From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Henry County Has District Games Friday, Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Rossview Friday evening for district 10-AAA basketball action. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. If you can't make the trip to Clarksville for the game, listen starting at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.
Henry County will also play Saturday afternoon against Springfield at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Pats will tip at 2pm, with the men’s action immediately afterward. Our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streamed on our website wmufradio.com will begin at 1:30pm. After Saturday there will be only two more games left in the 2014 regular season.
Hospital Begins Lean Leadership Initiative
Hospital Adminstrator Tom Gee speaks to the board about Lean Leadership as board chairman Phil Wichlan listens (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular session for January on Thursday night at the Healthcare Center. CEO and administrator of the hospital Tom Gee updated board members on an initiative based on Lean Leadership, calling the effort, the Journey to 2025.
Gee said Lean is something that the manufacturing industry has done for twenty years and the overall key is to make small tweaks to improve each day which in turn will lead to long term savings at the medical center, something that has to be done during to success during the reform of the healthcare system. He said in order to be successful, Lean must be implemented not only with department managers, but all employees, even entry level.
Lean is culture changes within the organization to combat the issues the hospital is seeing with reduced reimbursement and bad debt. Gee said we must take a different look at how to streamline and improve to be in the healthcare business for the long term.
Gee said Lean is not about cuts in staff or supply, but rather providing the right things at the right times to bring value to the customer and keep a streamline business flow going as they develop strategies for the long haul. Gee told the board that the first training session was conducted and they would continue to update the board as time goes along.
Hospital Board Hears Updates on Healthcare Center
Paris, Tenn.- Sandy Ray, director of the Healthcare Center, updated the board on what is going on with long term care. She said despite a very small positive bottom line, the healthcare center had the best year in many years. She reported the healthcare center had no deficiencies on the state inspection. Also they maintained a consistent census even though more and more families are choosing to seek to stay at home for long term care.
Board attorney David Hessing spoke up and said the board and public should realize that before the hospital took over the healthcare center, it received subsidies from the county, so by the hospital taking it over, tax payers save money. CFO Lisa Casteel added EMS and the Healthcare Center both are subsidized in most counties, which in turn cost tax payers in those counties more money in taxes.
THA Continues to Pressure Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid
During his administrative comments, Gee told trustees the Tennessee Hospital Association continues to apply pressure on lawmakers regarding the expansion of the Medicaid population in Tennessee. Gee said its perplexing as to why the Tennessee legislature is willing to forgo $1.5B in federal funds to help hospitals offset the $5.2B in cuts we are absorbing under the Affordable Care Act. These funds are tax payer money from citizens of Tennessee which will be sent to other states who are expanding Medicaid. The result has been layoffs and net loss of jobs for the healthcare industry in Tennessee.
Gee said some staff will be attending the legislative day in Nashville on February 11th to make another appeal on the expansion. He invited board members to come that day if they can to voice your concern.
Physician Recruitment Ongoing at HCMC
Paris, Tenn.- Physician recruitment is going well for the medical center. Several visits from pediatricians have occurred, showing interest to go into practice with Paris Pediatrics.
Dr. William Wiseman from Nashville has express interest but contract conversations have been ongoing. Also another female pediatrician from Arkansas has been identified who could be a better fit. Gee said they will continue to work with both until a decision can be reached with one of them.
Cardiologist from Jackson are to begin practicing in the community in the next week or so. Gee said they’re not sure what activity will be generated at the hospital as a result, but St. Thomas Heart doctors continue to do well and are growing their patient loads.
Judge Snyder Grants Waiver of Arraignment for David Stone
Also Recuses Herself from Hearing the Case
Paris, Tenn.- The arraignment for Henry County Trustee David Stone on a charge of civil rights intimidation was scheduled for Thursday; however, Stone was not present in General Sessions Court.
His attorney, Andy Clark, filed a notice of appearance and a waiver of arraignment, meaning Stone did not have to be present for Thursday's court date.
In addition, General Sessions Court Judge Vicki Snyder recused herself from the case of her own accord Thursday to avoid an appearance of impropriety, as both she and Stone are active Henry County officials.
Judge Thomas L. Moore, General Sessions Court Judge for Weakley County, will step in to hear the case.
