.

HCMC Announces Closures and Postponemens for Jan. 15-16

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center wants to ensure the safety of all its patients and partners.  Due to the inclement weather, the following closures and postponements have been announced at HCMC:

The HCMC Diagnostic Center has announced it will be closed Monday, January 15.  Outpatient testing and procedures have been moved to the HCMC Main Campus. 

If you are scheduled for a test at the HCMC Diagnostic Center and have not been notified about changes, please call our scheduling line at 731-644-8486 option 1 to reschedule.  We apologize for the inconvenience but want everyone to be safe during this inclement weather.

Additionally, Cardiac Rehab and the Pink Petal Gift Shop are also closed on Monday, January 15.  Currently, physician clinics and all other entities will be open. PAT will be completed at the HCMC Main Campus. Any scheduled outpatient testing will be completed at the HCMC Main Campus. Home Health & Hospice will only be seeing priority patients.

There will also be some postponements of classes and events on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16:

  • Better Breathers - Monday, Jan. 15 at 2 pm
  • Lunch to Learn Presented by Lisa Casteel, CEO - Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 12 noon *will be rescheduled
  • Freedom from Smoking Cessation - Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 4 pm *rescheduled to start Tuesday, Jan. 23

Please check out our Facebook Pages for additional information and updated closures. You can also check out our other social media outlets and our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Two Men Arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Lt. Jeramye Whitaker and Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Raymond Macie, age 45 of Jones Bend Road of Paris, for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent to sell and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Matthew Belyew, age 32 of Stafford Road of Puryear, for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation. Belyew was placed on $2,000 bond.

Holiday Closing and Cancellations for Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. City Hall will be closed and  all emergency services will be running on regular schedule. The Paris Public Works Department will be closed Monday and  Monday and Tuesday’s trash routes will be picked up on Tuesday. The Landfill and the Animal Shelter will be closed Monday and they will open back up on Tuesday.  

 The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed on Monday for the MLK Day holiday. Dr. Michael P McClain Orthodontics Office will be closed Monday due to bad road conditions and the office will call patients to reschedule appointments.

Martin Luther King Jr Activities Cancelled for Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Several activities that were planned for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday have been cancelled. The Prayer Breakfast that was going to be held at Central School Cafeteria that was scheduled for Monday has been cancelled due to road conditions. The Martin Luther King Jr. March to the Courthouse from Rison Street is also cancelled due to icy road conditions. Lunch at noon at Mt. Zion Church is still on as scheduled for Monday.

Police Investigating Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Kyle Waldron investigated theft from a truck. In the report, the complainant stated that he received a call from a customer who stated that several items were missing from his truck.

The complainant told police that he believed the items were stolen when the  truck was sitting in the parking lot outside for two nights while it was being worked on. Several wrenches and other items valued at more than $1,300 were stolen from the vehicle. A person of interest was named but no arrests have been made.

Murray State Updates Martin Luther King Jr. Activities

Murray, KY.- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil and March scheduled for Sunday evening, January 14 is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. Monday morning’s MLK, Jr. Community Breakfast and Day of Service activities at the Curris Center are on as scheduled beginning at 8:30 a.m.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit murraystate.edu/weather. 

Roadways are Still Slick and Icy on Sunday, as Motorists are Urged to Drive Slowly


Road conditions were extremely slick and icy early on Sunday morning on 641 South between Paris and Camden. (Janice Benton photo)

Henry County, Tenn.- Road conditions were still icy and slick on Hwy 641 South between Paris and Camden on Sunday morning. Police are still urging motorists to stay off the roadways as emergency services are working on treating the roads. If you need to drive, please drive slowly.

Buchanan Man Arrested for Escape

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested Darren Parsons, age 43 of Hwy 79 North of Buchanan, for escape and failure to appear. Parsons was placed on $55,000 bond.

Several Church Services Cancelled for Sunday, January 14th

Henry and Carroll County, Tenn.- Due to inclement weather conditions from Friday’s winter storm several churches have  cancelled  services for Sunday, January 14th. 

Sunday services for Springhill Baptist Church, New Harmony Baptist Church in Paris, Sulphur Wells Church of Christ, Christ Lutheran Church in Paris, New Bethel Church of Christ, Springville Church of Christ, Point Pleasant Baptist Church, Van Dyke Church of Christ and First Baptist Church in Paris are cancelled.

