From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Murray State Women's Track Team Involved in Bus Crash
A Murray State bus carrying the women's track team tipped over near Evansville. (Photo reprinted with permission of 14-WFIE).
Gibson County, Ind. - A Murray State bus carrying a Women's track team has overturned on I-69 on the way to compete at Indiana University in Bloomington.
According to WFIE in Evansville, the accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday near the Gibson County/Pike County line.
Indiana State Police told WFIE that nine people were on the bus including the driver. Four people are reportedly injured, with the most severe injury being a broken arm.
• Katie Forsehy, 21, Murray State University, Murray, KY
• Tonia Pratt, 19, Murray State University, Murray, KY
• Abbie Oliver, 20, Murray State University, Murray, KY
• T.J. Wirth, 23, Murray State University, Murray, KY
The Murray State News is reporting that two individuals were sent to the hospital and that sports information director has confirmed that the injuries are believed to be minor.
The team was traveling to Indiana University for a relay meet when it flipped on its side. A second bus was sent to pick up uninjured team members.
State police say the accident was caused by the bus sliding on the ice, running off the road, and tipping over, according to WFIE.
Slight Wintry Mix Decorates Trees
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County largely escaped the wintry mix that was predicted for this area overnight, but some freezing rain early Friday morning did make for some pretty trees. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Miss Tennessee Appears at Rotary
Paris, Tenn.-Miss Tennessee 2012 Chandler Lawson appeared at the Paris Rotary Club luncheon Thursday and spoke about the importance of weekend backpack programs for the state's school districts. (Linley White photo).
Blackwood Elected Republican Party Chair
Paris, Tenn.-At Thursday evening's Henry County Republican Party Convention, Kert Blackwood was elected chairman.
Blackwood is currently president of the Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. Elected Vice Chairman was Faye Gamstetter.
2013 WBFF Hostess Princess Contestants Announced
Addi Cate Katie Drummond Shelby Beloate
Paris, Tenn.-Twelve young ladies will be vying for the coveted title of 2013 World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess at Saturday night's pageant. The pageant is set for 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Price of admission is $5.
The contestants are:
--Addi Cate, 15 yr old daughter of Tom & Becky Cate, a Sophmore at HCHS she is sponsored by The Closet
--Katie Drummond, 17 yr old daughter of Chad Drummond and Bo & Emily Walker, she is a Senior at HCHS & sponsored by Merison’s.
--Shelby Beloate, 18 yr old daughter of Chris & Missy Beloate, she is a Senior at HCHS and sponsored by Tosh Farms.
--Hannah McFadden, 17 yr old daughter of Mark & Suzi McFadden, a Senior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Haynes Medical Clinic.
--Erica Nicole Little, 17yr old daughter of Eric & Lisa Little, she is a Junior at HCHS and sponsored by Tennessee Valley Farms.
--Carly Brooke Johnson, 17 yr old daughter of Jack & Teresa Bruce, a Senior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Abbronzatura Tanning Salon.
--Rachel Wilson, 16 yr old daughter of Tony & Amy Wilson, she is a Sophmore at HCHS and sponsored by Wilson Motorsports.
--Ali Davis, 16 yr old daughter of Andrew & Laura Davis, a Junior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments.
--Asia Melton, 17 yr old daughter of James & Felicia Taylor, a Senior at HCHS, she is sponsored by Dairy Delight.
--Madeline Hosford, 16 yr old daughter of Amanda Hosford, a Sophmore at HCHS, she is sponsored by Webb’s Tree Service.
--Darian French, 18 yr old daughter of Robert & Christien Radford, she is a Senior at HCHS and sponsored by Patriot Carpet Care.
--Sydney Marie Luna, 16 yr old daughter of Rudy & Marla Luna, a Sophmore at HCHS, she is sponsored by Custom Metal Buildings.
Two pageants will be held Sunday, January 27: Miss Teen, 2pm and Miss Pre-Teen, at 4pm
The remainder of the pageants will be held next weekend on this schedule: Junior Queen, Saturday, February 2 @ 2:30pm Tiny Tot, Saturday, February 2 @ 1pm Little Prince & Princess, February 2 @ 10 am.
Hannah McFadden Erica Little Carly Johnson
Rachel Wilson Ali Davis Asia Melton
Madeline Hosford Darian French Sydney Luna
Paris Woman Charged with Child Neglect
Paris, Tenn.-A woman who reportedly left her child in the care of a man who beat him was arrested by the Metro Crime Unit.
Kristen Metler, 23, 518 Harrison Lane, was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect at a N. Market Street home. According to Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson, Metler was charged with leaving her child alone with Timothy Overcast, who was arrested last summer on charges of causing multiple injuries to the child.
Two Parties in Domestic Assault Arrested
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to a domestic assault in progress at 210 Bell Ave. and ended up arresting both parties that were involved.
Police were called to the scene at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and arrested Billie Kennedy, 32, of that address, and Jason Kennedy, 35, 410 Morris Rd., and charged both with domestic assault.