District Attorney Hansel McAdams has not yet decided who will try the case against Stone, and a date for the next hearing has not been set.
David Stone was arrested Friday, January 24th, after a TBI investigation into alleged threats made against his opponent in the upcoming primary election for Henry County Trustee, Randi Allen French. He has been released on $7,500 bond.
TN District Attorney General Conference Holds Seminar about how to Combat School Violence
Nashville- District Attorney General Hansel McCadams was at the Tennessee District Attorney Generals Conference in Nashville on Wednesday where efforts by several agencies are coming together to combat school violence by identifying warning signs among teens. The seminar held was called “Protecting our Children” Proactive and Prepared.”
Working with the Tennessee District Attorney Generals were the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Tennessee’s Sheriff’s Association.
Phil Chambers, a nationally recognized expert on teen violence, trained attendees on how to help teens in trouble while keeping schools and communities safe.
Attendees at the seminar learned how to identify gang and cult practices, spot danger signs among teens like obsessions with violence and weapons and what to do to keep teens safe and get them any necessary help.
“Training sessions and resources from the conference keep us updated on what’s happening nationally that could have an impact here,” said McCadams. “We do everything we can to help our police officers and school officials take action and prevent the same kinds of tragedies we see on the news from happening here.”
Pictured left to right: Wally Kirby, executive director of the TN District Attorneys General Conferece, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Phil Chalmers, speaker for the seminar, and Guy Jones, deputy director of the TN DAGC. Katharine Fischman, of McNeely Pigott, and Fox Public Relations photo.
Two Cited into Court for Drug Possession by Paris Police
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department cited two people into court after finding them in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The report at the Paris Police department stated that officers went to 716 Memorial Drive looking for two other people and when they went to the residence they noticed rolling papers in plain sight on the table. A consent to search was given and some marijuana and other drug paraphernalia was found.
Christopher James Gibson, 21 of 716 Memorial and Ashley Nicole Owen, 23, of 130 Kent Road were cited into court for simple possession of schedule 6 drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated over $1K worth of items was stolen from a home on Mockingbird Avenue in Henry. The door was pried open and items including an air compressor, tool cabinet full of tools, table saw, miter saw, and some food from the fridge. There is a possible suspect and investigation is continuing.
Chamber's Healthy Henry County Expo Set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will present their Healthy Henry County Health Expo Saturday February 1st from 8am until noon at the Paris Civic Center.
Partnerships with local businesses, healthcare providers, Tennessee Valley Community Church and the Healthcare Foundation’s 5K Scrub Run will make the 11th annual healthcare expo bigger and more family friendly than ever.
Several vendors will be on hand with free giveaways, information about their businesses and services, and door prizes.
There is still some space available and if your business would like a booth to participate in this year’s Healthcare Expo contact the Chamber at 642-3431 or find the application online at paristnchamber.com.
National Exchange Club Social Will Be Sat. At Paris Winery
Paris, Tenn.- The National Exchange Club, a service organization with more than 20,000 members nationwide, will be adding a Henry County chapter this spring and plans to host a social at the Paris Winery on February 1st.
National Exchange Club President Don Wright, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., states that Exchange is rapidly growing, and has a place for everyone from young college graduates to retirees looking to give back to their community.
Since the late 1970’s, Exchange Clubs nationwide have spearheaded efforts in the prevention of child abuse, establishing over 100 Child Abuse Prevention Centers nationwide including the Carl Perkins Center with locations in Paris and throughout West Tennessee.
The social at Paris Winery will be held from 3 to 5 PM February 1st and is open to anyone interested in becoming a part of the charter membership of the Paris Exchange Club. For more information, contact Catherine Herrera at firstname.lastname@example.org
Optimist Club Trivia Night is Saturday at FUMC
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Optimist Club will host Trivia Night at the First United Methodist Church Saturday Night February 1st at 7pm. You can come by yourself, a team of six, or any number in between and you will be put on a team if need be. The game is based on trivial pursuit with eight rounds chosen by the teams from ten topics. Cost is $6 per player or purchase a ticket in advance for only $5 from an Optimist and be entered into a drawing for a country ham. All proceeds support the Optimist Buddy Program and the youth of Henry County.