First Presbyterian Church in Paris, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Henry United Methodist Church, Friendship Baptist Church in Buchanan, Trinity United Methodist and Grace Episcopal Church will be cancelling all services and activities for Sunday.   

Other church services that are cancelled on Sunday include: TVCC, Barrs Chapel, Puryear Church of Christ, Russwood Baptist Church in Springville, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Henry, Fairview Baptist Church, Puryear United Methodist Church, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Birds Creek Baptist Church in Whitlock, North Fork Baptist Church, Church of God of Prophecy on 218 and  Kingdom Hall in Paris.

Sunday services for Ramble Creek Baptist Church in Big Sandy, West Wood PCG, Buchanan United Methodist Church, Maplewood Baptist Church, Cottage Grove Baptist Church, Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie   and New Bethel Baptist Church on the old Murray-Paris Road are also cancelled.

Kentucky Lake Road Church of Christ  will hold their 10:30am service, but bible study and the evening service are cancelled.  Paris First United Methodist Church will be holding regular services at 8:30am and 11am on Sunday.

Two People Charged With Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Lt. Clyde Sulcer charged Stacie Pike, age 40, and Lester Carpenter, age 42, both of Hwy 79 North of Paris for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Carpenter was also arrested for domestic assault.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Hwy 79 North in Paris in reference to a domestic assault. When Lt. Sulcer arrived at the scene he spoke to Pike and another woman at the home who stated that Carpenter had hit Pike and she had an injury on her cheek. Pike and the other woman told police that Carpenter had left on foot. Police were able to locate Carpenter shortly after speaking with Pike. Carpenter was then arrested for domestic assault. Carpenter also stated that there were drugs and drug paraphernalia in the home.

Police returned and searched the home to find drug paraphernalia in the home. Pike and Carpenter were each charged with paraphernalia.

2018 Winter Storm Brings Snow and Ice Throughout the Region


Just horsing around in the snow in Cottage Grove. (Sonjia Miller photo)


Rachael Dean photo of the Eiffel Tower.

Henry County, Tenn.- Winter weather in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain has blanketed the area throughout Friday. Our listeners throughout the county have been sending us their photos from their homes. Some areas in Paris have even gotten up to almost 7 inches of snow and ice from Friday's winter storm.


Kaitlin Moran photo of accumulation in Paris Landing.


Scooby and Christain-Scott Kunath playing in the snow in Puryear. (River Hope photo)


Tas Smith photo from snow accumulation on Chickasaw Road at 4:15pm on Friday afternoon.


Amanda Parrish photo of birds searching for food near her Puryear home.


Jordan Holland photo of Hwy. 79 in Paris near Walker's on Friday afternoon.


Making a snow angel in Springville. (Terrah Lowe photo)

Paris Teen Arrested for Aggravated Robbery and Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Higgins arrested Timothy Davis, age 18 of Old Union Loop of Paris,  for felony aggravated robbery and conspiracy aggravated assault. Davis was placed on $100,000 bond.

Several Wrecks Reported Across the County


Road conditions on 641 North in Paris are slippery and icy as emergency crews continue to treat the roads. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry County, Tenn.- Several wrecks were reported across the county throughout the day on Friday as icy conditions made it hazardous to drive around. No major injuries or major damages was reported from the wrecks. Most of Friday’s wrecks were from cars going off into ditches caused by icy and slippery conditions.


Roads around the county are slick, icy and dangerous as motorists are urged to stay home. (Cassie Walsh photos)

With road conditions that are slick and icy police and emergency services are asking motorists to stay off the roadways and stay home. If you must go out on the roads, please drive slowly. The Board of Public Utilities wanted to remind the public that during this weekend’s winter storm you can report all outages to their dispatcher at 731-642-1322.

Several People Arrested for DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Cpl. Amanda Forrest arrested John Rowlette, age 48 of Paris, for DUI, reckless endangerment and simple possession. Rowlette was placed on $10,000 bond.

Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested Jessica Underwood, age 33 of Puryear, for DUI and driving on a revoked license. Underwood was placed on $1,500 bond.

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Terry Wimberley, age 50 of 1020 Locust Street of Paris, for DUI. Wimberley was placed on $1,000 bond.