According to the police report, officers determined that Jason Kennedy had grabbed Billie Kennedy and thrown her around during an argument, but that Billie Kennedy had struck a third party who tried to call police.
Public Hearing Set for Monday Prior to Long Term Planning Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will hold a public hearing in the city hall courtroom on Monday at 6pm as they hold a long term planning meeting. No formal action will be taken but all interested citizens are invited.
Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Concern
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health is working to educate Tennesseans that some antibiotics are no longer effective for some people due to antibiotic resistance, a condition that can be created when antibiotics are overprescribed or misused. Studies show that antibiotics may be losing their healing powers in some cases.
“When we are not feeling well and visit our doctor, we may expect him or her to give us antibiotics to treat our illness,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD, a specialist in infectious diseases. “It’s important to know, however, that antibiotics are intended to treat bacterial infections, not viral infections. Since common colds are viral infections instead of bacterial, taking antibiotics can have dangerous side effects including causing allergic reactions, or unintended consequences such as decreasing their effectiveness when they are needed to treat bacterial infections.
”The American College of Physicians estimates 50 percent of the 133 million courses of antibiotics prescribed in a year are not necessary because they are given for viral infections. Other important reasons why antibiotic resistance develops are that patients don’t finish taking the full dosage prescribed for a bacterial infection or they give the unused antibiotics to someone else.
“It’s important to finish the full dose of antibiotics your doctor prescribes,” Reagan said. “Take the directed amount each day and for the number of days as prescribed. For example, if your doctor instructs you to take two pills daily for ten days, you should not stop or cut back to one pill daily if you feel better in a shorter amount of time. If you don’t follow the prescription instructions exactly, bacteria can still be in your body and, if not treated, can become resistant to future antibiotic treatments.”
It’s also important not to give unused antibiotics to others with similar illnesses. The person getting the drugs may not need them or may not get the dosage needed, and can also develop antibiotic resistance or suffer serious side effects.
Antibiotics trace their history to 1928, when the first naturally occurring one, penicillin, was discovered. They gained widespread acceptance in the 1940s, significantly reducing death and illness from many infectious diseases. Because of widespread misuse of antibiotics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists antibiotic resistance among its top public health concerns.
To lean more, visit: www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/about.html. The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. For more information about TDH services and programs, visit http://health.state.tn.us/.
Apartment Gutted by Early-Morning Fire
Paris, Tenn.-An apartment in the Wesley Pine Ridge Apartments complex was gutted by an early-morning fire. Paris Fire Department personnel were called to Apartment 710 in the complex around 2:45 a.m. today. The unit is a total loss, with smoke, water and fire damage making it non-habitable. The unit was occupied at the time. A Fire Department spokesperson said he was not injured, but was transported to Henry County Medical Center as a precaution. The cause is undetermined at this time. The complex is located off of Tyson Ave. A few hours earlier, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, the fire department also was called out to a brush fire behind Carey Counseling. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Services Set for Brenda Morris, Former Senior Director
Paris, Tenn.-Funeral services have been finalized for Former Henry County Office on Aging Director Brenda Morris, 62, of Paris, who died Sunday, Jan. 20 at Henry County Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at Progressive Missionary Baptist with Rev. J. C. Webb officiating. Interment will be in Western Oak Grove Cemetery on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Rawls Funeral Home.
Besides her time at the Office on Aging, she also served on the county’s Central Community Service Center committee and was a member of the Paris-Henry County Volunteer Board.
In the community, she took time to be active in the Northwest Tennessee Senior Games, winning first place in shuffleboard for singles and doubles one year.
Mrs. Morris' full obituary is published on our obituaries' page.
MSU Racers on ESPNU Tonight
Cookeville, Tenn.-Tonight's game between the Murray State Racers and Tennessee Tech will be televised on ESPNU. It will be a road trip for the Racers, played at Cookeville, Tenn. Tip-off at 7:00 pm
The Racers' series with TTU is among two of the original members of the Ohio Valley Conference when the league was formed in 1948. Since their first meeting 18 years before the league was formed in 1930, the two have played 169 times with MSU leading the series 122-47 and 44-37 at TTU's home court. The Racers have won three straight since losing to TTU in the OVC Tournament semifinals in 2011. This will be the only meeting of the regular season between the two as TTU resides in the OVC east division and the Racers in the west.
All-America Isaiah Canaan who is scoring 21.5 points per game on the season is eighth in the nation and first in the OVC. Ed Daniel, an All-OVC preseason pick, is pulling down 10.7 rebounds per game (also tops in the OVC) and is 9th ninth in the nation. Canaan is ninth in all-time scoring at MSU and Daniel is 16th in rebounding.
Paris Police Investigate Two Thefts in City Limits
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still looking for leads in a couple of burglaries that occurred recently. One report stated that an apartment on Lankford Road had a Sony 32 inch TV and over 160 DVDs stolen. The victim came back and noticed the items gone, but there were no signs of forced entry. The total value of items is $500.