HCYB Sign Ups Feb. 22nd and March 1st
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Baseball will have sign ups and tryouts on February 22nd and March 1st from 11am to 2pm. The fee is $35 per player and it’s open to all youth between the ages of 4 and 16 as of May 1st of this year.
Parents can sign up their youngsters online prior to February 26th at http://hcyba.baberuthonline.com. Players must try out ONLY if they are moving up from rookie to minor league or are 9 years old or older and have never played in the league before.
KY Lake Softball Signups Next 3 Saturdays
Paris, Tenn.- The Kentucky Lake Girls Softball League will be holding sign ups for the 2014 season at the Paris Civic Center Saturday February 1st, 8th, and 15th from 10am to 2pm.
Norwood Turns Himself In To Police
Paris, Tenn.- Dustin Norwood, age 26, of 1821 Copper Springs Road turned himself into Paris Police just after 9am Wednesday after authorities searched for him for Tuesday and Tuesday night. A warrant for attempted murder was filed by Investigator Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department after an incident where Norwood stabbed a Paris man on South Porter Street Monday night.
The victim, James S. Lane, age 27, of Paris was airlifted to Vanderbilt Tuesday and checked himself out of the hospital later on. More investigation in this incident is ongoing.
WG Rhea Library To Close Feb. 4th for Installation of New Computers
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library has received a Technology Grant from the state of Tennessee. New computers and Technology will be installed on February 4th and 5th. The library will need to be closed on Tuesday February 4th for the installation of this new technology. Staff will be assisting in the installation and all computers will be down for the install.
Small Business Basic Classes Ongoing at the Chamber
The Small Business Basics classes at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce include individuals and families, including the Merchants (left), Joshua, Wanda, Jerry and Jordan; Richard Hall; Jim and Mary Nelson; and the Meltons (front right), Walter, Carion and John. (pictured above, Chamber photos)
Pictured below: Jeremy Stone of Cowart, Reese, and Sargent, discuss taxes with the Small Business Basic Class.
Cyber Bullying Awareness Event Draws Crowd Despite Cold
U.S. Assistant Attorney Debra Ireland speaks to the crowd at the Cyber Bullying event
Tuesday night. She talked about the laws in place and things students and parents can
do to help prevent Cyber Bullying. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Bitterly cold weather didn’t keep some concerned parents, elected officials, and students from coming out to the Cyber Bullying event at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night.
Michele Webb, assistant principal at Grove, welcomed everyone on hand and said Tuesday night’s program was a brainchild of staff at Grove and Henry County High School earlier last year. She then said great cooperation between the school board, staff at both Grove and HCHS, Sheriff Monte Belew and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource Officers, General Sessions Judge Vicky Snyder, District Attorney General Hansel McCadams, local businesses, local media, KPAC and others.
General McCadams introduced U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Edward Stanton as one of the guests for the evening. Attorney Stanton talked briefly about how important it was to education parents, students, teachers, and the community about the dangers of cyber bullying. Stanton said partnerships between local, state, and federal agencies are vital to get the worst of the worst criminals off the streets and behind bars, including those who try to hurt our most precious resource, our children.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Edward Stanton speaks to the
crowd on hand at KPAC Tuesday evening.
Stanton then introduced, U.S. Assistant Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Debra Ireland. Ireland talked about many issues of cyber bullying including telling parents and students about the dangers of sharing photos with people via social media.
Ireland said our kids know more about technology than we as parents do, so its even more important to try to check on what they are doing more often and make sure they know the dangers of sharing vital information in social media and on the internet in general.
Ireland talked about the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, which is an initiative launched in 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children.
Ireland said only 6% of these types of crimes against children are committed by strangers, meaning more and more of them are committed by someone who knows the children and gives them that false trust built by familiarity. She urged parents to be involved in their children’s social media lives, making sure they never share passwords or vital information and photos.
Many door prizes were given away at the event last night from several local businesses who had donated and student organizations helped out at the program Tuesday night as well.
Several items were donated for door prizes by local businesses for the Cyber Bullying event.
Calloway County Sweeps Henry County In Basketball
Murray, Ky.- Calloway County swept Henry County in basketball on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots fell to Calloway County 63-50 and the Patriots lost 60-43. Henry County will be back in district play Friday night at Rossview.