THP Working Multiple Vehicle Crash on I-40 Near Jackson


(Tennessee Highway Patrol @THPJackson with Marissa Mahon Facebook photo)

Jackson, Tenn.- Troopers are working a multiple vehicle crash on I-40 at the 120 mile marker. Roads may look wet but as the temperatures are dropping it is freezing into black ice. Drive slow, allow room between you and other vehicles. Do not drive distracted. Focus on driving safely. For highway assistance call *874 (*THP) and a trooper will then be sent to assist you.

Police are Urging Motorists to Stay Off the Roads and Stay Home During Winter Storm


Road Conditions from our studios on India Road are slick and icy with several wrecks reported throughout the county. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Winter weather in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain has blanketed the area have caused several wrecks throughout the day Friday, but as more snow and wet weather is expected to hit the area road conditions will worsen throughout Friday afternoon.


Road Conditions from our studios on India Road are slick and icy with several wrecks reported throughout the county. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Roads are very slick and icy on Friday afternoon and Police and Emergency Responders are urging everyone to stay off the roads and stay home.

Winter Storm Causing Closures at HCMC and Physician Offices on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center wants to ensure the safety of all its patients and partners.  Due to the inclement weather, the following closures have been announced at HCMC:

The HCMC Diagnostic Center has announced it will be closed on Friday, January 12th.  Outpatient testing and procedures have been moved to the HCMC Main Campus. 

If you are scheduled for a test at the HCMC Diagnostic Center and have not been notified about changes, please call our scheduling line at 731-644-8486 option 1 to reschedule.  We apologize for the inconvenience but want everyone to be safe during this inclement weather.

Additionally, the HCMC Surgery Center is closed Friday and all scheduled surgeries have been moved to the HCMC Main Campus.  Cardiac Rehab and the Pink Petal Gift Shop are also closed on Friday.  The HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation is closed as well.  Please call 731-642-2411 to reschedule any appointments.

Additional closings for  Friday, January 12th include the following:

Eagle Creek Clinic – Tonya Nash - (731) 407-7013

TN Highlands OB/GYN – Dr. Paul Locus - (731) 644-8240

Paris Women’s Center – Dr. Dennis Wieck and Kristian Elliott – (731) 644-8225

KY Lake Urologic Associates – Dr. Joe Mobley, III and Dr. John Beddies - (731) 642-8884

Transitions Health – Tammy Holcomb - (731) 641-2707

Please check out our Facebook Pages for additional information and updated closures.  You can also check out our other social media outlets and our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Winter Storm Causing Slick Road Conditions on Friday


Looking a lot more like winter at the Court House on Friday morning as snow continues to fall throughout the day. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Winter weather in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain has blanketed the area and caused a few minor issues on Friday morning, but as more snow and wet weather is expected to hit the area road conditions will worsen throughout Friday afternoon.


Poplar Street in Downtown Paris was slick on Friday morning as road conditions are expected to get worse throughout the day on Friday.. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The area remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6pm Friday with the forecast calling for mostly snow this afternoon. 2-4 inches of snow and sleet are expected in the area. It's advised that if you don't have to be out on the roads, just stay home.


A view of road and weather conditions on the Court Square in Paris on Friday morning. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Winter Weather Blankets Area Causes Wrecks, Power Outages

BPU crews working on a broken pole on Old Springville Rd. (BPU Facebook photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Winter weather in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain has blanketed the area and caused a few minor issues early Friday morning. In addition to a slew of cancellations and closings for businesses, government offices, and schools local law enforcement worked several wrecks Friday morning, thankfully none were too serious as most cars had just slid off the roadway.

The BPU crews were out working on a power outage on Old Springville Road around 7am Friday morning as a car hit and broke an electric pole. The incident caused an outage for a while Friday morning for about 800 customers. The Board of Public Utilities wanted to remind the public  to report all outages to their dispatcher at 731-642-1322.

The area remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6pm Friday with the forecast calling for mostly snow this afternoon. 2-4 inches of snow and sleet are expected in the area.

Looking out the door at WMUF. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, “if you don’t have to get out, stay home, throw a log on the fire, and stay safe and warm.” Motorists should continue to use extreme caution Friday, Friday night, and Saturday morning when driving and avoid it if possible. Temperatures are not supposed to get above freezing again until Monday afternoon.

For continuing coverage of winter weather, closings, and cancellations visit our website, wmufradio.com and be sure and like the WMUF/WLZK Facebook pages.

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