Another report said almost damage was done to two doors and over $500 worth of items were stolen from a home on East Washington Street. The basement door and the door from the basement to the main floor of the home were kicked in. Stolen from the home was an air conditioner, hot water heater, and about 50 feet of copper wiring.
River Conference Tournament Action Starts at 5 pm Thurs.
Paris, Tenn.- Coverage of the River Conference Tournament picks up this afternoon with four games scheduled at Gamlin Gym. The first game tips at 5pm as Houston County battles Lakewood in girls action, followed by Houston County and Lakewood in boys action. The third game of the evening will be Camden vs. Stewart County girls and Stewart County vs. Camden Boys will be the final game of the evening. Coverage stars at 4:45 on WLZK 94.1FM.
Shooting Sports Program to Hold Signups
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 4-H Shooting Sports Program will hold three signups for 4th through 12th grader youth interested in trap, skeet and sporting clays competition. Signups will be held at Hulmes Sporting Goods this Saturday January 26 , Saturday February 9th, and Saturday February 23 from 10am to 2 pm each day.
The cost for trap and skeet events is $125 each while sporting clays will cost $135. If youth want to participate in a second or third discipline the cost will be $55 in addition to the highest fee. Youth should bring their Hunter’s Safety Card or plan to attend the first available class. For more information contact the UT Extension office at 642-2941.
Winter Weather Possible Late Thursday Evening
Memphis, Tenn.- Henry County and parts of our listening area west of the Tennessee River is under a Freezing Rain Advisory from midnight until 9am Friday. The potential for light ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch is possible. The National Weather Service says freezing on bridges, overpasses, and secondary roads is highly possible and could cause travel problems Friday morning. Areas to the east of the Tennessee River could see more icing as the system moves through. Temperatures on Friday afternoon should be near or above 40.
County Highway Department crews have been treating local roadways this morning to prepare for freezing rain.
TBI Arrests Three Responsible for Stewart County Teen's Death
Dover, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested three individuals after the Stewart County grand jury indicted them on various charges for the death of a Stewart County teen who died from a prescription drug overdose in October 2012.
On October 14, 2012, 17-year-old Kristin Irizarry, of Clarksville, was found dead at 305 Conger Street in Cumberland City. An autopsy revealed Kristen died from acute combined multiple drug intoxication including ethanol and oxymorphone, also known as Opana. She had no previous prescription drug history.
Through the course of the investigation, agents learned that the night before Kristen’s death, her mother, 41-year-old Nicole Irizarry, of Dover, gave her oxymorphone to sell. That night Kristen, along with 20-year-old Darius Skelton, 19-year-old Dayzon Skelton, both of Cumberland City and another juvenile went to a party were alcohol was being served and attempted to sell Nicole Irizarry’s pills. They returned to Dayzon Skelton’s home and the next morning she was found dead and 911 was called.
Nicole Irizarry was indicted on one count of second degree murder, one count of aggravated child neglect, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a child and one count of conspiracy to sell a scheduled drug. Dayzon and Darius Skelton were each indicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, one count of conspiracy to sell a scheduled drug and one count of criminally negligent homicide. Nicole Irizarry is currently in the Henry County jail on $50,000 bond.
The Skelton’s were booked into the Stewart County jail on $25,000 bond each.
The 23rd Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate Kristin Irizarry’s death along with the Cumberland City Police Department.
Strange Sight for a Confederate Soldier
Paris, Tenn.-The Confederate soldier on the Henry County Courthouse lawn seems to be gazing at the balloons stuck in the trees on the courthouse lawn. The balloons were carried during the Unity March on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Fish Fry Pageant Schedule Announced
Paris, Tenn.-It's that time of year again--time for the World's Biggest Fish Fry pageants. The Hostess Princess pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC).
The following is the schedule for all the pageants. All will be held at KPAC:
Hostess Princess, Saturday, January 26 @ 7pm
Miss Teen, Sunday, January 27 @ 2pm
Miss Pre-Teen, Sunday, January 27 @ 4pm
Junior Queen, Saturday, February 2 @ 2:30pm
Tiny Tot, Saturday, February 2 @ 1pm
Little Prince & Princess, February 2 @ 10 am
Commercial Bank & Trust Company will once again be sponsoring a $1000 scholarship to the winner of the Hostess Princess Pageant
Registration Open Now for 2013 Collegiate Bass Open
Paris Landing to Host Event for 4th Year in a Row
In this photo from last year, several collegiate anglers are register and welcomed
at the Fish Fry and Banquet held at the Fairgrounds. (Cabela's Collegiate Fishing Open photo)
Buchanan, Tenn.- Registration is open now for the 2013 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open that, for the fourth year in a row, will be held on Kentucky Lake. The Paris Landing Marina will serve as the tournament headquarters and the event is sponsored by the Henry County Alliance.