BPU Board Approves Engineering Study For Water Plant
Decisions Coming on What Direction to Go with Aging Structure
Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s meeting of the board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities, a decision was made to proceed with a preliminary engineering study at the 60 plus year old Water Treatment plant and determine a course of action to take with the aging facility.
Terry Wimberly, director of water and wastewater operations at BPU, explained that the firm Jacobs Engineering had already done a structural assessment of the water treatment plant and some of the issues are very concerning. Wimberly said the seismic study done that would determine how the structure would stand up in an earthquake showed some real concerns moving forward with the structure, specifically with the structural integrity of the clearwell and some of the aerators.
Wimberly said the last modifications on the plant were done in 1979, with the last major work done around 1950. He said going forward there are two options, reinforce and retrofit the existing building, or, over time, replace modules and pieces of the plant with new structures.
He told the board that there are some real opportunities with the electric department about to vacate the property that will allow the water treatment plant to expand. Wimberly added that without doing a preliminary engineering study to get blueprints and ideas on both retrofitting and building new structures, there was no cost analysis he could give the board on which option is better going forward.
The board agreed that there is need to do something with the aging plant and approved spending just over $41K to have Jacobs Engineering, of Nashville, do the preliminary engineering study. Wimberly said they plan on getting started and could possibly have numbers and plans by February’s board meeting.
Both the city and county have agreed to give BPU authority to apply for Community Development Block Grants for the 2015 year and Wimberly added that they are exploring other funding options for this project as time goes on.
Cold Weather Means Higher Consumption, Intense Elec. Sales
General Manager John Etheridge told BPU board members on Tuesday that because of some issues with going live with the new software billing system in December they didn’t have complete December financials ready for review and that he would bring December and January numbers to the February board meeting.
Etheridge did say that electric retail rates in January this year compared to last are actually just over two dollars lower this year due to lower fuel charges. Due to very cold temperatures in December and January, residents have seen higher bills, but it’s solely based on higher consumption, not because of higher rates. He said that BPU is working with customers that are seeing extremely high rates this winter.
The extremely cold weather has related to intense sales of electricity. Etheridge said in December BPU bought 45 million kilowatt hours and sold 42 million kilowatt hours and in January the BPU will blow past over 50M kw hours bought and sold.
BPU Receives Clean Audit, Approves ATA for 2014 Audit
Paris, Tenn.- In business Tuesday, the BPU board approved the 2013 Financial Audit which showed no findings or issues. Winston Truitt, of Alexander Thompson Arnold, discussed a few things with the board during the review of the annual audit.
Truitt said cash position is better this year than last, but still not exactly were he things the electric department should be. He said during ice storms or severe weather electric departments can blow thru a lot of money quickly and it’s a good idea to have a decent amount in cash should that happen.
Truitt also gave a few more points of things that would be changing with how some things that haven’t been on the books before would be required in 2015, but he didn’t see any issue with BPU getting that taken care of.
Etheridge thanked all BPU staff for their hard work, because he said it takes a true team effort to have a clean audit each year. The board then approved ATA to do the 2014 audit at a cost of just over $19K.
BPU, South Paris Water to Share Booster Pump Station
Customers of BPU in Annexed Areas Will Receive Better Pressure
Paris, Tenn.- The BPU board also approved a contract amendment with South Paris Water Cooperative to share the booster station they have which will in turn help fix water pressure issues on the city’s recently annexed property on highway 79 South. Etheridge said that many customers who were previously served by SPWC, had seen their water flow decreased after the annexation and being served by BPU now.
Conversations were started between the two systems and they agreed to share the booster station, which Etheridge said is to BPU’s financial advantage and will better serve our customers in that area with better water pressure.
The board declared some BPU property as surplus during the meeting. Etheridge said back in 1982, BPU bought a one acre lot behind the Setco building and the city of Paris has recently had someone interested in purchasing the lot. Etheridge said that he and department heads met and decided there was no need to use the property in the future and decided to go ahead and declare it surplus and sell it.
TN Quality Home Care Hosts January Chamber Coffee
Paris, Tenn.- January's Chamber Coffee was held at TN Quality Home Care and a good crowd showed up despite the chilling weather. In the picture above Donna Craig and Pam Martin talk while at the Chamber Coffee. Chamber photo.