This year’s event has been moved up to April 19-20 and will coincide with the following weeklong celebration of the 60th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry.
The event is open to all collegiate fishing teams recognized by their college or university and there is no entry fee to participate. Area colleges Bethel University and Murray State University have entered and done well in the competition every year.
Larry Crawford, CEO of the Henry County Alliance, said “We are excited about hosting the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open for the fourth year and look forward to tying it into to our kickoff of the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry.”
Events include a Spirit Parade throughout downtown with trucks and boats on Thursday April 18th. That parade will lead to the Henry County Fairgrounds where the anglers will be treated to fish fry and banquet. The public is invited to come meet the students.
Tournament Director Wade Middleton commented, “anglers have had a blast on Kentucky Lake every year, and by moving the event up in the spring we could very well set new weight records. I’m expecting a strong shallow bite, which levels the playing field.
The format allows teammates to share information and work together to amass the largest amount of weight possible over the two days of competition. Teams can register now at www.collegiatebasschampionship.com/tournament-registration.html
HCMC CareVan to be at Conger Senior Center Thursday 9-11am
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at the Henry County Office on Aging, located on Jones Bend Road, Thursday January 24 from 9-11am.
The screening will take place inside the Conger Senior Center and they will offer free finger stick blood sugars, osteoporosis, and blood pressure available. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a full lipid panel for $10.
Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result and results will be available at the time of screening.
Clearing Up Fallen Trees
Paris, Tenn.-Workers in the Paris Public Works Department were hard at work Wednesday morning clearing fallen trees and limbs from a gulley on Veterans' Drive. A large tree fell across the guardrail during the last windstorm. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Knott's Recalls Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Paris, Tenn.-Knott’s Fine Food, Inc. of Paris, Tenn., has voluntarily recalled its 3-ounce Chicken Salad Sandwiches with expiration dates of 1/29/13 and earlier because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to Food Safety News.
The recalled products were distributed to 35 retail locations in western Tennesse, western Kentucky and northern Mississippi. It comes in a 3-ounce black wedge with a clear plastic film enclosure, according to the report.
The UPC code is 0-11984-01132-6. All expiration dates of 1/29/13 and earlier are subject to the recall. Expiration dates are located on an orange sticker on the plastic enclosure, Food Safety News reports.
No illnesses have yet been reported in connection with this recall. However, due to the time it takes to trace illnesses back to a food source, it is impossible to say whether the product has caused illnesses at this time.
The problem was discovered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture during routine testing, which found one chicken salad sandwich to be contaminated with Listeria.
Sulphur Well Church to Host Wildgame Supper
Gator Supplied by 'Swamp People' to be Served
Springville, Tenn.-A popular event locally--the annual Wildgame Supper hosted by Sulphur Well Church of Christ--will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the church.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Church Member Jan Maupin said, "We will have several kinds of wild game offered as usual. We do have the addition of alligator this year that was donated by Junior of the "Swamp People" television show. One of our guys made a trip to Louisiana and picked it up and had the opportunity to spend a day with Junior at his home."
There will be live music (Ray Lewis Band), and some "Hee Haw" type entertainment. This meal is free as usual. Donations are welcome and will be forwarded to the Henry County Food Bank. "Come out and stay as long as you like and eat as much as you want.... Enjoy," Maupin said.
The church is located at 1760 Oak Grove Rd. South.
Honoring First Responders on MLK Jr. Day
Paris, Tenn.-Seated around the table during Monday's Leadership Luncheon honoring the county's first responders include Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe, Sheriff Monte Belew, State Rep. Tim Wirgau and members of the sheriff's department, Paris Police and Fire departments. The luncheon was just one of several events held all day Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was held at Ketcham Hall. (Brother Andre Richardson photo).
Lakewood Speech Team Does Well at Tourneys
Lakewood at Paducah: Back Row - Logan Lacy, Natalie Clark, Billee Lassiter, Dreyvan Page, Jessica Roman, Darla White; Middle Row - Abigail Littrell, Sydney Wyatt, Davis Caperton, Janet McFadden, Sylis Allen, Steele Shoeberl, Titus Winders;Front Row - Jacob Watson, Noah Hulbert, Drew Culbreath.
Paris, Tenn.-The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in three high school tournaments in the month of January. On January 12, the team competed in two contests at the Murray High/Marshall County Swing Tournament at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. The team placed 5th overall at the Marshall County contest and 4th overall at the Murray invitational.
Individual winners are:
Humorous Interpretation – 5th place, Steele Schoeberl; 6th place, Noah Hulbert
Duet Interpretation – 5th place, Natalie Clark & Logan Lacy
Humorous Interpretation – 2nd place, Davis Caperton
Prose Interpretation – 1st place, Steele Schoeberl
Duet Interpretation – 5th place, Sydney Wyatt & Calista Herrera
On January 19th the Lakewood team competed in the Tornado Alley Invitational at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, KY. The team placed 6th overall and individual winners are:
Humorous Interpretation – 2nd place, Davis Caperton; 3rd place, Steele Schoeberl;
Poetry Interpretation – 4th place, Drew Culbreath;
Radio Broadcasting – 5th place, Sydney Wyatt;
Duet Acting – 5th place, Jessica Roman & Darla White; 6th place, Steele Schoeberl & Janet McFadden
Lakewood was one of 11 participating schools and the only middle school to compete in the tournaments. The team will next compete in the Northeast High School Invitational in Clarksville on February 2nd. The team is coached by David Weatherly.