Henry County Fair Takes Awards at State Convention of Fairs
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair received some awards recently at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs held earlier in January in Nashville.
In the previous winner’s category, the Henry County Fair won the premiere award as Champion of Champion of Fairs in Tennessee. Henry County also won 1st place in the Showbill category for the 2013 Fair, 2nd place in the Non-Premium Tabloid category.
In 2013, almost three million visitors attend county, regional, and state fairs in the Volunteer State. Fairs in Tennessee generated more than $12M in gross receipts last year. More than 14,700 volunteers from 63 fairs in the state devoted valuable time, resources, and energy to fairs which had more than 130K agricultural exhibits and more than 32K exhibitors showcasing livestock, farm crops, and other agricultural exhibits.
Wild Game Supper Raises $4K Plus This Year
Paris, Tenn.- The 6th Annual Sulphur Wells Wild Game Supper went off without a hitch this past Saturday night and there was plenty of great food, fun and fellowship as a crowd of over 700 enjoyed the unique event.
Sulphur Wells thanks the Henry County Community for their support. They began the Wild Game Supper as a way to give back to the community through service, fellowship, and benevolence. The event has always been free of charge and has always celebrated our community.
Past donations from the supper have gone directly into assisting needy families, increasing youth outreach, supporting youth group mission trips, and restocking the Henry County Food Bank. In the past few years over $26K has been donated from the proceeds of the Wild Game Supper. This year $4K was donated and that number is still growing.
Reminder: Cyber Bullying Event Set for Tues. at 6:30pm
Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School and the Tennessee District Attorney General will present a free public meeting to recognize and address the growing issues of Cyber Bullying. The event will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm this evening and it’s free to parents, educators, and any concerned individuals.
Cyber Bullying is a rising concern for educators, law enforcement, and parents and it comes via social media such as texting, Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and other forms of social media.
School Resource Officer at Grove, Sgt. Calvin Dumas has secured a speaker through the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, Edward Stanton.
There will be free door prizes given away at the event including gift cards of up to $50 from local businesses. For more information on the Cyber Bullying program that is set for Tuesday January 28th at 6:30pm at KPAC, call E.W. Grove School at 642-4586.
Evening of Chocolate Delight Set for Feb. 4th
Money Raised Goes for Mammogram Screenings
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Women’s Health Advisory Council and the Healthcare Foundation will host an Evening of Chocolate Delight, Tuesday February 4th from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Inman Middle School Gym. Ticket holders will be able to stroll through each booth and gather their chocolate delights to enjoy with friends or take home. A to-go container for collecting goodies will be given to ticket holders and bottled water and some chocolate drinks will be served as well by some vendors.
The Inman Middle School Strings program will be the entertainment for the evening as well as a silent auction of wonder items to bid on. Door prizes will be awarded.
Tickets for an Evening of Chocolate are $10 and are available from HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council members, the Pink Petal Gift Shop at the Medical Center, Jack’s Java, My Favorite Things, and the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are limited to 225 guests and once gone there will be no more.
Money raised will bed used for women who need a screening mammogram and can’t afford them. Over 20 vendors will be providing chocolate goodies. For more information call Tory Daughrity at 644-8266.
Deadline for Application for Jan. Food Commodities is Tues
Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday is the last day applications will be taken for January commodity food distributions, and they must be turned in by 3pm. The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will be distributing commodity foods Wednesday and Thursday of this week from 8am to 1pm at the Central Community Service Building, located at 55 Jones Bend Road.
Those with last names that begin with the letters A thru K will come on
Wednesday January 29th and those with last names that begin with letters L thru Z will come Thursday January 30th. Also anyone picking up food commodities need to be sure and bring their own boxes due to a shortage of packing boxes available. For more information contact April Perry at 642-3132.
Olivia Harber Wins Miss Teen Pageant
Paris, Tenn.- The Miss Teen pageant for the 61st Annual Worlds Biggest Fish Fry was held Sunday afternoon and Olivia Jane Harber, age 13, was crowned as Miss Teen for 2014. Olivia is the daughter of Lydia Flowers and Paul and Danyel Harber,. Olivia is a 7th at Inman Middle School.
First Maid in the Miss Teen Pageant is Kallie Searcy, 13 year old daughter of Corey and Demetria Searcy. She is an 8th grade at Inman Middle School.
Second Maid is Ansley Marie Cate, 13, daughter of Tom and Becky Cate, and is a 7th grader at Inman Middle.
Third Maid is Tori Starks, age 14, 8th grader at Inman and daughter of Monte and Jennifer Starks.
Fourth maid is Emily Hunt, age 15, sophomore at Henry County High School and daughter of Mary Smith and B.J. Hunt.
Paris Schoeberl Crowned 2014 Miss Pre Teen
Paris, Tenn.- The Miss Pre Teen pageant was also held Sunday afternoon and Paris Shay Schoeberl, age 10, was crowned as the 2014 Miss Pre Teen. Paris is the daughter of Richard and Mitzi Schoeberl and is a 4th grader at Lakewood.
Alex Evans is the First Maid in the Miss Pre Teen for 2014. Alex is 12 and a 7th grader at Inman Middle School. She is the daughter of Matt and Alison Evans.
Second Maid is Marley Elizabeth Trosper, 10 year old daughter Jon and Jennifer Trosper. Marley is a 5th grader at Paris Elementary.
Third Maid is Saiylor Marie Beecham, 4th grader at Paris Elementary and the 10 year old daughter of Brian and Stephanie Beecham.
Fourth Maid is Lakin Williams, 11 year old daughter of Chris and Jennifer Williams and 5th grader at Paris Elementary.
More World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants are set for Saturday February 1st with the Little Prince and Princess, Tiny Tots, and Miss Jr. Queen beginning at 10am on Saturday and going throughout the day over at KPAC. Admission is $5 and the deadline to enter these pageants is Wednesday January 29th. You can access and print the pageant entry forms from our website, wmufradio.com, by clicking on the Fish Fry Entry Forms link on the left of the page.
Paris Fire Fighters Put out 4 Fires Sunday/Monday Morning
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department had a very busy Sunday and into the wee hours of Monday morning, responding to four small fires and smoke issues throughout the city.
The first call came in before 8am Sunday morning as a mobile home at 205 Cooper Street had a small fire in the Central Heating Unit. Fire fighters put out the fire and ventilated the home, before shutting off the power to the unit and advising the homeowner to have repairs made. About $3K in damage was done at the home.
Hours later, just after midnight, the first of three small fires were reported. The first came in at 1202 Lone Oak Road where a problem with a overheated fan motor in a HVAC unit caused a small fire. Minutes later, a call of a fire behind a house at Harrison and Brown Streets was reported. The fire was in the grass and damaged the fence at the property. Finally about 4am, Paris Fire fighters responded to a fire along a roadway on Chapel Hill Road near the Chapel Hill Church.
Not Too Late to Register for 5th Annual Scrub Run
Paris, Tenn.- Registration is open for the 5th annual Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation Scrub Run to be held at 9 AM Saturday, February 1 starting at the Paris Civic Center.
Registration is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event, and interested participants can register by either picking up a registration form at Henry County Medical Center, registering online at hcmc-tn.org or active.com, or by contacting Tory Daughrity.
Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners, overall 40+ male and female winners, as well as the top three runners in a wide range of age divisions.
Also, instead of T-shirts, participants will be given scrub shirts on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information or to register for the 5th annual Scrub Run, you can contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266.
Lakewood Middle School Speech Team Competes
The Lakewood speech team shows off their hardware after their Calloway County tournament appearance (Photo provided by David Weatherly).
Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School speech team competed Saturday in Murray at the Laker Invitational at Calloway County High School.
As a team, Lakewood finished fifth out of 10 middle and high schools.
Three students from Lakewood made it to finals in seven total events. The results are as follows:
Steele Schoeberl: 2nd place dramatic interpretation, 3rd place prose, 3rd place duo interpretation.
Noah Hulbert: 3rd place humorous interpretation, 4th place prose, 6th place dramatic interpretation.
Drew Culbreath: 3rd place duo interpretation, 6th place original oratory.
The Lakewood Middle School speech team is coached by David Weatherly.
East Wood Street Business Robbed
Paris, Tenn.- Sims Counseling Associations on East Wood Street was recently robbed, according to Paris Police Department reports.
According to the complainant, the business was robbed sometime Wednesday. The suspect entered the building through a window that had been broken during a previous unreported burglary two months prior and never repaired.