Lakewood team at Murray: Back Row - Jacob Watson, Adam Ashlock, Titus Winders, Sylis Allen; Middle Row - Natalie Rice, Abigail Littrell, Billee Lassiter, Jessica Roman, Dreyvan Page, Darla White, Janet McFadden, Deborah Beasley; Front Row - Natalie Clark, Calista Herrera, Steele Schoeberl, Noah Hulbert, Logan Lacy, David Weatherly (coach), Davis Caperton, Sydney Wyatt.
Spaces Still Available for Health Care Expo
Paris, Tenn.-Partnerships with the “Healthy Henry County” lifestyle campaign, local businesses, healthcare providers, TVCC and Henry County Medical Center Foundation’s 5K Scrub Run will make the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s tenth annual healthcare expo bigger and more family friendly than ever. The event will be from 8 am until noon on Saturday, February 2, at the Paris Civic Center, 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris.
“Making our event part of Health Henry County and inviting everyone who participates in the Scrub Run is a way to expand our event to more people in the community,” according to Chamber Vice President of Community Development Stacia Puckett, Paris Surgical Specialists. “We are also happy to announce that our partners include the Paris Civic Center, Henry County Medical Center and Tennessee Valley Community Church.”
The Healthcare Expo still has booth space available. Puckett said “This is an opportunity for Henry County healthcare providers to set up a booth and show our community the tremendous diversity and quality of services available.”
For more information, contact the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris, Tennessee, at 731.642.3431 or find the application online at www.paristnchamber.com.
Shady Grove Assn. Fundraiser Set Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-A Shady Grove Cemetery Association fundraiser will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the church fellowship hall, 4880 Shady Grove Rd.
To be served are chili supper, drinks and dessert (donations taken at the door). All proceeds go toward upkeep of the cemetery.
Jackson Northside Sweeps Henry County on Hardwood
Jackson, Tenn.- Jackson Northside swept a pair of games from Henry County on the hardwood Tuesday night in non district action. The Lady Patriots lost a tough nail biter 46-45 to Northside as a last second shot at the buzzer didn’t go down for Henry County. In the loss, Savannah Rose scored 16 points and Hannah McFadden chipped in 12.
On the men’s side, Jackson Northside defeated the Patriots 68-55. Amari Cook had 18 points, Tanner Boley finished with 11 in the loss. Henry County gets back to district play on Friday night as Springfield comes calling to Gamlin Gym. The tip for the ladies is set for 6pm with men’s action to follow.
HC Commission Quickly Runs Through Agenda at Tuesday Session
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission finished all the business on their January agenda in around 15 minutes on Tuesday night as they met in regular session.
In addition to reaffirming appointments by the nominating committee and approving resolutions recommended by the budget committee, the board approved some house keep measures usually done at the first of the year each year.
One of those resolutions dealt with approving the listing of roads in Henry County for 2013. The only issued raised here was Commissioner Paul Neal asking them to double check to make sure roads listed are also are listed in their proper district because he thought there might have a been a few that were not.
Another housekeeping measure the commission passed Tuesday evening dealt with compliance in Federal Title VI regulations which provide no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This is something done every January as well. The commission also approved a resolution to adopt an updated plan of operations for Occupational Safety and Health for the county.
Before the meeting adjourned Tuesday night County Mayor Brent Greer did read a resolution recognizing next week as School Board Appreciation week. In the resolution, Greer thanked the board members for the Henry County Board of education and Paris Special School District Board of Education and asked citizens to do the same
BPU: Office Concepts Building to be Demolished This Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday afternoon and General manager of BPU informed the board that the building next door to the office (former Office Concepts building) should be demolished this weekend. Etheridge said plans are to mobilize the equipment Friday afternoon and block off the intersection of Washington and Brewer Streets Friday evening. Starting early Saturday the demolition will begin and barring any unforeseen circumstances it should be down and the debris hauled off by Sunday evening.
Etheridge said the contractor has had the structural engineers look over all the shared walls with other buildings and didn’t expect there to be any issues with the demolition.
Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly updated the board on the AMI metering project for the water system is going very well so far. Wimberly said during this first phase of the project which started early in January they are set to install 1500 meters and as of this week they’ve already install about 350 of them. Wimberly said the first phase of meter installation should be done in three to four weeks.
Etheridge went over the monthly financials for the board in all departments which showed BPU to be in pretty good shape overall. In the electric department, Etheridge said they are running comparable to last year with sales down slightly. Sales were down between $60-70K year to date.
The board learned bad debt was also down nearly $23K compared to the same quarter last year. Etheridge said several steps being taken including charging $300 deposits have helped to cut down bad debt. The cash position for the electric department was about $4.3 million which is over $1 million ahead of last year at this same time.
In the water department, the month was basically break even and sales year to date are up about $30K. Wastewater financials showed sales were basically flat for the month but up year to date over $32K.
In business on Tuesday, the BPU board approved right offs for the quarter in the amount of $19,344.49.
Wintry Sky May Portend Wintry Weather
Paris, Tenn.-The wintry sky over Paris today may portend the wintry mix that is being predicted for this week (but let's hope not). Photo taken at Maplewood Cemetery Tuesday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Tickets on Sale for Marty Stuart, Julie Roberts Appearance
Huntington, Tenn.-Country legend Marty Stuart and Singer Julie Roberts will appear at The Dixie Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, Jan. 26. Ticket price: $25/person (plus tax)
For more information contact The Dixie's box office at 731-986-2100 or order online at www.dixiepac.net.
In his long career, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music since starting out singing gospel as a child, the bluegrass stint with Lester Flatt in the ‘70s, the six years with Johnny Cash in the ‘80s, and coming up with his smash “hillbilly rock” hits of the ‘90s. He is a four-time Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star and historian.
Roberts has become a favorite of Country fans and critics alike during her career.
No Leads in Maplewood Vandalism
Paris, Tenn.-There are no new leads in the vandalism of some 18 gravestones in Maplewood Cemetery last week. Paris Police are still investigating the incident, in which the stones were knocked over or off of their stands. Estimated damage is $1500. The vandalism was reported to the police by Paris Parks Department employees. In top and bottom photos, headstones are shown knocked over. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Deadline to Enter This Weekend's Fish Fry Pageants is Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- The 2013 Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Pageant will be held on Saturday night January 26th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Contestants for the Hostess Princess must be ages 16 to 20 by April 1 of this year and a primary resident of Henry County. Entry fee for the Hostess Princess Pageant is $30.
Commercial Bank and Trust in Paris is offering a $1000 scholarship to the winner of the Hostess Princess pageant once again this year.
On Sunday January 27th at 2pm, the Miss Teen pageant will be held at KPAC for ages 13-15. At 4pm on January 27th, the Miss Pre-Teen Pageant will be held with girls ages 10-12 welcome to enter.
The remainder of the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Pageants will be held on Saturday February 2nd and KPAC. The Little Prince and Princess Pageant starts at 10am and is for boys and girls ages birth to 2 years. At 1pm, the tiny tot pageant will commence for girls ages 3-5, and things wrap up around 2:30pm with the start of the Junior Queen Pageant for girls ages 6-9. The entry fee for all pageants other than the Hostess Princess is $25.
The deadline to enter this weekend’s upcoming Fish Fry pageants is Wednesday and for those who still need to find entry forms, they can be downloaded and printed from our website at wmufradio.com. Click on the fish fry entry form link on the left navigation bar. Entry forms are also available at worldsbiggestfishfry.com. The deadline to enter next weekend’s pageant is next Wednesday January 30th.
Thefts Reported in City, County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that over $1,000 worth of items were stolen from a home on East Washington Street recently. The report said the owner’s son noticed the front door forced open and when he went to investigate, found several items missing including three gas stoves, swimming pool frame, metal bed frame and more. Police contacted Copeland Metals to be on the lookout for items in case someone brought them buy for scrap. There are no suspects at this time.
A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a Yahama Motorcycle was missing from some rental property on Reynoldsburg Road. The victim told authorities that the bike was in the shed and the shed was forced open and the bike was missing. The value of the bike is around $400. There are still no suspects at this time.
Celebrating Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
A large crowd marches the new Unity parade route Monday. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Brother Andre Richardson predicted that much larger crowds than usual would be attending Monday's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and that was delivered.
Brother Richardson is chair of this year's observance, which involved a day of activities and several changes in the traditional schedule of events. The early-morning prayer breakfast was moved from Quinn Chapel AME Church to the Central Services building, he said, because it simply outgrew the smaller Quinn Chapel. A large crowd of young and old attending that event, listening to remarks and prayers from city and school leaders, as well as local ministers.
The annual Unity March to the courthouse was changed, too, with the march beginning at Mt. Zion Church on Rison Street, moving down N. Market and circling the courthouse twice. With the Henry County Sheriff's Department honor guard and motorcycle units at the front, the parade included private citizens, as well as city and county leaders and police and fire department personnel and vehicles.
Those events were followed by a luncheon which honored local first responders and an evening event which continued to honor Dr. King. Throughout the day, winners of the county-wide essay contest were honored and some of the winning students read their entries.
At the prayer breakfast, Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe asked the audience to imagine a world without Dr. King and think of all that would not have been accomplished. By saying, "I have a dream", Tharpe said, Dr. King was "trying to get the nation's attention and asking everyone to be dreamers. And thank God his prayers were answered."