Items stolen include a printer, mobile hotspot, lamp and coffeemaker, totaling over 250 dollars in value.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and does not have any suspects in this case.
Tiffany Bennett Named 2014 Hostess Princess
Last year's Hostess Princess Allie Davis crowns Tiffany Bennett at the conclusion of the Hostess Princess pageant (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris - Henry County Jaycees held the 2014 World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess pageant Saturday night at Krider Performing Arts Center, and HCHS senior Tiffany Bennett was crowned Hostess Princess.
Tiffany is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bennett and Mr. and Mrs. Brett Guilfoose, and was sponsored by Queens of Paris.
She received a $1,000 scholarship from Commercial Bank and Trust Company, which can be applied at any college, although Tiffany plans on attending Austin Peay State University to major in biology.
Tiffany Bennett's court is as follows:
First Maid: Alex Reagor. Alex is a junior at HCHS and the daughter of Susan Reagor and Eddie Reagor of Paris. She was sponsored by Boutique Mari Mac.
Second Maid: Addi Cate. Addi is also a junior at HCHS and is the daughter of Tom and Becky Cate of Paris. She was sponsored by Queens of Paris.
Third Maid: Rachel Wilson. Rachel is a junior at HCHS and is the daughter of Amy and Tony Wilson of Paris. She was sponsored by Queens of Paris.
Fourth Maid: Madeline Hosford. Madeline is a senior at Gateway Christian Academy and is the daughter of Pam and Brad Hosford.
Last year's Hostess Princess, Allie Davis, was on hand to crown Tiffany, and gave a tear-filled speech beforehand describing the 2013 Fish Fry week and how much her involvement meant to her.
Another former Hostess Princess, 1997 winner Karamaneh Alexander Winchester, emceed the event.
In addition to the pageant, attendees were also treated to some musical entertainment provided by Randall French and his seven-year-old daughter Alley French, who sang tunes by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
World's Biggest Fish Fry pageants will continue Sunday afternoon with the Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen Pageants to be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
Pictured are the Top 5 just before the places were announced: From left - Fourth Maid Madeline Hosford; Second Maid Addi Cate; First Maid Alex Reagor; Third Maid Rachel Wilson; Hostess Princess Tiffany Bennett (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Lakewood Girls, Stewart County Boys River Conf. Champions
The Lakewood Lady Eagles (top) and Stewart County Rebels (bottom) won this year's River Conference Championship (Tim Pharr photos).
Paris, Tenn.- The River Conference Tournament concluded Saturday afternoon, and taking championship honors were the Stewart County Rebels and Lakewood Lady Eagles.
Both Lakewood and Stewart County were the respective #1 seeds in the tournament – Lakewood beat Stewart County’s girls 37 to 27 to win the conference championship, while Stewart County’s boys knocked off #3 seed Henry by a final score of 46 to 21 to win River Conference Championship honors.
Awards were also presented at the conclusion of the tournament to outstanding players AND cheerleaders from Henry, Lakewood, Harrelson, Houston County, Camden, and Stewart County – Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete announced regular season all-conference teams, River Conference all-tournament teams, and an all-conference cheerleading squad.