Paris Special Schools District Curriculum Director Leah Watkins likened the legacy of Dr. King and his movement to a quilt which includes pieces with unique characteristics that are put together to make something "even more powerful and glorious than you could do as an individual."
Brother Richardson noted that this year's essay contest was overwhelming for the organizers. "Last year, we had 75-100 essays submitted and this year, with the cooperation of the school directors, teachers and principals, we had 640 essays written. That's a powerful statement to the unity of Henry Co."
Listening to scripture readings and remarks at Monday's prayer breakfast (from left): County Attorney Lee Greer, County Register of Deeds Pam Martin and former teacher Roland Atkinson. (McFarlin photos).
Joining in prayer during prayer breakfast (left to right): former county school board member Georg Todd and County Trustee David Stone (McFarlin photos).
Hazelwood "No Soil" Gardening WorkShop to be Held Saturday
Tuesday Last Day to Register for the Workshop
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Hazelwood Every Child Outdoors Center, or ECO will offer a program on Hydroponics, Aquaponics, and Dutch Bucket System from 9am to 1pm this coming Saturday January 26th. Activities will be held at the Hazelwood greenhouse.
ECO program coordinator Vicki Stevens-Valentine says more and more families are interested in exploring these kinds of ‘no soil’ growing systems to produce healthy food.
While Hydroponics is a well known growing system, Aquaponics and Dutch Bucket Systems are fairly new to the area. Aquaponics uses the interaction of fish and plants to raise some of each kind of food. Tilapia are the most popular breed of aquaponic fish.
Dutch bucket systems introduce flowing water, which carries plant nutrients to small containers of plants. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables can be produced this way.
The deadline to register for this ‘No Soil’ Gardening workshop is Tuesday January 22nd. The event is limited to 40 people. Call 642-3431 to register.
HCHS Jr. Cheerleading Clinic Registration Due Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to enter the Henry County High School Jr. Patriot Cheerleader clinic is Wednesday January 23rd. Space is limited to 20 girls per age group and its open for girls ages 3-8.
The clinic will be held this coming Saturday January 26th from 10am to 12 noon at the Henry County High School Auxiliary Gym for everyone, then upcoming dates of Jan 30th and 31st to learn routines.
The girls will perform at halftime of one of the Patriot games on Friday February 1st at Gamlin Gym. Applications can be picked up at Grove High School and Henry County High School offices. Cost is $35 per camper. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristy Buttrey at 731-571-8769.
Paris Police, HCSO Work Together to Nab Burglars
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office worked together Friday evening to help capture some thieves in downtown Paris. A report by Deputy James Higgins of the Sheriff’s Office stated he was on routine patrol Friday evening on West Wood and heard the Paris Police dispatch call of a vehicle that had items suspected to be stolen from some property on highway 54. Someone had called in that some refrigeration and other metals were in the back of the SUV before it left the property on highway 54.
Deputy Higgins heard the Paris Police Department say that two male subjects had exited the vehicle and were on foot and running eastbound and the vehicle was on North Market Street. Higgins observed the vehicle going the wrong way and running stop signs and finally stopped the car on Rison Street.
The driver was identified as Raymond E. Lockett, of 519 Pitt Street. When asked about the items in the back, he said its just some metal stuff we got. He didn’t give the name of the two men that exited the vehicle.
Deputy Clyde Sulcer of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office did locate the suspects Rodney K. Avant, of 1024 Depot Street, and Dimitrick Tucker. Lockett was charged with driving without a license, evading arrest, and reckless driving and Avant was charged with filing a false report and trespassing.
In separate reports two storage buildings on highway 79 were broken into over the weekend with items stolen. One had a coputer, radio, and Xbox taken after the lock was cut off. The value of items is over $1,000. In the other storage building over $800 was taken including a 47 inch LCD TV. Police have no suspects in the incident.
Henry County Fair Wins Champion of Champions Award
Deneicia Gregson, right, and Shelby Beloate are all smiles as they receive the award handed out by Joe Gaines, Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture. (Photo courtesy of Mary Kate Bell).
Paris, Tenn.-The 2012 Henry County Fair was awarded the highest honor it could receive Saturday--the Champion of Champions award that is given by the Tennessee Association of Fairs.
Deneicia Gregson of the county fair board said the award was given "because our fair was considered by best fair last year by the Association", which evaluates all county fairs using a wide variety of criteria, such as agriculture promotion, cleanliness, educational events, new and old activities.
"This is a tremendous honor that involves a lot of hard work by everybody, from the fair board to the volunteers," Gregson said.
The award was given during ceremonies at the Nashville Airport Marriott.
Support For Puppy Mill Dogs Overwhelming: Bomar
One of Momma puppies with her newborn pups, all cleaned up and comfortable at the sheriff's office shelter. (Melissa Bomar photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Melissa Bomar of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office animal shelter said there has been overwhelming support and interest by the public in adopting the dogs that were seized from a puppy mill being run out of a rural Puryear home two weeks ago.
Cheryl Kidd, age 69 of 1749 Perkins Rd., was arrested for animal cruelty and allowing animals to run at large. The dogs were found by deputies in extremely unsanitary conditions, with no shelter or fresh water.
Some 35 mostly small breed dogs, including newborn puppies, were taken to the shelter and shelter workers have been working hard to clean them up and get them ready for adoption. The sheriff’s office must first wait for the courts to award the dogs to them before the adoptions can be arranged.
Bomar said 85 people called the shelter wanting to adopt them. “We stopped taking names at 85,” she said. “People are still calling, but my voicemail explains that because of the large response, we are no longer taking names. I received about 30 calls per day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We had already had about 15 over the weekend. That does not include the calls that the Sheriff received himself.”
Some people were offering their help either by donating items or their time,” she said. “Some were just saying how much they appreciated all that was being done. This is still an ongoing, slow process.“ Bomar also commended Jail Trustee Danny Mitchell for the “remarkable job he is doing“ caring for the extra 34, plus the ten dogs that were already in the shelter. If you want to help in any way, either by donating items or volunteering time, call the shelter at 641-8090.
Momma with puppies seized from the puppy mill. Bomar said the momma is just now starting to respond to people.
Paris Man Arrested for Attempting to Hit Officer
Paris, Tenn.-A 31-year-old Paris man was tasered after he attempting to hit a police officer. Paris Police were called to 1207 Depot St. on a domestic call and found Jeffrie Johnson of that address sitting outside on the porch.
When Officer Derrek Colley attempted to question him, he wouldn’t talk, but others said he had been drinking and arguing. At that point, according to the report, Johnson came at Colley swinging and Colley subdued him with the taser. Johnson was charged with public intoxication and assault on a police officer.
Blind Boys of Alabama Perform at The Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn.-Members of The Blind Boys of Alabama sign autographs after their performance Saturday night at The Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. A large, appreciative audience enjoyed the performance, which included many gospel and country favorites. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris PD Busy with Assaults
Paris, Tenn.-Bobby Patton, 46, 407 Irvine Street, Paris, was arrested for aggravated domestic assault after Paris Police were called to his home at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. When officers arrived, they were told that Patton had cut someone else in the house with a knife. Under questioning, Patton denied doing anything and said he didn't have a knife. Once he was in custody, officers searched his person and found no weapons, but did find a lock-back knife open under the bedspread where he was sitting, according to the report.
Monique Gray, 40, 1450 N. Market St., was arrested for domestic assault after officers determined she was the primary aggressor in an altercation at park Village Apartments Friday afternoon. When officers arrived, they found a group of people outside and two women yelling at each other. Witnesses indicated they had been fighting.
Paris Police were also called to 716 Memorial Dr., on Friday afternoon on a report of a fight between a mother and son. According to the police report, officers saw the two subjects outside their residence and saw the male had blood on his knuckles. Officers also observed a broken kitchen table on the porch and large holes in the walls. The argument reportedly began because the son became irate when the mother said he was a crackhead. Arrested was Justin Martin, age 23 of that address.
Man Passes Out in Car with Foot on Gas
Paaris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Derrick Allen, age 42 of 407 Caldwell St., for driving under the influence after he was found passed out in his car in the middle of the road on Jenkins St.
Patrolman Nicholas Oatsvall found Allen passed out with his foot on the gas and the engine running wide open. When he pounded on the window, Allen reportedly had trouble turning the engine off. The EMS unit was called to the scene to determine if anything physical was wrong with Allen. Allen was given several sobriety tests, which he failed.
Henry County Teams Lose
Paris, Tenn.-After play Saturday in the 2013 River Conference Tournament, Houston Co. and Camden teams advanced to the next round. Both Henry Co. teams playing that day, Harrelson and Henry, lost their matches.
The tourney is sponsored by ClickPeppers.com. The next round will be played Thursday, Jan. 24, and Houston Co., Camden, Lakewood and Stewart Co. will play. The tourney ends Saturday, Jan. 26.
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Most Public Offices Closed for MLK Jr. Day
Paris, Tenn.-Most public offices, all of the schools and even some private businesses will be closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Schools in both the Paris Special School District and Henry County School System are closed, as are local bank offices, as well as the Henry County courthouse and annex, Paris City Hall, and residential delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.
Other closings include:
The Paris Public Works, Street and Sanitation departments, Paris-Henry County Landfill and Paris-Henry County Animal Shelter.
However, the Henry County Sheriff's Office animal shelter will be open.
Monday’s and Tuesday’s garbage routes will be run on Tuesday.
The Henry County Health Department, Social Security office, Office on Aging, Adult Learning Center, the W.G. Rhea Public Library, the Paris-Henry County Chamber office, Puryear City Hall.
Open Monday will be Henry City Hall and Paris Civic Center.
News from past weeks here.