Those players and cheerleaders are:
Girls’ All-Conference Regular Season
Karlee Pulley – Houston County
Leah Bell – Lakewood
Zoe Haws – Harrelson
Dani Stafford – Henry
Paige Hampton – Camden
Carolyn White – Stewart County
Alissa Downs – Houston County
Nia Jaco – Harrelson
Libby Caldwell – Henry
Brittany Minor – Camden
Curstin Wallace – Stewart County
Gracie Osbron – Lakewood
Boys’ All-Conference Regular Season
Thomas Stevens – Houston County
Sage Duffy – Camden
Adam Rogers – Lakewood
Logan Wynn – Henry
Ethan French – Harrelson
Jacob Rose – Stewart County
Nick Lemons – Houston County
Dalton Story – Camden
Lucas King – Lakewood
James King – Henry
Blaine Johnson – Harrelson
Brandt Bramlett – Stewart County
Girls’ River Conference All-Tournament
Alysha Bevill – Lakewood
Shelby Butler – Lakewood
Anna Pettit – Lakewood
Curstin Wallace – Stewart County
Carolyn White – Stewart County
Holly Shepard – Stewart County
Hope Weatherspoon – Houston County
Hannah Sampson – Camden
Alissa Downs – Houston County
Hannah Herndon – Camden
Libby Caldwell – Henry
Nia Jaco – Harrelson
Boys’ River Conference All-Tournament
Colten Wallace – Stewart County
Jacob Rose – Stewart County
Austin Kyle – Stewart County
James King – Henry
Dakota Bratton – Henry
Jacob Barlow – Henry
Clayton Hart – Lakewood
Casey Pope – Lakewood
Dalton Story – Camden
Landae Smith – Camden
Nick Lemons – Houston County
Jay Kennedy – Harrelson
Mary Kate Lewis – Houston County
Santanna Santiago – Camden
Sierra Eagle – Stewart County
Julia Dye – Lakewood
Haylee Valentine – Harrelson
Pamela Lowe – Henry
Brooke Ward – Houston County
Faith Baker – Camden
Milynn Morris – Stewart County
Jaylee Brown – Harrelson
Madison Aiosa – Henry
Abigail Wilson - Lakewood
Basketball players weren't the only ones receiving awards -- these 12 girls were named all-conference cheerleaders (Tim Pharr photo).
Henry County Trustee David Stone Arrested Friday Night
David Stone, 41, was arrested Friday night on charges of intimidating election opponent Randi Allen French.
Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Henry County Sheriff's Office, Henry County Trustee David Stone was arrested Friday night on charges of intimidating an election opponent.
Stone, 41 of Clifty Village Road, was formally charged with civil rights intimidation in relation to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged threats made against his opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary election, Randi Allen French.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, French began receiving threatening Facebook messages from Stone on Sunday, January 19 in relation to French's planned attendance at an upcoming political event, likely the wild game supper at Sulphur Well Church of Christ.
District Attorney General Hansel McAdams requested a TBI investigation be opened on Wednesday, January 22; TBI special agents determined the Facebook messages French received violated her civil rights under Tennessee law.
Sources report that Stone was removed from his office by TBI officials late Friday afternoon, and was booked into the Henry County Correctional Facility Friday evening.
He has since been released on $7500 bond and is due to appear in General Sessions Court on Thursday, January 30th.
David Stone has served as Henry County Trustee since 2006 and is currently seeking his third term in office in the upcoming election.
We will continue to provide updates on this story as it develops.
Human Remains Identified as Missing Henry Countian
Paris, Tenn.- A hunter's grisly discovery of human remains in Henry County woods have solved a missing person case, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office received a call Friday afternoon reporting that a hunter had discovered what appeared to be human remains in the woods near Winsett Road and Old Springville Road.
After investigation from the Sheriff's Office and Coroner Danny Tucker, the remains are (pending positive identification) believed to be those of Michael Wayne Hendley, who has been missing since July 4, 2013. Hendley's truck was found parked on the side of Old Springville Road nearby on that date.
The remains are currently being sent to the Metro Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville for positive identification; no foul play is suspected.
The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the public for assistance in the investigation as well as searches for Hendley, and is thankful that the matter is resolved for Hendley's family.
176 Students Graduate from DARE Program
Judge Vicki Snyder presents Annah Andrews of Lakewood with her award for best overall essay at Friday's DARE graduation (Photo provided by HCSO).
Paris, Tenn.- Fifth grade students from Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood Schools participated in a program Friday at Henry County High School to signify their graduation from the DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education program under the direction of Sgt. Bruce Alexander of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
Students from each school were presented awards at the graduation ceremony, including an overall countywide award for Best Essay – that award went to Annah Andrews of Lakewood School.
Other awards included:
Best Workbook: Kallie Russell, Lakewood; Sarah Neinaber, Henry; Avery Cox, Harrelson
Best Pledge: Hannah Thornton, Lakewood; Daniella Arjon, Henry; Hailey Wyatt and Zane Harper, Harrelson
Best Essay: Darrius Stephens, Lakewood; Sarah Evans, Henry; Chase Webb, Harrelson
Students also heard a lecture from a guest speaker, General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder, who relayed some of the legal consequences drug abuse could potentially bring about.
Afterward, all 176 students were treated to pizza
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